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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Gone for You by Jayne Frost | Interview, Spreading the Word & Gift Card/Novel Giveaways

Today I'm turning my blog over to Jayne Frost, who I interviewed about her novel "Gone for You," which is the FIRST novel in her 6th Street Bands Music Scene Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to be able to sign up for this blog stop's GIVEAWAY(s)!! [Blog Tour & Giveaway will run from April 28 - 30, 2015]



My Q&A with Jayne Frost :

Jess : What books did you enjoy reading while growing up?

Jayne : I loved the old Grimm’s Fairytales. My Nana had this set of very old books and I remember reading them when I was so young. They were definitely not the warm and fuzzy Disney fairytales!

Jess : Is "Gone for You" a part of a series? If so, how many books will there be in total?

Jayne : "Gone for You" is part of the 6th Street Bands Music Scene. I have eight books mapped out. But there may be more ;)

Jess : Which of your characters would you most & least like to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Jayne : I would LOVE to have dinner with Logan. He’s a sexy bad boy with a razor sharp wit. I would hate to share a meal with Abigail Tennison. She is a shallow, vain woman who has no appreciation for her daughter.

Jess : What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in a novel and why?

Jayne : The hardest scene to write, and possibly my favorite, is the scene at the ballet. It was a pivotal moment (shift) because you got to see how poorly Lily was treated by her parents. Or her mother. And I love Lily, so it was hard. It also gave Cameron the opportunity to step up.

Jess : Please describe Cameron, from "Gone for You," in one to two sentences.

Jayne : Cameron is a carefree, sexy rock star who loves the ladies. He has a heart of gold, which many will never see, and that makes him just the right blend of bad boy and boyfriend.

Jess : Out of all of the secondary characters within "Gone for You," do you have one or two favorites so far? If so, who are they and can you tell us why?

Jayne : Logan is my favorite. Sixth Street started with him. I’m kind of working backward at this point. He is complicated, damaged, and oh so worth the effort. But it will take one special person to bring that out.

Jess : What sparked the idea for "Gone for You?"

Jayne : "Gone for You" was a tiny spark from the original ember. The ember was Logan Cage and the book that will be the pinnacle of the series: "Caged." I wanted to give him a platform in several smaller books. Logan is too much to take all at once. You need to ease into him gradually.

Jess : In regards to "Gone for You," if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

Jayne : Probably the length. It started as a novella. For me THIS is a novella. I tend to be very wordy. Ask my editor. I would probably make it a little longer.

Jess : If "Gone for You" were to be made into a film, who do you see playing the main characters and why?

Jayne : Margot Robbie for Lily. She is classy and beautiful and tough.
A photo posted by @margotrobbie on

For Cameron, it’s tough. I have this picture in my mind of a young Brad Pitt. Thelma and Louise style. A good old country boy, who’s sexy as H@LL.

Jess : How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?

Jayne : I have written six books. They are all in different stages of editing, and three are part of another series planned for 2016. Right this very minute, I am IN LOVE with "Gone for You."

Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?

Jayne : I just finished the follow up for "Gone for You," featuring Sean from Caged. Logan’s story is in the back of my mind. Always. And I have another series, not related to rock stars at all, that will be debuting in 2016. That series is a realistic, gritty story.

Jess : Do you have any Mother’s Day plans this year or do you have a favorite Mother’s Day gift that you received and would like to share with us?

Jayne : I am spending the day with my daughter at our home in Vegas. The first Mother’s Day gift I received from my husband, a small gold heart with diamonds, was the best Mother’s Day gift ever. I was twenty-one at the time. It was a big thing.

Jess : What cartoon character best represents your personal philosophy?

Jayne : I love Winnie the Pooh. His philosophy on life is one I would aspire to. Unfortunately, I’m nowhere near that calm.

Jess : If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Jayne : "The Chick That Writes" OR "Don’t call me a writer, I’m just a chick that writes."

