Sep 30, 2014

Swag September: Author Spotlight -- Megan Erickson (+ Giveaway!)


Spotlight -- Megan Erickson

Megan Erickson

Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.

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Make It Count

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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.
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Make It Right

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Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max - cocky jocks who assume she's fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem...

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.
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Anchor Me

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Jillian Banner is adrift.

Her brother, Gabe, had been her anchor since she was thirteen. But now he’s gone, leaving behind a pregnant fiancée and a business under investigation by the IRS. Jillian is alone, having left the only man she ever loved under a haze of betrayal.

Mark Chambers spent the summer trying to get over the loss of Jillian. Now that he also lost his best friend, Gabe, he’s barely keeping it together. He never betrayed Jillian, but he can’t tell her the truth, even if it was all for her. He made promises, and those promises go beyond the grave.

In mourning, Mark and Jillian tentatively restart a relationship, throwing their support behind the mother of Gabe’s child. As the owner of an aquatic store, Jillian takes on her hardest challenge yet, helping a business partner sell captive-bred seahorses.

But just when Jillian begins to trust Mark again, she finds the men in her life built walls of lies to protect her. To stay afloat, Jillian has to learn what she wants, what she needs and how to be her own anchor.

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As promised, each spotlight will have a giveaway attached to it!

You can win 1 of 2 bookmark swag packs from Megan Erickson!!
(One will have a button, the other one won't!)

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Sep 29, 2014

Swag September: Author Spotlight -- Nikki Godwin (+Interview and Giveaway)


Spotlight -- Nikki Godwin

Nikki Godwin
Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfers are Jeremy Flores and Gabriel Medina. She often is at war with herself because she can't decide if she loves Nat Young or Mitch Crews more. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she'll never shut up. You've been warned.

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Interview

1. What made you decide to be a writer?
*I loved reading and writing when I was growing up. Journal time was my favorite thing in school. I always had stories floating around in my head. When I was in the 8th grade, our English class read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I was completely captivated by the character of Dallas Winston. He was real, like leaping-off-the-pages kind of real, and I'd never felt that way while reading a book before. At that time, I decided to cut back on reading and start writing more. I felt like the world needed more "real" characters, and I intended to write them.

2. What was your hardest book to write? Easiest?
*Kids In Love KILLED me. I absolutely hated writing that book. It was pure misery. It was the first time I wrote a book for someone other than myself, and nothing went as planned with it. I cried a lot during that writing process. I'll never put myself through that again. I'll never write for anyone other than myself again. Luckily, the rest of the series is going to be *my* way, so the worst is over.

*The easiest book to write was Falling From The Sky. It was my first full-out novel to write, and I wasn't concerned with publication, readers, reviews, etc. It was just Micah, Ridge, and me every night when I sat down at my laptop, and it was the most peaceful and enjoyable writing experience.

3. If you had to date one of the band members from American Girl on Saturn, which one do you think you would pick?
*I've had different answers to this question over the year that the book has been in existence, but in all actuality, I wouldn't date any of the guys in Spaceships Around Saturn. Their head bodyguard Tank is another story, though...

4. Let's continue with that thought. If you had to pick one character to go on a date with from your Drenaline Surf series, which one would you choose?
*I can only pick one!? But there are so many I'd date from this series! LOL. Honestly - Shark McAllister. I know, that's cheating since he's deceased in the series, but he's the one I'd choose. If I have to choose a living one... um... I can't believe I'm going to say this, but... Colby Taylor.

5. Anything else you wanna add to the mix?
*Thank you for having me on your blog for Swag September! To anyone else reading this, thank you for reading & supporting Amber's awesomeness. Also, my next book BREAKING SAINT JUDE is out October 9th, and it's an awesome and weird YA LGBT romance unlike any other. :D (Yes, shameless self plug)
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Falling From The Sky

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All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.

Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can't decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.
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Chasing Forever Down (Drenaline Surf #1)

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After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.

If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
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Rough Waters (Drenaline Surf #2)

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Haley's future has been waiting on the west coast for the past year, but she isn't the only new face in Crescent Cove this summer. When Colby Taylor's parents locate him and interrupt his surf competition, the surf star spirals out of control, dragging Drenaline Surf's reputation through the mud and into the ground with him.

With Colby's secrets plastered across surf magazines and tabloid headlines, Haley takes on the job of playing damage control for Drenaline Surf - which isn't easy when Colby breaks everything he touches, Topher breaks the law, and Miles breaks his leg.

Instead of chasing dreams of forever, Haley spends her summer chasing the unraveling careers of the hottest new faces in the surf world, and she's about to learn what happens when forever doesn't last.

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American Girl on Saturn (Saturn #1)

Click Here to see the Cover Reveal for Cross Me Off Your List, Book #2 in the Saturn Series!!

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The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys...in their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.

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As promised, each spotlight will have a giveaway attached to it!

You can win 1 of 4 bookmark swag packs from Nikki Godwin!!

You Can also win an Ebook copy of your choice by Nikki Godwin!!

I have included a picture down below for you to see what you can win!!

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Cover Reveal -- Cross Me Off Your List (Saturn #2) By Nikki Godwin

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Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Tour Host: Lola Blog Tours

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Spring break in Los Angeles with her BFFs has been Marisol's driving force to get through senior year. But when a falling out dents her plans, Marisol tucks the broken friendship into her back pocket with her cell phone and spring break bucket list.

Surf city Crescent Cove isn't exactly LA, but once she meets a tattooed brunette named Noah in the hotel elevator, Marisol really doesn't mind crossing off the items on her list without her friends - especially after Noah offers to help. Unaware that Noah fits the criteria for item #3 (meet a celebrity), Marisol is instantly thrown into the world of paparazzi, wild nights, and a spring break she'll never forget.

While her friends are making memories in LA, Marisol is making tabloid headlines. But after slipping a Spaceships Around Saturn secret to the media, Marisol has to fight hard to survive her fifteen minutes of fame and get back on Noah's good side before he crosses her off of his list for good.

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About The Author


Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfers are Jeremy Flores and Gabriel Medina. She often is at war with herself because she can't decide if she loves Nat Young or Mitch Crews more. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she'll never shut up. You've been warned.


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Memory Lane Monday #27 -- Mutilate My Heart by Emily Godwin Review


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)
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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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17622850Mutilate My Heart
Author: Emily Godwin
Release Date: July 9th, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 158
Format: Paperback, bought

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Synopsis: 

Punk rock band Mutilated Arteries has been seventeen-year-old Becca's world (aka obsession) for the last year. When the band schedules a concert in her hometown, she and her best friend Carli are the first ones in line to buy tickets. The night is everything she expects it to be and more, especially after making friends with the new super-cute bassist, Sketch.

Becca's mom warns her not to fall for a rock star because rock stars are always on the road - or they die in a plane crash, like her mom's favorite band did twenty-something years ago. But after the band's tour bus breaks down and they're stuck hanging out in Roizen Hills for a week, it's hard for Becca not to fall for Sketch and his caricature drawings and toxic green eyes.

Becca knows Sketch is leaving as soon as the bus is fixed, and she can't be his fan-turned-girlfriend anyway because of the lead singer's "No Girlfriends" rule. Plus, there's something strange about the guys that Becca can't quite decipher... like how they won't reveal their real names, their always-changing odd appearances, and the guitarist's obsession with blood and zombies. Still, Becca wants nothing more than for Sketch to mutilate her heart...but it just might not be in a way she expects.

My Review:

Read my recap for this book Here.

The first time I read through this book I had NO idea that it was considered paranormal. It read like any other contemporary I have read, so I was pretty confused. The twist comes at the end of the story. Now that I knew what was going to happen, it was so easy for me to pick out all the little hints throughout the pages. I actually felt stupid that I didn't pick up on it the first time around.

I loved this book even more this time around. I have also read more of the Godwin sisters books, so I was able to pull more references from the other books out as well. I was like HEY!! I know that!! It's rather fun to be able to read their books and feel like you are in a scavenger hunt! The more you read by them the more references you get! I am starting to feel like I am a Godwin sister expert!!

I loved Sketch just like I did the last time around. I knew more of his personality this time around so I swooned even more. He is such a sweetheart and so reserved. Once you learn more about him you feel horrible for what he has went through. His quote "you make me feel alive" hit me twice as hard because I knew his past and I know his present as well.

I also liked watching the other band members open up. They have a closely guarded secret, but by the end of the book they were all laughing and joking around, despite their "no girlfriend" and "no getting close to the fans" rule. Nightmare's comment at the end makes you want to say awwww. You know he was missing something and knew there was nothing he could do to change it.

The characters all have a totally different personality yet they all fit, except maybe Maddie. I didn't like her. She was bitchy (excuse my language) and very self centered. I couldn't stand her and was usually saying something like "Becca why did you invite her! You know she is a party pooper!!" But I know how it is when you feel guilty for something!

This book is great and makes me want to find my own version of Mutilated Arteries to listen to! Sadly I am more of a 90s girl than I am into rock, but hey maybe someone will pop out at me :) I suggest all of you give this book a chance, it is a light and quick read that will make you want to keep reading more from the Godwin Sisters!



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We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series?

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Sep 28, 2014

Swag September: Author Spotlight -- Leigh Ann Kopans (+Giveaway)


Spotlight -- Leigh Ann Kopans

LeighAnn Kopans
Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)

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Solving for Ex

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1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess

SIMPLIFY.

Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.
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First World Problems

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Sofia's had a really rough year - busted for cheating at prep school, dumped - dumped! - for the first time ever, and her new non-profit working stepmother is turning out to be an uppity bitch.

She deserves to treat herself. But when she throws herself a birthday party with 20 of her closest friends in Paris and (accidentally!) maxes out her dad's credit card in the process, he’s had enough of her attitude. As punishment, he switches her planned gap year touring Europe to one doing community service work with the evil stepmother’s relief organization in Guyana.

The rural village of Dabu needs help in every area from education to getting safe drinking water. But Sofia’s more concerned about her roommate Callum, the gardening expert, who calls Sofia "Princess" and scoffs at her distaste for sweaty, muddy, iguana-eating, outhouse-using life in Guyana.

Eventually, life on the equator, her work in the village, and especially Callum - with his brooding eyes and bewitching New Zealand accent - start to grow on Sofia. Life is rough in Guyana, but it’s roughest on the girls, whose families are too poor to send only the most promising boys in school. They’re trapped in a cycle that will keep them from ever making a better life for themselves, or for the village. Worse, Callum doesn’t seem to think any of the changes Sofia envisions are actually necessary.

Determined to change the girls’ futures, she comes up with a strategy to help them and, ultimately, the village. But what starts out as a plan to convince Callum and her father that she’s fallen in love with Guyana, turns into the realization that maybe she’s falling for Callum, too. And that by changing these girls’ lives, she might also be changing her own.
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One (One Universe #1)

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When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

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Two (One Universe #2)

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Elias and Merrin are on the run.

After escaping the Biotech Hub, they thought they could breathe easy, or at least a little easier. But when bombs slam into the Social Welfare Hub only hours after their arrival, it becomes clear there's nowhere to hide - and no end to what Biotech will do to get them back.

Their last chance for safety and answers is the Clandestine Service Hub. CS has intel on the real, broader purpose behind Fisk’s experiments , and the newfound knowledge of the horrors hidden deep within Biotech’s walls sends Merrin back to recover a secret formula that could ruin the Supers’ world forever—and might just save the lives of the Biotech victims spiraling out of control.

Elias' sisters are counted among the victims of Fisk’s experiments, and if Elias can't find and help them, their powers will destroy them--sooner rather than later. Returning to the place it all began terrifies him, but with Fisk ready to make an example out of Merrin, and his sisters’ lives --and the lives of all Supers--hanging in the balance, he might not have a choice. If he can't find the courage to face his worst fears, Elias might lose more than his newfound powers.

He might lose everyone he loves.

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As promised, each spotlight will have a giveaway attached to it!

You can win a SIGNED paperback set of the books Solving for Ex and First World Problems by Leigh Ann Kopans!!

I have included a picture down below for you to see what you can win!!

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Sep 27, 2014

Release Day Blitz -- Bracing the Blue Line by Lindsay Paige


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Bracing the Blue Line
Author: Lindsay Paige

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Synopsis:

Neil, Grant, and Winston are college hockey players and roommates in vastly different relationships that intertwine three stories into one.

Captain Neil Lawson wants to run for the hills when a one night stand shows up on his doorstep, pregnant with his baby. His past haunts him before fueling him into being a part of this girl and this baby’s lives, but it won’t be that easy.

Goalie Grant Faison is a curious guy who starts doing small favors for the sports photographer of the college paper. There’s something more going on with the girl who has three overprotective brothers, but for once, Grant can’t ask questions. He has to wait for her to tell him on her own.

Defenseman Winston Brooks secretly dated his best friend’s younger sister in high school. Now that she’s attending his university, they try being friends. Their love never died and soon, it reignites. Winston has to keep history from repeating itself before he loses his girl once and for all. She’s not the same girl she used to be though.

The guys must battle their issues, both past and present, while falling in love along the way.
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About the Author

Lindsay Paige is the author of the Bold as Love Series, Don't Panic, You Before Me, and Bracing the Blue Line. She is also the coauthor of The Penalty Kill Trilogy and the Oh Captain, My Captain Series.

She has three passions in life: reading, writing, and watching hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. Among the pile of books to read, stories to write, and games to watch, Lindsay is also focused on completing college.

Lindsay resides in North Carolina and is inspired by the world around her and the people in it. Many of the aspects in her books stem from her love for hockey and her struggles in life and with anxiety, as evident in Don't Panic.

She is currently working on numerous solo works and a couple of projects with coauthor Mary Smith as well.



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Sep 26, 2014

Swag September: Author Spotlight -- A.J. Matthews (+HUGE Giveaway)


Spotlight -- A.J. Matthews


A.J.    Matthews
I wrote my first book at six. A retelling of The Three Little Pigs, illustrated by my grandmother, the book was never picked up and was self-published instead, glued to cardboard with a cover fashioned from wallpaper scraps.

Today, I write stories featuring nice guys (or nice guys in-the-making) in between my other jobs writing research reports for a commercial real estate company, refereeing two young daughters, navigating the teen waters with a too-cute-for-his-own-good son, spoiling a neurotic cat, and making my darling, patient husband shake his head. I'm also an autism mom, chocolate enthusiast, sports-watcher, nacho-eater, and beer-drinker.

A Maryland native, I live in North Carolina now, but dreams of the beach fuel my fantasties, and my characters can often be found strolling in the sand or sailing along a coast.

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Goodbye to You


Check out my review for this book Here!! It was truly wonderful and a book I will cherish the rest of my life!!

A tragic diagnosis. A determination to survive. A drastic decision. The man who changes everything.

This summer, I'm playing nursemaid to my sister. Yeah, I know. Relatively good looking twenty-two-year-olds don't spend the summer bedside in the cancer ward but, that's the plan. Until my sister threatens me with bodily harm unless I get on a plane and take a trip like normal girls my age.

And even though I hate leaving her, I know she's right. At least I'll have stories to tell when I return. In the back of my mind, all I can think is, "Go and live your life, while you still can." So I go and promise to have a good time.

That's when I met him. He likes me. Really likes me. But more than that, he loves my boobs -- like can't get enough. I have no idea how to tell him that they'll be gone soon, courtesy of a preventative double mastectomy. Yep. That's what testing positive for the breast cancer gene mutation will do to a girl.

But don't feel sorry for me. I'm enjoying him, holding on until the last possible minute, while I muster up the strength to tell him, and watch him walk away.

GOODBYE TO YOU is for older fans of John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. It's heart wrenching, funny, and real.


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As promised, each spotlight will have a giveaway attached to it!

You can win 1 of 2 Tote Bags filled with swag from AJ Matthews!!
(Swag includes nail polish, manicure kit, travel coffee cup, zebra duct tape, lip balm, post card, calendar magnet, 2 shot glasses, travel tissues, bookmark with necklace, pen, small composition book, and breast cancer bracelet)

You Can also 1 of 6 Necklace Swag Packs from AJ Matthews!!
(Swag Pack includes necklace, signed postcard, and calendar magnet)

I have included pictures down below for you to see what you can win!!

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Feature and Follow #28

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!

Question:
Book character(s) you'd like to see with their own Twitter page

I decided to do this a little differently in the way that I am only picking characters from books written by Indie Authors!
All of the Spaceships Around Saturn and the Branson Sisters (American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin)
Jace Adams (Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparling) 
Ash Carter (Motocross Me by Cheyanne Young)
ALL the Drenaline Surf Characters (Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin)
Logan Prescott (Running from Romeo by Diane Mannino)

I am sure there are lots more, but I tried to remember all the ones that I really enjoyed as characters that would be funny to watch on Twitter as well!!


Next Week's Question:
Book looks - Your favorite fashions from the books you've read



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Sep 24, 2014

Swag September: Author Spotlight -- Emily Godwin (+Interview & Giveaway)


Spotlight -- Emily Godwin


Emily Godwin is a Young Adult author. She enjoys writing, painting, and sewing her own line of non-evil voodoo dolls. She's a Slytherin, trying to disguise herself as a Hufflepuff, and wishes she could read herself into books.

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Interview

1. What made you decide to be a writer?
* I had too many voices floating around in my head demanding that their stories be told.

2. What made you decide to go down the paranormal route when it comes to your books?
* I had read a children's book about five or six years ago, and in it, there was a certain paranormal band. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, so I created my own band and stuck some paranormal elements throughout my series for it. I have three future books planned which are more fantasy themed because I love fantasy books. My book Behind the Wooden Door is set more in a medieval time. So, I write all kind of crazy books. Whatever comes to me!

3. Are you working on writing anything right now?
* I've started three books in the last month. I hate choosing. I'm probably going to stick with trying to get Until We Die (Mutilated #2) out soon, though.

4. If you had to pick one band member to date from Mutilated Arteries, which one would you pick?
* Definitely either Banshee or Nightmare. I love them both, but I think I would be happier with Nightmare.

5. Is there anything else you would like to tell us??
* Make sure you pick up Nikki Godwin's books along with mine! You'll find some pretty awesome cross-overs in them!


And thank you so much for having me on your blog! 
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Mutilate My Heart

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Punk rock band Mutilated Arteries has been seventeen-year-old Becca's world (aka obsession) for the last year. When the band schedules a concert in her hometown, she and her best friend Carli are the first ones in line to buy tickets. The night is everything she expects it to be and more, especially after making friends with the new super-cute bassist, Sketch.

Becca's mom warns her not to fall for a rock star because rock stars are always on the road - or they die in a plane crash, like her mom's favorite band did twenty-something years ago. But after the band's tour bus breaks down and they're stuck hanging out in Roizen Hills for a week, it's hard for Becca not to fall for Sketch and his caricature drawings and toxic green eyes.

Becca knows Sketch is leaving as soon as the bus is fixed, and she can't be his fan-turned-girlfriend anyway because of the lead singer's "No Girlfriends" rule. Plus, there's something strange about the guys that Becca can't quite decipher... like how they won't reveal their real names, their always-changing odd appearances, and the guitarist's obsession with blood and zombies. Still, Becca wants nothing more than for Sketch to mutilate her heart...but it just might not be in a way she expects.
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Paper and String

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It's hard to make friends in a small Minnesota town when the most entertainment around is watching the snow fall. Socially awkward Nadia Knight doesn't know how she can live up to the promise she made her brother to make friends before summer when the only people she spends time with are the dead.

Between studying mortuary sciences and going to her best friend's musical gigs, she runs into - literally, with her car - a cute punk rocker named Anthony, although his friends call him Banshee. And he might just be the friend she's been waiting to make...and more.

But Anthony has a secret more fragile than paper and string.
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Behind The Wooden Door

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When an army of soldiers marches through her castle doors, Princess Lanie is plagued with thoughts of blood, death, and sorrow. War is something she never fathomed happening in her lifetime. Falling in love with the army's commander, Tristan, wasn't part of the plan either. He's smart-mouthed, arrogant, and everything her tyrant father would disapprove of. After all, Tristan's place is on the battlefield, not a throne.

After the kingdom's fortune teller predicts a deadly outcome, Lanie knows her secret romance is an execution waiting to happen. She has to do something - fast - because the war path has redirected toward her.

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As promised, each spotlight will have a giveaway attached to it!

You can win 1 of 5 bookmark swag packs from Emily Godwin!!

You Can also win an Ebook copy of your choice by Emily Godwin!!

I have included a picture down below for you to see what you can win!!

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Sep 22, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #26 -- Mutilate my Heart Recap


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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Mutilate My Heart
By Emily Godwin


Synopsis: 

Punk rock band Mutilated Arteries has been seventeen-year-old Becca's world (aka obsession) for the last year. When the band schedules a concert in her hometown, she and her best friend Carli are the first ones in line to buy tickets. The night is everything she expects it to be and more, especially after making friends with the new super-cute bassist, Sketch.

Becca's mom warns her not to fall for a rock star because rock stars are always on the road - or they die in a plane crash, like her mom's favorite band did twenty-something years ago. But after the band's tour bus breaks down and they're stuck hanging out in Roizen Hills for a week, it's hard for Becca not to fall for Sketch and his caricature drawings and toxic green eyes.

Becca knows Sketch is leaving as soon as the bus is fixed, and she can't be his fan-turned-girlfriend anyway because of the lead singer's "No Girlfriends" rule. Plus, there's something strange about the guys that Becca can't quite decipher... like how they won't reveal their real names, their always-changing odd appearances, and the guitarist's obsession with blood and zombies. Still, Becca wants nothing more than for Sketch to mutilate her heart...but it just might not be in a way she expects.

My Recap:
This book is something that I don't remember too much from. I still remember a bit, but not as much as I would like.

I remember Becca running into Sketch at the mall. At the time she had no idea he was the new bassist for the band.

I remember a big twist at the end, though I can't say it because I don't want to ruin the whole book, but it definitely took me off guard.

I remember something with them being super scared of a ghost.

I remember one of the members, Corpse I think, is super obsessed with zombies!

I remember the attraction towards him but them not knowing what to do with the no girlfriend rule.

I remember their bus breaking down, which is what keeps them in town so long.

I can't wait to start up this book and get to relive the pages all over again! I have missed this book!!


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We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series?

Be sure to leave your links below :)

Sep 21, 2014

Swag September: Author Spotlight -- Anna Banks (+Giveaway)


Spotlight -- Anna Banks

I got the huge honor of getting to meet Anna at our local library for a book signing. I had no idea she was a local author! I was so happy to have been able to talk to her! I have never met a published author before and I am happy to say she was the first!! I never knew what to expect! I wasn't sure if she would be snobby or down to earth. She had us all laughing and it was nice to hear how she writes and learn lots about her characters. I was given swag when I was there just for you guys! She donated lots of goodies for you all to have the chance to win!
New York Times Bestselling author of The Syrena Legacy series.

Grew up in a town called Niceville. No, seriously. I graduated from Niceville High School. So did J Lo's second husband. And the guy that plays Aqua Man on Smallville dated my best friend.

Now I indulge my tendency to lie by writing the lies down and selling them to publishers. Well actually my agent sells it, so she's an accomplice to lies. One of my lies is called OF POSEIDON. The sequel is called OF TRITON. The last and final installment is OF NEPTUNE, and it released May 13, 2014.

And um. I also write adult fiction under pen name Anna Scarlett. One of the adult lies is DEGREES OF WRONG.

That is all.

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Of Poseidon

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Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
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Of Triton

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Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.
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Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3)
Of Neptune

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Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

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Degrees of Wrong

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This time, the straight-and-narrow path could be the road to ruin.

Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies, limitless resources and enough chocolate to make her rear look like a cellulite farm. Bonus: she gets to live.

Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with the finesse of a toeless ballerina. Her sulfuric temper and blatant insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, the gorgeous, infuriating, engaged Nicoli Marek.

Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli—who’s as full of himself as he is of secrets—regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. And Elyse as fair game.
v As Elyse’s suspicions about the UN’s true agenda mount along with her attraction to the relentless, chronically shirtless captain, she must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice—which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.

Warning: Features a strong, chocolate-loving heroine who takes no prisoners on the way to saving the world from an epidemic and winning a captain’s heart.

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As promised, each spotlight will have a giveaway attached to it!

You can win 1 of 5 bookmark swag packs from Anna Banks!!

You can also win a signed poster of "Of Neptune" by Anna Banks!!

I have included pictures down below for you to see what you can win!!

Since this is a big name author, I decided to leave the giveaway go a little longer. I will have this one going for a month for all of you to have plenty of time for a chance to win the awesome prizes!!

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