Blog Tour Book Review – Buan: The Perfect Mortals by Reece Bridger

BUANEBOOKTitle: Buan: The Perfect Mortals written by Reece Bridger
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 458
Format: Ebook
Rating – 5/5

During a ceasefire of a war that has taken more lives than could be considered just, there are shadows of betrayal and deceit lurking in the rays of the morning sun. Something is lingering on the horizon, and it’s hell-bent on destruction, despair and death.

Whatever it may be, it’s driven the Goddess to some very desperate measures.

Life for the Harmon siblings has been hard enough, but now they face responsibilities that they never asked for. They never asked for power. They never asked for a world of monsters. They never asked to come face-to-face with demons, the corrupted of their own people, or their own mortality.

But that is just what they will have to do. They are the chosen heroes of Cornelia, the final hope for order and sanity, the last line of defence against the darkness.

They are the Buan.

 

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Hello all and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Buan: The Perfect Mortals! I’d like to thank Mythos Press as well as the author Reece Bridger, for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

Buan is an epic fantasy series about four siblings with a great destiny. Each a key component of a hero. I love the idea of siblings who each possess a vital quality essential to a hero so that they must work together to fulfill their shared destiny.

I gave this book a full five star rating. Needless to say, I loved this book. The story itself was wonderfully written with a  highly detailed world and developed characters. I loved the strong women of this novel and I think my favorite is the little sister Fantasia whom reminds me a bit of Arya from Game of Thrones. Elrena was also one of my favorites!

I had a lot of fun reading this book, it’s definitely one of my most favorite reads of 2014. I think it deserves a spot among great epic fantasy reads. I can’t wait to continue the series! I loved everything about it. The author is a great storyteller and the blend of action, danger, and fantasy was just right. Definitely recommend as a must read to fantasy fans, I think this is a valuable author to watch and series to get into!

 

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About the Author
25213262-118Reece Bridger is a firm believer in not letting the little things hold you back; conquering both his young age and his Aspergers, he wrote ‘The Perfect Mortals’ as a firm first step in the direction of his dreams. With another nineteen books already planned and no fore seeable social life, he has a lot of work ahead of him. In his downtime, he dabbles in voice acting and the bass guitar. He’s also not very good at writing short descriptions of himself.
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Blog Tour Book Review: Starshot Chronicles: Royal Pains by Brien O’Raigne

SCRP DigitalTitle: Starshot Chronicles: Royal Pains written by Brien O’Raigne
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 185
Format: Ebook
Rating – 3/5

Douglas and Querilla spend the day
together in harmony. But that is not to be. The
princess gets abducted. Douglas has to save her.
That is only the beginning of a journey that takes
them to other planets and finding out familial
history.

Meanwhile, a revolution is happening on Varia where the Varians are
trying to free themselves from the tyranny of the Coaltion.

Note: I meant to have this posted on the 10th but my computer has died on me and I finally got the chance to be around a computer though not for long! Hopefully I will get my computer up and running and be able to post! Sorry!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Starshot Chronicles: Royal Pains. I’d like to thank the author as well as Ravenswood Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.

This story was a fun romp through space. I had fun with the actual plot of the book and there are a slew of interesting characters that were fun to read about. I do love that the author has created all these different alien races and occupations. I didn’t really like Querilla’s character too much but I loved Douglas Harley. He was like this courageous space maverick that charges in to get his girl. *swoon* I thought this book was really action packed which I liked a lot and the story was very interesting. I’m interested in reading more about the characters themselves and obviously of seeing more of Querilla and Douglas’ romance. I also would like to know more about Douglas’ history as he is the most interesting character to me.

While I liked the actual plot, it was a bit hard to get through due to the many grammatical errors in it. I’m not an editor and I make a ton of mistakes in my everyday writing but there seemed to be a bit too many. Also the descriptions were a little over the top and repeated a lot so that felt a bit weird when reading it. That aside, I thought it was an entertaining read. I like the whole bounty hunter space opera feel. I gave this book three stars because I liked the story and the cast of characters but found it a little hard to read.

