Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) june edition

Greetings my lovely people :) it is this time of the month yet again... :) a time when I share with you guys the most awesome books that are going live in the upcoming month :) and I swear, june is the best month this year :) I have for you five amazing stories :) well, technically I already read one of them, but I'll explain it later in this post ;) but when I say that june is the best month, I mean it mainly because... ;)

"Born of legend" comes out in june!!! :) I kid you not, it's my most highly anticipated book of the year :) the newest installment in The league series by Sherrilyn Kenyon :) I love her and this series especially :) for me it's the perfect mix of adventure, sci-fi / paranormal vibes, sarcastic humor, kick-ass characters and all sorts of amazing relationships... not only romantic ones, but family bonds and friendships as well :) and after the events in the previous book I have been counting down the days to the release of this gem... and it's gonna be soooo long as well :) GAH!!! :) I can't wait to read it ;)

The second book I can't wait to read... and it's actually the most anticipated book release for my sister J ;) is "Allegiance of honor" by the talented Nalini Singh :) it's the newest addition to her Psy-changeling series and when I heard it's gonna be an ensemble cast, where instead of one main couple we will visit all the characters we already know and love, I was ecstatic :) this is a sort of paranormal genre, with shape-shifters and some other talented people, but it's really hard to describe in just a sentence or two if you are completely new to it :) but Nalini is a fantastic writer and I can't wait to see what she prepared for us with this book :)

The next two books I'm gonna be mentioning are actually from the same author :) the lovely Kristen Callihan :) so we have the conclusion to her Darkest London series, "Forevermore" :) it's been ages since I read the previous book... maybe not literally, but it feels that way cause I remember basically nothing :) it's this paranormal / steampunk-ish series and I really hope once I start to read, more details will come to me ;) even though each book revolves around a different couple, some events definitely overlaps some stories and influences them so it should be read in order :)

And the second book I want to mentioned, written by her, is the beginning of her brand new series VIP :) I actually mistakenly put "Idol" in the last month's post ;) ups... that was my bad :) but at the time of the writing, I was sure the book was gonna be out in may :) so I'm writing about it again this month :) and I absolutely cannot wait to read it :) I'm a huge fan of her writing style, so I know it's gonna be good... ;) but add to that amazing style a story about a rock star...? uuuhhhmmm... yes, please ;)

The last book that I want to mention is the one I actually already had the pleasure of reading :) "Bittersweet" by Sarina Bowen is a shiny beginning of her brand new True north series and let me tell you... :) it was phenomenal :) the writing style, the story, the characters, the banter... *sighs happily* everything is in there :) and I had the absolute pleasure of getting my hands on the ARC of this gem :) but since it was on my list way before I even knew I'm gonna have that chance, I decided to put it here anyway, so you can pre-order this baby :) believe me, you won't regret it :) my full review gonna go up on the release day but trust me :) you'll love it :)


XOXO

A

Book blitz + Giveaway: "Grin and beard it" by Penny Reid


Synopsis



Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna. 

 But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston. 

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often. 

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heartthrobs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

I am currently reading the ARC of this gem, which is amazing for soooo many reasons :) but mostly because I am a huge fan of this awesome woman :) she is a kick-ass ninja author that will hit you in all the feels... ;) her stories are unique, hilarious and just swoonworthy... *sighs dreamily* and this book is no exception :) so while I have to wait for my stop at the promo tour next week to share with you my full review, I can already tell you... buy... buy this book... buy ALL her books because she is fantastic and you need these kinds of books in your life... :) trust me :) I even have all the links here for you :)


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And just look at these lovely teasers ;)


And here's the giveaway :)


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About the author: 

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja. 

Find her online: WebsiteFacebookTwitter | Goodreads 

XOXO

A

Monday, May 30, 2016

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #15

"Tale as old as time..."
Lesson learned
And
Song of the moment

Well hello there my awesome people :) I have for you my brand new #RandomRamblings post :) this time a little bit shorter, but hey... I'm allowed to write shorter posts as well as the really long ones ;) there's gotta be some balance, right? ;) but on a totally random note, as a bonus, I can tell you a little secret... ;) I am getting closer and closer to start my very own BookTube channel ;) I even did some trial videos to see how the quality wuld be if I did it on my phone, cause I have no fancy equipment or anything... ;) not ideal, but better than I expected ;) so who knows...? ;) but that's all I can say for now :) let's go back to the actual post :) and this time, we are gonna go in the order of the headlines ;)

So to all of you Disney fans, you know exactly what I'm talking about in that first line of the headlines, am I right? ;) we all know what happened last week... the teaser for the live action version of "Beauty and the beast" was released and we all lost it ;) I certainly lost it along with all my friends that I talked about it with ;) if by any chance you missed it, I'm gonna leave the link for you right now ;)


You might be wondering why I am soooo excited about it, even though they basically show us nothing :) and the reason is... the original, animated version of "Beauty and the beast" to this day is my favourite animated movie :) I love the story, the songs... I can't explain it logically... maybe I love it so much because Belle loves to read... and by the way, do you remember that library? ;) *sighs dreamily* I would move in it and never leave ;) or maybe it's because she's different than others in her town and don't feel like she belogns there... :) there are many reasons, and if I would start examining them all we would be here forever ;) so when I found out that Disney is making a live action version of it I was ecstatic :) and the more I hear about it, the more informations we get, the more excited I am :) and after watching this little trailer way more times than I care to admit, I was in the mood to watch the original ;) so I did it :) with my favourite person, J ;) we saw it on thursday and it was just as amazing as I remember :) now I can't wait even more to see what Disney is gonna make of it :) fingers crossed they will create a magical experience, because otherwise I'm gonna be really pissed... ;)

Now about that second part of headlines... ;) if you follow my facebook page you know already, that I've been digging myself out from this huge pile of ARCs that I signed up for, for quite some time... ;) and finally there's a light at the end of that tunnel :) long story short, when I discovered that I can sign up for all these release blasts and blog tours and all that, I might have gotten a little bit carried away... ;) and by "may have" I mean it definitely happened :) so when I finally put all those dates into my calendar and saw them in one place... yeah... there might have been a moment of panic ;) but I am finally, although very slowly, reaching the end of that pile :) just a few more ARCs and I will actually be able to read the books I want to read :) and I already have a list of about 20 of them to get through :) so in a week or so I should be able to start squeezing my most anticipated books in between the ARCs :) don't get me wrong, I am very excited to read all the ARCs I signed up for, but when you know that you HAVE TO read something, cause the release dates are getting closer... it puts a pressure on you :) but hey, live and learn, right? ;) and now I know that I need to be much more picky when it comes to the events I'm choosing to be a part of :)

Last but not least, I wanted to share with you a song that's been stuck in my head for quite a few days now... and even though I have no intention of reading the book or watching the movie based on it, for many reasons that I'm not gonna get into right now ;) I absolutely love the voice of that singer and the song itself... it haunts me and I feel the need to listen to it over and over again... :) enjoy :)


That's a wrap for today people :) as always, I love to hear your opinions so be sure to leave a comment here, or on my facebook page or my Goodreads account :) I have lots of great stuff for you, so be sure to come back every day ;) cause I have for you five more new posts this week :)

XOXO

A

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Release blitz + Review: "Lost" by Carrie Aarons


Author: Carrie Aarons
Title: "Lost"
Book 1 in Captive heart duology
Main characters: Tucker Lynch and Charlotte "Char" Morsey

Synopsis 

We knew each other a lifetime ago. And then...
 We lost childhoods. We lost opportunities. We lost love.
 Fate is giving us another chance. But a chance at what?
 Because even though we’ve been brought back to each other under the worst of circumstances…
 We are still. So. Damn. Lost.


Ok, first of all, I need to disclose that I got the ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) you are a sweetheart Carrie, even though you ended this book in a cliffhanger that made me gasp and scream internally... cause it was very late at night when I finished it, so I couldn't scream out loud ;) I can hear your evil cackle from here... ;) but no worries people, the conclusion to this captivating story is only two weeks away :) yes, you read that correctly, only two WEEKS :) now that we have this stuff out of the way, let me tell you more about this story...

Yeah... about that... ;) I need to explain something else... :) it's not easy for me to write this review... and not because I hated the book, quite the opposite :) I really loved it :) but the synopsis is very vague, so I didn't know much before reading this book... and after finishing this story, I have to say that it's really the best way to do it :) so I'm gonna do my best to tell you a little bit more without actually spoiling you the surprises along the way :) so this story revolves around two people, Tucker and Char... they are now both around 25... but they knew each other from a very young age... there is quite a bit of a history between them... and we actually see some of those moments, because there are flashbacks in this story... and they were actually my favourite part :) I loved seeing our main characters at different ages, how they changed and what happened to them along the way... those little scenes here and there really added depth :) but let's go back to the now, shall we? :) their story starts with a bang ;) not literal, but close enough... they are reunited after a few years under very unexpected circumstances... then some actions lead them to spend some time, just the two of them, in the middle of nowhere.. I know, it's super vague, but I can't really say anything more without some major spoilers... so I hope you'll forgive me :) so we have just the two of them over the course of a few months, when we see how the situation changes between them, how they explain some lingering stuff between them to each other and then the book ends with a cliffhanger... but I sort of had a feeling it's gonna be something like that... though it definitely leaves you wanting more... :)

