BLOG TOUR: Such A Secret Place by Cortney Pearson


Title: Such A Secret Place
Author: Courtney Pearson 
Series: Stolen Tears #1
Release date: April 1st 2015
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Synopsis via GoodreadsRaids splatter across the news--Arcaian soldiers are stealing magic left and right, using it against the people they steal it from.


When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille's brother gets taken in one of these raids, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.

Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her people’s magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.

All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day they’ll succeed at draining her people's magic completely, and all hope will be gone—not only for her brother, but for her world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, anda writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. Cortney lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

**GIVEAWAY**


**MY REVIEW**

This book was to say the most, mediocre. It would have been a good one in my opinion, if I hadn't read the simply brilliant An Ember in the Ashes and Red Queen withing two weeks, and opening another fantasy book meant that I automatically held it up to that high standard. What I'm basically say is that I'm sure that I would have liked it more if I read it a while before/ after I read the others, because my brain is now swamped with all this fantasy;)

As the blurb tell us, and with a few details of my own: A long long while ago, a wizard cast a spell over the world so that everyone would feel almost no emotion. After 'Torrenting' as their discovering their magic is called, they slowly lose the essence of what makes them human. 

A while later, the Arcaians came from another world and started stealing the people's magic. Though the people in this world should have been outraged, with their lack of emotion, they couldn't have cared less even though they are treated like slaves. Well, almost.

 Ambry is the only girl from her batch, and in EVER who hasn't got her magic yet and still has her emotions. Which makes her see all the others as emotional zombies including her best friend who torrented years ago, and everything that made them friends were no longer of consequence to her.

 I genuinely loved the whole concept of the story- an emotion stealer fantasy book! If that's not original, I don't know what is! I suppose it was a good book, and I'm not going to be a story ruiner, but it's definitely worth a read!

BLOG TOUR: Midnight by Eve Eschenbacher- Guest Post and Giveaway



Title: Midnight



Author: Eve Eschenbacher
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: May 11, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon ~ Barnes & Nobles
Genre: Young Adult
Blurb Description: When ordinary girl, Karen, waits out her last year of high school, she hopes for magic. Her small town has nothing for her and she longs for adventure, which she finds at a party of all places. Finally away from the small town minds she meets someone new.

Someone, who with a few scratches of ink on her skin, awakens a part of her she never knew about.

All of a sudden Karen is shown a whole new world, and Gabriel wants her to make it hers. All she has to do is love him eternally. Her new life is magical and amazing, until her new powers bring a new threat.

Can she do what needs to be done? The sacrifices and decisions that will need to be made--Is she strong enough?

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 Author Bio:


Eve Eschenbacher lives in the Pacific Northwest with her son and a very fluffy cat. By day she’s a video game voice-over producer, and by night she writes books and freelances as a Japanese translator. Always with a book and a video game close at hand, she probably spends too much time looking at screens.

 Author Links: Twitter || Facebook || Website
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**GUEST POST**
Do I believe in magic?
Well, Karen certainly hoped for magic. Karen and I have something similar, in that we’re both from small, rural farming communities that were far away from larger cities. It was a setting that I hadn’t seen in many YA books, and I wanted to use it for mine. I grew up in an area that was a 1-square mile town surrounded by 20 square miles of farmland. My house was a quarter mile away from the next house, and it was one of two houses on that side of the road. You had to drive if you wanted to get anywhere, because the nearest grocery store was a 15 minute drive away, and there was no bus service out there.
So Karen and I, we both felt like there was something out there. There had to be. When you’re that isolated, you almost feel as if you’re travelling between worlds whenever you go to school, or go home. Once you pass the “city limits” and suddenly it’s nothing but cornfields as far as the eye can see, you feel as if you’ve pierced the veil and passed over into a different world. I could sit in my backyard at night in the summer and see for miles in any direction by the moonlight. I could even watch fireworks from five different towns during the fourth of July. It really lent itself to the idea that I had passed over to the land of the fairies, and was hiding somewhere in Queen Mab’s domain.
But there’s another feeling that comes from that kind of isolation, a feeling of longing for that populated world, or longing for something different. That quiet, safe, familiar, samey sort of background becomes more and more like a blanket, isolating you and smothering you until you want nothing more but to see something, anything different. For me, I made my something different by writing stories and exploring virtual worlds. Karen is at that stage where she’s just hoping for something different to appear, and *poof* there’s Gabriel. He’s her something different, and she’s drawn to that.
That magical message on her arm helps, too. :)
A book I’ve read several times is “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman. One of the central concepts of the book is that believing in something gives it power, and enough belief in something can make it real. I love this concept of magic, that the mind makes something real. While I can say that my attempts to think myself back to eighteenth century France have been thus far unsuccessful, I can at least make it real through my writing, and share that with all of my readers. 

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BLOG TOUR: The Artisans by Julie Reece- Review & Giveaway


Title: The Artisans
Publication date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | kobo | TBD
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Blurb Description: They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?


ABOUT JULIE REECE:

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook Goodreads

**GIVEAWAY**
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**MY REVIEW**

I'm a huge fan of the impossible. And strange, sexy, weirdly controlling, know it all guys. And mystery. So, The Artisans, on reading the synopsis, sounded like the perfect book for me!

And while it was a good book, I wished that it could have been more. 

I loved the fact that Raven had a conscious, that she was an excellent artist, and that she cared so much for her family, even if the first was shadowed by excessive teenage drama. I loved that Gideon always mentioned that aloof, mysterious, charming attitude, with the I know it all, have it all air- all while slowly breaking the exterior and showing us his soft side. I loved Dane (Ravens best friend) and all the brotherly love, but it seemed  like Maggie (her other best friend) was only put there because Julie Reece wanted to avoid a love triangle between Gideon, Dane and Raven and to start putting ideas into Ravens head about Gideon- and the I didn't like because best friends are supposed to be more than just that.

I thought the entire concept of the Artisans was strange as well- I mean seriously? Who does that? But then, I guess I figured it out long before it was actually explained, and a small part of me was hoping for more, and I didn't get it. And Desiree. She was the worst of the lot- you'll have to read to find out who she is- but still.

But I did love the overall themes of friendship and strange, forbidden love and random acts of sexy kindness! So, overall, a book I would recommend if just for the romance! 4 stars!


BLOG TOUR: Macyn's Letter by S.L. Stacker- Guest Post & Giveaway



Title: Macyn’s Letter (Book 1)

Series: Macyn McIntyre
Author: S.L. Stacker
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication Date: May 21st
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Buy Links:  Amazon ~ Barnes & Nobles
Blurb Description: A near-death experience at the hands of her husband would cause any woman to cling to her crippling trust issues and dating phobia, and Macyn McIntyre is no exception. Falling into the lap of a sexy stranger may persuade her to change her mind, but before Macyn realizes what’s happening, a second potential love interest is vying for her affections.

When a threatening letter turns up in her mailbox, Macyn realizes choosing between two guys is the least of her worries. Abduction, violence, and rescue by an elite squad change the course of her life forever. When she seeks revenge on those who hurt her, she has to decide if she can trust the ones who vow they love her.

Will Macyn be able to overcome her past and use their aid in her vendetta, or will she take matters into her own hands?


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Author Bio:

S.L. Stacker is a romantic suspense author and novelist with Booktrope publishing and a member of International Thriller Writers association. She has written and published three books in the Macyn McIntyre series. Her current work includes several fiction novels, but her focus is Sisters of Summit Bay—to be published in 2015. When she isn’t throwing her readers for a loop and leaving them with cliffhangers, she can be found chilling with her husband, children, and dog.

 Author Links: Website || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon
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**GUEST POST**
Behind the Scenes:
Macyn McIntyre and Devon Brady


How did the Macyn McIntyre Series, specifically Macyn’s Letter, come to be?
The idea for the Macyn McIntyre Series came about after I lost my job in the natural gas industry. When I wasn’t interviewing and taking care of my kids and family, I found myself spending a lot of time online searching for and reading free fiction blogs. I’ve always been a big reader, but because our family had lost my income, I couldn’t afford to buy books the way I had in the past. When I realized I was limited in my online reading, I decided I would start a fiction blog.

How did you decide on names for your H and h (Hero and Heroine)?
When I was pregnant with my first child, I searched thousands of baby names, whether online or in books. When I saw the female variation of Mason, I fell in love with the name. I decided at that moment, if my baby was a girl, I would name her Macyn. Surprisingly, she ended up being a he, and the name was shelved away for later use.
My second child was a girl, and I threw the name into the pot, but ultimately, my husband and I decided on another name, and once again, Macyn was shelved...permanently as this would be our last child.
Well, when I decided to start writing, I knew immediately this would be my new baby, and I would finally be able to use the name I had chosen so many years earlier. Macyn was born!
Devon...well, I would love to be able to say his I had a cool story on how his name was chosen, but I can’t. I did search online for men’s names, and his name stood out. In my mind, it fit well with Macyn.

Now that we know where the names came from, how did your Hero and heroine come about? How did you decided what type of characters they would be?
When I initially started writing, I was going to focus on Macyn and her husband, but from the start, it felt wrong. I knew I wanted her to have been married, but I didn’t want her to be married to him throughout the book. I wanted her to be with Devon. However, I also wanted Macyn to be weak at the beginning and indecisive. I wanted her to be dependent upon Devon, but then I wanted something to happen, like a light switch being flipped, and suddenly she’s this strong person.
As for Devon, I had a specific type of person in mind. I wanted him to be this laid back man who went along with almost anything. The type of man who would support his woman through anything, but a man who didn’t think twice about taking charge when he needed to.

What will happen with Macyn and Devon in the future?
Well, without giving anything away, they will each get what they’re searching for, but they may not get it in the manner they think it should happen.

What inspired you with your villain?

I watch way too much crime television. I took a little bit of everything and mixed it into him/her. To be honest, this particular character was the most fun to write. I found there were no limits.

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BLOG TOUR: Omni by Andrea Murray- Guest Post & Giveaway



Title: Omni (Book 1 of the Omni Duology)
Author: Andrea Murray
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Buy Links: Amazon ~ Barnes & Nobles ~ iTunes ~ Goodreads
Blurb Description: They will risk everything, even challenging the all-seeing eye of the Omni government. But will the prize be worth the cost?

Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society.  For over two years, he’s hoped—prayed—that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence. 

When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, his life takes an unbelievable twist.

With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation.  Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well. The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.



Author Bio:

Andrea Murry Author PicAndrea Murray has been teaching English for longer than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from elementary reading groups to concurrent credit classes. She is currently teaching junior high language arts. She has a BSE and an MA in English.

She lives in a very small town in Arkansas with her husband of nineteen years and their two children. In addition to teaching, she also blogs on Chick Lit Plus, writes young adult fiction, and recently completed her fourth novel, Omni, a YA dystopian based on the story of Paris and Helen. Andrea has also written The Vivid Trilogy, a YA paranormal romance. When she isn’t doing that, she’s probably reading or watching bad B movies.

 Author Links: Website || Goodreads || Amazon || Facebook || Twitter

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**GUEST POST**

Tips for Writers
1.        Make time.
It’s so hard to find the time to write sometimes.  You have to create a schedule of sorts, a set time every day or a certain number of days per week to sit down and devote yourself to your writing.  I have two young children and a full-time teaching job.  Finding time is often a struggle, but I really try to maintain my writing/reading time, and that is harder than it seems.  Sometimes, I look around and see toys that need to be picked up, clothes in the hamper awaiting the wash, or a coffee cup that needs to be put in the dishwasher, but I have to put on my blinders and focus on storytelling.  You also have to be willing to sacrifice for it at times.  What do I sacrifice? Sleep!  My writing time is between 4:30 AM and 6:00 AM.

2.        Know your characters.
You MUST know everything possible about your characters.  You should be able to drop your character into any situation and know exactly how your character will react.  Talk to them (just don’t let anyone hear you doing that or they will begin giving you strange looks).  Listen to their responses.  See them.  Know what they look like even if you never introduce that into your story.  If you know your characters well enough, you will be able to create the best conflict.  I try to put my character into the situation I know he/she doesn’t want to be in.  That’s when I get my story.

3.        READ!
Good writers are good readers.  If you aren’t reading, how can you expect to write? Yes, it’s time consuming to spend time reading and reviewing other works, but you can’t write if you don’t experience other writers’ styles.  Reading expands your own writing and helps you know what’s out there in the world of novels.  You don’t want to fill a notch that’s already filled, but you won’t know if it’s your notch without reading.

4.        Know your audience.
I know teenagers.  I may not be the best writer in the world, but I know, without a doubt, what kids like and don’t like.  I have long since lost count of the number of students I have had over my eighteen years in education, but one thing I’ve learned is that teens don’t really change.  Styles change, language changes, but kids are overall the same.  They might have trouble explaining what they loved about a book, but they most definitely know what they hated about it.  From that, I deduced things they like.  Reluctant readers won’t read a long novel.  It might be the best book EVER, but if it looks like you could smash a small rodent with it, they won’t touch it.  Kids like short chapters.  It gives them a sense of accomplishment and a clear goal.  Most kids like a little grit.  They want a character with at least a touch of bad. It isn’t realistic to think kids don’t hear cursing and talk about mature subjects.  If they go to public school, trust me they hear it.  Does that mean the book should be overflowing with sex and profanity? No, that is likely to turn them away.  It’s a balance—one I’m constantly striving to achieve.

5.         Editing is hard.

I am still working on this one.  It is so difficult to edit your writing.  That page you just sweated over is your baby, your pride and joy! Cutting one word feels like a wound.  You NEED that word, that sentence, that paragraph.  If you hadn’t, you wouldn’t have written it, right? Well, eliminating that one word might improve the entire piece, so it has to go.  Painful? Sure.  Necessary? Absolutely.  
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BLOG TOUR: Molly Lee by Andrew Joyce





Title: Molly Lee
Author: Andrew Joyce
Publication Date: March, 29, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon ~Goodreads ~ B&N ~ iTunes ~Kobo
Genre: Literature
Blurb Description: It’s 1861 and the Civil War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her family’s farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause enter her life. One of them—a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn—ends up saving her virtue, if not her life.

Molly is so enamored with Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not so nice.

We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-six.

Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her.

Molly Lee is the story of a woman who knows what she wants and starts out to get it. Molly is about to set off on the quest of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes.

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Author Bio:
Andrew Joyce's MOLLY LEE is the sequel to his best-selling novel REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. It is the story of a woman who knows what she wants and starts out to get it. Molly is about to set off on the quest of a lifetime . . . of two lifetimes.
Andrew Joyce lives on a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.
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 **INTERVIEW**

Who would you most like to sit next to on an airplane?
I don’t fly anymore. But if I did, I’d prefer an empty seat. If I couldn’t get that, then I reckon Jesus would do. I’m sure he would have some good stories.

Who would play you in a movie?
Depending on the day, either Matthew McConaughey or Jabba the Hut.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Oxygen.

What's the best writing advice you've ever given?
READ, READ, READ, and then READ some more. Read every book you can get your hands on. Read Steinbeck . . . The Grapes of Wrath and Tortilla Flat.
"The afternoon came down as imperceptibly as age comes to a happy man. A little gold entered into the sunlight. The bay became bluer and dimpled with shore-wind ripples. Those lonely fishermen who believe that the fish bite at high tide left their rocks and their places were taken by others, who were convinced that the fish bite at low tide."— John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat
That is some damn good writing. And when you read stuff like that you can’t help but become a better writer.
In Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck has one long paragraph that is just one sentence. It is beautiful writing, writing at its best. For those of you who are interested, it is the first paragraph of chapter three. Read it a few times to see the genius of it.

What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?
I wake up around 2:00 a.m., then sit down at the computer and go to town. About the time the sun is coming up, I take my dog for his morning walk and shake the cobwebs outta my head. Then I go back to work for another few hours. I live on a boat and that is where I do my writing.

When and why did you first start writing?
Five years ago, I threw my TV out the window. Then sat down at the computer and wrote my first short story—140 short stories and three novels later, here I am. I started writing because I had to.

Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
I have read all my life. But I found that I could not read a book during the writing, editing or marketing process. When I did so, I neglected my work to finish the book I was reading; especially if it was a Lee Child or Baldacci novel. However, between writing books, that is all I do, read.
What was the first book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke.

What are you working on right now?

Making a big, tall drink that is 90% vodka.


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BLOG TOUR: The Light (Equilibrium #2) by Kate Thomas- Giveaway & Top Ten List

Title: The Light, Equilibrium II
Series: Equilibrium
Author: Kate Thomas
Genre: Paranormal Romance - New Adult
Blurb Description: With the truth of Ellie's place among the Balance Keepers finally coming to light, training now begins. She must learn to harness the powers that are growing within her, some spiraling out of control. Confusion and frustration become her constant companions, as her search for answers does nothing but push her further from the man she's come to love.

David is The Light, the speaker of truth, the whisperer of good in the world. His desire for more than he can have with his new apprentice tears at the fabric of his own stability, bit by bit. He knows what the future holds — and just how damning it will be for Ellie if she's not prepared to handle it — but he's forbidden to help.

As tragedy becomes reality, will she reach for The Light, or run into the soothing arms of The Darkness?

Author Bio:

Kate Thomas, is the author of the upcoming Equilibrium Series, a five-book supernatural new adult series, with plans for a few more series in 2015.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can't help but indulge in.

With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.
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**TOP TEN LIST**
10 Things I'm Addicted to!

1. Hubby. The thing that I am most addicted to is definitely, by far my husband. He's ridiculously good looking, athletic, sensitive, loving, serving and puts up with me in ways no man should ever have to. He encourages me and lets me dream BIG all the time, quick to follow me anywhere and fast to remind me that I'm beautiful and loved. He's addictive in a million ways and I could list his name on all ten of these things, but that would make even me gag! :)

2. Coffee. I love coffee so crazy much that I've figured out lately how to have one cup of regular in the morning and then a few cups of 1/2 caf during the day and decaf at night. This schedule takes effort, but man is it worth it. I LOVE coffee, but not black. I need my International Delights Hazelnut creamer to go with it - like having a dessert. Starbucks is good and Seattle's Best is alright, but the things I can do with my Kurig? Lord have mercy.

3. PJ's. If I'm at home, I'm in my pjs. If you stop by on my day off, I'm in my pjs. If it's 3 in the afternoon, 10 in the morning or midnight and I'm at my house - you got it, in my pjs. Nothing says comfort and relaxation like getting into your pajamas as if you plan on staying awhile - a long while.

4. My Computer. I love to write and surf certain parts of the web. If I'm free I'll usually be typing away on some new projects, chatting with friends or tweeting until I have nothing more to say, which takes a looooooooooooong time.

5. Books. I love a physical book way more than I like my Nook. Don't get me wrong. The Nook is convenient, but I sure do love holding a book in my hand, putting notes in it or re-reading it and seeing the pages are worn from me reading it before. Nothing like snuggling down in the covers with a good - hold it in your hands - book!

6. Pizza. If I were on death row and they took an order for my last meal, it would be pizza and Mt. Dew for sure. I love pizza, the woodfired kind, but being in Texas that's a little rarer than one might expect. With that being the case, I'll take a thin crust supreme (no onions or peppers) from Pizza hut. LOVE IT. *is hungry now*

7. Vavoom Mousse. For some reason, this isn't popular anymore (whathappenedtothe90's?) My hair is kinky curly and I have to either put in mousse made from tire tar or use Vavoom. My sweet hubby (see addiction 1) has searched the city of Houston for this and finds it here and there, but mostly turns up empty. I walked into Ulta the other day and WHAT? It was there on the front display. I bought 10 of them and the girl looked at me like, "Who uses $150 of mousse?" Um me... I'm addicted.

8. Husband.

9. Hot guy I married.

10. Boy of my dreams that wears my ring. 
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AUDIOBOOK BLOG TOUR: Portal by Imogen Rose- Review


Release Date: 01/23/10
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins 
 Summary from Goodreads: Come Find Me Two Years Ago...

Six words that propel ice-hockey-playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension.

She suddenly finds herself living the life of a glamorous cheerleader. She finds herself transported from her happy life with her dad to living with the mother she hates.

Everyone knows her as Arizona Darley, but she isn't. She is Arizona Stevens.

As she struggles to find answers she is certain of two things -- that her mother is somehow responsible, and that she wants to go back home to her real life.

That's until she meets Kellan...



About the Author
Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike. An immunologist by profession, Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time and is currently working on her second teen series, the Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen was born in Sweden and has lived in several places, counting London among her favorites. She moved to New Jersey in 2001. A self-confessed Herm├Ęs addict, Imogen freely admits to being obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family, friends, and Chihuahua.

Author Links: WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

**REVIEW**

I had HUGE hopes for this book. And while it was a good contemporary novel, as something sci-fi- it completely, COMPLETELY lost all moral grounds!

I really don't know what to say- there was just too much going on. At first it was exciting to see what Imogen Rose would do with a jock girl with a broken home taken, and suddenly woken up in a new, perfect like, with a perfect family, a new father, a new supposed personality and even blond hair. Instead of playing ice hockey on the varsity team with only boys for team mates, she is now a cheerleader with manicured nails and a wardrobe to follow suit.

I was expecting something. SOMETHING. And instead, the jock girl completely blended into her new life with barely any hitches- changed into some sweet, perfect talking girl instead of the girl that I was given the impression that she was. And it felt SO OFF!

Apart from that, my problems with the Portal itself. Where did the morality go? How is it okay for someone- anyone- to create a portal that bends space, time and reality to alter her own, because she wasn't happy enough with her own life? REALLY? What the HELL happened to the consequences? And to the SCIENCE of it all? 

If you're still willing to ignore all that- which somehow, I managed to do, there actually is a pretty nice contemporary, as I mentioned earlier. Arizona Darley (the protagonist- previously Arizona Stevens) is a nice girl, with a nice life, assuming you manage to get over the fact that she was once someone else, with a whole other personality.

I wouldn't really recommend it that much. But it was fun while it lasted.

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BOOK BLITZ: Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill


Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill 
Release Date: 05/12/15
Quercus/Hachette
398 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl. In Louise O'Neill's world of Only
Every Yours women are no longer born naturally, girls (called
"eves") are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men until they come of age. Freida and Isabel are best friends.

Now, aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions--wives to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives--life as a concubine, or a chastity (teaching endless generations of girls)--are too horrible to contemplate.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty--her only asset--in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. Freida must fight for her future--even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known.

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Praise for Only Ever Yours
"Terrifying and heartbreaking,
O'Neill's story reads like an heir to Margaret Atwood's The
Handmaid's Tale
and M.T. Anderson's Feed, and, like those
books, it's sure to be discussed for years to come."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A dark dream. A vivid nightmare. The world
O'Neill imagines is frightening because it could come true. She writes with a
scalpel."
—Jeanette Winterson

"An ingenious exploration of gender roles,
female identity, and female competition."
—Buzzfeed

“Unbelievably believable, compelling, utterly
riveting... Whilst it is dark, uncompromising and utterly daunting to read
as a woman, it is and should be a classic in the making."
—Liz Loves Books


About the Author
Louise O' Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on
to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.

She went from hanging out on set with A-list celebrities to spending most of
her days in pyjamas while she writes, and has never been happier.

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