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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

[Review and Q&A] Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Title: Firsts
Series: n/a
Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Genre: YA
Format: ARC paperback, 320 pages
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Published By: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Received from publisher for review and tour.
Synopsis from Publisher
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

About Helene Boudreau
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, Firsts, is out now with Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press.
Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris.
Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, who is very understanding when she would rather spend time with the people in her head. Laurie can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles.
Laurie is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Learn more about Laurie at
Short Q&A
RNS: While writing the book, did you worry about the criticism you might receive for creating an obviously promiscuous character?
I didn’t let any self-doubt creep in while I was writing. I blocked out the inner noise because I wanted to get the words down before I got in my own way. When I was finished writing and started querying, the nerves started to take over. I knew I had taken a huge risk with this book. But I had faith in the story. I know the subject matter might be polarizing and it won’t be a book for everyone, but the reaction from the YA community has been so incredible.
RNS: Where did you get the idea to write this particular story, and did you ever have reservations about marketing it as a YA book?
I wish I knew how this particular idea came to me. I just know that all of a sudden the name “Mercedes” and the hook popped into my head and wouldn’t leave until I sat down and wrote the story. Previously, I had written two New Adult contemporaries, so Firsts was my first foray into YA. I wasn’t all that savvy about marketing at that point, but I knew Firsts felt different than my New Adult books. It felt like something that teens would hopefully want and need. When I was querying, I definitely worried that the content would be deemed too racy for YA, but luckily I ended up with a fearless agent who believed in me and the book.
My Thoughts:
Immediately I want to point out that this book contains very mature subject matter and might not be for everyone. I honestly found it slightly uncomfortable myself at first as it goes against the way I was raised, but I quickly recovered from my discomfort and enjoyed the book greatly.

Mercedes wants to be loved, but she doesn't really know it. Named after a car her father loved more than her, the same car he ran away from her and her mother in, and stuck with a mother who wants to be more like her party friend than her mother, Mercedes is left feeling a little empty inside.

It is also implied very early on (so no spoiler here) that Mercedes did not have an enjoyable "first time" and that something happened to turn that relationship very sour. As such, Mercedes is determined to make sure other girls get their perfect first time. She helps the boys in the relationship by being their first so that they can then go ahead and make their girlfriend's first time that special moment it is meant to be.

Mercedes insists on keeping every aspect of her life separate and compartmentalized. She doesn't let many people get too close. She has one friend, Angela, who is unaware of the other aspects of her friend's life. She has one guy she enjoys having sex with, but she doesn't consider him a friend, and definitely not a boyfriend. He is kept separate from her friend and everything else. Then there are the guys she "helps". They aren't friends, they aren't boyfriends, they usually don't even know one another. All they are are nicknames and numbers in a notebook. They have no other part in her life. But can things really remain that way forever? What happens when everything starts to mingle and mix together? You really need to read this book to find out!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year

I want to wish everyone a very happy 2016! Let's hope this year has been better for me than it was in 2015. If you want to know what I am taking about feel free to give my more personal blog, Everything Gwenny, a read.

Moving on...

I will be taking a slightly new direction with this blog.

With regards to reviews I want to focus more on what I enjoy, as well as the more unknown authors and genres. With this in mind I wish to focus more on the horror genre in particular as well as Canadian authors. The  two don't necessarily have to be present in the same piece of fiction, but if they are, even better! I also will be looking at shorter pieces and Free eBooks (that often go unnoticed) as well.

First up (no pun intended) will be a review and short Q&A session with new Canadian author, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, regarding her soon to be released YA novel, Firsts.

We hope you will join us January 19th for the book review and Q&A.

Thank you for following!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

[Release Day Blitz] SHTF (NOLA Zombie #0.5) by Gillian Zane

“I couldn't resist the game, it was almost hard-wired into me. I was a flirt, I knew it, everyone knew it, it's how I earned my nickname, Romeo.”
The action-packed prequel to the Amazon bestselling NOLA Zombie series. This isn't a romance...there aren't any happily-ever-afters, this is just Romeo's fight for survival and how he became a NOLA Survivor. Zombies, one sexy survivor and a death-defying race through New Orleans to find safety.

An action-packed prequel to the Amazon bestselling NOLA Zombie series. This isn't a romance...there aren't any happily-ever-afters, this is just Romeo's fight for survival and how he became a NOLA Survivor.

It's Friday night in New Orleans and Tim "Romeo" Voiter has the night off. A night of rest and relaxation is something new for the former Marine, and he's looking forward to enjoying a fun night out with his buddy, Lucas Martinez. The two men try to ignore the emergency broadcasts and news about the spreading iKPV virus and just enjoy the evening. Romeo, true to his name, even hooks up with a hot redhead and plans on ending the evening at her place.

Plans come crashing down, though, as he comes face to face with what the iKPV infected really looks like–and it is not like any infection he's encountered before. Knowing the media is sugarcoating the virus and things are about to get a lot worse in his city, Romeo talks his family into leaving their urban home and bugging out to a more secluded and secure area; the compound his employers own at the edge of the city, deep in the marsh that surrounds New Orleans. But, as the infection spreads and New Orleans begins to fall under the chaos of victims gone made with the virus, Romeo begins to realize that the "stuff" has hit the fan in New Orleans and things will never be the same for the Voiters.

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About the Author:

Gillian Zane is the author of the NOLA Zombie series. Zane is the pen name of a prominent blogger in the publishing industry, which will remain a mystery unless you Google it. Since she can remember her goal has been to become Master of the Universe and has decided to focus first on the literary world. Things are progressing nicely.

Zane has been a freelance writer for the last ten years and has published a few non-fiction works, none of which was very exciting. Zombies are much more exciting and a way for her to combine her two current obsessions, hot boys with guns and Doomsday Prepping. When she isn't stockpiling MREs (Meal's Ready to Eat) or researching how to build a cistern on a budget, she's taking care of her little family and exploring the city that she loves, New Orleans. You can find Gillian Zane on twitter @GillianZane.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

B Truly Melanie's Evanescent Journey by B Truly:

Publisher: Create Space (April 23, 2014)
Category: New Adult, Paranormal/Romance, Fantasy
Tour Date: August & September, 2015
ISBN: 978-1497319622
Available in: Print & ebook, 240 Pages

New Adult, Paranormal-Romance Companion novel for The Sonar Series (1.5)

True Love may cost a price, if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.

There are always two sides to a story. Melanie Wilhelm's begins after she moves from Australia and starts her senior year at Cashmere High. On her first day, she bumps into a mysterious guy, and they form an instant connection. They become friends and he shares his deepest secret with her. As they grow closer, their relationship amplifies and becomes binding. Strange things occur, but instead of worrying, Melanie's feelings intensify.

The excitement of New Year's Eve approaches, and so does Jason's most devastating revelation of all. She learns his ultimate truth and is now spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.

Melanie's Evanescent Journey ties into books one and two of The Sonar Trilogy. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make you question fate and true love. Is fate something you can control? Some believe it's in the hands of what you behold.

Melanie Excerpt # 1
Sacrifice (Chapter 1)

Work was busy this evening and it was a welcome distraction. I worked as a waitress with Ebony at the Burger Grill. It was a small, family-owned diner. It had been around for over forty years. Ebony had gotten me on a few weeks ago.
“How was your day?” Ebony asked as we were putting our aprons on.
“I’m getting used to the flow of school. How was yours?”
“It will be better once this shift is over. I’m bloated and cramping today.”
“Did you take some medicine?”
“Yes, but it hasn’t kicked in yet. Any luck with J?”
“Not sure. We talked some.”
“At least he is talking with you. It’s a good sign.”
“I hope so.”
“People are getting seated in our sections. We’d better get to our tables,” she said.
We tended to our tables, and around an hour later, Ebony tapped me on my shoulder.
“Look what the cat dragged in. I sat him in your section,” she said and giggled. I saw Jason across the room, sitting with his brother and sister.
“Thanks a lot,” I said, sarcastically. Now I would have to face him again.
“You’re welcome,” she replied still laughing and walked off.
I took in a deep breath and went to their table.
“Hi guys, I’m Melanie. What can I get for you this evening?”
Jason looked up in surprise and blushed slightly, making my stomach do a somersault. Their sister said, “Hi Melanie. We get to formally meet now, I’m Harmony. And I will have a Coke.”
She and her brother did look exactly alike. “Are you guys twins?” I blurted out.
“Yes,” her brother replied. “Nice to meet you, Melanie. I’m Jaden. How do you like Cashmere so far?”
“It’s okay, but slightly different from school in Australia.”
“I love your accent,” Jaden said.
“Thanks.” Jaden was handsome, but his brother was gorgeous.
“Melanie, how long have you been working here? My siblings and I come here often,” Jason interrupted and appeared to give his brother an evil glare.
“For just a few weeks.”
 He looked like wanted to ask something else but didn’t.
“What can I get you guys to drink?” I didn’t want to stand there making goo-goo eyes at him.
“I will have a Coke,” Jaden said.
“And I will have a Sprite,” Jason replied.
“Coming right up.”
I brought them back their drinks, took their food order, and took care of my other tables. A little while later Ebony stood next to me, waiting on her order.
“I’ve noticed he keeps staring at you.”
“You know who. Jason.”
“Don’t you have tables to tend to?” I replied playfully.
“I just thought you should know.”
She winked at me and took her food order. He was eating a French fry. Gosh, he even looked sexy doing that. He caught my eye and signaled for me to come over.
“We’d like the check, please,” Harmony said.
“Sure,” I answered, pulling out the bill and placing it on the table.
“So Melanie, are you seeing anyone?” Jaden asked.
Excuse me! He was very direct. I had just met him. Harmony giggled, and Jason turned red. I cleared my throat. “No, not at the moment. Why?”
“Maybe we can hang out sometimes,” he replied with a smile. He leaned back and folded his arms behind his head, waiting for an answer. Harmony was amused, and Jason looked aggravated.
“Um no. Absolutely not.”
“Geez, well why not?”
“Because Ebony’s my friend first off, and second, I have my eye on someone else.”
“Oh, sorry. I didn’t know you guys were friends,” he replied, looking remorseful.
“Yeah, we are good friends,” I said, walking off.
I went to the kitchen and glanced back at their table. Harmony and Jason were laughing. Jaden appeared annoyed. Served him right. It was obvious he thought he was Mr. Casanova.
“What was Jaden talking to you about?” Ebony asked.
“Nothing much, the usual. He noticed my accent and wondered where I was from,” I lied. I wasn’t about to tell her he was flirting. He did apologize when he realized we were friends though, so maybe he wasn’t a total douche. I glanced back over to my section, but they were gone.

* * *

     After my shift I stopped at the corner store. There were only a few cars in the parking lot, and no one in sight. I headed to my car, and hit the alarm. Before I could get the door open someone grabbed me from behind. I struggled against them, and fought with all my might, but he dragged me into the side alley. Another person charged from the side, and then something hit me in the head. I fell to the ground, and touched my throbbing wound. It was dark with only the side light from the building, so I couldn’t see the blood clearly. But I could feel the liquid stickiness on my fingers. I squinted in the dim light, straining to see my attackers, but I couldn’t see any facial features. They were blurry. They appeared to be males with short hair, and their broad body frame.
“Leave me alone!”
One man’s response was a kick to my stomach. I gasped and cringed in pain. Why was this happening to me? I had been told that burglaries and assault hardly ever happened on this side of town. Me and my rotten luck were going to make the crime rate sky rocket. Taking a deep breath, I gathered my courage, and tried to get up. One of the men pushed me back down. I saw an object in his hand, the silver color bounced off of the light. It was a knife. I had to find a way out of this. Heat pulsed through my body as I glared into his eyes. And fear consumed me with the black depths of them, dark as midnight. The other man held me down, and I fought to get out of his grasp. The one with the blade leaned closer to me. He didn’t have on a mask, but I still couldn’t make out his features. He was faceless. He thrust the blade against my neck. The pain was sharp, and tears sprang into my eyes.
“Please stop! Why are you doing this?”
He snorted. “Because the greater good has preordained it.”
Before I could contemplate his strange explanation he slit the knife against my throat.

B TrulySonar the Cyclone by B Truly:

Publisher: Kindle Publishing (July 17, 2015)
Category: New Adult, Fantasy,Sci-fi/Romance, Space Opera
Tour Date: August & September, 2015
Available in: ebook, 271 Pages

Is your destiny determined by what the future has foretold? Or is fate deemed in the hands of what you behold?

The Royal 4 are now back on their home territory of Nazari, determined to get things back to normal. Syira’s forbidden love is being held captive. She is hell-bent on fighting for him despite the immense obstacles. She must find a way to convince her race that Kadeem is not dangerous. Their threat lies from deeper within.

Shiray has accepted her past and is moving forward with her life, but it comes back to haunt her tenfold. That all changes when she stumbles across the truth. Now, she must pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

They are in the calm but know when they approach the dirty side of the Cyclone storm, terrible things will unravel. The future is revealed and they get a glimpse of Fate’s course. Time is not on their side. They must attempt to change their destiny or their world will be doomed.

Praise for Melanie's Evanescent Journey by B Truly:

"This was an awesome story. I felt so bad for Mel when Bryan kept putting her off. She definitely had an eventful life. I'm so glad everything worked out in the end. She found the love of her life and got to live her life and accomplish her dreams. I recommend this book!"-Kathy, Goodreads Reviewer

"Melanie’s Evanescent Journey is a novella a part of The Sonar Trilogy. Each book is told from a different point of view and this book was of course told from Melanie’s. I have never read any book from this author and I was very pleased by her writing. She made me engrossed in this book and had my emotions running wild. You know it’s a great read when your emotions are so invested that you can’t help but think about what you read for a few days after. I commend B. Truly for getting her readers so involved, and for that this book gets 5 fangs! I recommend this to the paranormal, romance, and adult genre readers who love plot twists and going on an emotional ride."-Leslie Williams, Goodreads Reviewer

"There are quite a surprising number of twists and turns that I wasn't expecting, each one adding to the suspense of the plot. There's a whole lot of romance in this book, mixed in with some paranormal and science fiction. I excited to see where B Truly goes with Sonar The Cyclone."-Carrie January, Amazon Reviewer

Praise for Sonar The Crashing by B Truly:

"Oh my gosh! This book is definitely a must read. I loved the whole story. The whole plot was completely interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails. The guys in this book were completely and utterly swoon worthy and the romance was satisfying!"- Robin Hartloff , Where Books Lead Us

"This was a wonderful book full of action and romance. I couldn't seem to read it fast enough. This is one of those books that the rare moments you put it down, you are wondering what's next. I am so excited for the second book. This being the authors debut novel was shocking. I am not only looking forward to the next book in this series, but the many other books this author should (and will) undoubtedly write."-Melissa, Amazon Reviewer

"This is a great book! If you love Sci-fi and romance I highly recommend. It is an easy read once you get into the story I was done with the book in 3 sittings. At the end of the day it's a great story and I cannot wait until the sequel to find out what happens. The author is a wonderful storyteller with a lot of potential and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for her readers and fans."- Deana Simpson, Goodreads Reviewer

B TrulyAbout B Truly:

B Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She is addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. She writes New Adult Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance.

In the Sonar series, B Truly said "it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series."

B Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.


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Teddy Rose Book Reviews Aug 24 Tour Kick Off
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Rants N Scribbles Aug 26 Excerpt
The Autistic Gamer Aug 27 Review
Debby Amazon Reviewer Aug 28 Review
Infinite House of Books Sept 1 Interview
What U Talking Bout Willis? Sept 9 Excerpt
Two Kids & a Migraine Sept 11 Review
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What U Talking Bout Willis? Sept 23 Excerpt
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Infinite House of Books Sept 30 Interview

Tour Wide Giveaway for Sonar the Cyclone by B. Truly:

Three winners will receive the ebook, 1 Sonar Cyclone Photo Magnet, 1 Sonar Pen, and 1 Melanie Book Mark.Open to the U.S. only. Entries accepted via Rafflecopter only.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

[Cover Reveal] Lucas by V.A. Dold

Krystal Le Beau hides a secret few know about: she is a psychic matchmaker. Little does Lucas know she’s worked her magic and set him up to meet his destiny.

Lucas Le Beau’s dream has come true. He owns a ranch of his own and he’s moving in. He thought he had everything he wanted...until the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen knocks him flat on his back. Now he can't think of anything but making that sweet redhead his own. Lucas is one determined wolf! He's not giving up on Kensie no matter how stubborn she is.

Kensie Brown is visiting her sister Jojo, and so far, she's managed to flatten the owner of the dude ranch, make Jojo mad, and somehow fall for a damn cowboy, knowing she's leaving in a few days. What was she thinking?

Will Kensie trust Lucas to save her when her life is threatened, and she has no one else to turn to?

Will Lucas get to Kensie in time to stop the man who wants to expose her to the world and destroy her?

Mix one stubborn Yankee workaholic, a determined cowboy wolf shifter, and meddling family, stir well and you have the recipe for a wild Texas ride.

V.A. Dold Amazon best selling author of the Award-winning Le Beau Series.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she was publicist to the authors, owning ARC Author & Reader Conventions. Still is.

Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter with her computer, her coffee mug, and the Brothers, of course.

A Midwest native with her heart lost to Louisiana; she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading, or traveling.

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