Tuesday, October 29, 2013

REVIEW ~ Rift by Cindi Madsen

Summer Davis is a Cipher, a person chosen to help people resolve problems with their loved ones before they die. She’s just gotten her second job when weirder-than-usual things start happening. There seems to be a rift between her and the afterlife, and she’s seeing things she shouldn’t, including people who have already passed on. As she struggles to help her new assignment, Liam, make amends with his incarcerated father, she finds it hard to balance being a high school student, Cipher, and girlfriend.

Troy’s been nothing but supportive, but Summer can see her secret weighs on him, and she worries the more she tells him, the sooner he’ll decide he can’t deal with her freaky life. But when a murderer is thrown into the mix, and the girl he killed keeps asking Summer for help, she’ll risk everything to make sure the guy gets what he deserves.

The cover of Rift by Cindi Madsen is just as amazing as the first book in the series, Cipher.

"I just want to pretend to be a normal high school girl who makes out with her boyfriend in the parking lot before school."

Summer's ability isn't sugar coated gumdrops. Her tasks continue to be a burden to her, but the harmony she gives the nearly departed completes their last wish for a peaceful passing. What a beautiful gift to them.

I feel for Summer. Many emotions come with her responsibilities and then she has her own personal matters to deal with. On top of that, she has an unexpected addition to her intuition. She hears and sees the dead. Some visions a sight for sore eyes; death a lurking distraction, with a creepy killer in arm's reach. I have chills just thinking about it! Cindi Madsen has her readers visualizing those scenes as if they are witnessing it for themselves. Ooo weeee Summer Dear, stay out of them grave yards with all that vision cray cray going on. I'd a shot out of there like a 22 straight out of a barrel.

Ikes! Summer has her work cut out for her in the second novel in the Cipher series, Rift. Time lines, drama, mediating, decisions, complications, fear, curiosity, responsibility, frustration ... It's all so much. Way too much for a teen to deal with. Then she's blasted with her current assignment bringing back painful memories of the loss of her late mother. How would she be able to bring peace to a criminal and not hate him instead? Summer was in a very tricky situation. I have to say I was very impressed with how she was able to handle it. It wasn't easy, and rightfully so.

With all of that said, her boyfriend Troy isn't too thrilled with the other person she has to mediate with. Liam is a total flirt; easy to get attached to. So, we have some tension in da house to leave you with some wondering and second guessing.

Troy got hotter in Rift, totally rip. The fact that he's a drummer is definitely a turn on. And I liked reading about his jealous side. He really is one supportive, serene beau. I'd hook line and sink his ass if I were Summer.

Between the challenge of Summer's assignment and her destiny causing a rocky relationship, hopefully devastation will steer clear.

I am glad the author continued Ashlyn's memory. She was a character I really liked in Cipher. We were introduced to a new character in Rift, Mercedes, who I really enjoyed. I enjoy the friendships that Cyndi includes in her writing. Romance is always a plus to have, but throw in some great friendships and that makes a really good book for me.

And OMG Cindi!! You had to end it with Troy. Hot dammit girl! Don't you make me wait no year to find out!! And for the love of curiosity and anticipation--- make Summer and Troy boink!! ;;))

Cindi is an all around cool gal and a great author. I've said it before in my reviews of her previous books and I'll say it again- her writing is original, entertaining and written with plenty emotion. I'll always look forward to reading her books and showing my support for a fantastic author.

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Monday, October 28, 2013


Let Love Heal Release Day Even Banner


Perfection. We all strive for it, but what happens when the desire to be perfect consumes you? What happens when the need to bury your mistakes blinds you?

Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student – she’s been perfect at everything, in fact. But when she lets her insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is.

Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He’s charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the pieces.

Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.

Meet the Author

Melissa Collins 2I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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A playboy in hiding
A woman searching for answers
Will he let her in or send her packing?

After a tragic accident, Chef Chase Fitzgerald left his life in Los Angeles behind and moved to a ranch in Montana. He's convinced that all he needs to be happy are his horses, a few ranch hands and the Big Sky Country. Until one day, Nikki Savoy walks through his doors with her city clothes, sexy mouth, and a body designed to drive a man insane.

Nikki wants to know the truth about the accident that left her sister in a coma. Getting a job at Chase’s ranch is just the beginning. Throw in a crafty housekeeper, a cantankerous old cowboy, a few adorable horses, and an attraction that can’t be denied, and you have a recipe for disaster or romance. Will Nikki get her answers or will Chase offer her something better?

