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Saturday, April 30, 2016

A to Z - Zebras

A to Z Challenge - Z

Zebras

I wound up picking zebras as my letter Z because I got in a discussion with Drea about were animals.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: W, X, Y

So Drea and I were talking about different types of shifters and how there are some odd ones out there. One we haven't seen are werezebras. Google only showed one book and now I'm wondering why there aren't more werezebras out there! I mean, I've read a book about werehedgehogs, why no zebra love?

What's the oddest were animal in a book you've read? I think werehedgehog or wereshark would be my pick!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

April Recap

The end of April is in sight so I'm just going to do the recap post today haha. A to Z kicked my booty, the last post is set for tomorrow so many sure to get your entries in for the giveaway if you're doing that! This month seemed to fly by, though I'm not sure if it's because I was busy with the A to Z posts or it's just going fast. I hope you all had a wonderful month! Let me know if you read anything amazing in April that I can't live without ;)

ATTN bloggers! If you're wanting to schedule more posts in advance for your blog, Herding Cats & Burning Soup has a Blog Ahead challenge that starts May 1st! Click HERE to check it out and join if you want. I do these every time they come around (twice a year?) and love it!




April Reviews:

Outtakes from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost  4 stars
Pack by Jeaniene Frost  4 stars
Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum  2 stars
Dark Skye by Kresley Cole  4 stars
Fireborn by Keri Arthur  3.5 stars
Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep  4.5 stars
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent  4 stars



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A to Z - Yellow

A to Z Challenge - Y

Yellow

Book covers that have bright colors seem to catch my attention easily. So my pick for Y is yellow book covers ;) See a few of my picks below!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: V, W, X





Do you have a favorite yellow book cover? Are you a cover lover that enjoys bright colors? 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

A to Z - X-Men

A to Z Challenge - X

X-Men

I wasn't quite sure what to choose for the letter X. I wound up deciding on X-Men since my boyfriend is a fan haha

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: U, V, W

So the X-Men: Apocalypse movie is coming out on May 27th. I already know my boyfriend will want to go see it. Any X-Men fans here?



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Thrifty Thursday [162]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

$0.99
Ruthless Hold - London Casey, Karolyn James
Sideswiped - Kim Harrison
Waylaid - Kim Harrison
Anything for You - Kristan Higgins
Score - Aubrey Irons
Bloodrunner Dragon - T. S. Joyce

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A to Z - T.C. Winters

A to Z Challenge - W

T.C. Winters

T.C. Winters has a mystery (see below) that looks good! Also, I'm loving her hair!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: T, U, V

Title: Sweet and Savage
Author: T.C. Winters
Series: Savage Series #1
Release Date: March 21st, 2016
Buy: Amazon

Annie Sweet’s nemesis is fire…

The sole survivor when an arsonist destroyed her home, young Annie Sweet is plunged into the nightmarish world of unregulated foster care. When her abusive foster mother also dies in a suspicious fire, the local media dubs Annie the Vigilante Baby.

That’s not who I am anymore…

Years later, Annie has one goal—eradicate her past by saving other children from the horrors of abuse. But as she finds herself surrounded by flames and death once again, she realizes someone doesn’t want her to forget.

Confess…

The danger escalates, and clues point to Annie as the perpetrator. Convinced she is being framed, she turns to the one man who knows fire.

Firefighter Luke Savage suffers from his own demons, but when he’s called to Annie’s home for a minor fire, he’s taken by her charm.

The flames burn even hotter when Annie’s chief tormentor is found dead on her kitchen floor, yet the deadly deeds continue.


Two in, two out…

Will the firefighter’s creed keep her from harm, or lead her straight into the flames?

About the Author:

T.C. owned a small business in the real estate industry for decades before deciding a change was required to preserve her sense of humor. She joined the Indiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America and the Speed City Sisters in Crime where she spent years studying the writing craft, specializing in humor and suspense.

She and her husband are residents of central Indiana where they enjoy volunteering for the various sporting events held in Indianapolis. Tia is an NFL, NBA and WNBA fan, spending many unrecoverable hours tailgating. Other talents include cooking and entertaining.

Connect: Facebook | GoodReads | Pinterest | Twitter | Website

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WoW [206] - Dominated

Title: Dominated
Author: Maya Banks
Series: The Enforcers #2
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

To save her, he had to betray her...

In Drake’s shadowy world, his enemies would exploit any weakness he had in order to bring him to his knees, and so he’s never allowed himself to care about anyone...never exhibited any vulnerability, and it made him a force to be reckoned with. Until Evangeline—his angel. A woman who slipped past his defenses like no one had ever managed. She was his to protect and ultimately, to do that, he had to do the unthinkable and drive the only good thing in his world away.

But he will stop at nothing to get her back...

