Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Currently Reading: Game Changer by Collette West

gamechangerGame Changer by Collette West
Release Date: July 18, 2014
Obtained From: Ramblings From This Chick (watch for review there)
Date Started:  9/16/14

Why I chose this one:

For some reason I am addicted to books involving sports players right now and I loved the sound of this one.  It’s definitely off to a great start!

About Game Changer:

Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

Currently Reading: Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs



Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Release Date: October 7, 2014 (review will be posted closer to release)
Obtained From: ARC from the author
Date Started:  September 16, 2014

Why I chose this one:

While I will read gruesome mysteries and suspense tales, I do love a cozy, especially settling into fall, and what better than a Halloween cozy involving a woman who owns a scrapbooking store.  I have read Laura Childs in the past and adore her works so this was an easy yes when asked by the author to review.

About Gossamer Ghost:

Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble-rousing, costumed craziness—and she can’t wait to get the party started. But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real-life danse macabre…

An evening’s work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her heels. But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela’s night is abruptly put on hold when a bloody body falls out of a curio cabinet—and into her arms.

While shop owner Marcus Joubert was known for being an eccentric with a penchant for eclectic merchandise, Carmela never thought he was the kind of man who could inspire the passion required to kill. But when Marcus’s assistant—and fiancĂ©e—Mavis reveals that a priceless death mask was also stolen, it becomes clear that murder wasn’t the culprit’s sole intention.

Carmela can’t resist the urge to investigate the growing mystery, but as the list of suspects increases, she realizes it’ll take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there’s another night of murderous mischief…

Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Today we're excited to announce the cover reveal of Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander. This is a cozy mystery that releases December 30th by St. Martin's Press. This is the first in the Bakeshop Mystery series!

About the Book:
Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

"Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike."―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

"Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die

About the Author:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Currently Reading: In This Moment by Autumn Doughton

In This Moment by Autumn Doughton
Obtained From: Tantor Media for review at Ramblings from This Chick

Why I chose this one: It sounded like a book that I would really enjoy and so far I am.  The readers for this one are great for their parts.
Date Started: September 15, 2014

About In This Moment:
A year ago, Aimee Spencer's world imploded, and she has been running ever since. She doesn't want to feel. She doesn't want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable. 

Cole Everly has grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she's not at all what he expects--difficult, damaged, and closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away, but he's drawn to her in a way that he can't exactly explain. 

In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.

Currently Reading - Private: London by James Patterson and Mark Pearson

I'm starting a new feature on my blog, aiming to get me back into blogging and back into writing reviews, because if I tell you what I'm reading and format up this post maybe I'll make sure to review when I'm done.  So that's the point of Currently Reading, to share what I'm currently reading.  Hopefully it will be followed quickly with a review, whether it's a quick one or a full one or it will direct you to Ramblings From This Chick where I also review.  So wish me good luck!

Private: London by James Paterson and Mark Pearson
Obtained From: My wonderful local library. 
Why I chose this one: I picked up the first Private book a few weeks ago and I was hooked.  I finished Private Games yesterday and quickly read over 250 pages in this one last night so I hope to finish tonight. So far it's fast paced like any Patterson novel and it's easy to read and provides an interesting and twisted story.  Patterson has been a go-to author since I read Along Came a Spider back in college (around 20 years ago).  I admit I had slacked off his books lately, but I'm glad to be picking them up again.  They are not great literary tomes, but they are fun and take me away from real life for awhile.

About Private: London:

For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private - the world's most exclusive detective agency - saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter's ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked.

Dan Carter draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds. But the clock is ticking... Private may be the largest and most technologically advanced detection agency in the world, but the only thing they don't have is the one thing they need - time.

James Patterson's white-knuckle rollercoaster has just reached London. Buckle up, it's one hell of a ride!

Fall Bloggiseta To Do List

It's that time, Bloggiesta is my second favorite blogging thing after the Read-A-Thons.  But it is very helpful to me.  Yes during this time, we as bloggers make a To Do list of things we would like to get done between Thursday September 18th and Sunday September 21.  During this time there are challenges and chats and general things to inspire us to work on our blogs.  And boy does my blog need some work, it has been woefully neglected so here is my to do list:

  • Work on scheduling meme posts for next 3 weeks
  • Work on scheduling reviews for next few weeks, write at least 5 for my blog
  • Write up all due reviews for Ramblings from This Chick Blog
  • Clean up labels
  • Work on updating review archive
  • Clean up review format and other meme formats, make templates so I can just put the relevant information in.
  • Clean up sidebar, update links
  • Clean up blog-related email
  • Organize my calendar, prioritize reviews
  • Attend at least 1 chat
  • Participate in some of the mini-challenges

That's it for now and probably more than I can ever accomplish, but it gives me something to work towards.  Want to join?  Click on the Bloggiesta Button at the top and join in!

Top Ten Tuesday - Sept. 16

A new-to-me meme to participate in is Top Ten Tuesday.  I have always enjoyed seeing this one on other blogs I read so I decided it was time for me to participate. 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  So go there to check out more info, link up and see the future topics.  There are a bunch I am looking forward to.

This week's topic is: 

Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More (links go to author's Goodreads page)

  1. Larissa Ione - yes somehow I have missed out on this great author. I read the first one in her new Moonbound Clan series, Bound By Night which was amazing, so now it's time to check out book #2, Chained by Night and then her Demonica series.
  2. Marata Eros - I loved The Darkest Joy so I can't wait to check out the next book in the series and some of her other series as well.
  3. Jen Frederick - I read Unraveled which was actually the third in The Woodlands series, so I am anxious to go back to the beginning of this series and I have to say she is on my must read list for anything new and anything I missed.
  4. Melissa Bourbon - I love A Killing Notion so I will be checking out more of her A Magical Dressmaking series.
  5. Kendra Elliot - I read the first in her new Mason Callahan series and will read all new books in it and plan to go back and read her Bone Secrets series as well.
  6. Melissa West - I really enjoyed Pieces of Olivia. I have Gravity already on my TBR pile and I can't wait for more in the Charleston Haven series.
  7. Lia Riley - She may just be my favorite, I loved, loved, loved Upside Down and I am getting ready to read Sideswiped.  This Off the Map series is amazing!
  8. Megan Hart - Yes it has taken me this long to read something by this incredible author but Flying has me wanting to read more!
  9. Catherine McKenzie - Another author that has been around for awhile and I just got a chance to read.  I've already requested another of her books from the library, I loved Arranged that much!
  10. Sarah Castille - Can you say hot?  Not only was In Your Corner my first book by Sarah Castille but it was also the first I have read that features MMA.  And I can't wait for more MMA and more of Sarah's books. Against the Ropes is currently on my wishlist!

Any other authors you would suggest?  Would love to hear some of your favorites that you have just read one and are dying to read more.  Tell me in the comments and/or link up in The Broke and the Bookish's linky.