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Cover Reveal: Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey

Published August 14, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
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Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 22nd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Max Prescott knows all too well the joys of cheating girlfriends and traitorous friends. He’s not eager to have his heart trampled again, but money and a fresh start can mean the difference between happiness and a dark path with his name on it.

So when Melly Hewson, a perky and enigmatic classmate, asks him to be her model for a year-long photography project, Max agrees. Melly Hewson is everything Max isn’t. She’s outgoing, witty and always knows the right words to say. And despite his best efforts, Max finds himself drawn to her.

Still, he isn’t stupid. He knows a girl like Melly will only use him and then never speak to him again. Besides, he’s been to that rodeo. As long as he keeps his feelings off the market, he won’t make the same mistakes as last time.

Yet underneath Melly’s sweet smiles lies a secret she’d rather kept hidden. And as the year goes on and the photos pile up, Max and Melly will find themselves developing through the negatives, a story that when told could push them to opposite ends of their world. But the only thing worst than the truth is, the facade that surrounds them.

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Jelsa Mepsey writes young adult contemporary romance fiction, drawing inspiration from daily life. With her work, she is dedicated to spurring people to think about what they have taken for granted and to shed light on the issues people avoid talking about. As an Asian-American in her 20s, she is excited to explore more of the human experience as she herself journeys through life. Writing, rock climbing 5.12 routes, and playing various instruments have resulted in the formation of many calluses on her hands over the years. When not engaging in her previously mentioned hobbies, Jelsa can be found at her local library with a stack of at least ten books, naming her various pens, or staring at her dog Waffles for inspiration.
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Cover Reveal: No Strings Attached by Kristen Strassel

Published August 13, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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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.

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The doors closed behind us. Jagger backed me up against the wall, and there was nowhere I could look but his eyes. One knee was between my legs, and his hands burned the skin on my stomach underneath my sweater. “You look amazing,” he whispered.
I hadn’t planned anything special for tonight. New underwear, that was all. Maybe I should’ve paid more attention to Kari when she told me about the schedule. I’d worn a sweater, scarf, jeans, and knee-high boots. “So do you,” I murmured back. Jagger was one step ahead of me in black dress pants and a deep blue button down shirt. It perfectly complemented his olive skin and dark hair. The more I thought of Jagger in terms of art, the more beautiful he became.
Jagger cupped my bra as his lips once again found mine. We could barely complete a sentence since he’d come to my room without our mouths crashing against each other. Going to this party was a terrible idea. After a drink or two I’d be begging him to take me on the bar. His fingers drew slow circles, dipping inside my bra, brushing back and forth against my nipples. They pebbled at his touch. I tangled my hands in his long hair, pulling him closer to me as I moaned against his mouth.
I hadn’t even noticed we weren’t moving until the alarm went off. We jumped away from each other. “What did you do?” I asked. “Didn’t you just hit the lobby button?”
“I hit stop.” Jagger had his hands up like he was about to get arrested.
“You can’t do that here.” I slammed my hand repeatedly against the lobby button to make the alarm stop screaming. The elevator started moving. “The fire department is probably already on their way. This is a small town. They’ll be talking about this until the next reunion.”
My stomach tied itself in knots complicated enough to flummox a boy scout as we walked through the lobby. The older woman at the front desk glared at us. “See?” I bumped against Jagger, who smiled and winked at the clerk. She turned bright red as she looked back to the computer. “We were seconds away from thanking the firemen for their commitment to service.”
Every head in the bar turned as we walked in. I made a beeline for the bartender, pulling Jagger along with me. He ordered our drinks. “You didn’t ask me what I wanted.”
“Don’t you want sangria?” He surprised me even more by pulling out his wallet. “You practically purred when you drank it in Washington. I’m not sure what you liked more, me or the sangria. But I know I liked the way it tasted on your lips.”
“How did you even know they had it? Some places throw bar garnish and Sprite into cheap wine and try to pass it off as the nectar of the Gods.” I leaned back against the bar, hooking my boot into the barstool, trying to play this cool. If Jagger had any idea he could knock me over with a feather right now he might stop trying so hard. I wanted to see what else he had in him. “They can’t fool me with that crap.”
“I checked before you got here.” Jagger tapped his glass against mine before taking a long sip of whatever he got.
I knew all along they had it. I’d been here more times than I could count. “And if they didn’t?”
“We’d find someplace that did.” Those hazel eyes smoldered. So many emotions I couldn’t read yet marched through them.
I put the glass down on the bar and turned back to him. It took everything I had to keep my hands to myself. “And if that wasn’t what I was craving?”
Jagger leaned closer to me and I could feel every eye on the room on us. “I will make sure you’re satisfied.”
We took stools at the bar. It was still pretty early. A cover band I’d been going to see since my twenties was setting up in the corner, and only a handful of my classmates had shown up so far. I wondered if we’d see many locals. Getting a babysitter two nights in a row was such a bitch.
“So that’s Eric. He went out to LA to act and he’s had a bunch of bit parts in movies, and it looks like he’s here with…” I squinted to see better, then squealed when he took the hand of someone I didn’t expect. “Michael. Nice. I think he’s still in the Marines. I knew he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, but I didn’t realize they were a couple. It makes total sense, now that I think about it, they’re always together in their Facebook stuff.”
After finding the bottom of my drink, I had no problem openly pointing out the weekend’s players to Jagger. A fresh drink appeared like magic, and I dove right into it. “And that’s Marcy. She was my manager at Design Spot. We used to put wine in our coffee cups to deal with the monotony of that place. Oh, God. You must think I’m a total lush, right?”
“No.” Jagger laughed. “Which one is Karina?”
I had to think about before answering him. “Who’s Karina?”
“Your best friend?” Jagger slid the glass away from me. “The guys at the agency have nothing but good things to say about her.”
“Oh! Kari.” I took it back. “I never think of her like that. Unless I’m giving her a hard time. Her reputation would precede her.” Good for her. “I don’t know. She should be here. She’s technically our host.”
She’d been coy in the last couple weeks, much more concerned with my plans for the reunion than sharing hers. Probably because being here was just as much of a nightmare for her as it was for me, even if our reasons were completely different. She’d definitely bring a date to the battle ground.
The band started, tearing through their nineties set with slightly less fire than they had in the actual nineties, and Jagger started drumming the beat against the bar. “Let’s dance,” he suggested.
“Sounds fantastic.” After the second sangria it easier to join the few other couples on the floor, and I waved to the people I’d pointed out from the bar. So far, we weren’t behind enemy lines. None of those people had shown up yet. I twirled around Jagger, singing the lyrics of the song to him as he put his arms around my waist and pressed my back against his body. We swayed together to the beat, his hair falling into my face as he joined me on the harmonies. I turned into him when the song changed, our hips grinding to the raunchy beat of the song. If this was any indication of what I had to look forward to when we went back upstairs, I had no idea why we were still here.
Jagger’s hands stayed on my hips, directing them, and I hooked my arms around his neck. His forehead rested on mine and I could only look at him. The rest of the room spun on a different axis. I hadn’t had too much to drink, I was drunk off of Jagger.
“Can I have this dance?” Kari managed to wedge herself between the two of us and I grabbed her arms to steady myself from the shock. She swung around, offering a hand to Jagger. “I’m Karina Gomez. Leah’s best friend. And I’m a United States prosecutor, so when I say I know where to hide the bodies…”
“Kari!” I jerked her away from Jagger before she said anything I regretted.
“I’ve heard all about you. Nothing but wonderful things of course.” Jagger ran his fingers under my chin. Kari didn’t release her death grip on my arms. “I’ll meet you over at the bar.”
My new dance partner spun me around. “First of all, he’s insanely gorgeous. I don’t get intimidated by many men, but it’s hard to breathe looking at him.”
“Where have you been?” I asked. I wanted to change the subject before it turned into a lecture.
“Here, for like a half an hour.” Kari rolled her eyes. “You were too busy eye-fucking your escort to notice anyone.”
My head whipped around the room. “Oh God, who else is here?”
“Pretty much everyone, and you are the topic of conversation.”
“Why?” Another quick scan of the room, but I didn’t spot Rich or Shelley.
“Because the two of you look like you’re going to crawl inside of each other. We’re all choking off the pheromones. Would you please go upstairs and fuck his brains out before some of the single ladies in the crowd abduct him?”
Nobody had to tell me twice. “Yes, ma’am.” I headed off the dance floor, but Kari still had my hand.
“Don’t ever call me ma’am.” Kari yanked me back into her. “Leah, please be careful tonight.”
“I will, ma’am.” I laughed when Kari looked like she might puke. “I brought protection.”
She squeezed my hand. “That’s not what I’m talking about, and you know it.”

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Kristen Strassel writes books about rock stars and vampires. After all, they tell you to write what you know. She is a passionate music fan who also loves football games and diner food. Kristen works as a makeup artist on film and TV shows when she’s not writing, and loves being behind the scenes. A former resident of Las Vegas, Kristen now lives in the Boston area.

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Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Published August 10, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- Everything, Everything

Author- Nicola Yoon

Publisher- Random Children’s House

Release- September 1, 2015

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BOOK SUMMERY:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

MY THOUGHTS:

Everything, Everything is such an amazing story!!

I haven’t read a story like this one yet. Maddy has a rare disease and that keeps her from entering the outside world. She is stuck in her bubble and the only people she is allow to be around are her mother and nurse. That is until her new neighbors arrive, this is where her life changes. Maddy is immediately drawn to Ollie.

There were many things about this book that I thought were adorable. I loved the emails back and forth between Maddy and Ollie, I also love how Ollie first communicated with her. For the situation that Maddy is I think she has an interesting out look on life. I also thought Ollie was quite interesting and there was a lot to his story.

This story was also about family. Ollie’s family was picture perfect and they had plenty of issues. Then there’s Maddy’s mom who is quite over protective and has her own issues.

I think this is a great read for young readers, it was a nice and easy read with a couple of illustrations by Maddy that readers will enjoy!

Book Review: The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin

Published August 9, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- The Half-Life of Planets

Author– Emily Franklin

Publisher- Open Road Media Teen and Tween

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BOOK SUMMERY:

Liana’s decided to boycott kissing this summer, hoping to lose her reputation and focus on planetary science. Hank has near-encyclopedic knowledge of music and Asperger’s syndrome. When they meet by chance in a hospital restroom, neither one realizes that their friendship will change everything.

If Liana’s experiment goes as planned, she’ll learn to open up, using her mouth for talking instead of kissing. But Hank’s never been kissed and thinks Liana might be the one to show him . . . if he can stop spewing music trivia long enough to let her.

MY THOUGHTS:

I am so happy I had a chance to read The Half-life of Planets. Emily Franklin did a great job writing a story that touch upon Asperger’s syndrome in a tasteful light. She really highlighted struggles that these children have socially. Hank completely struggled with his social cues and at times said the wrong thing, but that is what was so likeable about him. He was by far my favorite in the book.

I also liked that there was so much music reference in this book, I absolutely love music so that was great! I like how Hank’s “one thing” was music. I have worked with my children with Asperger’s and their one thing always intrigues me.

Liana was great too and she was did enjoy spending time with Hank, even those times she became frustrated, but that’s real life!

I loved the duel POV to get inside of both Liana and Hanks head. I always said I want to get inside one of my students head to see what they are thinking, and I must say I feel like I have a little glimpse into their world. It was also interesting to see how Liana over came what was troubling her.

This is a story that I will hold onto for a long time and will recommend it to others wit no hesitation.

Book Review: Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

Published August 8, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Author- Chris Cannon

Publisher- Entangled Crush

Release- August 11, 2015

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BOOK SUMMERY:

Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…

Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.

Can something so fake turn into something real?

MY THOUGHTS:

What a completely fun book, I am loving Entangled Crush!! This book was everything I was expecting and so much more. There were time I found myself laughing and other times I was getting annoyed at either Bryce or Haley.

