Monday, March 9, 2015

Win a PB copy of The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Hi Everyone!

Last year I was thrilled to co-host Robin Constantine and The Promise of Amazing on FFBC!
Some of you may know that the companion novel to The Promise of Amazing is coming out next month (04/28)and I can't wait  to read it!




Also coming out soon, is the paperback copy of The Promise of Amazing and I have the honor of giving away a copy of one of my lucky readers!



To win a copy - All you have to do is answer the following question! 

What's the best/worst advice you've been given (or gave) to help woo that special someone or secret crush?

I believe us girls are the guilty of going to extremes to get a guys attention. And I can think of many
embarrassing stories of things I have done to "woo" a guy. Some that are so embarassing
that I would never dare have proof of it be found on print. But one story that comes to find
is several years back, I had a crush on a guy who sat next to me in a history class in college. And
I was determined to get him to notice me. One of my physical attributes that I always
get complemented on is my long brown hair.  To try to get his attention  I would make up 2 hours
early every day before class to style my hair. Straighten it, curl it, leave it wavy to name it, I tried it!
The semester went by and even though we became good friends, never once did he ever compliment my hair. Towards the end of the semester I was become content on just being friends and I no longer
did it bother me that he did not fall for any of my "wooing." Fast forward a few weeks after the semester ended and I ran into him at a local coffee shop, where he was having coffee with his girl-friend. My feelings at this point had gone away, so it did not bother me to meet her. However I was shocked to find that his girlfriend had no hair what- so- ever in a very rockerish style. I stook my head as I walked out and yes, ran my fingers through my long hair. All I kept thinking to my self was how I wasted 2 hour - 3 times a week doing my hair, and how I wish I could have slept in, instead! 




ABOUT THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION:
Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program, trying to keep up her grades, and hanging with her awesome friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. They're just casual, by choice—getting serious with a guy only complicates life. But then a visit from a family friend turns her life upside down and throws all her beliefs into question.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. He can't seem to move on from his ex and hasn't picked up his guitar in weeks. Then, pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.









Friday, February 6, 2015

Cover Reveal: Gabriel by Nikki Kelly + $25 GC giveaway



Okay Guys! You know how much I loved Lailah by Nikki Kelly
and that I consider myself her book pimp! 

Well Nikki revealed the cover for Gabriel today! 

How gorgeous is this cover? BTW I will have to say that I was 
#TEAMGABRIEL from day one!

So to celebrate my bestie's new cover reveal, I am giving 
away a $25 giftcard to the book seller of your choice! 

Yes it is open Internationally!



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Thursday, February 5, 2015

FFBC TOUR: I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell + GIVEAWAY


I Remember You
by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 10th 2015
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Synopsis:

For fans of THE FUTURE OF US comes an engrossing story of two teens, whose love for each other is tested by time and fate.

Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.

Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they’ve begun slipping away from you in the future?


Favorites are tricky! Hard to name just one. But I do go back time and again to Jane Austen. What I appreciate about her writing changes as I get older. But I never stop wanting to read her work.


Oooh, The Americans on FX right now! It’s filmed in my neighborhood, so it’s really fun to pick out seedy warehouses that are actually just around the corner, on the way to the local swimming pool or the grocery store. 


Rushmore. All Tarantino. All Wes Anderson. All John Sayles. The Matrix. Gosford Park. Boyhood. Bringing Up Baby. Some Like It Hot. 


That changes month by month. I go through phases. But recently, and during a big part of the writing of I Remember You, my favorite song was “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. I made it a bedtime song for my daughter, which some people think is weird, but she loves it too. 


Mushrooms. Chocolate. Croissants. Pecan Pie. Not all together.


Rivendell. Downton Abbey. Hogwarts. 


John Cusack in Say Anything



From Richard Wilbur’s beautiful poem, “The Writer”: 

It is always a matter, my darling,

Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish

What I wished you before, but harder. 


Regina Spektor. On Pandora, every channel I try to start ends up being a Regina Spektor channel. 


Dodie Smith, who wrote The One Hundred and One Dalmatians and also wrote I Capture the Castle, one of the best coming of age stories I’ve read. If you’ve never heard of it, go get yourself a copy right now. 


There’s nothing better to be addicted to than stories. They’re how we learn, process, and change the world. Keep reading! And writing.


Hello Cathleen! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours.



I thought up the idea for I Remember You while I was standing in my kitchen, washing dishes on a Sunday night. I’d just spent the weekend with my high school friends, away from my beloved husband and children. Even though I’d only been with my old friends for a weekend, it was a culture shock coming home. It was almost like I’d been visiting my actual high school self, traveling through time across a distance of many years. It got me thinking, What would happen if an adult traveled back in time to high school? How would they act? What would they do? And then I started to wonder what would make you want to go back and there was only ever one answer…love.


I Remember You came straight out of a song—Antje Dukekot’s “Lighthouse.” It’s about love that lasts even after what you love is long gone. The idea made me think about how people wait for love. How they wait without even thinking of it. The feelings lie dormant but they’re not dead. All it takes is a little trigger, and there they are, full blown and real again in your mind. 


A feeling of sweetness came over me. Over us, I believe; I am certain Lucas felt it too. “Lucas,” I said, so sure of the way he loved me that I could be sure about everything else too. I could step off a cliff and know that he would keep me from falling. He held my hand. 

“Lucas,” I said. “I will never let go of you.” 

“You will.”


There are a few key scenes in I Remember You that I wrote almost as fast as you can read them. The hospital scene. The ending. I was really feeling my characters’ feelings and just trying to keep things slow enough to give them a chance to be as real on the page as they were in my mind. I’d been waiting and waiting to get them there, and the words simply poured themselves out of my fingers onto the page. 


I Remember You came straight out of a song—Antje Dukekot’s “Lighthouse.” I included it as the epigraph of the book. The song’s about love that lasts even after what you love is long gone. The idea made me think about how people wait for love. How they wait without even thinking of it. The feelings lie dormant but they’re not dead. All it takes is a little trigger, and there they are, full blown and real again in your mind. 



That’s a tricky one. If you’re like me, and get a sushi craving the minute you so much as see the word sushi, you should make sure to have some on hand. Juliet and her mom share a sushi meal early on in the novel. Otherwise, I don’t think this is a book that makes you hungry. It might make you feel like calling up old boyfriends. So probably better not to have your phone nearby. And a few readers have told me the story makes them cry, so maybe tissues? (I don’t want to jinx it though :)


Time travel: Jack Finney’s Time and Again made me fall in love with time travel, New York City, New York history…this book has it all—also a very compelling love story. I was thinking a bit about Time Traveler’s Wife when I came up with the idea for I Remember You also. Time travel movies? I loved Terminator and of course Back to the Future—for very different reasons. 

Romance: I simply adored the big love story in Twilight. But I also think love stories don’t get much better than Wuthering Heights. In movies, I love it when romance takes a character by surprise—I’m thinking of Clueless, which isn’t just one of my favorite romance movies, but one of my favorite movies of all time. But sometimes romance movies are the best when they’re sad, like Celeste and Jesse Forever. 


I just want to keep writing. I have a long list of stories in my mind that I want to write, and I keep thinking of more.


Thank you so much for everything, Cathleen!

Thanks you, guys. This has been a real pleasure!


Follow the I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.



I was born in Princeton, NJ in 1971 and lived there until I was twelve, when we moved with my mom moved to West Hartford, CT.

My dad and mom had been divorced when I was two, and my dad lived in Williamstown, MA. I spent summers and school vacations with him.

I went to college in New York, at Barnard, and stayed in New York after I graduated. I worked as a newspaper reporter for three months, as a salesperson for a multimedia publisher for three years, and as a market researcher, and finally a copywriter.

I’m married and have two awesome kids ages two and five. I lived in Manhattan for sixteen years, but now am in Brooklyn, living downstairs from my sister and her family. I have two dogs named Oscar and Oprah. My favorite food is pizza and, strangely, in my thirties, I’ve developed a great love for playing catch. Slipping is my first book.



Win (1) of (10) finished copies of I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell (US Only)







Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Save Me Blog Tour by Jenny Elliot




Hey Everyone! 

Thank you for stopping  by my stop in the SAVE ME Blog Tour by Jenny Elliot!


Title: Save Me
Author: Jenny Elliot
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: 01.06.15
Pages: 309
Acquired: Arc from the publisher
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5




Synopsis:

Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

My Review:

There are certain books that you just have to be in the mood to read. SAVE ME by Jenny Elliot was one of those books for me. I attempted to pick them it up a few weeks back and could just not get into it. But I picked it up again a few days ago, determined to give it one more try and I am glad that I did! 

SAVE ME had by far one of the best first chapters I have ever read. There must have been something wrong with me the first time I picked this up, because I don't know how I could have read through that chapter and not have been hooked. 

On top of an amazing first chapter, other great things about this book was the mixture of all the different elements of the story.  Sometimes mixing different genres together can turn into a chaotic mess, but I thought SAVE ME was executed very well. I specifically liked how certain aspects of the story line kept you guessing until the very end. 

My only real issue with this book was the insta-love. Our main character Cara falls in love within the first few pages. Yes, it is not the perfect relationship and there are obstacles in the way, but that relationship took off a little too quickly for my taste.  But as this being a SWOON READS book, I guess that was to be expected. 

All in all this was a great debut for Jenny Elliot and I will definitely be picking up more of her work in the future! 


GIVEAWAY!

The wonderful people at Swoon Reads have been gracious enough to offer 
a copy to one lucky reader.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - Where I've been and a GIVEAWAY! =D


Hello to all my book lovers and friends out there
It feels so good to be back! 
I've missed every single one of you!

First of all Happy 2015! 

In case you were wondering where I've been,
I have been away due to happy news.

Well long story short, my sister got engaged the second
week of October and decided to have a NYE wedding. 
Btw I mean a NYE 2014 wedding. That was less than
9 weeks to plan not only a wedding, but a bridal shower
and bachlorette party too. 

Somehow we pulled it off and it was the most amazing
experience of my life to date. It is so amazing to see my 
sister so happy and I am absolutely thrilled for her. 

I have to say a big thank you to my friend and sister Patricia over at The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club. She has been keeping The Fantastic Flying Book Club alive. She has been on her own in the running of The FFBC since October and I am beyond thankful to her. 

But enough of the mussy stuff back to why we are all here BOOKS!

Unfortunately for me 2014 was not a GREAT year in reading, but an 
amazing one for my personal life. I passed my Nursing boards,
started a job that I still love, and my sister got married. So I completely
failed my Goodreads yearly challenge. 

Even though I do have another big even coming up (I'm apartment
hunting), I am determined to make 2015 a better year in reading.
In order to do that I have made myself some 2015 goals.

1- Write reviews right after reading the book! Currently I have about 
20 (+) books in my currently reading pile on Goodreads. But majority of those
are books I have read and have yet to right the review! So I am hoping if I make myself
right reviews before moving on to another book this will allow me to stay up to date.

2- Finish series that I already own that I have not completed: This year I really want to make a dent in my TBR pile. I have TONS of books that I own that I have not read. And many of them are completed series! So 2015 will be dedicated to finishing those up. 

3- Read more ARCs before release date: I really need to get my percentages on Netgalley and Edelweiss up! 

4 - Plan more giveaways!  Okay this one is more for you guys then for me, but 
I definetly want to do more giveaways on my blog. I have so many blessings in my life and I really want to pay it forward!


And what better way to start then NOW!


So far in 2015 I have attended 2 book signings and they both happen to be 
signings for PIERCE BROWN and the sequel to Red Rising - Golden Son.

My friend Lisa over at The Consummate Reader  went down to The Book Soup for Pierce's 
Release party. The place was awesome and it was packed. I don't think the book store was
anticipating that many people to come, so they didn't have any copies of Red Rising left and I needed to pick up a few.









So Lisa and I decided to head down to the new Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego to see Pierce again yesterday and I called head to make sure they put enough copies of hold for me!





So of course I HAD to pick one up for you guys!

So friends here is my first giveaway of the year!


GIVEAWAY!

Win 1 autographed PB of Red Rising by Pierce Brown!
Open INT
Ends: 01/18/15
All entries will be checked! 









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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blog Tour: The King by TIffany Reisz





Hey Guys!

I am excited to be part of the blog tour for
THe King by TIffany Reisz! 



Book Synopsis:
Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this potent threesome can raise him 
to his rightful place as ruler of Manhattan's kink kingdom. 
Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club­: a dungeon playground for New York's A-list that'll change the scene forever. 
My Review:

4 Stars! 


AHHHH this book!! There were so many things about this book that rocked my world! First and foremost we get an answer to a question that kept us hanging form the end of The Mistress. Second we finally get to the meet the infamous Sam and read her story. And boy are there some twists and turns there with a hot hot masturbation scene that you do not want to miss. 

Personally the Prince was my favorite book in the Red Years and I have to admit that I loved The King just as much. Mixed in with the humor and over all sexiness that is Kingsley Edge I loved reading about his vulnerable side of Kingsley and his journey as a whole. 

We didn't get to see as much as Eleanor as I would have liked, but with path the story is taking will build up to hopefully a great next book with Nora's introduction to the life style. I can not wait for more! 


Author Bio& Contact Links:

Tiffany Reisz lives with her fiancé (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
 When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
 If she couldn’t write, she would die.

Twitter: @TiffanyReisz  https://twitter.com/tiffanyreisz


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Friday, November 28, 2014

BLOGGER CARAVAN RELAY! Win a copy of Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios!

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)
by Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Release Date: October 7th 2014
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Synopsis:

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself. 

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.








You can hear Misty, blogger at The Book Rat, and Heather Demetrios, author of Exquisite Captive, talking about the giveaway relay. All you need to know is in that video. For further information go here or to Heather Demetrios' website.



November 4th: Alexa Loves Books 

November 5th: Lili's Reflections 

November 6th: ForeverBookish 

November 7th: Supernatural Snark

November 10th: RealityLapse

November 11th: Hello, Chelly

November 12th: What Sarah Read

November 13th: That Artsy Reader Girl 

November 14th: A Glass Of Wine

November 17th: The NerdHerd Reads

November 18th: The Book Rat

November 19th: Book Chic 

November 20th: Great Imaginations 

November 21st: Falling For YA

November 24th: The Quirky Reader

November 25th: Book Whales

November 26th:  The Best Books Ever


November 28th: A Reading Nurse 

December 1st: Great Imaginations 


December 3rd: Bewitched Bookworm


December 5th: ForeverBookish

December 8th: Eater of Books


Heather Demetrios, originally from Los Angeles, now lives in Brooklyn and various imaginary locales. She is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award for her debut YA novel about reality TV stardom, SOMETHING REAL (Macmillan/Henry Holt), and is the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN fantasy trilogy from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray). She is currently working on her second novel for Macmillan, I’LL MEET YOU THERE, a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. When she’s not hanging out with her characters, Heather is working on her MFA in writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The winner of yesterday's giveaway is.....

LAYLA S.

Okay to win a copy today and to stick with the Thanksgiving 
Tradition, Leave me a comment on which book/series 
you are most Thankful to have read!

You have 1 day Ladies & Gents comment away!