Monday, July 15, 2013

The NAmazing Adventure Blog Hop! Win awesome books and have fun while doing it!

Welcome to my stop on the NAmazing Adventure, a blog hop featuring over 60 New Adult authors, and prize packs that include ARCs, signed books, gift cards, swag, and more! If you're not sure what the NAmazing Adventure is, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules on the NA Alley website. Now let's get this journey on the road!

Spunky Italian coed Ivy Rossini likes to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both as she co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside her lifelong best friend, Ian Hollister.
Being the only girl who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation has its advantages, especially when he’s scaring off the jerks who just want to nail the campus sex-guru. It’s when he’s “protecting” her from the advances she welcomes that she wants to lob him over the head and tell him to butt out. But Ivy feels like she’s the one who’s taken a hit when Ian almost kisses her at a party. She knows she should feel relieved when he pulls away, so why is she disappointed instead?
What’s worse, Ivy’s now getting aroused by Ian’s slightest touch and can’t stop entertaining thoughts of a romantic future. But Ian doesn’t do relationships, and she’s not interested in anything casual. In the end, Ivy decides it’s best to keep her growing feelings a secret and hope they’ll pass. However, when Ian begins hinting at wanting to take things to the next level, she’s forced to decide if a chance at something more is worth risking everything they’ve built.
With their friendship and her heart hanging in the balance, can Ivy follow the advice she and Ian give their listeners - to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - or will insecurity, stubbornness, and pride ruin any chance of their relationship getting off the ground?

Got that jotted down in your quest scroll?
Great, because you’ll need it for the quiz at the end of this quest! And remember, you must complete ALL SIX quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.

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But if you have another second, be sure to look at the post below for Carrie Butler's cover reveal for Courage, book 2 in her Mark of Nexus series!

Cover Reveal: Courage (Mark of Nexus - Book 2) by Carrie Butler

Hello!  Yes, I'm still in Hawaii, but thanks to blogger's nifty schedule feature, I was able to get this post scheduled on the 2nd.  Anyway, today I'm happy to be revealing the cover for my NA Sister's next book in her Mark of Nexus Series:

Series: Mark of Nexus - Book 2
Author: Carrie Butler
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Release: October 15, 2013
Formats: E-Book & Paperback

Courage (Mark of Nexus #2) features four unique points-of-view. While the novel stands alone, it is best enjoyed after Strength (Mark of Nexus #1).

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Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future—until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.

Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along...

Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.

All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light—even reinvent himself through questionable means—but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wanting To Read Wednesday: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

I'm back with another Wanting to Read Wednesday, sharing another book I'm looking forward to reading when I have time.  Hopefully that will be while I'm on vacation.  Anyway, this one just recently came out. I really loved Ten Tiny Breaths, so I have high hopes for this one.  

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

Has anybody read this already?  What were your thoughts?  

Monday, July 1, 2013

Aloha, baby!

The Kauai Coastline - From Wikipedia Commons
Yeah, that's me saying hello and goodbye, because in just three short days, I'll be spending the following two weeks in Hawaii.  Kauai, to be exact.  And I'm excited about this for a number of reasons. 

1.  I've never been to Hawaii.  For that matter, I've never actually been off the continent, either, so it's exciting to be traveling farther than I've ever been. 

2.  I'll get to scuba dive again for the first time in five years.  Being pregnant twice and having infants during the summer months has made it impossible for Jim and I to take our annual trip down to San Carlos, Mexico.  We both have full dive gear (sans tanks), so we took it all into the shop to get serviced a few weeks back and we'll be bringing it along to spend many a hours in the ocean.  I've really missed it and am excited to see all the varied aquatic life in an entirely new geographical location.

3.  We have built-in babysitters on the trip while we go and explore.  Yes, the kids are coming with us, but the in-laws and other family members have graciously offered to watch our kids while we go 60-feet under.  Which leads to number 4....

4.  My in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and renewing their vows, and Jim will be officiating the ceremony, as he's a certified reverend.   The in-laws have also been so incredibly generous, as they've financed the entire trip because they wanted the entire family to be in attendance for this monumental landmark in their lives.

The only thing I'm truly stressing about is the airplane ride.  C-Dub is only two and in that manic I-have-to-be-moving-all-times phase in his life (parents, you know what I'm talking about).  Our saving grace is that we have to wake him up at 2:30 am on Thursday morning to get us to the airport by 3:30 am, so we're hoping he'll be so bushed that he will sleep most of the entire time.  And if not, I bought him a new Cars coloring book and will be bringing both Cars movies (he's obsessed) for him to watch on my computer.

So, when and if it gets totally quiet around here in the next two weeks, just remember it's because I'm off on a family vacation!  I may post if we have wi-fi, but maybe not.

But if you want something else to read for right now, be sure to head on over to NA Alley where I've brought up the discussion topic of book promotion!