Release Blitz & Book Review: Something in the Way (Something in the Way #1) by Jessica Hawkins

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Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iBooks

Synopsis

An epic, three-book saga of forbidden love coming 2017.

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

Review

I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review…

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What an extraordinary beginning to this epic three-book saga about forbidden love. Jessica Hawkins has managed to take her readers back to the 1990’s in this emotionally captivating story and reintroduce us to things like Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd. I literally felt as if I was transported back in time and was experiencing all the things Lake and Manning had. I just finished this book super early this morning (around 4:30am if we’re being accurate) when I should’ve been sleeping after a LONG day of work. But I WANTED to, no I NEEDED to finish this story before my mind would allow me to go to sleep.

After reading the first book, Something in the Way — which ended in a Cliffhanger of course — all I can say is that Jessica Hawkins has successfully left me in a trance and gave me the most epic book hanger ever. If I could have given this story a THOUSAND STARS, I would have without a doubt. I just have one question – IS IT MAY YET? I know, I know that it’s only three months away but I NEED the second book like yesterday! Can’t we just fast-forward the clock three months ahead? PLEASE!

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have read a story from the extraordinary and talented Jessica Hawkins yet, Something in the Way, would be the perfect introduction to her amazing writing style and character development.

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About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Release Blitz & Book Review: Mr. Popular (A Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend Romance) by Nicole London

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Mr. Popular by Nicole London
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Rule #1: Do not vote for Mr. Popular.
Rule #2: Do not talk to Mr. Popular.
Rule #3: (Most importantly, and above all) Do not fall for Mr. Popular… 

Liam ‘Mr. Popular’ Carter will always be the closest thing to the “walking plague” in my eyes. His cockiness seeps through his every move, and no matter how many state championships he wins with the basketball team, he will forever be a “loss” to me. 

Because he’s my older brother’s best friend, I’m forced to tolerate him, and he’s forced to tolerate me. In fact, unless my brother is around, we happily ignore each other every chance we get. 

It wasn’t always this way, though…

Several summers ago, we both attended the same summer camp. A place we returned to year after year. We became friends–close friends, but right when I thought he could possibly turn into my everything, he made it clear that what we had was nothing. 

Now that’s he’s a senior, and I only have to deal with him for one more year, I’ve vowed to keep repeating the same set of rules to myself. Especially since he seems so hell-bent on wanting to talk to me for some reason, and especially since he seems to be staring at me every time we’re in the same room together… 

Rule #4: Always follow rules #1-3…
Rule #5: (OMG what the hell are you doing?) Do not KISS Mr. Popular…

Review

I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review…

Mr. Popular is a fast paced high school romance all about second chances and learning that it’s okay to fall in love with your older brother’s best friend as long as he’s Mr. Right! 

Where do I even begin to start with this book? I’m not quite sure, so bare with me and I’ll do my very best to address all my reasons behind this five star review! Mr. Popular might have been the first book that I’ve been fortunate enough to read from this author, but I can tell you that it definitely won’t be my last (I actually went and bought her debut novel seconds after finishing – here is to hoping I can get around to reading it before the summer – “fingers crossed”)!

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Liam and Mariah’s world-wind romance is one that all high school girls secretly dreamt about. Their story is about two young souls connecting and discovering true love within each other. This was a super sweet romance that instantly captured my undivided attention until the very end! Although there were particular moments that I found myself yelling (in my head of course because yelling in the middle of a college library is frowned upon – :P) at Liam or Mariah for a stupid thing they did, it wasn’t enough to deter me from finishing their amazing story or from giving it a five star review! Oh and another thing I adored about this story was the fact that it went back and forth from previous summers where Liam and Mariah’s feelings first began to blossom. I thoroughly enjoyed this added bonus and thought that it added so much to the overall storyline.

Mr. Popular was definitely worth the few hours it took me to read and I am so glad I decided to sign up for this ARC! I can’t wait to see what Nicole London comes up with next!

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Giveaway

ENTER HERE for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! 🙂

About Nicole London

Nicole London is a hopeless dreamer, author of Resentment and the co-founder of The Indie Tea, an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. When she’s not at Starbucks chatting books with her best friend, she can be found plotting her next travel adventure with her husband.

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Book Review: Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing

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Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Step 1: Transfer high schools 
Step 2: Hide your Tourette’s 
Step 3: Find your fifteen seconds of normal 

Kaeya Garay has a plan. And it seems to be working.But when a curious interruption named Thatcher Kelly stumbles upon her “safe” place in the school’s abandoned art gallery, her grand plans for normalcy are suddenly derailed. 

