Monday, December 11, 2017

12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 7 featuring Taylor Dean

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12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 7
featuring Taylor Dean

12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 7 featuring Taylor Dean

For Day 7 of our 12 Days of Clean Romance, we're featuring author Taylor Dean and her Sound of Silence series, consisting of Stone Silence (Spencer's story), Jailbird (Mia's story; read my previous blog post), and Hothouse Flower (Shay's story, coming 1 January 2018). Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers. They are not standalones and should be read in order.


This promotion is hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader and features 12 of her favorite authors, whose books you can trust to be clean, fun, and 100% worth reading!


Stone Silence
by Taylor Dean

Stone Silence by Taylor Dean

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Jailbird
by Taylor Dean

Jailbird by Taylor Dean

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Hothouse Flower
by Taylor Dean

Hothouse Flower by Taylor Dean

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Amazon - available 1 January 2018

About the Author
Taylor Dean
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense – you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.



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Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 9 December 2017

This Week on Books Direct -
9 December 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 9 December 2017

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

With 23 categories, one-day shipping and the promise of Prime... Amazon has finally launched in Australia, and it's going big.

Amazon Australia Has Launched: Here's What's On Offer by Claire Reilly for CNet


More than 3.8 million votes have been cast and counted in the 9th annual Goodreads Choice Awards honoring the year's best books decided by you, the readers!

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards by Cybil for Goodreads


Researchers Investigate What Makes A Poem Popular by Jason Daley for Smithsonian Magazine
A recent study found that vividness of imagery best predicted a poem’s aesthetic appeal.

Researchers Investigate What Makes a Poem Popular by Jason Daley for Smithsonian Magazine


Lawyers Sue California Because Too Many Children Can't Read by Julie Watson for The Sacramento Bee
A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools sued California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of schoolchildren who do not know how to read.

Lawyers Sue California Because Too Many Children Can't Read by Julie Watson for The Sacramento Bee


Looking for fresh new gift ideas for the book lover in your life? Here are the best items spotted in 2017.

15 Best Bookish Gifts of 2017 – A Holiday Gift Guide For Book Lovers by Ola Kowalczyk for Ebook Friendly


BookCon Looks To Broaden Audience by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly
Since its inception in 2014, BookCon has mainly drawn women in the 18 to 30-year-old age bracket. While organizer ReedPop is happy to have those readers, it will introduce a series of new initiatives aimed at broadening the audience for the 2018 event taking place in New York City June 2-3.

BookCon Looks To Broaden Audience by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly


Every aspiring author's biggest fear is having their work rejected by a publisher, but not even in the worst kind of nightmares could any writer imagine receiving this heartless rejection letter from 1928.

This Publisher Rejection Letter From 1928 Is Straight Up The Most Crushing Thing You'll Read Today by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle


In her new collection of essays, No Time to Spare, beloved fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin meditates on aging, literature, human nature, and, of course, cats.

13 Pieces Of Indispensable Wisdom From Ursula K. Le Guin by Arianna Rebolini for BuzzFeed


Why Is The Oxford Comma A Heated Debate In 2017? by Daniel Potter for Grammarly
Our language is forever evolving, and 2017 was no exception. Two key authorities on proper usage - the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style - both made modernizing tweaks in their latest updates.

Why Is The Oxford Comma A Heated Debate In 2017? by Daniel Potter for Grammarly


If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 6 featuring Jennifer Griffith

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12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 6
featuring Jennifer Griffith

12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 6 featuring Jennifer Griffith

For Day 6 of our 12 Days of Clean Romance, we're featuring author Jennifer Griffith. My Fair Aussie is the third standalone book in the Millionaire Makeover Romance series. Also available: Immersed and The Lost Art.


This promotion is hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader and features 12 of her favorite authors, whose books you can trust to be clean, fun, and 100% worth reading!


