Sunday, 24 May 2015

Review: Pepped Up by Ali Dean

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Pepped Up
Ali Dean

Pepper Jones #1

Published August 25th 2013

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Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she’s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That’s an entirely different challenge.

Pepper’s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he’s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town — and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they’re both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be).

That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town.

When it comes to running, Pepper’s goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple.

My Review

I was able to get my hands of a copy of Pepped Up via Review Opportunities at Xpresso Book Tours, so a big thanks to them. I was keen to read this novel due to my recent obsession with sport related novels. It was a rather quick read at ~200 pages, and after finishing it, I'm kind of on the fence with where Pepped Up sits with me.

Like any good Chick-Lit novel, Dean provides a healthy dose of hunky boys with something for everyone to drool over . You've got your bad boy fixer-upper, Jace Wilder, Mr. Popular, football star, player, and party king. Then you have your all round good guy, boy next-door type, Ryan Harding. Caring, thoughtful, and with a picture-perfect family, Ryan's the type of boy your parents hope you bring home. And of course Pepper likes them both - and cue love triangle, the bane of all readers existence (or possibly just mine...).

One thing that really bothered my about this novel, is the blasé way underage drinking, and taking and dealing drugs is portrayed. This is a YOUNG ADULT novel. I feel it sort of encouraged these activities and that just doesn't sit right with me. Though, from the way the book ended, I presume that this was a set up for further plot in future books.

If I put aside the love triangle and the drugs stuff, I was engaged by Dean's writing style, reading the book in one sitting. It lacked the comedy I usually enjoy, but it didn't seem to effect my enjoyment of the novel which surprised me.

Pepped Up deals with the pressures and complications of high school, and highlights the traps you allow yourself to fall into of you're not careful.  


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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Book Blitz: Easier to Run by Silver Rain | Character Interview + Giveaway

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Easier to Run
Silver Rain

Published May 4th 2015

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“He took my world by storm with four simple words ‘I’m your new neighbor.’ I was only five at the time, but I couldn’t look away from the older boy staring at me through the hole in our back yard fence. In my mind, he was mine from that moment, but I knew that could never happen.

When I was fifteen, I learned that things that should never happen can sweep in and rip your entire life to shreds.

I lost everything.

I lost him….”

Six years after tragedy changed Cassie’s life forever, she continues to yearn for that one thing that will make her feel whole–the boy she was taken away from. The boy who had stood by her side and defended her at every turn. The boy whose shoulder she cried on when her parents died, after her sister committed suicide, during her testimony against her brother-in-law.

With her past a heavy burden that sits on her chest, threatening to suffocate her every night, she somehow finds the strength to go back and face it. To finally go back and find the man who might make her heart beat again and ease the dead pain she feels inside.

But six years can change people, and their relationship can never be the same.

About the Author

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Silver Rain loves meeting new book boyfriends of every flavor, so when a dream imprinted a heartbreaking and beautiful love story in her head, she decided to pick up her pen and release some of the steamy characters who begged her to run away with them.

Character Interview

Ben: Hello everyone! I’m Ben from Silver Rain’s new novel EASIER TO RUN. Since this is the week our story releases, Silver asked Cassie and me to do a quick interview. Ready Cassie?

Cassie: *thumbs up*

Ben: You know you don’t get to avoid talking while I’m around. Question 1: What was your life like growing up?

Cassie: Of course I would get that one. My life w-was pretty awesome until I was fifteen. When I was five, this boy moved in next door who taught me all about football, and never once m-made fun of my stutter. Our families became close, and t-took us to Florida to swim with Manatees when I was twelve.

Ben: I think the purpose of Florida was Disney World.

Cassie: Small potatoes. My turn. Question 2: When you were a child, what was the w-worst thing you did and how did your parents punish you for it?

Ben: When I was twelve—

Cassie: Oh geez.

Ben: I convinced the two girls next door to help me build a “space ship” out of lawn furniture. We broke a lot of furniture that day, and were probably lucky we didn’t kill ourselves when we tried to sled it down the hill in our backyard. Moving on to question 3: What are your 3 most prized possessions?

