As You Turn Away (The Walker Boys #1) by Molli Moran

Beautifully written and full of emotion, As You Turn Away, have you getting wrapped up in such a gorgeous love story brimming with self-discovery, courage, and bravery.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before, was absolutely sweet, funny, charming, and definitely emotionally charged.

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past Midnight , is a wonderfully compelling and captivating read that is unbelievably hard to put down until you have practically binge read the entire book in one sitting.

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5 by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner is a gorgeous stand alone companion novel to this awesome series, that is beautifully poetic and full of raw emotional turmoil.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Top 10 of 2014: Best Books I've Read In 2014 (+) 1 Honorable


Hi guys, I'm so excited to be bringing you the first glimpse into a week long filled with looking back and looking forward in the world of books! Seriously, what could be better than that?! I've read so many books this year that it was insanely hard to pick just ten of them, but I did the best I could to cull back the list just a bit. This was the year that I discovered Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series and started reading the first book in it and I also became quite obsessed with Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season series and kind of couldn't help but recommend it to everyone that I've come into contact with...literally!

Anyway, I've had so much fun putting all of these lists together and I can't wait to share them with you, which is what we're all here for right?! So, for today's we're going to check out my...

Top 10 Best Books I've Read This Year
(+) Honorable Mention


This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Aimee Kaufman and Megan Spooner. I seriously love this trilogy, it's absolutely gorgeous and I love that each book focuses on a new starcrossed romance with new characters and a different setting. I can safely say that this was definitely one of my most anticipated YA reads for this year and if you want to check out my review on my Goodreads I would totally love you for it. *g*   

The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon. So, oh my gosh! I COULD NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT THESE TWO BOOKS. Once I started reading them, I could not put them down until I was finished with them. They were just that good. Probably one of the most uniquely written dystopian fantasy series that I've read in quite a while. From the beginning until the end it's nonstop action, amazingly phenomenal kickass heroine, and intriguing characters that leave you wondering what's next.


Prisoner of Night and Fog by Ainne Blankman. I read this as an eGalley back at the beginning of the year and fell in love with the way the story was told. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book for me, was the way that Blankman managed to take a horrific part of history and wove a story around basic facts so well that it came together in such an original and unique way. There is a huge moral fiber woven into the tapestry of this beautifully written and darkly rich satisfying debut that you definitely will not want to miss out on. I would really recommend it, if you are looking for a dark, beautifully written, mystery romance.

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demtrios. I guess this was year for YA Fantasy for me, guys, because MALEK! I mean, what else could I say?! lol. I LOVED THIS BOOK! And, I cannot wait for the next book. It was a dark fantasy about jinni's and magic, which I haven't read about jinni's before so I was happy about that and I loved how well developed all of the characters were and the world building.

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper. I think Kendall Kulper totally knocked it out of the park with this debut historical paranormal. I was totally glued to the pages as I was flipping through this eGalley and I know I was up to all hours, because I didn't want to put it down until I'd read what happens next. I fell in love with the history and life that Kulper breathed into the world of whaling, the lifestyle the townspeople lead, and the history of the Roe Witches on Prince Island. This was just really a great book, even though there are mixed reviews all over Goodreads.


This year was so incredibly exciting as far as these two wonderful NA Southern Contemporary romance's go, because they were both written by my best friend and favorite NA author, Molli MoranAs You Turn Away is the first book in the Walker Boys series and One Song Away, is a stand alone that will absolutely leave you breathless once you've read it. I feel so incredibly blessed to have gotten the chance to beta read both of these novels before they were released and I'm even more excited for As We Fall Together (The Walker Boys #1.5), which is a novella that will be released before the second book As You Breathe Again, that will revisit Quinn and Jonah to see where they left off and where they'll be heading to next. The second book in this amazing swoon-worthy series, is going to be Reece's story and and you totally don't want to miss out on that. I had the BEST TIME while reading these two books and I am so incredibly proud of Molli to get finally get to see her dream of being an author come true.


Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. I was beyond thrilled that Becca Fitzpatrick was able to pull off writing such a thrilling, mysterious, dark novel like Black Ice. I really love it when I'm able to find a really good YA romantic thriller, that's done right and this book didn't leave me disappointed in the least little bit. If you are looking for an addictive story filled with terrifying twists and turns, lots of heart pounding action, and some unexpected romantic chances then Black Ice is totally the novel for you.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. Okay, it's Veronica Mars, how could I not?! And, anyway who doesn't love a fantastic mystery with lots of witty banter, interesting characters, and complicated romance. lol. Plus, it totally put me right in the mood to re-watch the series entirely and watch the movie about 10 (+) more times. I personally loved seeing the grown-up version of Veronica, getting to see all of the old characters back again, and the book read just like you watched a brand new episode of the show too. It was a fantastic way to spend the day, just lazing about and reading a great mystery thriller. 

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I'm currently in the middle of reading this book right now and I think I stand a pretty good chance of finishing it before the New Year. Oh my gosh! THIS BOOK! EPIC, doesn't even begin to describe it, because it's just that amazing. How have I not read this book already?! Alomancy, metal magic, fantastic fantasy plot twists, and interesting characters. LOVE IT!

So, that's my top favorites, what's yours?!
Let me know in the comments below.

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Reveca Beauregard had long ago been dubbed the Queen of Darkness by the dead. To the living she was known as the Pentacle Daughter, the only acknowledged female member of the Pentacle Sons MC, the most lethal biker correlation known to exist. She was rumored to be a witch. That rumor, of course, was true.

New Orleans was her home, at the Beauregard Boneyard, the safe haven the Club resided within. Only those in the inner circle were as Reveca was—immortal. To be as such you had to choose the life, and the life had to choose you. For either to occur, death came first.

Those deaths came from wars the Sons fought with both the mortal and immortal worlds, as they bent the decrees of the modern lawmen and the paranormal world at large who had no
hope of opposing the dark splendor of their vengeance.

Presently, the mysterious murder of a mortal coupled with the cold-blooded slaying of Reveca’s close friend has led the lawmen to place their corrupt accusations upon the Sons. A
forced barter with a Lord of Death has landed the Club with a soul that is set to rock the foundation the Sons as a whole stand upon.

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About
Jamie Magee
 

Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.
 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog Tour featuring Deep Trouble by Jean Erhardt + Giveaway



About The Book

The Fourth of July isn't going at all as Kim Claypoole expected. It starts with a bang, including a run-in with a dead body, and ends with her juvenile delinquent nephew, Little Bucky, disappearing from her double-wide trailer on a souped up Suzuki.

When Little Bucky fails to return and no one seems concerned but Claypoole, she sets out to find her wayward nephew. Nothing ever goes easy for Claypoole, and her investigation soon involves several trips to Krispy Kreme, a visit to Jesus Our Savior Bible Camp and some nasty encounters with a series of backwoods characters, including hillbilly counterfeiters and a major league Smoky Mountain dope dealer. In the midst of this chaos and while Claypoole is desperately trying to keep a rocky romance on track, her kooky mother and redneck cousin Alonzo show up for a surprise visit. Relatives, murder and love—all ingredients in a recipe for Deep Trouble.



Links to Purchase

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Paperback:  Amazon US  Amazon UK



Book Excerpt

It was almost near high noon on the Fourth of July and already as hot and humid as east Tennessee gets. I’d just turned the air conditioner to frigid and was contemplating going back to bed when a tall intruder pushed open the back door and let it bang against the wall.

“Let the games begin,” he fairly shouted. My restaurant partner and sometimes best friend Ted Weber, all six feet four of him, stood in my doublewide trailer’s kitchen. He was wearing purple plastic flip-flops, cut-off jeans and a tank top that read, ‘Can’t Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me.’ His thinning hair was slicked back like he’d just gotten out of the shower.

“Ever hear of knocking?” So much for going back to bed. “We’re way past formalities, Claypoole,” Ted said, helping himself to a bottle of Bud from the fridge. “How do you live like this, girl?” Ted made a sweeping gesture at my sink full of unwashed dishes.

“Easy for you to say,” I said, slouching down onto the couch. Ted lived year-round at the Mountaineer Motel in Pigeon Forge with maid service, fresh towels and those little packets of coffee provided daily. That is, when Dorie wasn’t pissed off at him. Dorie was the head housekeeper and she and Ted had a thing going on for years. They seemed to gravitate to one another when either ofthem had a lull in their sex lives. “You going to bring me a beer or what?”

“That’s the spirit,” Ted said, fetching another Bud.


Ted flopped down next to me on the couch and handed me the sweaty beer bottle. He picked up a motorcycle magazine from the coffee table and absently thumbed through it. Lately, I’d been fantasizing about buying a bike, specifically, a brand new Ducati Streetfighter. However, no one in their right mind should spend that kind of money on a toy.

“I had one of these once,” Ted said, pointing out a picture of a vintage Honda.

“Dumped it on a hairpin turn. Burned the skin right off my ass. Lucky I didn’t end up as an organ donor.” Ted tossed down the magazine. “Hey, I picked up fried chicken on the way over. I’m ready to roll when you are.”

I had almost accidentally on purpose forgotten that Ted and I had talked about going tubing on the Fourth of July. I’d been entertaining the notion of other holiday activities like hanging around in my air-conditioned doublewide and working out with my TV remote until I exhausted myself and fell asleep on the couch.



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About The Author


Jean Erhardt

I was raised in the small rural town of Amelia, Ohio, about twenty five miles out of Cincinnati. My younger brother and sister and I had a pony, a horse, many great dogs and a couple of motorcycles. We raised a lot of hell. My father served in The Big One at 17 and, after riding a motorcycle around Europe, became a lawyer and later a judge. My mother worked as a homemaker and nurse, a skill she had to use a lot with all of the injuries my siblings and I subjected ourselves and one another to.


I wrote my first mystery story when I was in fourth grade. It was about a kid a lot like me who heard strange noises coming from the attic and became convinced that the attic was haunted. Eventually, the mystery was solved when she investigated and found a squirrel eating nuts in a dark corner. It wasn't a terribly exciting conclusion, but my teacher gave me an A anyway.

