Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: 50 Shades of Grey by E L James


50 Shades of Grey by E L James (Fifty Shades #1)

Publisher: Vintage  
Release Date: May 25, 2011
Pages: 385  
Received a copy as a gift

From Goodreads:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost 

Publisher: Harlequin HQN  
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Pages: 296
Received a paperback review copy via RockStar Lit.

From Goodreads:
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.


Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Knocked by Ty Langston


Knocked Out by Ty Langston

Publisher: Solo Publishing Co  
Release Date: August 25, 2014
Pages: 82  
Received via RockStar Lit for free in exchange for an honest review.

From Goodreads:
Fresh out of Grad School, Hayley Monroe gets the chance of a lifetime when her boss gives her the opportunity to produce and host a reality series on finding MMA’s “Next Great Hope”.

Enter former MMA contender Evan Bates. His sudden re-appearance into the sport after a mysterious five year absence not only raises eyebrows, but also temps both in and out of the Octagon.

Can Hayley keep everything in check? Or will she be Knocked Out?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Excerpt/Giveaway: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost


The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

From Goodreads:

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.


Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.


Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…


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Author Bio: Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene's books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: No Regrets by Claire Kent

No Regrets by Claire Kent

Release Date: July 22, 2014
Pages: 196  
Received eBook copy from RockStar Lit for free in exchange for an honest review.

From Goodreads:
On my last birthday, I made one vow for the year. Live with no regrets. Eleven months have passed, though, and nothing has changed. I still sleep alone, spend my life working, and never move out of my comfort zone.

Then the loss of my dog throws my whole life out of orbit, and I end up in bed with a very hot and slightly-too-young veterinarian, who has recently made a vow of his own. Live with no strings. Josh is more than happy to help me with the things I’ve been afraid to try. Semi-public sex. Spanking. Anal sex. He’s a willing partner for everything I’ve wondered about, as long as I don’t demand more.

He’s serious about his no-strings philosophy. As serious as I am about living with no regrets. I can’t help but fall for him, even though I know better. So my biggest regret might be a broken heart.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Guest Post/Giveaway: Must-Haves for a Writer by Jeremy Gold

Must-Haves for a Writer
by Jeremy Gold

I’ll follow a character I have affinity for through a bad plot but not necessarily the other way around. If I don’t care about the protagonist, I have a hard time following him, however good the story is. I like my protagonists upbeat, able, and instilled with a hope of getting better and winning the game. This doesn’t exclude flaws and obstacles to overcome. Nobody’s perfect. It just means...that’s what I like!

The other important component in a novel—that largely gets ignored—is “emotional tone.” All art, whether it be a painting, a movie, a novel, or a song is propelled on a particular emotional level that elicits a response from the audience. That tone can range anywhere from hopelessness and apathy to enthusiasm and exhilaration. The piece could be angry. It could be boring or monotonous. It could be rock-solid serious. It could be mildly cheerful. It could be hostile. Everyone relates more to one level or another.

Other must-haves (in no particular order or importance):

1. A good laptop with an ergonomically compatible keyboard.

2. All work backed-up.

3. A good day job.

4. Thick skin.

5. Persistence.

6. Coffee.

7. Imagination.

8. A good bike.

9. Health—physical and mental.

10. Friends.

11. Self-reflection.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: Crave by Ty Langston



Crave by Ty Langston

Publisher: Solo Publishing Co.
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Pages: 128 pages  
Received free review copy in exchange for an honest review via RockStar Lit

From Goodreads:

As a reporter for the Wakefield Post, Harper Erkstine has seen everything. From murders to robberies, all of her recent stories have ended with tragic consequences so great, that she began to question if she made the right career choice for herself.

While all of her friends were dating, or going to clubs, she was winning journalism awards for covering the latest drive-by shooting or a home invasion that cost someone she knew, their lives.

She loved her job, it was rewarding to be a crime solver and get to the truth of the matter. As much as she loved her job, but the hours of a Metro beat reporter began to descend her into burn out mode.

She craved balance. A break, a welcome distraction every now and then. She forgot what it was like to have fun, to take a breath, smell the roses.
 
Was it wrong to want a great career and to have some kind of a personal life? She couldn’t remember the last time she had a date or danced with someone from the opposite sex.

In the middle of working on a missing person’s story that has rocked her town to the core, Harper decides as a favor to her friend and colleague to do a feature on local an up and coming rock band, called ‘Crave.’

It was a break from her routine, but Harper soon discovers that this band may have ties to the missing person, not only does she question why, but she also finds there is more to this band than just their music.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Excerpt/Giveaway: Stealing Third by Marta Brown



Stealing Third by Marta Brown

From Goodreads:

For Emily, going to camp, the summer before college starts, means leaving her feuding parents alone for the next eight weeks, and coming back to divorce papers is a risk she can’t take.


But no matter how many meddling phone calls, questionable hair decisions, and possibly illegal hookups she plans, her parents still march her off to Camp Champ totally against her will.


No matter. A few broken rules, and Em will be home free. That is, until she learns Tyler Ford, her baseball coach father’s star player and her drunken party hookup, is at camp, too.


For Tyler, summer is the onramp to the biggest decision of his life: med school or major leagues. Mega hot, possibly underage Emily? A complication he does not need.

But as the summer heats up with strikeouts and stolen bases will Tyler and Emily hit a home run and get what they’re after? Or will they both be thrown a curveball…in the game of love?

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Author Bio:

Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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