InkSlinger Cover Reveal: Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

 

 

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

 

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART will be available on all retailers on January 22, 2019!

 

 

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

 

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


 

 

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Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Review: Stay Sweet

Stay Sweet

 

If you are looking for a light and fluffy read that will leave you feeling good, this is the book for you. I was able to finish this in one day and it was exactly what I needed to sort of cleanse my palette before starting a new book. Be prepared to really want ice cream while reading.

Short recap: Amelia cannot wait to work one last summer at Meade Creamery. She has worked there every summer and this year she will be Head Girl, a very prestigious honor. With her best friend, Cate, by her side, this should be Amelia’s best summer until things change: Molly Meade passes away suddenly and new management threatens to change everything at Meade Creamery and it may not be for the best.

I felt the characters were the biggest part of this story. Who doesn’t like a contemporary story that showcases teens finding themselves and discovering who they really are meant to be? I know I do. The protagonist, Amelia, was a little tough to deal with in the very beginning. At the start, I could not wrap my mind around why she was so hung up on this summer job. She took it far more seriously than I ever took a job during my teenage years. It was never clear why she acted the way she did other than she was proud of the Creamery and the history behind it. Okkaaayyyy but still. Not liking her in the early part of the story did not stop me from reading. I am happy to say she did get better and actually grew as a character the more the story continued. Her best friend Cate was another story. I was not a fan of her from the start. Cate came across immature because she was passed over for Head Girl. She became a snotty, nasty person who was only out to be popular and prove she was better than her (supposed) best friend. Talk about unnecessary.

The friendships within this story were what stood out the most to me. The characters made the story but the friendships were the best part. If there is one thing a girl needs – especially as a teenager – is strong friendships, strong bonds. I felt because the girls of Meade Creamery shared so many experiences, they developed those bonds that would transcend just that one summer. Once a Meade Creamery girl, always a Meade Creamery girl. It was like being part of a secret club.

Now, there is a romance within the pages of this book but I won’t talk much to it. Why? Because I felt it was not necessary to the overall story. For me it did not add anything to Amelia’s story and her quest to save the Creamery. I didn’t feel gooey over the budding romance simply because I didn’t connect with the male character that way. Just be warned it is present.

This was one story that I am really glad I read. It was just as sweet (no pun intended) as I hoped it would be. Let’s be honest – I really was in this to find out what that secret ingredient was! The rest of the story was a bonus. I finished this wanting a pink polo from this Creamery and a big bowl of ice cream.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Contagion

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Contagion by Erin Bowman

Contagion (Contagion, #1)

 

 

From Goodreads:

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

 

This sounds AMAZING!! I cannot wait to read this one.

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Neverworld Wake Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

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Neverworld WakeTitle: NEVERWORLD WAKE

Author: Marisha Pessl

Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

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Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers–and at life.

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Review:

I thought I was ready for this book but I was wrong. I never anticipated the direction this story would go. Everything about this story was fast paced, thrilling, and had me on the edge of my seat. Please go into this story blind knowing nothing more than the blurb above, that way you will be pleasantly surprised by what unfolds before you.

It must be know that the real twist, the real surprise comes at the end so don’t say you weren’t warned.

Gosh, writing a review without giving anything away is TOUGH. Here is what you need to know: get this book. Now.

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About Marisha:

MarishaMarisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of NEVERWORLD WAKE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/1/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

6/4/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

6/5/2018- Bookish Lifestyle– Review

6/6/2018- Tea With Mermaids Review

6/7/2018- Trendy Simple Life– Review

6/8/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

 

Week Three:

6/11/2018- Books Coffee and Repeat– Review

6/12/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

6/13/2018- Life of a Literary Nerd– Review

6/14/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

6/15/2018- Once Upon a Twilight– Review

 

Week Four:

6/18/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/19/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

6/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

6/21/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

6/22/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

 

Week Five:

6/25/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

6/26/2018- Under the Book Cover– Review

6/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

6/28/2018- Hauntedbybooks– Review

6/29/2018- The Cover Contessa– Excerpt

 

 

 

 

Rock King by Tara Leigh: Blog Tour and Review

Today we are taking part in the promo tour for ROCK KING by Tara Leigh! ROCK KING is available now, and the second book in the Nothing but Trouble series, ROCK LEGEND, is available for pre-order and will release on July 17! Check out some teasers for both titles below.

 

ROCK KING by Tara Leigh – available now!

Blurb:

Fans of Kristen Callihan and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance!

 

I’m not who you think I am.

Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that’s what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money – and women – than I know what to do with. But what you don’t see is the wreckage I’ve caused. The memories and pain I can’t escape, even when I pour them into music and spin them into gold.

I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn’t work. It hurt me and – worse – it hurt my band. That’s the last thing I want to do, so I’m cleaning up my act… starting with Delaney Fraser.

Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice – Delaney is the perfect “girlfriend.” When I’m with her I don’t have to pretend. It’s like she sees the real me. And I can see a future with her. But that’s dangerous. Because the truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn’t actually exist. He’s a shield to hide who I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict. Murderer.

And it’s impossible to love a lie, right?

The Nothing but Trouble series:
Rock King
Rock Legend
Rock Rebel

REVIEW:
I am going to make the review portion on the short side because I really want you to read this book. This was my first Leigh book but I am here to say it won’t be my last. This surprised me in a good way. It was fun, flirty, sexy, and a quick read.
The characters are brooding, complex, flawed, and believable. I liked Shane as the angsty lead guy. It was a hate to love him kind of thing for me. And then walks in Delaney. Talk about trouble! These two together were like gas and a match but I couldn’t look away from them.
If you have thought about a Leigh book but weren’t sure, you should get this and give it a try. You will not regret it.

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Pre-order the next book in the series…

Pre-order Now – Releasing July 17!

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Tara Leigh writes steamy contemporary romance featuring tortured heroes worth lusting after and the women they didn’t know they needed. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Summer TBR

 

I Am Still Alive

I Am Still Alive

 

 

The Unfortunates

The Unfortunates

 

 

Finding Yvonne

Finding Yvonne

 

 

To Be Honest

To Be Honest

 

 

Undead Girl Gang

Undead Girl Gang

 

 

Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes

 

 

The Wren Hunt

The Wren Hunt

 

 

Sadie

Sadie

 

 

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

 

 

Seafire

Seafire (Seafire, #1)

 

 

 

I don’t normally make TBRs because I cannot stick to them. I’m such a mood reader! What books do you plan to read this summer?

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Between The Sea And Stars: Release Week Blitz

I am so excited that BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS by Chantal Gadoury is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Chantal Gadoury, be sure to check out all the details below. 
 
This blitz also includes a pre-order giveaway courtesy of Chantal. So if you’d like a
chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.
About The Book:

Title: BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS 
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pub. Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House 
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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A Legend, A Magical Shell  A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More… 

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea. 

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land. 

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner. 

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?

Excerpt:
“Tell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.”
 
Javelin lifted a brow. “It’s hardly a legend, Lena,” he said. “It’s
barely been a decade.” His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of
being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or
scold or shush. Still, he groaned. “I’ve told that one a thousand times. You
should know it by heart. Aren’t you tired of it yet?”
 
“Come on,” Lena urged him. “It’s my favorite. Tell me again.”
 
He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. “Fine.” His scooped
a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against
its grain. “The queen fell in love with a human man,” he began, his strong
fingers holding the clam firmly in place. “Every full moon, she used her magic
to travel ashore to see him.”
 
Lena settled onto her elbows, relishing the smooth sound of her brother’s
voice as he recited the tale. 
A dreamy smile spread over her lips.
 
“I wonder how she met him,” she murmured softly, tilting her chin up and
letting her lashes flutter shut.
 
“Likely the same way any merrow meets a human,” Javelin teased.
“Shipwrecked during one of Poseidon’s storms. She should have drowned him
immediately.”
 
“But she couldn’t!” Lena’s eyes pinged open. “For he was devilishly
handsome, even soaking wet. The most handsome man she’d ever seen.”
 
“Devilish is right,” Javelin allowed. “Whether he was handsome or not,
I’ll let your imagination decide.”
 
“Oh, he was.” Lena was smiling widely now. “He was, perhaps, the most
beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each
full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she
would emerge from the sea, he’d run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one
more moment apart. He’d wrap his muscular arms around her—”
 
“For Poseidon’s sake, Lena.”
 
“And they’d dance together,” she pressed on, giggling, “as only humans
can do. They’d dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming
songs into one another’s ears.”
 
“Until one night. . .” Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes.
 
“Until one night,” she sighed, “something overcame the queen’s lover.
Greed.”
 
“Human greed,” Javelin corrected. “Human nature. It was only a matter of
time.”
 
She glared at him, but didn’t interrupt as he continued. This was the
best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelin—damn him, was good at telling
it. And he knew.
 
“That night, the queen swam toward the surface, impatient as ever she
was. Ready to be rid of her tail. Ready to be human again. Her magic was a gift
from Poseidon himself, contained in a delicate shell which she wore around her
neck on a gold chain. It gave her the ability to explore the shore, and to
control the storms and seas.”
 
Lena leaned in.
 
“As she swam, the queen began to change. Faint sobs faltered over her
blue-scaled lips—cries of pain, lost to the rushing lull of the waves and the
urgent beating of her fins. Swiftly, her tail separated into two perfectly
shaped legs, and she rose out of the sea.”
 
“Don’t leave out the good parts,” Lena whispered. She knew her brother
would skim over the romance just to annoy her.
 
