31 December 2014

Happy New Year!


We'd like to wish everyone a fun and safe New Years Eve and we hope that 2015 brings all things amazing for a bright and shiny new year. 

May you and your family have a healthy new year and that everything you aim to accomplish, achieve and wish for be within your grasp.

If you are traveling please be safe out there tonight and we'll see you in 2015!

From us here at A Life Bound By Books, 

Lisa & Jenny

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.


Title: Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5)
Author: S. C. Stephens
Publisher: Forever, 560 Pages (February 24th, 2015)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: A new novel in the Thoughtless series from #1 New York Times bestselling author S. C. Stephens!

Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.

All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar, and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson: You're worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal band mates, and fast women...until he meets her.

Kiera makes him ache for more. Makes him feel for the first time that he's worth more. But there's one problem - she's his best friend's girl.

Just when Kellan thought his emotional defenses were rock solid, Kiera's indecisive heart wreaks havoc on his soul, changing him forever. Losing Kiera is not an option.

Title: Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: (January 27th, 2015)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: If a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But, what if he didn't love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

*covers are always subject to change.

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29 December 2014


Book Wars is on an extended break this week. Both Michelle and I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and that the New Year brings lots of happiness, and some great bookish surprises.

If you haven't voted for your favorite cover of My True Love Gave To Me, then just pop by and visit our Book Wars post for last week and cast your vote >>>there<<<.

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24 December 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


We'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate at this time of the year. 

We hope everyone has a wonderful time with friends and family.

Here's to eating, drinking and being Merry! 

Don't forget to step back from all the craziness of the season to enjoy those who mean the most to you. Time goes so quickly, especially at this time of the year, so make memories. Make every moment count. 

And if you're traveling, please be safe and those of you who actually get weather please stay warm.

From us here at A Life Bound By Books, 
Lisa & Jenny

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.


Title: The Conspiracy of Us
Author: Maggie Hall
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, 336 Pages (January 13th, 2015)
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Synopsis: To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.

To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.

Title: I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Viking Juvenile, 288 Pages (January 27th, 2015)
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Synopsis: Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab, Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books, 400 Pages (February 24th, 2015)
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Synopsis: From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

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23 December 2014

Title: Eyes Turned Skyward
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC - Embrace, 342 Pages (December 8th, 2014)
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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: Since her sister's death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.

Jagger is enrolled in the country's toughest flight school. He's wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general's daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger's biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.

They're flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn..

Review: 4.5 Stars – Eyes Turned Skyward is a wonderful contemporary title with two main characters filled with layers that readers will have a chance to watch peel away before their eyes as they learn about each other and themselves from an author that’s quickly become a favorite.

Paisley is a college student who wants to do nothing but live her life to the fullest. She has a heart condition that robbed her older sister from her and her family at a young age so Paisley wants to live her life to the fullest and to not take a day for granted. She has over baring parents and choices to make for her health that differ from that of what her parents want. She has a boyfriend who she’s known just about her whole life and is as protective of her as her parents are… and for good reason too.

And then we have Jagger, who’s extremely cocky and takes flight school extremely serious. He has a reckless past yet knows he has to move past that to make sure he’s able to stay on track to make his dream of flying an Apache come true. So when a chance encounter puts him into Paisley’s life things are about to change for both of these characters.

The thing about the books from Yarro’s is that her writing is just so easy to read and makes the story come alive before your eyes. She takes her characters on a rollercoaster ride filled with emotions that then transfer to the reader to make sure everyone is left feeling as they’re a part of something more. Maybe it’s the fact that her characters are always going through something so much bigger than themselves, or maybe it’s to do with the growth her characters, or it’s the combo of it all, but Yarros has a great receipt for the full package.

I loved the struggles Paisley and Jagger faced and the twists that I didn’t see coming that added so much more to the story. It gave me some pretty big “ah ha” moments at the reveals that I couldn’t help but understand these two more.

And let’s not forget the crazy, hot magnetic pull these two characters have! Yarro’s knows how to build the heat… wow!

This was without a doubt another title that has me yet again hooked on this author and her characters. I can’t wait to read more from her on into the future. She’s an author and voice that shouldn’t be passed by. I highly recommend this title and her first book – Full Measures. And now… Yarro’s, I’m ready for the next book so get your fingers dancing over those keys! Enjoy!

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Hey everyone!

Just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know that over the next few weeks we'll be a tad slower than usual around here. Jenny and I are both busy with family and friends so we wanted to take a step back, take a breath and have more time to help spread holiday cheer.

We'll have a few posts up here and there during this slower time and then we'll be back to normal again after the first of the year.

