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Excerpt, Guest Post + $25 Amazon Gift Card for Order of Fear by Lisa Caviness: Romantic Suspense

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Order of Fear

by Lisa Caviness
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
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Marissa Nash, part-time ballet dancer and accountant by day, plans to call off her wedding to her philandering fiancé, instead she finds him dead. Dr. Justin Tanner is the best man who harbors buried feelings for Marissa. As they uncover past secrets, throwing them into a deadly battle with an evil organization, they must also come to grips with their growing feelings threatening to leave them both shattered. Order of Fear is a romantic suspense novel.







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The sticky sensation of David’s blood coated Marissa’s hands. This wasn’t supposed to happen. She’d been ready to tell him she couldn’t marry him. Maybe they could have worked through their problems, or maybe they could have parted as friends, but now he was dead. Anger and preoccupation would no longer alienate them. The easy humor and quick laugh that had been absent in recent weeks would never return.

Surrounded by blood, she glanced at one wall of the kitchen. Her stomach roiled as she studied the brain matter splattered on the wall like abstract art. The wall had once been tan, but was now stained a ghastly shade of red.

Marissa blinked several times, hoping to erase the sick scene, but the reality remained. David was dead.

The last few weeks she’d been embroiled in romantic, tranquil colors. Soft peach hued roses. Elegant gray candles. Delicate swirls of ruffled silver icing on a too-pretty-to-eat wedding cake. A snowy white wedding dress.

Now her world was blood red.



What has your experience as a woman in a STEM field been like? In what ways has it impacted your writing? What is your opinion of the scientific vs. creative thinking dichotomy?


As a whole my experience as woman in a STEM field has been positive. I’ve managed important clinical trials involving the first human dose of experimental drugs, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, growth hormone deficiencies, cancer, and vision correction surgery. Despite the general lack of women in STEM fields, my experience hasn’t mirrored that trend. I’ve worked with many women at my level and higher. I’ve been lucky to have worked with intelligent and passionate men and women working toward the goal of advancing medicine.

My career experience has impacted my writing in various aspects. I’m accustomed to managing a project according to time lines and targets, so I’ve patterned my writing tasks as projects with specific target dates, goals, and objectives. Part of my responsibilities as a clinical trial manager included writing clinical protocols, progress reports, and other formal reports, many of which were submitted to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and various countries involved in the research. The goals of those technical documents vary greatly from the goals of fictional writing. Scientific writing is used to inform while fictional writing seeks to entertain and evoke emotion. While there are different rules governing scientific and fictional writing, both require attention to detail and have the ability to impact the reader. Research has been important in my fictional writing pursuits. I’ve learned techniques, which have benefited in the research I do for my books and characters.

As I mentioned, a huge difference exists between scientific and fictional writing. There is a diverse dichotomy between right brain pursuits involving imagination, artistry, emotion and creativity and left brain interests including logic, analytical thinking, and careful planning. I’ve learned to use that dichotomy and my career experience to maximize my writing and my writing processes as a romantic suspense author. I love novel writing and find it to be the best of both worlds!



About the Author:


As a lifelong reader of an eclectic pool of books from mystery/thrillers, science fiction, contemporary romance, and the classics, Lisa Caviness has never been without a book on the nightstand and a long to be read list. Like many writers, she started crafting stories as a child. However as an adult, creativity took a back seat to her career in pharmaceutical and medical device research. In 2013, Lisa decided to get serious about writing and joined Romance Writers of America (Crossroads Romance Writers, Indiana RWA, and Kiss of Death Chapters) and later Sisters in Crime (Speed City Chapter). The education she has received, proved invaluable but more importantly the support from fellow writers has enriched her in thrilling and unexpected ways. Lisa writes romantic suspense.











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Top Ten Books I'd Have On My Shelf If I Was A High School Teacher

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | 3 Comments


Hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish. This week's prompt:
August 30th: Back To School Freebie -- anything "back to school" related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher


Every year around this time people start brushing off their old high school reads to wax poetic and others put out lists of what should be recommended now.

