Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blog Tour: Memortality by Stephan H. Provost

#giveaway #blogtour






Memortality by Stephan H. Provost
Pages: 260
Publisher: pace Press
Source: Xpresso Reads Book Tours
Format: pdf
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

Minerva Rus can raise the dead. And it might get her killed.

Minerva’s life has never been the same since the childhood car accident that paralyzed her and killed her best friend, Raven. But when the long-dead Raven reappears in her life, now as a very attractive grown man, she discovers that her photographic memory has the power to bring the dead back to life … heal her paralysis … and shape reality itself.

Pursued by a rogue government agent who wants to eliminate her and her talents, Minerva must learn to control her powers to save herself and Raven. Because if she dies, he dies as well―again.


Purchase
Amazon  -  Barnes and Noble  -  Kobo  -  iBooks

My Review
So let me tell you about Memortality. I wanted to read this book because it sounded different. Minerva was in involved in a car accident when she was a kid that left her paralyzed. Her mother is completely cold-hearted though I was incline to think that perhaps she acted that way so that she didn't have to deal with issues she had with herself. Anyway, I felt bad for her having that type of mother. With that said, she wasn't all that sympathetic of a character for me at the beginning. Like her friend said she turned into the person she hated.

Once you get passed that bit the story picked up and was quite interesting. Her talent brought back Raven and did so he would be at the time and not picking up at the age he died. The author could have left it there and explore the story as a romance but instead added the extra element of being hunted. Now the story has action and another character who has a backstory.

I liked this book. It took me awhile to get past the beginning chapters but once I did the story took hold. And look at that book cover. Some of y'all know that I love eyes so this is a beauty for me. 





About the Author
Stephen H. Provost is an author of paranormal adventures and historical non-fiction. "Memortality," his debut title on Linden Publishing's new fiction imprint, Pace Press, is due out in February 2017 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

An editor and columnist with more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, he has written on subjects as diverse as history, religion, politics and language and has served as an editor for fiction and non-fiction projects. His book "Fresno Growing Up," a history of Fresno, California, during the postwar years, is available on Craven Street Books, and his next non-fiction work, scheduled for release in June of 2017, will examine the history of U.S. Highway 99 in California.

In addition, the author has published several books as Stifyn Emrys, beginning in 2012 with "The Gospel of the Phoenix" and also including the nonfiction works "The Way of the Phoenix" and "Undefeated." He also has published three works of fiction: "Feathercap" (children's); "Identity Break," (young adult science fiction/adventure) and an accompanying novella, "Artifice."

The author served as editor of four young adult novels: the "Mad World" series by Samaire Provost - "EPIDEMIC," "SANCTUARY" and "DESPERATION" - and the award-winning "Lorehnin: A Novel of the Otherworld," Volume 6 in the Otherworld series by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. He has worked in journalism as a news editor, sports editor and reporter for four daily newspapers in California, and is currently managing editor for an award-winning weekly, The Cambrian. He has worked as an educator and has been featured at occasional speaking engagements.

He lives on the California coast with his wife, stepson, cats (Tyrion Fluffybutt and Allie Twinkletail) and dogs.


Author Links
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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Challenge Factory: BOOK it to the finish line May 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/55345-the-challenge-factory
#amreading #readingchallenge #goodreadsgroup


Books must be at least 200 pages.
Re-reads are okay.

To go 15 kilometers, read:
Pericles, Prince of Tyre - a book with royalty in it
Two Gentlemen of Verona - a book by two authors
Hamlet - a book where a family member of the main character dies
Much Ado About Nothing - a book where the main character's first name starts with a 'B' (for Benedick and Beatrice)
A Midsummer Night's Dream - a book where it is nighttime on the cover
The Merchant of Venice - a book where the main character owns his/her own business
Love's Labour's Lost - a book with a title that starts with a 'L' (ignoring 'a', 'an', 'the')
Julius Caesar - a book where the main character spends time in Mediterranean area (specify location)

To go 7 kilometers, read:
As You Like It - any 200+ book
The Tempest - a book that is set on an island
The Taming of the Shrew - a book where the main characters are husband and wife
All's Well That Ends Well - a book with a happy ending
Twelfth Night - a book published in 2012
The Winter's Tale - a book set in the wintertime
The Two Noble Kinsmen - a book where family is important to the story
Romeo and Juliet - a romance novel
The Comedy of Errors - a book that will make you laugh
Timon of Athens - a book where the main character is wealthy
Macbeth - a book with magic in it (for the witches)
King Lear - a best seller *
Othello - a book where the main character is in the military
Antony and Cleopatra - a book with two people on the cover
King John - a biography, autobiography, or fictional biography
Henry VIII - a historical novel



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YA Buddy Readers' Corner: Jumanji Challenge May 2017


https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/73843-ya-buddy-readers-corner

#amreading #readingchallenge #books #goodreadsgroup

Part 1 - The beginning!
- Read a book about bullying.
- Read a book by an author, or with a character who’s name starts with the letter ‘A’ (for Alan)
- Book with shoes or trainers on the cover
- Read a book with soil/earth/ digging equipment/ something buried, or a box or trunk on the cover. Or a book with a brown cover.
- Read a book set in a boarding school
- Pick a playing piece – read a book with an animal on the cover
- Read a book by an author, or with a character called ‘Sarah’
- Winged things… read a book with the letters ‘B’, ‘A’, and ‘T’ in the title
- Read a book set in another world
- In the Jungle you must wait… read a book with trees on the cover.

Part 2 – 26 years later…
- Read a book set in the future, or in the past (after 2041 or before 1989)
- Read a book with a house on the cover (or in the title)
- Read a book featuring an orphan
- A tiny bite can make you itch – read a book with something that flies on the cover
- Watch out for those monkeys! Distract them by reading a book with food on the cover!
- Watch out for that Lion! Find something even scarier! Read a horror story!
- Roll a five or an eight – read 800 pages of your choice (can be made up from more than 1 book.)
- What year is it? Read a book published in 1995.
- I’ve been in Jumanji! Read a Paranormal story.
- That’s my car! Read a book with a car on the cover.

Part 3 – Time to play the game:
- We need our fourth player! Quick buddy read a book! (GBR&BR&R also count)
- They grow much faster than bamboo – Read a book with flowers on the cover.
- Watch out for the hunter! Read a book with the words ‘hunter/hunted/hunt’ in the title.
- It’s a stampede! Run! Read a book whose title starts with the letter R.
- We lost the game! Read a book in which someone goes missing.
- Help! I’m turning into a monkey! Read a book starting with one of your teammates initials to save them! (Each teammate’s initial can only be used once!)
- There be a monsoon in your lagoon! Read a book with water or rain on the cover (or in the title)
- You wrestled a crocodile for me! Read a romance novel.
- The floor is quicker than the sand. Read a book with a beach on the cover, or set at the beach.
- Need a hand? We each have 8! Read a fantasy story.

Part 4 – The end
- Finish the game! Read books whose titles begin with J,U,M,A,N,J,I


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Challenge Corner: Mega Mad May 2017 - Bookish Bingo

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/161636-challenge-corner
 #amreading #readingchallenge #goodreadsgroup #bingo


I don't have any books planned for this challenge so I'll just post as I go along. Below is the updated BINGO card. This is a team challenge so it should go pretty fast.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Blog Tour: The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight

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The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight
Pages: 144
Publisher: Inked Publishing
Source: Xpresso Reads Book Tours
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.

Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.

With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.

So why is it they can’t stay apart?


Purchase
Amazon  -  Barnes and Noble  -  Kobo  -  iBooks

My Review
I wanted to read this book because of Parker. She seemed like the kind of female character I would enjoy to read about. Smart, independent, and determined. Parker comes across as a bitch sometimes but really how many of us never do? I know that I can come across that way when I'm in protective/defensive mode but I'm actually a really nice person. Parker is one of those people who seem to be so focused on the end goal that she doesn't really see how she treats people to get there but then with her expectations it's easy to not "see" others.

Cade was a good counterpart. He has working man background. I liked him because he had focus too. Maybe I'm on a get focus kick right now. Oy, me and my random thoughts...  Any way, it was actually a fun and quick read. It's a bit predictable I liked the characters so I didn't mind. This is one of those books that you know is going to have a happy ending and you are reading to see just how they get there. I haven't read any of the Ritter University books but if they are anything like that one then this won't be the last. Besides I'm interested to know how Parker came off when she was just a side character.

*though it say book 6 you can read it out of order and not feel the least bit lost





About the Author
Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.

When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.

For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.


Author Links
Facebook  -  Twitter  -  Website   -  Goodreads

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

My TBR List April 2017 - And the Winner is

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A the clear winner from the beginning is


The Winner

Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret. A delicious premonition she shares every Monday evening with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls as they gather at the Sugar Spoon bakery for Batter Up night.

Investigative reporter Jason Levine just found himself as the man candy for a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Roped into attending the Vegas nuptials, was he hearing things when the groom shares that the only reason he’s getting married is because a small town baker conjured up the name of his soulmate in her cake batter?

Sparks fly when Jason tries to expose Emma as a fraud, but reality and logic go out the window as he begins to fall under her spell.




Like to join the fun? Here's how it works.

Each month you will make a post with three books from your TBR List (these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on Because Reading post. Click here to go to this month sign up

Your followers and the people on the linky will help you choose which book you will read next.

The following Saturday you will announce the book that won. Then read the book.

On the last Saturday of the month post a review (with an optional giveaway, Michelle at Because Reading does this sometimes just for fun but you don’t have to).


