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Evanescent (The Broken Series, Book 2) by Carlyle Labuschagne Blog Tour

Title: Evanescent
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne
Series: The Broken Series #2
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 19th May 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9922446-4-4
Book Blurb:
 
Her fall has just begun. Only his touch can save her from the shift that could destroy it all. 
 
Within my blood runs a thing our kind calls the Shadowing Disease. It shadows over, and bends everything to its will. 
 
When the first blood-shift came, it tore through flesh and blood, threatening to bend me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart with its honeyed, seductive poison. It came with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and altering me forever. 
 
The shift has caused a rift within me. No one was safe when it entrapped me in its claws of foul lust. But I have the only antidote against the evil that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the spurs of sweet darkness that clung on for deal life. 
 
I knew what I had to do; the desperation pulled my mind with the deep determination of a hungry predator. 
 
By the time the revelation raised me from the dark dungeon of my bounds – it might have been too late.
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carlyle is an South African award winning author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.
Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.
 
“I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, it’s in the dark times that the light comes to life.”
 
Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event – SAIR bookfestival.
 
 “To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – it’s a crazy world out there you don’t have to go it alone!

 
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Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly- Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

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Title:  Who R U Really?
Author:  Margo Kelly
Publisher: 
Merit Press (Sept. 18, 2014)
Pages: 
240
Format:  Hardcover
Genre:  YA (Young Adult)

Thea’s overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She’s living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can’t defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.

Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really “gets” her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit’s allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea’s life spins out of control.

Margo Kelly has written a book that I think all parents and teenagers should read.  I am going to go so far to say, that I think this book should be required reading in school.  We are living in a world that is overloaded with electronic devices, that allow us free reign to a buffet of all kinds of information.  Some good, and some not so good.

In ‘Who R U Really’ we get to see that things and people are not always as they appear to be online.  Thea’s parents are strict, and they want to protect her.  She has to leave the door to her bedroom open when she is on her computer online, and her mother is constantly reading the text messages on her phone.  Like most teenagers these days Thea thinks her parents are out to ruin her life.  

I could relate to that, and remember feeling much of the same way when I was a teenager.  When I was a teenager the world was different.  We didn’t have computers, cell phones or the internet.  If we had, I can guarantee you that I wouldn’t have been allowed to have a computer in my room, much less a cell phone of my own!  I don’t feel that Thea’s mother was to strict at all.

Thea starts playing a role playing game online, and it is in a chat room that she meets Kit.  The more they chat, the more Thea comes to believe that he ‘really’ gets her.   Before long Thea is telling lies to her parents just to be able to play the online game, and chat with Kit.  Kit even tells Thea what to say to her mother, and how to hide the conversations they are having online.

Thea is excited by Kit’s attention, and understanding.  He plays on her sensitive side, and has her believing that he can not live without her.  He makes her think that he is the only one that really cares, and even her best friend can not be trusted.  

Who R U Really is based on true events in the authors own life.  This book is written well, and I felt like that Mrs Kelly captured the voice of a teenage girl.  The events in the book are believable and all to real in the world we live in today.  I had a feeling early own in the book who ‘Kit’ was, but then I would change my mind and think it was another character.  I was guessing right up to the very end.

I recommend this book to parents and teenagers everywhere.  Who R U Really, should be mandatory reading for all teenagers in school.  It is a big eye opener!

Excerpt

When Tim’s eyes, bluer than an Idaho sky, met mine, my mind turned to mush. He towered above everyone else at the bus stop, and on this cold January morning he looked cuter than ever with his bomber hat and rosy cheeks. 
He shoved his sidekick, Josh, jokingly, and a cloud of white air escaped Tim’s mouth.
My best friend, Janie, whacked me on the hip. “Omigosh, Thea. Here they come. Smile.”
Her words bounced in rhythm with her black ringlets. She adjusted her new fluffy snow white parka, and even though it had a hood, she would never smash her perfect curls simply to stay warm. The crisp air made the tip of her nose red, but the rest of her face remained alabaster white.  We’d been best friends for years, and at fourteen, having a friend made the ninth grade bearable.
Janie hoped Josh and Tim would ask us to the Winter Solstice dance, but I just hoped to speak to Tim without sounding like a complete idiot. 
Tim walked in our direction with Josh right on his heels. They stopped in front of us, and everyone else hovered to watch the show.
“Thea,” Tim said.  I wanted to reply, but no words came.
Josh approached Janie, and I fidgeted with my favorite fuzzy pink scarf.

Praise For the Book 
 
“Kelly’s first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Suspenseful novel that’s guaranteed to give readers goosebumps–particularly as events heat up toward the end. A good choice for families to read together.” —School Library Journal

“Who R U Really? is a fantastically creepy book that is surprisingly realistic and totally engrossing…. Once I opened it, I couldn’t close it. Who R U Really is a satisfyingly unique YA thriller that left me guessing up until almost the very last page…. This book is very realistic and I really enjoyed the writing style.” —Tempest Books

“Based on actual events, the story should be required reading for all teens.” —VOYA Magazine

Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, she is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her first novel. Margo welcomes the opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.

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Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson Blog Tour & Book Review

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After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome new neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

 

Fun, compelling, and romantic, Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn’t afraid to show him that he doesn’t. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

 

My Review
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This is the third book that I have read by Rachael Anderson, and it is now my favorite one!  I knew I was going to adore this book by the second page.

Emma arrives in Colorado Springs, Colorado at night with 2 sleeping girls in the back seat of her old, warn out, yellow car.  She has no job, no money, but that doesn’t stop her from looking on the bright side.  The one thing she does have is a home for her and the girls to live in (even if it is as run down as her car).  She doesn’t feel sorry for herself, instead she has a ‘can do’ attitude that I loved.  Emma believes in fixing things up and using them again, and then repeating again.

She doesn’t want to owe anyone anything, and especially includes her new next door neighbor Kevin.  Kevin would be any woman’s dream come true, but Emma does not want a knight in shining armor, but exactly what she gets in Kevin.  He buys her groceries, which she refuses to accept.  Forty dollars is pocket change to Kevin, but to Emma it is a weeks’ worth of groceries.

Kevin is a perfectionist, he wants everything in its place.  When he sees Emma’s old yellow car on the street in front of the house next door, towels in the front yard, and side walk chalk on the driveway he is not happy.  He is hoping she is just staying long enough to fix the house, sale it and move.  He has a plan for his life and it doesn’t include a disorganized woman with messy children.

Emma doesn’t know anything about caring for children, but she learns.  She loves her nieces and her brother very much, and would do anything to make sure they are happy and cared for.  

Prejudice Meets Pride is full of love, new friendships and making things like new again.  I love that Emma was not portrayed as a weepy, helpless female that wanted a knight in shining armor.  She wanted to provide for her nieces and herself by working and making her own way.  Kevin & Emma’s friendship develops slowly, and it is not love at first sight.  

Even though I guessed what was coming at the end of the book, that didn’t stop me from tearing up a little.  The title ‘Prejudice Meets Pride’ is the perfect title for this book and describes the main characters perfectly!  If you enjoy strong heroines, and a hero that is a real gentleman then this book is for you.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series ‘Rough Around the Edges, Meets Refined’.  It is going to be Noah’s story.  Noah’s is Emma’s brother.

 

 book-excerpt-buttonEvery part of Kevin screamed at him not to take it. He didn’t want it or need it. Why couldn’t she let it go and forget about it? Why wouldn’t she let him ease some of her burdens? He wanted to—so much. It was killing him how much. But then he looked from the envelope to her eyes, and in that instant, he knew he couldn’t turn down the money. She needed him to accept it.So he did, though he hated himself for it. To him, forty bucks was pocket change. To her, it was a weeks’ worth of groceries. “Thanks,” he mumbled.

“Thank you for loaning it to me.”

“Anytime.” His eyes captured and held hers. “I mean it, Emma. Anytime.”

“I know,” she said softly.

That would have to be enough for now. Kevin fingered the envelope, wishing there was something he could do. Something she’d let him do. “Would you like to borrow my lawnmower?” he asked tentatively, worried the question would make her go all ape on him again. “It works.”

Emma’s hand covered her mouth, muffling a strangled sound. Was that a sob or a snicker? Kevin couldn’t tell. Please don’t let her be crying. He never knew what to say or do when a woman got all weepy.

The sound came again, and Emma’s eyes filled with suppressed humor. Whew. It was a snicker. She was trying not to laugh. Did that mean he could press his luck? He gestured toward his mower. “Or, I could always mow it   for—”

“No.” And just like that, all traces of humor were gone. “I’ll mow my own lawn, thanks. Then I’ll clean it up, refill it with gas, and return it to you in better shape than before. Because that’s what you do when you borrow something.” It sounded rehearsed—a lesson ingrained in her by parents or someone else. “And then I’ll find a way to repay you for everything else you’ve done for me. Because I hate—hate—being in your debt.”

Kevin stepped forward and rested his hands on Emma’s shoulders, still clutching the envelope. He shook her shoulders lightly until those beautiful gray eyes met his. “Emma, you don’t owe me anything.”

“Yes, I do.”

“No, you don’t.”

“Yes—”

“No, you don’t,” he said firmly, then held the envelope in front of her face. “As far as I’m concerned, this makes us square.”

She didn’t try to say anything this time, only continued to stare at him with eyes that he could drown in. He lowered his hand from her mouth and shoved the envelope in the back pockets of his jeans, where he felt another envelope containing the art gallery tickets.

He pulled them out. “And speaking of not owing me anything, I happen to have two tickets for some big art gallery show tonight in Denver. They were given to me and didn’t cost a dime,” he quickly added. “Would you like to go?”

Her eyes clouded in confusion. “With you?”

 

No, with Sam or even Becky. Anyone but him. He was taking Nicole out tonight, not Emma. Nicole. If only his heart would stop pounding on his chest to say, “Yeah. With me.” The words were out before he could stop them. “I can see if Sam’s available to watch the girls.”“You mean like a date?” Emma said.

Did he mean that? Kevin wasn’t sure. Everything that had seemed so clear moments before suddenly became murky and garbled. “How about we call it two friends hanging out? Something tells me you could really use a break.”

The confusion left her eyes, and she frowned. “Great. So now I’m the charity case again.”

Worried that he’d inadvertently turned up the heat on a pot that had only just begun to simmer, Kevin amended, “I meant a date. It’s like a date.”

 

Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



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Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson Book Tour Review


Title: Blackmoore
Author: Julianne Donaldson
Page Count: 276
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Brand: A Proper Romance

Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never to marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain sooner rather than later and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart.

My Review


I enjoy romances about the Regency Era, and ‘Blackmoore’ did not disappoint me!  This is the first book I have ever read by Julianne Donaldson, so I can not compare it to her book ‘Edenbrooke’ that I keep reading so much about.  I am going to have to read that one next just to satisfy my curiosity.

Blakemoore was a pleasant read, with a wonderful plot that satisfied my need for romance.  Kate longs to play music and go to India with her aunt Charlotte, and she has no desire to ever marry.  Her mother on the other hand wants Kate to marry, even if it is to someone old enough to be her great grandfather.  I didn’t like Kate’s mother very much or Henry’s for that matter.

Kate has wanted to go to Blakemore for as long as she can remember, but was never invited til now.  Her mother refuses to let her go when she discovers she has turned down a proposal, from a man 5 times her in age.

Things change and Kate agrees to her mothers demands, go to Blakemore and secure three proposals and then she can go to India with her aunt Charlotte.  Sounds simple, right?  It turns out to be not so simple for Kate as she thought.

I loved the friendship between Henry and Kate, and the discoveries they made along the way.  I don’t want to give anything away so I am not going to say anymore about the story.  Except I will definitely be reading Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson!  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Blackmoore after the first chapter or two, but I did.  Julianne did a great job with the plot and moving the story along.  I wouldn’t want to change a thing about this book!

Sexual Content:  Some kissing
Cursing:  None
Violence:  Talk in one or 2 places, but no more


About Julianne Donaldson

Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children.

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The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove- Book Blast & Giveaway

The Pitcher

“I never knew I had an arm until this guy called out, “Hey you want to try and get a ball in the hole, sonny?” I was only nine, but mom said, “come on, let’s play.” This Carney guy with no teeth and a fuming cigarette hands me five blue rubber balls and says if I throw three in the hole we win a prize. He’s grinning, because he took mom’s five bucks and figures a sucker is born every minute. That really got me, because we didn’t have any money after Fernando took off, and he only comes back to beat up mom and steal our money. So I really wanted to get mom back something, you know, for her five bucks.”

A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.

Author William Hazelgrove

William Hazelgrove is the best selling author of five novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways and Rocket Man and The Pitcher His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man due out May 1, 2013 was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors.net. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic. A forthcoming novel, The Pitcher will be out Sept 1, 2013. He lives in Chicago.

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