Tuesday 30 April 2019

CBY Easter Trivia Contest

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BOOK REVIEW: Ethereal by Addison Moore

(Celestra Series Book 1)
Author: Addison Moore
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking. When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds. Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but his reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own. Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in. Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels want her dead, but Skyla is nowhere near done living—and she's not going down without a fight. It's on.

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16-year-old Skyla Messenger and her family just moved to town for a new start, but, unbeknownst to her, the only thing that awaits her is danger and death. Her new house happens to be haunted by a dead girl named Chloe, whose life Skyla soon starts to emulate, starting with becoming best friends with Chloe's best friend, Brielle, and then engaging in a useless love triangle with the same cousins Chloe had a love triangle with, Logan and Gage. On top of all the excitement in her life, Skyla has a major secret: she can read minds. And she isn't the only special person in town. Her new love interest, Logan, can also read minds. It turns out there's a lot more to Skyla than meets the eye. This sounds like an interesting story, I know. Unfortunately, I didn't care enough about the character or her story to finish the book.

I will not shy away from the fact that I did not like this book. There was a complete lack of structure; characters bahaving in certain manner without explanation made for an inconsistence story. The characters actions did not inform the plot, so I ended up not caring for Skyla or her story. There was no depth to her character whatsoever. About three chapters in, I predicted this was not going to be the book for me, and I was more than right. I got so frustrated with the illogical, clumsy plot and unlikeable characters that I stopped halfway through. While I hadn't read the reviews prior to delving into the story, I did see the high ratings, thus I anticipated a good read. Obviously, I was wrong, which was disappointing as it had all the ingredients to be a good story; it just wasn't executed well.

As I stated, this could have been a good book, but there was just far too much focus on the sexual attraction between Skyla and Logan and Skyla and Gage that the plot suffered greatly.


Award: Bronze
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars
Source: own copy

Monday 29 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Come A Little Closer by Chrissy Brown

Come A Little Closer
(Georgia Boys #2)
Author: Chrissy Brown
Publication Date: January 13th, 2019
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Sophie was the love of my life. Okay, we were twelve the last time I saw her but still. I’ve tried everything to move on—whiskey, women, weed. Nothing seemed to fill the void. Now, ten years later, she shows up out of the blue. The problem, I’m not the boy she used to know. I have a reputation that could ruin everything. Still, I have to try. Even if nothing happens between us, having Sophie in my life as a friend is better than not having her at all.Come A Little Closer is the second installment in the Georgia Boys Series. It can be read as a standalone novel.

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Friday 26 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O’Gorman

The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Publication Date: April 25th, 2019
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Seventeen-year-old Sadie is tired of being a good girl.

Her Career Aptitude Test results say she’s ideally suited for a career in the clergy (aka a nun), and on top of that, she receives yet another rejection. An aspiring dancer/choreographer, Sadie dreams of being featured on Dancer’s Edge—but they say she’s too sweet, needs more life experience. Her BFF, Kyle, and her oldest friend, 79-year-old Betty, agree: Sadie is in desperate need of a life makeover.

But she’ll need a coach.

Sadie doesn’t lie, cheat or steal–heck she doesn’t even curse (part of the reason she hasn’t checked off anything on her “Carpe Diem List”). Sadie doesn’t know the first thing about being bad. But Kyle’s twin brother, Colton, does. And he’s willing to teach Sadie on one condition: she has to do everything he says for the next month.

A dazzling first kiss, two smokin’ hot brothers and a bet that changes everything. In this enemies-to-more YA romance, Sadie learns:

Breaking the rules can be fun—especially when it leads to happily-ever-after.

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Cover Reveal - Pawsitively Poisonous by Melissa Erin Jackson

Pawsitively Poisonous
Author: Melissa Erin Jackson
Publication Date: June 10th, 2019
Genre: Adult Cozy Mystery

Book Description:
Every town has its secrets, but no one has a secret like hers.

Amber Blackwood, lifelong resident of Edgehill, Oregon, has earned a reputation for being a semi-reclusive odd duck. Her store, The Quirky Whisker, is full of curiosities, from extremely potent sleepy teas and ever-burning candles to kids’ toys that seem to run endlessly without the aid of batteries. The people of Edgehill think of the Quirky Whisker as an integral part of their feline-obsessed town, but most give Amber herself a wide berth. Amber prefers it that way; it keeps her secret safe. But that secret is thrown into jeopardy when Amber’s friend Melanie is found dead, a vial of headache tonic from Amber’s store clutched in her hand.

Edgehill’s newest police chief has had it out for Amber since he arrived three years before. He can’t possibly know she’s a witch, but his suspicions about her odd store and even odder behavior have shot her to the top of his suspect list. When the Edgehill rumor mill finds out Melanie was poisoned, it’s not only the police chief who looks at Amber differently. Determined to both find justice for her friend and to clear her own name, Amber must use her unique gifts to help track down Melanie’s real killer. A quest that threatens much more than her secret …

About the Author
Melissa has had a love of stories for as long as she can remember, but only started penning her own during her freshman year of college. She majored in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UCDavis. Yet, while she was neck-deep in organic chemistry and physics, she kept finding herself writing stories in the back of the classroom about fairies and trolls and magic. She finished her degree, but it never captured her heart the way writing did.

Now she owns her own dog walking business (that's sort of wildlife related, right?) by day ... and afternoon and night ... and writes whenever she gets a spare moment. The Microsoft Word app is a gift from the gods!

She alternates mostly between fantasy and mystery (often with a paranormal twist). All her books have some element of "other" to them ... witches, ghosts, UFOs. There's no better way to escape the real world than getting lost in a fictional one.

She lives in Northern California with her very patient boyfriend and way too many pets.

The Forgotten Child is her debut, the first in a paranormal mystery series. Her next book, Pawsitively Poisonous, releases June 10th, 2019.

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Monday 22 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Rookie by Abigail Owen

The Rookie
(ire’s Edge #2)
Author: Abigail Owen
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2019
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Playing with dragons will only get your burned.

To escape exile, Aidan Paytah has had to prove himself worthy. Every second of every damn day. He fought with everything he had to earn his precarious place on the Huracán team of dragon shifter enforcers. He can’t fail or afford distractions, no matter how temptingly sweet. Total loyalty to the clans and dedication to his team is the only way.

Sera Morrison lost her parents and her husband in short order, leaving her a single mother running her family winery alone. Nothing could ever have prepared her for the discovery that she’s a destined dragon mate. But once she finds out, there’s only one man she wants—the one who walks away.

However, the Alliance Council has its own agenda. They want to use her as a political pawn and force a mating that could ultimately kill her to save the High King. Aidan has no choice but to kidnap her, even if it means their close proximity reinforces their own mating bond. And mating with him could end up being a far worse fate for Sera…

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Saturday 20 April 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William A.E. Ford

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine
Author: William A.E. Ford
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: January 16th, 2019

Book Description:
With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible!

Join Timothy on a magical rhyming adventure as he skips through time and pranks with pirates, gets daring with dragons, and even teases a T-Rex!

“It’s Monday. Hip hip hooray! Where shall we travel in time today?

With Timothy Mean, every day is a rhyme in time!

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This was an enjoyable read, full of imagination, creativity and adventure. My favourite thing about the book is the illustrations. They are so detailed and engaging. The rhyming scheme was well placed, and it drew my attention to the story even more.

What a great imagination young Timothy had. I think this book will inspire kids to explore their minds and broaded their imagination. I'm not certain what exactly Timothy learned on his adventures, but I can surely say he had fun. The different time periods could prompt kids to ask questions, thus inviting a discussion between kids and their parents.

A very good read for kids, but it can also be enjoyed by the whole family.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Faithful by Frankie Love

(The Mountain Man’s Babies, #10)
Author: Frankie Love
Publication Date: April 18th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
The moment I saw her I knew.

Knew that we would have a future, a family, a forever.
Her father says she’s too young, too naive, too innocent.
But she is more than he knows.
She’s the love of my goddamn life.

Then she’s gone in the blink of an eye.

But this mountain was made for miracles, and I’m fighting for ours.
I have faith in the impossible.
Faith in us.

And nothing will stop me from being the man she needs.

Dear Reader,

FAITHFUL is the epic conclusion to the most romantic series to ever land on your Kindle.
I didn’t hold back with this one.
Suspense. Secrets. Steam.
But most of all, babies.
I promise you, Jonah is the baby-daddy of the year.
Get ready, sweetheart…
This trip to Miracle Mountain is gonna be one heck of a ride!

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Monday 15 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Three Star Island by Kat Caulberg

Three Star Island
Author: Kat Caulberg
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: April 10th, 2019
Genre: Adult Historical Romance / Time-Travel

Book Description:
Stepping through a time portal into 1716, historian Penny Saunders didn’t expect to get stranded in the past. Five years later, now a pariah to the townsfolk of Three Star Island, she endures solitude and ridicule until a hurricane tosses a dangerous castaway onto her shores.

William Payne’s history precedes him. Pirate, outlaw, and ruthless captain, he’s a monster among men. . . or so it seems. Desperately seeking redemption for his blood-soaked past, he upends Penny’s world by showing her a passion she’s never experienced.

But time is closing in on them; the governor of the Carolinas has rescinded his pirates’ pardon, the locals are growing suspicious of Penny’s new houseguest, and she can’t keep her secrets from William forever. When everything falls apart, she must use both wits and weapons against lawmen and pirates alike to save the one man who would tear down the world for her.

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Thursday 11 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Honeymooner by Melanie Summers

The Honeymooner
(Paradise Bay #1)
Author: Melanie Summers 
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Genre: Adult Comedy / Romance

Book Description:
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!   The Honeymooner is a must read…I didn’t want this book to end. Get it today and start laughing. ~ Jilleen,

A must read! More than 5 stars! Melanie Summers could write a menu and I’d read it… I love her stories, they are all heart and soul. All I can say is I want to move to Paradise Bay! ~Lori Zenobia, Goodreads Reviewer

From bestselling author Melanie Summers comes the wickedly funny, ridiculously romantic spinoff of her highly-acclaimed Crown Jewels Series…

Twenty-eight-year-old workaholic Libby Dewitt lives by the motto ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’ She’s finally about to start her dream life with her steady-as-a-rock fiancé, Richard Tomy. Together, they’re the perfect power couple—right down to the fact that he’s agreed to use their honeymoon to help further her career in mergers and acquisitions. But ten minutes before the wedding, her dreams dissolve via text message.

Devastated and humiliated, Libby escapes to Paradise Bay alone. She’s got two goals for her trip: to devise a plan to get Richard back and to convince resort owner Harrison Banks to sell his property to her company. Unfortunately, when she arrives, she discovers that tall, dark, and built, Harrison is not about to make anything easy for her.

Instead, he derails her plans while at the same time, bringing out a side of Libby she’s kept carefully tucked away—a carefree, adrenaline junkie. After a few days together, Harrison’s got her wondering if the life she always wanted was meant for some other girl. Suddenly, Libby must decide which version of herself she wants to be.

Will she go back to her comfortable, safe life, or risk everything to be with the only man who’s ever made her feel truly alive?

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Monday 8 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Game Changer by Jaqueline Snowe

The Game Changer
Author: Jaqueline Snowe
Release Date: April 2nd 2019
Publisher: Finch Books
Genre: NA Romance

Book Description:
Pretending to date your best friend is always a good idea…right? Wrong.

Greta Aske has a lot on her mind, and a string of bad dates has her giving up on men, at least for the time being. Her life contains a little too much drama, meaning she needs a break and to save money and get good grades. The perfect solution presents itself—pretend to date the campus playboy. That’ll keep the guys away for sure.

Aaron Hill is desperate to save his baseball career because, with his dad fighting cancer, he damn well knows he can’t ask for a single penny from his parents. Baseball is his past, present and future, so when a scandal threatens his chance in the MLB, he turns to his best friend for help. A fake relationship will keep him out of trouble. It’s perfect, really. Greta’s taking a break from dating and Aaron needs to focus on training.

Nothing could go wrong…as long as neither falls for the other. But when lines are crossed, what’s real and fake blurs and the two are forced to face their fears. Could Greta be the game changer Aaron needs?

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of underage characters drinking and scenes of violence. There is also a family member with cancer.

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Saturday 6 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Venomous Heart by Mary Auclair

Venomous Heart
(Eok Warrior, #3)
Author: Mary Auclair
Publication Date: April 4th, 2019
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Science Fiction

Book Description:
After drowning his soul in blood, can this alien warrior be saved?

As the only doctor on Aveyn, Ava works day and night for the people she considers hers. Only… she’s not really one of them, is she? She’s a hybrid, a highly illegal creature created by Trade Minister Knut for his personal enjoyment. And she risks a fate worse than death if her existence is ever discovered by Prime Councilor Aav, the most powerful Matriarch in the Ring.

When a tall, arrogant, sapphire blue alien comes to Aveyn, it’s not long before headstrong Ava gets in trouble with him – the new Eok warrior in charge.

Arlen wants nothing to do with his new assignment on Aveyn. All he wants is to return to the violence at the Frontier and drown his broken heart in bloodshed. But he made a deal with his brother, the Commander-in Chief-of the Eok armies: a year of peace for a year of combat. So, Arlen comes to Aveyn fully intent on ruling all those who live there with an iron fist…

… all except a troublesome, gorgeous female whose purple eyes haunt his dreams. When the Mating Venom pushes him to the edge of madness, can Arlen learn to trust in his heart again, or is his soul lost to the bloodlust?

