Review + Book Tour: Forbidden Dance

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Welcome to the Forbidden Dance Blog Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

33389018Title: Forbidden Dance [Lover’s Dance #1]
Author: Deanna Roy
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

She was hidden from the world. Then he arrived.
An emotional new novel from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy

For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.

Then Blitz arrives.

He’s the disgraced host of Dance Blitz, a bawdy reality show where Blitz sleeps with as many dancers as possible while looking for his perfect partner.

At least he was. A few weeks ago, he got kicked off his own show.

He’s at my academy for a publicity stunt, and my wheelchair ballerinas are his ticket back into the public’s good graces.

I intend to hate him and stay as far away as possible. But when he looks at me, I can’t resist. Before I realize what’s happened, we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.

But I’m afraid. I have a secret at the academy, a small, wonderful, terrible secret, and if I stay with Blitz, the world will find out.

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I will admit, there are some aspects of this book I didn’t love – there was some insta-love going on there, and honestly the relationship moved a little faster than I thought it should have. I mean, this girl was hidden away ’cause she made some huge mistake and then she just jumps down the rabbit hole the first chance she gets. It was a little unrealistic and too fast.

That being said, I did really like the characters and the overall premise of the book – the accessible ballerina class was adorable, as was the grandma jazz class, and the overall premise of the book was cute. There are a lot of funny, awkward, and cute moments, as well as a couple steamy moments throughout the book. To be honest, it’s those steamy moments that I just felt like shouldn’t have been in this book – I mean it’s be 45 seconds, put your hormones away.

Admittedly, Livia is a sweet girl who made a mistake at a young age – her parents’ over-protectiveness is understandable to some extent. But this girl is 19 now and she’s still restricted from most things, like cell phones, Internet, closing her bedroom door, and it’s like… okay time to release the reigns a little. Then those steamy moments come in and I’m like girl, this is why there are still tight reigns on ya. In contrast, Blitz has been kicked off his show for being a cheeseball – he’s seen too much of the world – but as he goes back to his roots you get to see the real him. He’s sweet, thoughtful, and not an absolute idiot when you think he COULD be, and it’s much appreciated.

Of the characters in this book though, I think most of my pity went out to Livia’s mom and brother – because of Livia’s mistakes, they’re caught in the crossfire, in the rules, the restrictions, and it sucks. Similar to the book The Truth She Knew though, this may be a social commentary on the concept of “the man of the house”… Or maybe I’ve been analysing way too many English books for my degree…

As a whole, this book was sweet and nice, but it was rushed. There are sequels to the novel, but this book can stand alone if you want it to (just don’t read the teaser for the second book and you’ll be fine) (In other words, I read the except and now I want to read the second one ’cause I have some questions I want answers to). All in all, a light, easy read.

Plot: 3.5/5
Characters: 3/5
World Building: 4/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.0/5

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About the Author:

Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction.

She is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She has several books on the subject, including her bestseller FOREVER INNOCENT, a romance about a couple whose baby is taken off life support at seven days old.

She has run the website PregnancyLoss.Info for fifteen years, including many large spin-off support groups both online and in person.

To learn about new releases, sign up for her subscriber list. She has regular giveaways in conjunction with major pregnancy loss events.

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Tour and Review: The Lords of Valdeon

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Welcome to The Lords of Valdeon book tour, hosted by Roger Charlie!~

The Lords of ValdeonTitle: The Lords of Valdeon [Heart of the Warrior #1]
Author: C.R. Richards
Publication Date: January 7, 2016
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Synopsis:

A new series from award winning Author, C.R. Richards: The epic tale of two men begins. The first – a man of honor trying desperately to turn his country from civil war. The other – a boy struggling to discover his destiny before agents of evil find him first.

Coveted by two ancient enemies of a long forgotten age, the continent of Andara holds the key to victory in an endless struggle for dominance. Eight hundred years have passed since the god-like Jalora struck a bargain with the first King of Valdeon. The Lion Ring, symbol of the covenant and conduit of power, gives its bearer incredible abilities. The ring’s borrowed magic protects the people of Andara from covetous evil, but there is a price. As with most predators, the Lion Ring must feed. Only the blood of the D’Antoiné family line will satisfy its hunger.

A rival for Andara’s treasures, the Sarcion has waited impatiently for its time upon the land. Whispers of treason in the right ear aid its treachery. The King of Valdeon mysteriously disappears, leaving his lands in danger of a civil war by the hand of a murderous usurper. His Lion Ring is lost and the covenant is broken. The Jalora’s power begins to seep away from the land.  Evil’s foothold grows stronger. Can the Lords of Valdeon, Sacred Guard of the covenant, stop the tides of war? Or will Andara fall into chaos? The future rests in the blood of a boy…

Review:

Overall, I thought this book was good. It wasn’t underwhelming or overwhelming, but it was good.

The prologue was not something I enjoyed reading. It was riddled with repetition and it tried too hard to sound fantastical. It also didn’t really gel with any of the voices in the book. As your first impression of the book, it isn’t a good one. Honestly, if I were you, I’d skim it and then try again after you’ve read at least five chapters of the book. Totally different voice from the rest of the novel, but it is necessary to get a gist of the story’s history.

This book is the first of a series and it was very much a book that sets that stage for something more. The Lords of Valdeon is packed with a lot of description and world/character building. Every chapter contains more and more chunks of the places these characters reside and their situations and it’s definitely interesting getting to know them. Something I really enjoyed was that each character had their own aspect of the world to talk about, and each one generally had their own voice and I also like the women in the story. All of them are quite fierce and strong characters, though I wish they had a larger role in the story itself. With that being said, I felt that within each chapter, the characters voices blurred. All the men and boys sound similar in Seth’s chapters, while all the Lords maintain a formal tone. While these help with world building, and allowing readers to get an idea of the pleasantries and conversations appropriate to each setting, I wish there was more to each character, and not just the plot propelling the story along.

On that note, the plot is quite intricate and interesting. These gods are supposedly cut and dry characters at the beginning, the Jalora seen as good, while the Sarcion is seen as evil. This pretense is tested throughout the novel as each reveals different facets of their own personalities and it really adds colour to the story. It’s interesting to watch each characters’ journey against each other and with one or the other godly being. I particularly like Seth’s thread within all of this, as his character is more exploratory and deals more with self discovery throughout the novel. Although it was slow going at first, the plot really makes the book addicting as the story moves forward and the action begins!

On writing, the author is quite skilled at creating worlds, but I found the most challenging part of this book was the writing. Many aspects just fall short for me. There’s a lot of repetition, and often a lot more telling than showing. Although I really enjoyed the novel as a whole, certain aspects just didn’t do it for me.

Overall, this book is like the Night Circus in its extensive descriptions, mixed with Star Wars’ family feud, with a hint of fantasy and mystery mixed in. I think this is an amazing start to the series, and my expectations are high for the next book!

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
World Building: 4.5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Cover: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.25/5

Ebook obtained via Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

A huge lover of horror and dark fantasy stories.

C.R. Richards enjoys telling tales of intrigue and adventure. Having began writing as a part-time columnist for a small entertainment newspaper, Richards has worn several hats: food critic, entertainment reviewer and cranky editor. She has now published a handful of novels, including Phantom Harvest – book one in The Mutant Casebook Series – which took home the EPIC eBook Award for Fantasy in 2014. Richards beat out entries from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and other English speaking countries.

The youngest of five army brats, Richards was born on a military base in Utah.  She spent much of her childhood in the back of her family’s sky blue station wagon on trips to see her grandmother – who would show her how to spot faeries in the backyard.  “Sometimes she’d put candy in small silk slippers and tell us the pixies had done it,” says Richards. “She’s the one who gave me my love of fantasy creatures.”

Her most recent literary projects include the horror short story, Lost Man’s Parish and the newly-released dark fantasy thriller, Pariah. She is an active member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Horror Writers Association.

In January, Richards releases her epic fantasy novel The Lords of Valdeon, the first installment in the Heart of the Warrior series.  Through her storytelling, Richards aims to reach lovers of fantasy who are exploring alternatives to the traditional status quo. Her message is simple: One person can be a catalyst for change.

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Tour + Review: Mean Streak

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Welcome to the Mean Streak Blog Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

MeanStreakTitle: Mean Streak
Author: Sandra Brown
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Adult Romance Suspense
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Synopsis:

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

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Review:

This is the first book that I’ve read, in a long time, that actually had me captivated from beginning to end. Also, it was my first Sandra Brown book ever. And I loved it! It was intense, it was interesting, and I actually didn’t expect that end.

I think my favourite part of this book is that I didn’t expect the end at all. Like maybe one part here and there, but I just… it was really well organized and everything just falls into place at the end and it’s wonderful.

I love every character in this book, well except for that cheeseball, but that’s ’cause he’s supposed to be annoying. ANYWAYS. I loved Emory. She’s a pure hearted character, but she doesn’t come off as the cookie-cutter type. She enjoys helping people for the sake of helping people, and doesn’t care for riches, fortune, or popularity, and I love that Brown made her characters in a way that seemed normal and realistic.

The others characters popped out of the page for me as well, and I loved that, throughout the novel, each one rolled down a road I never expected them to take. The number of random twists and loops kept me guessing and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ride.

I think my two favourite characters were Knight and Grange, the two police men on Emory’s case. They were the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the novel, as some of their lines just sent me off grinning like a fool in the middle of my Shakespeare lecture (yes, we were learning about Hamlet).

The plot itself had a couple of holes and unanswered questions, but overall it was a very well pieced together novel. It did kind of strike me the wrong way as to how various characters kind of let their unanswered questions slide. Sometimes, they would question something, and then the other character would give them a vague answer that wouldn’t sit well with them or the audience, and a number of times, we never got that answer. This still bothers me as I ask the question “Why?” for a few actions and reactions throughout the book. I understand that some were meant to lead readers towards a different conclusions, but I feel like it could have flowed better, or have been a bit more cohesive within the storyline.

Overall, I loved this book. I love mystery/thriller type novels and this was the perfect book to get me back into reading!

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
World Building: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.01/5

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About the Author:Sandra

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Tour and Interview: Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen

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Welcome to the Chandrea Book Tour!

I am extremely excited to introduce all of you to Marlene Wynn. Marlene debuted this past September with her novel Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen, and today, she’s here to talk about it!

Hey, Marlene Wynn! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thanks!  I’m really happy to be here today!  Thanks so much for having me!

Before we start, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m originally from Utah and now live in Virginia Beach.  Though I do have a day job in the benefits field, I hoping one day to be able to become a full time author.

As a debut author, you must be extremely excited (and nervous) about getting your work out there. What/Who inspired you to start writing?

Its strange…Initially, I wasn’t inspired to write the story so much as I felt challenged to simply write.  Not to brag, but I’ve always known that I am fairly decent with the written and spoken word.  But, when I attempted to draft documents for work, my bosses always red-lined 90% of what I wrote before I was allowed to send things out.  It was extremely frustrating to me, as I knew that there was nothing wrong with what I’d written…it was just too long and had too much extraneous detail for them.  One day I found myself at my computer just wishing I could write something for pleasure instead of business.  Something where length and extraneous detail were not only accepted but encouraged!  And, from that, Chandrea was born. (:

What was the publishing process like for you? What is your advice for others who are trying to get their stories out into the world?

Research, research, research.  You can never know enough!  Which is better for you?  Traditional publishing or self publishing?  Why are they different?  Which one will make you happier in the end?  That answer will be different for each author, and only you can answer it.  Don’t make any rash decisions that will haunt you years from now.  Get the facts then make an educated decision.  For me, it was self publishing all the way.  Why?  Because I didn’t want possibly wait years to see if some stranger would tell me my book was “good enough”.  I didn’t want to give up my rights to my book.  And, I didn’t want to work for years to fine tune a story only to get a pittance of a royalty.

Who is your favourite character in Chandrea and why?

Ayden started off being a “mini-me” to Leilah, a sadistic and cruel man.  But, as I wrote his story, it became clear that I was missing out on an amazing and completely different story line.  One where he is faced with an extreme challenge, something that will change his very life, and what choices he makes to compensate for that.  Ayden was the “buried prize at the bottom of the box” for me. (:

If you could name the fan base for your series, what would you name it, and why? (ex. Whovians, Shadowhunters, Beliebers (I had to toss that last one in))

I haven’t thought that far ahead (LOL), but on short notice, “Averillian’s” comes to mind, as the series is called The Averill Series.  But, I’m always open to suggestion! (:

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

Fantastic!

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions, Marlene Wynn! Congratulations on your debut release! We hope to see more from you soon!

Thanks again for having me!  I really appreciate the opportunity!

22605642Title: Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar  Queen [Averill #1]
Author: Marlene Wynn
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
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Synopsis:

Chandrea Averill thinks she’s just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever.

Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia. Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?

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Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend.  She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been there ever since.  Though she has worked in the Benefits field for several years, she finally worked up the courage to chase her dream as an author.

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Tour and Interview: Raven

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Welcome to the Raven Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

RavenTitle: Raven [The Legends Saga #2]
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publication Date: May 26, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:

An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

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Interview:

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Stacey Rourke! Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series and is now back, and here, to talk about her new series, The Legends Saga!

Hey, Stacey Rourke! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thank you so much for having me here!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Gladly! I live in Michigan with my husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. I love to travel, have an unhealthy shoe addiction, and consider myself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in my head.

What inspired the story for The Legends Saga? Did you know you were going to write an entire series from the get-go?

My love of the classics inspired me! I have been obsessed with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow since childhood. The teenage years brought on my appreciation of Poe. Retellings are quite the craze right now and it was my honor to put a fresh spin on the amazing works of Irving, Poe, and the mystery author(s) that will appear in the final book. I’m also hoping that after reading my books people that may not be familiar with the classics may want to check them out! As to the series element, when I started Crane I contemplated making it a standalone, but I enjoyed it so much it demanded to be part of a series. Who was I to argue?

Depending on the author, sequels are either harder or easier to write than the first book. How was writing Raven for you? And how was writing this book similar or different from writing Crane?

It was completely different and proved quite a challenge. For Raven I had to submerge myself in all things Poe; his life, his works, his madness. Needless to say it was a ghoulish—and incredibly twisted—endeavor. Be that as it may, I enjoyed the entire process and am very proud of the end result—even if it is darker than any of my other books!

What was the publishing process like for this series? Any advice for aspiring writers and others who are trying to get their work published?

I publish all my works through Anchor Group Publishing, a small press. The crew there handles cover creation, editing, and formatting and ensure each of my book babies put their best foot forward. For aspiring authors I stress the importance of all those elements! Ask yourself, if I found this book on a shelf would I pick it up? If the answer is no, make the needed changes. You need to grab readers from the first time they gaze at that cover and engage them with a quality blurb.

When new ideas strike in the middle of a WIP, how do you deal with it?

Sometimes as I’m writing, the story will veer off in a direction that surprises even me. I love those moments, because that’s when my characters seem the most “alive” to me! As long as it works with the plot, I roll with it!

For all the readers out there, could you name the top three books you think everyone should take a chance on?

Crane and Raven- of course! LOL!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion –I loved the movie, the book was even better. A zombie in love. How can you go wrong with that?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn-this book blew my mind. I could NOT put it down!

Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in your free time? Any odd hobbies?

Odd hobbies? Is stalking pretty shoes on the Internet and ogling them in stores considered odd? Because I do both of those things—a lot.

 

My final question: What is your favourite word?

Persevere; it’s the only way to succeed in life.

 

Thank you so much, Stacey Rourke, for taking the time to answer our questions! Extremely excited to read Raven!

Thank you so much for having me! I hope you enjoy Raven!

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About the Author:Stacey

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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Tour & Interview: Battle Not With Monsters

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Welcome to the Battle Not With Monsters Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

21841838Title: Battle Not With Monsters
Author: Overton Scott
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: March 8, 2014
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Synopsis:

Victim?

Neen Ford is a loner, drifting from town to town, working as a security guard and teaching martial arts. One hot night in Dallas, she witnesses the brutal murder of a Ukranian prostitute and becomes the killer’s next target. Neen’s never backed down from a fight, but she’s never tangled with a human trafficking ring before. Until now.

Hero?

Naïve young women are being trafficked into the United States by Russian criminals. Someone needs to help them. The police are trying, but they’re not moving fast enough for Neen, who is now being stalked by a man who enjoys inflicting pain.

Vigilante?

How far will Neen go to save herself? How far, to save three young women from a life of fear and despair? And what price will she pay for battling the monster? There’s a thin line between hero and vigilante – will she cross it?

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Interview:
I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Overton Scott! Overton Scott debuted in March with his stand alone, thriller novel Battle Not With Monsters and is here today to talk about it!

Hey, Overton Scott! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thanks for such a warm welcome! I’m happy to be here, too.

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was an attorney and corporate executive before I turned to writing. I like the writing gig much better. I can work in my pajamas and nobody cares. I live in the Midwest, but I’ve spent time on both coasts and a number of years in Dallas, where BNWM is set.

We understand that Overton Scott is a pseudonym. Was there any particular reason you decided to write under a different name?

I’m traditionally published under my own name, in a completely different genre (historical fiction). I wanted to separate the two series I write. I’m beginning to think this pseudonym thing is more trouble than it’s worth, and at some point I may combine my output and lay claim to it under one name.

What inspired the story for Battle Not With Monsters? Also, is there a message in this story you want readers to grasp?

The same thing serves as inspiration for all my books: strong women. I like to write female protagonists who battle societal expectations and their own demons. Neen Ford, my heroine, is an example of that. She’s more comfortable practicing roundhouse kicks with a bunch of guys than having an actual conversation with one of them. Things are changing rapidly, but society still frowns on women who want to do typically masculine things, like fight. I hope the message of BNTM is that each individual has to follow his or her own path, with honor and courage.

What was the publishing process like for this book? Any advice for aspiring writers and others who are trying to get their work published?

BNWM is a self-published work, so the process is simple compared to the traditional publishing route. Let me give you a few examples of how they differ. My last book was delivered to the publisher in December, 2012, and finally hit stores in February, 2014. I finished BNWM and had it uploaded to retailers within a week of its completion. I have no control over cover design on my other books, but I hired my own designer for BNTM. Most importantly, I receive only 15% royalty on my traditionally published books and the price is set by the publisher. For BNTM, I’m getting 70% of the price, and I determine the price. A traditional publisher would never agree to set the price for a book at $2.99. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. I plan to do both.

As for advice, I can only offer the following: write, rewrite and rewrite again. Be persistent and believe in yourself. Care about the process, and not publication. If you are published, realize you’ve been very lucky. Stay humble and keep writing. Then rewrite, etc.

What is your writing process like? Did anything change for this book?

I’m a planner, not a pantser, so the first thing I did was prepare a scene by scene outline for the book. That took a few weeks, as simultaneously I was doing some background reading on human trafficking, the Dallas area, and martial arts. Once I had an outline I started writing. I typically try to do 1,000 words per day. That doesn’t sound like much, but do it every day for three months and you have a novel. Then the hard work begins. I’ll read the novel 6-10 more times, starting with a “big picture” read to be sure there aren’t holes in the plot, to see if characterization is consistent, to determine if scenes should be added or deleted. Then I start drilling down, until finally I’m reading to be sure every word is the right word. I hate this part, particularly because no matter how many times you read the novel, you’ll always miss something.

For all the readers out there, could you name the top three books you think everyone should read?

Just three books? Really? I’m going to cheat. Here are three authors writing thrillers with female protagonists that I think everyone should read: S. J. Bolton, Taylor Stevens and Karin Slaughter.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Would you ever want to set a book there?

The one place I’m dying to go (and probably would end up doing just that if I went now) is Egypt. And absolutely I’d set a novel there.

My final question: What is your favourite word?

Marmoreal – of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue, especially in coldness or aloofness.

Thank you so much, Overton Scott, for taking the time to answer our questions! Extremely excited to read your novel!

My pleasure. Thank you for having me. I hope you enjoy the book, and that you’ll check out the first Neen Ford short story, Dead Wasps, available at Amazon, B & N and Smashwords. And anyone who cares to talk to me can reach me at neenford@gmail.com or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/scottneenford).

About the Author:

Overton Scott is the pseudonym of a national bestselling author. Overton is interested in a lot of themes covered in the Neen Ford stories: martial arts, the warrior ethos, personal responsibility, and the concept of justice. Like Neen, Overton doesn’t think that the guilty should escape punishment on this earth. Unlike Neen, Overton prefers to write stories rather than take the law into his own hands. It’s just as morally satisfying, but less dangerous.

As you are reading this, Overton should be working on the next Neen Ford adventure. But he’s probably at the gym, shooting or wasting time looking at funny pictures on the internet. You can contact him at neenford@gmail.com, if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the Neen Ford stories.

Giveaway:

There will be two giveaways. The first is tour-wide and open internationally and there are two signed copies of Battle Not With Monsters !

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The second is also open internationally and there is one ebook copy of Battle Not With Monsters !

Tour: Before They Find Us

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Welcome to the Before They Find Us Blog Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

BeforeTheyFindUsTitle: Before They Find Us
Author: Michelle A. Hansen
Publication Date: November 2013
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Thriller
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Synopsis:

I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend’s locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she’s neck-deep in it with him, whatever “it” is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.

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Review:

I really enjoyed this book. Aside from one or two things here and there that bothered me, it was an excellent read.

The characters in this book were really interesting. I loved Rebecca. She was kickass heroine who knew how to shoot a gun, but also knew that she wasn’t immortal. She was confident, but she wasn’t confident. She understood and faced fear, but she never buckled against it. Her dynamic character brought a lot to this book and really made the novel feel real. It was interesting seeing the other characters ready to pledge their loyalty to her. She may be gutsy, but she was damn smart (for the most part). Ryan, on the other hand, actually didn’t show up as much as I thought he would. While some may think this reflect badly on the book, I mean who wants a book with no leading man, I liked the balance it gave the book. Whatever romance there was between her and other characters, it never took away from the plot and I appreciated that, ’cause I REALLY wanted to find out what happened.

Getting into the two things that bugged me a little: I thought her name was Mary for a good chunk of the first chapter. Then realized that it wasn’t when I read the name Beck and was like what?? and then figured out her name was Rebecca (yeah, I couldn’t remember what the synopsis said…). Second, one or two typos left me a little confused, or maybe they weren’t typos and I didn’t get them? But there was an “inside” joke or explanation here and there that didn’t make TOTAL sense to me. Maybe I missed something, but that was another thing that came to my attention. Honestly, it happened like twice, but I just got a little lost.

Moving past that, the plot was well constructed. There were hints here and there, but the way that they layered up, creating a puzzle, piece by piece, really kept me interested in the book. Sure, the twists weren’t that twisty, but the connections made were really well done. In the end, all the strings were tied together. I also really liked how in depth she was able to get with the characters, fully immersing us in their personalities and backgrounds, without overwhelming readers with information. It helped keep the pace of the plot and gave us a good look at the characters, fully developing them. Hansen also went in depth with the computer programming and spyware material, which I found interesting (and a tad freaky), as it really made it seem like these characters knew what they were talking about. She didn’t just label them hackers, she zoomed in closer, explaining how things worked, and how technology, honestly, wasn’t as private as we’d like to think it was. It added to the whole thriller factor, but also gives readers some perspective when it comes to technology.

In addition, I loved the iPhone text pictures. They helped pause the plot for a second at a time, as well as added to the plot, while providing comic relief. I liked that they were added to the book, and they really helped put a semi-visual aspect in the book.

I really enjoyed Before They Find Us. While I wasn’t always left guessing, the fact that certain details made me wary of characters was a interesting way of keeping me on my toes. This book was well written and I loved the characters and story. Overall, this was a great book, and I would definitely recommend you give it a shot.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 4.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Cover: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.24/5

Buy Links:
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About the Author:Michelle

Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years.

Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irrationally large stash of pens and notebooks.

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Bonus Epilogue:

On the Hansen’s website, copies of the unpublished Epilogue to Before They Find Us are being given to anyone who subscribes to her newsletter (via sidebar). The epilogue was cut when the book went to print, but it is a nice year-later wrap up for the story. If you’re interested once you read the book, definitely check it out!

Tour Wide Giveaway:

Open INTL:
— $25 Amazon gift card
— Signed paperback copy of Before They Find Us
— Before They Find Us charm necklace, bookmarks and signed postcard
— Ebook copies of Before They Find Us & Painted Blind

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Tour Schedule:

March 24th
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile  >> Review
We Do Write >> Interview
Lose Time Reading >> Review
StarAngels’ Reviews >> Review
From the Shadows  >> Top 10 List
Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict >> Review
TNT Reviews >> Review
Pieces of Whimsy >> Review

March 25th
Sweet Southern Home >> Excerpt
YA Story Teller >> Review
Mythical Books >> Guest Post
Shattering Words >> Review
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves >> Top 10 List
Istyria book blog >> Excerpt

March 26th
Mom With A Kindle >> Interview
Between Printed Pages >> Review
Addicted Readers >> Excerpt
Fic Central >> Review
Romance Schmomance  >> Review
Book Lovers Life >>  Guest Post
My Full Bookshelf Reviews >> Review

March 27th
Literary Nook >> Review + Excerpt
All in One Place >> Review
Beauty and the Bookshelf  >> Interview
Living in a Bookworld >> Review
Read More Sleep Less Blog  >> Review + “Behind the Scenes”
Gabic Reads >> Review
We Live and Breathe Books >> Review

March 28th
Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf  >> Guest Post
OldVictorianQuill >> Review
Listful Booking >> Review
books are love >> Review

Tour: Forever Jack

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Welcome to the Eversea and Forever Jack Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

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Title: Eversea [Eversea #1]
Author: Natasha Boyd
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
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Synopsis:

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

Check out my review for Eversea here.

Buy Links for Eversea:
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FOREVER, JACK_COVER_R3Title: Forever Jack [Eversea #2]
Author: Natasha Boyd
Publication Date: November 25, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

A feisty small-town girl and the Hollywood star who broke her heart

An all-consuming love threatened by fame

One last chance at FOREVER

Keri Ann Butler’s life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long.

Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid accessory isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?

Jack knows he let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.

Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?

The beginning of this book was crazy intense, like OMFG WHAT JUST HAPPENED, kind of intense. On one hand, I’m exceptionally pleased with how Boyd spun the whole separation thing, and the reasons for it. However, it was, once again, one of those sequels where there’s just a little too much pining and very few attempts to do anything about it.

I was not pleased that most of the book was spent in a depressing slump, for not just Keri-Ann, but also Jack. Sure there was definitely determination, but there was a lot of “should I trust him?” and “he doesn’t love me anymore” and “has she moved on?” I get that that was a big part of the story, how regaining that trust was a must, but I feel like this whole love interest disappearing for 90% of the second book has been used one too many times.

In addition, I felt like there was a little bit of a repetition of the first book, where Jack’s once again trying to prove his worth and gain Keri-Ann’s trust. However, I liked that there was a lot more character development with regards to this. Keri-Ann still liked Jack, but she didn’t want to stand in his shadow, or only be in the spotlight because of his name. I loved that she was still trying to find herself throughout the novel, and gained more and more confidence in herself and in her work. I also liked that we got to delve into Jack’s past a little, getting to learn about his family, especially his mother, and little bits about him and his father. While I would have liked to learn more, I’m actually kind of happy that it wasn’t that kind of soul-wrenching digging into the deep depressing stuff kind of story, kind of holding true to the overall mood of the series.

I actually really liked the plot. It was a great way of keeping them apart, despite my animosity to the separation in itself. Often times, it’s the fact the one or the other is keeping themselves away, but I think the concept that Boyd came up with was pretty clever, though slightly frustrating. I was extremely pleased with how the separation make the two characters grow, as well. It really gave some perspective to the story, and by the end of the book, I loved that they found themselves, apart from their relationship. I appreciated that they put their work, their dreams, and their goals above their relationship, or at least they held them at the same level. So many books these days have the characters toss all that out of the window in the name of love, and I liked that this book was realistic and not overwhelmingly lovey-dovey.

Overall, a fantastic sequel to EverseaForever Jack will bring you back into Jack and Keri-Ann’s world, and take you on a journey through pain, love, and self-actualization. Well written, well executed, a great finale to their story.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads: 4.22/5

Buy Links for Forever Jack:
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About the Author:Natasha

Natasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds.  She has a husband, two sons and a host of scared relatives that worry the next book will be about them.  She is a member of Georgia Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and Island Writers Network, where she has been a featured speaker. Forever, Jack is the sequel to her award-winning and first full-length novel, Eversea.

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Giveaway:

Enter to win 1 of 4 Kindles [Open wherever Amazon ships] or 1 of 2 signed sets Eversea and Forever Jack with a sea turtle pendant [Open Internationally]

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Tour Schedule:
January 27th

Reading Books Like a Boss >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Anna’s Book Blog  >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Not Everyone’s Mama >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
A_TIffyFit’s Reading Corner >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Jessica Loves Books  >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Bookcrushin >> Eversea (Book 1)
The Book Bellas >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
She Reads New Adult  >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Books and Swoons  >> Eversea (Book 1)

January 28th
GingerRead Review >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Ebook Escapes >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Between Printed Pages >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Beauty Brains and Books  >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile >> Eversea (Book 1)
My Reading Room >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
The Scarlet Siren >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Tome Tender >> Forever Jack (Book 2)

January 29th
Krista’s Dust Jacket >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Book Sniffers Anonymous  >> Eversea (Book 1)
kimberlyfaye reads >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
The Book Hookup >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Out of the Blue >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Louisa’s Reviews >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Up All Night Book Addict  >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
No Bent Spines >> Eversea (Book 1)

January 30th
Paranormal Opinion >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
A Life Bound By Books >> Eversea (Book 1)
Writing My Own Fairy Tale >> Eversea (Book 1)
Because reading is better than real life >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Rumpled Sheets Blog >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Two Sassy Chicks >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Stuffed Shelves >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)

January 31st
What’s Beyond Forks? >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
A Life Bound By Books >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Bookfever >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
seeing Night Reviews >> Eversea (Book 1)
A Bookish Escape >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Reader Rising >> Eversea (Book 1)

February 1st
SBookLover Reviews  >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Reviews by Tammy & Kim >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Nicely Phrased >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
No BS Book Reviews  >> Forever Jack (Book 2)
Dandelion Dreams  >> Eversea (Book 1)
Chapter Break >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)
Shh Moms Reading >> Eversea (Book 1) & Forever Jack (Book 2)

Tour: Podium Finish

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Welcome to the Podium Finish Tour, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer !~

PodiumFinishTitle: Podium Finish
Author: Beth Pond
Publication Date: November 14, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

With six months until the Olympic Games, seventeen-year-old Harper’s life is pretty much perfect. She’s fighting for the starting spot on Team USA Women’s Hockey, and for the first time ever, she has a crush on a guy who likes her back. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she runs a risky play at practice and breaks her knee, thereby sentencing herself to six weeks in a cast and possibly ending her Olympic dream before it even starts.

For seventeen-year-old Alex, being anything less than the best is unacceptable. That’s why, after a miserable debut season at the senior level, the former junior national singles champion switches to ice dance. Her skating partner, Ace, is an “all skating all the time” type of guy, which would be fine, if he’d stop keeping secrets about the real reason he and his former partner broke up. Now is not the time for second thoughts, but how can Alex skate her best if she can’t trust her partner…or herself?

As the pressure to make the Olympic team builds, the girls must rely on each other, because if there’s one thing they both know, it’s that the only thing harder than skating to the top is staying there.

Review:

This book is the perfect setup for the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Amazing characters, a riveting plot, and two stories that will keep you glued to the pages.

… but I want the gold. We all do.

Harper and Alex are two driven athletes. While their personalities and sports may be totally opposite of each other, they both have the same goal: to stand at the top of that podium at the Olympics, preferably sporting gold metals around their necks. However, when Harper and Alex run into problems, the clear paths they envisioned, leading them to the Olympics, is suddenly riddled with obstacles. Harper is an intense player. She knows all the plays and how to make the best of the worst situation in a game, but when she gets hurt, her spot on the Olympic team isn’t as sure as it was before. When she has her accident, sure she’s upset, but that girl is fierce. She is ready to work her butt off, albiet slowly and with a cast around her leg, but nothing stops her from trying her hardest to maintain her aim, her muscles, and her slot on the Olympic team roster. Harper’s frustration. as well as her happiness and euphoria, bleed through the pages, straight into my heart. You don’t know how worried I was for her. When she got frustrated, so did I, when she got stressed, my leg kept tapping as impatience crept up on me. I was so invested in Harper and Alex’s success, and, if I hadn’t been reading this in public, I probably would’ve done my own rendition of Zoe’s celebratory dance numerous times throughout the novel.

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Alex is equally as determined as Harper. She works hard and finds herself constantly at odds with her father. I love how Harper’s problems were mostly internal – issues with her body, constant mental worrying – while Alex’s story focused a lot on relationships, with Harper, Ace, and her father. I loved the development and the progression of her relationships, with Ace and her father especially. By the end of the book, she was so much more comfortable in her skin, and the transformations and changes that led up to that moment were executed and written extremely well, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The character development, not only for Alex and those around her, but also for Harper and her team, was so in depth, and I ended up feeling connected with every character in the novel, even the ones who only popped up for 30 seconds before flying away again. Each character had their own individual personality and quirks that made them stand out, also making them extremely memorable.

You make me proud. I’m proud of you, how much you’ve learned, how you never give up.

The book was written with the perfect amount of angst. Even when they were down for the count, the characters would sit there, dazed for a second, a world of doubts and pessimism crowding their thoughts, and then they’d just get back up again, dust themselves off, and keep going. For every bad thing that happened, there was something good. Every issue in this book had a resolution, whether it was bittersweet or euphoric, and I never felt like something lacked emotion or depth. The plot flowed smoothly and the moments of doubts, pessimism, and worry didn’t fall to deaf ear. There was a sincerity behind the words that just strung me along for a ride with the story. The plot, and issues that came up, were realistic and something many atheletes deal with whether before Nationals or before the Olympics. It was also relatable. I’m about athletic as wooden chair sans wheels, but I understood where each character was coming from when they stepped up to comfront an issue. Trust, doubt, insecurity, fear. Those are emotions that everyone needs to deal with at some point in their lives, no matter how perfect said lives may seem. These girls dealt with it in, pretty much, the best, most civil ways they could manage and a lot of my respect goes out to that. There’s nothing worse than a character who waits for the problems to resolve themselves, or for other characters to step up to the plate first. They face conflict head on, and even when they didn’t win, that didn’t make them less of anything, if anything, it made them MORE in my eyes – more confident, more respectable, more amazing.

Overall, this book was like a rollercoaster, and the writing, plot, and characters kept my attention for the entire ride. Got to say, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while. These characters present two different problems, two different personalities, and two amazing stories. I would definitely recommend you pick up this one!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 4.5/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads: 4.73/5

Buy Links:
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Excerpt:

Harper

Alex is waiting for me at our usual table in the cafeteria. She rakes her fingers through her not-quite-shoulder-length blonde hair and pulls it back into a ponytail. The front strands fall loose as soon as she leans forward to eat a bite of salad. I would never be brave enough to pull off short hair like that, but Alex does it well. She pulls a bobby pin from her bag and twists her bangs back. Bobby pins. That and lip gloss are two things Alex never leaves the dorm without.

“Hey, do anything exciting today?” I ask.

“I defied gravity.”

“Wearing a push-up bra is not defying gravity.”

“I was talking about the new dance hold we’re learning, but my new bra is amazing, isn’t it?” She’s sitting with perfect posture and waves her hand in front of her chest like one of the models revealing a prize on a TV game show.

Alex dragged me to the mall last weekend, and if I never have to see her buy bras and make-up again, it will be too soon. That trip was like a quadruple dose of Alex’s usual girliness.

“It’s great. You sure you’re not too top heavy for Ace to pick up now?”

“Just because you can get away with the uniboob sports bra look doesn’t mean I have to,” Alex says, and I shoot her a look. “What? You totally pull it off.”

A shadow hovers over our table. “Excuse me, are you using that chair?” The guy gives us a tiny, apologetic smile and squeezes his tray tighter until the creases in his knuckles go white. Great, whoever he is, this guy probably just heard her say uniboob.

“No,”Alex says. “Do you want to sit with us?”

“I think he just wants—”

“Sure,”he says. “I’m Rye.”

“I’m Alex, and that’s my roommate, Harper. So what sport do you play?”

“Short track speed skating. What about you?”

I assume he’s talking to Alex—guys always talk to Alex—so I take another drink of water. Silence. I look up and meet his gaze. He was asking me.

Buy Links:
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About the Author:Beth-Pond-author-pic-212x300

Beth Pond graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hendrix College in 2012. In 2013, she taught in South Africa for 9 months as part of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant. Pond is currently completing her coursework at the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA program. Her debut novel, Podium Finish, was released from Astraea Press in November 2013. When she’s not writing, Pond enjoys martial arts (she’s a black belt) and serving as a volunteer coach for her brother’s special needs baseball team.

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Praise for the Novel:

Podium Finish is unlike any other book I have read, period. It is amazing that Ms. Pond could take two very different characters who are pursuing two completely different sports and tie them together as roommates at the Olympic Training Center. ~Crystal, Books are Sanity

This is a great, fun book! This story is really 2 stories in one – bonus!  ~Shelley Walker, Goodreads

This book was truly enjoyable to read. ~Michele, Amazon Review

Podium Finish is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. ~Ana, Amazon Reviewer

Giveaway:

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$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 2/9/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Tour Schedule:
Stay up to date with the Podium Finish Tour !

January 21st
I Am A Reader – Interview
The Real Bookshelves of Room 918 – Review
Rachel Cotterill Book Reviews – Review
Button the Push Books and Giveaways – Spotlight
BookHounds YA – Spotlight
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review
FLY HIGH! – Spotlight
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review

January 22nd
I Love to Read and Review Books :) – Review
Brooklyn Berry Designs – Review
Mel’s Shelves – Review
Tifferz & Her Sisterz Book Reviewz – Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
Books Beside My Bed – Spotlight
Karen’s Book Light – Review

January 23rd
My Full Bookshelf Reviews – Review
Mary Had a Little Book Blog – Review
Between Printed Pages – Review
My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – Review
StoreyBook Reviews – Review
My Devotional Thoughts – Spotlight
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Spotlight
A Book Lover’s Retreat – Spotlight
Amethyst Daydreams – Spotlight

January 24th
Getting Your Read On – Review
Ice Queen’s Bookshelf – Review
books are love – Review
Fire & Ice – Spotlight
Confessions of a Frugal Mind – Spotlight
Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review

Tour: The Offering

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Title: The Offering [The Pledge #3]
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
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Synopsis:

True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

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Praise for The Offering

“This was a truly epic ending to the series.” –Crystal Perkins, Goodreads Review

“The final book in Kimberly Derting’s Pledge trilogy is a thrilling conclusion. I was immediately swept up into it and powered right through. It was pretty much what I wanted with a few surprises along the way.” –Krys at Bibliopunkk Reads

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About the Author:kimberly-derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING (coming April 2014 from HarperTeen). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.

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Excerpt:

And then Eden stopped pacing and turned to face me. Her expression was hard to read, but her mood wasn’t. “I don’t want to be a guard any longer,” she stated with impervious resolve, and I remembered her the way I’d first seen her when she was part of Xander’s underground resistance. When all I could think was that this woman, with her muscular arms and her piercing black eyes, was a weapon in her own right. “I’m done with all that nonsense. All I want is to get Xander back.”

I didn’t know if I could give her that, because I didn’t know if Xander was alive or not. She surely knew as much too.

I nodded, agreeing to every unspoken term forging between us. “Good,” I told her, my blood hot and my skin starting to glow beneath the heat of our new alliance. “Because I don’t want you to be my guard. I want a partner. And if you help me get to Astonia, I’ll do whatever I can to help you get revenge.”

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