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-- Rhi


7.29.2016

I ♥ The 80's -- New Wave Newsroom Series Cover Reveals!

Take a trip back in time to the 1980’s with the New Wave Newsroom, a fun New Adult college romance series inspired by some of your favorite 80’s hit singles.



The Fixer

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Jenny Fields is a crusader. The editor of her college newspaper, she never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s boy wonder, on board. They say he his talent is unbounded. It turns out so is his ego.

Matthew Townsend cares about art. And that’s pretty much it. If he has a reputation for being moody and aloof, that suits him just fine. He doesn’t have a family worth speaking of, and as a scholarship student, he can’t afford to goof off like the preppy rich kids at his school. He certainly doesn’t care about the art building. Or about the relentlessly perky Jenny, who looks like she was barfed up by Rainbow Brite. What will it take to the preternaturally cheerful girl with the massive savior complex to leave him alone?
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The Gossip

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Dawn Hathaway is a realist. She’s not the smartest girl at Allenhurst College. She’s not the prettiest, either. So if she wants to be popular, she’ll need something else: power. What better way to get it than to start a gossip column in the campus newspaper? If she has to commit a few minor crimes in pursuit of the latest scoop, what’s the harm?

Arturo Perez loves being a campus cop. He knows Allenhurst’s nooks and crannies—and lately he’s been finding the campus gossip snooping into every one of them. He can’t deny that he enjoys bantering with the sassy schemer. But he also can’t shake the sense that there’s more going on with Dawn than meets the eye.

When tragedy strikes and Dawn needs help, how far will Art go to protect her?

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The Pacifist

Release Date: October 4, 2016


Laraline Reynolds has spent her entire life as a certified Good Girl. The perpetual peacemaker in her volatile, conservative family, Laraline promises herself that she’ll spend her last year of grad school getting in touch with her inner rebel before she settles down and marries her family-approved long-distance boyfriend. But Laraline’s Year of Fun quickly turns into something more complicated, and she finds herself at the forefront of a movement to change her college’s sexual assault policy.
It’s the Year of No Fun for Tony Bianchi. A fifth-year senior, he needs to graduate, so he’s put a moratorium on his two favorite distractions: girls and photography. But when Laraline comes calling, needing some photos for her cause—and for her campaign for a seat on the college board of governors—Tony’s resistance comes crashing down.
They both fall hard. But while Tony is ready to give it everything he’s got, Laraline is afraid. She wasn’t prepared for her one-year rebellion to lead her to the life she truly wants. In order to break free from her family, she’ll need to do the scariest thing of all—follow her heart.


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About the author:

Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her awesome fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing some stories. That first batch featured mass murderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. (Looking back, she’s amazed no one sent her to a kid-shrink.) She’s been writing ever since. After a brief detour to get a PhD in geography, she worked as a professional writer, producing everything from speeches to magazine articles. More recently, her tastes having evolved from alien invasions to happily-ever-afters, she tried her hand at romance. A lifelong city-lover, she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Greenburger Associates.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon



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Weekend Reading [07/29-07/31] :: When the world feels effed...


I've been watching a flock of blackbirds that have been happily eating (stale) popcorn in my garden. Some days watching critters out my window is about all I can handle of the outside world.

I've been actively avoiding social media this week. This summer the world has just felt full of horror and social media is the place I find it constantly churning. I had to think of it as a mental health break because seeing so much awful day in and day out was starting to weigh me down. I can't say I've been tearing through my reads this week but I have felt more focused when I'm reading.

When the world (or life in general) feels like too much do you read more? Do you find yourself revisiting favorite series or have a book you think of as a comfort read?

I decided to write this post on Thursday afternoon because I know I'll be too busy tomorrow—I'm having family visit this weekend. Meeting my sister-in-law for the first time. Seeing my niece for the first time since she was a baby. And seeing my mom and brother for the first time in several years. Which means I probably won't be doing any reading. It's a very short visit so I want to spend as much time catching up and enjoying their company as I can.

Do you have any special weekend plans? If I do wind up sneaking in some reading time I am working on I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil. I'm liking the idea more than the execution at this point in the read but I'll be reviewing it so I'll elaborate more at a later date. What are you reading? Is it good so far?

On that note I better go change the sheets on the guest bed and vacuum because my dog has been shedding like a sheep being sheared. lol Have a wonderful weekend and tune in next week as I have several events happening! -- Rhi

Spotlight: SPECTACULAR RASCAL by Lili Valente [Giveaway]




Title: Spectacular Rascal
(A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance)
AuthorLili Valente
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy 
Release Date: July 26, 2016



Blurb

A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance

F*ck being good. When you’ve been screwed over by Mr. Wrong, let a Spectacular Rascal show you how good it feels to be bad.

7.28.2016

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July 28th — August 3rd

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Spotlight: Girl in the Air by Tyler Pike [Excerpt]



About the Book


Title: Girl in the Air
Author: Tyler Pike
Publisher: Tyler Pike Books
Pages: 352
Genre:  Magical Realism Action Thriller / YA Paranormal Thriller

6'3" 200LBS, AIRBORNE AND ANGRY. ARE THEY SMART ENOUGH TO LEAVE HER ALONE?

A teenaged loner who sees more than she should, Alice Brickstone’s mission in life is to find out who or what killed her twin brother a decade earlier. All her parents will divulge is that he died on a family trip to an ashram in India, a place impossibly far from her remote ski town in Colorado. When she begins to see faces from her childhood nightmares, Alice buries her fear and pounces on the opportunity to hunt for information…and revenge. She works alone and observes no caution. Her simple mission is complicated when a strange Himalayan hermit shows up in the woods near her house telling her that she has paranormal abilities. Skeptical but determined to use any advantage to end the threat against her, she is shocked to suddenly become the hunted. There is only one way out—Alice must master her newfound skills and fly before tragedy takes over again.

GIRL IN THE AIR is the first book in a series of page-turning, fast-paced magical realism thrillers set in the Rocky Mountains. Be transported into Alice’s low-tech world of ancient yogic supernatural abilities, modern teenaged angst and post-modern world problems. Readers interested in Asian mythology will love discovering subtle allusions to the Mahabharata, and yoga practitioners will twist and writhe in their seats. If you like your heroes big like Jack Reacher, weird like Carrie, or scarred like Harry Potter, you’ll love Tyler Pike’s character, Alice Brickstone.

Buy GIRL IN THE AIR today and join Alice on her harrowing ride.

“It’s good, and wackily funny, and mostly ridiculously believable…An unstoppable magic realism action thriller.” – Tom Flood, Award-winning Author

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Chapter 1


It was five in the morning and completely dark outside. In late spring the sun wouldn’t rise over the ski mountain for another two hours. For a few little creatures out there, the day had already begun. There was a rustle in the leaves below her window, probably a deer mouse making her way to a nest somewhere. She heard a tiny peep that could have been a downy woodpecker chick.
     She rolled over, lingering in the space between her nightmares and her morning zombie routine, and remembered it was Saturday. Her swim team only trained once today but it was usually a strong session. She would eventually have to stumble out of bed, gather her bag, eat something and cycle to the pool.
     Laying there a moment longer, she listened for any sounds in her parents’ huge, empty house, but heard none. Her mom would also be hearing the morning noises from her meditation cushion in her yoga room.

7.26.2016

Release Day: Spectacular Rascal by Lili Valente [Giveaway]




Title: Spectacular Rascal
(A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance)
AuthorLili Valente
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy 
Release Date: July 26, 2016



Blurb

A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance

F*ck being good. When you’ve been screwed over by Mr. Wrong, let a Spectacular Rascal show you how good it feels to be bad.

My best friend and boss at Magnificent Bastard consulting—get revenge on your ex or your money back—is the smooth, successful New York businessman type. But me? I’m the other guy—the one you don’t bring home to mama. The tattooed, rough-around-the-edges, 100% primal badass. I won’t pull out your chair, sweetheart, but I will pull your hair.

