COVER REVEAL: THE BEST KEPT SECRET BY WENDI NUNNERY

The Best Kept Secret_Wendi Nunnery_CoverTitle: The Best Kept Secret
Author: Wendi Nunnery
Publication: June 2015 by BookFishBooks
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In high school, everyone has secrets. Even well-brought-up Emma Fraser.

Emma’s sophomore year started out all wrong. First, her best friend Andy confessed to losing his virginity leaving Emma all alone in the V-Club. Then the rest of her friends got weird and suddenly Emma finds herself feeling like the people she knows best have become total strangers. And total strangers are becoming friends.

When Deegan Burke, a rich, gorgeous senior, asks Emma to be his date for the prom, Emma thinks her luck has begun to change. But rather than being able to bask in this newfound glory, her whole world starts to unravel. And when secrets that once seemed so innocent start to take a very dangerous turn, Emma discovers that true friends are friends no matter what…and some secrets aren’t worth keeping.

The Best Kept Secret_Wendi Nunnery_Author Photo

Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Simply Beloved, a lifestyle website for women of faith. She is a proud alumna of Georgia Southern University and, at any given time, you can find her with a cup of coffee and a book. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia. The Best Kept Secret is her first novel.

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BOOK REVIEW: EXTRAORDINARY SAM AND THE ADVENTURERS’ GUILD BY KEVIN A. SPRINGER

24895195Title: Extraordinary Sam and the Adventurers’ Guild
Authour: Kevin A. Springer
Published: 2015 by BookFishBooks
Source: Publisher
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“This box may seem empty,

But there’s more than meets the eye…”

Sam Miller seems like an ordinary 12-year-old boy, until he discovers a mysterious box. Suddenly, he lands in a magical world in which he must battle deadly pirates, savage warriors, giant man-eating spiders, and a fire-wielding tyrant. To survive, Sam must overcome his fears, solve riddles, and most of all, be extraordinary.

Maria’s Thoughts:
This is the story of a boy named Sam who lives a very ordinary life. Like most young fellows, he has a very wild imagination. Sam starts to get tired of doing the same boring things day after day after day… Until one day, when Sam is busy spending the afternoon outdoors with his family, he comes across a hatbox addressed to him in his grandfathers old barn. Sam’s grandfather has been gone a very long time. He has always looked up to him. At first, what’s inside the the mysterious box seems like nothing to Sam. It is only when he solves the secret riddle, only for him to see, that he is introduced to a world of magic. Sam is soon forced to face his worst fears, like pirates and spiders, in order to help his people.

There is no doubt in my mind that little ones will love being read this story before getting tucked in at night. I’m sure they will immediately relate to the main character, Sam. And with some imagination, they too will be immersed in this adventurous tale. Extremely creative and captivating, the author even had me feeling extraordinary.

After a little bit of GoodReads browsing, I learned that Extraordinary Sam was initially created as a bedtime story for the authors boys. I can’t help but hope that they grow up with this story close to their hearts and someday share it with kids of their own.

Mallory’s thoughts:
This is the kind of book I would have loved as a child. Although it seems targeted more towards young boys, I was such a tomboy that these were the stories I craved.

Sam is your typical young boy always seeking out adventures. Awake or asleep, his imagination takes off and carries him through some crazy and fun scenarios. Little does he know he is about to go on the adventure of his lifetime!

In such a short book, I really became attached to Sam. I saw a little bit of my younger self in him and was able to relate that way. This book brought back so many memories of being young and letting your imagination wander off. It was an absolute pleasure to read and I loved the way everything turned out.

If you have young children, I would highly recommend reading this story with them! It would be perfect for a bed time story.

Get to know the author!
Website: https://kevinaspringer.wordpress.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13487195.Kevin_A_Springer

BLOG TOUR: EXTRAORDINARY SAM BY KEVIN A. SPRINGER

24895195Title: Extraordinary Sam and the Adventurers’ Guild
Authour: Kevin A. Springer
Published: 2015 by BookFishBooks
Source: Publisher
Click here to find it on Goodreads

“This box may seem empty,

But there’s more than meets the eye…”

Sam Miller seems like an ordinary 12-year-old boy, until he discovers a mysterious box. Suddenly, he lands in a magical world in which he must battle deadly pirates, savage warriors, giant man-eating spiders, and a fire-wielding tyrant. To survive, Sam must overcome his fears, solve riddles, and most of all, be extraordinary.

Make sure you come back tomorrow as we will be posting our full reviews for this book!

COVER REVEAL: RED CARPET DAY JOB BY TASHA COTTER

elegant womanThe cover for Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter (click here to find it on Goodreads) has finally been revealed. And can we just talk about how beautiful it is for a minute? The colors are absolutely gorgeous, as well as the font. We are absolutely loving this cover! This book is expected to be published in February of 2015 by BookFish Books, so if you love new adult and romance, this will be the perfect Valentine’s read for you!

