We’ve found GOODIES!!! Here’s the Friday list for all of us that need some “next read” choices! I don’t like book-deprivation. That’s just mean. ;)

AND… You guys!! I’m reading something uber-creepy right now. Eeny Meeny (A Helen Grace Thriller Book 1) <— THIS one. I have THREE on my weekend TBR list (including this one) and I just couldn’t help myself… trying for a little adrenaline rush of the fear kind. It’ll be out in just a coupla days so this is the review copy I received, but going by reader enthusiasm, I think I’m in for a thrill ride. I’ll keep y’all up to date.

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

EBOOK BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  1. The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter <— Some in our reading crew LOVE this series! MichelleS is going crazy for it1 “I am LOVING IT. I’m an idiot. Have had it on my Kindle for 2 months and held off. Why do I do this? It’s a series I love and an author I love. If you like well written urban fantasy, this is your book series. Really smart. Ahhhhh…. some good writing for a change. Anyone else reading Irin Chronicles?” and Tessa agrees: ”I’m going to agree with MichelleS. Irin Chronicles was sooo good. I read them a year or two? Ish? Awhile ago and loved it. I can see what she means by WIR feel. Both are more fantasy romance than anything. That’s also why I’m liking Mark of Tala so much. Pure fantasy romance.” and MichelleS re-agrees! LOL!! “I loved Irin Chronicles, so at 99 cents, I’d say yes. I paid 5x that. Remember, this is E. Hunter – she wrote the Elemental Mysteries series… so it’s THAT level of writing.”
  2. My Coyote Ugly Life (My Life Series Book 1) by Jessica Spoon <—- HOT COPS & THE CHIEF HAS AN EYE ON HER ALERT! Oh this one looks like fun! “When circumstances take her back home, she learns things have changed… A lot… First and foremost being with the complete and astonishing overhaul and revamp of the Belton Police Department, where apparently the application was changed to state ‘Ugly Men Need Not Apply’ and the only requirement is ‘How Well Do You Look In This Uniform?’” …
  3. You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen <— STRIPPER ALERT! This entire sexy series is on SUPER-SALE this weekend!! Both of ‘em at a rock bottom price… ’cause #3 will be coming out in just a few days! (I posted it below). “But when she accepts a job as a dancer at one of the most secretive and exclusive clubs in the country, operating under the name Logan, she meets the one man who makes her question everything she thought she knew.
  4. You and I Together by Melissa Toppen <— This is #2, and Julie says: “ The You and I series by Melissa Toppen is very good also, but have to wait for last book of trilogy to come out in June. If I had known that would have probably waited for all three at once.” Well… YAY ’cause it’s coming out in just a few days. :D
  5. Black Rainbow by J.J. McCoy <— STUDENT-TEACHER ALERT!! They had a fling… then she discovers he’s her teacher. *gasp* *waggles eyebrows* “After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts…
  6. Incite: Adam (Sphere of Irony Book 1) by Heather C. Leigh <— ROCK STAR BOOK ALERT! This one is at a rock-bottom price, too! Main two characters in this one started and bonded as teens over horrible circumstances… and now they are apart and he’s famous.
  7. Sneak Attack (Tapped Out Book 2) by Cari Quinn <— JUST RELEASED!!!! MMA FIGHTERS!!!
  8. Shotgun (Coda) by Marie Sexton <— JUST RELEASED M/M ROMANCE!! 
  9. Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews <— JUST RELEASED M/M ROMANCE!!! Fabi found it for us saying: Don’t forget Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews came out yesterday. And guys, its really good. An MM erotic romance in the middle of a Zombie apocalypse. Throw in shifters and an evil scientist and..well, it works. It really does. The characters are awesome.
  10. Meant For Me (The Rock Gods Book 5) by Ann Lister <— JUST RELEASED M/M ROMANCE!! And Nicole recommends this one!! “Thanks Fabi I saw that came out but i was hesitant just seems like there is too much going on. I love her writing, but I was going to wait on a few reviews first. I bought Haunted Love when I first saw it a while back but it still sits on my kindle waiting…I just finished Meant for Me by Ann Lister which came out this week and it was absoltuely AWESOME!
  11. Coming Soon by <— JUST RELEASED!! SHE NEEDS MONEY SO SHE AUDITIONS FOR AN “ADULT” MOVIE BUT.. so she escapes her abusive uncle, has had one best friend (Jace) that she’s been able to trust… and “Desperate for money, she auditions for a role in an adult film and soon discovers Jase is a leading porn producer…and her new employer. The starring role of Dagger Production’s upcoming release is hers, but how can she pretend to be a sexy vixen when all she wants is the best friend who doesn’t realize his new star is a virgin?
  12. 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely <— YAY NEXT ON MY TBR LIST ALERT!!!!!! This is one at the top of my latest TBR list and I wanna read it and now feedback is coming and Dawn loved it!! “Just finished 21 Kisses in one sitting! I thought it was great and ended just the way I had hoped!!” and Anne agrees: “So I finished 21 Stolen Kisses and loved it! The writing and story are so beautiful and poetic. Its a very romantic read.
  13. Revue by K.M. Holland <— JUST RELEASED!!! OMG!!! SHE HAS TO TOUR WITH A MALE “REVUE” GROUP. *waggles eyebrows* “When freelance photographer, Corinne Lee, is required to visually document the nationwide tour of Wild Nights Male Revue, she finds herself in a world of near-naked, testosterone-fuelled men on stage—not her photographic muses of choice. She also finds herself in the arms of Josh, the revue’s star performer…” SUPER-BARGAIN priced too!
  14. The Road Back to Us by K Webster <— MARRIAGE TROUBLES ALERT!! <— “…Bentley isn’t ready to tell his family about the divorce, so he asks Caroline to spend one more Christmas at his mom’s under the ruse they are still happily married…”
  15. WRECK (DirtSlap Series Book 2) by Ashlynn Pearce <— recent release BIG BAD COUNTRY SINGER? NASHVILLE SINGER ALERT!Ethan Tackett is a nightmare. Big as life and in your face, he makes no apologies for who he is…an orphan who grew up fighting for survival. He ends up in Nashville, the lead singer of DirtSlap—a band of misfits much like himself…
  16. Leaving Me Behind by Sigal Ehrlich <— RECENT RELEASE & SHE’S STARTING OVER ALERT!! “As Liv finally begins to enjoy her new life and experience the varied goods the exotic country has to offer, a sudden major turn leads Liv to be swept into the most tantalizing roller coaster of her life. A turn that leaves her questioning everything she thought was right.”
  17. Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie <— ON THE STREETS ALERT!! Bev and Jean brought this one back to my attention and it’s super-bargain priced!! “After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him…
  18. This Is Falling (The Falling Series, Book 1) by Ginger Scott <— GAH!! I LOVED this authors her book “Wild Reckless” (<— my review) so I’m very intrigued by this one that I just happened upon… she’s starting college after physical trauma and tragedy… “An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.
  19. Because of Him by Jessica Roe <— RUH ROH IS IT SCANDALOUS ALERT!???Too bad he’s forbidden. Because when Blair’s mom dies and she’s sent to live with the father she’s never met and a family that doesn’t want her, Blair and Silver cross paths in ways they never could have imagined, and they discover that even though they know they should, they can’t quite bring themselves to stay apart.
  20. Haunted Love by Jessica Frances <— OMG THE GHOST THAT FALLS IN LOVE!!! YESSSS. I remember reading this blurb and going nuts for it… did anyone read it? I gotta know. Maybe THIS will be the next? I LOVE the sound of this. Kim??!! Was it good? I know you’re into the humans and ghosts falling in love, right now… “I wanted to say a proper goodbye. I needed justice for what happened to me. But even in death, things rarely go to plan. I never expected to meet him. I didn’t anticipate falling in love. I hadn’t considered the repercussions of coming back. I never realized I would put another person in danger. I didn’t know my actions were going to haunt us forever.
  21. Worth the Trip (A Fisher’s Light Companion Novella) by Tara Sivec <— Jean LOVED it! “I cried like a baby! It was soooo good!!” and then… “Still thinking about Worth the Trip today! Seriously, if any of you read Fisher’s Light, I hope you read this…… It was fantastic!!!!”
  22. While We Waited (The Reed Brothers Series Book 8) by Tammy Falkner <— Jean loved this one too! “I read While We Waited in one sitting yesterday. Love this series so much!!!”
  23. Today & Tomorrow (The Night Horde SoCal) by Susan Fanetti <— MUCH LOVED BIKER SERIES ALERT!!!I Love Love Love this series. My book girls and I call the the Fanetti hangover. And you will be in Funky Town lol. I always go in a little scared because you don’t know what she’ll but her characters through. All her stuff is AWESOME
  24. Ripple: A Novel by L.D. Cedergreen <— Remember Gravity??? So many went nuts for it. Well look!! The same author wrote THIS one, and the reviews look great. “She has buried herself in years of undergrad, medical school, and now her residency–hoping to leave behind what she is unable to face…
  25. Gravity: A Novel by L.D. Cedergreen <— And HERE is the tearjerker! I’m bringing it back, ’cause this one was on the top of my TBR list once and I forgot. I need my book-Dom back. Just sayin. :PJust when Gemma feels that she has found her second chance at happiness, she is faced with a shocking truth as her reality spirals out of control. She can’t deny the powerful force that brought Andrew back into her life anymore than she can defy the same force that now threatens to pull them apart.
  26. Absolution by Amanda Dick <— SOUNDS SO ANGSTY ALERT! This one is over 500 pages, and tons of great reviews! He’s suffering with guilt over an accident with his fiancee and went into seclusion… abandoning her…. “Ally Connor’s life was split in two – before the car accident that shattered her spine, and after Jack’s sudden disappearance. Abandoning her when she needed him most, she fought hard to make it back from the brink. The face she shows to the world is strong and courageous, but behind the mask, the pain is burrowing deeper. But fate had more in store for these two broken souls than either could have imagined.
  27. Razorblade Kisses by R.L. Griffin <— DARK AND GRITTY AUTHOR’S WARNING IS WHAT GOT ME ALERT!! I’m not sure about this blurb… sounds up my alley but it didn’t “get me” as much as THIS did: “…take a breath before you start this one. It’s gritty and not pretty. Nothing is pretty here. Whiskey is a good thing.” And what got me even more? ALL of the AWESOME reviews. So… yeah. Maybe this!! and Donna recommends it for my 2015 READING CHALLENGE list! “Can I suggest Razorblade Kisses, it can be for a book that made you cry or an author you haven’t read before. The author is RL Griffin, the book was released on 8th Jan and is a fantastic read x”
  28. And for AUDIOBOOK LOVERS :P