(Anyone else think it’s too late at this point to change this year’s curriculum but the public doesn’t want to talk about required reading in the summer? Just me? Never mind…)

I enjoy looking through those lists and always have my opinions on them but making my own version doesn’t feel right. Not only is my opinion heavily influenced by the already published lists, but I have a hard time coming up with anything new to add.

Nobody wants me to link those lists and comment on the inclusions. Though I will say I agree on every article about a replacement for Catcher in the Rye. Doesn’t matter the replacement book, if I’ve never read it. Anything would be better than Catcher in the Rye. Not only is it a terrible book IMHO, but being a rape victim forced to read that as a class was torture.

Diverse recommended reading is a must, but you should really read those articles and explore. They all do it so much better than I and there’s so fucking many great reads there’s zero excuse for a lily-white heteronormative bookshelf or reading experience.

This is all leading to why chose this week’s topic. (*whispers* And to use those links above.)

I’m not an educator or a professional in this field. My opinion on recommended reading is mostly informed by my own experiences and pop culture. I couldn’t pitch and defend a list of required reading to a school board, so I feel I fake and uncomfortable making such a list. (This is just me with MY issues (anxiety, imposter syndrome to name a few), not a comment on anyone else.)

But if I was a teacher? That’s a scenario I can work with. So here’s 10 books that would be in my classroom for my students if I was teaching high school that I’ve read and why. (The alternative to-read is too fucking enormous too cull.)


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#ARCAugust & #ReadThemAllThon Review of Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne


I'm pretty sure this is one of the first ARCs I got my hands on when I started and even then it was several years old.

For some reason, that I cannot imagine now, I thought Absolute Brightness would be different.

I may have been wrong about the main plot and outcome, but it was certainly heartbreaking. That's a win for the #ReadThemAllThon Cerulean City's Cascade Badge and I'm glad I finally read it but...

Well, you'll see. If you're willing to brave the spoilers below the fold. For non-spoiler-y glory, here's a preview:

Absolute Brightness is a story about Phoebe’s life briefly before Lenard moves in, the short time he lives with them, and after his disappearance. It’s about her, a straight white female growing up, discovering romance and different people.

It’s not really a book for gay teens, as it is for straight people. Leonard isn’t the protagonist. Phoebe grows up, becomes less homophobic but still has very gender-normative mentality. It’s a hand-holding exploring middle grade book for white straight people to experience knowing gay and black people without needing to know any.

It will be heart wrenching for QUILTBAG teens especially, seeing their identity attacked again and the see the best friend be self-centered, sheltered, clueless and callous. At first, she calls him sissy boy. While later she acknowledges how her language has changed because of Leonard, she doesn’t ever get him.


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Spotlight Excerpt & Giveaway for Zeus: Lost Gods Book 1 by LaVerne Thompson

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | 2 Comments



The blurb for Zeus: Lost Gods Book 1 hooked me. I love the warning and snark. Below is the first chapter, a book trailer, and of course a giveaway.

Check it out and give LaVerne Thompson some love! :D




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$50 Gift Card Giveaway & Excerpt for The Scorpion’s Empress by Yoshiyuki Ly

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | 9 Comments

Today I have something a bit different than the usual fare. The Scorpion's Empress is a lesbian erotic romance by indie author Yoshiyuki Ly. At first glance, it's not my thing and then I read the blurb. I'm intrigued by Raj's reign over lowtown and how she helps them. Why bother with those in power that don't help their people? She sounds like an empress I can support and I'd actually be invested in stopping the plot against her. Plus, the paladin playing sub? I'm so game. I love when the stereotypes are thrown overboard. Ly sounds like she know what she's doing and there's plenty to check her out before you commit.

I hope you enjoy this break from regular programming and good luck!

