Monday, July 31, 2017

Review 'Alpha Grayson' by Midika Crane


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35209860-alpha-grayson
A rebellion to take down the Alphas has begun…

Lexia has been an unwilling member of the Vengeance Pack since she was kidnapped by Alpha Kaden at the age of thirteen. Previously a member of the Discipline Pack, she now plans an uprising to take down the Alphas and unify the 13 Packs.

But Fate has other plans for her. Lexia finds her mate in Alpha Grayson, from the Pack of Freedom; a man whose silver eyes leave Lexia without control over her carnal desires. But their romance becomes secondary when Cyprian, an evil source with magical powers, puts them both in grave danger on his mission to ignite a war.

Will Lexia and Grayson stand against Cyprian and prevent his schemes from coming to pass? Will they ever be able to consummate their newly-found love?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 14th, 2017
Series:
Alpha #3
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Pages:
180
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


A view weeks ago I was approached to read and review ‘Alpha Grayson’. This is the third book in the Alpha series, but I was told this book could be read as a standalone. 

From the very moment I started reading ‘Alpha Grayson’ I honestly had the feeling I was missing something. Supposedly this book can be read as a standalone, but I really was missing information I think, because I just didn’t get a lot of the parts in this book. For one the whole Alpha bit, took me a little while to understand and I didn’t know this book would have some paranormal parts in it.

The Romance in ‘Alpha Grayson’ felt really rushed for me. One moment Lexia seemed to hate Grayson, and the second she wanted him and loved him. Seriously, I just couldn’t connect to these characters, because I really didn’t feel like I got to know them really good through this book. 

The paranormal parts in this book were unexpected but I enjoyed those parts. It was fun to see there was more to this book than I expected and it gave this read something special. 

Overall this book wasn’t for me. Throughout this book I kept feeling I missed important stuff and the romance just didn’t work for me.

My Rating:

About the Author:


My name is Sophie, although I'm most commonly known by my pen name, Midika. I'm a student living in a small town in New Zealand. I successfully published a book at the age of seventeen. I've always loved books to the point where my mother's punishment for being anti-social was taking them away. Writing came to me when I was very young, and ever since it's been like a counselling session whenever I sit down at my computer.

For more information about Midika Crane, please visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from Inkitt in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.inkitt.com/?ref=v_18d09d90-d505-472f-9186-12c87a728655

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Sunday Post #59: Busy With What?



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week has been a little crazy. I’ve worked eight days in the last nine days, which isn’t abnormal in my line of work but still is exhausting. And because of that somehow the days flew by so fast I don’t even really know what I did.

Monday was my only free day, which unfortunately was spend only on cleaning our home, doing groceries and preparing for the week. But I did manage to make some very tasty Chocolate Banana Bread by a recipe by Rens Kroes. It worked out great, and was very tasty and healthy too.

Wednesday was my mom’s birthday. So after work, me and my hubby went to her home where we gave her some presents and drank a toast.  And after that my mom and her boyfriend took us to dinner at this very tasty restaurant. The food was so good and it was just a great night! 

And the rest of the week? Well I don’t even know. I hope the next week will be more productive. At least I’ll have some time for blogging this weekend. 

Books & Blogging:

Like I said, this week wasn’t very productive. I haven’t been able to read a lot because when I finally got time to sit and relax and I was so tired I fell asleep. Frustrating really!

I also haven’t been able to do a lot of posting and blogging this week, but I tried to visit you guys between making dinner and doing some housework. I wasn’t able to visit you all though, which I apologize for. But I’ll do better this week! 

How was your week? Did you manage to do some reading?

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Alpha Grayson’ by Midika Crane
  • Fantastic Fiesta Book Giveaway Party by Hannah Fielding
  • My Favorite.. Love Story
  • Blogival: Character Spotlight by Andy Blackman
  • Book Blitz ‘Links’ by Lisa Becker

New Arrivals:


Received by the Author
Received by Smith Publicity

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Blitz 'Wheeler' by Sara Butler Zalesky


Today I’m excited to participate in the Book Blitz of ‘Wheeler’ by Sara Butler Zalesky. This is a Adult, Romance, Sports, Suspense novel that was published on July 4th 2016.


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35557151-wheeler
Fate whispers to the warrior,
‘You cannot withstand the storm.’
The warrior whispers back,
‘I am the storm.’ 

