May 31, 2013

Guest Post

Today I have a guest post for you guys with author of All Access: Brothers Of Rock One by Karyoln James! This book sounds just up my alley and I have a feeling a lot of you will be interested in it as well. Here's some insight into how Karolyn came up with the idea for this book series!

Idea for All Access:

The original idea for Brothers of Rock was to take a band and take them off stage and say, “Here. Go live.” I wanted a band that had already seen all the success they could see… a multi-album deal, millions of albums sold, tours, concerts, fans, cars, houses, riches… the true rockstar dream come to life. 

But each guy in Chasing Cross is a different person. It’s not just the instrument they play or the music they write or what they bring to the band or the shows. They are all different people. They have pasts, presents, and futures. Of course, all of this interconnects because of the band. For example, in All Access (Brothers of Rock #1), Rick (the drummer) makes a careless decision that compromises the bands immediate future. 

I titled it ‘Brothers of Rock’ because that’s what these guys are. They are brothers on stage and through music. But the interesting part is that as the books go on, they become more than just brothers on stage and through music. They walk through life together, helping each other, standing up for each other and to each other. 

To lead off the series, I had to use Johnnie, the leader singer. He’s the most headstrong guy in the group and is pegged as the leader of the band even though he doesn’t consider himself that at all. It puts him in a tough spot when he has a major career decision to make… all the while meeting a beautiful woman who honestly has no idea who he is. The idea intrigues him and thus begins a romantic relationship.

All the books in Brothers of Rock can be read as stand alone novels but they are best enjoyed in order. There are story-lines that connect throughout the series that readers are really enjoying. As of right now, the series is slated to be five books – one book per member of Chasing Cross – but my plan is to take Brothers of Rock beyond the five books and beyond Chasing Cross. And for that, I have the readers to thank. They’ve been reading the books, reviewing the books, and messaging me for more, more, more!

So before I go, here’s a chance to ‘meet’ the band…

Johnnie: lead singer / guitarist
Davey: guitarist
Danny: guitarist
Chris: bassist
Rick: drummer

The second book in the Brothers of Rock series is now available and titled Broken Sound. The third book – Bitter Farewell – is planned for a June 2013 release!

Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He's mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there's something hidden about him.

As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can't believe she doesn't recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you're the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie's side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.

After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn't know much about the band, but that's all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can't believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.

Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie's passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess's dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it's not always an easy path to take.

Rockstars expect women to show up at their hotel room, but when a woman shows up with an infant and tells Davey he is the father, his world is turned upside down.

Anna is a teacher and part-time waitress, desperate to make enough to pay off debts left to her by an ex-boyfriend who made her life a living hell. When her boss schedules her for an extra shift, he tells her it's her job to take care of a special guest... lead guitarist of Chasing Cross, Davey. The second Anna meets eyes with Davey, she feels something she's wanted for a long time. But with someone famous? That's impossible. Besides, Davey is there with a date.

When Davey returns to the restaurant, sans date, he asks to see Anna. She doesn't understand what he would want with her. He is a man with a big heart, kind eyes, and the true power that only a real rockstar could have. Then Anna learns the truth of Davey's life, from his haunted past to his rocky present. Still, she longs to be part of his future. But when Anna's own past turns potentially deadly, life and love suddenly collide in a way that could hurt everyone and leave someone dead.

Hope everyone enjoyed this guest post with Karolyn James! Expect to see more regular blog posts come summer. :)

May 24, 2013

Song Of The Week

So it's obvious I haven't been blogging regularly and I said I wouldn't be back for at least a month. And of course I couldn't stay away completely and posted a review here and there. What? I couldn't help it! But since summer is so close I plan to start blogging more rather than just here and there.

I also felt I really needed to make this Song Of The Week post this week because there are two songs that I have not been able to stop listening too. They are just stuck with me and forever will be most likely. They are just two beautiful and sad songs.

Fix Me Up by Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown:

I just cant stop listening to this song and I have all intentions of adding it to my ipod because it's just so good.The lyrics are really amazing.

Clouds by Zach Sobiech:

Both of these songs are just really beautiful and the story is really sad but I'm glad I stumbled across them even if they did make me cry the first time I listened to them...gotta love a song that makes you feel a lot of emotions.

May 14, 2013

The Catastrophic History Of You And Me

The Catastrophic History Of You And Me is a book that I've wanted to read since before it's release. But like with so many other books I couldn't wait to read it somehow got pushed back. Well recently I decided "Hey! I'm gonna finally read this one." So glad I did because I loved this book so much! It was a fantastic read.

