Cover Reveal: Caught Up In You by Sophie Swift

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Caught Up in You by Sophie Swift 
(Smart Girls Finish First #1.5) 
Publication date: October 15th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Book Description:

Blake Thomas knows exactly why women want to sleep with him. He’s a sexy, twenty-six-year-old bartender with nothing to lose and confidence to spare.

Then Blake meets twenty-two-year-old Lia Smart, the owner of the restaurant where he’s just been hired. Lia is different from Blake’s usual conquests. She’s beautiful, shy, and guarded, with just a hint of loneliness in her eyes. The only problem is, Lia refuses to see Blake as anything more than just a flirtatious bartender.

But everything changes when Lia’s sexy and assertive older sister, Alex, comes back into town. Alex and Lia have always had a complicated relationship, made even more complicated by the fact that they are clearly in love with the same man. Before long, Blake finds himself the pawn in a high stakes game of forbidden love and dangerous emotions, caught between two sisters who could both easily break his heart.

*Contains adult language and situations*

CAUGHT UP IN YOU is a companion novella to be enjoyed before or after reading OUT FROM UNDER YOU, or as a stand-alone story.

OUT FROM UNDER YOU (Book 1) Links:

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About Author:

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Sophie Swift is an east coast girl who recently transplanted to Southern California. She writes about sexy boys by day, and dates them by night. Her sizzling, new adult romance, OUT FROM UNDER YOU, the first in a new contemporary series, will be released in August of 2013. She loves books that quicken her pace, music sung by adolescent boys, and cupcakes with too much frosting. Visit her online at: www.SophieSwift.com

 

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Review + Giveaway: Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly [Book Tour]

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Welcome to my stop on the Loving Your Lies tour! Click HERE to see the tour schedule and to see what other bloggers thought of this title!

Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly

Publication date: January 2013

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

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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?

MY REVIEW:

I found Loving Your Lies to be a very short and sweet read, in which case, it deserves a short and sweet review!

LYL was very easy to read, I flew through the pages, eager to see what happened to Jona and her absent Mother. The first chapter starts off with Jona shop lifting and being sent away to her mother family in France as punishment.

She soon meets a boy…Julian. Personally, I thought that their romance started up a bit quick. It was like, “Oh…he’s Julian. I HATE him. Of COURSE, he’s my Mums lover. I LOVE HIM AND NEVER WANT HIM TO LEAVE.”

Nevertheless, it was sweet and spicy at the same time.

I didn’t think that the angel thing was brought to life as it should have been. I was half way through the book and Jona knew something was up…but wasn’t sure what. Seeing as it was only a 200+ book, perhaps it could have been embellished a tad more.

Overall, I was genuinely interested in reading more about Julian and Jona and her Mother and her French family! Yes, I would recommended it to…well….there isn’t really any specific type of reader that I would or wouldn’t recommend it to, so….if you like words….read Loving Your Lies!

Giveaway:
Grand prize giveaway
Prize (open internationally):
–One signed copy of Loving Your Lies

About Author:

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The quick-and-dirty:
I’m a cool girl with a passion for writing.
The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.
The nitty-gritty:
I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun.
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. 😉

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. 😉

http://pipershelly.com/faq/

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Giveaway + Author Interview: Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon [Book Tour]

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love, lifeLife, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon 
Publication date: August 20th 2013 
Genre: YA Contemporary

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Book Description:

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

READ AN EXCERPT:

“You know I’m pretty sure that all that’s involved in high school dancing is just dry humping and swaying back and forth,” I said as Kai helped me move my parent’s couch back.

“Well, I don’t want to dry hump or just sway back and forth,” he said with a big grin on his face before setting the couch down.

“We don’t have to do this right now either. It’s a Sunday morning and all.” I walked over to the front of the couch, not taking my eyes off of him.

“Homecoming is Saturday, and the only dance I know is the Hokey Pokey.” He shrugged. “Besides Mom and my sisters are at small group and your parents can sleep through anything, so why not now?”

