Reader Apparel Blitz

Reader Apparel are delighted to announce that from the 23rd October they will be officially launching their online store at http://www.readerapparel.com!

A number of New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors have been collaborating to create a new company called Reader Apparel which will sell merchandise inspired by the ‘bookverse’. They will have everything from hoodies from fictitious High School Football teams to MC Apparel.

Check out what it’s all about!!

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You have the chance to win one of absolutely ANYTHING from this new store in stock and in your size on opening day.

Choose from a huge selection of clothing including, but not limited to, designs by Lauren Rowe Samantha Young Samantha Towle Kirsty Moseley Natasha Preston L. A. Cotton Rachel De Lune Charlotte Hart L.A. Casey Grace Harper.

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Book Blitz: Day of the Horn by Chris J Edwards

Day of the Horn
Chris J Edwards
Publication date: October 15th 2020
Genres: Fantasy

A kidnapped princess.

A reluctant mercenary.

A shamed prince.

Far in the west, isolated from the weary world beyond, lies the sylfolk kingdom of Céin Urthia – a woodland realm of ancient forests and sunlit meadows. But this kingdom cannot remain secluded forever; for Princess Dawn, heiress to the throne, has been

mysteriously abducted. Not even her kidnapper, a mercenary battle-mage, knows who ordered it – or

why. A fevered pursuit begins as the High King commands every servant of the crown to rescue

her, even the disgraced and imprisoned Herace the Shamed. But even as he and his companions follow in wild pursuit, Princess Dawn herself must decide – does she even want to be saved?

Meanwhile, powers beyond the sight of the court plot under cover of darkness – for not all wish

to see the princess safely home…

As civil war darkens the horizon, will Princess Dawn save her beloved home, or will unseen enemies win the day?

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EXCERPT:

Gentle sunlight glowed upon the faun’s face. Willow branches cast their slender shadows onto the grassy banks of the spring, shading us from the gilded morning light.

She looked peaceful there as I knelt over her; she was asleep, head nestled in the dewy grass. I had heard so much about this Princess Dawn – and now I was finally seeing her.

I had heard she lived in a secluded kingdom, somewhere bright and beautiful. A realm of vibrant flowers and alluring aromas, quiet green places latticed by cool, meandering streams. A perfect place, as perfect in its natural beauty as it was in its isolation.

And I heard that, on a perfectly calm morning in this perfectly nestled kingdom, the child that would be called Dawn was born in the idyllic splendor of the realm’s very heart. That she was raised in seclusion, away from the evil and want and sadness of the world beyond that verdant countryside.

I heard that her parents, the rightful king and queen, ensured she live a honeyed life. That Dawn would never have to experience the meanness, the savagery, the brutality of the world beyond. That hers was a youth of sweet smells and pleasant breezes and laughter under the greenest bowers of the kingdom of Céin Urthia.

One could certainly envy Dawn, her happy youth, her blessed inheritance, the Sacred ground of which she was one day to be sovereign.

I, however, did not envy her.

I did not envy Princess Dawn. Not as I knelt over her, not as she lay enchanted beside her private spring, beneath the sightless gaze of the royal keep.

I looked up to the surrounding garden and waved my riders over; as silent as prowling cats the uyrguks slunk out from the brush. I gestured to the sleeping princess. Wordlessly they bound her, picked her up.

I cast a gaze up to the keep. No curtains in the windows stirred; no guards looked down from the battlements. There was nothing to fear; Naraya was safe. Naraya was the capital. And the princess could look after herself.

I smiled. My, had they been wrong.

The uyrguks carried the princess through the garden and slung her over the back of my horse. Then, after a moment lingering in the garden as all was still and the sun was rising, I followed after them.

Steam plumed from the horses’ nostrils in the cool spring air. I was cold too; my clothes were damp from the morning dew. It had been a long, long night of lying in wait.

I mounted up and my riders did the same. I surveyed the garden, the private spring, the imposing shoulders of the royal keep. Still no one stirred; clearly my careful preparation was paying off. No guards, no handmaidens, no attendants… the perfect kidnapping.

I looked back at Princess Dawn, slung like a slain deer behind me, antlers and all. The perfect kidnapping.

I smiled to myself, relieved that my task was coming to fruition, my debts that much closer to absolution.

Then I looked up to the sun crawling steadily over the teeth of faraway mountains.

The princess was mine. It was almost all over. The cool sense of relief that washed through me matched the crisp spring breeze.

I spurred my horse and rode away.

Author Bio:

Chris J Edwards is a Canadian author of fantasy novels. Formally educated in history, informally educated in poetry, Chris now spends time writing fiction.

