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Books Available This Week

Here are a few books releasing this week, that I wanted you to know about…


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Published – 22 November 2016

Synopsis:

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”).  Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and – despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation – they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice.  And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.


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Published – 22 November 2016

Synopsis:

My career is finally looking up and I’m leading a new pro team down the field every Sunday.  No way will I mess with that.  But when I meet the most stunning and captivating woman I’ve ever seen, I tell myself one night will have to be enough.

But it’s not.  And now I can’t get her out of my mind.  Even when I’m playing.  Even when I need to focus.  Even when I’m on the hottest streak of my life.  And it turns out, she’s not just som random woman.  She works for the team.  My team.

I only have one goal this season – do my part as the team’s lawyer to keep them out of trouble.  Help rebuild their reputation on and off the field.  There’s no room for error and certainly no room for a secret tryst with a player… even if he’s the quarterback.

Right?


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Published – 22 November 2016

Synopsis:

“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”

Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken.  I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt.  To me, ma’am, you are every inch a Queen.”

In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.  Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina – Drina to her family – had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne.  Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary.  Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband…

Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.


 

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Falling for the Girl Next Door

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Book Title: Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2)

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Published by Entangled Teen

Release Day: November 14, 2016

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

 

Rating:

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Synopsis:

Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.


Review:

Well, how to describe this book?  Beautiful writing, developed characters, setting that pulls you in, a sweet romance, and real-life problems.

Tru and Sloane kinda crawl into your heart and you hold out for them to stay there.  You might want to find the rest of the books in this series, to see where it all started and also, to find out where it will end.

The family dimensions in Sloan’s life is a bit odd.  Her dad doesn’t seem to care about him, or even try to be there for him at all.  Trying to get him to move to Austin won’t change that at all, in my opinion.

The romance was sweet and clean, and you can relate to that love.  The struggle shown in this series of teens and the issues with family and their own identity, really pulls one in!

I’ll be on the lookout for the other titles in this series…


Wanna read more & buy the book:

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32491408-falling-for-the-girl-next-door

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A

Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/falling-for-the-girl-next-door-tera-lynn-childs/1124827503?ean=9781633757677

iBooks Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/falling-for-the-girl-next-door/id1169608412

Kobo Buy Link: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/falling-for-the-girl-next-door

Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A

Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A

Entangled Publishing: http://entangledpublishing.com/falling-for-the-girl-next-door/

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About the Author:

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Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also writes the City Chicks sweet chick lit romance series and is co-writing the Hero Agenda series with Tracy Deebs. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Author Website: http://www.teralynnchilds.com

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/teralynnchilds

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teralynnchilds

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teralynnchilds/

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1051591.Tera_Lynn_Childs

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Read below for an excerpt from the book:

By lunchtime, the morning clouds had cleared, and the bright blue of a clear sky and soft winter sunlight practically begged Tru to film something.

He pulled his smartphone out of his pocket and opened the camera app. If he had his choice of gear, this wasn’t even in the top ten. He had three quality cameras at home and there were at least a dozen in the Cinematography classroom in Building F. Hell, he even had a decent handheld in his backpack.

But what the smartphone gave up in quality, it more than made up for in portability and the ability to take candid footage.

Sloane didn’t even notice when he started filming.

Her friend Jenna glanced at the camera and then back down at her carefully arranged lunch.

Tru loved capturing these secret moments. Not just with Sloane, although he probably loved those the most, but in everyday life in general. Those instances that happened over and over again, most of the time without anyone taking any more notice than they do of a gentle breeze.

To capture those moments, to document them for eternity—or at least as long as the technology would allow—made him feel like he was contributing to something greater than himself.

Like he was turning life into art.

And the intersection of life and art described his relationship with Sloane perfectly. She came into his life at a low point, at a moment when the prospect of spending another year in the uncertain torment of life under his father’s roof was becoming unbearable. She moved in next door and provided a light at the end of the tunnel. If he could just keep walking toward her, just keep her light in sight, then maybe—just maybe—he could make it out alive.

He knew he was being a bit melodramatic. His life wasn’t actually on the line. The situation with his father never escalated to a dangerous level. But escape was almost always on Tru’s mind. Sometimes he felt like he might go insane under the constant scrutiny and attempted control.

