Join Our Mailing List

Saturday, 24 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Reunited by Brittany Nicole Lewis

Reunited
(The Zion Series, Book 2)
Author: Brittany Nicole Lewis
Genre: YA Christian Fiction
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2018

Book Description:
Just as Katie's life is settling into a new normal after leaving Zion and the birth of her son, she is given news that will forever alter her reality.

Meanwhile, the moment that Michael has so desperately wished for, but never thought would come has finally arrived. He must make the hardest decision of his life, and if he doesn't choose correctly, he could lose everything, forever.

Buy Links:



MY REVIEW

Reunited concludes this uplifting coming of age story about a brother and sister standing up for what they believe in and fighting to keep their family together. Michael and Katie have always been close, but ever since Katie's departure from Zion, the two have been living worlds apart, both trying to find their place and discover who it is they truly want to be. After discovering the reasons behind Katie's departure and learning the truth about Zion and his own heritage, Michael starts to realise that he and Katie share the same views about Zion. However, he quickly discovers that not everyone shares their views and forcing the community to change isn't as easy as he imagined it would be. When it comes down to choosing between his family and Zion, Michael finds himself at a complete loss. To choose either one would mean abandoning the other for good.

This was a good conclusion to the series. Michael's mood was a lot more controlled than it was when we last saw him, and I thought he handled the difficult choices he had to make as best he could. Although we don't get much interaction between Michael and Katie, when they do get together, you get a good sense of the bond they share, which was nice to see. What I liked most about this series was how it makes you question your own decisions. The characters are really relatable. You find yourself constantly asking what you would do if you were in their situation. It's rather compelling.

If there was something I wanted that I didn't feel there was enough of in this book, it would be a more hightened level of intensity. The ambience was unchanging throughout the book. The only spike came right at the end of the book - an ending I very much liked, mind you. I did struggle yet again with the errors, but they are minor, so nothing a little editing couldn't rectify.

This was a good read and a good ending to the series.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Nominate A Pirate at Pembroke & Enter to Win $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

A Pirate at Pembroke
Author: Danielle Thorne

Book Description:
A Jane Austen-inspired Pirate Romance

Sophie Crestwood is never going to catch a husband, and she isn’t even sure she wants one. Her father is a gossip, her mother always has her nose in a book, and little Jack has shamefully been dismissed from boarding school. Worst of all, a pirate moves next door into Pembroke Hall!

When Sophie’s sent to a matchmaking party at a neighboring estate, the pirate from Pembroke arrives and distracts everyone from the summer festivities. Unguarded, her feelings about the mysterious Captain Murdock bloom into a trusted friendship that Sophie fears may come to mean much more than anyone would ever suspect. Keeping company with a reputed pirate is one thing but falling in love with him could ruin the eccentric Crestwood family for good.

Danielle Thorne's book A Pirate at Pembroke is up for nomination in the Kindle Scout Contest.

Please vote for her book!

If Kindle Scout selects A Pirate at Pembroke for publication you'll get a copy of the book for free!


Monday, 19 February 2018

Book-A-Day Giveaway - Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash


Book-A-Day Giveaway
Feb 19th - March 21st

Thanks to the wonderful sponsors of CBY's group giveaway.

Sponsors Showcase

Click the names to learn more about the sponsors


***GIVEAWAY***

Prize One:
$10 Amazon Gift Card of Paypal Cash.

Prize Two:
$5 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.

Ends March 21st, 2018 (11.59 p.m. GMT)

Sunday, 18 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW - Out of the Nest: An Italian Summer by Gaia B Amman

Out of the Nest: An Italian Summer
Author: Gaia B Amman
Genre: MG/YA Coming of Age
Publication Date: 1st February 2016

Book Description:
Puberty: what a hot mess!

Italy, 1990. Leda is a strong-headed bookworm and a tomboy who can't fit anywhere as her world splits into girls and boys. Puberty is nonsensical and irritating until she falls victim to her first crush...

It's the summer of the 14th FIFA World Cup.
It's the summer of Leda's first kiss.
It's the summer that will change her life.

Can tomboy Leda win her fears and learn to stand up for herself? 

From periods to first kisses, pre-teens and adults alike will laugh and cry with this Italian childhood memoir set against the gorgeous backdrop of northern Italy and Tuscany.

Buy Links:



MY REVIEW

Lee and the gang are back for another wild adventure. Lee is off to middle school and is worried how the change will affect her friendship with the old gang. A lot is changing fast, and Lee isn't sure she likes it. The guys aren't how they were before, nor is she, it appears, as she's starting to prefer hanging out with her new friend, Sonia, as opposed to the boys. Friendships are tested and new romances are formed. Will Lee be able to survive the changes with her mind intact?

I really enjoyed this book. It was a good follow-up to the first book, and while I did like the new set of characters, I have to admit, I missed the old gang. I was hoping to see a bit more of Nico the Thug, particularly since there's a hint of chemistry between him and Lee. Although out of sight throughout most of the book, his influence on Lee was always predominant as many of her decisions were based on his impression of her and how much she's trying to prove him wrong. I don't know if any of the new characters left an impression on me, but what I did like about them was how much they challenged Lee to take risks and how much impact they had on her development, which made her come alive a lot more in this book than the first book.

This was a very hormone-driven tale, which wasn't too surprising given the kids were at that age of curiosity, but some of the topics discussed did surprise me, especially the wealth of information and knowledge some of the kids possessed. Lee often appeared mature for her age, which I did notice in the first book, but in this case, she seemed a little too mature at times, particularly when it came to her giving advice on relationships. Being as young and inexperienced as she is, her maturity sometimes came off feeling a little forced and not altogether authentic. I much preferred when she was confused and clueless as to how to handle her emotions. Take her relationship with Gio, for instance. This soon-to-be seventeen year-old hunk captures her heart at first sight, and she has no idea how to react around him. Her character shines in these moments, and that's when you truly get to connect with her. Gio was a little full on and borderline creepy, mind you. Lee was eleven, after all, so the panic and intimidation brought on by his advances came across as very genuine. I'm really warming to Lee. She's starting to feel very real.

I'm loving this series so far. I imagine there's a lot more drama and romance heading Lee's way as she approaches her teens. I have no idea what's ahead for Lee, but I'm sure it will involve chaos and heartache; what every good coming of age story needs. A jolly good read indeed.

VERDICT


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Saturday, 17 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman

Azalea, Unschooled
Author: Liza Kleinman
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publication Date: 25th May 2015

Book Description:
In Pennsylvania, it was a clothing boutique for pets. Then a breakfast buffet in North Carolina. Then an apple orchard in Connecticut. Now, Azalea’s dad says he’s going to drive a tour bus in Portland, Maine. Through all those moves, Azalea and her older sister were homeschooled by their mom. But when they move to Portland, Azalea’s mom asks them to try unschooling—a method of learning that gives children more freedom to direct their own education. As the sisters struggle to find a delicate new balance, their world is rocked when someone sabotages Dad’s tour bus. Azalea decides it is up to her to find the culprit and hold her family together. In her fresh and funny debut middlereader novel, Liza Kleinman deftly explores the new unschooling movement as well as the challenges of moving to a new home, making friends, and finding room for differences within a family.

Buy Links:







MY REVIEW

Azalea and her family just moved to town and almost immediately she makes an enemy, who she later believes vandalised her Dad's tour bus as a message for Azalea and her family to get out of town. As if trying to make new friends and dealing with a threat wasn't challenging enough, Azalea's parents suggest that her and her sister try unschooling - "a natural, child-driven exploation off the world". As Azalea goes about finding the culprit who's been terrorising her family, she learns that not all is as it seems and that the problem is a lot closer to home than she first realised.

This was a good read. It took me a while to get into it and really enjoy the story. Honestly, I found the first half of the book a little boring, but it picked up in the second half, and the story won me over in the end. Azalea is an engaging and vibrant character who is easy to relate to. I don't think I'll be continuing the series, but I am glad I got the chance to read this book. There ae some good lessons to be learned here, some good themes explored.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

Pre-made eBook Covers for Sale by J.R. Designs

PRE-MADE EBOOK COVERS BY J.R. DESIGNS


(CLICK THE IMAGES TO GO TO THE ORDER PAGE)


COVER 1


COVER 2


COVER 3


COVER 4


COVER 5

Friday, 16 February 2018

Cover Reveal - Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia


Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
Author: R.J. Garcia
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Genre: YA Suspense

Book Description:
Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with his rebellious neighbor, Finn Wilds.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?




About the Author
R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!


Author Links:


Cover Reveal Organised by:
XBTBanner1

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Visionary X Starlight- Valentine's Day by Yumoyori Wilson

Visionary X Starlight- Valentine’s Day 
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Publication Date: February 10th, 2018
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Two different worlds – one unique connection – a whole lot of love.

Valentine’s Day – an annual holiday dedicated to love, promoting couples to emphasize their love through gifts and celebration.

Makoto Heart spent her life trapped in a dark cell, never knowing the day existed or experienced love until her star knights. When three of her star knights – Kai, Marcus, and Elias – have the opportunity to bring her to Earthala, she’s given the chance to enjoy a four-day countdown to the celebration.

Scarlet Sinclair has dreaded February 14th. Her feelings stemmed from the reminder that she usually spent the day sitting alone, binge watching chick flicks on Netflix and devouring chocolate she bought for herself. But, this year would be different – Ethan, Junho, and Christian make a promise to prove to her that Valentine’s has more benefits than chocolate, and they’d use the next four days to prove it.



Will they each get more love than they bargained for?

Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language. THERE WILL BE F/F in this book. If that is not your cup of tea, PLEASE do not read it.

NOTE: Visionary X Starlight is written in CANADIAN ENGLISH – meaning both American and British English is used.

Buy Links:

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Dangerous Moves by Karen Rock

Dangerous Moves 
Author: Karen Rock
Published by: Kensington
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Genre: Adult Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
Pounding music. Sculpted men. And a conspiracy that could cost far more than a few dollar bills . . .

HOT COP

Detective Blake Knight has been undercover before. But an assignment to bust a steroid ring running out of Dallas’s elite male strip club means his new cover will be nothing but his own taut muscles and oiled skin. It’s one thing for the tough, by-the-books agent to take down bad guys with his gun. Facing a rowdy crowd in only a G-string is another story . . . especially in front of his new boss, gorgeous, mysterious Reese Landon.

Her father’s club and shady business practices bring back terrible memories for Reese. But when he’s shot and goes into a coma, she vows to protect him the way he never did for her. That means keeping the police at a distance—especially sexy, driven Detective Knight. If she has to give him a cover job, it would be a crime not to put that glorious ass on stage. But no matter how good he looks in a Velcro uniform, she can’t trust him, or give into the undeniable heat between them. They’re both chasing the truth. And it might expose more than either wants to show . . .

Buy Links:

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Barnabus Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan

Barnabus Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
Author: Columbkill Noonan
Genre: YA Mystery / Mythology
Release Date: June 3rd, 2017

Book Description:
Barnabas Tew is a detective in Victorian London, although he is not nearly as successful as he dreamed he'd be. In fact, there are times that he fears that he may not be very good at the detecting business, after all. 

Everything changes, however, during a visit to the museum, where an encounter with a none-too-friendly mummy whisks Barnabas away from everything he knows. It seems that the Egyptian afterlife is in turmoil and the fate of the entire world is at stake, and Barnabas has been sent for by Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the dead, to save the day.

Barnabas is in over his head but determined to prove himself once and for all. With only his trusty assistant Wilfred at his side, will Barnabas manage to solve the case and save the Egyptian afterlife? Or will the dangerous and unpredictable Egyptian gods get the best of the intrepid duo?

Buy Links:

Pre-Made eBook Covers for Sale

PRE-MADE EBOOK COVERS BY J.R. DESIGNS


(CLICK THE IMAGES TO GO TO THE ORDER PAGE)

COVER 1


COVER 2


COVER 3


Monday, 12 February 2018

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Devil's Gold by Amanda McKinney


Devil’s Gold
Author: Amanda McKinney
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Genre: Adult Mystery / Thriller

Book Description:
Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel.

While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.

After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic?

Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.

Buy Links:

Pre-Order & Giveaway - Soft Kisses and Birdsong by Lynnette Bonner

Lynnette Bonner is excited to announce that Soft Kisses and Birdsong is now available for pre-order! Even more exciting is the opportunity you will have to win one of the 3 great prizes shown below!


Soft Kisses and Birdsong 3D


Soft Kisses and Birdsong
Book 2 in the Riversong series
Author: Lynnette Bonner
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Years ago, he walked away from the only woman he had ever loved because he feared she wouldn’t want a man who’d failed.

She numbly tried to move on with her life. And is finally beginning to feel she can face the future.

Zaire Breckenridge can’t believe it when her lout of an ex-husband walks back into her life, claiming he’s a changed man. Worse than his invading the sanctuary of her town—the town they both grew up in together—is the fact that he’s invading the peace she finds at church. There really ought to be a rule. The heartbreaker should never be allowed to move back to town.

Landon Breckenridge knows that he’s made a mess of his life. But he also knows that finally surrendering everything to Jesus was the best decision he ever made. He aims to be a better person, and certainly a better witness to his friends and those who watch his rock climbing show on TV. Now if only he can convince the woman he loves to take him back. But if she won’t? Will Jesus be enough?

Sometimes the river of life cascades into a torrent of white-water. And sometimes it levels out on the other side, flowing smooth and slow, like soft kisses…and birdsong.

PRE-ORDER TODAY:

If you pre-order, when you receive your copy of the book on release day, the book will contain a special link where you can go and enter to win one of the below prizes. There is no purchase necessary to enter for these prizes, however. On release day you can come back to this page and the link to enter for the below prizes will be posted here. But buying the book on pre-order will give you a reminder to enter when you get the book and open it and see the reminder to enter the contest. AND it will support my desire to keep helping my kids pay their way through college. :) Void where prohibited.

3 Prizes! 3 Winners!

Prize #1:
$50.00 Amazon Gift Card

This gift card can be used to buy anything the winner wants from Amazon.


Prize #2:
Kindle Fire, 8GB

Kindle Fires are not only great for reading books! Surf the net. Watch movies. Scroll through social media. And more!



Prize #3:
Custom Necklace


This beautiful stone and pendant necklace is a little bit vintage and a little bit chic. It's a one of a kind creation made by Lynnette Bonner, specifically with Riversong in mind.

You can enlarge the image by clicking on it.


What a great chance to win some awesome prizes, right?! The book is only $2.99 while on pre-order! So grab it at a low price and secure your reminder to enter to win the above prizes!


Entering this contest will also add you to Lynnette's newsletter, where you will have a chance to read her novella, My Blue Havyn, for free.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Resurrection: Shadows of Omega by Summer Lane

Resurrection: Shadows of Omega 
Author: Summer Lane
Publication Date: February 9th, 2018
Genre: NA Dystopian

Book Description:
The war is over. At last, Omega has been defeated, and the militias have found peace and stability. General Cassidy Hart has been elected to lead the newly resurrected post-apocalyptic government as President of the Western Republic.

The world is a different place. From the ashes, structure emerges. From death, hope blossoms.

Yet the shadows of Omega remain. Omega loyalists and dangerous anarchists infect every level of the crestfallen civilization, threatening to undermine the Republic’s attempts to maintain peace. Most of the world’s population has been slain: those who remain alive have very different ideas about what must be done to continue to survive.

A seasoned war veteran, sniper, and leader, Cassidy resents the stifling role of presidential leadership. General Chris Young, her former fiancĂ©, leads the United Militia’s military as it rebuilds. Her comrades from war have scattered, and the one person who understands her, truly and completely, has disappeared.

When a new threat emerges, one that could undo everything they have fought for, Cassidy is forced to make hard decisions and ask for help in places where she never imagined she could.


The old is gone. The new has come.

Welcome to the Hart Presidency. Welcome to the Western Republic.
The Resurrection has begun.


From prolific author Summer Lane, creator of the #1 bestselling smash-hit Collapse Series, Zero Trilogy, Bravo Saga, Unbreakable SEAL and Running with Wolves. Enjoy this new series, following the adventures of beloved heroine Cassidy Hart, along with some familiar faces that fans have come to know and love.



Buy Links:

Book Blitz & Giveaway- Bad Wolf by Jo Raven

Bad Wolf 
Author: Jo Raven
Publication Date: February 8th, 2018
Genre: Adult Romance

Book Description:
This is no fairytale…

Once I fell in love with a gorgeous boy next door. Years later, he’s back—a total hunk, hot as hell, and bad. So bad. Rude. Cocky. Hard. And I’m dying for a taste.

Jarett was our neighbors’ adopted son. Handsome, strong, quiet, he was my protector, and my friend. Now he’s back, and he’s still gorgeous. Tall, dark and sexy. All man. But he’s a bad guy, moving with a dangerous crowd. So why do I keep winding up in his arms? On his lap. In his bed. I know better than this—I’m better than this. I should stop. Only my heart tells me there’s good inside Jarett. That I could save him. Then again, what happens to gullible girls who climb into bed with the big bad wolf? …Right.


Buy Links: