Sunday Post

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Happy Sunday my friends! Today I’m going to share with a wrap up of what to expect this week as well as teasers for some of the new books I received!

ARCs received:

How to Love a Jamaican      Into the Raging Sea    A Place For Us     How Hard Can It Be?

Most excited about: How to Love a Jamaican, two teasers from the first page:

“The first time I saw Cecilia, she was the only other black girl in our small group during freshman orientation.”
“In that song “Power,” when Kanye West raps, “Ma’fucka’, we rollin’ with some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands,” he is talking about dark-skinned girls who look like Cecilia.”

Library books:

Treasure  The Mysterious Affair at Styles   They Both Die at the End   Apocalypse Scenario #683

Most excited about: They Both Die at the End, two teasers from the first page:

“Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a life-time- I’m going to die today.”
“I’m freaking out already, a hundred thoughts immediately drowning out everything around me.”

Purchased on Amazon:

The Hanover Square Affair    Serenade     Cream Puff Murder

Most excited about: Serenade, two teasers from the first page:

“My lungs burned, sweat stung my eyes, and every muscle screamed, but running was an escape from my over-controlled life and the rush of adrenaline and fresh mountain air a drug I couldn’t get enough of.”
“It made me feel normal- or close to what I dreamed normal might be.”

Read this week:

Cruel Prince        Past Crimes Anthology

 

Two sentence review of Cruel Prince:

I loved the creative imagining of Fairy in this story! The story line was compelling and the characters well thought out!

Full review posted soon!

 

Posts for this week:

Cruel Prince full review

Top Ten Tuesday- I’ll answer Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

Book Blogger Hop – I’ll answer Do you ever feel like you have emerged better for reading a book?

Past Crimes novella reviews & series spotlight

Which of the books I posted above are you most interested in reading the review? Let me know below so I can bump it to the top of my TBR pile!

 

Book Blitz Better With You + Giveaway!

Better with You by Rachael John

Paige Parker has no time for romance. She’s too busy building up her house-flipping business. But when a charming guy comes between her and the house she wants, Paige is a little more torn than she expected. For a girl who’s always gone with her firm business sense, she’s not sure how to trust her heart.

When it comes to dating, Shaun Randall is not about to get serious with anyone. He has his mother to take care of and enough family secrets to keep him running from any girl who gets too close. Spending time with Paige starts out as a means to get the house he wants, but every time he thinks it’s time to bail, he finds himself drawn in a little more.

When is it worth taking a chance on love?

Praise

“I have to say this story was freaking awesome! I breezed through it in an afternoon.” “I loved this sweet romance story. The characters were believable and there were some funny moments. I’ve also read (and loved) the first book in the series, but you could easily read this as a standalone.”

EXCERPT – Please choose 1 and delete the other 2.

Excerpt #1

Shaun Randall could spot a bad date from a mile away, and this one at a nearby table was obviously not going well. The guy’s first mistake was bringing a girl to a sports bar and sitting where he could watch the game, while she sat and toyed with her lemonade.

The football game only mildly interested him, and he couldn’t help checking back, more and more certain this was a first, maybe second date scenario and not a girlfriend/boyfriend situation. There was definitely an awkward newness vibe going on between the two. Plus, she was way too dressed up for a sports bar, while her date was in cargo shorts and a T-shirt. Watching the guy down his third beer and order another one gave Shaun the push he needed.

Thanks to his six foot, four inch height and his bright red hair, Shaun stood out for all the wrong reasons. He was not the best-looking guy there. But he did have one gift, and that was understanding women and how to talk to them. It didn’t always mean he said the right thing. He liked messing with people almost as much as he liked flirting. In this case, he could do both. He took a last sip of his Coke and went to make his move. If things went badly, it would be a fun story for later.

He planted his hands on their table and waited until she noticed him. “Hi, cuz. I’m so glad I found you. Your mom’s been trying to get a hold of you. Is your phone on silent?”

Dark brown eyes framed in long lashes stared at him, her forehead knotting in confusion. She was even more beautiful up close.

“Hey, man, you’re blocking the TV.” Her date weaved his head around him, groaning when the play didn’t go the way he wanted.

“Oh, you’re right.” The girl held up her phone, hiding a slight smile. “I did miss some calls. Jeremy, I need to go. Sorry to cut our date short.”

Jeremy looked at Shaun and then at her, finally paying attention. “Come on. I need you to be my designated driver. And who’s this guy?”

