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October 6, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Lindsey: Love and Intrigue by Kimberly Kolb

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LindseyLindsey: Love and Intrigue by Kimberly Kolb

Genre: Young Adult, Romantic-Thriller

Published June 6th, 2013

Published by iUniverse





Fifteen-year-old Lindsey Morgan Brooks is still considered the new kid in the small town of Emit, Michigan. Both of her parents are lawyers, but her father has built his reputation prosecuting some of the worst criminals in New York and Chicago. Now, as a high school junior, she is trying to choose her own path.

Lindsey feels the demands and pressure from school, gymnastics, and her parents as she battles insecurities to build friendships while steering clear of the many land mines in high school—such as the group of popular girls she has dubbed the “Fab Five.”

Busy with activities and consumed with thoughts of her secret crush, Chris, she takes little notice of what’s happening around her.

She gets a flat tire, gets caught with the lights-out and starts receiving strange text messages—things she assumes are just high school pranks gone too far. Her father wants her to be able to handle herself, so she should be able to handle this.

But while she steals a glimpse at Chris, who is watching her?


About the Author:


Kimberly Kolb earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois. She began writing while waiting for her daughter to finish ballet and tap classes. Kolb lives with her husband and three children north of Chicago. This is her debut novel.




Read below for an excerpt from the book!


Read the first three chapters of the book HERE



The Giveaway:

(15 ebooks of ) Lindsey: Love and Intrigue by Kimberly Kolb
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October 4, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Break the Spell by A.M. Bostwick


Break the SpellBreak the Spell by A.M. Bostwick

Published by Fiery Seas Publishing

Published in September, 2015

Genre: Young Adult







Alone. On the run. Until she came along.

When Allison Evans walks out of high school the last day of her senior year, she has no idea that her carefully guarded life is about to unravel.

Ethan Knight is on the run. Accused of dealing drugs and armed with nothing but a bad reputation and his motorcycle, he takes refuge for the weekend inside the old high school. Thinking no one will find him and no one does.

Until Allison. Panicked and left with no other choice, Ethan takes her captive. It should be a nightmare, but together, both of their lives take an unexpected turn. It’s time for them both to stop running from their problems.


About the Author:


A.M. Bostwick writes Middle Grade and Young Adult novels. Her debut middle grade novel, The Great Cat Nap, earned the 2014 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. An early draft of her young adult novel, “Break the Spell,” was a finalist in the 2013 Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Fab 5 Contest. She holds degrees in both art and earth science. A.M. Bostwick lives in northern Wisconsin with her husband, dog and thrill-seeking cat.

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Read an excerpt below:


Storm clouds gather above me. I zip my jacket sleeves. I’m always leaving, but I never have anywhere to go.

Where the hell are you, Steve? Why am I the one with all this cash? Why is this all up to me?

He isn’t exactly beating a path to get to me and answer my questions. I shake my head and saddle up. Screw him.

Damn it, I have to stop swearing so much.

Get on the road again, I tell myself. Stay moving. Cursing is the least of my worries.

Where to go? Where do I have left to go?

Motor loud, iPod louder, pounding out my favorite band. My Darkest Days.

You’re out for blood and you can smell the fear.

Miles and miles pass beneath me. The sky grows darker, threatening clouds silently rolling in. The single headlight illuminates my road to nowhere. These roads I’ve traveled all my life. It’s impossible for me to get lost, I know them so well. This both comforts and frustrates me. Lightening flickers across the sky on the western horizon.

The music moves through me like electricity.

You need poison, like it’s the only thing that keeps you alive.

I’m two counties away now, down cracked and twisting county roads. The Wisconsin River snakes downstream alongside me – black, cold, dangerous. Inviting.

Just a little bad habit that you hide from your friends.

What the hell am I supposed to do? Ozone is in the air. Thunder rumbles. Chicken Little had been right. The sky is going to fall. Stay tough, Ethan.

Said you didn’t want it, but you’re in a sick and twisted affair.

I push the throttle in further. The Harley responds. A strike of lightening briefly lights up the eerie gray sky, thunder cracks, and the rainclouds break open. I can’t outrun the storm. I’m forced to slow as the road gets slick beneath my wheels. The drops are needles against my skin. I’m soaked in seconds.

