28 May 2015

Book Review: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary.
Publication: May 26th 2015 by Harlequin Teen.
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


Reviewed by Kelly

And we have a Touchdown!! Score another great story by Katie McGarry!

This book went by way too fast! The characters were intriguing. The plot more than fantastic! There was an element of mystery and suspense that kept me more than just engaged, it kept me wanting to know more and more and not allowing me to stop for anything. (Sorry to my family!) I really had no idea what the secrets and the lies were about! I had some inkling but I didn’t see it coming until it was revealed and my heart was pumping hard in a “NO WAY!” fashion. I also liked the dual POV.

I was reluctant to read this book. I am not into MC books. But it was Katie McGarry here and so I read it! I am so glad I did. Because I judged and this book was like a slap to my face for judging others! And I needed Kleenex in the end because I was so wrapped up in all that was Emily and Oz and their MC family that I was happy for them and all that they went through to get to the end.

Anyway, Emily met her biological father a few years back. She was curious. But it was always awkward. She was happy with her mom and her adoptive father. But a message came that kind of said that Olivia had died. So, Emily’s mom decided to go to the wake. They all get separated and Emily is talking to her biological father, Eli, when Olivia (Emily’s biological grandmother) sits up in the coffin and scares Emily to screaming. Then after some major chaos, Emily is with Oz (a boy about her age and very attractive to Emily) and still scared but she has just enough spunk to both admire Oz and let him have it. And Oz is interested!

They’re probably wondering if I’m going to spaz any any second. So here’s the thing: they may not be wrong.

Oz is tasked to follow Emily and protect her from some kind of danger in the form of a rival MC that is illegitimate. While waiting outside their motel, Oz falls asleep. He wakes to noise seeing Emily outside getting a drink from the vending machine and someone else outside. He calls to alert Eli and grabs Emily and they are backed up in a spider web infested corner, waiting for danger to pass. Meanwhile, they both notice how close they are to each other and they both don’t seem to mind. The chemistry is palpable between them. Yet at the same time, Oz can’t wait for her to leave. Her family has been a sore spot for the Reign of Terror MC

Next thing you know, Emily is staying with her grandmother. Emily’s parents go home and let her spend time with Eli’s family. There we find out that there are secrets and lies. Because nothing adds up in Emily’s mind. Why would he be so interested in her if he gave his rights up? What is this picture about that Olivia gave her that has a baby picture of her in it? Oz is waiting to become a full fledged member for the Reign of Terror MC. It’s family. He is so sweet and kind to others and he screwed up his mission and he won’t do it again. He wants to be part of this world so badly. But his family wants more for him. He lived with Olivia for years before going back to live with his family.

I loved the witty banter between just about anyone in this book. But I loved this one between Oz and Emily...

"You almost kissed me and so now you're going to behave like an ass?" "I didn't hear you telling me to stop, and if your going to call me a name, get it right. I'm an asshole." I cross my arms over my chest. "My apologies. I forgot that you wanted me to own my opinions. You're right. You are an asshole."

Now Emily has a very limited time to figure out the lies and secrets that are about her. She is also growing very fond of her grandmother Olivia. Olivia is dying of cancer and wants Emily to figure the truth out and be happy. Emily wants the truth too. Everyone seems to know things and even Oz won’t tell her the secrets. But Oz doesn’t even know it all. Time is ticking and as Emily gets closer to answers, she only finds more questions and now she is in more danger. Or is it all a game as her adopted dad seems to think it is.

The only thing I didn’t like was their makeout scenes. I dunno but it was …. Weird?

One thing is for sure, you will have your own questions and you will demand nothing less than the truth as you read this and find yourself wanting Emily to figure it all out and find happiness with Oz.





Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.






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Release Week Blitz & Giveaway: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry



Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary.
Publication: May 26th 2015 by Harlequin Teen.
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


From Emily's Point of View. Set up: Emily is riding a motorcycle for the very first time and she's riding it with Oz.

THE MOTORCYCLE ACCELERATES AND THE FEW inches I had established between me and Oz: gone. My body slides forward, colliding into his, and we click together like two puzzle pieces. Heat rushes up my neck and onto my cheeks. My thighs are too close to his, too tight against his body and this is way more intimate than I have been before with a guy.
Even when the two of us kissed.
Oz veers left, away from Olivia’s, away from the main road, and the entire motorcycle pitches to the side. My heart thun­ders and my fingers clutch not only at Oz’s belt loop, but at the material of his jeans, and his hips.
Oz glances at me over his shoulder as the bike straightens out. “Lean with it, Emily.”
Right. Lean with Oz and the bike. Got it. The narrow road curves ahead and this time when Oz and the bike tilt, I move along with it. Oz releases one of the amazingly high handlebars and massages my knee before returning his hand to the grip. Whether in reassurance or to affirm I mastered the curve I don’t know, but either way, I sit higher.
The wind whips through my hair and onto my face and I shut my eyes for a brief second and pretend that I’m flying. There’s something energizing, something hypnotic, something inside me that begs to burst out of a cage in search of freedom.
The motorcycle kicks forward and our speed increases. Beams of sunlight filter through the towering trees and green foliage blurs together as we fly over the road. From head to toe, my body vibrates with the loud growling of the power­ful machine.
My knee still tingles from where Oz laid his fingers on me and I’ve never been more aware of my hands in my life. I should let go of Oz’s body, but I can’t. Belt loops weren’t enough and my fingers have somehow edged up and onto his sides. Oz is solid. Yes, definitely solid. Every inch of him that I touch is tight muscle.
Oz is a year older than me, but somehow he seems older, wiser and hotter than any other guy I’ve known. Just the way he rides his bike creates this overabundance of confidence.
Warm sensations I’ve never experienced before blossom through me. We enter another curve and I lean with him. I like how in sync I’ve become with Oz and the motorcycle. Like we’ve merged into one.
The purr of the engine deepens and Oz eases the bike to a stop. His feet hit the ground and he turns the machine off. It’s as if all sound in the world ceased, or maybe I’ve gone deaf because there’s no way anything can be this still or silent.
The wind picks up and the silence is frightened away with the roar of the trees bending. Both Oz and I shift with the flow of air and Oz doesn’t move the bike until the breeze gentles.
Oz kicks down the stand and the bike tilts, but not too much. He sets a hand over the fingers that I laced together across his stomach. Oh, hell, I’m plastic wrapped to him. I drop my head onto his shoulder and it places me closer, and closer is not what I need.
I go to unglue myself, but Oz squeezes my fingers, send­ing a jolt of electricity up my arms. “You okay?”
I have to clear my throat to speak and that just sucks. “Yes.”
Oz slides his fingers against mine and a fluttering occurs in my stomach. It’s a light fluttering. Ticklish even, and my survival instincts scream at me to get off this motorcycle.











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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.






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27 May 2015

Cover Reveal: Stairs to you by Christy Dilg

Stairs to you
by Christy Dilg.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: 2015.
Archer "Dare" Andrews has a love of two things, classic cars and his best friend, Atlanta.
He has always been on the sidelines of both until a beautiful blonde woman proposes an opportunity of a lifetime.
Atlanta Reed is living a musician lifestyle from playing on Music Row, to touring the country. This small town girl lives a big city life, except when she in her apartment listening to old records.
Tragedy strikes and lands Atlanta in a coma. With only a single flight of stairs between them. Will they find their way to each other?


I am standing on the dance floor next to a dozen screaming girls near the front of the stage. My best friend, Atlanta Lane Reed is singing her new single "Flying" while the entire room is chanting the lyrics, word for word along with her. We have been best friends since we were five years old and our parents enrolled us at the local daycare. I will never forget when she strolled into the playroom with her chestnut brown hair, sectioned in pigtails dangling in front of her, and the way her glassy blue eyes peaked up at me as I handed her my yellow transformer action figure. Here we are sixteen years later and she still has no indication that I am insanely in love with her and have been ever since she stole my juice box all those years ago at lunchtime. She was a bully, but for the most part, she always had my back unless there was something she wanted from me. What she didn't know was that I would have given her anything she desired if it was in my reach. I, Archer "Dare" Andrews, would give her everything even now.
Atlanta began singing on stage at the age of eight at our school talent show and her parents took notice, as well as the head of the chorus department. He immediately added her to part of the school choir and as a result, I joined the band so I could be near her. Drums were the only thing open that year, so I had no choice but to learn to play them if I wanted to be near her more. I followed through playing the drums until we graduated from high school, and no one ever knew how much I hated playing them. I spent my whole life doing something I loathed so I could be near her. I hoped that one day she would fall in love with me, or at least perceive me as more than her friend. All I needed was for her to look at me once without the friendship glasses on and fall head over heels for me. I have watched her go through boyfriend, after boyfriend and I even tried to find love somewhere else but no matter how hard I looked, it was her face that I saw when I closed my eyes at night.








