Quotes (#105)

Morning Swooners!
Once again it's Monday... This kitten is so darn cute that it's giving me the warm and fuzzies! I'm wishing you a happy week! May it be fast and full of exciting new adventures.

“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.”
~Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
~J.K. Rowling

“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.”
~Ayn Rand

“When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
~Groucho Marx

“You can't force love, I realized. It's there or it isn't. If it's not there, you've got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you've got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”
~Richelle Mead, Frostbite

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
~May Sarton

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston S. Churchill

Have a wonderful week!

Blog Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway: Paradise City by C.J. Duggan

Hello Swooners!
I am so excited to have C.J. Duggan here today! She is the Author of The Summer Series, and is here today to answer some questions about her new book Paradise City! I can't wait to see what she has to say.

What inspired you to write Paradise City? 
I really enjoy writing books about wallflowers and underdogs. Paradise City is heavily based on a journey of self-discovery and the fear of the unknown. I wanted to set it in a rich, vibrant city setting after having holidayed in LA and the Gold Coast; I just loved the vibe of these places. And although Paradise City is set in a mythical location in Australia my experiences from my travels drew heavily on the inspiration behind Lexie’s story.

Are there any characters that were difficult to write?
It was particularly difficult to get into a certain male character’s head because he was naturally guarded, so it took some prying to work him out; he is still quite elusive to me, which I kind of love.

Did you identify with any character specifically?
I think at the crux of it Lexie personifies those anxious, uncertain years of youth that I think we can all identify with in some way. I really like her wit and her strength, I would like to think I have something in common with her. She was a very cool character to write.

What was the best part about writing Paradise City?
Pushing the envelope on anything I had ever written before, creating a new world with new characters, gaining new readers and having a flow-on effect from the Paradise series to the Summer series and vice versa. Paradise City is a lot grittier, sexier than anything else I have created, and I had an absolute blast writing it.

Were there any scenes that you found particularly difficult to write?
There were a few curly scenarios that were difficult to write, whether it was just a bump in the story line I had to figure out, or something that affected the character directly. But the difficult scenes are so important and needed, so it’s a justified difficulty.

Why did you choose Red Hole and Paradise City as the setting of this story?
I like the idea of setting my stories in a mythical Australian setting, being able to allow the reader the freedom to imagine it as they would like it to be. I often get emails from people who tell me that they grew up in a place just like ‘Onslow’ and I think that’s great. I love that dusty, rural Red Hill (Red Hole) or Paradise City could be the next mythical place that people connect with on some personal level. As for the names, I needed to choose something to reflect the complete polar opposites of the worlds. Red Hill and all its dusty, remote nothing to Paradise City with its coastal, urban setting filled with tourists and chaos: it had to be the ultimate culture shock for poor Lexie, even though Paradise is not all it seems.

There are some really awkward moments in Paradise City, did you ever cringe while you were writing them?
Completely. I would quite often think, “Oh no, what now?” Writing Lexie’s story definitely kept me on my toes; I really never knew what might happen from one minute to the next and I loved that.

What is your favourite moment in Paradise City?
Anytime Lexie found her voice are always fond moments for me, and anything to do with banter – it’s all about the banter. 

 If you were on a deserted island and could choose one of your book characters to be there with you who would you choose to be stranded with? 
Hmm, maybe Ballantine? He could teach me how to surf.

What do you want the readers to know before they start reading Paradise City?
Paradise City is quintessentially Australian, heavily focused on family, friendships, love and pushing the limits. A sexy, sassy and witty character novel with plenty of twists and turns. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to us! Please check out Paradise City which will be in stores April 28. You can enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a singed paperback of Paradise City! For more information about C.J. Duggan and her books check out her Website!

Paradise City (Paradise #1)
Author: C.J. Duggan
Expected Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Hachette Australia Books
   
When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure.

Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting. But when she meets Luke Ballantine, exciting doesn't even come close to describing her new life. Trouble with a capital T, Luke is impulsive, charming and answers to no one. The resident bad-boy leader of the group, he's sexier than any boy Lexie has ever known.

Amidst the stolen moments of knowing looks and heated touches, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?
Giveaway:
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About the author:

C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

Author Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Instagram

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Waiting on Wednesday (#105)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: May 5, 2015
Synopsis:
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.
I am very excited about The Heir because I will get to catch up with some of my favorite characters from The Selection series!

What are you "Waiting on?"

Blog Tour Stop: Review: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins


Miss Mayhem
(Rebel Belle #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Putnam Juvenile
Review by: Jenn
Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However it did not influence this review in any way.*

Miss Mayhem is another book that is filled with Rachel Hawkins known snark and witty female characters. I know that when I'm about to read a Rachel Hawkins book, I will be getting the snark, the sarcasm, and the usual badassery her characters brings. And boy did Harper bring some badassery. Harper continues her streak as take control of the situation in Miss Mayhem but unfortunately it ended up not working all that great for her.

Miss Mayhem deal with the events after Rebel Belle which means that Bee, Harper's best friend, is gone and her ex-boyfriend is her new boyfriend's, David, Mage causing for some weird situations. Soon after the start of Miss Mayhem beginning, Bee is returned but not without some unfortunate news for Harper. What happens afterwards, set the tone for the rest of the book.

Miss Mayhem developed a bit slow at time but when it picked up, I couldn't help but follow Harper and company along for the ride. I had a feeling the book was going to end the way it but I still hoped for a different ending. I need to know what happens next because OMG. I have questions, I have concerns. When will we know when the next book will be release. These are legit questions here.

Quotes (#104)

Morning Swooners,
Another Monday is here and I am just exhausted. Hopefully these quotes will serve as a pick me up this morning.

“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
~ John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“You are, and always have been, my dream.” 
 ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” 
 ~Veronica Roth, Divergent

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
~Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater...The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that's the key. It's like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.” 
~ Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
Hope your week is great!

Review: Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Fall With Me
(Wait for You #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins (Avon)
Source: Personal Copy
Review by: Nahomi
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.
5 stars out of 5 stars

Jennifer Armentrout does it again, I am totally obsessed with Fall With Me! OMG, I finished this book in a day, I just couldn't put it down. This book had all of the elements I love in a story: great plot, funny protagonist, hott sweet sexy and thoughtful guy, and suspense to top it all off.

Holy Canoli this is one of the creepiest books I have ever read. I was suspicious for the first part and the second half had my heart racing until the very end. I was all over the place, experiencing so many emotions from one moment to the next. I was fully immersed in this story.

I love how well the characters are written. Roxy is funny, brave, and artistic. She doesn't take any crap from anyone and I admire that quality in a character. Reece is *fans self* is currently knocking down some of my books boyfriends. He is a former Marine turned cop with a chiseled body, but that's not all. Oh no he is also very thoughtful, sweet, funny and a little rough around the edges. I mean if there is a perfect guy out there for me I definitely think Reece is it.

Together Roxy and Reece have this amazing chemistry. What I like about them together is that they were friends first and although their history is a little rough, it makes the chemistry between these two so much better. You will need a tank of ice water to cool you off after reading the sexy scenes. Jeez they were soo HOT!

Not only was getting to know Roxy and Reece great, but I got to catch up with the characters from the previous three books and I was so giddy to see what was going on in their lives again that it was an added bonus. Fall With Me is by far one of my favorite books in this series!


Favorite Friday (#32)

Have a favorite book? Series? One that you've just read or are currently reading? Favorite Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Swoons where we spotlight some of our Favorite Reads. Everyone is welcome to join. Just enter your information on the linky or leave us a comment!

This week pick is: The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton.


When Grace Sheridan moves to Los Angeles to become a working actor, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. But at thirty-three, has she missed her chance? And will an unexpected romance with the entertainment industry’s newest “it” boy shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life?

