Good afternoon, sweets! Welcome to the book blitz for At First Blush, by Beth Ellyn Summer! In this post, you’ll find overall info about the book and the author and my awesome cover analysis! #humblepanda
At First Blush
by Beth Ellyn Summer
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.
But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?
Fans of Zoella’s GIRL ONLINE will fall right into the world of this YA DEVIL WEARS PRADA and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.
Hello, there! Welcome to the book blitz for Solis, second book in the Modern Descendants series, by L. B. Dunbar writing as Elda Lore! Someday, I’ll understand why authors decide to use other publishing names when they are telling us their previous publishing names…
Modern Descendants #2
Elda Lore (L.B. Dunbar writing as)
Release Date: January 30th, 2017
Veva Matron is a feisty girl raging with suppressed anger and distrust of men.
Solis Cronus is a blindingly beautiful, Greek god of a guy, who likes to play women.
An electric hatred thunders through each of them about the other until one night, lightning strikes. A world of secrets reveals the destiny of two at odds with one another, and clouds the line between love and hate. Can a lively girl find calm in the stormy tension of a boy made of sunshine and sin?
The mythical tale of Zeus and Hera reignites in this modern interpretation of enemies to lovers. Full of flirty sexual angst and teasing temptation, Solis might be the one man who can extinguish Veva’s angry fire and ignite a different sort of flame: desire.
Hello, everyone! Nice Tuesday for you =D Can you all feel the winds of my blog reborn? I can! /o/
Today it’s my pleasure to celebrate the book birthday of one of my babies from my December wishlist: Alterations, by Stephanie Scott! Happy Book Birthday to Stephanie YA Bound Book Tours and it’s my pleasure to be a part of it =D
Hello, there! Nice Friday for you =) As I had warned yesterday, here it comes my selection of the best books to hit town in December – you know, all in my humble opinion, after checking Goodreads’ lists, haha! This is a mix of what’s coming from authors in my shelves + popular books added by the community, so here we go! I’ll probably share even more titles with you on the following weeks, as my inbox keeps screaming at me, full of authors’ news =)
Hello, there! Welcome to the cover reveal for the third book in The Enertia Trials series, by J. Kowallis: Duality! The cover reveal is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours 🙂
Duality J. Kowallis (The Enertia Trials #3) Publication date: November 18th, 2016 Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Trust No One.
In this world, nothing is as it seems . . .
Reggie’s visions turn to horrifying hallucinations. For weeks she’s tortured with starvation and nightmares that vex her resolve. Her only companion is a mysterious shadow—a figure with no shape, no substance—that seems to have a mind of its own. It’s a presence that prickles her memories and plants a feeling of familiar dread in her mind.
Where she is, she doesn’t know, and the organization delving into her mind is more threatening than ever before.
With the help of shady contacts from his past, Nate struggles to travel half way around the world, facing his own demons and dreadful revelations. But when a stranger joins the team, the duality of this newcomer’s actions sets everyone on edge, leading them through a trial one of them . . . will not survive.
I loved this cover! I haven’t start this series yet, but I think the cover matches the promises of the summary and gives the book a futuristic air, with mystery and sci-fi vibes. Also, I really liked the mix of purple and blue – they are supposed to be calming cold colors, but every time someone says “stay calm”, we get mad, right? I think this cover does the same: try to keep it cool and watch yourself fail miserably. Hm, did I go too far? Hahaha!
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).
Hi, there! Welcome to book cover reveal #2! Another contemporary book that warmed my heart with the blurb alone, haha! I’m talking about Wasted Words, by Staci Heart ❤ And this reveal is on Give Me Books!
by Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Staci Hart
Photographer: Lauren Perry of Perrywinkle
Release Date: May 19th, 2016
Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.
Hi, there! Good morning, hope you’re starting your day well ❤ Our blog week starts with full force again with the new banners, book news and reviews (hope you liked the reading bears!), so let’s not waste a moment of it! The first star of the day is a sexy one, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours: the book cover reveal for Uncovering Officer Smith, by Sheena Hutchinson! 😀
Uncovering Officer Smith Sheena Hutchinson Publication date: May 1st, 2016 Genres: New Adult, Romance
John Smith has been hurt before by a mysterious blonde that tumbles out of his cop car. Since she stomped on his heart, he’s made sure he’ll never feel that way again. He has developed two rules: Never more than one night and never a blonde.
