Monday, February 29, 2016

You were here by Cori McCarthy


Author                   Cori McCarthy 
Publication Date   1 March 2016 
Genre                       Young Adult Fiction 





Cori McCarthy delivers an emotionally taut page-turner from multiple points of view – combined with stunning illustrations.
Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn't: live past graduation.
Jaycee is dealing with her brother's death the only way she can – by re-creating Jake's daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She's not crazy, okay? She just doesn't have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.
Jaycee doesn't expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she's joined by a group of unlikely friends – all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend, the heartbroken poet, the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome, and... Mik. He doesn't talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.
Cori McCarthy's gripping narrative defies expectation, moving seamlessly from prose to graphic novel panels and word art poetry, perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, Jennier Niven, and Jandy Nelson. From the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum to the skeletal remains of the world's largest amusement park, You Were Here takes you on an unforgettable journey of friendship, heartbreak and inevitable change. 


A graduation day turned into a nightmare. Jake was a dare devil but he did one dare too many on his graduation day, leaving friends and family in mourning. 

Jaycee is Jake's younger sister. His accident has affected her in such a way that she starts to behave like Jake. 

Natalie has been Jaycee's best friend since they were kids but she turns her back on Jaycee on the day of the accident. She is very organised but it's a form of escapism from her own problems. Ying and Yang as Jaycee's father calls them. 

Zach is Natalie's boyfriend of four years. He doesn't act his age as his childhood wasn't ideal. His older brother's bullying doesn't help matters. 

Bishop is Zach's and Natalie's friend. He is a love sick artist and the voice of reasons.  

Mik grew up with Jaycee and Jake. He was Jake's best friend until Jake chose a new set of friends. He is a "selective" mute. 

On the fifth anniversary of Jake's accident, Jaycee decides to relive some of his stunts. When she is doing a dangerous back flip, she is spotted by Natalie, Zach and Bishop. They go to make sure that she is not injured. Jaycee is surprised since Natalie hasn't been the best of friends for the past five years. They follow her to an old building. Mik happens to be there too. The five of them embark on a series of adventure, following in the steps of Jake. 

During that time they start to rekindle their friendship. They are all grieving in their own way and it turns out that Jaycee doesn't have all the facts about Jake's accident. Will her relationship with Natalie go back to what it used to be once she learns the truth? Mik had a crush on Jaycee when they were kids and despite the fact that Mik doesn't say much, they become close to each other again. Will Jaycee feel the same once she learns what Mik has kept buried? 

This is a very well woven story about love, friendship, grief, insecurities and guilt. The way the author narrates the story from each of their perspectives is rather impressive. It gives a good insight on what each and everyone of the characters is going through and I like the way it's nicely wrapped up. 


I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 




Cori McCarthy started writing when she was thirteen. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry. After graduation she completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and served as an AmeriCorpsvolunteer in Appalachian Ohio. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In geographical history, Cori was born on Guam, grew up in New England and the Midwest, studied abroad in Ireland, and now lives in Michigan. She’s traveled everywhere from Scotland to St. Petersburg, Albania to Montenegro. Like her hero Walt Whitman, her favorite city on the planet is Washington, D.C., and her favorite off-planet city is Entra.
Cori is the author of several YA books. Kirkus called her debut novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Her second novel, BREAKING SKY, received starred reviews fromSchool Library Journal and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and is currently in development to become a film by Sony Pictures. Kirkusreviewed it as “smart, exciting, confident–and quite possibly the next Big Thing.” Her third book, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed media novel that earned a starred review from the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and was hailed a VOYA Best Book.









Sunday, February 28, 2016

What She Knew by Nadine Galinsky Feldman


Author                      Nadine Galinsky Feldman
Publication Date     1 March 2016 
Genre                        Historical Financial Fiction Romance 





Liz Nabor is driven, intelligent, and ambitious. She's built a successful Wall Street career, has a gorgeous boyfriend, and enjoys a glamorous Manhattan lifestyle. 

But the financial crisis of 2008–2009 brings added pressure to perform, and Liz's boss expects her to meet company goals…whatever it takes.

When the infamous Bernie Madoff confesses to a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, Liz finds herself dragged into the swirl of the scandal. Suddenly her career is in danger of crashing along with the economy. 

While making a plan to revitalize her professional life, a family crisis emerges far from home in western Washington. Torn between two coasts, Liz also must confront unhealed family wounds. Will the woman who has it all lose everything?

What She Knew examines the ethical and moral boundaries of ambition and the power of family relationships to hurt or heal.


This historical financial fiction romance takes place during the financial downturn in 1988. It shows that some Money Managers in Wall Street will stop at nothing to line their own pockets. They target and compete for the biggest investors who in turn will make them richer. The greed for more financial  income quite often gets the better of them to their own detriment. Bernie Madoff who syphoned billions of dollars from his investors is quite a prominent feature in this novel. 

Liz has worked really hard to become a successful Money Manager in Wall Street. She lives with Rick,  her boyfriend of two years in a luxurious apartment and they appear to be the ideal couple. They also work well as a team. 

The financial crisis strikes and Bernie is apprehended for fraud and corruption. Liz is now issued with a challenge which could make or break her. Her drive and determination takes over and she starts to put her plans in motion. At the same time, her sister Barbara calls her with news of a family crisis. She is torn between family duties and work. Despite the protests from her boss, she decides to put family first even though her heart is not in it. Has she made the right decision? Liz is quite shocked with the circumstances when she meets her aunt, twenty years later! 

During her absence, she finds out that one of her colleagues whom she thinks trustworthy is in cahoots with Bernie and he takes drastic measures to avoid being caught. His actions bring about a lot of questions and unrests, putting Liz in a very awkward situation. This also brings about more complications than she can cope with. Will she be able to repair the family damage while her work ethics are under scrutiny? 

Even though this is a fictitious novel, it gives is a very good projection of what happens in the financial market. There are cut throats. Relationships fall apart. Friends turn into enemies. Loyalty is more or less non existent. Families are destroyed. Will Liz be able to come out of this predicament when everything is going against her? Will ambition or love prevail? 

This is a very well written novel which kept me on my toes from beginning to end. It's full of twists and turns. It's very well researched and I would fully recommend. 

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 




Nadine Galinsky Feldman is the author of The Foreign Language of Friends, a novel that  reflects the loneliness of city life. FLOF was a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and a gold medal winner in the 2011 eLit Book Awards.


Nadine also edited Patchwork & Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman, winner of the 2010 Indie Excellence Book Awards, Memoir Category.



She wrote When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope after having both a miscarriage and stillbirth in nine months. WGD is a tribute to the grandparents who suffer a dual grief, including her own parents.



Nadine divides her time between a small town on the Olympic Peninsula and New York City. She enjoys travel, health and fitness, gardening, and genealogy. 





















Friday, February 26, 2016

The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels


Author                     Elizabeth Michels 
Publication Date    1 March 2016
Genre                        Historical Romance 





The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Ethan Moore: The Scoundrel
Lady Roselyn Grey's debut has finally arrived, and of course, she has every flounce and flutter planned. She'll wear the perfect gowns and marry the perfect gentleman...that is, if the formerly disinherited brother of the man she intends to marry doesn't ruin everything first.
Ethan Moore is a prize-fighting second son and proud founding member of the Spare Heirs Society-and that's all he ever should have been. But, in an instant, his brother's noble title is his, the eyes of the ton are upon him, and the lady he's loved for years would rather meet him in the boxing ring than the ballroom.
He's faced worse. With the help of his Spare Heirs brotherhood, Ethan's certain he can get to the bottom of his brother's unexpected demise and win the impossible lady who has haunted his dreams for as long as he can remember...



This historical romance takes place in the 1800s in England. Jet was very well sought after during that time and jet mining was a very lucrative business, the core of this novel. 

Ethan is the second son of a noble family and disowned when he was nineteen years old because of a family disruption. He becomes a member of the "Spare Heirs" gentleman club where others in similar situation to him get together. He learns to fight in order to earn a living. First off, he goes to France as a prize fighter and at the same time pursuing the person he is led to believe is the cause of the family problem. Is it a wild goose chase? He then moves to Spain where something goes drastically wrong during one of the fights. This prompts him to return to England. 

Rosalyn has planned her life to the last details. So far everything is falling into place and she is soon to be betrothed to Trevor, Ethan's older brother and heir to his family. Perfect! Then she attends a party being held for the return of the prodigal son and she comes across Ethan. They start off on the wrong foot before realising that they are long lost friends. Ethan and Rosalyn grew up together. They had a lot in common and were very close to each other but they have both changed. Besides, Rosalyn has to stick to her plan. 

