SBPT 2016:  Emily of Always Opinionated Girl 


Hello readers!! Today is the 6th Sunday of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2016!! Today we are welcoming Emily of Always Opinionated Girl and ten of her favorite quotes!!
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Harry Potter

“Usually I’m remarkably good natured. Try me on a day that doesn’t end in y.” The Mortal Instruments

“It was books that made me feel that perhaps I wasn’t completely alone.” The Internal Devices

“I’m more than just a piece in their Games.” The Hunger Games

“When you’ve earned something, I mean really earned it, no one can make you doubt that you deserve it. They can’t say it isn’t yours. There’s something about getting a thing that you’ve bled and fought for that makes the getting that much sweeter.” The Revenge Playbook

“As long as I can still dream, I will dream of you. ” The Mortal Instruments

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” Harry Potter

” The worse part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” The Giver

“I want to change things on my own terms, to show that there’s no right or wrong way to change the world. There’s no entry test. You don’t need to suck anything up. Pay any dues. Just you and your anger and your voice is enough. If you only have the courage to use it.” What’s A Girl Gotta Do?

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Harry Potter

Thank you so much Emily for stopping by with your favorite quotes!!

Be sure to check out Emily’s websites

Blog / Goodreads / Twitter / Bloglovin


Cover Reveal: Atlic (Timewaves #2) by Sophie Davis

Today’s the day people! The cover reveal for book 2 in the Timewaves series by Sophie Davis titled Atlic. Cool name, right!?

Timewaves is an incredible time travel series written by the fabulous Sophie Davis. You can check out my review for The Syndicate here.  I absolutely love this series and CANNOT wait for the second book to come out. Before the reveal, check out the synopsis below:

Goodreads synopsis:

Who knew that a prison break could advance your career?

When Stassi learns that she won’t be exiled from Branson Isle for returning from the past with slightly more than a kitschy souvenir, she is elated. When she learns that her boss is forming an elite team based on their performance in Paris, she is stunned.
After a month on Branson Isle, tasked with acclimating the syndicate’s newest runner to a time more than 500 years in his future, Stassi and her new team are off to 16th century England to procure an artifact only rumored to exist.
With rebellions rising and the Inquisition marching towards England, the stakes are higher than ever for the syndicate’s runners. Their target is sixteen-year old Lady Jane Grey, one of history’s most tragic figures. When Stassi and the gang arrive, Jane is awaiting execution after her nine-day reign as Queen of England.
The runners thought that penetrating the fortress would be their biggest challenge. They were wrong.
For Stassi and her teammates, only one thing is certain: Heads. Will. Roll. 
Onto the reveal! 🤗🤗


(A side note: the tag line on the cover will be different than The Syndicate)

Be sure to follow Sophie Davis on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also be sure to check out Sophie Davis’s website!

Happy reading!  


Next book: After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes


Hello readers!

Next I will be reading After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes. I originally had NO plan to buy this book because I thought Me Before You ended perfectly, albeit sad because it felt final, like you were also saying goodbye to Louisa Clark. And then of course after a lot of thinking… and reading the synopsis, I figured I should give it a go. I absolutely LOVED the first book, so I know for a fact I’ll love this one. 

Goodreads Synopsis:

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await. 


Non-review review of Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello readers!

So you’re probably wondering why I have titled this post my “non-review review”. Well, the reason is, is for the life of me, I can’t do a formal review for this book because I REALLY disliked it. Yes, I did give it two stars but only because I love this author and her books and enjoyed seeing some familiar faces from this series. Other than those reasons, I didn’t enjoy the book at all. I didn’t  like the two main characters at all, I felt like I was watching a bad soap opera. It just felt too unrealistic and contrived, as compared to the other books in the series. I have pretty much loved each of the main characters from the series, except this one. I can’t put my finger on it, but even the writing felt slightly different from the other books. I usually don’t want to put her books down at all, but this one, I was glad too. I would still recommend reading this book because this is all just a matter of opinion. I just know for me, it wasn’t a good pick. 

😦 

But happy reading!! 


Guest post: Ed Duncan, author of  Pigeon-Blood Red 

Hello readers!!

For today’s post, author Ed Duncan will be sharing his favorite quotes/excepts from his book Pigeon-Blood Red


Pigeon-Blood Red is a fast-paced and suspenseful crime thriller by Ed Duncan. It was released in March 2016, published by Zharmae and is available for sale on Amazon.

 

Duncan says, “It’s always been said that you should write what you know. I am a lawyer – as is a pivotal character in the novel who is being pursued by a hit man – and I’m excited to be able to use my legal training creatively as well as professionally.”

 Synopsis

 For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.

 As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

 Praise for Pigeon-Blood Red

 “Pigeon Blood Red has a dramatic and satisfying conclusion, leaving the reader nodding his head with approval.” – Readers’ Favorite 

 “In a novel with as much action as love, it is sure to be a story that will fulfill the desires of readers of all ages, genders, and areas of interest.” – Red City Review

“This charming, classically-told crime thriller is a must for noir fans…refreshingly old-school pulp, inhabited by a familiar cast of gamblers, con men and hustlers found in Dennis Lehane and Elmore Leonard novels” – Best Thrillers

Favorite Quotes/excerpts: 

Pigeon-Blood Red tells the story of an underworld enforcer on the hunt for a stolen “pigeon-blood red” ruby necklace worth millions. He trails the thief from Chicago to Honolulu, but the chase goes sideways after the hardened hit man develops a grudging respect for a couple of innocent bystanders who become embroiled in the crime: the thief’s unsuspecting wife and an old flame who comes to her rescue as the enforcer closes in. The hit man faces a difficult decision: follow orders and kill them or spare them and endanger the life of the woman he loves.

 Rico, the enforcer/hit man, is the driving force behind the novel. I originally envisioned him sharing the spotlight equally with Paul, the lawyer/old flame who comes to the rescue of Evelyn, the unsuspecting wife of Robert, the small businessman and thief. However, Rico fought to become the main character and while I fought back, he ultimately prevailed. I’ve selected several passages from the novel that demonstrate his character, his relationship with his girlfriend Jean, and his relationship with his boss, Frank Litvak. I’ve also selected two brief excerpts that show a bit of interaction between Paul and Evelyn. These excerpts begin to suggest that Paul and Rico have more in common than either cares to admit, a developing theme in this and the next two installments in the trilogy. Finally, I’ve chosen a few passages that I hope evoke the tone and style of the novel.

 1. RICO’S CHARACTER

   A. Rico explains why he had to kill a man.

          Jean was still shaken. “Why did you have to kill him?”

      …He explained in a measured cadence the way a teacher might to a class having difficulty with a concept he’d explained a dozen times before. “He tried to cap me a minute ago because he was in a hurry. No way did he deserve to leave here in one piece. But I gave him a shot. He didn’t take it.”

     “I don’t care. You didn’t have to — 

     “Yes, I did, sweetheart…. I didn’t need to be looking over my shoulder every day, waiting for him to show up and take another crack. I already have enough reasons to watch my back because of shit I can’t control. Him I could control.”

     B. Rico shows his indifference to what other people think.

     “Why should we believe you?” Evelyn asked unsteadily.

       “Believe what you want,” Rico said with utter indifference. Then he walked to the table where Paul had left his gun and returned it to him. “You forgot this.” He started for the door.

     “What about Honolulu?” Paul said to the retreating back.

       “I hear it’s a nice place to visit,” Rico said, without looking back or slowing his pace.

     “I think you should wait for the police.”

     “I don’t.”

     When he reached the door, Paul pointed his weapon at his back. “Wait!” But Rico didn’t wait. He kept walking.”

 2. RICO’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JEAN

     A. Thoughts of Jean while on the hunt in Honolulu

     He left his .45 in the room safe and went down to the beach. He took off his shoes and socks and rolled up his pant legs. And when his bare feet started to burn, he trotted, then loped toward the lapping waves until his feet met the cool, wet sand. Again, thoughts of Jean intruded. I must be getting old.

     B. Rico discusses his credo with Jean.

     “How could you say it was just business?”

     “Because it was.”

     Tired of banging her head against the wall, Jean stood and joined him at the window. “I give up.”

     “It’s who I am, Jean. From day one I never tried to hide that from you.”

     “I know, but there’s more to you than what you do. You said so yourself. If there wasn’t, do you think I could be with you now after what you did? I see something in you that you don’t see in yourself.”

     “You see what you want to see, but I am who I am.”

     “And why are you here with me?”

     “Because we understand each other.”

     “Sometimes I think you do understand me, Rico, maybe even more than I understand myself. But I don’t think I’ll ever understand you. I don’t think anybody does.”

