Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Release Day Blitz+ARC Review: "The Queen" (The Masterpiece Duet #2) by Skye Warren








Title: The Queen
Series: The Masterpiece Duet #2
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2017



Blurb

I have one chance at a new life. A college education. A future outside of Tanglewood's dark walls. For a breathless moment it seems like I might actually escape.

Then I get a phone call from home.

Damon Scott is my own personal dragon, the fight I've always lost, the secret hope of my heart. And he needs my help right now. Only my mind can solve the puzzle. Only my presence can keep him sane as the city fights against him.

Only my heart can unlock a man with such a tragic past.

This is my final gamble, with everything at stake. One last game to win a future for both of us.

And a love strong enough to break the city apart.

THE QUEEN is the final novel in the bestselling Masterpiece duet, about a game of lies and loyalty, of betrayal and power, and ascension to the city's throne.







Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS





Trailer



Excerpt

I flinch, glad he can’t see me across two thousand miles. Even working in the kitchens most nights only covers my food, my textbooks. Not the tuition bill. “You’re the one who wanted him to work for you. You’re the one who made him the stake in our last game.”

“And you’re the one who lost,” he says lightly.

“Do you know where he is?”

“Of course. Like you said, he works for me. I would be a careless employer if I let my men go wandering off, gambling and racking up debt and questioning their loyalty to me.”

A shiver runs through me. “Then where is he?”

“He’s a grown-up, Penny. Like you are now. He’s responsible for himself. You only need to worry about your studies. I’m sure Algebraic Topology is taking up plenty of your focus.”

It’s one of my courses this semester. How does he know that?

“Stop playing with me.”

“Why should I?” he says with a soft laugh. “It’s so much fun.”

Frustration stings my eyes, hot and damp. I look up at the wide-open sky, willing myself not to cry. There are a million stars visible here, most of the land owned by Smith College or one of the other campuses. So much land, so much pride. There aren’t buildings climbing on top of other buildings, as if they might sink into the concrete ground if they don’t. There aren’t glass towers reaching to an endless black sky.

“I’m never coming back,” I say abruptly.

His laugh falls silent. “I know.”

“I hate it there. I hate Tanglewood and being powerless. And most of all I hate you.”

The last part is a lie, because I don’t hate him. I’m drawn to him; I’m repelled by him. It’s far too complex a relationship, an equation I’ve never been able to write. It makes me wonder if I’m lying about the other parts—if maybe some twisted part of me misses home.

If some twisted part of me misses being powerless, too.

“Ah, Penny,” he says, sounding infinitely weary. “I hate you too.”

The words shock me, but the hurt inside shocks me more. He shouldn’t be able to wound me. Three years away from home, growing up, growing strong. It should have been enough armor to protect against anything he could say to me. But the arrow sinks deep, proving that I’ll never be able to escape him.

“What did I do to you?” I ask, quiet, in a voice like I’m six years old again. Like I’m speaking to the wild boy I found by the lake, one I lured into my trailer like a wolf.

He answers the same way, a surly teenage boy, fierce and vulnerable at once. “You made me care. You made me want, when I needed to leave. You made me feel, when I would have preferred to die. You brought me back to life.”

And I condemned him to torture. That’s what happened when he sacrificed himself so that I could stay safe. Two children with so few choices. “I’m sorry,” I whisper.

“Don’t worry. I got my revenge, after all.”

My blood runs cold, almost subzero at the words. There’s only one person left in my sad little family. One person he could hurt. “Did you hurt him?”

“By giving him a job when he couldn’t hold one down? By paying him enough that his daughter could escape the city, could go to a fancy college instead of becoming a corner-store whore? Yes, I’ve been horrible to him. A monster.”

“Then why isn’t he answering his phone?”

In the pause I can picture him in a three-piece suit, reclining in one of his ridiculously expensive leather chairs. Some amber liquid in a crystal-cut glass. “Don’t come back,” he says, his voice grim. “You made it out of here. Let that be enough.”

A soft click ends the connection, leaving me bereft.

And more worried than before.


