Posted in Book Review, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel – 5/5 Stars

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Title: Black Bird of the Gallows
Author: Meg Kassel
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Published: September 5, 2017
My Rating: 5 Stars +

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


“Fly with me, baby, there’s nothing to fear. Stay with me today, before you have to go. Be with me, baby, no need to hide. In the light of the new day, the fire’s burning low. Can’t stop searching, for some spark of hope. Find your way to dry land, the sea will drag me down. Swimming to the far shore, to the lonely underground. You’ll be gone before I’ve drowned. Before I ever make a sound, I’ll never make a sound…”


I. Loved. This. Book.
To say this book was good is like saying that Florida is warm in the summer. Florida is dang hot in the summer, and this book is dang awesome!!!

I loved the characters. Especially the two main characters, Angie and Reece, and yes I really liked their relationship. A lot of people compared the romance to Twilight’s instalove. So, yes, if you don’t like that kind of thing you might not enjoy the romance. I, however, loved the romance in Twilight (it’s the only thing I like about Twilight) and I loved watching this romance develop.

But, even if you don’t like the romance….this book is SO MUCH MORE!!! The crows, the folklore of harbingers of death, the bees (I’m still trying to sort that out in my head, and hope with further Books on the series to understand…why bees) and very old curses. There lots of action/adventure, survival stuff. This book is filled with a lot!!! I don’t want to give away too much, so that’s why I’m being vague, but I want you to know this isn’t just a romance book, and it’s definitely NOT BORING!!!

If you like Young Adult, Paranormal, Folklore, Romance, Action/Adventure Survival stuff…then give this book a try. I really think you’ll like it. I gave it 5/5 Stars.

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Posted in Book Blitz, Coming of Age, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Book Blitz: Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 27 September till 3 October. See the tour schedule here.

Ugly Beautiful GirlUgly Beautiful Girl
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

Blurb:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That’s me. And I don’t want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn’t make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can’t be together because it isn’t real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren’t meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.

You can find Ugly Beautiful Girl on Goodreads

You can buy Ugly Beautiful Girl here on Amazon
Ugly Beautiful Girl is available on Kindle Unlimited

Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
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Posted in Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Bookstagram Blitz: Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis

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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis. This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. This bookstagram blitz runs from 26 September till 2 October. See the tour schedule here.

The Saven box set including all 5 books in this series will be discounted for a limited time to only $0.99! That’s only $0.99 for 1,300 pages of heart-stopping adventure, intriguing mystery, and swoony romance. You can buy your copy on Amazon.

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by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 26 September, 2017

Blurb:
A girl with a hidden past. An alien prince. Their unlikely attraction could save two worlds… or doom them all…

Sadie Owens desperately needed a do-over. When she’s chosen for a six-month residency in a government-run undersea city, she willingly drops everything to participate. After all, the experiment could be a huge step forward for her overcrowded planet and her life. She also doesn’t mind living next door to a hot alien with ocean-blue eyes…

Logan Chandler has kept a lot of secrets for his species. If humans knew the real reason the Saven were on Earth, then their coexistence would be anything but peaceful. But he can’t help falling for the different and beautiful Sadie. Unfortunately, protecting the girl of his destiny could destroy his own kind…

As Logan gives Sadie mixed signals, the mystery of the Saven starts to unravel.

When she finally understands what’s at stake, is it too late for Sadie to save her heart and the human race?

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You can find the Saven Series Box Set on Goodreads

You can buy the Saven Series Box Set for only $0.99 on Amazon

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My Review

I love this series, it is my favorite!
It starts out a little bit dystopian, but is really a lot of sci-fi (but not too heavy on the science), with aliens and romance, oh yeah! and also it’s Young Adult. The writing is fantastic, in my opinion! Wonderful world development (there are many worlds to explore too!), in-depth character development and everything just flowed in a way that I had trouble putting it down!! The characters were really great…some were a little mysterious at first, some were a little hard to like at first, but as all is revealed and as the characters grew you really became invested. I loved Sadie, she was an amazing girl. She didn’t think she was at the beginning of the series, but she grows and she meets Logan who shows her a side of herself she did not know. Logan makes her feel really special.

