That time I saw Scott Lynch & Elizabeth Bear

Right, so I live in Ireland. The distant younger sister of the United Kingdom, and the strange cousin of the United States, that is never invited to the best parties… We rarely get great international authors on tour, and it’s even more rare that we get a book convention…(PLEASE CAN WE ORGANISE A BLOW OUT BOOK CON HERE ON THE EMERALD ISLE?!?)

*Haha just found out World Con (Dublin) and Euro Con (Belfast) are here next year!!!*

20180613_181513Despite all this, a couple of weeks ago, Scott Lynch (proclaimed author of The Lies of Locke Lamora) and Elizabeth Bear (prolific author of more speculative fiction works than I wish to count) CAME TO IRELAND! They were apparently on some tour of the UK (thank you, Gollancz) and decided to spend a day with us on this beautiful island. The weather was fab, so I can’t say I blame them.

They were completely hilarious, and such a wonderful pair! One of the first things Scott said on taking the stage was ‘on a more upbeat note, at least none of us are dead here right now.’ I laughed more during this talk than I ever have (bar the Diana Gabaldon talk in California, 2014) at an author’s talk. They are definitely people I’d love to know and will absolutely be seeing them again next time they come to Ireland!

20180613_181537Also, fun fact: he’s on a first name basis with George RR Martin 😮 *faints* They share an editor and are evidently friends. I’ve never been so close to someone who is friends with such a legend….

They discussed World Con and Euro Con, so keep an eye on those lineups, if you’re a massive fan! I was lucky to get all my Gentleman Bastard novels signed and personalised, but will have to see them again after book 4 is published.  I was actually running late at the end of the talk and when the signing was beginning. To the point I was ready to just head out the door, but I *reeeeally* wanted to meet him and get the books signed, so I waited. Luckily, the PR lady realised I was freaking out about the time and pulled me to the front so I could go quickly! I was so impressed and thrilled with life!

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #1-3


Hey everyone!

I discovered Down the TBR Hole thanks to Destiny at Howling Libraries who got the original idea from the creators at Lost in a Story. It is an amazing idea because my Goodreads TBR is OUT OF CONTROL! So here we go…

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Current “to-read” shelf: 766


Books 1-5

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)Go Set a WatchmanDie Again (Rizzoli & Isles, #11)At the Water's EdgeAfter You (Me Before You, #2)

Book 1:

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3)by Libba Bray


It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. 
Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order – the mysterious group her mother was once part of – is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence’s burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

Judgement – Go, for now (I need to finish book 2 before deciding if I’ll want to read this or now)

Book 2:

Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird #2)by Harper Lee

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

Judgement – Keep; I’ve heard mixed reviews, but think I need to read it anyway

Book 3:


The latest enthralling case in Tess Gerritsen’s New York Times bestselling Rizzoli & Isles series, the blockbuster books behind the smash hit TNT series.
Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. 
Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard’s kill. 
Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari six years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who – or what – is behind these gruesome deaths.
Story Locale: Boston, MA

Judgement – Go; I need to start at book 1, so that will be replacing this on my TBR

Book 4:

At the Water’s Edge
by Sara Gruen


After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. 
To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. 
Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. 
The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love. 

Judgement – Move to Maybe, Maybe shelf; Sounds good, but not something I’ll get to soon

Book 5:

After You (Me Before You #2)

“How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life.”

Judgement – Go. I wasn’t a huge fan of book 1, so I don’t see myself reading this any time soon.

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Book 6:

Trigger Warning (Short Fictions and Disturbances)

Added: 3 April 2016: Neil Gaiman is an author that I’ve heard loads of great things about, but never read. This seems kind of interesting, but I have a feeling I’d read one of his novels before I’d pick this up.

Judgement – Move to Maybe, Maybe


Book 7:

Added: 3 April 2016: I’m not entirely sure how I’ll feel about this when I read it, but I’m determined to read it! So it stays for now.

