Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Release Blitz with Review: Listen, Pitch (There's No Crying in Baseball #3) by Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Listen Pitch
Series: There's No Crying in Baseball
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018  
Cover Model: Jacob Wilson  
Photographer: FuriousFotog



Rhys Rivera is the star short-stop for the Longview Lumberjacks. Many know him, even more love him. He has a pretty face, a quick smile, and an air of danger about him that everyone seems to adore.
He’s not known as the bad boy of baseball for nothing.
It all started with his father, who decided to be a criminal mob boss, then die.
Fortunately for his uncle, Rhys wants absolutely nothing to do with the family business and runs before anyone can figure out which way is up.
By the time his uncle, the successor to his father’s criminal empire, thinks to look for him, Rhys has made too big of a name for himself to be taken out quietly, and he wants to keep it that way.
Fast forward eight years, and Rhys is living life one breath at a time, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. That shoe coming in the form of a nosy neighbor who has no idea just how hot she is in her mail carrier uniform.
Her sweet little body and positive outlook on life make him want to laugh at how naïve she is when it comes to the way of the world.
The harder he tries to stay away, the weaker he seems to get, until one day he decides to put his morals on hold long enough to satisfy his cravings.
One time is all he needs—or so he tells himself.
But then two pink lines change everything, and all of a sudden, he doesn’t have just himself to worry about anymore.


My Review:
Source:  E-galley from Enticing Journey Book Promotions
My rating:  4 stars

This story reminded me more of the 2nd book in the series than the first one.  It is another favorite of mine, though.  I like that even though it was a baseball story, we also got a little bit more than just the sports romance, there was some mafia storyline thrown in as well.  I'm not really a mafia romance reader, but this one didn't go so far into that as to make it completely that type of story.  There was lots of drama and romance and steaminess.  But I also loved the funny moments.  Like when Rhys and Henley are at Rhys's sister's hospital room when she's giving birth.  That was hilarious!  Not to mention finding out about the surrogates, and then the actual pregnancy and what Henley shouted at Rhys for that one.  At first I tried to place everyone from the other stories, because I do remember, kind of, the accident that Rhys was in.  Soon enough, though, we got into where we had Furious George and also Wrigley, characters I loved in the earlier books.  I loved the detail of Henley being deaf, and how perfect and seamless it fit into the story.  I loved that Henley had her little 90s Porn fascination.  Although it seems as if maybe that would have come out later in the story for her and Rhys to enjoy or laugh about.  

I read a little excerpt at the end that is about a guy named Tyler, and he is a cop, so I kind of wonder if he is Henley's brother Tyler that we meet in this book?  I hope so, because the excerpt from that one sounds like one that is good.  I've already marked it on Goodreads.  Definitely give this series a try!  

If you want to read my review of the first two books in the series, you can click on the book covers below to take you to them.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Book info:
TitleFight or Flight
Author:  Samantha Young
Genre: Adult Rom-Com
Release Date:  October 9th, 2018
Publisher:  Berkley Books
Source:  E-galley from InkSlinger PR for first half, purchased finished paperback for second half
My rating:  5 stars

Synopsis:
A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series. 

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was--until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb's orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he's stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart's in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she's made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn't quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her....


My Review:
This book is the exact type of story that made me fall in love with Samantha Young's writing when I first read her On Dublin Street series.  Caleb Scott really made me want to punch him from the very first time we met him.  But I could see the sexual tension jumping off the pages as I read, and with their first connection on their layover, all I could do was wish I could be lucky enough to have a hot Scot for just one night myself!  (Sam Heughan, anyone?)  Ava had really been given a raw deal with her ex, and the more details we got about that whole situation, the more I respected the fact that she was able to take herself out of that situation and not look back on her ex with longing.  

Of course I assumed, as one would, that Caleb's aversion to commitment and more, probably had to do just with him being a man.  I should have known better, should have known that Young would have the perfect back story for Caleb.  And of course once we heard that back story, it was no surprise the direction that Caleb took their nonrelationship-relationship in.  I cried at that part.  The same kind of tears I've been brought to with other books by this author.  Again, even with that part, I had the thought in my mind of how I just wish I could come back in another life as a character in one of her books.  The men may be only after sex, at least they say they are, but they are honest about it up front.  Besides that though, they are caring, and gentleman, and stick up for their woman no matter what.  

Also similar to other books by this author, there were some great side characters.  I don't think this will be a series, but I would love to read about Ava's best friend Harper, or Caleb's brother Jamie.  Whether it is the two of them getting together, or finding love with someone we don't know yet, I'd be happy to read more with them.  

One more thing, don't you justadore that cover?!  And that title!  This book is perfection all around!  

Blog Tour: Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman


Book info
Title:  Till It Stops Beating  
Author:  Hannah R. Goodman
SeriesThe Maddie Chronicles #4  
Genre:  YA contemporary

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman’s senior year begins with the good (the reemergence of The One That Got Away), the bad (a cancer diagnosis, not hers, but it might as well be) and the WTF (an anxiety attack that renders her writhing on the floor like an upside down crab). 

Adding to her spiraling anxiety is Senior Project, in the form of I’ve Decided To Write A Book about The Other One That Got Away (And Crushed My Heart). Compounding it all is applying to college and keeping up with her friends. The ever mounting stress eventually rips her tight grip on all that she holds dear. 

Her break down leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers she must risk everything in order to really live.

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Author Bio
Often referred to as “the teenage whisperer”, Hannah R. Goodman’s twenty-year career working with teenagers includes the titles teacher, tutor, coach, and, more recently, mental health counselor. Hannah has written essays about mental health for various online publications. Her work has appeared on MindBodyGreenOC87 Recovery Diaries,  Zencare.co, and The Mighty. Though she has previously earned the title author with her first three books, the last was released in 2009 and all were self-published. This time around, indie publisher Black Rose Writing released her novel Till It Stops Beating this summer.
Hannah's  first YA novel, My Sister’s Wedding, won the first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published the follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. The third Maddie book, Fear of Falling, was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She’s published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She also has written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald. Recent, previous projects include Sucker Literary, which features emerging YA authors and All The Way YA, a group blog of writers telling the real deal about writing and publishing YA fiction. 

Hannah is a member of  ARIA  (Association of Rhode Island Authors) as well as a graduate of Pine Manor College's Solstice Program in Creative Writing where she earned an MFA in Writing For Young People. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and black and white cat named Zoe.

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Twitter: @hannahrgoodman

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Excerpt: Love, Sincerely, Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn

Book info:
TitleLove, Sincerely, Yours
Author:  Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
Release Date:  October 9th, 2018
Source:  E-galley from InkSlinger PR
My rating:   4.5 stars

Synopsis:
 
Dear Mister...**strike out** no, too formal.

Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.


To whom it may concern,

Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.

I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?

So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.

I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.

I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.

For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.

And as long as we're being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.

Love,

Sincerely,

Yours.      

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My Review:
Believe it or not, a story that basically started with such a risque letter in the plot was really a pretty sweet story.  Sure, there were steamy bits, but they came later, and didn't encompass the whole story.  The sexual tension between Rome and Peyton built up throughout the story, and kept me hanging, waiting for it to be gratified, probably as much as the characters themselves felt it! 

As I've come to expect and look forward to from these two authors, the banter between these two leads, as well as between their friends, had me laughing out loud and thinking to myself how much they reminded me of me and my own friends.  Rome and his best friend's conversations were so funny!  I love characters like that.  And then we had Peyton's friends, who after asking her to come out on Friday evening, and she turns them down to stay home, ask her if that means "no bra". When she confirms that it does, the one friend does say that tops going out for just about any reason.  I totally agree.  Although they were going out to have chicken strips, which is a weakness of mine!

Since we didn't really get much more than the thoughts of what the two wanted to do to each other when they were close until way at the end of the book, this is one of those stories where less can work more than sex right away.  It kept the characters straight on their paths and standards for not fooling around in the work place.  While I was a little confused at how it seemed Rome couldn't figure out who the anonymous email writer was even with his first few interactions with Peyton, the authors didn't keep it a secret from him way past when it would make sense. Although I did feel that he misunderstood it a bit at first, and that his reaction to her somewhat rejection might have been a little off for his own views of sex with employees, it wasn't dwelt upon in any way that normally I feel is taken too far for dramatic purposes in stories.  The amount of time for them to deal with their misunderstandings was realistic in my opinion, and made me really enjoy the story without scoffing at my normal annoyances in a romance. 

I loved this project from these two authors, and look forward to possible reading more like this from the two of them together possibly, as well as looking forward to reading from each of them independently.

 
Excerpt:
I open the company messenger app on my phone and scroll through the executive names, knowing full well I’m about to break a policy. It’s the company’s phone, and the company’s app, and I’m about to use it for personal use. To flirt. 

With my boss. 

I close my eyes, find his name—next to it is a little, green dot, which means. . . 

He’s on the app. 

I’ve never talked to him live before so this is a huge step, but then again, it might be more fun to get his initial reactions to my comments. 

Debating it for all but two seconds, I type out a message to him, making sure I’m signed on under my LSY persona.  

HandsRomingMyBody: Hey you

My text turns into a new message on the app and I wait on bated breath to see if he will respond. Nerves prickle up my spine, my fingers feeling numb, my mind playing mutiny with my heart just as little dots appear letting me know he’s typing. 

Oh God, I don’t think I’ve been more excited.     

        

About the Authors:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. 

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog. 

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Frequency by Christopher Krovatin

Book info:
TitleFrequency  
AuthorChristopher Krovatin 
Genre:  YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date:  October 2nd, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Synopsis:

Five years ago, Fiona was just a kid. But everything changed the night the Pit Viper came to town. Sure, he rid the quiet, idyllic suburb of Hamm of its darkest problems. But Fiona witnessed something much, much worse from Hamm’s adults when they drove him away.

And now, the Pit Viper is back.

Fiona’s not just a kid anymore. She can handle the darkness she sees in the Pit Viper, a DJ whose wicked tattoos, quiet anger, and hypnotic music seem to speak to every teen in town…except her. She can handle watching as each of her friends seems to be overcome, nearly possessed by the music. She can even handle her unnerving suspicion that the DJ is hell-bent on revenge.

But she’s not sure she can handle falling in love with him. 





 


Author Interview:

1.  What does your writing process look like?  Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, note cards, post-it notes, etc.?


When I start a story, I usually have the basics outlined in my head—the main character, the arc, where it’s going, the eventual end—but I don’t map anything out too closely. If the publishing house demands an outline, I’ll give them one, but I rarely stay too close to it. Honestly, for me, the best part is just writing and seeing where things go. How does this character develop the more he talks to the other characters? Does the romance at the story’s center take an unexpected turn? Those moments provide the most excitement, and are often, for me, where the story comes together.


2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?


Life, I guess? I go for a lot of long walks and do a lot of reading, and over time the ideas just sort of bubble up. But honestly, the best ideas are the ones where you’re just not seeing that story being told in the world. When you think, “Wouldn’t it be cool if someone wrote a book about _____?” Don’t just think, “Yeah, that’d be cool”, go home and write it!


3.  How long have you been writing?


For as long as I can remember. I was a chatterbox as a kid, so writing stories was just a way of telling them that wouldn’t annoy my mom quite as much.


4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?


Just keep writing. Keep doing it. It’s easy to SAY you’re a writer, but it’s much harder to BE one. Work that word mill, son. Write a thousand words today. Do nine hundred of them suck? Delete them and write more tomorrow. But keep at it. Writing is like a muscle, and muscles don’t get stronger with drinking and hanging out and wishing they were stronger.



5.  Favorites:


Books/authors/genres

·       Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

·       Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot

·       Indra Das, The Devourers

·       Frank Bill, Crimes In Southern Indiana

·       Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son

·       Joyce Carol Oates, Zombie

·       Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

·       Ian Fleming, Dr. No

·       Bram Stoker, Dracula



Movies/TV Shows


Movies

·       Dracula (1931), dir. Tod Browning

·       Halloween (1978), dir. John Carpenter

·       Michael Clayton (2007), dir. Tony Gilroy

·       Psycho (1960), dir. Alfred Hitchcock

·       Ghostbusters (1984), dir. Harold Ramis

·       Young Frankenstein (1974), dir. Mel Brooks

·       T2: Judgment Day (1991), dir. James Cameron

·       Old School (2003), dir. Todd Phillips

·       Get Out (2017), dir. Jordan Peele

·       Day of the Dead (1985), dir. George A. Romero

·       Duck Soup (1933), dir. Leo McCarey


TV

·       The Simpsons

·       American Dad

·       Over The Garden Wall

·       Fargo

·       Castle Rock

·       Futurama

·       Blood Drive

·       Gravity Falls



Music

·       Slayer

·       The Misfits

·       Frank Sinatra

·       Rob Zombie

·       Motorhead

·       Celtic Frost

·       The Coffinshakers

·       Cannibal Corpse

·       The Black Dahlia Murder

·       Spike Jones

·       Emperor

·       The World/Inferno Friendship Society

·       Those Poor Bastards

·       Dead Kennedys



Food/Writing Snack
Always, now, and forever: PEANUT BUTTER!  
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Chris Krovatin is an author and journalist of some ill repute. His past novels include Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and the Gravediggers series. He is a contributor to Revolver Magazine and MetalSucks.net, and formerly sang in Brooklyn-based metal band Flaming Tusk. He is an avid fan of weird fiction, the occult, horror movies, heavy metal music, and Halloween. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Denver, Colorado.

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