Review & Excerpt & Giveaway | Alight by K.C. Neal

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Today is my stop on the Alight Blog Tour!
I have an excerpt & my review, plus a giveaway for the tour you can enter!!
Let's get to it...




Description:

When Corinne learns who the second Guardian is, she must find a way to make peace with the last person in the world she wants to deal with. As she struggles, her nemesis unleashes an otherworldly evil, and a mysterious illness strikes Corinne’s friends. Faltering under the weight of her destiny, Corinne escapes to the dream world. There, she meets Zane, an Australian guy with a hot accent and a revelation that binds them together and alters the path of Corinne’s life. She throws herself into fighting for everything she loves, but just as she’s certain she will prevail, she’s robbed of what she needs most.




My Rating:

4 Very Solid Stars!



My Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  I loved The Pyxis and was eagerly awaiting this book and I was not disappointed.  You all know how I get when I am excited... I am going to try really hard not to bounce around and be incoherent, but I'm making no promises! =)
 Now... Where do I start?!  I love these characters.  I love Mason - COMPLETELY!  I also love to hate love triangles!  Ok - enough about that...  I am afraid I am going to spoil this for you all so I don't really want to say too much!  I am too excited about the book.  I think I'm going to have to come back later when I can think rationally about this book and EVERYTHING that happens in it!  It is so full of events and action and OMG!!  You all are going to love it so much!
That's all I'm telling you... because like I said - I don't want to spoil it for you!
Go read it - RIGHT NOW - what are you waiting on?!


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Now... Because this is a BB Tour, I of course have more for you than just a review  =) 


Excerpt from Alight: The Peril (Pyxis Series Book 2) by K.C. Neal

In this excerpt, Corinne and Mason get their first glimpse of an enemy that’s much more powerful than they’d realized.


“I seriously need to get a grip on my thought projection,” I said.
Mason grinned and eased his arm around my shoulders. “Oh, I don’t know. I’m kind of digging all this access to your leaky brain.”
“Jerk,” I said, and I pushed his shoulder. He stumbled half a step sideways and laughed, a deep rumble in his chest. I bit my lips to hide a smile.
Mason’s laughter died mid-chuckle, and he halted with an abrupt scrape of his Chuck Taylors against the sidewalk. As I turned to ask him why he stopped, he clamped his hands against his temples and bent at the waist.
“What’s wrong?” I grabbed his forearm and leaned over next to him to peer into his eyes, but his eyelids squeezed shut, and his face twisted in pain. What is it?
He groaned and swayed. My heart punched a fear-driven tempo in my chest, and I clasped his shoulders, trying to steady him.
Then, everything around us went dark. My gaze shot to the sky. All I saw was a swath of stars. My feet shifted and I realized the ground beneath me had some give to it—sand?—just as Mason called out in pain and fell to his knees.
“She’s in my mind,” he said through clenched teeth.
“Who?!” I squinted in the dim light, trying to make out anything around us. Was that a picnic table?
Fear and confusion gripped my stomach as realization hit: we stood on the beach at the cove. How could this be?
I blinked, and when I opened my eyes, sunlight streamed over me with painful intensity. I shielded my face against the sudden brightness and looked down, trying to let my eyes adjust.
Concrete. I’d returned to the sidewalk, Mason on his knees at my feet. I knelt next to him. He drew a couple of ragged breaths and his eyes met mine.
“What happened?” My voice trembled.
“She was in there. . . . She blocked you out of my mind.” Mason shuddered and then straightened slowly. I stood up with him.
“I did feel like I lost you.” I licked my dry lips. “And I don’t know how, but we were at the cove for a few seconds.”
Mason closed his eyes for a second and shook his head. “Yeah, I saw the change. Like we blinked into a different dimension.”
“But who did that to you?”
“Green eyes . . . from my dreams.” He scrubbed one hand through his hair.
“Harriet.” I barely managed to choke out the name. “It had to be.”


About the Author:

K.C. Neal writes YA books, works in publishing, and is co-founder of StoneHouse University, an educational resource for authors.

Most of K.C.'s days are filled with some combination of writing, reading, gardening, working, and watching stuff on Netflix with her husband and their maltipoo, Oscar. She has an irrational fixation with L.A., and during occasional trips there she pretends her life is more glamorous than it really is ("Entourage" is her guilty pleasure). She likes to surf and hang out on sandy beaches.

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Description:

Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad’s cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Things take a strange turn when she uses her late grandmother’s food dyes for a bake sale, and her customers suddenly find her irresistibly alluring. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in its path. 

Pursued by shadowy figures and a crazy woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she learns she is destined to protect this world--and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.


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Running behind...

