Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley

I'm taking part in another Blog Tour! Woo-Hoo! I'm very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley. This novel is set in New Zealand, which is a place that I want to visit one day. I hear it is so pretty.
So I thought I'd share a little bit about the book and my thoughts on it. I'm still reading it (shame, shame on me) I'm about 30% through, but I can give you my Currently Reading Thoughts and Feels!
Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources and Nikki Crutchley for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. I received a copy for free for an honest review. All my thoughts and opinions are my own, and are in no way influenced by receiving a free e-arc.

Title: Nothing Bad Happens Here
Author: Nikki Crutchley

Summary: Castle Bay is a safe, tiny tourist town. People come here to relax, to have fun. Nothing Bad Happens in Castle Bay, until it does. A tourist named Bethany Haliwell goes missing and four months later her body is found. This is big news. Is there a murderer in the town's midst, and what about their reputation for being safe and fun? The journalists descend on Castle Bay to get the story.
Miller Hatcher is sent on assignment to Castle Bay. She's out to get a feel for the case and victim, and get the story. She finds a small town that leaves her very curious. Her investigation leads her on twists and turns, and uncovers secrets that Castle Bay never wanted revealed. 
Currently Reading Impressions: I feel so bad that I can't give my full review of the book because I haven't finished yet, please forgive me. I can tell you what I think of it so far. I'm about 30% of the way through, and I'm definitely enjoying it.
My first draw to the story was the setting. I see New Zealand as this beautiful, magical place that I would love to visit one day. My second draw was the mystery and crime aspect. I really enjoy a good mystery. So far, this mystery has been pretty good. It's got some intrigue to it, some questions that I'm curious to have answers to. This idea that Nothing Bad Ever Happens in Castle Bay just screams secrets and revelations that will bring shock.
I'm enjoying the writing style. It's very easy to read and get into. I'm finding the pace of the story to be really good. I'm just enjoying the journey so far.
Miller Hatcher is an interesting character. I'm interested to learn more about her. I also think it's interesting that the only place open for her to stay while on this assignment is a wellness retreat called Haven. I wonder if Haven will have some secrets too.
The story switches a little bit between characters. We see a little from the Sheriff's POV. We see a little from the mayor's wife, but the main character seems to be Miller. 
I'm also interested in solving this mystery. Who killed Bethany Haliwell? Is her killer a resident of Castle Bay, or was he just a tourist passing through? I can't wait to find out more and see what happens.
I will definitely post a full review when I finish the book, so look for it.

If this book sounds good to you, here's where you can purchase it:

Meet The Author

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls. Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal, and has also had a story published in the Fresh Ink Anthology. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. Nothing Bad Happens Here is her first novel, set on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand.

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Thank you for checking out my Blog Tour Stop. And thank you to Rachel's Random Resources and Nikki Crutchley for letting me take part in the tour.

Monday, February 26, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Alpha (The Infinity Division #3) by Jus Accardo

I was invited by Entangled Publishing to take part in the cover reveal for Alpha by Jus Accardo. I'm very excited to be able to share a pretty cool looking cover with you. Alpha is the third book in The Infinity Division Series. Books One and Two are Infinity and Omega. I've yet to read the series, but it sounds like something that would be right up my alley.

The First Two Books in the Series:


Because Alpha is the third book in the series, I'll give a little synopsis for the first book, Infinity. Infinity is about a girl named Kori, who is the daughter of an army general. While her dad is away, he hires a soldier to watch over her named Cade. Kori doesn't need a babysitter and resents having one, Cade is pretty easy on the eyes though. Then Kori is attacked and Cade saves her. Kori then finds out that her dad is part of a secret government program where time travel is a thing! So begins an adventure of traveling to different times, different Earths, with different Cades and Koris who are always together in every world and time, and madly in love.
That sounds like a fun one!!

So, who is ready to see the cover of Alpha??



Here It Comes...........

And there it is, the cover for Alpha. What do you think? I love the colors for it, and I think it goes really well with the previous two books. Look out for it on July 3, 2018! That's plenty of time to catch up with the series.

The Author Jus Accardo

Thank you Entangled Publishing for letting me be a part of the cover reveal. It's definitely a book series I want to check out. And thanks for stopping by to check out the cover reveal for Alpha by Jus Accardo. Remember, it releases July 3, 2018!!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Reading Right Now! (154)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...
I've been all over the place reading wise this week. I just finished a book, which I'll showcase a little and discuss. I have a review book that I'm planning to start and read. I'm also still chugging through a book that I've already mentioned in another Reading Right Now! post.

Just Finished


-- Valentin and the Widow: The Mandrake Machine and Valentin and the Widow: The Flowers of Mrs. Moore by Andrew Wheeler -- This was a Read Now option on NetGalley (it has since been archived) and I was under the mistaken impression that it was a comic book/graphic novel. So thanks to Netgalley and Chapterhouse Publishing for providing me with a free e-arc to read and review. I don't really know why I thought it was a comic book. 
These didn't give me the option to download onto my Kindle, so I had to download it to an app on my phone called Aldiko. This app has a time limit for reading the books. I had like 8 days left, and I thought I'd knock out the comic book I got from Netgalley. That plan almost backfired when I found out it was a book!!
This is actually 2 novellas, I guess, based on a podcast. It's about a lady named Elenora Rosewood whose husband has just died. She finds out some secrets and feels it is her place to put things right, and save the world. She goes to Shanghai to stop a machine that could destroy the East. Right as she steps off the boat, she gets involved in a sticky situation and is saved by an ex-Russian soldier named Sacha Valentin. She hires him to be her bodyguard/valet, and they are off to save the world! That's the synopsis of the first book.
Both of these books were really good! They were really fun! Very quick to get through. I'd definitely read more of this series. Recommend it!!! I will post a full review for it maybe next week. Look out for it.
Review Book

-- Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley -- I am on a blog tour for this one and my review post/tour stop is February 27, 2018. Thank you to the author and Rachel's Random Resources for providing me with a free e-arc to read and give an honest review.
This one sounds good. It's set in a New Zealand town and a murder takes place. I'm thinking maybe it will be about solving the murder. I bet New Zealand is a magical place to live, it looks so pretty! I also don't think this book is very long, so hopefully I fly right through it.

Still Chugging Through

-- Shade Me (Nikki Kill #1) by Jennifer Brown -- I'm still reading this. Granted, it did get put on the back burner because I started and finished the Valentin and the Widow books. I'm mixed with how I feel about this one. I love the cover, but I'm not sure I'm loving the story inside. I am kind of having trouble wrapping my head around why Nikki Kill is so involved in this investigation. I mean, the premise is that a girl that Nikki is not really friends with calls her right before she almost gets beaten to death, she is now clinging to life in the hospital. Nikki's number is the only number in this girl's phone. So I could understand why that would make somebody curious. I just don't get why Nikki has decided to go so hardcore on this though, maybe it could be because of the unsolved case of her mom's murder. Plus she's made some really dumb decisions so far. Like super dumb! She slept with the beaten up sister's brother, who she met and knew for probably 2 days, on the beaten up sister's bed!!! I'm sorry, that's just not normal behavior. Her investigation skills also just leave me scratching my head. It's dumb. She's kind of an idiot. I'm interested to finish this. See if I like it or hate it. Has anyone read this book? Tell me what you think.

That's what I'm Reading Right Now! and my Reading Plans. What are you reading?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Nemesis (#1) by Anna Banks