The Rules

Ex. Lets say its September…
The first Saturday is the 6th – your post will go up with the 3 books you choose (as stated above these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and then link it to the linky on Because Reading blog.
     Her post will go up at 5am est. Make sure your link your post back to it in order to have your followers        visit other people’s blogs to help vote if they want.

     You can do the Polling however you would like. Survey Monkey, it has a good one and it’s free (here is        an EXAMPLE of Michelle's post). You can set it up and say whatever you would like – it’s totally up to        you. All this is asked is that you link back to Because Reading.

The second Saturday is the 13th – this is the day you announce which book won and whatever else you would like.
     (here is an EXAMPLE of Michelle's post). Her post will have a linky, so we can all easily see what                everyone will be reading.

The third Saturday is the 20th– you don’t have to post anything

The fourth (and/or last) Saturday is the 27th– this is when your review will go up regardless of how you liked the book.
     Please note even if you didn’t finished it just write a small post about how you felt about the book.                Michelle don’t write DNF reviews, but she does for this feature so followers can see what she thought          about the book they picked.

Some months have 4 weeks and some have five so a post always has to go up the First and Second Saturday and the last Saturday of the month

The final review post will also have a linky on it so you can link up your reviews and we can see what you thought of the book that was picked. This will draw some views to your blog and maybe find some new friends along the way.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

My TBR List April 2017 - Let's Vote

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I'm back. Missed y'all!


The Contestants

Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret. A delicious premonition she shares every Monday evening with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls as they gather at the Sugar Spoon bakery for Batter Up night.

Investigative reporter Jason Levine just found himself as the man candy for a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Roped into attending the Vegas nuptials, was he hearing things when the groom shares that the only reason he’s getting married is because a small town baker conjured up the name of his soulmate in her cake batter?


Sparks fly when Jason tries to expose Emma as a fraud, but reality and logic go out the window as he begins to fall under her spell.


What's new? Me, for starters... It all began when my job offered me a buyout package. That's when the realization hit: I'm young, I'm rich (thanks to a hefty inheritance), and I'm boring. Things are gonna change-starting now... Building a better man trap... First things first: Exercise. Carrot juice. Straight hair. Whiter teeth. Clothes that fit. But wait-there's more. I'm finally ready to take a chance on love with the perfect guy. He's handsome. He's smart. He's reliable. He's my CPA. Problem is, I'm clueless about winning him over. It's time to call in an expert. It's time to call in The Dog. Down, boy. Mike "The Dog" Dougherty is a man's man. A guy's guy. Okay, he's a chauvinist pig, and his sty is "The Dog House," a testosterone-charged column in Maximum for Him magazine. On one hand, I abhor all he stands for. On the other hand, who better to coach me? So here I am. Learning the complex unspoken language of the American male (Talk, bad. Sex, good.); trying exciting new things (Stripping lessons are empowering. Really.); falling for Mike. Uh oh. But the Mike I'm getting to know is different from The Dog. And the Mona I'm becoming isn't quite who I expected, either. This whole makeover scheme is getting crazier by the minute. But "crazy" beats "boring"...right?




All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.

But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.

There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.
The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for?

After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…




Like to join the fun? Here's how it works.

Each month you will make a post with three books from your TBR List (these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on Because Reading post. Click here to go to this month sign up

Your followers and the people on the linky will help you choose which book you will read next.

The following Saturday you will announce the book that won. Then read the book.

On the last Saturday of the month post a review (with an optional giveaway, Michelle at Because Reading does this sometimes just for fun but you don’t have to).


The Rules

Ex. Lets say its September…
The first Saturday is the 6th – your post will go up with the 3 books you choose (as stated above these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and then link it to the linky on Because Reading blog.
     Her post will go up at 5am est. Make sure your link your post back to it in order to have your followers        visit other people’s blogs to help vote if they want.

     You can do the Polling however you would like. Survey Monkey, it has a good one and it’s free (here is        an EXAMPLE of Michelle's post). You can set it up and say whatever you would like – it’s totally up to        you. All this is asked is that you link back to Because Reading.

The second Saturday is the 13th – this is the day you announce which book won and whatever else you would like.
     (here is an EXAMPLE of Michelle's post). Her post will have a linky, so we can all easily see what                everyone will be reading.

The third Saturday is the 20th– you don’t have to post anything

The fourth (and/or last) Saturday is the 27th– this is when your review will go up regardless of how you liked the book.
     Please note even if you didn’t finished it just write a small post about how you felt about the book.                Michelle don’t write DNF reviews, but she does for this feature so followers can see what she thought          about the book they picked.

Some months have 4 weeks and some have five so a post always has to go up the First and Second Saturday and the last Saturday of the month

The final review post will also have a linky on it so you can link up your reviews and we can see what you thought of the book that was picked. This will draw some views to your blog and maybe find some new friends along the way.

Create your own user feedback survey
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