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Book Tour Grand Finale & Giveaway for Carousel Nights by Amie Denman

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | Please comment!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.


Book Tour Grand Finale for

Carousel Nights
By Amie Denman


We hope you enjoyed some amusement park magic and learning more about June and Mel's story. 




Don't forget to grab a copy of the first book in the series while it's on sale!

If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now...


Launch - The Starlight Point Stories



When I was a college student, I escaped textbooks and spent my summer days working at an amusement park. My experience four summers in a row became the inspiration for Starlight Point Stories published by Harlequin Heartwarming.


I Am A Reader - Summer Love



Have you ever fallen in love in the summer? I fall in love with summer every year, but I actually fell in love during summer when I worked at a seasonal resort and amusement park much like the fictional Starlight Point in my Harlequin Heartwarming series. In case you’re one of those people who likes to skip to the happy ending, I’ll let you off the hook right now. I’m still in love with the same man more than twenty years later.


Wishful Endings - Excerpt



Mel felt the air change the moment her gaze swung to him. He wasn’t foolish enough to think she brightened because of any reason except one: he was key to getting things done around Starlight Point. And she had a project in mind.


Hardcover Feedback - Review



"All in all, this was a great read. Perfect for a day at the beach, relaxing by the pool, or anytime really. I definitely recommend the book to any fan of contemporary romantic fiction."






Katie's Clean Book Collection - Sisters



If you have siblings, you know how much they contribute to shaping you as a person. I have three sisters with whom I’ve always been close, and I know that they have influenced me—almost always in a good way! The four of us even have a vague pact to end up in a bungalow in Key West together someday to raise a margarita glass to our gray hairs. My Starlight Point series focuses on romance, of course, but the relationship between the three siblings who inherit an amusement park is also close to my heart.


underneath the covers - Excerpt




"Mel’s familiar scent—Dial soap mixed with a little bit of sweat and motor oil—tingled her senses even with a hundred other distractions. Of course he was hard to ignore. He was standing so close their clothing touched."


Book Lover in Florida - Excerpt



Having a good partner made a difference the size of the peninsula Starlight Point sat on. June was light and graceful, her love for the movement clear in every step and sway. Leading her as a dance partner was like being behind the wheel of a Ferrari. The only way he could go wrong was if he lost control.


EskieMama Reads - Promo







Harlie's Books - Review



"All that makes for a great story. June and Mel were getting a second chance at love but some really big decisions needed to be made? Did I have my doubts? Nope, I knew that Ms. Denman wouldn’t do that to me. 😉 She wrote a heartwarming book that had the characters, emotional depth, and an amusement park. And dancing. 🙂"


Reading Is My SuperPower - Review



"Carousel Nights is fun and sweet and swoonworthy with some really great kisses and a really great setting. The chemistry between Mel and June is one that comes from years of knowing each other, from years of being in love, and yet it feels new and electric. The tension of running an amusement park – the crackle of the radio signaling another breakdown or emergency – keeps the action high and the pace steady."


Christy's Cozy Corners - Review



"I love this story and these characters! There is so much life in this book. The romance develops quickly but not in an unrealistic way since June and Mel have known each other forever. You will love reading this story! It is so sweet and heartwarming. I highly recommend it!"


With Love for Books - Review



"Amie Denman has chosen a fantastic setting for her series. She brings Starlight Point to life with vivid descriptions of the park itself and the plans to make it successful again. I fell in love with the place straight away. Amie Denman's writing flows easily and it was fun to read about the rides and everyone's response to them. It feels like the main characters really belong in the amusement park, which is something I loved about Carousel Nights. I also liked the sweet romance very much and highly recommend this lovely book."


Bookworm Lisa - Starlight Point Amusement Park







In Carousel Nights, you’ll meet June Hamilton. She shares ownership of the family amusement park Starlight Point with her brother and her sister. Only twenty-five, she does not plan to settle in and devote her life to roller coasters, cotton candy, and the beach resort. She wants to keep dancing on Broadway, but she comes home for the summer to lend her talent to the live shows at Starlight Point.


Thoughts of a Blonde - Review



"5 STARS! Feels like a homecoming when you read a book that portrays such a sweet reunion!"


And don't forget to nominate Amie's book on KindleScout!


Carousel Nights (Starlight Point Stories)Carousel Nights
(Starlight Point Stories #2)

by Amie Denman
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming


Every first love deserves a second chance



June Hamilton left home to pursue her dream of dancing on Broadway. Seven years later, she has one regret: Mel Preston, her teenage crush and onetime summer love. Now a single dad and the head of maintenance at Starlight Point, her family's amusement park, Mel's easy smile still makes her heart beat in triple time. But June came home with a plan. She would spend the summer revitalizing the park's aging theaters, then make a graceful exit back to the big city. Until Mel and his young son start making a powerful claim on her emotions, and June faces an impossible decision…


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Other Books in the Series


Under the BoardwalkUnder the Boardwalk
(Starlight Point Stories #2)

by Amie Denman
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Everyone's counting on him

With the sudden death of his father, Jack Hamilton finds himself running the family amusement park, Starlight Point. His first job? Balance the books, and that means raising the rent for vendors like baker Augusta Murphy.

Gus won't accept the new contract…not without a fight. She rallies the other vendors and sets out to negotiate with Jack. At least, she tries. How do you play hardball with a man who's charming and kind and still grieving? Gus needs to figure it out fast, because the closer she gets to Jack, the more she risks losing everything.



Amie Denman lives in Ohio with her husband, sons, cats, and dog. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and playing outside. Born with an overdeveloped sense of curiosity, she's been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what's going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.


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#ARCAugust + #ReadThemAllThon Review: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley + Top Quotes


I was lucky enough to win Highly Illogical Behavior in a prize stack of ARCs from YAWednesdays. When #ARCAugust rolled around and I still hadn't read it, I was resolved to do nothing but read my stack with this at the top. Then #ReadThemAllThon popped up and of course, I added it to the list as an extra bonus.

Right now, I'm just mad I didn't read it sooner and sad that I don't have a similar read to dive into right this second.

Basically: Good. Cute. Funny. Heartbreaking. Told in alternative perspectives by Solomon and Lisa. Progressive As Fuck.


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Feature & Follow: Top 5 Book Boyfriends + Secret Shame Bonus

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | 3 Comments

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's prompt is....
Top 5 Favorite Book Boyfriends


John from P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


Because he's sweet, funny, kind, and has WAY more in common with Laura Jean than Peter K. I rooted for Peter K. in the first book because the alternative was Josh and he seemed sincere and would pop out some sweet sayings every once in awhile. When Peter K. didn't get real, I wanted him gone. Then John appeared like a knight in shining armour. Hoping Laura Jean gets HIM in the end...*crosses fingers*





Mitch from Dumplin by Julie Murphy


He's so sweet! And awesome and doesn't care what other people think like Bo. Fuck Bo. Ughhhh. If Will HAD to have a romance, why not the positive one instead of the hot ashamed jock? Can I have Mitch? I'd totally do all the stupid football shit with him and play games.






Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


BECAUSE EVERYTHING! ALLL THE THINGS! I WANT A PARK-LIKE BOY BECAUSE ELEANOR GETS THE ACTUAL PARK!

I want them to be together but I want him too :(











Ronan from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


I know...not typically my type. But I love his sarcasm and he's loyal as fuck. A screw up, but he's been through so much. Adam, so help me, start taking care of him!! I just want him sooothed like a baby and make the nightmares go away.







Perry from Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


I was initially wary because of the "savage" comment in the blurb and romance in dystopians often get on my nerves, but Perry totally won me over. Their romance is a gender-flipped Pocahontas that doesn't screw over the natives.







