Sunday, July 20, 2014

Coffee Shop Talks #63

Sunday, July 20, 2014 with
Welcome to Coffee Shop Talks!!! Inspired from Giselle at Xpresso Reads's meme Book Girls Don't Cry...They Vent, every Monday I will be getting together with Traci (Mad Hatter Reads) and Cat & Jamie (Addicted 2 Heroines), and we're going to talk, vent, gush, and advise about different bookish related topics, so grab your cup of joe because we all need coffee in the morning, have a seat and join the conversation. Also, do note that this week we will have a guest blogger joining our crew! You'll see her button below so do be sure to stop by her blog and check out her CST post! We've decided to include a new guest blogger every week in our CST posts so if you'd like to be considered for upcoming Coffee Shop Talks features, leave a comment below!

Favorite books with covers I would never be caught in public with

So I am actually a HUGE fan of Lora Leigh and her Breeds series. If you've seen her recent covers, they're fairly typical of any PNR series. You have a shirtless guy and some reference to an animal since they're "breeds" and all that jazz but all in all, the covers really aren't anything to be ashamed of...right?

Well, then we look back at Leigh's earlier breed covers. I actually happen to own books one and two in print version but I would NEVER take these bad boys out in public. Book one is probably my all time favorite in the series but the cover, Gah...I wonder what my mother would say?


Any covers on books you love that you wouldn't be caught in public with? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to check out the rest of the CST crew along with our guest blogger! Woot Woot!

Because reading is better than real life

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Taut by JA Huss

Thursday, July 17, 2014 with
Title: Taut
Author: JA Huss
Series: Rook and Ronin
Release: January 18, 2014

Buy Your Copy on Amazon: Taut

Blurb: Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps "pets" instead of girlfriends.

And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.

Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that's exactly what she's got going for her. She's broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is screwing with her head.

Big. Time. And she plans to mess with his right back.

It's a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo--but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.

One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh's whole existence.

Taut takes you on an adventure of of devastation and self-discovering. Both Ford and Ashleigh are lost in their own way. Both are trying to recover from a heartache that they fear has no return but in each other they find a chance at happiness and a chance to be part of something more. Part of a team, part of a family. Taut was well written and had a great story arc. My only issues with the book were the extreme amount of F-bombs. I'm never one to shy away from swearing but in Taut it was excessive and at times pulled me from the story. Also, I felt like Ford was written with almost a woman's voice. He had a lot of internal monologue that droned on and made him sound whiney which made it difficult to really get in his head and relate to his character. Ashleigh on the the other hand was written really well and I really enjoyed her characterization. All in all, the book is worth reading, just not a favorite of mine. BTW...the sex scenes were pretty great!

JA Huss is the USA Today best-selling author of the Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master's degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 with
I cannot tell you how excited I am to read Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. I received a review copy in the mail the other day and had to share a line from the book for this week's Teaser Tuesday!
Don't forget Magic Breaks is releasing July 29, 2014
You can pre-order your copy for a reduced price on Amazon and BN. Links are blow

"Six vampires could depopulate Atlanta in a week. Six vampires piloted by navigators would do it in three days. A vampire telepathically guided by the navigator was a precious instrument with the destruction potential os a small nuclear bomb.
-Page 35

Hmm...wonder whats going on here *grins* If you have a teaser from a book you're reading, please share it below! I'm always looking for new books to read!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review: Wicked Ink by Laura Wright

Sunday, July 13, 2014 with

Wicked Ink by: Laura Wright 
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Pages 67

Women in his bed, celebs and rockers in his chair and a killer bank account at his disposal, life is pretty freaking swell. Then she walks back into it again. With her mismatched eyes, perfect pink mouth and a laugh that still haunts him, she gave him nothing but marvelous misery. Now she wants his hands on her again. Not for pleasure, but for pain. For Ink. A bleeding heart to match the one she left him with five years ago. 

She can’t forget him. No matter how hard she’s tried. The pain she caused him in the past eats at her daily, and she can’t move on with her life. But she has a plan, a hope for redemption – a way for him to take his revenge out on her flesh. But it’ll only work if he lets her inside his exclusive world, under his famous artist’s needle and into his bed—and heart-once again.

First Ink is a short story introducing us to the lives of Rush and Addison, two individuals that use to be inseparable but stupid decisions and circumstance tore them apart. Five years later Addison wants the chance to tell Rush how she feels and she goes to great lengths to do so. I was swept away reading First Ink. I personally don't read contemporary romances that often, let alone NA material but this one sucked me in and I devoured it in one sitting before quickly purchasing the next installment in the Wicked Ink Chronicles. I not only fell in love with the story itself but with the characters. Rush and Addison are relatable and their thoughts are genuine and realistic. I wanted to root for the two of them and was biting my nails, waiting for them to figure things out. First Ink was an extraordinary introduction in Wright's Wicked Ink world and I am eager for more! The story is one that I feel we all can relate two and while yes it can be slightly predictable, it is the feel good story with the epic leaps for love that we all secretly crave. 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Laura Wright is passionate about romantic fiction. Though she has spent most of her life immersed in acting, singing and competitive ballroom dancing, when she found the world of writing and books and endless cups of coffee she knew she was home. Laura is the author of the bestselling Mark of the Vampire series and the USA Today bestselling series, Bayou Heat, which she co-authors with Alexandra Ivy.
Laura lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children and three love-able dogs.
Learn more about Laura on her WEBSITE or follow her on TWITTER or FACEBOOK and GUESS WHAT?!?! First Ink is currently FREE on Amazon so hurry and grab your copy while you can HERE

Welcome to Coffee Shop Talks!!! Inspired from Giselle at Xpresso Reads's meme Book Girls Don't Cry...They Vent, every Monday I will be getting together with Traci (Mad Hatter Reads) and Cat & Jamie (Addicted 2 Heroines), and we're going to talk, vent, gush, and advise about different bookish related topics, so grab your cup of joe because we all need coffee in the morning, have a seat and join the conversation. Also, do note that this week we will have a guest blogger joining our crew! You'll see her button below so do be sure to stop by her blog and check out her CST post! We've decided to include a new guest blogger every week in our CST posts so if you'd like to be considered for upcoming Coffee Shop Talks features, leave a comment below!

