Thursday, November 12, 2015

SWEET NOTHING by Jamie McGuire & Teresa Mummert

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When you think you know what's happening, you're only half way there.

It is enough to break any man: watching what could have been my future slip away before it was ever in my grasp.  The possibility of losing someone I loved before she was even mine is something I never would have imagined -certainly nothing I'd ever wish on anyone. I went to her every day and waited.  Waited for the impossible, for a sign, for her to look at me ... hoping sinner are granted miracles, too.

Just one glimpse of him was all it took. In the next lane, at a stop light was the man I would fall in love with and marry.  People talk about love that takes time - the kind you fall in to. We were more like a crash and burn. When our lives intertwined I knew I would never be the same.  He was the man I would cherish the rest of my life, who would father my children. In an instant our life together began, and in an instant it would end.  The late nights; the excuses; the lies. And in the blink of an eye, it was like we never were.


Sweet Nothing was nothing like I expected, even while reading I found myself a little stupefied (by the end, a lot stupefied). It started off so strong, I felt a connection to the story, but also a strong involvement with the romance. The pacing of Avery and Josh's relationship was perfect, an instant connection, while still taking its time with development and just the right amount of tension. As the story progressed, it lost some momentum and began to stagnate. At the halfway mark, I felt like I had already read a complete story. This only served to pique my interest, wondering where the story could possibly be going considering it was only half way done. A big shoe was about to drop. The synopsis says it all:
"When you think you know what's happening, you're only half way there."

Even though I didn't see it coming, by the beginning of the wedding scene I had a strong sense of where this story was going. Things were about to get interesting. And they did. At first, it was a little difficult to switch gears that fast. It was such a sharp turn that I felt like I was being pulled into a completely different book. It was a little unsettling, but intriguing at the same time. As creative as I found this new twist, I felt like its development needed more time. Then it ended. It just ended. I was left feeling incomplete. Unfinished. Confused. Then I couldn't help but question my own intelligence, feeling incredibly dense because I didn't "get it." I didn't understand. So what happened? What?

So many questions.

Part of me wondered if that was possibly the intent, leave it open for interpretation, but it was hard for me not to feel like I was missing something. Did I miss something? Perhaps the whole purpose of this book was to mess with my head. And it did. My head is messed.

Very interesting read.


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About the Authors

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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, respectively, have also made appearances on the New York Times bestseller list.

Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: Red Hill, an apocalyptic thriller; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella, and Happenstance: A Novella Series.

Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Jeff, their three children, three dogs, three horses, and a cat named Rooster. When Jamie is not writing, you can find her hiking, running, or looking for a sweater.

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Teresa Mummert grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where she began dating her husband when they were only sixteen years old. They married at eighteen and soon moved to Louisiana as her husband began his military career. They are the proud parents of four children, that they are raising in Georgia.

Teresa began writing when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan as a way to cope with him being away at war. She soon became a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her work includes, the word of mouth bestselling, White Trash Trilogy which landed here a three book publishing deal with Simon & Schuster. She has also written the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel The Note, The USA Today bestselling novel Safe Word, Perfect Life, Pretty Little Things, the Honor Series, Rellik, The Good Girls, Something Wicked, and Sweet Nothing.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

NOVEMBER 9 BLOG TOUR: Enter for a chance to win one of five prize bundles!!


"November 9 is yet another breathtaking novel by Colleen Hoover that's full of blushing, gushing, and heartache. I loved every page and breathed in every beautiful word."
—Anna Todd, Author of the After series

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November 9November 9 by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?


From the very first chapter, I knew this book was going to be something special. I applaud Colleen Hoover for broadening her writing talent over the years, trying new things, but as I read November 9 I was pulled back to the beginning. The very beginning. I felt this book contained the essence that has been the foundation her fantastic career has been built upon. She knows how to simplify complexities with innate attention to detail and an unrivaled ability to see the beauty in all things. I spent so much time highlighting whole passages, single lines, was inspiring. It may not be like anything she's ever written before, but it is exactly what we've come to expect from Colleen Hoover. Palpable emotions, anger, love. This book has the ability to strip the reader bare, exposing everything. Leaving everything, and staying with you for a very long time. You need to read November 9 with a clean mind. Go in blind. Go in ready. Colleen Hoover novels aren't meant to be described; they're meant to be felt, and I felt every single word. With such high praise, the only reason I couldn't rate this novel five stars was due to the dramatized plot twist. The Ben twist. As I type this, I'm still not exactly sure how I can verbalize why the new realizations effected my overall feelings of the book, I just know that it was a pivotal moment where things did change. I know I will be the minority on this, but I almost felt the book lost something with the plot twist. I think every feel, every experience that was felt up until that point would have been just as perfect without it. Perhaps my emotions just peaked too soon. Perhaps I'm just weird. Regardless, a book doesn't have to be perfect to me to be perfect for you and this book definitely has the potential to be just that. Perfect.


Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.


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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Untamed Blog Tour with S.C. Stephens: Review, Excerpt, and TWO Very Special GIVEAWAYS!

Untamed by S.C. Stephens
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
UNTAMED by S.C. Stephens (November 3, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Thoughtful #5)

The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes, it burns.
Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.

Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he’s caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos—one that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he’s seen an ache in her eyes, and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers…

I had the worst of intentions for reading Untamed, ulterior motives. I read it for every character, BUT Griffin.
Sorry Griffin, you were a great secondary character, a pimp of comic relief, but leading man....leave that to Kellan.

Don't get me wrong. This is one of my favorite series of ALL TIME, but I hate to admit that I wasn't all that excited about Untamed. Nope, not really. I was more excited about the idea of getting more Kellan and Kiera. More excited about a new S.C. Stephens book, but excited about Griffin...nope. In the end, I decided that I would tolerate him to get more story.

This was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes being wrong is the best right.

Not only did I enjoy Griffin as a main character, but I found myself doing more than just tolerating him. I understood him. I related to his character. I even felt bad for him. As much as it shocks me to say this, I was on Griffin's side. From the very beginning, I was rooting for him.

I thought this entire story was so creatively done, and the ending was perfect. The only reason I didn't rate it higher was because I found myself so in touch with Griffin's character that I couldn't help but be angry with how he was being treated. I never felt the other guys' behavior was justified, even in the beginning. It made me see everyone, even Kellan, in a whole new light and I didn't like it. They were wrong. I also found myself torn between being enamored by Griffin's character growth and wanting him to stay original, and not change a bit. He is who he is, and I felt his friends should have been a little more accepting.

Irregardless, D-Bag fans will truly enjoy this unique addition to what has been a fantastic journey. It was so great experiencing a different side of the Hulk. Griffin fans are going to go crazy for this truly inspired story of perseverance. Thank you S.C. Stephens!


“What was all that about? And what did you mean at the end there? You are a part of this band, Griffin. You always have been, and you always will be.”
Pushing him back a step, I snapped, “It’s a little late for the pep talk, bro. If you think I’m so valuable, you could have stood up for me in there.” I lifted my arms for emphasis. “It gave me the warm and fuzzies how you let him walk all over me.”
Kellan sighed. “It’s complicated, Griff. Matt’s a genius on guitar…he’s…it’s his instrument, the one he’s born to play. But us saying that isn’t an insult to you. You’re amazing on bass, gifted even. It’s just…we each have our part, you know? And we have to do them the best we can.” He put a hand on my shoulder. “For the sake of the band, I’m asking you to let this go and just…forget about lead. Please?”
I could only stare at him. I felt numb inside. Was this what giving up your dream felt like? For as long as I could remember, I’d wanted all eyes on me—I’d wanted to be the center of attention. Matt had never wanted that. But he was given the instrument that shone while I was given the one that everyone forgot about. My part was designed to blend, designed to go unnoticed. It was everything I wasn’t, and I was sick of being stuck with it. I wanted more, but they wouldn’t give me more.
Without answering him, I turned and walked away, toward the house. What could I say to that anyway? Matt had just permanently rejected my chances at ever being lead guitar. Forgetting was the only thing left that I could do. Forget, or stew, and right now, I wanted to stew.
When I got back to the living room, Jenny and Rachel were there working. “Need something, Griffin?” Jenny asked, her pale eyes practically sparkling with happiness.
Ignoring both her good mood and her question, I called out for Anna. “She’s upstairs with Kiera,” Rachel quietly replied.
Harrumphing some sort of thank-you, I began plodding my way to the stairs. Fucking stairs. I stomped up them, cursing my bandmates with each step. I imagined that the carpet treads under my feet were their squishy faces. I felt a little better by the time I reached the top. “Yo, Anna! Where are you?”
Both Anna and Kiera instantly appeared in a bedroom door frame. Simultaneously, they both put fingers to their lips. “Shhhhhhh,” they both scolded.
I was tired of being reprimanded today, so I didn’t lower my voice any. “Wake up Gibson. We’re leaving.”
Anna instantly edged around Kiera to step into the hallway. “What’s wrong?” she asked me, while Kiera stepped out of the room behind her. The two sisters were pretty similar, but Anna definitely had a lot more curves than her slimmer and straighter sister. Generally I appreciated those curves, but at the moment, I just wanted to shove them into the car and get out of here.
“There’s no point being here right now, so we’re leaving. Actually, there’s no point in ever coming back here, so we’re leaving.” I opened the door closest to me, hoping I’d find my sleeping daughter behind it. Nope. Empty.
I moved to try another door, but Anna stepped in front of me. “Let’s go outside, get some fresh air.”
Dramatically tossing my hands in the air, I gave up. “Fine.” What did it matter, since nothing was working for me today anyway?
I headed back to those goddamn stairs while Anna told Kiera she’d be right back. Not waiting for my very pregnant wife, I sped down the steps and out the door. The fresh air on my face helped calm me down a little, but I was still riled up. I paced the front porch while I waited for Anna. Those sanctimonious assholes.
“Griff?” A soft touch on my shoulder spooked me, and I jumped. Turning, I saw Anna behind me, her green eyes worried. “What’s going on?” She indicated the front step, and I grudgingly sat down.
Once I was seated, my mood dropped. I’d started the day so positively, knowing without a shadow of a doubt that this tour was going to be the one. But not anymore. It was going to be the same old crap. Dropping my head, I slumped over. Anna sat beside me, and her fingers lightly caressed my back in a soothing pattern. It helped my residual anger, but not my rising disappointment.
“One song. I asked for one fucking song…and they wouldn’t even give that to me…” I studied my fingers in my lap while my dreams dissolved in my hands. “Matt just told me that he’s not ever going to give me a chance to play lead, and the rest of the guys agreed with him. I’m done…forever stuck on bass…forever in the shadows. I just wanted one song, one moment in the spotlight.” With a sigh, I looked up at her. “Four minutes? Is that so much?”
Anna’s eyes were heavy with sympathy. Reaching up, she threaded her fingers through my hair. “No…that’s not much at all.”
I nodded and dropped my vision to my lap again. “Yeah, I didn’t think so either. But they can’t even give that to me.” The anger resurfaced, wrapping disappointment around it like a blanket. “Between me and you, babe, sometimes…I really don’t like those guys.”
Anna kissed the back of my neck and wrapped an arm around my shoulder in sympathy. “I’m sorry, Griffin.”
Closing my eyes, I let her comfort wash over me. At least there was one person on earth who gave a shit about me.

About the author
S.C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

And the winner is.....

CONGRATULATIONS Tarah Hodges-Wilkins!!
You are the lucky winner of an ARC copy of November 9 by Colleen Hoover.
Thank you to everyone who entered, and be sure to pre-order your copy so you can be reading November 9th on November 10th!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

November 9 by Colleen Hoover: Book Trailer Reveal & ARC GIVEAWAY!

IT'S ALMOST HERE! One of the most anticipated books of 2015 is only ONE MONTH away!! I know. I know. The wait is torture, but worth every single torturous second. I promise! 

From the very first chapter I knew this book was going to be something special, and it was. The characters showed so much raw emotion in such a physical way that the overall experience can't be put into words. Colleen Hoover novels aren't meant to be described; they're meant to be felt, and I felt every single word! 

Since I seem to be at a loss, I couldn't think of a better way to portray the experience than with a book trailer. Yes....another one ;-) And did I mention that I'm giving away a paperback ARC of November 9? No? Well, one lucky winner will be put out of their anticipatory agony EARLY by receiving an advanced copy. In addition, they will also receive a $15 Amazon gift card! Please see all giveaway rules and details below :-)

One winner will receive an Advanced Copy of November 9 by Colleen Hoover.
*This is an advanced UNCORRECTED proof and is NOT for sale.
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Any duplication, sale or distribution to the public is in violation of the law.
The winner will also receive a $15 Amazon gift card which will be sent electronically.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Something Beautiful release day GIVEAWAY!

Something Beautiful by Jamie McGuire


America Mason, a sassy undergrad at Eastern State University, is in love with a Maddox--Shepley Maddox. Unlike his cousins, Shepley is more lover than fighter, but a road trip to her parents' home in Wichita, Kansas could mean the next step, or the end of everything.

This novella is a great little accessory to the Beautiful series. Even though America has never been one of my favorite characters, I was so excited to get more Shep. Readers will get to experience a bunch of Shepley and America firsts. Their first meet, their first date, their first.....bow chica wow wow. And wow! Not what I expected. This book also encompasses a very large span of time by flowing through some of your favorite scenes from other Beautiful books, but you also get to experience a whole new story unique to Shep and America. A very intense and dramatic story. It's a fast paced ride, so hang on. It must be said though, my absolute favorite thing about this book was the occurrence of more Travis and Abby. I held on tight to these special gems scattered throughout the novella, cherishing more time with the characters that started it all. If you are a fan of this series and are looking for more, you found more!


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