Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hunted (Sinners Series #2) Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

Today Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki and Month9Books are revealing the cover for HUNTED, book 2 in the Sinners Series releasing in July 5, 2015!
Check out the smoking hot cover and enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of BRANDED!

Monday, September 29, 2014

September Review-a-thon Wrap Up

Write On Review-a-Thon

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th . Let’s get those reviews done!

I'm happy to say that I actually finished the reviews I needed to write. Of course they were only three but still, sometimes it takes me a day to just start one so that's a step.

Of course then I remembered there was one I didn't even think about.

FrightFall Read-a-thon

FrightFall Read-a-Thon
I am very excited about this read-a-thon. Mainly because it's one of the things that have been with me since my first year of blogging so I love going back to it every year.
Plus there's something about Fall that makes me want to read more.
I say that about Summer but it never works out as well.
Also I'm going to enjoy reading at night since I'll be starting a class at night in a few weeks and will definitely miss that the most.
And now I'm thinking about that. Stupid real world where we actually have to do things to get by.

Sorry, read-a-thon, books, reading now!

Friday, September 26, 2014

September Review-a-Thon

Write On Review-a-Thon

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th . Let’s get those reviews done!

I think I should probably be spending more time reading the books I have to review, but of course it's probably best to get the few I have to write out of the way before I add more to the list.

The Edge of Always - Review, Thoughts, Feelings

The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never, #2)The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published January 14th 2014 by Forever

He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to THE EDGE OF NEVER, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they’ll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure—and challenges they never could have anticipated.

Sexy. Daring. Dangerous. THE EDGE OF ALWAYS takes you on a ride you won’t forget .

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


Here's something I haven't done in a while. Let's not try to see how long a while since I did just take the last three months off from any serious blogging.

I have a few books that are about to expire but I'm honestly not rushing myself to read. I feel like this is a relax just let it all go type of week.

Reading this week:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Post

Ha! Who am I kidding I hardly ever schedule posts. And they're never regular. In more ways than one.
And this is a solo blog so I don't even know what I mean by "our."

Anybody else miss my odd off-track banter. I know I did. Look a bird!
I actually have been birdy sitting this summer. Which is pretty much the only interesting thing I can say about my summer.

Other than maybe one post and a couple of reviews I have not written anything since June, thanks to The Summer of Authors event I had running.
6 authors in however many weeks. Not counting the honorary features I gave out in between; Meg Cabot with our Meg-a-Readers week in July and Christine Amsden last week to name a few.
Last week's Christine Amsden's post are actually why I held off my official return another week since the event actually ended two weeks ago on the 12th.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) - Review + Giveaway

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) by Christine Amsden
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars.
Published June 25th 2014 by Twilight Times Books

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own?

Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Life and Death of a Series - Guest Post by Christine Amsden

The Life and Death of a Series by Christine Amsden

The world is full of series for one simple reason: They make money! Readers who enjoy one story clamor for more – more of the character or of the world, the mystery or the romance. Whatever it is they loved, they want to recapture that feeling in a sequel.

Problem is, people don't always know what's best for them. There is definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing. Some books are better off as stand-alones, even if there are loose threads at the end. When does life ever come to a neat conclusion anyway? Not every secondary character needs a story of his or her own just like we don't really get to know all the people we meet. And as far as I know the world has never come to a neat “happily ever after” – wars come and go, politicians rise and fall, movements ebb and flow.

There are several different types of series, many of which it would probably be more accurate to call serials. A serial is a story that is relayed in installments, so that in actuality you are reading one big story broken into chunks. The Lord of the Rings is a classic example of what I mean. A true series is a collection of closely related stories, but in fiction the term has come to be applied to both types of stories, and to those that fall in the gray area in between.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Right Click - Review

Right ClickRight Click by Lisa Becker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 17th 2014 by Createspace

Love. Marriage. Infidelity. Crises of identity. Death. Cupcakes.
The themes in Right Click, the third and final installment in the Click series, couldn't be more pressing for this group of friends as they navigate through their 30's.
Another six months have passed since we last eavesdropped on the hilarious, poignant and oftentimes inappropriate email adventures of Renee and friends.
 As the story continues to unfold, relationships are tested and some need to be set "right" before everyone can find their "happily ever after."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Author Interview with Lisa Becker

 Lisa had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story and Double Click.  The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.”
She’s written bylined articles about writing and online dating for Chick Lit Central, Cupid’s Pulse and numerous book blogs.  Her books and story have also been featured in Single Edition and The Perfect Soulmate among other websites.
A former public relations professional, Lisa has worked with some of the biggest consumer companies in the world including McDonald’s, Ford, Sony and Gatorade.  She’s also a former college professor, teaching public relations and communications classes at University of Southern California and Oglethorpe University.
As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “for every chair, there’s a tush.”  Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters.  So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Click: An Online Love Story - Review

ClickClick by Lisa Becker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published March 29th 2011

Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles.

The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates.
Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Online Dating Inspired Click: An Online Love Story - Guest Post

And we've arrived at our final week of author features. I have to say I'm kind of looking forward to going back to normal posts. Of course I say this now that I still don't have to write them.

We'll see how I feel next week. For today I'll let someone else do the writing with a guest post by Lisa Becker author of the Click: An Online Love Story books.

About Lisa:
Lisa had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story and Double Click.  The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.”

Friday, September 5, 2014

Author Interview: Cara R. Olsen

CARA ROSALIE OLSEN resides in sunny Southern California, where she lives with her very patient husband, Michael, and their spoiled pooch, Annabella. A product of a relatively normal childhood - whatever that means - Olsen recalls "Life had this relentlessly boorish way of reminding me I was wonky and unapproved. Regardless of status or gene pool, there is nothing simple or easy about growing up. Life doesn't play favorites or carry biases; it's the pits for everyone. But rather than constantly falling into the pit, often I chose to climb down willingly, lining the bottom with a soft place to land. That place is where I became a reader, and today, a writer."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Awakening Foster Kelly - Review

Awakening Foster Kelly holds the honorary position of number 10.5 in my list of top ten books I read in 2013. Only because I had already made the list and didn't want to bump anyone off. As easy as this book might make it seem.

Awakening Foster KellyAwakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness is just the tip of it. It was only a mistake, but when at the age of five Foster is told “You don’t belong here” the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High School—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what Foster believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere – or with anyone. This reality would continue to suit her just fine, however . . .

Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.

Embers Cover Reveal + Giveaway

There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil—and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Awakening Foster Kelly Song Pick

I'm either getting better at picking songs for books or I've gotten really lucky with these last few picks.
My money's on the luck.
But much like my last pick, Awakening Foster Kelly says so much that it's easy finding a song for it. Well that's not true either.
But I did.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet the Characters: Awakening Foster Kelly

It's time for another Summer of Authors week! I can not believe tis is the second to last week.
Thank you to all the authors that joined me in my first summer long blog event.

Like this week's author: Cara Olsen author of Awakening Foster Kelly.
Whose name I still have trouble remembering after all these months.
Foster's not Cara's.