Friday, August 29, 2014

Please Pretty Lights - Review + Excerpt

Please Pretty Lights by Ina Zajac

It's September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty-first birthday. Matt and Nick--best friends, bandmates, and bouncers--do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine-trafficking boss, Carlos. They don't realize her daddy issues come with a forty-million-dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything to escape.
She is actually Violetta Rabbotino, who had been all over the news ten years earlier when her father, an acclaimed abstract artist, came home in a rage, murdered her mother, then turned the gun on himself. Young Violetta was spared, hidden behind the family Christmas tree, veiled by the mysticism of its pretty lights whose unadulterated love captivated and calmed her.
Now, desperate to shed her role as orphaned victim, Via stage dives into a one-hundred-day adventure with Matt and Nick, the bassist and drummer of popular nineties cover band Obliviot. The rock-and-roll lifestyle is the perfect distraction--until she is rattled by true love. As Christmas looms closer, her notorious past becomes undeniable. How will she ever untangle herself from her twisted string of pretty lights?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Mission - Review + Excerpt

The Mission by C.C Solomon

Rule #6: Be mysterious, but always approachable…keep him wanting more!

Rule #11: Always remember, no sex in the beginning. Make him wait!

Rule #19: You’ve got to give a little to get a little. Be giving of yourself, and it will make a lasting impression to keep your Mr. Right.

Sheila and Denise are successful, funny and attractive, but very single women. Not that being single is horrible; but when Denise is hassled to have a date to an old friend’s wedding-of-the-century, and Shelia needs an escort to an industry banquet where everyone who’s anyone will be in attendance, being single loses its perks. To add to the dilemma, Sheila tells a little white lie to her workplace nemesis about dating a successful music producer, which explodes into a career-threatening rumor. Under extreme pressure from family, friends and coworkers, they resort to making a pact. Their Mission: Get A Man in Three Months. They will use “proven” rules to finding their Mr. Rights. Rules that worked for a friend of a friend …how hard could it be?

Monday, August 25, 2014

10 Things To Know About Author Dan Dembiczak - Guest Post

Imperfect Paradise by Dan Dembiczak tells the story of Sarah Chizneks’s internal awakening and delivers a powerful message about hope, happiness, and finding your place in the world. A classic romance with a contemporary twist, it is sure to appeal to fans of modern, liberating fiction.

For thirty-two-year-old Sarah Chizeck, marriage was not an option, but an expectation. She was raised to believe that a woman’s main focus is to get married and start a family, and she put everything else on hold to accomplish this goal.
So when she finally marries her boyfriend of five years, Sarah and her family are ecstatic. But underneath Sarah’s smiles, something else is lurking.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Making of Nebraska Brown - Review

A couple times this week I mentioned how much I loved The Making of Nebraska Brown so finally after so many times saying that we get to my review from earlier this year.
Looking at it now I'm both surprised that I didn't write more and that I even managed to get that out.
It's definitely at the top of my list of books I need to reread.

The Making of Nebraska BrownThe Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published February 6th 2014 by Immortal Ink Publishing

The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.
All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Louise Caiola Author Interview

As a young girl growing up on Long Island, Louise spent most of her allowance on Nancy Drew mysteries. She soon realized that one day, she might have a story of her own to tell. Maybe even more than one story.
Although motherhood took center stage in her life for many years, Louise went back to college after her children were older to study that which she knew deep down was her true passion; creative writing. She soon began to craft a collection of short stories which were published in the inspirational online magazine, FAITH HOPE AND FICTION.
Shortly thereafter, her first novel, Wishless, a contemporary YA, was
penned and ultimately released in 2011 .
After having her next novel, The Making of Nebraska Brown, picked up by Immortal Ink Publishing, Louise was invited to join their publishing team, where she is now working in editing, marketing  and acquisitions.
In the coming months Louise will have her two-book collection of short stories (Petit Fleurs and Vignettes) released through Immortal Ink. She also has two more full-length novels currently in various phases of production.
She invites you to subscribe to her mailing list to be privy to contests, giveaways and up-to-the-minute happenings.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Guest Post with Louise Caiola

As I mentioned yesterday, and will most likely mention again, The Making of Nebraska Brown is my one of my favorite books I've read this year so I just had to ask author Louise Caiola what inspired it.
But first:
About The Making of Nebraska Brown
The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Making of Nebraska Brown Song Pick

Leave it to me to fall behind on my features post of the week when the featured book just happens to be my favorite book of the year.
I'd give my reasons but in the end they'll just sound like excuses.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Guardians Books 1 & 2 Reviews

Earlier this week I admitted to not yet having finished this series, it's either number 4 or 5 on the list depends on how you look at it. I think one of my reasons was that it took me forever to find them. It wasn't until I mentioned waiting for the next one that I got a comment (from Lola StVil, of course) letting me know it was already on Barnes and Nobel. In my defense I was putting all possible effort into looking.
But now that I know they're there I'm just waiting for their number on my list to come up and trust me I'm sure when that time comes I will devour them.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Guardians: The Girl Trailer

After his death, Marcus found the love of his life...

Unfortunately it's not his sexy, telekinetic angel girlfriend --- it's Emmy Baxter... a human.

Between torture, demon attacks, and midterms, Marcus and Emily must fight their feelings for a devastating prophecy has predicted:

"Should Angel and Human unite, humanity will perish."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Quotable Quotes - Guardians

Quotable Quotes is my way of sharing some of my favorite quotes from books, movies and songs.

From Book One of The Guardians by Lola St.Vil.
The one quote I think best describes the story:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tune In Tuesday - The Guardians Series

This weeks' featured author is Lola StVil author of The Guardians series and the new Noru series.

I reviewed the first two in the Guardians series a few years ago, and I'm sorry to say I'm still making my way to finish the series.
(It's about number 4 on my list of series I need to finish.)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer of Authors Interview with Lola StVil

For this weeks Author feature we have Lola St.Vil author of The Guardians series.

About the first book in the series: The Girl
(Which you can get free! Links below.)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Princess Diaries Review

And so ends our Meg-A-Readers week.
Which simply leaves me saying: Bring on next year!
It's going to be bigger, better, longer. (By which I mean more than a week.)
I can not wait.
And of course the promise of 3 new books doesn't hurt either.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Insatiable Book Trailers + Reviews

You know what kind of sucks? (No that is not a pun leading me to talk about Insatiable.)
There aren't that many trailers for Meg Cabot books.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Reposts: Meg Cabot Interviews

In honor of  the Summer of Authors Feature I have running this summer, where I've been posting author interviews/ guest posts I've decided to re-share both interviews with Meg Cabot that we've posted during past Meg-a-Readers events.