05 May 2016

May I Suggest Giveaway Hop

Welcome to our stop on the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop! I have some incredible reads so far this year. Here are some of them. After you check our giveaway then go below the giveaway and check out the other blog's suggestions!I'm excited to see what everyone else has too!! Here you can win any of these books below with a $5 Amazon Gift Card! Sorry, US only!

Rise (The Order of the Krigers #1) by Jennifer Anne Davis.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
Publication: May 17th 2016 by Month9Books.
The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?

Seriously, Rise is an amazing adventure with some really good twists and an even more suprising twists on who should be her boyfriend. I can't wait for this one to hit the shelves!!

The Captive (Griffin Force #1) by Julie Coulter Bellon.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Clean Read.
Publication: December 15th 2015 by Stone Hall Books.
Former Navy SEAL Jake Williams is the newly appointed head of a task force assigned to rescue a kidnapped American diplomat. Their only hope is Mya Amari, the daughter of a notorious Algerian hostage negotiator, but she is full of secrets and complications–something Jake takes as a personal challenge. As they grow closer, the threat to the mission escalates and time runs out for the hostages. Can Jake unravel the web of deception to save them all without getting caught in the crossfire?

Mya Amari has been in hiding nearly her entire life to escape her father’s enemies. But when her sister is kidnapped along with an American diplomat, she’ll do anything to bring her home–including walking into the enemy’s lair. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Commander Williams, but when all her careful plans explode out of control, he’s the only one she can turn to with the truth about her family. Is it too little, too late?

For those who like some good action may I suggest The Captive!

Lady Helen Finds Her Song by Jennifer Moore.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Clean Read.
Publication: April 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications.
Spring 1813
The exotic splendors of India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her new home in Calcutta immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Poulter. Whereas many of her fellow British expatriates despise the culture they see as barbaric, Helen sees excitement in the unusual locale. It is in this vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred soul in Captain Michael Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of India runs deep. Their friendship quickly grows, yet despite their undeniable connection, she could never think of Captain Rhodes as more than a dear friend.

Her love, in truth, has been captured by dashing British Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft. This handsome soldier represents the embodiment of all she's dreamed of in a husband. Preoccupied by her growing affections, Helen never dreams that beneath the glamor of the city, hostilities are reaching a boiling point. When battle ultimately threatens both of the men in her life, she must make a choice: pursue the man who symbolizes her British past, or let herself love a man who promises an unknown future in the land she loves. But amid the casualties of war, will her declaration of love come too late?

For those who like historical fiction! I love reading about it, I'm just glad I didn't live in that time! I like my amenities too much! Yes, I'm a princess!

US only. Ends 5/19 at midnight. Winner can pick any ecopy of the books listed above. Winner will also get a $5 Amazon Gift Card.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Elemental Secrets (The Essential Elements Book 1) by Elle Middaugh

Elemental Secrets (The Essential Elements Book 1) by Elle Middaugh.
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult.
Publication: February 27th 2016 by Elle Middaugh.
Valerie Moore was a beautiful, headstrong girl with below-average social skills and above-average anxiety (including a flair for over-analyzing).

With her mother long deceased, and her father recently deployed, she ends up being sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But, being a Navy brat had made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly wasn’t her strongest suit. As if the life of a typical teen wasn’t hard enough.

But Valerie soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager. Not by a long shot.

SECRETS are revealed…

…About her family, about her newfound friends and relationships, and about her whole world… Things that have been kept from her for her entire life…

But the biggest secret of all is revealed when Valerie discovers that she has Elemental powers, and a chain of inexplicable and irrevocable events unleashes throughout the little town…

“Any other Elemental family members?”
I narrowed my eyes and took a deep breath. “No.”
Delaney’s gaze bored a hole into my head through my eyes. She didn’t believe me. Panic swelled in my veins. As my heart beat faster, my brain squeezed tighter. Would this pain never end?
“Other Elemental family members,” she demanded. “Now.”
I wracked my brain for a smooth lie that just wouldn’t come. It was too late for smoothness, but not for a lie. If I could just think of something.
My head lashed to the side as her hand stung my cheek. Agony erupted through my system and my stomach hurled once more. Frothy spit and stomach acid spewed from my mouth and dripped onto the pretty stone-tiled floor.
“Elemental family members,” Henri prodded softly.
I spit the nasty taste out of my mouth. “I don’t have any.”
Delaney pulled a handgun from the back pocket of her skinny jeans. She aimed it at my left shoulder, a few inches shy of my heart, and cocked an eyebrow. One last chance to change my tune before suffering a bullet.
I took a deep breath. My entire body was tingly with shock and disbelief. I’d never had a gun pointed at me in my life. It seemed surreal…
Until reality came screaming into focus with an earsplitting boom.
My eyes widened, and for a brief moment, time decelerated. The throbbing pain muted, because my heart was barely beating. The smoke hovered almost unwaveringly at the end of the barrel. The hole in my shoulder became a slow-motion kaleidoscope of vivid red.
She shot me… She actually shot me…
The world sped back into real time, and pain assaulted me like the wall of sound before an explosion. If I hadn’t been tied to that wooden post, I would have surely been knocked backward by the sheer volume of anguish.
I’d never before experienced pain so severe it was mentally disorienting. Now, in a desperate act of self-preservation, my mind was trying to leave my body. Blacking out seemed the only way to short-circuit the maddening shrieking of the pain receptors.
My vision was clouding with twinkling spots of dark colors, each dot stabbing my brain before winking out of existence and appearing somewhere else. The overwhelming smell of iron and gunpowder rode the air, heavy like a fog.
I somehow managed to choke down the gag that was seizing my throat. I somehow managed to remain conscious.
“Elemental family members,” Henri asked again, more sternly this time.
They would kill me if I didn’t talk. Delaney aimed the gun at my other shoulder. They would kill me slowly…

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
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1 Signed copy of Elemental Secrets
3x Kindle downloads of Elemental Secrets
- ends May 12th:

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Elle Middaugh is a newly published author, born in the sticks outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. After moving around the east coast a number of times, she now lives in her hometown with her husband and three children.

Reading has been a favorite past time since Elementary School and choose-your-own-adventure books. Writing has been her dream since Middle School when she first began penning her own material. Being published is the most awesome achievement in her writing career so far, but she hopes for more exciting landmarks and stepping stones in the future!

She’s a proud Navy wife; a frazzle-brained mother; a homebody who dislikes cleaning; a fan of tennis, and fitness in general; a lover of hot tea, mountain dew, and all things fiction; and she’s a bigger My Little Pony fan than her children.

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04 May 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Infinite Dolls by Emalynne Wilder

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Book Name by Emalynne Wilder.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Romance.
Publication: May 3rd 2016.
Born to be the best.

Head of his class.

No strings attached.

The third year of medical school is supposed to be the hardest, but Callum Trovatto has no idea what he’s about to face when Everly Anne Brighton stands between him and a passing grade, shaking up his world with her secrets, and digging into his dark past.


Trapped by her father’s rules.

Longing for freedom.

Expected to die before her twenty-first birthday at the hands of a rare medical condition, Everly Brighton begins to defy the carefully crafted routine her father enforces to keep her alive, despite the fact that it could kill her.

INFINITE DOLLS is an emotionally charged love story about finding faith, coping with loss and living in the preciousness of Now.

Reviewed by Kelly.

There are times when a book is more than a story of two people but a story about life and loss and deep love and just being! This is one of those. Ha, it’s also about the word “just” and how it’s used and how Callum Andrew didn’t like the word! He had too many bad moments associated with the loss of his mother to cancer to like the word. Once it was addressed, I couldn’t start noticing every just word in the book and its meaning. Now, I bet you won’t be able not to notice it for a while!!

“Just one bite of food. Just take one bit, Julep.”

“I was thirteen, and it was Christmas Eve….. They told me my mom just stopped breathing.”

But when Everly came into his life, he learned that it also has a good meaning. Here is a portion of a note left inside of the book Peter Pan that Everly left for Callum Andrew...

James Barrie’s words were bolded at the top. Just always be waiting for me. And underneath, she had written: Not every “just” leads to doom. What if the word “just” only loses all its goodness when you stop looking at it as such. Justice, fair, evenhanded, unbiased, good, moral. This is the Family of Just. But like any family that starts out wholesome, there is room for a shift. All it takes is one person to stop believing in the foundation. Then that family is only on the outskirts of what remains, until no one addresses it as a whole, just the broken bits that fell away. Just the crumbles of what was once so sturdy. Just. You can make anything whole again. Just. You just have to nurse it back to health.

The words in the book show meaning to life and love and happiness in the time we have in this world. The author weaves words about thoughts like a poem often more than just a story about a boy and a girl. A girl who will die sooner than later and a boy who is willing to love her anyway and will enjoy every moment he can with her. Me, I would be way too scared to know my heart would soon be broken and I would run away screaming. But the author shows me why my thoughts are illogical.

I wasn't talking about death. I'm talking about life. That's the damn problem. Everyone is so focused on losing some unforseen day in the future, they don't even cherish what they have right now. Well, right now, I'm in love with this girl. That's not denial. It's the absolute truth. Worry warts are in denial, believing every carefully-made choice won't end badly. Guess what Tot? We all die someday. So what if I get ten days or ten years with her? Are we all so concerned with quantity, we won't even consider some of the best moments of our lives are the shortest lived? I might end up spending more time in my life reminding patients to watch their cholesterol than I ever will spend tenderly with Everly Anne...But does that make her lesser? Are those moments not worth having?

The story is tender and while there is a fatal medical diagnosis, this story is about living with it and not what everyone is doing about it. You have to read her acknowledgments at the end. Where the story has ended, her thoughts keep you thinking and it so sweet.

I know it is only a piece of the story I have given you here it is really something you have to read for yourself. There were times I wasn’t sure how I felt about the book. Some moments I thought I didn’t like it at all. My emotions were all over the place. Then I would cry about some moment or spoken word here and there and of course you like it when you cry! I am only going to 4.5 because sometimes I was a little lost.