Summary from Goodreads:

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

Brie dies of a broken heart...literally. Her heart breaks in half and she finds her self Dead and Gone and she has to deal with all the stages that come along with dying. It's not easy to do when you're not ready to let go of your life, your family, your friends, and even the boy who broke her heart.

Well, let me start off by saying I adored this book. From page one I was hooked. The further I read and the more the plot progressed I just found myself wanting to do nothing but read this book. Part of that reason was because the main character Brie is such an awesome main character. She goes through so many emotions through out all the six parts of the book. I loved getting to experience her anger, denial and sadness and so much more. Her voice was honestly so real I felt like I was reading about an actual fifteen year old girl. She was just created so well and her voice had such a real feel to it that I couldn't help but get so invested in her story...journey really.

Patrick, you goofball. I one hundred percent loved this character. From the moment he appears in his 80's style jacket I was like "Hmm you're gonna be an interesting character." And he was. He was amazing to be honest. He made this book ten times better. Everything that came out of his mouth made me smile. I could not get enough of his cheese nicknames that he always called Brie from Cheetos to String Cheese. If I am being totally honest I could not get enough of anything that Patrick said. He had some of the best dialogue and combine that with Brie's come backs? Absolute gold!

There was something really creative about the world that Jess Rothenberg created. I loved how I could picture everything in my head perfectly. There's this one scene where Brie flips out and she's someplace really really high with Patrick and that whole scene was so vivid! I loved it! Jess Rothenberg has written such an outstanding debut novel. I am eager to see what she comes up with next.

Though I thought Jess Rothenberg's writing was superb and her creativity and character development was even more superb there was some predictability...on my end at least. I figured out quite a bit of stuff before it happened.  Just an example would be why Jacob broke up with Brie. I just wanted to point that out because even though it was predictable it didn't make me enjoy the book any less.

Something that isn't really relevant to the writing but this book not only had an awesome story but I for one loved how each part of the book had an awesome thing at the top of the page. I love it when books have images like that. It just makes me want to hug the book for taking the time to get creative like that. Well, not the book itself but you get my drift. I also really loved that each chapter started out with lyrics from different songs at the top. Hello so many good songs! I loved it because it always created a mood for that certain chapter and I'd get the songs stuck in my head and I don't know I just really enjoyed it!

The Catastrophic History Of You And Me is an outstanding and well written novel that I think anyone would enjoy. Especially those who love contemporary reads. This one is for you guys! You will adore it to pieces. I know I did, which is why I'm giving it 4.5 out of 5 birds. The moment you start the book you get engrossed and you get so lost in the story that time just vanishes. I'd recommend this one in a heart beat!

May 10, 2013

Different Roads Blog Tour: Review

Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on Different Roads by Lori L. Clark for the Different Roads blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Make sure to check out all the other stops for this blog tour.

Different Roads wasn't a book I really knew about but once I saw it and read what it was about I knew I wanted to sign up for the blog tour. It just sounded like a really good book. After reading Different Roads by Lori L. Clark I'm a bit torn on how I feel about it.

Summary from Goodreads:

It's been said that when we look back over our lives, we are able to recognize the pivotal moments that in some way, shape, or form have led us to where we are today.

When Jacqueline Carter is fifteen, she crosses paths for the first time with Seth Thomas, a young man who unwittingly alters the direction of her life forever.

Jaq plans to break-up with her boyfriend on her sixteenth birthday. Instead, she is date-raped, and left emotionally broken. She builds a wall around her heart and begins spiraling downward on a road filled with drinking, drugs and physical abuse.
When Seth re-enters her life a few years later, the walls around her heart slowly come down and the two of them fall in love.

Unfortunately sometimes, fate has other ideas, and we're forced down a different road from which we initially set out.

Jacqueline Carter is raped when she's fifteen and by time she's seventeen she's a druggie. Her life seems to take all the worst turns it possibly can even after she gets her act together. 

I'm not sure where to start with this book. It was an interesting read and it kept my attention throughout while I was reading it. Honestly if I didn't have other things that I had to do I would have read Different Roads in one sitting. But there was so much about this book that bugged me despite liking it.

Jacqueline isn't a character I found I could relate too. I didn't particularly hate this character but I didn't like her that much either. I was in between liking and disliking her. She just kept making the stupidest decisions. I just couldn't understand how she could keep doing the things she did even though the outcome would be the same--or ten times worse. And even though I couldn't relate to Jacqueline I did love how witty she could be with Shelly and with Brad. Brad was probably the only character I really liked and the way things turned out for him were so horrible!

I felt that Different Roads moved so quick that information that could have been so helpful for this book was left out. Like what happened to Amanda? If being raped broke Jacqueline the way it did why was it never mentioned again? I just felt like there were to many gaps in the story and it left me with so many questions about certain things. 

Damon I loath with a fiery passion. He's a scumbag and needs a good couple kicks where it hurts. I will admit I was intrigued by him when he first appeared in the book but I knew he was trouble and oh my god was he trouble. He's charming at first and then the real jerk is let loose not the constantly flirting jerk but a jerk with a capital J. The things he said and did to Jacqueline were repulsive. Lisa L. Clark did a pretty darn good job creating a slim ball who not a single soul will like. He's just disgusting.

Seth is another character who I wish I could have gotten better information on. I wasn't all to pleased with him because I felt like I learned nothing about him or why he broke things off with Jacqueline. So I don't even know what to say about him because I don't know anything about him. Yeah, I liked him because he was sweet and caring to Jacqueline but that's all I know. This is one of the gaps I wish would have been filled because I think Seth could have been a really fantastic character.

I know it probably sounds like I didn't like this book but that isn't the case. Despite the lack of character development and major gaps I actually really enjoyed this book. Lisa L. Clark wrote a book that is different from most. I think how she ended this one was pretty gutsy and so realistic. I never expected that was how it would end. It blew me away that was how things turned out for Jacqueline. I think it's that gutsy ending that really made me like this book more.

Different Roads is an interesting and realistic story that will keep your attention throughout but it lacks a bit with the characters and it felt a bit rushed. Despite that I did really enjoy this book and that ending blew me away. Different Roads is getting 3 out of 5 birds from me. I do think I would recommend this book because of the fact it does portray an abusive relationship so realistically and I think that would be good for anyone to read.

~~Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for a copy of this book!~~

May 6, 2013

Deeper We Fall Blog Tour: Review

As part of the Deeper We Fall blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours I will be posting my reviews for Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn by Chelsea Cameron! You can find the full tour schedule here.

I had read and adored My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea Cameron. That book alone had me hooked on her writing. I always knew after I would love her work but I didn't realize just how much I would love it. Deeper We Fall was such a good book and I loved it!

Summary from Goodreads:

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

Lottie is just a normal girl but her life changes when her best friend Lexie gets in a car with Zack and Zan Parker. Nothing is ever the same since that moment. Fast forward two years and Lottie ends up finding her life colliding with the Parker brothers once again.

Chelsea Cameron has some of the best openers and this one doesn't fail to be a good one. I was hooked immediately and with each page I found I couldn't stop reading! I just needed to know how things would turn out for all of these wonderful characters--Zack excluded which I will discuss in a bit. I'd open the book up on my cell phone and read it in bed which I never do but it was just that good!

Lottie is another fantastic character created by Chelsea Cameron. She was witty, tough, and her mouth never seemed to know how to shut up. I loved Lottie so much! I instantly liked her from page one and I felt I could relate with a lot of the things that she did. She was a total book whore and I loved that! There was a particular scene in the book that really reminded of myself when Lottie was in a bookstore.

"Will just sighed heavily when he saw me staggering to the check out counter. I didn't know why he was so surprised."

Zan and Zack Parker. Brothers yet polar opposites. Where Zan is sweet, kind, loving, into books and constantly cites poetry in his head Zack is just...a douche bag with not an ounce of substance. I can't even begin to tell you how much I hated Zack Parker. Probably about as much as Lottie and she really hated him. All leave it at this: Karma's a bitch Zack Parker.

Zan on the other hand I really liked. He was so sweet and tender that every time Lottie pushed him away I wanted to just yell at her! Zan was just to sweet a guy to pin blame on the way she was doing. The only thing about Zan that bugged me was how he called Lottie "pretty girl" a lot. I, for one am not a huge fan of pet names and that one is one of my least favorites. But aside from that Zan was great and smoking!

Will, Simon, Audrey, Katie, Trish, Stryker all amazing characters that graced the pages in this book. Oh man, to even start talking about all of these wonderful characters would make this review a mile long. But I must talk about Will because he almost ALMOST tops Zan. Will was the hilarious and loving twin brother to Lottie. I have always wanted an older brother and Will is pretty much the long lost brother I never got. If there was a cateragory for favorite book sibling Will would be my number one choice. Every time Will was around there was always a goofy smile on my face. The banter between him and Lottie was priceless.

Will thought about it for a second. "I've got my Jedi outfit from last year." I grabbed his arm and made him stop walking. "You are not wearing that in public. Again." He pulled his arm away. "I didn't spend all that money on a lighsaber replica just to keep it in the case."

I really loved how this book switched from Lottie's point of view to Zan's. It allowed me to understand not just Lottie's side of things but Zan's as well. It was perfect for this story's plot because of the tragedy that struck. I don't want to spoil anything but I had a feeling that was the case with this book. Zan was just too good of a person. Needless to say I loved him ten times more after certain things got revealed about the past.

Deeper We Fall is yet another hit by Chelsea Cameron. It's such a wonderful book filled with amazing characters and writing that it is so engrossing! Deeper We Fall is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. Everyone needs to read a book by Chelsea Cameron. They just seem to be getting better and better.

~~Thanks Xpresso Book Tours and Chelsea for a copy of this book!~~


Deeper We Fall Blog Tour: Review

As part of the Deeper We Fall blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours I will be posting my reviews for Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn by Chelsea Cameron! You can find the full tour schedule here.

Immediately after reading Deeper We Fall I was super eager to get my hands on Faster We Burn and as I'm learning each time I read a book by Chelsea C. Cameron is that her books get better and better with each book!

Katie Hallman is done with douchebags. Done with guys who treat her like crap and leave her broken. But then Stryker Grant is there anyway. With his numerous piercings and bleached hair, he’s the polar opposite of all of her past relationships, which makes him the perfect candidate.

At first, Katie just sees him as a physical escape from her previous rocky relationship, and Stryker doesn’t seem to mind just being a distraction from Katie’s problems. But soon he’s getting under her skin, peeling back layers she’d rather keep covered. She tries to make it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, but keeps breaking her own rules.

Then a tragedy sends Katie into the only arms who are there to catch her, and she’ll realize that she needs him more than she ever thought possible. But is she ready to let herself trust another guy with her already-battered heart? Or will she push him away to protect herself from getting hurt again?

Katie Hallman the girl obsessed with pink who found herself dating a douchebag. Douchebag leaves the picture--kind of--and she finds herself in the arms of Stryker Grant a tattooed guy with a lip ring. Not her typical type yet once she gets a taste of him she can't seem to get enough...

I was really excited about this book because in Deeper We Fall there were hints of a relationship development between Katie and Stryker. It had me so curious how things would turn out with those two and when I realized Faster We Burn was about them I was stoked and couldn't get the book in my hands fast enough!

Dare I say it but I kind of liked Katie's voice a little bit more than Lottie's and I adored Lottie in Deeper We Fall! But there was something about actually being in Katie's head that changed my perspective on her. In Deeper We Fall she seems like the prissy girl who loves pink and has those beautiful friends. Katie is far from that and I loved getting to see things from her point of view. Katie is strong and despite her obsession with pink she is anything but materialistic. She really grows in Faster We Burn! She becomes herself.

Stryker Grant you sexy beast you. I liked Stryker in Deeper We Fall but my brain was all Zan so I didn't see him for what he was. But dang does he prove to be hotter than Zan in Faster We Burn. Just like Katie his full potential came through in this book. I loved that he got to be the star this time around because he deserved it! He's a bit broken but he's so strong at the same time. I hate to say it but Stryker quickly knocked Zan down to spot number three of amazing hunks Chelsea Cameron created. (Sorry Stryker! I thought you'd beat out Hunter...but Hunter will always be number one! ;)

One thing I loved about this book was getting to see all the characters I loved from a different perspective. And of course the fact that Lottie, Zan, Will and Trish and the whole gang was still around made me love this book ten times more! I love the gang and their picnic game. 

I swear that Chelsea Cameron's writing gets better and better with each book. And I've already declared her the queen of creating hunks! It's so true. Each love interest gets better with each book. But as stated before Hunter will always be my number one Chelsea Cameron hunk...until I read her next book of course. We shall see who remains on top. ;)

I adored this book to pieces and Faster We Burn is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me. I did feel like the ending dragged a bit which is why it's getting 4 instead of 5 birds. I can't figure out why I felt this way but I did. It wasn't that the ending was terrible because by far it wasn't! It's just I felt like maybe things could have got wrapped up a bit sooner? I'm honestly not sure why I feel this way. But aside from this little thing I adored this book and eagerly am awaiting a new book from Chelsea! People if you haven't read a book by the queen of creating hunks what are you waiting for? Read 'em! You'll love them all. Trust me!

~~Thanks to Chelsea and Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an ARC of this book!~~