Secret Shame Bonus:


One of my first thoughts for this list was Noah from Pushing The Limits. Again, NOT my standard. Bad boys like Noah frustrate and turn me off and I hate the need a woman fixing. But I'd be lying if I didn't end up falling for Noah. He's trying to do right, has a traumatic past and is honest playing the field. SO many tropes and cliques and usual pet-peeves yet my heart rate won't cooperate.







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Excerpt, Freebie, + Amazon GC Giveaway: Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber by Jason Werbeloff, gruesome Sci-Fi Thriller

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | 5 Comments


It's been awhile since I've featured something so gruesome and dark. I have included the least disturbing excerpt trying to be sensitive to my different readers, but it's still an unpleasant conversation in a warzone. But there is a kitty!

If a sci-fi thriller about organ markets targeting children is something up your alley, check out the aforementioned excerpt, get Defragmenting Daniel for free and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card.



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Top Eleven Books STILL on my TBR 4 years later...

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | Please comment!

Hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish. This week's prompt:
August 23rd: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet (this is going to be sad considering how many of those I have unread six years later...)

I started my Goodreads in 2011 and here's ten eleven books still languishing on my TBR. They all still interest me. But time and money and omfg new books...



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Check out an excerpt from Unchained Melody by Cynthia Roberts for a chance to win the series

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | 2 Comments


Today, I have steamy romance between a workaholic woman and a dream boat. Check out Unchained  Melody below for your chance to win copies of the whole series and a sale!


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#ARCAugust Review of Bounty by Michael Byrnes: Creepy Techo Thriller

I was lucky enough to win a free copy from Goodreads First Reads.

Bounty follows investigators trying to stop Bounty4Justice, a vigilante democratic website that raises money right the wrongs of the criminal justice system. People submit others for the website, evidence is collected and backers can cast a vote for guilty or acquittal.

While the assassinations are what has most people up in arms, that’s not the only way to claim the money or get rid of your bounty once someone’s deemed guilty. Bringing in the target to the justice system will net the same reward or turn yourself in and the money goes back into the pot. It’s also important to note, the targets are all people that the justice system has failed to convict or received a slap on the wrist.

Before I start my ramblings on the system, let’s review the book, shall we?



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Smoke and Mirrors by Jess Haines: NA Dragon Shifter Romance I Want The Sequel to Now



Smoke and Mirrors follows Kimberly, a sorcerer in a mage’s world, as she tries making her way by finding a familiar. She’s hoping to convince a dragon to give her a shot, and her mentor sends her to meet Cormac, a mysterious bridge between mages and shifters.

While I have a few favorite series, I’m not the biggest fan of paranormal romance. New Adult is even more fraught with issues and I support the idea behind it, but I have even fewer in this category.
And here comes along Smoke and Mirrors, which is both.

The instant I heard “dragon” I wanted in, but the genres did make me hesitate.

The good news is it surprised me in a lot of ways and I can highly recommend it.

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#ARCAugust Review of The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis Releasing August 23rd


I won a copy from Meaghan Walsh Gerard's ABEA giveaway.

First of all, the blurb is misleading. No, the “rumors of Darby’s involvement” DO NOT haunt the halls. No one knows or gives a shit. Rose only found about it by being nosey with the gossiping doorman.

And glitz? I didn’t see much glitz. There’s like one pricey dinner and a floor full of model ‘gazelles’ and that’s it.

The rest is spent in secretary school, a hotel room, and the jazz club. While the jazz club rocked, it’s drab like it’s supposed to be.

It wasn’t fun finding this out the hard way. My expectations were off and that’s the wrong foot to start on. I didn’t regret reading in the end, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. Hopefully, this helps ya’ll!

Trigger Warning: Rape


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Excerpt & Character Interview For Scrying for Summer by Katherine McIntyre Book Tour

Brooke Banks | 7:34 AM | | | 1 Comments


Woo-hoo! I have an exciting excerpt with butting-heads romance and a character interview with our leading lady, Jev.

