Best of 2014 Book Giveaway {International}

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The fabulously awesome Ginger at GReads Books asked me if I would be interested in doing a little holiday giveaway for one of my top reads in 2014. My answer to that was duh because I love to share the book love. The problem became actually narrowing it down.

You see, 2014 was a great reading year for me. For the first time since 2011 and reached my Goodreads Challenge goal and read 150 books. Out of those 150, 30 of them were given between 4.5 – 5 stars with 23 of them being books that came out in 2014 or before. I removed the 2015 releases as that will be for another day. So basically I had to chose between 23 books which was not an easy task. What it ended up coming down to? Two debuts (everyone needs to meet a new author), an amazing sophomore novel, and a book that opened my eyes to fantasy and magic types of reads.

What am I giving away you ask? The winner will get to pick from the following 4 books: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Loop by Karen Akins, Free to Fall by Lauren Miller or Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Giveaway will run until 12:00am EST on 12/31/14. It is open internationally if The Book Depository ships to you and if the book you pick is in stock. Throne of Glass can be substituted for another book in the Throne of Glass series if you have read/own Throne of Glass. Just click on the picture below to enter. Good luck! And fair warning…2015 is filled with some awesome reading.

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Summer Promo for Open Road Summer {CLOSED}

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You’ve heard me say it probably a million times. Most likely have read my review (If not you can find it HERE.). You have seen me fangirling on the internet. And have probably seen the bookmarks that I made. Basically Open Road Summer is one of my favorite reads of 2014. It may even be right up there with my love for Anna and the French Kiss and you all know how much I love that book.

Well now it is your turn to be able to read and love it as much as I do.

The nice people at Bloomsbury had given me the opportunity to send them the name and address of 3 people I think will love Open Road Summer. I already know 2 people that I am going to “sign-up” but I have one more spot and that is where you come in. If you are interested in this chance please fill out the form below by Friday June 6th at 11:59am EST. I will randomly select one person that will be able to take part in this awesome summer promo that really doesn’t involve more than reading a book, sending a postcard back with the feels and getting a special prize in return. All I ask is that you be serious about reading the book and sending the postcard back, have not read the book yet and that you are from the US or Canada. Pretty sweet if you ask me. And who doesn’t like a free book that is amazing and you will devour in a sitting??!! Right…NOBODY!

 

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Giveaway Time {International} – CLOSED

BEA is this week and I know there are a ton of people that would love to go that can’t or people that just aren’t going. Since I’m lucky this year I have decided I am going to host a giveaway for the whole week that I will be gone. Click on the picture below to win a copy of your choice of the following four books: Free to Fall by Lauren Miller, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, or The One by Kiera Cass. All four of these books were 5 star reads for me and I’m letting you pick which one could possibly be your next 5 star read.

Enter between now and 11:59pm EST on May 31st for your chance to pick which book you would like a copy of. This giveaway is international this time as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. Winner will be notified by email on Monday June 2nd and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Good luck!

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First Loves Blog Tour

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I was asked by the lovely people at Bloomsbury if I wanted to join the First Loves Blog Tour which celebrates 5 incredible authors and their 2014 book releases. Basically the answer was duh and so you have today’s post. I was able to ask all 5 lovely ladies one question for them to answer. After spending some time thinking about it and reading up on each book I started to think about travel and how everyone loves to travel or has a vacation spot they love. And from this line of thinking I came up with my question for this authors:

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About The Chapel Wars:
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there’s Grandpa’s letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family’s mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and… Dax. No wait, not Dax.

Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there’s a wedding chapel to save.

hawaiiANSWER: HAWAII. My dad was born in Honolulu, and my parents visit at least twice a year. I always thought it was weird they went there instead of exploring the world, but I went there to do some book research/relax last summer. We took a helicopter tour of Kauai and I thought, yeah. This is it. All I need is Hawaii.
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About Open Road Summer:
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

?????????????????????????????????????????????ANSWER: The UK! My dad’s from England, and a lot of our family is still there. So, I’d get to see them more often and eat fish and chips, heavy on the vinegar. I could watch soccer at White Hart Lane, drink great beer, prowl book shops, take in the impossible greenness of The Cotswolds, stand on the coastline at the Cliffs of Dover. Plus, ya know, there’s so much literary tourism in the UK 😉

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About Wish You Were Italian:
Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!

Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?

italyANSWER: The Cinque Terre, Italy. Surprise! My love for this portion of the Italian Riviera is why I chose it as the setting of Wish You Were Italian. The views of crystal blue water from cliff side trails are unlike any I’ve seen, the food is fresh and full of local flavors, the atmosphere is calming. It’s a dream to rent an apartment in one of the villages for a month or so to write, paint, hike, and most importantly, eat gelato twice a day.

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About Searching for Sky:
Sky and River have always lived on Island, the only world they’ve ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she’s just met. Here the rules for survival are different. People rely on strange things like cars and cell phones. They keep secrets from one another. And without River, nothing makes sense. Sky yearns for her old life where she was strong and capable, not lost and confused. She must find River so they can return to Island, but the truth behind how they ended up there in the first place will come as the biggest shock of all.

phillyANSWER: I know how my character Sky in Searching for Sky would answer this question. She would return to Island, of course, which is the small deserted island in the South Pacific where she grew up, before she was rescued and taken back to California. She would want to go back there because it feels safe for her and it feels like home, unlike our modern world which is scary and filled with things she doesn’t understand. Like Sky, I always tend to like the feeling of “home” rather than the feeling of vacation, and I think the best trips are ones when I get to spend time with family. For that reason, I would say Philadelphia, which is where I grew up and where much of my family still lives. If we’re talking about purely relaxing, though, I would say the beach – any beach, anywhere. There’s nothing better than lying on the beach reading a great book!

 

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About Fool Me Twice:
Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they’re back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.

Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It’s the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again.

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ANSWER: This answer would be SO EASY if I was not a parent-I absolutely love and adore Las Vegas and try to go as often as I can. But since I have a young daughter, I’d have to go with a family location-we take her to California once a year. Her excitement caliand enthusiasm makes everything that much more fun! Even just riding in the shuttle from the parking lots to the airport is exciting to her.

 

 

Special thanks to all 5 of these authors for taking the time to answer my question and Bloomsbury for asking and putting this together.

*Images found on Google and Goodreads and do not belong to me.

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One shirt, Three colors

I haven’t played with paperdolls in a while and thought it was time to put a few looks together. When I was looking at the J Crew Factory stuff, I know, you are shocked by this, I came across this one shirt in three different colors. Immediately my mind started going and think about what you could pair each one with. And then of course I thought of what book I could pair with said outfit and used three of my favorite: Anna and the French Kiss, Since You’ve Been Gone(out in May) and Open Road Summer. And below is what I have come up with. What do you think?

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One shirt, Three colors by andiabcs featuring J.Crew

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