Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sweet Australian Romance
"Dear Banjo" by Sasha Wasley!

 Dear Banjo

Hiya peeps! I've got a wonderful sweet romance to share with you today. It's set in Australia *swoon* and written by a new author-to-watch from Australia, Sasha Wasley! 

I think a lot of you will enjoy this one, so check out the excerpt below, and be sure to enter both giveaways at the end of the post!

Dear Banjo

 Dear Banjo
~Published: May 29th 2017

~Publisher: Penguin Random House

~Length: 384 Pages

~Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

They were best friends who were never meant to fall in love – but for one of them, it was already way too late.

Willow ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Tom Forrest were raised on neighbouring cattle stations in the heart of the Kimberley. As young adults, sharing the same life dreams, something came between them that Willow cannot forget. Now ten years have passed since she’s even spoken to Tom.

When her father falls ill, Willow is called home to take over the running of the family property, Paterson Downs. Her vision for a sustainable, organic cattle station is proving hard to achieve. She needs Tom’s help, but is it too late, and all too complicated, to make amends?

Tom’s heartfelt, decade-old letters remain unopened and unmentioned between them, and Willow must find the courage to finally read them. Their tattered pages reveal a love story like no other – and one you’ll never forget.

Dear Banjo is a wildly romantic and utterly captivating story about first love and second chances from an exciting new Australian author.

Friday, May 26, 2017

"See You Later Broadway" by Melissa Baldwin!

Hiya peeps! I'm sharing a new book with you guys today. It's a sequel to See You Soon Broadway, which I remember looked really good! This one sounds just as good, so be sure to check out the excerpt and see what you think!

Also, be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post, and enter for your chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash!!

See You Later Broadway

(Broadway Series, Book 2)

 See You Later Broadway
~Released: April 5th, 2017

~Length: 337 Pages

~Genres: Women's Fiction, Chick-Lit, Romance, Contemporary

It’s finally here . . . the much-anticipated sequel to See You Soon Broadway! Maris is back!

Decisions, decisions, decisions . . .

Maris Forrester’s exciting new life is not everything she was hoping it would be. Although she’s happy in her new career, she’s plagued with the feeling that something is still missing. Imagine her surprise when an old friend presents her with an unbelievable opportunity that could change everything. This new career sounds almost too good to be true, including the upcoming trip to London. She quickly learns that even the most perfect scenarios have their drawbacks, and when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is . . .

In addition to making a life-changing career choice, Maris realizes she has other decisions to make—whom to love and where to find happiness. What if neither is what she thought they should be?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Steampunk Adventure! Giveaway & Review of "Time Weaver" by Jacinta Maree!

 Book Tour

Hiya peeps! I'm super excited to share this book with you today, I'm just about hopping on my toes! I love steampunk stories, and this one is just fabulous!

Check out my review below, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end for a chance to win one of the prizes!

Time Weaver: Heart of CogsTime Collector #1

 Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs
~Published: February, 21st 2017

~Publisher: Ragnarok Publications

~Genres: Steampunk, Supernatural, Young Adult

I have a clock for a heart…and the man who put it there tried to take it out.

Time Collectors are modern day genies capable of exchanging wishes for time. Elizabeth Wicker lives within a steampunk world riddled with the supernatural. Among the stories of witches, Bacts, and other monsters, Time Collectors remain as the greatest hushed secret among the noble families. They are temptation’s greatest tools. A contract with a Time Collector is a guaranteed death sentence, and for some the price isn’t worth the prize. But when Elizabeth is struck down by a fatal heart attack, she finds herself trapped beneath a Time Collector’s blade. With no time left to offer, she makes a desperate sacrifice for a second chance at life. If there’s only one truth, it is a Time Collector will always come back to collect.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm A Homeowner!!

Hiya guys!! I've got an exciting update to share with you today!

Honestly, it's been a rough couple of months. I've been stressed and unable to focus on writing much at all, which sucks! It's been for a good reason though, and now that it's over, it was worth it.

