Monday, May 22, 2017

5th Annual Mental Health Awareness Event (Book Fundraiser)


Welcome the 5th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

For the 5th year, an amazing group of authors have generously agreed to donate a portion of their May sales for the books listed here.

Here is how you can help raise money and awareness for mental health:
  • You can purchase a book from the amazing books listed here! We hope you will #1click4charity a number of these amazing books! Please note that although the sheet has Amazon Kindle buy links, the portion of sales is from any platform: digital and print.
  • Help Raise Awareness by sharing a photo or short video of why this cause matters to you using #ShareYourWhy via Social Media.
  • Share the image below on social media to raise awareness and to show your support.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP. You can do a direct donation at http://bit.ly/MilanoFund.
Thank you in advance for your support as we work to bring mental illness out of the darkness.

Fund Information:

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.

If you want to know more about Keith or why Denise does what she does, here is short video/interview that speaks to that! https://vimeo.com/148760740

Be on the lookout as she will also be posting her #ShareYourWhy this month.

Keith Milano Memorial Fund
140 Adams Ave Suite B-12
Hauppauge NY 11788
www.keithmilano.org
https://www.facebook.com/keithamilano
@MilanoFund
Direct Donation: http://bit.ly/MilanoFund

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) http://www.afsp.org/
At the end of the event, participating authors will pay AFSP directly.
AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.
AFSP is a fully accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with primary offices in New York City. Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329.
AFSP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 10545.
Donations to AFSP are tax deductible.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#26)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event that's hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm waiting on...

Title Damaged Like Us
Series Like Us, book 1
Author Krista & Becca Ritchie
Release Date June 27, 2017

Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca's other novels.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21427834-damaged-like-us

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Share your links in the comments below and I'll be sure to drop by!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (#14)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks.

Wow. It's been over six months since the last time I did a Stacking the Shelves post. Obviously I've added a bunch of new books to my shelves, so I won't be including them all here. Here are some of the books I've added to my Kindle recently...

For Review -- Netgalley


- The Party by Robyn Harding
- Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
- Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker

Purchased -- Amazon Kindle


- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Outside the Limelight by Terez Mertes Rose
- Love in Rewind by Tali Alexander
- Nowhere but Here by Renée Carlino

What have you added to your shelves recently? Leave your Stacking the Shelves link in the comments and I'll be sure to visit!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Book Review: The Black Wolf

Title The Black Wolf
Series In the Company of Killers, book 5
Author J. A. Redmerski
Release Date July 1, 2015

Since devastating secrets were uncovered by Nora Kessler, Niklas Fleischer and Victor Faust have been divided as business partners and brothers. But ultimately Niklas is persuaded to lead a mission to Italy, and he sees it as an opportunity to set in motion forgiveness—or retribution—for his brother’s betrayal.

The mission: play the role of a wealthy German investor and kidnap a beautiful, notorious madam named Francesca Moretti. No stranger to these types of roles, Niklas is the best man for the job, but this time the risks will be much greater as he will not be doing it alone. Izabel Seyfried, still fresh out of a life of imprisonment and sex slavery, could be negatively affected by the things she will see in Moretti’s mansion, and Niklas must keep her in line so she does not blow their cover and get them killed.

But Niklas isn’t the only one who must play a role—Nora takes on the humiliating task of playing Niklas’s slave, and Izabel must play the role of his lover.

On one hand, Niklas couldn’t be enjoying himself more. On the other hand, the emotions that continue to rage inside of him may be too much for him to control, and it may be Niklas—not Izabel—who needs to be kept in line. He cannot forget what Victor has done, and this mission may just be the beginning of his downward spiral.

Can the blood bond that Niklas and Victor share as brothers be stronger than resentment? Or will vengeance dig the blade so deep that their bond be eternally severed?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23551387-the-black-wolf
Review

Reviews for previous books: book one, book two, book three, and book four.

Where is this series going? Oh my goodness. The Black Wolf intrigued me in a way that I can't explain (mostly because I don't want to spoil anything, ha!). I have questions. I hope they're answered in Behind the Hands that Kill because I'm not sure how long I can wait.

Though this is the fifth book in the series, it's just as strong as the first. In the Company of Killers is such an awesome series in that each book is fresh and just as engaging as the books before it. I have yet to be disappointed by any of these books. Definitely pick up the first book, Killing Sarai, if you're looking for an awesome, dark, and suspenseful thriller with some romance sprinkled in.

I know this isn't much of a review, but I wanted to bring attention to this series (again) and share my love of it. Besides, anything I could say would be rife with spoilers.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spotlight/Giveaway: Love and Vandalism

Title Love and Vandalism
Author Laurie Boyle Crompton
Release Date May 1, 2017
Publishers Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN 9781492636052

He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail.

Rory has a secret: she's the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he'd probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory's sure she's busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won't turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot.
As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn't want and feel emotions she's tried to bury. Rory's going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can't bring herself to face...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25652437-love-and-vandalism
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To celebrate the release of Love and Vandalism we have a quick Q&A with the author, Laurie Boyle Crompton!

Does reading help you become a better writer?


Reading is a huge part of my job as an author! Besides writing it’s the most important and certainly my second favorite part! If I wasn’t an author, I’d probably be an editor or agent because any time reading is part of the job description, I’m in! I read all the fiction and YA I can find time for, and on top of that I really enjoy reading books about the craft of writing. I’ve learned so much from authors like Stephen King and Anne Lamott who give us a peek behind their own creative curtains. In fact, Rory’s dreadlocks are a tribute to Anne Lamott and there is a secret dark and twisted backstory in one of my books that is a nod to my love of Stephen King. I’ll never tell what that is because it might ruin those characters for some people, but it is so much fun to put in little private nods to my heroes. In LOVE AND VANDALISM Hayes talks a lot about THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE which is the first book in the awesome series by C.S. Lewis. I love all of his books, particularly THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS which really impacted me and made me think. I love books that don’t shy away from hard truths! More recently I’ve been reading a lot about screenwriting and I think it’s important to constantly stretch our writing outside our comfort zone. Heck, it’s crucial to push ourselves out of our comfort zone – as the famous venn diagram depicts, that’s where all the magic happens!

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About the Author

When she was 17, LAURIE BOYLE CROMPTON painted her first car hot pink using 40 cans of spray paint. This turned her into an overnight icon in Butler, PA. She now lives near NYC in Queens, but maintains a secret identity in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found tromping through the forest. Visit www.lboylecrompton.com.

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