Friday, July 8, 2016

Weekend Reminisces #1

Hey, it's Friday, the start of the weekend.
Sorry, I guess I'm not really telling you any  thing you don't already know.
So... lets focus on what's new this week.

To start with, I managed to pick up a few books at the discount bookstore ($2 each - what a bargain):

(Real #1)
Katy Evans

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition...

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting...

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong—but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents...

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?


Thrown by a Curve
(Play by Play #5)
Jaci Burton

She thinks she knows this player—but he has a few surprise moves. 

For Alicia Riley, her job as a sports therapist for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team is a home run—until she becomes the primary therapist for star pitcher, Garrett Scott. Out of the lineup with an injury, he’s short-tempered, hard to handle, and every solid inch, a man.

Right now, the only demand he’s making on Alicia is that she get him ready to pitch in time for opening day. Except the sexual chemistry between them is so charged, Alicia’s tempted to oblige Garrett just about anything. But both their careers are at stake—one bad move and it’s game over for both of them.

Garrett also feels the hot sparks between them, and the way he figures it, what better therapy is there than sex? Now all he has to do is convince the woman with the power to make the call.

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Next, I finished reading:

(Lux #1.5)
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it. 

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are. 

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game. 

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

My Tease:

“I knew right then I would burn down the whole universe for her if I had to. I would do anything to keep her safe. Kill. Heal. Die. Anything. Because she was my everything.” 

Yeah, Daemon is an all or nothing kind of guy.

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And what am I currently reading:

A Court of Thorns and Roses
(A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Sarah J. Maas

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down! 

I read this book back in early 2015 and loved it. So why am I reading it again? Because I wanted to refresh my memory before starting the next in the series - A Court of Mist and Fury

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Please feel free to leave a comment below and I will endeavour to return the favour.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday # 86 ~ Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits #5) by Katie McGarry

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I'm waiting on:

Chasing Impossible
(Pushing the Limits #5)
Katie McGarry 

Expected publication: July 1st 2016 

Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

So, what are you waiting for?
Please leave a comment below with your WoW link!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My Return

Yep! After a very long 'Time out', I have finally returned to the blogosphere.
Unfortunately though, only in part.

My family and work commitments are still high, and as such, restrict the amount of time I can give to my reading, writing and blogging. It's all good though, and with a little forward planning, I'm hoping to post twice a week.

So, what have I been up to?

As some of you might know, I work as a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher). For the past six weeks I have been working full time, filling in for a teacher who left to move north with her hubby. Although the experience was somewhat challenging, (lots of preparation, grading of papers and writing reports - it's the end of the first semester here in Australia) it was also very enjoyable and gave me an oppurtunity to work a little more closely with both staff and students.

Being the end of the semester, it was also a very challenging time for my son who was preparing to sit for his first set of exams. Naturally, as fully qualified secondary teachers, both my husband and I gave him all the assistance and support he needed with his studies. I'm pleased to say that he did very well and we are extremely proud of his achievements.

Obviously during this busy time, I didn't spend any time blogging, commenting or writing, however, I did manage to read a few books and my thoughts and some fun quotes will be posted in the weeks ahead.

To kick things off, here is a short tease from:

The Power
(Titan #2)
Jennifer Armentout

With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

 The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

The Tease:

Tears pricked my eyes as I folded my hands over his wrists. I had to prove what he believed wasn't true.
Prove that he was the total of everything he'd done and not just the dark things he was ashamed of, and I would do so, because I loved him and accepted him for who he was, for all his faults. That was what love meant.
Love fostered courage.

Feel free to leave a comment below and I will endeavour to return the favour.