Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Release Week Blitz + Giveaway: Fall With Me by J Lynn

We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's, also known as J. Lynn’s, FALL WITH ME!! FALL WITH ME is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait For You Series, published by Avon Romance. We love this series and can't wait to start reading Roxy and Reece's story!
Fall With me

 

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FALL WITH ME Synopsis: Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already. But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.  

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About the Author
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recently Added to My To-Be-Read List


This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Books I Recently Added to My To-Be-Read List

You won't even begin to believe how big my TBR list is right now. I know there is no way I can read all of the books I want to read in my lifetime and there are always going to be more books released that I want to read too! Oh, the struggles of a reader. But here are the most recent books I've added to my to-read list on Goodreads! 


1. Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
2. Paperweight by Meg Haston
3. 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely 


4. The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman 
5. Torn by KA Robinson 
6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 


7. More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs
8. My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
9. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab


10. The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah

Monday, March 30, 2015

Release Week Launch: Holding Strong by Lori Foster




An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in Lori’s irresistible new novel.

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn’t share. That’s why he’s been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry’s about to need more than she knows…

Denver’s combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she’s been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can’t hide behind a carefree fa├žade. Because the man by her side is one who’ll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she’ll trust him enough to let him…


 EBOOK:            AMAZON       BARNES & NOBLE    iBOOKS     KOBO

PRINT:   AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE  BAM


Holding Strong will have you holding your breath while burning fingers quickly turn the pages.”
“…a fun and sexy read. It has a touch of suspense to it as well to keep the pace of the story going along.”
“The men of Foster’s Ultimate series may be powerful fighters, but they are all heart, and none more so than the hero of this installment. His unwavering support for his feisty, frightened heroine redeems them both in time, but it is their searing chemistry that will hold readers’ attention.”
“Foster…manages to keep characters evolving throughout the course of a novel, becoming true ‘heroes’ by the time ‘The End’ rolls around.”






       Gaze softening, her attention went all over his body. “Seriously, Denver. Did you really want to argue right now?”
       He searched her face. “No.” Hell no. Especially not with her looking at him like that. He moved in again, one hand on the wall by her shoulder. “Thing is, I’m not sure you want what I want.”
       For the longest time, their gazes held while her breathing quickened and her cheeks warmed. Finally, in a whisper, she asked, “Do you want me?”
       With one short nod, he pressed her to the wall, feeling her all along his length. “Have for a long time.”
       “You hid it well.”
       “Then I’m one hell of an actor.” He brushed his mouth over her forehead. “We have a lot of talking to do, but I’d as soon do it after.”
       “After?”
       “After I’ve had you. Maybe several times.”
       She dipped her head down so that he stared at the crooked part in her fair hair. He brushed his nose against her, down to her temple, her ear.
       Her hands clutched at him. “I got the feeling you didn’t like me.”
       “I like you.” It was how her flirting made him feel that he didn’t like so much.
       Pushing him back so she could see his face, she asked anxiously, “You won’t change your mind?”
       The laugh tried to escape, but he wanted her too much to take a chance on pissing her off. “Where’s your room?”
       “Close.” On a sharply inhaled breath, she stepped him back a few paces and darted around him in a rush. “Come on.”
       At first he just watched her, her obvious urgency, the way her hair teased over her shoulders. She stopped halfway down the hall and fumbled in her purse before pulling out a key card. She opened the door, jammed the key card back into her purse, and glanced at him.
       Ah, hell. Definitely close. In a few long strides Denver reached her.
       Seconds later they were in her room.
       A second after that he was kissing her.



About the Author

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here :http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/ 




Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials: The Collector's Edition by James Dashner


Today, I am very excited to share with you all the beautiful edition of James Dashner's The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials that is  set to release on April 14th! I received a copy in the mail from Random House and it is gorgeous!


Press Release

Delacorte Press is pleased to announce the publication of THE MAZE RUNNER AND THE SCORCH TRIALS: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (on sale April 14, 2015 / $19.99), which brings the first two books in James Dashner’s bestselling series together in one edition for fans and new readers to enjoy. Featuring exclusive bonus content within its 816 pages and carrying a first printing of 150,000, the collector’s edition will prepare fans and moviegoers for the second film in the franchise, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which will be released September 18, 2015 and stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, and Giancarlo Esposito. EntertainmentWeekly.com has described The Maze Runner as a “mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.”

Over 10 million copies of the Maze Runner series have been sold in all formats, and Dashner fans continue to multiply as they are introduced to his heart-pounding stories, which appeal to readers of all ages. In addition to the original novels, this edition includes “The Maze Runner Files,” which was originally published as an eBook short. Now accessible to all readers in print format, “The Maze Runner Files” features top-secret information, overheard conversations, emails between WICKED employees, memos meant to be destroyed after reading, and a selection of the Gladers’ suppressed memories, all of which help fans unlock some of the mysteries behind the Maze, the Gladers, and the people who put them there. This edition also includes an exclusive fan sticker.

