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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! Where is summer going? It feels like it just started and now I'm shopping for school supplies. I hope you've had time to sit on a beach and read or at least to escape into a few good reads. As you can see from the Archive I've had a busy summer of reading myself. Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you're reading right now!

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for all reviewing and promotional until I can pin down my work schedule for the fall months. Yep, you read that right—I have a job now! Followers and friends please drop me an email as needed.

♥ -- Rhi

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blog Tour: WRITTEN ON MY HEART by Cole Gibsen [Playlist + Giveaway!]

You guys! If you didn't read my review of WRITTEN ON MY HEART yet please, please do it! Cole had some computer trouble so her tour doesn't have the nifty promo stuff she had planned but I loved the book so much I figured you should at least read my review. This is one of my new favorite books and I can't gush about it enough. -- Rhi

It's been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib—and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire—for her trouble.Never going back. She doesn't need trouble...especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who's six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.

Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There's no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner...even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.

But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs...

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About the Author

Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.

It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Affiliate by K.A. Linde

Today we’re revealing the cover of Kyla Linde’s The Affiliate! I am so excited about this fantastic YA fantasy!!

Title: The Affiliate (Ascension, 1)
Author: K. A. Linde
Release Day: September 15th
Genre: YA Fantasy

About The Affiliate:
On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.
Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...
King Edric himself.
Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.
Pre-Order Now: Amazon | Itunes

Exclusive Excerpt:
“Do you enjoy the view?” King Edric asked.
“The rains have made the gardens bloom, and it warms my heart to see it so.”
“It is good to know that the gardener approves of the work.”
Cyrene laughed lightly. “I have not gardened in a month’s time. I fear I can no longer call myself a gardener.”
She remembered when she had told the king of her interest in gardening at the last feast day almost a week ago. After that dance, Queen Kaliana added a list of plants to her assignment, forcing her to reread every page she had already dredged through for information. It had wasted two entire days.
“Perhaps I could change that,” he offered.
He directed her down the staircase and into the courtyard below lit solely by the setting sun in the distance.
Her stomach churned at the thought of him offering assistance to any of her needs. It was like what she had read in her children’s books of the tales of Leifs, and how one request would be necessitated by a much larger sacrifice. Her biggest sacrifice at the present moment was time. She wanted nothing more than to finish her work on agriculture and prove that she could get moved somewhere that involved traveling…and adventure.
“On the contrary, My King, I am fully enthralled in my Affiliate duties, and believe that gardening would only distract me from my work.”
“You cannot spare one afternoon to spend in my gardens?” His blue-gray eyes searched her face. “If you have half the green thumb you suggest, then it would be delightful to have you on the grounds.”
She swallowed. “I really have much work to accomplish before we go on Processional.”
“I could speak to the Queen and request it be lessened,” he whispered into the evening air.
“No!” It was the first time he had ever admitted to discussing her with the Queen. Hearing him admit it aloud made her voice come out strangled.
Cyrene missed her footing on the pebble path and stumbled forward a pace. Edric steadied her. He turned his body to face her in the middle of the garden, and her breath caught at the sight of him in the setting sun.
“You do not wish me to speak to the Queen?”
“I spoke out of turn. Please forgive me.”
“I cannot forgive that which I do not understand. Did the Queen somehow offend you?”
Cyrene shook her head. “I fear that the Queen does not…like me.”
Edric laughed softly, taking one of her hands in his own. “Oh Cyrene, I believe that the Queen likes no one but herself.”
Cyrene found that she, too, could laugh at his comment.
“Now, tell me what the Queen has done to make you believe that she dislikes you.”
“It’s nothing, my King.” She turned her face away from his. She couldn’t possibly tell him the real reason.
“Enough to infuriate you, which is enough for me.”
When she looked back up into his blue-gray eyes she felt that same magnetic pull between them. Somehow she had not realized how close they were standing. His hand felt warm against her bare skin. His body only a few inches away from her. His breath hot on her face. Her heart contracted in her chest, and she forced herself to respond.
“She speaks of…of your interference, as if…as if you…”
Time stretched between them, and she thought for a split second he might move even closer to her. She was rooted in place, captivated by his gaze.
“Yes?” His other hand drifted to her waist, and she was suddenly on fire.
Their breath mingled together as she murmured, “As if you favor me.”
“And do you think that?”
“Yes?” he asked, stepping closer.
“I think you have your queen,” she breathed.

About K. A. Linde:

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series.  As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books.  She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios.  After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.

When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on.  She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

Enter KA’s fantastic giveaway!! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
Young Adult, Fantasy, Classic Retelling, Reimagining
Ebook/Print/Audio (403 pages, AMULET BOOKS)
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl's pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers--precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.Author Site: website

A wild and wondrous reimagining. (5 stars)

There are a handful of classics that I have a deep soft spot for and anything Alice always catches my eye. I've wanted to read Splintered since before it came out but somehow managed to not get to it until I finally bought an audio copy. I'm actually really glad I did as the narration was very good and I felt more free to just let my mind take over the painting pictures part of reading. If ever there was a classic retelling or reimagining that was more suited to letting the mind wander I don't know what it could be.

Howard's reimagining is darkly twisted but not in the usual horror or gothic stylings many writers and artists choose. It's more earthy and surreal and works to delicious effect. I can see why so many people loved it. I loved it. Occasionally it felt a little bit forced, in particular the romantic elements, but knowing there are further installments I feel confident that I'll enjoy seeing where this rabbit hole goes. It's wicked and weird, sexy and sweet.

If you've held back from getting to this series like I have I'd certainly recommend giving it that shot. Especially if you're a fan of all things Alice.

Notes: I purchased this book myself.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Baby's Got Bite by Candace Havens

Baby's Got Bite (Take It Like A Vamp #2) by Candace Havens
Paranormal Romance, Category Romance, Werewolves, Fae
Ebook/Print (166 pages, COVET)
Some consequences bite...big time.
Bennett Langdon has a firm no-relationships policy. Still, it doesn't stop her from hooking up with a super-sexy bad boy at her best friend's wedding. After all, it's only one night-what harm could it do? Ten weeks later, a pregnant Bennett has her answer...
Linc Monahan can't believe it. This wasn't supposed to happen. He's a werewolf, and shouldn't be able to father a child with a human. Now Linc has to find some way to tell Bennett that not only do werewolves exist, but she's about to have a baby with one.
But when word of their surprise conception gets out, the fur hits the fan. There are people who don't want this baby to be born-even if it means killing. Now Bennett and Linc aren't just fighting each other...they're fighting for their lives.

Author Site: website

Linc finally meets his match! (4 stars)

I think everyone who read and enjoyed TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP has probably been anxiously waiting for Linc to get his own story and hooray it's finally here! Better yet, it's an accidental pregnancy story which is always good for making things complicated. If you love some complicated family dynamics Havens has a treat for you in BABY'S GOT BITE.

Since I was looking forward to Linc's book I hadn't bothered to read the blurb before I read the book. So I feel a little bit like a jerk to note that I feel it's a bit misleading. There's certainly an element of tension but I never really felt like Linc, Bennett, or the baby were in any danger. However, the reason Bennett was able to get pregnant with Linc's baby drove a lot of the chaos between them and was a really enjoyable bit of world building. I kind of wish there had been just a bit more about it because I love when a paranormal romance series' world gets a nice expansion with story potential.

If you love pregnancies in romance and enjoy a good dabble into the paranormal shelves but on the lighter side I think you'll really enjoy BGB, you don't even really have to have read the previous book in the series, though I think you'd be glad you did. Sweet, funny, and a quick read.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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