Monday, June 18, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

Book Blurb:

Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

Publisher: TorTeen

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

A 2018 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION

Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A's and solid friends, he's only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

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Author's Dream Cast for Dive Smack

*Lucas Till for Theo Mackey - I feel like he has the perfect mix of athletic and kind.

*Dylan O'Brien for Chip Langford - I seriously can't picture another person more Chip-like.

*Zhenya Katava in this photo is how I picture Iris Fiorello.

*Mads Mikkelson is the actor I've always seen as Dr. Phil Maddox while I was writing.

*Finn Harris is my perfect Rocco Bennett.

*Daniel Sherman is my top pick Les Carter.

*Alan Arkin would be amazing as Theo's Grandfather, Bruce Mackey, ie: GP.

*I don't know who the girl is in the picture I kept for Amy Sloan. I just remember it was from a haircut link on Pinterest.

*James Brolin would be supremely perfect for Curtis Jacobs.

Author Bio:

Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs. Dive Smack, her debut novel, is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why. She is a first generation Greek-American and a member of International Thriller Writers. Dive Smack is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection.

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Escape Forbidden by Ruth Silver

Escape Forbidden
Ruth Silver
(Aberrant Prequel)
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Fight to stay alive.

The Gravelands are a dangerous place.

In a world of uncertainty, Cora Manning knows one thing without a doubt:getting into Genesis will offer her a brighter future.

When the intake coordinator agrees to let her in because of her genetic makeup, Cora discovers the promised city of utopia is nothing like she imagined.

The rebellion has begun.

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EXCERPT:

“Sit,” Noelle said and gestured toward the cot positioned on the floor.

Without much thought I wandered over and stretched out to lie down. Had it not been a trying day and with bombings outside, I’d have opted to go home or at the very least refused special treatment. That was what Noelle offered me, wasn’t it?

“You don’t have to stay here all night,” I said. It felt weird to be watched as I slept. “IfI need anything, I can let you know. Or I mean, whoever stays.” I didn’t want to assume she wouldn’t go home either. I shut my eyes and relaxed against the cot. It wasn’t the most comfortable bed I’d been in, but it beat the straw in the barn.

“Toby and I will alternate, unless your fever breaks. Then we’ll both go home and letyou sleep in peace.”

Hearing her words was enough to help me relax. “Okay,” I mumbled. If only I had the ability to control my own body temperature.

Noelle shut off the lights which helped ease the throbbing pulse behind my eyes. The distant wail of the siren ceased. Had it ended? Was everyone safe? I took momentary comfort in the quiet of Noelle’s office and allowed myself to fall asleep.

During the night, I heard the door whine and I attempted to roll over, only half cognizant of where I was. The cot groaned beneath me and I felt the warmth of metal against my cheek.

“Wake up, little girl,” an unfamiliar voice said, and I heard the distinctive click of the safety released from a gun.

My eyes flashed open, staring up at the intruder, the gun tight against my skin. How would I get out of this mess?

Author Bio:

Ruth Silver enjoys reading, traveling, writing, photography, boardgames, and playing with her dogs.

REFUGE FORBIDDEN (Aberrant Book 4) by Ruth Silver will be available June 29, 2018.

She also writes adult romance under the name Allison West.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Love Me, Love Me Not by S.M. Koz

Love Me, Love Me Not
S.M. Koz
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother.

When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.

As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.

Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Romance, Teen--

Hailey has had a hard life, bouncing around from her mother who doesn't want her to many foster homes that keep kicking her out from the things her boyfriend Chase makes her do. When she is given a last chance with a new family and a new high school for her senior year, she is terrified she will screw this up too. But it seems like the Campbell's are different from any family she has been around before, they really want her, and Hailey wants them. Not to mention her new "brother" Brad is just about perfect. But Hailey's past has a way of showing up at the worst of times, which may just ruin her future.