They say opposites attract and in the case it’s true. Haley may have been the perfect too and not the most popular, but she was strong and stood her ground. Yes, she got mad at Bryce over the littlest things, but she was a little nervous and I can see readers relating to that. Then there was Bryce he wasn’t what I though it was going to be. I thought he would have been more of a jerk, but I liked him and I think he was just scared bout how he was feeling.

Yes, this book was predicable, but it was a book that I could not fun down! It is the perfect book to read on the beach or poolside. The only I had was that I was left wanting more at the end!

Book Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Published August 6, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- Goodbye Stranger

Author- Rebecca Stead

Publisher– Random House Children’s

Release- August 4, 2015

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BOOK SUMMERY:

Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games–or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?
This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl–as a friend?
On Valentine’s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight?

MY THOUGHTS:

After reading a couple books recently, Goodbye Stranger came up under, “People Also Enjoyed” on my goodreads. At first I wasn’t too sure I was going to like it, but I decided to give it a shot. Boy am I happy I did!

Goodbye Stanger follows the a group of three girls told from the POV of Bridge, these girls are going through very realistic situations. I think young readers will be able to related to at least one of these girl and the problems they faced. I liked that there was an added POV from a mystery person that revolved around one day, Valentine’s Day. This person too was surrounded by very realistic problems highschoolers face. I loved that this book hit not only middle grade but high school as well, allowing readers of various ages to enjoy this book. Then there’s Sherm, he has his family issues that he is going through while being a new friendship with Bridge. I enjoyed reading the letters he wrote his grandfather; it was interesting way to see his thoughts.

I would highly recommend this book to young reader. This was a book about friendship, family and becoming who you are.

Blog Tour: The Mermaid Glass by Poppy Lawless

Published August 6, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
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Kate



I’m the last mermaid.



I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is
nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky
shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at
long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.



Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people.
The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure.
They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets:
necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love
them.



Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.



Cooper



I’m dying.



It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I
have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake
Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one.



I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see
her.



All life is fragile as glass.



What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

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author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks.
Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru.
Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly
Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja
mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart,
lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?


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Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing
in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and
Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained
herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical
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Book Blitz: Timekeeper Rising by Allyssa Painter

Published August 5, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
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What I Wish Young Writers Knew

Age Doesn’t Matter

Yes, you read that correct. I said (or typed) “Age doesn’t matter.” It doesn’t, okay? Let me back up. Of course age matters in some things. I’m not saying it’s a good idea to drink at fourteen. I’m not. Please don’t do that. But in writing, age does not matter. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but I think I really started becoming serious about it in middle school. I started writing this story that ended up filling up three or four notebooks. Yeah, it was ridiculous. But that’s not the point. I stopped writing that story after a while and moved on to other things. In high school, maybe ninth or tenth grade, I wrote my first full-length novel. It’s a little short, but nothing too crazy. After that, I couldn’t stop. I loved writing and I was determined I wanted to publish my book. I wanted to be an author.

So I started researching. I read blogs from authors and advice for writers and all sorts of stuff. And occasionally, someone would address the issue of young authors. And they’d always say things like, “You need to wait to publish until you’re older.” “You’re writing isn’t good enough.” “You’ll look back at those stories later and realize they suck.” And that was so disheartening. Everywhere I looked, everyone said, slow down, wait, you’re not old enough, you’re not good enough. At first, it was enough to make me stop researching. And then the anger seeped in. And the stubbornness. I’m notoriously stubborn. And I decided that I was going to publish my book. I was going to be an author, and I wasn’t going to wait fifteen years just because there was some sort of age requirement.

I started querying my first novel when I was 17 or 18 I think. And I actually had a decent amount of interest. I even had an offer for publication. In the end, I turned it down due to moral/creative differences between myself and the company, which is a perfectly fine thing to do, let me add. You don’t have to take the first contract offered to you. It’s important to find the right company to work with, because you’ll have to work very closely with them.