I’ve got what it takes to make sure your dangerous dick of an ex thinks twice before he knocks on your door again.

Or I thought I did, until I meet my latest client: Catherine Jones, a.k.a. Polka Dot Panties. Former college running partner, sexiest woman I’ve ever almost de-virginized, and the only girl I’ve never been able to get out of my damn head.

Now my one-that-got-away is looking up at me with those big green eyes, daring me to take on an ex as dick-ish and dangerous as hers.

Well, you know what they say—it’s all fun and games until you’re making out on top of a mobster’s limousine.

Soon Catherine and I are in deep. We’re on guard, on the run, and on top of each other every chance we get. But outsmarting her mobster ex is the least of my worries, especially when I start thinking our falling hard act isn’t an act at all.

But after all this time, can a guy from the wrong side of the tracks find his forever with the sweet and sexy polka-dot-pantied girl next door?

Warning: SPECTACULAR RASCAL is a stand-alone erotic romance told from the hero’s point of view. No cliffhanger. Lots of dirty talk.





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7.25.2016

Blog Tour: Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts [Giveaway]

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GUYS! Months ago I happened to be in a marketing class with Lisa Brown Roberts (who is also one of the most thoughtful authors I have had the pleasure of meeting in person) and at one point she teased a book she was working on. This is that book and as a HUGE Sky High fan—yes, I wrote Sky High fanfic once-upon-a-time—I have been waiting anxiously for. If you take one book rec from me this month make it this one. ;) -- Rhi

Follow Along with the Resisting the Rebel Blog Tour!

If you've ever seen the movie Sky High and always thought that Layla should've ended up with "bad boy" Warren, then you don't want to miss Lisa Brown Roberts' Resisting the Rebel. Were you a fan of her September 2015 novel, Playing the Player, then trust me when I say you will also not want to miss this swoony, contemporary YA romance. Seriously. Please return to this site each day to celebrate the release of this book and follow along with the blog tour from July 25-Aug. 5, 2016:
July 25, 2016:
Lisa from Lost in Lit - Excerpt & Giveaway
Rachel from Confessions of a Book Geek - Spotlight
Rhianna from Rhi Reading - Spotlight
July 26, 2016:
Megan from Under the Book Cover - Spotlight
Samantha from Musings of Madjy - Review
Kristen from Victim of Books - Review
July 27, 2016:
Jessica from OMG Reads - Spotlight
July 28, 2016:
Beth from Hike2Forty and Beyond - Spotlight
Kaitlin from Kaitbooktopia - Review
July 29, 2016:
Cristina from The Princess of Everything - Spotlight
Aug. 1, 2016:
Valia from By Valia Lind - Review & Spotlight
Hadassah from Haddie's Haven - Spotlight
Aug. 2, 2016:
Moriah from A Leisure Moment - Review
Key from Key Read That - Review
Aug. 3, 2016:
Lisa from Lost in Lit - Review
Michelle from What Is That Book About - Spotlight
Aug. 4, 2016:
Angela from Wicked Reads - Review
Jennifer from Never Too Many to Read - Review
Aug. 5, 2016:
Elaine from Splashes into Books - Review
Vox Libris - Review

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About Resisting the Rebel:

Disclaimer: This book contains a villain pretending to be a hero, a hero pretending to be a villain, a disco-dancing heroine, two overprotective sidekicks, a little bit of bad language, and a whole lot of swoony kissing. Spirit committee leader Mandy Pennington is secretly in love with her best friend, Gus, but when he hooks up with her archenemy at a party, she decides to win him over once and for all. She just doesn’t know how. But who better to help than hot loner Caleb Torrs? Caleb’s got his own problems, but when he sees Mandy pining over Gus at a party, he thinks she’s finally smoked the spirit stick and lost her mind. Maybe he has, too, because he just asked Mandy to be his fake girlfriend.She’ll get her loser friend’s attention, and he’ll get his stalker ex off his back.It’s a win-win. But soon one fake date blends into the next and before he knows it, he actually wants to kiss Mandy. For real. Too bad their plan is working, and Gus is finally noticing the one girl Caleb just might be falling for…

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Cover Reveal: Opposition & Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Let us know what you think of the NEW covers for Opposition and Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Opposition (Lux, #5) and Shadows (Lux, #0.5) release on November 1, 2016

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN and YA Books Central!

7.21.2016

Release Day: WHEN A LIONESS SNARLS by Eve Langlais [Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway]

Today is the release day of When a Lioness Snarls by Eve Langlais! I’m excited to share this fantastic new paranormal romance with you. Make sure to check out the excerpt Eve is sharing with us and enter her giveaway!




About When a Lioness Snarls:

 


Stalking is only a crime among humans. In a lioness’s world, it’s called dating.

Jeoff, is a bit of a killjoy, a super cute one who gets furry on full moons.

But so does she.

Luna is everything Jeoff is not. Outrageous, outgoing, and violent. Very violent, and unafraid to go after what she wants—and she wants Jeoff.

Silly man, he thinks he can resist, but once a lioness sets her sights on a man, paws off! And if anyone thinks to try and take him… There’s a reason why the ladies of the pride win the yearly award for Baddest Biatches.


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This is the life. Luna didn’t care what anybody said. Nothing could compare to the enjoyment of sunbathing in a warm patch of sunlight while the chill of fall gripped the city outside.
She stretched on the fabric-covered pile of cushions, extending all of her limbs, practically purring in delight as the rays of brilliant sunshine streamed through the large plate-glass window of the condo.
“What the fuck are you doing?” The shocked male voice didn’t startle her. Noisy wolf. She’d heard him coming for a while. He really needed to work on his stealth technique.
Exhibiting a laziness that usually only a male lion could achieve, Luna opened an eye and peered at the man standing, arms folded over his chest, across the room. He glared—how cute. “Hi, Jeoff.”
“Don’t you hi Jeoff me. What the hell are you doing in my apartment? Naked.”

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July 21st — July 27th

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Blog Tour: Wrong Bed Reunion by Candy Sloane


Dear readers, I absolutely loved the smutty goodness of Best Friends with Benefits when I was working on publicity for it earlier this year. I will never look at a Coke vending machine the same way again! *blush* Valerie and Alec were great but Georgia and Gideon really stood to me. I love it when a geeky guy gets the girl. Be sure and pick up both books if you haven't yet, and be sure you have a cold drink on hand... this series is HOT HOT HOT!!! ♥ -- Rhi


Fake relationship, real temptation.

Georgia Cahill is at her high school reunion to seduce the quarterback boyfriend she left behind ten years ago. Unfortunately, one too many margaritas accidentally land her in bed with Gideon Neill, the class geek, instead. By the time she realizes her mistake, she’s the one being seduced. 

Gideon Neill is a new man—confident, gorgeous, and about to make the biggest business deal of his life. He just needs a girlfriend to land it. Georgia provides the perfect solution—he’ll help her make her ex jealous if she’ll be on his arm for his business deal. But he quickly realizes he likes her in his arms even better!

Who’d have guessed that sleeping with the enemy would be so hot? But it isn’t long before their act becomes all too real. Could this truly be love? Or is it just the best sex they’ve ever had?

His green eyes flashed like exploding planets, and he widened his shoulders. “I’m an asshole?” He laughed. “No, Peach, you’re the one who treated me like shit. You let your boyfriend bully me. You laughed in my face when I tried to help you. …” He paused. She knew what he didn’t say. He was referring to the day he truly saw her and she decided to bury him instead. Guilt slithered through her limbs like a snake. He fixated his eyes further. “And the worst part is that even after all that, I still want to fuck you.” He moved closer, his shadow suffocating her. The sudden darkness forced her to swallow, but her heart was in her throat, blocking whatever words could come. Not that she knew how to respond. Her body did, though; it sputtered to life, purred from the apex of her thighs. “When you’re around, I’m not going to be able to think about anything but sinking my cock in so deep that your eyes roll back, that you wish you never met me. God knows,”
he said, his breath peppering her lips, “I wish I’d never met you.” She was glued to the wall. She was covered in his words. If she didn’t speak, he would keep going. She couldn’t take much more and make it out of the shed with her underwear intact. Considering she’d left her thong in Gideon’s room last night, she needed every pair she had left. “Is that all?” She kept her eyes on his sinful lips, desperate to keep her cool, but the purr in her panties grew to a roar. Her lungs felt like they were filled with bees. “No.” He retained his relentless stance, the broad expanse of his chest obscuring her view like a navy blue shield. “See, the problem is I don’t want to fuck you. I want to forget last night ever happened.” She forced herself to breathe, but the air did nothing for her lightheadedness. “Then forget it.” She tried to remain nonchalant, tried to remind herself it was what she’d demanded, even though she couldn’t forget it, either. He shook his head, the skin around his lips tight. “Considering how you and your group of friends treated me in high school, it should be easy. You guys made me question everything about who I was because I wasn’t just like you.” She looked down as she caught what he’d hurled into the center of her stomach. His experience in high school was what every day in L.A. had been like for her. She forced herself back to his eyes, trying to pull her own words out, but she could never admit her own pain. Not to Gideon. Not to anyone. “You’re not worthy of the plunge of my cock.” He took off his glasses, shoved them in his back pocket, and left barely a breath between their bodies. His erection ground
against her leg. He wasn’t bothering to hide it. She should have pushed him away. She should have done a lot of things, but all she could do was stand there, motionless and waiting to see what he did next. “But you can feel that my cock doesn’t seem to give a shit about that.” His breath blazed on her lips. Her throat turned to dust, dry and betraying. “Say something.” His gaze was as tight as their bodies, as insistent as his sculpted muscles pressing into her breasts. “Tell me to fuck you, or tell me to go to hell.” “Go to hell,” she managed, her heart pumping so fast the room was spinning. He balanced his hands against the wall on either side of her. “I’m there with you. I’m right fucking there, Peach.” She closed her eyes for a moment, but it didn’t ease the dizziness, didn’t soothe the ache in her chest, between her legs. She feared nothing but this man would. “It’s hell wanting you. Hell having tasted you and knowing that I could have had you if I’d just taken what you offered, what you begged for last night. So unless you want to fuck me so I can think straight in your presence, you need to stay the fuck away from me.” Her arms itched at her sides. “What about our deal?”
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About the author: 

Candy Sloane is a pseudonym for a Young Adult & New Adult author who needed to write some naughty books her mother couldn’t read. She lives in Portland, OR and loves Lifetime movies. She would tell you more, but this persona is a secret.

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7.19.2016

Release Day: TORN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The highly anticipated second book in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy is available today! Be sure to grab your copy of TORN!

7.18.2016

Release Day: GILT: SIN NEVER SLEEPS by Geneva Lee

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Today we are celebrating the release of GILT: SIN NEVER SLEEPS by Geneva Lee. GILT: Sin Never Sleeps is a young adult suspense title, that is the second book in the GILT series. Be sure to check out Geneva Lee's facebook page and the details below for information on an incredible contest you will not want to miss.

   

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On the heels of a brutal attack, Emma Southerly finds herself swept away to Palm Springs, but she can't run from trouble, especially when it has a habit of chasing her down. A mysterious stranger is posting incriminating photos of the less-than-upstanding citizens of Belle Mère, but is it a friendly game or something more sinister? When Jameson West breaks his bail and tracks her down, he delivers more bad news. Emma's landed on the suspect list. No one knows who killed Nathaniel West, but now there are two suspects, two investigations, and two people with every reason to turn on one another. Someone in Belle Mère is a murderer—someone closer to both of them than they could ever imagine—and unless they stick together, they might find themselves falling into a trap instead of falling in love. Because when the cards are dealt, everyone might lose. "Gilt is positively dirty, deadly, and delectable. Romeo and Juliet meets Pretty Little Liars in this unputdownable new series! Must read!" KA Linde, USA Today bestselling author GiltSeriesItsLive  

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7.15.2016

Blog Tour: Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander [Guestpost & Giveaway]