Loren Mackenzie has spent much of her life honing her body to meet the physical challenges of being a professional cyclist in the women’s European peloton. She has also refined the control of her mind, using the power of her emotions in competition to become one of the elite cyclists in the world. After an accident at the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, Loren must rise to the challenge of leading her team as the Women’s World Tour races across Europe, culminating with the opportunity to compete at the World Championships in Richmond, Virgina. 

When a chance meeting develops into a whirlwind romance, what appears to be the perfect relationship threatens to unravel Loren’s tightly wound life. The microscope of tabloid media attention dredges up fears that her past will be unearthed; tragic secrets she has kept buried, even from those closest to her. 

Can Loren face the trauma of her past and vanquish the demons within, or will betrayal and obsession ultimately defeat her?

The Facts:

Publication Date:
July 4th, 2016
Series:
-
Genre:
Adult, Romance, Sports, Suspense
Pages:
483
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:


Excerpt:


 14 June

 Loren rose from her chair and began to gather up the cups and plates they had used as Graham watched her through half-closed eyes. She leaned into the table with a grin.

 “Are ya gettin’ sleepy?”

 He put his hands on her hips to pull her close. “No, are you?”

 She licked her lips. “I have to admit, I was enjoying what we were doing before we were interrupted.” Loren raised a brow at him. Graham’s mouth twitched, and he took out his mobile to shuffle through his music. As the first notes of the song began, he stood and extended his hand to her.

 “Dance with me?” He drew Loren to him, his eyes never leaving hers as they moved in rhythm with the music. “Hereafter, in a better world than this,” he murmured, “I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.”

 Their breath mixed as his lips hovered over hers. He kissed her gently at first, then with increased fervor as his hands glided over the curves of her body. Her positive response urged him into further exploration. It was several minutes before he realized he had laid her back on the table with one of her legs curled over his hip. Graham reluctantly ended their kiss.
 
“I’m sorry. I-I got a little carried away there,” he said, his breathing unsteady.

 Loren kissed him. “We both got a little carried away.”

 He helped her return to her feet but couldn’t bring himself to let go. He brushed the back of his fingers against her cheek and kissed her again. Her touch, her smell, the way she felt in his arms; he’d never been so completely at ease with anyone. He pressed his forehead lightly into hers.

“Who are you?”

 She backed out of his embrace and offered him her hand. “Loren Mackenzie, pro cyclist. Nice to meet you.”
 
Graham laughed and shook her hand. “I am so glad I turned around!”
 
Her chuckle dissolved as she tucked her lower lip in her teeth. “I’d better get you back to your car before we do something we might regret.”

 He took a deep breath and licked his lips. “You’re right.” He squinted at her. “How would you, you said you don’t have a car?”

“I have a motorcycle.”

“Oh, I don’t think so, darling.” He released her from his arms.

 “Come on.” Loren motioned for him to follow and headed to a shed hidden behind the willow tree. When she opened the doors, the glossy black BMW F800R sport bike glowed in the overhead florescent light.

 He scoffed as he placed his hand on the headlamp. “The two of us won’t fit on that.”  

 “Not that one. This one.” She took the canvas off the matte black Harley-Davidson Night Rod motorcycle. “Anthony’s Harley is bigger than mine.”

 Graham’s mouth dropped open. “Wow. That’s…that’s a Harley?” He frowned. “But still…”

 She tossed a helmet at him. “Come on. Help me get it out of the stand.” She grabbed the handlebars, and they both gave the bike a push to roll it out of the shed and Loren set the kickstand. “Anthony keeps it in good shape, but it still needs to be ridden every so often,” she said, putting on her helmet. “He converted his garage into a gym, that’s why it’s here.”
 
“Ah,” he said, holding open the larger gate next to the shed for her as she pushed the Harley down the gravel path to the street. Graham followed her only to stop short at the sight of her on the machine.
 
“Come on. I’m a professional,” she chuckled and patted the seat behind her. He was grumbling as he donned the helmet, then mounted the seat behind her. His knees were under her arms with his feet on the pegs, and she giggled as she leaned back against him like an easy chair.
 
“Yes, yes, it’s hilarious,” he muttered, making her laugh harder.

 Loren pushed the ignition and the engine rumbled to life beneath them. After knocking the stand with her heel, she eased out the clutch while rolling the throttle to move off down the street. Graham had been holding her waist loosely at first, but as the Harley took off, the burst of speed had him tighten his arms. He could feel her laughing in his embrace.
 
Loren came to a brief stop at London Road then took a left turn to rumble down the street. Another left turn and they were soon at the car park where she came to a stop next to his car and set the stand again. She was grinning as she took off her helmet as Graham awkwardly dismounted.

“Fun, huh?”

 “I reckon I would have preferred to walk,” he complained as he handed her the helmet where she hooked it to the buckle behind her then swung her leg over the bike. She was smiling as she approached.

 “Oh, that’s a pity,” she said, sliding her hands around his waist. “I rather liked having your arms around me.”

 “You have but to ask, my Lady.” He gathered her in his arms to nuzzle her neck. “I must admit, I would have been quite put out if I had to wait another week to see you.”

“Me, too.”
 
“Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night ‘til it be morrow.” His voice was a low rumble as he leaned in to kiss her, but stopped. “Well, not actually tomorrow, as you’ll be off to Colchester.”

“Oh, do shut up and kiss me,” Loren laughed.
 
“Gladly,” Graham murmured and staked his claim to her lips.

***

About the Author:


Sara was born in the wee hours of a November night in New York City. When her family moved to a small borough in northwestern New Jersey, she had little choice but to move as well. Self-sufficiency is a tough thing for a toddler.

The dichotomy of being the middle child of three, but the only girl, was difficult, as typically no one really pays attention to a middle child. Mostly, Sara spent her time creating fanciful stories in her head when she should have been focused on other things, an issue that continues to this day.

Most of these stories have never been shared, let alone completed. This all changed in the spring of 2015, when Sara was encouraged by a friend to expand upon a short story she had accidentally emailed to him. The result is 'Wheeler’, a romantic, women's fiction/sport novel, which combines the author's romantic inclinations and her passion for cycling.

Sara currently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with her loving husband and their son. She is a paralegal for a boutique law firm in Chester County, Pa, an avid road cyclist and indoor cycling instructor at a national chain.

Follow the author’s blog at sarabutlerzalesky.wordpress.com or on Twitter @sarazalesky. She does a little dance every time someone ‘follows’ her on Twitter. Really. You can also visit her website or on Facebook!

Giveaway:


(US Only)
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Four Feasts Till Darkness Series by Christian A. Brown


Today I’m excited to share with you a Promo for the Four Feasts Till Darkness series by Christian A. Brown. This is a Dark Fantasy series. The first book 'Feast of Fates' was published in 2014. I read and reviewed this book last year  (check out my review here), and it was so good!! 
Find an interview with Christian A. Brown and more info on this series here today!

'Feast of Fates' (Four Feasts Till Darkness #1)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23664877-feast-of-fates?from_search=true
Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her — visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land. 

With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

This book is available at Amazon



'Feast of Dreames' (Four Feasts Till Darkness #2)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26406375-feast-of-dreams
As two queens plot each other's destruction, a small band of adventurers continues its quest for the knowledge needed to defeat the mad King Brutus and his unearthly parasite, the Black Queen. Their search brings Morigan and the Wolf to the perilous forests of Alabion, where they and their companions will face the darkness of their pasts -- and discover equally dark destinies. Meanwhile, far from Alabion, the queens of the East and West continue their deadly dance. One seeks a relic of great power, while the other puts her faith in a mix of military and technomagikal force. Both are aware they have a slim window of opportunity to settle their power struggle -- after all, Mad Brutus's recent defeat is at best a setback. The mad king is already amassing a new army of soulless husks in the wastelands of Mor'Khul.

Unknown to the great powers struggling for control, a father and son wander those same wastelands, scavenging what they can as they weather Brutus's gathering storm. They too have a role to play in Geadhain's fate -- a role which may just provide a last remnant of hope.

This book is available at Amazon

'Feast of Chaos' (Four Feasts Till Darkness #3)


Menos has been destroyed. No corner of the realm of Geadhain is safe from the Black Queen’s hunger. Zionae—or the Great Dreamer, as she has been called in ancient tongues—has a thirst that cannot be quenched until all of Geadhain burns and bleeds. She preys on the minds of weak men and exploits human folly for an unhuman end. She cannot be defeated in her current state, but the answer to her downfall may lie in the land of her past.

It is with this aim that a Daughter of Fate, Morigan, and her brave and true companions venture to the mysterious Pandemonia, the land of chaos itself. Ancient secrets and even older power lurk in its swamps and deserts. Life itself becomes uncertain, but the Hunters of Fate have no choice: Pandemonia must give up its secrets if they want to find the Black Queen’s weakness.

Elsewhere in the realm, alliances form and break. Dead men rise and heroes fall. Eod prepares for war. In hiding, Lila, the bearer of its destruction, will be given a chance to atone and answer for her sins. Will her actions save Eod, or has she damned it with her crimes?

This book is available at Amazon

An Interview With Christian A. Brown:


In your books, you’ve created an incredibly detailed, immense world -- how did you keep all of it straight when you first started writing? 

At first, and when starting any story, I feel it’s important to simply write. Make that messy first chapter and see how, what and who you want to portray; get a feeling for where the Muse is leading you. If you’re writing a “show” and not “tell” tale, the mechanics and laws of the (fantastical) world will fall into place as your characters and narrative voice move through the story. Once the details of the world start fleshing themselves out, I start writing down everything pertinent to the tale, even if it’s just as margin notes that are later compiled into a “World Bible” if you will. Geadhain (my world) now has both a bible and a style guide for reference for my work. 

Why was it important to you to have so many strong female characters in your series, good and evil? 

Historically, women (and minorities, of which I am one—well, two, actually) have been grossly underrepresented in fantasy; typified into the maiden, witch, whore, mother stereotypes. I grew up in a house of dominant successful women, and those influences and personalities found their way into my work. My mom, for example, was once a roller-skate waitress (just to make ends meet), then later a real estate broker, a bank teller, and finally a lawyer—after putting herself back into university as a mature student at the age of 50. And of course, during all these vocations, she juggled the needs of her children, her partner, and herself. She built a business with my father. She helped to elevate us from poverty to working middle class—she, herself, once in foster care and utterly destitute after her parents’ marriage collapsed. Despite all of the negative forces conspiring against her, she was a woman of hope, strength and character. I couldn’t not have written strong women, given her role model behavior. My mom, my sister, my aunts, my teachers, my primary editor…I’m blessed to have known so many accomplished, inspirational women.

From their physical descriptions to their personalities, your characters are so vivid -- where does the inspiration for them come from?

I read a lot of comics as a child; watched plenty of anime and horror; played video games till my eyes shriveled. Before that darned Nintendo ruined my eyesight, and when I was younger, my parents also used to take my sister and I on walks through the woods, and the richness of a woodland stirs even the most stagnant imagination. In our adolescence we played outdoors and read, extensively, since we couldn’t afford luxury items (like NESes) at the time. I’m much more into physical disciplines now, though my mind still works in a sensory format.  

How do you think your approach to the fantasy genre differs from other writers? 

Well, there’s the portrayal of women, first and foremost. Although, these characters stand toe-to-toe with men and other forces who are equally as formidable. I’ve lived through the reality of oppression, intolerance and poverty, and likewise many of my characters deal with the same issues. While the series is definitely dark fantasy, and not for the faint-of-heart or those shy to reading about violence and oppression, there is a definite undercurrent of hope: this sense that even though the odds are impossible, the movements of many, disparate brave souls can make a difference. Structurally, the world is an interesting blend of science fiction, mythic and high fantasy elements, too, where some advancements dwarf what we here on Earth have accomplished, while other advancements are stymied by natural (mystical) forces that inhabit prosperity. So there’s this really cool play of old vs. new, Tecnhnomagik vs. Nature. Which leads into a subtle environmental dialog on man’s use and participation in a planet’s sustainability or destruction. “Four Feasts till Darkness” are dense books that deal with topical and sensitive subject matter, which certainly helps them to stand apart from lighter or more traditional fantasy stories. 

If you were able to sit down and discuss writing with three authors, who would you choose, and what would you talk to them about?

Ursula K. LeGuin. Clive Barker. Stephen King. Ursula and I would chat about her Earthsea trilogy, which is one of the greatest fantasy series I’ve ever read. Clive Barker and I would talk about how he’s fared as an openly gay author, and what that process of being public and gay has been like. Whereas Stephen and I would write something horrible together, a ghastly masterpiece with his wit and my penchant for visceral verbosity. 

Do you think the diversity in your own life reflects in your writing and the characters you’ve created?

