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Monday, December 10, 2018

Challenge: The Bad Boys of Romance Challenge


Okay, so I am going to give this challenge a go in 2019. This year I have latched on to contemporary romance. A lot of these books have the bad boy trope so I figure, why not? I would definitely like to broaden my horizons and read outside my comfort zone a bit. Even if it is only a handful of books. And since I have started to get into contemporary romance where I didn't before, I might actually do better with this challenge than I think!


This challenge is hosted by Delighted ReaderSign up for this challenge here

Goal: Level One - 5-9 Books - Capturing the Bad Boy

Rules for this challenge:
~ Minimum goal of 5 books.
~ Books must feature a bad boy hero: Rock stars, MC members, streetfighters, assassins, mafia, loners, geeks, etc.
~ Only romance series accepted. Any sub-genre of romance accepted.
~ Sign-ups close November 30, 2019.


I will be adding more challenges to my 2019 Challenge Page as I sign up!



Will you be participating in any reading challenges in 2019? Do you read books with bad boys? If so, who is your favorite or most recent favorite bad boy?

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Challenge: Beat the Backlist 2019 Sign Ups


Sign-ups have opened for the Beat the Backlist Challenge! I adore this challenge and the mini-challenges that are included. I love reading backlist titles so this challenge is right up my alley.



This challenge is hosted by Novel KnightSign up for this challenge here

Goal: 75 Backlist Books

I will be taking part in the Hogwarts Mini Challenge on Team Ravenclaw!


Rules for this challenge:
~ The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
~ Only books published in 2018 or earlier will count.
~ All books must be started and finished in 2019.
~ Any novel, novella, graphic novel, manga, or anthology bind-up counts for this challenge. If it's considered a book on Goodreads, it's fair game! (i.e. a short story would not count but a novella or bind-up of short stories would.)
~ Rereads are okay!
~ Optional hashtag is #BeatTheBacklist or #BeatTheBacklist2019


I will be adding more challenges to my 2019 Challenge Page as I sign up!

I don't have an official TBR set up for 2019 yet, but here are a few things that I plan to read.

~ Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
(Reread books 1-5.)
~ Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
~ The Lotus Wars series by Jay Kristoff
(Reread book 1.)



Will you be participating in any reading challenges in 2019? Do you read many backlist titles or do you mostly stick to new releases?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Dating Alternative by Jennifer Woodhull



Today Jennifer Woodhull and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for THE DATING ALTERNATIVE, her New Adult Contemporary Romance which releases December 26, 2018! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveal! 


Author: Jennifer Woodhull
Pub. Date: December 26, 2018
Publisher: Jennifer Woodhull
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 288
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

Brie picked the wrong guy—gave him the wrong
finger. 


When her fiance walks out three weeks before their wedding, she slowly picks up
the pieces with the help of her friends. A serial monogamist, she's not quite
ready to start dating again. There are some things she misses about having a
boyfriend, though. Her friends convince her to try something more casual.
Random hookups have never been her thing. When a guy she has flirted with for a
while offers his services to solve her dilemma, she can't help but be
intrigued. Now she's trying to keep things casual, but when she's wrapped in
his arms, it's hard to remember she's not supposed to be falling for him. 


Max has had a few hookups since he split with his last girlfriend. Lately,
though, he feels like something is missing. He has crushed on the girl he
affectionately calls Cheese for years, but the timing was never right. When he
finds out they're finally single at the same time, he is poised to make his
move. Unfortunately, she's only looking for something physical. Of course, Max
is happy to oblige, but the more time they spend together, the more certain he
becomes that she's the perfect girl for him. 


He pulls out all the stops, and just when he's about to make his move from the
friends-with-benefits zone to serious dating, Brie completely ghosts on him.
Now he has to figure out if she has really walked away, or if something more
serious is keeping him from the girl of his dreams. 


Funny, sexy, and satisfying, The Dating Alternative is a standalone new
adult/contemporary romance. 


Chapter 1 Excerpt – Sabrina

As I lay on the bed, wearing my ex-fiancĂ©’s
t-shirt and remembering the night he left me six months ago, I realize that
tears are slipping silently down my cheeks.

I’ve done reasonably well, too. The first week,
I was catatonic. The first month, I was practically a zombie. In those days,
even showering on my day off had been a challenge. Within a couple of months,
though, I was doing better. By the ninety-day mark, I could be mistaken for
someone who hadn’t been virtually left at the altar.

Now, lying on the bed six months after Grant had
thrown away our life together, I was almost indiscernible from a normal girl.
Looking at me most days, you would never know that my life had been ripped
apart by an exotic Olympian named Isabel and my former fiancé, Grant.

