I am a HUGE Katie McGarry fan! And I am SUPER stoked about her new series Thunder Road coming out and the first book is Nowhere but here coming out May 26th! I am also SUPER excited to reveal the trailer today!
I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!!!!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.
Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.
The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She's made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she's paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it's all fine. That her "perfect" family is fine. But it's not. And no one notices the lie...until she meets Flynn. He's the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.
The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of "the wrong side of the tracks." When Jess's parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don't get that the person who shouldn't fit in your world... might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.
I recently read (and loved!) #16thingsIthoughweretrue by Janet Gurtler. So I was super excited to read The Truth About Us. It was on my TBR list and when Sourcebooks emailed me to review it, I jumped on the chance to read it.
Let me just tell you it was everything I hoped it would be!
Jess was the good girl, actually the good rich girl, but her family has had some troubles and she has done the typical teen thing and acted out.Flynn is not exactly from the right part of town, actually Jess meets him when she is forced to volunteer in a soup kitchen as punishment by her father. But it turns out that he is a great guy, and they seem to fit together really well. Jess also meets a lot of other incredible people along the way and learns a lot about herself and who she is, and that money isn’t everything.
I gotta tell you, this one had me bawling at one point. Such a great book! I loved it and definitely worth the five stars I’ve rated it! Holy cow, I can see this one being on my favorites of 2015! Such a sweet, lovely story!
I tell you this book stole my heart and won me over. The Truth About Us…
From #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes a romantic new contemporary series about the Callaways, a big, blended Irish family born to serve and protect.
The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind. Aiden seeks help from an unlikely ally ... Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister's best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she's no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She's a woman in search of her own truth. The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be. As teenagers they weren't ready for each other. Are they ready now? ** ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS is the first book in an eight book connected contemporary romance series featuring the intriguing Callaway family. Love, mystery, adventure -- the Callaways have it all!
Something in me has a HUGE soft spot for heroes. The everyday kind, police officers, firefighters, you know, the kind that go to work everyday and just do their job? Maybe that is what drew me to this series, cause the WHOLE family is in that line of work.
Aiden is a smoke jumper. Yep, he WILLINGLY jumps out of planes into burning forests to put out fires, and like the rest of his family, he is good looking. Sara has always had a crush on Aiden, but he was always her best friends older brother, but maybe there was something more there. And, well, Aiden comes home after something happens on the job and he is trying to deal with it, and Sara need to try and mend some fences of her own, and maybe neither one is as immune to the past as they think.
A great story and great heat, literally! I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, which I have sitting on my Kindle just waiting for me! Don’t be surprised to see the rest of them appear on the blog as reviews!
Being able to tell stories! I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a child, and having a job that allows me to create my own worlds, characters and plots is a dream come true.
What first inspired you to write the Callaways? Where did you get the initial idea for the series?
I had wanted to write a family series for a while, and I wanted the family to be blended, just to make the dynamics a little more interesting. Jack Callaway was a widower with four small boys when he met Lynda Kane, a divorcee with two small girls. They fell in love, got married and had twins. The eight siblings are now adults and range in age between 35 and 25. I also wanted the Callaways to stand for something. So there’s a family tradition of “serve and protect”. All the kids are raised with the idea that they need to serve the community, to help others and to always protect the family as well as anyone else in trouble. And the Callaways always seem to find trouble, even when they’re not looking for it.
Which of the Callaway siblings is the most like you? How are the two of you similar?
There is a piece of me in every character that I write, which makes it impossible for me to ever pick a favorite. I do like Emma a lot, because she’s the one person in the family who has a close relationship with every sibling. She’s also independent, brave and loving, which are all great traits.
Your characters all have such fascinating jobs, and, in reading your novels, it feels like I’m right there with them. How do you perform your research in order to make careers such as a smoke jumper, homicide detective, or Coast Guard rescue pilot so authentic?
I’ve read quite a few nonfiction books and articles written by smoke jumpers, firefighters, cops, etc. And I have a writer friend who is also a police detective, so I often ask her for help with the more technical aspects. But what’s really fun about writing is discovering new things—so I love to write about people in careers I don’t know that much about. In THAT SUMMER NIGHT, one of the characters is tied into the pharmaceutical industry, and I had never written a book that delved into that area. I found some of the true whistleblower stories that I read in preparation for writing that book to be fascinating. I think enjoying research is probably a big part of being a successful writer. I was born with a curiosity and an imagination. Writing is a great outlet!
The Callaways all have such beautiful, unique love stories. How do you get in the mindset for writing them? Are any of their stories inspired, at least in part, by your own real-life love story?
I have a wonderful husband who always takes credit for being my inspiration. And while that’s true, as a writer I do love to explore stories beyond my own personal experience. I like to bring together couples who complement each other but also drive each other a little crazy. I think love is about finding that one person who pushes you to be better, who challenges the way you think, supports you no matter what and gives you that heady, dizzy, wonderful feeling that comes when you fall in love.
I love that your novels are not only awesome romances but also have gripping suspense as a central part of the story line. How do you start planning your novels with the romance or with the suspense—or with something else altogether?
I enjoy writing romance that brings a little extra in terms of a plot. So every Callaway novel features a great love story, a puzzling mystery, some family drama and a little nerve-tingling suspense. I don’t outline in great detail, but I always have a general idea of the suspense plot points before I begin. The story takes shape and changes as I put myself into the characters’ heads. That’s part of the fun of writing!
Congrats on your groundbreaking, new partnership with Ingram to get the paperback editions of the Callaways out to the world. What about this opportunity has you most excited?
Since I formed my own publishing company and began independently publishing my books outside of the traditional New York publishing industry, it’s been a challenge to get my books into print and into physical bookstores across the country. Late last year, I entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Ingram Publisher Services to sell and distribute my books into retail outlets like Target, Barnes and Noble, airport bookstores and supermarkets, as well as other bookstore chains. I know there are lots of readers who still prefer to read in print, and I’m thrilled that they’ll now be able to read my bestselling digital series in their favorite format!
“I have a proposition for you.” Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. It’s been years since Kacey’s seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they’re engaged for her sake-so be it.
But Kacey wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis still being there. She calls him “Satan” for a reason: she’s never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis’s gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey’s more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake’s deal . . .
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching the bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
When outlaw biker, Cole Austin sees a young woman handcuffed and being dragged across the yard of the Dead Souls Motorcycle Club's remote clubhouse, he's stunned by the realization of just how dark his world has become. This scene is even more than his twisted soul can stomach. Compelled to intercede and save her, he has no idea his whole world is about to change. He believes he's doing the right thing until a secret she's hiding makes him question if saving her may be the biggest mistake of his life. The two strike a deal, a deal they may both come to regret. Can his soul be saved? Is there anything he won't do for her? Are there some things he just can't? And are there some things she can never forgive?
The first time Cole sees Angel she is battered and bruised and being dragged around the motorcycle club by one of his ‘brothers’ in handcuffs. For some reason, Cole wants to save Angel. At first Angel is hard to handle and angry and after numerous attempts to hurt Cole, she finally sees he is telling her the truth when he tells her he won’t hurt her. Cole makes a deal with Angel to help her get revenge on those that hurt her before Cole intervened and saved her. Cole and Angel spend an intense Nine days together, both knowing they are from different worlds, wondering if they can make things work, wondering if they can fight everything that could rock a relationship between them but also not wanting to let each other go. That is, until the motorcycle club president, Mack, intervenes and they end up apart, each thinking the other didn’t want them anymore.
Three years later, Angel has kept a big secret from Cole but badly needs his help. It’s time to come clean. Feelings resurface and its like they haven’t been apart, But Cole also isn’t being upfront. When the truth is finally revealed, Angel sends Cole away and wants nothing more to do with him. Enter Angel’s interfering aunt, Natalie.
Can they overcome Cole’s bad boy, criminal past with the motorcycle club? Their hurts and lies? Can Cole and Angel have their happily ever after?
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading bad boy books, but I do usually struggle with motorcycle gang books. Outlaw however, captured me. I didn’t want to put it down. The story was written from both Cole’s and Angel’s sides in Third person. I loved how Cole was all tough bad boy around everyone, but when it came to Angel he was a huge softie. Angel was stubborn and often challenged Cole. The other characters, Natalie, Crash, Crystal and Mack were all so likeable and I will definitely be adding their stories to my ‘to be read’ list. The three year jump half way through, threw me at first but it definitely turned out to be a good jump. This book, to me, had the right amount of language, sex and violence for a biker book, made more perfect, for me, with the added romance.
Nicole wrote a book that I couldn’t put down, that had my stomach twisting and turning with nerves, for what may happen for Cole and Angel. The story was edgy and kept me transfixed. This was a great read!
When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.
It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.
However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.
But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.
So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.
And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.
Kate is a mother of one, Recently divorced and just turned 40. David is a famous 30 year old player, in both hockey and with the ladies. His team mates bet him he can’t get Kate to sleep with him. The bet leads to Kate and David’s world’s being rocked and they both didn’t expect for it to lead to more. Between Kate’s difficult relationship with her 17 year old daughter, Laura, Her abusive ex husband, Women from David’s past and an age gap, Things aren’t easy for them. Kate doesn’t trust easy and David has to prove he can grow up and is worth a chance. Throughout the story they both experience extreme lust and happiness, but also unexpected heartbreak. They both help each other throughout the relationship. David is fun for Kate, he brings her out of her shell, gives her back confidence and makes her feel desired. Kate makes David feel. She makes him want things he never thought he wanted. Love and a family.
Jeannie Moon has written a lovely romantic story, that had me gripped from the start. I could of just kept reading on and on about Kate and David. I loved reading from both points of view and it was extremely well written. The book flowed perfectly from character to character and just made me more engrossed. You could almost feel the characters feelings and emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Truly heart warming.
Sometimes following your ambitions means losing your heart. When Celeste McMillan graduated from college, she hit the ground running, prepared to overcome every challenge and climb the corporate ladder at record-breaking speed. But then a client assaults her, and her boss forces her to take a ten-day “vacation” in Hawaii. Kanoe Anakalea is intrigued when he meets the pale-skinned, redheaded haole on his favorite surfing beach. Celeste is intelligent and adventurous, sexy and sweet. Even though sun, sand and sexy surfers are as foreign to Celeste as the L.A. corporate world is to Kanoe, their sexual chemistry sizzles. As they spend sun-warmed days and plumeria-scented nights in each other’s arms, they find themselves falling hard. Yet love is out of the question. Kanoe is rooted in his island home, and Celeste’s future beckons in L.A. As the clock ticks down, Celeste realizes that letting go might be the greatest challenge she’s ever had to face. This book was previously released as 10 Days in Paradise by Dawn Halliday. It has been revised and re-edited. Warning: Contains a combustible situation near a volcano; steamy scenes on beaches and in lava pools; hints of voyeurism, exhibitionism and bondage; and some very creative uses of a surfboard.
WHAT I THOUGHT
Celeste is on the fast track, wanting to become a partner at the firm where she works. After being hit on by a client and responding by slapping him in the face, he becomes angry and threatens to take his business elsewhere. Celeste is forced to take vacation time so her boss can smooth the situation over. She ends up in Hawaii, where she meets hot surfer, Kanoe. The two realise there is a connection and serious attraction that neither wants to admit to the other, fearing it is one sided. Spending time with Kanoe makes Celeste realise she hasn’t been happy. Kanoe usually steers clear of mainlanders, but there is just something about Celeste.
I really enjoyed this book. The character development throughout was great. In the beginning the use of Hawaiiann lingo was slightly confusing but I soon picked up what was meant and came to enjoy it. The steamy scenes were hot! They weren’t rushed, they were descriptive and you could almost feel the connection whilst reading them. You are drawn into the romance in the story and not even half way through I was hoping for a certain ending for Kanoe and Celeste. An ending I got!
Whilst I was very happy with the ending, an epilogue would of been good. Just to see how they both adapted to the big changes in their lives.
She is looking for the one.
He never thought the one existed.
But the one thing that connects them can also tear them apart.
Healing from a loss, Grace Brooks wants nothing more than to move on and has given every man she dated a chance—only to find they’re not worth her time.
Tying up loose ends of a case, Hunter Reeve stumbles upon a woman who may be the key to putting away a criminal family behind bars.
As danger lurks, weaseling itself into Grace’s life, Hunter is forced to make a choice between his work and Grace. And the wrong choice could have consequences neither one is ready for.
Warning: Intended for mature audiences only.
I enjoyed this prequel to the crossed series. Its made me add the rest of the series to my ‘books to buy’ list.
Crossed is packed with action, excitement, mystery, lust and wit. The characters are fun and bounce off each other, creating laugh out loud moments, But then they also learn they have to be guarded and cautious.
After past heartbreak, Grace vows to live her life and is looking for ‘the one’. Playboy Hunter has worked hard on a case for three years, A case that leads him to Grace. The attraction is instant between the two, but Grace needs to be protected from the danger Hunter has been working on. Dramas, sexual attraction and intense feelings, lead Hunter down a path of having to make a choice. To end Grace’s family or come to a compromise to keep her happy but safe and in his life.
Crossed is a quick and easy, but also enjoyable read. Lacey Silks has a great writing style and this is a great introduction to the series.
Prom should be one of the most memorable nights of your life. But for Camilla and Joshua, some elaborate promposals are getting in the way. Will they be able to land their dream dates in time for the dance?Promposal (n.)—an often very public proposal, in which one person asks another person to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification. Camilla can’t help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. But when she’s asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance—who’s wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew—she’s forced to say yes. However, all hope is not lost, as a timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin...and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. Is she reading into something that isn’t there, or will she get her dream guy just in time for prom? Joshua has been secretly in love with his best friend Ethan since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he’d go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal—for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart...unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time. The road to the perfect promposal isn’t easy to navigate. But one thing’s certain—prom season is going to be memorable.
I gotta say, this is what made me fall in love with YA!
This is one of those, she is in love with him and he kinda likes her, but his cousin likes her so he can’t kinda books. Ya’ follow me? Oh, and then I forgot about the gay best friend, yep, he has issues of his own too, as in he is in love with HIS best friend, so when they are depressed they just veg out and eat ice cream. Man I miss being a teenager when calories didn’t count!
I loved how this book poked fun at the emerging trend to make asking someone to the Prom, the promposal, into an epic event. Camilla gets asked by a friend from one of her classes in front of a television crew, and she is way to nice to say no, even if that is exactly what she wants to say, because the guy she really wants to ask her barely notices her.
The characters were so great in this one, I can totally picture them in school, very fun and believable.
It was also so readable, I read it in one afternoon and found myself chuckling throughout the story. A great story.