Blog Tour – ‘The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)’ by Kate Winter @KatiCut @littlebookcafe
I'm sure there is nothing worse than waking up dead, and that is exactly what happens to Rosie Potter. Thinking at first she is suffering from a very bad hangover. However Rosie soon realises that is the least of her worries as she is, in fact, dead suffering from amnesia, and unable to move on. When it become that all is not what it seem it becomes her mission with the help of an unexpected ally to discover whom, how & why she is dead.
The story is told from Rosie's POV, and I won't say much about it as I don't want to give away spoilers. I will say don't let the title put you off as despite the subject matter that yes Rosie Potter is dead. It's not as dark as you may expect; it is a lighthearted & entertaining. Just look at the colourful cover, it's not one that screams Doom and gloom. Now is it?
I loved Rosie’s wit, sense of humor, vibrant personality and her determination. There were some touching moments between her and other characters as they come to turns with the realization her life is now sadly over.
Rosie was an entertaining character, and I have to say so were many of the secondary characters that live in the quiet Irish Village of Ballycarragh. Loved the banter between these characters they made me laugh many times. Apart from the odd one or two who I wanted to slap! I liked them all, especially Charles I won't say much about him, but he was a sweetheart, and I did have a soft spot for him.
Overall this was a heartwarming, humorous and touching read with a paranormal element. I did like the twist at the end and was certainly unexpected. I have to say thought I knew who killed Rosie’s, but I was wrong. It did make me think of the film Ghost as the premise was similar, but as this is one of my favourite films (I love Patrick Swayze) I didn’t care.
The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) was Kate Winter’s debut novel I was truly impressed, and I liked her writing style it was witty and engaging from the start. Kate has written a story that yes, did make me think that life can be short, and maybe we shouldn't take everything for granted, as we don't know what's around the corner. But that being said it wasn’t in depressing way and after reading the lovely epilogue I was left with a smile on my face. I enjoyed being on Rosie’s life-affirming and romantic journey.
I’m looking forward to reading Kate’s next book.
Oh, and would I like to see what people think about me after I have gone? Mmmm I’m not too sure.
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Kate Winter is a journalist, novelist and storyteller from the North West of Ireland who was lucky enough to grow up with no TV (though she didn't consider it a lucky break at the time) and lots of books. After graduating from University of Ulster with first class honours and the Ulster Television Award for her BA in Media Studies, Kate promptly forged a glittering career for herself in waitressing. Then one day, beside a swimming pool in Australia, Kate decided it was time to write a book. The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) is Kate's debut novel.
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
"My heart has been tethered to his ever since."
As I write this, I am still in my book induced fog coma. To Have And To Harm is the brilliant follow up of the first book, Keep You From Harm. It went beyond where I ever thought it would go. While book one captivated me, book two grabbed my heart until the very end. And even now I am not sure if I even got it back.
"Now that I have to make her understand that loving me is more important than saving me."
To Have and To Harm picks up where the last book left off. Raielle and Lucas are apart due to harsh circumstances. They are miserable. And not really living. While Raielle wishes to disappear to let Lucas move on with his life, Lucas cannot let go. He spends his days yearning and hoping for Raielle. She is in his thoughts, his dreams. She consumes him. And his love for her has no ending. So what does Lucas do? He tries his hardest go after her. He leaves everything behind to get to Raielle. Why? Because she is his heart. And you never forget your heart.
"But I can see it in her expression, because it mirrors mine. Even then, we were already in deep."
Lucas and Raielle find that being apart is no longer an option. When circumstances bring them back together, they learn they are not the same people that fell in love. Raielle is a shadow of her former self. Lucas fights for Raielle. He loves her harder than ever. Lucas wants nothing more than to protect Raielle. Every thought, every action is done with her best interest in mind. But Raielle wouldn't be who she is if she always agreed with that. I loved seeing this side in their relationship. It has blossomed under the circumstances they have found themselves in. Despite Raielle's powers and her capability, Lucas loves Raielle through it all. He knows his life is in danger. But he loves her more.
"You're the only thing I ever wanted that didn't come easy. You're the only thing I've ever fought for. And the truth is, I don't know how to to stop fighting."
If you've read the first book, you know that there are so many twists and turns, ups and downs to this story. Book two is no different! New and old characters are brought into the story and trust me when I say you have NO idea who to trust. If you think you can go into this believing you know what will happen you are absolutely wrong. The suspense will keep you on edge. Raielle is much more powerful this time around. Her powers are an even bigger element in this story this time around. Secrets are revealed, the truth comes out. Lives are shattered. Hearts are broken. This is such a captivating read.
"It's like when she found me, I found some long absent part of myself."
Lucas is the most dedicated, passionate, loving male character I've read in a long time. His love for Raielle knows no boundaries. No matter what he is faced with, whether it is danger or even death, he sees nothing but Raielle. He loves with everything. With every fiber. With conviction. His love goes beyond the dark places where love usually doesn't go. Raielle believes that Lucas brought her life. But it is Lucas that has been awoken from his detached attitude towards life. His heart and soul simply belongs to Raielle.
"He took control. He made my body surrender to him."
This emotional, jaw dropping, intense, passionate story has added to why The Remedy Series is one of my favorites of all time. The author's flawless writing will draw you in from the first page. Nothing is held back in book two. The author takes the story to a place where I never thought it would go. She takes the elements of paranormal romance and adds her own genius twist.
Book One: Keep You From Harm
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They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.
There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.
Then I meet Lucas…
His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.
But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined
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Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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Blog Tour - Walk On The Striped Side (Big Bad Bite #2) by Jessie Lane ~ Teaser and TWO Great Giveaways
Who needs lions and bears when we have a sexy tiger right here?! We are so excited to share with you the recent release of Jessie Lane's WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE! This is the second book in Jessie Lane's Big Bad Bite series, and a must-read for paranormal romance fans. Find out more about WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE below and then be sure to pick up your copy today!
Series: Big Bad Bite #2
Author: Jessie Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication: February 25th 2014 by Jessie Lane
Does he have his claws in her for good? Or is she just yanking his tail?
Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.Website | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube | Goodreads
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At my house, he opened the car door for me. He sent me a dark look as I fought to get out of the seat. I couldn’t conceal how my body trembled when he crossed his arms instead of helping me out.
“I’m sorry,” I whispered.
Gabriel shook his head wearily and closed his eyes.
Don’t close them. I shouldn’t have…
“No, sunshine. I’m sorry.”
I wanted to stroke a cheekbone, skim a full lip, but knew he wouldn’t let me. At the door, I turned to look back at him. He hadn’t moved. Gabriel stood infinitely still with his hands balled tight by his sides, a golden deity meeting my gaze…defiantly.
Playlist . . .
Sacrilege - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Rapture – Soulside remix by iiO w/Nadia Ali
Just a Dream - Delerium
Come Along –Vicci Martinez
Forever - Kamelot
Civilization - Justice
Heaven - Jes (Myon Remix)
Oh Miah - Blackmill
Love's Divine - Seal
Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
Titanium - David Guetta (feat. Gia)
Extraordinary Way - Conjure One (Feat. Jane)
Miss You Like Crazy - Natalie Cole
The Longest Road - Morgan Page
Love Is Blindness - U2
I write New Adult fiction, mostly with a paranormal twist, and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.
I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book”, aka, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which prompted me to drag my family and our menagerie of animals cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.
I'm currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend time with the “petting zoo,” as in an opinionated parrot, cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that … uh, bark.
I hold a Master's degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. For ten years, I taught at university level, before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Writing is my passion, my joy—my addiction. SHATTERING HALOS is my debut novel, released by The Wild Rose Press, and when I'm not writing, I read. Tons.
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Title: Infinite Potential
Author: Barbara Garren
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2014
Kelsi always Knows when bad things are coming, but even she never thought she’d lose her husband at only twenty-three. Since he died, she’s been living her worst nightmare.
Her nights are filled with dreams of a Dark Haired Man, but her days are full of guilt, because the Man fills her with longing and confusion, promising to give her all she needs, all she wants, all she feared she’d never have again.
If only the dreams would stay in her head where they belong.
Kelsi starts seeing the Dark Haired Man in her waking life, shadowing her wherever she goes. And when her mysterious new neighbor, Aiden Hardt, knows about the Man in her dreams, Kelsi worries she can’t trust her own mind.
He’s not what he seems.
But even Aiden’s cryptic words don’t frighten her as much as the way she feels around him. Kelsi must sort through her emotions and figure out what’s real before she can ever hope to have a normal life again.
From the moment I started Infinite Potential I knew this would be an intense, passionate, all consuming read. I was captivated from the first page. I consider myself somewhat picky when it comes to paranormal. I love the genre, but I find that there are some reads where I cannot always connect on some level. However, Infinite Potential is definitely one of my favorite paranormal stories. Not only did I connect to the story and it's characters, but also the realm created within the story.
"I'm not sure I can love anyone else, Sarah. I think we each have one person, one soul out there waiting for us and Jamie was mine"
As the synopsis states, Kelsi loses her husband, Jamie at a young age. She is devastated. You feel her pain from the moment she finds out. She is so consumed in her grief. The author balanced her grief in the story well. While you can feel the devastation from Kelsi, the story isn't bogged down by her grief. In fact, her grief is a huge part of the development of series of events. Her grief causes her to have these dreams of a dark haired man. Kelsi has a gift. And these dreams intensifies her gift where she questions it and her place in this world. She finds solace in this man. Soon enough, she begins to run into a dark haired man similar to the one in her dreams. If you think you know what's going to happen, you don't. There were many times I thought I figured out everything, and I was wrong. The story keeps you guessing and I enjoyed that it was not predictable.
"Aiden Hardt stirred a complex web of emotions and thoughts in me that I was afraid to untangle. His presence filled my senses, and sent doubt careening through my heart."
Oh Aiden Hardt. He had my heart the moment he stepped into the story. His dark features. He's handsome, complicated, and I wanted more of his story. How did he fit into these dreams of Kelsi and the dark haired man? Who was he? I kept screaming those things to my kindle. I just needed to know. I was consumed by him and his mystery. Although unknown, I felt drawn to him as did Kelsi. But, as these dreams occur, Kelsi is not sure who to trust or what to believe. These dreams feel so real and she knows there's a connection with Aiden and the man in her dreams. The more she dreams, the more broken down she becomes. These dreams consumes her and takes all of her energy.
"So that's what I wanted. Love. Not a calm, placid sort, either. I wanted, needed, passion. Huge roller coaster swoops and turns, never slowing down, never hitting the brakes."
Kelsi is so afraid of love as she is still healing from the death of her husband. She finds similarities with Aiden promising, yet scary. She continues to push him away because of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of her dreams. Fear to love again. But what she doesn't know is how strong Aiden has always felt for her the moment they met. He has reasons for this. You feel his pull for her when they meet and when you find out why, everything makes sense. Everything falls into place, yet so much mystery remains.
Infinite potential. An infinite potential to love and be loved"
"Love feels that way sometimes. It takes your breath and holds it inside you, it makes you clench tight in anticipation"
Finally, the art of storytelling is not lost. While the pace of this story is slower than what I'm used to reading, I found it refreshing to sit and be so engrossed in a story that time passes by without realizing it. Is this really a debut? The writing is polished and flows really well. I was never bored, I didn't want to put this down. If you are a fan of paranormal and want a really well written, captivating story, read Infinite Potential.
Barbara was born and raised in Southern California, but left to explore the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. After traveling the world, she forced herself to live a humble life in in San Francisco, New York and Norfolk, Virginia. She now calls San Diego home and you won’t pry her out with a crowbar.
She would be the first to tell you her husband, Henry, is the inspiration for all the romance, and the real Charlie - who is as cute as he sounds in her books - is a terrorist. When not working for the U.S. Navy, she can be found running, reading or writing. She firmly believes a well rounded diet consists of coffee, scotch, chocolate, popcorn and Luna Bars. In that order.
She's a graduate of CUNY and Penn State - and manages to write a decent line here and there despite those burdens.
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