Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lady Reader Bookstuff Presents Broken Notes By Ann Marie Frohoff Happy Release Day Ann!

Happy Release Day:
About The Book:
The Heavy Influence Series is an edgy sexually charged coming of age story.  A Modern Day 'WALK THE LINE' Romance.

The edgy Heavy Influence Series is about young, intense and reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. 

Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.
BROKEN NOTES (Heavy Influence, #2) By: Ann Marie Frohoff Publisher: AMF Publishing Pages: 279 Release Date: December 30, 2014
Music fades with a death. Dreams and impulses may kill a future. 

Being rich, famous and in an award winning, multi-platinum band can't save you from life's tragedies.

When Jake and Alyssa begin to build a life together in New York City, a death and an unfortunate set of events rattle Jake's very existence. Alyssa clings to her own dreams.

Jake's blurred take on life may end what they've fought so hard to keep. 

Will love remain the same?
Heavy Influence Links:
Book Trailer:
Original Soundtrack:

One signed copy of FIRST KISS (Heavy Influence, #1)
One signed copy of FEVER PITCH (Heavy Influence, #1.5)
Heavy Influence Original Soundtrack Vol. 1
$10 Amazon Gift Card
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About The Author:
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.

Ann Marie is a debut author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.

After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.

The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.

Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.
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First Kiss Free 2.12-2.14:
Jake, an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, reconnects with Alyssa, the younger girl next door.

When she becomes something more they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family.
Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it. 
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Around The World ARC Tours Presents The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

About The Book:

Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. 

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?


My Review:

The Boy Next Door was such a cute read for me. I needed that laugh and smile because I was in a reading funk after reading a book that made me angry. The content was heavy and I just wanted to read something light hearted and fun. If you are looking for that then you have to read this story.

Maddy and Gabe are skating partners and best friends but Maddy has been keeping a secret from Gabe. She is in love with him and wants to be with him. To makes matter worse they have to ramp up the romance between them because their coach says it is needed in order to win. Maddy is excited but Gabe is scared to death. See Gabe does not do serious relationships but he knows there is something there between him and Maddy.

What will these two do? Will they fall in love or will they ruin their duet? I loved this book as it flowed smoothly and the romance built as time went on. They were not only best friends but skating partners so they saw each other everyday and shared so much together. Katie did a great job writing this story and I look forward to more from her.

About The Author:

Growing up less than a block from the public library, Katie has always loved books and admits to crossing the street while reading. She learned to skate as an adult and to write after that and is a firm believer that it's never too late to follow your dreams. A former teacher, she now writes full-time and still skates weekends with her synchronized skating team. She lives in Michigan with two daughters, two cats, and one very patient husband (her high school sweetheart). She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and of Romance Writers of America. The Boy Next Door is her first novel.

Authors: Miranda Keanneally (Catching Jordan), Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry), Judy Blume (Forever), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight series), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), Jennifer Comeaux (everything!)

Movies: The Cutting Edge (Come on, are you surprised by this?)

Foods: Tea and just about any kind of fruit but especially mangoes

Passions: Skating, reading, writing

Hobbies: Board games, dance, hockey

Holiday: Christmas - I've been known to go a little Christmas tree crazy

Guilty pleasure: I confess to marathon watching Dawson's Creek and Friday Night Lights reruns...

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Figure Skating:

Around The World ARC Tours Presents Little Peach by Peggy Kern

About The Book:

What do you do if you're in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options. 

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels. 

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition. 

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.


My Review:

Okay I have to first start this review out by saying read this book with caution. This book made me laugh, cry, get angry, and finally I threw the book on the bed because I needed more. 

This is a compelling story about a 14 year old girl who runs away from home to see the big city and live with her friend. When she gets to New York she realizes that she is all alone and no ones coming for her. She has no way back to her home so she sits in the bus terminal scared and alone. Then she meets this guy who is clean cut and good looking and willing to take care of her and feed her. She follows him home only to learn that looks are deceiving. The nice man Devon turns out to be a monster and this is where the book goes into what happens to little peach and her friends.

I have to say this because I have to be honest with you readers. I loved and hated this book. I have a young daughter and I kept looking at her every time I would read something horrible that would happen to little peach and her friends. The sex trade market is real and out there every where and you have to keep your kids safe. What Little Peach went through at such a young age will scar her for the rest of her life. She will never forget what she went through. I kept thinking if that was my daughter or niece or anyone I knew I would rip Devon's heart out and hang him up for every pimp to see.

About The Author:

Peggy Kern was born and raised in Westbury, New York. There she attended the local public elementary and middle schools, where she was one of the few white students in a predominately black and Latino community. Peggy didn’t realize what a unique and valuable experience that was until she transferred to a private high school.

“I was miserable in high school,” she says. “I couldn’t understand why my classmates only hung out with people who looked just like they did. To me, that was a foreign concept.” Peggy worked a variety of jobs through her teenage years, including switchboard operator at a country club, cashier at a clothing store, and the night-shift in a bakery. 

In 1992, Peggy enrolled at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where she discovered her love of literature and writing. However, the financial stress of paying for college herself – coupled with the painful divorce of her parents – proved overwhelming. She moved back to New York and took a full-time job as a secretary. Determined to finish her degree, she began taking night classes at a local community college and eventually landed a partial scholarship at Long Island University. She continued working full-time and taking classes until she graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English.

Though it took her almost seven years to obtain her college degree, Peggy says she would do it all again. “The adversity made me work even harder. I never forgot how lucky I was to have a chance at an education.”

In 2001, Peggy completed a Master’s degree in English and Writing at Southampton College. She also coordinated the Southampton Writers Conference, where she had the chance to meet some of her literary heroes and assist young students in pursing their dream of writing. While at Southampton, she taught English Composition, tutored undergraduate students and published several short stories.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Around The World ARC Tours Presents When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

About The Book:

13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

"When Reason Breaks is infused with a rare blend of suspense and sensitivity, despair and hope. The poetic spirit of Emily Dickinson shines through the gloom of daily struggles faced by modern teens, as they discover the possibilities where they dwell."

--Margarita Engle
Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree


My Review:

When Reason Breaks is an amazing story. While I was reading I had this picture in my head of a goth girl wearing all black and being all moody sitting in an English class. I kept laughing to myself and thinking back to my English classes and the people that were in them and I remember this one girl she was a mix of goth and the clown posse and lord everyday she would come in so depressed and sad that I would wonder what was wrong with her. She brought the mood down in the class.

I also love poetry and Emily Dickinson's writing. Cindy put together a great story and made me love poetry even more. The story flowed smoothly and I loved both main characters Elizabeth and Emily. Emily was the normal girl who was depressed and no one knew she was depressed because she hid it well. She went to school and did everything she was supposed to and went home and was the perfect daughter. Then you have Elizabeth, she is angry and can't control it. She wears black all the time and she stays with an angry look so people will leave her alone.

Then something happens in Ms Diaz English class that has both girls taking a serious look at their lives and the people in it. What happens when angry meets depressed meets the uplifting Dickinson? This is a must read story for all poetry lovers as well as all readers who love a good story about two girls just trying to make it instead of breaking it. What will happen to them? Will they live or will they die?

About The Author:


Hi! I’m Cindy L. Rodriguez, the author of When Reason Breaks, a young adult novel that will be published byBloomsbury Children’s Books USA (2/10/2015). I am represented by Laura Langlie. I teach middle school reading and college-level composition. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a reporter for The Hartford Courant and as a researcher for The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, an investigative group. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and two teaching certifications. I live in Connecticut with my daughter and rescue mutt.


I was born in Chicago and lived there for the first 12 years of my life. My family then moved to Connecticut, where I attended Bethel High School and graduated fromCrosby High School in Waterbury. In 1993, I graduated from UConn with a degree in journalism and English. In 2007, I completed my master’s degree in English at CCSU.

While at UConn, I worked long days at The Daily Campus, the student-run newspaper. There, I met some of my best friends and fell in love with journalism. After graduating from UConn, I worked as a reporter at The Hartford Courant for a total of five years and as a researcher for The Boston Globe for two years.

In 2000, I took a leap of faith and left journalism to become a teacher. After completing the state’s Alternate Route to Certification, I was hired to teach 8th grade language arts at Portland (CT) Middle School. After three years, I left Portland and took a one-year leave from teaching to work on my master’s degree full-time.

After my year of graduate work, I returned to teaching. I was hired by the West Hartford school district to teach 7th grade language arts at King Philip Middle School.

Six years later, and after earning a second certification through another alternate route program run by Albertus Magnus College, I moved to Hall High School to be the reading teacher/specialist. I have since moved back to King Philip as a 6th and 7th grade reading teacher/specialist and started as an adjunct professor at Tunxis Community College.

When Reason Breaks is my first novel.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Around The World Arc Tours Presents What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott 2015 ARC

Title & Author: What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott

Publisher/Year: Point/March 31, 2015

Genres: YA Thriller

Format: Paperback

Source: Around the World ARC Tours


It's a beautiful, sunny day. Callie Velasquez holds hands with her boyfriend Jeremy as they follow Callie's new BFFs Penelope and Lissa up the trail. The four friends are embarking on a camping trip -- a trip that immediately goes awry. They lose their way on the trail, and encounter a charismatic stranger with questionable motives. And when Callie stumbles upon a dead body, it becomes clear that the danger that lies in the woods is deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Tensions mount and friendships are tested as these teenagers try to survive the most sinister of circumstances.


Other Books By Author:

5 of 5 Stars 


Where to begin on this review...... Oh Lord I LOVED IT! I love suspense and thrillers but put them both together and I am in heaven. Kieran Scott knows how to grab you and keep you reading. Just when you think you have figured out what is going on and who is doing it you are surprised because it is not that person. I was literally at the edge of the bed reading and gasping because I had it all wrong! Lord K. Scott you did a great job writing this book and I will re-read it over and over again.

Callie and her friends Penelope and Lissa are going on a camping trip. It is supposed to be an all girls camping trip but Callie's boyfriend Jeremy joins then and Lissa is not happy about it. As they walk on the trip to find the campsite they hear strange noises and feel like they are being watched. Then a dead body is discovered and everyone is in shock and scared and wanting to go home but it seems like the killer has different plans for them. It becomes a cat and mouse chase and you don't know who it is until the end and you will be rocked to your reading core. 

Who is the killer? Why are killing them off? Who will be left standing at the end of the trip? This is a killer story and I can't wait for you to enjoy it as I did.

About this author:

Kieran Scott is an author of young adult fiction including the upcoming TRUE LOVE TRILOGY (May 2014) and the HE'S SO/SHE'S SO TRILOGY, which includes SHE'S SO DEAD TO US, HE'S SO NOT WORTH IT and THIS IS SO NOT HAPPENING. Her other books include the Non-Blonde Cheelerader trilogy, Geek Magnet and Jingle Boy. She also writes Alloy Entertainment books under the pseudonym Kate Brian, including the SHADOWLANDS trilogy and the PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS and THE PRINCESS AND THE PAUPER, among others. She grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, attended Rutgers University, and now lives in River Vale, New Jersey with her husband and two sons.