About the book:
Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing.

The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Sophie can’t believe her luck when her boss volunteers her to be Nick’s date for a red carpet award ceremony that same night. Freshly single, Sophie tries to keep things in perspective as her “work event” leads to a budding romance. She didn’t expect to like Nick, and she certainly didn’t expect him to like her.

When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon learns that it may have been Nick’s influence that opened the doors and created the opportunities that she would rather have earned for herself.

Nick’s hectic schedule, the persistent leading ladies with whom he works, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance. Can Nick and Sophie make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?

Author Tasha Cotter_Pic1-1About the author:
Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com or on twitter @TashCotter.

Absolutely cannot wait to get our hands on this book!

BOOK REVIEW: THIS IS SARAH BY ALLY MALINENKO

22360316Title: This is Sarah
Author: Ally Malinenko
Published: 2014 by BookFish Books
169 pages
Source: Author
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Maria’s thoughts:
In this story, we follow Colin as he deals with the trauma of losing his girlfriend, Sarah. On May 12th, Sarah was supposed to be going to a party with her best friend Jenna, but she never arrived. That is when Colin began calling Sarah’s phone. He called her over and over and over again, praying that his beloved girlfriend would be alright.

They never did find Sarah.

But Colin never stopped calling.

One year after Sarah went missing, there was a voice on the other end of the phone.

This gave Colin hope.

He never gave up on Sarah.

Everyone thought he was crazy.

I could feel Colin’s pain. He never gave up on finding Sarah. He became obsessed with the idea of her and with leaving numerous messages on her cell phone. He couldn’t accept that over a year later, she wouldn’t be coming home. Poor Colin just couldn’t find enough closure to move on.

I couldn’t imagine going through something like that and having so many people against me. Ally Malienko illustrated the grieving process in great detail. It was interesting, though so sad, to read about this boy going through so much anger and denial.

Even I was hopeful! How great would it be for this girl to come back into his life, to save him from the depression he was feeling? But she doesn’t magically appear, because this story is very real. In reality, when people go missing for over a year, they probably aren’t coming back. It’s a terrible thing to experience, but it is written wonderfully. Colin’s emotions are very realistic, as well as his love for Sarah.

Did I forget to mention Claire? As much as I loved Colin, I had a really hard time connecting with Sarah’s sister Claire. I just wanted to keep reading about Colin. I’m not really sure why. I don’t think I liked the fact that Claire was so jealous of her sister, even though I know this is a normal thing. I just found it weird that she was basically obsessed with her sister’s life and wanted to steal her boyfriend. It sounds bad, but I didn’t feel like she went through as much pain as Colin did – and she was her SISTER. I did feel bad for her with what happened to their parents though. In the end, she just kind of frustrated me. I know why it ended that way, but my reaction was: UGH CLAIRE.

I read This is Sarah in just one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. In the very first chapter, I was hooked. I became completely invested in the story and I really did care for the main character. This is a book that will make you FEEL. It is so true to life. It really is a beautiful story and I highly recommend it. I really loved this book and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Mallory’s thoughts:
Sarah Evans is still in high school when she left home to go to a party one night and never returned. Told over the span of just over a year, each chapter is told through the perspective of either Colin, Sarah’s boyfriend, or Claire, Sarah’s younger sister. Colin is having a hard time dealing with Sarah’s disappearance. He calls her cell phone multiple times every single day. And then a year after her disappearance something happens. Instead of ringing off into nothing, Sarah’s answering machine comes on. Colin is determined to figure out what happened to Sarah. He continues to believe that she is still alive, even though they found her shirt: torn and her car: abandoned. And never once could they locate or track her cell phone. A heartbreaking novel told from two different perspectives of people mourning in different ways. This is Sarah will definitely keep you wondering, what happened to Sarah Evans?

The concept of this book is really fabulous. A great look at how something tragic can affect so many people in different ways. I felt myself really enjoying both Colin and Claire’s point of views. I liked the characters just as much as I really felt for them as they were going through a hard time. Colin’s parents put him into therapy and he doesn’t feel like it is doing much good. Claire simply tries getting over everything on her own. I enjoyed Colin’s chapters a little more but I always like getting multiple perspectives throughout books.

I’m docking a star for two simple reasons. Number one, I predicted the end of the story from very early on. And number two, I was really hoping we would find out what happened to Sarah. I know this isn’t really the point of the story, that the grieving and real life feel is supposed to be more the point, but I wanted the satisfaction of the conclusion of what happened to her. It was such a great mystery through the whole book, only to find out it remains a mystery forever.

I very highly recommend this book. Although it has heavy and heartbreaking content, it is a fast and enjoyable read. I finished this in two sittings.

A very easy 4/5 star rating.

A big thanks to the author, Ally Malinenko, for providing us a copy of the book. Make sure you go check her out!
Website: allymalinenko.com
Twitter: @allymalinenko