Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: Hope's Watch by Donna K. Weaver

I am so pleased to participate in the cover reveal for Hope's Watch, book 1.5 in the Safe Harbors series. Are you ready?

Dun dun dun! Isn't this cover gorgeous? I absolutely loved A Change of Plans, book 1 in the series, and I am so excited to read Hope's Watch! As a bonus, A Change of Plans is on sale right now if you haven't picked up book 1 in the series yet. Buy links are at the bottom, along with a rafflecopter for a $50 giveaway.

Back Cover Blurb
Elle Reinhardt loves people and has a gift for turning groups of strangers into friends. When she talks her best friend Lyn into taking a month-long Pacific cruise, Elle is in her element, gathering fellow passengers to her. But things go horribly wrong when a ship excursion ends in death and disaster at the hands of modern-day pirates.

Filled with her own emotional wounds from the experience, Elle tries desperately to buoy up the grieving loved ones as they wait for news on those lost at sea. Malcolm Armstrong, friend of one of the missing men, arrives to act as family spokesman. Elle knows it’s unreasonable, but she resents his presence. When Mal offers the strength she so desperately needs, will she be able to let go of her animosity and accept his support?

This ebook-exclusive short story includes special excerpts from both A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas.

About the Author
Donna is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe. Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband. At age fifty, she decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.

After doing city council minutes for twenty years, she decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing. She is the author of A CHANGE OF PLANS and the forthcoming TORN CANVAS.

Donna also answered a fun This or That question for us! So, Donna, horror or romance?

Romance, but I’ve always like my romance to be part of the story rather than the whole story.

Buy Links - Hope's Watch

Buy Links - A Change of Plans

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Review: Feudlings in Smoke by Wendy Knight

Back Cover Blurb
genre: YA urban fantasy
Fate on Fire series, book #1.5 
Watching helplessly while your baby sister saves the world alone? It kinda sucks.

Will Delacour is one of the most powerful sorcerers to ever live. He’s Guard to the Edren Prodigy—his sister, Ari. But he walked away from the war, refusing to fight in a cause he didn’t believe in. He was deemed a traitor by the powerful Family, and now there’s a price on his head that leaves him trapped in a prison of his own making. And he can’t even tell the love of his life what she means to him because of the magical war that still controls their lives.

Instead of embracing his destiny, Will is forced to watch as Ari goes into battle over and over again, facing her enemies alone. She might be okay with it, but he’s not. He doesn’t believe in the war, but he does believe in her, and he knows his place is fighting by her side. Somehow, Will has to find a way to be there when Ari needs him , even if it means he forfeits his own life in the process.

My Review
4.5 stars of 5
If you are a fan of the Fate on Fire series, then this book is a must-read. Feudlings in Smoke overlaps the timeline of Feudlings, but the entire story is from Will's point of view. I loved seeing what was happening off-camera, so to speak, while the drama of Ari's life in Park City was unfolding. It was great to see everything Will does to protect and help Ari from afar, and I loved getting a glimpse into his relationship with Dani. I also really enjoyed finding out a little more about the inner workings of Will's colony of Renegades. Totally made me want to go back and re-read book 1. I am a big fan of the series, and this novella was a great addition!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Book Review: Counting to D by Kate Scott

Back Cover Blurb
genre: YA general fiction
release date: February 2014
The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.

My Review
4 of 5 stars
When I read the back cover blurb for this book, I knew it was one I had to read. I have never struggled with a learning disability myself, but my husband is dyslexic (although not as severely as Sam in the book) and so I was very interested in the subject matter.

I think the author did a fantastic job of showcasing the struggles a learning disability presents for a teenager. Not only did the book touch on the obvious challenges it presents academically, but the author also beautifully demonstrated how a learning disability can affect someone socially, and how it can affect a person's self-esteem. My heart ached for Sam as she hid her dyslexia out of fear of reprisal from her peers.

The issue of a learning disability something I don't see much of in YA novels. I'm glad a novel focused around this has come on the scene, because as a high school teacher I saw so many students truly struggle because of learning disabilities. Reading about Sam's struggles helped me gain a deeper empathy for those who do have learning disabilities. I think this book would be so comforting to young adults with dyslexia (or any other learning disability) because it is so relatable.

Sam is a fun narrator. The characters are likable--Nate is adorable, and I really liked the surprisingly unstereotyped Kaitlyn. I love it when characters in YA novels surprise me. While the story, of course, focuses around Sam, there is a fun cast of secondary characters that keep things interesting.

Something I really liked about the book was the font. I know, a strange thing to pick up on. It's an unusual font choice for a paperback, and I thought it was a little strange when I read it. But after finishing the book, I found out the font was specifically chosen because it is one of the easiest fonts for dyslexics to read. That, to me, shows that so much thought and care went into this novel. I never even realized that some fonts are easier to read than others for dyslexics.

This book is an entertaining read for teenagers and adults, those who struggle in school and those who don't. There's a little something for everyone in this novel. Such a heartwarming read!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Be sure to check back on February 13 when the author, Kate Scott, will be by with a guest post for my readers!