About the Author

downloadMy name is Brien O’Raighne and I hail from
Houston, Texas. I love to write. It is a passion of
mine. Some would say an obsession, but those
don’t really support me when they call it an
obsession.
My writing usually combines my influences of
Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi Sagas, Paranormal, Classic
Horror monsters, Superheroes and more. With
what I like movie wise it would be hard for most
people to understand some of my major influences in writing.
My influences include: J.K. Rowling, E.B. White, Homer, William
Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Claremont, Lara Hama,
Margaret Weis, Tracey Hickman, J Michael Strasczynski, Todd
McFarlane, Scott Lobdell, Timothy Zahn, Roald Dahl, amongst others.

WEBSITE: http://brienoraighne.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BrienORaighne
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrienORaighne
Currently Available at:
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And everywhere EBooks are sold, Worldwide
STARSHOT CHRONICLES: ROYAL PAINS
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Check out this Cyber Monday Book Sale!

Looking for great deals on some amazing books this Cyber Monday? Look no more! Below are books that are priced at 99 cents or lower – get them quick before the sale ends! From chick lit to women’s fiction to romance and more, we have something to keep everyone happy for this holiday! Find a special tweet at the end of each description and help us spread the word about these amazing deals!

Chick Lit

pie girls lauren clarkPie Girls – Lauren Clark

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

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dancing naked in dixie lauren clarkDancing Naked in Dixie- Lauren Clark

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she’s offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia’s story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

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the dr pepper prophecies jennifer gilby robertsThe Dr. Pepper Prophecies – Jennifer Gilby Roberts

25-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems:
* Her job is terrible
* She’s been dumped yet again (and her ex is now her boss)
* Her parents think she’s a loser compared to her perfect younger sister
* All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure
* There just isn’t enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above.

The best thing in her life has always been her best friend Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who’s prettier, better-dressed, more successful and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life and how is Mel supposed to compete?

And what do you do when you’ve pretty much given up on your own life? You help others, of course!

Whether they like it or not.

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french twist glynis astieFrench Twist – Glynis Astie

Sydney Bennett had spent her life in pursuit of perfection. She planned, weighed her options and made careful choices based on calculated outcomes. Through all of her efforts, she had come pretty close to perfection, if she didn’t say so herself. She had fled the cold winters in New York for sunny California, found a job that she loved and lived in the same town as her sister, and best friend, Kate. The one area of perfection that had always eluded her was her love life. No matter how hard she tried, she always ended up with a broken heart. After a particularly traumatic breakup, Sydney vowed that she was done with love.

Just as Sydney threw herself into her new plan to forget about men, a handsome Frenchman tossed all of her intentions out the window as he swept her off of her feet. Louis Durand had lived a life filled with excitement and adventure. He was impetuous, intelligent and incredibly charming. So naturally, he scared Sydney half to death. From the moment they met, Louis and Sydney’s romance progressed at warp speed. Sydney did her best not to run, but her deep rooted relationship anxiety threatened to provide an easy exit. When Louis mentioned marriage before Sydney even knew his favorite color, she was more than tempted to reach for her running shoes. Will she be able to put her fears aside to follow her heart? The one thing that Sydney will learn is that sometimes perfection comes with a twist…

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french toast glynis astieFrench Toast – Glynis Astie

Sydney Bennett is back! And her pursuit of perfection is alive and well. Naïve to the core, Sydney believed that when she finally married the man of her dreams, the hard part was over. Following a civil ceremony as a means to keep Louis from being deported, Sydney continues to plan the fairytale wedding that she had dreamed of since the age of five. Much to her chagrin, she discovers that her mother-in-law is planning what seems to be a rival wedding in France that SHE has been dreaming about for her only child since before he was born. How will poor Sydney be able to ensure two perfect weddings in the midst of Louis’ fruitless job search? Especially when her mother-in-law’s idea of perfection appears to be having Sydney embarrass herself in front of hundreds of French people that she has never met?
As if she didn’t have enough on her mind already, Sydney finds herself faced with the trials and tribulations of being a wife. Sydney had always heard that marriage was hard, but she thought that this was just a ruse that married couples portrayed in a bid to make single girls feel less desperate. But as the bills pile up and emotions run high, she realizes that there may just be some truth to this statement. And as she watches Louis’ perfection fade away before her very eyes, she begins to wonder if she made a rash decision in marrying a man that she had known for a mere six months.
With all of the obstacles that Sydney and Louis will encounter, will they be raising their glasses in celebration or watching their impulsive marriage crash and burn? One thing is for certain, Sydney and Louis Durand are headed for one hell of a toast…

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in need of therarpy tracie banisterIn Need of Therapy – Tracie Banister

Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can’t stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she’s left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.

