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Waiting On Wednesday: The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine to show upcoming releases that we can’t wait to read (aka going crazy waiting for). This weeks book is:

The Season of You & MeThe Season of You & Me

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 10th 2016
Published by Balzer + Bray


Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

Its summer reads season! This one seems so different than most of the typical summer YA books so of course I HAVE to have it! What are you “waiting on”?

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Painting Sky by Rita Branches Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

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Painting Sky ebookPainting Sky by Rita Branches 
Publication date: April 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Nobody ever said life was easy…

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don’t always go as planned…

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.

My Review:

Words… I got nothing because this book left me with so many feels that I don’t know if I will ever recover!! I’ve never been so angry to have to live my life. All I wanted to do was consume this book!

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Jane Skyler is starting a new chapter of her life and moving into a house with her brother, boyfriend of 4 years and his brother who hates her. Her family which means the world to her don’t support her in pursuing an art degree and are waiting to see her fail. She struggles with her classes, her drawing, her boyfriend and everything in between. Keith has always been the brooding bad boy that everyone hated but lusted after. As Jane struggles to find her place, the last person she expected to actually be there for her and find her home is her boyfriends brother. Unfortunately they have everything standing against them.

Keith is the book boyfriend of all book boyfriends. Let’s be honest here. I want to marry him RIGHT NOW!

1. Hot as hell
2. Tattoos
3. A painter (being painted nude never sounded so appealing until now)
4. Sweet as pie and oh so caring
5. Protective
6. Messy hair
7. Brooding

Ok lets get back to PG… This freaking book had my feels all over the freaking place. This review is seriously a freaking struggle because I feel like my heart just wants to pour out all this stuff but can’t make complete sentences. All I want to do is talk about every single detail but hello spoilers! I need to convince you to read it NOW not just tell you the whole stinking thing!

Now a moment of honesty. I neverd like Cody. I also wanted to smack Sky around and be like “open your eyes and look at what this fool is doing!” I also wanted to punch him in the face for being such an arse. I didn’t believe half the crap he said.

Can we go back to talking about Keith now?  I swear my soul was hurting for him. The more we learned about him, the more it ripped me apart. No wonder the dude came off as cold and dark. UGH THERE’S SO MUCH I WANT TO SAY!!!!!!!!

Ok guys, I can’t handle this anymore. Please go read this book and then come back so that we can talk about this because its just wow. Rita Branches … My dear you just made my favorites list. Bless your heart for this masterpiece!

 

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Rita Branches is an independent YA (young adult) author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit: http://ritabranches.wordpress.com/

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Teaser Reveal: Blown Away by Brenda Rothert

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Today we are sharing some teasers from BLOWN AWAY by Brenda Rothert. This book is currently up for pre-order and will be released on May 3rd from Loveswept! This is a sensual, contemporary romance that you won’t want to miss!

 

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BLOWN AWAY – Loveswept (May 3, 2016)

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Book Blurb:

In a sensual, emotionally charged novel of love and loss, a tender affair gives two daring storm chasers the strength to overcome shattered dreams and the courage to build a future together.

Drew McGovern is living for two. Her fiancé, Colby, used to savor the feeling of a powerful gale, the rain pelting his face as the sky grew dark—until a shocking tragedy struck him down. Drew’s still grieving his death a year later when she bumps into some of his old storm chasing buddies. For reasons she can’t explain, she volunteers for the next tornado. But when she reconnects with Colby’s best friend, Aiden O’Neal, Drew gets a breath of fresh air that stirs the ashes of her broken heart.

Aiden doesn’t trust himself around Drew. He’s wanted this girl for a long time—long enough to remember the stab of jealousy he felt the first time he saw her in Colby’s arms, long enough to remember the tears that fell as they buried the man they each still miss. Now he’s trying his best to behave himself. But when the wind ruffles Drew’s hair and puts a sparkle in her eye, Aiden can’t resist the urge to hold her close. And when it comes to true love, he’s holding out hope that lightning strikes twice.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

 

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine to show upcoming releases that we can’t wait to read (aka going crazy waiting for). This weeks book is:

Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Hardcover, 368 pages

Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Balzer + Bray

Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.

Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity…it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love?

This book sounds like its going to be good and chaotic and dramatic and fun. What do you guys think?
What are you “waiting on”?

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Broken Fate by Jennifer Derrick Book Blitz: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Broken Fate
Jennifer Derrick
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 18th 2016
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Young Adult

Zeus gave her one simple job: Kill every human. Atropos—daughter of Zeus and the third goddess of Fate from Greek mythology —spends her eternal life snipping human lifelines when their mortal lives are over. As if being a killer doesn’t make life miserable enough, she and her Fate-wielding sisters must live amongst the humans on Earth thanks to a long-running feud between their mother and Zeus. Living on Earth means they must mingle with the mortals, attend the local high school, and attempt to fit in—or at least not stand out too much.

Killing and mingling don’t mix, which is why Atropos’ number-one rule is to avoid all relationships with the humans. Caring for the people she has to kill is a fast track to insanity. However, when Alex Morgan walks into her first-period English class, she knows she’s in for trouble. He’s the worst kind of human for her to like—one with a rapidly approaching expiration date. And he makes Atropos want to break all the rules.

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The Easter Eggs of Broken Fate

People often ask, “What elements of your novel come from your personal life or experiences?” Well, I try not to base my characters on people I know in real life, simply because I don’t want to deal with the backlash. “Why did you make me into such a jerk?” is not a question I want to answer. I also don’t include actual events from my life for the same reason. I don’t want to hear from some outraged family member who’s upset that I aired our dirty laundry.

Objects and animals, though, are another story. I frequently include things from my life in my stories. Partly this is due to the fact that things I already know are easier to describe, and partly because it’s just silly fun to stick little bits of my life into a book. Here are just a few of the things in Broken Fate that were culled from my own life.

The shears. Atropos’ shears have alternating rubies and emeralds on the handles. Why? I chose alternating rubies and emeralds for my sorority pin in college. Everyone said it would be ugly and too Christmas-like, but when it came everyone thought it looked great. Several girls ordered their pins to match mine the next year and by the time I graduated, there were probably twenty girls who had pins like mine. Who knew I was so trendy? (My awesome cover artist at Clean Teen Publishing, Marya Heiman, even worked the stones into the cover.)

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The car. A friend of mine had a fully restored 1959 Thunderbird that I lusted after. I begged him to give me first dibs on it if he ever wanted to get rid of it, reminding him of my interest regularly. Yet when the day came to sell it, he sold it without telling me. I’m still bitter about that. Since I’ll never get to drive it, I let Atropos enjoy it.

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The dog. Maggie, the beagle-corgi mix that Alex adopts in the book, is modeled on one of my dogs. Sadly, the model for Maggie died before I could finish the book. I now have another dog that doesn’t look a thing like Maggie. However, it’s nice that “Maggie” lives on in the book.

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The books/bookshelves. Alex and Atropos are both huge readers. All of the books featured in Broken Fate are personal favorites of mine, as well. You can read more about the books of Broken Fate on my website at http://jenniferderrick.com/fiction/broken-fate/books-of-broken-fate/. Alex’s bookshelves are also modeled on those in my childhood bedroom. Like Alex, it’s a wonder I didn’t die young, crushed by books.

These are just a few of the things in Broken Fate that were mined from my life. There are others. I think of them like Easter eggs in movies. If you’re ever reading the book and you find something else that you’re curious about, you can always contact me at JenniferDerrick.com and ask whether it’s real or fiction.

 

Author Bio:

Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents.

Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog. You can visit her at her official website:www.JenniferDerrick.com.

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Book Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

The Summer I Found You
by Jolene Perry

Albert Whitman & Company
Pub Date: Mar 1 2014
Received from Netgalley for an honest review.
Synopsis:
All they have in common is that they’re less than perfect. And all they’re looking for is the perfect distraction.Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
My Review:
I’m pretty sure I have a weakness for broken guys. Aidan definitely falls into that character. All I wanted to do through this whole book is just hold him and cuddle the hell out of him.
Even though he had just gone through hell and didn’t know how to get out, he still tried to crawl his way out and owned who he was. He learned to accept his circumstance and forget the regrets.
Kate on the other hand refused to accept her diabetes. She did everything in her power to pretend it wasn’t happening. She was constantly getting into trouble and risking her health and life because of it. She meets Aidan who completely understands her but she loves that fact that he doesn’t know her deep dark secret and does everything in her power to keep it that way until it blows up in her face.
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Both of these characters were very relatable. I feel like they were in different stages of a traumatic experience and handling it different but you could understand and put yourself in their shoes. Kate was definitely frustrating at times but she grew so much by the end of the book. Aidan of course stole my heart and turned it to mush. I felt his pain at every turn and wanted to comfort him. This felt like a real situation. It wasn’t all sweet and magical like some books try to portray when a soldier comes home. It was real.
I hope you guys give this book a chance if you haven’t already. I promise you, you’ll love it.

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