Stacking the Shelves (38)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here's my August haul and I love all the books I got! Yay!

For Review

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant (ARC)
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil


Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)


I'll Be Right There by Kyung Sook Shin
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Three by Kristen Simmons
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
The Ruining by Anna Collomore
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
Inbetween by Tara Fuller
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
*signed* Proxy by Alex London
*signed* Guardian by Alex London
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont, MIRA Ink, Rachel, Fully Booked, all the awesome online booksellers, Powerbooks and of course, to National Book Store for #AlexLondoninPH! I had so much fun and Alex was so great I miss him already. Share your haul in the comments section below so I can check them out! Thanks for dropping by!

Blog Tour: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Kitchen When it Sizzles
Title: The Kitchen When It Sizzles
Author: Chrissie Peria
Date of Publication: August 16, 2014
Genre: sexy contemporary romance

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.

Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who's filling in for Olivia's cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can't help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?


September 29

The Book Pile - Excerpt

September 30

The Book Junkie - Excerpt
My Book Musings - Excerpt

October 1
pakwanstripes - Excerpt

October 2

It's A Wonderful Bookworld - Review + Excerpt

Wifely Steps - Review
Ficsation - Guest Post

October 3

The Girl Behind the Stories - Review
The Great Big Jump - Review + Excerpt
The Shadow Realm - Excerpt


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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Proxy by Alex London

Friday, August 22, 2014

#AlexLondoninPH this August 30! And to welcome him, Pinoy Book Tours, in partnership with National Book Store, has arranged a blog tour with a giveaway for a signed copy to boot! Read on for my review and don't forget to join the giveaway!

Proxy (Proxy, #1)
Title: Proxy (Proxy #1)
Author: Alex London
Publisher: Philomel (HB) | Speak (PB)
Date of Publication: June 18, 2013 (HB) | May 1, 2014 (PB)
Genre: YA dystopia, LGBT

Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else's crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test the boys' resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.

This fast-paced thrill ride of a novel is full of breakneck action, shocking twists and heart-hammering suspense that will have readers gasping until the very last page.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5  stars

Admittedly, I just finished PROXY last night and I immediately let out a gurgled scream of AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA after what went down. I might be incoherent still so please forgive me for any excessive use of exclamation marks or run-on sentences.

I was planning on making a Post-It type of review for this book before I started it. That is, I will be putting my comments on Post-Its and take pictures of them as I read the book. However, this plan was never executed and I only ended up with ONE because PROXY IS SO FREAKING INTENSE AND FAST-PACED AND AWESOME. I'll get to that in a bit but first, here's my one and only note~

K, now that that's out of the way, it's still not out of my mind. Just by page 5, I already felt that I will like this book. Not only the first chapter was a very vivid look into the psychology and character of Knox, it firmly established this futuristic world's love for image and looks. Going into Proxy, I knew that it was an LGBT book and that alone was enough reason to love this and recommend it to everyone. Then, it also touches on body image and body modifications? That's very timely. Add to that that Knox is a HACKER and holy shiz if that isn't a major book turn-on for me. Mehehe. The advanced technology, the glaringly obvious social divide, all that biotechnology (THEY REVIVED EXTINCT ANIMALS IN THE PATRON ZOO!!), good lord, really, the molecular biologist in me rejoiced and partied like Miley Cyrus.

So the whole storyworld of PROXY intrigued me and it would have been enough to glue me to the pages. Then as the story progressed, we got to know more about the Proxy system and we came to understand and sympathize with Syd. Syd's a smart kid and has been lying low but he has been dealt with a bad set of cards, in the form of his patron Knox. Knox just might be the worst patron ever and Syd gets punished every week for all the infractions and shenanigans Knox do. I just wanted Syd to get out of the system and be free but then we wouldn't have a story, wouldn't we?

