13 April 2015

Update

Hi everyone. I'm sure some of you have seen my Facebook status updates about my mom being sick and in the hospital. And for those who don't know... well, she's pretty sick, worse than we originally thought.

It's a long story with a lot of frustration, worry and stress.

So I won't be around much and the blog will feel a bit empty until we get her home and settled.

Thanks for understanding everyone.

<3

 

Title: #Selfie (Hashtag Series #4 )
This is not a standalone
Author: Cambria Hebert
Publisher: (May 18, 2015)
Genre: New adult college romance
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: It’s all about the #Selfie.

She was the one girl I never wanted.

Until I had her.

One night.

One mistake.

Something we both wanted to forget.

I got rid of the proof. The one piece of evidence that could remind us both.

At least, I thought I did.

When it shows up on the school Buzzfeed, rumors fly. Friendships are tested and the feels get real.

I don’t do relationships. I don’t open my heart.

Especially for a girl everyone knows I hate.

What happens during spring break, stays in spring break.

Until it follows you home.



About the Author:

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. 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.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

Find Cambria Online:

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Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet.  Often when a title is released here in the US, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Michelle from Much Loved Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Reckoning (Silver Blackthorn #1) By: Kerry Wilkinson is..... the UK !  Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.


Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK
Title: The Return
Series: (Titan #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: US - Spencer Hill Press, 347 Pages (February 16th, 2015) UK - Hodder & Stoughton, 352 Pages (February 26th, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.


About the Author:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Find Jennifer Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Author Goodreads  Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Lisa I think for this week it's tough for me to say why I don't a certain cover. I'm worried people will want to hurt me because I kind of don't care for the US cover at all. I love the colors and how it's kind of hazy, but I'm just not a fan of this picture they picked at all. I've seen other pictures of this model and to me this one doesn't do him justice. Sadly, I kind of cringe when I see it.

Also, it's just not how I pictured Seth... so that throws me off too.

Then when I look at the UK cover I like that it's beautiful, it's somewhat simple yet it's striking. So, this week my vote goes for the UK cover. Now it's your turn to tell us which is YOUR favorite. With two quick clicks you can cast your vote below.
Michelle I'm looking at both of these covers for the first time, and the one that I am drawn to immediately s the UK cover. I have no idea how this connects with the story, or how the US one connects either, but it's the UK one that I like.

It's simple but catches your eye, but it also has me asking questions...what does this necklace have to do with the story? Is it magical? The US one doesn't really do much for me, once again it's another half naked male on the cover to sell the book, and I've honestly seen better pictures of other half naked males, and even males dressed in clothes that I much prefer to this one.

It's a UK win for me this week, don't forget to leave you vote below.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of THE RETURN NOW!


 

12 April 2015

Title: Two Truths and a Lie (PRG Investigations, #1)
Author: Ashley Stoyanoff
Publisher: (February 28th 2015)
From: the Author
Format: eARC
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and NobleAmazon UK, Smashwords, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon CA, Amazon AU

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: One year ago, I became a missing person. I left everything behind—family, friends, school. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My only option, really, until I realized running from a police officer isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

It’s been exactly three-hundred and sixty-five days since I left home, but I’m finally ready to take the step I should have taken a year ago. I’m done hiding. I’m done running. I’m going to take my life back.

It was supposed to be easy. A meeting with Jason Pierce, a private investigator, was set up for me. All I had to do was go to him, let him do his thing, and then I could go home, or so I thought.

That is, until I met Jason and things got … complicated.

Review: 2.5 Stars - Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in the PRG Investigations series by Ansley Stoyanoff. The synopsis hooked me and the cover sealed the deal and I couldn’t wait to jump in and get started.

Yet, the actual book fell flat. Horribly flat. The writing was decent at time, yet the story wasn’t fluid so I was confused often from beginning to end. There were too many holes in the story that just didn’t add up and if I’m honest, that first meeting with Jason Pierce, I thought he was an old man. I didn’t expect him to be young. So didn’t get that until way later in the book.

The idea behind the story is extremely intriguing and I wanted to like the characters. I wanted to find out what the heck happened to send this girl – Elena on the run. Again I liked the idea and wanted to know more.

And there were a couple of times I did seriously enjoy the book. I think the best parts were when all the guys were around and they were playing the two truths and a lie game and having that whole conversation. To say that made the book for me wouldn’t be a lie, I just wish there were more scenes in the book like this one/these to make the book so much more well rounded and whole.

Sometimes a book doesn’t work for me, yet I’m still intrigued to finish it to find out the resolution, which is exactly what I did here.

So while I had high hopes for this one there was only a small amount that I enjoyed due to the holes in the story which disrupted the flow for me. And I so wanted to love it. I wanted to like these characters’ enough for them to leave a mark.

It’s really frustrating for me when this happens.

In the end, it was okay. It has its faults and problems that left this reader often confused and disappointed. I don’t know if I’d recommend it or not, but I will say that if you like the idea that the author gives you from the synopsis you should give it a try. I might not have found a hit with this one, but you just might.




About the Author:

Ashley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity.

In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul's Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories.

An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she's not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes.

Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.

Find Ashley Online:

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10 April 2015

 

Together in ONE book for the first time!!! You don't want to miss out on this AMAZING set of books and characters. Their story still sticks with me and it'll be one of my all time favorites for a long, long time to come. 

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Order while its on sale for .99 CENTS!


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Title: Love, In English
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: "New Adult"/Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2014
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Order online: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

NOTE: This is a "New Adult"/Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+ 

Synopsis: He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter. I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.

***

To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.

Title: Love, in Spanish (LIE #2)
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: (November 11th, 2014)
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Order here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

Check out my review of: Love in, English (LIE, #1)

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: “She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.



About the Author:

With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

Find Karina Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


 

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