Javelin gave her a pointed look. Then he grinned. “The moon was high that
night,” he said, lowering his voice to a hush for effect. “The land was
illuminated by an eerie, silver glow. Beneath its light, the queen’s new flesh
was creamy and soft. Her hair became one with the wind, and her body shivered
against a violent, uproarious breeze. Perhaps it was a warning from the gods,
but the queen didn’t see it as such. The human lands were cold, suffering a
new, frigid season, but her heart remained warm. She smiled, though her
transition had been agony, when she heard the sound of water splashing and saw
her beloved moving toward her through the shallows.
 
“She sang his name as he brushed chaste kisses against her neck, and
relaxed fully against him, trusting him completely. She was blind to the wicked
yearning which had wrapped around his heart. Which made his body tense, which
crushed his lungs till he could hardly breathe. He wanted her shell, for he’d
discovered what powers were locked inside that delicate charm. Powers gifted to
whomsoever possessed it. His fingers dipped to her throat, caressing the shell
which had allowed her to return to him, again and again. The queen eyed him
strangely, and he dropped his hands to her waist, tugging her against him,
kissing her deeply.”
 
Lena sighed, and Javelin smirked.
 
“She was a fool,” he said.
 
“She was in love,” Lena amended.
 
“She was both,” he conceded. “And that foolish love consumed her.
Deceived her. Seduced her. Clouded her eyes, so love was all she could see. But
that fateful eve, her beloved’s affection was not what it seemed. He’d seduced
himself too, with all the prospects of what might be. His own love had been
replaced by a lust for riches unknown. For control of the land and sea.”
 
Lena winced, for she knew what came next.
 
“He pressed his mouth against the queen’s skin, whispering sweet words,
distracting her. She was smiling as he sent a knife into her back. Smiling,
even as her eyes went wide with shock.”
 
Lena shuddered, picturing it. A joyful mouth, frozen in place. Bulging,
horrified eyes going dim.
 
“The queen’s lover twisted his blade, releasing her cold merrow blood to
the sand. He reached for the shell, yanking on its golden chain. But in the
last throes of breath, the queen resisted him and threw the shell into the
crashing waves, bidding Poseidon to wash it away.
 
“With a promised curse on his lips, her lover trailed back into the
night, determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and
all who dwell beneath the earth, in the ocean’s depths. Our people.” He glanced
sidelong at Lena, his meaning clear. “The merrows.”
 
“And the queen. . .” Lena murmured, though she already knew how the tale
would end.
 
“He left her to dissolve into sea foam. She was washed away forever by
the waves.”
 
Lena released a long breath and gazed at her hands, trying to imagine
what it would be like to watch herself slowly disappear; what heartache and
betrayal the queen must have felt in her last moments. She knew this was a
gruesome tale, but a part of her thought the better parts, the magic and
romance, were worth the gruesome bits.
 
“What do you think it would be like, to walk?” she wondered aloud. “Would
it be like having two tails?”
 
“I don’t know,” Javelin chuckled. “I suppose it might be.”
 
“Where do you think the shell is now?”
 
Javelin shrugged. From a stony shelf above his head, he retrieved a slim,
wooden railing he’d found in a ship a few days before and carefully tied his
sharpened clamshell to its jagged end.
Lena smiled, realizing he’d made her a hunting spear.
 
“Poseidon is said to have hidden the shell before the human lover, or any
human, could steal it. It could be anywhere.”
 
“If you could go to the surface, would you?”
 
Javelin pinched his lips together and didn’t speak. It was a silent
reprimand. He knew how Lena longed to break through the waves, to see the human
world with her own eyes, to know the uses of all the odd objects they’d
collected over the years. But the laws of the sea were strict, and the king’s
leniency had all but vanished in recent years.
 
Any merrow caught peeking at the shore was punished. Some were even
struck down by Poseidon and reduced to sea foam, just like the queen.
 
“This is where we belong, Lena,” Javelin said softly, firmly.
 
“But how do you know?” She swirled upright and swam along the edge of the
grotto, brushing her fingertips over cups and spoons and heaps of sodden
fabric. Over small chests and tarnished, palm-sized figurines and other
mysterious, unnamed things. “Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like,
to live on the land? To live among them? To be one of them?”
 
“Not as much as you have, I can see.”
 
She groaned, and sank to her brother’s side, resting her head on his
shoulder. “It can’t be as bad as everyone believes. Humans can’t all be the
same. We’re not all the same,” she reasoned quietly.

About Chantal:

 

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.
Giveaway Details: Pre Order Giveaway!
Enter your Receipt for the chance to win a “Mermaid” Giveaway! A Mermaid-Themed Tumbler, Notebook, Nail Filer, Face Mask, Hand Sanitizer, Handcream, Makeup Bag, Popsocket and an autographed Paperback of “Between the Sea and Stars.” Submit Your BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS Book Receipts HERE! Any format of this book will qualify: E-Book or Paperback. It can be purchased at any retailer; Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Parliament House – etc. Receipts must be dated before June 24th.
You can also submit your receipt by emailing cgauthorgiveaway@gmail.com

 

 

 

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