So we also have topnotch characters in here, with depth, motives and dreams. Knox isn't the most likable person and in fact, he's an asshole but he knows it, admits it and owns it. And you just can't help but be endeared with him even if he's like that. Aside from the boys, we have Marie, who's such an idealist and who believes in equality and the freeing of the proxies. While I am not an idealist myself (I am cynical), I couldn't hate on Marie because she is damn feisty and she stands for her principles. Now, that's a strong girl without being kick-ass. Oh shoot, she's also kick-ass  because she knows how to fight. Attagirl!

More importantly, the characters in Proxy are very... normal. We don't have the usual heroes we have in young adult who suddenly accepts their fate and swoops in to save the day. Syd just wants to live unnoticed and Know just wants to piss his father off. Even with everything that's happening, they reacted how normal teens would react - lost, confused and angry. Especially in dystopia, these characters are such a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Alex London.

Now, I'll get to all those exclamation points I promised. Proxy's story is just so goddamned fast-paced that I READ IT IN ONE SITTING!!!!1 This reading-slump-suffering, cannot-finish-a-book-in-a-day blogger finished this book in a breeze. Seriously, you should not start Proxy late at night because you won't be getting enough sleep. There was enough mystery in it to keep you flipping the page (what's that mark on Syd??), there were tons of issues it toed but didn't discuss fully which I fully appreciate because I don't want preachy novels, several themes cropped up and action is right around every corner. You think Syd will be safe now? Ha, you're wrong! Then you'll think it's really over then BOOM SHAKALAKA Alex London just keeps on giving us more reasons for this: !!!!!!!!!!!!1111

All I can say is, if you haven't read PROXY, DO SO NOW. NOW. NOW. NOW. NOW. That ending? I was shocked and I love it. You guys, if you want something action-packed but with depth, go read this.


One lucky Filipino resident will win a SIGNED copy of PROXY! Good luck!

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See you at #AlexLondoninPH, bookish Filipinos!

Blog Tour: Once Upon a Player by Agay Llanera

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Once upon a Player
Title: Once Upon a Player
Author: Agay Llanera
Genre: contemporary romance

Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She's the star spiker of her university's volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target--the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants, and is sure she'll snag him before graduation. But in the process of winning his heart, she is sideswiped by a surprise move that sends her tumbling from her pedestal.


September 22

The Great Big Jump -  Review
Imagine a World - Excerpt

September 23

Fastidious Reader - Review + Excerpt

September 24

September 25

It's A Wonderful Bookworld - Review + Excerpt
Brewed Thoughts - Guest Post

September 26

The Book Pile - Excerpt

Fun to Live the Illusion - Excerpt
Freine's Finds - Review


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Mini-Review + Theme Song: Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good lord this book. I've been trying to review this since its release date but words fail me, like I've been failing to review for so long. So, I'll just post my mini-review or more like a blurb of this beautiful book. And what I think should be its theme song. Because I haven't been doing music posts recently. Yay to trying to conquer the slump!

Title: Inland
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date of Publication: June 12, 2014

The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.

But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to First to Read for the eARC I won! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

INLAND is utterly beautiful, with an absolutely stunning prose. It is the poignant tale of women powerless to the sea, ending up sucked into its hungry mouth, even as they helplessly claw to cling inland, trying to build roots that will never hold. Not when your love is as present, now and forever, and as powerful as the ocean. As Callie finds the sea insidious, one will find Rosenfield's words calling out to them, begging to be read without stopping. INLAND will sweep you away into the tide, swallow you up whole into its deep, murky depths, drown you in the eerily creepy atmosphere Rosenfield has masterfully weaved, and then let you float up changed. It is reminiscent of Elizabeth Fama's MONSTROUS BEAUTY, all at once both chillingly dark and poetically sublime. I highly recommend INLAND to fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Tahereh Mafi.

