Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris ~ Tour Stop & Giveaway



I'd like to welcome Rachel Harris to StuckInBooks.  I love Rachel's writing and am excited to have her here today.

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Thanks so much for having me, Valerie! As I’m sure you know by now, I completely adore you, and love your enthusiasm for books. You’re to blame for a large part of my one-click addiction. But, as addictions go, I happen to think hoarding books is an excellent one.

My Not So Super Sweet Life is live, and I’m so excited. This fun, digital companion to the series came about last year, and I didn’t even get to write it until late fall. It was one hundred percent fan driven, and I sincerely hope readers enjoy the conclusion to Cat and Lucas’s story in this special dual narrative book. It’s a bit different from the previous two in that way, giving you the full picture of their relationship as they deal with mama drama, insecurities, and the paparazzi.

It was so much fun to write.

To give you a little taste of this book, I interviewed the two lovebirds and asked where they like to hang out. You know, when photographers aren’t chasing them.   



Lucas & Cat's Top Five Places to Visit


·       UCLA’s Murphy Sculpture Garden – This spot serves as a swoon-filled setting for the couple
in My Not So Super Sweet Life. Growing up, Lucas traveled back and forth from Milan to Beverly Hills, never quite staying in one place too long. But this is a special place for him, and after a certain day he spends with Cat, it means even more. Filled with sculptures and rich in inspiration, it’s easy to see a pint-sized Lucas lighting up at the art.



·       Lyric – In A Tale of Two Centuries, Lucas made his stand with Cat outside this all-ages nightclub. He put his feelings on the line and vowed he wasn’t giving up. Not until she told him to. His incredible speech, along with his gift of art pencils that showed he really saw her, won her over that day, and the two make an excuse to revisit that spot, and those memories, as often as possible.

    

·       Austin’s beach house –  A site for one of Alessandra’s more memorable challenges in A Tale
of Two Centuries, this house became an escape—a haven—for Cat and Lucas in My Not So Super Sweet Life. The fact that they shared one of their steamiest kisses ever on the beach may or may not be a factor in their decision ;)



·       McDonald’s – Don’t let their money fool you. Cat and Lucas don’t do fancy or uptight. These two are all about comfort, family…and milk shakes from Cat’s beloved golden arches.



·       Mr. Scott’s Art Class— Though not the place they first met (that would be Cat’s sweet sixteen in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century), their joint art class became a favorite meeting spot for the two in A Tale of Two Centuries, and that continues in book three. While Cat gravitates toward sketching, painting, and photography, Lucas is into sculpting and ceramics. But their talents know no bounds. Sharing a class together fires up their competitive edges, along with a healthy, flirtatious rivalry



So there you have it, Lucas and Cats top five places to hang out. Where do YOU like to hang out with your swoony boyfriends?   


 My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20517466-my-not-so-super-sweet-life

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Sweet-Life-Entangled-Teen-ebook/dp/B00HTJH9J0http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-not-so-super-sweet-life-rachel-harris/1118048798?ean=9781622664825&itm=1&usri=9781622664825&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10:1&r=1,%201

Still just 99¢
http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2014/04/my-not-so-super-sweet-life-by-rachel.html



About Rachel:
As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
She grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother and staying up late sneak reading her mam's favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.
She homeschools her two beautiful girls and loves watching reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!  


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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
4/21/2014- Jenna Does BooksReview
4/21/2014- Coffee, Books and MeInterview
4/22/2014- Meredith & Jennifer's MusingReview
4/22/2014- Vi3tbabeExcerpt
4/23/2014- Pandora's BooksReview
4/23/2014- Stuck In BooksGuest Post
4/24/2014- The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan ClubReview
4/24/2014- Library of a Book WitchExcerpt
4/25/2014- Every Free Chance Book ReviewsReview
4/25/2014- Book Loving MomExcerpt

Week Two:
4/28/2014- The Book BellesReview
4/28/2014- Mercurial MusingsExcerpt
4/29/2014- Mundie MomsReview
4/29/2014- The Cover ContessaGuest Post
4/30/2014- Book Angel BooktopiaReview
4/30/2014- Swoony Boys Podcast- Interview
5/1/2014- Bookaholics AnonymousReview
5/1/2014- TSK TSK What to ReadExcerpt
5/2/2014- Once upon a twilight- Review
5/2/2014- Fantasy Book AddictGuest Post

 

Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover ~ Coming this June



So you’ve met Rule, Jet, Rome, and soon Nash! But there’s a new boy in town, along with a new series, by Jay Crownover. Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point #1) is a new adult novel scheduled for publication on June 17, 2014, by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing.

This is how Jay describes her new novel/series:

“It’s dark and dangerous and set in a fictitious underworld/bad part of town. The men in all of the books are way more along the line of being anti-heros than true leading men. I guess the easiest way to sum them up is by saying the books are all about the choices these characters have to make and the outcomes and results of those decisions. Bax’s book is all about having to make the hard choices and what becomes of him and his lady in doing so. They are super fun, very atmospheric and I think really what writing a bad boy should be like if you’re going to do it :)”

Look in the back of Nash’s book to find the first chapter of “Better When He’s Bad.”





Synopsis

Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.




About the Author

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.