The year 2015 will be another exciting one for Dashner fans, with multiple books being published. The movie tie-in edition of The Scorch Trials will be released on August 4, 2015, along with a hardcover box set of all four novels in the series (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order) on the same date. The film adaptation of The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) will release on September 18, 2015, and the final novel in the Mortality Doctrine series, The Game of Lives, will be published on November 17, 2015. All titles are supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign that includes an author tour in November. Follow James Dashner on Twitter (@JamesDashner), Facebook, and Instagram, and visit his website at JamesDashner.com.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (140)


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what they got throughout the week!

For Review

SO MANY BOOKS AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. All of these have come in the mail for me over the last three weeks and I don't even know where to begin. How do I choose what to read first?!?

From Half Price Books
I went back to Half Price Books for the second time in one weekend on Sunday and snagged some great books! I got Paper Valentine and This Girl for $2 each and then used my coupon for My Life Next Door and got it for only $2.50. I'm so excited to finally own these three beautiful books! 

From Giveaways

I won both The One and Only and It Started with a Scandal from each of the author's twitter pages in the same day! How crazy is that? I NEVER win giveaways on twitter but I won those two at the same time! I was definitely super excited to win Emily Giffin's latest release (it was the paperback version that was just released) and it even came signed!! And I love historical romances, so the last two books I won are definitely exciting. I won Lily Dalton's new book from her blog tour and I've only had the chance to read the first book in the series, but I loved it so much and have been meaning to pick up the second one. This one is the third one and how gorgeous is that cover?? Can't wait to read all of these!!

Bought
The lovely Eden from Blogging Between the Lines was selling some of her books and I saw her post on twitter with the stack of books and was SO TEMPTED to buy something. She was selling the hardbacks for only $6, which included the price of shipping, so how could I say no?? Thanks for the book, Eden!!! I am definitely excited to have this one on my shelf :)


That's it for me! What all did you add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Source: Library
Summary: It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune -- and remarkable power -- to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved -- that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt -- among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life -- and love -- in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?


Review: First off, I am shocked that I had gone this long without reading this book. For some reason, I hadn't heard how amazing this book was until recently, despite the fact that it came out in 2011 and has a super high rating on Goodreads (over 4.3 stars). Well, I FINALLY picked up this book and it is easily one of my favorite reads this year. 

It's 2044 and every single human being is consumed by the OASIS, an online virtual world that let's you be who you want to be while exploring the endless planets and people the system has to offer. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts finds life in the OASIS much more bearable than the real world, especially after the maker of the OASIS, James Halliday, dies and announces his contest to find the ultimate prize within the gaming system: his immense fortune and the power of control of the OASIS. Wade, along with millions of hunters, has dedicated his entire life to studying everything Halliday was obsessed with in order to understand and uncover the secrets of the OASIS, but years have passed with no progress. Until Wade stumbles upon the answer to the first clue. Suddenly, the hunt becomes even more fierce and dangerous and there's only one way Wade can make it out alive: To win. 

Wow. Just thinking about the amount of time and planning and pure imagination that went into writing this book seriously blows my mind. As a major 80s fan, I was in love with every single reference to the 80s that was found in this book, which was a lot. At one point in the book, one of the characters said that the game was created so that everyone would be as obsessed with Halliday's obsessions as he was. For some reason, that concept was absolutely genius to me. This guy was OBSESSED with the 80s but people just thought he was weird, but by creating his hunt, anyone trying to win had to know every single tiny detail about the 80s, making that obsession a necessity for millions of people. How cool is that? I also loved how this book took place inside of a video game. The whole concept was crazy, especially how Wade went to school online and made his best friends online. The relationships/friendships in this book were so strong, but they were between people who hadn't even met in real life. His relationship with Art3mis was so real and I loved the insecurities they both had when it came to revealing who they truly were to each other. 

One aspect of this book that I think Ernest Cline did an amazing job at was the pacing of the novel. The world Wade lives in needs A LOT of explanation, but Ernest Cline broke up his explanations enough that they were very interesting and informing without being drawn out and boring. I was gradually introduced into Wade's world of the hunt and the OASIS so that I understood what was going on and was still intrigued by the action and storyline that was happening. Also, years pass throughout this book, which I was actually really happy about. It took 5 years to solve the first clue, so of course it's going to take longer to get through the other two gates before the grand prize. There was a very realistic (well, as realistic you can get with the future…) pacing and I liked how there were moments of intense action balanced with moments of research and planning. Near the end, things definitely got insane and I was furiously reading to figure out what the heck would happen to Wade next, especially when he started doing crazy things in the real world and not just the virtual world. 

I could go on and on about how mind blowing and unique this book is. Any gamer has to read this book because it brings video games to life in a way that is realistic, entertaining, and addicting. I can honestly say I have never ever read a book like this and I'm already dying for more. AND OMG I JUST LOOKED AND THERE'S GOING TO BE A SEQUEL. But it doesn't say when it's going to be released, which means it's probably going to take forever considering how extensive and creative the storyline and world in this book was. Until that glorious day where we will get a sequel, anyone who has not read this book must pick up a copy right now! You're missing out on one of the best books I've ever read! 


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