Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Tempting the Player by Kat Latham


Book three of the London Legends

Best friends make the best lovers.

Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.

Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.

But just because they don’t have a future together doesn’t mean they can’t have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It’s the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…

About Kat

Kat Latham is a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She taught English in Prague and worked as an editor in London before she and her British husband moved to the Netherlands. Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to meet heroic people helping their communities survive disasters. Find out more on her website: katlatham.com.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara Lee Reed

Title:  Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
Author:  Tara Lee Reed
Genre:  Chick Lit
Publisher:  Doorflower Company
Release Date:  April 13, 2014
File Size/Pages:  2519 KB/529 pgs
Source:  CLP Blog Tour

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  “The End” is Only the Beginning.

Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the shoebox of memories in her closet. Now Elle can’t remember the last time a guy made his way into her box.

When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-breakup funk with a girls’ night out/rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, Elle isn’t expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He’s definitely, maybe, The One.

In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, the interactive romantic comedy where you direct the plot, you play Elle as she and her pals put the “antics” in “romantics.” Get ready to question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of modern dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. Will you accept a last minute date? Freak out if Nick wants space? Be the first to use the ‘L’ word? Live in sin? Or hold out for a ring? Wait, do you even want a ring?

With 60 good, bad and inexplicable endings, you’ll always have another second chance at love with Mr. Wright.

Review:  I received this novel from CLP Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved this novel. The novel begins with the main character, Elle Masters, going through an old shoe box of memories. Her friends, Rachel and Valerie, whisk her away from "heartbreak hotel" and force her to go out, Elle finds Nick Wright. I love the fact that the author, Tara Lee Reed, made this novel interactive and unique. Although I kept ending up alone, I definitely enjoyed this novel, and will continue to read it until I have my happily ever after. This was a great, and unique read for sure!

Tara Lee Reed is the accidental writer from Toronto, Canada, not that chick from Sharknado. When her career in public relations was forced into hiatus by a jerky plot twist, she wrote the first in a series of interactive novels. When she received offers of single and multi-book deals from top houses, she turned them down to publish independently. Because she’s crazy.
She was voted Most Sarcastic Female at her high school prom, which she went to alone. (Not that she thinks about it.) She can fit her whole fist in her mouth (which makes the prom thing surprising), and she can sing with her mouth closed, but she can’t do both at the same time.

Her tweets on The Bachelor have been aired in a live broadcast and picked up by national media. She once appeared on the cover of a romance novel with her longtime partner, who has done 79 more – with other women. She thinks that’s qualification enough to write this book.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Marching Ink Summer Sale

Summer is officially here, and Marching Ink wants to celebrate with you! For a limited time, get the following titles for just 99 cents: Zoey & The Moment of Zen, Hard Hats and Doormats, and A Questionable Friendship, and don’t forget to enter the #FunNSun giveaway!  We have a beach bag filled with summer items for you to win: sunglasses, a beach towel, and a picnic set including a tablecloth, carafe, napkins and cups. Also included is a $20 Amazon gift card that will be sent digitally. Please note this is open to US/Canada residents only. Follow the instructions below to enter, and a winner will be chosen Saturday, July 12. Happy Summer from Marching Ink!

When coffee shop owner Zoey Everwood takes her obsession with ex-boyfriend Braden too far, everyone—except Zoey—is convinced a bit of fun in the sun at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort will help her get over him once and for all. 

But Zoey's relaxing vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful when she meets Shane Lawson, a resort guest who bears a striking resemblance to Braden. And things get even more complicated when the resort's owner starts spilling secrets about Zoey’s aunt Nessa, the woman who raised her. Add a snarky Wellness Coordinator and Nate Holmes—Shane's grumpy friend—to the mix, and you've got the recipe for a perfect tropical storm. 

When Zoey comes back home with a new husband instead of tacky souvenirs, she must convince everyone she hasn't completely lost her mind. As Zoey and Shane struggle to keep the magic alive outside the resort, Zoey discovers that she isn't the only one having trouble letting go of the past. And when Nate drops a bombshell that changes everything, Zoey must decide if the old saying is true—what happens at the Moment of Zen stays at the Moment of Zen.

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Hard Hats and Doormats by Laura Chapman

Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too. 

But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol. 

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders. 

Who says nice girls have to finish last?

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Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small café and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself. 

A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Review: Queen Anne #1: The Boy From the Moon by Alex Williams

Title:  Queen Anne #1:  The Boy From the Moon
Author:  Alex Williams
Genre:  Sci-fi/Horror
Release Date:  August 1, 2014
File Size/Pages:  256 KB
Source:  Alex Williams

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  In the first book of the Queen Anne series, Jacob Harrison, a twelve year old boy aspiring to be a paranormal investigator, attempts to convince his friends, parents, brother, and anybody who will listen, that the boy living next door just might be from another planet.

