October Wrap-Up

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Happy Halloween!!

Any bookish Halloween plans or costumes? I think a bookish Halloween party would be awesome, but I’m at the mercy of my children this year. Trick or treating it is!

I’ve read 18 books this month.

This month’s pick for favorite is an easy one!

The Wrath & the Dawn

The Wrath & the Dawn

What books have you enjoyed this month?

Happy Reading,

Alison

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Sweet Liar ~ Release Day & Review

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Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.

Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.

That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back.

But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him.

When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.

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My 4 Strong Stars Review

If you haven’t already read Like Candy, then please go HERE to check out the first book in the series. This review will contain spoilers if you haven’t already read the first book. 🙂 This is such a unique series. There aren’t many YA romantic thrillers out there.

So, I was only 20% in when I encountered my first shocker of the book. The first of several things to come that I didn’t foresee. This story is full of little twists and turns. I got all of the answers I was looking for from book one – What exactly is her father involved in? Is he guilty of a crime? If so, was there a good reason? What is Jonah’s involvement? And his father’s? Yep, but I’m not going to reveal any of those here.

I will say that Candy’s search for these answers will leave you madly flipping pages. There are some very intense, heart-pounding moments in this book. There are some comical moments and sweet moments mixed in, too. The nervous energy is always palpable, though, as you know there’s at least one man out to do Candy harm.

Ultimately, I quite enjoyed this series. I would absolutely read it if Debra decided to write more on it. By the end of the book you will have all the answers you were originally looking for, but you’ll still be left wanting more. Fans of contemporary YA, romance, and crime thrillers will find this a great blend of the three!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Happy Reading,

Alison

Like Candy Tour, Review & Giveaway

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Like Candy

Title: Like Candy

Series: Candy #1

Author: Debra Doxer

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Genre: YA Mystery/Romance

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Revenge is sweet, just like candy.

Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.

Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.

Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.

Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

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My ****4.5**** Star Review

AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! This book will have you pulling out your hair!!! Debra will bring you right off the edge of your seat and then POW! You have to wait until the next book… I’m talking cliffhanger of epic proportions! The kind that make you want to write Debra up, and pray that she’s already written book 2 and stashed it somewhere, and that you’ll be lucky enough to miraculously get your hands on it in the very near future. LIKE NOW!

The whole story is laced in mystery and you slowly get clues dropped as to what’s going on. The chemistry between Jonah and Candy is soooo intense that you at times will feel certain they are destined for each other. But then, you’ll wonder if there’s any possible way. Will familial loyalties get in the way? Or maybe even Candy’s need for revenge, particularly in dealing with her own variety of mean girls.

Candy and Jonah have both had to endure great traumas in their lives, and they’ll have a moment when they think they can make things better for each other. I’m just hoping that ultimately happens, but I’m dreading the wait and the possibility that they might not.

Giveaway (INTL)

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•$50 Amazon gift card and an ecopy of Like Candy

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About the Author ~ Debra Doxer

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Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

Connect with Debra. She loves hearing from readers.

Blog * Goodreads * Facebook * Twitter

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Play of Light by Debra Doxer

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Play of Light by Debra Doxer


Publication date: December 8th 2014


Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis

I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.

But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?

~ This is a standalone story. ~

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5 Star Review

I’ve read over a hundred books this year, and this book ranks right up with the best of them! This is one of those books that once you start, you won’t want to put it down! I plowed through the pages! I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster with characters that endure some VERY dark and trying times. If you haven’t checked out one of Debra Doxer’s books, then I HIGHLY recommend this one! If I had to pick some stories to relate it to so you’d have an idea if you might like it, I’d go with Sorensen’s Callie & Kayden series or Hoover’s Hopeless. You get that same romance amid the darkness, and this story is equally well-written as the others I mentioned.

You’re introduced to the two main characters while they are still young, but the story carries you through to the new adult stage. You’ll encounter sex, strong language, abuse, murder, and let’s not forget love. Spencer is one amazing guy. He’s an overcomer and your heart will go out to him and all he has to endure.
Sarah is a fighter. She has a strong sense of right and wrong, and she will fight for what is right. But, she’s growing up to and realizing that there can be serious consequences to her decisions that can affect more than just her.

The only complaint I have is that the story ended. I could have read more and more and more about Sarah and Spencer. As a matter of fact, I wrote Debra and informed her of just a couple of the many questions I thought she should answer in a sequel. As of right now, she has no plans to write this sequel, BUT she did say you never know. You get a closure at the end, but you will be left with questions. Hopefully they won’t drive you as crazy as they’ve driven me, or maybe they will. Isn’t that a sign that it’s a good book?!? Nevertheless, Debra is currently working on her next book, and I look forward to reading it, no matter what it is!

