Written on her Heart Blog Tour!!!

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Synopsis

Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life.

Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.

An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it.

She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.

Review

Written on her Heart is a refreshing NA contemporary romance that I quickly found myself fully engrossed in. It was one of those books that I didn’t want to put down for anything. I just wanted to know what would happcoveren between Andi and Ford and how they would get there.

Andi Callaway is young and very determined not to let anything get in the way of her ambitions to become a published writer someday, not her family, friends, or her boyfriend, Peter.  I really liked Andi as the narrator and main character, even though I sometimes wanted to shake her for being so stubborn, I liked that she wanted to live up to her own expectations of herself, rather than someone else’s expectation of her. I found Andi to be a very realistic character, with some depth to her, quirks, as well as flaws. She was a character that it was easy for me to relate to in terms of drive and motivation. Andi is one of those characters that while she is stubborn you want her to succeed and you find yourself cheering her on.

On the other hand is Ford Delaney, super-stud bestselling author, and Andi’s new boss. I was so surprised that this character had as much depth to him as he did (which I really liked) and I enjoyed seeing him struggle to figure out his feelings (even if I was yelling “oh come on!” at him at a few points in the novel. I loved him.

One of the things I really liked about Written on her Heart was that it was sexy, but I wasn’t slapped in the face with sex on every page. There was substance to the book, the characters had depth and dimension. The romance was teased out and developed in a way that left me wanting more. I enjoyed the flirty aspects of the story, which made me want that romance that I hoped would happen before the end.

Written on her Heart by Paige Rion is the perfect flirty and romantic summer read that I was looking to kick-off the season with. It’s a great book to kick back and read on the beach or on the porch with a glass of wine. But I will say that once you pick up this book, you won’t want to put it down!

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About the Author

Paige Rion is a contemporary romance author. She’s a mother, wife, blogger, hopeless chocoholic, coffee-addicted, wine-lover. Her debut, novel—a new adult romance—Written On Her Heart, is the first in the Callaway Cove series. The next in the series is to be released this summer. She loves connecting with readers on her blog and social media. You can visit her website at http://paigerion.com/

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Blog Tour: Review – Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead

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Synopsis:

When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

Review:

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that Katie Hamstead was looking for book bloggers to participate in her blog tour for Kiya. While looking into the book a little more I discovered that it was a new adult novel that takes place in Ancient Egypt and had to see if I could participate.

Overall Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh was a great read and it was much different than any other NA book that I have read in the past. Most of the NA that I have been exposed to is contemporary romance (not that there is anything wrong with that) and I was excited to see a historical fiction New Adult novel. Kiya did have some elements of romance, but I loved that there was so much more than a love or lust story here.

As a character Kiya was both brave and strong. She was smart, compassionate, and she never lost sight of what she thought was important: better treatment of the Pharaoh’s wives, her family and her faith. She had a good head on her shoulders and understood the cunning ways of those around her.

The other characters that Katie Hamstead has created are equally as developed and help to add many layers to the story. Mordad provided much comic relief throughout the story as the wise-cracking woman who didn’t take crap from anyone. Nefertiti was the evil queen who I loved to hate. I celebrated Kiya’s victories over Nefertiti, both small and large.

While I did enjoy reading Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, there were a few things that I didn’t quite like. For example, in the beginning Kiya volunteers to go with the Egyptians to marry the Pharaoh, in order to spare her younger sisters the experience. While this is a very noble thing to do, I couldn’t help but have thoughts of The Hunger Games while reading .  A second issue I had with the novel is that sometimes the passage of time was not clearly noted in the text. Sometimes time passed within a chapter, which had me taken aback at first until I realized what had happened. I didn’t notice this while reading the novel until closer to the end, which I think it is why I was slightly confused by this change in writing style.

Overall, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh was a much different New Adult read than I am accustomed to. It took place in a beautiful historic setting with just enough imagery and description that I could picture everything in my head. I loved the characters and wanted to see what would happen to them throughout the course of the novel.

