Cover Reveal -Tied by Emma Chase @emmachse

OMG!  I am so excited to share this cover with you today!  

Here it is, Tied by Emma Chase.  I am such a fan of Drew and Kate.  I can’t wait to read this book. And, it is Drew telling his story once again!  Woo hoo!!!  Add it to your TBR today.

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SUMMARY
In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled 

and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-
wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and 
misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of…my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

 

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About the Author- Emma Chase 

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

 

Follow Emma Chase on Social Media

Twitter:  @emmachse

Throwback Thursday – Charlotte’s Web

Happy Thursday!

 

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Today’s Throwback Thursday read is the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.  This book brings back memories of my own elementary school days.  This was one book that my third grade teacher loved.  She started the school year off with it as our first read aloud.  I also recall checking this book out at the library several times.

Still today, my own students enjoy taking this book off of my shelves and reading it.  It is a story about friendship and loyalty.  It also introduces children to the concept of death.  Charlotte’s Web is also the type of book that you interpret differently when you read it as an adult.  It truly is a great book.

Did you enjoy this classic as a child or adult?

 

Quotes

“Wilbur didn’t want food, he wanted love. He wanted a friend –someone who would play with him.”

“Your success in the ring this morning was, to a small degree, my success.”

“She was in a class by herself. It is o is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

 

 

 

Blog Tour/Review – A Song for Us by Teresa Mummert


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In this highly anticipated follow-up to White Trash Damaged, Cass and Tucker have finally found their happily ever after, but can Eric, the band’s brooding drummer, ever let go of his past and find love?
From a small-town boy with fantasies of superstardom to rock star on tour with the suddenly famous band Damaged, Eric’s life has not been an easy journey. Now he struggles to let go of his past of physical abuse, a past that still haunts him. His anger is causing him to spiral out of control and he risks losing everything he has worked so hard for.

Only one person has ever gotten him to open up about his past: Sarah, the lead singer of Filth, the opening act on their first national tour—a fellow rocker with a confident façade that masks her own painful secrets. But their bands’ rocky past and Sarah’s tumultuous relationship with her bandmate and boyfriend Derek force her to keep Eric at a distance. As their friendship begins to grow into something more, Eric has to find a way to let go of his tortured past, or it could jeopardize his only chance for a happy future…

 

My Review

A Song for Us brings this wonderful trilogy to an end.  Writing this review is actually bittersweet for me.  I really love this series and would be thrilled to read more about the lives of these amazing characters created by Teresa.  This well written series has followed the lives of Cass and Tucker along with the other band members.  All of the characters have had their own personal struggles to deal with.  This last book, is the story of Eric, also known as “E”, Donna, the band manager, Sarah and Derek from the band Filth.

From the moment I started reading A Song for Us, I couldn’t put it down. I was so intrigued by Eric. I really wanted for him to find happiness. He really grew on me in the second book.  Cass and Tucker had found their own happiness so it was only fair that “E” would find his. Eric and Sarah have a special friendship/connection. Sarah is in love with Derek. I’ll spare you my feelings about Derek.  Both Eric and Sarah have troubling pasts and emotional damage to deal with.

Sarah and Eric have not kept in touch and some time has passed. They are reunited and their friendship/feelings come alive.  The chemistry between them is hot but Sarah is with Derek.  All along those special feelings between “E” and Sarah have meant more. Distance and Derek have made their friendship almost impossible. It is in this final book that we finally see “E” take a chance on love.

Let me warn you, there are enough twists in this story to make you dislike Sarah. Seriously, I wanted to just slap some sense into her. My heart went out for Eric.  Ups and downs will definitely keep you reading.

All of the band members are back in this book too. They played a vital part in this story. It was great to see Chris and Terry, the twins and how they played significant roles. (no spoilers) Together all of the characters were united for a common purpose and acted just like a family with each other.

Cass and Tuck, I love them. While this book may not be entirely focused on them, there is enough of their continued love story to make it enjoyable for the reader. I won’t tell you too much about them. Go read the book for yourself.

In the end, Eric and Sarah finally get a chance to deal with their pasts.  One of the things that I enjoyed so much about this book was the fact that they both had a chance to go back to their pasts and deal with the guilt and emotional baggage they carried around for so long.  So many details are revealed and clarified in this final book.

