Thursday, April 8, 2021

Blog Tour: Havoc (Haven #2) by Mary Lindsey

Book Blurb:

Havoc (Haven #2) by Mary Lindsey

Publication Date: April 5, 2021

Publisher: Entangled Teen

For the first time in his life, Rain Ryland belongs. He’s found a home with the wolf shifters of New Wurzburg and is no-holds-barred in love with Friederike Burkhart, their soon-to-be alpha. But the ascension to power is never easy for a new alpha, and challengers will come from an unlikely source—and bring into jeopardy not just Freddie’s position as alpha but her blooming relationship with Rain. Rain has never shied away from a challenge—or a fight. And he’s ready to fight like hell for the woman he loves. But then a vision shows him that the biggest challenge of all to Freddie isn’t to her alpha status but against her life...and he’s the one who delivers the killing blow.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen, Werewolves, Witches, Zombies--

Moral of the story is that Rain seriously can not catch a break! This boy keeps finding himself in terrible situations, and only his own street smarts, level head and sheer determination are the tools needed to save the day. This sequel took the happy ending of Haven and ripped it apart, leaving a devastated Rain only a week to pick up the pieces of his life as well as solve a dangerous and deadly mystery and get the girl he loves before the Alpha cerimony.

The plot was fast paced and engaging, the mystery was twisty, and the action was fabulous, but my favorite part of this story was the characters. I just adore Rain, I would not change a thing about him and I like the spin on this series that he is the narrator and perfectly open about his feelings and past with the reader. Another twist I enjoy about this series is that Freddie is the alpha all powerful wolf as a teenage girl and for the most part, most people accept it as fact. But we also have some other great side characters like Grant with his unknown motivations and the wereolf pack/ cousins to help balance out the dynamic. Can we just spend a minute talking about how badass Petra was? She singlehandedly was fighting off all the zombies on her own, totally handaling it like it was just another day- which in her life, it totally was. I know Freddie is considered the ultimate female here since she is the Alpha werewolf and super dominant, but Petra I think is right up there and can hold her own. I would love for her to get her own book in this world! Ok, tangent over.

I feel like where most things were tied up well, this sequel felt a little like there could be a third book in the series. I had no idea there was going to be a second with how perfect the ending was to Haven, but with this I think another book could be an option- but maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part since I am not sure I am ready to say goodbye to Rain and this moderetely dysfunctional werewolf pack. I think this siries is perfect for anyone who loves a solid and empathetic narrator who tries to do the right thing, girls taking charge, all things werewolf, shady yet powerful witches and even a zombie or two thrown in.

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Book Blurb:

We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

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About the Author:

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Savage Wolves and Dangerous Deals by Danielle Annett

Savage Wolves and Dangerous Deals
Danielle Annett
(Blood and Magic : Hellbound, #2)
Publication date: April 1st 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

He’s savage.
He’s sinful.
He’s everything I told myself I didn’t need.

But for just one night, I’ll give in to temptation.
I’ll forget he’s a shapeshifter and that I’m not.
I’ll forget the Pack would never approve.

Because after tonight I’m moving.
Our paths won’t cross again.
Only that one night gives me more than I bargain for and nine months later I deliver a bundle of joy complete with ten tiny fingers and ten perfect toes.

A year and a half later, I’m back.
But this wolf is no longer the shifter of my dreams.
Now he haunts my nightmares.
And what is he going to think when he learns he has a son, one who isn’t a just a wolf?

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EXCERPT:

Jordy’s stare burns through me as he takes a step forward until we’re little more than an inch away from one another. His hand comes up to wrap around the column of my throat, his hold possessive. He runs his thumb over my jaw and slowly over my bottom lip. I stay still the entire time, waiting to see what this beautiful boy will do when his anger rides him like this. When his wolf’s eyes illuminate his gaze.

“You and C├ęsar are mine.”

I quirk a brow.

His teeth scrape over his bottom lip, his canines seemingly larger than normal. “Say it.”

“Say what?”

