Friday, October 21, 2016

Release Blitz feat Review and Giveaway:
Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas!

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Title: Punk 57
Genre: New Adult
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: October 21, 2016


From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest New Adult romance of love, hate, and everything in between...

"We were perfect together. Until we met."


I can’t help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.


He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his phone number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

*Punk 57 is a stand alone New Adult romance. It is suitable for ages 18+.

My Review:

"You're not alone. It gets better. You are important, and you can't be replaced."

I can honestly say that I was held hostage by Punk 57. From the moment I started the book to the very last page, I just couldn't put my kindle down. The story was captivating, the characters were real, and the message was powerful.

I've been an avid reader of Penelope's since Bully, which has remained a favorite of mine to this day. She's an author that I can count on to deliver a solid story full of angst and drama, love and hate, and - most importantly - characters that have depth.

While the synopsis for Punk 57 had me intrigued, this story delivered so much more than I was expecting.

Ryen and Misha were magnetic and I couldn't help but gravitate toward their characters. They were, at times, cruel in the games they would play with one another. But while they pushed and pulled and punished, they were actually helping each other to heal and become better versions of themselves. And it just so happens that they had an insane amount of chemistry that couldn’t be denied.

It also delivered a nice, healthy dose of reality. I honestly never thought about how lucky I was to have gone to school in a time before social media was a thing. If we weren't liked, if something embarrassing happened at school, we were able to escape it for the day once that final bell rang. But nowadays there are camera phones and facebook and avenues that allow bullies to bully 24/7.

High School can be a nightmare. Words are one of the most powerful tools we have and they are often used to bring others down. Most of the time it's met with silence because we're too afraid to be on the receiving end. To be seen as an outsider. The struggle was portrayed beautifully in Punk 57 and I couldn't have loved the end results more.

"Speak your mind, and you give others permission to do the same."

I seriously can't recommend this book enough. Dive into it no matter the time, lose a few hours of sleep, and nurse the book hangover that you'll be left with tomorrow. I promise you, it's worth it!

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About The Author:

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt and Misconduct. Her New Adult romance, Punk 57, releases October 21, 2016, and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in January 2017.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Cover Reveal + Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway- PRIMARY SEASON by Sara Celi

Today we have the  cover reveal of PRIMARY SEASON by Sara Celi. Check out the excerpt and be sure to preorder your copy today!! 

Title: Primary Season 
Author Name: Sara Celi 
Genre: Political Romance 
Release Day: November 7th

About Primary Season: 
Who says politics isn’t sexy? 
PATRICK BLANCO wants nothing more than a chance at the presidency, and he’s willing to do anything to get it. At just thirty-eight-years-old, Patrick is already one of the youngest and most successful senators in the country, but he’s destined for more. Much more. When the cold winds of the New Hampshire primary blow in his favor, his campaign kicks into overdrive. 
So does his love life. 
ALEXANDRA JONES knows that working on Patrick’s election could be the job she needs to prove herself in Washington, DC.  Win with him, and her life will change forever. She just didn’t count on something---her growing attraction to her boss. Pretty soon, she can’t deny it. 
Neither can he. 
As Patrick and his team head to South Carolina, life gets complicated. This is politics, after all. Secrets don’t say secret for long. Everything has a price. Everyone has a motive. There’s no time for love. 
Or is there?  

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Exclusive Excerpt: 
“Just give me a chance,” I whispered. “Give us a chance. Please.” 
“I need time to think.” She stood and moved toward the door.
I followed. “I’m saying I like you.” 
She turned back to me. “I like you, too.” 
I stepped closer to her. “And I told you this because…” My eyes searched her face. “I think there is something going on here. Between us. Something more than friendship.” I took another step; she backed up and leaned against the entryway. “Don’t deny it. There is. I know there is.” 
In months of working together, Alex had never been this close to me, and it made me aware of the small details about her. She smelled like mint mixed with floral perfume. Her chest heaved as she gulped for air. She had a small scar above her eyebrow, and three moles in a small line on the side of her neck. A few wayward strands of dark hair had slipped from her loose ponytail, and the flicks of yellow in her green eyes beckoned. 
“Don’t try to push it away,” I said. “I know you feel it, too.” My breathing grew heavier. “You wouldn’t be here tonight if you didn’t.”

About Sara Celi
An overactive imagination has always served Sara Celi well. Starting from age 10, with an epic tale about a soldier during the Civil War, Sara has made creating stories her life’s work.

