Friday, November 21, 2014

Life of a Blogger: 10 Things I'll Never Do

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: 10 THINGS I'LL NEVER DO

This can be a tricky question...there is always something we say we will never do and then, inevitably, end up doing. Take for example my "I will never travel by plane" (I honestly lost the count of how many times I've done it), or "I don't feel like ever going to UK" (I've been living there, and loving it, since 2008). You see, it can be a tricky question to answer.

Nevertheless, I think I can tell you the ten things I feel confident I won't ever do...
  1. Be disorganized. Pfft. Me?? Just.Not.Possible!!!!
  2. Get drunk. I won't say I'm teetotaller, but I rarely drink and, when I do, a glass of alcohol is more than enough for me. Having said that, probability to get drunk? 0.
  3. Bully someone. Bullying is not in my veins, and I'm strongly against it.
  4. Bungee jump. Besides the fact that it scares me like hell, highs cause me vertigo, so I highly doubt you could persuade me to do it.
  5. Touch a snake. Mum, I know you're reading this so, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for passing along your phobia! LOL
  6. Like spiders. There is one right behind me, is there not? *shivers*
  7. Eat lard. Because Ewww! (And we could go on with the list of food I would never eat...)
  8. Be blonde. Nothing against blondes (my lil sis is one, so definitely no hard feelings!), it's just that I can't see myself blonde at all.
  9. Karaoke. I can sing, but unfortunately I'm really, really, REALLY shy.
  10. Damage a book. Spines happen to break sometimes, we know that (and suffer for that, don't we? *sigh*), but you will never see me break one on purpose, making notes on a novel, dog-ear the pages, etc.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blood Curse Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Today I'm happy to host a stop for Blood Curse Tour, organized by Dark World Books!
(Click on the banner above to see the schedule.)



BLOOD CURSE
(Branded Trilogy #2)

“Upon mine death for the blood ye have shed, Every daughter born to ye shall die before it draws breath, to which ye will know pain and worse, I cast unto ye mine blood curse.” ~ Vadoma
Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.
Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?

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*Check also "Lakota Honor" (Book #1)*



LAKOTA HONOR
(Branded Trilogy #1)

Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?
In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and HAZARDOUS UNIONS are Kat’s other two books and both have made bestseller lists. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.



GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kat Flannery
  1. I’m a mother to three boys, two teenagers, who keep me running with their hockey and lacrosse. 
  2. I am Italian. Many people assume I am Irish because of my name, but it is my husband who drinks the beer and gives me my last name. 
  3. I’ve been writing since I was twelve. 
  4. I was never a dog lover, until I got my Valley bulldog, Maddy two years ago. She is one of my best friends. 
  5. I cannot sing at all, not even a little bit. Please, don’t ask. 
  6. I have dual citizenship. I was born in Vero Beach, Florida and live in Canada. 
  7. My first book Chasing Clovers was in my head for five years before I wrote it.
  8. I was rejected 12 times before signing on with Imajin Books. In celebration I got a shamrock tattoo with the number 13 in it.
  9. I have ten tattoos, each hold a significant meaning to me and who I am. 
  10. I am an introvert.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Blitz: Rampant by Gemma James!

Today I'm happy to be part of Rampant Book Blitz, organized by Dark World Books!
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RAMPANT
(Condemned #2)

Life is twisted. Cruel. After being ripped from the safe haven of Rafe’s arms, my new kidnapper is waging a sick game. Unable to make my body do his bidding, he’s resorting to psychological warfare. He’ll bend my mind until I break, and when I do, that just might be my saving grace.
I’ll forge through hell to get back to Rafe, body and spirit broken and bleeding, but I’m unprepared for what I find. He’s done what I can’t: he’s erased eight years of pain and betrayal. I don’t know how to bring him back to me, because bringing him back means ripping him to shreds all over again.
RAMPANT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content, including sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. Intended for mature audiences. Part two of the CONDEMNED series. I recommend beginning with TORRENT first. This is not a stand-alone read.

*Check also "Torrent" (Book #1)*



TORRENT
(Condemned #1)

I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now.
Now that he’s holding me captive on an island.
Rafe has his reasons for doing what he’s doing, and if I’m honest, I can’t blame him. I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn’t commit.
But now he’s free and the tables have turned…now he’s the one driven by obsession.
TORRENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content that includes sexual situations and violence. Intended for adult readers 18+ only. Part one of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gemma James is the multi-genre author of several novels and novellas, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction. She’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy, from deviant sex to serial killers. Readers have described her stories as being “not for the faint of heart.” She lives in Oregon with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Unpopular Opinions

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: UNPOPULAR OPINIONS

So, this week we have been asked to share not very popular opinions... Let me tell you, liking something or not is a matter of personal taste, as much as agreeing or disagreeing on a topic is a matter of personal views.
Having said that, here are a few confessions unpopular opinions of mine:
  • I don't think HEA is always necessary (that applies to books and movies);
  • I haven't read any of the Harry Potter books and I feel no need to (oops!);
  • I've never cared about Doctor Who (DUN-DUN-DUN);
  • I don't get all the crazy love for Jennifer Lawrence (nothing personal, Jennifer);
I'm pretty sure many of you will disagree but, hey, variety is the spice of life ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Breaking Nova" by Jessica Sorensen



BREAKING NOVA BY JESSICA SORENSEN

SERIES: Nova #1
PUBLISHER: Sphere
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Nova Reed used to have dreams of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next, until she meets Quinton Carter. Quinton once got a second chance at life, but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn never to allow happiness into his life, but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

MY REVIEW

Let me start by telling you that the prologue in this book is really heartbreaking, the prelude of what sounds like a very emotional road both characters involved and the reader are about to take...

Two dramatic events drastically change the lives of Nova and Quinton, now broken, damaged souls who seem way beyond repair. When they find each other, you think things are going to get better, but it may not be all so simple. Guilt is eating Quinton inside and it's literally destroying him; Nova has issues that put her in uncomfortable positions and sometimes dangerous situations. It's inevitable to feel sad for those two and hope for them to find a way to get back on track and start all over. I just wish I could say that, in the end, they left a big impact on me. While I loved the first part of the book, I felt like at some point the writing wasn't progressing anymore and my reading slowed down. That bothered me especially because I couldn't get the desired connection with Nova and/or Quinton, although their tragic experiences left a mark.

If you're up for a different NA read with a depressing theme, this book is calling you. Personally, I'm happy I gave it a go, it was my first Sorensen's book and I'll probably end up trying her other titles as well.

RATING: 3/5
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