Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bout of Books Sign Up

I love Bout of Books read-a-thon. Have you ever participated in one? If not, kick off 2015 with a bang by participating in this go with the flow read-a-thon.


Bout of Books


My goals for the week include:
  1. Have fun!
  2. Visit others participating in the read-a-thon
  3. Finish as many books as I can--it may only be two, but I will hope for more
  4. Participate in a Twitter Chat if the times work with my schedule
  5. Participate in a Daily Challenge or two
Come participate in Bout of Books with me!



Monday, December 8, 2014

Celebrating Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry with a Giveaway!


A Very Happy Book Birthday to Katie McGarry! How many of you are fans of her Pushing the Limits? If so, than you will want too read Breaking the Rules! Read down for an excerpt and your chance to win an autograph set of Pushing the Limits!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean Review +_Giveaway!!


How many times can you say that you judge someone based on what you heard or preconceived notions based on their appearance? Probably most of us can confess to doing that at some point in our lives. Sarah MacLean takes this notion and flips it upside down during her Rules of Scoundrels series, especially the fourth book in the series, Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Celebrating All Broke Down by Cora Carmack --->Giveaway!!<----



Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN!! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the second book in The Rusk University Series.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Julie Brannagh's, Tailgate Party Tips! Win a set of Love & Football books!


I am a HUGE football fan (college football in particular) so I enjoy Football themed stories. Something about football guys realizing they are in love just makes me happy. :) 

Julie Brannagh has a fabulous series, Love and Football, coming just the right elements of strong football players and swoon worthy romance! The latest in the series is Covering Kendall and Julie has stopped by today to give us her input on how to throw a great tailgate party! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Leaving Armarillo by Caisey Quinn Cover Reveal Weekend with Contest!!

Leaving Armarillo
By Caisey Quinn
Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks





Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Guest Post by Sara Jane Stone, author of Caught in Act! Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting Sara Jane Stone today at Love. Life. Read! She is here to discuss what is on her TBR pile. Before we get to that, have you meet the delightful Sara Jane?

Meet Sara Jane!

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone
bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! To subscribe, visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.


Connect with Sara:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | GoodReads  


Without further ado, here is Sara Jane:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

As Long as You Love by Ann Aguirre Blog Tour--Giveaway!!

As Long As You Love Me
By Ann Aguirre
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin

Add to GoodReads

My Thoughts:

We first get to meet Lauren Barrett in the first book of the 2B trilogy, I Want It That Way. She is Nadia’s roommate, struggling with trying to be someone she is not at the college they both decided to go to as high school students in Sharon, Nebraska. Unfortunately, once there, things do not go as planned. Ultimately, she makes the decision to leave school to return home.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Help Us Celebrate As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre PLUS a Giveaway for YOU!!

 
We are absolutely ecstatic to bring you the Release Day Launch for Ann Aguirre's AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME! AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME is the second novel in Ann's New Adult Contemporary Romance 2B Trilogy Series, published by Harlequin HQN! If you haven't already read I WANT IT THAT WAY buy it NOW. We can't wait for you all to read it so you can dish with us about it!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Cora Carmack's Inspire!!

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

The cover was designed by VLC Productions.

Add INSPIRE on Goodreads

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

LET IT GO Day #LetITGo


About #LetITGo Day:

‪#‎LetITGo‬ day all stemmed from Ann Aguirre's title, I WANT IT THAT WAY. One of the characters finds freedom when he lets something go that he had been holding on to. In the book, you see him physically do something to represent the act of letting it go and then finding peace. While reading, the wheels started turning! We all need to have a day to let things go. We've all had those moments when things play over and over in our head, when we hear the whispers of being told we're not good enough, when we find ourselves paralyzed by something. Some of us are affected by this in ways we think others could not possibly understand. So...#LetItGo day was formed. In the midst of ugly and dark things happening all around, we want to focus on freedom and finding peace. And September 3rd, 2014 is that day. The sky is the limit in how you want to celebrate and share it with your readers and followers on your blog and social media. Tell what freedom and peace mean to you, Tell about a time you had to #LetItGo, take pics of you doing a #LetItGo ceremony. Whatever...but this world has a lot of heartache. And we don't have to hold on to things. We want freedom and peace to reign! So join in on September 3rd and #LetItGo!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Amazing Deal: The McCarthys of Gansett Island #1-3 Box Set



Holy moly we hope you're ready for this sale. Get your one click trigger finger ready because this sale is for The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series. The McCarthys of Gansett Island is a New York Times Bestselling Contemporary Romance series, and this deal is phenomenal!! The McCarthys of Gansett Island #1-3 Box Set is on sale for just $.99 for a limited time only! That's right all THREE books for just 99 pennies!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

CYBILS--Submit to be a Judge Today!



I am beyond thrilled to be a CYBILS Organizer this year! The last two years, I have had the pleasure of serving as as a Nonfiction judge and this year I am stepping up to be the YA Nonfiction Category Organizer.


About CYBILS:

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Julie Brannagh's Covering Kendall Cover Reveal!!

I am thrilled today to be helping to reveal Covering Kendall the fourth book in the Love & Football series by Julie Brannagh. Without further ado...



What do you think? I am such a huge fan of sports stories. What are your favorite sport stories? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Monday, August 25, 2014

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre Review




I Want it That Way
By Ann Aguirre
ISBN: 9780373779833
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Reviewed from: an eARC provided by publicist--thank you!! 

Purchase Notes: pre-ordered a copy for myself


GoodReads Summary:

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bout of Books 11.0


Where the heck has the summer gone?! I cannot believe the lack of posts this summer. I have been S-L-A-M-M-E-D at work that I just have not had the time to devote to writing posts. I have been running drafting reviews on my phone after finishing up books though so hopefully I will be able to roll some of those out now that things are starting to settle down.

I am really looking forward to Bout of Books 11.0!!! I am looking forward to reading, reviewing and visiting others this next week!! Are you familiar with Bout of Books? If not, here is the blurb about it:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Sound like fun to you? Then come join us!!! Sign up details

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Molly McAdams' Letting Go with video message from Molly!

I am so excited today to be taking apart in the cover reveal for Molly McAdams' Letting Go! I read my first Molly McAdams' book in March--Forgiving Lies and quickly followed up with Deceiving Lies. I just fell in love with her writing and I am beyond THRILLED to be helping to reveal her latest book cover!

Letting Go
By Molly McAdams
ISBN: 9780062369376
Publication Date: November 4, 2014

Book Synopsis:

When Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen, they believed they’d be together forever. They never dreamed that three days before their wedding, twenty-year-old Ben would suddenly die from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. Grey would have spent the next two years simply going through the motions if it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger. He’s the only one who understands her pain ... the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered.

While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, Jagger is the only one who sees her strength, and vows to always be there for her-even if it’s only as her best friend. As much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. But when Grey finds out that Jagger has loved her since before he even knew what love was, it might prove to be too much for her to handle.

Grey soon realizes their chemistry is undeniable, and they learn that admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer....


Summer is truly one of my favorite times in the library because it is so incredibly busy.... but, it is so incredibly busy. So, these last several moments have been spent planning and prepping for it and now I am the middle of doing program after program. Thus, things here have had to take a back seat.

Hopefully, I will be back soon but, in the meantime have a great summer!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes Book Blast with Giveaway!


The Art of Lainey
By Paula Stokes
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
ISBN: 9780062238429
Publisher: Harper Teen

This is such a fantastic read! Be sure to check back soon for my review. :-)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Goddess Born by Kari Edgren Release Day Celebration with Giveaway!


Goddess Born
By Kari Edgren
Publication Date: May 19, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press

I love a great book with mythology woven into the story and this book certainly fits that description! My review is forthcoming!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack Release Day Launch with Giveaway!!


All Lined Up 
By Cora Carmack
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow

SERIOUSLY--this is one of FAVORITES of the year thus far!! I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this book. It combines two of my favorite things: Cora Carmack's books + College football!!  My review is upcoming this week. :) 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rush Into You by Brianna Lee Release Day Blitz with Giveaway!!


Rush Into You
by Brianna Lee
Publication Date: May 12, 2014

My review for this is upcoming this week! I am so excited for you all to get your hands on this book!! 

Book Synposis:

I had it all.
I was captain of the cheerleading squad and star of the debate

team.
I was smart and popular and living the dream.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 Goals and Updates!!

Bout of Books

Who is ready for Bout of Books!! I know I am!! That being said, I am going to be crazy busy this week with work an INSANE amount of hours but that is not going to stop me from having a GRAND time with you all this week. :-D

First off, I am a Bout of Books Expert this go around. So be sure to ask me any questions you have for me either her or on Twitter. My Twitter handle is @scharle4 or feel free to use my link at the right hand side of my blog. 

Now, onto my Goals for Bout of Books 10.0


Goals:

  1. Finish 3 Books
  2. Finish 3 Reviews
  3. Visit 5 Bloggers Each Day
  4. Make one of the Twitter Chats 
I try to keep my goals in check with my outside life. I rather up my goals as the week progresses than get frustrated. LOL. The Twitter Chats are going to be the hardest to meet unfortunately! I am working or am driving home during all of them this go around.

