Starlight by Melissa Landers Launch Blitz #Giveaway


Hey there, booklovers! 

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce the release of STARFLIGHT, the first in a brand new sci-fi series from Disney-Hyperion. I originally pitched this story to my editor as “Overboard” (one of my favorite romantic comedies) meets “Firefly” (an amazing show that was tragically cancelled after one season). STARFLIGHT follows the misadventures of Solara Brooks, a penniless felon who indentures herself to her high school nemesis, Doran Spaulding, in exchange for passage to a new world. But when Doran’s memory is temporarily erased, Solara convinces him their roles are reversed—that she’s the master and he’s the servant—and leads him onto a renegade spaceship, where intergalactic shenanigans ensue. STARFLIGHT is very different in tone from the Alienated trilogy, but the story is still filled with all the things I love: humor, heart, and adventure.


What do reviewers have to say?


Get ready for blast-off! Action-packed and utterly addictive, nobody writes like Melissa Landers. A smart, satisfying romance set in a vividly detailed world, Starflight was just plain fun!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman


“Teens will be bracing themselves during the swashbuckling action scenes. A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal


“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist 


If you like your sci-fi adventure served with a side of romance, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of STARFLIGHT today. It’s now available in stores and online.


Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Indie Bound / Book Depository



Sponsored by author. Reading Away The Days is not associated with this giveaway.

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a STARFLIGHT swag pack, complete with custom nail wraps, bookmarks, and a mini poster! The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!




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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

January Wrap Up

In real life

January felt like such a crazy month. It felt like I had been back at work forever after the holidays when in reality it's only been four weeks. January is also a stressful month for me anyway in work as I work in Childcare and once a year we get our annual inspection from social services (CPS if your in America) I always feel like am being judged even though I know am doing my job right, thankfully it wasn't too bad, the social worker told me not to get so worked up that am doing a fantastic job with the kids which is all I can ask for. I can now breathe in work till next year.

Blogging life

As you can tell from looking at my blog I only had a few posts up which is so disappointing. I just seem to have lost my blogging feels I really don't know what it is. I am slowly starting to get it back and I have so many ideas for posts but it's just getting them up. This month I plan to get more blog posts up and power through this slump.

Reading month

My reading month was fantastic. For me anyway. I read a total of 10 books which is so good for me. I am a super slow reader so I am excited by all the books I read. My kindle was my friend this month. I read so many books on it. I have discovered I read really fast on my kindle compared to physical books.  Note: all the books I read where mostly adult /erotica/ contemporary which is weird for me. I can definitely feel myself drifting from YA I need a good YA book to hook me back in to the genre and it just hasn't been happening.


Innocence Taken was a kindle freebie early January. It's a erotica romance novella. Beyond Control is the first book in the beyond love series it's new adult contemporary romance. I got it as a kindle freebie. Both books I gave 3 stars to.



This trilogy was a 're Read for me. I read it all last year and loved it. This is one of those series that if you love fifty shades or Sylvia Day's books your going to love this. Last year I gave it 4 stars the whole series but I think am going to up my rating to 4.5 stars.


Unbound is the first book in the colours of love series. It's another erotica romance but this one failed for me. It's a translated to English book I don't think it translated well I didn't really care for the characters or the writing. I gave it 2.5 stars.

A Night to forget  is the first book in a dulogy. This book wasn't very good. I am a sucker for insta love but this book just took the biscuit. The writing wasn't very good it just felt stale and the characters felt two dimensional. I feel that this book could have so much potential with more details and editing but it just didn't satisfy me. I do kinda want to read the second book to see what happens and if it makes a little more sense but I don't want to pay the price for it! I gave it 2 stars.


Night After Night is the first book in the seductive night series. I thought it was a great start to the series and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I gave it 3 stars.

I read Everything Everything last year and had so many mixed feelings about it. I read a ebook version and just felt that the story didn't come across very well.  So when I won a paperback in a giveaway I decided to give it another chance and am glad I did. My rating when from a 3 star to a 4 star.


Hard pressed is the second book in the hacker series. I liked this book better than the first one and gave it 3 stars.

How was your month? Read any good books I should check out? Let Mr know in the comments below.


