Monday, September 15, 2014

Reticulum Blog Tour + Giveaway

Title: Reticulum
Author: Marta Salek
Genre: NA Fantasy
Release Date: September 2014
Matthew’s life has one focus: magic. Pleasure, for him, is achieving the unachievable, learning that which has never been understood before. The Reticulum is a dream come true—a magic that promises him everything. With it whispering in his mind, what other companion does he need?
Andrea is determined to take on the world and her talent is such that she might just succeed. But an apprenticeship with an unscrupulous wizard shatters her self-confidence, leaving her friendless and alone.
When the two meet, they learn that isolation is not inevitable, after all. That being able to break the laws of the universe means little if there’s no one to break them for. That when you allow yourself to need, and trust, and love, you can take on anything.
Marta lives out in the hills of Australia with her partner and assorted fluffy roosters, chickens, sheep, alpacas and one dog (who may or may not have fleas). When not working or writing, she passes the time trying to grow vegetables and running over irrigation pipe with her ride-on mower. In a past life, she spent her days programming (or screaming at) computers and writing lengthy emails which were reported to give her managers headaches. Now, she’s more gainfully occupied as a nurse, which legitimately allows her to amuse herself by asking people about their bowel habits.
9/11 Musings in Fiction Alley : Review and Giveaway
9/12 For Whom the Books Toll : Spotlight & Giveaway
9/13 : Mythical Books: Interview & Giveaway
9/14 MichaelSciFan : Interview & Giveaway
9/15 : Cheryl’s Book Nook: Spotlight & Giveaway
9/16 WS Mamma Readers Nook : Interview & Giveaway
9/17 Deal Sharing Aunt : Spotlight & Giveaway
9/18: Deborah Jay: Spotlight & giveaway
9/20 Daniel Is Reading: Review, Interview, and Giveaway
9/23 Coffee and Characters: Interview and Giveaway
9/24: Cheryl’s Book Nook: Spotlight & Giveaway
9/25 Dalene’s book Reviews : Review & Giveaway
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lily Love is an awesome book

Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble. Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they're plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily. After years of blame and overwhelming despair, Caroline's chance encounter with a stranger at University Hospital opens her eyes to the prospect of accepting new support, new loves, and new dreams.

From the acclaimed author of "The Final Piece" comes a story of a family broken and unable to cope with a daughter's disability. And a mother who finds that letting go of the life she imagined may be the only way to get to the life she was meant for.

My Review

Lily Love is an awesome book. The author drew me into Caroline and Lily's world instantly from the first page. I like Caroline thought that her ex-husband, Peter was going to be a jerk. He turned out to still be a loving husband and father. He was kind to both Caroline and Lily. Which made me like him as well. Plus what I really liked about this book is that the author did not dwell much on the battle between Caroline and Peter for custody of Lily. The author just wrote the story as two parents trying to do the best they can for their child. So any parent who has a sick child could relate to Caroline and Peter.

Lily is such a cutie. I like that her disability was not portrayed as a weakness but as something that made her unique and gave her lots of personality. I would have liked to have seen her featured a little more. The budding romance for Caroline was a nice one. She is human and that human interaction with Tate was nice. There was one point where I was not sure how the story was going to go with Tate as he was wildly professing his love for Caroline and he seemed to come on really strong but it turned out just fine. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Savaged Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Title:  Savaged

Author:  Nacole Stayton

Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date:  September 12, 2014

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Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.




The twist of a knife shredded Niko Kincaid’s world all around him, leaving him with two choices—accept his fate and die, or fight to live.

He chose to fight, but the aftermath became a daily reminder, carved into his once flawless flesh.

Despite years of self-imposed solitude, Niko hungers for companionship and suffers from an aching loneliness that the darkness cannot satisfy. He temporarily soothes his pain with women, hired women, whose only purpose is to service him.  Easy.

He didn’t expect a complication like Cambree Evans, but desperation corrupts even the most innocent.

When emotions blend with lust, will Cambree's softness and ability to look past Niko's flaws be the one thing that releases him from his own personal hell?

Will the monster in the dark prove that his savaged heart is worth saving?





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About the Author

Nacole Stayton is the Amazon Bestselling author of The Upside of Letting Go, as well as other new adult and contemporary romance titles, including A Graceful Mess and In the Lyrics. She is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State where she spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life, like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Vampire Diaries.

Connect with the Author

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Six Fun Facts about character Niko
Niko has a tortured soul.

His favorite hobby was playing basketball.

He has a passion for cars.

He loves sex.

Growing up, he wanted to be just like his father. 

A Hundred Pieces of Me

Book Summary
From the bestselling author of Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts comes a delightful, compulsively readable novel about second chances and the magic of letting go... Reeling from her recent divorce, Gina Bellamy suddenly finds herself figuring out how to live on her own. Determined to make a fresh start—with her beloved rescue greyhound by her side—Gina knows drastic measures are in order.

First up: throwing away all her possessions except for the one hundred things that mean the most to her. But what items are worth saving? Letters from the only man she’s ever loved? A keepsake of the father she never knew? Or a blue glass vase that perfectly captures the light?

As she lets go of the past, Gina begins to come to terms with what has happened in her life and discovers that seizing the day is sometimes the only thing to do. And when one decides to do just that...magic happens.

Includes an Author Q & A

My Review

Every once in a while I need a break from my typical reading of serial killers. So I decided to check out this book. While it was not bad it was just not as light hearted as I thought or hoped it would be. It was kind of sad in a depressing way. So unless you are in the right mood to read this type of book you might want to hold off until than. While I liked Gina. I liked the Gina of the present and not the past. It was the past that I found that I really disliked. It was the sad parts. Thus part of the reason that I liked the present. The other reason was that I found the "new" Gina to be more independent and I formed a better connection with her. However as much as I liked Gina and did skip parts midway of the past, this story still did not draw me in fully and I felt the story to be dry and slow moving. I just did not feel the magic happen.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Desire

Book Summary
For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts--and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something's got to give. But they both hope it's not their marriage.

Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart.

Review by Blanche Mancuso.

This is the third book in the Restoration series. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. Which is a good thing as this is the first book that I have read by these authors. After reading this book I will check out more books by these authors. I thought they did a good job of writing this book together. I could not tell where one left off and the next one picked up the story again.

The characters in this book were all so exciting as they continued their search for answers for themselves and the children of Africa. Their belief in an Almighty God became stronger with each trial they went through and endured. I just loved the story and the setting of Africa. It was so lovely. If you want a taste of Africa then you will want to read this book. I could not quit reading this book until I had finished the very last page.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mating for Life

With pitch-perfect honesty and heartwarming humor, this captivating debut explores marriage, motherhood, identity, and what it takes to love someone—family members, friends, or spouses—for life.

Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters—each by a different father—largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning everything she’s ever stood for if she goes through with it.

Meanwhile, Helen’s youngest daughter, Liane, is in the heady early days of a relationship with her soul mate. But he has an ex-wife and two kids, and her new role as a “step-something” doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Ilsa, an artist, has put her bohemian past behind her and is fervently hoping her second marriage will stick. Yet her world feels like it is slowly shrinking, and her painting is suffering as a result—and she realizes she may need to break free again, even if it means disrupting the lives of her two young children. And then there’s Fiona, the eldest sister, who has worked tirelessly to make her world pristine, yet who still doesn’t feel at peace. When she discovers her husband has been harboring a huge secret, Fiona loses her tenuous grip on happiness and is forced to face some truths about herself that she’d rather keep buried.

Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her daughters, and the women surrounding them, “each new chapter brings a wise and tender look at single life, dating rituals, and marital unease” (New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Close). In this “absolute feat of storytelling” (bestselling author Grace O'Connell), Marissa Stapley celebrates the many roles modern women play, and shows that even though happy endings aren’t one-size-fits-all, some loves really can last for life.

My Review

The start of this book was good and I thought I was really going to enjoy reading it. Sadly, I got about half way and put the book down. I thought about going back to the book and starting reading it again but realized that I had no real interest in reading anymore. The three sisters and their mother, Helen did not captivate me with their lives. The only one that kind of did was Liane. I found the rest of them drab. Plus, instead of letting me savor the three sister's stories, the author felt the need to rush the story along with lots of details and secondary characters and voices. If the author had slowed the story down some and did not interject all of the other voices, this book would have been way better. I did see promise in it.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Heads Up Philosophy

The second installment in DK's new Heads Up series, Heads Up Philosophy addresses the issues and theories that are most intriguing and relevant to the curious minds of teens — making a difficult topic easier to comprehend. Questions such as "What is knowledge?" "What is reality?" "What is the mind?" and "What's right and wrong?" are all addressed, offering big ideas, simply explained. Written and designed specifically for the teen market, Heads Up Philosophy combines challenging but clear text with cool graphic illustrations that clarify and explain theories and arguments.

Biography spreads cover the famous quotes of great philosophers including Socrates, Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, Epicurus, Plato, and Thomas Aquinas, while major theories and debates including epistemology, metaphysics, and ideologies are also explained. Heads Up Philosophy also includes case study panels, diagrams, and real world spreads to show how philosophical theories relate to everyday life.

Making a difficult subject more approachable, Heads Up Philosophy is designed to provoke, entertain, and stimulate young minds.

My Review

If this book had not been sent to me for a chance to review than I never would have purchased a copy myself. I have not been that interested or given much thought on the topic of this book "Philosophy". However after reading this book, I have a better understanding of just how important philosophy plays a role in our lives. Having no knowledge of this topic I thought this book was very well written. It was written with lots of great facts and information. Yet at a level that someone like me can understand without feeling like this book was written over my head. I found the information in this book to be very informative and interesting. All of the references were good as well. Check this book out if you are interested in philosophy.