Trevor notices that Rosalyn and Ethan are getting friendly and he is none too happy about the situation. Trevor is met with an unexpected demise which is covered up as an accident because of the implications in the society. Ethan now holds the title which he despises but is not given a choice. He goes to London in the hope of finding the truth about what happened to Trevor. At the same time Rosalyn is in London for her debut in society. At this point she blames Ethan for upsetting her plans even when she is unable to resist her attraction towards him. Ethan has been attracted to her forever. Will Trevor succeed on his mission? Will Rosalyn see him in a different light if he does? 

I like the way Ethan and Rosalyn interacts with each other. Rosalyn can be a little irritating at times but her behaviour can be justified by the demands of the society as it was. Ethan is impulsive but having been away from the high society for so long, he no longer knows what is expected of a "gentleman". The two of them together makes for a very interesting read. The events and way of life during that period is very well described and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel even though some of it was quite predictable. Otherwise, it's fun with the elements of mystery, danger love and betrayal. I would recommend to lovers of historical novels. 


I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 




Elizabeth Michels is the award-winning author of the Tricks of the Ton series and the Spare Heirs series. This Regency Romance author grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away to Kansas City, Missouri where she lived for many years. Together, they spent their summers with his family in England, soaking up culture and history. Elizabeth attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design.

​Elizabeth now spends her days creating plots and concocting characters in a lake-side town in North Carolina. When she is not typing as fast as human movement will allow, she is caring for her husband and little boy. Elizabeth Michels is a lover of happily-ever-afters. Whether in her writing life or in her home life, she spends her days with one word on her lips: love. She invites you to read her stories, get lost and enjoy.

















Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Blog Tour for Forbidden Valentine by JC Valentine

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FORBIDDEN VALENTINE
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance


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It started with a drink.

It turned into a promise.

Ransom Scott lost his heart the day the woman he loved chose another man. Or so he thought. Estranged from his brother, distancing himself from the world, he’s been drowning his sorrows in cheap booze and women…determined to forget.

His world is falling apart, until a beautiful woman decides to take a chance on him.

Dani Deviche is as bewitching as she is innocent. Full of youth and vitality, she captivates him. Challenges him. She’s everything Ransom never thought to look for in the opposite sex, and he can’t get enough.

When a promise of friendship turns into something more, can Ransom fulfill his end of the bargain, or will a secret from Dani’s past destroy his last chance at happiness?

**Author’s Note** This book was written as a compliment to the Forbidden Trilogy. However, it can be read as a standalone.



Review 

The Forbidden Trilogy is one of those that sticks to your mind. The ending is near perfect except for the lingering question of "what happens to Ramsom now"? This compliment to the Trilogy answers that question as well as bringing closure. 

Ramsom has lost the love of his life to his identical twin Rebel. He is devastated and starts to drown his sorrows in alcohol and women. This has an adverse effect on his family, including Rebel and his wife, Joe. 

Dani has just found out that her boyfriend of four years has been cheating on her with her step sister! On an evening out with her friends to drown her own sorrows, she comes across Ramsom. She is kind hearted and seeing Ramsom in this sorry state, she has this desire to help him. 

They become friends and Ramsom realises that drinking himself to death is not the answer to his so called problem. This friendship soon turns into something more. They are getting along very well and have everything that some couples could only wish for! Then Ramsom finds out that Dani has been keeping a secret from him. Is this the end of this blossoming relationship? 

It's good to see what happens to Ramsom after that he thought all was lost. I like the way Rebel, Joe and the family feature in this instalment. The reason Ramsom gives for not wanting to let go of Joe is appalling. As sweet as Dani is, I can't see why she keeps that little secret from Ramsom but I enjoyed their story just the same. 

I would definitely recommend the Forbidden Trilogy and this compliment to 18+ readers due to the explicit and steamy sex. 

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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DANCE FOR ME


Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance


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What if the person who stole your heart wasn't who you thought they were?

When my parents passed away, I grew up fast. Learning to stand on my own two feet has been a challenge, but I'm making it...my way. I make no apologies for the path I've chosen. My choices have served me well, but no one knows the real me.

Except one man.

He's a mystery to me. He's controlling, demanding, and he has me wrapped around his little finger. Anything he wants, I'll give it to him. The hours we share together aren't about love. It's just sex. Hot, dirty, passionate sex. It was never supposed to be anything more than that.

Until everything changed.

Now, I'm more confused than ever. The more I learn about him, the less I seem to understand. What I do know is that I'm falling, and I have the feeling when I land, it's going to hurt.



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LIE TO YOU


Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance


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I thought he was the one. I thought we were headed someplace great. I didn't know anything.

My mystery man is no longer such a mystery. He's still commanding and headstrong, playing my body and mind like an instrument, but I'm finding there are layers to him I never could have dreamed. What I've learned since that fateful night in his apartment has me reeling. Now, though, the truth has taken a backstage to other, more pressing matters.

While I struggle to make a choice that will determine the direction of my future, lies that I thought had been carefully hidden away are coming to light. My head is such a mess I don't know what's up or down anymore. Will I be able to sort it all out, or will the life I've worked so hard to build come crashing down in a pile of secrets and lies?


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Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance



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Two men. Both brothers. One life-changing decision.

I made my choice. One perfect weekend assured me I was right. One set of pictures proved me wrong.

Graduating college was supposed to be a happy time. Instead, I lost my best friend and suffered the worst kind of betrayal. Now, my whole life is in flux. I need my best friend. I need answers. There’s only one way to fix this. It’s time for a change. It’s time to take back control of my life, and the only way to do it is to face my problems head-on.

Even if it means walking into the lion’s den to do it.



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JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward FightersSeries and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Review Tour for Howling Heart by April Bostic

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THE HOWLING HEART
Publication Date:August 8, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.


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Paige works in the fashion industry and just after receiving a promotion, she finds her boyfriend cheating on her. She also has bereavement in the family. She inherits a cabin which she visited thirteen years ago when she was only ten years old. It's in a remote location and she decides to visit not knowing what state of the cabin would be in, after such a long time. 

Rider is the son of the Alpha of a remote community of werewolves. They have strict rules in place to keep their true nature hidden from humans. Riley is only too familiar with the feelings of losing someone close, shot by hunters. When Paige stops a the local shop, Rider is there too and they end up just staring at each other. Rider appears to know who Paige is but she is a little spooked by his stare. She finds something unusual in her cabin the next day. She gets worried and scared but the sheriff is very reluctant to help. She thinks that her best bet is to return home but on her way out, she has an accident. She finds herself in a strange place in pain and disorientated. Rider's twin sister, Quinn informs her that she was saved by him. Is it a coincidence? Then, she finds a white wolf asleep besides her bed and alarm bells start ringing. Will they have no choice but to reveal their true nature to Paige? Why is Rider so fascinated by her? Their rules dictate that humans are to be kept out of their community but Paige and Ryder can't deny their attraction for each other. It's an impossible situation. To complicate matters Dominic, an ex pack member decides to return for reinitiation in the community. Does he have a hidden agenda? 

This story is based on Norse gods who gave the wolves the ability to shift into humans. It's slow to begin with but it picks up once the relationship between Paige and Ryder starts to look promising. Quinn has an intense dislike for Dominic and confides in Paige who is sworn to secrecy. Dominic shows his true colours and the situation is now a matter of life and death. Everything takes a turn for the worse. Will Paige and Ryder have to go their separate ways? 

It's a fascinating story which I would recommend to lovers of the paranormal genre. 
I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.

Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.

After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.





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Monday, February 22, 2016

99¢ Sale for Walking Heartbreak by Sunniva Dee


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Don’t judge me.
I am not what you see.
I am the opposite.
—Nadia’s lipstick note on Bo’s mirror.

Indie-rocker Bo Lindgren is worshiped for his looks and musical genius. It's been lonely at the top since his ex left. Bo will never take a girlfriend again though, because he doesn’t have the chops to love. He knows he's poison, a heartbreak waiting to happen for anyone he allows too close—like his ex. Bo screws his way through the fangirls until he's sick of it all. Until the dark gaze of Nadia Vidal appears in the door to his dressing room.

Saved from an arranged marriage by Jude, the love of her life, Nadia eloped and got married at nineteen. But now, two years later, life is wilted, dead, and not what anyone should have to endure.

Nadia, with her secret-keeper eyes and instant understanding of who Bo is, attracts and fascinates him without even trying. The ring gleaming on her finger should keep them apart, but morals can’t always resist destiny.

When brokenhearted meets heartbreaker, whose heart is really at stake?














Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent most of her adult life in a college environment. Her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging brain and heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in California, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.















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