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Jun 27
{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

What’s the story behind THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTO?  How did the book come to be? I first had the idea for this book 24 years ago! I’m not kidding. In 1992, my husband, actor Robert Hogan, was in an off-Broadway play called On the Bum, also starring Cynthia Nixon and Campbell Scott. The play was set in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, several years after the epic flood. The characters talked about a “lake in the sky” which piqued my curiosity. A few days later, I went to the library to read about such strange geography. That’s when I read the real story of the Johnstown disaster. Wow. I was blown away. What a great story! I held my breath for 24 years worrying that someone would write my book before I got a chance to. There are other books out there about the flood, but nothing like mine.  How did you conduct your research for the book?  Are any of the characters in the book inspired by real-life people? While on… Read more »

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Dec 15
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd

Today I have Alyssa Palombo here to talk about her first passion in life- music. I really enjoyed this guest post and I hope you do too. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win a copy of Alyssa’s book- The Violinist of Venice. 🙂 The music of my life By Alyssa Palombo  Given that I wrote a book called The Violinist of Venice, and that that book is largely about music and its effect on a life, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that music is and has been a big part of my own life. I heard lots of great music growing up thanks to my parents: Led Zeppelin and The Who and Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Sarah McLachlan – the list goes on. Another really formative musical experience for me was going to see the movie Nightmare Before Christmas when I was four years old. To this day it’s still my favorite movie and soundtrack/score of… Read more »

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Jun 26
{Review+Giveaway} Dirty Thoughts by @MeganErickson_ @avonbooks

{Review+Giveaway} Dirty Thoughts by @MeganErickson_ @avonbooks

Dirty Thoughts is the first book in a new New Adult series from Megan Erickson, called the Mechanics of Love series. I love Megan Erickson, so I was extremely excited that she had a new series out, and I don’t know why I was a little slow on the uptake, but I only realized who this series was about as soon as I started reading the book. Remember Max and Lea from Make it Right? Remember Max’s yummy older brothers- Cal and Brent? The Mechanics of Love series is their stories! Super exciting, right? Dirty Thoughts is Cal’s story. And it is a really sexy, fun and beautiful second chance love story. Cal was totally head over heels in love with his high school girlfriend, Jenna, and the feelings were mutual. For reasons that are revealed pretty early on in the story, they break up and Jenna moves away for ten years. Well, now she is back and Cal and Jenna’s chemistry is stronger than ever. Cal is a stubborn one, so there are… Read more »

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Jun 23
{ARC Review} Local Girls by @CarolineZancan @riverheadbooks

{ARC Review} Local Girls by @CarolineZancan @riverheadbooks

Local Girls is a standalone adult fiction novel that I think has great crossover appeal to the new adult age group. Local Girls is told mostly in the past tense and centers around a group of 3, used-to-be 4, friends. They live outside of Orlando, which was fun for me as I am getting to be pretty familiar with the area. They are 19 for most of the events in the story, but the narrative voice is older, looking back on that summer. Because of this age gap between the characters and their older selves, I think Local Girls had a really unique perspective- one that readers in their late teens, twenties and beyond will all appreciate. Caroline Zancan was very methodical in her writing. It was descriptive and precise. It read almost like a memoir to me. Within the first few pages, you could actually feel the all encompassing heat that is Florida in the Summer. (then again, maybe that is because I am currently living that very heat… Read more »

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May 30
{Review} Under The Lights by Shannon Stacey

{Review} Under The Lights by Shannon Stacey

Under the Lights is the first book in the contemporary romance series, called the boys of Fall series. I originally thought this was going to be a new adult series, but it is an adult contemporary romance series. The cover was a bit misleading for me, so I wanted to be sure to point that out. I really liked this as a small town sweet romance, but the book didn’t blow my socks off. I liked Chase and I really liked Kelly. And I loved what they were doing for their towns football team. The love that everyone has for coach is so evident throughout Under The Lights. The town is going through some hard times, and their high school’s football team is being cut within the next school year if the town can’t raise the funds to keep the program running. And for Kelly’s dad, coach- football is basically his life. He loves coaching and all of his boys. I thought it was so heartwarming how the whole town,… Read more »

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May 14
{ARC Review} The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson @melanieauthor @ThomasNelson

