Book Blitz: The Last Thing You See by Emma South

Book & Author Details:

The Last Thing You See by Emma South
Publication date: September 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
Harper Bayliss is about to pay the full price of fame. That is, if her stalker’s plans work out.

Hollywood’s new favourite starlet is already feeling overwhelmed by the insecurity of her past, a family that controls her every move, and the stresses that come with her job when a brutal attack from a madman takes that stress to a whole new level. But what neither Harper nor her attacker saw coming was the 6’4”, heavily muscled ex-Marine, Nick Martell, throwing himself in harm’s way to save her. After she visits him in the hospital to offer her thanks, she can’t help but be intrigued by the man she finds beneath the bad boy exterior.

Plagued by guilt over his failure to protect the one person that mattered the most, all Nick wants is to find some peace. The tattooed former Marine is scarred, inside and out, but saving Harper Bayliss might be his first step toward redemption. What’s more, her answer to his heartfelt question is about to send them both down a path of scorching passion…and maybe even love.

With the pressures of Harper’s fame and Nick’s guilt working against them, will their feelings be enough to overcome all the obstacles, including the stalker that’s still out there? If he gets his way he’ll show them that, even if they choose each other, you seldom get to choose the last thing you see.

The Last Thing You See from USA Today bestselling author Emma South is a New Adult Romance about letting go of the past to find unconditional love in the present.

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EXCERPT:
“My face maintained perfect innocence when I saw him glance down my body, the lapels of my jacket were open enough to show a bit of skin after all.  Nick looked back up and smiled, and that broke my concentration enough that I smiled back.
“Your belt is tied up wrong,” he said.
“It is?”
“Yeah, a knot like that sticks out too much, and when you’re down on the ground it can dig in and be uncomfortable.  The ends are too long and loose, not to mention it’ll probably come undone a lot.  Of course belts are always coming undone when you roll.”
“Roll?”
“When you spar.”
“Oh.”
“Here, this is how it’s done.”
Nick tugged at my white belt and undid the simple knot I had tied and then moved behind me with the belt in his hands.  Was he putting the moves on me?  I turned my head to the left and kept him just in the corner of my eye.  Was this the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu equivalent of the chivalrous man helping the love interest with her pool shot or her golf swing?
“Left side over right,” he said.
“Huh?”
“Your jacket, left side over the right side, nice and tight.”
“Oh, right.”
My jacket hung loose without the belt to hold it closed and I pulled the right side over my torso before pulling the left side over the top of it.  Nick lifted the belt over my head from behind and brought it down to waist-level.
“OK, watch.  You pull both sides around the back and then to the front again, the belt goes around twice, see?”
“Yeah.”
Nick was close behind me and I leaned back an inch or so, feeling the rear of my shoulders touch his chest as he bent down to tie my belt.  My eyes were on my belt, but my mind was on him.”


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COVER REVEAL: Bound by Rapture by Megan D. Martin

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Bound by Rapture by Megan D. Martin
(Rapture #3)
Publication date: October 27th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Synopsis:
The third and final installment in the Rapture Trilogy.

I’m in love with him.
My stalker.
He isn’t perfect. He’s something dark. Something broken.
He’s mine, but someone wants to take him from me.

They tried to kill me.

I bled out onto dirty, cracked pavement, and something changed inside me.
They can’t have him.
Not Elaine. Not his mother. Not anyone.
And when they come for him… I’ll be waiting.

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Purchase: Book One / Book Two

AUTHOR BIO:
Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks.

Author Links: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

REVIEW: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

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Audiobook Info
Narrated By George Guidall
Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins

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Let me introduce you to my new favorite book. It’s called The Golem and the Jinni. It’s a debut novel that has won many awards (Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (2014), James Tiptree Jr. Award Nominee (2013), Goodreads Choice Nominee for Debut Author, Best Fantasy (2013)). I usually don’t notice that kind of stuff but once I finished it I stopped my iphone (I was listening to it) and thought, “tell me this epic piece of work has won something for this quality of work.” No lie.

There are two main characters Ahmad and Chava. Let’s talk about Chava: She is the voice of reason in our story. She keeps Ahmad centered when he longs to be free of his shackles and responsibilities. At times she’s Debbie Downer but you never fault her for it. She’s a golem. She was created to be the way she is.

Ahmad on the other hand is our jinni of this tale. He’s made of fire and his personality is just as fiery. He’s quick to anger and storm out. But just like Chava, we don’t fault him for it because that’s just always what he’s been. Part of what he is was taken away from him so it’s only natural that he fight tooth and nails to get it back.

The supporting characters like Rabbi Avram Meyer, (the Rabbi that helps Chava when she gets to New York), Boutros Arbeely (the tinsmith that employees Ahmad), Maryam Faddoul (the coffee shop owner that cares about everyone), Mahmoud Saleh (the doctor come ice-cream vendor) all lend to this rich tale. I read critically, even though I don’t always mention it here, and when I’m reading a giant tale I catch myself wondering if characters are truly important to the story or are they just there for padding. (Blame The Count of Monte Cristo) I can’t think of one character in this novel that is just padding. All characters have some weight in the story and each one makes the story that much more rich.

The bad guys are sinister but don’t actually seem like they are an evil apart from all other evils. Helene Wrecker even made them human in a way most people wouldn’t.

Let’s talk about the audiobook now: George Guidall is now my new favorite narrator. I will see him out when I buy new audiobooks. I think I might have enjoyed the book more with his narration then I would have just reading it alone. The only reason for that is because of his rich accented English when he pronounces the different characters names. I would never figure out how to say Yehudah Schaalman on my own…

Final rating is definitely a 5/5. Why wouldn’t it be? The narration from the audiobook also gets a 5/5. It’s also getting fit into my favorite contemporary book.

Read this or listen to this. It’s necessary.

Authors Who Rock My Socks Off: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today I’m super happy to present an interview with one of my favorite authors: Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Author’s Bio (taken from website)

# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Contact her at:
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1. What is your favorite series that you write? Why?

I don’t have a favorite series that I’ve written because I enjoyed writing all of my books for different reasons. My favorite book is usually the one that I’m writing when I’m asked the question, so Scorched is my favorite right now.

2. If you could duel one of your characters who would it be?

Can I chose a turtle? I doubt I would beat any of my actual human characters in a duel, but I think I’d have a shot at beating Michelangelo or Raphael from Wait for You.

3. If you could sum up your whole life into a single flavor, what would it be? What do you think
your life would taste like?

I think it would taste like a 5-hour Energy drink, or maybe coffee, but that’s mainly because I’m always drinking one of them.

4. How long does it take you to decide on your characters names? Have you ever had to change any of them half way through the writing process?

I’m terrible at choosing names for my characters, so I usually chose the first name that I can come up with that seems to fit the character to me. I’ve had to change the name of a character before for various reasons, but I’ve always ended up liking the new name better anyway.

5. You write a lot of romance, if you could pick one of your heros to date, would you? And if so, who would it be?

I think I’d find it hard to turn down most of my male characters, but if I have to chose one right now, I’d probably want to go on a date with Jax from Stay With Me.

REVIEW: Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

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** spoiler alert **

I disagree with the hype. I’m sorry. I felt this book had a lot of potential but it was honestly too long. I’m not saying that long books are bad. When it’s necessary, bring the pages, but when the story doesn’t need the length it just drags on.

I think almost the entire Holsten, Jahns, and Marnes, could have have been condensed into one or two chapters. Why do I need to know so much about people who are just killed off anyway? When I was reading it, I thought it was great but once it moved past their section to Juliette’s I just morned for characters that had very little impact in the rest of the story. They got the ball running, I get that, but it wasn’t necessary for us to care about them so much.

Also, Allison, who I thought was described in just enough length went nuts right? She wanted out. But what exactly did she see that drove her there? Was it the color monitor? Was it something else? It was the question I had the entire time but it never got answered. At least I don’t think it did. I could be wrong. Anyone know specifically what made her go nuts?

Here and there throughout Juliette’s story there was a little too much dragging but overall it seemed cohesive. I was very impressed with the world Hugh Howey set up. He also had amazing timing for revealing all his key details about the world. I was constantly waiting for new info and when I got it, wow, I was impressed.

The ending was a little bittersweet for me too. Even though it looks positive, Solo and the kids have to save themselves. I had hopes that Juliette would come back for them.

So the book had it’s ups and downs. I’ll probably read the other books from Hugh Howey and see how else he can break my heart.

Cover Reveal: Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan
Publication date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:
The odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets: 1 in 13 million.

The population of Fairview, a town so small that all anyone talks about is the Fairview Four returning after fourteen years: 7208.

The chance of Reagan blending in with the crowd after a boy in her new town starts to see her for who she really is: zero.

Following in the footsteps—and all too often, the shadows—of her sisters was nothing new to Reagan. But after fifteen years of fading in to the background, she’s finally finding her own way. Amidst all the gossip and assumptions, one person sees Reagan for what she’s always wanted to be. One of a kind.

Finally feeling like she belongs, Reagan wants to enjoy every possibility her new life has to offer, but things aren’t going as smoothly for her sisters. How can Reagan possibly let herself be happy—or maybe even fall in love—when her family is finally turning to her for support?

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AUTHOR BIO:
I have been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been my true love. In early 2011 I began writing a book blog in order to share my favorite reads with book lovers. From there, the bookish community encouraged me to stop sitting on my own stories and share them instead. Since then I’ve been madly devouring everything I can about digital publishing.

For the past two years I have been mainly obsessed with young adult books, but my favorite stories still come from the adult fantasy genre. As far as I’m concerned, Briggs, Bishop, Vincent and Vaughn are all must reads.

I spent part of my twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but am now back home in Ontario, Canada. My family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and a Green Cheek Conure.

Author Links: Website / https://www.facebook.com/kelliewrites?ref=hl / Twitter / Goodreads