Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blog Tour: Before You by Amber Hart


Summary: Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn't stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.


Links for BEFORE YOU




My Review:

Initial Thoughts: Three letters I never want to see in a book again - DOA. I'm serious. This book just pulled me in and then destroyed me. It was sweet, funny, honest, and an all around amazing book. 

The Characters: There was some serious character growth in this book.. Faith changed so much throughout the book and it was all for the better. Faith was not a perfect person at all. She was flawed and had made a pretty good fake of herself thinking she had to be perfect for everyone. She thought that everyone was always judging her so she had to be perfect. This is not a case of a pretty, mean, popular girl turning into a selfless, goodhearted person. This is about a girl who made mistakes and because of them thought she became a different person so she wouldn't ruin her family's reputation or how others looked at her. 

Faith's best friend Melissa is the only person, besides her family, that knows why Faith is the way she is. Melissa is an great friend to Faith. She is funny, caring, and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She is always trying to get her to be who she always was but doesn't have much luck with that until Diego steps into the story. 

Diego won my heart. What was him being closed-off, for good reasons, came off as him looking like a jerk. But he wasn't! He was sweet and protective but also not afraid to go after something he wanted. He loved his family and worked hard for them. 

"Melissa is beaming, seven thousand rays of approval. It's almost blinding."

Yeah, I approved of him too! Of course he had flaws, but so did Faith and everyone else and that made the characters seem completely real. 

The Story: Faith meets Diego on the first day of school as his helper. He doesn't want the help from her and she doesn't back down from a challenge. Eventually Diego notices that Faith isn't who she looks to be and he wants to find out why she's hiding from the world. 

"'But between you and me, I don't think it will last. She's not really into him. It's just part of her image, you see.' I am absolutely aware that my mouth is hanging open."

They both start to let each other in as they learn more about each other and and the process fall in love. There are so many obstacles in the way though. Parts are because Faith has a hard time letting go of her fake self which was understandable but only to a point. And other parts are because of Diego's part that just won't leave him alone ever! So of course, it takes awhile to get to the point where things are getting better for everyone. Everyone really was doing better, Faith was becoming her "true" self and her relationship with Diego was so much better because of it. But you must always remember, authors can be very cruel... and that is all I can say...

End Thoughts: I really enjoyed and loved this book. I loved that the characters were flawed and learned to work through all their flaws and pasts and challenges and become better people from it. The ending I never saw coming in so many ways. Since I can't say anything, I will say that the tears were completely worth it. 5 stars for Before You!



About Amber Hart
Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House. 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - 7/30/14

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

The book I'm waiting for is one that I just happened to stumble upon and I'm glad I did. It is called Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It sounds very interesting and I look forward to being able to read it. Now I just have to wait until next year for it to come out. Why must we wait so long for books to come out? It drives me crazy! Oh well it is what it is. Happy Reading!

Publication: March 3rd 2015
Summary: Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are

Cover Reveal: Within These Walls by J.L. Berg

Summary: 
Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.  



I am not strong.  I am just a survivor of circumstance.

Isn’t that what we all do?  Survive?


Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through.  Mine are just more…complicated.


Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared.  He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

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Prologue:

Within these walls he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.
Like a white knight, he saved me from a life of gray and showed me a world full of color.  
Within these walls, I gave myself to a man who said he would always fight for me.  
Love me until the end of time.  
But sometimes, not even love is enough when life gets in the way.  
When your heart is already damaged beyond repair, what is there left to break?
Within these walls, I gave my less than perfect heart to the man I loved.
And then…he walked away.



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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Guardian by Courtney Cole

Summary: Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. 
My name is Whitney Lane.  I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy. 

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.  

Until one day, there was. 

Our world isn’t what we think.  There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.  
Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.   

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying. 

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t.  I don’t know what to think anymore.  I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.  

There’s only one thing I know for sure. 

Nothing is what it seems.

ABOUT COURTNEY COLE:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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Book Blitz: The Perfect Boyfriend by Renee Novelle



The Perfect Boyfriend by Renee Novelle
(Boyfriend #2) 

Publication date: July 27th 2014 
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
The Perfect Boyfriend picks up right where we left Reagan and Ian in The Boyfriend List.

As their friendship blossoms quickly into a steamy romance, Reagan and Ian have to learn to navigate their shifting relationship…and everything that entails. But their newfound bliss doesn’t come without a few unexpected challenges.

In the midst of realizing just how sweet the romance can be between them, and all the benefits of their new dynamic, Reagan is informed that her ideal situation has changed. Not only will she need to begin taking on more classes to speed up her graduation date, but she’ll also have to start looking for a job to supplement her fading income. Meanwhile, Ian has chosen to pull out of school once his father is diagnosed with a terminal illness in order to help manage the family business and spend time with him while he still can. But he wrestles with the guilt of leaving Reagan behind, and the pressure of his new responsibilities.

As the two meet their new challenges head-on, they’ll be forced to discover whether or not they’re as compatible as lovers as they were as friends. With their focus pulled in so many directions, will they have what it takes to keep a long distance relationship alive? Can Ian prove that he’s still be the perfect boyfriend, or will they fold to statistics under the growing tensions of their lives? Throw in some manipulative exes, a new boss with an inflated ego, and a co-worker from hell and the two have a recipe for either a fairy tale ending, or a complete disaster.


Book 1 sale: book 1 - The Boyfriend List - is on sale during the blitz for only 99c!! So snatch it up!


Excerpt:

The black Camaro was shimmering under the fading sunlight, fresh from a detailed washing earlier that day. Reagan reached for the handle to the passenger side door, as she had at least a dozen times before, but Ian put a hand up to stop her. Instead, he drew the door back himself, opening it in a chivalrous move that revealed something in the seat waiting for her -  a slim, robin’s egg blue box wrapped with a crisp white bow.
“What’s this?” Reagan inquired excitedly after immediately recognizing the trademark packaging.
“I wanted to get you something special.” He said, smiling mischievously as he leaned down to retrieve the box and place it in her eager hands. “Something to remind you of what you mean to me, and how important this night is.”
Reagan eyed him suspiciously, but her fingers trembled as she pulled at the bow and opened the box. A tiny gasp of surprise emerged from her throat, and the familiar sting in her eyes returned as tears of joy pooled, threatening to spill down her cheeks. Blinking them back, she looked up at Ian then back down at the delicate silver bracelet that was stretched the length of the box. It was a dual silver chain, knotted sweetly around a silver infinity symbol.
“It’s beautiful.” She exclaimed, her voice the hushed whisper of a woman impressed.
“I want you to know that this is real for me.” He began as he removed the token from the box and began to clasp it around her right wrist. “This isn’t just another first date. This is the beginning of forever for you and me. And if you decide that’s not what you want down the road, that’s fine. But Reagan, my intentions aren’t just to find another short-term girlfriend. I want you, all of you, for as long as you’re willing to give me.”



Author Interview:



  1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Oh geez, where do I start? I love writing in all its gazillion varieties. I’m a huge supporter of anything arts related – theater, dance, music, art, fashion, you name it! I’m as addicted to lipgloss as I am to coffee. I’m a huge foodie and love trying new, fun recipes at home. I believe in romance and the perfect love and all that wonderful, sappy stuff. And I have two adorable cats that I consider to be my furry babies.

  1. Tell us about your book. What inspired this story?
The Perfect Boyfriend is the follow-up story to The Boyfriend List. When I originally wrote The Boyfriend List, I had no intention of making it into a series. It was just supposed to be a sweet, light, stand alone book. But I had SO MANY READERS tell me that they wanted more of Ian and Reagan, and really wanted to know what happened next in their story...so The Perfect Boyfriend was born. If all goes well, there should be a third book coming out in 2015.

  1. Is there a message you’re trying to get across the readers? What’s the one thing you want readers to think when they’ve finished your book?
I think the main message here is that when you find the right one, you can grow together and overcome anything, because just being with that person gives you strength. And I think that love can be found anywhere, even in someone who has been your best friend for years. I hope that readers will walk away satisfied with the story, thinking it was a sweet continuation of the first book. It isn’t mean to be over the top dramatic, or erotic or anything like that. Just a sweet, realistic love story with a positive happy ending.

  1. When did you know you wanted to write a book?
It’s always been a lifelong goal of mine to be a published author. And now I am, how cool is that!

  1. Do you have any “odd” writing habits?
Define “odd” lol. Not really, but I have to have complete silence to really get inside the heads of the characters.

  1. Where’s your favorite place to write?
I have an office that I call my writing cave. It’s a really cozy and quiet and I love it there.

  1. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write because you love it, and for no other reason. That’s when you produce your best work, and it will make you the most satisfied in the end.

  1. What’s one thing about the writing process that you think every writer should know?
That it’s extremely hard! And success doesn’t always come right away. Also keep in mind that everyone gets the occasional bad review and it’s a real blow to the ego. But all the wonderful comments and reviews make up for it.

  1. What’s your favorite part about the writing process?
Finally getting all the stories out of my head! And I actually love the editing part. Writing that first draft can be really tough, but going back and making it better and better is so much fun!

  1. What are you working on next?
Next I’m working on the third installment to my psychological thriller series, Avenged. And then after that I’ll write the third installment in this series, and readers will have a full book of Petra’s adventures in dating.



AUTHOR BIO
Renee’ Novelle is Preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.

As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.

Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.

In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. She writes psychological and paranormal thrillers, as well as contemporary fiction and new adult fiction. For a complete schedule of upcoming releases, please visit www.RSNovelle.com

Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you're meant to be.

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Review Policy

Hello! Thank you for looking into A Thousand Lives Lived to have your book reviewed. I will look at any and every review request. I may need a few days to respond to requests as to make sure I either have or don't have the time to review your book. Unfortunately I won't have time to review every book that I get asked to read. Although if I do accept your request, I will try to read and review before it's release date if it is an ARC. But sometimes life gets in the way and this may not always be the case. Let me know if you have a certain timeframe though.

Please keep in mind that I have the right to not review a book even if I have accepted it. I have never had this problem before so I hope to keep it that way.

Genres That I Like (They can be YA or NA):

  • Paranormal
  • Contemporary
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Sci-fi
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Legends & Mythology
**I really like self published books so I'll gladly look through those as well**

Genres I Will Not Accept: 
  • Horror
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • nonfiction
Book Formats I Accept:
  • print (paperback or hardcover)
  • ebooks (mobi or PDF)
  • egalleys
Reviews will be posted here on this blog as well as Goodreads. They will be also be shown on my Twitter and Facebook pages. If you'd like me to post elsewhere (Amazon, B&N) let me know. 

You can contact me by email at: lillymcm13(at)gmail(dot)com 
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Thank you, 
Elizabeth.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Recs. - 7/28/14

This week's Monday Recommendation is Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout. Now the only reason I'm recommending, cause I have already featured it, is that it is currently free for the first time ever and may never be free again. I mean I love this book and it's actually one of the first books that got me into reading, but I've already showed it so I don't want to show you guys things that have already been on here. It would get pretty boring. Am I making sense here? Well I hope I am. Happy Reading!

If you are interested, the Amazon link is HERE. I mean it's free so what can it hurt?

Summary: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don't kill him first, that is.

Weekly Musings: Book Pet Peeves


This week's exciting topic is... Book Pet Peeves.



I know for a fact that I have MANY pet peeves when it comes to books that I kind of annoy myself sometimes with the fact that I have so many. I mean why can't I read a book with bent pages, a bent spine, built-in stickers on a cover that no longer fits with the other covers in the series all while having someone talk to me at the same time? 


Here is a list of all the book pet peeves I can think of.

When a cover changes in the middle of a series. I like having all matching covers and it irritates me so much when this happens! Even though I hate it, I still will buy the book because I'm not going to stop reading just because the cover doesn't fit the previous books. 

When people dog ear pages. I can't even imagine ever doing this to a book. Why would anyone ever purposely bend and damage a book! Just WHY!
 
When people bend the spine of a paperback. This one kind of goes with the dog eared pages. Again why would you break a book. I see people do this all the time and I *sometimes* glare when they do.



When there is a sticker on the cover or a "sticker" that is part of the cover and can't be removed. I don't like things obscuring my view of a book cover. Stickers can be hard to take off but when they are part of the cover, I feel like it ruins the whole thing. I mean why can't you just have a sticker-free book cover? Is it too much to ask for?

Having one hardcover book in a series of soft covers and vice versa. I don't have this problem in the sense that, if one book in a series is hardcover, I'm going to get them all in hardcover. Same with softcover. I will never have a series be a combination of both.

When you lend out a book and never get it back or you get it back in horrible condition. Oh this one is awful! I've lent out my books before and have sometimes never gotten them back or they were damaged. If people do this to me I make them buy me a new one. Now though I'll only let my closest friends use my books. Everyone else has to fend for themselves.


When people ask you what you are reading even though they can see the title. Have you ever had this happen? I've had a few times but what I have found to be even more annoying is when I'm reading on my kindle and people ask me what I'm reading. I don't know why but it just irritates me when people ask - I'm reading, I'm in my happy place, leave me alone sheesh.

When people thinks it's okay to talk to you while reading a book. I don't what it is with people that makes them think that reading a book means I want to have a conversation with them. I'm serious, it's not even funny how times I get interrupted while reading a book. You'd think that reading a book clearly means you want to be left alone.


So there you have it! I know there are other book pet peeves but I feel like these are some of the most common. What kind of book pet peeves do you have?