Friday, August 31, 2012

Follow Friday #43, August 31st

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week’s question:

Uh. I think there's been a mix up, so yeah. :) No questions this time! Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update 54 Part 1

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It's hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her!

OK, so I already had 10 counts, and I read The Bachelorette Project which counts twice as a review book, Dark Side of Valor which counts twice as a review book, Loving Lady Marcia which counts twice as a review book, Betrayal which counts 3 times as a review book and a sophomore challenge book, Yesterday which counts 3 times as a NetGalley book and a 2012 Dystopian book, The Demon Catchers of Milan which counts 3 times as a DAC book and a NetGalley book, A Feast for Crows which counts 3 times as a RR Book and a WTC book, Kissing Shakespeare which counts 3 times as a DAC Book and a NetGalley book, Glimmer which counts 4 times as a LLFL Book, DAC Book, and WTC Book, Torn which counts twice as a Reward challenge book, Ascend, Bane which counts 3 times as a NetGalley book and a sophomore challenge book, Touched which counts twice as a NetGalley book, The Little Woods which counts 3 times as a DAC Book and a NetGalley book. So I have 46 counts total for next week.

Last Letter, First Letter Reading Challenge Update 23

OK, so I have I've been doing some more reading, and I read Glimmer.

 Yep. Happy reading!

Here's the link to the original post with my journey.

What it is:

You pick a book, read it. Then you look at the last letter of the title, for example, "The Adventures of Tom Saywer." Then you take that last letter, and search you TBR piles for a book starting with the last letter, so coninuting the example, someone could read "Rotters" next, and then a title that starts with "s."

Rules:
1. Have fun!
2. Read!
3. The last letter of the book you read must be the first letter of the next book you read.
4. Words like "the," "a," "and," and those such don't count as the first letter.
5. If a letter becomes overused, like d, e, l, w, ext, and you run out of books that you really want to read for this challenge, cycle in letters that don't often get used like a, b, i, k, p, ext, and note what you cycle in, where!

First Lines Friday #61, August 31st

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!


"It had taken years, but finally, I had everything down. Perfect. For three months, everything had been perfect. But of course I went and screwed it up." -Touched by Cyn Balog

That doesn't sound good! What about you guys? happy reading!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Random Reads #40, August 30th



Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 935 which turned out to be BZRK by Michael Grant! It's been on my TBR pile since July 11th 2011, and I added it because I loved the Gone series, and it sounded really good! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #55, August 30th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn’t a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"Is that correct?" -Torn by Amanda Hocking, page 240.

Short, sweet, and to the point, confirming what was previously said! Like!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below! 

Will the Time Come #65, August 30th


Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I don't know why I haven't read this book, but I really enjoy her writing, and I really want to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WWW Wednesday #73, August 29th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing for starting and hosting this meme!

I'm currently reading Kissing Shakespeare, and I'm so glad, because it's a really fantastic book that I'm enjoying so much!
I read A Feast For Crows, and it was a really great book, long, but really great!
I'm going to be reading Glimmer, and I can't wait, it sounds really great, and it has such a pretty cover!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Waiting on Wednesday #69, August 29th


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver
Expected Publication: October 23rd 2012
From Goodreads:
This is not the time for the fight to end. Now is when the fight will begin. This is the time to regain what has been lost.Alera

Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy.

Shaselle

Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause.

One lives behind the former Hytanican palace walls and walks the razor's edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland. The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family's tragedy, following whispers of insurgency.

Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death—or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed. 

Oh, I've loved the first 2 books, and now I can't wait for this book to come out! What are you guy's picks? Happy reading!

Betrayal: Review

From Goodreads:
Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana's mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan's heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies. 

My Review:
So yeah, I enjoyed the first book so much, so I was really lucky to be a part of the tour for this book, now! And I enjoyed this book a ton! It was really great! It wasn't as good for me as Promises was for me. Which is too bad, because that book was just really awesome and the world can't have too many awesome books!

So it was really awesome to be in this world again, with these characters. And with everything that happened in Promises, well, yeah, things were definitely happening in this book! And most definitely were affected by what had happened! It was really great to watch things change and grow!

So between Brendan, Kain, and Lucian, two of who are on her side, and the other, very obviously leading the other side, well, she has her hands full with guys. Brendan, gone after Promises, Kain, there and supporting her, and Lucian, keeping the war going, and having tempers rising!

So that ending, was just fantastic! Loved that so much, and yeah, it's making me want to read Arise now, vs. closer to when my review post is supposed to go up. Because man, that was a really great ending, and I can't wait to see where things are going to go from there!

Really fantastic book, so awesome to read it in this review tour! And I need more!

Author: Amber Garr
Series: The Syrenka Series #2
Read: August 27th, 2012
Source: Review Copy for Tour
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and had to keep reading the series!!! And it's a Sophomore Challenge book!
Publisher: Createspace
Published: February 19th 2012
5/5 Hearts
3.5/5 Books
4/5 Stars









Bio:
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire.  Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids.  Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell.  She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:


Stops on the Tour:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #73, August 28th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's teaser comes from A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin, page

Loving Lady Marcia: Review

From Goodreads:
In the House of Brady, three very lovely girls have hair of gold—and hearts to match—but finding a match among the gentlemen of London is one comedy of errors that could bring down the house…

MARCIA GETS SCHOOLED…

Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family's wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.

ON THE SUBJECT OF LOVE

A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia's past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she's become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia's rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it's much more than a hunch…?

My Review:
This book is the first in the series. And it kicked off quite a series, because man, was this book fantastic! Reading this book was just why I read books, it takes me to a different place, to experience things that I'd never experienced before, and might never experience in real life!

So there's the complicated family relations, because of how Duncan's brother treated Marcia. And how people gossiped, like they always do over things that are pretty scandalous, or that they think are. So there's that complication between then.

I just really loved these characters! They were just so great, and real, with their strengths and weaknesses-I have a weakness for banter, and yeah, I enjoyed their's a lot!-and yeah, they were people that I wanted to know more about!

The ending was just great, with their happy ending, and hoping that they'll at least be mentioned in the future books of the series, seeing as the series is called House of Brady, so are probably the stories of her sisters! Yeah, that'd be really great!

I enjoyed this book just so much! It was so well written, and good!

Author: Kieran Kramer
Series: House of Brady #1
Read: August 19th, 2012
Source: NetGalley/Innovative Online Book Tour Review Copy
Publisher: St. Martin's
Published: August 28th 2012
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars



Bio:
Double Rita-finalist and USA Today bestseller Kieran Kramer is the author of the lighthearted Regency historical romance series, The Impossible Bachelors, published by St. Martin's Press. She recently signed a six-book contract with St. Martin's for another Regency series called The House of Brady, premiering in 2012. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran's also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. Without doubt her greatest adventure, which she's taken hand-in-hand with her husband of 23 years, has been mothering their three children. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:
 



Stops on the Tour:
13-Aug Bibliophilia, Please Interview 
13-Aug Reviews By Molly First Chapter 
13-Aug Doctor's Notes Spot Light 
14-Aug My Secret Romance First Chapter 
14-Aug Live To Read First Chapter 
Interview 
15-Aug Romance Book Junkies Spot Light 
16-Aug LilyElement Book Reviews First Chapter 
17-Aug Red Headed Bookworm Spot Light, Interview, First Chapter 
17-Aug Sapphyria's Steamy Book Reviews First Chapter 
20-Aug My World Spot Light 
20-Aug Ramblings From This Chick First Chapter 
21-Aug Books, Books, and More Books Interview 
21-Aug SOS Aloha Guest Post
22-Aug Lissette E. Manning First Chapter 
23-Aug Adventures of Frugal Mom Interview 
24-Aug The Self-Taught Cook Spot Light 
24-Aug Words I Write Crazy First Chapter
26-Aug The Rockville 8 Interview
27-Aug The Popculture Divas Spot Light and First Chapter
27-Aug Bunnie Reviews Spot Light, Interview, First Chapter

28-Aug Release Day Blitz 
Tea and Book Review
Live To Read Review 
Romancing Rakes Review 
My World Review 
My Cozie Corner Spot Light 
Bunnie Reviews Review 
¡Miraculous! Review
T B R Review 
The Lucky Ladybug Spot Light, First chapter
The Self-Taught Cook Spot Light, First chapter 
Sapphyria's Book Reviews Spot Light, First chapter 

