09 December 2016

Tour & Giveaway: The Secret He Keeps by Julieann Dove

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The Secret He Keeps by Julieann Dove.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: December 8th 2016.
Dr. Rachel Miller has no recollection of what happened that night she climbed in the car with her husband and he drove recklessly into a tree. She has no clue as to why she survived and he didn’t. Nor does she understand why strangers are coming up to her on the street and telling her things she can’t recall about a life that seems so long ago. But Dane Stone knows.

Dane Stone is Rachel’s business partner...and her deceased husband’s best friend. He knows about the notes, the hotel receipt, and the reason she got in the car that night. It’s for her protection that he keeps the secret, but inside he’s dying to tell her.

Reviewed by Kelly.

By the time I read a new book that I get, I forget what the synopsis was. So, I just start reading. This story is about a girl, Rachel, who has lost her memory of the last year of her married life with her now deceased husband, Scott. At the beginning of the book almost a year has passed since he died in a car accident with Rachel in the car as well.

During this time after wards, Rachel is a hermit. She is depressed and doesn’t really leave her home. When she crosses path with an electrician fixing the power to her home, she thinks maybe she is ready to move on. She does get out more but decides she isn’t ready to date yet.

That’s when Dane her partner at her medical practice steps in. As he tries to get her to come back to work, she becomes nervous. She feels safe with him but also feels guilty because of her feelings for Dane feel like betrayal yet also safe.

Rachel starts learning bits and pieces of her last year of marriage and of the man Scott was becoming. She was trying to figure out what happened to him and why he was changing.

The mystery of Scott wasn’t fully resolved until the very end. Rachel had a hard time coming to terms with it because all she could remember were the good times with him. I liked that it was a mystery and where you had clues you aren’t 100% sure because the author would tell you something else to try to get you to be unsure yourself.

The point of view changes between, the electrician, Rachel and Dane. The book goes back and forth in time to give you the full picture by the end of the book. Sometimes, I found it hard to know whose POV’s I was reading and whether it was present or past since it wasn’t really separated in the chapter for me. It could have been due to the fact it was an arc?

The thing that bothered me the most was that it ended very abruptly. Ok, I just learned what happened and I am okay with it all- the end!! Nope, I don’t like that type of ending.

Overall, the story was cute, my husband has loss of memory from an accident and I could relate to that aspect very well.

Dane is a good man, even though there were some things I didn’t like that he did. I love holidays with family and this was during thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years and I love all the family drama and still everyone loves everyone. It was a little sad the history that Rachel has lived with all her life. I felt for her.

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Julieann Dove lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

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08 December 2016

Tour & Giveaway: Unforgiving by Alisic Adnan

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Alisic Adnan
Publication date: January 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

12 years after surviving horrific massacre, 15-year- old Meho commits ruthless murders and sets in motion the event which could change the world order.

The murders are followed by the trial of the century, where media vilifies Meho as a psychopath, mass murderer, and a monster — all under the influence of FBI, who are trying to conceal the identity of the victims and protect the National Security.

The only person who believes that Meho is innocent is his 10-year-old brother Bucky, who will turn heavens and earth to free Meho. After learning the truth, Bucky is devastated, but not all things are as they seem, and the truth will be revealed at the very end.

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Guest Post: Playlist for Unforgiving...

1. Please forgive me -- Bryan Adams
2. Everything I do, I do it for you -- Bryan Adams
3. Show me the meaning of being lonely -- Backstreet Boys
4. Lips of an angel -- Hinder
5. What goes around comes around -- Justin Timberlake
6. '03 Bonnie and Clyde -- JayZ featuring Beyonce
7. Quit playing games with my heart -- Backstreet Boy's


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Author Bio:

After witnessing terrible war atrocities, Adnan Alisić escaped from Bosnia and came to Phoenix, Arizona where he became a successful businessman. Entangled in a gambling addiction, he was forced to execute this sensational casino heist. He can be reached at Alisic.adnan6@gmail.com or www.AlisicAdnan.

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#PNR and #UF Giveaway Party

Welcome to the #PNR and #UF Giveaway Party!

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Rebel's Honor...

The table rocked as Lukan stood. Lynx’s crystal glass, balanced on the edge, tumbled to the floor. It shattered on the marble tiles, shooting shards across the room. Lynx looked up from her playing, first at the crowd at the door.

It included Axel.

A flush of scarlet swept across her skin. Her eyes dropped to her drum.

Humiliation burst through Lukan. He strode over and grabbed Lynx’s arm. “I think you’ve played enough tabor and flute. Let’s go.”

Lynx’s flute gave an abrupt whistle as her tune ended. A buzz rippled through the watchers. Her face hardened, and she folded her arms around her drum. “What? But . . . why?”

“Are you a prince or a low-born?” Thurban demanded in Lukan’s head. “Drag the Norin out of here. Make her obey.”

Fighting for control, Lukan bent down and hissed in her ear, “Don’t make me drag you out of here.”

Lynx blinked and then demanded, “Drag me out? Why? What have I done?”

Lukan glanced over at the crowd. Everyone’s eyes—including Axel’s—were on him, watching him being gainsaid by a woman.

Face like granite, Axel’s fists clenched and unclenched.

Lukan didn’t think his cousin would dare interfere, but he had to rescue this situation. And fast.

His voice rose an octave. “Because I told you to. Now, move.” He fully expected Lynx to obey.

Instead, her eyes turned icy, and rage mounted on her face. “No one other than my king can give me orders and expect me to obey.”

Her king? How dare she?

She stood and faced him, and he noticed for the first time that they were the same height.

Voice like a whip, Lukan shot back, “There is but one supreme ruler in this empire, and he is not the Norin king. It’s time you, and all your kind, learned some respect for the Chenayan throne. My throne.” He grabbed her arm and dragged her to the door.

Lynx dug her feet into the floor. Still, he pulled her along, making her heels screech across the marble tiles. In a blur of movement, Lynx lifted her drumstick and cracked him across the cheek.

Lukan froze. But it wasn’t just the sting of maple that enraged him.

Lynx had hit him. In public. With Axel watching.

This was worse than anything his father or Axel had ever done to him. The ultimate humiliation. And it was unforgivable.

Lukan tore the drumstick from her hand, snapped it in half across his knee, and flung the pieces onto the floor. While she gasped with shock, he lunged behind her and gripped her upper arms. “You’re coming with me. Now.”

She lashed her foot back, clearly intending to impale him with her heel. Her shoe snagged in the hem of her dress. While she wrestled with the fabric—and then with him—Lukan propelled her out the door, over to the ballroom, and out onto the veranda.

It was then he noticed her face. It was feral in its fury. Never before had he seen a woman so angry—or so seductive.

It rendered him speechless. He couldn’t fight the compulsion to kiss her.

She punched him on the chin, snapping his head back.

Dragon Web by Lia Davis...

Cayden watched a single tear roll down her cheek. She wasn’t lying. Her story explained why she’d suddenly disappeared. However, Nyna believed that Kara left town with a guy she met on the Internet. It was most likely a story her uncle had fed her. “You’ve been held captive for the last year and a half?”

Kara nodded and glanced up at him. “I need to tell Nyna her uncle is not the nice, caring man she believes him to be.”

“Yet you can’t just show up and blurt that out. Nyna was crushed when you left…were kidnapped.” He silently cursed himself for revealing Nyna’s feelings to Kara. Yet he couldn’t lie to her. Not that he made a habit of being dishonest with anyone. It wasn’t his nature. However, Kara stirred an attraction that no one except Nyna had sparked in both the man and the dragon. It both confused and intrigued him. Pushing off the wall, he moved to stand in front of her. “Stand up.”

She reluctantly did as he commanded. He lifted her chin and locked gazes with her. The green in her eyes darkened slightly. “What are your intentions with Nyna?”

“I love her. She’s the only family I have, and thoughts of her are what kept me strong and alive for the last year and a half. I’ll fight you for her.” Her green eyes shone with unshed tears. Wild fear mixed with determination rolled off her.

So will I. He entertained the idea that he could include Kara in the web. It was tricky, but it had been done. His magic was strong. He could build a big enough web to bind the three of them together. However, he had to be sure Kara’s intentions were true to her heart. His curse could only be broken if the love within the union was strong and pure. In other words, he couldn’t cast a love spell. No, the only spell he was allowed to cast over his chosen female, or females in this case, was the dragon’s web; the enchantment to start the bonding that could hopefully break his curse.


Trailer Reveal: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani.
Audience/Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi.
Publication: June 7th 2016 by SparkPress.
Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She's being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they're starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a "chosen one" with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it's too late for everyone.

Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor's degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.
In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun.

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Blitz & Giveaway: Discord (Echoes of Earth, #1) by Katy Haye

Discord (Echoes of Earth, #1) by Katy Haye.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult.
Publication: December 8th 2016 by Plumshine Books.
Beth forgot her past. What if there’s nothing to remember?

Seventeen-year-old Beth has brain damage. That’s why she lives in a hospital in the middle of the English countryside filled with therapeutic music and medical tests. Some days she feels well enough to go home, but other days – the days filled with shadows and ghosts, and a strong sense of déjà vu – she fears she’ll never get better.

Toby’s arrival signals a turning point. Beth faces her fears instead of hiding from them. But even with Toby’s help, is she strong enough to face a truth that is stranger than anything Beth could imagine?

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Katy Haye spends as much time as possible in either her own or someone else's imaginary worlds. She has a fearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.

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