Monday, April 14, 2014

Promo: Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin - Excerpt/Trailer


Losing Logan
by Sherry D. Ficklin
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
Losing Logan Releases May 6, 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing
What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, was the one thing you couldn’t let go of?
Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.
As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

About the Author
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.


Excerpt:

He smirks, “Well I never had any complaints while I was alive so, maybe. Then again, maybe you just bring out the best in me.”
I pucker. That’s entirely possible. Lord knows Carlos has called me abrasive more than once.
Changing the subject I stab a piece of chicken and hold it out to Logan.
“Ok, experiment time.”
He looks around the fork at me like I’ve lost my mind.
“Lick it.” I say.
“You lick it.”
I sigh, “Seriously. If we are going to work with the whole ghost thing, I’d like to know the rules. I want to see if you can taste it.”
“Why? Are you planning on having me lick things often?”
I thrust the fork forward, “Just do it.”
Reluctantly he leans forward and sticks out his tongue, making a licking sound like a dog.
“Anything?” I ask hopefully.
“Maybe just a little? But I might just be smelling it through my mouth.”
“Huh.”
I stare at the fork for a second, debating whether to eat it or put it back in the box. I mean, he didn’t get his germs on it or anything, did he? Do ghosts even have germs? Ghost cooties?
He’s watching me with an amused expression. I shrug and take the bite, stuffing the empty fork back in the carton.

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Sneak Peek:
“Who would want me dead?” he whispers.
I raise my hand.
He glances up and laughs....
“Why am I not surprised by that?”
Lowering my arm I pick at my fingernails.
“Well, you do irritate me.”
“Yeah, but did I annoy you when I was alive?”
I think about that for a second. “No, I suppose not. It’s hard to annoy someone who doesn’t even orbit the same planet as you. Or maybe you’re just annoying dead?”

Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: Loving Liberty by Belinda Boring

Loving Liberty
By: Belinda Boring
Release Date: March 17, 2014

Description

Liberty Montgomery is many things:

A dutiful daughter.
Perfect wife-in-training.
Easy to manipulate.
Compliant.

But secretly she wants more.

For years, Liberty has dreamed of a life filled with opportunities—a life where she makes the decisions, living by her own rules. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her, ones that involve her submission and total obedience. Every attempt to break free from their control is met with threats, leaving her feeling trapped. Just when all seems hopeless, Liberty meets Oliver Nichols. With just two words, be brave, he stirs up her secret longings for more . . . friendship, fun, and independence. He almost has her believing her dreams are possible. However, taking a stand can be terrifying when you've spent your entire life pleasing others.

Are some chances worth taking? What would she risk for freedom?

Links
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Review:
I had really high hopes when reading this book and I can honestly say that it took me a while to get into it but then I finally did and was sucked in.  The author did a good job of describing this family that tends to bully each other and the one child that tends to take all that bullying in.  It's hard when it's your'e own family doing this to you, how do you survive, just be obedient or finally rebel and become free.  This is the story of Liberty Montgomery and her struggles.

Liberty is 21 and ever the dutiful daughter that she is she does everything her parents want her to, it's daunting on her though because she just wants to get away but doesn't have the courage to do so.  That is, until she meets Oliver a waiter who thinks she needs to try something different.  He sees in her all the things that are deep down and helps her to bring these feelings out.  But this isn't without consequences, between her evil sister, her controlling parents and a horrible suitor chosen for her by her family they have many complications and speed bumps to get through.  But they can do it together.

Overall it was a good story but it really took me a long time to get into it and I really disliked the main character for not having a backbone for so long.  Sure, maybe I don't know what it feels like but I can't even imagine having to be as obedient as she was, not that I want to be obedient but come on there are some things that are just common sense to do, especially since she was 21 not a teenager.  There comes a time when you have to grow up and that's exactly what Oliver helped Liberty do.

I really like the cover but I totally pictured Liberty a little more uptight than that.  Interesting read for sure and I'm happy that I've read it.


Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Mark My Words Book Publicity, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

Out of Play
By: Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry
Release Date: August 6, 2013

Description:
Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska. 

Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered to come home from work, let alone deal with their new tenants next door.

Penny’s not interested in dealing with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps and begins to see what he’s been missing. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.


Review:
I really enjoyed this book, there's nothing better than a kickass girl and a rockstar boy falling in love with one another.  It's kind of like these two author's coming together, whenever they do it's really magical. Alone they are amazing and together it just gets better and this book did not disappoint at all.  I can just imagine the creative juices flowing between these two.

We meet Bishop (I love that name by the way), and he's just completely out of it, can't handle the fame of his band with all the crowds.  It's all just too much for him so he finds solace in medication/drugs and alcohol two things that do not mix well when you take too much of it. This toxic action lands him a one way ticket to Alaska for a personal version of rehab, or at least the hope of self realization of the destructive path he's on. 