Okay, background:

We submitted an offer on a house in the beginning of February, right? Everything looked good, closing date was mid March. That's what I planned on. That was the goal. Should have been a simple, easy purchase. First time VA home buyer loan, good credit, close to no debt. Only way it could have been more simple, was if we bought the house with cash. In a military town, our loan type is seen all over the place, and is super quick. We were stoked!

Of course, our life is never that easy.

Everything that could have been messed up with our loan process and purchase process, was messed up. I could list a ton of things that happened, but really, I don't want to go over it all again, because it'll just ruin my whole day to think of it all.

To keep it simple, the biggest wrench in the whole process, was the fact the wrong loan was submitted, due to incompetence from our loan officer.

Every single meeting & phone call must have gone in one ear and out the other, because all we talked to her about, was the loan we needed. She put in a completely different loan that didn't apply to any of our qualifications, and then was surprised when we didn't get approved! No shit, Sherlock! Seriously, how do you even do that?

We ended up calling her boss, because she took three vacations in six weeks, leaving us and three other loans completely hanging. It escalated to the president of the company, who was beyond pissed. I'll be surprised if she keeps her job, tbh. The mistakes she made weren't simply unethical and unprofessional, several were completely illegal.

By the grace of God, the sellers worked with us, and extended more times than they should have had to. We are so grateful to them for being patient and so willing to work with our crazy loan lady basically dropping her job to run off only God knows where, and screw a bunch of people over.

Bottom line, Karma is gonna bite that woman hard. I just wish I had some popcorn.

God blessed it though, and somehow, we finally managed to close on our house!!!

We are now, officially homeowners! Whoot!

It took more than twice as long as it was supposed to, but we are finally done! We closed about a week ago, and have been breaking our backs trying to get everything moved. The landlord at our rental house has been patiently waiting for us to move out, as we had given him our notice in March (before we realized we had to start the entire loan process over to get the correct loan). He's been waiting to get people in to make it sell-ready though, so there's been a lot of pressure to get this all wrapped up quickly.

We are moving the last bit of stuff (hopefully) tonight, and should be done!

I'm exhausted and have more injuries than I can count, but at the end of the day, I'm in an amazing house that we fought hard to get. It's an amazing place to be, has amazing views, and will be wonderful for writing and growing our various businesses & projects. God has blessed us far more than we deserve, and it's simply wonderful to be here.

God is amazing, and He definitely pulled us through one of the most stressful times in our adult lives so far. Can't wait to be finished moving in, and collapse for a week.

My writing should pick back up soon, once I get my office area set up. I'm still hoping to get the book I'm writing published this Summer, and have another manuscript I'm itching to get started on! Whoot!

It's been a long three months so far, and anyone who's bought a house knows the stress of the first time home purchase process. It's crazy, there are more hoops to jump through than I could have imagined, but it worked out. I have a house. It's mine.

I'm home.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Hiya everybody!  I hope you had a fantastic week, and have a fun weekend planned.

So, I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award in Oct of 2015...safe to say, it fell off my radar!! As I was going through my drafts to post something fun this week, I saw this one, and literally face-palmed myself. I can't believe I forgot to actually post it!

See, I had the whole post made. Ready to go. All set!! I just didn't hit the schedule button. Seriously, I have been so out of it the past year. Becoming an author has taken over my liiiiife!

I'm getting back to blogging now though, and am finally posting this!

To be honest, I hadn't heard of this one until I was nominated, but looking into it, the award is pretty awesome.

I'm honored and excited to be nominated, and want to give a big shout out and hug to +Tanya @ A Book Paradise - thanks sweets, I appreciate it! =D  ♥♥

If you'd like to find out more about her, or check out her awesome blog, visit her award post here.

 Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Let's run through the rules first:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate ten blogs.

My Questions from Tanya

1) Who is your favourite artist at the moment and why?

I'm guessing this means music, or at least that's what I'm going to go with, lol.  At the moment, one of my favourite music artists is probably Twenty One Pilots, although tbh, my artist faves change weekly, if not daily. I love them right now though, because the beats in their music keeps me going, keeps me pumped, and always seems to pluck me from my bad moods, and puts a skip in my step.

