[Book Blitz] A Star to Steer Her By – Beth Anne Miller

A Star to Steer Her By
Beth Anne Miller
Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

I’m scarred. Broken. I’ll never be the same.

But I will take this journey.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. I need to get my life back.

I never expected to love it this much. And I never expected Tristan MacDougall.

Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share. But the rules of the ship mean we can’t be together.

When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other.

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EXCERPT:

I was standing alone at the helm, under full sails and a glittering sky, guiding the ship unerringly across the endless black sea with only the stars to guide me, like the sailors of old. It was amazing. This was why I was here, why I’d gone ahead with this semester at sea, even after everything that had happened. Because I loved the sea, and wanted it to be a part of my life.

I returned my gaze upward, focusing on my guide star.

“‘And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.’”

The low voice came out of nowhere. I spun to the right, where I could just make out the vague outline of someone leaning against the stanchion that held Speedy the motorboat suspended at the stern.

“Tristan?” As soon as the question left my mouth, I rolled my eyes in the darkness. Of course it was him.

“Aye, it’s me.”

“How long have you been standing there?” I hissed. “And where the hell did you come from?” I’d been at the helm for at least half an hour, and I knew he hadn’t been there the whole time.

There was a flash of white in the darkness as he grinned. “I’ve been here for about five minutes. You were so focused on staring up at the stars that you didn’t see me. I didn’t want to disturb you.”

“So instead, you just lurked in the dark until you could scare the hell out of me. Makes sense,” I muttered, trying not to be too thrilled that he’d chosen to hang out up here with me. “What was it that you said, anyway?”

“It’s from a poem. The full verse is:

“‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.’”

His lilting accent gave the lines a musical quality, and a shiver ran down my spine. “It’s beautiful,” I said, “and perfectly describes the way I feel. You didn’t write that, did you?” Because it would be supremely unfair for him to be kind, gorgeous, athletic, musically brilliant, and a poet, too.

 

Author Bio:

My first book, written in elementary school, was bound in pink fabric and was about—what else?—a girl and her horse. I soon began cheating on horses with the sea, becoming an open water scuba diver at age 14. That love of the sea led me to a college semester aboard a schooner. I returned with fond memories of the exhilaration of being on a ship under full sail, less fond memories of hurling over the leeward rail on a daily basis, and a sailing bug I couldn’t quite shake.

In addition to horses and the sea, I have a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which I explored with my first novel, INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST (The Wild Rose Press, 2011), and carried into my new novel, A STAR TO STEER HER BY (Entangled Embrace, 2017). A native New Yorker, I work in the publishing industry and am always looking ahead to my next voyage, whether a short one on a dive boat or whale watch, or, with luck, a longer one on a tall ship. You can find me on the web at http://www.bethannemiller.com

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[Book Blitz] One S’more Summer – Beth Merlin

One S’more Summer
Beth Merlin
(The Campfire Series, #1)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Since that first bus ride to Camp Chinooka twenty long years ago, Gigi Goldstein has been pining for her best friend’s guy. She knows her crush is wrong and has to stop, but her heart won’t listen to reason. To escape the agony of their impending wedding, Gigi accepts a summer job at the only place she’s ever been happy.

But working at Chinooka isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every inch of the campground is laced with memories.

When Gigi realizes she can’t fix the present by hiding in the past, she’s forced to reexamine her choices. Maybe everything she thought she wanted wasn’t what she actually needed… But if she can get her act together, Gigi might have one last shot at the summer love of her dreams.

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Author Bio:

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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Teaser Tuesday: After You by Jojo Moyes

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This Week:

After You – Jojo Moyes

“It’s not the same crushing grief you felt at first, the kind that swamps you, and makes you want to cry in the wrong places, and get irrationally angry with all the idiots who are still alive when the person you love is dead. It’s just something you learn to accommodate.”


Does the teaser pull you in? What’s your book teaser for the week? Let’s chat in the comments below!

[Cover Reveal] Seduction Game by Candy J. Starr

Seduction Game
Candy J. Starr
Publication date: March 23rd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Do a overseas exchange, they said. Tokyo. It will be good for your artistic development. Yeah right. The only reason I agreed to the whole deal was so that I’d be well out of reach of my abusive ex.

The student co-ordinator even arranged for me to stay with a host family so I didn’t have to stretch my budget. Only, I seem to attract crazy – and this “respectable” family had their dark secrets. Can you believe they offered me money, a lot of money, to give their oldest son some life experience? Life experience meaning sex.

I know why they asked me. They think I’m a trashy whore.

But I’m not. Even though that money would give me an escape from my ex when I return home, I have principles. Anyway, Junichi is an uptight, arrogant jerk.

Then I discover Junichi’s secret life – and, as we grow closer, he comes far more enticing.

I’m tempted. Oh yes, I’m tempted.

This is just a game, a seduction game, and no one is going to get hurt.

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Author Bio:

Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realised that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. “Screw you,” she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity – totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.

Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She’s seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She’s seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.

But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.

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[Cover Reveal] Moments of Beauty by JB Heller

Moments of Beauty
J.B. Heller
Publication date: March 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Ugly. It’s the only word to describe my upbringing.

It drove my need to capture every moment of beauty I could find. A glimpse of a mother’s love. A feather floating in the breeze. A ray of sunshine emerging on a rainy day.

And then there was her, Eliza Quinn, she signified everything I didn’t deserve. She showed me more beauty than I ever thought possible. And I took it all, despite knowing I was going to leave her, and never come back.

Leaving her five years ago was my biggest mistake, and my greatest regret. Now I need to make amends. I thought leaving her was the hardest thing I’d ever have to do, but that was before I knew I had to win her back.

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Author Bio:

JB Heller is an average Aussie housewife in her late 20’s with a wicked sexy imagination. She and her super sexy husband are the parents of three minions, two Great Danes and a Cat who thinks she’s a person.

She spends her days running around after her wildling children and jotting down stories in her flower embossed leather notebook (She is very particular about her stationary.). She’s a self-confessed Stationary Junky who’s constantly on the lookout for more.

Most day’s JB can be found glued to her laptop, taking advantage of school hours- writing as fast as she can while she can. Or trolling Pinterest for her next potential muse. And when she needs a break from the voices in her head she indulges in her favourite past time, reading.

Want to know more about JB? Check her out, you’ll be guaranteed a good laugh if nothing else.

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesday: March 15, 2017

It’s that time of the week again where we ask the lovely blog owner: WHATCHA READIN’? In this weekly segment, I give a brief glimpse into the books that are currently occupying my spare time, as well as a little recap of the past seven days, overall.

So, Amber, whatcha readin’?

After a few weeks of work and personal travel, I’m finally starting to get my bookish, professional, and personal lives back into sync. We’ve got a few mini-reviews on deck for Friday, as well as a cover reveal on Thursday! Be on the look out for those later on in the week. As for reading, I’ve gotten back into the habit of taking the Metro again rather than Lyfting everywhere, allowing me more reading time again. I’ve made significant headway on one of the books, and knocked out a big chunk of the bathtime book I’m reading, as well. Hmm, maybe I should make bath bombs and books a thing after all of my barre classes. I’d finish books a lot quicker, that’s for sure.

31423196After suddenly losing her best friend in a surprise attack from Earthling forces, Noemi has had no choice but to trust the decades-old mech she finds on a nearby abandoned ship. Her plan? Destroy the black hole gate that links Genesis, her home planet, to Earth. Noemi and Abel, the omniscient mech, embark on a quest to locate just the right tools that will help them achieve that goal. At this point, they’ve already narrowly escaped stealing parts off of one planet; who’s to say that they won’t be successful on the next? This book, with each chapter alternating perspectives between Noemi and Abel, has completely enraptured me. I’m usually not one for space-themed books, but Gray’s writing has made me start to rethink that. Though this book is HELLA long, it’s so fun and action-packed that it doesn’t feel that way.

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What is it about Jojo Moyes books that makes them so good to read in the bathtub? They just round off that perfectly cozy atmosphere I’m trying to achieve with the bath bomb + indie folk music + glass of white wine combination. After 75 more pages, Louisa has found herself roped into helping members of Will’s family unite for the first time after a surprising revelation into his past. However, a few snags in that plan arise when the surprise is far more volatile than anyone had ever imagined. On top of that, Louisa has to deal with an ever-stifling job at an Irish-themed pub that seeks to scrub her of the vivacious personality that made Will fall in love with her in the first place. It’s heart-wrenching, it’s dreamy — After You is a delight so far.

So, whatcha readin’ this week? Any interesting updates or books you want to start soon? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This Week:

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

“The roar blots out everything except the vast dark wave crashing toward them. Beneath her, the water of the river swells slightly, and then the wave’s on top of them, slamming into her.”


Does the teaser pull you in? What’s your book teaser for the week? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Whatcha Readin’ Thursday: March 9th, 2017

It’s that time of the week again where we ask the lovely blog owner: WHATCHA READIN’? In this weekly segment, I give a brief glimpse into the books that are currently occupying my spare time, as well as a little recap of the past seven days, overall.

So, Amber, whatcha readin’?

So I completely forgot to do this post last week, since I was trying to get the monthly update post out, but LMAO neither of those things happened last week. What did happen, however? A metric ton of reading and getting actual shit done. Once again, I traveled out of DC for a work trip and up to New York City. During the train rides up and down, I got a ton of reading done — almost more than I did when traveling to Dallas a few weeks ago! And, yes, the monthly post did end up going up…Tuesday. If I play my cards right, I might be able to finish another book this week (in between a major picket at a Known Nazi’s house). And, hey, maybe I can maximize my bathtub reading time, too, to combat stress.

31423196Here it is: the monolithic FINAL Netgalley book that I need to tackle based off of the ever-looming back log of galleys accumulated when I first started this blogging project. Furthermore, I’m on track to finish this one before it actually goes to print in April, which is always exciting! Claudia Gray is the author of a few different books within the new Star Wars canon, so to read another spacey book by her is really exciting. Defy The Stars takes place in a distant future where Earth has completely depleted its resources and relies on imports from other planets they’ve colonized. Noemi, a soldier from the planet Genesis, goes off course after a surprise attack from Earth. After stumbling upon an old Earthling rescue ship among the wreckage of wars past, can she unravel the mysteries that led it to its demise?

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Me Before You was a surprising delight when I read it last spring while I was dealing with a lot of personal dilemmas. It’s one of the rare books that left me sobbing in the shower once I finished it because it was so sad, yet gripping. Naturally, After You has become my latest bath time reading project this spring. This sequel takes place around 2 years after the events of Me Before You, and Louisa is just starting to come to terms with Will’s passing. However, a dramatic accident of her own leaves Louisa severely damaged physically — and emotionally. So far, this fast-paced novel has made me flip pages quicker than it takes for me to sip a gin and tonic. Trust me, I can drink g&t’s hella fast.
2846046028460575A year and a half after the release of the Star Wars episode VII, I’ve finally gotten around to re-reading these mini books by Valerie Estelle Frankel. Expect reviews tomorrow, honestly. They were quick little one-offs that I could slam back on my train rides to and from New York City this week. AGAIN, WE’RE CLEARING THE BACK LOG OF OWED REVIEWS, WHEW.


So, whatcha readin’ this week? Any interesting updates or books you want to start soon? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: A Rey of Hope

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This Week:

A Rey of Hope: Feminism, Symbolism and Hidden Gems in Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Valerie Estelle Frankel

“As Rey and Ren, parallel down to their names, fight outdoors, fire and explosions rain down, opening fire cracks in the earth. In the snow battle, dead branches are scattered like lost hopes.”


Does the teaser pull you in? What’s your book teaser for the week? Let’s chat in the comments below!

February Bookish Month in Review & March Goals

I tried to write this post on  at the “true” close of February, but, honestly, between prepping for the work trip I’m currently on and giving myself some personal time to decompress, I realized the added stress wasn’t worth it. It’s still early enough in the month, so I think I’m good, haha.

February was a huge month for me in getting caught up in a lot of the old reviews that I owed to Netgalley. At this point, I’ve only got one review left — and for a book that I’ve received merely a few weeks ago. After that’s finished, then I’ve got a bunch of Goodreads ARCs to finish up; once those are complete, then I know I’m going to feel a lot of relief, for sure.

Will there be a lot of repeat reads this year from last year’s completed books? Hell yeah, but since I read a lot of them during my hiatus from March to August, I know that I’m going to need the refresher. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you need a bit of a reminder

March is going to be nuts, but I’ve got the momentum behind me now that’s going to help me keep up the good work. It’s getting easier and easier with everything I accomplish.

Books Completed:

  • I Can’t Tell You – Hilary Frank
  • Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights – Katha Pollitt
  • Crystal Cadets – Anne O’Toole
  • Gilded Cage – Vic James

Currently Reading:

  • Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray
  • We’re Home: Fandom, Fun, and Hidden Homages in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • A Rey of Hope: Feminism, Symbolism and Hidden Gems from Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Valerie Estelle Frankel

To Be Read:

  • Dark Room: A Society X Novel – L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughlin
  • Yes, Please – Willow Summers
  • Now, Please – Willow Summers

Reviews Written:

Reviews to Write:

  • Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray
  • We’re Home: Fandom, Fun, and Hidden Homages in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • A Rey of Hope: Feminism, Symbolism and Hidden Gems from Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Valerie Estelle Frankel