Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Magnetic by Carissa Miller

Book info:
Title:  Magnetic
Author:  Carissa Miller
Publication date: September 10th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When Elle Christiansen’s rebellion leads to her father’s expulsion from a parsonage in small-town Ohio, the forlorn pair is forced to move to Oklahoma to live with an aunt neither of them has ever met. Here she encounters her aunt’s neighbor—Maverick Mason, the quietly confident son of a wealthy oil tycoon who infuriates her as much as he inexplicably draws her in…
Maverick slowly gains Elle’s trust and coaxes her out from the seemingly impenetrable walls of self-protection she erected around her heart when her mother was murdered. He convinces Elle to confide the secrets of her tortured past: that she saw her mother’s murder before it took place, and she was the one who found her, bleeding to death at the end of a lonely dirt road. Together the unlikely pair begins to unlock the secrets of not only Elle’s sordid past, but her mother’s and grandmother’s as well, to uncover decades of greed, corporate corruption, lies, and murder. Quickly, the sobering realization hits: if they do not solve her mother’s murder, Elle will undoubtedly suffer the same fate. As she continues her journey toward truth alongside the boy she is magnetically drawn to in a way both frightening and uncontrollable, Elle finds the road she is most afraid of going down—that one lane dirt road where her mother was murdered—just might be the only place she can truly find redemption.
Magnetic tells of the enduring pain of living with unsolved violent crime. Inspired by debut author Carissa Miller’s true-life events, it’s a haunting account of a young girl’s struggle in the aftermath of shattering loss. With an unraveling love story, puzzling mystery, unexpected twists and turns, and a gripping pace that will keep you turning pages, our heroine takes you on her journey as she learns one of life’s great lessons: facing your fears instead of running from them, is the only way to truly find freedom.

My Review:
My rating:  4 stars

I will just say that I burned through this book in no time.  It was a very edge of your seat, need to know what is happening next, type of story.  I like how a part of the story tied in a historical aspect that is currently in a bestselling book, about how Native Americans were murdered because of having oil or other resources on their land.  While I kind of figured out why the rich guy didn't want his son dating the Native American girl, the main character's mother, there was even another twist at the end that I didn't see coming. And I really love when I book can give me the clues to figure out the mystery, but not all of them, because I love to be surprised.  While there were some things about the main character that were a little extreme, and almost felt a little rushed or not completely necessary, her blackouts when she gets upset, they did fit into the story okay. And then Maverick had his own issues, and those also felt a little added on, not quite as developed as I would have liked them to be.  But overall, there was a lot of good character development, and I was definitely invested in knowing how all the secrets and mysteries would wrap up.  

I will probably look to see if I am able to order this to make available in the school library where I work for my students to read.  I believe the historical aspect is one that fits perfectly into adding diversified stories to our collection.  A great debut story. 

Author Bio:
Carissa Miller writes a lifestyle and design blog called CC and Mike, where she and her husband blog about their experiences designing, building, and flipping houses in the Midwest. She was inspired to write her debut novel–Magnetic—because of her firsthand experience living with the trauma of an unsolved violent crime, her mother’s attempted murder. When she’s not writing, blogging, or designing, Carissa loves Oklahoma summers on the lake with her husband and three children, going to Oklahoma State sporting events and cheering on the Cowboys, and traveling cross country with her family in the RV she and her husband renovated. Carissa laughs loudly, loves with her whole heart, tells it how it is to a fault, and enjoys living life to the fullest, every moment of every day.
You can follow along with Carissa and her family on Instagram – ccandmikecreative, Facebook – CC and Mike, Pinterest – CC and Mike, Twitter, or by subscribing to their blog – http://www.ccandmike.com/.



Blog Tour Guest Post with Giveaway: Serpents and Saviors (Project Emergence #2) by Jamie Zakian @chapterxchapter @demoness333 @Month9Books

Book info:
Title:  Serpents and Saviors 
Author:  Jamie Zakian
Series:  Project Emergence #2
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books

Lord of the Flies meets the 100.

Joey got separated from her twin brother Jesse when their luxury spacecraft broke apart halfway to Mars. The terrorists are dead, but so are most of the passengers who escaped a dying Earth for a new life on a new planet.

The remaining survivors, the future of humanity, are scattered across the lush planet of Mars. Joey and Kami are in a mountainous forest, and they’re locked in a power struggle to guide the people. Jesse and Rai landed on the coast, and are desperate to reach their sisters.

This new world can be a fresh start, where everyone is equal and class sectors are finally made obsolete, if only Kami would give up her self-appointed position as Commander of Mars. Both Joey and Kami are willing to die for their beliefs, even sacrificing the lives of those who’ve chosen to follow them, unless clearer heads can prevail before it’s too late.

