Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Drowning in you by Rebecca Berto

 Title: Drowning in You
Author: Rebecca Berto
Expected release date: April 12, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult Cover
Reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
Add Drowning to Goodreads 
                                                                                                                                                                                    Secretly crushing

                                                                                                                                                                           Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.
When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.
But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

The premise sounds interesting. And I love the cover! It's very fresh and romantic. And the colors used, in my opinion, convey pretty much the tone of the story itself. Looking forward to reading this one.

About the Author

Rebecca Berto writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.
Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: FAKING IT by Cora Carmack

Hi, guys! How are you all?

Remember a few months ago when I participated on the blog tour of an amazing New Adult indie that then went and became a New York Times and USA Today's Bestseller? No? Here, let me remind you. It was Losing it, by Cora Carmack. (PS.: She's so nice!)

Now the blogger power has been called again for its companion novel, Faking It. This one is centered around Cade. If you've read the first novel, you might remember things didn't end up quite well for him. And he was so sweet! Aaw, I get all touchy about him. No, really. I do. I distinctly remember asking to read more about him the minute I was done with Losing It. I had to scroll through months of emails to give you proof of this, but here it is: "Cade left me curious, though. I'd like to read more about him if Cora ever decides to write about his post-Bliss life." This was dated Setember 22, 2012. I'm like.. psyquic or something.

And now, Faking It is a reality! As a reader, I cannot begin to tell you how happy this makes me. I feel like its long-distance crazy aunt. You know the one. The one that has no real influence whatsoever in your life other than pinching your cheeks every holiday and scolding you when you want more dessert, but when you make it big, she looks at you all teary-eyed and proud and points out that she always knew you were meant to be a star. That crazy aunt.

And now, I want you to forget all that rambling from before and concentrate real hard on what I'm about to show you. Ready?

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Faking It's cover! Isn't it pretty? I love it. It matches its predecesor perfectly. Cover-Cade is hot! And we already know he's super sweet. In case you are a non-believer (shame on you) here's the blurb:

Mackenzie "Max" Miller has a problem. 
Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, 
and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. 
Even worse, they're expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, 
not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. 
All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, 
but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. 
So far though, he's kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. 
When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request 
to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. 
But when Cade plays the role a little too well, 
they're forced to keep the ruse going. 
And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

Cover-Max looks just like I imagined her from the blurb. Given Cora's records, it's safe to say this one will be hilarious and romantic. If you haven't read Losing it, the paperback releases in the U.S. on February 26, 2013.

I am ridiculously excited about this book. June, be here already. Or not. I turn 23 in June so I'm conflicted.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Review - The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella

Publisher: Loveswept for Random House

Date of Publication: Out now.

Review Copy obtained from: Netgalley 

Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn't add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.

If you're a fan of Romance novels and feel like you've read everything the genre has to offer, then this book is definitely for you. 

It breaks the formula. You know the one, where the female protagonist is this vulnerable lady and along comes her Prince Charming/Sexy Highlander/Brooding Earl and rocks her world, transforming her into a Strong Woman, capable of speaking her mind, be in control, etc, ect.

The Reluctant Countess, Sophie, is a vulnerable young woman, yes. But she has a sense of responsibility and loyalty that makes her tough and fierce long before her Brooding Earl came in the picture. Of course, romance is important (and abundant), but I cannot stress enough how much I loved Sophie for being tough and brave long before Patrick showed up. When I learned her reasons for doing what she did, I loved her even more.

About Patrick... Oh, boy. He's the perfect match for Sophie. He lets her be who she is in spite of what every one thinks. He is afraid she'll be in danger, but he lets her make her own choices. Free will is hot, you guys.

There are plenty of funny moments, as well as perfectly developed secondary characters I wish I could see more of (I'm looking at you, Amelia and Stephen.)

In occasions, the story developed a bit slowly, but even then it was filled with humor and romance. It was also a little bit predictable in the beginning, but about half way something happened that made me wonder: "Where did that come from?" And from then on, adventure also makes an appearance. 

If you like stories with well-developed characters, humor, adventure and romance, you will enjoy The Reluctant Countess immensely.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Insecure Writer Support Group - When you think TOO much

For those of you who have no idea, the purpose of this group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. If you haven't yet, go check yourself in at Alex Cavanaugh's blog.

 In my IWSG post this February, I'd like to share a problem that plagues me in all aspects of my life, not just in my writing. I think too much. I took the Myers-Briggs test a few days ago, and even psychology says so.

"Their minds are constantly working to generate new theories.." or "is not naturally likely to tailor the truth so as to explain it in an understandable way to others." Yeah, sounds familiar. And that last one is particularly difficult to ignore when I'm writing. 

Inspiration vs. Implementation 


In my head, I have hundreds of different scenes for my books. When I sit down to write them, and my writing actually flows, I'm the happiest person you'd find. I get lost in my own ideas and there's nothing better than that. 

And sometimes, I hit a wall. I'm sure everyone here has been through something similar. I get unhealthily frustrated. I bark at passers-by. In short, I get kind of bitchy. (My sister is nodding along like I'm explaining the Origin of Universe to her, when all I'm doing is reading this post aloud, so I must be right about that.) 

Allow me to demonstrate with an example. I don't know of you've heard, but recently Sharon Bayliss organized a World-Building blogfest. And awesome idea, if you ask me. So I joined. And didn't post ONE day. Sharon, if you read this, forgive me. I have issues. I also have a couple of posts written, but I chickened out completely. But let me share a paragraph of post #1, in which we were supposed to explain Geography and Climate in our fantasy world: 

"My brain makes me wonder things like: "What would happen if the Earth wasn't round?", or "What would have happened if the Earth did not have the Moon? ", or "What would happen if the Earth was not tilted?" or "What would happen if the Earth did not have seasons?". The list goes on. It's like I never got over that annoying 4-6 year-old phase, when you want to know EVERYTHING and you have access to the Internet. Imagine trying to come up with whole alternate what-ifs for each of these questions and more. You might understand why I get stuck."

 So there. If you thought you have issues... I have beaten you with a baseball bat, my friend. 

The exercise I'm making myself do to try and solve this is to step away from every WIP I have and concentrate in solving all of these questions and more. I will most likely end up writing an Encyclopedia of Aragua. How cool would that be?

To resume... Brain: SHUT UP. I mean, not completely, just enough so I can actually write something.