Thursday, June 27, 2013

July 2013 Release

This month I have a short list. I must be missing something. I hardly ever have lists this short. Anyhow, they're all fun books. And three of the four are final books!

Awaken (Abandon #3) by Meg Cabot (7/2/13) 

Why -> Once again this month I'm guilty of not having read the previous book. Meg Cabot won me as a reader when I read her take on the Hades myth in the first book, Abandon. I currently have the second book, Underworld, waiting patiently on my bookshelf. Again, I have yet to read the blurb on this one. I don't want to spoil the second book for myself before I read it. (For some odd reason I put this on my May list, but realized quickly that I had placed it under the wrong month on my list, when I went to purchase it. lol)


Blurred (Kissed by Death #2) by Tara A. Fuller (7/2/13)

Why -> This book is really intriguing. First off it has to do with reapers, which is something I'm interested in. Second, there is that blurring line between life and death with the reaper, Anaya (the reaper) and Cash who should be dead.

Elegy (Hereafter #3) by Tara Hudson (7/4/13) 

Why -> Hereafter was on my DAC-2011 list and I own it on my Kindle. Then arises the problem that I never read it, but kept hearing it was really good. At some point I decided I would wait until the final book came out to read them back to back. So that is what I'm doing. I can finally read this series!

Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire (7/9/13) 

Why -> Oh this is such an interesting trilogy. I wasn't so sure about it when I found out Timepiece wasn't in Emerson's perspective, but Kaleb won me over. Now I can't wait to read it from Hallie's and Dune's perspectives. It's rather fun getting into the minds of those who were secondary characters in previous books. Plus, I can't wait to see if and how they succeed.


What books am I missing out on this month?


Friday, June 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: A TAYLOR-MADE LIFE by Kary Rader


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Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. But when her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.

Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.



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Kary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Her book Queen of Jastain, published by Crescent Moon Press released this past April. Kary is currently in the process of self-publishing a book that is close to heart, and is sure to touch the lives of all the readers that encounter it. A Taylor-Made Life releases this summer. (Look for the cover reveal coming soon!)

Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished with words. It’s the power of words that creates and destroys.
Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day’s work. And with the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Triangles Book Blitz


Triangles
by Kimberly Ann Miller
Release Date: 06/18/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads: 
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?



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***Excerpt***
“Are you all right, honey?”

I opened my eyes. An attractive young woman with red hair and brilliant
green eyes was looking at me. What I thought was salt water from the
ocean must have been tears because my face was the only one nearby that
was wet. I glanced at her concerned expression and smiled. “Yes, thank
you. I’m fine.” I swiped away a tear with my finger. “Just…everything’s
fine.”

She stepped closer and lowered her voice. “This cruise will change
your life. Nothing will be the same when it’s over, but it will be worth it.
You’ll see.” Her emerald eyes twinkled, and she nodded her head once.

I forced a laugh to be polite. “Thanks. Enjoy your cruise.”

What a weirdo. What did that even mean? How could a cruise change
my life? I moved from my spot to avoid more weirdness from her and
found a less populated area at the back of the ship. New York and New
Jersey disappeared behind us as we charged toward Bermuda and away
from the mess my life had become.

A cloud covered the retreating sun, sending shivers through me. A
white-haired lady dropped her purse and lots of change tumbled out. A
penny hit my foot and landed on tails.

My cell phone buzzed. I pulled it from my pocket. I had thirteen
messages and thirteen texts. How would Nisha survive the next five days
without hearing from me? I took care of the messages and told her I’d call
her when we got back to Jersey.

Even though I was not very superstitious, a bad feeling crawled into
the pit of my stomach and took up residence.


I knew what I was leaving behind, but what was I floating toward?

Kimberly Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook with her. 


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Happy Book Birthday

Happy Book Birthday, 
Kimberly Ann Miller and P.J. Hoover! 
Triangles and Solstice are on shelves today!

Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller!

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?



Solstice by P.J. Hoover!

Piper's world is dying.

Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I'm a Side Seat Reader

Do you ever feel the need to correct people when they read something and say it incorrectly? Well, this is something I have an issue with. Any time my husband or daughter mispronounce something I just can't help myself. Over the years they've started to roll their eyes at me and wave me away from them. 

But the other night I was given a nickname thanks to this habit of mine. Side Seat Reader! 

My three year old son loves to read. We go to the library regularly and check out a stack of board books for him at a time. Every night before bed I sit with him and read at least two books. Except the other night my husband decided to join in and read a book to him. One of the characters in the book is named Minka. As my husband read he kept saying Meeka. Having this bad habit, I corrected him. So the rest of the story he put emphasis on Minka, and looked at me pointedly. I laughed the whole time.

Please tell me I'm not the only one with this habit. lol