Thursday, 24 April 2014

BLOG TOUR - DO ANYTHING BY WENDY OWENS


Title: Do Anything
Series: The Wandering Heart Series
Author: Wendy Owens
BLURB supplied by Tess Watson of My Pathway To Books
A broken heart is only the beginning for her.
Bookworm Annabelle Hart thinks she’s found the love of her life. But when her fiancĂ©'s philandering ways shatter their happy future, she decides she’s through playing the victim. Now, rather than read about life, she wants to live it—starting with a sabbatical from her editing job in Chicago to travel the world. But the past refuses to let her go so easily.
He thinks he has his life figured out.
After watching the woman he thought he loved walk away from him, Holden Blackburn is still picking up the pieces. Content with his life as the owner of an English Inn, just outside the sleepy town of Alton, he’s living his new and peaceful normal. That is, at least, until Annabelle stumbles into his life, and he’s overwhelmed by a desire to learn all he can about her. Now if only he can get her to stay in one place long enough.
Will they risk their hearts on a new chance at love?
When her past returns in a way she can’t ignore, Anna panics, running from any possible future with Holden. She’s determined to keep her life from falling apart again, but she soon discovers the only place she feels safe is in Holden’s arms.
But some things even he can’t protect her from.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wendy Owens was born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time (then the real work started with four months of editing). That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn't always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, consists of five books, Sacred Bloodlines, Cursed, The Prophecy, The Lost Years, and The Guardians Crown.
She is better known for her romance books, Stubborn Love and Only In Dreams, both released in 2013. Coming in 2014 is her Wandering Hearts Series to include, Do Anything, It Matters To Me, and Jack’s Redemption.
When she's not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.
For more info on Wendy's young adult fiction and NA Romance visit http://wendy-owens.com/
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MY REVIEW

Title: Do Anything
Author: Wendy Owens
BLURB supplied by Tess Watson of My Pathway To Books
A broken heart is only the beginning for her.
Bookworm Annabelle Hart thinks she’s found the love of her life. But when her fiancĂ©'s philandering ways shatter their happy future, she decides she’s through playing the victim. Now, rather than read about life, she wants to live it—starting with a sabbatical from her editing job in Chicago to travel the world. But the past refuses to let her go so easily.
He thinks he has his life figured out.
After watching the woman he thought he loved walk away from him, Holden Blackburn is still picking up the pieces. Content with his life as the owner of an English Inn, just outside the sleepy town of Alton, he’s living his new and peaceful normal. That is, at least, until Annabelle stumbles into his life, and he’s overwhelmed by a desire to learn all he can about her. Now if only he can get her to stay in one place long enough.
Will they risk their hearts on a new chance at love?
When her past returns in a way she can’t ignore, Anna panics, running from any possible future with Holden. She’s determined to keep her life from falling apart again, but she soon discovers the only place she feels safe is in Holden’s arms.
But some things even he can’t protect her from.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
I admit I don't read a lot of what I'd call chick lit but I felt ready for a lighter read so decided to give this one a go.
MY REVIEW
I was invited to be part of the Blog Tour for this title and given a mobi e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
So Annabelle thinks that her whole life is mapped out for her and her future husband Then one day she has to drop by her house to pick something up (ironically something to do with the forthcoming wedding). When Annabelle enters the apartment she hears noises in the bedroom which she naively presumes to be intruders. Then Annabelle hesitates wondering what to do next, she realises that the noises are not burglars, far from it. Annabelle walks in a kind of zombie like state and ends up standing at the side of the bed, her bed, that is now holding a cavorting couple. The couple are her "future husband" and a blonde rather tarty neighbour.
It's in the aftermath of this discovery that Annabelle decides she needs a change. As she loves books so much she decides travel to England to see the places where some of her favourite Authors lived whilst they were writing.










Wednesday, 23 April 2014

PROMOTIONAL SPOTLIGHT - PRESSED PENNIES BY STEVEN MANCHESTER

Title: Pressed Pennies
Author: Steven Manchester

BLURB supplied by Author
Rick and Abby grew up together, became best friends, and ultimately fell in love. Circumstance tore them apart in their early teens, though, and they went on to lives less idyllic than they dreamed about in those early days. Rick has had a very successful career, but his marriage flat-lined. Abby has a magical daughter, Paige, but Paige's father nearly destroyed Abby's spirit.

