Friday, October 9, 2015

Let Me Know: Subscription Boxes

Hello everyone!

I will go back in later and try and add some sort of image to this post, but I wanted to try and get something posted really quick. Throughout September I featured a lot of different subscription boxes/subscription services (you should be able to click the various tags below to find these posts). I loved checking out these services and I hope you enjoyed learning more about them and seeing what all is out there!

I'm hoping to have a post up soon with some International Subscription boxes for all of you Non-U.S. folk! If you have any you want to suggest, let me know.

For now though, what subscription box did you like the best in September? Any you like that I didn't feature?


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cover Reveal #2: Spark by Holly Schindler

Sorry for the onslaught of Cover Reveals (Alicia posted two in the past couple days) but I am here with another one...this time it's a YA title by Holly Schindler. I love how the cover seems to actually glow! Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

Holly Schindler’s Spark:

When the right hearts come to the Avery Theater—at the right time—the magic will return. The Avery will come back from the dead.

Or so Quin’s great-grandmother predicted many years ago on Verona, Missouri’s most tragic night, when Nick and Emma, two star-crossed teenage lovers, died on the stage. It was the night that the Avery’s marquee lights went out forever. 

It sounds like urban legend, but one that high school senior Quin is now starting to believe, especially when her best friend, Cass, and their classmate Dylan step onto the stage and sparks fly. It seems that magic can still unfold at the old Avery Theater and a happier ending can still be had—one that will align the stars and revive not only the decrepit theater, but also the decaying town. However, it hinges on one thing—that Quin gets the story right this time around.

Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.

“In my hometown, the restoration of a former movie theater on the town square provided the genesis for my new YA novel, SPARK. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of seeing their name in blazing neon across a gigantic marquee? Let me invite you to dim the lights and draw back the velvet curtains—let your imagination run wild as you enter my fictional Avery Theater, where literally anything goes…”
—Holly Schindler

Holly Schindler is the author of three previous YA novels: PLAYING HURT as well as the critically acclaimed FERAL (starred PW review) and A BLUE SO DARK (starred Booklist review, ForeWord Book of the Year silver medal, IPPY gold medal). A writer of books for all ages, Schindler’s MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, has made the master list for children’s book awards in Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama. She is also a hybrid author, having independently released comedic women’s fiction (FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS) and the forthcoming PLAY IT AGAIN, her adult follow-up to her YA PLAYING HURT. She can be reached through her author site:, and hosts special sneak peeks and giveaways for subscribers of her newsletter:

Spark “Premieres” May 17, 2016, but you can buy your “tickets” now. 

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Cover Reveal: Dirty by Kylie Scott

Alicia here with another very exciting cover reveal today!

I am soooooo excited about this book, you guys! Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series is one of my favorites and I'm dying to get my hands on Dirty, her new book, which is also a spin-off!

So, here's the cover!

(FYI: this is a New Adult book)

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Are you ready to get Dirty?  
Dirty is Book One in Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar Series releasing April 5th!

Pre-order your copy of DIRTY here:
Barnes & Noble:


The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?

About the Author:
Kylie Scott
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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.

Stalk Kylie Scott: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

I just love this cover! Now for the book to come out!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cover Reveal: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

Hi everyone, Alicia here! 

Today I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for Tillie Cole's next book in her Sweet Home/Carillo Brothers series! I am a big fan of these books and can't wait to read it. (FYI: these books are New Adult.)

Here's the cover! 

Breaking Up Point by Brian McNamara

Breaking Up Point by Brian McNamara

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Brendan Madden is starting his freshman year of college and, although excited, he is sad to say good-bye to his high school boyfriend, Mark. After a rough transition, Brendan carves out a place for himself at school, where he has new friends and newfound independence. With the added strain of distance, however, he now finds it hard to maintain his relationship with Mark, especially due to the fact that Mark still must hide the relationship from most of his friends. Brendan’s college life allows him to be open and honest about who he is. He debates whether he is willing to compromise this for Mark, especially since staying in the relationship means forgoing the possibility of finding new romance at college.

Review: Apparently I need to pay more attention to when a book is a sequel, though it would be nice if the official summary stated that. Brendan and Mark's story starts in Bottled Up Secret, but since I've only read Breaking Up Point, the two were already an established couple. This didn't bother me, though I do want to go back and see how it all starts as soon as I can. As for Breaking Up Point, I really did like the book.

Brendan is a freshmen in college and he's trying to make a place for himself and find new friends. At the same time, he's dating Mark, who is back home finishing up his senior year of high school. To make things even harder, Mark is still in the closet so Brendan can't tell anyone that him and Mark are dating. I could really empathize with Brendan. I can't imagine it would be easy to be far away from your boyfriend on a day-to-day basis but then not even be able to be open about it when you are together.

Despite Mark's being in the closet, Brendan does make it known that he won't be quiet about who he is in college so everyone eventually finds out Brendan is gay and some even know Mark is his boyfriend. This is just another split between Brendan's two worlds.

Apart from Mark, the book does focus a lot on Brendan's first year at college and the various transitions. I liked his new friends and the different things he became involved with, like a student run theater group. There were moments I thought the book dragged a bit with too many details about everyday college life, but nothing too terrible. I liked that college made Brendan more confident, which pushed him toward being more open with his family too. It's not always easy, as he has a lot of older sisters with various point of views, but Brendan does stand up for himself.

Again, I do want to read Bottled Up Secret sometime soon, so if you are thinking of reading this book, start with the first one!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

You're The One I Want!!

For whatever reason, October 6 seems to be the day that I want ALL THE BOOKS! Actually, it's only three, but that's still a big deal for me. Normally I don't really want to buy any books on a weekly basis - or if I do, it's one here or there. But today, I thought I'd share the three books I need to get my hands on ASAP!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - Amazon link

Because it takes me awhile to read certain books that I have not received for review, I just recently finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I'm in love. I knew I would be though, as I'm totally a fangirl. I loved the story Cath was writing about Simon and Baz, so I think it's awesome that has now been made into a legit book we can all read and enjoy.

A Madness So Discreet by MindyMcGinnis - Amazon link 

I haven't read anything by Mindy McGinnis, but this book! It sounds so fantastic. I love books that deal with mental illness and this one sounds perfect for the time of the year - spooky, suspenseful type of read! For whatever reason I never paid much attention to what this book was about until recently when I read a full review of the book. After that, I knew I needed it!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Illustrated Edition by Jim Kay) - Amazon link

Umm...hello?! It's Harry Potter! I always want everything Harry Potter and this has been on my wish list since I found out it was happening. I believe Jim Kay is illustrating all the books, but the first is released today and I NEED IT! I've seen some of his illustrations online and I really like them, so I'm curious to see the rest. This would be a great time to finally re-read the Harry Potter books.


Alright everyone - Share your thoughts! Have you read any of these yet? Do you want any of these books, or are there other books released today that you need?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Blog Ahead + Online Friendship Update

Blog Ahead officially started yesterday, but you can still sign up! The idea is to schedule out posts for AFTER the month of October, so that by the time we reach November 1, we will have a bit already posted and it won't be as stressful during the holiday season. I would love to say I have a bunch scheduled for October, but I do not, so I'm going to try and schedule for this month as well as past it!


I'm still looking for people to talk about online friendships. It can be about your own online friendships or just about the topic in general. This post would be in honor of the novella sequel, Another Girl by Allison Burnett, who wrote the first book, Undiscovered Gyrl which was turned into the film Ask Me Anything.

If you have read Undiscovered Gyrl, go ahead and check out Another Girl. If you have not, the film Ask Me Anything gives you what you need to know before reading Another Girl (and Ask Me Anything is on Netflix now!). Despite this, you are welcome to write about the topic without having seen the film or read the books. Whatever you decide, I just ask that you include a link to Another Girl and a bit of information about the book - simply stating the book inspired this post, but you can say you haven't read it, etc. I do want to note that Another Girl deals with a darker, more mysterious side to online friendships but your stories can be about whatever you want as I know we have had a lot of great experiences!

If you want to help but do not have time or anything to say on online friendships, I would love it if you could mention (somewhere/sometime) Ask Me Anything/Undiscovered Gyrl and Another Girl.

Whatever you decide, please let me know: Lauren51990 AT aol DOT com