Sunday, 30 November 2014

Book: Mine to Keep by Denise Rossetti

I received a copy of Mine to Keep from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Before heading out on the ES Siren, Alanna Sanderson, known as Sandy, found a man to celebrate her promotion. The last person she expected to see several months later was the same man in prisoner yellow. Paul deWitt can't forget the night he spent with Alanna, but dreads running into her again. When the ES Sprite suffers damage they both end up in the crew sorting out the chaos that happens in the aftermath. With prisoners rioting, and the stores on the ship at risk, they have to move quickly. But events don't go the way anyone planned, and Paul ends up surprising everyone, especially himself.

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The Sunday Post #1

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a blog Meme hosted weekly by Kimba @ the Caffinated Book Reviewer. This is the first time I've taken part though so I'm a little hesitant so bear with me!

Real Life News 

 I've recently started being an assistant at a local school to help in the languages department (I'm classed as 'business proficient' - a step below 'bilingual' on the fluency scale - in French) and it's been my second week this week. Somehow I'm now assisting with Spanish lessons, despite not being able to speak a word (so it's a bit of a learn as I go process) and I also ended up actually teaching some of the kids, though I don't think I have enough respect from them yet (they don't really know me at the moment) for it to actually work all that well! I must admit though, I'm starting to get favourites!

At Brownies (Girl Guides aged between 7 and 10) we made Christmas Decorations (though our attempt at making cards didn't work at all!) Unfortunately one of the girls was really upset this week, I hate seeing them like that and we're trying all we can to make sure she's ok (the advantages of living in a village where everyone knows rach other!)

Work wise, it's been really quiet at the pub all week, made even more so by the fact I'm training the new girl so don't have as much to do. But there was a massive function on last night which made up for the quietness!

For the family business I've been really busy this week, not only have I had my normal stuff to do, organinsing the social media of one of our clients, but I've been writing content for our new website, which has certainly kept me busy!

Writing wise I've done terribly this week! Though I have been thinking about where to go next with my fantasy work in progress, and I'm just waiting to here about the next step of the process for Awakening!

This Week I've Read...
(Links to Goodreads)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18663797-foretoldhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23591284-mine-to-keephttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18663798-forecast

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13183322-an-illicit-engagementhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18663802-foreswornhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23373175-claiming-carlos

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23624798-determined-prince



This Week I've Reviewed...
(Links to Reviews)

http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/blitz-knights-of-stone-by-lisa-carlisle.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/blog-tour-divine-scales-by-jennifer.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/book-delightful-arrangement-by-cecilia.html

http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/book-at-stars-end-by-anna-hackett.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/blog-tour-foresworn-by-rinda-elliott.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/blog-tour-claiming-carlos-by-rachelle.html

http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/book-mine-to-hold-by-shona-husk.html

Challenge Progress

http://k-booksxo.blogspot.co.uk/

I've read two books for Netgalley November this week, taking my total up to 12 and exceeding my target of 5-10 books :-) 




Books I've Been Excited About This Week 
(These are books that have landed in my inbox, Netgalley or I bought from amazon that have me excited to read them! Links go to Goodreads!) 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23624798-determined-princehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23276983-the-winner-s-crimehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17404203-tragic

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Book: Mine to Hold by Shona Husk

I received a copy of Mine to Hold from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

It has been six months since the ES Siren left Earth with settlers for Solitaire, and now life has settled into a rythm for head vet, Silke. Assisted in the Barn by Whites Prisoner Vance, she can't help but be attracted to him but they both accept that nothing should happen between them, and then there's Leo Grady, a member of the flight crew who clearly has a thing for Silke. As time progresses, Silke isn't sure how to choose between the two men, and starts to think that she shouldn't have to...a thought that Vance has been sharing...all they have to do is convince Leo...

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Blog Tour: Claiming Carlos by Rachelle Ayala

I received a copy of Claiming Carlos in exchange for my review.

Choco has always been the responisble older sister, well apart from once, but now her life seems to be stuck in a rut. She runs the show at her parent's restaurant without getting any credit, and her relationship with her best friend, Carlos, seems to be in jeopardy. But when a new business consultant, Johnny Dee, comes into town, he starts to try and win Choco, even though all she can think about while he does so is how he isn't Carlos. All Carlos needs is a hint from Choco that she's interested, he knows she is but until she says something he can't do anything about it, though his tactics leave something to be desired....

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Blog Tour: Foresworn by Rinda Elliott

I received a copy of Foresworn in exchange for my review.

Katriel Lockwood, known as Kat, is one of three, triplets with the soul of a Norn inside them (the Norse version of the fates). Seperated from her sisters for the first time ever, Kat has gone to find her warrior, even if the prophecy says that he might kill her. When she meets Arun, Kat discovers the opposite to herself. Where she's mouthy and not trusting, he's opening and patient, and yet there's something about him that draws her to him, not only does she want to protect him, but she wants him too. With the prophecy of her or one of her sister's deaths playing on her mind, particularly because of the nightmares that she has, Kat is dreading the final battle and when it comes, there are surprises for everyone...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Book: At Star's End by Anna Hackett

I received a copy of At Star's End from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Eos has a life goal; to find the Mona Lisa, but when the Institute won't back an expedition, and they force her on leave, she has to resort to less legal means, and ends up enlisting the help of the Phoenix brothers, the best treasure hunters in the galaxy. What Eos didn't expect was the attraction she'd feel for the middle brother, Dathan. Despite the fact that the past haunts both of them, they seem to want each other, though each protects their heart by not saying anything, though as they come closer to the mysterious and lost Star's End, things start to hot up.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Book: A Delightful Arrangement by Cecilia Gray

I received a copy of A Delightful Arrangement from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Francessca Warrington has always dreamt of love, of a season and of swooning, but all that is dashed to pieces when it is revealed that she's already engaged to her neighbour, and her best friend; Philip. Philip has always known that he was going to marry Francessca, and has made sure he's never fallen in love with another woman, but when she discovers the arrangement she isn't happy, and he makes her a promise; if she falls in love with anyone else then he'll call off the wedding. But he's starting to see her in another light, and all he wants now is for her to love him as much as he loves her.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Blog Tour: Divine Scales by Jennifer Blackstream

I received a copy of Divine Scales in exchange for my review.

As the second Princess of Atlanta, Marcela has seen her share of people in danger. When a ship carrying Prince Patricio is in danger she saves him. Prince Patricio has a curse, whenever he kills a sinner, their family is instantly and completely grateful towards him without feeling any grief. When Marcela sees Patricio excecute her brother for his sins, her admiration and attraction towards him is increased and she goes to extreme lengths, swapping her tail and her voice for legs. Patricio can't believe that Marcela has done that and brushes her off, but soon he realises that things are different and her company starts to thaw his heart.

Blitz: Knights of Stone by Lisa Carlisle

I received a copy of Knights of Stone in exchange for my review.

The Isle of Stone is home to three types of being, the gargoyles, the tree witches and the wolves. Every night, Mason and his gargoyle brothers play a concert, which is being watched by more and more humans as word gets around. But there is one woman in particular that catches his attention. Kayla is a tree witch, who has been told not to cross into gargoyle territory, and yet she can't help it. When Mason and Kayla finally come face to face, they can't help but feel the pull between them, even if they are forbidden to be together. But it soon becomes clear that they're at the centre of something even more important than their relationship, and they are needed to secure the future of the island.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Book: Graceful Acceptance by Paloma Beck

I received a copy of Graceful Acceptance from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Grace knows that she is the last sister to mate, and knows that she has to do so to fulfil the prophecy, there's just one problem; Grace has never been attracted to men. Confusing her even more have been the dreams about her best friend, Davina, in which they have been far more than friends, but Grace doesn't know what to do. Davina has known that Grace is her mate for a while, but has been waiting for her to be ready. Though there's another shock waiting for Grace, when it is revealed that Davina isn't her only mate, and the shock upsets her...until she meets Trevor that is.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Book: Three Christmases by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion

I received a copy of Three Christmases from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Having got through the rough patch, Hannah and Cade's relationship is going strong, thoguh now that Cade's consulting business is going from strength to strength, he has to work away a  lot. Though both of them are busy, when Cade is offered a job across the country, the separation gets harder and harder for the pair of them to take. Both of their businesses take a lot out of them, and working hard means that they spend less and less time together, but the worst thing is when Cade and Hannah realise that Cade can't just drop in at any point. With the holidays coming up things have to change, and with both of them thinking about life, that could have big consequences.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Book: Queen of Someday by Sherry D Ficklin