29-Aug Reviewing Shelf Spot Light 
29-Aug The Lucky Ladybug First Chapter 
30-Aug Live To Read Spot Light 
30-Aug My Secret Romance Spot Light 
31-Aug A Night's Dream of Books Interview 
31-Aug Cocktails and Books Spot Light and First Chapter
3-Sep ¡Miraculous! Spot Light 
3-Sep Bibliophilia, Please First Chapter 
4-Sep Ramblings From This Chick Spot Light 
5-Sep Reading Between the Wines Spot Light, First Chapter
6-Sep My Cozie Corner Interview 
7-Sep T B R Spot Light, interview 
10-Sep A Date with a Book First Chapter 
11-Sep Ramblings of an Amateur Writer First Chapter 
12-Sep Mission to Read Interview 
13-Sep Crossroads Spot LIght, Review
14-Sep Always a Booklover Spot Light 
14-Sep Reader Girls Spot Light

Monday, August 27, 2012

Naturals: Cover Reveal

Ok, so today is the cover reveal of Naturals, book 2 in the series! So here it is!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #64, August 27th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:

Week 34 Reviews:

Tours:

Random:

OK, so I got 28 posts in 7 days, a nice quiet week, can't wait for the books I'm going to read this week! What about you guys? Happy reading! 


When an unfortunate twist of fate leaves 28 year-old socialite Leslee Robinson broken-hearted and unemployed, she embarks on a journey to discover what boggles every twenty-something single woman’s mind: What do men REALLY want and how do you find the perfect mate? With the help of her two best friends; Annie, a self-conscious, sarcastic single mother; and Karen, the neurotic, perfectionist ‘bridezilla,’ Leslee creates The BACHELORETTE Project, a ‘scientific’ dating experiment designed to uncover the enigma of the male species.

After multiple dates gone awry and unanticipated encounters of the extreme, Leslee decides to confide in the last person that she’d ever consider asking dating advice from: Eric, her handsome, womanizing college friend with a well-known ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ reputation. Aside from Eric’s infamous bachelor tactics, Leslee can’t help but to be oddly attracted to him, but will pursuing the charming, ‘bad boy’ philanderer that Eric is even be worth the risk?

With unbelievable twists and a contemporary, comedic Chick-Lit feel, The BACHELORETTE Project is the chronicle of a single woman’s journey to finding true friendship, discovering herself, and learning the enigma of love down to a science.
Mia's ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever, in this stunningly well-written novel about an American girl who, fleeing an ancient evil, finds her only salvation in her ancestral home.
THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.

NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.
A child advocate and a mercenary must work together to overcome their past losses and save both of their lives and hearts.

Lelia Freeman created a life for herself after growing up homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. When the horror has passed, Lelia vows to make a better life.

Now, Lelia spends her life trying to save children. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she is summoned to Washington and asked to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation. Life takes a dramatic turn when Lelia uncovers terrible corruption and is kidnapped for her knowledge.

Her fate is in the hands of Elijah Dune, a mercenary stuck in the past. Haunted by the loss of his daughter, Elijah is the only one who can save Lelia—but he believes she is to blame for his daughter’s death.

Dark Side of Valor delves into the destructive forces of guilt and revenge as two people are connected by their love for a lost little girl.
Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.
Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.

But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?

In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make. . .
Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.
Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain's enemies. Badly wounded, he is put will do anything in the care of a beautiful gentlewoman, Julianne Greystone, only to discover that her sympathies lie with his enemies. Yet he can't help but seduce the woman who saved his life—hoping she never learns of his betrayal.Julianne is captivated by the wounded stranger she believes is a revolutionary hero. Until she discovers the truth…her "hero" is the privileged earl of Bedford. Devastated and determined to forget him, Julianne travels to London. But when she finds herself in danger, it is Bedford who comes to the rescue. Now Julianne must navigate the intrigues of a perilous city, the wild yearnings of her own heart and the explosion of their passion….
She killed his father.

She imprisoned and beat him.

And now she thinks he’s her trophy.

Synn El’Asim will do almost anything to prove her wrong. But he’s only proving her right.

Queen Nix awakened his Mark of power and inducted him into the House of Wands. She knew what she was doing. The son of the two most powerful Families standing against her is the ultimate prize.

What she didn’t take into consideration was that maybe he was too strong for her.

Maybe.

But the Families aren’t. They’ve been weakened and it’ll take a lot more than one young man with a powerful Mark to take on the Hands of Tarot.
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.
“Today is the day it is going to happen. I’m not melancholy or nervous. I just want to get it over with more than anything. Today is the day that I, Lilly Barnes, die.” 

Lilly Barnes doesn't want to live anymore. She is prepared to leave her life, family, and more importantly, her best friend Buddy behind for good. But, why? What could be so horrible that it makes a young girl want to end her life? Find out in The Truth about Lilly Barnes.
Jack and Conner have a plan.

They think it's the only reasonable way to deal with the Marbury lens.

But the four boys - Jack, Conner, Ben, and Griffin - end up scattered in different places at different times. Jack is lost in a Marbury that isn't Marbury, a Glenbrook that isn't Glenbrook, pursued through every crumbling not-world by an uncaring cop trying to solve the mystery of Freddie Horvath's murder, and a deceitful kid named Quinn Cahill who believes he is the King of Marbury. Jack's universe is collapsing in on itself. He finds his friends. He finds his home.

There's always just one thing, and Jack knows it.

This can't be it.
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
Headstrong heroine Faith Reynolds returns in this thrilling sequel to the paranormal romance Blood on the Moon!

After surviving being kidnapped by a vampire, Faith would just love to focus on some alone time with her hot (though occasionally furry) boyfriend, Lucas. Unfortunately, with a vampire uprising on the horizon and her best friend, Derek, about to wake up and find himself transformed into a half-werewolf, half-vampire being without a beating heart, Faith has a few other things to take care of first.

Faith is not without help, in the form of her newfound powers of sensing people’s emotions and being able to influence werewolves’ actions, not to mention her begrudging but rather helpful boyfriend. Even so, convincing a werewolf packmaster to prepare for an epic battle may be difficult to do without solid evidence.

Lose yourself once more in the deliciously suspenseful world of werewolves versus vampires, otherworldly boys with deadly charm, and addictive, spine-tingling action and romance!
The story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who masqueraded as a man named Frank Thompson during the Civil War. Among her many adventures, she was a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, and was captured by (and escaped from) the Confederates. The novel is narrated by Sarah, offering readers an in-depth look not only at the Civil War but also at her journey to self-discovery as she grapples with living a lie and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers.
As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder investigation threatening their freedom—and maybe their lives.

Dark Side of Valor: Review

From Goodreads:
A child advocate and a mercenary must work together to overcome their past losses and save both of their lives and hearts.

Lelia Freeman created a life for herself after growing up homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. When the horror has passed, Lelia vows to make a better life.

Now, Lelia spends her life trying to save children. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she is summoned to Washington and asked to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation. Life takes a dramatic turn when Lelia uncovers terrible corruption and is kidnapped for her knowledge.

Her fate is in the hands of Elijah Dune, a mercenary stuck in the past. Haunted by the loss of his daughter, Elijah is the only one who can save Lelia—but he believes she is to blame for his daughter's death.

Dark Side of Valor delves into the destructive forces of guilt and revenge as two people are connected by their love for a lost little girl.

My Review:
So yeah, if you are someone who gets easily frustrated by injustice, then this book will be hard for you to read. On a scale of 1 to 10, ten being the most frustrated, I think I'm about a 7 or 8. So I'm speaking from experience!

Because, man, the injustices in this book, are just too numerous to name. Children are the future, and yet they were being treated so poorly by the bad guys, that was really hard to read. Children aren't supposed to be treated that way!

So his daughter, the one that he thinks that Lelia failed, and how Lelia felt about her, well, we know they were thinking of the same girl, or maybe we didn't, but find out, because yeah, that girl was important to the both of them!

Really enjoyed how it ended, how they worked together, and got out of there, found safety, and feel in love along the journey! That just made everything all the more sweeter! Just great characters, with a really fantastic plot!

I enjoyed this book, just so much!

Author: Alicia Singleton
Read: August 26th, 2012
Source: Pump Up Your Books Virtual Tour Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a great book!
Publisher: Strebor Books
Published: February 27th 2012
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Bio:
Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born.The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son. Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel.Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor.

Visit Alicia’s website at www.aliciasingleton.com.

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Stops on the Tour:
Monday, June 4

Tuesday, June 5
Interview at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, June 7
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Darlene’s Book Nook

Friday, June 8
Book Spotlight & Book Giveaway at Sweet Southern Home

Tuesday, June 12
Book Review & Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at The Bookish Dame

Wednesday, June 13
Book Review at Cindy’s Love of Books

Thursday, June 14

Friday, June 15
Book Review at Ashley’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, June 20
Book Review & Guest Blogging at My Book Addiction and More

Thursday, June 21
Book Review & Book Giveaway at Books in the Burbs

Friday, June 22
Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Monday, July 2
Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, July 3
Character Interview at Beyond the Books

Thursday, July 5
Interview at Between the Covers

Monday, July 9
Guest Blogging at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, July 10
Book Review at Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, July 11
Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

Friday, July 13

Monday, July 16
Book Feature at Books in the Burbs

Tuesday, July 17
Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Friday, July 20
Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, July 23
Interviewed at Examiner

Wednesday, July 25
Interview at Paperback Writer

Thursday, July 26

Friday, July 27
Interview at Between the Pages

Monday, August 6
Interview at Divine Caroline

Tuesday, August 7
Interview at The Book Connection

Thursday, August 9
Interview at SheWrites

Friday, August 10
Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Monday, August 13
Book Review at Book Review Club

Tuesday, August 14
Book Review at The Story of a Girl

Thursday, August 16
Guest Blogging at Motherhoot

Monday, August 20
Guest Blogging at The Top Shelf

Tuesday, August 21
Book Trailer Feature at If Books Could Talk

Wednesday, August 22
Guest Blogging at Carol’s Notebook

Thursday, August 23
Interview at Broowaha

Friday, August 24
Book Feature at The Solitary Bookworm

Monday, August 27
Book Review at Words I Write Crazy

Tuesday, August 28
Guest Blogging at My Reading Table

Wednesday, August 29
Guest Blogging at Hollywood Daze
 Book Review at Bookin’ It Up

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Bachelorette Project: Review and Excerpt

From Goodreads:
When an unfortunate twist of fate leaves 28 year-old socialite Leslee Robinson broken-hearted and unemployed, she embarks on a journey to discover what boggles every twenty-something single woman's mind: What do men REALLY want and how do you find the perfect mate? With the help of her two best friends; Annie, a self-conscious, sarcastic single mother; and Karen, the neurotic, perfectionist 'bridezilla,' Leslee creates The BACHELORETTE Project, a 'scientific' dating experiment designed to uncover the enigma of the male species. 

After multiple dates gone awry and unanticipated encounters of the extreme, Leslee decides to confide in the last person that she’d ever consider asking dating advice from: Eric, her handsome, womanizing college friend with a well-known 'love 'em and leave 'em' reputation. Aside from Eric's infamous bachelor tactics, Leslee can't help but to be oddly attracted to him, but will pursuing the charming, 'bad boy' philanderer that Eric is even be worth the risk?

My Review:
This was a really funny book. Leslee could be immature at times, but she was hilarious, from what she expected for her future, to how she's fired and dumped on the same day, to her dates, from the one in the excerpt below, to the foot fetish, to the criminal. She has a lot of funny times, though she doesn't see them that way as they're happening!

The Leslee/Eric pairing made a lot of sense. If only Leslee could've seen their chemistry right off the bat and not been afraid of getting hurt, then this whole book might not have happened. Maybe. Because the characters had grown up a bit over the 10 years since their college time! But yeah, this book was fun!

Some of Leslee's comments, like I said, she was a bit immature at times, so there were things like ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, or Single. Words. Separated. By. Periods. Which was a little annoying, but the humour in the book more then made up for it, with the commentary from Annie and Karen. Who do not get along together, so yeah, that was funny, too!

This was a really enjoyable read, funny, sexual, yes, but funny. Check out the excerpt, and some of the other posts for some giveaways!

