On the Topic of Sequels - BroodyBFF Challenge #4

Sequels.

Good. Bad. Indifferent?

The Ravenous Readers have two different feelings on sequels and we are here today to talk about them in light of Broody and his desire for 19,012 sequels (that's a lot of back and forth with the love interest - a girl could get tired!).

Nancy - Pro Sequel & My Favs

Hello!!!!!! Just so you know I dislike sequels more than I like them. LOL! If a sequel is done well then I whole heartedly support it. Yet, I will admit that there are more and more sequels that tend to disappoint me and my fickle heart. 

I tend to favor duologies more than trilogies and don't get me started on series that last more than three novels (with the exception of Harry Potter and the BDB). Another pet peeve are series that start off with a set amount of books then develop into a serious  multi-series mess of words that don't give a clean story and are just filler.

So, with all that being said I have a few series that I will love till the end of time due to either their characters that I could not get enough of or the world that I would want to live in or frankly both. If you have a great cast and impeccable plot (that doesn't turn it's character turning into a tree) then I am yours. Just don't take 700 pages each book to get there.

Here are some of my favorites, and in NO order of preference.

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward (still on going)
  • The Puck series by Helena Hunting (still on going)
  • The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (take out book 5)
  • The Saints of Denver series by Jay Crownover
  • The True Reign Series by Jennifer Anne Davis
  • The Crashed Series by K. Bromberg
Just a few of my favs and I would love to have more in each series.


Christy - #Standalones4Life But I Make Exceptions

Ughhhhhhhhh. UGH. Sequels.

I know, you're like, BUT CHRISTY, you get more of your favorite characters and worlds! Well, remember I am not a high/epic fantasy reader. So many sequels tend to be journey books, which I become immediately bored with. I am so about not dragging out a story. Give me a self contained story ANY DAY.

But I make exceptions. I am especially fond of standalones in a series. Maybe they're set in the same world but around different characters. Maybe it's a similar concept across the board. The American Horror Story of the book world. Yes. 

Some standalones in a series you should check out:
  • The Glittering Court
  • This Raging Light / But Then I Came Back 
  • The Marked Men
  • The Lady Janies
Of course, there are some really well done series. I adore The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Each book is short, sweet, and gets sh*t done. Book three is not a doorstopper! 

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Published: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony
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Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

Catching Up on My Latest Fav Serial - Let's Talk Nerdy (GEEKY)


Maybe you missed my obsession coverage of ReMade, a YA weekly serial that I gushed over for 15 weeks in the fall/winter. NOT A PROBLEM because we are back today with another amazing serial - Geek Actually!

This week you get a double dose of episode mini reviews, because we need to catch up. 

Episode 2, The Invisible Woman, introduces us to Christina and Vivi, while giving us a deeper look into Taneesha's world of mansplaining. I thought Vivi was going to be an annoying character that caused tension and instead I got a complex character that I quickly fell in love with. I love the dynamic between her and Christina (read it and you'll know what I mean 😉). On the flip side, Taneesha speaks up during a meeting and gets shot down. I was so ready to reach through the audio and strangle the little snot who called her out. I hope he trips while getting his morning coffee.

Moving into episode 3, Boss Battles, we go a little deeper into the lives of Taneesha, Aditi, and Elli. Every time we pull back a layer on Aditi, I wonder when we will get to the bottom of all she's holding as a person. We also learn that while Elli's methods might be a little untraditional, she gets the job done. Too bad society hasn't figured out a way to hone in on creative people who don't fit the mold.

All in all, two solid eps that expose us to the world these gal pals are living in. Bonus: There's a Supernatural reference in ep 3 that made me SQUEE! 

Come back weekly for mini reviews, including next week when I will review episode 1.4! As always, the first episode is free on audio and ebook - so you can try it out! 

by Rachel Stuhler
Published: June 14th 2017
Publisher: Serial Box
Source: Publisher

Meet your new best girlfriends. Michelle is a hard-nosed Science Fiction editor who is used to things going her way; Taneesha is a talented video game programmer who is used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break; Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan – of anything and everything that keeps are from “proper adulting.” Together they are Rebel Scum (at least in their shared group chat), and best friends through thick and thin. They might live far apart but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world side by side.

This is the 2nd episode in the first season of Geek Actually, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Rachel Stuhler.

When Christina meets her new charge on set, Vivi, she’s pleasantly surprised at the definite spark between them. Taneesha’s attempt to speak up at her new job backfires in a big way. Michelle ventures out to a party, but is she really ready to move past Ted?

by Melissa Blue
Published: June 21st 2017
Publisher: Serial Box
Source: Publisher

Meet your new best girlfriends. Michelle is a hard-nosed Science Fiction editor who is used to things going her way; Taneesha is a talented video game programmer who is used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break; Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan – of anything and everything that keeps are from “proper adulting.” Together they are Rebel Scum (at least in their shared group chat), and best friends through thick and thin. They might live far apart but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world side by side.

This is the 3rd episode in the first season of Geek Actually, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Melissa Blue.

Taneesha’s brother can always cheer her up, but this is going a little too far: trying to engineer her love life? On the other hand . . . his friend Diego is definitely sexy, and owns a game store, to boot. Elli thinks of her new job like a video game (complete with an evil wizard), in an attempt to make this one last, while Aditi tiptoes through a visit from her in-laws.

5 Reasons Why NOW is the Time to Catch Up on The Glittering Court +GIVEAWAY


The Glittering Court was the first book I formally reviewed here at Tales of the Ravenous Reader (and, honestly, the first book I really reviewed period) so it holds a special place in my heart. I'm thrilled today to be kicking off the Midnight Jewel tour by sharing why you need to catch up before tomorrow. Ok, not really but STILL!

5 Reasons to Catch Up on The Glittering Court Before Midnight Jewel

  1. Each story is self contained (stand alones in a series) BUT Mira (MC in Midnight Jewel) is introduced in The Glittering Court and is here to offer us a darker side of what happened in book 1. Almost feels like an unreliable narrator!
  2. The Glittering Court is set in an interesting world. It's colonial but not? Richelle said it's her world and she can do what she wants. Makes for an interesting setting.
  3. NOT a retelling. The market has been full of them. This isn't one of them.
  4. It's fantasy that non-fantasy readers can read. A series without a boring journey? SIGN ME UP.
  5. THAT HAPPILY EVER AFTER. Come on, you know I'm a sucker.

Are you picking it up? I am eagerly refreshing my Audible account, waiting! 

Midnight Jewel
by Richelle Mead
Published: June 27th 2017
Publisher: Razorbill
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A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

Follow the Tour

Week One:
June 26 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Top 5 Reasons to Read Glittering Court Before Midnight Jewel
June 27 – Mundie Moms – Favorite Quotes from Midnight Jewel
June 28 – Love Is Not A Triangle – Review
June 29 – A Perfection Called Books – Midnight Jewel Mood Board & Review
June 30 – BookCrushin – Top Leading Ladies Who Escaped Their Fates

Week Two:
July 3 – ButterMyBooks – Midnight Jewel Inspired Drink
July 4 – Books, TV, & More… Oh My! – Female Royalty By Birthstone
July 5 – A Page With A View – Midnight Jewel Photos & Review
July 6 – Once Upon A Twilight – Top 5 Reasons to Read Midnight Jewel
July 7 – YA Wednesdays – Couture Cloak & Dagger

Week Three:
July 10 – The Fandom
July 11 – Ex Libris – Review
July 12 – Novel Knight Reviews – A Book in Quotes
July 13 – The Eater Of Books! – Midnight Jewel Swoon Thursday
July 14 – Fiction Fare – Review

GIVEAWAY



Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (ARV: $19.99 each).


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Supporting Your Fav Non-Profits to Celebrate THE COLOR PROJECT +GIVEAWAY


For those of you who don't know, I've spent my entire adult life working in the not for profit industry. Non-profits are typically service oriented organizations that often start as a passion project for a person or group of people looking to enact social change. The Color Project became special to me when I learned it is focused around volunteering and participating in The Color Project (the charity project).

In the spirit of philanthropy, I wanted to share some ways you can support your favorite causes. Historically, money and your time (volunteering) have been the main way to support a cause but times are changing and so are how people engage! 

How to Support Your Favorite Causes 
  • Start a Facebook Fundraiser - Facebook makes it really easy for people to raise money for their favorite non-profits. Every dollar matters and your friends will often want to support the things you're interested in!
  • Talk About It on Social Media - There's a reason services like ThunderClap exist. Tag the cause and share why people should be interested. Share their newsletter or a post!
  • Pair a Skill - Non-profits notoriously need graphic design, help with their social media, branding, and other business-y type things. If you work in the marketing business or have a connection, sharing is caring!
  • Supply Drive - Ask what supplies a non-profit needs and collect them! 
  • Employer Matches - See if your employer offers matching gifts for your time or money - a lot do!
  • Money & Time - Like I said above, donating your time or your dollars is still a popular way to support causes. But don't let being broke (or time broke) stop you from supporting! The only caveat with volunteering is something non-profits don't have a role for volunteers (mine doesn't - the work is confidential).
Of course, I couldn't leave you without sharing my top 3 favorite causes to support. 
Share some of yours in the comments! 

Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) - Yes, I donate to the organization I work for. I believe passionately in the work we do and love giving. You can give, too! 

DonorsChoose - I support not only my friends who are teachers but also other teachers locally. 

We Need Diverse Books - Advocacy by word of mouth but also by putting my money where my mouth is! 



The Color Project
By Sierra Abrams
Published: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Links to buy the book: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository
Add to: GoodReads

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn't want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee's summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

At 7 years old, Sierra Abrams decided that one day she would publish a book. For over a decade, in between exploring other career options, she kept coming back to that very first dream. Now her life consists of writing books of all kinds... Kissing books, angsty books, killing books, whimsical books, and sometimes books that are all of the above. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, traveling, consuming sushi, or daydreaming about Henry Cavill.


Follow the Tour

Monday June 19 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Interview - Brittany´sBookRambles
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Review - ReadsandThoughts

Tuesday June 20 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Excerpt of The Color Project - TheYABookTraveler
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Review - TheHermitLibrarian

Wednesday June 21 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Review - YAandWine
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST -Guest Post - LimeLightLiterature 

Thursday June 22 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Review - AvdReader
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - DIY: The Color Project Bookmarks - LoisReadsBooks 

Friday June 23 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Excerpt of The Color Project - TheReader&The Chef
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Mini Review & Favorite Quotes - TheLifeOfABookNerdAddict

Saturday June 24 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Interview - CurlyHairBibliophile 
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Mood Board - WonderfullyBookish 

Sunday June 25 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Review - MorrissaReads 
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Guest Post - AThousandWordsAMillionBooks

Monday June 26 
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Ways To Support Your Favorite Causes - TalesOfTheRavenousReader 

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Review - InkDin

Tuesday June 27
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Review - ILoveBooksGirl
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Interview - Brooke-Reports

Wednesday June 28
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Book Hangover - FablesandFae
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Guest Post - Tiffthebooknerd

Thursday June 29
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Review - BookWyrmingThoughts 
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Excerpt - SimplyNicollette 

Friday June 30
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Review - LittleRedsReviews
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Creative Post - LostInEverAfter

Saturday July 1st
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST - Review - Biscottosbooks
In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST - Interview - ANewLookOnBooks

GIVEAWAY

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Excerpt: The Impossible Vastness of Us

 

From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heart—and make it whole again. Order your copy of THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US today!

   

About THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US:

“I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.”

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

   

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EXCERPT
When Hayley arrived I got into the car without a word and we drove home to the apartment in silence. Once inside, Hayley finally spoke.
“I thought we could do takeout tonight.”
We couldn’t afford to do take-out nights all the time. Take-out nights were reserved for birthdays and the last night of school summer vacation. Sometimes even Thanksgiving.
Something was up. “Aren’t you supposed to be on a flight somewhere right about now?”
She shrugged, avoiding my gaze as she wandered into the kitchen.
I followed her, watching as she pulled take-out menus out of our kitchen drawer.
“What do you want? Chinese, Indian, Thai, Lebanese?”
“I want to get this ‘talk’ over with.”
Hayley regarded me, taking in my tension and the hard look in my eyes. Finally she sighed. “This is good news, India. Truly it is.”
“Just say it.”
“Theo proposed. I said yes. And we don’t want to wait. We’re getting married this December.”
My mouth dropped open. “I haven’t even met him.”
She pinched the bridge of her nose at my shout. “And that would be a concern if you were younger. But you’re starting junior year. You’re sixteen. Before we know it, you’ll be going off to college.” She stepped toward me and grabbed my hand. I let her squeeze it. “And, sweetheart, you can go to any college you want now.”
“How?”
“Theo is…well, he’s wealthy. And he’s already made it perfectly clear that he wants the very best for me, and that means the very best for you.”
“Are you trying to buy my acceptance of this whole ridiculous thing? You are aware that this isn’t normal, right?”
Hayley dropped my hand. “Don’t be melodramatic. I just want you to know that yes, or course it will be difficult to leave behind school and your friends here and move to Massachusetts, but the upside is that we’ll never have another financial worry in our lives. Ever.”
Jesus, how wealthy was this guy?
As if she read the question on my face, Hayley smiled dreamily. “He’s an incredibly well-respected attorney from a wealthy family. Boston’s elite.”
“And he’s marrying you?”
“Nice,” she snapped. “Very nice.”
“I didn’t mean it like that.” I shrugged. “I just…I thought those people stuck to their own.”
“Usually. But Theo doesn’t care about that stuff. He just wants to marry the woman he loves.” She waved away my negativity with a shake of her hair over her shoulders. “He married a well-to-do woman, and they had a daughter, Eloise, before she died of cancer a few years ago. He hasn’t been serious about another woman since, until me.”
“Oh my God.” I shook my head in disgust. “You think you’re living in a fairy tale.”
“Don’t talk to me like that.”
“You’re hauling me across the country to move in with some guy I’ve never met!” I heard the hysteria creep into my voice, but couldn’t seem to stop it. “Let’s remember the last guy you chose that I had to live with. Or have you already forgotten?”
Understanding dawned on Hayley’s face. It was shocking that I even had to say it out loud. A good mother would have known exactly why I was taking this so hard. “Oh, sweetheart.” She moved toward me but stopped when I flinched back. “Theo is not like him. Not anything like him. I’m not a stupid kid anymore. I wouldn’t make that mistake again.”
I stared at the floor, trying to will my heart rate to slow. I could barely hear anything over the whooshing of blood in my ears.
I started at Hayley’s touch and looked up. She’d decided to ignore my body language and cross the room to take hold of my arms. She ducked her face to stare into my eyes.
“No one,” she whispered fiercely, “no one will hurt you. I promise.”
Liar.
LIAR.
LIAR!
The scream rang out inside of me but somehow I swallowed it.
This was happening.



     
       
Samantha Young’s THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US – Review & Excerpt Tour
June 19th
BookWorm221 – Review & Excerpt
Clare's Mad About Books – Review & Excerpt
Joyful Shimmy – Review & Excerpt
Little Red's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Naturally Nerdy Books – Review & Excerpt
June 20th
Beware Of The Reader – Review & Excerpt
Kindle and Me – Review & Excerpt
To Be Reviewed Books – Review & Excerpt
June 21st
A Fortress of Books – Excerpt
Becky on Books – Excerpt
Mustreadbooksordie – Review & Excerpt
SJ's Book Blog – Excerpt
June 22nd
Books,Dreams,Life – Excerpt
Fiction Fare – Review & Excerpt
Take Me Away To A Great Read – Review & Excerpt
June 23rd
A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt
BJ's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Ficwishes – Review
Kimberly's Hot Reads – Review & Excerpt
Read, Write, Design – Review & Excerpt
June 24th
Ali's Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Lacey's Love Of Literature – Review & Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Excerpt
June 25th
All Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
PBC – Excerpt
TSK TSK What to Read – Review & Excerpt
June 26th
Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt
Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Calling All Bookaholics – Review & Excerpt
Liezel – Review & Excerpt
Reads & Reviews – Review
The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt
June 27th
4 the Love of Reading – Review & Excerpt
ADDICTED TO BOOKS – Review & Excerpt
Miss Riki – Review & Excerpt
Peace Love Books – Review
The Inked In Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
June 28th
Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt
Greyland Reviews – Excerpt
Literary lust – Review
My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Life of a BooknerdAddict – Review & Excerpt
June 29th
Author Groupies – Review
Blushing babes are up all – Review & Excerpt
Book Enticer – Review & Excerpt
The Book Avenue – Review & Excerpt
The Review Loft – Review & Excerpt
Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt
June 30th
I Read Indie – Excerpt
Shh Moms Reading – Review & Excerpt
Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt
Vi3tbabe – Review & Excerpt
July 1st
Book Babes Unite – Review & Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt
The Fairest of All Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

About Samantha Young: Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017 Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015. Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.  

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Revenge, Loayalty & Self-Discovery: THE QUEEN'S RISING by Rebecca Ross COVER REVEAL


   

With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything and everyone are what they seem, Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and, ultimately, self-discovery. Don’t miss the beautiful cover for Rebecca Ross’s debut young adult fantasy, THE QUEEN’S RISING, and pre-order your copy today!

   

THE QUEEN’S RISING Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.
With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

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THE QUEEN’S RISING Pre-Order Links:

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Rebecca Ross Bio: Rebecca Ross received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. In the past, she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college. She resides in Northeast Georgia with her husband and her dog. THE QUEEN’S RISING is her debut novel. Visit her on the web at www.rebeccarossauthor.com or on Twitter @_RebeccaRoss.          

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A Little Bundle of Joy: THE KNOCKED UP PLAN by Lauren Blakley, Release Day Launch, Excerpt + Giveaway

   

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a new and sexy romance…THE KNOCKED UP PLAN! A standalone romance told in dual POV, THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is about all of the fun, hotness, and heartfelt emotions that come when a single woman asks her gorgeous, jaded, sworn-to-be-single-forever good friend to get one particular job done. What happens next when he agrees to provide the bun for her oven are lots of hot sexy times and heartfelt moments.

   

Now available on all retailers! Get your copy delivered now!

   

✮✮✮ THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is here! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮

There are three little words most guys don't want to hear on the first date. Not those...I mean these... "knock me up."

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it's not true love. It's a bun in the oven, and I'm not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming -- and he's also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won't fall for him, he won't fall for me, and there's no way baby will make three.

Right?

**** There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date -- "your place or mine?"

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place -- as well as any position -- I can't refuse. Besides, I've got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There's no way I'll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

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EXCERPT

Yanking open the door, I head inside. I stride to the small cafe where Ryder said he’d wait for me. 
My chest falls. The man is known for punctuality. I scan the white bakery case and the five round iron tables, but he’s not here. When I spin around and survey the bookshelves, my heart nearly leaps from my chest. 
He’s in the . . . 
Oh my fucking God, he’s waiting for me in the . . .
I bring my hand to my mouth, and I want to run, to leap into his arms. When he sees me, his blue eyes twinkle with mischief.
I am a teapot about to whistle. I am a dog dancing before dinnertime. 
He taps the shelves and holds up a book. 
A pregnancy guide. 
He’s ten feet from me. But I sprint anyway, and I grin like a fool. I stop two inches from him and clamp my hands on his broad shoulders. “Is that a yes?” 
“Yes—” 
I tackle-hug him before he can say anything more. I knock the breath from him in an oomph as I rope my arms around his neck and crash into him.
“But I have one condition,” he says, embracing me back. 
I’m crying tears of happiness, so I don’t care. “Anything. Name it.” 
“You better hear it before you agree.” 
The moment screeches to a halt. He’s going to want visitation rights. He’ll want lots of money. He’ll want summers, or weekends, or evenings out. 
I unwrap myself from the warmth of his strong chest and swallow. “What’s your condition?” 
“I thought it would be best to present it in the form of a column.” 
“A column?” 
“Top five list and everything.” 
I groan inside. He has five conditions? Maybe my mother was right. Maybe asking for baby-mix from someone you know is a big mistake. Anonymous donors request nothing but greenbacks. 
I steel myself as he fishes in the back pocket of his jeans. The paper is square, folded in quarters. He hands it to me. “Open it.” 
I unfold it then read the headline out loud. “‘Top Five Positions for Getting a Woman Pregnant’?” 
I blink and stare at him. The cogs turn slowly in my brain. I part my lips to speak. 
He raises a hand to silence me. “Hear me out. You explained how it worked. The room, the cup, the magazines, the videos. The whacking off in a fucking public place. The cost. But most of all . . . the wait.
You’d have to wait for an appointment for me, for the testing, for the jerking off, then for your special date with the turkey baster.” He cups my cheek. His hand is big and warm. “What if we did it the
old-fashioned way?”

   
     

"A refreshing take on the baby trope, The Knocked Up Plan is as sweet as it is naughty. Blakely not only balloons Nicole and Ryder’s incredibly powerful chemistry to new heights with their steamy love scenes, but she also infuses sweet emotion into every single one of their interactions."

- USA Today

 

“Wildly romantic! Incredibly sexy! Hilarious and sweet! The Knocked Up Plan HAD IT ALL! The PERFECT romance to kick your Summer into HIGH GEAR! Ryder and Nicole are Lauren Blakely's BEST CHARACTERS YET!”

- Shayna at Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads

       

“The chemistry between Ryder and Nicole is COMBUSTIBLE!!! They are magic together.”

- Bookalicious Babes Blog

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About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In June she'll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter    

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