Leibster Award

I was nominated for the Leibster Award by KayCee which was a lovely surprise! Be sure to check out her blog!

To participate in this, here are the rules: 

1. Post 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer the 11 questions created by the person who nominated you, then create your own set for the people who you are going to nominate!

3. Choose 11 people (that have under 200 followers) to nominate and link them to your post.

4. Let the people you nominated know they’ve been tagged. No tag backs!

11 Facts About Me: 

  • I’m 5’0″.
  • I’m obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. 
  • During my free time I’m either reading or crocheting.
  • My favorite band is Mayday Parade.
  • I have a cat named Chespin.
  • I still play Pokemon.
  • I love batman. 
  • I like to make my own bread.
  • I collect shot glasses.  
  • I have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. 
  • I’m almost always reading at least two books.
Questions KayCee asked me:

If you could live in any book for a week, what book would it be? and why?

  • I think it would be cool to live in the Mortal Instruments series for a week. The adventures they go on would probably scare me but I’d love to give it a try. 

Your blogging goal of the year?

  • Set a consistent schedule and stick to it as well as learn more about blogging in general

A book you think would make a good movie?

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox

Do have a favorite bookmaker?

  • I’m not entirely sure what you mean by this but I think you mean author so I would have to say John Green or Lauren Blakely. 

Your ‘guilty pleasure’ book?

  • any Harry Potter book 

If you could have any mystical or magical artifact what would it be?

  • a timeturner

Your go to blog/website for book reviews?

  • This would have to be Book Journey. Shelia has an amazing archive. 

What book do you think will be your favorite read this year?

  • Hmm this is a tough one. I have so many books that I want to read this year that I think are going to be good that it’s hard to choose just one. Maybe Paper Towns by John Green, Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs, or Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks.

What is your must play song right now?

  • Style- Taylor Swift
What’s your must see movie of 2015? 
  • I have a list: Mockinjay pt. 2, The Duff, Paper Towns, and Insurgent.  
Favorite social site? 
  • Goodreads

My Questions: 

  1. What is the story behind your blog name? 
  2. What blogs do you check daily? 
  3. What is your favorite quote? 
  4. Who is your favorite author? 
  5. If your life were a movie, who would play you?  
  6. Do you have a full-time job or is blogging your full-time job?  
  7. Who is your favorite band? 
  8. What is your favorite song right now? 
  9. Do you have any pets? 
  10. What is your favorite season and why?  
  11. Where do you hope to be in one year? 

My Nominations: 
Be sure to check out these blogs!

Victoria at Addlepates & Book Nerds
Katie Michelle at Kittens and Books
Laura at Blue Eye Books
Michelle at Stories Inside


Blog Tour, Author Chat, and Giveaway – Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs

Author Chat with C.C. Gibbs

How did you choose which genre to write in? 
I switch around to keep myself interested. I’ve written billionaire stories, historicals, romantic suspense and funny contemporaries. 
What do you do when you aren’t writing?
Read, take off for Northern California, lunch with friends, pester my family, and read some more. 
What was your inspiration for Power & Possession? 
A scene often appears as I’m finishing a book. It comes out of nowhere, with no explanation; it is just there in full color. This time it was Nicole and Rafe in bed at the sex club in Paris. 
Which part of Power and Possession was your favorite to write? 
When Nicole and Rafe first meet and are struck by intense, baffling emotions. Both had always subscribed to the philosophy “I don’t get attached” and now something unaccountable has happened. 
                                                            
POWER AND POSSESSION BY C.C. GIBBS
February 3, 2015; Forever E-Book; $4.99

Buy Links: 
Amazon //  B&N //  iBooks // GooglePlay // Kobo //  BAM

Overview

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender…
Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants- no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger- body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man- especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days- and nights- that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line- between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

