Review – The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

The House of SecretsThe House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Complicated. That’s pretty much the only way I can describe this political thriller. It feels a bit all over the place, which is probably why it’s so engaging. Just as the characters are confused, you are and just as they start to put the pieces together, you did. It’s like history, convoluted and only crystal clear for a moment — then it’s muddied by perception. Confused? I’d suggest you read the novel to find out what I mean. Exceptional story.

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The Rules of Love & Grammar – Review

The Rules of Love & GrammarThe Rules of Love & Grammar by Mary Simses

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall, it took a lot to get through this novel. The main character Grace has just lost her job, her boyfriend and her apartment’s ceiling has collapsed. So she finds herself back in her hometown, reliving memories of her past, including the death of her sister when she was a teenager. It would all be touching except for the fact that Grace is 33 and acts like a thirteen-year-old, what’s worse is that she regresses instead of progressing. Then there’s a ‘epiphany’ moment that is unbelievable, and it still does nothing to make Grace more likable. The writing is stilted at times, burdened by unneeded description with dialogue that feels forced. Overall, it was cute, but I struggled with the immaturity of the main character. If she’d been twenty, the events would’ve been more believable and maybe a bit less annoying.

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Week Two Freebie: Behind the Lens

WEEK TWO: BEHIND THE LENS
8/4-8/8

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Natalie Scott’s life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she’s made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.
At least not ones that last and that’s the way she likes it.
She only has one rule.
Don’t date or otherwise screw around with the client.
But she never said anything about love.
Brent Andrews knows Natalie’s rules.
And he’s about to make sure he’s an exception to them.
All of them.
Even ones she doesn’t know she has.

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Three Weeks of Freebies!

Happy Summer, Book Loving Friends!

We’re in the dog days of summer, and I don’t know about you, but hanging out by the beach (or in the comfort of the AC) with a good book is exactly where I want to be! So to celebrate summer and relaxing, I’m having a sale.
Three Books.
Three Weeks.
All FREE!
We’re starting off with my newest series, Boys of Fallout. Each book can be read as a stand alone, so don’t worry about reading them in order. Just click the Amazon button and get them on your Kindle! Sit back, relax and fall in love with these rock star characters!
For the third book, we’re wrapping up with a surprise — my favorite published novel I’ve ever written… so stay tuned for a future email on that!
And if you love them as much as I do, don’t forget to post a review — reviews and word of mouth are what sell books!

Happy Reading!

Always,
Cassie

WEEK ONE: REBEL CAUSE
7/21-7/25

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Reese White has spent her whole life trying so hard to be perfect, that when she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t know the person staring back at her. Sure, she’s always gotten high grades and excelled academically, but she’s never put much time into herself. Now, as she heads off to college, Reese realizes she’s remained so hidden inside a book that she’s invisible to everyone, including herself.

Kellin Lake has always seen Reese, his little sister’s best friend, the beautiful girl hidden behind baggy clothes and good grades–but he’s hiding, too– even from her. Tattoos, lip piercing and lead singer in a metal band, he’s a rebel without a cause. But that’s just to the people at school. At home, he covers it all up, and he’s the boy with the angel’s voice, and a 4.0 only his parents know about.

When Reese flips the switch and takes control of her looks, they make an arrangement– pretend to be in a relationship to elevate Reese’s social status. It’s simple. Kellin helps his sister’s best friend, and Reese isn’t invisible anymore. No one falls in love. No one gets hurt. But what Reese doesn’t realize is Kellin is already in love with her.

And now things get a hell of a lot more complicated.

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Huge Giveaway!!

Summer is officially here! I’ve teamed up with 8 Young Adult authors to host this amazing summer giveaway that will run the entire month of June.

Here’s what one lucky winner will get:

9 Signed Paperback books + swag from these authors:

Linda Budzinski
Natalie Decker
Jennifer DiGiovanni
Cassandra Giovanni
Deirdre Riordan Hall
Rebekah L. Purdy
Amy Sparling
Patricia B. Tighe
Cheyanne Young

A $10 Starbucks Gift card + a bottle of nail polish (donated by Natalie Decker)

A $10 Amazon Gift Card (will be emailed to the winner)

A Cute Heart Books tote bag for all your summer book needs

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Cover Reveal – Tide by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Today is the cover reveal for Tide by Deirdre Riordan Hall. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Nova Book Covers

TideTide (The Sea & Sand series #1)
By Deirdre Riordan Hall
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: May 16, 2017

Blurb:
Never trust a mermaid’s kiss.

Tyler McColdrum has a bright future on the professional surfing circuit until his father tragically dies at sea. Unable to pay the bills, Tyler and his mother leave California and move to his late grandfather’s cottage in Land’s End, Maine—a world away from the life he’s known. Not even the stormy Atlantic can douse Tyler’s surf stoke, but when mariners go missing off the coast, legends as old as the sea itself suggest something lurks beneath the surface. As the police investigate, his friend Kiwa—the only female surfer for miles—indicates there’s more to the McColdrum family history than blood and bone.

Amara is a beautiful mermaid, a mero, who wants a life on land away from her sinister sisters. As charming as mero are, with musical voices and a tempting gaze, they’re also brutal and cruel, stealing the souls of sailors. As Initiation nears, Amara learns Poseidon selected her as consort and her desperation for freedom increases. When Tyler encounters Amara, he falls hard for her. The ocean is no longer safe for him, but he trusts their love can overcome her mero nature. As locals and officials wage war against the sea, trying to keep mariners safe, Tyler and Amara struggle with how to protect each other.

With one foot in the sand and the other in the sea, Tyler must choose love or the surf as the tide quickly rises.

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Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of the young adult bestsellers, Sugar and Pearl along with women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s probably surfing or in pursuit of magic. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves chips and salsa, and dreams about learning no less than three languages. Join her monthly newsie.

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Cover Reveal – Rebel Cause (Boys of Fallout, #3)

Today is the cover reveal for Rebel Cause by Cassandra Giovanni. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Rebel CauseRebel Cause (Boys of Fallout #3)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Young Adult/ New Adult
Age category: Coming of Age
Release Date: July 11, 2017

Blurb:
Reese White has spent her whole life trying so hard to be perfect, that when she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t know the person staring back at her. Sure, she’s always gotten high grades and excelled academically, but she’s never put much time into herself. Now, as she heads off to college, Reese realizes she’s remained so hidden inside a book that she’s invisible to everyone, including herself.

Kellin Lake has always seen Reese, his little sister’s best friend, the beautiful girl hidden behind baggy clothes and good grades–but he’s hiding, too– even from her. Tattoos, lip piercing and lead singer in a metal band, he’s a rebel without a cause. But that’s just to the people at school. At home, he covers it all up, and he’s the boy with the angel’s voice, and a 4.0 only his parents know about.

When Reese flips the switch and takes control of her looks, they make an arrangement– pretend to be in a relationship to elevate Reese’s social status. It’s simple. Kellin helps his sister’s best friend, and Reese isn’t invisible anymore. No one falls in love. No one gets hurt. But what Reese doesn’t realize is Kellin is already in love with her.

And now things get a hell of a lot more complicated.

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Excerpt:
Lindy narrows her eyes at me, and I shake my head.
Maybe it’s a good thing. I don’t need her to think I’m developing something for her brother…or that I’ve always had something for him. I squeeze my fists together until my nails bit into my palms. I look up at Kellin.
I don’t feel anything different than I’ve ever felt around him.
He gives me a smile and comes forward to pull me into his arms, tucking his head into my hair. “I missed you, Ree.”
I smile as I hug him back, the happiness I always feel around him overtaking any of the odd thoughts I’m having away. He pulls away, looking down at me, and I feel like me.
Just me.
“So why haven’t you packed anything?” he asks as he looks around my room, hands in his pockets. He’s wearing the heather blue Henley with the hood I bought him for his birthday. He has the sleeves pushed up, and the buttons undone so his tattoos show in all their glory, but he’ll be able to hide them if my parents come home.
“I don’t know what to bring,” I admit.
“You can bring everything if you want,” Kellin replies, crossing his arms. “It’s our home indefinitely. We don’t have to come back for breaks unless we want to.”
“Good point…I just don’t know where to start,” I reply with a shrug.
Kellin gives me a grin, and my skin heats up as our eyes remain locked on each other. I can’t look away or stop smiling. I finally turn around, grabbing a box as I chastise myself. This is Kellin– KELLIN, my best friend’s brother. My good friend for four years. He’s older. Sexy as hell– damn it! Off limits, Reese!
I take a deep breath as I feel Kellin behind me.
“Let me give you a hand?” he asks, giving me one of those infectious, crooked-kid-like grins.
“It’s an empty box, Kell. I think I can handle it,” I reply, nudging him out of the way.
“You sure about that?” he teases, raising an eyebrow at me.
“Ree? You up there?” Mom calls my name, and I look at Kellin frozen as her hand turns the knob to my door.
I jump on his back, pulling down his sleeves as I do and wrapping my arms around his neck to cover his collarbone. Kellin catches my legs and holds me there just as Mom opens the door.
She blinks a few times at us, and I give her a smile.
“Kellin and Lindy came over to help me pack,” I say.
“I can see that…but why are you on Kellin’s back?” she asks, and I hear Lindy stifle a giggle as Kellin’s arms tighten around my legs in panic.
“I was betting him that he couldn’t pick me up,” I say as I slip one hand under my arm and button the shirt. I slide down his back. “I guess I was wrong!”
Mom looks between Kellin and me before shaking her head. “Well, Reese could really use your help. As you can tell she hasn’t even started thinking about moving yet.”
“I’ve been thinking about it. I just haven’t done anything yet,” I reply.
She rolls her eyes in response. “So I should order a pizza for dinner?”
“That’d be great,” Kellin replies as he opens one of my drawers and immediately closes it, placing his hands behind his head as he purses his lips together.
“Found the underwear drawer?” Mom asks as she smirks at him before shutting the door.
Kellin taps his thumbs against his jeans as he looks around the room. “Uh…thanks for that.”
I nod as I step past him and open the same drawer and start dropping my bras and underwear into the box in front of him. His eyes find the ceiling as his face turns red. “Really, Ree? You couldn’t like wear, I don’t know…normal stuff?”
I look up at him as I drop a pair of black lace boy shorts into the box. “What’s not normal about them?”
He rubs his face. “You practically wear bags as clothing–and then you wear that underneath?”
I pop my hip out as I lock eyes with him. “Do you like it or something?”
Lindy makes a gagging noise behind him. “Could you guys save the flirting for when I’m not around?”
It’s my turn to be embarrassed. I drop the last item into the box and start piling my pajamas, which were pretty close to what I wear every day, on top. Kellin doesn’t respond but grabs another empty box and heads to my closet. He pauses, hand on the knob before looking over his shoulder at me.
“Is there anything I need to be cautious of in here?”
I shake my head. “You found the only thing you really wouldn’t want to see the first drawer you opened.”
Lindy coughs, muttering under her breath, “Who says he didn’t want to see it?”
I watch as Kellin’s eyebrows twitch, his eyes narrowing on his sister. She shoots him a similar look, and I stand in the middle puzzled.

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Cassandra GiovanniAbout the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their daughter, Hope and dogs, Bubski and Kanga. For regular updates visit Cassandra’s website http://www.cgiovanniauthor.com and sign up for her newsletter.

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Behind the Lens – Available Now!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 20 March. You can see the tour schedule here.

Behind the LensBehind the Lens (Boys of Fallout #2)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 14 March, 2017

Blurb:
Natalie Scott’s life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she’s made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.

At least not ones that last and that’s the way she likes it.

She only has one rule.

Don’t date or otherwise screw around with the client.

But she never said anything about love.

Brent Andrews knows Natalie’s rules.

And he’s about to make sure he’s an exception to them.

All of them.

Even ones she doesn’t know she has.

You can find Behind the Lens on Goodreads

You can buy Behind the Lens on Amazon.

Get book 1 in this series!
Out of Beat
Book one in this series Out of Beat is available now! You can buy a copy on Amazon

Cassandra GiovanniAbout the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their daughter, Hope and dogs, Bubski and Kanga. For regular updates visit Cassandra’s website http://www.cgiovanniauthor.com and sign up for her newsletter.

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Cover Reveal – Behind the Lens (Boys of Fallout,#2)

Today is the cover reveal for Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni. The cover is designed by Gio Design Studios. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Behind the LensBehind the Lens (Boys of Fallout #2)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 14 March, 2017

Blurb:
Natalie Scott’s life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she’s made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.

At least not ones that last and that’s the way she likes it.

She only has one rule.

Don’t date or otherwise screw around with the client.

But she never said anything about love.

Brent Andrews knows Natalie’s rules.

And he’s about to make sure he’s an exception to them.

All of them.

Even ones she didn’t know she had.

You can find Behind the Lens on Goodreads

You can pre-order Behind the Lens on Amazon.

Excerpt:
I scrunch my nose up as I look at the door hanging open for us. “It’s going to be a love fest in there, isn’t it?”
Brent scratches his chin. “Honestly, every time the girls have shown up, I’ve had a girlfriend–so I’ve never really paid much attention.”
I swallow, looking down at my shoes before looking over at him. “Was it a love fest for you?”
He blinks at me a few times, his lips in a stern line. “We don’t just start fucking all over the bus.”
I throw my hands up. “Hey, I know how it is. You haven’t gotten laid in a few months and you get to see your significant other–”
“Is that all you think we think about?” he asks, a slight smirk on his face. “Or is that all you think about?”
My face burns red, and I shake my head. “No–not at all.”
“Brent?” a woman’s voice calls at our backs.
“Tay!” Brent replies as he turns, pulling her into a hug. “It’s good to see you!”
Tay smiles as she pulls away from him. “I forgot how lovely you guys smell right after you get off stage.”
I watch as Brent’s face turns red, and he puts his hands in his pockets as he rocks on his heels. “Sorry, I haven’t gotten a chance to shower.”
She punches him in the shoulder. “Seriously, Brent? Believe me, Kie smells no better than you do. Speaking of which, where is he?”
Brent glances at me and then to the woman. She has long blonde hair curled into waves with ice blue eyes that are anything but cold. She smiles as she looks over at me, holding out her hand. “I’m sorry, this was rude of me–you must be Natalie, the photographer? I’m Taylor, Kie’s girlfriend. Everyone calls me Tay.”
I shake her hand. “You’re the first one to actually introduce yourself to me. The other girls didn’t even notice me at all.”
She laughs, running a hand through her hair. “I’m sure if I saw Kie, I would’ve ignored you too!”
I nod over my shoulder. “Brent, go take a shower. I’ll help Tay find wherever Kie ran off to.”
Brent narrows his eyes at me, and I smile up at him. “You do smell.”
He blinks at me. “And you smell any better?”
My eyes widen and he puts his hands up before backing slowly onto the tour bus.
“I’m sorry if I smell,” I say as I look down at my damp tank top.
Taylor laughs. “You definitely don’t smell like any of them do.”
“Thanks,” I reply. I nod towards the building. “I think he went somewhere inside the venue.”
We fall into step with one another and she looks over at me with a slow smile. “So you…and Brent?”
My face burns and I feel a cold sweat building on my spine. I tell myself it’s just the difference in temperature between the air-conditioned backstage and the heat of Arizona outside.
“No, not at all,” I reply, and my voice cracks.
Because I’m thirsty. Who wouldn’t be after the workout that is doing show photography?
She bites her lip. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to assume–”
I put a hand up, laughing a bit too high pitched. “Believe me, I’ve gotten used to people assuming that.”
“So do you?” she asks, biting her lip as she looks at me.
“Like him?” I finish her sentence.
She closes her eyes as we walk further into the venue and shakes her head. “You don’t have to tell me. We don’t know each other…It just seemed like you do.”
An awkward silence falls over us, and I clear my throat. “Uh, I think I saw Kie go this way. All these places are so different — crazy mazes.”
I hear a muffled noise that sounds like Kie and head towards the door I think it’s coming from. I open the door to peek my head in and blink as I stare at Kie with a half naked girl wrapped around him and his pants at his ankles. His eyes meet mine, going wide before I slam the door shut.
Taylor stands back behind me, and she swallows, staring at the closed door. “Anything?”
My hands go into fists as I try to control my facial expression. “Place has rats apparently.”
Her eyes drop to the floor, and she nods. “Sometimes they do.”
“Maybe he made it onto the bus by now?” I say, linking my arm in hers. Guilt washes over me as I try to act like I saw nothing.
Her body is stiff, and I can tell by the blank look in her eyes that she knows the way Kie is. “Sure, if not, I’m sure he’ll make his way there eventually.”
Silence falls over us as we make our way towards the bus. My chest tightens as I glance over at her, and I bite my lip before asking, “So it’s that obvious?”
Taylor shakes her head, looking over at me and her friendly eyes have a dark hint to them as does her tone when she replies, “What?”
I feel the need to distract her from whatever is going on in her head.
“That I might be…” I suck my lips into my mouth before admitting, “A tiny bit attracted to Brent?”
Taylor bursts out laughing. “A tiny bit? And who says it’s only obvious one way?”

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Cassandra GiovanniAbout the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

For regular updates visit Cassandra’s website and sign up for her newsletter.

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There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Behind the Lens. One winner will win a swag pack including bookmarks and postcards (US only). And an ebook copy of the both books in the series, Out of Beat and Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni.

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