Waiting on Wednesday (66)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

Click HERE to view all my ‘Waiting on Wednesday‘ posts.

I’m waiting for…

Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

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This book sounds amazing, and the cover is gorgeous! What are you waiting for this week?

Month in Review: May 2017

In this meme, I talk about what I’ve been upto in the past month.

May was a very productive month for me, especially in terms of writing, reading and blogging. Unfortunately, it’s also a sad month. My father’s birthday on May 21 – he would’ve been seventy this year, but he passed away nineteen years ago. And today, May 31, would’ve been my Grandma’s ninetieth birthday. Sadly, she passed away seven months ago. So while May is a tough month for me, a month of remembering and trying to move past the pain, I also managed to be productive – probably drowning myself in books, maybe even a little oto much.

Anyway, back to business. I managed to review an amazing 31 books in May, so 1 a day (although I read 2-3 books some days, and 0 books on other days, and some were books I read in April but hadn’t reviewed yet).

  1. Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories by Bernard Ditchik
  2. A Daughter’s Curse by C.J. Davidson
  3. Jaeth’s Eye (The Agartes Epilogues #1) by K.S. Villoso
  4. The Brain Show by Zeev Nitsan
  5. From the Nile to Jordan by Ada Aharoni
  6. A Blue-Eyed Asset by Dana Arama
  7. Blood on the Ground by Paul Usiskin
  8. Operation Child Soldier by Jaci Wheeler
  9. Thin Air by Yotam Jacobson
  10. No Medals Today by Shlomi Tal
  11. Blood Moon by Nancy Gray
  12. Aina’s Breath (The Agartes Epilogues #2) by K.S. Villoso
  13. Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
  14. Drakon Book 1: The Sieve by C.A. Caskabel
  15. Sweet Tales: The Adventures of Brittany and Lace by Laurie Hyman
  16. Domme Experience by Simone Freier
  17. The Kingdom by Amir Or
  18. Married to the Mossad by Shalva Hessel
  19. Riversnow by Tess Thompson
  20. I Love you My Child, I’m Abandoning You by Ariela Palacz
  21. Double Interest by Odeda Yaari
  22. The Hand: The Mirror of the Soul by Talma Brill
  23. Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay
  24. Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1) by J.C. Andrijeski
  25. No Rest for the Wicked by Krystal Jane Ruin
  26. Sapphire’s Flight (The Agartes Epilogues #3) by K.S. Villoso
  27. List of 10: The True Story of Serial Killer Joseph Naso by C.L. Swinney
  28. Dreamwalkers by Tiaan Lubbe
  29. City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff
  30. Feeble Connections by Meghana Sarathy
  31. Drakon Book 2: Uncarved by C.A. Caskabel

I also hosted several starter day parties this month.

And I also participated in release blitzes and cover reveals.

Last but not least, here’s this month’s spotlights, excerpts, interviews and guest posts.

Teaser Tuesdays (73)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

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Here is my teaser:

“Papa thinks it’s my fault Mama died. I killed her getting born.” She looked at me as if daring me to say something. Anything at all. No matter what it was, she’d get mad all over again.

~ p. 18 One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn

What’s your teaser for this week?

Book Review: Drakon Book 2: Uncarved by C.A. Caskabel

Title: Uncarved (Drakon Book 2)
Author: C.A. Caskabel
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“How do the Uncarved die? They bleed to death. Always.” Fourteen-winter-old Da-Ren joins the Uncarved, the chosen few destined to lead the Tribe. More than forty children train and compete for the next five springs; only one will become Khun and fulfill the Tribe’s destiny.  Da-Ren’s ambition and strength will keep him alive but can he overcome his most powerful and cunning adversary, the one favored by witches and men? The Goddess and the Ouna-Mas will try to nest in his heart, but is he prepared for the one woman he is brought up to hate? As war and hunger strangle the Tribe, the stakes of love, duty, and betrayal are higher than ever. A young man’s first kill. A young man’s first kiss. A coming-of-age tale with non-stop action.

 

Drakon Book 2: Uncarved is the second book in the Drakon series. I previously reviewed the first book in the series, and really enjoyed it, so I was eager to get started on the second book. In fact, I was a bit bummed I had to put it on the back burner for a few days because I had to finish some other books first.

