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

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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! 🦄🦄🦄

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

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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!

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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!

Connect with Sarina Bowen: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
Connect with Elle Kennedy: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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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!

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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!

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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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Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #13 – Genre: Paranormal!

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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 them is Genre: Paranormal – The year’s just getting started, pick 5 books that got you into reading or into a new genre! 🙂

* Top 5 Books Related To This Weeks Theme! *

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The Space Between Heartbeats (Betwixt #1) by Melissa Pearl
Existence (Existence Trilogy #1) by Abbi Glines
Clockwise (Clockwise #1) by Elle Strauss
The Mind Readers (Mind Readers #1) by Lori Brighton
Twilight (Twilight Saga #1) by Stephenie Meyer

* Featured Books *

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Existence by Abbi Glines
Series: Existence Trilogy #1
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: December 13, 2011
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

What happens when you’re stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he’s dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he’s about to break all the rules.

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About Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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The Existence Trilogy was the first series I ever read from Abbi Glines and really one of the first paranormal series as well. I absolutely loved the concept of this series and how Pagan and Dank interact throughout the entire series. Once I started reading one book I couldn’t wait for the next to release. Since 2011 I have read EVERY SINGLE book that this amazing author has published and I cannot wait until she does another paranormal series in the future. Abbi Glines books will forever be in my heart and I hope to one day share her extraordinary writing to my future daughters! 🙂

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The Space Between Heartbeats by Melissa Pearl
Series: Betwixt #1
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Nicole Tepper has it all—beauty, popularity, and the perfect boyfriend. But after a party she can’t remember, she wakes up in a ghostly state, trapped between life and death. Nicole’s injured body is lying in a wooded area, but she has no idea where—or how long she has left to live. 

Only one person can hear her now: Dale Finnegan, a loner classmate that Nicole has relentlessly bullied. Dale’s the last person in school who would want to help her, but he sets their tangled history aside to try to save her life. As they dig into what happened at the party, they discover her boyfriend isn’t as perfect as he seems—and neither are her friends. With the clock ticking down and her life slipping away, Nicole must face a hard truth: Was what happened to her a terrible accident? Or does someone want her dead?

This is a new edition of the previously self-published novel Betwixt.

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About Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Romantic Suspense to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming out in 2016.

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I read this book when it was originally a self-published novel named Betwixt written by the extraordinary Melissa Pearl. Although I’ve read other Paranormal books throughout the years, this happened to be one of them that stayed with me and encouraged me to read outside my normal young adult comfort zone. I absolutely adored this novel and the idea behind it. When the BEFORE & BEYOND novellas were released I re-read the book and I again re-read this series when the new name change and covers we released. I strongly recommend picking up a copy of this book today! 🙂 

Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #11 – Friday the 13th!

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Bibliophile Fridays is a brand new weekly meme hosted by me 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 out readers and we hope you will all join us in our fight to raise awareness for the bibliophile population…

This weeks theme is… Friday the 13th –  In honor of Friday the 13th, pick 5 scary or suspenseful book books!

* Top 5 Books Related To The Weekly Theme *

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How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
See No Evil (Brotherhood Trilogy #1) by Jordan Ford

* Featured Books *

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How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
Genre: YA, Thriller/Mystery
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices.

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About Ann Redisch Stampler

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

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I added this book to my TBR list awhile back and thought that it would be an interesting suspenseful book to add to this weekly meme. I haven’t read the book yet, but I do have plans to check it out in the near future. I thought that the idea of this book sounds interesting and the reviews are amazing! I can’t wait to read this book in the very near future (hopefully)! 🙂

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Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Genre: YA, Thriller/Mystery
Release Date: September 13, 2012
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

ARE YOU PLAYING THE GAME OR IS THE GAME PLAYING YOU?

Vee doesn’t know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever’s behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it’s easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it’s thrilling as the Watchers cheer them on to more dangerous challenges. But suddenly the game turns deadly. Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare, or will they lose NERVE?

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About Jeanne Ryan

I’ve lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of my growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea, Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, I tried my hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. But I decided it was much more fun to work on stories than statistics.

These days, I still love Hawaii, but have found my home under the moody skies of the Pacific Northwest.

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I haven’t had the opportunity to read this book, but I have seen the movie and I absolutely loved it! Usually I never watch a movie based on a book until I’ve read it because otherwise when I go back and read it, I have a difficult time connecting with the characters. However, I took the chance and now I can’t wait to check out the book in the near future! 🙂

See No Evil by Jordan Ford
Series: Brotherhood Trilogy #1
Genre: YA, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

The first book in a trilogy about three “brothers” and the girls they must protect.

All Christiana wanted was a little flirty fun.

What she got was a one-way ticket to her personal nightmare.

Her friend is dead…and she knows who did it. Now a key witness in a murder trial, she’s been hidden away in the one place no one will think to look for her: Eton Preparatory School for Boys.

It’s a stupid move. Insane. But she doesn’t have a choice.

Instead of completing her senior year with the popular crowd, she’s being forced to hide in a school with exactly zero XX chromosomes. Even worse, she’s somehow supposed to act like the Neanderthals walking the halls.

But then she meets the guys next door—the smoking-hot ones. And it doesn’t help that one in particular could unravel her in a heartbeat…and potentially blow her cover. How’s she supposed to resist Trey Calloway, the star hockey player who never backs down from a fight…and who never takes no for an answer?

She’s supposed to be focused on staying safe, not on the guy who’s getting under her skin. Her chilling past isn’t going to suddenly disappear.

