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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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.

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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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Cover Reveal: I Bet You (The Hook-Up #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.

 

I Bet You, an all-new sexy college romance standalone is coming October 29th, and we have the hot new cover!

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Sexy Athlete: I bet you…

Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback. 

The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.

Ryker Voss.

Football star.

Walks on water and God's gift to women.

Just ask him. 

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he'll realize what he's missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.

Virgin.

Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.

His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?

Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Steven
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: October 29, 2018

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About the Author Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.  A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.  She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Diaries, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. 
 
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Cover Reveal: Royally Yours (Royally #4) by Emma Chase


           
Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. 
 It’s a big deal. 
When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. 
What she isn’t…is married. 
It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. 
Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. 
Even Queens. Especially them. 
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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. 
And a sacred promise keeps him there. 
To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. 
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Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. 
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. 
This is theirs.  
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About the Author
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Promo Post: Re-Release with New Cover - Links by Lisa Becker




 
Just re-released is Lisa Becker's second chance romance, Links, which New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken called "Witty, heartfelt and emotionally satisfying."  

In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase - glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school's athletic heartthrob. Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her. She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury. Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan lifestyle?  And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?
Find Links exclusively on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HCSF7G9

My Review:
My rating:  4 stars
I am finding that I really do like books that we get both of the main characters' viewpoints, chapter by chapter, and this fits into that perfectly.  We get both Charlotte and Garrett's thoughts in basically alternating chapters.  Because of this, it makes you a little irritated with Charlotte at being so hesitant.  Although I understand her trepidation, having been in the same types of situations as a nerdy high school girl with crushes on the cute, popular guys.  But you're definitely rooting for Garrett, as he has become a pretty good guy, even to the point of realizing what he did when he was younger was stupid, or at least he knew it was part of being a stupid teenage male.  The grown up Garrett is all about doing what he can to convince Charlotte he is a good guy and truly interested in her, by getting to be friends with her first.  But even when he can tell that the two of them are definitely starting to feel as if they are more than friends, he has to fight to get her to see him that way.  While you can see how she might get the right idea with the last little hang-up at the end, I felt that she definitely overreacted, especially after getting to know Garrett as well as she did, and after how he'd told her how he felt about her and wanted more than friendship.  

Overall it was a very sweet and easy summer read.  It had a little bit of sex, but not a ton.  It really got into a lot of situations, and I feel like Charlotte was pretty realistic in how she handled it all.  I loved when she got to get back at a college frenemy, as well as Chapter 48, and the very last chapter.  If you're looking for a perfect summer read, this is one you should pick up.

If you want to check out the original post, which includes and interview with the author, you can go HERE

 


Monday, September 17, 2018

Cover Reveal: Test (A Gentry Generations Story) by Cora Brent




Title: Test

Series: A Gentry Generations Story

Author: Cora Brent

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 27, 2018











PAIGE


He seems like nothing but arrogance with a beer in one hand and some clueless girl in the other.  I can read Derek Gentry like he’s a neon sign that says ‘I AM A TERRIBLE IDEA.’

And I’m not tempted, no matter how hot he is.

I’ve heard the rumors. I know his story.

But I’ve got my own scars. I don’t need his.

Despite his muscled, blue-eyed Adonis kind of staggering good looks, he’s heartbreak wrapped in a seductive package.

However I never planned on falling into his arms on the worst night of my life.

I never planned on initiating a chain reaction of events that neither of us saw coming.

And I never planned on needing him so much I can hardly stand it. 



DEREK



Everyone has a history.

Mine’s a little worse than most.

I’ve hurt my family. I’ve hurt people I never knew. I’ve hurt myself.

And I’ve been hiding at the bottom of a bottle for so long I’m not sure how to do things differently.

Paige always struck me as the sort of uptight girl who would never give anyone a break. Little did I know what kind of mysteries she’s been keeping inside. Now I can’t get her out of my head.

We could help each other.

Or we could destroy each other.

Right now it’s anyone’s guess…




























Cora Brent was born in a cold climate and escaped as soon as it was legally possible. Now, she lives in the desert with her husband, two kids and a prickly pear cactus she has affectionately named ‘Spot’. Cora’s closet is filled with boxes of unfinished stories that date back her 1980’s childhood and all her life she has dreamed of being an author. Amazingly, she is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of contemporary romance and begs not to be awakened from this dream.

























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