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Excerpt

“Where are you staying?”
“At my uncle’s apartment.”
“Come to my place.” He folded his hands on the table, leaned forward a little, his gaze focused, her appeal powerful as a riptide, ignoring the fact that what he was about to say was messing with his head. “I’ll kick out everyone else.”
“Everyone else? Meaning?” She didn’t lack confidence, and he was notorious for his casual sexual encounters.
For some reason he didn’t mind her impertinence. “Only male friends. I never allow women to stay with me.” He smiled. “Until now. So how about it?”
“Sure, I’d like that.” And suddenly the summer takes an interesting turn. So far the boys of summer had been only mildly interesting. “But not for long.” She wrinkled her nose. “I have to go back to school in a couple of weeks.”
Rafe suddenly went still; her little nose twitch reminded him of a child. “Just for the record,” he murmured, “how old are you?” People graduated college at any age; he had at nineteen.
“Worried?” Nicole flashed him a grin. “How much does it matter?”
He scowled. “It matters.”
“Or?”
“Or you’re gone.”
“Now neither of us wants that,” she said, amusement in the blue of her eyes. “Do we?”
He didn’t move a muscle, even his breathing quieted. “Don’t,” he said, very softly. “No games.”
Nicole’s voice was lush with provocation. “Really? I’ve heard you like games.”
“You heard wrong.” He held her gaze for a moment, then sighed. “Tell me your age or get the fuck out.” Hand of fate or not, he didn’t do stupid.
“Twenty-two.” Her brows rose in perfect arcs.
“So, are we seeing blue skies and rainbows once again?” Honeyed sarcasm dripped from each word. “Or do I find someone else at this party to entertain me?”
Rafe’s smile slowly unfurled and his eyes took on a predatory glow. “Am I your captive?”
“You are.” Smoothly rising from his chair, he strode toward the door. “Now I’m going to lock the door, then fuck you till morning.”
“And then what?”
Whoa. The unmistakable note of demand in her voice brought him to a stop. He turned. “I’m sorry, did you say something?”
She met his insolent gaze and smiled. “I said- and then what?… As in afterward.”
Audacious or foolhardy? Fascinating certainly. He winked. “Afterward, you can tell me your name. How’s that?”
She winked back. “I’ll think about it.”
He went very still. “Is this a contest?”
“I hope not,” she murmured, gazing at him from under her long, dark lashes. “I hope I get what I want.”
“Which is?”
“Do you need a list?”
“Do you know what you’re doing?” Unsure whether it was anger or lust igniting his senses, his voice took on a raspy edge and his golden gaze turned cold.
“I can’t answer that definitively, but right now it looks like your dick knows what it’s doing,” she noted, with a languid lift of her hand.
He looked at her for a moment. A woman had never taunted him before and he wanted to pick her up and shove his dick so far up her pussy he’d need a road map to get out.
“Don’t,” she said, very, very softly. “This could be really good… mind-blowing in fact. You have to know that.”
“Fuck you,” he whispered, shifting his stance enough to ease the pressure on his erection.
“Anytime… Just not that way, okay?”
He dragged in a ragged breath. “Don’t tell me what to do.”
She held his gaze, unflinching. “Nor you me.”
A smile slowly overcame his discontent as he held her contentious stare. “Why don’t we see?” he said very gently. “You might like it after all.” Then he reached back, turned the key in the lock, slid it into his pocket, and moved toward her. 

About the author: 
C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of New York Times bestselling author Susan Johnson. She divides her time between the Midwest and Northern California, and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein and researching books is great fun!

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Giveaway
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Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs- Review and Giveaway

Title: Power and Possession
Author: C.C. Gibbs 

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: February 3, 2015

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Stand Alone: Reckless #1

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender…
Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants- no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger- body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man- especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days- and nights- that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line- between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

Review: 

This is a spin-off series from C.C. Gibb’s All or Nothing series. I have not read that series so I’m going into this series without any knowledge of the characters that crossover.

The story starts with Nicole and her bestie, Fiona, in Europe for vacation where they want to experience it all, including hooking up with whomever they want. They end up at a mega yacht party hosted by none other than the billionaire playboy Rafe Contini. Nicole stumbles into his suite by accident while searching for a bathroom. The sparks that fly between them are instantaneous and undeniable.

Rafe has a reputation for hooking up with numerous women with no commitment, no strings, no promises, and most of the time no names. The moment Nicole walks into his suite, his world shifts and he is no longer looking for just a one-night stand. Nicole, however, isn’t afraid to speak her mind and tell him no, which doesn’t sit well with Rafe who is used to only hearing yes. The days that follow test them and their ability to keep this just a fling.

I like how Nicole holds her own and doesn’t just give in to everything he says. She argues with him about almost everything he says but she’s so independent and isn’t going to just be submissive like he expects her to be. At the same time, some of the things she argues about are not things that just really matter. Rafe can be hypocritical when it comes to who she’s slept with and doesn’t like talking about who he’s slept with.

I really enjoyed the story line where they struggle to decide whether to listen to their feelings or not. I think that happens a lot in real life. Some people are afraid to put themselves out there and just see what happens with the person who basically changes their world.

My favorite scene would have to be when they are in a sex club. This book is definitely steamy and sexy. I’m a fan of how C.C. Gibbs writes and look forward to reading more of her stories.

Rating: 4 stars


Giveaway: 

Forever (Grand Central Publishing) is currently having a giveaway for 10 digital copies of the e-book which you can find here.

Thanks to the kindness of Forever (Grand Central Publishing), I have an ADDITIONAL DIGITAL COPY to giveaway.

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Be A Better Blogger February Challenge

The Be a Better Blogger Challenge is hosted Brittany at Book Bumblings. Unfortunately I missed out on January’s challenge but I will be joining for February.

The challenge for February is to create a blogging schedule. I know I definitely need help with this mainly because I still don’t entirely know what I’m doing. Right now I just write posts as they come to me and the only ones that are actually scheduled are the ones for ARCs that I’ve finished but it’s too early to post the review for. So my goal for this month is to create a consistent schedule so that I don’t have to worry about what to post each day.

Update: I’ve started using Trello to help me organize what I want to post. I still haven’t gotten in the hang of scheduling my posts but it’s a work in progress. I’m going to continue working on getting my schedule set up. I think once I find a paper calender that I like, it will be a lot easier to do this.

4 Reasons I Loved Paper Towns by John Green

Let me start by saying this is the first audio book I have ever listened to. I must say I enjoyed it immensely and have started looking for other audio books to listen to.

This is the second book by John Green I’ve read and I must say it did not disappoint. Some people complain that Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska are too similar. Being that Looking for Alaska is the only other book of his I have read, I can see why they say that; however, I feel like the characters have similar traits but the stories are very independent of one another.

Reasons I loved it: 

1. Margo Roth Spiegelman is a criminal genius! I don’t necessarily agree with her ethics, but I must say that I wish I had thought of some of the pranks she pulled when I was in high school. The fact that she plans it in full detail beforehand is what makes it so genius.
2. The idea of “paper towns” is a big part of this book. I had never given much thought to what that might mean until about halfway through the book. The way Margo describes Orlando as a “paper town” made me really think about what it all meant and how there are “paper towns” and “paper people” all around us.

“Here’s what’s not beautiful about it: from here, you can’t see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.”   

3. The friendship between Quentin, Ben, and Radar is a realistic friendship that you don’t see very often in books. The way they mess with each other and talk to each other is how I talk to my friends.

“Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is actually used to cut diamonds,” I added. Radar tapped a locker twice with his fist to show his approval, and then came back with another, “Ben, getting you a date to prom is so hard that the American government believes the problem cannot be solved with diplomacy, but will instead require force.” 

4. There is a pretty epic road trip involved.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want to Read in X Genre. Since I don’t feel like I’m well read in any genre I am going to do the Top Ten Books I Want to Read in Contemporary Romance. Here is my list:

Feels Like Home by Evelyn Adams
Breathe for Me by Natalie Anderson
The Look of Love by Bella Andre
Across the Creek by Jeremy Asher
A Starstruck Kiss by Lauren Blakely
Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby
Reckless by Skye Jordan
Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige
Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
If You Stay by Courtney Cole
What are your top ten books? Leave me a link to your post so I can read yours. 

Book Review: Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox

Title: Heart of Fire
Author: Mary Lennox

Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance

Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication Date: January 31, 2015 

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

King Nicholas Rostov vows to protect his beloved country from both Napoleon’s troops and the Brotherhood, a band of terrorists threatening his borders. When the mysterious slave, Sera, saves him from an assassination attempt, Nicholas brings her home with him, ostensibly to protect her. Little does Nicholas know that Sera is a princess in disguise. On the run from Anatole Galerien, who is determined to kill her, she is on a desperate quest to retrieve the stolen Heart of Fire, the magnificent ruby that hides her magical kingdom from the outside world. Now, a pampered prisoner in Nicholas’s castle, Sera feels her magical powers growing at an alarming rate. Without her grandfather’s help, she must learn to understand and control them before she shakes the very foundations of Nicholas’s castle.

