Tuesday, September 2

Wrap Up: August 2014


Hey Guys,
As if another month is over already. There will be no vlog this month and this is why...

My August:

So August was a very tough month for me. I planned to read so much this month and I was so excited as I started my new job this month too but life happened and turned my month to hell.

On Friday August 22nd we sadly had to say goodbye to this beautiful little girl...


Honestly my heart is still breaking just looking at that picture. At the beginning of the month she was getting very sick and she had her good days and her bad days but deep down I think I knew we were starting to lose her. I stopped reading completely as all I wanted to do was look after my little girl and even though I didn't know it then, spend every moment I had left with her. I do think I knew but I was just in denial. I couldn't concentrate on anything and then just over a week ago we had to make the heart-shattering decision of whether we would let her go and break our hearts or let her suffer. It wasn't really a choice.

After she passed I couldn't read a word. I haven't done anything for over a week but I have finally just picked up a book again today so I am on my way back to the reading and blogging community and I have this beautiful new ink right near my heart forever. I love you Jess. I will always love you and you may be gone but you will never EVER be forgotten. Love forever...


So on to why you are reading this post. Due to all of this happening I only read 5 books which is not enough for the time that goes into editing a vlog so I will do a August and September vlog at the end of this month.

Books Read in August 2014:


Lux Consequences (Lux #3/4) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars *RE-READ*
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Nash (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover - 5 Stars
Tested (New World #3) by Janelle Stalder - 5 Stars *BETA READ*
Miles from Kara (Charlston Haven #2) by Melissa West - 5 Stars *BETA READ*

Reviews Posted in August 2014:


Top 3 Books of August 2014:

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#1:


Thanks for reading...

Monday, September 1

I Still Haven't Read...


This week's pick...






Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Have you read this book?


Wednesday, August 27

Waiting on Wednesday


Stray (Untitled #1)
Elissa Sussman

Publisher: Greenwillow
To Be Released: October 7, 2014
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
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From Goodreads:
Princess Aislynn knows all about the curse. Its magic is a part of her, like her awkward nose and thin fingers. It’s also something she can’t control. And girls who can’t control their abilities have a tendency to disappear. So for her own protection, Aislynn is sworn into the Order of Fairy Godmothers where she must spend the rest of her life chaste and devoted to serving another royal family.

Tasked with tending to the sweet, but sheltered Princess Linnea, Aislynn also finds a reluctant friend in the palace gardener, Thackery, who makes no secret of his disdain for her former life. The more time they spend together, though, the more she begins to doubt the rules she has observed so obediently. As Aislynn’s feelings threaten to undo the sacred vows she has taken, she risks not only her own life but Linnea’s as well. With the princess engaged to a devoted follower of The Path, there are some who would do anything to keep Aislynn from straying.

I am an enormous fan of fairytale retellings and adaptations and so when I stumbled across this one when looking for inspiration for these posts I just had to choose it. It sounds incredible and amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.


Monday, August 25

Wednesday, August 20

Waiting on Wednesday


Rites of Passage
Joy N. Hensley

Publisher: Harper Teen
To Be Released: September 9, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
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From Goodreads:
"I fell hard for this book. Rites of Passage is a powerful YA debut!" ~ Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits

"Hensley navigates the bonds of family, patriarchal military traditions, and the meaning of courage in a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Throw in just the right amount of swoon and RITES OF PASSAGE is impossible to put down." ~Trish Doller, author of Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine



Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

Having seen the comment from Katie McGarry I knew that I just HAD to add this one to my TBR. I am a huge fan of Contemporary Romance books right now and this one sounds incredible. This will be an automatic buy for me when it is released.


Tuesday, August 19

Blog Tour: Breathe For Me

Title: Breathe For Me
Author: Rhonda Helms
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis:
Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20591691-breathe-for-me?from_search=true

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Me-Rhonda-Helms/dp/1939392063/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407201789&sr=8-3&keywords=Rhonda+Helms

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breathe-for-me-rhonda-helms/1118717640?ean=9781939392060&itm=1&usri=rhonda+helms

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Breathe-for-Me-Rhonda-Helms/9781939392060

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Breathe-for-Me/book-VRT4ZyzI0kKC3-hCbyyr7A/page1.html?s=2HrNkjPKjESQit8T_0fSyA&r=4

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/breathe-for-me/id898166413?mt=11

Interview with the Author:

1. Describe your book, using no more than three adjectives. Go!
a. Intense, swoony, N’awlins (yeah, I know that isn’t a “real” word, but it’s how you pronounce New Orleans, lol)

2. Where did you get the idea for Breathe for Me?
a. This actually started in its original form as a Persephones/Hades modernization. Then a bunch of those sold all at once…and I had to rework it to something else or else risk getting rejections because of the similarity. Lol. That said, I love the way it evolved and am so glad I took the leap to change it.

3. Breathe for Me deals with demons and curses. What other supernatural creatures do you like and which ones do you think you’d like to write about in future books?
a. I love the paranormal stuff. Always wanted to write a gargoyle story, actually…I should try my hand at one someday. Something about those creatures in particular always stick with me.

4. Why New Orleans? In what ways does the location aid the story?
a. I visited New Orleans back in 2007. If you haven’t been there…it’s unlike any other place in the U.S. Like you’ve stepped into another world. The pace is slow, the environment almost a character in its own right. The walls themselves seep history and mystery. I loved it—and I knew immediately that I wanted to set a book there. My heroine is different, but in a place like that, difference is celebrated and accepted. The perfect place for her story to unfold.

5. What scene do you most regret having to cut?
a. I don’t remember cutting any scenes, actually. My problem is I tend to write short, lol. So in revisions, I always go back and enrich my scenes, add more elements to flesh out the story, etc.

6. What was your favorite scene that got added during edits?
a. I didn’t have a full scene added in edits with Spencer Hill Press, but I did slow down the pacing of the epic scene at the end of the story. By doing that, I drew out the ending and made it more impactful—or so it feels to me. ;-)

7. Craziest thing you’ve had to Google for a work in progress?
a. “How far out do you have to dump a body in Lake Erie to have it stay there and not float back to the shore?” Yeah, I might be flagged on some FBI lists for that one. haha

8. Which character was your favorite to write?
a. Honestly? Sitri. He was a real challenge for me. Creepy and obsessive, and yet…there’s a vulnerability in him that drew me to him and stuck in my head. He’s messed up. But he’s a product of how he was raised, his lifestyle, his demonic power. He loves my heroine in his own way, but his love is flawed and controlling, not healthy and freeing and supportive. I like how complicated Sitri is.

9. Which character was the hardest (or least favorite) to write?
a. Probably my heroine was the hardest to write. Her voice needed to be compelling enough to support the story, to show her vulnerability, yet also reveal her inner strength. She’s had this hard life, but I didn’t want her to be bitter.

10. Biggest writing quirk?
a. Oh man. Uhhhhhh this is a hard question, lol. I’m quirky in general. I can’t write out of order, and I can’t write without a plot outlined. I freeze up. Other than that, I can’t think of anything weird?

11. What books would you recommend to a reader who loved yours, and wants to read something similar?
a. I’m a huge fan of paranormal/fantasy writers with strong heroines, which is what I was aiming for in this book. These YA authors rock my socks so hard: Rae Carson, Robin LaFevers, Maria V Snyder. Can’t recommend them enough.

12. What are three must-have items when you sit down to write?
a. Some form of caffeine (usually soda, but sometimes tea), my laptop and some kind of sweet treat (chocolate works fabulously).

13. What book are you currently reading?
a. I just bought This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, and I’m so, sooooo excited to read it. I love everything she writes. :D


Author Bio and social media links:

Author Bio:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.


Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.com/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhondahelmsbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhelmsbooks

Monday, August 18

I Still Haven't Read...




Jars of Clay Series by Lee Strauss:

#1: Jars of Clay
#2: Broken Vessels (Haven't Got Yet)

Have you read this series?