Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lily: Release Day Blitz!

Title: Lily
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Sweet Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!
Lily Holt once believed in dreams until her fiancĂ© and business manager abandoned her art career and marriage proposal for another woman. Public shame drove her to hide in the remote beach town of Cape Bliss, Florida. She believes she’s free of the art world until Josh Raymond appears at her front door with a picture she’d sketched on a dare years ago. Josh needs her to recreate the hope and love in the original image for a contract that will save his advertising firm. But Lily lost her muse and there is no way she can sketch the emotional depth needed for this piece. The only hope is if Josh can convince her that happily-ever-after still exists, but the price might be too high to pay—his heart.
Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.
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The man turned, and Lily caught a glimpse of the most brilliant blue eyes, the kind that leapt out and capture your heart.
She raced to retrieve her colored pencils and sketchbook, then started blending shades of blue on a fresh sheet. It was somewhere between the brightness of electric blue and the depth of cobalt. Unique and mesmerizing. She tried to capture that feeling on paper.
“Lily, we have a guest.”
Lily’s head shot up, only just realizing they had been watching her.
Josh offered his hand. “Ms. Holt. I’m Josh Raymond—”
“Yes, from the advertising agency. I heard you.” Ignoring his hand, she turned her attention back to her sketchbook. She wanted to find that color before it was gone.
“When you were spying on us from behind that column?” Josh asked with a smile. His expression was all business, yet a hint of playfulness slipped through. It distracted her enough that she lost the snapshot in her mind. As she stared at him, trying to recapture it, a shadow darkened his face. She shuffled close and angled her head so she could get a good look at him, and he quirked a brow at her. Then she remembered her sister’s chastisement after things fell apart with Stephon. “You’ll never catch a decent man if you keep acting like a crazy art fool.” Embarrassed, Lily abruptly stepped back. “Sorry. It was your eyes.”
His other brow joined its partner high on his forehead. “My eyes?”
“Yes, um, the color. It’s unique, and I wanted to capture it.”
Connie shook her head. “My sister isn’t as strange as she seems, I promise.”

The Gryphon Series: Sale Blitz!

Title: The Gryphon Series
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Embrace the call of destiny with the Award-Winning Gryphon Series written by Stacey Rourke. Fate and sacred calling have landed nineteen-year-old Celeste Garrett in the middle of a demonic war, with nowhere to run. Journey through the chronicles of this Young Adult adventure which includes four full length books, and two bonus novellas.
The Conduit
The Sidekick Chronicles, Vol I
The Sidekick Chronicles, Vol II
RONE Award Winner Young Adult Fantasy 2012
YATR Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Best Teen Read 2013
“Another fantastic, awesome, laugh-out-loud funny addition to the library of ‘falling in love’ with Stacey Rourke books! It’s different, and a great example of some pre-Twilight era YA Paranormal books, where angst was minimal, family was important and adventures were up front and center.” -InD’Tale Magazine
“Celeste is a well-rounded character and a spunky, sassy protagonist. Though she is a superhero, she commands compassion because she is so human and vulnerable, flawed and weak in spite of super powers. She has the demands of a job, sibling feuds, family issues and the weight of the world on her shoulders.” -IndieReader
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
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Crimson Cove Series: Sale Blitz!

Title: Crimson Cove Mysteries
Author: Tara Brown
Genre: YA romance, horror, mystery, and thriller
Flirting, first love, fighting for your life.
All the things that represent a spectacular fall in Crimson Cove, named after the sight one sees when the trees all turn red in the crisp autumn air.
When school starts and the events of the summer no one is likely to forget haven't been solved, the five girls decide to take matters into their own hands.
But the problem with lifting stones to find the secrets hidden under them is that you never can tell just what lies beneath.
For the five unlikely friends, what lies beneath involves each and every one of them.
And as the story twists and turns, they start to see they are each connected to the murder and the disappearance still rocking the small sea side community.
Don't miss the exciting second book in The Crimson Cove Mysteries.
Third Time’s a Charm
Kisses, kindred spirits, and killings.
The three things that sum up a Christmas in Crimson Cove.
When Christmas break starts, everyone assumes there will be an armistice.
But the killer thing about Christmas parties is someone always spikes the eggnog.
Just when the girls think they have the pieces of the puzzle falling into place, everything falls apart when a third body lands on the pile.
And this person is someone no one expected to find dead. Or find at all.
Don't miss the suspenseful third book in the Crimson Cove Mystery.
Blurb: Love, lilies, and a lady in black?
Some things you expect in the spring in Crimson Cove, and others you don't.
The five girls have come to expect it all over the course of the eight months, but when a woman in black starts haunting their footsteps not one of them is prepared for the tidings she brings.
Or who she's related to.
But as the residents of our favorite little town start to squirm under the pressure of the mounting numbers of deaths, the girls start to see the pattern in the crimes being committed.
They start to see that no one is safe, because the killer can reach all four of the Crimson corners.
Don't miss the frightening fourth book in The Crimson Cove Mystery Series.
I believe growing up in a really small town gives a person a little advantage when it comes to the imagination. You need one or you go mad.
Needless to say, mine saved me. After it got me into trouble first, that is. That's the problem with a vivid imagination, all the lies you tell.
I am happily married with two daughters.
I have two giant dogs, two savage cats, and a penchant for a glass of red.
Also, I drag my bread through the sauce. I can't help myself, bread is life.
According to my age, I am meant to be a responsible adult, but it isn't going well at all. I would still head off to Hogwarts tomorrow and I suspect there isn't a single wardrobe I haven't crept into, hoping to find the door to Narnia. And don't even get me started on the King's Road, I get lost.
Fortunately, I am an international bestseller so I have wormed my way into a quirky or eccentric category.
Thank God for that.
I am represented by Natalie Lakosil from the Bradford Literary Agency and am published traditionally with Montlake Romance.
Author Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aewatson22
Buy Links: Second Nature: http://amzn.to/2eImPJJ
Third Time’s a Charm: http://amzn.to/2uPFYjq
Four Crimson Corners: http://amzn.to/2vBiA6L
Excerpt from Second Nature:
Halloween Scream
October 31, 2015
The noise of the creaking stairs, the ones I had just crept up, sounded like it echoed in my ears. Someone had followed us here. “Jake,” I whispered, hoping he was messing around. If he was, I would be angry. I lifted one leg after the other and slipped my high heels off, holding them both so I could tiptoe through the half-constructed mansion without making noise. Jake didn't answer, but the footsteps had stopped from the moment I whispered. The scary movie marathon we’d had before Rachel died flashed through my head, bringing ideas and memories with it. I tiptoed around the corner, brushing my Frankenstein’s bride dress on the rough edge where the unfinished walls met. The drywall scraped against me, making me wince as I hurried along the corridor to the back deck. Whoever was in the house with me was either moving silently too or they were standing still, listening. Either way, I had a terrible feeling this wasn't a game. That meant one thing: Jake was injured or hiding. And I was alone. My heart raced, my eyes burned from not blinking—fearful I would miss something—and my mouth was as dry as a mouthful of popcorn. The floor creaked. I froze. “Sierra,” someone whispered into the dark. My skin crawled when I realized it wasn't Jake. It wasn't his whisper. I’d heard that enough times, always in the dark, to know it wasn't him. “Sierra, don't be scared.” It sounded like something it couldn't be, but I didn't believe. I stayed perfectly still, waiting for the moment I needed to run to the back deck and jump down onto the sandy beach. What had the girls in the horror movies done wrong? What could I avoid? My mind raced, remembering the runners always got caught. They always got stabbed. Usually in the back. The thought of it made my skin burn where I imagined the knife would slice. The hiders always got caught. They were the ones breathing too loudly or hiding in stupid places. “Sierra, I won’t hurt you if you come to me.” I squeezed my eyes shut for half a second and waited for the answer, the right choice, to pop into my head. A dog barked, making me jump and open my eyes. The sound was joined by the creaking of the floorboards again. With gentle breaths and controlled movements I crept along the hallway, entering the spot where the kitchen or master bedroom would likely go. The house was freshly sealed with windows and doors, but it was still in the drywall stage with plywood floors. The massive back deck was through the white French doors, facing the beach and open ocean. The moon offered light, enough to make shadows move with me. I hurried to an alcove I assumed would one day be a nook for a breakfast bar or maybe the ensuite soaker tub. I pressed my back against the wall and stared at the bright white French doors. If I could make it to them, I was free. If only I had my cell phone, I could call the police or Jake or Vincent. Someone would come and help me. Even Ashton might answer. But that wasn't an option. I scolded myself for my weakness in me and forced my focus to be on the doors. They were my answer. They were my hope. As I exhaled and plotted my moment to run and everything I would do from that point on, the floor creaked in the hallway behind me. It was now or never. Live or die. I took one more breath and pushed off from the wall…

Monday, June 5, 2017

Armchair BEA 2017: Wrap-up and Final Thoughts

It's official... this years Armchair Book Expo has come and gone! I feel like it flew by, and especially with me helping on the prize team this year, I didn't get to participate with other bloggers as much as I'd hoped to.

However, Armchair Book Expo may not happen next year! Our current leader Tif, is getting too busy to run this event herself, and it's getting harder and harder to find volunteers and sponsors! If you love this event as much as I do, step up! Make sure to fill out the closing survey on the Armchair Book Expo blog and give your thoughts and suggestions.

Wrap Up:  Let us know your parting thoughts on Armchair Book Expo 2017.  Did you have a favorite day or topic?  Did you meet some new book lovers?  Share any and all thoughts with us.

I really enjoyed the varied topics we had each day! I think my favorite was the ISO day! So many bloggers gave me good suggestions on new books to read, and they got some good ones in return. This kind of sharing is what we want Armchair Book Expo to be about!