Cassie: Russel of course!! He’s a s-stuffed manatee I got during our trip to Florida. Next is my sister’s car, because I d-didn’t get to keep a lot to remind me of her. And, my new phone I guess, since it has all of my comfort music. Next: Who is your favorite superhero?

Ben: Ahhh…. Are there any superheroes who drive a semi-truck? Because that would be my pick. I’ll go with Aquaman, then. Because he has a strong sense of duty and family is his first priority. Final question for Cassie.

Cassie: Yay!!

Ben: What about you is heroic?

Cassie: Are you sure that’s my question? *sigh* Well, I guess the f-fact that despite everything that happened—losing my family, Mitchel… you know…, and b-being shipped off to live with my overly strict grandparents—I’m still going. I f-finally came back and faced my fears. Final question for Ben: What’s your biggest regret?

Ben: Wow. Um, wow. Where do I start with that one? Not figuring out what Mitchel was doing—or somehow preventing it before it happened, but since I couldn’t do that. I regret not seeing it, or asking more questions, or ripping his head off—the one between his legs not the one on his shoulders.

Cassie: It wasn’t your f-fault. But, that wraps up our interview. So, if you want to know m-more about our story, check out EASIER TO RUN.

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Book Blitz: I Was a Famous Rock Star by Alexandra Ainsworth | Excerpt + Giveaway

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I Was a Famous Rock Star
Alexandra Ainsworth

Published May 4th 2015

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What if the whole world knows who you are, but you wake up to find you have forgotten everything since high school?

When Caleb wakes up in a glamorous LA clinic, he is a changed man. His once-scrawny body is toned, his now-white teeth gleam, and everyone looks at him in adoration. Caleb shouldn’t even be in the US–he’s English, and has never traveled farther than London.

Somehow Caleb transformed from an eighteen-year old, sexually questioning, reclusive high school student who spent his free time composing and practicing music in his parents’ shabby council flat to become a world famous rock star with adoring fans and his own mansion overlooking the Pacific.

Caleb bravely tries to fit into his new life as he recovers from his amnesia. But who is the handsome assistant publicity manager who visits him in the hospital? Why does everyone think Caleb is straight? What has Caleb forgotten? And will he ever remember?

About the Author

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Alexandra Ainsworth loves cloche hats, Earl Grey tea, and romance books.

She wrote her first historical romance at age eight and gave it to her grandmother for her birthday. It had illustrations and involved a lot of fainting and a main character named Loretta. She's glad that her readers now are not subjected to her artwork.

She sometimes wonders if the naked men in her books might be an inadvertent consequence of attending a women's college for four years.

Excerpt

Pop music fills the room. I wouldn't have expected the doctor to like this sort of music, certainly not enough to play it to a patient. The sound is typical boy band: harmonious, uplifting, contemporary—and completely distant from my tastes.

The band starts to dance. They swing their hips, and their legs move in perfect rhythm. The men have tousled hair and wear black jeans and casual t-shirts, as if to emphasize their masculinity despite the fact they are dancing.

The camera pans to a filled stadium, zooming in on pre-teen girls, university-aged women, and their mothers. The faces in the audience are expressive, passionate; whatever my opinion on the music is, this band is adored.

"Recognize anything?" The doctor's eyes gleam, and his fingers tap against the expansive desk in rhythm to the music. For the first time, he seems animated and content.

I scrunch my fists, tired of questions. Perhaps this band is famous, perhaps their music is played in every mall, but that doesn't mean I know who they are.

And I don't care.

"You think some mediocre music will trigger my memory of the last five years?" I bite my lip, and heat flames over my cheeks. I know better than to criticize someone's taste in music. "I'm sorry—I'm tired."

The doctor’s voice is serious. "This is your band, Caleb."

"Nonsense." I fold my arms against my chest. This music is nothing like the music I used to write and practice.

"You're famous. A household name." He grins. "You're the thoughtful, British one. Ezra Williams is the primary songwriter and vocalist, but you write some songs too. Maybe I should have put on one of your songs."

"I . . . But how?" I sputter and turn my head away.

