Cover reveal – Rocked up by Karina Halle and Scott Mackenzie

Today I’m excited to share with you the cover of Rocked Up:

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Rocked Up

by Karina Halle and Scott MacKenzie
Genre: Rockstar Romantic Comedy
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: April 12th, 2017

Are you as excited as I am? Karina Halle has become pretty famous for her romance novels, but this is pretty new, as it is the first novel written by Karina and her husband Scott.

 

The story

I have been watching him since I was a child.

He didn’t notice me back then and it didn’t matter. Brad Snyder, guitarist and singer for one of the world’s greatest bands, was my entire life.

My father, the CEO of Ramsey Records, takes credit for all of Brad’s success, trying to control him in the same way he’s controlled me.

But I finally get an opportunity to prove myself.

To be wild.

To be free.

Today I’m auditioning to be the replacement bass player for Brad’s band. If I get the job, I’ll go on tour and work with Brad every day, in very close proximity.

There’s only one rule: he’s not allowed to touch the boss’s daughter.

Remember when I said that Brad never used to notice little ol’ me?

Well, Brad’s noticing me now.

In a way that’s going to get us both in trouble.

My name is Lael Ramsey and we all know how this will turn out.

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Smut, The Artists Trilogy, Heat Wave and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her rescue pup and her husband Scott Mackenzie, who co-wrote Rocked Up with her. That’s right. It’s like the book SMUT come to life! This is their first venture as a writing team. A lot of music was played. A lot of laughs were had. A lot of sex was…put in the book!

 
 

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Review – Out of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni

Yesterday was the release of Cassandra Giovanni‘s new book:

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Out of Beat (Boys of Fallout #1)

by Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 6 December 2016

I’ve had the chance to read this gorgeous book, and you should totally read it. Let’s see what it’s about…

 

The story

Danny ‘Madman’ Maddox isn’t supposed to make Skylar Haze’s heart beat out of rhythm.
 
At least not anymore.
 
She hasn’t seen that boyish face, always covered in a five o’clock shadow, dimpled smile and teasing hazel eyes since the day he left to go on tour with her brother Joey’s band. Now with a major record label backing them the band is in need of a bit of help, and when Joey asks Skylar to be the band’s photographer, she can’t help but say yes.
 
Of course, Joey doesn’t know about that forbidden kiss.
 
The one Skylar hopes Danny’s forgotten.
 
But can she?
 
One smile and she finds herself slipping again.
 
But he’s the drummer, and he’s beaten her heart before.
 
And she won’t let it happen again.

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My review


“He makes it hard to breathe for all the right reasons or the wrong ones.
Right now, I’m not sure.”


4 stars !
 
Reading a book written by Cassandra Giovanni is always a promise…
A promise of :

  • Flawless writing
  • Characters you’re going to fall in love with
  • Not being able to put the book down until it’s finished
  • Never wanting said book to end

 
Well, guess what… Out of Beat is no exception!
 
I could ramble on for hours about Cassandra’s writing, always simple yet beautiful and polished.
 
The book is both cute and fun with Sky embarking on the crazy adventure of living on the road with the pop-punk band Kill Me Softly, whose members are respectively Sky’s brother (Joey) , Sky’s best friend/love interest who ran away (Danny), and two other crazy boys (Zack and Aaron) that she considers family. The story deals with love, brotherhood, friendship, and will make you both swoon and laugh without a doubt.
 
Out of Beat also deals with far more painful subjects (which I will let you discover about). One of Cassandra’s quality is to always manage to deal with such subjects with honesty and a lot of decency, even sometimes a kind of shyness. It never falls into melodrama, and focuses on the characters’ will to move on from their past.
I must confess, though, that I would have wanted them to have a little more closure regarding those issues, but I guess it was more realistic that way.
 
Anyway, if you’re looking for a book you won’t be able to put down, and that will make you go through a remarkable range of emotions, look no further !!

 
 
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About the author

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Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening.
 