“Okay.” I let out a deep breath and opened my computer. “But you really didn’t take any kind of dance classes? I had ballroom dancing freshman year in gym.”

“Bentley, I’ve gone to public school all of my life. The only dance we ever learned was line dancing when I was in grade school up in Wisconsin, and I’m not doing that at Homecoming.” He laughed.

I started up the song and set my laptop down and stepped in front of Kai, putting my right hand up toward him. “I definitely don’t think there will be line dancing at Homecoming,” I said, putting my hand in his.

“And you make fun of my music?” Kai asked as the song crooned through the speakers on my laptop. I put Kai’s right hand on my hip, and then placed my left hand on his upper arm.

“This is Sinatra, I really don’t think there is anything to be making fun of, and besides I don’t think we could really do ballroom dancing to punk rock.”

“I’m sure we could try.” He smiled and kissed my forehead.

I rolled my eyes. “Okay,  now that we have the arm position it’s time to move our feet, and if you step on my bare feet I am going to punch you.”

He playfully hovered his foot over mine, so I pinched his arm. “If you don’t behave then I’m switching the music to country.”

He let out a big sarcastic sigh. “Fine.”

“Okay, so left foot then right foot then together,” I said as we moved in unison.

“Then right foot goes back and then the left foot meets it.”

We moved together doing a few box steps. It felt kind of silly to be dancing in my pajamas in the living room.

“You know, I really don’t think that anyone is going to be doing the waltz at Homecoming,” I muttered

 I looked up to see him mouthing ‘left, right, together’.

“Well what do people usually do then?” He looked down at me and stopped mouthing the words.

The Sinatra song ended and a slower punk rock song played, one that Kai had actually put on my computer.

“Usually…” I put both my arms around his neck. “It’s kind of more of a close, swaying motion.”

“Oh.” He wrapped his long arms around my waist and pulled me as close as I think two people can get when one was over six foot and the other was barely over five foot three.

“Like this?” He swayed slowly back and forth.

“Usually it’s not some sort of a giant dancing with a midget.” I laughed.

“Fine then.” He bent at his knees and picked me up off of the ground, so that my legs were dangling in the air while he continued to sway back and forth. “Is that better, shorty?”

I wrapped my bare legs around his waist. “Now it is.”

I leaned in and ran my tongue along his bottom lip, tracing the lines of his lip ring.

“I don’t think that’s part of the waltz.” He smiled and pressed his forehead to mine.

“It is now.” I kissed him, pretty hard, since he fell back into the couch with me still in his arms.

Maybe I should have taken him up on the night alone instead of Homecoming. It felt so good to just be in his arms, and the kissing wasn’t so bad either. I could forget about the world every time that Kai kissed me. It was like his lip piercing had some kind of magical powers that just made all my problems disappear as long as we were kissing.

Giveaway:
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Prize (open internationally):

–A Coach wristlet, lemon drop EOS lip balm, swag

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About Author:

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

AND HERE IS MY INTERVIEW WITH MAGAN!

Writing Questions:

 

What inspired Life, Love & Lemons? It was 2010 and I was deep in the hunt for a home for my New Adult book that nobody wanted back them (You can’t sell college aged characters they said), so my friend gave me the idea to write a book about a girl who has everything and then her dad gets laid off so they have to move to a crummy apartment. I said it was stupid and then wrote it and fell in love with it.

 

How often do you write? I try every single day during my lunch hour at work and before bed.

 

How long did it take to write Life, Love & Lemons? 3 weeks on the first draft and editing took a few years because it was shelved for awhile.

 

Have you always enjoyed writing? Sometimes writing can be a chore. Okay, editing is a chore and so is writer’s block.

 

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what? I make a Pandora playlist for every one of my books. This one had a lot of Plus 44.

 

What kind of books do you like to read? Has this effected the type of

books you like to write? I love New Adult right now. My first book I ever wrote was actually a horrible legal thriller and while I love reading legal thrillers, I can’t write them for the life of me.

 

Fun Questions!

 

If Life, Love & Lemons was made into a movie, who would you cast as

the main characters? I think Jordan Pruitt would make a great Bentley and possibly Drake Bell for Kai.

 

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why? This is a hard one. I actually get to meet Chelsea M. Cameron in December and I’m uber excited because she is my Twitter wife and critique partner and I just love talking to her online.

 

Favourite type of fizzy drink? (Or any drink if you don’t drink fizzy things.) How can I choose just one? My husband got a Soda Stream for father’s day (to make homemade soda), so I seem to have a new homemade soda every day

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there? Don’t’ give up. It sucks some days. People will get published that have books you think are terrible. People will become best sellers before you. But as long as you keep pushing and never stop loving it you will get there.

 

Would you like to say anything to your readers? I love all of you. Thank you so much for taking a chance and picking up my books.

 

And lastly, do you have any other exciting projects coming up? (That

you can tell us about lol )

 

What don’t I have coming up? For sure I have The Only One (the companion to The Only Exception) coming October 15th and November 1st is my Christmas Novella (Off The Market) with the 12 NA’s of Christmas. Then hopefully something in January J

Review + Giveaway: Immortals by Ednah Walters

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Immortals by Ednah Walters 
Series: Runes #2
Publication date: August 5th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon  | B&Nimmortals

Book Description:

Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something…
Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns—Norse destiny deities—to punish her for defying them.

So Raine comes up with a plan…
She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again.
But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.

MY REVIEW:

This review is going to be super quick because it’s 6 in the morning and I gotta get to college!

I remember enjoying Runes and I just checked out My Review to see what I thought of it, to refresh my memory!

In Immortals, Torrin has had his memories wiped and can’t remember Lorraine or their relationship. Straight away Raine assumes that every woman Torrin comes into contact with, has some sort of relationship with him.

Which, yeah, you would wonder wouldn’t you? But did she have to go on about it all the time?

Except for that small point I really enjoyed it and would glad read Runes and Immortals again! I would recommend this, once again, to lovers of the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout and if you love paranormal with some bad ass moves…Immortals is for you!

Giveaway:
Grand prize giveaway
Prizes (open internationally):
–25$ Amazon GC
–an eBook of Immortals

About Author:

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.

Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She’s presently working on book six. You can visit her online at www.ednahwalters.com or www.ebwalters.com.

Review: This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky

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Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky

Publish Date: September 1st 2013

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 3.0/5.0

Book Description:

Sophie Canon has just started her junior year when her mother tries to kill herself. Sophie has always lived her life in the shadow of her mother’s bipolar disorder, monitoring her medication, rushing home after school to check on her instead of spending time with friends, and keeping her mother’s diagnosis secret from everyone outside their family. But when the overdose lands Sophie’s mother in the hospital, Sophie no longer has to watch over her. She moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, from whom she has been estranged for the past five years. Rolling her suitcase across town to her family’s house is easy. What’s harder is figuring out how to build her own life.

MY REVIEW:

This is How I Find Her starts off with the MC, Sophie finding her Mum on the bathroom floor, overdosed on her medication. At first I thought it was going to be a really cool book and maybe I’d cry. Well, it wasn’t and I didn’t.

I’m not actually sure what it was with this book, but the writing style made Isabelle sound like a child. As if she wasn’t quite an adult yet, a little bit under developed and clueless of the world around her.

It wasn’t even explained why her friends stopped talking to her, until right at the end. In some books that just adds to the mystery and intrigue, but in this particular book, it made the book feel dragged out and dare I say boring?

There’s a small sentence that I wrote down in my notes and that is, “Depression doesn’t mean you’re crazy.” This main character of this book was worried that she might “catch” it from her mother. And that she didn’t want to have the “crazy gene”. Depression doesn’t mean you’re crazy. Need I say more?

The whole novel seemed a tad detached. As if the author didn’t want to put any life into This Is How I Find Her. That may not have been the intent, but that’s how it came across.

Overall, no I wouldn’t read anything by this author again and no, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. But feel free to check it out if it sounds like something you would enjoy! Many people seemed to enjoy it on GR, so maybe it was just me.

