Saturday, August 1, 2015

Our 3 Year Blogiversary Celebration



Today marks our 3 year Blogiversary. Sarah, Amber, and I spoke about different ways to celebrate this year. We came up with a scavenger hunt. Below are 25 items you will need to take a picture of, locate, or seek out. The majority of the items will be found in your home or online. Once you complete the 25 items you will have to email us your pictures/items/answers. There is only one exception and that is #22. You will have to leave a comment with the response for #22. In order to be entered into the giveaway for this you will need to email (girlswithbooks@hotmail.com) all 24 items AND comment with the response for #22. Once you have emailed us and left the comment, please complete the rafflecopter below to be entered in to win a $75 Amazon Gift Card. If you have any questions please contact us via our Facebook page or Email. This scavenger hunt ends on August 25th, 2015. Please assure all items are completed/emailed by this date. We will be verifying all submissions.

We would like to share some of your submissions. Please let us know in your email if you are alright with this.

Let the fun begin!!!!



1. Take a picture of your favorite bookstore.

2. Take a picture of a street name that relates to a book (state the book it relates to).

3. Take a picture of what your reading now.

4. Take a picture of your bookshelves.

5. Take a picture of your TBR stack.

6. Take a photo or selfie taken with an author (if you have none then show a picture of an author that your love to meet).

7. Take a picture of book related clothing item that you own. 

8, Take a picture of the book that got you into reading? 

9. Take a picture of something that reminds you of a book. Tell us what book it is.

10. Take a picture of your name in a book.

11. Take a picture of a person who reminds you of a character in a book.

12. Take a picture (or selfie) of yourself with your favorite book.

13. Take a picture of a stranger reading a book.

14. Take a picture of book related decals on a vehicle.

15. Take a picture of your book related tattoo or if you don't have one, explain what you would get.

16. First a picture of your book boyfriend. Tell us the character and the book. 

17. Describe or take a picture of your ideal reading getaway- where, when, snack, beverage.

18. Take a picture of your reading spot.

19. Picture of you with your favorite author. If you haven't met one find a picture of your favorite author.

20. Take a picture of your favorite piece of book swag.

21. What's the furthest distance you traveled, or money spent in the name of a book? Or author?

22. Share a review you've written for one of your favorite books. (Please tell us the book and author. You can either share the full review in the comment section or the link to the review) 

23. Take a picture of your local library.

24. Ask the librarian what book they would recommend to others. Post a picture of librarian with the recommended book or just the recommended book.

25. Take a picture with the person that you talk books to the most.


***Make sure you follow the rules at the beginning of this post. ***

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Perfect Contradiction by Peggy Martinez

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Title: Perfect Contradiction
Series:  The Contradiction Series #2
Author:   Peggy Martinez
Published:   July 14th, 2015
Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  NA Contemporary Romance
Content Warning:   Minor Violence, sexual references
Recommended Age:  17+
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Synopsis:  

Jennifer Collins is finally beginning to heal after losing her mother to cancer. It’s been a long road with scary turns, but her best friend Beth helped her through the darkest moments. But now Beth has gone and gotten herself hitched, and Jen can’t help but feel like she’s all alone once again.

When Hunter Wright comes strolling back into town after leaving her behind without so much as a see ya later when she needed him the most, Jen suddenly realizes she isn’t as over him as she thought she was. And perhaps she never would be.

But things are complicated now, and Jen has a secret that makes it impossible for her to throw caution to the wind and fall back into the arms of the man who broke her heart. 
Sometimes, a new beginning, a new life, and a new outlook can mean so much more than understanding and forgiveness. Sometimes it can mean putting faith in someone who has the ability to hurt you or the ability to make you whole. Jen knows more than anyone that love can be such a… Perfect Contradiction.

