October 24, 2014

~*~ The Mask Series Review Blitz ~*~

True Colors & Two Faced by Melissa Pearl
REVIEW BLITZ
October 20th to October 24th, 2014

Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people's masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets...some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn's new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends' true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story...

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~*~ MY THOUGHTS ~*~

Caitlyn Davis is your typical teenager - popular, great friends, cute jock boyfriend, supportive parents; she couldn’t want for more. Only she’s not quite ready to go all the way with her boyfriend, she’s a little embarrassed by her best friends actions towards others and she wonders if being popular is all it’s cracked up to be.

Then one night, she receives a gift; a gift that will change her life forever.
Thrown into turmoil over what she now see’s, Caitlyn turns to the one person who doesn’t hide behind a mask; her neighbor Eric.

Anyone who follows my blog or book reviews knows I’m a huge Melissa Pearl fan. Her books are an absolute joy to read and she always fills her stories with vivid imagery and heartfelt emotion.

I happily stalk follow Melissa Pearl and I’d read a few teasers on Melissa’s facebook page, so my expectations were high when it came to reading True Colors.

I really enjoyed this story. The paranormal aspect was really interesting and unlike anything I have read before. The writing is smooth and I got swept up in this really refreshing story but I just couldn’t get the impression of younger teenagers out of my head. For me, Caitlyn and Eric seem a lot younger - and the language too immature for them to be believable 18-20(ish) year old college kids/adults. They felt like young mid-teens to me because they sounded and acted like kids I know and they did things that my own sixteen year old and her peers have been known to do. So for me, there was a lack of connection, a lack of reality in their characters. But like I said, the story itself was unique and so I was able for the most part, to overlook my disconnect.

Despite my small lack of connection to Caitlyn and Eric, I think True Colors is a well written story that a lot of people will enjoy, and I’ll definitely read more in this series. I’m interested to see how Caitlyn’s ability develops and to see what lies ahead for her.
4 Stars

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Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees...but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn't help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great...until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can't buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric's favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth...and who is being two-faced.

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~*~ MY THOUGHTS ~*~

I love Melissa Pearl; her stories have a freshness about them that I always enjoy - she has a talent for exposing unexpected faults in her characters and she definitely knows just how to turn them into endearing qualities that draw you in. I’m always so happy to discover hidden meaning in Melissa’s stories and the characters that tell them.

In Two Faced, I found the writing (as usual) smooth and easy to read - there is no doubt that Melissa can execute a well structured book - but I have to admit I wasn’t captivated by it. The situation in which Caitlyn finds herself and the lengths she will go to, to help a friend and solve a crime are commendable but instead of her talent being fully explored and pushing at some boundaries, I felt that she was stifled by it instead.

For me there was an element of suspense and thrill missing from the story and I just wasn’t drawn in, it all felt a little too safe for me.

Please don’t get me wrong, the story is very good but I really wanted to know more about Caitlyn’s new talent and I didn't get that.

Overall, Two Faced is another great read from Melissa Pearl and there is a sensitivity that underlines everything she writes, making the experience about so much more than just reading a book; and because of that, I give this book 4 stars.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

October 23, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde

Book Four in the Reaper’s MC Series



As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.


Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.


Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?


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“Okay, let’s get some shit straight and then you can head out.” Great, here it came.

The Talk. Fortunately I was ahead of him for once.

“Don’t worry, Reese. I know this was just a one-off for you, and that you don’t

want a relationship. That’s what I needed, too, so in a way it’s perfect. No harm, no

foul. We can just pretend this never happened.”

A scowl covered his face. “What the fuck are you talking about?”

“Us. Or rather, the fact that there isn’t an ‘us.’ I get it—you like to sleep around. I

had a good time, but I’m not expecting a ring or anything.”

His eyes widened, and I smirked.

“Although I’ll be around if you want another booty call,” I added slyly.

Yay me! I’m a sophisticated woman who knows the difference between love and

sex.

Reese’s scowl grew deeper, and then suddenly he moved and I was under him,

pinned down against the bed. He pulled my hands up, holding them prisoner above

my head.

“Are you fucked in the head?” he demanded harshly. “You get laid for the first

time in years, it’s phenomenal—”

“Well, aren’t you the modest one?”

“It’s phenomenal,” he repeated, emphasizing the word heavily. “And now you’re

just going to ignore me? I am not fuckin’ down with that.”




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Previous Books in the Reaper’s MC Series


Reaper’s Property (bk 1)
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Reaper’s Legacy (bk 2)
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Devil’s Game (bk 3)
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Author Information
Joanna Wylde


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Joanna is a freelance writer living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She started writing fiction in 2002, then took a long hiatus to explore other writing opportunities. She returned to fiction in January 2013 with ‘Reaper’s Property’, the first book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club series.





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Release Day Launch & Giveaway ~ Wreck Me by Jessica Sorensen

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book WRECK ME! This is Tristan and Avery's story!
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Synopsis
When Avery Hensley met Conner Wellings, she thought she’d found the guy she was going to spend the rest of her life with. She got married young and had the most beautiful son in the world. Life seemed perfect. But not everything is what it seems. Turned out Conner had another side to him, a darker side that Avery didn’t see coming. He wrecked and broke her into a thousand pieces, leaving Avery to put herself back together. From then on, Avery vows never to let a man into her life again. But then she meets Tristan Morganson. He’s sweet and sexy and wrecks Avery in a different way than Conner did, the kind of way that makes her feel alive again, the kind of way that makes her think maybe not all guys are bad. But can Avery trust him enough to let her walls come crumbling down? *Can be read as a standalone.*


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As if I’ve lost my mind, I wet my lips with my tongue, a move I haven’t done in years. A slow smile curves at his lips. “You did that on purpose,” he murmurs while eyeing my mouth and moistening his lips with his tongue. “No I didn’t.” I suck my bottom lip into my mouth. What the hell am I doing? Stop leaning in Avery. But we move like magnets. He leans in a little. I lean in a little. Me. Him. Me. Him. There’s hardly any space left between us. I can feel the warmth of his breath. Smell the delicious scent of his cologne. He’s still holding the cigarette and smoke circles around us mixing with the intensity of the moment. Am I going to do this? Let my wall down for another guy? No. Yes. No. I never fully get to make the decision because Tristan eliminates the last of the space between us and our lips collide.

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Jessica SorensenThe New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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READ THE SERIES
Book 1 - Breaking Nova
Book 2 - Saving Quinton
Book 3 - Nova and Quinton: No Regrets
Book 4 - Wreck Me
Delilah: The Making of Red (Nova 2.5) and Tristan (Nova 3.5) can be found in the Take Chances Trilogy
Pre-Order Book 5 - Ruin Me
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