Something is happening in Tanglewood, something bad enough for my father not to call, something horrible enough that even Damon Scott has warned me away. I look up at the infinite stars, but they’re dimmer than before. The whole world muted. It wasn’t a new life that I found so far from home. It was a long dream, and now I’m painfully awake.





REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I really enjoyed this book. While dark romance is not a genre I read easily, due to showing some unpleasant themes, this one gave a heavy weight to the emotional development of both Damon and Penny, as they both struggled with their feelings for each other and their past.

There is action, and cameos from the first series. Despite it's alost short length, the story feels complete and gives a satisfied ending to all the characters.




Also Available


FREE prequel novella!!

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS



AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS



The Endgame Series


AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU



AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU



AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS




 Author Bio

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 



 Author Links

Cover Reveal+Giveaway: "Brave" (The Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer Armentrout


Welcome to the cover reveal of the final book of the Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer Armentrout! It's needless to say that these have been some of the most ethereal, beautiful under water covers I've seen!

So make sure to pre-order the new book and enter the giveaway below!





SYNOPSIS: 

Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself. Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…




PRE-ORDER ON





To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE! 

And best of all 
-- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 
- Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET 
- Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17 
- Open Internationally



BIO:


 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Website: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLArmentrout Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_l_armentrout/



GIVEAWAY INFO 
• PRIZE: SURPRISE SIGNED PRIZE PACK (containing multiple signed books & swag) 
• OPEN INTERNATIONAL 
• ENDS 10/2/17



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books On My Fall TBR List! (and it has so much more!)


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #119: This list will feature my fall TBR list and maybe I'll try to choose the best 10? :)


10: The Loneliest girl in the universe by Lauren James: A sci-fi thriller with mystery and romance! I loved Lauren's previous books and I'm sure I'll love this one too!




9: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: Give me blood! And romance and adventure! I love the first book of the series and I hope to see some more revamping of the classics here! (like the Wolfman of Jekyl anf Hyde!)




8: The Emperor of Evening stars by Laura Thalassa: Despite this book being a novella is also one of my anticipated books! The series, while carrying a vibe of ACOTAR in it is completely a NA with amazing world-building and romance!




7: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (almost) as awesome as me by Carrie DiRisio: I'm excited for this one too! I love the Twitter handle of Broody who always makes me laugh! This is also a nice slap to all the tropes we see in YA.




6: Devils and Thieves by Jennifer Rush: Motorcycle clubs meet magic! This is quite a unique combination and I'm curious too!




5: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater: I loved The Raven Boys series and I was quite excited to learn about this upcoming book too! The blurb is strange and exciting and the cover is beautiful too!




4: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: I really-really want this book! It has gorgerous art by Charlie Bowater (you know her for her fanart on ACOTAR AND the coloring book) and for a strange reason I keep expecting to meet Lucien here too!




3: Renegades by Marissa Meyer: Super-heroes and villains? Romance? Sign me in! I couldn't expect anything less by the author of the Lunar Chronicles!




2: Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore: Latina bi girls and a curse! Anna's wiritng and stories belong to my tiny list of the most poetic colorful writing I've ever read!




1: The Silenced Tale (The Accidental Turn #3) by J.M. Frey: Although there is no cover yet, this is one of my most anticiapted books! The second book ended with quite a blast and I can't help but wonder what will happen to my favorite heroes!







Honorable mentions to some books of my 2018 list!











Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cover Reveal: "Maverick" (North Ridge #2) by Karina Halle

SBPRBanner-Maverick-CR.jpg

Maverick by Karina Halle Release Date: October 10th Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Maverick, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is coming October 10th!!!

Maverick-print-for-web.jpg


Maverick is a complete standalone novel and the second book about the rough and rugged Nelson brothers. Get ready for one wild alpha mountain man - Canada's never felt so hot!

Forget playing it safe.
John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.
When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.

That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.
With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.
But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.

Preorder Today for ONLY 99 cents!

Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/Trpi1f

Meet Karina:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both selfpublished and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.



Connect with Karina:

Join her Reader Group: https://goo.gl/wpCBSS
Stay up to date with Karina by signing up for her newsletter here: https://goo.gl/Ve4eCh

Review: "Godsgrave" (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff


Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.


Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.





BUY ON 



REVIEW


If you think that you are a hard-core survivor of Jay Kristoff's books, then you are in the right place! Godsgrave is the epic continuation of the Nevernight Chronicles series, which has risen as one of the best NEW ADULT books the YA community has seen!

Murder, politics, plotting and oh so many shadows! This world, a mix of Roman history, religion, magic and sci-fi (because I love to think that there is a solar system with this world in it!) is never boring and always evolving!



Mia has become finally the trained assassin she always wanted, but still she desires the death of the ones who killed her family. When secrets about the Red Church come to the surface, Mia, Mr Kindly and Eclipse, her shadow passengers will go undercover in one of the greatest gladiator contests which takes palce in Godsgrave. There will be present both Scaeva and Duomo, the men who destroyed her family.

So, in as much few words I can muster without spoiling, the second book is "Gladiator" meets assassins, meets...every bit of monster you can think! Through the third POV we get to see not only Mia but other contestants, the collegium Mia poses as a gladiator in training and of course the mystery behind Mia's powers.



The new characters were amazing, complex with every tragic story that followed in this book. No character of Jay Kristoff's is safe! I assure you! The sex in this book? Well, let's just say that you fan yourself right from the beginning (I repeat this is a NEW ADULT). The romance? I liked it but I'll always be shipping Tric and Mia.

Godgrave, though really kicked in pace from the moment Mia arrived on the games. The fighting, the surprises, EVERYTHING was glorious and bloody. If you read my GoodReads progress you'll understand. The footnotes of the book were also really amazing sarcastic and funny.

The ending? Let's just say that I was left in a cliffhanger...again with a big fat nice "Star Wars" moment.






The first book of the series







About the author:

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.





Cover Reveal: "#HookUp" (Hashtag series Coloring Book) by Cambria Hebert






#HookUp
Cambria Hebert
Publication date: October 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Your #HookUp for all things #Hashtag.
Missing your favorite #family?
This is your exclusive invitation back into their world.
#HookUp is an explosion of the award-winning #Hashtag series by Cambria Hebert and makes the perfect collector’s item
and addition to the series.
It’s a coloring book, but not just any coloring book.
#HookUp includes coloring pages that will rock your world, a #Hashtagthemed word search, recipes from your favorite characters, and…
Are you ready?
Bonus scenes!
Four bonus scenes total—two of which are brand new!
Find out what your favorite gang is up to these days.
So what are you waiting for?
Get the #HookUp!




Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ARC Review Blitz: "Drunk On You" (Hope Town #4) by Harper Sloan





  It was supposed to be fun. A mutual use of each other's bodies. To be a ruse to the world around us. I wanted to be free from my ex, and he wanted to escape his.   One drunken night turned a joke into a life-changing moment. He warned me not to fall for him, and I should've listened.
He intoxicated me.
He made me crave him.
He ruined me.
In the end, I'll never be the same.  

 

Kobo | iBooksUS AMAZON | UK AMAZON | CA | AUBN 

     

                       



REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

While I haven't read the previous books of this series I liked how familiar all the secondary characters felt. The story centers around Nikki and Shane who through their common friends come together in a bit of explotion, along with a friends-with-benefits relationship.

Quickly though they both devolop feelings for each but their insecurities stop them from expressing themselves. The book is quite steamy with a slight touch of BDSM in it (nothing FSOG worthy I promise.)







Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

Facebook | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Release Day Blitz+Giveaway+Excerpt: "The Superhero Syndrome" (Solstice Survivors #1) by Caryn Larrinaga

Today we have the release day blitz for Superhero Syndrome by Caryn Larrinaga! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!




Title: Superhero Syndrome

Author: Caryn Larrinaga

Genre: Paranormal Romance

About Superhero Syndrome:

Tess McBray was dying. The Solstice Syndrome had no cure, and she resigned herself to an early grave. But just when she gave up on survival, all her symptoms mysteriously disappeared. All but one symptom, anyway. Something is wrong with Tess’s hands. They absorb any material they touch, and her skin turns to wood, or steel, or concrete. It doesn’t take this comic-book obsessed 21- year-old long to figure out what’s going on: somehow, she’s developed super powers. And she’s not the only one; across the country, people are coming forward and sharing their gifts with the world. In her own city, where the police are battling a human trafficking operation, a masked vigilante called The Fox is saving lives and stopping criminals. Tess doesn’t know where she fits into this new, super-powered world. But when people around her start disappearing, she can’t just sit on the sidelines. Teaming up with The Fox might be the only way to rid her city of evil and save the people she loves most.  

