Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Singularity by Susan Kaye Quinn Blog Tour + $25 Giveaway

I've been really eager to try Susan Kaye Quinn's books, especially since she released her Daughter series and Debt Collector serials. I'm excited to host a spotlight for her new Singularity Series! Check it out! ~R


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Legacy Human CoverThe Legacy Human by Susan Kay Quinn


What would you give to live forever? 

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.

The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.




~Excerpt~
I want to ascend so badly, I can taste it.
It’s bitter and metallic, like the acrylic paint spread before me. It’s beautiful and beckoning and untouchable, like the shimmering rose skin of my patron, Lenora, who hovers over my work, tasting it in her own way. Her fingertips barely graze the paint, sensing its color and texture and scent in a way that is utterly inhuman.
Because she’s not human. Not anymore. She’s ascended—vastly more intelligent, compassionate, and enlightened than any human could be without the procedure. I’m just one of those remnants of humanity the ascenders left behind long ago.
Lenora leans in toward the painting in that sudden kind of motion ascenders sometimes have. Her cascade of red curls brushes my cheek… and raises goose bumps on my arms.
I hold absolutely still.
This is the closest she’ll come to touching me. Anything more would be… wrong. Ascenders and legacy humans don’t do that sort of thing, at least not legally. I tell myself the instant full-body alert is just because I’m a seventeen-year-old guy who’s definitely straight—anything vaguely female would get this response—but it doesn’t help that Lenora’s body is pure fantasy. Sculpted cheeks. Curves that irresistibly draw my gaze. Lips that beg for me to draw each perfectly rounded part. The red curls have to be synthetic—ascenders don’t have hair—but their softness still heats my cheek. There’s plenty to desire in the bodyform she’s wearing now, but lust is a pale reflection of the thick, complicated feelings I have for her.
Feelings no legacy should have. And no decent ascender would return.
It’s wrong to want her. Or really, just delusional. But my fingers ache with the need to touch her, just once. She’s close enough that I easily could.

If only ascendance were equally within reach. 


Praise for The Legacy Human


“This book is Hunger Games (without the violence or controversy) meets Divergent.”

“This story is so intense I felt I couldn’t get a proper breath.”

“Science fiction with philosophical depth!”





Duality BridgeThe Duality Bridge


What does it mean to be human? Elijah Brighton is the face of the Human Resistance Movement. He’s the Olympic-level painter who refused an offer of immortality from the ascenders—the human/machine hybrids who run the world—in solidarity with the legacy humans who will never get a chance to live forever. Too bad it’s all a complicated web of lies. Worse, Eli’s not even entirely human. Few know about the ascenders’ genetic experiments that left him… different. Fewer know about the unearthly fugue state that creates his transcendent art—as well as a bridge that lets him speak to the dead. But the Resistance is the one place he can hide from the ascender who knows everything the fugue can do. Because if Marcus finds him, he’ll either use Eli for his own nefarious purposes… or destroy him once and for all. The Duality Bridge is the second book in the Singularity series and the sequel to The Legacy Human. This thrilling new young adult science fiction series explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world.


SusanAuthor Susan Kay Quinn


Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.



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Thursday, August 20, 2015

To Die Once: An Inspirational Romance by Miranda A. Uyeh

I'm super excited to host this book for Miranda's blog tour! The cover is gorgeous, the book is endorsed by one of my fave authors, and the story sounds like my kind of read! Stay tuned to this blog for a book review in the near future! ~R 


A NOVEL
Two men, one woman, a rosebush …
… a terrible past, an uncertain future

Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything she believes.

Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most.
Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer.
Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not?


From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his.
Then he is gone.
Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.
Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend, Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions.
Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?


… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.

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To Die Once is available as an ebook on most sites for just $4.62! Get paperback on Amazon.










~Praise for To Die Once~

“A little mystery, a bit of intrigue, a lot of romance. To Die Once is a Christian romance with real characters facing deep issues. The emotional writing is truly heart-felt. This is Ms. Uyeh’s debut novel and thankfully, this won’t be the last.” — K. Victoria Chase, Bestselling Author of From across the Divide, Virginia Justice, Raphael: Santiago Brothers Series, #1.

“Miranda Uyeh has penned a novel full of heart. To Die Once is a story alternately thorny and tender that tackles the various forms of love – romance, friendship, and faith – in unique settings and situations. Often surprising, consistently intriguing, Uyeh’s debut is a bold start to her blossoming writing career.” — Amber Stokes, Author of “The Heart’s Spring” Series

“A fun inspirational romance read!” — Rektok Ross, Bestselling YA Romance Author of Prodigal
“To Die Once was both breathtakingly romantic and heartrendingly sad at points. As a reader and fellow author, I was thoroughly amazed at Miranda’s ability to so eloquently describe such a beautiful, mystery-filled story and leave the reader with constant reminder of hope for a pleasant ending.” — Heather Manning, Bestselling Author of Historical Romance, Swept to Sea

“Miranda A. Uyeh is a talented author with the unique ability to create a seamless vision for readers to dive in, enjoy, and feel instantly connected to the story. I had no trouble envisioning the very rooms, settings, and expressions on every character’s face, and that isn’t something to take for granted. It’s a skill more writers need to master, and to see it done so effectively in a debut novel was refreshing. If ‘To Die Once’ is any indication of this author’s talent, I very much look forward to seeing her wield it in future stories. Well done.” Michelle N. Onuorah, Screenwriter & Bestselling Author of Type N, Taking Names, Remember Me, and Jane.

“This is a tale that is layered with emotions, showing that the author has an understanding of people. I liked how it wasn’t a tale about “perfect people”. The characters made mistakes, some were evident, others took time to see, but the mistakes showed them they were human. Humans are in need of forgiveness, redemption, and grace…I found ‘To Die Once’ by Miranda A. Uyeh an interesting read. Her debut is written with a nice style, easy to read, yet filled with depth.” Grace Mullen, Blogger/Book Reviewer

“It’s not just a ‘boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after’-kind of story. Yes, they do fall in love and are happy—at least for a while. And, then, come the struggles, which make it not just a beautiful love story, but also a very interesting read. I like the shifting points—it connects the reader with all the main characters. And there still remain a lot of secrets, which are shared with the reader, but not before their time, which is part of the reason you want to keep reading! Wonderful story about love, friendship, and survival! Thank you very much Miranda A. Uyeh, for sharing this!” — Elsbeth, Reader

“This is such a poignant story. The emotions and events the characters endure are well written. The story is gripping and the message is powerful!”  — Shannah Mauney, Blogger/Book Reviewer
“What an amazing book! The author does a great job pulling the reader along and doesn’t disappoint with the twists and turns. Hope to read more in the coming series…and soon!” — Melissa, Reader


“What a beautifully complex story of the development of faith, the painful yet sweet journey of love, and the faithfulness and perseverance of our mighty God! The incredible love and faith that was built, destroyed, and then transformed into something even more stunning than was ever anticipated left me thoroughly speechless! I was in awe of the amazing grace and incomprehensible love that was slowly unveiled and lavishly given.” — Amber McCallister, Blogger/Book Reviewer


About the Author

Miranda A. Uyeh is an author, a book/entertainment blogger and editor of TBAP, a professional back cover copy writer, and a 2014 Inspy Award judge in the Contemporary and Suspense Romance Category. Miranda writes powerful and passionate fiction centered on romance. You can visit her on TBAP, twitter, facebook, google+, and pinterest.








Goodies!
Ten people who sign up for Miranda A. Uyeh’s newsletter between August 20th and September 20th, 2015, will be randomly picked as winners of an eCopy (mobi, epub or pdf) of her book, To Die Once, in any format they prefer. All you have to do is follow this link: http://eepurl.com/0wPLn



Poem 3 ~ Jennifer’s Matters of the Heart
My fair lady, they say, but my name is Jennifer
I dreamed of a life full of love that’s Tender
Was it wrong to wish on willows for norms that were Gentler?
Or hold unto a man whose love promised me Better?

