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The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Review)

"unlike any book I've read before"

The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts (Review)

"as things normally go, it is in the darkest moments where we see some sort of light."

Accordance by Shelly Crane (Review)

"Accordance was a great second installment to one of my all-time favorite series!"

From Ashes by Molly McAdams (Review)

"The romance was amazing, I became so invested in the characters, and the story held me in its grasp from beginning to end."

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (Review)

"white-hot romance, amazing characters"

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday (Review)

"The world was spectacularly built ..."

Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera (Review)

"a bit too confusing and foreign for me to fully enjoy"

Review + #Giveaway: Polaroid Cube + Accessories

"a chance to win not only the Cube Cam itself, but 5 custom designed accessories that will make using the Cube 10000x more fun"

Friday, January 30, 2015

Indie Girl April (Sign-Ups)

  I'd like to welcome Indie Girl April to Bookish!!!  I am so excited to bring this event over from my previous blog.  I ran it there for two years with great success and am beyond positive it will receive the same amount (probably more) here on Bookish!!

  What is Indie Girl April?  Indie Girl April is a month long celebration of all of the wonderful female Indie authors that we have out there.  It's to help promote, share and basically get the word out there about them and their great books!  We will have reviews, guest posts, character posts, interviews, giveaways and MORE!!

  What do you have to do?  All you have to do is sign up!! The form is just below with everything we need to know.  Sadly we can't guarantee that everyone will get a review but we will try our best to be accommodating with posts.  This form will stay open for about a week.  In that time or just after you can expect either myself (Tiffany) or Jessica to get back to you.

We look forward to working with you :)

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen {Book Review, Giveaway, Author Interview}

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
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Paperback 262 pages
Published 2015 by Layla Hagen
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.
But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

Survival keeps us so busy, I have no time during the day to feel sorry about our situation or ponder over how much I fear that we will never be found. But when the dark sets in, things change. 

Before I fall back asleep, I acknowledge that last night, for the first time in years, I found peace in my sleep. I know what brought it. Or rather, who brought it. My peace carries her smell and sounds like her voice. It feels like her touch. But I have to give up that peace. 

I used to believe that the experiences life throws at us shape us. Now I think that it's the way we copy with what life throws our way that shapes us. 

1.       What do you do when you are not writing?

Doing my best at my day job J In my spare time, I try to squeeze in reading whenever I am not writing.

2. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I first started writing four years ago. I worked on that book for about two years before deciding to shelve it. It didn't work, but it was the book that made me realize how much I love writing.

3. How did you choose the genre you write in?

I don’t really know. That first book was a YA fantasy. At the time of writing it, I started reading a lot of romance books. Suddenly, I wanted to write a romance of my own. So I did, and I started loving it, so now I am sticking with it.

4. Where do you get your ideas?

Oh, the most random sources. A newspaper article, the shape of a cloud, hearing someone swear (true story). Boring moments also kick start my creativity.

5. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Yes. Some stories flow easier than other. But I force myself out of the block by keeping writing scene after scene until one clicks. Then I discard all the scenes that didn't.

6. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way
either growing up or as an adult?

I have many favorite authors, and they impacted me in different ways at various ages: Daphne du Maurier, Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne, Suzanne Collins.

7. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

Figuring out all the steps involved in the process. But really, self-publishing is not that complex, with platforms such as KDP and intermediaries like draft2digital.

8. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Yep, that first YA fantasy. And it will remain unpublished unless I will have the time to completely rewrite it.

9. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all

Imagination mostly.

10. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I loved writing the epilogue of Withering Hope. I can’t say anything about it because I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say, it made me feel at peace.

11. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What
has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism: people not connecting to my characters.

Best compliment: people tearing up while reading the story and loving the characters (yep, as you can see, I get quite attached to my characters)

12. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Don’t give up. Surround yourself with people who support you. Push yourself harder. Don’t try to do everything yourself-hire professionals for things like editing and cover designer. It’s not as expensive as people think, and you need them in order to have a professional product.


Books? Catching Fire.
Songs? Varies with my mood.
Color? Red
Food? Steak
Social media site? Facebook
Author? J.K.Rowling
Quote? “'Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Can you guess who it belongs to? 

I absolutely loved “Withering Hope.” This book gets a HUGE FIVE STARS from me!! 

From beginning to end, "Withering Hope" is a beautifully told tale of survival and falling in love

 I loved everything about“Withering Hope;” the writing, the characters, the story – just everything.

 After reading so many novels of the romance-suspense genre, you actually start to think you know just how the story will read, and this one was no exception. I was never more wrong. The author gives her readers a story that surpasses all expectations. So caught up in the tale, all I could think was that I didn't want it to end. 

This book starts out with Aimee getting ready to fly on a private jet with Tristan (her pilot) to see her fiance. Little does she know that her worst nightmare is about to come true. The plane crashes and leaves these two, stranded in the jungles without a sole in sight. 

Aimee’s character is tremendously strong; she doesn't cower and expect Tristan to just take care of everything once the crash happens. She’s a great example of an empowered, determined and tenacious female lead which makes it very easy to like her. She pushes herself when you would think she'd ask for help. She does her fair share and then some and this just made me love her more. 

Tristan is an excellent male lead-protective, caring, and someone you can immediately empathize with…even if he tries to keep to himself. Right from the start I was on his side. He has a dark and traumatic past that he tries to keep hidden from others. He usually doesn't talk and does everything he can to appear invisible. This becomes impossible once Aimee and him are stranded with no one but each other. 

The author weaves an incredibly well-written tale of two people’s journey of survival after crash-landing in the Amazon jungle. The author does a brilliant job as she manages to deliver a story that’s so engaging and so thrilling with only the two protagonists, Tristan and Aimee, both of whom take center stage for pretty much the whole novel. You can’t help but love both Tristan and Aimee, two incredibly well-developed characters that suck you in from the start. 

I was so invested in them, that I could feel everything they were going through whether it be their despair, fear, hope or love. I think this is a fast paced, suspenseful romance novel that thousands of people will love and treasure as one of the best reads of the year. I would highly recommend this book and this author to anyone who wants to get caught up in an amazing read! 

About the author:

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough
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Starting From Lost by S. K Wills {Book Review & Giveaway}

Starting From Lost CoverS.K. Wills will be on tour January 26-February 9 with her novel Starting From Lost Love is a risk. If you lose it all, would you dare to risk it twice? Hannah Rogers is lost: cynical, insecure, and withdrawn. Skeletons forged through a bad breakup that should have been a marriage proposal. Now four years later, Hannah follows her dead-end job to the big city where her only hope is to survive the next eight months as her flirtatious boss’s personal assistant. The last thing her predictable life needs is to collide with the boy responsible for breaking her heart, or the twist of fate that sends a sexy new neighbor to awaken feelings she’s long since put to bed. Alex Sorrento doesn’t have any room in his life for another pet project. He’s already put aside his career and his personal dreams to follow his half-sister Mackenzie to the big city. Lost in the guilt over the events that nearly took her life, he feels he owes her that much. When Mackenzie befriends the new girl on the third floor, Alex finds himself defenseless against the sizzling chemistry between them and the sadness in her eyes. Can he protect Hannah from her ex without losing his heart? In this turbulent journey about self-discovery, forgiveness, and love, some second chances aren’t worth taking, but others have their own rewards. Please visit CLP 

How could anyone understand what it was like to love someone without inhibitions, then to have them walk away and leave you broken and lost? 

Everyone put on a show at one time or another. She wondered what kind of man he really was..the thoughtful neighbor, the loving brother, the charismatic bartender, the playful guy. Which personas were the show and which were real? 

A man will claim your bed without hesitation. He will adore your body and need you for it. But you have to make him adore and need you for everything else. Then, he's lost to you. How? Hannah found herself asking again. Step one is never giving up. Men are stubborn, and they need time to figure out that they love you, especially when a man is so determined not to. That's a good sign that he's already in too deep. Fools. 

Hannah's life seemed all mapped out for her when she was just 19 years old. She had fallen for her very best friend and she was going to get her happily ever after. Then, Jake decided he was moving to the big city, and leaving her behind. He even ended things on her birthday. She was crushed and her world has been spinning ever since that day. She is alive but not really living.

Then Colt her scumbag boss decides to take her with him on an assignment in New York city that is to last eight months. She would be his personal assistant and although she has a business degree, she doesn't think much of herself so she agrees to go. What she doesn't know is a big surprise awaits her in the big apple. Will she be able to move on or just spiral further down her sad road?

The secondary characters play a great role in this drama. Hannah immediately meets a girl in her apartment building named Mackenzie and they hit it off right away. Mackenzie is the complete opposite of her. She bubbly, open and eager to be friends. She also has an extremely HOT brother named Alex who Hannah can't seem to get her mind off.

The writing and story line in this novel was well thought out, exciting, suspenseful and full of friendship, love, romance and heart break. Everything you love to hate about romance is in this beautifully written novel. The author has amazing skills and she keeps you engrossed with her articulate prose and all different types of characters who you can't help but fall in love with.

This book earned its five stars and honestly I would give it more if I could.

Blog Tours for all the tour stops! SK WillsAbout the Author S.K. Wills grew up with reading in her blood; a favorite pastime passed down thanks to her two beautiful grandmas. Wanting to inspire others, like good books inspire her, she added “write a romance novel” to her bucket list, and ultimately, checked it off. Writing makes her soul happy, and since she's now hooked on story-crafting, she's decided to stick with it for as long as it will have her. S.K. lives in Southeastern Michigan, and juggles expertly (or so she thinks!) also being a passionate marketer and entrepreneur helping other authors reach their writing dreams. She fuels her insatiable dream-chasing with what some would consider an unhealthy amount of coffee, and she wouldn’t have her crazy busy life any other way. To learn more, visit her at: Author Links @SKWillsAuthor Book Links Amazon: GoodReads:

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