Anyway, back to the story. Da-Ren is back in this second installment. After having survived The Sieve, he now joins the Uncarved, the chosen few destined to lead their tribe. With forty children training and competing for the next five years, only one of them will end up becoming Khun (which actually reminded me a lot of the Khan, like The Great Khan from the Mongolian Empire). Now he’s older and wiser, he begins to feel uncertain about some particularities about his tribe and the things he’s always believed in. As he starts to doubt things he’s never doubted before, and begins to question what he’s always considered the truth, he learns a lot more about himself and his tribe than he thought possible.

The book is brutal at times, but then again, so is war and so is the society Da-Ren is growing up in. Politics are just as important as strengths and intelligence. The writing is just as fast-paced as in book one, and combined with the expanding world-building (we learn more about Da-Ren’s world and culture than in book one) and Da-Ren evolving and gorwing as a character, Uncarved makes for an intriguing sequel.

I really enjoyed this book, and finished it in one sitting. Of course, now I can’t wait to find out what happens next. If you enjoy fantasy, I would definitely recommend giving this series a try.

 

Book Review: Feeble Connections by Meghana Sarathy

Title: Feeble Connections

Author: Meghana Sarathy

Genre: New Adult Romance / Sports Romance / College Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

A charming Casanova; Brandon
A Beautiful, Sassy woman in search of true love; Jennifer
A cocky basketball player; Linden
Three lives, two best friends and one uinque love story.
Feeble Connection spins the tale of two friends- Jennifer and Brandon, who meet in college. They were opposite on many grounds and yet perfect for one another. More so as best friends. The love that blossomed in their hearts never made it to their lips. It was Jennifer’s lost hope or perhaps Brandon’s ignorance to understand his own feelings that made him pave the way for Jennifer to meet Linden . He was very different from Brandon and yet he managed to steal her heart.
Can first love be truly forgotten?
Is second love truly that strong?
Is it even possible to love two people at same time?
* The Love Connection Series can be started with Feeble Connections. It is the prequel to Love Connection. Love Connection  and Love Reconnection are already available for purchase on amazon.
** NOT a menage
Recommended for 18+ due to sexual content and profanity.

Feeble Connections is a prequel of sorts, to the Love Connection series. I hadn’t read this series yet but the first book has me intrigued, so I might pick it up when I have some spare time. From Goodreads, it looks like there are already two books out in that series, so I have some catching up to do.

Anyway, Feeble Connections is the story of Brandon, a charming Casanova; Jennifer, a beautiful young woman desperate to find true love; and Linden. Jennifer and Brandon meet in college and they connect as friends. While they’re both in love with each other, neither of them dares say it out loud and then, before Brandon can truly understand the depths of his own feelings, Jennifer is swept away by Linden. While very different from Brandon, Linden nevertheless manages to steal Jennifer’s heart.

This is a story of friendship, love, heartbreak, of connections forged and destroyed, of romance. I preferred Brandon over Linden, I thought Linden was actually quite selfish and that he chose his own interests over Jennifer’s way too often. I was rooting for Brandon all the way.

An intriguing NA romance suitable for audiences 18+.

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (110)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

What are you planning to read this week?

Book Tours: Book Spotlight About Last Summer

Title: About Last Summer

Author: Patricia B. Tighe

Genre: YA Romance

Pretend to be from Spain? Act like she can barely speak English? Sure, why not? It wouldn’t be the first time Gabby Vega had agreed to a challenge from her best friend, Kenzie. Besides, it’s only for a week of vacation with Kenzie’s cousins. Gabby will prove to Kenzie she can keep up the fake identity for the whole trip—that she’s not a quitter.

There’s just one major surprise. Noah Jernigan is also staying with Kenzie’s cousins. Noah, the boy she fell in love with at drama camp last summer and the boy she had to dump when it was over. The boy who knows who she really is.

Noah can’t believe it when Gabby appears at the Bryson’s vacation home in the New Mexico mountains. He hasn’t seen her in a year. It practically took that long just to get over her. And now she’s Gabriela from Spain? All he wants is to get as far away as he can. Or maybe the exact opposite. Stick as close to her as possible and find out what the heck happened last summer. And definitely get some payback.

Now Gabby has to keep Noah at arm’s length as she pretends to be Gabriela. She doesn’t want to answer his questions or rehash last summer. Because one thing is clear—the more time she spends with Noah, the more she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.

Links

Buy on Amazon

Add on Goodreads

Author Bio

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

Website: www.patriciabtighe.com

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Giveaway

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party How to Write a Business Plan for Writers

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for nonfiction “How to Write a Business Plan for Writers”. The tour runs from May 29 to June 5.