So far, 2018 has delivered some great, compelling YA contemporary books that I have been lucky enough to read, and Love Me, Love Me Not was right up there with my favorites. The cover first caught my eye because it is pretty and then I read the synopsis and knew I would need to read this. In case you don't know this about me, I do enjoy some inappropriate relationships in my romances and a foster sibling scandalous relationship was not one I had read yet but most certainly wanted to.

Oh my geez, the feels! This was an intense, emotional read that dealt with a lot of hard, mature issues such as abuse in all it's ugly forms, prostitution and pimps, manipulation, hurtful relationships, family dysfunction, control, and the danger of bad choices. I knew going into the book that this would be a more serious YA contemporary read, but I had no idea the emotional conflict I would experience right along with Hailey. Hailey walked a very fine line, waiting for her old life to ruin her new life, waiting for Brad and the Campbells to not want her, waiting for her life to go nowhere- the stress of it all was overwhelming! I was so caught up in her struggles and mindset, tension building between her and Brad as well as the fact I knew something terrible was coming, kept me on the edge of my seat, plotting every wrong thing that could happen. Hailey was such a sweet, kind person, so not made for the world she was born into where she was used and abused but felt like she deserved it. I could not put myself into her shoes per se because her personality was so different from me but I did like watching her learn to have confidence in her self and trust others.

I don't want to be too spoilery, but the ending was filled with such hope and happiness, a complete 180 from where the book started. I thought this was a standalone but based on things I was reading online (ah, the joys of the book community and gossip!) I guess there will be another book coming. I am a little stressed with how that book will play out because I want this to end happy (hey, Hailey needs a little HEA), but I will read whatever S.M. will come up with next and keep my fingers crossed for the best.

I received an early copy of this title to review.

Author Bio:

SM KOZ is a medical writer from North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and numerous pets. She has a BS in Biology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, photographing nature and her family, gardening, travelling, and attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to decorate birthday cakes. Love Me, Love Me Not is her first traditionally published novel.

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 11 till 17 June. See the tour schedule here.

Blessing of LunaBlessing of Luna (Wolf Gods #1)
By Blaise Ramsay
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: April 20, 2018

Blurb:
Damien Pierce wasn’t like normal people. Since he was young, he learned that hehad the uncanny ability to heal himself almost immediately. At fifteen he astounded the small town of Big Timber, Montana when an SUV hit him only to findhe survived the encounter without suffering any major injuries.

After moving away for ten years, losing his mother and slipping into a deep sense of depression, Damien’s father moves them back home in an attempt to give Damien a sense of normalcy.

Enter Jillian Styles, the immortal, beautiful lycan that has been looking for the soul of her long, lost lover who after many years of being reborn into new bodies, his soul simply vanishes into the tides of time. When Jill first sees Damien, she knows immediately he is the one she had been looking for.

When an old enemy begins re-igniting the flames of a centuries old war, Damien must come to grips with a cruel fact that he is not human while nurturing feelings for the beautiful woman who captured his affection.

Now Damien must delve deeper into the world of the supernatural with the help ofthe mysterious Alexander Kain and Jillian. He's about to learn, the secret sleeping within him is much more than he ever could have imagined.


You can find Blessing of Luna on Goodreads

You can buy Blessing of Luna here:
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Blessing of Luna is available to read with Kindle Unlimited. A portion of the proceeds of each book sold will go to a charity.

The first five chapters are available to read for free are on Wattpad.

About the Author:


FyreSyde Publishing owner and founder Blaise Ramsay worked over fifteen years inthe graphic design industry, with some experience in indie gaming. Recently she shifted her attention to the world of literature with her debut paranormal romance series, Wolf gods. The debut title, Blessing of Luna is set to release in 2018. She currently lives in North Texas with her two children, her husband and pets. A UTD graduate with a Bachelor's in History with an intention on teaching, Blaise decided that the world of teaching just wasn't for her. A stay at home mother of two, business owner and self-publisher, Blaise loves to meet new people and encourage others to follow their dreams through weekly posts to her Instagram, twitter, Facebook and blog.

