Friday, February 8, 2019

Release Tour and Book Spotlight: Must Love Coffee by Leigh Lennon

I am very happy to be part of the Release Tour for MUST LOVE COFFEE BY LEIGH LENNON!




Check out my Spotlight on Must Love Coffee below and look for my review soon!
The first book in the highly anticipated 425 Madison series is now live! Read MUST LOVE COFFEE by Leigh Lennon today.


Only on Amazon + Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited




Gwen
I was stripped of all my own desires and wants when I was married to my ex-husband. I now carry a list with me—a list that will help me choose a man that will put me first in life. Then the storm cloud of an entitled millionaire appears in my life and knocks me off my axis. This man sends so many mixed signals, my body either quakes with anger or passion when I’m around him.

I'm his son's teacher and his tenant, but I find myself wanting more.

Leo
My life is run with precision with little regard for others until a woman in crazy clothes challenges me to be a better father. She’s one of the few people that puts me in my place and maybe for this very reason—I want her more than I can articulate. With her failed marriage and list of requests she needs from her next partner, I know she’s my future. My life is less than perfect, and with it—baggage that follows me everywhere. Does she want my kind of crazy in her life?

I'm her landlord and an a**hole, but  I find myself wanting more.

Where to begin? For starters, you must love coffee...

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

Gwen:


Leo stands with so much force it pushes his chair over, bumping the table and knocking some of Teague’s test results to the floor.


“Mason, this teacher is clearly incompetent and I want her replaced—no, fuck that—I want her fired.”

I don’t give Mason much time to reply. I stand just as fast and, though he has a good six inches on me,  I’m in his face.

“Okay, Mr. Eastman, you want me fired so badly, answer me this. How much time do you spend with Teague each day on his homework? I’ve sent home small readers with questions to be answered each day, even if you have to write the responses for him. I’ve never gotten a completed form in return.” As I speak, the harsh teacher tone takes over and demands his attention. I don’t miss how his hands curl into fists when I continue. “I’ve sent him home with a phonetical set of flash cards and a completion sheet. After ten times, he gets a reward. I have yet to receive that back. The same goes for number recognition. So, you tell me I’m not doing my job. But, since turnabout is fair play, how are you doing on your end? It takes a village, Mr. Eastman. Let me know when you move in and we can talk.”

Leo:


How is it that a man who has access to countless hot women wakes on the morning of his kid’s playdate like it’s fucking Christmas? And with a jolly ripe boner at the thought of his son’s teacher. Yeah, this guy here. I’m not ashamed of it but is it appropriate to ask this woman out while we are essentially chaperoning our daughters? See, I haven’t always been a manwhore. With Dez, I was the most committed father and husband—I only had eyes for her. And maybe these new feelings make it obvious I’m ready to start over again.

With the first glance at my phone, I’m accosted with a shit-ton of texts from Donna. She invited me over last night but I’d told her I was taking my kids to the movies. This crazy, bleached-blonde tried to invite herself with us to see Venom. She had no idea it was a Marvel movie, in addition to being oblivious to the fact that I’d never let her get within arm’s reach of my kids. A good fuck she’s been but that’s all she ever could be. And now, after imagining the teacher as a person I want more than sex with, I’m on the offensive with today’s playdate. But don’t fucking get me wrong—I sure as fuck want to fill her up—but I want more than that. I can’t fucking believe that I, Leo Eastman, am admitting to this.  

Shit, shit, shit. But it’s true.








Leigh Lennon is a mother, veteran and a wife of a cancer survivor. Originally with a degree in education, she started writing as an outlet that has led to a deep passion. She lugs her computer with her as she crafts her next story. One could say she loves pretty nails, big earrings, and spiky hair. She can be found drinking coffee or wine, depending on the time of the day.


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About the 425 Madison Series


Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy

Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol' enemies to lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love


For more information, visit the series website ➝ www.425madisonseries.com

Follow the series on Facebook ➝ https://www.facebook.com/425MadisonSeries

Books two and three in the series are coming soon! Add them to your Goodreads shelf today! 

Let Me Love You by MK Moore, Book #2
A Best Friend’s Sibling Romance
Goodreads ➝ https://rebrand.ly/MLC_425Madison


Just Swipe Right by Allie York, Book #3 
A Love Triangle Romance
Goodreads ➝ https://rebrand.ly/JSR_425Madison


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Friday, January 25, 2019

An Apology and an Announcement...

Hello all...


Sorry for the silence...it’s a very long story that I’ll explain very soon.
But I apologize to those I let down in my absence and those who wondered what was going on.
Let’s just say that I had a really rough last few months and I’m still struggling to get caught up and feel normal again as 2019 is not cooperating either. But I missed blogging.


Anyway, I’m going to be working on updating some stuff and changing a few things here on the blog in the next few weeks...which I’ll also explain soon.


But I did want you to know that you should be on the lookout for new content next week!
Yay!


In the meantime, what is everyone reading?



Friday, August 31, 2018

Blog Tour: Mirage by Somaiya Daud...Review


Hello!  I want to apologize to the people at the Fantastic Flying Book Club & To Somaiya Daud. I was supposed to post this earlier in the week, but I was very sick with a migraine and completely forgot to make sure it went up. Oops.
I apologize to everyone, including my readers, for my slip up.

Anyway, Mirage is a fantastic book that I highly recommend so keep reading to learn more!
Mirage (Book #1 in the Mirage series)
by Somaiya Daud
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their children’s department. Determined to remain in school for as long as possible, she packed her bags in 2014 and moved the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature. Now she’s preparing to write a dissertation on Victorians, rocks, race, and the environment. Mirage is her debut, and is due from Flatiron Books in 8/28/2018.


Title: Mirage
Author: Somaiya Daud 
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Netgalley 

With a hint of romance, a bit of sci-fi, and a touch of its own mythology and history, Mirage was easily one of the most surprising books I read this summer. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.

Due to her resemblance to the princess, Amani is forcibly taken from her home and taken to the palace where she undergoes harsh training and body modification so she can be the body double for the controversial and disliked Princess. As the cruel Princess Maram’s stand-in, she must know the history of the royal family, everything about the Princess’s inner circle including her fiancé, Idris, not to mention her speech patterns and mannerisms. One wrong move or slip up could mean her death. She truly undergoes a transformation that fools almost everyone, yet she never loses her strength, spirit, and determination. They may be able to physically change her, but they can’t break her. She is truly a great character with a big heart who I wanted to see succeed and can’t wait to read more about.

In addition to strong characters, Somaiya Daud has created a fascinating world with different planets and moons and more. The beautiful descriptions had me picturing the lush landscapes and various settings that our main characters visit. I wanted to see it for myself. There is also a fascinating backstory and history to this world that is revealed that made me want to know more about all the characters, traditions, and different lands.

As for the genre of the book...well, this is where I struggle to define or find the words to explain what exactly this book is. It felt like a little bit of everything and that is why I found it so surprising. There are several science fiction elements (bots, modes of travel, scanners, weapons, etc.). If you’re not a fan of that genre and you’re thinking of skipping this book because of that, don’t. I didn’t think there were enough elements to overpower the story and turn you off, if that makes sense. There is so much more to the story. For example, there is also a bit of romance in the story (I won’t say who) as well as drama, mythology, suspense, politics, and so much more. There were even times when I felt like I was reading a historical novel set in a faraway land...I completely forgot the sci-fi elements existed as I became lost in the story. Anyway, all of these different genres or elements from the different genres shouldn’t have meshed together so well, but Somaiya Daud found a way to do it and make it entertaining. It’s unlike anything I’ve read lately.

