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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! School is back in session for my kids and I'm still settling in at the new job. I'm so glad y'all have been sticking around even though I've been a lot quieter these past several weeks. I'm looking forward to finding a perfect balance with my blog so that I can be more active here by the autumn equinox. Yeah, I'm thinking that far ahead, this girl loves autumn. ☻

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


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Release Day: THE BODY INSTITUTE by Carol Riggs [Promo + Giveaway!]


The Science Fiction of THE BODY INSTITUTE
This novel is set in the near future, roughly the year 2033. Here’s some technological changes you can expect to find: 

1. EVERYONE HAS AN IDENTIFICATION CHIP. For security purposes and to prevent identity theft, everyone has an ID chip inserted into the back of his or her hand. This chip is scanned before classes, at airports, when riding buses or trains, and while entering stores or restaurants. Thus, the government knows exactly who you are and where you are at almost any time.

2. CASHLESS SOCIETY. The ID chip also serves to pay for things. No more carrying around cash, no more stolen or misplaced debit/credit cards! Your hand is simply scanned, often with a handprint added for greater security. This chip-and-handprint combination is called a “bio-ID,” which is also useful for signing contracts like Morgan (main character) does when she accepts her job as a Reducer.

3. ROBOTS ARE COMMON. In this society, bell-shaped hostbots guide you through buildings. Servbots take your food and drink orders. Vacubots clean your carpets, and airbots drift overhead in office buildings or homes to purify the air. 

4. PUBLIC SECURITY CAMERAS. These monitor public places like Metro-Transit (train) shelters, streets, public parks, stores, etc. It’s similar to how Britain’s security is set up today, only in the novel it’s widespread and the norm everywhere in the world. These cameras are installed to make the city a safer place.


5. ELECTROMAGNETIC RESONANCE TRANSFER, or ERT. This ingenious procedure downloads one person’s brainmap (cluster of brainwaves) into another person’s body. The Body Institute uses this process to transfer the minds of their Reducers into the bodies of their Loaner clients to help those clients lose weight. ERT is also used to remove Loaner clients’ brainmaps from their bodies, which are then stored as datafiles while the Reducer accomplishes the weight loss.  


The Body Institute
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…
About the Author
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member. 

You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds. 


Author Links:
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Sale: Indulgence Titles ONLY 99¢!!! [+ giveaway!]


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Don’t forget to join us for Entangled Movie Night on Thursday, September 3rd @ 6PST/9EST while we live tweet of one of our favorite romantic movies and give away more great prizes. Just follow the #EPMovieNight hashtag.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Ebook/Print (368 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl's body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body-leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches...
For one, Morgan won't remember what happens in her "Loaner" body. Once she's done, she won't recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she's been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it's all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start...
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan's mind. She's feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti-Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she'll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul...

Author Site: website

Timely, thought-provoking scifi for any reader. (5 stars)

I've read a lot of wonderful teen fiction from Entangled Teen over the years and even some that just didn't work for me. THE BODY INSTITUTE, however, is one of the most phenomenal reads I've had with the imprint to date. Not only does it touch on themes that could easily skew dystopian such as the government's control over a person's body, it also address issues of what makes a person a person. It felt much longer than it was because it packed so much into one novel.

While a romance is a part of the overall story and I found it to be very unique and enjoyable, I was considerably more swept up in the pseudo science used in the world building. If you're looking for a great book club read for teens I think this would make for excellent conversations about the factors that play a role in a person's physical, emotional, and mental well being. I feel like young women in particular would greatly benefit from reading this and discussing it's themes. It could be deemed a little controversial due to the focus on how weight and health revolve around one another but ultimately it is this that makes it interesting.

I was quite certain going into TBI that I would like it but I'd not expected to love it and want to tell everyone I know about it. While I can't imagine it every being into one, I think it would be marvelous as a film. It's everything I love in entertainment—romance, action, family, and social issues all wrapped up into one package. If you have a tween or teenage daughter I can't recommend this one enough. A RhiReading must read recommendation!



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Spotlight: DIVINE DOMINATION by Lili Valente [Excerpt + Giveaway!]

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The Bought by the Billionaire Series by Lili Valente is Complete!!
Lili Valente
Divine Domination
Bought by the Billionaire, book 4
Erotic Romance
Releases August 25, 2015

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WARNING: It's Book Four. You know what you're in for by now--more heat, more suspense, more head games, and more Jackson f*cking Hawke.

When Jackson gets his hands on the men who kidnapped Hannah, he's going to rip their hearts, still beating, from their chests. Or worse. No amount of pain or desecration seems sufficient punishment for the sin of taking Hannah away from him. He won't stop until he has the woman he loves back in his arms and in his bed. But as the ugly truth behind his and Hannah's intertwined pasts is revealed, their love will face its greatest challenge yet.

  * * Divine Domination is the 4th and final installment in the Bought by the Billionaire romance series. For maximum enjoyment it should be read after books 1, 2, and 3.* *

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Divine Domination Excerpt

WARNING: Contains spoilers for books one through three in the series.

Hannah had no idea how long she lay on top of Jackson, catching her breath, 

only that when she finally opened her eyes the blue sky was stained with sunset 

light and the sea air had grown cooler. 

“I wonder if that’s what heroin is like,” she rasped, her voice rough.

“If so, no wonder it’s so hard to quit.” Jackson’s fingers played gently up and 

down her stomach. “How do you do it?” 

“Do what?” She turned her head, meeting his eyes over her shoulder, her 

heart flipping when she saw the vulnerable, open expression on his face.

“Make me want you more every day?”

She lifted her hand, cupping his scruffy cheek in her hand. “Dark magic.”

He smiled, and her flipping heart turned a cartwheel. “I believe it. There’s no 

But there was another explanation. 

It was love. Once-in-a-lifetime, only-gets-better, love-you-more-every-day-

until-they-put-me-in-the-ground love. She’d known that for a while now and 

someday soon, Jackson would know it, too. 

She didn’t doubt it, not even on those mornings when he stayed in his room 

until well after breakfast, hiding from her after a night when close had become 

too close for his comfort. There would come a day when he would realize that 

there was no need to hide and nothing to be afraid of. 

He was safe with her. He could let his guard down and be the man he truly 

was, the man who was as sweet as he was Dominant, as gentle as he was 

controlling. She would never take his love for granted or betray his trust. 

Never. No matter what.

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