Blog Tour Grand Finale: Dearest by Alethea Kontis

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're launching the BOOK TOUR for
Dearest
By Alethea Kontis

Did you miss any of the magical posts and reviews for this tour?
Go check them out now! You can also grab the 20th Chapter of Dearest, 
not previously released, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Lilac Reviews - Tips for Writing a Series
The Arilland Easter Egg Page: I’ve always been a big fan of DVD extras, so I created a page on my website where I list handy links to essays, videos, stories, articles and the like that are some how connected to the series. You can find it here: http://aletheakontis.com/about/arilland
Wishful Endings - The Wild Swans Rant
"The Wild Swans", along with "The Little Mermaid" and "The Little Match Girl" has always been one of my favorite stories by Hans Christian Andersen. (It's also, notably, one of the only HCA stories in which the main characters DON'T DIE.)

Special post @ Waterworld Mermaids - Learn some fun facts about Alethea!

The Book Lovers' Lounge - Review
I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves their fairy tales and romance books.

Review Briefs: Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg, Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh, and Pierce by Love by Laura L. Walker

These all really deserve their own review posts, but I've just been so busy 
and need to get reviews up, so briefs is what they'll get...

Here to Stay (Where Love Begins, #2)Here to Stay
(Where Love Begins #2)
by Melissa Tagg
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback364 Pages
May 6th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

Witty and Heartwarming Contemporary Romance by an Up-and-Coming Author

Blake Hunziker has played nomad for five years and landed in his fair share of trouble too. But now he's finally returning to his hometown--the Lake Michigan tourist town of Whisper Shore. Counting on a not-so-warm welcome, he's surprised at not only a positive reception but also a job offer. Determined to settle down and prove himself responsible, he agrees to the catch that comes with the job offer--coordinating the annual Christmas festival--even though he has no idea how he'll pull it off.

Autumn Kingsley, inn owner and experienced organizer of the Christmas festival, has always dreamed of traveling the world. Now she has a job opportunity in Paris and a surprise potential investor coming to town who just might take on her family's inn and finally leave her free to go. The only problem is that she has just two weeks to whip the inn into shape.

Their families have a long history of not getting along, but when Blake comes to Autumn for help with the festival, she actually agrees...in exchange for his help with the repairs to her inn. They may have struck a simple deal, but complications are quick to pile on when the guy who's had enough of running away and the woman who can't wait to leave join forces.

  

Excerpt Reveal: Hunted by Ami Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal! Today I'm participating in revealing the second chapter of...

Hunted
(Sinners #2) 
By Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
To be released April 28th, 2015 by Month9Books, LLC.
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Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Letters to My Future Husband by Lisa McKendrick

Letters to My Future Husband blog tour

I've been in a romance mood lately and this one hit the spot...

Letters to My Future HusbandLetters to My Future Husband
by Lisa McKendrick
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback240 Pages
February 10th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

Sophie doesn’t know what kind of man she’s looking for, so her father suggests she write letters to her future husband—and come to know him in the process. But Sophie soon learns her letters aren’t the most reliable key to her heart. This hilarious coming-of-age novel is a guaranteed laugh-out-loud read you’ll want to share with all your friends.

  

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Asking for Trouble by Anna J. Stewart

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

Asking for Trouble (Tremayne Family, #1)Asking for Trouble
(Tremayne Family #1)
Anna J. Stewart
Adult Contemporary Romance
February 17th 2015 by Berkley InterMix


Summary

The Tremaynes are one of the most prosperous families in Lantano Valley, California. But money can’t buy everything—especially when it comes to love…

Morgan Tramayne has a heart of gold, but to keep her children’s charity afloat she’s had to resort to some less than legal means: donations from a notorious cat burglar who targets the wealthy. It’s only a matter of time before Morgan’s criminal connection blows up in her face—especially since her undeniable attraction to the man heading the investigation keeps putting her in tricky situations.

Former police detective-turned-investigator Gage Juliano has two goals: salvaging his career and nabbing Lantano Valley’s present-day Robin Hood. But when he meets a beautiful, curvaceous woman who’s more interested in helping others than amassing a fortune like the rest of the town’s residents, Gage finds his desires pulled in an unexpected direction…

Note: This novel contains some mature content.

