Simply Sunday #5

simply sunday

Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from George R. R. Martin, author of the infamous A Game of Thrones, the first book in his Song of Ice and Fire series.

The most important thing for any aspiring writer, I think, is to read! And not just the sort of thing you’re trying to write, be that fantasy, SF, comic books, whatever. You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, erotica, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).

Why I Chose It

As an aspiring writer I like that Martin suggests reading. And not just what genre I like writing, but everything. That’s where I fail. I mostly read YA books because…well, I can identify with them the best. Although, I have read books that are not YA like The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, which is historical fiction, set in the time of King Arthur. It took me about 2 weeks to read the book because it was massive! But I enjoyed it nonetheless. I also love classics like The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, and Frankenstein.

I want to become a diverse reader, reading middle grade and science fiction and fantasy. The last two I’ve read in the YA genre, but I have not crossed over to the land of adult fiction. I want to read Stephen King book and be utterly terrified and awestruck by his writing. I want to read more classics. I want to read more children’s books. I want to read…everything. I want to learn something from everything I read, even the bad ones that I’ll teach me what not to do.

It’s wanting vs. doing that has me at a standstill. I need to stop wanting and just make it into a reality. That’s what I’m going to do this summer. Work on my diversity in reading and hopefully I’ll achieve it.

So, what are your thoughts about George R. R. Martin’s advice? Let me know down in the comments!

Got your own Simply Sunday? Leave a link down below! Or if you don’t, let me know what was your favorite simple thing this week :)

Emma

Writer’s Digest Contest

Do you write YA? Have a finished unpublished YA novel? Then, this is the perfect contest for you!

I’m a little late for this as I just saw a blog post about this very contest over at Julie’s blog, The Read Room.

The deadline for the Writer’s Digest annual Dear Lucky Agent Contest is today (April 9, 2014). Submissions are open until the end of today PST. This round is open to all young adult fiction entries. There are no subgenres, so anything is game IF it’s YA!

All you need for submission is:

  • The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, completed book-length work of young adult fiction.
  • The title of your piece and a logline (one-sentence description of the work).

and…

  • Mention this contest twice through any any social-media.

Tha’ts it! Easy peasy, right?

Why You Should Enter

Top 3 winners all get:

  •  1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge.
  • 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value)!

and…

  • 3) It’s easy and COMPLETELY FREE!

So one more time…here is what you need to enter:

  1. The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, completed book-length work of young adult fiction.
  2. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name.
  3. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.
  4. To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any any social-media. Provide proof of a social-media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your official e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility.

To learn more about the contest rules and how to enter, visit the official contest page.

Why are you still reading this? GO! Deadline is today at midnight!

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Emma

 

 

Goodbye March, Hello April

Ello lovelies! Misha says hi too! ^^ Today, I bring you my monthly favorites meme. It’s where I highlight all my favorites from the previous month, while welcoming the new month upon us!

March was quite uneventful. I did absolutely nothing with my life for Spring Break other than work practically every day that week. I didn’t finish a book nor did I travel to a new delicious restaurant. #SADNESS

I did, however, watch a couple of shows, read half of Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, and fell in love with an array of music.

So here are my monthly favorites in a nutshell :)

FAVORITE MUSIC

One of my absolute favorite songs for March is Face the Sun by James Blunt. You may better know him as the guy who wrote You’re Beautiful. I can’t stop humming or softly singing this song before I go to sleep some nights. It’s just so achingly beautiful.

The next song…I think I heard from an episode of Reign. I may be entirely wrong, though. The song then began to play at work and I absolutely love it! It’s got this indie rock sound that is catchy and youthful. The song I speak of is Atomic Man by Portugal. The Man.

Lastly, I love Slowly, Slowly by the Mowgli’s.

 

FAVORITE SHOW

Star Crossed

I didn’t think that I would like this show so much because the trailers for it looked cheesy. But I ended up loving it! I also love Matt Lanter. *cough* *cough* He’s not the only reason I watch the show, though. Honestly!