2) What is your favourite season and can you pick a book to match?

Oh gosh, that's a hard one. It's usually a tie between Winter and Fall. I think though, I prefer Winter most of the time. A great read to match the Winter season, aside from the obvious classics, is the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. Every time it starts getting cold, I am hit with a deep craving to re-read that story.

3) Who or what inspired you to start a blog?

Uuum, to be honest, I don't really remember. I started my first blog in Middle School, I think as a way to get my poetry and writing out in the world somewhere. I wasn't necessarily inspired by anyone, I just stumbled across blogging in my amateur research of how to quickly and easily publish poetry and short stories. I've been blogging ever since, in a ton of different areas.

4) What would be your dream job and why?

My dream job is definitely working in a myriad of freelance and from-home services, fulfilling the many areas of passion I have. Which, luckily for me, is what I do.  
It gives me the ability to enjoy several areas of interest, without getting burned out or bored with one thing.  If I had a job where I did the same thing every day, even if it's in different ways, I'd go nuts, and probably end up fleeing to the mountains to be one of those tree-hut people, who uses a pine cone as a toothbrush. :P

5) Name a bookish cliché that you hate seeing in books.

There are quite a few to choose from, aren't there? Hmm. I suppose a trope I'm most tired of seeing in books, is the extremity of genders.  

As in, either the guy is a total jerk you want to smack (but the female character usually falls for him, despite herself), or he's a total looser (who the female character still falls for).  
In the same way, the female characters are usually always either super fem-bots who tout their "I don't need a man" banner like it's going to save the world.  Otherwise, they're these recluse frail creatures, who have absolutely no backbone, and constantly need everyone else to save them. Blech.

Where are all the normal people?? Oh, right...they're the side characters you end up wishing would have been the main character, cuz they're more realistic.  

I love when a book just has a normal guy, or a normal girl. They aren't traumatically broken, or taking on the world with a ton of tude. They deal with life and the issues presented the same way we would - normally. Not necessarily in a non-fantasy/paranormal sense of normal, just not some extreme "that would never happen" or "no one actually acts like that" kinda way. Relatable is much better to read than "yeah, ok..."

6) Pick three qualities that you like about your personality.

OK, pushing past the insecurity of having to be a little vain to answer this question xP
Here we go!

1.  I like the fact I don't hold on to negatives. I'm deeply effected by negative things, but I don't hold on to them. I get over frustration and negativity almost immediately, unless it's something major. Even then, I'm over it within a matter of minutes. Makes life much happier and calmer to live in the light and keep myself positive.

2.  I like the fact I can almost always make people laugh. I love bringing smiles to anyone, and have yet to meet a person I can't make laugh until they cry. I love that =)

3.  I love the fact I'm not vain (recognizing the fact that statement in and of itself is somewhat vain). I'm not a naturally vain or self-centered person though, and anything that makes it necessary for me to be that way (such as this question, lol) makes me uncomfortable. I'm much happier being humble, and focusing on the incredible world around me, and the fascinating creatures inhabiting it.

7) What is your favourite book you have read so far in 2015?

*This question is now, obviously outdated, but I'm going to leave it, b/c that's where I was when I wrote this. If only I'd have pushed publish! lol

This question makes me sad, because I haven't had a ton of time to read this year =/  So many books I want to read!  Lol.
My favorite book from this year so far though, would have to be a tie between Madison's Song by Christine Amsden, and Eric Elmoor and The Chalice of Cameron by Thomas A. Meyers. Both are books I still think about, a couple years later.

8) If you could pick a fictional world to live in, which one would it be and why?

Oh gosh, this question always makes me giggle a little bit. To be honest, I have no idea! My tendency to be an over-thinker always ruins questions like this for me.

9) How do you organize your bookshelf?

My bookshelf is an mess of organized chaos, and most of the time, I'm the only one who can actually find anything. Ideally, I'd set it up by genre, having separate shelves for Classics, Adult Fiction, Young Adult/New Adult, and Non-Fiction. From there, each genre would then broken up and set up according to sub genre, usually contemporary vs paranormal/fantasy, thriller/horror, mystery, comedy, realistic, etc.

