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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Creatures of The Night Tag

1. Vampire
I can't not say Twilight. It's my favorite and you're just going to have to accept that. Some of my favorite vampires of that beautiful series are Alice Cullen, Edward Cullen, Jasper Hale...actually you know what? The whole Cullen/Hale clan.

2. Werewolf
Tyler from Vampire Diaries. Wait is his name Tyler? It's been a while since I've watched that show.

3. Zombie
R from Warm Bodies. I've only read like 2 zombie books and I hated one and loved the other. Warm Bodies being the one I loved. R is one of the coolest characters ever.

4. Ghost
Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood. She's so freaking cool.

5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster
Magnus Bane from City of Bones!! Ahhh I love him.

6. Fairy/Fae
Can I use someone from a television show? I really want to say the Blue Fairy or Tinkerbell from Once Upon a Time. You know technically there's a book in the show so you know what I think it counts.

7. Demon
Well Dank from Existence by Abbi Glines is Death...He's not really a demon but still...does he count?

8. Angel
Patch from Hush Hush is a pretty cool angel...well he's a fallen angel...

9. Alien
Daemon from The Lux series. I know...how predictable. He's sexy.

10. Superpowered humanThere are a whole bunch of super powered humans in The Darkest Mind by Alexandra Bracken so I'm going to go with that.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

About ALL BROKE DOWN:
 
In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with ALL LINED UP, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love
 
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
 
Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.
 
Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.
 
Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.
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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
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AND because you all are the luckiest readers in the world, here is an excerpt for your viewing pleasure ;)
Excerpt:
I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.
“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”
She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.
“He said the wrong thing.”
“Which was?”
“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.
“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”
“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”
“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”
She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.
“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”
“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.
“I feel plenty of things.”
The teasing stops. She swallows.
“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”
With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.
“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”
“Is that Stella girl an ex?”
I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.
“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”
“Have you—”
“Do you ever run out of questions?”
“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.
I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”
Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.
“Okay then. Are you—”
I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”
I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Time Cozy Time Tag

1. Crunching Leaves: Choose a book that has red, orange and yellow on it
The worst book ever AKA Allegiant by Veronica Roth

2. Cozy Sweater: What book gives you the warm fuzzies
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green...I'm sure you're not sick of that answer yet.

3. Fall Storm: Choose your favorite book/genre to read on a stormy day
For some reason I really enjoy reading Twilight when fall hits and the weather gets cold.

4. Cool Crisp Air: What cool character would you want to trade places with
This is actually a harder question that I first realized...I mean there are a lot of cool characters but I don't know if I'd really want to be them. Hmm...

5. Hot Apple Cider: What is an under hyped book that you want to see be the next hottest book
I don't really know if it's under-hyped but I just read Shame by Rachel Van Dyken and it was INCREDIBLE!!

6. Coats, Scarves, Mittens: What's the most embarrassing book cover you own and want to keep hidden from the public
I own The Douche Journals by Schmidt and while the cover isn't bad the name isn't the most appropriate. I mean I'd be a little uncomfortable reading a book called "The Douche Journals" in public.

7. Pumpkin Spice: What is your favorite comfort food in the fall time
Well it's not really food but I'm pretty much obsessed with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino in the fall. Yummmmm.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rowdy by Jay Crownover Release Day Launch

About ROWDY:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.
 
After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.
 
Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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About Jay Crownover:
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with "Better When He's Bad". Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bookish Scenarios Tag

1. You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres - contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?
Why are you making me get rid of all my books? That's just mean! What did I do to you?
Ugh.
Contemporary: The Fault in Our Stars!!
Fantasy: Can I consider Twilight Fantasy?
Non-Fiction: I don't really read non-fiction so I can I keep another book?

2. You're at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don't like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren't big on reading - what book is it?
Instantly I think TFIOS because it's pure genius, but then after thinking about it that might be a bad choice. That book rips out your heart for a minute there and that could really make the kid hate books. These questions are hard too because it really depends on the person. Oh hell, who cares, I'm choosing TFIOS.

3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?
The first half of TFIOS puts me in a great mood. I got bored a couple months back and just wanted to read something that would make me smile. I was scanning through my kindle and saw The Fault in Our Stars and was like heck yes I'll read that again. Turned out to be an excellent decision.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Shocker.

5. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour because hello it's about a road trip. How fitting is that?

6. Your house has been robbed! Don't worry - everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What's the book you really hope is safe?
Why would someone steal my books? Does no one have morals anymore?! I would hope my signed books are safe. Yes I know that's more than one but that's my answer.

7. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven't noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs
I'm not outspoken enough to come right out and ask them to repurchase it but I would guilt them until they offered to buy me a new copy.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin Teaser


Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.