Definitely! I’m a biracial gay man married to a M├ętis amputee. Just so we’re clear, I’m not a “diversity fetishist,” it just so happened that a.) I fell in love with a man and b.) he happened to have one leg. But whatever weight he’d lost in flesh, he’d gained in heart, and he’s an absolute gem. Between the two of us, and as men of color (I, more than he), we’ve experienced the full onslaught of intolerance and slurs—N-word, jigaboo, faggot, you name it. Now the funny thing about hate is that it either makes the victim hateful, or ideally, it makes the victim sympathetic, a warrior, one passionate about dismantling bigotry. My partner and I are of the latter camp, as was my mother, who married a black man in an era when that wasn’t too popular. Therefore, in Feasts you’ll see a real menagerie of characters, and none so bizarre as to simply tick a “diversity checklist” (blind, transgender, PoC in a wheelchair—cause reasons), just real people, with real issues that come in a variety of shades, sexualities and makeups. Every hero has their flaws—flaws that others see and to which they react—just as none of us are perfect. Without my negative experiences and positive enforcements and reactions, I could never have written a cast so patently human. 

Why was it important to you to include a message of hope despite the dark nature of the books?

The story starts, actually, with a romance, and while it’s steamy and seems as if it might lead to bodice-ripped escapades, it never does. The romance between Morigan and the Wolf is merely the hook and foundation for a story that’s built on love: romantic, fraternal, love for power, love when corrupted into hate. If you look at the history of human success and folly it is predicated by passion, by love or hate. In the grand sweeping plot arcs of epic fantasy, the drive that has begun a campaign of war or terror is often overlooked. “Feasts” has a gargantuan plot, and many moving parts, and to tell a more personal, more involving story, each of those most necessary parts needs to have their desires and wants explored. It makes for an immersive and heavy read, but I feel (and readers seem to agree) that the focus on characterization pays dividends. Besides, too much darkness and blood, and not a moment of levity or love in-between, and the story will crush the reader. In the words of Josh Whedon, “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.”

What’s next for you after the completion of “Four Feasts till Darkness” series?

I’m working on a super-secret project (standalone from Geadhain’s novels), which requires me to plan a second trip to England. I had the idea for the manuscript when last I was there and it’s a thought-bug that’s finally gnawed its way into my brain, and into a grand idea!

About the Author:


Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed “Feast of Fates” Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing “Four Feasts till Darkness” series. He is currently working on the fourth and final book in the series, “Feast of Darkness.” He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering. 

For more information please visit his website. Or visit him on Facebook and Twitter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Favorite.. Book As A Child



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

As I’ve told you guys many times before my favorite books are the Harry Potter series. I’ve read the first book when I was eight years old, so that’s definitely my favorite book as a child. But since I’ve talked about Harry Potter so many times before. I’d like to share with you guys another book I’ve loved as a child.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39988.Matilda?ac=1&from_search=true
One of my favorite books as a child was ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. Boy did I love that book. I’ve read it several times, and I could never get enough. I just loved Mathilda, and I so wanted to be her. Being able to read that fast and that good, was just something I was really envious about. And I loved the look of the Dutch version of the book.

Next to reading ‘Matilda’ I also loved ‘James and the Giant Peach’, ‘The BFG’, ‘The Witches’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. I still have those books standing on my shelves. These were definitely the books that made me fall in love with reading when I was growing up. 

Which book did you love as a child?

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Review 'Home Field' by Laurie Winter


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29243691-home-field?ac=1&from_search=trueOne year after her husband is killed in action, Julie Ellis is back in her hometown and focused on raising her young son. Then Reagan Harrison bursts into her life—a cocky, charming linebacker who leaves her off balance.

As a successful, professional athlete, Reagan believes he has it all. But after meeting Julie, he finds every excuse in the book to spend time with her. Despite his best efforts not to fall too hard, Reagan envisions a future with Julie, along with the little boy he’s come to love as his own.

While Reagan’s protective love begins to mend Julie’s spirit, she can’t suppress her continued deep devotion to her late husband’s memory. And when a letter arrives from beyond the grave, Reagan resolves to provide her with the answers she desperately needs to heal. Now Julie must choose either to keep her heart closed off or remove the lock and fight for a future with Reagan. Can a second chance at true love be just as sweet?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 30th, 2017
Series:
Warriors of the Heart #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
278
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

My Review:


When I read the book description of ‘Home Field’ I just knew this was a book I’d like to read. I love romance novels, and a romance novel about a professional athlete just sounded perfect. And that cover definitely made me want to read this book even more. 

In ‘Home Field’ we meet young widow Julie Ellis. Julie lost her husband when he was employed in Afghanistan little over a year ago. The only thing that keeps Julie going is her beautiful young son. When Julie gets invited to go to a banquet, she really doesn’t want to go. But her mom insists on her having a little fun for once. It’s time Julie start living again! But that’s easier said than done. At the banquet Julie meets handsome Reagan Harrison. Reagan is a professional athlete who’s has gained a lot of fame and he is known for his charms and being surrounded by many beautiful woman. But when he meets Julie, everything changes. But how can he win the heart of a woman who loves another man?

