July 28, 2014

HARP'S VOICE by Cassie Shine Blog Tour {Giveaway/Guest Post}

HARP’S VOICE (Harp’s Song #2) by Cassie Shine | Release Date: June 24, 2014

 Single-minded to the point of near seclusion, Harp Evans’ only goal was to move away from her abusive mother, and start a new life at college. Now a freshman at a prestigious university, Harp continues to struggle letting people in, including her ex-boyfriend—Connor Williams—who has always stood by her, especially after her mother exposed a devastating secret about Harp’s origin.

While Harp figures out how to navigate her relationships, especially with her mom, Anne, she will have to exorcize her own demons and face challenges with uncompromising courage, including reuniting her broken family—the family that was shattered by the acts of one man.

After almost twenty years, is it possible for people to change their minds and open their hearts? More importantly, is Harp strong enough to pull them all back together?

Harp's Voice (Harp's Song #2): Goodreads | Amazon

Harp's Song: Goodreads | Amazon

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of HARP’S VOICE (US only). Three winners will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon or Book Depository (international).

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Writing about a teen’s self-journey

Someone asked me once why I like to write Young Adult and my answer was immediate: I am a 14-year-old girl trapped inside the body of a 35-year-old.

Not really, but kinda … sorta … ok, yeah maybe just a little!

There are a few reasons why I’m drawn to write and read Young Adult-I love first loves … sigh, I love how when you are fifteen everything feels like the end of the world, and I love feeling a character’s growth in such a formative time in their lives. But ultimately, I think what I love most is remembering the feelings that surfaced from deep within me when I was a teenager reading YA, and how reading about what other teens were going through made me feel … normal-like I wasn’t alone in the universe or crazy!

When I decided to take the bull by the horns and finally finish that short story I started in college (a long, long time ago), it was a no-brainer for me to switch the POV to Harp’s. Harp is a 17-year-old girl in her senior year of high school when we first meet her in Harp’s Song. By the time her story ends in Harp’s Voice, she is a 19-year-old embarking on her sophomore year of college.

Those are some crazy formative years with a lot changes and a lot of drama. Unlike other teens, though Harp’s life has been anything but “normal”-living with an abusive mother and then there’s her best friend, Connor, who becomes more than her best friend (see I love first loves)!

I was drawn to write the story from her point of view because I think books can teach us all a lot of things, but ultimately, I think they help us see other perspectives that we wouldn’t have normally seen. My hope is that writing about Harp’s self-journey will help other teens find solace and strength in what they may be going through. But, I also hope that her story creates awareness and empathy in readers. I believe empathy makes us better people-more compassionate and ultimately stronger and more self-aware of our actions.

Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp's Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teenybopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything. 

After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly. 

Early Review: FOREVER KINDA LOVE by Clara Stone

Title: Forever Kinda Love

Author: Clara Stone

Source: eARC from author for review

Est Release Date: Aug 15, 2014


Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.

My take...

Ace is beautiful, smarty, sexy woman, and no one deserves to be happy more than her. So why does it hurt so much to see her in someone else’s arms?

Ace and Heath have been best friends for a long time. Ever since he found her in the hospital after losing her mother. Since then they have been each other's rock and constant support. But now that they are about to graduate and head off to college, neither one can stop the feelings they feel for the other. Only they are both scared of ruining a 10 yr friendship. Who will make the first move? Will the other feel the same? And when their feelings are revealed...could it be too late?

I was so very pleased with this story. It started off a bit sluggish. Not too bad and definitely not enough to make me lose interest. It was just a bit. But halfway through, when things started picking up I found I couldn't put the book down. The need to keep reading was strong and it was so very good. I had to know how it all turned out in the end.

There were times I thought the story would go one way, a predictable way, but the author really surprised me by going somewhere totally different. Kudos for giving these characters their own story and not being predictable.

I really enjoyed the relationship these two shared. It was easy going and fun to read. They really were excellent for each other although it took them forever to realize and admit it to each other. But I still think the author timed it out well and kept the whole thing from being rushed. Again, kudos for doing that and making the story more believable.

Amazing romance, heart wrenching storyline, and some pretty fantastic characters...I was in love with this story. It was a wonderful coming of age story that I ended up inhaling in the end. Cannot wait to read more by this author. 5 Stars!! 

July 27, 2014

Early Review: FIRST & FOREVER by Alyssa Rose Ivy


Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Source: eARC from author

Est Release Date: August 11, 2014


Ever wonder what Levi was thinking in FLIGHT? Find out in the two Levi POV novellas FIRST & FOREVER. This combined edition includes both FIRST (previously released) and FOREVER, a brand new novella. This edition also includes the bonus short story: The Royal Wedding.

Levi's got it all. He's a paranormal prince with more money and power than he knows what to do with, but something is missing—a mate. He only has until college graduation to find her. Allie's perfect but she wants nothing to do with him. When attraction becomes something more, will he take a chance and show her who he really is or will he lose everything?