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limoncello yellow traci andrighettiLimoncello Yellow – Traci Andrighetti

Francesca “Franki” Amato is a tough-talking rookie cop in Austin, Texas—until an unfortunate 911 call involving her boyfriend, Vince, and a German female wrestler convinces her once and for all that she just isn’t cut out for a life on the police force. So Franki makes the snap decision to move to New Orleans to work at her friend Veronica’s detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. But Franki’s hopes for a more stable life are soon dashed when Private Chicks is hired by the prime suspect in a murder case to find out what really happened to a beautiful young boutique manager who was found strangled to death with a cheap yellow scarf. When she’s not investigating, Franki is hoping to seduce handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, but most of her time is spent dodging date offers from a string of “good Italian boys”—make that not-so-good aging Italian men—that her meddlesome Sicilian grandma has recruited as marriage candidates. As Mardi Gras approaches and the mystery of the murdered shop girl gets more complicated, Franki must decipher the odd ramblings of a Voodoo priestess to solve both the murder and the mystery of her own love life.

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For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home.
Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that the plantation is notorious for being haunted, and Franki is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting a ghost. Adding to her stress, her Sicilian grandma is up to her usual meddling antics—this time planning Franki’s engagement to Bradley before he’s even considered popping the question. As Bradley grows distant and plantation employees begin dropping like Southern belles during a sweltering summer, Franki turns to a psychic with a phobia of ghosts to solve the mysterious murders and her own relationship fears.

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breaking the rulesBreaking the Rules – Cat Lavoie

When twenty-seven year old Roxy Rule’s best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it’s always been—carefree and easy—until they share a heart-stopping kiss moments before his departure. Overcome with mixed emotions, she fights the urge to over analyze the situation and resumes back to her normal life in New York City, working for an intolerable boss at a dead end job, creeping further and further away from her own dreams of becoming a professional chef.

While things become more complicated between her and Ollie, Roxy is sure that nothing can come between two lifelong best friends—not even mild jealousy over a thriving career or a silly little kiss that meant nothing. In fact, it was such a meaningless and forgettable kiss that she convinces herself that it’s not even worth mentioning to her fiancé, although it is all she can think about.

Roxy’s already topsy-turvy life only gets more complicated when her sisters Steffi and Izzie suddenly become her roommates. Steffi is six months into a pregnancy she refuses to discuss and Izzie is in the throes of a premature midlife crisis. Roxy tries to take control of her career, her love life and her sisters – but can she really handle it all? And can the Rule family keep it together – or break under the pressure?

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zoey and the moment of zenZoey & The Moment of Zen – Cat Lavoie

When coffee shop owner Zoey Everwood takes her obsession with ex-boyfriend Braden too far, everyone—except Zoey—is convinced a bit of fun in the sun at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort will help her get over him once and for all.

But Zoey’s relaxing vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful when she meets Shane Lawson, a resort guest who bears a striking resemblance to Braden. And things get even more complicated when the resort’s owner starts spilling secrets about Zoey’s aunt Nessa, the woman who raised her. Add a snarky Wellness Coordinator and Nate Holmes—Shane’s grumpy friend—to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect tropical storm.

When Zoey comes back home with a new husband instead of tacky souvenirs, she must convince everyone she hasn’t completely lost her mind. As Zoey and Shane struggle to keep the magic alive outside the resort, Zoey discovers that she isn’t the only one having trouble letting go of the past. And when Nate drops a bombshell that changes everything, Zoey must decide if the old saying is true—what happens at the Moment of Zen stays at the Moment of Zen.

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when girlfriends chase dreamsWhen Girlfriends Chase Dreams – Savannah Page

A novel about chasing dreams, for better or worse, and living your love story.

Claire Linley is finally a bride! After nearly ten years with her college freshman sweetheart, Claire is going to become Mrs. Conner Whitley. She’s got her bridal magazines, is the biggest Martha Stewart fan, and subscribes to all the major wedding blogs. She’s been dreaming of this moment for years! How could planning her dream wedding be anything but perfect?

The easy-going and bubbly type, Claire will obviously have a blast planning, and with her fantastic group of girlfriends-made-bridesmaids she just can’t go wrong. Whether it’s wedding gown shopping, makeup trials, or cake-tasting, Claire’s friends are there in a pinch.

But how big does the pinch get? All Claire wants to do is get married, but at every turn something seems to go awry and she’s starting to lose it. How is a girl supposed to remain cool and collected when the pricey dream wedding planner isn’t turning out to be so dreamy? When DIY projects and the perfect venue are going up in smoke? How is Claire supposed to marry Conner when the special day that’s supposed to join them together, forever, is slowly tearing them apart?

This is the charming story about how sometimes the biggest events in life are defined by the smallest acts of kindness and love. It’s a love story about dreaming large, loving deeply, and, in the end, truly having the happiest day of your life, no matter what happens (or doesn’t). About what happens when girlfriends chase dreams.

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when girlfriends collection savannah pageWhen Girlfriends Collection 1-3- Savannah Page

This digital boxed set includes the first three novels of the When Girlfriends collection: When Girlfriends Break Hearts, When Girlfriends Step Up, and When Girlfriends Make Choices.

WHEN GIRLFRIENDS BREAK HEARTS

Follow Sophie Wharton as she learns what to do about matters of the heart when things don’t quite go according to plan.

A novel about the bonds of friendship, the power of forgiveness, and the lessons you learn when you let go.

WHEN GIRLFRIENDS STEP UP

Join mom-to-be Robin Sinclair as she embarks on a journey she never could have imagined.

A novel about love and support, and learning that with enduring friendships, no woman is ever alone.

WHEN GIRLFRIENDS MAKE CHOICES

Follow Lara Kearns as she struggles with how far she’ll go for true love…however forbidden…

A novel about forbidden love, the choices you make, and discovering what’s important in life.

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Women’s Fiction

toronto collection1 heather wardellToronto Collection 1 – Heather Wardell

“Go Small or Go Home”: When massage therapist and aspiring artist Tess begins treating stressed but attractive hockey star Forrest, her art career soars due to his gallery-owning mother, but her creativity plummets under the weight of rules and deadlines. Soon, she’s lost the freedom and joy she’d always found in art. Is having her dream career worth losing doing her art her way, or can she somehow have both at once?

“Planning to Live”: Determined to lose weight for her best friend’s wedding, goal-obsessed Rhiannon flees her parents’ Christmas Day feast to avoid overeating but her car skids off the deserted road into a tree. Trapped and bleeding, with her cell phone out of reach, she struggles to escape, and to accept that she’s spent her whole life planning but hasn’t ever really lived. Will she get the chance to change that?

“Stir Until Thoroughly Confused”: Mary’s given up everything, including an unsatisfying marriage, to become a chef. But the career comes with a side dish: Kegan, her sexy but controlling new boss. They’re soon in a relationship, and in all-too-frequent arguments, and when it becomes clear they can’t work together and be together Mary faces a dilemma: keep her dream job or her dream man?

“A Life That Fits”: Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea is devastated when her boyfriend of fourteen years leaves her for a woman he calls Andrea’s opposite. Determined to get him back, Andrea changes everything in her life. New clothes, new activities, new friends… she’ll be her opposite in no time. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into her new life?

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toronto collection2 heather wardellToronto Collection 2 – Heather Wardell

“Live Out Loud”: Songwriter Amy wants to honor her late best friend by starting the support center for teenage girls they’d planned when they were just girls themselves. When her song becomes an internet sensation she sees how to get the money she needs, but soon realizes she adores her new pop star career. She must choose: create the center she needed herself as a teen or truly become Misty Will, pop princess.

“Blank Slate Kate”: Waking up with a strange man is scary. Realizing you lost fifteen years of your life overnight? That’s terrifying. With her memories from seventeen to thirty-two gone, Kate has no idea who she is and where she belongs. As she begins to fall for the man who found her, she wonders if she forgot those years for a reason. Should she keep trying to retrieve her original self, or start a new life?

“Finding My Happy Pace”: If thirty-year-old Megan were any more of a doormat, she’d have footprints on her back. She takes up running to strengthen her body, but marathon training with cute but heartbroken coach Andrew strengthens her assertiveness too. When her best friend’s demands threaten her race Megan must decide: cave in as she always has before or stick to her new-found ‘happy pace’ in running and life.

“All At Sea”: Three months after they met, Melissa will marry Owen on his family’s annual cruise. He’s a great catch, though, so although they’re moving fast she’s sure they’ll be fine. But when he proves to be a gambler and deserts her for the onboard casino, she wonders if she really knows him and if their marriage will meet her needs. Melissa must decide: stay with Owen or jump ship.

