Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beat the Backlist Challenge

Hey y'all - I found another reading challenge!  I know it's almost halfway through the year, but I just couldn't resist signing up for this challenge. 

It's: The Beat The Backlist challenge - hosted by Novel Knight.Go check out their blog (click the word blog - it's linked)!


Not only will this give me a chance to read through my backlist, but I also get the chance to participate in the Beat The Backlist Hogwarts Mini Challenge! 






I have a long list of books at home to read, and I haven't picked exactly which books from that list will be part of this challenge - but I do know I am going to challenge myself to finish 15 books from my list.  If you feel like jumping in for another challenge - stop by and sign up!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

City of Miracles - Robert Jackson Bennett




Title: City of Miracles
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Format: Paperback

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Revenge. It's something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing.

So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara's killers deserve.

Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara's death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And perhaps most daunting of all finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.


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When Shara Komayd is assassinated, her friend Sigrud vows to get revenge on the person who killed her.  Sigrud doesn't realize everything that has happened since before he went into seclusion.  Throughout the course of the novel, he gets a chance to meet/reunite many people, including Khadse, Taty, Ivanya, and more. 

This novel is not at first what it appears to be.  What I mean by that is the miracles are rather trippy, and make things mysterious throughout the novel.  For example, when Sigrud tries to shoot Khadse, and the bullet just stops and floats in the air next to Khadse - it's because Khadse's jacket is a miracle.  The miracles like that happen throughout the book - which is part of the magic.

The only thing that threw me about this book is that it is the first one in the series that I have read, so I was unfamiliar with the world that Bennett has created in his previous novels, City of Stairs and City of Blades.  

I fell in love with the writing, and the world in this book.  The characters are all very well-developed, and they show a lot of growth and development throughout the story.  I found myself rooting for Sigrud, and later for Taty as well.  They were just wonderful characters that I couldn't help but like.  (Although, there was a small part of me that kind of liked Khadse as well, if only for the bad guy aspect.)

I appreciated that the author touched on how Sigrud was treated differently as well because he's a Dreyling.  The tensions that Sigrud felt because of that were very real.  

The whole novel was well developed.  Bennett did a great job with his world building throughout the novel, and the events tied together well.  

This is a novel worth reading - I rate it 5 stars.  Pick it up now - you won't be disappointed.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel for review through the Blogging for Books program.






Sunday, May 14, 2017

Leslie North Mother's Day Sale Blitz





AUTHOR BIO:
Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women's contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren't afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don't hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bout of Books - Day 5 Update

It's Saturday!!  I hope you're all enjoying the weekend - it's hard to believe that Bout of Books is ending tomorrow.  Anyway, here's my progress for Friday:

Books Started: 2
Books Finished: 1
Pages Read Wednesday: 38
Pages Read Total: 226
 
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 Currently Reading:


 
 
 
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Bout of Books - Day 4 Update




Happy Friday!  I can't believe it's almost the weekend.  (I'm excited, though - more time to read this weekend than I've had all week!)

Here's my update for Day 4 (Thursday) of the Bout of Books Readathon!  

Books Started: 2
Books Finished: 1
Pages Read Wednesday: 47
Pages Read Total: 188

I haven't read nearly as much this week as I've wanted - but I only work for a few hours today, and I have all morning tomorrow and Sunday to read - so I am hoping to do some massive reading over the next three days!
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The Non-Disclosure Agreement - Kelsey McKnight

 
 
Book & Author Details:

The Non-Disclosure Agreement
by Kelsey McKnight
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: May 9th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

I left my old life, and my broken heart, back in Michigan. When I moved to New York City for a fresh start, I didn’t know I would be made a sinful offer I couldn’t refuse…
My billionaire businessman boss decided that being the most powerful man on the East Coast wasn’t enough. He needed political power, too. But who would vote for a womanizing playboy with a different model on his arm every week? If he wanted to win, he needed a respectable wife…he needed me.
I had the looks, the small town charm—I was even already his employee, but I was willing to pretend to be so much more. And I’ve already signed a non-disclosure agreement, making me the perfect choice.
But will there come a point where pretend just isn’t enough?



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AUTHOR BIO:
Kelsey McKnight is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works. Her first books, "The Scottish Stone Series", are coming in April of 2017 by Limitless Publishing. Book one is titled "Queen of Emeralds", and is available now. "The Scottish Stone Series" take readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled "The Non-Disclosure Agreement", will also be available in May of 2017 and feature a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working on two nonprofits.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bout of Books - Day 3 Update





Happy Thursday ~ I hope you're all enjoying your reading time! 

Here's my Progress for Wednesday of Bout of Books:

Books Started: 2
Books Finished: 1
Pages Read Wednesday: 33
Pages Read Total: 141

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I'm still reading through:



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And Now: A Bout of Books Challenge!

Challenges

Character Dating Profile

Create a dating profile for your favourite literary character. Where are they from? What are they looking for? What are their likes and dislikes?
 
This is a tough challenge!  After all, how do you pick just ONE FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTER?!  If I Have To Pick, then here is my dating profile for a classic character: Jean Valjean.  If anyone deserves a little love - he does!
 
Name: Jean Valjean
Occupation: Ex-Convict and Current Mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer
Willing to Relocate: Yes.  Relocation will allow me to distance myself from jealous former jailer.... ahem lover.
Children: 1 Daughter
Likes: Bread, saving women and children from destitution and inn-keepers, scented candles, long walks down dark alley-ways.
Dislikes: Heavy horse carts, small confined spaces, ships.

I am looking for a woman who loves to move frequently and possibly change her name from time to time.  Must love children, and be willing to assist in keeping my daughter safe.  Bakers welcome.
 
 
 
 

The Unseen - Jacob Devlin

 
Book & Author Details:

The Unseen
by Jacob Devlin
(Order of the Bell #2)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: May 9th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Crescenzo and his friends may have survived their confounding journey to the enchanted realms of Florindale, but now they find themselves fighting for their sanity and lives while stuck on the other side of the very mirror they set out to destroy.
With their families trapped by a former ally with a crippling fear of the queen, Enzo, Rosana, and Zack must play a deadly game in Wonderland, where shadows are on the move, kings are at war, and one of them wants Rosana dead.
As darkness hovers over the world, the friends must lean on each other and stop the King of Hearts from following through on Avoria’s orders: Break them.


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AUTHOR BIO:
When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.

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Ten Teasers 
1. Pino curled up next to Carla, pulled her close, and hugged her. Wherever they were going, they were going together. That was almost all that mattered, except for one thought that would continue to gnaw at his mind; Crescenzo, he thought. My son, please be safe, wherever you are.


2. “I’ve seen it all since my arrival,” Geppetto said. “Avoria brought the darkness with her. The land turned against itself. War wiped out the people Avoria left alive. This is important for you to know, my boy, because I imagine we’ll be here a long time. Wonderland is not known for hospitality or unity.”


3. “The man bowed so low he came back up with wet specks of dirt on his nose. “Matthew Hadinger, at your service. You may call me Matt. I belong to the court of Wondertown and was on a pleasant mission before that abomination showed up. His Majesty, the King of Spades, requests the presence of a one Miss Rosana Trujillo in his royal court this night. Are you she?”


4. A chill rippled through the air, and Madame Esme cast a wary gaze around the tent. “Now, Madame Esme has very limited time to speak to you. Please listen carefully.” She lowered her voice, reached across the table, and then seized Zack’s elbow. “I have predicted the death of one of your own."


5. While everybody else wore knee-high greaves and heavy boots, the archer woman wore boots that gleamed as though they were made of thin glass. Zack cringed. What if the glass broke beneath her?
Wait, Zack thought. Didn’t I hear a story once that made me feel this way? A woman who ran around with glass on her feet?
Nah.


6. “Sir,” Hook spoke, “do you know who we are? We hardly see reason to fear a group of grown men riding into town on a parade of ponies.”
The army snapped into a new formation, this time converging on the entire group. Hook began to sweat when the point of a spear scraped his stubble-spattered chin. “Okay,” he croaked. “You’ve made your point. Might I invoke parlay?”



7. "Carvers are very special people. We feel the living souls of the world around us. We set them free, we tell their stories, and once in a while, we have the fortune of shaping the future. Would you like to know how your father came to be?"


8.
A misty shadow materialized in front of Crescenzo, and when the full body appeared, Crescenzo had to squint to be sure he perceived it correctly. It had the right shape and height, the right spiky hair, but everything else was wrong: a foggy black shape clad in leather that seemed to be evaporating without really disappearing. Crescenzo’s blood went ice cold.


9.
Slowly, Madame Esme forced herself to turn around and confront the woman. “Avoria,” she whispered.
“Is that how you address a queen?” Avoria droned. “Really, Esmeralda, I’d assumed better of you."


10. When they were alone, the stranger let go and stood in front of Alicia with arms folded across his thick chest. Alicia wondered if there was anybody inside the cloak. The figure spoke, its voice deep and powerful. “I have seen what comes to pass if you intervene with fate today, Alice. All these people turn to dust. The New World withers to smoke. Wonderland crumbles to ash."

Cover Reveal - Hard Liquor - Blair Babylon



BOOK DETAILS:

Hard Liquor
by Blair Babylon
(Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, #2)
Publication date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:
London trial lawyer Gen has managed to corral that randy colt His Lordship Arthur Finch-Hatten, the Earl of Severn, at least as far as anyone knows. In public, he seems to be behaving himself, but she’s kind of gotten involved with her client in a way that the Bar’s Ethics Committee would totally not approve of. With Arthur’s impending trial in the House of Lords and the constant backstabbing in her law office, the last thing Gen needs is for Arthur to whisk her off to Paris for the social wedding of the century to schmooze the people who will decide his fate.

Gen has broken all the rules, and she could very well end up with a broken heart.

She needs a stiff drink, and it had better be hard liquor.

Hard Liquor
is the exciting conclusion to the Arthur Duet that begins with Stiff Drink.



