Review: The Spotlight Series by Kristen Strassel

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to beta read this for Kristen a few months ago (now several months). I haven’t read the final version yet, so this review is based strictly on the version I read.

Daisy’s story begins on her birthday. The first birthday she’s celebrated since her husband died. And, as expected, she’s not doing so well. She’s a young widow, who’s suddenly faced with starting her life over again and she doesn’t know where to begin. All of the plans she had for the future fell apart with Jordan’s death. On top of that, she’s living with her parents and dealing with her mother’s constant judgement.

Cam is a former winner of the singing competition The Spotlight. He was well on his way to becoming the next big country star, but recently his career has started to fizzle and questions about how he actually won the competition are surfacing. He’s moved to town and opened up his own country bar, which is where the two meet.

Daisy is an amazing and complex character. I really related to what she was going through. Not just her grief, but also her insecurity and the helplessness one feels when they’re not sure where their life is going.

Cam is sexy as hell. And sweet. I don’t usually go for the country thing but damn does he make it look good! He and Daisy meet and yes, it does get pretty steamy, but it doesn’t detract from the story. They’re great together. Exactly what the other needs as they both work through grief and the unexpected turns their lives have taken. And on top of this being a really sweet, hot, wonderful story about two wounded people falling it love it also has some twists and tension and tragedy as Daisy and Cam deal with their family, friends, and Cam’s ex-wife.

4 out of 5 stars because although I really liked the story, there were some things I thought needed expanding or a little work. I won’t say what because I don’t want to give too much away. I will definitely reread this once it comes out! I can’t wait to see what changes Kristen’s made. I have total faith in her and I fully expect to love the final version even more!

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The Trouble With BreeThe Trouble With Bree by Kristen Strassel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bree Farrell is hell bent on making her childrens’ lives and her own better. With a string of bad ex-boyfriends behind her, her first step is to swear off men. Second, is to enroll in online college courses. Well, she get’s the second step down, but the first runs into a little trouble when she meets the damn near irresistible Josh Maxwell.

Josh has just gotten a new job as the coordinator of a preschool for underprivileged kids. The school took a chance on him, hiring him without really any experience, so the last thing he needs is to get involved with a student’s mother. But sometimes the risk is worth it.

I loved Bree and Josh’s relationship. What I loved about this novella and their relationship was that it didn’t feel like a soap opera. Bree nor Josh are the typical leads you’d ordinarily find in romance novels. They’re real people and their relationship felt very real and organic to me. This is what a real relationship looks like in the real world. And I loved that quality to the story.

And as always with Strassel’s work, the writing flowed and the dialog was well done. Oh, and if any of you happen to be fans of her Night Songs Collection series there’s a little nod in there to the vamps in Vegas. I’m so glad she did that. I love it when an author stays in their own world and references it in other seemingly unrelated series. It’s like watching a movie/reading a book and hearing someone say the name of it.

I loved everything about The Trouble With Bree, except one thing. I wish Bree had gotten her own story. I think she had more than enough material to have warranted a full length novel. This novella just felt like an aside to Secondhand Heart. I guess all novellas that are part of a series kind of are asides, but they usually benefit from leaning on the main stories. This time I feel like it limited it. That being said, fair warning, the timeline of this novella coincides with Secondhand Heart’s timeline (the first in The Spotlight series). It definitely spoils the events in Secondhand Heart, so if you’re the type of person who likes to read a novella from a series before they decide if they want to dive into it, you’re probably not going to want to do that with this one.

4 out of 5 stars to The Trouble With Bree. Bring on the next Spotlight novel, Strassel. I’m ready.

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Too Many Reasons (A Spotlight Series Novel)Too Many Reasons by Kristen Strassel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Too Many Reasons is the second novel in The Spotlight Series. The main character, Abby, is the manager of Sinister Riot and BFFs with main singer Devon. Abby and Devon have been friends for years. They started the band together; with the band’s talent and Abby’s dedication they’re finally getting a record deal. One catch, Eli Jamison. He was one of the previous winners of The Spotlight and the record label decides yes, they’ll sign Sinister Riot but only if they take him.

This creates some tension in the band, mainly because of Eli’s interest in Abby. You see, Abby is head over heals in love with Devon and pretty much everyone knows it. Problem is, Devon doesn’t see Abby that way. At least, not until Eli comes along. Abby and Eli start dating. She becomes torn between being loyal to Eli and her love for Devon. Abby’s life and things with the band start falling apart. What’s she supposed to do?

I loved this book. Even more than Secondhand Heart, the first in the series. Kristen Strassel kept me tense. The characters are realistic and really come into their own as the book progresses.

Now this book is a sequel, so is it necessary to read Secondhand Heart before this one? No, I don’t think so. Strassel does reference the happenings of the first book late into this one and even though it is a bit of a spoiler, I don’t think it’ll ruin the book for you. Both books in the series stand alone very well. But do I recommend you read Secondhand Heart? Well yeah. Read that book. Read this book! If you want steamy rock n roll romance you won’t regret it!

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*Will update this post with new reviews as more Spotlight books are published.

*Secondhand Heart and Too Many Reasons reviews are for the versions I beta read. Will update (if necessary) when published versions are read.

Book Blitz: The Last Order by Angela M Caldwell

 

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Another day, another book you’re going to want to add to your TBR list. Today that book is The Last Order by Angela M Caldwell. It’s a YA book about badass lady knights! Well, I’ll let you read the description for yourself. Anyway, it comes out tomorrow, February 3, 2015! So read all about it today, buy it, enter the giveaway, and thank me later.

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Lana forms a secret order of women knights to fulfill her father’s final request: find the queen who was thought to be dead and return her to the throne.

Lana Crewe is a strong, fiercely driven seventeen year old living in a village ruled by fear. With their king and queen both dead, strife and division have taken hold. Ruthlessly attacked by an Order called Talons, Lana’s father is fatally stabbed. Before he dies, he imparts upon Lana a directive to save the statue of Saint Peter, and tells her that the queen yet lives. Now it is up to Lana to unravel the mystery of Saint Peter and bring an end to all of the war by finding the queen.

A medieval tale of hope and mystery, The Last Order is an action-packed story with one of the strongest female leads since Disney’s “Brave.” Not your average YA novel; The Last Order takes upper teenage angst and spins it on its head. You’ll be gripping this book as hard as it will be gripping you.

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And of course I’m going to give you an excerpt from this lovely book:

Chapter One:

LANA RUBBED HER ARMS, still shivering under layers of clothing. You should have worn your cloak, her father’s voice warned, mixing within her thoughts. After years of his lectures and training, he had become a part of her—one that she assumed would eventually go away, or at least quiet down a bit.
Under the short skirt layered over her leather pants, Lana retrieved her dagger from its custom pocket. Leaves rustled behind her and she spun around, ready for her opponent.
“One day, I will catch you off guard,” Bowen said, twisting his lips.
“You’re late,” she teased.
“What’s the wager, Lana?” he asked, holding up his sparring sword, ready to fight.
“You’ll mend my sword without payment.”
“And if I win, you’ll run double errands,” he answered. She swung her sword and lunged at him.
“Deal.”
Their swords sliced back and forth, making for an almost equal bout. Bowen stood taller than her by a few inches and weighed double. She glided around him with ease. He turned, whipping his blade around expertly. Sweat already beaded on his face.Lana’s heart pumped and her blood warmed. She jabbed her blade. Bowen swerved unsteadily, almost escaping her weapon, but her final swing landed perfectly along his ribcage. Bowen stumbled sideways and fell to the ground, his playful expression turning bitter.
Lana bowed her head. A smile began to creep along her face as she raised her eyes back up to meet his.
“Next time, I will finish you more quickly,” she tried to joke, attempting to ease her conscience. Bowen held his side and cringed. “You’ll do anything to win,” he said.
Lana offered her hand, but he refused.”I’m done,” Bowen said as he stood up and walked away from her.
“Done? What?” Lana balked. “Bowen, wait.” Lana dashed around in front of him and pushed her hand out against his chest. He stopped, seeming unsettled by her touch. His eyes turned sour and far from amused. “We’ve always been a team,” she pressed him.
“I don’t have time to play knight with you anymore,” he argued, but didn’t try to push past her.
“Oh, too good are you?” she teased again. Seeing no change, she got serious. “I suppose it’s your mother?”
“Who else is going to mend your sword and everyone else’s? Father’s ill. You know that.” She stared into his eyes, begging. “You’re the only one left who can still keep up. Who will train with me?”
“There’s more to life than fighting, Lana. You need a skill,” he said.
“I have a skill.” Defending herself was an invaluable skill that few women possessed.
“One that matters, like… I don’t know.” Bowen seemed to blush a bit.
She cut him off. “Cooking? Sewing? A skill more fit for a woman, so that your mother would approve of me?” His eyes agreed with her words and the realization sliced at Lana’s heart. She thought Bowen would stand by her, but he had stopped dreaming. She stepped out of his way. What do you say now, Father? she thought. You won, but not over your anger. She kicked the ground and gritted her teeth. Walking away, she struggled to listen over her footsteps, wishing that Bowen would chase after her and beg her to forgive him for his lapse in judgment. Instead, stillness affirmed her fear. He had deserted her.

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About the Author:angela caldwell

Angela M Caldwell is an author, photographer, and digital filmmaker. She studied video production and photography at Radford Univeristy then relocated to Los Angeles for an adventure. After seven years of city life, she moved back to Virgina. Angela loves a good story and she has a broad range of likes when it comes to reading. Give her characters that she can root for and take her on an adventure. Angela’s journey back to the written word is a story of its own with dyslexia keeping her from writing for years. But, she is a storyteller at heart. Through the years, she enjoyed expressing her stories through a variety of forms: photography, painting, music, film-making, and writing. She lives with her husband and 4 kids, who are her biggest fans. They have one dog, and two cats. Perhaps one day they will have a farm. And her dream of having a horse will be realized.

Find her on her Website, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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National Readathon Day: What are you reading?

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Now, I don’t know if you’re aware but today is National Readathon Day! Penguin Random House, Goodreads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation teamed up to created National Readathon Day and promote reading in America.  You can get involved by joining readers all over the country sitting down today between the hours of Noon-4 pm (in your own time zone). People are creating group reading parties, fundraising and you can pledge a book to read on Goodreads. You can use the hashtag #timetoread to share what you’re reading with the rest of us! I just fucking love this!

Unfortunately for me, the closest reading party is at a bookstore about an hour away, which is farther than I feel like driving. So, I will be sitting at home doing my reading in solitude or, if I’m feeling like it, at the library. Here’s a list of participating venues.

Today I’ll be reading: Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke.

Something had followed them from Russia.

On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare—something so important that she must write it down—floating on the edge of her consciousness.

Something had followed them from Russia!

It was thirteen years ago that she and her husband, Eric, went to Siberia to adopt the sweet, dark-haired child they had wanted so desperately. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and superstitions, and ignored their insistent warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana—Baby Tatty—was perfect.

As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, and has never been right in the years since they brought their daughter home. Now Tatty is a dangerously beautiful, petulant, and often erratic teenager, and Holly feels there is something evil lurking within their house.

She and Tatiana are alone. Eric is stuck on the roads, and none of the other guests for Christmas dinner will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana’s mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing… until, in every mother’s worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.

Are you participating in National Readathon Day? If so, what are you reading? And if you’re not, what do you wish you were reading?

Release Day Blast: The Trouble With Bree by Kristen Strassel

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The Trouble With Bree is a new adult contemporary romance novella in The Spotlight Series. The Spotlight Series is wonderful, sexy, fun, and has a lot of heart. I adore each new book more than the last. This novella is # 1.5 so it comes right between the first two books Secondhand Heart and Too Many Reasons. And it’s out today! You can buy it now! But I’m sure first you’ll want to know a little bit more about it, so here you go:

TTWB ebook FOR WEBThe trouble with Bree is…

Bree Farrell is ready to turn her life around. A twenty-one-year-old mother of two, she’s not sure where to start. She could use a little help, but her string of horrible ex-boyfriends keep setting her back. First step: she’s swearing off men forever. Or at least until she gets back on her feet.

Josh Maxwell got a second chance at life, and now he wants to help kids who are in the same situation he was in. His new job as the coordinator at a preschool for underprivileged kids is the perfect place to do that.

On paper, the policy not to get involved with the families of the students makes perfect sense. But when Bree meets the new coordinator of her son’s school, she and Josh learn that some rules are made to be broken, no matter what the consequences.

Have an excerpt too:

He ran a hand through his hair. The curls didn’t go back to the exact same place. “Does it bother you? To have someone so new be in charge of Landon’s school?”

“Are people giving you a hard time because you’re young?” I asked. I did some quick math in my head, and settled on Josh being twenty-five.

“Yeah.” Josh looked a defeated. “The administrators wanted someone fresh, but then they’re not always open to new ideas. It’s a struggle.”

“This is what I think. I’ve been in charge of Landon up until now, and something tells me you’re a couple years older than me. I’m a little biased, but I like to think I’m doing all right. So if I can do it, you can totally handle him three mornings a week.”

Josh leaned back on the couch, relief washing over his face. Maybe his age did bother some other people. Whatever. People judged first and asked questions later. I stopped letting it bother me when I had to bring Landon with me to high school. “I knew I liked you,” he said.

“Did you?” A smile spread across my face.

“You were the best fifteen minutes of my day.” He nodded. “Those evaluations can be pretty stiff, but with you guys, I felt like I was talking to friends. That’s why I asked if I could see you again. To be honest with you, I shouldn’t be doing this.”

And there it was. The catch. “Why?”

“It’s against school policy to have a relationship with the students outside of school related activities. That includes their parents.”

“That makes sense.” There were so many creeps out there, in most

circumstances, I’d be one hundred percent in favor of that rule. But now I was wondering what the loophole was.

Josh had gone back to the kitchen for a second round of food, and dropped another Rangoon on my plate when he came back. “That’s actually why I didn’t get in touch with you right away. But I just moved here, and you were the first girl I couldn’t stop thinking about.”

My heart stuttered in my chest, confused. He couldn’t stop thinking about me, but he already had his doubts. He was putting a lot on the line by just being here. “I’d said on the way to the meeting that I was never going to date again.”

He raised an eyebrow. “So we’re both breaking the rules.”

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About the Author: 

Kristen

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.

Find Kristen on: her Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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And while you’re at it check out SECONDHAND HEART AND TOO MANY REASONS!

You can also check out my review for Secondhand Heart on Goodreads. Reviews for Too Many Reasons and The Trouble With Bree to come.

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.

I’ve read so many new-to-me authors this year it’s hard to decide which to include in this list. To narrow it down to 10, I decided only to include the ones that impressed me so much I’ll probably read everything they ever write. I’m late to the party with some of these authors but I’m ready to embrace all the wonderfulness their books bring now. Let’s get started.

1. Maggie Stiefvater. People have been telling me how wonderful her books are forever and stupidly I ignored them, until recently when I picked up The Raven Boys and LOVED it. Since them I’ve been reading my way through the rest of her books.

2. A.S. King. Are you guys reading her? You should.

3. Sarah Lotz. Read The Three.

4. Andy Weir. The Martian was easily one of the best books I read in 2014. It was funny and smart and terrifying. 

5. Andrew Smith. Ditto for Grasshopper Jungle, one of my top books of 2014.

6. Leigh Bardugo. Why the hell didn’t someone make me read The Grisha
series
 sooner?

7. J.C. Lillis. Words can not express how much I loved How To Repair A Mechanical Heart or how much I love Lillis.

8. Allie Brosh. Because she just gets it. 

9. Emily M. Danforth. The Miseducation of Cameron Post got banned from some schools this year, so you know it’s good.

10. And last but not least, Donna Tartt

That’s it! How about you? Got lists? Links? Please leave them below, I’d love to check them out!

Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New Series I Want To Start (new, defined as within the last couple of years).

I’m back. I missed a few weeks, but I’m back. Here’s the list (in no particular order):

1. Talon Series  by Julie Kagawa

2. The Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig

3. Veronica Mars Series by Rob Thomas

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

5. Stars and Souls Series by Melissa Petreshock

6. Four Sisters Series by Elissa Sussman

7. Archetype Series by M. D. Waters

8. Isla’s Inheritance Series by Cassandra Page

9. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

10. The Darkness Saga by Kat Daemon

What new series do you guys want to start? (And please drop me a link to your Top Ten list, if you’ve got one!)

Book Blitz: Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page

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Isla’s Inheritance is a young adult urban fantasy novel published by Turquoise Morning Press. It was published last week on October, 9th, which means you can buy it now! This is Page’s first published book and is the beginning of a trilogy! Yes, you read me right. I said there will be two more books! Keep reading to find out more about Isla’s Inheritance.

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Synopsis: 

Isla was content to let her father keep his secrets, but now she can’t stand the touch of iron and her dreams are developing a life of their own. She must discover the truth — before it’s too late.

Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.

SHE IS NOT DEAD.

Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.

Intrigued? Want to know a little more? Want to read an excerpt? Yeah, I know you do! Here you go:

“Okay.” Emma rolled up her sleeves so they wouldn’t trail on the table. She slid the upturned scotch glass so the pentagram was centred within it. “Everyone put a finger on top of the glass.” We did. “Ready?” Without waiting for a response, Emma tilted her face towards the ceiling. “Is anyone there?”

Nothing happened.

“Is anyone there?” Emma asked again. She didn’t seem worried. I glanced at Dominic, whose face had fallen.

“Is anyone there?”

The glass began to inch along the surface of the paper, picking up speed as it slid towards the YES. Tamara gasped, going white under the makeup; that pale, she looked like a porcelain doll. Emma smiled, enjoying her moment. The guys watched with wide eyes.

“Welcome.” Emma smiled. “What’s your name?”

I studied the glass in its nest of fingers as it spelled out D-A-N-I-E-L. My eyes narrowed, searching for the whitening around the fingertips that would indicate someone was pushing the glass. Was that why Emma had turned off the light—to hide the tells?

“Hello, Daniel.” Emma smiled again. “Daniel’s my spirit guide,” she added in an aside to the rest of us as the glass slid across to HELLO.

I watched with a frown as the others asked questions of Daniel: where he was born, how he’d died, that sort of thing. I didn’t pay much attention; I was busy trying to see how the trick was being performed. It was a normal scotch glass and, if anyone was pushing it, they were being discrete. Emma was good.

Finally, she looked around the table at us. “Daniel can act as our intermediary to the afterlife, protecting us from evil spirits. Do any of you have relatives who have passed over that you’d like to contact? A grandparent or anything?”

“My grandpop’s dead, but he was an old bastard.” Kurt laughed. “I don’t want to talk to him. Besides, your Daniel wouldn’t let him through if he doesn’t like evil spirits.”

Tamara shook her head; Dominic turned to me. “Isn’t your mother dead?” he asked softly.

“Yes.” I looked away. I’d never known my mother. She’d died giving birth to me. But I didn’t like the idea of turning her into a parlour trick.

Dominic saw my hesitation and looked sheepish. Emma brightened, though. “What was her name?” she asked.

“Melanie,” I said reluctantly. “Melanie Blackman.”

“Hey, we don’t have to do this if you don’t want to,” Dominic said.

“It’s all right,” I said. It wasn’t real. It didn’t matter.

“Melanie Blackman, are you there?” Three times Emma repeated the call, and, as before, the glass didn’t move until the third time.

NO.

“No?” Emma looked surprised—which was itself surprising, given she was the one moving the glass. “Melanie Blackman, are you there?”

The glass circled away from the word and back again, rattling across the paper.

NO.

Obviously that wasn’t meant to happen. “Daniel, are you there?”

There was a long delay while I imagined a sheet-covered ghost handing over the receiver of a telephone. YES.

“Why isn’t Melanie Blackman there?”

It wasn’t real. It didn’t matter. But I still held my breath as I watched the glass spell out the reply.

S-H-E [SPACE] I-S [SPACE] N-O-T [SPACE] D-E-A-D.

So, now that you’ve read that you totally need to buy it, right? Right. Here’s where you can:

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And of course, you’ll want to add it to Goodreads also:

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About the Author: 

Cassandra

Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat — which is ironic, as she’s allergic to cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?

Find Cassandra on Twitter, Goodreads, her Blog, PinterestFacebook and Google+.

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RELEASE DAY: RUNNING AWAY BY JULIE HUTCHINGS

If you’ve been paying attention to this blog lately, you’ll know that Julie Hutchings made my Top Ten Authors I NEED To Read More From list and now I finally have the chance! Today is the release day for Running Away! This is the second book in the Shinigami series by Julie Hutchings. The first book in the series, Running Home is absolutely wonderful. One of the most unique vampire books I’ve ever read. Hutchings has put a twist on her vamps blending them with Japanese mythology, making them deadly, tragic, and awesome. This series is full of sexy and dangerous vampires, murder, love, and betrayal. Hutchings is not afraid to put her characters through hell. I can’t wait to see what she does to them in Running Away! So, without further ado, here’s a little about Running Away:

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About Running Away:

Eliza Morgan is desperate to escape the horrors of her mortal life and understand why death follows her, leaving only one man, Nicholas French, in its wake. He’s the one she loves, the one she resents, and the one fated to make her legendary among the Shinigami– an ancient order of vampires with a “heroic” duty to kill. He’s also decaying before her eyes, and it’s her fault.

On the ghostlike mountaintop in Japan that the vampires consider home, Eliza will be guided by the all-powerful Master for her transition to Shinigami death god. When Eliza discovers that sacrificing her destiny will save Nicholas, she’s not afraid to defy fate and make it so—even when Nicholas’s salvation kills her slowly with torturous, puzzle-piece visions that beg her to solve them. Both Nicholas and his beloved Master fight her on veering from the path to immortality, but Eliza won’t be talked out of her plan, even if it drives the wedge between Nicholas and her deeper.

Allying with the fiery rebel, Kieran, who does what he wants and encourages her to do the same, and a mysterious deity that only she can see, Eliza must forge her own path through a maze of ancient traditions and rivalries, shameful secrets and dark betrayals to take back the choices denied her and the Shinigami who see her as their savior. To uncover the truth and save her loved ones, Eliza will stop at nothing, including war with fate itself.

So, where can I buy this wonderful sounding book, you ask?

Buy this book, Running Away, on sale for $3.99!

Then, mosey on down here and don’t forget to buy Running Home! It’s on sale for 99 cents! Because you can’t read the sequel first, silly. Unless, you like spoilers and being wrong.

Want to know more?

Need to know a little more before you buy? Want some juicy little snippets? Okay, you greedy thing! Take a look!

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About the Author Julie Hutchings:

Author Julie Hutchings

Julie’s debut novel, Running Home, giving you vampires with a Japanese mythology pants kicking is available through Books of the Dead Press. Julie revels in all things Buffy, has a sick need for exotic reptiles, and drinks more coffee than Juan Valdez and his donkey combined, if that donkey is allowed to drink coffee. Julie’s a black belt with an almost inappropriate love for martial arts. And pizza. And Rob Zombie. Julie lives in Plymouth, MA, constantly awaiting thunderstorms with her wildly supportive husband and two magnificent boys.

Find Julie on Twitter, her BlogGoodreads, and Facebook.

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How To Read The Last Book In Your Favorite Series In 10 Easy Steps!

Step 1: Excitedly remove the book from the box, so fast you almost drop it. Be careful not to actually drop it, you may damage the book.

Step 2: Stupidly grin down at the book you now hold in your hands and pet it.

Step 3: Open the book to a random page and inhale deeply with a look of bliss on your face.

Step 4: Contemplate reading the book before ultimately deciding you just can’t yet, while getting slightly weepy.

Step 5: Think of all the ways reading this book is going to be painful.

Step 6: Stare at the book for a couple of hours to two days.

Step 7: Finally open the book and begin reading it.

Step 8: Jump up and down, squeal excitedly, and weep as you read.

Step 9: Finish the book way too fast.

Step 10: Say to yourself: “Oh god, what have I done? Why did I read this so quickly? It’s over.” But be happy because it was pretty perfect. Decide to keep the book on your nightstand for a little while longer. The bookshelf can wait.

This post was brought to you by my pain and suffering and happiness. I recently finished The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison. It is the last book in The Hollows series. My absolute favorite series. I discovered this series eight years ago (but it’s been around for 10!) and I’ve been reading a new book from it every year since. I’ve watched these characters grow. I grew with them. I mourned with them and I loved with them. And even though the ending was perfect, I’m sad to see it over. Now I am left with rereads and memories.

 

Top Eight Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is invited to join in and make their own. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List.

Another Tuesday, another Top Ten post. This week I’ve only got eight books on the list because that’s as far ahead as I’ve planned (I have to leave room for a little spontaneity in my reading life.). Some of the books on this week’s list haven’t been published yet, but will be sometime this fall. Most of the others have been published within the last year, but of course, I’m planning to read all of them before fall is over. As always, you can click on the titles to take you to their Goodreads page for a description, publication date, and other details. Here we go!

1. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson: This is the sequel to Robopocalypse and if you shift your eyes up and to the right you can see on my nifty Goodreads widget that I am currently rereading it in preparation for Robogenesis. This book picks up with humanity trying to rebuild after the end of the war, believing that the enemy is dead. We get to catch up with old characters and meet some new as Archos prepares to start a war that humanity won’t be allowed to win.

2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Another post-apocalyptic scifi thriller. This was just published earlier this month, but I’ve been hearing wonderful things about it forever. Station Eleven is set in the beginning of the collapse of civilization and tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes area, risking everything for art and humanity.

3. Solomon’s Whisper by Sandra Brannan: This is the fifth book in the Liv Bergen Mystery series. I started this series a couple years ago when I won copies of the first three books and I’ve been faithfully reading it ever since.  In this one Liv Bergen is debating whether or not she wants to quit the FBI after the events of the last book put her family in danger. In an attempt to keep her in the FBI, she’s assigned a cold case, the death of her niece.

4. Rooms by Lauren Oliver: Book Birthday Alert! This book comes out today! I love Lauren Oliver. I loved Before I Fall and Delirium (I’m still working my way through the rest of the series though). I have a feeling though this book may become my favorite of her’s. It’s a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery and it just sounds delightful. It’s being compared to The Ocean at the End of the Lane (one of my favorite books of all time), The Lovely Bones, and Her Fearful Symmetry. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

5. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey: Oh look! Another post-apocalyptic novel! Looks like my TBR list is developing a theme. This book is the sequel to The Fifth Wave, which I read earlier this year. This came out last week, I believe. Cassie and her friends will be dealing with the aftermath of the 5th wave and trying to circumvent the Other’s goal of exterminating humanity.

6. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I love Rowell’s books, so I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to reading this yet. But it has only been out a couple of months. In this book, Georgie’s marriage is in trouble and she finds a way to communicate with her husband, in the past. So, does she fix her marriage before it starts or stop it from happening?

7. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole: This is the 14th book in the Immortals After Dark series and holy hell I just realized I’ve been reading this series for a long time. Each book focuses on a couple, who usually don’t want to be together or can’t for some reason. This book focuses on Lanthe, a Sorceri, and Thronos, a Vrekener, two species that are natural enemies. Thronos and Lanthe loved each other as kids but tragedy struck and turned them into bitter enemies. It’s a typical Paranormal Romance but these books have amazingly well developed characters and an over-arcing story that I just love.

8. The Lost Hours by Karen White: I’ve read some of  White’s other books, the Tradd Street books, but honestly, I didn’t care for them. But that was only because I literally hated every single character in the books. The mysteries those books were about though, were wonderfully formed and well thought out. They were the only reason I kept reading that series. That’s also why I want to read this book. New book, new characters, a new mystery. Bring it.

That’s it! Looks like my fall is going to be filled with apocalyptic worlds, mysteries, ghosts, love, and death. Just the way I like it. What are you reading this fall?