Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Blast & Giveaway: The Four- Night Run (William Lashner)

The Four-Night Run 
By William Lashner

“Opens with a blistering trial scene…After the razzle-dazzle opening, Lashner slips into a thoughtful reflection on the failings of the legal system…there is also lively action, great steamy sex, and witty dialogue. The phrasemaking is dazzling.”
~Booklist on The Four-Night Run

“Lashner melds a nightmarish vision of a city driven by greed and poverty with serious discussions of criminal law and its practice and its corruption.” 
~Publishers Weekly on The Four-Night Run

Paperback, 422 pages
Published May 24th 2016 
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer

J.D. Scrbacek is young, talented, and the best criminal lawyer money can buy. But after winning the biggest trial of his career, his victory ends in violence. At first, Scrbacek assumes the bomb that killed his assistant was meant for his monster-mobster client. But with a second attempt on his life, he comes to realize he’s a marked man.
On his own and on the run, Scrbacek seeks safety in Crapstown, the forgotten, run-down slum of the city. But when he gets there, he’s forced to face his past… if he ever wants to see his future. Scrbacek must argue for his life to a jury that would rather see him dead. Is he lawyer enough to save himself?

Lashner is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He worked as a prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. before retiring to write full-time.

He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Edgar-Award nominated novel The Barkeep, as well as Guaranteed Heroes, The Accounting, and the Victor Carl series of legal thrillers. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and three children.

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More Praise for the Novels of William Lashner

“[Lashner] manages to be both deadly serious and frequently hilarious.” 
~Wall Street Journal

“[Lashner's] books are... smart, fast-paced, witty, and written with a touch of Vern or Dumas.” 
~Columbus Dispatch

“With high wit and perfect pitch, Lashner keeps the reader spellbound.” 
~Harlan Coben

“Grandly entertaining... Lashner is as impressive as anyone writing legal thrillers today.” 
~Washington Post Book World

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lola's Blog Tours Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Kissing The Bride (Tracey Alvarez)

Today is the cover reveal for Kissing the Bride by Tracey Alvarez. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Kissing the BrideKissing the Bride (Due South #7.5)
By Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: June 24, 2016

Blurb:The countdown is on to the Wedding of the Year, New Zealand!
It’s seven days until Shaye Harland and Del Westlake finally tie the knot—and it’ll be the most awesomesauce wedding Stewart Island has ever seen if Shaye has anything to do with it. Her All Things Nuptial journal has the big day planned to perfection, but not everything runs like clockwork. While marrying the man of her dreams beats chocolate as an Easter treat, a few mini-catastrophes like Boris the obstinate sea lion threaten to ruin their special day.
WARNING: If you’re new to the Due South world, this fun and sexy short story of Del & Shaye’s wedding isn’t the book to start with. Lots of favorite characters join in the wedding craziness—and if you haven’t read the earlier Due South books it’ll just be crazy-confusing.

You can find Kissing the Bride on Goodreads

You can pre-order Kissing the Bride here:
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Other books in the series:

Book 1: In Too Deep (Currently FREE)Book 2: Melting Into You (Currently FREE)Book 3: Ready To BurnBook 4: Christmas With YouBook 5: My Forever ValentineBook 6: Playing For FunBook 7: Drawing Me In

Tracey Alvarez
About the Author:Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, Tracey Alvarez writes steamy but heart-warming contemporary romances set in New Zealand. Her two series, DUE SOUTH and FAR NORTH, both focus on small coastal towns, close communities, and family.

You can find and contact Tracey here:

There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Kissing the Bride. There will be 3 winners who each win an e-copy of the DUE SOUTH Boxed Set containing the first 5 Due South books by Tracey Alvarez.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

HarperCollins Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Once and For All (Cheryl Etchison)

27246479Hardback, 384 pages
Expected Publication: May 24th 2016 

Publisher:  Avon Impulse

From debut author Cheryl Etchison comes the first in a military romance series about the men of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 1st Battalion.
Rule #1: Military and matrimony don't mix
But if there's one person Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor would break all his rules for, it's Bree-his first friend, first love, first everything. Maybe he likes playing the hero. Maybe he's trying to ease ten years of guilt. Either way, he'll do whatever he can to help her.
Wish #1: A little bit of normal
Bree Dunbar has battled cancer, twice. What she wants most is a fresh start in a new place where people aren't constantly treating her like she's sick.
By some miracle her wish is granted, but it comes with one major string attached- the man who broke her heart ten years before.
The rules for this marriage of convenience are simple: when she's ready to stand on her own two feet, she'll walk away and he'll let her go. But if there's one thing the military has taught Danny, it's that things don't always go according to plan…

Where to buy ONCE AND FOR ALL

Cheryl Etchison
Cheryl Etchison graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and news communications and has worked as a newspaper reporter, marketing coordinator and in public relations for a MLB and NHL team. Currently, she lives in Austin, Texas and is a stay at home mom to three girls. ONCE AND FOR ALL is her first novel.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I’m a huge sports fan so I remember how Pat Tillman turned down a NFL contract to join the US Army after 9/11. More specifically, I remember that he along with his brother joined the Rangers. I knew of SEALs and Special Forces, but not much more than that so I started digging. The more I researched the 75th Ranger Regiment, the more interested I became.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! It can’t be done. Well, that’s not completely true. I should say it depends on the day. I absolutely adore Danny and Bree’s fathers, Mac and Pete, because they remind me of my father and his friends. But in this book, Marie was definitely the most fun to write. 

Which came first, the title or the novel?

Definitely the novel. How I feel about titles is the same way I feel about headlines from my news reporting days. I’d just turn a story in with “insert title here” at the top. But after my friend assured me I wouldn’t be able to get an agent or sell a book with “Insert Title Here”, I sat down and brainstormed my little heart out. Okay, I scrolled through Foo Fighters lyrics, but it worked.

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I’d have to say the wig scene because I think it really shows the deep connection between Danny and Bree despite spending ten years apart.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

I’ve learned to ignore what I consider to be arbitrary rules about writing. “You must write every day.” Nope. “You must always show and never tell.” Nope. “The scene should be written from the point of view of the character that has the most to lose.” Honestly, I don’t even know what that means. I lie. I do know what it means, but I think it’s a terrible generalization because every character, every scene is different and what works best for one book might not work so well for yours.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

Everything! Amanda Bergeron at Avon suggested the American Valor series have covers with a movie poster feel to them and the art department knocked it out of the park. 

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?

Rachel Gibson’s “Just Kiss Me” which releases on my birthday. It’s been two years since her last full length novel and I cannot wait.

What was your favorite book in 2015?

“When a Scot Ties the Knot” by Tessa Dare. 

What’s up next for you?

Book two of the American Valor series, “Here and Now” releases July 26th, with book three following early 2017 so I’ll be busy with the men of the 75th for the foreseeable future.

Blog Tour Schedule

5/24 The Book Binge--Guest Post http://bookbinge.com

5/25 Reading Between the Wines—Guest Post http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/

5/26 Chasing Faerytales—Review http://chasingfaerytales.blogspot.com/

5/26 Curling Up with a Good Book—Q&A curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com

5/27 Rambling Reads--Guest Post Http://trustme2forget.blogspot.com

5/30 Pretty Sassy Cool—Q&A http://www.prettysassycool.com

6/2 Cherry 0 Blossoms—Review http://cherry0blossoms.blogspot.co.uk/

6/3 I Heart YA Books--Guest Post/Review http://iheartyabooks.blogspot.com/

6/3 Ramblings From This Chick--Guest Post www.ramblingsfromthischick.com

YA Bound Book Tours & Giveaway: Withering Rose (Kaitlyn Davis)

Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)
by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: May 17th 2016
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What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast. This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.
"As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name—a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall."
Omorose Bouchene has a secret—magic. There's only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn't supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.
But after ten years of hiding, she's desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time—every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm ruled by a man known only as the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

**A USA Today Recommended Series!**

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RAVE REVIEWS for Gathering Frost!

"My favorite thing about this book is the action. Jade isn't a sleeping princess. She's the best fighter and so fierce in her "empty" state. I felt like this was an urban fantasy with all the steam of a romance, and it was almost perfect for me."
  - Jessie Potts, USA TODAY Happy Ever After Blog

"Davis writes with confidence and poise, and the story's many twists and turns stave off predictability and allow readers to become immersed in a starkly magical world filled with last hopes." - Publisher's Weekly

"Gathering Frost is just awesome in every way. Beautiful prose, lots of heart-wrenching emotion, action and romance, a great, unstoppable villain, and a smart, tough heroine who will fight for what she wants." - Geeks in High School

"The writing is flawless as always and I must say, way to take a classic and make such a creative and wonderful twist to it...It's well thought out and it unbelievably magnificent. I seriously couldn't put it down. Wait I never actually put it down. I started and finished in one sitting because it's just that good. This one is a MUST READ." 
- Happy Tails and Tales Blog

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

To stay up-to-date with all of Kaitlyn's new releases, sign up for her new release newsletter here: TinyLetter.com/KaitlynDavisBooks

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rockstar Book Tours, Guest Post, & Giveaway: Exile For Dreamers (Kathleen Baldwin)

Author: Kathleen Baldwin
Pub. Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Hardcover, eBook

A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure "completely original and totally engrossing."

Tess can't run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Dreams bring nothing but death and grief, and Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother. Until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her friends at Stranje House from Lady Daneska and her lover, the Ghost-agent of Napoleon, who has escaped from Elba. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?

A School for Unusual Girls is a great next read for fans of Gail Carriger's Finishing School series and Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassin series. 

"Enticing from the first sentence." -New York Times Book Review

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"I love adventure in books and in real life. I've roamed the Rocky Mountains, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, finally met and married my very own hero, and together we've raised four free-spirited children."
Award-winning author - Kensington published four of Kathleen's Regency romantic comedies, including MISTAKEN KISS, a Holt Medallion finalist. DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER, was a Golden Quill finalist. Her upcoming Historical YA series with TorTeen, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and won a Marlene.
News and more at: www.Kathleenbaldwin.com

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

My young nephew inspired the basic Stranje House series concept. He insisted I should write a book about girls learning to be warriors. He was very specific, too. The girls should go away to a school and there should be an older and wiser mentor teaching them. Clever little dude got my creative water wheel turning and soon I couldn’t stop the ideas from flowing. 

The girls in my story aren’t just learning to be warriors, they’re becoming spies in the war effort against Napoleon. Being a warrior is all part of a more complex training.

EXILE FOR DREAMERS, though, is specifically based on my own experiences with dreams. I’ve always struggled with my dreams and deciphering their meaning . . . Tess’s dreams are an amplified version of that problem.Writers draw can only from what they know. So, in a way every character, every storyline is a little bit of our souls inked onto the page. 

3 winners will receive a finished copy of EXILE FOR DREAMERS. 
US/Canada Only.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

5/23/2016- Once Upon A Twilight- Interview

5/24/2016- Stories & Sweeties- Review

5/25/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book- Guest Post

5/26/2016- Lisa Loves Literature- Review

5/27/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview

Week Two:

5/30/2016- The Best Books Ever - Review

5/31/2016- A Dream Within A Dream- Guest Post

6/1/2016- Wishful Endings- Review

6/2/2016- BookHounds YA- Interview

6/3/2016- Pandora's Books- Review

Waiting On Wednesday: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Rosamund Hodge)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at 

and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication Date: September 27th 2016 

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .

What book are you waiting for?

I Am A Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway: Competing With The Star (Krysten Lindsay Hager)

Competing with a star
Competing with a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect… Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning. A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated… After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend—who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson. The past is the past—or so they say… Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school. Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?

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Praise: “Hadley our teenage heroine has many of the insecurities, which inflict most of us at this young age…A lovely story, with some good lessons about friendship, self-esteem and relationships, perfectly pitched for teen/young adult readers.” From author Jane Hunt. “…Hager's main character is representative of every teenage girl. The author really nailed the reality of a young girl's early high school years. I think this is a valuable read for girls ages 12-18.” Review from Readers’ Favorite book reviews. “…The story gives you so much insight into the minds of teenage girls and makes you realize that deep down, everyone has the same insecurities and everyone goes through the same things in life. Despite these insecurities and fears, the main character stands up for herself. This is such an important message for teen girls!” Amazon customer review
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Author Krysten Lindsay Hager Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like. and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.

  $25 Blog Tour giveaway 

Blog Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 6/12/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

HarperCollins Children's Book ARC Review: Hello, My Name Is Tiger (Jennifer P Goldfinger)

Hello, My Name Is Tiger
Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by HarperCollins

A reassuring picture book for back-to-school jitters!
Toby likes being a cat more than he likes being a boy. So when it’s time to go to school, he becomes a timid kitten. But when Toby finally gathers the courage to join in with the other kids, he finds out that everything is more fun with friends.
From talented author and illustrator Jennifer P. Goldfinger comes this adorable picture book about just being yourself.

I was born 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I don’t remember much of Pittsburgh because my family moved when I was three, then moved when I was six and so on and so forth until I had moved and changed schools seven more times by the time I finished high school. My strongest memories as a child were of our farm in Ohio. The farm was an hour away from school and friends. Besides keeping busy taking care of our animals, (we had 4 cows, 25 chickens, 6 horses, a few sheep, some rabbits, many cats, and several dogs) we played in the barn, worked in the garden, rode the horses and swam and skated on our pond. My sister was taking an art class when she was 11 and I would peek in on her while she used her new drawing tricks. I remember she was drawing an egg and shading her drawing to make it look round. It was like magic! I’ll never forget that moment. From then on, I drew and painted all of the time.
After college, I did lots of odd jobs in the art field, including art directing, computer graphics, and mural painting. They were all fun, but none of them felt like THE JOB; the work that I would want to do for rest of my life. After a few years of trying to figure it out, I met a children’s book illustrator who became a good friend. One day he broke his arm mountain biking. Unfortunately for him, he was in the middle of a book and had a deadline. Fortunately for me, the publisher picked me to finish the book after lots of other illustrators tried to copy his style. I loved illustrating that book so much, I forgot to eat, drink or go to bed. I had found my passion.
I sent out some drawings to about 15 publishers and got some great responses. The vice president of Little, Brown Publishers called to ask me if we could have a meeting. He wanted to see if I had written any stories. I racked my brain; it hadn’t occurred to me to write a book too. It took me a couple of years to develop the idea for my first book A FISH NAMED SPOT. I was eight months pregnant when I got the contract to begin the work and my husband was in medical school, so I drew most of A FISH NAMED SPOT with a baby bouncing on my lap.
Now I live in a town a quick drive away from Boston and Cambridge, with my husband and two daughters. I have a studio in an old Mill that’s on a bike path. It takes me 5 minutes to bike there, but it’s downhill from my house, so it takes twice as long to get home. I usually drive to the studio so I can bring my dog Lila. Sometimes Lila and I take breaks from my work to go rollerblading.

Cute Inspirational children's book!

Hello, My Name Is Tiger is a cute, inspirational children's book that helps to show kids how to be social and that having friends is fun! The story is about a shy timid young boy named Toby who dressed up and pretends to be a cat so that he doesn't have to talk with people. 

The book is filled with vibrant, colorful illustrations that will catch a child's attention and keep them interested in the story. 

Toby is shy and scared at school until he meets another young boy who is just as shy and scared as he is. Together, Toby and his new friend Pete are able to overcome their fears and shyness to become instant friends. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone with a young child who is shy or has difficulty making friend or just enjoys a cute inspirational story. I greatly enjoyed reading this adorable children's book and following Toby's story as he overcame his fears and became very happy with his new friends.