I love all of the characters in this series so much, but especially Sadie and Logan.❤️

The action in this series was very intense and had you not wanting to put down the book. That’s the beauty of this set, you don’t have to wait for the next book to come out, or go and purchase it! Because when these books end, you will NEED the next book ASAP!!!!

Siobhan Davis writes a wonderful series where you visit different worlds, explore different technologies and meet new alien species and witness a romance like no other. This is a series that you won’t want to miss!

 

SiobhanAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:
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Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the bookstagram blitz for the Saven Series Box Set. There will be two winners. One winner will win a signed copy of Saven Deception and one winner will win a $10 Amazon gift card. Open international.

To enter this giveaway you need to make a picture of the book Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis and post it on social media with the hashtag #SavenSeriesGiveaway.


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Posted in Paranormal, Release Blitz, Romance, Shapeshifters

Jaw Dropping by L.P. Maxa is AVAILABLE NOW!

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THE PERFECT MATCH

Lincoln Sumner’s life is perfect. He gets to live every man’s dream: He’s in a perpetual state of adolescence working as a baseball coach at St. Leasing Boarding School for Boys. He bags all the chicks he wants, vacations around the world every summer, drives a hot car too fast, and has the best packmates in the world. “Forever” is not in the stars for Linc. Then the gorgeous new school nurse arrives.

Madden West’s life is perfect. Working her dream job as a trauma nurse in short-term gigs all over the world, she lives life on her terms, goes where she wants and does what she wants with whomever she wants to do it. When the opportunity to become the school nurse at St. Leasing falls into her lap, she says, “Sure, why not? Never been to Colorado.” When she meets sexy baseball coach Linc Sumner, she thinks, “There’s my next fling.” Until everything changes and forever is more than a possibility, it’s the reality she was sure she never wanted, but now craves.

Posted in Contemporary, Release Blitz, Romance

Release Blitz: Racer by Katy Evans

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Racer by Katy Evans

 

Publication Date: September 28th, 2017

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Racer, an all-new standalone in the Real Series from New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans is LIVE!

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A bad boy with something to prove.

A woman with a mission.

The race of their lives.

The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.

Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep…

but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss….

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse.

He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.

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About the Author:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

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Connect with the Author:

Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorKatyEvans

Twitter: @authorkatyevans#rel

 

Posted in Contemporary

#BadMoonRising Author Preview #IndieAuthor #horror #thriller

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Get ready to add to those towering TBRs, folks – Bad Moon Rising starts this Sunday!  Thirty-one plus horror/thriller indie authors featured throughout the month of October right here on Books & Such – make sure to visit daily and bring your friends.  Any help spreading the word is greatly appreciated – retweet, reblog, re-your social media of choice.  Participating authors are listed below:

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Mae Clair
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John Howell
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Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Amy Hoff
Matthew Brockmeyer
Michael Patrick Hicks
Chuck Buda
Jessica Gomez
Michelle Beddows
Matt Doyle
Calvin Dean
Angel M.B. Chadwick
Justin D. Lambe
Micky Neilson
Ann Girdharry
J.P. Jackson
C.M. Saunders
Armand Rosamilia
Jack Binding
Craig Stewart
Adam Vine
Phil Taylor
Will Macmillan Jones
Sue Coletta
Chauncey Rogers
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Posted in Contemporary, Romance, Women's Fiction

Still by Kennedy Ryan is AVAILABLE NOW!

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Still is a masterpiece of love, lust and human feeling. Poetic and sexy beyond compare, Still will have you turning everything you know upside down and laughing, crying and panting through Grip and Bristol’s journey. Five ‘bruising’ stars!”

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author

STILL, the sexy, emotional final installment of the GRIP series, is LIVE!

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I’ll be there.

Through thick and thin.

Ride or die.

You can count on me.

The promises people make. The vows we take.

Assumptions of the heart.

Emotion tells us how we feel, but life…life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.

Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.

For Grip and Bristol,

Love started at the top of the world

On a Ferris wheel under the stars

But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?