As a teenager I worked at a lot of different jobs. I worked at a gift shop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which is a frequent locale in my books. I was a swimming instructor and a lifeguard where my primary goal was to never get wet. I did a stint in a stuffed animal gift shop at the Kings Island amusement park where I actually sort of met the Partridge Family when they shot an episode there. After
graduating from high school, I went on to attend Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, a stone's throw from the Great Smoky Mountains. There was some more hell raising at college and I made some very good friends and occasionally we have our own private reunions.

In high school and college I played basketball and I graduated from Maryville College with a degree in Phys Ed. I went on to teach at Amelia Junior High, the same junior high that I had attended. There was something a little weird about passing by my old school locker every day when I walked down the hall as a teacher. Plus, some of the teachers I'd had back when I was in junior high were
still working when I started to teach. Some of them had been none too fond of me as a student and I don't think they were much fonder of me as a teacher! I coached the girls' basketball and volleyball teams which was the best part of my job.

In my late 20's I moved to the West Coast to get a broader perspective on life or something like that. I ended up working in retail security, or loss prevention, as it is now known, at an upscale Northwest retailer. I kept getting promoted and with each promotion, the job became less and less fun. It was a lot more fun catching shoplifters than sitting in endless meetings and crunching budgets. After ten years of that, I quit to try my hand at some serious writing. I wrote two books of fiction (not mysteries), Benny's World and Kippo's World, as well as a book of not-especially-reverent poetry called A Girl's Guide to God
and numerous short stories, articles and poems which have appeared in The Sonora Review, The Quarterly, Word of Mouth, Blue Stocking and 8-Track Mind.

After that, it was time to go back to work. I got my private investigator's license and hung out my shingle. At first, I took a lot of the cheaters cases.

It seemed to me that if a guy thought his woman was cheating, he was usually wrong. On the other hand, if a woman thought her guy was cheating, she was almost always right. Eventually, I moved on to take mostly criminal defense investigation work which often involved trying to figure out what the client did and didn't do and then minimize the damage of what they usually did do. There were so many crazy ways that people could get themselves in trouble. In one case, the attorney I was working for represented a wife who had gotten so enraged about all of the time and affection her husband lavished on his pet iguana that she shot the poor iguana and killed it. The husband was furious and wanted the district attorney to press charges. The wife was eventually charged with reckless endangerment and took a pretty sweet deal because even the DA felt sorry for the fact that she was married to such a schmuck.

It was an interesting ten years. Somewhere in this time period I began to write the Kim Claypoole Mystery Series, which was a great distraction and a lot of fun. I liked the idea of having many of the same characters appear in each book.

So here I am now, working on the fifth book in the series.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Top 10 of 2014


I can't believe how fast this year has flown by, it's been a wild, crazy, chaotic, and amazing ride though. Know what else it's been full of?! Lots and lots and lots of AH-MAZING BOOKS with wonderfully unique and different worlds that I've been able to explore and filled with tons of EPIC adventures and characters that I either loved, hated, and/or both at the same time. This was the year that I fell in love with The Bone Season and discovered the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson and I want to share these two series with everyone. Holy freakin' wow, was that ever amazing. I can't wait to share all of MY FAVORITE THINGS during an awesome week of looking back and also looking forward with you guys! 

I love it when it comes around this time of year and I get to look back on all of the books that I've read and all of the things that I've experienced in some form or another having to do with books, which is why I think it's incredibly awesome that Jaime @ Two Chicks On BooksMindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsNancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Rachel @ Reading YA Rocks are hosting this fabulous week of book nostalgia. I'm kind of bummed that the creators of this amazing yearly feature won't be able to take part in it this year, but hopefully next year Lisa @ Life Bound By Books and Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic will be back with us all. Much love to all of the girls and their incredibly amazing blogs, for taking the time out to put this yearly event together and host it for us. 

They are also hosting an equally AH-MAZING GIVEAWAY that if you've signed up to be a part of this and to participate, you can go HERE to grab the button, sign up, and also fill out the Rafflecopter to be entered into the giveaway. The week is going to last for five consecutive days (December 22nd to December 26th - a Monday through Friday) where we'll be sharing our favorite lists via a different prompt for each day and all you have to do is go to one of the blogs listed above on each of those days and post your url into the linky list so everyone else can see your "favorites" list and so you can get credit too. Just double check and make sure that you have the right post with the correct linky list, in order to get the credit for participating and playing along. 

The Schedule

Monday, December 22nd
Best Books I’ve Read in 2014 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2014, just a book you’ve read in 2014)

Tuesday, December 23rd
Best Book Covers of 2014 (MUST be a book released in 2014. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2014, but it’s not required)

Wednesday, December 24th
Best ________ of 2014 (Reader’s/Blogger’s choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles,
Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER: this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2014)

Thursday, December 25th
Best Book Boyfriends of 2014 (MUST be from a book released in 2014 and from a book you’ve READ in 2014)

Friday, December 26th

Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2015. (This list should be comprised ONLY of books released in 2015)


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