Friday, November 14, 2014

Pieces of my Heart (Pieces #2) by Jamie Canosa Blog Tour {Review + Giveaway}





**Warning: Contains spoilers


Kiernan Parks settled all the scores. He finished what he set out to do and then . . . he left.

He left Jade. Heartbroken and weary. Existing one day to the next. One breath after another. The only way she knew how to move forward, forever missing a piece of her heart. Until an unexpected surprise throws her volatile life into upheaval, once more.

He left Caulder. Guilt-ridden and grieving. Fighting to hold it all together. Not just for himself, but for the people he cares about. Staggering under the weight of his obligations.

He left them alone.

He left them together.

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MY REVIEW



Even though it’s been awhile since I read the first book, emotional swelled up at soon as I started reading the first page. All the moments from the first book kept running through my mind and they still cut deep. I knew from the first chapter that I was going to be an emotional mess by the end of the book. I was not disappointed and looked a wreck by the end. Jamie Canosa writes a powerful story that packs an emotional punch.

So every now and then I read a book that just blows me away and Pieces of my Heart is one of those books. I don’t think any other book has made me feel like this one has. This series is beautiful and if you haven’t read the first in the series I recommend you start it. But beware you will need to have tissues and something cuddly to hold…like a cat or stuffed animal….I have a wolf. I’m pretty sure after reading this book I looked a hot mess, no I know I looked awful. I cried all over myself and if I wasn’t reading it in the early morning I would have screamed a little. This just wasn’t a sad story though; it was about trying to pick yourself up and realizing that you just might need help. The characters in the story learned a lot about themselves throughout the story and I don’t think they knew they had the strength to pick themselves up.

I don’t really want to spoil anything about the first book, so I’m going to try and tread lightly on what I say. Jade also called Angel by Caulder is falling apart and doesn’t know if she can pick up the pieces. She is trying but she doesn’t know how much longer she can go on like this. As soon as she starts showing a semblance of life, someone enters her life that she never expected to see. This starts another downward spiral that Jade might not make it back from.

Caulder is keeping everything bottled up inside and trying to be strong for everyone, but it is killing him. His grades aren’t what they should be and he hasn’t really been doing anything. He can never forget Jade though. He wants to be there for her and for her to want him there. He knows he shouldn’t care about her the way he does, but there is just something about her. Kiernan broke both of their hearts into little pieces.
 I loved Caulder in this book and I hate to say it but he may have stolen my heart more than Kiernan did. He was so emotional in this book when he was so hard in the first. Caulder is more than just a pretty face and body.

What happens when you put two people together that have broken hearts? Maybe they just might make a whole.  

Overall: Piece of my Heart will always be a part of my heart and I will always remember it. I plan to read it again and again. This book may be dark and gloomy most of the time but it’s inspirational as well. This is a must read of 2014!!!

5 STARS









 Author Info:
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cats, the bird, and the rabbit.


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Broken Lights by Dianna Hardy {Cover Reveal/Blurb Reveal + Giveaway}








Broken Lights
A brand new, fast-paced, standalone, contemporary romance
from Dianna Hardy

Norman Smithson is at the end of the line. His wife left him, women don't look at him, he was made redundant, and at forty, he could be just that little bit slimmer. He would be a has-been if he'd ever been a 'was' in the first place. He's not the Alpha male of the 21st century – or of any century. He was the chubby oddball who used to sit silently at the back of the class so he wouldn't get picked on.

Rosa is a dreadlocked, tattooed and pierced twenty-something, who uses her image as armour to keep everyone away from every broken thing about her. But her past is about to catch up with her … at the exact moment Norman finds himself in completely the wrong place, at the worst possible time.

One gunshot, one scramble for life, one unlikely couple, one very long night … can one damaged woman and one ordinary man, find the extraordinary in the very last second they're given?

Broken Lights is a standalone story of what's really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left.

Expected release date: 15th January, 2015
Because of the Christmas period before release date, this title may not be eligible for pre-order, so mark your diaries for the 15th January!

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Author Bio


Dianna Hardy is the international bestselling author of The Witching Pen series and the Eye Of The Storm series. She combines a titillating mix of contemporary and paranormal romance in to her writing, as well as urban and dark fantasy, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast- paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes full-length novels and short fiction.

She lives in Surrey, UK, with her partner and their daughter, where she writes full time.





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International contest, ends midnight (GMT) on Monday 17th November, 2014.
Winner picked by Dianna, and announced and contacted on Monday 17th November.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stacking the Shelves + Update



Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which we share the books we are adding to our shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 
Hey peeps, it’s Stacking the Shelves time again. It's been awhile since I posted one of these. Actually its been awhile since we posted anything. I'm in school right now and it's taking up all my time and Ryan just got a job, so she doesn't have anytime. I have a few reviews written up and a few more to read. Hopefully I'll be able to post them soon.  Anyways I wanted to let y'all know what's going on and I really hope we start posting more regularly. We Love blogging and we love y'all, so I hope you stick around. :D And don't forget to show us some love by leaving us a comment and leaving a link to your STS. Read on peeps, read on!!!!!




Tiffany’s Stack

Won: Swag/Books


Darkness Bound by J.T. Geissinger 
Be With Me by J. Lynn




The Highlander's Desire by Margo Maguire 
The Warrior Laird by Margo Maguire






Post card sent from Amy Miles. :D

Swag from Nad├Ęge Richards. She is the BEST!! <3

Visions by Lauren Klever



Valley of Dust by Karoleen Vry Brucks 
Won from Lady Amber @Lady Amber's Tours







 Bought:


Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown 
Heart of the Wolf by Dianna Hardy


 Traded:


Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock 
Burned by Ellen Hopkins 
Coveted by Shawntelle Madison

Cured by Bethany Wiggins 
She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond 
Traded with Jessica @Crossroads reviews 

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris 
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine 
Traded with Montana @The Book Belles





Ryan’s Stack

Won: Swag/Books



Playing with Fire by Cynthia Eden 
Evidence of Passion Cynthia Eden











 For Review:


The Circuit by Rhett C. Bruno


Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

Win the Rings by K.D. Van Brunt


The Calling by Ashley Lynn Willis

This is just a portion of what we have received and bought. More to come at a later date. :D 


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Highland Hunger by Eliza Knight Blog Tour {Review}






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Publication Date: September 18, 2014
Knight Media, LLC.
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 278

Genre: Historical Romance

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***ALL FIVE GAMES!!!***

 An unclaimed land in the Scottish isles is ruled by the male and female victors in a series of war games every five years. Named Chief and Lady of the land, they rule the vast holding, and protect the people by divine right, until the next game begins.

After her brother's death Ceana is named laird. The only way for her clan to survive the ravages of the Highlands is to join in the war games. Bastard son of a powerful earl, Macrath is placed in the games by his vengeful stepmother. He must survive for the ultimate retribution.

Ceana can't afford to like the formidable, captivating, Highlander who seems to be following her, and yet she can't seem to walk away. Macrath wants nothing more than to protect the enchanting warrior lass, but doing so may get in the way of his need for revenge. What starts out as a race to survive turns into passion to endure together.

May the gods be forever in their favor...

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MY REVIEW!



Ceana's brother was just murdered and now she has become Laird. Their clan has always had hard times and she plans to change that by entering the war games. Macrath, is not entering the games by his own choice, but he is going to prove a point, he is a survivor and he wants to live to spite his hateful stepmother. They are two unlikely allies and yet they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Ceana is the reason and Macrath is the strength and hopefully together they can survive the games.

There can only be one female victor and one male victor, let the games begin.


Highland hunger starts off with how the games came to be. Make sure you read this because it will be mention throughout the book, and if you don’t read it you will have no clue what they are talking about.

This book had me at Highland war games. How cool is that….ok people getting killed isn’t cool…but you know what I mean :P It’s like The Hunger Games, but with highlanders and games that surpassed what The Hunger games dished out. The games in this book were horrible and yeah some of it was torture…. Some of the things that happened to the character outside of the games were hard to read about, especially Macrath. I wanted to scream at the injustice!  This book was brutal and you better have a strong stomach before you read this. It was entertaining to boot, but yeah tough stuff. There are a lot of side characters they play huge roles in the book and I really came to like some of them and wept for them. One death was particularly hard on me because one I felt sorry for him and the other was I cared about him. It was a horrible way to die. This book was combined to include all five games, but there is till more to come. YAY! I want to read more Macrath and Ceana. I will definitely be on the look out for the new book and will be checking out Eliza Knights other books, her writing style is one I like. It was easy to read and flowed smoothly. I’ve been reading books lately that I have to pause and think about who said what. This book was a pleasant relief. I recommend this book for readers that are 18+ that liked The Hunger Games, but make no mistake this is not the Hunger Games, you have been warned.  

May you read this book and love it. :D

So let’s talk about the games. There are five games that each contestant must go through, that is if you survive all of them. At the end there will be one female and one male that will be victors. What do they win if they survive? They will wed and become chief and lady over all the land for five years. After the five years is up they can step down from the position and go back to their original clan or they can enter the war games again. Sounds pretty simple right, but it is far from it. Each of the games will test your strength, endurance, mental, and your will to live.  


Overall: Highland Hunger was full of horrifying war games, sadistic characters, and dare I say it, romance.

Ceana starts off as a strong female character with her mighty bow, but that slowly dies down when she reaches the games. She still talks a big game and does show some grit, but Macrath usually does everything for her. That’s the only problem I had with the book. She is really likeable though and I wanted her to succeed.

Macrath is gruff, fierce and a mighty warrior. I pity the fool that has to go up against him. Lol I see him as being ruggedly handsome, like Russell Crowe. He puts on a strong face, but at one point he was broken. He didn’t stay down for long and that only made him that much stronger.

4 STARS





 About the Author


Eliza KnightE. Knight is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America and several RWA affiliate writing chapters: Hearts Through History, Celtic Hearts, Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers. Growing up playing in castle ruins and traipsing the halls of Versailles when visiting her grandparents during the summer, instilled in a love of history and royals at an early age. Feeding her love of history, she created the popular historical blog, History Undressed (www.historyundressed.com). Under the pseudonym Eliza Knight, she is a bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author of historical and erotic romance.

For more information please visit E. Knight’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

 

Highland Hunger Blog Tour Schedule


Monday, October 20
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 21
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, October 22
Interview at Romance Book Junkies

Thursday, October 23
Guest Post at Back Porchervations

Monday, October 27
Interview at Room with Books

Tuesday, October 28
Spotlight at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Wednesday, October 29
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Friday, October 31
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Saturday, November 1
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, November 3
Review at Historical Romance Lover

Tuesday, November 4
Review at Book Marks the Spot

Wednesday, November 5
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!
Guest Post at Boom Baby Reviews

Thursday, November 6
Guest Post at SOS Aloha

Friday, November 7
Review at Journey with Books
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews




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