Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Top Books On My Fall TBR





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I went a long time between these, and now two weeks in a row!  I guess they're just topics that are ones I had the time and interest in doing.  This week I'm picking the top books I'm looking forward to getting my hands on and hopefully reading this fall.

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There wasn't a cover for the third book in the Ad Agency series yet, so I just added it this way.

Are any of these books on your Fall TBR?  What books would you suggest I add?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Madness by Zac Brewer

Book info:
TitleMadness
Author:  Zac Brewer
Genre:  YA contemporary, suicide
Release Date:  September 19th, 2017
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Source:  ARC traded for on Twitter
My rating:  5 stars

Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Zac Brewer delivers his most honest and gripping novel yet, about a girl who believes she’s beyond saving—until she realizes the only person who can save her is herself.

Brooke Danvers is pretending to be fine. She’s gotten so good at pretending that they’re letting her leave inpatient therapy. Now she just has to fake it long enough for her parents and teachers to let their guard down. This time, when she's ready to end her life, there won’t be anyone around to stop her.

Then Brooke meets Derek. Derek is the only person who really gets what Brooke is going through, because he’s going through it too. As they start spending more time together, Brooke suddenly finds herself having something to look forward to every day and maybe even happiness.

But when Derek’s feelings for her intensify, Brooke is forced to accept that the same relationship that is bringing out the best in her might be bringing out the worst in Derek—and that Derek at his worst could be capable of real darkness.


My Review:
What can I say except for that once again, Brewer has blown me away.  This was a book that I could barely put down.  I picked it up, and blew straight through it. Well, except for last Friday.  I was having my own down day, just all kinds of things going wrong in my world, I'd ran out of my own medicine for my depression, and so I had to put the book down and take a break.  That's not to say that it is a depressing book, it's just that the feelings of the main character, Brooke, and her thoughts, just were hitting too close to home at that moment in time.  But once I got my meds taken on Saturday, and things started getting back to normal, I was able to pick it back up and get right back in.  And Brooke's life also started looking up at the same time.  That's not to say it was smooth sailing for her on the road to recovery, or that she was fully recovered by the end of the book, but you could see her healing and deciding that maybe she did want to live.  That maybe there was something or more than one thing that was worth living for.  

Having been a fan of the author for a long time, and knowing what all Brewer has gone through in his own life, it was obvious that this was going to be more realistic than many of the similar types of stories you see out there.  But it was realistic in a way that still can give those of us out there with these types of feelings hope, to see that there is hope out there, and that knowing others feel the same way as you, but that you can give it time and work and get past it.  

I'm so glad I found someone to trade me this book, I will be hoping that I can get to "meet" Zac Brewer and get it autographed at some point in the future. While I have met the author before, it was when he was in a different part of his life, and I'm looking forward to meeting him when he is hopefully doing better and feeling more like himself.  

Another great thing about this book and the author is the information he gives at both the beginning and the end of the story about how personal this story really is.  There is also a great best friend story and the romance is good, showing how it can be not so perfect, but can also hide what you think is perfect.

Definitely as I said a 5 star read and highly recommended. 

 

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Title: SPEED  
Author: BB Easton  
Genre: New Adult Romance  
Release Day: September 11th
 

About Speed

Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her bestselling, award-winning memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy standalone! SPEED is the second book in the 44 Chapters spin-off series—a gritty, taboo love triangle overflowing with dark humor and tangible teen angst. It is based on a true story. After her possessive, psychopathic, rage-fueled ex, Knight, joins the Marines, sixteen-year-old BB is left trying, and failing, to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. It isn't until she meets Harley James—an easy-going, tattooed mechanic with a face as angelic as his habits are sinful—that she learns how to live again. How to laugh again. But will she learn to love again? Over Knight’s dead body.

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I needed something to do. I was going out of my mind checking my phone every five seconds waiting for Harley to call. I’d bitten off all my fingernails, applied and reapplied my makeup, worn a path into the carpet next to my bed from pacing, and smoked at least a pack of cigarettes—and I’d only been awake for an hour. I even called in to work to see if I could pick up some extra shifts. I knew they’d say no, but it was worth a shot. I was so restless. I went from going to school full-time, working part-time, and spending every other minute with Knight to working twenty hours per week and spending the other hundred and forty-eight staring at a TV screen and wondering if I’d ever be able to feel again. Well, I was feeling again. Feeling like I wanted to jump out of my fucking skin. The night before had been more fun than I’d ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I’d had plenty of fun in my sixteen years, but it was always the bad kind of fun. The kind of fun that ended with somebody getting hurt. Or getting into a fight. Or brandishing a weapon. Or getting pregnant. Or vandalizing a drug dealer’s car. Or dying. Or getting arrested. Or going to the hospital. Or having a bad trip. Or puking up malt liquor all night. Or running from Latin gangsters. Or having to walk three miles to Juliet’s house at two a.m. with no jacket. That’s how my nights of “fun” usually ended. And I guess my night with Harley could have ended the same way if I’d gotten busted going twenty miles over the speed limit with beer on my breath. But I hadn’t. Because Harley was an angel. That was the only explanation. Harley was a golden-haired angel delivered to me from the universe to apologize for the utter shit show my life had become after Knight kicked his way into it. The gods must have been like, “Damn, that really went sideways fast. Our bad. Here’s a tattooed, muscle-bound, baby-faced sex machine to make up for it. Oh, and we’ll even gift wrap him in a vintage Mustang. Our treat.” But if he really was a gift from the cosmos, then why hadn’t he fucking call— “Hello?” I almost dropped the glittery Nokia that hadn’t left my hand all morning as I scrambled to answer it. “Hello?!” “Hey, Lady.” The gravely sound of Harley’s voice and the lazy smile I could almost see on his face had me squeezing my eyes shut and pressing my lips together in an attempt to suppress the girlie squeal that was about to burst out of me. “You called,” I squeaked in disbelief. Harley chuckled. “Of course I fucking called. I can’t stop thinking about you.” Blink, blink. “BB?” “Huh?” I cleared my throat. “I’m sorry, you’ll have to leave a message. BB is dead right now.” Harley’s laugh danced through my head and into my heart and tickled my fucking soul. “Is she alive yet?” he asked. “Let me check…nope. You killed her pretty good.” “What about now?” I smiled so big my face hurt. “Um…” “I was really hoping she’d come see me at work today.” “What time?” I blurted out. Shit. Lost my cool again. “Around four? I get off at five, and this afternoon is looking pretty slow.” “Okay,” I said. “I mean, I’ll see if I can reanimate BB by then. She might want to eat your brains, though, so just be prepared.” Oh, good save, I thought, rolling my eyes at myself. Harley chuckled and said, “Tell BB she can eat any part of my body she wants.” I blushed crimson at the innuendo in his voice. “See you at four, little zombie,” he said before hanging up.

