Blog Tour & Review/ Charming

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Charming by Krystal Wade Published by: Curiosity Quills Press Publication date: October 6th 2014 Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Synopsis: They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that’s great . . . as long as you don’t die. Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left. Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley. Little do they know someone’s determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder. Goodreads-button.pngamazon_buy_button_2BarnesNoble_button_thumbdivider4.png I quickly want to thank Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this book tour. I really enjoyed reading this and it was so much fun to dip into something different. I have to admit at first I thought that I might have bitten off more then I could chew just because this genre scares the bejeezes out of me. I am a big wimp with an over active imagination but I have to say that this book sucked in my right from the beginning and trust me that is a good thing.

This is a Cinderella retelling and I have to say I haven’t read alot of these retelling stories but I think I might have to check some more out after this.

I am a firm believer of what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and I really think this motto suits Haley. Haley has a terrible life and my heart breaks for any child or young adult that goes through this. Her father is an alcoholic who abuses his daughters and I have to say that this always turns my stomach. I really wanted to reach into the book and kill the father. How can a parent do that to his own child?

Haley is alone in this world even though she has a few friends. Her sister hates her (and she makes it now to Haley) and her mother is dead. You could almost see that she thought that was her life and that she had no chance in hell to got out of this situation. This is where I wanted to tell Haley that it will only get better.

Enter Chris who is sort of like Haley. He is your typical guy who has it all but when a bad rumor begins to circulate about him that isn’t true he begins to rethink everything he has ever known. I loved how it wasn’t thrown at you all at once but that it built. It was a nice pace like a roller coaster going up the hill and then bam everything happened at once and it was really good. It gave you time to get to know Haley.

I was hooked from the very beginning and literally had a hard time putting it down. There is so much I can say about this book but I won’t just that you need to get this book to read and then you will see what I am talking about.

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Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising
three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside
Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying
to get there.
The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her
characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories
give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on
the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check
out if you don’t believe us).

Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but
that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working,
commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can
usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things
in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens
(which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100%
of the time?).

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Book Blitz/ Scratch




Scratch by Rhonda Helms 
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: September 30th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s
the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved,
practical–all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong
person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up.
Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his
feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her
bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about
the deep scars that pucker her stomach–or the deeper secret behind them. Since the
violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough
to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.




Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago and loves writing teen and New Adult
romance. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative
Writing. She also freelance edits manuscripts.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the
sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, a dog and a really loud
cat. Visit her website at for more information about
her and her releases.

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Blog Tour/ The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing

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The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing by C.K. Kelly Martin 
Publication date: September 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Losing weight over the summer gains Serena some popularity, but it also means
discovering first-hand the pains of being a fifteen-year-old girl in a world that
both sexualizes and shames young women. After narrowly avoiding exploitation in a
shortlived relationship, Serena aligns with a new friend who was the victim of an
explicit image that was shared at school. When Serena finds herself in a
relationship with a new guy, she is surprised to find a different set of
expectations. But have her previous experiences damaged her too much to make it
work? As Serena struggles to find who she is as opposed to who she is expected to
be, she begins sighting Devin – her older brother who disappeared months earlier.




C.K. KELLY MARTIN’s bestselling debut novel, I Know It’s Over, was published in
2008. It was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My
Beating Teenage Heart and the sci-fi thriller, Yesterday. A graduate of the Film
Studies program at York University, Martin loves good books, movies, music, web
design, and Ireland. She currently resides in Oakville, Ontario.

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Blog Tour/ Part-Time Princess




Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult
hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life!

Rated PG-13 and mildly R for:

Sexual innuendo.
Hot Guys.
Hot Guys who are Princes.
The occasional naughty word.
The occasional naughty royal fantasy.
The occasional naughty deed.
A puppy.
A Royal Wedding!
More Romance.
And—a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail
waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to
Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to
impersonate her.

Say what? How the heck is that going to happen?

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk,
talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.

The goal?

To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her
unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.

But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the
oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot
sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.

Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists
that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s
proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for
the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying
to kill her.

