Cover Reveal: Blue Crush (Blue Series, Book #2)

Title: Blue Crush (Blue Series, Book #2) by Jules Barnard
Release Date: June 3, 2014

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Summary:

On the cusp of a humiliating breakup from the safe, conservative boyfriend, who ended up betraying her, Genevieve Tierney moves to Lake Tahoe with her best friend after college to lick her romantic wounds. Earning cash at one of Lake Tahoe’s lucrative casinos before grad school in the fall and keeping a safe distance from cheating jerks seems like a good plan, until she meets the one guy tempting enough to drag her back down.
 
Lewis Sallee is six and a half feet of perfectly sculpted mountain man, who captures Gen’s attention from the moment he walks in the door. Her play-it-safe approach to relationships flies out the window as Lewis’s presence awakens a sex drive she never knew she had. Lewis is in a complicated relationship with one of the most beautiful women Gen has ever seen, and despite all logical reasons to stay away—and she’s a logic devotee—Gen can’t seem to control her body’s attraction to him.

Feeling like a magnet for the worst sort of guys, Gen’s desperate to win the battle for self-control around Lewis and put the sleazy casino men pestering her in their place. To boost her confidence, Gen steps out of her comfort zone and signs up for the Alpine Mudder, a gritty endurance race. But as she prepares for one of the biggest physical challenges of her life, her emotional strength is pushed to its limits when she needs Lewis’s help to train. He tests her willpower and has her fighting her body’s attraction—with her mind and heart not far behind.

 

About Jules Barnard:

JulesBarnard_edited-265x300Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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Blog Tour: Fae by CJ Abedi [Book Thoughts]

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Summary:

Caroline Ellis’ sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.

Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Caroline and Devilyn, FAE draws on mysteries, myths and legends to create a world, and a romance, dangerously poised between Light and Dark.

My Thoughts:

I’m going to admit that my favorite types of fantasy novels are the ones that involve fae or fairies; I’m glad to say that Fae didn’t let me down!

Although I originally found the writing to be elementary, the details and plot ultimately engrossed me. I connected with Caroline, sometimes laughing aloud at her thoughts and nodding in agreement because I realized I had thought the same when I was her age. On the other hand, it took me some time to warm up to Devilyn. Even though he had good intentions, he played the asshole role well and my mind was going crazy imagining a girl having to deal with a guy like him.

Furthermore, the authors writes the high school scene decently. Although the story is a little cliché at times, it also does not follow some clichés most YA books have. At times, the characters hinted at certain clichés and I honestly thought they were going to happen. [I won’t name any because I don’t want to include spoilers.] It makes me really happy to see authors stray away from the overused clichés!

I am also going to admit that I got caught up in the romance of the story. Caroline and Devilyn are made for each other; Devilyn knows it, and the reader knows it, but Caroline does not. Every time I read the interactions between Caroline and Devilyn, I had feels. Their relationship built upon each of their previous encounters, which created a suspense that kept me hooked.

Still, there is a part of the book that bothered me. Throughout the book, Devilyn is referred to as a ‘man.’ Caroline has just turned 16 and is never once referred to as a woman, and yet the person she is in love with is a man. Not only that, but to me, Devilyn’s point of view is more mature and adult-like, setting his thoughts apart from Caroline’s. Maybe the story is supposed to be more ‘old-fashioned’ but since I’m being honest, it weirded me out picturing this man with someone who essentially is still a girl.

Overall, Fae is a fast paced read, with a really frustrating ending. I enjoyed this book, and if you love a fae/fairy stories like I do, I’m sure you will too!

About the Authors:

7155061Colet Abedi ran development for ITV Studios and is currently Executive Producer on three shows that run in syndication called Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, Unsealed: Alien Files and Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito. She was also an Executive Producer on Posh Tots on HGTV. Prior to that, she was a Head Writer for 20th Television, a division of Fox, for two telenovelas, American Heiress starring Annalyn McCord and Robert Buckley and Fashion House, starring Bo Derek and Taylor Kinney.

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas (VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.

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Blog Tour: Deep Blue by Jules Barnard [Interview]

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Summary:

When Cali Morgan kicks off her perfect post-college summer in Lake Tahoe, she has everything she ever wanted: acceptance into a top law program, a gorgeous boyfriend, and an incredible summer planned with her best friend.

Confident about her place in the world, Cali makes it her mission to be her friend’s wingwoman and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is running into Jaeger Lang, one of her older brother’s high school friends, or the sparks that fly when she’s around him.

Jaeger has changed, and it’s not just the added height and muscle. There’s something about him that’s deep and a little scarred. In spite of the changes, Jaeger becomes a top pick for her friend—if Cali can keep her hands off him.

