September 27, 2016

Review: Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson (Guest Review)

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer, #2) Release Date: September 27, 2016 Publisher: Greenwillow; 432 pages Rating:

After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

September 15, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Delacorte Press to Published New Novel from Jennifer E. Smith!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DELACORTE PRESS TO PUBLISH NEW NOVEL FROM JENNIFER E. SMITH, AUTHOR OF The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 

Windfall to release on May 2, 2017 

New York, New York, September 14, 2016—Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired and will publish WINDFALL, a romantic and moving new novel about love, chance, and change from Jennifer E. Smith, the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Random House Children’s Books has announced a first printing of 100,000 and acquired world rights from Jennifer Joel at ICM Partners. The deal was announced today by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press. The book will be edited by Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor, Delacorte Press, and the publication is scheduled for release on May 2, 2017.

In WINDFALL, Smith introduces readers to a teenage girl named Alice who doesn’t believe in luck—at least not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for the last few years, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday, Alice buys him a lottery ticket, and to their astonishment, he wins 145 million dollars. At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. Soon, though, the money begins to feel like more of a curse than a windfall, and as they deal with the ripple effects, Alice and Teddy learn that sometimes luck and love can intersect in unexpected ways.

“This is a story about love, but also about luck and fate and what exactly the world owes us,” says Smith. “If we’ve faced tragedy, does that mean we’re due something good? And if something amazing happens, are we destined to spend our lives waiting for the other shoe to drop?”

“We are absolutely overjoyed to welcome the uniquely talented Jennifer Smith to Delacorte Press with Windfall, a novel that instantly captured us, and one that we know will further establish her as one of the premier young adult writers today,” says Horowitz. “We are so eager to share Windfall with teens and adult readers, and for them to experience the magic we did with our first read.”

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and spent years working as an editor on a number of bestselling books. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages, and four of her novels are currently in development for film. She lives in New York City. Connect with her on Twitter via @JenESmith.

ABOUT RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (randomhousekids.com), offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Delacorte Press is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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PRESS RELEASE: Delacorte Press to Published New Novel from Jennifer E. Smith!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DELACORTE PRESS TO PUBLISH NEW NOVEL FROM JENNIFER E. SMITH, AUTHOR OF The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 

Windfall to release on May 2, 2017 

New York, New York, September 14, 2016—Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired and will publish WINDFALL, a romantic and moving new novel about love, chance, and change from Jennifer E. Smith, the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Random House Children’s Books has announced a first printing of 100,000 and acquired world rights from Jennifer Joel at ICM Partners. The deal was announced today by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press. The book will be edited by Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor, Delacorte Press, and the publication is scheduled for release on May 2, 2017.

In WINDFALL, Smith introduces readers to a teenage girl named Alice who doesn’t believe in luck—at least not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for the last few years, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday, Alice buys him a lottery ticket, and to their astonishment, he wins 145 million dollars. At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. Soon, though, the money begins to feel like more of a curse than a windfall, and as they deal with the ripple effects, Alice and Teddy learn that sometimes luck and love can intersect in unexpected ways.

“This is a story about love, but also about luck and fate and what exactly the world owes us,” says Smith. “If we’ve faced tragedy, does that mean we’re due something good? And if something amazing happens, are we destined to spend our lives waiting for the other shoe to drop?”

“We are absolutely overjoyed to welcome the uniquely talented Jennifer Smith to Delacorte Press with Windfall, a novel that instantly captured us, and one that we know will further establish her as one of the premier young adult writers today,” says Horowitz. “We are so eager to share Windfall with teens and adult readers, and for them to experience the magic we did with our first read.”

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and spent years working as an editor on a number of bestselling books. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages, and four of her novels are currently in development for film. She lives in New York City. Connect with her on Twitter via @JenESmith.

ABOUT RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (randomhousekids.com), offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Delacorte Press is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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PRESS RELEASE: Delacorte Press to Published New Novel from Jennifer E. Smith!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DELACORTE PRESS TO PUBLISH NEW NOVEL FROM JENNIFER E. SMITH, AUTHOR OF The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 

Windfall to release on May 2, 2017 

New York, New York, September 14, 2016—Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired and will publish WINDFALL, a romantic and moving new novel about love, chance, and change from Jennifer E. Smith, the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Random House Children’s Books has announced a first printing of 100,000 and acquired world rights from Jennifer Joel at ICM Partners. The deal was announced today by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press. The book will be edited by Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor, Delacorte Press, and the publication is scheduled for release on May 2, 2017.

In WINDFALL, Smith introduces readers to a teenage girl named Alice who doesn’t believe in luck—at least not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for the last few years, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday, Alice buys him a lottery ticket, and to their astonishment, he wins 145 million dollars. At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. Soon, though, the money begins to feel like more of a curse than a windfall, and as they deal with the ripple effects, Alice and Teddy learn that sometimes luck and love can intersect in unexpected ways.

“This is a story about love, but also about luck and fate and what exactly the world owes us,” says Smith. “If we’ve faced tragedy, does that mean we’re due something good? And if something amazing happens, are we destined to spend our lives waiting for the other shoe to drop?”

“We are absolutely overjoyed to welcome the uniquely talented Jennifer Smith to Delacorte Press with Windfall, a novel that instantly captured us, and one that we know will further establish her as one of the premier young adult writers today,” says Horowitz. “We are so eager to share Windfall with teens and adult readers, and for them to experience the magic we did with our first read.”

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and spent years working as an editor on a number of bestselling books. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages, and four of her novels are currently in development for film. She lives in New York City. Connect with her on Twitter via @JenESmith.

ABOUT RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (randomhousekids.com), offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Delacorte Press is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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September 14, 2016

Review: Protégé by Lydia Michaels

Protégé
by Lydia Michaels
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published August 16th 2016
by Penguin Group USA

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The author of the provocative Surrender Trilogy presents a new novel of one woman’s introduction to a world of sinfully sweet submission…

For too long, French teacher Collette Banks has locked her deepest desires away in the darkest corners of her mind. But now, she’s taking matters into her own hands by applying to a secret and exclusive society devoted to matching people with their ideal partner—or partners…

Founder Jude Duval has set up strict rules for admitting people into his world. But when he interviews Collette, he finds himself breaking protocol. Her innocence disarms him. Her willingness to explore her own sensuality delights him. And her spirit challenges him—enough to take her on as his own protégé .

What starts out as Collette’s erotic awakening will draw them both in deeper than either of them could have ever imagined…




Every now and then I love getting lost in an erotica. I have to REALLY be in the mood for this genre, and I so happen to come across Protégé on NetGalley and jumped at the chance to read it. Unfortunately, this book was just okay for me. I had more issues with it than likes. One issue being I had a very HARD TIME connecting with Collette, the main female character. No matter how much I tried to see things from her point of view I still felt like she was a punching bag. She had no backbone whatsoever.

I will say that from a level 1 to 10, the sexy time in this book is a STRONG TEN! It lacked nothing in that department. I loved the secret world Lydia Michael’s created. It was very interesting.

I did like the relationship between Jude and Collette. When they were together I could deal with her. I thought they were the perfect pair.

I give PROTÉGÉ 3 stars. It was interesting enough to keep my attention and want to read till the very last word. I would be interested in trying another book in the series (if it is a series).


3 Stars!


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