     “One out of two ain’t bad.”

3. RICO’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS BOSS, LITVAK

     A. Litvak’s insecurity

     Rico and Jerry had been standing at the door patiently waiting for Litvak’s lecture to end. Being the good soldier, Jerry looked at Robert and said, “You can take that to the bank.”

   Rico, meanwhile, made eye contact with Litvak and started out the door.

     Jerry had felt obliged to deliver the affirmation Litvak’s insecurity demanded, but Litvak still needed Rico’s endorsement. He repeated, in a tone that didn’t so much demand as plead, “Right, Rico?”

    Rico paused and produced a smile that was barely there. “Anything you say.”

     Litvak frowned but the comment would have to do.

     B. Litvak threatens Jean.

     “And one more thing. That job gets done even if something happens to me. I don’t think you have the balls but why take chances? Enough said?”

     “That would be a mistake.”

     “I don’t think so. See, I threaten you, you don’t give a shit, because you’re Mr. Tough Guy. You think nobody can take you out. But I say she gets it, it’s a different story because you don’t know when and you don’t know how.”

     “I was you, I wouldn’t bring her into this.”

     “You ain’t me and I just did.”

 4. PAUL’S RELATIONSHIP WITH EVELYN

     A. Evelyn discovers that Paul is always in control (not unlike Rico).

     “You surprised me,” Evelyn said after a few blocks. You’re always so …”

     “In control?”

     “Exactly. How did you know what I was thinking?”

     “I’m a good guesser.”

     “In all the years we’ve known each other I’ve never seen you lose your temper.”

     “You found me out.”

     “No, seriously, Paul. Even back there with Litvak I’m not sure you really lost it. Your reaction was – I don’t know – calculated.”

     “Mostly it was reflexes.”

     “Mostly?”

     “Then you admit there was some calculation involved.”

     “Yes.”

    “You’re a strange guy, Paul. Nice, but strange.”

     B. Paul admires Rico

     Evelyn sensed that he hadn’t fully acquiesced. “Paul, you really shouldn’t.”

     “Shouldn’t what?”

     “Admire him – even a little.”

     “Believe me, Evelyn, I don’t.”

     But he did – a little. And she knew it.

 5. DESCRIPTIVE PASSAGES

 A. Luau floor show

     It began with a chorus of enchanting hula dancers with undulating bellies and gyrating hips, that enthralled the men in the audience and impressed the women, and culminated in an intricate routine performed by a man whose sole prop was a baton that sprouted flames at both ends. He twirled it nimbly between the fingers of both hands before tossing it impossibly high in the air again and again and catching it each time behind his back with one hand.

 B. Murder at the luau

     [His] head snapped to one side and his body, as though launched by a slingshot, flew out of his chair and hit the ground. All music and motion abruptly halted as scores of eyes searched the night, trying to understand the crackle that had pierced the air. Then someone yelled “a gunshot” and there was pandemonium….

       … She gasped once, twice, three times, but no sound escaped her. Then the same awful sound rang out again and her head flew backward, leading the rest of her body to the ground.

     Rico rose quickly and donned his sunglasses. After years of wearing them at night, his eyes adjusted quickly. He reached under his jacket, unholstered his .45 and unscrewed the silencer so that the next shots he fired would create maximum panic….

     Rico thrust both arms out and up in front of him, his left hand joining his right around the butt of the gun. As his arms came level with his shoulders, they snapped to a stop, the abruptness of which caused Evelyn to flinch. As she came into focus, staring anxiously into the barrel of the Sig Sauer, the slightest smile creased his face and the muscles in his arms relaxed. As swiftly as he’d hoisted it, he holstered the .45, turned on his heel, and disappeared once more into the darkness ….

 C. Attempted pickup

     She also wore a ring on her left ring finger, but no husband was in sight. Ray leered at her from the moment she walked in, and as she glanced around the room, her eye caught his. She smiled demurely and he lifted his beer in a silent toast. Without acknowledging the gesture she turned away, crossed her legs seductively, and trained her eyes on the door. That was all Ray needed. He took another swig, winked at Archie, and sidled over to her table. She was still looking at the door when he got there, but she sensed his presence and he knew it.

     “You alone?” he asked.

     Without looking up she placed her left hand palm down on the table in front of him so that her wedding ring was plainly visible.

     “I already saw that,” he said.

