Waiting on Wednesday (#93)

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: February 10, 2015
Synopsis:
Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.

But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.
This sounds so good, I can't wait to get my hands on it!

What are you "Waiting on?"

YALLFest Recap + Giveaway

Morning Swooner's,
I am really late with my recap post of YALLFest as you can see, but I wanted to share some of the pictures I took while I was there. I met a lot of interesting people while waiting in the lines and had a great time meeting the authors.
Blue Bicycle Books 
 Sarah Dessen
Kiera Cass
Ann Brashares
I had a blast throughout the entire experience. Although I didn't get to see all of the authors I wanted because the lines were so long, I did get to most of the authors on my list.

So, in honor of this great experience we've decided to do a GIVEAWAY! We thought long and hard about which book to give away and finally decided on My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. What I love about this book is that the winner will get a choice between the UK cover and US cover. The giveaway will run for two weeks, so be sure to enter for your chance to win a copy of this wonderful book. (Please be aware that this is a US only giveaway)

The Giveaway
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Quotes (#92)


Morning Swooners,

I'm not even lying when I say that that picture up there is a legit representation of me this morning. I had such horrible sleep this weekend and with all the wedding preparations and homework that needs to be done, I just couldn't slip away for an hour or two to sleepy land. How I'll survive this week, I'll never know. Let's do some quotes, though. Maybe that'll help.

“Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme...they must be naked and alone, they must stand for themselves.” - Philip Levine

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.” - Stephen Hawking

“Being a nerd, which is to say going too far and caring too much about a subject, is the best way to make friends I know.” - Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” - George Eliot

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.” - Steven Spielberg

“It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” - Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

That's it for me. I hope you all have a great week!

Favorite Friday (#20) - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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!



It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine...

J.K. Rowling charts Harry Potter's latest adventures in his sixth year at Hogwarts with consummate skill and in breathtaking fashion.

It's Harry Potter, I don't think I need to explain myself at why this is favorite. But I will say that this is one of my favorite in the series. Out of all the books, Half-Blood Prince, for me, is the darkest one in tone. Even with Deathly Hallows, I feel like there was this element of hope. With Half-Blood Prince, there's this uncertainty and you just don't know what's going to happen.

Everyone needs to read these books. They just do. *stares at Nahomi* *stares at Daisel* *looks at books* *stares at them some more* Ahem. Anyways. It Harry Potter. They have Hogwarts. That's all you need to know. Read it.

About the author:


Joanne Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive.
Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.

Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone was eventually completed. The book was first published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in June 1997, under the name J.K. Rowling. The “K”, for Kathleen, her paternal grandmother’s name was added at her publisher’s request who thought that a woman’s name would not appeal to the target audience of young boys.

As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian AndersenLiterature Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

J.K. Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter

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?

Review: Hero by Samantha Young


Hero
Author: Samantha Young
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade
Source: NAL Trade/Penguin
Review by: Jenn
Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that her mother and she weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again....

3.5 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.*

When I first got this book, it was a complete surprise. I wasn't expecting it and but I was extremely excited to read it. I hadn't read any of Samantha Young's previous work but after reading this book, I can't wait to get my hands on On Dublin Street

Hero follows the story of Alexa and Caine as they both battle with their past demons that still plague them. Caine is not the nicest person but Alexa can certainly stand up for herself and put him in his place. Their sexual chemistry is off. the. charts and had me fanning myself so many times. The UST between those two were so hot and when it finally came together, I was a happy girl. I couldn't wait for them to get together, hehe. Caine definitely knows how to make a girl happy.

I really enjoyed getting to know Alexa. She's very stubborn which is amusing at how much it irritated Caine. She's stands up for what she believes in and even when Caine would try to tear her down, she would stubbornly point out his flaws but at the same time see the good in him. Which is something Caine needed when he honestly believed he had no redeeming quality. I love how strong she is and how she can be so instrumental in pushing such a powerful man like Caine into seeing he is still a good person. She is also really funny and has a quality to put people instantly at ease. I loved getting to know her.

I really enjoyed this book and it was such a quick read for me. My only complaint is towards the end of the book. I don't want to give away spoilers but I will say that I feel like the "event" that happened with Alexa and how she had to be protected felt a little contrived. I could have done without that part and I feel like Alexa and Caine would have been ok without it too. Other than that, I loved this book and I feel like it was a great way to introduce me to this author's work.

Cover Reveal: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

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Expected Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads / iTunes

Synopsis:
First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real. 

About the Author:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
Author Links: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Cover Reveal Organized by: InkSlinger PR
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Waiting on Wednesday (#92)

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: February 10, 2015
Synopsis:
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
The buzz surrounding this book had me "click and download" happy when it became available on Edelweiss. That synopsis and that cover, OMG I'm so excited about this book. It sounds amazing and I hope it lives up to it expectation.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Blog Tour Stop: Excerpt + Giveaway: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

Release Date: January 19, 2015
Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads / iTunes / Kobo
Synopsis:
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect. 

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. 

With no way to reach civilization, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts. As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden. 

**This can be read as a STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.*

Excerpt 
(Tristan’s POV) 
        No rescue helicopter arrives. Not the following morning, or any morning after it. I expect Aimee to break down, but she doesn’t. It shouldn’t surprise me, though. I’ve suspected she is strong since I first met her.

        Chris Moore hired me as his pilot two and a half years ago, giving me the chance for a fresh start I so desperately needed. I was grateful to him, and even liked him. Despite his wealth and success, he was grounded and unpretentious. When I first met Aimee, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she was just as unassuming.

        And so much more.

        She went out of her way to be friendly, making it easy to adjust to my side job as her driver when Chris didn’t need me as a pilot. I suppose I came off as cold to her, because I only acknowledged her effort with a curt thank you. But I wasn’t used to anyone being friendly to me. Over the past years people had either shown me pity or feared me. Not Aimee. Of course, she didn’t know anything about my past—Chris kept his word and never told her.

        When first I drove Aimee to Chris’s parents’ mansion, I realized Aimee hadn’t given me any special treatment. She was genuinely friendly to everyone on the staff. They all liked to be around her.

        So did I. I liked it a little too much.

        She had a way of growing on people without even trying. She was warm and eager to get to really know people. A bit too eager… and the secrets I carried were best left buried. So I was content with being around her, or observing her from a distance.

         From where it was safe.

         Here, where our lifeline depends on working and sticking together, where I’m prepared to do just about anything to keep her safe, it will be hard to keep that distance, but I will do my best.

You can follow the rest of the blog tour Here
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About the Author:
My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author. I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough.
Author Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Blog tour organized by: Xpresso Book Tours
 

Quotes (#91)

Morning Swooners,
I am EXHAUSTED... Today starts new week, for those of you that are off today good for you. For those of you who have to work like me, I feel your pain... I wish I were home doing nothing too. But for now here are our quotes.

“If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay.”
 ~ Gayle Forman, If I Stay

“I choose you over everyone.”
~Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“What a powerful feeling, love, able to withstand time and distance and disagreements. No wonder I wanted it so badly.” 
~Jodi Meadows, Asunder

“My life might have begun as a mistake, but I wouldn't let it end as one.”
~Jodi MeadowsAsunder

“Damn, I know. I remember your mountains of books. I want to build you a library." Jack lowered his mouth and kissed me. I swallowed as emotion clogged my throat. He might as well have asked me to marry him.”
~Natasha Boyd, Forever, Jack

“We're actors in our lives, pretendin' to be who we want people to think we are.”
 ~Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry

“You own a piece of me," he murmurs as he holds me afterward. "Good," I tell him. "And just so you know… I'm never giving it back.”
 ~ Simone Elkeles, Better Than Perfect

Hope you all have a great week.

Favorite Friday (#19) - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

This is definitely one of my all time favorite stories. I have read this book over and over again. Mr. Darcy is dreamy and Elizabeth is strong and smart. I love the chemistry between them. I absolutely love this book.

About the author:


Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.
Author's links: Website / Goodreads 

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?


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