☆~Down to Earth and Honest Book Reviews from a Free-Spirited and Custom Bilbliophile~☆

Book Review: Madam Love, Actually by Rich Amooi


I would like to thank Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for providing me with an opportunity to be part of his awesome blog tour. Unfortunately, I was plagued with technical difficulties that kept me from writing my post. I’m very sorry this happened and am appreciative for the copy. All views expressed are my own.


 

Lance Parker is an arrogant know-it-all. As author of the bestselling book Your Soulmate Doesn’t Exist, he says love is for losers. Madam Love is a fortune teller and matchmaker who has brought hundreds of couples together. When the two clash during a radio interview, she admits even someone as irritating and impossible as Lance has a soulmate. He says she’s delirious and a fraud. Then the gauntlet is laid down: Madam Love has two weeks to prove Lance wrong and find him a soulmate. When Lance meets wonderful Emma by chance, he doesn’t know what to think anymore. But Emma has a secret. She’s Madam Love, actually. And it’s going to take a whole lot more than a crystal ball to get her out of this mess.

 

This was a phenomenal romance! When Rachel first sent me an email about this book, I was over the moon. It was a romance novel featuring a fortune teller as the main character! I feel that this novel could have easily been a film as well!😀 The worldbuilding and plot was phenomenal! 

I found myself laughing through The night while reading this one The main characters were great in every way and they went through the plot in the most ideal way possible. There was also so much than what you read at first glance and thought Lance & Emma made a swoon worthy couple. I also loved that the main character is a fortune teller since I do a good bit of fortune telling myself. This novel was truly something magical and I couldn’t recommend it enough!💖

From Great & Popular Reviewers!😀

“A delightful romantic comedy. Easily in my top ten of the year!”
—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews


“OMG! The funniest and entertaining romantic comedy that I ever read.”
—Books Are My Life

“A delightful and charming story full of laughter and wit with characters you just can’t help but fall in love with.”
—Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews

“Funny as hell.”
—Ana’s Column

“Crazy, fun and, uplifting . . . pure escapism.”
—Ellesea Loves Reading

“The perfect pick-me-up book.”
—The Spoonie Mummy

“I defy people not to read this book and smile, laugh, gasp and swoon.”
—Bernadette Maycock

“This book is filled with so much laughter and love… but warning if you read this in public don’t be surprised if you get strange looks because you’re laughing so hard.”
—Audio Killed the Bookmark

“Rich Amooi has earned a spot alongside my favorite female authors: Kristan Higgins, Kirsty Greenwood, Sally Thorne, and Penny Reid. Bravo! Keep the fun coming, Rich!”
—Sarah Marshall

“A delightful treat.”
—Books and Bindings

“So good I had trouble making myself stop reading to go to sleep.”
—Lisa Loves Literature

“A wonderful, humorous romance that is SO fun!”
Kristan’s Beachread Bookshelf

Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is
happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. They live in San Diego, California
with their very hairy daughter, a mini goldendoodle puppy. Rich believes in public displays
of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

I know it’s not on current tour but since I wasn’t able to be a part and these really cool bloggers were able to post, I thought they should be recognized in case anyone wanted to know from a different perspective and check out these lovely book-blogs!


Thanks so much for your understanding, Rachel! So sorry about the late review! I appreciate your resources. Lol.


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Thanks so much for checking out my review, lovelies! You guys freakin rock! I have been blog hopping around and getting back into my groove. I haven’t been able to access a few sites and it’s been very frustrating!😵 But Akismet sent me a link so they can try and analyze all my issues more. *Sighs* but it’s not stopping me!!!😀 No matter what I am going to keep blogging because as soon as I signed back on I didn’t realize the relief and all the smiles I had just to have my friends around, my real friends! You guys! Until Next Time! Xoxoxo!


 

Book Review: Destined by Gail Cleare


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I want to thank the author for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest reviews. All opinions expressed are my own.

This is the year Emily learns how to deliberately shape the future. She gets the courage to walk away from her safe routine and takes a job at the fabulous curio shop owned by Henry Paradis, an occult scholar. Recognizing her psychic talents as the valuable gifts they are, Henry teaches Emily to accept her magical nature and “look forward.” She chooses the path to light, finds lifelong friends, falls in love with an incredibly sexy man, learns the power of desire and intention, faces her worst fears and is swept toward awakening.

The mystical images of the Tarot’s archetypal trump cards chart the way, 22 sequential steps along the path to success known as “The Fool’s Journey.” Illustrated by images from the Payen Tarot of Marseilles (1713), which is the oldest surviving Tarot deck.

Reviews Quoted from Popular Sources!

“Cleare’s narrative follows Emily, a young woman on a path of self-realization and awakening…The novel is well plotted…offers a little bit of self-help and a little bit of chick lit, packaged together with a positive, make-your-own-destiny message: a pleasant, comforting read.” – Publishers Weekly

“A thoughtful and much recommended novel of tarot. Through the unknown, we can find something magnificent. “Destined” tells the story of Emily, who takes a job at a curio shop and delves into the occult and mystery. A novel of romance and the life of the occult and the tarot, it’s a fascinating break into this culture and the belief in mysticism.” – Midwest Book Review

This book was fantastic! I know you might be thrown off a little by all the Tarot stuff but it’s not all about Tarot. It’s about a girl who goes through a new journey and experiences everything that the Major Arcana of the Tarot can explain. I love how the chapters are titled after the Major Arcana of the Tarot and she surely goes through her share of experiences. There is so much more to the main characters then what first meets the eyes. Sure she works in a bookstore and it has a swoon worthy romance but it also has depth and I was able to finish it within a day. I loved this novel and it was a treat to read and I can’t wait to read the author’s other works. Highly recommended!😁📚❤

Info via her personal website!😍

Gail Cleare
Writer, Photographer, Graphic Designer

USA Today bestselling author Gail Cleare has written for magazines, newspapers, Fortune 50 companies and AOL. Her award-winning ad agency represented the creators of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was the turle Leonardo’s date for the world premier of the second movie, and got to wear a black evening gown and sparkly shoes.

As a fine art and nature photographer, Gail’s work is held in private collections across the US, and she can often be found stalking creatures with a 300 mm lens.

Her first novel, Destined, a novel of the Tarot, won honorable mentions at the New England Book Festival and the Green Book Festival. Her second novel, women’s fiction titled The Taste of Air, will be released by Red Adept Publishing in September, 2016. The unedited manuscript won a gold medal from HarperCollins’ website Authonomy, and was shortlisted for a Somerset Award.

Gail Cleare lives on an historic farm in New England with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies.

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If anyone ever wants a reading they can hit me up! I have a page on my menu dedicated to Tarot, Lenormand and Oracle and such!😁

I’m still having WP issues but I am hoping that I can comment okay.🤔 It took me a few tries and I hope this posts correctly. Love ya guys and miss your faces. I hope you had a great weekend.😍🤗😅

Book Review: I.A. Trilogy by John Darryl Winston~5 stars!


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I would like to thank the author for gifting me these awesome books via Goodreads! No review was required and all opinions I have stated are my own! I definitely would recommend this series and was thrilled to get this opportunity.

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About the BookEveryone has secrets… What if you didn’t know your own?

One young man with latent supernatural abilities plus one street gang hell-bent on recruiting him equals… IA: Initiate.

The most important thing in the world to thirteen-year-old orphan, “Naz” Andersen is keeping his little sister safe from the streets of a Chicago/Detroit-like urban ghetto known as the Exclave. Naz tries to stay out of the way at his foster parent’s home, but he walks in his sleep. He is unable to keep the fact that he hears voices from his therapist. He attempts to go unnoticed at school and in the streets of the Exclave but attracts the attention of friends and bullies alike.

Naz is ordinary, or so he thinks. He harbors a secret of which he is unaware. A seemingly random act of gang violence propels Naz on a path that leads to discoveries about his supernatural abilities, abilities that will ultimately decide whether he lives or dies. Now he must navigate his turbulent surroundings and face the full force of the world around him. The only way he can survive is to discover the supernatural world within.

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Pure science fiction, IA: Initiate is the first book in a YA supernatural thriller trilogy, an origin story, and a coming of age hero’s journey set in the mean streets of America. It’s like Anakin Skywalker growing up in a bad urban environment instead of a desert planet.
  Award-winning author, John Darryl Winston has penned a story about, and for, those living the real story. Pick it up. Pick it up! PICK IT UP … today! *Above is the synopsis for Book 1 which Naz embarks on his entertaining adventures!*

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Click here to view and add the first book in the I.A. Series!!!!

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Book ReviewWow, what a series that I just know for a fact that many readers’ will absolutely LOVE! I fell in love with the characters from the beginning chapters of the first novel. I know it’s bad but I didn’t take a break to review between books because my girlfriend and myself couldn’t stop engulfing ourselves with this trilogy. I am so thankful to the author for sending me copies of this series and I am also so glad that along with my girlfriend another member in my household read along to this book and there just as an amazing two books that followed.

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I was captivated by Naz Anderson and was immediately attached to his character. These
stories covered an array of lessons and fun times but I have to say that what I loved most was seeing how much Naz grew and how strong he was with his special powers and the strength he grew from within. I would recommend this series to all and I was so sad to finish this fantastic series.
I can’t thank my Book Sister Kim enough for the

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About the Author
John Darryl Winston, Author and Educator

The IA series is an origin story by debut author John Darryl Winston. A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero’s journey as part of a creative writing and ‘Boys Read’ program. He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and received his MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis. He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and/or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Gerald Alston, and many others. Winston currently lives with his daughter, Marquette, in Michigan and intends to acquire an African Grey parrot one day when he conquers his irrational fear of birds.

Readers’ Favorite Finalist 2015   Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medalist 2016  Adopt and Author Program Founder

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I can’t wait to catch up with you guys! I have been focusing on getting better and decided it’s time to get some reviews out of the way. I also have been trying to overcome some obstacles with my children but I am so glad that I got to share this fantastic series with you! This series was loads of fun and quite magical! XOXOXO! Lots of love guys and will be in your notifications soon.

Book Spotlight: The Angelheart Series by Annie Woods


Hey there guys! I just wanted to share a little bit more about one of my favorite authors’ new release of their second novel, Forever Disguised by Annie Woods! Annie is such a talented writer and I am so blessed to have met her. She’s one of those people that you never have to see or meet but know they are absolutely beautiful inside and out. She has helped me & understood me at my darkest moments and loved me anyway. She’s a great friend. I admire her so much because even though she is busy with work, writing, and a family that consist of little ones, she is completely devoted to her readers. Annie Woods’ #Bookstagram is amazing and she is so quick to respond to her readers and friends but in all honesty I can talk about how AMAZING Annie is all day but your probably thinking, what about the freaking book? I mean she could be amazing and be a unicorn that “fluffs” glitter but if the book is bad, what’s the beef? Well don’t be dismayed because her writing matches her amazingness(yes I made up that word), it may even exceed it! I mean when I first read First Came Forever, I was over the moon about it! This story has a lot of depth and some may look at the synopsis and think “oh, another teenie bopper book”, sorry but uh, you would be incorrect! By the time I got to the conclusion of the novel my emotions went through a whirlwind. I didn’t know what to expect next and there was a big twist that left me with my mouth wide open with suspense and intrigue!

I am telling you all of this now because as a new blogger I reviewed this title(you can find my 5+ star review HERE!) and I re-read this novel again and kind of studied it, I guess you could say. Well, my rating now is just as great as it was the first time I read this novel. First Came Forever is a magical novel that is able to penetrate all your emotions and no matter where you are on the adventure of reading this novel, all you know is you want MORE!❤ So you can bet your ass that I can’t wait until my ARC of the sequel arrives in my mail!!😝

So while I #fangirl, here is some info about the series!

 

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Coming Soon Will Be More Info & My Review About This Book!🤩❤

Thanks for taking the time out to read my promo/release post. I have been ending up in some spam folders. So… Coming Soon To A Spam Folder Near You!😁

 

P.S. I did this promo on my own free will, Annie doesn’t even know so this is not a blog tour or anything just me fangirling so all views are my own(they would be regardless of the circumstance but as reviewers we are supposed to list shit like this). Xoxoxo!😘❤🤗

YA Bound Tour Book Review: My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerick


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Title: My Crunchy Life

Author: Mia Kerick

Genre: YA Contemporary – LGBTQ

Young Adult

Release Date: June 26th 2018

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

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John Lennon fought for world peace, but sixteen-year-old hippie hopeful Kale Oswald’s only made it as far as tie-dying his T-shirts with organic grape juice. Now he’s ready to cement his new hippie identity by joining a local human rights organization, but he doesn’t fit in as well as he’d hoped.

After landing himself in the hospital by washing down a Ziploc bag of pills with a bottle of Gatorade, Julian Mendez came clean to his mother: he is a girl stuck in a boy’s body. Puberty blockers have stopped the maturing of the body he feels has betrayed him. They’re also supposed to give him time to be sure he wants to make a more permanent decision, but he’s already Julia in his heart. What he’s not sure he’s ready to face is the post-transition name-calling and bathroom wars awaiting him at school.

When Kale and Julian come face-to-face at the human rights organization, attraction, teenage awkwardness, and reluctant empathy collide. They are forced to examine who they are and who they want to become. But until Kale can come to terms with his confusion about his own sexuality and Julian can be honest with Kale, they cannot move forward in friendship, or anything more.
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In Kerick_s (The Weekend Bucket List, 2018, etc.) YA novel, two teens navigate gender and other identities. Julian Mendez—or Julia as she hopes one day to be known at school and eve

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Wow, what a book! I am absolutely in love with this LGBT+ novel! I felt like I connected to the characters and the story line in so many different ways and felt a wave a different emotions from this story. This novel is everything you want when you buy a book! It’s filled with humor, real life situations, fun, drama, depth and more! As a woman who is pansexual and polyamorous, I face a lot of judgement. Many people don’t understand the concept of me being capable of loving someone of the same gender or loving multiple people with no jealousy at the same time. I am also that hippie/gypsy girl who is a free-spirit and is all about free love and you can catch me in a corner with my oracle and tarot cards daily. I know what it is like to stand out and I know what it’s like to fight a cause that is so much bigger than yourself. I highly recommend this book and will be sharing it and the love of it with everyone I know. “My Crunchy Life” totally deserves a ‘hands down’ five stars!

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press and Harmony Ink Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.

Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.

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Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing
or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com. Visit www.miakerick.com for updates on what is going on in Mia’s world, rants, music, parties, and pictures, and maybe even a little bit of inspiration.

Mia’s GoodreadsMia’s AmazonMia’s TwitterMia’s FacebookCheck Out Mia On WordPress

Blog Tour Schedule –
June 26th
June 27th
June 28th
Character Madness and Musings Guest Post – A Book About Human Rights
June 29th
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YA/NA Book Divas Guest Post
July 2nd
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Sorry for this late post, lovelies! Also I want to give a huge thank you to YA Bound Blog Tours and the author for this amazing opportunity! I am so sorry everyone for my lack of punctuality as of late, it seems WP still hates me! I have messaged them again today because my original scheduled review for today for this post was deleted!😱 Also I still am having a very difficult time accessing my comments or commenting on others’ blogs. It’s a real biatch!😒 They say they are working on it, my fingers and toes are crossed that it will be figured out soon! I miss you guys! Xoxo. You are the best!!!❤💙❤💙

ARC Book Review: Tilting by Nicole Larkin-Rachel’s Random Resources


I would like to thank the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest opinionion.

Tilting, A Memoir

We only learned about our father’s girlfriend after he became deathly ill and lay in a coma 120 miles from our home.

Overhearing the nurse tell Linda–since I was nine I had called my mom by her first name–about the girlfriend who came in almost every day to visit him when we weren’t there confirmed that the last moment of normal had passed us by without our realizing it. Up to then our family had unhappily coexisted with Dad flying jumbo jets to Asia while we lived in Montana. We finally came together to see Dad through his illness, but he was once again absent from a major family event–unable to join us from his comatose state. This is the moment when our normal existence tilted.
Dad recovered, but the marriage ailed, as did Linda, with cancer. Our family began to move down an entirely different path with silver linings we wouldn’t see for many years.

In this candid and compassionate memoir which recently won a Gold Award in The Wishing Shelf Book Award, Nicole Harkin describes with an Impressionist’s fine eye the evolution of a family that is quirky, independent, uniquely supportive, peculiarly loving and, most of all, marvelously human.

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Wow, what a book!!!😍 It’s been a while since I read a memoir and that’s pretty much because it takes a lot for me to like one but this true story surpassed my expectations. This story filled me with all kinds of emotions and I loved how realistic it was. I felt like I was reading an entertaining fiction novel instead of a memoir many times through this story’s plot line. I happily give this memoir 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who needs something in their life to give them reassurance that life can completely chaotic and no matter how bad we think we are handling it, we can make it through and we are not alone! Highly recommended!

Author Bio –

Nicole Harkin currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children. She works as a writer and family photographer. As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. Her work can be found in Thought Collection and you are here: The Journal of Creative Geography. She is currently working on mystery set in Berlin. Her photography can be seen at http://www.nicoleharkin.com.

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Reads & Reels Tour for Father Figure by James J. Cudney


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Father Figure

Publication Date: April 2, 2018

Genre:

Drama

Romance

Suspense

 

 

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

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Brianna and Shanelle have been best friends for years, but something more is brewing and Brianna doesn’t know how to handle it. She’s debating whether to sleep with her boyfriend after prom, but finds herself drawn back to a gift.

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“What are we gonna do about Doug?” Shanelle grabbed Brianna’s wrist, led her to the bathroom, and situated her on the toilet seat. She opened one of the boxes from the heaviest bag and considered what to do with a few curlers. “He’s gonna push you to sleep with him. Maybe I should show up to protect you. I could taser him if he does anything wrong.” Shanelle rifled through her cosmetics bag pulling out three types of eyeliner. “Choose.”

“Does it matter?”

“If I taser him? Probably not, though that asshole may get turned on. Hell, I might enjoy watching him piss himself from the electric shock.” She freakishly shook her body and feigned surprise after pretending to become incontinent.

“Not Doug, the eyeliner.” Brianna held up the makeup clueless about which color to select. She’d worn very little of her own following in her mother’s footsteps. Less is more is a motto often chanted around their apartment.

“Oh, my lovely little Bree. We’ll make a woman out of you someday.” Shanelle chose the thickest one and applied a generous line around Brianna’s eyes. “I’m jealous of these high cheekbones. They so perfectly shape your face.”

“Umm, thanks.” Brianna, often incapable of accepting praise, glanced at the mirror, then updated Shanelle about the information she discovered on Lenny’s mail in the jazz club. “Maybe I’ve got a new lead, huh?”