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AUTHOR BIO:
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Blair Babylon often releases ebooks at a special release-day price of 99c.

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Blair Babylon is the nom de plume of an award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance, plus wild, suspenseful thrillers, science fiction, and urban fantasy using the super-secret pen name Blair C. Babylon.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bout of Books - Day 2 Update






Wednesday came in with a bang ~ I tried to sleep in a little, but it didn't work!  That's okay though, right - because then - more time to read! 

Anyway, here's my update for Tuesday! 


Books Started: 2
Books Finished: 0

Pages Read on Tuesday: 31
Total Pages Read: 108

I am now in the midst of the following two books:



Now: here's the SUPER FUN part (Not just regular read-a-thon fun, but SUPER FUN!) The Share your Shelfie Challenge!  This challenge works in the following way:

Share a picture of your books/shelves/nightstand/e-library/wherever you keep your books on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks

So, I had to pick which shelf I wanted to share (I have three bookshelves, and some photos of the books on my kindle....)  but I couldn't pick just one: so here are the two bookshelves in my living room: (They look a little chaotic.... but that's okay.)





Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bout of Books - Day 1 Update


Time for an update!  Yesterday was the first day of the Bout of Books 19 read-a-thon.  I love these read-a-thons because they are an entire week, and they are just so fun. 

So, here's my update for yesterday:

Books Started: 1
Books Completed: 0
Pages Read: 77  (not as many as I would have liked, but I did have to work yesterday evening.)

This is the book I started yesterday:






I want to finish at least that book, as well as the following two this week:


If I do get through all three of those books this week, I am going to work on reading  the following:





I hope you're enjoying your week through Bout of Books as much as I am!  Have fun reading.















SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love

 
 
Book & Author Details:

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love
Publication date: May 9th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
One cabin. Sixteen stories of forbidden love.
With an online audience of over ONE MILLION combined followers, and hundreds of millions of reads on their stories, the SNOW ANTHOLOGY showcases talented Wattpad authors from around the globe.
Journey into the woods where you will discover a cabin surrounded by snow, filled with secrets…
The SNOW ANTHOLOGY features sixteen original novellas and novelettes in multiple genres, including Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal.
Brought to you by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR KELLY ANNE BLOUNT and available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Don’t wait for the snow to melt before you uncover these stories of love, loss, and self-discovery.
Check out the incredible list of authors participating below!
Back to Us by M. C. Roman – MCRomances on Wattpad
Whiteout by Sarah Benson – SarahBensonBooks on Wattpad
Tobacco & Pine by Lucy Rhodes – Lucyface on Wattpad
Red Snow by Debra Goelz – BrittanieCharmintine on Wattpad
Fawn by Gavin Hetherington – GavinHetherington on Wattpad
Seeing Him Again by Delilah Mae – _HakunaMatata_ on Wattpad
Of A Feather by Lindsey E. Lippincott – Red_Assassin on Wattpad
Through the Paintings Dimly by J. M. Butler – JessicaBFry on Wattpad
Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Meinke – knightsrachel on Wattpad
Limbo by Noelle N. – hepburnettes on Wattpad
Crash by Megan DeVos – styleslegend on Wattpad
Snowed In by Kelly Anne Blount – KellyAnneBlount on Wattpad
Unexpected Love by Gabriela Cabezut – GabyCabezut on Wattpad
Wings by Shaun Allan – ShaunAllan on Wattpad
Sober by R. Diamond – rdiamond89 on Wattpad
True Love’s Kiss by Neilani Alejandrino – sweetdreamer33 on Wattpad



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Monday, May 8, 2017

These Simple Scars - Emma Wicker


Book & Author Details:

These Simple Scars
by Emma Wicker
Publication date: May 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:
Sometimes, the worst scars are the ones that can’t be seen.
After fleeing her abusive father, Faith’s goal is to find a job and earn enough to finally be able to live in safety. When she ends up stranded in the sleepy town of Silver, Georgia, it’s not long before she meets sexy mechanic Garrett. His willingness to help her one minute then dismiss her the next, leave Faith confused by this guarded and irresistible man.
Although Garrett has left the military, the war returned home with him. An attraction to the new girl in town takes him by surprise, but if he’s to keep his scars hidden, Faith is no-go. His heart tells him to trust, but his mind is determined to get the better of him.
As the pair deal with their wounds, tragedy threatens to rip them apart. Supported by new friends, Garrett and Faith wrestle with their pasts and an unexpected love they fear won’t last.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Born in Dublin Ireland, E.L. Wicker moved to England when she was nine years old. There she attended Coombe Girls School and her love of writing developed as she began to win literary competitions. A graduate of the Social Science's at University of Essex, E.L. Wicker uses her knowledge of human nature to craft interesting characters and emotional relationships. Fractured Immortal is her first publication and the first in The Bearwood series.

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Who she Was - Stormy Smith

Book & Author Details:

Who She Was
by Stormy Smith
Publication date: May 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.
Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.
Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.
While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Stormy Smith calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her.

When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband, twin sons or girlfriends.


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