I'm so sorry everyone!  I am running so far behind...


I have two posts for today - Blog Tour Stops for:

Commencement


Down for the Count



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Me too!  
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 but I will have these posts up ASAP for you!!



Review | Playing at Love by Ophelia London

Sooooooooo I really likes this book!  You totally need to check it out!  
It is an adult book but it is clean because of the publisher; it's a Bliss imprint from Entangled.  
It's a nice real life contemporary romance.  Ok so here we go!


Description:


Show choir teacher Tess Johansson loves three things: music, her job, and sharing that passion with her students. But when a school budget crisis forces funding to be pulled from either the sports or music programs, she finds herself going head to head with Jack, the gorgeous new football coach who broke her heart fifteen years ago.

Jack Marshall wants two things: to be closer to his young daughter and to make his mark as a football coach. Taking the new job, with the promise that he’d have time to build a solid team, gave him both. But now he must win the season with a group of boys who aren't anywhere near ready or he’ll lose everything he’s worked so hard for. Being pitted against Tess, the summer love he never forgot, is like being fourth and long with only seconds on the clock.

On opposing sides of a fierce battle and with everything at stake, Tess and Jack find themselves torn between doing what it takes to win and doing what it takes to be together.

Edition Info'

ebook
Published September 25th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
ISBN  139781622669875
Series:  Perfect Kisses #1




Source

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

My Rating

4.5 Stars

My Review

So..... I really really liked this book!  I am usually a little iffy about the Bliss books, but I always like them... I don't know why but I must get amnesia every time I pick a new one up.  I am always iffy because I know they don't  have the "steamy sexy stuff" in them.  Don't get me wrong - they are AWESOME and always full of steaminess just not the normal stuff I'm used to really loving from Entangled.  Ok... now that I've kind of confused everyone with my ramblings - but - I will say this - this book DOES NOT NEED the extra explicit stuff that I classify as Adult, if you know what I mean.  **wink, wink** 
I completely LOVED this book.  The story was so good - characters are amazing - setting is perfect.  I think I loved this because of the history between Tess and Jack.  I loved the story there - I always love a second chance romance!  Don't hate me... but it reminds me of an adult version of Glee, kind of...  It isn't centered around the glee club (show choir) completely - it's about their teacher, but you meet a few kids.  And they totally add tot he story.  My favorite parts of the story were in the pool and at Tess's apartment   LOVED IT!
I don't have a song for you for this book... I know - unusual right?!  Since this had so much music in it anyway, I couldn't really hear anything specific the whole way through.
Anyway... final words - check out this book, I think you'll like it.  It is a perfect classic contemporary romance story.  <3

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Review | In Bed With The Opposition by Stephanie Draven


Adult Book - You have been warned - If you are underage, please get permission before reading


moving on...  Today I am reviewing In Bed With The Opposition by Stephanie Draven.  


Description:

Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life's exigencies, Grace Santiago is a fiercely loyal Senate staffer who has everything under control. At least until famous political pundit Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn't forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can't resist his bad boy charm.

When Grace learns that Ethan has been hired as a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties—and her heart—are torn in two. Though their sexual chemistry can't be denied, they find themselves locked in political combat. Ethan believes that all is fair in love and war, but he won't throw the election—not even to win Grace's heart. So what can a good girl like Grace do, but learn to play dirty?

Two candidates. One election. May the best man—or woman—win!

Edition Info:

ebook, 165 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Entangled Publishing: Indulgence
ISBN132940015194586


Source:

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

My Rating:

4.5 Stars

My Thoughts:

So my thoughts on this book... well first let me start with the cover.  Is that not one of the sexiest female leads pictured on a cover?!  I love it!!  It totally fits the picture I have in my head of Grace.
Second - the tag line shown on the cover... WOW - LOVE IT!
Next - I love Grace!  I love her loyalty, her tenacity, her spunk, but I hate that she lies to herself through most of the book. I think I really hated that because we all do it... of course not about the same things but we all lie to ourselves about something.  
I loved seeing Grace grow and learn and open up to live her life.  I loved the chemistry that was always present between Grace and Ethan - LOVE IT!  Ethan is like the perfect compliment to Grace - reckless and a risk taker.  Of course it doesn't hurt that Ethan is completely gorgeous, right...  that never hurts anyone =)
  The picture in my head of Ethan is much better than what's on this cover, but that's ok - the picture you need is Grace not Ethan.  Grace is awesome - I think you all will really like her.  I am not really into politics & you don't have to be to really enjoy this book - obviously.  I think it is great that this book released during an election time =) Nice planning by the Marketing Team at Indulgence!  

Anyway... I think you should definitely check out this book - I think you'll enjoy it.  


Here's a little after thought for you all as well.  
Now... I am on a Taylor Swift kick her lately and her new album just dropped - have you heard it yet?  Well the title track - Red - is perfect for this book.  The sentiment behind it is so perfect - Taylor Swift explains it as the emotions of the relationship are extreme - love, anger, intense passion, - the color red encompasses it all.  Seriously - listen to the song - here's a performance from last night on CBS's The Late Show.  I'm working off of my phone and my work PC so I can't embed the video right now... but click on this link and I'll embed the video when I get home from work tonight.

Taylor Swift - Red - The Late Show Performance


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check out Stephanie Draven at the links below - she's great!!
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I am so pissed!


What is wrong with people?!



I am so ANGRY & PISSED right now!  Why do people think it is ok to steal from authors?!  I do not understand...  And since this is mine I'm going to voice my opinion here.

WHY?  Please some one explain to me why!?  I am so angry right now...  
eBooks are not expensive - which is why I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!  Please pay the couple of bucks to purchase the book from a real bookseller!  I have heard all kinds of excuses - my favorite... and I mean that as sarcastically as possible - is I didn't know it was an illegal copy.  REALLY?! I call BS on that every single time.  Sharing sites are so bogus - unless you are sharing the book through the place you BOUGHT it from (i.e. Amazon or B&N) it's illegal...  if you aren't sure if a book is legit - email the author or the publisher and ask.  It isn't rocket science here folks... use some common sense and find out if a site is legit BEFORE you use it and steal from authors...  

Are you wondering what brought this on today?  

Well if you follow me on Twitter you already know and saw me ranting about Shannon Dermott's situation regarding her Cambion Series books and illegal downloads.  I'm so sad for Shannon and so disappointed in the people who took her book illegally!

I just don't understand why in today's world - where EVERYONE knows where you can get a legit copy of an eBook - why do people continue to do this?!  

Beg for Mercy is $0.99 

Waiting for Mercy is $3.99

No Mercy is $0.99

COME ON!!  My morning coffee costs more than that.

Please buy these books and all your books legitimately!


                   



You all know how much I love these books and how much I adore Shannon...
this is heartbreaking for me this afternoon.

Plain and Simple.

Heartbreaking.



now... I know I asked above for explanation .. I don't really want one - so please don't post one - 

Contract for Marriage

Hi!!  Sorry this is so late today but I had some technical issues... actually I didn't charge my laptop and then it took FOREVER to charge back up!

ADULT BOOK - WARNING - SEXY STEAMY LOVELY STORY - DEFINITELY ADULT BOOK!



Now... here we go!

Contract for Marriage by Barbara DeLeo




Description from goodreads:


Pregnant and alone after her ex-lover’s death, magazine editor Ruby Fleming’s not about to give up her home to the man who broke her heart—until she discovers her mother left half of the estate to somebody else, and she realizes she’s trapped.

Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can’t buy—the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it’s the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner’s irresistible daughter stirs up old memories, and now he wants her more than ever.


Edition Info:

Kindle Edition
Published September 15th 2012
ASIN  B009B5D0IY

Source:

I received this review copy from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.


My Rating:

4 Stars


My Thoughts:

So... first off - the cover - LOVE IT!  After you read the story you will love it so much more! =)

Moving on... these characters - they have a really nice depth to them.  I really liked the conflict shown between Ruby and Christo.  I loved that they had a past that neither really wanted to face or talk about or even face within themselves.  I thought how they were brought together again after a decade was sad but really good.  It was all very believable and made the rest of the story really work well.  The pace was ok - There was a lot of information about what happened in the past, which was necessary, but you know me... I'm special and want to know all that stuff but I really want all of it happen right away.

When these two get together - albeit really odd circumstances but - it was amazing!  They are so perfect for each other and once they come back together physically you can totally see it.

I loved Ruby's pigheadedness regarding her baby and the same quality shown in Christo was nice but OMG I wanted to hit him at the doctor's office.  SERIOUSLY - just wanted to hit him.  I obviously totally loved and sympathized with Ruby... up until the very end!  I really related to her.  

Anyway... that's about all I really have to say - but I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed the characters in it!

So go out and buy your copy right now!!

                                                                 
                                      



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Review | Ashes & Wine by Taryn Elliott


This is an Adult Book… please be aware and don’t read if you are underage without parental permissions.  Ok I’ve said my speech & am stepping off the soapbox; let’s get to reviewing!

