Monday, September 15, 2014

**Cover Reveal ~ Shinigami Eyes ~ Cheree & Adam Smith**



I'm happy to be a part of the cover reveal for Shinigami Eyes by Cheree and Adam Smith.



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Shinigami Eyes
(Shinigami Eyes #1)
Most children hope to grow out of their imaginary friends.
17-year-old Rin Waters’ only hope is that hers doesn’t kill someone, especially when said imaginary friend puts a boy in a coma. Finding herself shipped half-way around the world—to Japan, of all places—she is forced to live with grandparents she hasn’t seen for ten years and a cousin she can’t even remember.
Rin would rather just forget about the one night that ruined her life and pretend her imaginary friend doesn’t exist—if it was only that easy. When manga-obsessed otaku, Matt, won’t stop pestering her about a manga that sees the future and the tragic accident she’ll be involved in if she doesn’t listen to him, pretending becomes quite a challenge.
Suddenly mysterious accidents begin to happen to students in her school, and Rin has to wonder what length Matt is willing to go to prove his manga is real. Is it all a sham or is there really something that wants to see Rin and her new friends dead?
Coming October 31st, 2014
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Cheree SmithCheree Smith
Cheree Smith lives in the coastal city of Newcastle in Australia where she is studying graphics design and photography. When she is not hard at study, she is busy writing paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults. She enjoys listening to and learning about legends and myths, watching scary movies and dreaming up new worlds where monsters can come alive. When she is not in her writing cave she can be found listening to music, even dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.
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Adam SmithAdam Smith
Adam Smith has always loved the Japanese culture, which began with his love of anime and manga. This helped him accomplish his goal of moving to Japan to become an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Iwate, Japan. When he’s not reading, writing or speaking Japanese, he is working on paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults with his sister, Cheree.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #34**


Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)


Here's what was added to my ereader and/or my physical library this week:

BOUGHT

Like (Social Media, #2)Beast, Part III (Beast, #3)Slade (Walk Of Shame, #1)

I didn't one-click much since I was out of town. I'd pre-ordered Like and Beast. (I'm turning into a serial slut!) And Slade...well, Naomi @Nomi's Paranormal Palace made me do it. ;)


BAGGED
Like (Social Media, #2)Spin (Guarded, #1)A Little Faith (Ocean Beach, # 1)

Thanks to JA Huss, Darcie Gudger & Mountainview Books, and Emma James!


Last Two Weeks' Reviews


Upcoming Reviews
Exposed: Just One Night Part 2 by Kyra Davis
Beast: Parts One and Two by Ella James
Beyond the Orange Moon by Adrienne Frances
Love by Design by Evie Knight


Saturday, September 13, 2014

**Beyond the Books ~ #3 ~ Road Trips**


Welcome to my second Beyond the Books post. This post was inspired by Lexxie @Unconventional BookviewsUp Close and (Un)conventional, who was inspired by Cuddlebuggery. It's meant to be a way for y'all to get to know me better on a personal level - Beyond the Books. ;)


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My grandma, I call her MawMaw, is an extremely important and integral part of my life. I spent so much of my childhood with her. My younger brother and I invariably spent our weekends with her and my PawPaw, on their farm, enjoying the pleasures only a farm can offer. Catching frogs, climbing trees, feeding the animals, and tending to the garden. MawMaw was my second Mom and my best friend. She put rollers in my hair and made me whatever kind of food I wanted. Chocolate milk will always be a comfort to me and a reminder of all the time I've spent with her. When I was put on bed rest during my second pregnancy, she immediately came to stay - for 3 months - to help me with my toddler. I didn't even have to ask...she was just there. She's always been there for me. She is largely responsible for the woman, wife, mother, I've become...and I like to think she's proud of how I turned out. 

My MawMaw was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She endured a radical mastectomy last week and I just knew I needed to be with her - as she's always been there for me. So I drove to Texas and spent about a week there, to help with her after-care. And I'll be returning to Texas, on Monday, to stay with her once again, as my parents had a scheduled trip they couldn't change. And, well, I'd do just about anything to help her. She's doing remarkably well, getting stronger every day. And with luck, she's going to avoid having to have chemo or radiation.

I wanted to note - her cancer was discovered during her annual routine mammogram. Luckily, she'd had one last year, so they knew these places they were seeing on the images were new. I'm grateful that she makes her health a priority and you can rest assured I'll be having my mammogram routinely from here on out. Cancer sucks. And none of us should be taking chances. Ladies ~ don't put off those annual exams!

