BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: Adorkable, by Cookie O’Gorman

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Hi, there! Last book blitz of the day and for a book that I want to cuddle with: Adorkable, by Cookie O’Gorman! This one is also from YA Bound Book Tours, it was their day over here, haha!



by Cookie O’Gorman

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 31st, 2016


Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

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HONESTLY, I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! It fits perfectly into my more than successful recipe for a perfect contemporary so far! *–* I wish I had been selected for the tour too, ugh! 😦

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You can find Adorkable in ebook format only for now 🙂



And we have a killer excerpt! *–* I laughed hard already, haha!

“You’re not seriously going to listen to them,” I said flatly.

     “What else can I do?”

     “Becks, beware the dark side.”

     “What’s that supposed to mean?”

     “It’s a Yoda-ism,” I said, “and you know exactly what it means.  Becks, have you no shame?”

     “Nope,” he said, lifting the jersey over his head in one swift pull, causing a mixture of applause, screaming and appreciative sighs.

     I shook my head, struggling to keep my eyes north of his jaw line.

     “What can I say, Sal?” he said, backing away.  “It’s like that line from that show Oklahoma.  I’m just a guy who can’t say no.”  Flicking his jersey at one of the cheerleaders, he hot footed it out to center field, grinning all the while.  He gave a frowning Coach Crenshaw a swat to the backside, and then the team got down to business.

     I wrote down Becks’s quote, making a side note to include it in my next article, while the girl who’d caught Becks’s jersey gripped the shirt to her heart and pretended to faint.

     At least, I hoped it was pretend.


And Cookie is such an awesome soul that she put together a playlist for the book! *–*

ADORKABLE Book Playlist

  • “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap
  • “Can You Tell” by Ra Ra Riot
  • “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
  • “July Flame” by Laura Veirs
  • “So Insane” by Discovery
  • “The Trial of the Century” by French Kicks
  • “Hysteric” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • “Powerful Stuff” by Sean Hayes
  • “Call It Off” by Tegan and Sara
  • “Your Song” by Kate Walsh
  • “Nicest Thing” by Kate Nash
  • “Hyperballad” by Whitley
  • “Syrup & Honey” by Duffy
  • “Oh Boy” by Duffy
  • “She’s Got You High” by Mumm-Ra
  • “Heart Skipped a Beat” by The XX
  • “Tessellate” by Tokyo Police Club
  • “I’m With You” by The Stills
  • “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band (Live at Folsom Field, Boulder Colorado)

I’d love to know why not a single author that puts a playlist together includes Britney Spears, but okay.

the author

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Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas.



The ADORKABLE Challenge

In Cookie’s own words:

I wanted to do something special and fun to celebrate the release of my debut novel ADORKABLE.  Since the book is all about the dorky, the awkward, and embracing your inner-nerd, I came up with the ADORKABLE Challenge!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Take a picture of yourself being adorkable.

Step 2: Post that picture on social media (facebook, twitter, instagram etc.) with the hashtag #AdorkableChallenge.

Step 3: Enter the link to your picture in the Rafflecopter and earn as many extra entries as you can.

Step 4: Sit back and relax while 4 adorably dorky winners are randomly chosen :).

3 winning runners up will each receive: $10 Amazon gift card.

The ADORKABLE Challenge Champion will receive: $50 Amazon gift card.

 And that’s it!  If you’re adorkable and you know it, this is your time to shine.  I can’t wait to check out all of your pictures.  Now, show me your ADORKABLE!

Cookie O’Gorman

TIME TO SHINE, PEOPLE! Let’s be adorkable together! I’m already into the challenge 😀

That’s it, thanks for reading! Do you like nerd high school/college life books? *–*


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BOOK BLITZ: The Way Home, by Linda Oaks (The Chasing Series #3)

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Hi, there! Welcome to the book birthday of The Way Home, third book in the standalones series The Chasing Series, by Linda Oaks, a beautiful and tallented soul! ❤ This birthday blitz is hosted by Love Affair With Fiction 😀

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The Way Home
The Chasing Series #3
Linda Oaks
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

“Not everyone you love is going to leave you…but what if they do?”

For Nate Lucas, this was his reality.

When he lost her, he was left with no choice. Life was impossible in Crawley without her. He couldn’t live with all of the memories or her ghost.

He vowed to never return again.

It was business that brought him back and the chance to right a wrong, but then she needed him; his best friend’s little sister. Her life and her child’s were in danger.

It was an arrangement until it became more.

He vowed to never love again; to never allow the past a chance to repeat itself, but sometimes you’re left with no choice.

When the walls around your heart are finally breached, do you run and save yourself or stay and fight for the chance to love again?

When you lose your way, how do you find the way home?

**The Way Home is an Interconnected Standalone in The Chasing Series. Each book features a different couple.**

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At the moment, you can find The Way Home [haha] in ebook format only, but I’ll update this detail on my review – YES, THERE WILL BE A REVIEW ON THURSDAY!! *–*

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Yes, we have an excerpt of one of the hottest scenes in the book ❤ How do I know? I was one of the proud beta-readers in Linda’s team! So this book is beyond special to me ❤ But enough chit chat and here’s the excerpt:

“You didn’t get too hot, did you?” she asked, her expression filled with concern.

“Nah, I’m fine,” I muttered, scratching my beard. I turned away and slammed the car’s hood down, and then I took a deep breath to try to gain control of myself.

I would not touch her.

I would not.

A soft hand landed on my shoulder at the same time a splatter of rain loudly plopped against the car’s hood. A few drops landed on my skin. It was cold, but I could have sworn I heard them sizzle since her touch had set me on fire. Need coursed through my body overriding my senses. Overhead, the clouds were heavy and dark. In the air there was the overwhelming scent of rain mixed with the sweet scent of the woman standing behind me.

I couldn’t fucking take it.

Pushed beyond my control, I spun around to face her. For the rest of my life whenever I smelled the scent of honeysuckle, I would always think of her. When her pink tongue darted out to briefly skim her lower lip, I lost all train of thought. She was teasing me. My body automatically gravitated to hers. Sultry eyes full of want stared back at me with a heat that matched my own. I reached out a hand and cupped her jaw, then slid my hand along her neck where I was able to tangle my fingers in her thick hair in order to draw her closer. My other arm encircled her waist, and I pulled her flush against me. All of that softness and those curves melding into mine turned my brain to mush.

She felt like fucking  heaven and the answer to all of my prayers.

“Nate,” she whispered, and the tortured sound of my name slipping past her lips was downright unbearable.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, there was a split second where sanity tried to return. Maybe, I should let her go. The sky chose that exact moment to open up. A torrent of summer rain washed all of that damn nonsense straight from my head. My lips crashed down onto hers, sinking into all of that sweetness. I devoured her whole. Never had anything tasted as good as the woman in my arms. She was fucking addictive.

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Linda was such a sweetheart – which is no surprise, as she always is a sweetheart – and put together the perfect playlist for The Way Home! Have an account on Spotfy? Then grab my hand and come with me to the dancefloor!

also in the series

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Chasing RainbowsThe Chasing Series #1

Review here!

Chasing Rainbows is available in both paperback and ebook formats 😀

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Finding ForeverThe Chasing Series #2

Review here!

Finding Forever is available in both paperback and ebook formats 😀

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

the author

Linda Oaks


Linda Oaks has always had a passion for books.  At the age of five, she was a book of the month club member.  Her love for books eventually led her to a love of writing. She resides in Eastern Kentucky with her husband, two children, three dogs and a pet rabbit named Dozer. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Instagram.  She can be also be reached by mail at authorlindaoaks [@]  She loves connecting with her readers.

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One lucky winner will take home a SIGNED paperback copy of Chasing Rainbows! 😀

To join this awesome giveaway and have a beautiful book in the inside and out, just click here and good luck: GIVEAWAY!

I’m just not competing this time because I already have my beautiful signed copy winking at me on my shelf ❤ If you follow me on Instagram, you know just how much I show it off, haha! ;D

That’s it! Once again, happy book birthday to Linda and thank you for reading my post!


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BOOK TOUR: Bound, by Donnielle Tyner (The Caelian Cycle #2)

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Good morning! Welcome to a very busy blogging day, haha! Book news, book reviews, everything!! Our first star is on book tour on YA Bound Book Tours account: Bound, second book in The Caelian Cycle series, by Donnielle Tyner!



(The Caelian Cycle #2)

by Donnielle Tyner

Release Date: October 19th, 2015


Bound by Vengeance.

Sadie has found the resolve to fight the man who caused so much pain in her life. Her tentative alliance with the HCA underground gives her the resources to train both her body and Talent for when she comes face to face with her grandfather.

Bound by Loss.

Being separated from her friends at St Vincent’s is harder than she could have ever realized and it doesn’t help that Kian has withdrawn from her as well. With help from a new friend, Sadie uncovers more about her past and that someone close to her has been keeping secrets from Sadie her entire life.

Bound by Fear.

Tragedy strikes close to home, giving a longstanding enemy, one desperate and willing to do anything to have Sadie on their side, an opportunity to arise. Allies and friends come together to stand against evil, but at a terrible cost. Sadie’s history and future collide while the world is thrown into chaos.

Sadie must overcome or forever be Bound.


This series sounds so nice! Have you seen the cover reveal for the third volume, Shift? If not, click here! ;D But back to Bound: it is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and ebook versions!

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And we have an excerpt! Cheers! 😀


The methodical run-down of events gave me the sense of control in an environment where it was clear that I was not. Heat from the large lamps beat against my skin, adding to the warmth generated by my rapidly beating heart. Beads of sweat formed on my brow and dripped down my neck. It was then I noticed that my white shirt was soaked with sweat, every small detail of my lacy bra visible in the harsh glow of the lights. Drops of sweat dripped from the tip of my nose as I looked down. My pants and boots were missing, leaving me in a pair of black boy shorts. I licked my cracked lips with a tongue that felt like sandpaper.

What are they going to do to me?

As soon as the thought crossed my mind, the screech of a bolt lock sliding open filled the silence, followed by the pop of a door opening. Multiple pairs of feet scuffled into the room, but they kept their bodies hidden behind the lights. My Talent buzzed beneath my skin.

The bald man from earlier walked forward. He was wearing the exact same outfit, except the hoodie. His smooth head shone in the bright light and I had a flashback to how he had looked in the moonlight. The bald man grabbed a metal chair and dragged it to a stop in front of me then straddled it. He regarded me for a moment with his dull green eyes before leaning forward and resting his meaty arms on the back of the chair.

“Are you uncomfortable?” he asked, lips turned into a sneer.

“Of course I am,” my voice came out scratchy.

“Good. We can help. If you cooperate.”

Nice, right? Haha! Also, Donielle, also known as the author, put together a playlist for this book!! Check this out:


  • X Ambassadors – Renegades
  • I.A. – Bad Girls
  • Muse – Assassin
  • Banks – Beggin For Thread
  • Bastille – Flaws
  • Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
  • First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
  • Dorothy – Gun In My Hand
  • Imagine Dragons – Shots ( ❤ )
  • Dorothy – Bang Bang Bang
  • Betty Who – Missing You
  • The Wombats – Your Body Is A Weapon
  • Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
  • Johnny Cash – Hurt
  • AWOLNATION – Jailbreak
  • Santigold – Disparate Youth
  • Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile

I love when authors put this effort for their readers ❤ Bellow, you can learn more about Donnielle 😀

Donnielle Tyner

Hello! Donnielle here. I’m a new indie young adult author. When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, binge watching Netflix, homeschooling my two children, and hanging out with my husband.


That’s it, thank you so much for reading! And thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for the spot on this tour 😀


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BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: Sinners in the Dark, from Inger Iversen (Running in the Dark #2)

Hello, there! Welcome to the third book blitz of the day, this time on Xpresso Book Tours account! This post’s star has one of the most beautiful covers EVER! Of course I’m talking about the second book of Running in the Dark series, from Inger Iversen: Sinners in the Dark! 😀

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Inger Iversen
(Running in the Dark #2)
Publication date: March 25th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


War is coming between vampires and humans, and the Vampire Nation will stop at nothing to eliminate their enemies. Former assassin, Echo sees the Nation for what it is – a corrupt organization with its sights set on destroying the Sect, a group formed to eradicate all things vampire. Now Echo is a Ghost, a traitor of the Vampire Nation, determined to build a new life with the Sect. But choices he’s made in the past might cost him the one person who could truly redeem his soul.


I love vampire books and beautiful covers jugde me, so I simply had to spotlight this beauty here ❤ Sinners in the Dark is currently available only in digital formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

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Sinners in the Dark is the sequel to Running in the Dark, that you can check on Amazon bellow 😀


And guess what? This is the kind of book that has lots of nice features ❤ Let’s begin with a nice excerpt, shall we? ;D


Chapter 1

Present Day

Give as Good as You Get

Via crept slowly along the back wall of the seedy motel, keeping her body out of the light. Quietly, she tucked her lucky silver cross in her shirt and reached to her side to pull her queb, a weapon made from wood, from her belt. With her other hand, she palmed her gun and released it from her side. She studied the two hoodlums with intense disdain as they eyed the mom and pop diner. Via knew the owners, and ate there often back when she was a dollar away from being homeless.

Gang vampires were a tricky bunch. They often traveled in groups, and more times than not, had two or more lookouts. Via glanced around the back alley in search of anything amiss, but was greeted with nothing. Turning back to the group assembling before her, she noted their clothing; the red and gold shirts of the vamp-bangers told Via two things. First, they were not generals in the gang, but mere henchmen. And second, they were stupid as fuck, as this was their rival’s territory. She’d had many encounters with both gangs, on account of them liking to kidnap and rape women; enjoying their screams as she gutted them like a fish with her queb.

The sound of glass shattering pulled her out of her thoughts. Now would be the time Via should pull her cell from her pocket and dial up her dhampir partner, Echo. Her stomach roiled at the thought, and though Austin believed it a good idea to partner a human with a trusted dhampir, Via wasn’t feeling the love. Using the excuse of having her hands full, she didn’t make the call and inched closer to the opening leading out to the main street. She darted across the street and damn near ninja dove into the window. Once she cleared the glass and debris, she smoothly rolled under the nearest table for cover.

Via was no fool, with vamps’ excellent hearing and sniffers, they’d easily discover her in the café, but she was banking on one thing to help her out. She took a quick peek at the bottom of her queb for reassurance. The stake-like rod was thick as a baton, the tip sharp as a razor’s edge, and it gave a faint glow from the rune placed on it by an enchantress. This particular rune obliterated Via’s human scent. A handy tool when hiding from vamps.

Like with any mission, sanctioned or unsanctioned, Via had a plan: attack, kill, and repeat, until all vamps were dead. Ordinarily, Echo had point and took out the lookouts. His superior vision and hearing had often given him and Via an advantage, but since he wasn’t with her, it’d be like old times.

Vamp number one, who she’d decided to call Lefty, since he was missing his right eye, slid to a halt in front of the broken window. Ambient light from the streetlights filtered into the small café, creating shadows across Lefty’s perplexed face. Via inched her gun up—loaded with silver nitrate bullets—and readied her queb just as the pale faced vamp turned. The first shot rang out like an explosion in the night. Seared flesh, blood, and pieces of Lefty’s remaining eye showered around Via.

Standing to take care of the second vamp sliding around the corner, she lost her balance in the blood and fell to the floor. In a second, she made the choice to drop the queb, and aim the weapon. To her surprise, instead of one vampire, there were now three. These were more than some run-of-the-mill gangbangers, breaking and entering. The one she’d aptly named Blue, for his intense electric blue eyes, held a few boxes in his hand, and not one of them had made their way to the cash register, or the wall safe.

Blue’s eyes widened at the sight of her. “Hey, baby.” His voice held a sickening slimy quality. He handed the boxes to Tyson, who she’d named Mike Tyson since they both had those stupid matching face tattoos. “Did you come to play?” Licking his lips, his eyes did a perusal of her body, taking time to linger on her breasts.

Slowly, Via stood and placed her empty hand on her hip while keeping her gun aimed. “Stop, in the name of the law.” None of the vamps spoke. The silence filled the room and Via tensed. Okay, so these guys didn’t like her joke.

The three vamps, Blue, Tyson and Shit Eater—no explanation for nickname needed—stared at her longer, before there was a blur of movement, and one of the three stooges knocked the gun from her hands. Next came a gut-crushing blow to her stomach. Bile rose in her throat as she hit the ground.

If Via lived to tell this story, she would say that in seconds she was up again ready and raring to take on the vamps—which would be a lie. Those who had called her hardheaded would be happy to know that too was a lie because as her skull hit the floor with a deafening crack. Via’s body refused to listen to her command to get the fuck up. Even with skill such as Via’s, taking on three vamps in the middle of the night, with no damned back up, was something akin to suicide.

A trilling start, right? *–* And just you wait until you read the interview that Inger, the author, did with Echo, ex-assassin for the Vampire Nation and true king of the Russian vampires 😀 Let’s see what he has to say about the vampire world??

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Inger Iversen: Thank you for being here with us today. Let’s jump right into this interview and start with explaining to the readers the difference between a blood born vampire, a made vampire and a dhampir.

Echo: As you know, most humans are misguided in their theories about my world. Most humans assume a vampire female is incapable of giving birth, however; that is not wholly true. A blood born vampire is born from a demon and is able to reproduce. However, turned vampires are unable to reproduce, as their wombs are barren and the undead cannot nurture life inside of their body. A male dhampir can reproduce with any fertile female.

II: Wow, that’s fascinating. So would it be safe for me to assume there’s an underworld out there most know nothing about?

Echo: Yes, and in more ways than one. Our world is kept secret from humans at the request of government officials. They do not want you to know that there are creatures of the night.

II: Okay, well I think some humans know that the government hides information from us. What about things like the cure for cancer and other deadly diseases?

Echo: Let me put it like this. My dhampir blood isn’t nearly as potent as the blood of a blood born vampire, and yet, I can heal broken bones, cure poisons, remedy genetic diseases and much more human and lore illness. Just imagine what the blood of a blood born vampire can do.

II: Amazing. I hope one day we are able to use vampire blood to help those in need. For my last question, I would like to ask you something personal. When you find your brother, what do you plan to do to him? As you told Via in Sinners in the Dark, please give detail.

Echo: Ha! Shall I spoil the end of a series for the readers? No, I won’t, but I will tell you this. When I capture my brother, his death will be so bloody and gruesome that readers will not sleep for many nights for fear of the monster I am.

II: Chilling, but Vasily deserves nothing but death for all the trouble he has wrought. Echo, thank you for sitting down with us today. Your time is most appreciated.

 Echo: No problem. Via made me come.


Thanks to Echo and Via, then, haha! And to Inger, that was nice enough to do the interview for us 😀


And there is one more nice thing that Inger Iversen did for us (you know, besides writing an awesome vampire book series and interviewing Echo, haha!): she put together a playlist at Spotfy! Isn’t this great?!

Playlist for Sinner in the Dark

(just click the songs title to listen to them on Spotfy)

Bellow, you can read more about this lovely author 🙂

Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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And now, the giveaway lol


  • One lucky winner will get an $25 Amazon Gift Card!

To enter and join me, just click the Rafflecopter link bellow!

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That’s it, thank you for reading! I’m sorry, it’s another long post, but I simply love when authors take the time to do so many nice things for us readers ❤ So thank you once again, Inger, for the trouble of providing so many nice materials for our blitz posts, and to Xpresso Book Tours that included me on this one ❤