Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Coral & Bone by Tiffany Duane

Apr
24
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I’m really excited to be participating in the cover reveal for Coral & Bone by Tiffany Duane with Xpresso Book Tours because I really like this cover and all of it’s creepiness. It is designed by the same artist who designed the covers for Splintered by A.G. Howard. If you liked those, I really hope you’ll like this one! Check it out!

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Coral & Bone by Tiffany Duane

Genres: Paranormal Young-Adult
Publication Date: July 7, 2014

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past, and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

The cover for Coral & Bone is designed by Nathalia Suellen.

About the Author

Tiffany

Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up, or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand, and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn’t caught them, yet.

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May 2014 YA New Releases

Apr
23
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May is an insane month for books! Do you guys see everything that’s coming out?!?! Seriously, I don’t know how I’m going to keep up. Not that I’m complaining. Having tons of awesome books to read is definitely a problem I’m willing to take on. But I’m really having a hard time figuring out which book I want to read first! Check out the list below for yourself and then let me know in the comments which book you’re most looking forward to in May!

May 1

Scan (Scan, #1) Love and Other Foreign Words

May 6

The Chapel Wars Since You've Been Gone After the End (After the End, #1) The One (The Selection, #3) Royally Lost

The Eighth Guardian (Annum Guard, #1) Killer  Instinct Torn Away How to Meet Boys Secrets and Lies

Boys Like You Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3) Wish You Were Italian The Wizard’s Promise (The Hanna Duology, #1) Fool Me Twice

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1) Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1) Born of Corruption (Born of Illusion, #1.5) Breakable (Contours of the Heart, #2)

May 13

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1) Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3) Free to Fall Rebel (Reboot, #2) We Were Liars

Renegade (MILA 2.0, #2) The Secrets of Lily Graves The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #3) Second Star Everything Leads to You

Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3) Nantucket Red (Nantucket, #2) Searching for Sky Life by Committee Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3)

The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed, #2) Bloodwitch (The Maeve’ra Trilogy, #1)

May 20

The Art of Lainey End Times Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1) The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing, #2) Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)

V is for Villain Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment, #1)

May 27

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4) The Castle Behind Thorns The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister Guy in Real Life

Divided (Dualed, #2) The Dark World (Dark World, #1) One Man Guy The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles, #4) Allies & Assassins (Enemies of the Prince, #1)

The Fear Trials (The Murder Complex, #0.5) Oblivion Guardian (Proxy, #2) Girls Like Us

If I had to pick just one book to read coming out this May, it would feel like torture. I’m so excited for Take Me On, The Dark World, Guy in Real Life, The Falconer, The Art of Lainey, We Were Liars, Allies & Assassins, and Since You’ve Been Gone. Also, I can’t help it, but I will be reading City of Heavenly Fire. No matter how much the last couple of books have annoyed me, I can’t pass up the chance to finally read the conclusion to this series. I hope it’s good! It’s been a long time coming.

Now tell me, which book are you most excited for?



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Cover Reveal: Tempting the Bodyguard by J. Lynn

Apr
22
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I’m so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for the newest book in the Gamble Brothers series by J. Lynn. The first two books in the series are Tempting the Best Man and Tempting the Player. If you like steamy, new adult romances, you should check out these books. And here is the cover for the third book, Tempting the Bodyguard.

 


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Tempting the Bodyguard (Gamble Brothers #3) by J. Lynn

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published by Entangled Brazen on May 12, 2014
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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don’t protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he’s caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she’s at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

About the Author

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Book Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

Apr
21
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Book Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey LeavittThe Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2014-05-06
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Gifted
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three-half-stars
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?     And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and... Dax. No wait, not Dax.   Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there's a wedding chapel to save.

I was super excited to win an ARC of this and couldn’t wait for a chance to read it. I read Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt last year and adored it. I hoped The Chapel Wars would be just as cute. And it was cute. But it just didn’t have quite the same magic for me that Going Vintage did.

The Chapel Wars is about Holly, a sixteen year old girl who lives in Las Vegas and has just lost her grandpa. He owned a wedding chapel in the city and he leaves it to Holly, passing by both of her parents and his secretary that worked for him for years. He explains in a letter why he left the chapel to her and that he’s leaving it to her with quite a bit of debt. It turns out that Holly must make a lot of money quickly in order to save the chapel. But for Holly, it’s about more than saving the chapel. It’s about saving the place that feels like home and that connects her to her past and her future. In Vegas, nothing old stays but she needs the chapel to stay. So she gets to work. And part of that work is handing a letter from her grandpa to Dax Cranston, grandson of the man who owns the chapel next door and who has been in battle with her grandpa for years. So after attending the funeral and handing over the letter, Holly sets off to earn the chapel some money. She makes changes that not everyone supports and gets a little mixed up with Dax. But she really needs to focus. Because it isn’t just the chapel that’s in trouble, it’s also her family that’s falling apart and her future that she needs to figure out.

The best parts of this book are just how cute it is and the fact that it’s set in Las Vegas. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that was set in Las Vegas that wasn’t about the strip and gambling and everything else that you might immediately think when you hear Vegas. This book shows Vegas in a different sort of light. We still see the glitzy Vegas but we also get to see the non-touristy parts. The non-chain restaurants, the quite neighborhoods, the families that grow up there. It was interesting to read about a place I thought I knew but really had no idea about. I still don’t want to live in Vegas, but I can appreciate that there is a different side to the city now. Also, if you want a cute romance that reads quickly and never gets too deep or depressing or intense, this is a perfect fit. It’s adorable and fast and touches on issues like grief and divorce and teenage drinking but it never really delves into the problems or lets them drag it down. It doesn’t really brush them off but the book doesn’t dwell on the issues either. If you want an issues book, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

This leads into one of my problems with the book. While it’s super cute, it leaves a lot of things untouched. It doesn’t ever really address the feud between the grandpas except that there is one. There are several scenes that show how badly they must have hated each other but it never explained where the feud started, how it got so bad, or even the part that Holly’s grandpa played in it. I would have liked a deeper look into the battle and to see how Holly’s grandpa might not have been only the victim like she believed. Dax mentions briefly that it wasn’t one sided, but I just wish I could have known more about why these two men hated (really hated) each other and looked at how it could have been fixed or something. I also would have liked more conclusion with her feelings regarding her parent’s divorce and her family. I feel like there are a lot of issues just briefly touched on and for me, if you’re going to bring up issues like that with characters that are important to the story, I’d like to see a little bit more of a conclusion with it.

My other main issue was that while I related to Holly a little bit, she really wasn’t my favorite character from the book. This is a small thing but I always want the main character to be one of my favorites. In this case, my favorite turned out to be James, her younger brother. I really wanted to know more about him. He was troubled and hurt by his parents divorce but still fiercely loyal to his family. I felt more connected to him and cared more about him than Holly. Also, and this hurts a little to say because I liked him, I wasn’t completely sold on Dax and their relationship. I’m not even completely sure what it was, but it almost felt like the two of them were together because they were there rather than that they were really drawn to each other. I will say, and this is important and relates to all of the characters, that everyone felt real. The characters, their actions, the dialogue all felt genuine and natural. I just wasn’t completely sold on the relationship. It was cute, though, watching them getting to know each other and I liked that it wasn’t insta-love, but they just aren’t one of those couples that I’ll think about much after the book is over.

I know these issues contradict each other but my overall feelings are this: while the book felt real and honest and I was interested in seeing this different side of Las Vegas, there was just too much left untouched for me and not enough connection with the main character. With that said, this book is cute and a really good, fun read. A perfect vacation read, escape from reality read. Add in things like a cute boy in a cupid costume, a struggling family, lots of friends, and Las Vegas as a background, and this is definitely a book worth reading. I just don’t think this will be a book that ends up on 2014 favorites lists.



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Book Blitz: Meeting Mr. Wright by Cassie Cross (Excerpt and Giveaway)

Book Blitz: Meeting Mr. Wright by Cassie Cross (Excerpt and Giveaway)Meeting Mr. Wright on 2014-04-17
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
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Callie Kirkpatrick promised herself she’d never fall in love again.

After catching her boyfriend Ethan cheating on her, Callie decides to retire from the dating game at the ripe old age of twenty-four. Unfortunately for Callie, she’s going to have to see Ethan at her best friend’s upcoming wedding. Stranded in the airport during a weather delay on her way to the nuptials, Callie meets Nate Wright. He’s sexy and uncomplicated, and a one-night stand is just what the doctor ordered for a girl with a broken heart. Callie thinks she’ll never see Nate again —until he shows up at the wedding.

Nate is hell-bent on making Callie forget about her ex, and he makes her question whether she was ever really in love with Ethan at all. As she begins to fall for Nate, Callie wonders if promises were meant to be broken...

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“He really did a number on you, didn’t he?” Nate says, not even trying to hide his anger. “You’re still torn up over it.” And the way the words come out, they’re a statement of fact. I have to set the record straight.
“I’m not torn up over it,” I tell him, looking him right in the eyes. And that’s the truth. I mean, it’s part of the truth, but things aren’t that simple.
“Callie-”
“I’m not. See, the thing is that I thought this would be us, you know? Me and Ethan getting married. Having a wedding, spending the rest of our lives together. I thought that’s where we were headed. I let myself believe I had forever with him, and then I came home and found him in bed with another woman. In our bed. And I just…I couldn’t believe it.”
“Cheating isn’t usually about the sex,” he says, like that matters at all.
“That doesn’t make it any better, Nate. That makes it worse.”
He nods, looking down, and I’m not sure if he doesn’t say anything because he wants me to keep going or because he just doesn’t know what else to say. There’s a part of me that’s ready to say this, to admit it out loud, and I want to admit it to him.
“Six months later, it’s not the sex that bothers me. Well, not really. It’s that I never thought he could do something like that to me. I didn’t think he was even capable of it. I was supposed to be the person who knew him better than anyone else, and I wonder how deep would I have gotten before I found out? Would we have gotten married? Would we have had children? How long would it have taken me to figure out that I didn’t know him at all? That’s what scares the hell out of me. So it’s not about him, you know? It’s about me. I don’t trust myself to know who it’s safe to give my heart to.”
Nate takes a deep breath, and his face is so full of understanding that I could cry. He reaches up and pushes a strand of hair behind my ear, and his expression is so tender that I can’t help but press my cheek into the palm of his hand and close my eyes. He makes me feel safe, and I don’t know if it’s right, but I want to allow myself the comfort that he offers, even though that’s so dangerous. It would be so easy for me to let myself fall in love with him. So easy to let him in. So easy for him to break my heart.
Nate’s hand slides down the side of my neck, and he traces the strap of my swimsuit with his fingertip. I can feel the trail of heat his touch leaves all the way down in my toes. “You won’t ever know who it’s safe to give your heart to. Falling in love is a risk.”
I laugh bitterly. “I think it’s well documented that I’m not much of a risk taker.”
He smiles, putting his hand back on the edge of the pool. “Not every guy is like Ethan.”
I know he’s dying to tell me that he isn’t like Ethan, but he doesn’t do that. I don’t know why his silence makes me believe him more than his words ever could, but everything in my brain is just a big swirl of confusion right now.
“But some guys are, Nate. How will I know the difference?”
He waits for me to look into his eyes before he speaks. “You’ll feel it.”

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