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Book Review: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

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Title: The Music Shop
Author: Rachel Joyce
ISBN: 9780813996685
Publisher: Random House

Synopsis:

“An unforgettable story of music, loss and hope. Fans of High Fidelity, meet your next quirky love story.”—People

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE TIMES (UK)

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people’s needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music—and love—in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction

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Book Cover Reveal and #giveaway : Monster’s Best 2019 by multiple authors

 

 

Today is the cover reveal for Monster’s Best 2019. The cover is designed by Monster House Books. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Monster's Best 2019Monster’s Best 2019
By multiple authors
Genre: Non-fiction and fiction short story collaboration
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: August 6, 2019

Blurb:
Monster House Books publishes a compilation of short stories featuring fierce females. Our 2019 edition includes new stories by best selling authors Christina Bauer, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, and Majanka Verstraete! Plus, we’re searching through hundreds of new author submissions in order to select a handful of the most creative and compelling short stories to add in to the mix. To have your work considered for the 2019 edition of MONSTER’S BEST, please send your short story (50 pages or less) to info@monsterhousebooks.com.

You can find Monster’s Best 2019 on Goodreads
Or check out Monster’s Best 2019 on the site of Monster House Books
You can pre-order Monster’s Best 2019 for free here on Amazon

Submissions are still open!
Want your story to be part of Monster’s Best 2019? To have your work considered for the 2019 edition of MONSTER’S BEST, please send your short story (50 pages or less) to info@monsterhousebooks.com.

Monster's Best 2019 authorAbout the Authors:
Authors of Monster’s Best 2019 include best-selling authors Christina Bauer, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, and Majanka Verstraete, as well as potentially you! Submit your short stories (50 pages or less) to info@monsterhousebooks.com!

Giveaway:
Monster House Books is running a giveaway to celebrate their most recent cover reveals and releases with multiple prizes! There will be 6 different winners. These are the prizes you can win:
– a cupcake topper
– a shirt
– a journal
– a ring
– a mug
– an e-copy of Study in Shifters
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Book Excerpt and Author Guest Post: Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 14 till 28 May. See the tour schedule here.

Phi Alpha PiPhi Alpha Pi (21st Century Austen #2)
by Sara Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2018

Blurb:
Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She’s determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. She’s trying to manage the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. All while trying to find balance with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis, graduate, and decide her future plans.

The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil, a new transfer to the university with his best friend, to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling with displeasure when he sees her. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. That causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world.

You can find Phi Alpha Pi on Goodreads
You can buy Phi Alpha Pi here:
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Check out the first book in this series!
Modern Persuasion
“Tension builds as they each learn about the current version of the person they once loved and resolve the ramifications of their choices.”Links:
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Amazon
B&N
Kobo

Sara MarksAbout the Author:

Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara Marks has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. By day she’s an academic librarian. In what little free time she has, she also knits and plays with her dog Cedric Doggory.

You can find and contact Sara Marks here:
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Giveaways

There are two tour wide giveaways during the blog tour of Phi Alpha Pi! There is a US Only Giveaway for a prize pack and an international giveaway for 14 e-copies and a print copy of Phi Alpha Pi!US Only Giveaway
One winner will win a Prize Pack containing:
– Mrs. C’s homemade officers shirt in Comic Sans (you pick XL or XXL)
– A Phi Alpha Pi sorority sticker, candle, and bracelet (some of the items mentioned in the story).
– An illustration by cover designer Risa Rodil
– A rooster dishtowel (so you can make cock jokes with Lizbeth and Wil)
– Autographed printed copies of Modern Persuasion, A Little More Modern Persuasion, and Phi Alpha Pi (not pictured)
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Bookstagram Blitz: Pas De Deux by Lynn Turner

 

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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Pas De Deux by Lynn Turner. This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. Read on for more information about this book, some teaser images and a giveaway! This bookstagram blitz runs from 7 till 11 May. See the tour schedule here.

Pas De DeuxPas De Deux
By Lynn Turner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: May 11, 2018

Blurb:
It’s said the artist is born of a damaged soul…

Wilhelmina Allende is a prima ballerina. When tragedy turns her beloved Paris into a gilded cage, she jumps at the chance to work with one of the most prolific choreographers she’s ever seen. But Zack’s style is way out of her comfort zone. So is his teaching method. And his humor. And his everything. He’s a charming little connard. It’s hard not to like him. Merde. What has she gotten herself into?

Zachary Coen’s first musical is opening on Broadway. Much like his life, it’s anything but conventional, so hiring Mina is simply out of the question. She’s too…classical. Too perfect. She’s all wrong for the role. Then he meets her in person and sees her cracks. Her broken pieces. How unique and beautiful each one is. And he can’t help but notice how her edges seem to fit his…perfectly.

Just when teaming up seems to be working, the monsters they’ve kept hidden threaten to rip it all apart.

You can find Pas De Deux on Goodreads

You can buy Pas De Deux here:
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Lynn TurnerAbout the Author:
Lynn Turner is dedicated to writing inclusive stories that explore what it means to be imperfectly human. She is convinced she would have made a great Gilmore Girl, that writing about herself in third-person is weird, and that Colin Firth is the best Mr. Darcy (don’t fight her on this). When she isn’t writing and adulting, she’s tackling her monstrous TBR list, TV-binging, traveling, or watching old Samantha Brown travelogue videos and wishing she had her job. She and her husband share their home in California with their two extraordinary children and their sometimes cat, Bowie.

You can find and contact Lynn Turner here:
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Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the bookstagram blitz for Pas De Deux. One lucky winner will win a signed copy of Pas De Deux plus author swag (see picture). Open International.
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Book Blitz: The Nerdy Necromancer by S.E. Babin

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This is my stop during the book blitz for The Nerdy Necromancer by S.E. Babin. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz takes place on 24 April. See the tour schedule here.
The Nerdy Necromancer is only 99cents! Today Only!
You can get your copy of The Nerdy Necromancer for only 99 cents today only! Get your copy here.

The Nerdy NecromancerThe Nerdy Necromancer (The Deadicated Matchmaker #1)
By S.E. Babin
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 24 April 2018

Blurb:
Helen Reaper has a weird relationship with the dead. As in she can bring anyone or anything back to life, so she’s constantly bombarded by people begging her to restore their loved ones, their pet fish, that cute girl who fell off a building while taking a selfie. Super. Annoying. So Helen becomes a necessary introvert and a homebody, choosing to absorb herself in books instead of real life.

The Deadication Dating Agency comes to her this time in the form of a mysterious letter and a cute little puppy.

They know someone who’s already dead who won’t mind her talent one little bit. Can a woman who raises the dead find a love that stays alive?

You can find The Nerdy Necromancer on Goodreads
You can buy The Nerdy Necromancer for only 99 cents here on Amazon
It’s available to read with Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author S.E. Babin has a passion for writing books with a paranormal twist. Whether it’s romance or mystery, she loves taking the norm and turning it into the extraordinary. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own novel. Beginning with discarded pages of angsty novels and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf’s Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl spent way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool.

You can find and contact S.E. Babin here:
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Book Cover Reveal: Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks

Today is the cover reveal for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks. The cover is designed by Risa Rodil. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. Read on to see the cover, discover more about this book and check out the first book in this series.

Phi Alpha PiPhi Alpha Pi (21st Century Austen #2)
by Sara Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2018

Blurb:
Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She’s determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. She’s trying to manage the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. All while trying to find balance with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis, graduate, and decide her future plans.

The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil, a new transfer to the university with his best friend, to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling with displeasure when he sees her. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. That causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world.

You can find Phi Alpha Pi on Goodreads

You can watch the book trailer on Youtube

Check out the first book in this series!
Modern Persuasion
“Tension builds as they each learn about the current version of the person they once loved and resolve the ramifications of their choices.”Links:
Goodreads
Amazon
B&N
Kobo

Sara MarksAbout the Author:
Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara Marks has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. By day she’s an academic librarian. In what little free time she has, she also knits and plays with her dog Cedric Doggory.

You can find and contact Sara Marks here:
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Book Review: How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas

About the Author:

Camille Bordas is the author of two previous novels in French, Les treize desserts and Partie commune. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. Born in France and raised in Mexico City and Paris, she now lives in Chicago.

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Book Spotlight: Destiny’s Gambit by R.J. Wood

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Destiny’s Gambit by R.J. Wood. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 5 till 11 February. See the tour schedule here.

Destiny's GambitDestiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #1)
By R.J. Wood
Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Sword and Space/ Space Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult
Release Date: January 24, 2015

Blurb:
Jake Flynn’s parents disappeared when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parents disappeared begins to unravel when he discovers a glowing talisman with a message from his father.

Jake is directed to a derelict sailboat in a field. He watches in awe as the talisman knits ropes and sails for it out of golden energy. Awash in light, the boat sails up into space, and the voyages of Jake Flynn begin.

During the quest to find his parents, Jake encounters space pirates in tall sailing ships, channelers that can wield energy like magic, and evil cabalists led by a sinister snake-woman. Assisted by a young healer and her aged protector, a spirited cabin girl, and a salty space captain, Jake learns that he too can channel, and that he is central to stopping the cabalists from resurrecting a long-dead evil.

Puzzles, a pirate asteroid, walking the plank, fantastic magic, traps, treasure caves, multiple planets and great ship battles – Jake must experience them all on this epic sword and space adventure.

By the end, Jake will discover the truth about his destiny, realize that family can transcend blood lines, and understand that his own needs are sometimes less important than those of others.

You can find Destiny’s Gambit on Goodreads

You can buy Destiny’s Gambit here:
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R.J. WoodAbout the Author:
R. J. Wood has been creating stories and adventures for others since 1979. A bard at heart, he trained in Drama (BA) and History (MA) while at university. He currently lives near Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State with his wife and children. There he does a little fishing, some adventuring, and of course, his writing.

Like everyone of my generation and beyond I have been heavily influenced by film. I like to think of my books as movies in my mind. I developed my creative writing through fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal RPGs. My degree in drama helps me with story, characters, and especially dialogue. Having an advanced history degree is excellent for plots and characters, but it also helps me with world building.

You can find and contact R.J. Wood here:
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Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Destiny’s Gambit. One winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift card.

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Book Cover Reveal: Groupie Games by Rebecca Lewis

Today is the cover reveal for Groupie Games by Rebecca Lewis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Groupie GamesGroupie Games
By Rebecca Lewis
Genre: Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 21 December 2017

Blurb:
**Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go backstage.**

The Groupie Games are just that…games. You’re not supposed to get attached to any of the rock stars you hook up with. You shouldn’t fall for the stupid sexy way they look in their tight, ripped jeans or how they strut around the stage like they own it. But what happens when one of them turns the tables on you? When a rock star wants more than just a good time?

My two best friends and I sleep with rock stars like it’s a sport. We score points for each one we get with, and the winner gets to claim the title of being the “Groupie Games Queen.” It’s supposed to be fun. No drama, no emotions, and definitely no attachments. But Kellan Reid, the sexy AF lead singer of the hottest new rock band keeps coming back to me for more than just a casual hook-up, so how am I supposed to stop myself from wanting more?

**Groupie Games is a standalone sexy rock star romance. Due to graphic content, this steamy read is not recommended for those under 18.**

You can find Groupie Games on Goodreads

Groupie Games teaser

Excerpt:
He is definitely feeling himself tonight. The muscle tank came off five songs in and he’s lapping up the screams from his fans like water, giving them a little extra hip gyration here and there. Damn it, it’s sexy as hell.
“That’s it. Your boy’s in full-on rock god mode right now.” Jules points as Kellan drags his hand slowly down his abs and grabs his crotch. The girls by the front of the stage just watch in awe. He bites his lip and kneels by the edge of the stage as he finishes singing the last song of their set.
I nod. This is his element. Where he shines. And God, I love to see him shine.
The guys run off stage with their towels and beers in hand. They are hot, sweaty messes, but I have to steal Kellan away the second he comes near me. I grab his arm to turn him towards me and run my tongue along his glistening bare chest. “I want to lick the sweat right off you.”
He smirks and takes my hand, leading me away from the rest of the band.

About the Author:
Rebecca Lewis is a lover of all things writing, music, and pop-culture. Her passion for entertainment and writing brought her to Boston University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Communication. She currently resides in Florida with her husband, daughter and puppy.

You can find and contact Rebecca Lewis here:
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Book Spotlight: Forsaken Prince by Andrea Pearson

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Forsaken Prince by Andrea Pearson. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 8 till 10 November. See the tour schedule here

Forsaken PrinceForsaken Prince (Kilenya Chronicles #1)
By Andrea Pearson
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 1 November, 2017

Blurb:
Jacob refuses the role of Forsaken Prince. Until his father and little sister are kidnapped…

When an attractive girl tells Jacob he’s the Forsaken Prince and that an entirely different planet needs his help, he calls her crazy and sends her on her way. But then he discovers dead demons in his house, his mother beaten, and his father and sister kidnapped, and he’s forced to begin a dangerous journey.

Now Jacob must team up with Aloren to find a magical key and stage a rescue with a tight deadline, all while making decisions that affect not only himself but hundreds of thousands of his subjects in this new world. Can he figure out his new magical powers fast enough and will he and Aloren reach Jacob’s father and sister before time runs out?

Forsaken Prince, Kilenya Chronicles Book One is an edge-of-your-seat story of fantasy, adventure, and exciting twists and turns. Grab your copy now to begin the magical journey!

You can find Forsaken Prince on Goodreads

You can buy Forsaken Prince here on Amazon

All books in the Kilenya Chronicles series:
Forsaken Prince (Kilenya Chronicles #1)Ember Gods (Kilenya Chronicles #2)August Fortress (Kilenya Chronicles #3)Rise of Keitus (Kilenya Chronicles #4)Eyes of the Sun (Kilenya Chronicles #5)Golden Symbol (Kilenya Chronicles #6)

Andrea PearsonAbout the Author:

Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life – it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she’s happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.

You can find and contact Andrea here:
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Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Forsaken Prince. One winner will win a $50 Amazon Gift card. US Only.

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