Judgement – Keep

Book 8:

Added: 3 April 2016: I think I added this back when I was into the Fifty Shades series and thought it would be interesting to see the story from Christian’s side. I never finished the series, so I don’t think I’ll be getting to this any time soon.

Judgement – Go

Book 9:

 Added: 3 April 2016: I LOVE Nora Roberts. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever read from her, so I don’t think this will be any different. I also tend to fly through her novels.

Judgement – Keep

Added: 3 April 2016: I’m pretty sure I added this because of the cover and without actually reading the blurb. I have no issue with m/m novels, but I feel there are better options out there now.

Judgement – Go

Books 11-15

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Added 3 April 2016: Currently Buddy Reading Red Rising and loving it, so will absolutely be continuing the series.

Judgement – Keep

Book 12:

Added 3 April 2016: I never read book 1, so I don’t think I’ll be getting to this one anytime soon.

Judgement – Go

Added 3 April 2016: I don’t read enough Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic novels (and one of my favorite novels is in that genre), so this is definitely staying.

Judgement – Keep

Book 14:

Added 3 April 2016: I think Mindy Kaling is hilarious, so I’m really looking forward to this book.

Judgement – Keep

Book 15:

by Felicia DayJoss Whedon (Foreword)

Added 3 April 2016: This actually sounds really funny and right up my “I’m weird and I embrace it” alley.

Judgement – Keep

Click the cover art above to be taken to the Amazon site or the titles to take you to Goodreads. 

Do you think I should reconsider any of these shelving decisions or have a recommendation you think I should read? Leave a comment below!

See you next time!

Light Years by Kass Morgan (ARC review)

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AUTHOR: Kass Morgan

RELEASES: October 9th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

GENRE: Teens + YA Sci-Fi

Like dancing – if your partner was armed with 140 megatons of explosives.

In Illumicrate’s May box, we unexpectedly received an exclusive ARC of Light Years. On first look, I was sure I wouldn’t like Light Years much…boy, was I wrong! See, until very recently, sci-fi hasn’t really been my bag. Ever since reading the likes of The Lux Series, Illuminae and LIFEL1K3 (review here), that’s really changed! Holy damn, Kristoff has changed my life… I’m starting to love the space setting and ‘other life forms live in space’ approaches.

He’d always known he was a wiseass who’d never amount to anything.

This novel is so multi-cultured and diverse! There are serious LGBT themes and the characters all hail from various planets, making for a serious melting pot of personalities. You have your opposition to mixing the academy (damn racist shitheads), of course, but a major part of the premise is based on inviting in new skills and untapped potential from the ‘Settlers.’ These characters really show us that different does not mean less than capable. They also hilarious, unique, and interesting. There’s even an infiltrator! I especially loved that it was told from multiple viewpoints. I felt we get so much more from the story this way.

“We’re shaped by our pasts, but we’re not defined by them. We can all make choices.”

So, why not 5 stars if I loved it so much? Well, I feel like there could have been more depth to a few of the characters, as well as the plot itself. I realise this is the first in a new series, but I got through it very quickly and still had some questions. I feel like the relationships should have taken more of a backseat to the actual storyline of being new to the Academy and the strife between the Quatra Fleet and their sworn enemy. That cliffhanger, though, really redeemed the whole thing! I’m definitely going to be reading book 2!

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Ender’s Game meets The 100 as hidden secrets and forbidden love collide at an interstellar military boarding school in a new sci-fi series from New York Times bestselling author Kass Morgan.

Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain–but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy–even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong–he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret–she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.

Light Years is the first book in a thrilling and romantic new sci-fi series from the bestselling author of The 100.

If you’ve read this already, what did you think? Love it or think it needed a bit more? Leave me a note in the comments!

Thank you so much to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Illumicrate for providing me with an ARC. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (eARC review)

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TITLE: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

AUTHOR: Stuart Turton

RELEASES: 04 Sept 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

GENRE: Mystery & Thrillers

I’m a man in Purgatory, blind to the sins that chased me here.

I couldn’t put this down at all once I started it. The level of detail and intrigue is unreal and unmatched by most other crime thrillers I’ve read previously. I would put this on par with the like of b.a.paris if I had to compare it to something. It doesn’t just go into one category, though. There’s the bit of sci-fi in it with the Plague Doctor that appears randomly and the fact that Adrian relives the same day 8 days in a row in various bodies. What even is this world?? I was so confused at first, as I didn’t read the synopsis before I began. Once I caught up to what was happening, though, I was entirely hooked!

“Do you know how you can tell if a monster’s fit to walk the world again, Mr. Bishop? If they’re truly redeemed and not just telling you what you want to hear? You give them a day without​ consequences, and you watch to see what they do with it.”

When Aiden’s entire objective changes from finding the murderer to saving Evelyn from being murdered at all, there is a bit of push back from a few other characters. His moral compass is so interesting, but I found myself asking if I would be making similar choices. Or would I have only gone as far as to figure out who was murdering Evelyn? There were so many inconsistencies in the original story of Evelyn’s homecoming and those closest to her, so it really made for a wonderful novel!!

How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?

If you’re a fan of whodunit thriller novels, then you’ll love this novel. The characters not only work on discovering who they are and what they value most, but are also in the middle of a murder mystery! This crime thriller will have you on the edge of your seat exploring every little nook and cranny in which potential evidence could be hiding!


How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

The Hardcastle family is hosting a masquerade at their home, and their daughter Evelyn Hardcastle will die. She will die everyday until Aiden Bishop is able identify her killer and break the cycle.

But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up each day in a different  body as one of the guests.

Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend. But nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that’s an Agatha Christie mystery in a Groundhog Day Loop, with a bit of Quantum Leap to it.  Perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson and Claire North.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for providing me with an ARC. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!

My friend went to a Stephanie Garber and Kerri Maniscalco book stop and signing! She hosted a wonderful giveaway, so go show her some love!!

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HEY everyone!!! I’m heading to meet Stephanie Garber on Monday and I decided I’m going to give away a SIGNED and personalized US edition of caraval on here!! WOOT!! My birthday is coming up so I figured I’d treat someone to a fabulous signed and personalized book for MY birthday! Fun right?

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This is what the Winner’s BOOK will look like. The sleeve is mine, sorry guys! But you can click HERE and get your own if you like! You can also use the code BOOKISH10 to get 10% off your order.

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“Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt…

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Goodreads Monday 11/06/2018

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted at Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to her blog and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

 

Hi everyone! I just discovered this meme via my friend’s blog over at Confessions of a YA Reader, so go check out her blog!!!

The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1)

Published May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.

 

Have you read this yet? Should I read it soon or did you not enjoy this book? Leave a note in the comments!

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff (ARC review)

LIFEL1K3TITLE: LIFEL1K3

AUTHOR: Jay Kristoff

RELEASED: May 29th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

GENRE: Sci-Fi/YA

They kill my father first.

I should probably preface this with the fact I find most science fiction VERY difficult to get into, but that was totally not the case with this one! 2018 just seems to be the year for phenomenal books, because I LOVED this one so much! I’ve read a little of Jay Kristoff previously, but I am now completely in love with his writing style and storytelling. It was unique and compelling. I didn’t want to put it down! The detail he puts into building this world without it becoming tedious is phenomenal. There is so much going on between the machina, logika, lifelikes, and other robotic beings. My favourite has to be the blitzhund, Kaiser! He’s the sweetest little explosive dog I’ve ever read!!

“But you get fancy, Mister Stabby gets dancy, you read me?”

The characters, Eve, Lemon Fresh, Grandpa, Cricket, Ezekiel, are all hilariously funny and so real. Nearly everyone has a past they are running from in some shape, and they each try to atone for their transgressions in different ways. But they have to face up to those decisions eventually. They play hard and love harder. They invest whole-heartedly in their relationships, so when things are revealed that may have been untrue or omitted, they feel it like a punch in the gut. Especially Eve. I felt so many things throughout this novel, especially the last few chapters.

“Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.”

Then the twists and turns this story takes us on are….heartstopping! I gasped out loud and nearly cried a few different times – it’s amazing! And that ending? Holy damn….can’t wait to see what comes next!


BLURB: On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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RELEASE BLITZ: Cocktales – A Cocky Anthology

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Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is available now!

 

SO MANY GREAT AUTHORS!! I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS RELEASE AND CANNOT WAIT TO DIVE IN!

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Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

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Download your copy today:

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Contributing Authors Include:

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword

Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’

Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’

Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’

K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’

Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’

Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’

Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’

BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’

Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’

Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’

Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’

Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’

Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’

Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’

Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’

Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’

Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’

Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’

Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’

Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’

Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’

Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’

CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’

Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’

Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’

Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’

Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’

Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’

Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’

Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’

Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’

Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’

Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’

April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com

 

Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos (ARC review)

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AUTHOR: Kelly deVos

RELEASED: June 5th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

GENRE: YA

“Yeah. There’s fat-shaming everywhere. But it’s up to us what we do with it. I mean come on, Cookie.”

MY THOUGHTS: This is one of the most unique reads ever – taking a look at fat-shaming and other related issues. I loved the side by side telling of the Fat timeline and the Skinny timeline – very original. Cookie is a wonderful, empowering character who is following her dreams and screw anyone who stands in her way! I felt as if I stood next to Cookie throughout the whole novel due to the delightfully quippy narration. This is essentially the story of my life. The struggles Cookie faces are similar to those each of us Roundish creatures face daily. I thoroughly enjoyed her personality and her ability to face the adversity. She does have flaws, of course (this IS a YA novel), but they are totally relatable and realistic.

“Some things just aren’t for sale, Cookie”

When Cookie finally meets one of her biggest idols, she’s unimpressed and, it seems, nearly repulsed by his manner. So, I’m not sure how she winds up caught up with him the way she does. Yes, I read the book and followed her journey…but something was missing for me in the build-up. I just don’t see how she feel into the role so easily. Reminds me a little of Ana and Christian, just less emphasis on their personal life (and no BDSM, that we can tell). I was a little worried about the whole 19 year old in relationship with established businessman to be entirely honest. I’m still not a fan of GM, but it does move the story along and help Cookie develop into who she needs to be, even if I don’t really like it.

“What does it say about life that the gods considered hope a misery?”

Cookie is all of us who have tried yoyo dieting and lifestyle changes that don’t stick, eliminating favourite food items from our menus in favour of losing weight. The whole story is hilariously funny, captivating, and emotional.

“Lydia Moreno is not only the kind of woman I want to be, she’s the kind of woman who makes me want to make clothes.”

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“I will always be that same fat girl on the plane. The one who knows what it’s like to have people refuse to look you in the face…Well, I’m taking a stand.”

BLURB: From debut author Kelly deVos comes an unforgettable novel, told in dual Fat and Skinny perspectives, about smart fashion, pursuing your dreams, and loving yourself.

High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert.

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship, but her plans are put on standby when she’s declared too fat too fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter, a girl who’s everything she’s not—ultrathin and superrich. Bowing to society’s pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush, and put her life on track.

Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows, but nothing about her new life is turning out like she planned. When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted—an opportunity to live and study in New York—she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day.

Will she realize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come true?

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RELEASE BLITZ – Piece of Work by Staci Hart

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I can’t wait for you all to read this! Staci Hart is an awesome author and this is such a great book!!

cover-powPiece of Work, an all-new sexy romance from Staci Hart, is LIVE!

Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.

His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.

You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.

But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart.

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About the Staci

StaciHartStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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