adult books
February 25, 2015 posted by Nichole

Otherworld Nights: An Anthology (Otherworld Stories #3) by Kelley Armstrong

otherworld nightsRare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.

 

 

My Review:

I’ve never been one to shy away from the fact that the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong is my favorite series of all time. I know that some readers refuse to choose a favorite book or series for fear of guilt for their other beloved books. To me, though, there is no contest. In my opinion, it is the best series in the entire world. So, you can imagine my excitement when I realized that there was an anthology that was recently released! Needless to say, we raced to Barnes and Noble and I bought myself a brand new book [=

This book was AWESOME! It took me right back to the series and everything that was so amazing about it. I loved how not the major characters were introduced, but some of the minor ones as well. There were some characters that I wasn’t very familiar with because of how little time they had in the actual series, but that also made it more interesting to learn about them. I also really enjoyed how each story, while individual, really tied in with every other story in the book.

The only slightly negative note about this book was that some of the Clay/Elena stories were a little bit boring. It sort of felt like reading the first 100 pages of Bitten all over again. I don’t know if that’s because they were older and had kids or the setting or maybe because they haven’t had their own story in awhile, but I found them to be a little bit boring.

The new Savannah/Adam story at the end was the perfect story to end it all. I loved reading about them yet again and I was really sad when I turned to the last page. I want more!!!

If you haven’t read this series…..just go do so right now [= You won’t regret it!

Top Ten Tuesday
February 24, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Favorite Characters from TV

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 Favorite Characters from TV (I changed this topic a little bit [=)

 

1 Brian Kinney – Queer as Folk

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2 Justin Taylor – Queer as Folk

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3 Emmett Honeycutt – Queer as Folk

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4 Mickey Milkovich – Shameless

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5 Ian Gallagher – Shameless

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6 Nolan Ross – Revenge

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7 All of the clones – Orphan Black

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8 The Doctor – Doctor Who

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9 Olivia Pope – Scandal

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10 Fiona Gallagher – Shameless

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Top Ten Tuesday
February 17, 2015 posted by Nichole

Ten Book Related Problems I Have

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Ten Book Related Problems I Have.

 

1 Whenever I go into a book store, I freak people out because I stalk people and look at their book choices. I also ask if I can make recommendations [=

2 Whenever I’m at a book store, I also annoy the workers because I (loudly) get angry at how they organized their books and then fix everything to my standards. I get especially ticked off when the series are not together….I always fix that!

3 I hate bookmarks. I dog-ear. Sorry!

4 I cannot read a hardcover with the jacket on. It has to come off….and I usually forget to put it back on.

5 I often get rid of 100’s of books without reading them. My house has too many books.

6 I can go into a bookstore and come out with a new cup instead of a new book. I have an obsession with cups. Seriously…send me all the cups!

7 Book Signings are always far away because all of the authors choose to go to Seattle. So, I always have at least an hour drive for signings…usually more.

8 One of my cats threw up on my book one time. I was devastated.

9 My cousin’s husband doesn’t like me giving her books because they don’t have enough space. I acknowledged this by giving her about 10 books for Christmas [=

10 I don’t have any time to read anymore! My heart is broken /=

Author Interviews
February 12, 2015 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown + author interview and giveaway

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Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
Published by: Grand Central
Publication date: August 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Giveaway:
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Read below for an author interview!

 

Can you tell us about your book, Mean Streak, in 15 words or less?

Intriguing hero. Courageous heroine. Page-turner. Riveting plot. Twists and turns. Sexy hot. Shocking end.

What was your favorite scene to write?

All the ones with the hero and heroine.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

None were edited out. . .but I strongly believe in rewriting!

Will there be a sequel or is Mean Streak a standalone?

It’s a stand alone, but these characters are awfully hard to let go of!

Are you currently working on anything else?

I’m in the final chapters of a new novel, which will be out sometime in August 2015.

Top Ten Tuesday
February 10, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

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 Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books.

Dislike:

1 Insta-love – life doesn’t even happen that way. It’s unrealistic.

2 Whiny girls – seriously….female authors, especially, are making us look bad. We do NOT act that way

3 pregnancy and marriage by the third book – There’s more to life than getting knocked up and married…..especially by the third book.

4 the army scene – I know it’s horrible, but I’m sick of it. I have nothing against the army, but it’s not working in romance books for the YA or NA genre. It’s too predictable and unoriginal.

5 Lack of originality – Several romance books seem to follow the same layout. I’m sick of reading the same thing over and over again. Authors, please come up with something new and original.

Like:

6 The sexy scenes – I mean, really, who doesn’t like those scenes?

7 LGBTQ romances – I love it when authors branch out and challenge themselves with LGBTQ romances

8 Heart pounding moments – A lot of romance books don’t have these moments. I love the suspense and the tears.

9 Serious contemporary – I usually don’t read contemporary romance because I HATE cheese. Authors such as John Green and Gayle Forman bring about the serious side of writing that I enjoy reading.

10 An older audience – Romance is really more for the older crowd. I like when the writing reflects that.

Book Reviews
February 5, 2015 posted by Nichole

The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles #5) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Sorcerer HeirThe delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.

Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find a way to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them. 

Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.


Praise for The Heir Chronicles:
The Warrior Heir

*”Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality…” -The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

* “Twists and turns abound in this remarkable, nearly flawless debut novel that mixes a young man’s coming-of-age with fantasy and adventure.” -VOYA (starred review)

The Wizard Heir 
* “Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully leaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales.” -VOYA (starred review)

“Chima is a talented storyteller…a strong choice for teens seeking a rousing read.” -The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

The Dragon Heir 
* “A superlative accomplishment.” -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Chima spins a finely structured tale that roars to a satisfying conclusion.” -School Library Journal

The Enchanter Heir 
* “A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding.” -Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

“Chima continues to excel at building tension and populating her well-told tales with new and returning characters we want to know better.” -Booklist

 

My Review:

I LOVED this book! There was nothing even remotely negative to say about it. The character were amazing; the plot line was off the charts; the magic was even more magical that could be expected. Then again, I never have anything negative to say about any of Cinda Williams Chima’s works. Just…amazing. I still haven’t even recovered from it.

The only thing that slightly confused me (and it was my own fault) was that I had some confusion over some of the characters who appeared in the first three books. Realistically, I should have reread them before I read books 4 and 5 (since there was such a long gap between them) but…I didn’t. I would definitely recommend that fans of this series (or any reader in general) read or reread the first 3 books before moving on to 4 and 5. Simply for your own sanity.

I didn’t understand how this was the finale to the Heir series. I had thought and expected that there would be at least one more book. Not only do I want to read more from this series, but I also thought that the ending wasn’t finished. There’s a lot that still wasn’t covered or was just kind of left open ended. Also, being such a fan of Emma and Jonah, I expected more from their relationship at the end of the series. So, I’m pretty disappointed that this is the finale (even though it was amazing!) Hopefully, Chima changes her mind down the road and continues the Heir series.

There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming in this book. I had moments where my mouth was literally hanging open and I was like whaaaaat just happened?! There was never a dull moment. I felt that the action just kept right on pumping and I was entertained (and in love) the whole read through.

There’s absolutely nothing negative that I can say about this book. Cinda Williams Chima is one of my all time favorite authors, and I will promote everything that she writes with nothing but the highest regards. If you haven’t read any of her works yet, then I highly recommend that you do so! This was just so good!!!

 

Pages: 560

Publication Date: October 21st, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Rating: : ★★★★★

Blog Tour
February 4, 2015 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Sing for Me by Gracie Madison

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Publication date: January 23rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Synopsis:

Madeline Noel fled war-torn Heaven to hide within the mortal world, but the blessing that could protect her from evil is the holy realm’s forbidden power.

As a talented soprano for the Eden Theatre Company, Madeline hides among prima donnas and tone-deaf flutists. Her perfect voice may entertain audiences, but a careless laugh may shatter glass, and her greatest scream can kill. To control her unrestrained voice, the angels forbid Madeline from embracing the emotions that strengthen her song. Anger. Fear.

Love.

The demon-hunter Damascus vows to defend Madeline from Hell’s relentless evil, but he cannot protect her from her own feelings. Though they deny their dangerous attraction, her guardian becomes her greatest temptation.

Surrendering to desire may awaken the gift suppressed within Madeline’s soul, and neither Heaven nor Hell will allow such absolute power to exist.

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Gracie Madison would spend every day, all day writing…if it were socially acceptable.  Ever since she was a little girl scribbling with a crayon, Gracie’s dedicated herself to her books and all the supernatural and paranormal, creepy and beautiful stories and characters born within the pages. Now Gracie is committed to finally sharing those books with the world.  When the laptop is pried from her hands, Gracie is probably working her day job, rooting on the Steelers, or out with her husband searching for Pittsburgh’s best sushi.
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Top Ten Tuesday
February 3, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From the Contemporary Genre

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 I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From the Contemporary Genre.

