SNEAK-A-PEEK: Feel Again (Fate #1) by Faith Andrews

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Feel Again (Fate #1)
Faith Andrews
Published January 12th 2015
294pages (kindle edition)
NA/A > Contemporary | Romance
 
 
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A dare.
A dying wish.
Fate…
After years of loneliness, widowed Gabriella is ready to fill the void—as long as she doesn’t have to give her heart to another man.
Caleb’s screwed himself right into a dead-end existence. Faced with an ultimatum, he’s hell-bound on changing his reckless ways.
A chance meeting has these two instantly attracted to one another, but when their paths cross again—this time as professor and student—the roles reverse on Professor Edwards as Caleb teaches her how to feel again.
 
 
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Welcome to my stop for the Feel Again blog tour! Today, I’m excited to show an exciting excerpt from the book and it’s from Caleb’s POV!! Don’t forget that there’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post and the novella can be added on Goodreads too! Info below!


 

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

 

As I stretch my vision past Aubrey, to another group of barely-dressed girls, I notice her. Long, coffee-brown hair falling down her back and almost touching her perfectly rounded ass. The ass that’s encased in a skin-tight black number and silky legs accentuated by heels that look dangerous. It’s a sin that someone who looks like her should have her eyes focused on the ground. Focus them on me, I will her. A package as beautifully put together as she is deserves attention—my attention. If only she knew she blows every woman in this room away. And not just because of how striking she is. There’s something about her, something different. This woman is a rare find in a room full of cookie-cutter imitations.

Her shiny waves cascade over her shoulders, bouncing as she walks in my direction. The deep chocolate hue compliments her radiant olive skin tone and her glistening green eyes. This woman is fucking gorgeous. Not the kind you take home to screw, the kind you take home to Mom . . . or, er, Grandma.

“Caleb. I was talking to you.”

I snap back to find Aubrey’s hands around my waist. “Conversation’s over. There’s someone I need to talk to.” I walk away, not even glancing back at Aubrey. I need to know who this woman is. I’m not a spiritual man, but she just might be sent from heaven. She’s the type of woman who could change the whole game. At least that’s the vibe I’m getting.

As I escape Aubrey, it’s as if I’m being magnetically pulled toward the woman now sitting at the bar. I watch her from afar at first, gauging her body language. Her fingers tap on the marble bar top as she waits for the bartender’s attention. She’s new to this. No regular waits for her order to be taken when she looks the way she does. Dude, I want to scream at the bartender, how can you not see her? She’s . . . God, not only is she gorgeous but there’s something about the way she’s fidgeting that tells me she’s completely out of her element. How could this sophisticated beauty be out of her element in a club full of women who wish they had half her class? And why is she here alone? If she were my girl, everyone would know it. My arms would be wrapped around her, my fingers settling on the small of her back, claiming her as mine.

I watch this classy creature as she plays with the curled edges of her hair, twisting the strands around her index finger. I play with my hair when I’m nervous. Is she nervous or just timid? Either way, I want to know. I want to know everything about this damn woman, starting with her name.

When she orders herself a Ketel and Seven I decide to be brave. “Make that two,” I add, getting comfortable in my stool.

At first she eyes me like I’m some creep, but then . . . shit! When our eyes meet it’s as if the universe has made up for every shitty thing that ever came my way.

 

 

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First Came You (Fate #0.5)
Faith Andrews
Expected publication: May 5th 2015
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First comes a nickel,
Then comes a shove,
Then comes loss only conquered by his love.

This is the story of my first true love. The story of how the boy next door protected me, became my best friend, stole my heart, and rescued me from my darkest despair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Faith Andrews lives in New York where she is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have two beautiful daughters and a furry Yorkie son, Rocco. If she isn’t listening to Mumford & Sons or busy being a Dance Mom, her nose is in a book or her laptop. She’s a sucker for a happily ever after and believes her characters are out there living one somewhere . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bookish Thoughts #006: ‘them 1 star reviewers’

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Welcome to Book-ish thoughts! A feature  here on Her Book Thoughts where we ask for a little of your time to share a thought about useless and nonsense things. YAY! Don’t worry, it will ALWAYS have something to do with a book or anything bookish!

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You’d be lying if you tell me it didn’t hurt. I won’t believe you if you tell me it didn’t affect you even just a little bit. And I’d totally snort at your face if you tell me you didn’t get a bit defensive.

I can’t believe I’m even touching this topic. But I found myself really thinking about this stuff and I got curious about what you think of it either.

“What do you feel about one star reviewers? do you even feel anything about them? do you feel anything at all? are you a robot?”

 

One star reviews are everywhere. Can you actually give me a book that doesn’t have a 1 star review? or even just a 1 star rating. Even classics, which most of readers treat like an evidence for finding out if you’re a true reader or not (which by the way is a VERY STUPID THING TO DO) gets one star reviews. And they’re CLASSICS. The authors are, like, dead. And they’re, you know, like, FAMOUSSSS.

I remember seeing and reading a one star review of Pride and Prejudice. My first reaction was disbelief. 

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Uhmm, excuse youu. It’s freakin PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. How can you hate it? How can you not like it?! Have you met Mr. Darcy? Are you aware that this is the first lovable jerk who by the way is just a misunderstood creature? He is afraid of dancing because he’s kinda awkward and his default face screams ‘I DON’T LIKE PEOPLE’

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I mean, hello?! Girls fall for this kind of guy. (this actually worries me)

I considered leaving a long and meaningful comment because I really want to give him a piece of my mind! I’m pissed and it just doesn’t feel right that a book I loved is hated by someone. IT’S JUST NOT RIGHT!

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But before I get to post my comment, I realized how stupid that would be. Isn’t that HER review? (there, the P&P hater is a girl) and anyway, isn’t that HER opinion of the book?? That is what SHE thought of the book. Then I considered myself on her position. What if it’s a book that she loves and I hated? What then would I feel if SHE gives me a piece of her mind.

You know, it’s so funny how other reviewers spent their time commenting on other reviewers reviews and defending the book that they loved that others didn’t. They have so much time on their hands, I’m actually jealous. If you’re one of those people… I just wanna tell you this: YOU’RE NOT GONNA CHANGE MY MIND. I’m happy to hear your opinion and I’m sorry if we didn’t like the same book. BUT THAT IS LIFE. Don’t shove your long defensive comment on my face: there’s a big fan chance it’ll be ignored. You have some questions about my review: OKAY, let’s talk about it like normal people, we’re not on an episode of Law & Order. 

And okay, let’s admit it, one star reviews gets more attention than five star reviews. And you know what, that’s not exactly a bad thing. Because the good news is, IT’S STILL UP TO YOU. Reviewers are meant to be guide for readers, not to be dictators. You have your own mind you know (are you aware of that?) and you still get a say. 

I genuinely salute reviewers who can give 1 star reviews and write their reviews with all honesty. They are not EVIL. Evil is such a strong word, let’s call them SNARKY. Because even though they know that people gets crazy sometimes, they still have that braveness to post their reviews. They do not like it, they say it. No sugar coating. No dilly dallying. And admit it, most of them are hilarious. If you’re one of those people who can’t help but feel like being a mama bear who turns all protective when they see a one star review of a book they loved, I suggest to toughen up a little bit. Not every book you like, whether it’s a NYT bestseller or an Indie book, will be liked by others. And because of that, one star reviewers are here to stay.

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Don’t you just love bloggers who respect other blogger’s opinions? Like, ‘she didn’t like it. that makes me sad but hey that just the way it is’ Let’s aim for that attitude! Respecting and celebrating other bloggers makes the blogosphere more fun and honestly, nobody likes drama. Except maybe my grandma, she LIVE for those. 

So here’s where I ask your two cents..

What do you feel about (us) one star reviewers? Do you have voodoo dolls of us and wants us to be punished? Do you admire them as well? Are you going to throw rocks at me? Did this post even made sense to you? How do you keep your hair that shiny? Hmm? I WANNA HEAR IT!

ARC REVIEW: Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London

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Aimee and the Heartthrob
Ophelia London
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Entangled: Crush
223pages (paperback)
YA > Contemporary Romance | Music
arc via publisher
 
 

4 ★★★★

 
 
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He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…
Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister―and off-limits―but won’t even give him the time of day…
As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails. the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.
But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…
 
 
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My fangirl heart is just bursting. MAKE WAY! MAKE WAY! SECONDS TO JULIET is finally here. Heard about them? The newest and HOTTEST bookish BOYBAND there is! And ladies and gents, Miles Carlisle is on the spotlight. And things are about to get really swoony around here.

Aimee had a huge crush on Miles since forever and though she’s still on the middle of Operation: forget-about-Miles propaganda, sparks can’t stop flying when they saw each other again. And now sparks won’t definitely stop flying now that they’re about to spend a lot of time together and Miles just found about Aimee’s crush on him.

Obviously, Aimee is the luckiest girl ever. From the first chapter, I instantly liked Aimee. Shes a mixture of sugar and spice. She can be sweet and adorable, but can totally be sassy and sexy too. Basically, she’s what most of the girl population is trying to achieve. I always had a love-hate relationship with rockstars. Whether they’re from books or real life. They just seems to be always hurting you know? Which can lead to them being overly dramatic and me being annoyed. But on the other hand, they can be really, REALLY sweet. Miles is a perfect characterization of a teenage rockstar. He can be really broody, but he can also be super sweet AND adorable. I swear, he jut killed me. I sighed, I swooned, I laughed, I FELL INLOVE. The characters are superb! Lets hug Ophelia for bringing Miles to our lives.

The romance was completely sweet. There was a lot of grinning, a few tears, a lot of swooning and wishing me and Aimee could just trade places. Best friends turns into lovers are really not that unheard of. But with all the music tours, making Miles british, having an overprotective brother, and the witty and humorous writing.. Ophelia just made this book like a pot of gold. If you would ask me right now what book will I be recommending? A&TH will always be in the tip of my toungue.

So yeah, I love this book. I just want to hug Ophelia, and Aimee, and the S2J boys and Miles. Maybe I’ll hug Miles a little bit longer. Maybe I’ll ask for a kiss too. Overall, reading this book is just a treat. So sweet I think it gave me cavities, and I’m not even complaining. Cannot wait for the follow up books!

 

 

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USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of SOMEDAY MAYBE; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD and CROSSING ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; the upcoming AIMEE AND THE HEARTTHROB for Entangled’s Teen Crush line, and the upcoming Sugar City series for Entangled’s Bliss line. Visit her at ophelialondon.com. But don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Where the Staircase Ends by Stacey Stokes

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Where the Staircase Ends
Stacy Stokes
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Month9Books
245pages (ebook)
YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Contemporary
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3 ★★★

 
 
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After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky.
Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable — unless the staircase breaks her first.
 
 
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“In its place stood a giant stone staircase, clawing upward so the sky split into an endless stack of right angles. I couldn’t see where it ended. It just went on and on, up and up, until my neck couldn’t bend any farther and I lost sight of its climb”

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I went to reading this book without even knowing what’s it about. So for you who doesn’t read blurbs like me because you’re wonderfully weird that way.. I’ll tell you what the book is about. Is it about family? Yes. About friendship? Absolutely YES. About love? Yes yes yes. In short, Where the Staircase Ends is a little bit of everything.

WTSE is one of the most character driven book I’ve ever read. It focuses on Taylor. She’s hurting and just like everyone that has been on her position, she just wants it to stop. Or maybe to disappear for awhile. And she got it. But instead of angels or big fluffy clouds, what’s waiting for her is a never ending staircase. And because the end point cannot be seen, Taylor doesn’t have any choice but to go forward and climb it. One small twist, she can’t look behind.

Its stunning how the book was constructed. The idea behind the story is just brilliant and Stacey Stokes just executed it beautifully. Though Taylor and me didn’t get on a smooth start, I slowly felt for her and when everything that made her who she is was shown, I understood. Bits of Taylor’s life was so relatable for me and you’ll be surprised that some parts of her life would be the same with you too. This is why I’m so impressed with this story, there’s something for everybody.

I also want to give Stacy a hug for making Taylor and Sunny’s relationship as bestfriend so realistic. In my opinion, this is where the book was truly focused. Through their relationship, we saw how Taylor changed. Through the flashbacks, we saw how they became best friends in the first place and how they drifted apart.. And how everything has a reason and why it needs to happen.

Though the romance wasnt a main focus, for me, I’m gonna comment about that too. The truth is, I don’t know what to feel about it. Its clear who I should root for (who should every readers should root for) but I kinda understood the other guy too and I can’t help but feel for him!! This is really not a love triangle, but there IS another guy. What I feel towards is not really clear yet but I’m at peace by how everything ended so I guess I liked it.

Where the Staircase Ends is truly an unforgettable experience. It made me think if I had my own staircase, where would it end? And I love how this book has a message for everybody. Stacey Stokes gained a new fan and obviously that’s me. And because I like you guys that I’m recommending it.

 

 

 

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Stacy Stokes

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Stacy Stokes attended the University of Texas at Austin and The Wharton School of Business.  She grew up in Dallas, TX, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband.  WHERE THE STAIRCASE ENDS is her first novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler

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The Truth About Us
Janet Gurtler
Expected publication: April 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
YA > Contemporary | Romance
304pages (paperback)
 
 
 

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A powerful and gripping contemporary YA from the author of I’m Not Her that’s “Just right for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult.”-Booklist
The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She’s made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she’s paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it’s all fine. That her “perfect” family is fine. But it’s not. And no one notices the lie…until she meets Flynn. He’s the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.
The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of “the wrong side of the tracks.” When Jess’s parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don’t get that the person who shouldn’t fit in your world… might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.
 
 
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Today, we are highligting Janet Gurtler’s latest novel, The Truth About Us! Scroll down for the authors info and the amazing giveaway!!


 

 

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A Rita Award Finalist and Crystal Kite Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler’s young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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