Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lady Reader Bookstuff Presents Broken Notes By Ann Marie Frohoff Happy Release Day Ann!

Happy Release Day:
About The Book:
The Heavy Influence Series is an edgy sexually charged coming of age story.  A Modern Day 'WALK THE LINE' Romance.

The edgy Heavy Influence Series is about young, intense and reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. 

Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.
BROKEN NOTES (Heavy Influence, #2) By: Ann Marie Frohoff Publisher: AMF Publishing Pages: 279 Release Date: December 30, 2014
Music fades with a death. Dreams and impulses may kill a future. 

Being rich, famous and in an award winning, multi-platinum band can't save you from life's tragedies.

When Jake and Alyssa begin to build a life together in New York City, a death and an unfortunate set of events rattle Jake's very existence. Alyssa clings to her own dreams.

Jake's blurred take on life may end what they've fought so hard to keep. 

Will love remain the same?
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Giveaway:
One signed copy of FIRST KISS (Heavy Influence, #1)
One signed copy of FEVER PITCH (Heavy Influence, #1.5)
Heavy Influence Original Soundtrack Vol. 1
$10 Amazon Gift Card
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About The Author:
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.

Ann Marie is a debut author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.

After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.

The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.

Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.
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First Kiss Free 2.12-2.14:
Jake, an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, reconnects with Alyssa, the younger girl next door.

When she becomes something more they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family.
Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it. 
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Around The World ARC Tours Presents The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark



About The Book:

Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. 

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

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My Review:


The Boy Next Door was such a cute read for me. I needed that laugh and smile because I was in a reading funk after reading a book that made me angry. The content was heavy and I just wanted to read something light hearted and fun. If you are looking for that then you have to read this story.

Maddy and Gabe are skating partners and best friends but Maddy has been keeping a secret from Gabe. She is in love with him and wants to be with him. To makes matter worse they have to ramp up the romance between them because their coach says it is needed in order to win. Maddy is excited but Gabe is scared to death. See Gabe does not do serious relationships but he knows there is something there between him and Maddy.

What will these two do? Will they fall in love or will they ruin their duet? I loved this book as it flowed smoothly and the romance built as time went on. They were not only best friends but skating partners so they saw each other everyday and shared so much together. Katie did a great job writing this story and I look forward to more from her.

About The Author:

Bio:
Growing up less than a block from the public library, Katie has always loved books and admits to crossing the street while reading. She learned to skate as an adult and to write after that and is a firm believer that it's never too late to follow your dreams. A former teacher, she now writes full-time and still skates weekends with her synchronized skating team. She lives in Michigan with two daughters, two cats, and one very patient husband (her high school sweetheart). She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and of Romance Writers of America. The Boy Next Door is her first novel.




Favorites:
Authors: Miranda Keanneally (Catching Jordan), Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry), Judy Blume (Forever), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight series), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), Jennifer Comeaux (everything!)

Movies: The Cutting Edge (Come on, are you surprised by this?)

Foods: Tea and just about any kind of fruit but especially mangoes

Passions: Skating, reading, writing

Hobbies: Board games, dance, hockey

Holiday: Christmas - I've been known to go a little Christmas tree crazy

Guilty pleasure: I confess to marathon watching Dawson's Creek and Friday Night Lights reruns...


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Around The World ARC Tours Presents Little Peach by Peggy Kern



About The Book:

What do you do if you're in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options. 

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels. 

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition. 

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.

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My Review:


Okay I have to first start this review out by saying read this book with caution. This book made me laugh, cry, get angry, and finally I threw the book on the bed because I needed more. 

This is a compelling story about a 14 year old girl who runs away from home to see the big city and live with her friend. When she gets to New York she realizes that she is all alone and no ones coming for her. She has no way back to her home so she sits in the bus terminal scared and alone. Then she meets this guy who is clean cut and good looking and willing to take care of her and feed her. She follows him home only to learn that looks are deceiving. The nice man Devon turns out to be a monster and this is where the book goes into what happens to little peach and her friends.

I have to say this because I have to be honest with you readers. I loved and hated this book. I have a young daughter and I kept looking at her every time I would read something horrible that would happen to little peach and her friends. The sex trade market is real and out there every where and you have to keep your kids safe. What Little Peach went through at such a young age will scar her for the rest of her life. She will never forget what she went through. I kept thinking if that was my daughter or niece or anyone I knew I would rip Devon's heart out and hang him up for every pimp to see.

About The Author:

Peggy Kern was born and raised in Westbury, New York. There she attended the local public elementary and middle schools, where she was one of the few white students in a predominately black and Latino community. Peggy didn’t realize what a unique and valuable experience that was until she transferred to a private high school.

“I was miserable in high school,” she says. “I couldn’t understand why my classmates only hung out with people who looked just like they did. To me, that was a foreign concept.” Peggy worked a variety of jobs through her teenage years, including switchboard operator at a country club, cashier at a clothing store, and the night-shift in a bakery. 

In 1992, Peggy enrolled at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where she discovered her love of literature and writing. However, the financial stress of paying for college herself – coupled with the painful divorce of her parents – proved overwhelming. She moved back to New York and took a full-time job as a secretary. Determined to finish her degree, she began taking night classes at a local community college and eventually landed a partial scholarship at Long Island University. She continued working full-time and taking classes until she graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English.

Though it took her almost seven years to obtain her college degree, Peggy says she would do it all again. “The adversity made me work even harder. I never forgot how lucky I was to have a chance at an education.”

In 2001, Peggy completed a Master’s degree in English and Writing at Southampton College. She also coordinated the Southampton Writers Conference, where she had the chance to meet some of her literary heroes and assist young students in pursing their dream of writing. While at Southampton, she taught English Composition, tutored undergraduate students and published several short stories.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Around The World ARC Tours Presents When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez



About The Book:

13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

"When Reason Breaks is infused with a rare blend of suspense and sensitivity, despair and hope. The poetic spirit of Emily Dickinson shines through the gloom of daily struggles faced by modern teens, as they discover the possibilities where they dwell."

--Margarita Engle
Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree

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My Review:


When Reason Breaks is an amazing story. While I was reading I had this picture in my head of a goth girl wearing all black and being all moody sitting in an English class. I kept laughing to myself and thinking back to my English classes and the people that were in them and I remember this one girl she was a mix of goth and the clown posse and lord everyday she would come in so depressed and sad that I would wonder what was wrong with her. She brought the mood down in the class.

I also love poetry and Emily Dickinson's writing. Cindy put together a great story and made me love poetry even more. The story flowed smoothly and I loved both main characters Elizabeth and Emily. Emily was the normal girl who was depressed and no one knew she was depressed because she hid it well. She went to school and did everything she was supposed to and went home and was the perfect daughter. Then you have Elizabeth, she is angry and can't control it. She wears black all the time and she stays with an angry look so people will leave her alone.

Then something happens in Ms Diaz English class that has both girls taking a serious look at their lives and the people in it. What happens when angry meets depressed meets the uplifting Dickinson? This is a must read story for all poetry lovers as well as all readers who love a good story about two girls just trying to make it instead of breaking it. What will happen to them? Will they live or will they die?


About The Author:

THE BASICS:

Hi! I’m Cindy L. Rodriguez, the author of When Reason Breaks, a young adult novel that will be published byBloomsbury Children’s Books USA (2/10/2015). I am represented by Laura Langlie. I teach middle school reading and college-level composition. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a reporter for The Hartford Courant and as a researcher for The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, an investigative group. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and two teaching certifications. I live in Connecticut with my daughter and rescue mutt.

THE DETAILS:


I was born in Chicago and lived there for the first 12 years of my life. My family then moved to Connecticut, where I attended Bethel High School and graduated fromCrosby High School in Waterbury. In 1993, I graduated from UConn with a degree in journalism and English. In 2007, I completed my master’s degree in English at CCSU.

While at UConn, I worked long days at The Daily Campus, the student-run newspaper. There, I met some of my best friends and fell in love with journalism. After graduating from UConn, I worked as a reporter at The Hartford Courant for a total of five years and as a researcher for The Boston Globe for two years.

In 2000, I took a leap of faith and left journalism to become a teacher. After completing the state’s Alternate Route to Certification, I was hired to teach 8th grade language arts at Portland (CT) Middle School. After three years, I left Portland and took a one-year leave from teaching to work on my master’s degree full-time.


After my year of graduate work, I returned to teaching. I was hired by the West Hartford school district to teach 7th grade language arts at King Philip Middle School.

Six years later, and after earning a second certification through another alternate route program run by Albertus Magnus College, I moved to Hall High School to be the reading teacher/specialist. I have since moved back to King Philip as a 6th and 7th grade reading teacher/specialist and started as an adjunct professor at Tunxis Community College.

When Reason Breaks is my first novel.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Around The World Arc Tours Presents What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott 2015 ARC


Title & Author: What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott

Publisher/Year: Point/March 31, 2015

Genres: YA Thriller

Format: Paperback

Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Summary:

It's a beautiful, sunny day. Callie Velasquez holds hands with her boyfriend Jeremy as they follow Callie's new BFFs Penelope and Lissa up the trail. The four friends are embarking on a camping trip -- a trip that immediately goes awry. They lose their way on the trail, and encounter a charismatic stranger with questionable motives. And when Callie stumbles upon a dead body, it becomes clear that the danger that lies in the woods is deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Tensions mount and friendships are tested as these teenagers try to survive the most sinister of circumstances.

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5 of 5 Stars 


Review:

Where to begin on this review...... Oh Lord I LOVED IT! I love suspense and thrillers but put them both together and I am in heaven. Kieran Scott knows how to grab you and keep you reading. Just when you think you have figured out what is going on and who is doing it you are surprised because it is not that person. I was literally at the edge of the bed reading and gasping because I had it all wrong! Lord K. Scott you did a great job writing this book and I will re-read it over and over again.

Callie and her friends Penelope and Lissa are going on a camping trip. It is supposed to be an all girls camping trip but Callie's boyfriend Jeremy joins then and Lissa is not happy about it. As they walk on the trip to find the campsite they hear strange noises and feel like they are being watched. Then a dead body is discovered and everyone is in shock and scared and wanting to go home but it seems like the killer has different plans for them. It becomes a cat and mouse chase and you don't know who it is until the end and you will be rocked to your reading core. 

Who is the killer? Why are killing them off? Who will be left standing at the end of the trip? This is a killer story and I can't wait for you to enjoy it as I did.

About this author:

Kieran Scott is an author of young adult fiction including the upcoming TRUE LOVE TRILOGY (May 2014) and the HE'S SO/SHE'S SO TRILOGY, which includes SHE'S SO DEAD TO US, HE'S SO NOT WORTH IT and THIS IS SO NOT HAPPENING. Her other books include the Non-Blonde Cheelerader trilogy, Geek Magnet and Jingle Boy. She also writes Alloy Entertainment books under the pseudonym Kate Brian, including the SHADOWLANDS trilogy and the PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS and THE PRINCESS AND THE PAUPER, among others. She grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, attended Rutgers University, and now lives in River Vale, New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Lover's Game by J.C. Reed Book Release





The Lover's Game

by J.C. Reed

Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance

Recommended for ages 18 and up.

270pp

When love is a game...

After having her heart broken, Brooke tries to rebuild her life and closes herself off from the one man she loved deeply. When she meets Grayson, a photographer, she has no idea that her new boss will offer her more than she bargained for. The pay is great, her new friends more than welcoming and everything seems to be running well…until everyone insists she find herself a new suitor during a night out.

Jett knows how to play games. He is used to getting attention from everyone except the beautiful dark haired woman who doesn’t like to be fooled with and doesn’t trust him as far as she can spit. He wants Brooke but, more than that, he wants to own her, and the only way to get her is to make her owe him…against her will.

And what Jett owns, Jett keeps forever

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About J.C. Reed:

J.C. Reed is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE series. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Release Day Blitz For Secrets In Battle by SM Donaldson

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Synopsis:

Annabelle Garrett, a hard working nursing student, was brought up her entire life to be a society princess. On the outside, her country club family seems perfect, but it’s really all just smoke and mirrors. A little over a year ago she was swept off her feet and rescued by a handsome rugged solider who was deploying. They kept in touch and talked every chance they got while he was deployed, until he was injured. Now, she’s not sure where they stand, or if they even do. Meanwhile, her family wants her to give up the silly idea of being in the working class and do what society girls like her are meant to do…marry someone with more money.

Judd Hughes’s only plan growing up was to be a soldier, retire from the Army, and eventually move back home to work with his best friend, Ryder, at Abbott Cotton. Being Ryder’s wingman before his last deployment proved to only make things a little confusing. He met a drop dead sexy southern debutante and had a few of the wildest nights of his life. The problem is he can’t get her out of his head. He tried some distraction tactics during his deployment but they didn’t work. Now, he’s been injured, medically discharged from the military, and is learning to live in society again.

When Annabelle decides she’s going to try and stand on her own, it proves to be a fight with her family. Judd struggles with PTSD and what his next step in life is. Can she rescue him from the hell inside of his head and heart? Will he be enough to help her walk away from the privileged life she’s always lived?

The final book in the Secrets of Savannah Series.

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About the Author:

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S.M. Donaldson is a wife and mother based on the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle. She’s funny, sarcastic and has been known to have a potty mouth. She’s worked in many different fields in her life but, she has always dreamed of writing short stories and books. She recently penned her first series of novels Sam’s Choice and Sam’s Fight for Freedom. She is currently working on The Temptation Series.

To learn more about S.M. Donaldson visit her at:
Twitter: @ SMDonaldson1

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cover Reveal For The Lover's Game by J.C. Reed

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THE LOVER'S GAME by J.C. Reed


Title: The Lover's Game

Author: J.C. Reed

Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance

Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Full Length Novel

Expected Publication Date: September 9th 2014

When love is a game...

After having her heart broken, Brooke tries to rebuild her life and closes herself off from the one man she loved deeply.

When she meets Grayson, a photographer, she has no idea that her new boss will offer her more than she bargained for. The pay is great, her new friends more than welcoming and everything seems to be running well…until everyone insists she find herself a new suitor during a night out.

Jett knows how to play games. He is used to getting attention from everyone except the beautiful dark haired woman who doesn’t like to be fooled with and doesn’t trust him as far as she can spit. He wants Brooke but, more than that, he wants to own her, and the only way to get her is to make her owe him…against her will.

And what Jett owns, Jett keeps forever.



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About J.C. REED

J.C. Reed is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE series. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children. 

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

ATTENTION BLOGGERS AND BOOK LOVERS BOYSTOWN SEASON TWO IS HAVING A BOOK TOUR JULY 20-26, 2014

Good morning everyone! Yes it has been a while since I have been on here but I had some real life stuff happen to me and I am taking care of myself by reading and getting ready to come back full force!

The first step I am taking is helping out my best friend Jake Biondi host his second book tour for his second season of Boystown. You don't have to be a blogger as long as you have a facebook or twitter account where you can post the post for the day. I would love it to be top post but as it is such short notice top post is not necessary.

I am doing things a little differently for this tour. This tour will have reviews which you can e-mail Jake directly to get a copy @ BoystownTheSeries@yahoo.com and we will have teasers from the new characters and a special posting where you can choose the characters you want to see together and tell Jake why you want to see them together. 

Please send me an e-mail at teelovesblogging@gmail.com to let me know what you would like to do.

I appreciate any help you give me as I love Jake and this series is such a kick ass series!

Synopsis:

“As the others scrambled, two more gunshots were fired, echoing throughout the room. Blood splattered on the wall and floor as three bodies fell to the ground.” --BOYSTOWN Season One

In the aftermath of the warehouse shootings, lives are forever changed and relationships are forever altered. As the families of the victims work to put the horrific event behind them, they find themselves at the center of an even larger plan for revenge.

Ciancio twins Marco and Gino are as handsome as they are powerful -- and they arrive in Boystown with a scheme rooted in the bad history between the Ciancio and Mancini families. 

At the same time, Keith Colgan seems hell-bent on getting back the boyfriend he believes was stolen from him, Ben Donovan continues with his plan for Jacqueline Morgan and her son Jesse, and a stranger from the past threatens the future.

It all leads up to a spectacular New Year’s Eve engagement party that no one will ever forget.

Welcome back to BOYSTOWN!

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY - www.JakeBiondi.com

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Meet the characters of Boystown:

Cole O'Brien

Cole O’Brien is one of the book’s most interesting, complicated, and sexy characters. A senior graduating early from the University of Notre Dame, Cole flies to Boston to interview at the headquarters of a company that has offices in Chicago, where Cole ultimately wants to live. While in Boston, Cole hooks up with a very attractive man, slightly older than Cole, named Derek Mancini.

Cole immediately falls for Derek and something about Cole sticks with Derek as well. They spend the weekend together in Boston and, when rushing out of the hotel room to catch his flight home to Chicago on the day of his wedding anniversary, Derek leaves his wedding ring behind. Cole finds it and keeps it, hoping to one day be with Derek again. Will Cole and Derek end up together as Cole hopes? Or will Derek manage to keep his secret and his wife? Keep on reading!

Derek Mancini

Derek Mancini is one of the book’s most interesting, complicated, and sexy characters. An attorney who lives in Chicago, Derek is “happily” married to a Joyelle, a nurse at a Chicago hospital. However, Derek is known to secretly “hook up” with guys while traveling on business trips. 

It is during his business trip to Boston that he meets and sleeps with Cole O’Brien, who immediately falls for Derek. Something about Cole sticks with Derek as well. They spend the weekend together in Boston and, when rushing out of the hotel room to catch his flight home to Chicago on the day of his wedding anniversary, Derek leaves his wedding ring behind. Cole finds it and keeps it, hoping to one day be with Derek again. Will Cole and Derek end up together as Cole hopes? Or will Derek manage to keep his secret and his wife? Keep turning the pages of BOYSTOWN to find out.

Joyelle Mancini

Joyelle Mancini is one of the reading audience’s favorite characters. A nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Joyelle is a sexy, bright, compassionate woman.

Derek Mancini, an attorney, is “happily” married to a Joyelle. However, Derek is known to secretly “hook up” with guys while traveling on business trips. It is during his business trip to Boston that he meets and sleeps with Cole O’Brien, who immediately falls for Derek. Something about Cole sticks with Derek as well. 

Will Joyelle discover her husband's hidden secrets? 

Logan Pryce

Logan is one of BOYSTOWN’s core characters. Very handsome and professionally successful, Logan has low self-esteem and finds it difficult to love himself.

Logan and his boyfriend Max Taylor have been together for a very long time. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their problems. Always feeling inferior to Max, Logan seeks confidence and self-esteem from liquor. In spite of Max’s many attempts to help Logan address and deal with his abuse of alcohol, Logan continues to drink, causing a great strain on their relationship. In the meantime, Max’s feelings for his long-time friend Emmett Mancini are beginning to grow. Can Max and Logan survive their issues? Or are they destined to fall apart? 

Max Taylor

Max Taylor is one of the book’s “good guys.” Tall, dark, and handsome, Max has a kind, gentle nature, unless provoked. He puts his boyfriend’s needs above all others and takes care of his friends and family.

Max and his boyfriend Logan Pryce have been together for a very long time. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their problems. Always feeling inferior to Max, Logan seeks confidence and self-esteem from liquor. In spite of Max’s many attempts to help Logan address and deal with his abuse of alcohol, Logan continues to drink, causing a great strain on their relationship. In the meantime, Max’s feelings for his long-time friend Emmett Mancini are beginning to grow. Can Max and Logan survive their issues? Or are they destined to fall apart? 

Emmett Mancini

Emmett Mancini is one of BOYSTOWN’s heroes. Kind, loving and generous, Emmett is the youngest of the three Mancini brothers. He is the family’s voice of reason, compassion, and support.

Emmett and his boyfriend Keith Colgan have been together for about five years, almost as long as his other brother Derek and his wife Joyelle. No one enjoys the Christmas season more than Emmett, and Keith thinks the holiday season is the perfect time of year to “pop the question” to Emmett. A few of their friends are in on the exciting surprise, but Emmett is clueless about his boyfriend’s intentions. And Emmett is clueless about something else as well…Keith’s past. Will Emmett say “yes” to Keith’s proposal? Will Keith’s past put an end to their happiness? Keep turning the pages to find out!

Keith Colgan

Keith Colgan is one of BOYSTOWN’s central characters. Handsome and sexy, Keith has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth and gives off a bit of “attitude” to those he doesn’t know well.

Keith and his boyfriend Emmett Mancini have been together for about five years and Keith is ready to take their relationship to the next level. No one enjoys the Christmas season more than Emmett, and Keith thinks the holiday season is the perfect time of year to “pop the question” to Emmett. A few of their friends are in on the exciting surprise, but Emmett is clueless about his Keith’s intentions. And Emmett is clueless about something else as well…Keith’s past. Will Emmett say “yes” to Keith’s proposal? Will Keith’s past put an end to their happiness? Keep reading to find out!

Jacqueline Morgan

Jacqueline Morgan is one of BOYSTOWN's most exciting and complex characters. Beautiful and bright, Jacqueline is Jesse Morgan's mother.

Never revealing the identity of Jesse's father to him, Jacqueline raised Jesse entirely on her own. She was a fantastic mother -- generous and loving. But Jesse still longed to have a relationship with his father.

Little does Jacqueline know that her life is about to be turned upside down when a mysterious stranger named Ben Donovan enters her life.

Jesse Morgan

Jesse is one of the book’s hottest and most complex characters. A senior graduating early from the University of Notre Dame, Jesse receives a job offer from Logan Pryce, a man Jesse immediately becomes attracted to. The only problem is that Logan already has a partner. 

Jesse accepts the job and, along with his college roommate Cole O’Brien, moves to Chicago. Excited to begin their lives in Chicago, Jesse and Cole find an apartment in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood and soon find themselves at the center of the novel’s action.

Having grown up not knowing his father, Jesse prays for the day when his mother will finally tell him who is father is so that he can attempt to build a relationship with him. In the meantime, a chance encounter brings Jesse and his new boss Logan closer than Jesse ever thought possible.

Justin Mancini

Justin is the oldest of the three Mancini brothers and one of the book’s darkest characters. Although he doesn’t appear in the book until Episode 9, Justin immediately figures into the book’s main storylines.

Harboring a dark history with his brothers Derek and Emmett, Justin arrives in Chicago to supposedly make amends with his brothers. But Derek and Emmett are suspicious about Justin’s arrival in Chicago – and they should be. Justin has a plan all his own and what he is after could destroy the entire Mancini family!

Ben Donovan

Ben is one of the novel’s most intriguing characters – but not necessarily in a good way. A groundskeeper at the University of Notre Dame, Ben meets and falls in love with Jesse Morgan. While Ben begins to plan for the future with Jesse, Jesse has no interest in a relationship with Ben and accepts a job in Chicago.

When Jesse refuses to reconsider his job offer and stay with Ben, Ben puts together an elaborate and sick plan for revenge. Jesse has no idea what Ben has in store for him!

Michael Martinez

Officer Michael Martinez is one of the audience’s favorite characters, even though he doesn’t first appear until Episode 9. A handsome, intelligent, witty member of the Chicago Police Department, Michael first joins the main characters as an outsider assisting them with a situation; however, he quickly becomes a member of the core group.

When his father, a policeman, was killed by a drunk driver, young Michael decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. Now as a grown man, Michael serves and protects those in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. But things are about to become very personal for Michael…

Rachel Carson

Rachel is BOYSTOWN'S woman of mystery. With a past connected to several of the book's main characters, Rachel arrives in Boystown with a plan -- and she's willing to do whatever it takes to execute it. 

The men of BOYSTOWN have no idea what Rachel has in store for them. And when she's done with them, their lives will never be the same!

Gino and Marco Ciancio

Gino and Marco Ciancio are the most eligible bachelors in the Napa Valley. Handsome, powerful, bright, and rich, they are used to getting what -- and who -- they want.

The Ciancio - Mancini family rivalry brings Gino and Marco to Chicago, where they quickly find themselves at the center of the storm. They both have strict orders from their father, Carlo Ciancio, but their relationships with some of BOYSTOWN'S other characters may force them to choose between family loyalty and affairs of the heart.

David Young

A handsome, bright personal trainer and physical therapist, David Young joins the BOYSTOWN storyline as he attempts to help on of the survivors of the wareshouse shootings. 

The relationships he builds with his client -- and others around him -- will entrap him in a web thick with love, lies, and liaisons. 

And a family secret that even David himself is not aware of may change him forever.

Tyler Bennett

Tyler Bennett is the newest member of St. Joseph Hospital's nursing staff. Handsome and compassionate, Tyler is assigned to work with Joyelle Mancini. Quickly, the two become friends as well as co-workers.

Before he realizes it, Tyler becomes a part of all the Mancini family drama -- but he has a plan all his own as well.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lady Reader's Bookstuff Presents Almost Night (Tales of Morcah #1) by Emily White

 

ALMOST NIGHT by Emily White Release Date: May 5, 2013 Paperback, 303 pages Genre: YA / Fantasy / Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Lilly Grey exists in two worlds at the same time. She just doesn't know it.
As the only albino in a million mile radius, Lilly is used to being different. Pink eyes and white hair aren't exactly the best camouflage in the harrowing jungles formally known as high school. And yeah, she's used to being an outcast and seeing the world in a slightly different way, but she never guessed how literally "different" applied to her.
Not until a clan of shape-shifting dragons tell her she's not just albino. She's a unicorn and the only mortal alive who can live on both Earth and its antithesis, Morcah. Now all those times she thought she saw a floating brown blotch in the sky or eyes peering out at her from the bark of trees make sense. She's been seeing Morcah, a land that exists in the exact same spot as Earth, just in a different phase.
But it's not all sunshine and rainbows for this unicorn. As the only one who can live in both phases, she's also the only one who can bring Morcah--and all its inhabitants--to Earth. And creatures who've been trapped on Earth since the Dark Ages are willing to do worse things than kill to make that happen.
Again.

My Review

5 of 5 Almost Night

Almost Night was a very interesting book I read for a blog tour. I have to say that at first I was thinking lord this sounds like a weird book and I wasn't sure I wanted to read it. I have to say as I started reading it I really got into it and was really surprised to find myself liking it.

Lilly Grey is a young girl who is different. She is fair skinned to pale with white hair and pink eyes. She is called an Albino because of her weird looks and she is a loner. That is until a family of shape shifting dragons. They tell her that she is unique indeed because she is a Unicorn. She can live in both worlds and she will soon find out that the dreams she thought she was having are not dreams.

This is an amazing read!

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Emily White is a nerd. 
She prefers her men fully clothed and donning bow-ties, her commas British, her books cheesy with big, overly-dramatic explosions, her characters awkward and endearingly real,* and watching her movies in authentic turn-of-the-century theaters. When not exposing her nerdy self to the world, she's creating her own friends and putting them in horrible, yet sometimes humorous situations.
Check out her YA Space Opera series starting with Elemental (Spencer Hill Press, 2012), continuing with FAE (February 2014), and ending sometime in the near future with a book she has yet to write. She's also authored a collection of Steampunk (zombie, werebot romance) flash fiction, if you're into those kinds of things, titled "To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World."
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