‘Home Field’ is a beautiful book that grabbed me from the very first page. Julie Ellis is a very nice, and caring woman who has lost the love of her life. And it’s hard for Julie to keep going. The only thing that keeps her going is her son. And boy was it nice to read about Julie and her son. I loved how Julie loved her son, and did everything to make his life good even though his father would never be coming home. 

The romance between Julie and Reagan is from the very beginning very beautiful, sweet and enchanting to read about. I loved those two! I love how this big strong athlete Reagan fell in love with Julie, and tried to do everything is his power to win her heart. I loved how Reagan was with Julie’s son. It was touching and I just couldn’t stop reading this book.

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Most times I have trouble loving a book about second love. Not that there’s something wrong about it. I just always kind a feels sad that the first love didn’t work out. And I’m always a little scared that the ‘new’ romance will always feel like the second best thing. But in this book the romance between Julie and Reagan definitely didn’t feel like the second best. 

Honestly, there was nothing about ‘Home Field’ I didn’t like. It was a charming book, with some amazing chemistry and I just loved it. I definitely need to read more books by Laurie Winter.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

For more information about Laurie Winter please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and Instagram.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review by the author and Lola’s Blog Tours.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Sunday Post #58: Bye Bye Birdie



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week has been a busy one. On Monday I came out of the Nightshift, so I was able to sleep for only three hours before I had to wake up again. I decided to get paint for our living room. And since I sometimes lack any patience, especially when I’m tired, I started painting two walls in our living room around 3.30 p.m. Let me tell you something.. Don’t go painting your walls when you’re tired and just got out of the nightshift. The result was good, but I was super clumsy and had to clean the floors even though I put some plastic sheets down. And I definitely spilled more paint than is probably normal.
My Face When I Wondered Why On
Earth I Started Painting After my Nightshift!!

So why did I paint our walls? Last Sunday my husband brought our agapornis a.k.a. lovebird to his new home. And without his cage there, you could see how dirty our wall was after having a little bird there for eight years. I was really sad about having to say goodbye to our lovebird. But I know it’s for the best. We just didn’t have enough time to clean his cage, and give him the attention he deserved. And he was really loud in the mornings, which made my husband unable to sleep long. We also have a cat, but it’s much easier to give him some attention when we get home after a long day of work then a bird who is sitting in its cage all day. I know it’s for the best.. but still.. I feel bad about not being able to take care of him. But having a nice clean wall definitely is a positive part.

The rest of the week went by really quickly. I had lunch with my BFF on Tuesday. And because the weather was so nice we were able to sit on a terrace for hours. Loved it!! 
I also had to work four days, including this weekend and our nights were also pretty booked. I can’t wait for Monday to come.. It’s time to do some serious reading.

Books & Blogging:

Reading wise I definitely didn’t get enough time this week. I tried, but time just went by so fast. Hopefully I will be able to catch up on my reading this Monday.
Blogging wise I had a nice week. I shared some reviews, and I shared my list of Books I Really Need To Read ASAP. I didn’t get to visit all of you guys this week, but I’ll keep trying this week.

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘Home Field’ by Laurie Winter
  • My Favorite.. Book As A Child
  • Promo Four Feasts Till Darkness series by Christian A. Brown 
  • Book Blitz ‘Wheeler’ by Sara Butler

New Arrivals:


Received by the Little, Brown Book Group

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Books I Really Need To Read ASAP


As a fanatic book reader, there are so many books on my TBR. I honestly don’t even think I will ever be able to read all the books on my TBR. Especially since I update that list almost every day. It’s just a part of who I am, and I’m perfectly fine with it. But there are some books that I really need to read as soon as possible. Not for any particular reason other than I really really want to!! Some books are new, some aren't even published yet and some books are already out there for years! And today I'm sharing them with you!


Come Sundown by Nora Roberts


Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWN 

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day - for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time...

But when a young woman's body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine's family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine's Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice's mysterious disappearance? 

As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth - before the sun sets on their future together.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb


A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/409207.A_Game_of_Thrones
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.



The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer


In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Stephenie Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

Lost Rider by Harper Sloan


In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Which books do you really want to read ASAP?


 
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