Anyways, around that time, I finished the Timekeeper, which is what the Duo started out as. I then learned it was way too long and still needed more detail and scenes, so I broke it into two books and finished editing Timekeeper Rising. I queried it for a while, but the idea of angels and demons seemed to turn everyone away. I believed in my book, though, and in myself, so with a lot of support, I decided to self-publish it anyway.

Here’s the part that applies to my point. I am twenty years old. I just turned twenty in May, actually. And I am publishing a book. I am an author. Now, does that suddenly mean all those authors and professionals were wrong, and my book isn’t crap? Well, I guess not technically. Not many people have read it yet, and you can publish anything these days. So, technically speaking, it could be absolutely dreadful. But I don’t think so. Several people have read it for me so far, and they all seem to love it. Is it the best book ever written? I sincerely doubt it. But is it good? Yeah, I think so.

I don’t doubt that one day I’ll look back at this book and think it could be better. But let me tell you a secret. I know of several authors who do that. They look back at the early books and it’s amazing to them to see how far they’ve come. And some authors won’t even look back at them, because they know their new books are way better (at least in their opinion). And these are real adults, guys, not fake adults like me. These people are thirty, forty, fifty years old, and they still do that same thing that people said teens would do. They look back at their early work and know it’s not as good as it could be. Why? Because they’ve grown. We all grow, especially as authors. The more we write, the more we read, the more advice, reviews, and comments we see, the more we learn, and the better our books become. So if this is true for adults, why can’t it be true for teens? Why does age have to matter?

It doesn’t. Age doesn’t matter. Maturity? Sure. Writing ability? Most definitely. But if you’re mature enough, dedicated enough, strong enough, and you have the writing ability, you can be an author. I don’t care if you’re fifteen or a hundred and fifteen. If you can write a good book that people enjoy, and you have tough enough skin and enough dedication to stick through all the unenjoyable businessy stuff of being an author, you can publish a book too, no matter your age. The point is a simple one: Age doesn’t matter. Ability does.

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Timekeeper Rising by Allyssa Painter
Publication date: August 1st 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Fifty years ago, the sky cried acid and the earth vomited poison, all due to human destruction. Desperate for a savior, the people called out to the Shunned, a group of Fallen angels on Earth, and allowed them to take over. Now the Shunned rule with unspeakable cruelty, manipulating and torturing the humans in every possible way. Marked for death, Iris Ankea will do anything to end their tyranny and rescue her brother and best friend from their clutches. When she learns that she is God’s chosen Timekeeper and has the power to defeat the Shunned, she sets out with the only man who can help her, the one she thinks just might kill her. With a prophecy about her drawing ever near, Iris must race against time to discover her powers before the world, and her life, end. Can Iris force herself to embrace her role and sacrifice herself to save everyone she loves, or will she lose it all?

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Allyssa Painter is the author of Timekeeper Rising, the first in the Timekeeper Duo. She graduated from Sissonville High School and attends Concord University for elementary and special education. She dreams of becoming an elementary teacher and continuing to touch the world around her through the novels she writes. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantastical adventures, spending time with her family, and capturing the world around her in photography and writing.

Blog Tour: The Preference by A.K. Alexander

Published August 4, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title: The Preference

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release Date: August 12, 2015

Book Description

San Diego homicide detective Holly Jennings is back in The Preference and she is hunting the most sadistic killer she’s faced yet.

Do You Prefer Red or White?  It’s a simple question… When couples from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs receive an e-mail with an offer to win a free trip to Napa Valley by simply stating their preference of either red or white wine, little do they know the killing spree their “preference” sets in motion.   He calls himself The Connoisseur…   He stalks and murders young, beautiful red headed or blonde women depending on “his clients” preference. The Connoisseur is methodical, sadistic and with a need to seek what he considers justice for himself.   Homicide detective Holly Jennings wants nothing more than to nail The Connoisseur. However, when his next victim doesn’t fit his Modus Operandi, Holly has to consider the possibility of two killers, a copycat, or a hunter who may actually know how to outwit her. Ella Jennis is a brunette and from a wealthy winery family out of Temecula, Ca. When disturbing photos of Ella in captivity surface on the internet, Holly is certain that time is running out to save the latest preference.

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Writing under the pen name A.K. Alexander, Michele explores the darker side of storytelling. With her daring, frightening and suspensful novels, A.K. Alexander writes for those readers who like to be thrilled and kept in the dark up until the very end…

A.K.’s gritty thrillers keep you looking over your shoulder as the suspense mounts with each turn of the page. Mingling her love of horses with a world of deceit, violence and desire, A.K. brings to life murder mysteries that engage her readers.

Her gripping books are impossible to put down, featuring strong characters with complicated lives. A.K.’s books have appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s and Amazon’s Kindle bestseller lists.

Blog Tour: Skin Deep by Pamela Sparkman

Published August 3, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title: Skin Deep

Author: Pamela Sparkman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 20, 2015

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen with Okay Creations

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She hates me.

I’m in love with her.

Her life is a masquerade.

Mine is cloaked in secrets.

She thinks I can’t see her.

But she’s the only thing I can see.

he thinks we have nothing in common.

We have everything in common.

And I’m done being patient.

I’m determined.

She’s stubborn.

You think you know us.

You don’t.

The things you know about us are only Skin Deep.

*Warning – This book contains instances of self harm in the form of an eating disorder and may be a trigger to some readers.*

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Excerpt

Beth had been good at pretending to be this happy carefree girl – bubbly and energetic. Looking at her now, I saw a girl who was anything but carefree. She obviously had demons that haunted her, and I knew from experience that fighting certain demons can be almost impossible.

I listened through the door, making sure Lily had gone. “This isn’t over. Me keeping your secret from Lily is not a sign I’m letting this go. It’s a sign that I’m going to be a thorn in your side until you let me help you.”

Beth prickled at my comment and unfurled herself from the protective ball she had curled into. “I don’t need your help!”

“Yes, you do.” I took another step towards her. Beth took a step back. “And the way I see it, you don’t have much of a choice.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Do you want Lily to know what you’ve been doing?”

Beth’s eyes pooled with unshed tears. She looked hurt by my words. “Please don’t tell Lily,” she pleaded in a whisper.

“I’ll tell her everything unless you let me help you.” The look of fear and disbelief on Beth’s face made me feel like a total jackass.

Her expression changed again. She glowered at me like she wanted to set me on fire. “I hate you so much right now.”

Her words, she meant them. And hearing her tell me she hated me… it hurt, because somewhere along the way I had fallen in love with her.

“I know you do. But I’d rather you hate me for the right reasons, than like me for the wrong ones. I guess we’ll both have to figure out how to fucking live with that.”

My Review

I absolutely love The Stolen Breathes Series! Once I finish one of the books, I think, “Pamela Sparkman can’t top this one”, and then the next one comes out and she proves me wrong. This series has gotten better and better with each book I read. I can’t decide who out of these guys is my favorite!

Now let me talk about Skin Deep and that was the prefect title for this book! Out of the three couples, I think that Beth and Hayden have the deepest relationship. Both Beth and Hayden are going through their own issues. When they opened up to each other and showed parts of themselves that no ones else knows at times were heartbreaking. I know I needed a couple tissues next time me while reading.

This book was a great read that stands out for the fact that it doesn’t need huge amounts of drama to make it enjoyable. Pamela is an amazing writer who writes books that readers will not be able to put down!

There was one surprise POV at the end that I completely loved! I also cannot wait to read Ms. Sophie’s story. I know hers will be just as great as the rest!

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About The Author

I grew up in Alabama and have always been an avid reader. I had a stack of those Little Golden Books and I can remember reading Three Little Kittens over and over and over again. It was my favorite.

Fast forward and the older I got the more in love with books I became. So, I’m admitting that I am a huge nerd. The only reading I don’t like are those math word problems. And I’m okay with that because no one has ever asked me in real life… “If I give you two bananas and take away six apples, how long will it take the southbound train to collide with the northbound train if Johnny left his house at midnight?” It just doesn’t happen.

So, yeah, books are my thing.

Oh and music. All kinds. Love.It.

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