Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blog Tour with Author Interview and Giveaway: Sneaking Out (Chased #1) by Chuck Vance

Book info:
TitleSneaking Out
Author:  Chuck Vance
Series:  Chased #1
Published by: Dunemere Books
Publication date: March 6th, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Could you sleep next to a murderer?
Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.
For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.


Luke stood up and held out a hand to help Pippa up. He didn’t let go after she rose, and he clasped it firmly as they walked together. It didn’t feel awkward—he’d already held her hand a couple of times. He felt protective. They walked along in silence.

They passed a mailbox, its hinge squeaking in the wind. The wind had picked up a plastic bag, which was scraping along the road, dancing with the fallen leaves. Every noise was amplified.

Luke pulled Pippa toward him to avoid a ditch. It was then that Luke sensed something. He glanced over his shoulder, and saw the flash of someone jump behind a tree. Luke’s muscles tensed. They were being followed.

“Don’t turn around, but someone is behind us,” warned Luke. “On foot.”

He saw Pippa’s neck stiffen. “Who is it?” she whispered.

“Not sure, but let’s speed up.”

They started walking as fast as possible without running. Luke felt as if there was a bullseye on his back. Was the person who was following them crazy enough to do something to harm them? What if he had a gun?

They were about a block away from the nearest streetlight. Luke feared that if they walked under it, they would be completely exposed to whoever was following them. It seemed safer to remain in the shadows. He abruptly pulled Pippa diagonally across the street. They picked up their pace and stayed on course.

“We’ll be able to see who it is when they pass the streetlight,” said Luke.

“Do you think he crossed, too?”

Luke pricked his ears. He could hear a distant tap, tap. Footsteps. “No, he’s on the other side.”

They walked past the streetlight and up about thirty feet before stopping short and turning around. For a split second, they saw a figure bathed in the light, but then it darted to the side. It looked like a man, in a baseball hat. But he was too fast for them. Luke grabbed Pippa’s hand tightly.”

“We need to run.”

Author Interview:

1.   What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?  Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?  

 In my fantasy life, I am very organized and use notecards and outline. I have almost finished Sue Grafton’s alphabet series (I’m on X.) and every time I read about her detective Kinsey Milhone’s process I am jealous. She is meticulous and writes notecards and files and puts everything on her bulletin board. I am terrible at systems and follow through so that would last about a day for me. It’s really all in my head. I do keep track of what happens in each chapter so that I can go back and make sure the pace is working. The majority of the time when I write I know who the murderer is, but sometimes when I write a book I switch it at the end. It’s usually works out that the clues I had established all along were leading to someone else.

2.    How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

 It varies. I went to boarding school in Connecticut so I wanted to set a book there because I think it is a weird backdrop. It’s strange how students live with their teachers and the teachers are also very young usually and still sometimes act like students. Also, you really get insight into your teachers’ families because they are in your dorm and there is a familiarity in the co-existence. But I like the idea that you never really know what goes on behind closed doors. And I love mysteries and murder, so what better to transpire at a boarding school! In terms of plotting, I usually hear something about a real life murder and then put my own twist on it to make it fiction.

3.     How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was a kid. I always had a notebook that I wrote stories and poetry in. I can’t remember a moment when I wasn’t writing. I am so glad that computers exist because it makes editing much easier. I currently have creepy handwriting because I never use it anymore.

4.     What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

The most important part about writing is the actual writing. You just have to sit down and do it. You have to be disciplined and yet you can’t let the discipline constrain you. What I mean is, you can’t say, I only can write in this room at this time when the house is this quiet or something like that. Then you can make up too many excuses. You have to understand what time you are most creative and productive and try and set some time apart to do it. It’s important to take it seriously, and I don’t mean to be all dramatic and cocky about it, I just mean that if you decide you want to write and like writing, than build it into your schedule the same way you might build in a visit to the gym or a cooking class.

