Beauty and the Book Boyfriend by K.M. Galvin

cover111872-mediumBeauty and the Book Boyfriend by KM Galvin was released on March 28, 2017. I heard a lot about this book leading up to the release, both positive and negative. Hearing all about this book made me wonder and I had to find out for myself. The story is about Bell who is an author that is very self conscious and avoids the publicity all while not having any friends. She goes on book tour as the main character in her book along with the book boyfriend that her fans voted for. I found this book to be an ok read. I felt that the points of view kept changing so much that I could not keep up at times. The characters could use more back story to add more depth. While I understand that some readers really liked this book, I have to say I am not one of them. I am willing to read more works from this author. **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

SYNOPSIS: When Bellamy Strong started writing, it wasn’t with the intention of becoming the next phenomenon. It was…to be blunt she had no friends. School is rough on the anti-social. It’s even harder publishing your books and the world decides it wants a piece of you. Now her series is ending and her publisher is demanding she show up for her fans. End her reclusive persona. A three month, worldwide book tour dressed as Makyla, the lead character in her book. As for Maxsen, the love interest, her fans pick model Caleb Pace to play the role during a casting contest. No big deal right? What happens when your fantasy comes to life and turns out better than you imagined?
**Recommended for ages 18 and up**

How We Fall by Melissa Toppen Book Blitz and Giveaway

How We Fall
Melissa Toppen
Publication date: April 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

It’s not always about how we fall- it’s about where we end up once we land.

I remember the very first time I laid eyes on Cole Lincoln. It still feels like yesterday when he stumbled into my life with his messy brown hair and dark eyes. Even though I was only ten years old at the time, I knew right then and there that he was going to change everything.

From that point on Cole and I were always together—inseparable—and I naively believed we’d be best friends forever. But forever didn’t last nearly as long as I expected.

We grew up and grew apart, life driving the distance between us, but my love for Cole never faltered. Even long after he moved away, leaving me and our little town behind, I still carried a piece of him with me every single day. Because Cole wasn’t just my childhood best friend- the boy who knew me better than anyone else in the whole world. He was also my first love- a part of my very core.

When a tragic death brings us face to face again after six years, every single memory comes rushing to the surface. Only this is not the boy I fell in love with all those years ago. The man before me is hardened, intimidating, and so damn sexy I practically melt when those dark eyes meet mine for the first time in six years.

And like the first time he walked into my life, I know with complete certainty that everything is about to change.

How We Fall is a STANDALONE Contemporary Romance.

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Author Bio:

Melissa Toppen is a Reader’s Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.

Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.

In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.

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North to You by Tif Marcelo

cover110184-mediumNorth to You by Tif Marcelo will be released on June 5, 2017 by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books. This book is about a street food vendor named Camille. She owns Luciana’s, a popular but not famous food truck in the Bay Area of San Francisco. While at work in her food truck, she must learn what it takes to make it and get the food critics attention. One day while at a food festival see runs into her high school crush, Drew. He is on leave and before he is deployed back to Iraq he wants to patch things up with his dad. But his father owns the restaurant that is causing Camille problems with her food truck. Soon Drew finds himself having to choose between his family and Camille. Marcelo creates a very unique plot line that is perfect for romance. The characters he created have a deep back story that adds to the overall story. I found the ending to be a surprise that I did not see coming. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author. Grab your copy today. **I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

SYNOPSIS: In this warmhearted and charming debut from Tif Marcelo, a food truck chef and her long lost Army love clash when they cross paths in San Francisco. Camille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage, and a little sister to look after, she doesn’t have time for much else. That is, until Drew Bautista walks back into her life. Drew is Camille’s former high school crush and he returns to San Francisco to repair his relationship with his father before he ships out for deployment. By helping his father renovate his failing Filipino restaurant, he hopes to win back his respect. But when sparks fly between Drew and Camille—his father’s major competition and sworn enemy—Drew is conflicted. Should he join his father in the war against her food truck? Or surrender to the woman who’s given him a second chance at love?

About the author:

A1dSvaZlCYL._SY200_Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast, food-lover and the occasional half-marathon runner. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited characters. Tif currently lives in the DC area with her own real life military hero and four children.

Blog Tour: Code Red (Faith Flores Science Mysteries) by Janie Chodosh

code.red.jpegCode Red: Faith Flores Science Mystery Series Book #2 by Janie Chodosh

Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: February 7th 2017 by Poisoned Pen Press
SYNOPSIS: After nailing the murderer of her addict mom and proving that her detractors are full of it, seventeen-year-old Faith Flores is back for another kick-ass science mystery. She’s proud to be chosen for a summer internship at a research lab in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but once she arrives, complications abound. For one thing, Santa Fe is the birthplace of the father she’s never met, and for another, she clashes with a local environmentalist trying to pull the plug on the genetically modified chiles her new boss is engineering. She and violin prodigy, Clem, learn of a new teen drug called liquid gold while discreetly researching the family angle. The chip on Faith’s shoulder is still there, but so is her determination to uncover the truth when a girl she meets at a party dies from an overdose of liquid gold.

  

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About the Author: I have been listening to teens and young-adults for most of my adult life. As a middle school and high school teacher, I am immersed in the voices of young people. Daily, I listen to their irony and wit, their drama and humor. It is these voices that fuel my desire to write for young adults. Besides being a writer and a teacher, I am a mom, an avid outdoors person, reader, observer of life, and a scientist wannabe. However, since I realized I only liked to muck around in the field in cool places and would never actually be a scientist, I married one. When not writing, I like to hang out with my family, rock climb, try to grow a garden in the arid southwest, bird watch, travel, and attempt to play Klezmer music on my violin.

My review:

Code Red tells the story of a seventeen year old girl from North Philly who’s invited to spend a summer internship at the prestigious Salazar Center for Plant Genomics in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Faith Flores recently had to face the fact that her mother is dead of an overdose and her father’s long absent means he will never be one to depend on. She  finds her successes and respite in science and technology. This is where she excels. Once in Santa Fe, where her father is from, she learns she has a grandmother and two half-sisters.  While interning over the summer she must learn to balance her work with a budding relationship with a cute violinist. This book is full of mystery and intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I found this book a really great read. **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

Black Lotus & Blood Orchid – Night Flower Series by Claire Warner

Black Lotus & Blood Orchid by Claire Warner are books one and two in the Night Flower Series. While I love a good vampire story, I feel like this one is a been there done that kind of story. The copies I received felt more like a proof copy that still needed a final edit because there is a lot of writing errors. I felt that the author set the books up so that you have to read the next book in order to continue the story. There really is not an ending to each book. The plot was mediocre at best (been there done that). The characters and their development was ok. The dialogue between character sometimes fell flat or seemed awkward. If some of the conversations were reworded it may have been better and evoke a more emotional response from the reader. The pace of the novel changes from page to page making it hard to keep up. I feel like this was an ok read but will need editing before I would pay for the next book.

The Black Lotus ebook coverThe Black Lotus by Claire Warner
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 29th 2014
SYNOPSIS: ….though I would dearly love to play court to you, I would hurt you more than any other. It is 1752. The year that will change the life of heiress Melissa De Vire. As she makes her first fumbling steps into society, she meets the handsome young cad Justin Lestrade and his world tears her perceptions apart. For Justin is more than he appears and his secrets and enemies are manifold. Drawn irresistibly to him, she finds herself sinking into a realm of feuds, magic and old curses and her life will never again be the same.  

 

Blood OrchidBlood Orchid (Night Flower #2) by Claire Warner
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Romance
Release Date: June 2016
SYNOPSIS: Tied to Justin with bonds stronger than blood, Melissa De Vire heads into her new life with fear and anger. Anger at Emily, at Katherine and most of all, anger at Justin, fuels her resolve to find a cure for the curse. From the English court in 1752 to the fires of the French Revolution, Melissa struggles to survive her new existence and find forgiveness for Justin as clues to a cure begin to surface.

 

 

 

Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want by Ann Swindell

41XQVNMqTqL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want by Ann Swindell was released on April 4,2017 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Swindell writes about her condition, Trichotillomania. She shares her heart with you and the struggles that come with the disease and waiting to be healed. There are many stages in the healing process and she discuses this with her relationship with God to help her through. This book is for anyone who as ever waited on God to help them through any situation. I felt this book was an amazing read. I really felt the connection she shares and how she inspires you to Christ. I highly recommend this book. **Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

 

SYNOPSIS: What if God wants you to wait? Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible. These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed. Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.

 About the author:          
Ann Swindell is an author and speaker who writes regularly for CT Women, RELEVANT, Deeply Rooted, and Darling Magazine. She has also written for The Gospel Coalition and (in)courage and writes about the intersection of daily life and God’s love her website is annswindell.com.  Ann holds an MA in Writing and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and is passionate about helping other writers tell their stories powerfully. She teaches faith-based, online writing courses at writingwithgrace.com. Ann makes her home in the Midwest with her husband and daughter