Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Featured Author: Tiffany McDaniel




Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio native whose writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. Also a poet and artist, she is the winner of The Guardian's 2016 "Not-the-Booker Prize" for her debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything. The novel was also a Goodreads Choice Award double nominee in both fiction and debut categories, is a current nominee for the Lillian Smith Book Award, and has recently been announced as a finalist for the Ohioana Literary Award and the Women's Fiction Writers Association Star Award for Outstanding Debut.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Tour: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum




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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



I've been waiting for What To Say Next since I've heard that Julie Buxbaum, the author, is releasing another after Tell Me Three Things. I was excited and immediately tried my luck to join the tour when I saw the announcement over Twitter. I could say I enjoyed reading the book even though I had a hard time on the first parts of it, a little slow at first then it was getting better as the story continues. 

David the introvert, honest and smart kiddo. Kit, a pretty, grieving but moving on type of girl. Both have different attitude, both wants some change and they found it on each other. They're story is a bit odd (I didn't mean anything negative). They used to not notice each other until one day Kit just sat on David's lunch table. Since then, the two slowly enjoyed each other's company. They talk inside and outside of school. Will they have a good relationship as the story goes? That's what readers have to find out. 

I may have some hindrances when I read this book but I managed to enjoy every pages of it when I have enough time, it was like one to two hours per day or sometimes until I fell asleep. It was a little challenging with work BUT this book always change my mood. The moment I start reading, I'll definitely start to relax. The book was simple and straightforward, there may have a little flashbacks but that's on Kit's head. Reading What To Say Next was worth it. I loved how she described her characters and how she twists her stories. I bet other readers will love this book as well, light and smooth read, amazing and catchy book cover and especially that's Julie Buxbaum! I, personally, will always read her works. I do love it!

The author never failed to make her readers happy. Her works are really awesome and she did it again on What To Say Next. I am looking forward for more of her works.

RATINGS

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Please check out my two novels, THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE and AFTER YOU, both now out in paperback. My first YA novel, TELL ME THREE THINGS, debuts April 2016.

Please check out my website www.juliebuxbaum.com for more information about my books.

Or to follow my recent shenanigans, please check out my blog, JULIE HAS WRITER'S BLOG, at www.juliebuxbaum.com/blog/

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Featured Author: Marie Lavander





Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title - winner of the "Broken Heart" themed contest and the "I Love You" themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers' Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers' Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series. 



Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Another Word For Happy by Agay Llanera

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What does it take to come out of the closet?

Since he was thirteen, Caleb has always known he’s gay. Now a college freshman, he falls in love for the first time. If it’s true that love conquers all, then will Caleb finally find the courage to reveal his secret?

In this tale about family, friendship and self-discovery, find out how Caleb discovers the path to the freedom he’s always longed for. Here’s a hint: it involves doing things outside his comfort zone, such as joining a spoken word group!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32497120-another-word-for-happy

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.


First of all, I am grateful because I was able to read and review Another Word For Happy by Agay Llanera and I am one-hundred percent sure that this is my first ever book from her. I could say that I am a satisfied reader. 

Another Word For Happy is a thin book with an entertaining story that is simple, direct and beautiful in all possible way. It is a story of acceptance, self love and friendship. It has a little love story on the side but the story is focused on Caleb. He's gay, a musician and he is afraid to show his true self because the society might not accept him. He's not confident to tell his own mother or his friend Ginny about his little secret because they might not understand his feeling but with the help of Franco, Caleb was able to come out of his little world. 

Reading this book made me realize how closed minded some people are because of the LGBTQ community. It was annoying in someway because at the end of the day these people who are being judged by the society is still a person, right? I just hope that one day people will change their minds. Anyway back to my review, I had a great time with every pages of it, each turn is beautiful. My favorite part is when Caleb plays piano. I wish I could listen to him playing those songs. What hit me on this story is when Franco admitted his real feelings for Caleb. I was like "darn it! why?!" But I am glad to know that this book ended well. 

I have one question though, will there be a sequel for this? I feel like there should be more  Caleb story. I would love to read more about him and what happened to him after everything. I have this feeling that Caleb will be a great pianist as well. 

My Ratings  


Agay is a freelance writer for TV and print. In her spare time, she enjoys writing Romance, New Adult, and Young Adult novellas.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Tour: Karmic Hearts by Jhing Bautista


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Love. Magic. Fate. Best-selling romance novel author Karmina Joan writes about these things. She believes that every person has a purpose, that every soul has a destiny to fulfill. She thought hers was simply sharing her stories.

Her story unfolds with Cupid, the Angel of Love himself. He brings with him a mysterious vessel and a message from on high. It turns out Karmina has a bigger purpose after all—a mission that will make or break humanity as we know it.

As Cupid teaches her the tricks of his trade, Karmina unknowingly gives him something unexpected in return— something the angel of love will find oddly familiar. This may become the one flaw in an otherwise perfect plan that destiny had in store for them.

