Tuesday, December 6, 2016

0 The Queen Release Day Blitz



THE QUEEN
Book 3 of The Fae Trilogy
Diversion Trade Paperback Original
$16.99 | 284 pages
ISBN: 978-1626818453
On Sale: December 6, 2016



"An epic end to a phenomenal series."
—Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times Bestselling Co-Author of Beautiful Creatures

"If you loved the Twilight series, you will love this book...Sooo good!!!"
—Guiliana Rancic, E! News anchor and star of Giuliana & Bill

In the stunning conclusion to the Fae trilogy, Caroline and Devilyn fight to preserve their love despite dark forces threatening to tear them apart. 

As Caroline struggles to accept her rightful place as Queen of the Light Fae, her relationship with Devilyn, son of the Dark King, seems not only doomed, but dangerous. They know their connection is undeniable, but for others, their love is an insidious threat. 

Trapped in a plot concocted by the Dark King Alderon and his evil associate, Puck, Caroline must search her history and develop her own powers in order to survive. And as Devilyn's father appeals to the Dark inside his son, Caroline fears Devilyn will succumb to those Dark instincts before they can defeat Alderon. 

Weaving together narratives from Caroline and Devilyn's pasts as well as their present, The Queen finishes the fight between Light and Dark. Will Caroline and Devilyn's love outlast the war? And will Caroline live to rule as the Queen of the Light?

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Colet Abedi has been an entertainment industry executive for over ten years. She is best known for her work as head writer for the telenovela serials American Heiress and Fashion House on MyNetworkTV. Colet currently has a series in television syndication, Unsealed: Alien Files and has completed Five Souls, her first feature film. She is also the author of the romance novel, Mad Love. Colet is a native of California, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Irvine, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs.

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, MTV, and E! She also has Executive Producer credits for the program Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas (VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). Jasmine co-created the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at a major retailers nationwide. Jasmine currently lives with her husband and daughter, Ella, in California. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

0 Last Week in Review (29)


What I'm Currently Reading


This is the third book in The Guardians Trilogy by Nora Roberts.

What I Finished Reading



I finally finished Britt-Marie! 





What I'm Watching


I've watched the first episode of The Crown last week.


I wanted to watch this documentary after I read Witches in America, so I did.

Reading Challenge Update

Slow week for challenges.

Things of Note




That was my bookish week. How was yours? 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

0 January NBOTB form is live!


It's hard to believe January 2017 is almost here! If you have a book that's coming out or just came out, we'd love to feature it on New Books on the Block. All you need to do is fill out the form below. Happy Holidays!




1 December's New Books on the Block


Hi! Welcome to New Books on the Block. Every month we feature some new-ish books you might not know about. If you're interested in seeing your book featured, all you need to do if fill out this form. NBOTB is posted the first Friday of every month. 

Garden of Her Heart by Shanna Hatfield

Can forbidden love blossom amid the constraints of war? A sweet World War II romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield


The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.

After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.

A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.



Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World: My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School by Weam Namou

When one day Namou sits down to write her next book, she feels resistance in her fingertips and a void in her spirit. She soon realizes that years of struggling in her writing career, witnessing the war in her birth country, Iraq, and juggling her responsibilities as a housewife and mother has caused her to lose her literary voice.

On a quest to once more find her voice, she comes across Writing Spirit, a book that rejuvenates her love for her career. When she calls the author, Lynn Andrews, for some literary advice, she has no idea that the one-hour call will lead her to four years of training in Lynn s shamanic school without walls. Here, she will face her innermost fears and heal her deepest wounds, in order to be reborn into a state of new potential.

Namou s story reveals how to track the events in your life that lead you to your individual truth. As you take her journey through Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World, you see yourself in each page and you witness how ancient teachings helped transform the life of a twenty-first century writer, wife, and mother.




So this is it: your marriage is ending.


It might have come as a shock, or maybe it was a long time coming. You might be the one leaving, or the one left behind. No matter how you got here, you are now standing at the edge of the unknown, peering down a path that will be entirely different from the one you were on. You know you need to start taking steps forward. How do you begin?


When author Laura Scott was going through her divorce, she struggled to find a book that offered the right balance of guidance, support, positivity, and understanding. The Accidental Divorcée is just that: a useful, heartening handbook for anyone navigating the twists and turns of divorce. Part guide to getting through the toughest times, part collection of stories from others experiencing divorce, this easy-to-read, accessible book is packed with insights, tips, and survival tools for all the challenges to come.


You will get through this, and you will move on. You can start now.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5 Giveaway: Dragon's Bayne

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Dr. Wolf series, Cheree Alsop is giving away the first four books in the series! 


Rumors of a dragon have rattled Edge City along with mangled bodies that throw a light of distrust on Dr. Wolf. Protestors warn against the werewolf doctor while Dr. Wolf pushes himself to the limits to save more fae that have fallen through the rift into a scared city. A new foe surfaces. Desperate to save Lilian, Aleric goes back to Blays. But when he finds the city of his youth under attack from terrifying creatures, Dr. Wolf realizes he might be the only one who can save it. Torn between protecting his home or saving the woman he loves, Dr. Wolf faces a fight that might destroy them all. 

Author Bio:

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published 38 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, riding motorcycles, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book.

Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.


Giveaway


Cheree has given me two e-copies of the first four books to give away to two lucky readers. The e-copies are through smashwords. Which is great, because no matter which e-reader you have, they usually have the format that fits it. You must be at least 17 years old to enter the giveaway. 

Book 1:Shockwave
Book 2: Demon Spiral
Book 3: The Four Horsemen
Book 4: Dragon’s Bayne

To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below. Please read our giveaway policy before entering.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

0 Review: Roald Dahl: A Biography


Author: Jeremy Treglown
Publisher: Open Road Media
Published: June 28, 2016
ISBN: 9781504038591
Ebook
Genre: Biography
Source: Publisher

Summary


A New York Times Notable Book: A revealing look at the famous twentieth-century children’s author who brought us The BFGand Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Few writers have had the enduring cultural influence of Roald Dahl, who inspired generations of loyal readers. Acclaimed biographer Jeremy Treglown cuts no corners in humanizing this longstanding immortal of juvenile fiction.
 
Roald Dahl explores this master of children’s literature from childhood—focusing a tight lens on the relationship between Dahl and his mother, who lovingly referred to him as “Apple”—through to his death. Treglown deftly navigates Dahl’s time as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, exploring how the experience transformed many of the beliefs that influenced the English writer’s work, including The Gremlins, which was commissioned by Walt Disney.
 
A former editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Treglown discusses many of Dahl’s most famous works, such as James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox, while also delving into his marriage to actress Patricia Neal, combing through letters and archives to show a man who could be both comic and vitriolic, thoughtful yet manipulative and irascible. Treglown highlights many of Dahl’s literary achievements as well as his breakdowns and shortcomings, presenting a very personal and telling picture of the author and the inner turmoil that crippled him.
 
Separating the man from the myth, Treglown’s frank, intimate portrait of Dahl illuminates the contradictions within the mind of this beloved author, a man who could be both a monster and a hero. It is required reading for book lovers and film buffs alike.

My Thoughts

When I was in the second grade my class had a student teacher. I don't remember her name, or what she looked like, but I do remember that she read to us ever day after lunch. The first book she read to our class was The Witches by Roald Dahl. I remember being absolutely enthralled by the story. And as if The Witches was a gateway drug, I soon became addicted to his other stories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, all of these books filled my childhood.

As much as I read and love these books, I knew little about the author other than he's a talented writer. I didn't know he wrote for adults as well as children. I didn't know that I have been mispronouncing his name for most of my life. And I didn't know he had a very troublesome life. People that knew him either loved or hated him. Also, he might have invented the word: gremlins.

Through Jeremy Treglown's book, Roald Dahl: A Biography I learned a lot about Dahl, from his early childhood to his death, his tumultuous marriage to his career highs and lows. Roald Dahl was an interesting man. I only now realize that I've read a small portion of his work. I plan of correcting this oversight and reading more of his work in 2017. While his children's books filled my childhood, I hope to fill my adulthood with his books meant for grownups. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

0 Last Week In Review (28)


I took last week off for a little R&R. I'm not sure how much I actually got because my house was full of people. I ate lots of food and watched lots of television. But I did manage to get a little reading done too.

What I'm Currently Reading



I made some progress with Britt-Marie last week. It's so good!


I'm listening to this with my kids. I read the book awhile back, but the audiobook is better! 

What I Finished

This book was a recommendation by a friend, who was upset that I didn't finish it in a day. Despite that, I really enjoyed reading this book. I've since passed it on to another and there seems to be a waiting list forming to read this book. 



Witches of America was an interesting read. I need to gather my thoughts about it before I write the review. 

What I Watched


Last night I watched the season finale of Poldark. I can't believe it's over already.


I had some friends over on Friday and we binged-watched all four episodes. In a way it came around full circle, but I wouldn't mind more episodes. There wasn't enough Sookie either. 


PBS also had their pledge drive last weekend, so I did a little Downton Abbey binge-watching too.

Reading Challenge Update


Yay! Something to report! This book fits the Nonfiction Reading Challenge. 

That's my bookish update for last week. This week we're putting up Christmas decorations. I'll post some pictures next Monday. I hope you had a great week and weekend. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

0 #ThanksgivingGoals


Happy Thanksgiving! We've decided to take the week off from To Read, or Not To Read for some rest and relaxation. This Thanksgiving is a first for my family. We usually go to my mother-in-law's house for the feast, but as some of you know, she passed away in February after battling cancer for two years. This year we all seem to have lost our bearings.

But life moves on and so must we. My mother is hosting Thanksgiving at her house this year. She insisted on doing all the cooking herself. Which is quite the opposite of what my husband and I are used to. We are in charge of bringing the drinks, though. So at least that's something. But it also feels bereft at the same time. And all though I am looking forward to Thursday, it's Friday that I am excited about. You might think I'm talking about shopping, but I'm not. I'm talking about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.


