Saturday, August 20, 2016
Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Synopsis: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
Holy crap. HOLY CRAP. This book, this author really knows how to tug on your heartstrings. I honestly don't know how to talk about this book without going into spoilers. So there will be a spoilery part down a bit later.
One of the things I loved about this book was the characters. I loved how they all interact. I love how real they felt. I love how they all loved, cared for, and supported each other in their own ways.
Lily was such a fantastic character and I loved reading from her point of view. It was really eye opening. Her relationship with her parents, with Atlas and Ryle, with Issa. I loved seeing her interact with mostly everyone.
And that's it. That's all I can say really (I know it's not much) without spoiling anything. So I'm going to just dive right in. You have been warned.
I'm going to start off by saying that I seen massive spoilers about what this book was about before I read it. I knew Ryle abused her and I knew they got married and got divorced,and about Emmy. That's all I knew. So when we first met Ryle on the roof I rolled my eyes and practically screamed RUN AWAY! But of course since it's a book they couldn't hear me. So I rolled along with it. I do think the experience of reading it blind would have been more rewarding. But I think I'm also glad that I knew about the abuse part too. I had time to mentally prepare myself for those scenes.
I didn't fall in love with Ryle at all. There was no swooning, no nothing because of those spoilers I seen. Instead I fell in love with Atlas. I couldn't wait till we seen him present day. So when he popped up at the restaurant I squealed with joy. And the Ellen diaries? My favorite part.
Atlas has to be the sweetest guy. He got Ellen to sign her book for Lily. If he's not a winner, I don't know who is.
The one thing that really bummed me out was that it took them nearly ten years to finally be together. And we didn't even get to see him notice her tattoo! I really wanted to see his reaction for that.
I did not like, and probably the only thing I didn't like, was how it just ended. I wanted to see more Atlas, Lily, and Emmy. I wanted to see more bonding between Atlas and Emmy. I feel like I was robbed of that. I need a short story or something to make up for it.
I did love that we got to see the thought process behind Lily forgiving Ryle all those times before and then the points leading up to the divorce. It's always been hard for me to understand why anyone would stay in an abusive relationship and this did help shine a little light on it. It felt all real and I think that really helped.
That's it for this review. Thank you for visiting!
Friday, August 19, 2016
Hello! So this was supposed to be last Sunday's spotlight but we were running a little late. Better late than never, right? So let's jump right in!
Kate’s Ye Olde Booke Cover Shoppe is run by author Kate Marie Robbins. She offers a wide variety of things, despite the name of her shop. Her specialty is cover art (at a reasonable cost) and custom mini book and CD charms. She also does any kind of swag design you can think of. If it’s not available in her shop, ask and she’s more than happy to oblige. Anything from bookmark designs, to author branding, she can do it.
Her most recent edition to her shop is realistic mini book charms, including real book binding! They can be purchased as necklaces, keychains, and ribbon bookmarks.
Oh, this shop sounds fun! It makes me want to go and order a bookmark with maybe the Empire of Storms cover. What do you think? What would you get?
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Hi! Welcome to today's spotlight: Brad Boyer! Let's learn a little about him.
I began writing about 15 years ago as a hobby but never thought about doing it for a living. But as I completed more and more novels, I started to wonder if I could be truly good at it, to be able to keep up with so many other great authors. So, I began to slowly release them as ebooks... I still don't know the answer to my question, but I am having fun writing with the added bonus of people other than me reading my material. I also know I have to continuously strive to get better and better.
Al Qaeda - The Hunt for Ali Muhammad and Al Qaeda - The Double Sword were so much fun to write. This Jack Novak series was born from all my crazy dreams as I sleep. I can't count how many times I am running down a steep mountain from a predator or maybe a raging volcano, or shooting bad guys in some dense, hot jungle, or how many high-speed car chases in the middle of some big city with way to many cars on the road I have been in. I am often more tired initially when I wake then when I went to bed from all the insanity!
So, I brought them to life with Jack Novak. I wanted to create a character that was not just some Rambo, but a human being with real problems, issues, dreams, and a life. Initially, the young man is new at the game and still figuring things out as he encounters chaotic and dangerous situations. But as the series progresses, he becomes more methodical, more lethal, one crazy individual, and is always in some sort of calamity with bad guys trying to kill him. I love the action, simply because I get it almost every night! And I have a few more to write hopefully in the near future.
As for my latest ebook, Endless Possibilities, well, check out my video, then click on the photo to read the description of this AMAZING 23 year in-the-making story!!
Outside of the novels, I have written several other smaller pieces. One of them is - 'A Recipe for Permanent Weight Loss .' It is much shorter than the action stories I love to write, but I think the most important as the obesity rate in the world increases. I purposely wrote it differently than most weight loss books. I wanted to teach the reader to understand WHY they are obese before learning how to lose the weight. You have to know the rules before you can play the game. And therefore, it is the PERFECT RECIPE!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Hello! Today's Author Spotlight lands on Cambria Hebert! Let's learn more about her!
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than thirty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of birds (including chickens). You can often find her painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her Chihuahuas (the real rulers of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. She has also written romantic suspence, science fiction, and most recently male/male romance. Her favorite genre to read and write is contemporary romance. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series,GearShark Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.
Recent awards include: Author of the Year, Best contemporary series (The Hashtag Series), Best contemporary book of the year, Best book trailer of the year, Best contemporary lead, Best contemporary book cover of the year. In addition, her most recognized title, #Nerd was listed at Buzzfeed.com as a top fifty summer romance read.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.
You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.
Sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bUL5_5
Join her fan club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1535723103367408/
Here are some of her books (which are the first in their series) and where to find them:
That's it for this author spotlight!
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Hello and Welcome to Sunday's Spotlight! Let me introduce you to Rock and Roll Saved my Soul!
Rock & Roll Saved My Soul was founded by Kate Marie Robbins in July of 2013 with the help of Jen Robbins, Arminta Dellow, and Sandy Ashley. It started out as a small idea to help a charity called Rock the Cause by putting together stories about how music positively impacts lives. In the end, it became so much more than that. We are now run by a team of 16, over several social media platforms. And a subpage, called The LOVE Project that focuses on loving yourself and the world. Rock & Roll Saved My Soul is now a charity publishing company that not only puts together anthologies for many different charities, it helps authors publish their anthologies and novels for charity. Currently we work with one author on her anthology series and are in the works to start on another series with another author, as well as one for a woman who is not an author, but feels very strongly about her cause. RRSMS has published anthologies for: Rock the Cause, War Dogs Making It Home, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, STOMP Out Bullying, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, HOPE Coalition. Our next anthology, I Am Loved, which is set to release September 2, 2016 will benifit The Trevor Project.
We always have anthologies accepting submissions, including: Everyday Miracles, Rise Above, Notes of Dreams, and Fighting Chance Volume Two.
Rock & Roll Saved My Soul Facebook: http://bit.ly/1TVkAiL Authors Against Bullying Facebook: http://bit.ly/1PhHTLU Rescue Me Facebook: http://bit.ly/1pzC9sg RRSMS Street Team: http://bit.ly/1RUwF1G Twitter: http://bit.ly/1VlqOIr Tumblr: http://bit.ly/1Zbo14C Instagram: http://bit.ly/1Zbo3t8 Website: http://bit.ly/1MsAHNc Blog: http://bit.ly/1Mg69TP LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/1R4uHzn Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1TVkPdI Youtube: http://bit.ly/1UbsPb4
How awesome does this sound?! I love that they publish books for charity.
That's it for this Sunday!
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
So I'm joining a team where we do this really cool thing. On Wednesdays we do author spotlights and on Sundays we do blogger spotlights. Fun, right? Let's dive right in to our first author! Allow me to introduce Tim Baker!
When Tim Baker moved from Rhode Island to Florida in October, 2006 the only thing he had in abundance was spare time. In April, 2007 a strange dream provided him with a way to fill some of that time…by inspiring him to write a book.
Two years later that novel, Living the Dream, was released.
Since then, Tim has released seven novels, all taking place in the seaside community of Flagler Beach, the place he now calls home. He has also written a collection of short stories based upon his iconic and charismatic anti-hero Ike, as well as co-written two zombie novellas.
The rising popularity of Tim’s work has drawn comparisons to the likes of Elmore Leonard, Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiassen and Randy Wayne White…all of which Tim welcomes with pride.
When he isn’t writing Tim can be heard on Flagler Beach’s radio station Surf 97.3 FM (www.flaglerbeachradio.com) weekday mornings from 10:00-1:00 and Friday nights from 7:00-10:00.
Some of the interests he has no time for are motorcycles, scuba diving and sports of all kinds – with a special lifelong love of the Boston Red Sox.
Look for Tim’s next novel, Blood in the Water, in the fall of 2016.
Connect with Tim on the internet at www.blindoggbooks.com.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks
Twitter - https://twitter.com/blindoggbooks
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002U64TCW
And here's a little bit about his book:
"Living the Dream" is a semi-humorous crime story about a loser named Kurt who thinks that his ticket to Easy Street lies in a half-baked kidnapping plot. After the road trip from hell he arrives in Florida to find that Vicky, his intended victim, is out of town. Vicky's husband, Jimmy, is thinking of divorcing her and probably won't pay the ransom anyway. And Leslie, Jimmy's mistress, wants a piece of Kurt's action. Just to make matters worse, Kurt has a bookie, a biker and an ex-Navy SEAL all wanting a piece of his hide. Kurt had no idea that kidnapping was such hard work. His plan might work if it doesn't get him killed first.
Go get your own copy!