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Friday, July 25, 2014

#BooksForACause Auction‏


Books for a Cause is a fundraiser supporting Stand Up 2 Cancer, which raises money for cancer research and to help provide the latest treatments to cancer patients.

Last week Heather from Turning Pages launched the Books for a Cause auction and we need YOUR help. <3

There is a variety of items to bid on including:

-Signed books
-1 year of web hosting + blog migration from Ashley @Nose Graze
-Swag
-Manuscript critique by two different authors
-ebooks

The goal is to raise $2000, and so far it's at $290.

To bid on the items please click HERE 


Auction by Heather @
Turning Pages



Thank you for your generosity! Please use hastag #BooksForACause on Facebook and Twitter to share the auction :)




Meet & Greet Giveaway Hop with the Social Bloggers



Welcome to the Meet & Greet Giveaway Hop! 

Come Meet & Greet your favorite bloggers and find a few new ones to love too! Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway then hop around and visit all of the Social Bloggers and learn some facts about them! There will be individual giveaways at some of the blogs so don't forget to stop by and say "Hi!"



✿ I have been published in a college text book on essay writing.  It was such a fun and exciting experience!  Professor Ingrid Schreck made me love writing, and feel more confident in my abilities to write.


✿ I have a Master's Degree in Education.  I loved College, and have amazing memories of ULV.  It's an amazing school!!!


✿ I married the most wonderful man, Bobby, and we went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, and fell in love with the state. I wish we could live there!  We have now been married for 7 years, and I hope one day we can return, and take our daughter Bella with us.


✿ I've died and returned from death 4 times, due to multiple pulmonary embolisms after I gave birth to my daughter.  I lived at Loma Linda Hospital in the critical care heart unit for 4 months, and then went to the rehabilitation center to learn how to walk and take care of myself again.  The Dr. said I'm a medical anomaly.  In other words, it was a miracle that I lived.  This was one of the hardest times in my life.  This event made me love my husband even more, and realize what a special man he is.  Our marriage grew even stronger after this.




✿ My 5 year old daughter, Bella, has Autism.  I have learned so much from her.  She brings me so much happiness and joy.  She truly is the light of my life.  








*warning* 
I suck at talking about myself but here we go!

✿ I used to be a bartender


 I'm pretty crafty I like to make diaper cakes & wreaths


✿ I like to use stickers as a form of expression ;)



✿ I am blessed with a wonderful little boy whom I love beyond words.

 I am engaged to the man of my dreams. 
 


See pretty boring stuff ;) but there ya go! a little bit bout me :)
<3 
~hugs~





-I have been married for 37 years, and known my husband for 40 years.


-I have a passion for singing and go to karaoke as often as I can.


-I did cake decorating for many years.


-I am dabbling in writing my own book.


-I love spending time with my baby granddaughter, Bella. She's the light of my life. I love watching her face light up when we swing on the swings and sing Disney tunes.





-I met my husband on a blind date, which was set up by my cousin. One month after we met, he told my cousin that he loved me and that I was going to become his wife. We have been married since Sept. 2007. I love you baby! <3


-My friends call me Mikki Crocker because I love to cook and bake. My spinach/artichoke dip, nutella truffles and Jello cake are a must at any gathering.



-I'm the middle child, and I freakin' love it!!!!




-My first job after graduating could have been with Cirque du Soleil, but my parents freaked out when they found out I had to travel non-stop and would never be home ... lol!!! I'm a social butterfly so just the thought of leaving all my family and friends behind was breaking my heart. 



-Once upon a time I fell in love with a blog named A Bookish Escape .... and the rest is history! I love my co-bloggers!!!! <3 <3 <3



     

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: Pieces of Olivia (Charleston Haven #1) by Melissa West



Pieces of Olivia
Charleston Haven #1
By: Melissa West
Published:July 15, 2014
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Source: Publisher
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GR's Summary:


Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future. But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life. 

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston. 

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars. 

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for… 


My Thoughts:

I was very excited when I heard that Melissa West would be writing a New Adult, Contemporary Romance.  I have read her Young Adult Paranormal story, Gravity, and really enjoyed it!  Therefore, I came in to reading, Pieces of Olivia, with high hopes.

In this story, we get Olivia and Preston's love story told from Olivia's viewpoint.  Olivia comes from a wealthy, prominent, and highly educated family.  Her two older sisters went to college at Harvard and Yale.  Olivia was expected to attend Columbia University when she graduated from high school.  However, after experiencing a horrific tragedy, she decides to attend The College of Charleston, much to her parents dismay.  Olivia instantly hits it off with her friendly and outgoing room mate, Kara, and finds herself being attracted to Kara's best friend, Preston.  From the beginning of the story, we learn that Olivia is dealing with a tremendous amount of guilt and pain.  

As Pieces of Olivia unfolds, so does the story of what happened to cause the scars that Olivia hides with her long sleeved shirts, the reason behind her therapy sessions with Rose, and the pain she carries with her on a daily basis.  Eventually, Olivia and Kara's friendship grows.  She also starts to have feelings for Preston, and he also develops feelings towards her.  However, Preston is hiding a secret from Olivia, and has trouble  trusting women.  Olivia struggles with letting her walls down, and letting herself be happy.  As these two struggle to find happiness with one another, you will be sure to be cheering them on every step of the way.  I know I was!

Pieces of Olivia was a very emotional story.  It was beautiful to read, and at times it hurt my heart.  I could feel the depth of Olivia's pain and guilt. I didn't know how she would be able to find her way out of it, but I desperately needed her to heal.  Preston was such a wonderful character.  He was very patient towards Olivia, and was always there for her.  I enjoyed how these two developed a strong foundation of friendship, before they became romantically involved.  Rose, Olivia's therapist, was a very entertaining and wonderful character as well.  She was unconventional in her approach, but I could tell she really cared about Olivia, and was great at what she did.

I liked the fact that the tragedy that took place wasn't something that has been used over and over again in books.  As a matter of fact, it was unique to this story.  I appreciated the authenticity of Pieces of Olivia.  It felt very genuine and it really played on my emotions.  I enjoyed the various twists and turns, and have decided that Ms. West can write both paranormal and contemporary, young adult, and new adult.  I am looking forward to reading book two in this series, which will be Kara's story.  If you enjoy New Adult, Contemporary Romance, but are looking for a fresh new story that hasn't been overdone, look no further!  I give, Pieces of Olivia, by Melissa West, 4 Emotionally Charged, Authentic, Unique, and the "Healing Power of Love," Filled Stars!!!  





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About Melissa West:

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange. Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.





Cover Reveal : Burying Water by K.A. Tucker


We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BURYING WATER! 
This book will blow you away. Get. Ready.

Burying Water
Burying Water
by K.A. Tucker


Release Date:
Oct. 7th, 2014

Publisher:
Atria

Genres:
New Adult/
Romantic/
Suspense

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Synopsis:

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. 

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. 

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.


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About the Author


Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Destined (The Austin Series 0.5) by C.J. Fallowfield


Destined

(The Austin Series 0.5)

by 

C.J. Fallowfield

Pub May 27th 2014 
by Author Self Pub 

Summary
Gabe Austin is tormented by demons from his past. Blaming himself for his part in a tragic accident and abandoned by his father when he needed him most, he uses his charm, good looks and ripped physique to find temporary solace in an abundance of one night stands. Dominating, distant, unwilling to commit, sex becomes his outlet for his pain. Until he sees her. One glance was all it took to turn his world upside down, to make him want to possess her completely. Gabe just knew that she was the girl to heal his shattered heart, she was his destiny. 
Destined is a short novella written from Gabe’s point of view. It details key moments in his life, leading to the events that unfold in ‘New Leaves, No Strings’, book one of The Austin Series, which combines erotica, romance and humour. 
The Austin Series is six books in total, and is designed to be read in the following sequence... 

New Leaves, No Strings 
Baggage & Buttons 
Forever & an Engine 
The Honeymoon Period 
Love & Loss – Due out early July 
 Infinite Love – Due out early August







The Way I See It


OMG OMG OMG! Gabriel!! 



Gah I just love this guy and being inside his head was such a treat! C.J. Fallowfield is packing major heat with this one y’all!! I’m gonna try and keep it short but I’ve got so many feels!! Lol's as I was saying this novella is just too fab! Def a new FAV o mine! We get Gabe’s thoughts and his life for the last 11 years…wow this guy, this guy. Talk about a womanizer!! Meeting Mia was something he never expected but I was giddy! So beyond giddy to see his perspective! 

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I’m not gonna beat around the bush or sugar coat a thing. Fallowfield is a BEAST!! This lady can write! Talk about refreshing, yes this is erotica so def no kiddies please adults only fo sho! I want to point out that its more than just the bow chicka bow wow…Destined is a look into Gabriel’s tormenting past and the events that lead up to him becoming the man he is today. It was beyond nice to see the depth of his emotions towards Mia. She did not play a major role but she was clearly his muse/ life line/ the being of his affection. Mia made Gabe feel things he never thought possible. Another wonderful aspect I saw was his relationship with his father. In the first book there is barely a mention but in Destined it goes way deeper. There is a portion of the novella that Gabe resents his father but I understood his pain (the fathers) losing the love of your life is like losing a part of yourself. That is something that cannot be easy for anyone. 

UN-PUT-A-DOWN-A-BLE Seriously all other books pale in comparison to the amazingness that is The Austin Series! Yummy yummy yum yum!! Fallowfield has thrown on her gloves and is ready to kick boooty with this one! I cannot recommend this enough y’all!! A must read! ASAP! DO IT! 

My Rating
4.5 Christmas, Stairs, Baby, Jam, Hate, New House, Boarding School, Fights, Chelsea, Thirteen, Uni, Swim Team, Canvas, Bar, Nurse, First Sight, Love filled Stars! READ THIS SERIES NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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About the Author
I am a very young hearted 44 year old female from the United Kingdom. I enjoyed writing fictional stories as a child but, like many, long working hours in my career meant that I had little time for anything else. Finding myself in the fortunate position of now being able to work from home part time, I have been able to rekindle this long lost passion for storytelling. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerrys and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider.


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