Ever since Sloane and her mom moved in next door, he’d been thinking about escape less and less.

She gave him a reason to stay.

“Hey!”

A grape popped him in the forehead as Sloane finally realized he was filming her.

“What?” he asked with a grin, shaking off his dark thoughts.

“We talked about this,” she said. “No filming me without warning.”

“No, you talked about it.” He kept filming. “I never agreed to anything.”

She reached for the phone, but he pulled it out of reach, careful to keep her in the frame.

“This is why I can’t bring you home to meet Mom,” she teased.

He knew she meant it as a joke—he’d met her mom dozens of times. They were neighbors, after all. But there was an edge of truth beneath the sarcasm. An edge just big enough to sharpen his own humor.

“But does it explain why I can’t bring you home to meet the ‘rents?” he tossed back.

He regretted the words as soon as he said them. He couldn’t be prouder of Sloane or of being her boyfriend. To even suggest she wasn’t good enough for his family was ridiculous. Especially when the opposite was actually true. He wasn’t good enough for hers.

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The Giveaway:

Paperback copies of Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru + Falling for the Girl Next Door (Open Internationally)

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Blog Tour – Taming His Submissive

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Taming His Submissive
Heart Series, Book 3
by: Abigail Lee Justice
BDSM Romance

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Sexy Alpha Photographer meets Bratty Journalist

When spoiled, mischievous, “full of moxie” Piper Zellar graduates from the prestigious John Hopkins University with a journalism degree, she’s given the chance of a lifetime from her new employer. Travel the eastern coastline and write a vacationer’s guide. She has spent her life hiding behind a wild child attitude to mask a terrible personal hurt from her childhood, but she has no idea how her life is about to change.

William Jones is a Dom who can make submissives weak in the knees with just his commands. Although he has been assigned as Piper’s travel photographer, Billy is also on a journey of his own. He sees something in Piper no one else has seen before. Her true submissive side.

Piper can sense there’s more to Billy than meets the eye. Soon she’ll find that she’s developed feelings for her Dom…but does he share those same feelings, or is she just his toy until their job is over.

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Bound By Her Master, Book 1

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Second Chances, Book 2

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14618784_1784249115196400_162313557_oAbigail Lee Justice writes emotional, erotic, romantic suspense that includes a BDSM theme. She creates strong characters who seem real but are flawed in some ways; some couples Happily Ever After will be a work in process. Some characters’ problems are just too steamy to fix in one book.

Born and raised in Baltimore City by two wonderful, supportive, loving parents, as a child Abigail made up vivid stories in her head. Until one day a friend told her instead of keeping her stories locked in her head she needed to put them on paper and that’s exactly what she did.

Abigail met her husband 29 years ago on a blind date (thanks Dan C.) while working a part time job to put herself through college. She fell madly in love with her Prince Charming and has been since the first day they met.

By day, Abigail practices medicine in a busy Cardiologist practice. By evening she switches her white coat for more relaxed comfortable clothing. She has two wonderful adult sons and a very spoiled chocolate lab. In the wee hours of the night, she writes BDSM romances.

In her spare time when not working or writing, Abigail enjoys reading, concocting vegetarian dishes, exotic vacations, scuba diving, high adventure activities, living in the lifestyle she writes about, and doing lots and lots of research making sure her characters get it just right.

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Humbug: The Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge

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Book – Humbug: The Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge

Author – Tony Bertauski

Series – Clause (book 4)

Publisher – DeadPixel Publications

Expected Date – 15 November 2016

Genre – Christmas novel

Rating:

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Ebenezer and Marley are the owners of a tech company called Avocado Inc.  This company started up in a small warehouse and was built into an empire, a multi-million-dollar company.  One half of the ownership, Marley, dies suddenly and the whole company is left to Ebenezer to run.  He is a shut-in for years and no-one has seen him in public for almost a decade.  He locked himself in his home – dubbed ‘Castle Scrooge’.  Eb has a public persona that is projected whenever anyone communicates with him.  When he is visited by his dead friend, Marley, on Christmas eve, he is left with a ‘gift’, from Marley.  This ‘gift’ returns each Christmas to plague him with his future, present and past.  He starts to believe that he has completely lost his mind, becoming more paranoid and lost.

