23 March 2017

Tour & GIveaway: Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl #6) by Aileen Erin



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Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl #6) by Aileen Erin.
Audience/Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy.
Publication: March 28th 2017 Ink Monster Books .
Meredith Molloney never thought she’d find a mate, let alone someone like Donovan Murry—one of the most powerful Alphas alive. Now that she’s no longer cursed and the evil Luciana Alvarez has been taken care of, she thinks life will finally settle down. Boy, has she never been so wrong.

In the middle of the night, Donovan gets a call telling him that his pack has gone to pieces. The news that his second in command has been found brutally murdered has Donovan packing his bags for Ireland, but the last thing Meredith wants to do is leave Texas. She’s heard about how the Celtic Pack are with outsiders. And Donovan has more than a few exes in the pack that will be less than friendly.

Meredith’s never let a few angry wolves stop her, and she’s not about to start now. She’s faced down much worse the past few months. But when she gets there, she finds that it’s not just a few exes who stand in the way between her and her Full Moon Ceremony with Donovan.

Meredith is thrust in to a deadly game of pack politics, one the fey have happily joined in on. When the dust settles, she knows she’ll either have everything that she wants or lose it all.

Meredith’s Shattered Pack Playlist...

I always have trouble figuring out what to pick for these playlists, so instead, I picked songs that Meredith loves. She’s an upbeat, funny, fun-loving girl. When life has gotten tough for her—and boy has it been bad at times—she always turns to what she loves, working out. Sparing. Running. Yoga. She loves it all. Below are a few songs from her favorite playlist. The one she listens to when she needs a pick-me-up. When she wants to get moving. When she’s ready to fight. Run. Get pumped.

1. Katy Perry – “Firework”
2. Calvin Harris – “Summer”
3. Jamiorquai – “Canned Heat”
4. Avicii – “Wake Me Up”
5. Daft Punk – “One More Time”
6. Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
7. Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
8. David Guietta – “Titanium”


Snippets....

 "No pair of shoes was worth this massive pain in the ass. Not even Louboutins."

 "When you’ve reached your darkest hour, the coin will warm. Grab hold of it and be safe.Well, that’s ominous."

 "The door’s hinges are ripped in two. You’re putting up a big show for only being a little annoyed."

 "I wasn’t about to sit idly by and watch him suffer. Not while I had air enough to breathe.Pain ripped me from sleep. Not physical pain, although for a split-second, I thought someone was tearing out my heart."


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Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd--from Star Wars (prequels don't count) toStar Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BSin Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband inLos Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.






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21 March 2017

Pink - Episode 1,2 and 3 by J.B. Cantwell

Pink - Episode 1 by J.B. Cantwell.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Dystopian.
Publication: January 30th 2017 by J. B. Cantwell.
Riley Taylor, a girl living in 2095, underwater Brooklyn, is leaving her abusive home and hoping that a spot in the military will provide enough cash to last her several years on her own. The service is always looking for new recruits to fight the many wars the United States is involved in. Trouble is, only 20% of those who enter the service will survive the three year term and collect the handsome stipend waiting for them at the end. She's willing to take the chance, but once she gets in, she finds that all the normal rules of society don’t apply. With no escape, she has no choice but to hang on and fight for her life.

Pink is a serial read, which means that several shorter segments will be released about once a month. This is a clean read for ages 13+, but it deals with some heavy issues too mature for the crowd below 13.

Release schedule:
Pink - Episodes 1 and 2
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Pink - Episode 3
February 21, 2017

Pink - Episode 4
March 20, 2017

Pink - Episode 5
April 17, 2017

Pink - Episode 6
May 15, 2017

Reviewed by Kelly.

How frustrating! I am totally into the book and it ends way too soon. I need the next installment NOW!

It is the future and life isn't good for much of anybody. Being rich is rare. Being in the military lands most people dead. You are given an implant at a very young age that tells you what other people's names are and if they are a good person or a bad person and given news feed on it as well. Food is mostly a nutrition bar type of thing that seems kind of disgusting!

Riley's dad died in the military and her mom was a drunk and hit her. So when Riley is of age she decides to go into the military knowing her odds of surviving aren't good. But living with her alcoholic and abusive mother isn't good either.

The writing is amazing. I was sucked right into this world. I understood Riley's feelings. Her hair is pink because of a mistake when doing her hair. Now while at the sign up station, everyone who saw her before her hair was shaved off called her Pink.

The ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger but it is sort of a tease to leave it like that!

If you like short installments of a book, military, pink hair, running away from abuse, then you might like this book!




Pink Episode 2's synopsis:
Riley Taylor has successfully passed the many tests it takes to enter into the U.S. Service. But the whole thing feels strange. Chambers, the doctor at the intake building, is going to be expecting something from her in exchange for his favor. But what?

Now Riley must focus on making it through boot camp without being sent to the burning plants where methane is manufactured to provide fuel for the country. She is only just hanging onto the bottom run of the infantry, and if she can’t make it through with an infantry designation, she’ll have to spend the next three years at the Burn.

And Alex. She’s only seen him a couple of times, but his body is changing rapidly, expanding at an exponential rate. He seems more and more desperate each time they meet, and Riley’s beginning to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break through his training and have her friend back again.

Pink is a serial read, which means that several shorter segments will be released about once a month. This is a clean read for ages 13+, but it deals with some heavy issues too mature for the crowd below 13.

Kelly's review of episode 2...

This installment has you on the edge waiting and worrying over her struggle in boot camp. Nothing is as it seems. She finally sees her friend, Alex, in another unit and he is different. Like he is massively bigger. Then Pink has Lydia on her and wondering if she is gonna hit her. Which is a no no in this Military. If you can't perform well you lose points and get rankings to work in the Burn, which you would slowly die from. It's so much going on and I need more now!!!

The world building is absolutely incredible! Life would be absolutely horrible!

If you like action, military secrets and experiments, survival of the fittest, dystopians, then this might be for you!



Pink Episode 3's synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Riley Taylor has finally made it through boot camp, and now she’s on her way to the base where United States soldiers battle the Canadians for water resources. But before she gets there, she gets a taste of what it will be like for those who have been sentenced to serve out their term in the military at the burning plants. She starts to wonder if she might have been safer with a job in the plants instead of going to war.

But she is going to war.

When she arrives at the base, she learns that this battle is not as simple as one-on-one violence. In order to thwart the enemy, she and her fellow soldiers will need to come up with tactics not just to kill the Canadian fighters, but to outwit them as well.

But when Riley finds Alex on the same mission, she must decide which side she wants to be on, and if she’s willing to leave him behind to make a new life, a life much different than the one that she’s imagined for so many years.

Kelly's review of episode 3...

Now she is getting out of boot camp and into the journey to the fighting. First she gets on a boat with the filth of the water surrounding them. They collect it take out the live fish (with the mutated fish as well) and throw the rest to the bottom to be burned for fuel. One would think the author is maybe saying we are heading into this situation? I don't know. But it's a disgusting thing they are doing. The words the author wrote even made me want to vomit!

Anyway, this installment has her working on Alex, trying to get him out of this brain washing, but he is a super soldier called Prime and they don't seem to have a will of their own. They just do the movements. And Lydia is recruiting Pink to help stop the government and all this madness around them. Riley (Pink) is confused. But, she is getting stronger everyday. Her every move is watched and things are about to get ugly and I have to wait for the next installment! Gah!





J. B. Cantwell calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. In her writing she explores coming of age in an imperfect world, the effects of greed and violence on all, and the miraculous power that hope can have over the human spirit






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20 March 2017

Blitz & Giveaway: Petals by Laurisa White Reyes

Petals by Laurisa White Reyes.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult.
Publication: March 15th 2017 by Skyrocket Press.
Some memories refuse to stay buried…
On Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but she reluctantly boards the plane anyway.

That’s where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear she has seen him before. But when? Where?

In Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious. And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there, driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.

For ages 14 & up


​In sixty seconds, Mom would be dead.

We’re driving down Telegraph Highway, the two of us, a wrapped gift box on my lap. It is rectangular, maybe fifteen inches tall, in red foil paper with a white bow on top. We were lucky to find the drug store still open on Christmas Eve.

Mom is pleased. She’s humming along with the radio, which is playing a lively fifties holiday song. Her thumbs tap out the tune on the steering wheel. Her car keys sway in the ignition, jingling like bells.

Outside, the sky is dark. Through the storm, the road ahead looks like a long tunnel.

Snow is falling.

It happens so fast there is no time to react. Bright lights hurtle toward us on our side of the road. Mom’s arms brace against the wheel. She thrusts her foot against the brake, but the road is slick with ice. The car swerves.

I hear a car horn blaring. I hear the crunch of metal, the pop of glass shattering. A powerful force shoves me against the car door as everything suddenly whirls in the wrong direction. I feel pain. I scream.

And then it’s over.

When I blink open my eyes, everything is white.

Snow is falling.


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Laurisa White Reyes is the author of the 2016 Spark Award winning novel The Storytellers, as well as The Celestine Chronicles and The Crystal Keeper series. She lives in Southern California where she teaches English at College of the Canyons.






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19 March 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology by Heather Chapman, Mandi Ellsworth, Paula Kremser, Ashtyn Newbold



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Unexpected Love: A Marriage of Convenience Anthology by Heather Chapman, Mandi Ellsworth, Paula Kremser, Ashtyn Newbold.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Anthologies.
Publication: March 1st 2017 by Sweetwater Books.
Around the turn of the century, matches were made for all sorts of reasons--whether to keep a family together or simply to make ends meet. But love has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places! With four historical romance stories in one, this fun anthology will sweep you from the dance floors of aristocracy to the hearths of country living, leading to love through the most unusual circumstances.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I first wondered if I made the right choice to review the book. You know if you've read one marriage of convenience you've read them all. I was totally wrong. These stories have very different circumstances but all with the same ending - finding real love!

Each of the stories were so cute. I kind of enjoyed how each woman had totally different personalities that made the book so much better. Some difference in the time period as well.

I highly reccomend this book to read anytime, read one story between books and then pick up the next or just hunker down and feel love growing 4 times all at once! It leaves you relaxed and with a sigh. I am kind of partial to the spit fire woman! That one was so funny! If you read it you will know exactly who I am referring too! The last one left me a little tearful as it brought together a blind man and a woman who was burned. I will be reading this book again and again!




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Heather Chapman: Being the youngest of four sisters (and one very tolerant older brother), Heather grew up on a steady diet of chocolate, Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gables, Audrey Hepburn, and the other staples of female literature and moviedom. These stories inspired Heather, and she began writing at a young age. After meeting and marrying her husband Mark, Heather graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and settled down in a small farming community with her husband and four children. In her spare time, Heather enjoys volleyball, piano, the outdoors, and just about anything creative.

Mandi Ellsworth: Mandi is an avid reader, a slow jogger, and disinterested in board games of any kind. She lives in Utah with her husband, three children and no pets.

Paula Kremser: Paula Kremser focused on a career in science for a few years after graduating from Brigham Young University. Several years later when she moved with her young family to England, Paula seized the opportunity to focus on her love of the Regency Era. The enchantment of the aristocracy and the fascinating stories from every stately home she visits have been both research and inspiration for her first novel, “Sophia,” and second, “To Suit a Suitor.”

Ashtyn Newbold: Ashtyn Newbold discovered a love of writing early in high school. Inspired by regency period romance, she wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. Because she can’t vacation in her favorite historical time periods, she writes about them instead. When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, music, and spoiling her dog. She dreams of traveling to England and Ireland. Ashtyn is currently studying English and creative writing at Utah Valley University. She lives in Lehi, Utah with her family and is the author of “Mischief and Manors.”






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17 March 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Courting Carrie in Wonderland by Carla Kelly



Courting Carrie in Wonderland by Carla Kelly.
Audience/Genre: Historical Romance.
Publication: March 1st 2017 by Sweetwater Books.
Struggling through college and balancing her summer job in Yellowstone Park with the Wylie Camping Company, Carrie McKay simply doesn't have time to consider romance. Spanish American War Veteran Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles also isn't looking for love, busy with his own complicated affairs. But as the magic of Yellowstone starts making its way into their hearts, both begin to see love move up their priority list.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I have to admit I almost stopped reading the book at the beginning. I found that it couldn't keep my attention and I didn't understand what was going on. But I read on and I really am glad I did! Carrie is a caring, stubborn and more of a modern girl from those times. Ramsey is a good man who does what is right and follows through whatever he believes in.

The relationship between Carrie and Ramsey was just right in the timing, neither too fast or too slow. They fit together perfectly. They love serving others and keeping busy. They have good people that they surround themselves with and both have had bad experiences in the past and have come through them without pity, self loathing or withdrawing from the world. That made them stronger!

I loved learning things of the Yellowstone Park while reading this. I've never been there but it made me want to go. Carla Kelly writes information after the book about this time and where alot of her information comes from and more on it. I loved reading that too!

If you like wolves, bridges, military, heroes, magic tricks, singing, President Roosevelt, cherry pies, Yellowstone Park, doing what you know is right then this might be for you!




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Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for “Borrowed Light,” “My Loving Vigil Keeping,” and “Softly Falling.”






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