Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: WALK THE EDGE by Katie McGarry

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:




WALK THE EDGE
Thunder Road #2
by Katie McGarry
Publication Date March 29, 2016
Published by Harlequin TEEN
384 Pages

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds 

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life. 

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules. 

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

WHY I'M WAITING
  • I held off on reading all of Katie's published books, but I finally read Nowhere But Here. (I didn't want to have that long of a wait until Walk the Edge came out). I've pre-ordered my copy of WTE. So now all I can do is wait (or reread).
  • Katie's said that Razor is the sexiest guy she's written yet. She's written some captivating male characters and I can't find out how Razor compares/measures up. :)
  • I loved Oz so much, and enjoyed Chevy and Violet in NBH, I hope they make some appearances.

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, January 25, 2016

From My Shelf Giveaway (1): TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini

From My Shelf Giveaway

I'm clearing books from my shelves and giving them away!
(Because there is such a thing as too many books)

 TRIAL by Fire by Josephine Angelini


The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
 

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cover Reveal: BLIND REALITY by Heidi McLaughlin

Check out the gorgeous cover for Blind Reality by Heidi McLaughlin scheduled for release on February 2nd. 

Reality TV fans - get ready to meet this amazing cast of characters!

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Synopsis
Joshua Wilson, an up-and-coming movie star, is turned off by the idea of marriage. His Oscar-winning smile and breakout role in the summer’s hottest romantic comedy bring in enough attention to satisfy Joshua’s cravings for the spotlight – not to mention the never-ending supply of willing women.
Joey Mitchell is down in the dumps after finding out that her fiancĂ© cheated on her with her best friend, and is living at home with her parents until she can get back on her feet. Without Joey’s knowledge, her overbearing and neurotic mother submits an application for her to appear on the reality show, Married Blind. When the producers surprise her with the news that they have cast her, Joey wants nothing to do with the show but agrees to participate because, at this point in her life, she really has nothing to lose.
Lights, camera, action… Welcome to another season of Married Blind. Contestants are about to take the plunge, but only one couple will come out of the house winners!

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Release Date: February 2nd
Cover designed by Sarah at Okay Creations.


Excerpt

I hear a few gasps and can only assume that I’m approaching where I need to be. My father hasn’t let go yet, and for that I’m thankful. He’s keeping me steady on my feet and somewhat calm, even though thoughts of hanging my mother by her pedicured toenails are filtering through my mind. If she thinks I’m going to share my winnings with her, she’s off her rocker.
Winnings? How can I even think about winning? I’m not going to be able to pretend to be okay with this for three months. And what if he likes me? What if he finds me attractive and tries to kiss me? Then what? Ninety days of purgatory that’s what. I’m so not ready to live in a house with five people I don’t know all while trying to compete for Best Betty Crocker.
The announcer clears his throat and gets the audience cheering. Behind my blindfold, I’m rolling my eyes and glaring simultaneously at my groom. I know he’s standing in front of me; I can smell him. If anything, his cologne smells good, but it’s probably something his production assistant told him to wear.
Is he nervous like I am? Is he sweating from standing under these heat lamps? Are his parents here, too? What made him so desperate that he had to come on national television to find a bride? That’s the answer I want to know, but will never ask for fear of what he might say.
Neither of us should be doing this and yet here we are. I could run. I could slip off my blindfold and run without looking back. But what if he’s my soul mate and I don’t know it?
What damage could three months do?
Everything!
My father places my hands into those of my groom and while I should cringe, I don’t. My fingertips, hands, wrists, arms and everywhere else tingle. I feel warm, but not from the lights. It’s a different kind of heat. My tummy flutters. My heart pounds furiously in my chest, drowning out the audience, the music blaring overhead, and the crackle of the microphone. It’s all too soon when the music stops and I’m quickly reminded that this is just a show. I shouldn’t be excited.
“Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, to compete with in good faith, from this day forward for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, or until three months has expired?”
Um … what? What’s his name? Don’t I get to know his name at least?
“What do you say?” the announcer’s voice bellows through the microphone. I can hear mumbling from the crowd as they wait with bated breath on what I’m going to say. Do people actually come on this show and say no?
“We need your answer.”
I bite my lower lip and nod. If he can make me feel the way he did when he held my hand, maybe three months won’t be so bad. “Yes,” I squeak out, my voice barely audible.
“She said yes,” the announcer roars, and the applause is deafening. I can’t help but smile even though I’m dying on the inside.
My groom’s voice is almost as quiet as mine, making me feel somewhat better that he’s just as nervous. I sigh in relief when he says yes. The crowd cheers again and the announcer pronounces us man and wife.
Here it comes. I sense my groom moving closer, and I hold my head high. His hand fumbles on my neck until he rests it gently on my cheek. The crowd is hushed and everyone is waiting for the moment that seals us. His lips brush softly against mine, and he pulls back before I feel his wet lips press against mine again, this time fully. If not for his hand, I’d be crumbling to the ground. My knees start to buckle. My palms, already damp from earlier, are sweating profusely. My heart has stopped beating, but I can hear his. This is a first kiss for the records, and the only thing missing is his face.
The announcer clears his throat and my groom steps back, much to the delight of the viewers. “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” the announcer says. I read from the rules that the groom’s blindfold comes off first. There’s a collective gasp, followed by a series of ‘oh my God’s’ and ‘that lucky bitch’. Gee thanks, audience members. I can safely assume my groom is cute. Great, perfect. I have a cute husband who can turn my insides to goo when he holds my hand. Hopefully he’s not planning on winning many competitions that require physical touching because I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it.
Someone comes up from behind me and starts to untie my blindfold. I keep my eyes closed. I want to see him fully when I open my eyes. I open them slowly, but keep them focused on the ground. Slowly, I take in what he’s wearing—black patent leather shoes, with black tuxedo pants. His hand rests at his side, and I see the glint of a wedding band and quickly look down at my own hand. Was I so lost in my rambling thoughts that I don’t remember him slipping a ring on my finger, or me giving him one?
I remind myself that this marriage is not real.
“I’ll get you a bigger one,” a familiar voice says.
My head moves up quickly, and I’m caught in the dark, smoldering eyes that I’ve studied for hours on end. I swallow hard and say, “Holy shit,” before the darkness takes over, and I crumble to the ground in a heap.


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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in 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, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.

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.





Other Books by Heidi McLaughlin

Forever My Girl - The Beaumont Series #1

My Unexpected Forever - The Beaumont Series #2

Finding My Forever - The Beaumont Series #3

Finding My Way - The Beaumont Series #4

My Everything - A Beaumont Series Novella

12 Days of Forever - A Beaumont Series Novella


Lost in Us - A Lost in You Novella

The Archer Brothers
Here with Me

Choose Me

The Reeducation of Savannah McGuire

Third Base

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top 10 (wait, 13) Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't


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 13 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't




Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Truest by Sommers
Joyride by Anna Banks
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

And how could I forget



Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


I'm currently participating in the Clean Slate Read-a-thon to remedy this oversight.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Clean Slate Read-a-thon

I'm joining the Clean Slate Read-a-thon!! The main goal is to read books published in 2015 and I have PLENTY of unread books so this is a perfect read-a-thon for me to join.




Details From Novel Ink Blog:

-The Clean Slate Read-A-Thon will be held from Sunday, January 10 at 12am (EST) till Sunday, January 17 at 11:59pm (EST).
-We will be having mini-games along the way Novel Ink (Tuesday, January 12), Latte Nights Reviews (Thursday, January 14) and Lost in Lit (Saturday, January 16). You can join in on these if you want to, but they are not mandatory. You will get extra entries in the giveaway, though.
-More details of the mini-games will be posted on the kick-off post, January 10.
-There will be one big giveaway for those who participate. We also will be holding smaller giveaways for those who participate in the mini-games.
-Sign up at Latte Nights Reviews, Novel Ink or Lost in Lit. You may join whenever you’d like, but to be eligible for the giveaway you have to be signed up by January 12.
-Make a sign-up post and add your URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for final giveaway) in your sign-up post.
-If you want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram, use the #CleanSlateReadathon hashtag.


Books in my TBR Pile




My goal is to read 3 books from this pile and finish up 2 in-progress books: The Air He Breathes and Library of Souls (not pictured).

