Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #16 – Author Appreciation!


Bibliophile Fridays is a weekly meme hosted by me (Whoo Gives A Hoot) and Foxes and Fairy Tales on our blogs and for more information you can check out our Goodreads group. We have created this weekly meme in honor of the bibliophile population (we are a dying breed you know)! We are super excited to share this with our readers and we hope you will all join us in our fight to raise awareness for the bibliophile population…

This weeks theme is… Author Appreciation! Pick 1 author you love and then choose 5 of their books to feature OR choose 5 authors and 1 of your favorite books from them! It’s up to you! 🙂 

Since I had a lot of trouble picking 5 authors I decided to randomly choose 5 that I’ve discovered in the last year! Hope you all enjoy my picks! 🙂 – BTW this is going to be a super short one this time around.

1. A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

I recently discovered this extraordinary author when I signed up for an advanced readers copy of A Thousand Letters! This was an extremely emotional read that tugged on every single one of my heartstrings and made me bawl my eyes out from the beginning to the very end. You can check out my 5 star review here!

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2. The Bartender (Modern Love #1) by Piper Rayne

This dynamic duo has turned the reading community completely upside down with their unicorn cock movement. That’s right you heard me right – UNICORN COCK! Want to find out what that actually means? Well then pick up a copy and don’t forget to head on over and join Piper Rayne’s Unicorns Facebook group! If you still aren’t convince with these ladies, then check out my 5 star review for The Bartender here! 🦄🦄🦄

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3. Fighting For Alexa (Fallen Heroes #2) by Jennifer Ann

I recently discovered Jennifer Ann late last year when I had the opportunity to read and review (click here to check it out) the first book in the Fallen Heroes (standalone) series, Fighting for Phoebe! Instantly I fell in love with her writing style and I’ve been following her ever since. I was super excited when I was given the chance to read Fighting For Alexa because it was just as extraordinary as the first book, if not more! Not only do I love her writing style, but I adore her amazing personality! We both recently discovered that she lives really close (less than 30 minutes away) to my parents home in Southern Minnesota! Hopefully (fingers crossed) that we have the chance to meet face to face soon! ❤

Don’t forget to check out my 5 star review here! 🙂

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4. Interference (Prescott Family #1) by Mignon Mykel

Wow! What can I say about Mignon Mykel that I haven’t said all over Facebook? Ever since reading Interference back in August 2016 I have been hooked! I absolutely adored every single moment of this book and instantly jumped at the chance to become one of her BETA readers! I have literally devoured every single book written by Mignon Mykel and there isn’t a single book I haven’t liked. She has such an extraordinary talent for writing and if you haven’t read her books then what are you waiting for? GO DO IT! I mean it GO DO IT NOW! Also, if you want to, you can check out my 5 star review for Interference here!

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5. We Are The Stars by Teagan Hunter

This book was my inside experience reading a book written by this author and I have to say what an amazing story to be introduced to. I absolutely adored Elliot and Carsen’s story and immediately wanted more. I was so ecstatic when Teagan Hunter announced that we are getting more of these two soon enough! I can’t wait until I have the opportunity to read more of her previous work soon! Don’t forget to check out my 5 star review here!

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Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #16 – I Love “M/M” Genre the Most!


Bibliophile Fridays is a weekly meme hosted by me (Whoo Gives A Hoot) and Foxes and Fairy Tales on our blogs and for more information you can check out our Goodreads group. We have created this weekly meme in honor of the bibliophile population (we are a dying breed you know)! We are super excited to share this with our readers and we hope you will all join us in our fight to raise awareness for the bibliophile population…

This weeks theme is… I Love “M/M” Genre the Most! Choose 5 books in your all-time favorite genre(s)!

1. The Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen

This book was really by first exposure to the genre known as M/M! I had read the previous books in Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series, so I automatically pre-ordered The Understatement of the Year without really even reading the synopsis and I am so happy that I did. Growing up with a love of reading I ALWAYS stuck to my favorite genres, never straying away in fear of losing my interest in certain authors. However, after discovering what this book was about, I was a little apprehensive to try something new (I shouldn’t have because Sarina Bowen is a genius), but as soon as I finished Graham and Rikker’s story I knew that they had instantly became my favorite couple in this series. Since the release in October 2014 I have re-read this book a handful of times (sometimes even skimming over my favorite parts when I am having a bad day) because it is one of those books that you instantly fall in love with! If you are a little apprehensive about trying the M/M genre — I strongly suggest trying this one out!