I have been avoiding all mentions of the above in social media. I've not clicked on any links for fear of someone revealing a spoiler or two. I've invited some of my Gilmore-loving friends to join me in binge-watching all four episodes. We intend to eat like the Gilmores with a few healthy exceptions. After all, we're not fictional characters with iron stomachs. Also, it's a pajama party. 😄😄

In addition to watching GG and eating turkey, I also plan on doing some major reading. What else is a holiday weekend for? I have several books going, and I hope to finish them all. Even though I have house guests this week, I know they'll forgive me for curling up with a book in a quiet space. That's why I love them. They get me.



Despite all the ups and downs this year, I have a lot to be thankful for. I'm thankful for books and to be able to share my love of reading with all of you. I hope wherever you are or wherever you go, you have a great Thanksgiving.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

0 Review: The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies


Author: Piers Dudgeon
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: July 12, 2016
Hardcover, 416 pages
ISBN: 9781250087799
Genre: Biography
Source: Publisher

Summary

The world has long been captivated by the story of Peter Pan and the countless movies, plays, musicals, and books that retell the story of Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys. Now, in this revealing behind-the-scenes book, author Piers Dudgeon examines the fascinating and complex relationships among Peter Pan's creator, J.M. Barrie, and the family of boys who inspired his work.

After meeting the Llewelyn Davies family in London's Kensington Garden, Barrie struck up an intense friendship with the children and their parents. The innocence of Michael, the fourth of five brothers, went on to influence the creation of Barrie's most famous character, Peter Pan. Barrie was so close to the Llewelyn Davies family that he became trustee and guardian to the boys following the deaths of their parents. Although the relationship between the boys and Barrie (and particularly between Barrie and Michael) was enduring, it was punctuated by the fiercest of tragedies. Throughout the heart-rending saga of Barrie's involvement with the Llewelyn Davies brothers, it is the figure of Michael, the most original and inspirational of their number, and yet also the one whose fate is most pitiable, that stands out.

The Real Peter Pan is a captivating true story of childhood, friendship, war, love, and regret.

My Thoughts

"The Real Peter Pan is the story, both joyous and tragic, of a beautiful boy who was chosen by Barrie to be his gateway to the magical world of childhood, which he longed to recapture, and to the strange spiritual world of his later work."

Like so many others that have come before me and after me, I met Peter Pan as a child. Not the actual Peter Pan, mind you, but the Peter Pan Walt Disney so gladly bestowed upon the world. Neverland has become a place of mystic legend. A place where one goes when they don't want to grow up. A place where we as children and sometimes adults long to escape to.

J.M. Barrie managed to enthrall generation after generation of children, even to this day. How did Barrie manage to tap into the magic which he bestowed upon millions of children? He had a real-life inspiration in a boy named Michael Davies.

Piers Dudgeon has many talents, among them is bestselling author of biographies on novelists such as Catherine Cookson, Daphne du Maurier, and Edward de Bono, and, of course, J.M. Barrie. In this book Dudgeon explores the friendship between the Davies family and the famous author, even alluding to the possibility of unsavory acts that Barrie may or may not have been guilty of.

The Real Peter Pan gives you an excellent insight to the famous author and playwright. He befriended the family before Michael, the boy who would be Peter Pan, was born. Barrie was a true introvert that only a handful of people really got to know. His character was sometimes peculiar and at times downright odd. But to the Davies, he was like a member of the family and after the death of Michael's parents, he was even the children's guardian. This book follows Barrie's relationship with Michael until Michael's untimely death.

Before reading this book, I didn't know the story behind Peter Pan. A real person to influence the unforgettable characters. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. It will forever change the way I see this classic novel.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

0 COVER REVEAL: Mine, Forever

COVER REVEAL



Mine, Forever

(Deadly Women, Book One)
Author: Kate Bonham
Book One
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto
Edited by: Swish Editing & Design 
Genre: Dark Romance
Release: 16 December 2016

BLURB


JETT

She's mine.
Ever since I first laid eyes on her, I knew there was something about her but I had to be sure.
I had to know she was like me.
Now, after what I've put her through, I own her.
But they keep trying to pull her away from me.
They keep trying to destroy my world forcing me to unleash hell on earth to keep her in my arms.

EBONY

I’m broken, alone and hated by my own family. 
When Jett Black walks into my life, I know I'm not safe.
Not safe from him, not safe from anyone and yet I can't get enough of him.
He's my savior in every way, shape and form. 
Finally, after years I felt as if I was on the right path until forces try to tear us apart – forces which are trying to kill me. 

But I won’t give him up – he’s mine...forever. 













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AUTHOR BIO


Kate grew up in Western Sydney, Australia, hoping to one day have a pet dragon and castle to roam around in. Then the Khaleesi stole her life and she was forced to reinvent herself. 

It was around the age of 15 when she really thought she could make it as a writer, and after course after course on different writing styles, she finally gulped down her fear and pursued independent publishing. 

When she's not writing, she's spending time with her boyfriend and their zoo of pets that include snakes, spiders, lizards, gecko, an axolotl and a bird. 

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