“It’s possible. That would be a big help.” Shanelle shrugged her shoulders, then excitedly changed the subject. “Ooh, grab the bag on the floor.”

Brianna tried to reach for it but couldn’t without bending forward. Shanelle’s hand slipped and traced a line of dark black liquid across her cheeks. “Bree, you’re such an awkward mess.”

“Just finish, will you?” Brianna grabbed the bag and shook a small blue box with a white bow. “You bought me something from Tiffany’s?”

“Yeah, even though you don’t deserve it.” Shanelle capped the eyeliner and opened a tray of varying shades of blue eyeshadow. “You need a darker, smokier color to highlight your eyes.”

“You shouldn’t have bought me anything after the way I behaved last night.” Brianna pulled the bow off the box and removed the lid. A pair of diamond teardrop earrings caused her to swoon. “They’re beautiful. You really are amazing.”

 

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Wow, what a read!!! I knew Jay was a hell of a writer but this one really had me up all night and knew how to hit me with all the right feels to continue reading even though I cried like a baby during some scenes. I have to be honest that there is two things that triggered slightly but they were brief things but felt I needed to bring up there is a quick scene where an animal is hurt and their is some abuse that happened to one of the main characters but even though I had a little bit of anxiety for a moment, I still wanted more and I felt more attached to the characters. I became greatly invested in them and I think that the triggers even made me more attached to them because I felt their pain.

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I have been through similar experiences with being abused as a child and have experienced other similar things that the characters also experienced. I became attached, the suspense thrilled me, the drama had my heart and mind going through a whirlwind but best of all it also made me smile at times too. I loved Shanelle and Brianna! They were great characters and Mr. Cudney was brilliant at portraying what young girls go through at a time when they are of legal age but still have so much to learn. Shanelle and Brianna’s friendship and the feelings they I had for each other just made me swoon at times. They were just the cutest and I couldn’t get enough of them together. This has to be one of the best books that I have ever read ever! So relatable, so intense, heartbreaking, but a book that is a must read that you definitely don’t want to miss out on! Another thing I want to comment on with concluding is that the way the dual time lines broke down and you have no idea how things all fall into place is brilliant! I can’t wait to see what James Cudney comes out with next!

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Big thanks to Reads & Reels & James Cudney for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review and to be able to receive this opportunity.

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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

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Schedule

June 4th
Reads & Reels (Promo) http://www.readsandreels.com
Valerie’s Musings (Review & Interview) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com
Julia’s Picks (Review) http://juliapicks1.wordpress.com
Splashes into Books (Review) http://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com
Bri’s Book Nook (Review) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

June 5th
The Scribbling Site (Review) https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com
Brizzlelass Books (Promo) https://brizzlelassbooks.com/
The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/
Jessica Rachow (Review) http://jessicarachow.wordpress.com
The Book Collective (Review) http://thebookcollective.net

June 6th
Kim Knight (Review & Interview) http://kimknightauthor.wordpress.com
Finding Life Through Pain (Review) http://lynnetteok.wordpress.com
Beware of the Reader (Review) http://bewareofthereader.com/
Nesie’s Place (Excerpt) https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com
Run Wright (Review) http://www.runwright.net

June 7th
Audio Killed the Bookmark (Review) http://audiokilledthebookmark.wordpress.com
Jennie Reads (Review) http://jenniereads.wordpress.com
Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review) https://touchmyspinebookreviews.com
Bobo’s Book Bank (Excerpt) http://bobosbookbank.com
Crystal’s Book World (Review) http://crystalsbookworld.wordpress.com
Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/
By Hook or By Book (Review) http://cadburypom.WordPress.com

June 8th
Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com
Port Jerricho (Review) http://www.aislynndmerricksson.com
Sinfully Wicked Reviews (Review) https://sinfullywickedbookreviews.com
Globe Flowers Blog (Review) https://globeflower.co.uk

 

 

Cover Reveal: Forever Disguised (Angelheart Saga, Book 2) by Annie Woods


I am so excited about this cover reveal because I love this novel and the author behind this novel is just as awesome. She is talented and love how involved she gets with her readers. You can find an interview that I conducted with her @ https://touchmyspinebookreviews.com/2018/03/14/author-interview-with-annie-woods/

Cover Reveal: Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2)

The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is finally here and today is cover reveal day!

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Title: Forever Disguised (The Angelheart Saga, Book 2)

Author: Annie Woods

ISBN: 9781910903148

Genre: RomanceRoyaltyNew Adult

Price: £9.99

Imprint: Pegasus Publishers

Release Date: June 28, 2018

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Get your copy: The book can be pre-ordered now from the publisher (pegasuspublishers.com) and will be available to order from all major bookshops on June 28!

What do you think of the cover? Do you like the look and feel of it? Do you think it matches the cover for the first book in the series, First Came Forever?

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About The Angelheart Saga

The Angelheart Saga trilogy follows 18-year-old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It’s a romantic YA series about friendship, first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to.

Blurb for The Angelheart Saga, Book 1: First Came Forever:

First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.

Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica’s life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can’t help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairy tale love story that will set her life on a new direction.

But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal and make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever?

First Came Forever is an enchanting, heart-wrenching story about friendship and first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to. A deeply romantic read, full of characters who will stay with you for a long time.

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You can find my full 5 star review of this fantastic read @ touchmyspinebookreviews.com/2017/11/26/review-first-came-forever-by-annie-woods5-stars/

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Blurb for The Angelheart Saga, Book 2: Forever Disguised:

Erica would do anything to turn back time. To get a second chance to make the right decisions. To undo the devastating mistake that ruined everything.

Left heartbroken after the loss of the love of her life, Sasha aka Prince Alexandre, Erica has to find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and live with the consequences of her actions. But finding the strength to go on with her life is not all she has to contend with. Soon, Erica finds herself in the midst of the evil feuding behind the attack on Sasha and she has to fight to protect herself and all that is near and dear to her.

Amongst all of the confusion, pain and hurt, Tyler proposes a solution that may solve all of her problems. But will Erica go through with Tyler’s crazy scheme?

The much-anticipated second book of the Angelheart Saga Trilogy is another enchanting, heart-wrenching story about the mistakes made in the name of love, full of drama, passion and surprising twists.

Want to be a part of the blog tour?

Would you like to get an advance review copy of the book and be part of the upcoming blog tour running between 28 June – 19 July? Sign up here: http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/release-form.html

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About Annie Woods

Annie Woods is a Swedish author who writes romantic YA books in English. She grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, but has spent a lot of time in the USA and UK. Currently she is partly living in the US, dividing her time between Stockholm and New York. Reading has always been a big part of her life, and she’s especially addicted to YA and teen love stories.

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Author Interview Featuring Didi Oviatt


I am so glad that today I get to feature one of my all time favorite authors and friend, Didi Oviatt! Not only is she super talented, she is also kind, inspiring and has a free-spirit that you can’t help but to love!💖 From my beginning days as being a book blogger, Didi was one of the few people who made me instantly feel at home and after reading two of her books and reading her blog and magazine, I was in awe because of the way she had with words. I hope that when I finish my novel that I am able to become atleast half of the author Didi is!😀 So enough of my babbles. about my innoncent girl crush on Didi Let’s get to the Q&As with her and yours truly!💖🎊🎉

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Will you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

My two terrorising, bugar-faced children hold the key to my heart. Writing suspense novels leaves me to feel empowered, grounded, and utterly beside myself all at once.

And…………….

My idea of a perfect evening is to be is standing around a booming campfire, with a cold beer in hand, and in a place where the stars are so bright and beautiful it feels like I can reach up and grab them! I’m a small town girl surrounded by mountain ranges that are to die for. So yes, I totally get to experience this phenomenon often!

Can you tell us about one or more of your novels?

I think I’ll to go with Aggravated Momentum to ramble about today. Mostly because you’re yet to read it, Dani *wink. wink.* This was my first ever Physcological Thriller. It was the first book I wrote that made me realize I have the kind of potential to actually pursue writing as a lifelong career. The premise is centered around a family with dark secrets, and a killer with a knack for psychological torture. The main victim doesn’t die right off, in this creepy little slasher… No, no, that would be too easy. Instead, the people she cares about are picked off around her, one by one, while her tormentor watches her dismay from a distance. I could go on, but I’d rather you find out for yourselves! 😉

Are there characters in your stories based off yourself or anyone else?

For the most part, no. However, I do have a short story collection that is based on myself, and some elaborated silly memories of my younger years. There are six stories total, and the series is titled Time Wasters.

What has been the hardest part of becoming/being a published author?

Time management!! Hands down, juggling life as a (excellent) mommy and (incomparable) wife (lol), working part time outside the home and writing full time inside the home. It’s hard not to get a little ran down in finding the time. I’ve definitely learned a thing or two over the last couple of years about prioritizing over stressing. Sometimes you have to take a breath and slow yourself down! Becoming a successful writer is huge, but that can never be accomplished without at least trying to keep your sanity intact.

When did you first start writing stories or any other kind of writings?

I’ve always dabbled some in poetry, and excelled in creative writing projects up through high school, but it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties and going through a bit of medical struggles, that I found my love to create literature. I had to stop drinking, and spent a lot of time on bed-rest… so, naturally I was bored! I decided that I needed a hobby that was constructive, and might help me to feel capable and competent again despite my body’s pitfalls. I turned to writing as an outlet, something to help pull me me away from self-pity and boost my overall health in general. Ultimately, writing turned into a passion much bigger than I’d ever dreamed it could! In a way, you could say writing changed my life.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?

