Sunday, February 26, 2017

Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Don’t Speak by Katy Regnery

Don’t Speak
Katy Regnery
(A Modern Fairytale)
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, New Adult,Romance

From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

A fisherman’s daughter.

The governor’s son.

Two very different worlds.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from anOuter Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of North Carolina’s governor at a fancy party where she’s working.

Laire, who wants so much more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate leads them back to one another, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers.10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated to P.E.O. International, a non-profit organization that celebrates the advancement of women, awards scholarships and grants, and provides motivation for women to make their dreams come true.

**Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity, adult themes and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

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Don’t Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available soon
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available late-2017

Love my fairytales? I’m always open to suggestions! E-mail me your favorite and maybe I’ll reimagine it for you!

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EXCERPT:

“Hey!”

She heard his voice before she saw him.

Had she known the ultimate cost of that simple glance heavenward, maybe she wouldn’t have stopped. Maybe she would have just kept on walking with her head down.But fate held no warnings for Laire Maiden Cornish.

Shielding her eyes, she looked up at a deck wrapped around the second floor of themansion, waiting a moment for her eyes to adjust as he came into view.

There, in the glittering sunlight . . . a boy.

No, a man.

A young man, a little older than she, tall and muscular, with jet-black hair and a square jaw, dark brown eyes, and a deep tan. He wore a robin’s-egg blue bathing suit with Kelly green palm fronds in a small repeat and a pair of sunglasses buried in his thick hair. In one hand, he held a phone up to his ear, and in the other, he slowly swirleda glass filled with ice and clear liquid. He stared out at the sound, concentrating on his call.

“Hey!” he yelled. “Can you hear me now?” He huffed with annoyance, pulling the phone away from his ear and squinting at it before trying again. “Pete? It’s Erik. Can youhear me?” He set the glass down on the balcony’s wooden railing and gave his phone his full attention. Staring down at it, he muttered, “Shit. No reception.”

It’s Erik.

Erik.

His name is Erik.

Feeling a sharp burn in her lungs, Laire realized she’d been holding her breath and sucked in a huge gulp of air as she stared up at him, frozen in the moment, utterly mesmerized.

She had never seen a more perfect, more handsome person in her entire life.

The sun glinted off his dark hair and wrapped his body in gold, making him appear godlike so very far above her. Were she the type to swoon, Laire imagined she would have been a puddle of goopy longing on the ground below him, content to sacrifice her pride for a glimpse at his beauty.


Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Review: Undead Love by Lee Sutherland

Book Blurb:

Undead Love finds itself in the sweet spot where The Walking Dead meets the Romance Genre. Gritty, dark, and sexy, it hits the adrenal gland for all the right reasons!

The virus came quickly, civilization collapsed, and in a few short months, humanity was no longer at the top of the food chain.

For the past year, Rus has had no desire to connect with the outside world, preferring that the only company he keeps be the memories of his former life. That is until he meets Polly, the young, spirited, fearless wild-card who has joined forces with a family living on a secluded farm.

Polly doesn't know what to make of this rogue man who has no regards for the rules of her clan. All she knows is that in a world crawling with death, there is something about him that makes her feel alive.

Rus and Polly are caught in a whirlpool of passion and danger as they explore the countryside, searching for supplies. When they find themselves trapped in a cabin, waiting out a violent thunderstorm, the zombies lurking outside aren't the only thing that threatens to tear them apart.

My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Survival, Zombies--

When a virus outbreak evolved into raising the dead into the undead, the entire world crumbles. Rus has been alone for the last two years, having lost his wife to cancer right when the outbreak started. Polly was weathering the outbreak with her Father, until he sacrificed himself for her to have a chance to live. A chance encounter between the two of them during supply runs causes a connection that they do not want to fight. Can love survive the end of the world as we know it.

I went into this book expecting a dystopian zombie book with a hint of love, but in reality I ended up reading a romance that had just a smidge of zombies thrown in for flavor. I think I would have liked this story more if I was wanting a romance book to read, but I was actually looking for an action packed zombie fest, which this was not. The book was not bad in any way, it was just not for me at this exact time. It was a really fast read and I blew through it in one sitting because the characters were engaging and I liked the sneak peaks of zombie violence shown. And yes, I love the cover, totally swayed me to read the book (minus the man bun, but nobody is perfect).

The book itself takes place over one week, but flashbacks were used to give back story for both characters as well as a general overview of the world. The outbreak concept is very similar to the Walking Dead, where a bite from the infected turn you, but also when you die you automatically turn since everyone ends up being infected. I liked both character's independently, but I felt like the romance was a little forced since time was so short and they barely knew each other, but I guess when the world ends and people are almost all dead, you gotta love the one you are with.