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
 
Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

 
 

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Excerpt :

“Lark!” Zack says as he comes in the back door of my bedroom. He sweeps me into his arms and spins me around the room before putting me on the ground. “You’re all grown-up!”
I cross my arms and narrow my eyes at him. “And I still hate it when you call me Lark.”
He pouts, and I can’t stay mad at him. He’s foolishly good looking in his band t-shirt, zip-up hoodie, and beanie. It covers his dapper haircut that has a streak of chemical white-blond he dyes a different color to suit his mood. I pull the beanie off his head, and he winks. Pink.
“Something you’ve been meaning to tell me, Killer?” I ask.
His pout drifts into a smile, complete with lady-killer dimples. “I’m completely secure in my manhood. You can ask my girlfriend.”
“Settling down are we?” I tease just as Aaron bursts through the door and throws me over his shoulder. Where Joey and Zack are tall and skinny, Aaron and Danny are muscular. Danny’s got the arms while Aaron has the abs.
“You get her bags,” Aaron orders. “We’ve got a radio interview to get to.”
“Do either of you know how to use a front door? Or knock?” I ask as I hang suspended over Aaron’s shoulder with my hand cupping my face.
Danny comes through the door next and his head jerks back as he takes in the scene. “Looks like you don’t need my help.”
I nod to my rack of longboards. “You’re the only one I trust with my boards. The pintail and the dinghy.”
“Speak English,” Zack says, but Danny seems to understand and grabs the two boards.
“Look!” Danny says, holding the dinghy up next to Zack’s head. “The trucks match your hair!”
“I was wondering where you fools went to!” Joey says as he walks in the door. “Mom and Dad want to say bye to all of us, but I’m pretty sure Dad will prefer if you’re not hauling Sky around ass over teakettle.”
“Oh, come on! This is totally normal,” Aaron says, and Joey blinks at him. “Fine.”
“Don’t worry,” I say, squeezing Aaron’s arm as he sets me down. “You and Danny can take turns trying to bench press me after.”
“Sick!” Aaron whoops. “You’re the perfect size for that!”
Danny narrows his eyes at me as the guys file up the stairs. I hold my hand out, and he gives me the dinghy. “Bench press you?”
I lean my shoulder into him before we head up the stairs. “Just because you like the idea.”
He laughs, shaking his head as he holds the door open for me. “I’m afraid Aaron will like it too much.”
“Jealous?” I ask.
His neck turns red beneath his scruff. “Protective.”

Cover Reveal – Out of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni

Today I’m delighted to share with you the cover of Cassandra Giovanni‘s new book:

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Out of Beat (Boys of Fallout #1)

by Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 6 December 2016

Isn’t it just gorgeous? Well let me tell you, I’ve had the chance to read it early, and… the story is as wonderful as its cover! Don’t miss it!

 

The story

Danny ‘Madman’ Maddox isn’t supposed to make Skylar Haze’s heart beat out of rhythm.

At least not anymore.

She hasn’t seen that boyish face, always covered in a five o’clock shadow, dimpled smile and teasing hazel eyes since the day he left to go on tour with her brother Joey’s band. Now with a major record label backing them the band is in need of a bit of help, and when Joey asks Skylar to be the band’s photographer, she can’t help but say yes.

Of course, Joey doesn’t know about that forbidden kiss.

The one Skylar hopes Danny’s forgotten.

But can she?

One smile and she finds herself slipping again.

But he’s the drummer, and he’s beaten her heart before.

And she won’t let it happen again.

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About the author

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Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

 

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

 
 

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Excerpt :

