Blog Tour: Freeks by Amanda Hocking (Review + Interview + Giveaway + Excerpt)

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Freeks

Amanda Hocking

YA | Fantasy | Paranormal

Griffin Teen | St. Martin’s Press | Macmillan

400 Pages

Releasing January 3rd 2017

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Book Summary

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.

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Blog Tour: Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle (Review + Excerpt)

USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle comes bearing gifts this season with her new heartwarming novel Christmas Joy, a story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.

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CHRISTMAS JOY

Nancy Naigle

St Martin’s Griffin

Contemporary Romance

Releasing October 18th 2016

352 Pages

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Book Summary

Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder her chance at garnering the promotion of her dreams.

Ben Andrews isn’t your average accountant. He also happens to be the handiest man in Crystal Falls. He’s helped his elderly neighbor, Ruby Johnson, decorate for the annual Christmas Home Tour—and win—the last several years. He’s not about to let some drop-in niece break their winning streak.

Ruby seems overly concerned about Joy being able to handle Molly. Under the impression she’s referring Molly the bunny that is one of the menagerie of animals, Joy’s not worried at all until the next morning when a little girl named Molly shows up. For the sake of her aunt, Joy is forced to partner with Ben while Ruby is on the mend to help with preparation for the Christmas tour and, in the process finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family.

Will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?

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Book Talk Saturday: Book Haul Part Two

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Happy Saturday, readers! I’m back as promised to continue my book haul post from Sunday. This time I’ve got some recent ARC copies to talk about and some series I’ve loved and bought in print (already read the ARC or owned the e-book, or both).

I received some of these ARCs a few weeks back, but due to other commitments (prior books accepted, photo shoots and subsequent editing scheduled, etc), I haven’t been able to dive into them yet. My April was busy with senior photo shoots and editing and my May is busy with lots of photo editing going on as I just photographed a wedding last weekend, so I’m fitting in book reading in between all of that. Thankfully, things will slow back down for me toward the end of the month.

For now, here’s a few books I’ve received for review or purchased to read myself.


Print ARCs and Books Received

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The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

I received an early copy of this YA book from Kensington for review and am so excited to read it now. My full review will be posted on the blog closer to it’s June 28th release date, but from the pages I’ve read thus far, my initial impression is that the book is fast-paced, well-written, intriguing, and engrossing. I loved Pintip Dunn’s debut book from Entangled Teen, Forget Tomorrow (currently up for a 2016 RWA Rita Award), so I’m over the moon to finish my read of The Darkest Lie.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Nookietown by V.C Chickering

I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for review. It’s very different from what I normally read, and not something I would’ve sought out on my own, but I’m looking forward to diving in and giving it a shot. From the few pages I peeked at, I thought it was intriguing, funny, and sure to be a lesson in be careful what you wish for. Look for my review of this one on the blog soon.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt

Hot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown

I received these books for review from Grand Central Publishing Forever and will be posting reviews of both books on their May 31st release date. Needless to say, I’m excited to read these and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them.

Find Primal Instinct online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Hot Cowboy Nights online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


A few Digital ARCs I’ve Received

*Click on the covers to go each book’s Goodreads page*

The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1) Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons, #1) The Angel Wore Fangs (Deadly Angels, #7) Unbreak My Heart The Real Mrs. Price


Purchased Books

Jessica Lemmon Second Chance Series

Bringing Home the Bad Boy, Rescuing The Bad Boy, and A Bad Boy For Christmas

by Jessica Lemmon

I read and loved ARCs of Rescuing the Bad Boy and A Bad Boy For Christmas so I knew I wanted to own this series in print, and now I do.

Find Bringing Home The Bad Boy online at:

Goodreads |  Amazon | B & N

Find Rescuing the Bad Boy online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find A Bad Boy for Christmas online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo 


Heart of the Rockies Series

No Better Man, Something Like Love, and More Than A Feeling

by Sara Richardson

This is another series I was lucky enough to read ARCs of and loved.  I bought them in print because I loved the series so much I wanted to own physical copies of them all. No Better Man is nominated for an 2016 RWA Rita Award, too.

Find No Better Man online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Something Like Love online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find More Than A Feeling online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N Kobo


New York's Finest Series

Frisk Me, Steal Me, and Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

I’ve talked a few times about these books and I bought them all in digital after reading the ARCs for review, but I also recently purchased them in print, too, because they are too good not to own physical copies of each one of them. One of my favorite series I’ve read in the past year for sure.

Find Frisk Me online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Steal Me online at:

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Find Cuff Me online at:

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ARC Review: Reap by Tillie Cole

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Scarred Souls

Book Two

Tillie Cole

260 Pages

Release Date: 11/10/2015


Publisher: St Martin’s Press | Imprint: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance 
Series: Scarred Souls


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Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva’s obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act, or live for himself; he’s his master’s perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six-foot-six, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, who rules the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life–away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family’s underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family’s captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. But sacrifices must be made–blood for blood…life for life…souls for scarred souls…

Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. 

Recommended for 18 years of age and up

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Review: Claimed by the Mate Vol I by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur

Claimed By The Mate

Volume I

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*Arc provided by Publicist in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Publisher: St Martin’s Press | Imprint: Griffin
Genre: Romance | Erotic Romance | Paranormal Romance
Series: Feral Passions | Wolf Mates

Release Date: 09/15/2015


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Blog Tour: Luxe by Ashley Antoinette (Review & Rating)

From the New York Times bestseller Ashley Antoinette, author of the Prada Plan series comes a boldly fierce and strikingly dramatic novel, Luxe.


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Part One

Ashley Antoinette

352 Pages

Release Date: 09/08/2015



Publisher:
St. Martin’s Press | Imprint: Griffin

Genre: Woman’s Fiction | Literary Fiction | Romance


23848213Bleu Montclair knew as a young girl that she would one day escape the hard, unrelenting streets of Flint, Michigan, and when her desperate prayers are answered in the form of a scholarship to UCLA, Bleu knows she’s struck gold. But soon after arriving, all her beautiful, bright dreams begin to fall apart. Endless temptations abound in the form of cars, clothes, booze, drugs, and Bleu cannot keep up. When her roommate gives her the opportunity to make a lot of money fast, Bleu goes all in-and heads straight down a path of violence and addiction that only her newest protector, Iman, can save her from. 


*Keep reading for a review & rating of Luxe, plus information about new-to-me author, Ashley Antoinette *

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Review: A Girl Undone by Catherine Linka

A Girl Undone

A Girl Called Fearless Series

Book Two

Catherine Linka

304 Pages

Released: 06/23/2015


PUBLISHER: ST MARTIN’S PRESS | IMPRINT: GRIFFIN
GENRE: TEEN/YA YA ROMANCE | YA SCI-FI YA DYSTOPIAN | YA MYSTERY/THRILLER
SERIES: A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS


23014305Having survived a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party, if she can get it into the right hands.

Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie’s worst fears are about to come true.

Equal parts thrilling and romantic, A Girl Undone is sure to keep your heart racing right until the very end.

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