I seemed to have started with my Christmas joy early this year.  And I really enjoyed this novel.  This is a retelling of the classic Christmas Carol, with a modern twist and ‘ghosts’ of Christmas future, present and past….

This is the fourth book in the Christmas series by Tony Bertauski, another Christmas retelling.  As I haven’t read any of the other novels in this series, I can confirm that this can be read as a standalone novel.  The use of technology in this book is brilliant and although we can communicate worldwide, we definitely do not do it like Scrooge does it! The driods in this book was well thought out and made the plot richer and more complex.

I could definitely see this book being turned into a movie and the isolated ‘Castle Scrooge’ imagary will make for an intense and lonely setting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend this as  a great holiday read to curl up with.  Maybe under a blanket, with some hot choco and your favorite cuddle buddy….


Other novels in this series:

Posted in Interviews

Interview with an Author – Elicia Hyder

I recently won the book The Soul Summoner.  While I wait for the book to arrive, I decided I want to learn more about the author behind the book.  And I want to share this with all of you, of course…

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Elicia Hyder

Which writers inspire you?

Different writers inspire me for different reasons.  JK Rowling is the first to come to mind because, not only is she an excellent storyteller and visionary, she’s just an amazing person.  I also have major respect for a lot of Indie authors who are really making their own dreams come true.  Writers like Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and Andy Weir are easy to look to for inspiration.  So are those who are rocking self-publishing like Mark Dawson and Joanna Penn.

Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?

I prefer to see where an idea takes me, but that’s not very practical… particularly when writing a series like I am.  Lots of planning, plotting, and story weaving is involved.

What is the easiest/hardest thing about writing?

The easiest part of writing for me is coming up with ideas.  The hardest thing is finding the time to write them all!

Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process of books?

The cover is the most important part of the buying process.  A book can be the best thing ever written and if the cover stinks, no-one will ever open it to read it.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do when writing?

Don’t over-edit or over-write the first draft.  Just get the book out and onto paper… or a screen (in our digital age).  And don’t neglect to write multiple drafts.  Great books don’t just happen. They are the product of a lot of hard work.

What are you working on at this moment?

I’m currently working on the next book in The Soul Summoner series and trying to get it out for publication.  I’m also writing a new book about roller derby that I’m pretty excited about.


Giveaway!!!

Right now Elicia is running a giveaway where readers can sign up to get The Soul Summoner for free.

Link here:  Get The Soul Summoner free


Bit more about the author:

When I’m not writing, I can be found sipping craft beer in my blow-up swimming pool or beating my children… at Harry Potter trivia.  I am married to a superhero and have two dogs with severe separation anxiety.  I suck at CAPTCHA puzzles and firmly believe that heaven will have heavy metal music!


Her books!

The Soul Summoner Series:

  • The Soul Summoner
  • The Siren
  • The Angel of Death
  • The Detective:  A Nathan McNamara Story

Journey Durant series:

  • To Be Her First
  • The Bed She Made
  • The Journey Durant Deluxe Box Set

 


Have you read any of her books yet?  What did you think?  Let me know…

 

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Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon!!

So, get ready!  For the holiday season of celebration and carols is upon us…  Let’s get those cozy blankets from the back of the cupboards, buy some hot chocolate, mini marshmallows and festive treats….

And bring the cheer…  The Chrismas time is almost here…

Now, on to the good stuff…  Books!!

This is a hosting by Kimberly@CaffeinatdReviever, where you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party.

Challenge:  Read holiday or winter themed books….


Books I would like to read (if there is enough time and between my TBR):

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by PageTurner20.  You need to choose a random book on your Goodreads TBR pile and showcase this cover, with the synopsis!  Remember to link back to the original post and creator…

Here’s mine… Couldn’t decide between these two reads!


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Book – Wisteria
Author – Bisi Leyton
Publication date – 15th August 2012
Genre – Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Length – 278 pages

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Wisteria Kuti has two options – track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters.  But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach.  Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen-year-old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs.  He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man – as a Sen Son.  The Family regards humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.


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Book – Shadow Fall
Author – Audrey Grey
Expected Publication Date – 22 November 2016
Genre – Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy
Length – 368 pages

Synopsis:

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars.  The Silvers will be protected underground.  But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trails for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trails, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: she gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her.  But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart.  With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.

The question is who?