   

Next in the Series Read-a-Thon

Next in Series

I'll be participating in the Next in the Series Read-a-Thon hosted by Fantasy is more fun and Because Reading as part of the COYER Challenge (which I have already met my goal for - woop!). You can find all of the info here. This runs from February 26th - 28th, so just three days. I would love to get a book read for each of these days, but if I get just one I'll be happy with that. Here are the books I have arcs (as well as physical) copies from publishers of and will choose from:

The Enchanter Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #4) Death by the Book (Drew Farthering Mystery #2) Murder at the Mikado (Drew Farthing Mystery, #3)
Not in the Script (If Only . . . #3) Wild Hearts (If Only . . ., #4)

It seems we all have series to catch up on or finish. Are you reading a book from a series right now? Are you participating in this?


Waiting on Wednesday: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins & The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I read Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins last year and really loved it. I actually feel that it has grown on me even more since then. I'm really looking forward to the sequel! Then my second book choice just sounds really good. Troubled girl from the right side of the track falling for the boy from the wrong side of the track? Yep. I like those stories.

Review: The Trouble with Flirting by Rachel Morgan

The Trouble with Flirting (The Trouble Series #2)The Trouble with Flirting
(The Trouble #2)
by Rachel Morgan
NA Contemporary Romance
Kindle332 Pages
September 9th 2014

Summary

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what — and who — she wants most has always been right in front of her.

 

Review: Eve: In the Beginning by H. B. Moore

Eve: In the BeginningEve
by H. B. Moore
Adult Historical Romance, Christian
ebook285 Pages
November 22nd 2014

Summary

The first love story on earth... Haunting... Lyrical... Unforgettable...

In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.

 

Review Brief: The Vow by Jody Hedlund

The Vow (An Uncertain Choice, #0.5)The Vow
(An Uncertain Choice #0.5)
by Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical Romance
Kindle edition43 Pages
January 6th 2015 by Zondervan

Summary

In this ebook historical romance novella by Jody Hedlund, young Rosemarie finds herself drawn to Thomas, the son of the nearby baron. But just as her feelings begin to grow, a man carrying the Plague interrupts their hunting party. While in forced isolation, Rosemarie begins to contemplate her future—could it include Thomas? Could he be the perfect man to one day rule beside her and oversee her parents’ lands?

Then Rosemarie is summoned back to her castle in haste. The disease has spread, and her family is threatened. And the secret she discovers when she returns could change her future forever.

This novella also serves as a prequel to Jody Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice.
 


My Review

I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I began reading The Vow. The main character is in her mid-teens and just beginning her journey to becoming a woman. She experiences her first infatuation, one that holds much promise. However, not everything goes as planned and then gets worse when she is left to deal with a vow that carries vast implications. 

I liked the setting and the way the story flowed from the beginning. This was definitely a prequel and did its job in making me want to read more and find out what will happen to Rosemarie as she figures out her future. I'm not sure what options are even available and how An Uncertain Choice will deal with it all, but I'll definitely be reading it. There is definitely promise here.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy for review from the publisher through NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.


An Uncertain Choice is a book I've been highly anticipating (to be released on March 3rd), so I was excited to have the chance to read this novella. There definitely is a lack of books published in the inspirational young adult genre. Here's the cover:
An Uncertain Choice

Have you read this or do you plan to read it or An Uncertain Choice?

Blog Tour Review: Seek & Find: Book of Mormon Stories by Jason Pruett

Seek and Find blog tour

Seek and Find: Book of Mormon StoriesSeek & Find: Book of Mormon Stories
by Jason Pruett
LDS Children's Book
Hardcover32 Pages
February 10th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

Search for Nephi, Moroni, and other hidden prophets and characters from the scriptures in this fun picture game book. Featuring scenes from the Book of Mormon, this book will keep kids entertained as they look for their favorite scripture heroes and hidden objects in the colorful illustrations. Perfect for home, church, or on the go, it makes learning the scriptures fun for everyone.