Waiting on Wednesday {95}: Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. This week's can't-wait-to-read pre-publication book is: Trouble is a Friend of Mine.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

by Stephanie Tromly

Publication date: August 4, 2015

From NetGalley:

Sherlock meets Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller's Day Off in this story of a wisecracking girl who meets a weird but brilliant boy and their roller-coaster of a semester that's one part awkward, three parts thrilling, and five parts awesome

When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He's rude and he treats her like a book he's already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Digby--annoying, brilliant and somehow attractive?--has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to an investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.

When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can't say no. Digby gets her, even though she barely gets herself. But is Digby a hero, or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exercise his own obsessive compulsive tendencies?

A romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a crime novel where catching the crook isn't the only hook, a friendship story where they aren't even sure they like each other--this is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you've ever met.

Welcome to the #ExcusetoRead read-a-thon! :D

Hi, all! Welcome to EXCUSE TO READ read-a-thon, day one!!!! :D Are you excited to get some reading done? I sure am! 

Today, July 28th, we're showing off the books we've chosen to read over the course of the week. I've chosen a LOT of books, and though it's not likely I'll finish them all, I wanted a nice variety of YA so I can read according to my mood. Here they are:

My official Excuse to Read TBR
A quick breakdown:

Goose (Paper Aeroplanes, #2)GOOSE (Paper Aeroplanes, #2) by Dawn O'Porter (eARC) 

Why I'm reading it:
 I need to read this before it's no longer available on NetGalley (end of August). I've never read anything by her before, but the description of GOOSE drew me in and I wanted to know more. I actually had no idea that this is actually book two until I was setting up this post, so now I suppose I should read Paper Aeroplanes first!

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The Westing GameTHE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin 

Why I'm reading it: 
I came across this in the 99 Cent Store, and it looked like a great, fun mystery. Not what I usually read, which is why I'm quite excited about it! :) 

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Looking for AlibrandiLOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI by Melina Marchetta

Why I'm reading it:

Two words: Melina Marchetta.
Jellicoe Road.
Lumatere Chronicles.
(oh wait, that's six.)
I love Melina's writing, and have heard great things about Looking For Alibrandi.  

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Falling into PlaceFALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang (ARC)

Why I'm reading it:
Because I've wanted to for a long time (the premise, young age of the author, and cover had me curious) and finally recently received a copy from Britt (@Kalebsmome) using the #booksfortrade on Twitter! :D 

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A Strange Machine (Timeloopers, #1) A STRANGE MACHINE (Time Loopers, #1) by Dan Rix

Why I'm reading it:
Mainly because ever since reading Myra McEntire's Hourglass &Timepiece, Loop & Twist by Karen Akins, and Nicole Zoltack's The Test of Time, I've been looking for more time travel books! This series looks fun, and I'm always looking to add to my list of indie reads.  

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Tin Star (Tin Star, #1)TIN STAR by Cecil Castellucci (ARC)

Why I'm reading it: I've wanted this book in my hands ever since I saw the cover and read that it had to do with aliens. This is another ARC I got from Britt and #booksfortrade. 

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The Walled CityTHE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin (ARC)

Why I'm reading it: A) haven't read a dystopian in a while B) I love those three lines on the cover C) most of my GR friends have enjoyed it, and that's saying something! (Thanks again to Britt for this ARC! hehe)

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Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief, #1)MARK OF THE THIEF (Mark of the Thief, #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Why I'm reading it: After reading The Ascendance Trilogy (The False Prince, etc) by Ms. Nielsen, I've been looking forward to reading something else by her, so I pre-ordered Mark of the Thief not long after it was announced. Then it arrived, and... I never got around to reading it! :( 

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From the Wreckage (From the Wreckage, #1)FROM THE WRECKAGE (From the Wreckage, #1) by Michele G. Miller

Why I'm reading it: I came across this a while back on Amazon, and it's been sitting on my Kindle ever since. Basically, it looks good, has tons of great ratings, the author already has two more books in the series out (ACK!), and I'm tired of it taunting me on my screen!  

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And... that's my breakdown! WHEW!!!! I'm so excited to get started! 

***If you're participating in the read-a-thon, link up below so we can cheer each other on! If you would like to join in and read along with us, please do! THE MORE THE MERRIER! (Here's a little info that explains what's going on.)

July's #JLBgivesawayanINDIE: 2 time travel books, + go back to Shakespearean time w/a Romeo & Juliet DVD!

July's #JLBgivesawayanINDIE is not one but two of Nicole Zoltack's time travel standalones!!! As a BONUS, we're also giving away a DVD of the The Most Dangerous Love Story Ever Told (US only)! More about the DVD soon, but first, here's a little about Love Before Honor and The Test of Time:

Love Before Honor

Love Before Honor: 
Honor. Truth. Loyalty. Love. All of these matter most to Sir Gerald. To avenge his love's death, he challenges her murderer to a duel. Her twin, however, feels that Alice never loved Gerald and gives him a tea. Alice had also given him teas, which enhanced his love for her, but this tea is different. This tea sends him to into the future, to the Regency era.

