All posts for the month August, 2015
The Coming of Arabella by Joanne GuidoccioPublished August 30, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Available from: Amazon
On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has yet to reveal her origins to her fiancé. So when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released.
Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown after her fiancé leaves Canada for a teaching job in Vermont, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy strikes. A stronger and wiser Barbara rises up to face these new challenges and embrace the best parts of her mermaid heritage.
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An eerie, buzzing noise startled both women. Everyone in the restaurant stopped speaking, and the waiters huddled together near the entrance. One of the chefs came out of the kitchen and headed toward the waiters. The noise continued for almost a minute and then abruptly stopped.
“The aliens have landed,” the man joked at the next table.
Everyone laughed and resumed speaking. The chef went back to the kitchen, and the waiters resumed their tasks.
“Wonder what that was?” Barbara’s voice quavered.
But Belinda wasn’t listening. Her right hand trembled as she glanced down at her phone. She flashed the phone at Barbara, who gasped when she read the short message: Mermaid arriving in Carden. Enroute from Toronto.
Belinda grabbed Barbara’s arm. “You must contact Graham at once. Before she arrives.”
“He’s somewhere on the highway between Windsor and here. I can’t tell him everything over the phone.” Barbara thought back to the previous morning when she had awakened to the tickle of a beautiful red rose. As soon as she opened her eyes, Graham kissed her passionately and apologized once more for leaving her with the last-minute details of the engagement party, but it couldn’t be helped. One of his clients had expressed interest in a series of paintings, and Graham was anxious to close the sale.
You must tell him before she arrives,” Belinda said sharply.
“Who is she?”
“She could be anyone from the tribe, anyone at all.” Belinda threw the phone into her purse.
“That strange sound came from your phone?”
“That’s how the underwater Kingdom communicates with me.” Belinda drummed her fingers on the table. “Usually, I get more details, but—”
Barbara wondered about the phone that could easily have been purchased on Earth. Like all other digital devices from the mermaid Kingdom, it did not stand out in any way. She wondered if any other ex-mermaids had such a phone but quickly dismissed that possibility. Unlike Belinda, they were not Bellas so it wouldn’t make sense to entrust them with a direct link to the Kingdom.
“It may not be so bad,” Barbara said. “It might be nice to have another ex-mermaid in our midst.”
“You’re making the assumption that she will be pleased to see you.”
In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.
In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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Book Review: In The Dark by Monica MurphyPublished August 29, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
I absolutely love The Rules Series!! I thought that I couldn’t love a story more than Fair Game, but I like I do. Ms. Murphy has written a story that grabbed my attention from the very first page (I love books like that). I like that book can be read as a stand-alone and we get to see our favorite characters in each book.
Gabe or Mr. GQ was such a great character; he is definitely book boyfriend material! I love how he let Lucy know what he wanted and didn’t play games with her. Of course sometimes she didn’t like what he said, but at least he didn’t keep anything from her. Then there’s Lucy I think she was also extremely likable. She has sassy and realistic. Although, the whole time I wanted her to tell Gabe that she was just house sitting. Lucy also fit in with Gabe’s friends very well.
This story was told in a duel POV and I love when that is done. I like knowing what both the hero and the heroine are thinking.
I can’t not wait to read Tristan’s story next! I know it’s going to be an interesting one since he’s having a hard time letting go of “the rules”. Lets see what kind of girl grabs his attention!!!
FAIR GAME (The Rules Series, Book 1) May 12, 2015
Bad enough Jade Frost’s boyfriend drags her to a boring poker game. Even worse that he actually threw her into the betting pot during an intense round…and lost. Talk about the perfect excuse for Jade to make him her ex-boyfriend.Now she supposedly belongs to the ultra rich, extremely gorgeous Shep Prescott. He could have anything he wants yet he seems to be in hot pursuit of her. No matter how rude, how snarky, how impossible she acts, it doesn’t stop him. More like her horrible behavior seems to make him want her more.
When she finds herself starting to fall for him, Jade’s confused. There’s more to Shep than the carefree rich charmer he portrays. No way could he want a serious relationship with her…or could he?
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New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.
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Book Review: No Strings Attached by Kristen StrasselPublished August 25, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Title- No Springs Attached
Author- Kristen Strassel
Publisher- Blonde Ambition
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Leah Godfrey has almost everything she could ask for—
She’s got an interior design business with an A-list clientele, a weekly spot on a national morning TV show, and a great daughter—but she doesn’t have a date for her twentieth high school reunion. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but her ex-husband was her high school sweetheart, and now he’s married to the slut Leah caught him with in bed. She won’t let the biggest failure of her life overshadow her success.
When her best friend suggests she hire a date, Leah thinks the idea is scandalous. But for one weekend, she wants to forget her mistakes and pretend she has everything her ex took away from her.
Jagger Holiday makes women’s fantasies come true—
But working as a male escort leaves him feeling empty. He turns to photography to fill the void. When Jagger gets a call from a lonely single mom who needs the same thing he does, he wants more. He wants her.
Leah and Jagger have no problem convincing everyone at the reunion they’re together. She should’ve known better than to think there’d be no strings attached.
After all, he’s a professional.
When I was approached about reading Kristen’s new book of course I said yes! I love every book that I have read by her so far, and No String’s Attached was no exception.
I don’t know how Kristen does it she is able to write a character that’s relatable even though I’m not a single mother. I think that maybe its because the struggles that Leah faced were realistic, body issues, relating to her teenage daughter and trying to find love while working on her career. Then there was Jagger, I mean who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend with a guy like him. Bonus points for him being a photographer! The duel POV was perfect as well, I also like reading both sides of the story and what’s going on in both their minds.
I love when an author can write a story that pulls me in from the very first page and holds by attention to the very last and Kristen has done this.
Well after writing this review I either have to read this book again or I need to read other one of Kristen’s book. I recommend that you do the same as well!
Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.
Book Review: Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah ScheierPublished August 24, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Title- Your Voice Is All I Hear
Author– Leah Scheier
Publisher- Sourcefire Books
Release- September 1, 2015
Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he’d rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.
April isn’t surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.
But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah’s unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can’t explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she’ll always stand by him.
Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.
Until schizophrenia changes everything.
Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.
Well, I just finished another completely powerful YA book. This time it involved a mental illness, schizophrenia. The story is told from of POV of April, a high school sophomore, who has started dating the new boy, Jonah. Although, this book is about the mental illness, it also touches upon other topics like bullying, family, friendship and love.
I am going to say that the author did a great job showcasing the illness. I do indeed know someone who is schizophrenic and I have seen first hand how medication can affect the person. I have also seen that when certain medication is adjusted how the person could revert back to their old self. I also like the fact that Ms. Scheier had April attend some therapy session, this why I was able to see what Jonah was thinking and how dealt with the voices that he was hearing. It was also interesting to gear what they said.
I enjoyed April a lot as a character; she had such an amazing heart and loved Jonah so much. She went through a lot in this story and I felt like she grew a lot at the same time. She was able to form such amazing relationships and worked through many ups and down.
I have to say I did not expect that ending and I think I am satisfied about how it ended. I completely recommend this book to readers who like to read stories with something to it. If you are looking for a lighthearted read, this is not the book for you, but I do suggest everyone to read it.
Leah Scheier was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. As a child, she was inspired by her favorite authors, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis to dream up tales of adventure and romance. Now grown up with daughters of her own, Leah works as a pediatrician and continues to create new stories.
Her first novel, SECRET LETTERS, came out 6/26/12 (Hyperion/Disney). Her second novel, YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR is due to be released in September 1, 2015 (Sourcebooks Fire).
Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole CozzoPublished August 23, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Title- How to Say I Love You Out Loud
Author- Karole Cozzo
Publisher- Swoon Reads
When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again. Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?
A lot of the YA books I have been reading had completely pulled at my heartstrings, and this book was no different. I got completely lost in the book, and it takes a lot to do that while I read.
I will begin by talk about the characters, Jordyn in struggling with keeping her family life secret from the rest of her classmates. She has been hurt before by classmates and doesn’t want that to happen again. Jordyn is also struggling with loving Phillip but also the attention he gets taken away from her. I can see how that would be something hard to cope with, we see a glimpse of it early on when she goes to dinner with Phillip and her mom. Then there’s Alex, he was your stereotypical popular boy, he was caring and such a sweetheart. I mean what high schooler opens a park for disabled children. It completely makes me want to do something productive like that. I was rooting for Alex and Jordyn to get together the whole book their friendship was sweet. Then there was Phillip! How could you not adore him and his ability to quote SpongeBob at any given moment.
I felt as though Ms. Cozzo did a great job writing a story about a family dealing with one of their members having a disability like Phillip’s. It was also interesting reading the story from their perspective and not the perspective of the child who id suffering. It was interesting to see the feelings both Jordyn and her mom (through conversations with Jordyn) felt toward Phillip. I mean Jordyn’s one speech brought tears to my eyes.
Now that I know if I write anymore, I will give away the whole story, I will leave you with this. I think this story was written in a very tasteful way and I would recommend this to both young readers and adults to read.
Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.
Book Review: Love So Tempting by Marquita ValentinePublished August 22, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Prim and proper beauty queen Lemon McCoy is at her wit’s end when one night of passion leaves her pregnant by Jessamine’s favorite ladies man, Tristan Lawson. Forced to turn to her childhood tormentor in her time of need, she convinces Tristan to marry her to keep the gossip in their small town at bay.
Marine turned hometown librarian Tristan Lawson has secretly loved Lemon McCoy for years but they can’t seem to be around each other without trading insults. When Lemon finally spends the night with him, it’s a dream come true, and he hopes, the start of something more. But the very next morning they are back to their bickering ways that forces the two apart. Until Lemon confesses that she’s pregnant with his baby, giving him a second chance he never expected.
Although Tristan agrees to a marriage of convenience, he is confident he can show Lemon they are right for each other. But can Lemon trust him with her heart, or will their past be too much to overcome?
I absolutely love this series, and am so excited that there are so many Larson brothers because it means that the series will keep continuing. Each book in the series gets better and better and I think that’s all because of Ms. Valentine’s writing. I think this installment was one of the sweetest stories in the series and one I have been waiting for a while. I absolutely loved getting little glimpses of their story from the previous books.
Both Lemon and Tristan were so likable and I just couldn’t understand Apple’s issue with them, but in the end it all made sense. Lemon and Tristan had amazing chemistry and loved loved loved their banter, it had me laughing many times while reading. Of course some of our favorite characters were back in the story and I like getting little updates one them.
I can not wait to read Austin’s story, I’m not sad I have to wait so long!!!
Cover Reveal: Ward Against Destruction by Melanie CardPublished August 19, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Ward Against Disaster (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #3)
Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.
When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.