Title: Nemesis (#1)
Author: Anna Banks
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Princess Sepora is the last Forger of Serubel. A Forger produces Spectorium, which is highly valued and traded between the kingdoms. But the King of Serubel becomes too greedy for the Spectorium and wants to use it for nefarious purposes. Sepora won't have her ability be the cause of war, so she runs away.
She plans to hide in the Kingdom of Theoria, among the Baseborns. To get there, she has to cross a desert, which turns into quite a journey. She finds herself captured and sold to the King of Theoria. She must keep her true identity and ability a secret. She must also try to save both kingdoms. She also finds herself growing closer and closer to the King.
My Thoughts: This book was fun! It was a story that I managed to mostly breeze through. I have a strange relationship with fantasy books, sometimes I like them, sometimes I can't get into them. Nemesis definitely falls into the like category for me. I'm really interested to see where the next book goes.
I do have some cons as well as praises, and I will discuss them all!
My biggest complaint was that this book had no map illustration! I never before realized just how much I value a bookish world map. This book explores some pretty vast, different kingdoms. I wanted to know where the kingdoms were, what was next to what, but I couldn't because there was no map! I missed having a map.
I also could have done with less focus on the romance. Or have had the romance more hate to eventual love. The lovey dovey gooey mush kind of took over the story, and I wish it hadn't been as vocal. Not saying I'm against the romance, because I do like those two characters together, I just wish the romance had been not as in your face.
The beginning of this book was a little rough too. It made me a little nervous as to whether I would like the book or not. I understood that it was revealing information about the world, but it was a little clunky, it didn't have that flow.
My last little gripe is that this story introduced a lot of cool concepts, talked about them for maybe a minute or two, and then never brought them up again. I kind of wished for more with the Parani, more with the Forging ability, more even with the Harem.
Now for my praises. First off, I thought this story was really fun. It was quick, the characters were fun to follow. I definitely enjoyed the story.
Sepora was kind of a fun character, although her name did remind me way too much of the beauty store named Sephora (which I love! makeup addiction going strong!) Sepora definitely had some spunk. She was kind of wacky. Tarik was the more unexciting of the two, but I did enjoy his character as well.
I also really found the Forging abilities to be quite interesting. I kind of wanted more to be done with that.
I definitely enjoyed Nemesis. It was a fun read that introduced a really interesting world. I'm glad a book that I picked up 99% based on the cover didn't let me down with the story on the inside. I liked it, and I can't wait to check out the sequel.
Pretty Cool!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Fantomah, Volume 1: Up From the Deep by Ray Fawkes and Soo Yee

Title: Fantomah, Volume 1: Up From the Deep
Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Soo Lee
Published by: Chapterhouse
Released: ?? I'm a little confused as to the actual release date. Goodreads and NetGalley have it releasing in February 2018, while Amazon has it releasing July 10, 2018
Source: NetGalley e-arc thanks to Chapterhouse

Summary: La Fantomah. Who is she? What does she want? She is called by the prayers of missing children. The Weeping Woman is drawn to their locations, rescuing the children, and putting the monsters out-of-business.
Paz is a normal girl, caring for her twin half-sisters, dealing with a father who is out most of the time, and working. She lives in a rough neighborhood where a gang runs free.
When Paz's sisters go missing, she must find them. Other children have gone missing as well. Her journey turns into something she never would have expected.
My Thoughts: Thank you NetGalley and Chapterhouse for providing me with a free e-arc to read for an honest review. This was a Read Now option on NetGalley (it has since been archived), and I was drawn in by the awesome cover and intriguing synopsis.
This comic was super quick, and it had a nice set-up for future stories.
I really enjoyed the coloring of Fantomah, and especially enjoyed the art style of the actual character of Fantomah. She was pretty creepy to look at. The rest of the character art was just okay. It seemed to be put together kind of quick. Almost a rushed drawing style.
The story was all right. It zipped right along. It could have been more fun if it had been a little longer, a little more developed.
I was also a little confused by the introduction to the comic, before the Fantomah comic even started. It was talking about this Canadian Super Hero, who I had no idea who he was. I'd never heard of him. So, I thought the comic was going to be about him, but it wasn't. There was also a lot of Canada patting itself on the back for this wonderful super hero they'd created. Honestly, the introduction kind of put me off a little. And then it was confusing because those characters never showed up or were mentioned in Fantomah. Maybe it was just a mistake in my review copy, but it didn't make a whole lot of sense.
Fantomah was an enjoyable enough read. It was very quick, kind of interesting. I enjoyed aspects of the art style. If you're unaware of what Fantomah is based on, I think you could go into this blind and be okay. That's what I did and I still enjoyed it.
Thanks again NetGalley and Chapterhouse for letting me review it.
Not Bad.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Reading Right Now! (153)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

-- Shade Me (Nikki Kill #1) by Jennifer Brown -- I'm not very far into this one yet, but I'm enjoying what I've read. I'm about 40 pages in. If I'm being completely honest, it was the cover that drew me in. I think that cover is fantastic. I mean, it's a face, but it has such a cool use of color in it. The color is what makes it, and the typography. It just looks really cool.
On GoodReads, it has sort of mixed ratings. It seems like a lot of people didn't really enjoy it that much. I love a good mystery mixed with action adventure, so I'm excited to read more of this. It's about this girl named Nikki who has synthesia (?), basically she sees colors everywhere. It has made it very hard for her in school because the colors are very distracting. Each letter when she's reading is a different color. Each number she sees is a different color. She can also see colors when it comes to people's feelings or general well-being around her.
When this starts, Nikki gets a weird call on her phone, and is then asked to I.D. someone at a hospital. The girl who called Nikki has just been viciously beaten and is clinging to life. Nikki doesn't know why she would be the only number in the girl's phone, they're not even friends. So begins the mystery and Nikki's determination to solve it.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: Robin Hood's Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy Book 1) by Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer

Title: Robin Hood's Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy Book 1)
Authors: Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer
Published by: Angevin World Publishing
Released: 2017
Source: Free Review Copy Sent From Publisher and Smith Publicity For An Honest Review

Summary: This is the story of Robin Fitzooth, better known as Robin Hood. A man celebrated in folklore for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. The Champion of Nottingham, hero to the people. But how did he become Robin Hood? This exciting tale will answer all those questions and more.
Set in the 1100's, the reader follows the path of Robin Hood. Starting with the actions of his father and beyond. Full of political intrigue, knights, fair ladies, and the Crusades.
Falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to death, Robin Fitzooth is rescued from the gallows and becomes Robin Hood! Fighting against the evil Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Robin Hood fights for the people, and becomes a hero.
My Thoughts: I would just like to thank Angevin World Publishing and Smith Publicity for sending me a free copy of Robin Hood's Dawn for an honest review. I was part of a blog tour for it, and you can check out my post here.
I was very excited to read a book about Robin Hood. All of my Robin Hood knowledge comes from popular culture and Disney Movies. I could tell the authors' knew their stuff in this one. It was very historical and very meaty with facts. It covered a big chunk of time, 1154-1194. There was a lot of stuff going on. Kings and treachery and Crusades. A very interesting time and a very interesting story to read.
I definitely could tell the authors' were knowledgeable about their subject matter, but I wouldn't bill this as the most exciting of reads. It felt like I was reading a historical fiction heavy on the history, which I was, so I'm not saying that's a bad thing.
I found the beginning to be a little jumpy because we started out with Robin's Father as a younger guy. I understood that it served as set up for events to come.
I also found most of the characters to be a little flat. No one was brimming with personality. The character that I found had the most development was Guy Gisborne, a baddie! His backstory and motivations were explored more than the other characters. Sometimes I even felt sorry for him, but then I remembered that he's a hot head, and delusional.
I did enjoy the Sheriff of Nottingham as a villain. He was despicable! The kind of character that is just fun to despise.
I was surprised by how little time we had in the book of Robin actually being Robin Hood. I thought that would be the majority of the book.
Overall, I enjoyed Robin Hood's Dawn. A lot of stuff went down and I really did feel like I was back in the mid to late 1100's. There was a twist near the end that got me a little too. I'd definitely be interested in seeing how this series continues in Robin Hood's Widow. I'd imagine there are many more adventures to be had.
Thanks again to the publisher and Smith Publicity for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. I enjoyed it.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Sweet Tooth, Volume 1: Out Of the Deep Woods (Issues #1-5) by Jeff Lemire, Jose Villarrubia, Pat Brosseau

Title: Sweet Tooth, Volume 1: Out of the Deep Woods (Issues #1-5)
Story and Art by: Jeff Lemire
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Published by: Vertigo/DC Comics
Released: 2009
Source: Library

Summary: Disease has swept the world. Populations have been decimated. Every child born after the plague, and there have been few, are animal/human mutants. And the plague hasn't been cured, everyone eventually succumbs, except the mutant kids who seem to be immune. 
Gus lives in the woods with his father. He's never seen anyone else. Gus is a mutant, part boy part deer. The world is dangerous for him, people hunt mutant kids down and sell them. His world becomes even more dangerous when his father dies.
When Gus is almost captured, a mysterious man comes to his rescue. He promises to keep Gus safe, to take him to a place called The Preserve. So begins Gus's next adventure, through a dangerous land, with a mysterious protector.
My Thoughts: Not what I was expecting. I'd been hearing about this comic series for a while and always wanted to check it out. The premise is right up my alley. Post Apocalyptic world, disease, and a dangerous journey. I liked this first Volume, but I wouldn't say I loved it. It was kind of unexpected. This was very dark, and sad. I didn't know that the main character was so young, I assumed he was older.
The story also went very quick. I thought the journey would take longer.
I don't know how I feel about the art. That style isn't my favorite, but it did kind of fit the story. It just wasn't the most pretty, most pleasant to look at.
The ending was something too. I won't say it was a surprise, because there were warning bells throughout the story, but it still had an impact.
I liked Sweet Tooth, but I wasn't blown away by it. I'm not the biggest fan of the art style, and was surprised by how bleak the story really was. I do want to continue on with the series though. The ending left me with questions, questions that I want answers to.
Very Dark.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Reading Right Now! (152)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

-- Robin Hood's Dawn (Book 1 The Robin Hood Trilogy) by Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer -- Yes I'm still reading this. I've been reading other stuff and then coming back to this one. I was sent this book to review from the publisher (thank you!!!) and I was part of a blog tour from it. I was sent this for free for an honest review. I'm enjoying it. It's more of a slower read for me. It covers some years time wise. It reads like an adult historical fiction. It's good. I've got less than 100 pages left, so I am hoping to finish it this weekend, maybe.

I'm considering a lot of books to start next. A lot of books are calling to me. Some options


-- Shade Me (#1) by Jennifer Brown -- I really like the cover for this and the synopsis sounds good!
-- Because You Love To Hate Me by Various Authors edited by Ameriie -- Been wanting to read this one for a while.
-- Down Among the Sticks and Bones (#2) by Seanan McGuire -- I want to continue with this series.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! and my plans for what I want to read next. What are you reading?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Title: American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published by: William Morrow
Released: 2001
Source: Library

Summary: Shadow Moon's life has been put on hold after being sentenced to prison. Now he's served his three years and is excited to get out. He's ready to go back to his life, his wife. Life has a way of throwing obstacles though. Right before he's to be released, Shadow learns his wife has died in a car accident. Shadow is unsure of what to do, where to go.
On the plane ride home, he's assigned the seat next to a strange man who offers him a job. The man calls himself Mister Wednesday, and the job is to travel with and protect him. After some thought, Shadow accepts.
And thus begins Shadow's strange trip around America. Discovering places, people, and things that have been hidden from sight. Shadow's journey is more than he could have ever expected.
My Thoughts: I can now say I've finally read this book. Yayy!
I didn't know what to expect going into American Gods, and after finishing it, I don't even know what to say about it. The whole story was just very strange, odd. It just kind of meandered along. It did feel kind of like a road trip, where the pages are the miles, and you're ready to reach your final destination. In a way, I don't feel like a lot of stuff happened, especially considering the length of the book. Don't get me wrong though, I liked it but I feel weird about it too.
The idea of the book is interesting. Not something I believe in, but interesting. I'm a religious person. I believe in God. I wasn't offended by this book. I like to say I'm able to separate real life from fiction. Maybe I wasn't offended because it pretty much stayed away from personifying major religious figures of today. It was an interesting idea to read about. I like stuff that deals with mythology, so that could be part of the reason that I liked it. It is crazy to think of the sacrifices people made to their gods though, like blood sacrifices, people sacrifices. Even the sacrifices of the Old Testament. I couldn't imagine doing that today.
I really enjoyed Neil Gaiman's writing. Even though the story was weird, I never got bored with it. This guy can tell a story. He can get a little long winded though, but I was never bored.
I also liked the character of Shadow Moon. He's a mysterious guy. Seems like he's got a lot of stuff going on underneath the surface. I liked experiencing the story from his view.
I'm glad I finally read American Gods, and got to experience my first Neil Gaiman book! I'm pretty sure there will be others in my future. This story was very weird, but I enjoyed it. I'm interested in watching the show they made from it, but I wonder if the weirdness will be too much. This was an intimidating, long read, but I'm glad I took the journey. It was weird, but good.
Super weird, but good.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: The Spellman Files (#1) by Lisa Lutz

Title: The Spellman Files (#1)
Author: Lisa Lutz
Published by: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
Released: 2007
Source: Library

Summary: Meet the Spellmans, a family of PI's. Isabel Spellman is the wild child of the family, and even though she's mostly cleaned up her act, the family still treats here like the screw up. After a rash of tapped phones, 24 hour surveillance, and illegal background checks on her boyfriends, Isabel has reached the end of her rope. Because of her family's ability to not stay out of her business, she's decided to quit the family business. But before she can go, she has to solve one last case.
My Thoughts: I was expecting something slightly different from this book, and I'm left feeling a little mixed. I didn't hate the story, but I didn't love it either.
I enjoyed the kooky family aspect, to an extent. They are a very odd family, very odd.
I think my main issue, or what threw me off, was the way this book was set up. I found the beginning kind of hard to get in to because it jumped around in time and in situations. I tend to like a more linear storyline. I find them much easier to follow. At about the middle of the book, it became linear, and I ended up enjoying it more.
I enjoyed the case Isabel was investigating, but I feel it got wrapped up too quickly. I just didn't feel any shock or sense of achievement with how any of the cases ended.
I definitely think this book series has potential. I'm not giving up on it. I just expected something different from The Spellman Files, and so was a little thrown off balance when I didn't get that. It's not bad, but not necessarily what I wanted. It was a cast of weird characters though, I'll give it that.
Not Exactly What I Wanted.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Reading Right Now! (151)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

-- Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff -- My reading mood has been feeling a little weird the past couple of days. I'm still reading and I'm enjoying what I'm reading, but it's very easy for me to distract myself with other things. Does that makes sense?
Anyway, this is the first Brenna Yovanoff book I've ever read, and it's weird. I'm liking it, but it's weird. The writing is kind of pretty and interesting, but I'm not really sure what exactly is going on. It's about this girl Clementine who has spent the last 10 years in a spelled sleep, covered in creeping vines, in a cellar. She wakes up when she hears boys rummaging around in the cellar and she's rescued. The problem is, it's like she's been erased from everyone's mind. Nobody remembers her, no one knows who she is (well except for her cousin Shiny). The town she lives in is also strange, it's not exactly the town she remembers. So she must find out why she was spelled in the first place. I also think a boy comes into play.
This is strange. I'm kind of enjoying it, but it's strange.

I'm also still reading Robin's Hood Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy #1) by Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer. I'm getting farther in it and I'm still liking it. I hope to be finished with it soon.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Friday, February 2, 2018

COVER REVEAL and CHAPTER REVEAL: The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton

I'm very excited to be taking part in The Things We Need to Say Cover and Chapter Reveal by Rachel Burton! It will be released May 11, 2018 by HQ Digital. It sounds like it's going to be a very fun book, filled with romance, travel, and second chances.
Are you ready to see the cover? Are You Ready?
Okay, here it comes.





Title: The Things We Need to Say
Author: Rachel Burton
Release Date: May 11, 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital

So, what do you think? I really like it. It kind of screams summer vacation. I love the color scheme. It's definitely a cover that would cause me to pick up the book.

It's available for pre-order here: Amazon UK

Here's the official summary for the book:

Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they're to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

Meet the Author

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn't really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all.....maybe.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday....



And Now the Chapter Reveal! Enjoy.


It started at the party. His hands on my hips, my forehead against his shoulder. He asked me to dance but he didn’t know how. We stood together at the edge of the dance floor shaking with laughter at his two left feet. I don’t know how long we stood there. I don’t know if anybody noticed.
He’d waited for me, sitting with my friends, not sure if I’d turn up or not. I wasn’t in the habit of going to work Christmas parties; I only went in the end because he said he would be there, because he said he would wait for me. I arrived just as the main course was being served. I slipped into the seat next to him. His hand brushed against my thigh as I sat down. He held my gaze for longer than he should have done.
I fell in love with him that night as we stood on the dance floor laughing, my hands on his waist, feeling the muscles of his back, the warmth of his body, through his dress shirt, the press of him against my hip.
That was where it began. I sometimes wonder if that should have been where it ended.
But later that evening, as I got out of his car, and I said those words I should have kept to myself, we both knew there was no going back.