So, be patient with me as I'm slowly getting to each of your blogs to comment. I'll keep caught up as best I can. And I will get to commenting back to your comments left here as well. I appreciate each one of you! Thanks for reading. :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

**Review ~ Mister Black: A Billionaire SEAL Story ~ PT Michele**

Mister Black: A Billionaire SEAL Story (In the Shadows, Part 1)Mister Back: A Billionaire SEAL Story
Series: In the Shadows #1
Release Date: June 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Romance
Source: I purchased an ecopy from Amazon (Naomi made me do it! ;)
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Synopsis
We all have someone who crossed our path and fundamentally changed us. That one person who blew through our lives, their presence forever stamped on our psyche. They linger in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in the decisions we make. A soul crusher or a dream maker, depending on the perspective.

My person is MISTER BLACK.
I didn't know him by that name when I first met him.
I didn't know him at all, but the impression he left behind was just as powerful as the name I call him today.

He is Black: A deadly enforcer and masterful seducer.
I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant.
Together we are passion. Colors colliding through each other's lives.

When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter, stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk.

*Note: Mister Black is part 1 of a serial and is approximately 125 print pages.


**Mister Black is currently only 99 cents**


Holy wow! Mister Black was an exciting introduction to In the Shadows - which is a serial - and I'm hooked! There's mystery, intrigue, sexy banter, and smoking sexy times. :)

Talia first meets the enigmatic Mr. Black when they're teens. Although she never thought to see him again, he left an indelible mark on her. Now, as a college senior, she's working at a story that could make her journalistic career once she graduates. At a costume party, where she hopes to score the interview of all interviews, she once again meets Mr. Black. Talia, however, is hiding from her past, so despite the sexy repartee and the time they spend together, she's rather determined to keep their meeting to just that.

Talia is head-strong and driven young woman...just my kind of heroine. Mr. Black is mysterious, protective, domineering, and sexy. Together, their chemistry makes them combustible. They each have secrets and I'm very excited to see what happens when those secrets see light. I don't know where this is going to go but I'm thinking that Talia isn't going to be able to hide from Mr. Black. After all, it was he who taught her to "look for rainbows".

Thursday, September 11, 2014

**New Release Review ~ Like ~ JA Huss**


Like (Social Media #2)
By @JA Huss
Publication Date: September 10, 2014
Novella (120-ish pages)
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: I did receive an early copy in exchange for an honest review - but I'd also pre-ordered my own copy :)
Rating: 5 Bookworms

Description 
#WhatADick

Vaughn Asher. I’ve stalked him relentlessly. I shaped and formed my lust into the perfect dirty hashtag...day after day... weekend after weekend. He was my prince. My fairy tale. My fantasy.

I gave him the best years of my online life and what did he do for me? 

Ruined my social media experience one tweet at a time. That’s what.


#Fantastic #BackToNatureFucking
#MissingSomething #You

And now #TheDickWhoIsVaughnAsher thinks he can weasel his way back into this filthy blue bird’s Twitter account? He’s wrong.

His public fantasy is about to collide... ah, fuck it. He’s hot as hell, bitches. I need more than a free sample. This time I want it all and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it.





In Like, we get a view of who Grace and Vaughn are in real life. Grace is starting her new job as an events coordinator and we are with her as she makes her way to her new office, via Starbucks. Vaughn is taking care of daily business - things like lunching with his agent. Tweeting naughty things to Grace - causing an online twitter-ama. But Like gives a larger view of Vaughn's life. We get a glimpse of the real man, his caring and compassionate side - which give us reason to like him even if Grace isn't privy to all this information yet. And then we spend a night with Grace and Vaughn. A night - a date - that they might have had if Grace hadn't bugged out of St. Thomas so quickly. The evening is sweet and romantic - even it its primary goal is to have Grace sign the NDA.

Grace is still as feisty as ever. But she does bend a little for Vaughn. Of course, she gets a few things she wants out of the deal so I didn't feel like she gave in. Bottom line is,
"Grace might be a true submissive, but she will not submit easily because she hates that part of her."
Seeing the true Vaughn was enlightening and reassuring. That he truly does care for others - he's not entirely narcissistic - and getting more insight into what he wants from and for Grace, changed my perception of him a little...for the better. But why, oh why can't he show this side of himself to Grace a little more??
"Can't she see I'm playing?"
No Vaughn, Grace can't. And neither could I. After reading Like, I can begin to wrap my head around him a little. I knew there were redeeming qualities underneath the a$$hole exterior. I was happy to see some of them.
"He sorta stuns me. He's overpowering, and controlling, and bossy. But at the same time, he's got this charm about him."
"Vaughn Asher might, just maybe, be a decent guy."
Ms. Huss, again you ROCK my world. And with each successive book, the tremor gets stronger. Like you said in the EoBS, this is just the beginning for Grace and Vaughn. But I'm thanking you now for sharing such a unique story, meticulously planned and executed with your talent and wit. I'm very eager to be along for the ride. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