Oh, and P.S., I LOVE the cover!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Giveaway Time!!!

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

•$50 Amazon Gift Card


•Signed copy of Play Of Light

Enter the Rafflecopter Form HERE!!!

About the Author ~ Debra Doxer

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Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

Connect with Debra. She loves hearing from readers.

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Happy Reading,

Alison

To Have And To Harm ~ Book Tour, Review & Giveaway

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Title: To Have And To Harm


Series: The Remedy Series


Author: Debra Doxer


Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Blurb

She kept everyone from harm, except herself…

Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever. But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her. She had to leave and break both their hearts.

Now she’s back in California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she finds redemption.

She saved him. Then she left him…

She came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him. Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it?

Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her, she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to save the world, and he just wants to save her.

With more secrets to uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices for each other. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her back on everything she believes in to save him again?

~ This book is intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and strong language.~

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My ****4 Star**** Review

As you probably already noted, To Have And To Harm is the sequel to Keep You From Harm. This book picks up right where the first book left off. You can read my review of the first book HERE. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book since before I even turned the last page of the first book. I’m going to jump straight to the end and tell you that you won’t have to deal with any nasty cliffhangers this time!

If I hadn’t already been in love with Lucas, I would have definitely fallen this go around. Honestly he easily won me in the first book, so I can only continue to sing his praises. While there were definitely a couple times that I wanted to give Raielle a good shaking in this book, I’m please to say that I never wanted to strangle her. Let me tell you how much I appreciate that, too! Too many stories have the leading female act a complete fool. I loved that while she had her moments that aggitated me, she never let stupidity completely take over! Adding to the drama, this story brings a new character with the possibility of a love triangle that keeps you biting your nails – just to add to the tension! There are also a few other new characters that really squeeze every drop of agst out of you.

The plot was just as intriguing as the first go around. I was completely amazed at how quickly all the details came back to me from the first book as soon I got started. I was immediately sucked right back into the story as if I had never left. The storyline was extremely unpredictable and kept me on my toes! One moment I was a nervous wreck, and the next I was gushing like a school girl with her first love. There were some downright scary scenes, too.

Back to the ending… as I promised, there’s no annoying cliffhanger. However, there’s still plenty of places to go with this series! I’m definitely anxious to see what Debra has for us next!!

Negatives? Aside from Ray’s occasional habit of slightly annoying me, I just can’t find any. I love the story and recommend it to all you NA paranormal romance lovers!
*I received a copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Giveaway Time!!!

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About the Author ~ Debra Doxer

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Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
Twitter: twitter.com/debradoxer

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraDoxer

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6876249.Debra_Doxer

To Have and To Harm Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21478994-to-have-and-to-harm?ac=1

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Waiting on Wednesday #9 ~ To Have and to Harm

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m eagerly waiting on:

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Title: To Have and to Harm (Remedy #2)

Author: Debra Doxer

Expected Publication Date: June 10, 2014

Blurb

Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever. But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her. She had to leave and break both their hearts.

Now she’s back in California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she finds redemption.

She saved him. Then she left him…

She came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him. Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it?

Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her, she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to save the world, and he just wants to save her.

With more secrets to uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices for each other. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her back on everything she believes in to save him again?

~ This book is intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and strong language.

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Why am I eagerly awaiting this? I loved the first book in this series, Keep You From Harm. I have been eagerly awaiting this second book since before I even turned the last page of the first one!! Check out my review of Keep You From Harm HERE.

What are you anxiously awaiting this week? If you decide to follow while you’re here, let me know. I follow back!! I’d love some new Bloglovin followers!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

To Have and to Harm Cover Reveal & Giveaway

I am so excited to share the cover for Debra Doxer’s To Have and To Harm!!

 

Title: To Have and to Harm
Series: The Remedy Series
Author: Debra Doxer
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Release Day: JUNE 10TH

About the Book

To Have and to Harm (Remedy Series, #2)

She kept everyone from harm, except herself…

Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever. But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her. She had to leave and break both their hearts.

Now she’s back in California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she finds redemption.

She saved him. Then she left him…

She came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him. Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it?

Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her, she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to save the world, and he just wants to save her.

With more secrets to uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices to be together again. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her back on everything she believes in to save him again?

~ This book is intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and strong language. ~

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for!!!

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Giveaway Time!!!

Debra is give away a signed set of her Remedy Series! Enter here:

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About Keep You From Harm (Remedy Series 1)

Keep You From Harm

Secrets…

They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

About the Author

Debra Doxer

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

Connect with Debra:

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraDoxer

twitter.com/debradoxer

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6876249.Debra_Doxer

Happy Reading,

Alison