Rebel With a Cupcake comes with laughs and life lessons- with a side of sweets. #review and #giveaway in today’s @rockstarbooktour post @kcploft

Title: REBEL WITH A CUPCAKE

Author: Anna Mainwaring

Pub. Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: KCP Loft 

Pages: 216

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

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Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets.
That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat.
The encounter shakes Jess’s formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she’s been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself — whoever that really is.

Mama Says:
This book delivered exactly what it promised- an often hilarious and sometimes depressing look at what it’s really like being a plus-size teenager.  This hit very close to home for me, and I really appreciated the author’s approach to both body positivity and shaming, shedding some light on how our opinions of ourselves far too often rely on the praise (or lack thereof) from others, and how we can build each other up to create a more harmonic world.

3.5 stars and a huge thanks to Rockstar and KCP Loft for the review opportunity!

About Anna:

Anna Mainwaring studied English Literature, which led to a career in banking. She left to travel and then to train as a teacher. Anna took part in NaNoWriMo in 2012, and after endless drafts, Rebel with a Cupcake was born. When not writing, Anna can be found walking up hills or in cafés. She lives in Cheshire, England, with her family, including a murderous gold fish called Moriarty.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of REBEL WITH A CUPCAKE, US Only. Click here to enter!

 

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Second chance romance, family drama and tension to keep you reading late into the night- read my @tlcbooktours review of Surrender My Heart by LG O’connor

About Surrender My Heart

Series: Caught Up in Love (Book 3)

Publisher: Collins-Young Publishing LLC (February 6, 2018)

Follow up to the 2017 Kindle Scout Winner, Shelter My Heart

Do you remember your first love in high school? What if you never stopped?

For decades, Katherine “Kitty” McNally has secretly loved John Henshaw, the man lying shot and unconscious in the hospital bed next to her. Then again, maybe not so secretly. Those closest to her, including her soon-to-be ex-husband, have suspected it for years. Their story ended with a gunshot wound the last time, too. Life seems to have taken her full circle, but only the dead know the secrets she still keeps.

Detective John Henshaw fell in love with his “Kat” the moment she became his geometry tutor in high school. When they graduated, he thought their future was sealed. Wrong. Enter life’s nonstop curveballs. The worst two moments of his life were the two times he lost Kat. After thirty-five years and one failed marriage trying to forget her, he can’t escape the fact that he’s never stopped loving her. Maybe it’s just his ego, but he could swear he sees a spark of love in her eyes every time she looks at him. That’s what keeps him in the New Jersey town that holds his most painful memories. That’s why he accepted his place decades ago as a family friend to the McNally sisters.

As John recovers from his injuries in Kitty’s care, she has one last chance to confront her past and rekindle their love–if John can forgive her once he learns the truth.

 “OMG! Wonderful, heartwrenching and intense story!” ~VIP Reader
“Nicholas Sparks meets Colleen Hoover in dual timeline love story that will leave you breathless!” ~VIP Book Club Reader

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Apparently I’m deep in the middle of a new obsession: second chance romance. Who would have thought a book with a sweet looking couple on the cover would take me on such a journey of emotions that I’d need seven boxes of caramel cookies after? Surrender my Heart delves into far more than just will they or won’t they. It winds a path through grief, makes a stop on the family drama train, and even makes a stop in the crime family department. It’s a page-turning, tear-jerking decidedly feminine view of what ifs. I had some issues with some of the language which I’ll discuss on my blog, but this was a gripping book full of tension and despair and just enough hope to keep you reading. 3.5 stars and an absolutely huge thanks to @tlcbooktours and for the review opportunity! Head to Mama Reads for the full review and enter to win a signed copy! #bookblogger #review #adultromance #secondchance #middleaged #surrendermyheart #tlcbooktours

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To go into my issues with the language, there may be some very slight spoilers, so I’ve kept my brief review above for those that wish to avoid said spoilers.
In a particular scene at a gay club that is a front for illegal activities, there is some very homophobic language which was beyond uncomfortable for me.  Honestly, this would have been a 4 or even 4.5 star read, but between this and some problematic language when Kitty confronts her husband, I was quite put off and thus lowered my rating.  I think it’s entirely possible to include characters who are uncomfortable with someone’s sexuality or certain sexual acts in a sensitive way.  Again, I am being vague to not completely point out some plot points in question, but the writing otherwise kept me engrossed in the story and I was able to move past these bits, even though they were always in the back of my mind.
My favorite parts of the story were the past reminisces of the beginnings of Shaw and Kat’s relationship.  Those were so sweet and I absolutely adored Vera.  Can I have an aunt like her please?

Again, while I personally wasn’t comfortable with this language, other readers certainly may not be bothered by it, and thus, as with all my complaints, I urge you to judge for yourself what you are and are not comfortable with and proceed from there.

About L. G. O’Connor

LG O’Connor is a corporate marketing exec by day who takes her author cape out at night. An avid reader, she loves books with memorable characters that make her heart sing. She’s the author of the urban fantasy / paranormal romance series, The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, and Caught Up in RAINE, her contemporary romantic women’s fiction debut. Shelter My Heart (a Kindle Scout Winner) is the second novel in her romantic women’s fiction series, Caught Up in Love, a series which follows three women in the same family on their road to redemption and a second chance at love. A native ‘Jersey Girl,’ she’s always in search of the perfect cup of coffee and fine Italian leather. Her perfect hero always keeps the heroine fed. You can find her new book, Recipes from Raine’s Roost (which first appeared on Joyce Lamb’s USA TODAY Happy Ever After blog), by Caught Up in RAINE hero, Raine MacDonald, on Amazon under the Cooking & Wine section.

As an avid book lover, she enjoys connecting with readers.

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Page turning goodness inside today’s @TLCBooktours review of #TheLongestSilence by @debrawebb #4stars #thriller #amreading

About The Longest Silence

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA (March 6, 2018)
“The twists and turns in this dark, taut drama make it both creepy and compelling.” —New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
A killer stole her voice. Now she’s ready to take it back. Don’t miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.

Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years–or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by the worst kind of serial killer, wasn’t something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.
But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She’s finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can’t deny he finds Jo compelling–he’s just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer…
“This psychological thriller is rife with tension that begins on page one and doesn’t let up. It’s a race against the clock that had me whispering to the pair of flawed, desperate protagonists, ‘Hurry,hurry.’ A gripping read.”  New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown
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Mama Says:
This was definitely a bit out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad I took the chance, because this book kept me reading from start to finish.  Well, I mean, I ate and slept a little bit of course.  But otherwise, just reading.  All the pages.  The Longest Silence is one of those standalones that continues a series, so you absolutely don’t have to read the first books to enjoy this one, you’ll just know more of a certain character’s backstory.
I appreciated the depth of the characters even not having the entire first part of the series in my brain index.  With an increasing pace and suspenseful twists, The Longest Silence was not as predictable as you might expect from a crime thriller.  Yes there were familiar elements, but Webb does a good job adding her own spin.

4 stars and a big thanks to TLC Book tours and the publisher for the review opportunity!

About Debra Webb

DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama.

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Searing social commentary and political intrigue packaged in a scifi vr story? Sign me up! Read my review and listen to the #ReclaimingShiloSnow playlist here! @the_ffbc @maryweberauthor

Reclaiming Shilo Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2)

by Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia

Synopsis:

Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.

But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.

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Mama’s Thoughts:
I tried my best to go in with no expectations, and just looking for a good, fast read with a unique plot.  What I got with Reclaiming Shilo Snow was much more. While I can say there were definitely some things that I predicted about the books, I was still surprised, and absolutely engrossed by the tale.
I admit, I had to skim read the first book due to a lack of time from once again being ill, but I was able to pick up the story easily in book 2, just missing a few conversations and details about Sofi mainly, that you get when you fully read book 1.  It wasn’t cause for too much confusion though.  Weber made the second book focus more on the journey to the truth, and on Sofi’s love for her brother, as well as the various players and their parts.   Basically, you don’t spend the whole book asking yourself what happened in the first, but embroiled in the adventure and suspense of Miguel and Sofi, among others.
Inola was my biggest surprise.  The author really delved into her side of things, and I wouldn’t say she made her completely sympathetic, but I appreciated the way that we see they are all human, or well, mostly anyway.
If anything, I felt at times there was too much going on, but the author generally tied it back into the larger plot at some point.  There were not too many moments that were uncomfortable, despite the harsh realities dealt with in the story.   It’s always interesting to see a strong social justice plot in such a unique setting.  It’s hard not to feel like you want to do more, and yet are limited by only being one, lonely, powerless person, so to have a heroine who is capable of actually saving others allows the author to give us a sense of hope that wouldn’t otherwise have existed.
Overall the book is quite fast-paced, exciting, haunting and down-right interesting, it just had something missing, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but we’ll call it connection to the characters for lack of a better explanation.  We don’t really get much more of anything on Miguel, despite some glimpses at his memories and thoughts, and since just about the whole book is spent searching for Shilo, I still know nothing about that character either.
If you liked Illuminae and Warcross, I can bet you’ll enjoy this much tamer version of a young adult scifi dystopian!

3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to the author, publisher, and tour host for the review opportunity!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Weber is the award-winning HarperCollins author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series. An avid school and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands and the ocean. She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, and GOODREADS.  

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Prize: Hardcovers of both THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW & RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW, a custom book bag, custom temporary tattoo, and a pair of earbuds (picture of the prize is in the dropbox).

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