This is where we meet Penny, a tall beautiful blond who loves to play hockey, and she's really good at it too.  She's tough and scary but really deep down she just wants someone who will want her and will not leave her.  Because in her mind everyone in her life leaves at one point, so why bother.  It's the emotional stuff that will get you every time.

Overall this book was very quick and fun to read.  Especially with the snowmachining, not snowmobiling lol.  Great location, characters and even the team were great too.  There are so many things that sometimes you think are one way but really it's much deeper than that.  This book was great and I really enjoyed reading it.  Can't wait to read the next one by these two authors. 

Bishop! Bishop! Bishop!

bringing these two

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Promo: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack - Excerpt

 
ALL LINED UP
By: Cora Carmack
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Series: Rusk University #1
 
Description:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
 
Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.
 
But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Excerpt:

 
 
About the Author:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Four Seconds to Lose by K. A. Tucker

Four Seconds to Lose
By: K.A. Tucker
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #3

Description:
When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.

Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can't get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

Review:

I really enjoyed the rest of this series so I couldn’t wait to pick this up; the covers are always what attracted me first to them.  Do you remember Ten Tiny Breaths cover, amazing?  Anyway, so I couldn’t get this book out of my head while I wasn’t reading it, it transported me into this under belly type of world but with good people instead of the seedy type, well for the most part.  K. A. Tucker does an amazing job with her characters and the setting that has kept me coming back for more.

This time around we are focusing on Cain, the owner of Penny’s the strip club where practically everyone in the past book and series has worked at or has been involved with at some point in time.  He’s a mystery though because he keeps everyone at bay while constantly trying to save everyone.  No one has ever seen him happy, that is until Charlie shows up. 

In walks in a blond beauty named Charlie who’s ready to work for Cain because she needs the money to escape her past which is till her present until the money comes in and she can disappear.  She didn’t really want to make any connections, but that’s the first thing she does.  More like it’s forced upon her by Ginger the bartender, and then the camaraderie between the bouncers, she feels like she’s at home with these people and feels bad that one day she will have to leave it.  It’s unfortunate and definitely unexpected that she falls for Cain and their romance is very steamy and not very much waiting between the two of them.

But there are still secrets between the two of them and they are both afraid of revealing them because of the danger that is behind them.  It’s all very tragic because if they would have aired everything out in the beginning none of that would have had to happen, but then it wouldn’t have been an interesting book right, need that bit of drama.  I love K.A. Tucker’s writing style and original characters.  The scenarios are dramatic enough that I can completely picture them in my head even at one point being stuck in that world when I wasn’t reading the book; it just stayed with me hoping everyone would be safe.

Overall this series is going beautifully, nothing has been a disappointment as of yet and I even got a couple of shockers in this book that literally made my jaw drop open.  I love the covers of this series too, because they all coincide and are tastefully done.  To new beginnings and a future of freedom and happiness this book was great!


Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Atria Books, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

Seeking Her
By: Cora Carmack
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Series: Losing It #3.5

Description:
A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn't exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren't for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn't want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.


Review:
So after reading the last book I couldn't help but read this quick novella about Jackson's side of the story. Granted it wasn't the entire story which was good because it seemed a little repetitive with not a lot of new things, even still it was sweet to see how much he struggled before actually going up to Kelsey.

There is a lot of turmoil in Jackson Hunts mind on what he should do with Kelsey.  He knows he is supposed to watch her and keep her safe but she's irresistible all he wants to be is get closer to her and learn more about her.  She's an enigma that he just knows is sad deep down inside and he wants to save her the way he was once saved himself.

If you've read the last book though like I said in the beginning it really wasn't anything new you couldn't have imagined yourself while reading the other book, the struggle and all that.  I was hoping for more but again it's just a quick novella with Jackson's point of view looking out at Kelsey rather than us being in her bed like in the last book.  Eh.

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Dominique is still alive after killing Tavion, the Tainted who's hunted her for lifetimes. Yet her protectors still fear for her life. They force her to flee Houston and abandon the friends she loves. But they can't protect her from herself. When Dominique starts hearing Tavion's voice in her head, she realizes that her personal connection to the Tainted still exists. And when her car is ambushed, she discovers another frightening truth—someone close to her is a traitor.

Desperate for answers, Dominique seeks the aid of first lifers Trent and Infiniti. With their help, she hopes to find her new enemy. But things get complicated with Trent when she finally accepts her eternal love for Farrell, and even more complicated when the whispers in her head threaten her loved ones. Determined to live, Dominique decides to make a final stand against the forces that want to end her. For good.





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