Saturday, 31 August 2013

Stacking the Shelves~ August

What is Stacking The Shelves all about?
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
 
Welcome to my monthly round up! August has been a quiet month as I tried to focus more on reading what I already have!

Borrowed Shelf!
 
 Paper Towns by John Green~ I'm late to the John Green party!
 
Virtual Shelf!

Ricochet by Krista and Becca Ritchie.~ Picked this one up after finishing Addicted to You!
Savour You by Emily Snow.~ I've wanted to read Emily Snow for awhile!
Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee~ I had this on my holiday wish list and when I went to buy it was 77p!

Review Shelf!
NetGalley

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles.~ I loved the Perfect Chemistry series so I'm looking forward to her new one!

Keeping Her by Cora Carmack.~ Novella for Bliss and Garrick!

Blog Tours

Ties by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt.~ I love the Lengths series!
Unafraid by Melody Grace.~ Great companion book to Unbroken!

What have you added to your shelves lately?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xx

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Predictions: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

New style post in which I make predictions about upcoming books! 
 
With series' I think everyone speculates what will happen in the next book especially when you have to wait awhile between books or there's a cliff-hanger ending! I love making guesses and seeing if I'm right so I thought I would make a post about it!
 
First book I'm making predictions about will be Crown of Midnight!
I finished Throne of Glass on Friday and I'm making myself wait until I go on holiday (this Friday!) to read Crown of Midnight because it's on my tablet!
I have so many ideas for Crown of Midnight and beyond!
 
Predictions!
  •  Celaena is somehow related to Elena. They come from the same country and Elena is drawn to her.... 
  • King has a big plan for Wyrdmarks. He seemed to be testing their limits in Throne of Glass and he disappeared with that army...
  • Philippa has some sort of magical ability. I definitely feel there is more to her than meets the eye!
  • Chaol and Dorian will be locked in a love triangle of sorts for awhile yet! They remind me of George and Jon in the Song of the Lioness Quartet so I think it will be down to the last book or two!

 What are your predictions?
No spoilers please!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Greed by Fisher Amelie Teaser!

Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, it’s every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours…because that’s what I do. I want.
My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.
I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.


