Saturday, October 26, 2013

HOUSTON BOOKRAVE: Celebrating DIA DE LOS MUERTOS at the AFTER PARTY!


We’re so excited for the Houston Book Rave After Party!

I don’t know about you, but I am dying to wear my costume (Costumes are optional).

There will be food, drinks, music, and lots of giveaways!

Yes, I said GIVEAWAYS!

We will be randomly picking names every 20-30 minutes giving away some awesome prizes!

Prizes will be anything from books, gift cards, swag, and tons more! You don’t want to miss it!

Below are some of the prizes we will be giving away.








Also, for those who aren’t sure what type of costume to wear, below are some ideas.

Theme: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS




 You can either paint a mask on, or buy one on ebay or a local store. They aren't hard to find. :) 





This is going to rock!

If you haven’t already got your ticket for the after party you can visit this link: http://houstonbookrave.blogspot.com/p/after-party.html

See you all soon!



~ Damaris



Saturday, October 12, 2013

BLOG TOUR: My POV of Promise Me Darkness

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Promise Me Darkness (Promise Me, #1)

Title: Promise Me Darkness
Author: Paige Weaver
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary and Suspense Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Links to the book: Goodreads

Book Description:

"He was my darkness and I was his light. We couldn't exist without each other."

For me, life was simple. I went to school and studied. I spent time with my friends and stayed out of trouble. I didn't drink or swear and I only dated gentlemen. I was the typical good girl with a bright future. My world seemed perfect.

But that was about to change.

Ryder Delaney was the one imperfection in my life. He was the bad boy, the black sheep, the one your mother always warned you about. He had only one hard-and-fast rule - Don't fall in love.

But some rules were meant to be broken.

We were best friends, inseparable since childhood despite our differences. I knew the real man hiding behind the tattoos and bad attitude. He knew all my secrets and dreams. But he didn't know there was one thing I wanted and couldn't have...him.

But sometimes Fate has a way of intervening. Soon our world collapsed. War erupted. Darkness prevailed. Alone and on the run, our only goal was to survive and to ignore the feelings we had for each other. But love is powerful...

and so is the darkness.



Rating:

My POV


This story was different and has a post-apocalyptic feel for sure. I was scared, nervous, and devastated while this story played out. What made me so nervous is that the tragedy in the book could actually happen. Terrorism is not an everyday worry for us in the US like overseas but Promise Me Darkness is a good example of a terrifying possibility. An attack on our soil in this magnitude would surely change our lives and will destroy society as we know it.
Amongst all the chaos is a crazy passionate love story. Ryder and Maddie are soul mates. There is not another word for them as far a relationships go but my goodness do they fight it tooth and nail. Best friends since grade school they are inseparable. As the world crumbles around them they are left with each other and some friends in order to survive and make it home, hours away for safety.

Their situation is what kept me glued to the pages but Ryder and Maddie’s love story kept me begging for more. I enjoyed the writing and like the pace of the story. This was definitely one of my top reads of the year.


About the Author
Paige Weaver’s first passion has always been reading. Many hours were spent getting lost in love stories and adventures. That turned into a love for writing at a young age. She wrote her first book when she was a teenager and hasn’t stopped since. Thanks to pressure from family and friends, she finally decided to take the leap and self-publish. Her first book ‘Promise Me Darkness’ became a New York Times and USA Today Best Seller within a month after being released.
A native Texan who still resides in the town where she was born, Paige lives with her husband and two children. When she's not writing or reading, you can find her chasing her kids around and living her very own happily ever-after story.


Tour Giveaway

2 Print copies and 3 eBook copies gifted - International

To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpts click here or the tour button below.

Come back tomorrow for a review of Promise Me Light the second book in the series.

