Friday, May 1, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: Love, Lucas

Love, Lucas
by Chantele Sedgwick
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: May 5th 2015


When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.

In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.

If only it were that easy.

But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?

With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.

I was excited for this book to come out because I really just like the sibling connection/emotion involved. Especially with one dead and the other is grieving, but finds a piece of him. I thought that was a fantastic premise and I needed to see where it went.

It went to amazing writing. There is the perfect amount of sadness and hope, the perfect blend throughout the story. Chantele is also a very talented writer and it shows through Lucas. Her words flow together and make you fall in love with the characters and each page.

I enjoyed the plot of this story. Just starting, again, with the death of Lucas and then traveling to California and meeting Surfer Dude Carson and falling in love. I loved turning the pages and reading more into this story. It was sweet and heartfelt and just a good book. 10/10 will recommend.

4.5 stars
“A deeply moving tale of unimaginable loss and the redemptive power of love. Sedgwick masterfully delves into the painful details of losing a loved one, breaking your heart even as her beautiful words stitch you back together. Romance and friendship, true growth and authentic healing, this story blew me away. It takes a special book to bring tears to my eyesand make me swoon... Love, Lucas? Yeah, this book is special.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author

"Chantele Sedgwick's Love, Lucas, is a beautiful story about finding hope, first loves, and learning to live again after the loss of a sibling. With a fantastic cast, and the gorgeous setting of the California coast, this book is one fabulous read." —Jolene Perry author of The Summer I Found You

"A beautiful, moving novel of loss and love. Sedgwick’s elegant prose weave a heart-breaking tale that stays with you long after you have finished the last page." —G. R. Mannering, author of Roses

“An emotional summer of love, hope, and healing! Love, Lucas is easy to adore with Sedgwick’s real relationships, sweet romance, and tale of renewal.” —Lizzy Charles, author of Effortless With You

"Chantele Sedgwick navigates the dark waters of grief with a deft hand and plenty of heart.Love, Lucas will drag readers under before bringing them back to the surface for a life-saving breath of hope." —Amy Finnegan, author of Not In the Script

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Follow the Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

Chantele Sedgwick is a YA author, harpist, wife to one and stay-at-home mom to four. She loves happy endings, Kit Kats and judging by her book shelves, buys way too many books.

Prize pack 1: Signed hardcover copy of Love, Lucas, a Micro Mini Book necklace of your choice (Up to $9.95) from the Tiny Book Town Etsy Shop and a full swag pack (US Only)

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Starts: April 27th, 2015
Ends: May 6th, 2015


Blog Tour: Review: Catching Cassidy



Release date April 28, 2015

“Catching Cassidy was laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, sexy, and hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year!” — #1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Bet – Rachel Van Dyken

Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents’ death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along?

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.


HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

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My Thoughts:
This was my first Melissa Foster novel and I must say, I'm impressed. The writing style is beautiful and it flows so well. It grabs the reader's attention but it's not slow or bogged down anywhere. Melissa does an excellent job with storytelling.

I love the initial plot twist of the parents' deaths. I like ho that really starts the story, but it's not thrown in at the very beginning. We have a few pages first so that we get a feel for characters.

I am a huge fan of friends-to-lovers tropes. This was done so well and I'm so glad I read it. It's such a fun story about two best friends who realize they have so much more between them and then they don't know what to do. It's a breathtaking romance that will pull you in from the beginning to the end.

4.5 stars


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: Praise Her, Praise Diana




Call it life imitating art—author Maggie Edwards publishes a chapter of a book detailing seduction, murder and castration by a protagonist named Diana, and suddenly a woman code-named Diana begins to mimic her actions in real time. Women who have been abused find Diana to be an inspirational figure, and begin to fight back in her name. Soon violence erupting throughout New York City threatens to spiral out of control. As the police try desperately to identify Diana, Maggie's high-powered lawyer, Jane Larson, finds herself at the center of an investigation that threatens to upend the entire world around her.


My Thoughts:
I thought this was an interesting premise and would be a really interesting read. I was right. It was fascinating to read through and I loved the voices of the authors. The writing style was so easy to fall into and was very enjoyable to read. I also liked the idea of the protagonist and another character imitating her. That was executed well, especially Diana as a whole.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was so fascinating to read and it was definitely original. Will recommend.

4 stars


Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have been married for a little over forty years and have produced about twenty books and exactly three children so far. At press-time, they still love their children more.

Their most recent novels have been set in New York City, where they have lived for most of their married lives. Anne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in nineteen sixty-nine, as the fabled Sixties were drawing to a close, she met Ken, who was a student at Haverford College. They don't like to admit that they met at a college mixer, but there it is!

Together their books include Theft of the Shroud, a novel; Starfinder, a non-fiction book about the stars for children; a series of books on individual names for children (for example Michael's Book, Elizabeth's Book, John's Book, Jennifer's Book, David's Book, Amy's Book); and, most recently, Kate and the Kid, Mind Me, Milady, and Praise Her, Praise Diana, three adult novels, and a middle reader/tween novel, Things Are Not What They Seem.

Ken and Anne have a website with the address set out below. There they have links to some of their books and display images that they hope will be used in future efforts. In case you were wondering about the website address, "R" is for Rothman, "H" is for Hicks, and 71 is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere. Sorry.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blog Tour: The Last Campaign: Review

The Last Campaign
By David Ebsworth

1815 - On the bloody fields of Waterloo, a battle-weary canteen mistress of Bonaparte’s Imperial Guard battalions must fight to free her daughter from all the perils that war will hurl against them – before this last campaign can kill them both.

“Superb! David Ebsworth has really brought these dramatic events to life. His description of the fighting is particularly vivid and compelling.” (Andrew W. Field, author of Waterloo: The French Perspective and its companion volume, Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras)

A novel of action and intrigue based on the real-life exploits of two women who fought, in their own right, within Napoleon’s army.

Includes a Battlefield Tour Guide for those wanting to follow the route taken by the story’s main characters or to visit the sites of the 1815 Waterloo Campaign.

My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by this book because I'm a huge history nerd. This was an exciting change of pace from what I normally read. But it was still fun.

  • I love the setting. Waterloo in the 1815 battle. Absolute yes.
  • It's incredible to read about these two women in Napoleon's time. Especially since their trials were real-life.
  • I enjoyed the writing style. It was smooth and flowed well, as well as told the story the way it should be told.
  • The only thing I didn't love is that it was hard to get into. The beginning is a bit slow for my taste.
4 stars


David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall, a former negotiator and Regional Secretary for Britain's Transport & General Workers’ Union. He was born in Liverpool (UK) but has lived for the past thirty years in Wrexham, North Wales, with his wife, Ann. Following his retirement, Dave began to write seriously in 2009.





Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: Liars, Inc.

For the tour schedule and links, go here.


For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

For more information, check out THE OFFICIAL LIARS, INC. WEBSITE.

My Thoughts

I'd been looking forward to this book since before the cover reveal. So, yeah, months. I am thrilled to be on the tour because this book is worth all the hype.

I really love being in Max's POV. He is such a sarcastic teenage boy and it is hilarious. He describes everything differently than I would expect. But Paula also did an incredible job of keeping his voice throughout the entire book. I loved it. 

Liars, Inc. is the coolest name for what Preston, Max, and Parvati do. I would never have thought of something like that. But it's also awesome how they just decided it one day and it took off the next. And it definitely took off. I love this way that they are making money. Though completely illegal, it makes a fascinating plot point. 

Plot in general is fantastic. I was enthralled from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down. From normal life to Preston's disappearance to ..... the end, everything flowed and kept interest. 

The end. I had so many problems with this book--all of them good. I literally called several people up to tell the ending to them. It was the biggest plot twist I've read in a long long time. I could've never guessed the entire thing. 

I loved this book and I want to read it again and again and again. It is funny and intense and suspenseful. Well worth the time and it promises a really fun read.

5 stars

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1 Deluxe Swag Pack. Includes (1 Black or White T-shirt, 1 Notebook, 1 Signed Postcard, 1 Magnet, 2 Signed Bookmarks, 1 Signed Bookplate, and a Mini Shark's Tooth Pendant) all wrapped in crime scene tape and packaged in an official evidence bag.

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Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

TWITTER: @pstokesbooks

Thank you so much Jean for having me on the tour!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blog Tour: Review and Tens List: H.A.L.F. The Deep Beneath

Welcome to my stop on this tour! For the rest of the stops and schedule, go here.


H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers and has lived a sedated life hidden from humans. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.

Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement meets shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll say adios to the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?

The two may need to forget their rules and training and if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.

My Thoughts:
I expected to like this book. But it blew away all my expectations. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down.

I love our characters. Erika is really fun and she reminds me a bit of myself. I like her snark, even when it is in the worst of times. Jack is great and I like how he is portrayed as being more sensitive and emotional than the typical tough manly guy. Ian. What can I say about him? He's the best best friend someone could want and he's so fiercely loyal. But that said, he doesn't let Erika get away with everything. They argue. I love that. H.A.L.F. 9 is also a character that I love. I loved being put inside his head. Also, Natalie does a fantastic job with keeping his voice unique to him, especially with the formal structure.

I love the plot and how it is executed. I think one of my favorite things is that the alien war wasn't thrown on us in the very beginning, but it was mentioned, quite casually, pretty soon. I love the secret part of the government and how ecstatic Jack is about it. The headquarters are interesting to be in because of all the characters that live there. I loved interacting with all of them.

Natalie's writing style is simply beautiful. Everything flows and makes so much sense. I was able to read this quickly whole still understanding it all. It was a pleasant and satisfying read.

Overall, I have no complaints. I want to read book 2 right now and I'm not sure I can wait. This book was well-written and very enjoyable. I'll definitely read more from this author.

5 stars

6 Things I Cannot Live Without

The post was supposed to be a list of ten things I cannot live without. But I could not come up with ten! What can I say? My needs are simple.

If I see zombies ambling down my steet, these are the six things I’ll grab as I run for the hills:

1. My daughter.

2. Our cats, Flower and Magic.

3. My husband (who also happens to be my best friend).

4. I cannot live without music, so I’ll include my smart phone because it is filled with my favorite tunes.

5. My favorite pen and some Moleskine notebooks. Even if the power goes out, I can still write.

6. Toothpaste and toothbush. Even during a zombie apocalypse, I want clean teeth.


Natalie is the author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, tween daughter, and two young cats.

Natalie spends her time writing, reading, gaming, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with awesome people. Natalie supports the rights of both humans and non-humans to live a life free of suffering caused by people. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.



--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

1 Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

1 Winner will receive the H.A.L.F. full Swag (Compass, Necklace, Mouse Pad, Magnets and Book Cards). Signed copy of one of the books from Natalia's First Series (Emily’s Trial Book 2).

Thank you to Jean Book Nerd Tours for hosting this tour and to Natalie for sending my copy!