Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Title: The Opportunist
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: February 3, 2013

Description: Olivia Kaspen is a sharp tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back. Her only problem is a red head named Leah, Caleb's new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

Rating
★★★

Thoughts: Do not read this book. It will rip your heart out and stomp on it. And then you will cry. And by 'don't read this book' I mean absolutely read this book it is amazing. Oh gosh. 

 This book absolutely killed me Wow. 


This book is told in a before and after style and I was amazed at how well it was written. It totally had me hooked. I could not put it down. And I didn't even realize this until I was done. Tarryn Fisher's writing captivated me. After a while it didn't even feel like I was reading a book. I was so into the book. The characters felt so real. Every character had a contrasting personality. And there were a lot of characters and I actually remembered who they were.

I loved the story. It wasn't the usual NA love story. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking and you're going to need tissues. It was very intense. I liked how Olivia had this not apologizing attitude. I liked the mystery of Caleb and Olivia's relationship throughout the book. The characters weren't squeaky clean. And that's probably why they felt so real. No one was this super great person. They all had flaws and problems. Even characters I absolutely hated I kind of felt bad for at times. 

Overall this book was very well written. I applaud Tarryn Fisher for getting me so into a book that is a first of a series. I applaud her writing. And I know this particular book would have been really hard to write with the different points in time but seriously Tarryn Fisher told this story beautifully. This is probably going to be one of my favorite reads of the year. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Promo: Addicted For Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie ( The Fantastical Elements in the Addicted series)

Title: Addicted For Now
Addicted #2
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 29, 2013

Description
No. More. Sex. 
Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks. 

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words. 

No. More. Us.


The Fantastical Elements in the Addicted series

If you’ve read any book in the Addicted series, you know that we created some things that don’t really exist in the real world. The Addicted universe is all its own. We’re going to discuss some of the fantastical elements in the book and how/why we created them.

1. Fizzle: A soda company with products like Fizz, Diet Fizz, Cherry Fizz, and Fizz Red. Most notably in Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) the new soda is called Fizz Life. Lily Calloway’s father is the CEO and creator of Fizzle.

We decided early on to have the two main characters from wealthy families, but we wanted to ground their wealth with products. So we created this alternative soda. How influential is this aspect in the books? Well, in the Addicted universe people don’t order whiskey and Coke. They order whiskey and Fizz. It’s a world-renowned brand, which makes Lily’s life a little more complicated.

2. Hale Co: A baby merchandizing company. We based Hale Co. off of Johnson & Johnson, which might not be a surprise to anyone. Loren Hale’s father is the CEO of the company.

Lo has endured teasing for being born into wealth based off diapers and pacifiers, but the company is mentioned far less in the series than Fizz.

3. Cobalt Inc: A company involved in paints, inks, and magnets. Connor Cobalt’s mother is the CEO. We decided to make Connor as rich as Lily and Lo because we didn’t want there to be a financial gap between the friends. Especially since Lily and Lo were closed-off to all people at the time, it seemed more plausible that they would only allow Connor into their lives if he could relate to them. So, he had to be rich as well. We chose magnets, inks, and paints as a play off his last name. Cobalt, the element, gives color to inks and paints and it has magnetic properties.

4. Calloway Couture: Rose’s fashion company that is a huge aspect throughout the series. Most of the fashion is similar to the clothes that you can find in Macy’s and H&M.

5. Kinkyme.net: A porn and toy distribution site. This website appears in multiple books and is frequented by Lily on various occasions.

6. Global Broadcasting of America (GBA): So this is a little sneak peek from Kiss the Sky (Connor and Rose’s story). We created a television network that will air the reality series from that book. It’s a play off ABC (American Broadcasting Company).

7. Princesses of Philly: The name of the reality show in Kiss the Sky ;)

About The Authors

Becca Ritchie claims she’s from Mystic Falls, but really, she lives in Atlanta where humidity is her greatest foe. She loves comic books, blue nail polish and Jonathan Taylor Thomas circa 1995. She frequents Twitter to dish about too many TV shows, and when she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister to collaborate on a New Adult series.

