Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (9) 2016


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Hi my loves,

Oh my gosh I haven't been on here in a while but believe me I have been hauling and filming, but haven't really taken the time to edit and upload.  I have to share these however because I have finally begun to read again and I'm so happy to be doing so.  

Here are the books I have hauled recently in an effort to get back into the groove, (yeah I know I have tons of books on my shelves, but I don't have anything to read LOLOLOLOL).


New Adult Romance & Romance Books
Season Vining 's:

Josie Banks is a girl without a past.  After being found unconscious with no memory, she was shuffled in and out of foster homes where she suffered years of abuse. An experience that left her broken, damaged, and clinging to drugs and meaningless hook-ups to numb her pain.

When Josie disappeared years ago, she took a piece of Tristan with her.  She’s the girl he thought he lost forever—the one he’s never been able to forget.  Now a twist of fate has brought them back together, and he never wants to let her out of his inked arms again.  But Tristan is haunted by a dark past of his own.  On the run from ruthless criminals that shattered Josie’s world years ago, reentering her life puts them both in danger.

As Josie and Tristan’s lives become tangled once again, they find themselves unwilling and unable to escape the relentless pull that draws them together.  But in Season Vining's Beautiful Addictions, will the past leave their love in ruins—or bind them together for a lifetime?

Accused of a horrible crime and on the run, Kat has been rejected by everyone she loves. She’s a fugitive from her past, flitting from town to town with nothing but the clothes on her back. Until she meets a man who literally stops her in her tracks.

This notorious bounty hunter, with his stunning good looks and powerful instincts, never fails to capture his prey. But there’s something about his newest mark that gets under his skin–and it’s not just the naked innocence he sees in her eyes. Behind his ice cold demeanor, he has his own secrets... and now his lively, vulnerable captive is about to crack him wide open.

As they drive across the country together, neither of them can deny the spark of attraction between them. Will their journey force these two passionate opposites together…or will their dangerous secrets be too much to bear?

Slow Burn by Brenda Jackson

Everything in attorney Skye Barclay’s life is fitting smoothly into place until she makes the startling discovery that she was adopted. Not only does she learn that her birth mother has died, but now Skye finds out that she has a biological brother: Vincent. Skye wants to track him down, and her parents support her. But her fiancĂ©, Clark, refuses to accept her decision…and abruptly ends their engagement.

Skye’s search for Vincent leads her to his adoptive parents, Dr. Justin and Lorren Madaris, and, lo and behold, Slade Madaris—Vincent’s tall, dark, and sexy cousin. Slade is by far the most compelling man Skye has ever met, but she isn’t ready to get involved so soon after Clark’s rejection…not even when Slade offers her a job so she can stay in town and get to know her brother better.
Slade is a shrewd businessman, but hiring Skye is one of the riskiest moves he’s ever made. Soon their mutual attraction explodes into a steamy summer affair. When Clark shows up in town, determined to win Skye back, Slade sets out to prove that he and Skye are meant to be together. Because a Madaris man never walks away from a challenge—especially when true love is on the line…

New To Me Authors:

Nalo Hopkinson


Sixteen-year-old Scotch struggles to fit in—at home she’s the perfect daughter, at school she’s provocatively sassy, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn’t feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, or blacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can’t be removed. While trying to cope with this creepiness, she goes out with her brother—and he disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large, until it seems like everyone is turning into crazy creatures. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this supernatural situation ASAP before the Chaos consumes everything she’s ever known—and she knows that the black shadowy entity that’s begun trailing her every move is probably not going to help.

A blend of fantasy and Caribbean folklore, at its heart this tale is about identity and self acceptance—because only by acknowledging her imperfections can Scotch hope to save her brother.
 


Nalo Hopkinson--winner of the John W. Campbell Award, the Sunburst Award, and the World Fantasy award (among others), and lauded as one of our "most inventive and brilliant writers" (New York Post)--returns with a new work. With her singular voice and characteristic sharp insight, she explores the relationship between two sisters in this richly textured and deeply moving novel . . . 

SISTER MINE

We'd had to be cut free of our mother's womb. She'd never have been able to push the two-headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way. Abby and I were fused, you see. Conjoined twins. Abby's head, torso, and left arm protruded from my chest. But here's the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn't. Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.

Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things--a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby's magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.

Today, Makeda has decided it's high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans--after all, she's one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she's been looking for: an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There's even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent.

But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent--and reconcile with Abby--if she's to have a hope of saving him . . .


Rachel Van Dyken
"I have a proposition for you." Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. It's been years since Kacey's seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they're engaged for her sake-so be it.

But Kacey wasn't counting on Jake's older brother Travis still being there. She calls him "Satan" for a reason: she's never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis's gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey's more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake's deal . .
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Lose a bet, lose your heart...

What is it about a junior-high crush that can send an otherwise intelligent woman into a tailspin? TV reporter Char Lynn wishes she knew. Jake Titus is too rich, too handsome, too arrogant: a trifecta that once lured Char into the best night-and worst morning-after-of her life. Now they've been thrown together in a wedding party. It's awkward, but survivable . . . until Jake stops acting like a jerk, and starts acting like the man she'd always hoped he could be.

