Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Who Doesn't Love Free Books?!

Another month has passed and I want to take another moment to send out a big THANK YOU to all the authors that I've gotten to work with and all the fellow readers (BOOKNERDS) out there who have spread word about #TheBookNerdLife


To celebrate I want to gift two of you a chance to read one of my 5 star reviewed books from this past month. 



THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR was the newly released addition to Sarina Bowen's Ivy Series (one of my personal faves) and this book didn't disappoint. It's a new adult romance and can be read as a standalone. In case you missed my review you can check it out HERE!!









***Please Note: Both copies will be issued either via Amazon or Barnes & Noble ebooks ONLY. 



Once Again... THANK YOU!!

As always, HAPPY READING

Monday, October 27, 2014

*~* Blitz *~* Madness or Love (Be With Me #1)

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Madness or Love by Selina Bodur. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from October 24-28, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

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Madness or Love (Be With Me #1)
By Selina Bodur
Genre: Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult

Blurb:
Victoria is the young woman every girl wants to be—bright, driven, confident, and compassionate. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She never gives up on her dreams. But her personal life is a bit dull. At least, until she met him.
Ian Young is Hollywood's rising star. His impossibly-deep blue eyes are the talk of every magazine. His masculine body and chiseled face are in every girl’s dreams.
Fate brings them together one night in London, and they click perfectly. Against all logic, the strange connection between them deepens.
But will their friendship withstand the distance? Will the ocean between them tear them apart, or will love get in the way?


You can find Madness or Love on Goodreads

You can buy Madness or Love here:
- Amazon
- Amazon UK


And for your enjoyment here's an excerpt: 


“The morning air smelled like rain and sausage rolls. Victoria smiled to the new day. Her new home, a small and comfy flat, possessed a charm. The only drawback, or an advantage, was the flat was on the top floor, over a bakery, and the appetizing aroma filled the space every day. Her stomach  growled; time for breakfast.
The new job had paid off well. She finally managed to wriggle out of that awful shared house, and even the smell of the pastries couldn’t downcast the fact. She felt alive. Every day was better than the other, and the job as a front office assistant had brought her satisfaction. Sometimes she couldn’t believe her luck.  True, she had fought hard, but there were some days when life felt unreal. In six months, her status, predicament, and even she, had changed completely.
She went to work that day without suspecting that her life would change inevitably. She felt the strange aura with the first steps she made into the spacious lobby. It was quiet, too quiet for a hotel in central London at 8:00 p.m. Two of her colleagues at the front desk whispered lively.
Stacy noticed her first and impatiently waved her hand. “You won’t believe it,” she said in a hushed voice. Her eyes burned, and her cheeks flushed. “We’ll have a VIP guest. He should arrive before midnight. Imagine!”
“Who is he?” Victoria interrupted impatiently. The only thought on her mind was the immense pressure and expectations that a “very important person” would bring to the staff. And besides, she never understood the hysteria surrounding the rich and famous. In her mind, they were all just humans.
“Ian Young,” came Stacy’s squeaky answer.
“Who?” Victoria lifted her brows questioningly.
Her colleague looked dumbfounded. “You don’t know who he is!” Her tone raised a notch. She looked at her as if Victoria just killed someone, or at least stole her favorite curling iron.
Victoria’s amused smile turned into a frown while she wondered how anyone could be so shallow. Stacy would never win any kind of “bright mind” award, true, but to Victoria, her life was only Friday night parties, boys, and celebrity gossip. She waited patiently but wasn’t prepared for the answer.
“Born 1986, New Orleans, one sister. He started his career as a model at sixteen; first movie—Broken Stars—wasn’t a success. He’s most known for his lead in Lost Souls. One of Hollywood’s rising stars. Extremely good-looking, no, gorgeous, amazing blue eyes, dark hair, single . . .”
Victoria couldn’t help it. She laughed out loud. “That sounded like a part of Wikipedia. My God, you’re Stacypedia! Don’t tell me you’re obsessed with him, please,” she said seriously.

“No,” Stacy sighed, “but he is so gorgeous I couldn’t help it. Let me show you a picture!” She typed a few words in the search engine on the computer and clicked on images. Ian Young was pretty, no doubt, and six foot tall with dark, almost black, messy hair and extraordinary blue eyes. The depth of their color was hypnotizing.”



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About the Author:

Selina Bodur was born and raised in Bulgaria, but currently she lives in the UK. Over thirty, dark-haired, and a little overweight ordinary woman, that’s her. She was constantly in the search of who she wants to be - learning to play an accordion, singing, and painting. But becoming a writer was always a childhood dream of hers. Even when she was very young her imagination had been running wild. Selina preferred to create worlds instead to live in the real one. As a teenager she ventured into poetry, and published few of her poems and couple of short stories. She loved to pour her heart out on the pages, covered in tears. She had to grow up and pushed her writing dream in the deepest and dustiest corner of her mind.

After years spent in searching for the right carrier and blindly jumping from hotel management to waiting on tables she ended up in the Car Valet and Cleaning Business, 3000 kilometers away from her home country Bulgaria. On the bright side, one thing had been born from the lack of social life, the homesickness, and the many hours spent in front of the computer—she began writing again.

In 2013 she released her debut novella “Fighting the Impossible”, followed by the poetry collection “The Death of the Rose”. “Be With Me” series is her next project, and the first installment “Madness or Love” will be out in October 2014.

She still dreams of becoming a full time writer.

You can find and contact Selina here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Madness or Love. These are the prizes you can win:
- amazon gift card $5
- 10 e-copies (mobi) of Madness or Love

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review... Gravity by L.D. Cedergreen

After years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child, Gemma Walsh finds her husband in bed with another woman. Unable to face his betrayal, she retreats to Priest Lake where her family owns a small cabin. But Gemma finds that she is not the only one hiding away at the lake to avoid an ugly truth.

Andrew Monroe was once an essential part of Gemma’s life but tragedy and misunderstanding shattered their bond, separating them. Now twenty years later, Gemma questions the coincidence of their newly intersected paths as she struggles to resist the sparks that ignite between them.

Just when Gemma feels that she has found her second chance at happiness, she is faced with a shocking truth as her reality spirals out of control. She can’t deny the powerful force that brought Andrew back into her life anymore than she can defy the same force that now threatens to pull them apart. 

An emotionally-charged, heart-rending story that will leave you to question the freedom in truth and the existence of fate in its deepest sense.


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This Book Nerd Says: 

Ah. This is such a tricky review for  me to write because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but simultaneously I want to talk about them to give basis to my rating. 
I won't though. 
Let me start by saying that this book has a twist. I knew it had a twist because of the reviews I'd had read before this book. Then I read the book and twist was NOT the twist I was expecting. 
And I loved it for that reason.
Drew was Gemma's childhood best friend and her first love until a tragic event tore them apart. Now after catching her husband in the act of sleeping with another woman, she walks away from her life in Seattle and heads back to Priest Lake. Hoping for solitude to clear her mind of all the heartbreaking events that have led her there, she is quickly surprised to find her old friends still lingering around the lake... in particular Drew. 
Drew is the kind of character that just makes you wish you had best friend/first love like him. 
As they reconnect and open up about the truths that have caused the rifts in their relationship, they both realize that this could be a second chance at their own love story, the one that never got the start it deserved. 


So here's the deal... 
I think I began reading this book with such a high expectation. I thought I would be gutted complete with sobs and a runny nose. And then I wasn't. So I had to fight the disappointment I felt. 
Then after THE TWIST I just kept hoping that the ending would be yet another twist because it just wasn't heading the way I really wanted it to end up at. There's a confuzzled happily ever after in there... but it was heavy with a "if only" sigh. 

I could easily see why this book would be a 4+ star book for readers, but for me I could only give it a 3.5

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

**COVER REVEAL** You and Everything After by Ginger Scott


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Finally able to share with all of you the cover for You and Everything After by Ginger Scott! 
Without further ado, let us swoon over this cover...





Title: You and Everything After (Falling #2)
Author: Ginger Scott
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 5, 2014


SYNOPSIS:
I’m that teenaged girl who has MS. You haven’t met me, but you’ve seen me around. You probably know my sister. We’re twins, and she’s the pretty one. Maybe you’ve heard about my reputation, how much I like to hook up at parties—how easy it is to get me in bed, get what you want, and forget about me after.

Forget what you think you know. I’m leaving that girl behind.

College is all about new beginnings. So from now on—I’m just Cass. And the rest…it isn’t written yet. And no one else gets to write my story for me.

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“Tyson Preeter doesn’t do can’t.”

That’s exactly what I want people to think when they see me. I am strong, invincible, confident, intelligent—arrogant. I’m the man who always finds a way around, over and through—until there’s nothing left. Since losing my ability to walk six years ago, I’ve relearned life. I don’t need sympathy. I don’t want charity. And I don’t do love.

It’s better this way, saves my disappointments for me, and me alone, and it saves my strength for everything I want.

But Cass Owens is about to wreck everything. She’s about to steal all of my strength away from me, because she needs it more. She’s about to break all of my rules, and break down all of my walls. She’s about to own me…completely.

And I’m about to let her.





**Please note: This is book 2 in The Falling Series.  CLICK HERE FOR MY 5 STAR REVIEW OF THIS IS FALLING


Excerpt


“So honestly, when do I get to kiss you again?” She laughs at my harsh left turn in our conversation. I love the way she laughs. There’s this rasping sound that comes from deep inside her that shows it’s genuine, and her smile creases deep into her cheeks.
She flops to her back, and I instantly kick myself for causing her to move away. “You’re really trying to wear me down, aren’t you?” she says, her hand running along the side of her face until she covers her eyes, peering at me through her barely spread fingers.
“Wow, well…I’ve never really had to wear anyone down before…” I say, shielding my slightly dented ego.
“And that’s precisely why we need to be friends, and why I can’t kiss you…” she starts, and I interrupt.
“Again,” I say.
“Right, again,” she whispers and moves her hand back to cover her eyes. I take this opportunity to roll onto my side and really look at her, the way her lips barely part when she breathes, the small twitches they make when she fights against her body’s urge to smile, the tiny movement of her tongue as it wets her lips. I have to kiss her again.
“But…and hear me out,” I say, startling her with how close I am. She uncovers her eyes and turns to face me, scooting back a few more inches just to maintain this new self-imposed “safety”distance.  “Maybe the fact that I am willing to work so hard just to get you to say yes makes you different.”
She stares into my eyes for several long seconds, her lips slightly parted as she considers this. “Am I? Different?” she asks.
“Now see, there’s the catch,” I say, running my thumb softly over the wrinkles in the sheet between us. “I can’t know for certain unless I kiss you again.”
“Oh really,” she says, smirking.
“Cross my heart,” I say, motioning my hand across my chest. “It’s in the handbook.”
“There’s a handbook,” she says.
“Uh, duh. There’s always a handbook,” I challenge back.
“And your handbook says you can’t tell if I’m worth your time without jamming your tongue down my throat?” she fires back.
“Wow. Again with the word slap,” I say, secretly loving this back-and-forth we’ve got going now.
“Word slap?” she questions.
“Yeah, like, you just bitch-slapped me in the face with your words. Word slap,” I say with a shrug. She holds my gaze after this and bites at the corner of her lip, her eyes squinting as she decides her next move.
“Okay, how’s this,” she says, leaning in a little closer, closing the gap in the invisible barrier she seems to have instituted when I started talking about kissing. “You can kiss me again…” I move toward her on instinct, but she’s quick to put her hand against my chest to stop me. I grip it, tight, and meet the dare in her eyes. “But not until you mean it.”
There’s a fire in her eyes when she says this, one that I don’t disrespect, and don’t dare cross. It’s not threatening, but it’s serious, and I have this feeling churning in my stomach that Cass Owens is what Nate and I like to call a game changer. Her words have my heart racing, my mind worried that I can’t mean it enough, at least not yet. All of our playfulness from seconds before has ceased with this line she’s drawn, and I will obey it.
Holding her gaze, I lift the hand I’ve trapped against my body to my mouth and press my lips to her open palm. I don’t speak, and I don’t break our line of sight. But I don’t kiss her, either. 




Book One: This is Falling




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About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of four young and new adult romances, with her fifth title, This Is Falling, set to release in late August 2014.

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at 
http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Star Review... Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.


Goodreads - Me Before You





This Book Nerd Says: 

When I picked up this book, I was familiar with the blurb, so it wasn't too much of a shocker when we figure out what Will is up to. 
That being said, I wasn't prepared for how much I would fall in love with both Lou and Will. OH GOSH HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM. I couldn't but the book down and by the time I finished I was weeping and my heart felt so full. What a tremendous love story.

Louisa is a girl who thrives on the predictability of her life. She's worked at the same job for years, has had the same (lackluster) boyfriend for seven years, lives in the small cramped bedroom of her parents house, and has never left her small town. Suddenly the predictably is gone and Louisa is out of a job. 
After some trial and error, she accepts a job as a private caregiver to a 30 something quadriplegic named Will Traynor. 
Before his accident, Will lived a life full of adventure and travels. Now confined to spend his life in a wheelchair dependent on the care of others, he's certain that it is not the life he wants to live. But then Louisa Clark enters his life.  
Lou captured me almost immediately with her say anything and everything personality, her quirky fashion and her general cheekiness. Though Will is cranky and snarky, Louisa gives it right back to him in her own special way. I knew it would only be a matter of time before Will would be drawn to her. 
As we get glimpses of the old Will, it's easy to see that Lou would be falling in love with him. 
But falling in love with each other is not cohesive with Will's plans and Lou is soon desperate to convince him that it will be worth it.

My heart began swelling so much as they danced at the wedding but then when Louisa opened up her heart to him.... ::SOBS:: and I don't think I stopped crying until I sat down to write this review. A fresh wave is near the brink as I type. 
I truly enjoyed the story from start to finish and I loved the small windows of getting to see the story from Will's parents', Treena's, and Nathan's perspectives. It was just enough of a deviation from Lou's "voice" to really get you to see more than one side to the story, something I think is so essential in a story like this. 

5 STARS + a Kleenex alert!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review x 2... Waiting On The Sidelines & Going Long by Ginger Scott

Synopsis:
Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother’s hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it’s too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully, he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother’s footsteps might be all wrong. 

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn’t flirt, she didn’t drink and she didn’t sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn’t look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed’s thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

Waiting on the Sidelines explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity. The story follows two young characters as they deal with mature situations, including the prevalence of bullying and promiscuity in today’s high school setting. Ultimately, Waiting on the Sidelines is a story of hope, honesty and those powerful, first true loves—the ones worth holding onto at any cost.

Goodreads- Waiting On the Sidelines

Synopsis
They fell in love in high school and found their way back to one another despite the odds. But can first loves really be forever? For Reed Johnson, the dream was always football. But then Nolan Lennox took over his heart. Is he willing to give up his first love just to keep his true love? Or will he be too late? 

Reed and Nolan’s story continues in "Going Long," sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines."


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This Book Nerd Says: 

I read these two books back to back and so I'm going to merge these two reviews together. The story begins when the main characters are still quite young so it's something to keep in mind as you begin the roller coaster ride that is Nolan and Reed's love story. 

Nolan is a tomboy, who loves to wear shorts and baggy tee shirts with her sneakers more than she loves dressing up to show off for the boys around her. She has a loving family who though they aren't wealthy, they are close knit. I love that Nolan loves them and often defends her family without hesitation <--- LOVE that. 
Reed is the new hotshot football player who catches Nolan's eye. 
Problem is the first time I "met" Reed my thought was JERK. 
Don't worry it gets better... then worse... then better again. 
On my notes this is what I had under Reed: 
JERK -> Sweetheart --> JERK! --> aww mah gosh I love him
He wasn't alone in my rollercoaster of feels. Nolan took me on a doozy of a ride as well. There were so many moments that I was slapping my forehead in frustration with her. I had to remind myself that not only were the main characters young and still maturing, but that Nolan, in particular, had felt overlooked by most of the boys in her school and so her naivety wasn't without reason. 
Waiting On The Sidelines is told from Nolan's POV as they meet in the days right before school starts for the year. From the rocky start their relationship has, they develop a friendship that's colored with something that's obviously more than friendship. Something that everyone around them seems to see, something that's incredibly obvious to us readers. 
That's one of the first uh oh moments I had with the book. 
There's Sean... an important background character that I adore. 
First, I felt bad for him a little bit, then my heart broke for him 'a lot a bit'.
And then there's Tatum... the girl you just have to hate because she's so dang mean!

It's obvious that Reed knows how to give the town what they want... victories. But it's just as apparent that he's under a massive amount of pressure from everyone around. So it's a matter of time that he either explodes or implodes, and Reed gives us a show of both. 

Going Long picks up while Nolan and Reed are in college. 
Despite the distance between them Reed is determined to make things work between them, to be there for her. Since this book is written in alternating POVs we get a better picture of the mental process of both of the characters. That's definitely appreciated because it you thought Waiting On The Sidelines was a rollercoaster then Going Long will have you yelling at the characters... like I did.
Geez, if Tatum was bad and Tyler was frustrating... wait until you meet Gavin. I wanted to commit literary homicide. 

Despite the up and downs that Nolan and Reed take you on from start to finish, one thing is constant: how they feel about each other. 
And that my booknerdian friends is what makes this series sweet. From their absolutely swoon worthy first kiss to the the last glimpse we get of them on the page, it was so heart twisting adorable. 
But in all honesty my favorite things about both books were their friends. We already talked about how much I love Sean. But Nolan has two world class besties in Sierra and Sarah, seriously thank goodness for them. Both  of them are on opposite sides of the "bff reactory" scale but both of them are amazing for Nolan. Because we all need a friend(s) that will drop everything to be there for you, those who will fight your battles for you, who will ground you & tell you when you're being stupid; just the same as we need friend(s) to just listen sometimes and let us find our own answers, those who let us find our own strength. 


I'm giving both books a solid 3.5 stars!




HAPPY READING!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ELITE is coming to paperback! *~*Release Day Launch*~* + Giveaway

Synopsis: 
For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 

1. Do not touch The Elect. 
2. Do not look at The Elect. 
3. Do not speak to The Elect. 
No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late. 

*This is a New Adult Book, blood, violence, cursing, sexual references, and drug use. Not recommended for those under 17.*




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About Rachel Van Dyken:


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com


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