Theme Song

I know, I've had this pesky rule of not reusing songs in my posts. I've previously used this song for my playlist of Savor by Kate Evangelista and I included it in there, albeit begrudgingly (as I've been wanting to use it for an actual mermaid book), because it is such a great mood setter. But this song, this song deserves to be an exception to my so-called rule. I love this obscure song (and when I say obscure, it is obscure) and I think it's perfect for INLAND. The lyrics? Oh YES. The haunting voice? HECK YEAH. Go take a listen to... TIDAL CRUSHER by CAVALIER ROSE!

We're underwater, Sheriff
Please excuse us, we got salt for eyes
You can shoot us from your watch tower

and you'll see
Ain't got no legs to stand on
Our heart-strings taut with fishing twine
And a big balloon for ear drums

Let it be
Nice and easy, dee
Under here with me
But you ain't never going home

Come on you tidal crusher
My monsoon heart's got business here
Who are you to split asunder

and you'll see
Ain't got no legs to stand on
Invertebrate my pioneer
We will ne'er get out from under

Wanna breathe?
Want some slow release?
You can call on me
But you ain't never going home

And all your marigold and flotsam
Fill my diving bell in the stratosphere
Floating way away forever
got to split to sink you

Bigger brother with your field below
Field below field below

Tell me tell me tell me
nice and slow
here we go
Tell me where it hurts

Here for ever in my liquid lair
Lost forever what the fuck I care
Nothing's fair
Just digging in the dirt
In the dirt

Let it be
Nice and easy, dee
Under here with me
But you ain't never going home

About Kat Rosenfield

Kat Rosenfield was born and raised in Coxsackie, New York, graduated from New Jersey's Drew University, and worked as a production assistant, publicist and copywriter in New York City before finding her niche in writing for teenagers. Her first novel, AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE, was published by Dutton in July 2012. Her second novel, INLAND, will be published in Spring/Summer 2014.

When not writing fiction, she can be found contributing entertainment news and commentary to MTV's Hollywood Crush blog and lecturing on proper flirting techniques on Barnes & Noble's SparkLife.

The name of her hometown is not pronounced the way you think it is.

Slumped and Stumped AKA Where have you been, Dianne?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

If anyone even noticed, Oops! I Read A Book Again has been a pretty quiet blog for months now. Sure, I still posted blog tour invites and the random spotlights (which were supposed to be reviews for tours but I wasn't able to post because I either couldn't bring myself to read the book or I didn't like the book). I posted my book hauls and just recently, tried to catch up with my book spine poems. The main thing that I myself am disappointed with is that I wasn't able to finish posting for my OWN blog event, which I've been planning for too long now, #SoClosetoYouWeek. I'm so sorry, Rachel. Really sorry.

So what really happened, huh?

Let me give you a tally of the reviews I posted for 2014 here in the blog.

January: 4 (Forgivable, since I was posting almost everyday for #CelebratingDebutantes2013.)
February: 9 (Woo!)
March: 5 (Yay!)
April: 3 (Also known as the month of the reviewing slump.)
May: 6 (Trying to get back in good graces.)
June: 2 (The reading and reviewing slump.)
July: 2 (The reading, reviewing and blogging slump. I just about gave up at this point.)
August: 0 (We're still counting, right?)

Compare that to the number of books I read...

January: 11
February: 10
March: 8
April: 8
May: 11
June: 5
July: 5
August: 5

Wow, right? I should get my blogger creds removed. April started it all. Those three reviews I have for April? I think I wrote them in May and just published it for April to cover up my lack of reviews. Seriously. I only posted one review then (for The Summer I Wasn't Me), truth be told. And I remember finding it very hard to write that review because I just can't write one. The other two reviews were for The Geography of You and Me and The Hunt, both books I loved but I just couldn't review them.

Then came May. I wrote reviews for books I loved: Scan, There Will Come A Time, All Lined Up, Girl Lost, The Paradox of Vertical Flight and Rebel. This should be good but I wasn't able to post a review for Free to Fall (NORTH!!!), More Than Music and We Were Liars, all books I loved. Heck, I still haven't posted a review for PLUS ONE, which I love more than my Kindle, and that's just sad.

Then, June and July. It's been a blur, actually. Sab, Charlie and I suddenly, at the same time, hated that our reviews all sound the same. That our reviews are so impersonal and trying to be objective. YES, that reviewing and blogging screwed up our reading. I can't even read a book now without rating it and without reviewing it in my mind. I sure don't post much because I had a phase where I hated my blog because it just sucks and it sucked the happiness in reading. I keep on justifying why I like a book when before, I just like it. I feel like I have to explain myself when in reality, I don't. I don't need to be objective, it's my blog. It's my blog so I can say whatever I want, not thinking of softening the blow of a bad review to authors and whatever. I mean, I still won't bash authors just because I hate the book but I should be free to hate on a book I hate, right? Moreover, my reviews all sound the same by now and it just made me sad and scornful at the time.

With the need for an outlet for my personal life, I also revived my personal blog. And it made me happy, really. I was on my own domain for a while but I didn't post a thing for a year because of Oops! I Read A Book Again so $18 down the drain! Admittedly, I kicked myself in the shins for that but now that I'm on a free domain once again, there's no pressure to post. I want to post at times but then I get lazy and I just tell my friends what I wanted to share so I have an outlet.

With everything that has happened, I vowed not to read books I got for review for a while. I started reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics and I remember berating myself why I read so slow because I've been reading the book for a week and I'm not even halfway. Which made me think: WHY AM I RUSHING? This is not for review and I'm reading it for my own pleasure. No one can hold something over me for not reviewing it because I BOUGHT IT. Here came the excessive buying of adult books. I was trying to even move away from reading YA books for a time because it felt like YA books = I have to review them.

It didn't last at all. I still haven't finished Special Topics because I dropped it. Ha! I'll still finish it in the near future but recently, I've been binging on contemporary YA reads. I guess you can never remove the YA reader in me, even though I want to "mature" with my reading selections. I also started reading Palo Alto because HELLO, JAMES FRANCO.

But here comes another disease of mine: skimming. I finished lots of these contemporary YA books via skimming. It takes me around 5 hours to read a book by skimming so I guess I don't really skim that much. Just that if there are tons of descriptions and non-dialogue, I tend to skip them and just get to the meat. I know, I might be judging the books I read like this wrongly but WHO CARES???? I was at an impatient phase in my life and I just want to read and know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT without all the hullabaloo of drama and angst and all that. I skim because a book either bores me or it excites me a lot that I anticipate and end up wanting to know what happens next. I plan on getting back to some of the books I read this way to properly read them but only because I like or even love those. Hihi. As for those that I hated or found so-so, meh, good thing I didn't read the whole book. Hehe.

So now that I've explained myself, I want to ask you: any bloggers feel this way too? I know Sab and Charlie have been feeling like this too, which explains our sporadic blog posts and whatnot. But I also miss blogging and sharing my views of books WHEN I WANT TO, not because I have to.

Which brings me to the NO MORE SIGNING UP FOR BLOG TOUR REVIEWS rule. I will, of course, have tons of exceptions for this like Daisy Whitney/Lauren Blakely's books, Elizabeth Fama's, Amy Tintera's, Kasie West's, Sara Wolf's and all the authors I love. But in general, I don't want to join them anymore. It's been known that I only actually manage to post reviews WHEN I HAVE TO aka when I'm part of a tour but they just stress me out so much. I feel bad for the organizers when I say that I haven't read the book because I'm in a slump because I know how hard it is to organize a tour and lose a reviewer. So I just won't sign up. No stress!

Lastly, I resolve not to pressure myself into posting a review if I'm not feeling like posting or even reviewing a book. I also resolve to let on the hate because I feel like I've been watering down my negative reviews, which ends up with me having pent-up negative feelings. I blog to let my thoughts about a book out and if that happens to be great thoughts, I blog to promote and pimp a book. But I need to remember that I'm blogging for myself and myself alone. I shouldn't think of views and comments and what other people might think because THIS IS MY BLOG. It took me almost two years to realize this. I mean, I thought I didn't care about numbers but of course I did, at the back of my mind. But now that I've been in an extended slump of what, almost half a year, I now truly know that I should not care about anything even remotely political or of the envious kind while blogging.

