BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Friday, December 2, 2016

Cover/Chapter 1 Reveal & Giveaway for OF THE TREES by E.M. Fitch


Today E.M. Fitch and Month9Books are
revealing the cover and first chapter for OF THE TREES which releases February
28, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers
to receive a eGalley!!

A quick note from the author:

Of The Trees is a story
about friendship, but the idea came to me in a graveyard — a favorite little
haunt of mine, actually. What that says about me? I’m sure you have your own
ideas. I can tell you that I’m a girl who loves a good scare, adores Halloween,
finds entertainment in all things spooky, and has developed a pretty wicked
sense of questionable humor. My stories reflect this. My own hometown ghost
legend is weaved into this novel; it’s a tale that intrigued me as a teen, and
continues to call to me now. I wrote large portions of this book parked
alongside the inspiring little cemetery, in fact.

Although friendships and
haunted places are the forces that brought this story into being, what grew
from there was a tale of creatures in the night; men whose features slip and
twist; best friends who get ripped apart; and a heavy helping of some of my
favorite Irish legends, the old tales of the Fae. A particular influence for Of
The Trees is the poem, The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats. For just that reason, a
verse from this poem is the first thing you’ll see when you flip open the
cover.



Of The Trees is for anyone
who loves best friends who argue (but love each other anyway), dark tales,
creatures who go bump in the night, and stories to make you question those
little whispers of wind you hear from the forest. I so hope you’ll join me in
exploring just who—or what—is watching from the woods.

On
to the reveal! 



Title: OF 
THE TREES
Author: E.M. Fitch
Pub. Date: Feb 28, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 345

Find it: Goodreads| Amazon | B&N | TBD

Only she can hear the deadly whisper of the trees.
High school seniors, Cassie and Laney,
spend their days on ghost hunts, Laney trying to pull Cassie into belief.
Cassie tolerates it for her best friend, but she doesn't really believe … until the carnival comes to town.
The men who work there watch the girls,
disturbing Cassie with the intensity of their collective gaze. Laney becomes fascinated with the older men, a curiosity Cassie knows is dangerous.
It's not just their age or the unnerving way they stare. There is something else, something in the shifting of their skin, the way their features seem to change fluid in the shadows, that screams
danger.
Cassie tries to ignore the uneasy feeling that something bad is about to happen, convinced that once the carnival leaves, life will return to normal.
But it doesn't.
People start dying and bloody warnings appear around town.
Soon, Cassie enters into a nightmare where the trees whisper "join us" and strange, seemingly familiar, shape-shifting men haunt the backwoods of her small, isolated town.
The police don't believe Cassie and no one else admits to hearing the whispers of the forest. No one, except Laney.
When Laney goes missing, Cassie knows it's the men of the forest who have taken her. She knows that she's the only one who can help bring her friend back. But the creatures that taunt and hiss through
the trees aren't ready to give Laney up just yet.

Release Blast & Giveaway for IN MISTLETOE by Tammy L. Bailey


Never
make the first move.


Never fall in love.

Never take anyone to Mistletoe’s
Christmas Dance. 



IN MISTLETOE
Tammy L. Bailey
Releasing Dec 2nd, 2016
The Wild Rose Press

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At twenty-five, Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, when her younger sister decides to turn into a runaway bride just four weeks before the wedding, Grace, drops everything to chase after her and bring her back home. Only, when the trail leads to Mistletoe, Washington, she finds herself at the mercy of the town’s most handsome and emotionally unavailable bachelor.
Ex-Army officer, Ayden McCabe, has three creeds in life: never make the first move, never fall in love, and never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance.
Wanting nothing more than to keep his matchmaking sister from meddling in his personal life, he agrees to help Grace if she agrees to play his girlfriend. Too brunette and meek for his taste, Ayden believes Grace can’t tempt him enough to break any of his creeds. He could not be more wrong.


Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Release Blitz & Giveaway For THIS I PROMISE YOU: A La Flor & Men of Phoenix Novel by ML Rodriguez

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 This I Promise You: A La For & Men of Phoenix Novel
Author: ML Rodriguez
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: Dec 1, 2016
Cover Design: SK Designs
Photographs: Skyline Photography & Winter’s Splendor Photography
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
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When faced with a life-changing decision, Jake Duval takes the road less traveled. In the face of uncertainty, he stands firm in his beliefs and decides to raise his daughter, Rylee, on his own.
Through perseverance, dedication, and holding onto a dream, he struggles to better himself and give his daughter the world.
Despite his love for his daughter, Jake is disillusioned by love and bitter from betrayal after Rylee’s mother abandons them.
That is, until the moment he sees her—Faith Castellano—and everything seems to fall into place. He begins to believe in crazy things, such as “love at first sight.”
As Faith sweeps him off his feet, they live life, make promises to each other, and experience the beautifulness of love and adventure, Jake comes to discover that nothing is as it seems and sometimes your dreams are the reason those promises you make are broken.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway For ONE SEXY MISTAKE by Sarah Ballance

 

One Sexy Mistake
Sarah Ballance
The Chase Brothers #5 (Novella)
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Olivia Patton’s life just imploded. One night with sexy hacker Grady Donovan seems like the perfect, ego-soothing plan—until an epic snowstorm shuts down the city and thwarts her morning-after escape. Now the only walk-of-shame she'll be taking is right back to Grady's door. Forced to actually talk, Grady and Olivia realize they can't stand each other. Forget another round in the bedroom—if it wasn't his apartment, she'd shove Grady outside to freeze. But with all the blistering sexual tension if they don't kill each other first.
Each book in the Chase Brothers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.



Series Order:
Book #1 Five Things I Love About You
Book #2 For Seven Nights Only
Book #3 The Three Week Arrangement
Book #4 The 48 Hour Hook Up
Book #5 One Sexy Mistake

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly
adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. 
To learn more, visit http://sarahballance.com.

Link to the Tour Schedule:

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Chapter One
Grady Donovan sucked at this hookup thing. 
It was 11:00 p.m., he was bored and horny, and most of his previous...assignations with women—whether a friend with benefits or an actual attempt at a relationship—had ended in way too much drama for his taste. After years of careful analysis, he’d come to the conclusion that he wasn’t built for relationships. But a one-nighter? That he could do. With bells on. If she was into that. 
The trick was finding a woman who was on the same page emotionally. Tinder had a reputation as a “hookup app.” So Tinder it was.
Tinder PC, because he was not having a one-night stand with someone without viewing a photo bigger than a postage stamp. 
After hours of agonizing over how to best describe himself on his bio, adding and deleting gems like please leave before breakfast and conversation not included, he’d finally nailed it: Frighteningly intelligent single male. Computer geek. No interest in romance but great in the sack. No relationships, please.
Accurate? Definitely. Odds of snagging interest? Nil, in his experience. But, he figured, don’t ask and ye shall not receive. Needless to say, he hadn’t expected a response. Especially not the one that came through ten minutes later, prompting the mother of all double takes. Olivia’s profile picture was too good to be true.
So was the rest of her. Especially her bio. Hacker girl with a broken heart looking for a boy toy to make it all better. One night, no strings. I get to leave first. Two-minute wonders need not apply.
The irony was strong. As long as she followed through and actually left without asking for his hand in marriage, she was everything he could possibly want in a woman. Scratch that. She was all he could want from a night.
One night.
A beautiful woman who wanted to leave first.
He watched the screen, expecting her to disappear. He was no hardship to look at, but he’d said no romance or relationship, which left him floored that anyone would respond. Let alone an anyone who was on the same, admittedly unconventional, page. Unless it was a trick.
Suspicion probably shouldn’t have been his first reaction to seeing the incredibly sexy photo pop up on the screen, but with a prank-happy extended family like his—all courtesy of his four brothers-in-law—being trolled was a distinct possibility. Even via a random hookup app.
A muscle in his jaw jumped, and he realized he was doing this wrong. People were supposed to be all over these connections. Swipe right, get laid, problem solved. Still there? she typed. Because if that two-minute thing is a deal-breaker, I need to know. At which point I may mock you. Mercilessly.  Grady stared at the newly arrived message, thinking the threat of mockery was the best excuse he’d ever have to bail.
But this was also probably his best chance to score.
Looking at Olivia’s picture, he really didn’t want to give up on the chance. He couldn’t believe his luck. Rich, wavy brown hair tumbled past her shoulders. Eyes sparkled in the same hue. She glowed. 
She was definitely too good to be true. I can guarantee at least three minutes, he wrote, then sat back. There was no good reason a woman like her would need an app, unless it was because she was tired of being hit on for being gorgeous. 
Which, frankly, he’d believe. For the first time in pretty much ever, he wished for more personal communication. 
A new message popped up. So what do you have against relationships? 
He hesitated over a response. I don’t care for the drama, he typed. Or the rituals. Or the expectations.
Ah, she replied. A girl gets three minutes one night and wants four the next. Something like that. Actually, it was a lot like that. At one time, he hadn’t hated the idea of a relationship. In fact, all he’d ever wanted was for someone to accept him for who he was, which sounded like a schmaltzy spiel of bullshit, but it was true. He enjoyed going out every now and then, and he’d hold a woman’s purse at the mall if he had to. But having to out-do every other couple on Facebook or Instagram or whatever social media platform was the rage at the moment burned him out. Permanently.
If being in his own goddamned relationship meant he had to compete with everyone else’s, then he’d be just fine alone.
Except for one teeny caveat. Sex.
What about you? he asked. Not buying that you can’t get a date.
I don’t want a date. I want sex. Well, okay then. You could get that from anyone, he responded. Why me? You’re a mile away. It’s snowing. 
You keep impossible standards, he typed back.
And you’re hot, and straightforward. And you did promise great sex.
Anyone can promise that, he noted. Actually, she replied, I’m pretty sure no self-professed computer geek has ever promised great sex.
He rolled his eyes. And here I was thinking the self-professed hacker would appreciate my skills.
I plan to, she said. For the entire three minutes.
Well, hell. This was the part where he should promise her a few hours, but if she looked anything like her picture, he’d be better off promising her a few rounds. And he could only pray the first one lasted three minutes.
He pulled up her profile again, still suspicious. There wasn’t much there, so the repeated glances were futile.   You don’t seem worried about hooking up with someone you’ve never met, he typed. Are you crazy or just adventurous? Her answer was immediate. Do you want to find out?
Did he? That was why he was online, though he certainly never expected he’d find anyone like her. She was too perfect—not just physically attractive but also in a field of work closely tied to his own, if there was any truth to the “hacker girl” statement in her bio. While he didn’t need to have anything in common with Olivia, if they actually had a conversation—versus creepily not speaking at all—there was something to be said for shared interests.
He’d had plenty of dates with women who lectured him about how boring computers were, that he should get out and live a little. These were, of course, the same women who couldn’t peel their eyes from their smartphones, but that point was seldom appreciated when he voiced it.  But it probably didn’t matter. People didn’t use hookup sites in search of sparkling conversation.
Especially not him. He caught himself looking over his shoulder, half-expecting to catch one of his brothers-in-law doubled over in laughter on the fire escape.
Instead, he got an eyeful of the neighbor’s yellow-eyed, helter-skelter-faced, crooked-fanged mini-wildebeest the old woman called a cat. And yes, he jumped. Then he swore.
That thing should be in a zoo. Or a freak show. 
Behind the questionably feline façade, snow fell. Grady had no idea why that woman let the cat out in this kind of weather, but he wasn’t inclined to let the thing freeze. Even if it was the ugliest, creepiest excuse for a cat he’d ever seen. 
Unfortunately, Mrs. Harmon had a habit of smacking him with her purse when her precious Mortimer found his way into Grady’s apartment, which made him wary of rescuing the cat, at least immediately.
He glanced back at his computer. The cursor blinked, and he realized there might very well be an actual woman on the other end, waiting.
If there was any chance she was legit, he was in.
Way in.
He typed his next message and hit send before he could second guess the insanity of meeting a stranger for sex. Your place or mine?



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Release Week Blitz & Giveaway For FALLING FOR THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Tera Lynn Childs

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Fall in love with Falling for the Girl Next Door during the

 Release Week Blitz!

From November 14-18, 2016, Entangled TEEN is celebrating the release of  Falling for the Girl Next Door with a release week blitz, and we wanted to share in the fun with you!

Falling for the Girl Next Door 
(Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on Nov 14th, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

One real boyfriend + one fake boyfriend = a whole lot of trouble.

Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.
But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.

Want to Read More? Pre-order Falling for the Girl Next Door 

(Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2) Today!

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Check out this excerpt from Tru's POV that makes our hearts go pitter patter: