Apr 30, 2013

Book Reviewers Yellow Pages Book Blast

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I'm actually listed in this fab book. YAY! So I'm pretty excited to be blasting it today. This is a wonderful resource with literally a couple hundred book reviewers listed. I'm picking up a copy first day out!

For more information visit: 
The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages 

You can learn how and where to submit your book for review. Have you finally decided to publish your book? Do you need to find book reviewers that accept self-published books? This is the best resource to get the marketing information that you NEED to promote your book for free! No reviewer or website has paid a fee to be listed in this resource. Each listing details the individual book reviewer’s:
  • Contact information
  • Accepted genres
  • Submission guidelines
In addition, all the reviewers are rated for quality and influence. The longer a reviewer has been posting reviews, and the more followers they have, the higher the site ranking.

Apr 28, 2013

Sunday Post: April 21-27

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book ReviewerIt's a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

So I've decided to ditch Showcase Sunday for Sunday Post. This will give me the chance to fill you guys in on everything I'm doing in one post. Because starting next week and practically till the end of the summer, my life is gonna be CRAZY!


This Past Week

♕ I purchased 

      

About a Dragon (Dragon Kin, #2) by G.A. Aiken–B&N
The Collector (Dante Walker #1) by Victoria Scott–B&N


Damaged by H.M. Ward–99¢ for Nook
The Nightlife: New York by Travis Luedke– Free for Kindle


♕ Memes 

SAT: Show N' Read Saturday #17–SONS OF ANARCHY


SAT: Bad Ass Bindings #2–Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard
Bad Ass Factor: ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠


♕ Reviews, Reveals and Blurbs 

WEDS: Reviewed Losing Me, Finding You by C.M. Stunich 

SAT: Posted a blurb reveal for Silenced: The Overtaking by RaeBeth McGee-Buda


Coming This Week

MON: M.E. Monday #32–How to piss off Book Bloggers (Author Site)

TUES: Book Reviewer Yellow Pages Book Blast (DJ's Book Corner)

WEDS: Review of Escape (Vampire King #1) by Kenya Wright (DJ's Book Corner)


THURS: Author Interview with A.R. Talley, author of David's Song. (DJ's Book Corner)


FRI: Review of Real (Real, Ripped & Raw #1) by Katy Evans (DJ's Book Corner)

SAT: Show N' Read Saturday #18–THE BORGIAS (Author Site)


Damn. That was a lot.

SEE YOU NEXT SUNDAY!

Apr 27, 2013

Blurb Reveal: Silenced: The Overtaking by RaeBeth Mc-Gee Buda

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Title: Silenced 2: The Overtaking
Author: RaeBeth McGee-Buda
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Christian
Publication Date: Late Summer 2013






Meet RaeBeth

RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.

RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one and is expecting her second.

She graduated from American Intercontinental University with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal.

RaeBeth published Silenced under her maiden name but plans to continue writing under her married name with any other works.


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Purchase Silenced (Book One)




Apr 24, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Losing Me, Finding You by C.M. Stunich

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Losing Me, Finding You by C.M. Stunich

Publication Date: April 20, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Triple M Trilogy #1
Source: Bought for Kindle

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS


Twenty-one year old Amy Cross's idea of a hot Saturday night is curling up with her favorite book boyfriend and secretly sneaking a bottle of her mother's wine. That is, until she meets Austin Sparks, the biker boy with a past that burns like fire and a gaze she can't look away from. Without knowing what she's doing or why she's doing it, Amy ends up on the road with Austin traveling from one city to another while learning things she's only ever read about in romance novels.

At first it seems like Austin is Amy's fantasy come true, but as their journey progresses, she starts to sense that Austin is running away from something. Amy knows that she'll do whatever it takes to help him find himself. What she doesn't expect is that she'll lose herself in the process and how good it will feel to be free. (Goodreads)

That. COVER.
DAMN.
As I've said only about a thousand times before, I LOVE tats. They are so, so, so SEXY. Put 'em on a biker boy with abs like that? Hand me a bib and watch me drool, baby.

Now for the book.

I liked it! Again, Stunich is one of my new fave authors so I jumped on this book the day it came out! I loved the premise, as cliche as it was: innocent girl meets biker. Gets turned OUT. Love it. I wasn't too sure about "Miss Amy Cross" as Austin liked to call her in that sexy boy Southern twang. Talk about sheltered! She was twenty one years old and still had to ask her mommy and daddy for permission to use the phone. GTFO! Her parents were insane kooks who used the wrath of God and unfortunately abuse, to keep control over Amy all of her life. By the time Austin Sparks rolls into town with his MC called Triple M, she's had enough and just wants to run away from it all. Note: Amy is supposed to be some innocent, church girl. Yeah...not really....