    For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free ebooks deal —>

    1. AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! ——> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as AUDIOBOOKS AT A BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL! (This is the “Whispersync” thingie). :D

                         

 

PRE-ORDERS
  • Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Book 3) by Jamie McGuire!!! JUST TWO MORE SLEEPS!!! It’s going live on Sunday. :D
  • Eeny Meeny (A Helen Grace Thriller Book 1) by M. J. Arlidge <— CREEPY PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT! coming out on June 2nd (in just a few days) and it’s the one I’m reading right now… “Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.”
  • Asking for It by Lilah Pace <— SHE HAS CERTAIN DARK FANTASIES ALERT!!! JUNE 2nd 3015 bev is excited about this one seeing early reviews and people appear to be loving it!! “Another positive rec for Asking for It. Nice. Pre ordered and more than I’d usually pay for new to me author. Well I think New to me as apparently they’re using a pseudonym and already have books out.” and Tessa says: “…that blurb… eep goodness.” <— LOL!! AGREED.
  • Amber to Ashes: Part One in the Torn Hearts Series (The Torn Heart Series) by Gail McHugh <— June 9th 2015
  • You and I Forever by Melissa Toppen <— book #3 coming out on June 9th 2015!
  • The Song of David by Amy Harmon <— June 15th 2015
  • Begging for It <— September 1st 2015 (here’s #2)

     

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Me and Sherry, sneaking up to the 19th floor of the Adolphus hotel (the HAUNTED floor).

For those of you that haven’t read part #1 yet, here it is. :D AND!!! Here is my RT 2015 Book Lovers Convention photo album (so far). I just received Sherry’s SD card in the mail, so there’ll be more soon…

And for those of you wanting to know more…

Dallas (and #RT15) rocked!!! We did SO much in the 4 days we were there, from meeting and hanging out with authors, to discovering a little bit of Dallas (at least within our walking vicinity). And we had so many adventures!!

Thursday night (when we finally arrived from our awesome Denver trip), we spent hours in the Hyatt hotel bar area (it’s HUGE!!) and took about a MILLION pictures. It was girls’ night out (or “in” since we were actually AT the hotel), and I had a chance to hang out with all of my author and blogger friends (new and old… “old” meaning those I already knew and adored). I have a Facebook album full of these photos, and I cherish each and every one of ‘em (with more coming to me in the mail from Sherry’s batch). YAY ME!! I can’t wait to get ‘em.

We were all on the “JFK” grassy knoll tour… author J.B. Salsbury, me, Sherry & Evelyn (J.B.’s bestie!!)

