31 July 2014

Signed Losing It & Other Fab Swag Giveaway


GIVEAWAY!


As well as a signed UK paperback of Cora Carmack's Losing It & a T-shirt signed by Lisa J. Hobman I have a whole host of goodies!


 The giveaway includes: 


Please note only the indicated items are signed!! 





Losing It paperback (signed) & plastic bracelet - Cora Carmack




T-shirt (signed), bookmark, card (signed) & button badge - Lisa J. Hobman

Bookmark - C.M. Stunich
3x cards, pen & bookmark - Georgia Cates
Card, bookmark (signed) & magnet - Mia Michelle
Card (signed) & keyring - D Breeze
Magnet & card (signed) - Krissy V
Poker chip & chapstick - Kristen Proby
Bookmark - Amy A Bartol
Card (signed) - Aurora Rose Reynolds
Card - Altheatha Romig
Marked Men Shot glass (plastic) - Jay Crownover
Guitar pick - Lexi Buchanan

Open internationally (I reserve the right to substitute prizes if necessary):





Some of the items are adult themed or from adult books & may contain 'naughty bits' (which are for show & not to be used, you use them at your own risk) this giveaway is for over 18s only!

I make no profit from this swag, it was kindly given to me by the authors at #DAS14. 
Before entering please check out the rest of my giveaway T&C's below.


Please make sure you paste the correct links, info etc when entering as I've had a few entries with broken links etc (this means I have to redraw & you won't win).



The winners have 3 days to reply to winner notification before I redraw for different winner(s).


Giveaway T&C's:
I cannot be held accountable for winners & prizes - I am not responsible for missing prizes & anything lost in transit. Prizes will not be replaced (but proof of postage is gained). I check all entries before giving out prizes to make sure your entry is still valid. I'm sorry kiddies but you need to be 18 or older to enter as some of the swag is for adults. I have been given these prizes for giveaway purposes & the giveaway is not linked to the publisher, author, company, or any social media unless stated otherwise. If you're not legally allowed to enter then your entry is void. Incomplete entries or 'giveaway-only' accounts are also void!! I try to make descriptions as accurate as possible but I do not accept responsibility for any prize substations, changes, removals or missing items. When you enter you are agreeing to these conditions!

Good luck :)


In Between Seasons is Live!!

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NEW ADULT POST - APOCALYPTIC ROMANCE SERIES

In Between Seasons
by Cassandra Giovanni


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In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.

I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.
It’s me.
And I’m not following the leader any more.





Excerpt

I would have given him everything.
I would have melded every part of me into him.
My breath caught in my throat.
I already had.
Love hadn’t existed in this world. Only hate, deceit and lies, but by letting him in I’d let all of that crumble. By letting me in he’d done the same, and now we were engaged in an even deadlier game than before.
We weren’t enemies as we had been born to be.
We weren’t friends as we had come to be.
Then what were we? I let my hands run through my hair as I clasped my eyes shut even tighter.
We were cursed.



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back1Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.


Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.











Look for my review coming 7th August!


Between ARC Review


Between
by Megan Whitmer






What they say: When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot: that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she's under the Fellowship's protection herself, well, "stressed" is an understatement.


Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.

Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn't know who she can trust. She's dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can't have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.

Charlie may be in over her head.



I received a copy from Spencer Hill Press in exchange for an honest review!


What I say (review): I featured Between as a previous W.O.W. post because the premise, blurb and cover excited me. I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint! 


Main character Charlie (Charlotte) finds herself being thrown headfirst into a difficult and strange situation and doesn't know who to trust. Charlie has to flee to the Between, where she learns about magic and all things mythological. Even though she's suddenly surrounded by the unknown and magical (a few teenage bratty moments aside), she deals with it all well. She's sweet, fierce, headstrong and desperate for answers. Charlie can be rash but it was easy to understand why she reacts at times but I kept hoping we'd get more answers.


I found Seth intriguing and didn't always know what to make of him. He's both endearing and infuriating, but handles everything well. I appreciated his loyalty, although he could have been a bit more open. In a strange kinda way he reminded me a bit of Dimitri from Vampire Academy.

The concept of the in Between was clever and the world building was really imaginative. Sometimes fantasy books can be heavy with descriptions but in this case it worked well and added to the story.

There are a large number of characters, which was a little confusing at times. The secondary characters were good and I wanted to see more of certain ones and less of others. I enjoyed the twist and turns and am looking forward to the next instalment.