I wish I had enough time to review this book for the tour, but I will be reading the series soon. It sounds so good. Check it out, ya'll!


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$100 Amazon/PayPal Giveaway for Thirty-Four Going On...Bride by Becky Monson

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Thirty four Going on Bride


Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson

Julia Dorning is about to lose it. Between her over-the-top wedding that her sister, Anna, took upon herself to create, and the under-staffed popular bakery that she runs, she can barely find time to breathe.

All Julia ever wanted was a quaint wedding on the beach with family and friends. But now Julia has to contend with not only her sister's plans, but those of her future mother-in-law, as well. Not wanting to step on anyone's toes, especially her mother-in-law's, Julia just goes along with it.

She can only take so much, though, and when her newest employee, Kate, makes things harder at the bakery, Julia has to find a way to simplify her life.

Can she do it or will she end up a basket case? Find out how she does it in this hilarious conclusion to the Spinster series!


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Author Becky Monson


Becky MonsonBy day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.

Praise for the Book


"My favorite of the series!" - Author Jennifer Peel
"Becky Monson did it again!" - Amazon Reviewer
"It’s rare that I want to give a book six stars, but this is certainly one of them." -Blogger Connie Fischer, Bookworm2bookworm

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“Pick it up, Julia! You can do this!”
I’m in the seventh circle of hell.
“Come on! Let’s move faster!” My sister Anna yells over the construction that we’re currently passing. As expected, we get a few whoops and whistles tossed at us from the workers. Pity flattery, I’m sure. Well, maybe not for Anna, but certainly for me. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about me right now.
To start, I don’t know if I’ve ever sweated this hard in my life. I look like I’ve taken a shower fully clothed. I’m sticky and perspiring, and it’s not even that hot outside. It’s a typical day near the end of May in Denver, Colorado. How did I let Anna convince me to do this? Oh that’s right, there was no convincing. She forced me. “It’ll be good for you,” she had said, lying through her devil teeth.
At this point I don’t know if my lungs will ever be the same. They actually ache with pain. And then there’s the ache in my calves, and really every other part of my body. Whoever thought of running as an extracurricular activity should be shot. A form of torture, yes. Exercise? I’d rather get a tooth pulled without Novocain.





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#ARCAugust Review for The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson: D'AWW Nerd Love ❤

I won an ARC copy from Lily Anderson (thanks!).

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a teenage nerd retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. But if you’re looking for the opinion of a Shakespearian fangirl, this is the wrong review. I’ve never read Much Ado and hate Romeo and Juliet.

What I can say that if you’re not a Shakespeare fan or involved with the specific fandoms, you can still love this book. The intent of the jokes was obvious to me and that’s just from osmosis and pop culture rather than being properly versed in these subjects. Often they explain it to the non-geek in the crowd to help out.

I’m sure Trixie and Ben would want to take my nerd card for not reading comic books, watching Doctor Who and never seeing the original Star Wars trilogy. But as Trixie says, you can pry it from my cold dead hands, lol.

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#ARCAugust & #ReadThemAllThon Update, Reviews & What's Next

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | 4 Comments

This month I've joined in #ARCAugst and #ReadThemAllThon.

The sign ups are here and here respectively.

Time to check out my progress and see if I'm made any changes to my picks.

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Rewind: Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | 5 Comments

Hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a rewind week so I picked:
Top Ten Popular Authors I Haven't Read


In No Particular Order:







The I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Her Yet Squad:





Any popular authors you haven't read yet either? Any recommendations on where to start with the above authors for me?

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5 Stars for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: Adult Sci-Fi Thriller



You know all those over-used cheesy descriptions like mind-blowing, and mind-boggling? Dark Matter is the kind of book those should be saved for because it brings them back to life with a purpose.

