Monday, 20 May 2019

Fixing Us Blog Tour Excerpt + Review

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Fixing Us, an all-new romantic standalone from Miranda Elaine is available now!

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Gabriel Starr is the love of my life, even if he breaks my heart time and time again.
Like a fool, I keep going back, so I’ve made a promise to myself—one final night and then I’m done.
One night of passion.
No pressure. Most importantly, no future.
One month later, a positive pregnancy test tells me different.
Our only option is to raise this baby as friends, but how can we make it work when we can’t even keep our hands off each other?
We finally have the chance to be the family we never imagined we could be.
But first we need to focus on Fixing Us.

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Review:

I gave this book 4 stars. This was such a cute heartfelt romance. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. 

Honestly, I didn’t even realize it was part of a series until halfway through the book. I think it stands well on its own, it can be read as a standalone if you don’t want to read the first two books. I was never lost when reading the book, however, I do think that it might enhance the reading experience if you read the other two books first because those characters do make several appearances in this book.

Leigh and Game were so heartfelt. They were an on again off again couple for twelve years and honestly I don’t think any part of me thought that they weren’t going to work things out. Being only over 200 pages, the story was short but sweet. And the characters themselves made for an interesting dynamic.

Leigh was such a funny character. I love having protagonists with bucketloads of personality and I really felt that Leah had that. I loved how her humour was flawlessly incorporated in order to relieve some of the heaviness of the rest of the story.

I also liked that neither of them had overly conventional career choices. I feel like there is such a need now for everyone to go to college or university right out the gate that if you do anything other than that, people will judge you. Both of them found their callings without having to spend any more time going to school because sometimes school just isn’t the right move for people. 

Overall, if you are looking for an NA novel to read that isn’t too heavy but isn’t a pocket full of sunshine then this would be a good read for you.

Excerpt:

Finally, after what feels like a millennium, the door opens and Dr. Mallard enters, smiling. He’s an older man who is always overly happy. I like him, even if I find his cheerfulness somewhat off-putting at this exact second.

“Mrs. Simms, how exciting to have you here today. This must be your husband.” He walks over to Gabe, who stands, hand extended.

“Sorry, no,” I chime in. “Definitely not my husband.”

“My fault,” he apologizes. “Your boyfriend. This is a new age. Lots of people in lifelong relationships nowadays without marriage.”

            Awkward.

            “Nope,” I say, popping my P with a bit more attitude than intended. “We aren’t together.” I look over at Gabe, who’s holding his laughter in and I silently yell Help me!

            “Just got her knocked up,” Gabe finally speaks. “Classic fairy tale story of ex-sex turning into a baby. Turns out those silly condoms serve a purpose and really shouldn’t be skipped. Who knew?”

            “Seriously!” I yell while shooting him daggers with my eyes. All he does to respond is shrug his shoulders and give me an evil grin.

            “Okay, Miss Simms, if you can lie back and put your feet up we can check on this little miracle,” Dr. Mallard finally says as the nurse pulls the stirrups out and helps me assume the position.

            Even if you don’t want your ex-boyfriend back you still always want them to think of you as the sexy one who got away, not the girl nude and exposed with her legs in the air while a doctor probes her. Great, fucking great.

            “Sure.” I lie back and my head jerks to Gabe. “But you stay north of the equator.”

            “Not a problem, Leigh.” He smiles at me. “But it ain’t nothing I haven’t seen before.”

            “Well, it’s definitely something you’re never seeing again,” I snap back at him, causing the nurse to let a small chuckle escape.

            I try to act cool by the fact that the doctor seems to think sticking a huge wand up me is perfectly normal.

            Thump thump. Thump thump.

            Our bickering immediately stops. The room is dark and the monitor next to me is lit up.

            “Is that—” Gabe starts.

            “That’s your baby’s heartbeat,” the doctor interrupts. “And if you look over here, you see that small little bean shape in the middle there.” He points to the picture on the ultrasound machine. “That’s your baby. It’s currently approximately the size of a raspberry.”

            “Wow,” Gabe and I both somehow say at the same time.

            We finish the appointment with a plethora of information. Gabe is quiet and the silliness that existed in the examination room is gone. We check out and walk side by side. Neither of us bringing up everything we need to discuss.

            Does him showing up mean he wants to be involved? Does he assume we will get back together? Can we even do this together? Do I want to?

            All the questions are running rampant in my head and instead of saying a single one of them I simply say, “I’ll let you know when I have another appointment.”

            “Thanks.” He holds the door to the building open, letting me walk outside, him close on my heels. “I want to be here for you and our child as best as I can.”

            I nod, but my mind is still back in that office with that beautiful baby. My baby.

            “We ought to talk, Leigh.”

            “You’re right. But today I got to hear my—our, baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Let’s not ruin it, okay?” We’re standing in the middle of the parking lot, neither of us moving to our respective vehicles.


            “Okay, but soon.”

About Miranda

Miranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She's been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she's by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy.


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The Moth and the Flame Release Day!

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The Moth and the Flame returns to the world of Blackwood Keep, rival gangs, and deliciously flawed yet completely addicting characters!
The Moth and the Flame, the second romantic standalone in the When Rivals Play series by B.B. Reid is LIVE!

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THE FLAME

Here lies Louchana Valentine. She was a homeless, orphaned virgin.
I never cared what my gravestone would say until I landed in deep with a powerful gangster. Lucky for me, my best friend happens to be ruthless too. I should feel guilty that he’s forced to turn on the man who’s been a father to him. Except I’ve always known that Wren’s soul wasn’t as black as he claimed.
He was good.
He was beautiful.
He was mine.
He just didn’t know it yet.
And with Wren keeping me safe, I’ve got time left to rewrite the end of my story. But if he has his way, virgin is already carved in stone.

THE MOTH

I’ve never known anyone as alluring as Lou. Or as frustrating. Since the night she saved my life and stole my wallet for her troubles, I couldn’t stay away.
She became my onus.
My light.
My…anyway.
With nowhere to run, I’m forced to trust someone I never expected. At least with Lou safe in Blackwood Keep—far away from me—I’ll die with my conscience intact. Because she no longer looks at me with friendship in her eyes. Those iridescent blues shine with a different need entirely, and I’ve never been able to deny her.

It is strongly advised that you read The Peer and the Puppet before diving into The Moth and the Flame. Content suitable for ages 18+.


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About B.B. Reid: B.B. Reid is a bestselling author of new adult romance. She grew up the only daughter and middle child in a small town in North Carolina. After graduating with a Bachelors in Finance, she started her career at an investment research firm while continuing to serve in the National Guard. She currently resides in Charlotte with her moody cat and enjoys collecting Chuck Taylors and binge-eating chocolate. Please visit her website for more information: www.bbreid.com


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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Fixing Us Release Day!


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Fixing Us, an all-new romantic standalone from Miranda Elaine is available now!

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Gabriel Starr is the love of my life, even if he breaks my heart time and time again.
Like a fool, I keep going back, so I’ve made a promise to myself—one final night and then I’m done.
One night of passion.
No pressure. Most importantly, no future.
One month later, a positive pregnancy test tells me different.
Our only option is to raise this baby as friends, but how can we make it work when we can’t even keep our hands off each other?
We finally have the chance to be the family we never imagined we could be.
But first we need to focus on Fixing Us.

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Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/FixingUs
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2CvJ1Q5

About Miranda:

Miranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She's been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she's by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy. MirandaElaine.png
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Waiting on Wednesday



The Starless Sea
The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern



Release Date: November 5th, 2019

Synopsis:


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues -- a bee, a key, and a sword -- that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians -- it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.


Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

My Thoughts:

I've been waiting forever for Erin Morgenstern to finally come out with another book. Her book The Night Circus is one of my all-time favorites (they're making a movie of it btw. Also really excited for that one). Erin Morgenstern has such a specific style of writing that I can't wait for more of. The Night Circus had such a dreamy magical atmosphere and it makes me wonder how this book will compare; whether it will have that same sort of atmosphere or if the authors can create a whole new atmosphere while maintaining her own specific style. Also, kind of blows my mind that it took her eight years to write another book. I mean, she's good at it so I won't judge her too harshly. At least it hasn't been 20 years like another famous author with a book coming out soon. Hint hint.


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Monday, 13 May 2019

Recommendations: Beach Day Reads


Greetings friends, I was supposed to go to the beach today but those plans got canceled. Nevertheless, I figured I would recommend some beach reads for those of you actually going to the beach.

Practical Magic



The movie and the prequel are a lot more heavy than the book actually is. If you are looking for a book with endlessly beautiful imagery and character descriptions with four love stories in one book with a bit of magic mixed in, then this one would be good for you. Honestly, I could picture myself sitting on a beach reading this one.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One



If you want to read something more along the poetry lines this would be a good choice. The next books in this poetry series get a bit darker than this one, but honestly, if you just want to read something with themes of feminism and loving yourself first then this would be a great one for you. It's also a very quick read and I do think you would be able to finish this with just a day at the beach.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids



I was disappointed by this one as a whole, but I have to say that it had the perfect beach mood. If you just want the beach atmosphere along with a main character that is actually a person of color for once, then this would probably be a good choice for you.

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda



Something a little bit funny and young for you guys. The movie is good and all but the book is 10x better than the movie. It's lighthearted and you get a very whimsical coming of age story about a hilarious main character. I could wax poetic about this book, highly recommend this one.

I'll Give You the Sun



It's been a little while since I've shoved this book down your throats, but here it is! It's got summertime, beaches, sibling relationships, romance, art. This book is dreamy. The perfect summer fantasy.

I'd Tell You I Loved You But Then I'd Have to Kill You



This one is just fun and a little silly at times. It's for younger YA readers, it's a very light book emotionally. It's got some spying mixed in along with an all-girls boarding school. Another book I can imagine having a lot of fun with sitting on the beach.

Death By Bikini



I feel like I've definitely talked about this book on a summer book list before, I don't remember which one. This one is set on a private island so it just gives off all of the summertime vibes that you want from a book when sitting poolside or on a sandy beach. It's also got the exciting spying angle and I could see this being the perfect beach read.

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls



This one is the perfect rom-com type YA summer read. You have four sisters all trying to figure things out one summer, it's full of romance and relationships between siblings, along with coming of age themes.

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Rant: Ugly Duckling Trope


Thanks for joining me today! It's my birthday today and I thought, what better way to celebrate me getting older than to rant about tropes that make me angry? So today I will be ranting about something I never even really thought about until recently: The Ugly Duckling turned Swan trope that is everywhere. I find that this is more of an issue in movies than in books, but I still find that it is a reacurring trope even now.

I'm all for female empowerment and I do appreciate someone going through changes in order to feel better about themselves. However, I often feel as though with this trope the female character who is glowing up, isn't really appreciated as a human being until she has become "beautiful". I hate it because when these young girls are reading these books they feel as though they too have to undergo these changes in order to be of value.



It makes me think a lot about that one scene in the Harry Potter books where Hermione has her front teeth shrunken down because Snape, Malfoy, and endless others were terrible to her about them. I definitely don't think this trope applies to Hermione exactly. I just felt for her so much in those books especially considering the way that other characters would always criticize her appearance. I respected her a lot because of the fact that for the most part, she never had to conform in order to be brilliant. Growing up I think Hermione was a great role model for young girls despite the whole tooth thing.



I don't know, it just sort of pisses me off that girls are held to impossibly high standards; And that there are books out there that celebrate women conforming to societal definitions of beauty just so they can feel like they fit in. There are movies out there like She's All That where the entire plot is based on this sweet nerdy girl becoming that It girl and before that everyone sort of sees her as a joke. She's not really taken seriously because she isn't "beautiful" yet and then once she is her love interest finally cares about her. It's so incredibly annoying.



There are books and movies that I understand the transformation like The Princess Diaries for example. You know she had a role that she needed to fit and I understand why her transformation happened, it would have been the same if Mia had been a dude. I mean, you can't wear cleats to a ballet recital. However, I highly doubt that most stories that include this trope actually have this type of foresight in mind.


Anyway PSA: Stop making female characters unnoticed until they're pretty. Girls should be treated with basic human decency whether or not they choose to be high maintenance or low maintenance.

Thoughts on the subject?
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Thursday, 9 May 2019

April Wrap Up


I almost didn't do a wrap up for April but I suddenly felt to motivation to do it and I sped right through. If you guys are interested in seeing what I read and watched and my opinions keep reading!

1. The Savior




I gave this book 5 stars. I'm officially 100% caught up on this series and it's spin-off series and now I have to wait for the next book to come out like everyone else. What a sad predicament I am in. This was an incredibly awesome book by the way. After the last two books, the redemption of this book was needed.

2. Risky Play




I gave this book 4 stars. Rachel Van Dyken was on my list of authors I didn't want to read again because I didn't really like her writing style from what I had read before. My opinion was slightly changed by this book. I actually really enjoyed it and I just might have to read more of her works.

3. Endgame




I gave this book 3 stars. Reminiscent of Paper Princess but without all of the brothers and it's a standalone.

4. Boys of Brayshaw High




I gave this book 3 stars. This book was so overhyped. I thought it was going to be the end all be all of darker NA romances and it just wasn't. I loved the main character, she was great, but the story itself and all the other characters just didn't do it for me. I was also very disappointed by the ending. I'm not sure if I even want to read the next book. I probably will just to find out what happened. Overall, very disappointing.

5. Leo




I gave this book 5 stars. Saw the plot twist coming before I even started the book simply from looking at the title and reading the synopsis. It does not take a genius to put it together. However, I still loved the book. It was tender and sad and romantic. I have nothing bad to say about it.

6. Echo




I gave this book 5 stars. Dark, taboo, and sexy. Exactly what I love from NA novels.

7. Stutter




I gave this book 3.5 stars. It was almost like I was reading about a completely different couple from the first book. I can't go into detail but this book was so cookie cutter compared to the first book.

8. Notice




I gave this book 3.5 stars. Yikes. This is not a book for the faint of heart. That's all I'm going to say.

9. Twisted Pride




I gave this book 5 stars. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I had it marked down on my calendar because I was just so excited to read it. It was worth every minute I spent waiting for its release. To this day it is my favorite Cora Reilly book. I love Remo.

10. High




I gave this book 2 stars. I keep trying to read books by this author because I loved her Kiss of Death series so much, but nothing is comparing. This especially was really disappointing.

11. Professor's Kiss




I gave this book 3 stars. I hate it when the "hero" of a novel blames the heroine for things that aren't her fault. It pisses me off. Also, the characters just aren't very memorable, like I've already forgotten both of the protagonists' names.

12. Arranged




I gave this book 4 stars. I've been waiting for an R. K. Lilley book for what seems like decades. I always love her stories and this was no different. While it wasn't my favorite of her works I did fly through it.

13. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me




I gave this book 3 stars. I was so confused when I first started this before realizing that the author made up team names. I was legit out here thinking I knew less than nothing about American football teams. I mean I don't know a lot because I don't like football, but I do know that the team in Dallas is the Dallas Cowboys. Bit confusing, definitely too long, and I don't think too much really happens in those too many pages.

14. Again, but Better




I gave this book 4 stars. I just wrote a spoiler-free review of this the other day. If you want to know more of my thoughts on this book I'll leave a link here.


15. Avenger's Endgame




I gave this movie 5 stars. Honestly, I'm pretty sure this was the only new thing I watched in April. It had me in tears. I was in the movie theatre trying not to sob because everyone else was quiet and I didn't want to be that asshole who can't stay quiet during an important scene. I was sad for a full 3 days after I watched it and honestly, I don't think I've ever been that sad over a movie before. Highly recommend.


What books and movies did you guys enjoy in April?

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