I'm just from the Midlands. I've never been farther away than London, and that was only once. I've never even been to Wales, and regular trains go there. And now I'm living in California? Among Hollywood royalty?

I've never even performed in front of my school. How am I supposed to believe I'm performing in front of a whole stadium? That I do this regularly? To music I don't even like? And people don't mind? Pay to see it? Even—enjoy it?

"I don't dance." I've never danced. This can't be me.

"Look, here you are." The doctor points at one of the figures.

His skin is tanned, his body muscular, and his hair artfully tousled in a way I've never attempted. He's in the back, but yes, he’s definitely dancing.

It can’t be me.

Yet it's my voice. It certainly sounds like my voice, but that can't be me, sashaying up there with four other guys.

I can't be in a boy band.

I open my mouth to protest, but I've protested all day. The doctor freezes the frame, and I peer at the computer, leaning over the desk. The person looks somewhat like me. If I had blond highlights and was more handsome. Much more handsome. This man is well-groomed and doesn't need glasses. Though for that matter, no glasses are on my nose now. I lift my hand to where they should be.

"Laser surgery," Dr. Selatcher says as my hand brushes against the bridge of my nose.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Cover Reveal: Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh

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Confessions of a Queen B*
Crista McHugh

Queen B* #1

Coming July 28th 2015

Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Book Blitz: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini | Guest Post + Giveaway

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Halfway Perfect
Julie Cross and Mark Perini

Published May 5th 2015

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Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry.

Eve’s time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she’s determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.

While Eve is snapping pictures, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his (secretly) underage co-star, Elana.

But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won’t let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?

About the Authors

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Julie Cross is the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere (8/13), a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, and St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict. You can find her online via twitter, her personal website, email, facebook, Goodreads, or co-moderating the YAwriters section of reddit.


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Mark Perini began his career as an international fashion model ten years ago, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. Turns out fashion's hurry-up-and-wait mentality lends itself quite well to writing. Mark is now a New York City based author, and Halfway Perfect is his first young adult novel. He is also a featured author in the New Adult anthology, Fifty First Times.

When he's not working, Mark's traveling the world. He's made a blood pact with friends to see all seven ancient wonders of the world before he's thirty. Four down three to go.

Five Facts About Halfway Perfect

  1. Co-author, Mark Perini, was the model who portrayed the main character on Julie Cross’ Tempest series books. He’s also been on many other YA covers 
  2. In the book, main character, Alex books a big job modeling for Calvin Klein. CK is one of the few big designers/labels Mark hasn’t worked with (yet). Both authors are big CK fans
  3. Co-author, Julie Cross, started out writing Eve’s chapters, and Mark writing Alex’s, but plot elements and scenes required occasional swapping
  4. Mark wrote parts of Halfway Perfect while in Milan, Italy for Fashion Week
  5. Julie has never met a model in real life, not even Mark.

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Cover Reveal: This Love by Anna Bloom

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This Love
Anna Bloom

Coming June 2nd 2015

Amber’s always planned to leave her overbearing mother and their stifling small town behind as soon as she graduates. That is until her car breaks down outside Bale and Son’s mechanics and she meets Freddy Bale. A boy who’d rather live in the moment than make a five-year-plan.

Ignoring her friends’ warnings, Amber puts all dreams for her perfect future on hold, and dives into the romance heart first. On their last day of school, however, Freddy decides to call off their relationship, and Amber does the only thing she can think of: Run away and never look back. Just like she’d always planned.

Ten years pass before Amber sets foot in town again, only returning to look after her ailing mother. While Freddy wants to make amends, Amber is confronted with her own wrong choices from ten years ago. Choices that could change the lives of everyone she’s ever loved.

When first love is given a second chance and the secrets of the past come hurtling into the present, will Amber and Freddy be able to lay their mistakes to rest and make this love the strongest one of all?
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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Blog Tour: Paradise City by C.J. Duggan | Review + Giveaway

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Paradise City
C.J. Duggan

Paradise #1

Published April 28th 2015

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There's bound to be trouble in Paradise . . .

When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure.

Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting. But when she meets Luke Ballantine, excitingdoesn't even come close to describing her new life. Trouble with a capital T, Luke is impulsive, charming and answers to no one. The resident bad-boy leader of the group, he's sexier than any boy Lexie has ever known.

Amidst the stolen moments of knowing looks and heated touches, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?

About the Author

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C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer Series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

Meet CJ Duggan


My Review

I have to start off by saying what a huge fan of Duggan's Summer Series I am, so I was supper excited to be able to get my hands on Paradise City!

Lexie has balls. Not in the figurative sense, but she really knows how to go all in for something that she wants. I mean, home-schooled her whole life, and then getting thrown into Year 11 of high school? Add in moving across the state and living with people you haven't seen in like, 10 years? I wouldn't have fared as well as she did. Sure she got off to a bit of a rough start, but she hung in there; and that's something I really admire about her. Possibly could've done it without getting in trouble so much, but hey, you win some, you lose some. Another thing that I found totally ballsy? The rather full on make-out sessions in public places, especially given she still held her V-card. I felt myself becoming rather protective and motherly towards her yelling things like, 'You put that away, right now, missy!' ...I'm pretty sure my housemates think their living with a crazy person.

Duggan has a knack for writing swoon worthy boys that you come to love so much, that by the end of the book, I was jealous of their girlfriends - especially Amanda. I want a Boon so bad! (...That sounded more like a sexual innuendo than intended!) I know I was probably meant to be head-over-heals in love with Ballentine - don't get me wrong, he is totally swoon worthy and in my head looks like a surfer-version of Bellamy Blake (played by an Australian actor, no less!) from The 100 - but the heart wants what the heart wants, I suppose. I can't really remember what point I was heading towards because I got distracted by the mental parade of Paradise City's man-candy in my head... I think it basically had something to do with understanding Lexie's distraction and melted-brain moments she had around the boys. I kinda wish my high school had had boys like that, but since was basically on a farm out whoop-whoop, they probably would've looked ridiculous with surfboards and boardies. :P

Duggan doesn't disappoint with adding another swoon-worthy book under her belt. I couldn't put it down, so you should definitely pick it up!

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3 out of 5

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Book Blitz: White Raven by J.L. Weil | Excerpt + Giveaways

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White Raven
J.L. Weil

Raven Series #1

Published March 27th 2015

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DREADFUL LIES.
UNEXPECTED LOVE.
IMPOSSIBLE TRUTH.

It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.

And then, as if my life didn’t already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow…and bored to tears.

Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.

Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it’s not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn’t big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.

My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening—the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.

About the Author

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Award-winning and Bestselling author J.L. Weil writes Teen & New Adult Paranormal Romances about spunky, smart mouth girls who always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally mouthwatering, overprotective guy. Of course there is lots of kissing. And stuff.

Most of her books are for ages 16+. They usually have what she considers the good stuff - sexual content (oh yeah) and swearing. You have been warned ;)

An admitted addict to Love Pink clothes, raspberry mochas from Starbucks, (yum!) and Jensen Ackles (double yum!). She loves gushing about books and Supernatural with her readers.

Excerpt

TJ and Rose kept the conversation rolling as I gave the appropriate one-word responses or a head nod. I didn’t have much of an appetite, mostly picking at my chicken Caesar salad and gazing out at the ocean, until…

His hair was black as a wintry night, eyes icy blue as a gypsy’s heart. He had a lazy saunter about him and a glint of humor twinkling in those heart-melting eyes. There was nothing loose about his body, muscles bunching as he tethered a boat to the dock. I twiddled the straw, staring brazenly.

Good God. I wanted to have his babies. Not now, but most definitely someday.

And just like that, my summer got a billion times hotter…and interesting—way more interesting. I bit my lip, mulling over how I was going to accidentally fall into his pants. Um—I mean path or even his lap would do, anything to get that one’s attention.

Drool hit the table in a mad case of fangirl, and I didn’t even know his name.

As if he sensed he was being slobbered over, his eyes scraped over me, and I held my breath. Holy hot tamales. An electric bolt of…lust maybe, I really didn’t know what it was, but it coiled through my body, making me shudder. A flicker of an unidentified emotion crossed his face, right before a secret smile appeared on his lips. Oh man, don’t get me started on his lips.