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Reading Round Up: October 11th-20th

Hello Book Friends! I can’t believe that October is almost over, I feel like it just started! My reading has slowed down a little because I am trying to make my way through a book that keeps scaring me so Im not really picking up a ton right now. Hopefully the rest of the month goes a little better for me. Here’s what I have been reading.

Immortal Angel (#31) by Lynsay Sands3 Stars – I always love returning to this series as it has some of my favorite characters ever. However, with a series this large not every book will be a winner. While I still enjoyed the story and being back with these characters I just wasn’t particularly attached to our two main characters. I will still be continuing with the next in this series!

Home Before Dark – by Riley Sager – 4 Stars – Audio – This was my first Riley Sager and I don’t think it will be my last. Overall I thought this book was enjoyable, loved the audio narration. We are following two different time lines so it was nice with the different narrators. I am not usually a fan of different time lines but in this one it worked well because we were getting snippets of a story that the main characters dad wrote about their time at Baneberry Hall and then we get her present day living in the same house. If you like stories about creepy houses than I think you should definitely pick this one up!

Bite Me (#9) by Shelly Laurenston – 4 Stars This is like the third time I have read this book and I still love it. Shelly has a way of writing her characters that feels both real and absurd at the same time and I am here for it! In this book we finally get introduced to the Honeybadger shifters and they are by far my favorite! I also love to watch the video about honeybadgers not caring, so good!!! If you like funny, steamy shifter romances be sure to check out this series!

His and Hers by Alice FeeneyAudio3 Stars Im not sure where to even start with this one! I got the audio for this from librofm and I am glad I was listening to it rather than reading, I think I would have dnf’d it otherwise. We are following three characters and how they are all involved in a murder. The story had some graphic scenes that I was not comfortable with and I was not a fan of the conclusion. However, I still think its an interesting story and believe others will still enjoy it.

Hot and Badgered (#1) by Shelly Laurenston4 Stars This is the first book in the spinoff series that deals with three sisters that are honeybadgers! In this story we are following Charlie who is the oldest. All three have some major difficulties and I find them so funny! I also love all the bears in this book! Highly recommend if you are wanting a super fun shifter romance!

Book Blitz: Keep Walking Rhona Beech by Kate Tough

Keep Walking, Rhona Beech
Kate Tough
Publication date: April 4th 2019
Genres: Women’s Fiction

Incredibly insightful, funny and poignant’ Helen Sedgwick
‘A warm and ferociously witty story. Truth rings from every page of this assured, engrossing debut’ Zoe Strachan

When Rhona’s story comes to an end you will miss her. Her candid, raw, messy journey will make you laugh, cry and remember. Not a typical break-up book, it’s much more profound. Nothing has turned out quite how Rhona imagined: she’s been casually swapping one job for another while getting comfy in a long relationship which ends abruptly, and her efforts to adjust to that change are thrown by some unwelcome news…

Flawed, relatable Rhona Beech narrates this beautifully written, pacey satire about female friendship, heartbreak, career change, conceiving and illness, which will appeal to fans of Fleabag. Join her on a laugh (and cry) out loud search for meaning amongst the bars, offices and clinics of Glasgow.

Will her friendships survive the changes and challenges? Will SHE survive? At once funny and tender, Keep Walking, Rhona Beech is a clear-sighted look at a generation of women that was told they could have it all.

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EXCERPT:

I am a patient. My job is to lie in this bed. I do my job well. Who I would be at home is less clear. And nobody would be there, beside themselves with relief that I am back.

I’d have to do things, necessary things – plus other things I would have to do just to be seen to be doing something.

Doing things makes me tired.

Doing things leads to other things, and things have a habit of changing when you’d got used to them being a certain way.

My heart broke. My body broke.

The bailiffs came for a cone-shaped piece. What exactly do you people want from me?

*

I didn’t have obsessive compulsive disorder when I came in but might well have it by the time I leave (an okay trade?). There is precious little to do but notice things and how often they occur.

Times per hour I assess how my wound site is feeling: about seven.

Times per day I remember to visualise a healthy wound site: maybe one.

Number of days with a Tupperware lid of cloud cover outside: six.

(The sheets, the walls, the sky – all the colour of bone.

Am I that colour too? I have no mirror to tell otherwise.

Maybe everyone who goes under anaesthetic wakes up in this world of bone, while their previous lives continue somewhere else.)

Minutes per day the nurses listen to a facile breakfast DJ: 120.

Minutes per day I am now able to breathe behind the radio and tune it out: 40.

Times per day I imagine being outdoors for hours on end: one, but it lasts awhile.

Times per day I notice that my left foot sits higher under the sheet than my right: about a dozen.

Times per day I speak: zero.

Times per day I make eye contact with the parent who has come to visit: on arrival only. (I will not cry in a room with a half glass wall, with a person who has to leave afterwards.)

