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Sunday Reads | The End of an Era

Kingdom of Ash….. WHY DID YOU HAVE TO END???

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This morning (as it’s only 2 pm here in Hawaii) I spent my hours ** S.L.O.W.L.Y. ** divulging the LAST couple hundred pages of KoA because I just did not want it to end. I cried AND CRIED tears during these pages and that Final Battle.. STANDING OVATION to Sarah. IT WAS EPIC.

I was conserving the story for as long as I could hold out for and when I finally committed myself to finishing it, I knew I was going to put myself in isolation trying to recover from this. There are no words to describe how perfectly written this entire series was. Thinking back, I ALMOST didn’t pick this series up because I was reading such bad reviews on it when it first released. But then I read her ACOTAR series and that in itself was majestic that I immediately knew I had to give TOG a try and there are NO REGRETS!!!!

How do I go on from this?? Those of you who have read this know what I’m talking about. This *hangover* is so much more than just a reading slump or a minor heartbreak for the end of an era. It’s fricken devastating!! My book is COVERED in tabs and post-it notes – I usually flag what I like and what I can use to create book merchandise for (bookmarks, etc.) but I usually just end up transcribing them to a notebook for future quick reference lol. Do you do this?? OOOOOO maybe I should do a separate post sharing them with you!!

Anyway… I will be posting a separate and much longer review than my usual ones because…. because. Again there are no words and what I will review will do no justice to how amazing this was and how Sarah J. Maas is a fricken GODDESS!

So yeah.. sorry not much for today’s post. I’m literally just spazzing out trying to recover from what I just read.

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday Special |TBR and Beyond Challenge

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Hey guys! So I’m part of a group on Facebook called TBR and Beyond which is a group that hosts MANY games and contests with prizes! They also have group read alongs for you to participate! If you’re not part of the group you definitely should be! There is no obligation EVER to participate but trust me they are fun and worth it!

This month’s game is The Princess saves the day! Here are the rules:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Rules are simple! PLEASE DO NOT REPLY IN COMMENTS TO THIS READ.

This month our challenge is “The Princess Saves the Day” event. The graphic for the challenge will be in the comments below, as well in the general group. Feel free to print it out and mark it up as you please.

To play all you have to do is pick a princess and follow her rope to the top! You can pick more than one princess if you’d like and get extra entries. It’s up to you.

The signs are up to YOUR interpretation. Example, Tradition could be a book that has traditions it in, or a holiday book or just a book you like to read every year. Just use your imagination!

Prize this month will be any book from Book Depository (up to $15 US).

Prize Entries –
Each book read is worth one entry.
Finish the game – 5 extra entries.

Extra Entry Chances:
Color your picture – Two extra entries
Read a TBR and Beyond group book – Girls of Paper and Fire, The Light Between Worlds and A Touch of Gold – Three extra entries per book. If you read all three books you will get a bonus and get 12 extra entries all together.

– We maybe have one or two more ways to earn entries as time the month goes on, so keep an eye out for that.

Here is the Facebook link to the event page for more discussions and recommendations! For me, of course I’m choosing Belle! I hope you play along and have fun with this!

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Feature Friday | Katia Rose

Hey everyone! For today’s Feature Friday I am introducing you to an author I have the privilege of being a part of her review team! She reached out to me a few days ago and I gladly accepted the honor and cannot wait to share her with you! Her stories are brilliant and wickedly crafted with sexual delight! You will NOT want to put these books down!

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Katia RoseKatia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.

**I’ve included her welcome letter from her website which you can visit here!**

Hey there!

I’m Katia! I’m a romance writer (in case you haven’t figured that out yet), but I’m also a tea enthusiast, a travel addict, and a total pole dance fanatic. Seriously, I contemplate climbing every pole-like object I see. I’m always on the lookout for my newest favourite coffee shop, and I have an ever-growing pile of romantic comedies loaded up on my Kindle.

I’m absolutely in LOVE with the whole world of indie romance novels: the sense of community, the celebration of women, the staggering feats of badassery- I can’t get enough! To hear the whole story on how I went from being an avid reader of romance to an avid writer as well, head on over to my blog post, ‘Why I Write Romance.’

I adore getting in touch with fellow romance fans, and I’d love to hear more about YOU. One of my favourite ways to reach readers is through Club Katia, an exclusive community where you can find all kinds of bonus content and updates.

