I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Playing to Win


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

PLAYING TO WIN BY JACI BURTON
Play by Play Book 4
Paperback 320 Pages
Contemporary Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin Group
September 4th 2012

From Goodread:

            Someone’s going to have to let down their guard… 

Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases—on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn’t clean up his act, his career is over—so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He’s not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) Southern belle. As for Savannah, she’s not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she’s determined to give it her best shot.
            When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.

 To learn about Jaci Burton and her books please visit his website




Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (74)


Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads. It’s a way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what other are listening to. If you want to be a part of this head on over to her page and link up.

This week my tune is one my I can’t seem to get enough of. This song is very listened to track in my “On the Road” playlist.

Takin’ Pills by Pistol Annies

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along by doing the following. 
Grab your current read open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
Please no spoilers (make sure what you shared doesn’t give away too much! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR list of they like your teaser! 

“It’s a Speaking Stone. Lets you appear to people kind of like a hologram, you know. ‘Help me, Sophie-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.’
Pg 99, Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins

“Couldn’t have done with without you. You may be my lamer, less handsome, stupider side-kick, but you’re the wind beneath my damn wings.”

Chapter 19, Lengths by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt


Sunday, August 26, 2012

In My Mailbox (72)


In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, or they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started.


Brought:

Blood of the Wolf  (Wolves of Black River #1) by T.L. Shreffler {ebook}

               Jaime will never forgive Sirus, the Alpha who slaughtered her entire pack... too bad he also claims to be her lifemate, the one she is destined to love forever. For the last four years she has ran from from foster home to foster home, hiding from the deadly man who haunts her dreams, but Sirus is a wolf of his word. He will come for her. He will hunt her down and claim her as his mate at any cost. Jaime would rather die than surrender... but the chase is tiring, and his touch is pure fire....

A Modern Love Story (Warriors of the Rift #1) by Jolyn Palliata {ebook}

            After the death of her parents, Robbie Byrne is put in foster care where she meets her exact opposite, Luc Cintrone. Abandoned as a small child, Luc is a foul-mouthed rebel who takes it upon himself to be her defender, whether she likes it or not. As they grow up, they fumble through their different roles in each other's lives—family, confidants and then, ultimately, lovers. 
            Just as the couple is settling into their newfound relationship, they encounter a beautiful lawyer, Payten, who is immediately taken by Luc's rough edges. But he denies her, making him absolutely irresistible in her eyes. Payten is a woman who has grown accustomed in her privileged life in obtaining whatever she wants, no matter the cost or sacrifice. And she is fairly confident Luc will eventually see things her way…one way or another.

Connected  (Twists of Fate #2) Jolyn Palliata {ebook}

               A rock group’s rhythm guitarist, Rhys Alexander, dies and finds himself bound inside the body of a woman he’s never met. Can she help him move on to the other side, or will he end up finding the love of his life…after his has already ended?

Life On the Edge  by Jennifer Comeaux {ebook}

            Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.
            Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily's dreams of gold.



NetGalley:

The Chosen of Gaia  (Ashes Trilogy #2) by M. Mariz

            Fifteen-year-old Albert has just received an invitation that could transform his disappointing life completely – a chance to belong to an advanced and hidden society that only reveals itself to a select few.
            Immersed in a new world of mind-boggling technology and intriguing peers, Albert will overcome his fears enough to ignore a few suspicious details. But soon he'll find his family dragged to the center of a scandal that threatens to tear them apart and erase their very identities.

            A conflicted Albert must find the strength to challenge authority by relying on his newfound allies and gift for Revelation.

            Prepare for adventure, humor and suspense in this fast-paced tale of a “normal” family striving for their place in a “perfect” world.


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Hot Secrets  (Tall, Dark & Deadly #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

The Walker Brothers…

            Tall, dark, and deadly, these three brothers run Walker security. Each brother is unique in his methods and skills, but all share key similarities. They are passionate about those they love, relentless when fighting for a cause they believe in, and all believe that no case is too hard, no danger too dark. Dedication is what they deliver, results are their reward.

Book 1 HOT SECRETS:

            Royce Walker, a former FBI Agent, who’s opened a private security firm with his brothers, has always had the hots for the prim, proper Assistant District Attorney, but considered her hand’s off because of a family connection. However, when danger threatens Lauren, he isn’t willing to stand by and watch her get hurt. Now the passion for survival is only rivaled by the passion burning between them. And that passion, might just be the death of them both.

The Childe  (The Childe #1) by C.A. Kunz

Cat Colvin
Average Teenager?
Or Something Else Entirely?

            Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager. Sure, she’s taller than most girls, has a mane of fiery red hair that’s impossible to tame, is left-handed, and her eyes are two different colors, but that’s where the differences end... unless you include the minor detail of her slow transformation into a Childe. 
            High school can definitely be challenging, and for Cat it’s no different. This is especially true when she’s faced with the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. To make matters worse, her family is oddly dead set against Ryan, the boy she grows to like. But everyone has their secrets: is Ryan really what he seems to be, and what is Cat’s family not telling her?

            Childe is the first book in this coming-of-age fantasy series which follows Cat's life through the twists and turns toward finding out whom and what she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with mystery, biting humor, and the paranormal.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Archangel's Storm


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

ARCHANGEL’S STORM BY NALINI SINGH
Guild Hunter Book 5
Paperback 336 Pages
Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
September 4th 2012

From Goodread:

            With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.
            Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.
            With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

 

To learn about Nalini Singh and her books please visit his website




Monday, August 20, 2012

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (73)


Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads. It’s a way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what other are listening to. If you want to be a part of this head on over to her page and link up. 



This week my tune is one my best friend told me about and I love it. Even though my brother hates it. 

Want You Back by Cher Lloyd


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 

Anyone can play along by doing the following. Grab your current read open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 

Please no spoilers (make sure what you shared doesn’t give away too much! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR list of they like your teaser! 


The officer snapped his notebook closed just as Jane’s answering machine picked up. “Dynasty!” Grandma Olive’s voice screeched. “The pigs are on their way! It’s the fuzz!”
“Oh, Jesus,” Jane muttered.
“The heat is on! The cops came sniffing around here and I sent them after you. Not sure what they want, though. Call me back and let me know.”

Chapter 15. Lead Me On (Tumble Creek #3) by Victoria Dahl

Two sets of eyes swiveled her way, the question clear. Renee sighed. “It’s not that big of a deal. I accidentally fell in a vat of radioactive waste.”

33% on kindle. Croc and the Fox (Furry United Coalition #3) by Eve Langlais

Sunday, August 19, 2012

In My Mailbox (71)


In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, or they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started.


Brought:

Croc And The Fox  (Furry United Coalition #3) by Eve Langlais {ebook}

Warning: An ornery croc discovers he does have a pulse when a hot to trot fox decides to latch on, and never let go. Tongue in cheek humor, sizzling moments and a tiny, evil villain await.

            A career military man, Viktor lives for the next mission – and his collection of weapons -- but a raid on an experimental lab makes him an unwilling protector, mostly because he can’t peel Renee off. A cold blooded croc, he never intended to settle down, but he didn’t count on a foxy lady warming his heart.
            The world outside the laboratory was a big scary place. Unsure of how to deal with it, Renee latches onto the biggest, baddest, and sexiest, warrior around. Sharp toothed and with ice in his veins, Viktor’s violent side should have sent her running, but instead, she finds the courage to face her fears –and tame the lizard.

           When danger comes knocking, with the intention of turning her lizard into a high priced fashion accessory, will Renee embrace her foxy side and show a croc she’s got what it takes to be his mate?

            And will they finally vanquish the evil known as mastermind?

Jocelyn's Choice  by Ella Jade {ebook}

              Jocelyn Andrews, a shy, awkward, high school senior, has never even been on a date until she meets Alex Jordon, the older, more experienced brother of her best friend Evan. Jocelyn falls hard for the charming player and wants to explore all of the “firsts” that go along with young love. Alex has no problem showing her what she's been missing.
            Alex is captivated by young, innocent Jocelyn and to his own surprise, only has eyes for her. One night of careless passion leads to a life-altering dilemma. Alex must head back to Yale to finish an internship, having no idea what he's left behind. Jocelyn must decide what to do on her own, forcing her to grow up much faster than she anticipated.
          Reality sets in, decisions are made and Jocelyn has to live with her choices. Alex returns home to more than he ever bargained for. Young love has never been more complicated as they deal with a teen pregnancy, social barriers, and concerned family members. Life sometimes throws a curve ball, but the unexpected isn't always bad.
        
Taste Kate Evangelista {ebook}

               At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
            When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn't realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Nothing Less Than Love by Lilly LaRue {ebook}

               Jordan has always disapproved of Gwyneth. They can't be in the same room without arguing... or kissing. One night, they make love. It's only the next morning that she realizes he was delirious from fever and doesn't even remember their night together. He thinks she is involved with his brother, making Gwyneth wonder if Jordan will believe her when she tells him their night has lasting consequences.


