Cover Reveal: The Internship of Pippa Darling by Stephanie Keyes



The Internship of Pippa Darling
Stephanie Keyes
Publication date: March 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Grad student, Pippa Darling, is thrilled when she’s chosen for a summer writing internship at Tèarmunn Castle in Ireland, but devastated when she learns it’s with overnight sensation, Finn Burke. The previous authors who’ve worked with him have gone on to receive tremendous book deals. But how can she get excited about working beside an author whose book she hates, especially when no one can compare to her favorite writer, the elusive James Black?

Finn Burke believes in giving back, which is why he’s chosen one student from his alma mater as an intern every year since his debut novel hit the NYT bestseller list. When Pippa arrives at his castle-in-progress off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, he kisses her, then fires her. Yet, with no one else to fill in on short notice and a looming deadline, Finn has to keep Pippa on—even if it means keeping secrets.

When the critique sessions intensify, tension builds between the pair. They’re driven into one another’s arms. Yet, when Pippa discovers what Finn’s been hiding, will it bring them closer or break them apart?

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Author Bio:

Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child [Inkspell Publishing], which includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, The Star Catcher, The Last Protector, and A Faerie Wedding. In 2016, Inkspell compiled The Star Child novellas into the paperback, Into Faerie: The Star Child Novellas. Her work also appears in the compilations Can’t Buy Me Love, Moonbeams and Magic, Blood In The Shadows, and the international bestseller, Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales.

Ms. Keyes has presented and facilitated courses throughout the US and the UK. In addition, her work has received multiple commendations, including the following: 2015 BTS Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards Finalist, 2014 Dante Rossetti Young Adult Novel Awards—Mythological Category—First Place, 2013 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist. Keyes was also selected as a 2015 Rutgers University One-On-One Plus Conference mentee. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Pennwriters.

When she’s not writing, Keyes is an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). She also works as a freelance graphic and instructional designer.

She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her boys, Hip-Hop and Bam-Bam, and dogs Duncan MacLeod and Princess Riley. Steph is a hopeless romantic and Whovian who’s shamelessly addicted to Nutella and spontaneous singing.

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Triple Review: Unknown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins

 

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Higgins comes a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America brought to life and entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. UNDONE, the stunning conclusion in the Unknown Trilogy is now available! Grab your copies of the Unknown Trilogy today!

 

 

About UNKNOWN (Unknown Trilogy #1):

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

Review:

Amber has a great life.  That is until the day that flipped the world upside down.  That is a day that the world won’t forget.  As Amber, her family and her brother’s best friend try to figure out what is going on and how to survive their world is getting more and more dangerous.  Amber must use her skills as a nurse to help those she loves survive their new world.  What happens when what they think they know is really not even close to their reality?

I loved this first installment of this series.  Wendy Higgins is a wonderful world builder.  She takes the world as we know it and tips it on its side.  Unknown is a wonderful intro to this series.  Learning about Amber and Rylen’s history leading up to the present sucks you in like nothing else.  As you get sucked into this story, their will be times when your heart is in your throat and all you want to do is keep going.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book.  If you haven’t picked up a Wendy Higgins book, pick this one up and start this series.  I guarantee you will want to read the whole series in a weekend.  That’s exactly what I did!

 

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About UNREST (Unknown Trilogy #2):

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

Review:

Amber and her group are on the run in the desert.  Their lives have changed and will forever be changed due to the horrible outliers.  As their story becomes more complex and they face some of the darkest times they also feel the pull to hold onto each other.  The passions between the group run high and put them in danger.  As they get closer to answers and help will everyone survive the dangers or will even more sadness hit Amber, Rylen, Tater and Remy?

Wendy Higgins manages to make an even more compelling second book in this series.  The ups and downs that this group feels pulls the reader into this fantastic book.  When feelings are finally revealed, information about their enemy and loss effects this book in such a profound way.  The four main characters truly grow closer even when you think they can’t.  I was so into this book I couldn’t put this down.  I needed to know what happened next and if my heart was going to break even more.  This book does need to be read within the series.  I wouldn’t recommend starting with this book.  You will be a bit lost but I guarantee you won’t regret starting this series.

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About UNDONE (Unknown Trilogy #3):

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been taken over, but it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the one precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

Review:

Amber and Remy have been split.  Their lives are now so incredibly different and difficult.  Living as if every moment is the last is something that is scary and necessary.  Amber has Rylen and Remy has Tater but can they survive and find their way back to each other.  Will they survive the coming weeks waiting to finally take their world back or will more loss end this series?

Holy Series Hangover!  Whew!  This series stuck with me for days after I finished it.  The final booked ended perfectly and was written well to finish this series.   I really liked how this book was written.  I don’t think this would have worked sticking with just Amber’s point of view.  Adding in Remy and what was happening to her in the camp she was placed in added a level of intrigue and suspense. All of the characters truly grew and it shows throughout this book.  Amber and Remy were the best examples of this.  They changed from page one in Unknown to the epilogue in Undone.  Just like the first two books in this series their are a lot of heart in the throat moments and emotional ups and downs.  If you read Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Series you will know this feeling.  You will never regret picking up this uniquely written series.

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About Wendy Higgins:

Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 

 

 

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Review: A Faerie Wedding (A Star Child Companion Novella 4.5) by Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday!  Today I am bringing to you the final installment in the Star Child series.  In this we see how Gabe’s world was turned upside down and how he recovers from the changes.  Gabe’s story fills in all the holes and makes you love him even more.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a fantastic weekend!

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Gabe Stewart has everything he ever wanted. Mortal Earth is safe. He’s a super-hero Protector whose best friend is within telepathic shouting distance. And then there’s his soul-mate, Singer. He knew right away she was the one he’d been waiting for.

But Gabe’s world shatters when Singer professes she doesn’t love him. On top of that, his mother admits she’s been messing with his memory making him doubt everything he’s ever known. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, his best friend in the whole freaking world, Kellen St. James, wants Gabe to stop being his Protector. Being a Protector is who Gabe is. What will happen if he’s not standing between the prince and danger?

When the man who’s sacrificed his freedom is faced with life alone, which path will he choose? Will he remain the last Protector? Or will he finally get the happy ending he deserves?

*A Faerie Wedding is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series. It is a New Adult novel and features adult language and situations.

Review:

After having helped save the world, Gabe can’t imagine anything better than marrying the woman he loves.  But, when he attempts to ask she ends everything with him.  Feeling lost he goes back to his best friend for help.  What he doesn’t expect is for Kellan to set him free of his duties.  Gabe feels lost and aimless.  It will take the advice of someone on the outside to set him straight.  When he finally decides what he wants will he be able to get the happily ever after he deserves?

I adored this story.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters in this series.  He is sweet, devoted and head strong.  All of those qualities made him an awesome Protector.  But, when those duties are taken away he is aimless and weak for the very first time in his life.  In this story, we get to see the softer side and vulnerable side to a character that wasn’t allowed to be.  Stephanie Keyes does a fantastic job taking a strong character and making him relatable in a weakness that every one goes through at some point. This final story in this series has done a fine job with its story and characters.  This is one series I will truly miss.

Review: Dancing in Circles (Circles Trilogy #1) by Victoria Adams

Today I am spotlighting Dancing in Circles by Victoria Adams.  This was a new take on a Romeo and Juliet story.  This was a refreshing and addictive read.  You definitely will get wrapped up in the lives of Julie and Robert.  Be sure to check out my full review after the book blurb.

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Julie Anderson was born into privilege and a charmed life. She is surrounded by love, friends and family. She secretly dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Robert Holiday was other born into a life of violence on the streets of North Shore. Initiated into the Shorsemen gang at a young age, he rises to the level of leader.

Can a young, idealistic co-ed, crack a jaded gang member’s icy shell and allowing the warmth of her love to awaken his soul?

Review:

Julie and her friends see the hot new student, Robert.  It isn’t long until they discover he is just a student he is a student from the bad side of town.  Julie is intrigued and attracted to this bad boy.   Robert finds he is drawn to Julie too.  When Julie tries to befriend Robert he is skeptical of her motives, but Julie will not give up.  The two become close and Julie learns all the Roberts dirty secrets and what he is ashamed of.  As these two friends learn more and grow closer feelings turn to love.  Can the love flourish between this Romeo and Juliet or will their different worlds crush it?

I really got sucked into this story.  The drama mixed with the love story was wonderfully woven.  I felt that for a Romeo and Juliet like story this was unique yet realistic.  The conflict between the two social classes was done well.  I also loved the depth of the characters.  None of the characters, even the supporting ones, were flat.  They all had multiple facets to their life.  This was one of the best parts of this book.  The only complaint I had was the way it was written.  I know there is a bit of a warning at the beginning of the book regarding the storytelling method.  It was a bit tough at the beginning and a few times throughout the story I wasn’t sure who was speaking and got a little lost, but once you over come those little bumps you find yourself drawn into the story and can’t help but want to read the whole trilogy in one sitting.  Overall, I felt this was a good novel that definitely surprised me.  When you read the first book you will definitely want to go on to the rest of the trilogy.  I know I am anxious to read the next two books.

 

Coffee and a Review with He Belongs With Me by Sarah Darlington

imagesHappy Monday!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I am going to start your week off with an enjoyable read that is both entertaining and written well.  He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington is a nice addition to the New Adult genre.  I look forward to reading more from her.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great week everyone and I will see you guys again on Friday!

21486045Book Blurb:

Two girls. One Leo. Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather’s world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis. But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo… which girl will win his heart? Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing’s for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. *NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Recommended for 17+ due to sexual situations and adult language.*

Review:

Maggie and Clara are as different as two identical twins can be.  Maggie is the sweet and dependable one.  While Clara is the rebellious opposite of Maggie.  This has always been the way.  Even Leo, Maggie’s best friend, is Clara’s mortal enemy.   That is until one night when Clara runs him over with a golf cart.  Soon, Clara and Leo go to NYC together and figure out that all along they have had feelings for each other.  This puts Maggie in a position that she isn’t used to.  But, Maggie has her own problems.  The one boy she has always loved comes back into her life and she begins to wonder if she still has feelings for him or if she has really loved Leo all along.  All of this has to be sorted out before someone makes a mistake that will break someone forever.

This was an enjoyable story.  I liked the characters of Leo and Clara.  Maggie was a bit dull to read but Dean made things with her more interesting.  Though this was a good story I felt like it was too predictable.  Also, I really didn’t see much of a love triangle at all.  I feel like the book description is a bit misleading and in the end after reading the book could turn a reader off.  I did, however, love how it ended.  I was happy all the questions got answers and it wrapped up very nicely.  Overall, I think this was a good debut novel for Sarah Darlington.  I think she has some great potential and would love to read another book by her.  If you don’t pick this book up for the story at lease pick it up for the hot sexy men, Leo and Dean.  🙂

Review: Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni

Happy Friday, Everyone!  I hope you all have had a great week and looking forward to a nice weekend.  Today, I am reviewing Cassandra Giovanni’s newest book Flawed Perfection.  I honestly was left speechless with this book.  I was drawn in and taken for a ride only to be left fabulously heartbroken in the end.  It was a fabulous book that I can’t wait to read the next in her series.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Oh, and don’t forget only a couple more days left in my big blogiversary giveaway!

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Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player–he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.

River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she’s stuck right in the middle of the brothers dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn’t even know she’s the ultimate prize.

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girls’ hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all…

Review:

River has loved Adam for as long as she can remember and for just as long Bobby has loved River.  The problem is that River is best friends with both Adam and Bobby, who happen to be brothers.  Now that they are all grown up and live across from each other things are becoming more difficult.  Bobby tries his best to slyly seduce River, which never works and River pines over Adam.  Adam is an enigma even as an adult and ties River up in knots not knowing what feelings are real or just friends.  After Adam helps River with a work emergency their feelings for one another are finally known.  They decide to keep their relationship a secret until Bobby finds out in an unceremonious way and is enraged.  It seems that the relationship of all three will never mend until everything is put aside.  When they decide to finally fix things tragedy strikes and crushes the fragile relationships.  Can any relationship bounce back from tragedy or will it all crumble?

This book left me wrecked after I read it.  I was emotionally drained and loved every minute of it.  The love triangle of River, Adam and Bobby was fantastic.  From the beginning you know who River will choose.  But, love is complex and this story does a phenomenal job of showing how even those who are supposed to love you no matter what can hurt you beyond repair.  This story is so strong and poignant because of not just the love triangle but of the side relationships the characters have.  You feel just as heartbroken and sad as they do when their parents hurt them or when Bobby hurts Tara.  You also feel the love that River’s Dad shows her and the love that both of the Beckerson boys show her.  I think the underlying damage that is in a past the reader isn’t privy to is shown through the characters and it takes a very talented writer to be able to illustrate that kind of pain that is not witnessed.  Overall, this is a book I will be feeling for a while.  I can’t wait for the next one and will be waiting anxiously.  Cassandra Giovanni definitely has a new fan in me.  If you are like me and love books that will tear your heart out and leave you feeling an emotional wreck only to want to pick the book back up and read it again than Flawed Perfection is right up your alley.

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Day Four of our review fest is a book I’m going to be raving about for a long time.  Colleen Hoover has easily become one of my favorite authors.  Her stories are wonderfully written and they have such deep emotion entwined you can’t read one of her books without tearing up at least once.  But, for Maybe Someday it is a complete experience.  I think I will dub it the “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  She manages to blend music and her story so seamlessly its as if you can hear the songs being written.  Though the best thing with this particular book is this can be a complete experience.  There is a soundtrack with all of the songs from the book.  Yes, I am a total fangirl and have the soundtrack but it was phenomenal listening to the song that was just mentioned in the book.  Ok, enough of my gushing.  You can read the rest of my review after the book blurb.  Believe me you won’t want to miss this one.  Oh and don’t forget about my giveaway.

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At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Review:

When we first meet Sydney she has just punched both her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend.  She is standing in the rain waiting for a cab plotting ways on how to now hurt Ridge.  Ridge is/was Sydney’s neighbor across their courtyard who have inadvertently started writing music together.  Ridge sends down his roommate to pretty forcibly bring Sydney up to their apartment.  When the now soaked Sydney finally meets Ridge in person she finds her self  attracted to him even though she is still hurting over the horrendous betrayal of her best friend and boyfriend.

Ridge sees that Sydney is now in need of a home and he has an extra room.  He offers Sydney the extra room in exchange for helping him write songs for his band.  Sydney reluctantly agrees.  As Sydney and Ridge get closer they fight the attraction they have toward each other.  Ridge is loyal to a fault to his girlfriend and will not betray her no matter what, but his heart is pulling him toward Sydney and he knows that he will never leave his girlfriend for anything.  Sydney’s attraction to Ridge is growing exponentially but she too will not do what was done to her.  When things finally come to a boiling point choices must be made and consequences paid.  Can the mind overrule the heart or will the heart win the war on love?

I LOVED this book.  I mean to the point of when I was done I wanted to re-read it so that I could experience it all over again.  Maybe Someday really has a wonderfully poignant story that has so many levels you don’t even feel like your done when the story is done.  You face the challenges that the characters face and you become emotionally ensconced in the story.  I think most people have felt the love that has gotten away or the choice you wish you could do over.  This book does such a wonderful job taking those emotions and some how make you relive them.

Ridge and Sydney are such well-developed and evolved characters.  They grow through the story even when you think they won’t.  The story though fairly simplistic is so real.  It illustrates the real challenges in life and in relationships.  This really is a story about a boy, a girl and the beautiful music they make.  It seems that it can be innocent but when the heart is involved nothing is completely ruled out.  I think the torment they both go through fighting what could easily have been a cheating situation brings a level of morality that you don’t necessarily see in books now a days.

Overall, this is the epitome of a “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  Her love of music and writing is shown through out this story.  I was so excited for this book and I was not disappointed at all.  I couldn’t put it down.  I know it may sound cliché but I laughed and I cried among all of the other emotions Colleen Hoover wrung out of me.  I have to say this is one of her best books.  I will always have a place in my heart for Hopeless (my fave) but this has definitely wormed its way in and with the soundtrack has given the reader a chance at a unique intimacy with a book.  It makes me wish that every book that writes songs or has music in it came with a soundtrack.  But, because it doesn’t that makes it all the more rare.  Believe me when I say go out and get this book and the soundtrack.  You will never experience anything like it.

Fresh Face Friday: Dragon Wings by D.C Grace

Happy Friday Everyone!  I hope everyone has had a great week.  This week I am featuring D.C Grace and her book Dragon Wings.  This was a wonderful beginning to a series.  I loved it so much I rushed right into the next book, Pixie Dust.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

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Fiction is about to have a new breed of characters never before featured! The Amethyst Dragon series will introduce you to a whole new brand of creatures, called Dragon Fae. Making their home in Avalon, Dragon Fae are half dragon and half fairy. They are rare creatures, and are the chosen protectors of the fairy realm, as well as humans in the mortal realm. Dragon Fae can take on the form of a dragon, but when in fairy form they do not have wings.

In Book One, Dragon Wings, we meet Dade Blue-Therror, the Amethyst Dragon. He is dubbed this not just for his amethyst eyes, but because he was born of a Blue clan Spring Fairy and a Red clan Summer Dragon. Dade is also Queen Mab’s grandson, and heir to the throne of the Seelie Court. When he comes to the earthly realm with his family for his first assignment as Gaia’s sentinel, he isn’t prepared for what awaits him.

Shelby Mercy, high school junior and popular member of Shelbyville, Kentucky’s “in crowd” has everything she ever wanted in life, including the affections of Marshall Townes, Shelby High’s beloved football star. But she doesn’t have the kind of adventure she reads about in her romance novels. When she literally runs into Dade at his mother’s new shop on the Square, she can’t get him out of her mind. But Dade isn’t interested in getting involved with human girls. He avoids her at all cost, but something about her is hard to resist. The harder he fights it, the farther he falls.

Dragon Wings is a story of everlasting love, passion, fire and fury. Fairy tale meets modern romance in this exciting, thought-provoking story. As battle lines are drawn, darkness and light fight for control. And only one warrior was born to walk both light and dark – the Amethyst Dragon. But who can Dade really trust? The fairies who cannot lie, yet tell creative truths, or the mortals he has always been so suspicious of? Will he save the girl he loves and protect the two realms from the threat posed by the evil Winter Dragon?

The Amethyst Dragon series will take readers on a walk back in time, while still being firmly rooted in present day. In Dade’s world, chivalry is not dead, and Avalon still exists on a plane that holds fast to simple truths. Fairy magic is real, Morgan le Fay is real, and with the help of Dade, the Amethyst Dragon, Camelot could rise again. Enjoy the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? This series is for you! So join us as the tale unfolds, and enter a world that few have glimpsed. Welcome to Avalon, the world of the elusive Dragon Fae. Slip through the gates, and fall in love with the Amethyst Dragon, his best friend Leo, the Sunrise Dragon, and Dade’s aunt Tryamon, Keeper of the Forest. There’s plenty of room, so bring your silver bough for the Ferryman. And remember, once you’re there, you may never want to leave. But remember, with dragons, you can get burned

Review:

Dragon Wings takes from Avalon and the court of Queen Mab to the rural town of Shelbyville, Ky.  We first meet Shelby Mercy and her clickers on just another normal day of school.  A day where they are planning on dates to the Spring Formal and Friday nights at the skating rink.  At first, Shelby and her friends seem to be vapid and superficial.  They perpetuate the social differences in the school in every possible way.  When they go shopping after school they go into a new shop that has opened and this is when Shelby literally runs into Dade.  Dade, the shop owner’s son and Crown Prince to the Seelie Court, is immediately drawn to Shelby.  Though he is drawn to her he fights his draw to her because she is a mortal.

Dade soon enrolls in High School and finds himself in a whole different world than that of the Fae.  The emotions and hurtful deeds that mortals do pain him.  Dade and Shelby continue to have run in’s though Dade tries to discourage any affections on Shelby’s part, Dade is fighting a losing battle with himself.  When finally Shelby is put into a dangerous position he admits his feelings to her and they begin their own path of discovery.  One that involves love, pain, adventure and sorrow.  Through it all Dade and Shelby’s love grows and they soon become one in the eyes of Faerie.  Dade and Shelby don’t get their happily ever after like they want.  They are thrust into danger and their lives are threatened.  Dade soon realizes he was born to protect Shelby and Shelby learns that she was born to be very important in the Fae realm.  But, with the danger and adventure can their two hearts withstand the challenges that are thrust upon them.

D.C Grace’s writing and storytelling makes for an epic ride.  Dragon Wings flies you through every possible emotion that there is.  Not to mention that our characters are teenagers and must deal with plan old teenage angst and peer pressure.  Though this is Dade and Shelby’s love story it is so well supported with the supporting characters especially those closest to Dade.  I loved Tryamon and Leo, but without giving things away I learned to hate Leo too.  I also really enjoyed Marshall’s development from heartbroken to something important to Tryamon.  I am hoping for more of their relationship in Pixie Dust.  I have just begun that and so far am enthralled yet again.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good “Faerie” Tale.  For those familiar with the Arthurian legends you will see many a familiar face.  Overall, this is a great series that is both Young Adult and New Adult.  D.C Grace is a very talented writer and know I will continue to read her stories.

4143305Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

D.C. has studied various Native American cultures for well over twenty years. She has three daughters. The girls, being half Chiricahua Apache and Cherokee respectively, have been raised to know as much about their heritage as possible. D.C. has also been fascinated with all things supernatural since childhood. She wrote her first vampire story at the ripe old age of nine.
When she’s not trying out a new recipe or digging into a good book, D.C. can be found driving her daughters around town in her Mom Cab.
D.C. lives just outside Louisville, KY. She shares a home with her girls, three crazy kitties, and a neurotic Chihuahua. She considers herself lucky they all let her live with them.
For more information and updates on The Guardians series, visit www.theguardiansseries.com, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pa

Surprising Saturday: Death Lies Between Us by Jody A. Kessler

Happy Saturday everyone!  So I am doing a special post today.  For those of you who follow my posts weekly I didn’t get to post my Fresh Face Friday yesterday.  Unfortunately, I had a slight eye problem that prevented me from even looking at my computer let alone posting anything.  So, Surprising Saturday is basically Fresh Face Friday on Saturday.  Confused yet???  Ok.  Now that I have your brain working over time I am going to introduce my spotlight today, Jody A. Kessler and her book Death Lies Between Us.  This is a wonderfully fresh novel.  It approaches the idea of life and death through the eyes of both the person destined to die and the Angel destined to help them cross over.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

16150288Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death.
Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.
In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.
Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?

Review:

Death Lies Between Us introduces us to Juliana (Jules) and Nathan.  Jules is a most unique girl.  She has the ability to see things that most other cannot.  This has run in generations of her family.  Being part Native American it is this part of her that instinctually knows when things are going to happen.  Along with knowing things that will happen she also has the ability to see paranormal entities such as ghosts and Angels.  This is how we meet Nathan.  Nathan is an Angel of Death sent to help Jules when it is her time to die.  There is only one little snafu with Nathan’s new assignment.  He finds he doesn’t want her to die.  In fact, he is going out of his way to save her life, repeatedly.  Jules doesn’t know what Nathan is except that he is an extremely cute guy with the uncanny ability to save her from near death.  As many events thrust Jules in to danger Nathan is always there and they begin to get closer and closer.  Nathan knows he is walking a fine line and can’t reconcile his new feeling with his job.  How can a relationship work with a girl destined to die and the Angel meant to escort her into death?

This was such a good story.  Jules and Nathan are such well-developed characters and the story is very well-rounded.  I found myself almost looking around corners in the book to try to figure out how Jules was gonna kick it.  Underneath the main story there is also the story of Jules’ brother Jared and his burgeoning drug problem and his band’s success.  Not to mention the very wealthy and handsome record exec who has the hots for Jules.  These little wrenches or hurdles that Jules and Nathan must over come only add depth to a wonderful story.  I also enjoyed much of the Native American addition to the plot line.  It felt like it gave it validity especially the parts about the spirits.  Overall, it was a fantastic book and I do believe if Jody wrote a sequel she could definitely have multiple roads to explore further.  This reader personally hopes that she does!

