Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cover Reveal - Forever Fredless by Suzy Turner!

Happy Saturday!

Suzy Turner, an author whose books I have enjoyed a lot, is about to release another book - Forever Fredless. Today is the day, where she is revealing the cover. Here it is!


 
 
Lovely cover!!!

Summary:

Kate Robinson has spent the past two decades yearning to find her soul mate, the boy she found and then lost during a family holiday. Shortly after her twenty-eighth birthday, however, she inherits a fortune from an old family friend and becomes something of an overnight celebrity. Can her new-found fame lead her to him after all this time?
 
Forever Fredless will be available from online bookstores from October 2013.

For more details about Suzy and her books, visit: 



I can't wait to read it!

Happy reading!





 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

Hi all!

Something that just came out :)




Author: Shelly Crane 
Title: Smash Into You 
Release date: 13th of August 2013 
Reading level: FICTION –JUVENILE: Contemporary 
Pages: 324 in Kindle e-book format 
Source: Bought from the Amazon.com for Kindle 

Summary: 

Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. 

Never stop running… 

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. 

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both. 

Review: 

Hmmm… I have mixed feelings for this story. 

This book read like two different stories with diverse genres and pace. And while the first part of it I enjoyed quite a lot, the second half made a 180 degree turn and for some reason didn’t really appeal to me. The change came across abrupt (even though the question of motive of the followers was constantly in the background) and out of place. The epilogue, however, again continued with the same feel and pace as the first part of the book, thus it was pleasant to read again. In addition, this story managed to create a great ending with more than one cherry on top, which I liked a lot and which was hard to forget, in a good way.

First half of the book:
The character centric take of the plot and the constant development of Jude and Marley’s growing relationship was slow, sweet and enjoyable. It wasn’t love at first sight, but there was definitely attraction – believable attraction. Even after they were forced together, it still took a while till they became close, trusted each other and actually became a couple. It was a rewarding slow burn and the outcome was just to my liking. 

I also liked the mystery element in general, it was always there as a threat in the background to keep the excitement alive next to the couple getting to know each other. It all worked well with both aspects complimenting the other, till we were provided the answers and that’s where I wasn’t entirely happy anymore. 

The second half of the book:
While the first part, as mentioned, was like a character driven road trip with emphasis on the development of feelings between Jude and Marley, the second part took a nosedive for me. I can’t fully explain what I was expecting, but what come out simply rubbed me the wrong way and the explanations and plot from there on didn’t go with the general flow and mood of the book I enjoyed quite a bit till then. Also, the steps they took to get answers regarding the followers and the way they were able to discover the info was ridiculously simple and, thus, I couldn’t take it seriously. Why didn’t they do it before? Is info really that easily accessible by random people? How do two people get to where they did with such security, etc? I was very eager and curious to know what the reason they were hunted for was, but, yes, while quite original I just didn’t like the turn it took.

The book in percentages: 1-65% - Great!; 66-90% - Am I reading the same book? Odd in several ways; 91-100% - super sweet, love the closure and loveliness of the couple! Awww.

Characters: 

I liked Jude and the fact that he wasn’t a completely nice guy, that with his lifestyle of constant hiding and staying under the radar, he kept everything as short and superficial was possible (friends, girls, jobs, etc), it was believable, plus, it made his connecting to Marley a lot more significant. He wasn’t a smiley, gentleman-ly, positive or flirty hottie, he was a jaded, constantly-looking-over-his-shoulder, never-get-attached-to-anyone miserable (yet sexy) product of having to hide all his life from something he had no idea about. 

Marley was vulnerable and sensitive yet self-sufficient, goal orientated and tough, she didn’t let Jude or anyone else walk over her. She had the right balance of sweetness and spine. Honestly, there wasn’t anything significant that would make me dislike her, she was all-round likable. 

Overall: 

As already said, the first part was a very good read, but the second didn’t fare well by me. I guess it’s a matter of taste, but since I liked over half of the book, then I still recommend to try it out.


3 stars!

LIIS

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Hi all!

Some YA again :)





Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 
Series: Between #1 
Release date: 15th of August 2013 
Published by: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 
Imprint: Dial Books 
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, YA 
Pages: 360 in Hardback 
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository 

Summary: 

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand… 

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it. 

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Review: 

I’m the most sensitive scaredy-cat. I always put all the lights on when going to the toilet at night, being home alone can be stressing during the night, I can’t even watch a minute from a horror movie without being agitated for at least a couple of days, and after reading from other review that this book was definitely a no-no for after sundown reading pleasure and is meant for sunny and happy days, I was slightly nervous. BUT, while there were plenty of reasons, I wasn’t scared under my blanket because of the happenings as I thought I would be. And that is a good thing! 

First things first – this book impressed me in several ways, due to which I can confidently say that I loved it, but it also disappointed me on a couple of occasions with aspects that let a lot of wind out of this high soaring balloon of YA greatness. 

The writing was excellent, descriptive without being boring, keeping me on the edge of the seat without giving too much away, the dialogue flowed and what I loved the most was how everything came alive in the book – as in the house, the town, other important locations the story introduced us to, the characters – it felt real. 

The horror factor wasn’t as toned up as I was expecting, but there still were some creepy, bloody, disgusting and flat out scary settings and situations. And I absolutely loved how River was always in the middle of everything. But more on him later. 

I liked how the characters were created and was more than grateful that while still somewhat cliché in the YA scene they managed to be odd, unique, wacky, eerie, likable, distinct and intriguing in their own way. The first place, however, goes to River. He was a creepy and suspicious dude, but oh so compelling and charming that it was slightly bordering on scary and uncomfortable. 

The final villain, sigh, I was really expecting something epic, but it wasn’t even near the case. Then again, it wasn’t too shabby, but it didn’t really go with the flow, atmosphere and mysterious setting of the first half of the book. The baddie and everything else up to that point were like two pieces of a different puzzle, they didn’t fit. And also too much empowerment is never a good thing. 

Characters: 

I respect Violet for not buying any of River’s lies, even tough, she gave in and let him overwhelmed and seduce her so that she at least gave him the benefit of the doubt. She still kept her backbone and fought River all the way, not keeping anything for herself and telling everything what she thought about him and his wicked ways. Her mind was against him, but her feelings for him were in conflict with her head. I was slightly put off by her attachment to her dead grandma and wearing her clothes, etc, but I decided to take that as a quick of hers and not let it bother me too much. Generally, I liked her.  

River was so bad but so good. He was a perpetual liar – I loved the way he deceived everyone and lied like it was already an art form, at one point I had no idea what to believe or not, it just came so effortlessly to him. I loved that about him. He was morally ambiguous and on such thin ice with the questions is he evil or not. He was complicated and hard to figure out or believe in. He was a great character! 

Overall: 

I was really impressed and liked this book a lot. Different yet familiar. An interesting take and context for your usual YA. Great characters and setting. I recommend, despite, the cons.


4 stars!

LIIS

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review of Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller - 4 stars!

Happy Tuesday!

Another review of a book written by Linda Lael Miller. Enjoy!


Title: Big Sky Summer
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Series: Parable, Montana #4
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release date: 28th of May 2013
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary, Western
Pages: 320 pages
Source: From the Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana-where love awaits. 

With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences!

Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it-as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets-like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way-unravel, with unforeseen results?


My review:

When I got offered reviewing Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller I did not know what to expect, because I was not familiar with her books at that time. I was glad that I took the opportunity, because I fell in love with the settings and the people of Parable, Montana. Big Summer Sky was well written romance with some real issues real people have to deal with.

Plot:

Meet Walker, who is a ranch owner and rodeo rider, meet his love at the friend's wedding. Casey was his sweetheart until the day she broke his heart and left Parable, Montana. Now she is back in town with her two kids. Walker has been close to her kids and family, but he has no idea, that Casey is hiding something very important from him.