JULY 2016

She wakes up in the same position in which she fell asleep, her husband’s arms around her, their hands entwined on her stomach. Neither of them have slept that deeply for months. Fran remembers something: a hotel room on a Greek island, a feeling of hope, of new beginnings. She doesn’t allow the memory to linger. This is what they have now. They can be happy again if they allow themselves to be.
The hot, humid weather has broken in the night and she listens to the sound of summer rain on the roof. Will moves gently against her, pulling her closer. She feels his breath against her neck and the sensation of hot liquid in her stomach, a combination of desire and need. This is their second chance – she can’t let it pass her by.
I love you,’ Will says sleepily.
I love you too,’ she replies. It feels good to be saying it to each other again. She’s never stopped loving him; she just forgot how to tell him for a while.
Do you want me to go and make coffee?’ Will asks, nuzzling her neck.
Not just yet,’ she replies, turning around to look at him. His brown eyes are dark, impenetrable pools. His hair is pushed back off his face. Sometimes she forgets how much all of this has affected him too. Sometimes she forgets everything except her own pain. She feels his warmth against her, his strength. She feels as though the gulf that had been threatening to open up between them for the last year is slowly closing. She realises they have so much life ahead of them. So much time to learn to be happy again.
I thought I’d lost you,’ Will says quietly, reaching up to stroke her face. ‘I thought you’d gone, but recently I feel as though you’ve come back to me.’
She smiles softly. ‘I thought I’d lost you too,’ she says. ‘This last year has been …’ She doesn’t finish. She can’t finish.
She watches as a shadow of anguish crosses his face, as his brow furrows, as his jaw tightens. She recognises that look, recognises the pain he is trying to hide. She hears the shudder of his breath. His eyes flick away for a moment; he pauses for a fraction too long.
No,’ he says. ‘You never lost me. I’ll always be here.’
She kisses him gently then, and feels his hand drift down the bones of her spine.
Later, showered and dressed, they finally appear in the kitchen; Will’s younger brother, Jamie, is already sitting at the table drinking coffee. Will and Fran are hardly able to stop touching each other.
Jamie smiles at them, raising an eyebrow. ‘You’re up late,’ he says. Fran feels herself blushing, her stomach flipping over, and turns away towards the toaster.
Thanks for last night,’ Jamie goes on. ‘I needed that.’ Recently separated from his wife, living apart from his children, Jamie is lonely. Last night wasn’t the first Saturday night he’d spent with them. Fran knows Will has been throwing himself into cheering his brother up. She doesn’t mind. Jamie makes Will smile and it’s good to see him smile again.
As Will and Jamie start talking about the cricket, she feels her husband’s hand on her thigh, the warm, solid sensation of him right there next to her. They have been given a second chance, and they have grabbed it with both hands. She isn’t naive enough to think everything is going to go back to the way it used to be, but she knows that they can move on; they can talk and heal together. They can take another chance on living, find a new kind of normal.
Will stretches, draining his coffee cup. ‘This weather isn’t going to let up is it?’ he says looking out of the window where the rain is rattling against the frames like beads in a jar. ‘I’m going to have to cancel the cricket.’ As captain of the village team it is up to him to reschedule this afternoon’s match. Fran is quietly delighted that the weather means she doesn’t have to spend her last afternoon with her husband before she goes away watching him play cricket. Will gets up and walks into his study, shutting the door behind him.
How are you feeling about tomorrow?’ Jamie asks.
Nervous,’ Fran replies. ‘It’s the first time I’ve been on a plane on my own, which is pathetic at my age, I know.’
It’s OK to be nervous.’
It’s the first time Will and I have been apart since …’ She trails off. Jamie knows what she’s talking about. ‘I’m worried about him too.’
Jamie smiles. ‘I’ll look after him,’ he says.
After a moment Jamie gets up and follows Will into his study. He doesn’t knock; he just opens the door and walks in. As Fran starts to clear the breakfast dishes she hears raised voices but can’t quite make out what they are saying. She rolls her eyes to herself. As an only child she has long since given up on understanding Will and Jamie’s relationship: best friends one minute, bickering the next. She just hopes Jamie doesn’t stay too long – she wants her husband to herself for the day.


It rains all day, the sky grey and waterlogged and heavy with cloud. After Jamie leaves, Will pulls Fran towards him, his hands at the back of her head where her skull meets her neck, where her hair is cut so short.
No cricket,’ he says. ‘I’m all yours.’
She smiles, standing on tiptoe to kiss him.
Can we just watch a film or something?’ she says. ‘I’m tired and I have to pack for Spain later.’ His stomach drops at the thought of her going away. He wishes he’d never encouraged her to do it.
I’d forgotten about Spain,’ he says.
No you hadn’t. It’s the only thing we’ve talked about for ages.’
Will had watched Fran spend the last few weeks flipping back and forth between excitement and terror at the thought of going to Spain on her own. He knew she was strong enough to do it; he knew she was stronger than anyone realised. But he also knew that she wondered if she was ready. When she first mentioned Spain to him he had seen it as a perfect opportunity to help her begin to put herself back together again after what had been the worst year of both their lives. He tried to believe that everything life threw at him was an opportunity.
Fran had been teaching at a studio in central Cambridge for six years and had been asked to teach for a week on a retreat in Spain. Will had always supported her teaching, always tried to put her career on a level par with his own and had done everything he could to help her find the strength to go back to work in January. None of it had felt as though it was enough. None of it would make up for the last year, the things he had said, the things he had done. Suddenly he is terrified about being on his own. Neither of them have been alone for months.
What do you want to watch?’ he asks, squatting down in front of the TV.
Can we watch Some Like it Hot?’ Fran replies.
Will rolls his eyes. He must have seen it a hundred times, but puts it in the DVD player anyway and goes to settle himself on the sofa. ‘Come here,’ he says, and she sits with him, leaning back against his chest.
Are you OK about Spain?’ he asks quietly.
I think so,’ she says. ‘I’m nervous, but I’m excited as well.’
Elizabeth will be there with you, won’t she?’
Yes, and Constance. In fact, I already know most of the other people who are going. I’ll be fine.’ She pauses. ‘Are you going to be OK?’ she asks quietly.
I’m going to miss you,’ he says, lying back on the sofa, wrapping his arms around her. He doesn’t know how to answer the question. He wants to tell her everything but knows that now is not the right time.
I’m going to miss you too,’ she replies.
He kisses the top of her head as she presses ‘play’ on the remote control. He watches her as she watches her favourite film, her lips moving along with the characters – she still knows every word by heart. They used to spend rainy Sundays like this when they were younger, when life seemed easier.
Halfway through the film he realises that Fran is crying – fat, salty tears running down her cheeks.
Fran?’ he asks quietly, pressing pause on the remote.
Fran doesn’t reply, she just turns around and he takes her in his arms. He feels her body against his. She clings to him as though her life depends on it and he holds her close as she cries and cries. He can’t remember the last time he saw her cry like this. They had both done their grieving in private over the last year but to Will it feels as though Fran has been holding all this in for months, shutting herself down. He’s relieved that she finally seems ready to let go.
I want my old life back,’ she sobs. ‘I want to be happy again.’
So do I,’ Will whispers. ‘And we will, in time. I promise.’
I wish we’d never bought this house – we had so much hope.’
 ‘Shhh …’ Will says softly, stroking her hair as she weeps against him.

And that's it! The Cover and Chapter Reveal for The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton. Thanks for stopping by to check it out!! And thank you to HQ Digital, Rachel's Random Resources, and Rachel Burton for letting me in on the fun!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review: Arata: The Legend, Volume 5 by Yuu Watase

Title: Arata: The Legend, Volume 5
Author: Yuu Watase
Published by: VIZ Media, LLC
Released: 2009
Source: Library

Summary: The Quest of Arata continues. Arata is trying to get the Sho's to submit to his Hayagami. He has to do this in order to save the princess, whose time seems to be running out.
The Arata in the present is dealing with new developments. He's trying to figure out Kadowaki, who continues to get more hostile. He also meets a new girl that seems to know something about him isn't right.
Two Aratas switched in time with their own journeys. The Adventure continues in Volume 5.
My Thoughts: I liked this Volume. The beginning was kind of ho-hum, but it ramped up the farther it went.
Arata in the past didn't seem to get much accomplished in this Volume. They journeyed, but didn't seem to get anywhere. I really enjoy the Arata stuck in the present. He's more fun for me to follow, and he's such a happy-go-lucky guy. I think it helps that he's clueless to the problems the other Arata had while there. He also reacts to things differently than the other Arata would. He's not afraid to stand up for himself, which really throws the bully off course.
The biggest developments had to come with Kadowaki's character. He's becoming more and more unhinged and dangerous. I think it's going to be interesting to see what happens with him.
This Volume had a big ol' twist at the end, and a pretty big cliffhanger, so I'm going to need the next Volume quick.
I'm enjoying the Arata: The Legend manga series. I don't think it's Yuu Watase's best, and if you've read other stuff by her, this has the same formula, but I like it. The story is getting more interesting, and I'm excited to see where it goes. I'm also a big fan of the art style, it's so pretty!
Didn't See That Coming.