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Emalynne Wilder is the voice of the Broken-Hearted. The Forgotten. The Unheard. Painfully shy in person. Unapologetic on paper. She’s the girl listening to your dirt from the corner of the room as she plots how to turn tragedy into triumph.

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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Unspoken Words (The Unspoken Love Series, #1) by H.P. Davenport

Unspoken Words (The Unspoken Love Series, #1) by H.P. Davenport.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: May 2nd 2016 by H.P. Davenport.
Two lives…as close to perfect as they can be.

Camryn Townsend has everything she’s always dreamed of…an amazing family, supportive friends, and the perfect job. Everything a girl could want. Or is it? A trip back to her childhood home threatens to unravel her web of perfection.

Her problem…she’s in love with her best friend and she’s too scared to sacrifice their friendship for a love she’s always wanted.

Jamie Banks’ life is the epitome of perfection. His company is thriving, his band is on the cusp of stardom, and the girl he loves is returning home.

His problem…the girl he loves has been his best friend for as long as he can remember and he’s not sure he’s ready to sacrifice his best friend for a lover. Pursuing a relationship with the possibility of losing her has him second-guessing everything he knows.

Unspoken words are the only thing standing in their way.

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Paralegal by day, romance genius by night! When she's not tending to her furry children and her handsome husband, HP DAVENPORT is seamlessly carving beautiful stories from her mind in her comfy PJs in New Jersey.

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03 May 2016

Review Tour & Giveaway: Leave A Mark by Stephanie Fournet

Leave a Mark by Stephanie Fournet.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: April 28th 2016 by Blue Tulip Publishing.
Dyed, pierced, and covered in tattoos, Wren Blanchard is the exact opposite of everything Dr. Lee Hawthorne thought he wanted.

His residency is almost finished. With the perfect job, the beautiful house, and the polished girlfriend, he knows he should be happy, yet he isn't.

But once Wren lands in his ER with her sharp tongue and artist’s soul, she leaves a mark on him that just won’t fade.

Wren knows the good doctor is way out of her league. To people like him, she's a circus freak. Besides, she's not the type to get hung up on guys, especially ones with midnight blue eyes—ones who know all about antiques, crack bad jokes, and love Joss Whedon.

No. She doesn't need that.

After all, she has friends, a psychotic cat, and a promising career as one of the best tattoo artists in town. And it’s enough.

Really, it is.

Or it would be if Lee weren’t there every time she turned around.

One kiss seals their fate.

Their attraction is undeniable--but Wren’s past is full of ghosts. Is their bond strong enough for a solid future? Or will their new relationship crumble beneath the weight of all she carries?

Reviewed by Kelly

Bad boy and good girl are reversed in this story. The good doctor (AKA Lee Hawthorne) is in his last few weeks of residency at a charity hospital. Then he will be free to choose what he wants to do. He wants OB/GYN. His father wants him to be a heart surgeon. Lee also likes antiques, doing outdoor activities, kids. He wants to be home more than his dad. His loves with his heart on his sleeve and is extremely compassionate and perceptive.

So when Wren in the ER with an ovarian torsion, Lee is intrigued. He held her hand and really tried to understand and listen to her and he sees that she is strong. When she ends up on his OR table, he really sees all the tattoos covering her. Her last request before she goes under is to not ruin them. When Lee finds her outside after discharge without a ride, he does something he shouldn’t and offers her a ride. He is so tender and compassionate with her getting her into her place and he even feeds her crazy cat and empties the kitty litter. Really, I want one of him please!! From there they just keep bumping into each other and he finds himself falling for her.

Wren is a tattoo artist. Her hair is blue. She has a pierced eyebrow. Her mom, Laurie as Wren has always called her, was a drug addict. She died when Wren was little. Wren has an awful secret and she is very strong and independent. She likes the good Doctor but she feels like she doesn’t belong in his world and why would someone like him like someone like her.

What I really liked was how perceptive Lee was, how he talked to Wren and how compassionate and caring he was with her. As they got to know each other, they found that they liked a lot of the same things. Wren still didn’t think anything could come of them. She would go hot and cold. Lee knew when she started to withdraw and he would call her on it. He knew when to back off and when to forge on. That is everything a man should be!

I really wanted them to get together and be happy. But the secret Wren has keeps her from loving and living in the moment. But Lee doesn’t give up.

Lee even went in to get a tattoo just to get her phone number in the beginning. Wren’s tattoos all have significant meaning.

The ending of this book is seriously one of the best ever! That really tied the whole story together. I loved every minute of it. Well, I am a labor and delivery nurse and some things that were not correct happened in there but I will let it go and give it 5 stars.

So, if you like tattoos with stories, Doctors, overcoming horrible obstacles, best friends, puppies, kayaking, antiques, music, doing whatever it takes in a relationship and loving with all your heart than this might be for you!

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Stephanie Fournet, author of Fall Semester, Legacy, and Butterfly Ginger, lives in Lafayette, Louisiana—not far from the Saint Streets where her novels are set. She shares her home with her husband John and her daughter Hannah, their needy dogs Gladys and Mabel, and an immortal blue finch named Baby Blue. When she isn’t writing romance novels, she is usually helping students get into college or running. She loves hearing from fans, so look for her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and stephaniefournet.com.

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