The One Thing Blog Tour

Hey everyone!

So I have another exciting review and chance to get an ARC for a blog tour.  This tour is for The One Thing by Briana Gaitan.  I got to read her first book The Last Thing and loved it!!  I was so excited to hear about this book coming out.

Anyway, let’s get started…

As always….  the book cover!!!

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Synopsis:

When everything falls apart, he’s the one thing that holds me together.

Ginger Teague may seem like your typical Hollywood actress with the famous boyfriend, designer clothes, money, and hit TV show, but constantly being in the public eye has its downside.
People seem more interested in her chaotic relationship with her on again/ off again boyfriend than her acting career,and Ginger isn’t dealing with her new found fame in a way she always envisioned. She masks her unhappiness with too many parties and an unhealthy habit of binge drinking. As much as she wants love, men find her as a pretty amusement, not the type of girl you take home to mom and dad.

When she meets Caspian Norwood, they quickly begin a regimen of flirty emails.
He’s a struggling musician that doesn’t quite fit her idea of the perfect boyfriend.
He’s older, mysterious, cultured, knows exactly what to say and do in all the right situations, and Ginger can’t help falling for him. But the world is against them, pushing them apart, and it’s beginning to feel as if they are only meant to be friends.

Rating:

5 STARS

Review:

       I don’t even know where to start with this book.  It was absolutely amazing!  I mean of course it is king to have romance.  It’s a love story.  I found it so interesting how Briana thought that the characters should have to figure who they really are, not who they want to be, before they could be truly happy with each other.  I have a read a lot of books,  but none of them have considered taking the plot in that angle.  It made The One Thing more interesting.

      While looking for themselves, Ginger and Caspian had to use their own strength to pull them out of the hard problems.  It just helped that they knew if one of them needed help, the other was there to give a little extra push.

      It also made me super happy that I got to see what was going on in Quinn and Chase’s lives also.  It just makes me smile to think about them having a forever relationship!

Hopefully I will be a presence in the world another time this week.

Kat

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Parched Blog Tour

Hey everyone!  How have y’all been?  Hope each of you had a great New Years.

Thanks to this wonderful website known as Prism Book Tours, I was offered the chance to join the Parched by Georgia Clark blog tour.  Now I can tell you a really good book to read!!

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Synopsis:

      In sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood’s world, natural resources are at an all-time low. Most of the remaining supplies are funneled into Eden, known as the “powerful city of shining abundance,” while citizens of the Badlands eat gelatinous gray porridge and drink reddish iron water. Tess was born an Edenite, but after the death of her scientist mother she decides to combat this inequality by joining a rebel group called Kudzu. Together they uncover a shocking government plot to carry out genocide in the Badlands using artifical intelligence. Unofrtunately, Tess has some complicated ties to the project that test her loyalty. Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together as Tess risks her life to bring justice to Eden.

My Rating:

4 STARS

The Review:

       Parched was a very interesting read at first.  It took me a while to wrap m mind around the way that Georgia had imagined this dystopian place.  After I reached about the third or fourth chapter, it was easier.  As far as the characters go, I thought that the main characters were growing, changing, and learning through the extent of the novel.  Tess was probably my favorite though, (As cheesy as it sounds to have the main character be your favorite…)  I loved how while reading the book I kept seeing her try to have this tough exterior and act like nothing could hurt, while her human emotions continued to show through this wall.

      The plot was good too.  Upon starting to read it, I found that I just kept wanting to read and read and read.  Nothing could distract me from wanting to find out what was going to happen to Tess next.

About the Author:

Georgia Clark is a young adult author currently living in New York City. Her second novel, Parched, is out now through Holiday House.

Georgia was born in Sydney, Australia. Her BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) saw her becoming active in the student movement and blow way too much money on making short films and music videos.

After graduating she became a professional hipster for a while as Editor of The Brag, an excellent weekly music street press magazine. This also involved being in a band, the seminal electropop trio, Dead Dead Girls. She went on to become an Online Producer for a soapie called Home & Away, and Online Writer for Fremantle Media Australia.

In 2008 her first novel, She’s With The Band was published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin. She’s With The Band was released in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2011. It attracted five-star reviews.

Georgia has worked as a freelance journalist and copywriter for ten years. She is published in Cosmo, CLEO, Daily Life, Sunday Life, Girlfriend and more. She has attended writers’ residencies in Martha’s Vineyard and Portugal, and has also received grants for her work.

Georgia moved to from Sydney to New York in 2009 just for fun. Here, she performs improv, creates the award-winning SHO Sync app for Showtime and enjoys meeting new and interesting cheese platters. She writes from the New York Writers Room, which involves macaroons and many, many cups of tea.

Despite the fact Georgia writes and loves thinking about artificial intelligence, science and the future, she doesn’t own a smart phone and never learnt to drive. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Until next time,

Kat

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Review of The Last Thing by Briana Gaitan

Yay!!  So it is finally my day to post a review.  I have never been so excited for a blog tour in my life!! I finished this book about a week ago and thought it was amazing.

Now that I finally get to share my joy with you, here is what I have been waiting for since I got the first email from Briana.

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Synopsis:

     Plagued by past mistakes in both love and life, Quinn Bardot is in a bad place. With nowhere else to turn, she escapes to LA clinging to the promise of a fresh start.

      Chase Crowley is known for being selfish and unbelievably persistent. All he’s ever wanted is to become a successful actor. But now that he is about to have it all, he finds that something is still missing. Money and fame isn’t what he expected.

      After a fervent encounter, the two of them are thrown into a situation that neither is prepared for. Can Quinn extinguish her fears and let Chase in? Can Chase learn to put someone else’s needs before his own?

      Last Thing is a novel all about love, Hollywood, and accepting what life throws at you even if it is the last thing you want. 

      (This is a New Adult Romance novel & contains language & adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17)

            ***The Last Thing is a stand alone book with NO cliff hanger ending. It is book one in the series.***

 

My Rating:

 5 STARS

(Used the pink stars to match the cover)

My Review:

I really, absolutely loved this book!  There is no other way to describe it.  Most roman books are a hit and miss with me because the basic plot has been seen in so many other stories.  Briana wrote this book in such a way that I didn’t feel the need to put it down and start another one.

I really liked how all the loose ends weren’t tied off until the very end.  It made you have to finish it even if it wasn’t your favorite book.  I know for me at least, I don’t like leaving stuff unfinished or being let unsure about something.

Even the secondary characters are seen constantly throughout the book.  You get to see them develop along with Chase and Quinn.  I know that at times, for me at least, the secondary characters can be way more entertaining than the main characters.  Sometimes the author will give them their little moments to shine, and I feel like that is what Briana did.

 

If you don’t have this book yet then here is the amazon link for it:

Amazon- The Last Thing

And don’t forget to add it to your shelves on Goodreads if you have one of those.

The Last thing- Goodreads

Guest Post from Liz Schulte

This post is to help Liz out and promote her book on this blog tour.  Her most recent book Tiddly Jinx is out and I’m trying to help get the word out about it.  Please check out her post she sent and feel free to go buy the book if she seems interesting!!

 

The Writing Process: Do you use real life in your books?

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      One of the first questions people ask me when they find out I am a novelist is “Do you use your real experiences in your books?” One would think with the number of times I have been asked this (most recently yesterday by my aunt and uncle who are visiting) I would have an easy answer, but I don’t.

      I cannot speak for all fiction writers, but what I personally find is that I both use real life and I don’t use it. You see, I write mystery and paranormal romance. I have never been involved in a murder investigation and I have yet to meet a vampire (fingers crossed). There are certain ways however that real life comes into play in my fiction writing.

      First, people will request to be in my books. I do not generally put people I know in real life in my novels, but I have had many requests. Normally when creating a character I will build him or her from the ground up. I might borrow traits from people I know, but the end product does the resemble any one person. However, if someone asks if they can be in one of my books and there happens to be an opening, I will put them in it. In one of my series, The Easy Bake Coven Series, the individuals in the coven of witches are made up of four girls I went to high school with. I did my best to capture characteristics of each of them which makes the writing both challenging and fun because I have known most of these women since kindergarten.

      Second, I find inspiration everywhere. I know a lot of authors say that and most of the time it makes you want to roll your eyes and say thanks for the non-answer, buddy, but it is true. I was driving home one day and saw this woman standing on the corner with a stroller and a group pf preteens or teenagers around her. Logically, one or two of them probably belonged to her and she was talking to them, as any mother would. In my head, however, she was a drug dealer selling drugs out of a baby stroller because who would ever check the stroller. This is often the way book ideas are born for me. For example, The Ninth Floor is a mystery about a haunted hospital where one floor has been closed to the public due to unusual occurrences. I got this idea from a ghost tour I was on in Arkansas. The man was talking about rumors about their hospital and my brain spiraled off into a never ending “what if” cycle. By the time I got back to my hotel I had the first line, the basic plot, and the ending all worked out.

      Third, actual occurrences will sneak into my book every now and then. It happened the very most with the first book I wrote which was a mystery named Dark Corners. It was about a woman who lived in a seemingly haunted house. Some of the ghostly experiences she had were things that had happen to me. There is a scene where Ella (the main character) is taking a nap and she hears someone come into her house, greet her dogs, and then walk down the hallway. That did happen to me when I was in college. I was napping with my dogs and the front door opened. The dogs took off barking and ran to the door. A man’s voice greeted them by name then he walked down the hall. I didn’t open my eyes, choosing sleep over talking to the person who I thought it was. However, later when I was awake I discovered that the person I thought it was had never been there. To this day I still do not know who was in house. Creepy.

      Other than these ways, most of my novels are strictly imagination. One of the best tools I have as a writer is I listen to other people when they talk to me. I love hearing their stories and the things that are happening in their lives because I never know where the next idea will come from. Writing has made me a student of life and awoken an endless curiosity about other people.

 

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URBAN FANTASY/PARANORMAL ROMANCE

The Guardian Trilogy: Secrets

Choices

Consequences

Easy Bake Coven

Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo

Pickup Styx

Tiddly Jinx

Ollie, Ollie Hex ‘n Free (coming this summer)

The Jinn Trilogy: Ember

Inferno (coming soon)

Vestige (coming soon)

MYSTERY

Dark Corners

Dark Passing

Dark Obsession (coming soon)

The Ninth Floor

ANTHOLOGIES

Christmas Yet to Come (Baker Christmas short story)

 

 

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MANY AUTHORS CLAIM to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn’t always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more.

When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.