Set over the course of three weeks, Fifteen Seconds of Normal is the quirky saga of a literature obsessed teen on the edge of a meldown and the hope driven heroine who begins to pull him back. Fans of Eleanor and Park be warned. You won’t be able to put this one down.

Review

I generously received this ARC from YABound Book Tours Review Query in exchange for an honest review…

When I first started reading this book I was a little apprehensive as to whether or not I was actually going to like it. When I first began reading this book I was slightly confused as to what was really happening, but after a few chapters in, it all started to click and I was hooked until the very end. I thought that the author did an extraordinary job with his character development and I instantly connected with both Kaeya Garay and Thatcher Kelly! Kaeya’s Tourette’s Syndrome was accurate that it’s clear that the author did his research before hand. This is a breath of fresh air because some authors today don’t do their research and in the end it makes the story more confusing then enjoyable.

Overall, I thought that this book was well worth my time and I strongly urge everyone to give it a try.

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About Alex Marestaing

Once upon a time, author Alex Marestaing wrote a random letter to the Walt Disney Company asking if they needed any creative help. Fortunately, Disney had mercy on his embarrassing attempt to break into the publishing scene and gave him his first writing job. A lot has happened since then, including four novels, a beautiful wife, three kids, two cats, an extremely mellow dog, an honorable mention at the London Book Festival, a stint covering soccer in Europe and the U.S., and fun freelance work for companies such as Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and The Los Angeles Times. Oh yeah, he also speaks at conferences around the country giving people advice such as “Writing letters to random companies isn’t always such a bad idea”

Connect with the author: Website / Twitter / Goodreads

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Blog Tour & Book Review: The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey

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The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon / B&N / Kobo

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

Review

I generously received this ARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review…

The Broken One is the first book that I’ve read from author Christine H. Bailey and I have to admit that I am impressed with the author’s writing style. This a relatively short book that can probably be read in one sitting if you enjoy reading books right away from the beginning to the end.

In this contemporary young adult book we meet sixteen-year-old Farris (can I just say that I absolutely adore unique character names so much — okay back to my review!) who is trying to rediscover herself after the unexpected death of her best friend. I felt that the author did an extraordinary job describing the pain she felt and how difficult it is to move on after someone close to you passes away. Depression is a terrible thing and is sometimes hard to explain properly, but I honestly believe that the author knew what she was doing.

Overall, I thought this was a well written book even though there were a few parts of the story that felt a little slow.

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Giveaway

ENTER HERE for a chance to win ONE of TWO $5 Amazon gift cards!

About Christine H. Bailey

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor.

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Blog Tour & Book Review: One More Breath by Amber Garr

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One More Breath by Amber Garr
Series: The Georgia Girls #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Sydney Westbrook has had enough.

After a fight with her abusive ex-boyfriend leaves her in the hospital once again, she knows it’s time for a change. Just out of college, Sydney decides to accept a position as a live-in nurse. But leaving the comfort of Atlanta and the support of her small circle of friends is hard to do. And when she meets her ailing, stubborn client, Sydney second guesses all of her choices. 

A southern family with a social status to maintain, the McNamara’s think very little of Sydney, especially since she reminds Mrs. McNamara so much of the daughter-in-law she never accepted. But when Sydney encounters Quinn, the defiant grandson, her views of the family begin to change. And her heart begins to heal the hole left behind by the abuse. 

Sydney and Quinn may have little time together, but they make the most out of it. A public display of their relationship is short-lived when Sydney learns just how far her client will go to save her family’s namesake. And when Sydney’s past suddenly rips into her new world, her happiness with Quinn threatens to come to an end. 

But truth and friendship will help Sydney finally live the life she’s chosen while loving the one she chose.

Review

I generously received this ARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review…

I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of this book and was fascinated by the darker elements included. This is the first book that I’ve been fortunate enough to read from this author, but I do plan on reading the rest of the books in this series when they are released. Although this book does deal with some dark themes, it was a surprisingly lighthearted read.

One More Breath takes us through a rollercoaster of events throughout the entire book and leaves the readers wanting more. We are first introduced to Sydney Westbrook who is on a journey of self-discovery after fleeing from her abusive ex-boyfriend, who has tried to kill her countless times in the past. She’s leaving everything behind — her home, her friends and the life she could have had — to start a new life. Her instant attraction and connection with Quinn, Mrs. McNamara grandson, is evident, but will people stand in the way of their happiness? Find out by picking up a copy of the book today!

Giveaway

ENTER HERE for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of One More Breath!

About Amber Garr

Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, the award-winning Water Crisis Chronicles and Georgia Girls Series, as well as the Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

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Featured Review: Beautiful Delusions (Pride and Honor #1) by Ember Raine Winters <3

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I am so happy to be featuring this extraordinary new release written by the beautifully and talented Ember Raine Winters on my blog today! You can pick it up for ONLY $0.99 until after Valentine’s Day!

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Beautiful Delusions by Ember Raine Winters
Series: Pride and Honor #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Kaylee 
One night . . . 

One terrible accident . . . 

That was all it took to turn my entire life upside-down. My PTSD is worse than ever. The terror I thought I left in my past is back, and this time I might not survive the horrors he promises to bring. 

An old friend, Griffin, my best friend at one time bulldozes his way back into my life. He has the power to consume me. I want him… and that is terrifying. Can he actually protect me from the evil that wants to tear me apart? 

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Fifteen years . . . 

That’s how long I have let the guilt eat me alive for hurting her with my words the way I did. I never thought I would get the chance to atone for my sins. Now that I do, I will stop at nothing to help her, save her . . . keep her. 

The only thing I want, apart from Kaylee in my bed, is to protect her from the monster who wants to destroy her.

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Review

I generously received this ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review…

“When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others. Don’t get mad when someone does that. Be honored. For that person trusted you enough to, even if subtly, ask you for help.” – Lori Goodwin

Beautiful Delusions by Ember Raine Winters is a beautifully captivating story about a women, Kaylee Robbins who has tragically suffered at the hands of a terrible accident. This amazingly strong women has experienced more tragedy then a person should ever have to experience in a single lifetime. Then enter in Griffin, a man who is suffering from his own demons. I absolutely adored every aspect of this story and enjoyed the concept of two lost souls coming together to heal one another.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is most commonly referred to is something that millions are affected with day in and day out. Before reading this book I had very little insight on what PTSD truly entailed, but after reading this extremely telling book I feel that I have been fortunate enough to gain a better understanding.

I strongly recommend picking up a copy of this book today!

Author Interview

Aurora: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

Ember: I don’t think there was ever that moment when I decided that was what I wanted to do. I wrote a book and just decided to see what I could do with it. HAHA!

Aurora: What is the first book you ever wrote and did you ever publish it?

Ember: I wrote a bunch of stuff when I was a kid. I just recently saw them and laughed. My teacher bound them all. It was quite entertaining! The first full length novel I ever wrote was my first self-published effort as well. It is a YA Dystopian Novel called Born to Resist.

Aurora: I noticed on your profile that you are a self-published author and was wondering what made you decide to go that route?

Ember: At first it was simple, the genre that I was writing in wasn’t marketable with agents and publishers. After a while I just liked the idea of being an indie author. There are so many things that indie writers can do that traditionally published authors can’t. Plus, the community is amazing and I love the freedom I have to market my own books.

Aurora: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 

Ember: Oh man! I haven’t been doing this long enough to really give advice! *chuckles* Get active on Goodreads! It is the best place for writers to learn what they need to do to publish and market their work. Don’t give up! People think that the hardest part is writing the book and while that is hard everything that comes later is even harder, but if you really want it, don’t give up and work your tail off! Haha!

Aurora: How do you deal with writers block?

Ember: I don’t haha! I walk away from a project for a while and then pick it up later. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes helps.

Aurora: What genre are you most connected to and why?

Ember: I love the romance genre! There are some great authors with some amazing books and the readers are phenomenal. I like the really angsty books that make you think and give you all the feels.

Aurora: Now that we’ve got the easy questions out of the way lets move on to talking about your latest release! What is the inspiration behind Beautiful Delusions?

Ember: Beautiful Delusions came at a pretty dark time in my life. Like Kaylee, I suffer from PTSD and I noticed a lack of heroines in the romance genre or the book industry as a whole with the disorder. There are plenty of military veterans with it in the industry, but not women. I wanted to show women who suffer from it that they are not alone. Some of the flashbacks were based on actual events in my past so it was hard to write but also extremely therapeutic. I also wanted to show the families who may be dealing with loved ones who suffer that they aren’t alone and to hopefully give them a better understanding of what the people in their lives deal with on a daily basis.

Aurora: Are your characters based on anyone you know?