Finally back with my Greed teaser!!
“I’m here. Room five-seven-eight.”
“Lobby,” was my only response.
I hung up. I’d reimburse her for the room as I always did, to avoid a paper trail.
By the time I entered the lobby after walking the remainder of the lot, Lola sat secreted in a corner next to the cool steel sculpture at the room’s center. She stood when she saw me, devastatingly beautiful. She inclined her head and I reciprocated. She eyed me with appreciation but as always, she did nothing for me. Uncommonly pretty but not much else. Also, never dip your pen in the company ink, gentlemen, even if the company isn’t necessarily aware she’s stocked.
We entered the hotel bar. I, casually with my jacket unbuttoned and a single hand in my front pocket and she, as seductive as any femme fatale there ever was. I spotted my target, Peter Knight, waiting at the bar, studying a whiskey neat twirling in the glass before him. Damn, I cursed under my breath. He’d beaten me there. He didn’t notice Lola either, though, making my stomach clench a little in hesitation. I hoped he was distracted instead of the stand-up guy I suspected he was. I fought the nausea.
Lola and I sat together in the darkest corner of the bar, as out of sight as we could possibly get. Peter Knight kept glancing at his watch, waiting for the meeting with an executive that would never come. He ordered one more whiskey and that was my cue. I glanced at Lola, nodding once and she stood, making her way toward Peter, choosing a seat two down from him.
She ordered the same drink Peter had because we’d done our research. Her hand covered the rim of the glass, the drug she’d held in her palm fell to the bottom. I could tell it had already begun to dissolve. Her hands moved to the sides of the glass to cover the effects.
I knew when it was fully mixed because her hands fell flat on the bar top. She leaned back into her stool and displayed her breasts, her arms moving to rest on her lap. Every man with a pulse, including Peter this time, took note of her. She was effortless. She smiled lasciviously at him.
“Hi,” I heard her breathe.
Peter only nodded once and turned back to his drink. Confirmed. He looked but he didn’t touch. My jaw pressed tightly. Damn, he didn’t take the bait. Plan B.
Lola quickly glanced my way and imperceptibly shook her head once. I stood, coolly removed a handkerchief from my front left pocket, patted my neck and forehead, replaced it, smoothed out my jacket, tugged at my cufflinks ensuring the cuffs were stiff and made my way to the bar top, sliding into the stool right next to Peter. He smiled at me then glanced at his watch once more. I was running out of time. The bartender approached me.
“What’ll it be?” he asked.
“What are you drinking?” I asked Peter.
He smiled. “Macallan, eighteen, neat.” “The same,” I said with a grin, oozing charm. Open up room for conversation.
“Popular tonight,” the bartender said simply, making my adrenaline spike.
“It’s a great vintage,” I hedged.
We silently watched the bartender pour me a matching glass and walk away to attend another customer. I internally breathed a sigh of relief.
“Jonathan,” I lied, extending a hand. I was always Jonathan. I don’t think “Lola” knew it as anything else during our little charades.
“Peter,” he answered, taking it.
I took a sip then set the glass down, nervously twisting it back and forth in the palms of my hands. I sat up slightly, checking my actions, and angled myself toward him, making eye contact. Establish trust. I breathed deeply, taking yet another sip. Don’t waste time.
“Are you from the area?” I asked.
“No, actually, I...” he started but before he could finish, I faked a clumsy movement, sweeping the pen he had sitting on the bar top next to him onto the floor.
“I’m so sorry,” I said, as we both made a move to retrieve the pen.
I grabbed it first and awkwardly fumbled with it, distracting him further. Hope he buys this. I watched through my peripheral as Lola subtly switched her roofie-laced whisky with his glass. When she righted herself, I handed it back to him. He sat back in his stool.
“Butter fingers,” I joshed.
He took a swig, a third of the glass’ contents gone. “Nervous?” Peter asked, more astute than I previously gave him credit for.
I went with it. “Uh, yeah. I’m meeting a girl here. Blind date.” I noticed Lola smirk.
“Well, that explains it,” he laughed, slapping me on my sore shoulder. I took the pain. I deserved it. “Get out early, I always say. Dating is the pits,” he joked.
I cleared my throat and followed his lead as he took another swig, unaware of the poison streaming down his gullet.
“Married then?”
“Yes.” He sighed. “Thirty years next week, actually.”
I felt beads of sweat pour down my back at the declaration. He took yet another sip. I narrowly stopped myself from swiping the glass from his hands. Even if he drops, which he will, you can still back out. Just help him to his room. He’ll think he’d had too much. He’ll only wake up with a great night’s sleep.
“And you’re still happy?” I asked, ignoring my conscience, grasping for anything terrible, anything that could justify what I was about to do.