I'll post my updates here:

Day 1 - Sunday, January 10th
Current Read: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry
Pages Read: 20
Total Pages Read: 20
Books Completed:

Day 2 - Monday, January 11th
Current Read: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Pages Read: 130
Total Pages Read: 150
Books Completed:

Day 3 - Tuesday, January 12th
Current Read: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Pages Read: 204
Total Pages Read: 354
Books Completed: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

Day 4 - Wednesday, January 13th
Current Read: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Pages Read: 260
Total Pages Read: 614
Books Completed: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

Day 5 - Thursday, January 14th
Current Read: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Pages Read: 51
Total Pages Read: 665
Books Completed: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry, Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Day 6 - Friday, January 15th
Current Read: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Pages Read: 21 (a super-light reading day)
Total Pages Read: 686
Books Completed: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry, Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Day 7 - Saturday, January 16th
Current Read: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Pages Read: 53 (and still reading)
Total Pages Read: 686+
Books Completed: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry, Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs




Monday, January 4, 2016

THIS SONG IS (NOT) FOR YOU by Laura Nowlin - Excerpt and Giveaway


This Song is Not For You
By Laura Nowlin
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire


Summary:

Ramona fell for Sam the moment she met him. It was like she had known him forever. He’s one of the few constants in her life, and their friendship is just too important to risk for a kiss. Though she really wants to kiss him…

Sam loves Ramona, but he would never expect her to feel the same way—she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Still, they complement each other perfectly, both as best friends and as a band.

Then they meet Tom. Tom makes music too, and he’s the band’s missing piece. The three quickly become inseparable. Except Ramona’s falling in love with Tom. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.  How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?



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About the Author:
Laura Nowlin holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Missouri State University. When she isn’t at home agonizing over her own novels, Laura works at the public library, where the patrons give her plenty of inspiration for her writing.  She lives in St. Louis with her musician husband, neurotic dog, and psychotic cat.

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Excerpt from This Song is Not For You:

SAM
Tom was plugging in what looked like a set of guitar pedals without a guitar. He looked up at Ramona and then at me.
“You know that video you guys posted last week?” he said. “I came up with something that I think would sound cool with that, if you wanna mess around with it.”
I shrugged.
“Sure,” Ramona said. She played a drumroll and I headed over to my guitar and put it back on. I turned my back to them and strummed the high E string. Behind me I heard Ramona start to swing into the song’s tempo.
I try as hard as I can to not watch Ramona when she’s playing. I mean, it’s not possible to never look at her, because so much of playing together is about communicating without talking. But I try to look at Ramona as little as I can.
Ramona is really talented. And determined.
She doesn’t care when playing makes her sweaty and messes up her hair.
And she makes these faces.
I was saved from remembering some specific times I’ve seen Ramona during practice by a noise behind me. It was like wind chimes. Alien wind chimes from a robot planet. I looked over my shoulder. Tom was bent over the pedals and the chaos something. He was making this haunting electronic sound. I could hear where my guitar would fit in. I started the opening chords for the song. I closed my eyes and focused on Ramona’s drumming. My body began to move with the time she set. The sound of her stick striking the tom hit my back again and again.
Ramona.
***
Whenever Ramona eats candy, she arranges it by color first. It’s not like an obsessive--compulsive thing. She just thinks it’s fun. She usually doesn’t like anything orange, so she often gives those to me. Greens are her favorites.
Her sneeze is really weird. She scrunches up her face and makes a noise like a tiny snort. It’s like she’s trying to stop the sneeze from getting away.
Ramona’s mother started giving her piano lessons when she was four. She died when Ramona was nine, and her father hired someone from the academy to give her lessons after that. She still has private lessons, and she never talks about her mother.
We like to watch really bad shows together so we can make fun of the dialogue. Shows about psychics solving crimes are the most fun. Ramona is really good at predicting what the psychics will say next.
Ramona can’t stand people who put up a false front. “Poseur” is her darkest insult.
She’s fun, and she’s real.
Ramona’s an assertive girl, and if she was into me as more than a friend, she would have just said so a long time ago. She’s trusted me with her friendship, and I’m not going to ever put that at risk.
***
I turned around.
From over her kit, Ramona met my eyes. She grinned and bit her lip. We sounded good. Tom filled out the song without drowning either of us out. I could tell the guy knows what he’s doing. Ramona played a fill, closed her eyes, and threw her head back.
I turned away again.


Giveaway: 
2 Copies of This Song is Not For You by Laura Nowlin 
(U.S. & Canada only)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Snowed In? So Read Giveaway Hop


There is nothing better than reading a great book when you're snowed in. We haven't had too many snow days in my part of the country, but I'm looking forward to a snow day so I can read stay snuggled under a cozy blanket with a cup of cocoa and a book. (But, really, I don't need a snow day to do that.)

For this giveaway, I'm giving a book by one of my most read authors of 2015 - Katie McGarry. 




 Giveaway Details:

Hop hosted by Stuck In Books

Prize: Choice of physical copy or e-book pictured 
(based on availability/covers may differ)

Must be 16 years old or older to enter
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