Dark Matter explores well, dark matter. I’m a layman interested in science but honestly, the science of physics is beyond me. So I was uneasy going in, wondering if I would be able to keep up.

Thankfully, Jason is an excellent guide through Schrodinger’s Cat, the multiverse, and game theory. I feel like I understand the concepts better than I ever have. I wasn’t lost or confused ever during the winding travels and tribulations.

I’ve never read anything quite like Dark Matter before. And I don’t think I will again. I haven’t read Blake Couch’s previous work, but I plan to now and I’ll be watching his new releases.


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Interview, Sale, and Giveaway for Rachel Vincent's The Stars Never Rise series

Brooke Banks | 5:00 AM | | | | 1 Comments


I am super excited to be a part of this pre-release blitz to help spread the word that THE FLAME NEVER DIES, the second book in Rachel Vincent’s The Stars Never Rise series, is releasing on August 16th!

For those that are already caught up on this series, the wait is (almost) finally over! For those that haven’t yet met Nina Kane or discovered the dark and dangerous world she lives in, there’s still time to catch up - and a really sweet deal (details below) that will make you want to move this series to the top of your reading pile!

Scroll down to learn more about THE FLAME NEVER DIES and THE STARS NEVER RISE, the author, Rachel Vincent, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardback set of these two amazing books!

And for even more peeks at the fab content being shared throughout the blitz - shareable quotation graphics and excerpts - look for other blogger participants now through August 15th on social media #TheFlameNeverDies.


AND...


THE STARS NEVER RISE goes on sale!

In anticipation of the upcoming release of THE FLAME NEVER DIES, the publisher is dropping the price for the eBook version of the first book in the series - THE STARS NEVER RISE! So if you haven’t yet discovered this series, now is the perfect time!

Just head over to your favorite online e-tailer to look for THE STARS NEVER RISE with its newly lowered price or visit one of these online stores - AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY | KOBO.

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About THE FLAME NEVER DIES



Title & Series: THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


For fans of Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead comes the unputdownable sequel to The Stars Never Rise, a book Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, called “haunting, unsettling, and eerily beautiful.”

ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.



The Interview

Interview with Rachel by her sixteen-year-old daughter (Codename: Melody), who’s thinking about actually reading her mother’s book.


Melody: So, this is a series is about demons, right?

Rachel: Sort of. Not really. A century ago, Nina’s world was invaded by residents of another reality who can only remain in our world by taking over a human body. People called them demons, because that’s the only association they had for the concept of possession.

Melody: So these “demons” aren’t actually bad?

Rachel: Oh, no, they’re totally bad. They’re entertained by the suffering of humanity. They’re just not the residents of hell most people think of when they hear “demon.” But that’s all I can say without spoiling anything from THE STARS NEVER RISE!

Melody: Okay. But if they’re not religious demons, why is the government in this world run by the Church?

Rachel: Because people assumed that only the Holy could fight the unholy. So a fictional “Church” stepped in to do just that. To fill the power vacuum, when secular government couldn’t protect the people.

Melody: So THE STARS NEVER RISE is a book about faith?

Rachel: No. It’s a book about false faith. About the frailty of untested beliefs. About how accepting everything you hear as the truth can mean living a lie. That’s true with every predatory situation, from abusive relationships to investment scams. I just chose to tell that story on a larger scale, where the entire world has accepted a lie because it was easier to believe a hero has come to save us than to stand up and fight our own battles. Take from that what you will… ;)

Melody: Wow, Mom. That was deep. (Teenage eye roll.)

Rachel: (shrugs) There’s also lots of fighting, kissing, and setting demons on fire.



About Rachel Vincent


Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.




About THE STARS NEVER RISE



Title & Series: THE STARS NEVER RISE (The Stars Never Rise #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook***
***See above for details on the promotional pricing of the eBook
Description...

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED hardback set of THE STARS NEVER RISE + THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 14th at 11:59 PM Pacific.



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