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Excerpt from Perfect Contradiction by Peggy Martinez

           “Let me help you with that,” Hunter murmured near my ear. I stiffened as he tied my apron for me and stepped back. I turned slowly, my eyes traveling from the fine cut of his tuxedo up to find his eyes on me. He was soaking me in, for once not guarding his emotions as he devoured the sight of me standing there in my kitchen, barefoot with my momma’s old apron covering my pretty dress.
         “What are you doing, Hunter?” I asked wearily. The shutters came down once again and he took another step back and loosened his stance into nonchalance. He shrugged.
          “Just came to help you out. I’m not big on crowds.” I raised a brow. So, he wanted to help me in the kitchen. I could deal with that. I could pretend like nothing had ever happened between us, that we hadn’t spent the two most wonderful nights of my life in each other’s arms. I could pretend that I hadn’t suffered a broken heart because I’d thought we’d had something special between us. Yeah, I could do that. Absolutely.




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About the Author:

Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has over a dozen published works, including the Time Warper Series, the State of Decay Trilogy, the Contradiction Series, the Reapers Grimm Series, her middle grade Super Zero Series, and various novellas and serials.
When not writing, Peggy can be found homeschooling her teen son and four daughters. You may also find her packaging hundreds of boxes for her monthly box subscription business she founded just for readers! (Lit-Cube) She could also be spotted reading, making soap, dabbling in aromatherapy, watching gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse, or downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles. Oh yeah… and day dreaming about owning a small homestead or taking a dream vacation to Greece, Scotland, & Ireland. She could totally be doing that.


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Giveaway Details:
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Author Spotlight: Paige Cuccaro

 
 
Writing was never a foregone conclusion for me. I once had dreams of being a psychologist, a pediatrician, a school teacher, a photojournalist, a bartender, and/or an EMT. And then I met my husband and my world came into focus. Being wife and mother are my highest priorities and greatest joy. But escaping to the fanciful, sexy worlds twirling through my mind is an absolute necessity. Putting those worlds, and the cornucopia of characters that people them, on paper is just plain fun.

Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, and three daughters. When she’s not writing she can be found doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and the best way to stimulate your imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.
 
 

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Who said being eaten by the big bad wolf was a bad thing?
 
   Maizie Hood struggles to keep her bakery turning a profit, her landlord from evicting her, and her dear Granny in a nursing facility. Wrestling with the decision to sell Gran’s cottage is hard enough. The last thing she needs is her childhood big-bad-wolf nightmares turning into real-life adult fantasies. Sexy businessman    Gray Lupo’s sudden interest just makes matters worse. Is he the answer to her problems, or just a wolf in gentleman’s Armani?
 
   Since his wife was killed twenty-one years ago, Gray’s life has been focused on two things: protecting the pack and avoiding the grown daughter of his wife’s killers. When it becomes clear he can’t do one without compromising the other, Gray finds playing “big bad wolf” to Maizie Hood’s “Little Red” is a role he enjoys far more than he expected.
 
   A real bad wolf’s attack on Maizie changes everything. Gray can’t deny the pull she has on his instincts—and his heart. Suddenly he finds himself taking on a role he never thought he’d want, as her protector and mate. Until the truth about his connection to her nightmarish past comes to light…
 
 

 


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Let The Celebration Begin: Mystery Box Giveaway

August 1st marks our 3rd year Blogiversary. I can't believe that we have almost been blogging for 3 years. It has been an amazing 3 year and I am looking forward to many more. I have learned so much about the book world, met some awesome authors, and met many fellow bookies,

This is our chance to thank you all for taking the time to check out our blog. Some of you may have been with us since the beginning, some of you may have just started following us, and there are probably many of you that are somewhere in the middle. Regardless of how long you have followed us, we thank you. Without you our blog would not be the same.

We have many fun things planned to celebrate our 3 year Blogiversary. If you check out our Facebook page we posted a video there while we were in San Diego for Comic Con. This video gives you a major tip that will help you on the adventure we will be leading to celebrate our Blogiversary.

For now, let's get the celebration started a bit early by posting one of our Blogiversary giveaways. We will be giving away two mystery box of books. One will have adult books and one will have young adult books. The books are all new, mostly paperback, some may be autographed by the author and some may be advanced reading copies.