I thought that was my last thought but here's another one: ARC GUILT!!! I am still guilty over the review books I haven't reviewed so I have a PROJECT FALL 2017! I'm planning to leave the Philippines to get my PhD degree and all the post-docs and all career-moving endeavors by the fall of 2017. I know it's very vague but I MUST FINISH ALL THE BOOKS BY THEN. Hee! How do you think I should do this?

I've been thinking of alternating between reading books for review and books I bought/gifted/won so that I can quash that BOOKS FOR REVIEW ARE TAKING OVER MY LIFE!!!! feeling. Help me out here, guys!

Lastly (truly the last thought), I shall not compare myself to other bloggers. I told Sab a while back that I went to a bloghopping spree to my favorite big-but-not-so-big bloggers and I felt so much envy that they post a review every other day. EVERY OTHER DAY. HECK, how do they do that? That initiated a domino of self-loathing and blog-loathing and I don't want to do and feel that ever again. EVER. I look up to these bloggers and I know it's my fault for feeling so envious but that wasn't healthy. At all. I shan't compare myself to others and just blog FOR MYSELF.



I shall chant this until it rings true to me. I'm still trying to change all my outlooks regarding blogging so it won't be a stressful endeavor or hobby. So it won't kill the pleasure out of reading like what happened back in June and July. Because, as much as I hated myself and my blog for that period of time, I missed blogging and just typing this 1713-words-and-counting blog post makes me feel so much better. So I just need to make Oops! I Read A Book Again an outlet and blog for myself. Woohoo! Easier said than done but let's do it!

So expect more personal reviews from now on! That just means I can publish a review with exclamation marks only or a review with ugh in all caps. Haha!

Spotlight: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Out Now!

August 14th, 2014

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?

Or murder? 

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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Early Praise

Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor's edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages." -- Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable

"Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes." -- The Book Geek Blog

"As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don't know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature." -- Dahlia Adler, blogger.

"Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,...Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in and keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page." --

About Abigail Haas

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

Blitz Invite: Kids in Love by Nikki Godwin

Thursday, August 7, 2014

After a year, the second installment to Nikki Godwin's Saturn series will be here! Help us out with a blitz this September. Thank you!

Kids in Love (Saturn, #1.5)
Title: Kids in Love (Saturn #1.5)
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: August 29, 2014

As one of the original Saturnites, Darby McMillon has been a longtime face of the fandom. From the days when the boys were just a YouTube band trying to gain fans up through their recent lockdown, Darby's channel - Darby's Daily Dose of Drama - was the "go to" spot for all things Spaceships Around Saturn.

Until now, she's been trusted by most and envied by few, but her meet up with SAS girlfriend Chloe Branson shakes Darby's world. She learns quickly that when you're with the band, everything isn't always red carpets and music videos.

And the closer she gets to her SAS crush Tate Kingsley, the closer she comes to losing her Saturnite status forever.

Blitz Details

1. September 8-12
2. Excerpts will be provided!
3. Swag pack giveaway (Hosts can join too!)

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Blog Tour: Summer in New York Collection by Various Authors

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fancy spending the summer in New York? Do the next best thing: read these sweet novellas set in New York. Hope you can help out!

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York Collection
Title: Summer in New York Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)
Authors: Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Lisa Mangum
Date of Publication: July 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance

In USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul.

In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed.

In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart.

Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.

In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story: &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she's been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn't sure she's up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart.


September 1

September 2

Lucinda Whitney | Author - Review + Excerpt
The Escapist - Review

September 3

September 4

Wishful Endings - Review + Excerpt
Oops! I Read A Book Again - Review

September 5

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