Jess : List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

Jayne :



About the Author :

I guess I should start with the basics. The backstory. I was born and raised in California. At this point I'm usually asked what it was like to grow up near the beach, but sadly, I don't know. I grew up in the "other" part of California. Perfect for an aspiring writer, if you ask me. You learn a lot about keeping yourself busy when the nearest house is a mile away...and it belongs to your grandparents.

By the time I went to high school, I started writing romance. Why? Because I met my very own prince charming. I wrote love poems in my journal about the green eyed boy that stole my heart. He promised, the way all storybook hero's do, to sweep me away and take me on a grand adventure. And he did.

We picked up and moved to the Lone Star State, and began the story of us. The best stories begin without a road map or a compass. Veering off course makes the journey so much more interesting.

True to form, just when I thought my life was set, we started the next adventure. I traded in my cowboy boots and followed my green eyed boy to Las Vegas. My home will always be in Texas, but my heart is anywhere that he is.

Writing is what I love. I might stray from the romance every now and then if that is what moves me...but I always come back. Some of the stories don't seem romantic at all. They are gritty stories about flawed characters that find each other and hold on tight. Those are the stories that speak to me. Because that's life. I believe that every story should have a happy ending- even the difficult ones.

You can find me at Twitter at @jaynefrostbooks, Facebook, Pinterest, and my website.




"Gone for You"
[6th Street Bands Music Scene Series, Book 1] by Jayne Frost

Author's Book Description :
    As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and I are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

    Until her…

    Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

    So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

    Simple, right?

    Note: You won't need to turn up the heat—Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.

This book is available to order on :

Amazon.com (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **



Book Teaser(s) :

GONE FOR YOU by Jayne Frost -- CONTEST HERE (from April 28 - 30, 2015) :: My blog tour post will be tomorrow...April 29th!
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, April 28, 2015



GONE FOR YOU by Jayne Frost -- CONTEST HERE (from April 28 - 30, 2015) :: My blog tour post will be tomorrow...April 29th!
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, April 28, 2015



GONE FOR YOU by Jayne Frost -- CONTEST HERE (from April 28 - 30, 2015) :: My blog tour post will be tomorrow...April 29th!
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, April 28, 2015



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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: The Christmas Dragon


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"The Christmas Dragon" [Among the Mythos Series, Book 2] by Ruthanne Reid

Boxes are not supposed to jump.



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Friday, April 24, 2015

Feasted On: Barefoot William Series, Book 4

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 320; Kindle Edition - File Size: 861 KB | Expected Release Date: April 28, 2015 | Publisher: Kensington Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"No One Like You" [Barefoot William Series, Book 4] by Kate Angell

Authors' Book Description : No One Expects a Curveball

For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.

Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, Beth has been running from her past and looking for a place to stay while saving up some money before she moves on again. Taking the job as Rylan's (Ry) personal assistant would be ideal, even though she's not a fan of dogs and he has four, so she accepts the position. During Beth's time working with Ry they grow close, very close, so close that she isn't sure she wants to leave when the time comes. However, is her feelings mutual? One of Ry's dogs will prove to her that they are...

I liked this novel. Really liked it! The characters were great! Ry's dogs, mostly Atlas, were AWESOME! And it has enough build up for you to look forward to the next book too. However, sad to say, it seemed that the plot's flow falters around the last 25% of the novel making it seem slower to get through. Therefore, while I liked how everything wrapped up it wasn't as interesting as the other parts of the novel.

Nevertheless, I found Ry and Beth to be an inseparable duo. They have a sweet quality about them that made this "backwards Cinderella romance" very enchanting. Great novel!