Lady Vanessa seeks a Christmas treat when she hears something outside the manor. Upon investigation, she sees a man dressed in armor. Unwilling to turn away a confused man with the approaching holiday, she convinces her parents to house Gerald until the new year.

Scandal has forced her parents to accept William as their daughter's best chance at marriage. Although rich, he does not understand her or her love of books and only sees her for her looks, whereas Gerald listens to her, confides in her and she him. With the approaching holiday, nothing is certain - not whether Gerald can discover a way back to his duel, whether he can move on from Alice, and not whether this Christmas will be a happy one for either Gerald or Vanessa.

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The Test of Time

The Test of Time: Katia jumps at the chance to go to England with her best friend after Rose ditches her deadbeat boyfriend. While walking through the market, she spies a large mansion and recognizes the guy out front as her high school friend Tony. Just as they start to reconnect, Katia passes through times and lands in the arms of Lord Landon, who looks like Tony but certainly doesn’t act like him.

Soon, Katia learns that this 1815 is different from the one in history books. Trapped in a parallel world, Katia struggles to not fall for Landon but his charm proves too much for her. Just when she is about to confess her love for him, Katia travels through time yet again.

The course of love never did run smooth and if Katia can’t figure out and master the test of time, she’ll never see or friends again, or worse, never be reunited with Landon.

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Romeo & Juliet dvd cover

As mentioned earlier, not only are we giving away two time travel romance e-books, but we're also giving away a DVD of the ULTIMATE romance: Romeo & Juliet! Woohoo!

This #JLBgivesawayanINDIE lasts for two weeks, and is US only. 

Here's the Rafflecopter! :D

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EARLY READER PROGRAM INFO (#ARCs #bookbloggers #reviews)

It's official: I've decided to do something different regarding new releases and book reviews. Usually, eARCs (electronic advanced reader copies) are sent out to readers interested and willing to read and review (R&R) a book before or not long after it comes out; and then a few hardcopies are given to either people out of the US, or readers interested in reviewing later on, once the book has already been released.

But lately... I've been feeling like it's time to get back to actual, physical copies. There's nothing like holding the book in your hands, flipping the pages, staring at the cover, reading the back flap, and being able to pass it along to another reader who might enjoy it.

I'm not saying that I will never henceforth from this moment on ever share eARCs again, but for now, with a few projects in the works and other things possibly happening next year, it's looking like physical ARCs are going to be my main MO.

Because of this, and due to the fact that ARCs cost money to both print and ship, I'm looking for readers who are genuinely interested in reading and reviewing my books to be a part of a Early Review group.

After figuring out the cost of doing this, it's become obvious that there has to be a limited amount of spots available. (Would I love to send everyone a book? Sure. But then, um, writing more books would be hard, because I'd still be trying to pay for those darn ARCs, so how would I get the next ones out?) Therefore, I'm asking that those who DO show interest in this program only do so if they think they will be able to read and review. (Not saying read and lie; please be honest about what you think.) 

My other stipulation to this group is that those accepted need to be aware of and agree upon the stipulation that while posting a review on Goodreads is lovely, it generally does not help an author make sales. Which means I will be requiring that those in the Early Review group post their review on either Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, The Book Depository, or iBooks. (Can be some of those, all of those, whatever, as long as you do at least one.)

If, after reading all of that, you're still down to be an Early Reader (I sure hope so!) please FILL OUT THIS FORM. Those accepted into the program will be contacted in the next few weeks. Thank you in advance for your interest in my work! 

Have a blessed weekend!

Waiting on Wednesday {94}: This Raging Light

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. This week's can't-wait-to-read pre-publication book is: This Raging Light.

This Raging Light

This Raging Light

by Estelle Laure

Publication date: December 22, 2015

From Goodreads:

The novel follows a teenager and her younger sister as they try to deal with their mother’s sudden disappearance. Things become further complicated when older sister Lucille falls for her best friend’s brother. The publisher said the book is a “luminous portrait” of two young girls enduring hardship.

Get If I Speak True (Flora, 1) for only 99 cents!

Hi all,

Quick reminder post that If I Speak True is only 99 cents right now (link)! 

Remember, if you want to read what happens next (in Rowan's POV), the novella, By Sun & Candlelight (Flora 1.5) is always 99 cents also (or, you can buy the entire Flora bundle: If I Speak True, By Sun & Candlelight, and Open Thy Heart for only $3.99)! 

Be blessed,


Waiting on Wednesday {93}: The Possibility of Now

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. This week's can't-wait-to-read pre-publication book is: The Possibility of Now.

The Possibility of Now

The Possibility of Now

by Kim Culbertson

Publication date: January 26th, 2016

From Goodreads:

About an overachieving 16-year-old who flees her elite private school after suffering a public anxiety attack that goes viral to live with her estranged father in Tahoe, CA, where, in her attempt to take a break from her high-pressure life, she becomes entangled with a group of skiers who force her to rethink much of what she's been taught - both about her own past and about the next right step.