Elbows propped on the table, I rested my head on the edge of my palms, continually gazing and getting lost in the depths of his eyes. He hypnotized me. I followed his movements, my eyes glued to him. Then one of my elbows slipped off the table in classic Piper form, and down I went. I caught myself just before my chin whacked a corner of the patio table.

Only me.

Mortified, I closed my eyes.

TJ laughed. “Smooth, Pipe. I think you made a lasting impression.”

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Book Blitz: Nearly Almost Somebody by Caroline Batten | Guest Post + Giveaways

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Nearly Almost Somebody
Caroline Batten

Published March 26th 2015

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She’s nearly perfect – He’s almost the one

Hubble Bubble, the Vet’s in Trouble
When Patrick’s caught in flagrante with a local beauty queen, his father delivers an ultimatum: one more newspaper scandal and Patrick will be out on his ear. Desperate not to lose his job at the family veterinary practice, Patrick needs to avoid trouble – and girls like Libby.

The Ballerina’s Broken
She’s a headline waiting to happen and mourning her short-lived career as a dancer, Libby casts a wiccan spell to summon a new love: Good-looking, honest, non-brown eyes, English, good with animals… in a nutshell, she summons Patrick.

And the Old Witch is Dead
But fighting Libby’s love spell will be the least of Patrick’s problems when a woman dies from a ketamine overdose – Ketamine stolen from his surgery.

Witchcraft, Scandal, Murder . . . Will anyone find their perfect Somebody?

About the Author

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Caroline lives in the Lake District with her husband, small child and two Kune Kune pigs.

She daydreams of one day owning a pair of Louboutin's and having somewhere fabulous to wear them. Until then, she'll be found plodding up a mountain in her trusty hiking boots.

#forfeit is Caroline's debut novel. Her follow up, Nearly Almost Somebody is also available from Amazon.

Guest Post

14 Things Caroline Batten Discovered on the Road to Becoming a Self-Published Author

I’ve been writing since I first read a Sweet Valley High book and thought I could do better myself. Of course I couldn’t at the time, I was nine but over the years the years, I’ve also learned a few things.

Please note, these are my experiences and may not be typical – in fact, they may be as far from typical as appears feasible whilst still sitting somewhere within the realm of possible...

  1. If you look at self-publishing as a hobby, it’s cheaper than horse-riding, diamond mining or going to the movies once a month.
  2. A brilliant book does not mean you’ll bag an agent/six-figure publishing deal. A brilliant book, kick-ass cover, slick editing, and selling a hundred thousand Kindle editions might.
  3. Submitting to agents is a form of self-flagellation. Horsehair shirts cost less and are emotionally less devastating. (Plus you can write about the experience later, publish that book on Kindle, give it BDSM tags and sell more copies than you would the dystopian YA thriller you were originally touting to agents.)
  4. Having a blog is great - random strangers DO read your witterings. Some of them even buy your book.
  5. Signing up for authonomy.com does not guarantee you’ll be noticed by an agent the next day. It’s a website where you can learn key marketing skills such as, I’ll read your book if you read mine. Promise this one million times and you might hit the Editors Desk - this never leads to publication. Ever.
  6. Signing up for animoto.com does mean you can make your very own book trailer.
  7. Getting your first book professionally edited is a really good idea even if you’re not looking to self-publish. An editor will focus your style on the market/genre you’re really writing for, point out where your writing skills need work and you could end up with a manuscript an agent does want to read.
  8. Grammar and punctuation are not dark arts – they’re a skill every author can and ought to learn;
  9. Signing up for youwriteon.com does not guarantee you’ll be noticed by an agent the next day. It’s a website where you’ll receive reviews such as , ‘I hate chick lit and this shoe-based romance...’ and ‘I normally prefer steampunk erotica so this western romance...’
  10. Some people do make it big - with very little effort it can seem.
  11. Some people plug away for years and make pocket money.
  12. That book you finished - it isn’t finished. Typing ‘The End’ simply means the editing can start.
  13. Right now, on Amazon you can buy a book called Mail Order Tiger Bride Wars – it does what it says on the tin. That BBW shape-shifter piece of romance is currently ranked higher than #FORFEIT. Yet that doesn’t sting nearly as much an agent rejection letter because....
  14. Three million reads on wattpad.com say people really like my books.
And that’ll do, pig.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Review: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

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Stupid Girl
Cindy Miles

Stupid in Love #1

Published May 13th 2014

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Only fools fall in love...

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston University, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

My Review

I really quite enjoyed Stupid Love. Miles's writing is engaging and interesting with a style that doesn't feel like someone is stabbing me in the brain with an ice-pick through the ear, the way some books I've read this year have - which is a nice refreshing change.

The only problem I really had with the book is that some things that added to the plot weren't answered. Like what exactly is wrong with Noah that makes Brax think that he's bad news, or how Brax got Olivia's job back. Just little things like that, falling through the cracks, annoyed me and my anti-plot-hole ways.

Things that didn't really sense to me: Why Olivia's brother's weren't more worried about Brax's presence in her life after everything that happened with Kelsey, or, knowing how Brax had hurt and humiliated her, they didn't want to pound in his face when they saw him at the hospital. I mean they are described as 'overprotective brothers'. I excepted more over-baring-nose-in-Olivia's-business protectiveness and less we-trust-you-made-the-right-decision mode...

This is beginning to sound like I didn't like the book mush, which is strange, because I really did... How about I tell you what I DID like then, eh?

The Brax and Olivia couple-y-ness. I mean, he calls her Gracie, how cute is that? He notices the little things about her, and makes sure she gets safely home every night from work. I just like them together - he makes her feel special, and she makes him want to, and be, a better version of himself. What do you think their ship name would be? Olax? Or using Gracie instead of Olivia; Grax, Graxton? I'm not very good at this...

My favourite thing in the book, though? The way Olivia makes her own opinion about people and doesn't let rumours and gossip dictate her - possibly make her assess with her eyes wide open, but not take it at its word. I really admire her for this, because it's not an easy thing to do, but I feel like there should be more of it in our society.

Stupid Love is a story of finding love and putting your past behind you. Packed with cute moments and balanced out with a few serious notes, the book left me itching to get my hands on the next in the series.


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4 out of 5
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Monday, 27 April 2015

Cover Reveal: Love Always, Damian by D. Nichole King | Plus Giveaway

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Love Always, Damian
D. Nichole King

Love Always #2

Coming May 26th 2015

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They say time heals all wounds.

What a load of bull. It’s been four years, and Kate’s voice still echoes in my mind.

Every. Damn. Day.

I numb her memory when it taunts me. In college, I drown her out with booze and easy lays. I can’t do what she asked.

I can’t let her go.

Not even when Lia shows up, freaking ripping what’s left of me to shreds. Caring about someone isn’t worth the deadness that follows after they’re gone. I didn’t ask for this. Didn’t ask for her.

And I sure as hell didn’t plan to miss her when she walked out of my front door.

Now, if I want to keep her, I have to straighten myself out and earn her. I can’t screw this up.

Because if I do, I’ll lose more than just Lia.

I’ll lose my life.
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Sea by Emily Goodwin

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Beyond the Sea
Emily Goodwin

Beyond the Sea #1

Coming April 28th 2015

Stay away from the surface. Remain hidden at all times. Never fall in love with a human…but rules are meant to be broken.

After the brutal murder of her sister, Melia is forced to flee from the only place she’s ever called home, the Pacific Ocean, leaving her life as a merrow behind and pretending to be human.

Peter Anderson is just trying to get through college when Melia walks into his life. He knows there is something different about her, and it’s not just that she lives alone in a mansion overlooking the ocean, spending all her time with Jamie Forester, the only goth girl in the sunny town of San Morado.

Worlds collide when Melia must make a life or death decision, and risk being seen in order to save Peter from drowning. Knowing that falling in love with a human is forbidden, Melia resists her attraction to Peter, but soon she finds herself in love with him…and in danger.

Melia knows love might not be enough to protect them from the dangers that lurk in the deep waters she once called home.

They say love knows no boundaries, but can it survive the darkest depths of the ocean?

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