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She is presently working on book 3, GRIMNIRS (Release date TBA). Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

HER by Carey Heywood - RELEASE DAY + Giveaway!

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Book Title: HER
Author: Carey Heywood
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2013

You know her side of the story, now learn his. 

"It was useless. I felt branded beneath my skin by a girl who left without even saying goodbye." When Will Price was assigned a partner for a sixth grade class project he had no idea she would become his best friend. After years of friendship, she eventually became so much more. Then, one day she left with no explanation.

Will’s life shattered right before his eyes and he was left alone to pick up the pieces. Floundering, Will must figure out a way to carry on, to find a way to exist without her. 

Seven years later, a chance encounter leaves him desperate to get her back. He has one week to make her his again. Not everyone gets a second chance with the love of their life and Will is determined to never lose her again.


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I have to preface this little bio with the fact that Ms. Carey here is one of my favorite people in the world! See, isn’t she just cute over there in her little picture. So, that said… I’d like to introduce you to one fantastically fun and hilarious woman… Carey Heywood! ~B

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. I make up stuff and write it down. Here are some things that make up who I am, in no particular order; Books, Swedish Fish, Rivers, Kids (I have some), Husband (I have 1), Dog, Wuss, Reader, Elephants, Mermaid Shows, Belgian Chocolate, Plastic Rings, Fizzy Water, Abs (I don't have them...well yes, I have them but they're nothing to look at I meant Abs that I like to look at), Twitter (@careylolo), Making up Words, Chair Dancing, Old Movies, Cartoons, Belgian Waffles, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, People, Kayaks, Screen Porches, Laughing, Colored Paperclips, Junky Green Laptop, Golden Rule, Falling in Love, Jumping in Puddles, Spellcheck, Windy Days.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: FOR ALWAYS by Janae Mitchell + Giveaway

For Always 
Coming November 2013

* Book #1 in the For Always Series *

Malyn Reed meets, and quickly falls in love with, Beau Brogan, who seems to be perfect in every way…

Except for the fact that he died in 1910…

Malyn Reed has been able to see spirits her entire life. Now that she’s almost seventeen, she has learned to differentiate between the living and the dead, making her gift feel less like an evil curse. She ignores the spirits she encounters on a daily basis, which has made living side by side with them slightly easier…until she moves to Dandridge, the second oldest town in Tennessee.

Beau Brogan was a hard working country boy from Dandridge, Tennessee who loved his family and stole the hearts of many southern belles. But all of that came to a tragic halt at the age of nineteen when his life came to an untimely end. For the past hundred years, his spirit has been entombed in a ghostly life of loneliness and misery that he wishes would just end…until the Reeds move in.

About the Author
Janae has been a writer since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her genre of choice was poetry and short stories—until now. After falling in love with so many books over the past decade, she decided that she wanted to write a novel of her own and bring life to the characters that haunt her mind. It wasn't until 2012 that she pursued that passion and started on her first YA novel. 115,000 words later, For Always was born.

Having grown up in an historical Dandridge home that was used as slave quarters during the Civil War, she experienced several things that couldn't be explained. Due to these events, she sought out and joined an investigative team called Eyewitness Paranormal. Her interest in ghosts and the unexplained, combined with her love for telling a story, made writing the For Always series inevitable.

Janae was born and raised in East Tennessee, where she currently resides with her husband, two children, and their hairless dog, Slick. In her spare time, she likes to read, play tennis, and spend time with her family on the lake.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

REVIEW ~ The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Woo, what a title! The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith was a really sweet, engaging story. It was a quick read. The cover, absolutely adorbs and very fitting to the book.

Missing your flight by 4 minutes sucks. So, whaddya do to past time until your next scheduled flight? Well, we know at least one thing. Be on time for that flight!

In the mean time, you can slobber over the friendly, hot British dude whose imperfections make him perfect. Or continue to sulk over that dreadful wedding you can't be late for, or the spat you had earlier with your mom. - but I mean, hot British dude that you met at the airport and boards same flight as you can totally take your mind off that, for now.

Statistically, I could totally see this happening. You really can get to know someone on a 7 hour flight. And most definitely I do believe in love at first sight.

The comfort Oliver provided to Hadley on the plane was genuine. It was a pleasure to read how he was able to understand the disappointment she'd suffered from and calm her nerves. And one underlined verse in a book can make realization sink in. If you let it.

But, there were times when he was at unease. Perhaps they have something in common? Would Hadley discover what it was?

Ding. 7 hours were up and Hadley and Oliver had to go their separate ways. Made me pout a bit. Where do they go from here? What would Hadley discover about Oliver? Someone does always have it worse than you.

I found that Hadley had a hard time in letting go of her family past in order to move on with the future. It would be good to see her open up to new family memories.

This story was surrounded around chance. Two people meet up at a certain time in their life, grieving for their different reasons. And now, they have the other to hold. And to make a new beginning.

I'm not keen on third person single POVs, and for the body of the story, I wished it had more endearment, but the story was charming enough to continue my read.

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WITHOUT YOU by Brooklyn Skye: Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Without You blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Release Date: 10/22/13

Summary from Goodreads:
*A novella to the best-selling New Adult novel STRIPPED*

She was broken when I met her, shattered from the death of her sister and running from love. Not to sound like an egotistical douche or anything, but I fixed her. Put her back together, filled in the cracks, and made her whole. A true fairytale in her eyes.

But now real life is getting in the way: school, jobs, and the unexpected opportunity to travel the world under a legendary photographer. This internship will open doors not even my father’s influence could. It’s something I’ve been waiting all my life for. But so is Quinn, and accepting this internship will mean leaving her.

And breaking her all over again.
So, I kind of fell pretty hard for Torrin Kingsley in Stripped, and when I got word that Brooklyn Skye had decided to write a novella from his POV I about peed my pants! Without You is an excellent and natural extension of Stripped, and the characters remain true to the first book. There's no drastic change in attitude or anything like that. This novella centers around the natural course of a relationship, and even though Quinn and Torrin's relationship has always been anything but normal, the challenges they now face are common.

The struggle that Torrin faces becomes a serious problem for him and Quinn because he doesn't share it with her. I love their relationship and all the ways their pasts have shaped it. Torrin's fear of losing Quinn is reasonable. Believable. It's a real and tangible separation they face, and this fear is what is most appealing in this novella. 

If you loved Stipped, you'll absolutely adore Without You, so don't hesitate to pick it up today!

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Special Deal: Both STRIPPED and WITHOUT YOU will be on sale for $0.99. If you purchase both and forward the receipt to the author at brooklynskye1@gmail.com, she will send you a handwritten letter! 

Special Announcement: A Limited Edition of WITHOUT YOU will be available for release week only (use attached cover pic) which includes a bonus interview between Torrin and the author!

About the Author
Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. You can follow her on Twitter as @brooklyn__skye or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more. www.brooklyn-skye.com

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OFF CHANCE by Sawyer Bennett - Release Day + Giveaway

Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has released her latest New Adult Contemporary novel in the Off Series! We have a guest post and giveaway below to help celebrate!


Flynn Caldwell is a real hero! He works for the NYFD, a career choice he made after suffering a very tragic loss when he was younger. His experiences drive him to always want to save things, and his eyes are now set on Rowan Page.

Flynn is about the most genuine leading man I have ever written. He has nothing but good intentions, he’s filled with loyalty and he is adored by everyone. When I set out to write Flynn’s character, I wanted to create a hero that every man could aspire to be. It doesn’t mean he is without flaws… because he has them. But he is also someone that learns quickly and is always striving to become a better person. He will make you swoon… repetitively.
Release: October 21, 2013
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šHe is seeking absolution.
Flynn Caldwell has a hero complex and it’s one of the reasons he joined the New York City Fire Department. He has spent his entire professional career trying to atone for that one person he failed to save. Because, if he can do that, then perhaps he can be worthy of love again.
She is seeking escape.
Rowan Page’s life is nothing short of a disaster. Always immersed in trouble, she has only herself to depend on. She’s determined to pull herself out of this mess and make something of her life, despite the hard years she has lived on the streets of New York.
Together, they have the chance to become complete.
Flynn and Rowan’s worlds exist miles apart, but when a chance meeting brings them together, neither of them can deny the instant pull that connects them to each other. What starts as a tiny spark eventually flares into a fire so hot, it refuses to be extinguished.
Both are willing to jump feet first into the flames to see where it takes them, despite the risk of being burned.

Each book in the Off Series can be read as a standalone.

About the Author
USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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