Sunday, February 07, 2016

Author of the Month #4 - Amalie Silver: Interview + Giveaway!

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"Author of the Month" is a feature that I created to honour some of my favourite authors by featuring their works for an entire month!

This feature will: 

  • Run for entire month. 
  • On every Sunday of the month (excluding the first week where I will have a blog post introducing and interviewing the author), there will be a blog post dedicated to the author. The content of the blog post is entirely up to the author's choice. 
  • The "Author of the Month" button will be displayed in my blog's sidebar during the entire duration. 
  • If you have any questions to ask the author(s), you can leave a comment below the blog post or privately message me at natshane94aa@gmail.com

For the entire month of February, I am proud to feature author Amalie Silver.



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Amalie Silver resides in Minnesota with her husband, two toddlers, and German Short-haired Pointer, Saba. She consumes approximately three pots of coffee a day, and credits this for her survival over the past decade. When not completely consumed in her writing, she can be found taking road trips to northern Minnesota, engaging in fierce Scrabble games, or reading a good book. She’s a sucker for all romance genres, literary fiction, and psychological fiction.

Contact her through: 

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Hello Amalie! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog and I’m beyond excited to get the interview started.
Thanks so much for having me!

Here comes the customary question *winks* Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background, when and why did you start writing?
Well, I’ve lived in Minnesota my entire life and I wasn’t ever much of a writer. In fact, I failed Modern American Literature in high school and it almost kept me from graduating on time. I used to write really bad poetry and tried my hand at a novella when I was in my twenties. But it was horrible. Ha!
I went to college for graphic design, but like all the other jobs I’ve had, it never stuck. It wasn’t until my baby girl was born in 2012 that I decided to try again. Progress was the first book I ever tried to write. I originally published the book in 2013, along with the other two books in the series, but with time and experience, I eventually took them off Amazon to rewrite them in 2015.

Recently, I have read your new release, Progress which I acquired from Netgalley (yay!) and absolutely adore the storyline and the characters, Jesse and Charlie. The story was based on “dysfunctional romance” and you delivered their story perfectly (heartbreakingly to be honest :P ), what was your inspiration behind Progress, and most importantly, Charlie and Jesse’s persona?
Whoa, loaded question. ;) For every character that I write, there are parts of myself and parts of people I’ve known in my life. I’ve always had the ability to see people in ways that others can’t, or won’t.
When I was working as a server in my early twenties, I met someone whose mind worked so differently from my own. At first I was intrigued, smitten, in awe, but after knowing him for several months I realized that he was so much more complex than anyone I’d met before him. He blew my mind. Without realizing what he was doing, he assisted me in a journey of self-discovery that I wouldn’t have taken if it weren’t for a few life-changing conversations that we’d had.
This story was my way of thanking him for being extraordinary.
So in a way, you could say this is based on a true story, but not really. One book (not even three) can sum up an entire lifetime. I took many creative liberties that strayed far from actual events.

When you are writing Progress, what do you want your readers to feel or to take back with them? 
There’s much debate over why Charlie lost the weight. Everyone will draw the conclusion they want to draw. I think that’s the true beauty of the book. It holds a mirror up to you and asks you what beauty means to you. Not what it means to me, to Charlie, or to Jesse. You. And no one is wrong in their definition or the conclusions they draw from the book, it simply reiterates your beliefs of how the word is defined. Because I can tell you (from personal experience) that no one would lose over a hundred pounds for anyone except themselves. It’s a decision each one of us makes to engage in a healthier lifestyle than the one they were living before. The kind of dedication it takes to stick to that kind of routine has way more to do with who they are deep down than the influence of one person.
There’s also a huge stigma when it comes to mental health and depression. You can’t wake up one day and say, “I think I’ll be happy today!” Depression doesn’t work that way. It’s not mind over matter. I wanted to shed some light on this topic and try to get readers to understand that life for people with bipolar isn’t easy and depression isn’t a choice.
And lastly, Progress touches on the human condition. How we treat each other; the assumptions we make, the judgment, the cruelty. It doesn’t throw it in your face, but I wanted people to think about the lives that haven’t been as fortunate their own, and how we’re quick to write off someone for erratic behavior or for a mind that works differently than ours. The society we live in today is a sheltered one. We see what we want to see. But if we keep our eyes open, we can come to realize that each one of us is capable of making the world a better place. Even if it’s just for one person.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Unravelled (Undone #2.5) by Jennifer Dawson - Book Blitz + Giveaway!

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Unraveled by Jennifer Dawson

Series: Undone #2.5

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Heat: Level 4
Release date: January 19, 2016

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Valentine’s night. Three women. A hot new club where anything can happen. 
After a life changing tragedy Layla Hunter is finally happy. Michael Banks has pulled her back from the dead and given her a love she’d thought was lost to her forever. Now, all she wants is to return the favor and give him the one thing she swore she’d never do again. 

Jillian Banks is up for absolutely anything and her smoking hot fiancĂ©, Leo Santoro, is determined to give it to her. After exploring her fantasies in the privacy of her own home, Jillian’s ready for more and Leo is going above and beyond to make her happy. In return, she’ll do anything to make him proud. 

Ruby Stiles isn’t sure what she’s doing at a sex party at one of Chicago’s most anticipated new clubs. Currently she’s blaming it on curiosity. All she wants is to disappear into the background, only her emotions have decided to go on a roller coaster ride and the last thing she expects is for Chad Fellows to pick up the pieces. 

Sometimes even the best laid plans unravel…

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CRAVE Undone #1 

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Sinful Undone #2 

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Unraveled Undone #2.5

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Debauched Undone #3

Releases April 26, 2016
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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Blogger of the Month #4 - Carole @ Carole's Random Life

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Happy February! 

This is the second month after the re-launching of this feature and I have to admit, I am having a fantastic time with it! Not only I get to reach out to my fellow blogger friends and get to know them better, I also have something to look forward to every month! This feature has been one of my personal favourites because it is simply so fun to do. The bloggers that I had contacted were all so friendly and warm, so, thank you guys for all the support. ♥ 

So what is Blogger of the Month all about?


  • Every month, I will invite a favourite blogger friend of mine to do a guest post or any topics that includes anything, and everything random. 
  • This feature will run for the entire month.
  • Feel free to ask any questions - remember this is an interactive post! 
  • If you have any interesting topics you would want the blogger to discuss about, feel free to leave a comment down below or send me a private email at natshane94aa@gmail.com

For the month of February, I am proud to feature a fellow blogger friend who has the most humble heart! I've known her about a month back when she just started her first Stacking the Shelves post, and that was when I started visiting her blog regularly. Her reviews were so well written and well thought of, she made me want to check out a book that even has low ratings! Furthermore, I often look forward to her STS post as she featured some great and interesting hauls! Without further ado, Dreamland Teenage Fantasy's "Blogger of the Month" for the month of February is: 

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My name is Carole and as you may have guessed I love to read. If I have any free time, there is a really good chance that I will have a book in my hand. I read a little bit of everything and will probably fall in love with any book that makes me feel something or surprises me. I just love a surprise! I tend to mostly read anything fiction including YA novels, romance, urban fiction, mysteries, and whatever else looks good at the moment.

When I am not reading, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am happily married and have two daughters who also enjoy reading. My college age daughter tends to pick up the classics when she is in the mood to read while I haven't read a classic since my college days. My youngest daughter is in high school and she likes to read the more popular YA novels but actually asks me for recommendations from time to time. I have tried but I can't seem to get my husband to pick up a book ­  - he is stubborn like that.

I love music and would much rather go to a concert or a baseball game than any kind of fancy event. I love to laugh and have fun. I am a homebody and can stay home for weeks at time if my schedule would allow it (too bad I work full time). I don't watch a lot of TV ­ unless The Walking Dead is on ­ I can't get enough of that show. But really, who needs a lot of hobbies when you have a gigantic pile of books to read?

