Friday, July 21, 2017

Her Unexpected Hero by Kyra Jacobs - Book Review & Giveaway


Book review
By Suze


Maddie loves working at the Checkerberry Inn, where she's the chef. Maddie's boss wants to find Maddie a date for the gala they're hosting, but Maddie gets out of it by telling her she has already found someone. When Maddie needs an extra pair of hands in the kitchen one night Cole helps her to manage. In return she does him a favor and he promises to coach her, so she can get a date with the man she's admired from afar for a while. Will the guy Maddie's planning to take agree to accompany her?

Cole needs a second chance. He's moved in with his grandfather and finally has a chance to make his dreams for the future come true. Working for Maddie is fun, but assisting her to score a date for the gala isn't easy. Cole likes Maddie and would love to date her himself. However, Cole's past isn't something he wants to bother Maddie with. Will he ever be free of it and will he eventually get the chance to find happiness?

Cole is a sweet guy. He has a wonderful kind heart and he's incredibly gentle. Maddie is feisty and caring and she makes Cole come out of his shell. They're both adorable and I loved their beautiful personalities. Cole and Maddie are talented and hardworking, but they aren't as successful in life as they could have been, because they've each been damaged by someone in their pasts. They are insecure because of it, but together they're great and I immediately loved their connection. I like stories about true love and Her Unexpected Hero is definitely a good one.

Kyra Jacobs has a fabulous descriptive writing style. I love her smooth and interesting dialogue and her main characters are very special. Her Unexpected Hero is sweet and romantic. Because of the unfairness of what's been done to Cole and Maddie there's a nice layer of depth as well, which gives the story a good balance. Her Unexpected Hero is both charming and entertaining. I loved the endearing ending and really enjoyed reading this heartwarming book.

Advice

If you love sweet romantic stories you will definitely like Her Unexpected Hero. It's the third story in the Checkerberry Inn series, but can easily be read as a standalone.


About Kyra Jacobs


Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com to learn more about her novels and ways to connect with her on social media.


Giveaway

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ravenclaw Book, Bookmark, Necklace & Mug Giveaway



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gaslight by Eloise Williams - Book Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Review by Suze

It's 1899 and life for a girl on her own isn't easy. Nansi doesn't know where her mother is. The last time they were together was on the day she ended up in the water at Cardiff docks. Nansi was rescued, but hasn't seen her mother since. She lives in a theatre where she works for Sid. She has to earn her keep by stealing and helping out with the shows. Sid has promised Nansi he'll save part of the money she makes, so she can hire a detective to find her mother. She isn't there yet though, will she ever be able to get the funds together?

Changes are being made at the theatre to attract a much needed bigger audience. Nansi needs to give up her bed and she has to help with a psychic show based on lies. When someone recognizes her because of her mother Nansi knows the time has come to fight for her future. Will she be able to find out what happened on that dreadful day she ended up in the water and when her eyes are finally being opened will she be able to uncover the truth?

Gaslight is a beautiful story about a brave and clever girl and her quest to find her mother. I loved Nansi from the start. She's resourceful, caring and also a little bit naive. She's an ideal main character for a gripping book and her adventures are fantastic. There are many interesting twists and turns and the story kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Nansi's dedication to find her mother is admirable and I liked her resilience. She never gives up and she's always there for the people she loves. Nansi is a terrific girl and I really enjoyed reading about her.

Gaslight is a fascinating book. Eloise Williams has chosen a perfect setting for her story. Cardiff in 1899 has an enchanting atmosphere and the theatre is fabulously worn and dark. It's a great place for secrets and its obscurity kept impressing me. Eloise Williams has a gorgeous writing style and her story is captivating from beginning to end. I already read this book twice, Gaslight is amazing and I know I will keep reading it over and over again. I love it when I've found a true gem. Eloise Williams has written a brilliant story, a wonderful book that I will treasure forever.

Advice

If you love reading beautiful, special stories for children Gaslight is an absolute must-read.

About Eloise Williams


Eloise used to be an actress but she’s alright now. Leaving behind the scars of her appearance as part of a fence at the Minack in Cornwall (where everyone skinny-dipped and she wore pants and vest) and shrugging off the screaming fans of her spellbinding portrayal of a flickering flame at the Barbican (where she unintentionally pirouetted into an audience member’s lap), Eloise has moved as far West in West Wales as it is possible to be.

Ensconced in Pembrokeshire, she studied for an MA in Creative and Media Writing at Swansea University and this time she got a 'D' for Distinction, instead of the 'D's she was more accustomed to at school.

Now holed up in the teeniest, tiniest cottage by the sea that she could find, Eloise lives with her long-suffering artist husband and her loyal (when-on-a-lead) dog, Watson Jones. Eloise’s life is made up of writing, salt and strange vowel sounds. She collects sea glass, sagely pretends to know about the tides and accidentally sings Welsh songs out loud on the beach. She sometimes pulls a serious face for photographs and does great windswept scarf.

Eloise is also to be writer in residence for three months at Oriel y Parc visitor centre in the Pembrokeshire National Park from April 2016.

Eloise's debut for 7+, Elen's Island, was published by Firefly Press in 2015 and went on to be picked out by Booktrust at Number 6 in their Advent Calendar of bookish treats for Christmas 2015. Her next (slightly older) upper middle grade novel, Gaslight was published in 2017, also by Firefly, and is a dark and atmospheric mystery set in the morbid, death-obsessed world of the Victorian theatre, because hey - you can take the girl out of the theatre, but.... you can follow her on Twitter - @eloisejwilliams.


Interview

1. Can you name three bookish facts about yourself?

When I was young I set up my own library in my bedroom. My childhood collection of books still has tickets and stamps inside them. My sister, mum and dad were my only customers. 

When I get good news about something bookish I go and sit in a rockpool on my local beach to celebrate. 

I wear Agatha Christie earrings. 

2. The main setting of Gaslight is a dark theatre, what inspired you to choose this setting?

I originally trained as a Drama teacher and as part of my course I studied Victorian theatre. I then went on to be an actor for over a decade so I spent lots of time waiting about in backstage areas and dressing rooms. I got to see some real Victorian theatres and the difference between the audience area and the performers quarters can be astonishing - some of them are dark, dank, dingy and more than a bit creepy. I thought it would make the perfect setting for a mystery thriller. 

3. Your book is set at the end of the 19th century, what's so fascinating about that time?

Everything! I have been fascinated by this era since I was a child. There is something about the Dickensian squalor and foggy streets that appeals to me as a writer. Also, it was a great time of change with the turn of the Century approaching, so it’s the perfect time for Nansi (my main protagonist) to be questioning women’s rights, a topic I have a firm interest in.

4. Could you describe your main characters in 6 words each?

Nansi – Feisty. Smart. Imaginative. Inventive. Courageous. Strong. 

Pernicious Sid – Acidic. Crafty. Ambitious. Narcissistic. Controlling. Broken.

5. What do you like the most about writing for children?

I love being able to play with words. To play with stories. I think as adults we often forget how to play. 

6. Water plays an important role in your story, what's the most special thing about it?

Lots of things are special about it for me but I think the most special thing is its power. It can mean death or life. Captivity or freedom. Horror or beauty. 

7. Where do you read and where do you write?

I’m very lucky to live in a cottage very close to the sea. I have a reading platform – which is just a bunch of old pallets painted up – where I can sit and look out of my garden over the bay. It’s the most beautiful spot to read in and I can then dash into my writing shed to work on stories if I need to. I’m a nature lover. so for me it’s perfection to be able to combine my working time with sea and garden-gazing. 

8. Do you have any good advice for children who want to become an author?

Absolutely! Read. Read lots. And then read some more. Also, you can be an author at any age so get scribbling and let your imagination fly. 

9. You're from Wales and your story is set in Cardiff, what's the most magical thing about the city?

I was born in Cardiff and spent lots of time there as a child, then I worked and went to college in the city centre. It’s a friendly and diverse place. There’s a multicultural feeling to it and there’s always something to do and see. I think that’s the most special thing for me, the way so many people live and work and have fun together. It’s a magical thing to see and be a part of, and I go back there to see friends and family as often as I can.

10. What are your plans for the future?

I am currently working on my next MG novel - a salty, windswept ghost story set in Pembrokeshire where I now live. Watch this space....

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Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt - Book Review & Giveaway


Book reviews 

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Review by Suze

Alice has never experienced what it's like to have stable home. When she was a child she lived with several foster families. She didn't get the chance to stay anywhere long enough to become part of something. When Alice suddenly becomes homeless, a woman she's met by chance, Ava, offers her a place to stay at her cottage in Willoughby Close. There Alice meets Lady Stokely, a proud and friendly old lady, who lives in the nearby manor. Lady Stokely is terminally ill and needs someone to stay with her. Alice has a few nursing diplomas and has enough experience to take care of her. The job comes with a living accommodation and Alice finally has the idea she might have found a place where she belongs.

Lady Stokely's nephew Henry loves her very much. However, he also thinks that means he can make decisions for his aunt and Alice threatens to lose everything she holds dear once more. Henry seems stiff, moody and bossy, but Alice soon discovers that there is a lot about him she doesn't know. What are Henry's secrets? Will he be ready one day to tell Alice more about himself or is he too closed off to give her a chance and will Alice find happiness at Willoughby Close just like the other inhabitants?

Marry Me at Willoughby Close is a wonderful story. I loved Alice from the start. She's kindhearted, but doesn't let people walk over her. She's young, but has so much life experience that she's wise beyond her years. I really enjoyed reading about her friendship with Lady Stokely, they have a deep an instant connection and Lady Stokely sees something in Alice, she'd be a good match for Henry. When he's arrogant she confronts him, even if it makes her scared, which is exactly what he needs. She also lets him be vulnerable at the rare moments he's willing to show some emotion. Henry is a good person, but he's hiding his true nature behind a facade that is difficult to see through. I loved the influence Henry and Alice have on each other. They slowly learn to confide in someone and with the help of Lady Stokely they even dare to open up a little, which was beautiful to read about.

Kate Hewitt has a lovely romantic writing style. She makes her stories come to life through equally vivid descriptions of people, places and emotions. That gives her stories a strong base that works every time. Every detail is exactly right and it's clear how much she cares about her characters, which makes it easy to feel close to them. They're never flawless, they have good and bad personality traits and that makes them realistic and accessible. I love Willoughby Close, it's a fantastic setting with amazing inhabitants and every time I read about it, it manages to warm my heart. I highly recommend Marry Me at Willoughby Close, it's a fantastic moving and enchanting story.

Review by Anniek

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

After years of struggling things are finally looking up for Alice. She knows what it's like to be unwanted, but things are about to change now that she's met Ava. Ava has recently moved into cottage number 3 at Willoughby Close and understands the difficulties of having to start over with nothing but the clothes on your back. Alice isn't used to kindness, but has a connection with Ava from the beginning. Alice wants to be a nurse and has already got some qualifications. Lady Stokely, who lives in the manor close to Willoughby Close, needs someone to take care of her, which would be an ideal job for Alice. Lady Stokely hires the young woman and gives her a place to stay. Does Lady Stokely's nephew Henry, who's looking after his aunt whenever he has the time, agree with this decision? Will her stay at Willoughby Close bring Alice the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Alice has been put down by people more than once, but she always clawed her way back to the top. She keeps on smiling and she still has a kind heart. Alice is very sweet to Lady Stokely and is going out of her way to make sure the old lady is comfortable. Alice is a survivor and I loved to read about all the positive things that are happening in her life. She argues a lot with Henry, who can be quite grumpy. Henry puts up an icy front to hide his wounded and frail heart. He doesn't have a likeable first appearance and I admired Alice for looking behind the mask that Henry always puts on, which made the story extra fascinating and incredibly romantic.

Marry Me at Willoughby Close is the last book in the Willoughby Close series. I fell in love with the cozy little countryside cottages ever since I read Meet Me at Willoughby Close. Kate Hewitt is a skilled writer and I wasn't having any trouble at all to picture Alice and the other characters living at the beautiful and warm Willoughby Close. The place is magical and I looked forward to reading about the amazing inhabitants that were introduced in the previous books once more. All of the cottages' residents feel like family and it warmed my heart to read about how close they've become to each other. I'm sad that this is the last story in this series, but it does bring closure in a gorgeous way. Marry Me at Willoughby Close is another gem by Kate Hewitt, it's a perfect ending of her wonderful series.

Advice

The Willoughby Close series is an excellent choice for readers who love countryside romance. The books can all be read as standalones. However, if you don't want to miss any details you should read the entire series and we'd recommend you to start with the first story, A Cotswold Christmas.

About Kate Hewitt


Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

Author links


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review - Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan


Book review 
By Suze

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Quinn and Tate used to be inseparable during the summers Tate spent in Time Oak with his grandparents. First they were friends, but when they got older they became much more. When Tate left Time Oak to go to university Quinn thought they would be able to make a long distance relationship work. However, Tate abandoned Quinn and she never heard from him again. What was the reason he left her?

Quinn doesn't want to have a man in her life. Being abandoned by Tate still hurts many years later. When she finds out Tate is back in town after many years of complete silence Quinn isn't happy at all. Tate wants to have a second chance. Even though he had his reasons to leave her it doesn't mean he can convince Quinn to let him back into her life again. Will he be able to win the heart of the woman he's always loved once more?

Kiss My Boots is a great romantic story. I love reading about life in small towns. Quinn is tough and comfortable in her own skin. She owns a garage, where she works on her beloved old trucks and other cars. She's feminine, but not groomed. Her beauty is all natural and she has plenty of confidence. I liked her fierceness and her sassy attitude. She's perfect for Tate. He's a doctor with a friendly nature. He's a really good guy, he loves deeply and is willing to go far for the people he cares about. I liked that a lot about him. Quinn needs his sweetness and he needs her spark, which makes them amazing together. They have plenty of chemistry and I was curious to find out if they'd finally get their chance at happiness.

Time Oak is a wonderful setting. I loved reading about this fabulous place with its interesting inhabitants. The people are close and Harper Sloan writes about them with a lovely sense of humor. It's clear she enjoys writing about her characters very much and she makes it easy for her readers to get to know them through and through. I liked reading about Quinn and Tate. They've been through a lot and she writes about that with plenty of empathy. Their story is sexy, emotional and entertaining. I love Harper Sloan's writing style, the southern atmosphere makes it incredibly fun to read. Kiss My Boots is a hot and charming story and I liked it just as much as Lost Rider, the first book in the Coming Home series.

Advice

If you love small town romance Kiss My Boots would be an excellent choice. It's the second book in the Coming Home series and can be read as a standalone, but if you want to get the full story you should start with Lost Rider.



About Harper Sloan


Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.


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Book Review - Goodnight Boy by Nikki Sheehan



Review by Suze

The teenager JC lives in the United States now. He moved there when Melanie decided to adopt him. However, Melanie needs to go back to JC's homecountry to finalize legally making him her son and leaves JC with his adoptive father and their dog Boy. JC's new father isn't happy at all with the arrival of a boy he doesn't know. According to Melanie he should treat him as a son, but he doesn't want to and is constantly angry. Instead of letting JC stay in the house he throws him out and makes him live in the doghouse together with Boy.

After a terrible incident JC is no longer welcome in the house that doesn't even feel like home yet. Boy is his only friend and to pass the time JC tells Boy about his life before Melanie took him in. He talks about his country, the terrible earthquake he survived, illnesses and his friends and family. JC has been through a lot and he's strong, but staying with a dog in a small wooden kennel without any regular food or water is tough and Melanie doesn't seem to come back any time soon. Will JC eventually find a way out of the doghouse and the terrible situation he and Boy are in?

Goodnight Boy is a fantastic moving story. I was shocked when I started reading it, because of the appalling conditions JC and Boy are living in. Their story moved me to tears many times, as what's happening to them is heartbreaking. Goodnight Boy is sad and emotional, but it's also beautiful and hopeful at the same time. It is a bittersweet story with a special main character and the writing is gorgeous. I couldn't put the book down, it mesmerized me and I had to keep reading. Goodnight Boy impressed me in many different ways, because of the amount of depth, the originality, the gorgeous one-way dialogue and the comfort a boy and a dog can offer each other.

Nikki Sheehan has written a stunning book about a teenage boy being unpleasantly surprised by life over and over again. JC never gets depressed, he does everything he can to make something of every situation he finds himself in and his resilience keeps getting him far. He's talking about his awful past in a matter-of-fact way and never feels any self pity. That made a difficult story light enough to keep reading. It's a strange contrast and Nikki Sheehan makes it work really well. Goodnight Boy is a story about bad luck, good and evil and everything in between. It shows how an unlucky situation can sometimes turn into a chance. It's about abuse, deep emotional wounds and the craziness that many unexpected twists and turns in life can bring. I absolutely loved this brilliant story and highly recommend it.

Advice

Goodnight Boy is a story that will appeal to both teenagers and adults. If you like original stories with many different emotional layers you'll love this book.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fighting for Kayla - Online Auction


Jessa Russo has organized an auction to raise money for Kayla. Kayla is a fourteen-year-old girl from the United States. 


Kayla is a smart and pretty girl, however, her health situation is difficult. She has over 25 different diagnoses and most of the illnesses she has are rare. In March her body stopped tolerating food and the doctors are trying to help her eat again. Kayla has a website where you can read her full story. Treating Kayla's health issues is costly and her family and friends are trying to raise money, so she can have the care she needs. You can support her via GoFundMe, where she's reached half of her goal, so there's still a lot of money she needs to be able to see the doctors who can make a difference for her. 


To help raise extra money for Kayla Young Adult author Jessa Russo has organized an online auction that she named Fighting for Kayla. She's asked people for donations and you can bid on plenty of items to support Kayla. Some of them are US only and others are international. The donations have come from different sources. You can bid on manuscript critiques, signed books, art and beauty products plus all kinds of local events and beauty treatments in the USA. There's even a one week stay in a holiday home available. Jessa has put together a great auction with a large variety of items. Bidding is for a good cause, to help save Kayla's life.


Every little amount of money you can miss will make a difference. You can either help Jessa to raise money by bidding on one or more of her auctions or you can donate money for Kayla directly. Every bit of support is very welcome.

https://www.gofundme.com/kaylaandrade

One of the auctions you can bid on is a With Love for Books signed books donation. The package consists of Release and Carve the Mark signed first edition hardcovers and The 100 and Day 21 signed paperbacks together with some lovely surprise gifts.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book & Tea Tote Bag, Mug and Pillow Giveaway


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Book Review - The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram

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Review by Suze

Bailey had two best friends, Spencer and Wes. When they were children they were inseparable. However, their relationship changed drastically when Bailey and Spencer became a couple. Spencer was always in the middle. Wes remained his best friend, but Bailey was the love of his life and it was difficult to keep them both happy. On a tragic night Spencer died and now Bailey and Wes are broken people. They blame themselves and think they're responsible for his death. After almost a year they still haven't been able to heal, not even a little, and Bailey and Wes don't even talk to each other anymore.

Spencer can't cross over to the other side before he helps his friends to start living their lives again. In order to do that he comes back as a ghost and starts working on a plan to restore Wes and Bailey's friendship. They need each other to survive, but the rift between them is so big that it won't be easy to mend. Will Spencer succeed or are Wes and Bailey too messed up to still care about each other enough to reconnect? Will they ever be able to overcome their guilt, so they can start living instead of existing?

The Ghost of You and Me is a beautiful heartbreaking story about tragic love. Bailey and Spencer were quite young when they became a couple, but Bailey instantly knew that what they were having was real. She's a sensitive girl and loves with all her heart. Spencer and Wes are different and they both have their own appealing qualities. Wes is good looking, popular, caring and moody and Spencer is a nerd with a cheerful and forgiving personality. They are equally important to Bailey and I often had tears in my eyes when I read about her grief and sorrows. Bailey needs a friend and she can use some guidance, which after a year of struggling is exactly what she gets. She's in a downward spiral at the beginning of the book, but with Spencer's help she has a chance to become herself again. That was amazing to read about and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to see if his plan would work.

Kelly Oram has written a fantastic emotional book. I often had tears in my eyes while reading The Ghost of You and Me. The story impressed me in many different ways. Kelly Oram skillfully describes the complexity of the friendship between two boys and one girl and knows exactly how to bring her character's feelings to life. She carefully explores them and writes with plenty of empathy. Bailey has lost so much and the same goes for Wes. Kelly Oram masterfully writes about two teenagers who are alive, but have forgotten how to have fun and be happy and one dead one who can still joke and enjoy things. That contrast makes the story incredibly intriguing and I was gripped straight away. The Ghost of You and Me is sad, but also hopeful and it has a terrific bittersweet ending. I absolutely loved this brilliant poignant story and highly recommend it.

Advice

If you love moving stories about complex love and friendship you should definitely read The Ghost of You and Me. It's a great story for both young adults and adults.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Landry's True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager: Best Friends... Forever and Butterfly Necklaces - Guest Post & Giveaway

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Guest Post

Best Friends… Forever and Butterfly Necklaces 
By Krysten Lindsay Hager

I reflect a lot on my own teen and preteen years when I am writing the Landry’s True Colors Series. Things like best friend bracelets and necklaces were very popular when I was in middle school. Looking back I see what a fair-weather thing they often were at the time, which is why I have Landry getting her first best friend necklace (in True Colors) with Devon, a girl she doesn’t have the healthiest relationship with. Devon is the kind of friend who takes over a bit and if you’re someone like Landry who is quieter and not great with confrontation, then it’s easy to feel pushed around. I wanted Landry to be able to realize this wasn’t the best relationship for her and begin to see what she needed from a friendship. It showed the importance of finding your tribe—where you feel the most comfortable and the friends that support you, which in her case meant Peyton and Ashanti. 

In Best Friends…Forever? I wanted to focus on not only what you need in a friendship, but what kind of friend you should aspire to be. In this book, all the girls want to get butterfly crystal necklaces. But things don’t go as planned and drama and infighting cause the other girls to get the necklace without Landry. However, as things get resolved, Landry realizes it’s not just about being included in the group of friends with the necklaces, but it’s just as important to include others---now that goes a bit wrong for a bit with Ashanti and Thalia, but no spoilers here! All I will say is good intentions need follow through and it’s always important to consider other people’s feelings. The book showcases the importance of being a good friend as well as having a good friend which is a theme in many of my books. 

It can be fun to be included and to share something special like a necklace or bracelet, but as Landry sees, it’s important for that bond of friendship to be stronger than the actual chain for it to work—otherwise it can end up feeling more like a handcuff as Landry found out. I have to say that while the friends I often shared BFF jewelry with in middle school haven’t always remained close to me, my best friend now is someone I became friends with in high school! In fact, you might find her name woven into most of my books! Just look for the name “Laura,” which is attached to the last name of different celebrities she’s had a crush on in the past. Now that I’m older I realize the importance of true friendship and I hope to share that with my readers by using some of the more painful friendship ups and downs I myself experienced in my teen and preteen years.

About Krysten Lindsay Hager


Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway - Falling for Forever by Melissa Chambers


Book review
By Suze

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Jenna was a successful candidate of America's Newest Sensation. She even had a place in the top ten and is a little bit famous because of it. When she turns eighteen she wants to go to Los Angeles to succeed in the music business. She's made one promise, however, when her father manages to get her into Nashville's Academy of Creative Arts before her birthday she will stay another year to finish high school before she leaves. Her father makes the impossible possible and Jenna will go to a new high school to graduate. She doesn't expect her past to catch up with her at a school where she thought she didn't know anyone though.

Miles wanted to be a contestant at America's Newest Sensation as well, but he missed his chance. He wants to go to college and to be able to study music he has to pay his own way. That's why the school's talent show is incredibly important to him. The winner will receive a large sum of money and the amount will be even higher when it's being used for an education. That means Miles is now competing against Jenna and that will be tough. Miles doesn't want to like her, but he can't help himself. Jenna might be a competitor when it comes to earning the money, but she's also friendship material and maybe more. Is it possible for them to connect while so much is at stake?

Falling for Forever is a wonderful romantic story with two very talented main characters. Jenna is confident, she loves the stage and she can sing. Her most important quality when it comes to performing is that she has plenty of pizazz. It is impossible for people to dislike her and her open and disarming attitude charms even the most grumpy people. I really liked her cheerful nature and it made reading about her a lot of fun. It's interesting to see how she interacts with Miles. Even though they share a passion for music Miles is Jenna's exact opposite in many ways. He's timid and a bit of a nerd. He is handsome, but doesn't wear the right clothes and he's gifted, but he doesn't show off. I liked how their differences make them become close and their story is fascinating because of their pushing and pulling as a result.

Melissa Chambers writes about music in a catching way. I like the easy flow of her writing, the vivid way she describes the relationships at the school and the deep emotional connection she obviously has with her characters. Her story is entertaining, fast-paced and inspiring. I love books about creative people and enjoyed reading about what Jenna and Miles do with their skills. Melissa Chambers has made them energetic and dynamic. They are both special and for me that was the best thing about Falling for Forever. The story captivated me from beginning to end.

Advice

If you love romantic stories about wonderful talented young adults who love music you will definitely like Falling for Forever. It's the second book in the Before Forever series and even though Jenna is also a character in The Summer Before Forever it can easily be read as a standalone.

About Melissa Chambers


Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen). 


First book in the Before Forever series

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Review by Suze

Chloe is glad she can leave her hometown behind for a few months. She's relieved she can stay with her father for the summer. Her best friend Jenna is coming with her. Chloe's father lives in Florida, in a resort near the beach, together with his fiancée and her son. Chloe hasn't met them yet, so she can use her best friend's support. She hopes her future stepbrother will be nice and brotherly. She needs this summer to recharge her batteries and to find herself again after the awful time she's had. Jenna puts a bucket list together for Chloe that contains ten goals she needs to achieve while she's there. She's sure this will give Chloe the confidence she desperately needs. Is it a good plan and will it work out the way it should?

Landon's mother has given him clear instructions, he has to keep his distance from Chloe and Jenna. It's fine if they spend time together, but he's a guy and they are pretty girls, which is usually a dangerous situation. He's a gentleman and he thinks he can do it, but when he sees Chloe he isn't so sure anymore. They both have their secrets and opening up isn't easy. Plus they will be brother and sister in a few weeks. Will Landon be able to obey his mother or is it too difficult for him to follow her orders?

The Summer Before Forever is a beautiful sweet story. Chloe is a kindhearted girl. She's terribly shy, but she doesn't run away from a challenge. She knows what she wants and she's very talented. Landon is smart and he's a real gentleman. He's a guy many girls dream about, but this doesn't make him arrogant. He's insecure rather than cocky and that makes him adorable. I immediately loved Chloe and Landon's connection. They are absolutely wonderful together.

I like that Melissa Chambers mixes humor with serious topics. Jenna is a whirlwind and her actions often made me laugh. She's a handful, but she's also a loyal and loving friend, which is exactly what Chloe needs. Both Chloe and Landon have to deal with difficult issues and I loved how sympathetic Melissa Chambers writes about them. She describes their feelings in a considerate and truthful way. She also shows that people are more than just their limitations, which is a fantastic message. There's quite a bit of depth in this story, while it's also romantic and cute. Melissa Chambers has a vivid writing style with a good flow and everything about this book felt exactly right. I enjoyed reading this fabulous summer story very much and highly recommend it.

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One very lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.


Book Review - I Have Never by Camilla Isley


Book review 
By Anniek

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Blair expects to have the most perfect day ever. She thinks she'll get the promotion she's been waiting for for a long time and is sure her boyfriend will propose to her at dinner. Instead of opening a bottle of champagne Blair is being fired and her boyfriend becomes her cheating ex. Blair is devastated and goes to a bar where she does something she has never ever done before, she gets drunk. The morning after she wakes up in a strange apartment. This apartment belongs to Richard, who's also going to be her new boss. Blair can't stop thinking about the gorgeous man who should wear an 'I'm too hot' warning sign. Her new co-workers say that Richard is damaged goods and that he's avoiding any kind of commitment. What made him so reluctant to settle down? Will Blair risk everything she's ever had for a dream?

Even though she has to start from scratch at her new job, Blair settles in quickly. She's good at what she does and I loved her creative ideas. She knows how to get things done and she is hilarious. Blair's internal dialogue made me laugh out loud many times. Blair made a list with things she would never do and has been taught to always be a lady. After her boyfriend's betrayal Blair changes her ways, learns to let go and finally begins doing things her way. Blair has a kind heart. She sees the goodness in people and listens to her intuition. I connected with Blair straight away because of her easygoing character. She can be feisty and now that her rules have been thrown away her 'never have I ever' list will become much shorter, which was a lot of fun for me to read about. 

I Have Never is a hilarious love story about doing things for the first time. Camilla Isley has a very distinctive writing style and I love the fact that I can instantly recognize her female main characters due to the amazing character traits they all have in common. Camilla Isley has a great sense of humor and I had tears in my eyes from laughing. Because of the easy to follow story line I flew through the pages and finished I Have Never in one sitting. I loved to read about Blair's job and the things she does are all interesting. Camilla Isley is an experienced and skillful writer and she has written another brilliant story that I highly recommend.

Advice

If you like bubbly feelgood love stories I Have Never will probably make you laugh just as hard as it made me.


Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad. She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Harry Potter Slytherin Book, Notebook, Mug and Bracelets



Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Slytherin edition and a Slytherin notebook, mug and bracelets. Good luck!


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Home to Stay by Kate James - Book Review & Giveaway


Book review
By Suze

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Sawyer loves his son Dylan very much. When they're on a camping trip Dylan disappears from their tent and Sawyer starts looking for him, but he can't find Dylan anywhere in the woods. Shannon is a San Diego K-9 Unit officer and she brings her dog to track Dylan down. However, Dylan doesn't seem to be there, where did he go?

For Shannon finding Dylan is more than just a job and she's determined to bring him back whatever it takes. While doing everything she can to find the little boy she spends quite a bit of time with his father. However, falling in love with the father of a missing child is extremely complicated and the timing couldn't be worse. Will Shannon find Dylan and is there a chance for her and Sawyer or is there too much going on for them to become close?

Home to Stay is a gripping and romantic story. Dylan's disappearance kept me on the edge of my seat. He's a sweet little boy and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out why he disappeared. Sawyer is a wonderful dad. He's a kind and caring man and he does everything in his power to make his son happy. I loved that about his character. Shannon is strong, capable and incredibly compassionate. I loved her big heart and the sympathetic and friendly way she treats people is amazing. Home to Stay has the most fantastic main characters and I loved them all from the start.

Kate James has an impressive descriptive writing style. She makes her stories come to life in a beautiful emotional way. I love her empathy and her great skill to explore what her characters are feeling through and through. It gives all of her stories a strong foundation. True love can surprise people at the most unexpected moments, which is a subject I'm a big fan of. Home to Stay is a terrific story about this topic and the story kept surprising me. It has plenty of unexpected twists and turns and it's captivating and really well written. I highly recommend this special book.

Advice

If you love reading gripping romantic stories with amazing main characters and like women in uniform Home to Stay is a definite must-read.

About Kate James


Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word.

Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook page, Twitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

The San Diego K-9 Unit series

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Giveaway


One very lucky winner will receive a prize pack with a gorgeous aqua cross-body bag, a "Dreamer Extraordinaire" charm bookmark, a signed copy of When Love Matters Most, the second book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series, a signed copy of When I Found You, the third book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series, an assortment of bookmarks and bookplates and a $20 Amazon gift card. If the winner of the giveaway lives outside the US or Canada the gift card will be sent together with eBooks instead.

Six lucky readers from the US or Canada will be selected from the comments on the tour posts and will receive a signed San Diego K-9 Unit book, the winners can choose one title from the first three books in the series.