I recommend this to those looking for a contemporary romantic dramedy!!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : No Tan Lines (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : No Strings Attached (Book 2) | IndieBound (Paperback) : He's the One -- No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service (Book 2.5) | IndieBound (Paperback) : No Sunshine When She's Gone (Book 3) | IndieBound (Paperback) : No One Like You (Book 4) | Alibris (Paperback) : No Tan Lines (Book 1) | Alibris (Paperback) : No Strings Attached (Book 2) | Alibris (Paperback) : No Sunshine When She's Gone (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : No Tan Lines (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : No Strings Attached (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : No Sunshine When She's Gone (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : No One Like You (Book 4)


Author's Series Extras : NO TAN LINES - Excerpt | No Strings Attached - Excerpt | No Sunshine When She's Gone - Excerpt


Book Teaser(s) :
Halo thought he was the Lone Ranger. He chose a white horse, showed off. "Hi-ho, Silver." He faced the rear of the horse, his hands on its rump, and jumped--but not high enough. He didn't clear the wooden tail. Profanity colored the air. A guttural groan followed. He dropped like a bag of sand. Sucked air. Was down for the count. That count lasted several minutes. ~ within Chapter 5
"Atlas the Matchmaker." The big boy believed they belonged together. ~ within Chapter 11
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kate, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blog Tour - The Christmas Dragon & Strings by Ruthanne Reid | Guest Post, Spreading the Word, & Gift Card Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Ruthanne Reid, who is talking about her process to getting her characters just right.

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How I Make My Characters Believable

Oh, my friend, you are asking the wrong person (or possibly the very best one) to answer this. Why? Because I cut my literary teeth on Tolkien.

Understand, I love Tolkien. His adventures remain the primary spark that lit my burning love of stories (if you’ll pardon the painful metaphor). But there was a downside: Tolkien came from a grand and stolid tradition involving flat characters, grand histories, and almost no women.

I should make a pun about ashes here, but no.

It’s really no shock that when I started writing my first stories, I also had flat characters, grand histories, and no women. That doesn’t work so well in today’s reading market. So how did I break out of that? Anime and fanfiction.

Tolkien gave me vast landscapes and enormous palettes to create, but anime gave me something I desperately needed: fleshed-out characters. Japanese artists have really mastered Vonnegut’s principle that every character must want something, even if it’s just a glass of water. From anime, I learned how to weave cute characters, dark characters, and complicated souls into plots both mystical and mundane. Creating fanfiction, I finally grasped what might be the most important aspect of character development: you have to love your character.

Even if those characters are despicable, hideous, heinous and rude, on some level, you have to love them. That means understanding the way they work; what drives them; what they love and hate; and the reasons why they do the things they do.

This transformed my writing, and my characters went from cardboard cutouts to full-fledged people. Of course, there is a risk to that, too. Fully-fledged characters tend to have a mind of their own. I’ve learned part of making them believable is to listen to them - even if that means the story I had plotted out has to change. This can be panic-inducing, but it’s always worthwhile. "Strings" certainly didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but Grey and Barry refused to act the way I’d plotted. I’m deeply glad I listened to them. Their plotline was better than mine.

So, in sum: I love my characters,I listen to them, and before I know it, they blossom into three-dimensional people whose problems are worth solving.



"The Christmas Dragon"
[Among the Mythos Series, Book 2] by Ruthanne Reid

Author's Book Description :
    All Katie Lin wants is to get away from her family: from the magic, from the mayhem, and from the never-ending war.

    Unfortunately, someone has other ideas, and sends her a box. A box that jumps.

    The tiny fire hazard inside may just force her back to Wales – and right into the path of a dragon war, the Crow King, and at least one reluctant elf prince. Sometimes, running away just doesn’t work as planned.

My Book Review :
    4.5 out of 5 stars!! Katie--a descendant of "Merlin"--just wants a normal life. However, the "normal" life she carved out for herself will never be the same when her "Uncle Merlin" leaves a mystical white baby dragon on her front porch. After that, all bets are off...

    WOW!! I loved Katie and her quirky ways. This intense novella hooks you and keeps you asking for more! [READ MY FULL REVIEW & TWO TEASERS]

This book is available to order on :

Amazon.com (e-Book) | Amazon.com (Paperback) | IndieBound (Paperback) | Smashwords (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **



Book Excerpt : "The Christmas Dragon"

The box jumped.