     Still not turning to face him she said, with less urgency than circumstances warranted, “My husband is parking the car. He should be here any minute.”

     “Maybe later then.”

     “No, that’s not possible.” Her words said no but her eyes said maybe. Ray flashed a smile she pretended not to see and returned to the bar.

Thank you to Ed for sharing these excerpts! Be sure to check out the series Pigeon-Blood Red!! 

About Ed Duncan


 Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

 Readers can connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2016: Melissa of The Reader and The Chef


Hello readers!! Today is the 5th Sunday of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2016!! Today we are welcoming Melissa  of The Reader and the Chef  and ten of her favorite quotes!!  

1. “Sometimes, one must do the unthinkable, for it is the only way to accomplish the impossible.”

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
2. “I cannot stop the world from moving. All I can do is be prepared for when it does.”

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
3. “Fear can be good, Laia. It can keep you alive. But don’t let it control you. Don’t let it sow doubts within you. When the fear takes over, use the only thing more powerful, more indestructible, to fight it: your spirit. Your heart.” – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
4. “Maybe sorrow and its opposite, happiness, are like dark and light. One can’t exist without the other. And those moments of overlap are like when the moon and the sun share the same sky.” – Outsun the Moon by Stacey Lee
5. “I am what I am an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothern’ with.” – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
6. “Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal” – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
7. “Our scars make us know that our past was for real.” – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
8. “Sometimes all we have is the knowledge that something extraordinary exists in the universe, even if we can’t be the ones to claim it. Sometimes that has to be enough.” – The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
9. “There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.” – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
10. “I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play.” – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Melissa’s Bio:

Melissa (also known as Melissa de Montigny on Twitter) is a book blogger and reviewer, currently living in Mexico with a degree in Foreign Trade and Customs. Her favorite genres are fantasy, contemporary, and all things Young Adult with a hint of romance (if it has book princes, the better!). When she’s not reading, Melissa loves to hang around Twitter professing her love for books, eating sweets, and staring at her collection of books. You can find her at The Reader and the Chef (her blog), YA Books Central (staff reviewer), and on Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers.

Social Links: Twitter . Instagram . Facebook

Thank you so much Melissa for stopping by my blog!! 


Reading slump :-(

So for the past few days, I’ve tried reading Eleanor & Park and Nowhere but Here. But for some reason, I just can’t get through those two books. I doubt it’s because they aren’t good books, I’m just not feeling a connection to the books right now, sadly.

 So I’m going to try a third time and read Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout 


SBPT 2016: Jennifer of Never2Many2Read 

Hello readers!! Today is the 4th Sunday of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2016!! Today we are welcoming Jennifer of Never2Many2Read and five of her favorite quotes!!  

Here we go!

Hi everyone! I want to thank Jaclyn for having me on her blog today! I was so excited to see that she loves quotes as much as I do! I have collected quotes for years…quotes from famous people, tv shows, movies, and of course books. I have notebooks full of quotes where I write down my my favorites, so when Jaclyn suggested we do something quote-related I jumped at the chance! I thought it might be fun to share a few of my favorite quotes from a few of my favorite books!
“She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
“As she lifted the curtain to look out into the dreary night, the moon broke suddenly from behind the clouds and shone upon her like a bright, benignant face, which seemed to whisper in the silence, ‘Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.’” 
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
 “Sometimes I feel like my bed is a lifeboat.”  

 Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
 “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK. Rowling 

 “Some people say that night blooms. But night descends self-consciously. Night cuts slowly.”  The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Be sure to visit my blog today where Jaclyn shares some of HER favorite quotes.

Thank you so much Jennifer for stopping by with your favorite quotes. 

As readers, what are your favorite quotes? Be sure to share them below! 


Actual new read- Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

Hello readers!

I know a few days ago I posted that my new read would be Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, but honestly, I wasn’t really feeling it at the time. I’m not saying I won’t ever read it, it’s just that I always need to read books that are going to pull me towards reading it. So instead, I chose to pick up Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry (who btw, was super sweet when I met her at the BookExpo 2015 in NYC). 


Goodreads Synopsis:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home


Next read: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

Hello readers!

I am very excited to announce my next read: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I have heard a ton about this book/ author. However, I did want to read it after the hype because I don’t like to read certain books just because everyone reads it. So I decided to read it in my own time. Let me know what you though of the book in the comments below! 


Goodreads Synopsis:
Two misfits.

One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 


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