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    FROSH: SECOND CHANCES Blog Tour – Review

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    Welcome to today’s stop on the FROSH: SECOND CHANCES Blog Tour! I’m super excited for this second book in Mónica B. Wagner’s Frosh series to come out so that everyone can find out what’s been going on with Ellie, Grant, Devon and Charlie.

    If you haven’t yet met them now’s the perfect time, because the first book in the series, FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, is currently available for FREE in eBook format at Amazon, B&N and iTunes – links are below. So be sure to grab your copy – there’s plenty of time to catch up before FROSH: SECOND CHANCES releases on September 27th.

    Of course you’ll then have to wait for the third installment in the series, FROSH: THIRD WHEEL, which is due out in 2017.

    For my tour stop I’m sharing my thoughts about this sequel. So if you’d like to know what I thought scroll down for my review.

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    Cover Reveal: ALIAS RAVEN by A.M. Null

    cover-revealPURP_darkenessI am absolutely thrilled to be able to share the AWESOME cover for the upcoming novel ALIAS RAVEN by A.M. Null (a.k.a. Heather Davis) which releases this October from The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint.

    It sounds super exciting and the cover is amazing and I can’t wait for its release. It is totally a book I would buy based on cover alone, though its description makes me want to read it even more!

    I love, love, love the fonts, the colors, the raven, the tagline. There isn’t a single thing I don’t love about it. It is definitely a book whose cover instantly grabbed me.

    But what do you think?

    Just scroll down to see the cover revealed.

    And if you haven’t yet heard of ALIAS RAVEN you can read its description and add it to your Goodreads shelf below. There is also a link to pre-order a copy at Amazon if you are just as excited about it as I am!


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    Title: ALIAS RAVEN
    Author: A.M. Null
    Release date: October 11, 2016
    Publisher: The Studio (Paper Lantern Lit)

    Description…

    Seventeen year-old Samantha Blackbird’s first mission for a secret government program was supposed to be cake—embed herself in a tech billionaire’s family to protect two adorable kids. But when she and the children are kidnapped by foreign mercenaries, Sam’s thrown into a more dangerous mission than she signed up for.

    As she fights to get the kids home safely, Sam begins to suspect that the teen recruits of the agency are being used as pawns in a much larger conspiracy. Worst of all, the guy she fell in love with during training might be manipulating her, too.

    Now, Sam must uncover the truth before she’s eliminated as another casualty in a very deadly game—and she has no idea who to trust.

    With twists and turns and heart-pounding action, A.M. Null builds a world perfect for fans of Ally Carter and Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

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    About the Author

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    A.M. Null is the pen name of author Heather Davis. She was born in Seattle, Washington, where, thanks to her teacher father, she spent every morning of seventh grade reading in the library, waiting for school to start. She read through every mystery and thriller she could get her hands on, and has always dreamed of writing her own.

    She attended The Evergreen State College, where she studied film, but found storytelling in written form was her true calling, and so began her writing career with the publication of her first Young Adult novel, Never Cry Werewolf. Subsequent novels include Wherever You Go and The Clearing, which was a finalist for the RITA award for Best Young Adult Romance.

    No secret to living double-lives, she is now the author of the Alias Raven series, which follows the young recruits of the shadow op, CRAFT, as they navigate their way through deceit and lies to protect and serve the innocent.

    She lives and writes in Seattle, not far from where she grew up. She still spends her mornings dreaming up thrillers and mysteries, as she did many years ago, but this time it’s all on the page.

    Please visit her on the web at www.amnull.com.

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    EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman Giveaway

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    I cannot wait for EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman to be released this June. LEGACY OF KINGS was, is, and will forever be amazing and I am so excited that the next book in this incredible series will be releasing in less than three months! The wait is finally almost over!

    For those of you who are just as excited as I am, I have an awesome giveaway to share: An ARC of EMPIRE OF DUST plus some really fun gold snake tattoos – the temporary kind – inspired by Olympias, courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit.

    If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Eleanor Herman’s Blood of Golds and Royals series, details on each book is below. Though you may want to scroll quickly past the description for EMPIRE OF DUST so as not to have even a moment of LEGACY OF KINGS revealed.

    And if you you’d like to read a short prequel story, the eBook of VOICE OF GODS is currently free – links are included below.

    This giveaway is only open for a week! Just enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.


    About EMPIRE OF DUST

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    Title & Series: EMPIRE OF DUST (Blood of Gods and Royals #2)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: June 28, 2016
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust

    After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

    Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

    The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

    And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

    New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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    About Eleanor Herman

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    Eleanor Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with KingsSex with the QueenMistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel.

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    OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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    Title & Series: LEGACY OF KINGS (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: August 18, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

    Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

    Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

    Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

    And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

    Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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    Title & Series: VOICE OF GODS (Blood of Gods and Royals #0.5)
    Author: Eleanor Herman
    Release date: July 15, 2015
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 122
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power, and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy.

    At 19, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings—and seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years.

    Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift, and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another. And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale —newly named Olympias— will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.

    The prequel to LEGACY OF KINGS, VOICE OF GODS traces the intricate web of love and betrayal that led up to the birth of history’s most powerful leader, Alexander the Great.

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    The Giveaway

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    Courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit…

    • To ONE (1) winner – an ARC of EMPIRE OF DUST + Gold Snake Temporary Tattoos

    Giveaway is US only. Prizing will be sent by Paper Lantern Lit.

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    THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS Blog Tour. I love this series by Shana Norris and I was totally thrilled to meet Kate and Rory and Mimi and Pop.

    THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS is the third full-length book in the series which can be read in any order. So if you haven’t read the previous books in the series but you’d like to get to know what happens to Kate during the summer before she goes to college you can do so right away.

    Though, THE BOYFRIEND THIEF, the first book in the series is currently free, along with ONE WEEK, a short story companion novel to THE BOYFRIEND THIEF. So if you’d like to take a peek at those stories first, now is the perfect time.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS. There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a couple of eBooks to five winners. Just scroll down for both the review and the Rafflecopter as well as details about each of the books in this series and the author, Shana Norris.


    About THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS

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    Title & Series: THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS (Stolen Kiss #3)
    Author: Shana Norris
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
    Pages: 251
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    6 guitar strings. 2 boys. 1 summer to let it all go.

    The summer before college, Kate Watts wants to do three things: make music, hang out with her best friend Ashton, and scoop ice cream. With an ailing grandfather, a flaky mom who shows up once every who-knows-when, and a looming tuition bill to pay, Kate doesn’t need any more complications

    But “complications” have a way of finding her.

    Like when an infuriating new boy named Rory humiliates her at a party.

    Or when her wild cousin Paisley shows up unexpectedly at her doorstep to stay.

    And then when she’s offered the chance of a lifetime–if she throws away the dream she’s been working for.

    Soon, straight-shooting Kate gets swept up in a whirlwind of parties with Paisley, all while falling for hot-and-cold Rory…until she begins to suspect that Rory and Paisley might be keeping a huge secret together. Will Kate have to leave everything behind to untangle the truth—including herself?

    The Truth About Boys is a companion novel to The Boyfriend Thief and The Secrets Between You and Me, and the third book in Shana Norris’s Stolen Kiss collection.

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


    The Review

    THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS is a sweet, fun, angst-filled and delightful read with a number of positive messages and takeaways. It’s a story about difficult choices, missed opportunities, pursuing your dreams. It’s about mistakes, mixed signals, being understanding, and being able to forgive. It is a little bit sad, a little bit heartbreaking, and a whole lot moving and heartwarming and romantic. It is a super quick, easy, one-sit read and a wonderful addition to the series.

    Kate Watts has always played it safe, been responsible, been goal-oriented. She was not about to get distracted by a summer fling, no matter how fast Rory made her heart beat. She needed to focus on earning money so that she could try to help Mimi and Pop pay for college. But it wouldn’t be easy.

    Especially with her ex in town for the summer looking to rekindle things between them. And with her mother suddenly trying to be a part of her life. And with her pretty, perky, and attention-seeking cousin showing up unannounced, insinuating herself into every aspect of her existence.

    What she hoped was going to be an uneventful summer was turning out to be more complicated than she ever would have imagined. She would have to make some difficult decisions, learn a few lessons, and come to the realization that what she thought was not always right.

    Shana Norris injected just the right amount of emotional turmoil into her novel. From her character’s relationships with her family and the boys in her life to the choices she’d have to make about her future, there is plenty to give readers that deliciously twisty-turny feeling.

    She had the perfect amount of romance. She created secondary characters who provided more than just a backdrop to the story. And she touched on several issues that many teens going through that transition period between high school and college would have to face.

    THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS is more than just a summer romance story. It has some depth. It introduces characters with some very relatable problems. It gives some food for thought. It is immediately captivating, thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end, with entertaining, likable, frustrating, maddening, adorable characters. It is an exciting and engaging addition to a positively delectable series.

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    About Shana Norris

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    Most days, Shana Norris still feels like she’s stuck at sixteen, which is probably why she enjoys writing about teens. She’s played the flute since she was eleven years old, but is definitely not planning to start her own DJ business anytime soon. Shana lives in a small town in eastern North Carolina with her husband and small zoo of pets, which currently includes two dogs, seven cats, and a small flock of chickens.

    Shana Norris has entertained millions of readers as the author of Troy High, the popular Swans Landing series, and the Stolen Kiss Collection, which includes The Boyfriend Thief, The Secrets Between You and Me, and The Truth About Boys. You can find her at shananorris.com.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for two books in the Stolen Kiss Collection – THE SECRETS BETWEEN YOU AND ME and THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS – to FIVE (5) winners

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    Other Books in the Series

    One Week

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    Title & Series: ONE WEEK (Stolen Kiss #0.5)
    Author: Shana Norris
    Release date: January 1, 2016
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
    Pages: 77
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    “Don’t waste your time worrying about it. You’re better than that.”

    Easy for Molly’s best friend Avery to say. She’s not the one who got dumped by Dave Chumski. In a text.

    Dave Chumski, whose greatest goal in life is to “rule” at air hockey.
    How can she not spend time thinking about Dave—especially when he and his new girlfriend keep popping up everywhere Molly goes? At school, at the arcade, at ValuMart. The universe seems to be telling Molly to hold on.

    “Plenty of fish in the sea. You just have to let go.” 

    Easy for Avery to say, but—will Molly be able to let go of the past to see what’s standing right in front of her?

    One Week is a companion short story to The Boyfriend Thief, the first book in Shana Norris’s Stolen Kiss collection.

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    Title & Series: THE BOYFRIEND THIEF (Stolen Kiss #1)
    Author: Shana Norris
    Release date: March 24, 2014
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
    Pages: 210
    Formats: eBook, audio

    Description…

    1 ill-fated hot dog costume. 2 former BFFs. 11 days to seduce a boy.

    Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.

    Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?

    Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart?

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    Title & Series: THE SECRETS BETWEEN YOU AND ME (Stolen Kiss #2)
    Author: Shana Norris
    Release date: February 10, 2015
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
    Pages: 247
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    4 wheels on a rusty truck. 2 gray eyes. 1 secret that could ruin everything.

    All Hannah wanted was a summer break from being “perfect Hannah Cohen” and a chance to forget about the devastating family secret that could ruin her seemingly perfect life. So when she takes off for her eccentric aunt’s house in the mountains of North Carolina and everyone makes one big (wrong) assumption about her past, Hannah figures that it’s easier to live a lie than have to face the truth.

    She never expected to make any real friends, like the hilarious and spontaneous Kate and Ashton, who drag her to late night bonfires and ice cream marathons. And she especially never counted on meeting Jude Westmore, the brooding bad boy next door with gray eyes and permanent oil smudges on his fingers, or that he would ever take an interest in her.

    Between moonlit movie nights in the bed of Jude’s truck and nearly romantic Ferris Wheel rides, Hannah’s old life seems further away then ever, but can she keep her secret, or is the truth worth the risk of losing everything, including Jude?

    The Secrets Between You and Me is the second book in the Stolen Kiss Series by Shana Norris.

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    Blog Tour Review: LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on the LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES Blog Tour. I was immediately drawn to this book because of its title. Then I checked out its description and knew that I had to read it.

    And I absolutely loved it and its characters. It was everything I hoped it would be. It was funny, and sweet, and romantic. A total feel-good read.

    If you’d like to know what else I thought, feel free to check out my review below. And if you’d like to know what some others bloggers thought or read a few interviews with the author, be sure to check out all the stops on the tour.


    About LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES

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    Title: LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES
    Author: Kerry Winfrey
    Release date: November 10, 2015
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
    Pages: 268
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    In this heartwarming debut by Hellogiggles blogger Kerry Winfrey, a young agoraphobe begins a journey of first love that leads her to the true meaning of home—just by taking one small step outside of her house.

    My name is Mallory Sullivan.

    My therapist says I have an anxiety disorder.

    My brother says I’m an “optimistic recluse.”

    Everybody else says I’m a freak.

    And they kind of have a point, because I haven’t left the house in 67 days and only attend class via the webcam on my laptop. The person I talk to the most other than my mom and brother is the completely obnoxious BeamMeUp, and all we do is argue on New Mexico’s premiere alien message board.

    But after yesterday, I have something: a chance. If I can win the homecoming crown by convincing resident hot popular guy and Friday Night Lights spawn Brad Kirkpatrick to go as my date, then maybe #stayathome will never appear next to the name @Mallory_Sullivan ever again.

    First, I have to leave my room.

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


    The Review

    There are certain stories that make you happy to have read them. LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES is one of those reads. It is sweet and funny and romantic and a little bit sad. Its main character, Mallory Sullivan, is interesting and entertaining, sympathetic, amusing, and braver than she knew herself to be. And with her well-meaning if slightly devious brother Lincoln and best friend Jenni, two cute boys, and a seemingly outrageous plan to achieve the impossible, it promises to make you laugh, smile, swoon, and keep you captivated from beginning to end.

    After her father left without an explanation as to why, where he was going, or if he’d be back, Mal’s life began to fall apart. Now the only place she feels safe is at home, attending school remotely by webcam, socializing only with her brother and her best friend – the only friend who stuck with her after her major meltdown – and posting on the We Are Not Alone message board.

    While she wished she never had to leave the house, she knew her therapist wasn’t going to let her off that easy, her mother couldn’t take much more of her being a recluse, her physics teacher was insisting on an in-person midterm, and she’d never be able to find and confront her father from the self-imposed prison she called home. If she could just con herself into believing she was strong enough, capable enough, safe enough, she might be able to pull it off and get back the life she lost.

    Or maybe all she needed was an impossible challenge and a huge incentive to overcome her fears.

    Kerry Winfrey penned an absolutely delightful and engaging and unputdownable story that lightly touches on a number of issues – agoraphobia, anxiety, pressure, stress, unrealistic expectations, unfair judgment, abandonment, and failure. She keeps her story from becoming weighty by adding humor, flirtation, and romance. And she keeps it exciting by incorporating drama, tension, and a few unexpected surprises, twists and turns of event.

    The author introduces a lovable heroine who is fighting to regain control of her life and involves her in an outlandish scheme that will either prove a huge success or an abject failure. Her supporting characters are a mix of good-intentioned, helpful and understanding, and frustrated, confused, misunderstood and moody. But they all play a role in Mallory’s road to recovery.

    Everything wraps up nicely at the story’s end, though the ending does feel a bit rushed and some aspects might have been fleshed out more to keep the pacing more consistent. But this doesn’t take you out of the story or take away from its enjoyment.

    LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES is a quick, enchanting, and feel-good read that can easily be devoured in one sitting. It is heartwarming and uplifting, with both a character and a love story you can’t help but want to root for. It’s a story you’ll fall instantly in love with and want to read again.

    The Rating

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    About Kerry Winfrey

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    Kerry Winfrey grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. Kerry writes for HelloGiggles and blogs at welcometoladyville.com. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their dog, Merlin. You can find her on Twitter @KerryAnn.

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    FROSH: FIRST BLUSH Blog Tour – Review + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be kicking off the blog tour for FROSH: FIRST BLUSH by Mónica B. Wagner on its release day. I am so madly in love with this series that I don’t know how I’ll be able to stand waiting for book two. That ending… killer.

    This is one of those stories that will make you shake your head at some of the characters’ actions and decisions, want to throttle a few of them, root for the ones you adore and hope they get a happy ending. It’s also one of those reads that will give you a hint about some of the things to come and make you angst over the fact that they are going to happen.

    If you’d like to know what else I thought about FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, my review is a bit further down in the post. And if you’d like the chance to win an eCopy of the book, enter in the Rafflecopter.

    The tour schedule is at the bottom of the post, and it’ll be updated with direct links to all the stops. So if you’d like to hear what a few other bloggers have to say about FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, follow the tour over the next couple of weeks.


    About FROSH: FIRST BLUSH

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    Title & Series: FROSH: FIRST BLUSH (Frosh #1)
    Author: Mónica B. Wagner
    Release date: October 20, 2015
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
    Pages: 307
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.

    Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble.

    Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.

    High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.

    Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?

    FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.

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


    The Review

    Fun, sweet, a little bit sexy, completely captivating and totally addictive, FROSH: First Blush is a fantastic first book in Mónica B. Wagner’s new trilogy. It promises heated hook-ups, ulterior motives, betrayal, jealousy, a catfight, a potential love triangle, possible unrequited love, a mysterious podcaster, and a headline-making scandal. It delivers angst, heartbreak, romance, humor, a well-developed story and characters, terrific writing, and a killer cliffhanger ending. It is a story and series that will become an instant favorite and are an absolute must.

    Daniella “Ellie” Martowski really didn’t want to like Grant Landry, the star quarterback for Hillson U. She’d much rather crush on Tanner, the Managing Editor for the Nexus, where she was hoping to land the editorial assistant position. Though she really wished she didn’t want to have anything to do with either of them. Getting the job was way too important for her to mess it up by getting together with the wrong guy… or guys.

    Devon Connors wanted to clear her family’s name and prove to everyone that the scandals they’d been plagued by were in the past. And she knew the perfect guy to have on her arm and to be by her side to show them how over it she was. All she had to do was orchestrate an accidental meeting or two, flirt and charm him, and she’d have Grant Landry eating out of the palm of her hand. Her plan was practically foolproof. If only she could stop herself from thinking about Charlie.

    Charlie Keesan never thought someone like Devon Connors would even notice him, let alone give him one of the most amazing nights of his life. He just wished it had meant as much to her as it did to him. And he really wished he could stop thinking about her. Maybe if he became someone cooler, someone fun instead of funny, she’d want him as much as she clearly wanted Grant.

    Grant Landry wasn’t used to girls like Ellie Martowski. Playing football meant that he never really had to work hard, or at all, to get a girl to like him. But Ellie was definitely hard-to-get and no matter what he did, he somehow always managed to make himself look bad. She was totally worth the effort, but it would have been nice to know if he was wasting his time or if maybe she liked him back, even just a little.

    With each of the story’s four key characters keeping secrets, making mistakes, hiding their feelings and sending mixed signals – and all before classes even begin – heartache, drama, tension and suspense abound, making for an exciting and incredibly entertaining and unputdownable read.

    FROSH: First Blush is filled with minor deceptions and manipulations, misunderstandings, hidden truths. It introduces an array of characters, some who are driven, some who are aren’t sure about what or who they want, some who are confident or over-confident, some who are shy and awkward, some who are dealing with family issues, and others who seem to have not a care in the world. And it intertwines their lives in ways that are unexpected, at times heated, and at others heartwarming.

    Author Mónica B. Wagner created a number of characters readers will love getting to know. She penned a story that is positively delightful, that offers a bit of depth, and that looks to be just as enchanting for the entirety of the series. She brought surprises. She brought the tease of things to come. She brought the sexy.

    Those who enjoy their love stories complicated, their characters’ interests and personalities varied, their relationships sizzling hot one minute and tear-filled or icy cold the next, and their story ending on the sheerest of cliffs, will fall in love with this spellbinding and delicious and seriously awesome read.

    The Rating

    05


    About Mónica B. Wagner

    Monica Wagner

    Mónica was born in a Peruvian city by a snow-capped volcano. Growing up, books were her constant companions as she traveled with her family to places like India (where she became a vegetarian), Thailand (where she *almost* met Leonardo di Caprio), France (where she pretended to learn French), and countless other places that inspired her to write. Now, Mónica lives in Chile with her husband, three boys, eleven hens, and stray dog. Keep up with Monica and follow her on Twitter @Monica_BW or visit her website: http://monibw.blogspot.com.

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    • Oct. 20th – Fiktshun – Review
    • Oct. 21st – Reading Lark – Interview
    • Oct. 22nd – Bookish Lifestyle
    • Oct. 23rd – Swoony Boys Podcast

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    Review: THE TOUCH OF BETRAYAL (A Sin & Honey Novella)

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    Title & Series: THE TOUCH OF BETRAYAL (A Sin & Honey Novella)
    Author: Taryn Scarlett
    Release date: July 28, 2015
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit Imprint
    Pages: 113
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    For fans of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible’s most powerful and seductive women…

    So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6

    Delilah would do anything to escape her past.

    Falling for Samson only got in the way.

    Taryn Scarlett’s lush reimagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history.

    Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her with a devastating secret, she learns that not all sins can be buried in the past. In a dangerous bargain for her freedom, she agrees to seduce Samson, a notorious killer threatening the region—and if she can’t uncover the secret to his strength, she’ll forfeit her life.

    But Samson is different than any man she has ever met before: godlike in his strength but guarding a passionate vulnerability that draws Delilah to him. Will she betray the man she has begun to fall for—or will she betray her own heart for freedom?

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the novella.


    The Review

    Taryn Scarlett brought both heat and heart to her Samson and Delilah story in THE TOUCH OF BETRAYAL. She expanded on this biblical tale of weakness, vengeance, greed, and betrayal, making it also a story about love and strength and sacrifice. She portrayed Samson as more than a monster and a fool and Delilah as more than a heartless deceiver. She created a story that is bewitching, tantalizing, romantic, and sexy.

    The narrative transports readers back in time to this world the author reimagined where they’ll get to know quite a bit more about Delilah – how she became who she was, how she ended up where she was, why she was willing to do what she did – and get the chance to understand her and even like her by the story’s end. They’ll be introduced to Samson who may be just as easily captivated by Delilah as expected, but who is also clever, insightful, and anything but foolish.

    And they’ll become so invested in the characters they’ll be hoping for a happy ending for the couple.

    With just over one hundred pages, THE TOUCH OF BETRAYAL manages to feel like a full-length novel. The characters and storyline are well-developed. There is a love story. There is action, heartbreak, suspense, and the unexpected. And those familiar with the tragic fate that awaits Samson can expect a read that is angst-filled.

    Taryn Scarlett delivers a story that is gripping, seductive, heartrending, enchanting, with a romance that has just the right amount of heat. Readers looking for a perfectly delectable and enticing bite will easily devour this short story, featuring one of the most famous couples of all time, in one sitting. And they’ll be left anxiously awaiting the chance to dive back into this author’s imagination in the next Sin & Honey installment.

    The Rating

    05


    About the Author

    Taryn Scarlett holds a B.A. in Theater and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her weaknesses are chocolate, floral sundresses, soapy TV dramas, and anything purple. SIN AND HONEY is her first series. You can visit Taryn at www.TarynScarlett.com.

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    Other Novellas in the Series

    Seven Years of Longing

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    Title & Series: SEVEN YEARS OF LONGING (A Sin & Honey Novella)
    Author: Taryn Scarlett
    Release date: June 9, 2015
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit Imprint
    Pages: 124
    Formats: eBook

    Currently available for free download!

    Description…

    So Jacob served seven years, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.  —Gen.29.20

    Rachel was destined to love at first sight.

    Leah’s only crime was falling for the wrong man.

    In Taryn Scarlett’s richly lyrical novella, she reimagines the classic story of sisters Rachel and Leah, torn apart over the same man. Or so history would have you think.

    While Rachel has sworn her love to Jacob, Leah has in fact been carrying on a scintillating affair with a foreigner whom she is forbidden to love. When Rachel discovers Leah’s dark secret, the sisters’ faith and friendship are put to the ultimate test, especially when Rachel is given an impossible choice: in order to save Leah’s life, she must give up Jacob forever.

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    Title & Series: FOR LOVE OF THE ENEMY (A Sin & Honey Novella)
    Author: Taryn Scarlett
    Release date: September 1, 2015
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit Imprint
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    In this third Sin & Honey novella, Taryn Scarlett explores the provocative story of Judith, a woman tormented by the war in her country—and the war in her heart.

    A young widow living in devastated country, Judith is forced to watch as the ferocious Assyrian general Holofernes slaughters her people. Desperate to save her family, she decides to take matters into her own hands: she will seduce the general and get into his bed—where she can kill him, and end the war.

    But once Judith steals into enemy territory masquerading as an Israeli defector, she meets Bagoas, a soldier on a mission for peace. Aroused by his honor, Judith has a terrifying choice to make: let her people suffer and die, or sacrifice true love for the greater good.

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