31 January 2016

Giveaway Winner - Massively Delayed




I've been super busy with work and I completely forgot I hadn't picked a winner for my secret Christmas & New Year giveaway - the good news is I've added extra goodies to make up for it.


The prizes are from various signings and book events I've attended. They include Young Adult, New Adult & Adult goodies and a whole load of other random stuff... 






It all comes in a special Electric Monkey canvas bag!

Posters: Half Wild & Hold Me Closer.
Book Cards: Trial By Fire, Unraveled by Him, The Dark Days Club, The Accident Season, This Man series (signed by Jodi Ellen Malpas), Hello? & Saving Wishes series (with special necklace).
Bookmarks: Bad Rep series (signed by A. Meredith Walters), The London Lovers series (signed by Amy Daws) & a Claire C. Riley book marked (signed by the lady herself).
Book samplers: Magisterium, Red Queen/The Death House, The Territory & All the Bright Places/Simon vs. The Home Sapiens Agenda.
Various: Pin badges/buttons, sparkly duck lip gloss, guitar pick, temporary tattoo, Magic the Gathering cards,  Welcome to the Point series beer matt & magnet, sticker (signed by Jodi Meadows), card holder, skull key ring, Black Ice rubber band, Chapter 5 band, phone cord hair bobble.
Jewellery: Beaded bracelet (with extra thread) heart on a string bracelet & a sparkly star necklace (in velvet bag).
And finally: Captive Films season 1 paperback signed by Jillian Dodd herself!


Without further ado the winner is:


Emma A.


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As per the giveaway rules the winner has 3 days to reply to winner notification email before I redraw. Please keep in mind I sometimes have to remove certain items due to customs restrictions in certain countries.


Giveaway T&C's:
I cannot be held accountable for winners & prizes or any injuries, accidents etc which come from using the 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, or have a parent enter for your (or have recognised parental permission) as some of the content is for adults. 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 - show me that you love books!


30 January 2016

Anything More Than Now - Tour, Review & Giveaway



Anything More Than Now - Sutton College #2
by Rebecca Paula





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What they say: Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she's frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what's next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been. 



Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he's lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family's ranch in Montana. 

And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.



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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: Anything More Than Now is a story about missed opportunities, second chances and what should or might have been. 

I had always thought of Reagan as the 'other girl', an obstacle between Beau and Mati, so it was nice to see her in her own right, to see past her ice queen persona. I have to admit she didn't totally win me over and there were times I wondered what Noah could possibly see in her (apart from the obvious). BUT once I understood more about why she's so guarded and closed off I did start to find myself softening towards her spiky outer persona.

Noah charmed me far quicker than Reagan - I really wanted her to give him a chance and to tone the bitchiness down (yes, I know it's mostly a front). 

Reagan and Noah both have troubling pasts (don't worry no spoilers) and I wasn't sure what to make about certain revelations. Noah finds the perfect way to escape his past and has to learn to own his skill and accept the chances he's given.

The story did feel a little awkward at times and I cannot quite work out why. I think it was largely down to Reagan's abrasiveness and the pacing. It was an interesting switch up to have the tattooed bad boy secretly pining for the unobtainable girl. If they're going to have any chance of being anything more than acquaintances with benefits they need to deal with the Beau shipped elephant in the room. 

I liked their story and did find myself hoping they'd work out how to be happy together...

I kept changing my mind rating this one but went for...

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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Author Spotlight:

Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing. 
She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW. 
Rebecca loves hearing from readers and writers. You can follow her on Twitter @beckapaula or find out more about her and her books at www.rebeccapaula.com.



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29 January 2016

Wish I Had Read It Earlier - Cinder

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Cinder - The Lunar Chronicles #1
by Marissa Meyer





Excuse me while I wax lyrical about Cinder!!


I'm ashamed to admit I had a half read copy of Cinder on my kindle for ages before I managed to find the time to read the awesome US paperback edition I won online. I loved the futuristic retelling of Cinderella and oh Kai!

I cannot believe it took me this long to read Cinder #bookbloggershame 


More about Cinder: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


28 January 2016

Cover Reveal - RoomHate

RoomHate  
(A standalone)

A Contemporary Romance novel

New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
Penelope Ward

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs


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RELEASE DATE: February 15th 2016
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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?

Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


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Author Spotlight:

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

       


Other books from Penelope Ward:


Sins of Sevin


Cocky Bastard


Stepbrother Dearest

Gemini


Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar


Jake Understood (Jake #2)



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27 January 2016

Cover Reveal - Dare Me

Cover Reveal

Dare Me
by Rebecca Shea 


DARE ME is a sexy contemporary romance releasing March 28th 2016. 

Fall into this novel...if you dare!


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Cover created by Regina Wamba with Mae I Design.

