Friday, April 20, 2018

Cover Reveal with Giveaway ~ Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer

   
Hello Readers! Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer
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A great depression has gripped the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsy, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante in waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes. When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice. But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem “undesirable.” They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will. As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.
Stanley and Hazel 
by Jo Schaffer 
Release Date: May 15, 2018 
Publisher: Month9Books

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Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker, writer at Patheos.com, works in film production and is a Taekwondo black belt. She's a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the largest conferences in the nation for youth ages 13-19. She and a crew of local and international bestselling authors present writing workshops to hundreds of attendees at the Utah-based conference as well as hundreds of others worldwide who view the conference online. Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is always spinning new ideas for books and sometimes she even gets around to blogging. Jo is a mom of 3 strapping sons living in the beautiful mountains of Utah with a neurotic cat named Hero.  

 
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Release Day Celebration with Giveaway ~ Serpents and Saviors by Jamie Zakian

   
Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
SERPENTS AND SAVIORS (PROJECT EMERGENCE #2) BY JAMIE ZAKIAN
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
CONGRATULATIONS JAMIE!
   
Lord of the Flies meets the 100. Joey got separated from her twin brother Jesse when their luxury spacecraft broke apart halfway to Mars. The terrorists are dead, but so are most of the passengers who escaped a dying Earth for a new life on a new planet. The remaining survivors, the future of humanity, are scattered across the lush planet of Mars. Joey and Kami are in a mountainous forest, and they’re locked in a power struggle to guide the people. Jesse and Rai landed on the coast, and are desperate to reach their sisters. This new world can be a fresh start, where everyone is equal and class sectors are finally made obsolete, if only Kami would give up her self-appointed position as Commander of Mars. Both Joey and Kami are willing to die for their beliefs, even sacrificing the lives of those who’ve chosen to follow them, unless clearer heads can prevail before it’s too late.
Serpents and Saviors
 (Project Emergence #2) 
by Jamie Zakian 
Release Date: April 10, 2018 
Publisher: Month9Books

   
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction. 
 


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Release Day Celebration with Giveaway ~ Reyet Trap (Torch World #2) by Dee Garretson

 
Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Reyet Trap (Torch World #2) by Dee Garretson
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
CONGRATULATIONS DEE!
   
No planet. No hope.
Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change.
A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.
Reyet Trap 
(Torch World #2) 
by Dee Garretson 
Release Date: April 3, 2018 
Publisher: Month9Books

   
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Release Day Celebration w/ Giveaway ~ My Freshman Year of Fabulous by Jennifer DiGiovanni

 
Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
My Freshman Year of Fabulous by Jennifer DiGiovanni!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, JENNIFER!
 
When Avery Thornton needs to escape a first day of school disaster, she ducks into an equipment room to hide and meets someone else who’s also having a really bad day. Eli Fields just got demoted to third string on the football team, a sport he doesn’t even really want to play. On the hunt for a dance partner before her competition season begins, Avery discovers Eli’s secret, non-football life outside of school. She thinks he could be the dance partner she’s dreamed about. But Eli wants no part of dancing with Avery. When someone else steps in as Avery’s partner for competitions, she and Eli begin practicing steps “just for fun.”
But, is that really all that Eli wants? And although Avery has found a perfect partner, she’s learning that perfection doesn’t necessarily equal happiness.
 
Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and YA author of the School Dayz series. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, working on home design projects, or trying to meet the daily goals on her Fitbit. She also likes to try new sports and activities, from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.
     


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review ~ Our Little Secret by Roz Nay



Our Little Secret
by Roz Nay
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 17, 2018)


They say you never forget your first love. What they don't say though, is that sometimes your first love won't forget you...

A police interview room is the last place Angela expected to find herself today. It's been hours, and they keep asking her the same inane questions over and over. "How do you know the victim?" "What's your relationship with Mr. Parker?" Her ex's wife has gone missing, and anyone who was close to the couple is a suspect. Angela is tired of the bottomless questions and tired of the cold room that stays the same while a rotating litany of interrogators changes shifts around her. But when criminologist Novak takes over, she can tell he's not like the others. He's ready to listen, and she knows he'll understand. When she tells him that her story begins a decade before, long before Saskia was in the picture, he gives her the floor.

A twenty-something young professional, Angela claims to have no involvement. How could she? It's been years since she and H.P., Mr. Parker that is, were together. As her story unfolds, it deepens and darkens. There's a lot to unpack... betrayal, jealousy, and a group of people who all have motives for retribution. If Angela is telling the truth, then who's lying?

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Our Little Secret is Roz Nay’s debut novel, entering a vast sea of some heavy hitters in the literary world, and I believe she has a great start with this novel.

Ms. Nay has written a solid thriller that kept me engaged from the beginning to the end.  In a cat and mice came between Detective Novak and Angela who is ‘a person of interest’, small hints are dropped, slowly unraveling a secret that is longing to be told.  This story is so exceptionally enthralling that I found myself immediately drawn into the web of lies and deceit wondering who was telling the truth.

If you enjoyed The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr then I highly recommend Our Little Secret.  Is it a tragic love story or a devastating game of lies and manipulation?  Read this captivating thriller and find out for yourself!

4 stars



Roz Nay grew up in England and studied at Oxford University. She has been published in The Antigonish Review and the anthology Refuge. Roz has worked as an underwater fish counter in Africa, a snowboard videographer in Vermont, and a high school teacher in both the UK and Australia. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two children. Our Little Secret is her first novel.



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Review ~ How to Walk Away by Katherine Center



How to Walk Away
by Katherine Center

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.

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Let me start off by saying that this book was totally unexpected and completely surprising! However, I am at a complete loss of words when it comes to giving a synopsis of this story because I don’t want to give a single thing away, so I won’t….just read the blurb as it really does sum up this book to a tee.  To say that I totally loved this book seems so generic, but honestly, I really did love this emotionally charged book and it is impossible to say anything negative about it.  Not only was it an easy read, the story was captivating and utterly charming.  From the very first chapter, I was hooked and literally could not put this one down for even a second. 

How to Walk Away is emotional and heartbreaking but it is also funny and uplifting.  It is such a beautiful story about dealing with the hand that fate has dealt you and along the way finding true love, happiness and acceptance of things you can’t change.  Margaret was an easy character to connect to, and I found myself wanting her to not only have the best life possible but to also have a life full of love and acceptance.

Katherine Center is a talented storyteller and I loved her style of writing just as much as her characters.  I highly recommend this beautiful story.


5 stars




Katherine Center is the author of six novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, Happiness for Beginners—and the upcoming How to Walk Away. Her work has appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and Real Simple. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Katherine lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.





Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Serpents and Saviors (Project Emergence #2) by Jamie Zakian

 


Hello Readers! Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Serpents and Saviors (Project Emergence #2) by Jamie Zakian
presented by Month9Books!
Celebrate this reveal by entering the giveaway found at the end of the post!
   
 
Lord of the Flies meets the 100. 

Joey got separated from her twin brother Jesse when their luxury spacecraft broke apart halfway to Mars. The terrorists are dead, but so are most of the passengers who escaped a dying Earth for a new life on a new planet.

The remaining survivors, the future of humanity, are scattered across the lush planet of Mars. Joey and Kami are in a mountainous forest, and they’re locked in a power struggle to guide the people. Jesse and Rai landed on the coast, and are desperate to reach their sisters.

This new world can be a fresh start, where everyone is equal and class sectors are finally made obsolete, if only Kami would give up her self-appointed position as Commander of Mars. Both Joey and Kami are willing to die for their beliefs, even sacrificing the lives of those who’ve chosen to follow them, unless clearer heads can prevail before it’s too late.
Serpents and Saviors 
(Project Emergence #2) 
by Jamie Zakian 
Release Date: April 10, 2018 Publisher: Month9Books

Available for Pre-order:
   
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.  


 
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