Friday, July 25, 2014

This Summer Blog Tour: GUEST POST - What's the Appeal of Summer Romances? #GuestPost #Giveaway

Today I have Katlyn Duncan here with a guest post for the blog tour for her book THIS SUMMER! :)

I asked her, "What's the Appeal of Summer Romances?" and here's what she had to say:
I love a good summer romance, mostly because I think there is something so magical about those two-three months in a year that can truly be special, especially as a teen. There is a sense of urgency when you are a kid, at that time there are no responsibilities and fun is in order for each day. And without the pressure of school and keeping up appearances, romance has a chance to bloom where it might not have elsewhere.

I truly enjoy reading books taking place over the summer. There is lightness to everyone’s emotions and a carefree nature, which allows character to really get to know each other as a whole. I especially love those that have settings at the beach or on vacation. There is a chance to meet someone new and really make a vacation one to remember.

I hope ‘This Summer’ helps readers disappear from real-life for a little while to experience the magic of summer.



About THIS SUMMER

Release date: July 9, 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
ISBN: 9781472096449

Description…

Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...

This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?

Find it at…




About Katlyn Duncan

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.


THE GIVEAWAY

The author is offering up for giveaway a $50 Amazon US or UK gift card.

TO ENTER FILL OUT THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW

Follow the rest of the THIS SUMMER Blog Tour



What do you think about summer romances?
And does THIS SUMMER sound like a book you'd like to read?

Release Day: GAME CHANGER by Collette West!!!

I absolutely loved Collette West's first book, so I'm extremely excited to celebrate the release of her second book, GAME CHANGER!!! :D I've got an excerpt, and a giveaway to share with you all, so keep reading!!! :D

HAPPY RELEASE DAY COLLETTE WEST!

Collette West & IMR Promotions are excited to bring you the Release Day Event of Game Changer!

This is a novel for all the Sports Romance lovers out there!
Below you will find buy links, an excerpt and a Giveaway for your pleasure!
We hope you all give this novel a chance!


Game Changer
Author: Collette West
Publish Date: July 25, 2014
Purchase Game Changer:
Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | SW | iBooks
Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.


When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.


Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.


Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow.


Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.


Connect with Collette West:

Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.


Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.


She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.


Excerpt from Game Changer


“I’ll take care of her, bro.” I put myself out there, waiting for the inevitable backlash. When he doesn’t say anything, I give him a message he’s sure to understand. “I give you my word.”


Kyle raises his eyes to my face, studying me. He knows that’s the same oath I swore when he asked me not to date his sister, and I’m not someone who goes back on my word. Something Kyle’s well aware of.


 “You two knuckleheads are driving me crazy,” Sasha sighs, resting a hand against the side of her head. “I already told you. I don’t need anyone to look out for me.”


I bristle a little at her remark, but I do my best not to show it. I thought she’d be glad to spend some time with me. Guess not.


 “Well, it’s not like I have a choice,” I counter, watching her intently. “Since I live next door and all.”


For a split second, I see a flicker of excitement dance in her eyes, before it’s quickly extinguished. So many mixed signals are crossing between us that I can’t make heads or tails of how she really feels about me after all this time apart. Kyle is screwing up our reunion, big time. Under any other circumstances, I would do everything in my power to win her back, but not when my best friend is waiting for some anonymous donor to save his life. I just can’t do that to him. Not now.


 “Fine. If no one’s going to give me a choice, then let’s blow this popsicle stand,” Sasha declares, walking by me, her arm brushing lightly against my shoulder.


And I know that having her on the other side of my bedroom wall—and not being able to do a thing about it—is going to be way more challenging than having to hit a homer with the bases loaded
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Giveaway:

Collette West has graciously offered to give away a $10 Amazon gift card & signed paperback of GAME CHANGER. To enter - simply fill out the rafflecopter below!


GOOD LUCK!!! :D

I've already got my copy of Game Changer, and I can't wait to read it!
Who else is excited for it? :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (20): Storm Siren!!

 
"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It gives us the chance to fangirl over all of the books that we can't wait to read!

STORM SIREN (Storm Siren #1) by Mary Weber

Hitting the shelves on August 19, 2014 from Thomas Nelson

" I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don't want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you. "

In a world at war, a slave girl's lethal curse could become one kingdom's weapon of salvation. If the curse and the girl can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn't merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth meaning, she shouldn't even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she's being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn't want to be the weapon they've all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, "Storm Siren" is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

[F]antasy readers will feel at home in Weber s first novel . . .a detailed backdrop and large cast bring vividness to the story. "Publishers Weekly"

Weber builds a fascinating and believable fantasy world. Inventive and entertaining. "Kirkus Reviews""


MY THOUGHTS

Not only do I love this cover, but I think that this book sounds AMAZING! It sounds super intense, and I absolutely CANNOT wait to read it! I love the sound of the elemental powers, and the whole curse thing sounds intense! :D

What do you think?
Does Storm Siren sound good to you?
And what are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Breathe, Annie, Breathe Blog Tour: Question & Answer with Miranda Kenneally!! #Q&A


Today, I've got some awesome stuff to share with you! I'm lucky enough to be a part of Raincoast book's Canadian Blog Tour for BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE by Miranda Kenneally! And Raincoast has kindly shared some questions and answers that I'm going to share with you today, but first I'm going to tell you a bit about the book, and a bit about Miranda! :)

About BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

About MIRANDA KENNEALLY
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
Now, onto the questions and answers! :D

Q & A

  1. When did you decide to become a writer?

    A: When I was about eight years old. I spent recess writing terrible short stories about families with 15 kids and 40 dogs, and poodles that join the circus. They were terrible stories.
  2.  Why do you choose to write YA books?  Have you ever considered writing other genres?

    A: I'd love to write adult romance or historical romance. I might try writing adult romance one day, but I'm just too busy with my YA books right now. I also love sci-fi, and would love to try writing another one. I've written 3 sci-fis, but they aren't exactly publishing material! :)
  3. Your characters often crossover in your novels.  Is this your way of giving your characters a sequel or a happy ending?
    A: Yes, I chose to write companion novels rather than sequels, because to write a sequel, you have to create drama. If I've already given my characters a happy ending at the end of a book and they have grown and developed, I don't want to take that away from them by creating unnecessary drama. I also loved the idea of creating a community in which kids influence each other in different ways throughout the books.
     
  4. Who is your favourite character to write?

    A: This is a super easy question! Sam Henry is my favorite. He's just so silly and wild, but honest and sweet at the same time. He was never meant to be a big character in my books, but he showed up on the page one day and would not go away no matter how much I wanted him to.
  5. This year has seen so many YA books turned into movies, from The Fault in Our Stars to The Giver. What is your favourite movie adaptation of a YA novel? Or which adaptation are you most anticipating?

    A: Honestly, I loved the adaptation of Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 and 2. I could watch it over and over again! Also, I loved the Harry Potter movies.
(Once again, these questions and answers were provided to me by Raincoast Books!)



Eeek! I'm a HUGE fan of Miranda Kenneally, and I absolutely LOVE her Hundred Oaks series, so I'm super glad to be a part of this tour! I also loved the questions!! One of my favourite parts of her series is the fact that the books are companions to one another, which I LOVE!! I love that we get to see the past characters, but as Miranda herself said, she doesn't have to create drama between them!! :D And I just have to say that I absolutely loved the adaptations of Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2...they were perfect! :D 

What do you think?
Does BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE sound like a book you'd like to read?
How do you feel about companion series?
And who else is a major Miranda Kenneally fangirl? ;) 

Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5) by Miranda Kenneally

Source: Received an egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: Already Released!
Number of Pages: 306 (Hardcover)


Description from Goodreads:
Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

Read an excerpt: http://mirandakenneally.com/writing/e...

About MIRANDA KENNEALLY

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

MY REVIEW

This was my initial reaction when I finished Breathe, Annie, Breathe that I posted on Goodreads

AHHHHH! :D I ABSOLUTELY LOVED BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE!!! :D EEEK!!!!

Okay, now that I've gotten that fangirling bit out of the way, I loved this one! So much! :D BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE is definitely my favourite in the Hundred Oaks series so far. I swear with each book I grow to love this series more and more! Annie was fantastic! She was feisty, funny, and really easy to relate to. She's normal, kinda unsure of her future, and she's dealing not dealing with her grief very well, but I loved that she pushed herself, and that she was open to trying new things and taking risks again. I really loved her, and I loved Jeremiah, too!!! He's definitely grown since we last saw him in Things I Can't Forget. He was pretty sexy, and rugged. ;) haha Well, that's my gush-fest for now!


And here are my thoughts now that I've managed to compose myself a teensy bit better: 

I've said it before, and I will say it again, I love Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks Series, and Breathe, Annie, Breathe was no exception! In fact, it's my favourite one yet...I really do grow to love this series more and more! :D

One of the best parts about the Hundred Oaks series is that we get to see past characters again, and again! I love that these books are companion novels, so we get to see our favourites happy, we get to see them grow, and see what they're up to! I also love that Miranda Kenneally's characters are all incredibly unique, and they all have qualities that make it impossible not to admire them. In Breathe, Annie, Breathe, Annie trains for a marathon to honour the memory of her boyfriend who passed away. What I loved most was the fact that Annie was so normal...she wasn't a runner or jogger to begin with, and she definitely wasn't athletic. It made her so incredibly easy to relate to, and it even made me realize that maybe one day I really could put on my own pair of jogging shoes instead of just saying that I could or might start jogging. :P

What set Breathe, Annie, Breathe apart from the other Hundred Oaks books for me though was the fact that Annie had been in love before. In all of the other books, the characters may be experienced with romance a bit, but they're all pretty much newbies when it comes to being in love. Annie, on the other hand, had been in love before; she'd lost her love, and she was learning to deal with it. I felt that her past made her very mature in the way that she handled her feelings towards Jeremiah. I also just loved her personality in general! She really was an amazing protagonist, and I admired her for her dedication to running the marathon, and for the way that she matured throughout the book!

I also loved Jeremiah and Annie's relationship! I loved that they started as friends, and that it grew into something more. I loved that they challenged each other, and made each other better people. But, most of all, I loved that they supported one another, and while they spoke their minds, they ultimately respected the decisions that they each made. Their relationship may have seemed to revolve mostly around their attraction, but I loved that it became something super strong that provided stability in both of their lives. Seriously...these two have a YA relationship that's done right!!! There was no insta-love, but there was definitely attraction, which grew in something more as the characters actually got to know each other...in short, it was perfect! :)

Overall, I loved everything about Breathe, Annie, Breathe! I loved the characters, the story, and as always, I loved Miranda Kenneally's writing! I think that fans of the Hundred Oaks series will definitely love this one, but I also think that if you're just starting the series, you'll love it, too. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is more than just a romance; it's a story about learning to move on from the past, about finding something to strive towards, and about re-connecting with those you love and the world around you in the wake of losing someone you love.

What do you think?
Does Breathe, Annie, Breathe sound like something you'd want to read?
And who else is a mega Miranda Kenneally fan?

Also, check out the Q&A I posted for the Canadian Blog Tour of Breathe, Annie, Breathe! 
http://burningximpossiblyxbright.blogspot.com/2014/07/breathe-annie-breathe-blog-tour.html