I didn’t mean it; I didn’t see it Coming
Passion and romance so rich and Stunning
Swept into the arms of a man so Cunning
He teased my senses so, and I stopped Running

When I realized the truth, it was too Late
My feet had sunk beyond redemption’s own Pate
My heart, my soul, I’d given and promised to Wait
For the one I called my love, my all, my true Mate

I could swear my joy was God’s own Fate
Bestowed upon me in bountiful Rate
Why else was it sweet like delicious Date
Or beautiful like roses hung on a Gate

But little did I know that a bit of a Lie
Was poison that could kill and cause me to Die
To die once—my love, my heart—I Sigh
Rodrigo, my love, you’ve left me high and Dry

I will never forgive, I will never Relent
I will weep my heart out until I’m Spent
I’ll let the roses die because you’ve Sent
A dagger through my heart—I hate you and God—I won’t Repent

But grace was in the wind; it blew and it Sang
It whispered in my ears, soothing a painful Pang
Promising to break my fall and not let my heart Bang
Against lies like cutting rock, and even the thorn’s Fang

For a while I rebuffed it—no more deceit will I Take
But somehow deep within, I knew this voice was no Fake
It breathed peace like a river so that my soul would Wake
To see God’s love—my Father’s grace—all for my Sake

Finally, it dawned on me how I’d gotten it all Wrong
I’d turned my back, too, on the one who’d being my friend all Along
But I remembered it all, and I prayed, “Oh, God, make me Strong.”
Teach me love, fill my soul, and in my mouth put a Song

God, so faithful, my great All in All
Found me, restored me, and gave me a Ball
My prince, Rodrigo, He healed and made Tall
So we could dance again to our heart’s content in the great Hall

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bookish Problems While Moving


Do you ever feel like the world is continuously spinning and you're reaching your hands out to grab onto anything to settle things down enough to get reoriented? 

Yup! 

That's my life right now!

So many things are going on right now. On the heels of the end of selling a house from across the (just a week til the sale is done! WOO HOO!), we are in the midst if another move! Most of my days these past few weeks has been checking out the ads and going to see houses, rinse and repeat. It's left little room for reading and writing has been lessened to a few hours whenever I can sneak away. 

I'm thinking about all the book boxes I have to move and it reminds me of that Facebook reading meme: 


Goodness yes!

Just thinking about all those boxes to move are kinda freakin' me out right about now. It's kinda strange to think back to just a few years when paper books were everything. Now I'm figuring out how many books to get on ebook so I can possibly give my paper books away.

Then I think about actually parting from my books and start getting kinda bummed. It's strange because I love my book collection and I'm looking forward to a place where I can put them on the shelves and have my library.

Sigh. Bookish problem #587...

Anyway, I'm a bit backed up on my reviews (Sorry to folks who have been waiting!) I feel like I need to hire an army to get through my book review stack so if I haven't responded to your book review inquiry or if you are waiting for me to post a review, it may be a bit until I'm settled but I'm trying my hardest to get through them!

For folks waiting on my new works, fear not because I have some goodies in store for you in the next month(s) or so.

Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ The Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1) by GL Tomas

I'm SO excited to host this cover reveal. This is one book I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on upon its release. Congrats to GL!! ~R

Today is the cover reveal for The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

The Mark of Noba Cover

The Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1)
by GL Tomas
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 25 August, 2015

Blurb:
Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.

Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.

If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.