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Tuesday 2 April 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - My One by Kimberly Knight

My One
(Halo #4)
Author: Kimberly Knight
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
The girl on the cruise ship was the one he’d always wanted …

The guy on the cruise ship was her Prince Charming …

After suffering a miscarriage, Avery and Nicole were ready to get married and put the pieces of their relationship back together again. They jetted off to Vegas to get hitched and had a dream come true honeymoon.

But getting married in Vegas was just the beginning of their journey.

When an unexpected tragedy reveals an unexpected truth, Avery and Nicole are left questioning everything they thought they knew about love, family, and trust.

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Monday 1 April 2019

eBook Sale Promo - $2.99 or less

$0.99 eBooks

Castle of Blue Stones

Book Description:
Volcanic ash has ruined the world and only remote outposts remain. At the castle in the mountains, covered by snow, everyone only sees shades of blue.

Except for Jaisy.

By day she explores farther down the mountain. By night, she’s plagued with dreams of a panther and ghosts calling her name.

When Jaisy’s job sends her into the dungeon, she discovers a hidden room filled with dangerous information. There are secrets within the damp, stone walls that those in control don’t want anyone to know.

The leaders will kill to protect those secrets – even executing one of their own.

Jaisy will not go quietly into the blue night, no matter how hard the leaders attempt to silence her.

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Her Dragon Protects Me

Book Description:
This Is The Story Of How I Fell In Love With A Dragon

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Save Me

Book Description:
It took me three months to get back to riding my Harley. One month to admit to the club, Night Hawks, my mom was in rehab and I needed help with my little brother and sister. And it took one day for me to see that I would walk through fire for my candy striper, Kady Gilreath.

When Kady's boyfriend pulls her into a life of abuse,
drugs and death, I won't stand by and watch her become one of the missing. I'll dive into the chaos, embrace old friends and prove some people aren't what they seem.

When the smoke clears, I'll be at Kady's mercy and she'll be faced with the choice of saving me...

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Flames of Truth: Reverse Harem Fantasy

Book Description:
My name is Emma Jones. I'm a typical seventeen-year-old . . . except that I can see the future. Or, at least, what might happen in the future.

I’ve never revealed my secret to anyone. I’ve always tried to fly under the radar and not attract anyone’s attention. But this year there are some new boys at school. There’s something different about them.

I have a feeling things are going to change for me this year.

***Flames of Truth is the first book of the saga The Lost Fae, a steamy reverse-harem paranormal romance series, intended for audiences 18 years and older.***

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Cover Reveal - Lunar Court by Aileen Erin

Lunar Court
(Alpha Girl #8)
Author: Aileen Erin
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: June 11th, 2019
Genre: YA Paranormal

Book Description:
From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin

Chris is the guy Cosette always wanted.

Fun. Funny. Lighthearted and sweet. Chris always manages to find beauty and laughter, even when fighting a chapel full of demons. He’s exactly what she needs. Except he’s a werewolf and she’s a member of the Lunar Court — the only fey court that holds sway over the werewolves. Even on his best day, Chris isn’t strong enough to last a few hours in the Lunar Court without becoming a slave. No matter how much Cosette’s heart wants him, she knows she has to let him go.

But when Chris goes missing, Cosette realizes how much she has to lose if the worst happens. Except her mother — the Queen of the Lunar Court — won’t let her go after Chris. Being forced to stay at court is dangerous for Cosette. Assassins keep coming after her, and unless she accepts a mate, it’s only a matter of time before one of them kills her.

Cosette is the girl Chris has always dreamed of.

Chris sees through the tough facade to the girl exhausted from a lifetime of fighting off assassins and court politics. She needs a true friend, someone who she can be herself around, and craves solitude. The same solitude that Chris craves. But he knows he’ll never be enough to survive in her world. So, when Eli — a mysterious archon — requests his help, he figures why not? The guy might be a little shady, but he needs every distraction he can get.

But when Eli says that Cosette’s in trouble, Chris is more than ready to play by Eli’s rules. At least until Eli takes him to the Court of Gales. Chris knows he’s about to play a very dangerous game. Bargaining with the fey is something only a desperate person would do. But what wouldn’t Chris give up to save Cosette’s life?

“These books go by so very quickly, with the pacing making me think I just started reading. I could gobble up a dozen of these novels!” – Carrie Reads a Lot

“Aileen Erin: You did a great job as usual and I’m so excited for Invocation and  Lunar Court.” – Lenniland

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About the Author
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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