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Blitz + Giveaway: The Animal Under The Fur

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The Animal Under The Fur

By: E.J. Mellow

Publication Date: March 30, 2017

Genres: Action, Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

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AUTHOR BIO:

EJE.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ejmellow
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Review: How To Be Someone Else by Rachel Del

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My Rating: 3 stars

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Goodreads Summary:

Sometimes it is the one who knows you best who can love you best.

Penny has lived her life letting others take the reins, leaving her to simply follow in line. After completing her senior year of College she’ll join her father’s marketing firm, get married and start a family.

When her parents drop a bomb on her — that they are getting divorced — Penny decides it’s time to start living by her own rules. And when she meets mysterious P.J. Hawthorne, a published writer who seems to know much more about Penny than she lets on, she knows this is her chance to finally get her life moving in the right direction.

But as questions about her new life overwhelm her, so do thoughts of sweet and gorgeous Alex — who just so happens to be her best friend.

What follows is a series of poor decisions, each one more worrisome than the last, forcing Penny further and further away from not only Alex, but from becoming the woman she’s sure she’s meant to be.

Review:

I think HTBSE started off pretty good. Penny, who’s life gets turned upside down when her parents split and is left to question herself and her choices, explores what life has to offer by changing from boring Penny to fun Penny with the help of her best friend Alex–which she claims will help with her writing. She leaves behind the vanilla life for a moose tracks one.8021448469_0628a051c2_b

Penny is a good girl compared to her friends, and when she decides that she wants to live a more exciting life, she makes some poor decisions that leads to pushing Alex away. Somewhere along the line, she meets PJ, an author who helps Penny write her novel.

giphyThe times that Penny made bad choices and kept pushing Alex away, I seriously just wanted to tell her, “what is wrong with you?!” I was getting quite frustrated with her, but thankfully Alex’s chapters and the ending scenes did make up for the distress.

Speaking of Alex, he is such a great guy. I mean he loves Penny so much he is willing to do anything for her. He is so devoted to her, that even if they are best friends, crossing that line between friends and more than friends could be okay with them.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that I did not see anything coming when it came to PJ. She was the least interesting character for me, but the way things ended with her, I was not prepared. She ended up being quite the key character.

Tying all of this together, I fairly enjoyed reading HTBSE and would recommend this book to other readers interested in a new adult novel about one’s journey to self discovery, with a side of romance;)

Diane

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Hello!

If you’re reading this, you probably came here from my post on “moving!” from my other blog on Blogger. The S.K.A Reader.

I recently made the decision to try out WordPress for a change, and announced on my other blog that I will be slowly transitioning my posts onto here. I hope those of you who followed me on blogger will continue to follow me on here for some exciting new content, and I plan on blogging more frequently for the love of books:)

Diane

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: A Pizza My Heart

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Goodreads Summary:

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

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A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho
Between Slices by Andy Grieser
Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen
KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole
Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne
Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez
Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos
Password Is… by Jolene Haley
Pizza On the Brain by Emily Simon
Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre
Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas
Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell
The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams
The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian
Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

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Review:

A Pizza My Heart is a great collection of unique short stories that involve a variety of pizza to fulfill your mind, and stomach;) This book is a a good one to pick up if your looking for a quick read, don’t have enough time on hand to read a full length novel (like me nowadays T_T), or in the mood for some pizza to occupy your mind. Also, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and A Pizza My Heart can be your perfect Valentine’s Day companion.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, and got some interesting pizza topping ideas for my next meal. Hope you pick up a copy and get hungry for some saucy, cheesy, goodness ^^

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Review: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

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By: Lorie Langdon
Published: September 27, 2016 by Blink
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Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

My Thoughts

Gilt Hollow is set in a small town and tells the story about Willow and her best friend Ashton, who was convicted of a crime that he did not do. When he comes back to Gilt Hollow after being released from 4 years of juvie, the past comes back to the present, and Wil and Ash find their way back to each other and try to solve the mystery as more secrets surface.

I absolutely adored reading this one. It has mystery, suspense, just the right amount of romance in between, and the small town atmosphere that only makes a mystery story better. I thought the mystery was well written out in terms of suspense. When the actual mystery was solved, I was expecting it to be something bigger. In the end, the mystery was the kind where one thing led to another and it became a bigger thing than it actually needed to be.

I really liked Ms. Langdon’s style of writing. She adds enough detail to the descriptions to let the readers picture the scene perfectly. The dialogues were also realistically well written.

The overall message, in my opinion, was well delivered. The book told a story about forgiveness, despite whatever happened in the past. It showed that not everyone is who they seem, and love can conquer just about anything.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading Gilt Hollow and would definitely read it again. I would recommend this book to romance/mystery/YA novel lovers, and anyone who would give a time of their day to read a good book.

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Blog Tour: A Double Shot of Bourbon

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A Double Shot of Bourbon (Bourbon Series #2)

By: A.C. Land
Published: October 18, 2016
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Lonna Stuart is proud to be the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.

There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.

Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’s a football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observes better than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.

Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.

About the Author

Displaying AC_.jpgAuthor of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.
Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.

My Thoughts

A Double Shot is the second book to A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land, and I positively enjoyed reading it. The second book continues the story from Collin and Lonna’s POV whereas the first book was from Luke and Charli’s. I like the different perspectives the reader gets to experience. We get to see two people’s POV in one book and the other is the other two characters POV. It provides alot more background info for each character and that was one of the things I liked about the books.

I loved seeing what kind of character Collin really was after reading about Luke and Charli, because Collin is this kind, really handsome looking good deed guy who has a slight stutter when he speaks. He is the opposite of Luke and it just was refreshing to read about a good guy who is not rich and took things for granted. Same goes for Lonna. She is Charli’s bff and where Charli is a very cute and naive little one, Lonna is much more mature and thoughtful when it comes to thinking deeper. Both characters balance each other and the other characters out and I thought that was nicely done.

I give this book 3.5 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves a good contemporary YA romance.
  

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Blitz + Giveaway: Alterations

Alterations
by Stephanie Scott
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:

If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.

About the Author
Hello! I write Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. I’m an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and I mentor writers in online pitch contests. I love dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me most often online on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 12/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark, and I’m a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME out in spring 2017.



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