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redesigning rose lydia lacebyRedesigning Rose – Lydia Laceby

Rose Parker’s husband has been lying. About everything.

When a conversation with her husband triggers questions, Rose Parker uncovers alarming answers that shatter her perfect life. But it is only when she shoves her belongings in her SUV and drives off that Rose realizes just how far from perfect her life actually was. She has nowhere to turn.

While debating between distressing sleeping arrangements–her mother’s house full of questions or a hotel room with too much solitude–Rose bumps into an acquaintance from her gardening class and allows bubbly, exuberant Becky to indulge her in a wild night full of whiskey, weeping, and whispered confidences. Suddenly, Rose has a new friend, a roof over her head, and two gorgeous men moving her out of her marital home.

As Rose struggles to settle into her new life, she remains determined to comprehend her past. And with time and distance and especially wine, comes knowledge. Frank wasn’t the only one lying to her. Rose was lying to herself.

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the holdout laurel osterkampThe Holdout- Laurel Osterkamp

Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story.

But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she’s not a survivor.

Yet she could surprise everyone, and have the last laugh.

Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again.

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the next breathThe Next Breath – Laurel Osterkamp

“I kiss him, choosing love over honesty, which is a choice nobody should ever have to make…”
Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart?
Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath.

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coulda woulda shoulda tara lee reedCoulda, Woulda, Shoulda – Tara Lee Reed

Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the Heartbreak Box in her closet. Now Elle can’t remember the last time a guy made his way into her box. When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-breakup funk with a girls’ night out/rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, she isn’t expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He’s definitely, maybe, The One. In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, you play Elle as she and her pals put the “antics” in “romantics.” You’ll question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of modern dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. With 60 Happily Sometimes Afters, you’ll always have another chance with Mr. Wright.

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a questionable friendshipA Questionable Friendship – Samantha March

Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small café and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself.

A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.

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something yellow laura templetonSomething Yellow – Laura Templeton

Thirteen years ago, Holly’s nine-year-old sister, Rachel, disappeared without a trace. Thirteen years ago, Holly left her hometown. Thirteen years ago, Holly’s first love and high school boyfriend, Houston, was the only suspect. Now, another girl has disappeared. Holly is back, and so is Houston—never charged and still proclaiming his innocence. Can she trust him? Should she trust him?
When out-of-work banking executive Holly McCann moves to the rural mountain town of White Cove, Virginia to care for her dying mother, the past collides with the present. A violent crime against her nine-year-old neighbor evokes memories of the eerily similar disappearance of her sister thirteen years earlier. Holly is thrilled by the arrival of her estranged brother, Oliver, but concerned by his mysterious behavior. She is befriended by the new minister, Jonah, an outsider haunted by his own painful past, but it is Houston Phelps, the only person arrested for the disappearance of her sister, who forces Holly to confront the past and start living in the present.

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Romance & New Adult

the-right-designThe Right Design – Isabella Louise Anderson

Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.

Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job–Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be caddish.

But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him–something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.

Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one?

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laurel heights denise moncriefLaurel Heights – Denise Moncrief

A dark cloud of deceit hovers over her family tree…

Left an estate by an aunt she’s never met, Laurel Standridge takes possession of Laurel Heights, hoping it will be the safe haven she needs to recuperate from her ill-fated relationship with Rand Peterson. Secrets long buried rise to the surface when her cousin James is murdered and dumped on the highway just outside the gates of Laurel Heights.

Her past trails her to the mountains of Arkansas…

Caught in an obligation Chase Peterson feels he cannot ignore, he agrees to help his brother Rand take back the property he believes Laurel stole from him, but Chase remains at Laurel Heights after he discovers Laurel took nothing of Rand’s away with her except nightmares, fading bruises, and a broken rib.

Unexplained disturbances shatter her hopes of a normal life…

Are the strange bumps, thumps, and bangs reverberating through the night caused by the murderer of Laurel’s cousin James, someone Rand has sent to exact his revenge, or a disturbed soul existing in another dimension, trying to communicate with the living? Drawn together by the intrigue surrounding Laurel Heights, Chase and Laurel become hopelessly entangled in a relationship that goes deeper than mere physical attraction. Can their love survive the haunting of Laurel Heights?

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Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. She hasn’t laid eyes on her great aunt Abigail since she was eight, so she’s stumped when she inherits Abigail’s house in the small hamlet of Alpine Grove.Kat’s uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn–with a touch of antique skunk–and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that’s before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey.

When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools). Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul. And why she can’t she stop thinking about Joel?

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Hard Hats and DoormatsHard Hats and Doormats – Laura Chapman

Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too.

But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol.

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders.

Who says nice girls have to finish last?

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Spirit Heir (A Dance of Dragons #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

The Spirit Heir 2 low resTitle: The Spirit Heir (A Dance of Dragons #2) written by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: Fantasy, YA Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Page count: 223
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

 

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes the second book in the thrilling A Dance of Dragons series–perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones!

Drenched in darkness and surrounded by the echo of screams, Jinji waits deep in the dungeons of Rayfort, haunted by the memory of the knife stabbing Rhen, plagued by a foreign voice whispering through her mind. A few floors above, Rhen rests trapped in a coma, about to wake to a changed world—a world where his best friend is a woman, his nephew is the king, and an enemy army surrounds him on all sides.

But human wars are insignificant compared to the darkness gathering unseen. Memories of lives she never lived flash through Jinji’s thoughts, hinting at a past that cannot be repeated. A mysterious phantom visits Rhen, carrying cryptic messages of the future. And somewhere out there, the shadow continues to lurk in silence.

Uncertain of their relationship and tempted by new feelings, Rhen and Jinji must find a way to work together. The fate of humanity rests on their shoulders and the real battle has only just begun…

Hello all!! Welcome to my blog and my stop on the tour for The Spirit Heir (A Dance of Dragons #2). I want to give a huge THANK YOU to the author Kaitlyn Davis from giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

The Spirit Heir is the second book in the A Dance of Dragons series and is the second book I have read from this author, the first being The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons #1) which I also reviewed and you can see that review here: The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons #1). Since I read the first book I was excited to read the second book to follow up with the characters, the story and dive more into this world…I wasn’t disappointed.

Much like the first book, this book had me from the get go. I would like to think it’s because I enjoyed the first book so much and remember just being so “oh my god I want to see what happens next” when I finished it but it’s not just that…this book was actually better than the first which I didn’t think could be possible but it was. Reading it I was once again reminded of why I love Jinji as the female lead of this story…her strength is so palpable but so is her pain and her vulnerability. I love the changed dynamic between her and Rhen which is something I yearned for at the conclusion of the first book…their story together so far has been laced with adventure, friendship and also with tragedy and pain. It’s interesting to see them deal with their conflicted feelings about each other and heal from what they go through together.

I loved this book…I love the characters and I love the world. The world building in this book is wonderful and the writing is once again fantastic. It’s a solid 5 out of 5 rating for me.

Now I’m going to be bouncing on my seat waiting for the third book because I CANNOT WAIT!! YA fantasy fans do yourself a favor and get your noses into this series, it will delight you!

Kaitlyn is giving away two SIGNED paperbacks of The Shadow Soul, to enter please visit her rafflecopter giveaway!

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You can purchase the book at one of the links below:

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About the Author

author photoKaitlyn Davis is the bestselling author of the Midnight Fire series, a young adult paranormal romance, and the A Dance of Dragons series, a young adult epic fantasy.

Kaitlyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She’s been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a puppy of her own.

Blog Tour Book Review: Memory Card Full by Liz Weber

Memory Card FullTitle: Memory Card Full written Liz Weber
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Greenpoint Press
Page count: 232
Format: Paperback
Rating – 5/5

 

Liz Weber’s life was far from dull. Whether serving drinks to a gaggle of quirky regulars at a bar or walking around in her skivvies for extra cash, she fought hard to remain a self- proclaimed “professional free spirit” and aspiring writer, even if it meant enduring a lush for a manager or a cranky, Israeli-folk-music-loving boss. None of it really mattered as long as she had Rufus, her oddly proportioned dog who taught her about unconditional love in an untraditional way, at her side. When Rufus dies, Liz is forced to let go of the one constant in her life and move forward without him. Alone and brokenhearted, her life spirals downward while her friends and family struggle to understand how to help her through. The journey to right herself leads her to an unexpected encounter where the long unheard voice of the woman inside makes its debut. And it is on water skis at an adult sleepaway camp that Liz learns there are important things in life that Rufus’ love had caused her to avoid. Embracing her power and strength and finally letting go of him is the best way to go on. Memory Card Full is a frank, funny, and deeply moving memoir, a book for anyone who has loved and lost and found the space in that loss to become the person they were meant to be. Liz Weber is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn whose work has appeared on national websites such as Narrative.ly, Apartmenttherapy. com and Planetwaves.net. She’s been a regular contributor for lifestyle website Citypath.com and Boredandthirstynyc.com and has doled out dating advice to the urban female set on the popular website Thefatwhiteguy.com.