Keep an eye out for some AMAZING info coming your way in 2015!

Thanks for understanding, 

Lisa & Jenny

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22 December 2014

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magic sizeTitle: Sail Book Two in The Wake Series
Author: M. Mabie
Releasing: Early 2015

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

Synopsis: This isn’t just a two-year long one-night stand. It’s my life.

This is my life. Our life. It isn’t just some careless affair.

I’ve made the worst decisions a woman could, but I’ll earn my second chance.

She can try keeping all the guilt for herself, but I’m just as much to blame.

Loving Casey wasn’t my biggest mistake. Fighting it for so long was.

I’ll show her how fearless our love makes me. I’ll protect her torn heart.

He still has magic in his eyes. He’s the man who makes me happy.

Her voice still brings me to my knees. She says my name like it’s sacred.

I live for the day when I’m his. To take care of him. To love him the way he deserves.

I can’t wait to be all she needs. I can give her a happy life, security and so much love.

Sometimes two ships never meet in the night, but ours did.

Sometimes the water is rough. It beats you all to hell until you have no choice but get stronger.

Our love story reads more like a tragedy, but to me it’s clean and pure.

Let them point their fingers. Without a love like ours, they haven’t really lived. I pity them.

I’m a cheating wife and a villain. I am his honeybee.

I’m a snake in the grass and I sleep best when I’m lying next to his wife.

I want to be his everything.

I’m nothing without her anyway.

This isn’t even close to over.

It’ll never be over.





Sail is the second book in the continuing Wake Series. For more information on the first book in the series see the link for Bait below.


Sail Links: Goodreads | Casey's Playlist | Blake's Playlist


Connect with M. Mabie: Website | Amazon | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads| tsū

Other Books by M. Mabie: Fade In (Standalone Contemporary Romance) | Bait: Book One in the Wake Series

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Special Note: This weeks Book Wars will be open for voting for two weeks instead of the usual one. Due to the Holidays and busy schedules we'll be skipping next week to spend time with our families. Happy Holidays!


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 Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) By: Colleen Hoover is..... the US COVER!!!  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: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Author: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Publisher: US - St. Martin’s Press, 320 Pages (October 14th, 2014) UK - Macmillan Children's Books, 359 Pages (October 9th, 2014)
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

Synopsis: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

For more information about each author author: 

Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White


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 'Tis the Holiday season and this week we've picked out a book filled with some pretty amazing novellas from twelve amazing YA authors. I've read about half or so of the stories and have LOVED them!

And for this weeks cover I'm so torn. Just when I think I decided which one I'd vote for this week I've changed my mind. I love them both.

BUT, I have to choose one and I think I'm going to go with the US cover. The UK cover is simple and pretty. However with the twinkle lights being pink it doesn't draw me in as much as the skating couples do on the US cover. I mean there's twelve stories and you can't help but try to pick out which couple is which from each of the stories.

So, for me this week I'm going with the US cover because it's whimsical and I just love it! So, which cover is the winner for YOU this week? Don't forget to vote below.
Michelle This is an easy choice for me this week. While I do like the US cover and how it has some aspects that link to the story itself, my vote goes for the UK cover.

The UK cover has more going for it than the US one, but also as I have seen this in real life I know that the cover is nice and shiny and looks amazing when you get the full effect. I'm afraid to say that the US one never stood a chance against the UK.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories NOW!


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21 December 2014


GET READY TO RUN WITH THE YEAR’S MOST THRILLING NEW FRANCHISE
The Maze Runner
20th Century Fox

Escape Into the Box Office Sensation that Grossed 
More Than $225 Million Worldwide* When It Comes Home for 
the Holidays on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 16

Based on the novel with the same name By: James Dashner

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

Synopsis: LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 3, 2014) – Will you make it out alive? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to unlock the mysteries of the maze on December 16 when THE MAZE RUNNER hits Blu-ray™ and DVD. Based on the book by James Dashner that made The New York Times best-sellers list for more than 100 weeks, THE MAZE RUNNER brings together an up-and-coming cast of young talent including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf,” The Internship), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”) that do whatever it takes to survive.

In this heart-pounding survival thriller based on the best-selling novel, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” ) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn — especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night — Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose… and find a way out before it’s too late!

THE MAZE RUNNER Blu-ray™ comes in a 2-Disc Combo Pack, including two hours of pulse-stopping bonus features that make for the ultimate fan gift this holiday season. Created especially for this release by BOOM! Comics, dive into the backstory world of the Gladers before Thomas’ arrival, with the limited-edition, twenty-four page prequel comic book written by director Wes Ball and co-screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. Fans will also receive a limited time offer for the mobile game featuring a bonus runner “Newt” plus free in-game currency on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

*According to Box Office Mojo: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=mazerunner.htm

THE MAZE RUNNER BLU-RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES

24-Page Prequel Comic Book
Deleted Scenes with Commentary from Wes Ball
Navigating The Maze: The Making of The Maze Runner (A Five Part Documentary that includes: The Maze is Born, Creating the World, Finding the Gang, The Movie Inside the Maze, and The Digital Details)
The “Chuck Diaries”
Gag Reel
Visual Effects Reels
Ruin Wes Ball Short Film in 2D and 3D with Commentary from Wes Ball
Audio Commentary by Wes Ball and T.S. Nowlin
Galleries

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

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Title: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 400 Pages (*August 5th, 2014) *This release date is for the movie tie in hardcover.
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Synopsis: Perfect for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games, this special movie tie-in edition of the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Maze Runner features an eight-page full-color insert with photos from the film. The Maze Runner movie features the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien, as Thomas; Kaya Scodelario as Teresa; Aml Ameen as Alby; Will Poulter as Gally; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt and the second book, The Scorch Trials, is soon to be a major motion picture, hitting theaters September 18, 2015! And look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com

“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday

“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com

“Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly

“Heart-pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times[STAR]

“James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred


About the Author:

James was born and raised in Georgia but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. He has four kids, which some might think is too many but he thinks is just right. Once upon a time, James studied accounting and worked in the field of finance, but has been writing full time for several years. (He doesn’t miss numbers. At all.)

In his free time, James loves to read, watch movies and (good) TV shows, snow ski, and read. (Reading was mentioned twice on purpose.) Most of all, he’s thankful that he gets to make a living writing stories and considers himself pretty much the luckiest guy on the planet.

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Enter to WIN a Hardback copy of The Maze Runner By: James Dashner & A BLU-RAY DVD copy of the Movie!!!

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20 December 2014


Inspire Title: Inspire (The Muse #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: (December 15th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+


Synopsis: Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.  

Review: 4.5 Stars - Inspire is the first book in author Cora Carmack’s latest series - The Muse. It’s a supernatural “New Adult” title that’s welcomed to the category that’s lacking in all things otherworldly and Carmack’s story is unique and thrilling.

Finally we have a NEW and exciting supernatural story to love within “New Adult”! I enjoyed this one so much and the characters were intriguing. Kalliope – Kalli is an immortal muse. She’s been living among humans for thousands of years. She moves around often because she doesn’t age. Each night at midnight her body resets back to the same person she’s always been and always will be.

She has a tough job where she walks a very fine line between influencing artists and pushing them into madness. With living a long life she’s naturally promoted many lies, so living a solitary life and never getting too attached to anyone for longer than needed has resulted in a sad and lonely person who longs for something more, something lasting.

So when a chance meeting puts Wilder Bell in her sights she feels drawn to him yet doesn’t understand why. He’s not an artist and it’s this strong pull that makes her run.

Wilder has made a lot of changes and has sacrificed so much for his family. He’s moved home to help out and is trying to find a way with his new life. He’s a pretty amazing character because all he’s given up on top of who readers have a chance to learn all about throughout the story.

These two characters have their work cut out for themselves with all they are facing and Kalli has a lot to lose if she’s caught by those who are watching.

And I can’t even tell you much about the story because I’d give so much away. I’ll just say that the deeper you get into the story the more you feel so wrapped up in what’s going on and what’s about to happen that you really can’t look away.

There’s so many heated moments between these two characters as well. The passion Carmack conveys between is pretty epic.

The only reason why I can’t give this a full 5 stars was the beginning was a touch slow go for me. I was worried reading the first bit but there’s a scene that you hit and it’s all so fast moving from that point that it’s like I said above, I couldn’t look away. I didn’t want to put the book down; I had to know what was going to happen next.

And then that ending??? I wanted to throw my Kindle. I had a bit of a freak out and Carmack… you are EVIL! Seriously, talk about a book hangover!

There’s no doubt in my mind that readers will be loving this book as I have and will follow along with me in stalking the author for the next book in the series entitled – Inflict out in 2015. If there’s any doubt, I recommend this title to all readers. It’s out now, so go buy and read and freak out along with me. Enjoy!









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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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19 December 2014


Title: Crush (Bayonet Scars #4)
Author: J.C. Emery
Publisher: Left Break Press, (December 15th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Young love is always perfect. Until it's not.

Cheyenne Grady is a total daddy's girl to her bad-ass father, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. She's funny, and kind, and she just wants that deep, earth-shattering love like her dad has with her school secretary, Holly. But Cheyenne's been looking in the wrong direction, because the only good that can come from the way she looks at Jeremy Whelan is a lesson in heartbreak.

