Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Spotlight: Redux (Tricksters, #2) by A.L. Davroe...plus a giveaway!


Got another book that sounds fascinating to tell you about today...Redux by A.L. Davroe!
It is the second book in the Tricksters series.  Keep reading to learn more and check out the amazing giveaway at the end of the post!


Redux (Tricksters, #2) by A.L. Davroe
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on March 21st, 2017
Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction

The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.
To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.
But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.
But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.
Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.
Or die trying.

Here's info about the first book in the series!


Nexis (Tricksters, #1) by A.L. Davroe
Release Date: Dec. 1, 2015
Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction
Published by: Entangled Teen

In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.
Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.
But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.
A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing  December 1, 2015!

By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese.  She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods.  Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble.  She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.




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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Spotlight: Project Emergence by Jamie Zakian...plus a giveaway!


Today I am excited to tell you about PROJECT EMERGENCE by Jamie Zakian!

If you haven’t yet heard about this fascinating new book by Author Jamie Zakian, be sure to check out all the details below.

There is also a giveaway for a DVD of Passengers, US Only or the complete eBook set of Fire In The Woods, International, courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:

Title: PROJECT EMERGENCE
Author: Jamie Zakian
Pub. Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 292

An ancient Hopi myth says people arrived on tiny silver pods that fell from the sky.

But the truth is far more terrifying.

Two-hundred fifty-eight teens are sent from a dying Earth to a terraformed Mars as part of the Emergence Program, mankind’s last hope before solar flares finish off their planet and species. Among the brave pioneers are sixteen-year-old Joey Westen and her twin brother, Jesse.

After only minutes in space, something triggers a total ship lock down.

With the help of their roommates, the Matsuda twins (notorious hackers and shady secret-keepers), Joey and Jesse stumble onto an extremist plot to sabotage the Emergence Program.

But Joey and Jesse didn’t travel to the deepest pits of space and leave their mother behind to be picked off in a high-tech tin can. They’ll lie, hack, ​and ​even kill to survive the voyage and make it to Mars.


About Jamie: 

Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.











Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a DVD of Passengers, US Only.

1 winner will win the complete FIRE IN THE WOODS eBook set, International.







Be sure to check out the other stops on the Tour to learn even more about this book and it's author!
And check back next week for my review!

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
3/13/2017- Reading for the Stars and MoonGuest Post
3/13/2017- Kaelan RhywiolReview

3/14/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt
3/14/2017- YA and WineInterview

3/15/2017- Kaitlin GillespieReview
3/15/2017- Don't Judge, ReadInterview

3/16/2017- The Math Lovin' MommaReview
3/16/2017- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

3/17/2017- Fix GalReview
3/17/2017- Book Review BeccaSpotlight

Week 2:
3/20/2017- Jennifer EatonGuest Post
3/20/2017- So Few BooksInterview

3/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read- Spotlight 
3/21/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsExcerpt

3/22/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview
3/22/2017- Wishful EndingsGuest Post

3/23/2017- Hall Ways Blog- Excerpt


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse...Guest Post!!




Today I am very happy to be a stop on the Seven Days of You Blog Tour!

This is such a good book...here's a little more about it along with a guest post from author Cecilia Vinesse!



Seven Days of You
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis:
Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?




I was born in France but then moved to Japan. And then to the States. And then back to Japan. And then back to the States. When I was 18, I moved to New York where I was homesick for nearly seven years. After that, I got a job in a cold, snowy city in northern Japan and, from there, I headed to Scotland where I got my master's in creative writing and lived off tea, writer tears, and Hobnobs.

I still live in the U.K. and spend most of my time writing, reading, baking, and getting emotional over Tori Amos albums. Hobbies include pretending Buffy the Vampire Slayer is real, collecting a lipstick to match every Skittle flavor, and listening to a thousand podcasts a day.

A pup named Malfi and a Renaissancist named Rachel are my favorite things in the world. That, and books. I should probably mention the books again.

Because the main character only has seven days to say goodbye to a city and people she loves, I asked Cecilia Vinesse to list seven things she would do if she only had seven days left somewhere.

Here is her response...


Growing up and into my mid-20s, I moved around a lot. And every time I left somewhere behind, the 
last seven days were always—always—the hardest. They felt like so much time and no time at all. 
They rushed by so fast, but, the whole time, I was trying desperately to hold onto every second. 

My last seven days in the places I’ve lived have been messy and exhilarating. They’ve been some of 
the most miserable and most exciting and most memorable days I’ve ever had. I think maybe they’re 
so clear and vivid to me because I worked extra hard to capture them—to slow everything down and 
memorize as many small moments as I possibly could. 

