17 October 2014

Book Haul: The One with All the ARCS - October 13, 2014



Hey lovelies! I know I haven't posted a video in awhile. Please forgive me though, I've been working and going to school full time! Its a little stressful, but here is what I have received recently!

From Work:
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
You by Caroline Kepnes

Bought: 
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
Empty by K.M. Walton


Thanks for stopping by!


14 October 2014

Review: Icarus by Danika Stone

Icarus by Danika Stone
Publisher: Dancing Dog Productions Co.
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Book Format: Paperback
# of Pages: 232
Synopsis: Being the ‘new kid’ at school is hard, but for Tess Novak - who’s moved more times than she can remember - it’s a role she knows by heart. Transferring during senior year means yet another place she’ll eventually leave, more classmates she’ll forget.
Fate, it seems, has other plans.
From the moment Tess is introduced to honor student Drew Martinez, she is convinced she has met him before. But when? Confident and attractive, Drew is exactly the type of ‘rich kid’ Tess’s father hates, and Tess avoids. Thrown together by a class project, their tentative friendship sparks a smoldering attraction. Tess tries to keep Drew at arm’s length, but in weeks they are drawn into a scorching romance.
Fearing her father’s volatile reaction, Tess insists on keeping the relationship a secret. Meanwhile, she begins to uncover the mysterious connection which hearkens back to the half-forgotten days of her dark childhood, a past which appears to be connected to Drew. As each new puzzle piece falls into place, and the threat of discovery increases, Tess must decide whether she wants to keep living a lie, or expose the horrific events which tore Drew out of her life so many years before.


Meet The Author: (Used from Goodreads)
Danika Stone is a writer of contemporary fiction with a focus on strong female narratives. An educator, artist, and mother of three, her involvement in the Arts and New Media has spanned a decade and a half. Danika's personal experiences and numerous friendships with contemporary artists are the inspiration behind Intaglio, while her teaching and technology background founds the basis of Icarus and Ctrl Z. She is represented by Morty Mint of the Mint Literary Agency, Nelson, BC.


Ms. Stone's books are all available for purchase, both in paperback and digitally from Amazon. Resources for Intaglio, Icarus and Ctrl Z and previews for her next series, Tathagata, can be found on www.danikastone.com. You can chat with Danika at @danika_stone on twitter.
  


My Review:
*I received this book from the publisher and or author and this is my honest review.

Before getting into this book, I knew nothing about the story of Icarus. I did not even know it was anything until a friend whom I was talking to this book about told me about the story. I probably should have familiarized myself with the mythology before reading, but I was pretty much able to stay with the story even if I had no knowledge of the story of Icarus, even though the prologue and epilogue were a bit confusing.
    Icarus is the story of Tess, a teenager stuck in a abusive home with no way out. In a way she believes that she deserves this treatment which is why she stays in this situation instead of getting herself out. Soon she meets Drew a boy that will change her mind about the world in more ways than one.
    I want to start by saying it did not take me awhile to read this book because it was bad. I started reading it while I was starting my first year in college, so my life got a little hectic. The book was actually very good, and I am glad I got the opportunity to read it. I loved Tess as a main character. She stood out with her blue hair and the abuse she was taking from her dad. It was not so bad in the beginning but by the end, what he was doing was unbearable and I felt the need to cover my eyes and or cringe even though I was only reading.
    Throughout the story were flashbacks, these went back in time to when two children were roaming through an air force base on their own. Being children and just having fun. There were a ton of these throughout the book, and I have to say they were quite confusing at first but by the end of the story I understood completely.
    Tess and Drew had a complicated, but in my eyes sweet relationship. The love story in this book was not like the typical love stories, and I think that is one of the reasons why I liked this story so much. When they met Drew knew he was going to like Tess but she was not so sure. Tess did as much as she could to stay away and not fall for him. But in the end she catches herself not being able to not love him.
    One other relationship I wanted to talk about is Tess and Kyle. For awhile, I wondered if this was going to turn into a love triangle with Drew. I was kind of hoping that were the case because Kyles character was sweet to Tess too. It was unmistakable that Kyle loved Tess and I wondered how Stone was going to work with that in the story.
    Overall I believe this book deserves a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Even though I had to keep putting it down because of school work. When I was able to read it I loved every second. It was a page turner and I could not put it down. 


  

13 October 2014

Book Blitz: Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above by Robert A. Polk



OPERATION TREE ROPER: AN EYE ABOVE 
By Robert Polk
Adventures, Anaiah Press

Twelve-year-old Declan Parker was only born with one eye, but all he seems to have trouble seeing in proper perspective is himself. All he wants is for kids to see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall. To that end, he sets out to make money helping with his dad’s tree care business.

Unfortunately, when his dad lands in the hospital after a climbing accident, Declan’s surgery hopes are wrecked. His only hope remains in a neighbor girl and her uncle, a wounded army veteran. Can they help him save his dad’s business, or will Declan’s once-courageous drive turn into total despair?

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above is a well-crafted story about a strong, dauntless young man who redefines the value of self-reflection. Declan is a character you won’t be able to forget.

Welcome to your new favorite book...

Release Date: October 7, 2014


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Guest Post:

The Best and Worst Things About Being a Writer.
By Robert Polk

At any given time, writing can be exhilarating, painful, relaxing, and on and on. For this post, here are a few of my favorite things about writing, followed by my least favorite.