"She looks like she's afraid, like she's nervous or shy or demure or some shit, but she's not. That tremble, that shake, those watery eyes. Amy's feeling the same way I do, like she's got fire bottled up inside and it's all waiting to come out." –Austin

Yup. Pretty much.

I liked Austin right away. He wasn't too over the top with that "dreamy, sex god"shit like in most books like this. He was just a sexy biker with a twang that I LOVED and a passion for bikes and mayhem. PERFECTION. What I wasn't convinced about was the dreaded *insert dooms day music* "insta-love." Instant attraction I'm cool with. Instant "run away with me", I'm not. However, it didn't turn me off of this book at all. There was enough believable romance and plenty of drama and excitement to hold me over.

There's a bit of a "love triangle" in the story, but it's pretty obvious how that storyline is going to end up. There were also a few twists and turns that were introduced which makes me want to scream. As far as I know, this isn't a series, so how the hell am I supposed to find out more? I want more! What happens next? The ending kind of leaves it open to a sequel, but I'm thinking we probably won't be getting one.

Overall, a fun, spicy read. A lot of people have rated this book harshly, but I don't know why. Usually I'm the one telling everyone that they're crazy to like a certain book as much as they do, but in this instance, I'm the one that's like "Oh yeah!" Anywho, I'd recommend it to romance lovers and chicks who dig bikers.


Favorite Quote

"Take 'em off. This is your next lesson. If you don't wear a skirt, be prepared to take off your pants. Come on, sugar, let's get to it. We've gotta hurry before somebody drives by and sees us." –Austin

Update 6/1/13: Just found out this is indeed a trilogy! YES!


Apr 21, 2013

Showcase Sunday #25

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


This week DeeJay,
Bought for Kindle

Losing Me, Finding You by C.M. Stunich– I can't get enough of this author! This would make book #6 of hers that I've read this year, and I want more! Actually, I haven't started reading it yet, but hell if I'm gonna wait much longer. Do you see this cover? I mean, do you really see it? Those tattoos *gulp* I LOVE men with tats. And that body......Yeah, let me stop.

Received for Review

Real (Real, Raw, and Ripped #1) by Katy Evans– OH. MY. GOD. This book is amazing. I received it for review for the Real Blog Tour like, hmmm, yesterday, and I'm almost done. No lie. It's so great. I. HEART. REMY. I can't wait to spill my guts on May 3rd!

HOTTEST HAUL TO DATE :)


Apr 19, 2013

F*** Valentine's Day by C.M. Stunich

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F*** Valentine's Day by C.M. Stunich


Publication Date: February 21, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: None
Source: Bought for Kindle

DeeJay's Rating: 3.5/5 STARS
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WARNING: This book contains handcuffs, hair pulling, perverted Valentine's cards, and all other sorts of naughty. This book is NOT intended for anyone who dislikes hot sex scenes, bad boys, or nerds with kinky sides. Read at your own risk.

"Suck it, Kitty Cat."

Andi Fisher hates Valentine's Day for obvious reasons. First off, she's single. Second, she's single. And third, well, she's f*cking single. Like it isn't hard enough watching the lovey-dovey couples on campus and listening to her roommate's wild sexcapades at night. Why does there have to be a holiday to grind the salt in Andi's proverbial wounds?

Resigned to watching reruns of “Sleepless in Seattle” and binge eating on half-priced holiday chocolates, Andi is surprised when not one but two guys start to take in interest in her. Sexy, tattooed Quinn and the equally hot, but totally nerdy Preston. Either way, Andi might have Valentine's Day plans that she didn't expect. (Goodreads)

~Short Review~

This was another fun read by C.M. Stunich (my new fave author) and I received plenty of dirty looks while reading it in public because it had me laughing out loud at the most random times. It was a very short read (took a few hours at most) but I enjoyed it.

It was hot and spicy, and Andi was just hilarious. She was spunky, yet clueless, and that always makes for an entertaining combination. I usually despise "love triangles" but the one in this book didn't exactly become like some big thing, and I thought it actually added to the story, rather than took away from it.

Overall, a cute read with lots of laughs that readers who enjoy hot sex and pure hilarity will really enjoy.

Fierce First Liner

"I'm not going to touch your d*** just because you gave me a box of chocolates."

Apr 15, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Indigo and Iris by C.M. Stunich

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Indigo and Iris by C.M. Stunich


Publication Date: Sept. 24, 2012
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy
Series: Indigo Lewis #1
Source: Purchased for Kindle


DeeJay's Rating: 3.5/5 STARS
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“If I had known last week that I would be sitting in the middle of a Dr. Seuss/Wild, Wild West hybrid nightmare, I would've brought more booze.”

Rule One:
Gold protects but doesn't prevent.

Rule Number One Hundred and Eighteen: Do not discredit any information for all things are, in time, inherently useful.

Rule One Hundred and Eighty Seven: Remember the Rules.

They sound more like fortune cookies than bits of advice, but Indigo Lewis is going to have to get real used to 'em if she wants to survive. After eight years on the lam, her maniacal twin sister has finally caught up with Indigo and taken away everything she's finally built for herself. On the coattails of that tragedy comes Lynx, the man with the goofy grin and the gold epaulettes, who brings with him a train that travels without tracks and an arsenal of weapons that shouldn't reasonably exist. And all of it for a broken spyglass. Indigo thought she'd seen it all. She was wrong. (Goodreads)


C.M. Stunich is well on her way to becoming one of my favorite authors. Not only do I like her writing style but her stories are fun and imaginative, and this one was no exception. It was my first steampunk adventure, and after reading it, I definitely want to read more books like this one.

To be honest, I had no idea what was going on for most of the book, yet I couldn't stop reading. The first few paragraphs sucked me right in, but from there I stumbled through the rest, just trying to get a grasp on the plot and the ridiculous, out-of-this-world characters. I think I have it down now, but hell, I could be wrong.

Apr 13, 2013

Showcase Sunday #24

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


This week DeeJay,
Bought

1. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer– Yup, I finally jumped on this book train :D

2. Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward– I, of course, already own this (and every other book in the series) but it was FIVE DOLLARS. And it's a hardback. Whaaaaa??? Of course I was going to buy it.

3. The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell and Celia Thomson– Heard it was a TV show, saw it was $3. Bought it.

4. The Forbidden Game Trilogy by L.J. Smith– I don't even know what this is. But this is the Vampire Diaries author, so...maybe?

5. Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J. R. Ward– Refer to #2.

6. City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare– Buddy reading City of Bones with friends next month, so this will already be in the collection. And it was $3.

Bought these all on the same day too :D

Received for Review:

Escape (Vampire King #1) by Kenya Wright– I'm reading this one for the Vampire King blog tour which I'm participating in on May 1st. Can't wait to get into it! Look at that cover. As my girl Stephanie from Bookfever would say, "RAWR!"


Cover Reveal: Silenced:The Overtaking by RaeBeth McGee-Buda

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Publication Date: Not Set
Genre: Young Adult Drama
Series: Silenced #2

Silenced #1



Meet RaeBeth

First and foremost, I am me. I'm real. I don't write to impress. I write to express. I'm twenty-five years old. I love blogging, reading, and I'm an author. I'm currently working on several books which I am determined to break into the publishing world. I'm a mother to one beautiful little girl who's my world and another on the way. I'm a SAHM. I'm married to the man of my dreams.

I am a conservative person at the most part. I am quiet until you get to know me. Once I know you.. well I have a tendency to talk....But most of all I am a believer in GOD and no person/thing can change that.


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Apr 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Freed (Vampire King #3) by Kenya Wright

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I haven't even had a chance to read the first book Escape, and look, the third one is coming out! That's okay, because I'm a part of the Vampire King Blog Tour starting April 29 so I'm in there! Check out the HAWT cover for Kenya Wright's third paranormal romance in the Vampire King trilogy, Freed :)



Publication Date: April 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Vampire King #3


Blood paints the Quiet King’s castle. People flee the city. War will come. The only question is where and who will be on each side?

Brie, Samuel, and Ian return for the final installment of the Vampire King trilogy where all mysterious are solved and further secrets revealed. (Goodreads)

   

Every single one of these covers is HAWT! Can't wait to read Escape!


Meet Kenya Wright

Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university. 



However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. Will she succeed? Of course. 

For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.



Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.


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Apr 10, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Keeping Never by C.M. Stunich

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Keeping Never by C.M. Stunich


Publication Date: March 2, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Never Say Never #3
Source: Bought for Kindle

DeeJay's Rating: 3.5/5 STARS

Never's past might be under control, but Ty's is just starting to unravel. After receiving a phone call from his broken past, tensions run high between Never and Ty, especially with Never deciding to do something she's never done and keep her pregnancy a secret.

While visiting a skeleton in his dark, dark closet, Ty is threatened by all that he once was and all that he thought he'd overcome. With his pain about to consume him, Never is the only one who stands between Ty and relapse, who can help him control his emotions and find peace, but is she up to it? After all, with two tortured souls desperate for a healing touch, are they more of a hindrance to one another than a help?

Love, marriage, and a baby. Three things that Ty and Never saw coming. It's judgment time for both of them, time to see if the light really can overcome the dark. Here's to hoping. (Goodreads)

What could have been an awesome ending to a fantastic trilogy, turned out to be just okay. I thought Tasting Never was really good, and Finding Never was absolutely wonderful. I liked Keeping Never, but it was definitely missing something.

Apr 7, 2013

Showcase Sunday #23

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


This week DeeJay,

Bought for Nook:

Dark Light (Dark Light #1) by S.L. Jennings


Received from NetGalley
   

1. The Errant King by Wayne Thomas Batson
2. The Werewolf Prince and I by Marian Tee– Currently reading. Pretty ridiculous so far. I mean, it's so ridiculous, it's funny. That's all I can say.

Apr 6, 2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

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Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Publication Date: June 2013
Genre: Fantasy Novella
Series: Sunbolt #1



The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Archmage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life... (Goodreads)



Meet the Author


Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. 

Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar's next two projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her short story The Bone Knife, and a novella series set in a fictional world of eleven kingdoms all controlled by a corrupt Council of Mages. Thorn is her first novel.


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Apr 5, 2013

$100 Book Blast: Sprung by Kelbian Noel

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I'm quite excited to be a part of this book blast! Back in January, I did an interview with Kelbian (check it out here), and she is a really awesome and sweet person. So when I saw a spot for this book blast up for grabs, I jumped right on it! Happy and excited to help out :)

Apr 2, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Wait for You by J. Lynn

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Wait for You by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Wait for You #1
Source: Bought for Nook

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS


Some things are worth waiting for… 

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing… 


Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for… (Goodreads)

Let's make something real clear. I adore Jennifer Armentrout's books just as much as the next reader. Their entertainment value is priceless and every book I read only makes me love them more. That said, Wait for You wasn't my favorite of her books (Onyx still holds that title), but I did really enjoy it nonetheless. I mean, it was predictable, but how many unpredictable romances have you read lately? Not many, I can guess.

Avery was a pretty good main character. Yes, she was annoying at times, as all young/new adult females are, but that's what gives them their realistic edge. She was funny and sarcastic, but a little too anxious about everything. I know, I know. There's a reason for that, one I figured out WAY before it was revealed. I'm hoping that was the point because it was very obvious what had happened to Avery even before I was halfway finished with the story.

Cameron was hot, hot stuff, but I just wasn't SOLD on him. Hmm. How do I explain this? Cam wasn't special, he was just...cool. He was sexy, yes, he was sweet and thoughtful, yes. I thought it was too cute that kept asking Avery out despite being assured that she would say no (And she did. Only about a million times). But Cam didn't grab me. I didn't fall for him. I liked him though. I really did. He was just what Avery needed in her life and I felt he handled her past with maturity. He had a secret of his own, but to me, it was a bit underwhelming. I mean, I wasn't like OMG when it was revealed. I just really loved the romance between these two characters and that's what really drove the story and kept me intrigued throughout. It was passionate and deep, and just downright darling at times.

Jacob was my ultimate favorite character. Everything he said was a RIOT. I laughed so hard sometimes that my sides hurt. Brittany was also a great character that was like the "joke sidekick" to Jacob's foolishness.

This book needed better editing. I expect better from JLA and have to mention it. There were spelling and grammar errors galore and I couldn't let that slide under my radar. JLA is one of the big dogs so no excuses for her! This only distracted a little bit from my reading experience, but it was one of the reasons I couldn't give this book a higher rating.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read with quite a few laughs, great romance, and intriguing banter. Most hearts will melt for Cam and feel for Avery. I'm pretty excited for the next book in the series, Be With Me. The ending kind of hints at who it's going to be about, but JLA could just be pulling my leg. You know how she do.

Favorite Quote

"Girl, you got competition." Jacob folded his arms on the table. "That's Sally and Susan–beta, delta, boogie-sigma-chi-latte-VPs."

Brit's brows lowered. "That's not even close to a sorority name."

"Whatever."