Making Mind Over Matter a Reality

Did you take writing classes or are you self taught?

I’m completely self taught. Although, I like to think of the novels read as the best teaching tool available to writers. In my opinion, creativity can rarely be taught, and everyday choices in life itself can offer the biggest lessons. You just need to pay attention, open your mind, and allow yourself to learn.

What is the most difficult part of writing?

Edit. Edit. Edit.

What do you enjoy most about being a published author?

I love the feedback and the growth in it. I guess you could say the whole process of self-improvement is absolutely addicting!

What are your hobbies?

OMG where to start! I probably have too many hobbies, that’s why I’m always strapped for time, and utterly behind on my promised reads and writing projects! I’m very outdoorsy. If it involves fresh open air, the sun and the wilderness, then consider me in! I’m like the most opposite of a ‘city girl’ one can possibly get. Some might even go as far as to call me a redneck… and so be it! That said, I spend a lot of time getting dirty. I hike, ride ATV’s, hunt (my favorite is archery), lots and lots of fishing, swimming/boating. I also love Native American artifacts, so I spend a lot of time looking for arrowheads etc, mostly in desert ranges. I also LOVE to take the time teaching my kids dance, sports, and music!

Are there any authors that have inspired your love for writing?

Every single book I’ve ever read has inspired me in one way or another. I pick up on the qualities I love, and I take note of what I don’t. BUT, if I have to pick just one author then I’m going with Colleen Hoover. Not only because her writing is absolutely amazing, but because she’s a beautiful person in general. She’s a giver, an absolute inspiration in every way. She donates and raises money for charities often, and is a pillar of the community. I actually got to interview her for The Conscious Talk Magazine and it was absolutely a dream come true!

If you could give young writers (who’s dream is to be published) a piece of advice that has anything to do with the writing process, what would that be?

Take your time, and take breaks before you do any rounds of edits and revisions. Once you’ve stepped away from a project for a while, you’ll come back with a clean slate and a fresh perspective. Overall this will help your piece to be better rounded and prettier polished.

Here’s a bio on Didi with links and about her books! I got this bio from her author/book blog. You can connect with Didi on her blog @ https://didioviatt.wordpress.com/about/

Growing up in a small town had more than several advantages and disadvantages. Saying that my childhood was sheltered is nothing short of an understatement. Unlocked doors, cleared streets, and the quiet of a trustworthy neighborhood were all welcomed features of my hometown. As a small child I baked cookies with the old lady down the road. I sat next to my kindergarten crush in sun day school, and literally rode my bike in the middle of the road without a care in the world. We didn’t have what kids have today. We actually had to use our imaginations to have a good time. There were no smart phones, tablets, or 64s to keep us occupied. We were perfectly content to play with our stick guns and a water hose for hours on end… And I loved it! Along with my scrapes and bruises I also maintained a simple, happy for the little things attitude, and of course a great tan.

Now that I have made my childhood out to be nothing but cherries and smiles, I have to point out the disadvantages that came with the small town upbringing– before the world of electronics took over the young mind. One word distinctively comes to mind… Boredom! As I grew into adolescence I no longer cared much for silly toys, dancing, baking, or crafts. I rebelled like many young adults do. With a sever chip on my shoulder and a lack of coordination in the sports department, I spent the majority of my time partying. Nothing too outrageous, mostly close friends, fires, and beer.

As much as I would love to say that living in a small town gave me an overactive imagination and love for books, that is unfortunately not the case. I cared more about having a good time than I did about school. I was voted wild child twice in high school. I cheated my way to passing grades.

It wasn’t until I was settled and married with a child on the way that I found my love for the literary world. Rearing out of my mid twenties left me a bit more mature, having to find more important things to do with my time than re-occurring nights at the bar. This is when it started – I read one book after another for a few short years, then decided to give writing a bash. I’m completely amazed at the love I developed! Once I started putting the world of imagination that has long been trapped in my overactive mind into a keyboard, the transformation of self began. A new aspiration in life has formed. I want nothing more than to be known as the unexpected novelist who took the literary world by storm!

My novels include three stand alone thrillers, Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, and The Stix. I’ve released the start to a YA dystopian trilogy New Age Lamians (books 2 and 3 are intended to be released in 2018). I also have a few short story anthologies, Time Wasters, and The Suspenseful Collectionpartnered with Kim Knight.

Follow me on Amazon: Didi’s Amazon Authors Page

Follow me on Facebook: Didi’s Facebook Author Page

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One of Didi’s quotes which she likes to share on her Bookstagram!

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and reading my interview with the lovely Didi Oviatt!😀📚 Until next time, lovelies!Xoxoxo!