Times per hour I remember what other people have to cope with in life: one, if I make myself.

Times per day I imagine a year from now, when things could be very different: zero, initially, now up to two or three.

Times per hour the perma-grin nurse sings out to the woman opposite, ‘Feeling okay, Nancy?’: too many. (I am waiting for Nancy to be discharged or die.)


Author Bio:

Kate Tough worked for the Scottish Parliament for six years before returning to her home city, gaining a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. She writes poetry and fiction rooted in realism, humour and sometimes difficult truths.

She creates astute observational detail in fiction, and explores painful moments, that readers could recognise as themselves or their friends.

Her novel, Keep Walking, Rhona Beech, is the revised 2nd edition of Head for the Edge, Keep Walking. Her short fiction and poetry appear in journals such as, The Brooklyn Review, The Texas Review and The Found Poetry Review. Kate’s poetry pamphlet, tilt-shift, was Runner Up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, 2017.

Kate’s been a literacy volunteer and creative writing tutor in many community settings.

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Book Haul

Hello Book Friends! I recently went to a library book sale and came home with 20 books! I was trying to fill in some gaps with some older series but there are always other books that jump out out at me!

The first two I got are some Holiday Romances! I am already ready for the cozy reads for the next two months!

  • Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains
  • Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lee Miller and Maisey Yates

Next are some contemporary romances, the two Jill Shalvis books are helping me complete the Lucky Harbor series.

  • Alaska Nights by Debbie Macomber
  • It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis
  • Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
  • Amazing Grace bySherryl Woods

A bunch of my friends on instagram keep posting bout their love of cozy mysteries so I picked up a few of those and one Holiday cozy mystery as well! I have also been on the hunt when I go book thrifting for the first book in Sue Grafton’s series but B is the closest I have ever come.

  • B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
  • Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower
  • Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt

The only two trade paperbacks I got.

  • Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella – Contemporary
  • The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers- Scifi

And last but not least the Fantasy books I bought! These are mostly filling in for series I have already read or am currently reading except for the Robin Hobb. This is one of her series that I haven’t read yet!

  • Dragon Keeper (#1 Rain Wild Chronicles) by Robin Hobb
  • Seventh Grave and No Body (#7 Charlie Jones) by Darynda Jones
  • Mirror Sight (#5 Green Rider) by Kristen Britain
  • Blackveil (#4 Green Rider) by Kristen Britain
  • Kushiel’s Justice (#2 Imriel’s Trilogy) by Jacqueline Carey
  • Murder of Crows (#2 The Other’s) by Anne Bishop
  • Written in Red (#1 The Other’s) by Anne Bishop
  • Visions in Silver (#3 The Other’s) by Anne Bishop

Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: Eternal Bite

Eternal Bite: A Limited Edition Collection of Vampire Stories
Publication date: October 20th 2020
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Bite or be bitten.

9 PARANORMAL ROMANCES FOR ONLY 99¢
Are you ready to journey into the sinful world of vampires? Awesome, because this limited edition boxed set contains nine all-new, full-length novels starring everyone’s favorite creature of the night… and it’s waiting for you!

Some characters will bite.
Others will be bitten.
All have a lust for blood.
Do you?

Don’t miss your chance to binge-read this kick-butt collection.

Authors included in the set:

Avery Song
Stasia Black
A.S. Green
Brittni Chenelle
CC Solomon
Stella Williams
Charlee Garden
Kat Stiles
Heather MacKinnon

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ABC Book Challenge: C

Hello Book Friends! The letter of the day is “C”. I have seen this challenge on a few blogs like One Book More and Meeghan Reads and thought it looked like a fun way to talk about some books I read before (and after) I started my blog and also some upcoming books I would like to read that are on my tbr. For the books I pick I will put in parentheses what number it is in a series, if it’s in one and the author.

Books that start with C

  • Can You Keep a Secret – Sophie Kinsella – Such a funny and sweet book, my favorite of hers for sure. Contemporary Romance
  • Captain Marvel – all volumes – Carol Danvers is my favorite super hero ever! Graphic Novels
  • Caressed by Ice (#2) – Nalini Singh – My absolute favorite in the entire series! Paranormal Romance
  • Clean Sweep(#1) – Ilona Andrews – A series of novella’s about a witch and her house. Fantasy
  • Conviction – Denise Mina – Thriller with a pod cast element
  • The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena – Fun fast past thriller
  • A Court of Mist and Fury series – Sarah J Maas – My favorite in the trilogy. Fantasy/Romance
  • Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan – Loved the entire series. Contemporary
  • Cry Wolf (#1) – Patricia Briggs – Great spinoff of the Mercy Thompson series! Paranormal Fantasy/Romance