**Blog Tour Reviews & Giveaway ~ The Replacement & The Prisoner ~ Rachael Wade**


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rachael Wade's The Replacement and its companion novella, The Prisoner. My stop includes reviews of both novels (my review of The Replacement was first published earlier this year) and a giveaway.

To check out all the reviews along the tour, click here.


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The Replacement
Publication date: January 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Synopsis:
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.







***This review was originally published on  Feb 2, 2014. ***

Rachael Wade is an author I will absolutely be reading again. She crafted a enthralling story with an MC that has many flaws but whom I couldn't help but root for.

Elise Duchamp is not what you think of when you think of a likable heroine. She is one of those women. A woman that uses her beauty and sex appeal to her advantage. Elise takes from others - she sleeps with unavailable men. While I certainly don't condone her choices, I nonetheless found myself identifying with her and the reasons behind those choices. Elise is insecure. She believes her trysts are all she deserves, but she's searching...searching for something. Maybe she's searching for herself.

Ryder Jacobson is a man who knows himself. He knows what he wants out of life. He's philosophical, he's a bibliophile *swoon*, and he has a bit of wanderlust. When he meets Elise, he knows he wants her. He's not all Alpha though. He knows Elise's past, knows she's broken. And he's patient, kind, and gentle in his pursuit of her.

Elise and Ryder's relationship, as it unfolds, was at times frustrating and at times heartwarming. Elise's attempts to sabotage what they're building made me want to shake her. Ryder's patience with her was endearing. I adore him for his part in helping Elise grow.

I think The Replacement is a sort of soul searching journey for Elise. And as I said, she's not a character you want to like, but I admired her spunk. She owned her choices. And I cheered once she began realizing she deserved more. Being witness to her finding herself - be her somebody - was satisfying, to say the least.

The Replacement was, at times, gut-wrenching as we watched Elise making mistakes. But mistakes area a necessary part of growing up and, luckily, Elise learned from hers. Elise's story was not always pretty. She was a bit broken. With some help from Ryder, she realized she wasn't un-fixable, that she did have goodness, and that she deserved love.

I was emotionally wrung out when I finished The Replacement. As I said, I'll be reading Ms. Wade again. An author that can evoke such feeling AND create a connection with a character with a shaky moral compass has quite a talent!




******


The Prisoner (The Replacement, #1.5)The Prisoner
The Replacement #1.5
Release Date:
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Synopsis
***The Prisoner is a novella (approx, 25,000 words) intended to be read AFTER The Replacement. Contains explicit material and language.

My name is Christian Walker, and Elise Duchamp is my drug of choice.

No matter how hard I try to break the habit, it's a lost cause. Okay, maybe I haven't really tried to quit this particular habit. All I can think about is owning her. Making her mine. Can you really blame me? With that sinful body, luscious mouth, and wicked tongue, she's every man's dream, and she knows it.

No one is immune to her charm, not even me, a man who has everything - a beautiful wife, an office with a view, and more money than most people can spend in one lifetime. Only I know how to make her toes curl. Only I know her body better than the other men she screws in her free time. None of them can compare to me.

But the joke is one me. I'm the prisoner.

The one who will never compare to him. The one man who makes me see red. His name is stored in her cell phone. It's the first one she calls out to, the first one she cries for when all hell breaks loose. Ryder Jacobson.

The name makes me cringe.

She loves him, and I love her. In my own way, I always will. But the bad guy doesn't always belong with the bad girl. Sometimes the bad girl needs a good man to believe in her, to give her that final push toward ultimate transformation. I wish I was that good man. That I could be her happily ever after. I guess that's the things about prisoners, though. They're left alone with their torment, and in the end, they have no one to blame but themselves.






Oh my goodness! Getting this intimate look at Elise and Christian's relationship from Christian's POV was absolutely fantastic! I don't know if we'll see more of Christian further down the line, so I can't say if it really added much to the series, but for me, I was delighted in getting this part of Christian.