Christy Dilg is a wife and a mother. She works full-time at the local hospital. Her favorite things to do are read, write, listen to music, and spend time with family and friends. When she was in her teens, she told her best friend that she wanted to be a writer. That was the first time she ever spoke the words aloud. Then at the age of 34, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and while battling the treatments she had time to stop and take a good look at her life and accomplishments. Something was missing. It was writing. Christy decided to not only live her life to the fullest, but also to embrace her love for storytelling. She self-published her first novel Sept. 10, 2013 and released a second novel almost a year later. She has interest in writing books from romance to biographies with the hopes of someday being traditionally published. She hopes that her writing inspires others to live their dreams regardless of the outcome. In December 2013, Christy was named to Amazon's Romance Editor's List of Fan Picks for Top Debut Author.






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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Such A Secret Place (Stolen Tears #1) by Cortney Pearson



Such A Secret Place (Stolen Tears #1)
by Cortney Pearson.
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult.
Publication: April 1st 2015.
Raids splatter across the news–Arcaian soldiers are stealing magic left and right, using it against the people they steal it from.

When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille’s brother gets taken in one of these raids, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.

Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her people’s magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.

All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day they’ll succeed at draining her people’s magic completely, and all hope will be gone—not only for her brother, but for her world.


Reviewed by Kelly


Have you ever seen the Star Wars Movie? You know how they have that little narrative first to explain what happened to their world so you kind of knew what was going on before the movie started? That’s what this book needed. I felt lost. And then, the swear words were made up words, which is okay but with all the different things going on, it had me more lost at first. I almost gave up.

As things went on, I got it and went on. There are still a few things I am lost with but I am glad I didn’t stop.
This is a world where there is no emotion. It was taken away. People are more zombie like. Their government steals the people’s magic which everyone has it and uses it against them to take away their emotion. Ambrey is the only one who doesn’t seem to have any magic. So she has emotion. She never got the magic like her other classmates did as children.

Talon, for example, came from a race that fights better. He was taken as a child before his training was complete and then was continued with his training by the government so he could teach their government his skills of fighting. Talon is after this vial of tears. Tears which no one has anymore because they haven’t much emotion. Tears that people can buy on the black market for some emotions. But the particular vial of tears that seems to call Ambrey is the same vial that Talon is looking for. The same vial that seems to call to Ambrey and won’t let her rest when they are suddenly taken from her, and demand she comes to get them back.

Talon realizes she knows where they are. Talon has left the government and the two now are outlaws searching in secret for the vial of tears. As they search, Talon teaches her how to fight and how to get her magic. When it comes to her, she is elated. On their quest however, Ambrey and Talon run into an old woman who changes everything for Ambry. Now Ambrey has more than one objective on her quest. And, Ambrey and Talon seem to be getting closer and closer to each other. Talon who never talks much is opening up to her.

Once she gets the tears back, everything changes again! No one can be trusted. And Ambrey doesn’t even think Talon really likes her anymore. She feels used.

If the author had given more information in the beginning, I would have given it five stars. I liked the idea of the book. I liked or hated the characters. I felt sorrow over some of the characters. I saw family and one family’s breakdown. There was magic and humor and sadness. There was action and adventure. There was romance. And there was a mild cliffhanger that demands my attention and desires and my impatience for the next book to come out now!! I hate waiting!



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Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. Cortney lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.






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Book Tour: Love Always, Damian (Love Always #2) by D. Nichole King



Love Always, Damian (Love Always #2)
by D. Nichole King.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance.
Publication: May 26th 2015 by Limitless Publishing.
They say time heals all wounds.

What a load of bull. It’s been four years, and Kate’s voice still echoes in my mind.

Every. Damn. Day.

I numb her memory when it taunts me. In college, I drown her out with booze and easy lays. I can’t do what she asked.

I can’t let her go.

Not even when Lia shows up, freaking ripping what’s left of me to shreds. Caring about someone isn’t worth the deadness that follows after they’re gone. I didn’t ask for this. Didn’t ask for her.

And I sure as hell didn’t plan to miss her when she walked out of my front door.

Now, if I want to keep her, I have to straighten myself out and earn her. I can’t screw this up.

Because if I do, I’ll lose more than just Lia.

I’ll lose my life.

**This book is New Adult and not recommended for those under 17 due to language and mature situations.





It takes me an hour to get to the cemetery. After Mom and Liam died, I never stepped foot here. Not until Kate convinced me to come. It had been one of her five wishes. One through three I’d done because she was with me. Because I loved her. I promised her number four, so I followed through. Number five, though?
Number five is impossible.
I come here often now—day, night, whenever I need to be close to her. Even in death, Kate draws me in. To this place where she’d only trodden once when she was alive.
I grab the three bouquets of flowers from the passenger seat and swing the door open. When Kate brought me here four years ago, I barely managed to get out of the car. Now it’s easy.
Too fucking easy.
I don’t even think about coming anymore. It’s automatic. Routine, like my nightly shots of whiskey.
It shouldn’t be like this. In three short years I lost the three people I loved most. Death sucks, and I’ve had my fill.
I slam the door closed and tread over the grass. The three identical stones jut up from the ground, and even when I’m here after dark, I don’t have a problem seeing them. They’re etched into my memory.
The idea to have Kate buried here beside my mother and brother was entirely mine and entirely selfish. The Browdys had asked me to help with her funeral arrangements, and other than the time of the graveside service, this had been my only request. This way she’d be close to me.
Shade from the elder tree casts a shadow over them. I stand inside its cover from the sun, facing the cold memorials. These pieces of granite have no real connection with the people they were.
Hell, they didn’t even pick them out. Didn’t see them, yet their names, dates of birth and death are etched into them as if they’d been owned by those they claim to represent.
Cemeteries—these stones—aren’t for the dead.
No, they’re for the living.
My gaze trails over the Celtic symbols engraved at the center of each one. Identical to the tattoos inked into my body. Faith. Brotherhood. Hope.
My eyes linger on Kate’s as they usually do, and the memory of when I’d given her the trinity heart necklace pours over me.
“It’s the Celtic symbol for hope. Now you’ll always know where to find it,” I’d told her.
Damn. I’d given it to her so she’d think of me whenever she needed me, but really, it was I who needed her.
I take a deep breath to hold myself together. I lost everything the day Kate died.
I rake a hand through my hair and shut my eyes. Out here, away from everyone, I don’t have to pretend that I have a fucking clue how to live without her.
Out here, it’s just me.
In front of Kate’s gravestone, I lower myself to the ground, dropping the flowers at my side. My chest is empty, yet somehow, it hurts. It’s the same damn thing year after year—aching to see her smile at me just one more time. One more and I’d be satisfied, I tell myself.
I know it’s a lie because one more smile from her would never be enough. I need to touch her, run my fingers over her warm skin and protect the hell out of her.
But I’m a failure. I had the power within me, in my blood, to save her, and I failed.
I can barely see the inches in front of me as I break down. Four years ago, my father sat here with me and told me the pain would never go away, but it would lessen over time.
What a load of bullshit; the pain has only grown.
“I miss you so damn much, Katie,” I say even though she can’t hear me. And that thought kicks me in the gut as much as anything. No matter what I say to her now, she’ll never know any of it.
I slide my fingertips over her name: Kathryn “Katie” Browdy. Seventeen short years on this earth and I only had her last months. They were the best months of my life.
I sit with her until the sun begins to send streaks of gold over the horizon. Even though Kate would be disappointed, I need to pick up more liquor before I head home. I have to have something to get me through this pain.
A gust of wind rustles the dead flowers I left on their graves last week. I scoop them up and replace them with the fresh ones I brought. Daisies for my mother, some generic flowers he wouldn’t give a shit about for Liam, and red roses for Kate.
Always red roses for my Katie.
“Love you, Mom,” I murmur, fanning out the daisies in the vase beside her headstone.
Then I move onto Liam’s. “Take care of my girl, man,” I tell him, then I remember how I’d taken care of his. “But if you touch her, I’ll fucking kill you.”
I squat down and lay Kate’s roses at the base of her stone. There’s nothing I could say to her that I haven’t already said a million times. So I settle for the words I couldn’t say until just before she died. “I love you, baby. I’ll always love you.”





Born and raised in Iowa, d. Nichole King writes her stories close to home. There's nothing like small-town Midwest scenery to create the perfect backdrop for an amazing tale.

She wrote her first book in junior high and loved every second of it. However, she couldn't bring herself to share her passion with anyone. She packed it away until one day, with the encouragement of her husband, she sat down at the computer and began to type. Now, she can't stop.

When not writing, d. is usually curled up with a book, scrapbooking, or doing yet another load of laundry.

Along with her incredible husband, she lives in small-town Iowa with her four adorable children and their dog, Peaches.

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. A man who never reads lives only one." --George R. R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons






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