Monday, February 27, 2017

Owl Post #114


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
 
For Review:
From Bloomsbury:
- Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas
This is the sequel to Because You'll Never Meet Me, and though I do own a copy of book one, I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Perhaps one day I'll read this unique sounding story about two best friends separated by distance.
 
....Thanks guys!
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From Pan Macmillan:
- Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The only one of Jennifer E. Smith's books I've read so far is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and although I wasn't blown away by it, Windfall does have me intrigued. I wasn't expecting to receive a copy for review, but I may aim to work it into my reading schedule as it sounds like and fun.
 
....Thank you guys!
 
And that's me this week!
What did the owls bring you?
 
 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Free Ebooks

Hi lovelies and happy Saturday!

Hope you've all had another great week as we head towards the end of February.



Did you manage to snag something new?
I hope so!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Shelf: Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Nuts kicks off Alice Clayton's latest series, The Hudson Valley series and is a laugh-out-loud, sensual and fun romantic comedy that features an electric new romance and a town I'm just dying to call home.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef in LA, catering to some of Hollywood's biggest stars, but when a dairy disaster sees a number of her clients desert her, Roxie finds herself agreeing to return home and run the family diner for her mother while she goes on a once in a lifetime adventure. Roxie left Bailey Falls as soon as she was able and never planned on going back, but a summer in the small country town quickly sees Roxie begin to rethink all her thoughts on small town life. Local farmer Leo Maxwell doesn't hurt either. Charming and cheeky, Leo is heavily involved in all things fresh and sustainable and manages to get Roxie's blood pumping like nobody else. Roxie has always refused to fall in love, but with summer coming to an end sooner rather than later, will Roxie decide to head back to LA? Or has she found her place in life where she lease expected it....home?

Alice Clayton has done it again! And then some! Honestly, this book and this series blends together all my favouite things; books, romance and food....with delightful results! Nuts features all Clayton's trademark sass and flair, humor and wit, sex and sultry and absolutely adorable romance and friendship. She makes me want to live in Bailey Falls and that's only after one book!

Coming alive with the turn of every page, Nuts features a likable main character in Roxie who's sassy and fun and a delectable romantic lead in Leo. I mean, really; I want my own farmer now. As long as he can be like Leo....sexy, cheeky, charming and sooooo passionate. He's appealing on so many levels and that's not even considering the other side Roxie witnesses of his when his little "secret" comes out. No spoilers from me, but oh so cute.

There's nothing about this book I can fault. Alice Clayton has created a vivid country town and filled it with lucious characters who have such wonderful personality. I'm loving Chad and Logan and Oscar the grouch. Polly the precious and Roxie's friends Natalie and Clara who I just know will make fantastic leading ladies when their turn arises.

A simply delicious read, I'm eager and excited to read the second book, Cream of the Crop straight away. Can't wait to see what Alice Clayton has in store for Natalie and dairy farmer Oscar--I just know it's going to be brilliant!

Rating:
Source:
Received as a Christmas present
Publisher: Gallery Books      
Format: Paperback

Release Date: October 20th 2015
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
Another AWESOME Alice Clayton book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #169

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Releases on: June 6th 2017
Add on Goodreads!
 
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . .


Thoughts:
YA fantasy still remains one of my favorite genre's and there seems to be a lot of brilliant reads out there lately, but that doesn't mean I'm any less excited when one piques my interest. And Royal Bastards does exactly that! Definitely going to be on the look out for this one....

What do you think of Royal Bastards?
And what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Shelf: Reckless Rendezvous (Reckless Beat #4.5) by Eden Summers



One kiss sends Leah Gorman’s life into a tailspin.

After years sacrificing herself for Reckless Beat, Leah needs to catch her breath. She has to escape the constant chaos and revive her frayed nerves. There’s no better place than Vegas and the memory of a heavily-inked man with talented hands to make her heart palpitate for reasons other than stress. Logan is exactly what she needs right now… Or is he? Her pleasure comes at a price, and she will be left to question every aspect of her life and what her future holds.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Reckless Rendeavous is a quick and easy novella tale in the Reckless Beat series by Eden Summers that follows band manager Leah as she heads to Vegas to escape the feelings she has for a man she knows she can never have.

Leah Gorman has been secretly in love with her best friend Ryan for years, even though her client and the Reckless Beat member was married and unattainable. Now Ryan has kissed her, heartbroken by his impending divorce and angry at his estranged wife. So Leah does what any normal person would do in her situation….flee. All the way to Las Vegas, and into the arms of the sexy inked tattoo artist she remembers from her last time there. Hoping to lose her inhabitations in some down and dirty sex, Leah quickly realises that though she’s determined to switch off for a few days, her heart won’t let her ignore it anymore and Leah’s going to have some tough choices to make…

A quick, easy and highly sexy novella that sets the stage for Leah and Ryan's story in the next novel, Undeniable Temptation, Reckless Rendezvous is one saucy read! I definitely recommend reading this novella. It's fun and flirty and easy to devour.

This tale is in no way a romance--it's about blinding passion, desire and lust. It's about getting to know a little about the inner workings of Leah's mind and discovering what makes her tick. With some hot as can be sex, seductive guys and a sizzling weekend away.

Eden Summers also introduces her readers to a few new enticing characters in this novella, none more so than Logan: the scorching tattoo artist who will have you got and heady and hoping he gets his own tale somewhere down the track. Hopefully with Emma!

Sexy from beginning to end, Reckless Rendezvous is perfect to read in the lead up to the final Reckless Beat novel, Undeniable Temptation and leaves me beyond eager to see Leah and Ryan get their well deserved happily ever after.


Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by the author (Thank you so much Eden!)
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Kindle ebook

Release Date: November 16th 2015
Purchase:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts:
This series is one I absolutely love and highly recommend, especially if you enjoy stuff by people like Kylie Scott!

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Books by the Bridge 2017 Recap & Giveaway


This Saturday past, I had the pleasure of attend the Books by the Bridge author event hosted by Kat. T. Masen. Located in Luna Park Sydney, Books by the Bridge was a phenomenal day! I had so much fun, met amazing authors, had a fabulous lunch and of course got my books signed, while obtaining more :)

As always, I was joined by my amazing mother who helped me lug a suitcase full of books into the city so I could get my books signed and of course pick up the ones I'd preordered throughout the year.

Located inside the Crystal Palace of Luna Park, the set out was fantastic and of course the whole event was bustling all day long with raffles, giveaways and plenty of book shopping to do :)

I fan-girled something fierce over Alice Clayton who was just super nice and sooooo funny and down to earth. Totally get why her writing comes across so witty and funny--just like the rocking woman herself

With Carmen Jenner, Eden Summers, J.L. Perry, Jay Mclean, Jaymin Eve, Kat T. Masen, Kelly St Clare, Kia Karrington-Russell, KM Golland, Emma James, Nina Levine & Selina Fenech.  
I met so many amazing authors, some of which I'm met multiple times before and love *cough* Carmen Jenner *cough* and some I hadn't but whose books I love something fierce! Was so amazing to see these ladies-they all rock so much!

These are the books I took with me to get signed. All my Alice Clayton books, and a few for future giveaways (Hint....check out the bottom of my post!) as well as my KM Golland books, and Jax by J.L. Perry.

Oh, and I may have had a few to pick up/buy....but just a few ;) Sooooo much bookish goodness!

Some of the pre-orders were just so beautiful, especially Selena Fenech's whose came with beautiful handcrafted jewelry, a satin bag, notebook and beautiful calendar and Jaymin Eve's which came with rocking tote bag and t-shirt.....mind you, I did buy a lot of books from Jaymin LOL
 
And swag! So managed to amass so much swag!
 
Oh, and so many authors had these delicious bookie cookie's to give away. They're cookies, but with pretty book covers and designs on the icing. They're almost too pretty to each, but boy did they taste good. Everyone seemed to have different flavors; chocolate, vanilla, caramel, red velvet, strawberry. Yum! They were so good! 
 
So basically, I had an AWESOME DAY and to celebrate I'm going to be giving away some goodies.
 
Here's what I'm giving away:
Prize 1: A SIGNED copy of Mai Tai'd Up by Alice Clayton and swag pack (INTERNATIONAL)
Prize 2: Swag pack and canvas bag from Books by the Bridge (INTERNATIONAL)
Prize 3: 5x Picture pack with 7 pictures signed by attending authors (Australian only)
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Kat T. Masen for organizing this event and for all the people who volunteered and helped make the day such a success. As a reader and a book lover, events like this are so incredible to attend and allow us to focus on the one thing we all have in common....our love of books and reading!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Shelf: Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Windwitch is the second novel in The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard and is a forward moving and fast paced follow up to its predecessor that draws readers once more into an exhilarating and dangerous world of magic and danger!

After the events of the first book, Safi and Iseult find themselves separated by land and sea with Safi held prisoner by the Marstok Empress and Iseult racing against time to find her Threadsister all the while finding herself haunted in dreams by the mysterious Puppeteer. Facing with limited options, Iseult finds herself forming an uneasy alliance with the Bloodwitch Aeduan; Aeduan will track Safi in exchange for the money Iseult has stolen from him but as Iseult and Aeduan work together to cross the Witchlands, there are dangers looming across the Witchlands no one expected…..Prince Merik is a dead man, or at least that’s what everyone believes. When an explosion left him burned, scared and gravely injured, Merik found himself embracing the anonymity being “dead” allows him to have. Wanting to prove his sisters treachery, Merik sets out with a close companion to prove her deceit, but when it becomes clear something more sister is going on in Nubreva will Merik be able to find the power to fight for his people, or will he be lost to his own misery and anger?

After the thrilling ending of Truthwitch, I jumped straight into Windwitch to once more become lost in the world Susan Dennard has created. I have to admit I was a bit perplexed by the beginning of Windwitch; mainly due to the changes in Merik and the shocking events that occurred to him in the week between when the last book concluded and when Windwitch began. It was almost like reading about a totally different character at times—so very different from the Merik I had met in Truthwitch, although if I’m being honest, I can see the reasoning behind it.

As Windwitch allows readers to discover more of Merik as the title character, and Susan Dennard to develop the storyline, Windwitch also allows readers to get to know some of the other characters a great deal more too including Aeduan and Merik’s powerful sister Viva, who is a surprise in many ways.

A rich and poignant fantasy story, I’m very much enjoying how this series is developing. I’m a romantic at heart, so I’m hopeful for a happy ending for Merik and Safi down the track and look forward to seeing something powerful develop between Iseult and Aeduan; the first hints of a budding romance between them are already there. But I’m also very intrigued by the other aspects of the story; the mysterious and powerful Puppeteer, this dangerous shadow man Merik has been dealing with, Owl, the Hell-Bards, Caden and even the empress of Marstok, Vaness….lots of different aspects coming together to make me want more.

Though Windwitch seemed very different to Truthwitch, it opens a lot of possibilities to the series and I’m beyond excited for the third book to be released, Bloodwitch. I really do love Aeduan, so I can’t wait to see him in a starring role and continuing to explore this world that Susan Dennard has so wonderfully crafted.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you Kirsty!)

Publisher: Tor Uk via Pan Macmillan Australia
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP:
$16.99
Release Date: January 10th 2017
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed this second installment and really can't wait for the third book, especially if it's going to feature Aeduan!