Friday, February 27, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Need Me by Tessa Bailey

Chase Me, the first book in Tessa Bailey's, Broke and Beautiful series, is one of my favorite New Adult Novels of 2015! 
I'm excited to help reveal the cover for Need Me, book 2!

Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication: April 21, 2015
By: Avon Impulse 


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey, comes the next fun and sexy novel in her Broke and Beautiful trilogy!

“How did this tweed-wearing English professor turn out to be my dirtiest hero ever? Cause he really is.”--Tessa Bailey

When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey’s sole focus is a medical degree...until she sees newly-minted Professor, Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous, young English professor and vows to find a crack his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

While at an off campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding southern belle...and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can’t stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden…yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can’t stay away from Honey.

And when his attempts to fight their attraction nearly ruin the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her. 


 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.
 

BLOG TOUR + Q&A + GIVEAWAY : The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski


I LOVE THIS BOOK SO HARD! 

Okay, so now that we've established that, welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!

Follow the rest of the tour HERE


~ About the Book ~

Series: THE WINNER'S TRILOGY #2 (AKA THE BEST SERIES IN THE HISTORY OF EVER!) 
Publication: March 3rd 2015 
By: Farrar Straus Giroux

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin's freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She's working as a spy in the court. If caught, she'll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can't help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. 

This dazzling follow-up to The Winner's Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Winner's CurseThe Shadow Society, and the Kronos Chronicles, which includes The Cabinet of Wonders. She is a professor at Brooklyn College and lives in New York City. marierutkoski.com




~ My Thoughts ~ 

This book ripped my heart out in that-this is an amazing second book-kind of way. (Here's hoping the final book stitches it back together again. And has lots of kissing. LOTS.)



Marie's writing is stunningly beautiful and this story she's created; the characters, the world-building, the plot, is nothing short of perfection. PERFECTION!

It was a challenge not to devour THE WINNERS CRIME in one sitting, but I was afraid I might miss something if I did. The plot twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat with my tattered heart in my throat. I savored as much of it as possible until I could no longer resist the urge to finish it. When I did, I was sitting on my bathroom floor at 12:30a.m. hoping my crying wouldn't wake my family up.

It's rare, for me, to love a "second book" even more than the first, but THE WINNER'S CRIME accomplished that. And the line for Arin still starts behind me, but it's okay because there are cupcakes. :D
 

If you haven't started this series yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!




~ Author Q&A ~


Q: If THE WINNER'S CRIME had a theme song, what would it be?
A: U2’s “With or Without You.” I always like the double meaning in the lyric “and you give yourself away,” which can suggest letting slip something you meant to keep secret, and also sacrificing yourself. <-- I LOVE this song!

Q: Arin has to spend one day in our world, where does he go and why? 
A: A quiet Mediterranean beach. Let’s give our boy a holiday. He needs it. <-- Agreed! Can I come too?

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: I’ve always liked Prussian blue.


Q: You have the chance to ask Shakespeare one question, what do you ask him?
A: Where can I find your lost plays?


Q: I ask all of my blog guests this question...Brownies, cupcakes, or pie? No pressure, I promise! ;)
A: CUPCAKES. <-- I knew I liked you, Marie!





~ Giveaway ~

1 HC Copy of THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
U.S. Only.
Must be 13 years old to enter.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOOK BLITZ: Surf & Surrender by Riley Edgewood


Surf & Surrender (Summer Love Series #2) by Riley Edgewood

Publication date: February 23rd 2015

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Surf & Surrender (Summer Love Series, #2)
She wants to forget he ever existed. He’d never give up her memory.

Quinn Westwood is completely over Sawyer Carson. He broke her heart years ago and disappeared from her life without a word. So yeah. She’s over him. Never even thinks of him. In fact, she’s spending her college summer break surfing and lifeguarding in the Outer Banks, while nursing a bruised heart from a different relationship gone wrong. She doesn’t have room in her mind or heart for Sawyer—until she runs into him at a beach bonfire and the sparks that fly between them are way hotter than the flames heating the sand.

Sawyer never got over Quinn. The only thing stronger than what he feels for her is the secret keeping them apart, but sharing it would destroy more than just his life—it’d ruin hers, as well. Still, he can’t seem to keep away from her, can’t seem to keep his hands off of her soft, tempting skin. Especially since she has even less self-control when it comes to reigniting the physical side of what made them perfect together.

But secrets have a way of slipping out, and when Sawyer’s is revealed it threatens to shatter everyone involved. He’ll have to face walking away a second time, and Quinn will have to decide if fighting for him is worth it when the fallout could affect more than just her heart, but also those of the people she loves most.

Surf & Surrender is the second book in Riley Edgewood’s Summer Love series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.




~ EXCERPT ~


QUINN

Whatever Danny's response was, it's drowned out by the sound of glass shattering and a loud shriek. We all turn toward the bonfire as a girl with long brown hair sprints in our direction, laughing as she passes us.
And behind her?
Sawyer Carson.
Shock is an iron collar tightening around my neck.
No. It's Novocain, making my face completely numb.
I recognize his stance before my gaze even gets to his face, and the sudden understanding of his shape is an electric cannonball slamming into my chest, where it sits still for a moment, ticking, ticking… The enormity of it is too heavy to leave room for breath.
Then we catch eyes, and the damn thing explodes in my veins.
The entirety of me buzzes. Under my skin. Vibrations. Jolts. They hurt.
They burn.
They thrill.

* 3 Things More Shocking Than Seeing Sawyer Again *

1. A strike of lightning.
2. A live electrical appliance dropped in water.
3. Nothing. Sawyer's face in front of me is the third most shocking thing there is.
It even beats out a defibrillator.
Though if my heart doesn't start beating again soon, I may need one.

* * * * * *

He's changed. Where he used to be lanky, he's toned. His skin looks like honey in the backlit glow of the fire, and his eyes are such a bright green, I can see their color even in the dark.
There's a tension in his posture, some dark thing coiled under his skin, barely kept in check. And whatever it is, it's all about me. He still hasn't looked away.
He's sexy as hell.
But I can't just stand here studying him. I need to move. To act. To do something.
For instance, breathe. I need to breathe.
So I do.




~ PLAYLIST ~










~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~

Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can't forget the kitties. Of which she has two.

You can also find her online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook 










~ GIVEAWAY ~

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W.O.W. All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Waiting on Wednesday

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 

All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack

Publication: May 12, 2015
By: William Morrow PB


All Played Out (Rusk University, #3)

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22249707-all-played-out

Another Rusk University book? CHECK!

Mateo Torres? CHECK!

Cora Carmarck wrote it? CHECKITY CHECKCHECKCHECK!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#TheWinnersTrilogy Read-Along + Giveaway: Week Four



Welcome to The Winner's Curse Read-Along!

Make sure to follow the HASHTAG #TheWinnersTrilogy on Twitter!

February 3rd - Chapters 1 - 10
February 10th - Chapters 11 - 20
February 17th - Chapters 21 - 30
February 24th - Chapters 31 - 42




~ MY THOUGHTS ~

Chapters 31 - 42


This is the part of the book where I relinquished what little control I had left of my heart-strings to Marie Rutkoski. Because kissing and baking and escaping and THAT ENDING... OHMYARIN!


Photo Credit: http://thegodoflieslovesyou.tumblr.com/



Favorite Scene: The kitchen one. 


Photo Credit: Katie from Books And Wonderful Things


Favorite Quote: "You don't, Kestrel, even though the god of lies love you."





~ PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS ~







~ ABOUT THE BOOKS ~









As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.








Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

~ GIVEAWAY ~


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Monday, February 23, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS: The Tantor Edition

*I received these audiobooks from Tantor Audio in exchange for honest reviews* 
Invaded (Alienated, #2)


Series: ALIENATED #2
Author: Narrator:
Publication: February 3, 2015
By: Tantor Audio
Amazon | Tantor | Goodreads

Cara always knew that life on planet L'eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L'eihr boyfriend, back on Earth working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her. Things start to look up when Cara is appointed human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L'eihr. A society that melds their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L'eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx finds himself in a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L'eihr relations. Humans don't know that their very survival depends on this alliance: Only Aelyx's people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and they hardly bat an eye when extremists make multiple attempts on Aelyx's life. The Way clearly needs humans' help, but with what? And what will they ask for in return?


Story: 4.5 Stars!
Click HERE to read my full review of INVADED.


Audio: 4 Stars!
I love these characters and was pleased with how Madeleine Lambert gave voice to them. 




Series: Titan #1 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrated by Paul Boehmer, Justine Eyre

Publication: February 17, 2015

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off . . .

It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody—which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth: he has to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means that the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her. 


Story: 5 Stars!
Click HERE to see my full review of THE RETURN.

Audio: 2.5 Stars  
This was not my favorite audio book. The narrators were just okay for me which is disappointing since I have been waiting a few years to "hear" what Seth sounded like. When we met him way back in The Covenant Series (The Return is a spin off of that series.), we're told Seth has an accent. While Paul Boehmer does a decent job of accents, it sounded like he had trouble deciding which one he wanted to use for Seth and sticking to it. Seth is Greek but he sounded more like a cross between Romanian and English. Justine Eyre does a good job of bringing Josie to life. 

I am glad I had the book version to read because I'm not sure I would have continued with the audio otherwise. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

#NKOTBBookTag


Thank you to Andi from Andi's ABCs, and Gail from Ticket to Anywhere for coming up with this piece of perfection and allowing me to play along! 

To say I was a HUGE NKOTB fan in High School is the understatement of the millennium. My room was covered in pictures, posters and paraphernalia, not one inch of wall space or ceiling was visible. I had the bedding, the dolls, the 3-way calling phone, and this one time at Pom Camp I even dressed up as Joey Joe and did all of the moves to Hangin' Tough. You can see the photographic evidence at the end of this post. You're welcome. 

My obsession love for NKOTB didn't stop there. I saw them in concert many many times---Joey Joe (my boo) sang to me AND Jordan Knight shook my hand. True story: I didn't wash that hand until after my friend Danielle could touch it the next day at school. She lurved her some Jordan Knight and his germs gave me celebrity status for 12 hours. It was awesome! Also, gross, but still. 

At one point, I seriously considered applying to Boston College JUST to better my chances of maybe possibly running into Joey Joe accidentally on purpose at like, a party or maybe a weekend jaunt to his house where he would not call the cops on me.

So, much like the Taylor Swift Book Tag Andi and Gail took NKOTB songs and made them relevant to a book. You are welcome to participate too even if you haven't been officially "tagged". All you have to do is pick a book to do with the title/description and post away using the hashtag #NKOTBBookTag. Make sure you link back to Andi and Gail! 



nkotb1 













Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful, #1)









 Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
Last Year's Mistake




















The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)





















 A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)










Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)




















 Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan
Unleashed (Uninvited, #2)




















 I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
 I'll Meet You There



















 All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
All Our Yesterdays





















There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
There You'll Find Me























 The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)





















 Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
 Kiss Kill Vanish






















Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)





















 Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) by A.C. Gaughen
Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)






 And finally...This one time at Pom Camp.


 NKOTB showed and performed Hangin' Tough.







*please feel free to use the banners in your posts. Just make sure you give credit to Andi's ABCs, and Gail from Ticket to Anywhere for making them. All photos were found on the internet and used in the banner making process.
**make sure you link back to Andi and Gail's blogs in your posts.
***inspired by The Taylor Swift Book Tag