But when Cali’s boyfriend dumps her and her carefully laid plans begin to unravel, she finds herself questioning what it is she truly desires. In the midst of doubts about her future, one thing is very clear: she wants Jaeger for her own. The question is, has her friend already fallen for him?

On my stop of the tour, I was lucky to have an interview stop and feature Jules Barnard!

1. How would you explain your novel in six words?

Fun, friendship, heat, drama, tents, naughty-fishing-scene.

2. Where did you get the inspiration for Deep Blue?

I worked in Lake Tahoe as a cocktail waitress one summer during college. Though the characters in Deep Blue are more interesting than I was, and okay—not at all like me—I used nuggets from that summer in Tahoe to build Cali and Jaeger’s story. Deep Blue is a New Adult romance about Cali and Jaeger’s journey together, but Cali’s job at Blue Casino is like a secondary character. A loving, brooding, pain-in-the-ass secondary character that walks along with Cali as she falls for her first true love and makes daring choices that pull her life in new directions.

3. Do you write to music? Are any parts of your novel inspired by songs?

Yes! I write the drafts of each novel to a playlist that I listen to over and over. I create the playlist before I begin writing and choose songs that make me feel strong emotion to get me in the mood for the story I have in my head. When I edit the manuscript, I have to turn off the music, because editing is much harder for me than drafting. I need every neuron focused during editing!

No specific section in Deep Blue is inspired by a song, but there are a couple of songs in my Deep Blue playlist that really got the creative juices flowing. For some reason, Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [feat. John Martin] by Swedish House Mafia was one of them.

4. If Deep Blue was turned into a movie, who would you cast?

Oooh, wouldn’t that be awesome! I would cast Jennifer Lawrence as Cali, because Jennifer has a fun, outspoken personality like my heroine, but she’s also down-to-earth and funny. Of course, she’s also a phenomenal actress, so there’s that as well. My hero, Jaeger, is tall and muscular, but he’s also intelligent, modest, and artistic. I think Channing Tatum would be a great Jaeger. For Gen, Cali’s best friend, I’d have to go with Emma Watson. Check out my Pinterest Deep Blue Dreamcast board. I’m totally technology challenged when it comes to Pinterest, so I don’t have a fancy link, but this should get you there: http://www.pinterest.com/barnard1231/.

Thank you so much for having me on Believing in Books! Please visit my website www.julesbarnard.com to learn more about Deep Blue and the second book in the Blue Series, Blue Crush, out May 27th, 2014.

About Jules Barnard:

JulesBarnard_edited-265x300Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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Also, enter in the DEEP BLUE giveaway over on Jules’s website! Don’t forget to check out all of the other stops on the tour!
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Book Thoughts: London Falling by T.A. Foster

Summary:

It’s London’s senior year and she only needs one class to graduate. She just didn’t expect her final assignment: fall in love.

Communication 224 has a reputation for giving out the most unique projects of the semester. When London James and Beau Anderson signed up for the class they had no idea they would be paired up together, much less spend an entire semester working on their final grade.

Professor Garcia tasks them to produce a study on the hit reality show, Love Match, a show about strangers falling in love on over the top dates. London and Beau decide to debunk the popular show’s fantasy portrayal of romance. Determined they can date the entire semester and not fall for each other, the classmates share blogs about their dates and start a website where everyone can follow their dating experiment.

Is staying out of love as easy as it seems? Headstrong and success-driven London discovers there might be more important things in life than an A.

My Thoughts:

London Falling is an adorable story about two students who fall in love as a result of a quirky Communications assignment.

The protagonist, London, is your hard-working student that will do anything to get an A. In the story, she is paired up with Beau, an average undergraduate that cares more about experiencing life than spending all his time working towards his future. Of course, these two are forced to get to know each other through this assignment. Right from the beginning, I wanted them to happen. Professor Garcia’s project is a perfect instant solution to pairing up students that I secretly want one of my Professors to do something like this.

London Falling has a very unique plot; and that was the reason I actually decided to read the book. I was curious about the different date ideas and how the two made the dates plausible for college students. Their outings were cute and romantic, right out of the dreams of most teenage girls. Not only that, but I think the plot is realistic – working on a project allows people to get to know each other, which sometime leads to friendships or romantic relationships.

Still, I actually didn’t enjoy the novel as much as I hoped I would. The plot moved way too quickly for me; one page they were on the date and the next page showed what was happening a week later. With a plot like this, I was hoping for some intense details in their research and emotions. Instead, the whole novel just skimmed the surface.

In the end, I did get caught up in the book at some parts and rooted for London and Beau the whole time. If you’re looking for a quick, fluffy read, I suggest you check this book out!

Cover Reveal: Feral by Holly Schindler

Today I am happy to reveal the cover and summary of Holly Schindler’s new YA novel, FERAL! Holly Schindler is the author of two other YA books: Playing Hurt and A Blue So Dark. FERAL is Holly’s third YA novel, which will be release this summer by HarperCollins!

Title: Feral by Holly Schindler

Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins

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Summary:

It’s too late for you. You’re dead.

Those words float through Claire Cain’s head as she lies broken and barely alive after a brutal beating. And the words continue to haunt her months later, in the relentless, terrifying nightmares that plague her sleep. So when her father is offered a teaching sabbatical in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out of Chicago, away from the things that remind her of what she went through, will offer a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire quickly realizes something is wrong—the town is brimming with hidden dangers and overrun by feral cats. And her fears are confirmed when a popular high school girl, Serena Sims, is suddenly found dead in the icy woods behind the school. While everyone is quick to say Serena died in an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it—for she was the one who found Serena, battered and most certainly dead, surrounded by the town’s feral cats.

Now Claire vows to learn the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to discovering a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley. . . .

With an eerie setting and heart-stopping twists and turns, Holly Schindler weaves a gripping story that will make you question everything you think you know.

Books Links:

You can pre-order the book on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

You can also add Feral on Goodreads.

Last but not least, keep up with Holly and the rest of her books on her website.

Blog Tour: I See London by Chanel Cleeton [Book Thoughts]

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Summary:

Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I have no words. On January 11, 2014, I started I See London; on January 15, 2014 at 2 AM in the morning, I finished I See London. I have not, in the past year, finished a book in less than 24 hours and then here comes this wonderful NA story. I See London is by far my favorite New Adult novel I have read so far.

I am going to start off with the protagonist, Maggie. She’s awesome. She begins her journey as a closed off, always-trying-to-be-perfect girl trying to keep up her grades, while trying to enjoying herself in a new city. Even though she is pretty relatable at the beginning; she becomes even more relatable throughout the story. Her new environment changes her, and she becomes confident, daring, and sexy; learning to live life as she wants to, not how she’s ‘supposed’ to. I absolutely love that about Maggie; I followed her along every step she took, and saw myself in her shoes as college changed her.

To continue, Maggie’s friends are just as equally as amazing. Although rumors and reputations get in the way of forming friendships at first, Maggie breaks through them and finds the personalities underneath. All of the characters – Samir (the sexy guy), Fleur (the Ice Queen), Mya (the genuinely nice friend) – to name a few, have unique personalities and background stories of their own. Cleeton not only builds Maggie’s story, but also everyone else’s. Because of this, I connected with the story more, because in life, as you grow, the people around you do too.

Additionally, I became absolutely hooked on the budding relationship between Maggie and Samir. Samir is cocky and comes on pretty strong, but Maggie learns to hold her own against him. Every scene between these two had me on the edge of my seat. What I appreciate about I See London is that there is a visible growth in their relationship; it’s no love at first sight. Furthermore, this book goes on to show that not everything has to be about love; showing a different side of most romance stories, but the more prominent side of the lives of young adults today.

The one thing about this novel that disappointed me was the writing. The writing of I See London isn’t that strong; it’s too basic, with sentences that don’t carry much weight. It bothered me at first, but I looked past it. By doing so, I was able to really enjoy the story.

In conclusion, I loved I See London. This story makes me want to transfer to the International School in London in hopes of becoming friends with Maggie and finding a boy like Samir. If you read New Adult novels, you definitely have to put this one on your list.

Release Day Blitz: I See London by Chanel Cleeton

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I SEE LONDON by Chanel Cleeton
February 3, 2014
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New Adult Contemporary Romance

Summary:

Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life  in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the  International School in London, a university attended by the privileged  offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds  herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around  the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to  the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri  has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of  everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t  resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams,  Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of  an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

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Book Order Links:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1cQXjYm

Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1khLGx1

Author Bio:

Originally a Florida girl,  at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international  university.  In the four years that followed, she received her  bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships.  Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever.  But fate intervened on a Caribbean  cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept  her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in  South Korea.  An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest  curled up with a book.  She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles,  and her fighter pilot husband.  Chanel writes New Adult contemporary  romances and Young Adult thrillers.  Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON,  will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 3, 2014, followed by a  sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.

Author Links:

Website:   www.chanelcleeton.com

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/authorchanelcleeton

Twitter:   www.twitter.com/chanelcleeton

Goodreads:   www.goodreads.com/chanelcleeton

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