Ashes & Wine
By Taryn Elliott



Description:

Before Tessa met Royal Andreas, her bookstore was on the verge of sinking. And before Tessa met Royal Andreas, she didn't mind being single. But Royal brings in business with monthly wine tastings featuring his family’s signature vintages–and brings Tessa’s heart to a standstill with intense gray eyes that look on her with nothing but cool indifference.

Yet one searing kiss between the stacks gives Tessa a glimpse of the passion smoldering beneath–and a secret pain further revealed when Royal fills in as the musician at a tasting event. Every note of Spanish guitar tells a story of family tragedy, loss, and ongoing suffering that’s made Royal afraid to lean on anyone…even if he needs Tessa’s sweet flavor more than the richest wine. Only her strength can save him when his world crumbles to ashes. 
But has Royal learned trust too late to claim Tessa as his own?



Edition Info:

Title: Ashes and Wine
Author: Taryn Elliott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 190 pages
Release Date: June 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Ever Afters
Purchase:  Amazon  Barnes & Noble

Source:

Review copy given by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In a nut shell:

Emotional | Not What I Expected | Great Characters

My Rating:

4 stars



Details:

I was not expecting what I got out of this book.  The characters are fantastic and the story is just WOW!  I read this book in basically an afternoon/evening…  I was invested in these characters – all of them.  I really liked the value of family in this book and interaction of all the family members throughout the book.  My favorite has to be Blake and Tessa – OMG I was laughing out loud several times!  I loved them together!
I was right there with Tessa the WHOLE TIME – confused, pissed, loving him, then hating him… I was completely engrossed with her.  I love the description of her hair. Now I’ll admit – I apparently have a thing for red haired heroines lately – but Tessa was GREAT regardless of that fact!    She is independent and smart and responsible.  She’s such a hard worker and thinks so much, at times I just wanted her to shut it off and enjoy life, but without the inner monologue it really wouldn’t have been Tessa… so it really worked.
I loved that Royal was artsy and practical… emotional and so closed off.  He frustrated the hell out of me, but when he let loose – WOW – he was amazing.
The flow of this book was really nice and I didn’t ever get lost.  I really liked the pace and the writing style.  Everything really seemed to work well together and it all worked awesome for me.

I recommend this book to Adult Contemporary Romance Lovers. =) 

Go forth and enjoy my fellow readers!



       

Author Info:

Taryn Elliott is from the great state of New York—upstate NY, thank you very much. Her family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of her alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. She counts her writer-friends as the glue that keeps her crazy ideas more in the sane category, and her non-writerly friends as the reason she’s not a complete hermit.
She can’t go a day without laughing, and falls in love with each and every one of her leading men as she’s writing their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.
Taryn is shamelessly addicted to the internet and adores hearing from readers. You can email her at taryn@tarynelliott.com or find her on most social media outlets via her website, www.tarynelliott.com.


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Review | Devoured by Emily Snow

This is an Adult Book… please be aware and don’t read if you are underage without parental permissions.  Ok I've given my speech & am stepping off the soapbox; let’s get to reviewing!

Devoured
By Emily Snow


Blurb:  

Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.


Edition Info:

Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Emily Snow Books
ASIN  B009NVL81W

Source:  

I purchased this eBook from Amazon.com

In a nut shell:  

Musician | 2nd Chance Romance | Tattooed Alpha Male | Defiant Female Lead | Steamy

My Rating: 

5 stars



Details:  

Trailer:  http://www.goodreads.com/videos/list_author/6519108.Emily_Snow

Ok I admit – I bought this book based on loving the cover and being intrigued by the description.  I had not heard anything about this book or this author.  

Don’t judge me… it’s a romance about a musician and the dude on the cover has a sleeve!  You can’t blame me… SERIOUSLY – you know my weakness for tats!  

Anyway – let me just say – I am so happy that I bought this book!  I absolutely LOVED this book!!  I love books about musicians and… well Luke is amazing!  The way Emily describes him just made me fall in love with him and once the layers were pulled back and shown – let me just say SWOON!  

Seriously people!  

I love how Sienna is with Luke – but just like Luke, I couldn't understand the flip she did with other people.  The back and forth between Luke and Si is fantastic!  I love the story of the two of them. And the courtroom scene describing the “Asshat” was fantastic!

I loved learning about Luke and Si’s past and why he remembers her…  I love seeing the transformation and learning that goes on inside Sienna’s head and why she does what she does.  

I … well… I just really loved this book.  I will definitely be looking forward to Consumed, Book #2 in the Devoured Series!  The description of Consumed is listed to be revealed in November – one short month away!  YAY!!

So check out Devoured today – here are the links!



                                                     


And I am totally now an Emily Snow fan!  Check her out at the links below.
GR |  Blog/WebsiteFacebookTwitter @EmilySnowBks



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