Blog Tour: Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

Keep Her Safe
Author: K.A. Tucker
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: January 23rd 2018 
Publisher: Atria Books


Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

K.A. Tucker is a favorite author of mine. She has a talent to captive me with her stories from the very first page. And Keep Her Safe is another book to say I really enjoyed.

Keep Her Safe follows the story of another police corruption. Yet like other stories, we have two main characters, in which we read their POV's and we follow their thought and ways of discovering hidden secrets. It's a suspenseful story that will go back to the past to give you hints of what went down years ago, and how an innocent cop was named corrupted. Although it was thrilling, the story is a bit predictable of who is the killer and what the secret is. But don't let this fool you because our main characters, Gracie and Noah, will keep you on your toes.

Gracie is determine firecracker, in which you cannot say no to. She knows what's right from wrong and is willing to follow her heart with no hesitation. As for Noah, he is a sweet hottie. He's been thru so much and you will have a soft spot for him right away. But what will make you fall in love with him is dedication to help others, even when he needs help. These two will make have you swooning left and right. Even though their romance was built - slowly but surely. It was very realistic and raw.

As I mentioned, the story is a predictable but it's still enjoyable. You still get your twist and turns, your lies and betrayals. It's a story you don't want to miss out!

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

Movie Review: STX Entertainment's #MollysGame

Molly's Game
STARRING Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp
Based on the Book by Molly Bloom
DIRECTED BY Aaron Sorkin
MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game is an exercise in all things Aaron Sorkin, for better or worse. The writer of A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and t.v.'s The West Wing takes a stab at directing the powerhouse cast of Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner in a larger than life biopic about Molly Bloom's rise and fall in the world of high-stakes poker. Don't worry; Aaron Sorkin also wrote Molly's Game, so he hasn't given-up writing for directing.

It doesn't so much matter that Molly Bloom is a real person or that the movie is based on real events. In Sorkin's world,  the real people are all turned into fast-talking, wry and intelligent characters who can deliver monologues like no body's business. 

To deliver his tightly written monologues, Sorkin relied on excellent casting. Chastain (as Molly) has previously proven herself an expert at delivering powerful dialogue. Think Miss Sloane or Zero Dark Thirty. She carries the role of Molly perfectly. Chastain was very believable as both an Olympic quality skier and as a poker game host.  Costner (as Larry Bloom, Molly's dad) is equally strong and convincing in his father role. The give and take between Costner and Chastain were the best scenes in the film. 

By constant, the scenes between Elba (as Charlie Jaffey, Bloom's lawyer) and Chastain were not as interesting. Elba has a slow, rugged quality that slowed down the action. The pacing of the plot felt uneven. Elba delivered too many lines with dramatic pauses. The smoldering good looks aside, it got old. 

The poker got old, too. At first, the audience is drawn-in by the voyeuristic intrigue of peeking into a foreign, secret world. There's a poker game. There's a ton of money at stake. There's also a power struggle. That was interesting. Quickly, the action turned self-indulgent and self-destructive.  The plot became unrelatable, so far from reality that it became uninteresting.  And then, there was another poker game and another and another. Seems like there had to have been more issues in Bloom's life, but all the audience saw was poker. 

Still, from the prologue on to the court judgment, Sorkin's writing makes it entertaining to watch Bloom navigate the underbelly world of illegal gambling. The three stars of Molly's Game are always worth watching. And the story is a part of Americana. It might be a worthwhile time at a theater, for fans of Sorkin or fans of poker. Molly's Game is in limited release now. 

Trailer Thursday: 20th Century Fox's #RedSparrow

Release: March 2, 2018
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Justin Haythe
Based upon the book by: Jason Matthews
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Steve Zaillian, Jenno Topping, David Ready
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons
Dominika Egorova is many things.
A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs.
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
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Blog Tour: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh + Q&A

Welcome to our tour stop for Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh! This tour includes a giveaway courtesy of PenguinTeen.

Reign of the Fallen
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: January 23rd 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

There are few things that I do not like, zombies is one of them. I don't like how they look, I don't like how they sound, they're just creepy. I wouldn't say I am scared of them but they're seriously something I do not like. Then why in the world did I read this book? To be honest, the description intrigued me. And I am glad I did not let my dislike of zombie stop me from reading this action-ish fantasy story.

From badass heroine, kickass scenes, and WTF is going on, Reign of the Fallen is a fast read that will have you speeding thru those pages. The story covers how a kingdom survives on necromancy, thanks to our heroine, Odessa. She sets on a journey to hunt one of the most deadliest Shades in her land. What is a shades? It's a monstrous zombie. It was quite a journey and Odessa had to learn how to cope with tough situations.

Reign of the Fallen is a unique story. Not only does it tackle necromancy, but it deals with addiction, depression, how to cope with loss and LGBT romance. It doesn't go in deep, but the story will continue and it ends with room for expansion. The story has a quick pace and the world building is rich. It's an epic journey you wouldn't want to miss on.


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your book? 

Certainly! Hey everyone, I’m Sarah Glenn Marsh—SGM for short, or if you want to be like my nana, you can call me, “Sarah Glenn!”

In addition to being the author of YA books like Fear the Drowning Deep and the Reign of the Fallen series, I’m also the author of seven forthcoming children’s picture books. You can look for Selfie Sebastian and A Campfire Tail next year in the spring! When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my little my family: my husband, four rescued greyhounds (who are all seniors—if you don’t adopt a senior dog, you’re truly missing out!), three birds, and tons of fish including a dinosaur bichir named Salazar Slytherin, who often goes by the nickname of Giant Murder Eel. I also love crafty things like painting, playing video and strategy games, and playing Pokémon Go with the local group I help run! (Yes, people still play it. And I’ve made some awesome friends through it- from teens to seniors!).

And now, here’s a little about Reign of the Fallen: the story follows Odessa, a talented teen necromancer who raises the dead in order to keep the current ruling family of her country in power. King Wylding has been in charge of Karthia for over 200 years, and he keeps coming back from the dead because he loves his people—however, since the Dead fear change, his rules forbidding all science and progress are hurting them more than helping. When Odessa's fellow necromancers (her only family) start being picked off one by one, she's devastated, but she'll have to work through her grief in order to find the murderer and decide whether her crumbling society is worth saving...or if it's time to help Karthia change, for better or worse. 
What makes Reign of the Fallen stand out from other books you've written or read before? 

As a teen, I loved epic fantasies like Lord of the Rings, yet I never saw myself represented in anyone going on the quests. Rarely were the heroes in those stories female, and even less often were they queer—specifically, bisexual. Or if they were, they were usually side characters who perpetuated harmful stereotypes. So when building the world of Reign, I wanted to offer all teens a safe space where they could see themselves while exploring some heavy topics like death and loss and addiction.

After all, when building any new world, there is absolutely nothing forcing us to apply the gender norms of our society to a fictional one; the same goes for how we treat every sexual identity other than heterosexual. Why build a new world that holds all our old prejudices? 

So that’s what stands out to me most about Reign: that it’s a book about queer people dealing with zombies and monsters, rather than queer people dealing with discrimination from others, and that it features a heroine who shares my identity as bisexual. Teen me would have loved a role model like Odessa—someone who actually makes mistakes; someone who’s drawn to whoever she’s drawn to, and unapologetically so at that; someone whose humanity endures even through great struggles and hardships.
What were your biggest challenges in writing Reign of the Fallen? 

Two challenging things come to mind, so I’ll tell you briefly about both:

First, when I wrote the original draft of Reign, I didn’t have the corpse-and-spirit-eating monsters, the Shades, described much—only vaguely. But then my editor pushed me to describe them in more detail, and uh…let’s just say I went there, and wound up giving myself nightmares as a result!

The second challenge was writing a certain spoiler-filled scene. It was so heart-wrenching that it actually made me cry, and I struggle to re-read it to this day!

What’s the most interesting/exciting thing you’ve done in the name of research? 
This wasn’t part of the research for Reign, but rather, for a just-for-fun book I’m starting to work on now that might involve an Irish princess with ownvoices rep for bisexuality and anxiety…as for what I did for this project? Well, I went to Ireland for two weeks with my husband. We drove around the countryside, visited castles and ancient monasteries, and ate amazing food. I mean, I’d always wanted to go to Ireland, and I’d always wanted to write a story set there, too—and I have to say, I’m really glad I went because photos don’t do Ireland’s beauty justice. 

Do you incorporate yourself into your characters? If so which character are you most like?

I have a feeling—just a feeling, mind, I can’t speak for every author—that most people wind up putting a little something of themselves into each character they create, if only subconsciously. There are certain things I share with several of the Reign characters, such as Simeon’s tendency toward jokes in moments of tension, Meredy’s stubbornness, Valoria’s love of learning, and Odessa’s temper…

However, I think I’m most like Evander. He’s a big dreamer, and I’m the same. He romanticizes adventure, loves getting outdoors to take in all the beauty of his surroundings, and also struggles under the weight of his mother’s expectations and dreams for him, trying to reconcile those with his own. That’s something most people can probably relate to—wanting to please your loved ones, yet also wanting to ensure your own happiness at the same time. That can be a difficult balance, and I sometimes felt that as a teen. I will say, though, I’m not half the daredevil Evander is!

There are many books out there, is there one that you said to yourself "Man I wish I had written that!"

Harry. Freaking. Potter. Need I say more? ;) Beyond the obvious reasons of why—I grew up alongside Harry, and got swept up in the magic—HP was so unique in how it went from MG to YA in later books; I don’t think there have been many other series like that (although, if I’m forgetting some, feel free to tell me in the comments!)

