Teaser Tuesday ~ You Think You Know

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~ You Think You Know

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The Sunday Post ~ 6/7/15

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @

Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

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Review ~ Sometimes You Know @melharrisauthor

Sometimes You Know

Sometimes You Know (The Fangirl Series #2)

by Melinda Harris

Blurb

Boats…

Sydney Campbell hates boats, almost as much as she hates unsweetened iced tea, mornings and people that insist on wearing pantyhose with open-toed shoes. But when it comes to sexy London Boys singer, Simon Young, there aren’t many things Sydney wouldn’t do. And that’s how she finds herself aboard a cruise ship to the Bahamas trying to not only win his business, but maybe even his heart.

Simon Young has spent the past four years drowning in a sea of booze and women, trying to dull the memory of a night he knows he’ll never forget. The only thing keeping him from calling it quits on life is a beloved silver locket that has somehow kept his sanity in check for nearly a decade. But it’s not until he meets his new confident and incredibly beautiful public relations manager that he feels like he can finally breathe again.

Simon and Sydney are both shocked by their instant connection, but even more surprising is how right it all seems. And now given the chance, Sydney hopes to repay a favor that changed her forever, but she may be too late. Simon may be too far gone to be brought back to life.

Only time – and a silver locket – will tell.

Note: The Fangirl Series is a stand-alone series. You do not have to read “You Never Know” prior to reading the other books in the series, but there is character crossover.

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

First I want to give some cover love. Mel, I absolutely LOVE your covers! I have never been a fan of having models on the cover of a book. I think it tends to detract from the imagination. It’s just a personal preference of mine. However, I love all three of Mel’s covers. They give you a piece of an image, but still plenty to keep your imagination flowing. Plus, if I must be honest, I love that all the models are fully clothed so I can share them on my blog, since I try to keep my images kid friendly for all those moms out there with little ones running around while they’re sitting in front of their computers. LOL!

Okay. So, the basics. The story runs smoothly at a nice pace, and not once did I find it dragging. There were a few times that I thought the story was taking a predictable turn, but I was always wrong. I love that! I also really enjoyed the rotating point of view. It really helped give the “whole” story. Emotionally, this book will take you through a whole host of feelings. You can expect to find yourself laughing out loud, angry, all gushy feeling, and just seriously upset. The character development was great. I really connected to both Simon and Sydney. Content warnings: strong language and steamy sex scenes.

Simon. Mmm, Simon. He’s been on a path leading right to death’s door. He has some serious baggage he hasn’t been able to let go of. He’s just ready to give up, but has been fighting that urge. Sydney brings him hope. However, Simon finds it practically impossible to place his trust in her. Sydney has some issues of her own, too. They aren’t as glaringly obvious as Simon’s, but they’re there and holding her back.

For a while I started to wonder if the story was going to put out the wrong message. It didn’t. I really love the way it was all wrapped up. So, if you’re reading along and start to get concerned, just finish! It just says that much more about the author. She can take you to the edge and bring you right back!

Negatives? There were times that I really wanted to knock some sense into Simon. I really wanted him to think differently. But, then he wouldn’t have been Simon. Truly, I wouldn’t change him. I just wanted to while I was reading. LOL! Seriously, I don’t think I’d change anything about the story. Why not 5 stars? There are some stories (rare) that just speak volumes to me, and I know they’ll live with me forever. I’m not sure why some stories have that and most don’t. That’s just the way it is. I save my 5 stars for those rare books. Speaking of the rating…I was very surprised after reading the book to find my name in the acknowledgments section. Ecstatic is more like it. So, naturally I sent Melinda a little note to let her know how grateful I am. She was pleased, but so very adamant about not wanting it to affect my review. She’s just that awesome! Seriously! If you’re a book reviewer then you know what I’m talking about. There are so many authors out there that don’t want anything less than a five star review. Melinda just wants respectful honesty. I can’t say I’m not tempted to give her 5 stars because she’s just that sweet, though.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Check out my review for book 1 in the Fangirl Series ~ You Never Know, HERE!

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Melinda’s Playlist for “Sometimes You Know”

This is a small sampling of my favorites, including any that inspired specific scenes in the book.

“Here’s Where We Begin” – Joshua Radin

“Raging Fire” – Phillip Phillips

“Echo” – Jason Walker

“Bleeding Out” – Imagine Dragons

“The Way I Am” – Ingrid Michaelson

“Fall Away” – The Fray

“The World Spins Madly On” – The Weepies

“Still On My Brain” – Justin Timberlake

“In Her Eyes” – Joshua Radin

“Roar” – Katy Perry

“Patient Love” – Passenger

“Cross That Line” – Joshua Radin

“Kiss Me” – Ed Sheeran

“Empty” – Ray LaMontagne

“Bulletproof Weeks” – Matt Nathanson

“Warm Whispers” – Missy Higgins

“Lovely Tonight” – Joshua Radin

“A Falling Through” – Ray LaMontagne

“Naughty Girl” – Beyonce

“Can I Stay” – Ray LaMontagne

“All of Me” – John Legend

“You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

About the Author ~ Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris currently resides in the great state of Georgia with her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend rainy nights with her nose in a good book and sunny days on a playground chasing her son. And most anytime – rain or shine – she can be found engaging in her favorite pastime, which of course is eating ice cream…lots and lots of ice cream.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091610.Melinda_Harris
Website: http://melindaharrisauthor.com/
Twitter: @melharrisauthor

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ You Never Know by Melinda Harris

You Never Know

Published: May 3, 2013


Genre: Romance

Blurb

Over the past eight years, twenty-six year old Sam Harper has come to realize a few things: her son is the light of her life, a pint of Cherry Garcia will cure all that ails you, her mother is a biscuit-and-grave-filled genius and nothing, absolutely nothing, ever goes as planned.

Still stuck in her tiny hometown of Delia, Georgia, Sam has sat idly by and watched as her life went from “prom-queen and head cheerleader” to “single mom with meaningless desk job”. So when Hollywood bad-boy, Ethan Grant, shows up to film his new television show – the very same actor whose posters wall-papered Sam’s teenage bedroom – Sam welcomes back her excited inner-fangirl with open arms. And when a chance encounter with Ethan confirms what Sam always knew – that behind Ethan’s green eyes and smoldering good looks is a perfect gentleman with the kindest of hearts – Sam finds herself in a romance worthy of “Cinderella” status.

But soon enough, reality seeps back in as the relentless gossip columns and Ethan’s busy schedule lead Sam back to a life she’s come to know well – one full of nothing but broken promises and disappointment. Sam begins questioning whether Ethan has what it takes to help lead her back to the confident and vivacious woman she used to be, or if Sam will have to do the unthinkable and actually figure life out on her own.

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

So, first I want to share that the author personally gave me a copy of this book as a gift. She had zero expectations of my reviewing it. She even told me twice not to worry about a review. The book was simply meant as a gift. Next, I want to point out that that didn’t persuade my opinion of the book. I just had to write this review because the book is WORTH SHARING!I don’t want to share too much, though, because I want you to be just as surprised as I was!

When I first started the book, I really wondered if I would like Sam at all. She’s OBSESSED with a movie star, and in real life I’d probably think she was a fruit cake. The amazing thing, though, is that I still felt myself pulling for her in big ways. Now, she still definitely frustrated me at times, but I still connected with her. And Ethan Grant, wasn’t the kind of guy I’d find myself falling for, but through Sam’s character, I did!

The story is fast paced, and I never felt like it started to drag. The plot’s amazing – you MUST read the whole book, or you will SERIOUSLY be missing out! The characters are all well-developed. I really enjoyed Sam’s three friends. Even with the minor characters, the personalities were unique and came to life.

So, if you’re a romance nut, then I recommend this for the plot if nothing else! I’d consider this a clean romance. There’s a consummated relationship, but no detailed scenes.

I can’t wait to see what Mel has in store for us next!!

About the Author ~ Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris is an aspiring author, currently residing in the great state of Georgia with her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend rainy nights with her nose in a good book and sunny days on a playground chasing her son. And most anytime – rain or shine – she can be found engaging in her favorite pastime, which of course is eating ice cream…lots and lots of ice cream.
Website: http://melindaharrisauthor.com/
Twitter: melharrisauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091610.Melinda_Harris

Happy Reading,

Alison

Teaser Tuesdays #8

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~ You Never Know:
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“Wherever you are is where I wanna be,” he says, and leans forward to kiss me.
“Cheeseball,” I tease.