4 Stars in my Sky!



30 July 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Better Than Perfect


Waiting on Wednesday is my weekly post where I obsess over the shiny new books  I cannot wait to read! 





This week I'm waiting on... 

Better Than Perfect (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles


What they say: Ashtyn's life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister's back at home after ten years - with a stepson in tow!

Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car - Ashtyn's only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she'll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek's flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

A sweet and steamy romance from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.


  • Expected publication: August 16th 2014 by Bloomsbury
  • ISBN13: 9781408852996




Why I'm Waiting on Better than Perfect:

  1. I really like Simone's writing.
  2. I love the character names (yes this is important)!
  3. Nobody writes drama and angst like SE.






No Weddings Cover Reveal

No Wedding CR


Today I'm revealing the FOUR covers for Kat and Stone Bastion’s No Wedding Series, plus an exclusive excerpt! 



No Wedding Series

by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion



Genre: Contemporary Romance


Cover designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations


Photographer: Mandy Hollis Photography


Models: Steven Preston and Brittany Brescia




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No Weddings (Release Date Sep 8):



Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.



I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.



Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.



When my three sisters and I start a new event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.







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One Funeral (Release Date Sep 29):


The stakes climb higher in this second book in the No Weddings Series for Hannah Martin, a woman restrained by her past, and Cade Michaelson, the man who could help set her free.



I’m drawn to Cade as he charms his way into more of my life and offers me something I truly haven’t ever had: a friend. Yet his humor, patience, and drop-dead sexiness take my breath away, and I know my heart is at risk. I want to move forward but am terrified I can’t.



Cade seems to have it together from his own devastating heartache. His subtle actions, however, suggest a different story. And even though he says he wants more, I wonder if he’s able to trust in our developing relationship.



As we navigate through our tangled feelings, we vow to take it slow. Yet no matter how careful we try to be, things between us intensify—and there’s nothing we can do, or want to do, to stop it.



But the biggest question remains: Is chemistry enough to move beyond the past and toward a future together?







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Two Bar Mitzvahs (Release Date Oct 20):


Summer heats up in this third book in the No Weddings Series, where Cade Michaelson strives to balance his and Hannah Martin’s new relationship with the growing demands of his financial success.



Waiting for Hannah has been the best and worst kind of torture. Now I can claim her as mine. We believe we’re done with the past and can move forward together.



Hannah grows stronger than ever as she trusts in me—trusts in us. And when obstacles appear, she shows a surprising fierceness that rivals my own.



However, all is not perfect in paradise. Things get chaotic while I try to juggle multiple businesses, an ex from hell, and a girlfriend I’d do anything to keep. And in the middle of the whirlwind, I recklessly think I can handle everything.



But when all the madness is over, will I have everything I want—will I still have Hannah?





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Three Christmases (Release Date Nov 17):



As the holiday season approaches in this fourth book in the No Weddings Series, Cade Michaelson strives to be better at balancing work and love, and Hannah Martin’s growing ability to trust is put to the test.



Lust and friendship brought us together, but with the increasing demands of my two businesses, Hannah’s thriving bakery, and our successful event-planning company, stability becomes my focus. Then a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity takes me to the West Coast, and everything goes into a tailspin.



Laughter, love, and excitement fill our lives, but Cade refuses to settle into the wonderful bliss we’ve found—he wants spectacular fireworks and an unshakable foundation. Driven like no one I’ve ever met, Cade insists a dream job across the country will be better for our future together, but I worry about whether we can survive the present apart.



When intimate time diminishes…and lives get more hectic…



Will a little bit of faith be all that it takes? Or will the sacrifice to get there be too great?







Exclusive Excerpt:



Thank you for reading and sharing the first exclusive excerpt of No Weddings, where Cade and Hannah experience a heated moment…




When we reached her door, she slammed into it, and with my hand attached to her death grip, I crashed into her. Breaking free of her hold, I tempered my impact by shooting my arms up onto the doorframe.



She stilled, her key halfway into the lock.



We were pressed against each other in a compromising position, and it struck us both.



I dropped my head down, resting my head against the windowpane, unable to move—only able to breathe. And her delicate scent wafted up. Tropical. Enticing. I closed my eyes, fighting the urge to stay. And losing.



She swallowed. I heard it.



I felt her turn around and drop the platter to her side as it brushed my hip. I opened my eyes to find hers closed as she pressed her soft body up against me.



She inhaled deeply, and her body shuddered.



“Cade, I…” She opened her greenish eyes with those little flecks of gold in them. Uncertainty washed across her expression.



I exhaled but didn’t move. This was so off-limits. But the fact that I couldn’t have her suddenly made me want her all the more. “F**k.” I pulled away. Shook my head.



Cold air flooded between us, breaking the spell we’d both fallen under when we hadn’t been paying attention. Hannah looked surprised, like she couldn’t believe I’d rejected her like that.



“I can’t, Hannah.”



She nodded furiously, like she agreed. But I could tell as her expression hardened and she turned to slide the key into the lock with a shaking hand that she struggled with her emotions.



I put my hands on her shoulders, stopping her from pushing in through the now-open door. “Hannah, it’s not you. Trust me, it’s not. I’m…”



Fighting my attraction had been difficult enough. Knowing she also felt the pull made our working together dangerous. I needed her help to keep our dealings purely professional.



Her voice trembled. “You want me? You feel it too? I…”



Ah, fuck. Hearing her repeat my thoughts made this excruciating. Figures. The first girl who challenged my mind, in addition to physically attracting me, would be the one I couldn’t pursue. Damned “no doing the help” rule.



I exhaled, counting to five. “Yeah, but I…we…can’t. Not only would it be a really bad idea, based on past experience, I promised my sisters. It’s as good as a sworn blood oath.” I ground out the words, shocked I could form coherent sentences with my blood flooding much farther south from my brain cells.



I clenched my fists, digging my nails into my palms while I eased back, putting a good couple of feet between us. In desperation, I vowed to maintain said safe minimum distance at all times.



Slowly, she turned to face me again. Confident, proud, a woman now in charge of herself, body and mind, Hannah nodded. “I promise too. No matter our attraction, we keep it strictly business.”



I blew out a fast breath through tight lips. “Good. With you and me both working on that, it’ll be a lot easier.”



A slow smile crept onto her face, a devilish gleam sparking in her eyes. “Oh? You mean if I didn’t play along, things could get difficult for you?”



My face fell. She wouldn’t. Would she?



She placed a palm on my chest, smiling sweetly. “It’s okay, Cade. I promise not to tease you…too much.”




Author Spotlight:



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Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.



A few factoids about the writing team…



Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.



Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.



Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure.



Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking.



Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit their blog at www.talktotheshoe.com, website at www.katbastion.com, and their Twitter accounts at https://twitter.com/KatBastion and https://twitter.com/StoneBastion for more information.









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29 July 2014

UnWritten Blog Tour




UnWritten 
by Chelsea M. Cameron


July 2014





BOOK SUMMARY:

Children's librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.
British single father.
Someone else is writing this love story...

Blair Walton isn't your average curvaceous tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That's why she and Raine write in secret.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research". Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair's not the only one with secrets.


Check out my review of UnWritten here!



Author Spotlight:



Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.




Excerpt:

“We’re strapped for ideas and someone doesn’t want to do what we need to do to get the damn book done,” Raine said, jabbing her finger in my direction.
“I’m someone,” I said, raising my hand. “And Raine isn’t telling the story right. What she wants me to do is go out with a guy and sleep with him multiple times and then tell her all the dirty details so we can use it for book material.” Even Angie raised her eyebrows at that.
Raine made a sound of frustration.
“You’re the one that’s not telling it right. I want her to go out with a guy, who is interested in her, by the way. I’m a horrible friend that wants her to go out with a good-looking, rich, British guy and then maybe tell me about it afterwards. That’s all. I don’t think that’s crazy.” Angie looked from me to Raine and back.
“Well, if he’s rich and British, I’d say go for it. You can’t beat that combination. And if he’s good-looking to boot? Add hell to the yes.” Angie and Raine clinked their martini glasses together and then drained them.
“Barkeep, another round!” Angie said, pounding her fist on the wooden bar top.
“Don’t make me regret this,” Blue said, handing over two fresh drinks.
“Baby, I’ll make you regret you were ever born,” Angie said, grabbing his shirt and pulling his face close, as if to kiss him, but she pushed him back at the last second.
“Goddamn it, Ang.” He shook his head at her and went to deal with another customer. Angie just laughed and tipped her glass in his direction.
“Ah, I’m going to marry him someday.” She stared at his back for a moment and shifted her attention back to me and Raine.
“So, what are you going to do about the British hottie? One night stand? Relationship? What are you thinking?” Angie said. I downed the rest of my drink and Angie signaled for another. Blue came back over and fixed my drink, to the chagrin of several other people waiting. He just gave them a look and they shut up.
“I’m not thinking anything because nothing is happening.”

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