I recieved a copy of Queen of Someday from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Sophie is a Princess, though her family is coming close to bankrupcy and to solve it her mother wants Sophie to marry well. At the invite of the Empress of Russia, Sophie and her mother travel to the Russian Court, where all being well, Sophie will marry Peter, the heir to the throne. But when she meets Peter's friend, Alexandar things change, and though she is all set to marry one man, she finds herself falling in love with another. With her faithful friend and advisor Sergei by her side, Sophie navigates the political world around her and even when her plans do not happen the way she wanted, she rises above them and figures out another way...

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Blog Tour: The Hunt for Snow by S E Babin

I received a copy of The Hunt for Snow in exchange for my review.

Having been forced from her home ten years ago, Snow White has been settled on Earth with her best friends, Belle and Cyndi. There's one thing about her getting chased out of her Kingdom that's never quite left her though; the Huntsman. Though he is under a compulsion to do what the Evil Queen, Naomi, wants, his feelings for Snow always manage to stop him from doing the worst, or so he hopes. But Max fears that one day he won't be able to fight anymore and he'll hurt the woman he most wants to keep away. With the help of her two best friends, alongside Robin Hood and Malificent, Snow plots to take back her Kingdom from Naomi's hands, though things don't always run smoothly in these fairy tales...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Blog Tour: The Prospective Princess by Kary Rader

I received a copy of The Prospective Princess in exchange for my review.

Five years ago Commander Marchant broke Lady Brislyn's heart by denying her love. Now the roles are reversed and Marchant is madly in love with her, but when he asks her to marry him, Bris runs away shocked and confused. Captured by pirates she is dragged off to marry Prince Enriq, a man she feels physical attraction to but knows she doesn't love. Marchant will stop at nothing to get Bris back, even if that means risking his life on the sea he's never returned to. But things don't always go to plan, and complications get in the way even if the couple realise they want to be together...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Blitz: Black Dahlia by Vivian Winslow

I received a copy of Black Dahlia in exchange for my review.

Knowing that the worst could happen is bad enough, but when Dahlia's surfer husband dies it happens. With her whole life ripped away from her, Dahlia slips into depression, and even when dragged away to a tropical island by her twin sister, Lily, and their friend, Violet, she sinks further into depression. Until she meets Kai. Even though he's a property manager on the island, Kai is running from his own demons there, and can see that Dahlia is doing the same. Little did Dahlia expect that she'd find a connection with anyone on the island, but it might just be the thing that saves her...

Monday, 17 November 2014

Blog Tour: Scent of Valor by Annie Nicholas

I received a copy of Scent of Valor in exchange for my review.

Since finally figuring out her shift trigger, Kele has quickly raised through the standings of her pack, but all the time she's been pining after Peder, a shifter from a different pack and an omega, seen as the weakest members of the pack. When a mating is all but forced on her, Peder is determined to fight for her, little expecting that they'll be captured by slavers. Dragged off to be sold, Peder and Kele finally find each other again, and discover that everyone else can tell that they love each other. To survive, Peder can't act like an Omega wolf anymore, and has to grow into the Hunter he was trying to become for Kele...but is that all he has become, or is he now something more?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Winter #COYER Sign Up

http://www.becausereading.com/begins-sign-coyer-challenge/

#COYER is short for Clean Out Your E-Reader, a challenege that gets you to read the free (or nearly free) books that are clogging up your e-reader...so for me it's the perfect challenge!

I'm so excited for #COYER to be back! And even more excited for the mini-challenges. I feel a little silly setting myself high targets...but considering last time I'm going to set 80 books as my target. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) participating in the twitter parties, and though I'll attempt to do the read-a-thons, I might struggle as weekends are when I read the least. 

You can sign up to #COYER here

You can check out my #COYER posts from Summer #COYER here

Book: Christmas Hearts by Sabrina Lacey

I received a copy of Christmas Hearts in exchange for my review.

Happily married and waiting for their son to arrive, Brendan and Annie are preparing for Christmas, including buying their first tree. With Annie still determined to work, despite the fact that she's overdue, Brendan goes into protective overdrive and when Annie is followed home from work one night, he gets even worse. Tommy's been in jail since his arrest, and hates it, having sold out his family and been given a life sentance, it seems like he's stuck for life...until his cousin finds a way to get him out. With Tommy on the loose, things suddenly seem to be hotting up for everyone, and when Brendan's worst fears are nearly realised, it could mean disaster for everyone.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Book: Break Out by Nina Croft

I received a copy of Break Out from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Skylar has a mission, though she isn't exactly sure why she's carrying it out, she just knows that as a soilder, it isn't her place to question just to do. To carry out the mission she chooses the El Cazador, a space ship captained by Tannis, a genetically modified, and standoffish, woman and owned by womanising vampire, Rico. Skylar chooses them because she knows that they will want to do the impossible; break a man out of maximum security prison. Rico loves women, blood and sex, but as soon as he sees Skylar he doesn't want anyone else, the problem is getting her to surrender when they both know what her blood will tell him...

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Book: Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond

I received a copy of Part-time Princess from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Lucy has just lost her job and doesn't know what to do. Looking on job boards, she discovers a mysterious job that she can't help but apply for. On getting the job, she discovers that she is going to be impersonating Lady Elizabeth Billingsley, a noble woman from the small kingdom of Fredonia. On the plain she meets the mysterious Nick, a man that seems to know Elizabeth better than she let on, but one that draws Lucy in without her wanting him to. But when they arrive Prince Chrisoph proposes to Elizabeth, and the intensity of Lucy's charade goes up a notch. But there are some people who think there's something off, and they will work it out...

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Book: Lilith Enraptured by Michelle M Pillow

I received a copy of Lilith Enraptured in exchange for my review.

As an analyst, Lilith is used to encountering new dimensions, but waking up in one with no recollection of how she got there is brand new, even to her. Even more so is the fact that the men of the new dimension claim women without giving much thought to how they felt about in. Sorin promised himself that he'd never take another wife, but one look at Lilith and something clicks into place and his body seems to act without thinking it through first. But convincing Lilith that he'll care for her and protect her is more difficult than he first thought.

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Book: One Condition by Nova Raines

I received a copy of One Condition in exchange for my review.

Hayley Wade has a problem...her father's inheritance comes with a condition; she has to steal back a family heirloom. Problem is, she has no idea how to go about doing it. Then along comes Kaiden Stone. Hayley has no idea who he is when he saves her from the paparazzi, but she knows that she's attracted to him. As much as she denies liking Kaiden to her friends, there's something between them that can't be denied. So long as his ex-girlfriend doesn't get her way that is...

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Meme: Life of a Blogger (Unpopular Opinions)

http://novelheartbeat.com/life-blogger/

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Novel Heartbeat and this is the first week that I've written a post so I'm a bit nervous! The idea is that the topics centre around non-book related things to get to know bloggers better. So here we go...

Unpopular Opinions

I'm guessing, but I'm not 100% sure that this is unpopular opinions that I have on things...so here we go. 

Food
Unpopular opinion #1: I hate baked beans. I've only ever met 3 people who share my hatred for baked beans, everyone else just thinks that I'm a little crazy. There's just something about them that I really don't like.

Unpopular Opinion #2: Mashed potatoes. I despise the texture, again most people seem to think I'm strange for not liking them. 

Unpopular Opinion #3: I don't like my own Lemon Meringue Pie. This is obviously a very specific one! I make Lemon Meringue Pie for my workplace and everyone raves about it being good...but I don't actually like it. (By that I mean I don't actually like it in general, there's nothing particularly wrong with it!) 

Films

Unpopular Opinion #1: I hated Burn After Reading. Don't know exactly what it was about it, but I hated it. 

Unpopular Opinion #2: Whenever I point out historical inaccuracies of the use of the Tricolor Flag in Les Miserables. Every time I voice the complaint I get told to shut up (despite having done modules in French History at University)

TV 

Unpopular Opinion #1: Game of Thrones kind of bored me...to the point where I'm still not up to date with the episodes. I lost interest when I spent more time yelling cause something was change than actually watching. 