This is such a funny and refreshing story. It deals with a lot of issues that hit home for me. I truly enjoyed reading this story!

About the author:


ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What are one of your favorite reads?

Cover Reveal: Bounce by Noelle August

Hiya Lovelies,

We have the cover reveal for Noelle August's newest title, Bounce, set to be released late this summer.  Isn't it gorgeous and gets you excited for it? I know I can't wait for it.

Expected Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Trade Paperback
Following in the bestselling tradition of Molly McAdams and J. Lynn, this final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.
Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.
Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted.”
After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.
Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.


About the author:
Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award- winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang.
Author Links: Facebook / TwitterWebsite

Waiting on Wednesday (#104)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: April 21, 2015

Synopsis:
Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program.

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill she can become anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can't get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that's only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.
OMG. This BOOK. I LOVED The Program and The Treatment. It one of my favorites books. I was really happy with how it ended but after hearing about this one, I wasn't sure about it. However, the more I thought about it, the more excited I became for it. So now I'm anxiously anticipating this book and I'm definitely going out on release day to buy it.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Blog Tour Stop: Review + Giveaway: The Remedy by Suzanne Young


The Remedy
(The Program #0.5)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
Review by: Jenn
Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.
In a world before The Program…
Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.
Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.
Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this title from the publisher for this blog tour. However, it did not influence this review in any way.*

I'm not sure how Suzanne Young does this but she managed to create another story that absolutely tore at my emotions. Every time I finish one of her stories, I always end up crying, conflicted, and in an absolute daze. I can't help but continue thinking about the story long after I finish it. The same happened with The Remedy. 

The Remedy follows Quinlan McKee as a closer. What it means is that she provides closure to grieving families playing the role of the deceased. The Remedy is the prequel to Suzanne's The Program which is also one of my favorite books.  So knowing what The Program is about, I was very curious to see how this story would play out. I wanted to know how we get to The Program. And like always, Suzanne did not disappoint.

From the first page until the last, I was hooked. If I wasn't reading, I was thinking about when I would get the chance to read. When I was reading, I couldn't help but think about what was going to happen next. Basically, I couldn't help but think about this book nonstop because it was so good and you couldn't be anything but sucked into the story. There were so many times I felt like I was in Quinlan's shoes so I felt her confusion and her need to connect with someone to feel tethered to this world. I do admit that there were some instances that I didn't agree with her actions, specifically when she starting blurring the lines of reality with her job as a closer. Of course, that would be because I know my own reality and that is something Quinn doesn't have the luxury of knowing. I loved how everything came to fruition and even knowing that it would end up in heartbreak for Quinn.

There were so many twists and turns and unanswered questions that weren't addressed and I'm extremely excited that we're getting another book in this series. I can only imagine what is going to happen next. I mean, I know what happens "next" because of The Program, but I'm curious to see how we get there. I'll admit that even though I know the story of The Program and The Treatment, I can't help but hope for a happy ending for Quinn.

If you loved The Program and The Treatment, you won't want to miss out on this story. It has new characters but you'll get attached to them and the story. And if you haven't read this series? What are you waiting for? Get on it. You'll love it, I promise.


Giveaway

About the author:

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order.
Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY. She was also on an episode of House Hunters where she talked about her love of grass and trees (while living in the desert).
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram

Blog Schedule:
Week One:
4/13/2015‐ Once Upon a Twilight ‐ Interview page2image12472 page2image12632 page2image12792 page2image12952
4/14/2015‐ Books and Swoons‐ Review 
4/15/2015‐ Fictitious DeliciousGuest Post 
4/16/2015‐ My Reading RoomReview 
4/17/2015‐ FiktshunInterview
Week Two:
4/20/2015‐ Me, My Shelf and IReview 
4/21/2015‐ Bad Bird ReadsGuest Post
4/22/2015‐ Novel NoviceReview
4/23/2015‐ Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview 
4/24/2015‐Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsReview 

Blog Tour hosted by: Rockstar Book Tours


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