Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Book Review & Giveaway - Meant to Be Mine by Lisa Marie Perry

About Lisa Marie Perry

Lisa Marie Perry encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She writes sizzling, deep fiction featuring flawed heroes brought to their knees by the love of complicated women. She has received high praise from USA Today and has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews literary award. She lives in America's heartland, drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.

For laughs, randomness and occasional inappropriateness, visit LMP at www.perrytalebooks.com.
 Meant to Be Mine Synopsis

Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.
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Review by Suze

Sofia wanted to make her own life, which is exactly what she’s done in New York. She was a sick teenager and even though her health is still fragile she wants to experience every good thing that comes her way. When a sad situation, the death of her great-aunt Luz, brings her back to her childhood hometown Eaves she isn’t planning to stay. Her great-aunt had other plans though and made Sofia the sole beneficiary of her will. Sofia now has a sex shop, an apartment, a dog and several solid investments. She leaves her best friend Joss behind in New York and starts over.

Being in Eaves means that Sofia runs into Burke, the guy she used to love with all her heart. There’s still something between them, but Burke doesn’t want to commit to anyone. He’s a changed man and he worked hard to get where he is now. Sofia is still the same special girl he used to love, but that doesn’t mean he will jeopardize his future for her. Burke doesn’t handle feelings very well and he keeps pulling back. He once was Sofia’s whole world, is it wise for her to let him in again while he can easily shatter her fragile heart?

Meant to Be Mine is a fantastic story about love, loss, acceptance and dreams. I immediately loved this book because of Lisa Marie Perry’s fabulous tone of voice. Her writing is honest and sometimes a little crude, which suits the story really well. Sofia’s great-aunt Luz was quite a character and it seems like Sofia is cut from the same cloth. They are strong and independent women and they fight for what they believe in. I loved that spirit and passion and Lisa Marie Perry uses it as a solid basis for a great story. The sex shop is the perfect setting for women who know what they want, it’s a fun place that I loved reading about.

There’s so much tension between Sofia and Burke that it’s always almost too much, which makes their relationship incredibly intriguing. Their interaction is never predictable and Lisa Marie Perry managed to surprise me plenty of times. Her descriptions of their connection are vivid and I could easily picture them together in both the past and the present. It’s obvious they have a magical bond, but it’s one that isn’t easy, which makes fascinating reading. I couldn’t put the book down because of this and read it in one sitting.

Lisa Marie Perry writes about serious topics with respect. She doesn’t sugarcoat things and I liked that truthfulness. Life isn’t easy and she doesn’t spare her main characters. They’ve been through a lot in the past and their futures aren’t filled with happiness alone. I loved that she uses the depth she creates with this direct approach to make the story even more romantic. I think Meant to Be Mine is a brilliant love story and I highly recommend this beautiful novel.
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Reading in the Sun - Interview with Bella Osborne & Giveaway

About Bella Osborne

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel.

In 2016, her debut novel, 'It Started At Sunset Cottage', was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award.

Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

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So excited to be part of this summery event, so huge thanks to Suze and Anniek for inviting me to take part in Reading in the Sun.

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in the UK with my husband and daughter and the laziest cat on the planet. Officially I write contemporary women’s fiction but if people ask I tend to say that I write stories about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. When I’m not writing I’m usually eating custard creams and planning my next holiday.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

I used to read Chick Lit all the way until I joined a book club a few years ago so now I have a slightly more varied selection including psychological thrillers. I always save the latest Jill Mansell for my holidays as I love her books, then I pick a couple off my TBR pile which are often by author friends that I've been meaning to read for ages. I usually top up my holiday reading list with any books that have been recommended to me or that I've spotted in a bookshop and felt drawn to.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

As soon as I read this question a picture of a Caribbean beach sprang to mind! What could be better than lying on a comfy lounger surrounded by sun bleached sand, the odd swaying palm tree and the gentle rhythm of the sea? Interrupted only by a good book and a cocktail waiter!

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I like to cook when I have a bit of time and try to cook a new recipe from scratch every week much to the chagrin of my husband and daughter who are quite set in their ways and would much prefer junk food.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

The honest answer is that I'm not entirely sure. Characters just tend to appear and then their story unfolds. I guess it's a combination of everything I consciously and subconsciously absorb combined with a touch of imagination.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Hermione Granger - I'm a bit of a girly swat and I have a stubborn streak which means I won't be beaten by things, just like Hermione, and who doesn't want to go to Hogwarts?

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

In bed. Especially on a chilly night when I can get all cosy and snuggle down under the covers to read.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I think for a family holiday you can't beat Florida - guaranteed sunshine and Walt Disney World and Universal on your doorstep creating magical moments and whipping everyone into a frenzy. Disney makes rides so special that you feel that you are entering another world as soon as you join the queue and with themed restaurants, character meet and greets, pin trading and its amazing firework displays you cannot fail to have a great holiday. Just make sure you take time to chill out which is very hard when there are so many fun things to do but if you can add on a few days in the Caribbean to relax then that would be my perfect family holiday.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Think about the places that you love and why you love them. What place means summer to you? What are the things that make that place stand out? Try to pin point what makes it special and highlight that to your reader. You can, of course, write about anywhere but I think it brings something extra to the writing if the author has actually been there and experienced it for themselves. Always grab the chance to go somewhere sunny – it counts as research!

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

My third book Willow Cottage is being released in four parts digitally before coming out as a single paperback in May 2017. The first instalment is available now with part two out on 20th October.

It tells the story of Beth who is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.

When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.

Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…

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Get Back-to-School With Entangled YA Retellings - Q&A & Reviews

Get Back-to-School Ready with this YA Retellings Blog Blast!

Recently, we asked several Entangled TEEN authors of YA Retellings the following question, "What book or story would you like to see updated for the young adult market?", and where possible, we've shared their responses below with you and at the end of this post there's a US only giveaway.
Gaby Triana's Wake the Hollow - YA Retelling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow":

Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.

Gaby's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less:

As a huge fan of haunted house stories, I’d love to see a retelling of the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. First published in 1959, this was and still is, one of the finest examples of psychological terror ever known in the horror genre, and because I love stories that scare you with what’s not there rather than what is, I would love to see this interpreted for a teen audience. Are we caught up in Eleanor’s mind, or is a real poltergeist haunting her? “Whatever walked there, walked alone.” Yeah, definitely this one.
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Vivi Barnes, author of Olivia Twisted, which is a YA Retelling of Oliver Twist

Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite―break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…

Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.

Olivia Decoded:

This isn’t my Jack, who once looked at me like I was his world. The guy who’s occupied the better part of my mind for eight months.

This is Z, criminal hacker with a twisted agenda and an arsenal full of anger.

I’ve spent the past year trying to get my life on track. New school. New friends. New attitude. But old flames die hard, and one look at Jack—the hacker who enlisted me into his life and his hacking ring, stole my heart, and then left me—and every memory, every moment, every feeling comes rushing back. But Jack’s not the only one who’s resurfaced in my life. And if I can’t break through Z’s defenses and reach the old Jack, someone will get hurt…or worse.

Vivi's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less:

I first saw the movie To Kill A Mockingbird when I was a teenager, and I believe it played a large part in opening my eyes to the realities and consequences of racism. Considering the state of the world today, I would love to see the story retold as a young adult novel with a Muslim-American Tom Robinson. I think capturing the attention of young adults through literature is one of the most effective ways we can change the world for the better.

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Cindi Madsen's All the Broken Pieces - YA Retelling of Frankenstein

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

Cindi's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less

Hmm. What retelling would I love to see? I’m a big fan of the classics, and twists on them. I’ll read just about any Pride & Prejudice retelling. Beauty and the Beast is also a favorite. But I’d love to see a modern retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. I think that there could be a lot of possibilities and different ways to go, but I think one with a lot of tension and romance and kissing (my fave), would be amazing! And I just found out Entangled Teen recently acquired a Count of Monte Cristo retelling called STING, by Cindy Wilson! *makes grabby hands*

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Book review
Review by Suze

When Liv wakes up after a coma she can't remember who she is and what happened to her. There are two people who tell her they're her mother and father, but she doesn't know who they are. After her discharge they move, so Liv can start over with a clean slate. She has no memories, but that doesn't mean she can't make new ones. When she's recovered enough to lead a normal life again she starts high school. At her new school people only know the Liv from after the accident, which helps Liv to get through the days.

Spencer is nice to Liv one day and he's cold the next. He doesn't interact with anyone, but for Liv he makes an exception. He tries to help her to get some basic skills back. He also teaches her things he thinks she ought to know, but doesn't because of her memory loss. He's the only one at school who knows her secret. What he doesn't know though is that Liv has two voices in her head. She also starts to remember things, but has no idea what those memories actually mean. Together with Spencer Liv is trying to make sense of her existence. Who is she and what happened to her on the night of the accident?

All the Broken Pieces is a gripping story. Liv is an interesting main character. She doesn't have any memories and she doesn't know exactly what caused the coma. She knows it was an accident, but that's all the information she has. I was intrigued from the start and couldn't wait to find out more about her. Liv is a sweet girl. She works hard, she's determined to learn and relearn as much as she can and she doesn't give up on the people she loves. She's an extremely likeable main character, which is part of why I loved this story so much. Spencer is a lovely guy, but he has a secret. This made me even more curious. He's generous and he's a real gentleman. He and Liv are a great couple, I really liked them together.

Cindi Madsen managed to surprise me with a story filled with unexpected twists and turns and a fabulous ending. I love the way she builds up the suspense and it made my heart race. The romantic aspect of the story is sweet and I liked the way Cindi Madsen combines it with a compelling mystery. She keeps her readers interested and that is something I enjoyed very much. I liked this book a lot and think it's a fantastic retelling.

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Delwyn Jenkins & Giveaway

About Delwyn Jenkins

I like radical career changes. After serving in the Australian Navy for ten years (and being exceptionally disciplined) I switched to full-time university Arts student (where getting out of bed before 11am proved traumatic). I’ve worked as a teacher, an editor, and now write full time – a career I plan to stick with for as long as anyone wants to read my stories.

I’m an avid reader and movie-goer, an average bellydancer, and a disinterested cook. I live on the beautiful south-east coast of Australia where the changeable weather suits my mercurial nature.

I also write erotic romance as DJ Michaels.

Find out more at

Website: http://www.delwynjenkins.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delwyn-Jenkins-Author-Page/286668014825421
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorDJ
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/delwynjenkins92/

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in a small country town and, while I had a happy and social childhood, I was always a city girl at heart. When I left school I joined the Australian Navy where I served for ten years. After that I went to university and where I studied for a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Literature and History), and after that I studied for a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. I worked as a teacher and freelance editor and I wrote on the side (for years and years!). My first book, Called By Fire, was published in 2011 and I've been writing full-time ever since. I live on a beautiful part of the south-east coast of Australia.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

I have an iPad and I'm not afraid to use it! When I go on holiday I take my library with me because I like to be prepared for any reading mood that might strike. During the summer holidays (which coincides with Christmas here in the southern hemisphere) I'll often reread a favourite series - the books that I love, that I can read over and over, and never tire of them.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

I grew up near the mountains, so I think a picnic in the bush surrounded by family would be the ideal sunny day. The smell of eucalyptus trees, the call of kookaburras, and maybe even the burble of a small creek. Heavenly.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I'm mad for storytelling so (apart from books) I do love movies and TV series. I'm very social so love to hang out with my friends and family. I like to knit and crochet in winter (which is right now in Australia). I also teach belly dancing at my local community centre (I'm no expert, but what I lack in technique I made up for with love of the art form).

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I have a rabidly overactive imagination - seriously, my brain never stops (even at three o'clock in the morning when I'm trying to sleep!). Sometimes my stories will begin with a slither of a scene - like a ten second snippet from a movie. At other times (like my Watchtower Series) the stories will come from an idea. Called By Fire came about because I wanted to do a story that reflected the old religions as they are practiced today. A lot of 'law' and rituals in that series are based on rituals that are still practiced today.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Oooh, that's a tough one. I think Eva from the Crossfire Series (by Silvia Day), because I'm madly in love with Gideon Cross.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

My bed! I know it sounds boring, but I love going to bed early and reading until 'what the hell was I thinking' o'clock in the morning.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

Another tough question. If I had to pick just one, Italy would be it. I love the language, the food, the history and the romance. Plus, when men great you with 'Ciao bella' (hello beautiful) as a matter of course, it's hard not to become enamoured.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Write from the heart. Don't worry about what's popular or selling, don't worry about what someone else is writing, and don't try to emulate anyone else. No one else can write your story in your voice, and if you write with love your readers will tap into that and love your books as much as you do.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

At the moment I'm working on an erotic romance with a sci-fi twist. I'm about halfway through so I'll hopefully have some good news to share by the end of the year - stay tuned.


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Four very lucky readers of With Love for Books will win an eBook of Called by Fire by Delwyn Jenkins.

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