Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Recap

In 2017 I read over 150 books, went to a signing, and even got added to few street teams. I put together my version of a highlights reel below:

Best Author Discovery
- Brittney Sahin
- Daryl Banner

Best Gift to Fans
- Sons of Beasts series by TS Joyce

Most Anticipated Book Release
- Ruin of the God's by Erin Hayes

Most Noteworthy Series
- Royal Romeos by Jenny Gardiner
- The Celebration Series by Stacy Eaton

Top 3 Emotional Impact Reads
- Bromosexual by Daryl Banner
- Son of Kong by TS Joyce
- Velvet & Vows by Stacy Eaton

New Genres & the Books That Made Me Love Them
- Football Sundaze by Daryl Banner (M/M)
-  Touching Infinity by Erin Hayes (Sci-fi)

Most Followed Authors of the Year
- TS Joyce
- Erin Hayes
- Jenny Gardiner
- Kylie Gilmore
- Liz Kelly
- Daryl Banner
- Stacy Eaton

Top 5 Fictional Escapes of 2017
- Damon's Mountains, Created by TS Joyce
- Neptune's World, Created by Erin Hayes
- Clover Park, Created by Kylie Gilmore
- Henderson, Created by Liz Kelly
- Celebration Township, Created by Stacy Eaton

Most Amazing Communities (Street Teams)
- TS Joyce's Trailer Park Book Club
- Erin Hayes' Nerd Crew
- Chance Carter's Diamonds

Most Amazing (Finally) Met in Person Moments
- Daryl Banner (Author)
- Jonny James (Cover Model)

Top 5 Most Mention 2017 Moments
- The Memories made with my favorite author TS Joyce at the author signing in Tulsa
- The Development and Production of HavoK apparel by Jonny James and TS Joyce
- Christmas card exchange in Erin Hayes' Nerd Crew
- Meeting the multi-talented photographer and cover model Nathan Hainline
- Being added to the street team of TWO of my all time favorite authors - Kylie Gilmore & Liz Kelly

2017 was a great year for my love of books and I look forward to what awaits in 2018.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mess With Me by Kylie Gilmore

Mess With Me
Series Happy Endings Book Club book 6
Author Kylie Gilmore
Genre contemporary romance
Release Date  November 7th, 2017

Ally Bloom attends her college reunion on a mission—a second chance with her first love. Turns out he’s single and…not interested. Their love is doomed! But when Ethan Case, the sexy cop friend of a friend, finds her crying in her spiked punch, he invites her for coffee with his date. Knowing he’s taken and she doesn’t need to impress him, Ally blurts the entire sucky men saga that is her love life. 
But wait! There he is at her Happy Endings Book Club meeting.
And pulling her over for speeding.
And in her classroom to talk to the kids about safety.
Is the man just messing with her, or is this the beginning of something real?
My Review
Kylie Gilmore broached a very important topic in this installment of the Happy Endings Book Club series as she brought us along on Ally's journey. Whether you are female or male true happiness starts first when you accept yourself.  
If you want to build something that lasts you do it on a solid foundation and Ally and Ethan's story is a heartwarming tale of just that.
Purchase Links
Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooksKobo | Nook | Goodreads  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mr.Wright by Liz Kelly

Mr. Wright (Heroes of Henderson Book 6) by [Kelly , Liz ]
Mr. Wright
Series: Heroes of Henderson, Book 6
Author: Liz Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24th 2017

After Dallas, Laidey Bartholomew finds Henderson to be a breath of fresh air. Out from under the expectations of her socialite family, she can be as invisible as she chooses. She’s perfectly happy flying under the radar, until a hot-tempered, masculine work of art roars into town on his Road King and zeroes in on her. 
All of a sudden, Laidey’s not invisible anymore. 
Xavier Wright hasn’t lived in Henderson for fourteen years. You’d think by now everyone would have forgotten about his juvenile antics. Knowing his sick ma doesn’t need any additional stress in her life, he’s determined to make amends for his bad-boy ways. Unfortunately, a certain little newcomer continually brings out the worst in him.
She’s way too prissy for him. He’s way too domineering for her. 
Harry believes it’s a match made in heaven. 
All the books in the Heroes of Henderson Series are complete romances. They do not need to be read in order, but it might be more fun that way as characters continue to show up in Henderson in big ways and small.
My Review
I was so excited to head back to Henderson much like Xavier Wright on his hard candy hot-rod-red Road King. We got to catch up with old friends and make some new ones on this road trip back to the town everyone wishes they could visit. 
Xavier with his gruff yet swoon-worthy demeanor and Laidey... well she was just adorable. I loved the sentiment that it took her leaving home to find her home. Xavier and Laidey's story kept me glued to my Kindle. It was so enthralling to watch these two discover they were the yin to the others yang. 
On a side note: Getting to know a new (existing) Henderson family - the Wrights was beyond delightful. If Xavier is any indication of what's to expect if more Wrights do in fact come back to Henderson... I CANT WAIT!!

Where To Find 
Amazon | Nook | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play 

Marked By Fate Boxset

Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection

Publication date:
October 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Marked by Fate is now enhanced with Augmented Reality! Read, Watch, Listen. The new ultimate reading experience!
Step into adventure with Marked By Fate; the ultimate reading experience. Be immersed in twenty-six fantasy & science fiction worlds with state of the art Augmented Reality technology. Read, listen, and watch bonus content inside to bring the characters and story to life around you.
Enjoy the added features of this special edition, which allow you to enjoy bonus content right from your reading device. See character artwork. Listen to your story’s soundtrack. Watch book trailers and bonus videos. Experience behind the scenes like never before, thanks to Augmented Reality technology. Immersive Fantasy™; bringing fantasy worlds to life. 
Embark on fantastic journeys through magical realms, dystopian lands, and faraway galaxies in this exciting collection of fantasy & science fiction novels brought to you by some of today’s hottest authors. Encounter werewolves, robots, angels, time travelers, shifters, and more in this action-packed box set that will leave you breathless. 

Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Rhonda Sermon
Kelly St. Clare
Raye Wagner
Ednah Walters
Erin Hayes
Siobhan Davis
Jamie Thornton
Debra Kristi
Sarah K. L. Wilson
Hilary Thompson
Ingrid Seymour
Jeanne Bannon
Melle Amade
Lena Mae Hill
C.J. Anaya
Jackson Dean Chase
D. L. Armillei
Emily Martha Sorensen
Amalie Jahn
Dionne Lister
J.L. Weil
Alisha Klapheke
Angela Fristoe
Meg Cowley
Brandon Barr
99¢ for a limited time only!
Welcome to Marked By Fate:
An interactive Immersive Fantasy™reading experience!

The authors of Marked By Fate are thrilled to share this ground-breaking novel with you!
Think Harry Potter and Kindle in Motion. Moving, singing books, and all the excitement of a truly enriched reading experience.

We call it Immersive Fantasy™ because that’s what it does. It draws you into our stories and brings our worlds to life!

The titles in Marked By Fate use this revolutionary technology to bring you the best reading experience of your life.

How does Immersive Fantasy™ work?

Immersive Fantasy™ utilizes what’s known as Augmented Reality (AR). Using a smartphone/device, you can scan secret cues in the stories, and extra AR content will pop up on your device, streamed directly from the cloud (internet connection required).

See amazing, exclusive character artwork. Watch video content. Listen to the soundtrack whilst you read. Discover behind the scenes with the authors in bonus content.

Would you like to try it?

Then keep reading! You have already downloaded the Immersive Fantasy edition of Marked By Fate, and you just need to bring the magic to life.

The simple instructions overleaf will help you easily access this astonishing new world of fantasy that will delight your every sense.

Start your Immersive Fantasy™ adventure today!

Immersive Fantasy™ Instructions
Getting set up - These three steps are crucial to ensure you can access the AR content.

1. On your smartphone or tablet, download the Aurasma app from your app store.

2. Login to the app, and register your account.

3. Search for the user ‘MarkedByFate’, and click follow.

Accessing the Immersive Fantasy™ Augmented Reality content - Follow these steps carefully to access the AR content. Additional help can be found on the Aurasma help desk.

1. Read and enjoy the story, and watch for clues to the AR content. These will appear in the form of images with a symbol next to them, denoting the type of AR content. Content viewable includes images (camera icon), videos (movie clip icon), or music (music icon).

2. You will need one device/format to read on, and a smart device to access the AR content.

3. When you spot an Immersive Fantasy™ clue, open the Aurasma app on your smart device.(Navigate to the viewfinder screen if the app does not automatically do this.)

4. Centre your viewfinder on the trigger image. Make sure to include all of the trigger image in the screen. You can view the content vertically/in portrait or horizontally/in landscape.

5. The app will display the AR content in the form of an image overlay, video overlay, or music overlay, as denoted by the symbol next to the image.

6. Enjoy! You can zoom in and out and tilt your camera to fully explore each piece of content. Make sure you have your sound turned on so you can listen to the video and audio content! You will have to continue focusing on the content to keep listening to music/watching videos/viewing images.

7. It might take a little practice – don’t worry if you struggle on your first try.

Troubleshooting - What to try if it won’t work.

1. No AR content is popping up: have you registered an Aurasma account, and followed ‘MarkedByFate’? You must do this to access the content.

2. No AR content is popping up: have you made sure all of the trigger image is in your viewfinder?

3. No AR content is popping up on my kindle/e-ink device: please adjust your device screen brightness. If the screen is too bright or too dim, the image cannot be recognized by the app.

4. I can’t hear any sound: check the icon. Only video/music AR content has sound.

5. I can’t hear any sound, and it should be playing some: please ensure your volume is not muted and turned up.

6. The content keeps disappearing: ensure you keep the viewfinder focused on the trigger image so that the AR content will remain overlaid on your screen.If you move too far away from the trigger image, the AR content will disappear.Activate it again by re-scanning the trigger image.

7. Can I access the eBook and the AR content on the same device? No. Aurasma uses your device camera so you will have to read the book on a different device to the device you are using Aurasma with.

8. It’s just not working – I’ve tried everything: Please refer to the Aurasma help files, and contact their helpdesk if you are still having issues. Whilst extensive testing has been performed to ensure maximum device compatibility, regrettably not all devices may be compatible. Best compatibility will be found on pixel-based screens with good brightness levels.