Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Tour Kick Off! Regret Me Not by Danielle Sibarium





I'm super excited to announce the first day of the Regret Me Not Tour!! This tour will be jam packed with reviews, guest posts, and an interview with the author! Don't forget to enter the giveaway too! Thank you to all the lovely bloggers who are participating! Please check out the Tour Schedule at the bottom of this post to visit all the bloggers.

Regret Me Not by Danielle Sibarium
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance/A Touch Inspirational)
Date Published: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Self
My Review of Regret Me Not

For Mackenzie Green life is full of regrets; regrets from choices she made in the past, regrets for the things she’ll never see in her future. She regrets letting her grades slip while her sister was in rehab, ensuring she’ll never break away from the rumor-run, small town she lives in. She regrets breaking up with her future All American football playing boyfriend, Brayden Turner out of fear of getting hurt. Most of all she regrets every decision she made leading up to the night that changed her life forever.

It’s only after Brayden cuts her off completely that Mackenzie realizes how much she wants him in her life.

Can Mackenzie find the courage to learn from her mistakes and move forward or will she spend her days consumed with regrets? Is it too late to convince Brayden she wants him in her life and that she’s in it for the long haul? Most of all, can she accept that sometimes bad things happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself from them? Can she put it all behind her or will she live an unfulfilled life full of regrets? Check out my review of Regret Me Not!






Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.

Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.

Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week.

In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.
 In October 2011 Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She Has since released Heart Waves and the second book in the Heart Waves series, Breaking Waves. 

Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Check out my interview with Danielle!

To learn more about Danielle Sibarium, visit her website. You can also find her on Twitter.r on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

 
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Book Release & Review!! The Hazards of Sex on the Beach by Alyssa Rose Ivy




The Hazards of Sex on the Beach (Hazards #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Publisher: Self

One broken heart, one drink too many, one steamy night in the sand...

No one warns you about the dangers of drinking with a broken heart. At least no one warned me. I never imagined I'd fall for a musician, especially not one like Chase, but then again I never expected to have my heart broken into a million pieces by the frat guy I thought was the love of my life.

Sometimes it's the rash decisions, like hooking up in the sand, that lead you to the best places—the kinds of places where it's possible to let yourself fall in love again.


The Hazards of Sex on the Beach is the third book in the Hazards series by Alyssa Rose Ivy. This is such a fun little series. Within this book we get to see Cara and Chase's story. In one word, they are adorable. They really are. Do guys like Chase even exist? He's such a teddy bear. Their romance is pretty fun loving to start off, and then you learn they each have some baggage. Well, we know pretty early on about Cara's baggage.

The story flows quickly and is an easy read that pulls you in like all of Alyssa Rose Ivy's writing. I wish I had this book a few weeks ago while flying too and from Florida. It would have been a perfect way to make the time fly on the plane.

The ARC of The Hazards of Sex on the Beach by Alyssa Rose Ivy  was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.


He took a strand of my hair and studied it. “Is this your natural color?”

“Yes.”

He dropped the strand. “I’ve never dated a girl with blonde hair.”

“Well, you’re not dating me.”

He gently brushed his fingers down my bare arm. “No, but I want to kiss you.”

“Then kiss me.” I was used to pushy guys. The kind that knew what they wanted and took it.

“Okay.” He smiled before leaning in.

The kiss was hesitant at first, the kind of kiss that gets your whole body excited because you know there’s more to come. I waited—hoping he’d take it further. His hand slid just under the hem of my shirt, brushing against my skin. The touch was light, but it was still enough to get a response out of me. I moaned.

That must have been what he was waiting for. He deepened the kiss, pushing into my mouth with such force I was taken by surprise. I kissed him back, enjoying the sweet taste of his mouth, and the way his hand slowly inched its way up my stomach. Blazer moved from zero to sixty. I didn’t mind it. I moved onto his lap, welcoming the arm he put around me to pull me closer. I wrapped my arms around his neck.

His hand moved higher, cupping my breast over my bra. I was drunk and hot, and so turned on I was going to lose it.

That’s when the door to the roof opened. The loud laughter of a group of girls pulled me half out of my lustful stupor.

“Want to go for a walk?” His question was asking something else entirely. I knew that when I answered with an enthusiastic yes.

Blazer held my hand as we made our way through the crowds. I looked briefly for Gabriella, but I didn’t see her. The normal Cara would have called her to tell her I was leaving with a random guy—but was Blazer random? We had chatted for hours already.

Before I could worry about it long, we were walking along the dark and nearly vacant beach. It was January on the South Carolina coast, and the crowds were months away.

“You never told me your name.” He said it as a statement as he led me further away from the party.

“Cara.”

“Hi, Cara. I’m Chase.”

I smiled. “Isn’t it a little late for introductions?” I stopped and turned toward the ocean.

“It’s never too late.” He drew something on my arm with his finger. The sensation felt good. I closed my eyes.

“You look so gorgeous. The moonlight, that look on your face.”

I opened my eyes and his face was inches from mine. “If you’ve never dated a blonde, does that mean you’ve never had sex with one?”

“Why? Are you looking to change that?” His eyes were lidded.

“I’d like to.” I slipped a finger into the waistband of his jeans.

“Should we go back to my hotel room, or do you have one?” He looked down. “I’m going to be honest here. I haven’t done this before.”

“Please don’t tell me you’re a virgin.” That would be just my luck.

He laughed. “No. Not saying that at all. I just don’t generally hook up with girls I’ve just met.”

“At least you know my name.”

“I do know your name, don’t I, Cara?”

Something happened to me when he said my name. I needed him. I reached up again, wrapping my arms around him. I crushed my lips into his.

We came up for air only after ending up horizontal on the sand. He laughed. “Or we can just pick things up right here.”


I'm a fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy, and I've read many of her books over the last couple of years. Check out my reviews of a few of them!

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. You can also read an interview with Alyssa Rose Ivy here.

To read more about this author, visit Alyssa Rose Ivy's Blog and Website. You can also find her on GoodreadsPinterestFacebook and Twitter.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard




Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance/Fairytale)
Date Published: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Self

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


Splintered is the first book in the Splintered Series by A.G. Howard. Wow! What an adventure! This story took nothing away from the original Alice in Wonderland. It takes what we know about Alice and adds to it through future generations of the characters. The world building was amazing. Wonderland and it's inhabitants are the same in many ways to the characters we know already, but they all are twisted in some way too.

The story flowed nicely. Something was always going on. There was a time in the middle somewhere that was a little draggy. It wasn't that things weren't happening so much that too much was happening with little benefit to Alyssa(and the reader). She was getting the runaround I guess, and I was ready to move on.

There is a love triangle. A love triangle with two guys who are on complete opposite sides of the spectrum and who are completely swoon worthy for totally different reasons.

On one hand you have Jeb. He's the best friend and boy next door. He's safe and protective of Alyssa. He had moments where he smolders on the page, and then he has moments where his temper and over protectiveness made me leery of him.

Then you have Morpheus. He's dark and deep. He always knows more than everyone else around him. He's witty and sarcastic. He seems to be in love with Alyssa. But is he really? I want to think so, but he has manipulation down to an art. I don't totally trust him yet. Where Jeb would smolder, there were moments when Morpheus would set the page on fire, and with less effort.

So, both of these guys have their strong points and their issues. Neither is perfect. That really fleshed them out within the story. At this point, I'm rooting more for Morpheus. I love his personality and broken allure.

Alyssa, was a pretty great character. I do wish she would have put Jeb in his place a few times. She has a strong family ethic. Heck, she's doing all of this for her family. I loved that about her.

Splintered had an amazing madness to it that made it hard to leave Wonderland even after I was through reading the book.


“Want it with all your heart.” The command swims in my head, so quiet it’s an echo from my past. “Then step inside.”

Trembling, I step forward and let both of my hands sink into the liquid glass up to my elbows. On the other side, a cool breeze meets my arms. Someone strokes me, from my elbow down to the wrist . . . fingertips so soft and knowing, they light a firestorm inside my veins.

It’s a touch I already know, yet so different now. No longer innocent and calming.

When I look into the portal, my gloved hands appear in the landscape beyond, casting shadows on the grass next to the guy’s winged silhouette.

Before I can see him clearly, he’s gone.

I hesitate and think of Jeb. It’s almost as if I hear his voice calling out for me from somewhere far away. I wish he was here, right now, stepping in with me.

But I can’t look back. As deranged as it seems, that guy in the mirror is the answer to everything in my past. This is my one chance to find Wonderland, to cleanse the Liddell bloodline of this curse, and to save Alison. If I can do this, I can finally be normal.

Maybe normal enough to tell Jeb the way I really feel about things.

Taking a breath, I plunge.




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A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

SPLINTERED & UNHINGED, books 1 & 2 of her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amulet Books. Book 3, ENSNARED, launches 2015.

Author photo by pamlaryphotography.com

To learn more about A.G. Howard and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.