September 01, 2014

Post Tour Highlight & Giveaway: Edge of Falling by Valia Lind!


Title: Edge of Falling
Author: Valia Lind
Series: Falling, #2
Genre: Contemporary YA
Publication: August 1, 2014

For Chance, there's always only been Dakota.

He's been in love with the girl since the day they met. He's tried everything to get her to notice him and nothing has worked. So when things suddenly start moving in the right direction, Chance can't believe his luck.

Until Kyle comes along.

Kyle is like a new shiny toy and Dakota loves new and shiny. She falls for the tall, blonde and gorgeous fast and without looking back. Dating the summer before college wasn't in the plans, but come on, Kyle is perfect. So why does Chance and his snarky grin keeps popping up in her mind now that Dakota has found her happiness?

When Chance's world comes crashing down, Dakota proves the strength of their friendship, surprising herself and everyone around her, by helping him pick up the pieces. In return, Chance is finally able to crack her hard shell, discovering that not everything is sunny in Dakota-land. Her world is not what it seems on the outside, and together, they're able to pull each other to the brink of safety and sanity.

Dakota likes that things are simple with Kyle, so why does she feel more like herself around Chance?

As graduation grows closer, both Chance and Dakota learn that the plans you make for your life don't always play out the way you expect them and sometimes, everything starts to make sense when you find yourself on the edge of falling.



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About Valia


Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.



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The Tour



August 25th
Total Book Geek | Review
Books are Love | Review
Kelly P's Blog | Excerpt

August 26th

August 27th
Love In Every Page | Excerpt

August 28th
Camisado Mind | Teaser

August 29th

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August 29, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Edge of Falling by Valia Lind!



Title: Edge of Falling
Author: Valia Lind
Series: Falling, #2
Genre: Contemporary YA
Publication: August 1, 2014

For Chance, there's always only been Dakota.

He's been in love with the girl since the day they met. He's tried everything to get her to notice him and nothing has worked. So when things suddenly start moving in the right direction, Chance can't believe his luck.

Until Kyle comes along.

Kyle is like a new shiny toy and Dakota loves new and shiny. She falls for the tall, blonde and gorgeous fast and without looking back. Dating the summer before college wasn't in the plans, but come on, Kyle is perfect. So why does Chance and his snarky grin keeps popping up in her mind now that Dakota has found her happiness?

When Chance's world comes crashing down, Dakota proves the strength of their friendship, surprising herself and everyone around her, by helping him pick up the pieces. In return, Chance is finally able to crack her hard shell, discovering that not everything is sunny in Dakota-land. Her world is not what it seems on the outside, and together, they're able to pull each other to the brink of safety and sanity.

Dakota likes that things are simple with Kyle, so why does she feel more like herself around Chance?

As graduation grows closer, both Chance and Dakota learn that the plans you make for your life don't always play out the way you expect them and sometimes, everything starts to make sense when you find yourself on the edge of falling.



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Edge of Falling was very similar to Falling by Design in the sense that it reminded me what I’ve always liked about contemporary YA. There’s a sweet innocence to it that has been missing from the genre lately, in my opinion, and it’s refreshing to experience that again.

The only issue I really had with Edge of Falling was that I didn’t really care for Dakota. She’s selfish and there were times when it was difficult to keep reading her chapters because of her pure stubborn, selfishness. Her actions are the things that inspire adults to sigh and simply state, “Teenagers.” Which, at the end of it all, is what made me appreciate it that much more. Yes, she frustrated me, but she was a believable character who actually acted her age, which is another thing often missing from the genre. 

I really liked Chance, though. I’m so glad Lind doesn’t take the bad boy route with her heroes, and still manages to write them realistically. Not all teenage boys are dark, mysterious bad boys. Lind understands that.

The content and angst felt a bit heavier than Falling by Design, but that could just be me only remember the sweet bits of Falling by Design, because I know it dealt with some heavy things. But enough comparing. Overall, I thought Edge of Falling was another endearing read, and I’m glad we got to get inside Chance and Dakota’s heads.




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About Valia


Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.



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August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Vision by Lisa Amowitz

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!


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Title: Vision
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014

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The light is darker than you think… 

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.





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The light is darker than you think.


Visit me on the web at: lisaamowitz.com



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Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.
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August 26, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Something Forever by M. Clarke!



Something Forever by M. Clarke
SeriesSomething Great #3
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 25th, 2014

A heated moment.

Desperate decision.

Life altering choices.

Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?

Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?

When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?


I'm just going to say that I was excited to get the final installment in the Something Great series. I enjoyed Something Forever. I love multiple POV's, I've said that before, but it's true. I like knowing all sides of the situation from each character's perspective. 

I would like to say, and I'm not sure why, exactly, but I like Matt and Becky as a couple more than I do Jenna and Max. I'm not really sure why, I think it may be because Matt and Becky seem to mesh better with my own personality. Don't get me wrong, I still love Max and Jenna, and I'm really glad that Max helps Jenna bring out her wilder side. I definitely loved seeing Jenna grow as a character through out the series. Max is as great as ever, aside from one blunder....and a pretty big one, I might add. I loved seeing Matt fight for Becky, also. Matt will probably always be one of my favorite character's, I just love that guy. Again, I had a bit of a problem with Becky, she seems to be a runner, and that just grinds my gears sometimes.

I think this is a great ending to a really good series. If you liked the first two in the series, you definitely don't want to miss out on the final chapter in Max, Jenna, Matt, and Beckys lives. I'm a bit sad to see the series come to an end, but these things happen. Great read, though.




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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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Teaser Tuesday: Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo!

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“If we keep on, dinner will not happen.”
“I’m reconsidering my earlier proposition.”
I smile fully as I run my nose along his. “You want me?”
He groans softly against my lips as he nods his head, his nose moving along mine. We’re basically one; we’re so close, and I don’t think I ever want him to go anywhere else. The air around us is sizzling, and I find myself fighting for my next breath.
“I want you so bad I can’t see straight.”



Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo
Coming September 8th, 2014!

Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She’s my game changer.

He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.

I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.

You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you’re boarded by love.


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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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August 25, 2014

Release Blitz: Something Forever by M. Clarke!


Happy Release Day!


Something Forever by M. Clarke
SeriesSomething Great #3
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 25th, 2014

A heated moment.

Desperate decision.

Life altering choices.

Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?

Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?

When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?



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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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Blog Tour, Double Review & Giveaway: Summer's Temptation by Ashley Lynn Willis!


Title: Summer's Temptation
Author: Ashley Lynn Willis
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Vandeveer University #1

If there are only three truths in life, they are these. Women will always try to change a man. Men will always say anything to get a girl in bed. Tyler Mason will always have a long line of girls trying to domesticate him, and none will succeed. If one of these ceases to be true, the world will cease to exist.

These are the rules as college student Cassie Faye knows them, so when she gives up on dating in favor of a man who can satisfy her without tempting her heart, her next-door neighbor Tyler tops the list. Tyler isn’t the type of boy Cassie would fall for, but he’s the perfect guy to teach her how to claim her sexual independence without losing her heart in the process. Too late, Cassie finds out that under his womanizing exterior is an attentive, considerate lover who brings out passions in her that she'd barely glimpsed before.

What if she’s wrong about the third truth? What if the world as she knows it is about to cease to exist?



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Let me just start by saying I beta read Summer's Temptation, and I adored the story. Is it cheating that I am also reviewing it? I don't care, I had to voice my opinion here. Cassie's had her heart broken, and she's trying to find a way to get her self esteem back. Tyler is the campus heart breaker, he doesn't do relationships.

Let me tell you who I LOVED in this story, Tyler. That boy is HOT, and sweet as pie....well, to Cassie anyway. I totally got the campus bad boy vibe from him, but he definitely shows there is more to him than a pretty package. I liked Cassie too, I really loved it when she found her backbone. Have I mentioned that I don't like weak female characters? I don't, and I'm not saying Cassie is weak, slightly timid, maybe. The girl has some courage, there's probably no way I would just come out and ask someone to be my.....hug buddy, as her and her girlfriends like to call it. There were a few points in the story where I kind of wanted to slap Cassie, and tell her to pull her head from her hind parts, though. I really liked the secondary characters as well. I think Liz was my favorite, she's tough, and takes no crap from no one.

So, again, I loved Summer's Temptation. I'm going to give the same flowery-star rating thingy that Amanda did, 4 and a half for me too. Unlike that lady down there, I'm excited to read the next installment. Apparently we sister's don't agree on everything, but that's okay, I'm the oldest, so I'm right. Ha!


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Quickie Review

Cover:
I like the cover, but the cover models are nothing like I imagined, and their poses are awkward to me, and a bit backward.

Story:
Loved it. I have to admit there is not much originality. It follows typical New Adult formula. However, said formula exists because readers love it, and Willis rocks that formula.

Pacing:
Summer’s Temptation is fast paced and not overly detailed, and this is what I prefer from contemporary romance. Info dumps and meticulous detail are not necessary to this genre, and only weigh it down. I appreciate that Willis was able to keep it light without making it fluffy.

Characters:
  • Cassie:

I liked Cassie. She’s had her heartbroken but she pushes through it and finds her own way to cope, without wallowing in self-pity, which a lot of characters in her situation seem to do.

  • Tyler:

Tyler is one of my favorite heroes in recent reads. He does have a bit of a bad boy edge to him, but by the end it’s clear that he isn’t your typical bad boy who is suddenly brought to his knees out of nowhere. It was a refreshing way to handle his type of character.

What’s to Come:
I have to say I’m disappointed in the fact that this is a series. I thought it stood well on its own, and I don’t want to see wrenches thrown into Cassie & Tyler’s relationship. I’ll most likely pass on the sequel and wait for Ashley’ s next story.






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Ashley lives in the Midwest with her husband of twelve years. For eight years, she worked as an engineer in general aviation but quit her job to be a stay at home mom to three precious children. She began writing in September of 2009 and has been penning her imagination ever since.


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August 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Descend by Skye Malone, Review & Giveaway!



Title: Descend
Series: Awakened Fate (Book Two)
Author: SkyeMalone
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wildflower Isle
Publication Date: July 27, 2014
Cover Designer: Karri Klawiter

Chloe always dreamed of visiting the ocean, and now the ocean is the only place she has left to go. Trapped in the form of a mermaid and on the run from the Sylphaen, her best chance for safety lies in traveling with Zeke to his underwater home and staying under his protection there.

Leaving isn’t easy, however. Her best friend doesn’t know where she’s gone, and her family doesn’t either. She’s been forced to abandon Noah, the boy she’s liked for years and who she’s just discovered likes her too. She only hopes Zeke’s people will help her so she can return soon.

But when conspiracies follow her and people start to die, safety becomes harder to find than ever. The Sylphaen are coming. They’re more powerful than she could have imagined.

And they’re not through with Chloe yet.



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About Skye

Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn't actually exist.

Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.

Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.



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One of the reasons I typically avoid series’ and stick to standalones is to avoid middle book filler syndrome. We’ve all seen it, dozens of times. A book that could have been a standalone, or ended with book two, gets turned into a 3 or 4 book series, just for the sake of dragging it out. As a result, book two ends up being a lot of nothing, existing only to bridge the gap between the introduction and the conclusion. I was very pleased to see this wasn’t the case with Descend.

Descend is action packed from beginning to end, leaving you very little time to catch your breath, let alone have a chance to get bored. I devoured it, reading it in just a couple of hours. I really like this cast of characters and find myself continuously surprised by the fact that I’m actually enjoying a book about mermaids. (See my review of AWAKEN for more on that.)

I liked where Malone took the story! It was exciting. I will say there were certain things I found to be a bit predictable, but I wanted to be wrong about them. In that sense Descend is a bit depressing, with Chloe surrounded by people she’s unable to trust.

Overall I thought Descend was a great continuation of Awaken, better even, and I am excited to see how it all ends in Return.





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