10) Name one weird thing about yourself. 

Soooo many things to choose from, lol. I guess a pretty weird thing, is I have violet eyes. I use that one a lot for questions like this, but it definitely gets the most comments from people who notice it. My glasses do a good job of hiding it most of the time ;)

My Nominees

Questions for My Nominees

1) Who is your favourite musical artist at the moment and why?
2) What is your favourite season and can you pick a book to match?
3) Who or what inspired you to start a blog?
4) What would be your dream job and why?
5) Name a bookish cliché that you hate seeing in books.
6) Pick three qualities that you like about your personality.
7) What is your favourite book you have read so far in 2015?
8) If you could pick a fictional world to live in, which one would it be and why?
9) How do you organize your bookshelf?
10) Name one weird thing about yourself. 

Have fun, and thanks for reading! =D

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"The Medium"

Hiya guys! I have a review to share with you today, for a fantasy horror novel!

Check it out, and see what you think! It may just be your next favorite vamp story!

The Medium

 The Medium
~Released: December 12th, 2013

~PublisherQui Est in Literis

~Length: 386 Pages

~Parent's Guide: PG-17

~Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror

Lenny is good at teaching physics. He is good at fixing things, making friends, and not attracting attention. He is good at being a medium, helping spirits pass beyond the Veil. But as a vampire incapable of violence, he has always been a bit of a joke. 

All it takes is a drink in a hotel bar, a stumble into the wrong place at the wrong time, to run him afoul of Sebastian Duran, a lunatic who controls other people’s minds better than he can control his own. Torn away from everything he knows, trapped and starved and under constant mental assault, Lenny’s best hope is Kim Reed, a wizard tasked with bringing down Duran. Kim cannot believe that Lenny is evil, but neither can she hide him, and while she battles for his freedom, Lenny is forced to confront his own potential for monstrosity.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Do You Review?

Hiya peeps! I'm sharing a blog post from my author blog today, cuz more exposure and self-promotion and all that. Ah, indie author life. =P

Anyway, basically this is a request to reviewers. I don't currently have spare time to email awesome-sauce reviewers one-on-one, or even compile a mailing list. So, for the moment, I am compromising by posting some quick blog posts, instead of doing nothing.

I have helped indie authors promote their books for years, but you never really know how difficult it is until you become an indie author yourself! I've always held a lot of respect for indie peeps, but that's gone to a whole new level the past year and a half, that's for sure.

So, from this blogger-turned-indie-author, I'd love to connect with some reviewers! If you would be interested in reviewing any of my books, I would appreciate it greatly!!

The first book in my YA Adventure series is currently FREE on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords. If it sounds interesting, please consider picking up a copy and leaving a review once you've finished - I would appreciate it!

Second, and probably at this point, more importantly, is my stand-alone NA contemporary novel. It has no reviews!! I published it quickly in December, and haven't been able to promote it much, which is totally my fault, but yikes! I've had several people read it, but I'm not getting any reviews on it yet.

If you would like to review that one, I have it up on Instafreebie here, and it's also available on Kindle Unlimited. I would adore some reviews for that one, as I don't even know if it's any good yet! No one has told me anything! Gah! If it sounds interesting, please consider reading and reviewing it.

I'm hoping to get some better promotions going this Summer, but my family is currently in a transition that's taking far longer than it was supposed to, and I'm simply treading water trying to keep from drowning til that's finished.

If you wouldn't mind helping a girl out, I would appreciate it so much. It's difficult to ask for help, or put your stuff out there, so hopefully this didn't come off too pushy!

Also, if you have any suggestions on how to promote and publicize books as an indie author, I'm always on the look out for great ideas!

Either way, thanks for the support, and for checking out my blog. Hope you have a fantastic week! =D

Friday, May 5, 2017

"The Bad Boy's Girl" by Blair Holden!

*See my review post for this book here!*

 Book Tour!

Hiya guys! Hope your week has gone well so far. =)

DRR has a newly published book to share with you today. This is a story that has actually been read 160 million times on the site Wattpad! Wowza!

Check out the book and author's playlist below, and be sure to let us know what you think about it!

The Bad Boy's Girl

 The Bad Boy's Girl
~Released: February 21st 2017

~Length: 395 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Romance

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel. This new edition contains never before seen, exclusive content!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

"The Lucky Penny" by Ellie Ashe!
*Audiobook Review*

 Book Tour

Hiya guys! Hope your week is going well - tomorrow is Friday! =D

DRR is excited to share the third installment of the Miranda Vaughn series! We shared our review of the first installment last month, and our review for the second installment a couple weeks ago. Check out our ideas on the final book, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

The Lucky Penny(Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, #3)

 The Lucky Penny
~Released: December 9th, 2015

~Length: 7 hrs 17 mins

~Parent's Guide: PG-13

~Genres: Mystery, Contemporary

A year after her acquittal on fraud charges, former financial analyst Miranda Vaughn is finally getting her life back. Not only does she have a chance for romance with her sexy neighbor, FBI Agent Jake Barnes, but she's also got a new job...one that's taking her to a vacation paradise!

Perched above the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the Whispering Pines Resort & Spa is a local landmark and a popular destination for the rich and famous who are stressed out from being rich and famous. And down on the water’s edge is the Lucky Penny Casino—an abandoned shell of a once-stylish casino. Max Emmerson, the owner of the Whispering Pines Resort, used to own the Lucky Penny, and he wants it back. Miranda’s job is to get Max’s finances in order so he can borrow the money to buy the casino, and make sure nothing jeopardizes his gaming license. Easy, right? 

But the nice boring accounting job spirals out of control with the addition of a Hollywood film crew, an underground gambling ring, and Jake going undercover at the resort as a newlywed—with another woman. As Miranda and Jake each dive into their investigations, they can’t deny their growing feelings for each other. But it’s more important than ever that they keep their attraction hidden. Especially since someone at the resort is watching them very closely, and is willing to do just about anything to keep them from uncovering the truth. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Adult Sci-Fi! "Ensnared" by Rita Stradling!

 Book Blitz!

Hiya peeps! DRR has a brand new fairytale retelling to share today!

I don't know about you, but the new Beauty & The Beast film has got me excited about fairytales and awesome retellings. This looks like it will be one amazing example! With a fantastic mix of sci-fi and fantasy, it's sure to entertain any reader!

Check out the book trailer, and author-made playlist of book-inspiring songs!


~Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

~Length: 380 Pages

~Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Pre-Order on Amazon

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake. 

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see. 

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mason Dixon - Monster Hunter: Episode 1

 Book Blitz

Hiya guys! DRR has a new urban fantasy to share with you today. Check out the author interview with playlist, and enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

Mason Dixon

 Mason Dixon
~By: Eric R. Asher 

~Published: April 21st 2017

~Length: Novella

~Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy

They are the first line of defense against the things that go bump in the night.

They are the keepers of a centuries-old legacy of The Church defending the world against the forces of darkness.

They are a bunch of highly armed rednecks, internet video celebrities, soccer moms, and assorted broken nutjobs.

They are the new Templars, and things are about to get weird.

From the pages of Bubba the Monster Hunter comes a new series featuring the Hunters from around the United States hunting down monsters, fighting off supernatural baddies, and making life really, really bad for the things that hunt people.

He’s Mason Dixon, and he’s a bona fide internet celebrity. He has his own video series, a pistol that deserves its own area code, and a high definition video camera, and he’s not afraid to use any of them.

In this introductory urban fantasy novella, we meet Mason, his right hand Emma, his “handler” Noah, his anime-styled hacker friend Himari, and more monsters than you can shake a stick at. Unless it’s a really big stick.

With Mason, it’s always a big stick. This first novella in the series follows Mason through the wilds of Missouri as he hunts down monsters that hunt men, monsters that eat chewing tobacco, and monsters that make pancakes. And there’s moonshine.

And then Bubba the Monster Hunter shows up.

The New Templars novella series is a new series of short novels, similar to BookShots. Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter is the first in the series by popular urban fantasy and steampunk author Eric R. Asher.