I know that was really vague, but I hope that this last part, where I share with you guys my thoughts and opinions I had throughout reading this book, will help :) I can't quite put my finger on why, but I had troubles getting behind the idea of them spending so much time in that one place... it's not like it was ruining my pleasure of reading this story, I just... I don't know... it was hard for me to get it... so let's just leave it at that and move one... :) but I do understand though why they needed to be alone to truly reconnect... this book has 2 POVs, which I am a huge fan of, especially when it is done right, like in this case :) I loved being able to get inside both of their minds... it really gave me a better perspective to understand them... not to mention the writing style... <sighs> I only read one other book by Carrie Aarons so far, with all others still on my #BookMountain, and this one, once again, proved that this woman's writing style packs an emotional punch for me... it takes me by surprise, when I least expect it... there I am, reading peacefully and bam! ;) straight in the feels... I may not always agree with what the characters are doing or why, but her books feel honest... I feel that honesty and emotions in the stories she creates... I feel like they are not written to appeal to certain "target group" or something... and that is the best way to be an author... write what feels right and honest to you and readers will appreciate it... :) I simply cannot wait what other books she will make for us :) oh, I almost forgot :) I absolutely loved to read about first time between a young teenagers that was awkward and a little bit clumsy... it was truly refreshing... not to mention that part about her period ;) I was really afraid it's gonna be one of those it-just-magically-disappeared-for-the-duration-of-the-book types of situations... :)

I don't have quotes for you today, but that's only because they would be too spoilerific :) the story is shorter in itself, since it's just half of what's waiting for us and it's intense from the very beginning... so there was no way for me to pick something out :) but be sure, the writing style is great and the story of Charlotte and Tucker will make you feel all the feels... and I do mean all of them... anger, sadness, joy, hope... <sighs> I can't wait to see how it will end :) especially since I have a feeling I'm gonna love the conclusion more than this one :)

If you are interested, I have all the links here for you :)


And how about some teasers ;)


About the author:



Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

Find her online: WebsiteFacebookTwitter | Goodreads

XOXO

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cover reveal + Giveaway: "My lady, my spy" by Sheridan Jeane



Synopsis



He’s a spy— Certain truths aren’t his to share…

London, 1854 ~ Frederick Woolsy is Queen Victoria’s finest spy. His mission at the Russian Embassy’s annual ball is one of the most critical ones of his life, but his careful plans end in disaster. The book he was assigned to secure has been stolen and now England and Russia are on the brink of war. Even worse, the love of his life has caught him in another lie (he’s a spy, certain lies are expected). However, in this case, it might mean he’ll lose her forever.

She’s a lady who demands honesty– above all else

The nights Lady Josephine Harrington spent with Frederick in her bed were glorious… enough to tempt her to consider abandoning her independence as a wealthy widow to spend her life with him. Tonight, he canceled their plans to attend the Russian Embassy’s ball, saying he would be otherwise engaged. Now he’s shown up at the event with his brother. She’s not sure what he’s up to, but she’s going to find out…if she doesn’t eviscerate him first.

Secrets and lies…

He lives in a world of shadows. She values truth and integrity. If they want to find a future together, something has to change. Fast.



Secrets and Seductions #4

Publication Date: June 21, 2016


Excerpt

Josephine finally escaped the crowded ballroom and entered the foyer. She looked around, but found no sign of Frederick or his brother. They’d both disappeared.
Movement above her on the balcony caught her attention. Was that Frederick? When he spotted her, he ducked out of sight, but she’d seen him. Of that she was certain.
Why had he gone up there? Was he merely curious about the building’s renovations? She dismissed the idea. There was more than mere curiosity driving his actions.
She moved toward the staircase, intending to follow him, but a large footman stepped in front of her, blocking the way.
“Upstairs area is restricted,” the man said in a thick Russian accent. “No guests allowed.”
Josephine glanced at the balcony again, but couldn’t spot Frederick. She knew better than to mention his flouting of the rules to the footman. Frederick must have evaded him by taking an alternate route upstairs.
She acquiesced and stepped away, glancing around the grand foyer. She spotted a door on the far side of the room leading toward the embassy offices. It wasn’t guarded. Perhaps she’d find another staircase back there.
A children’s choir began singing. The other guests around her moved. As a group passed between her and the man guarding the staircase, Josephine slipped through a side door and found herself in a corridor lined with embassy offices. There should be another, less opulent staircase nearby.
The office doors were all closed, but about halfway down the hallway she noticed one standing slightly ajar. She hurried closer to open it and when she discovered a servants’ staircase, she grinned. Frederick must have taken this route.
Josephine lifted the hem of her skirt and crept up the stairs. Her night around would end in disaster if she ran into one of the embassy’s servants. Those Russian footmen looked intimidating.
She paused when she reached the landing. The door leading to the corridor was closed, but she heard someone just outside. She paused as she tried to identify the odd shuffling sound that seemed to be moving away from her.
Cautiously, she edged open the door and peeked into the hallway. A man was sliding a cloth along the floor with his shoe, wiping up what appeared to be water.
Not just any man. Frederick.
She pushed open the door and stepped through.
At the sound, he spun to face her. His jaw dropped as his piercing blue eyes widened in surprise.“Josephine? What in blazes are you doing up here?”
“You canceled our plans for tonight. Imagine my surprise when you strolled through the ballroom.” She gave him a cold smile. “I thought I’d give you an opportunity to explain yourself before I set the dogs on you, so to speak.”

Also available in the same series (FREE on Kindle Unlimited):

#1 "It takes a spy"


Synopsis

In 1851, Cecilia Paring has serious reservations about marrying her fiancé, Devin Montlake. Gone is the boy who could capture her heart with a word or a glance and in his place is a man who has made it clear that to be a proper barrister's wife, the exciting and impulsive Cecilia must change as well.
Although Devin Montlake loves his orderly life as a barrister, he's determined to follow his roadmap to achieve his goal of becoming a judge. His biggest obstacle seems to be convincing his headstrong fiancée to fulfill her social obligations with a modicum of propriety. But when the jewelry collection belonging to Cecilia's family is stolen the night before it is to be auctioned off and Devin is framed for the crime, he discovers that following his much-loved rules won't solve this particular problem. He'll need the inventiveness of his irrepressible fiancée to catch the thief.

#2 "Lady Catherine's secret"


Synopsis

Despite Lady Catherine's love of fencing, she needs to stop pretending to be a boy and fraternizing with men…but not until after the fencing tournament! Her mother plans to marry her off by the end of the season, so this will be her last chance to enjoy her freedom. When she impulsively puts her reputation at risk to save the life of a dashing competitor, all seems lost when he sees through her disguise, but he vows never to reveal her secret. Thank goodness for gentlemanly honor!
Daniel, Marquess of Huntley, wants to overcome the rumors of his father's madness so that he can be embraced by London society. His plan is to marry the most proper woman who will have him, and then raise stable, respectable children. He certainly isn't interested in some hoyden with a penchant for masquerading as a boy and flaunting society's rules. In fact, he'd prefer to keep his distance. 

When an obsessed suitor discovers Catherine's secret and threatens blackmail, the only path out of social ruin is marriage. But what kind of protection does matrimony provide when a vengeful suitor is plotting the ultimate revenge?

 
#3 "Once upon a spy"


Synopsis

London, 1854 ~ Robert, Earl of Wentworth, isn’t a spy, and he never wants to be one, but when his brother is injured and needs his help stealing an important book from the Russian embassy, he can’t refuse.

Antonia has lost everything. If she wants her life back, she needs that book. The problem is, Lord Wentworth just stole it from the Russian Ambassador.
The reluctant spy and the daring thief find themselves at cross-purposes. Who will win in this dangerous game of nations— especially when their hearts are at stake as well?

a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:




Sheridan Jeane writes exciting and emotion-packed historical romances set in the Victorian Era that confront issues of trust and conformity.
With the advent of the industrial age, life was changing. Many people tried to hold on to the old ways of life while others embraced the new opportunities open to them.
Join Sheridan as she explores the clash between the old and the new.
Sheridan has always loved books, history, and stories about amazing people who blaze new trails.
Despite naming their daughter Sheridan because they thought it might someday look great on the cover of a book, Sheridan's parents urged her in a more practical direction for college. Sheridan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in English.

Find her online: BlogFacebookTwitter | Goodreads

XOXO

A