I’m also a big fan of the ‘Gram, so hit me up at @katiaroseauthor to follow my adventures there. You can find me under the same handle on all social media, or head over to my Contact page to get in touch with me directly (which you should, ’cause I wanna chat with you!)

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**All of these are available NOW on Kindle Unlimited!!! Links are in their captions!**

*(Your sound is actually not out yet but I have an ARC and cracking this beauty open!!)*

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Tour Stop | Forever in Starlight

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Yay for more tour stops! Today I get to share with you Forever in Starlight by Susan Mac Nicol! Much mahalo to Xpresso Tours and Giselle for once again providing me with an ARC and allowing me to take part in this tour! It’s live now plus there is a GIVEAWAY!

Here is the schedule if you’d like to follow –> Tour Schedule

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Forever in Starlight
by Susan Mac Nicol
(Starlight, #3)
Publication date: August 29th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

Bennett and Cassie are at it again, this time looking the ultimate challenge in the eye and deciding, after everything they’ve been through, why not?

AFTER ALL THIS TIME

Some people are meant to be together, even if they find each other through tragedy. When Bennett Saville’s brother jumped off a bridge and landed on Cassandra Wallace’s car, their lives become intertwined in a way they never wanted to unravel. But so much has happened, and most of it would have been soul destroying if they hadn’t had each other. And now, after all these years, they are ready to take the final step to declare their love, but Bennett’s star is rising fast, and being a famous actor with a hit movie might undo all the trust they have built their love on.

ALWAYS

Cassie isn’t the jealous, insecure type, but things have changed, and so has Bennett. Coming into his prime as a man and as a highly regarded actor, Cassie, ten years older than her lover, begins to worry that their foundation is shaky, and that she can’t compete with the jiggly twenty year-olds who throw themselves in Bennett’s path. What she can’t see is herself through Bennett’s eyes. If she could, she would know always and forever is all he ever wanted with his Cass.

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*This is the third book in the starlight series. I haven’t read the first two so my review is solely on this book alone.*

This story follows a couple who have grown to love each other after many years together and want to take the next step in their relationship. It’s plotted with Bennett being a famous star actor who is on the rise of stardom and Cassie who is struggling with that fame and fortune status. Her insecurities often get in the way of their happiness as she has very low self-esteem and compares herself on the daily to younger, “more beautiful” women who she believes someone in Bennett’s position are entitled to. She doesn’t feel worthy and has a very rough time believing that all Bennett wants is her.

The entire storyline is just that – Cassie’s insecurities and how she learns to overcome them in order for her and Bennett’s relationship to be successful. I think this was very relatable to the reading audience because no relationship is perfect and we all have insecurities when it comes to love. We ALWAYS often think (especially in those beginning stages of a relationship) whether we are good enough for that other person. I strongly believe that those insecurities manifest again once we get of an older age. Throw in Bennett’s fame, I completely felt for Cassie and found myself rooting for her to finally see herself through Bennett’s eyes and realize her age/looks/lack of fame mean nothing to him.

The only thing I didn’t like about this was the pacing. It was very slow and a constant ball back and forth of Cassie thinking she’s not good enough and Bennett showing/telling her she is. That concept is totally fine, but not when it’s consistently dragged on and on. However, I LOVED how Bennett would do an amazing job of showing her she’s worth it.

Rating 4/5

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‘Official’ stuff
Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and others that hopefully make you think. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and a Charity Board trustee at The Being Me Campaign in London.

Susan attained PAN status with the Romance Writers of America with her first M/M book, Stripped Bare. She’s currently a member of The Society of Authors in the UK, and the Authors Guild in the US. She enjoys being a member of Queer Romance Ink, All Author, Book + Main Bites, and the Paranormal Romance Guild.

The ‘Unofficial’ stuff
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert) walks in the countryside, a good G &T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.

Her chequered past includes being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking), and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard.

Author links:

——— GIVEAWAY ———-

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • 2x winners: $10 in Boroughs Bucks and an e-copy of Susan Mac Nicol’s Living on Air
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Top 10 Tuesday | Backlist Books I Want to Read

Wow! Didn’t realize it’s been forever since I did a Top 10! Kalamai (sorry in Hawaiian)! Here is this week’s discussion!

Happy Election day also! I hope you all made your voice heard!