Good luck! Stick around for more fun.


Mystery Box of Adult Books

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review - The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

The Unimaginable
Author: Dina Silver
Release Date: December 1st, 2014
Fiction, Romance


Synopsis:

A story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

Amber’s Review:

With this particular title, I decided to take on a book with a storyline that differs from my preferred style; and I was so glad that I did.

This book had elements of romance and suspense.  There were times where the story was heartbreaking and then endearing.  You find yourself on board the Imagine with Jessica, Grant and Quinn.  You’ll want to be in Phuket and run into Niran.

With relatable characters and a strong story line, the book will grab you.  The fact that the premise of the story is real; it actually happens in the real world is unbelievable.

I had the opportunity to meet the author Dina Silver at a signing in San Diego last fall.  She was incredibly nice and sold me on reading her book; and I’m so glad that I did.


Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Nobel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Endless Fate by Alicia Rae





Book Three in the Fate for Love Series

Colton Kingston is set on rebuilding his ranch to what it once was before his livelihood was diminished to a pile of ashes from a revengeful dark act of arson. His brothers at heart are there with him every step of the way to help pick up the pieces of the old and replace them with the new.

Paige Summers finds her inner strength to battle through her burdens of taking another person’s life. Standing in her rightful place by Colton’s side, she’s finally holding her own and living her dream of training horses.

Together, Colton and Paige have endured their fair share of obstacles and tragedies, and it has only made them stronger. With Hank Ulrich out of their lives, Colton is determined to make Paige, the girl he’s loved since he was five years old, his wife—forever.

But as one door closes, another opens, and a new danger is lurking in the shadows, threatening to stand in their way.

Will Colton and Paige’s love be endless, the way it was always meant to be? Or will a new devastation fall upon them and ruin their fate?

*Contains Mature Content*
 
 
 
 
 


Paige POV
 When I pivoted to head up toward the house, Colton was standing in front of the water spigot with the hose in his hand, spinning it, with a devilish look in his baby-blue eyes.
I came to an abrupt halt. With only twenty feet between us, I gazed at him and apprehensively asked, “What are you doing?”
“I told you that you might want to wear your swimsuit today. You should have taken my advice.” He advanced a step, and I retreated one, causing him to pause. “It’s a hundred-foot hose, baby. And you know I’ll catch you before you can make it to the house, so it’s best to come quietly.”
I wasn’t going to make it easy on him. I rapidly sidestepped to the right, and he followed, so I backed up.
“I doubt it.” I lifted my chin in the air and kept my face impassive. “I can be quick on my feet.”
He shot me a dubious look and said, “Paige, in our twelve years of school before college, you avoided gym class like the plague, so you don’t fool me, sweet girl.”
I narrowed my eyes at the arrogant ass. Now, I definitely wasn’t going to surrender to him. “You wouldn’t,” I seethed in good humor.
His expression was full of challenge. “Baby”—he stepped forward—“we both know I will catch you.
A hundred-foot hose had me at a serious disadvantage. I had only one shot, so without another word, I whipped around on my heels and ran for the backyard, straight toward the pear trees. My only catch was hoping that I could weave between them, and he’d run out of hose.
Cold water hit my back as soon as I ducked under the first tree. It was a shock to my system and definitely way colder than I remembered as a kid.
“Colton!” I cried as I darted to the left in between another row of trees. I was hoping to shield myself with the leaves, but I had no such luck.
“You can’t outrun me, baby,” he said, right on my tail.
I bobbed to the right, refusing to slow down. The lower branches skimmed my shoulders as I continued to weave from side to side. The air came and went from my lungs with deeper pants.
Damn, I am so out of shape. When did that happen?
I pushed forward, but my short legs weren’t quick enough. In no time, Colton’s arm banded around my waist, and we were falling to the ground. A yelp of shock tore from my lungs as our feet tangled with the hose. Colton managed to break my fall with his hands. I landed flat on my back with his knees on either side of me, bracing his weight.
“Cold! Cold! Cold!” I squealed. I squirmed beneath him as the tip of the hose soaked my stomach.
“Stay still.” Colton laughed. He stretched one hand between us and grabbed the hose in an attempt to wiggle it free.
With no luck, he quickly flipped himself over and tried to pull it off of us. It was still wrapped around both of our legs, so he rolled us again. I felt dizzy.
“There.” He laughed and flung the hose off to the side.
It was too late. I was soaked—my clothes, my face, my hair. All of me was drenched in cold water. I peered up at Colton. His hair was wet, sticking to his forehead. Water was dripping down his face, from his cheeks to his full lips, making his skin glow in the light. Those baby-blue eyes of his were beaming down at me with such love, making the drumming of my heart erratically speed up.
My hands came to either side of his face and caressed his cheeks, feeling his stubble beneath my palms. He was so handsome that it made my chest ache.
“You’re in big trouble, mister,” I stated breathlessly, fighting to keep my voice stern. “Big, big trouble,” I emphasized each word.
He unleashed a boyish grin at me. “Nah, you still love me.”
“Not today,” I lied, resisting his charms.
He leaned in, brushed his mouth along mine, and alternated between placing short tender kisses and gentle nips along my lower lip. It was difficult to remember why I was mad at him when he was touching me.
I held my breath.
He whispered, “Surely, a little water couldn’t diminish your love for me.”
Cold water,” I corrected him.
He glided his hand over my soaked jeans, up the length of my sternum, and across to my breast to my taut nipple. I exhaled sharply when he tweaked it in between his thumb and forefinger.
“Okay, maybe it was a little chilly,” he surrendered. “Don’t worry. I have just the cure to warm you up.”
Butterflies took flight in my belly, yet I couldn’t deny my urge to challenge him. I slid my hands into his hair and pulled him closer. “I don’t believe you. I think you’re going to have to prove me wrong.”
“I’m all too willing to oblige, sweet girl,” Colton said.
And boy, did he ever.
 
