Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Blitz: Don't Speak by Katy Regnery


Don’t Speak
Katy Regnery
(A Modern Fairytale)
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.
A fisherman’s daughter.
The governor’s son.
Two very different worlds.
In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of North Carolina’s governor at a fancy party where she’s working.
Laire, who wants so much more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naivetΓ© and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.
Years later, when fate leads them back to one another, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.
All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated to P.E.O. International, a non-profit organization that celebrates the advancement of women, awards scholarships and grants, and provides motivation for women to make their dreams come true.
EXCERPT:
“Hey!”
She heard his voice before she saw him.
Had she known the ultimate cost of that simple glance heavenward, maybe she wouldn’t have stopped. Maybe she would have just kept on walking with her head down. But fate held no warnings for Laire Maiden Cornish.
Shielding her eyes, she looked up at a deck wrapped around the second floor of the mansion, waiting a moment for her eyes to adjust as he came into view.
There, in the glittering sunlight . . . a boy.
No, a man.
A young man, a little older than she, tall and muscular, with jet-black hair and a square jaw, dark brown eyes, and a deep tan. He wore a robin’s-egg blue bathing suit with Kelly green palm fronds in a small repeat and a pair of sunglasses buried in his thick hair. In one hand, he held a phone up to his ear, and in the other, he slowly swirled a glass filled with ice and clear liquid. He stared out at the sound, concentrating on his call.
“Hey!” he yelled. “Can you hear me now?” He huffed with annoyance, pulling the phone away from his ear and squinting at it before trying again. “Pete? It’s Erik. Can you hear me?” He set the glass down on the balcony’s wooden railing and gave his phone his full attention. Staring down at it, he muttered, “Shit. No reception.”
It’s Erik.
Erik.
His name is Erik.
Feeling a sharp burn in her lungs, Laire realized she’d been holding her breath and sucked in a huge gulp of air as she stared up at him, frozen in the moment, utterly mesmerized.
She had never seen a more perfect, more handsome person in her entire life.
The sun glinted off his dark hair and wrapped his body in gold, making him appear godlike so very far above her. Were she the type to swoon, Laire imagined she would have been a puddle of goopy longing on the ground below him, content to sacrifice her pride for a glimpse at his beauty.


Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.
In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Weekly Recap: Ready to Ramble? (Week of 2/19/17)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.

-MY LIFE-
Guys, I'm struggling over here. It's two am, and I'm going to try and wake up at eight in the morning to try and get a shit tone of work done because for some reason I thought that I could do EVERY FUCKING LITTLE THING IN THE UNIVERSE. So, ya, I'm really busy and sleep deprived. How is everybody doing? What happened this week? Oh yes, Monkey Boy. So, I'm taking a year long class, and this guy decided to join the class 3/4 through the year. Like...really? But the every ten minuets or so, he would lean back in his chair, and just look behind him upside down. Don't ask me why, but he was very entertaining. Thus, he has been named Monkey Boy. We will see if he continues with this behavior this week. On Friday I had my infusion, and my blood pressure has been doing this weird thing where it will drop in the middle of it. I mean, not THAT low. Just a noticeable drop (enough that they feel the need to mention it to me), so, that's weird. I have an appointment with one of (I think four... maybe five?) doctors this week, and I will be asking her about that. Hmmmm...I need to sleep, and that's all I have for you guys. Oh, thanks to everyone who commented on my discussion post last week! So with that, have a good week, and happy reading! :)

-CURRENTLY READING-
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaReady Player One

I'm also reading a copy of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that I can't find on Goodreads so shhhhhhhhhhh.