Connect with Jay: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

#CuddlesByVal (WoW) ~ 4/23/14



This is my version of Waiting on Wednesday but with more cuddles, books I can't wait to cuddle for various reasons.

What am I waiting on this week?  THIS!


A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…

At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…

Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.

Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18885666-whisper-to-me?from_search=true
 
Available May 20th

Why am I waiting? Um...I so loved the first book and I just know this one will be fabulous!

What about you?  What are you waiting on?  Leave me a comment.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris ~ Review

Source:  Received eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review.
 My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20517466-my-not-so-super-sweet-life

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Sweet-Life-Entangled-Teen-ebook/dp/B00HTJH9J0http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-not-so-super-sweet-life-rachel-harris/1118048798?ean=9781622664825&itm=1&usri=9781622664825&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10:1&r=1,%201

Still just 99¢



My Thoughts:




4 stars - This book brings the fun

First Impressions...

I love Rachel Harris books.  I've wanted to get to this series for a long time but just haven't been able to.  When she told me that this book could be read as a stand alone, I was super excited.   So I made it happen - the reading of it that is.

The Characters...

I love Lucas.  He's struggling from a lose in his family.  His father expects certain things from him as a result and he really has a hard time saying no.  It felt like he knew who he was but he needed to figure out how to help his did see that person and accept him.  He's such a support to Cat and it's clear he loves her.  They were sweet together.

It was nice that Lucas and Cat were already together.  This story is about how they develop the feeling they have for each other into the bonds that strengthen them enough to face the difficult reality of their lives.  They are good for each other.  They support each other.  It's sweet really.

It took me longer with Cat.  Admittedly, I didn't know about her journey before this book, but I didn't like her right away.  She hides herself away and I think I needed to figure her out.  Took me a bit.  But the author does a good job of highlighting the important growth from the previous books and I soon decided she was great.

The Story...

This book does stand alone.   Although I didn't read about her journey into the past, I got enough of the details to understand the effect it had on Cat.  The look alike characters are explained and those from the past that are present are clear.  I was impressed that Rachel was able to weave all that information in there and still make it a fun enjoyable read.

Speaking of the fun, that's the best part of this book.  It's fun.  The YA feel is strong and I was giggling a lot.  I really enjoyed the flipping back and forth between Lucas and Cat's POV as well.  Loved reading from Lucas' POV best, of course.

Could I Put It Down...

I read it over two evenings.  It's not that I wanted to put it down but I had to.  I could have easily read it straight through if I'd had the time.  It's the kind of book that you just want to keep reading.

In The End...

Fun, sweet, swoon filled, and a great growing up kinda story, this book rocks.  If you love reading YA, then make sure you add this to your TBR pile soon.


About the author:

Author of fun & flirty romance about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings and strong families are a staple of all my books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

I homeschool my two beautiful girls and watch countless hours of reality television with my amazing husband. I write YA, NA, and Adult romance and LOVE talking with readers! 


https://twitter.com/RachelHarrisBkshttps://www.facebook.com/RachelHarrisAuthorhttp://rachelharriswrites.com/https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5347676.Rachel_Harris

Teaser Tuesday ~ 4/22/14

This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.


To participate you:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



 My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20517466-my-not-so-super-sweet-life

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Sweet-Life-Entangled-Teen-ebook/dp/B00HTJH9J0http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-not-so-super-sweet-life-rachel-harris/1118048798?ean=9781622664825&itm=1&usri=9781622664825&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10:1&r=1,%201


Tease!


Picking me up, Lucas lays me on the blanket of soft sand and says, "You have no idea what you do to me."  But I think I do.  And that's what makes my head so wonderfully fuzzy. (Kindle Location 361)

Such a fun story!  What do you think?

Have a teaser for me?  Leave me a comment.





Monday, April 21, 2014

Fairy Tale Fortnight Giveaway Hop


For this Giveaway, I'm featuring the Madly Series by M. Leighton!

 Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly #1 & #2) by M. Leighton

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12039404-madly-wolfhardt

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CKHYDE?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005CKHYDE&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/madly-and-wolfhardt-m-leighton/1104277798?ean=2940044818699

http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2012/05/madly-wolfhardt-by-m-leighton-review.html



How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges. 

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart. 

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13609335-madly-the-jackal

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085ZVOUC?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0085ZVOUC&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/madly-and-the-jackal-m-leighton/1111580410?ean=2940045017657

http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2012/06/madly-jackal-by-m-leighton.html


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Release Day ~ Make It A Double by Sawyer Bennett


RELEASE

MAKE IT A DOUBLE

BY USA Today Best-selling Author Sawyer Bennett




Join us at AToMR Tours facebook page for Happy Hour with the Last Call Bar! From 6pm-7pm EST we will be celebrating the release of MAKE IT A DOUBLE with giveaways, quizzes, and BRODY! Grab a drink (non-alcoholic for those under 21 years of age) and stop by!

Also, Sawyer Bennett will be doing a Q&A on Tuesday, April 22nd at 8pm EST at Flawk.to. Come join in to the Sawyer Bennett session and look for AToMR’s Flawk sheep!





Last Call, #2
Adult Contemporary Romance

Released April 21, 2014

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.

Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.

Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.

While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.

*MAKE IT A DOUBLE can be read as a stand-alone*



About the Author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.


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