“My … cousin.” She pulled out a couple of bills and dropped them on the table. “Call a cab, it’s on me. Sorry the date didn’t work out.” She strode off, throwing her purse strap over one shoulder, and Shaun had to jog to catch up.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Rachel John

Rachel John is the author of books filled with awkward humor and sigh-inducing romance. When not burning dinner or chasing kids, Rachel can be found working on family history, writing, reading, or putting off writing by staring at Facebook. She lives in Arizona with her understanding husband, four crazy kids, and a desert tortoise.

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Don’t Look at Me Book Blitz & Giveaway


Hello readers!

Today I’m bringing you the book blitz, excerpt, and giveaway from Don’t Look at Me by J.P. Grider! This sounds like a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I loved the excerpt!

 

Don’t Look at Me
J.P. Grider
Publication date: March 29th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Haven:

A diligent hand carved this hole in my face.

It stole my confidence, my identity, and ended my short-lived career as a broadcast journalist.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Ugly.

And expected to get over it and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge the grotesquely unattractive.

Quest:

It’s been three years since I was kicked out of the Army for nearly killing the opposition’s militia commander with my bare hands.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Angry.

And expected to forget the nightmares that hold me hostage and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge a dishonorably discharged ex-soldier.

Don’t Look at Me is a modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale—reversed and twisted. Because even the ugly need a good story, and even the beautiful are ugly deep down.

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EXCERPT:

(I know all too well that transitions are difficult)

When I moved to Jersey from California, I had no idea that days would go by where I wouldn’t think of the incident that led to my being other-than-honorably discharged. For me, the events of that night have been branded into my brain—the consistent nightmares the hot iron that won’t let the scars heal. But since finding out about Haven’s attack, I find myself thinking about her more and more—why was she walking alone in the middle of the night? What was going through her mind when she was so viciously attacked? What is going through her mind now? Was she raped? It isn’t part of the slasher’s modus operandi to sexually assault his attackers, but he also doesn’t carve out whole sections of skin in the faces of his victims. According to reports I’ve read over and over online since learning of Haven’s attack, his approach is to leave two parallel slash marks down the right side of his victims’ cheek. From what I could see in the dark, the heft of Haven’s lacerations are on the left side of her face. It doesn’t make sense. The Stratford Slasher has only attacked each of his victims once, but if Haven’s wounds weren’t inflicted by this same man, could the one that did hurt her return to finish the job? I wish she’d take me up on my offer to help me in the store. Then I could keep an eye on her and make sure that doesn’t happen. But she barely stays on the phone with me for two minutes when I call her to ask. And the only time she’s ever called me was to thank me for the supplies she very much needed during the storm two weeks ago. I know she has a lot to work through since her attack, but I wish she’d let me help her to get through this transition from on-air personality to whatever she needs to do next. Because I know all too well that transitions are difficult. Especially when that transition requires living an entirely different life than before.

With Haven at the forefront of my mind, I can’t help but blurt out a question during one of our group sessions. “How can I help a friend who doesn’t seem to want my help?”

“You don’t,” Warren says at the same time Mary asks, “What kind of help does your friend need?”

“She needs help getting her life back. It was pretty much taken from her when some loser used her face as a canvas to do with as he pleased.”

“Poor girl,” Mary says while the others mumble something similar.

“And now she won’t go out in public. She has her food delivered to her. She only goes out in the middle of the night, wearing a getup she thinks hides her face.”

“Does she trust you to help her, Quest?” Mary leans forward, crossing her hands over her lap. Mary’s name suits her. She’s kind, soft-spoken, and nurturing. The Virgin Mary, my mother would say. The Mother of all mothers.

I answer honestly. “She hasn’t known me long enough.”

“Until she can trust you, I don’t think she’s going to accept your help. Is she getting counseling?”

“I don’t think so.”

“It sounds like she could use some professional counseling, but would she be open-minded about giving this group a chance? To get her headed in the right direction?”

My eyes go to the fluorescent lights on the ceiling. “I doubt it.”

“Then, just be her friend. Don’t try to help her overcome this, just be there for her until she finds her way.”

So, that’s what I resolve to do. Be her friend.

Author Bio:

J.P. Grider is a New Adult/Young Adult author who is a sucker for a good love story—whether it’s reading one or writing one. And when she’s not reading or writing a fairy tale, she’s living one with her husband, four children, and her little Auggie Doggie.

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Across My Heart Cover Reveal

I’m very excited to be part of Xpresso Tours and bring you the cover real of Across My Heart by Shanna Clayton!

BOOK DETAILS:

Across My Heart by Shanna Clayton

Publication date: April 27th 2018

Standalone

New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.

Synopsis:

Meet the Serras: A Dynasty of Murders

AMELIA

My entire life has been a lie.

My name isn’t real. Everything I know about my family was told to keep me from looking for them. All this time, I’ve assumed my father was dead. Imagine my surprise when I find out not only is he alive, but I have two siblings I never knew existed. Oh, and the biggest lie of all? That I’m safe.

Only one man has the guts to tell me the truth.

Casper North is everything I’m not. Brave. Wild. Adventurous-with a reputation for living on the edge. My story unravels around the same time I discover he’s stalking me. Or as he calls it, protecting me. He invades my personal space, refusing to leave. Just being near me puts his life at risk, but he stays anyway, ripping away the illusions and exposing me for who I really am.

My real name is Amelia Serra. My family’s legacy is death. One by one, we fall like dominoes, until eventually, there will be none of us left.

Guess who’s next in line? That’s right-yours truly.

CASPER

I can’t save her.

She’s naïve. Gorgeous. And a Serra. Meaning, she will die. Soon.

I was never even supposed to meet her. She was just a side job, some extra cash in my pocket, and a favor to her father. Watch her, find out if someone’s after her-that’s all I was told to do. Then she had to go and put herself on the brink of death, forever linking my life with hers.

Now I can’t stay away.

I should get out of her life. Stay unattached. Except I can’t. There’s something about her that draws me in, and I refuse to let go. The last time I lost someone, it almost destroyed me.

Amelia just might be the girl who buries me for good.

There’s a target on her back, but she’s marking an X across my heart.

About the Author:

I live and breathe all things books. When I’m not writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and spending time with my crazy family.

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Instagram: @shannaclaytonbooks

 

I’m also thankful to share an exciting giveaway for a $25 Amazon Giftcard offered by the author! Enter below and good luck!

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Motor Crush Comic Review

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By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.

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This is a gorgeous comic collection that follows Domino Swift, an adopted motorcycle racer. She is completely normal, except she has to drink Crush, the equivalent of Nitro to survive. Throughout the story we find out why she has to drink Crush, a substance that makes “normal” people explode if ingested! We learn more about her adoption and her dark past while also learning more about what she can be…

I was very excited to read this book about a Black, lesbian, motorcycle racer. And the best part of it is, none of this was considered a big deal in the story world. The pro motor cycle racing circuit has its fair share of female racers with a large fan base.

 

The mystery and action mixed together well to really hold my interest. The story mixed flashbacks and present time well to reveal her past and how she came to be adopted. I have my theories on who she really is and why she has to drink Crush to survive, but I’ll let you make your own decisions!

I would give Motor Crush 4 stars for world building, representation, and action scenes. The art work was also very fitting with the story!

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Slipper Review

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I just finished Slipper by Hester Velmans and it left me feeling haunted and thoughtful. I love fairy tale retellings and this was a well crafted retelling of Cinderella.

Once upon a bed and long ago, there lay a maid. And the maid had to huff and to puff, and to puff and to huff, until finally she gave birth to a small bundle of a child.

The Good: I loved that the author wove historical figures with fictional characters to create the story. I was also a huge fan of Bessie, Lucinda’s nurse, she was perpetually cheerful, loyal, and full of love for Lucinda, no matter how misguided her charge was at times. I also love that Bessie was Mother Goose! I would have loved to have more of her thoughts of the goings on of the book. I also loved the second half of the book where we see Lucinda grow a lot more and become a talented successful young woman.

The Bad: I spent the first half of this book torn between sympathy and irritation. Lucinda had been dealt a bad hand and dealt with bullying and unwanted male attention as a young girl. She also was naive to the point of disbelief. She fancies herself in love after a night of passion with a man and follows him to France at the edge of a war!

“The reason I am glad that I came is that you seem to have so little…” “So little what?” “Sense”

The Ugly: 

The men in this book leave much to be desired. They are indifferent or cruel or downright malicious. From the age of 15 she is pursued relentlessly by her cad of an uncle who soothes his conscious that she’s not REALLY his niece afterall. Trigger warning: we see this same uncle lure Lucinda to him at midnight and force himself upon her. And he’s just the first man Lucinda encounters that cares more about the comfort her body can give them than the woman they are accosting. There are very few men in this book who don’t look at Lucinda as a toy to be used and discarded which is a very disheartening view.

“Lucinda we’ll call you,” she said solemnly- a name that to her epitomized everything that was grand, noble and expensive.

At the end of the day, I would give this book a solid 3 stars. The second half of the book is more interesting because we really see Lucinda start to grow. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoy fairy tale retellings and the struggle of women to find their place within the world.

Look for Slipper to release April 14th! Preorder your copy today!

I received a free copy of this ebook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and unbiased.