Mormon Girl: Incognito by Kari Iroz (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I loved the first book in this series and was excited to jump back in for some laughs,
romance, and danger with Jack and Damon. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Mormon Girl: Incognito
by Kari Iroz
LDS Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 288 Pages
June 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Hilarious heroine Jacklyn Wyatt is back—this time in a dicey Vegas adventure!

Jacklyn “Jack” Wyatt is just your average Mormon girl—other than her brief stint with the FBI, her subsequent brush with death, and her dreamy boyfriend, Special Agent Damon Wade. But in the eight months since she helped save a kidnapping victim, Jack’s life has returned to its mostly stagnant state. She’s still trapped in a dead-end job, and even her relationship seems to be stuck in a rut. These days, adventures are few and far between.

So when Damon heads to Las Vegas on assignment, Jack sees the perfect opportunity to surprise her boyfriend and rekindle the spark in their relationship. But the surprise is on her: she has just landed herself in the middle of a high-stakes operation involving Russian criminals. Unwittingly drawn undercover once more, Jack is all too aware that the survival of Damon and his associates depends on the success of her charade. In the unfamiliar world of luxurious limos, exclusive nightclubs, and gambling, Jack must convince the high-rolling hustlers that she is a terrifying international arms dealer. If only she knew anything about poker. Or guns . . .

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming Stacey Rourke to my blog today to answer some questions about her newest book...

Rise of the Sea Witch
by Stacey Rourke
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
June 19th 2017

Summary

Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege.

Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people.

When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point.

Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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I can't wait for... Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

I love this author! Her writing is always fabulous, as are her characters and plots! I'm quite excited for the beginning of a new series from her. It's my pick this week...
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The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram (Book Blitz & #Giveaway)

The Ghost of You and Me
by Kelly Oram
YA Contemporary, Paranormal
ebook, 311 Pages
June 20th 2017

Summary

How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?

From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.

The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.

Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right…even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.

With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram.

This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)


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Yesterday's Promise by Michele Paige Holmes (Cover Reveal)


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Yesterday's Promise by Michele Paige Holmes
Coming July 5th 2017...
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Weekly Update #220, in which I'm still cleaning house...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book ReviewerTynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week, and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

Last week I talked about how much cleaning and reorganizing I've been doing around the house. I thought I'd be done, but things are taking much longer than I thought they would, so I'm still going...


We have family staying with us in two weeks and a garage to be turned into an automatic garage so everything has to be done. Thus, me being MIA here and online as a whole. I apologize to those of you who have left comments and haven't gotten responses. I promise to be back to responding in a couple of weeks and to check in when I can in the meantime.

The house is looking better and is just about done except for a few boxes to be gone through and some decorating I'd like to get to. The garage is going to be a pain because we're hitting 120 degrees (yes, you read that correctly!) for the high here on Tuesday and it's going to be rather hot out in the garage. We don't normally reach close to those kinds of temps until the middle of July, but it's coming early this year. Perfect timing for me (sarcasm included). Wish me luck! And maybe send some cooler weather prayers my way... ;)

But, back to reading... Here's what to expect on the blog:
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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for June 12th - 18th #BookSale


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by
Sharon over at Beck Valley Books, for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books.
Readers please free to add your own finds.
(any genre except erotica welcome)
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Internet Famous by Danika Stone (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming Danika Stone to my blog again today for another interview (not sure how
that happened, but her interviews are fabulous, so enjoy hearing from her twice! Check
out the other interview here), so definitely check that out as well as the giveaway below...

Internet Famous
by Danika Stone
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
June 6th 2017 by Swoon Reads

Summary

Can an online romance survive in real life?

Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. Even Madi’s dismal romantic life seems ready to take off as Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!) starts flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies.

Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything―and everyone―she loves?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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15 Favorite Nonbook Items for Summertime (Prepping for Summer #4)


Summer officially hits the US on Tuesday, June 20th. Are you ready for summer reading? If you're not and you need some recommendations, I've put together a series of posts to help you out (I'm friendly like that).

Welcome to the final post in my Prepping for Summer Series! If you missed the first post where I shared about favorite reads, check that out here, find out what new releases are on my to-read list here, and see what book-based movies I love watching or will be watching this summer here.

