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Cover Reveal ~ Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae


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Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae

Published by: Vesuvian Books

Publication date: September 4th 2018

Genres: Adult, Romance

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When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined.

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

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~Author Bio~

Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013.

Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.

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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Cover Reveal

 

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Book Blitz ~ Visionary X Starlight- Valentine’s Day by Yumoyori Wilson: Excerpt + Giveaway!


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Visionary X Starlight- Valentine’s Day by Yumoyori Wilson

Publication date: February 10th 2018

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Two different worlds – one unique connection – a whole lot of love.

Valentine’s Day – an annual holiday dedicated to love, promoting couples to emphasize their love through gifts and celebration.

Makoto Heart spent her life trapped in a dark cell, never knowing the day existed or experienced love until her star knights. When three of her star knights – Kai, Marcus, and Elias – have the opportunity to bring her to Earthala, she’s given the chance to enjoy a four-day countdown to the celebration.

Scarlet Sinclair has dreaded February 14th. Her feelings stemmed from the reminder that she usually spent the day sitting alone, binge watching chick flicks on Netflix and devouring chocolate she bought for herself. But, this year would be different – Ethan, Junho, and Christian make a promise to prove to her that Valentine’s has more benefits than chocolate, and they’d use the next four days to prove it.

Will they each get more love than they bargained for?

Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language. THERE WILL BE F/F in this book. If that is not your cup of tea, PLEASE do not read it.

NOTE: Visionary X Starlight is written in CANADIAN ENGLISH – meaning both American and British English is used.

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~Excerpt~

“Meow.”

Christian groaned while I turned my head, noticing Moonlight sitting on the two-seat sofa— his turquoise eyes staring at Christian.

“Please don’t tell me you took his doll again,” I huffed.

“I don’t have it,” Christian argued.

“Why is Moonlight here then?” I countered.

“Cause he loves interrupting me when I want to have some damn alone time with you,” Christian argued.

I sighed, patting my thighs.

Moonlight hopped off the chair to the floor, making his way to where I sat in Christian’s lap. He leaped onto my lap, sitting patiently as I pet him gently.

“Hey you. Why are you interrupting us when Christian doesn’t have your doll?” I cooed, enjoying the feel of Moonlight’s soft black fur.

“Meow.”

He hid it, but it’s not here,” Risuki mumbled in my mind.

I sighed, turning to Christian who grumbled under his breath.

“Junnie has it,” he admitted reluctantly.

“Why does Junnie have his doll?”

“Because I put it in her purse.”

“Because?”

“Your familiar has a vendetta against me and is trying to ruin the one day I have with my girlfriend before Valentine’s Day and I didn’t want him crashing it, again,” Christian complained.

I blushed, feeling touched by his frustration regarding our lack of alone time.

Well, he shouldn’t have hidden it. Could have asked nicely,” Risuki mumbled.

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~Author Bio~

Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

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~Giveaway~

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

$10 Amazon gift card
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{Review} Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich


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Paperback, 374 pages

Expected publication: May 10th 2018 by Write Plan

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.

Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.

As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

I’m sooo excited to review this! Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich is such an amazing, unique book! It is a fun but dark read. So prepare for angst and a lot of emotion. The book moves fast. From the first chapter on, there are surprises that you don’t see coming mixed with themes of dealing with depression, loss and self blame while learning on how to deal with all of those.
I literally devoured this book in one day. My only regret is that it’s over!!

This book grips you from the moment you read that first page. The world building is crazy; it’s dark and twisted and dangerous and incredibly imaginative with the technological advances the author has thought up.

It’s the year 2065 and a virus called the Devil’s Dream has wiped out almost the whole human race. No one particularity knows the source of the virus, because it spread so incredibly fast. Those affected by the virus are soldiers. These soldiers search the Earth for human survivors and give them the Choice to take part in the new society and live or die. Ember,. one of the main characters, is one of these soldiers, while her sister Solanine still roams the Earth freely. Solanine’s ultimate goal is save and free her sister from the soldiers, in order to do this Solanine joins Nightshade and her rebels in their war against evil.

The sisters are both still teens, but instead of being whiney and way too perfect girls, these two have real issues and real struggles that actually fit within the storyline. Their story is filled with death and destruction and their mental health, naturally, shows it. These characters are some of the most complex I’ve read. They often make difficult choices and the author does a great job of making you understand why they make those choices and what they must learn as a result. They are all on a path to healing in some way and the author creates their arcs in a way that feels real and satisfying by the end of the story.

I wish some of the side characters were expanded more upon and some of the battles were more elaborate. There’s advanced technology being used, which is great, but no explanation as to how it is possible that this technology is available less than 50 years from now after the world has succumbed to a very deathly virus. There’s also an element of mind control but it’s not clear if this is all advanced technology or something else.

But overall, this book is a unique, roller-coaster dystopian. A must read! I highly recommend it!

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Haley Sulich~Author Bio~

Haley Sulich lives in Minnesota. Growing up, she hated to read or write books and would rather play video games. However, towards the end of junior high, she began to develop a passion for reading and writing while she was struggling with severe depression. All of her story ideas stem from her past and mental illness, which create darker themes in her books. Since then, she has written multiple sci-fi novels and short horror stories, become a Wattpad Featured Author, and founded the Write Plan book editing and publishing company.

When Sulich isn’t writing, she likes watching horror movies, paintballing, knife throwing, photography, and eating ice cream (which is half of her diet).

She also blogs about books at bookshelfbliss.com.

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf, ARC

 

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{Review} Winter by Marissa Meyer


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Winter by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 1st, 827 pages

Published November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

~Review~

WooooW, this book is amazing, and this whole series is really something! World building and the character development throughout the series is unreal.
Marissa Meyer is one hell of an author! I will definitely be reading more from her! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER! I was so happy with the way this book went and the way it ended.

Winter was an incredible end to an incredible series. 827 pages long, yet I savored each chapter and page. Every book was paced perfectly. Not one minute did this book get boring. Everything in the book was layered in a perfect way, but this is just my opinion.

really like how Meyer balances retelling with the traditional story. She gets the amount of each just right, changing up enough to keep it surprising and exciting, but slotting in many parallels to the original stories that often catch me by surprise and make me smile. I also love how far the relationships have come. Lots of funny and touching dynamics, lots of great friendships to remind us that romance isn’t everything. Each character is very different, but important in her own way, and together they make a funny, lovable team. I love this world, I loved the dynamics between all the characters. Each character in this book brings something to the table and have their own story and form of bad assess!

This was, the perfect wrap up for this series, delivering a dramatic and bloody climax. There was lots of action, close calls, and lots of crazy. I highly recommend it! I can’t wait to get my hands on Heartless and I can’t wait to read Renegades!!

Note: I had this scheduled for before the New Year, but it never actually posted, and I haven’t had the right time to post this until now.

 

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Marissa Meyer

~Author Bio~

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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Blog Tour ~ Smoke City by Keith Rosson: Teaser + Giveaway!


 

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Smoke City by Keith Rosson

Published by: Meerkat Press

Publication date: January 23rd 2018

Genres: Adult, Magical Realism

Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week.

Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431. He’s just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it’s ever been . . . but how will he find her?

When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way.

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~Excerpt~

Vale had parked a few blocks down a side street bracketed by apartment buildings. Palm trees shrouded the sidewalk, bent toward the street like thugs. No one spoke. Whatever the hell had happened with Marvin, he clearly needed space. The van sat in the dark beneath a stunted little tree, and they could hear the traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard behind them, but this street was relatively quiet. Vale heard two women laughing in one of the apartments above them, but the sound was far away and still in the air.

Vale put his hand on Marvin’s shoulder. “You want to just go back to the motel?”

“Yeah, I think so,” Marvin said, leaning against the passenger door of the van.