One taste and it can take control of your life.

It hits me.

Your dirty little drug, that you never get enough of.

I know where to go. I know where to hide. Where they will never find me.

You won’t be alone tonight.

It will buy time. Which I sorely need right now. As the rain pelts down, I decelerate the bike on the highway, make a u-turn in the middle of the road and gun back toward Oakdale. Following the storm.

You won’t be alone tonight.


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Blog Tour
October 2, 2015 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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illuminaeThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


My Review:

I’m not overly familiar with either of these authors, so I was a little bit nervous to start this one. This book, though, OMG. Can words even describe it? Did I really just read this?

The characters were to die for.  Kady and Ezra were pure perfection. They had the chemistry and they were flat out adorable. A lot of their interaction comes via email, which is what I think really formed their relationship and made them as adorable as they were. I just can’t. They were perfection and I loved them.

If I’m being truly honest, I will say that this book was a little……..violent. Maybe a bit too violent for my personal taste? There were a few things that I could have done without. BUT THAT DIDN’T MAKE ME LOVE THE BOOK LESS! I think it’s wise to warn my more squeamish readers, though, that mayyyyybe you want to squint during some pages…..BUT STILL READ IT!

Overall, I flat out adored this book. It was beautiful and I will never ever EVER forget what I just read. Give me more!

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Book Reviews
October 1, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

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spinning starlightAbout the Book


Author: R.C. Lewis

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Pages: 336

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back? Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’sThe Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.



About R.C.:


R.C. Lewis teaches math to teenagers—sometimes in sign language, sometimes not—so whether she’s a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don’t like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R.C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues of photons.


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Giveaway Details:


1 winner will receive a signed finished copies of STITCHING SNOW & SPINNING STARLIGHT. US Only.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
9/28/2015- Fangirlish- Interview
9/29/2015- A Backwards Story- Review
9/30/2015- Supernatural Snark- Guest Post
10/1/2015- YaReads- Review
10/2/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:
10/5/2015- Pandora’s Books- Review
10/6/2015- Bookhounds ya- Guest Post
10/7/2015- Just Commonly- Review
10/8/2015- Mundie Moms- Interview
10/9/2015- Please Feed The Bookworm- Review


My Review:

I was instantly drawn to this book as soon as I saw who the author was. I first worked with R.C Lewis during the 2014 debut authors bash. I’ll be honest, I have a soft spot for all of my debut authors, and I’m always interested in reading their books! The fact that Spinning Starlight is a companion novel to Stitching Snow was just another perk. That’s right, this is a companion! So, you don’t have to read them in order. And if you haven’t even heard of this series, yet, then you now have two awesome books to read!

What I love about this book is how high-tech it is. There’s so much technology and out of world experiences in this book, and I think that will be a huge hit for readers (especially sci-fi and dystopia lovers!) I will admit that I was a little confused in some parts over what was what and who was who and what was going on. Part of that was probably my own problem, because I’m just not very used to reading sci-fi. However, I did really appreciate the implementation of new technology and a broad range of technological concepts relating to other worlds and discoveries.

One thing that bothered me a little bit was that Liddi couldn’t speak because of the device in her throat that would kill her brothers if she spoke one word. For me, personally, I need a lot of interactions in my books. I’ve read a couple books where the main character isn’t able to talk, and it bothers me every single time. On the other hand,  I thought that it was really cool to witness Liddi learn how to write and interact with a whole different culture than she was accustomed to. The author made it seem so real while I was reading about it. I had a complete visual in my head of what was occurring during each scene.

I’m going to be the first one to raise my hand and admit that I absolutely despise fairy tale retellings. When I started reading this book, I must have skimmed over the fact that this is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans. Let me tell you right now, that I had no idea this was  a fairy tale retelling until I read the synopsis while creating this post. If you’re not sure about that statement, that’s a huge compliment coming from me. The author made this book her own. I didn’t feel in any way that this was a knock off or a cheap recreation. I loved that I had no idea that this was a retelling and that the author made it her own.