Devastated and destroyed, Evangeline doesn’t know what made Drake turn on her in such a shocking manner. She only knows she’ll never be the same. He once freed her from all her inhibitions, only now she is a prisoner to never-ending pain. But when Drake finds her again, she realizes there is more to his world than she ever imagined, and she must decide if she can once more trust—and submit—to the man who holds her wounded heart in his hands. And he must convince her of just how far he’ll go to regain her love and forgiveness.
Why I am waiting:
I really need to get around to reading more of MBanks books. Let me know if you've read book one of this series and your thoughts!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A to Z + Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

A to Z Challenge - V

Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors. I knew I had to read this one and snagged it at the library not too long ago! Check out my review below.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: S, T, U

Title: The Stars Never Rise
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: The Stars Never Rise #1
Format: Hardback
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Length: Novel (370 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal / Dystopian
Source: Library
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, April 25, 2016

A to Z - Urban Fantasy Favorites

A to Z Challenge - U

Urban Fantasy

One of my favorite genres has to be Urban Fantasy. See a few of my favorites below!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: R, S, T

I think my favorite would be the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, but I already did a post about that series so I'll leave it out. So here are a few of my other top Urban Fantasy reads!

This series is so different from most of the books in this genre but they are a must read.


This series was really great on audiobook. I still need to catch up on later in the series though.


I'd love to hear some of your favorite Urban Fantasy books!

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New Releases 04/26/2016

Redemption - Debra Driza
Mila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she’s an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her.

That’s why Mila has gone into hiding with her friend, tech expert Lucas. She can’t take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she’ll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she’s done.

But then Mila discovers that General Holland has plans that are an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she’s got...or turn her back on the world forever.

This last book in Debra Driza’s exhilarating and thought-provoking MILA 2.0 series will surprise and thrill readers to the very end.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A to Z - Television Favorites

A to Z Challenge - T

Television Favorites

I'm always on the look out for shows to watch. I tend to enjoy the cop/detective shows as well as the supernatural type. Check out my current favorites below!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: Q, R, S

I finished up Quantico awhile back and enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what happens in season 2!


Now I need to catch up on Lucifer and The Magicians. I'm behind by a few weeks.


I'd love to hear your favorite TV shows! Leave some of your top ones in the comments below so I can check them out!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

A to Z - Sandy James

A to Z Challenge - S

Sandy James

I got addicted to Sandy James' books back when she wrote her Amazon series. I fell in love with her contemporary books after that. She's a must read!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: P, Q, R

Thanks so much for stopping by to do a Q&A with me, Sandy! I'll start out easy on you ;)

1) I'm always looking for more of your books to come out. What's your next release and can you tell us a little bit about it?

You’re such a sweetheart! I’m so happy you enjoy my stories!
I just finished a book called Can’t Walk Away. It’s the first book in my new Nashville Dreams series, and it debuts on September 13th. Take a tortured alpha hero who can write incredible love songs and pair him with a woman who sings like an angel but guards her heart because of a past betrayal. Makes for a nice combustible mix! The hero is one of three owners of a bar/restaurant/performance hall called Words & Music that I modeled after the Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Can’t Walk Away is a contemporary story packed full of music, romance, and twists.

2) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Nope. I felt really good writing “The End” on this one. It was an idea I developed with help from my agent Joanna MacKenzie and her partners Danielle Egan-Miller and Abby Saul. I think we made a great team, and I know they helped me create a world of characters that I can grow as the series moves along. Right now, I’ve got books planned for the three owners of Words & Music, but I can easily expand the series should my readers enjoy it.

3) What genre of books least appeals to you and why?

Although I’m inspired by classic literature, I have a difficult time reading them. I tend to avoid anything written before I was born. Although I have to say that I was invited to read a chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird for the anniversary celebration at our local Barnes & Noble, and I did enjoy it. It’s just very difficult for me to get into a book with dated narrative.

4) What is your favorite thing to do that isn't related to writing?

Spend time with my grandson, John! He’s going to be two in June, and he keeps me putting one foot in front of the other. My husband has been very ill with colon cancer, and knowing that we can Facetime or see John has helped us more than we ever thought possible. He makes us smile, laugh, and keep living.

5) If you were stranded on a desert isle, what five things would you want to have with you?

I’d need a copy of every Julie Garwood historical romance (which I only count as one, hope that’s not cheating). I’d have to be able to listen to some music, so a loaded iPod with a lifetime of battery life. I couldn’t live without caffeine, so give me some coffee, and I’ll find a way to fix it. Since I hate to be alone, I’d drag my husband along, whether he wanted to go or not. Besides, I’ve been his caretaker and advocate for so long, I’m not sure I could make it through a day without him. And finally, I’d bring my new miniature schnauzer puppy, Max. He’d miss me if I left.


The series that I started out reading by Sandy James is part of a huge sale right now! If you like paranormal romance, I think you'd love these!




Giveaway:

Sandy will be giving away one ebook of the winner's choice from her backlist.

Rules: One entry per person, all fake entries will be deleted. Giveaway starts on 4/22/16 at 12:00am and will end on 5/6/16 at 11:59pm. The winner will be notified via email and asked which ebook they would like.


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Review: Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Title: Bright Blaze of Magic
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #3
Format: ebook
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Length: Novel (368 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars