Sunday, June 28, 2015

Release Day; Sins Of The Innocent

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Title: Sins of the Innocent

Author: Jamie McGuire

Release date: June 28, 2015

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Synopsis
In the horror show of Gods and Monsters, Eden Ryel was the star. Conceived of her mother, a Merovingian--a direct descendant of Christ--and her father, the half-human son of a fallen angel, her very existence had prompted The Great War. Prophesied to be the Keeper of the Balance, Eden struggles to realize her purpose.

Levi, the overconfident and charming half-human son of Lucifer takes nothing seriously. Not even when he finally meets the young woman who is destined to end his existence. A common bond is formed under the pressures they face from both sides, but their respective religious texts predict opposite outcomes. Either way, they must choose: war, death, or love.

About the Author

 
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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, respectively, have also made appearances on the New York Times bestseller list.

Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: Red Hill, an apocalyptic thriller; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella, and Happenstance: A Novella Series.

Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Jeff, their three children, three dogs, three horses, and a cat named Rooster. When Jamie is not writing, you can find her hiking, running, or looking for a sweater.

Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Talk Review; Becasue Of Ellison

 It's a New Book Talk, this time I'm going to be talking about a book I have recently read and adored. It was a recommendation from this blog I follow on Facebook, you will notice that I did not do an Author Talk on the author. I will talk about that later in a different post. Now on to the book

 
 When I was nineteen years old, I lived for sex, drugs and a good party. I had it all - good looks, a fast car and a hot girlfriend. Nothing in life was more important.

 That was, until I met Ellison James….

 Since the moment I first saw her she was a raging bull; tackling me in the mud and throwing out insults as fast as her tongue could form the sound.

 She was snarky
 She was rude
 And she pissed me off like no other woman could.

 I lived beside her for a summer and in the three months that I walked by her side...

 She opened my eyes
 She changed my life
 And she made me a better man

 ***Disclaimer - this book is intended for mature audiences only. This book is also an emotional journey. Tissues are optional, but not required.
 I did not require the use of tissues while reading this book. While taking this journey along with Hunter, mover me, it did not crush me. I did get a little emotional, as y'all know I often do when I read, but there was something missing that didn't make me completely lose it. Which was interesting since this is a five-star read. 

 Now I don't normally give my Amazon and Goodreads ratings, because that is not what is important. If you want to see what I rate books you can go to my Goodreads Page You can get detailed updates from a blog post that will be going up soon.

 Anyways, back to the serious business now. 

 Hunter moves next-door to Ellison James when he is nineteen yeas old. He is said to be a genius, but he has made some mistakes that show that he isn't always as smart as he can be.

 Ellison is a straight up bitch, I loved her instantly. She doesn't put up with half the dumb shit that Hunter does.

 This is a book about finding out the real values of life, what's really important to you, and struggling to get there. This book has family, and love, it has sex and drugs, it has real life.

 This book shows a lost boy finding a girl who changes his outlook on life. I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed this book.

 I've been in a bit of a reading funk lately, I'm not reading as much as I should be, Because Of Ellison is one that really caught my attention. It is a book that drew me in with it's premise. It exceeded my expectations.

 I read a lot of romance, and while this is basically the same romance that I've been reading for years, I can feel that it was more, it had a few more layers to that. It also had some that weren't up to par.

 I don't like saying that I found some parts of a book unsatisfactory, especially in a book talk, I can;t recall that I ever pointed out a book's flaws before, because they haven't bothered me.

 Which is why I'm going to tell you I gave this a 5-star, even though I think some parts were a little flat. I didn't give it a 5-star unfairly or because I wanted to look good on Amazon or anything. But becasue this book deserves it. I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true. That wasn't me. I'm brutally honest. Which is why I don't review books that I didn't enjoy. Because I'm not here to give books a bad name.

 While I loved the characters and felt their pain and the true struggles of what they were going through, not much happened. I felt like the time passed too fast for these characters, I didn't believe it. Really that was the only fault. I believe that the author could have shown more of the characters falling in love, before they actually did.

 I'm all for the whole 'insta-love' thing. I have read a few books where it works out really well, this isn't one of them. I think that the journey the characters took could have been that much more emotional for me if we had more time to see their connection grow. That's all I'm saying.

 Now that I feel better about my opinions of the book I can say that you should read this book. I understand that some of the things I pointed out are turn offs, but really the story is beautiful. It shows how we, as humans, can change, but only if we make the effort. Only if we love ourselves more than we love our materialistic things, only if we see things in a different light.

 That is the journey that Hunter takes with Ellison.

 *Quote- "You can't live life thinking you won't screw up every now and then. The mistakes are just as important as the successes. You wouldn't be who you are without both of them. So when those mistakes happen, it's good to have people around who can push you through them." -Henry James

               "It wasn't that Ellison could see the good or bad in people, it was that she saw the real in people." -Hunter

               "our lives are like books, Hunter. Each day is a new page-each year, a new chapter. Just like books, our lives end; but our stories...those are never forgotten. We live on in the hearts and thoughts of those who loved us." -Ellison 

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cover Reveal; Waiting to Breathe



RELEASE DATE: July 6, 2015
 
 
When the stage lights dim and the spotlight surrounds you, do you perform for the world? 
Giving it your best effort to deceive every eye upon you into believing everything is fine.
 On the other hand, would the pressure cripple you, bare and broken, waiting to breathe?
 
Dartanya Waters finds herself constantly putting on a masquerade for everyone around her. 
On the outside, everyone sees her as a happy, quirky twenty-one year old. 
Internally, she buries her thoughts, hiding her fears behind a fake smile and false confidence.
 Panic flows through her veins, and no one knows the horror threatening her sanity and life on a daily basis.
 
She is every man’s fantasy, and every woman wants to be her. 
That is, except her. 
She would give anything to rewrite her story and live tomorrow carefree, but for her, that isn’t possible.
 
When the walls of her life finally fall and she has to fight to the surface, Nate Daniels is there to pull her from the wreckage.
 He’s searching for the one thing he’s never let go of. 
Love. 
He is stubborn, bold, and the only constant in her life that gives her hope.
 
How much time and sorrow will pass before she forgets who she is and she loses herself completely? 
The ultimatum the two face is to find their happily ever after or drown in the sea of lies Dartanya spreads
throughout their relationship.
 
The path they follow is up to them...or is it?

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Blog tour, hosted by Fallen For Books: July 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Talk Review; Nine Minutes

 One of the best books I've read

 
 
 On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

 From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

 And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

 So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

 Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

***This book is recommended for 18 years and older***
 
 This book was so fucking good. 
 I'll admit, I'm not big on MC books, but this is more than a book about a Motorcycle gang. This is about love, possession, obsession, manipulation, friendship, and growing up.

 Ginny, is fifteen, so young, so sweet, when she is ripped from the life she knows and thrust into a world she never asked for. 

 As Ginny tries to survive, things come together and fall apart. 

 How can one girl survive the horrors of her new life? When her capture is the vicious cold-blooded gang leader? 

 How can her heart survive when it's pulled towards such violence? 

 Can she really fall in love with her capture? Does he really have a soft side?

 And what happens when the secrets of Ginny's disappearance come to light? 

 That's all y'all get from me. You'll have to read the book to get to the heart of the story, there is so much in this book, I would feel like I'm spoiling it for you, if I give you anything. 

 There is so much going on in this book that when you get to the end you're just like WTF. But a good mind-fuck. Is there such thing? 

 Beth does a fantastic job of keeping the reader on their toes, giving them one story while slowly weaving another one behind it. You get so much out of this book. You get a love story, you get a mystery surrounding why Ginny, you get a mind-fuck through all twists and turns as Beth reveals little by little what actually happened. 

 I didn't think I could love Grizz, but he held a soft spot in my heart. Even though he was a vicious bastard, he still treated Ginny so good. I think that's why I couldn't hate him. 

 I admired how Ginny managed to survive, it was hard at times. It was difficult for her to live the life she did, but she had so much strength she didn't let her situation get to her. She made herself stronger, she adapted to her situations. 

 You wouldn't think that a book with this type of premise could be enjoyable, but it is. It's scary at times, but it is also enjoyable. 

 I can't wait for Out Of Time, the sequel to this amazing book. 

 Quote- "At some point, you have to let people fight their own battles and take responsibility for thier choices." -Blue

             "I was no victim. Never had been. Never would be." -Kit

              "A story about a man who has loved me from the very beginning, from first glance. The man who always was and still is my soul mate. That's the only love story now." -Ginny

              "He had no way of knowing that the brotherly care and concern for a child would turn into love. That she would become his obsession and the one true love of his life. That she would eventually be the reason for his death. Even if he did know it then, he wouldn't have changed a thing." -Grizz's POV

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Talk Beth Flynn

 Beth Flynn is the ingenious mind behind the psychological thriller/Romantic Nine Minutes, the second book, Out of Time to be released

Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in South Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor.

You can contact Beth at beth@authorbethflynn.com

Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Tour; Sweet Ache


Meet Hawke & Quinlan in SWEET ACHE - the newest Rock Star stand-alone in the Driven Series by K. Bromberg! 
 
 
 

The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Burn turns up the heat when a sexy bet turns into so much more....
Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. 
Hunter’s most recent screwup could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. 
Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. 
She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. 
When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage.... 
 

 
Excerpt
 
Quinlan

I walk toward him, the sight of him slightly unkempt with a carefree smile he hasn’t possessed for days calls to my libido on so many levels it’s ridiculous. He brings a shot of something to his mouth and I don’t even give a second thought to what it is because I know I’ll taste it on my lips momentarily.

He hums deep in his throat when I step up into his body and there is something so inherently sexy about the sound—knowing that I caused that reaction—that together with the feel of his firm body against mine lets me know there will be no interruptions this time.

He looks at me, eyes darkening and one hand sliding beneath my shirt a beat before our lips meet in a hungry, no-holds-barred kiss. His empty bottle clatters on the counter behind him so that his other hand can join in the temptation. I lose myself in the taste of the tequila on his tongue, and the hypnotizing feeling of his hands on my body.

The music thumps hard around us, the noise buzzes, and the faint scent of cigarette smoke wafts in from outside but it’s as if none of it hits me because I’m consumed by everything about him: his taste, his cologne, the groan I can’t hear but can feel against our connected chests, the heat of his body. I don’t care who’s watching because it’s almost as if the overwhelming emotions that he’s experienced all week long are manifesting themselves into our mutual desperation.
 
“Upstairs. Now,” he murmurs against my lips, and I’ve never heard more perfect words. He grasps the bottle of tequila behind him in one hand and my hand in the other without saying anything further and walks with purpose through the crowd. I can’t see his face but he must have a determined look on it because not one person stops him to talk when that’s been the norm for the evening thus far. At the bottom of the stairs, I catch the eyes of the three wannabe women and just smirk. Call me bitchy, but I can’t help it, I’m with the one they were hoping to land tonight.
 



About The Author
 

 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard.

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015
 

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book Talk Review; Combative

 From the amazing mind of Jay McLean comes...

 
 We all play victims to our pasts; to the choices we make and the lives we create. 
 They define who we are. 
 And sometimes if we're lucky enough, the past stays where it belongs: in the past. 
 I'm not one of the lucky ones. 
 I never have been.
 Because now the past is knocking on my door, offering deals I have no choice but to take… deals that will  help bring justice—not just for me, but for my brothers.

 The problem?
 The deal is a ticking time bomb.
 One I didn't know existed.

 Tick.
 Tock.

 You have got to be fucking kidding me.

 Literally my last words at the end of this book. Because holy shit, this book is the best I've read by Jay, hell the best I've read all year, but it left me feeling completely just empty. 

 Not a bad type of empty, but a good type, just a confused type. I NEED the second book. NEED it like I NEED to breathe.

 I'm not going to give y'all a run down because it's best to go into this totally and completely blind, just trust me on this one.

 I spent a good portion of this book confused, okay most of the book confused. There is just so much going on behind the scenes it's a roller coaster as we try to get to the end. I've never needed the next book in the series like I need the next book in this one.

 Jay has always amazed me with the way she is able to twist her words. This is different than all of er previous six books. It's raw, pure raw talent on those pages. I don't know how she did it.

 I've always loved reading Jay's books, because I knew I could count on humor and love, and real life shit. Now I am going to look at her work with a new perspective.

 All I've been reading lately are books that fill me, and leaving me feeling changed. This is one book that changed me. Because, while it didn't change my perspective on the world, or fill my heart with peace. It gave me something too look forward to. I get to  look forward to the next book in the series, because I know it's going to be better than the last.

 I left this book feeling like my heart was ripped to shreds, because this is NOT the type of book you expect when you pick up a Jay McLean book, but that's what made it so great. Even though I still have no idea what in the actual fuck happened, I'm on the edge, needing the next book in my hands.