Casey is a celebrity singer who has been trying to hide the father of her kids from the public eye and from her kids. Until the day Walker finds out that he is the dad of these two wonderful kids. When Casey needs to face the truth and telling her kids that Walker is their father, her kids feel betrayed. They have always loved Walker, even when they did not know the fact who he really is.


Characters:

I did like Casey even though I did not understand all her decisions. In the beginning of the book I did not understand why Casey was so afraid of keeping the truth from her kids, especially when she knew how much Walker loved her and the children. Then I realized, that giving up the love of your life for the music, must have been very difficult. She was afraid of Walker not letting her pursue her dreams and I can relate to that. I admire the strength what Casey had for admitting to the truth.

Walker was down to earth and easy to understand and love. I can't imagine what it means, that your kids are kept away from you like that I think he handled the truth very bravely. I loved how he supported Casey and had the guts to stand up for what he thought was right.

Besides the main characters, I think the author put a lot of love into the supportive ones. It was like meeting the long lost family. You were placed into Parable and you couldn't help yourself starting caring for people of this small place.

Generally:

Big Sky Summer takes you to a happy place. The surroundings seem beautiful and cozy, the plot is interesting and the characters lovable. I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to everybody who has a soft sport for a country romance!

5 Flowers!


4 stars.

Thanks goes to Little Bird Publicity for providing me with the review copy!

Happy reading!

 

Review of Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller - 5 stars!

Happy Tuesday!

Today is the release day of Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller. I have read it and would like to share my review with you. Enjoy!


Title: Big Sky Wedding
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Series: Parable, Montana #5
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release date: 27th of August 2013
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary, Western
Pages: 384 pages
Source: From the Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review


Summary:

The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, cordially invites you to Parable, Montana-where love awaits. 

Wedding bells are ringing in Parable, Montana, but Brylee Parrish hasn't enjoyed the sound since being jilted at the altar by Hutch Carmody. She's over Hutch now, and running a multimillion-dollar business is challenging enough for this country gal. So she should avoid falling head-over-boot-heels for A-list actor Zane Sutton. He's come home to his rodeo roots, but Hollywood lured him away once and just might again. Yet everything about him, from his easy charm to his concern for his young half brother, seems too genuine to resist....

Zane didn't come to Parable for love-but count on a spirited woman to change a jaded cowboy's mind. Problem is, Brylee's not convinced he's here to stay. Good thing he's determined to prove to her, kiss by kiss, that she's meant to be his bride.


My review:

I love a good contemporary western and Linda Lael Miller is really good at bringing it alive with the decent plot and characters to die for. It is a second book of hers that I read. The first one was from the same series - Parable, Montana - Big Sky Summer and when I got the chance to review Big Sky Wedding I had no doubts that I wanted to read it. I fell in love with the surroundings and characters of Parable and I was glad to meet them again in Big Sky Wedding.

Plot:

All the books in the series are standalone books where different couples are the main characters. Big Sky Wedding gives you the story of Brylee and Zane. I met Brylee and many other characters already in Big Sky Summer.

Anyway, Brylee has experienced something that no woman ever should - she was jilted while walking down on the isle for getting married. Even though she understood, that it was a right thing for her in long term, it broke her heart and she lived in humiliation for quite some time. Now, being an owner of a big company, she keeps her heart safe from men and focuses on her company. That is until Zane shows up.

Zane is an A-list Hollywood player and has come back to his roots, at least for a while. Neither Brylee nor Zane are looking for love, but it just happens. The attraction between them is too strong to avoid and when Zane realizes that Brylee is not just a woman, but the woman, he is going after what he wants - Brylee. 

It is a love story, but besides that, there are other great things about this book - the dialogue was captivating and witty and I got a lot of giggles while reading. I truly enjoyed all the characters in the story and the Parable itself. The author gives you quite bright and vivid pictures of Parable, so it's impossible not to want visiting the place and experiencing it in person!

Characters:

Before writing about the characters, I was thinking, that in Linda Lael Miller's books there are always two very important non-human characters - family and community. Family ties play a big role in the book and it influences almost all the characters either they want it or not. And community is another big influencer in Parable. It is tight-knitted society where almost everybody knows everyone and when it matters, they are there for you to help and support. I loved that!