Dear readers, I am so fortunate to have a guest post from author Shannon Lee Alexander today. Knowing what I did about this novel and its companion I asked if she would write about 5 books that helped her cope with grief and/or loss. Please welcome Shannon and be sure and pick up a copy of Life After Juliet today! -- Rhi

There are many kinds of grief and all different types of loss in our lives. Both LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES and LIFE AFTER JULIET were fueled by a great loss in my life and my need to make sense of it. Before writing away my grief, I read to try to better understand how it is that we live in a world both great and terrible. Throughout my life, these are five books that have helped me grow and cope with loss of all kinds.
1. CHARLOTTE’S WEB – One of the first books I ever encountered that forced me to learn about grief was E.B. White’s CHARLOTTE’S WEB. I still try not to smash spiders, even thirty years after reading this book!
2. BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS – I’ve grouped these two classic children’s stories together because I remember reading them at about the same time. Katherine Patterson’s BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and Wilson Rawls’s WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS were the first two books I remember crying over—and by crying I mean sobbing uncontrollably! Through them I learned about friendship and love and loyalty, and about letting go, too.
3. THE VELVETEEN RABBIT – I’ve always had a soft spot for Margery Williams’s story about a stuffed bunny who is made real by the power of love. I myself had a stuffed bunny growing up (still keep him in my office on my bookshelf, actually). But I didn’t realize what the story meant to me until I had a child of my own with a stuffed bunny of her own. My own childhood was officially over. And that was something I suddenly felt a need to grieve. But that same nursery magic that made the Velveteen Rabbit real all those years ago, was still working to make me into something much more than I’d ever been before—a mother. No matter what happens, how fast my children grow, or where they end up, I’ll always be their mother, just as The Velveteen Rabbit’s heart would always belong to the boy. Sometimes, on the other side of loss, we find beauty.
4. THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – After finishing J.K. Rowling’s beautiful series, having read each book as it was first released, which sometimes meant waiting years between instalments, when I finally turned the last page of the last book, I was consumed with loss. It was the end of a long and wonderful journey in my life, one that had reawakened my love for books for young people.
5. A MONSTER CALLS – I’m a huge Patrick Ness fan, both his writing and his persona in interviews and on social media. When he was entrusted with Siobhan Dowd’s idea for a story about a boy whose mother had cancer, he created the powerful (and for me Earth shattering) story A MONSTER CALLS. I became forever indebted to him after reading this book. I won’t go into details so as not to spoil anything, but the boy is visited by a monster who demands the boy tell the truth, a deep and frightening truth. Let me just say, I was stunned and shaken to discover that Conor’s truth was one I shared, and I bet many who have watched loved ones fight hideous diseases would know this same truth, too.
Honorable mentions: Most of the books on this list are many years old now (some of them are many, many, many years old), so I’d like to add two newer books that have recently helped me understand new and beautiful things about grief and loss.
Middle grade readers should check out THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin. This story about a girl determined to find the exact cause of her friend’s accidental drowning is as beautiful as the delicate jellies it describes.
Young adults (and adults cool enough to read YA) should read Jeff Zentner’s THE SERPENT KING. I may have (definitely) cried over the pages of this beautiful story about three brave friends seeking their futures.

About LIFE AFTER JULIET:
Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people...
 
Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.
 
As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world...and happy endings aren't always guaranteed.
 
The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.

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About the author:

Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. She spent most of her time in high school hiding out in the theater with the drammies and techies. Math still makes her break out in a sweat. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

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Open internationally, but prize packs ship only to US. International winners will receive Amazon gift cards (listed below).*

Grand prize: Hyperboles are the best EVER! tote bag, a 4oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Toe-meo and Juliet Shakespearean socks, Life after Juliet poison and dagger necklace, Velveteen Rabbit note card, signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate*
1st Runner Up: Hyperboles are the best EVER! tote bag, a 4 oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Toe-meo and Juliet Shakespearean socks, Life after Juliet dagger earrings, signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate*
2nd Runner Up: 2oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Life after Juliet dagger earrings, Velveteen Rabbit note card, signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate*
3rd Runner Up: 2oz. Novelly Yours Antique Books candle, Life after Juliet dagger earrings, signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate*

*All contests are open internationally, but international winners will receive the following:
Grand prize: $25 Amazon gift card, signed signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate
1st Runner Up: $20 Amazon gift card, signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate
2nd runner up: $15 Amazon gift card, signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate
3rd runner up: $10 Amazon gift card, signed Life after Juliet bookmark and bookplate

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7.14.2016

More FREEBIES for Young Adult readers...

Week #11 
July 14th — July 20th

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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman



A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review

Find your copy: Amazon | B&N

My Review:

I've read many of Gaiman's titles for children in the past and my young daughter and I love them. Yet, like many great notable authors it's difficult to know where to start trying his adult work. I suppose it's fitting to say that this was where I chose to dive in (pun not intended) and I think it's a perfect gateway novel for newbies. 

While it starts off a bit slow and really makes you work for every revelation, once it gets good it's impossible to stop reading. Strange, uncomfortable, unnerving but never quite scary, I found myself devouring it well into the night. If you delight in the unusual and are seeking a book that will grip you by the throat just a little too tightly, this is a must read. (4 stars)


Meet the Author:


Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com

7.13.2016

Cover Reveal: BOUND TO SUBMIT by Laura Kaye

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Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life. Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

Releasing September 13, 2016, BOUND TO SUBMIT is the first full-length novel in Laura Kaye's Blasphemy Series.

A Note from Laura Kaye:

Dear Readers,

I’m so excited to share my new cover art for Bound to Submit with you today! From the moment I met Detective Kyler Vance in the Hard Ink series, I was intrigued. And from the second I knew Kyler was a Dom in an exclusive club named Blasphemy, I knew I had to learn more. That was the moment the Blasphemy series was born, and now I’m just thrilled at how the whole thing is taking shape – beginning with Bound to Submit, which promises to be scorchingly hot and achingly emotional. I hope you’ll grab your copy. In the meantime, enjoy this amazing cover! And if you haven’t already, get caught up with Hard to Serve, the book that introduces it all!

Sincerely,

Laura Kaye

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From the ruins of an abandoned church comes Baltimore’s hottest and most exclusive BDSM club. Twelve Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…
He thinks he caused her pain, but she knows he’s the only one who can heal her…
Kenna Sloane lost her career and her arm in the Marines, and now she feels like she’s losing herself. Submission is the only thing that ever freed her from pain and made her feel secure, and Kenna needs to serve again. Bad. The only problem is the Dom she wants once refused her submission and broke her heart, but, scarred on the inside and out, she’s not looking for love this time. She’s not even sure she’s capable.
Griffin Hudson is haunted by the mistakes that cost him the only woman he ever loved. Now she’s back at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, and more beautiful than ever, and she’s asking for his help with the pain he knows he caused. Even though he’s scared to hurt her again, he can’t refuse her, because he’d give anything to earn a second chance. And this time, he’ll hold on forever.
"A searingly sexy story with some of the hottest scenes I've read in a long, long time. Laura Kaye shows her mastery of the BDSM world. I'm eagerly anticipating more in this bold new series!"
~ Cherise Sinclair, NYT Bestselling Author of the Masters of the Shadowlands Series

Pre-Order Bound to Submit, releasing 9/13/16

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Meet the Masters of Blasphemy in Hard to Serve, now available

Amazon exclusive until September 2016 in paperback and ebook

  Laura Kaye - author picAbout Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.    

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7.11.2016

Cover Reveal: REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pintip Dunn

I'm so excited to share the cover reveal for Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn with you today! You can check out the gorgeous cover below! This cover reveal is brought to you by YaReads Blog Tours and YA Interrobang!

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Release Date: October 4, 2016

Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.

The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.





And don't miss the first book in the series...

ForgetTomorrow_500Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) 

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.  

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

  Pick your copy up at Amazon or B&N or for more retailers visit Entangled Publishing.




About the author:

Pintip cropped Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”  

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com

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