Monday, September 29, 2014

Frightfall Read-a-Thon plans! Day 1 and 2

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Welp, my impromptu read-a-thon ended yesterday, and now a new one begins today! WOOT WOOT!

The official dates for this event are September 29 through October 5. Guidelines for the read-a-thon can be found HERE. You have to read at least one book that's scary/thrillerish/or similar. Our Twitter hashtag is #FrightFall.

So what am I going to read?

  • The Leftovers
  • The Innocent Mage
  • Bite & Release
  • Throne of Glass
  • NOS4A2
So thems my plans.

I'll update my progress daily! 

Updates 1 & 2:
Book: The One
Progress: page 101
Notes: I  got stupid busy at work and had to put aside reading for the bill paying things. I am hoping today is going to be more reading heavy than work heavy, but oh well. I have to go where the money is...cuz ya..that doesn't make me sound whorish now does it? lol


Review: I Shall Be Near To You



I Shall Be Near to You 

 I Shall Be Near to You

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (September 2, 2014)
In I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU, McCabe introduces us to newlywed Rosetta Wakefield. More accustomed to working as her father’s farmhand and happiest doing what others might call “man’s work,” Rosetta struggles with how to be a good wife to her childhood beau and new husband, Jeremiah. When Jeremiah leaves home to join the Union army, Rosetta finds the only way she can honor Jeremiah is to be with her husband—no matter what..

Cutting off her hair and donning men’s clothing, Rosetta enlists in the army as Private Ross Stone so that she might stand beside her husband. Joining, however, is the easy part, and now Rosetta must not only live and train with her male counterparts as they prepare for imminent battle, but she must also deal with Jeremiah, who is struggling with his “fighting” wife’s presence, not to mention the constant threat of discovery..

In brilliant detail, inspired by the letters of the real Rosetta Wakeman, McCabe offers a riveting look at the day-to-day lives of these secret women fighters as they defied conventions and made their personal contributions to history. Both a tender love story and a hard look at war, I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU offers a unique exploration of marriage, societal expectations, and the role of women in the Civil War through the lens of a beautifully written novel..


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 My Review:

This book had me from the first word. I do so love a female character with gumption and strength, and Rosetta was definitely a strong character! I really liked how she did what she thought was best, no matter the consequences and no matter what anyone said. Yes, the "disguising herself as a man" trope isn't new, but in this case it was done so well that it felt fresh!

I was pleased by the writing too! It's books like this that make me want to venture into Historical Fiction more often! The plot was seamless and delightful, and the characters were vivid. I will most likely read more from this author. 


A great read!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

~Contemporary Romance with a bit of HEAT~ Fat Girl by Leigh Carron

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 Fat Girl by Leigh Carron 
 Genre: Romance (Contemporary, Steamy, Adult Content)

About Fat Girl:
Years after fleeing small-town Springvale, Illinois, Deanna Chase has picked up the pieces of her shattered heart and built a new life for herself as a child advocacy lawyer. Her food addiction is quasi under control, her secrets are buried, and she has even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

Until… Micah Peters—the very sexy and now famous man she fled— walks through her office door and sends Dee reeling. His demand that she help a young boy caught in a custody battle will reunite her with the past she left behind. Torn between duty and self-preservation, Dee isn’t easy to convince. But when obligation wins, the former lovers get more than they bargained for—a searing passion that burns hotter than ever and startling revelations about what really happened the fateful night she left. Will the truth set Dee free to love again? Or will past hurts and lingering insecurities destine her to walk away from her heart again, this time for good?

 Fat Girl is the first book in this provocative two-part series about love and self-acceptance.  

 Now available at Amazon.com/Kobo/Smashwords   

Praise for Fat Girl
An addictive, steamy read.” —Wynne Channing, best-selling author
 “This was one HOT, emotional, and all-around EXCELLENT contemporary romance!” — Romance Novel Giveaways
 “This is one of those books that sucks you in and keeps your interest until the very end.” —Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
 “Emotional and captivating!” — CrazyDaisyBookWhore
“This was a refreshing, real story that had me captivated from the first page. Dee and Mick were wonderful characters full of real flaws, real strengths and real passion.”  — Beth S
A Story with Hope, Heat, and Heart.” — KarinK
 “A brilliantly written, steamy, sexy, thought-provokingly wonderful novel.” — Olivia P “A MUST READ!!!” — Christine K    

About Me:
An American living in Canada. Chocolate snob. Recovering yo-yo dieter. Devoted mom and wife, blessed with a brilliantly witty daughter and unintentionally humorous husband. My wacky family feed my creativity and fuel my passion. Most nights, you will find me either curled up with a great book or, more often, sitting at my computer, tapping out the countless visions in my head. To me, there is nothing better in a narrative than perfectly flawed but strong characters and intense romance that is sexy, deep, and sensual. Mm…I liken such stories to a box of Godiva. Decadent and delicious! You can’t stop at just one. In fact, I’m now hard at work on my next novel—A Naked Beauty, the conclusion to Fat Girl.    

Stay Connected at:  
Website: http://www.leighcarron.com  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leighcarronebooks?ref_type=bookmark Twitter:@LeighCarron    

Giveaway:  
An ecopy of Fat Girl at each stop, and four tour prizes:

 1) A signed paperback copy of Fat Girl , bookmark, and $20 Visa gift card,
2) a $15 Amazon gift card, 
3) $10 Body Shop gift card, 
and 4) $10 Starbucks gift card.  
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Drink Good Coffee and Read *good* Books A-Thon (last update..updated)

I made a fancy button thingy! Lookit me! All growed up!

So I am slowly falling behind on my TBR stack, and well...that's never a good thing. (Doesn't help I keep BUYING new books, but anyhoodle!) So what's a gal to do? Well if you are a nerdlette like me, you make your own freaking read-a-thon!

So what if you do it by yourself! You gotta warm up your eye holes for the October thon anways! 

So starting now (3pm CST) until Midnight (ish) on Sunday, I will be risking my eye sight to cut down my TBR stack! Reading and drinking insane amounts of caffeine and nerding out! You CAN read with me, or you can just point and laugh as I slowly slip into a reading/caffeine induced insanity! Your call! 

Here goes!

1st Book:
(Finishing Reading)
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Starting Page: 96
Finished:YES!
Thoughts: I loved it so so much! I bought the second book in the series! *See I told you I do stupid things like buy new books when I don't need to!*

2nd Book:
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Starting Page: 1
Finished: YES! Book 2 woot woot!
Thoughts: OMG! I knew that I was enjoying this series, but dang how good it is? AMAZEBALLS good! So yeah, on to book 3! (Another new purchase but I don't even give a fudge!)

3rd Book: 
The One by Kiera Cass
Starting Page:  1
Finished: No
Thoughts: So good!

UPDATE THE FINAL:
I read a total of 2 1/2 books this weekend! I would have read more, but there was booze and new shows to watch! I did feel super awesome amazing about reading my 2 1/2 though! Even though, 1 and 1/2 of them were bought instead of from my TBR stack! Oh well. The FrightFall readathon is on! I'll get more knocked off this week!

WOOT WOOT!





Anything beyond a 4th book is just ridiculous, but given the right amounts of insanity and coffee I may just do it? Who knows!? Check back later to see if I am still alive/functioning!


Review ~Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth ~




Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Thomas Dunne Books
Hardcover; 496p
ISBN-10: 1250047536
Genre: Historical/Fantasy/Fairy-Tale Retellings
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The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…

After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.

My Review:
My review is going to be short and sweet.

I will start off by saying that this book was deelightful. It had pretty much everything you could want in a fairy tale "re-telling" and then some! The writing is superb. The characters are awesome and beautifully written, and well..it just kept me happy throughout.

This story was far more than I expected. This book is simply magical! I swear to all that is holy and good that if you enjoy re-tellings this is the NEXT one you should read!

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About the Author

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling & award-winning author of thirty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both adults and children. She was recently voted one of Australia’s Favourite 20 Novelists, and has been called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation. She is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers, and has told stories to both children and adults all over the world.
Her most recent book for adults is a historical novel called ‘The Wild Girl’, which tells the true, untold love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, ‘The Wild Girl’ is a story of love, war, heartbreak, and the redemptive power of storytelling, and was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013.

She is probably most famous for ‘Bitter Greens’, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale interwoven with the dramatic life story of the woman who first told the tale, the 17th century French writer, Charlotte-Rose de la Force. ‘Bitter Greens’ has been called ‘the best fairy tale retelling since Angela Carter’, and has been nominated for a Norma K. Hemming Award, the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Fiction, and a Ditmar Award.

Her most recent book for children is ‘Grumpy Grandpa’, a charming picture book that shows people are not always what they seem.

Since ‘The Witches of Eileanan’ was named a Best First Novel of 1998 by Locus Magazine, Kate has won or been nominated for numerous awards, including a CYBIL Award in the US. She’s also the only author to win five Aurealis awards in a single year, for her Chain of Charms series – beginning with ‘The Gypsy Crown’ – which tells of the adventures of two Romany children in the time of the English Civil War. Book 5 of the series, ‘The Lightning Bolt’, was also a CBCA Notable Book.
Kate’s books have been published in 14 countries around the world, including the UK, the US, Russia, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. She is currently undertaking a doctorate in fairytale retellings at the University of Technology, having already completed a BA in Literature and a MA in Creative Writing.

Kate is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of the first book for children ever published in Australia, ‘A Mother’s Offering to her Children’. She lives by the sea in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, three children, and many thousands of books.

For more information please visit Kate Forsyth’s website and blog
You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

~Destiny's Wish by Marissa Dobson~ COVER REVEAL

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Hope's Toy Chest, the first book in the Cedar Grove Medical series, is now out for pre-order. The pre-order price is discounted to only $0.99.  

Blurb:
At thirty-one, Kingsley Mathews has been named the head of the pediatric oncology department at one of the best children’s hospitals in the country—Ceder Grove Children’s Hospital. His life is dedicated to his patients—until one Christmas when he learns there’s more than his work. Chelsea Waters lost her daughter two years ago on Christmas Day to a rare form of childhood cancer. Her career was over, then her marriage. Now all she has left is Hope’s Toy Chest. The toy drive she started in the memory of her daughter has become her everything. When she ends up flat on her back in a pile of snow, she begins to wonder if there’s room in her heart for anything more. Could the doctor who worked so feverishly to save her daughter bring the meaning of Christmas back into her heart?

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Cover Reveal: Destiny's Wish - Book Two 

Single mother Nora Horton has the weight of the world on her shoulders. After her husband died while serving his country, she was left alone to raise their beautiful daughter, Destiny. She was able to pick up the pieces and move on for her daughter, but when Destiny’s cancer returns, Nora isn’t sure she can handle it any longer. She’s not certain she can be strong for her daughter when she’s falling apart inside. Doctor Brian West is a pediatric cardiologist at Cedar Grove Children’s Hospital and has seen many sick children during his years there. He’s always been able to do his job without letting it get to him because he knows that if he’s distracted for even a minute, someone could die because of him. When he stumbles upon Nora, the recognition is instant and he can’t distance himself from her or her sick little girl, especially not when the little girl tells him her wish. A sick child’s dying wish isn’t meant for her mother’s ears this time...because she wants her mother to have someone to love. 
 
Release Date: February 3, 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014

~New Release~ Wrecked by Shyla Colt September 22nd


 




Blurb
You can’t have love without trust, so Lefty never looked twice at a woman. Betrayed at a young age, the only people he trusts are his brothers in the Dueling Devils motorcycle club. The boys took him in and showed him the meaning of family and loyalty. Then he broke his own rule, and slept with the same woman more than once. She became a habit, and he got ensnared by the Island beauty who ruled her strip club with an iron fist. The problem is Gia’s not interested in anything serious.

The minute Gia Hughes began to trust Lefty, she knew she was in too deep. The smart thing would’ve been to walk away, but the chemistry between them was too powerful. Then he started asking for more, and she was forced to run from the only thing she ever really wanted, a place to belong.  The skeletons buried in her closet need to stay buried to keep her safe, but all too soon that decision is taken out of her hands.


This month three lucky winners subscribed to the newsletter will win prizes!  We have brand new Dueling Devil T-shirts and bumper stickers.

~If you enjoyed the Dueling Devils series, you may want to pick up a copy of  her full length M.C. Novel, Wesson Rebels M.C. Book one: Always

See what readers are saying
~ This is a rude, crude, dirty, raw, and gritty book that I devoured from the first page to the last.

~ If you are a Sons of Anarchy fan, you'll love this story. Told from multiple points of view throughout time, this story weaves a journey of angst, pain, friendship and love. You'll be pulled in from the first word! I couldn't put it down!!

~ If the cover doesn't say it all, strap on your seat belts and get ready for the ride preferable on a motorcycle lol cause baby Ms Shyla holds no punches in this one, i love mc reads and my girl added her own spin taking it up another notch!!