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Review: BOOMERANG

Boomerang Cover ImageBOOMERANG was released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.

BOOMERANG is the first book in a new series of the same name by the authors. The second book in the series, REBOUND, is slated for release on December 9, 2014.

Description…

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

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Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

BOOMERANG is an utterly delectable, incredibly exciting and totally addictive story that is the perfect blend of sexy and sweet. Told from both Mia and Ethan’s perspectives, this story will keep those pages turning as things between them go from awkward to competitive with an undercurrent of tension that sizzles.

Waking from what should have been an unforgettable night that neither can quite remember, Mia and Ethan soon learn that their one-night hookup was not the last they would see of one another. When it turns out that they’re both vying for the same job, they’ll have to decide what’s more important – the chance at an amazing opportunity with Boomerang or the possibility of seeing whether the connection they have could lead to something more.

The authors crafted a novel with two very likable characters whose chemistry is electric, whose predicament makes for a story that is at times angst-filled, at others swoonworthy, and whose happily ever after readers will very much hope for. They don’t skimp on character development - readers will get to know and adore both Mia and Ethan, with all their flaws, insecurities and hang-ups, and they’ll get a peek at one of the central characters in the next book in the series.

As things heat up both on the job and off, more will be revealed about past relationships, current desires, how they met, and what landing the job at Boomerang really means to each of them. Their story is captivating and romantic, a touch suspenseful and a little bit heartbreaking. It’s a story that will be unputdownable.

From the competition, to Mia and Ethan’s undeniable attraction, to the head-meets-desk decisions, to the questions about what exactly happened that first night, BOOMERANG is a quick, nail-biting and wildly entertaining read. It’s a fantastic start to this series that is not to be missed by fans of this genre or readers who like clever and engaging stories with just the right amount of heat, sexual tension and romance.

The Rating…

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On a Personal Note…

I knew I would love this book. The cover and title and description looked like so much fun. I love a romance where things are a little bit awkward at the start and there is an undeniable attraction that has to be denied.

But what made this a new favorite for me was that it brought a little bit more to the table. This wasn’t just some formula romance. The characters weren’t just one-note. Ethan was totally swoonworthy, a great guy, more than a little bit stubborn, and had some very real issues he was dealing with. Mia had her own insecurities, but she was insanely creative and independent and she had such a wonderful heart.

All the boxes were checked on what made this a great New Adult romance, but it didn’t feel as if the authors were checking boxes in order to make this work. The story came together brilliantly. It was fun and sexy and clever and flirty. It was hot but not too hot. It was heart-wrenching but not too much so. I smiled, I laughed, I shook my head - Oh Mia, what did you do? – I teared up, I bit my nails, I turned on the fan.

And while I was definitely hoping for the story to end in a happily ever after, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the competition and root for one character’s presentation to win, so that they’d land the job. Especially after what happened when the one character did this one thing that had a major snowball effect.

I couldn’t be more cryptic, could I?

If I could have written the review that perfectly encapsulates my thoughts, it would be: READ THIS BOOK. NOW!

Favorite Passage…

I could have chosen hot and sexy as a favorite, because there were definitely plenty of those to choose from and they were all favorites. But one of my most favorite moments was this one – of which I only included a small part – between Ethan and Mia because of its simplicity and just how wonderfully romantic it was.

As we leave the room, Mia lets go and I feel her arm come around me. She presses close, squeezing my ribs. “Thank you,” she whispers.

And just like that, my night is made.

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The Book Blogger Buzz Tour: ‘Hardcover vs. Paperback’ Guest Post + Kindle Fire Giveaway

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I am totally stoked to be a part of The Book Blogger Buzz Tour this July and I’m even more thrilled to be able to host Jenna of Jenna Does Books on the blog today. I love the interesting topics each of the participating bloggers are buzzing about, and it was a lot of fun to be able to share my thoughts earlier this month.

If you’d like to know a bit more about what this is all about, be sure to visit Parajunkee’s blog and read the post (HERE) to learn more. And if you’d like to check out each of the stops on the tour, I’ve included direct links to each day’s post in the schedule at the very end of this one.

For her stop on the blog today, Jenna will be talking HARDCOVER VS. PAPERBACK and as she mentions, she is an “extremely biased reader” as am I. I much prefer the hardcover to the paperback. And while I do love trade paperbacks, I still prefer those lovely hardcovers much, much more.