My Fair Aussie
by Jennifer Griffith



Description
There’s more to this Aussie cowboy than meets the eye.
Former grad student Eliza works as a nanny for a self-absorbed trophy wife looking to trade up for a new husband and ditch her child. Eliza will do anything to protect the little girl and open her boss’s eyes. Even if it requires an elaborate hoax.
Then fate hits Eliza with Henry, a bewildered, dirty guy at the bus station. He’s got amazing teeth, cowboy swagger, and an accent to swoon for. Everything is falling into place for a rags-to-riches-style bait and switch. But will it deliver a slice of humble pie to Eliza’s boss - or get Eliza fired?
Worse, refining him might mean losing her heart.

Excerpt
“So you’re saying we find our very own Eliza Doolittle, but a guy, ‘deliciously dirty,’ as you say—”
“He has to be deliciously dirty.”
“Right. We do a quick ritzy makeover on him and try to pass him off as one of the type of guys Monique-Noelle and her army of vacuous gold-diggers are looking for.”
“Even better, we set things up so Mo-No could actually totally fall for him. And when she does, we whisk him away and then let her find out the truth.” Polly wasn’t the type to get giddy, but she did have a light in her eye.
And maybe, with that, Mo-No realizes she should appreciate the man who was the father of her beautiful daughter and quit trying to trade up. Or down. Or sideways.
Or for more hair.
“And where do we get someone deliciously dirty who also isn’t a drug dealer or user or, you know, dangerous?”
“I didn’t say this plan was without risks. But we’ll be careful.” Polly’s eyes danced. “I’m a good judge of character.”
Yeah. Everyone thought that about themselves. Skepticism crept up in me. There was no way we could pull off something of this magnitude. We shouldn’t even be considering it.

Praise for the Book
"My Fair Aussie is the perfect retelling of a classic tale with a delicious twist - and an Australian cowboy to boot. It’s the ideal combination of humor and romance. Totally swoon-worthy. Highly recommended!" ~ CJ Anaya, USA Today bestselling author
"How does she do it? Griffith once again makes me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy a good book. Love her cute characters." ~ Amazon Reviewer grimm

About the Author
Jennifer Griffith
Jennifer Griffith writes light, sweet romances she calls Cotton Candy for the Soul. Her Legally in Love Collection stems from the fact she fell in love with a handsome law school student who now serves as a judge - as well as her muse. She also writes the Millionaire Makeover Romances, millionaires and makeovers being some things with which she has less experience.
Jennifer loves old cars, landscape paintings, fresh bread with raspberry jam, and reading. She lived in Japan during college, where she once ate a cricket on a dare. She also traveled through Europe, where she slept a night in a castle on the Rhine. Jennifer worked summers in a cookie factory, and she spent a few years working for the U.S. Congress before becoming a wife, a mom, and an author.

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Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.



Friday, December 8, 2017

"All of the Rogers" by Erin Lockwood

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All of the Rogers
by Erin Lockwood

All of the Rogers by Erin Lockwood

All of the Rogers by Erin Lockwood is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Angles: Part 1.

Description
"How can you love someone so much and need space from them at the same time?"
My alarm goes off at four am. It takes an hour to get to the studio, and then my ballet training begins. I go to school for a few hours, and then it’s back to the studio for more training. Go to bed. Repeat the whole process the next day.
I hate it.
My time at school is a blur, except for biology. I don’t rush through that class, because I get to see Roger Byrnes. He probably doesn’t even know I exist, but my heart beats a little faster when I see him walk through the classroom door with his messy hair and carefree attitude. He has so much energy. But then he stares off into the distance, and I wonder what he’s thinking. It’s the highlight of my day.
I wish I could quit ballet so I could be a normal teenager. Someone who Roger would want to be with. I could use some excitement in my life ... I bet Roger could give that to me.


Excerpt
Roger keeps running with me screaming over his shoulder, and I’m getting seriously worried he’s not going to slow down when he reaches the ice-cold Pacific Ocean. I can feel the freezing wet splashes on my legs, and as he runs into deeper water, some of the splashes reach up to my face.
I’ve been playfully kicking and screaming for him to put me down, but now, I’m gripping his upper back, not wanting him to lower me at all. Don’t let the turquoise water of Carmel fool you; it’s damn cold, even in the summer. Girls wear bikinis on the beach, and surfers wear wetsuits all year-round. Even I know that.
“You broke a promise,” he says while his arm grabs me from over his shoulder and moves me down.
The muscles in my legs bulge, and I clench them around his upper body, holding myself high up on his shoulder.
“What are you? A cat?” he says, confused, as he tries to figure out what I’m doing with my body.
I grab on to his head and use it as leverage to clench my thighs together over his other shoulder. “I never broke a promise,” I say, unashamed. The only emotion going through me right now is fear of going into the ice cold water. “I never promised to call you.”
“Oh, that hurts my feelings,” he says dramatically.
He reaches up and tries one more time to pull me off of him, but I’m too strong.
“How the hell are you stronger than me?” he exclaims, clearly frustrated that he’s tried twice to throw me in the water with no success.
All he’s been able to do is make me slip down his body a little. My one leg is still draped over his shoulder, and the other is wrapped around his back, holding on for dear life. My face has moved from over his head to right in front of his nose.
“Ballerinas are a lot stronger than you think,” I say with a calm, even breath. I’ve never kissed a boy before, and right now, I’m staring at one’s lips. They’re so full and colorful; they look as if they’re full of fruit punch. I wonder what it would taste like and feel like. If I just move my head a few inches closer…
“Maybe so,” he says, matching my even breath. “You might be stronger than me, but I’m more clever.” He spreads his arms out, as if he’s going to give someone a huge hug, and slowly, his body weight shifts back.
“No, no, no, no, no!” I scream once I realize there’s no stopping him from falling back into the water.
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Praise for the Book
"This book did me in! The emotions I had while reading All Of The Rogers had me feeling like I was on an emotional roller coaster. The ups, downs, happy, sad, worried and broken." ~ Tara
"This story is a powerful one, if you think it's going to be a cutesy run of the mill YA read, well yes, you have that stuff too but it's more than that! It's first love, heartache, learning about yourself and what you need, it's about self respect and family, and learning that it's okay to challenge things and ideas and it's okay to cry." ~ Sara Miller
"At its core it's an highly enjoyable read that offered some legitimately insightful commentary without ever feeling inaccessible or difficult to swallow. It was interesting. It was well executed. It was balanced. It was, you know, just right." ~ Danielle
"Heartwarming and Gutwrenching, 'All of the Rogers' was an emotional coin, flipping constantly from one happy extreme to the worst. Lockwood did an amazing job writing this story!" ~ M
"Beautifully written and a powerful message that I can’t thank her enough for sharing about. This story destroyed me and I devoured every page of it. I highly recommend this story for any ages teenage on up." ~ C. Vande Hey


My Review


By Lynda Dickson
After dedicating her whole life to ballet, Kerri has finally had enough. She deliberately injures herself to tank an audition for Juilliard and settles in for her final year of high school as a "normal" teenager. First on her agenda is attending a party, second is talking to her crush Roger.
I couldn't tell if Roger was super-nice or a creep in disguise, but reason for his fluctuating behavior becomes apparent as the book progresses, hence the title. Kerri's mother is heartbreakingingly uncaring and Roger's mother is even more useless. At least Kerri has her brother Bradley - he's the best. And Roger and Kerri have his godmother Diane.
Through the narrative, the author provides a lot of thinly veiled advice for teenagers on such pertinent topics as drink driving, sex, contraception, mental illness, and death.
Warnings: underage drinking, coarse language, sex scenes (not graphic), mental health.


About the Author
Erin Lockwood
Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.
It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.
Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card.

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