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Elemental Lies
Elle Middaugh
(The Essential Elements, #2)
Publication date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her.

After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.

When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.

From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up.

All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth, but how can she do so when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?

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Mama Says:
If you like YA paranormal books with a mysterious vibe, you need to grab this series! Two books deep, you can binge a little but not have to commit for a long haul.
There was a lot more action in this particular installment, and I felt the pacing issues of the first book were resolved by this and the addition of more plot movement.
Though Val isn’t necessarily my absolute favorite character, we see her learning from some of her mistakes rather than repeating them, and she’s learning not to blindly trust people.  Or Elementals.  Or whatever.
Part coming of age, part seeking the truth, and part thriller with a dose of suspense, this unique YA story will surely appeal to anyone seeking something different to read, someone tired of the same old tropes being trotted out and stomped over.

Author Bio:

Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Most of her time is spent raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.

She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.

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An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library–by starting her own illegal locker library!

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That’s when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate’s mom thought the book wasn’t appropriate for kids to read.

Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

Reminiscent of the classic novel Frindle by Andrew Clements for its inspiring message, Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice.

 
Praise for BAN THIS BOOK

“Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero in Amy Anne Ollinger. She’s a true champion and testament to how doing a good thing is the first step in finding your own courage.”―Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor winning author of The Underneath

“Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse.”―Lauren Myracle, author of the best-selling Internet Girls series, the most challenged books of 2009 and 2011

“A stout defense of the right to read.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Gratz delivers a book lover’s book that speaks volumes about kids’ power to effect change at a grassroots level.” ―Publisher’s Weekly

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Alan Gratz‘s first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was named one of the ALA’s 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. His second novel, Something Rotten, was a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, and was followed by a sequel, Something Wicked, in October 2008. His first middle grade novel, The Brooklyn Nine, was one of the ALA’s Top Ten Sports Books for Youth and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth, and his middle grade Holocaust novel Prisoner B-3087 was one of YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Readers and has won seven state awards. His latest novels are the YA thriller Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and The Monster War, the third book in his middle grade steampunk League of Seven trilogy.

Alan’s short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, online at Tor.com, and in the anthologies Half-Minute Horrors and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction, which benefitted victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

As the first Artist in Residence at the American School in Japan in 2010, Alan spent six weeks teaching historical fiction-writing to middle school students in Tokyo, and he was the Thurber House Children’s Writer in Residence in 2011, living and writing in James Thurber’s attic for a month while working with young writers from all around the Columbus, Ohio area.

In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E’s City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, sold other people’s books, lectured at a Czech university, and traveled the galaxy as a space ranger. (One of these, it should be pointed out, is not true.)
Alan was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the 1982 World’s Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and, later, a Master’s degree in English education. He now lives with his wife Wendi and his daughter Jo in the high country of Western North Carolina, where he enjoys playing games, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, reading books.

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Happy book birthday to @AGHowardWrites and #TheHummingbirdHeart follow up to #TheArchitectofSong Read an #excerpt and enter to #win

Title: THE HUMMINGBIRD HEART

Author: A.G. Howard

Pub. Date: August 15, 2017

Publisher: Golden Orb Press

Pages: 339

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

Excerpt:
In the dream, Willow was a child again. With each barefooted step around the stacks of baggage in steerage, she found them taking on new shapes: pyramids of clowns, bears, horses and feathered performers, all balanced atop one another. She was back at the circus, albeit a much hazier and dimmer rendition than she remembered. She skipped along the center ring, excited to be home at last. Grit and discarded trash snagged between her little toes. A spotlight clicked on to illuminate a trunk. From within came a thumping sound, and girlish giggles. 

“Tildey!” Willow cried out, racing across the distance to find her doll, her pigtails slapping her face and neck upon each bounding step. The creak of abandoned trapezes swung overhead, cutting intermittently through a thick cloud of fog. Yet it wasn’t fog. It was tobacco—a stench that seeped into her leotard, her tights, her very pores, until she could taste it coating her tongue like bile. 

The spotlight shifted from the trunk to a trapeze just above her where a shape took form in the light: a graceful silhouette in a shimmery leotard and glistening tutu. 

“Mama?” Willow whispered in the dream, forgetting Tildey for the chance to see her mother perform once more. 

The trapeze vanished into thin air but the aerialist continued a controlled descent toward her, held in place by harnesses attached to the center pole. A face came into view, painted white like a clown, with bloody eyes and a hollow of a mouth—stretched wide on a perpetual scream. Willow yelped and squeezed her lashes shut, willing away the creature … for it was not Mama. 

When she opened them again, the freakish performer exploded into a flock of hummingbirds made of ink. They skittered around Willow, buzzing wings scraping her skin and hair, imprinting tattoos everywhere they touched. She screamed and stumbled backwards, bumping into the trunk which was somehow right behind her. A tinkly, off-key lullaby drifted from inside the giant box. The lid shook and shuddered, as if something wanted out. 

Whimpering, Willow tried to back away, but her feet grew heavy. She looked down and ballet shoes, covered in steel spikes, swallowed them up. The empty harness that had held the ghastly aerialist slithered toward her like a snake, coiling itself around her legs and arms to hold her in place. 

On the final haunting strains of music, the trunk’s lid popped open, and out from the midst rose a hunched old man, holding Nadia’s haunted shoes upside down. Blood and water gushed out of them—a stench of copper and stagnancy—and the man laughed with a voice that gnawed into her bones like a thousand snarling wolves.

 

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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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Michael’s Soul Mate

by Lorelei Moone
Narrator: Gethyn Edwards
Vampires of London, #2
Publication Date (Audio): May 15, 2017
Genres: Adult, Audiobook, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires

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Some vampires have trouble figuring out how they want to spend eternity, but playboy Michael Odell isn’t one of them. He knows exactly what he wants: fine wines and beautiful women fuel his passion and he’s made it his mission to sample as many of either as he can. Fate has other ideas. One night, on his way home, Michael discovers a woman lying face-down in an alley, who is losing the fight to live. There’s only one way of saving her: The Ritual. Little does Michael know that this little act of mercy is going to change his life forever and before long he finds himself falling for the curvy stranger.

Anna doesn’t remember how she ended up discarded at death’s door in a dark alley, only that she woke up there. She doesn’t even know her last name. After coming face-to-face with her gorgeous rescuer, she passes out again and finds herself in a lavish mansion with a new lease on eternal life.

Who – or more importantly, what – is she now? And the people who tried to kill her – why were they after her? Anna is determined to figure it all out for herself. But before her questions are answered, she has to learn that even in this new immortal existence, it’s good to have friends – and perhaps a lover – by your side.

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Mama Says:
Sometimes you just need a book about a lustful vampire with a sad soul to make you fall in love with reading all over again.  I listened to the first book in this series with the same narrator, and he did not disappoint! If anything, I think this one was a bit smoother and more emotional than the first.
Michael comes off as a bit of an ass, but he learns some things from Anna, and about himself in the process, to be a bit more tolerable.  Anna was my fave! She really didn’t put up with too much from him, and set him straight a time or two (dozen.)
If you enjoy reading for the pure entertainment of it all, I highly suggest this audio series from Lorelei Moone!

ABOUT LORELEI MOONE

Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.

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Gethyn Edwards is an up and coming new British narrator, with a growing track record in top romance titles. Reviewers describe his work as “emotionally charged”, “compelling”, and “a pleasure to listen to”. Visit his Facebook Page for more information.

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About Thief’s Mark

  • Series: Sharpe & Donovan (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (August 29, 2017)

A murder in a quiet English village, long-buried secrets and a man’s search for answers about his traumatic past entangle FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan in the latest edge-of-your-seat Sharpe & Donovan novel 

As a young boy, Oliver York witnessed the murder of his wealthy parents in their London apartment. The killers kidnapped him and held him in an isolated Scottish ruin, but he escaped, thwarting their plans for ransom. Now, after thirty years on the run, one of the two men Oliver identified as his tormentors may have surfaced.

Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are enjoying the final day of their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at the home of Emma’s grandfather, private art detective Wendell Sharpe, points to Oliver. The Sharpes have a complicated relationship with the likable, reclusive Englishman, an expert in Celtic mythology and international art thief who taunted Wendell for years. Emma and Colin postpone meetings in London with their elite FBI team and head straight to Oliver. But when they arrive at York’s country home, a man is dead and Oliver has vanished.

As the danger mounts, new questions arise about Oliver’s account of his boyhood trauma. Do Emma and Colin dare trust him? With the trail leading beyond Oliver’s small village to Ireland, Scotland and their own turf in the United States, the stakes are high, and Emma and Colin must unravel the decades-old tangle of secrets and lies before a killer strikes again.

New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers delivers the gripping, suspense-filled tale readers have been waiting for.

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Emma wasn’t surprised when the gardai couldn’t do much, given the delay and little physical evidence. At this point, it was unlikely they’d locate passersby who might have seen something. To complicate matters, the broken window opened onto a small, fenced terrace with a private gate—which her grandfather had left unlocked. Someone walking through an unlocked gate wasn’t likely to draw attention.

Once the gardai left, he insisted she and Colin return to the Shelbourne. “Go,” he said, opening the front door. “Enjoy yourselves. Room’s paid for. It’s too late to get a refund.”

“I don’t like leaving you here alone,” Emma said. “You could always stay at the hotel, too.”

“Three’s a crowd anytime but on a honeymoon?” He shuddered. “No way.”

She smiled. “I didn’t mean in the same room.”

Her grandfather grinned. “I bet you didn’t. Relax. I’ll be fine. If this guy wanted to harm me, he’d have jumped me when I came home instead of scooting out the back door.”

“That doesn’t make me feel better, Granddad.”

“Lock up,” Colin said. “Gate, windows, doors. We’ll give you a hand.”

“I don’t need a hand. Go.”

Emma hugged him, kissing his cheek. “Call Lucas and fill him in or I will. Thanks for our night at the Shelbourne. We’ll stop by before we leave for London tomorrow.”

He returned her hug, kissed her on the cheek. “Always good to see you, Emma.” He turned to Colin. “You, too, Colin. Welcome to the family. We’ll do better than a broken window next visit.”

Once they reached the street, Colin glanced at Emma. “He’ll have the whiskey before he locks up the place.”

“No doubt. He’s tired. He doesn’t like to admit he’s not forty anymore.”

Colin slipped an arm around her. “We still have our fancy room for the night.”

She leaned into his embrace. “That we do. I haven’t heard from Oliver since he left us the champagne at Ashford Castle our first night here. Do you think the timing of the break-in with our arrival in Dublin is a coincidence?”

“I don’t think anything that involves Oliver York and your grandfather is a coincidence.”

They crossed a quiet street. “We can see Oliver while we’re in England,” Emma said.

You can see Oliver.”

“You’d let me go on my own?”

Teasing time. As if Colin “let” her do anything. He tightened his hold on her, drew her closer. “I don’t know, I think I could get into a submissive Mrs. Donovan.”

She laughed. “Oh, you think so?”

His deep blue eyes sparked with humor, and something else. “We can find out tonight.”

They walked hand in hand past Merrion Square, one of Emma’s favorite spots in Dublin, with its black iron fencing, lush greenery and soothing Georgian ambience. She’d spent countless hours there during her months working shoulder-to-shoulder with her grandfather, learning from him, enjoying his company, his experience, his brilliance as a private art detective and consultant. Everything she’d gleaned she’d put to use in her work with the FBI. The quiet, pristine square had been a pleasant spot to consider her past and her future. Her past had been a stint in a Maine convent. Her future was here, now, with Colin.

Her grandfather had accepted her decision to leave Sharpe Fine Art Recovery, if not enthusiastically at least with his good wishes. “You’ll be Special Agent Emma Sharpe the next time I see you,” he’d said with a grimace. “I’ll never get used to it, but it’s what everything you’ve done to date has prepared you to be. Go catch bad guys, Emma. Stop them. Lock them up. Keep us safe.”

Colin tugged on her hand. “Lost in thought?” he asked.

She smiled. “Totally.”

He pulled her closer. “It’s a beautiful evening in Dublin.”

It was, indeed. The warm weather and the prolonged daylight of June had brought the crowds out to the streets. Shops, pubs and restaurants were bursting, and people were flowing into St. Stephen’s Green. Although tempted, they decided to skip a walk through the park and returned to the Shelbourne and their elegant room.

A plate of chocolate truffles and two glasses of whiskey were set out on a small table, with a note:

 

To Mr. and Mrs. Donovan,

Enjoy the last night of your honeymoon.

Love,

Granddad

 

Colin lifted a whiskey glass and handed it to Emma. “Your grandfather is impossible, but he does have his charms.”

“It was a spectacular ten days, wasn’t it?”

“Yes. Spectacular.”

She nodded to the note. “I like the sound of Mr. and Mrs. Donovan. I’ll have an easier time in Rock Point as a Donovan.”

“You think so?”

“Your brothers won’t think you’re manly if I go by Sharpe.”

“That’d ruin my reputation for sure.” He picked up the second glass. “I don’t care what you call yourself, you know.”

“I know. I’m learning to tease like a Donovan. I love being married to you whatever anyone calls me. We’ll be home soon enough. Right now, we’re on our honeymoon.”

His gaze settled on her. “Yes, we are.”

A warmth spread through her. She clinked her glass against his. “Sláinte.”

Colin smiled. “Sláinte,” he said, and he set his glass and then hers back on the table.

About Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, including her popular Sharpe and Donovan and Swift River Valley series. Her books have been translated into 24 languages and sold in over 35 countries. A frequent traveler to Ireland, Carla lives with her family in New England. To learn more and to sign up for her newsletter, visit CarlaNeggers.com.

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Happy release week to #TheEpicCrushofGenieLo enter to #win and read an #excerpt from @rockstarbooktours

I am so excited that THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark
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About The Book:
Title: THE EPIC
CRUSH OF GENIE LO
Author: F.C. Yee
Pub. Date: August 8,
2017
Publisher: Amulet
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Pages: 336
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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are
suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a
beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie
she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an
inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength
that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her
true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
Excerpt:
“GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I
have arrived.”
 
Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed me
hard for details, as apparently this wasn’t the first group mugging in recent
weeks.
 
But I’d let Officers Davis and Rodriguez down. Nice eyes and a winning
smile weren’t much to go by. I was too frazzled to notice anything before,
which meant this was my first decent look at the boy without the influence of
adrenaline.
 
So a couple of things.
 
One: He was short. Like, really short for a guy. I felt bad that my brain
went there first, but he wasn’t even as tall as Mrs. Nanda.
 
Two: He was totally okay, physically. I didn’t see how anyone could be up
and about after that beating, but here he was, unbruised and unblemished. I
felt relieved and disturbed at the same time to see there wasn’t a scratch on
him.
 
And his mint condition just made Point Three even more obvious.
 
He was . . . yeesh.
 
Nothing good could come of our new classmate being that handsome. It was
destructive. Twisted. Weaponized. He had the cheekbones and sharp jawline of a
pop star, but his thick eyebrows and wild, unkempt hair lent him an air of
natural ruggedness that some pampered singer could never achieve in a million
years of makeup.
 
“Argh, my ovaries,” Yunie mumbled. She wasn’t alone, judging by the soft
intakes of breath coming from around the room.
 
“Arrived from where?” said Mrs. Nanda.
 
Quentin looked at her in amusement. “China?”
 
“Yes, but where in, though?” said Mrs. Nanda, trying her best to convey
that she was sensitive to the regional differences. Fujianese, Taishanese,
Beijingren—she’d taught them all.
 
He just shrugged. “The stones,” he said.
 
“You mean the mountains, sweetie?” said Rachel Li, batting her eyelashes
at him from the front row.
 
“No! I don’t misspeak.”
 
The class giggled at his English. But none of it was incorrect, technically
speaking.
 
“Tell us a little about yourself,” Mrs. Nanda said.
 
Quentin puffed out his chest. The white button-down shirt and black pants
of our school’s uniform for boys made most of them look like limo drivers. But
on him, the cheap stitching just made it clearer that he was extremely
well-muscled underneath.
 
“I am the greatest of my kind,” he said. “In this world I have no equal.
I am known to thousands in faraway lands, and everyone I meet can’t help but
declare me king!”
 
There was a moment of silence and sputtering before guffaws broke out.
 
“Well . . . um . . . we are all high achievers here at SF Prep,” said
 
Mrs. Nanda as politely as she could. “I’m sure you’ll fit right in?”
 
Quentin surveyed the cramped beige classroom with a cool squint. To him,
the other twenty-two laughing students were merely peons on whom his important
message had been lost.
 
“Enough wasting of time,” he snapped. “I came to these petty halls only
to reclaim what is mine.”
 
Before anyone could stop him, he hopped onto Rachel’s desk and stepped
over her to the next one, like she wasn’t even there.
 
“Hey! Quentin!” Mrs. Nanda said, frantically waving her hands. “Get down
now!”
 
The new student ignored her, stalking down the column of desks. Toward
mine.
 
Everyone in his way leaned to the side to avoid getting kicked. They were
all too flabbergasted to do anything but serve as his counterweights.
 
He stopped on my desk and crouched down, looking me in the eye. His gaze
pinned me to my seat.
I couldn’t turn away. He was so close our noses were almost touching. He
smelled like wine and peaches.
 
“You!” he said.
 
“What?” I squeaked.
 
Quentin gave me a grin that was utterly feral. He tilted his head as if
to whisper, but spoke loud enough for everyone to hear.
 
“You belong to me”
 
About F.C:

 

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted
“That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving
spreadsheets.
                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Making Summer Last a #guestpost from author @cynthiaeden and #FreeReads inside! #tlcbooktours

Making Summer Last

A Guest Post by Bestselling Author Cynthia Eden

I love the lazy days of summer—when the weather is hot and the books are even hotter. Since I live along the Gulf of Mexico, I know all about HOT. The summer days down here truly do steam.  But despite the heat, I would never trade my summer days, not for anything! In fact, I wish summer didn’t have to end! I love spending time with my family and getting to stay up extra late as we stargaze.  When I’m making s’mores by the fire or dipping my toes in the water, I am one happy woman.

If only we could make summer last. If. Only.  

BUT…memories last forever, right?  So this summer, my goal (and maybe you can make it your goal, too), is to make the best memoires ever. With that idea in mind, I’ve created a “Top Ten Summer Bucket List” of activities. Here they are in no particular order, so get out your pen or digital notepad and plan to make some memories.

  1. Solar eclipse, baby. Solar eclipse. All of the reports are saying the eclipse on August 21st is an awesome once-in-a-lifetime event. Viewing that eclipse (with solar safe glasses) is absolutely on my summer bucket list.
  2. Make your own Shark Week. I have to confess, I’m a major Shark Week fan. But I don’t think Shark Week just has to be when the shows are on the Discovery Channel. I’m going to make my own Shark Week. I’m going to watch all of the classic Jaws movies, and I’ll throw in a few bonus shark movies, too (like Deep Blue Sea). I’m going to share my shark love with my eleven-year-old son—and probably give him new nightmares.  
  3. Read one book until one a.m. One night this summer, I am going to stay up way past my bedtime (yep, moms have bedtimes, too), and I’m going to read until one a.m. I refuse to sleep before that time. Want to join me? (Need a reading recommendation? Take a look at my two latest novels, outlined below!).
  4. Watch a sunrise—and a sunset. I’m going to pick the best viewing place I can find (since I live near the beach, my toes will be in the sand), and I’m going to watch a beautiful sunrise and a beautiful sunset all in the same day. You game to try this?
  5. Bake one new dessert. I don’t know what my dessert will be, but I am going to make myself a brand new summer treat. Something I’ve never tried before. Variety is supposed to be the spice of life. Let’s spice things up!
  6. Be a tourist. I am going to act like a tourist in my own town. I am going to visit museums, shops, and I’m going to take guided tours—I want to see my town in a brand new light. Sometimes, the familiar things around us can become brand new, if we give them the chance.
  7. Take a jammie day. One day…I am going to stay in my pajamas ALL DAY. Too wild? Nah…too awesome. I’m going to have a play day with my son, and I pity my neighbors if they come calling! You should take one day to absolutely veg this summer. I think your mind/soul/your everything will thank you.
  8. Wish upon a star. Summer can be a great time to see meteors hurtling through the sky. I’ll stay up late, and try to see a beautiful shooting star. Then I’ll make the best wish EVER.  Want to make one, too?
  9. A sunset bike ride.  I’ll grab my trusty bike and ride into the sunset. Sure, I’ll probably sweat buckets, but nothing beats an old fashioned bike ride. And it’s not like you can forget how to ride a bike—I think the old saying is… “As easy as riding a bike…”
  10. Be ready for adventure. To keep the spirit of summer going, to make summer last and last, I vow to always be ready for adventure. I won’t hide in the shade. I won’t say that I’ll do something “another day”—no, I’ll be ready. When adventure comes my way, I’ll be ready to play. What about you?

That’s it. My bucket list—a list aimed to capturing the magic of summer.  If you’ve got some bucket list ideas to share, please do! I’d love to hear them.

May your summer last forever!

Cynthia Eden

www.cynthiaeden.com

 

About HUNTED by Cynthia Eden:  Josh Duvane’s SEAL training not only hardened his body, but also his mind. Though his latest investigation as part of the FBI’s Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team is pushing him to his limits. The Sandy Shore killer taunts local police as Josh recovers his victims off the coast of Florida. Of all the women taken, only Casey Quinn has survived. As this unrelenting psychopath stalks her every move, Josh is all that stands between her and certain death. Now it’s time for him to turn the tables and use every ounce of training to stop the killer from having the last laugh…

 

About BEFORE THE DAWN by Cynthia Edne: Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Mason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Mason’s final victim—Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous “Iceman.”

It’s Tucker’s up close and personal experience with evil that’s made him perfect for Samantha Dark’s experimental profiling division in the FBI. Samantha wants agents who have personal ties with killers, who have unique insights into the minds of monsters. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.

The last person he expects to see is his ex-lover, Dawn. Ten full years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother…and since he last saw Dawn. But the dark need still burns just as hot between Tucker and Dawn. As they grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both Tucker and Dawn have the same question—has Mason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?

 

About the author: CYNTHIA EDEN is an American author who writes tales of paranormal suspense and sensual romance. Eden graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology and Communciation. She worked as a journalist on her university’s paper. Later, she was employed as a college counselor, a teacher, and an editor. She has written many series including: The Midnight Trilogy; Night Watch; Fallen; Deadly; Bound; and Phoenix Fire. She is a two-time finalist for the RITA award.

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It’s doesn’t get much more awkward than this. Read our #review of #TheAwkwardPathtoGettingLucky by @fizzygirl for @tlcbooktours #harlequinmira #chicklit #romcom #snarktothemax

About The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: MIRA (July 25, 2017)

In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I’ve had sex.  

Having sex wasn’t exactly high on Kat Carmichael’s priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn’t been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible—resulting in pain and disappointment for Kat instead of sunshine and orgasms.

With just over a month until their four-year anniversary, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, encouraging him to see other people while she throws herself into physical therapy. Yet even with the well-intentioned (but wildly inappropriate) attempts at help from her best friends, Kat quickly discovers that a solo mission may not be the best approach.

Fortunately, physical therapist Ben Cleary, the shop’s best (looking) customer, volunteers to help out—strictly as a friend, of course. But as the line between love and friendship begins to blur, Kat stands to lose much more than a functioning set of lady bits if she can’t figure out what to hang on to…and what to let go.

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky is the Cupcake Wars meets The Bloggess. Readers who love hilarious, bawdy humor with a heaping dose of swoon will adore Summer Heacock’s special debut!” -Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Simplicity of Cider

“Reading The Awkward Path To Getting Lucky is like hanging out with your smartest, funniest, most thoughtful and all-round favorite girlfriend. If you’re the kind of intelligent, complicated woman who Leans In at work but watches The Bachelor at home, who does yoga Saturday morning and drinks margaritas Saturday night, who can stand on her own but still wants to be swept off her feet, then this is the comfort read for you.” -Gemma Burgess, author of the Brooklyn Girls series

“Lighthearted and entertaining, Summer Heacock’s debut, The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky, is full of voice and a cast of characters that are side-splitting funny. Between the shenanigans and drool-worthy cupcake descriptions is a modern day exploration of one woman’s quest for happily ever after. — Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me and The Choices We Make

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Mama Says:

I absolutely understand the frequent comparisons to Jenny Lawson because Summer Heacock made me spit up my drink laughing on multiple occasions while reading The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky.  This is absolutely my favorite chick lit book I’ve read in eons, and I simply have to gush over a few things, if you’ll pardon my enthusiasm.
Kat is my new favorite female mc in a contemporary novel and she’s deliciously flawed and sarcastic, basically we would be best friends the first time we met.
Did I mention cupcakes? Between that and copious uses of vagina, I really think this is the next best thing if you don’t have a girlfriend who is obtuse and snarky but deep down wants to just be loved and know what that even means.
In a bizarre string of increasingly flabbergasting encounters with various characters, but especially Ben Cleary, things get disastrous in no time.  I really appreciated the author’s not shying away from course language and realistic reactions, overreactions, and second guessing said actions and reactions.  It’s so refreshing to read a book that doesn’t hold anything back for fear of being improper or politically incorrect.
And oh my stars I absolutely loved Butter and the fact that her bisexuality was very well known but not a cliche for the most part, nor did any of the other characters pat themselves on the back for having a bi friend.  Kudos to you Miss Heacock!  Also I love your using so many puns, some more subtle than others.
If you like to read books that make you pee yourself laughing so hard, with hilarious banter, baking shenanigans, flawed characters trying to navigate the weirdness of being in (or nearly in) your thirties, this will be a book for you to devour!  It’s fairly quick considering it’s size, and there weren’t any odd stalls or lack of transitions.
This is by far one of the best women’s fic picks of the year and I encourage you to run to the bookstore and pick it up now! Just lick the glitter dust off your neck first, or enlist a friend for help.
Thank you so much to Harlequin Mira and TLC Books for the review opportunity!

 

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#ARCAugust goals and #giveaway details!

Read. Sleep. Repeat is hosting #ARCAugust again, if you missed yesterday’s announcement, head over there for sign up details!

I’m going to be reasonable this month and stick with 6 arcs (4 physical, 2 ebook) (and 3 finished review copies I’m including in this biz.)  I usually have at most 2 hours in any given day to read, and more often have only one hour, so I want to leave time to finish reading some books and series I’ve started for my personal reading as well (such as the Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo books seen here.)

Drumroll please…

ARCS:
Ebook- Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Eaudiobook- The Jasmine Wars: Wheel of Fire by Daniel Jeffries

Physical-Serenity Harbor by Raeanne Thayne
The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock
Lie to Me by JT Ellison
The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting

Finished copies: The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride
The Next Together by Lauren James
After Life by Marcus Sakey

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And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for- the giveaway info!  I’ll be hosting my own motivation station, so whenever you want to cheer a blogger who’s participating on, then leave me a comment with which blog you’ve posted or shared to, and your name as you typed it there, so I can log your entry! You can post on today or yesterday’s ARCAugust announcement for your entry to count.  And yeah, you can cheer me on if you really want, but I want to see y’all on other blogs as well!  One winner (INT as long as they ship to you) will win a choice of one book up to $10 on BookDepository! Ends when the month does, so Aug 30 will be the last day to comment to enter.  Winner will be announced on Instagram and Twitter, and I’ll email them.  Will have 48 hours to respond to claim your prize.  Good luck!