Overall it was an interesting romance story, the first it seems in a series of standalone romances set in the same world. This was the first book I was read by this author and he writes romance and passion well, as well as realistically flawed characters.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing

Book Blurb:

Step 1: Transfer High Schools.

Step 2: Hide your Tourette’s.

Step 3: Find your fifteen seconds of normal.

Kaeya Garay has a plan. And it seems to be working.But when a curious interruption named Thatcher Kelly stumbles upon her “safe” place in the school’s abandoned art gallery, her grand plans for normalcy are suddenly derailed.

Set over the course of three weeks, Fifteen Seconds of Normal is the quirky saga of a literature obsessed teen on the edge of a meltdown and the hope driven heroine who begins to pull him back. Fans of Eleanor and Park be warned. You won’t be able to put this one down.

A “Breakfast Club” for a new generation from EPIC Award finalist Alex Marestaing, author of I’m Nobody: The Lost Pages

My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Teen--

Kaeya changed high schools so she can hide her Tourette's, not wanting to be being know as "that girl", and have a chance to be treated just like anyone else. Thatcher is having most likely the worst day of his life, made public by some kids at school. The two of them are forced together by events out of their control, and given an assignment to achieve their 15 seconds of fame. How they choose to do that is up to them.

Sorry if this review is all over the place, and maybe I should not have written this right after finishing the book since my emotions are so close to the surface, but I needed to share my love for this book as soon as I could (in the spirit of the story).

I had no real idea what I was getting into when I started this book, expecting some cute teen story. But that is not at all what I got, in the best way possible. This was an emotional, tear filled (for the characters and me), ride to finding out what love really means. This is probably the best book that I have read this year, and I never even saw it coming. There were sad tears shed for this book, but now that I have experienced the ending, there are happy tears. Gah, I want to own a physical copy of this book so I can randomly hug it and then force/loan it out to all my friends (and even some acquaintances) so they can experience it to.

I know this book is suppose to be about Kaeya and how hard it is with her TS, but can I just say how much I love Thatcher and how he was the best part of the story? He seriously filled my heart with tenderness with his actions towards his sister, his poet's soul, helping his crush when she was ripping out his heart, his desire to be kind regardless of others... I have compiled a large list of what I love about him, too many to name here, but the take home message is that I love him and wanted to squeeze him. Oh and the part about the burning lantern was the absolute best part of the book, a moment of hilarity in the face of heartache.

Yes, Kaeya struggles with her condition and life is hard for her, the author did a good job bringing about her struggles and how hard she battled to attempt to be "normal", the fear of how others would see her, how she uses humor to help in every situation. I think the biggest difference between the two is how Thatcher did not really care about fitting in or being accepted, where as Kaeya dreamed of fitting in and being normal, which she has never had before. She finally realized what love meant at the end, but I wanted her to see so much sooner.

I never saw the impact of this story coming, which probably made it even more so. This was such a well written emotional book and I am so glad I got to experience it. Maybe have some tissues nearby though.

I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey

The Broken One
Christine H. Bailey
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

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My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Teen-

Farris and her best friend Kelsey were inseparable, but when Farris goes to visit her friend and instead finds her broken body instead, she can't cope. Now, a year later, she still is not over the tragedy of her friend's murder. Can she learn to let go and live again before she drives everyone away? I went into this story with a completely open mind, not sure what I was going to read. I guess I would classify this as a teen growing up story, dealing with topics like loss, grief, forgiveness and how to keep going after experiencing such things. To be be completely upfront, this was a pretty depressing story. As the book progressed, it did become much lighter, reflecting the healing that the main character experiences.
I rooted for Farris and wanted to encourage her to just try, because it was so hard to watch her push everyone away and close off any human emotion. She felt like she could not keep anyone, so she refused to even try. She had such a hard shell and refused to interact in a positive manner with anyone. Can I just say her "Nanny" was such a good person, and I felt that Farris's father was kind of an unfeeling tool for the most part. No wonder Farris was emotionally closed off, she learned it from her one remaining family member. I am not a huge fan of religion in books, but I guess it played a role in helping Farris heal and it was not so in your face, so it is acceptable in this book. There was also a sweet love story interwoven throughout the plot. The book ended on a very high note of hope and love for Farris, which was really nice after the rough depressing start. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a emotional growing up story.
I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at www.cibailey.com.

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