Saturday, May 31, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass GIF Review

This is a series of GIFs I put together that highlighted my emotional experience/response while reading The One on the day it came out. I made it a few weeks ago and I decided to put it here because I think it's really funny. On a side note, you may need a really good internet connection to see it or it may take a few minutes to load but I think it's worth it because it's really funny!! Happy Reading...and trying to see if these GIFs load....
P.S. I have one more review for today and it's a series review so look forward to that!!

So The One came out...

So of course I was freaking out all day long...


And I went chasing after a copy like nobody's business...



Then I completely plowed through the book...

And then the ending...




And low and behold the last chapter and epilogue...



Good job Kiera Cass...


Review: The One by Kiera Cass


Summary: The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

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**this is kind of a shorter review because there isn't too much to say unless I want to spoil the whole book which wouldn't be good at all**

Initial Thoughts: I am so very happy how it all turned out. I cried a couple times toward the end because I'm a crier and I don't even care. But the last few chapters were so amazing and heartbreaking and then amazing again! This book made for a great finale and I'm so happy with it!

The Characters & Story: In this book, all the characters really started to act more mature and more reasonably. They all become better people because it was called for. Maxon's father doesn't even want The Selection to continue anymore and then there are rebels trying to sabotage it and they are doing this by killing people and then there are the other rebels who are actually good! 

There is so much going on throughout the book that I was even starting to wonder and doubt how it was all going to end! Between attacks, the mean King (grr), Maxon, America, Aspen, and the other girls left in The Selection, the book was really intense and filled with people making hard choices and wrong choices and right choices and secret choices! And it all went by way too fast (I mean I read it too fast)! 

Even though the level of maturity went up, I still think Maxon and America made some immature ones because of their insecurities. And don't get me started on Aspen, I wanted him out from the first book.

End Thoughts: This was a wonderful conclusion to this series! Like I've already said, I'm so happy how it turned out and I couldn't have asked for a better, more satisfying ending! 5 well deserved stars!!

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass


Summary: Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

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**This is book two in this series and you may want to check out my review for The Selection (book one) HERE. Though I warn you, I went back and read my review and thought it wasn't that good...I've improved my reviewing methods. Nevertheless, you get the gist of it and I think that's what matters for now.**

Initial Thoughts: I don't care if you don't want to know this, but after reading it, my best friend and I literally ended up chatting for hours over the books! Hours people! It was a very discussion worthy book and I can't tell whether or not I love it or hate it (in a good way of course) because of the characters!

The Characters: They are still the same as in the first book although I have no idea whether or not they all got more stupid! Okay, I take it back just a little. The characters were fine, they all just made bad choices but I actually understood where most of them were coming from. It's still embarrassing though to yell at your book...

The Story: It starts off where the last one left off with only six girls remaining. The competition definitely became more tense between everyone literally everyone. A lot of people's true colors were revealed, for instance, the King's... Relationships between everyone either got more intense or confusing or down right idiotic!

There is a reason why I stay away from books that have love triangles (this is the only series I have made an exception for) because I really hate them. As I did in this book but see the thing is, I always just knew who was going to be the winner, I was just waiting for America to wake up from her dreamland and realize it too. Which having read the last book already, I see it takes awhile but remember even book characters are human and make mistakes or like to hold onto other people because they don't know if they can or should trust their feelings (this is applying to the characters in this book in case you were wondering).

The Romance: I cannot say enough how much I love America and Maxon together! I mean they are perfect, so perfect I tell you. They aren't without their faults but they are so adorable and perfect I can think about them at any time and find myself smiling! I think their relationship has been developed and portrayed realistically over these first two books!

End Thoughts: This is a great second book to the series and also introduced some things that will definitely be important to the plot of the next book! I think everyone should read this series, no promises on whether or not you'll like but it's worth a shot! 5 stars!!


ARC Review: Finding Us (True North #2) by Allie Juliette Mousseau


Summary: Nathaniel Morrisey thought he had a handle on his affections for the one woman he ever cared about, Julia North, who happened to be his boss’s daughter and best friend’s little sister. But Jules is about to blow that calm self-control he's had a tight grip on all to hell. 

Nate's desire to protect Jules—especially from himself—and the overwhelming emotions he feels for her, have waged a war inside of him; having been abandoned and abused as a child, how could he ever love and treat a woman like Julia North the way she deserved?

Julia North knows Nathaniel Morrisey is the only one for her, but with a past like a dark shadow, Nate's as turbulent as the wild horses he rides.

Will Jules be strong enough to hold on unconditionally, or will she decide it’s finally time to let go?


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**I received a copy, as part of the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review**

Initial Thoughts: This was a really cute, yet also hard story that was hilarious at times and sad at times but a good story nonetheless.

The Characters: Julia (Jules) is a really sweet, shy, and funny character who could also be outgoing if her friends convinced her too. I loved how she was understanding of people and she was really easy to connect to. She is a very levelheaded nineteen year old and that made her a really strong character that really added to the story. She also has this secret which I thought was also a great part of the story! 

Nate is a great guy with some not so great moments. For instance, he's always like Jules but it took him awhile to own up to it, now there were reasons behind everything, but still!! Of course there are other parts to the story and overall, I thought Nate was an amazing person.

Livie and Piper. The first book is about Livie and while she isn't in this book too much, I still loved her because she has such a great personality and it's hard not too love her. Piper was so funny and I loved her very outgoing persona as well. Livie and Piper together = Jules not being shy = hilarious scenes!

The Story: Now that I think about it, it's kind of complex. It starts off as a story about two people who've always loved each other, yet never knew the other did, even though everyone around them could clearly see it. But it develops further than that because Jules and Nate do get together so after that, it's a lot about them just knowing each other further and learning to work together and get through difficult situations and it all made for a great story. I loved how well Nate and Jules were able to work together and handle themselves and really become better people through each other!

End Thoughts: Great story and characters. This book has really entertaining and funny but was also able to knock you down a few pegs when tough situations were brought up. You can read this book without having read the first one but the characters are all really great so I don't see why you should miss out on the first one either!! 4 stars.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Favorites - 5/30/14


Since I didn't have a lot of internet access this week, I was able to read this fabulous series that I know I've already talked about and you probably don't want to hear about anymore, so I'm just going to say it one more time...The Mystic Series by B.C. Burgess was basically all I read this week and I loved it. I'm also in a reading slump now because I can't find anything good to read that will hold my interest. That's the second time this month and they were both after reading series...maybe I should stay away from those for awhile... So anyways this series was my favorite read of the week!! Happy Reading!!!





Cover Reveal: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

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Summary: The Fowler sisters are New York City’s darlings, heiresses to the Fleur Cosmetics Empire. Quickly put up on a fame hungry pedestal only for the media to lie in wait, eager to tear them down, these three very different young women soon find love in the most unexpected places…

OWNING VIOLET coming December 2.

Violet Fowler is the good sister. She works hard at her family’s cosmetics company, is faithful to her boyfriend and never causes any trouble. Until Zachary disappoints her yet again with a promotion that will take him to London—and away from her. His leaving sets a new fire within her. What’s the point in being so good when no one else ever is?

Someone within Fleur Cosmetics wants that London promotion and will do anything to get it, including throwing temptation in the path of the not-so-faithful Zachary. Ryder McKay came from nothing and has fought every step of the way to his position at Fleur. And now the mysterious charmer has set his sights on Violet. If it worked for Zachary, it could work for him. 

Seducing the good Fowler sister is easy. What Ryder doesn’t count on is how much Violet makes him feel. What started out as revenge soon becomes something deeper. Can Ryder go through with his plans to deceive Violet? Or is he only deceiving himself?


Other books in series:
STEALING ROSE coming spring 2015
TAMING LILY coming summer 2015
(tentative release dates)


PRE-ORDER LINKS: 
 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Owning-Violet-Novel-Monica-Murphy-ebook/dp/B00KK0PJCO/ B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/owning-violet-monica-murphy/1119221091?ean=9780553393262





ABOUT MONICA MURPHY:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.







Links:
 Website: http://www.monicamurphyauthor.com/# Blog: http://missmonicamurphy.blogspot.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsMonicaMurphy Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MonicaMurphyauthor Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5934418.Monica_Murphy Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Monica-Murphy/e/B00AVPYIGG OWNING VIOLET Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21965297-owning-violet

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I'm waiting for this week is called Snow like Ashes by Sarah Raasch. It sounds like it will be a good book so I'm really excited for it! Happy Reading!!


Publication: October 14th 2014
Summary: A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So I just discovered this amazing series called The Mystic Series by B.C. Burgess and I read all six books (and there are more coming) these past few days!! So here's a teaser from the first book!

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"You wanna go to Oregon, don't you?" Phyllis concluded.

"Yes," Layla confirmed, "but I'm scared. What if I drag my butt all the way there, turn my world upside down, and there's nothing there to find?"

"But what if there is?" Phyllis countered. "Life's nothin' if ya don't take chances."

"What's the last chance you took?"

"I let Travis drive me over here." Layla smirked at Travis' guilty grin.

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Summary:  Layla
After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.

Quin
Quin's natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he's been dreaming of his entire life. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he's confronted with the challenge of a lifetime - an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.

The Enemy
Through manipulation and dark magic, Agro uses the powers of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. When he discovers Layla didn't die at birth, he sets out to find and possess her.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.

Monday Recs.

Okay so I'm posting this week's Monday Recs., Teaser Tuesday, and Waiting on Wednesday posts because in case you missed it, I haven't had power/access to a computer this past week. I still want to do all the posts so that is what I'm going to do!

This week's Monday (**Thursday**)  Recommendation are three really well done Vampire books because that's the first thing that came to my mind. They are Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.


Summary: Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops. 

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees. 

The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

Summary: To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.



Summary: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Updates

Hello my wonderful people! I just wanted to say that I didn't have any power this weekend and today was sketchy too and because of that I wasn't able to write ANY posts whatsoever. And I know not having power isn't something you really have control over but I still feel bad that I wasn't able to have any posts to provide for you because I had four reviews lined up for y'all and the Sunday Past and I wasn't able to do any of that because I didn't have any power! I'll just have the reviews posted over this week since I wasn't able to do anything and I hope you all know that I am really sorry that I dropped off the face of the earth for a few days! I hope that the rest of the week goes fine as it should but if I miss a post it's because there was no way for me to. I missed you guys but now I'm back (hopefully) and with that - Happy Reading!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Favorites - 5/23/14


This week I have one favorite read. It's called Descension by B.C. Burgess and I'm almost done with the second book, so it's been a really good series so far and I plan to stick with it! Happy Reading!!

Summary: Layla
After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.

Quin
Quin's natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he's been dreaming of his entire life. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he's confronted with the challenge of a lifetime - an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.

The Enemy
Through manipulation and dark magic, Agro uses the powers of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. When he discovers Layla didn't die at birth, he sets out to find and possess her.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - 5/21/14

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

So, this week I'm waiting for a book called Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. It is a thriller novel and I guess you can never turn those down since they tend to be very suspenseful and full of action. Hopefully this one turns out to be good because I am really excited for it! Happy Reading!!

Publication: October 7th 2014
Summary: Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…(

Cover Reveal: His Reverie by Monica Murphy

His ReverieSummary: I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want. 
The only girl I could ever love.
She is light.
I am darkness.
She is innocent.
I’ve done too much.
She is good.
I am bad.
She is my every dream.
I should be her every nightmare.
We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…

Not.

Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.

The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. 

All I know is: I won’t let them.

Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.
Add it to your TBR today!!! HIS REVERIE Goodreads

Teaser Picture:
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Excerpt:

“Thirsty?”
I jump at the sound of a soft female voice, my hand jerking so the hose splashes me right in the face. Muttering a curse, I drop the hose and reach out blindly, wrenching the faucet off with one hand as I swipe at my eyes with the back of the other. I hear the girl laugh and I whirl around, fully prepared to find some bratty preteen Hale daughter mocking me.
But shes not a preteen. Not even close. More like around my age. Shes tall and slender, her long blonde hair falling far past bared tan shoulders. Shes wearing some sort of sundress or whatever you call it and shes pretty much covered since it hits just above her knees, though her arms are exposed since the dress is sleeveless. The sun catches her just right though, shining through the thin fabric of her skirt so I can see through it.
My gaze drops and all I can see is long, long legs through the shadowy fabric. Damn. Those sexy legs are endless. She clears her throat, like she knows exactly where Im looking and what Im thinking and I jerk my gaze up guiltily to meet hers, feeling like a jackass.
Thats when I notice her eyes are blue. As blue as the sky above us, and shes so damn pretty, with delicate features and pink, pink lips, that I cant seem to form words.
“Who are you?” she asks curiously. Her voice washes over me, sweet and melodic and now its my turn to clear my throat to get the lump out so I can freaking speak.
“Who are you?” I ask back like an idiot.
She smiles shyly and my entire body reacts, a bolt of electricity seeming to go through me. “I asked first.”
“Are you Hales daughter?” If she is, that sucks because holy hell shes hot but yeah.
Shes completely untouchable if shes a Hale.
“What if I am?” She kicks at the ground with her sandaled foot, her cheeks coloring the faintest pink. Innocence radiates from her. She looks like a damn angel and seems a little uncomfortable with me.
Despite her seeming discomfort, I think she might be trying to flirt with me.
Well, Id make sure and be extra polite to you since I work for your dad.” I go with the truth because I dont want any problems from this girl. I probably shouldnt even be alone with her. She could say anything, accuse me of something terrible and Id have no defense. Her word against mine.
And her word would win every single time.
Another laugh escapes her and she slowly shakes her head. “I like your honesty.”
I like everything about her so far but I keep my lips clamped shut. Ive already said enough to make myself look like a total loser.“So Im guessing youre definitely Hales daughter?”

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ABOUT MONICA MURPHY: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. 

              Links: Website Blog Twitter Facebook Author Goodreads Amazon author page

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - 5/20/14



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So I just finished reading Finding Us (True North #2) by Allie Juliette Mousseau. It was a really fun book so I'm going to give a teaser to one of my favorite parts!! 

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My mom screamed, "OH MY GOD, IT'S GORGEOUS!" She yanked my hand toward as if I wasn't attached to the other end of it. "COLT! Look at it!" She started crying.

My dad held my hand. "Boy, I knew you had it in you." He glanced at Nate, then back at me. "Are you happy sweetheart?"

I couldn't help but laugh. "Yes, very happy. That is, if you didn't give Nate a heart attack, Dad!"

The three of us turned to Nate, whose entire body suddenly relaxed, and we all busted up.

***
Summary: Nathaniel Morrisey thought he had a handle on his affections for the one woman he ever cared about, Julia North, who happened to be his boss’s daughter and best friend’s little sister. But Jules is about to blow that calm self-control he's had a tight grip on all to hell. 

Nate's desire to protect Jules—especially from himself—and the overwhelming emotions he feels for her, have waged a war inside of him; having been abandoned and abused as a child, how could he ever love and treat a woman like Julia North the way she deserved?

Julia North knows Nathaniel Morrisey is the only one for her, but with a past like a dark shadow, Nate's as turbulent as the wild horses he rides.

Will Jules be strong enough to hold on unconditionally, or will she decide it’s finally time to let go?

Book Blast: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes


Summary: Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work!  But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with, if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?




AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated from Washington University and the Goldfarb School of Nursing. When she’s not writing, she’s kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers! Find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.



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Release Day Launch: Where There's Smoke by Elizabeth Lee


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Where There's Smoke Front CoverSummary: There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He'd let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He'd perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rearview was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn't just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you.

Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She'd saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren't tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she's forced to see that things aren't always as they seem. The people who she'd left behind might not have been saved at all.

In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper's sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.
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Excerpt:


I stretched my arm out and placed a hand on the cool concrete, the grit and dirt sticking to my palm.  Such a contrast to the warmth I felt with Ryland firmly pressed up against me.  The curves of my backside fit perfectly against his long, lean frame, our skin heating up the chill around us. 

The fall weather had descended upon our small Midwestern town almost overnight.  It seemed like only a week or two ago we had been wearing shorts and flip-flops.  Now it was jeans and jackets.  Well, actually, now it was nothing.

I felt my cheeks heat as I thought about what we had just done.  I wasn't embarrassed.  Far from it.  In fact, I'd never felt more sure about anything in my entire life as I was about what had just happened with Ry.

“That was incredible,” he whispered against my neck as he traced lazy circles on my shoulder with his fingertips.

“Yeah,” I breathed, rolling onto my back to look up at him.  The soft glow of an outdoor utility light crept through the open side of the airplane hangar, barely lighting up the space.  “Never imagined our first time being on a blanket spread out on a cold, hard floor, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

“Me too. Let’s get on that then,” he said with a wicked grin before he pressed his lips to mine.  Propping himself on one arm—his hand resting against the side of his head—he snaked his free hand under one of the flannel blankets he'd commandeered from an airplane parked beside us. 

I liked this side of him.  The side that wasn't perfect and calculated.  The side that just did, said, and felt what he wanted.  He was literally feeling his way up my body—his hands smooth and rough all at the same time—sending all of my teenage hormones spiraling out of control.  We were living in the moment, which was exactly where I preferred to be.

“You know how much I love you, right?” His face became very serious, almost concerned.  
“I wanted tonight to be special.  I thought we'd go back to my house after we looked at the planes.  My parents are gone and...”  He was back in his head, thinking about his meticulously thought-out evening.  Doubting his ability to be perfect.  He did this sometimes—overanalyzed things.  “It didn't go exactly as I planned, but—”

“It was perfect,” I assured him. “Plans, schmans.”  I pulled his face to mine, giggling, my lips barely grazing his.  “And I love you, too.”

That was the thing about Ryland—I saw a side of him that no one else saw.  I could probably say the same for him about me.  Until him, I’d never felt like I was going to amount to much, but he believed in me, even when I didn't—which was most of the time.  When I was with him, I didn't feel like I needed to do everything in my power to piss people off.  He made me want to stay in this Godforsaken town with a family that ignored my existence.  They ignored it until I did something wrong—which was about ninety percent of the time.  Then my stepfather made sure to let me just how worthless I was. 

“So do you feel like a rebel?” I asked.  “This being your first breaking and entering and all.” 
It had been his idea to sneak on to the airfield—something that was much more in my wheelhouse than his.  I was the one who usually threw caution to the wind.  He was the good boy.  The straight-A student.  The doting son.

“Oh yeah.” He laughed. “I'm a regular badass.  Nothing like walking through an open gate to an abandoned shed.”  He cast his arm out sarcastically in the vacant space above our heads.  Nothing but sheet metal and wooden beams.  A handful of airplanes were parked around us with a smattering of fuel cans, tools, and parachutes hanging from the walls.  “I'm not sure we actually broke into anything.  More like casually strolled in.”

We lived in a town where people left their front doors unlocked.  The kind of town where everyone knew everyone and all of their business.  Truitville. It was a place with a minimal crime rate.  I think that night, that's what we’d both thought: What's the worst that could happen?

“So what's next then, Clyde?  Wanna rob a bank?”


Author PhotoAbout Elizabeth Lee: When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

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