If watching your brother marry your best friend is weird, being attracted to your best friend's other best friend is downright bizarre. Unfortunately for Jake, Char hasn't forgotten how he once tossed her aside. Worse still, Jake's already-nutty grandma is even crazier about Char. Cue meet-cute shenanigans and all manner of meddling, and somehow, Jake's falling. For Char. Now all he has to do is make her believe it . . 



A Traitorous Heart . . .

Cara Lee Henson knows no soldiercan be trusted to stay in one place—and thatincludes handsome Sergeant Chase Jeffersonof the Tenth Cavalry. Dallying withthe dashing man in blue could cost the pretty, independent Kansas schoolteacher herjob and her reputation. So Cara is determinedto repel Chase’s advances—even thoughher aloof facade barely masks hersmoldering desire.

A Blazing Passion . . .

Never before has Chase longed for a woman the way he ached for lovely Cara Lee.The strong-willed ebony beauty, however,will not surrender easily. But with tenderwords and soulful caresses, Chase intendsto conquer the reluctant schoolmarm’smisgivings—and teach her how to love fully,sensuously . . . and forever.
 

Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
Although best known as a poet and pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance movement, Langston Hughes proves himself one of modern literature’s most revered and versatile African-American authors with Not Without Laughter, a powerful classic novel.

This is a moving portrait of African-American family life in 1930s Kansas, following young Sandy Rogers as he comes of age. Sandy’s mother, Annjee, works as a housekeeper for a rich white family, while his father, traverses the country in search of work.

Not Without Laughter is a moving examination of growing up in a racially divided society. A rich and important work, Hughes deftly echoes the black American experience with this novel.

What happened to the girl you left behind?

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything - her family, reputation and life—in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie's portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting's dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened...

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most—whatever the cost
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Non- Fiction
Noted physician Thomas J. Moore, M.D., presents the ultimate guide to the revolutionary DASH diet.

Based on nearly twenty years of scientific research by doctors at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Duke, and more, the DASH diet has been proven to lead to sustainable weight loss—and to prevent and reduce high blood pressure; lower “bad” cholesterol; and reduce the risk of stroke, kidney disease, heart attack, and even colon cancer. Originally designed as a diet for reducing high blood pressure, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) will help you lose and keep weight off with the perfect meal plan to meet your dietary and caloric needs.

Rated the #1 diet by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, the DASH diet includes no gimmicky foods—instead, those on the diet eat low-salt meals including whole grains; eggs, fish, and chicken; nuts, fruits, and vegetables; lower-fat dairy products; and even desserts.

The book’s practical 28-day menu planner provides an easy-to-use roadmap on how to get started, with tasty recipes for a variety of dishes. (Try the Cobb salad, shrimp Scampi, or apples in caramel sauce.) The book also features stories from people who have lost weight on the DASH diet—and kept it off for years.

Tired of ineffective fad diets? The DASH Diet for Weight Loss can show you how to shed pounds and feel healthier by following a tried-and-true research-based approach. Features included extensive, easy-to-follow meal plans (for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike) as well as practical tools and advice that will help you:

* Calculate and meet calorie targets and learn what counts as a serving
* Add exercise to ramp up your fitness
* Keep a food log and plan a menu
* Adapt your favorite recipes for a healthier lifestyle
* Maintain your weight loss over time

Endorsed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association (AHA), this natural and affordable program is designed for long-lasting results. Start today to begin your lifetime of health.

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.

Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.
 


I also got a few more coloring books and a kids books, but I'll share those at another time. DOesn't feel right tacking them on here.  Well what'd y'all get?? What's the newest and greatest I should be looking out for??  

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading have a great reading week and I'll see you next week.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

#Review, #Giveaway & #Excerpt : BUILT by Jay Crownover .@JayCrownover .@InkSlingerPR

Book Title: Built (Saints of Denver Book 1)
Author:  Jay Crownover |WebsiteTwitterFacebookBUILT Goodreads Jay Crownover Goodreads
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series/Standalone: Book 1
Format: ebook, and Trade Paperback
Cost: $14.99
Pages: 400
Purchase: Amazon US iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Publication Date: Jan 5, 2016
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Synopsis:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series, Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel. Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior. But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.
And don’t miss this sneak peek of BUILT! Check out the excerpt here! 
I dug my fingers into his wrists and scowled right back at him as his pulse kicked into my touch. “I don’t think you’re an asshole or a player at all, Zeb, but I also have no experience with men like you.”
                “Men like me? What does that mean? What kind of man am I?” He was getting angry and frustrated and I couldn’t blame him. It was hard for me to explain why he was everything I wanted but everything I could never have. We were on two different levels when it came to our personalities and I knew there was no way someone as passionate and expressive as he was would ever be interested in someone as reserved and closed off as I was. Where I was the frozen tundra when it came to emotional availability, he was the blazing heat of the desert. I could see the fire of his annoyance in his gaze as he waited for my shaky explanation.
                “You’re a man who is sure of himself and confidant. You’re a man who is used to having women fall at his feet. You’re a man who is exiting and interesting.” I lifted an eyebrow at him. “You’re a man who is tattooed and drives a cool vintage truck around, you’re a man who doesn’t mind getting dirty and can create things for a living. All of that is the total opposite of everything I’ve ever known, Zeb.”
                His eyebrows went from the deep frown over his nose to shooting up on his forehead and disappeared under the dark fall of hair that rested there. A grin that could only be described as wicked slashed through his beard and his hands tightened where they were still holding on to my face.
                “I thought you were going to say a man with a past. A man that has been to jail. I thought you were going to say a man with my history is the kind of man you have no experience with. You surprised me.”
                If I was a different type of woman, I might have smacked him for that kind of ignorance. “Where you have been doesn’t define who you are, Zeb. I told you when we first met that I understand that people make mistakes.”
                He grunted and moved his face closer to mine. “And here I am on your doorstep with another one. You want me to teach you about a man like me, Sayer? I’m pretty simple to figure out.”
                I didn’t believe that for a single second, so I opened my mouth to tell him. There was never anything simple about passion. I didn’t get a chance to utter a sound because before I got a word out I suddenly knew exactly what it felt like to be kissed by a guy with a beard because he dipped his head and devoured my mouth with his.
                It felt phenomenal.



If you can't tell I have kind of taken a bit of a hiatus, it wasn't expected and it certainly wasn't planned, my life kinda needed a little more attention than the books did the last few weeks, and let me tell you I missed both the books and sharing with y'all all about the books. Then this popped up in my mailbox and I couldn't not read it. I snuck time at work, I read when I was supposed to be working on projects for my family, I snuck reading when I was supposed to be sleeping, heck I certainly gave up on sleep so I could finish this, and then I regretted finishing it, because well, there is no more Jay books until like March. Ugh Jay write faster!!!

 Y'all know I'm a Crownover Fangirl already, I show her and all her boys so much love on the blog because she writes amazing characters that feel like people I know, people I like and people I want to get to know and I get so sucked into the story as it goes on that I'm most often not even aware that time is flying. This story is no different, we already knew the outcome was going to be Zeb & Sawyer getting together, but the journey is what I read the books for and man what a journey. It had great highlight and laughing moments, and moments that stopped your breath, I loved reading Zeb and Sawyer's journey reading as each learnt to embrace the jagged edges of themselves, and learnt how those pieces would fit together and make them a great couple.

Sawyer doesn't come from the most loving of backgrounds, although she is privileged in he upbringing compared to the rest of the crew, what they created as a family she lacked. Having taken her father's last will and testament and run with it, she's made the first moves to getting out from under his thumb what was meant to be his last eff you to her became her greatest triumphs because it gave her the family she has always wanted. Sawyer is a reserved woman because she doesn't know how to handle emotions and being apart of a family the way the others have learnt by being there for each other, but she is very much the kid with her face moshed against the glass looking out at the world and dying to be apart of it but scared she's not enough to really be included.  She has these ideas about herself that she's been feed since she was a child, and yet she doesn't notice that she has already embraced change and the drastic differences between the woman she thought she was and the woman she actually is.  I love that her home is a sanctuary not just for herself but also for Salem's sister, and it becomes a bit of a sanctuary later on for someone else as well and I loved those moments of her learning to stretch herself beyond what she thought she knew.  One of my favorite lines is the discussion of her love for color, and how she hides it on her toes and yet in her home she has this rare red wall in her kitchen.  I just love it.

Zeb is a man with a past, his temper put him a place that led to him serving time, and now that he's out, he's honest about his past and figures he'll let the chips fall how they want.  Having become good friends with Rowdy, he's even more fascinated by his sister, & jumps at the chance to help her create her dream home by renovating her Victorian. Zeb's the total opposite of Sawyer and yet, she's the piece of the puzzle that adds the most to his picture.  Coming from a loving family background, and not knowing all there is to know about Sawyer, Zeb does make some mistakes, but I absolutely loved that in this one he was the most sure about the relationship, about being the one who was determined to bring her out of her shell.  I loved the Zeb saw Sawyer way better than she did and he understood her quirks a bit better than she did at times and he was totally willing to work with whatever she was willing to share.

There are so many great moments between them, especially as Sawyer begins to come out of her shell, but my favorites are when they are interacting later in the book, when Sawyer is trying to find her footing not just as a friend, or as a sister, but as a woman who Zeb is interested in.  It's so much fun to watch her try to embrace all he's trying to give her while still trying to remain braced for the pain of failure.  And when Zeb gets a powerhouse in his corner it's so much fun to watch her embrace that while running from Zeb.  I loved their interactions, I loved the few times we get to see the Marked Men, especially when Rome goes all Daddy crazy over his daughter.

I absolutely loved reading this books and especially seeing the upcoming couple I can't wait to see how that unfolds.  Jay has once again captured the journey of love in a way that makes it fun, and sweet, and not too heartbreaking.  And now I want to go re-read it again.

★★★★1/2☆

Happy Reading my loves and just know that Zeb and Sawyer together are awesome, the journey to getting there?? Is so worth the read.

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