The show is based around Roman and Emery. Roman is an alien, shipwrecked on earth with others of his kind. Assuming they are a threat, the government rounds them up into a sector, completely segregated from mankind. 10 years later, the government is trying to integrate them into society.

Does this sound familiar? I hope so! To me, it is parallel to our own kind of integration in the U.S. during the 60′s. Instead, it is aliens mingling with humans (though they look like humans with a few differences in their DNA). I also really like how those who think it is taboo to integrate “species” are slowly coming around.

I also love the forbidden romance between Emery and Roman! Gah. I just….melt. He can’t be with her because it will put her at risk as there are people targeting her and Roman. There is also a sort of romance between Emery and Grayson, whose family are the leaders to a hate group against the Atrians (aliens).

If you haven’t watched this show, I hightly recommend it! The CW lately has been producing really great t.v. drama’s to look forward to!

FAVORITE MOVIE

Divergent

Utterly beautiful and electrifying!

I honestly didn’t know what to think about Divergent or it’s main actors Shailene Woodly and Theo James. But after watching it last weekend…

The script was written beautifully, the actors delivered, the story I love was brought to life with magic and great execution. I loved the relationship between the characters. It was exactly how I imagined it. I just…I honestly don’t have words to describe how AH-MAZING the adaption of this book is. I can only expect Insurgent to be just as good or even better!

This also makes me super excited for Shailene and Ansel to be on screen in The Fault in Our Stars! I have complete and utter faith in them. I only hope to see more of Theo James on my screen ;)

FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO

I like watching youtube videos on my phone before I go to bed because…well, it takes me a half hour to get really tired and actually be ready to sleep. The pass couple of months have been filled with my addiction to Emma Approved, a modern interpretation to Emma by Jane Austen. I haven’t read Emma, but the webisodes make me want to! So much so, that I recently added the book to my TBR list. I will now be hunting a good copy at used book stores.

I love the characters in Emma Approved. They are quirky, quick-witted, and devilishly handsome. *cough* Okay, that last quality falls to Alex Knightly. He’s just so dreamy.

Emma Approved is funded by the same people behind The Lizzie Bennet Diaries; another great modern take on a Jane Austen novel.

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Welp. That’s about it! It seems like March was full of a lot of t.v. But in all honesty, it was also filled with hundreds and hundreds of pages of homework. I haven’t been in a reading kind of mood because of all the reading I have to do for school. After a while, I’m just so tired all I want to do is lay back down and watch a show. I did buy a couple of books that I hope to be reading throughout the year. *fingers crossed*

My goals for April would be to read at least, two books, write a daily prompt every day (as part of a promise I made), and to embrace new beginnings! I recently quit my first job; my last day being in 11 days! It was a hard decision to make, but my second job offers me more opportunities and an entirely new experience I hope will make me happy!

Here’s to April being good!

What were some of your favorites in March? Let me know down in the comments below! Or if you have your own monthly favorites, feel free to leave a link! I’d love to check it out!

Love always,

Emma

 

Blog Tour: Night Games by Collette West + Giveaway!

Hi lovelies! Today, I bring you an exclusive excerpt from Collette West’s new sport romance novel, Night Games available now! But first, a little detail about the book and the author.

Enjoy!

P.S. I think the cover is absolutely stunning! I love the photograph, the font, EVERYTHING. Most adult novel covers are a little cheesy and scandalous, but this – in my opinion – is perfection!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Collette West

Release date: February 28, 2014

Publisher: Creatspace

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iStore | Smashwords

SYNOPSIS

The moment Grey Kelleher locks eyes with All-Star shortstop Chase Whitfield, she’s a goner. For years, she’s watched him play on TV, and now she’s gazing at his hard, lean body across a bar in her hometown.

Grey’s crush on Chase goes all the way back to his rookie season. So when she approaches him for an autograph, she’s startled by what a jerk he can be.

Chase is no mood to humor his fans, even one as alluring as Grey. He’s in the last year of his contract and stuck having to prove himself on a minor league team. He’s only there to rehab an injury, nothing more.

But when Grey tells him off, Chase realizes her fiery spirit may be just the distraction he needs to take his mind off not being in the majors. His heart is safe. No one’s going to break his streak as baseball’s most eligible bachelor. Not even someone as irresistible as Grey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Collette WestCollette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

PLACES TO STALK COLLETTE

Facebook | Goodreads | Newsletter | Twitter

 

EXCERPT

He finally releases me, and I try not to look at the muscles in his chest as they heave up and down. My hair must have gotten him wet because his naked torso is glistening in the sun. “I need you to tell me why you did what you did.”

“Wow, you’re giving me the benefit of the doubt?”

“For now. Start talking.”

I’m so freakin’ mad at the way he’s treating me. Like he’s the one running the show, telling me when I can and cannot speak. Who the hell does he think he is?

“I’m waiting, Grey.”

“Good.”

“You don’t want to test me like this.”

“What? Am I about to experience Chase Whitfield’s dark side? Not so perfect after all, huh?”

He’s on top of me in a heartbeat. I can’t even breathe as he presses me to the ground, the morning dew seeping through the back of my shirt. If he gets grass stains on it, I’ll kill him. I love this shirt. But all such thoughts immediately vanish from my mind when he places his hands on the both sides of my head, his breath warm against my lips.

“You’re going to tell me what happened, and you’re going to tell me now.” He’s being all demanding and shit. I should hate it, but it’s such a turn-on. I’ve never been around a guy who’s so used to getting what he wants. He’s powerful and strong. He could be anywhere with anybody, but he’s here with me.

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How about that glimpse of Night Games, huh? Talk about a little steamy!

Sowie. I could not help myself. That ^^ was just perfect. I’ll definitely be adding Night Games to my TBR list. What about you? Let me know your thoughts! I crave them!

Goodness. Didn’t I sound like some eternal being of the night?

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs is

  • $10 Amazon gift card
  • signed paperback of NIGHT GAMES

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win!

Emma

Blog Tour: Searching For Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn + Giveaway!

Hello lovelies! Today I bring you a guest post by Nyrae Dawn, author of Searching For Beautiful out NOW!. My question to her was:

What are 10 things you find beautiful?

10 things I think are beautiful:

1.      Sunsets

2.      Rainbows

3.      Smiles

4.      Kids

5.      Love

6.      Family

7.      Passion

8.      Art

9.      Kindness

10.  Confidence

ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes& Noble

Before it happened…

Brynn had a group of best friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And then…she had none.

After it happened…

Everything was lost. The boy she now knew never loved her. The friends who felt she betrayed their trust. The new life just beginning to grow inside her.

Brynn believes her future is as empty as her body until Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of. But letting someone in isn’t as easy as it seems.

Now…

Can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

About Nyrae:

NyraeWriting has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.

One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

She writes for Entangled Publishing, Grand Central Publishing and is self-published.

Nyrae is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.

Nyrae Dawn also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo. Find her writing here.

 PLACES TO FIND NYRAE

Website| Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads |

GIVEAWAY

1 $25 Amazon Gift Card US Only

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win! May the odds be ever in your favor.

To find out more about Nyrae and her novel, Searching For Beautiful, check out the other stops on the tour :)

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/3/2014- Watcha ReadingReview

3/3/2014- Jenna Does BooksGuest Post

3/4/2014- The Storybook KingdomReview

3/4/2014- Dazzled by BooksInterview

3/5/2014- Reviews By MollyReview

3/5/2014- Reading with ABCGuest Post

3/6/2014- Nanna Three and CountingReview

3/6/2014- A Book and a LatteGuest Post

3/7/2014- Shayna Varadeaux Books & ReviewsReview

3/7/2014- FicWishesGuest Post

Week Two:

3/10/2014- Book ChickReview

3/10/2014- Books Forget Me KnotGuest Post

3/11/2014- Book Bitches BlogReview

3/11/2014- Consuming Worlds- Interview

3/12/2014- No BS Book ReviewsReview

3/12/2014- Reese’s Reviews: My Addiction to FictionInterview

3/13/2014- LeAnn’s Book ReviewsReview

3/13/2014- Fictitious DeliciousInterview

3/14/2014- Nette’s Bookshelf ReviewsReview

3/14/2014- girls in the stacksReview

This tour was organized by the lovely ladies over at Rockstar Book Tours.

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Goodbye February, Hello March

Hello lovely people of the internet! Another month has gone by so fast! I mean, can you believe it? Winter is coming to an end while spring is slowly greeting us. How are you feeling about the changing seasons?

Today, I bring you my monthly favorites post. These are the things that I absolutely enjoyed in the month of February whether it was books, music, tv, movies, ect. I’ll be sharing my favorite sushi restaurant in this month’s segment.

Let’s get started!

Favorite Book

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. I absolutely adore Richelle Mead. The world she created in Vampire Academy is one of my favorites! In her spin-off series, we follow alchemist Sydney Sage as she goes on a journey of self-discovery and treads a dangerous path of love with a vampire.

Dun. Dun. Dunnnn.

It goes without saying that this book was utterly AH-MAZING. I was drawn in from the very first page and yearn for the next book! I haven’t been in a reading mood lately, but this book put me in the mood with its swoon-worthy male protagonist, Adrian Ivashkov and the heart-pounding action that follows Sydney and her friends. The ending was a major cliffhanger, and reading the synopsis for the next book, Silver Shadows, leaves my heart aching.

I. NEED. THE. NEXT. BOOK.

Favorite Music

February was full of love for Imagine Dragons. I particularly love Look How Far We’ve Come and Cover Up. These are songs from one of their first EP’s Hell and Silence.

Favorite Show

Orange is the New Black

In this Netflix original, we are delve into the life of Piper Chapman and her experience in prison. With every person she meets there is a story behind their sentence. As the show progresses, we see the past unravel and start to feel empathy for these women.

At first, I thought the show was a little risque. There is nudity and profanity, but it’s nothing that I haven’t already been exposed too. Of course, it’s always hard to adjust, but in the end it is totally worth it to stick around.

I love the characters and their different tropes. You have druggies, gays, crazies, and sane women who have committed terrible crimes like murder. I also like that no character is one-sided, they are all two dimensional with realistic personalities and life altering decisions.

Season 1 is currently on Netflix and I highly recommend this show if you’re looking for something new to watch. I cannot wait for season 2 to be available. The ending of season 1 was…

It literally left me wanting more, wondering what on earth will happen to Piper.

Favorite Beauty Product

Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex Mascara

I’m not a mascara-wearing kind of girl, but lately I’ve been wanting to be a little bit more girly. (I’ve even started to wear dresses on occasion to work). While at Wal-Mart, I went in search for a mascara and found Rimmel London’s Scandal Eye Mascara. I absolutely fell in love with the product! My lashes have never looked so full, long, and attention-grabbing. I got compliments from my friends at work and even Kevin (the boyfriend) noticed that there was something different with my face :P

I really like the dramatic look that the mascara heightens and if you’re looking for that, then this is definitely a new mascara for you! The only negative drawback is that it’s not waterproof, but who needs that? Well, unless you are emotional (like me) and cry because of a good book.

Favorite Restaurant

My boyfriend Kevin loves food. It’s a good thing because at least we can be fat together. He makes me comfortable, which in turns allows me to stuff my face. Before Kevin, I ate the food of my people (Mexican food), and rarely ate food from other cultures. I’ve had Olive Garden (American-Italian food), American-Chinese food like Panda Express, and your American burger joints.

I never in my life had tried sushi or even wanted to try it because it did not look appetizing. After some coaxing, Kevin and his mom took me to Yama Sushi and I fell in love.

Yama is an all you can eat buffet that cost $20 a person. It’s expensive but totally worth it. I didn’t even try your regular California Rolls. Nope. I went for the pretty exotic stuff that Kevin and his mom ordered. I ate mostly everything with the exceptions of a few spicy rolls (I may be Mexican but I do have a spice tolerance ;).

