Welcome to week two of my summer feature, the Summer of Indie Author Features! Take advantage of this awesome event! This is a great opportunity to discover some books that may not have been on your radar before. Who knows, you could find you next favorite author or book!
This week meet Karen-Anne Stewart! Find Karen-Anne on: Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Website/Blog
Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post of Karen-Anne's book, Saving Rain!
Below is my spin on a typical Q&A. I like to mix in a few fun questions with the more typical ones. Just having fun getting to know the author behind the book! Thank you Karen-Anne for taking the time to answer them all!
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: Octover 12, 2010
Pages: 503 (Hardcover)
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: YA Paranormal
Review Date: Recorded April 2013
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
Throwback Thursday | Review Edition: The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity, by Wm. Paul Young (Audiobook)
Throwback Thursday is my weekly feature which I created to post a review that I've written from the past. Every week I will post a review that I've written prior to my blogs existence. I'll be sharing both the books that I think you'd enjoy and the books that I should warn you against wasting your time on! ;-)
Recently I've been feeling that I want to really keep myself in a positive frame of mind. I thought to share this book because it will motivate you and you'll feel great after reading it. My regular readers know that this is not the type of book that I usually read, but I really felt this had a great story, delivered in a non-preachy way. I especially recommend it in the audio format. Check it out!
Publisher: Windblown Media
Release Date: July 1. 2007
Format: Audio CDs
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: Christian Fiction
Original Review Date: March 8, 2011
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his "Great Sadness," Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
Honestly, this book really surprised me. When this book was chosen as a book club read, I almost set myself up not to like it. I really dislike the feel of being “preached “ to, for lack of a better word. In addition, in general, I’m not a huge fan of Christian fiction. I really didn't want to read it, so I ended up borrowing the audio version from the Library. I thought, I can at least listen on my drive to and from work. I ended up listening on my lunch hour too!
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself.
Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets.
To say this book was drama filled is putting it lightly. It was also sort of predictable. Stolen was the one of the most twisted and crazy book I've read in a long while. This was so - single white female (remember that movie?), but not in the way you'd think. I felt so bad for Shay, seriously, this woman can not catch a break!
"Book Haul Tuesday” is my weekly post where I take a peek at the newly released fiction books of the week and post the books which I’ve added to my forever growing “To Be Read” list. I hope to introduce you to some interesting books and talented authors that you haven't read yet. Hopefully I'll motivate you to run out and pick up a new release or two for your shelf or reader!
In addition to my book recommendation(s), of course, I'll show off any books I've hauled in the last week. My book haul is all about sharing the books I've added to my lovely shelves, which can be physical or virtual.
What's in my book haul?
I'm currently on a "no buy", and I didn't get any galleys, but I did spot a few new books for my TBR list!
Did you haul any books this week? If so, please share!
Featured Book: The Wedding Date (Sexy Romance Novella)
New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella
For Mature Audiences 18+ due to strong language and sexual content
Blurb: Jason Tuckerman is tired of being the single guy at the family functions, but the only woman he wants on his arm is engaged to another man. His brother's wedding is in two weeks, and he wishes his best friend, Whitney Ryan, would go with him.
After moving to New York to be with her fiancé, Brent, he breaks up with her! Now Whitney's stuck in a lease with a man who doesn't want her, and can't see any way out. She's drowning her sorrows at a bar when she thinks of Jason, and after too many cocktails, decides to give him a fateful call.
Giveaway time! Enter to win 1 of 3 ebook copies of Yolanda's novella, The Wedding Date! On a mobile device? Enter here!
Hey fellow Armchair BEA bloggers!
This is it, the last post of the event! I'm so glad that I decided to participate this year. I wasn't able to post on every topic, but I did pretty well! I'm excited to have found some new blogs and read tons of opinions on many subjects! I had a blast reading everyone else's blogs.
It was indeed fun writing a little bit about myself, my blog and of course my favorite type of books, fiction!
I'm not sure how to measure success with Armchair BEA, but I did get a few new visitors and even some commenting, which is very cool. Thanks to all who visited and commented. I hope you found something here that you enjoyed.
Though I had fun participating in Armchair BEA, I may not see you all in 2014 because I plan on going to BEA for the first time! But do come again and stop by to see what reviews, features and opinions I'll be posting next!
Check out my other previous Armchair BEA posts!
Keeping it Real, Fresh and Fun | Genre: From Picture Books to Young Adult | Genre: Literary Fiction | Paths To Becoming a Better Blogger | Genre: Genre Fiction | Introductions
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