“Are you guys possibly interested in telling me what’s going on? Maybe?”

“It’s a long story,” Casper said.

“It’s not even worth telling,” Marvin said. He took his glasses off, pinched the bridge of his nose. His eye socket was wrinkled, sagging, the lid dropping over a hollow red pocket.

Vale would never be sure who saw the man come from the mouth of the alley first, come from that small crooked lane between two apartment buildings. Certainly not Marvin, who still had his head tucked down, his glasses in his shirt pocket. It was Casper, most likely.

In Vale’s periphery, Casper slowed down a step and Vale himself flinched: the man was big, hulking, and smelled terrible—even ten, fifteen feet away Vale caught the scent of him as he lurched from the mouth of an alley. Big, shrouded in grime, wearing a tight-fitting Lycra jacket and gray jeans with the knees blown out. Cheeks carved gaunt in the wan lamppost light.

And God will judge,” he thundered, and stopped in front of the three of them. The pale wounded glint of his eyes. Like a linebacker on hard times. “God will judge,” he said again, sounding heartbroken this time, and he unzipped his jacket and took a small pistol from the inside pocket and passed its barrel over the three of them. Seventeen million people around them and yet the street right then was silent as a morgue. Deathly still.

Marvin looked up and put on his glasses and in a weary voice said, “Here it comes. You’re looking for me.”

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Author Bio:

Keith Rosson is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide (2017, Meerkat Press) and Smoke City (2018, Meerkat Press). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, December, and more. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at keithrosson.com.

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~Giveaway~

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

$25 Amazon gift card

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in Blog Tour, giveaway

 

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Teaser Tuesday (#55)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Where She Went by Gayle Forman
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#1:

“I needed to hate someone and you’re the one I love the most, so it fell on you.”

#2:

“But I’d do it again. I know that now. I’d make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she’s somewhere out there. Alive.”

#3:

“I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling onto her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I’ve lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle. I want to feel the softness of her flesh give, to hear her gasp as my hip bone jams into her. I want to yank her head back until her neck is exposed. I want to rip my hands through her hair until her breath is labored. I want to make her cry and then lick up the tears. And then I want to take my mouth to hers, to devour her alive, to transmit all the things she can’t understand.”

#4:

“Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it’s the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open. But my hand has been clenched into a fist for three years now; it’s frozen shut.”

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? ~ January Wrap Up


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly event on my blog; So Many Books So Little Time. This is where book bloggers and readers gather to talk about what books they’ve read and/or reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way to organise/plan our reading week/month, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading. Usually Posted on Monday’s.

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Hello, bookish lovelies! 📚 Good Morning & How was your weekend?!

Sooo today, I was thinking that I should post one of these! I know, I know I haven’t posted one of these in forever! I think I’ll primarily be using this type of post for a Monthly Book/Review Wrap Up. Or I might start making this a weekly thing, or bi-weekly, I’m not too sure yet. I know I’ve said that before, but I might actually do it!

Sooo, like I said, I’m going to share the books I’ve read in the past month/two weeks, or whenever. As well as some of the books I’m thinking of reading next! And maybe y’all can help me pick! 😍💕

Also, I’d love to know what you’re reading!

Anyways, on to the book part of this post! 🤩😍📚

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I saw The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton on NetGalley, I sounded interesting enough, and I’m excited to start it! Also, Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson, is the second book after Dark Wish, and I’m apart of both BLOG TOURS! I’m sooo excited to review Dark Wish (Blog Tour, Feb 22) and read Tainted Rose~ 

I did a poll a while back, for which book I would read next and Where She Went by Gayle Forman had the highest votes! I finished reading it already 2 days ago, not sure when I’ll schedule the review, but I already have it written out~ Caraval by Stephanie Garber is the second book with the highest votes sooo I’m going to read that one next! Also, the Poll can be found here.

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Happy Monday & Happy Reading!

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