22 July 2016

Review Tour & Giveaway: The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: Mature Young Adult, Romance, Sports.
Publication: July 15th 2016.
**A new stand-alone mature YA football romance from Ginger Scott releases July 15, 2016**

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

Review by Kelly 

I love Ginger Scott’s books. I will read it just because she wrote it! And now that I’ve told you that, I have to confess I don’t know football well. But I still wanted to read it. I didn’t get what was happening sometimes but the emotion was well written that it didn’t matter. Her stories always make you think and feel. I cried while reading it. But, I did find out what a hard count was! Yeah, I didn’t know what it was!

I always want the underdog to win, ALWAYS! And this one had more than one in it! At the acknowledgments, she writes that this book is a little more personal to her. There is always some injustice going on somewhere and I want someone who deserves it to come out on top. There is a hard road here and not everyone comes out on top but they end up better off by being who they are. I love that about her books. I learn something every time I read a book of Ginger Scott’s! Ok, I will stop my girl fanning now.

When your dad is the coach of the football team in a private school, you can’t get away with much. Twins, Noah and Reagan, know that. Noah is the quarterback and has been slacking. Reagan is the smart one working on a film of her family and the backside of what it’s like to have her coach as a dad and what his job does to a family for her entrance into the Art College she wants to get into. Their mom is a socialite but is struggling since they lost the season last year. The committees are hitting their family hard to put someone else in place of them. Their mom takes pills and drinks wine. Their dad puts in way too much overtime. Noah then breaks his leg effectively making it impossible to have scouts look at him for big colleges.

So when Reagan sees Nico Medina play football through her camera lens one day, she shows it to her dad. He’s really good and she wants her dad to give him a shot. The problem – he’s from the wrong side of town, a “scholarship” kid. People can be prejudice and the committee wants an alumni kid in the spot.

Then the next thing you know, people are making mean statements, some people learn, some don’t, some are humbled, and some don’t take changes well. Then the clock ticks for scouts, for Noah, for Reagan’s father the “coach”, and for Nico to show he can make a difference. What I really enjoyed was not only did he make a difference for the team playing football but he made an impact on doing what’s right and people will look up to that if you can be a leader and be fair. But this book is a sitting on the edge read to find out how it all will play out and who will end up friends or enemies and how will you come out in the end. I found myself biting my nails like Reagan did on the edge of my seat.
The romance is slow to simmer, which is great in this story I liked watching Nico and Reagan become a couple. It wasn’t easy. I liked Reagan’s boldness too.

If you like football, high school, high school football coach families, stories of prejudice, stories of overcoming your pride, doing what’s right, gangs, military, parents involved in school activities, and falling in love than this is it! I will be reading this again and again!

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of nine young and new adult
romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How
We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild
Reckless, The Girl I Was Before, and Wicked Restless.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work,
visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Breathe Again by Sydney Logan

Breathe Again by Sydney Logan.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: July 22nd 2016 by Enchanted Publications.
Carrie Malone has seen enough heartbreak to last a lifetime.

Her family’s demons gave Carrie the courage to move away from home and leave her past behind. Now a college senior, she stays busy with her classes and her job at the diner. It may sound boring to some, but to Carrie, the very best thing about her new life is that every day is calm and blissfully uneventful.

That all changes the night Josh Bennett walks into her diner.

With his dirty designer suit and mud-caked shoes, Carrie’s not sure what to think about the broken man sitting at her counter. She’s even more confused when he doesn’t touch his coffee . . . and leaves his Rolex watch as a tip.

Josh Bennett has nothing to live for.

Starved for affection and deep in despair, he’s looking for a tender touch. A kind word. A giving heart.

A shattered and broken Josh finds himself standing on a city bridge, looking down into the freezing river that will undoubtedly bring an end to his pain.

He’s prepared to jump.

He’s prepared to die.

He’s not prepared for the pretty waitress who finds him there by the water’s edge.

When two lost souls find each other in the dark of the night, can they give each other a reason to breathe again?

Cold November air nips at my bare fingers, and I mutter a curse. Leaving my gloves at home isn’t the dumbest thing I’ve done lately, but it’s close.
You should’ve let Tony drive you home.
Pulling my jacket tighter around me, I quicken my pace. It’s just a few blocks between the diner and my apartment, but the cold air makes it feel like miles.
Flurries start to swirl, prompting me to walk a little faster. I’m just making my way across the Hart Street Bridge when something catches my eye.
A man’s standing next to the concrete barrier, looking down into the frigid water below.
I stop.
Without a backwards glance, he places one leg over the edge.
My heart pounds in my chest. “No!”
His head jerks up, and there, under the lights of the city, my eyes lock with the man who left his watch on my counter.
I’m paralyzed.
So is he.
Thank God.
People keep walking. Cars keep moving. But my eyes remain fixed on the man straddling the concrete barrier—the only thing that’s keeping him from plunging into the icy river below us. I don’t know his name. I don’t know why he’s dressed like a beggar, and I certainly don’t know why he left his Rolex on my counter.
But in this moment, none of that matters.
I make sure the street is clear before walking across, keeping my movements slow as I approach him. The last thing I want to do is freak him out. For now, one leg is still on this side of the barrier, giving me hope that maybe he doesn’t really want to die tonight. Needing the support it provides, I hold onto the cold concrete and pray I say the right thing.
“What are you—”
“Leave me alone, Carrie.”
The fact that he’s coherent enough to remember my name gives me even more hope. But his voice . . . it’s raw and tinged with so much sadness that it nearly breaks my heart.
“What are you doing?”
“It’s none of your business. Go away.”
His eyes flash with anger.
“Screw you.”
“Don’t jump and maybe I’ll let you.”
It’s a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m desperate. He’d never survive the fall, and I already have enough guilt in my heart to last a lifetime. I don’t need this on my conscience, too.
The man blinks rapidly, as if he’s trying to comprehend what I said.
“Tempting, but trust me. I’m not worth saving.”
“I don’t believe that.”
“Believe it,” he whispers. “Please, Carrie. Just . . . go.”
I shake my head and take a step closer.
Keep him talking.
“I don’t even know your name. You know mine. That’s not fair.”
He looks surprised. “You don’t recognize me?”
“Should I?”
“Wow. That’s . . . refreshing, actually.”
I glance around. Surely someone has noticed us and called the cops by now. But I don’t hear sirens, so I keep talking, hoping the man will come to his senses.
I offer him my hand. “My name is Carrie Malone. What’s yours?”
“Josh Bennett.”
The name sounds vaguely familiar.
“Nice to meet you, Josh. Now, would you please place both legs on this side of the barrier before I have a heart attack?”
Josh looks down into the river.
“Please? Let me call your family.”
It’s the wrong thing to say.
“My family’s dead, which is exactly what I should be. What I want to be.”

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a really quick read. The story is filled with grief. Losing a child is something no one should have to witness. Josh has lost his little girl. He feels like he has nothing left to live for. When he goes into a diner, Carrie is there with only coffee and some kindness. When Carrie walks home she sees he is going to jump off the bridge. She talks him down and takes him home with her. She watches him cry and eat and she knows some about grief. She lost her father. They connect and they share a moment of passion.

As they get to know each other, there are ups and downs as they try to make the relationship go a little slower since they jumped the start gate the first time they meet. It is sweet and tender. It also doesn’t hurt that he is very rich! This is their very sweet story. Watch the trailer below. I love it!!!

My only complaint is that everyone grieves differently. My brother lost his son at a very young age and my stepfather lost my stepbrother also as a teenager. They were almost incapacitated for a while. So, I had a hard time seeing Josh want to be there for Carrie when she needed him (as sometimes she still had trouble with his passing a little time ago), as many days my brother simply couldn’t get out of bed or off the couch. I know I was with him for several weeks afterwards. So, I had a hard time with the story. Yes, she is grieving but his is still too fresh.

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Sydney Logan is the bestselling author of seven novels. She has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. A lover of music, she fills her playlist with everyone from Johnny Cash to Eminem.

Sydney holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and spends her days surrounded by kids and books. A native of East Tennessee, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

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21 July 2016

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Dreamer (Dreamland #1) by E.J. Mellow

The Dreamer (The Dreamland Series, #1)
by E.J. Mellow.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Fantasy/Sci-fi.
Publication: June 2016 by Four Eyed Owl.
THE DREAMER has been awarded a Silver for Best Fantasy/Science Fiction from the eLit Book Awards & a Finalist medal for Best Cover Design from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There, she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

Reaching out, I coax him to hand over whatever he’s concealing. He wears a playful smile that slips away when he sees my arm. Noticing that I’ve extended my bandaged wrist, I move it away, but Dev gingerly grabs my hand and brings it closer.
“No! I don’t think you should do that,” I say as he begins to unwrap the bandage, remembering what the doctor told me about exposing the burn too much. He holds me steady.
“Do you want this to heal?”
“It’s a simple question. Do you want this to heal?” He nods to my bandage.
“Of course I do.” I frown. “I want nothing more than for it to heal so I don’t have to wear this stupid thing.”
As soon as I finish speaking, the coolness of his hands seep through the bandage and reaches my skin. The sensation startles me, and I try tugging my arm back, but Dev laces his long fingers with mine, holding me in place. After a beat he continues to unwrap the dressing, my newly exposed skin feeling sensitive in the fresh air.
My breath catches at what I’m pretty sure shouldn’t be there. The puffy, raw skin I was used to seeing circle my wrist is now nothing more than an ugly scab. How did it heal so fast? I slowly turn my hand over, lightly touching it to make sure it’s real.
“The mind is a powerful thing, Molly. Always remember that.”
He looks so much older in this moment…his eyes seem to hold centuries of secrets. I wonder what his age actually is. I thought he was just a few years older than myself, but now that I see his face smoothly lit by the night sky, empty of anything but a gentle expression, he possesses something ancient.
“What type of jewelry were you wearing?” He brings me back to the present by lightly stroking the sensitive part of my wrist.
I hold in a shiver. “Um, a charm bracelet. It was a gift for my birthday.”
He removes his hand. “Who gave it to you?”
I hesitate. Jared obviously gave it to me, but do I just say that? Then Dev will ask who Jared is, and for some reason I’m reluctant to admit what he might be to me.
I tuck my hair behind my ear. “A guy.”
Dev searches my eyes as I try to read how my answer might have affected him—deep down, I know I desperately want it to.
Dear Lord! What is wrong with me? This guy isn’t even real! And isn’t this the same man who made me furious earlier tonight?
“What do you do when you’re awake?”
“What do you do when you’re not here? Do you have a job?”
“Uh, yes I have a job…” I hesitate, confused by the change of subject. “It’s all very boring though.”
He pushes me to explain, asking question after question about my mundane existence.
Slowly, his voice begins to fade and sound distant. I dig my fingers into the grass in an attempt to hold myself here, and Dev flashes me a sad smile.
“I’m waking up, aren’t I?”
“But I wanted to ask you questions now.”
He reaches out, grazing my cheek with his hand. The sensation of his touch is barely there as my body has begun to recognize another surrounding. “There will be plenty of time for that.” His voice is buried under layers, and my heart trembles that there might not be. Will I dream of this again?
With that last thought, light fills my vision, and my eyes flutter open to early morning rays stretching into my window, laying their gentle warmth on my skin like a touch I long to remember.