See y'all next year!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Armchair BEA 2017

Hi everyone! Long time no see, I know... Life has been so busy and I've had little time for blogging or reading or anything else. Now that I'm somewhat settled back home from Florida and in a normal work schedule, I plan on reading more and blogging here more.

Armchair BEA, or Armchair Book Expo and it's now being called, started Wednesday and I was so busy over the weekend that I totally spaced posting the daily topics each day! I'm also on the Prize Team again so I'm taking on that additional work over today and tomorrow.

Since I missed the last few days, I figured I would just catch up with the days I missed on one big post, and if I miss anything I can use it for the wrap-up tomorrow ;)

Day 1: Introductions!

I am... a 26 year old newlywed and lifeblogger with two young kittens and a full plate of life!

My current read... is a devotional called The Comparison Trap. It's a good read!

My summer plans... are working, enjoying the sun, and spending time with family!

My blog/channel/social media... is The Librarian's Bookshelf on blogger, @arielrwilson on Twitter, and @arielrwilson on Instagram!

The best... part about this week is how many readers and bloggers come together to share a love of reading!

Day 2: What Readers Want and Collaboration

What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? How does diversity representation fit into all of this?

I think every reader is different and looks for something different depending on what genres they normally read. I know for myself that I set a limit of 100 pages, to decide if I will continue reading the entire book or call it a DNF (Did Not Finish). Because book bloggers read so many books, we have to limit ourselves and not force ourselves to read something that may end up as a waste of time.

Let's Collaborate & Listen: The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)?

I personally have dipped out of the book blogosphere for the last few years, and only follow a handful of book bloggers regularly. I find that using a feed reader is still my preferred way of reading blogs! It makes it easy to see who is still updating and who I can remove from my list. I also still use Goodreads regularly and locate recommendations through there often.

Day 3: Diversity and Dining with Authors

Delving Into Diversity: Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let's take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g.,, audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial!

I am a book cover judge. Through and through! If a book cover turns me off, I probably won't pick it up. On the flip side, I'm likely to pick up a pretty cover and see what the book is about. While I do love the diversity there is in book media now, and I myself LOVE my Kindle, I'm still a big supporter of traditional paper books as well. I have too many books, believe me!

Dining With the Authors: Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss?

Paul Stewart is my favorite author of my favorite series, one that I have gushed about a few times here on the blog. The Edge Chronicals is a fantasically written fantasy novel series, with mini timelines and huge storylines and it all wraps up so beautifully. I would love to meet him for coffee and just pick his brain! How did he come up with the multiple stories? Why did he choose the names he did? How does he keep getting ideas? I could take hours!

Day 4: ISO Books

ISO Books: As readers, we are always looking for our next book to read or a stack to fill our TBR shelves. This is your opportunity to ask using our Armchair Book Expo Book Suggestion Generator (aka YOU!). Are you wanting to expand your horizons with minority characters? Are you in search of your next book club read? Do you want to explore your graphic novel or comic book options? Or, are you looking for a book that broaches a mental health or childhood issue to help you grow in understanding and knowledge in your personal life? YOU ask and YOU answer.

I'm always ISO fantasy novels! While I do like contemporary and the occasional non-fiction, I will always return to fantasy novels. And if it's a series, even better! The more fantasy I can have on my bookshelves, the happier this reader will be ;)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Armchair BEA Day 5: Review and Wrap-Up

Welcome back for the last day everyone! It's been a fun week with lots to participate in! For the last day we're reflecting on the week.

Armchair BEA

This year was the second year I volunteered to help out the prize team. It was just as rewarding as last year, if not more so! One thing I did that was new this year was to draw prizes for one of the Twitter chats. I had no idea how stressful that could be! I was running back and forth between tweeting winners and adding them to our winners list, that I had practically no time to participate in the chat. While that was disappointing, I know how much time goes into volunteering for this event so I don't regret it! If you're looking to help out next year, I highly recommend to look for the closing survey on the website tomorrow to submit interest! We always need help.

I hope everyone had an amazing week and that you come back to join us again next year!

What was your favorite part of the week?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Armchair BEA Day 4: Fictional Worlds

Welcome back to day 4! It's no secret that I love fantasy novels, and by extension, fictional worlds! I'm super excited for today's topic, so let's move right into it!

Armchair BEA

Today we'll talk about surviving fictional worlds. We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?

I'm going to be choosing a lot of typical worlds, but hey, I love my popular fiction! Hogwarts is one place I would love to visit. I did recently get the chance to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter here in Orlando and it was near-perfect, but being at the real school and seeing ghosts and taking classes would be a dream. I would also love to visit Forks, WA, just because I've heard it really is a beautiful town - plus it's not too far from my hometown! One place I would never want to go is Panem from The Hunger Games. Because seriously, who wants to watch children fight to the death?!

What worlds would you visit? Which ones would you steer clear from?
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