 

1 Looking for Alaska by John Green

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2 Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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3 Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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4 The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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5 If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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6 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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7 Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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8 My True Love Gave To Me

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9 Paper Towns by John Green

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10 An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Blog Tour
February 3, 2015 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About L.A. Starkey

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(Soul Keeper Series #1)
Publication date: August 28th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young AdultSynopsis:

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

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Laurie Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jacob and three beautiful kiddos.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

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Read below for a guest post from the author:

Ten things you didn’t know about the author

 

1) My folks love to tell people that I took dance lessons for 9 years, quitting before the 10th year, which was free if you’d participated for the previous 9 years. I took 9 years of tap, ballet and jazz, giving up only to play in the high school band! I still love to dance every chance I get, but instead of tapping to Fred Astaire or showing the kids the latest moves in the club, I’ve moved to the next phase of life – embarrassing my kids with my genius moves. Sprinkler anyone? I don’t know the guy in this demo video below, but I sure wish I did.

2) I am married to my best friend, my soul mate and the cutest boy in the room on all occasions. I met Jacob when I was 6 at church and we grew up together to some degree. I’m a couple of years older than him and he likes to remind me of that. He’s my second and FINAL husband, but outside of that he is my rock and my supporter. No matter how many crazy ideas I have or how many times I change jobs or shirts for a date, he’s always right there with a compliment and full support. I’m beyond blessed because he loves me.

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3) I have my BA in Accounting, my CPA certification in Texas and my Masters in Theology. I’m a bit of an overachiever and where my mind works very much like a mathematician and type A freakazoid, there is still a lot happening on the artistic side of my skull. I got the BA in accounting because I love math and structure and my first Acct class was a total breeze. I think with accounting you either get it or ya don’t. The MA in Theology was to better support the bible studies I teach at church and work.

4) I play a little on the piano, namely so that I could have music behind my voice when I write songs. Most of them are worship songs, but some aren’t. I have a link below to one of my favorites. Hope you like it. That is me playing my discordant piano and singing the melody and harmony. Fun stuff!

5) I have 3 kids – the best 3 kids in the universe. My oldest girl (soon to be 16) is our planner, the brain, the overachiever and uber tattler. My middle girl (soon to be 15) is out JV basketball star. She’s the point guard for her school and plays select when its not basketball season. My little guy (9) plays basketball too and loves his Xbox more than he loves all the rest of us put together. Pic below they sent me recently with a text msg that said, “We’re going bananas without you mom!” :)

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6) I recently got picked up by BookTrope, a hybrid publisher out of Seattle. I’m sure stoked to join their team and have already found loads of information and knowledge in the various individuals that have joined me in my adventures to republish Soul Keeper and start working toward publication on my MG series, The Liarus Detective Novels.

7) I often use this face when I’m face with that odd “ice-breaker” question, “Tell us your name and an interesting fact about you.” This one takes the cake every time and just because I love you guys… I have a youtube video below of the best fact about me. I can vibrate my eyeballs. :) Check it out and don’t mind the goofy laugh. I entertain myself, what can I say? :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakZ9WKUR3o&list=UU-ckZiu08eePkaRlS1lQBcw&index=1

8) I hate to snuggle while I sleep. I’ve read those silly “how you sleep is how you feel about your loved one”. I call BS. I sleep with my back to Jacob, on my side, curled up in a ball and am liable to growl loudly if touched or snuggled. I’m happy to snuggle until the point that I’ve decided it’s time to let the world go… then – no snuggles for you!

9) I’m a creative person by nature, so my tendency is to crochet or paint or design things in the few moments I have here and there. My hubby is a wonder at woodworking, so we decided to open an Etsy store over this next year together “Beyond Blessed Store” to see what we could make happen. We’re super excited to spend a little time together and share some of our talents with those who enjoy it.

10) I’m an extreme optimistic dreamer. I’m like a unicorn – rare in the world today. I truly believe that anyone can do absolutely anything they put their mind to. I think hard work and dedication to that “thing” are uber important, but I don’t think there is an mountain I couldn’t climb, and road I could travel, anything that I couldn’t do if I put my mind to it and made the decision that it was happening. I believe we all have that ability. I read the other day that fear will smash more dreams ten times over than failure. I believe that totally.

That’s a little about me.

Top Ten Tuesday
January 27, 2015 posted by Nichole

Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club.

1. The Hunger Games

2. The Fault in Our Stars

3. Boy Meets Boy

4. The Anna and the French Kiss trilogy

5. Divergent

6. Pride and Prejudice

7. Harry Potter

8. The Hobbit

9. The Giver

10. The Morganville Vampires Series