New Years Resolutions for 2015

For the upcoming year I've managed to cull my Resolutions and Goals list back a little bit to the more important things that I really want to work on.

Take Them By Storm (Angel Island #3) by Marie Landry

The Angel Island companion series is one of my favorite NA series out there. I definitely recommend Take Them By Storm, Sadie's story if you're looking for more diversity.

Once Upon A Series

I have way too many series that I've started, but haven't finished for whatever reason and this is a list of those I plan to finish this year.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves is an eye-opening, heartbreaking, and beautifully written novel that will leave an everlasting impression on you.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Blitz Interview + Giveaway: The Designed by Kate Tailor

What if the next new drug was you?

I am so excited for this book, the minute that I read the synopsis for it and realized that it was a Sci-Fi New Adult novel, I squealed like a little kid in a candy store! I absolutely adore New Adult novels, they are my new crack and lately I've been reading tons of them, but they have mostly been contemporary and that's absolutely okay with me. But, I have been craving a little break in all of the harsh realities of the contemporary world of New Adult, and this book looks like it might just provide that perfect little thing that I need.

That tag line above, hooked me like crazy and now it's only feeding my intrigue even more. I'm more than a little crazy ready and excited to dive into this exciting new world that Kate Tailor has so imaginatively created, but sadly I won't be able to until probably around June or possibly a little later than that. I am extremely positive, that by the time this year is over I will have found the time to sit down and gobble up what I hope and think is going to be an AH-MAZING read for me! 

Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

Now, tell me that line above hasn't hooked you yet, because if it hasn't then you're absolutely crazy! lol. J/K. But, seriously, that's definitely enough to get my blood pumping and that's exactly why I'm so legit excited to be sharing with you a small interview where Kate Tailor talks to us about how she writes her characters, the best and worst parts about being a writer, and what her reading habits are. I'm also going to be teasing you guys with an excerpt from the book to help wet your pallets and satisfy your curiosities, and at the end I'll be offering a giveaway for one eCopy of The Designed to one lucky winner and the giveaway is open internationally! 
But first, let me tell you a little more about this awesome book...

The Designed
by Kate Tailor
Published: January 16, 2015
Publisher: BookBay
Age Demographic: New Adult
Pages: 212

What if the next new drug was you? 

Raleigh’s body produces a drug that could define the future of medicine if the dangerous world surrounding it doesn't kill her first.

Eighteen-year old Raleigh Groves can sense disease in others and is suffering from her own unexplained illness as well. After years and dozens of doctor visits, she has given up hope of ever finding a cure, let alone a diagnosis. Then she meets a man who explains that her talent and curse are linked. Her body produces a drug, Lucidin, which allows her to sense others. She’s rare, and the drug she makes is coveted.

Rho has spent the last few years on the run. The Lucidin that is racing through his system makes him a target. Surrounded by addicts and dealers on one side and scientists and doctors on the other, he has to rely on his wits and his team to stay one step ahead. So far he has stayed afloat, but some of his brothers haven’t been as lucky.

As Rho and Raleigh collide they must face the perilous world of Lucidin together. Nothing is black-and-white and Raleigh must decide where her alliances lie. 

Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

To purchase a copy of The Designer by Kate Tailor please visit: Amazon & Barnes&Noble.

An Interview with
Author Kate Tailor

How I write my characters:

When I start a book I’m never positive how a character will turn out. I write them in different scenarios to get a feel for their voice and how they behave. Some characters that have started out sweet end up with a little bit of a dark side. I try to make my characters dimensional. I don’t like reading stories where people fit into too neat of boxes. I like to think that my characters surprise the reader at times while still staying true to themselves.

The best and worst part about being a writer:

I think the absolute best part about being a writer is the chance to put a story to paper. You start with nothing and in the end you have a world complete with people and events. A good story to me is one that is both entertaining and lets the reader develop their own opinions about the different topics presented. There are two things I find challenging about being a writer. The first is the distraction of having stories bouncing around my head. Sometimes I don’t have the right characters to tell my stories, or the proper scenarios to get my point across. It can be frustrating to work out these details. The second challenge is putting myself out there. It is a very humbling experience to have someone read what I’ve written. People get a peek into my thought process, and complete strangers get to experience something I’ve poured my heart into. That can be a very humbling and sometimes scary process.

