Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gone Reading Review

I was recently approached by Brad, the founder of Gone Reading about reviewing items from the Gone Reading online store. I was super excited because I love the Gone Reading site so of course, I said yes. I received two items from the Gone Reading store for review: the Gimble Traveler and the pad of You Are Here bookmarks. Here's my review!

The Gimble Traveler

The Gimble Traveler is a sturdy piece of plastic that you can easily tuck into a purse, beach bag or book bag.  It is surprisingly easy to turn the pages while the book is in the Gimble Traveler.  It can adjust to fit most books.  I used it on paperbacks, hardcovers and even a crochet book so I could see the pattern as I worked on the scarf.  It would also work on most cookbooks and possibly even on some textbooks.  I use my Gimble Traveler everyday at work during my lunch break so that I can eat lunch and read at the same time.  It is also great when we're out at the splash pad, the pool, or at the beach.  The pages are kept from blowing around in the breeze so you can read with ease.  I love my Gimble Traveler!  I plan to get one for my hubby and each of the kids for Christmas this year.

You Are Here Bookmark Pad

I love this bookmark pad!  I keep it in my bag and I can take notes on it as I read to help with my reviews later.  I also like that the bookmarks are made of sturdy card stock and not just flimsy paper.  They will stand up to multiple uses if need be.  I think that these bookmarks are a must have for reviewers, bloggers, students and book club members alike.  My only wish for these is that more of them came in a pad because they are just that useful.

I want to genuinely thank Brad from Gone Reading for this opportunity.  I hope that you all will check out the Gone Reading store for your reading accessory needs and for great gifts for all of the readers in your life.  I know I am getting the hubby a Poe Air Freshener for his car for Christmas from Gone Reading.  Please stop by and check out the Gone Reading Store.  I think I could easily spend entire pay checks on the great stuff there!  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hearken Release Day!

Hearken ( Daughters Of the Sea #4 ) 
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When the evil you fear is born from within, who will save us…from ourselves?

Sometimes our souls hear what our minds and hearts refuse to accept. It will whisper its continuous cadence until we're strong enough to glimpse the truth. But when the soul's whispers morph into screams, we're forced to gaze into the mirrors of time and see ourselves for who we really are.

 Grappling with her newfound leadership position, Stasia begins to experience a recurring nightmare of murder, as well as curious reveries about a violet-eyed girl who can control the moon. When tragedy grips the Tydes and several important relics are stolen from the Sons of Daimon, Stasia’s Council leaves for the forgotten island of Atlantis. Unfortunately Atlantis harbors its own secrets, and they are all calling to Stasia. As her nightmares become worse and she begins to lose control of her mind, those around her must find a way to reach her…and fast.

 Olivia Campbell is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. But destiny never asked Olivia what she wanted. Being Chosen to be a Paladin at birth had not been something she wanted, and she definitely hadn’t wanted her charge to be Anastasia. Unfortunately their irritatingly persistent Atlantean guide, Sebastian, seems to know all about her and the secrets she’s been hiding. As she fights to protect Stasia from an unknown force, Olivia’s own courage and loyalty will be tested in ways she never imagined. Will she be able to tell Stasia the truth before it’s too late for them both.    

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About Kristen Day

I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

Eating Out: How to Stay Full at RainbowCon

Something not many people talk about is con food. A few cons have what is called a Hospitality Suite or ConSuite that is usually a room that has food available to congoers. Sometimes the food is free, sometimes it's not. Usually, said food is cheap, sugary, and carb-heavy. Think cheeseballs, wrinkled grapes, and candy. Not much to keep people going, and not very friendly to anyone who might not want to subsist solely on M&Ms and cookies for a weekend.

RainbowCon is unique. We have a Hospitality Suite that is free to all attendees. For 2015 and 2016, this suite will be located on the 9th floor of the hotel (exact room number will be provided in the programs). We don't just stock ours with candy and cookies and 2 liter soda bottles. For 2014, we provided cheese, lunch meats, cheeseballs, vegetables, fruit, pretzels, chips, dip, hummus, cookies, crackers, candy, and just about anything else we could think our attendees might like. We also provided hot coffee all day and had electric kettles for folks to use. We even provided a bevvy of drink options: water, diet soda, soda, flavored water, and juice.

(Our Hospitality Suite offerings from RainbowCon 2014. Click to enlarge.)

These items were available from 10am until 10pm every day in 2014, and we will do the same for 2015. Attendees just need to hop the elevator up to the 9th floor, come into the Executive Suite, grab a plate, and chow down. This is one way to keep your belly and wallet full during RainbowCon.

Since RainbowCon is also located so close to Tampa International Airport, there are a slew of fast food options, too. The usual suspects are there: Boston Market, Wendy's, Burger King, McDonalds, Denny's, Cheesecake Factory, Westshore Plaza Mall's food court, etc. There are also some beautiful restaurants if you want to spend a little more money, as well as the WinnDixie Supermarket. All our hotel rooms at the hotel are provided with mini fridges, so attendees can stock up on items from the grocery store to help keep food costs down.

If attendees want to splurge, we can attest to the awesomeness of the Holiday Inn Westshore's resident restaurant. The food the hotel provides in their restaurant is outstanding. The prices are reasonable for a hotel restaurant, though if you want to keep the cost down, sit in the downstairs restaurant and don't order room service. ;)

But, your best bet for keeping your belly full and money in your pocket is to visit the Hospitality Suite throughout the day. Chat up the volunteers and organizers who will be staffing the room, relax on the sofa or in a chair, and enjoy your food!

RainbowCon is a four day QUILTBAG-centric event for anyone and everyone. If you love QUILTBAG fiction and media, then this is the place for you. You don't have identify as GLBTQ to attend! You just need to love and support the GLBTQ community. In 2015, we've expanded our programming to include not only content for writers and readers, but also anyone who loves QUILTBAG television, movies, comic books, educational, and fandom topics. We're an inclusive conference, and we want everyone to enjoy themselves. Check out our schedule to see all the fun we have in store for you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gaybash by David Jay Collins Tour!

Today I have a review as part of the Gaybash Blog Tour, click here for the tour schedule.

Title: Gaybash
Author: David Jay Collins
Publication Date: May 28, 2014
Genre: LGBT Fiction

Matt Tompkins, a reserved gay man, has always played by the rules and has created a comfortable but unfulfilling life for himself. When his bold best friend Greg reaps unexpected rewards for standing up for himself in a very public display, Matt's jealousy leads him to risk everything when he's confronted by two attackers. Determined to be more like Greg, a split-second reaction brings astonishing changes to Matt's life--for better and for worse.

Set in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, Gaybash explores the boundaries of love and friendship and the unintended consequences of wanting to be somebody else
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I found this book to be both depressing and uplifting. It is a remarkable book that makes you feel so keenly for the charracters. The author also paints a vivid and lovely picture of Chicago and life there.  I have never had such a deep emotional connection with a book.  I found myself crying for the characters as I read.  What a great book!  I loved the characters because they felt so real and well developed.  I enjoyed the emotional rollercoaster ride that the story took me on.  I give Gaybash 4 Fairies for an emotional read that kept me engaged the whole way through.  You can click here to add Gaybash to your Goodreads.

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Uninhibited Release Day!

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Book Title: Uninhibited
Author: Melody Grace
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 21, 2014
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He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams…

Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…

She’ll rescue him from the edge of oblivion.

Rock star Dex Callahan swore his days of fame and debauchery were behind him, but the spotlight keeps calling his name. Determined not to fall into his old life, he goes looking for distraction -- and finds an intoxicating red-head with a mouth made for sin. One kiss could never be enough, so Dex offers her a deal: spend one week with him, and she’ll forget her old flame ever existed.

Together, they’ll ignite a passion that will change them forever…

No rules. No limits. As the whirlwind week of pleasure unfolds, Alicia discovers a desire she never knew existed – and the tortured heart Dex hides behind his charming smile. But can old loves so easily be replaced? And when the week is over, will their bond be strong enough to weather the storm?

Melody Grace returns with her sexiest book yet!

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*

UNINHIBITED is set 3 months after the events of UNREQUITED, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
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Book-lover and author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series. I'm 28, a SoCal transplant, and sexy new adult romance junkie ;)

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fierce Cover Reveal!

Today we're excited to share the cover reveal for Fierce by L.G. Kelso, a New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance that releases August 2014!
Fierce by L.G. Kelso 

Tori's MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.

Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired... days before tuition is due.

With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he's determined to keep her silent.

With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.

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Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?
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I’d always heard the view from Top of the Mark was exceptional. When San Francisco Life listed the top ten places to view the skyline at night, Top of the Mark was ranked number three, so when the invitation to Harrison’s wedding arrived, I finally had an excuse to take in the view for myself.
Stupid, stupid me. I should have taken a cab up the steep hills to 999 California Street, hopped on the elevator to the nineteenth floor, and looked out the windows. I could have come with or without makeup, and I could have worn jeans and a t-shirt. If I’d brought Mia or Aleena with me, we could have had a nice dinner or dessert. If I’d brought Angus, we could have had both. Since Top of the Mark was built at the crest of Nob Hill, I could have snapped a jaw-dropping photo or two with my iPhone and made the sparkling skyline my screen saver.
But no. I had to come see it on the night my old boyfriend was marrying a 49ers cheerleader named Nicki, who’d had more remodeling than an episode of Property Brothers. She looked like a Who’s Who of Hollywood parts—Scarlett’s nose, Angelina’s lips, and Kim’s cheekbones. Her bias-cut dress clung to her other (ahem) purchased body parts and made me feel very un-girly in comparison.
“Nicki, this is Charlotte.” Harrison looked me level in the eye, and for the first time all evening, I felt an inch of relief that things hadn’t worked out between us. Five-eleven is pretty average for a guy, and Harrison towered over Nicki, even in her stilettos. But the only way he’d ever have been able to look down at me the way he’d looked down at Nicki when they’d exchanged their vows was if he’d stood on a stool. I know it’s not important, and it makes me sound completely shallow, but I read a romance once where the leading man “gazed down at his true love with tender eyes.” Someday, I’d like a guy to gaze down at me with tender eyes. And I’d rather not have to be standing in a hole for that to happen.
“It’s fabulous to finally meet you.” Nicki’s voice was chirpy, and her lips didn’t move quite right. “I want to thank you for breaking his heart”—she puckered up and baby-talked—“so I could put it back together.” She pulled him down by his tuxedo lapel to kiss his cheek, then wiped the red smear away with her acrylic-nailed thumb.
Well, this was awkward. And I wasn’t the only one feeling it. Harrison’s eyes begged me not to set the record straight.
You see, Harrison had broken up with me. “I’m not ready for the whole settling down with one woman thing,” he’d said four short months ago. “You’re ready to get married, and I won’t be ready for that scene for years.”
Maybe he’d meant dog years.
“Congratulations, you two. You make a much better couple than we ever did,” I said, although it stung to admit it.
“Did Will come? I saw Angus a little while ago,” Harrison said. Will is my twin brother. No, his name is not Wilbur, although we’ve been asked if our parents had a thing for Charlotte’s Web more times than I can count. His name is William, and he’s the reason I ended up dating Harrison in the first place.
Our families lived on the same street in Fairfield, but I barely remembered Harrison, who was two years older than us. Nearly a year ago, Will and Harrison had been at the same concert, and Harrison had asked Will if his little sister was still available. Will wasn’t sure if he meant me or McKayla, but since McKayla was already married, he gave Harrison my number. On our first date, Harrison admitted he hadn’t been asking about me, but he was decent enough to say he was glad for the mix-up. And the rest is history.
A short and tragic history, but history nonetheless.
“Will and his wife are in D.C. right now interviewing.” I stepped on my tiptoes and scanned the room over the groom’s head. “I didn’t know Angus was here.”
“I talked to him earlier, but he might have left already,” Harrison said.
I nearly knocked over a waiter as I jumped away from Nicki’s scream. “Look, Kitten. It’s Baxter Kensington. I didn’t think he’d actually come.”
Kitten? Did she really call him that? Harrison’s red face confirmed that yes, she had. “He plays for the 49ers,” he explained, and I nodded.
“I’d better go and make room for the celebrities,” I said, and Harrison grinned. He’d always appreciated my sarcasm, and his cute grin jabbed at my not-quite-healed heart.
“Thanks for coming.” He pulled me into a hug while his bride arranged her dress to best flatter her cleavage and patted the sides of her platinum fauxhawk. “Are things good with us?” he said quietly in my ear.
I pulled away. “Oh sure.”
“I was worried—”
“Nothing to worry about. Go. Be happy.”
“Thanks, Charlotte.”
I turned away, my eyes stinging, and nearly barreled into one of the most stunning specimens of athleticism I’d ever seen. His pale yellow shirt and silvery gray suit contrasted beautifully with his dark skin. No wonder the bride was swooning about someone other than the groom. Poor Harrison looked like a little boy in comparison.
Ah, one of the hazards of marrying a cheerleader.
Through slightly blurred vision, I saw Harrison put his arm around Nicki. Not too long ago, I’d thought that would be me, though the venue and guest list would have been drastically different.
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Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

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