His grip tightens just enough to be a warning. “You’re mine.”


Author Bio:

Danielle Annett is a snarky AF Latinx Author. Born and raised in sunny California, she now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their three tiny terrors. She hates cheese—of all kinds—and yes that means she orders cheeseless pizza. She loves to talk (a lot) and is probably as extroverted as they come so feel free to shoot her a message, send a raven, throw up smoke signals. Whatever it may be. She love's chatting with readers so feel free to stalk her.

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman

Wallflower
Cookie O’Gorman
Publication date: March 25th 2021
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Wallflower (wohl-flou-erh): Identifier for someone who is shy and/or awkward. For reference, see Viola Kent.

Seventeen-year-old Viola Kent likes being invisible. Well, not literally, but she’s content being a loner, reading her books, and hanging out with the animals at the shelter. She just wants to keep her head down and get through her senior year at Durham High.

Driving Dare Frost to school every day wasn’t part of the plan.

And when Viola finds out her dad recruited Dare, his number one player, to be her friend?

Her inner Slytherin demands revenge.

The solution: Get Dare to be her fake boyfriend.

Convincing the star athlete to pretend is easier than she’d thought it would be. The hard part is protecting her heart. With every word, touch, and kiss, Viola’s feelings become more real.

The problem: Viola knows she’s falling for Dare—but he doesn’t believe in love.

This book features two sets of soulmates, one happy pooch named Hermione, so many sizzling kisses and answers the question:

Can a dork and a jock fake their way to true love?

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EXCERPT:

This had to be a dream, I thought.  Either that or a hallucination.

Standing in our driveway, leaning back against my little Honda, hands in his pockets like he was Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles or something, was a guy who knew he looked good even in sweats and a hoodie.

Dare Frost.

His six-foot-three frame dwarfed my car.  Dare was the last person I expected to see waiting outside my house on my last first day of high school.  I was so surprised it took me a second to find my voice.

But Dare just cocked his head.

“Morning flower,” he said.  “Better hurry or we’ll be late.”

I shook myself out of it.  “Are you lost?”

“Nope, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”

“What are you even doing here?” I asked.

“Isn’t it obvious?”  He held his hands out, a small smile playing on his lips.  “I’m here to bum a ride to school.  Speaking of, could you pop the locks?”  Dare rubbed his hands together.  “It’s a little chilly out here.”

I laughed, couldn’t help it.  “Are you crazy?  Dare, I’m not taking you to school.”

“Yes, you are.”

“No.  I’m not.”

Dare shrugged.  “Coach said you would.”

My jaw dropped.  “He did what?  When?  Why?”

“That’s a lot of questions,” he said.  “But yeah, your dad and I talked the other day after practice.  He said you’d give me a ride because we live so close to each other.  Said it would be no problem.  I run by your house every morning anyway.  Plus, my car’s in the shop for repairs.”

“Didn’t you just get that car?” I asked.

The question made Dare smile for some reason.  “You keeping tabs on me, Vi?”

I choked.  “What? No!”

“Hey, no worries,” he said.  “I’m not mad about it.  A lot of girls do it.  Just wasn’t aware you were one of them.”

Author Bio:

Cookie O'Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, The Good Girl's Guide to Being Bad and WALLFLOWER are out now! She is also the author of NA sports romance, The Best Mistake.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme

The Stolen Kingdom
by Jillian Boehme
Genre: YA Fantasy


A bold girl, a kingdom under attack, magic everywhere—I devoured it in one sitting! This book is one wild ride!” —Tamora Pierce on Stormrise


Nothing is quite as it seems in this thrilling YA fantasy adventure by Jillian Boehme, The Stolen Kingdom!

For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner's daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.
When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.


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My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

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

Maralyth wants nothing more than to be part of her father's winery, instead of just given the task of cooking and cleaning up after her father's employees. When she ends up getting kidnapped by a wealthy lord who knows about her forbidden magic and says she is destined for more, Maralyth has no idea what to think. Alac is the leftover, basically useless second son of the king, but he wants nothing to do with the dark magic that is passed through his family. Instead, Alac longs to be able to open his own winery and let his passions out, instead of being confined to the life of a royal. When Maralyth and Alac meet, empires will fall, magic will rule and nothing will ever be the same.