This is going to be the post where I track my progress for the week as well as where I do the challenges as I am able to participate in them.  I am going to be tracking books, hours, reviews and bloggers I visit this week below. 

Daily Updates are listed below and are either updated right before I head off to bed or first thing in the morning. Happy Reading this week!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Can You Figure Out This Cover? Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Host Post! Win a Book of Your Choice!


I am thrilled to be one of the hosts for the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Angela at Angela's Anxious Life. How is the month going for everyone? 

If you elect to participate in my challenge, you will have a great time ;-) and if you are selected as the winner have the option of selecting a book valued up to $15 from The Book Depository OR a $15 eGift Card from Barnes & Noble--your choice!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Risky Games by Tracy Solheim Release Day Blitz with GIveaway!!


I am so thrilled that this book has released today. I am a nut for sports themed contemporary romance novels so I was thrilled to find Ms. Solheim's titles this past year. Risky Games is the third book in the series (excluding the novella that released last month) so be sure to check out the other ones as well!! I pre-ordered this for my eReader so it is waiting for me as you read this for me to find that perfect moment to escape away with it. :-D

Risky Game
By Tracy Solheim
Publication Date: May 6, 2014


GoodReads Summary:

Just when he was at the top of his game… She changed the rules. Baltimore Blaze tight-end Brody Janik is a natural born football star.  At twenty-seven, his record-breaking athletic performance and his cover-boy good looks have turned him into a household name.  But Brody’s hiding a major secret behind his charming, public persona: a health condition that may cut his career short.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Picture Perfect by Elisabeth Grace Blog Tour with Giveaway


Picture Perfect
by Elisabeth Grace
Series: Limelight #2
Publication date: March 2014

Reviewed from: an ARC provided by the author and Xpresso Book Tours--Thank you!!

Synopsis:

Being the daughter of a big-city mayor, twenty-one year old Skye Summers has giant shoes to fill in her first real job out of college. With the public spotlight on her family, and her dad’s expectations running high, she jumps at the chance to work side-by-side on an important project with her sexy new boss.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Author Interview with Angie Stanton Royally Lost Blog Tour Stop!


I am thrilled today to be hosting Angie Stanton the fabulous author of Royally Lost, hitting stores on Tuesday, May 6th! Just in time for summer, this young adult book is a delightful read that is a trip around the world without having to leave the comforts of your own home. 

Below you will find information out about the book, my interview with Ms. Stanton, find out how you can purchase an autograph copy and a your chance to enter $20 Amazon Gift card! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cover Reveal for Whatever It Takes by Ashley Simone and Giveaway!!

Whatever It Takes by Ashley Simone
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

What would you do if you got a second chance at life?

Nicky is not having a great year. After her mother’s sudden death, she’s forced to deal with the family finances, move away from the small town she grew up in, and drop out of college. Her bank balance dwindles, her landlord evicts her and she’s just about to become homeless…

Make Make Me by Erin McCarthy Blitz with Giveaway!!

You Make Me
By Erin McCarthy
ISBN: 1497579589
Publication Date: April 21, 2014

I am thrilled one of my favorite new-to-me authors from last year has a new book out--You Make Me.  Read on to learn more about the book and for your chance to win a copy of it! 


Clean Sweep ARC Challenge

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2014

I am thrilled to be both participating in and hosting a challenge for the Clean Sweep Arc Challenge during May! I have many ARCs I need to be cleaning up and this is the perfect time to be clearing them off of my TBR shelf. 

I am hoping to get at least several ARCs read each week. I know myself well enough to know that if I do not write my reviews within a day or two of finishing the book, most likely they will not get written as I will get busy and distracted.  I am hoping to use this challenge as mechanism to change this pattern. :-) That's the plan anyway. Each week I will post an weekly update. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Resistance by S.L. Scott Blog Tour and Giveaway!!


The Resistance
By S. L. Scott
ISBN: 9781940071
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Reviewed from: an ARC provided by the author and InkSlingers PR--Thank You!!

GoodReads Summary:

You don't choose when.
You don't choose where.
And you don't get to choose who you fall in love with.
The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.
One night. That was all it took for Holliday’s world to be flipped on its axis. Jack Dalton was cocky. Smug. Volatile. Demanding. He ignited something deep inside her like no other, but there was something more to this brooding bad boy. There was a dark side to him she couldn't help but be drawn to.
Torn between what she knew about him and a mysterious side he tried to hide, could she walk away or was he simply too hard to resist?

Celebrating All Lined Up by Cora Carmack with an EPIC Giveaway!!


Have you added All Lined Up to your GoodReads to be read shelf yet?!

So one of my FAVORITE books I have read this year by far has been All Lined Up by Cora Carmack. It will be available on May 13--just three weeks away! I am THRILLED to be one of the 25 chosen to be on Cora Carmack's Street Team and a group of us have something amazing planned for you this week: an EPIC giveaway!!

There are 11 types of prizes being given away with 14 winners being chosen!! Prizes included (scroll through the pictures on the Rafflecopter to see everything):
  • All Lined Up eBook copies
  • Paperback copy of All Lined Up
  • $10 Barnes & Noble eGift card
  • SEVERAL AUTOGRAPHED author swag packs, including TWO with eBooks of All Lined Up
  • Chose your own Cora Carmack eBook!! 
  • AND MORE!!
The giveaway is open from today until Friday, May 3 until 11:59 p.m. EST so be sure to enter before it closes!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom Blog Tour with Giveaway!



The Accidental Socialite
By Stephanie Wahlstrom
ISBN: April 15, 2014
Publication Date: 9780615933573
Reviewed from: an ARC provided by the author and YA Bound Tours--Thank You!


GoodReads Summary:

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins Blog Tour! Giveaway!!


Lamb to the Slaughter
By Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication Date: March 14, 2014
Reviewed from: a copy provided by the author and Kismet Blog Tours--Thank you!!

GoodReads Summary:

Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.
Lamb to the Slaughter is a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 Sign Up Post!!

Bout of Books

Without a doubt, Bout of Books is one of my FAVORITE read-a-thons to participate in time after time. I look forward to doing it each and every time I am able and this is no exception. 

What is Bout of Books you may ask? Taken directly from their site:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Summer on the Short Bus Blast with Giveaway!!


SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS
By Bethany Crandell
ISBN: 
9780762449514
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids


Book Summary:

Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.

Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there's life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she's ever had.

Summer on the Short Bus is a very non-P.C., contemporary YA with a lot of attitude, tons of laughs, and a little life lesson along the way.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Taken with You by Shannon Stacey Blog Tour Stop!! Review and Giveaway


Taken with You
By Shannon Stacey
ISBN: 9780373002283
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Reviewed from: a copy provided by Carina Press and Xpresso Blog Tours--thank you!! 
Purchase Notes:

  • I have since purchased a copy for myself


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lover Divine by A. Star Review and Giveaway!!

Lover, Divine
By A. Star
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Reviewed from: an ARC provided by the author and Xpresso Book Tours--Thank you!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Believe by Erin McCarthy review

Believe
by Erin McCarthy
ISBN: 9780698148710
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Reviewed from: an ARC provided by publisher--Thank you Penguin!!
Purchase Notes: I have since purchased a copy for myself

Take Control of Your TBR Pile Read-a-Thon


Hosted by Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviewer 

Happy March everyone! I am thrilled to be participating this read-a-thon this month as I desperately need to be working on my TBR pile. I have brought home such a huge pile of books from the library, not even counting the amount of books from my own collection.

I try to take into account my work schedule and family life when outlining my plans for a read-a-thon. With this being over a full month, I am trying to account for a whole month of what could happen--which can be hard to do. :-) 

If you are participating--be sure to let me know if the comments so I can come visit you! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

That One Summer by CJ Duggan Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!


That One Summer 
By C.J. Duggan
Publication date: December 17, 2013
Reviewed from: a copy provided by Ms. Duggan and YA Bound Tours--thank you!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Why I Love Being a Reader and a Blogger


Reasons I LOVE Being a Reader and a Blogger


1) Reading is a way for me to escape reality because lets face it--sometimes reality sucks. I can escape to another world, be another person or take a vacation without leaving the comfort of my own couch on any given day.

2) Being an avid reader led me to spending a lot of time in a library as a young person and started working in libraries in high school.

3) Blogging allows me to connect with other readers, including internationally! That is such an amazing experience to be able to connect and chat with readers all over the world. 

4) Reading challenges me to consider viewpoints I may not otherwise do so.

5) On a similar note, I am able to explore topics, places and discover new interests by being introduced to them in books. 

6) Blogging has helped challenge me to read out of my comfort zone by reading all the great reviews, participating in challenges and blog tours. 

  
These are just a few of the reasons I can put into words at the moment. What about you--what is your favorite reason for being a reader and/or blogger? Be sure to tell me in the comments below and leave me your link if you participated this week.