 

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About the Author

BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write stories about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about it.

 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Release Blitz: Melt by Carrie Aarons






Title: Melt
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 17, 2017
Blurb

You scream. I scream. We all scream during … well, you get the point.

After a failed eight-year relationship and a cross-country move, the last thing I’m looking for as a single mom is a new flame. In fact, diapers, walls marked in crayon, and daycare pickup are the only things on my to-do list.

Enter Jake Brady, your friendly neighborhood food truck owner whose dimples and delicacies won’t seem to leave well enough alone. With more popularity than the president, his wine-infused sweet treats have our nation’s capital hooked. He’s spontaneous, smug and all-American gorgeous; a dangerous combination considering he has no interest in taking on the responsibilities that rule my life.

But when we can’t seem to sample enough of each other’s … desserts, things start to get complicated. Jake is biting off more than he can chew, and when I watch him with my daughter, I can’t seem to freeze my melting heart.

Maybe it’s his waffle cone. Maybe it’s his … banana split. Either way, I think I’m in trouble with a cherry on top.







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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can't imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.



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Promo Post with Giveaway: The Last Queen (Fairytale Villains Collection #1) by Becca Alexandra

Title: The Last Queen
Series: Fairytale Villains Collection #1
Author: Becca Alexandra
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: September 15, 2017

Elise was just a teenage girl with one dream; to become a fashion designer in her hometown in Wonderland. However, she's been lined up as one of the ladies to potentially marry the soon to be King. Things take a strange turn as she finds herself amongst some of the craziest minds in Wonderland, all fighting to get to the top. Elise is trapped in a world where she's a puppet of the monarchy and her dream to become a designer has disappeared along with her family. Find out how Elise became the most feared Queen in all the lands in The Last Queen! 
Becca Alexandra is the author of the award-winning fairy tale series, Haunting Fairytales, and of the upcoming series, Fairytale Villains Collection. 

The Last Queen is book one in the standalone series and is out on September 15th. Check out the Haunting Fairytales Series here:  Book 1: hyperurl.co/TheEnchantedKingdoms Audio: hyperurl.co/AudioEnchanted Book 2: hyperurl.co/JourneyToNeverland Book 3: hyperurl.co/IntoWonderland Book 4 is out November 30th


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Shredding Dreams (Velocity #2)
A Rockstar Romance
By Bella Jeanisse

The battle for love is never easy.
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Lead guitarist, Ian Tate, loves his wife with all his heart. It kills him that she is not ready to end their separation. After two years, he is willing to do whatever it takes. The problem is, he doesn’t understand what went wrong. Since she won’t tell him what he did to destroy their bond, he stays close to figure it out.

Sherry Tate hates that her rocker husband is hurt by their time apart. However, she can’t take him back until he changes. The emotional rift between them continues to grow, but she needs him to see for himself what he has done to her. She just hopes he does it soon.

Will Ian discover why Sherry threw him out? Does Sherry still hold a place in her heart for Ian? Can they start over after all they have put each other through? That and more in the second Rock Star Romance of the Velocity series.

Warning: For those 18 and over only. May not be suitable for all readers. Be prepared to laugh, cry, scream and squirm in your chair.

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ABOUT BELLA
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Bella Jeanisse lives for rock music. Addicted to concerts, Avenged Sevenfold, fictional rockers, and blasting music in the car, she can’t get enough. After her father turned her on to Queen, there was no going back. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Playing guitar became a pastime, which didn’t turn into a career… until she started to pen her fantasies and publish them.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, she grew up with access to clubs like L’Amour and CBGBs, hung out in Greenwich Village, as well as had plenty of friends in bands. No wonder rockers stayed on her mind. Bringing her ideas to life was a long time coming.

She is now living near Tampa, FL with 3 kids and 2 grandkids, as a single mom. Her family supports her writing even when it seems to take up more time than they feel is necessary. Can’t stop the muse, ya know!

Besides erotic rock star romances, Bella also writes about wild bikers, hot college men and more.

Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/bella.jeanisse
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Website: http://bellajeanisse.com/

 

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