 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Memory Card Full! I’d like to thank TLC Book Tours and Liz Weber for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
Memory Card Full is a memoir about a young woman, Liz who is trying to figure her life out. She is a bartender/writer/model with a busy, hectic sort of life whose balance is found in her dog Rufus…her constant companion for twelve years. As Rufus gets older, Liz is confronted the mortality of her best friend and ultimately with herself.

When I was younger, I used to adamantly refuse to read memoirs and nonfiction books but when I entered college and got more exposure to the genre I decided that I absolutely love memoirs. When a memoir is well written it can be interesting to catch a glimpse into someone’s life and take to heart the lessons they have learned through time and experience. When I read that this book involved a dog, I knew that this would be an emotional ride for me but I had to read it. Being a fur mommy myself, especially one who will start crying at the mention of my dog’s someday passing which I know is inevitable but really hard to bear all the same, this was hard for me to read at times but I loved it. Honestly, I started crying during the Prologue so at that point I was like, here we go!

I really loved this book. I felt like it could have been so much sadder in the hands of another writer but I’m glad that it wasn’t because I don’t know if I could have gotten through it (I’m exaggerating, I’m a completionist so I would have). I can totally relate to everything Liz went through in the months leading up to Rufus’ passing and the inner struggle she felt in trying to figure out when he was ready to go because putting myself in that position I don’t know what I would do…it’s like you care so much about them you don’t want them to suffer but you also want to be selfish and keep them in  your life when you know you can’t. I totally get the wanting to curl up in bed and just wallow after his passing, honestly when I think of that dark day in the future that I know I will have to face I feel like I’m going to die and not know what to do with myself because my dog is with me like 98% of the time since I work at home and am pretty much an extreme introvert.

But I loved that this book wasn’t 100% about Rufus’ passing. I love that it’s about Liz and her journey to becoming Liz..her journey to being okay on her own and finding out what makes her happy. I love that she points out a few times throughout the book that Rufus would want her to move on and want her to have fun, a lesson I think all of us dog owners need to learn and understand in the aftermath of our loved ones passing. Although it’s not a fun subject for me, I think having read this book would help me through the process, and help me to handle it a little better (hopefully a day that is a long time away).

So while it was sad for me to read and I cried multiple times, this was a really really good memoir – heartbreaking at times but also funny and lighthearted. I felt like Liz was my best friend and we were sitting on my couch talking.

If you are a fan of memoirs or have a furry companion, I recommend reading this book. I loved it and gave it a very deserved five star rating!

 

Liz Weber apAbout the Author

Liz Weber is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared online at Narratively, and Apartment Therapy. When she is not contributing to lifestyle websites, including Citypath and Bored and Thirsty or doling out dating advice to the urban female set on the popular website The Fat White Guy, she’s blogging about her past as a children’s party performer (she makes a mean balloon sword) and the time she drove her moped through a souvenir stand in Mexico. Her short story about working in a male strip club for women was featured in the 2009 Staten Island Arts Festival.

You can find her on her website: http://www.lizweber.com/

 

 

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge by P.S. Bartlett

tbdrfTitle: The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge written P.S. Bartlett
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Page count: 211
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

Ivory Shepard didn’t want to be a pirate when she grew up but she didn’t plan on being orphaned and alone at thirteen with her three cousins either.

After a Spanish raid in Charles Towne left them with nothing, Ivory held her cousins together, trained them to fight for their lives and led them to a life of quiet refuge on the banks of the Ashley River. Out of reach of the hands of unscrupulous men, they found life on the farm a tolerable substitute for the traditional alternatives life would force onto them—until the night the pirates showed up.

Setting foot on that first pirate ship was nothing compared to the life of freedom and adventure awaiting them, once Ivory and the girls were through playing nice. Only one man believes he can stop her and he won’t need a ship full of guns to do it.