In this frightening land of strangers, war looms and danger lurks everywhere. As Sera struggles to keep her secrets, find the ruby, and master the magic inside her, she instinctively turns to the compelling captor who overwhelms her with his strength and confounds her with his comfort.
But what good can come from loving an outlander when her very survival depends upon her fleeing this brutal world and returning home?

Review: 

Nicholas is a king who wants to protect his country from Napoleon. When a slave girl saves his life, he demands her ownership papers and takes her with him. Sera is just trying to find the Heart of Fire, a magnificent ruby that hides her magical kingdom of Arkadia from the rest of the world. Some people look down on her for being a “Hill person” and don’t realize that she holds the key to saving the kingdom. Her powers are growing alarmingly fast and she doesn’t know how to control them without her grandfather. Nicholas realizes that she is no ordinary slave and gives her a title and some land so that he can keep her close to him in the castle. Before long they start to fall for each other without realizing the danger that lies ahead.

This book was absolutely incredible. I didn’t want to put it down and ended up staying up until 2 am to finish it. It was worth it though since it did not disappoint. The romance is very subtle when it needs to be and there is an excellent story line to follow.

Rating: 5 stars

Weekly Book Recap

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey.

Last week I participated in A Winter’s Respite Read-A-Thon. I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked though.

What I Wrote:

Finished Reading: 
Playing Doctor by Kate Allure (Netgalley)
Look for my review later this week. 
Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox (Netgalley)
Look for my review later today. 

Paper Towns by John Green (Audio) 
Look for my review tomorrow.
Currently Reading: 

Columbine by Dave Cullen
I hope to finally finish this book in the next few days. 
Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs (Netgalley)
This book will be published on February 3rd.
**Be sure to check back on Wednesday Feb. 4th for my review, a giveaway, and an author chat with C.C. Gibbs.**
Reading Next:
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson (Netgalley)
Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi (Netgalley)

#2015HW Reading Assignment Challenge Sign Up

This challenge is hosted by Berls at Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle at Because Reading

This is the last challenge I’m signing up for I promise! I’m going to aim for level 4 which is 33 books (3 books/ month) with 3 extra credits and 1 pass. Here is my list:

  1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green  February 
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy March
  3. The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green February
  5. Candide by Voltaire
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman March
  7. Against the Wall by Julie Prestsater
  8. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  9. From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller
  10. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  11. The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner
  12. Caversham’s Bride by Sandy Raven
  13. Back in the Saddle by K. F. Breene
  14. Cry of the Peacock by V. R. Christensen
  15. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  16. No Turning Back by Casey Peeler
  17. The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport
  18. Lost and Found by Nicole Williams March 
  19. Every Little Piece by Kate Ashton
  20. The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie
  21. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  22. Breathe For Me by Natalie Anderson
  23. The Genius by Theodore Dreiser
  24. The Island by Jen Minkman
  25. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  26. Only One Night by Karen Baker
  27. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  28. In Between by Jenny B. Jones
  29. Kissing in the Dark by Wendy Lindstrom
  30. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  31. Heiress Without a Cause by Sara Ramsey
  32. After Math by Denise Grover Swank
  33. Scandal by Carolyn Jewel
I used my pass in February. 

My First Experience With Audio Books #Papertowns

I’ve waited a long time to try audio books because I just wasn’t sure I would be able to listen to one and not miss anything. Also, there is just something about actually reading a book and I felt that by listening to an audio book I was going to be cheating myself of being able to enter the fantasy land that is a book. I am visiting my parents this weekend and it’s a 4 hour drive one way so I decided to finally give an audio book a try.

I decided to do the audible free trial to get a free audio book and see if I like them. I went with Paper Towns by John Green. I just recently read my first John Green novel and instantly fell in love with his writing style. You can see my review for Looking for Alaska here.

I’ve only listened to about half of the book so far and I must say that I am delighted with it! I was completely wrong about audio books. Not only can I connect with the characters but hearing it in someone else’s voice allows me to feel like I am right there with them. As I head back to my home on Sunday I will be listening to the remainder of Paper Towns so look for my review on Monday.

What was your first experience with audio books like? Have you tried them? Or are you like me and scared to try them? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.