Friday, September 19, 2014

The Weekly Rewind, #117





THE WEEKLY REWIND is a weekly post in which I recap books received in the past week, what I'm looking forward to, and giveaways


 
I wasn't even sure I was going to post a book haul this week (still looking forward to becoming a very casual blogger!) but have a few books I'm pretty happy to post about. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
 
 
 
 
For Review
 
Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #2)
 
Still wrapped all up in the Outlander series, but have started reading this one too. Really liking this vampire world.
 
 
For Review Consideration
 
Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)
 
I'd forgotten that I wanted to read this until it showed up in the mail! I do really enjoy this series, so it's going in the "someday soon" pile.
 
 
Purchases
 
Voyager (Outlander, #3)  After I Do
 
 
Still obsessing my way through the Outlander series. I'm currently reading Voyager - thought the first three hundred pages were going to kill me with tension and anticipation. This is truly my favorite series ever.
 
I bought After I Do because of Brandie is a Book Junkie. She and I share similar taste in books and both love marriage-in-crisis novels. Looking forward to this!
 
 
Freebies
 
The Marquess of Cake (Redcakes, #1)  Marcus Wilding: Duke of Pleasure  Slash & Burn: Volume 1  Capricious (Back to Bad, #1) Silver Storm (Raveneau, #1)  Dwell in Possibility (Worcester Nights, #1)  A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret  Series, #1)  Release (Fire and Ice, #2)
 
 
 
 
 Thanks to
 
 
Pocket Books 
William Morrow Books 





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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Friday Five - 10/19/14



The Friday Five is a post I've been seeing around the internet for the past few years, in various forms. In my version, I will be sharing five finds/thoughts/whatever from the past week.




1 - I'd told myself I was going to keep the Outlander creeping to a minimum here, but it can't be helped. You guys, this Saturday...it's The Wedding episode! Words can't do my love for this series, and show, justice. The word I'm looking for is obsessed. Anyway...


Y'all want to see the slow-mo clip of Jamie and Claire getting ready to Do It?





We have more pre-wedding clips!

This one makes me smile and my heart flutter. How freaking sweet are Jamie and Murtagh?! http://outlandertvnews.com/2014/09/clip-from-outlander-episode-107-the-wedding/




Okay. I'm calm... ish.


2 -
Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #2)



Right now I'm reading Voyager (Outlander #3) and it's killing me so well. I love it. I'm also digging into Chained by Night by Larissa Ione. It's the second in her MoonBound Clan Vampire series, and if you're looking for a good PNR, give this a try. My review posts late this month.



3 - The family was invited to a birthday-costume party tomorrow. Because I'm too tall and have too much boobage for a lot of costumes, and I don't want to dress up like a slutty bumblebee, I don't really do costumes. I had an idea to wear Maleficent horns and lots of black and call it a day. Found this tutorial on making my own set. Joke's on me because I could've bought them cheaper. Wish me luck.


4 - I'm a big fan of SoA, but have really struggled to get back into it this season. I don't know if it's just my mind, or that Jax, Gemma and the gang have all gone too far for me. All I can say is, the sooner Juice and his gross, wimpy 'stach go down, the better. Do you watch SoA? Is it just me struggling?


5 - You can chalk a bit of this one up to Outlander (I know... shut up about it, right?), but mostly to need sources I follow on twitter. I've been loving all the pics leading up to the Scottish Independence Referendum. As of my writing this, the results were not in yet, but maybe leaning to a No vote. Either way, it's been inspiring. 


        

 



My feelings have nothing to do with Sam Heughan or kilts. NOPE.







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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

Accidents of MarriageSeries: Standalone
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: 9/2/14
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars


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Accidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy.



Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

 

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.

 

ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the damaging effects of a spouse’s emotional abuse.




My Thoughts


Well. I can easily say that Accidents of Marriage is among the best books I've read this year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter, from the Darkly Dreaming Box Set

Today I have author an exclusive excerpt and giveaway from The Scribe, by Elizabeth Hunter. The Scribe is a part of the newly released Darkly Dreaming Boxed Set, also featuring books from Kristen Painter, Grace Draven, Cate Rowen and Danielle Monsch. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!




Authors: Kristen Painter, Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Cate Rowen and Danielle Monsch
Release Date: 9/15/14
Genre: Fantasy Romance


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Fall into magic and fall in love with Darkly Dreaming, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan. Darkly Dreaming contains five fantasy romance novels intended for adult readers.


Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own?








Exclusive Excerpt - From THE SCRIBE by Elizabeth Hunter


“Ava, put the gun down.”


“Just tell me what is going on!”


“Don’t you understand I can’t!” he shouted, then muttered a frustrated curse under his breath.


As soon as the words left him, Malachi’s mouth dropped open. Ava froze. The hand holding the gun sank and the weapon fell with a soft thud on the pine needles. He dove for it, grabbing it to put the safety on, only to realize it had been on safety the whole time.


“Ava, what on earth—?”


“What did you just say?” she whispered.


“I said what on earth—”

“Before.” She was taking rapid breaths. He looked up from the gun. Her eyes were panicked; she was reaching for him. He had to back away. “What did you say before, Malachi?”

He shook his head. “What?”

“Before!” she shouted with a choked sob. “What was it? Please!”


She looked ready to collapse. She was trembling, tears rolling down her face, and he didn’t know what to do.

“Ava, I don’t understand what you’re asking.”


“Please.” Her face crumbled. “Just tell me what language it was. I heard you. Just… just tell me I’m not crazy.”


Malachi wanted to grab her. Calm her, but he couldn’t. She was wearing nothing but a tank top. She’d taken off her long-sleeved shirt halfway up the mountain. And his touch would hurt her. No matter how much he wanted, he would never—could never…


He finally registered what she’d said.


Tell me what language it was.


He’d cursed in the Old Language. Most people never even noticed.


Her eyes pleaded with him, and her shoulders shook. “Tell me I’m not crazy, Malachi.”


“Ava, did you…” He drew in a quick breath as the pieces began to fall into place.


The headaches. Her nervousness in crowds. His instincts had warned him, but everyone said it wasn’t possible.


‘I heard you…’


Malachi shook his head.

Defeat washed across her face. “Please… I’ve heard it for so long.” She fell to her knees. “I just need to know—”


“What language are you talking about, Ava?” He knelt cautiously next to her, still stunned. Ava shook her head, eyes glassy and dazed.


“My whole life…” She wrapped her arms around herself. “They called me crazy. And now I’m imagining it out loud. I am—”


“This language?” he asked softly, whispering in the ancient tongue of the angels. “Ava, is this the language you’re talking about?”


She gasped and clutched the front of his shirt. “Malachi?”


He continued in soft words he knew she couldn’t understand. “Where have you heard this, beautiful one?” Malachi lifted trembling fingers to a curl of her hair, then he asked in English again. “Where have you heard this, Ava?”


She clutched his shirt tighter. “Everywhere,” she choked out. “I hear it everywhere!”


He shook his head, disbelieving. “It can’t be.”


“Every person. All over the world. I hear them, Malachi. In my head. The same language, over and over.” Her tears kept falling, and she wouldn’t let go of his shirt, almost as if she was afraid he would run. “I’m crazy. I know it. I told myself if I could just figure out what they were saying, it would make sense, but—”


“You’re not crazy.” Malachi lifted a tentative hand to her cheek. He had to know. “You’re not crazy, Ava, you’re—”


He broke off when she leaned her face into his hand, resting her cheek against his frozen palm.


Ava whispered, “You make the voices go away.” Then she closed her eyes, let out a soft breath, and Malachi felt her.


The rush of energy filled him, lifted him. His heart raced as the force of it elevated him. Malachi lifted his other hand to her neck, tracing the ancient letters over her skin, watching as the faint golden glow illuminated in the shadow of the pines. A choked laugh bubbled up in his throat and Ava’s eyes flickered open. His hand traced lower, brushing over her bare shoulder, down her arm, and everywhere his hand went, her skin gave off a faint, shimmering gold.


“You’re not crazy.” He couldn’t tear his eyes away from his fingers touching—actually touching—her. “You’re not crazy, Ava. You’re… a miracle.”




 
 
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Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher.


She currently lives in Central California with a seven-year-old ninja who claims to be her child. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.) Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba dive. And maybe hang glide. But that looks like a lot of running.


She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, and other works of fiction.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Mayers

Today I have an excerpt to share with you, from the newly released Accidents of Marriage. I loved this story so, so much, and definitely recommend it to fans of Women's Fiction. My review posts on 9/18. Thanks for stopping by!




Accidents of MarriageSeries: Standalone
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: 9/2/14


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Accidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy.



Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

 

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.

 

ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the damaging effects of a spouse’s emotional abuse.




Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Series: Standalone
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 9/16/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 370
Source: Author
Rating: 4.5 stars


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Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.


Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.


Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before.


And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.


Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.




My Thoughts 


Review: Not Yet by Laura Ward



Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 7/29/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 273
Source: Author
Rating: 5 stars


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Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons.

Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan.

Lesson #2: You can’t trust men. Especially not the pretty ones.

Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving.

Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn’t good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn't know how to lose.

Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she's always dreamed of?

Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren't looking. And once the heart gets involved, that's when the real learning begins.


My Review
So, Not Yet is the book that broke my reading semi-slump! Over the past month, I've lacked my usual enthusiasm and have been a tough critic. Despite the glowing reviews it's receive, I didn't anticipate Not Yet to be THE book, which likely made that reward all the sweeter.
Here are the reasons I loved Not Yet

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