I sit up, realizing how far I’d come since that
night. I put the back of my hand up to one cheek, then the other. No more. That asshole doesn’t get another
single tear from me. Control-G-Delete.





About Jennifer:


Jennifer Woodhull is
based in the Southern United States, spending time in her second home of
England, and traveling as often as she can. Her love of travel permeates her
work, and her characters often find themselves exploring new and foreign
surroundings.

A keen observer of
human behavior, Jennifer often draws inspiration from something as simple as a
fleeting connection, or the glimpse of a unique trait or characteristic. Her
favorite place to write is on airplanes.

"The drone of the
engine, the scores of people, all traveling to something or from something, and
being disconnected from digital distractions are a combination that provide the
perfect place to write," she says. "If you see a woman in seat 9F who
is balancing her Macbook on her lap because it's time to close your tray table,
please have patience. I'm just trying to finish one more sentence."


Join Jennifer’s Newsletter!



Giveaway Details:

5 lucky winners will receive an finished
copy of THE DATING ALTERNATIVE, US Only.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson


Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for

Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson

presented by Entangled Teen!

We've got 2 fabulous giveaways available for you at the end of the post!

CONGRATULATIONS, CINDY!


I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…






Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She's the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You'll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.





Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Queen To Ashes (Black Dawn #2) by Mallory McCartney





Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for QUEEN TO ASHES, her new Adult Fantasy Romance which releases January 8, 2019! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveal! 



Title: QUEEN TO ASHES (Black Dawn #2)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Find it: Goodreads

“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.” 


Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface. 



With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process. 



Sequel to Black Dawn, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her title. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?


Renegade and Black Dawn will be available in the

following #Vancouver area locations : Chapters Burnaby, Indigo Surrey, Chapters

Coquitlam, Indigo West Vancouver, Indigo Granville (2505 Granville St) and
Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St) in December!

Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 274
Find it: Amazon, B&N,
TBD,
Goodreads

“The time for
Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”


Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair

Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future
of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the
capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.



An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the

roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.


In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD,
Goodreads


Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both men being darkly woven in her st Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King. Some things are better left in the shadows.



Mallory McCartney is the author of the bestselling Black Dawn series. She currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.




Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive an eBook

of QUEEN TO ASHES, International.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Challenge: The 2019 #LETSREADINDIE Reading Challenge


The sign-ups are open! This challenge has been one of my favorites to participate in so far this year. I have discovered so many incredible books and have found some new insta-buy authors. I couldn't have had a better year reading-wise because of this challenge. I am so excited to take part again in 2019 and discover even more new book loves!



This challenge is hosted by As Told By TinaSign up for this challenge here

Goal: 50+ Books - Master

Rules for this challenge:
~ Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2019 and you can sign-up anytime.
~ All books must be indie or published by an indie publisher.
~ All formats and all genres count!
~ Re-reads allowed and books can be used for other challenges!
~ You do NOT have to be a blogger to participate.
~ Optional hashtag is #LetsReadIndie19


I will be adding more challenges to my 2019 Challenge Page as I sign up!



Will you be participating in any reading challenges in 2019? Do you enjoy reading indie titles? If not, why do you stick to mainstream books?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Challenge: 2019 New Release Challenge Sign Up!


It's that time of year again! Time to think about all of the reading challenges that we want to participate in during 2019. I admit that I am a make-a-list sort of person. So while creating a TBR for next year and making a list of challenges that I'd like to participate in and can be daunting, it is also exciting! Here's the first challenge that I will be taking part in next year.


This challenge is hosted by (un) Conventional Bookworms. This year I want to focus more on backlist titles, but I don't want to miss out on some of my most anticipated new releases. This challenge should help me stay on track with those. Sign up for this challenge here.

Goal: 1-30 Books - New Release Newbie

Rules for this challenge:
~ Books have to be released and reviewed in 2019.
~ Books can be used in other challenges.
~ The minimum length to qualify is 100 pages (in any format).
~ Sign-ups will be open until September 1, 2019.
~ You do NOT have to be a blogger to participate!
~ Optional Twitter tag: #2019NewReleaseChallenge

I will be adding more challenges to my 2019 Challenge Page as I sign up!

Will you be participating in any reading challenges in 2019? Do you read more new releases or more backlist titles?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie



Title: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri 
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2
Author: Annette Marie

Publication date: November 16, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy




When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At aguild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?

Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.

So that’s what we did. And that’s why I’m here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.

Why did I agree to this again?

Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn’t a reverse harem. It’s 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.


Tori has no problem getting herself into trouble in every book in the Guild Codex series, but each one is a complete adventure—no cliffhanger endings.


THE GUILD CODEX: SPELLBOUND


Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)

Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)




Check out my review for Dark Arts and a Daiquiri here!




“This is really nice,” I gushed, unconcerned by the apartment’s lackluster finishes. Beggars couldn’t be choosers, and having spent the last ten months sleeping on my brother’s sofa, I was ready to overlook anything less than holes in the walls.

Which, unfortunately, had been included in all the apartments we’d viewed so far, along with complimentary mold, cockroaches, and suspicious odors. That wasn’t including the batshit crazy landlords. Did normal people not dabble in real estate investment, or did all the well-adjusted landlords have tenants already?

“It’s clean,” Sin observed. “Running water. Heat. Wait, does it have heat? It’s cold in here.”

“Well, it is a basement.” I flapped my printout. “It says all utilities are included in the rent. How sweet is that?”

Sin wrinkled her nose suspiciously. “It’s too cheap. There’s got to be something wrong with it.”

“Maybe there’s a hobo living in the crawlspace.” I pointed at a half-height door tucked in a corner of the living room. “That’s a crawlspace, right?”

We crossed the room and I crouched at the door, Sin leaning over my shoulder. I pulled it open. Inside was nothing but impenetrable darkness.

“Use your phone’s flashlight,” Sin suggested. “There must be a light switch or—”

Chill air whispered over my skin and all the hair on my body stood on end—then arctic wind blasted me in the face.

I recoiled, crashing into Sin’s legs. She landed on her ass as the wind howled out of the crawlspace, whipping dust through the room. My printouts went flying and we scrambled backward on our butts with the papers spiraling toward the ceiling.

The darkness in the crawlspace leaked out from the doorway and pooled on the floor like ink. Shadows writhed and something pale materialized in the threshold—a skeletal woman on her hands and knees, toothless mouth gaping, empty eye sockets dribbling black blood.

I took one look at the moaning specter and screamed like the sissy girl that I am.

Sin let out her own terrified shriek as the ghostly woman dragged herself out of the crawlspace, her long hair trailing on the floor. She stretched a hand toward us, blackened fingers curled like claws, and icy gusts lashed at our faces. Still screaming, Sin grabbed my arm, her fingernails digging into my skin. Sharp pain cut through my panic.

I jammed my hand into my pocket and whipped out my trump card—yes, a literal card.

My trusty Queen of Spades was more than it appeared: a sorcerer’s artifact embedded with a spell that reflected magic. Was there any magic here to rebound? I had no idea. Would it work on a ghost? Also no idea. I wasn’t a sorcerer. I was a crime-of-convenience thief and I had only the vaguest notion how to use the card.

But it was the lone magical defense I had, so I thrust it at the phantom and shouted, “Ori repercutio!”

The air rippled and the gale-force wind reversed direction. It slammed into the woman, flinging her back into the crawlspace. Her head hit the door frame with a whack.

“Ow!” she squeaked.

Sin’s scream cut off. In unison, we launched to our feet. We weren’t screaming anymore, but I for one was even more freaked out. The woman was too solid to be a ghost, but holy freaking shit, that body did not belong to a living being—papery skin clinging to bones, empty sockets for eyes, stringy hair down to her knees.

The ghost woman sprang up, raising her hands like claws. “Begone from this place,” she moaned. “Begooooone … or else!”

I tilted my head toward Sin, not daring to take my eyes off the not-a-ghost. “Hey, Sin. Is that … a vampire?”

“No.” She pulled a handful of vials with colorful liquid contents out of her purse. “Not even close.”

Selecting a bottle, she dropped the others back into her bag and unscrewed the top. A hideous smell like burnt iron singed my nose.

“No!” the woman shrieked—except she didn’t sound like a woman anymore. Her voice was two octaves higher and painfully nasal. “Don’t!”

Sin held out the bottle threateningly. “Show us your real form or I’ll drench you!”

“Noooo! Go away!” The woman stomped her foot. “Stupid humans! This is my house!”

Raising her hand higher, Sin started to tip the bottle.

“Uuuuugh. Fine.” The woman threw her hands up—and her body melted. It lost solidity and shrank, then reformed into something new.

The creature was dark green with skin the waxy texture of pine needles. Even with twigs sprouting off its large head in place of hair, it barely reached my waist, and a mixture of spruce branches and pine cones hid its torso. Thin arms and legs stuck out of the twiggy mess, its hands and feet comically oversized.

Its eyes, narrowed angrily, dominated its face, the crystalline green irises unnaturally bright and entirely lacking pupils—just giant green orbs.

The creature pointed an accusing finger at us. “This is my house! Leave or I’ll turn you into bean sprouts!”

I cleared my throat. “Okay, not a vampire,” I said to Sin. “What is it?” “This,” Sin replied grimly, “is a faery.”


Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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