“Oh, you know, it’s not easy, not all the time anyway, but I can honestly say I am genuinely happy with Maggie. She’s my everything, if I was being candid.” He laughed at some private joke. I hated jokes. My punch line would destroy him if his wife ever found out.
My gut began to ache so terribly, my hand inadvertently scrubbed at my neck. He mistook it for nerves.
“Don’t worry, son. I’m waiting for someone, too, though it looks like he’s a no-show, and I flew in all the way this close to Christmas for nothing. Anyway, I’ll wait with you.”
“That’s so kind of you,” I told him honestly as he finished his drink. He ordered another.
I glanced at Lola and she lightly tapped at her wrist but avoided eye contact.
Peter and I spoke of nothing consequential during the following fifteen minutes, but when that time came to a close, he appeared inebriated. So much so, that the bartender stopped by.
“Is he staying here?” he asked. “Wish I’d known the guy couldn’t hold his liquor.” “It’s not a problem. He’s got a room here,” I told him. “Don’t worry, he’s a friend. I’ll take him back to his room.”
He nodded in answer, setting our tabs down on the bar top. I paid his as well as my tab in cash to avoid trace backs or, for that matter, waiting any longer. The drugs were taking effect and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle his dead weight despite my daily reps of two-eighty-five.
I made a move to stand as Peter slumped forward a little. You waited too long. “Come on, dude,” I told him, throwing his arm over my shoulder. We made our way toward the elevators.
“You’re a good man,” Peter slurred. “That’s rare...someone so young.”
I didn’t respond, couldn’t respond, really.
We barely made it to the elevators. I pitched him inside and sat him against the sidewall then held the door open with my hand, praying no one else would come. Lola quickly emerged ten seconds later without a word spoken and we let the doors close.
“We waited too long,” Lola said, when we reached her floor. She stuck her head out when the doors opened. “It’s clear,” she said.
I swung middle-aged Peter Knight onto my shoulders with only a little difficulty, glad for the minute rest I’d gotten between supporting his weight during the walk through the lobby and reaching Lola’s floor. “Lead the way,” I told her.
Lola took me to her room, quickly unlocked the door and we entered. The entire ordeal couldn’t have taken more than five minutes, but it felt like an eternity. I pitched him onto the bed. He laid there, clothes in disarray, hair mussed and snoring.
Lola and I watched him for a good thirty seconds, waiting for him to stir, but he didn’t. He was dead to the world.
“Shall we get started?” she asked.
I vacillated back and forth between right and wrong, willing myself to walk away, begging myself to figure a way out, but no argument was more convincing than the mil I was getting paid. Besides, I thought, as long as he complies, this is not a big deal at all. He can go back to his wife and kids and I can go back to Brown a little bit wealthier.
“Yes,” I answered.
 Lola slithered from her dress and stood in her lace bustier and garters, let her curled hair down and went to the mirror, leaning over to freshen up her lipstick. I went to the bag on her bathroom counter and removed the SLR, slid on the power button and waited for her at the foot of the bed. I watched her, taking in her beautiful body, admiring her, internally acknowledging why she was the most expensive call girl I knew. She caught me staring in the mirror and smiled with beautifully perfect white teeth.
That’s when I noticed it. She was breath-taking, yes, but if you really took stock of her, took in her little flaws, she was revolting. Nose tinged red from recently snorting. Of course, I thought, how else could you do what you did. Slight bruising expertly covered up with makeup around the throat and arms, evidence of her profession. I thought of my sister and wondered if Lola had a brother or even a father. Ribs protruding, proof to the naked eye that she starved herself to stay thin. Another product of our society. Another otherwise gorgeous girl made ugly by the pressures and influence of an L.A. life. I turned my head and observed the man sleeping in front of me.
And how are you different? I asked myself. You’d do just about anything for money. You’d risk this man’s wife and family. And for what? So that your dad can manipulate another business deal to make him even more cash than he already has? More cash to spend in places where cash needn’t be spent?
Lola crawled across the bed, yanking at Peter’s tie, and licking the side of his face, posing with her leg wrapped around his.
Click.
Another million can give you better security, ensure you can live within the lifestyle you’re accustomed, eventually give you freedom from him.
Lola switched it up. She unbuttoned his shirt and spread her lacquered nails across his chest, pressing closely to him and smiling a viper’s expression at the camera.
Click.
It’s not likely this Maggie woman will ever see these photos anyway. It’s low risk and you get a cool mil out of a night’s work.
Lola straddled him, unbuckling his pants and threw her head back in mock satisfaction.
Click.
Greed is the second book in Fisher's The Seven Deadly series! It should be available in October!

Did the teaser intrigued you?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Callum and Harper by Fisher Amelie.

Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.
Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.
So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.
But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.
And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be.
Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other.
Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.
“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum Tate

Why?
I have been meaning to read Callum and Harper since I loved Thomas and January last year!

Five Things about Callum and Harper!
Coincidences- Callum and Harper is a sweet story of coincidences! I loved that they were both unlucky enough to need emergency Foster care that that coincidental meeting led down such a complex path!
Callum - Callum is a sweet and clever guy who had an unlucky start in life. I loved how he took Harper under his wing and really looked out for her!
Harper- Harper was sweet and naïve especially for a foster child. I liked how much
Side Cast- Great side cast! I knew I'd love Cherry, she was just as bubbly and welcoming as she was Thomas and January. Charlie was a great guy, I would love to read more on him and Cherry! It was great to read Tom before Thomas and January, I could really see the change in his personality. All of the side cast were warm and welcoming people, I loved how they just accepted Harper into their group and made her feel accepted especially how they helped her out with so many different aspects of her life.
Miscommunication- Callum and Harper were so awful at communicating with each other! It started to annoy me towards the end because they knew each toerh so well but just never discussed important things! 

I really liked learning all the backstory and Callum and Harper had such a sweet story!

Are you a Fisher Amelie fan?
Come back later for a Greed teaser!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Interview: Fisher Amelie

I've been a fan of Fisher Amelie since I read Thomas and January almost a year ago! So I'm thrilled to have her here for a feature day! First up an interview!
 
About Fisher Amelie.
Where were you born?
I was born in Wichita, Kansas on a farm with my aunt and uncle. I’d often help out, typically in the pigsties. This one time, sheesh, I was balancing myself as I walked across the pigsty fence line and fell in.  Wait a minute…Only the Wichita part of that was true. Though, I do own a pair of sparkly red pumps. Haayaay! Anyway, I was born in Wichita but left at the tender age of five for the world of Larry Hagman, sans the drama. Basically, the ‘burbs of Dallas.
Where do you call home?
I live in my head but I reside in Dallas still. I have a pretty little family of my own now and I’d say they were my home.
Is writing your full-time Career?
Writing is my full time career. I dig it, a lot. It’s, like, my favourite thing to do in the entire world. I get giddy butterflies when I sit at a blank screen. It’s such a high.
Essentially I have two full time jobs, though. I’ve got kids so all you mama’s out there know where I’m coming from on this.


About Writing.
Where do your ideas come from?
Oh, man, you know, they come from everywhere but usually they’re inspired by things I read. For instance, for VAIN I’d just read this amazing book called Kisses from Katie. Its author Katie Davis dropped all her college plans, moved to Uganda at nineteen and decided, “I’m gonna’ stay and adopt a bunch of incredible kids and feed a bunch of incredible people.” It was her fate and I was so in awe of her. Anyway, her story inspired me to dream up VAIN.
How do you plan your books?
I lay out a basic plot line for the novel just to create my skeleton before delving a bit deeper into plotting out the subplots. All my characters get their own page of description where I go so far as to describe where and how they grew up and how that built them into the person they are. I create an entire world before I even write the first word so I cannot be taken by surprise.
Do you plan an entire series, or take it book-by-book?
My series are strange in that they aren’t chronological to one particular set of main characters. I don’t like writing MC’s for more than one book. I’m not sure why but I get tired of them quickly. I like to move on so I build my series as a sequence of stand alones, usually borrowing secondary characters from previous novels and making them my main characters.
How do you pick your covers?
I have the distinct advantage of having a genius marketing executive for a hubs. When I say genius, I mean he’s unfairly gifted with extraordinary creative talent. I tell him what I think I kind of, sort of want. He disregards that usually and gives me what I actually want. Then, voila! I don’t like to brag but my covers really are incredible. :D

What's Next?
What is your next book about? (140 characters or less!)
Spencer Blackwell is his father’s wicked pawn but he feels he doesn’t have a choice because his bank account can't take the hit regardless if his soul is turning as black as the deeds he’s hired to do.
Will this book be part of a series?
GREED is book two of The Seven Deadly Series.
What was your favourite part to write and why?
Funnily enough, my favourite part is a section I’ve yet to write. The ending is going to be DYNAMITE! It’s just so powerful and so emotional.
What else are you working on?
At the moment, nothing else. GREED consumes me…the novel, not the sin. Nyuck, nyuck.