From going to Neiman Marcus’s flagship store (and cafe!! YUMMY) to checking out the Grassy Knoll (where JFK was assassinated) , to spending hours at the most fantabulous book signing with every single one of our favorite authors in the world (well… romance authors… Stephen King was not there.. LOL!!) to Ghost Hunting in the infamous Adolphus Hotel (we were BRATTY my friends!!), my Dallas trip was loaded in precocious and full of wonderment! ;)

For example:

Like the one time, when, after a few fun blogger events on Friday, I decided to call it a night. Friday. In Dallas Texas. All the bloggers? Headed to the Hyatt for a fun-filled night of socializing and hobnobbing with the bookers!! And I called it a night. confused emoticon So I headed back to my awesome hotel (The Adolphus ’cause it was OMG awesome!!) and hung with my bestie, Sherry. And then the ecstatic, erratic, Facebook posts started… OMG!!!! THE E.L. James was in the house!! Oh… not my house. No. The Hyatt. AT the bar. And the frenzy was in full swing. Picture after picture… *squee after squee*. I swear it, you guys. I could hear it all the way down the road in my hotel. I looked over and Sherry and said OMG. What do we do? Do we get out of our comfy pjs and back in our heels and take a taxi and head over? Or… do we take our chances that she’ll still be there tomorrow? We. Were. TORN!!! We wanted to meet her… OH HOW I WANTED TO MEET HER! GAH! Considering my HUGE love for her handsome and enigmatic Christian Grey back in 2011… yes. I was destined to meet her.

But maybe not yet. We were tired. We had snacks. We were snuggled with our cozy pillows. It was quiet… soothing… and we were in PJ’s!!! She had her hands full, we were certain… it just wasn’t our time.

Vivi, Maryse, Sherry AND author Darynda Jones are fries ‘n mustard addicts!

And the next day… we went to the Mega Saturday book signing with all of our favorite authors!! BEST. DAY. EVER!!! Photos, autographs, books everywhere. And HUGS!!! The best hug day of all!!! We ate at the cool Hyatt hotel restaurant thingie/bar area and met with Viviana and her blogger bestie, Kelly. Sharing our LOVE of mustard and fries. YES. MUSTARD. ON FRIES. How can you not bond, when two future besties (me ‘n Sherry – mustard ‘n fries addicts – talk about a fluke!!!) meet up with Vivi and HER bestie (and Vivi is a mustard and fries addict) too. And then… a few days later, author Darynda Jones jumps into our reminiscing and tell us that SHE TOO is a mustard and fries addict. KISMET my friends. TOTAL KISMET.

Then we left… and decided to explore the JFK site, walk around the block, met up with a MUCH LOVED author (and friend), J.B. Salsbury (and her BFF, Evelyn). And then… we were back at the Adolphus. THE most awesomest hotel of all of Dallas. And maybe of all of the world. ‘Cause it’s not only gorgeous, remarkable, and all “The-Shining-like”, but it’s got SO much history that it’s haunted. eek FREAKING HAUNTED.

Sherry and I side-glanced each other. We were kinda… bored. So much action. SO much adventure. So many authors… and all of the sudden… it was way too quiet. And I said… 19th Floor? Her eyes popped!!!

YESSSSS!!!! Let’s total be sneaky!!! What’s so sneaky about going up to the 19th floor? It’s rumored that the Adolphus is HAUNTED!!!! But even better… the 19th floor is the ONE with most of the ghost “sightings”. And for some reason… (okay.. renovations) :P the 19th floor was pretty much off limits for visitors. Buttttt… we’re not visitors, right? We’re guests. Tee hee. Semantics. *snort*

So off we went. Onto the GORGEOUS freaking spooooky “The Shining-like” elevator (we were already on OUR floor… the 6th floor) and we choose #19. And the elevator voice lady says “Going DOWN”. And I was all… “NO. GOING UP!!! 19… we’re on 6!!!” And I say… “Sherry, hit it again! She doesn’t understand.” So pretty-elevator-voice-lady repeats… GOING DOWN. And I was all…. “awwwww BUMMER, Sherry. We can’t go to the 19th floor. They blocked that floor on the elevator so they’re just gonna send us down.” :( *pout* And the doors close… and suddenly… we go UP. TO THE 19th FLOOR!!!!! *gasp* and YAYYYYY and EEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!

And we come out into this crazy looking… beautiful floor. Everything’s upside down. Wrapped in plastic. Furniture. Mirrors. Tarps over all of the other elevator doors but the one WE came through. Cooooooool. Oh sure… there were modern water bottles and food wrappers left by workers, but come on!!! There we were, on the 19th floor (the elevator lady-voice tricked us!!!!) and we walk into upside down furniture, plastic wrap, antique looking things and TARPS on DOORS!!!!!!!!! You KNOW we were spooky-impressed. So impressed even… that I forgot to turn my iPhone camera on to video it. Especially the darn elevator trip that was SO awesome ’cause she totally lied to us!!! So we photograph stuff… we try to get through the “main” door that leads to all of the rooms but it’s locked. And we’re giggling ’cause we think we pulled one over on the “DO NOT ENTER” world. ;) GAH! We forgot to record us except for our trip DOWN back to our room… still. It’s cute. ;)

So we venture back down to OUR room. Thrilled at our escapade. Clapping with glee!!! We are SO BRAVE!!! Like Dex and Perry!!! We’re TOTALLY ghost hunters. We go back to our room, get changed from our fantastic day into more cute dresses expecting to go RIGHT back to the Hyatt hotel and hang out with more of our fellow readers and favorite authors.

But… before we go I side-eye Sherry again… I say. “Wanna take another look up there?” This time… I’ll record it all. The ghost-hunter call is strong. We wanna check it out. And I’m SO sure I’m gonna get her to say “going down” when I choose floor #19 that I will be able to prove she’s a ghost. Right in the elevator (which by the way… the say the elevator is haunted, too). BUT!!!

She says GOING UP. Just like she’s “supposed” to say. My theory has been FOILED! Or has it? ;) So we go back up and OMG we are attacked by THE TARP ELEVATORS!!!!! *gasp* and I dunno if you know this, but tarps like to get sucked INTO elevators due to all that air suction stuff going on in elevators. try to get elevator doors to close when tarps are a-flappin’ in ‘em. Yep. I was thinking… ohhhh we are so gonna get kicked out of this hotel…. LOL!!! So look. Here is THAT video and I think you’ll laugh like we did.

Tee hee!!!! Riiiiiiiggghhhhttt?? GAH!! That was so fun! And there was more to come…

SO!!!

Then we head over in a taxi to the Hyatt. It’s mid-afternoon, and earlier that day, there was a HUGE influx of OMG E.L. JAMES IS HERE AGAIN GET PICTURES EVERYONNNNNNEE!!! But… alas… we missed it in our JFK/Ghost hunting adventures.

But we pull up to the Hyatt curb awesome cool let everyone out area… and there are only TWO people standing at the curb waiting for their own taxi. A normally INCREDIBLY taxi-busy place is so calm and peaceful… and as we approach the Hyatt “curb” to the entrance, the two calm and peaceful SMILING women standing there are none other that author Daisy Prescott and OMG. NO WAY. E.L. JAMES.

YUP!!!!!!!!