-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-
Library:
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights CaseSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda(Don't You) Forget About Me

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
            
Headphones on, music blaring. πŸ’– πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ ▪Day 25 of #pjmonthofmadness: "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" (Book Crushes: Both Kady and Aidan ❤) πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ ▪I was tagged by @paperfury to do the #spellyournameinfictionalcharacters tag! A- Aidan N- Noah Shaw N- Nyx A- Aelin πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookphotography #bookblogger #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookish #yalove #yaliterature #yalit #yaphoto #yabooks #yablogger #youngadultbooks #youngadultfiction #readers #blogger #bibliophile #photography #phtochallenge
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-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-
I skipped school today, and instead got an infusion. πŸ’‰ πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ ▪Day 24 of #pjmonthofmadness: "You have bewitched me, body and soul." (Magical Reads) πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ ▪#photogenicbooks by @photographynbooks πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookblogger #bookphotography #bookpile #bookaddict #bookaholic #booklight #lights #farielights #yaphoto #yalove #yalit #yaliterature #yabooks #yablogger #youngadultbooks #youngadultfiction #blogger #phtochallenge #photography #instabook #bookgram
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-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
I'm tired, I'm busy, and I want to know some of your favorite books. Preferably ones that are quick reads. Let me know in the comments below! :)
  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reread Review: Serenity by India R. Adams

Serenity (Forever, #1)Book: Serenity (Forever #1)
Author: India R. Adams
Published: July 26, 2016
Publisher: India's Productions
Number of Pages: 401
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 Stars
Tags: Cry Baby, Mental Health, Reread, Love Story, YA

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: To say I know where this story begins is to say I  remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where, I don’t know, but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe my soul has done this before. I believe I will follow him…forever.

"The toll on my spirit had slowly broken me down—day by day, night by night, drink by drink, hit by hit—to the limp, fragile, lost girl that Dereck Hamilton . . . carried away."
 
A destructive home life silently destroys Serenity, a 16-year-old girl, until her broken spirit is given a gift in the form of an old journal that sends her a visitor in the night. The cloaked woman teaches Serenity that the lingering feeling of missing a part of her soul may not be a figment of her imagination, and with these words, Serenity’s journey, of this lifetime, begins.

"Away from the sun I close my eyes
and release myself into the unknown
I hope she is there
I hope she is there…"


-MY REVIEW-
This is the second time that I have read this book, and I love it even more than I did the first time I read it. Because this is the type of book that you want to reread. It's amazing the first time, but you get so many more details the second time through, and it becomes truly wonderful. Because I already knew the characters, I was able to see things that I couldn't before. I saw warning signs, and hints, and foreshadowing, and I cried a lot more than the first time.

This book has grown to be my favorite book, and a lot of it is because of the characters. I'm able to connect with each of them in a different way, so when something happens it's like I'm actually with the characters. I know what's going to happen, and yet I'm still just as devastated as the first time. This group of characters is so special, and hear warming, and magical that it's hard not to get sucked into their family.

I also noticed how much I've matured between the last time I read this book and now. When I first read the book, I was in a bad place health wise, and that's why I connected with Serenity so much. Because we were both in bad situations. But this time I really found joy in connecting with characters like Sky. We were both survivors. And I need to read this book twice to realize this. Because whether you're surviving sexual assault, depression, abuse, addiction, an eating disorder, sex trafficking, a chronic illness, or anything else that you're surviving, this book shows that you are not alone. Don't be ashamed, stand strong, be proud, you deserve all the love in the world. So, everyone, survivors, teachers, readers, bloggers, people that are lost, raise your peace signs in the air, because everyone deserves their own piece of serenity.
         

Monday, February 20, 2017

Babble From a Book Nerd: The Periods Have Run Away

Seriously, where did they go? If you didn't know I'm talking about periods, menstrual cycles, that time of the month, and yet they are never in YA? Women have periods, and a lot of YA books feature female characters who are old enough to have a period. So, why aren't they in the books?

Well, I feel like people don't really make big deal about them. They've become a way of life, and no one really talks about them. Because no one talks about them, they don't show up in books. I have read three books where there was any mention of the MC's period/period supplies. I know that some people have light periods that are super easy, but what about the people with really heavy periods, that bloat, and that have cramps. Because this is real life! So why don't we see it in more books?

And yes, I know that the books that I read are fiction, and aren't always supposed to be "realistic." But I feel like this should be talked about more. Because you know what? Periods are normal! So why don't the characters in books ever talk about them, and experience them? I bet that Kelsey from the The Tiger Saga had a period while she was in India! She was hiking through forests, fighting dragons, and I'm not joking, walking through a fucking fairy land. Four books, and no mention of a period. Either she got extremely lucky, she plans well, or the author didn't even think about it. So I say, lets start thinking about it.

I feel like there is a lot of new topics being added into YA books, and books in general, so why not have periods in more books? Because periods are disgusting, but women have them. So why not talk about them more?
      

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Weekly Recap: New Friends & Slow Reading (Week of 2/12/17)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.

-MY LIFE-
Hello everybody! I haven't had a lot of time to comment back of everybody's blogs lately, so I'm sorry on that front. I also haven't had a lot of time to read lately. So that lead that I built up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge has sadly slipped away, and I'm expecting to fall behind within the month. I probably shouldn't have gone with 100 books. ;) While I wasn't really around on the blog, I was back on Instagram, and I'm getting back into the regular swing of things there. Oh, and I got another fish! I now have five beta fish, and I love them all. The newest member to my fish family is Skylend, and he's settling into his new tank nicely. Well, that's it for me. Have a good week, and stay dry! 

-CURRENTLY READING-
Serenity (Forever, #1)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Ready Player One

-POSTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED-

-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
      
Continuing with the catch up photos. I still need to post today's photos...maybe I'll post them in an hour or two? What do you guys think? πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ ▪Photo for day one of #nkbtbfebruary: Hearts πŸ’– πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ ▪I was tagged by @paperfury to do the #coverlove, #bookishfrontcover, and #bookishcloseup tags. I mean seriously, how lucky was I with this photo? πŸ˜‚ πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookphotography #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookblogger #yalove #yaphoto #yabooks #yablogger #youngadultfiction #youngadultbooks #yaliterature #yalit #bibliophile #instabook #bookgram #photochallenge #yaromance #annaandthefrenchkiss #blogger
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-BOOK PHOTO SUNDAY-
Do you guys like the colored lights? I think that the white lights turn out better, but I'm not sure... πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ ▪Day 16 of #nkbtbfebruary: Guilty Pleasure (NA) πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ @ninasbooktalk tags: ▪#shelfie by @reading_into_worlds πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ #bookstagram #books #booklover #bookblogger #bookphotography #booklight #bookgram #instabook #yalove #yabooks #youngadultfiction #youngadultbooks #nabooks #newadultbooks #nalove #yablogger #blogger #photography #bookshelf
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-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
How's everyone doing? Are you guys taking care of yourselves? Eating? Getting enough sleep? Let me know in the comments!
  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: She Wants It All by Jessica Calla

You guys! I'm so thrilled to help reveal the cover for She Wants it All, the third standalone in the Sheridan Hall series. I think that I did the cover reveal for book one? I defiantly did the blog tour, and I might have done the cover reveal too. I've loved every book in this series, and I am so excited to read about Maggie and Dave. Well, I'll stop rambling now and show you the cover. ;)

Book: She Wants It All (Sheridan Hall #3)
Author: Jessica Calla
Published: May 16, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll (Race-Point US)

Goodreads 

Synopsis: Happy to sing cover songs with his band and float through New Jersey University with little to no effort, Dave Novak spends the first week of college partying. Then he meets Maggie Patrinski. Performing on stage in front of hundreds is easy for Dave, but the mere thought of Maggie sends his heart racing and turns him into a bumbling idiot. Even so, he can’t get her out of his mind.


Maggie’s not exactly thrilled when her roommate sets her up with Second Floor Dave, the hottie with a reputation. Not only has she just had her heart broken, but she’s vying for a competitive summer internship and studying to become a vet. She doesn’t have time for guys and isn’t interested in falling in love, especially when she may be moving across the country for the summer.


But as Maggie gets to know Dave, his charm wins her over and she falls hard and fast. The problem? Maggie has goals, Dave doesn’t. Maggie studies, Dave doesn’t. Maggie wants it all, Dave only wants her. With their summer plans up in the air and past mistakes creeping back into their lives, their future together is uncertain. The only thing they’re sure of is that when they’re together, they’re better.