Guest Post: My Favourite Famous Families book Catherine Doyle






My Favourite Famous Families by Catherine Doyle


The Blood for Blood series is all about family. Dodgy, dodgy families full of criminally handsome, mildly immoral characters. Just the way I like ’em. In fact, the Falcone family motto is: La Famiglia Prima di Tutto, which means the family comes before everything else. I’ve always been fascinated by family dynamics, especially the interplay between siblings. Here are some of my all-time favourite, fascinating families, from books, movies and real life.

The Corleone Family in The Godfather. Considering the Mafia families I write are inspired by movies like The Godfather, it’s no surprise that Vito Corleone and his deadly brood of mobsters rank highly in my list of firm favourites. They’re dangerous, impulsive, unpredictable and successful. Enigmatic and nebulous, and loyal (well, for the most part) to one another. 

The Addams Family. Because, why not? Creepy and cool and totally dysfunctional, these guys were big players in my childhood. One half of me wanted to run a mile from them – especially Morticia, but the other half of me secretly wanted to be part of them.

The Salvatore Brothers from The Vampire Diaries. OK, I’m really just talking about two brothers here, but that still counts, right? Right? Anyone who’s read the Blood for Blood series so far will know I have a thing for hot, dangerous brothers, so this selection comes as no surprise. These sexy vampires are both outrageously hot. They contain within them the potential for great darkness and the capacity for great love. And that makes them endlessly compelling. And hot. Did I mention that they were hot?!

The Kennedy Family. I have a mild obsession with the Kennedys, OK? America’s most famous, political family, they have been fraught with scandal and tragedy since the days of President John F. Kennedy himself. Then there are all those rumours – the Mafia, the demise of Marilyn Monroe and the many, many sordid affairs in between. They are absolutely fascinating, and still inherently powerful to this day. 

The March sisters from Little Women. Who didn’t want to be a March sister when they were younger? Obviously Jo was the best one, but I really feel like if I lived in ye olde times and was around the same age, I would have fit right in with all that perfect mayhem. 

The Weasley Family from Harry Potter. I defy you to find me someone who doesn’t love the Weasleys, or at least 90% of them (sorry Percy). So many charming people in one family! The twins were always my favourite because like me, they were tricksy and obsessed with pranks, but they all have their good points. Yes, even Percy. I love big families, and big wizarding, funny families like this one are just perfect. 

The Cullens from Twilight. Say what you will about Twilight, but if those Cullens didn’t have the cushiest life, and the coolest stepdad, then who did? I was always a Jasper girl myself, but I loved the sense of loyalty and mystery that surrounded them all. Once you get past the vaguely incestuous undertones and remind yourself that even though they’re all stepsiblings, they are definitely not related, it’s all smooth sailing from there!

The Vonn Trapp Family from The Sound of Music. I love everything about this musical. I love the songs, I love Maria, I love the Captain and I love all those seven children, even the annoying ones! 



Have you read the Blood For Blood Series? Thoughts? Are you excited to read it? I loved the first book and can't wait to dive into the next book, Inferno!


Waiting On Wednesday #44


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight a book we are excited to read!


Book: Bookishly Ever After
Author: Isabel Bandeira
Series: Ever After #1 
Pages: 350
Releases January 12th 2016

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins' life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn't even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev's heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing? From costumed booksignings to crushing on the boy who looks just like a hottie love interest, BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is an ode to book nerds.

 Readers also get a peek into Phoebe's books as she tries to transform herself into the perfect YA heroine.

Why am excited?

This is a book involving books and just awesomeness!! I need this in my life.

What are you waiting on?





My Top Ten Bookish Resolutions 2016


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish

This weeks topic: Top Ten Resolutions we have for 2016

1) Read 100 Books


This was my goal last year and I missed it by 15 books but I am determined to achieve it this year.

2) Try and Read Books I own


I have way too many books on my book shelf I haven't picked up, like hundreds and I needed to have sorted this like last year. Maybe 2016 is the year!

3) Organise my book shelves

Well I actually need to purchase some book cases to house all my beautiful books. I have like a tiny baby one and the rest are boxed and stacked to save space but 2016 is the year I invest in box cases and sort them all out. 

4) Read what I want to read

Basically I want to read whatever books I want to read and not put pressure on myself to read "popular" or new books. Don't get me wrong I will be reading plenty of the new books and I do cave into book pressure sometimes but I want to try really hard to just pick up and read what I want.

5) Post what I want on my blog


It kinda pairs with number 4 to post what ever post I want on my blog. I sometimes feel the pressure that if I read a type of book that's frowned upon I feel like I can't post it. Last year I really got into adult erotica romance books and because I have labelled my blog over the years as a YA blog I felt like I couldn't post reviews of those type of books but this year am going to try and relax a little more with that.

6) Have a variety of different bookish posts on the blog

Last year I started to have discussion posts and other type of bookish posts and I want to continue that in 2016

7) Try and finish some already started book series & read some books by authors I have wanted to read for so long

I know a lot of people have many book series they want to start\finish and I am know exception. Some series I want to finish is the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, House of Night Series by P.C & Kristin Cast & The morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine. 

There is never enough time to read all the authors you want to so this year I want to prioritise 5 authors. You can find out who those authors are this Thursday on another post.

8)  Try and be more organised with blog posts

This is probably never going to happen me and organised don't go hand in hand but I would like to at less be ahead a few weeks on memes and discussion posts 

9) Make time to check out some of my favourite blogs 

This is something I have got better doing in the last 6 months or so but I want to contine to do this and discover some awesome blogs along the way.

10) Have fun with blogging


I just want to remind myself why I started blogging and keep it fun! Books are supposed to fun and blogging should be the same. 

What are some of your bookish resolutions?


January Book Releases & #Giveaway

It's a new year which means new books for us to buy and devour. This month has some great releases and I am excited for 9 books to be released in particular. They are:





   

    


Releases January 5th 2016

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Releases January 7th 2016

Releases January 7th 2016

Releases January 7th 2016 [UK Release]

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Releases January 26th 2016

Releases January 26th 2016

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What books are you excited for?

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ITS 2016 am excited for all the books!!

 

It's 2016 which means loads of new awesome books for us to read! Here is my top 10 (11 I couldn't help it there's just so many books) that l am excited to read in 2016!



The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)

Release Date: April 5th 2016


After reading 12 of Richelle's books in 2015. (The Vampire Academy series & The Bloodlines Series) I now need everything this lady writes! 


The Winners Kiss ( The Winners Trilogy #3)

Release Date: March 29th 2016



I loved The Winner's Curse back in 2014 and I still haven't read the The Winners Crime as I want to marathon the last two books as I have heard book two will hurt your soul!!


One with you (Cross fire #5)

Release Date: April 5th 2016


I read the first four books in 2015 and loved them. I am so excited to see how this story ends. It's an adult romance with a lot of twists and turns and hot sex. It's just so addictive.

Flawed (Flawed 1) 

Release Date: April 5th 2016


This is Cecilia Ahern's first YA book, she is the author of many loved books including  P.S. I love you and one of my favourite books of all time Where Rainbows End so I am excited to see what she does with YA.



Broken Sky (The Broken Trilogy #1) 

Release Date: March 1st 2016


I loved LA Weatherly's Angel Series so am excited to see something new from her. This cover is so simple but stunning.



Inferno ( Blood For Blood #2) 

Release Date: January 7th 2015 



I loved the first book in the series last year and am excited for the next book in the series. I actually have a copy for review so I will be getting on that ASAP!


The Last Star ( The 5th Wave #3)

Release Date: May 24th 2016



I read both the first books in 2015 and loved them so much!!! I am super excited for the next book as well as seeing The 5th Wave Movie in 2016.


Lady Midnight ( The Dark Artifices #1) 

Release Date: March 8th 2016


It's Cassandra Clare it's a new book in the Shadow Hunter world. What else do I have to say?? 


Team Awkward ( The It Girl #2) 

Release Date: January 7th 2016



I loved the first book last year it was just so funny and am looking forward to the next book.


Raging Sea ( Undertow #2)

Release Date: February 2nd 2016



I loved Undertow last year it was my surprise and gem of the year and am excited for more of this story.

What books are you excited for in 2016?

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