In fact, it might just be catching up with her.

If you’re looking for a fast paced thrill ride packed with drama, suspense, romance and unexpected twists, then See No Evil is just the book for you.

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About Jordan Ford

Jordan Ford is a young adult romance author.

“Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.”

Her first series, The Big Play Novels, is based on a high school football team in the fictional town of Nelson, Idaho.

“I’ve totally fallen in love with this team and the girls that win their hearts.”

Her second series, The Brotherhood Trilogy, delves into romantic suspense and she’s enjoyed delving into more intense stories still soaked in romance.

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I have been fortunate enough to receive exclusive ARCs from the author in exchange for an honest review and I can say that I absolutely adore this Trilogy! You can check out both of my reviews in the links below! I hopefully you’ll give these books a chance because they are well worth taking a shot at! 🙂

See No Evil (Brotherhood #1) by Jordan Ford
Speak No Evil (Brotherhood #2) by Jordan Ford

Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #10 – Happy New Year!

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Bibliophile Fridays is a brand new weekly meme hosted by me 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 out readers and we hope you will all join us in our fight to raise awareness for the bibliophile population…

This weeks theme is… Happy New Year! – Pick 5 books that you are super excited to be released this year!

* Top 5 Books Related To The Weekly Theme *

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Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry
Like A Memory (SEA BREEZE meets ROSEMARY BEACH #1) by Abbi Glines
Riveted (Saints of Denver #3) by Jay Crownover
Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott

* Featured Books *

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Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGs #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon

Synopsis

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear…

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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I loved the HIM series written by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy so I was super excited when they announced that Jessie and Riley were getting their own story! I cannot wait to read this book when it was released so I just had to include it in my list. 

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Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #3
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon / B&N / Kobo

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

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About Katie McGarry

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers.

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Another amazing book series that I cannot wait to finish! I am super excited for this book and cannot wait until I get ahold of a copy. I’ve read every single series written by this extraordinary author and have loved every moment of it. I think I am most excited to see Isaiah and Rachel again from Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)! Even if it’s just for a moment!

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Like A Memory by Abbi Glines
Series: SEA BREEZE meets ROSEMARY BEACH #1
Release Date: February 14, 2017

Synopsis

One memory. 

One special summer. 

The one thing Bliss York had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now. 

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. 

She had leukemia. 

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart. 

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.

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Excerpt (provided from the author)

The door to Octavia’s swung open and out stepped a tower of boxes. I stopped, because the tower was tipping towards me, and just before it crashed I spoke.

“Careful,” I said, before reaching to steady the body behind the cardboard. “Can you see where you’re going?” 

A heard a squeal and then they came down. I moved to help when my eyes locked with a pair I knew all too well. I’d only seen eyes like that once before and they were blue and deep and cool. The long thick dark hair tumbling down past her shoulders was also familiar to me. She was older and her body now curved in all the right places. She had definitely developed since the teenage years. No longer fifteen she’d become a woman.

Bliss York had been my first love. Or so I’d thought back then. Come to find out she’d been my first lust, because I had no idea how to love. Her face could stop traffic and that was without any makeup. She was as natural as I remembered. Nothing fake about her. Her smile had once made everything perfect in my world.

“Oh, I’m sorry. . .” she said, trailing off as her eyes scanned my face. I saw the realization there. She remembered me. Knew who I was. The boy who had given her that first kiss. Told her he would love her forever. Then I left after a summer of what I thought was the beginning of forever. I’d been a bit of a dreamer back then. It was before I realized that women weren’t as soft and pretty on the inside as they were on the outside. My mother was perfect, inside and out, but my little sister Ophelia had a definite evil streak.

“You work here?” I asked before she could say my name. I didn’t want to remember that summer. I had remembered it for far too long. Once I finally got it through my head that Bliss York wasn’t the perfect girl, I’d let myself forget her entirely.

She opened her mouth to speak, then slowly nodded her head. 

I knew that Octavia had hired someone to help her get things ready. I just hadn’t been told her name. Not that it mattered. That was seven summer’s back and a part of my past that would stay there.

I picked up a fallen box. “I’m Octavia’s fiancé Nate.”  That should answer her questions and also lead her to believe I didn’t remember. “I’ll get these boxes to the recycle bin.” 

I didn’t wait for her to give me her name. I went to work picking up the rest of the fallen boxes. She didn’t move for what felt like several minutes, but was actually just a few fleeting seconds. I was tense. Not sure why. If she told me who she was and asked if I remembered, I could still act as if I’d forgotten. Seven fucking years had passed. We’d been kids then. We weren’t now. I was a different person and I was sure she was too. 

“Okay, um. . .thank you,” she said. I wanted to look up and watch her go. To take in the woman she’d become. To see just how much her body had changed. The glimpse I’d allowed myself at first had been impressive and I wanted another. She had been a beauty back then. Now she was gorgeous and I had to fucking work with this beauty for the next two weeks. 

Shit. 

This would only happen to me.

About Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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When I read about this book I couldn’t help but squeal! I am super excited that I will soon be able to jump back into the world of SEA BREEZE and ROSEMARY BEACH through their children. Ever since reading Bliss and Nate’s meeting on the beach in the last Sea Breeze novel I have been waiting and now it’s finally coming! Abbi Glines is an extraordinary author and I have read every single book she’s ever published! 🙂

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Riveted by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon / B&N / Kobo

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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Twist by Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon

Synopsis

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.

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About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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