I will say that I did not know that I was picking up a book that was basically a love letter to wine- be it drinking, making, growing, or discussing it. Seriously, both the main characters' whole lives revolved around wine and the kingdom in general focused on having the best wine. It was discussed A LOT, and as someone who occasionally enjoys a cheap out of the box pink wine (and I have no complaints about it), I am no expert and I can confirm that I have zero interest in learning more about the process/quality.

Overall I liked that this was a standalone fantasy that was not crazy long, everything resolved in an acceptable manner and was entertaining in general. There was a romance that ran through the plot as well so all you romance lovers will appreciate that, but overall this was about standing up for your birthright, using magic to benefit society and squashing the currently monarchy. I recommend this for anyone who likes light fantasy with some magic, court intrigue, romance and not having to wait for another book in a series to get answers (which I fully support!).



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Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark's First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home. She's still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.






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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer

The Secret Recipe for Moving On
Karen Bischer
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 23rd 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

When Ellie is dumped by her boyfriend, she’s forced to make new friends (while watching her ex swoon over his new girlfriend) in The Secret Recipe for Moving On, a smart and funny YA debut from Karen Bischer.

Ellie Agresti’s not sure anything could be worse than being dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter, the first day of senior year.

But sharing a “life skills” class with him and his new girlfriend, Brynn? AND getting partnered with a “family” of misfits (A.J., the loudmouth; Isaiah, the horse-racing obsessive; and Luke, the tattooed stunt-biker)?

It’s a recipe for certain disaster…until an in-class competition allows Ellie to channel her angst into beating Hunter and Brynn’s team, and she unexpectedly bonds with her own group–especially Luke–in the process.

But as Ellie soon discovers, it will take more than classroom triumphs to heal her broken heart–and find herself again.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

Ellie wants nothing more but to continue her life just like it is, with her perfect relationship with her boyfriend and her friends, a happy senior year just as it should be. But when her boyfriend starts ghosting her just as the year begins and then next thing she knows he is hooking up with his long time best friend, and all the people she thought were her friends pick a side that is not hers, she is not really certain how to move forward. It seems like Ellie is in a for a lot of changes her last year of high school, most unexpected in the best of ways.

This book gets all the stars from me- if there were more than 5, I would give them for sure!

I stumbled across this book months ago on my book social media sites and was instantly drawn to it from the delicious looking cover alone- I confess that I have a pretty severe obsession with ficiton novels having anything to do with food, be it eating or cooking and a whisk covered in yummy pink batter seemed just about perfect. Fast forward to now, and I was really hesitant to actually start readingin this novel due to my recent reading experience. I have been in a reading slump the last month or two, especially when it comes to YA contemporary, nothing has worked well for me. I came to the sad conclusion that maybe I reached the age where I am just too old for a YA romance/coming of age story, but now after having read The Secret Recipe For Moving On I can say that I am back on the YA contemprary bandwagon- at least when it comes to this adorable, feel good read.

The Secret Recipe for Moving On is hands down my favorite read of the month (and I read a LOT so that means something, I swear) and my favorite YA contemporary of the year so far. I would not change a single thing about this story, it all just worked so well to create a feel good story with heart and humor and I think everyone should go pick this up. I have already told all my freinds about how they need to read this book and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes resilient main characters, a solid plot with character growth and direction as well as the best quirky bunch of side characters. I can't wait to get my hands on anything else this author wants to create and I have no idea how this is her debut novel, it was basically perfect in my totally fan-girl opinion.

Author Bio:

Karen Bischer has written short stories for Girls’ World and Animal Tales magazines and currently works as a copyeditor. She lives in her native New Jersey, where she has never encountered Bruce Springsteen in the wild, but does have a cat named after a member of the E Street Band.

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