Jeremy always wanted to prospect for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and wear the same patch as his father. When a life-long dream becomes reality, Jeremy realizes that the outlaw lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy on relationships. He wants to be a good man, but temptation is everywhere.

Cheyenne is beautiful, and strong, and exactly what Jeremy could have forever. As long as he doesn't screw it up.

Love is never more powerful than the first time.




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As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.
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18 December 2014

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I'm SUPER EXCITED for today's release day we're helping to celebrate for Skip to the Good Part Vol 2! It's a sexy collection, from a BUNCH of authors!!

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Skip to the Good Part Vol 2 Synopsis:

Find your next red-hot read in this sizzling collection of sexy scenes.

Volume Two offers even more great reads—preorder now for just 99¢

Skip to the Good Part 2: 20 Authors Reveal Their Steamiest Scenes offers face-fanning romance and tie-me-up sizzle (and everything in between) from top authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. The collection features a bride purchased by a powerful man who has sexy plans of her own, a UFC fighter who falls in lust with the sister of his biggest rival, a woman who gets naughty with her ex hoping she can keep it a one-time thing, a biker charged with protecting a woman he desires from the wrath of a rival gang, and a woman held in a captor’s dungeon who finds that only part of her wants to be freed.

Read 20 of the best steamy scenes in contemporary romance and erotic romance today. 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 bestsellers: Pepper Winters | Cristin Harber | Aleatha Romig | L.P. Dover | Zoe York | Geneva Lee

USA Today bestsellers: Carmen Jenner | J.L. Berg

Featuring: Kendall Grey | Chelsea Camaron | Amity Cross | Elisabeth Grace | Tia Louise | Kimberly Knight | Lisa Swallow | Elizabeth Otto | Zinnia Bennett | Juliana Haygert | Claudia Bradshaw | Delancey Stewart
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17 December 2014

YAY for awesome cover reveal's! And today we're excited to share author Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

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Synopsis: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.  

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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downtoyouYou loved Cash and and Olivia in M. Leighton's Down to YouAnd now you can love them again, just in time for a little mistletoe action! M. Leighton's giving everyone the best present ever--a FREE Cash and Olivia holiday storyA Davenport Christmas will be posted on her blog on December 21, just in time to be read with some eggnog, a sugar cookie, and carols playing in the background. Sign up to follow her blog via email, and you'll get it right in your inbox, the second it's posted! (...and--psst!--there may be some more Cash and Olivia action on the blog coming in the new year, so definitely make sure to sign up to get blog notifications!)

AND! There's a giveaway, too! Of course there is, it's the HOLIDAYS! Enter the Rafflecopter, and you'll be entered to win one of TEN signed copies of Down to You. How's THAT for a little holiday cheer?

Don't forget to sign up to follow  Michelle's blog via email--it's beginning to look like Christmas... A Davenport Christmas... and you definitely don't want to miss it!

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.


Title: The Oathbreaker's Shadow (The Knots Duology #1)
Author: Amy McCulloch
Publisher: Flux, 408 Pages (February 8th, 2015)
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Synopsis: With an original setting and fast-paced plot, Raim's story is epic fantasy at its finest

Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from or which promise of his it symbolizes, and he barely thinks about it at all--not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend--and future king--Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin. Scarred now as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options: run or die.

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"The most compelling new fantasy I've read in years."--Jonathan Stroud, author of Lockwood & Co and the Bartimaeus books

"Brilliant. Absolutely gripping from the start, a complete joy and a great new voice"--Conn Iggulden, author of the internationally bestselling Empire series

"The Oathbreaker's Shadow is a very promising debut in what bodes to be an electrifying duology. Unusual magic set in an exotic location and nomadic culture lures the reader to total immersion in Raim's world"--Robin Hobb, internationally bestselling author of the Farseer trilogy

Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen, 336 Pages (February 10th, 2015)
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Synopsis: The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

Title: City of Savages
Author: Lee Kelly
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 416 Pages (February 3rd, 2015)
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Synopsis: It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Warden Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For 17-year-old Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s 16-year-old sister, Phee, the P.O.W. camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the outbreak of the war, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual P.O.W. census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that ends in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District, and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past. Sky and Phee are dependent on each other, and their ragged posse, for survival, but as their feelings grow toward the handsome English boy Ryder, love and jealousy threaten to break them apart.

While primarily a thriller, City of Savages is also a story about the many meanings of sisterhood, told across two generations of New York women—those who survived a terrible tragedy, and those who were raised to live in its aftermath.

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