“Lark!” Zack says as he comes in the back door of my bedroom. He sweeps me into his arms and spins me around the room before putting me on the ground. “You’re all grown-up!”
I cross my arms and narrow my eyes at him. “And I still hate it when you call me Lark.”
He pouts, and I can’t stay mad at him. He’s foolishly good looking in his band t-shirt, zip-up hoodie, and beanie. It covers his dapper haircut that has a streak of chemical white-blond he dyes a different color to suit his mood. I pull the beanie off his head, and he winks. Pink.
“Something you’ve been meaning to tell me, Killer?” I ask.
His pout drifts into a smile, complete with lady-killer dimples. “I’m completely secure in my manhood. You can ask my girlfriend.”
“Settling down are we?” I tease just as Aaron bursts through the door and throws me over his shoulder. Where Joey and Zack are tall and skinny, Aaron and Danny are muscular. Danny’s got the arms while Aaron has the abs.
“You get her bags,” Aaron orders. “We’ve got a radio interview to get to.”
“Do either of you know how to use a front door? Or knock?” I ask as I hang suspended over Aaron’s shoulder with my hand cupping my face.
Danny comes through the door next and his head jerks back as he takes in the scene. “Looks like you don’t need my help.”
I nod to my rack of longboards. “You’re the only one I trust with my boards. The pintail and the dinghy.”
“Speak English,” Zack says, but Danny seems to understand and grabs the two boards.
“Look!” Danny says, holding the dinghy up next to Zack’s head. “The trucks match your hair!”
“I was wondering where you fools went to!” Joey says as he walks in the door. “Mom and Dad want to say bye to all of us, but I’m pretty sure Dad will prefer if you’re not hauling Sky around ass over teakettle.”
“Oh, come on! This is totally normal,” Aaron says, and Joey blinks at him. “Fine.”
“Don’t worry,” I say, squeezing Aaron’s arm as he sets me down. “You and Danny can take turns trying to bench press me after.”
“Sick!” Aaron whoops. “You’re the perfect size for that!”
Danny narrows his eyes at me as the guys file up the stairs. I hold my hand out, and he gives me the dinghy. “Bench press you?”
I lean my shoulder into him before we head up the stairs. “Just because you like the idea.”
He laughs, shaking his head as he holds the door open for me. “I’m afraid Aaron will like it too much.”
“Jealous?” I ask.
His neck turns red beneath his scruff. “Protective.”

Review – The Bound by K.A. Linde

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Publication date: October 25th, 2016
Category: Dystopian
 

The story

Cyrene Strohm is a Queen’s Affiliate, a high-ranking official of the court of Byern, with power and privilege to spare. But she’s also a keeper of dangerous secrets: like the fact that she holds the heart of the King, and that she possesses magic in a world where magic no longer exists.

Determined to discover what this means and how to use her newfound abilities, Cyrene sets off for the distant land of Eleysia. An island nation where Affiliates are strictly forbidden from entering.

But the journey is perilous, and the destination may mean utter ruin, as Cyrene comes to learn that everything she’s been told her whole life – about her court, her homeland, and even herself—are bound in a beautiful lie.

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My review

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

She would rather live, truly live, with himfor even a short life than live without him for eternity

This book is the second installment in the Ascension series. I’m so glad I was given the chance to read it early. I was captivated by the world introduced in The Affiliate, which has been hugely extended in The Bound.
It feels like the universe of the book has expended a lot here. And that’s always risky for me, because I’m not used to reading Fantasy books, which contain usually lots of characters. I’m always scared to get lost.
But though several new characters were added in this second book, they all had purpose, so it wasn’t a problem.

I must say I was slightly bothered at the beginning of the book because I felt like the story had deviated from the original path of the first book in some aspects. For instance, I thought Kael’s character was not exactly the same from one book to the other. Of course characters evolve, but he felt really different for me from the first(which I re-read just before) to the second book. Also some relationships that were according to me initiated in the first book changed quite suddenly at the beginning of the second book (like Eren and Maelia for instance).

But let’s be honest, my doubts at the beginning of the book quickly vanished as they were swept away by the brilliant writing of K.A. Linde. I was rapidly hooked and couldn’t put the book down.
What I mostly enjoyed were the dynamics of the group around Cyrene.

“They don’t know who they’re dealing with if they think a little sabotage will stop you,” Ahlvie joked with a wink.
“Why,[…] that was almost a compliment.”
He grinned devilishly.”They haven’t seen you take on a Braj.”
“Or destroy an entire group of Indres,” Avoca said.
“Or break people out of prison,” Orden added.
“Or take the entire Aurumian army and Prince Kael,” Maelia said.
Cyrene held her hands up. “Okay,I get it. When tou say it that way, it does sound pretty impressive.”

Though Cyrene remained the central character of the story, the other characters played nontheless important roles.
My favorite character from the first book is definitely still my favorite character here… Ahlvie !

“I take from the rich and stupod and give to the poor and intelligent.”
“You give to yourself.”
“Exactly.”

I was also completely captivated by Cyrene’s love story.

“You aren’t a label, Cyrene. You are everything you want to be and more. I see it in your conviction in everything you do. And though I know you could be anything you wanted, all I can possibly want is for you to be mine.”

We learn a lot about the history of this world in this installment : Doma, Dremylons, curses, fantastic creatures, powers. All ingredients are combined for an epic third book, which I now can’t wait to put my hands on!

 
 

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K.A. Linde grew up as a military brat and created fantastical stories based off of her love for Disney movies, fairy tales, and Star Wars. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, loves reading young adult novels, and dancing. Additionally, K.A. has written more than a dozen adult novels and is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Lubbock, TX with her husband and two super adorable puppies.
K.A. Linde loves to hear from her readers!

 
 
 

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Cover reveal – Fear me, Fear me not by Elodie Nowodazkij

Discover the beautiful cover for Fear me, Fear me not. Can’t wait for the release of Elodie’s Nowodazkij’s new book in September!
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Publication date: September 2016
Category: Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
 
 

The story

SCREAM meets FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS in this new young adult romantic suspense novel by Elodie Nowodazkij.

Fear is power. They fear me. They don’t fear me enough. Every year a girl disappears in Gavert County, Texas. Their bodies are found days, sometimes months, later with an angel wing carved on their face. They call me “the Angel Killer” and I’m on the hunt again. But this time, it’s personal.

Seventeen-year-old cheerleader Erin Hortz has been warned about the Angel Killer all her life. She never walks alone in the dark. She doesn’t talk to strangers. She doesn’t accept drinks at parties. All she wants is to finish her senior year with a win at the Miss Junior Queen of Hearts pageant, capture the perfect light over the lake with her new camera, and finally catch the attention of her best friend Nadia’s brother—former football star Dimitri Kuklev. Since his injury, they’ve been spending a lot of time together. And getting to know the real Dimitri—not the one she put on a pedestal in her diary is better than she could ever have imagined. And she’s falling hard.

Nineteen-year-old Dimitri’s injury brought him from football superstar with universities from all around the country knocking at his door to not knowing what he wants to do with his life. Taking classes at the local community college is supposed to get him back on track, but all he wants is to be on the field again. The only person who seems to understand him is the one he swore to keep in the friend zone: Erin. His sister Nadia’s best friend and the reason why he can’t keep a girlfriend. Between their early morning jogs, their time spent at the lake laughing, and their late night conversations, he’s having a hard time remembering why it’s such a bad idea.

But when Nadia doesn’t come home after a party, Dimitri and Erin know they must find her before it’s too late—even if that means risking their own lives and everything Erin’s ever known.

Because the main suspect is Erin’s father.

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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. She’s also a serial smiley user.

 
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Review – Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley

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Publication date: June 14, 2016
Category: Dystopian
 

The story

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.

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My review

I received a free copy of this book from Indie Sage in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

Well, the storyline was promising, but I must say I was not convinced by the execution.

The idea of a future world composed of people addicted to social medias is really not so far from reality. And a part of the population decimated by brain cancer due to excessive radiation is a frightening but plausible hypothesis.

The main character, Blanca, is part of what is considered an elite in this over-connected world : Vestals. Kids raised without any contact with the Internet, and an online social blank slate. This idea of purity would have been interesting to me if it had developed to serve a higher purpose, but I found it disappointing that it was used only for commercial purpose.

The first scene was promising (Blanca defending herself against the Virus), but I think it was incompatible with what I read about her next. I can’t imagine someone fighting in the first scene of a book and not being able to think for herself next.

But what was mostly disturbing to me was I was not able to connect with Blanca, at all. In general the first person narrative helps me connect with characters, cause I know what they think and most of all what they feel. It allows me to relate to what they’re experiencing. But the narrative here was somewhat emotionless, and I was not able to care about her.

I thought the love story was hard to believe, and kind of instalove (at least from Seth’s point of view), and though their opposition later was kind of interesting, it wasn’t enough for me to compensate the flaws and inconsistencies of the book.