Levi's almost out of time. Allie's the one, he knows it in every grain of his being, but how can he make her see it? Desperate to keep Allie safe and at his side, he takes the biggest risk of his life. Reckless or not there is nothing he wouldn't do to keep her with him... forever.

My take of FIRST...
(My review of FIRST from Feb 4th, 2014)

I have always wondered what it was like when cocky Levi's charming ways went unnoticed, well somewhat unnoticed, by Allie we they first met. It had to have been a burn to his high flying ego. And in some ways it was. Poor guy. Never been told no before until Allie. Now he is constantly getting told it from every angle. But he doesn't let that two letter word deter him. In fact, it only makes him try harder.

Great little novella. Only problem for me was that it ended. I needed to see his side of things as things progressed. But I still loved what Ivy gave us and I really cannot complain. It was a fabulous little read and we get Levi. So yeah, things are good and I will take what I can get.

Definitely something you don't want to read first in the series if you have yet to read any of the books. But if you have at least read FLIGHT, then I say get at it. This is just a fun addition to a stellar series. One of my most favorite series ever actually. 5 Feathery Stars!

My take of FOREVER...

Another novella from Levi's POV? Yes please! How on earth did we get so lucky to get yet another book straight from the mind of Levi? I don't think I would ever tire of this character in a million years. I love him and his cocky, snarky, self-assured ways.

What I loved about FOREVER is we are getting into the nitty gritty of his chase on Allie. And we get to see what Levi experiences and feels as he introduces Allie to his world. He knows she is the one and it is time to claim her as his own. But things get in the way and so do people. Then there is the fact that he has to prove himself to her. Prove his feelings are real and everything he has done so far is because of these feelings.

An amazing quick read that had me once again reliving and re-falling back in love with this world of Pterons. It is an absolute can't miss story. Get it now! You won't regret it! Another 5 Star Read!

July 26, 2014

REGRET ME NOT by Danielle Sibarium Blog Tour {Giveaway/Teaser/Guest Post}

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For Mackenzie Green life is full of regrets; regrets from choices she made in the past, regrets for the things she’ll never see in her future. She regrets letting her grades slip while her sister was in rehab, ensuring she’ll never break away from the rumor-run, small town she lives in. She regrets breaking up with her future All American football playing boyfriend, Brayden Turner out of fear of getting hurt. Most of all she regrets every decision she made leading up to the night that changed her life forever. 

It’s only after Brayden cuts her off completely that Mackenzie realizes how much she wants him in her life. She’s learns that losing what you love breaks you, but sometimes it’s the only way to tap into your inner strength. 

Can Mackenzie find the courage to learn from her mistakes and move forward or will she spend her days consumed with regrets? Is it too late to convince Brayden she wants him in her life and that she’s in it for the long haul? Most of all, can she accept that sometimes bad things happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself from them? Can she put it all behind her or will she live an unfulfilled life full of regrets?

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Thank you so much for having me here, I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself! Have you read my blurb for Regret Me Not? I over use the word regret huh? That’s the problem with blurbs. You need to convey so much in such few words. It’s not that I can’t be concise, I can. The challenge for me is to get in the key points while being intriguing and without sounding repetitive. Sometimes that feels almost impossible.

On top of which, the blurb is usually the first impression a reader will have of you. You know how important those are! If you can’t capture their interest in the blurb, why would they want to go further? Bore a reader before they get started and the book is a no go, no matter how much people have raved about it. If you can’t hold a reader’s attention for a few paragraphs, why would they want to go further and read hundreds more?

Lately I have this problem not just with blurbs, but with just about anything short I need to write. There have been days I can get thousands of words down for a work in progress, but then I sit to write a quick email, and two hours later, I’m still not sure if I clearly stated my purpose in the five sentences I wrote. And yes, when it comes to email, what should take five or ten minutes usually runs into over an hour, sometimes a multi-hour process. So what do think about blurbs? How important are they to you? 

Danielle Sibarium, YA and NA author, grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her childhood she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs or Cinderella waiting for the prince.

In 2004, Danielle won Honorable Mention in the Southern Heat contest. In 2007, she collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.

Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors and currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

In October 2011, Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She has since released The Heart Waves Trilogy, Heart Waves, Breaking Waves, and Waves of Love, as well as To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together, Into You, and Regret Me Not.

July 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: SOMETHING FOREVER by M. Clarke

A heated moment.
Desperate decision.
Life altering choices.
Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?
Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?
When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?

RELEASE DATE: August 25th

Readers can read chapters 1-3 HERE

---Quote   "Be prepared to be Amazed, Wowed, and Blown to another world. Something Forever is the book of the year for me" ~DawnMarie, Book Enthusiast

---Quote   "M. Clarke has delivered once again. She does not disappoint in the final installment. Achingly-beautiful. Heart-pounding joy and Excitement" ~Sam, Sammie's Book Club, for book lovers.

 Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed

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