My reading habits:

I enjoy reading, I’m sure most writers do. I’m one of those people that has trouble putting down a good book. I have a reading nook at my house. Usually it covered in a mess of children’s books. My kids love to be read too. Most of them are old, tattered things that I had when I was growing up. Some of them are missing pages, so I improvise. I hate letting go of books, and my basement is a testament to that. There are boxes of science books and pharmacology books from when I was in school, mysteries from my high school years, and sci-fiction, my current passion of late. Occasionally I reread one, and am not only swept into the world of the book, but to the time when I first read it.
Thank you, Kate for joining us today!
I am so happy to have Kate Tailor on the blog with us today, I hope that you guys have enjoyed everything that she's had to say about what it's like writing about her characters, her feelings on the best and worst parts about being a writer and her own personal experiences with them, and a little insight into her reading habits and what they're like. If you guys are just as pumped as I am about the genre's of New Adult expanding to include more paranormal, sci-fi, and other types of genre's then keep on reading and check out the awesome excerpt from The Designed that Kate is so generously sharing with us today.
Excerpt from The Designed
Written by Kate Tailor

Rho was just beginning to wake up. Without opening his eyes, his ears began to process his surroundings. All he heard was the whizzing of the extraction machine. His first thought was that they must have extraction machines in hell…and that seemed fitting. His next thought was that maybe he wasn’t dead. The pain when he moved even the tiniest bit was evidence enough that he still had his body. Suddenly, he felt a rush blast though his veins and his eyes popped open. It was his familiar friend Lucid—but it was edgier and wilder than his own.

Looking down at his arm, he saw that there was only one tube extending from the machine into his port. With the bold Lucid beating through him, he figured that, for once, he was on the receiving end of the greedy machine. There was another set of piping going to and from the machine, and the tubes were connected to a port in someone else’s arm. Rho felt a wave of excitement. He figured that it must be one of his brothers in the bed next to him—no one else made anywhere near enough Lucid to save him.

When he opened his mouth to speak it was dry and tasted like the seawater he‘d swallowed by the mouthful. Then, paranoia washed over him and he stopped. What if he woke up whoever had him? Just because they were saving him didn’t mean that they didn’t intend to use him. Maybe they’d captured one of his brothers and were just bringing him back so they could harvest more Lucid from both of them.

Rho sat up in bed and the room began to spin. He gradually slid his legs out from under the covers and planted his feet on the floor. His drawstring pants were shredded, but the room was comfortably warm. When he no longer felt quite so dizzy, he took a few deep breaths and quietly leveraged himself off the bed. He stumbled and fell onto the foot of the other bed, bumping whoever was lying there.

There was a groan, and the hair on the back of his neck bristled. It was a female voice. The girl rolled over onto her back, mumbling ever so slightly. For a moment, Rho considered going back to his own bed, but he wondered if they were both trapped and if she was being forced to save him.

Careful not to bump her a second time, he inched his way up the bed. As far as he knew, he had no sisters. He peered down at her face. There were freckles across the bridge of her nose—she was somebody’s daughter.

“Wake up,” he said quietly, shaking her shoulders. It was harder than he guessed it would be. He repeated himself in French, just in case he was still in France.

Raleigh’s eyes felt heavy, and her body started to shake as she began to wake up.

“No more extraction,” she whispered, opening her eyes. She almost screamed when she saw Rho above her.

“Don’t yell,” he said, pressing his fingers softly against her lips. “I’m Rho. I’ll stop the extraction.” He pulled the tubes from her port and asked, “Are you all right?”

“You’re alive.”

“They could’ve killed you,” said Rho, furious that his last act on Earth may’ve been taking this girl’s life.

© 2015 Kate Tailor. From The Destiny by Kate Tailor, published by BookBay.
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About the Author

Kate Tailor lives in Boulder, Colorado. She has a background in molecular biology and pharmacology. Writing has been a passion of hers since she was young.

She enjoys both reading and writing. Anything with an unusual story gets her attention.

Don't forget to add her debut New Adult novel, The Destiny to your Goodreads TBR!

Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays Book Blitz: Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe

Welcome to this week's
Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!
This week features
Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe.
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After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.
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Title: Life in the No-Dating Zone
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Patricia B. Tighe

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Patricia B. Tighe
Patricia B. Tighe is the mother of two sons and lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She's also a fan of British TV shows. Top Gear, anyone?



Wishful Wednesday: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Wishful Wednesday was inspired by Waiting on Wednesday and Desperately Wanting Wednesday by Breaking the Spine and Parajunkee.

Wishful Wednesday is my own little version of "Waiting On Wednesday". Every week, I'll pick an upcoming book that I'm anticipating the release for and showcase it here on the blog. This week, that book is going to be Things We Know By Heart by the super  beautiful and talented Jessi Kirby

This is going to be one of those books that just gives me ALL THE FEELS and drags my feelings all around like a crazy rollercoaster. I love really great emotionally, well written, and meaningful books that are filled with life lesson's, learning to let go, and discovering new things - just embracing life and always believing in hope. That's pretty much what Golden was for me and I have no doubts that I'll love Things We Know By Heart just as much if not more!

Expected Publication: April 21, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Demographic: YA Contemporary
Pages: 304
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.
To PreOrder a copy of Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby visit Amazon & Barnes&Noble!

Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day.

She has written three other YA contemporary books, In Honor, Golden, and Moonglass. She will be releasing Things We Know By Heart in April.

You can also find her here on Goodreads.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

If We Were Having Coffee || March Edition 2015

© inspiration to the perpetual page turner

If we were having coffee this month, I would tell you that the last two months have been a little overwhelming and exciting at the same time. I read an extraordinary amount of books in January and that made me happy. I haven't read quite as many books in February, but I'm completely okay with that because I was trying to tackle as many review books as I possibly could in order to get ready for the March Take Control of Your TBR Reading pile challenge that Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer is hosting. It will be the first time that I'm participating in that challenge and I'm jazzed about it. 

I would also tell you that during the month of March I'm going to be doing a buddy read with one of my besties, Molli @ Books and Whimsy. We're going to be reading the first book in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy, Daughter of the Blood. It's a fantasy series that has definitely come highly praised from her, she actually gifted me the three books plus the companion novel a few years ago. So, I'm a bit excited to be reading that with her this month. I know that's definitely going to be A LOT of fun and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to fall in love with the world and never want to put it down. 

If we were having coffee, I might mention a few of the books that I'm planning on reading this month for the TCOY TBR Reading Pile. They are books that I've been needing and also wanting to read, because I've either heard such good things about them, I've had them sitting on my shelf for way too long and I need to read them, or I just really really want to. Obviously, Daughter of the Blood is definitely high up on that list, because of the buddy read. But, then I really want to read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, because I've heard such great things about it and because I'm intrigued by the premise of it. It's about a girl who is born with bird wings and it's also supposed to be a love story, with a lot of other stuff happening in it too. It just sounds really interesting to me and I meant to read it during the month of December last year, but ended up sick and wasn't able to really do as much reading as I'd of liked to. 

I might also share with you, that I'm definitely planning on reading This Song Will Save Your Life, while listening to this EPIC playlist that Molli sent to me for Christmas the year before last along with the book. I'm also going to be squeezing in Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, because holy schmoly I've been wanting to read that one for ages and again, it's definitely got some hype surrounding it and I want to see if it can live up to it and the expectations that I have. 

If we were still sipping on coffee, I would tell you that I'm having the hardest time reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and I'm finding it very discouraging. I don't want to DNF it, because I'm part of an upcoming blog tour for it and I'm also part of one for the sequel, Shadow Scale as well. It's just, that I'm a bit conflicted with this story at the moment. It's not that it's horrible or anything, but I'm just not quite sure about it. I'm having to force myself to read it and then I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to honestly review it and rate, when I got to make the post. I don't know, I'm highly frustrated and I just thought I'd tell you that because I wonder if you've had the same or similar experiences? 

My life has been taken over by the Nova and The Coincidence series by Jessica Sorensen. I have completely managed to devour the whole Nova series within a month and a half and have started on The Coincidence as well. I've got four reviews written for the Nova series and one written for the first book in The Coincidence series that have been scheduled in advance to go up on the blog. I'm also part of the launch day blitz for Nova&Quinton: No Regrets, the third book in the series coming up in April. The review for that one has definitely been written and posted to Goodreads, if you're interested in reading it. I have fallen in love with this series, the characters, and the way that Jessica Sorensen writes in general. She's definitely become one of my top favorite New Adult author's and I would recommend her and her books to anyone I think would enjoy them.

I've also become obsessed with the sci-fi show Continuum, which I have been binge watching on Netflix like crazy lately. (Seriously! I love EVERYTHING about this show. Most especailly, young Alec.) Although, the last week or so, I've been using getting to watch an episode of Season 3 as a reward for reading extra chapters in Seraphina, since I'm having such a hard time staying on task and reading it. I keep hopping from that book over to The Redemption of Callie&Kayden and then tonight I'm tempted to start reading Forgive Me by Eliza Freed. My Spotify would show you that I've been going back and forth between a Vampire Diaries (all seasons) playlist, Sam Hunt's Montevallo, and Sam Smith. (What is this?! I think I'm developing a thing for Sam's. lol)

If we were finishing up with our coffee, I would tell you that I'm kind of proud of the way that I've been staying on task with the blog. Like, I'm really happy with the way that I've been keeping up with my reviews, making sure that I keep up with my reading, and just trying to stay organized and utilizing my blog planner really well. Honestly, I don't think that I've been this organized in a long time and it feels really good. 

I've got a doctor's appointment at the tail end of next month and even though I need it, I'm sort of not looking forward to it because it means that I'll have to have blood work done before I go and I really am terrified of needles. Oh well, these are the grown up things that we have to do right?! Right. 

Life is good right now and I'm happy, so I'm going to do my best to keep it that way. If we were getting ready to finish out coffee break, I would tell you that I hope it's the same for you and I wish you the best.

If we were having coffee right now, what would you say to me? Let me know in the comments below.  
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