Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GIVEWAY & Review INSPIRE by Cora Carmack

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I'm giving away 3 ecopies of INSPIRED by Cora Carmack! Check out my review below and then enter the rafflecopter after that for your chance to win! 

From Goodreads.com:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

My Review: 

I’ve fallen behind on my TBR list as of late--newborns and toddlers, man! LOL My children are beyond worth the sacrifices but I did finally manage to read Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE (most of which while rocking Little Man to sleep) and I’m so glad to finally have gotten to it! 

I have a soft spot for all books Carmack writes, but this one really garnered my attention. It could be that it’s because I’m a supernatural girl at heart, but the concept is wickedly cool. The idea of a flesh and blood Muse with a difficult control on the inspiration she gives to her artists? Epic, and Carmack executes it so well, writing it so I can do nothing but believe these Muse’s still roam the world. And, being in the Arts myself, having an explanation for the reasons as to why certain characters pop up in my head, speak to me, and demand that I write (normally at three a.m.) is very comforting ;)

Besides concept, the main characters are well rounded and have an awesome dynamic. Kalli is sympathetic instantly, the long journey of her life and her concern for those intimately involved with her paints her in a compassionate light. She’s also strong and independent and sure of herself. That is something I find so refreshing in a female lead. She doesn’t need a man to save her, but she won’t say no to a man who makes her wake up in ways that haven’t happened in centuries of life, and that is something worth diving into.

Insert Wilder Bell. Oh, Wilder...oh my, what can I say about him? It was instant love for me, his first scene in the novel showing me everything I needed to know about him to show he was an amazing character (I won’t give specifics so not to spoil it) But I will say that his actions and responses to another character make your heart melt and he has just enough mystery to make you crave more of him. He doesn’t disappoint either, the more you get to know him, the more you realize he is the best of both worlds of fictional men--sweet, smart, kind, and sexy, edgy, and a tad intimidating. This killer combo makes him wicked desirable and it’s easy to see why he catches Kalli’s eye after so long of a life without deep interest in her conquests. Wilder has a sense of honor and loyalty that mixes with an intense passion that bursts through his defenses when he is around Kalli, making the two’s dynamic an absolute delight to read.
And the HEAT factor between the two is unreal. Carmack ups the ante with these two, creating sparks so hot they jump off the page. Get ready to fan yourself and fall in love!

If all of the above wasn’t enough to convince me how much I enjoyed this novel (not to mention the ending that FORCES you to beg for the next book) then Carmack’s ability to take risks would. I love that she listened to her gut and wrote a sub-genre for New Adult that hasn’t been fully explored yet. INSPIRE is a Supernatural New Adult that sets the bar for expansion for all the sub-genres and that is a bold movement, one I love to see because while Contemporary New Adult is amazing, I believe the genre deserves full exploration for the new generations of readers it’s birthed. Variety and diversity is something every genre needs and Carmack has fully delivered. And so I say thank you to her for taking the risk and Inspiring us all to read outside the box. ;)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

SWEET MADNESS by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie COVER REVEAL!

Coming September 18, 2015 from Merit Press

Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty one.

Who was Lizzie Borden? A confused young woman, or a cold-hearted killer? For generations, people all over the world have wondered how Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, met their gruesome deaths. Lizzie, Andrew’s younger daughter, was charged, but a jury took only 90 minutes to find her not guilty. In this retelling, the family maid, Bridget Sullivan, shines a compassionate light on a young woman oppressed by her cheap father and her ambitious stepmother. Was Lizzie mad, or was she driven to madness?

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Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life.  She writes Young Adult Contemporary fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. To can learn more about Trisha’s books, upcoming shenanigans, and her quest to reel in the perfect tuna, please visit her website: www.trishaleaver.com

Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago with her three awesome children, husband, and a one hundred and sixty pound lap dog named Sam. She has an unnatural fondness for coffee, chocolate and things that go bump in the night. She spends her days curled up in the comfortable confines of her writing nook, penning young adult psychological horror, contemporary fiction and science-fiction and is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. Learn more about her at www.lindsaycurrie.com

To celebrate, we are giving away four AMAZING books from our publisher Merit Press. 

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Friday, March 6, 2015


I again have to apologize for my long absence as of late! My second child came into this world early and we spent weeks in the hospital. Now he is home safe and thank the Lord we've been enjoying just being a family together under one roof! But I'm back now and just finished reading a fabulous YA novel called BRING THE RAIN by Lizzy Charles. Of course I've got 3 Kindle copies up for grabs for anyone who wants to enter! Check out my review and then please enter the rafflecopter below! 

First off, isn't this cover stunning? I love it! And I've been a huge fan of Lizzy Charles' work since her debut! This one doesn't disappoint and here is why...

From Goodreads.com:

One summer to make the choice of a lifetime…

Everything is waiting in Paris for Autumn—her new home, her mom, the Louvre, and a life where she can experience art, and not just look at it. But to get there, she'll have to survive the summer in the least colorful place she can imagine — her father's Oklahoma cattle ranch

Autumn finds the perfect summer distraction in Colt, the one cowboy hotter than the July sun. But Colt is her father's ranch hand, and he won’t go for the Manhattan-style fling that she's used to. The closer they become, the more she questions which side of the ocean she belongs.

Then her father reveals an unforgivable secret, and Autumn’s illusions shatter. Will the secret destroy everything? Or could Oklahoma hold the greatest masterpiece of all—a love that could mend her heart?

My Review:

There is something majestic about Oklahoma, from the rich red dirt to the way the stars fill the inky sky after the sun sets. That's why when I learned Lizzy Charles’ BRING THE RAIN was set in Oklahoma, I had to devour the novel. It's such a refreshing setting, an Oklahoma cattle ranch where the stakes are completely different for the main character, Native New Yorker, Autumn. On her dad’s ranch, it's about survival and community and opening up, with her mom in NYC it's about elegant restaurants, spa days, and keeping conversation strictly casual. 

The two starkly different places try to find room in Autumn’s heart, but ultimately she must choose where she really wants to be. Choosing a parent is hard enough but when it comes after a complicated divorce and previously buried secrets are revealed, Autumn must dig soul deep in order to make her choice. As the summer on the ranch goes on, she starts to understand that this isn't just about picking a zip code, this is choosing between two versions of herself, and which one she values more. 

Throw in a hot cowboy with a real old-world code, and Autumn is in for one frustratingly soul searching summer.

Charles gets to the heart of YA, placing her main character in situations that test her character and shape her future self worth, for better and worse. The epitome of the teenage experience, Charles never shorts readers on the intensities of everyday life as a 16 year old...especially one struggling with a broken home, a seemingly mismatched romance, and the choice of a lifetime. 

Thanks for checking this one out! Enter below for your own kindle copy! 

Happy Reading!