{ARC Review} The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson @melanieauthor @ThomasNelson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was an easy sell for me. It was something a little different than I normally read because it is a period read, the cover is gorgeous, and I was told it was a blend between Swan Lake and Robin Hood. Umm, heck yes! Please sign me up. I really enjoyed The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest for all of those reasons and more. I thought the writing was absolutely beautiful. It felt lyrical. I don’t say that about books often because most of the time because that isn’t something that normally jumps out at me. Writing can be good, great, bad or even powerful, but Melanie Dickerson’s writing spoke to me in a different way than most books do. It felt like it had movement and life within it’s words. It really was beautiful. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is a unique mixture of young adult and adult. I think it will appeal to readers of all ages. It took me a little bit of time… Read more »

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May 11
{ARC Review+Giveaway} All Played Out by @CoraCarmack @InkSlingerPR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} All Played Out by @CoraCarmack @InkSlingerPR

Side Note: Ahh wordpress has been eating my posts lately. I write a post up and publish and it is there and then It reverts to a post that has almost nothing on it, and I have no way to get back the finished version of the post. I have had to re-write 4 reviews because of this and I have no idea why. And my re-writes are never as good as my originals. But here goes… So, I want to tell you guys a secret. Come closer. A little closer. And promise not to judge me too much. I have not read a book by Cora Carmack. I know. I know. And to make it even more shameful, I have the first Rusk University book sitting on my bookshelf. Judging me for not read it yet. And now that I have read All Played Out, I am kicking myself even more. Because Cora Carmack is a genius. An absolutely brilliant writer. I am not kidding, I think All Played… Read more »

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May 08
{Review+Giveaway} Love On The Ledge by Zoraida Cordova @zlikeinzorro @DiversionBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Love On The Ledge by Zoraida Cordova @zlikeinzorro @DiversionBooks

Love on the Ledge is the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series, On the Verge. Each book is a standalone. When I joined the blog tour for Love on the Ledge, I didn’t realize that it was the second book in the series. So I was a little wary, because while I have read series out of order and even skipped books a couple of times (not on purpose!), I do enjoy reading series in order more. But I have to say that Love on the Ledge read fabulously as a standalone book. I was never lost, and everything was fully explained. I didn’t feel like I was being dropped into a world where the background was laid in another book. I can’t wait to read more by Zoraida Cordova. Love on the Ledge takes place in the weeks before a big family wedding. I loved how big of a family this was too. There were tons of cousins all around the same age. I was a… Read more »

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Apr 29
{Review} Reap and Repent by @LisaMedley

{Review} Reap and Repent by @LisaMedley

Reap and Repent is the first book in the Reaper Series. It is an urban fantasy series about reapers and about a new mysterious untrained reaper. I love the concept of the book, and I think the rest of the series has potential, but the first book was a little bumpy for me. I still liked it, but I didn’t love it as much as I initially hoped that I would. I read another book (I can’t remember the name) about a girl that could see aura colors for different paranormal creatures and I was fascinated by that idea. So when I found out that this main character, Ruth could see aura colors and could use that to determine when someone would die and what they were feeling, I was super excited to see what kind of world Lisa Medley had created with her reapers. And I did really like the world of her reapers. I loved that instead of being scary that within the first (really second) meeting between… Read more »

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Apr 22
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Paradise City by @CJ_Duggan @HachetteAus

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Paradise City by @CJ_Duggan @HachetteAus

Describe Paradise City in a tweet (140 characters or less). Paradise City is quintessentially Australian, heavily focused on family, friendships, love and pushing the limits. A sexy, sassy and witty character novel with plenty of twists and turns. What are some traits that you look for in your book boyfriends? There has to be an element of intrigue; discovering who they are is half the fun. Always love a character who can banter with a leading lady, and have amazing tension. Someone who is a strong, loyal male without being an Alpha jerk, because you know what? Sometimes the nice guy does get the girl. What are some of your favourite trends in YA right now? Dystopian, Paranormal, Contemp, Coming of Age: it all depends on my mood but I love them all and like to think that there is always something available for no matter what mood I am in, as long as there is a hint of romance. I adore a variety of YA. Which of your characters… Read more »

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