Cover Reveal; Inspire by Cora Carmack

Posted on 25 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Today I am thrilled to share with you all the cover of Cora Carmack’s new novel, Inspire! Find out more about the book and Cora below!


We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE!
INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

Inspire

The cover was designed by VLC Productions.

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About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for
the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters.

She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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So there you have it!

What do you think?
Are you dying to read it like I am?

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Posted on 25 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Breakable by Tammara Webber (+ Giveaway!)

Posted on 20 September, 2014 by Faye - 18 Comments

BreakableAuthor: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 7th June 2014
Pages: 436
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.


When You’ve

Easy was one of the first NA books that I read and is one of the reasons I fell in love with NA. It was a story that completely blew me away so when I heard Tammara Webber was doing a companion novel, I was both excited and nervous. I was worried that Breakable wouldn’t live up to the hype of the first book and also worried that I just wouldn’t like it. But I also ached to hear Lucas’ story so I knew that I would read it regardless. And boy am I glad that I did! Breakable is a terrific novel that is able to stand on its own. It isn’t simply Easy told from Lucas’ side, but an entirely new story – with small similarities from Easy of course – and I thought this was the best way to deal with this story.

Been Breaking

Breakable, as mentioned above, was Lucas’ story but what really worked is that the story was split between his days before university and his days during it. This occurred throughout the book in a dual narrative way that I really enjoyed. As someone who can lose focus easily, this really helped to keep my attention on the page and is one of the reasons that I continued reading this book. I love that this style of writing made it that much easier to get a rounded picture of Lucas. It was the perfect way to get to know him and follow his journey.

For Years

In case you missed it, I adore Lucas but I have to admit that in this book, Landon was my favourite character. I loved how much he dealt with and how he got through it all. It was easy to love him because he was fragile while also being incredibly strong. (Translation: he was a human.) I really enjoyed finding out more about Landon and following his life story on the page. I think I enjoyed reading about him so much because he was also a new addition to the Easy story. He felt fresh and new, and I just really loved that. I also feel he is the perfect character to help you know Lucas better. It was a great way to see a new side to the story.

It’s Not Easy

Another reason this book was very enjoyable was due to the writing style. Once again Tammara Webber managed to pull me into the story and really love everything about it. Tammara has a very easy-to-read style that sucks you into the story and makes you completely forget about everything around you. She is also someone who is able to evoke emotions in you that go incredibly deep. She truly makes you connect with the story and characters and I think that she is incredibly talented. I cannot wait to read more of her work, be it NA or YA.

Being Fixed

Needless to say, I found this book exceptionally entertaining. It was emotional, compelling, and full of heart. Once more Tammara Webber has dealt with a very deep and dark topic in a sensitive and enlightening way. What I will say is that if you enjoy contemporary books that are rich, deep, dark, and powerful but also lovely, somewhat light and fun, then you should give this book a try, even if you haven’t read Easy. Breakable is a remarkable book that is simply stunning and should be read time and time again. It is simply a masterpiece that you will fall in love with.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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The ever fantastic and lovely Tammara Webber is giving away a signed copy of Easy and a signed copy of Breakable to one of my lucky followers!

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Posted on 20 September, 2014 by Faye - 18 Comments


Book Tour Review; Harder by Robin York

Posted on 15 July, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

HarderAuthor: Robin York
Publisher: Piatkus
Published: July 1st 2014
Pages: 339
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. Before he left, he broke her heart.

Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family-a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.

Though they are together once more, things are totally different. West looks edgy, angry at the world. Caroline doesn’t fit in. She should be back in Iowa, finalizing her civil suit against the ex-boyfriend who posted their explicit pictures on a revenge porn website. But here she is. Deeply into West, wrapped up in him, in love with him. Still.

They fought the odds once. Losing each other was hard. But finding their way back to each other couldn’t be harder.


When Only

Deeper, the first book in this series is a book that blew me away. It was intense, powerful, and I just couldn’t help but fall in love with every aspect of the book. Thus, when I heard that Harder was being released, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and once again dive into the world of Caroline and West. In a way this worried me in case it just wasn’t as good as the first one but I needn’t have worried because Harder is an exceptional book that I fell head over heels for and couldn’t get enough of! Once more Robin York has shown how talented a writer she is and has just managed to pull you into this story so deeply. I really struggled to put this book down.

You Stand

What makes this book so intriguing is that the plot is never simple. There isn’t just one factor or one plotline pulling you through the story but instead there are multiple strands, lots of subplots being pushed together all at once. It may be Caroline and West’s story but what that really means is that these two characters both bring their whole lives to the table. And their lives aren’t clean, they’re messy and they have baggage and it all comes to light. Their lives are real and that, essentially, is why I completely love these books. Their relationship isn’t unicorns and rainbows, it’s real issues to work past, real love to conquer, and real complications to deal with. It just makes the book very compelling. I thought everything that happened in Harder was intense, and I just loved the journey that both Caroline and West took.

In Your Way

Caroline is a strong character. She’s stubborn, set in her ways, and has a strong ability to go for whatever she wants. She wasn’t always that way. But events transpired in her life that made her need to step up and take charge and take control. I loved her character. I loved how willing she was to do what she needed to do. She has her flaws, she’s still human, but she when she knows what she wants, she does her best to go for it and that is such an inspiring thing to read about. West, on the other hand, has never known how to take on what he wants. His life has told him that if you want something, there will always be something in the way to stop you from getting it, even if that something is you. But throughout the book he learns that it doesn’t have to be that way and I loved the transition he took. While Deeper was Caroline’s story, Harder is very much West’s story and I loved it. By the end of the book, West is a very strong character and I just loved his enthusiasm for life so much! Another character worth mentioning is Frankie. She also went on a hell of a journey in this book and I just love her so much!

How Do You

I can’t pin down exactly how she does it, but Robin York has an ability to truly suck the reader into the story. Her writing style is powerful and intense and it is impossible to just read a few pages of her book in a light matter. Instead, every word drags your whole body into a new world, and makes you really feel that Caroline and West are real people in a real world. Robin’s writing is absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to read whatever she writes next. She creates amazing characters that are completely real, creates plots and subplots that bring complications all over the place and just has a style that is easy to read and yet completely immerses you in the world at the same time. She is incredibly talented.

Fight Back

Harder is a book that I completely enjoyed. I was, once again, blown away by the plot and felt everything in the story so deeply. At one point I put the book down and didn’t want to pick it up again simply because I was so mad at West. I didn’t want to continue reading his story when he had acted like that. But that just made the book so much better for me because Robin had made me truly feel for the characters. She’d made me connect with them so much that their flaws caused me pain. Of course, I eventually continued and fell in love with West all over again. This book is stunning. I truly cannot wait to read whatever Robin writes next, even if it isn’t within Caroline and West’s world. With that in mind, if you’ve read Deeper, you should definitely read Harder! If you haven’t read Deeper, you need to get on that as soon as possible. However, please bear in mind both of these books are New Adult books and do encompass mature themes and may not be suitable for younger readers. But if you like contemporary books that deal with real life issues, then you’re likely to love these books!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 15 July, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Excerpt Blast; All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Posted on 2 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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Hi All!
Today I have something very exciting to share with you all!
An excerpt from Cora Carmack‘s new and upcoming novel, All Lined Up.


cora-carmacks-all-lined-up New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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Cora Carmack bio pic Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Goodreads. All Lined Up Goodreads.


What do you think? Are you as excited for All Lined Up as I am now?

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Book Tour Review; Deeper by Robin York

Posted on 13 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

DeeperAuthor: Robin York
Publisher: Little Brown
Published: 6th March 2014
Pages: 391
Format: paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear; hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defence and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger – even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re ‘just friends,’ their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself – and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.


When You

When I first heard about Deeper, I was intrigued but also a little worried. With a central topic that is incredibly sensitive, it can be difficult to make sure that it stays sensitive. Fortunately this book really managed that, it also found a way not to make it at the forefront of everyone’s minds as they read which is, essentially, what you would hope would happen if this ever happened to you. That somehow you’d be able to do something but also that you wouldn’t let it ruin your life. By the time I finished reading this book, I knew that I was well and truly hooked. For me, this book is exactly what I love about New Adult. It is a book with a strong issue, bold characters, and doesn’t include sex simply because it can. It is a book with a strong storyline and I truly loved it.

Become A Victim

Getting into relationships and trusting people should be easy. We should be able to feel like we trust those we love, even after we’re no longer together. What happens to Caroline is an act of betrayal and something that can haunt a person for the rest of their lives. But Caroline is a character who isn’t willing to just roll over and let it destroy her. She begins steps to stop that from happening. But in doing so, she also has anxities that stop her from living the life she once did and while it seems that she’s in control, it is clear that under the surface, she’s drowning. This story is about her fighting against that current, of finding a way to become herself again, even a better version of herself than she ever was and I loved it. I loved how character central this plot was and how while it was about Caroline, that West also had his own back story and had to grow as a person himself. Together they help each other and I just found that to be the ultimate lifting quality of this story. It isn’t a give and take relationship, but a truly equal one.

You Can Either

I adored Caroline in this story. In a way, she reminded me a lot of me – in parts at least. She was someone who liked to be in control of things, even when things were spiralling away from her. She took steps to try and stay in charge of her life, without letting the world knock her down. But it was who she was at the end of this novel that made me truly love her. Caroline is a fierce protagonist and a strong character. She is the kind of character that I love reading about because she takes control of her fate and doesn’t let anyone interfere with that. She knows that she has flaws and that she is human, but she’ll be damned if she’s going to let those flaws ruin her life completely. And then we have West. He is the ultimate bad boy. He fights for Caroline’s honour, he sells weed, he has more jobs than he should be able to handle with college as well, and he causes instant reactions in Caroline. But that is just the surface of who he is. Underneath all of that he is caring, protective, worried, likes to fix things, and would throw his entire life away to keep safe those that he loves. The perfect kind of guy.

Give Up Or

While reading this book, I couldn’t help but compare it to other New Adult books that I have read, such as Easy. While some people may feel that this book is just like all the other NA books out there, I beg to disagree, because while it does have some similarities to other NA books – hey it’s a romance, of course it’s going to be similar! – it is also unique and in my opinion, really manages to stand out from the crowd. In this book you have characters willing to step up and fight, you have a strong female not willing to let males rule her life and you have a romance that is just so completely full of chemistry. But, essentially, it is the writing style of this book that kept me hooked. Robin York has a brilliant way of writing that really pulled me in. I loved how intense the writing was and how you really got to see what her characters were thinking and feeling. In so many places I felt so completely wrapped up in the characters that I felt exactly as they felt. The only fault I have with the style are the small chapter diary-like snippets at the beginning of each chapter. For West they really worked, but with Caroline she often spoke about things too far in the future and left me a little confused or as though I’d just read a spoiler. But aside from that, the writing style was incredible.

Simply Carry On

All in all this was a book that I quite simply devoured. I started reading this book and then found it very difficult to put it back down again and before I knew it, the story was over and I was begging for more. The ending of this book was so refreshing. I loved how it ended and it has certainly left me very intrigued for the next book. This book is full of strong, well written, truly amazing characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, and it is a book that follows all of the characters on their own individual journey’s, which is something that I have always loved. This story is intense, powerful and really shows that when faced with horrible and terrifying things, we can rise up and keep going. It deals with a very sensitive topic and, in my opinion, deals with it perfectly. How it came about, how it affected the main protragonist and everything else that happened was just extremely well done and I give my props to the author for that as it could have been a complete disaster. If you like New Adult books that are deep, intense, powerful, nitty and gritty, and aren’t just full of fluffy romances and pointless sex, then you should definitely give this book a try, I can almost guarantee that you will absolutely adore it.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


Robin York Robin York grew up at a college, went to college, signed on for some more college, and then married a university professor. She still isn’t sure why it didn’t occur to her to write New Adult sooner. Writing as Ruthie Knox, she is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, including RITA-nominated About Last Night and Room at the Inn. She moonlights as a mother, makes killer salted caramels, and sorts out thorny plot problems while running, hiking, or riding her bike.


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Posted on 13 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Tour Review; I Found You By Jane Lark

Posted on 16 January, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!
I’m here today with a review of I Found You by Jane Lark and there’s also a giveaway at the end of it too!


I Found YouAuthor: Jane Lark
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: 5th December 2013
Pages: 360
Format: Ebook
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Tour Company
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.


When Two

When I first heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. The synopsis sounds so interesting. Then I read the excerpt and I was even more curious about the book. I was certain that it would be one that I would really enjoy and could happily add to my favourites shelf. Unfortunately, this is not what happened. While I still enjoyed this book, it wasn’t exactly the book I was hoping it to be and couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with it. However, I’m still glad I read the book and would still recommend it to others. I definitely think that anyone that likes books with a strong, kind, male lead will love this books. It just didn’t give me the spark that I’d wanted when reading it. But, fortunately, it was still good enough for me to get to the end of the book.

Lives Collide

Being a romance book, there was a faily generic plot to this book where two characters who shouldn’t have worked together, really fitted together well. I did like that part of this book and I loved seeing the way that Jason looked at and felt about Rachel. I enjoyed the journey that the two of them took together, and I certainly felt many emotions pouring out of me as I read. (I really wanted to punch a few other characters!). There were, however, a few unrealistic moments in the book that really ground my teeth and just moments that I really struggled to read and enjoy. At times it felt like some of the dialogue was a little forced and it really ruined some of the enjoyment of this book for me.

There Are

I think the main protagonists in this book were really well written and had a lot of depth and personality. I only wish that, that same depth could have shone through the secondary characters as well but I often found that where other characters’ came in, it just fell flat. Everything felt forced and unnatural, as though they were merely there as plot points and that ruined some of the enjoyment for me. Fortunately, there was enough flare and personality in both Jason and Rachel to counter-act this and not ruin the book completely. Jason is such a kind, protective, caring gentlemen and I love him from the first moment we meet him. He’s the kind of guy to stop everything he’s doing to help someone he doesn’t know and I think it was so great. I hated that other people couldn’t see his greatness. I also think Rachel was a really great character. She had a stunning personality and a lot of depth and I love what the author has done with this character. I think she is portrayed really well, and knew exactly what was “up” with her from the second day we see her. I admire the author for adding this to the book.

Bound To

I think my biggest problem with this book is the style that it is written in. Normallly I adore dual POV narratives but I don’t think it really worked with this book, or ir just wasn’t used in the best way in this book. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason over when we heard from Jason and then heard from Rachel and there were a few times when I really would have liked to have jumped to the other person and their thoughts but never got that which made me feel a little irritated by it. The other problem I found was that a few parts of the story were more “tell don’t show” and so I didn’t get to feel the same connection to the characters. Lastly, I found a lot of the inner dialogues to be incredibly repetitive. I can see how realistic this is, naturally but for me it meant that I started losing interest in the narrative fairly quickly if I was being told something for the third or fourth time in the space of ten pages. Fortunately, the narrative was also addictive and kept me wanting to turn the page and find out what else would happen to our main protagonists meaning that essentially, I was able to look past these few issues to look at the book as a whole. I feel these are more personal issues as well, and can see how others would likely really enjoy this book.

Be Consequences

While this book didn’t turn out to be the book I had hoped it to be, it was still one that I enjoyed reading and one that I can see many people reading to escape the glum of their lives, which is always what we want from books anyway. I loved Rachel and how her character and her character flaws were treated in this book and would recommend the book on this alone as it is a very sensitive subject and I feel like the author has done a great job of portraying this. I also think Jason was a strong enough character to really bring the book alive. So, if you’re looking for a good book that will take you away from your life for a little bit, a romance with a scattering of action and a whole pile of depth, then I would definitely recommend this book. I know it may not turn out to be your favourite book, but I think you may just enjoy the journey it takes you on anyway. I certainly did.

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the tour company in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


Jane Lark Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romances.

She began her first novel at sixteen, but a life full of difficulty derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined to be able to say I’m a writer.

Now Jane is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and uses her knowledge of psychology to bring her characters to life.

‘Basically I’m a sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love and it’s wonderful to be able to do it time and time again in fiction, plus my understanding of people helps me write the really intense relationships I enjoy creating.’

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Posted on 16 January, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


New Year, New Adult Tour; Interview with Kimberly Lauren

Posted on 15 January, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Hey Guys!
I’m here today with an interview with Kimberly Lauren, author of Broken series!
At the end of this post is your scavenger hunt clue (find out more here), and rafflecopter for the giveaway!


Tell us all a little about your New Adult series, Broken, what are the two novels about?
To sum it all up with a pretty bow, I think they are about looking at the other side of the picture. Beautiful Broken Rules is about the girl being the promiscuous one and creating all of these rules to keep others out. Beautiful Broken Mess is about a girl that we all assumed we knew in the first book but it turns out we didn’t know her at all.

Was there any specific inspiration for these series?
No, not really. I was just curious how a story could work if the girl were the player instead of it typically being the guy. I really enjoyed the person Emerson came to be in Beautiful Broken Rules.

How would you describe your protagonists in this series to make us care for them?
Emerson is hard at first. You don’t want to like her because she sleeps around and she doesn’t apologize for it. But slowly she sneaks in a shows you sides of herself that you begin to love. She truly cares for her friends. She thinks she’s alone in this world without her parents but she learns that friends are the family you create. Jaxon is the male lead and he’s down right gorgeous. He breaks into Emerson’s life and forces her to ditch the rules.

What has been your favourite scene/moment to write in this series?
The first scene I ever had in my head was the beginning scene of Beautiful Broken Rules. Emerson wakes up in a frat house without her clothes and must sneak out the next morning.

When you were writing the novels, did you have any bad habits? (i.e. not eating dinner, or sleeping)
Of course. A huge habit would be totally forgetting to eat period. Then it’s 3 AM and I’m starving! Or not staying connected with friends enough because I’m so engrossed in this world, I just want to WRITE all the time.

What are your thoughts on the New Adult category?
I love it! Thank God for it! It’s exactly what I love to read. It’s such a great in-between that was definitely needed in the literary world.

After finishing the Broken series, do you think you’ll start a new series?
I’m working on the third in the series all though it can totally be read as a stand-alone. For now I don’t know if I will start a new series. But I do have another stand-alone I’m writing at the same time.

What is your favourite thing about writing?
The escapism and the creativity. Not many careers allow you the freedom that writing does. I can do it anywhere. I could be in my office at home or in a rented apartment in Rome on a family vacation and still be able to write.


Kimberly Pic I’m a wanderer, an adventurer, a traveler.

I want to see it all. I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.

“She travels the world & home is always in her heart.”

Lately if I’m not traveling or chasing a toddler, I’m writing. Which is weird because I hated writing in college. Oh wait, that’s because that was boring. Who really wants to sit there and cite all your sources into APA format? Not this girl. Writing for yourself is enjoyable and cathartic. Please try it. Then tell me about because I love indie authors.

I’m a Texas girl, who misses living in Europe!

Hope you enjoy my books! xoxo Kimberly

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Excerpt Blast; Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

Posted on 14 January, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
I’m here today with an Except Blast for Seeking Her! Below you will find all the information on this novella, the excerpt and info on the author.
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Seeking Her Jackson Hunt gets his turn in this Finding It prequel novella …

Jackson Hunt hasn’t been out of the military for long, but he needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he is going to keep his demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Becoming bodyguard (and babysitter) to spoiled rich girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he had in mind, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away. The catch: Kelsey’s father doesn’t want her to know she’s being followed.

She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When Jackson sees her falling into the same patterns he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know Kelsey is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

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Cora Carmack bio pic Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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New Year, New Adult Tour; Book Review!

Posted on 9 January, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Welcome to my first stop on the New Year, New Adult tour! Today I have for you all a review of True by Erin McCarthy. And at the bottom of it all is your scavenger hunt clue and the rafflecopter for the big tour giveaway!
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trueAuthor: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Penguin
Published: May 7th 2013
Pages: 235
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…


Sometimes The

When I first saw this book, I was instantly intrigued. It seemed like a book that was full of mystery and had the potential to hold a lot of romance. Fortunately, I wasn’t mislead. This book was an addictive read that had a lot of romance and intrigue and really pulled at my emotions throughout it. While it may not be my favourite book of the year, it was one that I really enjoyed and could definitely see myself re-reading at some point in the future. It was a quick read that I struggled to put down. While there were a few issues I had with the book, as a whole it was one that kept my interest and caught me off guard every now and again. Something that I always like to find in books every now and again.

Best Things

Rory has never exactly been a social butterfly. Due to her upbringing, she found her life easier when her head was stuck inside of a book. She sees the world in a logical way, finding it difficult to understand the way people around her work. Then she goes to college and becomes best friends with her roomates, two girls who are the complete opposite of her. Two years into their college experience, she lets it slip that she’s never been with a guy. So, her roomates decide to help her come out of her shell and use a guy they think is perfect for the job, Tyler. Neither of them could have predicted what would actually happen between Tyler and Rory by the end of it all. The plot of this story is actually one that I have a love-hate relationship. There are so many amazing things about this plot and it really carried the book forward and made it so interesting to read but I also didn’t like what her roomates did, nor how Rory found out, nor what she did about it afterwards. Aside from that, everything else in this plot was really great. Fortunately, the issues I had with the plot happen early on in the story and by the time I reached the end, I had already forgotten them.

Happen When

Oh. There are so many wonderful and amazing characters in this book. I wanted to just be friends with them all and hug them all anytime I wanted. I adored Jayden and I wanted to get inside the brain of little Easton. These two were amazing side-characters and I loved how much personality they ended up bringing to the book. I also found it so easy to enjoy reading this story because Rory was a character I could relate to. Not in all the ways, but in the social outcast, testing boundaries way. She was logical, but she was flawed. I loved seeing her thoughts spread out on the page and knowing that at some point in my life, I have felt that way completely. I loved how she worked things through and just dealt with situations and I really would love to read more stories with her as the main protagonist. Tyler was also a character I enjoyed reading. In some ways his persona didn’t quite fit his image but then he would act a certain way and it would all just click into his place but I loved how he was one person around Rory and his family and someone else around the people who didn’t matter so much but that through it all he knew exactly who he was. When things started sliding, I so badly wanted to be there for them all, which was something that I loved feeling.

You’re Not

The very best thing about this book was how addictive it was. Erin McCarthy’s writing style is one that you can just read easily and find yourself absorbed in the story. I found time slipped by quickly as I read and I often forgot that I needed to be somewhere else. (I almost missed my bus stop at one point!). Erin has a way of making the characters truly come alive on the page. I could imagine the moments so clearly, felt that the dialogue was so real and she has just managed to write a book that is a truly enjoyable read. It is mostly due to this writing style that I was able to look past the few issues I had with the book. However, the one scene that I really struggled to read in this book was the very first conversation that Rory has with her dad. By the end of the conversation I just felt a little off. The conversation and Rory’s inner dialogue had seemed so out of place and unnatural compared to the rest of the book. I still feel that this scene should have been changed, in my opinion. I just don’t feel that anyone would think about their dad in the way Rory did. But, fortunately, even this scene didn’t dissipate my feelings on the book as a whole.

Even Looking

Overall this was a novel that I found myself really enjoying. I read it quicker than I thought I would and really struggled to put it down. It was fun in places and full of emotions in others and really just pulled on your heartstrings. The plot was well-thought out and really made the story that much better. But, in my opinion, it was the fabulous characters in this book that really made this book so good. Erin made you care about these characters and everything that happened to them and this is something that I always love when I read books. It is their story and the things that happen to them is what drives the story forward and I adore stories like that. So, if you’re in the mood for a quick, addictive, heart-racing, tense, emotional read then you should definitely pick this book up as you’re likely to enjoy it. If romance and deep social themes aren’t something you wish to read about, then you probably won’t like it but if that sounds like something you’d enjoy then I can really only recommend that you definitely check this book out.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


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Book Review; Finding It by Cora Carmack

Posted on 8 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Finding ItAuthor: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Ebury Press
Published: October 10th 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Kelsey Summers is looking for love in all the wrong places.

Spending a few months travelling around Europe – with no parents, no responsibilities and a no limit credit card – Kelsey’s having the time of her life.

But when she completely embarrasses herself in front of the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she soon realises there’s more to life than the next party.

What she doesn’t realise is that although she’s on a journey to find herself, she will end up finding The One…


When We’re

After reading Losing It and Faking It, I had high hopes for Finding It and so I was hugely disappointed when I felt so disconnected from this book. It had so many elements that should have made a fantastic read but instead I truly struggled to find that spark with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I did like reading it and I am glad I did, but it simply wasn’t as amazing as I thought it was going to be due to my prior love of Cora’s first two books in this series. However, I also feel me lack of love for this book stems from the fact that I am not overly fond of Europe travelling books. Having only read a few, I still haven’t ruled them out completely but I often don’t enjoy them as much as other contemporary books.

Struggling Within

Kelsey feels lost and is willing to do anything to find herself and so after graduating, she leaves America and starts to travel around Europe. In every new town, she meets new people and tries to have a good time until she meets Hunt and realises that she is still just as sad and lost as she was in America. Only when she learns to face her past, can she truly be free enough to move on. I loved the concept of this plot. It sounds like it has everything I would love and yet, for me, it just fell flat. While there were twists and turns, it felt too generic and “samey” for me to truly appreciate it. I feel my disappointment in this lacking plot made it that much harder to enjoy the book.

Ourselves We

Possibly the biggest problem I found with this book was how little I cared about the characters. Personally, I found Kelsey to be a very irritating character and so even when she changed, I still didn’t particularly like her. I felt no pull of emotions for her, and as she was the protagonist, it definitely made this book one that was hard to enjoy fully. I understood why she was the way she was but I just simply struggled to sympathise with her. Hunt was also not a character I instantly connected with, which is odd because he was dark and mysterious and the kind of guy I love reading about but I just found myself not caring about him all that much. Together, however, I felt they worked ell and definitely made the story worth reading.

Must Learn

As mentioned earlier, I am starting to come to the conclusion that travelling books – or at least those set in Europe – just aren’t for me. This book was set across Europe where the main protagonist was seeing a lot of the tourist and local sights. I can see how this is likely to be an appeal but can’t actually see it that way myself. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed this story more if it wasn’t set around Europe but just in one city or state but I do know that I just really struggled with the setting of this book. But if you enjoy books like this, I am sure you would also enjoy this book more than I did.

How To Live

Overall, Finding It does have a good storyline to it and I can see how other people could enjoy it immensely but unfortunately, it just wasn’t the right book for me. However, while this review feels mostly negative, I did still like the book and would recommend it to others. It still has Cora Carmack’s style and humour, and the characters are well-developed but it just did not give me the same enjoyment and happiness that Losing It and Faking It did. But I am certain that this is largely based on personal preference and nothing more. So if you haven’t yet read this book but enjoy a good romance and backpacking book then you should really pick this book up and give it a try.

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 8 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment