Saturday, March 17, 2018

Finale Blitz & Giveaway: Heart's Desire by Catherine Lanigan

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Heart's Desire
By Catherine Lanigan

***Premiering as The Sweetest Heart on the Hallmark Channel March 17th, 9 PM EDT***
(check your local listings for your air time)

Launch - The First Heartwarming novel to become a Hallmark Channel Movie:
To say I’m thrilled about my book being made into a movie is an understatement. I’m blessed and so very appreciative to all the people who have worked for over four long and arduous years to make this happen. In the movies, the heroine (me) would get a phone call and someone (the publisher) would announce that Hallmark just bought my book. That’s the dream scenario. That’s not what happened...

But here is the story within the story. For two plus years I have put one foot in front of the other hoping to make good on my promise to Jed. I have asked the producers to dedicate the film, “In Memory of Jed Nolan”. They’ve said they will do this on the end scroll. Whether it makes it past the cutting room or not, is in God’s hands. But I’ll be fighting for it all the way.

I’m still keeping my promise, Jed. I will never give up.

Please join me on my Prism Book Tour for Heart’s Desire. It will air on Hallmark on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, which is the beginning of their SPRING FLING promotion. There will be lots of ads about our first Heartwarming book made into a film.

— Catherine

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Author: Justina Ireland
Title: Dread Nation
Series: Dread Nation #1
Publication: April 3, 2018
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher 
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Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
Jane is a clever, impulsive and witty character. She's way too sassy for her own good but she's smart. I enjoyed her humor in the midst of everything she was going through in this world. She's a badass shambler harvester and I could easily visualize her doing it.  Jane has great instincts about her surroundings and sees things that others so easily miss. So, when people begin to go missing Jane begins to piece together that it has something to do with the leaders in Baltimore County but as she gets closer to solving the puzzle, she and her friends get shipped off to the middle of nowhere. She sparks an unlikely friendship with her nemesis Katherine, who seems at first ditsy as all get out but managed to surprise me because she is so much more than that. Red Jack is a scoundrel that seems to show up at the least expected times but can't help but to fall for his slick charm. 

She misses home at Rose Hill and the uncertainties about her future make her wary. She's written countless letters to her mother but never receives word back. Each chapter begins with a letter to her mom and they are always cheery compared to what she is going through at the school in Baltimore County. She thinks her mother is upset with her for leaving and maybe that's why she hasn't heard back but the truth will spark her fury and vengeance at the betrayal. 

Okay, so this was a little hard for me to read considering the subject and not talking about the zombies. The way they get treated and talked about as if they are less than human is infuriating, yet it's okay for them being trained to kill and protect their betters. The Survivalists see a world that is changing and they'll do whatever they can to hold on to a semblance of the past that has them at the top of the hierarchy and the negroes subservient to them. There is one scene in particular that involves Jane that hit a nerve with the violence that highlights a moment those past ancestors had to endure that she herself never thought she would experience. I could connect to her pain, devastation, and anger as well as the other characters that had to go through the things they did in this world. Overall, this is a good beginning to Jane's story and I'm interested to see how the next book continues. The pace of this work is steady and the characters are engaging. The writing is good and the world is realistic considering the subject. I feel that anyone that's interested in zombies and a female lead that pulls you into to her life as if you are right there with her will like this one.  

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Author: Lyndsay Ely
Narrator:  Christie Moreau
Title: Gunslinger Girl
Format: Unabridged 
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
Publication: 2018
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Source: Library
James Patterson presents a bold new heroine—a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow's West. 

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great....

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

This was an okay read. Pity's tired of her life in the commune and wants nothing more than to escape from her abusive father. He's decided to trade her to another commune because she's fertile and they are short on women that can bear children. Pity's determined that won't be her life and plots to escape on her own. She gets her chance when her friend, Fin decides that she wants to see the world and won't let Pity leave without her. The moment doesn't last long and Pity finds herself in Cessation without Fin. This place is new and thrilling at first but she has to earn her keep by becoming part of the show. Pity discovers that life in Cessation is much grittier than she thought when she's asked to do something she's not comfortable with doing, a Finale. She finds herself at the mercy of Selene and involved in a dangerous plot to save the town or lose what she loves. Pity realizes falling in love makes you vulnerable to those that seek to use you and Selene has her strung tight. 

I liked Pity, she has an innocence about her that was appealing. She has some growth in this book as she learns that life is hard and scary no matter where you go but it's worth the risk try for something better. I would have liked to get to know Fin more because she seemed the most interesting character to me.  Now, the world didn't feel western to me. The only aspect of that was Pity and her guns. It felt more futuristic with a circus vibe. Overall, the writing is good and the pace moved rather fast for this one. I think anyone that likes westerns with a futuristic twist and political backstabbing may enjoy this one. 

Narration: Moreau does a good job bringing the characters to life but it was strange that Pity was the only one that had a deep country accent or maybe it just stood out more to me. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'Til Next Tuesday #11: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

'Til Next Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here @Little Library Muse. It's allows me to share my love of books and showcase new releases. It's inspired by my work developing the young adult collection.

Expected Release: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? 

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. 

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants. 

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Spotlight Excerpt & Giveaway: Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler

Title: Dead Inside
Author: Cyndy Etler
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

For readers of Girl Interrupted and Tweak, Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious "tough love" program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”

I never was a badass. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi’s jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight.

From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was…well, it was something else.

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her abusive home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.”

Sunday, March 11, 2018

My Sunday Post #55

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
I'm also linking up to Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Review this week.

This week has been so much going with my family. I had to go out of town Thursday night to head out town for something with my husband. Earlier in the week one my aunts that I'm close was admitted to the hospital and they were trying to avoid surgery for her but ended up going ahead on Friday. We laid my other aunt to rest on Saturday. I'm just so glad that Thursday was my last night of work for a week, well at least from my full-time job. It's just been a roller coaster of a week. The weather here has been a little chilly but not freezing temperatures but then again I'm always cold. Honestly, I'm worn out. 
Last Week on the Blog
My Sunday Post #54 
Interview & Giveaways: This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi
'Til Next Tuesday #10: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez
Excerpt + #Giveaway: The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey
Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham ~Audio Review
Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
All About Diversity Blog Hop 
Tenative Schedule for this week
My Sunday Post #55 
Spotlight Excerpt & Giveaway: Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler
'Til Next Tuesday #11: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross ~ Review
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland ~Review
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely ~Audio Review
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okafor ~Review
New This Week

What's new with you? Did you discover any new books? 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

All About Diversity Giveaway Hop

This hop is about showcasing books with diversity! I had to stop because there are so many great books to add to this but I'm sure you can think of more.  
This Giveaway is International. 

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

Author: Genevieve Graham
Narrator:  Fajer Al-Kaisi
Title: Tides of Honour
Format: Unabridged 
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
Publication: 2017
Publisher: Audible
Source: Author
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From best-selling author Genevieve Graham comes a novel of love, loss, and honor amid the horrors of war and its aftermath.

In the summer of 1916, Private Daniel Baker marches into battle with the boys of Nova Scotia's 25th Battalion. Out of brutal necessity, Danny has steeled himself against the trials and horrors of war, but he is completely unprepared to meet the love of his life in war-torn France.

Audrey Poulin has the soul of an artist. She lives alone with her grandmother in the quiet French countryside, where her only joy is in her brush and palette. When by chance she encounters Danny, the handsome young soldier captures her heart and inspires her painting. The young lovers believe that only together can they face the hardships the war brings.

But love is just the beginning. Mere months later Danny is gravely wounded at the Battle of the Somme, and his future is thrown into uncertainty. Soon he and Audrey find themselves struggling to build a new life in Halifax, a city grieving its lost men. As the gray winter of 1917 sets in, Danny's lack of purpose and Audrey's isolation continue to mount, pulling the two apart just as a new catastrophe threatens their existence.

Heartrending and enthralling, Tides of Honour is a novel of love and second chances set against Halifax's most devastating moment of the First World War.
A broken down wagon, war-weary soldiers and romance set in the back drop of war in 1916. Daniel and Audrey connect instantly and communicate with one another through letters while he is off fighting in the war in France. They fall in love and he asks her to marry him. The two are hopeful until Daniel's injured and loses his leg. He doesn't think Audrey will want him anymore but she assures him that she loves him no matter what. Audrey's a brave young woman, naïve but refreshing. She moves overseas to marry a man she hardly knows other than through letters. 
" You always make the pretty things ugly"
It's all fine in the beginning while they live with his parents but things begin turn when they move to Halifax for Daniel to find work. He's more withdrawn and becomes bitter because he feels he should be able to provide for Audrey as a man. She's determined not to give up on him. He resents her in a way because she's able to make money with her artwork and it eventually comes to a head in an argument that will change them both forever. 

"How would he survive without the hope of her love flickering at the end of his tunnel."
It's sad that it took something explosive for Daniel to come out of himself and realize what he's done. He was mean, self-absorbed and jealous of Audrey's success but he is on point about a particular patron of hers. He's having regrets because he's afraid that moment will be the last one she will remember of him. Audrey is kind but she is gullible. She sees the good in people and that's wonderful but some people will take advantage of that. I had to remind myself that she was only 20 years old and though that doesn't excuse some things that happened to her and that she allowed to happen because she saw the red flags but mistook them for kindness. Pierre is a cold-calculating character that has had his eyes on Audrey from the beginning, he sees her as something to be possessed and she just doesn't see it. 

Overall, this story broke my heart, mending it and made me feel so much for these two characters. I wish some things didn't happen the way they did but the world that Graham has built was so visually crafted it was like I could touch each moment. It gives a very detailed perspective on the aftermath of the war. This is a captivating historical romance set with the backdrop of war and told from the alternation viewpoints of Audrey and Daniel. It's about loss, love and hope but also it's about peace and redemption. I think anyone that likes romance with a historical aspect will enjoy this book. 

Narration: Fajer Al-Kaisi does a great job of bringing Danny and Audrey to life. He pulled me into this world the moment he began to speak. His voice came through clear and clean with no distractions. He was able to give varied distinctions between the characters. I would listen to him narrate other books as well. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Excerpt + #Giveaway: The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey

Title: The Secrets We Bury
Author: Stacie Ramey
ISBN: 9781492654209
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Seventeen-and-a-half year old Dylan Taggart is on the run. His family is trying to put him in a school for psychologically challenged students. Dylan realizes he’s had some anger issues and he's a complete loner, aside from the friendship of his cousin Emily, who he calls the other pea in his pod. But he knows the Believers Charter School is not the place for him. As the investigators his mother has hired close in on him, he decides the Appalachian Trail, a hike that takes approximately six months––the exact length of time he needs to stay off her radar until his eighteenth birthday––may be the perfect place to hide out until he can legally drop out of school.

Except Dylan needs people more than he'd like to admit.  And  the biggest surprise is a hiker named Sophie, whom the other hikers call “the ghost.”  Dylan finds a bond with Sophie he's never had before with anyone, and slowly they confide the secrets of what they're each running from.  Trusting someone is scary, but Dylan is about to find out that sometimes love is more important than keeping promises, and some promises are made to be broken.

Praise for The Secrets We Bury
“A gripping novel that will tug on readers’ heartstrings until the very end.”–Booklist

“A sensitive, funny, and sometimes awkwardly romantic story of survival and self-awareness.”— Kirkus

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

'Til Next Tuesday #10: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez

'Til Next Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here @Little Library Muse. It's allows me to share my love of books and showcase new releases. It's inspired by my work developing the young adult collection.

Expected Release: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Imprint
Not you without me, not me without you.

Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them. 

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she's ever loved. 

Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance. 

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Interview & Giveaways: This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi

Interview with Author Lauren Gibaldi

Lauren Gibaldi is a public librarian who’s been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, bookseller, and circus aerialist (seriously). She has a BA in Literature and Master’s in Library and Information Studies. She lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and daughter. Her books include THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, AUTOFOCUS, and the forthcoming THIS TINY PERFECT WORLD.

What’s more fun to write?
the world or the characters?: For me the characters. I love learning about them, finding out their little likes and dislikes, and what makes them...them. 

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow? 

Mostly let the story flow. This is the first book I’ve written that was fully plotted (as I had to prepare a synopsis for my editor). It made writing a little harder, because I had to stick to the original outline, but also easier because I knew what would happen next. Obviously things did change in the process, but for the better. I hope!

Do your characters ever want to take over the story? 

No, not really. 

What is your favourite food? 


Do you listen to music while writing? 

I can’t listen to music while writing--I’ll end up singing along. 

What are three words that describe you? 

Ummm short, happy, librarian 

What is your favorite quote from This Tiny Perfect World? 

“I want to make millions of decisions and revisions.” I won’t mention context.

About the Book
This Tiny Perfect World
by Lauren Gibaldi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Penny loves her small-town Florida life, and she has her future mapped out. She’s going to community college after graduation to stay close to home and her best friend, Faye. She’ll take over the family diner that her dad has been managing since her mother died. And one day, she’ll marry her high school sweetheart, Lo-gan. 

But when she unexpectedly lands a scholarship to a prestigious summer theater camp, she is thrust into a world of competition and self-doubt. And suddenly, her future gets a little hazy. As she meets new friends, including Chase, a talented young actor with big-city dreams, she begins to realize that maybe the life every-one (including her) expects her to lead is not the one she was meant to have.

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