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So, there’s my teaser for this Tuesday. Come back tomorrow for my review on You Never Know. Be sure to leave me a link with your teaser or just leave me your teaser in the comments if you aren’t blogging. If you follow me some way, let me know & I’ll follow back.

ALSO, while you’re here, but sure to check out my “New Releases” post & enter the GIVEAWAY! You just have to comment & right now I only have one commenter!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Don’t Forget to Breathe ~ Review & Interview

Don't Forget to Breathe

Blurb

For most, breathing is second nature, automatic, instinctive. But for Jules Greene, a daily reminder is unfortunately necessary.

Why, you ask?

For starters, her highly dysfunctional family taught her at a young age that an excessively large bank account, and a high ranking role in Atlanta society, makes everyone either completely unsuspecting of a family’s deep, dark secrets, or they just don’t give a damn.

Secondly, when you work hard your entire life toward a certain goal, only to have your hopes and dreams smashed to bits the very first time you dare to put yourself out there…well, Jules knows firsthand that a blow like that to the ego will definitely leave you gasping for air.

And third, Jules happens to be madly, hopelessly, unrequitedly in love with her boss, whose devastatingly good looks and hidden charm manage to leave her breathless on a daily basis.

So, there you have it.

But now at twenty-four, Jules is tired of everything being one-sided. She’s tired of being scared, and she’s tired of living and doing everything for everyone else. Jules is finally ready to take a stand, but is she willing to lose everything she loves, everything she’s ever known, to finally start living her life on her own terms?

The answer is yes. She most certainly is.

Interview

1. What do you enjoy most about writing? – Hmmm…there are so many things to love about writing, but I think the most enjoyable part for me is the escape it provides. I appreciate the occasional break from reality, the opportunity to see the world through different eyes. I think it helps make me stronger, more compassionate and it always feels good to work my imagination in any way that I can.

2. What do you struggle with most in the writing process? – I’m too much of an over-thinker, especially when it comes to dialogue. I feel like I over-analyze dialogue to a point where I’m probably ruining it in a lot of cases. Conversation is everything to me in books that I personally read, so I find myself making a huge fuss over it when I write. I’m also a very disorganized writer – no outline and I write things as they come to me, so the end of the process is kind of an undertaking, trying to piece everything together. Efficiency is definitely not my strong suit.

3. With this being your second book, did you find the whole process easier this time? – Maybe not easier, but definitely different. I wrote my second book while going through a somewhat difficult time in my life. This book was harder to write than the first, but a lot more cathartic, so I enjoyed it more in some ways. I did hope publishing the second book would be easier, since I had already been through a lot of the typical ups and downs with the first. But I can see now anxiety will always be a part of this process, mostly because there’s a bit of my heart and soul in every story. And sharing those small, albeit very vulnerable parts of yourself is no easy business.

4. Do you have a particular author(s) that influences your writing? – I am a VORACIOUS reader, and I will read most anything. So, even though I write romance novels, I feel like I pull from all sorts of influences. But most of my favorites are definitely love stories, always a sucker for the “happily ever afters”. A sweet, Southern girl at heart, I appreciate the innocence and chivalry you find in a lot of 19th century love stories. Give me Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters, and I’m in heaven. I’m also really drawn to authors with good wit and intellect. Jessica Park is the first person that comes to mind. I think she’s brilliant. And of course I’m not afraid to admit I do enjoy the steamy romance novel on occasion, my latest obsession being Remy from the “Real” series by Katy Evans. Yummm!

5. Who are a few of your favorite authors? – Oh dear. This is like trying to choose a favorite kid! Okay, so besides the ones I mentioned above, I also enjoy fantasy stories quite a bit – authors like J.K. Rowling, Brandon Mull, Christopher Paolini, Becca Fitzpatrick, Richelle Mead, Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare, to name a few. As for other romance writers, there are too many to choose from, but I like Nicholas Sparks, Abbi Glines, Jennifer Weiner, Shelly Crane, Colleen Hoover, Gina Maxwell, Lauren Blakely, Sawyer Bennett, Heidi McLaughlin and the list could go on and on and on and on…..

6.Do you have a set schedule you follow when writing? – Again, I’m definitely not the most efficient writer. Plus, I can’t really stick to any kind of schedule because I don’t write full time. I have to get it in when I can, which is typically at night, when the house it quiet and I can find a private corner somewhere. When I start a story, it is almost always one particular scene that I get down first and then the rest of the story kind of forms around it. Basically, my writing schedule and style are totally chaotic like most everything else in my life it seems, so I guess it makes perfect sense. It’s chaos, but it’s my own special brand of chaos, and I’m not sure I’d enjoy it any other way.

7.What do you like to do when you’re not writing? – I love to read, read and read some more. I like all sorts of crafts, but my ADD usually kicks in, making my house feel like one big, unfinished Pintrest project. I love anything having to do with music and theater – going to concerts, seeing plays or even going dancing. And I also love to crochet. My mom taught me when I was young, and as I’ve gotten older, I find it very relaxing and therapeutic. Wow. So, in summation, I like to read, do crafts, listen to music and crochet. Yeah. Officially negative on the scale of zero to cool.

8. Do you have a specific social media outlet where you like to connect with fans? – Continuing with the whole “not cool” thing…I have to admit I find social media to be kind of overwhelming at times. As if the crocheting mention wasn’t enough, right? Just go ahead and make me a reservation at the nursing home now. I know. But on a serious note, overwhelming or not, I will happily talk to my fans in any way that I can. Chatting with people who have read and connected with my stories somehow is one of the most humbling things I’ve ever experienced. So Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, email, whatever your flavor, just bring it on. My door is always open.

9. Do you have any advice for someone thinking about tackling their first book? – That’s simple. Write. Just write. Don’t think about it, especially not at first. Just get it out. And be honest. Even though it may be tough, try not to hold back just to please others. It’s a given that not everyone will like what you have to say, but you can’t let that scare you. Believe in yourself and believe in your story. That’s all you need.

10. What can we expect next? – I had so much fun with my first book, “You Never Know”, that I’ve decided to make a stand alone series out of it. The next installment in the series will be out early 2014 and will be another fangirl adventure, this time following one of my favorite characters, Rose. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m pretty passionate about my fangirling, so I couldn’t be more excited to delve back into this world. I’ll be releasing more information soon, so please stay tuned!

Melinda, I’m right there with you. Reading and crafts – that’s about as exciting as my life is, too. Thanks so much for the interview!!


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

Reading the opening pages of this story, I really wondered if I was going to like it. Jules seemed to have a lot of animosity, and it was a little annoying. BUT, that seemed to quickly fade, and I even made a little note to myself when I hit page 62 that the story had become rather intriguing. Then I found myself laughing – a lot. Jules’s internal dialogue went from whiny to hilarious.
As for Andrew, well he was just the perfect guy, but he had one serious issue. He knew how he was handling things wasn’t okay. I think it was taken just a bit far for my liking, and Jules had a huge problem with it, too. Other than that, he was so incredibly sweet, and I couldn’t help but turn to mush alongside Jules. On the flipside, Melinda did a great job with the evil characters, too. This all built up a great conflict! I enjoyed that the conflict was more than just a situation between Jules and Andrew, too.
With the fast pace, fun characters, and intense conflict, this was a great read. I really connected with this one. I recommend this to all you contemporary romance lovers. I personally look forward to reading more from Melinda! ****4 Stars****
Warning: Contains strong language and sexual content ~ not appropriate for minors.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris
Melinda Harris is an aspiring author, currently residing in the great state of Georgia with her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend rainy nights with her nose in a good book and sunny days on a playground chasing her son. And most anytime – rain or shine – she can be found engaging in her favorite pastime, which of course is eating ice cream…lots and lots of ice cream.

http://www.melindaharrisauthor.com

http://www.goodreads.com/MelHarris

http://www.facebook.com/melindaharrisauthor

twitter.com/MelHarrisAuthor

Happy Reading,

Alison