Other than books what other obsessions ....err...hobbies do you have?

So I feel like somehow books find their way into all of my obsessions and I can't help it. I love music but typically because certain songs remind of me books or scenes or give me ideas for writing a book. I obsess over writing but again, book related. I edit...which is book related, and I do photographer but typically for book covers so again, book related. I think books are taking over my life! I also love social media and marketing, my BA is in marketing but yet again...most of what I promote is books *grins* Are you seeing a pattern here? My daughter however is a non book related obsession. She's so stinking cute! See images below 

So basically, I work, I play with my munchkin, and let my life revolve around books :D  OOO one correction. I am OBSESSED with Scandal! That show is amazing...its not on right now *tears* but will be back soon and it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
What about you? Any non-bookish obsessions or hobbies or are you like me and books just consume and devour your entire existence ^_^

Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to check out the rest of the CST crew along with our guest blogger! Woot Woot!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Just Couldn't Put it Down Hop

Sunday, July 6, 2014 with

There are lots of books I haven't been able to put down but below are some of my all time favorites and because I wan't to share it with you, I'm giving one lucky winner a copy one of the books below, winner's choice!

International for anywhere the book depository delivers

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blog Tour: Next to You by Claudia Y Burgoa

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 with
Title: Next to You
Author: Claudia Y Burgoa
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance

…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…
Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancĂ©e and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.
Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.
As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?

“Did you believe Becca?” I ask Connor as he reads the letter he had sent to Becca a couple of weeks ago; the one I read yesterday. “You think your Mom had a change of heart?”

“No, that’s why I told her to let me know.” He drops the letter on top of the coffee table. The New York penthouse is the center of Becca’s search and rescue and no one has left the place since yesterday. Connor takes a deep breath. “Stop trying to find me guilty, the last thing I want is to hurt her or see … Shit, Brightmore, I have known her since she was little. I met her before you and cared for her up until my brother isolated her from everyone else. I fucked up several times, but it has never been my intention to damage her in any way.”

“Brightmore, I have a set of new pictures from the airport,” Nick holds a stack of papers, “and Penn station. As we already know, she wasn’t alone. The man I told you about came up with these new images. They interviewed the cab driver in San Francisco again and he confessed there was an older man and a petite blond woman with her. Becca looked sick and they paid him well to keep his mouth shut.”

A picture taken at Penn Station shows Mrs. Patrick’s profile perfectly. The time stamp on the picture coincides to with the time when the cashier in front of her sold three one way tickets to Greensboro, North Carolina with cash. 

“That’s where my grandfather’s farm is,” Connor says as Nick mentions the tickets. “We haven’t visited the place, since he died. Two years after Ian died. I remember because Mom sent me to take care of his affairs and I couldn’t because I was dealing with Ryan’s mom at that time. No one has even set a foot there since then, Mom had grandpa’s body cremated and shipped to her because she didn’t want to deal with another funeral.”

Without waiting for Connor to give us more gory details or explanation about his fucked up family, I interrupt him. He gives us the name of the farm and address he has on his phone. Nick sends the information to the man that has been tracking Becca. He responds back saying they are already on a plane heading to Greensboro and that they’ll be at the premises in less than an hour. Raj contacts the best hospital that is in that city, a precaution in case Becca is hurt. Nick arranges for the plane that will take us hopefully to her, and then sends the information about the hospital to the people that are rescuing her. 

Ty and Connor stay behind; Nick, Raj and Drew come along and we lose the Federal Agent, who insists on following procedures and disregards all the information our private agencies have gathered so far. As we leave my office, he reminds us that if any civilian dies, he’d make sure to arrest us until proven innocent. 

We arrive at the airport almost at the same time as the captain. The airplane is ready for takeoff. 

“How are you?” Raj asks, as we board the plane.

A loaded question, I simply rest my forearms over my thighs to support my head with both hands. This is worse than having a guy pointing a gun and a knife at me. Those had been easy to avoid, this situation is out of my hands. The chances of finding Becca alive diminish every minute. A chill travels through my entire body as I realize she might no longer be among us. My head is about to explode, and I look up to where Nick sits.

“It’s been thirty minutes, Sir,” the edge on his voice contracts my heart. He’s been in situations like this one and surely knows more about the outcome than I do. There’s a part of me that wants to tell him to hit me with the truth, but I choose those sprinkles of hope Becca fondly talks about when she’s nervous or wants something that’s close to impossible to occur. “They’ll call to the airplane phone as soon as they reach her.”

As they reach her, if they reach her for that matter. The thoughts of them not finding her or the worst scenarios, play in my mind over and over again, followed by the unsettling sensation of defeat. The apprehension, fear and distress grabbed ahold of me the moment Ty mentioned he hadn’t seen Becca. To keep a sliver of sanity I push away the ‘what if’ with memories of us, Becca and I. Nick’s voice pulls me out from the trance the sour hunch and memories buried me in.

“Sir, she’s unconscious but stable,” Nick says pulling me out of the trance. “They’ll take her to the hospital Raj indicated. We should be there in forty five minutes. The paramedics are already working on her.”

My shoulders release part of the tension as I learn she’s alive, but before I can breathe again, I need to see her and know that she’s going to be fine.

About the Author:
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.


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