I would definitely recommend this book to sci fi and dystopia lovers. If you haven’t read the first book, then make a date of it and pick both of them up! I think that readers are going to be extremely impressed with the high tech gadgets that this book incorporates into the plot.


Check out R.C. Lewis’ 2014 debut authors bash stop HERE

Top Ten Tuesday
September 22, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR. This one is a little tricky, because I just started reading again after like a year….. So I’m going to Goodreads this and just choose some books that I want to read! I have no idea what’s going to be coming out or what’s already been released this year ]=

1 The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – I actually have started this one! I should be finished this Fall!

the orphan queen

2 The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

the sin eaters daughter

3 The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

the witch hunter

4 Rook by Sharon Cameron


5 Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

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6 A Madness So Discreet

a madness so discreet

7 Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas – Currently reading this. It’s amazing!!!

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8 This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

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9 Madly by Amy Alward


10 A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

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September 21, 2015 posted by Nichole

Cover Reveal: Restoration by Randi Cooley Wilson





If your heart was full of love, could you give it all up?  Eve Collins will do anything to save those she loves, especially her gargoyle protector and mate, Asher St. Michael. With the world crumbling down around them, Eve and Asher must face the final battle between darkness and light. One that will end in great sacrifice.

When the skies darken and love in it’s truest form is tested, would you run?  When death becomes silence and battle lines are drawn, would you fight? If you had to sacrifice, to save the one you loved, would you fall to fate? Would you dare to let it go?

The End, Begins.

Pre-Order From Amazon: September 15, 2015
Releasing: November 30, 2015

About the Author:

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Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:

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Author Interviews
August 29, 2015 posted by Nichole

Lies by Christina Benjamin Blog Tour + Author Interview & Giveaway

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liesThe Geneva Project – Lies (vol.3) by Christina Benjamin





Promo: New release. Third book in the award-wining YA fantasy fiction series, The Geneva Project

Can you live a life of LIES? That’s exactly what Geneva finds herself doing to protect everyone she loves. While Geneva and her friends embark on a dangerous mission to fulfill her destiny, the dark forces that seek her powers are closing in, putting everyone she cares about at risk. Geneva must lie about who she is, what she knows and her true feelings. Are all these lies worth it or will she go too far and lose everything she’s been fighting for?

About the Author:

Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project.

Her debut novel, Truth, has won multiple awards, including the 2014 FAPA Gold Medal for YA fiction.

Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over.  She paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.

Benjamin studied English at the University of Central Florida. She’s dedicated to giving back to the community and speaking at schools to inspire creativity in young writers.

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Excerpt from book:
Chapter 1
We marched forward out of the protective tree line of the forest and into the open field; a wall of bodies, hands clasped moving with purpose toward the Troian Center. Even though we had the protection of Remis invisibility power, I still felt tense and exposed. My heart pounded with uncertainty as a cool wind rushed past and we picked up speed. I could barely feel the strange sensation of lightness that being invisible provided. My skin tingled, but it felt more like nerves than magic. The last time Id been invisible the sensation had felt much more intense, which had me worried that maybe it wasnt working right. The possibility that Remi wasnt strong enough to stretch his power over all of us made me shutter with uneasiness. This was more people than hed ever tried to share his power with before .
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Read below for an interview with the author!

Tell us about the Geneva Project series in 25 words or less

  • Epic adventure of friendship, magic and legends that will make you search your soul to find what’s most important in life, love or destiny.

What was your favorite scene to write in Lies?

  • I can’t give it away, but it’s near the end of the book in the Locker.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

  • The ending. I changed it a million times. I knew how I wanted it to end as the writer, but then when I read it as the reader, I hated it. Plus I had to take my characters into consideration. So the ending was hard and I condensed and changed it a ton. With the help of my BETA readers and editor I think it’s at a great place now.

How many books will be in the Geneva Project series?

  • I plan to have 4 books in the series. I’m currently writing #4 right now. I love the characters so much that I’m going to give some of them spin offs and I have an idea for a prequel.

Are you currently working on anything else?

  • I’m co-authoring a middle grade book with Jamie M. Engle. I’m also co-authoring a children’s book with N. Jane Quackenbush. And I’ve started a novella that may have turned into another fun YA series. It’s about a drama student that ends up falling into some of her favorite plays.