Author: Tami Anthony
Read: August 25th, 2012
Source: Reading Addiction Book Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a really funny book-it was!
Publisher: Pink Butterfly Publications
Published: July 3rd 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars









Excerpt:
I follow Mark to his house from the bar. We pull up to this very quaint brick rancher with a gigantic front yard and half groomed bushes and trees spread about. There is nothing spectacular about Mark’s house. It’s … well, very plain actually. It’s not a dream house nor a McMansion. It’s as ordinary as ordinary can be. Yup, I think to myself, this will definitely be a booty call. I can’t even imagine living in a house like this. It doesn’t scream RICH and FABULOUS the way I would want a house to scream. I imagine that my future husband will have a fantastic two-story house with a classy cobblestone driveway and this breathtaking garden with white roses and lilacs growing in effigy. Yeah, maybe I need to leave this dream world of mine and face reality. I could very well fall in love with a man who lives in a rancher or worse, a motorhome.I park Karen’s car in front of his house. He walks over and opens the car door for me. “So, this is it,” Mark says as I exit the car. “This is my home.”“It’s very nice,” I reply politely. So what if I lie? Don’t act like you’ve never done it.“Yeah, I’m not home a lot because of work and all,” he tells me. You can say that again, I think to myself. Who in the world doesn’t make sure that their hedges are cut? Who doesn’t mow their own lawn? There’s a solution to this scenario and it’s called hiring a landscaper.“That … sucks,” I blurt out. I couldn’t think of a good word to use. It seems that most of our conversation topics were used up at the bar. Maybe it’s a good thing, though. Less talk, MORE ACTION!I hold on to his arm as we walk to his front door. I place my head onto his shoulder devouring the exotic scent of his cologne. I’m in heaven. I decide to go in for the kill. Before I know, I’m stopping him in his tracks and planting the most passionate kiss on his lips, taking his breath away. He looks stunned, in a good way of course.“What was that for?” he asks.“For being the sexiest man that I’ve ever met,” I say slyly. “I can’t wait to see the inside of your house, mainly your bedroom.” I slowly move my hand under his shirt touching his finely-chiseled abs. Mark becomes speechless.“I, um, yeah,” he stutters in shock. “Yeah, you can see the bedroom,” he says eagerly and rushes me to the front door. “Let’s, um, do that!” He opens the door and pulls me inside. I push him against the closest wall and begin to kiss on his neck. “You still,” GROAN! “Want that … oh, God! Coffee?”“Not … right … now,” I say between breaths as I pull anxiously on the top of his jeans. I then feel something rubbing against the bottom of my leg and I jump.“What is it?” Mark asks with his eyes closed.“Your dog,” I reply. The dog continuously jumps on my leg and I laugh. “He’s a cute dog.” A little brown, furry thing. His dog is the most adorable pocketbook dog that I’ve ever seen.“Let me put him in the guest room,” Mark tells me. “I’ll be right back.” He directs me to his couch. “Have a seat. I have a surprise for you.”“Already?” I ask. I doubt it’s diamonds. After all, we just met. Maybe it’s a very fine Chardonnay of some sort. A girl can wonder.“Let’s just say I like to set the mood,” he says then winks. He walks away with the dog.OK, I think to myself as I take a look around the living room. It’s your typical man-home equipped with a gargantuan-sized flat screen TV, an X-Box, surround sound speakers, an overly technical stereo, a wooden coffee table with absolutely nothing on it, and a wide collection of DVDs and video games. One thing’s for certain, he has a clean home that doesn’t smell funny. That has to be a plus, right?
“Leslee?” I hear Mark say seductively a few feet behind me.“Yes?” I ask without turning around assuming that any second now he’ll be the one kissing my neck. He claps twice and the room darkens. The sound of house music blares from the speakers and white strobe lights begin to flicker within the room. What … the … fuck? “Um, Mark?” I ask. “What is going on?” I hear him breathing heavily behind me and I begin to panic a little.“There’s one thing that I didn’t tell you at the bar,” he says and I’m so afraid to turn around. Where the hell did I put my Mace?!
“And, um, what’s that?” I ask. Now I’m speechless! What in the world is about to happen? Should I be praying?I feel him licking on the back of my neck and I shiver. “I’m a dancer,” he says.“You mean like Cabaret dancing, Riverdancing, what?” I ask as my body shakes. I have no clue what he’s talking about nor do I want to. “You dance the Tango?” I guess. “Waltz? Tap? Ballet?” I ask quickly.“No,” he says and laughs. “I … am … SUPERMAN!” he shouts as he leaps over the couch and jumps onto the coffee table wearing a Superman thong and a red cape all while holding a glowstick in each hand. Oh … my … God, I think to myself. Is this really happening? My libido has gone from roaring and ready-to-go to temporarily shutting down for the night. Is he serious?
Mark throws his arms in the air and freezes into some sort of funny, galactic pose. The music stops for a second and his eyes widen. Dramatic effect, I guess?He throws off the cape and begins to thrust his pelvis forward. The music seems to get louder and louder, and I become more and more anxious to run.“Accountant by day,” Mark yells, “private dancer by night, baby!” He then leaps off the table and jumps on my lap, humping me like some overly anxious teenage boy. I cringe. This is not how I imagined my night … not at all.“Maybe I should go,” I say with fear in my voice. “I, um, have to get up really early for Pilates and I …” I’m lost in thought. Why do these things always happen to me?!
“You like this body?” he asks as he breaths heavily into my face.“Um, sometimes?” I say in the form of a question. “I don’t know?”“You like this rock-hard ass?” he asks as he stands on the floor and bends over.“I, um, it’s getting late. I should go,” I say in a rush and grab my purse. I try to stand up but he pushes me back on the couch. Kick to the crotch NOW? I ask myself but too frightened to move.“Grab my ass,” he instructs me. Apparently there’s no shame in his game.“Oh, no. I really shouldn’t.”“GRAB MY ASS, DAMNIT!” he yells.“OK, OK!” I yell back as I grab his left buttock. For some people, this would be the ultimate turn on, being dominated by a man in a Superman thong, but to me, not so much. I hold on to his butt cheek for dear life as his eyes roll into the back of his head. He looks just like a man who’s just cum. How is he getting aroused by this? Is this some sort of crazy Superman butt fetish that I wasn’t informed about? I have to get out of here!“Ooooooh!” he groans loudly, then slowly his knees buckle and his body drops to the floor. He doesn’t move.“Mark?” I say. He resembles a dead fish: pale, non-mobile, sickly looking. I clap twice to turn on the lights. “Mark, are you OK?” I ask as I stand over him and let my foot give his limp body a little nudge. He doesn’t respond. Oh fuck! I think I killed him! I grab his shoulders and shake him. “Mark, get up!” I yell. He lays still. “You can’t be dead!” I whimper pathetically as I smack his face. Sadly, part of me wants to take off the thongs and sneak a peek at the goods, another part of me wants to roll him on to his front yard for his neighbors to see what type of freak they live next to, but the part of me that’s telling me to leave quietly and quickly has hands down gotten my vote.I slowly grab my purse and head to the door as his dog walks out into the living room and begins to lick on Mark’s face. The secrets that the dog could tell me are probably endless. Should I just steal the dog? No, Leslee, you can’t, I tell myself, then again “Since I obviously can’t have the man, I guess I’ll settle for man’s best friend,” I say aloud. The dog pauses from licking Mark’s face and runs toward me, jumping into my arms. The dog just looks at me. “What?” I ask him. “Would you rather be adopted by a woman with fabulous taste or would you rather be an orphan?” The dog looks down and whimpers. “Yeah, I thought so,” I say as I walk out of Mark’s house quietly. Another date, another disaster, but this time I leave with the cutest, most adorable partying gift ever: my new dog.



Bio:
Tami Anthony is an author, a playwright, and the beautiful mind behind Pink Butterfly Publications, a publishing company devoted to female-driven literature. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor's in English Literature and Theatre Arts. Tami presently resides outside of Philadelphia with her son and is currently working on her second novel and future plays.

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Stops on the Tour:
August 1 -A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 2 - Andi's Book Reviews - Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 3 - My Reading Addiction - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 6 - Taking IT One Page at a Time - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
August 7 - My Cozie Corner - Review/Giveaway
August 8 - My Seryniti- Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 9 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/Guest Post/Excerpt
August 10 - New Age Mama - Interview/Giveaway/Guest Post/PROMO
August 11 - Nothing Better Than a Book - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 13 - My Devotional Thoughts - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
August 14 - Turning the Page - Review/Giveaway
August 16 - Books For Me - Review/Excerpt
August 17 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 18 - A Chick Who Reads - Review/Guest Post
August 19 - The Solitary Bookworm - Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway/PROMO
August 20 - Literature Lover's Labyrinth - Review/Excerpt 
August 21 - Book Reviews and More - Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 22 - Mademoiselle Le Sphinx - Review/Excerpt
August 23 - Whoopeeyoo! - Review/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
August 24 - Books, Books, the Magical Fruit - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
August 25 - Crazy Four Books - Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 26 - Words I Write Crazy - Review/Excerpt
August 28 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review/Guest Post