-BOOK ONE-
Book: She Laughs in Pink (Sheridan Hall #1)
Author: Jessica Calla
Published: May 17, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Number of Pages: 315


Synopsis: Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben's heart.

Then she meets Ben's roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he's ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he's never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate.

-BOOK TWO-
Book: She Runs Away (Sheridan Hall #2)
Author: Jessica Hall
Published: November 15, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Number of Pages: 308

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: After tragedy strikes New Jersey University's Sheridan Hall, freshman quarterback Ben Riley’s stable, normal life is turned upside down. Sidelined from playing the game he loves and on the verge of losing his scholarship, Ben wants nothing more than to escape the chaos of college and return home to rural Pennsylvania and his family.

Yet, there is something that keeps him from running. Or someone. A cute blonde he had a chance with but blew off for all the wrong reasons.

Megan Smith has secrets. Secrets that have burned her in the past. Secrets she’s unwilling to share with anyone at Sheridan Hall—especially Ben, her sexy, rough around the edges floormate who broke her heart in a matter of days after moving into Sheridan. Meg decided early on that it’s easier to live life on her own than to share her secrets and let people in.

Meg runs and Ben follows, but sooner or later the clock on their chance at love will expire. With inner demons dragging them both down, they must find a way to stop running and trust one another, or risk losing their perfectly-matched love forever.


-ABOUT THE AUTHOR- 
Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance, new adult, and women's fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she's not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you'll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog. 


You can find Jessica on GoodreadsTwitterFacebook, and her Website



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour: One More Breath by Amber Garr

One More Breath (The Georgia Girls Book 1)Book: One More Breath (The Georgia Girls #1)
Author: Amber Garr
Published: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Mystical Muse Publishing
Number of Pages: 235
Format: ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest, and unbiased review.
Rating: 4 Stars
Tags: Blog Tour, NA, Xpresso Book Tours, #COYER, Cry Baby

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Sydney Westbrook has had enough.

After a fight with her abusive ex-boyfriend leaves her in the hospital once again, she knows it’s time for a change. Just out of college, Sydney decides to accept a position as a live-in nurse. But leaving the comfort of Atlanta and the support of her small circle of friends is hard to do. And when she meets her ailing, stubborn client, Sydney second guesses all of her choices.

A southern family with a social status to maintain, the McNamara’s think very little of Sydney, especially since she reminds Mrs. McNamara so much of the daughter-in-law she never accepted. But when Sydney encounters Quinn, the defiant grandson, her views of the family begin to change. And her heart begins to heal the hole left behind by the abuse.

Sydney and Quinn may have little time together, but they make the most out of it. A public display of their relationship is short-lived when Sydney learns just how far her client will go to save her family’s namesake. And when Sydney’s past suddenly rips into her new world, her happiness with Quinn threatens to come to an end.

But truth and friendship will help Sydney finally live the life she’s chosen while loving the one she chose. 


-MY REVIEW-
I don't read a ton of NA, in fact, I rarely ever read them. But guys, this was a good one. So now I can say that I have two favorite NA books! The Sheridan Hall series, and this one.

In this book we follow Sydney as she leaves her town, friends, and abusive ex-boyfriend, Grayson, behind for a new job. She is the new live-in-nurse for Mrs. McNamara, except Mrs. McNamara doesn't want one. So while Sydney battles with Mrs. McNamara, she doesn't expect to meet Quinn, and she certainly doesn't expect Grayson to to find her. 

Okay, I didn't think that I would like this book as much as I did! Let's start with the characters. While they weren't extremely developed, they were a lot of fun. Because in all honesty, when you have a shorter romance like this one the characters don't need to be exquisitely complex . But I was surprised by how much I ended up caring for some of the characters, especially Mrs. McNamara. While she was hard to warm up to, I ended up really liking her character by the end of the book.

This book had a surprising amount action! It started off like any normal NA romance, but then Grayson got involved. It was cool to read about Sydney's first relationship after her one with Grayson, and it was cool to read how he effected her relationship even after she broke up with him. 

So overall I loved this book! This is a fun, fast read with a good bit of action and characters that readers can connect with. This is defiantly a book to read.    
        
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