Cover Reveal: Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Never Never by Brianna ShrumTitle: Never Never
Author: Brianna Shrum
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

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Spotlight: Sweet Surprise by Candis Terry

SweetSurpriseSynopsis:
Playing naughty or nice . . .

Fiona Wilder knows all about falling in lust. Love? That’s another story. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, the single mom and cupcake shop owner is focused on walking the straight and narrow. But trouble has a way of finding her. And this time it comes in the form of a smoking hot firefighter who knows all the delicious ways to ignite her bad-girl fuse.

Can lead to heartbreak . . .

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Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn reviewed by Chris

Baba AliTitle: Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale
Authors: Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed
Publisher: Dark Quest LLC
Date Published: June 4, 2014
Pages: 237
Source: Netgalley

Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley.

Everyone should know the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. It’s a wonderful story; largely because of the servant woman who saves her master though her intelligence. This short novel is a steampunk version of a tale, which means that Ali is an inventor who as the story opens is apprenticed to Charles Babbage.

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First Look: Black Iris by Leah Raeder

Black Iris by Leah RaederTitle: Black Iris
Author: Leah Raeder
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 384 Pages

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

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Blog Tour & Review: Montana Actually by Fiona Lowe

Montana Actually
Medicine River # 1
By: Fiona Lowe
Releasing January 6th, 2015
Berkeley / Penguin

Blurb

A big-city doctor in a small-town Montana practice….A former nurse who has sworn off doctors forever….The scene is set for passions to ignite in Big Sky Country. Perfect for readers of Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods.

City doctor Josh Stanton and his sports car don’t suit the country, but with his medical school debt about to bury him, Josh has to make the best out of a bad situation. Adjusting to his new job and life in the middle of nowhere isn’t easy, but at least the views of the mountains—and one distractingly attractive local—are stunning…

After eight years away, Katrina McCade is back in Bear Paw for a break from her life, bad choices—and men. But when a broad-shouldered stranger bursts into town, she finds herself unexpectedly saddled with the town’s sexy new doctor as a tenant. Katrina doesn’t need a man to make her happy, especially a disgruntled physician. But try telling her body that…

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Blog Goals for 2015

Here on Fic Talk we don’t ever usually have any sort of discussion posts where we ask our readers for their opinions and thoughts on certain matters, but I’ve been thinking over the last year that maybe we should change things up a bit in the new year. I’ve been thinking of new features and posts for the blog that would change up the status quo around here.

New features such as a book blogger appreciation week or something along those lines. It could last longer than a week or it may not. We’d feature bloggers that maybe you’ve heard of and maybe you haven’t. If you’ve got a blogger or reviewer in mind that you’d like to see in out spotlight feature just let me know! You can find me on twitter at LisaFicTalk or shoot me an email at lee@fic-talk.com.

Another feature would be more about us. In fact, it will be called: Let’s Talk About Us. Where each week or every other week we each post a little something about ourselves. An update on our lives, what music we listen to or what tv shows we watch, etc. If there’s a question you’d like to ask us, again, you can reach me at the above mentioned places.

Also in the new year we’re looking forward to unveiling our blog redesign. Autumn and I have been brainstorming and hashing it out over whatsapp and email for over a year now! … And we’re still not finished. But we are a lot closer to it than we were a couple months ago. I will also add that we’re both so damn picky that it’s hard to find something that we can both agree on, even though we always maintain hope that at some point we will find that illusive thing that we both can agree on. Cross your fingers for us, okay? [Lisa is a picky pain in the ass. Trust me on this! Oh, and my artistic muse has been MIA. – Autumn]

Another goal for the blog is to produce more reviews than we have this year. Myself and Autumn have fallen behind due to personal reasons but we aim to do better and be better in 2015. After over 4 years of book blogging it at some point will burn you out. As it did for me this year, especially. Our reviews will most of the time continue to be of full length, but I’ve also decided that we’ll switch things up a bit by doing a mini review feature where we can showcase more than one book at a time due to time constraints and such.

As for general blog posts we plan to do more of those for the new year. Updates on what we’re doing for the blog and what’s going on in the book blogging world. And also talking more about books that we’re looking forward to reading and whether or not we should read this or that.

Now, I am not one to make new year resolutions because they always tend to be forgotten after a few days, but I want to make a couple here and hope that by doing so it gives me the push to get them done because I’ll have put them into the world instead of just saying it to myself.

1.) Read more YA.

2.) Review more of my ARCs for 2015 than I did in 2014.

3.) Limit myself to requesting books that I really, really, reaaaally want to read. Really.

4.) Try to accomplish goals 1-3.

5.) Be happy. I think this may be the hardest one yet.

So what about you guys? Any New Year resolutions? Anything you’d like to see us do on the blog? Let us know! :)

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Meet Your Baker Blog Tour & Review

Welcome to my blog tour stop for Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander. This is a cozy mystery that released December 30th.

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Romancing the Holidays Promo Tour

Romancing the Holidays at Kensington presented by Kensington Publishing

Promotional Blast for Lyrical/Kensington Contemporary Titles: NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT by Sierra Donovan, IF THE SHOE KILLS by Lynn Cahoon, CHRISTMAS IN COWBOY COUNTRY by Janet Dailey, HUCKLEBERRY CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Beckstrand, SANTA’S SECRET by Serenity Woods and ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS BY Lisa Plumley.

ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS BY Lisa Plumley
Kismet, Michigan # 4
Released Oct 7th, 2014 (Zebra)

In Kismet, Michigan, Christmas is special: big fluffy snowflakes, sleigh bells, carolers singing. It’s a picture-perfect holiday—you just have to choose who’s in the frame…

Jason Hamilton is on thin ice with the board of his toy company. The young CEO may be a kid at heart, but his party boy reputation requires damage control. So Jason’s off to Kismet to inspect a model store, stay on Santa’s Nice list, and stick to business—no goofing around. Which is too bad, because the store manager, Danielle Sharpe, is the definition of what makes Naughty fun…

Danielle is thrilled to show off her thriving little toy store—especially if it’s her ticket out of Kismet. The single mom is tired of manufacturing cheer solo while her ex-husband has all the fun. But if she’d known Jason was this hot, she wouldn’t have offered to host him. With Jason in her house, Danielle is getting warmer than spiked cider. She’s supposed to impress him with her expertise, not daydream about catching him under the mistletoe. Now whatever she does, she can’t get swept up in the magic…

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