In my own last seven days, I have—sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose—done the 
following: stayed out all night, walked ten miles with my best friend, watched the clock as I lay in bed, and gotten lost in an unfamiliar park carrying an armful of presents. (That last one was the strangest.) 

But here are seven things I would definitely do if I only had seven days left in a place I loved.
  1. Sleep as little as possible. 
  2. Go to a friend’s house and watch movies and eat snacks and let ourselves pretend that nothing major was about to change. 
  3. Cry. (A lot.) 
  4. Sit in my favorite coffee shop wearing headphones and listening to a song I associate with living here. 
  5. Find somewhere with an incredible view so I can see everything at once. 
  6. Eat my favorite dessert. (Because moving is sad, but dessert is not.) 
  7. Take a train to a stop I’ve never been before, or walk down a street I’ve never bothered exploring. Make a handful of new memories to take with me. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Cecilia!


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So, readers, what would you do if you only had seven days left to say goodbye to a place and people you loved?











Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin...Review & Giveaway!



Hi all!!! I first told you about Secrets of a Reluctant Princess a few months ago, but I am thrilled to be able to tell you this fun read is now available!

Keep reading to learn more about the book and my thoughts and to enter a fabulous giveaway!


Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen


At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.

The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.

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Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.
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Title: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess
Author: Casey Griffin
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is a fun and highly entertaining read that features relatable characters and all kinds of nerdy fun.

Adrianna "Andy" Bottom has been dubbed the "Porcelain Princess" now that her father's bathroom supplies company has become so successful. Now a reality show film crew is documenting her family's rags to riches story and recent move to Beverly Hills highlighting all of the lows and highs in the life of this reluctant princess.

Desperate to fit in and not have a repeat of the bullying from her last school, Andy finds herself making friends with a group of not-so-nice people.  These friendships threaten to destroy the one friendship that Andy really wants...one with Kevin, a LARP-playing, comic book-loving, classmate that Andy meets while trying to avoid the camera crew.

With her sewing talents, Andy decides to transform herself into a LARP-playing princess in an effort get closer to Kevin and to escape and have some fun. She soon finds herself having a blast and making friends, but the mask and costume Andy wears while LARPing disguise her true identity so Kevin doesn't realize it's her. This only leads to more questions and doubts for our main character. Plus, misunderstandings, Andy's other new "friends," and her family's business and reality show seem determined to end any relationship the two might have.

So how does our reluctant princess handle all of the new and unexpected changes and hurdles in her life?  Well, I don't want to give all of the good stuff away (and believe me it's a struggle not to) so you'll have to read the book to find out.

And if you do read the book, I hope you have as fun as I did reading it.  l enjoyed each and every moment. All of the mishaps, misunderstandings, and entertaining moments in Andy's life make for an interesting read and I couldn't help but relate to her.  I'm pretty sure all of us could relate to her in some way.  She is a smart, creative character who just wants to fit in and be liked for who she is, not the person the tv show has portrayed her as and not who others, such as her parents, expect her to be.  She longs to just be her creative, Wonder Woman-loving, geeky self. But so much, including her own doubts and insecurities as well as her need to be liked, stand in her way.

In a way, Andy kind of has multiple masks, literally and figuratively, that she hides behind throughout the story...from her LARP-ing costume to the front she puts on at school to the parent-pleasing facade she dons for her folks. She makes a few missteps along the way as she tries to fit in rather than be true to herself, but no one is perfect. To me this makes her even more relatable.  And while her LARP-ing costume might hide her identity, I felt like we got to see a smal glimpse of the real Andy in these scenes.  She is able to let her guard down and just enjoy herself not caring what others thought...and don't we all wish for that?  I know I do.  

And while I have never LARPed in my life and know nothing about it, but this book makes it sound like so much fun.  Just a few hours of escaping into a fantasy world where you can have fun and be whoever or whatever you want to be. Yes, please.

Anyway, Secrets of a Reluctant Princess has been one of my favorite reads this year and I look forward to reading more of Casey Griffin's work.


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


One (1) winner will receive a signed copy of Secrets of a Reluctant Princess and a Tiara!



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Schedule can be found by clicking here!



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book Spotlight: Caramel Beach by Audrey O'Connor...with Giveaway!


In Audrey O’Connor’s steamy, stormy follow-up novella to Lessons in Pure Life, Diego and Lia reunite after weeks apart for dance-floor revelations, midnight confessions, and a run-in with the law. Fans of Karina Halle's Racing the Sun won't want to miss this exciting new release published by Tryst Books!