The nerdy and conservative Becca Swanson has a plan for her life: college, law school, and rule the world. Nothing and no one will get in her way. That is, until she wakes up in a stranger’s bedroom with no recollection of the night before.
This one tumultuous night caused these two to cross paths. Becca is everything John told himself he didn’t need. Smart, sexy, and — blonde. When she becomes the victim of one of his cases he finally can’t deny the connection anymore. Worst of all, he’s beginning to fall harder than ever before.
It throws his rules and her plans out the window. Could it have been fate? Or will it become the biggest mistake either of them has ever made?
I really like the prospect of a strong, nerd and smart female leading a book, so this book caught my eye – now that I’ve seen the cover, I can’t stop thinking about it, haha! Also, the beautiful art quotes that came with the cover reveal made me shiver in excitment!!
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.
She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.
While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more info, updates, and fun facts visit her website.
Hi, there! Welcome to my last bookish news related post of the day! It was an intense one, sorry, haha! ❤ This time, we have a cover reveal brought to you by Give Me Books: Paper Dolls, from Hannah Peach!
Release Date: April 24th, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Romacdesigns
My life comes down to this. Two faces. One choice.
Salem is my twin sister. She loved me. She protected me. She forgave me, even after I failed her. I just got her back after searching for three long, lonely years.
Then there’s Clay. Sweet yet intense and nursing a dark past of his own, he’s all the redemption I don’t deserve. He wants to open me up and know the insides of my soul. I want to let him, but I’m scared he’ll run from what he finds.
But I can’t have them both.
My name is Aria. And today, I must choose. One of the two people I love has to die.
MIND. BLOWING! You can already Pre-Order Paper Dolls on our favorite places:
And we do have an excerpt! You can read the full Prologue for Paper Dolls bellow!!
In moments like these, everything slowed. Salem always joked that it was life’s way of making sure you didn’t miss the turning points, the important bits. As if gravity sank heavier and heavier with the weight of the moment until the world was too heavy to turn and everyone held their breath.
It certainly felt like that now. My next action, my next word, would change all of our lives.
“Aria,” Clay’s deep voice reached my ears. “Whatever happens…I love you.” The usual assuredness and authority was gone. Instead, strain and hurt had crumpled up and shoved into his throat. Choose me. Save me. Love me.
Before him my life had felt like a stack of old movies; frames missing or out of order, muted crackling sound, flickering and shuttering away, unloved and unseen in an old unused cinema.
Then I found him. Or he found me.
He created a warm shield around me where I could be safe. He coaxed away all my layers and shed all my masks and his love soaked right into my skin, right into the very soul of me. He pulled out the fossil buried inside that had been my heart and breathed life into me.
How could I give up the man I loved? The one who loved me with a fierce and unwavering passion, the man who made me feel like I could defeat demons as long as he was by my side.
Winking in the threads of sunlight piercing through the solemn gray clouds, seed fluff twirled about me like swirling, dancing couples. Spinning around like Salem and I used to do in our backyard, hands clasped together tightly, turning round and round, eyes to the sky, our twin voices giggling and floating into the air like dandelions.
She had been my shield before Clay.
“I’m nothing without you, Aria,” Salem’s voice trembled, desperation leaking into the breaths between her words. Choose me. Need me. Love me.
How could I end her? I just got her back. For so long we shared almost everything, and she protected me. Her whole life had been about protecting me. Because she loved me that much.
How could I turn against her, toss her away like an old broken toy?
But I had to choose.
I could see us now, the three of us making a chain like when I was a kid, folding pieces of colored paper into rectangles, cutting out an arm, a leg, and half a head, and unfurling my new patterns in the light to reveal a line of paper dolls. Clay, Salem and I − we were all just paper dolls in a paper chain, me in the middle, each end pulling tighter and tighter until something had to tear.
Even now as I stare between Clay and Salem, trying to digest our impossible situation, Hope is still there, that terrible pixie, fluttering on my shoulder, whispering.
Maybe it doesn’t have to end this way?
Fuck you, Hope. Here’s the truth.
Nobody is coming.
No one will save us.
And someone isn’t going to make it out of this forest today.
“Choose,” my sister screamed. “It’s either him or me.”
My fingers tightened around my gun in a reflex. This was it. I either ended her. Or destroyed Clay.
I squeezed my eyelids shut for a moment, just for a moment of peace. Just for an instant I could shut out the inevitable, and in this blessed darkness I believed I could conceive a way that both could exist in my life. A way that I could choose Salem and Clay.
You can’t have both.
What do you do when someone puts a gun to your head? Clay’s words came back to me, echoing as loud in my mind as if he had just spoken them. You refuse to bend. You push back. You find another way. You take that gun off him and put it back in his face. But you do not give in.
Find another way…
I knew what I had to do. A kind of peace settled on my skin, as delicate as gossamer, as light as silk.
I opened my eyes to a world of bright light until my vision adjusted. The torn and pained faces of the two people I loved came into focus. The only two people I’ve shared air with while we slept, the same two people I’d crawl into Hell to be with, and the only two people I would die for. I forced the ghost of a smile forward.
And turned the gun on myself.
I’m kind of biting my things to know what happens next. Darn it. Bellow, you can read a bit about Hannah, the author!
Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Alt-hough she writes in more than one genre she can’t write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things, and choose love above everything.
Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland – everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She’s planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.
Hello, there! Welcome to the first book cover reveal of the day 😀 Along with Love Affair With Fiction, it’s my pleasure to introduce you guys to the very hot cover for Fire & Ice, from Jessica Prince! 😀
Wonderful, right?! *–* Here’s all you need to know about this new beauty in town:
Title: Fire & Ice
Series: The Locklaine Boys (Book #1)
Author: Jessica Prince
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 21
Pepper O’Malley isn’t one to be toyed with. Fool her once, shame on you. Fool her twice and they’ll have trouble finding your body. She used to dream of white picket fences and happily-ever-afters, but now she lives in the real world. As the saying goes, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when that woman is a redheaded spitfire.
Griffin Locklaine always viewed commitment as a four letter word. He was clear about what he wanted from the start and made no apologies for it. He didn’t care if he came off cold as ice. He lived for his job, his family, and his friends. He had no desire for a relationship. That was, until he saw the once-young-and-scrawny Pepper all grown up.
They’re like oil and water, fire and ice. A volatile combination that should never work together. Unfortunately fate has other ideas. A spark like theirs left ignored has a tendency to burn out of control, leaving everyone to wonder who will be left standing when it finally explodes. Only one thing is certain. When they finally come together it’s going to be epic.
**Fire & Ice is Griffin and Pepper’s story. It is book 1 in a spin off series for characters introduced in Love Hate Relationship. It is recommended you read Love Hate Relationship first**
Interested? Never worry! You can already pre-order Fire & Ice at our usual suspects-I mean, buying places lol
Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.
Hi, again! Welcome to a very fangirl review ❤ Yes, I’m talking about an Ava March book, haha!
As I already mentioned once or twice, Ava is re-releasing her books in the London Legal series with new hot covers and adding a third book to the series. Convincing Arthur, the star of this particular review and first book in the series, was re-released on January 12th and Convincing Leopold, second book in the series, will be re-released on February 9th. As for the third and new book, Convincing the Secretary, despite being released only on March, its review is already available here 😀
To celebrate this re-releases, I decided to re-read and properly review the series. Ava deserves my time and you deserve to know about the best books in the world ❤ My picture was taken with the new cover, to help promoting the book around, but I actually own the old edition 🙂
Arthur Barrington knew exactly what awaited for him when he accepted Leopold’s invitation for a short holiday at his friend’s country house in Yorkshire: pleasure beyond anything he knew and total chances of forgetting about his shattered heart. Recently out of a 10-years-long relationship, Arthur just needs to have a good time before search for another discreet gentleman, one willing to be committed, loyal and in love with him.
Leopold Thornton knew exactly what awaited him when he invited Arthur for a short holiday at his country house in Yorkshire: a chance to finally prove himself worthy of the man he has been in love with for the past ten years. Leopold knew he had to take it slow and that his ill and well-built reputation as the biggest whore in London would be held against him, but Leopold couldn’t stand to witness Arthur’s heartache any longer. Or to bear his own either.
Arthur and Leopold’s chemistry is undeniable and soon enough all it takes for both gentlemen to disrupt themselves in feverish desire is to be on each other’s company. Arthur is having the time of his life in Leopold’s bed and Leopold is on the fight with everything he has to win Arthur’s heart.
The only problem is that their life roles are switched. Can Leopold cure Arthur’s heartache without acquiring one of his own?
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as reader 🙂
To be honest, I lost track of how many times I have read this book. Despite being normally a hardcore fan of Ava’s work, Leopold also happens to be one of my Top Males from her. Yup, a lot of re-reads through the years since I’m 17 🙂 Just like my 16-year-old face, my favoritism still is the same as back then.
Convincing Arthur has almost all the elements that I most adore in a book: a gay couple, a historical setting in 19th century England, hot non-vulgar sex scenes, deep and developed characters, a happy ending and third person styled narrator with switching points of view and Ava March’s flawless writing style. It would be ridiculous if I gave it any less than five stars.
As we’ll be talking about a literary piece of art and perfection, all impartiality will be left behind.
As my spoilerish summary indicated, the narrative style is third person and we get to be inside both Leopold and Arthur’s heads. This is my favorite style, as it gives the reader a full picture of what is happening. It works very well for March, as there is not a mystery element to the book. The whole feeling of the book leads the reader to guess the outcome of the romance, but not on a bothersome level. Just like a regular sugared historical romance, we wonder how the couple will manage to stay together. The details are the delight, haha!
As this is the first volume in a series, I think it doesn’t make sense to talk about lose ends 🙂
The plot is very simple with minor twists, but very well executed. Regency boy reconnects with wealthier regency boy, they have sex and now must decide whether both parts are happy in continuing the relationship or if it was indeed a one-time deal. The key is how the couple will communicated and this is the turning point on their relationship, what measures their success or failure. It is so real that my heart clenches: if there is no communication, there is no relationship.
One of the things that I like the most about March’s works is that I notice something different each time that I read her books. There is always something new that I need to add on my mental database about the portrayed couple. A line of thinking, a shed word, body responses to one another. It is just magical, haha!
Then, there are the characters.
My heart is Leopold’s and I will stand by him until the end of the days, but Arthur is also an incredible character. They are two men trying to make a completely forbidden relationship to work when all odds are against them. Besides being really romantic, it is sensible and beautiful. Their struggles are daily just like mine or yours and the reader is involved on their consciousness in such a way that we just want to help them to understand each other. We want to tell them what they think of themselves and we want to force them to talk, to clear things up.
Leopold is beautiful, rich, funny, smart, loyal and skillful ~ if you catch my drift ~, but he bares several insecurities and a particular condition that will be more apparent and discussed on the second book. Arthur is the boy next door, dutiful and hardworking, but he dreads the idea of being utterly alone in the world, having the need of sharing his life with someone – actually, anyone that will have him on his terms, as we soon learn in the begging of the book. They are perfect on both qualities and flaws. Both were lacking individuals before the holiday in Yorkishire. Together, they help each other to become better people. Isn’t this beautiful?
Honestly, I can’t with myself. It’s too much love for only one person, haha!
A strong and ever present element in March’s books are the sex scenes. They are hot, explicit and dashing. You see, March has this gift that allows her to portray desire in a way that leads her readers into believing that the involved couple are in heaven while having sex. The sexual need of the partners is strong and restless and there’s nothing they’d rather do than be there, on that second, sharing their bodies with each other. This bound ensures high quality and well written scenes and vulgarity-free desire. All sex scenes are justified and helpful into building the relationship. They’re not there for mere appreciation of the moment, to put I mildly 😉 And I love March for being capable of this.
Bonus point: 19th century London on March’s hands. You feel like you are walking London’s streets along Leopold and Arthur, as if you know all the directions they need to take to move around and reach their destinations. It’s not just a whatever scenario, it is alive and pulsing behind all the drama and romance ❤
Oh, and then there is this brand new shiny cover.
I really loved those *–* The minimal that every book deserves is a beautiful cover and London Legal series was in desperate need for prettier covers 🙂
Overall, I don’t care if it is a homosexual romance, I think everybody should read Ava March’s books because she is that awesome. #justsaying
Thank you for indulging my fangirling and congrats for finishing this review! 😀 There is still so much to be done and posted today that I’m getting some Britney vibes…
Wish me luck! Oh, and the review for Convincing Leopold will be posted on February 8th 🙂