Books

I know we're not supposed to talk about books, but mentioning Game of Thrones above made me remember the unpopular opinions I have about aSoIaF and how me and my friends often end up in debates about it while drinking (normal I know)

Unpopular Opinion #1: Tyrion Lannister annoys the hell out of me. Seriously he does, my friends gang up on me whenever I suggest he is less than perfect. 

Unpopular Opionon #2: Goes a little hand in hand...I actually really like Sansa Stark. She grew on me. 

Unpopular Opinion #3: SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Jon Snow is not dead. Ok maybe not an unpopular opinion in general, but considering I've shouted across a pub 'Jon Snow is NOT dead' at my friend, I'd say its pretty unpopular with him.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Blog Tour: Flirting with Love by Melissa Foster

I received a copy of Flirting with Love in exchange for my review.

Elisabeth Nash spent time in Trusty as a child, and ever since has known that she will return. When her aunt Cora dies, she leaves Elisabeth her farmette and pie baking company, though Elisabeth struggles somewhat to fit in straight away. Ross Braden has always believed that there's a woman out there for him, not that he'd ever let his brothers know that, but he doesn't date women from Trusty...until Elisabeth shows up at his Vetenary surgery with a piglet in tow. Instantly taken with her, he wants to try and help her make a go of it, but is wary of the people of Trusty accepting her business.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Book: Two Bar Mitzvahs by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion

I received a copy of Two Bar Mitzvahs from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Having taken their relationship to the next level, Hannah and Cade seem to struggle to find the time to spend together. Between Invitation Only, Loading Zone and Sweet Dreams, the two of them are rushed off their feet. But more than that, someone seems to be messing with them and with their businesses, and the prime suspect is Cade's ex-girlfriend, Madison. With a double Bar Mitzvah coming up for a pair of twins, it becomes apparent that Invitation Only has to work alongside Madison at the country club, pushing another wedge betwen Hannah and Cade. Can they survive, or will their trust issues break them apart.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Book: Everlastingly by Michelle M Pillow

I received a copy of Everlastingly in exchange for my review.

Maura is trapped in a room seemingly with no doors, and has to find a way to escape. Constantly finding a small door and a skeleton key she keeps following the path, which keeps bringing her back to Jack. Jack knows that she has to remember the truth of her past for herself but reminds her of Everlastingly. As bits and pieces of her memory return, the events leading to Maura's entrapment become clear, though sometimes the truth is even more shocking than the fiction...

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Book: A Woman of Her Time by Caroline Gray

Alexandra Mayne ran wild as a child, being expelled from her convent school and thrown out by her aunt. At 15, Alexandra is married, widowed and left with a baby, a little girl she named Mayne. In England she attempts to work as a maid, but ends up surviving as a prositute. But Alexandra isn't happy with that and gets herself set up as a mistress. As her star rises, Alexandra gains more wealth and standing, until her lover dies, leaving her with a home in Paris. Determined she won't have to live on the streets, or with very little money, Alexandra sets herself up as a Madame, and becomes the most celebrated Madame in the Paris area. Though things don't always go to plan, and Alexandra and her staff have to persevere for their rright to survive.

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Book: Twitter Girl by Nic Tatano

I received a copy of Twitter Girl from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Cassidy Shae is a well known and liked reporter, until one tweet took it too far and she got fired. Jobless, single and living with her brother, it looks like Cassidy has no prospects, until she is offered a job for Will Becker's campaign to be President. Being paid to be snarky and sarcastic is a dream come true for Cassidy, and even better is that the USA's most eligable bachelor, and presidential candidate, Will Becker, seems to be interested in her. While sending her tweets, Cassidy works side by side with Tyler, a man that she can't help but see as cute and wants to talk to all the time. But who is it that really holds Cassidy's heart? And will the reporter in her win out over the lovestruck woman?

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Book: One Funeral by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion

I received a copy of One Funeral from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Having decided to take things as slowly as she needs, Cade and Hannah have still shared scorching kisses, and Hannah can't wait for more. In between dinners with Cade and his friends, working for Invitation Only and her cupcake business, Hannah finds that she and Cade are becoming used to each others company, and has no problem with that. Visiting a therapist, she explores the problems that she has in life, including why she clammed up on their first date, Hannah starts to realise that nothing is actually holding her back, and she lets things progress at a steady pace...

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