Monday, September 30, 2013

Cover Reveal : A Little Too Much (A Little Too Far, #2) by Lisa Desrochers

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A Little Too Much
(A Little Too Far, #2)

Lisa Desrochers
Release Date: 
November 12th 2013
NA Romance

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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About the Author:

Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT(Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

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Blog Tour: Right Now (Moments #2) by Marie Hall

Right Now 
(Moments #2) 

Marie Hall

Pub September 15th, 2013 

By Author Self Pub 

ARC for Review 

Sometimes in life...

Things were supposed to get better when Ryan met Lili. I was supposed to move on, get a life... but I'm stuck and lost. Things with my father are not good. There are demons in our closet, big ones. Ones I want to kill him for, I'm seeing a shrink, I'm trying to get better... but my life feels out of control, like I'm a raft adrift on the sea. I don't know where to look, how to get anchored again, and then I meet Zoe Stone. Something about her draws me out of my rut, makes me laugh for real, smile, and for the first time in years I want to be more. But what will she think when she discovers who I really am?

...all we have...

When Alexander Donovan, aka The Golden Adonis, walks into my tattoo parlor, I know I'll do anything to make that man mine. There's an instant connection, a need to know more about him. Everything about him. But there's also a mystery surrounding the guy, when people look at him they only see the man that laughs, that cracks jokes and makes the world think that everything's okay, but I see the truth... I see the darkness that lurks so deep inside few would ever recognize it. I want to help him, I want to be with him, now I just have to make him trust me enough to let me in.

Is Right Now

Lindy's Thoughts

A Moment was such a wonderful story--one of my absolute favorites! So, when I got the opportunity to read and review, Right Now, I was ecstatic! Right Now, is the sequel in the Moments Series, and is told from Alex (Ryan's Cousin) and Zoe's dual perspectives. I was pleasantly surprised to see the continuation of Ryan, and Lili's story. I had missed them, and Lili's adorable little son Javy. Ryan, Lili, Javy, and Alex really came together to make up a strong, cohesive, loyal, and loving little family. The icing on the cake was adding the exotic, beautiful, sassy, and independent Zoe in to the mix. 

Alex is falling apart after Ryan is in the process of healing, and finding happiness with Lili and Javy. For so long, Alex's purpose was to watch out for Ryan, and be there for him. Now that Ryan is doing better, Alex is left to deal with his own demons, and the way he deals with them is to do what it takes to not feel. He copes by engaging in excessive drinking, and casual sex. Alex has never been a one woman kind of man, and has never had a series relationship. Everything changes when after getting a fortune cookie that reads, "Be Opposite," he decides to enter a tattoo parlor. When he walks in, he encounters a beautiful woman with tattoos all over her body. that beautiful woman is Zoe, who recognizes him as her high school crush. After Alex meets Zoe, he can't get her out of his mind and pursues her. However, she's determined not to be another one of his flings, and he's determined to let her know that she is special to him. 

I loved Right Now, because it tugged on my heartstrings. It was so difficult being inside of Alex's head and seeing all of the guilt, and burdens that he placed on his shoulders. I loved how Zoe was strong, and independent. Even though she was in love with Alex, she let him know that she was different from all of his conquests. She demanded respect from him, and stood up to her family when they tried to pigeon hold her in to who they wanted her to be. Her parents tried to control her life and bully Alex, but she stood firm and let them know their actions were unacceptable. I loved Zoe, and how she brought out the best in Alex, and helped to heal his heart. Read the Moments Series, you will devour both, A Moment, and Right Now. I don't want this series to ever end. 

My Rating

I give Right Now by Marie Hall 4 emotional, passionate, courageous, and transformative stars! You will love the main characters Alex, and Zoe, as well as be glad to reconnect with Lili, Ryan, and Javy. This is a series filled with angst, personal demons, healing, discovering real love, and taking charge of your life. New Adult Contemporary fans that enjoy Colleen Hoover's stories will enjoy the Moments series, because while the subject matter can be emotional and difficult to read, it also makes for a beautiful story! 

My Favorite Quotes

"I had never worked this hard in my life to get a girl to come home with me. But I was willing to do it for her because when I was around her, I felt again." (eARC, Loc. 1465) 

"Turning his head, he smiled down at me and I was locked in his gaze. Because he was seeing me, his eyes were searching mine, and I knew in my heart, Alex Donovan finally saw me." (eARC, Loc. 1606) 

"I didn't want to forget anything I did with Zoe. I wanted to hang onto her. Maybe even forever. She made me forget, she made me smile real smiles, laugh real laughs...I could think and breathe and be me when she was around. And that was perfect. She was perfect." (eARC, Loc. 2095) 

The Way Ria Sees It

Marie Hall does it again! I LOVED Right Now! All of the characters touched my heart! This is a page turner and tear jerker. I knew I’d love Alex cause I already did from Ms. Hall’s previous book, A Moment.  Now my surprise love was for Zoe! I also disliked Hated some characters, like all of the stupid parents! UGH!  Losers and A holes! If it wasn’t for Zoe being such a special person Alex would have been lost.

R-yan is better.  He is healing and working on regaining himself. Alex feels lost like he doesn’t know who he is now that Ryan no longer needs him.
I-nnocence, a young girl with a hopeless love unrequited and unknown.  Zoe has had feelings for a boy who never saw her.
G-entle, like a mom Alex’s doc helps him cut through the crap to get to the truth and pave his way through these uncertain times.
H-eat, it's no mistake Alex and Zoe have a chemistry that jumps off the pages.
Turmoil, Alex has been self-sabotaging for a long time. Life is going to confront him now and he will have to fight his fears.

N-othing without Zoe. Alex can't imagine breathing.  She is his air and his calm. There is no “without” her.  He will fight for them he cannot lose her.
O-pen, all the confrontations are outwards and are spoken. Truths are revealed. Forgiveness is not possible, but at least all those evil secrets are out.
W-edding, seeing Ryan marry Lili gives Alex hope that he too will have that happiness one day. Now, it's time to work towards that goal and prove to everyone how deep his love runs.

This dealt with a very sad and dark subject.  The main characters had to face their darkest fears. I think Ms. Hall did a marvelous job tiddying everything up.  The ending was PERFECT!! I couldn’t have been happier for these characters that took a piece of my heart.

My Favs

I loved her because of the way she loved... She loved her family and her friends with brutal strength. I love girls who kick butt and with out kicking “actual” butt Zoe kicks butt!! She’s a total bada$$ If I had HALF of the courage she does I’d be sleeved! Sadly, I’m a little chicken nugget, and don’t have what it takes... :( I love that she was able to see past Alex’s mask and see who he was and how deep his pain ran. This girl was perfect for Alex and I couldn’t be happier that he found her.


I loved him because he was a HONEST womanizer...Sure he never denied it! He never hid anything about him.  He was straight with Zoe. Okay, okay so he kept a pretty big secret from her, BUT he came through and opened up! Yay! Now that was love...I knew it would take a special gal, and I was so excited to meet and fall in love with Zoe!

My Wish

I want Tor and Jamie to totally fall in love, "head over heals," and have little Viking babies!!

My Rating

4.5 Movie theater, High School, Fortune Cookie, Tattoo Parlor, Jealous Boss, Misaki, Lotus, Obasaan, butterfly, haha, pond swim, family bbq, doctor visit, calla lily, mending heart filled stars!! For an emotional heart tugging read I highly recommend THIS BOOK!


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We want to welcome the very talented author 
Marie Hall to A Bookish Escape, and wish her much success in her future endeavors. We are so excited to read her upcoming work, and are are huge fans of her Moments Series. 

We wanted to know Zoe’s 3 Fav tattoo's and why?..
What is the most challenging aspect about writing contemporary romance and what is the most rewarding?

The Magic 8 Ball. It's her way of letting her man know if she's in the mood tonight or not. If you see the "yes" then get ready because she's an animal. 

The butterfly at her hip. Reading the book, you'll note that her mother calls her butterfly, only very rarely, but it's a sign of deep affection. Zoe feels a lot like that butterfly, sometimes delicate, but a fighter to the core. That tattoo was her first one and was symbolic of her popping out of the chrysalis a new woman and ready to take flight.

She's also covered in lotus flowers, the meaning to her is very significant. Within Buddhism it symbolizes rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. Zoe's enlightenment came when she realized she could no longer try to conform to what her parents wanted her to be.

The most challenging aspect of writing contemporary romance is that it's really got to ring true. I'm all about realism, writing characters you could literally bump into at your corner coffee shop. I don't know anything about being a billionaire tycoon, but I know what it's like to struggle from pay check to pay check, to have to deal with sick kids, the burden of sick family members. So for me the most challenging aspect is making you think this character I'm writing about is real. Not just a caricature drawn up in my head, but somebody you could literally be working out next to in the gym. The most rewarding part is when I succeed at that. When I get fan letters telling me how real it was, how deeply it moved them, how much they sympathized and could relate to my characters. That's the most fun part of my job.

How awesome! Right? 
Thank you Ms. Hall!!

About the Author

Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones. On top of that she’s a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She’s a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun’s gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Always on My Mind (Lucky Harbor #8) by Jill Shalvis

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Always on My Mind

Lucky Harbor Series
By:  Jill Shalvis
Published:  September 24, 2013
Grand Central Publishing
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GR's Summary:


After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack's ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib - that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . .

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine - perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their "just friends" rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

 My Thoughts:

Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis is the eighth story in the Lucky Harbor Series.  Yet, it is the first book that I have read by Jill Shalvis.  Each of these books can be read as a stand alone, because they are about different main characters, but some of the secondary characters get their own story in the series.  Always on My Mind is about Jack Harper, a hot, sexy and heroic firefighter, and Leah Sullivan, a talented baker.  These two were next door neighbors growing up, and best friends.  They formed a special bond at a young age when Leah leaned on Jack as she grew up being verbally abused and put down by her father, as her mother stood by and never defended her.  Then, when Jack's firefighter father died at a young age, the only person he could talk to was his cousin Ben, and Leah.  Jack and Leah have always been attracted to one another, and had unspoken feelings between one another that they never acted on.

Then, Leah returns to Lucky Harbor to help her grandmother, Elsie, run her bakery because her health is failing her.  She has also always been close to Jack's mother, Dee, who is falling into a deep depression over her Cancer, and the fact that her son is getting older, but still not in a relationship, Leah fibs, and tells Dee that she is in a relationship with Jack.  Pretty soon, the whole town thinks that Jack and Leah are a couple, and what starts out as pretend leads to the most real relationship that both Jack, and Leah have ever had in their lives.

I loved Jack and Leah's story!  I enjoyed how well developed both characters were.  Jack was a firefighter, and Ms. Shalvis helps us see what the life of a firefighter is like through her character, as he worked through exhaustion when he was putting out fires, worked with the fire commissioner to capture a serial arsonist, and educated the community about fire safety.  I found all of this fascinating, and thought of my good friend whose husband is a firefighter, and the stress, anxiety, and traumatic vigil she goes through worrying about her husband being endangered by his career.  Leah was such a fun character that I could relate to.  I have a passion for baking, and I was intrigued as she created, and baked pastries for her grandmother's Bakery.  Plus, she was a lead participant in the current season of "Sweet Wars, " which was described like the reality show "Cupcake Wars," my favorite reality show. The community of Lucky Harbor consistently watched Leah in "Sweet Wars, " and she was treated like a celebrity in her town.

The secondary characters within the story were a lot of fun, and added a layer of depth, and authenticity to the story.  I enjoyed getting to know Jack's cousin Ben, and his best friend Luke.  I also enjoyed Leah's two good friends Ali, and Aubrey.  I can't wait to read these characters stories in the series!  The town gossip, Lucille, was hilarious!  She was a little old lady who would pay people for pictures, and she would post them, along with her gossip report on Facebook!  I loved getting to know Leah's grandmother Elsie, and Jack's mother, Dee.  Elsie was such a sweet and wise grandmother, and reminded me a lot of my Nana.  She was one of my favorite characters in this story.  Dee was a good mother, who thought the world of her son, and just wanted him to be happy.  She knew that Leah was the right woman for him, and held heavy burdens and guilt upon her shoulders.  I am excited to continue this series, and already cannot wait to be reunited with the fun cast of characters in Lucky Harbor, Washington.    

My Rating:

I give Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis 4 Stars filled with Sweetness, Swooning, Family, Friendships, and A Forever Kind of Love!  This story was an adorable and entertaining read within the beautiful, cozy and quaint town of Lucky Harbor.  There was humor, a sexy and heroic firefighter, an unforgettable cast of colorful characters, and an interesting sub plot full of mystery, and suspense.  This is my first story by Jill Shalvis, and I'm ready to get to know more about the characters that reside in the town of Lucky Harbor.  If you enjoy a romance with a slow burn, a solid foundation of friendship, and sexy and romantic scenes, you will enjoy Always on My Mind!    

My Favorite Quotes:

"Serious trouble.  He was in serious trouble.  Because he had a taste of her now, a damn good taste, and it was better than he could have imagined, making him want the rest of her.  With his fingers still in her hair, he pulled her in tighter, slanting his mouth across hers for more.  She moved with him, into him, making the connection all the sweeter.  No.  Sweet wasn't the right word.  Hot.  She was so hot she was turning him inside out."  (Pg. 90)


"Do you think I care what words you use to show me how you feel?  I don't need words.  I have the actions.  You watch out for me.  You watch out for my mom.  And my oversized drool-manufacturing dog.  You care so much about everyone else and their life, but when it comes to yours, you give up. "  (Pg. 253) 

~Jack to Leah

"All my life, you've been my Almost.  He softened slightly, his gaze touching over the features of her face as if memorizing her.  I want you, Leah.  I've always wanted you.  But wanting isn't enough.  You have to fight for it too, and you're not going to."  (Pg. 255)

~Jack to Leah

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Q&A With Jill Shalvis

1. With all the food being described in the book did you find yourself eating more sweets than usual- or craving Ecclairs? (Leah’s specialty?) 

I definitely ate a lot of cookies in the writing of this book, but that might have been the stress of having four teenage girls in the house at the same time…

2. In ALWAYS ON MY MIND, Leah has quite the shoe collection—do you share her love of shoes? How many pairs are in your closet? 

I have too many to add up. Is that bad? That’s bad. BUT mine aren’t heels or anything fancy. They’re hiking boots, sneakers, ski boots, and flip flops. :-)

3. Leah had a horrible experience on a reality show. Do you watch reality TV? Do you have a favorite show? 

I'm a bit of a reality tv show 'ho, to be honest. I watch a lot of cooking shows (even though I don't cook), I love Survivor (even though you'd have to put me on that show at gunpoint because I insist on having a fridge and toilet paper). I guess I imagined if I was on a reality show, it would go bad. So it was fun to do the same to Leah. :)

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky animals. Any resemblance to the quirky animals in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website at for a completely booklist and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Book Review : Breaking The Reins by Juliana Haygert

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Breaking the Reins
Juliana Haygert

Release Date: August 14th 2013
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Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can't turn away even though she's not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

**Contains scenes of domestic violence**

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My Review:

Eeeeeep!!! Where do I start with this book? It was not what I was expecting at all!!! I had an idea of what the story would be like, but it completely took me by surprise! I quickly got attached to Hannah and Leo. Their chemistry was instant and I loved all the moments they had together. It was my first time reading a book from Juliana Haygert and it won't be my last! I loved her writing style! It was so easy to be swept away in the story. I found it very original that the main male characters are polo players. It was interesting to find out a bit more about this sport. We even got to learn a bit of Portuguese. I loved it! It made me think of my family in Brazil :)

Hannah has been going out with Eric for two years. Eric is all about money and power. She was brought up in a wealthy family, but all of that is not important to her. She would rather spend her days doing what she loves, which is taking care of horses. When her grandmother died, she left her with her most prized possession and since that moment, Hannah does not see eye to eye with Eric anymore. Eric starts changing and once Leo enters the picture her relationship with Eric takes a turn for the worst. She is torn between a man that she thought she knew and a man that has the power to heal her completely.

The characters in this story were all very charming, except that A*****e named Eric!OMG!!!! How I hated him!!! If he would be in front of me ..... Argggggg!!! Let's move on to better stuff .... Hannah and Leo .... Awwww!!! I loved them so much! Hannah is strong, confident and caring. Leo is EVERYTHING we look for in a book boyfriend. He's strong, sexy, smart, protective and did I say SEXY? Yes I did! But honestly this guy is HOT!!!Waaaaah!!! The way he calls Hannah ... Morena *Panties melting* Holy sweet mother of God! Yup! 100% swoon attack! I liked that these two had a slow building romance, even if the chemistry was instant their love for each other slowly developed.

Let's talk horses. Argus!!!!!!! OMG!!! He stole my heart!!!! I was hanging on every word when he was around. I wanted to see his progress, I was cheering for him .... He even made me freakin' cry!!! Not only does Leo still your heart, but Argus does too! <3 <3 <3 <3

I loved the family aspect of this book. I really hope those hot brothers, Bia and Hillary, Hannah's sister, will get a story. I really want to see more of all these characters. Bia, Leo's twin sister, was one of my favorites. She was super funny and I loved her personality.

My Rating:

I give Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert 4.5 sweet, romantic, intense, sexy stars! This NA Contemporary Romance is Amazing! Fantastic work by Juliana Haygert!




Guest Post:

Juliana accepted to sit on the HOT SEAT and answer some questions for us. Obrigado para suas respostas, Juliana! ;)

Her books:

Who is your favorite character and why? Mirella – though this book isn’t published it! I think she’s my fave because I can see a lot of myself on her.
What chapter gave you the most trouble while writing it? My problem isn’t writing – my problem is revising. I prefer writing 10 novels to revising 1 lol
Who is your favorite couple? Hannah and Leo from Breaking the Reins, so far. Mirella and Artan will probably take the lead once I go back to that story.
Is there a scene that you wrote that made you cry? Yup. Several scenes of Breaking the Reins made me cry.
Where do you get your inspiration for your stories? Everywhere, anywhere. Destiny Gift = a sentence my husband said about gods and immortality. Breaking the Reins = the music video of Radar by Britney Spears. Playing pretend = I heard a publisher mentioned they would like “spring flings” stories. That turned into Spring Break in my mind.
What is your writing routine? I write almost every weekday while my kid is at school, and sometimes at night after she goes to bed if my hubs has MBA homework to do.
What song makes you think of one of your couples? Say Yes by Snow Patrol makes me think of Leo and Hannah.
Most memorable fan email/meeting/letter/encounter? I hadn’t had many yet. I once got an email from a known trad author saying she loved my writing. I’ve met with two bloggers in NYC, both called Hannah. They are the sweetest and they love my books! That was super fun! And every email or message I get of readers saying they loved my books makes my day! 
What genre would you love to write next? I’m revising a NA UF right now, then I’m going to work on a contemporary romance. Next, I’ll probably work on another UF. I would love to try my hand at high fantasy. I did once, a long time ago, but never tried it again.
What are your upcoming projects? I have Soul Oath and Cup of Life (The Everlast Trilogy) coming in November, then I’ll have Playing Pretend (a light contemp romance) coming in March 2014. Around June/July, I should have the last book of The Everlast Trilogy out, and after that I’m not sure. I want to write everything at the same time, because I have too many ideas – so I don’t plan too far ahead because by the time I get to them, I might have changed my mind.

Authors and books she loves:

Favorite male character? Dimitri Belikov holds my heart
Favorite female character? At the moment, Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Favorite author? Richelle Mead
Favorite book? One only? No way. The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bargudo, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Divergent by Veronica Roth …
Favorite Genre to read? UF
Favorite Quote? “You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” ― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
If you could recommend one book at the moment, which one would it be? Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert? HAHA. Hm, not mine? Eyre House by Cait Greer – a NA told from a guy’s POV. It’s awesome!
What is the next book you are anxiously waiting for? Allegiant by Veronica Roth
If you could hang out with one author for a day, who would it be? Bah. I don’t know. Too many. Hm, J.K. Rowling, but I probably would be too stunned and wouldn’t be able to talk at all!


About the Author:

New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.