Interview & Giveaway: Steel Lily by Megan Curd [Book Tour]

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Welcome to my stop on the Steel Lily tour! Don’t forget to scroll down and check out my interview with Megan and enter to the giveaway!

Steel Lily by Megan Curd

Book Links: Goodreads

Genre: Dystopian

Publish Date: 20th August 2013

Steel Lily-ebooklgBook Description:

AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued.

But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world. me immunity to the Polatzi as long as I didn’t do anything stupid.

Author Interview 🙂

Writing Questions

What inspired Steel Lily? Honestly, Steel Lily was a concept at first - something that had come from me reading a LOT of Cassandra Clare over the holidays 2 years ago. I loved Clare's clear world building and the steampunk ideas she worked in. It made me wonder what it would be like to mash up the dystopian and steampunk themes, and Steel Lily is what came of it.

How often do you write? I try to write daily, but if not daily, every other day. My husband is really good about letting me sneak off with my imaginary friends when he gets home from work! :)

How long did it take to write Steel Lily? Approximately three months for the first draft, but I wasn't writing every day at that point. From first draft to super-polished pretty, it was closer to about eight months.

Have you always enjoyed writing? I have since high school, but I was never serious about it until a friend of mine encouraged me to try to write in college. It took hold of me at that point, and I loved the creation process. When I first published Bridger and realized people enjoyed the story, I about died. Since then my love for writing has continued to grow and there's no sign of it diminishing. :) 

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what? YES!!! I can't write without music. Right now I'm listening to a lot of Imagine Dragons, Muse, Lindsey Stirling, and Ellie Goulding. However, usually I'm more of a Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars, The Black Keys, and Bob Marley kind of girl. Each book kind of dictates the mood, though, so I am constantly making new stations on Pandora!

What kind of books do you like to read? Has this effected the type of books you like to write? I love to read YA! I think as a writer, you have to know your genre, so I love to read books out in the categories I write. Like I said before, I'm a huge fan of Cassandra Clare, but I love J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Angeline Kace, and Heather Hildenbrand. Outside my genre I read a lot of Ted Dekker, Dan Brown, and Denise Grover Swank. You can't go wrong with any of those authors.

Fun Questions!

If Steel Lily was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? Ha! How cool would that be? I don't have an exact match for Avery, but I think it'd be someone like Chloë Grace Moretz.

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I think it would be VERY hard to cast Jaxon, but I would go with someone like Corbin Bleu for him…but obviously with dreadlocks. :)

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If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why? I would give anything to meet J.K. Rowling. The woman is a mastermind. I would love to see her notes on all her characters, see her maps for Hogwarts and see her process to writing. I'd probably just pass out if I saw her, though. I would totally go fangirl and lose my ability to think in straight lines. :)

Favourite type of fizzy drink? (Or any drink if you don’t drink fizzy things.) Fizzy drink would be Coca-Cola, but honestly I prefer Starbucks. I'm a coffee-aholic!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there? NEVER give up. Write what you enjoy - not what is selling at the current moment. Write for you, and write often. Hone your craft by seeking out those who have been in the industry longer, and utilize the advice they give you. Take constructive criticism to heart and grow through it. Attend conferences and meet people in the industry. This is such an exciting time to be a writer - take advantage of it! :)

Would you like to say anything to your readers? That I love and appreciate each and every one of you. Seriously, you guys are the reason I write! I read and do my very best to respond to every email, tweet, or FB post you guys write, and it will ALWAYS be me. I love chatting with you guys and hearing your thoughts, so please feel free to contact me any time! :)

And lastly, do you have any other exciting projects coming up? (That you can tell us about :P  ) I am hoping to have Steel Lily's sequel, IRON PENDULUM, out by Christmas at the latest! Keep your fingers crossed, but that's the plan at the moment. :) Look for the third book not far behind that, and maybe a novella tossed in there as well. It all depends on what the writing mojo allows, haha! :)

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1 Grand Prize!

Runner Up Prizes!

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About Author:

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Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Stanton, Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.

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Giveaway & Excerpt: Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock [Book Blitz]

Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
Release Date: 07/02/13
From Spencer Hill Press
Summary from Goodreads:
The summer
of her dreams is about to get a reality check.
They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed
herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the
country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do.
Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t
wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her
handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time
camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship
to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt.
He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky
who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay
together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would
have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever
isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground
her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different
and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she
really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more
than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?


Available from:
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“Fun, romantic and giddy, Camp Boyfriend brings
real romance to summer camp with grace, humor and passion.” –
Carrie Jones, New York Times Best-selling Author of the NEED
series

EXCERPT:

“If you don’t play football, what will you do this fall?” Thunder rolled through the camp, sending the last of the families scurrying indoors, leaving Matt and I alone in the narrow, shadowed space.

Matt cupped the back of my head and he lowered his nose until it touched mine. “This,” he whispered, then captured my lips in a kiss more electrifying than the war nature waged outside. His mouth was gentle at first, but the pressure grew more insistent until we both gasped for breath. My head whirled and I thought I’d black out until he lowered me to the bench.

The warmth of his bare chest seeped into my soaked tank, the drumming of his heart faster than the clattering rain. His lips left mine and travelled along my jaw to my earlobe. I shuddered when he lightly nibbled, the shock of pleasure intense.

My hands slid along his back, the muscles bunching beneath my touch. I traced the ridge of muscle above his hip and felt him tremble, his breath growing ragged. But when his fingers tugged up the hem of my shirt I was the one who sounded winded. His palms skimmed upward against my ribcage until they cupped my flesh, driving me crazy. Only another kiss kept me from making a noise. The storm was loud, but I didn’t want to risk alerting others that we were behind the water curtain flowing in front of the dugout.

“Matt,” I gasped, loving the feel of his hands on me, the pressure of his hips against mine. I was as hot as a stoked furnace, heat sizzling everywhere at once. My fingers buried themselves in the thick hair at the nape of his neck and I pressed my lips to his, wanting more of him.

He pulled me up and onto his lap. My hair dripped down my back as my head lolled, his mouth leaving a trail of fire along my neck before dipping lower to my clavicle and lower still. I kissed his brow, his temple, and his square jaw while his mouth explored. I wanted it to go on and on, but suddenly he pulled back, his chest rising and falling like one of those old-time bellows I’d seen on a school field trip.

His face was fierce, intense, every handsome feature sharpened. His hungry eyes were backlit with fire as they roamed over me. Why had he stopped?

“Lauren,” he said when it seemed he’d finally caught his breath. I’d never seen him this winded, not even after the endless sprints of football practice. “If we go any farther I won’t be able to stop.” His eyes searched mine, willing me to understand what he was saying.

“Oh.” My cheeks went up in flames and scrambled off his lap. Thank god the heavy waterfall had obscured us from view. I repositioned my bra and tugged down my tank top. I pinched the bridge of my nose, feeling a headache coming on.

“Hey.” Matt lifted my chin until I was forced to meet his warm blue-green eyes, the color as inviting as a Caribbean vacation brochure. “There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. You’re my girlfriend. I love you.”

My heart seized. He’d dropped the L-bomb. We’d skirted around the word for months, saying things like, “I love that about you” or just a casual “Love ya” that sounded like friends. But this. It was huge. What to say? The obvious answer was no answer, but a fierce need to return the words clawed to the surface and fought its way out.

“I love you too.”

He crushed me against his chest, his hands twining in my frizzing waves.  I did love him, I marveled. His warmth. His sense of humor. His strength of purpose and conviction. But was I in love with him? That was the bigger question. One I had no clue how to answer.

About the Authors:

J. K. Rock is the writing partnership of sisters-in-law
Joanne & Karen Rock. Separately, they write adult romance. Together, they
dream up Young Adult books like CAMP BOYFRIEND, the first in a three-book
series. The summer camp stories continue with CAMP PAYBACK (4/14)
and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT (8/14), plus bonus free novellas in between
stories. Visit http://campboyfriend.net to
learn more about the series and the free prequel novella, CAMP KISS,
which you can download here.

***Author Links***
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Website
 / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads / Karen’s Twitter / Joanne’s Twitter Facebook

***GIVEAWAY***
Grand prize – Signed copies Amanda Ink’s SUN, Jennifer
Armentrout writing as J. Lynn’s FRIGID and JK Rock’s CAMP BOYFRIEND. Also
included, advance sneak peek copy Laurie Halse Anderson’s THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE
OF MEMORY and Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian’s FIRE WITH FIRE, plus an “I
❤ my Camp Boyfriend” tee shirt, friendship
bracelets,  ‘I ❤ Camp’ temporary tattoos, and a
bookmark with the download code for CAMP KISS.
Three other winners will receive $10 Amazon gift cards

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Review: You Against Me by Jenny Downham

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You Against Me by Jenny Downham

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Publish Date: December 2nd 2010

Publisher: David Fickling

Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance

Source: Bought it!

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Book Description:

If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?

If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?

When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart.

When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel.

When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

MY REVIEW:

I bought this from a charity shop, (in the children’s section. It annoys me so much! People, it’s YA. Or Teenager, or whatever! But I did get it slightly cheaper in the children’s section, so…yay…?).

I’m SO glad that I picked this up! I’d, quite frankly, had enough of typical YA romances so this was perfect for me. There are real problems in this novel that the characters have to go through. Not stupid problems like; “Does this nail polish go with my underwear?” kind of thing.

I would liken You Against Me, to a modern-day Romeo and Juliet. And I know that may be a turn-off for some people, but I don’t think it should be! I think that because it’s about forbidden love, people assume it’s going to be cliché and cheesy. It’s NOT! It really isn’t!

It kind of reminds me of Noughts and Crosses too. Because it’s two people from VERY different families who find something within each other that makes them want to break the rules!

Mickey’s sister, Karyn, claims to have been raped by Tom, Ellie’s brother. Mickey wants to go and beat him up, but instead meets his sister Ellie. He plans to get close to her and use her against her brother, but instead starts to fall in love with her. Ellie has no idea who he is, until someone let’s it slip out. She distrusts him, but knows that she is in love too.

There is an instant connection between Ellie and Mickey. It’s not insta-love as such, but it’s only after meeting up a few times that they realise what’s going on between the two of them.

Sexual abuse is a tricky subject to write about, but I think Downham handled it brilliantly. There weren’t any explicit scenes, only when a witness was being questioned and that was kinda vague. I mean, I think we all get the idea, right?

You Against Me makes you question the trust you have in your family and believe in impossible love.

I just wish that it had ended. The story stops before you know the outcome of the trial. Does Tom get free? Is Karyn branded a liar?

I like to think that Tom pleaded guilty and sorted his own mess out.

Overall, I loved it and will be adding it to my physical bookshelf! I would recommend it if you enjoyed Before I Die, and if you like Romeo and Juliette and possibly if Noughts and Crosses is your kinda book. Even if you don’t like that mixture, what’s wrong in taking it out from your library and giving it a read?

About Author:

jenny

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Jenny Downham (born 1964) is a British novelist and an ex-actor. In her first book, Before I Die, the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen-year-old girl who has been dying of leukemia for 4 years. The book is told in the first person. The book was acclaimed and was short-listed for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.

Mini-Review: Jenny Q: Unravelled by Pauline McLynn

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Jenny Q: Unravelled by Pauline McLynn

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Publish Date: June 6th 2013

Publisher: Puffin Books

Genre: Contemporary…I’d like to say YA but the MC is 13 soo…shall we stick with YA? Yeah, why not!

Source: Library!

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Book Description:

I’m Jenny Q. How do you do? I am officially a middle child since the baby bro arrived. But it’s OK because he is the best little bundle ever. Even my big brother’s group Ten Guitars are well into the lil dude. That includes the gorgeous Stevie Lee Bolton with his looks that just mesmerise me! And now my bro’s asked me to handle their fan mail – I’ll be secretary to the hottest boyband in Dublin! Will Stevie Lee finally notice me? But in between babies, boys and crazy band fans, will I have enough time to help Dad or look after exhausted Mum before everything becomes unravelled!

MY REVIEW:

I LOVED this book! I haven’t read the first book, I just saw this in my library and as I was flicking through the pages I was literally laughing out loud! So, of course I had to bring it home!

Seeing as I keep reading NA romances, it was so refreshing to read something a little different. Completely different, actually. I haven’t read a book where the narrator is younger than me in a LONG time! At least, that’s what it feels like.

I loved Jenny’s ‘voice’, her inner dialouge was hilarious! You remember Tilly from Miranda Harts TV series? Jenny is like a mini version of her! And I learnt some new knitting patterns too! The heart came out perfectly 🙂 thanks Jenny! (And Pauline! Pretty sure she MIGHT have helped too. Haha!)

Personally, I thought the footnotes where a nice touch, but a little straining at times. I had to keep glancing down and then losing my place in the original spot I was reading in. The footnotes where funny though 😛

To be honest, I wasn’t even going to review this novel, it’s just one of those books that I got from the library and knew that I didn’t have to review if I didn’t want to. Well, I want to. Because I really enjoyed it and I think everyone should at least try it out!

About Author:

pauline

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Pauline McLynn (born 11 July 1962) is an Irish actress, comedienne and author, best known for playing Mrs Doyle on the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. McLynn was born in Sligo but grew up in Galway. She studied History of Art and Modern English at Trinity College, Dublin. She was heavily involved in Trinity’s Dublin University Players (college drama society). She is married to the producer and agent Richard Cook. She supports both Aston Villa and Bohemian F.C.

Cover Reveal: All of You by Christina Lee

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All of You by Christina Lee 

Publication date: September 17th 2013

Publisher: Intermix (Penguin)

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Book Description:

In this powerfully emotional debut New Adult novel, Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He’s irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.

Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she’s perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother’s bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won’t accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.

So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in?

About Author:

CL

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives near Cleveland with her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything.

New Adult/Young Adult author. NA Contemporary Romance, ALL OF YOU, releases September with Penguin. BEFORE YOU BREAK in 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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Thoughts on the cover? I quite like it! Very orange. But yeah, I’d read it! Let me know what you think!

Charlie 😛 xx

 

Monthly Wrap-Up: JULY

Welcome to ANOTHER (????) monthly wrap up 🙂 Once again I completely forgot about the month ending and didn’t write this up beforehand. OOPS! Well, you know what they say…the fourth of the month is better than the 31st…yeah….no?? Right. On with the wrap up!

Books Read: (Highlighted indicates reviewed.)

1- You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

2- Dusk by Eve Edwards

3- Anomaly by Krista McGee

4-  Defiant in The Vikings Bed by Joanna Fulford

5 – Office Toy by Cleo Peitsche

6 – Ink by Amanda Sun

7- The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

8- Indelible by Bethany Lopez

9- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

10 – Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu

11- Plastic Hearts by Lisa De Jong

12 – When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford

13 – Love Unbroken by Victoria Bright

14- Faking It by Cora Carmack

15 – Paradox by Robyn M. Pierce

16 – The Spirit Keeper by K. B. Laugheed

17 – The Rose Stone by Jaqueline Rayner

18 – Manic by JA. Huss

19 – You Against Me by Jenny Downham

20 – Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans

Books Reviewed this Month: (not shown above)

Thundering Luv by L.M Preston

Banished From Grace by Aria Williams

 

Freshman Forty by Christine Duval

Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman

Books of the Month:

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Don’t Want To Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell

The Spirit Keeper by K. B. Laugheed

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

(I can’t be bothered to link these books. If you’re really interested in them, I’m sure you can Google ’em! And read my reviews…**hint, hint**)

Well, I think that month went pretty well! I read 20 books, and reviewed 15 books! 13 books read this month were ebooks. I thought that was interesting 🙂

Hope everyone else had a brilliant week! Let me know how you did! Send me links!

Charlie xx

Stacking the Shelves [24] & The Sunday Post [21]

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga Reviews!

Hey there! This StS counts as two weeks worth of books because it was sunny last Saturday and basically, I couldn’t be bothered to list all of my books. So…i’ve got to do it this week instead. Blahhhh! I love it really! All links go to GR unless stated. Leave me links to your posts!

Borrowed from Library:

red queen The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England.

Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth’s daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.

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Has anyone been watching the BBC series of The White Queen? It’s so awesome! I’ve already read The White Queen and so I know what happens to the king :(( **spoliers** haha!

unearthlyUnearthly by Cynthia Hand

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

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I saw this reccomended on GR so I thought, why not? Plus, the third book has come out? Yeah, I start the series just as it finishes…clever Charlie! Looks great though!

don't want to Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell

Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope?

Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood – a much better place to work on his parenting skills – and he and Molly become neighbours. There’s an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter’s going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people’s secrets…and about himself.

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Umm….hello? The guy is called Dexter! SOLD. I just finished this one and it was BRILL. Cooking up a review as we speak 🙂

jenny QJenny Q: Unravelled by Pauline McLynn

I’m Jenny Q. How do you do? I am officially a middle child since the baby bro arrived. But it’s OK because he is the best little bundle ever. Even my big brother’s group Ten Guitars are well into the lil dude. That includes the gorgeous Stevie Lee Bolton with his looks that just mesmerise me! And now my bro’s asked me to handle their fan mail – I’ll be secretary to the hottest boyband in Dublin! Will Stevie Lee finally notice me? But in between babies, boys and crazy band fans, will I have enough time to help Dad or look after exhausted Mum before everything becomes unravelled!

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Just finished this one too! So funny! Wasn’t going to write a review but ended up doing so anyway 🙂 or a MINI review seeing as it’s quite short 🙂

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not pretty enough Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans

“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

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Read this one and thought it was really funny! Review in September…which isn’t that far away now! HELP!

moon childMoon Child by Tracy E. Banghart

Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

Then Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt. And not going to school.

Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

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I haven’t read the first book yet…and now i have this one….eeeek!

edures What Endures by Katie Lee

Jason Kincaid is young, hot and successful.

An All-Star outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, he finally had everything he ever wanted, including a second chance with his high school sweetheart, Megan Williams.

But their hopes for a ‘happily-ever-after’ are dashed by tragedy.

A horrific car accident wipes out most of Jason’s memories. Unable to recall anything from the last fifteen years of his life, Jason is suddenly adrift, his once charmed life now in ruins.

Megan finds herself in the untenable position of having to deal with the fact that the man she’s helping to rebuild his life may look, and even act, like her beloved fiancé, but in reality, isn’t any longer.

Trying to protect herself, as well as Jason, Megan fights the attraction between them. . .to no avail. As their potent connection inevitably draws them closer, Megan wonders,

With the memories of their relationship gone, can love endure?

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To be honest, I’ve read so many BAD NA contemporary romances, I don’t really have high hopes for this one. If it’s good I’ll be suprised, and VERY happy 🙂

naturalNatural Selection by Elizabeth Sharp

What do you do when you find out your family isn’t your family, death is knocking at your door, and that guy you can’t stop thinking about knows more about who you are than you do? Amelia Hoffman was just a normal 15 year old until she found out the truth. Now ancient myths, supernatural beings, and murder have changed everything. Tests and school dances are no longer the biggest worry in her life– she has to figure out how to save everyone she loves and accept the future in front of her before its too late.

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I LOVE the authors name. ELIZABETH. SHARP. I could say it ALL DAY! But i won’t. Because that would be weird. Sharp. Elizabeth Sharp. Awesome name!

second nature Second Nature by ELIZABETH SHARP AGAIN!

Amelia Hoffman always knew she would be with Nathaniel Peplow forever, but after they bonded everything started to go wrong. Nate treats her like the enemy, her siblings are in danger, and an old threat grows closer. As Nate pulls away and Amelia’s burgeoning friendship with a handsome stranger blossoms, she worries she made the biggest mistake of her life. If sorting out her love life wasn’t enough, a new drug emerges that not only threatens the ones she loves, but seems to be part of something larger than she could ever imagine. Amelia’s new and old friends must work together to not only save themselves, but the whole world.

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When I signed up for the tour, these covers where WAAAAy better than this! Like, with real people and RED hair, I have a thing for red hair. But not cartoony. Disapointed 😦

lovingLoving Your Lies by Piper Shelly

Julian is drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly provocative, and he’s fast becoming her best friend. But he also has a secret that makes the little hairs on her arms stand on end…

My name is Jona Montiniere, and that’s pretty much the only good thing to say about me.

I’m seventeen, I’m snarky, and I’m a crap-load of trouble. Or so they say. But what did they expect from me really, when they dumped me in an orphanage at age five? That I’d grow up to become the new first lady? Nah, I think it’s much more fun to raid Camden Market in London with my friend, Debby. She’s cool. She lives on the street. I learned so much from her.

The only thing she missed to teach me was how to tend to a vineyard. And yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for the next 6 weeks, courtesy to this darn judge, who sent me off to France after I was caught stealing again. Fair enough, the vineyards are okay, and so are my aunt and uncle, who I haven’t met up ‘til now. What isn’t okay, and I mean it, is that I have to live in the same house with my mother, that god-awful dragon, who spurned when I was only a child. And now she wants me back? Demands my forgiveness? Why, because she’s about to die of cancer? Uh-uh. Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen. I want no contact with that woman, thanks.

But what’s Julian got to do with all of this? About my age, he’s too young to be my mother’s lover. So why doesn’t he leave her side? Ever. He’s different, as in the paranormal kind of different, but he’s sa-woon-worthy gorgeous. He obviously has secrets, but he’s also get-under-my-skin charming. In short, he’s a riddle to me. But he likes me, and that’s scaring the shit out of me. I sure won’t let anyone come too close.

So now I’m wondering only two things: How did he manage to hold me in his arms after only three days? And how the hell do you keep an angel earth bound?

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Could the synopsis be any LONGER? Sheesh. GET TO THE POINT!

Requested from NetGalley:

highlander Highlander Betrayed by Laurin Wittig

Rowan MacGregor, orphaned niece to the chief of the MacAlpins and the rock her family depends upon, is worried. With the dwindling health of her aunt, the Guardian of the Targe, the protections that have kept the clan safe and prosperous are fading, and the new Guardian, one of her cousins, has yet to be chosen. Rowan wants nothing more than to see the clan protected again, but when it seems that will never happen, she despairs—even when a handsome and charming stranger comes to her aid.

Nicholas fitz Hugh is not what he seems. Half-English, half-Scottish, he turned his back on his Scottish heritage early in his life, giving his loyalty to England instead. Now he is a talented and cunning spy charged with finding and stealing the Highland Targe for his king.

But when Nicholas finds himself falling for the bonny Rowan and wanting to protect the family she holds so dear, he is forced to choose between his king’s will and his own: Will he betray his king and his mission? Or will he turn his back on the woman he has come to love?