Does love truly conquer all or are there limits to what humanity can do in the name of love? Witness as Karmina struggles to find the answers before time runs out on true love.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35392947-karmic-hearts

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



It's been a while since I had a great time reading a book. Lately I keep starting a book but I was too lazy to finish it (book slump is worse) but then I saw Karmic Hearts and it suddenly catch my attention and I was like "I want to read this book!" I got lucky to be part of this book tour and since it is my first time reading a PopFiction book, I don't know what should I expect. I was excited and nervous at the same time.

Karmic Hearts is the kind of book that I would love to re-read again. I really enjoyed reading it to the point where I had a hard time putting the book down so I needed to find a place where I can finish it without anyone bothering me. I end up in PaperMoon at SM Mall of Asia, I ordered coffee and I knew it was the perfect moment to finish that beautiful book. Anyways, back to my review, I enjoyed each characters so much. Cupid and Mina are a perfect match, their chemistry was impossible to ignore. I loved Cupid from the beginning he's charming and funny meanwhile Mina is the serious type but full of curiosity. Without them? I'm not sure how will my review end up. LOL. I loved the flow of the story, it was an easy read and it has a little flash backs from their past lives. The book was a bit predictable since Cupid mentioned about the love of his life, but aside from that,  I don't think people will guess what will really happen because it has a bit of twists and turns too. The ending was heartbreaking and happy ending. Well I thought at first it will be heartbreaking, but I'm glad for the twists.

I do have a question though, will there be a part two of the book? Or a Cupid side story at least? I am hoping there is one because this book deserves a series. Karmic Heart is beautiful, not just the cover but the content as well. It caused mixed emotions to me as a reader. (PS. I hugged the book after reading it I just loved it so much!).

Lastly, thank you to the publisher for giving me a chance to be part of this tour. It was a great honor.

My Ratings
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 19

Staring into his eyes was like looking into the galaxy— wide and deep. It was like I was being sucked in, inviting me to discover all of him. If he was cute from a few feet away, he was breathtaking up close. 
I would have passed out if he didn’t say, “Breathe, Mina.” 
I breathed, then saw him smile. His dimples deepened. There was a mixture of mischief and maturity in his eyes. I couldn’t explain it. 
“You’re too close,” I told him, taking a step back. I felt a little relieved. 
He held out his hand and in it was a golden ribbon. “Do you want to dance?” 
I looked at the ribbon, then at him, then back at the ribbon because he was staring way too intently and it was making me blush. I didn’t know what the ribbon was for and how it was relevant in the situation. I shook my head. “There’s no music,” I pointed out. “Are we really going to dance to the chirping crickets?” 
His smile widened. 
What’s happening? Before he looked indifferent, now he looks like he wants to kiss me. Is that even okay? 
“Do you want me to?” 
I clutched one hand to my chest, the other I held up to my face. I couldn’t breathe again. “Y-You’re reading my thoughts?!” 
“You’re practically screaming them,” he said. He bit his lower lip to stifle a laugh. 
Look who’s amused, trying to stifle a laugh at my expense. But then again my cheeks are probably red from all the blushing. 
“Like a ripe tomato,” he teased.
“Stop reading my thoughts!”
He laughed. “Answer my question.”
“I told you there’s no music to dance to.”
“I’ll take care of that. So...?”
I didn’t answer. He knew I couldn’t do it. First of all, how would I even hold him without hurting him again? 
“You worry too much,” he told me. “Place your hand over mine.” 
With a deep frown and much hesitation, I did what he told me. I placed my hand on his and at that very moment, the gold ribbon lifted itself and wrapped around my hand. It bound our hands together, but our skins weren’t touching. The bow in his hand was becoming longer as it circled us. I was able to place my hand on his shoulder, as he placed his hand on my waist. 
He gently swayed as he hummed. I was careful not to step on him, careful not to have my hand slip on his arm. We were touching, all right, but it wasn’t the kind of touch that I wanted. Not skin to skin. We were still restrained, but I knew it was the closest we could be. So close, but not close enough. I couldn’t help but feel sad. It was wrong. The feelings were wrong. They were leading to nowhere. 
I stopped moving.
“Mina, look at me.”
Why did it hurt? It wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t know him that well to be this attached. 
He caressed my face. I couldn’t feel the warmth of his touch, but I felt the ribbon. 
“T-This is wrong,” I told him. I leaned away and added, “You’re in love with her.” I didn’t want whatever I was feeling for him to get stronger. 
I know that he’s in love with someone else. I know that he still loves her. So why am I in this situation?” 
“Mina...” “But it’s true. You love her, whoever she is.” He lowered his gaze. “I do.” “You still do.” “Up to this day.” I withdrew my hand and untied the bow. “It has been a lovely dance.”
“Mina, wait!”


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