June 04, 2020

#BookReview: The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell






Synopsis: A queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.
 

#BookReview: Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab @ajarzab






Synopsis: “Expansive, romantic, and powerful.” —Gayle Forman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way 

Susannah Ramos has always loved the water. A swimmer whose early talent made her a world champion, Susannah was poised for greatness in a sport that demands so much of its young. But an inexplicable slowdown has put her dream in jeopardy, and Susannah is fighting to keep her career afloat when two important people enter her life: a new coach with a revolutionary training strategy, and a charming fellow swimmer named Harry Matthews.

As Susannah begins her long and painful climb back to the top, her friendship with Harry blossoms into passionate and supportive love. But Harry is facing challenges of his own, and even as their bond draws them closer together, other forces work to tear them apart. As she struggles to balance her needs with those of the people who matter most to her, Susannah will learn the cost—and the beauty—of trying to achieve something extraordinary.

#CoverReveal for It's Only Temporary by Lisa Suzanne @LisaSuzanne24 and @GiveMeBooksPR



Title: It's Only Temporary
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: Contemporary Rock Star Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: June 11, 2020

Blurb

It all started because of a bachelor auction.

My girlfriend was supposed to win me, but she issued an ultimatum that resulted in the end of our relationship seconds before I took the stage.

Instead, the singer of the band I’m temporarily playing with won. I’ve been fighting my attraction since the day I met her, and now I’m forced to take her on a romantic date. She may be mysterious and impulsive, but our date proves we’re more alike than I realized.

It may not matter. The woman I was with for seven years wants me back, and I have to decide whether I want to rely on security or take a risk.

Just when I think I have it all figured out, one of them hits me with a secret I never saw coming.

#BookReview: Unscripted by @nicolekronzer






Synopsis: A funny and timely debut YA about the toxic masculinity at a famous improv comedy camp

Seventeen-year-old Zelda Bailey-Cho has her future all planned out: improv camp, then Second City, and finally Saturday Night Live. She’s thrilled when she lands a spot on the coveted varsity team at a prestigious improv camp, which means she’ll get to perform for professional scouts—including her hero, Nina Knightley. But even though she’s hardworking and talented, Zelda’s also the only girl on Varsity, so she’s the target for humiliation from her teammates. And her 20-year-old coach, Ben, is cruel to her at practice and way too nice to her when they’re alone. Zelda wants to fight back, but is sacrificing her best shot at her dream too heavy a price to pay? 

Equal parts funny and righteous, Unscripted is a moving debut novel that Printz Award winner Nina LaCour calls "a truly special book, written at exactly the right time."

#CoverReveal for The Curve Ball by Samantha Lind @samanthalind1 and @GiveMeBooksPR




Title: The Curve Ball
Series: Indianapolis Lightning #2
Author: Samantha Lind
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Cover Design: Juliana Cabrera, Jersey Girl Design
Photo: Eric Wainwright
Model: Eric Janicki
Release Date: June 18, 2020


Blurb

Justin
I had the perfect bachelor's life.
No obligations. 
No commitments.
The greatest job in the world, all while being paid millions to do it.

Until I became a dad overnight.
My world turned upside down, 
I went from ballfields and bars to dirty diapers and bottles. 
I turned to my best friend for help but ended up with his little sister.

Now, all I want is the one woman I can't have.
She's the curveball I never saw coming.
The one woman I'm willing to commit to and change my old ways for.

I just have to show her that we can be a family.


Riley
Indianapolis was my fresh start.
A new place near my family. 

When my brother's best friend ended up with a surprise baby dropped on his doorstep,
I was the perfect nanny for the job.
Everything was falling into place,
If only I could keep my mind and hands off the playboy baller dad.

Working for someone you are attracted to is hard.
But when he's your brother's best friend and you live with him?
Talk about impossible.

Fatherhood changed him, but is it enough to give us a chance at a happily ever after? 

#BookTour: Forgotten Magic (Magic Underground Anthology) @RRBookTours1 #Giveaway

Forgotten Magic Book Cover
Welcome to the blog tour for the final installment from the Magic Underground trilogy, Forgotten Magic! Read on for an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a paperback copy of the book!
Forgotten Magic (Magic Underground #3) Publication Date: May 2020 Genre: Anthology/ Fantasy/ Magic Publisher: Magical Mayhem Press For the last time, these heroes, witches, wizards, vikings and more will put it all on the line. No quest is too dangerous. No monster be it a dragon or something cuddlier with teeth is off-limits in the epic conclusion to the Magic Underground Trilogy. Stay tuned for details. Add to Goodreads


#BookReview: Scion of Conquered Earth (Scion #1) by Michael J. Allen @TheDScribbler






Synopsis: An alien force has descended upon Earth. Fighters bombard the ruins. Monsters hunt the wastes – some humans serving the Welorin in order to indulge their petty cruelties. The last free survivors struggle against starvation and capture. It’s a world where friendship costs too dearly and heroics verge on suicide.

One young man simply can’t resist either. Welorin torture machines ravage his world, filling it with literal nightmares. Cannibalistic aerobics instructors hunt him and snatcher teams dog his every step. Alaric attempts one rescue after another, hoping someone might possess keys to unlock memories stolen by the initial assault.

An aborted rescue lands him in a three way fight between Welorin forces and interstellar raiders. He takes cover in the pirates’ ship, coercing its AI, Cassii, into helping him. Success comes with unexpected consequence as Cassii abandons her crew, his friends and Earth’s solar system.

Cassii refuses to return to Earth, decrying her former captain’s despoiling of the ship’s weapons and armor. Alaric leverages goods stolen from Earth by Cassii’s former crew into a bid at privateering. Surrounded by tech he barely understands and exotic life forms, he’s easy prey for the Protectorate’s mercenary population.

Escort Captain Manc Shepherd and the sultry pirate Tyne Ren – Manc’s onetime partner – manipulate, exploit and seduce him across the stars. Alaric’s perilous heroics complicate their tug-of-war, endangering both and Alaric’s ship – their intended prize.

Alaric must decide who he is, what he holds dear and how far he’ll go to protect both. He must choose who to trust: his mentor, his temptress or his smitten ship’s AI. The right choice could save worlds. The wrong one could throw him into a desperate battle to save thousands from his betrayer at the cost of his truest friend.

#RELEASEBLITZ - THE FORWARD MUST CRY by XAVIER NEAL

The Forward Must Cry, an all-new standalone Romantic Comedy in the Hockey Gods series by Bestselling author Xavier Neal is NOW LIVE!


What to expect

🏒 Fallen Hockey Gods
🏒 A snarky heroine
🏒 A complicated romance
🏒 A determined rule breaker
🏒 scorching chemistry

Once upon a time, the Vlasta Vipers hockey team was so incredible — on and off the ice — they were almost mythical.

Rightfully, labeled as legends.

Affectionately, worshiped in the sheets like rock stars.

However, when their glorious reign came crashing to an end, the idols lost much more than their treasured titles.

They became the laughingstock of locker rooms.

Oh, and of course, the punchline to every bad joke on campus.

Puck Bunnies continued hopping into their beds because, well, that's what Puck Bunnies do.
All hope seemed completely lost until last season when a new head coach emerged to help put them back on their golden thrones.

Problem?

Tucker Gillette, the team's right winger, is causing so much commotion off the ice — instead of just on — that new rules have to be added to their code of conduct to help ensure another season of victory.

Don't sleep with other athletes — their coaches hate it.

Don't drool over the team's mascot once you realize it's a fine AF, flexible female instead of a freckled freshman.


And, definitely, don't try to date said mascot or fall face first in love with her simply so your brother — who is the lead singer in her favorite metal band — can't.

Will this right-wing troublemaker become a champion in the game of romance, or will this be his biggest loss yet?

June 03, 2020

#BookReview: Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by @EmilyBlejwas






Synopsis: A poignant story of a boy picking up the pieces of his life after the unexpected death of his father, and the loyalty, concern, and friendship he finds in his small-town community.

Justin doesn't know anything these days. Like how to walk down the halls without getting stared at. Or what to say to Jenni. Or how Phuc is already a physics genius in seventh grade. Or why Benny H. wanders around Wicapi talking to old ghosts. He doesn't know why his mom suddenly loves church or if his older brother, Murphy, will ever play baseball again. Or if the North Stars have a shot at the playoffs. Justin doesn't know how people can act like everything's fine when it's so obviously not. And most of all, he doesn't know what really happened the night his dad died on the train tracks.

And that sucks.

But life goes on. And as it does, Justin discovers that some things are just unknowable. He learns that time and space and memory are grander and weirder than he ever thought, and that small moments can hold big things, if you're paying attention. Just like his math teacher said, even when you think you have all the information, there will be more. There is always more.

Set during the Gulf War era, Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened is a story about learning to go on after loss, told with a warmth that could thaw the coldest Minnesota lake.

#BookReview: We Didn't Ask for This Adi Alsaid






Synopsis: From Adi Alsaid, the acclaimed author of Let’s Get LostNever Sometimes Always, and North of Happy

Every year, lock-in night changes lives. This year, it might just change the world.

Central International School’s annual lock-in is legendary — and for six students, this year’s lock-in is the answer to their dreams. The chance to finally win the contest. Kiss the guy. Make a friend. Become the star of a story that will be passed down from student to student for years to come.

But then a group of students, led by Marisa Cuevas, stage an eco-protest and chain themselves to the doors, vowing to keep everyone trapped inside until their list of demands is met. While some students rally to the cause, others are devastated as they watch their plans fall apart. And Marisa, once so certain of her goals, must now decide just how far she’ll go to attain them.

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