5.   All time favorite books: THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt; WAR AND PEACE by Tolstoy; THE ALIENIST by Caleb Carr. Favorite book on tape: MANHUNTER by John Douglas. Favorite writers: Michael Connelly, Nabokov, Tolstoy, Curtis Sittenfeld, Agatha Christie.
6.   Favorite Movie: The Bourne Identity; The Fugitive; The Silence of the Lambs; Die Hard; Copycat; Fargo; When Harry Met Sally.
7.   Favorite TV shows: 30 Rock; The Shield; Arrested Development; The Big Bang Theory; Search Party, The Sopranos; Blue Bloods. First seasons of: Fargo & Homeland. (I love TV.)
8.   Music: Eminem.
9.   Food: bread, cheese, pizza, pasta. They are all good writing snacks.
10.                 Social Media Site: Used to be Facebook but that has jumped the shark so I would say Instagram.
Author Bio:
Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.



Blog Tour with Giveaway: Electric Gardens by M. Black

About The Book:
Author: M. Black
Pub. Date: March 15, 2018
Publisher: CREATIVIA
Pages: 332
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads


In our future, robots known as Tins keep us protected from the floods, fires and diseases of the outside in what are called Compounds. But when the Tins become more our masters than protectors, humans rebel. Lexi019 is turning eighteen, and will then be sent into what Tins call the Electric Gardens. Since no one ever returns from the Electric Gardens, Lexi019 is desperate to escape. With her best friend Kyle53 and his sister, the three of them find an unlikely friendship that helps them escape. But not everything is what it seems in this Robotic Dystopia, and soon Lexi019 will be faced with hard decisions she never anticipated. Join Lexi019 and Klye53 in this four part Robotic Dystopia set in a future that could one day be our own.


A HOLLOW SCREAM PENETRATES the cell wall, preempting a fist slam, when I approach. “Kyle? Calm down. You don’t want another glitch do you? You’ve already earned two. One more and they’ll Mesh you!”

     “Maybe I deserve it! They took Klynn, after all. I couldn’t protect her, and with another glitch at least I’ll join her! Then, we’ll have each other again.”

     My wavering voice hits the tall concrete of the cell wall where I stare, instead of at my friend’s face—the oval shape, angled nose, eyes like sky—the one from my memory—and dark chin stubble he often grows to accent his dark hair. He likes to let his bangs hang slightly over his thin brows. “You know Klynn is not herself anymore, and you’ll be gone too! And what about me? You’ll just leave me here, to rot with the Tins?!”

About M. Black:
M.Black is Ami Blackwelder and writes for the brand ENTER TOMORROW. She is a Montessori teacher, helps the deaf and hard of hearing, is an avid Pescetarian, believer in animal rights and wildlife conservation, and a lover of books. she is the author of the never-before-seen-concept Animal Graph, and dubs herself the 'Robot Girl' since many of her stories revolve around robots and A.I. She has a Siamese cat names LOTUS from Thailand when she was an educator there and he show sup in all her robot books. She adopted a cat named Ash in the States who also shows up in all of her robot books. She loves reading on Kindle Unlimited and only buys paperback. She enjoys many vegetarian dishes like veggie lasagna and four bean chili. She also likes watching movies, gardening, the beach, and hanging out with friends. Of course most of the time you will find her at home, pounding away at her computer.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/19/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsExcerpt
3/20/2018- BookHounds YAGuest Post
3/21/2018- hauntedbybooks13Spotlight
3/22/2018- Lisa Loves LiteratureExcerpt
3/23/2018- Page Turners BlogExcerpt

Week Two:
3/26/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
3/27/2018- Wonder StruckExcerpt
3/28/2018- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt
3/29/2018- Owl Always Be ReadingInterview
3/30/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Release Blitz with Review: Social Media Viral Sensation - Wait With Me by Amy Daws

the wait is over


From Buzzfeed to Babble to Scary Mommy and even network television—the most anticipated social media viral sensation is LIVE!

The story of romance writer Amy Daws’ relationship with a little tire shop in South Dakota is a refreshingly fun tale that ends in an auto shop romantic comedy that you have to read!

Daws' fans have loved watching this story trend, but more importantly, they are loving this 5-star read about a couple who meet outside of a tire shop... 

Its LIVE-flipped

When romance novelist, Kate Smith, finds her long lost writing mojo in the customer waiting area of a tire store, the complimentary coffee isn’t the only things that’s hot. But sexy mechanic, Miles Hudson, is just up for a friendly test-drive of her new book idea. At least, that was the agreement...



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It all began when Daws went to Tires Tires Tires to get a new set of wheels on her car. She was suffering from writer’s block, but apparently the complimentary coffee and cookies cured her. So she decided to bring in cars of friends and family so she could keep writing in the magical waiting room. Her social media musings had her fans in stitches and it wasn't long before inspiration struck again. This time...Daws was to write a sexy romantic comedy about a romance novelist who sneaks into a tire shop and gets caught by a hot mechanic. You can imagine where the love story goes from here.  Eventually, the little tire shop opened their arms to Daws, even putting her release date on their marquee sign outside. It wasn't long before Buzzfeed got wind of it. Then Scary Mommy. Then InspireMore and several other blogs with followers well into the millions. WGN News in Chicago, Fox 10 in Phoenix and Canada Public Radio are all talking about the adorable feel good story of how inspiration can strike in the strangest of places.

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She slaps her hand on her knee and bellows gallantly, “But you know what, Miles, you’re right! I should totally find a random hookup tonight.”

“Whoa, I never said anything about random.”

“Well, you’re doing it, so why can’t I?”

I narrow my eyes. “You don’t seem like the random type.”

“Maybe I should be.” Her eyes narrow when she leans in and whispers against my lips. “Can I tell you a secret, Miles?”

“You can tell me anything, Mercedes.”

She giggles and crooks her finger for me to lean in even closer. I’m so close I can smell the faint scent of her cherry lip gloss, and it’s not helping the half boner having a party in my pants.

Her lips graze my ear when she whispers, “My writing makes me horny.”

I nearly choke on my beer. “I’m sorry, what?”

“My writing makes me horny.” She pulls back and nods her confirmation. “I’m serious. I have a sex toy that works really well and really fast, but I miss the heat of a man, ya know?”

My eyes scrunch together, and I rub my fingers in the sockets to make sure I’m awake and hearing this all correctly. “I mean…I don’t really ever miss the heat of man, so I don’t think I know exactly what you’re saying.”

“Fine, the heat of a woman.” She rolls her eyes dramatically “You know what I’m talking about. The heat.”

I frown and shake my head. “You’re going to have to elaborate because I think of a lot of things when I think of women, but their body temperature isn’t one of them.”

“You asked for it.” She laughs and leans in so she’s speaking low and soft and directly into my ear. “The heat of a woman is so much more than temperature. It’s the soft, sensual curves of the female form. The way your fingers dig into the meat of her thighs when she’s wrapped around you. Her smooth, sunken tummy when she’s on her back, the delicate bumps of her ribcage when she’s throwing her head back in pleasure. Tight little nipples in pillows of creamy softness. The fact that you could fold yourself around her and envelop her body almost entirely and still want more. You’re saying you don’t miss that kind of heat?”

I blink slowly, recovering from what just happened. Her voice was a sensual, verbal caress straight on my cock. Then there was the warm heat of her breath on my ear. The deep husk of her tone. The way her warm palm rests softly on my thigh.  

Fucking hell.

TitleWait With Me
Author:  Amy Daws
SeriesWait With Me #1
Genre:  Adult romantic comedy
Release Date:  March 22nd, 2018
Source:  E-galley from author, the gifting of this did not in any way affect my opinion.
My rating:  5 stars

Holy stars!  This book was a perfect rom-com to a T, T for tires that is!   It was a fun and flirty, fluffy yet dirty read. By fluffy, I kinda mean like one of those over-priced drinks at Starbucks, not the complimentary coffee at Tires, Tires, Tires the author was drinking while she wrote this.  The kind of drink that is chock full of flavors... and sinful calories!  When I found out it was going to be released earlier than planned, I figured I'd just have to wait until after it was published to read and review it, because my reviewing schedule for the week was already planned.  But I couldn't help it. As soon as I opened my Kindle app to see if it had arrived, I couldn't help but to go ahead and download the book.  And then of course, I couldn't help but read a little bit of it before I closed it to go back to the book I was supposed to be reading and reviewing, the one that I was over half-way through.  However, I didn't put it down right away, and I got about 10 % of the way in when I found myself doubled up with laughter at this line about what type of music the character was listening to as she wrote, which better not get cut:

"Groovy synth beats that are good for anal scenes."

Okay, first off, I don't remember Amy Daws's books being quite that dirty!  LOL!  But honestly, when you find out where the main character Kate's idea for her book series came from, then you get it.  Not to mention there are author friends of Amy Daws who do write those kind of scenes.  And there were a few other lines I have to share as favorites, and hope that they don't get cut from the final version:

"Dicks can be such...dicks."  Now this one comes from our hero/love interest Miles.  Noticing how even though he doesn't want to get interested in Kim, or Mercedes - her pen name, which is how she introduced herself to him, one part of his body is definitely standing up in recognition of his attraction.

And towards the end, when Miles is on the phone with his sister who has just woken him up, she very rightly asks him if he is peeing while talking to her.  He says, "It's the creek by my house. It runs really fast and hard in the morning!"   I couldn't laugh out loud or roll on the floor at this like I wanted to, as I was actually sitting at work and finishing up the last 15% of the book at my desk.  

This one wasn't as emotionally draining as the other books I've read by the author, but in no way did that make it any less of a perfect story.  Both Amy Daws and her character Kate made me want to go find my own "Tire Depot" to get my inspiration for my own writing.  Reading about a character writing made me pull out the short story I'm working on and finish updating/revising another chapter.  

I really liked these characters also, and look forward to hopefully getting stories about the friends in the next two books.  My guess is that her best friend, Lynsey, is going to be the next story we get.  And then I wonder if we'll get their other friend Dean, or maybe it will be Miles's friend Eric?  I don't know, don't care, just want to read more of this series, more of any writing by this author.  

Also, I just have to share my fangirl pictures with the author: 

This one is from the Kinky in Kansas City Convention 2017.

This one is from KIKC this year, 2018.  Notice my Harris Brothers shirt!

Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of the Harris Brothers Series and is most known for her punny, footy-playing, British playboys. The Harris Brothers and her London Lovers Series fuel her passion for all things London. When Amy's not writing, she's watching Gilmore Girls or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy awkward-smiles from a distance. For more of Amy's work check out her social media links below or visit:


Two Young Adult ARC Mini-Reviews

As I mentioned on Sunday, I am behind again.  I actually just saw on Goodreads that I'm behind by 18 books on my goal for the year as well!  Gah!  But, once I do these two reviews, I'll be on track for the month.  These are two advanced reader copies I got, but I wasn't part of a tour for them so they didn't get scheduled. 

Shatter (Glitter #2) by Aprilynne Pike:
Genre:  YA Science Fiction/Dystopian?
Published:  February 13th, 2018
Source:  E-galley from Netgalley
My rating:  4 stars

I liked the first book, Glitter, a lot.  I loved this futuristic world where this rich population tried to live like the historical era of Marie Antionette, yet had the latest technology despite that.  This second book was a good conclusion to the story, although it didn't quite have the little extra for me that the first book did.  For awhile in this one I thought that the main character, Danica, might actually turn out to go down a different path to finish the story. In the end though, she went where she should have gone.  And the way that she was able to outsmart her enemies was a little bit of a surprise, I didn't quite see it coming in some ways.  And I like that in a book.  Still a great series, and there were even more historical bits spiced throughout this one as well as the first one.  A duology I've purchased for my school library, as I think my students will enjoy it.  And, as with the first book, a beautiful cover!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought. 

Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It's a terrifying position to be in...and yet it's oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter--a drug Dani can't resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.

In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber's freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen too addictive to give up?

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy:
Genre:  YA contemporary romance
Published:  April 3rd, 2018
Source:  ARC from publisher
My rating:  5 stars 

Once again I've proved my belief that I don't like YA contemporary romance books wrong because I LOVED this story!  Yeah, yeah, it could be because it took place in Ireland, a place I am so obsessed with getting to visit some day.  But, that's not all. This story made me laugh, cry, and I couldn't put it down!  I was a little unsure at first, because even though it sounded like one I'd enjoy, I'd had another book by the author that I'd had to DNF when I couldn't get into it.  By page 26, though, I was hooked.  Something that I realized when reading this is how much I connect with sullen, snarky teens these days. Which is weird, because that is not at all what I was like as a teenager myself.  I was the cheerful, sweet, naive girl.  There was one kissing scene with Julian, the movie star,  that was the funniest thing, but the best thing.  I won't say which kiss, or who it was with, but I loved that scene.  This book just made me smile so much!  I'll definitely be purchasing it for my school library.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Fandom and first love collide for Iris on the film set for her grandmother’s famous high-fantasy trilogy—perfect for readers of Fangirl!

Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn't care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it's just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy's crazy fans.

When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won't grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O'Brien can get in her way.

But the crew's passion is contagious, and as Iris begins to find herself in the very world she has avoided her whole life, she realizes that this movie might just be amazing…

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision

Book Info:
Title:  Over Raging Tides
Author:  Jennifer Ellision
SeriesLady Pirates #1
Publication date: March 20th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board.
That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her.
Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans…
To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew.
Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this.
She just isn’t sure that she won’t.


         “Have you a name, young man?”
         This “man” is no older than I am. But he’s soft. You can tell it from the look in his eyes. Never had to fight for more than what’s been given to him. It’s always been enough.
         He won’t find any compatriots in that manner on-board the Luck. We’re all different enough, but one thing is for certain: none of us have ever been given what we deem enough. It’s the constant battle for more that led us to where we are.
         “I’m Leo, ma’am.”
         At least he has the sense to offer some deference.
         “No surname that goes with that?” she prods.
         “Wesson,” he hastily offers. “And the little one’s Wesson, too. My brother, John.”      
         “Mr. Wesson, then,” Ilene says. “Were you not left in the care of my very able crew?”
         “Yes, ma’am. But I—”
         “So instead of accepting our very generous hospitality, you took it upon yourself to sneak away. Sly, Mr. Wesson. Very sly. A fox in a proverbial henhouse—though perhaps that is a bit on-the-nose. But let’s continue on with this metaphor, regardless. Foxes are a nuisance, Mr. Wesson. And when a farmer grows tired of a pest disrupting the hen’s business, what do you supposed that farmer may do?”
         Wesson stays silent, though the anger he’s not well-trained enough to hide lights his eyes. He’s no imbecile. He perceives the threat that Captain Ilene is offering with all the lightness of polite dinner conversation.
         “The farmer may choose to exterminate that pest, Mr. Wesson.”
         Now the anger truly flares in his eyes. “The farmer may have to catch the fox first,” he says quietly.
         Interesting. My estimation of him rises minutely.
         The captain’s brow raises, and she nods to me. While she reclines in her seat and lazily rests her feet upon her table, I cross the room and, with little effort, toe the door to the captain’s quarters closed. A scant second later and the bolt is flipped.
         The captain motions to Wesson as if passing him the bread at dinner, her lips quirked slightly in amusement. The implication is clear:
         The fox has been caught. And the farmer didn’t even have to lift a finger to catch him.

Author Bio:
Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.



Blog Tour: My Way Back to You (Second Chances Duet #2) by Claire Contreras

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My Way Back to You by Claire Contreras  
Book 2, Second Chances Duet  
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

The emotional conclusion of New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras’s Second Chances Duet is NOW LIVE!


Love isn't always about timing.  
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it.   

I admit I wasn't ready.   
I know you don't want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain.  
Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away.  

Let me show you what our years apart have done to me.  

Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .


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Meet Claire:
Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.   

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book. 

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