A Godfather Tale of Romeo and Juliet: NICO by Sarah Castille (Review)

O Nico, Nico, wherefore art thou Nico!  Deny our fathers and face the wrath of the our sworn enemies. For we will surely die from pleasure or from the bullet with our names engraved on it.

Hot DAMN! if Nico isn't one of my favorite smexy reads for this year. I was completely taken in by this Romeo and Juliet mafia style love story that seemed to hit all the right buttons. Sarah Castille does hold back the punches as she delves into the Las Vegas underworld and it's notorious players. 

On top is Nico Toscani, the bastard son of a Las Vegas Crime lord and the rightful heir to the city of sin. He is handsome and he is cunning and knows his time to gain control of the city is slipping away. He is never denied anything, not used to being told no, until he meets Mia Cordano and everything changes. She is smart, beautiful, and determined....together they have an undeniable attraction that begs to be explored but it is ravaged by the unfortunate fact that they both come from rival families. 

I have to admit that this scenario was a big selling point for me. I am a huge fan of Mafioso movies so I eagerly devoured this story as if my life depended on it. The premise was unique and I liked how Nico and Mia had this tragic history that unintentionally bound them together. Both had difficult pasts and are on different journey's to overcome their circumstances and thrive. Yet, when they come together everything stops except for this undeniable pull towards one another that sets them on a collision course that burns flaming hot.


by Sarah Castille
Published: December 6th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Source: An electronic copy was given for an honest review

A dangerous proposal

Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?


Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Club Excelsior series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island.


An evening with Kristin Elizabeth Clark and Friends

On Friday November 11th I had the pleasure of attending an author event for Kristin Elizabeth Clark for her launch party of Jess, Chunk and the Road Trip to Infinity. The event was held at Book Passage bookstore within the Ferry Building in San Francisco of which she also works at. This particular bookstore is one of my favorites because it has a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and I highly recommend anyone that has the opportunity to try and visit it.

As I walked into the store I was greeted with this great set up that Book Passage had arranged. Kristin decided to share the spotlight with two fellow authors Brie Spangler and Tim Floreen.

The event started with Kristin being introduced to the crowd of family, friends and many well wishers 

Kristen takes a moment to read from her book Jess, Chunk and the Road Trip to Infinity

Brie Spangler during a moment before answering questions about BEAST

Tim Floreen answering an audience member question about TATTOO ATLAS


Brie, Kristin and Tim all showing off their novels at the end of the event


 As you can see the event ending on a great note with many people in attendance. Can you spot the other famous author in the audience?


 This event occurred directly after the election so many glasses of wine were consumed.

It was a night that started out with a very somber tone but ended with a feeling of a big warm hug. It was just what I needed and partly because of the big push for everyone to be better and kinder to one another. This display for safety pins was one of them.

Cover Reveal: #SALAVAGED by Jay Crownover

Today on Tales of the Ravenous Reader we are so very excited to participate in the cover reveal of SALVAGED by Jay Crownover. Salvaged is the forth novel in the Saints of Denver series and it is the novel I am most eager to read about. I have had a soft spot for Poppy for such a long time and want her to finally be happy and Hudson seems like the perfect guy. I cannot wait to see how Jay brings them together and salvages their lives with their love.


Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him. 

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it. 
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About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, Welcome to the Point, and Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and make the reader feel something.

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Interview with Charlotte Huang, Author of For the Record & Going Geek

Charlotte Huang, author of For the Record and Going Geek, visited GGP Books and we had the opportunity to fangirl over...I mean, interview...her. So fun! Check it out below and be sure to pick up For the Record and Going Geek - out now!

Interview with Christine Bailey, Author of The Broken One

Hey everyone! Today we are chatting with Christine Bailey, author of The Broken One, a book of loss and the journey to find oneself again. Check out a bit about her below and be sure to check out Farris' journey for yourself!

What five words would you use to describe both Farris and Lane?

Determined. Hopeful. Brave. Afraid. Brazen. 

Farris has had a rough time recently! What experiences did you drawn on for her journey?

There was a tragedy in the news that struck me about a boyfriend shooting his girlfriend. She was only 19. He gave no reason for killing her, and even after the trial, no motive was ever given. I wanted to write a story about a best friend left behind after this kind of tragedy; I wanted to write a story about someone asking: why? Sometimes we don’t find the answers we’re seeking in life, so how do we cope? How do we move on? That’s the story I wanted to write. 

Were there any scenes that didn't make it into the book? 

The end of the book changed. Midway through writing The Broken One, I had an idea to make the character of June into something more, something different. I realized, though, that I could use that idea for another book.

Tell us about your writing process. 

I write in spurts. Sometimes I’ll write for eight hours straight—no food or water (not healthy, I know). But once I have something in mind, I keep going and going. And then there are times (like the past few months) when I haven’t written anything new. My writing comes in waves, I guess. 

Without spoiling the ending, can you tell us how you decided to end the book the way you did? 

One reviewer said that my book didn’t even answer the questions Farris was seeking. That was done on purpose. Sometimes in life, we are consumed with why something happened, yet real life doesn’t always give us the answers we’re seeking. I could have wrapped up everything nice and tidy for readers, but I wanted Farris’ story to feel authentic, not storybook.

by Christine Bailey
Published: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality. When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward? The Broken One explores a teen’s struggle to overcome loss and her hope to rediscover what it truly means to live and love.

About the Author

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in Tennessee. Before teaching English, Bailey worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. Girl in the Middle is Bailey’s debut novel that takes a look at the aftermath of a family crisis and what happens to a family when a child goes missing. The book also touches on the hierarchical nature of high school. Bailey’s third YA novel (April 2016), The Broken One, deals with love, loss, and a beautiful awakening after a tragedy. Bailey is currently working on her fourth YA novel. Bailey, a native Canadian, is also a blogger, teacher, speaker, and mom of two ! Check out her weekly blog at https://girlinthemiddlebailey.wordpress.com/

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The Ravenous Readers Read ReMade: Modern History - S01E012 (Review)

When it all started we shared the ins and outs of Serial Box and Remade. Last week, we reviewed S01E11. Come back weekly for ongoing reviews of your new favorite way to consume YA fiction.

I finally finished the most recent episode of ReMade and we finally got some answers. Or some semblance of answers. They look like answers. Ok, actually, I just have more questions. 

Couldn’t admit out loud that they were all dead, and even if they figured out how they’d gotten to the future, there was no past for them to go back to.

Modern. History. Let that title sink in within the context of all we (don't) know about this world. In this episode, we get to explore more of the ReMade world through the eyes of Cole, who has been in the background. I'll admit, I was curious about him and unsure if I was going to enjoy spending a whole 30 pages with him.

I totally did.

More than ever, it's clear the ReMades fit together because they have unique talents for the team. If this were a video game, you'd want one of each of them for their skills and personalities. Cole brings the hard work and loyalty aspects of human nature to the forefront like no one else does. His story of becoming a ReMade is made 10x more tragic by what he sees when exploring this strange world. 


by Carrie Harris
Published: November 30th 2016
Publisher: Serial Box
Source: Publisher

You live. You love. You Die. Now RUN. ReMade is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that will take readers past the boundaries of time, space, and even death.

This is the 12th episode of ReMade, a 15-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Carrie Harris.

Cole is what you’d call a “salt of the earth” type. He works hard, loves his girl, and feels best when he’s being useful – which makes being injured particularly frustrating. When the others go off exploring and leave him behind again, he’s finally had enough. With Naveah as his accomplice he sets off to find answers of his own, and ends up learning more than he wanted.
ReMade Season One: In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it’s not just because they all happen to die. “ReMade” in a world they barely recognize – one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle – they must work together to survive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they might be the last people on earth. Lost meets The Maze Runner in this exciting serial adventure.

Three Name's a Charm: An Evening with Kristen-Paige Madonia and Tamara Ireland Stone

On November 9th I had the pleasure of attending a Not Your Mother's Book Club for Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Invisible Fault Lines and Tamara Ireland Stone, author of Every Last Word. The event was held at the Palo Alto branch of Books Inc. and it is one of my favorite of their bookstore locations. So, you can imagine how happy I was to see these two very favorite authors in such a great place.

The event started off with Hannah, who is the event coordinator for NYMBC introducing each author.


Kristen and Tamara had this great chemistry that was evident from the get go. They had met several year before at an event in Oregon and it felt as if they were old friends.

In Invisible Fault Lines Callie struggles to come to terms with the disappearance of her father, but eventually chooses to believe that he has traveled back to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. In Every Last Word Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. 

A small snippet of Tamara reading Every Three Words 

Kristen reads a bit from Invisible Fault Lines

Afterwards, I could not resist a photo with these two ladies whom I admire and adore.