Monday, December 30, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Finding My Forever by Heidi McLaughlin


THE DAY is FINALLY HERE. Finding My Forever is available for all to read!!

There is a release day party on Facebook. Join the fun!!


Finding My Forever
The Beaumont Series #3

by Heidi McLaughlin




"I thought Harrison and Katelyn held the monopoly on hotness in My Unexpected Forever, but I WAS WRONG because Jimmy is hot, hot, hot!"

"As sexy and alluring as Jimmy is, we get to know that he is more than just eye-candy. He has a past that has shaped who he is and determines what he wants in his future"

"In her writing, Heidi really captured the characters falling in love with each other. It isn't just attraction and sex. The emotions of caring about someone, and giving themselves over to the love they were experiencing rang true and was authentic"


"Forever My Girl and My Unexpected Forever have become my "go-to" books and now I'm adding Finding My Forever to the list"
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About Heidi: 
Heidi is the author of USA Today, Kobo, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling series, The Beaumont Series.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0

Bout of Books

It's Bout of Books Read-a-thon time again 
and I'm signing up!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (4)



This week I'm joining Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews and sharing the books that I acquired throughout the week.

It's been a while since I last participated in Stacking the Shelves, so this edition of Stacking includes several weeks worth of books as well as books from my Secret Santas!

from Rachel, my The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa


Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill (ARC; Gift) - I received this from Rachel, my #TBTBSanta. I loved Lauren's Meant to Be and I know I will like this one too.

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil (Gift) - I received this from Cristina, my #TeamKILT Secret Santa. As soon as I finished Gretchen's Ten, I wanted to read more by her. The book came to me signed and I think it is from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, an indie bookstore that I LOVE!!

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller (Gift) - Shannon from Stalking the Bookshelves is too good to me. She saw my wish list decided to get me a book and picked the one I wanted the most. She knows me so well!

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally (Gift) - I love Miranda's books and Racing Savannah was listed on my Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Wanted Santa to Bring. I knew I had a book in my stocking and this was it!!

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (Purchased) - I got this one with a little bit of my Christmas money.

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards (Purchased) - And this one too! I gave a couple of e-books of this book to some friends.

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye (Purchased) - This was recommended to me by several friends and after I read her story Hearts In Darkness and liked it, I figure Laura is an author I need to know.

Not Pictured: E-books, I went a little One-Click Happy
Shattered by Jeri Smith-Ready (free download) - A companion novella to Jeri's Shade Series. Read it. Loved it. There may be a review here soon.

Camp Christmas by J.K. Rock (free download) - A companion story to Camp Boyfriend. I love companions where I get to know more about secondary characters in the novels I've read.

Max and Menna by Shauna Kelley (free download) - (My Review) Shauna offered a limited time free download. I have the paperback and plan to share it with other readers, so I got the e-book so that I can keep a copy for myself.

Double Time by Olivia Cunning (Purchased) - I couldn't pass on this Kindle Daily Deal and now I have the complete series.

The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston (Purchased) - I wanted to read this but wasn't convinced until Ginger at GReads! reviewed it and that was all the convincing I needed.

Rule by Jay Crownover (Purchased) - Another Daily Deal One-Click. A friend had it on her wishlist and I gave her a copy and then bought it for myself. 

Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein (Purchased) - After I read and reviewed the ARC (My Review), I had to support Lisa by buying a copy. Now if it was just offered in paperback, I'd be over the moon. I love the colors on the cover and want to add it to my Lisa Burstein collection on my shelves.  

Finding My Forever by Heidi McLaughlin (ARC; Requested Review Copy) - The third book in the series I can't stop talking about. Here is My Review.  

Running on Empty by Colette Ballard (Gift) -Another gift from Shannon. She didn't even know I was interested in this one and she got it for me.  

Promise Me Something by Sara Kocek (Purchased) - I hosted Sara during her blog tour and I've wanted to read her book ever since.

This Is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky (Purchased) - I hosted Sara during her blog tour and I've wanted to read her book ever since.

Grim ed. by Christine Johnson (ARC; Requested Review Copy) - Shannon (see above) asked me if I'd read any fairytale retellings. I have not. Now I will. It's a collection of stories by authors I love!

Pretenders by Lisi Harrison (ARC; Requested Review Copy) - I meant to get this at YALLFest but missed out. NetGalley had it for review, so I grabbed it up. 



I have so many great books. I don't know which one to read first.
Any Suggestions??





Friday, December 27, 2013

Say Happy Birthday with a Pre-Order!

 Please join me in wishing Heidi a Happy Birthday 
by pre-ordering her book today!
 
