Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Promo: Together Again By Wendi Zwaduk







Title: Together Again by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary M/F, Spanking
Book Size: Novella
Series: Book Three in the Naughty Teachers Series

















Sometimes the second time around is the right time for things to click.


Corey Murphy never intended to let his wife, Katie, become his ex-wife. But for the Murphys, convention and commitment are foreign concepts. Once he lost Katie, he decided to get his life in order. Now he's healthy, happy with his job teaching physical education and ready to get his relationship back on track. He's got to hope Katie's still willing to give them a chance.

Katie Murphy loved being married. She loved the companionship, the connection...and the hot nights. Being with Corey surpassed even her wildest fantasies. But her ex-husband wasn't big on commitment. She knows he's got ghosts in his past, but is she willing to help him look to the future--their future?

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Once she reached the quiet solace of the bleachers, she plopped onto the first bench. She stared at the banners decorating the rafters in the massive room. Each chunk of red fabric boasted yet another glory from VCH’s past. One of the baseball pennants caught her eye—the one commemorating Corey’s first year as the head baseball coach. They’d gone to state that year. He worried so much until the final game. She chuckled. If he’d have worried about her half as much as he did the team, they’d probably still be married.
They were still friends and he did know her better than anyone. She stood and headed to his office. The sooner they talked, the faster they’d be able to move on.
Her stomach churned. The thought of Corey being with someone else stung her pride. She liked having the title of Mrs. Corey Murphy. The students liked him and the team flourished under his tutelage. The other faculty members enjoyed his sense of humor, too. Some of her student teachers mentioned taking the advanced physical education class because of Corey. Not that she blamed them—the man was hot.
For being thirty-seven, he still looked no more than twenty-eight. His time spent in the gym lifting weights definitely showed. He should’ve been able to find another woman. Her skin warmed at the thought of his arms around her. She could almost hear his gravelly voice as he spoke in her ear, telling her all of the decadent things he wanted to do with her. Only Corey knew about her desire to be spanked. He’d been the one person she played with and bared her soul to. She missed his hand on her ass and the way he pulled her hair during sex. Hell, she missed making love to the man in her heart.
She stopped just outside his doorway. She knew part of his reason for staying in the same place. He lacked self-confidence when on his own. He claimed he couldn’t commit. She knew better. There were no affairs during their marriage or prior relationship and he claimed he’d never stopped loving her. So why not stay together? She snorted. The gibberish his father spouted about men being unable to commit—that’s what screwed Corey up.
They’d also ended the relationship too fast. There were too many things left unsaid and too much unfinished. Once they sorted out their collective past, they could find a decent future.
Hopefully they’d find that future together


I’ve always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line.  I love playing with words and letting the characters run wild.

NASCAR, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, animals and second chance romance  all feature prominently in my books.  I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Resplendence Publishing, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press, Decadent Publishing and Ellora’s Cave. Come join me for this fantastic journey!  





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Monday, September 15, 2014

Three Mini Reviews: The Crystal Slipper, The Elite and The One



Title: The Crystal Slipper
Author: Selena Fulton
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Number of Pages: 200
Source: Publisher













A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint... Sometimes you just have to believe... A single crystal slipper. It was probably the weirdest gift librarian Celinda Branham ever received during a Christmas gift exchange. Who would even wear these in the real world? Not Celinda, wearer of sensible shoes and fairy tale naysayer. That said, she certainly has the requisite wicked stepmother, irritating stepsister, and empty bank account. Of course, if she actually believed in all that fantastical junk, she could wait for her Prince Charming... Only Prince Charming doesn't exist. But Preston Chandler believes in fairy tales. Oh, does he ever. All he did was spurn the advances of a certain witch, and now his sister is under a sleeping spell. And the only way to break it? Find the other glass slipper and give someone "Love's First Kiss." But when Preston finally tracks down Celinda, he's dismayed to discover that the shy librarian who owns the other shoe has no interest in anything remotely resembling magic—including love. Now he must find a way into his Cinderella's cynical heart, or lose his sister... and his only chance for true love.


I am such a sucker for fairy tell re-tellings. This was an interesting twist on Cinderella. The Crystal Slipper was pretty much a contemporary romance with just a touch of magic in it. While the writing was solid, and the characters were all likable I found myself having a hard time buying Celinda and Preston as a couple and I'm really not sure why. I'm not sure if this was because the secondary characters were scene stealers or if it was because Celinda fought her feelings for Preston the whole time, and while this normally works for me, in novellas it's hard to due because the books are short & it's hard to fit everything in and make it work.  It also could be because this was set at Christmas time, and I wasn't prepared for a holiday romance just yet.  There were a few loose ends plot wise, but to me that just meant there are probably more books to come by this author and their stories will be wrapped up in future books. I read this book in one afternoon,  and while parts were a bit frustrating, it was still a pretty enjoyable read.

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: The Selection #2
Number of Pages: 336
Source:  My Copy
The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen? America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.


Would you believe that I pre-ordered this one, but just now got around to reading it? I was in a major reading slump and was looking for something a bit different to read, and this one seemed perfect. I was so surprised that I actually finished it because the 6 books I read before this one were dnf's, for no real reason except I just lost interest in them. I thought this was a great second book, and it did a great job re-capping what happened in the first book without losing any of the story being told in this one. I was really fighting for America and Maxon. There is something about Maxon that just pulled on my heartstrings, and  I just didn't feel the same way about Aspen. I loved that both guys were completely different, and even though America was so indecisive that I wanted to shake some sense into, I could see why she felt the way she did. The first person pov really worked for me in this one, and I felt like I got to know America more in this book and liked her so much better then the first one. I knew a cliffhanger was coming at the end, and was so glad I waited to read it so I could just pick up the last book in the series!

Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: The Selection #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 323
Source: My copy














The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants. Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!


The One was a solid read, though I really think this series could have been told in two books. The love triangle got a bit old for me, but I still couldn't wait to see how she ended up with either Aspen or Maxon. As I was totally Team Maxon, I could have really done away with Aspen altogether in this book, but that's just me. :) I really enjoyed getting to know the other girls who were left in the selection and seeing how America's feelings towards them changed.  I loved how she wasn't afraid to stand up for what she believed in once she made up her mind, but there were a few unresolved issues for me regarding the rebels, and to me it just made the ending feel rushed. I'm kinda hoping there is another book in the horizon for this series, although I don't think there is, just because I would love to see more of America together with the person she chose and see how the issues that the country has to deal are settled and what problems arise because of it. All in all though, I was happy with how everything turned out.




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Giveaway & Guest Post with Lauren Clark: Why I chose Books Over A Boyfriend



Please help me welcome one of my favorite authors, Lauren Clark to A Buckeye Girl Reads! She's here today talking about books & boyfriends! 



Why I Chose Books Over a Boyfriend
Lauren Clark


A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were having an animated discussion about free time. During our talk, I made this sweeping statement:  “If I had an extra hour every day, I’d spend it reading books.”

No brainer, right?

I added that I’ll read any genre—literary, dystopian, humor, romance, suspense, and thrillers. I’ll read on my iPhone, my iPad, my Kindle, hardcover, or paperback. I listen to audiobooks, too, and have been known to sit in the carpool line or my own driveway in order to finish the next chapter of a gripping novel. And when I’m not reading books, I’m thinking about writing, storyline, plot, and characters.

All of this was met by…a blank stare.

Now, let me clarify. My (ex) boyfriend is super smart. An engineer. Can multiply a quadrillion numbers in his head and divide by the square root of Pi. (What?) Can fix broken electrical stuff. Occasionally cooks me spaghetti. Yep. He’s a good guy.

But when it comes to books, there’s no real connection for him. No excitement about reading the first chapter of a long-awaited sequel. No late night, stay-up-until-you’ve-finished-the-best-novel-in-the-world moments. No imaginary cartwheels when a favorite author releases a new book.

And definitely no understanding of falling into total-groupie mode when meeting Fannie Flag, Joshilyn Jackson, Chris Bohjalian, and Bella Andre in person. (All awesome, BTW!)

So, fellow book lovers, for a girl with little free time on her hands, it came down to this.

My books. Or my boyfriend.

And…you guessed it. I’m spending my extra time with Jennifer Weiner, Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, Mary Kay Andrews, and the dozens of other authors I adore.

Besides, who says that book-loving boyfriend isn’t around the next corner?


What do you think? Deal breaker or not?


 Giveaway:
 As a celebration of A Buckeye Girl Reads Blogversary, Lauren is giving away 3 signed paperback copies of Dancing Naked in Dixie (120 Amazon Reviews!)



Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?






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Pie Girls is Lauren Clark’s latest novel (now just $.99) was recently named an Amazon Hot New Release in the ebook humor category. It’s currently a featured read on the Kindle Book Review.

What Readers Are Saying About Pie Girls:
“The story is wonderful. The characters will make you believe in love and family & community strength. Make sure you add this to your to-read list!” –Goodreads, Jen M.
“I love Lauren Clark’s books and this was no exception…The supporting characters were well fleshed out and likeable, and Luke was yummy. Oh, and did I mention that there are RECIPES too?? FOUR of them. Another great offering from Lauren Clark!”–Amazon Reader
“I definitely would give this a 5 star review. The characters were well developed, as was the storyline. It had a nice flow to the whole story. It felt as if I was reading a best seller.” –Amazon Reviewer




Summary:
Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.
But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.
Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.
Enlisting the help of the adorable bike storeowner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.



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BIO
Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren is currently a full-time web content manager, a grad student, and a single mom to two awesome boys. She adores flavored coffee, local bookstores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.
She is the author of three award-winning novels, Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, and Stardust Summer, as well as a short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, published in the Merry & Bright holiday collection. Pie Girls is her latest release. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Winners!!!

Here are the winners of my giveaways last week:

The Wendi Zwaduk Swag pack: Erin F 
The Lonely Hipster-Mary P. 
Touched By An Alien by Gini Koch- Bejeweled Cat 

The winners have all be contacted. If I don't hear back from them by 9/15 then a new winner will be chosen. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

  

Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Number of Pages: 344
Source: My Copy












Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet

Blurb

 I have a confession to make: the cover of this book totally made me want to read it. I'm normally not a book cover whore, but when I was at Lori Fosters Reader/Author Get Together this past summer and saw the cover I knew I had to have the book. I'm not sure why, but I was really surprised at how this was not your typical teen insta love kind of book. I liked how strong & independent Cara was. I also really liked how believable the plot was-people got scared and did stupid things. However, that didn't stop Cara for standing up for what she thought was right or  by being hurt from it.


I liked how miserable Aelyx was throughout the whole book because everything was so new & foreign to him. He didn't want to be apart of the program, but did it because he was asked to-the same as with Cara. Alienated was just a refreshing read, and while it is full of teen angst, it was well done and is one of those YA books that can enjoyable for every age group.  I'm just really glad I took a chance on this book. I can't wait until the second book in the series comes out!




Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Breakaway by Catherine Gayle

Title: Breakaway
Author: Catherine Gayle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Portland Storm #1
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
Number of Pages: 264
Source: My Copy
 She’s reaching for a breakaway pass. Dana Campbell has spent the past seven years in self-imposed isolation for a crime she didn’t commit. The danger is well in the past, but her panic attacks make it impossible to have a normal, healthy relationship with a man. Even her counselor has given up on her. She has to find someone she trusts to help her fight through the panic, or her seven-year ordeal will become a lifetime sentence. There’s only one man she feels safe enough to ask. He got caught with his head down. As the captain of the NHL’s once elite but now fading Portland Storm, Eric Zellinger knows a thing or two about keeping his focus on the job. Questions are flying about his ability to lead the team back to the playoffs. If they don’t make it, he might be shipped out of town. It’s the worst time possible for his best friend’s kid sister to divide his focus. How can he give her what she needs without jeopardizing both the Storm’s playoff hopes and his future with the team? It’s her only chance, but it’s his last shot.


I've got to be honest-I really have no idea why I one clicked on this free book because I generally don't go for the tropes where the heroine is overcoming a horrible thing in her past and becomes strong again due to love. However, I follow the author on twitter, and have been wanting to try something from her for awhile, and the hockey part of the story line drew me in because I love romances with sports in them.

I was unprepared for how much I ended up loving this book. I loved that it was told in first person pov from both Dana and Eric. When one got to be too much, it would switch to the other and it created a nice flow and made me root for each one of them to get what they wanted. Dana's story is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. I liked that Dana was afraid, yet determined to take charge of her life after it was ruined. She was so strong, yet vulnerable at the same time. I loved how she wanted Eric, yet was scared to death at the same time--it just made the story so real. It was painful at times to watch Dana struggle with her feelings and not being able to get close to Eric like she wanted to. Eric was wonderful. He took things slow and didn't try to rush Dana too much. I loved watching his conflicts both with her and his career. The hockey scenes were great. I loved that there were actual games and that it wasn't glossed over like in so many sports novels. You can tell that the author is really a fan of the sport-her love shines through the writing.

The secondary characters were just as lovable as Eric and Dana. Jamie Babcock, or Babs as he's known throughout the books, who is  Eric's roommate, was a scene stealer. He was adorable, and made me laugh out loud a lot. I can't wait to read his novella, which releases today. Dana's older brother, Brenden was just as enjoyable as Babs. I loved how even though he was best friends with Eric, he still gave him crap about dating his sister after everything she'd been through. He was understandably overprotective of her.

What I also enjoyed was that this was a great beginning to a new series, yet the romance wasn't lost in order to introduce future story lines-nothing annoys me more then that. All in all, I'm really glad that I took a chance on this book and can't wait to read more by this author. This is honestly the best freebie I've ever gotten from amazon.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Dybbuk's Mirror by Alisse Lee Goldenberg

Today I'm honored to take part in the cover reveal for the second book in the Hadariah Chronicles, The Dybbuk's Mirror by Alisse Lee Goldenberg. 


“…a highly enjoyable read. …really fed my child-like wonder of all things magical.” - Amanda Price, Amazon Reviewer, about The Strings of the Violin (Hadariah Chronicles, Book 1)
It has been nearly two years since the events in The Strings of the Violin, and Carrie has adjusted to life as a university student far from her friends. However, when the path to Hadariah is sealed, she starts to fear malevolent forces may be behind the other strange occurrences around her. Trying to contact Lindsay and Rebecca to get help in unraveling the mystery, Carrie discovers that her friends are in fact missing. With no way of knowing who to trust, Carrie must find a way back to the land she once saved to rescue her friends from the dybbuks’ clutches.
Reuniting with the dybbuk princess Emilia, and finding a new friend in the mysterious farmer Mikhail, Carrie must once again do battle with Asmodeus’s forces, and help stop the chaos that threatens to overtake the land while striving to save both Lindsay and Rebecca. For the first time, Carrie is working without the two friends who have helped her through every major decision in her life. Carrie must learn to rely on herself, and find her own strengths to save those she holds dear.
Genre classification: YA Fantasy
Learn more about this book and the month-long release event here!










ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an author of horror and Young Adult fantasy fiction. She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child. Alisse lives in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey, and their rambunctious Goldendoodle Sebastian.
Find Alisse on her website and Twitter.