This week’s topic was to focus on books that were already published and are still in print that I haven’t read yet but want to. So here goes!

image1. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

I love how original this concept is and got intrigued when Isaac Fitzgerald recommended it on The Today Show

The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.

Brysen strives to be a great falconer–while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he’s long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother’s future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

28449207I’ve tried to read this but it was too slow a pace for me (I really only got to about 50 pages) but because there’s been so much hype for the sequel A Muse of Nightmares, I want to give this a second chance. 

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

3. The Belles by Donielle Clayton

the belles bookI didn’t really hear much about this book. I feel like it’s been downplayed but there’s a sequel so I want to really want to read this before the sequel. 

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

18584855Ahhh! I admit… I buy books for their covers sometimes and this is so gorgeous! Plus it’s a play on Alice in Wonderland??? Come on… why haven’t I read this yet??

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

21853621This was a 2015 Goodchoice Reads winner and I’ve heard lots of good things about it!

In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

22544764One of my favorite fairytales is Beauty and the Beast so ANY retelling or play on it I definitely get my hands on and read. But I only ever heard of this book this year! How did I miss this?? And the cover is phenomenal but is retailing for $100+!

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

7. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare

25494343I’ll admit.. I don’t like the Shadowhunters series at all. The writing was very juvenile for me. So I was very hesitant about adding this, but then I saw it at Walmart for only $3.98 and I can’t turn away a good book deal ;D

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

8. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

24920901This would be my 2nd book by this author who was recommended to me by one of my bookstagram buddies! I really enjoyed her writing.. it was fun, flirty and smutty!

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

9. Antistepbrother by Tijan

30253700I have heard soooooo many good things about this author – why haven’t I heard of her sooner? I ready Erin Watt’s series The Paper Princess and fell head over heels and I was told this is very similar and full of hot guys! 

He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?

10. Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert

31950854The reason I picked this was it’s ties to my husband who served in the military. I hated that time but there were it’s good moments. Plus its a M/M romance which has been picking up in popularity!

After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

So those are my picks for this week! If you’ve read them – what did you think? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR pile?

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Tour Stop | The Color of Lies

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Yay for tour stops! Today I get to bring awareness to you for CJ Lyons’ new thriller The Color of Lies! It was such an fast paced ride that you will find you won’t be able to stop turning the pages! It also has such a unique concept I have never EVER seen or read before so buckle your seat belts because you are in for a treat! Did I mention there’s also TWO giveaways??

*I was provided an ARC by the publisher and Fantastic Flying Book Club for my honest review.*

Here is the tour schedule in case you’d like to follow 🙂

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By C.J.  Lyons

Publisher:  Blink

Release  Date:  November 6,  2018

Genre:  Young  Adult  Contemporary,  Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis:

From New  York  Times and  USA  Today  bestselling  author CJ  Lyons  comes  The  Color of  Lies,  a world  drenched  in color  and  mystery.  High school  senior  Ella Cleary  has  always been  good  at  reading  people. Her family  has  a  rare  medical condition  called  synesthesia that  scrambles  the senses—her Gram  Helen  sees  every  sound, and  her  uncle Joe  can  literally taste  words.  Ella’s  own synesthesia  manifests  itself as  the  ability to  see  colors that  reveal  people’s  true emotions…until she  meets  a  guy  she just  can’t  read.

Alec is  a mystery  to  Ella, a  handsome,  enigmatic young  journalist  who makes  her  feel  nor-mal  for the  first  time in  her  life. That  is,  until he  reveals  the real  reason  why  he  sought her  out—he  wants to  learn  the truth  behind  her parents’ deaths, the  parents  that Ella  had  always  been told  died  in a  fire.  Alec turns  Ella’s  world upside  down  when he  tells  her their  deaths  were definitely  not  an  accident. After  learning her  entire  life has  been  a lie,  Ella doesn’t  know who  she  can trust  or  even who  she  really is.  With  her adoptive  family  keeping secrets  and  the evidence  mixing  fact and  fic-tion,  the only  way  for Ella  to  learn the  truth  about  her  past is  to  find a  killer.

Perfect  for fans  of  Caroline B.  Cooney,  Ally Carter,  and  Jennifer Brown,  The  Color of  Liesblurs  the lines  between  black-and-white  facts and  the  kaleidoscope  of reality.

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – AnaïNin

Rating 5/5

This story follows a girl named Ella who has synesthesia (don’t worry I had to look this up too lol) which is the rare medical condition in which she is able to see colors that reveals a person’s true emotions in the form of an aura. She is part of a very gifted (or cursed) family in that her grandmother can see sounds and her uncle can taste words! Because she can see a person’s intentions through their lies and deceit, she considers her “gift” more a curse which has affected a lot of her relationships.

One day she meets Alec who is an enigma – she can’t read him! For the first time in her life, Ella is able to just breathe and be herself without knowing another soul! But things don’t always work out the way you want them and Ella learns that Alec sought her out not because he liked her, but because of a past that he wants answered about her parents.

Caught in so many lies and webs of deceit, Ella doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Her heart can’t taking any more breakage, but she is determined to uncover the secrets and finally learn the truth of things. **I won’t be providing spoilers – so keep reading ;D**

“I paint to find the heart of a person or scene, beyond what you think you see at first glance.” – Ella to Alec

What a thrilling suspenseful roller coaster this was! I absolutely LOVED how original the concept was and how well thought out it was! The writing was so beautiful and mysterious there was absolutely no way I could predict anything in this story!

The plot line was magnificent! Using a medical condition to its highest advantage, I was very intrigued with how CJ Lyons incorporated her ideas into a superb murder mystery. I mean she herself is a doctor so doing much research on Ella’s condition wasn’t a challenge for her to write, but the challenge was making it easy to understand (especially if you had no idea what it was, like me even though I’m in the medical field too) AND turning it into the gift that helped Ella grow. CJ surpassed this obstacle with flying colors and the magic she created with this story had me tearing apart the book just so I could find out what happens next.

There isn’t a lot of romance here either, which was beneficial because even though I love romance, it would have distracted from the plot and from Ella’s character. Ella’s growth was more focused on HER and how she reacts to what happens, not how she reacts with the romance. I feel like this is very relatable and encourages young readers to change/grow who they are based on themselves, and not changing or growing in a certain way for someone else because we all know, especially at that age, young love is not always real love and that person will most likely not be in your life tomorrow, next year or 5 years fro now.

The mystery component of this story had me floored. My gaping mouth still has yet to recover from all that’s happened and as I look back, I feel satisfied that all my questions were answered and no gaps were left behind. So it is very safe to say, the author was flawless with her writing and is a fantastic storyteller. I HIGHLY recommend this novel – it will turn your world upside down.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and herwork has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cjlyonswriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cj.lyons

Website: https://cjlyons.net/

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So the tour hosts are hosting one and I am hosting another! For details on MY giveaway, head on over to my instagram for details (click here or the picture to go straight there)! Tour host giveaway details below!

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🚨GIVEAWAY ALERT 🚨 What if you could see the truth in people through their auras? Lies would be meaningless wouldn’t they? Today is my tour stop for The Color of Lies by @cjlyonsthrillers and I am hosting a giveaway!!! ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🚨 Rules 🚨 1. Follow me! Don’t follow to unfollow – you will forfeit your prize and future giveaways! 2. Tag 3 bookish friends who might be interested (bonus for each person if they enter too!) Thats it! Simple and Sweet! The winner of this giveaway will get this beautiful copy of The Color of Lies and a sweet surprise I’ll throw in too! • This giveaway ends 11/16/18 11:59 PM HST! Good luck! *This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram.* • • #bookphotography #bookart #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booklover #booknerd #bookworm #bookaddict #ilovebooks #ilovereading #yabooks #youngadult #youngadultbooks #yamystery #thriller #cjlyons #fantasticflyingbookclub #tourstop #giveaway #bibliophile #currentlyreading #tbr #fallreads #thecoloroflies

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Prize: 5 Copies of The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons (USA only)

Starts: 11/5/18  Ends: 11/16/18

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Release Boost for Truth!

Have you read Truth yet? It’s so deadly! You don’t want to miss this new series start!

You could win a giveaway for $50 on Amazon and get this beauty! Plus I have an excerpt for you!

Title: Truth
Series: Sinful #1
Author: Trilina Pucci
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2018

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41720588-truth 

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EXCERPT 

“What are you willing to give me?” Because I want it all.
“I’m undecided.” I hate the look on his face. It’s fear, he’s afraid I’ll hurt him again.
“So just tell me to stop when I cross a line. I’ll only go as far as you trust me to go. Deal.” He nods his head hesitantly as my hand finds the top button of his shirt, I undo it slowly making my way to each before his shirt is completely undone. I only stop to briefly trace the tattoo on his chest. God, I missed this body. His twelve pack casts a heavy shadow from beneath the shirt and I run my fingers over his rock-hard stomach and up to his chest, leaning in to kiss the tattooed area.
“This okay?” I ask from pressed lips against his chest pulling back to look into his eyes.
“Fucking you isn’t my problem. It’s what to do with you after.” Smacking his drink down on the bar top he puts his hands on my waist, walking me backward away from the bar and then jerks me forward eliciting a surprised yelp as I’m hoisted over his shoulder. “See that’s the problem” bringing his hand down on my ass hard, “The way I see it, this is all you get. I’ll give you my cock but that’s it. That’s the only deal I’ll make with you. Take it or leave it.” 
It’s a start.
Without a hesitation I whisper, “Take it. But it won’t be enough.” He places me back on my feet and looks me up and down, his expression mirrors my own frustration.
“I hate that fucking outfit. I want you naked. Now.” His words leave little room for debate.
“What? What’s wrong with my outfit?” I look at him like he’s lost his mind.
“It restricts access…” crossing his arms he grins, waiting for me to disrobe.
“I’m not taking off my clothes in the middle of this room.” He 
has lost his mind.
“We’re alone and last I checked it’s a fucking sex club. Take your goddamn clothes off so I can bury my dick inside that tight wet pussy, Drew.”
I’m fucking dripping the minute he growls at me but I take all the time in the world, slipping off each shoulder giving my tyrant his own private show. The more time I take the more his jaw tenses. God, I love riling this man up.
“You realize the longer you take the harsher the punishment. I will take out every one of the seconds, on that ass tonight.”
“Promises, promises.” I challenge back. He grabs his cock adjusting the bulge, groaning with the motion.
“You have ten seconds to get it off then I’m ripping it off myself.” His demeanor couldn’t be more serious. He will tear this very expensive, amazing outfit off my body without so much as a second thought.
“Ten.” I start on one of my heels unhitching the ankle strap.
“Nine.” finishing, I move to the other.
“Eight.” The strap around my ankle gets stuck as I start to panic. I’m never going to make it. Fuck! I’m so hot, I don’t know which outcome I want more. His punishment or my victory.
“Seven.” Fuck it, I rip it off my foot and pull down my right shoulder strap starting to shimmy.
“Six.” I start looking around the room, “Five.” I scope out where I could go to buy some more time. “Four.”
 I love this outfit.
“Three.” 
Son-of-a-bitch.
“Two.” Struggling with the zipper it finally comes loose and I push my jumpsuit down to my ankles.
“One.”

AUTHOR BIO

Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn’t making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: https://www.trilinapucci.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trilinapuccibooks
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/458879587915966
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trilinapucci
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/trilina_pucci
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17882853.Trilina_Pucci
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/trilina-pucci

GIVEAWAY 

There is a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card

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Motivational Monday |Let Go

November 4, 2018


I was watching TV the other day and saw a Glade commercial with the saying “Breathe deeply. Feel the magic of letting go.” This spoke so true to me especially with the obstacles I’ve encountered recently. Not getting into too much detail, I’ve lost a couple friends recently due to misunderstandings. It was hard in the beginning, especially as I wasn’t really given the opportunity to defend myself for anything and that those people who I thought were my friends essentially stabbed me in the back with their lack of trust in ME. It was like they didn’t really truly know me because if they did, we’d still be friends. But as it is, we no longer are and I can now say that I’m okay with it. Sometimes people you meet in life are not meant to stay but their purpose was to teach you something. And I’ve learned from them and from the situation so as I would always say “everything happens for a reason”. Gosh I feel like I’m giving you many motivational quotes tonight!

But my main point was that just like the commercial, breathe. Let go of everything and just breathe for a moment. Know that lots of things are out of your control and that many of those things are MEANT to test you. It’s a matter of how you interpret that test and grow from the experience. Don’t let it confound you and bring you down. Yes you may feel anger…. hurt…. grief…. frustration… but there is nothing or no one that you cannot overcome and cannot move from. Appreciate it for what it’s meant to be – a blessing in disguise even though it will definitely not feel like it at the time. I’ve been telling myself this every day of my life recently – that there is a blessing in everything whether I can see it or not. Yes I go through an emotional rollercoaster when encountering these obstacles of life, but I’ve learned to just accept them, learn what I can from them, and then let it go. There is no point in dwelling on the situation because it wasn’t meant to be the way I wanted it to be. It was designed specifically to happen the way it did because I needed to learn something from it. And as long as I DID learn from it and grew to be a better, more humble person from it, then that problem/person/situation/obstacle did it’s job.

So no matter what you are going through right now, know that you WILL get through it. It is out of your control so don’t try to take control of it. Just LET IT GO and trust me, you will feel so much better than stressing about the what ifs. Breathe deeply and feel the magic. It’s there. You just need to be open to it.

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Tour Stop | Truth (Sinful Series #1)

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Title: TRUTH
Author: Trilina Pucci
Series: Sinful Series 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: October 30, 2018

*I received an ARC for my honest opinion. All thoughts and statements are my own.*

Good morning bookworms! Today is my tour stop for TRUTH! Finally I get to share my addiction for this new series! Trilina has done an OUTSTANDING job – so much so that I need more of these series now! Thanks to Trilina and Inkslinger for providing me with an arc, allowing me to promote with this tour AND for hosting a giveaway with details on the bottom of this post!TruthTeaser2.jpeg

———- Synopsis ———-

Drew

It was a tryst.
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That’s what I tell myself.
But my body isn’t the only part that
aches for him now.

I sold my soul.
Now my heart is a slave to the devil.
Dominic King.

He unveiled the taboo,
illuminating my lie
and unexpectedly stole my heart.

But I walked away.

Dominic

Lust is my religion.
She became my sanctuary.

If it’s forgiveness she seeks
the price just doubled.

And she’ll pay it bound at my feet.

I gave her pain for pleasure.
Her truth.

Now I’ll make her beg me for more.

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What the hell just happened. I think Trilina ripped apart my soul and put it back together with this new series start. HOLY SHIT guys this was sexy, passionate and so so sooooo steamy that my underwear needed frequent changes! LOL… jk but that’s how hot Drew and King’s chemistry is. Literally melts off the pages…

Truth is the first book in her new Sinful series based on the 7 Deadly Sins. It begins with Drew, a very successful female workaholic who is convinced by her best friend to get out and celebrate and relax for once. She relents, meets this guy who turns out to be a complete douchebag and of course leaves him. The same day she participates in a bachelorette party which occurs IN A SEX CLUB in which she meets Dominic King.

King is a very successful business man as well and in fact owns the very club they meet at. Passion ignites the moment their eyes connect and leads them to a fantasy filled 24 hours. They both soon realize that what they shared means a lot more than just one night, and while King is insistent upon taking it further, Drew backs off because of the relationship she just got out of. As a result of her leaving, King vows to never forgive her for walking away. But soon both will face the truth of their passion and the consequences of denying what is.

This book was deadly. It was addictive and steamy that I need more now! Trilina has done a job that surpasses perfection and I cannot wait to see how she interprets the other sins in the following novels. There was nothing I didn’t like with this book, and everything I loved beyond measure. The writing was full of illustration – my imagination didn’t even need to lift a finger. If you haven’t read any of her books, definitely pick this up! You will not regret it!!

Did I mention all of her male leads speak Italian…..

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———- Author Bio ———-

About Trilina Pucci:

AuthorImage.jpegIt all started when…
Trilina decided, 3 years ago, that between making grilled cheese sandwiches and running carpool she was going to write saucy novels for readers to titillate and excite them. She hasn’t slowed down since!

Trilina has always had a love of writing, as a child she would journal and typically change the ending of whatever she was writing to suit her daydream. A knack for storytelling has translated into her debut, as an author, being met with rave reviews.  

She lives in California where she multitasks the roles of wifey, mama and author. She hopes you enjoy her words and keep coming back for more!

Links:

Website: https://www.trilinapucci.com/
Twitter: http://bit.ly/TPucciTwitter
Facebook: http://bit.ly/TPucciFB  
Instagram: http://bit.ly/TPucciIG
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/TPucciGR

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Tour Stop | To Catch a Rogue

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Hello! Today is my tour stop for To Catch a Rogue! This is book #4 in the London Steampunk: Blueblood Conspiracy series and I highly suggest you read the others first so you have a better understanding and appreciation of what’s going on. There is also a GIVEAWAY part of this tour so please show some love on my post and enter!