 Quote- "Because you don't deserve to live in a world without color." -Ky

              "With Every single kiss-he stole my breath and made it his, holding it captive. And I knew it then-that whatever we were meant to be-for however long time would allow it-it was going to be breathtakingly heartbreakingly, beautiful." -Madison

               "I don't think it's our pasts that define us, and it's not even our life's final destination. It's everything we do in between, the actual living, that creates who we are." -Ky

               "People do crazy things when they feel like the clock is ticking too fast, or too slow, or not ticking at all." -Madison

For...

Jay's Author Talk: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-talk-jay-mclean.html

 Book Talks on...

 More Than This: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/01/book-talk-review-more-than-this.html

 More Than Her: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/01/book-talk-review-more-than-her.html

 More Than Her: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/07/book-talk-review-more-than-him.html

 More Than Forever: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/07/blog-tour-more-than-forever_23.html

 Where The Road Takes Me: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2015/02/blog-tour-where-road-takes-me.html

     

Friday, June 5, 2015

Book Talk Jay McLean

 This fantastic Aussie Author has stolen my heart.

 Jay is the author of the More Than Series: More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him, and More Than Forever; Where The Road Takes Me; Boy Toy Chronicles Volume One; Combative

Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.


Stalk Her: Website | Facebook | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Pinterest | Google Plus | Google Plus Jaybirds Group | Goodreads

For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact my agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.









Book Talk Reviwer; Marrow

 From Tarryn Fisher's twisted mind comes...

 
  In the Bone there is a house.

  In the house there is a girl.

  In the girl there is a darkness.

  Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When a neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.

  What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.

  But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.

 Holy Fucking Shit. Sorry for the bad words y'all, but there is no other way to explain this fucking book. So I'm probably going to cuss, a lot, if you're offended by it then don't read this. You have been warned. This book deals with things that just aren't explainable, so please be in mind of that.

 Margo lives with her mother in a house that does not make a warm home. In a neighborhood that does not offer a safe sense of community. Everyone has their own issues, everyone has to deal with real life the hard way.

 Margo is different, she doesn't want to be a statistic, a white trash girl from a white trash neighborhood.

 When Margo meets Judah it changes her, she sees the person she wants to be in him, only she doesn't know how to.

 Then a little girl goes missing.

 What happens next is a series of events that leaves Margo a changed woman.

 Her perspective is changed, her values are changed. She struggles to figure out who she is.

 I can't tell you what this book did to me.

 I knew that Tarryn had a fucked up view of the world, she sees what others can't see. She transfers that into her writing and gives us something great,  but I didn't know she was so fucked up.

 Maybe I shouldn't love this book as much as I do. It's twisted and raw. It's vulnerable and so fucking real it's maddening.

 I spent a lot of time thinking about this book. I can't believe how much this one book contains.

 There is reality, but then there is fiction, and you don't know which is real and which is made up.

 This book will test you, it will bring you to the brink. I probably shouldn't have cried, but I couldn't have helped it. It was so fucking emotional, even when it shouldn't have been.

 This book will change you. It will make you THINK.

 Quote- "Sadness is an emotion you can trust. It is stronger than all of the other emotions. It makes happiness look fickle and untrustworthy. It pervades, lasts, longer, and replaces the good feelings with suxh an eloquent ease you don't even feel the shift until you are suddenly wrapped in its chains." -Margo

              "We are all pretenders in life, finding a patch of humanity that we relate to, and then embrace it. And the minute you realize that we are all pretenders is the minute everything stops intimidating you: punishment, failure, and death. Even people. There is nothing so ingenious about another human who has pretended as well. They are, in fact, just another soul, perhaps more clever, better at failing than you are. But not worth a second of intimidation." -Margo

                "No, it's never stupid to dream. Dreams are plans; they get your heart moving, and once your heart gets moving. your brain will follow." -Judah

For...

Tarryn's Author Talk: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/01/book-talk-tarryn-fisher.html

Book Talks on...

 The Opportunist: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/01/book-talk-review-opportunist.html

 Dirty Red: http://www.realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/01/book-talk-review-dirty-red_18.html

 Thief: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2014/04/book-talk-review-thief.html

 Never Never Part One: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2015/01/book-talk-review-never-never.html

 Never Never Part Two: http://realtalkbooktalk.blogspot.com/2015/05/book-talk-review-never-never-part-two.html