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Tera Lynn Childs and Crystal Perkins are celebrating a joint release of their newest adult books. Join the fun tonight!

When: September 2, 2014 at 4-8 pm Pacific time
Where: THIS LINK
Why: Special guests, prizes, shenanigans-- what more do you need?


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Read more about the books and authors below:




Creating a Love (The Griffin Brothers, #3)Taking a chance on love…
Photographer Candi Marcus never wanted more than a casual hookup or one night stand. Until she met artist Owen Griffin. For the past two years, she’s only been with him. But it’s still just sex, or at least that’s what she’s told her friends. When he says he wants more, she can finally admit that she loves him.
Facing the past…
Protecting Owen from the illegal street art he did as a teen has already hurt two people he cares about. Now another woman from his past has come to collect her own debt. She needs a fake fiancé in order to get her inheritance and she’s not taking no for an answer. Candi knows the other woman’s in love with her real fiancé, so she convinces Owen to go along with everything, not realizing what it may cost her.
The right choice may cost them everything…
While the fake engagement isn’t easy on either of them, Candi and Owen know that their love is strong enough to handle whatever’s thrown in their path. Or is it? When Owen makes the only choice he can, he risks losing Candi for real. And as friends and family take sides, theirs may not be the only relationship to fall apart. Can an Art Boy prove to the woman he loves that she’s truly the one who owns his heart or will it be too late for her to listen to the reason behind his betrayal?
Creating their love was easy, but fighting for it is the hardest thing they’ve ever done.


 Read more about Crystal Perkins on her website, Twitter, or Facebook
Learn more about Creating a love on Goodreads and Amazon.



Trying Texas (City Chicks, #3)Every girl deserves a wild ride…
New Yorker Cassie Bishop has one goal: produce the pilot episode of Try It On to get back in her boss’s good graces. She can handle a month of the dusty Texas outback, filming the social train wreck as a trust fund diva learns how to play cowgirl, if it means salvaging her career. But when the spoiled rich girl bails at the last minute, Cassie has only one option—take her place. Can anyone say yee-haw?
The only hitch is Ty Haywood, the real life, living breathing cowboy who is supposed to train her. He’s smart, funny, and makes a western shirt look tastier than a bag of hot candied cashews. Too bad he’s so deeply rooted in his Texas home.
As the film rolls, Cassie finds herself falling for the hunky cowboy, the raw beauty of the country, and the rhythm of small town life where city pressures—and ulcer medicine— are distant memories. When the month is up and the shoot wraps, will the city girl return home? Or will love and friendships convince her to give country life a try?



Read more about Tera Lynn Childs on her website, Twitter, or Facebook
You can learn more about Trying Texas on Goodreads


Review: Big Fat Disaster (Beth Fahlbaum)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 286
Publisher: April 18th 2014 by Merit Press
(first published March 18th 2014)
ISBN: 9781440570483
Genre: contemporary, tough topics
Source: Library book



Big Fat DisasterInsecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches
his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new. 





Sometimes there are books that you come across that completely surprise you in the most pleasant of ways. Big Fat Disaster is one of those books that blew me away. In fact, I found myself so caught up in Colby's story that I stayed up until the early hours of the morning finishing the book.

The synopsis gives away the major points of the plot, but this book is full of secrets. Colby's voice was so raw and uncensored that I found myself going from tears to laughter in a flip of a page. She is the voice of a broken, lonely teenage girl with an eating disorder. While I cannot relate to her on that level personally, she spoke to me. Her actions were so real. I found myself at times so caught up in the emotions that she provoked that I cried. And I don't mean a few tears; I'm talking about the kind of outpouring that causes your throat to close up and your tongue to feel too thick for your mouth. Crying that leaves you gasping for your next breath. Colby is painfully honest, and it's heartbreaking.

Obviously, Beth Fahlbaum does a fantastic job of showing what it's like to be like Colby. Her characterization was spectacular. All of the characters that surround Colby have unique roles and stories to tell, and they come across loud and clear.

The one thing that you do not get from the synopsis of this book is the good dose of sarcasm that is found on the pages. Hilarious. I actually took pictures of a few scenes to text to a friend as I read the book because I was enjoying it so much. There is also a powerful message hiding in this book, and that's what made me realize how much of a gem Big Fat Disaster really is. Take a look at the ending and tell me it doesn't give you the warm fuzzies:


Dr. Matt makes a face. "You're much more than your body. You know that, don't you?"
"I'm getting there. Every day, I get closer to who I want to be."
He leans forward in his chair. "And who's that?"
I look down, notice that I don't have a pillow in my lap, and smile. "I just want to be me: Colby. A person who wants to live."


I HIGHLY recommend this book to young and old alike. It might have some mature content for the tween ages, but 8th grade + can handle it.




Minute Review: Insanity (Susan Vaught)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 384
Publisher: February 18th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781599907840
Genre: ghosts, mystery
Source: library book


InsanityNever, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing....When the dead husband of one of Forest's patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.














Here is what you can expect with Insanity by Susan Vaught: 

Creepiness? Check. Insanity is told in four sections, each with its own level of weird.  The stories feel a bit disconnected since it is not your traditional plot format. It is more of a collection of individual short stories that just happen to share the same characters. The twist, though, is that the stories take place over many years.  There is a weird time travel element that makes that possible, but you'd have to read the book to understand.

 There doesn't seem to be much characterization because the stories are a bit disconnected. You get glimpses here and there of unique character traits, but they don't seem to go anywhere. I also felt like I had a lot of questions left unanswered.

The spooky setting keeps the pages turning, so that works in favor of the book. Overall, this is not my favorite Susan Vaught book (I still sing the praises of Going Underground), but it works if you like creepy stories that are quick to read.




Review: On Pointe (Lorie Ann Grover)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 320
Publisher: May 25th 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9780689865251
Genre: contemporary
Source: library book


On PointeOur feet slip into satin shoes

with stiff shanks,

hard boxing,

tight elastic,

and slippery ribbons

that wrap and end

in hard knots.

The frayed edges

are crammed

out of sight.

We stand.

A row of bound feet

rises

to its toes.

For as long as she can remember, Clare and her family have had a dream: Someday Clare will be a dancer in City Ballet Company. For ten long years Clare has been taking ballet lessons, watching what she eats, giving up friends and a social life, and practicing until her feet bleed -- all for the sake of that dream. And now, with the audition for City Ballet Company right around the corner, the dream feels so close.

But what if the dream doesn't come true? The competition for the sixteen spots in the company is fierce, and many won't make it. Talent, dedication, body shape, size -- everything will influence the outcome. Clare's grandfather says she is already a great dancer, but does she really have what it takes to make it into the company? And if not, "then" what?

Told through passionate and affecting poems in Clare's own voice, "On Pointe" soars with emotion as it explores what it means to reach for a dream -- and the way that dreams can change as quickly and suddenly as do our lives.





I don't usually read many books that are written in prose. I have been obsessed with Bookish Bingo this summer, and one of the categories called for a book about dance or music. Obviously, On Pointe became my next read because it met that requirement. I won't lie either, the promise of prose guaranteed a quick read too.

What I liked in On Pointe is the story itself. There was great insight into what it means to be a dancer and the whole training process. I had no idea how grueling it is and the impact it has on a dancer's body.

The secondary story was also very moving. Clare's family has some things to work through, and it broke my heart. I loved grandpa. He was a constant ray of hope in a bleak situation. I found it inspiring.

What I did not like about the book is the prose aspect. I think this story would have been even better if it was allowed to have the room to be more developed. The poetry aspect really put a limit on the characters and plot. I found that the "poetry" was not what I consider poetry, but simple sentences broken into "poems".

It ended up being a quick read that I enjoyed, but there was room for more.

Book Blitz: Unrequited by Emma Grey



Unrequited
by Emma Grey 
Release Date: 05/26/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?

Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.

Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much?

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it—and where is her best friend?


When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl.

Isn't she?
About the Author
Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, 'Wits' End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum' was published in 2005.

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