Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mini Review: This Night So Dark (Starbound #1.5) by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Release Date: October 7, 2014
from Disney Hyperion
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"Don’t miss the breathtaking short story that connects the first two novels in the Starbound trilogy, These Broken Stars and This Shattered World.

Tarver still has nightmares about the night, six months before the Icarus crash, when he rescued a group of civilian researchers being held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now Tarver and Lilac must reconcile his memories of that fateful night with the truth that they uncovered on a mysterious planet after the Icarus crashed."


My Thoughts:

This was a fun little addition to the series and fans of the series are sure to enjoy it. I know I loved getting some more Tarver and Lilac and I loved seeing what events led to Tarver landing on the Icarus. Tarver is one smart cookie and shines when things get tough. The story wasn’t much but it was still fun and I loved the little bit more we got. I also really love the authors writing style. The way it is both in the present and the past is awesome. I just love the little dialogue breaks in between chapters, especially because the dialogue breaks are with Lilac and Tarver. Those two are so cute and I seriously love them together. Also, the epilogue was everything. So yeah. All in all, This Night So Dark is the perfect treat for fans of the series and if you haven’t started this series yet you need to.

Swoon Thursday #118: Finale by: Becca Fitzpatrick


Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! We want to know :-)
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"Did you know, the first time I saw you, I thought: I’ve never seen anything more captivating and beautiful?”
“Why are you telling me this?” I said miserably.
“I saw you, and I wanted to be close to you. I wanted you to let me in. I wanted to know you in a way no one else did. I wanted you, all of you. That wanting nearly drove me mad.” Patch paused, inhaling softly, as though breathing me in. “And now that I have you, the only thing that terrifies me is having to go back to that place. Having to want you all over again, with no hope of my desire ever being fulfilled. You’re mine, Angel. Every last piece of you. I won’t let anything change that.

I have been in a bit of a reading slump this week so I don't have a new swoon to share.... so I decided Patch should be featured because Patch is the best!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Interview: Tara Sue Me

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tara Sue Me, author of The Submissive Series. These books are so fun and are super steamy, so I am really excited to share a little extra about the author and the series today. But first, here is a bit about Tara's latest release The Chalet.

"New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series is an international sensation. Now, Abby and Nathaniel’s story continues with their romantic wedding and a honeymoon too hot to believe... Submitting her body was only the beginning.

Abby King didn’t know true passion until she gave herself to Nathaniel West, one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors and desired Dominants. Now, on the eve of her marriage, she realizes all her dreams are coming true. And with a romantic honeymoon getaway planned at a secluded Swiss chalet, she’s sure Nathaniel will find even more fantasies to fulfill…

Nathaniel never thought he’d settle down until Abby broke down his barriers and changed his plans. With their wedding only weeks away, he can barely wait to possess her completely—heart, body, and soul—and show her the true meaning of being both a wife and a submissive.

Only Abby has one more challenge in store before she becomes his: no sex and no collar for one month before the wedding. Nathaniel is willing to give it a shot but he has one scandalous stipulation—once that month is up, anything goes…"

Interview:
Hi Tara! Thank you so much for stopping by Readers Live A Thousand Lives today, it is a pleasure to have you here. 
Thank you so much for having me!

I always like to start off with this question. If you had to describe yourself in two words what would they be and why? 
LOL, I asked my kids which two words they’d use and Oldest said, “Freaking Amazing,” but I think he wanted something.

So your most recent release is The Chalet, a novella in The Submissive Series and you aren’t even stopping there, us lucky readers are getting a whole new novel in The Enticement!  What made you decide to give readers more Abby and Nathaniel?
I actually started writing THE CHALET in the summer of 2013, right before THE TRAINING was released, because I knew readers were going to want to know the details of their wedding and honeymoon and those scenes just didn’t fit into the plot of THE TRAINING. 

Even though we have a good amount of time before we get The Enticement in our hands, what can you tell us about it? What can we expect to see in The Enticement? 
THE ENTICEMENT is a super sexy novel with Abby working through new challenges while trying to meet the increase in demands Nathaniel has in the bedroom. It takes place about six years after THE CHALET, so they are both really comfortable with communicating and telling the other person what they think.

What was your favorite Abby and Nathaniel scene to write? 
There are so many fun ones! One in particular in THE ENTICEMENT takes place while Abby’s wearing Nathaniel’s collar and they’re doing something she thinks is boring as hell and when he asks her a question, she tells him her thoughts in great detail. I enjoyed it because I think it shows how much she’s grown since THE SUBMISSIVE. Plus it was fun writing Nathaniel’s reaction.

Okay switching gears a bit, I have to ask about the Partners in Play books. Seduced By Fire is my favorite of your books so I have to know, can we expect more from this series? If so, what can you tell us about it? 
Well, there’s actually been a slight change of plans with the Partners series. I’ll be continuing with the characters, but the series itself will be combined with the Submissive Series. It made more sense to me to do that than to have two separate series, especially since everyone lives in the same geographical location, are about the same age, and have similar interests. 

I’m working on Jeff and Dena’s story at the moment (THE COLLAR, July 7, 2015). If you remember them from SEDUCED BY FIRE, you’ll know they were together for a time, but something broke them up, and it’s obvious to almost everyone they still have feelings for the other. I have to say, these two make my heart hurt every time I write them. There’s an intensity between them that only two people who been through the deepest darkness together can have. And when you combine that intensity with the physical chemistry they have…

To date, which book has been the most difficult to write? 
Probably THE ENTICEMENT. I rewrote that book four or five times. I remember one day I had five old drafts open and I was trying to see if there was anything in any of them I could use in the novel. I was moving things around, revising, rewriting POV. Seriously, if I’d been working with actual paper, it’d have been scattered everywhere and you wouldn’t be able to tell what kind of floor I have.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? 
It’s okay for the first draft to suck, just get words on the paper. I love that advice because there’s so much freedom in allowing yourself to suck. You can fix sucky words, but you can’t fix a blank page. Personally, not only do my first drafts suck, but I have [ ] scattered everywhere: [describe] [number]. My fear is I’ll leave a [ ]  in the final manuscript somewhere. 

And last but not least, you are stuck on a deserted island and can only have one book/series with you. What do you want it to be? 
I’d have to pick the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon. I pick up on something new each time I reread the series, so I don’t think it’d ever get old. Either that or Shipbuilding for Dummies.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! It was so great having you here! 
Thank you for having me!

About The Author:
Tara Sue Me lives in the southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat. Visit her online at www.tarasueme.com, www.facebook.com/TaraSueMeBooks or www.twitter.com/tarasueme.

Waiting On Wednesday #121: Hero by: Samantha Young

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.


Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…"

Samantha Young just does not know how to disappoint, so I really cannot wait to get my hands on this one. Also, that cover is so pretty.

Hero will be released on February 3, 2015.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read To Get In The Halloween Spirit


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

I don't read many scary reads, but I have a few great books I consider Halloween reads!



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