Books on my TBR that start with C

  • The Caged Queen (#2) by Kristen Ciccarelli – YA Fanatsy
  • Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas – Fiction
  • Christmas at Holiday House by Rayanne Thane – Holiday Romance
  • Colorado Cowboy by Sara Richardson – Romance
  • Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim – Autobiography/Memoire
  • Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by A.J. Mendez Brooks – Autobiography/Memoire
  • Crazy Stupid Bromance (#3) – Lyssa Kay Adams – Contemporary Romance
  • Criminal (#6) – Karin Slaughter – Thriller

Do we share any of the same memorable books for the letter C? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: Soul’s Day Box Set

Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme
Published by: Fire Quill Publishing
Publication date: October 20th 2020
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal

Old Hallows Eve, when things go bump in the night,
Children come to play, and the witches provide the fright.
For 19 authors, USA Today and international bestselling,
The Halloween tales become more than this foretelling.
In the Soul’s Day Boxset, a mansion feeds on souls,
A gargoyle captures them, and a demon dungeon master makes the calls,
Campers gets picked off one by one,
The Karnaval’s corn dogs are less than fun,
Ghosts lurking around every bend,
‘I do’ at the wedding is the very end.
A boxset of chills and thrills to keep you up at night,
One-click pre-order to snap your copy filled with fright.
On old Hallow’s eve when creatures come to play,
With this spine chilling pages, it’s where you’ll want to stay.

AUTHOR LINE UP: 

Erin Lee – USA TODAY BESTSELLING
Kristin Ping w/a Judith Holstrom – USA TODAY BESTSELLING
Amber Garr – AWARD AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
Ashlee Sinn – AWARD AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
L.L. Hunter – AWARD AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
Monique Singleton – INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
Majanka Verstraete – INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
Aubrey Wynne – INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
Stephanie Ayers – INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
DM Wolfenden – INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
Maggie Tideswell – INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING
Sian B. Claven – AWARD WINNING AUTHOR
Kayla Krantz
Yvette Bostic
Brandy Nacole
Jennifer Fish-Ferguson
Lea Cherry
Scarlet Le Clair

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Reading Round Up: October 1st – 10th

Hello my lovely book friends! It is time for my first October round up and I read some really great books so far. I have three 5 star books, one 4 star and one 3 star. I decided I am going to switch up how I do my round ups, I think I am going to just give a little bit of info instead of doing mini reviews. For certain books I will be doing single reviews and if those are already published I will link them and if they are forthcoming I will put a * next to it. Hope everyone is having a good month so far. Let me know in the comments below what you have been reading lately!

Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker – 5 Stars – Contemporary Romance, #2 in series, 2020 – I loved getting more of Calla and Jonah’s story. I am so excited for the next one that comes out in December!

Happy Trails by Daisy Prescott – 5 Stars – Contemporary Romance, #1 in series, 2019 – Loved everything about this book!

The Sun Down Motel* – 5 Stars – Mystery/Thriller, 2020 – Review coming soon – Such a good mystery/thriller/horror!

The Roommate by Rosie Danan – 3 Stars – Contemporary Romance, very steamy, 2020 – This was just an ok read for me, very steamy but wasn’t attached to the characters.

Spoiler Alert* by Olivia Dade – 4 Stars – Contemporary Romance, very steamy, 2020 – review coming soon – Loved this one! Also a very steamy read!

Have you read any of these books? If so tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Tag: Info Dump

Hi Book Friends! I am trying to add some different content to my blog and I love tag videos on youtube so I thought I would try and do some on here. If you know of any fun ones please leave them in the comments below! I saw Evelyn Reads do this tag and thought it looked fun, it was created by @Books and Chocaholic on youtube.

1. How many books on average do you read per month? 12-15 books is my average

2. How many books are on your TBR? Over 100 on my book shelves in my office.

3. How are your books organized on your shelves? By read/unread and then by genres and then alphabetically.

4. Which genres do you read most from? Now, probably contemporary romance, in the past it was fantasy.

5. Which genres do you own most of? Fantasy, this is what both my husband and I read and we own MANY series.

6. Which is your preferred form of reading (physical, audio, ebook..)? Physical or audio

7. Who is your most owned author? I would say Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Lynsay Sands or Gena Showalter.

8. Describe your favourite writing style? Im not sure what my favorite is but I don’t like being bogged down in to many details, I also like good dialogue.

9. Which literary devices do you like/dislike? I am not a fan of allegorical stories.

10. Which character archetypes do you enjoy? I like the rebel and the warrior, strong female characters with great personality.

11. Which are your favourite book settings? I love small towns and anything tropical or UK.

12. Which are your favourite romantic and plot tropes? I love enemies to lovers! It will always be my favorite! And also a grumpy but loveable main character, either male or female.

If you like tags, then consider yourself tagged!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!