Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway: I See London by Chanel Cleeton

I See London by Chanel Cleeton
February 3, 2014
Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
New Adult Contemporary Romance

Summary: I SEE LONDON COVER

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.

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

GIVEAWAY!

Chanel is giving away 2 $10 Amazon Gift Cards. Contest is International. Please enter the Rafflecopter here!—> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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My Roomie Story (& Giveaway)

In honor of the release of the novel Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando, Little, Brown has asked us reviewers to post our own story of having a roommate. Not only that, but I’m including a giveaway for a copy of Roomies at the end of this post!

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Here’s my Roomie story:

I’ve had to share a room with my younger sister, Melissa, my whole life. Some info about my sis: she’s two years younger than me and we look nothing alike. Other than that, our personalities are different and we listen to different kind of music.

When I was younger, I used to get very upset when my sister used my things. Since we shared a room, there was nowhere else for me to put my possessions, except in my room (which we shared). My sister knew I would get upset if she even touched my things, so she decided to wait when I was out with friends to use my things. I would come back to find my toys scattered around the room and my sister pretending she hadn’t touched anything.

As we got older, we stopped caring about using each other’s things. Instead, we focused on how little room we actually had. At first, we had bunk beds. Then we asked our dad to take the beds a part, but then that took up too much space. Finally, we went back to bunk beds. Not only that, but for a good three years, my sister and I would rearrange our room two times a year because we got bored of the layout. And each time, our mom would get mad because we shoved all of our items into the hallway when we moved things around. We even moved our bed and bookshelves around, even when our parents told us not to move the heavy stuff around. Our motto: if you want something done, do it yourself.

Looking back, it’s not bad sharing a room with my sister. There were the bad times, like when my mom told me to read in the hallway since my sister didn’t want the light in the room on. There were the good times, like I had someone else to feed and help clean the tanks of the goldfish and hermit crabs.

In the end, sharing a room has taught me a lot: to share, to cooperate and to learn to work together. This is my roomie story; even though I’m in college, it still hasn’t ended…

Alright, I wanna hear your roomie stories now! Tell me yours in the comments (:

Also, Sara & Tara are going on a tour for the release of their book! Here are the tour dates:

Also, thanks to Little, Brown, I’m giving away a copy of Roomies! This giveaway is U.S. only (no P.O. boxes!), and will end on January 13 at 11:59 EST. You will get an extra entry if you leave me a roomie story to read!

To enter, fill out the Google form here.

Book Thoughts: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (AND GIVEAWAY!)

(**I received this title on Netgalley through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Summary:

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

My Thoughts:

I know we just entered into the month of September, but if you’re looking for a perfect October read, Unbreakable is for you. Garcia has created a thrilling paranormal story that fits perfectly into the spooks and thrills of Halloween.

I’m not going to lie; I was a little unsure about the book in the beginning. It didn’t hook me.  The protagonist, Kennedy, encounters a ghost right away and has no idea what’s going on. Not only that, but Kennedy falls into the stereotypical female protagonist by saying that her best friend is much more beautiful than she. [Sounds familiar, right?] The first few pages were too trite for my liking and I was concerned that this story was going to be an exact replica of other books out there – with different character names, of course.

Thankfully, though, I kept going and Unbreakable sucked me in. I grew attached to Kennedy and the group of teens she is pulled in to. I really like that they’re all different. But what I really like? How each peer is described through Kennedy’s eyes.

….they looked like four regular teenagers grabbing coffee in their way to school – the guy no one knew anything about because he wouldn’t let anyone get close, the kid genius who skipped three grades and still knew all the answers in Calculus, the girl all the guys wanted to date but were too intimidated to approach, and the boy-next-door who had too many secrets but was too sweet not to trust.

For some reason, I absolutely love that quote. A lot of authors write through the POV of teenagers, but that quote is truly a teenage thought. I think like this frequently, and seeing it written in front of you is an automatic connection. At that moment, I started noticing that the details brought the story even more to life by creating the images in my mind.

Additionally, a plethora of emotions are showcased within the story, giving the characters a lot of depth. Alara is first proposed as a bitch, but she’s not, but at the same time, she really is; Jared and Lukas love and hate each other, even though it’s hard to tell sometimes; Priest is the youngest of the group, and voices his anger about being treated as a child, and Kennedy uses her past heartbreak as a reason to proceed with caution. All of these emotions and thoughts are not focused on once throughout the novel, but over and over again, even if it’s just a passing detail. Not to the point where it got annoying, but where the reader notices that certain things come to define a person, and build who she is and how she acts. This is the first time I’ve noted that a character has done this to build not just one, but all of the characters in the story  – which I am truly thankful for.

To continue, the ghost scenes did get my heart racing. At one point, I started freaking myself out thinking there was something in my room. You know a book is good when it starts doing that to your mind 😄

Overall, I think Unbreakable is a great read. It’s exciting and fast paced – a good choice for anyone who wants a good ghost story with a twist. What are you waiting for? You know you wanna read this one… (;

…And you’re in luck! Thanks to Little, Brown, I have a copy of UNBREAKABLE to give away to a lucky reader! YAYYY! You know you want it! Now, this giveaway is U.S. only (no P.O. boxes!), and will end on September 12 at 11:59 EST.

How to Enter: Comment below with a valid email address and an answer to one of these questions! (The winner will be selected at random.):

1. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you encountered any?
2. What are you going to be this Halloween?
3. What is your favorite ‘Halloween’ read?

Release Day Launch: Unafraid by Melody Grace

Hey guys! Today, I’d love to share with you a novel that I cannot wait to be released: Unafraid by Melody Grace. Melody Grace was the first New Adult author I have, and currently, only have read. Her first novel, Unbroken enticed me into starting the NA genre; and of course after that I was hooked! If you’re into cute, summer fling books, then this release day post is for you. I now present to you, UNAFRAID… (:

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Unafraid by Melody Grace
 Release Date: August 27, 2013

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Summary:

“The first time I saw her, I knew this girl was wilder than any stallion I’d ever trained. She was headstrong, wounded, passionate and free. And I had to have her…”

Brittany Ray doesn’t care about her bad reputation. Growing up in a sleepy beach town with a junkie mom and a runaway dad, Brit’s learned the hard way that the people you love will only let you down. It’s no use hoping for love or happiness. Some dreams aren’t meant for girls like her.

Hunter Covington is one of those dreams.

Gorgeous, charming Hunter is damn near perfect—and it’s killing him. Son of Charleston royalty, he’s been trapped in a gilded cage since the day he was born. Now he’s breaking free. He’s quit law school to restore his grandpa’s old horse ranch, trying to soothe the demons in his soul. But Beachwood Bay is full of old ghosts, like the mysterious girl who spent an unforgettable night with him—and then slipped away before dawn. Brit. 

Everything about her screams danger, but Hunter doesn’t care: he’s never felt a connection so deep. And try as she may, Brit can’t resist the desire consuming her —or the safety she finds in Hunter’s arms.

A reckless passion. An undeniable bond. Scarred by their pasts, Brit and Hunter fight to heal old wounds. But will dark secrets tear apart their new beginning? And when love is the biggest risk of all, can they find the courage to face the future unafraid? 

About the Author: Melody Grace

Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.

Unafraid Giveaway

There’s a lovely giveaway that goes along with this release day launch & blog tour, but unfortunately, the Rafflecopter will not show up on WordPress. Instead, I have included a lovely screenshot of it for you guys with a link to the actual giveaway.

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Go and enter this awesome giveaway here —->>>>> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Other Awesome Links:

Melody’s Website
Melody’s Goodreads
Melody’s Twitter
Melody’s Facebook
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