Boxes are not supposed to jump. It’s a law somewhere, I think. Maybe Guyana. Apparently not in New Hampshire, because the box kept jumping.

I sat in my idling car, puffs of exhaust rising in my rear-view mirror, and stared at the uncoordinated box-dance. It was wrapped in the loveliest paper, too, which was a shame, because bouncing on my boot-scraper had roughened all the corners and torn one edge. The bow was big and purple and covered in small green somethings. I wasn’t close enough to make them out.

I didn’t want to be close enough to make them out.

If I didn’t do something soon, the neighbors would notice. The box probably hadn’t been jumping all morning, or there’d be a crowd. Or maybe it was already on YouTube. I didn’t know.

So much for a safe, boring life among the Ever-Dying. New Hampshire, you have failed me.

I turned off the car. Time to go see what invaded my (mostly) magic-free space.



"Strings"
[Among the Mythos Series, Book 3] by Ruthanne Reid

Author's Book Description :
    Need help? You probably shouldn’t ask Grey.

    He’s a runaway Fey prince in New York City. He feeds on love like some kind of vampire. He really doesn’t like people.

    Then a monster hunts him down in late-night Manhattan, ruins his vacation, and forces him into the fight of his life.

    He’s marked, and monsters are coming for him. Grey had no plans to be a hero, but that doesn’t matter. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you aren’t the one pulling the strings.

My Book Review :
    4 out of 5 stars! Three months after “The Christmas Dragon,” book 2 in this series, we now follow John Grey, who’s an Unseelie Fey Prince, while he sates his needs in Manhattan. However, at the end of one of his “sets” Grey finds himself hunted by something to be thought of as a myth with only the “help” of humans to save him. Will his “help” be enough?

    This interesting look into Grey, really sets the tone for the series and makes me wonder as to where all of these “personal stories” will lead. [READ MY FULL REVIEW & TWO TEASERS]

This book is available to order on :

Amazon.com (e-Book) | Amazon.com (Paperback) | IndieBound (Paperback) | Smashwords (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **


STRINGS by Among the Mythos, Fantasy Series by Ruthanne Reid -- REVIEW TO COME #teaser #meme-- CONTEST LINK TO COME SOON!
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Friday, April 17, 2015



About the Author :

Indie author Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon. She is the author of the series Among the Mythos, and believes good stories should be shared. Subscribe to her free email newsletter for free books and more at http://amongthemythos.com. You can connect with her on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ruthannereid), Facebook (http://facebook.com/mythos), or Tumblr (http://twitter.com/ruthannereid), where she looks at too many kittens and Avengers blogs.

Ruthanne’s love of magic, urban environments, and deep space birthed a strange world with undercurrents of faith, magic, villainy, and heroism (along with swords and lasers, on occasion). Among the Mythos showcases aliens with all-too-human feelings, entire societies on the decline due to greed and fear, protagonists who might actually be the bad guys (or vice-versa), and endings every bit as messy as the world that creates them.

Ruthanne knows from experience that endings are messy. No matter how exotic the setting, how many limbs the characters have or what (if any) genders, the problems and questions addressed by a good story are very real, and that’s why they have power. If she has a theme, it is this: keep fighting, and keep pushing toward hope, because the struggle is worth the finish-line.




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Monday, April 20, 2015

Idolizing In: Bachelor Auction Series, Book 4

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 364 KB | Expected Release Date: March 11, 2015 | Publisher: Tule Publishing : Montana Born Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"What a Bachelor Needs" [Bachelor Auction Series, Book 4] by Kelly Hunter

Authors' Book Description : Your date with ski champ Jett Casey is an either/or deal. He’ll take you off-piste for the ultimate Montana ski adventure or he’ll put his handyman skills at your disposal for a week.

Single mom Mardie Griffin has a run-down old house in need of fixing and a memory of Jett Casey as her savior in a time of great need. So when her friends acquire Jett’s services at a bachelor auction and send him to fix up her house, she sets aside her mistrust of men and lets him in.

Elite athlete Jett Casey has the world at his feet and no desire for stability. But there’s one woman he’s never forgotten and if he can help make her safe this time, maybe she’ll stop haunting him.

No strings, no sex, no commitment. Just fix things. Surely it can’t be that difficult…

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Mardie's life might not be grand, but it is her own and she's proud of what she has accomplished. However, when her friend purchases Jett for her as a handyman for a week from the local bachelor auction, Mardie freaks out a bit. It's not that Jett isn't nice, because he is. It's not that he can't help her, because her home can definitely use the work. It's just that Jett is the one man who she has had a longtime crush on, and is the man who saved her from that frightening night years ago. Now Mardie's scared to loose herself to the one man who could hurt her and possibly loose her heart too.

This fast-paced novel keeps its readers on their toes just as much as Jett keeps Mardie on hers. Fun, heartwarming, and intense it was entertaining from beginning to end. I loved Jett, Mardie, Claire, Jett & Mardie's relationship, and the plot! In truth, there isn't one bad thing I could say about the novel. They are a wonderful pair!

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a fast-paced contemporary romance!!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : Montana Born Bachelors!

Author's Series Extras :

Book Teaser(s) :
"You're telling me I'm a stubborn, sexy, ageless worker ant."
"And don't you forget it." ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kelly, then please check out her website.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Made the Grade: His Very Convenient Bride by Sophie Pembroke

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 253; Kindle Edition - File Size: 518 KB | Expected Release Date: January 1, 2015 | Publisher: Harlequin : Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"His Very Convenient Bride" by Sophie Pembroke

Authors' Book Description : From bridesmaid to bride…

Stepping into her sister’s place at the altar beside gorgeous tycoon Flynn Ashton, Helena Morrison hopes saying ”I do” and uniting their two families will finally be enough to redeem her in her father’s eyes. It has nothing to do with the fact that she’s always held a special place in her heart for her childhood crush!

But after embarking on the perfect Tuscan honeymoon, their paper marriage dissolves to ash as an unexpected heat flares between them… Dare Helena dream that this convenient marriage could be the fresh start they’ve both been searching for?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, Helena hopes stepping in as the bride, after her sister takes off, will finally redeem herself in her father eyes to make up for her big mistake. Flynn hopes that this marriage will grow into a lasting relationship while also proving to everyone that he is the right man to take over his family's business. Together they try to come to a mutual understanding and make the most out of their marriage. However, when Helena's past mistake comes to Flynn's attention will everything they've been working toward fall apart, or will it bring them closer?

In truth, I liked the beginning and the ending but everything in the middle was hard to enjoy. While I understand that Helena was ashamed of her past and still had issues over it, if she only spoke up to Flynn sooner about it and the big drama was over Flynn's father hurting their relationship or something along those lines, I might have liked this novel more. Overall, though, I did think Flynn & Helena were cute together.

I only recommend this novel to those who liked "A Groom Worth Waiting For" and/or are fans of Ms. Pembroke.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : A Groom Worth Waiting For | IndieBound (Paperback) : His Very Convenient Bride | Alibris (Paperback) : A Groom Worth Waiting For | Alibris (Paperback) : His Very Convenient Bride


Author's Novel Extras : A Marriage of Convenience?

Author's Series Extras : Covers and releases galore! | A New Perspective | Release day for Thea and Zeke! | Back to School

Book Teaser(s) :
It was possible, he thought with a smile, that losing his fiancée on his wedding day might turn out to be the best possible thing for his future. ~ within Chapter 6
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Sophie, then please check out her website.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Idolizing In: Backstage Pass Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: ??? KB | Expected Release Date: May 19, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Teen : Crush | Obtained: NetGalley

"Mia and the Bad Boy" [Backstage Pass Series, Book 2] by Lisa Burstein

Authors' Book Description : This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! When Mia gets the chance of a lifetime to associate with her all-time crush--Ryder--for a month, she leaps at the opportunity. However, as soon as she arrives all her hopes of it being a "fun" experience disappears in the wake Ryder's personality. Yet, as their "relationship" progresses they find that they have more in common than they thought. Though will their differences be too much for them to overcome or will they be able to work through whatever comes their way?

This was one sweet novel that pleasantly surprised me!! I was prepared for a good girl/bad boy singer romance but what surprised me was how these two seemly different people find common ground. Their common ground being how they are both being pushed into lives/careers that don’t make them happy. In addition, with this novel being a "teenage drama" about a bad boy singer I appreciated how tame it was. What I mean is that Ryder doesn't try to turn Mia into someone she wasn't while he also tries to be a decent man for her compared to what his reputation leads everyone to believe.

Together they are a powerful duo who seem to help each other turn into who they want and are meant to be. I thoroughly enjoyed Ryder and Mia's banter; it livens up every scene and is very entertaining. Also, I enjoyed reading about Mia's personal struggle between being the "good girl" she has always been forced to be, because of her mother's domineering ways, to being the girl she wants to be by seeing her come out of her shell and becoming more free in her personal rules while being less prudish. Overall, I loved this novel and cannot wait to see where this series will lead us next!

I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a fun YA singer romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : A Day in the Life of Lisa Burstein - March 2013

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Dear Cassie

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2014

Author's Novel Extras : #TeaserTuesday Mia & The Bad Boy

It's Miles today but in a month you'll meet Ryder <3 LB
Posted by The Backstage Pass series on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Author's Series Extras : NEW SERIES- NEW COVERS!


Book Teaser(s) :
"What does being a good boy mean to the Bad Boy?" ~ within Chapter 1
"So, I guess that means we have an open notebook policy now?"
"I have no secrets," Ryder said. He really meant it, mostly because the media knew everything, or at least almost everything.
"Okay," Mia said, "but if I find your plans to kill the other members of the band in your notebook, you can't get mad." ~ within Chapter 10

MIA AND THE BAD BOY by Lisa Burstein
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Saturday, April 18, 2015
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Lisa, then please check out her website. For more information about this series check out the The Backstage Pass Series Facebook Page.

Second Sentence Saturday: Kiss the Earl


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Kiss the Earl" [Geek Girls Series, Book 3] by Gina Lamm (aka Regina Cole)

The cape just wasn't right.



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Feasted On: Among the Mythos Series, Book 3

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 114; Kindle Edition - File Size: 3159 KB | Expected Release Date: July 21, 2014 | Publisher: 4th Floor Publication | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

"Strings" [Among the Mythos Series, Book 3] by Ruthanne Reid

Author's Book Description : Need help? You probably shouldn’t ask Grey.

He’s a runaway Fey prince in New York City. He feeds on love like some kind of vampire. He really doesn’t like people.

Then a monster hunts him down in late-night Manhattan, ruins his vacation, and forces him into the fight of his life.

He’s marked, and monsters are coming for him. Grey had no plans to be a hero, but that doesn’t matter. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you aren’t the one pulling the strings.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Three months after “The Christmas Dragon,” book 2 in this series, we now follow John Grey, who’s an Unseelie Fey Prince, while he sates his needs in Manhattan. However, at the end of one of his “sets” Grey finds himself hunted by something to be thought of as a myth with only the “help” of humans to save him. Will his “help” be enough?

This interesting look into Grey, really sets the tone for the series and makes me wonder as to where all of these “personal stories” will lead. It was a touching tale of a “guy” realizing there was more to life then what he knew and wishing to be a better “person” because of it. I liked Grey. I hope to see/read more of him (and Katie).

I definitely recommend this novella and series to those who read paranormal and fantasy books.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : The Sundered (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Christmas Dragon (Book 2) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Strings (Book 3) | Smashwords (e-Book) : The Sundered (Book 1) | Smashwords (e-Book) : The Christmas Dragon (Book 2) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Strings (Book 3)


My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2

Author's Novel Extras : Strings - Overview

Author's Series Extras : The Sundered - Overview | The Christmas Dragon - Overview | Notte - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
I’m distinctly male, yet fabulous. Take that, Orlando Bloom.
I’m just glad Tolkien finally broke the world of the stupid idea that elves are all tiny and annoying. Those are not elves. Those are sprites. It’s thanks to all that sprite nonsense that the word “elf” has become offensive. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'An Elf in Manhattan'

STRINGS by Among the Mythos, Fantasy Series by Ruthanne Reid -- REVIEW TO COME #teaser #meme-- CONTEST LINK TO COME SOON!
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Feasted On: Among the Mythos Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 80; Kindle Edition - File Size: 948 KB | Expected Release Date: February 13, 2014 | Publisher: 4th Floor Publication | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

"The Christmas Dragon" [Among the Mythos Series, Book 2] by Ruthanne Reid

Author's Book Description : All Katie Lin wants is to get away from her family: from the magic, from the mayhem, and from the never-ending war.

Unfortunately, someone has other ideas, and sends her a box. A box that jumps.

The tiny fire hazard inside may just force her back to Wales – and right into the path of a dragon war, the Crow King, and at least one reluctant elf prince. Sometimes, running away just doesn’t work as planned.

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! Katie--a descendant of "Merlin"--just wants a normal life. However, the "normal" life she carved out for herself will never be the same when her "Uncle Merlin" leaves a mystical white baby dragon on her front porch. After that, all bets are off...

WOW!! I loved Katie and her quirky ways. This intense novella hooks you and keeps you asking for more! I hope Katie will play a "main" role in this series as she is very entertaining and I'd love to see who she would choose if she got into a lasting relationship. I can't wait to see where this series will take us next. Oh, by the way, can I have a baby dragon too?

I highly recommend this novella and series to those who read paranormal and fantasy books.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : The Sundered (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Christmas Dragon (Book 2) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Strings (Book 3) | Smashwords (e-Book) : The Sundered (Book 1) | Smashwords (e-Book) : The Christmas Dragon (Book 2) | Smashwords (e-Book) : Strings (Book 3)


My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 3

Author's Novel Extras : The Christmas Dragon - Overview

Author's Series Extras : The Sundered - Overview | Strings - Overview | Notte - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
Mother-of-pearl scales gleamed all over its ridiculously long, thin neck. The wee round-bellied body rested on tiny curved legs and a tail long enough to balance that neck. Its head was a drawn-out diamond, long and narrow, and its snout was so thin that the flare of its nostrils only emphasized the entire disproportionate cuteness of the whole package.
I’d never seen anything so adorable in my life.
Without warning, he chirped at me and jumped off the counter.
I caught him just before he hit the floor. He felt fragile like a frog — warm and soft with loose, smooth skin over teeny tiny bones. I stroked his sides and his tiny little legs, winced at the sharpness of his adorable little claws, and discovered an outline of wings still hidden under the skin of his ridged back.
He looked at me warmly, leaned into my touch, and then puked fire all over my boots. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'The Box'
He threw his hands in the air. “You’re mad. Completely, utterly, batshitterly mad.”
“Batshitterly?” Well, that did it. Here we were, entangled in literal draconian conspiracies, and now Grey was making up words. I started to giggle.
“This isn’t funny!” Grey stared up at me from the floor.
“It’s laugh or cry, right?” I couldn’t stop giggling. Batshitterly was going on my vocabulary list.
“Or rage and rant. I prefer ranting,” said Grey.
“Well, I prefer laughing. So! Are we going, or not? Come on. It’s like you’ve never been on an adventure before.” ~ within Chapter 2 - titled 'The Starling'
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Ruthanne, then please check out her website.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: My Highland Lover


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"My Highland Lover" [Highland Heart Series, Book 1] by Maeve Greyson

The bare-chested man raised a tensed arm against the glare.



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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blog Tour - The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes | Spreading the Word & a Book Bundle with Personalized Literary Embosser Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Grace Burrowes author of "The Duke's Disaster," which happens to be the PREQUEL in her True Gentlemen Series!!

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"The Duke's Disaster"
[True Gentlemen Series, Book 0.5] by Grace Burrowes

Author's Book Description :
    Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he’s infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea’s mature, sensible and even rather attractive—what could possibly go wrong?

    As a lady fallen on hard times, Thea doesn’t expect tender sentiments from His Grace, but she does wish Noah had courted her trust, lest her past turn their hastily arranged marriage into a life of shared regrets. Is His Grace courting a convenient wife, or a ducal disaster?

Book Series Links :

Amazon (e-Book) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes and Noble (Paperback & e-Book) | IndieBound (Paperback)

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About the Author :

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include "The Heir," "The Soldier," "Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal," "Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish," and "Lady Eve's Indiscretion." "The Heir" was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, "The Soldier" was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, "Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish" won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, "Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight" was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and "The Bridegroom Wore Plaid" was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight | The Duke's Disaster

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesdays: Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight



Book Excerpt :

The Duke and Duchess are having a rocky start to their marriage, also to their day…

“Your tea, Duchess.”

Noah had woken up beside his wife—again, despite all plans to the contrary—creating another first for him. Thea had risen several times during the night to tend to herself. He hadn’t realized that monthly courses caused a woman’s rest to be interrupted.

Crashingly bad planning, for a lady’s sleep to be disturbed when she most needed rest.

“You’re not about to steal my tea?” Thea held out the cup, her gaze shy as she sat propped against the headboard.

“Where’s the fun in stealing what’s freely offered?” Noah settled in beside her and filched a bite of her cinnamon toast. “Would you rather have chocolate this morning?”

“Because?”

“You’re”— Noah waved a hand in the direction of her middle—“indisposed.”

“I am not indisposed.” Thea set her teacup down with a little clink. “The discomfort has passed, as it always does. You needn’t be concerned.”

“I am not concerned, Thea.” Not greatly concerned, now that she’d stopped ordering him to go away and was ready for a proper spat. “I am attempting in my bumbling way to dote. You will allow it.”

Drat. He’d given another order.

“You couldn’t bumble if one gave you written instructions, Anselm,” Thea said, looking a little less peaked for having run up her flags. “That was my toast you appropriated.”

“Appropriation is what happens when one’s wife can’t appreciate a little doting. You’re being stingy with the tea, just as you were stingy with the covers. How long does this indisposition last?”

Her chin came up. “I am the Duchess of Anselm. I am not stingy with anything, but you are a very presuming husband.”

“Doting.” Noah took Thea’s free hand to kiss her knuckles— lest she mistake his point. “Also in need of my duchess’s guidance on this one marital matter.”

“This is so personal.” Thea’s gaze was on their joined hands— for Noah would not have her haring off in a fit of mortification. “I didn’t think you’d be a personal sort of husband. You were supposed to appear in my dressing-room doorway a few nights a month, silently take a few marital liberties, and then leave me in peace. We’d trade sections of the Times over breakfast the next morning.”

“Prosaic.” Boring and exactly what Noah himself had envisioned. “Hard to see any doting going on, though.”

“Husband?” Thea’s tone was hesitant. “Thank you, for keeping me company last night. I would not have known how to ask.”

“I suppose that’s the definition of doting.” Noah lingered at the cart to assemble a plate. “It’s the little things you can’t bring yourself to ask for, that an attentive spouse will enjoy providing to you. Bacon or ham?”

“A little of both, please.”

“Feeling carnivorous?”

“I’m a trifle indisposed. I need the sustenance.”

Noah piled both ham and bacon on Thea’s plate, and stole better than half of it, because he needed the sustenance too.



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