Friday, January 24, 2020

Blog Tour: Don't Read The Comments by Eric Smith



Don't Read the Comments  
Eric Smith
On Sale Date: January 28, 2020
9781335016027, 1335016023
Hardcover
$18.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
Ages 13 And Up
368 pages

Summary:
Slay meets Eliza and Her Monsters in Eric Smith’s Don't Read the Comments, an #ownvoices story in which two teen gamers find their virtual worlds—and blossoming romance—invaded by the real-world issues of trolling and doxing in the gaming community.
Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.

Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.

At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…


And she isn’t going down without a fight.

MY REVIEW:


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Divya is the Master of the game Reclaim The Sun. It is the hottest online game of the year. She has sponsorships and makes money playing the game and has many followers.
Aaron loves play games and actually writes games for a local developer. Then he ends up on the same remote planet as Divya and they become friends. But the jealousy is out there and a group has taken Divya down and actually ruining her life.
I did not know that such nastiness goes on in the gaming world and after talking to others was told that yes it is a nasty in the community. But I also liked how the fans of Divya have her back.
The online trolls have even gone after Divya and her family and friends in real life at the point where the police have to get involved. I enjoyed reading about the game and how they play it and all the cool aspects of the game.
Thank you to Harper Collins for the ARC.



Author Bio:
Eric Smith is an author, prolific book blogger, and literary agent from New Jersey, currently living in Philadelphia. Smith cohosts Book Riot’s newest podcast, HEY YA, with non-fiction YA author Kelly Jensen. He can regularly be found writing for Book Riot’s blog, as well as Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog, Paste Magazine, and Publishing Crawl. Smith also has a growing Twitter platform of over 40,000 followers (@ericsmithrocks).

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Release Day Blitz: Toxic Vengeance by Kaylea Cross


Today we are celebrating the release of a new, romantic suspense title from Kaylea Cross. TOXIC VENGEANCE just went live, and you will not want to miss this series! Be sure to add the book to your TBR pile now and follow Kaylea for exclusive updates about the book and the Vengeance series.

Toxic Vengeance by Kaylea Cross

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Book Blurb:

A past poisoned by lies.
Toxins expert Eden Foster was trained never to get close to anyone. She’s only broken that rule twice, and each time it ended in heartbreak. Her mentor was murdered in front of her, and now the man she was forced to deceive and leave behind has suddenly become a threat. She wants justice, but the only way she’ll get it is by joining forces with the only man to pose a threat to her guarded heart—the CIA contractor tasked with capturing and turning her in.
Risking a second chance could cost them everything.
Zack Maguire has spent his entire adult life serving his country, but this time, he’s torn between duty and his heart. Eden might not be the woman he thought she was, but he refuses to accept that everything between them was a lie. If she’s being hunted, he’s all in. He won’t sit back and do nothing when her life is on the line. As the danger mounts, he’ll do anything to protect her. And when their enemies close in, the only way they’ll live long enough to have a second chance is to let go of the past and learn to trust each other.

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE VENGEANCE SERIES

Stealing Vengeance 

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Covert Vengeance 

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Explosive Vengeance 

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Beautiful Vengeance - coming March 31

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Blog Tour: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord




Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.



Early Praise:
"Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.” - Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters

"Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist." - Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight

“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.” - Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest 

                                   MY REVIEW:

Tweet CuteTweet Cute by Emma Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pepper is a teen, whose family owns a burger fast food chain. Her mom has her doing things for the chain that takes a lot of her time as she struggles to keep doing her homework and also is on the swim team.
Jack is a thorn in Pepper's side. His family owns a family restaurant and he is also in the shadow of his twin brother. Then his families grilled cheese sandwich recipe is stolen and Pepper is the one tweeting about it. Their war turns into a twitter war and they make a deal.
Jack also has made an app for the kids in school to use but the school forbids anyone to use it.
As Pepper and Jack keep getting to know each other I enjoyed their banter back and forth. I did not like Pepper's mom and her always leaving Pepper home alone and thinking the business is more important than her daughter.
The other thing that really irritated me is how a school can step in and say no one can use the app or you get suspended. That is up to parents and not for a school to say a teen can use an app.
I received this ARC from ST. Martin 's and NetGalley.


Author bio:

Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Book Review: The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

The Summer of New Beginnings (Magnolia Grove #1)

One family learns that love is the greatest miracle of all.
Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.
Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.
As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments—not to the adorable “Sox,” whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.
As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they’ll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings.

                             MY REVIEW:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This had my interest from the start. Meghan has always wanted to be a journalist and getting ready for college when her dad passes away. So she steps up and takes over his business. Her sister Tracy is very different and takes off with a boyfriend. Their mom seems lost without their dad but life moves on. One day Meaghan saves a puppy from drowning. She falls for his but tries to find his owner. Meanwhile Tracy becomes pregnant and raising a child and learning who she is. Both these sisters meet challenges and learn to be there for each other and decide what it is they really want.
This was a heartwarming story of family and challenges.
I bought the kindle to read so I could try this author's writing and I am so glad that I did and look forward to more in the future.


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Monday, January 13, 2020

Book Review: The God Game by Danny Tobey

The God Game

You are invited!
Come inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!


With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?

And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it?

As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us.

God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

                               MY REVIEW:

The God GameThe God Game by Danny Tobey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I liked this but didn't love it. G.O.D. is a game and it has picked several teenagers to manipulate. It is run by underground hackers through their phones and high tech glasses. Things they can't see in the real world but they can see them through their phone screen or glasses. If they win they are rewarded if they lose then die.Charlie and his friends try to find a way out but they have been stuck into a web that you can't get out of.
Then some of them question what is real and what isn't and who is really their friends.
I received this from NetGalley for review.


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Book Review: Delusion in Death #35 - J.D. Robb

Delusion in Death (In Death, #35)

After years on the force, Eve Dallas didn't think she could be shocked anymore... until now.

It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving.

Then the madness descended. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, eighty people lay dead.

Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive people to temporary insanity—if not kill them outright.

But that doesn't explain who would unleash such horror—or why. Eve's husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, yet he's convinced the attack wasn't directed at him. It's bigger than that. And if Eve can't figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it's airborne...

                                        MY REVIEW:

Delusion in Death (In Death, #35)Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is a bar where everyone unwinds after work and then all of a sudden everything turns terrifying, LT Eve Dallas and her team is trying to find out what happened. In a matter of minutes 80 people are dead and a few with major injuries. After talking to survivors on what happened and what they had felt while in the bar, so many questions arise. How can she keep this from happening again. They talk about monsters and other weird things that were seen. It seems some kind of chemical was out in the bar to cause all this but who would do that and why?
Another great book for the series.




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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Book Review: Christmas With an Angel by Debbie Mason

Christmas with an Angel (Harmony Harbor, #1.5)
It's been eight long years since Michael Gallagher has laid eyes on Shay Angel, back when he was a boy from the most prominent family in town and she was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. But he hadn't cared about their differences - until one bad decision landed her in jail.

That was years ago and now he's back in Harmony Harbor for the holidays. So when Shay goes missing, Michael is intent on finding her and finding out if their sizzling attraction is still there. But he's now a district attorney, and it looks like Shay is once again on the wrong side of the law.

                                   MY REVIEW:

Christmas with an Angel (Harmony Harbor, #1.5)Christmas with an Angel by Debbie Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a quick read. Michael Gallagher hasn't seen Shay Angel in 8 years. He was from a well known family and she was from the wrong side of the tracks. He didn't care about any of that until Shay ended up in jail.
Michael is now back in town and Shay ends up missing and he wants to find her and see if there is still something there but the only thing is he is now a District Attorney,
His wedding is off and his ex took everything he cared about. Now he sees Shay and not sure what his feelings are for her and what he should do about it.


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Friday, January 10, 2020

Book Review; The Way Back To You by Sharon Sala

The Way Back to You (Blessings, Georgia #9)

What do you do when your whole life is turned upside down?

Sully Raines sets out to find his birth mother, and ends up in Blessings, Georgia. A new surprise awaits him here, but of the best kind―his childhood sweetheart, whom he hasn't seen since she moved away when they were teens, is living in Blessings now. He's not sure she's as happy to see him as he is to see her, but it's been a lot of years, and a lot of water under the bridge...

Sully's heartfelt search for answers about his past might just turn out to be the key to his future...

                        MY REVIEW:

The Way Back to You (Blessings, Georgia #9)The Way Back to You by Sharon Sala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sully's parents had died and he found out he was adopted. That answered all of his questions why he didn't look like his parents. So he sets out to find his birth parents. He ends up in Blessings, Georgia. While there a tragedy happens and he ends up seeing his childhood sweetheart, who hadn't seen since she moved away when they were teens. As they get to know each other he realizes he still has feelings for her. Meanwhile he is still trying to find his mother and seems to hit a dead end. This book hit so many emotions and I couldn't put it down. This town is one you will want to visit and get to know everyone that lives there.
Thank you to Casablanca and NetGalley for an ARC to review.




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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Blog Tour: The Power of Love by Kemberlee Shortland





The Power of Love
by Kemberlee Shortland

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

When Elaine Donovan discovers she's pregnant, she hesitates telling her husband, Ethan. They're newlyweds and plan to wait until they're ready to start a family. Ethan surprises her by accepting early parenthood, embracing the idea more fully than either of them expects.

When they receive bad news after a prenatal exam, both must face that their charmed lives are about to come crashing down around them.

Do Christmas wishes really come true? Elaine is staking her life on it!


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Excerpt:


He’d practically killed himself getting to the hospital.

When Ethan got the call saying Elaine had collapsed at work, he panicked and dropped everything to get to her side. He still had not been allowed to see her, as she was still undergoing tests, so he waited in the private room he had made sure their health insurance covered.

A moment later, his pacing was interrupted when the door pushed open and Elaine was wheeled in on a gurney. Assistants helped her into bed then the nurse made her comfortable, all the while his heart pumped hard in his chest, stealing his breath. Elaine looked pale and groggy. He wondered if she even knew he was in the room.
Then he was alone with his wife. She lay so still. The rise under the covers told him she had not lost their baby, but his chest tightened anyway, fear pumping acid-like blood though his body at a fierce rate.

“Are you going to stand there all day?” Her voice was thready, her eyes just barely open. She tried lifting her hand off the bed to beckon him over but only managed a finger.

                                     MY REVIEW:


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a short story and took about 30 minutes to read but it is packed with a lot of emotions. By the time I had finished this story my face was soaking wet from tears.
Elaine and Ethan are newlyweds and very much in love. Elaine soon finds out she is pregnant but afraid to tell Ethan because they wanted to wait. But he is so excited. Then one day something happens and they receive really bad news. This story had me hooked from the very beginning and I had no idea how it would end. Thanks toGoddess Fish Promotions and the author for the ARC.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kemberlee Shortland is a native Northern Californian who grew up in Carmel, a community founded by artists and writers, including John Steinbeck, George Sterling, and Jack London.
Over the years, Kemberlee has worked with several Carmel notables, including Doris Day, Kim Novak, and Joan Fontaine. It was in 1997, she left the employ of Clint Eastwood to live in Ireland for six months. It was during this time she met the man she would marry, and permanently relocated to live in Ireland.
While always writing since a very young age, Kemberlee earned her keep for fifteen years as one of Ireland's foremost travel consultants, and also wrote travel articles about Ireland. In 2005, she saw the publication of her first romance sell, and to date, she has thirteen published titles to her name, including the best-selling Irish Pride Series. Her most recent release is Slaughtered, writing as KA Lugo.


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