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by Bec McMaster
(London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #4)
Publication date: October 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance,Steampunk
Synopsis:

An impossible heist. A thief and a rogue. But will she steal his heart, instead?

The Company of Rogues finally knows the identity of the mastermind behind a plot against the queen—but their enemy is still one step ahead of them. When he kidnaps one of theirs, the Rogues plan a daring rescue mission that will lead them into the heart of the bloodthirsty Crimson Court.

It’s a job for a master thief, and there’s nothing Charlie Todd likes more than a challenge. To pull off the impossible, Charlie needs a crew, including the only thief who’s ever been able to outfox him.

He broke her heart. But now she must risk it all to save his life…

Lark’s spent years trying to forget her past, but the one thing she can’t ignore is the way a single smile from Charlie still sets her heart on fire. When he proposes they work together again, it feels just like old times, but she has one rule: this is strictly business.

It’s Charlie’s last chance to prove he can be trusted with her heart. But Lark’s keeping a deadly secret. And as passions are stirred and the stakes mount, it might be the kind of secret that could destroy them all…

Ocean’s 11 meets Dracula, in this sexy paranormal heist by USA Today Bestselling Author, Bec McMaster. If you like sexy paranormal romances, steampunk shenanigans, and plenty of action-adventure (vampires, dirigible flights, and steamy rooftop chases), then dive into this thrilling heist with Charlie and Lark.

 

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——— Author Info ———

Bec.jpgBEC MCMASTER grew up on a steady diet of 80’s fantasy movies like Ladyhawke, Labyrinth and The Princess Bride, and loves creating epic, fantasy-based worlds with heroes and heroines who must defeat all the odds to have their HEA. If you like sexy, dark, paranormal romance, try her Dark Arts series; for some kick-bustle ladies-saving-the-day steampunk romance then check out London Steampunk; and for rocket-fuelled post-apocalyptic romance with a twist on the werewolf theme, then see her Burned Lands series.

Bec has been nominated for RT Reviews Best Steampunk Romance for Heart of Iron (2013), won RT Reviews Best Steampunk Romance with Of Silk And Steam (2015), and Forged By Desire was nominated for an RWA RITA award in 2015. The series has received starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, with Heart of Iron named one of their Best Romances of 2013.

Escape the Ordinary at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter @BecMcMaster, or www.facebook.com/BecMcMaster

Join Bec’s newsletter for all the latest news on releases, exclusive excerpts and cover reveals, and get your copy of ‘Tarnished Knight’, a novella in her award-winning London Steampunk series. Copy and paste this link into your browser: http://eepurl.com/F_LkD.

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———- Review ———-

Rating 4/5

*I haven’t read the other books in this series so my review is ONLY on this book alone.*

The story begins with the Rogues coming together to develop a rescue mission for one of their members who was kidnapped. It centers around Charlie and Lark who used to be best friends before a tragedy tore them apart. Now older and in need of her expertise, Charlie entices her to come to Russia despite her hidden secrets that put her in danger there unbeknownst to him. And boy are they secrets – you definitely wouldn’t expect the ones she has.

We also get scenes from the kidnapped Rogue Malloryn. His perspective was so terrifyingly realistic and it just provided more mystery and intrigue with this plot.

I really enjoyed our couple – from my understanding, they used to be best friends which were torn apart from a tragedy. In this novel, it’s been several years so now they are older and more mature and its very visible because they actually communicate as adults instead of the youthful bickering I’d expect in a teenage friend situation. Lark is super badass! In fact, she overpowers Charlie a lot and I kind of wish he was just as dominant as her. But, by him being her opposite in a gentler way, it made their romance sweet and adorable. In paranormal novels, I like my romances to be full of adventure and excitement and the plot line definitely meets this standard for me. There was never a dull moment here, and had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. I NEEDED to know what happens next, what secrets are discovered so I devoured this in a matter of a couple hours.

This was such a great story that I absolutely will be reading the previous books to get on board with the full adventure from the beginning. Again, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this BUT definitely start from the beginning first.

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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

$10 Amazon gift card