~Excerpt~

I made my way to the top and timed myself at thirty-one seconds. Not better, but not bad for the days I took off. I thought it might help to freestyle a bit, to feel as though I’d worked. I didn’t brag about it, but it was euphoric to swim a fifty-meter lap in less than a minute. Guess that’s what happened when you kept at something. You got better at it. Who knew?
At my tenth lap, my lats started burning from the resistance. What better time than now to take a breather. I was nearing the pool’s edge, about to call it quits, when a vacuum-like pull dragged me back under the water. What the hell was going on?
I swam with war-like effort, but with every stroke I made, I seemed to sink deeper…deeper…
Did I push myself too hard? Maybe, but if I didn’t push hard now, I was going to drown.
Don’t panic, Sterling, you can do this! But no matter how hard I went, I’d reach a certain point and get sucked back down. I must be losing sanity points on top of oxygen because the next thing I saw was something I couldn’t believe. Shadows of what looked like two people. I was too deep to see features, but they were fighting…on top of the water.
Torpedoes of waves shot toward the pool’s surface with a violent quickness that almost pummeled me. I had to get up for air and now! The closer I swam to the top, the stronger the waves became.
There’d been two gusts of waves a minute ago, but now I counted eight at a time. I was sure I’d surpassed my current record of thirty-six seconds underwater, but that wouldn’t mean much if I was dead. I mustered what strength I had left before I had to open my mouth for air, but when I reached the surface, it was entirely solid.
I didn’t have much strength and soon I’d have to open my mouth. I used whatever in me I had left to break through the surface. No use—it was hard like a metal door. I wouldn’t be able to break it open, not with my bare hands.
I was going to drown. I took one deep exhale. It gave me a few seconds, but my lungs cried for oxygen.

A strong force hit the water. Someone was sinking with me. It was so fast, but seemed like slow motion. I didn’t make out her face, but I reached for their hand. Contrasting skin color. My mouth opened, allowing water to flood my throat, burning into my lungs. I couldn’t fight it anymore. At least I wouldn’t die alone.



You can find The Mark of Noba on Goodreads

You can pre-order The Mark of Noba here:
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GL Tomas Author picAbout the Author:
Guinevere and Libertad go by many superhero aliases. Whether you know them by G.L. Tomas, the Twinjas, or the Rebellious Valkyries, their mission is always the same: spreading awareness of diversity in books. Oh, and trying to figure out the use for pocketless pants! They host other allies and champions of diversity in their secret lair in Connecticut.

You can find and contact with GL Tomas here:
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Courtlight by Terah Edun Book Blast + $50 Giveaway

These covers are super gorgeous and eye-catching along with the story. I'm definitely checking this series out myself! ~ R Courtlight

Courtlight Series by Terah Edun

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.
Grab your FREE Copy of Books 1-3 Now!

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Praise for Courtlight

"Beautiful world-building with strong characters." —Tabby Shiflett Reviews

"Captivating from beginning to end. Edun's writing style reminds me of Tamora Pierce and Sara J. Maas!" - Netgalley

"If you're a fantasy lover, this is one world you don't want to miss out on." - City of Books



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Author Terah Edun

Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer that writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl. Her Courtlight and Crown Service series can be seen on the USA Today Happily Ever After blog and together have sold over 100,000 copies.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Trouble with Playing Cupid Tour

I'm a huge fan of Tamara so I'm excited to share a blitz of her debut novel!



One New Year's Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker... in front of a live studio audience. 

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he's never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid's arrow missed its mark? 

 

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Title:The Trouble with Playing Cupid
Author: Tamara Philip
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Publication Date:July 23rd, 2014
(Which means this week is its 1 year anniversary, YAY!)

About the Author:
After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.
On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and promoting her books including the sequel called, The Trouble with Romance.


The Legacy/The Missing Blog Tour

This sounds like a great duology! Check out the excerpt down below!

Welcome to "The Legacy & The Missing" Blog Tour!

This Mini-Tour features author Necole Ryse, and is brought to you by Diverse Book Tours!

Looking for a Mystery/Thriller YA/NA novel? Want to get a glimpse into the prestigious world of a HSBC? Dive into the "Birthright Trilogy" today, and meet your favorite new author Necole!

