Monday, 1 September 2014

Release Day Launch ~ Excerpt & Giveaway ~ In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths 0.5) by K.A Tucker


Book Description:

Cole Reynolds had it all. And then one night he makes a bad choice... and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he'd be able to lean on his best friends. The best friends that have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they're gone. Worse, there's the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn't intentional and yet he can't ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. The all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won't so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip of what once was important-college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It's not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there's only one person who can give that to him...


 
Excerpt:
 
That’s how I spot her.
There’s no doubt that it’s her; I’ve memorized her face.
Leaning against a wall on the opposite side, her lips wrapped around a clear bottle filled with clear liquor, her fiery red hair a wild mane against the stark white wall, a tight black T-shirt showing off toned arms. She’s in no rush to part with that bottle, guzzling back a good portion before she hands it off to someone, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand.
Her eyes at half-mast.
She’s wasted.
My heart starts racing. What the hell is Kacey Cleary doing here? By my calculation, she’s probably finishing her last year of high school, having lost at least half a year while recovering.
I tug my cap down even farther, though I doubt she can see two feet in front of her.
Shit. What if she does recognize me? How would she react? Does she know my real name? What I look like? I can’t say for sure that my face wasn’t printed in a newspaper somewhere. She could have Googled my name and found a dozen game shots with me in them. I have my helmet on in most of them, but you can find a profile picture of me easily enough if you’re looking.
I don’t know that she was, though. I wonder if Kacey Cleary gives a fuck about anything anymore. Her Facebook account is inactive. She hasn’t posted a single word and the well-wishes have dwindled, as everyone moves on.
I do know that she shouldn’t be at a party in this state. I’ve heard of bad things happening when girls get that drunk. Especially when they don’t care.
But what do I do?
A blonde stumbles into my chest with two beers in hand. “Hey, do you go here? What’s your name?” She’s tipping her head back way farther than necessary to look up at me, telling me she’s trying to flirt but is too drunk to do it right.
I smile down at her anyway. She’s a good cover. I can stand right here and watch Kacey. “I’m Trent, and I used to go here.”
“Really? When’d you graduate?”
From the corner of my eye, I see Kacey shift from the wall and begin climbing the stairs, her arm hooked around the railing to help her. Two guys following her.
 
 
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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Review ~ Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars

**ARC received via publisher from NetGalley **

“Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths.”

I loved Bully and Until You and have been itching for this one to be released. This is Madoc’s story, you know, Jared’s best friend and side kick, Mr Cocky, Mr Jack The Lad, Mr Comedian, Mr Player…so many sides to Madoc, but is this just a fa├žade? Who is Madoc Caruthers…really?

“That’s what makes Madoc a good kid, Fallon. He picks up the pieces.”

Madoc is a truly beautiful person, inside and out and he is totally misunderstood. The brave front that he puts on covers up a multitude of feelings that Madoc never shares, not even to his best friends. He is lonely, he feels unloved, and he lacks parental guidance and just feels that his parents are never there for him. They put their lives, marriages, divorces, mistresses and work before him and he just feels like a spare part, albeit a privileged spare part. Wealth though does not make up for emotions, money may make you rich but time, love, relationships and understanding make you richer.

“Sure, I’d spun out for a few weeks after getting to South Bend, but then I zoned in on soccer and my friends. I was fine. And yeah, I’d gone AWOL on my friends. And sure, I’d barely laughed since being here, but I was still handsome like nobody’s business. That worked for me.”

His step-mother has a daughter called Fallon, she is a Goth type person with tattoo’s and piercings, wears black and likes to be anonymous, she is a skate boarder and she keeps a very low profile. She also has issues. Her mother marries for money and her father is some shady character that is high up the ladder in criminal activities who keeps her at arm’s length for protection; however he is always there for her when she needs him. So you can see she too has a very unconventional life.

Madoc and Fallon may go to the same school but they couldn’t be more worlds apart. We all know how great Penelope Douglas is at writing that love/hate drama and angst and this book is no different, however, in this book it definitely ramps up a notch, in more ways than one. This book is high on drama and angst, is incredibly steamy, lots of angry sex, romantic sex, make up sex, sex in the rain, sex on a car, well you get the picture. A kind of forbidden love that never crosses the line, but an intricately woven beautiful love story that shows the best side of two totally misunderstood people that have been totally neglected and hoodwinked by people they should be able to trust. It is that classic “I love to hate you yet I hate that I love you” scenario one that Penelope Douglas mastered in Bully and Until You, but way surpasses in Rival.

This book starts when Madoc and Fallon are sixteen and quickly fast forwards two years. Fallon is no longer on the scene and has been shipped off to boarding school. Fallon comes back during one of the holidays and old feelings and the past is raked up and slowly but surely what happened two years ago is slowly revealed throughout the book. It is this story that reveals a totally different side to Madoc, a side he never lets anyone see, only Fallon. He took a chance with Fallon, he let her in, he let her see the real Madoc Caruthers, it was real, he felt it, and he knew it, so why did she leave?