 Finding My Forever
The Beaumont Series #3
by Heidi McLaughlin
 
Get your copy



"I thought Harrison and Katelyn held the monopoly on hotness in My Unexpected Forever, but I WAS WRONG because Jimmy is hot, hot, hot!"
"As sexy and alluring as Jimmy is, we get to know that he is more than just eye-candy. He has a past that has shaped who he is and determines what he wants in his future"
"In her writing, Heidi really captured the characters falling in love with each other. It isn't just attraction and sex. The emotions of caring about someone, and giving themselves over to the love they were experiencing rang true and was authentic"
"Forever My Girl and My Unexpected Forever have become my "go-to" books and now I'm adding Finding My Forever to the list"

Finding My Forever is available 12/30/2013


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Like Santa to Bring



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists. I am too so that is why I am participating this week.


Top Ten Books I'd Like Santa to Bring


All of these books are on my Christmas wishlist or were on my Secret Santa wishlists. And I'm pretty sure that one of these books is in my stocking right now!!!



 



What books to you hope Santa will bring to you?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: Finding My Forever by Heidi McLaughlin





 


Finding My Forever
The Beaumont Series #3
by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date: December 30, 2013
Pages: 278 
Source: ARC provided for Love N Books Blog Tour








Synopsis
Everywhere I look, my friends are settling down - marriage, children, white picket fences; but not me. Marriage isn't in the cards for me. I’m a ladies man.

A rock star.

I was born and raised in the industry.

I love everything about my life, especially the attention from the women that my status brings me.
Women find me. I don’t chase. I know what they want and they know I’ll deliver.

But after one look, one touch, one night...
Now I’m the one doing the chasing.

I need to find a way to show her that I’m serious, that I can change.
I need to find a way to show her that I can love her fully, and only her.
I need to find a way to show her that she’s my forever.



My Thoughts

As soon as I finished My Unexpected Forever, I'd hoped that there will be another Beaumont book coming our way. I mean there had to be. We got Liam's story in Forever My Girl. Then we got to know Harrison, but what about the younger, wilder Jimmy "JD" Davis? We had to have his story too and Heidi certainly didn't let her readers down. I thought Harrison and Katelyn held the monopoly on hotness in My Unexpected Forever, but I WAS WRONG because Jimmy is hot, hot, hot!

As sexy and alluring as Jimmy is, we get to know that he is more than just eye-candy. He has a past that has shaped who he is and determines what he wants in his future. I liked that he was younger than the other band members because we got to see a different perspective of band life through his interactions with his fans.

In Finding My Forever, we also get more of Harrison and Katelyn and Liam and Josie, and let me just say that Liam is a bit of hard ass in the truest, most admirable sense of the word.  He isn't just the lead singer of 4225 West, he does everything he can to protect and take care of his own. And I love him for that!

I love this story so hard. As much as I was tempted to rush through it, I took my time reading because I was caught up in the emotions of the characters and what they went through and the way it made me feel to read about them. In her writing, Heidi really captured the characters falling in love with each other. It isn't just attraction and sex. The emotions of caring about someone, and giving themselves over to the love they were experiencing rang true and was authentic. I loved all of the flirty moments which added lightness and humor with the little winks and grins.

I must mention the cover of Finding My Forever. All of the other covers have been gorgeous (It was the Forever My Girl cover that drew me to this series in the first place), but this is my absolute favorite cover (so far) of the Beaumont series. I love how the girl is turned toward "Jimmy" with the her hip cocked like she is giving just as much attitude as she is getting. It is a perfect depiction of what happens in the story. 

With the many books I own and my ever-growing TBR list, I don't reread books very often. Yet, I make an exception for the Beaumont series books. I've reread all of the books many times throughout this year because these are characters that I can't get away from. And I don't want to. Forever My Girl and My Unexpected Forever have become my "go-to" books and now I'm adding Finding My Forever to the list. As long as Heidi keeps writing, I'll keep reading and recommending her books. 



Disclaimer:  I received this ARC as part of the Finding My Forever blog tour hosted by Love N Books in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.



About Heidi: 
Heidi is the author of USA Today, Kobo, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling series, The Beaumont Series.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.




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Cover Credits

OkayCreations – Cover designer

Brandyn Farrell – Cover model

 Scott Hoover - Photographer

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Ending a Torn Past by Melissa Delgado

Cover Reveal!!

Ending a Torn Past


  Ending a Torn Past by Melissa L. Delgado
  Series: Journey #2
Publication date:  TBD 2014
Genre: Adult 


A present life worth moving on for. A past best left to memories tucked away.

Jaxon Dean has reached a point in his life where everything is as it should be. He has the personality, the looks, and the charm, to basically get whoever he desires—except Cassandra Tyce. She's immune to his playboy ways, quick wit, and over indulgence of himself. There is only one time he can recall having to work as hard to snag the one he had his sights set on…



At a much simpler time in life, all he had to worry about was passing classes, hitching a ride to places, and collecting phone numbers. Although on his first day of high school, Jaxon found not every girl was susceptible to his charms. Could one person truly change his overzealous ways? 



An unexpected turn of events can leave even the toughest ones lost without hope... Hope of ever recovering, of ever wanting to see tomorrow, of ever feeling true happiness again.



With the help of Cassandra Tyce, Jaxon will learn that sometimes, lying to oneself can be the sole reason a person stays torn.
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Cover Credits 
Dan Tillery – Cover model

 Lindee Robinson - Photographer


About the Author

 I love anything and everything pertaining to make up or beauty. I am an author and a poet. I love to write and shop. I love going to the movies and spending time with my friends and family. I love to dance. I love to laugh and to make others laugh. I’m inspired by dance, music, poetry, and photography. I feel there is beauty in everything. I believe to get respect you have to give respect and to treat others how you want to be treated. I love everything and anything vintage. I love Jesus and believe in having faith in the unseen and unheard. I love to have fun and make new memories. But mostly, I love life. Enjoying the road I’m on, and making the most of it.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop


Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop  

For this hop, I wanted to give away a book by an author who has captured my attention with her stories of hot rock stars with heart. If you follow this blog regularly, you know that I am talking about Heidi McLaughlin and her Beaumont Series: Forever My Girl (#1), My Everything (novella #1.5), and My Unexpected Forever (#2).  I've read this series several times this year (I love it so much!) and am looking forward to the next book, Finding My Forever, coming out in just a few days - December 30! To celebrate, I am giving away one signed paperback of any of Heidi McLaughlin's books. You can choose any book from The Beaumont Series (including the upcoming Finding My Forever) or her stand-alone New Adult novel, Lost In You.


Book 1
novella 1.5
Book 2
Book 3


Stand-Alone
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must be 18 or older to enter 
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prize is for your choice of one signed paperback by Heidi McLaughlin
one winner will be selected and announced via Rafflecopter

 

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Camp Christmas by J.K. Rock: Excerpt and Giveaway


Happy Holidays!


Camp Christmas
 The newest novella in the Camp Series by J.K. Rock


Camp Christmas by J.K. Rock
Novella #2
Publication date:  December 17, 2013
by Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult 
 
About Camp Christmas:
Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?


Camp Christmas Excerpt

Hannah
A male voice in my ear made me jump.
“I thought you gave up the mean girl act at camp last summer.”
Turning slowly, I faced the only boy at Northstar Academy who knew I attended camp in a remote corner ofthe Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina every year.
“I thought we had a deal never to speak to each other,” I shot back, nudging my bag higher on my shoulder. I didn’t follow my friends since I didn’t want to be seen talking to Julian Berwick.
“Really?” He grinned, surprising me with a flash of white teeth and humor. “I think a ‘deal’ implies agreement between both parties. You barking at me to keep my mouth shut when we were ten years old doesn’t count.”
He strode away toward the main lodge, his long legs covering ground in a hurry. What was he, like six-foot-four? He’d been tall and gawky forever. Now, he seemed tall and…built.
“Wait,” I called, following him toward the building and hoping none of my friends watched from the windows.
Thankfully, thick holiday wreaths covered most of the windows anyway, the whole place decked out for Christmas.
He stopped. Turned.
I took a breath, ready to launch into a tirade about keeping his distance. But seeing him through the falling snow, his longish dark bangs half covering one eye, it was like looking at a stranger. When had he quit carrying a dopey fake sword with him everywhere? He’d worn a cape for as long as I’d known him, whether he was with a bunch of rich kids from Manhattan at Northstar or he was at camp with his geekster squad of science-lovers and video game freaks.
“Where’s your cape?” I asked, sounding like an idiot. I cleared my throat, grateful I had pulled down my goggles earlier, since they hid half my face. “I mean, you’re not trying to turn normal or anything, right? Because I think it’s too late for you to fit in.”
Why did I feel awkward around Julian of all people? It made no sense. Maybe I was just regretting the showdown with Missy since I’d hoped to have fun on Christmas Eve instead of the endless battle to maintain social status.
“Same old Hannah.” He heaved a sigh and shook his head. For the first time, I noticed some kind of tattoo on his neck, half hidden by a scarf. “Guess the camp rumors about you had it wrong.”
He turned to head inside by the time my ears caught up with what he’d said.
“Excuse me?” I tugged his sleeve to pull him away from the door, away from a red-cheeked family wearing matching wool reindeer sweaters and clutching paper cups of hot cocoa.
Julian glanced at my hand on his sleeve and frowned. For a second, my gaze darted to where my snowflake-decorated fingernails rested on his wrist just above his black leather glove. Flustered, I let go.
“If you have more insults in mind, I’m going to leave.” He spoke clearly, as if he was talking to an eight-year-old. “Otherwise, I’m listening.”
I pulled off my goggles, wanting a better look at this semi-normal-seeming boy who’d taken the place of Julian the Super Nerd. My hair snagged in the hinge though, and I accidentally yanked it. When Julian reached to help free me, I pulled back and tugged out enough strands to hurt.
“You can’t talk smack about camp rumors and then walk away. What gives?” I loved camp. No one there knew about my mom, serial dater of rich men. No one at camp noticed if I wore last year’s clothes. Or if I forgot to be too cool for campfire songs and trilled a chorus of “Kumbaya” with the girls in my cabin.
I really missed them.
“Nothing. I just thought…” He folded his arms across his chest, taking up way too much space for a boy I’d always thought of as gangly. He started to lean against the side of the lodge, until an underclassman approached and handed him his lift ticket. “Thanks, man. Would you mind getting Hannah’s, too? You can take a turn down the mountain with my video camera.”
The younger kid looked at me, nodded at Julian and then ran off as fat snowflakes fell all around us, a waterfall of icy lace.
“Thanks,” I said, figuring my friends weren’t going to miss me too soon anyway. Better to give Missy a little time to cool down. “So what’s the deal with camp? And who’s trash-talking me behind my back?”
I hadn’t been the reigning queen bee of our cabin, Divas’ Den, for the last seven years by letting the rumor mill get the best of me. I worked the system, not the other way around.
“No one.” Julian reached toward me and I tensed. But he just lifted the heavy bag with my skis off my shoulder and propped it up against the lodge. “I just saw you hanging out with the Munchies’ Manor girls at the end of camp last year. The word around camp was that you’d made peace with your nemesis.”
Leave it to Julian to make it sound like the rival cabin was from the Klingon Empire. Not that I would ever admit to familiarity with Klingon culture. It was one thing to lust after Chris Pine. Another entirely to admit I’d ever attended a Star Trek convention in my own brush with nerd-dom.
“Oh.” Last summer at camp had been weird. But then, it wasn’t easy being fabulous all the time, especially not when other girls were letting down their guards and having fun.
Not when that was exactly what I wished I could do, too.
“Maybe. But Northstar Academy is a long way from Camp Juniper Point.” My eyes went to his neck where I’d seen a hint of a tattoo. Something dark green and black. I was curious.
“Seven hundred seventy miles.”
“That’s not what I mean.”
“I am aware of that.” His brown eyes studied me in a way that made me self-conscious. And not because of last year’s clothes. “I’m telling you, it’s not that different here.”
“You wouldn’t understand.” I grabbed my bag again, ready to be done with this conversation. Since when did Julian-Freaking-Berwick get to judge me? “It’s different for me and you know it.”
“Because you’re a girl?”
I rolled my eyes and remained silent while my phone started to vibrate. My friends must have finally noticed I was missing.
“Do you think I’ve never felt like an outsider?” Julian asked.
Perfectly serious.
I forced a laugh as I pulled my phone from my pocket. No way was I letting him see how much that question got to me…
 
Find J.K. Rock online:
Goodreads / Author Website / Series Website  
 
 J.K. Rock
Joanne and Karen Rock- writing sisters-in-law- formed a partnership to pen YA novels as J.K. Rock. Their debut book, Camp Boyfriend, is available July 2, 2013 from Spencer Hill Contemporary.
Prior to joining creative forces, Joanne Rock began her career as an author of adult romance for various Harlequin series. Published in twenty languages and twenty-seven countries, Joanne writes both contemporary romance and medieval historicals in addition to the occasional romantic suspense. She is a three-time RITA nominee and Bookseller’s Best finalist.
Karen Rock sold her first adult romance to Harlequin’s new Heartwarming line. The Forever Wish (September 2013) is an uplifting tale of love against the odds during the hero’s battle with cancer. In addition to writing, Karen is an eighth grade English teacher who has written and published screenplays for production by school theater departments. She is a regular blogger at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s popular “Cynsations” blog.
Together, Joanne and Karen write Young Adult stories that don’t back down from real issues. Whether their characters are falling in love at summer camp or facing the consequences of tough life choices, the authors enjoy helping them navigate those challenges.  Their “Camp Boyfriend” books are romantic dramas with a strong emphasis on teen friendships and self discovery. Fun, warm-hearted and emotional, the series includes Camp Boyfriend (July 2013), Camp Payback (April 2014) and Camp Forget-Me-Not (August 2014). 
 
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