Krista Ritchie has a clone…or someone who looks exactly like her. If she’s not writing books with her twin sister, she’s pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is.

Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Tour Stop: A Perfect Mess by Zoe Dawson l Excerpt + GIVEAWAY

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Title: A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret Series, #1) 
Author: Zoe Dawson 
Release date: August 19, 2013 
Publisher: Blue Moon Creative, LLC (self) 
Genre: NA, Mystery 
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
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Description:
I know what you did last summer. 

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did. 

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw. 

Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker. 

Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship. 

As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.

EXCERPT

Aubree

I was trying to mop up a fresh flood tears when something furtive darted past the back window of my car. It appeared abruptly in my peripheral vision, its figure distorted by rain, mists on the window, and still more tears. I gasped and grabbed the steering wheel in panic, while the hair on the back of my neck stood on end. I stared in the rear view mirror, raising a hand to quickly wipe my eyes clear, searching for the apparition, but just as abruptly, it was gone.

Were my eyes deceiving me? I peered into the rain-soaked darkness, but the silver sheets obscured my view.

The pelting cascade of water struck the roof in a staccato rhythm which had, only moments ago, been soothing. But now I realized the downpour muted any outside sounds that might have given me a clue about what had flitted past the car. The storm had rendered me deaf and blind, and my skin crawled. Was someone out there? I looked around, my senses on full alert, but could see nothing.

Suddenly my back window exploded in a cascade of finely-beaded glass. Something heavy hit the back seat. I screamed as glass fragments and blowing rain struck the back of my head and neck with moisture and stinging pain.

For a moment I was stunned. My car keys slipped from my slack grasp and fell into shadows, landing somewhere on the floorboards. Someone had thrown something through my window. The oddness of the eerie, sneaky figure added to my confusion.

My hand went to the back of my neck and came away red with blood. I twisted around left and right to see if whoever had broken my window was still out there, but saw nothing out of the ordinary. When I reached down to try to find my car keys, my skin crawled with the feeling I was being watched.

My self-control slipped and I had to get into the house as quickly as possible.
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About the Author 


Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic comedy/mystery, new adult, urban fantasy. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart. 


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams l SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Title: Finders Keepers
Author: Nicole Williams
Published: Sept. 16, 2013
NA, Contemporary Romance

Description: 

There’s tortured. And there’s Garth Black.

His life has been a constant carousel of tragedy and disappointment, including his love life. Of course, applying the term “love” to Garth’s conquests is a gross misuse of the word. Some people were made to give and accept love, and others weren’t. Garth Black redefines the “others” category. He’s made a vow that the day he meets a woman who could sucker him into falling in love will be the day he runs away.

Garth’s plan has one flaw. What happens when he’s already fallen hard for a girl before the warning signs and red flags go up? What happens when the love he’s avoided his entire life brings him to his knees? What happens when Garth Black lets the dirtiest four letter word he’s ever known into his dark, lonely life?

This cowboy’s about to find out he can control some things, and he can’t control others. Number one on the what he can’t control list?

Love.

About The Author

I'm the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that's one tiny way I can make it so. I'm one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tour Stop: The Other C-Word by MK Schiller l Excerpt + GIVEAWAY!

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Title: The Other C-Word
Author: MK Schiller
Publisher: Total E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 23rd August 2013

Description:

Can she overcome her consuming desire for him? Can he make her comfortable with the other C-word…commitment?

Marley Mason is dreading the arrival of the new business consultant. After all, this man will most likely outsource her job to China. The last thing she would expect is a case of mistaken identity, leading to false accusations of kidnapping when she attempts to pick up the wrong man at the airport, or worse…that she would have such a visceral reaction to the right man.

Rick Randy is super sexy, scandalously flirty, and perfect masturbation material, but a relationship is out of the question. Rick is contracted on a temporary basis to fix Marley’s ailing company, and then pull out, although as he expresses to Marley, pulling out is difficult for him, in more ways than one! Marley’s feelings range from utter confusion to intense contemplation as Rick charms his way into her life. All of those C-words Marley can control, but it’s the other C-word she fears—commitment.

