Monday, April 30, 2012

Giveaway and Character Interview: Jessie Boone from Going Under

  
 Synopsis: Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?

Interview with Jessie Boone

Hello, everyone, and thank you for joining us. My name is Georgia Cates and I am the author of the recently released novel, Going Under. Today, I will be interviewing Jessie Boone, my leading protagonist.

Georgia: Hi, Jessie. I’m so glad you are able to join us.
Jessie: I’m glad to be here. It’s good to see you again, Georgia.

Georgia: Why don’t we start our interview with something easy and light-hearted? In Going Under, you were never aware of the plan to punk you by Claire and Payton. What was your reaction when you found out? Or did you know?
Jessie: (Laughing) Yeah, I know about it. It was several months before I accidentally found out about that and “The Coitus Hiatus Plan.” Payton let it slip one night when she had too many drinks at a party, but I wasn’t mad. How could I be? The whole charade is what brought us together. And it made me more than glad to tell her how the whole Gretchen thing was only a ploy to cause her jealousy.

Georgia: And what did Claire think when you told her you tricked her into being jealous?
Jessie: She didn’t care for it very much, but we can both laugh about it today. Besides, she couldn’t really say much about it because it wasn’t really different from what she was doing with Forbes.

Georgia: Good point. Tell us when you knew you loved Claire.
Jessie: I knew very early in our relationship that I could fall in love with her, but I didn’t know for sure until the moment she made me see that I might be lost, but I wasn’t a lost cause.


Georgia: Do you have any regrets?
Jessie: I did some hurtful things to Claire and I’m sorry I caused her pain, but I wouldn’t take back a thing because all of those events led us to where we are now. I’m a better person today because of it. How I could say that I would take back something that ultimately led us to this happy place we’re in now?

Georgia: Last question...Did Claire ever go with you to get more tattoos?
Jessie: (Laughing) Yep! (Pulling up sleeve) Claire chose this herself. Nice, right?

Georgia: Good choice. Did you talk her into one?
Jessie: I’ll never tell.

This concludes our interview with Jessie Boone. I hope you enjoyed getting a brief glimpse of him outside of Going Under.

Thanks,
Georgia
 
 


 I reside in rural Mississippi with my wonderful husband, Jeff, and our two beautiful daughters. I spent thirteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an author. Blood of Anteros, Book One in The Vampire Ag├ípe Series, was my first novel and it was released in September 2011. I decided to step away from the paranormal genre to try my hand at a young adult romance and I loved it. It was so much fun, I plan to do it again in the near future. 







 Georgia Cates Links:
Going Under at Smashwords


Georgia has generously donated an e-book of Going Under for one of my readers. The e-book will be made available through Smashwords. See the details below and leave a comment to enter - make sure to include an email address. 


Giveaway Rules
 Must be at least 13 yrs or older
Following is NOT required
To enter, leave a comment on this post
one entry per person
Contest ends May 9th 2012 11:59 EST
                                       One Winner will be selected using random.org

Sunday, April 29, 2012

First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky





First Comes Love
by Katie Kacvinsky
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date May 8, 2012
Pages: 198
Sources: Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tours










Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.
(from Goodreads)


My Thoughts

It's strange when you know that you are going to love a book after reading just the first few sentences, but that is exactly how I felt when I started reading First Comes Love. Honestly, the opening line had me hooked. Out of the corner of my eye, I'm watching a girl. That is all that it took for me to become committed to this story and to these characters I was about to meet. And after a few chapters in, I could tell that it was becoming one of my favorite stories of friendship and love. 

The synopsis really does tell a lot about what happens - an unlikely couple meets, becomes friends and that friendship grows into a romantic relationship, but it's the emotions I felt while reading the story that made me recognize the complexity of their relationship. Everything wasn't perfect and the characters had to grow and share and were honest with each other in a way that is so rare and so real.

I loved Dylan and Gray so, so much. Dylan had a way about her that was free and spontaneous and silly. She wants to experience the most from life that she can. But I think that she was so hopeful that made me like her so much. And Gray - he was so lonely and guarded. But when he did start to open up, it was so easy for me (the reader) to fall in love with him. I wanted to know him and what he was all about.

Another wonderful thing about First Comes Love is that it is told from alternating points of view so you knew what both characters where thinking about the same situations. You got to learn what they both thought when they first met each other, their first time spending time together, and their first kiss.

There were so many fantastic moments - some sweet and romantic. Some serious and some sexy. Some thoughtful and insightful. While I was reading, I kept bookmarking everything that I loved until there was almost something on every page. It is that good! Here are some of my favorite lines (which all happen to be spoken or thought by Dylan):

"It's amazing the truth people expose when they think no one is watching." (page 6)

"On the surface he might be callused, but looking through a creative lens, I see layers and textures. He reminds me of a folding chair, closed in and waiting to be shoved in a storage closet. I'm determined to see him unfold." (page 9)

"People become pieces inside of you. They can fill you up and make you whole." (page 68)

"He wrapped his arms around me and held me so close our ribs were connecting. He kept breathing me in. I could feel my heart rise and sink, rise and sink with every breath." (page 160)

"It's strange how people tell you things at the exact moment you need to hear them. Words can be the most comforting of all. They can pick you up and keep you moving." (page 173)
These could go on and on and I could keep going on and on about this book, I think that it is that terrific. I can't wait to get a copy of my own to read again and again!!

Disclaimer: I received the book for review as part of the Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tours. Thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing a review. Quotes are taken from the Advance Reading Copy and may differ from the final published version.

Friday, April 20, 2012

12 Days of Morganville Madness + Giveaway


Today begins the 12 Days of Morganville Madness all leading up to the release of Rachel Caine's latest novel in the series, Black Dawn. Each day one book of the series will be featured on a different blog with reviews, interviews and giveaways.

Here is the schedule and a link to the tour stop:

April 20th: GLASS HOUSES (Book 1) http://www.pageturnersblog.com/

April 21: THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE (Book 2) http://melaniemccullough.blogspot.com

April 22: MIDNIGHT ALLEY (Book 3) http://book-splot.blogspot.com/

April 23: FEAST OF FOOLS (Book 4) http://hobbitsies.net/wordpress/

April 24: LORD OF MISRULE (Book 5) http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/

April 25: CARPE CORPUS (Book 6) http://myoverstuffedbookshelf.blogspot.com

April 26: FADE OUT (Book 7) http://MissVainsParanormalFantasy.com

April 27: KISS OF DEATH (Book 8) http://www.thestorysiren.com/

April 28: GHOST TOWN (Book 9) http://www.awesomesaucebookclub.com/

April 29: BITE CLUB (Book 10) http://www.totalbookaholic.com/

April 30: LAST BREATH (Book 11) http://www.literaladdiction.com/

MAY 1: BLACK DAWN (Book 12, NEW!) http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/

I'm getting to start reading the series and have just acquired the first 2 books to devour. If you're new to the series too and want to start reading it, then enter my giveaway to win a copy of book one: Glass Houses.
Penguin has generously offered a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader!! Just check out the details and fill out the form below.  THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

Giveaway Rules
 Must be at least 13 yrs or older
Open to US addresses only
Following is NOT required
To Enter fill out the form below
one entry per person
Contest ends May 1st 2012 11:59 EST
                                       One Winner will be selected using random.org

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Purity by Jackson Pearce





Purity
by Jackson Pearce
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 224
Source:Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tour










A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.

Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.
(from Goodreads)


My Thoughts

Funny, charming, endearing. Awkward, confusing, and oh so misguided. Words that describe Shelby Crewe of Jackson Pearce's Purity.

I liked this book a whole lot - I mean bunches and bunches. I've already recommended it to friends and I would read it again and definitely want other people to read it. Yet there was something that just didn't sit well with me. It didn't stop me from finishing the story or even savoring the last words. So what was it - the little hang-up that I couldn't get over? Just the overall lack of communication between Shelby and her father. As I was reading Purity I kept thinking to myself - tell him what you are thinking - he wants to listen to what you have to say. It is so obvious. Instead she devises a plan, rather impulsively, to lose her virginity so she doesn't have to take a pledge to be "pure" and then lie to her father.  Seriously?! Really?! Couldn't she thought of something else?

It may sound like I thought this book was ridiculous but I don't. I just read it from a different perspective. Dare I admit it, an "older" perspective. But I completely get it, not a lot of teenage girls feel like they can speak openly with their dad especially when there has been so much silence between them for a long time.

I admit that I loved reading the interactions between Shelby and her friends Ruby and Jonas as they plan her future hook-ups. But it was more so for the contemplation than all of the scheming they were doing. In her more thoughtful moments, Shelby says to Jonas,
"I never really pictured how I wanted my first time to be, you know? But now that I'm trying to have it, I feel like I'm giving up some fantasy that never even existed to begin with." 
Even though the conversation before and after wasn't all too serious, her having said this made me feel really sad for Shelby. She was a character that I wanted to shake some sense into, but also give her a big hug and be a friend to.

This book poses a lot of ideas on love and loss, friendship, family, and faith. It makes for a great book to discuss with friends or even a book club. I'm sure that it may even contribute to some heated discussions depending on the reader's perspective. I've already shared it with some friends and I'm looking forward to talking about it with them.



I received the ARC for review as part of the Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tours.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Elementals

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:








The Elementals
by Francesca Lia Block
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date October 16, 2012










The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice. (from Goodreads)

Why I'm waiting: 
 
I want to read more books by Francesca Lia Block and of her books this is at the top of my list. Her stories are so unusual and she always adds some sort of twist that I didn't see coming. I love those little surprises. 



Monday, April 16, 2012

No Strings Attached Giveaway


It's giveaway time again. This hop is No Strings Attached hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Like always, following is not required. And they're any any extra entries so the odds are the same for anyone who enters. I just ask that you read the contest details below and fill out the form. See how easy that is because there are No Strings Attached.

The Prize:

Swag Pack

bookmarks included:
Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready - signed
Never Enough by Denise Jaden - signed
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood - signed
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard - signed
The Selection by Kiera Cass
  Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
(and others)
 and
(not pictured)

Giveaway Rules
 Must be at least 13 yrs or older
Open to US addresses only
Following is NOT required
To Enter fill out the form below
one entry per person
Contest ends April 22nd 2012 11:59 EST
One Winner will be selected using random.org
You can check out my other giveaway HERE (ends 4/20) 


Now that you've entered my giveaway, check out all of these others!



Friday, April 13, 2012

BookWedge Review and Giveaway

BookWedge

It's not very often that I get offered to provide a product review, but when the people of BookWedge offered their product, I was very willing to accept. After experiencing poor circulation in my hands and fingers from holding my e-reader for long periods of time, I was in the market for something to prop up my e-reader and i-Pad. BookWedge is perfect!

Things I liked:
  • easily inflatiable
  • portable
  • doesn't have the strong plastic smell of inflatibles
  • held my i-Pad stable (both horizontally and vertically) while reading, playing games, listening to music
  • great with magazines too 
Great to use:
  • in your favorite reading spot
  • in your office or work space - I set mine up next to my lap top so I can read from e-reader while typing on my laptop
  • in the kitchen while fixing a delicious recipe
  • while traveling, deflates easily to fit in carry-on or suitcase
 Things I would've liked better:
  • keep my book steady and pages open
I found the BookWedge easier to use with my e-reader than with physical books, but it certainly serves its purpose for how I want to use it. And the suede vinyl texture of the BookWedge offered some protection from punctures when my dog decided to pounce on it (sometimes she thinks she's a cat). This is product that I really like and would give to all of my e-reading friends.

The people at BookWedge are offering their fabulous product to one lucky reader. See the details below:

Giveaway Rules
 Must be at least 18 yrs or older
Open to US addresses only
Following is NOT required
To Enter fill out the form below
one entry per person
Contest ends April 20th 2012 11:59 EST
One Winner will be selected using random.org

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 9, 2012

And the Winners Are . . .

I had a couple of giveaways end a few weeks ago and it's about time that I announce the winners.

The Winners Are . . . .


douglass14

There were 99 entries and #67 was selected.



bn100

There were 83 entries and #4 was selected.

The winners were selected using random.org 
Both winners have been contacted by email and accepted their prizes.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Forgiving Trinity Blog Tour: Guest Post by author Liz Reinhardt


 Forgiving Trinity author Liz Reinhardt has stopped by the blog today to share some of her favorite indie writers. See what some of her favorites are and maybe you will find one you may want to read too!

HUGE thanks to Joli for letting me highlight some crazy awesome indie writers out there!! I picked a few, and, I just have to say, these are only a tiny few of the many awesome books by indies!! These are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER…they’re just 10 wonderful, awesome reads that I know you will all love ;)!!

  1. Telesa by Lani Wendt Young

This is an amazing, gorgeous read by a woman who is bringing the beauty and lush, rich culture of Samoa to the rest of the world. EPIC!!

When Leila moves to Samoa, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth's elemental guardians - what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel - stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper? A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.


  1. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

I moved to Georgia from New Jersey, and there was so much about the South I was curious about. Abbi brought it all to light; I actually felt like I got to experience being a teen in the smooth heat of the South! This is HOT and wonderful!


Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 

Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah.


  1. Dream Chaser by Angie Stanton

Ever read a book that made you say, “I SO wish I could do that?” I have two left feet, but when I read this book, I wanted to dance! I felt like I did dance! And I learned so much…especially about how I had a TON of stereotypes about dancers. HOLY. HARD. WORK!! Pick this one up and fall in love!


Willow Thomas has a bad habit of running away from things that scare her. And most recently, she quit her high school cheerleading squad after a terrifying fall.

With time on her hands, she auditions for a musical production directed by a Broadway choreographer. Just as things are looking up, Willow discovers she will be performing opposite Eli McAvoy, the best friend she abandoned three years before. To make matters worse, the kids in the musical hate her, her singing sucks, and her dog is sick.

Eli has grown up during their years apart and now possesses confidence and good looks, as well as a giant chip on his shoulder. He is in no hurry to play nice with Willow, but their entwined roles in the musical lead to entwined bodies in the backseat of his car.

Just when Willow finally has her life under control, another surprise is delivered in the form of her greatest challenge yet. Will she run or finally stand and face her fears? And will Eli be there to help or turn his back on her for good?


  1. Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

Tammara has a son who is making a name for himself as a fantastic actor. It was his dealings in LA that gave her the idea for her book, which will make you take a serious second look at paparazzi magazines and celebrity life styles. An amazing book that turns into an even more amazing series!



Mature Young Adults (language, drinking, sexual situations)

When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location, his intentions are simple: film another blockbuster hit while enjoying his celebrity status to the fullest. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he has blazing hot chemistry, and the universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants - until he's confronted with a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film should send her into raptures. But Emma is experiencing a building desire to be 
normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels--opposite the very hot Reid Alexander--isn't going to advance that aspiration.

Indie actor Graham Douglas isn't overly picky when it comes to film roles. If it pays, he'll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid's costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.


  1. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

This is an amazing read, and it focuses on a time in life that’s not really well represented in the reading world yet. This is set during college, and it’s an amazing read about life, love, family, sadness. Very, very cool!!


Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side ... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that ... well ... doesn't quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.


  1. Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

This book is the first in a trilogy that involves an intricate braiding of different world mythologies along with an awesome amount of action, a brewing love triangle, and a kick ass heroine coming into her own to save the world.


Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.

Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows. 

A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.

Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy. 


  1. Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers # 1) by Elizabeth Reyes

The Moreno Brothers Series has a rabid fan following for a reason! These books are sweet, romantic, sexy, and full of incredibly passionate characters.


Seventeen-year old Sarah’s life is turned upside down when her single mom is sent to jail. She’s forced to move, leaving behind everything she’s ever known, including her best friend Sydney. Lost and bitter in a new school, her one goal is to save money and move back home. Then she meets Angel Moreno. 

Enigmatic but gorgeous, Angel is almost too good to be true. Except for one thing, his archaic belief that guys and girls can never be “just friends”. The problem? Sarah’s best friend Sydney is not a girl. 

With their unexpected romance intensifying to places neither ever experienced, how long can Sarah keep Angel in the dark about the guy waiting for her back home? 


  1. Grounding Quinn by Stephanie Campbell

This is a fresh, funny, sad take on one young woman’s life and all the mistakes she makes. I love stories where the characters aren’t perfect and don’t try to be. The characters in this book were fresh, funny, and heart-breakingly real. An awesome read!


Eighteen-year-old Quinn MacPherson's biggest fear has always been turning out like her mentally unstable mother. (Solving algebraic equations comes in as a close second.)

That is, until she meets Benjamin Shaw.

Quinn thinks hooking up with Ben over summer vacation will be nothing more than a quick fling. She can’t even commit to a nail polish choice, much less some guy.

Unfortunately for her, Ben is not just some guy. Ben gets her- the real her, flaws and all- and that scares the hell out of her.

When Ben does the unthinkable- tells Quinn he’s in love with her- she does what comes naturally. She pushes him away. Ben can only watch from a distance as Quinn lashes out, and punishes him for daring to care about her. 

But how far can you push someone, even someone who loves you, before they are gone for good?

**Grounding Quinn contains sex, drug use, alcohol consumption, and swearing. It is intended for mature or older readers.


  1. Darkride by Laura Bradley Reade

Think you’ve read every type of vampire story out there? Um, you haven’t! And this one ROCKS! Great characters, fast-paced, amazing story, and an ending you won’t believe!





Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl's heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself? 

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

People change.


  1. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

If you love poetry, romance, amazing characters, and a story that will leave you laughing and crying…check this out!


Layken Cohen's eighteenth year is proving to be the ultimate test of her resolve. 

After the death of her father, she is forced to move across the country after the start of her senior year. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, she meets her new neighbor, twenty-one year old Will Cooper. Layken and Will form an immediate connection. A connection so intense, only fate could have brought them together. But sometimes fate isn't enough. Layken and Will are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery reveals their relationship won't work.

It can't work. And the twists don't stop there. 

Slammed intertwines heartache with humor, desires with ethics, and will have you hanging on to every single word.

Thanks Liz for sharing your favorite indie writers. I have heard of several of these and have a few kindle e-books just waiting to be read. I'm most interested in reading Stephanie Campbell's Grounding Quinn. I'm thinking of suggesting it as our next book club pick!

As part of the blog tour A Daydreamer's Thoughts  and Addicted to Books are featuring
reviews of Forgiving Trinity. Stop by and read what they have to say about Liz's newest book.

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