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I WANT her hair!!! Gimme, gimme, gimme! I TOLD you I had a thing for redheads!

sometimesSometimes a Rogue by MAry Jo Putney

Sometimes…

Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they’ve abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life…

A Rogue…

Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.

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**Singing along to Material Girl…** Imma historical gal, I am I’m a historical GIRL! Yeah…I know your all singing a bit of Madonna!

secret weapon A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn

Boudoir spy Ethan deBeau, Lord Danforth, has charmed his way into the beds of wives and mistresses of powerful men across England and Europe. Because of his rogue attempt to save a loved one, he is sent to London to locate a missing child, an assignment any junior intelligence officer could accomplish. Who knew a proprietress, with a penchant for fixing things, would swoop in to complicate his mission? He soon learns she harbors more secrets than the Foreign Office and sets about uncovering each one, kiss by kiss.

For years, Sydney Hunt, proprietress of the Hunt Agency, has worked to improve the lives of those in service by negotiating better employment terms for them and ensuring they are not sent to abusive households. When word reaches her of strange activities occurring at a local home for orphans, she begins to investigate, using her extensive system of spies. Little did she realize that she would soon join forces with a notorious rake, who represents everything she despises in a man.

The closer they come to locating the missing child, the more they realize they have stumbled into the middle of a dangerous and intricate web, pitting one powerful country against another. Entrenched in London’s underworld, with his beautiful proprietress, Ethan soon realizes everything he ever wanted was trembling with honor and righteous anger at his side. Does his realization come to late? Will his enemy make him choose between his beloved country and his newfound love?

4 to 164 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan

Fifteen-year-old Jane Shilling’s best friends don’t know her real name. In fact, they don’t know anything about her at all. Jane’s life has collapsed in the last few years; following the death of her mother, her father turned to drinking, and Jane is reeling from the double blow. To escape, Jane devises a number of online personas, each with a distinct personality, life history, and set of friends. But things become trickier when she finds herself drawing close to some of her online friends, and winds up struggling with the question of how to maintain a real friendship while masquerading as a fake person. With the help of Gary, a socially awkward classmate and competitive Skeeball player who is Jane’s only offline friend, and Nora, her therapist, Jane begins to sift through her issues. The only catch is that that involves taking a long, hard look at what her life’s like when the computer is shut off, and that’s a reality she’s been fighting for years.

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Just got accepted for this! Looks GOOOOOD!

AND THATS ALL THE BOOKS I GOT! IN TRUTH, I WAS EXPECTING MORE, BUT NEVER MIND! KEEP SCOLLING DOWN FOR MY SUNDAY POST 🙂

the sunday postThe Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Books Read:

 Manic by JA. Huss

 

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

 

 Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans

 

Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell

 Jenny Q: Unravelled by Pauline Mc Lynn

Book of the Week:

don't want to

Loved it and will be purchasing for my physical shelf!

Books Reviewed:

Love Unbroken by Victoria Bright

Faking It by Cora Carmack

Manic by J. A. Huss

Other Posts:

Cover Reveal: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Excerpt & Giveaway: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

Upcoming on the Blog:

Sunday I’ll be posting my monthly wrap-up post for July 🙂

Possibly a cover Reveal on Monday

Review of You Against Me by Jenny Downham

Mini- Review of Jenny Q: Unravelled

Any other days I’ll just have to wing it!

Life Updates:

  • I went to a beach! WOOO! I went with my Mum and Brothers and we where there for 8 and half HOURS! I got slightly burnt across my shoulders, even though I loaded myself up on cream 🙂
  • I’ve been listening to Burn by Ellie Goulding for the last few days and think it’s a great song.
  • My knitting is going really well! I done a tea pot cosy for my Mum, I just need to add a few details, today I done a small heart…aww!
  • Hope everyone has been enjoying the summer while it lasts!

 

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to leave your StS links down below so I can be nosy and see what you got!

Charlie xx