Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Out of the Shallows (Into the Deep #2) by Samantha Young

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO SAMANTHA YOUNG AND BOOK 2 IN THE INTO THE DEEP SERIES - OUT OF THE SHALLOWS!!!

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Synopsis


From the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Deep

LIVE YOUNG. LIVE HARD. LOVE DEEP.
Charley and Jake’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things. 

When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake. 

Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself. 

While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.

However, as Charley strives to make it through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did...



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Excerpt

I couldn’t actually dispute any of that, which made me even more pissed, hurt, defensive, scared and … confused.
I started to shiver. “I … I can’t do this.” I turned away.
I hadn’t taken two steps when I felt his hand wrap around my wrist. Jake tugged me, forcefully, pulling me around so I stumbled into his chest. His lips crashed down on mine, his kiss hungry, desperate, angry …
For a moment I forgot everything else but the hard pressure of his mouth on mine, the smell of his cologne, the feel of his body. I was surrounded.
Drowning.
And I let it happen.
His lips moved from my mouth to my chin, along my jaw, as his hand slid up my waist, his thumb just grazing my breast. I sighed, my body arching into his. I was hot. Hot and wanting. Nothing else mattered but the way I felt when he touched me.
His voice was ragged in my ear. “I’ve missed you so much. I love you so fucking much.” He squeezed my waist and pulled me closer, his mouth reaching for mine again but those three little words had broken through the spell of lust created by Jake’s proximity and the four beers I’d had.
“Stop,” I whispered, pushing gently on his chest.

Book 1 in the Series - Into the Deep
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Synopsis


Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…


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AboutTheAuthor

samantha youngnew Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment #1) by Stacey O'Neale

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!
On to the reveal!

Mortal Enchantment

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author


In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...


The Shadow Prince
If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!!

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?


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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.
   
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Monday, April 14, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES #16


Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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For Review
A huge thank you to Harlequin Australia and Flux for these review copies.


Purchased
These books are what I picked up from my weekly visit to my local used book store.


Week In Review
Here is a list of reviews that I posted this week.

What books did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, April 11, 2014

REVIEW: AnguiSH by Lila Felix

Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend had cheated, stolen, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.
Ashland talks too much and has the voice of a meth-laden prairie dog, or so she’s always been told. She’s been called annoying and irritating all of her life and gave up on having friends for a long time. College has given her a new lease on a social life and she’s embraced who she is. But now she’s waiting for the one guy who can take her breath away and put up with her antics. 
A simple note pinned to a corkboard will lead Ash right to Breaker’s solitary world and she will learn that just because a guy doesn’t fit her ideal, doesn’t mean she won’t fall head over feet in love.




My Thoughts:

If I were a regular person, I could actually walk out of this prison - house, it's a house.

When Lila Felix contacted me to review AnguiSH, I was so keen. I love realistic fiction and once I found out it actually contained a topic that I know a great deal about, I was even more intrigued and excited to jump in.

Breaker James hasn't left his house in two years. Nothing his family does can entice him to leave the confines of the prison he's created for himself inside the walls of the house where he lives. Seeing the conditions he is living under and the low point that Breaker has reached, his Mother's finally had enough and takes matters into her own hands. She advertises for a live in maid to clean Breakers house and the possibility of being able to entice him back to some sort of normal existence. Enter Ashland Cormier. They push each others buttons from their very first encounter, but there is an attraction that neither of them can deny. Will Ash be the saviour that Breaker needs?

My want to be a better man twisted into a need to feel worthy of her hand and her heart.

There were things about Breaker and Ashland that I really liked. And then there were some things, not so much. Separately they each brought something different to the table. When they first cross paths, Breaker is rather timid and reserved, where Ashland is somewhat loud and outgoing. I really felt a connection to Breaker and his situation and was devouring the book waiting to see how he would handle things. Because this is quite a quick read, everything seemed to happen really fast in regards to Breaker dealing with his anxiety and panic attacks. I would have liked to have seen a deeper look at his struggles, but he was a character that I couldn't help but really like. For the most part I liked Ashland as well. She seemed like she could be a whole lot of fun. But when it came to them as a couple, I just didn't feel it. Every now and then, there would be a moment, and I would get it, I would feel that connection between them, but for most of the story, it just wasn't there for me unfortunately. 

A girl like that, obviously a good head on her shoulders and beautiful as all get out; the last thing she needed was a head case like me.

If I take away the romance, Breaker and Ashland had a great friendship. I loved Ashland for helping Breaker through some of his struggles and for having the strength to step back when she needed to. It takes a really strong person to be able to do what she did.

Lila Felix has a real ease about her writing, and I was able to easily immerse myself in the story, but unfortunately, it was just lacking a little something for me to fully love it.

"Whoever made you think that you don't deserve anything you want should have a one way ticket to hell."

3/5 Stars.

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