About my blog: 

Carole’s Random Life is where I post all things books including reviews, new releases, and the occasional giveaway. I read a little bit of everything so that is what you will find on my blog.

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill - Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

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Avalee and the Dragon


Avalee and the Dragon
by Patricia Hamill
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 14, 2016


Every ten years, a maiden must be sacrificed to the dragon to ensure the safety of the village for the next ten. This year, Avalee has been selected.

But unlike those before her, she has no intention of submitting to her fate. No, she intends to fight, and not just fight, win. If everything goes as planned, the dragon will never trouble her village again.

Then again, things seldom go as planned. . .

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You can find Avalee and the Dragon on Goodreads

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Patricia Hamill

Patricia lives in the United States of America with her family. Her favorite pastime is reading, especially epic fantasy. She enjoys bringing elements of fantasy, humor, and modern life together in her stories, though she writes in a range of genres.

In addition to her love of literature, she also enjoys knitting and crocheting, practicing Isshinryu Karate, visiting scenic parks, and canoeing. Her insight into military life comes from a six-year enlistment in the United States Navy.

You can find and contact Patricia Hamill here:

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There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Avalee and the Dragon. These are the prizes you can win:

- Either a paperback copy of one of Patricia Hamill her books, winner’s choice (US Only) or a 10$ amazon gift card (INT)

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:

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Today is the cover reveal for Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover art is designed by Jack Baker Design. Jack Baker is a fantasy illustrator based in the UK. He has a passion for creating artwork for fantasy books and book covers. Find out more or check out some of Jack’s other artwork at his website Jack Baker Design.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Author of the Month #3 - M.A.Grant Sunday Feature: Exclusive + Giveaway!

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"Author of the Month" is a feature that I created to honour some of my favourite authors by featuring their works for an entire month!

This feature will: 

  • Run for entire month. 
  • On every Sunday of the month (excluding the first week where I will have a blog post introducing and interviewing the author), there will be a blog post dedicated to the author. The content of the blog post is entirely up to the author's choice. 
  • The "Author of the Month" button will be displayed in my blog's sidebar during the entire duration. 
  • If you have any questions to ask the author(s), you can leave a comment below the blog post or privately message me at natshane94aa@gmail.com

For the entire month of January, I am proud to feature author M.A. Grant,

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Marion Audrey Grant is fortunate to live in the rugged beauty of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. She's believed in happy endings and true love since she was very young. Later in life, the realization that she had stories of her own to tell would lead her to graduate college with majors in Creative Writing and English. Thanks to her husband’s unending support, she now works as a scribe to the intelligent women and wounded heroes who need their stories told.

Reach her at:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7141845.M_A_Grant

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The Night Before – Maya & Jake

“No, Richard, I didn’t say that we were back together. I said that we could go out tonight and see how it went.”


“But it’s going well.”


I try to shrug his hand from my shoulder, but there isn’t enough space to move. “No, it’s not.”


“Come on, baby,” he whines, moving so he cuts off my escape from the bar. “So I made some mistakes. Who doesn’t?”


“Let’s talk about this later.”


He blinks blearily and I can see those rusted gears turning in his head. “What? Am I not good enough for you anymore?” He clings to the rationalization as only a narcissistic asshole could. “Now that you’re a star, I’m not good enough?”


The party’s loud enough that I don’t think anyone’s overheard his outburst. “Richard, please, not here–”


He puffs at my gentle rebuke, anger distorting his features. “You think you’re so much better than me? I’ll show you who’s better–”

The Sunday Post #5

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        The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.







Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #6

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          Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It’s a chance to display the books you have acquired this week! Whether or not it's in a physical or virtual form, this meme allows you to share the books you are excited about! 

Books I've read this week: 

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Books I've got this week 

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I've been reading a lot of books on my TBR pile, so there wasn't many new books that I acquired this week. What about you? 

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