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About DARE ME:

Five coworkers.

Four drinks.

Three glances.

Two fleeting smiles.

One dare.

A dare that will change my life.

That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.

My name is Saige Phillips.

I never walk away from a dare.

 
 

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Excerpt:

“I was watching you, Saige. I enjoy watching you.” Maybe that was bold of me, but I don’t care.

She audibly gasps, her chest rising and falling with each quick breath she takes.

I fix my eyes on hers and continue. “And I saw you watching me.”

Her upper lip twitches as she thinks of a sarcastic comeback. I can see the vein in her neck throbbing, along with the beat of her pulse before she finally whispers, “We shouldn’t do this.” She pulls a green olive off the toothpick floating in her martini, then she pops it into her mouth. The green olive matches her eyes perfectly.

I watch her shift uncomfortably in her chair for a few seconds before I respond. “Why not?”

“Because you’re my boss.” So na├»ve, sweet little Saige is.

“I’m actually not,” I tell her.

She frowns. “You own the company I work for, same thing.”

I clarify, “I’m part owner of the company you work for.”

She sighs. “Holt, this is just drinks. That’s all.” But her eyes tell me she wants more.

I lean closer to her. “It’s never just drinks, Saige.”




Author Spotlight:

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Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.



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Waiting on Wednesday: Reign of Shadows

Reign of Shadows #1
by Sophie Jordan








What they say: Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadowsis Sophie Jordan at her best.

Coming February 9th 2016 by Harper Teen


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Why I'm waiting...



  1. I LOVE the cover!
  2. Sophie's books always make me smile.
  3. Hello! Have you read the blurb?!





26 January 2016

Tour & Review - Hallowed Ground






Hallowed Ground ( Flight & Glory #4)
by Rebecca Yarros

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New Military Romance





There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.
This is war.


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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I was a huge fan of Ember and Josh when we first met them in Full Measures back in 2014 but I have to admit I did approach Hallowed Ground with more than a hint of trepidation. We've seen them suffer through heartache, distance and drama, so I wasn't sure where Rebecca Yarros could take their story. I'm not going to lie, there is a lot of angst and pain - I won't be reading one of her books before bedtime again as I spent the entire night sniffing. BUT there is also a whole lotta love, positivity and hope leaping off the pages to make you smile.

I cannot claim to know anything about Military life but Yarros does a marvellous job portraying the difficult choices and truths faced by members of the armed forces and their families. Amber knows the life but even she isn't prepared for the impact certain events have on Josh and their life together.

Ember finds herself torn between new and old dreams. At times she struggles to make sense of it all and to know how to help Josh. 

Josh is living in his own personal hell and wants to protect Ember from everything, even himself. I did find myself getting a little miffed when they kept repeating certain arguments and dramas but I still loved them. I feel as though Josh needed time to heal and Ember needed to support him by supporting herself. I did for one horrible moment think something unforgivable was coming, but thankfully Hallowed Ground isn't that sort of story...

The story is gut wrenching, emotional and honest. Their friends and family suffer right along with them, but also celebrate in their triumphs. It's a dramatic end to an interesting Military romance - oh the feels!!
4 Stars in my Sky!





Excerpt:

I pushed my chair out and reached for her, lifting her tiny, curved frame into my lap. Her head tucked beneath my chin, and she curled into me, fitting right where she was always meant to be. My arms closed around her. “We have a month.”
“It’s not long enough.” Her fingers gripped my shirt like she could keep me here if she just held on tight enough. God, what I wouldn’t have given to stay with her.
“Forever isn’t long enough for us, December, but that’s what we’re going to have. You and I have never chosen the easy path. This is just another hurdle.” I rubbed my chin over her soft hair and tried to soak in every detail of holding her—the sweet way she smelled, the smooth texture of her skin beneath my hands.
She leaned back in my arms and cupped my face. “I can’t lose you.” Her voice broke, and tears pooled in her eyes.
I’d never hated myself more than I did in that moment. She’d made it through a nightmare no one should have to face, and I was about to ask her to chance that fire again. My breath hitched, barely passing the lump in my throat. “You won’t. It would take something a hell of a lot stronger than a war to keep me from you.”
I sealed that promise with a kiss, tasting her fear and desperation as she responded. She opened underneath me, and I fused my mouth to hers, surrendering to the heat between us to pull us through this moment. There was nothing hotter or sweeter in this world than kissing December, feeling her go soft and pliant.
We’d fought so fucking hard to get here, to be together. This wasn’t fair, and we both knew it. But we also both knew it didn’t matter. Fair wasn’t exactly in the U.S. Army vocabulary.
I retreated just enough to whisper against her lips, “I’ll come home. I swear it.”


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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.
When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.




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