Five Random Questions!
Ebook or paper/hardback? Ebook.
Favourite colour? Teal.
Favourite character you’ve created? Ian Aberdeen of VAIN.
Dream holiday destination? Somewhere remote and somewhere tropical. Bring on the sun, baby!
What are you reading at the moment? The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
 
I have to agree Fisher's covers are absolutely gorgeous!
Stay tuned for a Callum and Harper post and a Greed teaser!
 
Much Love!
Lettie.
Xxx




Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Unafraid by Melody Grace~ Release Day!


"The first time I saw her, I knew this girl was wilder than any stallion I’d ever trained. She was headstrong, wounded, passionate and free. And I had to have her…"
Brittany Ray doesn’t care about her bad reputation. Growing up in a sleepy beach town with a junkie mom and a runaway dad, Brit’s learned the hard way that the people you love will only let you down. It’s no use hoping for love or happiness. Some dreams aren’t meant for girls like her.
Hunter Covington is one of those dreams.
Gorgeous, charming Hunter is damn near perfect—and it’s killing him. Son of Charleston royalty, he’s been trapped in a gilded cage since the day he was born. Now he’s breaking free. He’s quit law school to restore his grandpa’s old horse ranch, trying to soothe the demons in his soul. But Beachwood Bay is full of old ghosts, like the mysterious girl who spent an unforgettable night with him—and then slipped away before dawn. Brit.
Everything about her screams danger, but Hunter doesn’t care: he’s never felt a connection so deep. And try as she may, Brit can’t resist the desire consuming her —or the safety she finds in Hunter’s arms.
A reckless passion. An undeniable bond. Scarred by their pasts, Brit and Hunter fight to heal old wounds. But will dark secrets tear apart their new beginning? And when love is the biggest risk of all, can they find the courage to face the future unafraid?
 
Unafraid is finally released today! It is a well written story about a girl who thinks she's not good enough and a boy who seems too good to be true! It's so easy to read I sped right through it and loved it :)
You also get a teaser of the next Beachwood Bay book!

About Melody Grace
Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavoured ice-cream.
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Giveaway
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Let me know if you love the Beachwood Bay series too!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Monday, 26 August 2013

The Monster Reviewathon!

Hosted by Kristen of The Book Monsters!
Goal~To review as many books as you can

I didn't take part in Bout of Books this time round but I did keep up with it and this Reviewathon caught my eye! I always need motivation to sit down and write up a bunch of reviews!
I want to write up as many as my back logged reviews as possible so I can have them all scheduled up for when I'm on holiday and when I go back to work!

Goal!
  • To write up at least four reviews!
  • To write up two mini reviews!

Please tell me I'm not the only one with a big backlog of reviews!
Wish me Luck!

Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Blog Tour: Ties by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt.


When a shiny new convertible arrives for her twenty-first birthday, Hattie Beckett has had enough of her absent dad trying to buy a place in her life. It’s time for him to face her--or get out of her life forever.
She tosses some clothes in a bag, looks up her father’s last known address, and sets her GPS for Silver Stand, California.
When she arrives at a beach-bum paradise that’s totally foreign to her New England upbringing and finds nothing but an empty lot where her dad maybe once lived, her immediate instinct is to pack up her car and head right back to Connecticut.
But she also finds... Deo. The half-brother she never knew she had. He and his hippy-dippy mom insist that Hattie stick around—at least for the summer. And with all of her friends spending the summer abroad, what else does she have to do?
Her ideas about family are blown wide open as Deo and Marigold pull her in with their charm and love. But there’s still a huge question mark where her dad is concerned, and that question mark definitely looms over her ideas about love and relationships.
When Hattie meets Ryan, the college dropout turned competitive sailor, her perspective flips with her heart. Like it or not, Hattie is falling fast and hard for Ryan... even if it’s the last thing that she expected - and the last thing her newly found brother wants for her.

Why?
I have been a massive fan of the Lengths series since I fell in love with Deo and Whit last year- I knew I had to read Ties!

What I loved:
Plot-  Normally the 'secret child' plot never works out to well as the characters don't react naturally or it doesn't fit with the series plot. However from how Deo's dad, Dante, was described it was always a possibility that there could be a number of unknown children so the idea slotted in with the series. . I really enjoyed how it was written into the series and how all the existing characters reacted to Hattie. I loved that Hattie took off to face her absent Dad and ended up discovering a whole new family in Silver Strand.  The existing characters all reacted naturally and well to the appearance of Hattie partly I think to nature of Dante and partly because they are a welcoming bunch of people! I think it was interesting to see how Dante's actions and present based parenting had affected the personalities and lives of Deo and Hattie, two very different people with different upbringings. Deo had slowly accepted Dante for who he was and just cut him out whereas Hattie was stuck between resenting him and wanting to understand him. It was interesting to see how being in Silver Strand challenged her ideals and perspectives.
Silver Strand- I loved how welcoming everyone was towards Hattie! Marigold opened her home and her heart to Hattie despite the fact she was the result of Dante cheating on her. I love Marigold so I really enjoyed reading her again and I think she's responsible for the majority of relationships in Silver Strand! It was great to read Grandad again- for obvious reasons he had a much minor role in Depths and Limits but in Ties he was forefront again and his welcoming nature and quick wit were as entertaining as always. I knew Deo would make a brilliant big brother and he lived up to my expectations. Deo was his usal charming self but he managed to be over protective, caring and compassionate towards Hattie as well as knowing when to back down!  I love that Whit, Maren, Gen and the Rodriguez sisters have formed their own little group and how they immediately induced Hattie in. I was so pleased that Hattie liked Lydia because we got a positive picture of her for a change! I also enjoyed seeing the previous three couples from Hattie's point of view as she had a complete lack of prior knowledge.
Ryan- I knew Ryan sounded familiar but in Lengths I only had time for Deo! However Ryan completely took my love in Ties! I adored him from his whistling shirtless debut to his surprising ending. I found him to be honest, passionate and committed! I liked that he'd turned over a new leaf and how he reflected on his past so honestly.  I loved his passion for boats and sailing in it's purest form not for profit or competition.I loved how he really grew into his passion and took Hattie's comments to heart! I liked how he was with Hattie, he seemed to get her almost perfectly and managed for awhile to play her at her own game.

What I didn't love as much:
Hattie's family and friends- I feel like once Hattie for to Silver Strand her mum, best friend and potential home love interest are very rarely mentioned! I wanted to see her mum and kay reaction to her unknown family.
Bex- I couldn't stand his arrogance and overly competitive nature! He was so self centred and harsh, I couldn't believe how he complained that after spending years sleeping around and spending money he now found it boring! I sadly imagine he was quite a realistic character and as the book went on he annoyed me even more!

Rating!
I loved the realistic characters, the Silver Strand community and the clever plot!

Have you read the Lengths series?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Currently...


New style post! Just an update on what I'm currently doing bookwise!

On my Bedside Table....
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- Currently loving this one!
Saving June by Hannah Harrington- I kinda read this one backwards which always confuses me so it's been sat on my bedside table for awhile!
Malta and Gozo, Lonely Planet Guide - Ready for my holiday!

Waiting for
Charade by Nyrae Dawn- I've been searching my local bookshops for a hard copy to add to my bookshelves!
The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen- Hoping my Library will purchase this one soon!

On Kindle
Ties by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt- I devoured this one as soon as the ARC arrived- loved it!
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles- So thrilled I got approved for Simone's latest series!

Rereading
Depths and Limits by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt- After Ties I went back and reread these two!
Jet by Jay Crownover- I loved Ayden and Jet! I'm always rereading this one!
Faking It by Cora Carmack- I just had the urge to reread Cade and Max.

 What are you up to bookwise?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR Update.


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic: Spring TBR Update!
 
I'm doing a different topic this one but one that's long overdue! It's way past time to go back and see how many of my Spring TBR I actually got round to reading :)
Read!
The Elite by Kiera Cass- I loved The Elite, I cannot wait for the last book!
Crossing The Line by Katie McGarry- Great novella!
 
Didn't Buy Yet!
Crush by Nicole Williams and Wrecked by Alyssa Rose Ivy.
No real reason for these two I just haven't brought them yet.

Couldn't Find!
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan.- I couldn't find this one in any of my local bookshops until June!
Reckless by S.C Stephens- This one got released too late to be a Spring read!

Didn't Read.
Daughter of The Flames by Zoe Marriott, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor.
I didn't get around to reading these ones as my new job eats into my reading time and they are quite big books so I've been putting them off.

Miscellaneous.
Abbi Glines.
Abbi's Spring release wasn't part of the Sea Breeze series!

I didn't do too well did I? I do hope to read these books before 2014!

How'd you do?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx
 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Nicole Williams on New Adult.



Last but not least Nicole Williams shares her thoughts on New Adult!
 
What does “New Adult” mean to you?
To me, it means a new sub-category that’s been created to bridge the YA and Adult markets. Sweet and simple!
What first drew you to New Adult?
I love reading and writing about college-aged characters and there were so few books actually about that age-range when I was in my late teens/early twenties. I love that the characters are figuring out who they are in life, making a bunch of mistakes, and not afraid to pick up the pieces along the way. I love the drama, angst, and intensity of the category.
Why did you want to write a New Adult book?
My very first books were New Adult, before the term had been coined. They were about college-aged students and even though there wasn’t a lot of sexual content, or heavy language, there were still mature concepts these characters dealt with that separated them from typical YA books. It was less about wanting to write a New Adult book, and just what I wrote at the time and someone put a label on it later. 

What would you love to see next in New Adult?

I’d love to see some paranormal and dystopian New Adult. The trend is contemporary right now, and I love it, but I think it would be great to see this New Adult category branch out some more. 
 

I’m the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of the Lost & Found series, the Crash series, and a handful of others. Basically, I get to do what I love. Every single day. I write romance because I’m a sucker for a good love story, and I write happy endings because there are too few of them in real life.





Thank you so much to Nicole for very kindly taking the time to feature on my blog!
I think Nicole put it perfectly, New Adult definitely bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult!
 
What do you think?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Blog Tour: No Reverse by Marion Croslydon.

At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.
Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancée’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart.
Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.
There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself...
 
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Much Love!
Lettie
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Friday, 16 August 2013

Jolene Perry on New Adult.

Today Jolene Perry is sharing her opinions on and experience with New Adult! Jolene is another of my favourites and has collaborated with both Nyrae Dawn and Steph Campbell.
 
Jolene's Thoughts. 
What's funny is that my first published book was a New Adult book, even though there wasn't a name for that genre yet. I wrote the story of a girl whose first year of college was delayed because she got cancer. When she's finally able to go, she's forced to live next door to her brother and she maybe...might...end up being close friends with a guy who she may or may not fall for ;-) .....That was The Next Door Boys.
 
Steph Campbell and I did the same thing with My Heart for Yours. We wrote it as an upper YA, but once NA came out, we both knew our book fit into that category better.

When the NA category came out for real, I realized that a LOT of what I'd written fell under the age guidelines, so I cleaned them up and published - Falling, Left to Love, My Forever, 10 Weeks, 3 Sides to a Circle... 

I know that nearly all of the NA titles out right now are romance, and most of my novels focus on that, but I LOVE college stories. I love friendship stories. I love the idea that for the first time in a person's life, they're accountable for their own actions but they maybe haven't had enough experience to choose well ;-) I'm excited to watch NA branch out into all kinds of stories, exploring the time in our lives when we really come into our own and learn who we are.

