Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins


There's Someone Inside Your House
by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Publisher
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. 
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
 
International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.



When I first heard about this book, I was so excited. I never read horror or thriller novels, but, come on, it's Stephanie Perkins! I had to read it! Right before picking this up, though, I saw a few early reviews that said this wasn't everything they wanted it to be. While I did lower my expectations going in, I was still a bit disappointed with how this book turned out. 

Everything seems fine in the small town of Osborne until teens from Osborne high are being killed one by one. The slaughtered students seem to have nothing in common and everyone is in fear for their lives. Who is this killer? And who will be his next victim? 

Like I said, I lowered my expectations going into this one and tried to keep an open mind. In the beginning, the whole "thriller" part of it didn't feel so thrilling to me. I never once felt scared and at one point actually laughed out loud during a part I was pretty sure wasn't supposed to be funny that involved a murder attempting to happen. I didn't really care about any of the characters, especially Makani. She had this huge dark secret that I felt was not all that satisfying when it was revealed. I mean, that was really it? I expected this book to go all out and it was just tame and not that impressive. 

What surprised me about this book was how much it centered around the physical relationship of our main character. I mean, there was a lot of talk about sex. There weren't necessarily explicit scenes, but our main character had a really physical relationship with someone and she obsessed about it pretty much the whole book. Then, at the end, I was really disappointed with the choices Stephanie Perkins made in the last few pages when deciding who lived and who died. Everything seemed to happen way too quickly and I really didn't like the reason the killer was choosing who to murder. It seemed so anti-climatic and I just expected more. While this was more of a 2.5 star read for, I still found myself wanting to get to the end just to figure out the connection between all of the murders. 

Overall, I was definitely expecting a lot more out of this one. As a huge scaredy-cat when it comes to anything horror or scary, I never once felt any fear when reading this book. I wanted more of an edgy story that really shocked me, but instead I felt underwhelmed when I finished. If you're looking for your next thrilling, horror-filled read, I wouldn't jump for this one. 




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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 18, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 16, 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 October 18, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


Follow the Tour!

Week One:
September 18 – Mostly YA Lit 
September 19 – Here’s to Happy Endings
September 20 – Peace Love Books
September 21 – Lost in Lit 
September 22 – Novel Novice 
Week Two:
September 25 – Stories & Sweeties
September 26 – In Wonderland
September 27 – Book Addict’s Guide 
September 28 – YA Romantics 
September 29 – Twirling Pages 
Week Three:
October 2 – Adventures of a Book Junkie 
October 3 – Oh the Book Feels 
October 4 – Andi’s ABCs 
October 6 – YA Bibliophile 
Week Four:
October 9 – ButterMyBooks 
October 10 – BookCrushin 
October 11 – The Wednesday Blog for Books         
October 12 – Swoony Boys Podcast 
October 13 – Don’t Fold the Page

Teaser Blitz: Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt


Duke of Desire
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: October 17, 2017
A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael's irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he's drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael's past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael's own demons?



      Iris tasted of red wine—the red wine she must have drunk at dinner—and all the reasons he shouldn’t do this fled his mind. A vital chain broke in his psyche and everything he’d held back, everything he’d restrained with all his might, was suddenly set free. He surged into her mouth, desperate for the feel, for the taste of her, his wife, his duchess, his Iris. She was soft and sweet and warm and he wanted to devour her. To seize her and hold her and never let her go. The deep unfathomable well of his urges toward her frightened him, and he knew that if she became aware of them, they would frighten her as well.

