ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

SUMMARY

36373543Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

After his dad commits suicide, Will tries to overcome his own misery by secretly helping the people around him in this story made up of one hundred chapters of one hundred words each.

Sixteen-year-old Will spends most of his days the same way: Working at the Dollar Only store, trying to replicate his late father’s famous cornbread recipe, and walking the streets of Los Angeles. Will started walking after his father committed suicide, and three years later he hasn’t stopped. But there are some places Will can’t walk by: The blessings store with the chest of 100 Chinese blessings in the back, the bridge on Fourth Street where his father died, and his childhood friend Playa’s house.

When Will learns Playa was raped at a party—a party he was at, where he saw Playa, and where he believes he could have stopped the worst from happening if he hadn’t left early—it spurs Will to stop being complacent in his own sadness and do some good in the world. He begins to leave small gifts for everyone in his life, from Superman the homeless guy he passes on his way to work, to the Little Butterfly Dude he walks by on the way home, to Playa herself. And it is through those acts of kindness that Will is finally able to push past his own trauma and truly begin to live his life again. Oh, and discover the truth about that cornbread.

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Blog Tours & Events

RELEASE DAY BLITZ (+ Giveaway!): Medley by Layla Reyne

With Medley, Layla Reyne combines love, self-discovery, swimming, and the excitement of the Olympics in to one stellar event. I loved Jacob and Bas’s story. –Anna Zabo, author of Syncopation

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Series: Changing Lanes #2
Publisher: Self-Publish
Release Date: April 30 (Print & Ebook)
Length (Print & Ebook): Approx 270 pages
Subgenre: MM Romance, Bisexual Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult Romance

Book synopsis:

Sebastian Stewart was never Mr. Dependable; he was more the good-time guy who only wanted to swim, party, and ink tattoos. Until he cost his team the Olympic gold four years ago. Bas is determined to do right this time around—by his medley relay team and his rookie mentee.

Jacob Burrows is in over his head. The Olympic experience—from the hazing, to the endless practices, to the unrelenting media—makes the shy nineteen-year-old’s head spin. He’s trying to be everything to everyone while trying not to fall for his gorgeous tattooed teammate who just gets him—gets his need to fix things, his dorky pirate quips, and his bisexuality.

When Jacob falters under the stress, threatening his individual races and the medley relay gold, he needs Bas’s help to escape from drowning. Bas, however, fearing a repeat of his mistakes four years ago, pushes Jacob away, sure he’ll only let Jacob down. But the only path to salvaging gold is for Jacob to finally ask for what he needs—the heart of the man he loves—and for Bas to become the dependable one.

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Blog Tours & Events · Reviews for Already Published Books

BLOG TOUR: Review (+ Giveaway!): Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding

“A character driven, second-chance romance. Recommended for anyone craving a low-angst, tender, contemporary story stuffed to the brim with feels and sweetness.” – Piper Vaughn

SUMMARY

eAcceptingtheFallPublisher: Oceanside Press
Release Date: June 8, 2017
Received From: A Novel Take PR

Confronting the past is never easy.

Cole Whitaker is happy. He has the job and boyfriend he always wanted. His heart’s in no danger of being broken, and he can’t ask for more from life. As a kindergarten teacher, he sees it all; however, one troublesome student has him reaching out to the parent, wanting to help. There’s something about Savanah that tugs at his heartstrings.

He never expected her father.

Zander Brooks hasn’t had an easy life, and he’s made some mistakes. Freshly retired from the military and working as a firefighter, Zander thought he’d left Cole in the rearview mirror. He’s not expecting him to appear in St. Petersburg, Florida, of all places, teaching his daughter’s kindergarten class. Suddenly, his biggest mistake is being shoved in his face.

This is Zander’s chance to close a door he’d never fully shut, but time with his former flame might change his mind.

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Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Blow Down by JL Merrow

SUMMARY

37784518Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

Death is what happens while you’re making other plans. . .

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, but his heroism at a pub fire has made him a local celebrity, and now everyone knows about his psychic talents—and wants a piece of them.

Hired to recover a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, find themselves trying to unmask a killer. And there’s no shortage of suspects, including the local bishop.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they’re pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t baulk at killing again. If Tom and Phil don’t watch out, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Publisher’s note: This is lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.

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Book Tags

BOOK TAG: High School

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Whaddup, y’all! So, I wasn’t actually tagged on this, but I saw it on Meet the Book World and decided I wanted to do it!

I probably won’t tag anyone at the end, but if any of y’all decide to do this, please tag me so I can see your answers!

The Rules

  • Thank the creators: Namitha @ Teen Memoir and Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people

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Writer Wednesday

WRITER WEDNESDAY: An Interview with Piper Vaughn

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It’s a new week and a new Writer Wednesday! Welcome back!

Today, I have the honor of interviewing the amazing, wonderful Piper Vaughn! When I first came up with the idea for this series, they were one of the first authors I thought of and knew I wanted to be a part of the it. So I am ecstatic to have them here today!

So, without further ado, an interview with Piper Vaughn!

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Blog Tours & Events · Reviews for Already Published Books

BLOG TOUR: Review (+ Giveaway!): Squared Away by Annabeth Albert

SUMMARY

image1Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 16, 2018
Received From: A Novel Take PR

In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James, or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.

Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.

As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.

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Blog Tours & Events · Weekly Themes

RELEASE DAY BLITZ (+ Giveaway!): Natural Enemies by Roan Parrish

Surprise! Roan Parrish has secretly republished her novella, originally found in the #EXPOSED anthology, and today’s the day! It’s on sale for $0.99 for the first week, and then goes up to the regular price of $3.99.

If you haven’t read it yet, check out the details and excerpt below, and then head on over to your choice retail site and pick that bad boy up!

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Surprise release date: April 17, 2018
Sale: $.99, for one week
Price: $3.99, as of April 25, 2018
On sale in: ebook and paperback
Pages in print: 150

Synopsis:

When opposites attract, love blooms in unexpected places.

Buttoned-up botanist Stefan Albemarle has felt like an outsider his whole life. As a result, he mostly keeps to himself—makes it easier not to notice that no matter how he tries, people think he’s a know-it-all and a snob.

Freewheeling urban gardener Milo Rios has worked hard to get where he is, and he’s passionate about his job at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He can get along with almost anyone, but no one has ever made him care enough to stick around.

When Stefan and Milo meet on Milo’s tour of the Botanic Garden, it’s hatred at first clash. But hatred quickly turns to lust as Milo shows Stefan how exquisite it can feel to lose the control he’s clung to for so long. As Stefan’s mask begins to slip, Milo sees a deep vulnerability in the prim academic. Once he’s experienced Milo’s world, Stefan can admit that he wants more from life than professional success. If they can work together, Stefan and Milo just might be able to cultivate the future they both yearn for.

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ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra

SUMMARY

37830506Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date: May 17, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid’s mental illness—on their own and with each other.

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