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2. Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

What? Yet another extraordinary M/M book from Sarina Bowen and this time you throw in Elle Kennedy! Can we say triple threat — M/M, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy! After reading The Understatement of the Year from Sarina Bowen in 2014, I had been on the lookout for more books in the M/M genre, so I was ecstatic when I learned that these two brilliant ladies were co-writing a new M/M novel — HIM! As much as I loved Graham and Rikker, they have nothing on Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley… Like TUOTY, Him ties in two of my favorite genres — M/M & HOCKEY — and damn do these ladies know how to write about hockey and romance! Their words leap of the page and swallow you whole because that’s just how they do it! After finishing this book I knew I wanted MORE and did these two deliver with their follow-up novel US!

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3. Out in the Open (Browerton University #1) by A.J. Truman

All of the books in A.J. Truman’s Browerton University series are M/M and “boy” are they HOT, HOT, HOT! Oh, did I mention HOT? Since discovering this series in early 2015 I have read all of them, except the latest release (I am hoping to change that soon)! Each of the book follow a new couple and can be read as a standalone, but other couples from previous books do make brief appearances throughout.

Out in the Open (Browerton University #1) follows college sophomore Ethan Follett and cocky fratboy Greg Sanderson. These two are an unlikely pair, but yet their story will convince you otherwise. There is so much I can tell you about this book, but I don’t want to because I would just give too much of the story away and I wouldn’t want to do that to you all! I encourage everyone who is a fan of the M/M genre to give this series a chance!

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4. The Spiral Down (The Fall Up #2) by Aly Martinez

This book is the second book in The Fall Up series and a standalone M/M story! If you read The Fall Up, then you probably remember the one and only Henry Alexander and if you don’t then you will totally fall in love with him in this book. I can’t even begin to describe how incredible this book it, so why don’t you just try it for yourself!!!

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5. #Blur (GearShark #4) by Cambria Hebert

I haven’t had the chance to read #Blur, the fourth book in the GearShark series yet, but Cambria Hebert is one of my favorite authors so I knew I wanted to include this book in my lineup! Everything I’ve read from this author has been a slam dunk so I am sure that this book is no exception. I am hoping “fingers-crossed” to read this entire series as soon as possible because I’ve heart amazing things from the book community!

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Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #15 – Happy “Almost” V-Day!


Bibliophile Fridays is a weekly meme hosted by me (Whoo Gives A Hoot) and Foxes and Fairy Tales on our blogs and for more information you can check out our Goodreads group. We have created this weekly meme in honor of the bibliophile population (we are a dying breed you know)! We are super excited to share this with our readers and we hope you will all join us in our fight to raise awareness for the bibliophile population…

This weeks theme is… Happy “Almost” Valentine’s Day! Choose any 5 books that make your heart flutter!

1. Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1, Too Far #1) by Abbi Glines

I absolutely 100% adored this series, truth be told I’ve actually read and loved every book that the extraordinary author Abbi Glines has ever written. This was the first novel in the Too Far series, which eventually became known as the popular and successful Rosemary Beach series. Blaire and Rush’s story is truly one-of-a-kind and is one that I have read over and over again since the initial release back in December 2012. With the upcoming spin-off series — Rosemary Beach Meets Sea Breeze, I have been inspired to re-read the series from the very beginning and instantly remembered why I originally fell in love with these characters.

To want what you’re not supposed to have… Blaire Wynn has experienced much heartbreak  and loss in her short nineteen years on this earth. With nowhere to go after the death of her mother, she has no choice but to temporarily relocate to Rosemary Beach to live with her estranged father and his new wife. Unfortunately, when she shows up and he is nowhere to be found she’s left at the defense of her new step-brother Rush Finlay. Rush is a twenty-four year old party boy who refuses to settle down with one girl, until he meets Blaire and she forever changes his life.

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2. Like A Memory (Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach #1) by Abbi Glines

This book hasn’t even been released yet and my heart’s already beating out of my chest in anticipation! I’ve been patiently waiting for this book to be released ever since reading the ending of Until the End (Sea Breeze #9) back in 2014. Abbi Glines has been dangling this book in front of her readers for years now, but she’s finally made good on her promise to bring us a hybrid novel – Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach!

Like A Memory by Abbi Glines follows the story of Bliss York (While It Lasts (Sea Breeze #3) and Sometimes It Lasts (Sea Breeze #5) – Cage & Eva’s daughter) and Nate Finlay’s (Rosemary Beach #1-4) chance summer encounter years ago. Since this book is not released yet I have no insight onto what actually will happen, but you can bet that I will be stalking Amazon on the release day (which just happens to be February 14 – can we say the perfect release day or what?) so that I can purchase and devour this book as soon as possible!

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3. Torn (Devils Wolves #1) by Carian Cole

Carian Cole became one of my favorite authors last year (2016) when I discovered her Ashes & Embers series on Goodreads. I instantly fell in love with her writing style and the characters she has created. I ended up devouring the entire Ashes & Embers series in one weekend and I immediately began looking for her next release. When news of a new series, Devils Wolves, broke I was super excited. This book is (in my opinion) kind of considered to be a spin-off to the Ashes & Embers series because of the crossover between beloved characters.

Torn is the first book in the Devils Wolves series and surrounds the story of Kenzie (Asher’s daughter) and Tor (Asher’s best friend who is fifteen years older then Kenzie). I want to strongly state that this is NOT, I repeat NOT, an underage romance. Kenzie is eighteen years old when her and Tor’s intense and heartwarming story is told. Their story holds a lot of emotion that instantly draws the reader in. While some readers may be put of by the age difference, I certainly had no problem because you could truly see the love between these two extraordinary characters.

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4. Rushing the Goal (Assassins #8) by Toni Aleo

This book tugged on every single one of my heartstrings and made my heart pitter patter from the beginning to the end. When news of this story first broke I was extremely ecstatic because I am a huge fan of both the Assassins and Bellevue Bullies series, but the truth is I am a fan of anything that Toni Aleo has written. We are first introduced to Lucy Sinclair in the Bellevue Bullies series as the oldest and only daughter of the Sinclair clan. All three of her younger brothers — Jude, Jayden and Jace got their happily ever afters (HEA) and now it’s finally her turn!

Lucy and Benji are no strangers to pain and they have both experienced so much tragedy in their young lives that it seems like happiness will never come. From the moment Benji laid eyes on Lucy he knew he would never be the same, but when he saw Angie (Lucy’s daughter) he knew for sure. This was a truly impactful and emotional novel that made my heart flutter and tears stream down my face. Throughout their story we witness first hand how tragedy has played an important role in these characters lives and how our struggles shape us into who we are.

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5. Bring Me Back by Micalea Smeltzer

This is not your typical romance story, but it still makes my heart beat rapidly every time I re-read this extraordinary emotional story. Bring Me Back was a surprise release that Micalea Smeltzer sprang on her readers right after it was uploaded on Amazon. I loved how she didn’t give us any warning about this release because it didn’t give readers a chance to think or talk about this novel before it was published. Since this book had no promotion before the release, it showed how a few diehard Micaela Smeltzer FANS can spread the word! I strongly suggest reading this book without reading reviews because it is one that needs to be experienced firsthand. This book instantly pulled on my heartstrings and had me in tears after just a few chapters!

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Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #14 – National Day the Music Died!


Bibliophile Fridays is a weekly meme hosted by me (Whoo Gives A Hoot) and Foxes and Fairy Tales on our blogs and for more information you can check out our Goodreads group. We have created this weekly meme in honor of the bibliophile population (we are a dying breed you know)! We are super excited to share this with our readers and we hope you will all join us in our fight to raise awareness for the bibliophile population…

This weeks theme is… National Day the Music Died! Choose 5 books that featured either music or death!

1. Love Evolution (Brutal Strength #1) by Michelle Mankin

This novel is a rockstar romance based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and the first in the Brutal Strength series. This follows the story of Avery Jones, a nineteen year old guitarist who finds herself lost and alone after her twin brother Justin Jones is “killed” after being caught fooling around with a mob bosses girlfriend. The stars begin to align when she is given the opportunity to audition for the band Brutal Strength, one of the most popular rock bands out there. Unfortunately, her dreams are quickly dashed when she learns that the lead singer Marcus Anthony doesn’t want a woman in the group. So what’s a girl to do? Avery and her manager Trevor decide to hide her true identity by changing up her appearance by giving her a Bieber haircut and dressing her in men’s clothing. The stars finally begin to align, but how long will things last when Marcus discovers who she really is?

I absolutely adored ever single moment of this beautifully written novel and the follow up ones! Marcus and Avery’s story is filled with so much passion that you can literally feel the words coming off of the page. I strongly recommend this book if you’re looking for a She’s the Man type of book! Plus you’ve got the added bonus of a rockstar romance so it’s a win-win-win anyway you look at it. The author Michelle Mankin know’s what she’s talking about and you will see that book after book!

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2. Fever (Songbird #1) by Melissa Pearl

This is the first novel in the Songbird series written by the extraordinary Melissa Pearl, one of my all-time favorite authors. All of the stories in this series can be read as standalones, but I think that you’ll experience so much more if you read them from beginning to end!

Fever is Ella and Cole’s tale! This heartwarming story completely changed my thoughts on singing in the shower. Ella Simmons didn’t want to move across the country, but she did because her boyfriend eventually convinced her to join him at UChicago to complete her education. But unfortunately soon after arriving she discovers that things aren’t all that great anymore and it hasn’t been for a longtime. One night while showering she hears a deep and sexy tenor voice that makes her feel weak in the knees, causing feelings she has never experienced before. Suddenly Ella begins questioning herself and her relationship. Is it cheating if she’s just attracted to a voice?

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3. The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

I have to admit that I haven’t had the opportunity to read this book yet, but I’ve had it in my Amazon Wish List for years now. The Survival Kit follows the story of Rose who is struggling to come to grips after losing her mother. Her mother leaves behind a brown paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit and includes an iPod, with a to-be-determined playlist; a picture of peonies, for growing; a crystal heart, for loving; a paper star, for making a wish; and a paper kite, for letting go.

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4. Slide (Black Addiction #1) by T. Gephart

This is the first novel in the Black Addiction series and also happens to be the first book I’ve ever read from T. Gephart. I instantly fell in love with her style of writing and she has now become one of my favorite authors (that I fan-stalk her for new books monthly). Even though this series can be read on it’s own, I discovered that it’s actually connected to two other series – Lexi and Power Station. After learning about that I went back and purchased all of the Lexi series and the Power Station series. I quickly devoured all of them and was instantly craving more. Ever time a new book was released I’d re-read all the series over again in anticipation!

Slide (Black Addiction #1) follows the story of Rusty Crawford and Alison Williams and how two completely different souls connect with instant chemistry off the charts. After touring with the famous rock band, Power Station, Rusty thought his band Black Addiction would finally hit it big and they’d have worldwide fame and fortune. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet even though he’s got that world down to a fine T. When Allison’s perfect life comes crashing down around her, she must reinvent herself and set outside of her comfort zone.

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5. Moving Neutral (Moving Neutral #1) by Katy Atlas

Words can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this book and the series. However, I am seriously mad (not really, I completely understand) that the author teased us with a fourth book years ago and still hasn’t delivered the goods to her readers. I discovered this series shortly after the second book, Moving In Reverse, was published in October 2012. I think I’ve read this series at least once a year since 2012 because I am still hoping (and praying, and wishing) that one day we will finally get the see what happened between Casey and Blake [after their break up in the third book] <– TO REVEAL THE SPOILER HIGHLIGHT BETWEEN THE BRACKETS! I DIDN’T WANT TO RUIN THE BOOK JUST IN CASE YOU WANT TO GIVE THE SERIES A TRY! 🙂

This story follows Casey Snow, an eighteen year old who just graduated high school and Blake Parker, the lead guitarist from her favorite band, Moving Neutral, who might just happen to be the love of her life. There’s just one little problem — she’s grounded for life, or at least until she leaves for college after crashing her car into the side of her parent’s garage. With the help of her best friend they come up with a plan to sneak out and head off to one of the hottest concerts of the year. Casey’s world is about to change when a chance encounter in a coffee shop leads to the best summer of her life!

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