Monday, July 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Kasadya Hellhound Born

Book Info -
Title: Kasadya Hellhound Born
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Self Published
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: MaryAnn Inabinet
Expected Publishing Date: 15 August 2013

Kasadya: Hellhound Born (Book #3 of the Kasadya Series)

In a world filled with evil, the Fallen prepare for the ultimate battle against the demon world!

Kasadya is ordered to unleash her crazed born transformation to complete her divinity. But there is a chance that her born will be uncontrollable, and she will be destroyed. There is just one person that can save her; her charm, her destined mate.  Left without a choice, she must surrender, and place her life in his hands.

In a race against time, the Fallen must stand together and fight the evil threatening to invade earth. If her divinity was in reach, victory would be theirs. That is until she starts having visions of the final battle, and her true destiny is revealed. She just found her love and place in the Fallen world; will she be able, and willing, to sacrifice it all?

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Tour: Twinge by Homar Solano

by Homar Solano

This is the story of Julie Moore whose dreams and aspirations is to get just the ‘right guy’ in her life, but her dreams and aspirations are about to change forever…

In broad daylight, life in Dead Valley is just too darn perfect, seldom if something bad ever happens. But once it turns dark outside, the environment turns hostile. A lot of people go missing each night without a trace. No one in the valley knows exactly why, and they are afraid to uncover the truth. That is until a bright sunny afternoon, Julie Moore is pronounced dead.

Stunningly, the next morning without any knowledge that she is supposed to be dead, she finds herself walking in the village. Living in a nightmare that she hopes to awaken one day, she has now to uncover the hard reality of her true identity and the secrets that the village hides within itself, before it’s too late and the evil begins exterminating her and the people from the valley…

But will Julie Moore dreams and aspirations to get the ‘right guy’ as she tries to find her way out from the secrets she uncovers prevail?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: Losing Hope

Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)
Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)
by Colleen Hoover
Published July 8th 2013 by Atria Books

In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

Synopsis from Goodreads

Monday, July 8, 2013

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge - Day 2

My bedtime reading ritual!!!!

So this is a book blogging challenge hosted by Good Books, Good Wine. It's basically a genius idea to help us all confess our weirdness for other weird people to see. AWESOME! 

Today I am talking about my bedtime reading ritual!
First of all. I'm a little creeped out that everyone seems to know that I have a bedtime reading ritual. Seriously. Kidding.

I don't really have ritual. I get in bed. Turn on kindle, flip the light on and READ. 
However, if I am reading an actual book. Like a real book with paper and everything, then I get into bed and count down the seconds it takes my daughter to go to sleep. Yes, I am one of those horrible parents that sleeps with their kid. (You have no idea how good she is at cuddling!) Once she is asleep-asleep I flip the light back on and I am home free. She sleeps like a log. Actually, it's currently 1:26 am and she is sleeping next to me as I blog this. No I don't use one of those dumb little book lights. I bought one once and it gave me the worst headache. I do use a kindle light though.... Yes I realize I have issues.

I do prefer to read on my stomach with a pillow propped underneath me, and one holding my kindle/book up. I'm not really a fan of dropping them on my face. 
I don't fall asleep while reading. I actually some how manage to turn the kindle off, or dog ear my page then fall asleep. It's magic. My mom however, does fall asleep while reading. I can't tell you how many times over the years I have walked in her room to find her sleeping with a book on her face.....I have yet to find her with her kindle on her face. It must be too heavy? I'll have to ask her tomorrow (later today) if she sleeps with it on her face. 

So there you have it. My not so weird nightly reading ritual. 

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge-Day 1

Day 1: Book Confessions

Go check out the challenge and Join the fun! Good Books, Good Wine!

1.) I am in a reading funk. But don't have the time to do number 2. Any more I find that I have to force myself to read.
2.) When I get into reading funks I like to read NA contemporary romances. They are light, fluffy, and a huge guilty pleasure. And they usually take me no more than 3 hours to read.
3.) I dog ear books. I do. And I don't care. I also like to break the spine.
4.) I hate Thrillers. I don't mind books with thriller aspects but I don't read crime novels.
5.) I'm a horror junkie, but if the writer skimps on romance AND gore I'm done.
6.) I always pick the wrong love interest in Love Triangles. Always.
7.) Going along with number 6. I secretly fear that Juliette is going to pick Adam instead of Warner in Tahereh Mafi's SHATTER ME series. It really does keep me up at night.
8.) I obsess over book series. I literally stalk authors like Susan Ee, Ilsa J. Blick, and Tahereh Mafi to get tiny morsels of their next book. GIVE ME MORE BOOKS!
9.) There are several authors out there who most readers think the sun shines out of their books that I cannot stand. I found the book boring and said so, but very politely. I was never asked to review for them again....
10.) Speaking of reviews- I try not to read more than two for any book (before I read it). I don't want someone else's opinion shaping my own, and I NEVER choose my friends reviews.
11.) I wish Dex and Perry in Karina Halle's EIT would just get together (and stay together) so she can go back to scaring the shit out of me.
12.) I won't lend certain books out. I have like three books out of my hundreds that I will let other people read. If the book comes back in worse condition than I gave to them then I will never lend them another book. ONLY I can be hard on my books.
13.) I'm a cover whore. It's better if you are requesting I review your book that you let me read the blurb first. I've been blown away at times when I did review the book and then see the cover. It's definitely humbling. I also play favorites with cover designers. If you have a Phatpuppy cover I am 100% certain I will add your book to my to read list.
14.) The Twilight movies ruined the books for me. I can't read them without picturing Kristen Stewart's face. No thank you.
15.) I can't remember names of characters or how to spell them. EVER! It's horrible. I'm not talking side characters either. I mean the MC. Even worse is when the author doesn't use their names in the blurb. Then I have to hunt it down. I have totally not reviewed books because I can't remember the MC's name (and was too lazy to hunt it down) and am embarrassed.

Tag Team Review + Guest Post + Giveaway: White Trash Beautiful

White Trash Beautiful (White Trash, #1)
White Trash Beautiful (White Trash Trilogy #1)
by Teresa Mummert
Expected publication: July 9th 2013 by Gallery Books
first published September 19th 2012

A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . .

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .

Synopsis from Goodreads

Purchase link: Amazon

Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: On Every Street by Karina Halle

On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy, #0.5)
On Every Street (The Artist's Trilogy #0.5)
by Karina Halle
Published March 9th 2013 by Metal Blonde Books

When young con artist Ellie Watt decides to call herself Eden White and go after the drug lord who ruined her as a child, she never expects to fall for one of his henchmen. But Javier Bernal is no ordinary man. Subtly dangerous and overwhelmingly seductive, Eden finds herself passionately in love with Javier, the very person she's set-up to betray. With her body and heart in a heated battle against her deep need for revenge, no one will walk away from this con a winner.

This 50K word (100+ pages) novella takes place six years before Sins & Needles. It can be read before or after Sins & Needles and may also be read as a standalone.

Synopsis from Goodreads


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Hopeless

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
by Colleen Hoover
Published December 19th 2012

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Synopsis from Goodreads

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

UtopYA the Recap Post

So I went to UtopYA this past weekend. And it was pretty epic. There were tons of classes where we could learn writing craft, and few geared toward bloggers. But for me the major growth and learning process happened for me in just getting there. It's no secret I am a hermit. I hate crowds. I hate people, and I hate places that have those. I suffer from a pretty bad case of social anxiety. I have a hard time going into places on my own. So flying on my own. HUGE deal. Meeting people I have only ever connected with via the computer HUGE deal. Approaching authors I love HUGE deal.
Luckily Team Zombie Slut is cool as hell, and I could just be my normal stupid self. Thanks girls for encouraging me to be awkward otherwise this......
would never have happened. This nice gentleman is the cover model for Frankie Rose's Eternal Hope!

I wouldn't be me if I didn't make the poor shirtless boy feel awkward. But honestly, people were licking him. So my dino pose was probably the tamest thing to happen to him.

I wish I could say that I was little miss social butterfly, but that's not me. That is, however, Ren Reidy. Who I finally got to meet in person. LOVE HER!!! She has the cutest accent, wears the cutest dresses, has the most adorable "road rage", and was just amazing. So kind.

Annie Walls has the best laugh! Ever. So glad I got to crack her up the whole weekend!!!
And Yes, I got to hang out with her and Alexia Purdy all weekend long. Add Ren into that mix and it was super epic!!!

And I met all these amazing authors too:
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tiffany King
L.P. Dover, Tabatha Vargo, and Melissa Andrea
Frankie Rose was such a sweetie and knew who I was. Mind Blown!
Adam Kunz
Jessica Sorensen  

Samantha Young!

Review: Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)
Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1)
by C.J. Roberts
Published July 20th 2011 by CJ Roberts

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Synopsis from Goodreads


Monday, July 1, 2013

Blog Tour + Review: Breathe Me by Alexia Purdy

Title: Breathe Me
Author: Alexia Purdy (writer goddess)
Genre: Contemp Romance -Adult
Published: May 27th, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Mature/adult content. If you're looking for SMUTTINESS, or BAD BOYS to save, this is not for you. Happy endings? Yes. Yummy boyfriend? Oh yes, please proceed...
Sometimes the one who broke your heart is the one who needs saving the most.
Piper Sandervale never thought she’d ever see Sasha Koval again, not since he'd taken her heart, ripped it out and obliterated it. Now six years have passed, and she has run into him once more at the local fairgrounds in Las Vegas. He desperately wants another chance, and he’s willing to do anything to get her back. She’s not willing to give him anything but a taste of his own medicine, and this may be her chance for payback. But is she only getting in way over her head? 
Even as she plots her revenge, Piper discovers that something has changed with Sasha, and she finds herself struggling to justify holding on to past hurts as he continues his quest for atonement.
Who needs saving now?

Lori's Review:
Piper and Sasha fell in love, then Sasha acted like a guy and let the girl go. Now Piper has had to deal with a broken heart all of these years. When she runs into Sasha again after years apart she hatches a plan to make him feel and hurt like she did. But can she go through with it? Or will she fall for him again?

4.5 stars, because I never wanted it to end, and it did! 
Alexia did it again. She wove her magic and wrote a gripping story that I couldn't get out of my head. I was literally reading other review books, and wishing I was reading this one instead. 
This is a sweet contemp story. It was refreshing, sexy and an emotional read. It wasn't dirty, I didn't feel like I needed to take a shower after reading it. It was simply a love story. 
Piper was a character that I could relate to on a base level, but the amount of loss that Alexia poured on to her made her pain more real, and a bit out of touch for me. But that's okay because it showcased her strength perfectly. I'm so grateful for all the awesome female leads that Alexia gives us! There is not a bad one in the bunch! 
Sasha was a great male lead, he was a responsible father, who made a mistakes along the way. Just like any real human and parent. And he was yummy. I forgot to mention that. He was definitely yummy without being a douche. Awesome!! I am so happy about this! 

This is how I do happy. Intensely. 
Overall Breathe Me was a refreshing read that is so different than a lot of contemps out there. It's a true love story through and through!
I was worried that I wouldn't love this book as much as her other works, only because Alexia's writing really shines through her action scenes, but the girl can write. Anything! 
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