Reads & Reels Tours: Backdoor Storytelling – And Sidetellings. And Retellings. Featuring Chauncey Rogers, Author Of Happily


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I would like to thank Reads and Reels Blog Tours and Chauncey Rogers for providing me with this opportunity!😍

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I’m was beyond excited that I was able to be part of this blog tour! I was happy dancing majorly(insert cabbage patch) when I received the invite about this tour  and it popped up in my inbox from the lovely Shannanigans @ Reads and Reels Blog Tours!!💃 Woot, Woot!!!😍

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I have to admit I fangirl a bit too much over this novel and I am shamelessly guilty that I have already read this book twice. I loved it like that crazy fun kind of love the first time around and loved it just as much the next time around, if not more!
I have been battling that nasty thing called grief and this was the perfect story to read to help push me back into my obsession love of my books and blogging!😍 I highly recommend this book to anyone for any mood and/or occasion  It’s simply one you won’t want to put down! You can find my review of Happily by Chauncey Rogers here. Okay, Okay enough with me my mouth  , let’s get back to the tour!

 

  • Today’s blog tour is a bit different today. Chauncey has been celebrating his release of his newest novel by sharing something similar to the story but also unique as well with every tour stop. I will be sharing the synopsis of Happily and then you will get to hear from Chauncey himself!😁 Hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by.😉💖💯

 

 



Publication Information: 

Title: Happily

Author: Chauncey Rogers

Pages: 299

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Genre: YA (MG-friendly) Fantasy/Fairy-Tale Retelling

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If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t, make it.

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Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.

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Backdoor Storytelling – And Sidetellings. And Retellings.

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Thank you Dani! It’s great to be on your blog today!

We’re talking about the different variations of retellings today, and what it is about them that charms us so much. I’m going to make up some of my own definitions, because I’m of the type of person that does that.

So let’s start with the made up definitions for retellings, backdoortellings, and sidetellings.

A retelling follows the same character as the original tale, but twists major elements of the story.
A backdoortelling follows a lesser character through the same events, offering a new perspecitve.
A sidetelling follows an equivalent character, offering a new perspective andpossible twists.

The film A.I. is a retelling of Pinocchio.
The novel Ender’s Shadow is a backdoortelling of Ender’s Game.
The picture book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! is a sidetelling of The Three Little Pigs and the Big, Bad Wolf.

Think I’m making these definitions up just to look smart and unnecessarily subcategorize Happily?
You’re probably right.

But anyways, what is it about these new approaches to traditional stories that we love so much? Why do readers and viewers love to see a story they already know, told in new ways?

I’m sure there are many different reasons. One I’d like to talk about is predictability. We like these retellings because of their predictability.

It might sound slightly counter intuitive. Normally, when you hear “predictable” ascribed to a story, it’s a bad mark against it. And yet, there is a certain degree of predictability that we want to see in stories.

We can usually guess the ending—we still don’t want people to tell it to us and spoil it, but we have a hunch that the good guys are going to win, the lost dog will be found, the lovers will be ruineted, the athlete will overcome, etc. Does this always happen? Of course not. Is that okay? Of course it is. But generally, we can guess the outcome.

For example, in Star Wars: A New Hope, we know right from the beginning that there’s an evil empire, a group of rebels opposing them, a battlestation that can destroy planets, and plans that will reveal its weakness.

Does it take a genius to predict that the rebels will (spoiler alert, I guess) blow up the Death Star? Hardly.

But how will they do it? That’s what we don’tknow, and that’s what’s exciting to find out. It’s exciting to see our predictions be correct, and it’s exciting to see the twists that will make it happen (or will delay it happening).

And that is a rather roundabout way of explaining one reason why we enjoy retellings as much as we do. It’s because the audience has an even higher ability to predict what might happen, because we already know one version of the story. The fun, then, is in seeing how the storyteller is going to introduce the elements we’ve predicted. If they’re not creative or surprising enough, it feels bland. If they’re too creative or surprising, it comes off as untrue to the original story. But if it hits the sweet spot, where it provides the perfect twist on the reader’s expectations—a masterpiece!

There are other reasons, I’m sure, why we love retellings—nostalgia or familiarity being one, I’m sure, but I wanted to discuss one that people might not have considered, as well as a concept that applies to storytelling in general. It isn’t the often predictable outcomes that surprise and delight audiences. It’s how they got there.

Have your own theory of why people love retellings? Have a favorite retelling yourself? Or maybe want to say how upset you are with me for spoiling the ending of Star Wars: A New Hope? Let us know in the comments!


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Bio:

Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.

In March 2017, he published his first novel,Home To Roost. In October 2017, he published Cleaving Souls.

He currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and two children.

You can find Chauncey Rogers on his WordPress blog and author website @ chaunceyrogers.com

Day 9 of 13 of Happily’s Release Blog Tour. See the full schedule here.

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