But today’s not about what I like. It’s about Jenna’s preference and so I’ll be turning the blog over to her in just a moment.

First, though, I’d like to mention that this Buzz Tour also includes a seriously awesome giveaway, which you can enter in the giveaway form following Jenna’s post.

Well, I think I’ve got everything covered, so let me step back and turn things over to Jenna.

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The Guest Post

Hardcover vs. Paperback?
An Extremely Biased Reader’s Point-of-View

For the first time in forever, books are being read on something other than paper. Now they are enjoyed electronically thanks to modern technology and the changing habits of man. As a result, the battle between “hardcover versus paperback” is less relevant than in the past. Instead, people are saying “physical versus e-book?” No matter… Today’s debate will take us back to a time when Kindles, Nooks, iPads and PDF readers were the last thing on any reader’s mind. (Do you even remember such a time?)

In our technologically driven society, publishers are using any means possible to make their physical books more attractive to buyers. As a “traditional” reader, I can appreciate the attention and care given to physical books. I love how they look on my bookshelves. I’m only human. The prettier something is, the more we tend to like it, yes? Especially when it comes to those things we choose to spend our hard-earned money on.

After scrutinizing my bookshelves, it is overwhelmingly clear that I’m a hardcover hoarder. By my very nature, I turn my head away and scoff when a book is offered to me in paper format. “But why?!” you ask? Especially when one can save money by purchasing paperbacks? Well, why indeed… Could it be the heft and larger size of the hardcovers that appeals to me? Is it the durability and (potentially) extended life of the book? Or is my hard bound preference shallowly based on physical appearance alone? Well, yes and no… It is because of all these things and more.

Under the dust jacket

Though many of you have heard this term before, allow me introduce you to something we book nerds like to call “book undressing”…

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…It’s what happens when you look under the dust jacket. (Behind the scenes note: I felt so dirty while prepping this post – with stacks and stacks of books all around me… just sitting there… waiting to be undressed. Why must it feel so… wrong?)

But seriously, if you look under the dust jacket of a hardcover book, you’ll discover many amazing things!

Peek-a-boo covers

I love it when a book’s dust jacket is die-cut to show part of the bindery.  You don’t even have to open the book for the story to begin. Sometimes the effect is used to give a cover some dimension, other times it’s like a Hallmark card in book form, purely for the sake of creativity and “art”. Whatever the reason, the effect is fun to look at and a nice surprise when found on the shelves of a bookstore.

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When the bindery is the cover

Some of my favorite children’s books contain no dust cover whatsoever. When extra creative attention is given to the bindery of the book, it can provide you with many joys; such as a sleek design, no added worries of unintentionally ripping the dust cover and damaging the outward appearance of your book and/or a texture that cannot otherwise be provided with standard cover stock. In recent years, this has been a common binding practice, especially when it comes to classic works of fiction. Maybe it’s a throwback to the days when books had no dust jackets?

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Then again, there are times when publishers elect to forgo standard cover stock altogether and instead imply texture on alternative dust covers.

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So soft… Cover stroking is a necessity.

Imprinted inside

Almost every hardcover has some sort of attention given to their bindery. Whether it’s fancy text on the spine, beautifully designed end papers, or an imprinted image on the front – there’s always something. That’s part of the fun of buying a book; taking it apart (not literally) and seeing what’s inside, beyond the words…

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…Even better when an author decides to “deface” a book as a signature practice.

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The king (or queen?) of hardcover design

As far as young adult books are concerned, Harlequin Teen is undoubtedly the most creative when it comes to the design of their covers. The majority of their recent releases all look fantastic on the outside…

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And on the inside!

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I’d love to see more publishers using the same strategy in the design of their books.

A matching set

Although paperback series are more likely to be more consistent throughout the duration of its release, when a publisher gets the design right the first time in hardcover, the final result can be glorious. Little differences in design and consistency can really set me off, though. Unfortunately, my bookshelves are a constant reminder that literature is also a means to making money for big business.

My favorite completed hardcover set that was done 100% right is The Tiger’s Curse Saga by Colleen Houck. Observe:

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Giving some credit to paperbacks where credit is due

Although I have already admitted to being a hoarder of hardcovers, my shelf is not without the occasional paperback. Some titles just cannot be found in hardcover. To be honest, I will elect to buy a title on my Kindle rather than resort to setting a paperback on my shelf. That being said, one of my most prized possessions happens to be a paperback box set.

So here it is. A lone paperback photo will finish off this post. All you paperback lovers out there – rejoice.

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Do you prefer hardcover or paperback?

What are some of your favorite hardcover and paperback books?

Have you undressed a book today?


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The Giveaway

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Follow along this month’s Book Blogger Buzz Tour for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or the equivalent Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – winner’s choice.

Enter below…


The Tour Schedule
Week One

July 1st…

Mama Kitty Reviews appears on Me and Reading
TOPIC: Reading for Enjoyment vs. Reading for Reviewing – the difference in reading for enjoyment and the toll that reading review copies has done to our hobby.

July 2nd…

Me and Reading appears on Contagious Reads
TOPIC: Why are you a reader?

July 3rd…

Raw Books appears on Deliciously Wicked Books
TOPIC: What I look for in the book blogs I follow.

July 4th…

Reading is My Treasure appears on Jenna Does Books
TOPIC: What YA has taught me/how it has affected my life.

Week Two

July 7th…

Chapter Break appears on Reading with ABC
TOPIC: Ten reason you CAN’T read and you are dying on the inside.

July 9th…

Contagious Reads appears on Reading in Black & White **Posted July 11th**
TOPIC: Organization tips and tricks.

July 10th…

Second Run Reviews appears on Bibliognome
TOPIC: Books you feel need more attention. A top ten list. Tell why you think they need to be read by everyone.

July 11th…

Fiktshun appears on Once Upon a Twilight
TOPIC: Rant: Things you wish others would stop “judging” other book bloggers on.

Week Three

July 14th…

Bibliognome appears on Chapter Break
TOPIC: You’ve been asked to write a short story starring a gnome character. What would the gnome be named and how would the story go?

July 15th…

Gwynn White appears on Reading is My Treasure
TOPIC: What last books in a trilogy or series do you wish you had never read? Why?

July 16th…

Reading with ABC appears on Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews
TOPIC: Your Favorite Blogger Moment. Recount it.

July 17th

Reading in Black & White appears on My Midnight Fantasies **Post Date TBD**
TOPIC: What are those wonderful things you see in other bloggers’ reviews and think are wonderful? Or what do you like to see in other bloggers’ reviews?

July 18th…

Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews appears on Second Run Reviews
TOPIC: Your Biggest Blogger Fail. Recount it.

Week Four

July 21st…

Parajunkee appears on Midnyte Reader
TOPIC: Are you creative or just depressed? A mental survival guide for bloggers.

July 22nd…

Deliciously Wicked Books appears on Stephanie’s Book Reports
TOPIC: After Fifty Shades, what’s the next big thing?

July 23rd…

Stephanie’s Book Reports appears on Raw Books
TOPIC: What trends do you hope are popular next in Romance/Erotica?

July 24th…

Janelle Reads appears on Parajunkee
TOPIC: What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?

July 25th…

Midnyte Reader appears on Harlequin Junkie
TOPIC: Audiobooks vs. …regular books?

Week Five

July 28th…

Jenna Does Books appears on Fiktshun
TOPIC: Hardcover vs. Paperback.

July 29th…

Once Upon a Twilight appears on Gwynn White
TOPIC: Rant: Things you wish other book bloggers would stop doing.

July 30th…

My Midnight Fantasies appears on Mama Kitty Reviews
TOPIC: My favorite animals to read about in fiction OR my favorite paranormal shifter characters and why.

July 31st…

Harlequin Junkie appears on Janelle Reads
TOPIC: Dealing with your first negative review from an author you’ve enjoyed connecting with on social networks.

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My Reading Pile #176

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I forgot that a book was heading my way for a tour so its arrival this week was a bit of a surprise. And I really didn’t intend to grab an eARC from Edelweiss, but it just couldn’t be helped.

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I received an ARC of FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang courtesy of Amber, for a tour she’s hosting that I’ll be on in a few weeks, and the publisher, Greenwillow Books. This book sounds totally fascinating and I cannot wait to read and review it for the tour.

Courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss

I also couldn’t resist grabbing an eARC of WILD, the third book in Sophie Jordan’s The Ivy Chronicles, when I checked Edelweiss as I was preparing this post.

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I had no intention of requesting any books this week, but I couldn’t help myself. The first two books in this series were totally awesome and I cannot wait to read about just how wild Georgia and Logan get. While this doesn’t come out until mid-November, I will be reading this next week.

So it’s just the two books. I hadn’t anticipated receiving or requesting any books but I clearly failed with regard to the latter. I have no idea how I’ll be able to resist in future unless I close my Edelweiss and NetGalley accounts. But I didn’t want to do that until I’ve read and reviewed every single book I received. And that may take awhile….

I would love to read both books this week, but I’m still playing catch up since I didn’t get very much reading done this past week due to the drama llama and there’s one book I’ve been promising Jaime I’d read for the longest time now. And it is…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

{July 27, 2014 – August 2, 2014}


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I’m just adding one book to the pile this week and that’s THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece. It’s taken me awhile to get this on the pile but I am excited to finally check it out. I received a very early copy for review from Jaime  at Month9Books and have been told this book is ahhh-mazing.

And I’m super curious to find out for myself just how awesome it is.

I can’t wait to meet Raven and find out just what kind of a monster Giddeon Maddox really is. The description says this story was inspired by the classic Beauty and the Beast tale and I’m interested in finding out just how similar and different it is. I’ve read a couple of very imaginative retellings as of late and I can’t wait to see what this author does to add her own creative flair.

And I love Southern Gothic stories so I really  can’t wait to dive into this potentially atmospheric tale later this week.

The Description…

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic Beauty and the Beast.


Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is WILD by Sophie Jordan. You had to see that coming, right? As I’ve only added one book to the pile this week, I’m hoping that my wish will come true and that I’ll be able to dive in this week. I mean, wishes have to come true sometime, don’t they?


Those Left Behind

Due to the rather upsetting drama of last week, weekend and this past week, I got very little reading done. I managed to finish GHOST HOUSE on Thursday night but hadn’t had a chance to read SINNER. I hope to be able to tackle that this weekend before starting on this week’s read, but we shall see. It depends on how crazy this weekend turns out to be.

Aside from a very short “review” for my tour stop the other day I didn’t write any reviews. I have a completed review in Pages but am hesitant to post it given all that has happened.

As I have a few reviews that I must write and post next week, I’ll have to get over my wariness of sharing my thoughts online. But for right now I’m not quite ready to do so.

I am hoping that I’ll get my passion for reading back this week. I’ve been feeling so discouraged, hurt, angry and tired that I haven’t been able to make any real connection to a book. But I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will change this week.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I didn’t spend any real time on NetGalley this week. And while I discovered some seriously awesome books available to request, I managed to refrain. Just barely. But I did pre-order a couple of them.

Here are this week’s finds…

FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 7 2014)

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME by Stephanie Perkins et al (St. Martin’s Press, Oct 14 2014)

THE DOUBT FACTORY by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Oct 14 2014)

OCEANBORN (The Aquarathi #2) by Amalie Howard (Harlequin Teen, Jul 29 2014)

BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 7 2014)

NOT IN THE SCRIPT (If Only #3) by Amy Finnegan (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Oct 7 2014)

STRANGE SKIES (Burn Out #2) by Kristi Helvig (Egmont USA, Jun 9 2015)

TEAR YOU APART by Sarah Cross (EgmontUSA, Jan 27 2015)

HAZE (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston (Random House of Canada Limited, Sep 9 2014) **US & Canadian Reviewers Preferred**

REWIND TO YOU by Laura Johnston (Kensington Books, Sep 15 2014)

BREATHE FOR ME by Rhonda Helms (Spencer Hill Press, Aug 5 2014)

DAMSEL DISTRESSED by Kelsey Macke (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Oct 14 2014)

THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE (Movie Edition) edited by Leah Wilson (Smart Pop Books, Jan 17 2012)


With everything up in the air with this blog right now I hadn’t planned on posting a reading pile post this weekend. But as I did receive a book in the mail that I will be reading for review for a tour this September, I wanted to be able to share that here on the blog.

And as I’m also reading a review book I figured that until the day comes when I wind this down completely, I will continue to share my weekly reads, books I’ve received and those I found on NetGalley.

Anyway…

I really hope your week was so much better than mine. I hope that you were able to fall in love with a multitude of books that were on your reading pile. And I hope that your blogging week was free from drama.

As ever, if you’d like to share what books are on your TBR pile or what books you received for review, leave a comment or a link. I’d love to know.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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THIS SUMMER Blog Tour: ‘Favorite Scene’ Guest Post, Review + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be one of today’s final stops on the THIS SUMMER Blog Tour in which I have an awesome guest post by Author Katlyn Duncan on her favorite scene to write and where I share a few of my thoughts about the book.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book with its super cute cover and its promise of romance. It sounded like the perfect summer read. And if you’d like to get just a peek at what this book has to offer, be sure to check out the guest post below to read a short passage.

The author picked the lake scene as her favorite to write and while I adore that scene, my favorite involved a party, rain, a wet t-shirt and a locked door. Beyond that I’ll say no more.

In addition to some awesome guest posts, interviews and reviews – which you can find by clicking the links in the tour schedule at the bottom of this post – this tour includes a giveaway for an Amazon eGift Card. If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

Some information about the book and author are also included, along with the places you can find them online. So if you haven’t yet heard of THIS SUMMER or “met” Katlyn Duncan, just follow the links to learn more.

And if you’d like to hear just a little bit about what I thought about THIS SUMMER, my bookish thoughts are are also below.

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About This Summer

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Release date: July 9, 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
Pages: 288
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Formats: eBook

Description…

Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas – ex-boyfriends who don’t seem to know what ‘ex’ means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn’t anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt – for leaving, for coming back… Now he’s just passing through to tie up loose ends but it’s clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it’s built on two years of lies…

This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change – again?

Find it at…

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The THIS SUMMER Trailer

 


Guest Post
Favorite Scene to Write in THIS SUMMER

My favorite scene to write from THIS SUMMER is the lake scene. I am not going to spoil it for anyone so I will be quite vague, but this scene took me a while to navigate because I wanted to get it just right.

At this point Will and Hadley have been dancing around their chemistry and when they are taken away from their hometown they are given a chance to breathe and the sparks crackle. Neither are able to deny their attraction to the other (especially with bathing suits involved!) and this is their final tipping point. It’s a question of “will they?” or “won’t they?” and I really enjoyed the push and pull of this scene in particular.

I was able to visualize the scene playing out as if on a movie screen right in front of me, which is something I look for in every scene. But this one in particular sticks out to me. Will is a bit more playful and the flirty banter between the two was really fun to write. It shows the reader a bit more of how they used to act with each other prior to that fateful summer.

And my hope for the end of the scene is to have the reader on the edge of his or her seat wondering what’s going to happen next!

Here is a little taste:

“Well you can’t come into the water and expect not to get wet,” he says in a low voice.

“And here I thought you were a Southern gentleman.”

He inhales sharply, wading his body around mine. “It seems you have the wrong impression of me. I’m not as nice as I seem.”

I roll my eyes. “You might think you’re a rugged cowboy, but I still see you underneath the surface.”

“Do you now?” His hand brushes across my arm.

“Yup,” I say quickly, my breath catching in my throat.

“I might have to work on my rugged cowboy persona a little more then?”

I inhale sharply. “Well, I do like the accent.”

Our bodies brush up against each other again as he swims around to my front. “Is that all?”

“That’s pretty much it,” I say with a grin.

“When did you become so superficial?” he teases.

“Oh come on. We both know how gorgeous you are.”

“And here I thought I was a rugged cowboy. Gorgeous is reserved for those of the female persuasion.”

His hand breaks the surface and brushes against my cheek.

My breath hitches and I’m frozen in place. His eyes move over my lips, up my nose and finally reach my eyes. Neither of us breathe. His other hand reaches out to my hand, the touch scorching me.

“Hadley.” My name on his lips is filled with the same want and need that’s inside of me.


About Katlyn Duncan

Katlyn_Duncan-2Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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My Thoughts

THIS SUMMER is a light, fun and sweet romance with a dash of heat. It’s a love story that reignites a spark that had only just begun to burn between Hadley and Will before his sudden departure from Hadley’s life. Told from both Hadley and Will’s perspectives, readers will get to see just what Will’s secrets are, whether Hadley has the “summer to remember” she wanted, and whether they’re both looking for a summer fling or hoping for something more.

When Will left two years ago, with no explanation and no calls, texts or emails since, Hadley was nearly destroyed. And just when she thought she’d picked up the pieces of her shattered self, as suddenly as he left he comes back into her life threatening to tear her apart all over again.

But she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s not about to let her heart get broken again. She planned on having an amazing summer, creating memories to last a lifetime. And it’s still what she intends to do, no matter how good he looks, how easy it is to reconnect with him or how electric that connection is.

THIS SUMMER was a super quick and delightful read that made me smile. I enjoyed the dual POVs as it gave me insight into both characters about their pasts together and separately, their presents, and what they thought and felt about one another. I loved that the author used the camp setting as the backdrop to her story as it made it a little different, made it feel very much like a summer romance, and provided another connection between the characters’ presents and their pasts. And I adored the romance. It was charming and a little bit sexy and a little bit heartbreaking.

All the major loose ends are tied up at the end of the story, though I was left with a few questions about some of the secondary characters and wished a few pages were dedicated to fleshing out their stories. But Will and Hadley’s story ended on just the right note… what that note is, I won’t reveal.

For readers looking for an engaging, lightning fast and heartwarming love story, THIS SUMMER is a wonderful way to spend a few hours.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway, courtesy of the author, for a $50 Amazon US or UK eGift Card – ONE WINNER.

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

July 14th – Fire and Ice – Guest Post
July 14th – Spiced Latte Reads – Review
July 15th – Ramblings From This Chick – Review
July 15th – The Cover Contessa – Interview
July 16th – Book Briefs – Review
July 16th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Interview
July 17th – Falling for YA – Guest Post
July 17th – Ginger-Read Reviews – Review
July 18th – A Book and a Latte – Interview
July 18th – Mary Had a Little Book Blog – Spotlight

Week Two

July 21st – Seeing Night Reviews – Review
July 21st – Ticket to Anywhere – Guest Post
July 21st – A Bottomless Book Bag – Review
July 22nd – Library of a Book Witch – Review
July 22nd – Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post
July 23rd – Teen Readers’ Diary – Interview
July 23rd – Rampant Readers – Review
July 24th – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
July 24th – Fiction Dreams – Interview
July 25th – Burning Impossibly Bright – Guest Post
July 25th – Fiktshun – Guest Post + Review

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#BlogYourWay: How Do You Blog?

blogyourwayI’d originally planned on hosting a day this fall dedicated to those book bloggers who wanted to share a post talking about how they blog – but as my blogging circumstances have changed, I thought I’d post about this now.

I wanted blog readers to know that there are many different types of blogs out there in the book blogosphere. Bloggers with different ways of expressing their love of books. Bloggers with unique and different voices. I wanted bloggers to feel proud enough about how they blog that they’d be willing to talk about it in their voice on their blogs.

Because for those bloggers that share their thoughts honestly and without malice on their blogs, there is no wrong way to blog.

This is a hobby for some of us, a stepping stone to other pursuits within the industry for others. But to all of us it is a labor of love and something we are passionate about.

There is no rule book on how to be a proper book blogger. There are no blog police telling us how many memes, blasts, reveals, spotlights are too many. There are no hard and fast rules stating how many words a review must contain, what points they must touch on, what thoughts we must share within them.

While some may offer suggestions on what to do and what not to, it is up to us to decide how we wish to blog. We should not feel pressured to alter our blogs to suit someone else’s idea of what a blog should be. We should not feel like we have to change our voice to be like someone else’s because theirs is the right voice and ours is wrong.

There is no right or wrong as long as it is our voice we’re sharing. There is no mandate stating that a review must be X number of words. There is no checklist that says we should have discussion posts, release day book lists or book hauls.

And there’s no requirement that our blog needs to be solely about books.

It is important that we remember that it’s our blog and while we want to keep our readers in mind, ultimately we have to be happy. It’s important that we remember to blog in a way that makes us feel good, that brings us the least stress, that makes us proud of what we’ve accomplished. It’s important to remember that our blogs are an extension of who we are.

People have many strong opinions that may end up swaying us. People may be very vocal about those opinions, making us feel bad for blogging in the way that we do. But we shouldn’t feel bad.

If we love to promote books and don’t enjoy writing reviews, then that’s how we should blog. If we love filling our posts with gifs that better express our sentiment than our words can, then that’s how we should blog.

If we don’t want an empty blog but don’t have time each day to create original content, then we should participate in memes, blasts and reveals without shame. These are our blogs, and we should blog our way.

There is nothing wrong with trying to generate traffic to our sites through whatever honest means are at our disposal. There is nothing wrong with adding a giveaway with a follow requirement or a few. There is nothing wrong about signing up with a number of tour companies so that we can get content to post that doesn’t involve us wracking our brains or pulling our hair out in order to produce it. Our heads do not have meet the desk on a regular basis for us to be bloggers.

We must remind ourselves that no matter how we choose to blog, we matter. Our voice matters.

It’s important to remember that not everyone’s tastes will be the same. So there is no “one way works for all.” If we’ve tried to fit into a mold that doesn’t work for us, we will see that success is not guaranteed and our efforts will be wasted trying to be someone we’re not.

Our readers stop by our blogs to hear what we have to say, see what books we like or dislike, see what we’re up to. If we all opted to do the same things, speak in the same way, there would be no point to a multitude of blogs.

Of course some blogs may be more well-known, have achieved more recognition, be more successful than our own. But we can’t all be at the top of the heap. Some of us will be in the middle or at the bottom. And that’s okay, too. At the end of the day, is being successful and miserable worth it? If we’re blogging in a way that doesn’t represent who we are, are we happy bloggers? If we have to give up who we are in order to fit someone’s definition of successful, is it worth it?

For me that would be a no.

During my time as a blogger I’ve chosen to blog my way. Some things have worked. Some things were epic fails. But I always opted to put it out there, took the risks, picked myself back up and kept on going. I’m not the biggest blog out there. Not even close. My site’s traffic has dwindled over the years. My audience has come and gone.

I’m not good at marketing myself. I don’t enjoy it and so I don’t. I’m not great at writing reviews, and so they have been somewhat infrequent. I love rambling about books and bookish things. I love sharing the news about new books I’m excited for. I love sharing my enthusiasm about the books I’ve received and am planning on reading. I love interviewing characters and having authors stop by on a tour. I love sharing books, in the form of giveaways, so others can discover the books I love.

And so I do all of these things, whether one person likes them or a dozen or more. Because doing them has made me happy. It’s not right or wrong. It’s just how I blog.

So when the naysayers and those who judge make us feel not good enough, we need to remember that we are. If we’re blogging our way we are just as good as any other blogger out there. If we’re taking the time to promote even just one book we love, we are contributing to the bookish community. If we are showing our support for authors and other bloggers, we are a positive and valued part of the book blogosphere.

We can’t let those who wish to bring us down by cruel and unthinking words destroy our self-worth. We can’t let them push us to blog their way.

There is nothing wrong with choosing to #BlogYourWay.

So… how do you blog?

If you’d like to share how you blog in the comments I’d love to know. If you’d like to create a post talking about how you blog, stop back and leave a link or use the #BlogYourWay hashtag and I’ll stop by and check it out.

For those that opt to create a post - if anyone - I’ll add their links to this one so that others can check it out.

And if you’d like to know how I blog, just check out the graphic at the top of this post.

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Have you discovered these awesome blogs?

While I may be winding things down here on the blog this summer/fall, it doesn’t mean I’ll be walking away from the book blogosphere entirely. There’s no way I’ll be able to give up the chance to check out my favorite blogs and discover new favorites. There’s no way I’ll want to be out of the loop on what new upcoming books are HOT that I must pre-order.

And, of course, there’s no way that I’m going to stop reading.

But now I’ll have the opportunity to read even more amazing books and spend more time reading about those awesome books on the blogs I like to – or want to – check in on.

Blogs such as…

Two Chicks on Books

Parajunkee

Good Books and Good Wine

Bewitched Bookworms

Phantasmic Reads

Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

GReads!

A Life Bound By Books

The Book Vixen

The Broke and the Bookish

Reading Teen

Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Novel Thoughts Blog

Electrifying Reviews

Book Pics

Consuming Worlds

Jenna Does Books

Aleksandra’s Corner

Page Turners Blog

Fictitious Delicious

Paranormal Book Club

The Book Nympho

My Shelf Confessions

Mundie Moms

Once Upon a Twilight

Please note: The list is not in any particular order and is not just comprised of the only blogs I think are awesome. I plan on stopping by all of these blogs and more.

Do you have any must visit blogs that I should get to know? If so, leave a link, I’d love to be able to check them out.

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