Giveaway: Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

WIN ‘EDGE OF EVERYTHING’ BY JEFF GILES

9781408869079“Every human alive should read this book.”–James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

When their worlds collide, X and Zoe are pushed to the edge of everything in this tour de force from Entertainment Weekly veteran Jeff Giles.

For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for them both.Gripping and full of heart, this epic start to a new series will bring readers right to the edge of everything.


Be left breathless by the high-stakes, heart-pounding romance, the first of a breakout new series!


“Utterly original. Beautifully written. At turns poignant and funny, the story of Zoe and her fight to save her family and the strange young man known only as ‘X’ will stay with you long after you finish this extraordinary book.”–Peter Jackson, Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies

“Utterly fantastic. Dark, funny, exciting, a unique clashing of worlds. Every human alive should read this book.”–James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

“A fresh and addictive read that grabbed me from the first page and still hasn’t let me go. Jeff Giles led me into the darkness–ultimately reminding me why we should never stop searching for the light.”–Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely z

“Sharp, dark, thoughtful and romantic, readers will thrill to the start of this exciting new series.”–Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

“A dark and suspenseful supernatural thriller that kept me up all night.” –Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Isle of the Lost

TWO (2)  PRIZE WINNERS will receive:

– One paperback copy of The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

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A thank you to Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing Australia for providing the copies for this giveaway! This giveaway is open to Australia only. It runs from the 30th January to 5th February.

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Promotional & Giveaway: Dylan (Bad Boys After Dark, #2) by Melissa Foster

Image result for dylan bad boys after darkTitle: Dylan (Bad Boys After Dark, #2) 
Release Date: 21st December 2016
Pages: 300
Genre: Erotic Fiction

The Bad Billionaires After Dark are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

Indulge your inner vixen with these sexy billionaires!
Meet the Bad Boys… Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything’s naughtier after dark…


BAD BOYS AFTER DARK, #2: DYLAN

Everything’s naughtier after dark…

Sinfully sexy bar owner Dylan Bad has a thing for needy women. He’s a savior, a knight in shining armor, and his mighty talented sword has no trouble bringing damsels in distress to their knees. Enter Tiffany Winters, a gorgeous cutthroat sports agent who looks like sex on legs, f**ks like she’s passion personified, and wouldn’t let a man help her if she were dangling from a ledge and he was her only hope. One night and too much tequila might change their lives forever. The question is, will either one survive?

The Bad Boys are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

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Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan by Melissa Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa Foster via Beck Valley Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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‘Dylan’ is the second novella instalment in the ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ series. It was hot, sexy and completely head-over-heals romantic! I love that this novella series can be read as a standalone. Mainly, due to the fact that it has been ages since it have read the first instalment in the series. It also allows for a great, quick winter/summer read when you are in need of something to pick you up after a dry spell.
I loved the romance and happily-ever-after that infused every single aspect of this novella. It was bright and cherry most of the time: something to make an avid reader’s soul sing. Yet, it also managed to encapsulate realistic problems that often arise in relationships, making it vastly authentic and wholly tangible.
Both Dylan and Tiffany had problems which they had to overcome. For them it was very interpersonal. Dylan had trouble with overcoming his need to always be the knight in shining armour; Tiffany harboured past relationship trauma which greatly impacted her ability to place trust in others. The two seemed well matched and I loved their quirky and witty conversations with each other. They were real people with real personalities.
Lots of background was placed behind each of the main characters. Tiffany and Dylan both had big families which were created with meaning and depth. I love this about Melissa Foster’s storytelling! Family and love is the central theme and it never tires in my eyes.
Unfortunately, I would sometimes lose interest in the story and plot. I wished that there was faster pace and sometimes the events seemed to drag on. I also found it hard to connect with this couple at a depth that would have me on the edge of my seat and my heart in tatters like with previous couples in the series.
The writing flowed well and there weren’t any typos that I couldn’t spot. Easy to read language written in a highly experienced and professional prose.
If you pick up this novel, be prepared to read some SERIOUS sexy times. 😛
Congratulations to Melissa Foster on publishing the second, loveable series in the ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ series! I’m extremely eager to meet Carson!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that it’s 5 STAR!


ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Promotional & Giveaway: One Starry Night (Once Upon a Winter, #4) by Tilly Tennant

cover82557-mediumTitle: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon  a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 31st March 2016
Pages: 72
Genre: Chick Lit

One Starry Night is the fourth and final part of the Once Upon a Winter series:

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter – come and fall in love!


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #4: ONE STARRY NIGHT

They say the darkest hour is just before dawn, and for the first time Hannah is starting to truly understand what that means. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, Ross under attack, and bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can tell him, things seem to be falling apart around her. How will she be the rock that everyone needs when she can’t control any part of her own life? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does the future might just be the brighter for it. The problem is that Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong…

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One Starry Night by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

After reading the first two novellas in this series and being utterly enchanted, the third novella had begun to lose its lustre and charm for me. I had high hopes for this novella as I really hoped it would regain my interest and really deliver.
Hannah’s problems with Mitchell have just settled down when all of a sudden she and Gina had to deal with Ross’s beating and the unjust and desperate actions of Howard, Gina’s cheating ex-husband. Then comes Graham, Mitchell’s long-time business partner and maybe the man Martine had been having an affair with. But his devious plans did not stop at that. No. Hannah suspected that he was using Mitchell’s hard earned money to out-buy houses from competitors. And Mitchell didn’t suspect a thing. With all this drama going on, Hannah still had to battle for her love with Mitchell. And hopefully find her happily ever after…
I really admired Tilly Tennant’s writing style. It was simple yet touching and soulful. And when combined with a quiet and gentle atmosphere, it really did make a beautiful post-Christmas short story. The prose was lovely and the author really made you feel like you were in England with her use of colloquial English, which really amused me at times!
Unfortunately, the story had started to lose its zest and intrigue for me. There were times when the story lulled in progression and I would wonder what the point of it was. I still enjoyed some key scenes but probably not as much as I ought to have if there was slightly more drama to the story.
The ending kind of upset me with its vague ending. It didn’t really wrap things up for me and I wasn’t satisfied with it as a reader. Most importantly it didn’t give me enough closure from the story as some events were left unfinished and like I said, it was all TOO vague for my liking.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the final novella in her ‘Once Upon a Winter’ series.
Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


 ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional & Giveaway: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon a Winter, #3) by Tilly Tennant

ways to say goodbye3Title: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon  a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 18th February 2016
Pages: 84
Genre: Chick Lit

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter – come and fall in love this winter!


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #3: WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE

When Mitchell shocked Hannah with his decision, it seemed that happiness might be just around the corner; but, as usual, fate steps in to snatch it from under Hannah’s nose. Instead of the bliss she was promised, problems are now flying at her so fast it’s hard to know what to deal with first. There’s the appearance of a mystery car that seems to be stalking her every move. Then there’s sister, Gina, torn between hunky young farmer, Ross, and giving her cheating husband a second chance to save their family. Most worrying of all, Mitchell’s memory is finally back but if Hannah had thought this would be a good thing, she soon discovers nothing could be further than the truth.

What will this all mean for Hannah? She deserves a happy ending, but right now it seems horribly far away…

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Ways to Say Goodbye by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

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AAAAAAAARGH! This is LITERALLY how excited I was about reviewing and best of all, READING, this short yet perfectly enchanting novella. After the BIG, MASSIVE, HUMONGOUS cliff-hanger at the end of the previous novella ‘I’m Not in Love’, I was off the edge of my seat and rolling on the floor throwing a MASSIVE tantrum to get my greedy bookworm hands on this little priceless thing! And the blurb didn’t seem to make it any better! It only heightened the suspense and made me completely DEVOUR this thing for breakfast!
In the beginning Hannah tries to fight everything between her and Mitchel and makes an attempt to move on by going on a blind date – at least until Mitchell’s memory returns and he realises that breaking his marriage with Martine was a bad thing or he finalises his divorce with her. She still holds fast but is more hesitant to but up such a strong front and more lenient to anything that could happen between Mitchell and her. But then Mitchell remembers everything in one spontaneous and disastrous moment that changes everything for Hannah…
I loved the increase of emotional drama and tension in this novella. It seemed to highlight the strongest of the story’s features. The writing style was beautiful and elegant. I really enjoyed the simplistic yet lovely storytelling that captivated me from book one. It is written in third person past tense which I highly enjoyed.
Sometimes it felt as if there was a lull in the storytelling and I was growing uncharmed by some of the characters. I started to dislike some of them and had trouble understanding their motives sometimes. Take Gina, Hannah’s older sister, for example. She was nearing her fifties and she was hooking up with a guy in his thirties, Ross. I started to experience a shock settling in. I also had started to understand why her relationship with Ross may be considered taboo. Small dislikes had started to creep in, but overall this was still a TOTALLY satisfying book in the end.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the THIRD novella in her charming series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional & Giveaway: The Awakening (Emerge, #1) by Melissa A. Craven

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Release Date: 1st April 2015

Pages: 424
Genre: YA Fantasy

2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist


EMERGE, #1: The AWAKENING

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born.
You live.
You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa A. Craven via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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First thing that I noticed was the very attractive and crisp formatting of the novel. A lovely family tree line was established on the first few pages in the novel. There was really nothing special about the beginning and it seemed slightly too average for my liking. There was no bang or anything that really intrigued or made me feel like this book was something. It was also very typical in the sense that the girl is a high schooler who had dated a guy and then left him. Then a SECOND guy and then ANOTHER came into the picture and it’s officially a love triangle. Call me overwhelmed and totally guy bamboozled! There were too many guys!!! I didn’t like either of Allie’s new love interests and they both seemed like genuine guy body-parts – too selfish and arrogant.
I really disliked Allie in the beginning of the novel. She seemed like the sort of girl who could be a real, downright female dog when she wanted to be and didn’t really care for anybody else but herself. She could also REALLY trample an innocent person if she wished to. Allie was also overly sarcastic and bitter for me. I really didn’t understand what her problem was. The way she talked to and about people wasn’t something I favoured and she seemed to put herself on a pedestal above other characters.
There was simply too much going on in the beginning of the novel. Leaving people behind; attraction to two separate guys; a bonfire gone wrong leaving a girl severely burnt… It was all just a bit too much for me to process in a very small amount of time. The author seemed to want to make drama and tension to make the novel interesting but it felt like too much was squished together and it was all overdone. This was really unappealing to me.
After the first quarter, everything started to reveal itself and gradually calm down enough for me to make sense of everything. It was an interesting idea that the author introduced and I enjoyed that it was original yet unique and special. The “powers” these characters have are different from the stereotypical elemental ones or the overused magical ones. These are far more complex than that and have a system to them. It was a nice change from the vampire or fae fantasy creatures that usually fill this genre. I started to enjoy reading about Allie more but I still couldn’t entirely connect to her on a basic and emotional level. It really left me put of the loop for most of the story and I sorely regret that.
Allie grew on me as time passed. She seemed to evolve into this completely different character the longer I read about her. She would grow smarter, more capable and mature. She was still sarcastic and humorous but it was now something I didn’t find completely irritable.
Character development was done quite well. I really enjoyed the vibrancy and variety of characters which filled the novel. Each was unique and with a history, full of personality and character. I could grow attached to those I loved and seriously detest those that I didn’t.
World building done by the author was something I also enjoyed quite well. The author created a realistic world that merged with made up history of the Immortals. The immortal world then was well connected to co-exist alongside the human/mortal world in a wonderful blend of the two. I loved all the history which the author made up to create a sense of authenticity. My only regret was that it wasn’t explored as deeply as I would have liked.
The end wrapped up well and overall, I really enjoyed this first novel. I felt as if most of my questions were answered but that it left others unanswered which would lead to a GREAT sequel! There wasn’t much in the way of an epic cliff-hanger but there was a great revelation that I will enjoy exploring in the later novels. I can’t wait to see what will happen later!
There were a few typos but no spelling mistakes. Grammar was excellent and the authors writing style was unique and fun.
Congratulations to Melissa A. Craven on publishing a great start to a new series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT MELISSA A. CRAVEN

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Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.

Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”

She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.

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Promotional & Giveaway: I’m Not in Love (Once Upon a Winter, #2) by Tilly Tennant

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Release Date: 7th January 2016

Pages: 83
Genre: Chick Lit

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter– come and fall in love this Christmas!

‘…a wonderful read with a bubbly, unique and fresh style of writing’ – Sky’s Book Corner.
‘Tilly makes her characters so relatable that you can’t help but fall in love with them’ – Starcrossed Reviews.


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #2: I’M NOT IN LOVE

The tinsel and baubles are packed away, and the festivities are over for another year, but Hannah can’t forget the mysterious stranger who fell into her world on Christmas Day. She flings herself back into normal life in a bid to get him out of her head, which means dating other men and having fun with her sister, Gina. But just as she’s getting back on track, fate throws him into her path once more. And this time it results in far more complications than a burnt turkey.

Meanwhile, Gina, is creating problems of her own. As if a messy divorce isn’t enough, she grows closer to Ross, the local farmer’s son. Hannah knows her sister is not going to be popular when the relationship becomes public, especially with Ross’s doting parents or, indeed, Jess, Gina’s teenage daughter, who is far closer in age to Ross than Gina is herself.

Things are about to get very, very messy in Hannah’s neat little world…

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I’m Not in Love by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Eeeeeek! I was very excited about ‘I’m Not in Love’!!! After having read ‘The Accidental Guest’ I couldn’t wait to see more of Hannah and her mysterious love interest! I ship them both SO hard that having the chance to review this novel was SO exciting. I couldn’t wait to delve deeper in Hannah small little world and see what becomes of attraction to the “mysterious stranger”.
There was a lovely writing style coming on the behalf of the author and I greatly enjoyed the simple yet beautiful prose. I liked how the author was able to convey such a great story in such a small amount of pages. Not to mention the thoughts and feelings of her characters, too! I really admired how I was able to connect with Hannah straight away, once again, despite the fact that the previous novella, ‘The Accidental Guest’, was quite short, too, and didn’t give us a lot of time to get to know her really deeply, even though I understood who she was as a person quite quickly.
In this novella, Hannah is trying to forget about Tom – aka the mysterious stranger/accidental guest. Ever since her discovery that Tom has a woman in his life who may just be his wife, Hannah has been trying to avoid her memories of the sparks that flew between them. But fate keeps throwing Tom – his real name still unknown – in her way. Both are struggling to keep their attraction at bay and it doesn’t help that Tom’s wife Martine seems to be an ice queen who Tom doesn’t want to be with but does not mention leaving.
I spotted no spelling or typing mistakes in this little advanced reading copy and so greatly enjoyed that. Grammar was superb as always! It’s written in third person past tense so the novella had lots of room for the opinions of different characters and allowed for a romantic sub-plot featuring Ross, a young neighbour, and Gina, Hannah’s older sister.
It was a great story to read. Full of drama and conflict; mistakes and mishaps; laughter and humour. Really on giant ball of lovely goodness. A great story to read after Christmas and New Years as it really brought out the humour of hangovers and over-eating.
There was the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER IN THE BOOK WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! Whyyyyyyyy???!!!! Tilly Tennant always seems to do this to me/her readers! It was such a great story and then as soon as things finally start to become exciting for our couple the author cuts it off in one sentence! Argh! I have to commend the author on her talent though. If there is anybody better at cliffhangers, then it’s her.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on yet another lovely novella published! Can’t wait to read the next one!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional & Giveaway: Shattered Blue (The Light Trilogy, #1) by Lauren Bird Horowitz

25953603Title: Shattered Blue (The Light Trilogy, #1)
Release Date: 15th September 2015

Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy

– Finalist for USA book award BEST NEW FICTION and BEST FANTASY.

  • – Recommended by Sheknows, Buzzfeed, Hypable, Maria Shriver, Culturalist, etc.
– Named a best book read in 2015 by Socially Awkward Bookworm, The Worn Bookmark and Books and Ladders.

THE LIGHT TRILOGY, #1: SHATTERED BLUE

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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ABOUT LAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ

Lauren Bird Horowitz

Lauren – or ‘Bird’ as she is often known – is a screenwriter and novelist lucky enough to call both Los Angeles and Kauai home. Bird also counts herself lucky that writing exists as a profession—how else could she share the crazy, fantastic worlds in her head? Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.

Lauren believes strongly in dog rescue organizations, whom she has to thank for her beloved Ninja. Ninja was saved by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington DC. To find out more, please visit www.luckydoganimalrescure.org.

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Announcing the BRAND NEW, INTERNATIONAL #FEBRUARYFAE GIVEAWAY celebrating SHATTERED BLUE!

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  • $300 Amazon gift card
  • The Lovers Ring necklace from Zoe Cope Jewelry’s Shattered Blue Capsule Collection
  • A signed copy of Shattered Blue
  • A copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
  • A set of Romeo and Juliet script pencils
  • A pair of Romeo and Juliet script writing gloves
  • A Amortentia (Love Potion) candle
  • Shattered Blue swag (bookmark and a poster)

Best of luck and Fae Fortune to you all!

xoxo, Bird

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Promotional & Giveaway: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton

ALSALOLTitle: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Release Date: 15th January 2016
Pages: 233
Genre: Chick Lit

This isn’t your traditional romance novel, this is a tale of two people who slowly wake up and take control of their own lives.” – Shona, Booky Rambling of a Neurotic Mom.

“A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love was a fabulous way to spend a winters evening, and I found myself hooked on what was happening between the pages.” – Rachel, Rachel’s Random Reads.

Its very rare a book captivates me from the beginning, and this did just that… A great story by Linn and by far the best. Its one of those that will stay with you for a long time to come.” – Grass Monster, Goodreads.


A LITTLE SUGAR, A LOT OF LOVE

Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …

Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.

But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?

Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.

But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …

Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.

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MY REVIEW

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Linn B. Haltion via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

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‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ started off boring, in my opinion. Katie, the main female character, meets the guy, Adam, when he enters her shop because he is soaking wet from the torrential winter rain and has to get his old grandmother a present. Cheesy, right? I know that some might find this romantic but it just seemed too NORMAL to me. The only thing that kept me reading at that point was the promise of romance and drama, from these two characters, in the future.
‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ had a fairly quiet and peaceful style and atmosphere to it. I would strongly recommend reading it in such an environment as it would allow the reader to glean more from the novel and appreciate it. I liked its calm and peacefulness and it is probably what appealed the most to me about the novel.
I really liked that the author was able to take first impressions and appearances and slowly change them over time. She was able to evolve and grow the story. I also liked the way the characters grew themselves and how dynamic they were. They were able to grab a hold of their problems and sort them out – even if it did take them a little while.
It was very sweet, too. The story would often touch me and make me tear up a bit. Grace, the grandmother of Adam, was probably my favourite character out of all found in the novel. She was such a sweet woman who had obviously lived her life to the fullest and she had a heart of gold and a pure soul. She reminded me a lot of my own great-grandmother who I had the pleasure to meet and know when I was quite young. This story ended up being very close to my heart.
There is a paranormal touch to the story, so if you’re not into that, here is your warning. Both the grandmother, Grace, and Adam’s daughter, Lily, are psychics who can talk to people who’ve passed away and read a person and their heart on their first meeting. I found this easy to accept whilst reading and surprisingly did not find it irksome like I would have with any other story. It did add a bit of spice to story, which was great.
The novel is written in first person narration with two main character who are – obviously – Katie and Adam. Each has their own alternate chapter to tell their story. Grace, Adam’s grandmother, also had a few chapters and so did Steve, Katie’s husband.
The grammar was fairly good, though the beginning was a bit stilted but eventually the writing seemed to flow more easily. (Maybe the author grew in confidence or ease?) The prose was fairly simple and there were no spelling mistakes which I could spot in this advanced reading copy. There WERE a couple of typos but that was it.
The ending in ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ was really a very wonderful one. It TOTALLY suited the novel and was the best happily-ever-after! I love HEAs and was extremely satisfied with the conclusion of the novel.
I also greatly admired the author’s choice to write a romance where the characters do not experience insta-love of insta-lust. To be honest, it is very tiring and repetitive to read. This story is about two people who slowly fall in love as a result of their mutual attraction for each other. But they first had to overcome the curveballs that life threw at them. This was a story that really concentrated on the falling-in-love part more than the in-love-and-loving aspect of relationships. It was a refreshing read overall but sadly it did not make me say, “Wow, this book was great!” Or, “OMG, this was awesome!”
Highly recommended for those who would like a little something to read during Christmas or love to experience falling in love once again!
Congratulations to Linn B. Halton on the publication of yet another lovely romance!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT LINN B. HALTON

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“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache…”

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award. Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.

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Promotional & Giveaway: Shattered Blue (The Light Trilogy, #1) by Lauren Bird Horowitz

25953603Title: Shattered Blue (The Light Trilogy, #1)
Release Date: 15th September 2015

Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy

– Finalist for USA book award BEST NEW FICTION and BEST FANTASY.

  • – Recommended by Sheknows, Buzzfeed, Hypable, Maria Shriver, Culturalist, etc.
– Named a best book read in 2015 by Socially Awkward Bookworm, The Worn Bookmark and Books and Ladders.

THE LIGHT TRILOGY, #1: SHATTERED BLUE

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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ABOUT LAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ

Lauren Bird Horowitz

Lauren – or ‘Bird’ as she is often known – is a screenwriter and novelist lucky enough to call both Los Angeles and Kauai home. Bird also counts herself lucky that writing exists as a profession—how else could she share the crazy, fantastic worlds in her head? Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.

Lauren believes strongly in dog rescue organizations, whom she has to thank for her beloved Ninja. Ninja was saved by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington DC. To find out more, please visit www.luckydoganimalrescure.org.

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Now for the BRAND NEW ROUND OF #SPREADTHEWORD, Lauren Bird Horowitz’s #NEWBLUEYEAR contest! International friendly, and open to all including previous winners. If you entered in December, you have 10 free entries already!  There will be a grand prize winner of $400, a signed book, a Shattered Blue poster & a Shattered Blue bookmark AS WELL AS bonus RUNNERS-UP who will win a $50 gift card each! 

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Promotional & Giveaway: Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall (The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #2) by Luccia Gray

A1Zr2I62FpL._SL1500_Title: Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall (The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #2) by Luccia Gray 
Release Date: 28th August 2015
Pages: 305
Genre: Historical Fiction

Readers are invited to rediscover the mystery and magic of a Victorian Gothic Romance set in Eyre Hall, the mansion Jane Eyre rebuilt after her marriage to Edward Rochester.

This breathtaking trilogy chronicles the lives and vicissitudes of the residents of Eyre Hall from the beginning to the height of the Victorian era.


The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #2: Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall

Following Edward Rochester’s death in All Hallows at Eyre Hall, Jane Eyre, who has been blackmailed into marrying a man she despises, will have to cope with the return of the man she loved and lost. The secrets she has tried so hard to conceal must be disclosed, giving rise to unexpected events and more shocking revelations.

Romance, mystery, and excitement will unfold exploring the evolution of the original characters, and bringing to life new and intriguing ones, spinning a unique and absorbing narrative, which will move the action from the Yorkshire countryside, to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica.

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MY REVIEW

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Luccia Gray in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall’ that was as utterly captivating and awesome as ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’, which is the first novel in ‘The Eyre Hall Trilogy’. I must also mention that even though this is the second novel in the series, it can also be read as a standalone. The author does give you information about the characters and previous events if you choose to do so, but I would strongly recommend reading the first novel beforehand to get the backstory that I believe is vital to reading this one. There are also many key scenes and characters who return in this novel from the previous.
This novel takes place roughly one year after the first and does not restrict itself to one setting. It takes the reader from the Yorkshire countryside of England to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica. I found this variety of settings beautiful and flavourful as they gave the reader a change of scenery – like a breath of fresh air – whilst preserving the strong emotional atmosphere that the author silently weaves around her audience to ensure our entrapment into her gorgeous narrative world.
There has been a change to the way that Luccia Gray writes: instead of the long chapters and a multitude of various character perspectives, she now write with a chapter dedicated to a specific character whose voice is the one we read. The writing has still remained in first person narration, nevertheless. I really enjoyed this – just like in the first novel – and hope that she continues to do so in her third and following novel, ‘Midsummer at Eyre Hall’ which will be released later in 2016.
The author has also graciously responded to my review of her previous novel about my confusion with Jane Eyre’s appearance and why exactly Jane is now being referred to as beautiful and pretty by everyone instead of plain and mouse-like; why Jane now has green eyes and auburn hair, rosy cheeks with pretty lips. Since it has been roughly under a year since I’ve last read ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, I’ve forgotten the exact specifics of her appearance. I still remember her to have brown hair and eyes although this is incorrect as she has green eyes, even though Edward Rochester says that she has hazel eyes and hair with rosy cheeks and pink lips. The reason that Jane Eyre of Luccia Gray has a more beautiful appearance is the result of her having grown up and matured from her young, plain self. She was plain as a nineteen-year-old due to her having no money as an orphan and no caregivers who could provide her with good clothing, makeup, and jewelry. She was unembellished and thus plain. Now, twenty-four years later, she has gained money and status and is now able to wear better clothes, makeup, and jewelry. Thus, her appeal to other men and women has been greatly enhanced. She is now a woman and lady in her own right. I find this very likable and greatly enjoyed reading Jane’s new appearance. She seemed a more potent and virile character. (Not that she never was in the original ‘Jane Eyre’ but we must all admit that readers enjoy reading about attractive characters more than they do about ugly or unappealing ones.)
I must also warn you that the sexual ideas discussed in this novel may be unappealing to some readers. There is nothing graphic or explicit but sex is mentioned. Plus the way women who were poor or worked as servants were treated by their lords or masters is really accentuated in ‘Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall’, much like in ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’. Mason is usually the instigator of such actions. He would often demand that Mrs. Leah, who is the housekeeper, send girls or house maids up to his rooms at night to ‘entertain’ him. Often more than one would be sent up. This really shocked me and made me dislike Mason EXTREMELY but it really brought to light how different the 1800s were compared to now, and how unfavorable the conditions were often for unmarried and poor, working women.
In my opinion, this novel is also a lot lighter and easier to read than the first. The text flows more surely and it is clear that the author is more experienced with her writing than in her debut novel ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’. The story and plot were impeccably thought out. It was strong and steady but multiple little subplots were also interweaved into the one giant arc story to create a beautiful piece of fiction: truly a masterpiece.
The characters were all complex. Each and everyone had their own background, their own past, history, their mannerisms, characteristics, and personalities. Each was distinguishable and distinct from the other: something, not all authors are able to do. Many, in fact, create so many like characters that in the end, they all blend together and lose variety and difference. All characters were also dynamic and really, very realistic.
The ending was perhaps my most favourite bit. It was just right for this novel. It was slightly sad but mostly happy. I will not say that it was bittersweet – because it was not – but I will hint at the fact that it is almost a happily ever after. This novel seemed more an adventure than a fairytale and I have to say that I am most glad that I have endeavoured to pick it up and read it. (Although, to be honest, it was less of an endeavour and more of a pleasure!)
There were no grammatical or spelling mistakes. Once again the prose was just outstanding and the writing was superb. There were a few typos but I found them easy to ignore.
Congratulations to Luccia Gray on publishing what I can truthfully say is a FIVE STAR! I can’t wait to read ‘Midsummer at Eyre Hall’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT LUCCIA GRAY

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Luccia Gray was born in London and now lives in the south of Spain with her husband. She has three children and three grandchildren. When she’s not reading or writing, she teaches English at an Adult Education Centre and at the Spanish National University.

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