You can find and contact Blaise Ramsay here:
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Review: Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

Book Blurb:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Hearts

Genre: Another-World, Heart, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

Aurora has no magic of her own, a secret that she and her mother the Queen have kept secret from everyone. But now, Aurora has no choice but to marry a prince from a powerful family to use his power to keep the kingdom safe from the volatile storms that attack. After meeting her betrothed Cassius, she has hope that her future may work out- that is until she over hears him discuss his betrayal of her and his quest for power. Desolate, and pretty much out of options, Aurora sneaks out of the palace to the rumored illegal magic markets where she learns that nothing she thought she knew is correct.

The cover is so gorgeous, and I am a cover snob, I would have purchased a copy regardless of knowing what the book was about but the plot is so magical and fantastical, and gawd the tension between Locke and Roar was so intense I was swept up in it. I don't know why I put off reading this for so long, but it now stole my love and it won't let go.

The story is narrated from 5 points of view: Aurora aka Roar, the sheltered magicless princess who knows nothing about her people or the storms but is willing to do whatever she can to better her people; Cassius the harsh and deadly prince with pockets overfilling with ulterior motives yet maybe not as bad as Roar thought; Novaya the servant girl that use to be Aurora's closest friend and has damning secrets of her own but is brutally loyal; (dreamy) Locke who is the fierce Storm Hunter that wants to save everyone; and the mysterious Storm Lord who's ultimate goal appears to be the destruction of everything. So, yes please to all of them and their delicious secrets, lies and manipulations! What a great character dynamic and I love all the voices (at times it felt like book had a similar feeling to the Throne of Glass first book, with the court intrigue, lies, a practically unknown magical world that is being kept secret ).

Love triangle alert folks! Why does Aurora need to pick one of the very attractive men in her life- yes, I know that I have been reading a LOT of reverse harem books recently, but I really really feel that she needs to keep all her men. I mean how can she pick one? I have no idea who I like best so how can she? We have one guy, her intended Cassius, who is an attractive barbaric charmer who Roar first was drawn to but then heard he was using her, flirting with her maid/friend and taking part in something shady. Cassius was not really given a chance I feel, and sure, he was lying, but the real question was to who (and pot/kettle issue here since Roar is a big fat liar)? Then we have option number 2- Locke, the unwilling knight in tarnished armor with a heart of gold under his grumpy very good looking exterior. He was the large, intimidating (attractive) teddy bear that opened Roar's eyes to possibilities and gave her hope for the first time in her life. (Am I wrong to hope that there might be another love interest in the future, a slightly evil, mysterious love connection??? I heart Locke hard, but it never hurts to give a girl options. Just saying.).

There were certainly some HOT encounters that reminded me that Cora's background is in romance, and woo was it steamy and intense. Yes this is a YA geared book, but the characters are 18+ and Roar was suppose to be married already- and I have read way more detailed sexual encounters in a certain other YA author's books who will not be named here but you all know who I mean. Anyway. Cora is great at building relationships and creating the tension that makes you pant and really want more (for the character, I swear!). This is the perfect fantasy transition for those who enjoy some romance in their books. I read a few reviews that said some of the book was too focused on romance, and for me, that is just not possible. I ate up the romance just as I did the amazing fantasy world and storm battle.

I am super unhappy to have to wait so long for the next book because I thought this was fantastic, but Cora's health is way more important than my lack of patience. I had the chance to meet Cora this year at Apollycon and she was fantastic, bursting with personality and making each and everyone of her fans feel important, I would read whatever she wants to write next. I really, really found this book to be fantastic- but the ending caused more questions than it answered! Relationships will most certainly be destroyed, truths will have to be revealed, and maybe the Storm Lord and Roar can meet (yes please!). To say the next book in the series is one of my most anticipated future reads is putting it mildly. Side note, any way you want to read this book is perfect- I own the ebook, audio and hardcover and kept switching the format depending on what I was doing and I was pleased as punch with the outcome.