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Author Bio – MK Schiller


This is my debut novel, and I’m thrilled to share it with you. I describe myself as a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. By day, I don a magic cape, calculator (sometimes an abacus), and an assortment of gel pens for my work in the world of finance. But by night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and think of stories that will warm the heart, and cheer the soul.

There is nothing better than the intimate journey and ultimate satisfaction that only a swoon-worthy romance can provide, especially if there are a few laughs along the way. Although writing is my passion, I am a reader first and enjoy nothing more than curling up with a good book and some tasty Italian (the food, of course!). I hope you will enjoy my work and please drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you. 


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Excerpt


“Can you add these files?” he asked, grinning broadly at me. 

“Sure,” I said curtly, taking the files. 

“You were dancing.” 

“You were playing Santana,” I replied as if that was an explanation. 

“Oh, Santana makes you dance?” 

“I guess so. Does he make you leer like some kind of stalker?” I snapped. My indignation only caused his smirk to widen. 

“No, Marley, you manage to do that on your own.” 

I swallowed, but my throat was completely dry. I leaned against the cabinet. I hoped he would think it was for comfort, but in that moment, it was for complete support. 

“I’ll have to remember that.” 

“Remember what?” I tried to sound offended, but it came out breathless instead. 

“To download more Santana, of course. I really enjoyed the show.” 

I wanted to reply with some witty comeback, but before my brain could function, he walked back to his office. 

I allowed myself ten minutes to calm down, thinking I would need to buy new batteries for my vibrator since it was going to get plenty of use. I walked into his office when I was done filing to let him know I was leaving. I didn’t want to, but it was something I would have done with Mr Bellman. I wouldn’t give Rick the satisfaction of knowing how he was affecting me, although at this point, it was probably obvious.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cover Reveal: Allure by Lea Nolan

Today, we're celebrating the cover reveal of Allure, the sequel to Lea Nolan's Conjure, coming October 1st from Entangled Teen!



Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper's sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.


Praise for Conjure

"Richly filled with exquisite imagery, a compelling story, and a strong, smart heroine, Conjure will keep you up way past your bedtime." ~ Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant series

"A true adventure, complete with pirates, romance, a flesh-eating curse, and ancient magic. I couldn't put it down!" ~ Inara Scott, author of The Talents (Delcroix Academy) series

"Ifthere is one book teens and adults should have on their must read list, Conjure is it! Fans of young love and adventure will hurry to the end of each chapter, in anticipation of what will happen next. Unfolding at an easy pace, this tale is magical and spellbinding. Nolan is one to watch!" ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars Top Pick

"Conjure is a sweet, adventure-packed romp for young teen readers... There are pirates, lost treasure, curses, and ancient curses, chases, narrow escapes, and secret letters galore." ~ New York Journal of Books

"This is an unexpected read: exciting, dangerous, adventurous - everything we want from a good book. Yet Nolan puts that creative twist on all the elements, making Conjure something special. Conjure is recommended, 4 out of 5 stars." ~ Teen Librarian's Toolbox

About the Author

Lea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and quickly learned the best way to get out of doing chores was to tell her parents she was reading. Soon she was hooked, devouring books by Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis, and anything with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover. Books provided a portal to enchanted lands where anything was possible and characters relied on their wits to wiggle out of sticky situations. Today, even though she’s all grown up, Lea writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen--smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and spent fifteen years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, who’ve figured out how to get out of doing their chores.


Giveaway

Enter the giveaway below to win one of the first five electronic ARCs of Allure from Entangled Teen!


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Tour Stop: Crossing by Stacey Wallace Benefiel l Excerpt + GIVEAWAY

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Title: Crossing
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publication Date: May, 8 2013

Description:
 He stole her lipstick…and her heart.Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.

When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

About The Author


Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, FOUND, the Day of Sacrifice series, The Toilet Business - a collection of essays,CROSSING, and multiple short stories.
She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young children.

staceywallacebenefiel.com
twitter.com/Stacey_WB
facebook.com/AuthorStacey


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