 
 

AUTHOR INFORMATION: Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Shame by Rachel Van Dyken



I have been an exceptionally lucky book blogger lately. Why you ask? Well because I've been given the BEST books to review and Shame is no exception. I'm in love.
I read my first Rachel Van Dyken book earlier this year and simply adored it. I was also lucky enough to interview her and I can tell you that she's not just an incredible author but she's also a wonderful person.
Anyway we're here to talk about Shame not about all the great books I've been reading or my love for the great Rachel Van Dyken.
Shame follows Lisa who is a character we're first introduced to in Ruin. Before we meet Lisa she was in a highly abusive relationship with a boy named Taylor. Not only was he verbally abusive-we're talking like serious brainwashing abuse-he was also physically abusive. While together Taylor would have Lisa do horrible things to people to embarrass them while he taped everything., then he would put the videos on a website called Shame. 
Taylor ends up truly trying to ruin Lisa by committing suicide in front of her.
Now it's years later and Lisa is trying to live a normal life while attending college in Seattle. Normal isn't an easy achievement however because Lisa is receiving threats in the mail.
Lisa goes to class one day and here we meet the oh so yummy Dr. Tristan Blake the hot new professor. When we first meet him he's a..well..he's a jackass. Turns out the new professor has a copy of Taylors twisted journal and is here seeking answers as to why Taylor killed himself.
One night Tristan attends a charity masquerade ball that Wes and Gabe are a part of and is instantly drawn to Lisa...funny thing is he doesn't know who she is because hello it's a masquerade ball so she's wearing a mask. The two dance and spend the evening together promising not to remove their masks until midnight. Well tick tock goes the clock, off go the masks and surprise!
Fortunately for us this isn't the last we see of the two together because after that night they can't stay away from each other.
The more the book goes on we get to watch them grow closer but there's also trouble ahead. Lisa isn't just receiving hate-mail now, someone is also breaking into her dorm room.
I can't really tell you much more because I don't want to be a ruiner but I can tell you-again-that I loved this book. I loved getting to see our favorite characters again and I loved meeting Tristan.
This book was not only romantic and sexy it was also funny at times and extremely suspenseful. I freaking loved it.
Normally this is where I'd say, "If you like suspense you'd like this book," or "If you like new adult you'll like this," but this time I'm saying, "If you like to read then pick this up! It won't disappoint."


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About The Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching the Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey here

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

T. Torrest Interview

I've been lucky enough the past couple weeks to talk with author T. Torrest and can I just say that I love her? She's not only a really great author but she's also a blast to talk to. I really appreciate her taking the time to do this interview with me so many many thanks go out to her.
I had a lot of fun doing this interview so I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did :)



1. Is writing something you've always loved doing? 
Yes, but I never thought about making it a career. I wrote plays when I was younger, bad poetry as a teenager, and I kept a diary throughout most of my life. Nowadays, I find writing is something I HAVE to do. And I couldn't be happier about it.


2. Which 5 authors do you love so much that you automatically buy their books when they have a new release?
I wish I had a better answer here, but I hardly have time to read AT ALL these days! I'll drop everything for a new Stevie Kisner or LB Simmons, though, and I may or may not stalk Judith McNaught from time to time. Other than that, whenever I actually find the time to read, I'll simply grab whatever catches my eye at that moment.

3. How do you come up with names for the characters in your books?
Some are family members or friends; some are just offbeat names I like. I try to carefully balance the odd names with some everyday, ordinary ones, just like actual humans in real life.

4. I read that you ended Remember When without a cliffhanger so you don't have to read the rest of the books if you don't want to. Is this true and if so why did you choose to write them that way?
RW1 has a bittersweet ending, but you're right; I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger. In fact, I grappled with RW2's cliffy, because I wasn't looking to torture my readers. I worked on a few alternate scenarios, but there was really no other way for that book to end. I made sure to wrap up EVERY loose end in RW3 to make up for it, though.

5. What made you want to have Remember When take place in the 90s?
Well, considering Layla is telling us this story from her present, I needed a year to flash back to. I graduated in 1990, so it was easy to put myself back in that time and portray it accurately.

6. Trip is an incredibly talented actor and totally crush worthy, which actor do you swoon for?
Oooh. I swoon for quite a few, but Brad Pitt's always at the top of my list.

7. Trip just got the lead in a remake of your favorite movie! What movie will he appear in and who will he be playing?
Good question! It's too easy to say "Slap Shot" or "Sixteen Candles," so I'll go with Dirk Diggler in "Boogie Nights."

8. Woo hoo! Let's pretend Remember When is becoming a movie! Who is playing Layla and Trip on the big screen?
I get asked this a lot, and normally, I don't like to answer, only because I like to leave readers to their own imagination. That said, I'll give you a few names that others have brought up (and that I wouldn't be opposed to). LAYLA: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly. TRIP: Matt Lanter, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch, James Preston.
 
9. Layla and Trip are such a fun couple! I loved reading about them and watching their relationship blossom. Who is your favorite book couple?
Hmmm. Tough one. Rhett and Scarlett, maybe?

10. I thought Layla was a really cool female protagonist and I really liked getting to know her. What do you look for in female protagonists?
Someone I can relate to, someone who's not annoying or stupid or mean.

11. If Remember When had a theme song what would it be?
Easy one! "Paradise City" all the way, baby.


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