Amazon | Add On Goodreads!


                                      Exclusive Excerpt:

I felt someone’s eyes on me but ignored them. I knew what I looked like. I knew how my hazel eyes had started to look too big for their sockets and how my swollen joints looked wildly out of proportion with my thin limbs. I snuggled into the blankets and pulled out my sketch pad, drawing the people around me to keep my fingers warm. In front of me, a short woman with poofy red curls was digging around in a picnic basket, handing sandwiches to the two small children who sat beside her. To my right, a middleaged guy with glasses was cringing as he tried to pop the cork on a champagne bottle. I flinched when he finally succeeded. The cork shot off into the trees, and the people around him laughed nervously, probably as happy as I was that they hadn’t lost an eye. A lump formed in my throat, and I gripped my pencil tighter as I sketched. Everyone here had a future. They had something to look forward to tomorrow… and the day after that. Once the meteor shower was over, they’d go home to warm kitchens and cups of hot cocoa and talk about how perfect and beautiful the night had been. And I… well, I’d be here until someone found me, I supposed. The sky above us was rapidly darkening. Millions of stars shone, and everyone in the clearing stared upward, waiting for the show to begin.
The universe did not disappoint. Sometime around midnight, a streak of light appeared above me. I gasped as it bolted partway across my field of vision before vanishing. A few minutes later, another appeared. Then another. It was unlike any meteor shower I’d ever seen, and from the gasps and oohs around me, I could tell I wasn’t alone in my awe. I tasted salt. When did I start crying? The cold seeped through my jacket and Davies’ blanket, stinging my skin, but it didn’t bother me. My tears could freeze right on my face for all I cared. I could melt into the ground beneath me and not even feel it. There was no looking away; I was riveted by the magic above me. Three lights appeared in the sky at once. They were much brighter than the streaks that had preceded them, and they tore through the stars like soldiers rushing into battle.
My eyes went wide. I knew it had to be an optical illusion, but they appeared to be coming right at me. As the meteors sped toward the clearing, a rushing sound filled my ears, growing louder with each breath. A wave of nausea hit me, and I realized I was about to pass out. It’d been happening a lot lately. The edges of my vision fuzzed into blackness, but the cluster of meteors shone in the center, still appearing to speed directly at me.
This is it, I thought. This was no ordinary fainting spell. It was different; I could feel it. The skin from the top of my head down to the soles of my feet began to tingle and burn, and my heart pounded in my ears. These were my last moments. A face, so much like my own, swam in front of my eyes. My sister smiled at me, but her eyes were filled with sadness. “Goodbye, Bethany,” I whispered. And the world went dark.

 


About Caryn Larrinaga:

Caryn Larrinaga is a Basque-American mystery, horror, and urban fantasy writer living in Utah with her husband and cats. Her debut novel Donn’s Hill (March 2017, Immortal Works Press) garnered rave reviews from fans of the cozy mystery and paranormal genres, and her new urban fantasy Superhero Syndrome (September 2017, Twisted Tree Press) will be out this fall. Watching scary movies through split fingers terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write now. She lives in a 90- year-old house with a colorful history, and the creaking walls and narrow hallways send her running (never walking) up the stairs from her basement. Exploring her fears through writing makes Caryn feel a little less foolish for wanting a buddy to accompany her into the tool shed. When her fingers aren't glued to her laptop keyboard, Caryn also enjoys binge-watching Netflix with her husband, reading, playing video games, and filling up her phone's flash memory with pictures of her cats. She loves music and plays the bass guitar. Caryn is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and the Utah Chapter of the Horror Writers Association.  

Twisted Tree Press | Website | Email | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram




Enter Caryn’s Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway