14 June 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Found in Us (Lost #2) by Layla Hagen

Found in Us (Lost #2)
Author: Layla Hagen
Publication Date: July 24, 2014

**This can be read as a STANDALONE. The second book in the Lost series tells Jessica and Parker's story. **

All Jessica wants—as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating.

And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs.

A bad, bad boy.


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~About the Author~

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough.

Book Spotlight: This Time by Trish Edmisten

This Time
Author: Trish Edmisten
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Seven years ago, he broke her heart. This time, the tables are turned!

Chelsea Schumacher always knew this day would come. Sooner or later, she would have to face Justin Jacobs, the guy who broke her heart when she was just seventeen years old. With his brother about to marry her best friend, that day is finally here. It’s been seven years since she last saw Justin, but time has done nothing to dull the pain of his rejection. If anything, the ache has grown worse. Determined not to let him have any power over her, and more determined not to ruin her best friend’s wedding, Chelsea makes her own vow. Things will be different this time. Or will they?

~About the Author~

Trish Edmisten is the author of several novels, including Extraordinary Will, a Reader Views Literary Award winner in romance. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Journal, Creative with Words, and A Long Story Short. Besides being an author, Trish holds a degree in criminology. Currently, she lives in Fresno, California with her husband and their two daughters. To learn more about Trish Edmisten, visit www.trishedmisten.com.

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pub. Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Acquired: Borrowed from library
Author Page: http://www.taherehbooks.com/
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I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster

I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

~My Review~

I've heard from the beginning that this book was one that everyone needed to read. But for whatever reason it took me three years to get on the bandwagon.

This genre really is a dime a dozen, nowadays and it's difficult to find reads that actually stand out among the numerous attempts at originality.

Even if this story, itself, didn't stand out and exude "other", then Ms. Mafi's writing would still be enough to make it's permanent mark on the reader's mind.
It's like every peek into Juliette's brain is a poem. A song. Something that is both depressing yet beautiful.
Only when she speaks does she seem to be human. But, it's almost jarring when you realize that she doesn't SPEAK in prose.

Sometimes fragmented, but always poignant, Juliette's narrative is delightful.

The rest of the story is also enough to draw any reader in. Also, I can't help but wonder if Ms. Mafi may be going against the grain with this one.

We shall see.

~My Rating~

~About the Author~

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She writes books and reads books and drinks way too much coffee.

13 June 2014

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Shades of Chaos

Shades of Chaos
Authors: Cameron Jace, Katie Salidas, Chrystalla Thoma, Alexia Purdy, Megan Duncan, and Nadège K. Richards
Publication Date: June 13, 2014
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WELCOME to the Release Day Party and Giveaway for Shades of Chaos (Dystopian YA boxed set)!

Book Spotlight: Better than Perfect by Tricia Drammeh

Better than Perfect
Author: Tricia Drammeh
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Twenty-three-year-old Karlie is in the type of rut some people never escape from. With few friends, no boyfriend, and no plans to graduate from college any time in the immediate future, Karlie is as stuck in her ways as the elderly neighbor she spends all her time with. When her world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, Karlie can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.

Review: Shadow Fire (The Light Chronicles #1) by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Shadow Fire (The Light Chronicles #1)
Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Pub. Date: Feb. 24, 2014
Acquired: From author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Author Page: http://www.kimberleighwheaton.com
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12 June 2014

Feature & Follow #4

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Every week we'll discuss a new topic. This week's topic?
Armchair Travel! Tell us about your favorite book in a setting you’d like to visit (a real place for this question).

Review: Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2) by Stacey Marie Brown

Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2)
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Pub. Date: Aug. 31, 2013
Acquired: From author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Author Page: http://www.staceymariebrown.com

***This is NOT a YA Series but a New Adult(17+). Sexual Content and Language.***

It's been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.

And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

Book Spotlight: Time Calling by Martin Clark

Time Calling
Author: Martin Clark
Find "Time Calling": Amazon

A junior intelligence agent in the British government is assigned to provide security for four young Asian women in the remote countryside while they attempt a unique and strange task – developing a language from pure numbers. None can imagine the world-changing consequences of their work, the danger it will place them in, and the critical decisions about loyalty and love it will force them to make…

Time Calling is "hard" science fiction. Using the latest science, it explores the human language-creation phenomenon and how it must some day face the ultimate communication challenge. True "cognitive-science" fiction!

11 June 2014

Book Spotlight: Two Ways to Sunday by Tom Starita

Two Ways to Sunday
Author: Tom Starita
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Chris Marcum was a man who had everything. The perfect wife, the perfect job, and the perfect life. He was also sure his belief in God did not depend on those successes. So when an angel appeared to him on his deathbed with a challenge to prove the depths of his faith, Chris immediately accepted. Relive your life, with no recollection. This time however, without the breaks. What happens when instead of going right, you go left? What if there are no happy endings? How much can a man endure before he hits his breaking point? And what happens then?

Review: Darkness of Light (Darkness #1) by Stacey Marie Brown

Darkness of Light (Darkness #1)
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Pub. Date: Feb. 13, 2013
Acquired: From author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Author Page:

**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series.

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

10 June 2014

Release Day Blitz: Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1) by Michelle Krys

Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Michelle Krys
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If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

Review: Tug of Love by Glynnis Rogero

Tug of Love

Author: Glynnis Rogero
Pub. Date: March 30, 2014
Acquired: From author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Author Page: Amazon Author Page
Find "Tug of Love": Amazon

I'm madder than a baby gator being swung by it's tail! My best friend, Lucy, just told me I need to see a shrink because I have trust issues with men.

Really!? Me, Jamie Fulton, crazy? No way. Unless you call it crazy to have trusted my schizo father and my diabolical ex-boyfriend with my heart. Even after three years, I feel like an idiot every time I recall how I was one of those women in love who trusted blindly, when there were signs that something was wonky about him all along.


In Lucy's defense, maybe I am a bit heartless where men are concerned. You see, I'm a divorce attorney who only accepts female clients.

My reasons for the 'females only' rule is two-fold:

First, is my desire to see these women get what they deserve - a return of their dignity. Even though most of them readily admit their lives aren't a romantic love story any longer, they are still surprised when their husband asks for a divorce. Of course, sometimes it's the woman who initiates the divorce, but I always assume she has a good reason. Although, there is the occasional gold-digger that slithers under my door.

My second reason, is that I derive almost as much pleasure out of seeing them squirm as their wives do. Maybe more. The husband's attorney (the males at least) call me 'The Barracuda'. Do I care? About as much as the size of a no-see-um.

So...Lucy already had some heavy ammunition, even before I met a gorgeous man named Mick a few weeks ago in a most, let's just say, unusual way. I reject all of his attempts to befriend me, in the days and weeks following our meeting. Lucy hears about Mick and tries to play matchmaker, but I'm having none of it.

Then Lucy tells me I need to "see someone" about my trust issues with men.

To reiterate - NOT GONNA HAPPEN! I barely restrain myself from throwing a great big ole' hissy fit right here in the parking lot of my office building. I hold it together only because a hissy fit wouldn't reflect well on my practice.

Undeterred, Lucy calls me out using dirty, underhanded tactics. She takes my shoulders, looks directly into my eyes and says sweetly, "Don't you want your very own romantic love story, Jamie? Then the kicker, "Don't you want babies?"

Okay, okay already, I'll go see a shrink! But, there's no way a shrink is going to fix my issues, they're too ingrained in my personality. Besides, I told her, I'm perfectly willing to forego romance and go to the "bank". She had the nerve to laugh in my face!

Of course, I couldn't stay mad at Lucy for long.

Every year, she and I take a mini-vacation for our birthdays. We decide to go to a Fort Myers Beach Hotel for mine. I'm enjoying the sun, the serenity, the frozen daiquiris and my newly acquired beach read - a romantic comedy. Lucy asks me if it's one of those historical, or contemporary love stories? I lie and tell her it's a contemporary drama that just happens to include a bit of a romance.

She almost gets away with her 'mmhum' along with a knowing look over the top of her sunglasses that says I'm a sucker for romance. I stick my tongue out at her. Hey, I might be off men but women's fiction often includes a romantic love story, so sue me.

Later in the day we kayak to a secluded island where we run into Mick. Really! He has me spitting fire one minute and humiliated to the point of wanting to bury myself head first in the sand the next. Hell, who needs a book; my life's a contemporary drama!

Then Lucy does something that sends me into a tailspin. Will Lucy ever be able to forgive me for what comes next? Will I ever be able to trust men? The jury's still out.

09 June 2014

Book Spotlight: London's Burning by Anthony O'Brien

London's Burning
Author: Anthony O'Brien
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London’s Burning is a truly English political thriller book, gritty, earthy, dirty and downright truthful.

As the nation slips into financial chaos Alice joins Theodore, a close family friend as his understudy working in a government department. She is to begin her ideological journey across London, discovering how the government through social engineering conspires to control, manipulate and drive the public towards the desired political objectives.

Alice discovers the truth behind the fight against nationalism, the hard hitting facts behind multiculturalism, the London riots, the value of state controlled media, education, incorporation and all available means for tyranny throughout society.

Theodore finds himself emotionally torn; yet drawn ever closer to Alice, as she herself is to him. They could not have predicted their destiny, nor the inevitable future for mankind that is too shocking to believe, yet all the evidence is here. A new world order novel that’s going to change your perceptions of reality, today.

~About the Author~

Just a simple man, father and husband, lover of music, writing and
often found sitting at my computer.

London's Burning is my first novel, published 2014. I have fictionalized the truth,
finally putting my words into action.

My wish is to offer the reader a ideological journey of a lifetime.

08 June 2014

Book Blitz: Just Sing (Seven Oaks Series #1) by René Gilley

Just Sing (Seven Oaks Series #1)
Author: René Gilley
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Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a topnotch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.

But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.


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~About the Author~

I’m René Gilley, a young adult and new adult author. I’m a mom, wife, and breast cancer survivor. A portion of every book royalty I receive will go to support breast cancer patients, awareness, and research for a cure.

JUST SING, my debut young adult book, will be available in ebook and paperback, June 5, 2014. Published by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House TWCS.