For me, the physical act of settling into a writing space and typing words onto a screen has increasingly become a sought after endeavor. Carving out that time can often be my biggest challenge, but I make the time, because I find writing fun. (Before writing for children, the only writing I enjoyed was college recommendation letters for my students.)

Also, I absolutely love putting my characters into “what if” scenarios and then observing their behavior. Their actions and discussions often surprise me, and I frequently wonder where that character’s decisions or comments came from.

I also take a sick sort of pleasure in placing my characters into situations where they must struggle with a moral or ethical dilemma. I think as I follow along with their process of resolution, I learn a bit more about myself in relation to the world around me. I like that, for who am I to judge?

One of the most obvious negative aspects of being a writer, is the pay. You see, well, it’s not very good. Unless you’re a very famous author and in high demand (which most writers are not) you’re going to need another source of income for those things like food, shelter, and clothing. Although that’s reality, it’s not cool.

Like I mentioned earlier, carving out the time in my day to write can be a challenge. Therefore, choosing what I must give up in order to write has to be another big downer for me. Why must I give up cooking or sleeping or washing clothes in order to write? I don’t have to, but sometimes I do.

Thanks for having me on Comfort Books today and remember, though we’re all living different lives, we’re all trying to make sense of the same world. And that’s really why I write.


 


Read Chapter 1 Here: http://www.anaiahpress.com/Roper.html


Author Bio:

Robert Polk lives in western Nebraska where he shares his love of books and the great outdoors with his wife and seven children. He is a former school counselor, business owner, and tree climbing arborist. Robert participates in his church and local community, currently serving on several non-profit boards. 


 







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24 September 2014

Book Blitz: Rush by Eve Silver


Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. 

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


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About the Author:
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.
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18 September 2014

Book Blitz: Hale Maree by Misty Provencher


Hale Maree by Misty Provencher 
Crossed & Bared Series #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis: NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS
Hale Simmons’s life is already bottoming out and she’s only eighteen. Struggling on welfare, while trying to keep her alcoholic father on track, her dreams of having a better life fade a little more each day.
But, when her dad witnesses a brutal accident at the bar one night, it changes the entire course of Hale’s future.
Thrust into an arranged marriage
with Oscar Maree, the playboy son of a wealthy man, Hale must learn to trust a
stranger to give her the life she’s always wanted.

First, Hale needs to figure out if love can ever happen by accident.


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Meet The Author:
Misty Provencher is a long-term wife, mama, and author. The first two are a bit more recent, but Provencher's writing roots date back to the hieroglyphics she left in her mother's womb.

While Provencher can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty's life is actually just the ruse she uses to connect with people. She is totally enchanted with them and spends her days trying to translate the soul bouquets of her muses into words.

Misty Provencher lives in the Mitten. Knock on her internet blog door at: Misty Provencher's Books, http://mistypro.blogspot.com/ or find her on Facebook and Twitter as Misty Provencher.


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Excerpt - Hale Maree
Oscar puts the mug on the counter. I think he’s going to tell me I’m a spoiled brat, or that I don’t know a thing about how relationships work, or that I’m just plain impossible, but instead, he leans forward with one hand on the countertop before he says, “Done.”
My fingertips slip from the door handle.
“I would notice you, Hale,” he continues, “if you walked into a room behind a 500 pound lion that was charging straight at me. I would notice you if the room were full of naked women, and I was in deep conversation about my own death. I will always come running, I’ll eat the dinner, and wear the shirts and I’ve already thought that if you put on ten more pounds, it’d be a sure bet that I would never let you out of my bed. I’ve been trying to soak up every word you’ve said since the first time we spoke, so I think it’s only fair that you try just as hard to hear me now. I think you are perfect for me, Hale, and I’m just waiting for you to realize that I’m perfect for you too.”
It’s like the entire room disappears and all I see is Oscar with his level gaze. He drops his voice to a whisper as he says, “Come here.”
But I stay where I am, with the sun warming my back through the windows, and I shake my head at him.
“No,” I say. “Come running.”

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17 September 2014

Cover Reveal: Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander


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Today we're excited to announce the cover reveal of Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander. This is a cozy mystery that releases December 30th by St. Martin's Press. This is the first in the Bakeshop Mystery series!

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About the Book:
Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

"Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike."―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

"Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die


About the Author:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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13 September 2014

Advice For the Blog. Please?

How do I deal?


Hey everyone! I hope everyone takes the time to read this because its coming from the heart! This past month around September 3 I started college! Exciting right? I'm studying Creative Writing with a minor in Culinary Arts and I am loving every second of it. Just being in college in general is really exciting. 

Anyways! ever since school started up again, I haven't done ANY reading except a few chapters of a new book I read while I was on break at work. As you can imagine not reading starves my blog of reviews. 

So! My question for you guys, basically anyone who has had there blog for a long time. Or anyone who has an opinion at all I was wondering how you keep everything going on your blog when you're busy. Or how do you keep fresh content when you just can't get any reviews up without taking a hiatus. Taking a hiatus is the last thing I want to do, just because I am the type of person that takes forever to get back to it once I stop. 

It would be such a big help if you guys could give me some feedback I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! 


 
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