Title: Caramel Beach
Author: Audrey O’Connor
Publisher: Tryst Books
Series: Lessons in Pure Life #2
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
ASIN: B01MUAWZR0

In Audrey O’Connor’s steamy, stormy follow-up novella to Lessons in Pure Life, sun-soaked days melt into restless nights for Diego and Lia, kept apart for weeks by long hours and miles of coastline. When an A-list wedding reunites them in Caramel Beach, the tension is higher than ever.

Over the course of an electric twenty-four hours filled with sugar, sex, and magic, the couple faces their share of personal demons, angels, and unlikely prophets. While Diego confronts his problems with the help of a surf champ and a bottle of whiskey, Lia stumbles into a bathroom-stall seduction and possibilities she never knew existed. Amid the chaos, Lia and Diego try to reconnect. What comes after is a life-altering odyssey into uncharted territory.


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About Audrey O’Connor:

Audrey O’Connor is inspired by art, science, compassion, and rare moments of transcendence. She writes in Chelsea, Quebec, and enjoys river swims, woodsy gatherings, live music in Wakefield, and a deep, dark cabernet sauvignon.

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Excerpt:

We meander back to the hostel in the wet sand, the surf to our left. The moon is full and bright, bouncing off the gentle waves that roll into the bay.

My first few months in Costa Rica were rich with the exhilaration of my new environment. I landed in the lap of a whole new life, just like that. After working all month in Pacifica without him, being with Diego again sends those early memories bobbing up to the surface. He’s got this sharp energy beneath the layers and layers that make up a man. Intimidation is what he inspires, followed closely by strange physical sensations that spell your undoing. He triggers an energy in me that could tear the hood off a car. And I’m sure as hell not on flakka.

He slides his arm around my waist like he can hear me. We walk a few steps before he stops and turns to face me.

“I wouldn’t hate it if you’d let me hold you.”

The waves crash endlessly behind us, a soaking wet heartbeat. I’m still strung up in his words when he closes the empty space between us.

“You’re on fire,” he tells me, hands making a ring behind my back so we’re suspended in some kind of stained glass embrace.

“Hey, thanks.”

“You sure know how to put yourself together, gringa.”

Blush.

“I’m not the only one.”

He sighs and I wait patiently. Indecision slows his expression, crystalizing in his delay.

Whatever it is goes away.

“Did you enjoy your time, you know, without me distracting you?” he asks.

“It was busy, but we got a lot done at the new school. I can’t complain.”

“I wish you would.” He pulls me in closer.

That one gets me. His slow kiss disappears everything around me before I’m even sure it’s happening. Lips softer than I remember, the light scrape of his chin on mine. A rugged feeling so welcome it can stay for dessert.

“You’re trouble,” he breathes.

“The best kind of it,” I reply.

“There’s nothing I can do about it, is there?”

“I doubt it.”

Bowing his head, he lowers his eyelids.

“I forgot what this is like,” he laughs tiredly, rubbing his cheek with his hand. “You still take me by surprise.” He tilts his head, considering me tenderly but wincing, like it hurts to admit it.

Watch and see my defenses lower to unprecedented depths.

I press against him, not sure whether I’m teasing him or me. His palm is warm on the back of my leg.

“How’d you get your skin so soft, anyway?” he whispers, stroking my thigh gently until it evolves into a grasp, the tips of his fingers pushing into my flesh.

“Magic.”

“It’s working.”

I laugh, breathless. “So what do you wanna do?”

“Right now?”

I nod.

He pulls me in by the bottom with both hands. “Get to know you all over again.”

Copyright © 2017 by Audrey O’Connor


For a limited time you can purchase Lessons in Pure Life for $1.49! Don’t miss out on this spectacular deal!

About Lessons in Pure Life:

Title: Lessons in Pure Life
Author: Audrey O’Connor
Publisher: Tryst Books
Series: Lessons in Pure Life #1
Date Released: January 15, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
ASIN: B01N5Q2HA1

Freshly minted grad Emilia Noble arrives in Costa Rica to teach English in the tropical community of Pacifica. Its carefree, pura vida lifestyle is a welcome contrast to her dark and wintry origins. Tossing caution aside like an old winter coat, she plunges headfirst into an exotic cocktail of sensory pleasure.

Diego is a local whose surfer body and cool detachment make Lia buzz with a long-lost thrill. Fascinated by her new environment, she can’t help but wonder about the moody inner workings of the boy with triceps like Wolverine and a grimace to match.

Diego seems to have no problem ignoring Lia, though. Caught up in his family’s conflicted attitude toward foreigners, he notices her only when it’s convenient. But as Lia thrives in her new surroundings, Diego might just find reason enough to defy his embattled, insular father. When north and south are mixed together, the results are intoxicating.

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