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Books I’m Excited For

I feel like one of the best and worst things about being a book blogger is the fact that there are always new books coming out.  It’s awesome because there’s always something exciting to read.  And it’s horrible because no matter how much time you have, you’re never going to be able to read everything.

So here are some books that have been out for a while that I haven’t read that I sincerely hope to get to soon.

1)  Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (I loved the first two books and am really excited to get to this).

2)  Carsick by John Waters (a Baltimore must!)

3)  The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (the only book of hers I haven’t read)

4) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (so many people have loved it and I’ve even met the author)

5) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (I feel like it’s obligatory and I haven’t read it)

This is by no means a complete list.  My TBR stacks are actually so out of control that I’ve decided to not preorder books unless I’m going to read them right away.  (Because I tend to buy books when they first come out and then not read them.  For example, I bought The Storyteller when it first came out for $15 on my Kindle.  It’s currently on sale for $5. So.)

Dangerous Boys Release Day

Out Now!

August 14th, 2014

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

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Three teens venture in to the abandoned lake house one night; hours later,
only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?

Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful
of faces…

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 Early Praise

“Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor’s edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages.”

Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable

“Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author.
This is the kind of storytelling and writing that sticks with you no matter how much time passes.” — The Book Geek Blog

“As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted
smile on my face
. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil
creature.” — Dahlia Adler, blogger.

“Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,…Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in a nd keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page.” — Goodreads.com

About Abigail Haas

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Flawed Release Day Blitz!

Title: Flawed (Perfection #2)

Author: J.L. Spelbring

Release Date: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 Click here for the chance to win an ARC!

FLAWED

Synopsis: In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.

Family, friendship, and love.

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father’s work didn’t die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20823207-flawed?from_search=true

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 JL Spelbring

Author Bio:

J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

Her novel, Perfection, released in July 2013 and the sequel, Flawed, releases August 2014.

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Website: http://jlspelbring.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlspelbring
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/j.l.spelbring.perfection

Breathe For Me (and giveaway!)

Title: Breathe For Me

Author: Rhonda Helms

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 Breathe For Me

Synopsis: Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

GIVEAWAY:

Also, Spencer Hill is giving away a copy of Breathe For Me! Click here to enter!

EXCERPT:

English class. I can’t stop my eyes from sliding casually across the room every few minutes to stare at Dominic. He has one lock of hair that flops onto his forehead. For some reason, my fingers itch to push it off his face.

When was the last time I touched another person? I can barely remember what it’s like. Even a small gesture, like brushing the small hairs on someone’s arms with the tips of my fingers, is forbidden to me.

Dominic looks up from his notebook at that moment. I tear my gaze away, cheeks flaming from almost being caught staring, and turn my attention back to my assignment. We’re supposed to be working on a poem, which is usually one of my favorite activities. For some reason, I’m having a hard time concentrating.

Okay, I know why. But it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to think about him or our talk in the library. I’m going to finish this poem. I’m going to finish school today. And then I’m going to retreat to the sanctuary of my apartment, where I can shed these layers of clothes and be free of my constraints, if only for a little while.

I reread what I’ve written so far:

Alone on a shore, I am swallowed

By a stillness, body


Bowed over, hair like a tree willow.

I skim the water surface


With my fingertips, as


Sand engulfs my feet, my ankles, my calves.

The water licks


Closer—


Sighing shores beckon me


To dance upon the swirling currents.

I can feel Dominic looking at me. Emboldened, I lift my eyes and stare right into his. The blue of his irises remind me of the body of water in my poem. Dark. Tempting. Heavy with an unspoken awareness.

Everything falls silent except the rush of blood in my ears.

The rest of the poem’s words come to me out of nowhere, and I spill them out onto my paper:

I close my eyes,


Fall into my escape, where

The tide’s fingers

Drag out my air.

Tug me closer,

Fill me,

Absorb me—

I gasp I freeze

I am no longer alone.

The bell rings, jarring me out of my hypnotized state. I slip my poem into my notebook and stay seated, waiting for the room to empty before I leave to go to my next class. Girls cling together in tight groups, laughing and talking to each other as they pour through the doorway into the hall.

I stay back and watch.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20591691-breathe-for-me?from_search=true

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Me-Rhonda-Helms/dp/1939392063/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407201789&sr=8-3&keywords=Rhonda+Helms

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/breathe-for-me/id898166413?mt=11

Author Bio and social media links:

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Author Bio:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.com/index.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhelmsbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhondahelmsbooks

Bone Deep Cover Reveal

Title: Bone Deep

Author: Kim O’Brien

Release Date: March 2015

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

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Synopsis: When Paige Patterson travels to Arizona to spend the summer with her archeologist father, she expects answers. Why did her parents divorce? Why did her father choose his career over family? She doesn’t expect to be reunited with her best friend Emily Linton, a girl she has always admired and secretly wanted to emulate, or to find herself falling for the project manager’s son, Jalen Yazzi.

But the summer takes a terrible turn when Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.

The search takes Paige from the Cliffside ruins of prehistoric Native Americans to the Navajo Nation to the horrifying possibility that the answer is much closer to home. Emily, it turns out, was not the only one good at hiding things.

Her father has no alibi for the night Emily disappeared. An intern with the motive insists he’s innocent. And Jalen has some secrets of his own.

Old bones might not be the only things buried in the ruins. As Paige digs deeper into Emily’s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything—even her life.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22757321-bone-deep?from_search=true

Author Bio and social media links:

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Author Bio:

 Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.

Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at www.kimobrienbooks.com/, Facebook, and Twitter (kimobri).

 Author Social Media Links:

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Breathe For Me release day blitz!

Title: Breathe For Me

Author: Rhonda Helms

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 Breathe For Me

Synopsis: Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

Excerpt:

“You’re such a good girl—even studying on your lunch break,” a whispering voice says as Sitri settles into the seat across from me. Speak of the devil.

I ignore my surprise at seeing him, forcing my heart rate to steady by drawing in slow breaths. I can’t concentrate anymore, but I pretend to read. Why is he here?

He leans over and plucks the book from my hand, then scans the cover. “Really?” he asks me, curiosity apparent on his face. “I never would have guessed.”

“There’s a lot you don’t know about me,” I say, then instantly wish I could take the words back. If Sitri feels I’m being secretive, he’ll close off again, and I’ll have to work harder to regain the trust he’s shown me so far. I can’t lose that hard-earned ground. “I mean, I’ve learned a lot in school.”

A smile creeps across his face, and his eyes warm to a rich, dark grey. “I look forward to hearing more about these things that interest you.” He pauses. “I hope you’re behaving yourself,” he continues. His voice is low, soft, but the thread of seriousness beneath his words is undeniable. “And that you remember your time is coming to a close.”

“How can I forget?” I say, fighting to keep the edge out of my voice. Stay calm. “I’m reminded every day.”

“Isabel?” Dominic’s voice floats into the library as he enters. Oh, God. Oh, God.

I stand. A wave of nausea sweeps over me. I wish Dominic would go away. Or better yet, Sitri. But that’s not going to happen, because Sitri is studying my face with a keen eye and drinking in Dominic’s presence, no doubt wondering who he is to me.

He misses nothing.

“I’m in the middle of something right now,” I say to Dominic. “I’ll see you later in class.” I mentally plead for him to leave, even as my heart aches for having to push him away.

Sitri stands. “No, no, I’ll leave you two alone.” His eyes suddenly glow like hot black coals, and he smiles again. But this time, there’s nothing close to warmth in his face. It chills my blood. “I’ll see you later, Isabel.” With that, he moves by Dominic, brushing oh-so slightly against his arm, and leaves the room.

I exhale sharply, not realizing I’d been holding my breath. My head spins from dizziness and fear. This is a mess. I can’t do this. I can’t let Dominic get in the middle of something he can’t ever possibly understand. Sitri would tear him up in ways even I can’t imagine.

“Who was that?” Dominic asks. His face is unreadable, his voice a little tighter than usual.

I shake my head, unable to speak. If I do, I know I will cry. And I’m barely holding on to myself right now as it is.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20591691-breathe-for-me?from_search=true

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Me-Rhonda-Helms/dp/1939392063/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407201789&sr=8-3&keywords=Rhonda+Helms

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breathe-for-me-rhonda-helms/1118717640?ean=9781939392060&itm=1&usri=rhonda+helms

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Breathe-for-Me-Rhonda-Helms/9781939392060

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Breathe-for-Me/book-VRT4ZyzI0kKC3-hCbyyr7A/page1.html?s=2HrNkjPKjESQit8T_0fSyA&r=4

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/breathe-for-me/id898166413?mt=11

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Author Bio and social media links:

 

Author Bio:

 

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

 

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

 

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

 

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

Website: http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.com/index.html

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhelmsbooks

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhondahelmsbooks

Vacation, Day 10

This was my last day of vacation, but also a great one.

We met my friend Christa and her husband Zack and their baby Jamie for lunch and it was really fun. If you get the chance to hang out with them, do it. :)

Then Jen and I went to see Deliver Us From Evil, because if I can see a horror movie, I DO see a horror movie. It was fun but not that scary (although there were definitely scary parts).

Then we went home and watched Teen Witch, as you do.

Now back to reality…