My Heart for Yours  by Steph Campbell & Jolene B. Perry {ebook}

                          For Tobin and Delia, everything was always equal. 
            A bargain, a trade, a deal to be struck.

A kiss for a kiss.
Your shirt for mine.
Break my heart, I’ll break yours.


            Their disastrous split was no different. Tobin’s spent the last year pretending Delia never existed, and Delia’s been in D.C., pretending to be anything but the country girl that she is.

            When tragedy brings her back to town, Tobin and Delia realize that time apart hasn't healed either one of them. But staying away from each other is harder than they imagined, especially in small town Louisiana, and old feelings are quickly brought back to the surface.

          In the mess they’ve created, is there anything to be salvaged of a love that they both thought would be forever?
               
A Love Stolen  Ella Jade {ebook}

              Lila Crofton flees the town of Steeple when she learns of her boyfriend, Trevor Matheson's, betrayal. Trevor's one-night stand proves to be too much for the young lovers. Lila won't stick around and watch the only man she's ever loved move on with another. She heads to the city and starts over.
            Six years later, recently divorced Sheriff Trevor Matheson is picking up the pieces of his life. When his high school sweetheart, Lila, returns to Steeple to bury her father, Trevor sees it as a sign. He's getting over a failed marriage and she's grieving the loss of her dad. They need one another. The timing couldn't be more perfect.
           Can the two overcome the ghosts of their past and rekindle a love lost? Is there a second chance in their future, or is their stolen love gone forever?  

Won:


Red Dawn  (Crossroads Academy #2) by J.J. Bonds

              Katia’s done running. She’s fought fiercely to protect her identity, her secrets, and those she loves most. And while it hasn’t been easy, she’s finally making peace with the past. Katia’s even looking forward to the start of a new school year at Crossroads Academy.
            Too bad things at Crossroads are going to be a little different this fall. There are new rules, new students, and new relationships. Katia quickly discovers that navigating the halls of Crossroads is as complicated as ever.
          When a friend’s life is at stake, Katia will be forced to choose between the safety of Crossroads and an enemy more dangerous than any she’s ever faced. Will Katia have the courage to risk it all -including her life- for a friend?

For Review:
Dare To Act  by Leigh Ellwood

            When actor Parker Stigwood stuns the world by doing the unthinkable on live television, he's convinced his career is over. Disgusted by Hollywood hypocrisy, he pushes the pause button on his life and retreats to his parents' home in Dareville to contemplate his future. Little does he realize, various forces have plans for him on a personal and professional level.
            Luke Hall is excited to direct his first play for the local arts center, more so when the handsome movie star volunteers to watch rehearsals and offer pointers. Luke would rather watch Parker, but there are interruptions to his viewing pleasure. When a well-meaning friend seeking benefits places doubts in Luke's head about Parker's intentions, Luke wonders if their relationship will bomb at the box office.
            On and off-stage, Luke and Parker's passion sizzles. But will Parker dare to act on his feelings for Luke and leave his star behind for good?
  

Witch Born  (Witch Song #2) by Amber Argyle

               Brusenna thought it was finished. 
            She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong. 
            She was wrong. 
            Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands. 

            Some things can't be saved. 
            A new threat merges with the old as the Witches’ dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.

            Including her life. 
            Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?


NetGalley:

Shadows  (Ashes Trilogy #2) by Ilsa J. Bick



The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.

            Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
            But she was wrong.
            Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.
 

Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.



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Married by Mistake  by Abby Gaines

              Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiancé on live TV And that really was Memphis's most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead.
            Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn't prepared for the news that their "fake" wedding is legal and binding.
            While they secretly wait for an annulment, media and family scrutiny forces them to put on their best loving-couple act. Except by now, neither one is quite sure who's acting....

A Baby of Her Own  (Dundee Idaho #1) by Brenda Novak


What Delaney wants...
...is a baby.


            A baby of her own. At thirty, she longs to break away from the constraints of her life. Longs to reach out for her heart's desire. She'd prefer marriage as well, but there's no man in Dundee, Idaho, she's interested in marrying.
            Then one winter night she and her best friend, Rebecca, go to Boise with the intent of finding a man for Delaney. She meets a handsome stranger named Conner, a man who might be able to provide her with the solution she needs...and the baby she wants!

           Afterward she thinks she must have been out of her mind. But it's too late. Because she's pregnant. And because the stranger isn't a stranger anymore. Conner Armstrong is now living on a ranch just outside Dundee.