Monday, September 24, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Apollo is Mine (Harem of the Gods #1) by Mila Young

Book info:

Title: APOLLO IS MINE

Author: Mila Young
SeriesHarem of The Gods #1

Pub. Date: September 18, 2018
Genre:  Adult mythological retelling/romance

Publisher: Mila Young

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 200

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Synopsis:
I’m a warrior. Cursed to fight monsters. Sworn to act as Zeus’ sword to protect mankind.

But I’d give it all up for one last kiss with the god who stole my heart…Apollo.

I never wanted to carry my family's legacy. But blood ties cannot be broken, and I’ll keep the promise I made my father on his dying bed. Legendary monsters hunt in city streets of Chicago, and my job was to take down the worst. 

I’ve trained with Heracles.

Been blessed with super human powers.

What I’ve never done is fallen in love—until Apollo crossed my path. But he isn’t the only god to catch my attention. Hades is here too, and with him comes a darkness that leaves behind a trail of human bodies. Heracles and my gut instinct urges me to destroy this creature, but each step brings me closer to the truth…

Darkness cannot win…or the Earth will tumble into chaos and I’ll lose the god I’ve come to love…Apollo is mine.


Apollo is Mine is book 1 in the Harem of the Gods reverse harem series.

Content Warning: Steamy love scenes, dominating alphas who protect their female, and plenty of sexy Greek gods who will leave you breathless.


  

About the Author:
Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there's no tomorrow.

By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she's a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.
 

 




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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/17/2018- BookHoundsInterview
9/17/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

9/18/2018- Reese's ReviewsReview
9/18/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

9/19/2018- Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
9/19/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews- Review

9/20/2018- bookishbibliophileReview
9/20/2018- To Be ReadReview

9/21/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Excerpt
9/21/2018- That Artsy Reader GirlInterview

Week Two:
9/24/2018- Lisa Loves LiteratureExcerpt
9/24/2018- Jaime's WorldExcerpt

9/25/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
9/25/2018- AbellafairytaleReview

9/26/2018- FirstbookloveReview
9/26/2018- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt

9/27/2018- Finding Magic In BooksInterview
9/27/2018- Writer of WrongsExcerpt

9/28/2018- A Crave For BooksReview
9/28/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Discussion Post: Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover, or a Narrator by their Voice


I'm so far behind on my goal for discussion posts this year.  I had lots of ideas, but ran out of time.  As I've been listening to an audiobook with one of my favorite narrators this past week, I started thinking about how much I want to know what this narrator looks like.  If you're a romance audiobook fan, then you probably will recognize the name, Sebastian York.  His voice, it's just wowza.  It's like sex on tape.  Reminiscent of Barry White you might say.


 

Sorry about that, but I've been waiting to use this Castiel gif forever.  

Anyway, as far as I know, Sebastian York is one of those narrator mysteries, like Joe Arden and Shane East (although I think the last one is actually a pseudonym for Steve West).  

Of course, all I can think about is my lessons learned when I was a kid with the people on the radio.  I'd picture someone based on their voice, and then when they actually were somewhere live, or on TV or something, they looked soooooooooooo different from what my brain had built up as I listened to them.  

First, listen to Sebastian York's voice:


In my head, I see a very tough, muscular guy.  Like the covers of some of the books he narrates.





In one of the books by Meghan March that I listened to, I pictured him like the movie star Shemar Moore:




And even though I've met Jonny James, and you can hear him speak in the videos he often does on Facebook, I sometimes picture Sebastian York's voice with Jonny's looks.


And then there are the pictures posted on his? Twitter account, that look a lot like Tyler Hoechlin, the actor from MTV's Teen Wolf TV series.


But, as with my radio personality lesson, I can't help but wonder how far off my brain and ears are when they decide what he must look like.   Is he really a scrawny, skinny, nerdy guy?  (Okay with me, I like nerdy guys too!)  Is he an old man with a deep voice?  You've always got the James Earl Jones/Darth Vader voice as well!  What in the world could he possibly look like?

Anyway, it doesn't really matter.  I wish I had a recording of his voice, that wasn't a book I was listening to and wanted to stay awake to hear it all.  I'd put it on and fall asleep with his voice playing, hopefully giving me the types of dreams I could really enjoy.

 

Oooh, that gif reminds me I could totally see his voice coming from someone who looks like Jensen Ackles.

Here comes the discussion part.  Are you an audiobook fan?  Do you have any voices that you enjoy listening to as much as I love Sebastian York's voice?  If you are a fan of him as well, what do you think he looks like?  I'd love to see your picture ideas!  Drop a picture or link in the comments below for me.  

Also, while you're stopping by my blog, I've got a giveaway going on for another week I think, my Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop post, go check that out HERE


Cover Reveal: Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

Book Info:
Title: Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Author: Rosie Green
Series:  Little Duck Pond Cafe #4
Publication date: November 15th, 2018
Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance

 Synopsis:

The biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it's little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she's found the perfect man for her.

But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen's new-found happiness.
Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

Pre-order Link - https://amzn.to/2Cg99ki

About the Author:

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright


Book info:

Title:  Perfect Harmony

Author:  Emily Albright

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Release date: September 18, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source:  ARC from publisher which did not influence my opinion.
My rating:  4 stars

Synopsis:
Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school. 

Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every intention of knocking Pippa out of first chair and showing her who really belongs on top. Forced together when assigned a duet, their personal competition and mutual dislike transform into a teasing friendship.

Torn between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa finds herself at risk of losing her best friend, her future, and the boy who makes her heart melt. Struggling to make things right, Pippa discovers that sometimes the thing you want the most doesn’t always end up being the thing you need.