Now fate has thrown Rick and Abby together again. In their early thirties, they are more world-weary than they were as kids. But their relationship still shimmers, and they're hungry to make up for lost time. However, Paige, now nine, is not nearly as enthusiastic. She's very protective of the life she's made with her mother and not open to the duo becoming a trio. Meanwhile, Rick has very little experience dealing with kids and doesn't know how to handle Paige. This leaves Abby caught between the two people who matter the most to her. What happens when the life you've dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?

Pressed Pennies is a nuanced, intensely romantic, deeply heartfelt story of love it its many incarnations, relationships in their many guises, and family in its many meanings. It is the most accomplished and moving novel yet from a truly great storyteller of the heart.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven Manchester is the author of The Rockin' Chair, as well as the #1 best seller, Twelve Months (2013 San Francisco, DIY & New England Book Festivals award winner). He is also the author of A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Goodnight, Brian (2013 Southern California Book Festival award winner), and Pressed Pennies (due out May 2014). His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. 

AUTHOR LINKS
Visit: www.StevenManchester.com
Book Availability

Nook & Paperback

EXCERPT

Pressed Pennies

A mix of playful conversation and alcohol set the night’s happy mood. Rick was tipping his third beer at the season’s final bash when he looked up and saw her. He nearly choked on his drink. She was his age, pretty with an athletic build. She had gorgeous wavy chestnut hair with beautiful dark eyes that matched. She had a mysterious confidence about her and a smile that men would die for. Rick swore she had an aura from her head to her feet. At that moment, he thought, I have to meet her. His mind filled with questions that needed answers: Who does she know at the party? Who can I get her background from? Who can introduce us? As his mind raced, Carol walked over with the beauty. And as they got closer, it hit him. “Oh, my God!” he said.
“Rick, this is…” the friendly hostess began to introduce with a smile.
“Abby!” Rick interrupted. “I can’t believe it.” It was her. It was Abby Gerwitz, his childhood sweetheart. He searched her eyes and a thousand memories—happy childhood pictures—flooded his mind. And then he recalled the pain he’d felt on the day they were forced to say goodbye.

After an unforgettable summer, Abby and the neighborhood gang received the terrible tidings. Rick—then known as Richard—gathered the gang in his backyard. He felt ready to cry. “I’ve got some bad news, guys,” he said.
“Oh, God,” Tracy blurted.
“Yeah?” asked Vinny.
“What’s is it?” Grant asked.
Richard looked at Abby. She was frozen.
“My dad was promoted to lieutenant, and he has to transfer to another prison across the state.” There was a long, painful pause. “We’re going to have to move away…next week.”
It was a lie. They were moving, sure enough, but Richard’s dad hadn’t been promoted. The hospital bills from his mom’s car accident—where a drunk driver had stolen away her life—had finally broken them. It was a matter of money or more precisely the lack of it. Richard silently vowed that he’d never be put in the same position—ever. No matter what I have to do, he swore to himself.
While the rest of his friends hung their heads and complained, Abby burst out crying and ran for her house.
As Rick recalled, it was well past midnight when he finally surrendered to the tossing and turning. Rolling out of bed, he maneuvered past several moving boxes, stepped up to the window and pulled back the curtain. Wilbur Avenue was deserted and silent. From left to right—as if he was branding the picture into his mind forever—he carefully scanned every detail of the place he could no longer call home. Although one good memory after another played out before him, a sharp pain pricked his heart. No one was watching, so he allowed the tears to flow. Once he’d arrived at the farthest reaches of his vantage point, he forced his swollen eyes to work their way back and absorb more of his past. “Why do we have to leave?” he muttered. “Why?” Before long, his shoulders rocked back and forth to the rhythm of his quiet sobs.
The very next morning, gray clouds hovered over Wilbur Avenue. Richard’s dad and grandma made their goodbyes quick and waited in the overstuffed station wagon for Richard.
Richard had never said goodbye before. The pain was alien. It hurt something awful to face Abby. Overwhelmed with emotion, it took him a while to speak. It was the hardest thing he had ever had to do.
“Well, I guess…” Richard muttered, and choked on the words. Not knowing what else to do, he pulled the curled brim of his ball cap down further over his eyes.
Through sniffles, Abby finally said, “You can come back and visit, right?”
“Sure.” Richard was fighting to be strong and dared not speak more than a word.
Abby lifted the brim of his hat. “Goodbye, Richard,” she whimpered.
Richard placed his hand on her shoulder and shook his head. “No Abby…I’ll be seein’ ya,” he whispered, and with one surge of courage kissed her on the lips.
While Abby’s eyes went wide, he pulled his baseball cap back over his eyes, jumped into the family station wagon and never looked back. One cruel moment later, the Giles family drove away.
Though Richard and Abby promised to keep in touch, frequent phones calls and detailed letters gradually became an occasional event until adolescence rearranged priorities and their communication ceased altogether.

