Saturday, 25 October 2014

Cover Reveal: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen + Giveaway


Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: 19th January 2015
Cover Design: Cover It! Designs

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé, and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect. 

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilization, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts. 
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

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Author Bio - Layla Hagen


Layla HagenMy name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough.


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Book Blitz: I Need You by Jane Lark - Excerpt + Giveaway



I Need You (Starting Out, #3)

I Need You (Starting Out #3) by Jane Lark
NA Contemporary Romance
Published: 23rd October 2014 by Harper Impulse

Guilt can eat away at you, but love can cut like a knife…

Wanting after his best friend’s girlfriend is a cliché Billy knows well – it’s the tightrope he’s walked for years.

But now Jason and Lindy have broken up and Billy can’t help but be there for the girl he’s loved from afar for so long. She’s hurting.

Fighting to find a road to the future, Lindy’s heart hurts. She’s trying to escape the truth, but Billy keeps making her face it – and it’s ugly. How can she keep living when everything is made of glass and it keeps shattering?

Her one constant is Billy. Only, rebound isn’t his style and when Lindy starts to see him in a different light, he just can’t trust her. He’s no one’s second best.

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Billy leaned over and his arms came around me. I rested my head on his shoulder, my arms about his neck. I needed someone to hug.

Billy’s arms and shoulders were really muscular. His body mass was double the size of Jason’s. He’d played football at school and college, and he’d studied sports and become a personal trainer. All that strength and solidity was reassuring.

But that’s what had got me into all the bullshit I’d fallen into back in the fall.

But I didn’t want to think of that. I just let him hold me while I reveled in the comfort and security.

Billy gave good hugs.

This was worth so much more than any conversation on a psychiatrist’s couch, or medication. Relief bloomed inside me, aching.

I’d needed to be held by someone outside my family.

His fingers combed through my hair. “Did you mean to end it, or were you crying out for help?”

I didn’t lift my head and didn’t answer. The ache of comfort was gone and instead the forest fire of guilt flared. I wouldn’t admit the truth; the truth was too awful. I didn’t have a good reason to give in.

The psychiatrist had told me, “Everyone has burdens to carry, and you shouldn’t feel guilty.” She’d said, “It’s stopped being about choice, the chemicals in your body are all muddled up so you can’t think straight.” I was on happy pills, and counseling now, and she’d promised me I’d feel better and I’d get out the other side.

I didn’t want to.

“Why did you go to Jason’s store…?” Billy’s fingers ran through my hair. I felt like a kid being comforted. It took me back years; to the years I’d been happy.

Why? I didn’t answer. He probably thought it was for revenge. It wasn’t. My life had been there, I’d worked there for years, been Jason’s second half for years.

Who was I now? What was there to do?

“I’m sorry, Lindy. If you let me help, I’ll make everything up to you.”

He had nothing to make up, not really, everything that had gone wrong between him and me was my fault.

“Do you want to get away for a while? Just for a couple of weeks even? I swear to God, there’ll be nothing in it. No expectation on my part at all.”

I needed help. I needed to escape. Just until I could get back on track. “Yeah.”

His hands gripped my shoulders and moved me back. He looked like he didn’t believe what I’d said. “Yeah?” His voice questioned.

“Yeah.” I nodded, my vision clouding with tears. I needed to go somewhere and pretend my life wasn’t what it was––for a short vacation. “I’ll have to speak to the psychiatrist, though. When do you want to go?”

He smiled. Billy was so nice, his heart shone right out of his eyes along with his smile. He hurt for me. We’d been close, before everything went wrong. This was him trying to put it right again. But nothing could ever be right.

Tears rolled onto my cheeks as the flames of guilt flickered.

Mom…



Author Bio - Jane Lark

Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, as well as a Kindle overall Top 25, bestselling author.

She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.

Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.

You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane's favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was 'Katherine' a story crafted from reality.

Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.

'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Book Blitz: The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith



The Land Uncharted (Uncharted, #1)

The Land Uncharted (Uncharted #1) by Keely Brooke Keith
Published: 21st October 2014 by Edenbrooke Press

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land, a landmass in the South Atlantic Ocean undetectable to the outside world. When injured fighter pilot Connor Bradshaw’s parachute carries him from the war engulfing the 2025 world to her hidden land, his presence threatens her plans, her family, and the survival of her preindustrial society. As Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland, and Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated. Written like a historical, set like a scifi, and filled with romance, The Land Uncharted weaves adventure and love in this suspenseful story of a hidden land.

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Praise for The Land Uncharted

"Not only is Keely's writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.”
-Christina Yother, author of Reverie

“The Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.”
-Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled



Author Bio - Keely Brooke Keith

Keely Brooke Keith


Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores.




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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Release Blitz: The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons - Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before...

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The Collectors' Society (The Collectors' Society #1) by Heather Lyons
Published: 23rd October 2014

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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Excerpt

“Do you find my ability to converse lacking, Doctor?”

He chuckles softly, no doubt remembering how I wasn’t chatty with anyone, himself included, for the first month of my stay. To be fair, it is difficult to carry on an invigorating discussion when one is shaking so hard from withdrawals they fear they might shatter into thousands of painful pieces before a single word can be uttered. Plus, there was the whole bit of how once I did open up, I raved liked a lunatic about things no normal person could imagine being true.

“Certainly not,” he says to me. “But as I must stay at the Pleasance and you must go forth into the world, it will do you good to practice on somebody new.”

“Then send in one of the orderlies. Or one of the nurses. I’ll happily chat with a staff member.”

One of his bushy, out-of-control eyebrows lifts high into his forehead.

“There are people out there who are quite content being solitary,” I point out. “Who do not need to converse with anybody but themselves and their dogs.”

He sets his pen down. “What about cats?”

Rigor mortis sets in ever so briefly at this question.

“You father said you were quite fond of cats growing up. There was one in particular that you favored. Dinah, was it not?”

“I’m—” I have to clear my throat. “Lately, I wonder if perhaps I’m more of a dog person after all.”



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My Review


**I received an e-ARC of this book free in exchange for my honest review**

This book was not what I was expecting. I can't recall exactly what I was expecting but I do know it definitely wasn't something as good as this! I thought this would just be a nice, fun Alice in Wonderland retelling, and it was, but it was also so much more.

The idea behind The Collectors' Society is that as a book grows in popularity it takes on a life of its own and creates its own world. The characters in The Collectors' Society come from these different book-worlds (though some characters are just from our plain, old, non-book world), the main character, Alice, of course comes from Alice in Wonderland but there are also many other classic book characters reinvented in this story. I found the plot to be really unique and I loved how the author reinvented these well-known characters. There's a list in the back of the book that tells you which characters are from which books and I'd recommend reading up on them if you don't know their story (either before or after reading) -  it just adds an extra layer to the book!

The thing that's usually the make-or-break for me in a book is its characters. If a book has a fantastic story but I feel nothing for any of the characters I'm just not going to be able to love it. Whereas if a story has fantastic characters but a mediocre plot, it's not going to affect my enjoyment as much because most of my focus is on the characters; so characters are a big thing for me. I am very pleased to inform you all, that the characters in The Collectors' Society are all really fantastic. They were all unique and wonderful and complicated and real, and it didn't matter how minor a role a character played because Heather Lyons managed to give a clear image of each character in only a few lines. She didn't give away all their secrets of course,  but she gave just enough for you to start building your own idea of the character. It was really wonderfully done.

Another wonderful element to the book was the romance. It was steamy, romantic, loving and full of so much sexual tension I could feel it rising up from the pages (well, the kindle screen), and the chemistry between the characters was just amazing. It's not explicit, but it's definitely not all behind closed doors either, the romance was somewhere nicely in the middle - let's just say my cheeks were quite flushed!

If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland... read this book. If you're a fan of romance, adventure, and/or fantasy... read this book. If you're a fan of books... read this book, because there is just so much amazingness in this story and so many great spins and reinventions of the classic books you probably read as a child. It's just wonderful how everything comes together and I am in love with the way Heather Lyons has given old characters new life. This book was magical and I cannot wait for the next in the series!

4.5/5 Whales




Author Bio - Heather Lyons

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Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.



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Release Blitz: Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin - Teasers + Giveaway


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Here With Me (The Archer Brothers #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
Contemporary Romance
Published: 23rd October 2014

Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.

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Author Bio - Heidi McLaughlin

HeidiMHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above by Robert Polk Blog Tour - Tens List + Giveaway



Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above by Robert Polk
Published: 7th October 2014 by Adventures: Anaiah Press

Twelve-year-old Declan Parker was only born with one eye, but all he seems to have trouble seeing in proper perspective is himself. All he wants is for kids to see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall. To that end, he sets out to make money helping with his dad’s tree care business.

Unfortunately, when his dad lands in the hospital after a climbing accident, Declan’s surgery hopes are wrecked. His only hope remains in a neighbor girl and her uncle, a wounded army veteran. Can they help him save his dad’s business, or will Declan’s once-courageous drive turn into total despair?

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above is a well-crafted story about a strong, dauntless young man who redefines the value of self-reflection. Declan is a character you won’t be able to forget.

Welcome to your new favorite book...




Tens List

Thanks for having me on your blog! There are so many wonderful middle grade books that I’d like to recommend to readers, and still many more which I haven’t been able to read yet, that I almost don’t know where to begin with my guest post. Also, my tastes fluctuate based on my mood. And my mood is most often influenced by the seven little people who call me “Dad”. Nevertheless, the following list contains my current favorites, and I don’t envision a whole lot
of change within the top three. But remember, tomorrow this list may be different. For I’ll surely read more great books and I will continue to be inspired by my “littles”.

Top Ten Books for the Young and Old by Robert Polk

1. Bridge to Terabithia

2. Wonder

3. One Crazy Summer

4. Rules

5. Okay For Now

6. Extra Yarn

7. Beautiful Lie

8. Flipped

9. Sign of the Beaver

10. Where the Wild Things Are


Thanks for the awesome list! I can totally relate to your mood/taste fluctuation - I have at least 10 'favourite' books which I need to be in certain, different moods to read. (Also, a tip to anyone who hasn't read Bridge to Terabithia: have tissues handy!)



Author Bio - Robert Polk




Robert Polk lives in western Nebraska where he shares his love of books and the great outdoors with his wife and seven children. He is a former school counselor, business owner, and tree climbing arborist. Robert participates in his church and local community, currently serving on several non-profit boards. 




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The Collectors' Society
The Collectors' Society
(The Collectors' Society #1)
by Heather Lyons
Expected Publication: 23rd October 2014


From Goodreads:

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

*This is the first book in the Collectors' Society series.



Technically I already 'have' this book (I'm currently reading an e-ARC for review tomorrow) but I'm still really excited for its release and I want to buy myself a paperback copy ASAP! I am halfway through The Collectors' Society and I am really, really enjoying it!