6579843Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Jody A. Kessler enjoys writing paranormal novels and is a member of Pikes Peak Writers. She is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and a graduate from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. When she took an extended leave from her massage practice to stay at home with her newborn she returned to her first true passion —writing. She spends most of her time being a mother, writing, and teaching yoga, but also likes going to concerts, hiking, practicing herbal medicine, and reading anything that catches her interest. Jody lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family.
She welcomes visitors to her website www.jodyakessler.com

Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

This is the second book I’ve read by Anne Pfeffer.  I first read The Wedding Cake Girl and after reading Girls Love Travis Walker I can absolutely say without a doubt that I love Anne Pfeffer’s writing.  Her storytelling abilities are uncanny and she has a way of portraying both teenagers and young adults with deep emotion that usually consists of first love and the trials that come along with it.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the excerpt.

Book Blurb:

17456388To nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes–

each one different, but beautiful in her own way.

He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he’ll always be a loser like

his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis

takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.

When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at

it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him

woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.

But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows

the truth about him….

Excerpt:

Only fifteen minutes since I’d entered the halls of Perdido High School and already the beady eye of authority was upon me. I hadn’t even done anything wrong.

Yet.

“Travis!” Ms. Valenzuela called out to me from the door of the guidance office. Although she was getting old, maybe into her early forties, she hadn’t let herself go. She had great legs, which were hidden today by her lime green pants.

“Yo.” I loped over and unleashed a grin that combined sincere remorse for my failings with my irresistible charm.

She pursed her lips. “Don’t start with me, Travis.”

I led the way to her office and took my usual chair while she sat at the desk across from me. “New picture,” I said, nodding to the updated photo of her two daughters. “Kelsi and … Julianne, right?”

She struggled to keep back a smile. “Yes, Travis. Those are their names.”

“Fifth and seventh grade, right?”

“Yes, Travis.” Now she was smiling for sure.

Maybe it was my blue-green eyes, or maybe my granite abs, but I could always get women to smile at me.

Ms. Valenzuela opened my folder. “Six more absences since your last visit to my office. Plus numerous missed homework assignments. You’re this close to suspension.” She held up her thumb and index finger a millimeter apart.

“I have to work, Ms. Val,” I said. “Gotta get ahead, you know.” I had a promising position as a bus boy at Jake’s Burgers.

“How many hours are you working these days?”

“As many as I can get, whenever I can get ‘em.”

“You can’t cut back?” She knew she couldn’t push me that hard. My family’s sudden move to Los Angeles in November of my junior year, coupled with my erratic attendance at Perdido High, had screwed up my graduation credits. With all my former classmates in college, I was starting my senior year, again, at age nineteen.

“I can’t get weekend shifts at Jake’s,” I told Ms.Val.

She didn’t like me working there, but she should just be glad I wasn’t following in the path of my father, who knocked over a convenience mart a year ago and ended up in prison for armed robbery. Mom had gone to visit him, but I refused. He could rot there for all I cared.

“You’ve got one school year left to graduate. I want to see you get that high school diploma, Travis. Or a GED at least.” Between her fingers, she rolled a pen. It was the cheap kind the school district bought that wrote for about five minutes before it crapped out on you.

“Yeah, well, we’re about to get evicted,” I said, “so that’s kind of rearranged my priorities.”

Review:

Girls Love Travis Walker is a wonderfully written story about a boy who has to make tough choices.  Choices that could change his life for the better or worse.  It truly was an emotional story.  I think the most unique part was that the story was told in the boy’s point of view.  I find that to be unique considering the emotional turmoil that goes on between Travis and his mom along with his and Zoey’s relationship.  I think this story had a lot of depth and the characters were very well-developed.  Overall, it was a great addition to the New Adult genre.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story and a story where lessons are learned and good things do happen to those who wait.

I’d like to thank Reading Addiction book tours for letting me have a spot on this tour.  If your interested in more information about Girls Love Travis Walker you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Anne Pfeffer is the author of Any Other Night and The Wedding Cake Girl.  She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

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