Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: The Girl In Between by @LaekanZeaKemp

HELLO AND WELCOME TO "LAEKAN'S WEEK".
Day 1
 Celebrating the release of book number 3 in "The Girl In Between series" I'm dedicating this week to Laekan and her awesome books.
This week you will learn about the series and my opinion on the first two books. Also we have an interview and a giveaway!
So keep reading and get ready to come back!!!

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Let's star with the review for book 1.
The Girl In Between (The Girl In Between Series Book 1)
Title: The Girl In Between
Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Series:
The Girl in Between series #1
Release Date: September 30th 2014 
Format: Ebook
Publisher: self-published
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.
Laekan Zea KempLaekan is a writer and explorer extraordinaire who grew up in the flatlands of West Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in Creative Writing and is the author of the multi-cultural New Adult novels The Things They Didn't Bury, Orphans of Paradise, and Breathing Ghosts. Follow her adventures here on Goodreads, on her blog, or on twitter.


What if dreams were more than mere dreams? The Girl In Between presents us Bryn a girl with KLS (Klein-Levin Syndrome) who starts to dream about a boy. Put that way it sounds like a simple story, however, nothing is simple when you live with a condition that makes you sleep for days or weeks, even months.

Bryn suffers from a rare condition. To be honest before reading this book I had no idea of what KLS was. Luckily the author does a great job explaining in simple way and giving examples what is like to live like that. Bryn has spent most of her life trying to find a cure because she is even more special than the majority of KLS patients. She dreams and they are not supposed to dream.

Things get even stranger when a boy appears in her dreamland. A boy who doesn't remember a thing about his past or his life. So the big question is: Is he real or a figment of her imagination? The way in which events unravel is magnificent. The words drag you into the world and you experience the surprise, the fear, the adrenaline, the shock as if you were there.

Both Bryn and the boy (I won't say his name) have really good personalities. They become tridimensional characters and it's easy to like them. Also, there are some incredible secondary characters. Her mother and grandma, Dani and Felix, they are really funny and likeable. In addition to them, we also have a couple of German doctors who seem a bit creepy at first but will have a relevant role in the story.

I loved how vivid and colorful the dreamland was. The author created an outstanding sub-world that has its on dynamic. There is a lot of movement and action going on.

The book is filled with emotions. One of my favorite things about this author is how easily she uses words and metaphors to represent human emotions. You can almost touch the anguish, the sadness and also the happiness and joy.

The storyline is excellent. It moves fluently and it has a solid plot. I do have to say that there is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end and you should pick up book 2 immediately.

Overall, a very recommendable book.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Release Tour: Stifled @rainyofthedark


     



 

Stifled Release 

Today we're celebrating the release of STIFLED, book two in the SUMMONED series by USA Today Bestselling author, Rainy Kaye.
A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him. In STIFLED, Dimitri trails an elusive jinn and finds himself in the middle of a community keeping dark secrets. The SUMMONED series is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.  

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Dimitri would like nothing more than to live a low-key life in Naples, Italy. His girlfriend, Syd, has other plans. After three months of researching, she is positive she has found a jinn on a killing spree in San Diego, California. Since Syd gave Dimitri the one thing he thought was out of reach, he feels obligated to use his ill-gained talents for her cause. A few hours back in the US proves that Dimitri and Syd didn't quite make the clean escape they had thought. As they trail the elusive jinn, someone else trails them. What should have been a simple trip to confirm once and for all if the jinn are living among humans, instead reveals a community keeping dark secrets. Unfortunately for Dim, the only way out is in. 

 


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Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets. Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.    
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rainykayeRainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. Someone told her she's a USA Today Bestselling author. She thought there would be cake.
 
 
 
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blogoversary winners

GIVEAWAY WINNERS.
MY BLOGOVERSARY PARTY HAS ENDED AND IT'S TIME TO PICK THE WINNERS. IF YOU SEE YOUR NAME ON THE LISTS PLEASE CHECK OUT YOUR EMAIL!!!



PACK 1
** One $15 Gift Card: Laura Thomas @laurathomas61
** Gift Card for $10: Marissa Aldana @MarissaAldana

PACK 2

** 2 copies of Kat Scratched by D.T. Dyllin: 
** 2 copies of Rewound by D.T. Dyllin
** 2 copies of The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy by D.T. Dyllin
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** Ecopy of Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna: Susan Decker 
** Ecopy of Cera’s Place by Elizabeth McKenna: Olivia Roach @Writing4joy
** Ecopy of The Promise + The Vow by D.D. Chant: Nadine 
** An ecopy of Twix by Diane J. Reed: Jillian Rae Inding 

PACK 3 
 
** Signed Paperback of Tiy and The Prince of Egypt (USA): Susan Decker

**5 ecopies by Jade Varden + wallpaper:

PACK 4

** Paperback of The Last Superhero by Astrid Cruz: Miki
**Special Bundle Of The Caregiver series (all 3 books + bonus): Jillian Rae Inding
** Ecopies of Fracture & Severance by D.D. Chant: Kathlyn Lau @k312583

**3 audiobooks of Souls of Astraeus
**3 paperback of Souls of Astraeus:
**Ecopies of Broken City & Broken Truce: Geetanjali Pegu     

Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Skylark @RuthieMorganPen

Hello and welcome back!
Today I have the pleasure to bring you a book that is now one of my favorites. Skylark is one emotional ride that leaves you heartbroken and speechlees one you finish it.


Skylark: a novel
Title: Skylark: a novel.
Author: Ruthie Morgan
Release Date: July 16th 2014
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Lucky Arbuckle Publishing
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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“When he asked me to forgive him for everything I thought I could. I said yes and I meant it. But I didn’t realise that night, everything was what he’d take away.”
When Billie May Worthington falls for Evan Skylark she believes she’d do anything, be anything and give everything for him. But can she forgive him when he asks for her world?
Everything twenty one year old Billie knows about life, love, beauty and art are challenged after graduation when she meets Evan, an enigmatic Irish artist with a dark side. Suddenly immersed in Evan’s intense world of artistic brilliance, flying sculptures and sexual obsession, Billie’s carefully planned future is quickly unrecognisable. Spanning London, Paris, Scotland and finally St. Cloud, the South Pacific island they make their home, the young couple chase Evans dreams and run from their past.
But what happens to young obsessive love when unplanned pregnancy reshapes the future? As Billie struggles to cope with the demands of motherhood Evan is forced to deal with the repercussions of a previous mistake that rock their world altering the future forever.
Emotionally gripping and darkly humorous Skylark is an unconventional love story. 
A novel about what we do for love, of beauty in imperfection, betrayal and the weight of obsession.

Ruthie Morgan lives and writes by the beach in New Zealand's South Island with her Canadian husband and four children. 
Born and raised in Scotland she studied in England, ran off to America, then returned to begin a career in a variety of wide ranging fields: movie theater popcorn seller, runner, bike courier, bar tender, lifeguard, teacher, counsellor and coffee shop owner. Her need to write about everything she encountered eventually worked its way into bank of fabulous detail for a career in fiction.
Her first book; 'Doolallys; the story of a little coffee shop with a big heart' is based on her adventures as a cafe owner in the historic town of Bath, England.
Ruthie's first work of fiction: 'Skylark' is now available on Amazon
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Skylark is one of those books that once you finish it you are not sure on how to move on. Your life is suddenly shaken and after experience a heartbreaking, emotional and extraordinary story, life seems somehow different.

The story between Billie and Evan is more than a romance. It's a story about life and the curving balls the bitch throws in our way. It’s an intense read with excellent characters, a writing style worthy of all the praise you can imagine and on top of that it has a smart and solid storyline.

When we start reading Skylark, Billie and Evan are living in paradise, St. Cloud, but a storm takes us back to the past to see how the two got together. They met just when she was out of college, a twenty-one woman with the world ahead of her but destiny decides to put Evan on her way. He is a force of nature, passionate and overwhelming. An artist haunted by internal demons that lives with the same intensity he loves. Their love story is fast, powerful, obsessive and intense.

Billie is a young woman with a great heart, strong and loving. She loves Evan with all her heart and that scares her but also gives her strength whenever is necessary. Evan is a tormented person but he doesn’t know it, he deeply loves Billie and I think he tries to prove it the best way he knows.

The novel takes us through all of their choices, their mistakes, their happy moments and the bad ones. No one second in their lives is boring. Young love, dreams and romantic locations like Scotland and Paris get together to create the scenario of this story. We see them mature, change, fall apart and getting back together again.

Skylark is the perfect example that every event in our lives is connected to other in some way. Our choices and mistakes shape us into the person we are today and sometimes the consequences of our errors come to the present to shake our lives.

The emotional ride the author presents us is not for the fragile hearts. Through her words we feel real emotions. It was easy to relate to the love, the desperation, the doubt, the fear and everything else. Billie loves Evan and she is willing to give him the world, go to the moon and back and forgive him anything. And that is so honest because love makes us do crazy things and when we love we are willing to risk it all.

This book is very recommendable and I can assure you will drop a tear at some point.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog Tour: Consolation (review & giveaway) @AuthorCMichaels



Consolation (The Consolation Duet, #1)Title: Consolation
Author: Corinne Michaels
Series: The Consolation Duet #1
Release Date: March 18th 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher:
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.



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Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.
Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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Copyright © 2015 Corinne Michaels
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the author.
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of the author or publisher.

Aarabelle sits in her highchair as I feed her dinner. She’s growing so fast. Already she’s eating cereal and a little baby food. Soon she’ll be crawling and I have no one to celebrate with. Her father will never see these milestones and it breaks me apart.
“You should really lock the door,” Liam huffs as he throws his coat over the chair.
“But then I’d have to get up to let you in,” I state matter-of-factly and go back to feeding the baby, trying to put aside my worries. The fact is…this is reality. I have to deal with it.
“Uh huh. Hey, Pumpkin,” his eyes alight as he crouches down by Aara. It’s adorable hearing grown men use a baby voice. It gets a little softer and higher pitched.
The corners of her mouth lift and she throws her arms in the air when he gets close. My heart sputters seeing how happy she gets seeing him. Liam kisses her head and she giggles.
“At least someone is happy to see me,” he says playfully.
“I’d be happy if you brought me a present,” I joke.
He laughs and goes into the pocket of his coat. “Just so happens I did, but since that’s the only way you’ll be nice, I’ll hold on to this until you’ve earned it.”
Practically leaping out of my chair, I rush over. “What is it?” I try to peer around his back as he holds the mystery item.
Liam’s lips curl as he sees how much I want this. I don’t even know what it is. Jeez, I’m an idiot. “Nope. We eat first, then maybe you’ll get it.”
“Watch, it’s a freaking Pez dispenser or something stupid.”
“Guess you’ll have to be nice to find out.” He shoves the item into his back pocket and I fight the urge to reach and get it. “How was work?”
We spend the next thirty minutes going over my day and Jackson’s return. Liam never mentioned that they spoke, but he’s surprised to hear he’s in Virginia. After we finish the pizza, Liam somehow convinces me we should watch a movie. I get Aarabelle to bed and come down to find him sprawled out on the couch.
“By all means, make yourself comfortable.”
Liam pulls his beanie higher on his forehead and his eyes glimmer with amusement. He sits up and puts the TV on. “I picked the movie.”
“What?” I ask with mock incredulity. “It’s my house. Why do you get to pick the movie?”
“Ummm, I’m the guest.” He shrugs as if this should be an obvious answer.
I groan and lean back. “What crappy, shoot-‘em-up movie do I have to endure?”
“You’ll see. It’s a classic.”



Natalie husband is dead and with a newborn in her arms life seems too much. Being a widow at 27 wasn't in her plans but life is never how we wanted it to be. It never ceases to surprise us or throwing us challenges. That’s why Liam comes in… At first he is the friend she needs, a shoulder to cry and the help she needs to move on. Of course the friendly feelings become stronger and suddenly friendship is not enough for either of them.

Consolation was different than both Beloved and Beholden. I don’t say this as a bad thing, I was happy to have been surprised. It has the same excellent writing style as her other books, the essence is the same but the emotions are others. There is a different kind of anguish, pain, love and struggle. This book presents a new side of Corinne.

Natalie is a strong woman, grieving and learning to move on. She is a great mother and her daughter is all the motivation she needs to wake up every day. She is still young and has all her life ahead despite the tragedy she gets to live. I understand her worries about her daughter and the absence of a father figure. Her doubts and insecurities about her feelings towards Liam are natural and expectable.

Liam is too perfect. God! Why these men only exist in books? I want to believe that such an honest, loyal, strong, handsome, loving and amazing man is real. He is exactly what Natalie needs and he is so selfless at times. There is a moment where he won my heart (I won’t say the exact words he pronounce because I don’t want to spoil anything) with his devotion towards Natalie. It made me wonder how far I, or anyone, would be willing to go in order to help another person heal? It hard to imagine why would you put yourself at entirely disposition of another even if you will get hurt at the end. If that's not love please tell what it is… OMG! I’m really in love with Liam.

The relationship between Natalie and Liam was something new for me. I'm used to sexual tension, to characters that refuse to acknowledge the feelings they have for the other person and all the drama that comes with it. This time I didn't have those elements but it was perfect anyway. Their relationship is natural and organic. It evolves in a simple yet profound way, to become in this undeniable love. They have been friends for years so there was no need to waste time getting to know each other.

I loved how the author handled the grieving subject. Is easy to put death people on a pedestal, is easy to remember the good rather than the bad, because let’s be honest what’s the point in focusing in things we cannot change, it’s easier to pretend that the person who is no longer here was flawless.

As I said before and in other reviews, Corinne has a gift to create emotional books. I think her personal experience helps her create the stories but also she is simply great at writing. I would like to say that I didn’t cry at some point but the feelings were too strong (the pain, the suffering and even the happiness) I traveled through a variety of emotions with her book.

Of course there is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end. Corinne loves torturing her readers and that's why she has to leave us waiting for the second book. Luckily we only have to wait a couple months to read it.





Monday, March 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Fake Boobs @RyanRingbloom


Fake Boobs - Does size really matter?

Title: Fake Boobs
Author: Ryan Ringbloom
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Editor: Hot Tree Editing
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Tori Albert is eighteen, her confidence level is zero. Her life experience…also zero. She’s a girl lost in the shuffle, hiding in the shadows, craving attention. If only someone, anyone, would notice her, maybe life would improve.
Grant Donovan can’t stop noticing Tori, but she is young, inexperienced and naïve. She is also his best friend’s younger sister. Grant knows the best thing he can do is just walk away. So why the hell isn’t he walking away?
When a late night knock lands across her bedroom door, Tori knows what stands behind it could end in disaster…but how many time does opportunity come knocking?
Just when she thinks her luck is finally changing, things take an unexpected turn for the worse.
With new assets and a new goal in sight, Tori will soon learn her new found confidence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Unfortunately, some things you just have to learn the hard way.



In todays world where image is everything is easy to believe we are not pretty enough, that our bodies don't fit the image of perfection we are sold and that we have to change if we want to be loved.

Tori has always been the girl in the back, craving for someone to notice her. In her mind she blames all her "imperfections" for her lack of a romantic life. Now she is eighteen and about to go to college when a sum of events involving her brother's friends complicates her life even more.

The first I want to do is applaud the author for taking this matter in such a good care. Body image is a very current topic and I'm sure we all know someone like Tori. Is hard to see someone hating themselves that much and witness how difficult is to help them. It takes more than words to help them. And sometimes it goes as far as having to witness how they change their exteriors only to continue being unhappy. That's how many eating disorders, plastic surgery obsession and other problems begin.

Torin is well portrayed and despite I didn't relate to her I could feel empathy for her. I understood her pain and most of the time I liked her. Now, Grant wasn't really the perfect match for her. I don't know why but he could have been more direct. He tends to give much thought to things but he doesn't let others know what's in his mind. Anyway, when I really think about it maybe is a good thing that Grant isn't what I expected. Maybe the point of the book is not to see a good looking guy saving the poor sad girl, she needs to learn to love herself.

Their relationship is good but the tension is weak. The attraction is there but the sparks I love to see when two people like each other but are afraid to give in to their feelings weren't exactly there.

The author chose to write the story in a sort of double POV,the first half is Tori's side and then we get to see the events from Grant's eyes.
This was a good choice with a few minor issues. It helps to complete the story and understand the characters' choices but there were a couple chapters that could have been erased.

Overall, I enjoyed Fake Boobs despite not being a strong romance. I liked the topics the author decided to include and I think the ending made the book a worthy reading.



Ryan Ringbloom is a YA/NA author who lives for anything Romance.  The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. 
When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own.   Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her six year old are the best part of her day.
You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at www.RyanRingbloom.com . Feel free to contact her, she would love it!

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