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Blog Tour Book Blitz Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

Hey bookworms!
Today’s post is a book blitz for the book Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver. I am actually on the review tour for this one as well and I am a few chapters in, and it has my attention, its a really good read so far, so without further ado, here is the book!

book coverTitle: Sublime Karma
Author: Peyton Garver
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Summary:
When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?  Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

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About the Author:

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As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it’s no stretch to say she’s outnumbered.
 When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma will be published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.  When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. “One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript. I’ve since added those dream casts to my website.”  When she’s not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. “Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can’t put down.”

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Excerpt:

The bus snaked its way through the country roads and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured, as minions of the privileged.
Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.
The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.
Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.
Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.
“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.
Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.
His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But, as long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge. Becca looked at him from her seat across the aisle then whipped her phone out and started her eager texting. He narrowed his eyes at her, and then with a smirk, he stood.
“Really?” he bit out at her under his breath, leaning close so only she could hear. He grabbed his backpack from the seat and football bag off the wheel well and then moved his six-foot-one frame into the aisle. With a jerk of his head, he directed her to the space by the window.
She slipped by him with lithesome poise, maneuvering in the small space without so much as brushing against him. He watched her settle into the seat with perfect posture, even though her feet were raised up on the wheel well. Her vacant eyes never returned to his. So, why was his heart suddenly beating faster? Was it because of his rudeness and the fact that she ignored it? Could it be remorse? She didn’t seem to have that presumptuous, stuck-up attitude that so annoyed him. She looked almost . . . empty.

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Apologies!

Hey there bookworms!

I just want to apologise about my very bad lack of blogging over the last few weeks 😦

Long story short, I have been in the process of moving house and in that process my wonderful (cough) fiancé accidentally spilled his glass of red all over my poor laptop! So…I am computer-less for the time being.

My housemate has been kind enough to loan me his for a couple of hours to get some study done (eww haha) so I thought I would come here and give you all a bit of an explanation.

I am working on getting myself a new laptop, however the funds haven’t been too good lately (moving is expensive) so I will endeavour to get myself back up and running in as little time as possible! I just ask that you be a little patient with me in the meantime 🙂 you are all amazing and I love you all!

 

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Audio Book Review | My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

my-husbands-wifeTitle: My Husband’s Wife
Author: Jane Corry
Published: August 25th, 2016 by Penguin
Format: Audio Book
Source: Audible
Narrators: Abigail Thaw & Lily Bevan
Length: 13 hours, 24 minutes

Genre: Thriller; Mystery; Fiction; Crime
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Goodreads’ Rating: 3.84 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
It’s the perfect love story.
Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.
But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…
The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

‘Till death us do part…’

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Book Review:

4.5 Stars

This book popped up on my Audible account as a suggestion and I liked the sound of it so thought I would give it a go.
This book is told from the point of view of two characters – Lily and Carla. Lily is a lawyer who is married to Ed and Carla is the young girl who lives next door. 

I really connected to the character of Lily, she was a young newly-wed still trying to find her place in the world. She had been given her first criminal case – an appeal of a man who was wrongly convicted for murder, she did get a little annoying at some points, but i enjoyed her chapters more than those from Carla’s point of view. I struggled to connect with Carla, as at the beginning she was an 11-year-old girl. In the second part of the book when she had grown up, I still couldn’t connect with her, I just never liked her personality – but her personality made her parts of the book quite interesting and they brought the book together.

There were so many twists and turns in this story, when I thought that I knew where it was going, something else came along and threw me. I loved every minute of it. There was not one character who didn’t have a secret. Even when you thought you knew what they were, further along in the story, more of the secret would come to light and destroy what you thought you knew.

All-in-all I enjoyed this book, it was very well planned and written. Jane Corry was able to keep us guessing and not give away more than she wanted us to know until the very end.

About the Author:

jane-corry Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’

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Cover Reveal | To Dance With Angels by KC Cullen + GIVEAWAY

cover for reveal.jpgTitle: To Dance With Angels
Author: KC Cullen
Publishing: February 28th
Genre: Contemporary; Romance
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
Since she was a little girl, Kyra Byrne sacrificed everything for her dream to be a prima ballerina, braving broken toes and scheming rivals. Now the dream is finally within reach: she’s a soloist at a prestigious Boston company, her tumultuous past safely behind her.
But all that is put at risk when the company brings in a new choreographer, the smouldering Damien Delacroix with the sexy accent, rebellious tattoos, rippling abs, and scandalous reputation, a man who’s ruined as many careers as he’s built up. And the moment he walks into the studio, Damien only has eyes for Kyra.
Against the wishes of everyone from Kyra’s boss to the drama-queen prima, he casts Kyra as the lead in his new ballet. This could be the break she needed so badly—or it could be her ruin when her past begins to resurface in unpredictable ways. As Damien and Kyra’s chemistry sizzles on and off the stage, she realizes she’s in too deep. Kyra never dreamed of risking everything she worked so hard for, everything she painstakingly built—all for a man. But with the premiere looming and with the other dancers gunning for her downfall, she could lose more than just her heart.

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About the Author:

YA author by day, KC Cullen writes romance and romantic suspense by night. Her debut, To Dance With Angels, will be released on February 28th, 2017. She lives in northern Ontario with her husband, two teenagers, and hyperactive Dalmatian.

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Book Review | The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

the-husbands-secretTitle: The Husband’s Secret
Author: Liane Moriarty
Published: 2014 by Pan Australia
Length: 402 pages
Genre: Fiction; Women’s Fiction; Mystery; Contemporary; Romance
Source: Own
Format: Paperback
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.91 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
How well do you know your husband?
Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient P&C President, has found a letter from her husband.
For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death
But Cecilia’s husband isn’t dead, he’s on a business trip. And when she questions him about it on the phone, Cecilia senses something she hasn’t experienced before. John-Paul is lying.

What happens next changes Cecilia’s formerly blissful suburban existence forever, and the consequences will be life-changing for the most unexpected people.

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Book Review:

I read this book as part of the Reading Assignment Challenge for 2017, this was my book for January.

I had high expectations for this book as it was on the bestseller’s list and had great reviews. Unfortunately, I wan’t overly taken by it.

The plot follows a number of different characters, who all live in the same town in Sydney and all know each other in some way.
I can’t say that I really connected with any of the characters at any point in the book. The only thought that I had was that I would not like to be Cecilia when she found out what her husband’s big secret was, and then having to keep it from everyone. The characters felt a little one-dimensional and I couldn’t really say that any of their stories stood out to me. I was, however, able to sympathise with all of their dramas, and at the same time secretly hope that I don’t experience the same troubles in my own life because they were realistic – which is a real plus – their ‘secrets’ and issues were things that could happen to regular, everyday people.

I liked the pace of the book, it wasn’t slow and boring, and it didn’t feel rushed. I am also a fan of the fact that Liane Moriarty is an Australian author 🙂 we need more of those in the world!

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I don’t think I will be rushing to read it again, and I don’t think I will go out of my way to read any of her others (although I am listening to Truly Madly Guilty on audio book at the moment – keep an eye out for my review)

Thanks for popping by and reading my review of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies. With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series based on Big Little Lies is currently in production, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #17 | 16th January, 2017

Hi there bookworms!
How is everyone going on this Monday? I have had a pretty long day, so I almost forgot to post this! It is 10:40pm here so I have made it on time!

Anyway..this weekly feature, It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date and it gives us a chance to chat about the books that we finished reading last week, and which ones we are reading this week..so here it goes 🙂

Finished Reading Last Week:

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas: Review || Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon
The Night Circus (Audio Book) by Erin Morgenstern: Review || Goodreads || BD || Amazon
Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf: Review || Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon

Currently Reading this Week:

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty: Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon

Currently Listening to this Week:

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon

I am hoping to get these ones finished by next week,so fingers crossed! I didn’t mean to have both of my current books to be by the same author! Just how it worked out I guess!

What are you all reading this week? Leave me a comment in the box below, I would love to hear from you! Until next time, happy reading!

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Book Review | Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

missing-piecesTitle: Missing Pieces
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Published: 2016 by Harlequin Mira
Genre: Mystery; Fiction; Thriller; Suspence
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Length: 282 pages
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.62 / 5 stars
My Rating: 💜💜💜 (3.5 / 5)
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
Sarah Quinlan’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just  a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. For years Jack has avoided returning home, but when his beloved Aunt Julia is in an accident, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.

Upon arriving, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago. But as facts of Julia’s accident begin to surface, Sarah realises that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack’s past, but the father she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.

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Book Review:

I have mixed feelings about this book.
I have had this one on my TBR ever since I read another book by Gudenkauf, called One Breath Away which I really enjoyed. 
By reading the synopsis, it sounds as though you are going to be diving into a really interesting mystery with a lot of suspense and family secrets. Which, you do, just not to the extent that you imagine..
We have Sarah, who believed that her husband’s parents died in a car accident, as that is what Jack had always said happened to them and why would he lie about something like that? She finds out that this is not the truth, in fact, his mother was murdered in the basement of their family home and his father was the prime suspect, as he disappeared right after the tragedy occurred. Sarah is now in a complete state as she has been lead to believe one thing and now finds out that Jack had lied to her. But what else was he lying about? She goes on the hunt for answers to find out what really happened to the mother-in-law that she never knew.
As we go along, following Sarah in her quest for the truth, we are trying to put together the pieces of the latest mystery – the accident of Jack’s Aunt – which may not be what it looks like. 
The plot itself wasn’t boring. It was quite a short book (282 pages) so it went along at a relatively good pace. and kept me interested, as I did want to know who was responsible. I had my suspicions but they turned out to be wrong – the antagonist was a surprise – so the ending of the book wasn’t predictable, which I liked very much.
My main issue was the characters of the book. Firstly, Jack and Sarah had been married for over twenty years and had two grown daughters. Reading their interactions with each other, I found it really hard to believe. There was little chemistry or lovable interaction between them and I struggled to find their relationship believable.
The other characters were just one-dimensional, there was little development with them through the story. The character of Margaret was a little odd too, she was the dispatcher at the Sheriff’s office, and she stole the case file of Jack’s mum’s murder for Sarah so that she could look through it. I find this a little far-fetched as they only had just met, and no one would risk their job in that way to help a stranger
Overall, the plot was enjoyable and there were twists and turns to keep me interested – I just found many of the characters and their relationships with one another to be a little one dimensional.
Thank you for reading my review of Missing Pieces. I would love to hear your thoughts on the book if you have read it, or are thinking of reading it!
Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

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Heather Gudenkauf was born in Wagner, South Dakota in the US and is the bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Missing Pieces(Goodreads)
 
 
 

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