I love using my Kindle, my book light, scented candles, listening to audiobooks, and soundtracks in summer. For today's post, I've put together some of my favorite nonbook items, but obviously book related. I hope some of these are your favorites as well.
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Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm continuing this week full of interviews by welcoming Catherine Egan to my blog today.
She's sharing about her Witch's Child series. Read that and enter the giveaway below... 

Julia Defiant
(Witch's Child #2)
by Catherine Egan
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 464 Pages
June 13th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary

Fans of The Rose SocietyGraceling, and Six of Crows will thrill to the masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine in this heart-pounding follow-up to Julia Vanishes, book two in the Witch's Child trilogy.

Adventure, murder, romance, intrigue, and betrayal with a 16-year-old heroine that is both fierce and flawed at the same time. Hypable.com

Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves have crossed the world searching for a witch. But for all the miles traveled, they are no closer to finding Ko Dan. No closer to undoing the terrible spell he cast that bound an ancient magic to the life of a small child. Casimir wants that magic will happily kill Theo to extract it and every moment they hunt for Ko Dan, Casimir's assassins are hunting them.

Julia can deal with danger. The thing that truly scares her lies within. Her strange ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown: she can now disappear so completely that it's like stepping into another world. It’s a fiery, hellish world, filled with creatures who seem to recognize her and count her as one of their own.

So . . . is Julia a girl with a monster lurking inside her? Or a monster wearing the disguise of a girl?

If she can use her monstrous power to save Theo, does it matter?

In this riveting second book in the Witch s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan goes deep within the heart of a fierce, defiant girl trying to discover not just who but what she truly is.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

Praise for Julia Vanishes

Egan’s debut novel sparkles. A beautifully rendered world and exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Readers will find themselves immediately immersed in the narrative and invested in the fate of Julia, who is both feisty and flawed. Booklist, starred review

Julia’s a wonderful, fully realized heroine. . . . For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu’s The Rose Society, a well-realized page-turner in the same vein. Kirkus
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Phoebe Pope Series by Nya Jade (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming Nya Jade to my blog today to talk about her Phoebe Pope series. You
can read her interview, as well as check out the other book info and giveaway below...

The Blood of Kings
(Phoebe Pope #2)
by Nya Jade
YA Paranormal
Paperback & ebook, 374 Pages
April 2017

Summary

According to the press, Phoebe Pope and teen movie star Colten Chase are no longer an item—which is just how the happy new couple like it. And yet there’s trouble in paradise . . .

Phoebe is haunted by dreams that show her things she can’t possibly know about—including a pact between Colten and a wanted assassin. In the daylight, she struggles to keep a newly emerging power hidden, even as her hands itch to wield it.
Meanwhile, in the wake of their escape from a Vigo crèche, Phoebe and her fellow Hyphas study under lock and key at the Campus Below. As the foursome wait to see who among them will fulfill the prophecy, someone dear to Phoebe is kidnapped by a powerful Vigo determined to use her to spy on the Shaper royalty. When the Hyphas are called to the Royal Court, Phoebe refuses to heed warnings of imminent danger for she will do whatever it takes to rescue her loved one.

But once at court, nothing is as it first appears. A sinister force controls some royals, while others whisper behind closed doors about forbidden alliances. And as Phoebe draws on her courage to complete the task set by her enemy, she makes a startling discovery—one that upends her father’s memory.

With dangerous conspiracies surfacing, Phoebe must uncover what the Royal Shapers really want from her, and decide whether there’s room for Colten in her unraveling life.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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I can't wait for... Love Remains by Sarah M. Eden & All That Makes Life Bright by Josi S. Kilpack (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

Now I know I had a different release from this line of books last week, but there are more being released in a few months based on that line that I also wanted to share. I love these sweet historical romances! Here are two more to add to your shelves...
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Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming Julie Eshbaugh to my blog today to answer some  questions about her
duology (I love two-book series!). Check that, the giveaway, and all the other info out below...

Obsidian and Stars
(Ivory and Bone #2)
by Julie Eshbaugh
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 368 Pages
June 13th 2017 by HarperTeen

Summary

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself. 

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


The cover for this one is so gorgeous and feels like a great read
for summer. See what I thought and enter the giveaway below...

Love on Pointe
by Tiffany Odekirk
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 319 Pages
June 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Rhys Solario has a secret—one he plans to keep: he's a non-Mormon attending Brigham Young University. With only two semesters left before graduation, he just wants to keep flying under the radar. Then he meets Emmy in a Book of Mormon class, and for the first time, the idea of keeping to himself doesn't sound so appealing.