What are 3 things you must have while traveling?
*Water bottle –hydration is fun!
*My Kindle, full of ghost stories as usual
*Nightlight (I mean, you did see what I said above about the ghost stories, right? I know it’s my own fault, but I always have to travel with a small nightlight!)

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, three birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen duology, and several picture books.

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Movie Review: Entertainment Studios' #Hostiles

Release Date: January 26, 2018
Genre: Drama
Studio: Entertainment Studios
Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jack Reacher, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, Jonathan Majors
Directed By: Scott Cooper
Screenplay By: Scott Cooper and Donald E. Stewart
Produced By: Scott Cooper, Ken Kao, John Lesher
Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.

Hostiles is directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) and produced by John Lesher (Black Mass, Birdman, Fury) and Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Knight of Cups).

Movies with a western genre are few and far between these days.  Westerns are an art that has given way to superheroes, vampires and vampire superheroes. Just when it seemed like there were no good westerns to be made, Hostiles comes along to enlighten skeptics and enchant the non-believers.

Set from far-west New Mexico to the Montana grasslands, and all the territory in between, Hostiles is the story of what comes after the “gun battle” in westerns. It is an epilogue of sorts for most westerns out there.  The “good guys” and the “bad guys” usually shoot it out and there are winners and losers and the audience rarely sees the real fallout.  Hostiles depicts that fallout beautifully, blurring the lines between the good guys and the bad guys, while delivering both a classic story and a timely message.

Hostiles is a success thanks, in part, to the gifted performances of the cast.  Wes Studi (as Chief Yellow Hawk), Christian Bale (as Captain Blocker) and Rosamund Pike (as Mrs. Quaid) all give passionate and strong performances.  Studi was especially impressive in his quiet portrayal of an ailing Cheyenne Chief. With less dialogue and action than Bale and Pike, Studi’s performance creates balance.   

It is that balance which makes the story of Hostiles timely.  This isn’t a typical “cowboys versus Indians” tale.  It is a story of inclusion,  tolerance, forgiveness and atonement.  Hostiles starts like it’s going to be a story about the spoils of war, but the plot peppers-in notions of genuine good and real evil.  It asks the audience to question the stereotypical ideas of heroes and villains.  Hostiles delivers difficult questions about the way that people treat each other, with an almost naïve hope about the future.

Mostly, Hostiles is great because it isn’t like every other western ever made.  There are just enough of the classic western movie tropes to draw-in an audience before redirecting into an original sentiment. It looked beautiful on the big screen.  There are some very moving moments, especially in the third act. Hostiles might be one of the best films of 2017. Go see it. It is in limited release now.   

Book Review: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

Author: Vi Keeland
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: January 15, 2018
Review Source: C. Scott Publishing Corp | InkSlingers PR

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.  

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s.  Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.  

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room.  The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby.  Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit.  After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Holy hell what a way to start off the new year!!!! Vi Keeland has done it again. She never EVERRRR ceases to amaze me of her ability to capture me immediately and consume my life until the ride is over.

This book was exactly what I needed after a holiday break. It is everything. It has the incredibly sexy Hunter Delucia that seems like the trouble you don't need/need in your life.  He's also a very successful architects that can charm the pants off of literally anyone.  Then we have Nat, also known as Natalia.  I LOVE HER.  She's smart, beautiful, and full of sass, just how I love my heroine.  The only thing is she has sworn off of men after going through a rough relationship/divorce. The chemistry between the two, however, lite my pages on fire. I felt all the feels while reading.

I am giving this book 5 stars. Which, by the way, I have only ever given Vi Keeland high rating for the simple reason that I devour every single one of her books in one sitting. The minute a vi Keeland book hits my kindle, I drop everything and read it. Go one click this book right away!!!

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Jennifer L. Armentrout's MOONLIGHT SINS Book Trailer!

Moonlight Sins
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Avon Books

Meet the de Vincents …leave your morals at the door

Set in the heart of New Orleans, MOONLIGHT SINS (Avon Books; January 30th; Mass Market Paperback), is the first book in the all new de Vincent series. New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout invites readers to enter the world the de Vincent family, three brothers with a dark reputation and notorious family history.

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she had her heart and confidence shattered by her manipulative ex-husband. For the first time in her life, she’s making major changes– new job, new town and a new opportunity to forget the past. But starting over in the Louisiana bayou isn’t exactly what she thought it would be…

Lucien de Vincent – the wildest, most unpredictable brother - is having a bad week. His father has been found dead in the most suspicious circumstances. His older brother is bribing the police to avoid a scandal. And the more he spends time with, Julia the new nurse taking care of his troubled sister, the more he can’t imagine being without her. Lucien may be the unrepentant bachelor of the family but there’s something about Julia that makes him want to lay himself bare. But family secrets are starting to emerge. And the past could not only bring down a dynasty but destroy Julia in the process.

Julia knows better than to get wrapped up in Lucian. He’s from a world she can’t relate to. Plus, he’s her employer. But his wicked touch and sensual promises are too much to deny. What starts with a kiss ends with so much more.

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