The Prisoner shows us how Christian's obsession with Elise begins. There's something he really needed and Elise satisfied that for him. We were privy to Elise's side in The Replacement but here we see that Christian wasn't just a philandering schmuck. Maybe he wasn't going about things in a way I agreed with, but his intentions were good and feelings true. He'd have done anything for Elise, if she'd have let him. And in this way, he was a prisoner - but the prison was of his own making.

Another thing I was glad to be witness to was the reasoning behind his decision and actions towards Elise in the end. It was then I knew he truly loved her.

The Prisoner was a quick, steamy, and extremely satisfying read.






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Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade




**Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ~ Like ~ JA Huss**


Happy Release Day, JA Huss!!
Like, #2 in the Social Media Series is now *LIVE*

I have all the details about Like, as well as a giveaway for y'all. And I have the cover reveal for Block, #3 in the series!! :)


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Like (Social Media #2)
By @JA Huss
Publication Date: September 10, 2014
Novella (120-ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description 
#WhatADick

Vaughn Asher. I’ve stalked him relentlessly. I shaped and formed my lust into the perfect dirty hashtag...day after day... weekend after weekend. He was my prince. My fairy tale. My fantasy.

I gave him the best years of my online life and what did he do for me? 

Ruined my social media experience one tweet at a time. That’s what.


#Fantastic #BackToNatureFucking
#MissingSomething #You

And now #TheDickWhoIsVaughnAsher thinks he can weasel his way back into this filthy blue bird’s Twitter account? He’s wrong.

His public fantasy is about to collide... ah, fuck it. He’s hot as hell, bitches. I need more than a free sample. This time I want it all and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it.







I take a deep breath.

“Grace?” he asks, a softer tone this time. His breath is heavier, like he’s relaxed. Like he’s jerking off, the cynical person inside me corrects. “I’m ready. I have my hand on my dick and you’re in front of me. What are you doing?”

I take another deep breath and then I swallow. Should I really do this?

“What’re you thinking?” he asks.

“I’m debating,” I tell him truthfully. “On whether or not I should cross this line with you.”

“So letting me fuck you in a tropical forest on Saint Thomas wasn’t crossing a line with me?”

“It was,” I interject. “But that’s different. That was a fantasy fling, this is reality. This is my life, Vaughn. I have a real life and those people on my Twitter feed are friends. You’re playing with my life. You’re...” I shake my head a little. I should not be having this conversation with him. I should not be letting him into my head at all. He’s a fun dream guy in the sex department, but as a real human being, Vaughn Asher is an asshole. I don’t want to go any further in this demented relationship and giving in to his demands right now would be a monumental mistake.

“I’m what?” he asks.

“You’re using me.”

“I’m not using you. I think we both had fun on the island. We can both have fun right now.”

“You’re forcing me to have phone sex with you.”

“I’m not forcing you—Grace, please. If you don’t want to, just hang up and I’ll never call you again. How’s that?”

“But if I do that, you won’t make things right, will you?”

“Oh,” he says with a chuckle. “I get it. You want me to force you. You want me to take away your decision in this matter, because you want to do it, you just want to go on pretending you don’t.”

I’m silent. Because he’s right. I want it both ways. I want the excitement of what he’s asking—what he’s offering. But I don’t want to take responsibility for choosing to allow him to treat me this way.





And introducing PART THREE ­ BLOCK

BLOCK (Social Media #3)
By @JA Huss
Publication Date: September 24, 2014
Novella (115ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:

Grace @FilthyBlueBird @VaughnAsher #YouAreCaredFor So the movie star says. But his idea of cared for isn’t the same as mine. Obviously a #Douche.

MovieStar @VaughnAsher@FilthyBlueBird #BehindTheScenesIsMyScene The Blue Bird has trust issues. And tantrum issues. And commitment issues.

Grace @FilthyBlueBird@VaughnAsher #SaidTheKettleToThePot

MovieStar @VaughnAsher@FilthyBlueBird #YouAreMine and I won’t let you forget it.

Grace @FilthyBlueBird@VaughnAsher #YouMustShitUnicorns that’s how delusional your fairy tale is. #GetAGripOnReality I’m outtie.

MovieStar @VaughnAsher@FilthyBlueBird You're an #Innie #Sweetheart :) My tongue licked all your #CuteLittleButtons.

#ForTheLoveOfFilth

Why is he so damn sexy? How will I ever get out from under Asher’s thumb if I can’t stop thinking about his tongue on my buttons? #HottiesNeedToPlayFair

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JA Huss is the USA Today best-selling author of the Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master's degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.