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My Review:
I've enjoyed the other books I read by this author, and so I looked forward to this one as well.  The characters were a bit younger it seemed than the other books.  I liked the story, the music competition aspect, and the definitely teen girl characteristics that Pippa and her friends displayed.  Even though at times I got a bit annoyed by Pippa refusing to believe that Declan was interested in her, I understood part of it was her age.  I also realize that is really how it is sometimes, we don't always think that someone could be interested.  I was a little disappointed that she gave up on her crush on Noah so quickly, but it makes sense how she was already starting to feel about Declan, whether she wanted to admit it or not.  Pippa's brother being oblivious to her best friend, Quinn, having a crush on him totally made sense though. Boys are definitely not as quick on the uptake sometimes about those kinds of things. Especially at that age. I got so mad at Quinn for being upset about Declan.  She totally is the one who first said he liked Pippa, so why would she act that way?  And then I was mad at Declan for telling Pippa what he did when he got the news about him mom while they were in NYC.  But, when you hear what else he'd been told, it made sense.  It made you really dislike Lexi even more than you did just for what she did to come between Pippa and Quinn.  This was a sweet YA read, and definitely one I'd recommend.

About the Author:

Emily Albright is the author of EVERYDAY MAGIC and THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, both available now from Simon Pulse. Her next novel PERFECT HARMONY will release 9.25.2018. 

She's a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).

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Giveaway:

Prize: Three paperback copies of Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright (USA only)

Starts: 9/18/18

Ends:  9/26/18

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Costa del Churros by Isabella May



Book info:
TitleCosta del Churros
Author:  Isabella May
Release Date:  September 19th, 2018
Publisher:  Crooked Cat Books

Synopsis

The rain in Spain doesn't mainly fall on the plain…

Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town's flamboyant flamenco teacher! But can she really be the answer to their prayers? 

One thing's for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.



Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

Social Media Links –


Twitter - @IsabellaMayBks


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Your Echo (Sherbrooke Station #2) by Katia Rose


Book Info:
Title: Your Echo
Author: Katia Rose
Series:  Sherbrooke Station #2
Publication date: September 12th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:
How do you teach a rock star how to meditate?
The number one question on Stéphanie’s mind sounds like the start of a bad joke, and life would be a whole lot easier if she actually knew the punch line.
Her meditation coach job description said nothing about private lessons for the most infamous lead singer in Montreal, but somehow Stéphanie still finds herself sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat, right next to a pierced and tattooed music legend who’d rather be anywhere else.
Meditation classes are Ace’s final chance to convince his record label that the last bender he went on really was his last. The demons that have sent him to the bottom of countless bottles might not give a damn about ‘soothing rhythmic chanting,’ but it’s either this or game over for his career.
He’s not what she wants. She’s not what he’s looking for. Yet somewhere amidst all the incense fumes, the lines between student and teacher get blurred.
Even as their deep breathing exercises become nights filled with panting and gasps, Stéphanie can’t ignore the darkness that never quite leaves Ace’s eyes. It’s a darkness she knows far too well, and if she’s not careful, the cost of helping Ace find his way might just be losing herself.
Your Echo is part of the Sherbrooke Station Quartet, a series of steamy rock star standalones from author Katia Rose.
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And that’s how I end up singing ‘I’m On Fire’ in a Montreal KTV bar, stone cold sober, while people whip out their smart phones and I try not to think about all the places this video is going to end up. I just stare at Stéphanie from the raised platform that serves as a stage, watching her watch me as the rest of the crowd cheers. At first I’m only fucking around, adding an extra rasp to the words and playing up the sexuality in the lyrics to the point that it’s funny, but something changes the further I get into the song. The slow build of the synth—the tension that rises and rises but never quite breaks—catches up with me, and by the time I get to the long, wavering howls at the end, I can see Stéphanie’s chest heaving even harder than mine.


Author Bio:
Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.








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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Release Blitz with Contest: The Brightest Stars by Anna Todd

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The Brightest Stars, a beautiful and gripping novel from New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Anna Todd, is LIVE!

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International bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman's journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.

Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That's why she's forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn't turned her back on her family. She's the glue that holds them together--when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.

Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can't always fix what's broken. But when Austin's behavior worsens and her father's reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That's when she meets him--a closed book she's desperate to open.

At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He's emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn't begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.

But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That's when Karina has to find her own courage--to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she's going to do about it.

A riveting story about love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

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Anna is celebrating the special edition paperback of THE BRIGHTEST STARS sold exclusively at Target Stores with a Golden Ticket Sweepstakes!

Two (2) Winners will each receive:
  • Three (3) days and two (2) nights hotel accommodations in Los Angeles, CA
  • One (1) round trip ticket to Los Angeles, CA for Winner and one (1) guest.
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport and hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
  • A fun-filled activity with Anna Todd
  • One (1) copy of each of the After book series, The Brightest Stars and Nothing More/Nothing Less signed by Anna Todd
For more information on how to enter, visit: http://www.annatodd.com/contest-rules/

About Anna:
Anna  Todd  is the  New York Times  and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series.  An avid reader, Anna began writing stories on her phone on Wattpad, the reading and writing multi platform for original stories, with After  becoming the most read series on the platform with over 1.5 billion reads.  The print edition published in 2014. AFTER has been published in over 30 languages, with more than 10 million copies sold worldwide, and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
 
The film adaptation of AFTER, which Anna is co-producing, is set to be released in early 2019. Anna  and her husband currently live in Los Angeles.
 
Find her at AnnaTodd.com, on Twitter at @imaginator1d, on Instagram at @imaginator1d, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.

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