      But that was the thing—she wasn’t aware of them. She thought she was simply consummating their marriage or some such rot, God help them both.
      She gripped his naked arms and the beast within him shuddered and stretched, claws scraping against the ground.
      Dear God, he wanted this woman.
      But he had to remember—to keep that human part of his mind awake and alive—that he mustn’t seed her.
      Must never do as his cursed father had done.
      He broke from her mouth, feeling the pulse of his cock against his breeches, and trailed his lips across her cheek to her ear. “Come with me, sweet girl.”
      She blinked up at him, wide blue-gray eyes a little dazed.
      He covered her mouth again before she could speak—either to consent or decline—and drew her slowly backward, step by step, toward the bed, until he hit it with the backs of his legs. He broke the kiss, looking down at her, her wet ruby lips parted, her cheeks flushed pink.
      She looked edible.
      “Raphael,” she whispered, his name on her lips like a plea, and something within him broke.
      This wasn’t what he wanted. This wasn’t right. But it was the only thing possible and it would have to suffice because it was all he could do.
      And trying to resist was killing him.
      He traced a hand up her arm, over her shoulder, to her neck, and from there touched her bound golden hair. “Will you take down your hair for me?”
      She gasped—a small, quick inhalation—and nodded.
      He watched as she raised her arms, her stormy eyes locked on his, and withdrew the pins from her hair one by one until the heavy mass fell like a curtain around her shoulders. He bent then and gathered the locks in his hands, burying his face in her neck, inhaling her.
      His woman.
      He felt her tremble against him and then her fingers speared through his hair. “Raphael.”
      He lifted his head.
      Her hands fell away and she began undressing, her head bent down as she unhooked her bodice. He saw that her fingers fumbled and he knew that a better man would turn aside. Would give her privacy to collect herself and disrobe with modesty.
      But he wasn’t such a man. He wanted all of her—her mistakes and her private moments, her shame and her worries—everything she held back from the rest of the world. As he wanted this. This moment of fumbling.
      This moment of intimacy.
      She pulled the bodice from her arms. Untied her skirts and let them pool around her feet before kicking them aside. Glanced up at him and then worked at the laces to her stays.
      Her unbound hair fell over her shoulders, nearly to her waist, thick and swaying gently as she moved.
      Beautiful.
      She was beautiful.
      She pulled her loosened stays off over her head and stood in chemise, stockings, and shoes. The tips of her breasts peeked out from beneath the thin cloth.
      She began to bend for her shoes, but he stopped her. “No. Let me.”
      He grasped her by the waist and lifted her to the bed.
      Carefully he drew off her slippers, letting them drop to the hardwood floor before running his hand up her left calf. The room was so quiet he could hear each breath she drew. She watched him as he reached under her chemise, into that warm spot behind her knee, tugging at the ribbon of her garter.
      Her breath hitched.
      He glanced up at her as he found bare skin. Hot, so hot under her skirt. He could almost imagine he smelled her, standing between her bent legs. He pulled the first stocking off and moved to her other foot, smoothing his thumb over her arch, over that high instep, that sweet, delicate ankle. The curve of her calf—one of the loveliest curves in nature—elegant and perfect. Someday he’d like to draw her nude.
      The faint, almost inaudible whisper as he pulled the ribbon off raised the hairs on the back of his neck. His nostrils flared and he couldn’t wait any longer. He lifted her bodily, moving her farther up on the bed, placing her head and shoulders against the pillows, and then pushed up her chemise, crawling between her spread thighs and settling to enjoy what he’d found.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Checkmate: This is Beautiful by Kennedy Fox




Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Designer & Photographer: Sara Eirew
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-Chance Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2pbTtV1


The anticipated conclusion of the Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate Duet Series from duo of romance authors under the USA Today bestselling author pseudonym, Kennedy Fox!
This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?
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Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real life Angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me.
Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years.
Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her.
But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life.
I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules.
Checkmate, Angel.
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is a book within the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. Must read This is Dangerous first. However, you don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate duet series to enjoy this one, but it’s recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**











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Many people have asked up what’s coming after the Checkmate Duet Series.
We are planning to release A WEEK WITH A BAD BOY together under Brooke and Lyra on October 19, 2017! We can’t wait! It will be exclusively on Amazon and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.



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Early 2018 we will start releasing the BISHOP BROTHERS Series!
It’s an interconnected stand alone series that will follow Courtney’s 4 brothers! Yes, all 4! We’re so excited about this and can’t wait to tell you more. If you would like to know the titles, please CLICK HERE! We’re still in the early planning stages but will update our “coming soon” page with more info as soon as it’s set in stone.

Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!
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