After graduating cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2004 with a degree in Broadcast News and History, Sara Celi started her decade-long career in broadcast journalism at a TV station in Louisiana, then worked in Oklahoma and Ohio.

Her love of the written word came to fruition with the publishing of her first novel, THE UNDESIRABLE, in 2013 and she has since published THE PALMS, PRINCE CHARMING, and NATURAL LOVE. She is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America, and a regular columnist for Cincinnati Refined.

Sara Celi calls the Greater Cincinnati area home. In her spare time, she likes to read, shop, travel, run, volunteer with the Junior League, serve on the Board of Trustees for Wesley Community Services,  and work with Cooperative for Education, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for the children of Guatemala.
Connect with Sara: 
TWITTER: @saragceli 
INSTAGRAM: @saraceli

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Review + Giveaway- TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH (The Wedding Brlles, Vol. 3) by Lauren Layne

To Love and to Cherish
Lauren Layne
Pocket Books
October 18, 2016

About To Love and to Cherish:
In To Love and to CherishUSA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s third steamy novel in her delightful, hotter-than-Hades new series, the Wedding Belles’ head honcho Alexis Morgan decides she’s ready to let loose. But when a certain sexy accountant volunteers himself for the job, will she risk everything she’s built in the name of lust…or possibly even love?

Alexis has spent the past eight years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premier wedding planning company. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn to her much neglected personal life. Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Definitely not part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Wedding Belles and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan is all business, all the time. But when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss, Alexis begins to suspect there’s a hot-blooded man beneath the pinstripes and glasses.

Logan has wanted Alexis since the day they met, but the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable. Now Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally obvious that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last-minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan sets out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…

First thoughts after reading are, this book didn't make feel all swoony inside despite the fact it ended happily. But for me, I didn't like Alexis. There were very good reasons for her ending up the way she did and those reasons pissed me off even more. I don't care how much time has passed or any of that, her sister is a bitch. That sounds super harsh, cause her sister is actually a good person except for one major detail that broke my heart for the heroine. 

Still couldn't jump on the Alexis bandwagon. I know I'm being unreasonable when it comes to her cold hearted demeanor and the way she closes everybody off. But I didn't like the way she treated Logan. He was awesome, kind, very loyal, and had a sexy English accent. Not that that's a requirement but hey, it's hot! This dude stuck with Alexis with the hopes of being more than friends...for eight freaking years! 

She never gave him the time of day though. And my thoughts on that were, get over her, she's not THAT great. Yeah she's beautiful, smart, and driven but she never had time for you. Granted, Logan probably should have said something but he was too busy waiting for the "right" moment to be with her. 

Okay, rant over. Despite the things I strongly disliked about the book, I did enjoy it. Such as the business aspect and the friendships involving everyone working at Belles. Which is the main reason I went back and bought the rest of the books. The romance in the story obviously didn't do it for me but everything else worked. The author is very talented and I look forward to reading more books by her. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


“I highly recommend For Better or Worse. The second in a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I say start with the first because it’s just as good. They’ve got the funny bickering that I love, and even as her stories have a light touch with cute flirty, they delve deep into the characters.”
—Harlequin Junkie TOP PICK Review (For Better or Worse)

“If you have yet to fall head over heels for one of Lauren Layne’s books, what are you waiting for? She has written some of the most charming and engrossing romance novels of the decade, each of which will leave you with that warm gooey feeling you usually only get after a fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. For Better or Worse is an absolute delight. From the moment the story begins, Josh and Heather have that chemistry that you can always count on from a Lauren Layne book. They bicker, they taunt, and they flirt, each interaction pulling them closer and closer together until their lives are permanently altered by the other, and they aren’t even aware of it yet…Josh and Heather are a beautiful addition to the list of fictional couples that have found happily ever after in Lauren Layne’s books, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for Alexis Morgan in To Love and to Cherish.”
—Hypable (For Better or Worse)

“This was a fun enjoyable sexy story that I refused to put down...  If you enjoy romance, fun sexy couple, friendship, family, and laugh out loud moments, then you need to be reading this series.”
—The Reading Cafe (For Better or Worse)

“This engaging tale has a light, fun style…”
Publishers Weekly (To Have and to Hold)

—Fresh Fiction (To Have and to Hold)

“There are family and friends, coworkers, people that aren’t as they seem, wedding information galore, dinners, drinks, chocolate, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, secrets, lies, deceit, tears, laughter, happiness, romance, loving and love…I look forward to reading the next two books, For Better or Worse and To Love and to Cherish
—Romance Junkies (To Have and to Hold)

“Sexually charged and emotionally intense novella…The heat between [Leah & Jason] is enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW  (From This Day Forward)

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visit, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

Lauren Layne interviews with THE LIBRARIAN:
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Most of the below blogs are hosting a Wedding Belles Bouquet Giveaway to celebrate the publication of the third in the series, To Love and to Cherish. The Wedding Belles Bouquet will include To Have and to HoldFor Better or Worse, and To Love and to Cherish. You can visit all sites on the Bouquet Giveaway Tour to enter to win–but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blog Tour Review ft Giveaway- THE ROW by J.R. Johansson

The Row
by J.R. Johansson
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: October 11th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.  

This was definitely a book that caught my interest from the blurb. I felt like it would be a hit or miss, depending on how the story went. Luckily, it was a big hit for me. 'The Row' left me with feelings of bittersweet justice. Without giving too much away, it pretty much broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Some might not agree that this is a book filled with emotion but it was for me. I put myself in the heroines shoes and felt everything she felt. 

Riley's father is a convicted serial killer on death row. She doesn't believe that he had anything to do with the murder that put him there. So it's up to her and a mysteriously kind boy to solve who the real killer is by the time her fathers death sentence looms closer. But the more you read, the more you think that maybe the truth is much better buried. There were some great twists that kept reading until the very last page. 

To keep the book more mysterious for you I won't say much else. Too much and I may give something away! I loved the plot, the characters, and how well the author made me care. She truly shocked me and once I thought I had it all figured out, I really didn't. Not at all. Books like these always leave a lasting impression on me for many reasons. But the best one is one that can evoke all the emotions out of me. 

Overall, I look forward to whatever books the author writes next. I'd love to be able to get lost in another book!

*Thank you to YA Bound Books for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Also available October 11th by the author, the paperback of CUT ME FREE!

About the Author
J.R.  Johansson's books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. She lives in Utah with two sons, a wonderful husband, three cats, and a hot tub named Valentino. 

She is represented by the stellar  Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Cover Reveal- Calculated Risk by Rachael Duncan

Title: Calculated Risk
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 7, 2016
I thought the ring on my finger would do the trick and keep men away. All I wanted was to save my heart from shattering--again. The truth is, I'm not married. The ring was just a ploy--a ploy to keep me safe, protected from pain.
But then Marcus Riley came along with his goofy pick-up lines, and he saw right through the facade. He knew the truth, and he wanted me. God help me, I wanted him too--in so many ways. But love is a risk, a painful, scary risk. One I'm too afraid to take.
He's the one risk worth taking.
But it just might come at a price.

“Let me erase your pain.”
I shake my head. “No need. You’ve been doing that since the moment I met you.” My chin quivers as I’m overcome with emotions I can’t explain. When his lips touch mine, they’re like a calming balm to my battered heart. They keep it beating and revive my soul.
“I got to see you in your element, so I thought I’d show you mine. We’re going to run to the station real quick, fill out some forms, and you’re going to go on a ride along with me.” He closes the door on me before I get to respond. I’m noticing he does this a lot when he’s afraid I’ll argue, but I’m actually excited about this.
“What if you get into a shootout with someone or something bad happens?” I ask once he gets in the car.
He looks over at me as if to say, Really? “This is Apex, Lydia, not Compton.”
I roll my eyes at him. “I’m aware, but you never know. The crazies live everywhere.”
“Well, that’s what the waiver is for.”
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn't for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She's the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.


Cover Reveal- KISS MY CROWN by Alexis Noelle

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Releasing November 7th!

My name is Kate and I’m a princess. 
I had it all. Every little girl’s dream: Working as a princess in a theme park five days a week. Prince Charming and I really hit it off, until he hit every other princess in the park.
After beating him with his own sword I decided it was time to find a normal guy. I met one- or at least I thought I did. 
Now the princesses are snubbing me and the princes won’t even look at me. Worse, I’m about to be demoted to a fairy, which is like being sent to the seventh level of hell.
What do you do when the fairy tale ends?
When happily ever after sucks ass?

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Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, and two kids. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She loves being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.
She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Alexis believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.
She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She wants her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.

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