Emmy Jennings feels confident only when she's dancing ballet. With every plié and chassé, all her worries fade away. But when she fails to earn a coveted solo, her confidence on the dance floor disintegrates, and the future she's worked so hard to earn stands in jeopardy.

Assigned to be study partners, both Rhys and Emmy face initial anxieties regarding who they really are. But slowly, their tentative friendship evolves into something more. Yet even as love deepens, the pair is faced with a disheartening truth: Rhys can't take Emmy to the temple, and the promise of eternity is not something Emmy's willing to give up. With everything on the line, the couple must decide if they're prepared to reshape their hearts—and their lives—for the promise of forever.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Roar by Cora Carmack (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)


This is one release that I've been highly anticipating...

Roar
(Stormheart #1)
by Cora Carmack
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
June 13th 2017 by Tor Teen

Summary

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

(Affiliate links included.)

Praise for the Book

“I am typically not a fantasy reader, but Roar convinced me to read more. Cora Carmack created a beautiful world and I felt like I was transported to Pavan with her vivid descriptions of the city. I was left wanting more and I can't to find out what happens with the rest of her characters.”—Chelsea Riela, New York Public Library

“In her electrifying YA debut Roar, Cora Carmack creates a stormy fantasy full of adventure featuring a charismatic ensemble cast. Roar introduces YA readers to Cora’s signature talent for balancing authentic characters and a captivating romance, this time set in a striking new world that will sweep readers away.”—Mary HinsonIrving Public Library and Mary Had A Little Book Blog
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Girl in the Spotlight by Virginia McCullough (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Girl in the Spotlight
By Virginia McCullough

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below...



Launch - Author Interview

If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say?

Lark McGee and Miles Jenkins shared the painful experience of giving up a child, but without fanfare or effort they’re given a path to see their daughter, and if they have the courage, to grab their second chance with each other.
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Weekly Update #219, Cleaning house...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book ReviewerTynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week, and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

I've spent the past two weeks cleaning house. Not regular cleaning, but deep cleaning and organizing. My plan is to get rid of the things we don't use/need and the kid things that the kids have outgrown. 


We also got new furniture in our family room. It's our first nice set that we actually care about and so the kids have to treat them well. It feels like a new stage that our kids are actually old enough that we can get a nicer set. 

I've literally spent from sunup to past sundown going through everything and crashing exhausted into bed each night. I've rarely been online and haven't been reading either. I really wanted to read a book Saturday. Was actually craving a good book, but didn't get to it. So, Sunday I'm planning on doing some serious reading. Monday I'll start back with the last room I have to go through and then it will be on to the garage, which has never been thoroughly organized in this house, so I have quite a hill to conquer, quite literally.

But, back to reading... Here's what to expect on the blog:
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Nothing Left To Lose by Dan Wells (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop! You can find the rest of the blogs on the tour here

Nothing Left To Lose
(John Cleaver #6)
by Dan Wells
Adult Paranormal, Thriller
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
June 6th 2017 by Tor Books

Summary

New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells continues his acclaimed John Wayne Cleaver series, popular with fans of Dexter

Hi. My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again.

This is my story.

In this thrilling installment in the John Wayne Cleaver series, Dan Wells brings his beloved antihero into a final confrontation with the Withered in a conclusion that is both completely compelling and completely unexpected. 

Don't forget to catch the film adaptation of the first installment in the series, I am Not a Serial Killer, in theaters August 26th.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

Praise for the John Cleaver Series

"Top-notch writing and well-structured suspense elements keep the story moving briskly."―Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series will welcome Wells's gripping debut.” ―Publishers Weekly on I Am Not a Serial Killer

“Wells's debut is an unabashedly gory gem. This deft mix of several genres features a completely believable teenage sociopath (with a heart of gold), dark humor, a riveting mystery, and enough description of embalming to make any teen squeamish, even if they won't admit it. Buy multiples where it won't be banned.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on I Am Not a Serial Killer

“This dazzling, un-put-downable debut novel proves beyond a doubt that Dan Wells has the gift. His teenage protagonist is as chilling as he is endearing. More John Wayne Cleaver, please.” ―F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

“The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gives the haunting, first person narrative a human touch. Regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.” ―Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author
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39 Must View Movies Based on Books for Summertime (Prepping for Summer #3)


Summer officially hits the US on Tuesday, June 20th. Are you ready for summer reading? If you're not and you need some recommendations, I've put together a series of posts to help you out (I'm friendly like that).


Welcome to the third post in my Prepping for Summer Series! (If you missed the first post where I shared about favorite reads, check that out here, and find out what new releases are on my to-read list here.) I'm going to switch gears a little today and talk about something else that I do a lot of during the summer... watch movies.

What's summer without watching some fabulous movies? There are always some great blockbusters being released, but I'm going to keep this list bookish by including movies that are based on books (while also sneaking in a few new releases that I just need to geek out about). Yep. Got to have books related in some way.

So, here we go...
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The Man She Knew by Loree Lough (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Man She Knew
By Loree Lough

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below...

Launch - Note from the Author

Researching this novel was different from any other I’ve written, because Ian Sylvestry is my first ex-convict hero! A very troubled teen, Ian got involved with some bad dudes, and didn’t realize just how bad they were until, one rainy night, he goes along with them as they commit a felony. He had plenty of time to think about his unwise, immature choices while he served ten years for the crime. Plenty of time to think about all the people his imprudent decision had hurt. Upon his release, he works tirelessly to become a respectable citizen, and earns the respect of family and friends. But is it too late to win back the heart of Maleah Turner, the love of his life…?

Rockin' Book Reviws - Review

"The story is a very good one. The characters were portrayed well, the scenes easily visualized from familiarity, and had a steady smooth flow throughout most of the book. A few real social problems are addressed. It is also a story of strong family relationships and support, and of dysfunctional homes. It is often uplifting and has a few twists which adds to the drams. I truly enjoyed the quite predictable tale."
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Win Four INSPY Nominated Young Adult Books (Monthly #Giveaway)


At the end of this month, the finalists will be announced for the INSPY Awards. As I'm a judge for the Young Adult category, I thought it fitting to give away the three ARCs I have that are all nominated for this award, so these are up for grabs to one US resident:


Good luck!

Must be a US resident due to shipping costs. Must be at least 13 years old to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Please ensure that you correctly enter your email (and check your junk mail folder if I'm not on your contact list) so that I have a way to contact you. You can read my giveaway policy on my policies page. Void where prohibited by law. Enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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Romancing Daphne by Sarah M. Eden (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I adore the cover for this one, especially as it fits the heroine so well. I've been excited about this one for a while as the author is a favorite. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Romancing Daphne
(The Lancaster Family #3)
by Sarah M. Eden
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 328 Pages
June 21st 2017 by Covenant Communications, Inc.

Summary

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Internet Famous by Danika Stone (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming Danika Stone to my blog today for a very fun interview,
 so definitely check that out as well as the other info and giveaway below...

Internet Famous
by Danika Stone
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
June 6th 2017 by Swoon Reads

Summary

Can an online romance survive in real life?

Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. Even Madi’s dismal romantic life seems ready to take off as Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!) starts flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies.

Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything―and everyone―she loves?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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I can't wait for... The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

I love this line of books and have yet to be disappointed. If you enjoy historical romance, then you should definitely check out this newest release that's my pick this week...
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Night Magic by Jenna Black (Blog Tour Tens List & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop for this tour (you can see the schedule here)! The author is
sharing a tens list with you all today, so check out that and the giveaway below...

Night Magic
(Nightstruck #2)
by Jenna Black
YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror
Hardcover & ebook, 288 Pages
May 30th 2017 by Tor Teen

Summary

Jenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape in Night Magic.

Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city―and of having killed her onetime best friend―had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away―along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?

Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her―even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.

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Praise for the Book

“Suspenseful and savage―Jenna Black does horror right!”―Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series

"Effectively blending grisly horror, teenage dilemmas, and a touch of romance, Black has built a genuinely scary city where the night literally has teeth.”―Publishers Weekly
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Fate of the Stars by Arwen Paris (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)


Fate of the Stars
by Arwen Paris
YA SciFi
September 1st 2017

Summary

When the fate of the world rests upon you…

Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…

To live or die is no longer a choice.

Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of pods land.

As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.

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Girl in the Spotlight by Virginia McCullough (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Girl in the Spotlight
By Virginia McCullough

Author Interview

What inspired you to write Girl in the Spotlight

My answer is fairly obvious, I suppose. I adopted my son as an infant, and he’s now all grown up with a family of his own. Beyond my personal experience, though, I’ve often crossed paths with women who have experienced the other side of the adoption story, the birth mothers. In some cases the women were clear-eyed and sure about their choice. Others not so much. But these women most always expressed a mix of emotions. 

Over the years, it’s seemed remarkable that these birth mothers so freely volunteered their thoughts and feelings without prompting—even decades after their decisions. Likewise, they usually went on tell me their stories about making peace with their choice—or not. So many had been torn on many levels, or even pressured, with few options. 

These special women deepened my feelings about everyone whose lives are touched by adoption—some call it a triad. But it also involves grandparents and future children and spouses. No matter how many years had passed, these women, like Lark McGee in GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT, never “forgot.” 

I was privileged that these women trusted me enough to confide in me, and I’ve never revealed any details of their situations. I also know for sure that some adoptive mothers privately wonder about their child’s unseen, unknown parents. Although they don’t talk it about often, these mothers often have an unspoken bond with their child’s birth parents. That’s certainly true for me, and it never goes away. 

Lark and Miles were young and their relationship casual, but they’ve matured now and made their share of mistakes. They deserve their second chance. 

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it? 

More than anything else, I want readers to believe in the power of second chances, even if they’ve paid a price for big mistakes or painful episodes in the past. But like Lark and Miles, we all have another chance to make a different choice and sometimes heal, but not forget, wounds in the past. 

Don’t we begin believing in second chances early in life? Isn’t it part of our nature? Babies learn to walk by falling, getting up, and taking another chance. Kids learn to ride bikes by peddling, wobbling, and trying again. Later, maybe we accept the wrong job, but we launch plans to search for a better one. Our first love usually ends, but our hearts mend and we get another chance. 

Granted, love and romance are, to say the least, tricky, and I don’t minimize the reality that some losses of various kinds are final. We sometimes lose faith in life and in ourselves. However, like Miles and Lark, at some point most of us regain hope, do what we can to heal, and eventually open our hearts to second chances. 

Do you have a favorite scene that you can share with us? 

Hands down, my favorite is the first time Lark and Miles see their now 18-year-old daughter, Perrie Lynn, skate. They’re sitting high in an arena looking down on the ice, and it’s as if a painting comes to life. Lark is distressed that she can’t immediately single out Perrie Lynn in a group of skaters, and the reality that she knows so little about her daughter hits hard. But that gives way to a trancelike state watching Perrie Lynn perform. Lark feels every jump, extension, and spin in her own body (and so did I!). Lark is overwhelmed by this vision of her now grownup child and by sharing this intimate moment with Miles. 

If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say? 

Lark McGee and Miles Jenkins shared the painful experience of giving up a child, but without fanfare or effort they’re given a path to see their daughter, and if they have the courage, to grab their second chance with each other. 

Share something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write... or a particular hobby or talent? 

At the very beginning of my writing career, when my children were still very young, we lived aboard Sojourner, a 34 foot classic wooden sailboat built in the 1930s. For several years, we moved between Maine, Maryland, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. My office was wherever I could plunk down my typewriter during long portside stays. We had two small shelves for books, and I had a bin to store my portable typewriter (yes, those were pre-computer days). I’d drag it out to write in the cockpit or at the dining table in the cabin. I wrote dozens of magazine articles during those years. I laugh about it when I look around my house today—one whole wall of floor to ceiling book shelves in my office, and bookcases in every room. Even my kids wonder how I managed to cook for a family in the tiny galley.
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Weekly Update #218, Summer is here...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book ReviewerTynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week, and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

It's June, you guys! Can you believe it? Summer hits early where I live and we've had hot weather for the past couple of weeks and have already been swimming. The kids start swim lessons this week so I'll be in the heat for an hour while they're in the pool. I'm hoping to catch up on some May releases I missed as well as the books on my list to be read.


Here's what to expect on the blog:
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#WishfulWonder June Instagram Challenge


#WishfulWonder's Instagram Challenge is hosted by me and Rissi at Finding Wonderland. Feel free to jump on board at any time!
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The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)


The Unlikelies
by Carrie FIrestone
YA Contemporary
Hardcover & ebook, 336 Pages
June 6th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Summary

Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that's part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie's summer changes for the better when she's introduced to other "hometown heroes." These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying "no good deed goes unpunished." Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships--and anonymity--intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

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