Ember: Kaylee and Tara are loosely based on me and my own sister-in-law. The rest were made up.

Aurora: If Beautiful Delusions was to be made into a movie who would you want to play your main characters Kaylee and Griffin? 

Ember: Liam Hemsworth would make an AMAZING Griffin! I would totally love that! I think Emma Stone would be a fantastic Kaylee. I hadn’t really thought about it until now but yeah I couldn’t think of a better cast for those two characters!

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Aurora: What are your future plans for this series? Are we going to see more of Kaylee and Griffin or a new set of characters?

Ember: Kaylee and Griffin will still be around but each book will follow a new couple. The story will most definitely continue through the series and there are some big surprises in the works for this large cast of characters!

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About Ember Raine Winters

Ember Raine Winters is a new author who just self published her first book. She went to community college to study political science and philosophy. She is currently taking classes to get her BS in business majoring in Sports management. She is an avid reader mostly fantasy and science fiction with a little romance thrown in as well. She loves writing Science Fiction mainly dystopian but is trying her hand in Fantasy as well.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Review: The Jerk Next Door by Komal Kant

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The Jerk Next Door by Komal Kant
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

There was a naked man sprawled across my front yard.

Not half naked. Not metaphorically naked. Literally stark, bare-butt naked.

Single, lacking cooking skills, and too awkward to function, Isla Matthews is content to spend her nights alone, curled up on the couch with her cat.

When she’s not knee-deep in the personal lives of her embarrassingly zany friends, she can be found struggling to keep afloat the cute, little flower shop her parents left her after their deaths. Having thrown aside her dreams of being an artist, Isla’s almost convinced herself she’s happy with her safe, comfortable routine.

That is until a super-hot, Australian man shows up naked in her front yard—her new neighbor, Leo Wayland.

As far as Isla’s concerned, Leo is the stuff that neighbor nightmares are made of. An irritating, free spirit with no boundaries, he eats her food, uses her hot water, and, worst of all, saunters around shirtless, causing her to have all kinds of inappropriate thoughts about him.

But as much as Leo rubs her the wrong way, Isla can’t deny that he is filling up her lonely nights with his annoying smirks, making her laugh again, and daring her to change, one day at a time.

Maybe, just maybe, Leo Wayland is exactly the smoldering intervention Isla needs to get her life back on track…

Review

I generously received this ARC from the author (Komal Kant) in exchange for an honest review…

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Komal Kant has done it yet again! Every single book that I’ve read from this extraordinary author has been a slam dunk, so I was super ecstatic when the author reached out and offered me an exclusive ARC of her newest story in exchange for an honest review and I quickly jumped at the opportunity! The first book I ever read from Komal Kant was Impossible (With Me #1) and I instantly fell in love with her With Me Series! Since this book is so different from any book I’ve read from her, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. However, after reading the first chapter I was immediately hooked.

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The title, The Jerk Next Door perfectly summarizes exactly what this book is about… We initially meet Leo Wayland through Isla Matthew’s eyes when she opens up her door to see a naked man sprawled across her front yard.

“Not half naked. Not metaphorically naked. Literally stark, bare-butt naked.” – Isla Matthews, Chapter 1 – The Jerk Next Door.

Not only did she get a nice view of his a**, but man his Australian accent just added to his overall hotness. Instantly taking a dislike to him, she attempts to avoid him at all costs. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to get the picture when she continuously shows up at her house…generally shirtless. Their attraction is undeniable, but she refuses to admit her feelings in fear of rejection. Instead of giving into her attraction she continues to push Leo away even though he continues to push back. As their one of a kind friendship begins to blossom Isla learns that Leo isn’t who he pretends to be and she starts to see a new side of him.

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Although I don’t want to give away too much of the story away I will tell you that this book is worth giving it a try. Not only does this story have amazing main characters, but the secondary characters add so much to the story. I loved Isla and Leo’s character development, but Jac and Thanh and Henley and Arun tug on my heart strings throughout the course of this entire novel. I strongly recommend giving this book a chance even though there are some people that didn’t enjoy the author’s vision. Trust me because you won’t regret it! 🙂

About Komal Kant

Komal Kant is the international bestselling author of BENEATH HIM who writes Contemporary Romance and Paranormal novels. She likes to write about sarcastic females and swoon-worthy guys who end up falling in love under unusual circumstances. 

Born in Fiji, Komal grew up in Sydney, before finally settling down in the U.S. with her husband, and their tough-guy Shih Tzu and lapdog American Bully.

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