“You’re going to ruin me, Fallon.”
No more than you ruined me.


The writing style of this book is fantastic; it pulls you in from the first word and does not leave until the end. The characters are beautifully developed and you cannot help but fall in love with both of them. Penelope Douglas has that knack of submersing you into the storyline so that you live and breathe it, your heart races, your head hurts, you feel the pain, you laugh, you swoon, you cry, you will feel like you have been on an emotional rollercoaster, but then there is always that immense feeling of relief when it suddenly starts to slow and all becomes right in the world. Karma is a b**ch and Jason Caruthers certainly married one, the best part…Jax “taking one” for the team. Best…Twist…Ever, you will just have to read and find out!!

Jared and Tate are present in this book throughout so it was great to catch up with them and see how their relationship is faring. Jax is also another enigma that makes his presence felt throughout this book and I cannot wait for his story. He is one guarded, complex and intriguing character and you just know that his story is going to be explosive. I have my theories…I will just have to wait and see!

If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. Penelope Douglas’s writing just gets better and better and I for one cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.

“My little rival. You think I can’t rise to the occasion in this game?”

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Teasers ~ A Whole New Crowd by Tijan


TITLE: A WHOLE NEW CROWD
AUTHOR: TIJAN
GENRE: YA
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 18, 2014

Book Description:

Taryn grew up in a different world. Her boyfriend was a criminal. His older brother was part of a gang. They weren't great people, but they were her family. Then everything changes when she's sent to a new family in the neighbouring town. New family. New friends. A new world. She's elated. This is her chance for a new beginning, but secrets start being revealed and Taryn learns her new life has some ties to her old one, ties that she's not happy about. Her new family might not have been the lucky break she thought she had.


Teasers:

Then he nodded. “Congratulations.”
“On what?”
“You earned their respect.”
I snorted. “I don’t care.”
“I know.” A smile teased at the corners of his lips. “They saw that too and because of that, they fear you now.”


Excerpt:
 
I hit the punching bag. They lied to me. It barely moved so I hit it again. They didn’t care that they lied. I gritted my teeth. My fist tightened and I rolled my shoulder back, lifted my wrist again, and bent forward into the stance. One foot was in front, the other behind, and I was on my toes. I was ready to switch them, jab back and forth, and bounce back as the bag should’ve been swinging to me.
Nothing.
With a deep growl, I hit it as hard as I could. It moved an inch.
“You’re using your arm.”
“Duh.” I didn’t look as Tray came into the room. He left the lights off, and the only light on was the small lamp positioned over the punching bag. Sweat rolled down my back and I’d lost my shirt long ago. Standing in my black sports bra and a pair of boy shorts, I felt fine. I was heated, but not overheated with the air conditioner in the room.
He circled around. I glanced down, saw he had kicked his shoes off as well. After another moment of studying me, he took his shirt off too. He tossed it to the corner, then tilted his head to the side, and his hazel eyes narrowed at me. A slight smirk lifted the corners of his lips. As he stood there, his muscles clenched. His chest lifted and he breathed in, his stomach muscles clenched in and then out. There was hardly an ounce of fat on him.
We’d been sharing a bed for two months now, but as I drank him in, it was as if I was seeing him for the first time. Hunger and lust slammed into me. My mouth opened and I swallowed. Where the hell had this come from?
His smirk widened and he gestured to my arm. “Use your shoulder. Hit with your body, not your arm. Your strength comes from your core. The hand is the weapon.”
“I want to bone you right now.” I frowned. “Why?”
“Because you’re working out. Because your adrenalin is pumping.” His hand gestured from his chest to his stomach. “Because I’m a prime specimen.”
I snorted. “You don’t need to work on that confidence. Your arrogance just sucked all the oxygen out of the room to inflate your ego.”
Our Review:
 
**ARC received for honest review**

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars
 
“I belonged in the criminal crowd, not this one. It was A Whole New Crowd.”

Taryn has had a crap life, lives on the wrong side of town, has been through the foster system, pushed from crap family to crap family and was in with the wrong crowd. She was your resident bad girl but she was extremely good at what she did. Her life revolved around the two constants in her life Brian and Jace. These two were brothers but had taken Taryn under their wing. Brian was her boyfriend, typical bad boy, but the mysterious and intriguing Jace was the one “pulling the criminal strings.”

One day Taryn is stunned when is told that a family have come forward that want to adopt her, being that she is only months away from her eighteenth birthday this seems strange but wanting something that she has never had Taryn goes but her only regret is leaving Brian and Jace behind.

Taryn now has a new family, a new home, a new school and A Whole New Crowd to contend with. Going from the wrong side of town to the affluent part Taryn is suddenly surrounded by rich, trust fund babies that think that the world or daddy owes them a living. A culture shock for sure, but Taryn takes it at face value, she wants to leave her old life behind and try to make something of herself, she will keep herself to herself and take it from there.

There are a lot of things about the change in Taryn’s circumstances that do not ring true and it is not long before her past crosses paths with her present. We are all aware that things are not always as they seem and this story is no different. It seems her past is well and truly intertwined with her present, can they be untangled and what will be the consequences?

“There’s a lot of people who hide their true shit better than others.”

This book is fast paced and action packed in true Tijan style. My only negative is that in places it seemed rushed, especially at the end. But, with two broken and ballsy characters, Taryn and Tray you knew it was going to have fireworks. These two really did find themselves in this book. Tray going from one extreme to another when finally realising he had met his match in Taryn in more ways than one. Despite her connection to Brian she cannot deny the chemistry and draw that she has to Tray. These two were soul mates and with the journey that these two had in front of them, they were going to need that connection in more ways than one.

“And later, as he slid inside of me, and our hands were clasped together, I had a feeling I wouldn’t have to worry about that again. I had found my soul mate.”

This book will keep you guessing from one minute to the next, especially in the last 20% when the truth finally unravels. Everything you thought you knew will blow up in your face and it will definitely be a case of OMG really??? Tijan definitely has her “writing formula” and sticks to it, but each story is unique in it’s own way. This one is by far her most complex book, there is suspense, mystery and intrigue interwoven in this plot and one the carries through right till the very end. It will keep you guessing that’s for sure.

This was a read that I enjoyed, it wasn’t a WOW book but definitely had the potential. Taryn could be a tad annoying at times but you forgave her easily. You could not help but champion her, she was individual, edgy, ballsy and unique, she told it how it was and had no fear at all. In short, you couldn’t help but love her.

I can’t wait to see where this series is going, there are so many intriguing characters in this book that I can see A Whole New Crowd series having a lot of legs going forward. I will be reading for sure.

“I won’t change,” I rasped out.
“Neither will I.”
We were both assholes. That had been established.”

 
 
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Tijan started writing later in life, after she had already graduated college with a different direction in mind and a different degree under her belt. Hitting the brakes on that path, she taught herself how to write a good book and began posting at sites such as Fictionpress, along with Wattpad. After receiving such encouraging messages from readers, she self-published Fallen Crest High and has continued throughout the year. She continues to keep writing NA books!

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday Frights ~ PNR Reviews ~ The Witches Vampire (Mystery Springs 1) by Jami Brumfield

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 4.5 Stars 

I gave this book a well-deserved 4.5 stars. It is a superb story, giving vampire romance a new slant and I can see an intriguing series in the making. Sophie Waters is a twenty-one year old medical student who is following her dream of becoming a doctor and going into research, but all was put on hold when her mother was diagnosed with cancer and became extremely ill. Sophie came home to care for her and a heart breaking year later, her mother succumbed to the disease. Reeling from the shock of her death her father told her something that turned her world and everything she knew upside down, she was a witch by birth. Her mother had bound her powers so that she could have a normal human life as much as possible but now that had to end and that she had to give up her dreams of going away to study and to stay in Mystery Springs and to take over from her mother and become their witch doctor. Realizing that she had been lied to all her life, angry and upset she leaves the house and finds herself at the local nightclub which is run by a vampire.

Giovanni Mancuso an over a century old vampire is the owner of the club and considered royalty in the vampire world happens to spot Sophie and feels drawn to her. She intrigued him this green-eyed vixen. Trying to make his way over to her, he sees her being dragged out of the club by a stranger to his club and follows to see if he could be of any help to Sophie. After confronting the man who happens to be a Nephilim, an enemy of the vampire world, he finds out that he is asking Sophie for help in healing his sister. Deciding that they all go back to Sophie's house to discuss this more it was here that Sophie and Giovanni start to explore the feelings that they have found that they shared for each other.

They found that they only had to touch each other and tingles run through both of them. Finding themselves alone Giovanni admits to Sophie that he was only hanging around because she piques his interest and wants to find out more about her.

As he takes her hand he kisses it gently and gives out a laugh.

"I’m not going to bite you, Sophie Waters, unless you want me to?"

Sophie felt her world spin out of control with the things he was saying to her.

"You smell amazing…and taste wonderful." He whispered, his voice deeper, raspier. His hand shook as he tried desperately to keep his wits about him. He moved the shaky hand from her chin to the side of her neck and she leaned into his hand, exposing more of her tender neck. Desire consumed both of them. He could smell it rising from her, and feel it in every fibre of his being. He scraped his teeth against her skin, but forced down the urge to puncture. It took every ounce of his willpower to keep him from sinking his teeth into her flesh and drinking the tiniest bit of her blood.

Sophie moaned. This was a man who ignited passion in her

"What are you doing to me?" she asked barely above a whisper.
"I have a feeling what is happening here is two sided, no?"


This attraction they felt between them could not be denied. But nothing comes easy for them. Threats surround them bringing danger to both of them.

A brilliant first book to hopefully a great new series. Will certainly be following this one closely.
Well done Ms Brumfield.