The Blurb:

The Legacy:

Nineteen-year-old Raevyn Jones has never worn a designer gown. She's never had access to unlimited champagne or chauffeured limo rides. But when she is dropped in the midst of the Black Ivy League — against her will — she has to pretend that everything is normal, as if she belongs. 

When her new friends start to question her sketchy past and her shaky legacy at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, Raevyn realizes she will have to rely on her street smarts more than ever before. Raevyn starts to receive cryptic text messages and emails from an anonymous sender and she soon discovers that not only does someone want her to leave B.W.Fitz - someone also wants to end her life.




You didn't think we'd end it's fun at Book 1 did you? Raevyn's journey was only getting started in The Legacy.

Here's how her story continues in it's sequel!

The Missing:

Reeling from her boyfriend's disappearance, Raevyn Jones is shocked to learn that she is considered suspect number one. To make matters worse, rumors are swirling that golden boy, Jeffrey Donnelly, isn't just missing...he may never be coming back.

And Raevyn is being framed.

Her second semester at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, the nation's first Ivy League institution for African Americans, is full of twists and turns.
Soon Raevyn will learn not to trust anyone, not even the people she calls friend.

Book(s) Info:
Title: The Legacy/The Missing
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/YA
Page Count: 252/291
ASIN/ISBN: B00LXLSGLK/ B00PCLURFK

Book 3 in the trilogy is expected for a September 2015 release.


~The Legacy Book Excerpt~
          He stood up abruptly, towering over me. Instinctively, I backed up, bumping against the railing. He closed the space that slipped between our bodies and placed his icy, calloused hand around the back of my neck, pulling me close. His embrace sent a chill down my spine. My legs shook like pudding and I couldn’t stop myself from falling into him.
          “Will you go with me?” he asked, only inches away. His sweet breath warmed my face and the invitation fluttered out of my hand.
          Right then, the whole world seemed to stop.
        My mind drew a blank. I couldn’t think of any words, so I nodded. Before I knew it, his lips brushed mine, gently at first, almost as if it were a mistake. Somewhere, in the pit of my belly a butterfly bat its wings.



You can support this diverse title by clicking through the purchase link or adding it to your Goodreads Want-To-Read List!

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About The Author


Necole Ryse graduated from Towson University with Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications. Bored with life as an adult, Necole decided to follow her dreams to write fiction and she hasn't looked back. She enjoys chocolate covered pretzels, Criminal Minds marathons, and all things Harry Potter. 

Visit her website for updates: www.necoleryse.com

She's always available to chat! Get up with the author! 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/necoleryse
Twitter: @necoleryse
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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs Blog Tour + $25 Giveaway

Kiss that Launches 1000 gifts by sheralyn pratt

The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs by Sheralyn Pratt


Each weekday from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Grace and Ashton cohost Battle of the Sexes, a radio program arguing the he-said/she-said issues of the day. Their fiery debates often have listeners wondering if there’s more to their relationship than just talk, even though Grace has been dating Phillip, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Perfect, since long before she ever met Ashton Miller.

Yet when news comes that Battle of the Sexes is on the bubble for cancellation, Grace and Ashton need to step up their efforts to engage their audience to keep the show alive. When a charity organization approaches them and proposes that the two of them kiss for a fund raiser, Grace and Ash agree to kiss for a good cause. A kiss is just a kiss, right?



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~Rae's Review~


How adorable was this story! Kathy rec'd this to me on Goodreads and after seeing her thoughts on it, I just had to get my hands on it.  

Both Grace and Ashton are total spitfires and bounce off each other so easily that I could see why their talk show was really popular. I love the fact that each had their own relationship in the beginning. Most romances feature two single people who fight their attraction toward each other but after a nice dosage of my favorite channel's movies which feature their main characters in rocky relationships, I wanted more books to tackle this. Thankfully, Ms. Pratt's book did! This also features one of my fave tropes, enemies to loves, and with that trope mix plus the dichotomy of the relationships (romantic, work and then romantic again), I could see why Grace and Ashton were drawn to each other.

