Friday, August 16, 2019

Book Review: How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks



SYNOPSIS:
Lawyer Rochelle Ransom isn't looking for love. That ship had sailed--and sunk. Now all of her time is spent working and supporting her charity. But when an opportunity to win a large amount of prize money opens up, she's willing to sacrifice a little pride to raise some funds for a good cause.

Grant Duke has never forgotten Rochelle. And now he finally has a chance to get even with her for how she destroyed his heart. But when his plan for revenge takes a series of wrong turns, things head down a hilarious path of rediscovering love.



MINOR SPOILERS

I owe the author a huge apology, I've been given this book as an ARC 4 years ago. 4 YEARS! I've been meaning to pick it up to read but I had gotten busy and I forgot. My ARC TBR is longer than I care to admit and I have another book I need to read from this author. I plan to pick it up soon, especially after how much I enjoyed this book.

Ok, I'm not a reality show watcher so shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette aren't things I care to watch. However, I picked this book up and I wish I had picked it up sooner! I regret that I waited so long to start this book!

Right off the bat we are introduced to Rochelle who is a contestant for a good cause. I liked her and feel like she thought fairly logically except when emotions were involved (but that would be any person scorned). She's intelligent and independent so she's relatable in my humble opinion.

Grant is an enjoyable character too, I like how he is strong in his own right without being an "alpha male" that so many other romance authors write. He's kind and considerate. I liked how he wasn't all over the other contestants too and knew what he wanted and went after it.

I LOVED the crazy things Rochelle and Grant were willing to do. Rochelle to get voted off and Grant to keep her in. I found myself cackling at Rochelle's hijinks or embarrassed on her behalf. I could not do the things she did with that confidence. It makes for good entertainment material for sure!

I liked how the author sped past the boring parts of the reality TV but would have liked to see a bit more contestant interaction but it wasn't really necessary for the plot so I see why it was omitted.

Overall, a highly entertaining book that will have you laughing or cringing with second-hand embarrassment. Pick this book up if you want a fast and fluffy read that leaves you relaxed and feeling good.



4 out of 5 rating for me!


(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)



Saturday, August 10, 2019

Book Review: The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh


SYNOPSIS:
How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighboring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life.

A Jinni hunter and his crew of thieves are her only hope for removing this Gift. And she must remove it before it’s exposed. Or die trying.

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Mermaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…

LINKS:

PREORDER: https://bit.ly/orderthestolenkingdom
GOODREADS: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdomgoodreads
SIGN UP FOR EMAIL ALERT ON RELEASE DAY: https://bit.ly/stolenkingdomrelease
BETHANY’S WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdom
THE STOLEN KINGDOM BOOK TRAILER: http://bit.ly/tskbooktrailer

SPOILER FREE (with one exception)


I've been excited to read The Stolen Kingdom as soon as I heard about it. I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings and I wasn't disappointed. I do agree this is a "loose" retelling but I enjoyed how the author wove the story together. In my humble opinion, it's a tale all its own.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Book Review: Book Sales That Multiply by Mandi Lynn and Bethany Atazadeh




Book Synopsis:
The key to book marketing is not trying to sell your book to everyone, but selling it to your ideal reader.

The third book in Marketing for Authors is about more than just using paid advertising to sell your book. It’s also about learning where to find an audience for your book and making your story an impulse buy.

Learn how to write sales copy and create graphics that help sell your book, whether in paid ads or on social media. You’ll get helpful tips and techniques to successfully promote your book through advertisements on Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads Giveaways, and even email advertisements. You'll also learn about many free ways to promote your book, such as newsletter swaps and ebook promotion websites.

Book marketing doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars or require years of experience.

With an entire resources section at the end of the book, you’ll walk away feeling empowered to start promoting your book and ready to discover new readers. By the end of this book, you’ll know where to invest your time and money to multiply book sales.

SPOILER FREE


If you've ever been mystified by purchasing ads for your book, Mandi and Bethany do a great job on breaking it down in one book.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Cover Reveal: The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh

Woot! Haven't done a cover reveal in a bit! I've been following Bethany's author journey for awhile and she has been inspiring and helpful to other writers with her writing and indie publishing advice! Be sure to check her out in the links below!

I have to admit, I love fairytale retellings so when Bethany mentioned she was doing a loose retelling of Aladdin, I was instantly on board! Who did not have a crush on Aladdin?! Also it's funny timing that it also happens that today is the release date of the Disney live action movie of Aladdin. Sneaky sneaky but clever! lol

Anyways, what I'm trying to say is to read the synopsis then check out the beautiful cover below! Let us know what you think!

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How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighboring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life.


A Jinni hunter and his crew of thieves are her only hope for removing this Gift. And she must remove it before it’s exposed. Or die trying.

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Mermaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…


LINKS:

PREORDER: https://bit.ly/orderthestolenkingdom
GOODREADS: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdomgoodreads
SIGN UP FOR EMAIL ALERT ON RELEASE DAY: https://bit.ly/stolenkingdomrelease
BETHANY’S WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdom
THE STOLEN KINGDOM BOOK TRAILER: http://bit.ly/tskbooktrailer



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Ta da! Isn't it lovely?! Go let me and Bethany know what you think of it!


Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Review: Keeper by Kim Chance


Book Synopsis:
When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I've been a fan of Kim's YouTube channel for a long time and rooted for her to get her book published. I'm super happy for her and fortunate to read the book.

I enjoyed the characters. I don't really feel like I love them as much as I expected but they were all likable to me. I think Maggie was my favorite. I like Ty as well but I feel like it was a bit too insta-love for me but I always love romance so I'm good with it for now.