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E.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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20 July 2016

Book Blitz & Giveaway: City of Legends (City of Legends Series #1) by Cheyanne Young

City of Legends (City of Legends Series #1)
by Cheyanne Young.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Superheroes, Fantasy.
Publication: February 2nd 2016 by Alloy Entertainment.
Maci Knight has grown up in the shadow of legends. Her father and her brother, Max, are Heroes, worshipped by humans and Supers alike for their strength and valor. All she’s ever wanted is to follow in their footsteps, to fight villains and protect humankind. But Maci has a secret—one that could change everything.

Maci had a twin sister who died the same day they were born. In their world, one twin is always good, while the other always eventually turns evil. There’s no way to tell which twin will go rogue . . . which means no one knows if Maci will suddenly become a villain.

The closer she gets to her eighteenth birthday, the more she has feelings she can’t control: Violence. Rage. Revenge. Maci wants to be a Hero. But she may not have a choice . . .

The first in a trilogy, City of Legends introduces a new superhero mythology and an unstoppable heroine.

This is a new edition of the previously self-published novel Powered.

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Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Series with Alloy Entertainment and the forthcoming Breakup Support Group with Swoon Romance. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.

Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.

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I Am Delilah by Josi S. Kilpack

I Am Delilah by Josi S. Kilpack.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary, Clean Read.
Publication: June 1st 2016 by Mirror Press.
Although Delilah works in New York, she’s a small-town girl and eager to finish her job as a nanny and return to Big Fork Montana where she’ll marry her high-school sweetheart. When she ends up the focus of a Hollywood stunt centered around her being the Oscar date of Hollywood heartthrob Sam Hendricks, life as she knows it becomes a thing of the past. Delilah promptly refuses him, only to find that it isn’t so easy to step out of the limelight once you’ve ended up in the middle of the public eye.

Sam Hendricks is not used to taking no for an answer, and when his rejection become a leading story, he determines to do whatever it takes to turn the tide of public opinion back in his favor. Again and again Delilah refuses him until she proposes an offer—if he’ll spend two weeks on her family’s dairy farm, she’ll be his date to the Oscars. In no way is this a fair trade, but Sam feels he has no choice and therefore agrees to her proposal—they both agree no one will ever know.

Unfortunately for them both, there are plans other than their own at play, and when everything goes wrong they are faced with another fallout, bigger than the first.

(I AM DELILAH was originally published as STAR STRUCK in 2004).

Reviewed by Kelly.

I did not like Sam at first! But he changed over time, so he was redeemable. Sam’s assistant was also not likable but I guess we weren’t really supposed to like him. Serves Sam right picking him as his assistant in his nonredeemable phase.

I liked Delilah. She lost her job as a nanny because of Sam. He made her look scandalous asking her to be his date to the Oscars. Now she will have to go home. She was working in New York to earn money before she was to be married to her fiancĂ©. Sam, being the famous actor with money, doesn’t take the “NO” Delilah gives him. So after being harassed enough, Delilah says she’ll go with him if he spends 2 weeks on her family’s ranch for 2 weeks with no one knowing where he will be. She doesn’t think he will go for it. But Sam doesn’t back down from a challenge and they go to her family’s ranch. Delilah knows he won’t last long as he has never had to do anything by himself.

Sam is absolutely ridiculous at the ranch and Delilah doesn’t have any compassion for him. She is a little mean to him at first. She doesn’t have time for someone who can’t handle her world. Eventually, someone calls her on it.

Then just when she starts to have some compassion for him, the paparazzi find them. Now, everything is upside down.

I also love their names from the Bible and the story touches a little on the biblical story and it is hilarious. Sorry, it just is!

So, if you like stories of celebrities, people changing for the better, horses, hard work, milking cows, biblical story retellings, and the Oscars, then this is for you!

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a two-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.

For more information about Josi or her books, please visit her blog, What is a Sundial In the Shade?

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