“Maybe we can help each other heal.”

Without giving too much away, this is an emotional story and one that I truly loved.  The ending was amazing!

“I don’t ever want to let you go.”

“I won’t let you.”

“We take it one day at a time.”

Thank you Teresa for such a wonderful trilogy.  This book, just like the others totally rocks!

I gave this book 5 rocking stars!

 

I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Get your copy today!

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16138461-a-song-for-us?from_search=true

Pre-Order Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Song-Us-White-Trash-ebook/dp/B00D0KXW0M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397406092&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Song+For+Us

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-song-for-us-teresa-mummert/1118173226?ean=9781476732091

 

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About the Author – Teresa Mummert

 

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I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney’s Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn’t resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I’d like to tell you a story.

(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)

 

Website:http://www.teresamummert.com/

Twitter: @teresamummert

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TeresaMummert

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5214793.Teresa_Mummert

 

Giveaway – 2 $10 Gift Cards

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As a thank you to my followers who have supported my blog,

I am giving away 2 $10 Amazon gift cards.  

Pretty cool right?  

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Head on over to my Facebook page and like my post.    https://www.facebook.com/ReadingandWritingBetweenTheWinesBlog/posts/1434636400117440

Respond to my question and share the post with friends.  

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This contest ends tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11:59 pm.  

Two winners will be selected using random.org

Winners will be announced Thursday morning.

Good luck!

Thanks for all of your support!

~Susi

Has Social Media Impacted Your Reading Habits?

Has Social Media Impacted Your Reading Habits?  

I created a Twitter account to follow my favorite authors over a year ago.  Soon after, I quickly learned that social media was an amazing tool.  I was able to discover new authors, connect with bloggers who introduced me to new books, and I was able to share my thoughts and opinions on books I had just read. Social media is definitely a powerful marketing tool!

Again, I think social media is amazing.  It has impacted my daily reading habits.  I admit, I spend many hours of my day reading blog posts and online articles.  I check my Facebook numerous times a day as well. Social media keeps me up to date. Through both Twitter and Facebook, I learn about giveaways, cover reveals and what new books an author is working on. I love being so well informed.

I also love that I am able to keep in touch with authors.  I get so excited when I get a reply from one of my favorite authors.   It really brightens my day.  I think social media has had a positive impact on reading overall.  Many authors have been discovered this way.  Indie authors (my favorite kind) benefit from their followers who re-tweet and support them.

I have also met many amazing people via social media who share my love of reading.  There are so many awesome bloggers out there too.  I have been fortunate to interact with these wonderful and supportive bloggers who make my cyber experience all the more enjoyable.

You can interact with me.  Follow me on Twitter @Read_Wine_Blog or on Facebook too.

Now tell me, has social media impacted your reading habits?

What are your thoughts?

Comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday Special: The Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson

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Today’s Throwback Thursday selection (series)  is very special to me.  You see, I got to meet the amazing Ridley Pearson yesterday at his book signing.  This awesome author has written a series of books that has captivated the minds of people of all ages.  This series, The Kingdom Keepers  is a favorite in my own classroom. I can never keep his books on my shelves.  My students love his books and reread them often.  As you can see, Ridley is one of my favorite authors.  This series is now up to seven books.  I just got my hands on the new book,  #7 and cannot wait to read it.

 

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If you have never read this series, I recommend you do. If you are a Disney fan like me, you will love them even more.

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About The Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children’s novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing their time between Missouri and Idaho.

http://www.ridleypearson.com/

Twitter:  @RidleyPearson 

Which Songs Remind You of Books or Characters?

Are there songs that make you think of certain books or characters when you hear them?

 

The first song I heard when I got in the car today was Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon.  I immediately thought of Christian Grey. Oh Mr. Grey,  I think it is time to reread The Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James.

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Whenever I listen to Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls I have Remington Tate from Real, Mine and Remy by Katy Evans on my mind. It is such a perfect song for such a fantastic series.

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My mother was recently humming Besame Mucho” and my thoughts immediately went to Professor Gabriel Emerson from my favorite trilogy: Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

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The song Say Something by Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World makes me think of how much I love Donovan Hart in A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret by A.J. LynnI can’t wait to read more of his fascinating male point of view.

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Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard takes me back to the sexy Cash Davenport in Down to You (The Bad Boys Series) by Michelle Leighton.

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There are other songs that also remind me of characters.  While the author may not have used songs in their book, certain songs fit the personalities of those loved characters.

One such character I love is Paul Jensen from Prodigal Son by Michelle Day.  Bad to The Bone by George Thorogood pretty much summarizes the cheeky Paul.

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Well, these are just some of my favorites.  

Which songs remind you of any of the characters in books you have read?

Share your songs in the comments.  Name the character, the book and the author.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susi Reviews Carnage by @LesleyKJones

carnageI love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

This is part #1 of a 2 part story but can be read as a stand alone.

 

My Review

I’m going to go about writing this review a little differently.  I actually had to reread the story before I could find the words to write about it.  Really, it was one of those books that deserved a second reading.  Yes, it was that good.  I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss a thing since I was an emotional wreck when I finished it the first time.  These are the words to best summarize my feelings as I read Carnage by Lesley Jones.  

*Warning- may contain some spoilers.

curious

interested

consumed

elated

shocked

disappointed

saddened

hopeful

overjoyed

excited

stunned

flabbergasted

perplexed

speechless

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Carnage is the love story of Georgia and Sean.  Their love story began during their young adolescent years.  From that moment on, they were destined to be together, soul mates.  Their love story along with Sean’s musical career flourished and this is when the emotional roller coaster takes off.  Just as in any relationship, Gia and Sean have their ups and downs.  So, as I mentioned above, your emotions will be stirred.  I love Sean and Gia together.  Keep that in mind.  

Enter Cam.  Georgia meets Cam, a sexy, wealthy business owner.  He is known as a dirty business owner.  Now, there was a time when I was totally for Georgia and Sean but was happy to see Georgia with Cam.  They had a certain chemistry together that I really enjoyed.  It was obvious Cam really cared for Georgia.  

Ok, back on the roller coaster.  While I really wanted Georgia with Cam, Sean reappeared.  Life can be so unexpected. Georgia is faced with a tough decision and I was ultimately glad when she made it. 

As Georgia’s life is filled with happiness, life takes another unexpected twist.  Oh, this ride is too much. 

Lesley, your story, your well written characters, your ability to keep me hooked and totally consumed in your writing makes this a fantastic book.  

I know I mentioned optimistic as my last feeling when reading this book.  I really am.   I am so ready to read the next book and can’t wait to see where Georgia’s life takes her.

I gave this book 5 stars!

My Favorite Lines

“If you really want me to I will, but I was just about to show you my tits.”

“I’ll love you forever G, wherever I am in the world, whatever I’m doing, it will always be you. I’m yours, for as long as you want me, for as long as I’m good for you, I’m all yours.”

“Fucking hell G, I’ve missed you, show us ya tits.”

“Don’t swear Kitten, it’s not nice, now pull up your skirt and show me what you’re wearing.”

“No Cam, that’s the problem, I like you, you’re the first.”

“You’re the first since him that has made me feel anything, the others were nothing. I felt nothing. But you, you’re different and I’m struggling. I’ve never let anyone in, I’ve not allowed myself to feel, I’ve never even cried… since him. not once.”

“But you don’t know me Georgia; you haven’t had a chance to get to know me. If you let me, I will blow your mind baby.”

“Sean and Georgia, they’ll never break us again.”

“No, I loved you because I couldn’t not, I loved you because it was what I was put on this earth to do.”

“A MacGasm is definitely the way to start the day; in fact I can’t get out of bed until I’ve had multiple MacGasms.”

Buy the Book:  Amazon

About Lesley Jones

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I am a born and raised Essex girl now living on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, just outside of Melbourne Australia, I moved here with my husband and three sons in 2006.
Not only do I love to write but I also love to read and can devour a book overnight if the story grabs me.
I love watching my sons play football and am very partial to a glass of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being my favourite.

 

 

Keep in touch with Lesley Jones

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Teaser- A Constant Attraction by @AJWaltersAuthor

I’d like to thank A.J. Walters for this teaser. I just finished An Acute Attraction so this little excerpt came in at the right time. The cover is awesome too. I am really looking forward to this next book,  A Constant Attraction  as the story of Isabel and Marc continues.  Enjoy!

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“Standing tall, at the large imposing window of her Cambridge hotel room, Dr Emiliana Acerbi presses the end call button on her phone. She is confident that she is the one in control. She is the one calling all of the shots, holding all of the cards and that she is the strongest out of the two of them, out of her and Marc Sanders. She has always been this way, since very early on in life and had to be in order to succeed, to succeed in what is mainly seen as a man’s world.

 

From a young age men had been the authoritative figures within her family and community in Italy. There the men were still very firmly set in their ways. The men were the bread winners, head of the family and everyone looked up to them. This became more apparent after her father passed away, after losing his battle to lung cancer, when she was only six years old and her mother had to turn to Emiliana’s uncle, her father’s elder brother for help and support.

As it was him who they had to rely upon, to avoid being homeless and put out on to the street, he used and abused the situation. Emiliana wasn’t allowed to do anything without his permission and in time, her mother turned into the ghost of a woman she once was. Valeria Martinelli had no say in what discipline or punishment was handed out, or which direction her daughter was to take, therefore just blended into everything else around them.

 

However Emelie wasn’t a daft or silly little girl. In fact, she was the complete opposite. Yes, she played by the rules and did what was expected of her. She kept her mouth shut and continued to do what was asked of her. The display and theatre she put on for her uncle was enough to pacify him, but not too obvious for him to question the reasoning behind her way of living. At the age of ten, Emelie made the conscious decision that she was not going to lead the rest of her sorry and turbulent life like that. So, she buckled down at school and any spare time she had in between having to do chores around the house and entertaining her uncle, she would do extra studying. As any spare time was sparse, she would often stay awake late into the night and, either using the bright moonlight or what little street lighting there was, she would cram as much as she could in. Emelie knew her uncle would never fund her college or university fees, as he wanted her to become another little woman, just like her mother, who stayed at home and did nothing else.

 

With this she needed to prove to herself and others, such as her teachers at school, what she was truly capable of doing.

Striving to be the best, to be at the top of her classes, taking home extra work, Emelie hoped it would lead to her getting a scholarship or grant.

 

As it went, she did ace her exams and at the age of sixteen, Emelie packed the one case she could get a hold of and left for Milan, her only possessions being a few clothes, her diary and a photograph of her parents taken during happier times. Her uncle hadn’t been a complete tyrant. He would give Emelie ‘pocket money’ as he called it, for when she worked incredibly hard for him, entertaining him and his comrades. Six years of saving and stashing the money in an old antique tin under her bed, meant she had enough to buy her ticket and pay for the first couple of months rent. It broke her heart to sell the one item that had belonged to her father, but she knew that her father would approve of her using the money from the sale of the gold pocket watch, to fulfil her dream of becoming something and someone. So, until her grant kicked in, she had to use the cash to live off.

 

Her living conditions may not have been great, but she was free!

 

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About the Author: A.J. Walters

A J Walters is a new contemporary romance author who has just made her first appearance on to the indie circuit. Having interests in history, romance and elements of erotica, she has brought all of these together in her debut publication; An Acute Attraction.

Wanting to break the trend of size 12 virgins in books, A J Walters has introduced a new real woman in Isabel Chambers. She’s a size 18-20, working single mother who now feels is it her time to start living her life again. At the ripe young age of 39, A J Walters also wanted to show that you can experience everything that a twenty-something would.

“I saw that a 39 year old isn’t quite at retirement age for fun, sex and finding love again. There are so many women out there that can be represented in books as well as the slim, innocent and beautiful types. Don’t get me wrong I love reading books with them in, but there is so many of them around now I felt it is time for something different. I’d like to think I brought my sense of humour across in it as well. I am ditsy, I suffer from ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome, but I can also be serious and sentimental. From the feedback I’ve had, apparently it makes for a great writing voice.”

A J Walters currently lives in North Staffordshire, UK with her 2 children.

Connect with A.J. Walters

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7359445.A_J_Walters

Spanish Wines – ¡Salud!

Here are some of  the delicious wines I had while in Spain.  I wanted to share them.  I know several of my followers love wine.

All I can say, I recommend them all.  #winelover

 

¡Salud!

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