The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners

When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning
to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception,
marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick,
her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

A modern day sexy fairy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few
tears and an empowering ending.








Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it
would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel
Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The
Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time
she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves
reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She
lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods
non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

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Review/ Shadow Fire

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.




Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton 
(The Light Chronicles #1) 
Publication date: February 24th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village
elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark
secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power
of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows,
their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic
before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very
beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?




Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a
member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three
dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her
house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain,
non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and
chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a
chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in the Light Chronicles series.
Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming August 2014.

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Lately it seems like I have been craving different things in regards to reading and stepping away from what I normally read.  As a book blogger this is a good thing, right?

When I first read the synopsis of the book I knew I wanted to read it because it sounded really good and I have to say that I was really impressed because I normally don’t read fantasy. I have tried don’t get me wrong but I just could never get into it and even with the encouraging efforts of a really cute guy I use to like back in the day. Although now  I am thinking that this might be the book that peaks my interest into fantasy.

I have to say right away that I just love the cover of the book. Don’t you?

Shadow Fire is the first book in the series and the next book is called Stolen Moon (with another pretty cover). Which sounds really good too and according to reviews of the books these can be read as stand alones.

Every five years girls between the ages of 14 and 18 are chosen to set out an a very impossible mission to recover the golden statue and no one has been successful or returned alive until perhaps now. Ashlyn has been selected to take part. Her partner in all of this is Zane ans Shadow and you can tell almost instantly there there is something between Ashlyn and Zane. Now will this get in the way of the mission or not?

Ashlyn was just the perfect kind of character that I like because she is just like any other girl but she isn’t afraid to get down and dirty so to speak. She was a great kick ass character and wasn’t afraid even though Zane was there to protect her.

I loved how Kimber gave us a little info about this missing golden statue and that it was addressed. I felt it made the story that much more interesting in my eyes. I mean had she not I would have been wondering why was it so important to get it back and why did no one return back alive.

This mission was not easy by any means and Ashlyn, Zane and Shadow had to encounter alot of creatures/monsters etc and many twists and turns and I liked that about the book. This is what makes a page turner and I honestly have to say it makes for a fun read because you don’t quite know what is going to happen next.

I loved Zane from the first moment of meeting him and if I had to pick a book boyfriend I would have to say it would be him. There is just something about him that I really liked. Yes he is extremely cute but he comes off like he knows he is cute and all that but isn’t like that, if that makes any sense.

I am curious to see where this story line will end up and will it continue into the next book?


Book Blitz/ Pandora





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Pandora Boxed Set 
Publication date: August 5th 2014
Genres: Paranormal


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For a limited time, you can enjoy books from today’s New York Times, USA Today,
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Professionally formatted, no cliffhangers, and no short stories. Every selection in
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Carole Lanham, Amazon Best-Selling Author and Bram Stoker Award Nominee: CLEOPATRA’S

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Book Blitz/ Double Negative

Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: July 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


“My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn’t been laid yet. I couldn’t go into the slammer before that happened.” Hutch McQueen.

Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is trapped between an abusive mother and an absentee father. Shackled by poor vision and poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. After another suspension from school and suffering through one of his mother’s violent attacks, he escapes to a friend’s house that turns out to be a meth lab. The lab is raided and Hutch lands in juvenile detention. When the court sentences him to six months in a new juvenile program, he meets a teacher with Alzheimer’s who will change his life and hers.




In my other life–the one before I began writing for teens and younger readers–I was a teacher and administrator at California State University, San Jose. My field of Linguistics and Inter-cultural Communication has carried me to a lot of places in the world to explore different cultures and languages. I can say, “Where’s the toilet?” and “I’m lost!” in at least five languages and two dialects. Go ahead. Pat me on the back.My idea of a perfect day is one or all of the following: starting a new novel, finishing writing a blockbuster novel, hiking on a misty morning trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains, saying Namaste after a great yoga practice, sipping a cappuccino topped at a bustling café, reading in front of a fire with snow outside, swimming in an ocean someplace.

I’ve just set out my perfect life. Day after day after day.

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