Join the investigation as Jacob tries to figure out just how the boy next door is moving objects without touching them, why his eyes sometimes look completely black, and what he's here for.

Review:  I received this novel from Alex, in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely LOVED this novel. This came as a shock to me, honestly, because if you know me well, you'll know that I never read any books outside of my preferred genre and that I never read novels with main characters younger than the age of 18, but Jacob and his friends seemed so mature for the age of 12. In this novel, we follow the journey as the main character, Jacob Harrison, tries to prove to his best friends that his next door neighbor is in fact an alien. The entire time I was screaming inside of my head every time Jacob ran into an obstacle or when his family and friends tried to make it seem as if he had an active imagination. I thought all of the characters were very well developed and I loved the way Jacob interacted with his family, friends, and even his neighbor. I don't want to spoil anything, but in one part of the novel I could've sworn my theory was going to be right, but maybe I'm the one with the overactive imagination! Overall, I absolutely loved this novel, it was a quick read, it constantly had me on the edge of my seat, and I can't wait to read the next novels in the series to see how everything turns out in Queen Anne. This is definitely a STOP EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING A BUY THIS NOVEL read!

Review: Girl Over the Edge by Amy Kinzer

Title:  Girl Over the Edge
Author:  Amy Kinzer
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  n/a
Release Date:  July 31, 2011
File Size/Pages:  291 KB/194 pgs
Source:  Bought

My Rating:  2/5

Summary:  It started with a bad decision and ended with an obsession.

Seventeen-year-old best friends Beckett Smith and Chloe Baker can’t shake their reputations after taking risqué photos at a college party. The pictures are distributed to the North Lake High School student body sending the best friends to the bottom rung of the social ladder right before senior year. When Beckett and Chloe return to school, they find themselves ill prepared for the harassment and bullying that follows.

Beckett has an easier time being reaccepted than Chloe. And she’ll do anything to be part of her old clique and to get a second chance at a relationship with her ex-boyfriend, star running back Kale Fenton. But Beckett’s attempts at a normal senior year are at odds with Chloe’s increasingly anti-social behavior. As Chloe’s life spirals out of control she becomes obsessed with the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, also known as Suicide Bridge, a place known for the jumpers. And after everyone’s abandoned Chloe, Beckett is the one person who can prevent Chloe from making the jump.

GIRL OVER THE EDGE is a novel about best friends, damaged relationships, and the help that sometimes comes from unexpected places.

Review:  I bought this novel back in 2012, so when I finally got the chance to read it, I was more than thrilled, but then I was let down immensely. The novel begins with two girls, Beckett Smith and Chloe Baker, at the Aurora Bridge, talking about an event that has taken place before the novel started. Honestly, I think I would've enjoyed this novel a lot more if it was told from both Beckett and Chloe's point-of-view, but it wasn't. It was only told from Beckett's point-of-view. Also, I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I'm not sure if this was because of the characters or the way the story was told. Overall, I wasn't really a fan of this novel, however, I do think that this novel could help a lot of young people who is struggling with being accepted and is considering suicide...this novel teaches you that there is never a reason to go to that extreme, and I absolutely loved that aspect about this novel.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Interview with Alex Williams

Alex Williams lives in Southern Oregon with his wife, Kalinda, and his four, rapidly growing boys; Kellen, Kyan, Jensen, and Ethan. Besides being a family man, Alex spends the majority of his time writing novels and screenplays, making movies, reading, or playing video games. His favorite authors include Stephen King, R.L. Stine, James Patterson and J.K. Rowling.

Q. What inspired the plot for The Boy From the Moon? What inspired your idea for the Queen Anne series? 

The Queen Anne series is the result of a quick evolution of ideas and years of loving similar books and television shows. I'm a huge fan of the TV show, Supernatural, but my children feel like it's a bit too intense for them. I thought it'd be awesome to have a similar show, but aimed at families. At first, it was meant to be a web series, then, I wanted to pitch it as a TV show. Finally I decided that I really just wanted to get the stories out and decided to write it as a monthly book series like two of my favorites, Goosebumps and Fear Street. Each book is based off an idea I had for an episode of the show, and each year would represent about one season on TV, so you can expect some bigger storylines around the 11th and 12th books.

As for The Boy from the Moon, my inspiration began as the spine of the overall story. What would be one case that haunts Jacob forever? I decided to go with an alien story because it was a challenge for me. I've always been able to write monsters and ghosts, but I've never tried aliens.

Q. Would you say that you and Jacob are similar or completely opposite? 

Jacob and I are actually very very similar. Had I been born twelve years ago instead of nearly thirty, I'd probably be exactly like him. I loved the paranormal when I was a kid and always fantasized about being somebody that researches that sort of thing. It seemed like such an unlikely dream, that I settled for telling stories about the paranormal. 

As an interesting fact, Jacob's life is loosely based on my experience as a kid. Queen Anne is a real street in my hometown, and it's very similar to how it's described in the book, with a few additions to the neighborhood. I attended the elementary school that is on Queen Anne and had a best friend named Andrew that lived on the street. If you haven't read the book yet, there's an elementary school on Queen Anne, and Jacob's best friend is Andrew.

Q. At what age did you realize writing was something you wanted to pursue? 

Actually I didn't know I wanted to be a writer until I was an adult. When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor. In middle school, I decided the best way to do that was to write a screenplay for me to star in. After I found out that it would be nearly impossible to sell the script and land a role in it, I decided to produce and direct as well. As a result of all of that, I learned screenwriting throughout high school and really started to fall in love with it. As an adult, I still wanted to direct, but I knew that if it came down to choosing only one hat to wear, I'd write screenplays. When it comes to novel writing, I've always toyed with the idea, but never actually realized it until Queen Anne #1. Finishing this book has been one of the greatest feelings I've ever had creatively.

Q. Describe your writing ritual.

At first there's a lot of pacing, procrastinating, and brainstorming. It seems like it takes forever to actually get started. Technically speaking, I still write my novels like I write my screenplays. I structure them the same with outlining. I use notecards and use a mix of Christopher Vogler's "Writer's Journey" method and Blake Snyder's "Save the Cat" method. Once my story is completely outlined, I sit and write. Very quickly, I write. I never go back and edit while I write. I do a rough draft first, then go back and edit.

Q. What are your writing goals for the rest of 2014? How about your writing goals for 2015?

Even though Queen Anne is supposed to be a monthly series, right now I'm doing my best. Between work and family right now, it's tough to meet a book a month goal. Preferably, by the end of 2014 Queen Anne will have gained a small fan base that is always looking forward to the next book. In 2015, I hope that I will have written far enough ahead in the series to take a little time off and write a larger novel meant for adults.

Q. What is your favorite thing to munch on while writing? 

Whoa, a bit personal, don't you think? Hah, this is actually a great question. Normally, I don't eat anything while I write. Like most writers, I like to drink while I write instead. Unlike the cliche writer, it's never alcohol. I drink Diet Pepsi. If I'm not careful, I can go through quite a bit while I'm writing.

Q. What book(s) are you currently reading? 

I'm currently on a Stephen King binge. I've decided my reading goal for 2014 is to read ALL of his published books chronologically. I just finished Carrie and Salem's Lot, and am now on The Shining. I also LOVE comic books. I'm currently catching up on The Walking Dead and just finished Locke & Key, which is an amazing series, I can't suggest it more. Locke & Key is for adults and responsible teens only.

Q. If the Queen Anne series were a movie, who would you like to see play the main characters? 

Fresh faces! Since I wanted to make this into a TV show originally, I always pictured brand new actors, or non-famous actors in the main roles. I'd love some bigger actors to guest star in certain episodes, but definitely fresh faces for the main crew. Since I do have to have a picture of someone in my head when writing them, I used actors from movies that I love. Jacob was always the hardest to pin down, but I saw him as Sean Astin from Goonies, or a young Elijah Wood. Emily is played by Elle Fanning from Super 8, and Andrew is played by Robert Capron, who played Rowley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Q. What can your fans expect from this series? What can they expect after this novel, The Boy From the Moon? 

The cool thing, I think, about Queen Anne, is that it is a series where, if you wanted, you could pick up any book, out of sequence, and enjoy it. However, if you read it in order, you'll get a better sense of the characters and enjoy the story a bit more. I think they can expect excitement, humor, and definitely some chills. Maybe even a scary dream or two. 

Being the first book in the series, you can expect bigger introductions to our main characters in The Boy from the Moon than you will in the proceeding books. This is also meant to be a case that Jacob keeps coming back to, so you can expect to be a bigger story in this book than is written. We will return to this story later in the series.

Q. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

I have three tips for aspiring authors. The first two are from other writers.
  • Read! Read all the time. If you don't read, expect to have a lot of trouble writing. That's like wanting to make movies, but never watching movies. Read all kinds of books, all kinds of styles, geared at all kinds of audiences. It'll help you find your style, and you'll start to catch on to certain styles of writing meant for different types of readers.
  • Write! Write all the time! If you can't consistently come up with stories to write, start a blog and write about your day, current events, movie reviews, anything! If you're not writing or working on writing (which includes reading or brainstorming), then you're hurting you're ability to write.
  • Finally, Self-Publish. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with traditional publishing, in fact, if you think you have a book good enough to break through all the barriers, go for it! But, write something and self publish. Get your work out there. If even a few people read it and let you know what they think, you're next book will be better for it.

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