Monday, March 6, 2017

Tour: Wet by Ashley Bostock

 
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Wet
Ashley Bostock
Publication date: December 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.
But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.
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Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.
I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.
Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.

My Review:
This was an okay read. It was what I expected it to be. It's one of those familiar romance novels. Which isn't a bad thing when you are somewhat stuck in a reading stump. Here's the thing though. I didn't care for any of the characters especially Miranda. She came across a bit pathetic at times. I mean a man that doesn't want you whether or not he engaged in sexual relations isn't a challenge. He's a jerk and needs to be the one to come begging.

Yeah, yeah I know she has a history in the town and just want to be seen for who she is now but throwing herself at this guy isn't going to do it. Speaking of 'the guy' Ryan was a jerk but at least he realizes it. I know all of this is suppose to be the thing to add suspense to the story so that when they do hook up we'll all be like 'awe' but that just didn't happen for me.

Now this sounds like a negative review but it's not. Though I didn't gel with the characters. I still read and finished the book quickly. It had some good steamy moments. If you are a romance novel fan this will probably be right up your ally


Author Bio:
Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats.
She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013.
She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.
She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.
Interesting Fact: Ashley has been to every Disney theme park in the world.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Tour: Bluff by Julie Dill

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Bluff by Julie Dill
Pages: 250
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?.


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My Review
Overall, I liked it. I felt for Chelsea's situation. I never had to rely solely on myself as a kid but I did have responsibilities that sometimes being the oldest in a household that is struggling to make it to the next day have. Perhaps if I knew how to to play poker I would have tried that. However, I didn't so unlike Chelsea I just didn't do things I knew we could afford. Yeah, I missed out on a lot of fun school stuff but this isn't about me...

This took awhile to get into to. So don't go into this book thinking that it is going to grab you from the beginning. It takes awhile but it does get there. The story is pretty much about Chelsea living a double life. She becomes, basically, a teenage gambling addict. And since she knows she shouldn't have even started gambling at the casino in the first place she lies about it. Of course, one lie spins another and so on.

There is a romance aspect that I suppose should be there since she is a teenager and that seems to be the thing many teenagers do. I mean I know I was well maybe not boy crazed but definitely interested. Anyway, it's there but it isn't necessary. I wished that at some point Chelsea realize that she had a problem even if she didn't quit gambling. Since even though a person knows they have a problem they don't just stop cold-turkey overnight. Good read though, worth a shot.





About the Author
Julie Dill lives in Oklahoma City where the wind always comes sweeping down the plains—literally.

As a young girl she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught in elementary schools for ten years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor and loves helping students achieve success. One of her greatest professional accomplishments is earning her National Board Certification.

She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oklahoma City University and continues to work on various writing projects. From hiking in Colorado, to playing poker in Vegas, she’s always up for a new challenge. Julie is a busy mom of two teenage daughters, and any extra time that she may carve out is spent reading, writing, and rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Her debut novel, Bluff, is scheduled to be released on February 7th, 2017


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Bliz: Clan by Realm Lovejoy

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Clan
Realm Lovejoy
Publication date: November 12th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
“Highly enjoyable, thought-provoking sci-fi by an author with considerable talent and promise.”–Kirkus Reviews
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Clans are Unity.
No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.
A secret that could destroy him.
*Now available on audio!*
EXCERPT:
A glitch. Being a glitch was somewhat bearable, but an intentional glitch was not. Twigg had told Father Krume and Brisbane that Twain had been an accident. Twain wanted to believe that he had been locked up because Twigg had wanted to protect him, not because Twigg had wanted to cage him like some sort of sick scientific experiment. All those years he had spent, hidden—agonized by solitude…
“Son.” His sponsor stood at the door. “Mandy reported to me that you’ve thrown away dinner two nights in a row. Don’t tell me you’ve got nausea again.”
Twain eyed his sponsor’s silhouette. “Father, are there other mutants besides us?”
“Why would you ask that?”
“We were wondering—someone mentioned that there were more.”
Twigg eyed him sharply. “Who told you this? I knew the Contribution Center was dangerous for you…”
“We didn’t catch his number.”
“I have never seen another mutant and neither have you. Are you sure you didn’t get the Clan’s number?”
Something about the tone of Twigg’s voice gave Twain the feeling that he shouldn’t talk about it anymore. “We honestly don’t know. We’re all the same after all.”


Author Bio:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner

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Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner
Pages: 388
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆



Summary
Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo's curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.

Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.

Told in dual points of view, Myths of Immortality is a tense, action-packed story that will leave you begging for the next installment of The Sphinx series.

The Sphinx series is perfect for fans of urban fantasy with a mythic twist!

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My Review
This has become one of my favorite series. Each book picks up where the last one left off. In this third installment, Hope is trying to find a way to break the Sphinx curse. She ends up going to the Underworld for answers and boy do she get some.

There are some interesting reflections along the way. Xan and Athan story is told together while Hope has her pov. There is a lot going on and definitely keeps your attention.

I wouldn't say this is a stand alone. If you are like me then you could read it and still appreciate the story that was told but you would definitely notice that you are missing out on a back story.





About the Author
Raye Wagner grew up in Seattle, the second of eight children, and learned to escape chaos through the pages of fiction. As a youth, she read the likes of David Eddings, Leon Uris, and Jane Austen. Inspired by a fictional character, Raye pursued a career in nursing, thinking to help the world one patient at a time.
One summer afternoon, when her then young children were playing in the pool, a plot dropped into her head, and she started writing.
She enjoys baking, puzzles, Tae Kwon Do, and the sound of waves lapping at the sand. She lives with her husband and three children in Middle Tennessee.

Origin of the Sphinx, a novella detailing the story leading up to the creation of the mythological creature, is her first publication. It is the beginning of the Sphinx series.

Curse of the Sphinx, the first book in the series, is completed, and set to be released in August 2015.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Piper's Price by Audrey Greathouse

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The Piper's Price by Audrey Greathouse
Pages: 300
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Author Newsletter
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

summary:
Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous Pied Piper.
Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn't sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he's just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that she's nearly home and meeting with Jay again.
The Piper isn't the only one hiding from the adults' war on magic though, and when Gwen goes back to reality, she'll have to confront one of Peter's oldest friends… and one of his earliest enemies.


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My Review
Gwen is back in Neverland. The adults have a couple devices that they have been using to attacking anyone/anything that happens upon them. Peter has holed up in a tree house coming up with a plan. Finally he let's Gwen in on it. They need to find the Piped Piper. A task that Gwen is given.

I liked this second installment (admittedly not as much as the first one). Gwen is still in her inbetweeness. It was touched on but never fully explored but it is obvious, at least to me, that she is in Neverland for two reasons. The first one being her sister and the second being Peter. Though I'm not sure if is i a romantic feeling she has for Peter she certainly seems to desire his approval. Anyway, I found that most of this book had a slower pace. It does pick up and get better at the end of course. We are introduced to a new character besides the Piper.

Good book and probably a must read if you plan on reading the third book. Which I am actually looking forward to because she left a door in which the Piper may come back as well as that other character I mentioned. The third book has the potential to have more





About the Author
Audrey Greathouse is an active member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators and seven-time winner of the National Novel Writing Month challenge. Her BA in English Language and Literature comes from Southern New Hampshire University, where she completed her honors thesis on Victorian children's literature.


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Bout of Books 18


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So I'm try bout of books again. Y'all know I love readathons even if I hardly ever reach my goal. :)

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**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 18. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
Reader, blogger, knitter, and creative lady

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
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Saturday 1/7
FREE DAY!

Sunday 1/8
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