Back in the present, Abby gasped. “Richard? Is it really you?”
Rick grinned. “It’s Rick now,” he said.
Her smile turned mischievous. “Okay, Richard.”
He stood to meet her embrace and squeezed her tight. “My God, it’s been so long. How have you been?”
She pulled away to peer into his eyes and, without a word, returned to their embrace.
While they hugged over the unexpected reunion, Carol was clearly pleased with herself—as if she’d known there was history between them. “Abby just moved into the neighborhood, Rick…three houses down from us. It appears that you two have a lot in common, so I’ll leave you to it.” Carol smiled widely before strutting away.
“So you’re living on Freedom Avenue now…near these crazy people?” Rick asked. He couldn’t believe it, but his palms were actually sweaty. He looked into her sparkling eyes and experienced arrhythmia for the first time in his life.
“I am,” Abby said before looking down at his left hand and then back into his eyes. “You’re not married?” she asked, blushing slightly over the impulsive question.
“Happily divorced,” he answered.
“Then you must have a creep for an ex-husband too?” she teased. Her tone was gentle and there was a soft light playing around her eyes.
“I do,” Rick said. “His name’s Rose.”
Abby chuckled and took the seat beside her old friend. Her laugh was absolutely contagious.
For a few moments, neither spoke a word. And then Abby’s face blushed again when Rick caught her staring. She looked away. Rick was thrilled over the obvious chemistry between them.
Rick cracked open a fresh beer and offered it to her. His hands were almost trembling. No one has ever had this effect on me, he thought. No one. He was legitimately nervous.
She shook her head. “Thanks, but I don’t like beer,” she said, and then stared straight into his soul. “So you did the divorce thing too, huh?”
He shrugged. “I did. Seems like the ‘in thing’ these days.”
“Any kids?” she asked, shifting from one hip to the other.
Rick’s eyes lit up. “Zachary…the love of my life. He just turned two.” He took a swig of beer. “I’m thinking about getting him a bigger bowl.”
Abby’s eyebrow rose in confusion.
“Zachary’s my gold fish,” Rick explained, chuckling.
Even through the laughter, Abby kept staring. At one point, she slid closer to him.
Her presence felt so comfortable and familiar to Rick. “And you… any kids?” he asked.
“Paige,” Abby answered, with the same twinkle in her eyes. “She’ll be nine next week…just old enough to be brokenhearted.”
Rick nodded. “Boy problems?”
“No. Daddy problems.” She shook her head, the twinkle gone. “Her father hasn’t made a whole lot of time for her lately,” she explained.
“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.” As a light drizzle began to fall, Rick leaned into Abby’s face. She smelled as good as she looked.
Abby nodded, but quickly changed the subject. “So how long have you known Carol?” she asked.
“Too long,” Rick answered with a smirk. “Actually, I met Danny in college and met Carol after their first date. He was my business colleague for a while. He and Carol have been together for almost three years now. She’s great. She loves Danny’s two boys like they’re her own.”
“Business colleagues?”
“Investments. Stocks, bonds… really, really important stuff like that,” he added, sarcastically.
“You two still together?” she asked.
“Nope. Danny and I have broken up. I recently discovered that I liked sunshine a little more than fluorescent light.” He thought for a moment. “I just started doing some consulting work, and I write a little now.”
“You do? That’s great!” Abby said. She smiled like an angel. “I’d love to see some of your writing.”
Rick’s skin tingled over the suggestion.

Beneath a wet sky, the rest of the night was spent getting caught up. For Rick, it felt like old times—even though he had no idea who Abby was as an adult.
They reminisced first about Rick’s grandma and father. “So how are they?” Abby asked. “I always loved them, you know.”
He smiled. “Dad lives in New Hampshire now, working with delinquent kids.”
She smiled, her head cocked. “Did he ever remarry?”
“No. He’s never stopped loving my mom enough to pursue another woman. I guess in his own way he still grieves her death.”
Abby’s mouth twisted slightly, forming itself into a frown; she was clearly touched by the undying love the man had for his wife.
“I think Grandma’s right,” Rick added. “When my dad passes, I’m betting that he and my ma will spend eternity making up for lost time.”
Abby nearly cooed at the sweet sentiment. “I’ll never forget his dog, Roy,” she said.
Rick took a sip of beer and chuckled. “Believe it or not, he actually has Roy’s grandson now—Ray.”
She shook her head and laughed. “Roy and now Ray. What was the dog’s name in between?”
“Screw Up.”
Abby was sent into a state of hysterics.
Rick shrugged and laughed along with her.
“And Grandma?” she asked, regaining her composure.
Rick nodded. “Still spry and spunky…just a really cool person. You know her motto: ‘The body doesn’t wear out, it rusts.’ She’s still listening to her music and raising holy hell.”
Abby smiled at the familiar phrase.
“And she got married,” Rick said.
“Married?”
“Yep. His name is Bill Stryker and they’re perfect for each other.” He took another swig of beer. “She still makes me sit for dinner every Sunday.” Rick then asked about Abby’s parents.
There was a sad pause. “My mom passed away,” Abby said, “from a lack of purpose, I’d say. And I haven’t spoken to my father for a few years now.” She tried to shake off the pain. “We no longer share a relationship… just some really bad memories. I imagine he’s still committing suicide the long way.”
“Drinking?”
“Yup, still doing laps in his bottle.”
Rick put his beer on the table and quickly changed the subject.
“Have you heard from any of the old Wilbur Avenue gang?”
Abby’s smile returned. “From what I hear, Vinny became an attorney and is living with his wife in Vermont.” She thought for a moment. “I don’t know how anyone could stand to live with him.”
Rick laughed.
“Tracy became a psychologist and moved to Utah.”
“Married?” Rick asked.
“A-sexual, I think.”
They both laughed. Rick couldn’t stop staring at her great smile and adorable dimples.
“Actually, I heard she lives with her lesbian lover and goes by the new name Cheyenne.”
“You’re kidding me, right?”
Abby shook her head.
“Good for her,” Rick said.
“But I haven’t heard anything about Grant,” Abby added.
Rick leaned forward. “You’re not going to believe this, but the first day I walked into college…there was Grant talking to some pretty, unsuspecting freshman.”
Abby shook her head.
“I still see him every Tuesday night,” Rick said. “We shoot a little pool and a whole lot of bull.”
She was shocked. “How is he?”
“The same…emotionally amputated; socially challenged.”
As the laughter continued, she asked, “Do you remember the last time your dad brought us all to Lincoln Park? Believe it or not, I still think about that sometimes.”
“Are you kidding?” Rick said. “I could live a hundred lifetimes and never forget that day!” And without his permission, his mind immediately raced back to the smack of screen doors and the echoes of foolish, barefooted children running toward the future.

As a going away gift to Richard and his friends, Jim Giles announced, “I’m treating you all to Lincoln Park.” It was a local amusement park that was famous for its epic Easter egg hunts and The Comet—the largest and most feared roller coaster on the East Coast. The park also had the reputation of hosting some lifelong memories from early spring until late fall.
Jim Giles pulled the station wagon into the front of the park and shut off the ignition. From sheer excitement, the back doors flew open and Richard, Abby, Grant, Tracy and Vinny piled out like a trained circus act. They waited. Jim Giles never opened his door.
Richard ran around to his father’s window. “Aren’t you comin’, Dad?” he asked, still resentful over their upcoming move.
Jim handed his son some money and winked. “This is your day,” he said, and then looked at Abby beside Richard. “Stay together, all right?”
They both nodded. “Absolutely,” said Richard. “I’ll be seein’ ya.”
“We will,” Abby promised.
Richard’s father smiled. “Meet me back here at six,” he said, and drove away from the curb.
The gang watched as the wood-paneled wagon disappeared into traffic. They looked at each other and smiled. They’d been set loose for one last hoorah. This entire day was going to be their last great adventure together. Past the roller-skating rink and bowling alley out front, they sprinted toward the ticket gate.
Murals of smiling clowns holding balloons and lollipops beckoned them inside. A hand stamp cost five dollars and fifty cents and allowed them to ride all the rides for the day. Once paid, the land of thrill seekers, big crowds and long lines opened up to them. “That’s expensive,” Richard blurted, while Grant discreetly talked Tracy into paying his fare.
Three steps in and a slew of stimuli nudged them into a frenzy of squeals and high-fives. Flashing lights, carnival sounds and joyous screams filled the park. From popcorn to vomit, the smells were overwhelming. A world of vivid colors—dark reds and yellows and blues—covered everything. One look around, and it was clear that romance could blossom here, as well. Richard glanced over at Abby to find her staring at him. Smiling to himself, he turned, waved his friends toward him and ran for the rides. “Come on!”
Everyone took chase.
The gang worked its way through the park. Hidden speakers spouting the moans and wails of ghouls and mutants soon had them standing before The Monster Ride. “Looks like Old Lady MacDonald’s place,” Richard said and everyone agreed. Those who dared to ride were greeted by gaudy, lurking statues of hideous creatures with horns, sharp teeth and insane eyes. Of course, to the older, more discerning eye, the giant plaster of Paris knick-knacks were no less than absurd.
Richard led his friends toward the unknown. Tracy wouldn’t hear of it. “Come on, Scaredy-Cat,” Grant taunted. It didn’t matter. No matter how much teasing they heaped on, Grant and Vinny were forced to share a car. Abby had already jumped in with Richard.
From the moment the car hit the double doors and entered pitch darkness, Abby shut her eyes and never opened them. While hideous mannequins waited in the shadows, the car took jerky turns on a squeaky track. “Eeeek,” Abby squealed, while Richard did his best not to laugh. Through all the screaming, the smells of the midway wafted in, while several rays of sunlight streamed through the cracks in the old, wooden boards. Though these reminded everyone that his or her plight was surreal and only temporary, it still didn’t matter in the belly of the beast. At one point, Abby placed her trembling body against Richard’s.
He’d never felt such warmth. His whole body tingled and he instinctively tightened his grip. It was almost a hug. A swarm of butterflies fluttered in his guts, but even in the blackness he couldn’t bring himself to kiss her. He just couldn’t do it.
As the car came crashing through another set of double doors and back into reality, Richard and Abby released each other. Through squinted eyes, they exchanged a grin. The crush was their little secret.