Sherry, Author E.L. James & Maryse

Just standing there… all nonchalant… not a soul around them… not even trying to hide. I. WAS. THRILLED. Come on. Was this NOT MEANT for me ‘n Sherry?? Wa this to the OMG OPPORTUNITY presented to us by the all amazing universe that KNEW how much I wanted to hug E.L. James at least ONCE in my life. And I didn’t even have to fight the crowds, because there. She. Was. No frenzy. No mobs. Nothing. Just us… saying… “Oh hello E.L.!! How are you today? Fancy meeting you here!” *snort* well.. I didn’t exactly say that, but close. I asked how the heck she was just standing here with nobody around?

Bah! It didn’t matter. There she was… there we were, and despite the two BIG missed opportunities, one had presented itself, in all of it’s peaceful glorious glory to us, and we were all too happy to chatter and snap a photo or two. She was AWESOME. Fun, calm, giggly, and she liked my dress! Eeeeeep!! *blush*

So far… so awesome. What a day!!!!!

Being bad… and playing “Cards Against Humanity” with Erin Noelle, Willow Aster, Me, Sherry & Kayla Robichaux.

So we go into the bar area, and hang out and play an AWESOME GAME of “Cards of Humanity” with a few of our new (and FAVORITE friends), authors Willow Aster, Erin Noelle and Kayla Robichaux. AND OMG that game is SO blush-worthy but I warned ‘em all… don’t let me PG website fool y’all. Imma win this game. ;) I know how to play it, even if it’s my first time. LOL!!! AND ummm… almost true to form, I was totally taking it!

But then… it was time for our TRUE ghost hunting experience lead by an Adolphus Hotel employee… “Kevin”. We had amassed a small crew of bad-ass ghost hunters, such as ME, Sherry, Erin Noelle, Kayla Robichaux, Karine Halle (YESSS!!!! The queen of ghost hunters, herself – although I’m gonna tease.. she WAS SERIOUSLY reluctant to do this due to the actual possibility of ghosts. Goes to show y’all… they may write about it, but it doesn’t mean they do it. *snort* :P ), and OMG Kellan’s boss… S.C. Stephens. Quiet and sweet… and a total brave bad-ass! ;)

Part of our ghost-hunting crew. Erin Noelle, Kayla Robichaux, me and Sherry in the bottom right corner. ;)

So we went on our expedition. At first… he was just giving us the history (albeit AWESOME history) of the Adolphus. The guy that created it, how he got it named after him (sneaky “town counsel” stuff way back in the day), how the QUEEN ELIZABETH stayed there and ordered room service, and got an employee in trouble with his wife ’cause it was all top-secret stuff and she was suspicious saying something along the lines of… “Unless you’re with the Queen of England, you better explain yourself” . LOL!! And Lo and behold he WAS with the queen!!!

And then he told us how former President George W. Bush goes to eat there (at the “French Room” restaurant – SUPER FANCY STUFF), but one time he showed up in jeans and was turned away!!! *gasp* He had to go back to his room and change. LOL!!!! Nice to know that the restauranteurs have standards no matter “who” you are.

I bet the Queen wasn’t in jeans. Just sayin’. ;)

So all that to say… Kevin the ghost-hunting tour guide disclaims that he’s not actually taking us on a ghost tour ’cause the 19th floor is in renovations and is closed to the public. Say WHAT!??? So I say… “What if you didn’y take us up there… but then you totally did? Hmmmm….?” *waggles eyebrows* My sneaky self was totally gonna promise a non-disclosure of the event. LOL!

But I didn’t have to… ’cause he totally took us up there. OH YES HE DID. And he told us to wait for the “right” elevator so we wouldn’t get stuck k behind the TARPS disaster. I side-eyed Sherry and we giggled. By then, our whole crew (except for Kevin) knew all about our sneakiness… there was giggling.

Our official “Ghost-Hunting” crew… Me, Erin Noelle, S.C. Stephens, Kayla Robichaux, Sherry & Karina Halle. The ghost in the elevator TOTALLY said her name…

Let alone, when Karina told us that when she took the elevator to come join us, the elevator TOTALLY knew her name. WHAT WHAT WHAAAAAAT!!??? She told us, getting on the elevator, she pushed the button for out floor and it said…  ”Going up”. She heard “Ka-ri-NA”. YES. YES SHE DID. And we did too. When we piled in with Kevin, and pushed the 19th floor button, we SO HEARD IT. P.S. Here is a picture of us that Sherry took with her ALWAYS accurate and awesome camera… tell me this doesn’t scream GHOST STORY right off the bat.

But then… There ‘s this photo… *gulp*

Oh. Em. Gee. That is CREEPY.

So we went up… and we explored.

Erin, Kayla, S.C. Stephens, me (sorta) and Karina leading the creep-crew.

We saw her room (bride that was jilted RIGHT there at her wedding, and hung herself in the stairwell). THIS stairwell… in the ballroom … now converted to a “guest room”. Eeeeep!

 

We were in her room. In her closet. (originally the STAIRWELL where she hung herself)… It’s still there… just hidden under all of that drywall.

Did we experience anything? Well… it could have been psychosomatic… but there was a dizzying effect for pretty much ALL of us on that floor, especially in her room. But there is NO denying WE ALL HEARD that clicking sound behind us, in the dark… in her room, as he told us stories of other guests that had sensed or seen some really weird stuff. We didn’t get that caught on tape unfortunately… but it was a persistent, constant quick click click click click that was like an surge of electricity when you flip on a light switch.

That weird electrical “click”. Just over… and over… and over again fast and in succession.

click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click……

We all stopped talking neutral and turned to look into the vast darkness behind us to listen. But it stopped.

Kevin, our ghost tour guide started talking again… and it started again…

Slower this time…

click click…… click………… click……. click click………………………..     click.

She was there. eek We just know it. She was listening. She wanted to interact.

He told us that we were free to bring our pillows & blankets up and “camp” in her room.

Ummmmm…. yeah. About that. confused No. *snort*

BUT!!! I did find a DVD player AND remote control in her room (or was it her neighbors room)? And we SO needed one in OUR room, ’cause Sherry had brought her DVD of Fifty Shades of Grey. LOL!!!! Kevin told us… go ahead and take it down. Use it!

Tee hee!!! We stole the ghost’s DVD player. We are SO bad. Alas… she’s badder. Because it didn’t work right. That’s right. The DVD player was haunted. *snort*

More to follow…. because it was the NEXT night  of ghost hunting (sneaky ghost hunting again) that provided actual results. I have the sounds… and the images. This time… different authors were part of our “ghost hunting play date”. Mary Elizabeth (well, that’s stretching it bit but I’ll show y’all) however bad-ass author Amber L. Johnson came up with us… I’d post it all now, but like I said, Sherry’s SD card just arrived, and I have to download (and then upload) that audio/video capture. ;)

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Book #3 in this series was just released!! New to the series? Check out this ”Five Fun Facts“. And as the author was reading through her latest release (before publishing it), she said:

“I’m 40% in. I’ve already laughed, cried, and blushed.

This is my 10th full length novel. You’d think by now the nerves that come along with publishing would have gone away.

They don’t, I’m still nervous. But, as I listen to my words, as I listen to Will and Sarah’s continued story, I am proud of what I’ve written.

I can’t wait to share this book with you guys.”

And she also warns

“Early readers of Them are recommending you guys stock up on some tissues before release. Sorry in advance! Please don’t hate me!”

Tee hee!! And so many love her!!

Angelique: I love, love, love Carey Heywood!!! Her books are AHHHMAZING!!!

Jennifer: Awesome!!! I heart Carey Heywood!!!

Lindsay: I absolutely LOVE everything I’ve read by Carey Heywood

About book #1:

Sarah Miller hasn’t been home in seven years. She thought she could stay away forever. If it wasn’t for her big brother’s wedding, that is. Part of her even feels silly for staying away this long. It’s not like anyone even knew what happened. Well, except for him.

That guy. The one she compared all others to. The one who set the bar so high no other guy after him could even compete. The one who made her feel like anything was possible. The one she thought she would never be good enough for. The one she spent the last seven years trying to forget.
All she needs to do is make it through the next week without running into him.

   

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So we tried the Facebook route a few weeks ago (and I *think* it’s officially answered now) but we’re not 100% sure yet, so I’m posting it on the blog, to see what Melanie thinks. In the meantime, if you guys have any idea (or agree with Patricia’s answer) please comment below.

Melanie needs our book help! She asks:

“I need help finding a book on my upcoming release list…. I have searched thru my goodreads read and unread books list and can’t find what series this is part of… ARGHHHH !! All I have written is “Resonance 4″. Not sure if that is the title of book 4 or the series. HELP!”

Anyone? :)

Patricia: Resonance Mates series by Bianca D’arc??? Grady’s Awakening was book 4. Was that any help? Harry’s Sacrifice is 5th and out March 11.

Maryse’s Book Blog: Thank you Patricia. I’m going to link her to this post and see what she thinks…

Patricia: Cross my fingers for her!

Melanie: Nope. That wasn’t it. I have a feeling it’s one of those books where the author changed the title while mid-writing. That’s happened to me a couple of times but had better luck at figuring it out…..

Jennifer: Hi I think this is Resonance (Marauders #4) by Luna Andersson. This is a great biker romance series. (Speed of Light: A Marauders Interlude by Lina Andersson is the LATEST release just a month or so ago…)

Maryse: YESSSS!!! That is probably it, Jennifer!! Melanie?

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I loved this one!! She’s got serious OCD (and I mean serious) but I was so able to connect to her… (here’s my review) I liked #2, also, and I just found out book #3 is on the way this summer!! And Marit loved it too!

Marit: O.M.G. Just read Checked and Checked Again, by Jennifer Jamelli! It’s about a girl with OCD and her super hot therapist! I seriously don’t know what to do right now. Book three is not out yet. You HAVE to read these books. I’m stunned, speechless and hot for DR.Blake :-)

About book #1:

Callie spends countless hours staring at appliances to make sure they are really unplugged. She wastes obscene amounts of time checking for murderers in various corners of her house and entire sleepless nights performing pointless checking rituals. Then every spare minute is filled with inspecting doorknobs, chairs, floors, etc. for minuscule traces of germs. Oh, and she does all of this as she counts to three over and over again in her head. She does this every day. Without fail.

Dr. Blake just doesn’t fit into her schedule. Until he does. Until Callie begins to trust him. Until she starts to need him. And want him. And . . .

 

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Pretty BIG list today. Over 80+ brand new releases and I highlighted a bunch that made my eyes bug out! I dunno what my next read will be, but there are plenty here to tempt me (let alone the last two lists of never-before-heard of by me, goodies that have me excited)! But here are a few of the highlights that I’m exceptionally intrigued by on THIS list.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE (Wednesday May 27th 2015)!!An entire series has been put on super-sale!! I just heard about how great this series was, and now book #5 will be out soon, so #1 & #2 have been bundled for a rock bottom price today and #3 & #4 were also just put on super-sale!! And our very own LisaS loves it!!

“Lisa S: Ditching The Dream by Author Isabelle Peterson features the bold Elizabeth, a 40+ y/o neglected housewife who ditches her husband to be independent for the first time in NYC. She meets alpha male Jack Stevens and hot Kevin Parker. The sequel is Not In My Wildest Dreams. Loved both.”

  

And here are the ones on THIS list that are extra-exciting me…

Like… Consolation (THAT blurb + THOSE reviews + book #2 – Conviction - releasing tomorrow, also? YEAH :D I gotta!! ), and The Other Man (one of my favs, R.K. Lilley’s latest release) and Irrevocable (I LOVE me some Evan Arden bad-ass, but I have to catch up on a book or two in this series before I jump into this latest), and 21 Stolen Kisses (sounds like PURE forbidden… and I don’t know how exactly, but that blurb TOTALLY gave me a blurb jolt <— I think this will be my next!!) and Veiled Obsession (her husband has gone BAD… and this one scares me big time!) and Tell Me coming out in just two days… and this one is all sorts of forbidden romance-angst too. They all sound so amazing. And don’t even get me started on Beautiful Sacrifice (one of the Maddox twins!!! coming out on Sunday). *sighhhhhh* Travis….

And of those of you that missed my latest review, it was a 5 STAR rating to one of my favorite authors, Book Review – Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid but it’s not out until July, so I posted it in the pre-orders below.

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

AUDIOBOOK RELEASES PLUS check out the free audible trial + 2 free ebooks deal ————->

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Easy Love by Kristen Proby
  2. Chasing Claire: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club by Paula Marinaro
  3. Rock Hard: Rock Kiss, Book 2 by Nalini Singh
  4. Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
  5. Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst
  6. Consumed by Fire: Fire by Anne Stuart
  7. Shadow Hunt by L.L. Rand
  8. Full Contact: Worth the Fight Series by Sidney Halston
       

 

BARGAINS

  1. Fear of Falling (Fearless series Book 1) by S.L. Jennings <— ON SUPER-SALE ’cause book #2 was just released, below!
  2. Consolation (Book One in the Consolation Duet) by Corrinne Michals <— A TON… AND I MEAN A TONNNNNN of awesome reviews and book #2 will be out tomorrow!! :D (I posted it below in the pre-orders). eek WHOA!!!!! “Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after. He wasn’t even on my radar. He was my husband’s best friend – forbidden.”
  3. Bridenapped: The Alpha Chronicles by Georgette St. Clair <— RECENT RELEASE/SUPER-BARGAIN and the law says they can just “take” the bride of their choice. “ …the law is still on the books, and quite enforceable. And even worse, the sexy new Alpha of the Verhold Pack has the nerve to stake his claim – on the one human in Lakeville who has reason to loathe him the most…
  4. Badass: A Stepbrother SEAL Romance <— Tee hee!! Okay I knowwww, I knowwwwww the “stepbrother book craze” is way over the top right now, but this one has a bunch of great reviews, is at a rock bottom price, and he’s a Navy Seal. ;)…He’s a jackass. A bad boy. An arrogant, womanizing, patronizing, Harley-riding jerk. A one-night stand. One night of the most incredible sex I’ve ever had. Shane is trained to kill with his bare hands in 300 different ways—and he knows 300 ways to f**k me, too. Now my father is engaged to his mother. And we’re heading to Mexico for the wedding. He’s threatening to ruin their big day if I don’t surrender to his demands…
   