Favorite App

Nyan Cat: Lost In Space

Have you heard about Nyan Cat? No? He’s the cat that has a pop tart for a body! In Nyan Cat: Lost In Space, the objective is to complete the word of the day by collecting pies with letters in them, get a high amount of multipliers by collecting combos and milk. You also want to collect coins because you can buy a different theme and change the costume on Nyan! Last but not least, you want to achieve a high goal in distance. I am awful at this last bit.

Tip: Try not to fall off the edges of space.

Nyan Cat: Lost In Space is FREE for Androids, iPhones, and Tablets :)

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Oh, February, you were good to me. I only hope that March is also good and filled with many more adventures and sushi. I want more sushi!

What were some of your February favorites? Let me know in the comments down below! Or if you have your own monthly favorites posts, link me. I’d love to check it out!

With love always,

Emma

Top Ten Tuesday (7)

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello lovely people of the internet! Here I am (finally) to bring you a bookish meme! Top Ten Tuesday was created by the lovely ladies over at  The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a REWIND, meaning I can pick any previous topic I want to do again or have missed.

My topic for this week’s Top Ten topic is: Fictional Crushes.

Bring on the swooning!

First Love

Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

My Dark Angel

Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The One With a British Accent

Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by MIchelle Hodkin

I’d Love to Have an Infinity With You

Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

So Mysterious

Jerico from The Diviners by Libba Bray

You Can Tutor Me Anytime

Lucas Maxfield from Easy by Tammara Weber

I’d Fangirl With You Forever

Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Love On a Spaceship

Elder from Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Let’s Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Together

Catcher from The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

The One With The Rough Edges

Shane Collins from The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

What are some of your fictional crushes? Do we share some of the same loves? Let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear (read) your FEELS! :D

Love always,

Emma

Favorite Love Books (YA 2014 Edition)

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I unfortunately did not celebrate Valentine’s on the 14th as everyone on the planet. Why? Well, I’ve never really particularly liked Valentine’s. I think to have one day a year to show your love for someone or people is misconstrued. I believe that you should show your love to people 365 days a year.

Showing love does not have to consist of gifts or flowers, but of small actions that ultimately lead to a person thinking, “Wow. They really care about me.”

Anyways, my point for this post is to share with you my top 5 favorite books on love. If you know me, I am a hopeless romantic and love the idea of love and all that it comes with. Get ready for knee-wobbling, heart thumping, sweet declarations of love that are filled within the pages of these books.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.

2. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Love is . . .” An old memory with Adrian came back to me, and some of the turbulent emotion I always carried within me these days welled up in my chest. It was stupid, feeling so lovesick when he’d been gone less than a day, but I couldn’t get him or the ways he described love out of my head. ‘. . . a flame in the dark. A breath of warmth on a winter’s night. A star that guides you home.’

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

He whispers, ‘You have no idea how much I’ve thought about you. How many times I’ve dreamt’-he takes a tight breath- ‘how many times I’ve dreamt about being this close to you.” He moves to run a hand through his hair before he changes his mind. Looks down. Looks up. ‘God, Juliette, I’d follow you anywhere. You’re the only good thing left in this world.’

4. The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin

‘If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.’

5. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

‘I am catastrophically in love with you.’

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What are some of your favorite books of love? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s. And remember…tell someone you love them every day. Don’t live life with regrets, especially when it comes to love.

Until next time,

Emma

Cover Reveal: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Ello everyone! I am extremely excited to be a part of the cover reveal of Cora Carmack’s highly anticipated new NA series! All Lined Up, the first book in the Rusk University Series, hits shelves and can be order as in ebook on May 13, 2014! (That’s a day after my birthday!) *hint hint*

All Lined Up is a New Adult contemporary romance novel, published by William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins).

So are you ready for the exciting reveal?

Here goes…

TADA!

 Cora Carmack's All Lined Up
SYNOPSIS

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

“Laughter + heartache + hot sexual tension = the perfect Cora Carmack book.”

—Monica Murphy

If the synopsis wasn’t enough to capture your attention, here is the trailer for All Lined Up:

Love the sound of All Lined Up? I know I do! Be sure to pre-0rder it at:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cora CarmackCora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

PLACES TO FIND ALL THINGS CORA

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Author Goodreads | Goodreads

Cora Carmack’s cover reveal of All Lined Up was brought to you by Ink Slinger PR Blogger.

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Goodbye January, Hello February

Ello everybody! I know, I’ve been gone for a while. It actually makes me sad because…well, it makes me afraid that I’ve forgot how to actually blog. It also just really bums me out that I’ve neglected my blog as much as I have. And I  miss all my blog friends terribly! You may no who you are :)

The reason for my absence was lack of internet. I know, who in this day and age does not have internet?! I’ll tell you, people who can’t afford it :( Then, it became not having time whatsoever to sit down and blog because of personal reasons. But now, I am back and better than ever! Hopefully. 2013 was a great year and I can only hope that 2014 is just as great or even better.

I wanted to do a special segment for December called Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014 but I am not so sure now. It’s been over a month of the new year…what are your thoughts? I’d very much like to hear them!

Alright, so enough of my yaking. Let’s get on with this monthly segment. Who’s ready?

Favorite Book

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. This book was beyond sweet. If you love romance and contemporary, I definitely recommend this gem. I just loved the concept of falling in love with someone in only a matter of hours. Love is illogical and I liked how Smith portrayed that in the novel, making it feel realistic. I know, many people don’t believe in love at first sight or the possibility of falling in love with someone in only a matter of a few short days. I always like to say that anything is possible and you can’t help to feel what you feel. This book isn’t only about romance, but also about family, friendship, and letting go of the past so you can move forward in the future.

I highly recommend this read. You’ll love it. Promise.

Favorite Music

Hands down, without a single doubt, my favorite song last month was Story of My Life by One Direction. This is the only song that I actually love from them. It’s just…it’s meaningful and deep. It’s different from their debut album and that’s what I like about it. There’s more substance.

 

I also really loved Say Something I’m Giving Up On You by A Great Big World. It’s a soft, lulling song that is full of heartbreak.

 

Favorite Movie

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I had to see this because…well, it’s BEN STILLER. I love him and everything he’s ever done. The way he portrays characters is just…magical. He’s just one of those actors in Hollywood that is pure MAGIC.

His acting in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was SUPERB. I couldn’t help but tear up at the end of the film because it fills you with an incredible amount of hope. It’s about actually chasing your dreams and living out your wildest imagination. It’s funny, sweet, and leaves you with a meaningful lesson to take with you.

I guess you can see that there was a small pattern this month based on my favorite things ;P

Favorite Show

Reign

Have you seen this new show called Reign? It’s a modern adaption of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland and her story filled with love, betrayal, superstition, and power.

I urge you to go and watch this show if you have not yet. It is SO GOOD. I cannot get enough of Adelaide Kane and her flawless acting. Her character, Mary, is such a badass. She does not take no for an answer. She fights for what she believes is right and would be best for her country. I like that she’s not…quite and dainty. She has spunk and I love that. I am also in love with Torrance Combs, who plays Bash. His eyes…they will make you melt in an instant.

See what I mean? He’s a very attractive fellow. I kinda…well, I’ll just let Darcy explain my feelings to you all.

It truly is an amazing modernized show for that time period. If there is any history buffs out there, you would definitely enjoy this show. And even if you aren’t a fan of history, you’ll definitely love the story line and acting (that’s a major plus)!

Favorite App 

flappyBird

So I’m kind of addicted to….Flappy Bird. I know, I know! I feel victim to it’s addictiveness. I was introduced to this game via my boyfriend. I could not get pass the first or second pipes (as that is the objective of the game). He has an iPhone and it is the reason why I couldn’t advance any further. The screen is just to small.

flappyBird (10)I then installed the app on my Galaxy Note, and that worked out marvelously! I surpassed 10 pipes! That is my highest score. I am aiming for at least 20 by the end of February.

How about you, dear readers, are you obsessed with flappyBird?

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So, that about sums it all up! I am truly happy to officially be back. I’ve missed this place and I hope that I never am gone again for that long.

If you have a monthly favorites post, leave me a link at the bottom! I would love to check it out :) Hope everyone is having a wonderful February! Stay warm and snuggled!

Emma

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