Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cover Reveal: THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE by Eliza Wass

Today Eliza Wass and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE, which releases June 26, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an ARC!

On to the reveal! 

by Eliza Wass
Pub. Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 256
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One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead.

With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade--a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother.

Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.

From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.

About Eliza:


Eliza Wass is an author, journalist and the wife of the late musician Alan Wass. Her debut novel, The Cresswell Plot, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim by Disney-Hyperion. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, Grazia, NME, Shortlist and THE FALL.
Her second book with Disney-Hyperion, The Life and Death Parade, will be published in June 2018.

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE (when they become available), US Only.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mini-Reviews: Too Late, It Ends with Us, and Say You'll Stay

A collection of mini-reviews, quick thoughts, and books worth mentioning. Check them out!

TOO LATE by C. Hoover
Publication Date: November 13, 2016
Pages: 395
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 of 5

My Thoughts

It seems silly to say that I'm afraid to read a book, but that is exactly how I felt before I read Too Late. From reading some reviews and some reader friends comments, I knew that there were some hateful ass, despicable, dangerous characters that were going to enrage me, and there definitely are. But that is also the draw of this book. Strange, but true. And there is a love story in there too. I just had to experience all of the fear and pain and heartbreak to get to it. I'm going to need a nice, sweet, and fun book to read next to recover from this.

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Pages: 367
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 of 5

My Thoughts
So good, like I knew it would be. And I cried, just like I expected I would and why I held off reading it for over 2 months. I wasn't ready for the emotions and this book made me feel many. I'm just glad that I don't have to worry about avoiding spoilers anymore.

SAY YOU'LL STAY by Corinne Michaels
Publication Date: June 20, 2016
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5 of 5

My Thoughts
I love a great small town story and second chances at love so when SAY YOU'LL STAY was selected by my book club, I was all for it. This book was on my wishlist and one that I would get to eventually, but it was nice to read with my friends. SAY YOU'LL STAY reminded me a little of the movie Sweet Home Alabama - which I love. And the mentions of Dawson's Creek and a shout out to Pacey was just a little bit of icing on top.

I'm not going to lie, I was overwhelmed with sadness in the first few chapters. Presley experiences the depths of sorrow and was in shock of the reality that was her life. 
But it wasn't all sadness. Presley works to find her way through it. I loved Wyatt and her close friendship with him. There was so much love between them. And he doesn't hold back. And Zach. And this favorite quote: "That's the thing about young love in  a small town -- it never dies." 
I'm excited to read the next book in this series! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cover Reveal: A STEEL HEART by Amie Knight


A Steel Heart, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from Amie Knight is coming November 9th!


A Steel Heart by Amie Knight
Publishing Date: November 9th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le

Five seconds.
A deafening blast. Pain. Silence.
That was all it took for an IED to end my life as I knew it. The man I was shattered in a hard wave of sound and debris that rained down on me like death itself.
And six months later, after waking up to an inescapable hell, I found myself wishing that death had found me.
Until her.
Miranda Jacobs swept into my life like a cool breeze on a smoldering day.
With her smart mouth and her ridiculous jokes, she brought me back to life one minute at a time.
Turned out time wasn’t on our side.
Five seconds.
Screams. Twisted metal. Silence.
And I’d lost it all again—only this time, I had no one to blame but myself.

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About Amie Knight:
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma's books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn't reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to '90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can't imagine living anywhere other than the South. 


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Spotlight On: SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak


by Francesca Hornak
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Published by Berkley Books

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A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays...

It's Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew's elder daughter--who is usually off saving the world--will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she's been told she must stay in quarantine for a week...and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity--and even decent Wi-Fi--and forced into each other's orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who's about to arrive...

Francesca Hornak is a journalist and writer, whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Red. She is the author of two nonfiction books, History of the World in 100 Modern Objects: Middle Class Stuff (and Nonsense) and Worry with Mother: 101 Neuroses for the Modern Mama

Visit her online @FrancescaHornak.

Release Week: MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan - TOP FIVE & Giveaway

It's the release week for MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan. I discovered Mia's books a few years ago when my book club read ARCHER'S VOICE. I've wanted to read more of her books and I've decided not to wait any longer and just jump into MOST OF ALL YOU. 

For my stop during the release week tour, I'm hosting Mia with a Top Five Topic about favorite books. I always find it interesting to learn which books open up the world for readers and writers. check out Mia's top five list and then enter for a chance to win 1 of 10 copies of MOST OF ALL YOU.

The top 5 books that made Mia Sheridan fall in love with reading and writing.
  1. Wuthering Heights
  2. The Thorn Birds
  3. Flowers in the Attic
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo

 by Mia Sheridan
Publication Date: October 17, 2017 
Published by Forever 

"Heartbreaking...inspiring, uplifting and raw..." ― RT Book Reviews, A 5-star Gold Pick

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there's an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: HOLDING ONTO FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin

The Beaumont Series - The Next Generation #1
by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date: October 12, 2017
Pages: 292
Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotion


The road for Noah Westbury has been carved out for him, long before he knew who his father was.  Making sure he worked hard to deserve the opportunities provided to him, Noah is exactly where he dreamed of being - starting QB for Portland Pioneers. Together with a Victoria Secret's model girlfriend by his side, life couldn't get much better. Except for the fact that standing in his path is Peyton Powell-James, his life-long friend and the one woman he can never have.
Peyton Powell-James always knew her future would be in football and dreams of having a successful sports journalism career once she graduates college. After being given an assignment to cover a professional game from the sidelines, Peyton believes that everything is going to plan, until one fateful night changes her life.
Harsh reality sets in for Noah and Peyton. One could lose everything, while the other one struggles to keep the families together.

My Thoughts

Oh my heart. I'm going to need some time to recover from this one.

I was hit full force with the latest book of the Beaumont Series, Holding Onto Forever. I love that Noah and Peyton finally get their story told. As the children of 4225 West, I’ve grown to care about these characters and they hold a special place in my heart.

I was on the verge of tears for most of the book - I can only describe it was the face-numbing fear and just heartache. I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through with my heart intact because I was feeling all of the feelings. Why must Heidi make me cry like this? I really wanted someone to hold my hand and comfort me telling me it was going to get better and it was all going to work out. AND I am NOT being overly dramatic. BUT this is why I love this series.

I have some much love for this book. There are many highs and lows and so much love that it’s overflowing. We get to see vulnerable characters - Liam and Harrison in dad mode. We get to be in on the joke of the long names of Powell-James family. We get to experience the friendship and love between Noah and Peyton which we knew existed all along. And then there is Mason. Oh Mason.

With every book of the Beaumont series, my emotions get all tangled up and I become invested in these stories. It’s a testament to Heidi’s craft and what she’s created with this series. I can’t wait to read more books of Beaumont - The Next Generation.

I loved it!!

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. I've also purchased a finished copy for my own personal library. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Author Bio:
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
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, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she's isn't writing one of the many stories planned for release, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
Heidi's first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters in January 2018, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.

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