I liked Brylee already in the previous book where her background story was mentioned and I was excited to see what the author had to offer to Brylee. It is mortifying and humiliating to be left in front of the family and whole Parable just few minutes before getting married, so Brylee had to struggle to get over the humiliation. It takes a very strong person to have faith and trust in love after that. So she has hidden her heart away. Little did she know when Zane came into the picture. I was happy to see, how she step by step gave herself a chance. She definitely deserved a happy ending.

Zane comes from a family with no means and he understands the value of the family.I loved how he took in his brother, knowing, that family matters and that family is exactly what Nash needs. I also admired Zane's persistence in his relationship with Brylee. Loved the relationship dynamics and how Zane proved, that he truly loves her.

I think Linda Lael Miller does a great work with all the other characters in the book. She gives them their own stories and you keep wondering which ones of them will be the main characters in the upcoming books. There are many supportive characters whom you start caring for while reading - Nash, Cleo, Opal just to name the few. This is what adds a lot of value to Miller's books - all these interesting and very real people whom you meet while reading.

Generally:

If you like a good romance with great characters, then this book is definitely for you! If you love stories about families and family ties, this book is definitely for you! If you like happy endings, this book is definitely for you.

I personally enjoyed it a lot!

5 Flowers!


5 stars.

Thanks goes to Little Bird Publicity for providing me with the review copy.

Happy reading!

 

Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas - 5 Star Review!

Hi all!

Something surprisingly good!




Author: Penelope Douglas 
Title: Bully 
Series: Fall Away #1 
Release date: 17th of June 2013 
Published by: Penelope Douglas 
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, New Adult 
Pages: 360 in Kindle e-book format 
Source: Bought from the Amazon.com for Kindle 

Summary: 

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. 

We're neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to hide from him. I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door. 

So I left. 

I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared. Now I'm back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I'm hoping that after a year of breathing room, he's moved on and forgotten all about me. 

But even if he hasn't changed, I have. I'm not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek anymore. We're going to go head to head, because neither of us wants to back down. 

Review:

I’ve read too much praise for this book to not pick it up, so that’s what I did and, modestly saying, this book blew my mind! I usually, even if I like a book, constantly check the number of pages left, but it didn’t happen not once during reading this. And that, right there, is a miracle. 

The storyline itself wasn’t anything overly original or out of the world, but that wasn’t also what made this book amazing to me. Here’s my top 3: 

3. The intense, burn-everything-in-its-presence, throw-away-your-panties, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, stop-the-torture, sexual tension/passion or whatever it was between Jared and Tate – because it was indescribable in words. Will they, won’t they, hate you, don’t hate you, do do do, nooo, etc, etc – it was nonstop and didn’t let off steam even when they actually gave in and decided to do something about their incredible attraction. And, what a realization it was, they were on fire together. Funny, all the BDSM books popping up nowadays haven’t been able to raise the level of steamy to what these two were able to create, at least to me.

2. The general mature note of the book. This story was basically adult to me and I loved it! It seemed as teenagers were acting like they should have or how they do. At the same time it didn’t go overboard and managed to be decent and tame. 

1. And the winner is…the heroine Tate! She was simply awesome (after coming back from her trip of course). I should have top a three just for the reasons why she rules, because there’s just too many to name otherwise, but let me try and count down the reasons: she kicked some major butt – literally, she had the courage and will to make the change from being the victim to someone who could protect and fight for herself, she didn’t let anyone put her down, she said it how it was and her comebacks were sharp and to the point, at times hilarious as well, fear was unknown to her – she did some crazy stuff, but she wasn’t unreasonable or careless, despite everything, she managed to be sweet and extremely likable, and the list goes on. 

Something that made me think: Bullying is not ok, ever, it’s disgusting and degrading and can destroy a person forever, so what Jared did is unforgivable, but I don’t blame Tate for fighting fire with fire, even though, she might have gone overboard as well. So where is the line? If someone bullies you and you fight back with the same methods, is it falling to the same lever? What is the correct behavior? I couldn’t help but root for Tate, but I was unable to fully hate Jared either, I guess that’s good storytelling right there. 

Characters: 

Tate – Well, I’ve already discussed my obsession with her, no need to cross the line. 

Jared – No denying he was a sexy hunk, a troubled and intense one. But mostly, he was a mess, well, a hot mess. He was also the reason for my main con for the book, as much as I liked him. Honestly, THAT is not a reason to bully someone, I wasn’t convinced, it was too petty and insignificant to me, but then again people are illogical and he definitely had reasonsto lash out. So I’m conflicted regarding him. 

Can-I-just-forget-you-exist character: KC – I understand that she was great to stand by Tate’s side through thick and thin, but her one choice and how she acted to her friend because of it was just a deal breaker. You just don’t do that to your friend, ever, ever. I’m sorry, but she was a big fat traitor, I don’t care about the “good” she did. Yes, it’s hard for me to forgive. 

Overall: 

A great new adult book that will make you actually think about the issue at hand while reading about two hot teenagers being hot for each other while trying to hate the other. A lot of unresolved passion, hate, hurt and love between those two. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!


5 stars!

LIIS

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wrath by Kristie Cook - Release Tour Review and Book Blast!

Happy Monday!

I am happy finally being able to post my review of Wrath. Wrath is the 5th book in the Soul Savers series written by an excellent author whom I have met personally and whom I consider being a friend - by Kristie Cook.

I had an amazing chance to beta read Wrath in the beginning of August and I am happy to share my review of it with you. Enjoy!


Title: Wrath
Author: Kristie Cook
Series: Soul Savers #5
Release date: 16th of August 2013
Genre: Adult: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions, LLC
Pages: 291 pages
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review

My review:

I have always admired Kristie's writing style and Wrath was truly well written. It touches you emotionally in so many levels that while reading and after you finish the book you keep wondering about the talent of the author. I have written previously, that Kristie's writing is an art and Wrath is another proof of that.

Plot:

Wrath picks up exactly where the 4th book is ending. Dorian is gone and Alexis is left with nothing more and nothing less than wrath. She storms to find and kill the responsible for Dorian's disappearance, but the task in hand is not as easy as it seems. The Amadis politics plays a role and Alexis and Tristan need to slow down and create a strategy for finding Dorian and also satisfying the needs of the Amadis.

The plot is filled with surprises and there were things which I definitely did not see coming. Wrath is amazingly written and it gives the reader quite raw emotional journey. You will see both Alexis and Tristan losing it and trying to pick up the pieces and not losing the perspective. You will see already known characters showing up and also meet new ones you would like to know more about. You will see the Amadis changing into a whole new playground. Wrath is taking the fight between good and evil into a unknown territory and that is what I loved about the book!

One of the things which I need to mention, is the title of the book. Wrath is a brilliant title for the story, because it deals with the wrath of the mother whose child is taking away from her. Hell hath no fury...

Characters:

I have to admit, that I struggled with Alexis in the first third of the book. I did not like her very much because she acted irrationally, selfishly and without thinking. She reacted rather than acted and I had a problem with that. I did understand where she was coming from. It must be the hardest thing to a mother to deal with the fact that your kid has been kidnapped. And not only kidnapped, but kidnapped through the hardest betrayals. I'd do anything to protect my kid, but what Alexis did not do and which annoyed me, was to THINK what to do BEFORE doing it. She put her friends into situations which were so wrong and she did not see how the whole situation affected Tristan.

With that said, it did change though, both from my side as a reader and from Alexis' side as a character and I got back the Alexis I have loved from the book one. She grew as a character, as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter and as a friend. What I loved about Alexis and what was also said by Lucas towards the end of the book, that Alexis combines the Amadis' blood of good and Lucas' blood of evil into a powerful person. Alexis will be a great leader; she is already one.

What I missed in Alexis in the beginning of Wrath, I got loads from Tristan instead. I loved how Tristan was the only person capable of bringing Alexis back from where ever she was in her wrath. I adored him for that and I felt for him when he got angry with Alexis. I felt both of their pain like it was touching me personally. I was happy when Tristan forced Alexis to see, that she is not the only one suffering. When Alexis was the raw wrath in this book, then Tristan was her balance, support and brains.

This is what I love about Kristie's writing, she creates and develops characters who are not flawless, but very human (yes, even when we are talking about fantasy characters with superpowers). The dynamics between Tristan and Alexis was not only emotionally adorable, but it was also intelligently created. I wish every woman had her own Tristan and every man had his own Alexis. I loved their relationship in Wrath. Tristan knew exactly what Alexis needed and gave her that. Awesome!

I was so happy to see Jax back in the story and I really liked that author created a side story of Jax and Blossom to the main one. It is great to see, that the author gave a lot of effort to the supportive characters in the book. I loved that Winston appeared and giving some love to Alexis' mom and that Noah was brought to the story. I enjoyed seeing Vanessa developed into a character which I loved and boy, was I happy to see Owen reappearing.

Generally:

Wrath by Kristie Cook is a book which you do not want to miss out. It gives you so many wow-effects that the story simply blows you away! It grabs you emotionally from the page one and takes you to the grand finale which you will never ever forget! Brilliantly written!


5 Flowers!

5 stars.


Thanks goes to Kristie for allowing me to beta read Wrath, providing me with the review copy and being not just an awesome writer, but a very lovable person as well! Love you.


Wrath (Soul Savers 5) by Kristie Cook
Release Tour / Book Blast
Genre: Paranormal Romance / New Adult

Release Date: 8/16/2013

New Adult Paranormal Romance by bestselling author Kristie Cook**Mature Content**Recommended for ages 16+ due to sexual situations and language.

Will a mother’s wrath make her cross the line?

didn't want to cry. For once in my life, tears evaded me. Perhaps because I refused to grieve this loss, because it wasn't a loss in my eyes, in my heart. It was a call for war, yes. But not a loss. I wouldn't allow it.

Besides, I was too mad to cry, even in my exhaustion, and anger would get me much further.
 
As I curled my body around Sasha’s, though, I realized the anger within me had changed. I no longer felt irrational and blinding fury that dulled all other emotions. But that was okay. I really didn't want to be Psycho Alexis. This, what I now felt in every cell of my body down to the core, was better. My anger had condensed and solidified into a cold, hard stone settling within me. Something I could control and hold onto for the long term to keep me going and focused on the goal.

Wrath.

That’s what I felt. And there was nothing worse than the wrath of a pissed-off mother.

Wrath, the fifth volume in the bestselling, award-winning Soul Savers Series, will have you on the edge-of-your-seat-ravenously-devouring-junk-food as you experience the mysteries, magic, betrayals, and passion that you've come to expect from Kristie Cook’s writing.
 

Where to buy Wrath (Soul Savers 5)

Other Books by Kristie Cook 



About the Author

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first four books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion and Power available now and the next book coming in June 2013. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 200,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category. The Space Between kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com
The Book of Phoenix Website: http://www.TheBookofPhoenix.com
Soul Savers Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kristiecookauth





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Sophie's Encore by Nicky Wells - Review, Launch Party, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

Its’ time to Rock And Roll in earnest! Yes, Nicky Wells is here to celebrate the upcoming launch of Sophie’s Encore. Three cheers for the third book in her Rock Star Romance Trilogy!!!

I am happy, that Me and Reading is one of the blogs participating in this fun tour! My stop includes a review, a guest post and an amazing giveaway. Before with start with the review here is what Nicky has to say:


Says Nicky,
 
 
 
"I’m so excited to share with you, finally, this third installment in Sophie and Dan’s epic romance! Thank you for coming to celebrate with me. Read on for:


Title: Sophie's Encore
Author: Nicky Wells
Series: Rock Star Romance Trilogy
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Pages: 406 pages
Genre: Adult: Contemporary, Romance
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review
 

Summary:



Her rock star is waiting in the wings, but will he get a second chance? 
It’s all change for Sophie Jonesonly this time, there is more at stake than just her happiness.


Rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, has been her patient and caring friend through the highs and lows since her wedding day, but now he figures it is time for her to start over. By stealth, the rock singer draws Sophie into the behind-the-scenes work for his band’s latest album. Through the days and weeks spent together at the mixing desk, Sophie discovers whole new horizons for her life, yet before she can even begin to explore them, she faces the very real threat of losing her rock star for good.

Join Sophie and Dan in Sophie’s Encore to find out how their journey will end…
My review:

I have to start with saying that Rock Star Romance Trilogy is one of the most fun and positive contemporary romance series I have read. Don't get me wrong, there is enough drama and serious things taking place in the series, but at the end of the day, it leaves you with lots of hope and happy feelings. I loved that.

Besides that, I think Nicky is an awesome writer, she takes you to a journey which is filled with all kinds of different feelings and that is what I, as a reader, adore: there is love, there is loss, there is hate, there is excitement, there is happiness, there is hope, there is sadness. You name it and she delivers it to you!

Plot:

Sophie's Encore starts few years later after the second book in the series - Sophie's Run - ends. That was the first surprise the author delivered. Sophie's life has changed a lot, she has become a mother and a widower and that was a very hard thing for me to swallow: How come? What has happened in the meantime? What happened to Dan?

Then the author gives you flashbacks to the few years in Sophie's life between the books and you understand. I was shocked and had some difficulties with coping, but when continued reading, everything made sense and my confusion disappeared with each page I turned.

Sophie is struggling, because the man she loved left her behind with two wonderful kids. She gives everything to her kids and has forgotten about herself and her happiness, she does not remember what is means to taking care of herself. She has lost herself in mourning and loss. The only strong and stable support in her life is Dan, her very own rock star and best friend who has stayed in Sophie's life. Dan is encouraging Sophie to move on with her life and brings her closer to his life by teaching her how to mix music.

Step by step Sophie starts learning and not only of mixing music, but also what it means to live and love again. Just when everything starts to look brighter, a dramatic thing happens which makes Sophie realize what are the most important things and people in her life.

Characters:

I have not words enough to describe how I enjoyed the friendship and the relationship between Sophie and Dan. It was simply so real. Not a fluffy-pink-forever-happy love, but real love which contains everyday life as well. Even though I was shocked about what has happened in Sophie's life, I loved that the author gave me two mature main characters. Of course, one of them being a rock star, but still, the problems they faced were mature and real.

Besides the main characters, the kids were absolutely adorable. I fell for them! I fell for them hard.

Generally:

Read it! That's all I am going to say. Read it and read the whole series and you will get the ride of your lifetime!



5 Flowers!
5 stars.



Sophie’s Encore will be available in Kindle and Nook formats as well as paperback editions from Amazon and Barnes & Noble from

5 September 2013!
 
 
 



You can already add Sophie’s Encore to your TBR on Goodreads! What’s more, if you’re in the UK, Canada or US, you can enter to win one of two paperbacks of Sophie’s Encore on Goodreads right up to launch day, 5 September!

And now, ladies and gentlmene, please give a warm welcome to Nicky Wells! Nicky has written a guest post about writing the trilogy. Enjoy!





Happy, exhilarated, bereft. Or: how it feels to finish a Trilogy.
 

It’s done. My third book, Sophie’s Encore, has hit the virtual shelves. The long-awaited conclusion to the epic romance between my girl-next-door, Sophie, and rock star extraordinaire, Dan, is written and published for the world to see. I’m not saying how it’s gonna end but… You wanted to know how it feels to get to The End. Well, let me see….



The beginning of the end: the writing of Sophie’s Encore
 

Monday, 8 October 2012. 9:30 am.
Cup of teacheck.
Laptop at the readycheck.
Plotline tacked to the wallcheck.


I start typing. "So how is Dan?"

To my great surprise, I find that my hands are shaking. This is it. I’m going to bring the story to an end. I’m starting on the last leg of the journey, and I’m frightened. I know where I’m going, of course, but what will I do when I get there?



Sophie, Dan and me: Long-time friends
 

For eight years now, Sophie and Dan have lived in my head. For the past two years, they’ve been my and my family’s constant companion. Between us, we have talked about them as though they were real persons. But when I’m done, I’ll have to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes.

Still, there’s nothing for it but to forge ahead, so I start writing fast and furiously. As I’m working my way through my meticulous plan, I make some astounding discoveries.



The devil and the detail and all that…
 

First of all, chronology matters. Doh, right? Evidently I’ve planned the Trilogy in great detail, and still things trip me up. Ages, mostly. Sophie was 28 when the Trilogy started, and Dan was 38. They had birthdays ‘in between’ books and also quite prominently in Sophie’s Run, when Sophie celebrates her 30th birthday with astounding consequences, and Dan his 40th with ditto.

But time’s moved on. More birthdays have been had and other life-changing events have transpired. I find myself referring back to Sophie and Dan’s early romance as having been seven years ago. Oh, hang on, wasn’t it eight? Or maybe nine? *Cue nail-biting* Turns out that counting back in years yields a slightly different answer than counting back in ages.

My solution? More planning. I make a large table with twelve columns for months and several rows for years passed. I mark birthdays. I make the start and end of each book. I mark key events. I figure it out.

Next up, I’ve grown. My outlook has changed, and my perspective on Sophie and Dan’s fate has changed. Moreover, narrated time between books has passed, so Sophie herself has grown. I decide to tackle that issue head-on by having Sophie, Dan and Rachel reflect on how things are different for them, now.

I get so involved in fine-tuning these last details that I completely forget about the pain of goodbye as I feverishly approach the finishing line.



Done, done, done!
 

It’s end of January 2013 by the time I finish Sophie’s Encore. While I don’t exactly write the words, "The End", I definitely know that this is the end, and do you know what? I shed a little tear or three. Happy tears, I hasten to add. And proud tears. I feel bereft and exhilarated at the same time.



Onwards and upwards
 
To stem the floods, I move on immediately. I start planning book 4; a new book, a new story, new characters, a fresh start. I mock up a cover for Sophie’s Encore. I launch Sophie’s Run. I conceive of a completely unscheduled mini-project that gets planned, written and completed in the space of four or five weeks. I edit Sophie’s Encore. I start writing book 4. See? There’s no standing still here, the only way is forward. I’ve dried those tears and launched myself headlong into new adventures.

So watch out, here I come! I have a surprise for you later this year, and my fourth full-length book, Fallen For Rock, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2014. Meanwhile, happy reading of Sophie’s Encore! I’d love to hear what you think!!

ROCK ON!

 
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Thanks Nicky for visiting Me and Reading!

About the author:

Nicky Wells is your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, Nicky writes Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door.


Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill!

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C. Like her leading lady, Sophie, Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and regular contributor to The Midweek Drive show on Lincoln’s Siren 107.3 FM. Rock on!
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Party Time The PARTY!!

Join in the release day fun and mark 5 September in your calendar now! Nicky will be partying
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Party Time The GIVEAWAY!!!
 
 
 
Nicky has organized an amazing giveaway for the readers! Here is what you can win:
 

1 x signed Sophie’s Encore Poster
2 x Sophie’s Encore Mugs
1 x Sophie’s Run Mug
1 x $10 Amazon Gift Voucher (or equivalent currency)
2 x Sophie’s Encore Key Ring
1 x Sophie’s Run Key Ring
2 x "Swag Pack" featuring 2 postcards (1 signed) each for all three Rock Star Romance books, and 2 bookmarks each for Sophie’s Turn and Sophie’s Run
 
 


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The giveaway is open NOW and closes 30 September at 12 midnight BST.
Entrants must be 18 or over. Giveaway is open internationally.
 
 
Good luck and happy reading!
 

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