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About Kennedy:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Connect with Kennedy:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KennedyRyanAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kennedyrwrites

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kennedyryan1/

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RELEASE BOOST: Almost Wonderful by Christie Ridgway

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Meg Alexander has temporarily—and reluctantly—returned to her home of Crescent Cove, California. Last time she’d been on this beach she’d called herself Starr and saw only bright skies ahead. Then tragedy struck and she’d run from all that was familiar, the happy-go-lucky girl becoming a sadder-but-wiser woman. Now family obligations have brought her back and she’s determined to make it through the month with grit and grace. She only falters when one day she looks up—and loses her breath.

Caleb McCall has never forgotten the summer he spent at Crescent Cove and the beautiful girl who’d laughed and played there. Eager for a break from his workaholic ways, he rents one of the surfside bungalows and discovers his landlady is none other than the one woman who has never faded from his memory. Clearly, though, Meg is wary and even their instant chemistry doesn’t let down her guard. But Caleb has learned there’s no time like the present to grab the opportunities life presents, so he’s willing to fight for what he wants…the total surrender of Meg’s heart.

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About the Author:

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.
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My Review

I loved this novella! Of course, I’m not surprised. I really have fallen in love with Christie Ridgway’s writing since I read “The Secret” *sigh* This woman can really write romance.

Almost wonderful starts out with a very sad, hardened woman…Meg. Ten years before the love of her life died and she ran away from the life she knew, changed her name from Starr to Meg and built walls around her heart, never to be hurt again. So now, ten years later, because her family needs her, she returns home to Crescent Cove. This is where she meets Caleb. Watching him try to help her heal, no matter how much she turned away was so moving. The belief in fate is questioned. Caleb truly believes they were meant to be together, that it is what brought him there. I’m trying not to say too much. But Caleb is a true romantic at heart. Plus he is sexy as hell. Oh! Then there is Bitzer, I can’t forget Bitzer!!! Caleb’s dog, who plays a very big role in this story. I loved Bitzer.

There is quite a lot to this little 97 page novella. It was beautiful, touching and at times had me laughing out loud. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series!!

 

Posted in Art, Book Review, Manga

Manga Art by Mark Crilley

Title: Manga Art | Author: Mark Crilley  | Publ. Date: June 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

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The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original artwork created with a variety of tools (pencils, colored pencils, digital art, pen and ink, and more) and in a variety of manga-inspired styles. He pairs each piece with information on the materials used and the inspiration that led to its creation. Manga Art provides readers a one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the leading artists in the field of manga instruction, as he reveals the unlimited possibilities of manga and the creative secrets behind over 100 pieces of original, never-before-seen artwork.

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My Review:

This was a beautiful book….quite literally!! In fact, I loved every picture and had to share a few samples you’ll see above. And let me say, as hard as I tried, these DO NOT do them justice!!!

I love how each drawing in here gets a start to finish discussion of how it came to be. He talked about techniques he used, gave ideas and challenges you as an artist to try new things. In fact, throughout the book, after he discusses the simple procedures he used to accomplish the result, there are boxes that say “Your Turn” encouraging you to try it out for yourself.

I personally have always loved manga art!!  So I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to read and review this book, and add it to my collection.

~ I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Crilley  was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Kalamazoo College, he traveled to Taiwan and Japan, where he taught English for nearly five years. It was during his stay in Japan that he created the Eisner Award–nominated comic Akiko on the Planet Smoo, which spawned a series of graphic novels and prose novel adaptations. In 1998, Mark Crilley was named to Entertainment Weekly’s It List of the 100 most creative people in entertainment.

 

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Cover Reveal: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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…

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3
RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017
Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book
PRE-ORDER LINK:  Amazon
*Amazon is the only retailer with a pre-order link at this time.


VIRTUAL SIGNING INFORMATION:

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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!

Direct Link –> http://www.apollyconevent.com/jla-brave-virtualsigning/

Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET and ends 11/17/17.  Click the direct link for more info and to submit your order.

JENNIFER L  ARMENTROUT 

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# 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.

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