~Endless Fate, releasing July 23, 2015
Fate for Love Series










Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
 
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
 
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...


 
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Book Blitz: Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

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Title:  Minutes Before Sunset
Series:  The Timely Death Trilogy #1
Author:   Shannon A. Thompson
Published:  July 28th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Violence, Adult Language
Recommended Age:  13+
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Synopsis:  

Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.


Excerpt from Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

“You look mad,” he said, quieter this time.
I wouldn’t look at him. “I am.”
“Why?”
“Because I don’t get you,” I admitted. “I have no idea why you’re acting this way, and it makes me feel like I don’t know you.”
“I didn’t realize you wanted to know me,” he said, and I turned around, momentarily meeting his eyes. They were dark, shadowed by an expression I hadn’t seen before.
“Why wouldn’t I?” I asked, feeling heat crawl over my neck. “We’ve already spent a lot of time together.”
“For a project that’s completed, Jessica,” he said, and he shook his head, driving silently through my neighborhood. I waited for him to speak, but he didn’t. Soon, we were at the end of my driveway. Eric shoved the gears into park, and I reached for the door, but he locked it.
“Why are you so interested in my life?” he asked, and my heart pounded. I didn’t say anything. His eyes met mine, filled with an intensity that made me shudder. “It’s not that great.”
“I know,” I managed. My voice was shaking.
            His face reddened. “But you ask questions.”
            “And you answer them.”
            His mouth opened, but then it snapped shut. He sighed, turned away, and grabbed the steering wheel as if he were driving again. We remained parked. “I’m Eric James Welborn,” he stated, his voice wavering into an awkwardness I’d never heard with his normally confident and cocky attitude.
            James? His middle name felt personal—like he had opened up a side of himself he’d forgotten about. But I didn’t feel intrusive. I felt comforted, like I already knew the answer before he’d spoken it. But I hadn’t.
            “Your name doesn’t tell me who you are,” I said, surprised by my fluidity.
            He barely smiled. “Maybe I like it that way.”
            “I don’t.”



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About the Author:

Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

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