Once Rick returned to their conversation, he looked hard into Abby’s eyes and his Adam’s apple took forever to travel south. “Those were definitely the days,” he said.
She nodded. “Find a penny, pick it up and all that day you’ll have good luck.”
“As long as it’s heads up,” he added, with a grin.
Between the conversation and shared laughter, the entire night seemed to last all of three seconds.

SERIES PROMOTION INCL MY REVIEW - BURN - PURE BY JULIANNA BAGGOTT

Title: Burn
Author: Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 978-0755385584
ASIN: B00F0LUS3I

BLURB from Goodreads
Inside the Dome, Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His struggle has led him here, intent upon bringing down the Dome from the inside, with the help of a secret resistance force. But things are not as simple from his new position of power and he finds himself tempted by his father's words: perhaps if the world is to survive it needs the Dome - and Partridge - to rule it...

As Partridge's resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. It is their hope that they will be able to heal the Wretches, and free them from their monstrous fusings and the Dome's oppression once and for all. But everything depends, too, on Partridge. Separated by distance and history, can they still trust their friend and ally? Or is the world doomed to an eternity of war and hardship?

REST OF THE SERIES

PURE 
PURE BK1

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . . 
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost--how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run. 
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . . 
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked: Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss--maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her. 
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again. 



FUSE
PURE BK2


When the end came, the world was divided. Those considered perfect, the Pure, sheltered inside the controlled Dome. Outside, the Wretches struggled in a destroyed world, crippled by the fusings that branded them after the apocalypse that changed everything. Partridge, a Pure, has left the safety of the Dome in search of the truth. Pressia, a Wretch, is desperate to decode the secret that will cure her people of their fusings forever. Together, they must seek out the answers that will save humankind, and prevent the world's annihilation. But the betrayal of Partridge's departure has not been forgotten. As the Dome unleashes horrifying vengeance upon the Wretches in an attempt to get Partridge back, Partridge has no choice but to return to face the darkness that lies there, even as Pressia travels to the very ends of the world to continue their search. Theirs is a struggle against a formidable foe, and it is a fight that will push them over boundaries of land and of sea, of heart and of mind. They can only hope for success because failure is unimaginable...  


BURN
PURE BK3



Title: Burn
Author: Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 978-0755385584
ASIN: B00F0LUS3I

BLURB from Goodreads
Inside the Dome, Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His struggle has led him here, intent upon bringing down the Dome from the inside, with the help of a secret resistance force. But things are not as simple from his new position of power and he finds himself tempted by his father's words: perhaps if the world is to survive it needs the Dome - and Partridge - to rule it...

As Partridge's resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. It is their hope that they will be able to heal the Wretches, and free them from their monstrous fusings and the Dome's oppression once and for all. But everything depends, too, on Partridge. Separated by distance and history, can they still trust their friend and ally? Or is the world doomed to an eternity of war and hardship?


INITIAL THOUGHTS
I have been wanting to read this one ever since I received it, however, I decided to wait closer to release date and then due to health and family health issues ended up missing reading it prior to its release. So I'm approaching this book with mixed feelings . . . I desperately want to read more and find out if Pressia, Bradwell and El Capitan get their broken airship fixed. I also want to know what's going to happen in the love triangle. Pressia loves Bradwell, and El Capitan has declared his love for Pressia . . .But on the other hand I don't want the series to end. My plan is to try and read this book slowly to savour it!
My"initial thoughts" upon finishing the whole book and series were "Oh wow L.O.V.E.D loved it . . ." and "aahh Ohh Bradwell"

MY REVIEW
So I was super lucky in that I received an ecopy from I think Netgalley or Edelweiss (yet I can't find it again to provide feedback) and my daughter received a paperback copy from Bookbridgr.
So the cover, there's so many different cover versions that I can't really pick a favourite set or even favourite one as I fin them all appealing and would pick any/all up from a bookstore shelf.
I really liked and thoroughly enjoyed the initial chapters from the different characters POV as we are catching up with each one with a recap within from each character too. It's always a worry with a book in a series that you have been waiting for that you will forget major and minor things that have previously happened. I really hate to have to re-read the book prior to the one I'm about to read. I mean there's so many fantastic books to be read why would you re-read one you've already read! So with the mini re-caps within the first chapters of this book your memory is certainly jiggled to remember what has already happened.
This book is definitely action packed, even more so than Books 1 & 2 in my opinion. This book has action, drama, political issues of inside and outside the Dome, as well as the love issues between Pressia, Bradwell and El Capitan. There's lots of confusion as to whose side Partridge is really on as things don't actually go exactly to the plan he has made with Pressia, Bradwell and El Capitan. Without giving much away there is plenty of betrayal going on too, within relationships and the wider plot, which all add more and more layers to this brilliantly written book. You certainly care about the characters and are willing them to succeed in whatever they are doing. 
Even though at times during reading this book I was quite ill the book still kept my interest all the way through.
So now how do I say the next bit without giving away too much . . .Julianna Baggott has made what I would say is some really difficult decisions in this book around the characters. Certainly things didnt go the way I thought they would for Bradwell or Partridge really.
There is still a tiny clue that there may be "unfinished" business for the "Good Mother" as she is intent on exacting revenge on her husband for abandoning her and the child that is fused to her. I'd like to read that story . . .perhaps in a novella . . . or there could be a novella from Iralene's Point Of View too?
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I loved it. The book and its characters certainly pulled me in and I had the whole range of emotions from sitting on the edge of my seat, to tears and wry smiles too. There's heart warming parts in the book as well as heart breaking parts too. Would I recommend the book? Yes, I'd recommend the whole series, I have loved every minute of it. Would I read more, if there were more in the series? If there were a novella or two I'd certainly read them as I mentioned within the main part of my review there are a few parts that could be classed as "unfinished business" . Then again if there was a spin off series or a book about the time after the ending of Burn I'd still want to read that as wellWould I read other books by this Author? I will be keeping my eyes open looking for what comes next from this author. I have loved her writing, the way it had me immersed and engrossed within the pages of this series.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

COVER REVEAL - TRYST - CAMBRIA HEBERT

Title: Tryst  
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: (Take It Off Series - can be read as a stand-alone) 
Publication date: May 16th 2014  Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Cover Design: Mae I Design



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Sometimes all a girl needs is a little fling…

Talie Ronson needs a vacation.

From life.

Since she caught her cheating, loser husband in bed with his assistant, her life has been on a steady spiral—right into hell. Her car’s a junker, her job sucks, and her perfect, gorgeous sister likes to brag about her wonderful life every time they “do” lunch.

In an effort to salvage what’s left of her life and her sanity, she takes the advice of her kooky best friend and takes off to Topsail Island. A week at the beach, alone, is exactly what she needs to recharge, regroup, and relax.

Only, her alone time is about to get derailed.

Gavin Palmer’s favorite activity is walking around in his boxers and eating junk food. He and his neighbors have an understanding. They stay out of his business and he stays out of theirs. He lives at the beach, not for vacation, but for isolation. He’s had enough of people to last him a lifetime.

Gavin’s isolation is interrupted when his normally quiet neighbor starts disturbing his peace. He stomps across the sand to give the guy a piece of his mind… only it isn’t a guy.

It’s Talie.

She’d maddening, nosy, and talks too much.

But she’s hot and her bedroom eyes have him thinking maybe he’s had enough solitude. Maybe a week of company is exactly what he needs.

Maybe what they both need is a no-strings-attached tryst.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com 
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Title: Unnatural
Series: Holloway Pack
Author: J.A. Belfield
Publisher: J Taylor Publishing
Release Date: 7th April 2014

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Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.

The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Best known for her Holloway Pack Stories, J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

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EXCERPT
Warm breaths hit the side of Brook Nicholls’ neck, the rise and fall of a chest pressed into her back like a heartbeat in slow motion, and the deadweight of the arm across her stomach told her he had fallen asleep.
With the heat of his body lulling her to join him, Brook’s breathing slowed, her lids lowered, and the fingers of oblivion beckoned her weary and sated mind forth.
A beat kicked in somewhere below—his, she thought with a smile.
The drumming picked up, in volume as well as in tempo.
He probably ran in his sleep. Brook did, as feline, so it stood to reason that he would as her opposite.
“Brook!” More bangs, followed with thuds. “Brook! I know you’re in there!”
Her eyes snapped open.
“Brook! If you don’t open this door, I swear I’m gonna knock it down myself!”
Clive! “Oh, no!” She spun around, fingers already reaching for her lover’s arm. “Wake up,” she whispered, shaking him. “Kyle, you have to wake up.”
“Whah?” His lids fluttered, and he rapid-blinked. “Brook?”
“We are in big trouble. You have to get up.” She thrust into a sitting position, grabbing his arm and dragging him with her. “Please, Kyle.”
“What’s going o—”
Brook!” Clive roared again.
Kyle’s eyes widened. “Shit!” He dove from the bed, fingers folding around his boxers on the floor where they’d fallen. As he bent to feed them over his feet, the door rattled beneath more blows.
“Dammit, Brook, open the door!”

GIVEAWAY


TOP TEN FAVOURITE SHIFTER BOOK'S
To me, a ‘shifter’ book can be any kind of book containing any kind of shifter, in which the shifter doesn’t have to be the main character but should play a fairly predominant role. When I was asked to write this post by Sandra, it occurred to me that, for an author of what we could categorise as shifter romance, I haven’t actually read that many shifter books by other authors. But, of those I have read, I’ve picked out my favourites and listed them all the way up to my number 1.

Check them out. Maybe some of them are on your list, too.

10. Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
This was one entertaining read. Not only did it contain hotness galore—and not just because the shifter happens to be a fire-breathing dragon—but it also was crammed full of witty dialogue that entertains to the full.

9. On the Prowl by Karen MacInerney
Another hilarious title that kept me smiling and giggling for hours. Mostly because the werewolf MC is about as idiotic as they come, and the plot for the most part is fairly ridiculous, but take it with the light-hearted approach with which it’s meant to be taken, and you will enjoy yourself between these pages for sure.

8. For Now and Always by Stella Berkley
This is the only novella to make it onto my list, but whilst short, this tale packs in a decent story and one HAWT male feline shifter that made me want to lie in the dark and listen to his imagined growly voice.

7. Six Moon Summer by S.M. Reine
This was the first werewolf book I’d read that hadn’t succumbed to the lure of a happy ending and had trodden its own path. Also, the concept as a whole was pretty unique and the cast were well thought out and delivered with care.

6. Crossroads by Jonathan Lister
Main character Leon is definitely the driving force of this novel—he’s da man! (or wolf)—as well as the werewolf world that has been built. A great plot, cool butt-kicking action, and intriguing characters all had me turning the pages, too.

5. Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
Clay. What more is there to say? Clayton was the first male werewolf I ever fell in love with. He’s tortured, rude, slightly deranged and definitely untamed in today’s society … but he also knows how to love, and fiercely.

4. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
I’ve chosen this specific title from the Mercy Thompson series because this was the one I felt outdid all of the others. If you haven’t read it, this series contains a whole host of supernatural creatures, with Mercy the Native American shifter who turns into a coyote, alongside adorable werewolf Samuel and Alpha-male werewolf Adam, as well as very clever plots, so these books are a must read for shifter fans.

3. Alpha by Rachel Vincent
Man, what to say about Alpha. I’ll come clean and admit that I wasn’t sold on this series when I read the first title Stray, but something about these feline shifters intrigued me enough to continue on, and the series just got better and better with each book … until Alpha, which kicked emotional butt and left me with a very satisfied smile on my face as I stepped away from the series. This is where I watched the early maturing of Ms Vincent’s writing and it was a mighty fine pleasure to do so.

2. Surrender by Aimee Laine
Like unconventional shifters? Ones who are unique to those done by everyone else? Then check out the Mimics of Rune books and behold the shifters who shift into … other people. I’m sure you can imagine the government organisation that would be perfect for them job-wise, as well as the trouble—I mean adventures that role could get them into. Check these out. They’re cool and original.

1. Soul Avenged by Keri Lake
This is top of my list for a reason. This is a little hard to describe without giving everything away, but imagine two MC’s, one who’s NOT a shifter, and one who is ‘becoming’ one, as well as a chemistry that the female really doesn’t want to be there (for very good reason), plus amazing world building and characterisations, an evil baddie, a whole mansion full of smoking hot demons, lots of fight action, and one of my favourite intimate scenes I have read TO DATE … and you have Soul Avenged by Keri Lake. Oh, and BTW, the second in the series, Soul Resurrected is even better, ‘cept I couldn’t list it as shifters weren’t in the forefront of the book. If this title isn’t on your to-read list, you might want to rectify that post haste.

So, was I right? Do you have any of these on your shelves?

MY REVIEW
Title: Unnatural
Series: Holloway Pack
Author: J.A. Belfield
Publisher: J Taylor Publishing
Release Date: 7th April 2014

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Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.
The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.
The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.
As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.
No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.
Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.
Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?
If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

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INITIAL THOUGHTS
Well to say I have high expectations for this book is an understatement. I have loved every other Holloway Pack novel I have read so of course am totally relaxed in one way as I know I'm going to be reading a great standard of book, yet I'm on edge and highly anticipating what will happen in this book.

MY REVIEW
I received an e-arc of this one from JA Belfield via her publishers J Taylor Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
The cover shows a large black cat, whom we met in the previous book. The large angry looking cat is Brook, so I know she is going to be involved in this book somehow.
Would the cover make me pick the book up in a bookstore? Yes, I really enjoy reading shifter books and I love,love,love J.A. Belfield and her writing style. 
Once you read the blurb you find out it is a story about Kyle and his chosen female partner.
Kyle has been a bit of a love them and leave them type. That's exactly how hie relationship with Brook began and was meant to end. Kyle and Brook share their trauma and what they went through in the previous  book, at the hands of the vampires. They were both changed by that experience.
Though both Kyle and Brook know they should not be compatible as a couple but both feel an instant and instinctive draw to each other that neither can walk away from. They are also both aware their families will not be happy about their union but still they cannot be apart.
The Holloway Pack discover the relationship first and to say they are in shock is a modest description of their reaction. When Brook returns to her feline pack it seems the relationship has also been discovered by the coalition (the felines at the top, who make the rules). Brook's family literally take her hostage until they can arrange a party to pair her with one of their own pack. Which may not sound so bad except that she is expected to have a kitten with the chosen one and then will have to choose another mate and another and keep re-producing to increase the pack. Brook feels nothing but contempt for the other Toms, all bar one, Clive. Clive has been a friend since they were children. . . could the answer lay in choosing Clive? Could Brook perhaps escape once she has chosen without having to "seal the deal" with Clive. After all it is Kyle that Brook truly loves.
Without going into much detail, things go according to Brooks plan, she does get away, only o be kidnapped by a Tom who wants her to breed with him to improve his position in the Coalition.
Clive and Kyle end up working together to find the feline they both love. So do they rescue Brook? Do the other Toms help or interfere? How do a Dog and a Cat work together? Which family turns out to be the most supportive?
There's a great scene in the book with Sean and Kyle talking about soul mates and how much and intensely it hurts when they are kept apart. This book also shows the deep friendship between Kyle and Ethan. It also shows a potential troublemaker in the pack in the shape of Dan and his lack of understanding towards Kyle. Beth, and Jem don't feature a great deal but when thy do they show where the real strength of the pack lies! I also love the fact baby Lia has the whole pack wrapped around her little finger!
So did I enjoy the book? Oh yes, I totally loved it! Would I recommend the book? Of course I'd recommend to all readers who love a great shifter book. These books have a fantastic family feel. Make some time to sit and read this one, you won't want to put it down I didn't!Would I read another book in this series? Yes please just tell me when! What more can I say I adore this brilliant series!Would I read other books not in this series by this Author? Yes I love J.A. Belfield's writing style as well as well as her characters.