Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Releases: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sponsored Exclusive Giveaway and Interview: Inches Aren’t Everything by Sarah B. Daniels

Inches Aren’t Everything by Sarah B. Daniels
An intriguing and sexy romance novel set around the fitness industry, Inches Aren’t Everything will keep the reader engaged on a flight, on the beach, or even during a little “me time” at home.
BMC owner, Zack Johnston is not happy. Though he’s poured his life and soul into his fitness company, he’s struggling against an irate business partner, a lack of sales, and trainers who either sleep with their clients, take work on the side, or have far too many personal issues to concentrate on their work. Then there’s Orlanda Kennedy, the sensual young woman who sees the world as her own private chess game. With a chip on her shoulder and men melting in her hands, Orlanda has aspirations far and beyond everyone at BMC, and she’s ready to crush them all under her heel. She’s the silent enemy, the snake in the grass, and now she’s ready to pounce.
Only Keith Langley, Zack’s right hand man can be trusted. Even he seems to be losing his grip. Into Zack’s life comes Leena Ryan; a beautiful and confident woman dressed in red, who won’t take no for an answer. Leena is about to push Zack into a whole new world of action, which causes Zack to question everything.
Keith is the natural leader, a squeaky clean all-American trainer who runs the corporate accounts, but ends up healing and managing a high profile star tennis player whose secret sexuality and promiscuous behavior threatens the million-dollar sponsorship that the Tennis Association relies on. Burned out rock stars, luscious twin sister trainers, clients who tempt, trainers who accept, and demanding corporate clients round out the roster of characters who romp, play, scheme and love in this page turner of a popular fiction paper back.

“If you think the world of fitness and personal trainers is all about sit-ups, crunches, and sweating on a treadmill–think again! Inches Aren’t Everything is a sexy and exuberant romp through the boardrooms and the bedrooms of some very intriguing people. If you like working out with a good read, minus the sweat, then this is the book for you. I loved it!”
– S.P. Hozy, author of A Cold Season in Shanghai and The Scarlet Macaw

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Sarah B Daniels is a nom-de-plume and she has ratcheted the tension for her sexiest novel yet. A clinical counselor for over 35 years, she uses the stories she lived through to flesh out her sexy romance novels into realistic page-turners.

The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.- Fun, sexy page turner about the fitness industry, trainers, clients, rock stars and sports stars. On the treadmill and between the sheets.

How did you get the idea for the story?- From my years as a counselor and therapist, I hear so many stories... it's amazing how complicated people make their lives.  Plus the stories I heard from my personal trainers over the years. 
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with? Orlanda, she's such a complex powerful yet vulnerable woman, it would be fascinating to spend time with her and learn about the ICHI game that is central to her life and character.

--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
Yes, I have another novel, working title - Behind Closed Doors - the first of a series of novels about an apartment building and the people who live there, make love there, and leave there.
Every apartment contains its own story. The people within the walls most often stay separate- except for careful interaction in the elevator or between loading and unloading the laundry machines.  But sometimes something happens that brings them together.  A crisis of mind and body. And when this happens, the most surprising people step forward to be counted.  And healing happens on many levels.
--What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar kind of read, set-up or style)   
Debbie Macomber books, in that my novels are interactive with very human stories, showing foibles, strength and redemption.  However Sarah B Daniels's books contain more sex in their romance, more heat in the interactions between characters.
--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?  I make time.
Anything by Dylan  Thomas _ I'm currently re-reading his Small boy's Christmas in Wales.
The Four Agreements - I carry the flyleaf around with me in my wallet - it keeps me true to myself and my world.

--If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?  West With the Night by Beryl Markham, I visited Kenya once and loved it... It has changed since this book was written... but I would like to be there at that time.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?  Cool jazz.  Mint tea and a promise of a meet up with a friend later in the day to get me away from the computer!

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose? A harmony wand.  Wave it where ever there is tension, hatred, bigotry and fighting.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?  Theatre LOVE going to the theatre with friends, walk and talk and coffee. Plus I'm an animal activist and am involved in community work at different levels.
--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?  Know that you can - don't let anyone rain on your parade!  Operate from a platform of kindness for yourself and others.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?  Don't forget to make time for fun!

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate?  Icecream? Vanilla
Video or Board Games?  Board games
Summer or Winter?  Summmmmmmer!!!
Edward or Jacob?  depends
Hockey or soccer?   soccer
Ebook or paper?   both depends on where and when
Salty or sweet?    sweet
Beach or mountains?  depends on where or when
Phone call or email? mornings... phone, evening email  (I get 'used up" in the clinic during the day and don't often want to talk in the evenings.)
Early bird or night owl?  Early bird
Dog or cat?  both, but right now I have cats.... either way always rescues
Messy or neat? depends on the day
Ninjas or pirates?   huh?   Unless it's Johnny Depp  <

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride

A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride
A teen Sliding Doors. One choice creates parallel dual narratives in this romantic contemporary mystery-thriller perfect for fans of Just Like Fate and Pivot Point.
One Night. Two Paths. Infinite Danger.
On the night of the big Spring Break party, Hadley "borrows" her boyfriend Ben's car without telling him. As payback, he posts a naked picture of her online for the entire senior class to see.
Now Hadley has a choice: go back to the party and force Ben to delete the picture or raise the stakes and take his beloved car on a road trip as far away from their hometown of Oak Grove, Ohio, as she can get.
Chapters alternate to reveal each possible future as Hadley, her ex-boyfriend, Josh, and her best friends embark on a night of reckless adventure where old feelings are rekindled, friendships are tested, and secrets are uncovered that are so much worse than a scandalous photo.


Publishes in US: July 28th 2015 by Egmont USA
Genre: ya scifi alternate/parallel universe
Source: Edmont via Netgalley
Series? no
Other reviews of Kristina's books:
One Moment 

Buy it: Amazon IndieBound Book Depository B&N

Author stalk away: ~site 


    I wanted to read A Million Times Goodnight because I love the concept of parallel universe or alternate stories based on the effects of one choice versus another. I loved Pivot Point as well, so the comparison there also helped. 

   Hadley, our main character, starts out the story with two of her friends, they've borrowed her boyfriend's car to go to a place where a girl they were friends with died a year ago. And I use the term borrowed lightly, because as we find out he is not aware that she's taken it, and they are also not on the best terms. Not that that gives him any right for the picture of her half nude and posting on facebook. I get that teens do ridiculous things without thinking, but it was hard for me to accept that he made such an extreme choice. 

   Her choices: take the car back and in doing so bring a boy )that has a history that is hinted at with Hadley but we obviously don't know the whole story) with her to make him jealous or going on a road trip with said stolen/borrowed car. Now, of course neither of these are wonderful choices, but they are the two that the story focuses on and the two different paths that are played out. 

    The story line with the pictures went much deeper than I thought and it exposed Ben as even more of a jerk than you would think at first. There was also a lot to untangle with the history and current tension between her and Josh. A Million Times Goodnight is well paced, and the mysteries kept me reading.

    I liked the friendship story line with her and Mia and Brooklyn. Also you could tell that she used to be good friends with the girl who died penny. And for even more more suspense, everyone blames Josh and I was wrapped up in the reason why and why Hadley blamed herself.

    I had to take off half a star though because of the ending. It felt a little rushed to me. It did answer the questions that I had, and also brought justice to those needing it. And I also did like the way that the two parallel "universes" were brought together, making it feel more like a contemporary than sci-fi. There was so much build up though that it just felt like the ending pieces needed more fleshing out to me.
Bottom Line: Good exploration of two possible what ifs.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think out possibilities of different futures often for your choices?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  here
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.

Currently reading:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
source: library

What I read:
Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)
source: edelweiss
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (Twilight, #4.5)
source: library
Fans of the Impossible Life
From This Moment (Moment of Truth, #3)

Last Week on the blog:
Source: Disney for review

Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires, #12)
source: library
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)
source: library
Because You'll Never Meet Me
Source : Bloomsbury

My week: Played a lot of mario, went bowling with the family last night.

What are you reading? Any of my books new to you or have you read any of my books? If so, what did you think?
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

Alive  by Chandler Baker
Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.
After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.
Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.
Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?
After all, the heart never lies...does it?


Publishes in US: June 9th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: ya contemp
Source: Disney for review.
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. Series? no

Buy it: Book Depository  BN Amazon Indiebound

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    I wanted to read Alive because I am drawn to books about teens dealing with illnesses. Heart transplants are also something that I have been very interested in, especially when the cell memory theory is thrown in, which is what the pain reminded me of. I figured she was experiencing things with the donor's death possibly, and the connections of him since the heart is such a personal organ. 

   I liked the strength of Stella, how she faced such hard things and still managed to have an attitude of facing the world, and focusing on getting back to school and regular life after being sick for so long. She has a sort of boyfriend Henry that she talks to and whose been texting and been there for her, but they haven't really been defined mostly because of Stella and her reluctance. 

   Family is a focus, even though of course Stella feels at times that her mom hovers and worries too much and also doesn't understand her. You can tell that Stella loves her toddler sister, but she also jokes with bitterness about her being the replacement or upgrade child since she was born after Stella got sick with the cardiomyopathy which is what landed her needing the transplant. 

   It does take a mysterious turn with the pain that she feels and like I said earlier I thought might be related to the death of her donor I really wasn't expecting a paranormal fantasy type explanations to be behind the mystery of the book but it makes sense even though it takes it out of the category of contemporary. 

    I like part of the romance for this one but not all of it. I wasn't fully convinced either way until the book was almost ending, which was fine because then it was sweet and it gave it feeling of the second chance love kind of thing for me.

   I did like how the book ended it was fitting for the story and actually pretty upbeat which is a little surprising considering how dark it was at one point.

Bottom Line: Enjoyable read with blend of contemp and fantasy element.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Are you an organ donor? Why or why not?