If it were only that easy…

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog and my stop on the tour for The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge. I would like to start off by thanking both Ravenswood Publishing and the author P.S. Bartlett for allowing me to participate in the tour by reading and reviewing this book!

The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge is the third book that I have read that is written by P.S. Bartlett. I loved the first two books I read from her which are part of a different series so, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review another of her works. Much as I expected, I ended up loving this book as well which just further convinces me of what a great author and storyteller P.S. Bartlett is and I immediately recognized her style of writing which definitely stands apart…it’s always so wonderfully descriptive to where I am easily transported into whatever world she is building. She has this ability to set these incredible moods and tones, obviously this one was vastly different from the past ones I have read, but I just love that she’s able to pull off her style of writing across multiple genres!

This is, I believe, the fourth book I have read this year with a pirate theme but a very important difference is that this story has a female pirate lead, which was also one of the top reasons I wanted to read this book! I love stories that feature women in traditionally male roles and it was fun to see her excel at what women in pirate tales don’t traditionally do! So refreshing and awesome!

I would definitely say that my favorite thing about this book was the main character Ivory. She’s exactly the type of female lead I like to see in a story – strong, stubborn, independent and yet human, vulnerable and caring at the same time.

It took me a couple of chapters to get sucked up into the story but once I did I just got lost in it. It is at once romantic and adventurous, dangerous and lovely. I can always tell if a story has a great romance plot to it because it will make my heart quicken and this book delivered that effect! It was one of those books that are not only like candy where you just can’t get enough so you need to keep reading more but also so satisfying in the descriptions, the world building, and the character building.  I actually want to read it again…and I also can’t wait to the next one, so I’ll be waiting!!

If you like romance or historical romance with a fun twist of adventure, this book is for you!!

PS BARTLETT (PHOTO BY SHERRY FORNOFF)Award winning author, P.S. Bartlett, was born on Valentine’s Day many moons ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill.

Her first novel, “Fireflies,” was published with GMTA Publishing in 2013 and the prequel to “Fireflies,” entitled “Hope From the Ocean,” was published in March of 2014. She loves history and historical fiction. She gets her history fix via movies, television and of course, books although she enjoys reading almost every genre.

Her motto is:

“I’m taking a fantastic voyage. Won’t you join me?”

Blog Tour Book Review: Olde School by Selah Janel

Olde SchoolTitle: Olde School written by Selah Janel
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Page count: 361
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.

 

 

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Olde School, I appreciate you stopping in! I’d like to thank both TLC Book Tours and Selah Janel for giving me the opportunity to read this book and review it! I was immediately excited to read this book…I don’t read a lot of them but when I do I love fairy tale retellings which is why I’m such a big fan of the Fables comic book series.

I loved reading this book…reading this book was all types of fun. It had everything that I was looking for in a read…it had drama, suspense, humor…and it was pretty dark sometimes which was a good thing. I loved the grittiness of this book. Honestly the only other series to capture fairy tale creatures this way is the Fables series and that’s it. I would definitely count this book as one of my most favorite reads of this year, once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the cast of characters which were so diverse and imaginative, definitely characters that will stick out in my mind forever. The world building in this book is such a treat and the writing is gorgeous and descriptive which made the world of Olde School come alive around me.

I also MUST give a mention to the cover because I absolutely love it. I love the grittiness of it. Right away you can tell this is definitely  not your average treatment of a book full of creatures out of the stories we all heard when we were young. Love it!

I would definitely recommend giving Olde School a read as I am sure you will not be disappointed. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars rating because I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it thoroughly. I think fantasy fans will definitely find something to enjoy within it’s pages. It’s book one of a series so I will definitely be looking out for the next book!

You can find OLDE SCHOOL on Goodreads, and purchase links include Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble.

 

About the Author

Selah JanelSelah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either.

She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but has a deep love of children’s and YA literature and can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.

Her first title ‘Mooner’ is a historical, vampire-centric horror story from No Boundaries Press. She will have stories included in upcoming issues of ‘The MacGuffin,’ ‘The Realm Beyond,’ and the 2012 Wicked East Press Anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls.’ She also writes about women’s roles and perceptions in genre fiction and film for the Fandom Fest blog Fandom Scene.

Connect with Selah Janel via blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

 

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