Tour Schedule

May 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 30th: Book Excerpt @ Lovely Love Day

May 31st: Book Review @ Fascinating Quest

June 1st: Guest Post @ Editing Pen

June 2nd: Book Review @ Read Day and Night

June 4th: Book Excerpt and Book Review @ Laura’s Interest

June 5th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Authors & Publishing

About the Book

Title: Writing a Business Plan for Writers

Author: Tiffany Shand

Genre: Nonfiction

When you wrote your first book you thought you’d sit back, watch the royalties roll in and start working on your next book, right? Being an author today is so much more than just writing. Writing is a business and has to be treated like one.
In this short ebook I’ll take your through the reasons why you need a business plan, how to write one and the different elements that make up one to help you become a successful author.

Author Bio

Tiffany Shand was born in Essex, UK and started writing short stories when she was a child.

She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens. Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance during this time.

She writes both non-fiction and fiction, and love helping writers to build their author platforms.

After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s, she is now a freelance writer and professional editor.

Tiffany lives in Essex with her two spoiled cats and one very nutty hamster.

Find Tiffany on:

Amazon Link for How To Write A Business Plan

Tiffany’s Website

Tiffany’s blog

Eclipse Editing

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Release Blitz Feeble Connections

About the Book

Title: Feeble Connections
Author: Meghana Sarathy
Genre: New Adult Romance / College Romance / Sports Romance
A charming Casanova; Brandon
A Beautiful, Sassy woman in search of true love; Jennifer
A cocky basketball player; Linden
Three lives, two best friends and one uinque love story.
Feeble Connection spins the tale of two friends- Jennifer and Brandon, who meet in college. They were opposite on many grounds and yet perfect for one another. More so as best friends. The love that blossomed in their hearts never made it to their lips. It was Jennifer’s lost hope or perhaps Brandon’s ignorance to understand his own feelings that made him pave the way for Jennifer to meet Linden . He was very different from Brandon and yet he managed to steal her heart.
Can first love be truly forgotten?
Is second love truly that strong?
Is it even possible to love two people at same time?
* The Love Connection Series can be started with Feeble Connections. It is the prequel to Love Connection. Love Connection  and Love Reconnection are already available for purchase on amazon.
** NOT a menage
Recommended for 18+ due to sexual content and profanity.
 

Teasers




Author Bio

Meghana Sarathy is from Bangalore, India. She is an avid reader and also a writer.  She mainly reads and writes Adult and New Adult romance, as well as dark and psychological thrillers. She has a special affinity towards love triangles and angst filled stories. Her all time favorite characters are her very own characters- Jennifer, Brandon and Linden. She tends to fall hard for boys who are either cocky or, good flirts and total charmers.

She spends most of her free time reading, writing or watching anime. Depending on her mood, she tends to write two to three books at a time. She is a crazy fan of Dragonball Z and can be seen watching the episodes in repeat. Vegeta is her all time favorite anime character.

Links

Goodreads

Amazon US

Amazon UK

iTunes

Smashwords

B&N

Kobo

Giveaway

Win an eBook bundle of the Love Connection Series (3 books).
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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Forgotten

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for paranormal romance “Forgotten”. The tour runs from May 29 to June 5.

Tour Schedule

May 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 30th: Author Interview @ Spunk and Hunks

May 31st: Promo Post @ Books, Dreams, Life

June 1st: Promo Post @ Illusions of Intimacy

June 3rd: Author Interview @ Leigh Anderson Romance Blog

June 4th: Promo Post @ Bright Street Books

June 5th: Book Review @ Books, Books & More Books

About the Book

Title: Forgotten

Author: Krista Street

Genre: Paranormal Romance

I thought I was alone. Nobody else had a forgotten past, mysterious tattooed symbol and extrasensory ability. Then I found others like me in a small Colorado town – others with broken memories and strange gifts.
Among them the dark eyed man I’m inexplicably drawn to. When I’m with him, my body remembers what my mind cannot, but as much as I crave his touch and presence, there’s a restlessness inside me I can’t ignore.
I need to know what happened to me.

Author Bio

Krista Street is a Minnesota native but has lived throughout the U.S. and in another country or two. She loves to travel, read, and spend time in the great outdoors. When not writing, Krista is either spending time with her family, sipping a cup of tea, or enjoying the hidden gems of beauty that Minnesota has to offer.

Links

https://www.kristastreet.com/