Monday, September 1, 2014

All That Remains by Michele G Miller {Review}

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Blurb~
Storms come and go, but true love remains.
  Fear, guilt, and jealousy all rear their ugly heads as Jules and West strive to figure out what they want now that they've emerged from the wreckage of the storm.
  A year has passed since the night Jules Blacklin and West Rutledge were thrown together by a tornado.
  Now college freshmen, they’ve worked hard to overcome the tragedies of their pasts to start anew.
  As they embark on their future, there is one last obstacle standing in the way of them finding complete happiness: themselves.

Helpful Links: Goodreads | Amazon 

My Review~

Things have changed a lot for Jules and West in the last year. They connected over tragedy and found comfort in the arms of each other. They were each other's strength. Rock. Anchor. They kept each other whole and just when things were looking up tragedy strikes again. This time it ruins everything. Now Jules and West struggle to find the happiness they know they both deserve.

It has definitely been a long road for Jules and West. These two characters have come full circle in a story that is riddled with loss, turmoil, tragedy, sorrow, happiness, love, and hope. When we first met West he was a little lost, but with the tragedy of the tornado he began to hope again. He was a hero and a true knight in shining armor. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed reading a character as much as I have enjoyed getting to know West. He definitely makes my list of top characters of the year. And it's not just because he is dreamy. Because he is. It's more than that. West is a gentle and kind soul. He sees more than what's on the surface. He may play the part of the loner, but he is always watching and observing. He is just waiting for his time to shine. We get glimpses of this when he is with his family and Jules. The West that we know he truly is. The West we want him to be.

Then there is Jules. She starts this journey with everything. She is the most popular girl in school, head cheerleader, is dating the star quarterback, and has a good life. In one night her life is turned upside down. We see her become this fearful down to earth girl who begins to see that there is more to life than boys, cheer, and being popular. We get a very up close look at her as she grieves and struggles with her guilt. She grows leaps and bounds in this series and is a character that I have connected with.

At the end of Out of Ruins Michele G Miller left my heart on the floor torn and beaten. I wanted All That Remains to make the pain go away. I wanted to see this couple dance in the sun, smile, laugh, and just get to love. I wanted them to have true happiness. But I knew that it wouldn't be easy. Not with the ending on book 2. I knew there would be struggle and pain. And I had a lot of apprehension about reading All That Remains, I knew it was going to be a rocky start and yet I wasn't prepared when Michele G Miller ripped my heart out in the first few pages. 

I have liked West since the first time he graced the pages of From the Wreckage. I knew he was a deep thinker. I wanted nothing more than to get inside his head, but I wasn't prepared for that dose of reality. His thoughts, his hurt, pain, and guilt completely broke me. Left me a puddle on the floor. It was so real, true. 

Then my heart break turned to anger. And one point I was so mad at Michele G Miller and Jules I didn't even want to finish the book. I seriously had to put the book down for a bit and convince myself that it could still work. Love takes time right? Right. But that didn't mean I had to be happy about what was happening between the pages. And it certainly didn't keep me from muttering not nice things under my breath. I never thought I could dislike or hate Jules, but in those moments I did. I really did. After everything that had happened I couldn't believe she would do the things she was doing. To mess with someone's heart like that. It left me hurt and angry. 

But I am a hopeless romantic, so I held a small glimmer of hope in my heart. It was that glimmer that pushed me to finish the story. And I don't regret one single minute of it. I don't regret that heart break at all.

Since the beginning, this story has been full of beauty, pain, hurt, hope, and love. One that leaves me breathless and with a full heart. All That Remains was such a beautiful ending to an exquisite story. This is one trilogy I will be reading again. West and Jules have cemented their spot on my list of the best book couples. In my book they are right up there with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. So make sure you grab this series and settle in with a box of tissue, a good blanket, and a shoulder to cry on. But do read it. Experience it. Live it.


I would give you a favorite moment for this book, but all the ones I want to share would be spoilers. So you are just going to have to read it yourself. 

Liebster Award~A Little Fun



Recently I was nominated for this thing called the Liebster Award, now I have to admit that I have never heard of such a thing in my two years of blogging, but when I looked it up and saw what it was all about I was more than a little excited and more than happy to participate. First I want to thank Freya over at The Reading Warrior for nominating me.

And now bear with me as I attempt to answer the 11 questions that Freya has so kindly left for me. *rubs hands*

Oh and did I mention that this means that I can now nominate blogs to follow in my steps??? Oh yea, this is going to be fun. If I nominate you, here's what you need to do, if you choose to participate.

*Answer the questions I leave for you.
*Link back to the person that nominated you (that's me)
*Nominate bloggers that have less than 200 followers
*Provide nominees with 11 questions of your choice
*Inform your nominees
*Provide them with a link to your post with your questions.

Ready? Here we go. My answers to Freya's questions...

1) In Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, in order to cast a patronus charm you have to think of a happy memory. What is the happiest memory you can think of?

Oh, that's a hard one because I can easily think of 6. The day I married my husband and best friend and the day that each of my beautiful boys were born. So, yup. That's my answer. Yes I may have cheated a little.

2) What would your weapon of choice be?

Nice question! I love the topic of weapons. If I had to pick, which you are making me do, I would have to go with the Katana. Only the coolest and most lethal of the swords. I don't know what it is about that weapon, but it makes me want to be all ninja. Hey maybe I could use it in the kitchen? Probably not a good idea. I would probably loose a limb.

3) Going back to Harry Potter there is a magical creature called a boggart. When you see the boggart it takes the form of the thing you fear the most. What would the boggart look like to you and why?

Yikes! Man that could be so many things. As a mom, my fears have increased to frightening levels. In this case I am a lot like Mrs. Weasley. I would see the bodies of my children. I think that is every mothers fear. Too lose a child. Needless to say I'm glad they only exist in the magical world of Harry Potter.

4) Are there any genres of book that you usually stay away from? What are they?

As much as I like to think that I can read anything, I really don't like to read Erotica. And I have to say that I am not a huge fan of Historical Romance either. But I will try anything once. Especially if it is an author I love.

5) If your favorite book could be adapted into anything (film, graphic novel, TV show, musical, etc.) what would it be and why?

This question just isn't fair. There are too many amazing books out there. Gah! You're killing me here. I'm going to sort of cheat here. I'm going to give you two series that I would die to see on the screen. Either TV or film. The first is The Protector Series by M.R. Merrick. That was one of the first Indie series I ever read. It sent me into this amazing world of blogging and Indie. Plus the story is just freaking fabulous! To see that world on screen would be simply amazing.

Second I am going to go with The Skullborn Trilogy by Steven Montano. I can see this being a show on Sci-Fi some day. And it would be epic to see his magical worlds and creepy creatures come to life week after week. It would blow my mind, seriously.

6) Dreamcast for a book you love.

Yea, don't think I could do that. I can tell you who I would want to play my favorite character in one of my all time favorite books though. But that's all you are going to get.

In the above question I said I would love to see The Protector Series made into a movie. In that movie I would love to see Bradley James play the main character Chase Williams. As for the other characters well... he's the one that really matters :D


7) Are there certain places you like to read?

I prefer to read on the couch. I know I'm boring. But what can I say. I like it when I can relax into my soft couch with a good book and a soda.

8) What are your main hobbies?

You mean besides reading?? Um, well I love to cook and bake and I am a little more than obsessed with cupcakes so that's one hobby. I love to play video games, preferably first person shooters that give me the opportunity to blow things up. I also love to draw. I don't get to do it that often anymore, but it has always been one of my loves. And I also like to write. I recently published my first novel Guided.

9) Hobbies you don't have, but are dying to try?

I can't play music. But I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. Piano music sings to my soul and I would love for someone to teach me how to tickle the ivories.

10) Which magical creature would you want as a pet? Why?

Er... I think I'm going to say Dragon on this one. Come on who wouldn't want a dragon. I really don't think there is any need for an explanation on that one. 

11) Would you travel in space or in time?

I think I would rather travel in time. I have always wanted to visit my favorite era's. Besides at least I would know what to expect if I went into the past. 

Wow, that was hard. Now for my nominations.
1) Stephanie at The Book Hipster
2) Lou at Relaxed Reads
3)  Michelle at In Libris Veritas
4) Jasmine at Book Groupies

And now for my questions... 
1) What is one thing that your readers don't know about you?
2) If you could live in any book, what would it be and why?
3) Are you a dreamer or a realist? Why?
4) What is your idea of the perfect day?
5) Name your favorite book boyfriend? And tell me why he is your favorite. Make me want to discover him. (that sounds dirty, doesn't it? Er, you know what I mean)
6) If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
7) If I were to go to your house and look at your book shelf. What would I see on it? (which books, nick nacks, pictures...)
8) Do you snack while you read? If so, what is your snack of choice?
9) Would you rather watch sports or play sports?
10) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and with whom?
11) Your favorite show to binge watch?

Well there you have it folks, you ready to play?

Sweet Redemption by Bailey Ardisone {Cover Reveal}

I'm dying a little guys. Today I have the great privilege to share the cover for the final book in the Sweet Series by Bailey Ardisone. This series is finally coming to a close. That is both good and bad news. It means I won't have Mycah and Rydan anymore, but it also means I can get some closure. Seriously the endings of these books has killed me. Now check out this beautiful cover and preorder this book!!!!



Isn't it beautiful??? Every cover has been gorgeous and this is no exception!

Coming: October 24, 2014

Blurb~
...That which starts bitter ends sweet.

What do you do when those you love are about to be executed? You raise Hell.

Nariella Woodlinn has managed to escape death more times than she can count. Frequently saved by the Night Elf she loves and her protective best friend, it's her turn to return the favor. Those she holds most dear to her heart are set to be executed by the most vile creature in all of Luïnil - their uncle. Armed with determination and a not-so-confident plan, Nari must wage a war that goes against her very genetics in the hopes of stopping their impending doom.

But that seemed like the least of her problems when she is ordered to make Mycah fall out of love with her. Forced to let go of the one person she had ever fully given her heart to, she sets off on her own to mend, until unexpected visitors shock them all.

With their home threatened, Nari's heart broken, and Ohtar set on the loose - how can any of them ever hope to obtain Redemption?

-Final installment of the Sweet Series-
Preorder Links: Amazon | Kobo

Links for Barnes & Noble and iTunes coming soon.


Haven't started the series yet? Then say no more! You can meet Mycah, Rydan, and Nari in Sweet Oblivion for FREE!!!


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About the Author~
Bailey Ardisone was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She married the love of her life and spends her days submerged in books, movies, music, or art, and loves traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of her life, and one of her greatest passions is Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quest for Honor by David Tindell {Blog Tour: Review}


*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Blurb~
"I love the name of honor, more than I fear death." Julius Caesar

Jim Hayes lives a quiet life in Wisconsin, training in martial arts and studying the warrior ethos. Unable to prevent the murder of his wife six years earlier, Jim is determined that the next time he is called upon to act, things will be different, and he can restore the sense of honor he believes he has lost.

His estranged brother Mark, an Army colonel commanding a firebase in the mountains of Afghanistan, sees his career winding down and wonders what lies in store when he comes home. After years of dedicated service to his country, he fears nothing else will measure up when he removes the uniform for the last time.

In lawless Somalia, al Qaeda chieftain Yusuf Shalita, tired of endless jihad, has decided to defect, in one last attempt at redemption. But Shalita has only met one American he has ever trusted, so he tells the CIA he will surrender himself to Jim Hayes, his old friend from their college days in Wisconsin. That demand will bring the Hayes brothers back together in a way they never imagined, as they fight to prevent a new and devastating terror attack on the very heart of America.

Helpful Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Review~

The world is at war. A rather silent war that many people don't understand. A war that many people are against. But wars are always fought. Right now that war is happening in Afghanistan and the surrounding area, where Mark Hayes is helping to protect the US from a threat many don't even realize is there. Meanwhile, Jim Hayes wishes he could fight that war. He yearns for the chance to do the honorable thing. 

But in like in a lot of things in life, you should be careful what you wish for. Jim has always believed in honor and has always tried to live his life that way. He treats people with respect and stands up for the little guys. And it is that act that brings Jim to the forefront of a war that he so longed to fight. 

When he get's the call to do his duty and play his part Jim jumps at the chance to do the honorable thing and finally take a part in the war. Jim is a trained martial artist, skilled in many forms of martial arts, he is very good at what he does and uses his training to bring a sense of duty to his life. In Quest for Honor it will be that training that he will call upon in the darkness.

When I read Quest for Honor I often found myself thinking of those old Jean Claude Van Damme movies like "Nowhere to Run, "Hard Target," and "Bloodsport," where the underdog uses his mean martial art skills to kick some serious butt. Like Jean Claude Van Damme in many of his movies, Jim Hayes is a man like any other. He seeks to do the right and stands up for it whenever given the chance. There is especially one scene in Quest for Honor that brought me back to my days of watching marathons of martial art movies. 

Quest for Honor is a book that gives us a very in depth look at a life at war. We see the life of the soldier as he fights for what they believe is right. Author David Tindell gives us a look at both the view of the good and bad. And he also gives us a look inside the mind of a man full of regret. Quest for Honor is a story that is full of detail and great action sequences. And though I did enjoy the story I feel that it took a little longer than I liked to get to the nitty girtty of the story. There were aspects of the story that I felt dragged on and I sometimes found myself wishing for a little less information. There were times where it felt like I was reading a history report. But they were spaced far enough between that I was able to enjoy what the story was all about. 

Quest for Honor is definitely a story for those looking for a different take on the fight against war. It will put you in the mind of the enemy, the soldiers on the front line, and the family they leave behind and is a story for anyone who is seeking a thrill.


About the Author~
David Tindell was born in Germany and grew up in southern Wisconsin. Today he lives up in the northwestern corner of the state, in a log home on a lake with his wife Sue, their Yorkie and two cats. After a career in radio broadcasting, Tindell went to work for the US Government and resumed the writing career he'd started in college.
His first novel, "Revived", was published in 2000, but after that he put the pen aside for a time to train in the martial arts, earning a black belt in the Korean art of Taekwondo and instructor status in the Russian art of Systema. He currently trains in ryukudo kobujutsu, an art that combines karate with Okinawan weaponry. Like his protagonist in "The White Vixen", Tindell is a linguist, although not as accomplished as Jo Ann Geary; he's conversational in German and has also studied Italian and Russian.
Find Him: Website Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Out of Ruins by Michele G Miller {Review}

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Blurb~
“Guilt. A painful, lonely feeling. It seeps into your pores slowly as you go through life day by day. Like a disease, it blackens your heart with thoughts and memories of what you did, or in my case, what you didn’t do.”
 
Surviving the storm was only the beginning for Jules. Surviving the guilt? That is something only love can help her overcome.

Helpful Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


My Review~

The first book in this series From the Wreckage absolutely killed me. It left me awe inspired and slightly broken. Okay, it left me a lot broken. But I had hope, yes Michele G Miller gave me hope. There was going to be a book 2, EEP! I was giddy and nervous. I found out there was also going to be a book 3.  I bit my nails. My mind was going a hundred miles an hour thinking of all the things that could happen in the next two books. Michele G Miller already ripped my heart out with From the Wreckage and with two more books it opened me up to a lot more. Crap! Yup, crap is right. And heart break happened. Heart break is starting to become my expectation from Michele G Miller. I know when I pick up one her books that I'm going to cry. I know it, yet I read it anyways. I think I sort of enjoy it. Maybe a small part of me is a masochist. Really I think it's that the other part of me that makes me read them. The part of me that sees hope, roots for love, and desires happy ever after.

Either way I was prepared for this one. I knew I was going to get my heart ripped out. What I didn't expect was how it happened. Michele G Miller completely blindsided me. I wanted to punch a hole in the wall the minute I read those hurtful pages. I cried so much I had to re-read pages because I couldn't see. So of course I cried more. It was brutal. But it was beautiful.

Out of Ruins was beautiful in that it was laced with promises of the future and forgotten lives. It gave me hope for that happy ever after. Though there was hope there was still despair, sorrow, and guilt. Jules and West survived that fateful night in Out of Ruins we get to see everything that goes with that. Unfortunately life moves on, and you have to learn to deal with all that happened. Out of Ruins is that story. It is a personal tale of survival and everything that goes with it. Moving on, moving up, getting better, finding hope, and being happy.

Michele G Miller does a phenomenal job of making you not only see this story come to life, but feel it. Every moment of it felt real. I felt every ounce of Jules pain as her story unfolded. I root for her like I would a friend and I wanted to crawl into the book and be a shoulder for her to cry on. And I wanted to crawl into West's head and know his every thought.

The tale of Jules and West is so full of struggle, emotion, and pain there is no way Michele G Miller could have put all this into one book. With her telling of the story it has the chance to unfold naturally. Giving the reader the chance to fully immerse themselves in the story. Allowing them to feel every emotion. See and feel the pain and struggle.

Out of Ruins was a beautiful tale that left me emotionally distraught, torn, angry, and thirsty for more. Michele G Miller filled my heart with happiness and hope and ripped it away from me just when I had stopped looking back. It is a story that despite knowing how it ends, I would read again. I would allow Michele G Miller to rip my heart out, just to live in that book one more time.

For all you happy ever after readers out there. Readers who thrive on the struggle and fight for happiness and love, this book is for you. Seriously, just pick up this series already.


There are so many beautiful moments in Out of Ruins that I had a hard time deciding, so I'm going to give you two.
"God put me there so YOU could save ME." (kindle, loc.2147).
'You can always build something beautiful out of ruins.' This -- you and I -- we are that something beautiful." (kindle, loc. 2214).

The Write Stuff by Tiffany King {Release Blitz}

Happy release day to Tiffany King for her release of The Write Stuff. I have been salivating ever since Tiffany King first uttered the words secret project and when I found out the details behind this secret project I all out drooled. This is definitely going to be another great one. Check out all the deets below and show her some release day love.


Blurb~
Twenty-two-year-old historical romance writer Nicole Blake, or N.S. Blake to her readers, hasn't taken an official poll, mind you, but she is convinced she may be the only romance author on the planet who is still a card-carrying member of the virgin club.
Not that she hasn't tried to end her membership. Life just keeps finding pesky ways to interfere. With no prospects on the horizon, Nicole begins to feel like the closest she will ever get to experiencing a man is within her own stories.
Opportunity presents itself in the form of hot-as-sin-on-a-lollipop-stick bartender/premed student Alec Petropoulos, who agrees to be the cover model for her upcoming book. Sparks fly instantly between them, and Nicole begins to entertain the possibility that she's finally found the right guy to hand over her tattered V-card. Alec has all the makings for a perfect one-night-stand candidate except, much to Nicole's surprise, he seems to be the only man in existence not interested in bagging a virgin.
Stuck between a rock and a stubborn male, what's a virgin to do? Seduce him, of course. How hard could it be? If it works for the characters in her stories, why wouldn't it work for her?

After all, what happens under the cover…stays under the cover.

Helpful Links: Goodreads | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to start this one!!! 

About the Author~
USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.


For information on any of Author Tiffany's titles, visit her blog at www.authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com"Dreams do come true...Dream big."
Find Her: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Website | Goodreads | email: authortiffany@yahoo.com