I love the fact that Grace was latina! I would have loved to have known what her culture was, but reading on I was able to put my own imagination into her character. At first Ashton turned me off with his obnoxiousness but as we come to find out, there is more to the surface of our hero and it really comes out later in the book when he has a serious talk with a listener concerned about her son. During that conversation, Frank and Grace weren't the only ones with their mouths open! I love that the characters jumped off the page and felt like real people.

There are some really fun and entertaining moments in this book. I loved Chapter Five because of how imaginative Ms. Pratt was in showing each of their instagrams. I can definitely tell she had fun putting it together! With the pop culture references, the social media mentions in how they worked and why they are needed, I couldn't help identifying with the characters and their world. I don't come across many romances that feature radio DJs so that was a refreshing change as well. I loved the banter not only between Grace and Ash but also between her best friend Esme. There were some really good lines I wanted to quote in my review but I had a hard time choosing just one.

This is a great introduction to Ms. Pratt's writing and I'll definitely be on the lookout to try her other works. I recommend this one!

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Author Sheralyn Pratt
Sheralyn's first job was as a karate instructor, which taught her that practice does not make perfect; practice makes habit--good or bad. Martial arts also taught Sheralyn that a master is simply a person who can effortlessly do all the actions a beginner finds difficult or maybe even impossible.


Sheralyn has worked in many fields throughout her life, but her 12 years as a karate instructor have shaped how she does everything, including writing and mentoring. She likes to keep things light and fun, but she's also aware that life is journey and that if you're going to buy a book, your life should better for it.


So, fiction or nonfiction, know that each of Sheralyn's books are designed to take you to a new place. Maybe that book is designed to help you escape for a few hours, or maybe it's a book designed to teach you a new skill. Either way, Sheralyn hopes it's unforgettable...in a good way. ;)





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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity Blog Tour + Review

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Stick in the Mud meets spontaneityStick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity (Meet Your Match #3) by Rachael Anderson

Home from college for the summer, Samantha Kinsey steps into her role as nanny for her two favorite little charges. But when she finds herself playing chauffeur more than playmate, her summer outlook quickly turns from fun to bleak. That is, until she drives the girls to a family-owned ranch and meets Colten McCoy—a genuine, hard-working cowboy, who's as set in his ways as he is handsome. Although he claims he doesn't need any fun in his life, Sam’s determined to help him find it. But she'll soon discover that cowboys are about as easy to train as wild mustangs. Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity is about an adaptable girl and a not so adaptable guy. It’s about learning to accept people for who they are and realizing that sometimes who they are is exactly who they should be.



~Rae's Review~

Having enjoyed the previous entries in the Meet Your Match series, Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity was like coming home to old friends and meeting new ones! I love the opposites attract theme and this series has hit all the right buttons! I love love love the beginning where we are introduced to our new heroine, Sam, as she comes home from college and we get to catch up with the couples from the first two books before jetting off to see Sam meet Colten. I love how it's Colt who's the stick in the mud with Sam being spontaneous because it's usually the big city girl who has trouble adjusting before falling for the free-spirited cowboy. Sam was more than eager to dive into everything country from line dancing to riding a horse right down to purchasing her own pair of cowboy boots and hat.

Stick in the Mud had me laughing at parts, especially when Sam and Colt verbally sparred. One part in particular I liked was when he was teaching her to ride. I could really hear the changes in tones of their voices in my head which made the story come alive.

I'm not sure if there is more in this series but if there is I'm eager to read more! Stick in the Mud is a fun, flirty light-hearted clean romance that is perfect for a summer day, especially for the readers out there who love cowboys and contemporary western themed books. You guys will definitely enjoy this one!


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RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.










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