21 November 2014

Title: If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak, 262 Pages (April 6th, 2010)
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Synopsis: The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, and the forthcoming I Was Here.

On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN WITH IF I STAY
ON BLU-RAY AND DVD NOVEMBER 18


Experience more meaningful moments with the Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital HD™Combo, including an original music montage, free song download from the Soundtrack,
anda three-part immersive making-of experience featuring interviews with
the cast and author/executive producer Gayle Forman!

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 7, 2014) – Live for love and music this holiday season with the ultimate If I Stay fan experience on theBlu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo and DVD November 18 from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Based on
The New York Timesbest-selling young adult novel by Gayle Forman, director R.J. Cutler’s If I Stay is a must-have gift for fans and young adults alike this holiday season.

“Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley shine” (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune) in this romantic film based on the best-selling novel. Seventeen-year-old Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance.Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Also starring are Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard as Mia’s parents, Kat and Denny, and Stacy Keach as Gramps.  Rounding out the main cast are Jakob Davies as Mia’s little brother, Liana Liberato as her best friend, Gabrielle Rose as Grandma, and Aisha Hinds as Nurse Ramirez.New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’
If I Stay hit theaters August 22, 2014.

R.J. Cutler directed the film from a screenplay by Shauna Cross based on Forman’s novel.If I Stay was produced by Alison Greenspan, with Denise Di Novi, Forman and Brad Van Arragon serving as executive producers.

Fans of the beloved book can see the story come to life like never before with compelling bonus featuresand deleted scenes.Celebrate the film’s music with an original “Never Coming Down” music video, “I Never Wanted to Go” music montage, a free download of the song “Mind” from the soundtrack courtesy of WaterTower Musicand music commentary by R.J. Cutler on songs from the movie. Then, dive deeper into the making-of the film with “Beyond the Page,” a three-part book, author and cast introspective.

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About the Author:

My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Today I'm helping to celebrate Flynn with another Flynn Friday - from author A. Meredith Walters Reclaiming the Sand and it's up and coming sequel - Chasing the Tide!!! If you haven't met Flynn, you are missing out!

Check out Reclaiming the Sand to get yourself caught up and ready for Chasing the Tide!

Title: Chasing the Tide
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Publisher: (December 16th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: ***The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to over come a past that has come to define you.***

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating.  But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.

 And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.

Yourself.


Title: Reclaiming the Sand
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Publisher: (March 17th 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie Mccallum was the bully. The Tormenter. The Villain. Taking what she wanted, stomping over anyone that got in her way. Feelings, futures, and relationships be damned. She felt no emotional connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Growing up, Flynn Hendrick was known only as “Freaky Flynn.” He lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the farther you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.


About the Author:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

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Title: Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven #1)
Author: Sedona Venez
Publisher: One Wish Publishing, 218 Pages (January 15th, 2013)
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Infinity is a superstar singer, who has always had everything at her fingertips—until her world unravels. Her foretelling dreams have haunted her, and a part of her believes them to be true.

Although a preternatural world filled with vampires, wolves, tiger-shifters, and Valkyries surrounds her, Infinity doesn't know that others are after her or that any of them even exist. They want her for the ultimate power that she can give them, yet she doesn’t realize the extent of the force she holds within herself.

When the truth of her dreams comes to light, Infinity risks losing not only her own life, but also the lives of those she’s always loved.
In a war between the supernatural beings, there is no telling who will survive.

***WARNING: Infinity is intended for mature audiences. Recommended Reading Age 18+***

Title: Infinity Unleashed (Valkyries: Soaring Raven #2)
Author: Sedona Venez
Publisher: One Wish Publishing, 254 Pages (November 29th, 2013)
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: As the war between supernatural beings is brewing, Infinity awakens in the midst of her kidnapping. Instead of facing her captor, she meets someone who takes her into the past where she learns secrets that change everything she’s always known.

After recently discovering that vampires, wolves, tiger-shifters, Valkyries, and otherworldly entities exist around her, Infinity must quickly adapt to her new reality while facing the fact that she no longer knows who she can trust.

Each species wants her, but there’s only one person she is meant to be with…and he might be the only one she loses forever.

***WARNING: Infinity Unleashed is intended for mature audiences. Recommended Reading Age 18+***


About the Author:

Sedona Venez is the New Adult romance author of the following series: Dirty Secrets, Credence Curse, and Valkyries: Soaring Raven. She’s a NYC girl (go Brooklyn!) with a slight obsession with her iPad, Pinterest, Pawn Stars, and Face Off. Her love of music, tattoos, rockers, and alpha men inspires her novels. She also writes as T.L. Clarke. You can find out more about Sedona and her novels by visiting http://www.sedonavenez.com

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20 November 2014

Book Review - Beneath Beautiful By: Allison Rushby

Title: Beneath Beautiful
Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: (November 1st, 2014)
From: Net Galley preview ARC
Format: eARC
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: When a handsome stranger approaches Cassie Tavington in Paris's beautiful Père Lachaise cemetery, she has no idea who he is. It doesn't take long to find out. A whispered name from a passerby shocks her into the realisation that it's Cameron Callahan, high-profile modern artist, who she's busy showing around the cemetery.

Mortified, Cassie runs, but Cameron soon tracks her down. He's intent on having Cassie sit for him, but Cassie isn't sure. His provocative sculptures are often in the media, which isn't somewhere that Cassie, the daughter of a politician, should be.

But there's no denying the attraction between the pair, and Cassie soon finds herself in a strange whirlwind of a relationship. Between Paris, London and New York, Cassie finds sitting for an artist isn't as simple as it seems. There's much to contend with—including Cameron's ex-girlfriend, Plum, her own father, and her new love interest, James.

With the clock ticking down to the opening of Cameron's new exhibition, Cassie must struggle to decide just how much of herself she can give over to Cameron and his sculpture while still remaining whole.

Review: 4 stars - Adult content- not for younger readers.

21 year old Cassandra (Cassie) Tavington is a children’s author who is struggling to write her new novel- even trying a new genre of writing has led to writers block.

When a chance meeting with famous sculptor Cameron Callahan opens a world of opportunities for her; an unsure Cassie has to decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

Cassie is quietly reading to herself in Paris’ Père Lachaise cemetery when she’s approached by a man dressed head to toe in black. He quotes the first line of Moby Dick (her book) and asks her for the directions to an obscure dead person’s monument.

Only after he’s recognised by a passerby that Cassie realises that the man she’s shown to the monument is acclaimed artist Cameron Callahan. Cassie flees the cemetery.

Upon meeting Cameron unexpectedly at a café the day after, Cameron asks Cassie to sit for him as a model. Cameron is famous for his erotic art work and for his reputation as a sex obsessed madman.
Cassie feels out of her comfort zone with the request and with her father being a member of UK Parliament it could cause controversy. Cassie doesn’t want to upset her father by posing for one of Cameron’s sculptures, but she has been holding back and not doing things in her life because she had to keep a respectable image.

After discussing the opportunity with her sister and brother-in-law Cassie decides to accept Cameron’s offer and goes again everything she knows into the unknown.

This book shows that sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone to be completely free and find the real you. I’m not saying that life modelling is the way to do this for everyone but without a little push from one of the other characters in the book; Cassie would never have plucked up the courage to do what she did.

Things are sent to try you and although there may not seem like a reason at the time, there usually is.

The synopsis makes the book sound like it’s just a romance novel, which the base is there but to me it also came across as a coming of age novel. Starting life in your 20’s and getting to know the real you.
The cover doesn’t give anything away, in one respect I like this, but in another because it’s grey it’s quite pale in colour it’s not something that would automatically jump out at me from the shelf. Having said that in a way, the simplicity leaves you wondering what’s on the inside.

It was an easy to read book that I read quickly and enjoyed. I will definitely be checking out the author’s other books.


 


Title: Skip to the Good Part: 20 authors reveal their steamiest scenes (Volume 1)
Author: Raine Miller, Kendall Ryan, K. Bromberg, Carly Phillips, Denise Grover Swank, S. L. Scott, Christine Bell, Rebecca Shea, Andrea Smith, Magan Vernon, Kristie Cook, Nevaeh Lee, Michelle Lynn, Alessandra Thomas, Selena Laurence, Heidi Joy Tretheway, Elizabeth Briggs, Meghan March, Taylor Michaels, K. B. Nelson, Elise Covert, Katherine Ernst
Publisher: Jasper Ridge Press, 250 Pages (November 20th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult"/Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Find your next red-hot read in this sizzling collection of sexy scenes from top authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

The collection features a British alpha who wants to turn a good girl bad, a woman realizing her impetuous marriage to a stripper isn’t all bad, a bad boy boxer who could use a large dose of sexual healing, a carnie who has found new and inventive uses for fun house mirrors, and a rocker who wants to woo the girl who got away: his high school sweetheart.

This excerpt collection features 20 of the best steamy scenes in contemporary romance and erotic romance today. Each scene in this 250-page collection will get your blood pumping, your heart racing, and your skin tingling.

You’re sure to discover a new favorite.

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.

New York Times best-selling authors: Raine Miller, Kendall Ryan, K. Bromberg. Carly Phillips, Denise Grover Swank, S.L. Scott

USA Today best-selling authors: Christine Bell, Rebecca Shea, Andrea Smith

Featuring: Magan Vernon, Kristie Cook, Nevaeh Lee & Michelle Lynn, Alessandra Thomas, Selena Laurence, Heidi Joy Tretheway, Elizabeth Briggs, Meghan March, Taylor Michaels, K.B. Nelson, Elise Covert

 
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