 
 

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Excerpt – The Daydreamer detective by SJ Pajonas

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Today Books & Tea is part of the blog tour for The Daydreamer Detective by SJ Pajonas, organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.
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Publication date: March 31st, 2016
Category: Adult Mystery
 

The story

Luck? Forget it. Mei Yamagawa is fresh out of it. She’s just been downsized from her 3rd job in five years and her bank account is dry. Now, to keep her head above water, she must leave Tokyo and move back to her rural Japanese hometown. And there’s nothing worse than having to face your old rivals and ex-boyfriends as a failure while starting life over as a farm girl.

But when her best friend’s father is murdered, and her best friend is named the main suspect, Mei turns her daydreaming ways towards solving the crime. Between dates disguised as lunches with the town’s hottest bachelor chef, searching for clues, and harvesting sweet potatoes, Mei has a lot of non-paying work cut out for her.

Will she catch the killer before her bad luck turns worse? Or will she fry in the fire with the rest of her dreams of success?

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Yasahiro cleared his throat and raised his chin. “To start, we have a fresh green beans and lotus root salad. Crisp and tangy with toasted sesame seeds, rice vinegar, and ginger.” He pointed to the plate in front of me, greens and thin slices of lotus root arranged in a neat pile. “And these are my pork and scallion dumplings with Sriracha, ginger, and lemongrass dipping sauce.” Four plump dumplings sat on the other plate, and my mouth began to water.

“I hope you enjoy them,” he said, bowing and turning to go.

“Wait.” I snapped my hand out and grabbed the white fabric of his chef’s coat. “Won’t you be having lunch with me?”

I glanced around at the restaurant, crawling with people. Oh no. I’d honestly believed we’d have lunch together. He’d tell me about the food and his work and…

I blushed. Hard. I thought this was a date, didn’t I? Deep down, way down in the cellar of my brain, I’d daydreamed a date out of this. I was so stupid.

This was the lunch rush hour, and he only did this because I challenged him.

Snap out of it!

“I mean…” I stammered, and letting go of his chef’s coat, he smoothed out the wrinkles with his hand. “I know you can’t have lunch with me. It’s too busy in here. I just thought you might want to, um, explain a little more about the food?”

If only my lie sounded a little more confident.

A small smile grew across his lips, and my entire being died of embarrassment. “I’m sorry. I do have a lot of work to do, including your main course.”

“Oh yes, of course. I completely understand. I’m looking forward to eating everything you bring out today. I’m sure I’ll be won over by Wednesday, and we’ll declare you the winner of this silly challenge.”

Because I was not coming here and eating alone while everyone around me ate together. I was willing to do that once in a while, with a book, but not every day. I’d rather I ate at home with Mom.

“No, no, no. I said I was going to feed you lunch for a whole week, and you can’t capitulate right away. You said this food would be bland, and I’m going to prove it’s not.”

I nodded slowly, resigned. What had I gotten myself into? I’d challenged a chef with a prestigious resume, a student of my mother’s, and the town’s newest darling. I should never have opened my mouth. I was close to making a complete fool of myself, and I regretted it to my bones.

Yasahiro paused for a moment as I took a sip of water.

“But, if you’d like to come and eat lunch a little later tomorrow, maybe after 14:00, I could eat with you. Lunch usually slows down by 13:30 and then we close the kitchen from 14:00 to 16:30 to prepare for dinner.”

“I don’t want to bother you any more than I already have —”

“It’s not a bother,” he interrupted, and this time, he stammered and seemed eager to keep me there. Hmmm. Interesting. The daydream of Yasahiro wandering the streets of Paris popped into my head again, and I stopped to add more details to it: the tiny scar through his right eyebrow, the shape of his ears, his white teeth (he must go to a private dentist). The daydream shifted and I imagined him at the dentist’s office, in the chair. No! Back to Paris. Yes, that was better.

 
 

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Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical.

 
 

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Author Interview – Finding the cure by Cassandra Giovanni

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Thanks to Cassandra Giovanni for this interview!
You can read my review of Finding the Cure HERE
 
Publication date: June 18, 2015
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance
 

The story

Ellie Abela’s life has been anything but easy. Tragedy follows her where ever she goes, and she’s been a lot of places. At twenty she’s lived in over ten different states, all because of her dad’s career in medical research. His career is just another list of the causes of tragedies in El’s life. He’s dying, and with every breath he takes closer to Heaven, Ellie dies a little bit inside too.At twelve she lost her mom in a drunk driving accident, and in a matter of months she fears she’ll lose the last person she has in the world to cancer.

While Ellie’s life has been rife with sadness, Trent Wentworth’s has been a challenge. A drug-addicted mom and a dead-beat dad meant at twenty three he was the adoptive father of his two year old sister. Now at twenty five he’s working his way up the corporate ladder and a struggling single parent.

Each is searching for a cure to the things in their lives dragging them down.

Not all cures are black and white; not all cures save us–and sometimes saving isn’t what we need. Sometimes we just need to realize how lucky we are to be alive, at least for this moment.

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~~ About Finding the cure ~~

 

What was the hardest part of writing Finding the Cure?

The entire book was emotionally draining, but I was going through a rough time dealing with the death of a loved one, so it gave me an at pain.

 

What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

There were so many, but I really liked the ones where the characters began to develop. I enjoyed writing the scene where Trent’s past catches up with him. There’s a lot of development in both Trent and Ellie in that moment.

 

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the main characters?

Honestly, there really isn’t anyone in particular. Look wise, there’s this gentlemen on my pinterest board who looks exactly as I see Trent, while Ellie just looks like the girl on the cover. If I had to pick someone, maybe Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

 
 

~~ About Cassandra ~~

 

What books have most influenced your life and your writing?

I would say JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series and anything Jane Austen. I just love the worlds they created and how they did it. I don’t think they influenced my writing, though — but my love for reading.

 

How do you develop your plots and characters?

I wish I had some really great solid answer, that I use all these charts and creative prompts–but I don’t. They come to me and I run with it.

 

What is your favourite motivational phrase?

Just do it.

 

What is your favorite book?

Emma by Jane Austen.

 

Who’s your favorite book boyfriend? From a book you wrote? From a book you didn’t write?

From my books…that’s a tough one– Kellin from Rebel Cause, which isn’t even published yet! From a book I didn’t write would be Mr. Knightly.

 

What is your preferred way to get in touch with your readers (Facebook, Twitter, blog, website…) ?

Twitter is the easiest way to talk to people, so probably that.

 

What are your future projects?

Goodness– I just have so many. Coming in 2016 we have Faded Perfection and Finding Perfection to complete the Beautifully Flawed series, along with City on Fire, which is a standalone and then Awesome Aussie’s Adventure from my children’s series Finding Freckles. In 2017 I’m looking forward to expanding my spec fiction books with Deadly Sins, and Let the Fates decided. Also looking at the Metal Life series, which is a set of standalones all about metal musicians including Behind the Lens, Rebel Cause and others!

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Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

 

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

 
 

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Cover reveal – Built to Last by Elisabeth Grace

Here’s the lovely cover for Built to Last.
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Release date : November 16th 2015
 

The story

At seventeen, the small town of Saltwater Springs had been everything to Scarlett Devereaux—as had her boyfriend Luke. Never had she imagined she’d have to leave them both behind—until the night that changed everything. A decade after skipping town Scarlett returns to start over in the only place that ever really felt like home. But when nothing goes as planned, she’s forced to turn to Luke for help.

With a drunk for a dad and a mom making pocket change at the local diner, no one ever thought Luke Garrity would amount to anything. After building a successful contracting business he’s proven everyone wrong professionally, but things in his personal life are upside down. Making it the exact wrong time for Scarlett to return to Saltwater Springs.

With a history of devastation and heartbreak between them can Scarlett and Luke make amends, or will secrets from the past threaten the foundation of Scarlett’s new life? Were Luke and Scarlett really built to last?

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Cover reveal – Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij

Discover the beautiful cover for Always Second Best. Can’t wait for the release of Elodie’s Nowodazkij’s new book!
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The story

Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.

Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.

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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.

 
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