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Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Blitz+Giveaway: Wash Me Away

Title: Wash Me Away

Author: Wendy Owens

Genre: YA Romance

Book Blurb:

Monsters have a way of following you.

Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.

When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.

YA is published under Wendy L Owens
Adult and NA is published under Wendy Owens

Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.

Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.
When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Release Day Blitz+Giveaway: Soaring Through Stars

Title: Soaring Through Stars
Author: Rajdeep Paulus
Release Date: April 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Birch House Press

About the Book:

“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”

Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can't help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.

Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks. 

From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note. 


“Soaring through Stars is a beautiful, perfect ending to a truly exceptional series… Don’t miss this one.” 
~USA Today’s HEA Blog, Serena Chase

“Rajdeep Paulus writes young adult fiction with a new kind of hero… compassionate at moments when it would be much easier to stand by and do nothing.” 
~Amazon Author Success Story

“The Swimming Through Clouds series is an incredible story of the strength of true love and the power of courage. Talia, Lagan, and Jesse will sneak into your heart and stay there long after you read the last line.” ~Amalie Howard, bestselling IndieNext author of Alpha Goddess 

About the Author

Rajdeep Paulus is an Award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones. Rajdeep studied English Literature at Northwestern and lives in New York with her Sunshine and four princesses.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Book Review: What Lies Within

Title: What Lies Within

Author: James Morris

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Reviewer: Aly

Book Blurb: 
"You’re going to die" A single text message and Shelley McCray’s world is upended. A normal high school senior, Shelley discovers she is adopted. She goes on a journey to uncover her past, only to find she was part of a horrific experiment to test the theory of nature versus nurture. In a culture of violence committed by young people, she may be one of these killers. With the lives of her and her friends in the balance, one thing is certain: she will never be the same.


This book. Just this book gives you a lot to think about. I’m not sure about how much you’ve heard about the whole Nurture vs. Nature thing but I have to admit that in psychology class the topic didn’t even seem half as interesting as Jim Morris made it seem. It was just disturbing that there could be something that can turn anyone into a killer or someone who would do terrible things even though they may not seem like they would. It’s a disturbing thought to have and definitely made me a little suspicious of people’s motives for a day or two.

The prologue draws you in and the writing style keeps you hooked. There is few down moments and you’re constantly trying to figure out who is who and who is on which side. What Lies Within makes you ask questions and sometimes those questions aren’t the most comfortable of things. I was confused at times but I feel like it wasn’t a terrible thing. You were trying to figure things out just as Shelley was. It makes you understand her a bit better even if sometimes her motives aren’t entirely clear.

The characters, especially Shelley were captivating. And it was never clear cut except for one or two characters who the good guys or bad guys were. And I think especially for books in the thriller genre, it’s almost necessary to have that additional tension. Even with Shelley you weren’t entirely sure where on the moral compass she fell.

What Lies Within definitely pushes readers past their comfort zone and makes them think about a lot of things that you honestly don’t think about and I don’t think you would think about normally. I have to say that that is definitely one of the most important and if not enjoyable things it is brilliant and James Morris certainly pulled it off.


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