Which authors inspire you?

  • Oh man, so many. JK Rowling because, c’mon Harry Potter. And so many that I’ve recently met, because they’re all incredibly kind people that are truly following their dreams and happy to share it with you.

What is currently in your tbr pile?

  • That pile is overwhelming. I don’t really get time to read too much these days because I’m so busy writing! I have some books by Stephanie Erickson and Amy Bartol on my desk that I’m determined to get to next.

What is the best book you have read recently?

  • Anything Cassandra Clare. I guess I finished the Infernal Devices series last and those books made me cry so they’re up there on the Favs list.
Blog Tour
August 1, 2015 posted by Nichole

Truth by Christina Benjamin Book Blitz

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TruthThe Geneva Project – Truth (vol.1) by Christina Benjamin

Promo: on sale for $.99 Get caught up now. Book 3 releases Sept 1st!

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Enslaved at an orphanage with no future and a past she can’t remember, Geneva longs to find her true identity. She meets someone who promises her that there’s more in store for her than she ever could have imagined. Her once dull life rapidly spirals out of control as she’s introduced to a world of myths and magic that might be the key to unlocking the ancient legend of Lux, which may not be a legend at all! Who can Geneva trust and how far will she go to find out the TRUTH?
About the Author:
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Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project.

Her debut novel, Truth, has won multiple awards, including the 2014 FAPA Gold Medal for YA fiction.

Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over. She paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.

Benjamin studied English at the University of Central Florida. She’s dedicated to giving back to the community and speaking at schools to inspire creativity in young writers.

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Goodreads Author page link

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adult books
July 12, 2015 posted by Nichole

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy

the mistakeHe’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild. 


My Review:


Ok, so, in the first book Logan is described as being “such a player.” I mean…he’s basically hot shit. And in the beginning of this book, things pretty much stay the same. So, I was a little confused at how quickly he turned into the “relationship” sort of guy. It was just sort of a weird transition. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adored Logan’s character. But…….it was just kind of weird.

I really didn’t like how quickly Logan fell for Grace. I wanted to see more of a connection. It was strange having Grace leave for three months and having Logan so hung up on her only after seeing her like twice. And all of a sudden he was talking about how he broke things off with her and he regretted it so much. I mean, dude, that’s not what happened at all. You were NEVER in a relationship. It was really weird. I wish that part of the book would have been strange.

As for the sexy time scenes, again, I was disappointed. I was probably more disappointed in this book than any other. And I say that only because of how Logan was portrayed. I mean, I was ready for Logan and Grace to get it on. And that just didn’t happen. At all. Big disappointment.

This sounds negative, but I really did enjoy the book! I just wish that it would have been a little more steamy and a little more….firm as far as the plot goes.

I’m a huge new fan of Elle Kennedy. I can’t wait to read more books in this series!!!


Pages: 297

Publication Date: 4/28/15

Rating: : ★★★★☆

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July 11, 2015 posted by Nichole

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

the dealShe’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy… 

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice… even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. 

…and it’s going to be oh so good. 

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.


My Review:

Holy smokes! How have I never heard of Elle Kennedy before? Because damnnn….this lady knows how to write! I’m so excited to go out and ready everything that she has ever written. I’m serious. I’m addicted.

Garrett Graham is one of the sexiest, hottest, yummiest male characters that I have ever read about. And I could just picture how ripped he was. I mean, seriously, captain of the hockey team? Sign me up for that! Not to mention that his relationship with Hannah was so beautiful. They were perfect!

If I could change anything about this book, I maybe wouldn’t have focused so much on the rape. It made it a little weird in some parts of the book. For once, I would really like to read an NA book where the female character doesn’t come across as so “damaged.” I’m not saying that being raped makes someone damaged. But that’s kind of how the author was making it come across. I want something new!

As for the sexy times, I kind of wished for a little bit more. When I think of NA books, I think of scenes that will make someone get hot and bothered. Something steamy. And while this book had some of those scenes, I still wanted a little bit more.

I’m really excited to have discovered this new author! And I’m beyond excited to read more about those delicious hockey players! Bring it on!


Pages: 358

Publication Date: 2/24/15

Rating: : ★★★★★