Friday, October 11, 2013

My POV: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover, #3)
Paperback, 440 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin HQN 
An alpha hero's attraction to the one woman he can't have could draw him into a killer's snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance—including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted.---Goodreads



Rating:

My POV
What would you do if you had a sexy boss that you are attracted to but you can't do anything with that attraction because you know he just has one night stands and you want more with him than a one night stand?
Avery Mullins is a bartender at Rowdy Yates bar. She likes him a lot and Rowdy keeps pursuing her but she doesn't want to be just a one night stand. When Rowdy gets hurt in a fight outside the bar defending a kid Avery is there to take care of him at his home. But Avery is running from her past and no one knows why but soon Rowdy starts getting suspicious that something is going on because Avery starts getting weird phone calls and it looks like they're being followed.
Soon Avery doesn't have a choice but to tell Rowdy what is going on and he turns into her protector.... but can Rowdy protect Avery? And what will happen once the threat is gone? Will Rowdy send Avery away because he never gets close to anyone?
I was literally on the edge of my seat, I couldn't put the book down. Wondering what was going to happen to Avery. My heart also broke for Rowdy knowing what had happened to him in his past I wanted to comfort him myself. I was so shocked when I found out who was behind the calls and following Avery around.  Let me tell you I never expected it.
Wow just wow! Please read this book I promise you won't be disappointed. The author did a great job.... suspense, love, trust a little bit of everything.
Enjoy your read!

Other Books in the Series
Run the Risk (Love Undercover, #1)1356258113562593 Author
New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Fine
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Berkley/Jove.
Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.
Along with her good friend, Duffy Brown, Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.
In 2007, Lori put together The Write Ingredients a cookbook of recipes donated by popular authors. Proceeds from the cookbook go toward Lori’s ongoing “Troop project” of collecting and mailing fun, and sometimes necessary, items to our troops.
In 2008, Lori coordinated with other authors of her choosing, and through Berkley, arranged for the publication of The Power of Love, a special romance anthology of novellas about empowering women. All author and agent proceeds from the anthology go to the Hamilton Co YWCA Battered women’s shelter.
In 2009, Tails of Love, another romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published through Berkley with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.
In 2010, The Gift of Love romance anthology, with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with proceeds to benefit The Conductive Learning Center, a school for children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
In 2011, The Promise of Love, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, will be published with proceeds to benefit the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children.
In 2012, Love Bites, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.
Lori has received many prestigious awards, including:
Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for:
Series Romantic Fantasy
Contemporary Romance
Walendenbooks:
Say No To Joe – second “Bestselling Original Contemporary”
Borders Group Inc.:
The Secret Life of Bryan – “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance title
Jude’s Law – “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” romance title
Back in Black – “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” romance title
Lori Foster has been both a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle and the USA Today Quick Cross puzzle.
Lori enjoys visiting with readers on her Facebook Fan page, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.
Click for a complete listing of her books, social networks, and special appearances and events.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BLOG TOUR: My POV of Red Hill by Jamie McGurie


SYNOPSIS:
When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?
Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

BUY LINKS: 
Amazon   ~ B&N 


Rating:



My POV


Red Hill is filled with intense nonstop heart pumping action as we get to see three survivor’s stories told as an epidemic quickly ravishes the human population. It’s a fast paced emotional read that I couldn’t put down.  
As a mother I absolutely loved scarlet’s story. One woman’s fights to stay alive because she has faith that her two daughters who were with her ex-husband have survived the viral outbreak that is turning people into the walking dead. Her journey is what stuck out to me throughout the whole book.
Nathan thought his unfulfilling job and relationship with his wife was the worst thing that has happen to him. That is until he is left running from the town he lives in with one goal to keep his young daughter alive.
Miranda was looking forward to spending some time with her father at Red Hill. Since her parents’ divorce they haven’t spoken as often as they should’ve but she wanted to change that. On her way to see him her situation changed in a blink of an eye. She was no longer just wanting to see her father but needing to find him and get to the sanctuary of his home on Red Hill.
Strength, adaptation, determination is the key to staying alive in this epidemic. This story is about the strength of love and belief and the determination to survive even when all seems hopeless.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.
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