 

PARANORMAL

  1. When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity Book 12) by Alexandra Ivy
  2. Never More (The Gray Court) by Dana Marie Bell <— “Now that he’s seen her in person, he’s certain. She is his truebond, though it will take a delicate, feather-light touch to bring her into his world…”
  3. Hades: A Demonica Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Larissa Ione
  4. A Leopard’s Path (Ashwood Falls Book 5) by Lia Davis
  5. Shifting Destinies: A Paranormal Interracial Story (HIdden Hills Shifters Book 3) by Vella Day
  6. Up in a Blaze (Texas Vampire Rangers Book 3) by Alice Brown
  7. Embracing Her Love (Anamchara Book 3) by Lynne St. James
  8. Beauty & the Beast: Some Gave All by Nancy Holder
  9. A Man of Character (Matters of Love Book 1) by Margaret Locke
  10. Beauty (Tales from the Kingdoms Book 3) by Sarah Pinborough
  11. Saving Evangeline by Nancee Cain <— SOUNDS SO GOOD! Everyone in her town thinks she killed her boyfriend, and now she’s alone… and an angel is sent to help her (although he can’t reveal his true identity)… “Forced together on a cross-country trip, a forbidden romance ignites and love unfolds. A host of heavenly messengers try to intervene, but Remiel and Evangeline are headed on a collision course to disaster. Will his love save her, or will they both be lost forever?
  12. Dash (Recast) by Yolanda Sfetsos
  13. Shadow Unit Box Set by Tigris Eden
  14. The Medium Path by Elizabeth Davies
  15. Give Up The Ghost (Entangled Covet) (Phantoms) by Kelly Moran
  16. Mile Marker 59 by B.J. Betts
  17. Twists of Fate (Dukkha Fate Series Book 2) by Christina Ow
               

 

CONTEMPORARY 
  1. The Other Man by R.K. Lilley <— It’s FINALLY LIVE ALERT!!! I waited all day yesterday for this one… :D She talked to me about it here in this video.
  2. Afraid to Fly (Fearless series Book 2) by S.L. Jennings <— It’s FINALLY LIVE ALERT!!!
  3. Rough (Chicago Underground Book 1) by Skye Warren <— I LOVE THIS AUTHOR and this one sounds so good!! “I’m a cautionary tale. A statistic. A victim. A single teenage mother from the poor part of town. Most of the time I’m too busy working and struggling to care what people think. Survival doesn’t come easy. I have a dark secret, a pressure valve, a rare moment just for myself. On these nights I visit a club. There I find men who give me what I need. Men who aren’t afraid to take what they want…
  4. While We Waited (The Reed Brothers Series Book 8) by Tammy Falkner! (series reading order)
  5. REVELRY (Taint Book 1) by Carmen Jenner <— ROCK STAR ALERT!Between the parties with rock royalty, booze, groupies and performing to crowds of thousands with his band Taint, life seems pretty sweet. There’s just one thing missing: the feisty little red-head that took his baby and ran off with his heart. Throwing himself into music is the only thing keeping him sane.  Until a run-in with a nonplussed, package-wielding PA throws everything off balance.
  6. Behind Your Back by Chelsea M Cameron <— At a rock bottom price! He’s up to no good… “To get to him, I need to use her.I’ll play her like a violin and have her falling in love with me before she even knows what’s happening.It will be easy. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again…
  7. Irrevocable (Evan Arden Book 5) by Shay Savage <— EVAN ARDEN!!! I love this series!
  8. Falling Hard: Bad Boys Undercover by HelenKay Dimon
  9. Searching for Beautiful (Searching For series Book 3) by Jennifer Probst <— RUNAWAY BRIDE ALERT/BEST FRIENDS!! And her guy best-friend is there to help her pick up the pieces… “When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape.
  10. Ultraviolet: A Novel by Jessica Sorensen
  11. Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne
  12. The Illusion of Annabella by Jessica Sorensen
  13. Something Wicked by Teresa Mummert
  14. Against the Tide (The Brodies Of Alaska Book 3) by Kat Martin
  15. Somewhere, My Love: An inspirational romance novella collection about taking a leap of faith for love. . . by Susan May Warren
  16. 21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely <— WHOA. THIS ONE ALERT!! FORBIDDEN ROMANCE!! …the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have… And he wants me just as fiercely.
  17. Cold Fear (Cold Justice Book 4) by Toni Anderson
  18. Red Hot Bikers, Rock Stars, and Bad Boys (11 Contemporary Romance Books by Bestselling Authors) by Cassia Leo, Chelle Bliss, Julia Kent, Deanna Roy, Blair Babylon, Olivia Rigal, Sarah M. Cradit, Daizie Draper, V. J. Chambers, Amber Lin, Shari Slade, JC Andrijeski <— ROCK BOTTOM PRICE ANTHOLOGYjust for a limited time and over 1500 pages of bad boys!!
  19. Hidden Devotion (The Trinity Masters Book 5) by Lila Dubois
  20. Texas Tough (The Tylers of Texas) by Janet Dailey
  21. Delivered Fast (Portland Heat) by Annabeth Albert <— M/M ROMANCE!
  22. Northland (The North Novels Book 2) by Cara Dee <— M/M ROMANCE!
  23. The List by Kate L. Mary <— BEST FRIENDS & BOTH INTO HER...
  24. Sea Glass Sunrise (The Brides Of Blueberry Cove Book 1) by Donna Kauffman
  25. Consumed by Fire (The Fire Series) by Anne Stuart
  26. unDefeated: Spencer and Olivia (Wayward Fighters Book 3) by J.C. Valentine
  27. Rebel Ink (Wicked Ink Chronicles Book 3) by Laura Wright
  28. Just One Taste (Pine Mountain) by Kimberly Kincaid
  29. Boots and the Bachelor (Ugly Stick Saloon) by Myla Jackson
  30. Havoc Series Box Set by Autumn Grey <— THE WHOLE SERIES BUNDLED!!! (rock bottom price!) “After a painful divorce, she finds herself in Paris on a working holiday, hopeful that this will be the opportunity she has been waiting for. She intends to have fun and maybe find someone to flirt with; someone who will show her a good time, treat her right. What she does not expect to find is Remington St. Germain and his adorable son, Adrien…
  31. Baby Momma Drama (A Man’s World Series Book 3) by Carl Weber
  32. Mackie’s Men by Lynn Ray Lewis
  33. Love Always, Damian (Love Always Series Book 2) by D. Nichole King
  34. Once Upon a Summertime (Follow Your Heart Book #1): A New York City Romance by Melody Carlson
  35. Under the Lights (A Boys of Fall Novel Book 1) by Shannon Stacey <— SPORTS STAR ALERT! “...he starts falling for the last person he should—Coach’s gorgeous daughter…
  36. Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks
  37. These Are the Moments by Jenny Bravo
  38. Uncaged Love: The Boxed Set by J.J. Knight <— FIGHTER SERIES BUNDLED! MMA FIGHTER TRAINS HER! “When Colt witnesses Jo’s raw fighting talent during a brawl with street thugs, he knows she has what it takes to win in the cage.”
  39. A Life of Inches by Douglas Esper
  40. Self Destruct (Destroy Series Book 1) by K.D. Carla
  41. Forever Dom (Private Delights Book 6) by Lavender Daye
  42. Flipped! (A Spinning Hills Romance) by Ines Saint
  43. Secret Brother (The Diaries series Book 3) by V.C. Andrews <— V.C. ANDREWS ALERT!! “A young boy suffers amnesia from a trauma he suffered in what feels like must have been another life. He’s adopted into a wealthy family—but what will happen when he learns the truth about his past?”
  44. Cherry Lane (A Cavanaugh Island Novel Book 5) by Rochelle Alers
  45. Play Me by Kailey Hart
  46. Shades of White by Ki-Ela
  47. Stardust (The Starlight Trilogy #3) by Alexandra Richland
  48. Color Me Crazy (Entangled Select Contemporary) by Carol Pavliska <— ROCK STAR ALERT!!Cleo is determined to keep things strictly professional – until Julian turns out to be every dream she’s ever chased. When he risks it all to hit the road with a band again, Cleo fears he’ll return as the one thing she can no longer abide – a rockstar…
  49. Rules of the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel (Stardust, Texas series Book 2) by Lori Wilde
  50. Leap of Faith (La Flor Series Book 1) by M.L. Rodriguez <— SHE LOST THE LOVE OF HER LIFE ALERT!!At twenty-five, I was left a widow, pregnant, and mother of two…
  51. Family Trees by Kerstin March
  52. Any Way You Dream It: An Upper Crust Novel – Book 2 by Monique McDonell <— FAKE FIANCE ALERT!!
  53. Kissing Mr. Wrong (Entangled Lovestruck) (Wrong Man) by Kerri Carpenter
  54. Absolutely True Lies: A Novel by Rachel Stuhler <— SHE GETS A JOB WRITING THE MEMOIRS OF A POPSTAR…”…and soon realizes that the young celebrity’s squeaky-clean image is purely a work of fiction…”… “As Holly struggles to write a flattering portrait of a teenage millionaire who only eats “nightshades” and treats her employees like slaves, Daisy has a public meltdown—and suddenly, her book is the cornerstone of resurrecting her image. But working at all hours trailing a pop star has taken its toll, and Holly must decide if becoming the ultimate insider is worth losing a starring role in her own life…
  55. Indecent Exposure by Faye Avalon
  56. Last of the Red-Hot Riders: A Hell’s Outlaws Novel by Tina Leonard <— RODEO RIDER ALERT!!!
  57. No Better Man (Heart of the Rockies) by Sarah Richardson
  58. Rescuing the Bad Boy (Second Chance) by Jessica Lemmon
  59. Arctic: Book One: The Lite Series by H.L. Rasmussen
  60. The Hookup Hoax (Entangled Lovestruck) by Heather Thurmeier <— FAKE GIRLFRIEND ALERT!Now he needs a girlfriend-for-hire. Someone he can trust. Someone he could never, ever fall for… Someone like his best friend’s sister.
  61. The Jennifer Crusie Collection by Jennifer Cruisie <– SEVEN BOOK BUNDLE!!!
  62. Perfect Kiss (Hope Falls Book 9) by Melanie Shawn
  63. Skin Tight: Skin Deep #4 by J.M. Stone
  64. Veiled Obsession (His Agenda 1) by Dori Lavelle <— SOUNDS DARK/BAD HUSBAND ALERT!!! ”From the outside my life is every woman’s dream. I’m married to Jude Macknight, a sexy multimillionaire who loves me…too much. Once upon a time, I loved him. But that love is dead. Unwilling to let me go, I’ve become his obsession. He will stop at nothing to make sure I remain in a marriage I no longer want, inside my gilded cage…
  65. Torque (Jack ‘Em Up Book 2) by Shauna Allen <— TONS OF GREAT REVIEWS ALREADY ALERT!! “She gives me hope. But hope is a dangerous thing for a criminal like me. I am hopeless. Infinitely flawed. Tainted.
                                                               
PRE-ORDERS:
  1. Conviction (Book Two in The Consolation Duet) by Corinne Michaels <— TOMORROW ALERT!!!!
  2. Tin by K.S. Thomas <— TOMORROW ALERT!!!! ”I can’t feel. I don’t have a heart. Period. And it’s going to take more than following some magic yellow brick road to get me a new one. Even if that road does lead straight to Riker ~The only soul on earth who’s as close to being dead as I am… and brings me as close to being alive as I’ll ever be.
  3. Tell Me by M. Jane Collette <— May 28th 2015 (YIKES!!! Look at this blurb… “Old friend. Oldest of friends. Favourite of ex-lovers. Married now, as am I. Both anchored in lives full of obligation, responsibility to others. Safe. What’s the harm? We’re neither one of us stupid enough to risk our marriages, our families, are real lives. Are we?”
  4. Sneak Attack (Tapped Out Book 2) by Cari Quinn- May 29th 2015
  5. Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel (Maddox Brothers Book 3) by Jamie McGuire – May 31st 2015
  6. Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King <— June 2nd 2015 (GAH!! STEPHEN KING!!!)
  7. Amber to Ashes: Part One in the Torn Hearts Series (The Torn Heart Series) by Gail McHugh <— JUNE 9th 2015
  8. Fighting for Forever (The Fighting Series Book 6) by J.B. Salsbury <— June 23rd 2015
  9. Violent Things (Chaos & Ruin Book 1) by Callie Hart <— June 30th 2015
  10. Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid <— July 7th 2015

         

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Maybe in Another Life: A Novel
Another home-run hit with this unique and emotionally eye-opening, heartfelt story. I absolutely had to read it now… I just couldn’t wait any longer. Longer you ask? Yes, because I’m SO sorry that this one is only on pre-order right now and can’t be devoured just yet. BUT OMG is it worth it! What a unique exploration of love and life. A unique perspective on fate. On destiny.

Gahhhh!!! I love this author. I’ve read three books and have loved each and every one of them. Why? She’s a phenomenal writer, of course, but what I love so much about her stories is that she explores real life drama and tragedy (or even “the lighter side” of personal trouble) with an undeniable, yet totally relatable honesty. One that makes me think. Makes me feel… but not necessarily the things I always want to feel, you know? She often has me facing my own thoughts, my own doubts, my own shame… my own needs. I’ve felt embarrassed (for the heroine, and even for myself for agreeing at times). I’ve felt indignant. I’ve felt ashamed. I’ve felt hurt, devastated, hopeless… and so hopeful.

I don’t think we are to consider these “contemporary romance” novels. Perhaps more along the lines of “women’s fiction” (due to the personal struggles and all around growth in all avenues of the heroines lives) however!!! They are always highly focused (even mostly focused) on a love story. Or the potential end of one.

And boy can she can write true-to-life love stories (in any form). Tragic loss, marital issues and realizations, and in this one… choices, and not necessarily by her own design. Unputdownable!

So what’s it about?

Wow, I don’t even know how to do this one justice in regards to the dual, yet simultaneously occurring love stories that had me fighting with myself! A love triangle for sure, and I couldn’t figure out who’s “team” I was on. Well.. yes I did. I knew who I wanted. Tee hee!!! I think you can guess, once you get into it. ;) Did I win? I’ll let you find out for yourself.

In fact, I just giggled looking back at my notes for this one, and right at about 23% I wrote:

“This is the weirdest, most unique love triangle ever. What if her life went one way… or the other?”

Yep. This one is SO different. The same heroine in each… almost a love triangle of sorts, but not at all like we’ve ever experienced one before. Because while the reader may be struggling to decide what we want for her most (who we love most, what life we hope for her to have) what story we connect to the most… the heroine has NO clue about the “other life” that she is living.

Wait waiiiiiit waiiiiiiiiit. I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t one of those multiple personality books that I love so much. LOL!! And not paranormal, either. Although definitely a personal journey in circumstance. Chance. The future… in a few potential versions of it.

What would have happened if… “this” instead of “that”? AND OMG will you be warring with yourself on what you want for her. How you want this book to end. And true to this author’s amazing style… she will keep you guessing the whole way through. And then she’ll leave you in delight. And likely, serious contemplation.

But…

“The point of the story is that you should always have faith in Hannah. Because even when it looks like she’s made a terrible mistake, she’s actually one step ahead of you. That’s the moral. Things will always work out for Hannah. You know? She was born under a lucky star or something.”

Hrmmm… yes. I love that!

Okay okay!!! Back to what THIS is about.

So… Hannah has been living (or flitting through) life with no real goal or focus. Nearing her 30′s, she’s getting over her heartbreak from a breakup with a married man,

“You know, Gabby, even if he is married, that doesn’t mean I’m not better for him than this other person. All’s fair in love and war.”

Two weeks later, his wife found out about me and called me screaming.

He’d done this before.

She’d found two others.

…lives far from her parents, and is working a job she hates with no real future in sight. At least not the one she wants for herself. She’s all alone, with no real attachment to… anything.

I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of person I am a see-where-life-takes-you sort of person. But that sort of approach to life isn’t yielding results for me. It gets me paying the bills waiting tables and sleeping with married men. I don’t want that anymore. I want to try order instead of chaos.

She’s got to get away, she’s got to find her center. She’s got to find herself. So she decides to return to L.A. Her old “home” where her best friend, Gabby, still lives. Return to her old life. And the old boyfriend that she’s never forgotten. The love of her life… the one that broke her heart slowly, due to distance and college, over time.

When she gets there, it doesn’t take long before she sees him again, at a party. Sparks fly. But that’s where this book splits. Because in one instance… she leaves with him. They can’t get enough of each other. It seems to be what it was always meant to be. Days of passion, holed up in his apartment, loving every moment together. Of each other.

Yet in another instance of “her new life” she leaves without him. Or he leaves with someone else. And in her distress, she’s hit by a car, and wakes up in a hospital. Bad news all around… (you’ll find out what) but there’s a handsome nurse that takes care of her.

“From experience, I can tell you that if you go around trying to figure out what’s fair in life or whether you deserve something or not, that’s a rabbit hole that is hard to climb out of.”

And then we live BOTH versions of her life with her. And they are magically wound together… perfectly. Seamlessly. It ALL makes sense, no matter what version of “her life” we’re in. What perspective we are “living her” from.

“I believe I am destined for something. We are all destined for something. And I believe that the universe, or God, or whatever you want to call it, I believe it keeps us on the right path.”

I knew what I wanted… (yet I struggled because both versions of her life are gripping). And let’s not even talk about that of her best friend.

She looks desperate and sick. I’ve never seen her like this. She’s seen me like this. But I’ve never seen her like this.

My only complaint? Every once in awhile (not often) I forgot what “version” of her I was, depending on the chapter. But it never took long for me to figure it out. Not enough for me to truly complain, but i had to put something, right? LOL!!!

It’s just categorically fantastic. I would definitely say a MUST READ and one that will make you think about it for hours, days… maybe even months after you’ve finished. You’ll never forget it. Like I haven’t forgotten ANY of her books. That’s just how good she is.

But my friends… just… what if?

Did I love the ending? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!!!

5 stars of absolute fabulousness!!!!!

If that’s not fate, I don’t know what is.

So I have to think that while I may exist in other universes, none is as sweet as this.

P.S. Thank you to the publisher for sending me this review copy. I know it’s early BUT OMG I couldn’t help but read this one, I just couldn’t wait anymore and let me say, I loved it SO much I couldn’t just sit on this review. So here it is! LOL!!

P.P.S. Here are my book review of her other books. Yes. I LOVE her.

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One of our fellow readers is trying to help out a friend and she contacted me on Facebook with THIS reader question. So I posted it, and we were unable to find an answer (yet!!). But what it DID do was garner even more attention from fellow readers that said hey “YEAH!! I wanna know this book, too!!”

‘Cause it does sound good!

So maybe someone right here on the blog knows? Submit your guesses and there will be a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway for the first correct answer! Don’t forget… ALL are welcome to comment even if someone has already answered, ’cause:

1.) who knows if the answer is correct? You might have another guess… and it might be the right one (we’ll have the reader who asked the question pop in and let us know)

and

2.) Let us know if you’ve read it and what you thought. :)

Maryse’s Book Blog: Dear book friends, Lee needs our book help! She asks:

“Hey Maryse… HELP!!! a friend of mine is looking for the title of a paranormal book.. She says:
” I am looking for a book about a girl in college who is a witch and gets pissed at this arrogant jerk in her class and puts a charm on an object from her purse and links it to him so every time she touches it he thinks he is being touched… ” and she says the cover “may” have a scarf
Thank you..”

Anyone?

Krisi: Following…..sounds fun :D

Beth: Need to know too!

Patricia: Me too!

Kathleen: That sounds cute. Now I want to know :)

Lisa: No clue – following post

Vicky: Sounds interesting!!

Cristiane: Now I am curious

Maryse’s Book Blog: LOL! I know… three more to add to the curious” list. LOL! :P

Noriko: Goody another one…no clue…but another one!!

So I ask again… anyone?

 

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