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Interview with Katie Hamstead, author of Kiya Hope of the Pharaoh

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Amanda: In three words how would you describe yourself?
Katie: Wife, mother, Aussie.

Amanda: What made you want to be a writer?
Katie: I don’t think there was one specific thing that made me decide. My parents always nurtured my creativity, so I’ve been writing stories since I was twelve. The writing has been on and off over the years, but when I found myself with downtime after I married and fell pregnant, I picked it up again.Then, after positive feedback, I decided to look into querying. What could it hurt right?

Amanda:  What is your writing process like?
Katie: I am a pantser, so I come up with an idea, work out the beginning and the end, and allow my characters to take me the rest of the way. For Kiya I needed to implement research and establishing a timeline of events, and I molded the story around that.

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Blog Tour- Interview with Laura Beege about her novel These Things About Us

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Laura contacted me when I first began this blog asking if I would be interested in participating in the blog tour for her soon to be published novel Those Things About Us. Of course I said I would! I love helping self-published authors and talking to authors about their work.

I had the opportunity to do a video interview with Laura so that we could chat about These Things About Us. Check out what she had to say below!

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Blog Tour: Review- These Things About Us by Laura Beege

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Synopsis:

Antonia is leaving the last shards of her life in Tucson behind to find her mother and start over. Turns out that’s easier said than done. London is a pretty big city, a hundred bucks don’t get you far and you can’t just make your past disappear.
When sweet and caring uni student Wesley gets her a job and a room in his father’s pub, Tony is unprepared for his older brother Trace who despises her at first sight. She’s unprepared for someone whose secrets might be darker than her own.
Following a path of breadcrumbs and tangling up in Trace’s past, Tony slips back into a world she thought she’d escaped the day her father went to prison.TheseThingsAboutUs-Cover

Review:

These Things About Us is a touching story about an eighteen year old’s struggle to find her mother and discover who she truly is. I found myself being able to relate to Antonia (aka Tony) throughout the story. We all have things about our pasts that we are embarrassed to share and/or want to hide from the people around us, which makes Tony’s story a universal one.

After Tony’s father is thrown in prison she becomes a “bad girl gone good.” She desperately wants to separate herself from her old life to the point of resisting everything and anything that reminds her of her past. While to the people around her Tony may seem perfect, on the inside she struggles and hates that she is drawn to “bad boy” Trace.
I liked Tony as a character and found it easy to get into her head and become immersed in her story. However, I wanted to learn more about her past, more about what made her take such a drastic 180° change. My favorite thing about her was that she grew as a character and you saw the person she wanted to be vs. the person she truly is.

Trace on the other hand, is a bad boy with a huge chip on his shoulder. He immediately dislikes Tony, has a violent and unpredictable temper, and has a string of women in and out of his room. While Trace is a jerk, I like that Laura Beege has given us a glimpse of his past and home life. Similar to what is  seen in the real world, Trace acts the way he does for a reason and while I don’t feel that this justifies his abusive and violent behavior it helps to explain his issues.

I like the way that the author has developed the characters in These Things About Us. She shows the good and bad sides of them and doesn’t leave them as one-dimensional cookie-cutter characters. They each had their faults and flaws which I thought made them extremely realistic. While I was left with questions, I genuinely cared about the characters in this novel and wanted to know what happened to them long after I finished reading.

The plot was paced well and I wasn’t bored with the action for one moment. Actually I read the majority of the book in one sitting and surprised myself when I looked up and saw how much time had passed. While this wasn’t an extremely emotional read, there were some very gripping scenes in the novel that tugged at my heartstrings.

Overall These Things About Us was a very good Summer read and it left me wanting more (please give us a sequel). There were a few slight issues I had with it, but nothing worth complaining over!

Rating 4/5 stars! A great summer read for people ages 17  to their midtwenties!

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