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Guest Post

The world of …  (World Building)

The world of Serpents and Saviors is quite exciting. The story takes place on a newly terraformed Mars in the near future. It’s a thrilling, mysterious, brand-new world, and it was a challenge to create. The atmosphere and terrain are very similar to modern day Earth, but everything else is alien to the survivors who crash landed on Mars. Prehistoric animals roam the planet, scientifically designed insects light the woods in a luminescent glow, two moons travel across the sky, and thirty-six-hour days are the new norm for the Project Emergence crew. At least, it will be if they can survive each other long enough to enjoy their new home.

About the Author:
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.



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Monday, April 23, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Reyet Trap (Torch World #2) by Dee Garretson @chapterxchapter @DeeGarretson @Month9Books

Book info:
Title:  Reyet Trap 
Author:  Dee Garretson
Series:  Torch World #2

Release Date: April 3, 2018


No planet. No hope.

Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change.

A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.

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Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.


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Three Adult Contemporary Romance Reviews - Theresa Hissong, Kristen Proby, and Sarah Title

Still playing catch-up!!  So here are three reviews of physical books I had to read.

Fatal Desires (Fatal Cross Live #1) by Theresa Hissong:
Genre:  Rock star romantic suspense
Published:  August 14th, 2015
Source:  Purchased at Kinky in Kansas City Convention 2018
My rating:  4 stars

So this is the first book by this author that I've read, but won't be the last.  I met the author at the 2nd annual Kinky in Kansas City romance author convention this past March.  I didn't get a picture with her, because I usually only do that with authors I already have read and know that I like their books.  This was definitely a book that was hard to put down.  I'd pick it up, and tell myself I was only going to read a chapter or two before bed, but before I knew it, I'd read several more chapters than that.  I liked all the characters, and I like that it seemed like it was pretty realistic the way things were handled.  There were definitely moments that had me crying, based on what what happening to the characters or how they were feeling about things that had happened or things that they'd done.  I like that it puts in the fact that drugs are probably pretty matter of fact in the world of rock stars, but that our characters are all fighting to stay sober and clean.  Of course I also loved that the tour went to Kansas City, my town!  My only real issue with the book, and it is totally silly, is that there were no page numbers.  :-)  It  made it hard for me to keep track in Goodreads how far I was.  I know, that's stupid.  And it isn't anything that made me mark it down in rating.  Just something that bugged my anal reading habits.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
For years, I have worked behind the scenes for my cousin’s band, living my life as simply as possible. Running the inner workings of a rock band is the only thing I know to do. My only saving grace is a long vacation soaking up the sun in some exotic locations around the world between tours. 
One steamy night on an island with Taylor Vaughn, the guitarist for the rock band Fatal Cross, and my world is turned upside down. When he doesn’t return my calls, I end up going through hell alone. Little do I know, he’s fighting his own personal demons. 

When he fills in on my cousin’s tour for a few weeks, I am forced to work with the man who stole my heart months before on a private island. It isn’t easy being around him, but I am determined to keep my head low and pray this tour ends soon, but does anything ever go as planned?

Falling for Trouble (Librarians in Love #2) by Sarah Title:
Published:  June 27th, 2017
Source:  Purchased 

My rating:  4 stars 

So, I loved the first book in the series, The Undateable, and this one was pretty good as well.   It was a quick read, and hard to put down.  While I didn't necessarily connect with the female in this one, I did connect with all the stuff about the library funding that the male character was dealing with.  The small town was funny, and I loved how all the women would have to go outside and watch the new hot librarian, Liam, when he was jogging in the morning.  The storyline behind Joanna's band, as well as her problems with the other small town characters was a blast.  A cute fun read.  Definitely recommended!  Not a lot to say on this one other than that, guess it's really a mini-review this time!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
The riot grrrl and the bookworm--just the pair to get the whole town talking... 
Liam Byrd loves Halikarnassus, New York. He loves its friendliness, its nosiness, the vibrant library at the center of it all. And now that Joanna Green is home, the whole town sizzles. A rebel like her stirs up excitement, action, desire--at least in Liam. 
Joanna never thought she'd have to come back to her dull, tiny fishbowl of a hometown ever again. She almost had a record deal for her all-girl rock band. She almost had it made in L.A. And then her deal went sour and her granny broke her leg . . . and now here she is, running into everybody's favorite librarian every time she heads to a dive bar or catches up with old friends. 
He has charm, he has good taste in music--and the sight of him in running shorts is dangerously distracting. But when he loves her old town and she can't wait to check out, their new romance is surely destined for the book drop...

Savor You (Fusion #5) by Kristen Proby:
Published:  April 24th, 2018
Source:  ARC won from Goodreads giveaway
My rating:  5 stars

I've only read one other book by this author, Easy Love, which is part of an entirely different series. But I've wanted to read this series for awhile.  I've met the author, I believe it was at Apollycon, or maybe it was at NOLA Storycon the year before that.  I was excited to win a copy of this book from Goodreads, and I was not disappointed with it at all.  In fact, I'm now so excited to get my hands on the earlier books in the series so I can learn where all the couples mentioned in this book got their starts and what their stories are.  About 30 pages in I was giggling at the "twitch" moment.  It's an inside joke from NOLA Storycon.  Not sure I'll ever be able to read that in a book and not giggle these days.  Then there was the moment when I learned that shower sex may not be as glorious as it is made out to be in romance novels.  That's something I've never tried, so I'll have to take the word of the character in the book about how it's not that great for the girl a lot of times.  And then there was a quote towards the end that was perfect.    "When a person tells you that you've hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't".  That's something I feel like I've dealt with.  People tell me they didn't hurt me when I tell them what they've done.  Instead of apologizing and realize I felt that way, they don't get to decide that they've hurt me. They can say they didn't mean to, and they're sorry that it hurt me, but they can't say they didn't hurt me.  Sorry, a little soapbox moment for me.  

I loved our slightly overweight heroine, totally identified with her. And I loved her guy.  I loved the story, and loved the whole world this book was a part of.  I'm sure you'll see me review more of these books in the future.  I'll have to even check to see if they're available as audiobooks from my library.  I'll be getting the chance to see this author again at Book Bonanza, will have to get this ARC signed!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
In the next sizzling romance in Kristen Proby's New York Timesbestselling Fusion series, two celebrity chefs compete in a culinary competition, but resisting each other will prove to be the greater challenge.

Cooking isn't what Mia Palazzo does, it's who she is. Food is her passion . . . her pride . . . her true love. She's built a stellar menu full of delicious and sexy meals for her restaurant, Seduction. Now, after being open for only a few short years, Mia’s restaurant is being featured on Best Bites TV. To say Seduction is a wild success is an understatement. All the blood, sweat, tears, and endless hours of work Mia has put into the restaurant has finally paid off. 

Then Camden Sawyer, the biggest mistake of her life, walks into her kitchen . . . 

Camden's celebrity chef status is world-renowned. He's the best there is, and the kitchen is where he's most at home. He can't resist the invitation to Portland for a showdown against Mia for a new television show. Mia was in his life years ago, and just like before, he's met his match in the beautiful Italian spitfire. The way she commands the kitchen is mesmerizing, and her recipes are clever and delicious. He's never had qualms about competition, and this is no different. He can't wait to go head to head with Mia. But can he convince her the chemistry they share in the kitchen would be just as great in the bedroom as well?

As Mia and Camden face off, neither realizes how high the stakes are as their reputations are put on the line and their hearts are put to the ultimate test.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Plan (The Proposition #4) by Katie Ashley

**NEW RELEASE** - THE PLAN by Katie Ashley - Now LIVE!

Book info:
TitleThe Plan
Author:  Katie Ashley
SeriesThe Proposition #4
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
Release Date:  October 17th, 2017
Source:  E-galley from Inkslinger PR - The gifting of this galley had no affect on my opinions.
My rating:  4 stars

For Jenny O’Malley, the plan was supposed to be easy. Become the surrogate for her friends, Connor and Jeff, deliver their healthy baby, and earn some money towards her student loans. But as the saying goes, the best-laid plans often go awry. Especially when you’re looking at the prospect of not getting laid for a long, long time.

With T-Minus two weeks to insemination, Jenny decides to take her friend, Casey’s, suggestion to have one wild fling before she’s saddled with heartburn and stretchmarks. When a tall, dark and handsome man swaggers into the bar where she works in skin-tight jeans, cowboy boots, and a Stetson, Jenny knows he is the one. After a scorching night of banging boots until dawn, Jenny is a little sad to see her Cowboy in Shining Armor leave.

When he reenters her life a few weeks later, she never could have imagined a positive sign could be such a negative.

My Review:
This was an EXTREMELY quick read. But it was short and sweet and sexy.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters, as well as meeting others that I assume might be in other books in this series?  I liked all the connections that everyone in the story had.  Brett's connection was perfect, and I liked that it was definitely realistic how he reacted at first to finding out that Jenny was pregnant, and who she was having the baby for.  It sounds like there is another series I'll need to go back and read so that I can get to know all these other characters mentioned.  Also looking forward to the chance to meet this author at Book Bonanza in July as well.  

About the Author:

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.
Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.


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