Release Day Launch & Giveaway: Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles #3) by Eve Langlois

Today we have the blog tour for Pirate by Eve Langlais! Grab your copy of this new scifi today!

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About Pirate:

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A Galactic Adventure – with a sassy ship – and aliens!

Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to hide when bounty hunters come looking. Pulling up stakes means Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain.

And it isn’t Annabelle, his bossy ship.

Travel the galaxy with this gypsy pirate as he looks for treasure–and finds trouble instead. The universe might be out to get him, but he’s not giving in without a fight.

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About Eve Langlais:

~ New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Hello, my name is Eve and I am a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance, usually with hot shifters, cyborgs or aliens. I should warn you that I possess a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing. I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after. Thanks so much for coming by and checking me out. If you’d like to know more, read some excerpts or find out what’s coming next, then please visit me at http://www.EveLanglais.com Or sign up for my new release email list at http://www.evelanglais.com/newrelease Happy reading! Eve Langlais

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August 26th

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August 27th

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August 28th

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August 29th

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August 30th

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August 31st

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September 1st

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Review: Arcana Rising (Arcana Chronicles #4) by Kresley Cole

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Goodreads Summary:

Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

When the battle is done . . .
The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

And all hope is lost . . .
With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

Vengeance becomes everything.
To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before? (less)

My Review

Ok let me just say before I get started, that I have been reading this series for at least three years now, and it has absolutely KILLED me to wait each time for the next books to come out!! Above all, Dead of Winter ended in one of the worst cliffhangers ever!!! Recap: the Emperor sent out a massive lava wave that took out everything (including supposedly Jack) right after Evie chose to be with him over Death. So naturally I REALLY NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

Arcana Rising picked up literally right where it left off, which was in the middle of absolute chaos! Evie becomes separated from everyone and must struggle on her own to reach Aric and avenge Jack.However, on her journey, she comes across new Arcana, and learns more about herself and the lengths she will go to to protect the ones she loves.  This book was heart wrenching from the get-go. The action was non-stop and I could not put it down. Arcana Rising took me on an epic emotional roller coaster that I still have not come off of.

Once again, Kresley Cole has ensnared my mind/heart. I cannot figure out who I want Evie to be with!! I am so torn between Jack and Death ever still, yet I think I still choose Jack. I don’t know what it is, but I really love this guy’s drive and ruggedness, despite how absolutely wonderful and endearing Aric is. There are some beautiful and sexy moments between Evie and Death in this book that many readers have been waiting for. Don’t get me wrong, part of me really enjoyed reading that, but the other part was super pissed it wasn’t with Jack!

The events leading up to the ending (which came on way too quickly let me tell ya) had me reeling at every page (or kindle swipe). I also couldn’t help but feel that not a whole lot of overall plot movement occurred in this book in comparison to the others. This book felt a little more like an “in between” novel. I definitely still loved it, but I was also really frustrated that it wasn’t longer. I need to know more and I need to know now! The next book cannot come soon enough, which unfortunately isn’t until Spring of 2017!!

Definitely continue this series and buy Arcana Chronicles! Do so on Amazon here!

Book Review: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary:

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…

My Review

I loved the first book in this series so much, so I was more than looking forward to reading the next in the series. I must say that I definitely enjoyed it a lot, but not quite as much as I did Vampire Academy.

Frostbite picks up right where the first book left off, with Rose and Lissa having been put through the wringer after both being attacked by Strigoi. Lissa finally learns the truth about her abilities, and Rose and Dimitri’s relationship is back to square one. So, now that Rose has gone through enough school, she can take the “exam” to continue her training. However, while she’s on her way to do so, her and Dimitri stumble upon a devastating crime scene and soon discover just how much more of a threat the Strigoi are about to become.

Although I liked Frostbite, I felt that not as much happened in this sequel as did the first. That may just be because the first one had to introduce all the characters for the first time. However, there are some new characters that are brought in as well, that I actually really liked! I definitely was not expecting the plot to take place the way it did, but it was great to see the characters in a new setting. The ending of the book was insane and had me completely enthralled! There were just so many emotions thrown at me at once, I could barely keep up! I can’t wait to read more!

I would definitely recommend you read Frostbite if you’ve started the series! Buy it on Amazon here!

20 Things I Didn’t Think I’d Do Before I Turned 20

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I realize this has essentially nothing to do with books, but I thought I’d share it anyway, you can check it out on My Trending Stories as well.

Since my 20th birthday is today, I thought I’d share a little more about myself. I knew my birthday was coming up so I really got to thinking about what that meant for me and my life. I realized how blessed I have been in my short lifetime and all that I have done. I also really want to point out to anyone and everyone that anything is possible, and the only thing standing in your way of success/happiness is yourself. You can do anything you freaking want to do, I don’t care what anyone says, what anyone’s doubts poison your mind with. Stick to your guns, and take everything in stride! I hate it when I look at other people’s lives and think about how lucky they are to travel where they have or be able to afford the things they do, but now that I look back and really think about the past 20 years, I know I have no reason to truly be jealous. Everything that happened to me happened for a reason and I am so much better and stronger for it. So here are my 20 things (of most significance to me) that I have done/has happened to me, in no particular order.

1. Drove to California for the first time (only a 7 hr drive but still)

2. Got my short story published in a Young Adult anthology at age 17

3. Went snorkeling on Catalina Island (swam above tiger sharks)

4. Worked two part time jobs at the same time

5. Created a Book Blog: Escape Inside the Pages-I am so very proud of this and so grateful for all my readers and all the people I’ve met through blogging!

6. No longer friends with my best friend

7. Went to a concert by myself

8. Cliff jumped

9. Drove in the snowy downpour

10. Walked the streets of New York City

11. Made straight A’s my first two years of College (so far) as an Exercise Science major

12. Signed a lease on my 1st apartment

13. Worked fast food

14. Met the celebrity of my dreams aka Jensen Ackles who plays Dean Winchester in the show Supernatural

15. Stood front row at a concert

16. Became a Certified Nursing Assistant

17. Went ice skating in the snow at Rockefeller Center

18. Took a Salsa Class

19. Had the lead role in a High School play

20. Member of the High School Improv team for 3 years

There’s my life in a nutshell, not really, but I sure am proud of how far I’ve come. I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring me.

BOOK SALE: Nowhere But Here (A Thunder Road Novel) By Katie McGarry

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I am absolutely thrilled to tell you about the Sales Blitz for Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is the first book in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. It is on sale for $2.99 right now until August 15th! Be sure you grab your copy today at this amazing price!!

 

 

 

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About NOWHERE BUT HERE:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible 

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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NOWHERE BUT HERE Excerpt:

From Oz’s Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.

Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.

“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”

Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.”

It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.

“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”

Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.

Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”

She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.

“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.

“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.

“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”

She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.

 

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

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Review: Between Two Fires by Mark Noce

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Goodreads Summary:

Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan, her world threatens to tear itself apart.

Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

Reminiscent of classics like The Mists of Avalon and A Game of Thrones, and newer popular titles like Hild, Branwen’s story combines elements of mystery and romance with Noce’s gift for storytelling.

**I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

My Review

I was really looking forward to picking up Between Two Fires after reading Avelynn by Marissa Campbell which has a very similar premise and is set in the same time period: Medieval Wales during the times when Saxon’s attacked constantly. I love this era so so much, especially the times of King Arthur (which are referenced quite often throughout). Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Between Two Fires nearly as much as I did Avelynn, but there is much that I can appreciate about it.

Between Two Fires focuses on the life of Branwen, a 16 year old princess who is wed to an older man in order to secure an alliance for her father. Little does she know that this union will cause quite the domino effect for the rest of the country. Before long she is caught up in feuding territories, assassination attempts and the pressure of giving birth to an heir. On top of all that, she can’t stop running into the illegitimate prince/knight Artagan. Although their relationship is tumultuous in the beginning, Branwen can’t help but fall for him anyway. Torn between duty and her heart, she must make the decision that is best for not just herself but the  entire country.

A lot, and I mean a lot happens in this book, which you would think would make the story go by faster, but I couldn’t help but feel like it dragged on a little too much. There was just a lot of repetitive events going on. I also felt  like I was watching Game of Thrones at times because I couldn’t keep up with all the names. I’m not saying that I disliked the story over all, I just wasn’t overly engaged by it. I really liked Branwen’s character and her relationship with Artagan, but I wasn’t a fan overall of the plot. However, I could definitely tell how much time and effort went into making the history accurate. There were certain aspects of the story that were great, so if I could just cut and paste parts, I would have probably been more pleased. Oh well. I’m still glad I read it.

If you are in to medieval historical fiction with a splash of romance, then I would recommend you read Between Two Fires out on August 23rd. Pre-Order on Amazon here!

 

Giveaway: Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

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Today I am sharing a giveaway for Heather Lyons based on her standalone novel ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET. You can enter to win a signed copy of the book, tea, and a mug by using the hashtag #MyRoyalMarriage and filling out the rafflecopter below.

 

 

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Heather Lyons is having a fantastic giveaway! Use the hashtag #MyRoyalMarriage and tell us which Royal you’d marry. You can share a photo, their name, or whatever you’d like for your Royal pick. Be creative! The winner will receive a signed copy of ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET, some tea, and a mug. Once you have shared your pick, be sure to fill out the rafflecopter below to officially enter.

 

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ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET is available now for purchase!

Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.

Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what’s best for her country, she isn’t about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him there’s no way she’s marrying him.

Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can’t fall for her, because royal or not, they’re not meant for each other.

Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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