About Author:

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Sara Polsky’s debut YA novel, THIS IS HOW I FIND HER, will be published by Albert Whitman in fall 2013. Her fiction has appeared in Fictitious Force and Behind the Wainscot. She is represented by Suzie Townsend.

Sara also blogs for Curbed, and her articles and essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Forward, Poets & Writers, and other publications. She lives in New York City.

Wrap Up post and What’s Up Next!

So, I failed AGAIN at The Sunday Post and StS so I’m going to do that during the week, because I got some AWESOME books this week and really want to show them off!

Books Read This Week:

The Escort by Gina Robinson

What Endures by Katie Lee

Love, Life and Lemons by Magan Vernon

You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

Posts:

Cover Reveal: Panic by J.A Huss + Giveaway

Cover Reveal: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

Giveaway: What Endures by Katie Lee

Giveaway & Excerpt: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

Upcoming on the Blog:

This is How I Find Her review on Monday

Immortals Review on Tuesday

Love, Life & Lemons Giveaway on Wednesday

A Cover Reveal on Thursday

Another Reveal on Friday

Double StS on Saturday

(I’m going to change my Weekly StS to a two-weekly thing, So every other Saturday I’ll post an STS.)

Another Wrap Up on Sunday!

Life Updates:

  • Everything has been so hetic lately! I’ve started college and I love it but I didn’t realise what a strain it was on my time. I go on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I’m pooped on a Thursday so i stay in bed most of the day! I barely have time to read, let alone write reviews! I’m trying my hardest to keep everything running smoothly, but I’m going to have to see how things go.

 

Hope everyone has a great week!

Charlie xx

Giveaway& Excerpt: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin [Book Blitz]

American Girl On Saturn
Release Date: 08/24/13
Summary from Goodreads:
The summer
after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom – but not
for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making
its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb
of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of
Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys
have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and
media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys…in their house.
Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be,
but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans
crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren’t happy with the situation,
either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his
Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can’t escape Emery’s
fangirlisms for more than three minutes.But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she
finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being “out
of this world.” If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn’t want to
come back to Earth.

EXCERPT:

He reaches toward the tray and grabs the lone Oreo. “Okay, this is my last one for the night,” he says. “Half it with me?”

Seriously? If I wasn’t the envy of every Saturnite in the world just by sitting across the table from him, I’m definitely the envy of them now because the Milo Grayson wants to half his precious Oreo with me. And the thing that sucks the most is that no one knows about it to be jealous of me!

He holds the cookie up and waits for a response.

“Yeah, we can half it,” I say.

I reach across the table for it, but he jerks his arm back. The sleeve of his T-shirt hugs his bicep tightly, and oh how I wish to be that fabric.

“Not so fast,” he says. “Let’s make it interesting.”

Could this be any more interesting? Hello – you’re gorgeous and famous and sharing cookies with me! Any more ‘interest’ and I might burst like a firework.

“If you get the side with the cream, I’ll give you my honest male opinion about your checkout line drama today,” he says. “But if I get the cream side, you have to tell me, honestly, who you think the best looking guy is in Spaceships Around Saturn.”

Oh God. He’s for real. Does he know? He totally knows. He knows I’m lusting for him from behind this glass of milk and tattoo magazine. He knows that his eyes make me melt and that I clearly watch him on Twitter because I know all about amazzzzzing. Now he wants to make me ‘fess up.

“Deal.” I say it before I can chicken out.

I can always lie and say Benji’s name. He’s the fan favorite anyway. Benji Baccarini is Spaceships Around Saturn for so many girls.

He leans forward, positions himself over the table, and holds up that fated Oreo. I push my glass of milk aside because the last thing I want is to knock it over with my quivering nerves. Then I lean toward him, grip the cookie with my fingers, and inhale every scent of his body wash that I can while I twist my half of the Oreo away from his half.

 

About the Author
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult author from the southern USA.
She is a city girl who can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner,
Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing,
she’s not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She is slightly
obsessed with rock stars and surfers. She no longer hides her love for One
Direction.
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