 
 
Jolene grew up in South-central Alaska. She’s lived in Anchorage, near the Alyeska ski resort, on a cabin on an island on a lake, and then in a boring old house.
Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good.
 
 
 
Thank you so much to Jolene for very kindly taking the time to feature on my blog even with her recent release Out of Play!
 
I love that Jolene mentioned that New Adult style books have been around but now it has it's own genre it can branch out and diversify. I also love college/university stories, it's such an unique environment!
 
Do you agree with Jolene?
Can you think of any 'Upper YA' books that would be New Adult now?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Thursday, 15 August 2013

New Adult Week Mini Reviews Part 2!

Mini reviews~ Sometimes I love a book but I just can't do a full review or I just back log reviews!

This edition is books I should of reviewed ages ago!
 
  The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden.
There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.
Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.
For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.
Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

After Ella and Micha I was excited to read more of Jessica Sorensen-
Thoughts
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden has such a unique plot, I liked that they were trying to save each other. Callie and Kayden were two very broken people although Kayden seemed to have hidden it better than Callie. I couldn't believe their families! Kayden's family must have been aware of how volatile the Dad was, his Mum seemed quite pathetic and his brothers didn't seem to think twice about leaving Kayden behind. Callie's brother seemed to lack any empathy and was apparently aware of how horrible Caleb was. No wonder Kayden and Callie ended up as two very broken people!
I loved Seth and Luke. Luke really intrigued me, he was such a good support to Kayden but definitely had his own background which is why he's getting his own story! I loved Seth! I guessed he would be gay as it explained how he got so close to Callie. I really liked how he dealt with Callie so gently but still pushed her out of her shell! I think Luke and Seth made an amazing team for Callie and Kayden.

I loved the uniqueness of the plot and the strength of the characters but I did not enjoy the cliff hanger end!
 
Just For Now
 
Set in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, an interconnected group of older teens hook up, break up . . . and much, much more.
Preston is one bad boy. And Amanda has harboured a crush on him for forever. When she finally makes her move on him, it does not end well. But still, she can't resist him. Especially now that he seems to be pursuing her, too.
No one wants them to be together. Not Amanda's brother, Marcus, who is on the verge of his marriage to Low, and definitely not any of Preston's buddies. They know way too much about Preston's dark side. Yet the dangerous attraction is there ... and neither Preston nor Amanda are going to deny it.
 

I love the Sea Breeze series so I downloaded and read it straight off the bat way back in November.
 
What I Loved:
Preston- I really liked Preston! I liked him in the other books so I was excited to read his story. He had such a good heart and good intentions! I admired how he dealt with his family situation and how he treated Amanda so well. I don't want to spoil his secret so I will leave it at that!
Jason- When I first heard the next Sea Breeze book would be about Jason I wasn't too interested as I hadn't read Breathe so Jason was an unknown! However I really enjoyed him in Just for Now, I loved how sweet he was and I am so intrigued by his shadow life!
Bromances- Preston was lucky to have such  a good group of friends but the bromances between him and Marcus and him and Rock were so good to read. Although Marcus didn't support Preston and Amanda to begin with he did remain loyal to Preston and knew him well enough to grow to trust him. Rock and Preston was an unexpected bromance, I think even Preston was surprised at how well Rock knew him and his apparent secrets! I loved how Rock went out of the way to help Preston in so many ways, he really helped Preston turn his life around. Both Marcus and Rock were such big parts of Preston's life, he was lucky to have them!
 Marcus and Low- I was so pleased to see more of them and hear how they were getting on!

What I Didn't Love as Much:
Amanda- I think she's the reason I didn't love this one as much as the rest of the series. I just didn't connect with her like I did with Low and Eva. She was just a bit bland to me!
Parents-Preston's mother was obviously just a very mean person! Amanda's Mum was highly judgemental for someone in her situation.

I loved the side cast and Preston just not an Amanda fan!
 
Have read either of these? Or the rest of the series?
Much Love!
Lettie.
Xxx