REVIEW: The Sound Of Us (Radio Hearts #1) by Ashley Poston + Guest Post + Giveaway!

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TITLE: The Sound Of Us (Radio Hearts #1)
AUTHOR: Ashley Poston
PUBLICATION: Published December 19th 2013 by Bloomsbury Spark
GENRE: NA > Music | Contemporary
PAGES: 199pages (Kindle Edition)
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RATING: 4 ★★★★
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America’s favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She’s willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That’s a no-brainer…but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.

 

 

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“..falling in love is like hearing your favorite song for the first time. It’s something so unsuspecting, something so quiet, that you don’t realize it’s happening until it’s over, an all you is hear it again….”

We all have a band that EVERYBODY loves… except for you.

That is Rowan Holiday for Junie. His song irks her. Annoys her. So imagine them meeting… in a very awkward way. Let’s just say that there are underwear involve!!

Ooooh guys!! I love this story so much. It is precious!! First of all, it’s New Adult, a genre I am currently avoiding. But surprise surprise, this made me glad I gave it a chance. Second, it involves music!!!!! Does my exclamation point made my point? But not only music, it also involves hot swoony rock st- pop star. Third point, the heroine is me. Well not really, I don’t have pink hair and I’m still working on my Radio heart status.. so what i’m trying to say is that I really identify with her.

And we all know that an awesome heroine you like plus a good and fun storyline makes a good read, yeah?

I don’t even know what more to say other than it has a little bit of everything of what I’ve been looking for in a New Adult story. Yes, there’s sexy parts and it has a funny and a riot of characters, but this book has a lot of heart too. Poston’s characters are fleshed out. You relate to them and they’re hard to let go. This book brings you joy and ache but it leaves you inspired and with realizations to think about. My one lost star there is just because of the romance. I just felt so deprived! I just want more Roman and Junebug moments together. Like, together together.

I didn’t even had a hard time reading it, I finished it in one sitting and smiled and swooned and got teary eyed a little bit but when it came to the end, I had the biggest grin I could muster. Overall,The Sound Of Us is an engaging and poignant read. You read it. You’ll love it. And you’ll come back for more. Praise for Ashley Poston!

 

 

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Curious if Roman would like to KISS, KILL OR MARRY Adam Levine???! Read on below!

 

Hi Paula! Thank you so much for having me on your blog! The Sound of Us is pretty much the ultimate ode of meeting-the-musician-you-loathe (Yeah, you read that right!), Junie Baltimore would probably kill every post-1995 pop rock band in existence. But the band she hates the most is Roman Holiday, and she hates their singer, Roman Montgomery, the most. Almost as much as she hates hot sauce. Almost. So I thought we’d play Kiss, Marry, Kill with Junie and Roman with the Billboard’s Top Artists.

You’re welcome, Ashley! I am intrigued!!

 

Taylor Swift.
Junie: Kill.
Roman: Really? Kill? Isn’t that a little extreme?
Junie: What, you’d kiss her?
Roman: Um…
Junie: Oh, don’t tell me.
Roman: You know her song? The one with the—
Junie: Next question.

 

Sam Smith.
Junie: Kiss, he’s cute.
Roman: Yeah, kiss.
Junie: Really?
Roman: Well, I can’t have you kissing him alone.

 

Iggy Azalea.
Junie: Is that a plant?
Roman: No, you know the song? *stars humming “Fancy”*
Junie: Kill. Kill it with fire.

 

Meghan Trainor.
Roman: Kiss.
Junie: All about that bass, huh?
Roman: Next question.

 

Adam Levine.
Junie: Marry.
Roman: But he’s already married.
Junie: So? This is fictional, right? I’d also marry James Dean if I could.
Roman: *groans*

 

Katy Perry.
Roman: She’s cute.
Junie: Yeah in that oh-look-I-borrowed-Madonna’s-pointy-bra sort of way.
Roman: You’re just jealous.
Junie: Maybe.

 

Roman Montgomery.
Roman: I can’t kiss or marry myself, can I?
Junie: Well this is a game. Objectively, would you kiss, kill, or marry yourself?
Roman: I’m the best thing since deep-fried bacon, so I’d kiss AND marry myself.
Junie: Deep fried… That’s gross.
Roman: No, that’s genius. How about you?
Junie: What?
Roman: Would you kiss, marry, or kill Roman Montgomery?
Junie: I guess we’ll have to find out, won’t we?

 

 

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Having graduated from the University of South Carolina, Ashley Poston interned at Random House Publishers under Kodansha USA, where she edited the Sailor Moon manga and that was really, really, really cool. She wrote a play that won some award, and can quote every Motion City Soundtrack lyric by heart. She currently lives in South Carolina with her cat (aka her soul mate) and a plethora of books. When she’s not writing, she’s going to the movies (her second favorite past time) or taking extravagant road trips (her third favorite past time).

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Fire In The Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Fire In The Woods
AUTHOR: Jennifer M. Eaton
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Month9Books
GENRE: YA > Science Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 300pages (Kindle Edition)
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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally.

But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. But her father runs their house like an army barracks. and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere.

Ever.

So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David.

That doesn’t mean she won’t do it.

It just means she can’t get caught. Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part.

After all, she can’t really fall for a guy whose not exactly from here. As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.

FIRE IN THE WOODS is Star-Crossed meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind!

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Ooooh. ALIENS!!!

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Oh but he doesn’t look like that though. Yep, you guessed it. He’s Hot! Which is never really a bad thing (for me at least) This reminds me so much of Kyle XY and the start of Smallville. Are you guys familiar with that? A big unexplainable thing has exploded and the next thing you know there’s a weird and good looking guy hunching in the woods! To bad for Junie because her Dad is the head of the team that’s looking for your alien. That would really suck.

Fire In The Woods have a really interesting and intriguing plot. And I was pretty much invested the whole way even though it was a little slow for me. Jessy’s voice isn’t really that hard to understand and I just flowed throught out the story because of her easy and simple voice. David on the other hand left me with a big question mark. To say that I’m intrigued is an understatement. I want to know more. And by the way things ended, I’m pretty sure I’ll be devouring the next book when it comes out. WHO ENDS BOOK LIKE THAT???! Oh yeah… every author does.

The story is really well thought but it was a little slow for my liking. It took like 8 to 10 chapters before the real action happens. I know that it’s necessary for the characters to be introduced to us but I just think that it took so long that some chapters were just unnecessary. I was pressing the next button like crazy when things started moving though. I wanna know what happens next and where Jessy and and Davids relationship will go next.  Okay, so I’m really a big fan of the romance here (no surprise there, I guess) but really, even though it ended that way.. I’m rooting for this two. I shipped them form the stars no one will stop me now!

Overall, Fire In The Woods is a enjoyable Sci-Fi read for me. Though I had some little problems, I’m really looking forward for the sequel! Hot alien, quirky heroine and exciting plot.. what’s not to like?

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Jennifer M. Eaton

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Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.

Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.

Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Wonderfully Wicked by C.J. Burright + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Wonderfully Wicked (The Wicked series #1)
AUTHOR: C.J. Burright
PUBLICATION: Published May 13th 2014 by Swoon Romance
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 303pages (Kindle Edition)

 

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A dreamcaster with the ability to channel creatures from her nightmares, headstrong and cynical Kalila Montgomery longs for a peaceful, picket-fence life…until the man literally of her dreams kidnaps her. Survival quickly becomes her number one goal, yet a growing attraction to the man in her nightmares is impossible to ignore. While she fears he will kill her, other, more terrifying enemies surround her, and Kalila succumbs to his scheme to escape. She may be his one hope for freedom…A deadly combination of power, cunning, and cold-hearted charm, Lydon v’al Endrian fears nothing. Feels nothing. Chained to a brotherhood of men with the supernatural ability to invade dreams, he hunts dreamcasters to be harvested for their dreams and killed. His target: Kalila Montgomery. But Kalila awakens an undeniable dark desire and a longing for a freedom long-lost. To gain everything he craves, Lydon must seduce Kalila before his plot is discovered…a hopeless challenge which, if failed, will earn him a death-sentence. Caught up in a dangerous world of secrets and obsession, doubt and betrayal, Kalila and Lydon face the nightmare of their lives, where love will either deliver them—or destroy them both.

 


 

I am excited to have C.J on the blog today! Rad our fun interview below to learn more about her and her book, Wonderfully Wicked! Don’t forget to enter the fabulous giveaway!! <3

 

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Thank you for stopping by at Her Book Thoughts today, C.J! I’m so excited to have you! We’re excited to know you and your book better.
And thanks for having me! I’m super-psyched to be on Her Book Thoughts!!
Kalila is a very pretty name, can you share where or how did you come up with that and decided that as your protagonists name? Do you have a particular muse for Kalila? How about Lydon?
Originally, Kalila was Lily…until an editor told me I shouldn’t have two main characters with the same letter for their first names. I dunno. I thought Lily and Lydon sounded good together, but I took her advice. Since her nickname is Lils, I had to find a name to work in that arena, which narrowed my options quite a bit. I saw the name Kalila, and bam! I knew it was right.
I didn’t have a particular muse for Kalila, but it’s no secret I adore Alexander Skarsgård. Lydon definitely has some Alex physical characteristics going on.
 Which idea came first, writing about dreamcasters or writing in Paranormal/Fantasy genre? Is that the Genre that you’ve always wanted?
Definitely fantasy/paranormal! I’ve always been fascinated by all things medieval and magical (castles and swords – huzzah!), so combining the two loves of my heart with romance was a no-brainer. Although, I did stray from the medieval elements with Wonderfully Wicked and focused more on the paranormal. A combo of all three is my favorite type of tale!
 What is the hardest part in writing Wonderfully Wicked? And the most exciting part? Any particular moment in your writing process that you want to share?
The love scenes just slay me! I bet I could write five chapters of action to one love scene, no problem. I get all meticulous and study each word in love scenes to make sure the emotions and actions are perfect without being too mushy or cheesy. Slows a girl down, you know?
The most exciting part for me is the HEA. I love that moment when the characters both realize they’re meant for each other, can’t live without the other, and click into place. Sigh…
Your book is about a dreamcaster and a brotherhood of men known as V’alkara (which I personally just heard in this novel for the first time) What kind of research did you have to do to make the story seem believable?
Research? What’s that? 🙂 Actually, the only research I conducted surrounded nightmares and those who suffer from them. There are people out there who only dream in nightmares, which sucks for them! Sleep is such an important part of being healthy, both physically and mentally. This research led me on a tangent to sociopaths and I learned how some sociopaths have lesions on their brains. That interesting little tidbit winds up in Wonderfully Wicked.
 Is Wonderfully Wicked part of a series? Do you have any future projects that you can tell us about?
Yes! Wonderfully Wicked is the first book in The Wicked Series. I recently finished the rough draft of Beautifully Burned (Daxen’s story) and hope to have it polished up and off to my agent soon. The next story is already in my head and burning holes in my mind to get out. I also have another medieval fantasy that, if all goes well, will make it out into the book world next year *crosses fingers* and another NA fantasy stewing. So many stories, too little time!
 In three words, how can you describe Wonderfully Wicked?
 Dark steamy joyride. Shew! That was hard!
 What are you reading right now? Any author you’re currently following?
 I just finished Iced by Karen Moning last week (Karen Moning can do no wrong in my eyes) and I’m starting a fantasy romance by J.L. Madore, Ursa Unearthed. It’s the next in her Scourge Survivor series. I loved Blazed Ignites, so I’m excited to read more from Ms. Madore.
 Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Readers rock. Truly. Without readers who take a chance on new authors, the writing world would be a sad, lonely, curled-up-with-chocolate-in-the-closet-corner kind of place. To everyone who has taken the time to read Wonderfully Wicked: I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!

 

 

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C. J. Burright was born and raised in Oregon and loved it so much she never left. While she has worked for years in a law office, she chooses to avoid writing legal thrillers and instead leans toward urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or—since all things medieval and magic fascinate her—fantasy romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and Secretary for the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter, C. J. also has her 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and believes stories should always include a gratuitous fight scene. In what spare time she has, she enjoys working out, reading, gardening, and rooting on the Seattle Mariners with a nice glass of wine. She shares a house with her husband, daughter, and a devoted herd of cats.

 

 

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REVIEW: One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazki + Giveaway!

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TITLE: One, Two, Three (One, Two, Three #1)
AUTHOR: Elodie Nowodazki
PUBLICATION: Published June 26th 2014 by Createspace
GENRE: YA/NA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 296pages (paperback)
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When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

 

 

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I love ballerinas! I actually envy them. I know that what they do requires talent and skills. I’d be lying if I say that I didn’t dream of becoming one when I was younger. Our protagonist here, Natalya, is a beautifully broken girl who tries to deal with the aftermath of a tragic accident that has cost the life of her father and her dream of becoming a world class ballerina. And even though her mother is still alive, she feels like she also lost her too.

This book dealt with so much dark and painful topics. Alcohol, death, broken dreams.. I guess that’s why I liked it. Because with a plot like this, it’s hard to keep the readers reading without making them so emotionally drained that they have to stop reading. One, Two, Three has it’s light moments. And even with it’s hard and sad storyline, it’s full of hope!

It’s really surprising how much I identified to Natalya. You don’t even have to be a dancer to relate to her. I guess because at some point I felt that feeling that Natalya has been dealing with. I mean, don’t we all have a dream that we thought we will never accomplish because of an event that were out our hands? Nope, Natalya isn’t the only one. Tonio is different though. I didn’t like him at first, I eye-rolled too much when he came first to the scene. I just found him too cocky and so full of himself. I was actually so worried that he might ruin the book for me but thank goodness for revealed secrets. Turns out, Tonio is dealing with pretty hard stuff too. And yeah, even though I didn’t like him that much at first, I felt for him.

I’m still conflicted about the ending, though I agree with how the story was constructed and why this and that has to happen, the ending isn’t too concrete for me. It feels sooo open. I really want an ending that settles things. But then again, this is a series so I guess I just have to wait. Overall, One Two Three is an emotionally charged read with realistic premise and characters. Loss, friendship and love, I recommend this for Contemporary lovers out there!

 

 

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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.

 

 

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TITLE: Predator
AUTHOR: Janice Gable Bashman
PUBLICATION: Published September 16th 2014 by Month9books
GENRE: YA > Paranormal
PAGES: 300pages (paperback)
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“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!” Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules

The hunt is on! Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

 Oh wow! A fast paced, suspenseful and thrilling book about werewolves! There’s folklore mythology, science and romance.. Jam packed is the right word!

I’ve never read anything that are about lycanthropes so I only know a little about them (thanks to Harry Potter) All I know is that they’re shapeshifters and that they don’t look very nice. I was really entranced by this world that Janice made. When we think about werewolves… we automatically think of a sappy romance book (which is not that bad) But don’t you wish you want it with more substance? More action and less cheesiness? Well, Predator got you covered!

Bree noticed a change to her father since her brother Troy died so she went to Ireland with him with a hope that their relationship will come back to normal. In Ireland, she found warmth in Liam, a mysterious bog body with a missing hand and a group of people that she thought only exists in folklores and myths.

I really liked Janice’s writing. Very simple and yet thrilling. She doesn’t hold back when it comes to details. Whether she’s describing Liam’s lips or the gory details of a dead body, she’s very good at it. Bree is character to like even though she can be too stubborn at some times. She’s kick ass, too curious about things and really brave. Bree is not the only one to like here though. Liam, her father, Kelsi.. all of them are pretty intriguing and well written! I also loved that the romance here isn’t too aggressive. It’s subtle which makes it more sweet.

I’m not sure yet but I really hope that this will be a series.. that ending left me hanging! So.. if you want your book with a kick butt heroine, a heart melting romance with a thrilling storyline, Predator is for you!

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Janice Gable Bashman

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Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at http://janicegablebashman.com.

 

 

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