As I mentioned, once I started Mirage, I couldn’t stop reading it. It got off to an exciting start, but I have to be honest, the the pace slowed a bit as Amani transformed into Princess Maram. Once her mission of deception started though things picked back up bit and I enjoyed learning more about the world outside the palace as well as more about the history of the various people in this fictional world as well as the main characters. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read more! Oh, and with all of YA books being turned into films lately, I’d really love to see a movie version of this one.

*I received a free digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Please check out the other stops on the Tour.

You can find the schedule by clicking here!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Blog Tour: Fresh Ink...Review & Giveaway!


An excellent new anthology to tell you about today...keep reading to learn more and to enter to win a copy!
About the Book:
Title: FRESH INK Anthology 
Author: Lamar Giles, Nicola Yoon, Malinda Lo, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Sharon G. Flake, Schuyler Bailar, Aminah Mae Safi
Pub. Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 208
Find it:

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. It will give readers the opportunity to discover how the next chapter is up to them.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

“I absolutely love this mix of established and newer talents, and I’m really intrigued and excited by the mixed formats.” –BookRiot

“A powerful and varied collection…”—Booklist, starred review

“The stories are distinct in themes, subjects, genres, and formats, creating an inclusive, authentic, and incredible collection”—School Library Journal, starred review


Title: Fresh Ink
Editor: Lamar Giles
Authors: Nicola Yoon, Malinda Lo, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Sharon G. Flake, Schuyler Bailar, Aminah Mae Safi
Format: Hardcover 
Source: Blog Tour

Fresh Ink is a fantastic anthology filled with not only a variety of diverse short stories, but also a play and even a graphic novel. The anthology as a whole is not only entertaining, but also provides a little bit of something for every reader especially those looking for diverse reads.

In the letter to the reader, editor and cofounder of We Need Diverse Books, Lamar Giles, points out the lack of diversity in YA books and his own disappointment as a child who read. In the 12 entries in this anthology each author provides readers with varying POVs, genres, and styles that also include different races, genders, and sexualities.

In each of these stories, many of the themes are universal despite the genre with the characters facing their own set of problems or issues that everyone can relate to regardless of race, gender or sexuality. Each short story left me wanting to read more and were left a bit open-ended providing readers with the opportunity to expand on or imagine what might happen next. This might either disappoint or inspire some, it all depends on your perspective.

I enjoyed the opportunity to explore and read about characters different from me as well as characters I could relate to. I also loved the idea that others were getting the chance read about a character they could relate to on a deeper level. The inclusion of diverse authors brings an authenticity to the stories and the characters. 

As with most anthologies, you are bound to have stories or entries that seem stronger than others and those that seem weaker. But as with all books, what doesn’t work for one reader might work for another. That was the case for me with Fresh Ink...some stories captured my attention more than others. That being said, I was particularly moved by TAGS, the play by Walter Dean Myers, for some reason and plan to check out more of his other work. In fact, I plan to check out work by ALL of the authors in this anthology and encourage you to do the same.

Fresh Ink is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. It entertains while also bringing attention to the lack of diversity in YA publishing by simply existing. I definitely want to read more stories and books like the entries in this book.


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of FRESH INK US Only

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
8/1/2018- YA Books CentralSpotlight
8/2/2018- Always MeReview
8/3/2018- Book-KeepingReview

Week Two:
8/6/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
8/7/2018- BookHounds YAReview
8/8/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderReview
8/9/2018- Wonder StruckReview
8/10/2018- Life of a Literary NerdReview

Week Three:
8/13/2018- Literary MeanderingsSpotlight
8/14/2018- Mama Reads BlogReview
8/15/2018- Novel NoviceReview
8/16/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
8/17/2018- Sweet Southern HomeReview

Week Four:
8/20/2018- The Layaway DragonReview
8/21/2018- Eli to the nthReview
8/22/2018- Comfort BooksReview
8/23/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview
8/24/2018- laura's bookish cornerReview

Week Five:
8/27/2018- Never Too Many To ReadReview
8/28/2018- The Book NutReview
8/29/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
8/30/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
8/31/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview