The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour

Please help us welcome Author Rachael Anderson today with her newest book, The Reluctant Bachelorette.  We will start with a quick interview and then on to my thoughts about this book.  I loved it so much that I posted it on my personal Facebook and my MIL bought it and read it the very next day along with Rachael’s other books. That has to say something!  Don’t miss the giveaway!

* Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that we can’t learn on the internet (can be anything)?

Honestly, I think I’m the most uninteresting person alive in the world today, which is probably why I enjoy writing so much. I get to live a much more interesting life vicariously through my characters. Seriously, when I go out to eat at a restaurant I love, I always order something I’ve had before that I know I will like. My husband, on the other hand, is more of a risk-taker and will readily try something new every time. I love that. Why? Because then I can sample his, and if I like it any better, I have a new staple for future visits. Really, everyone like me should marry someone like him.

 

* What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I’m not sure I could ever classify any of my days as “writing days.” (If only I could!) My days are filled with kids, PTA, church callings, housework (not that my house could ever be classified as clean), and lots and lots of interruptions. I do try to sneak in some writing time here and there, but mostly it has to happen at night after my kids go to bed–when I’m exhausted and tend to write incoherent sentences. If only you knew how many drafts it takes me to produce a decent book, you’d want to give me a hug. And I’d take it. 

 

* Do you have any traditions when you start or finish a book?

When I start? Hmmmm . . . . I wouldn’t call it a tradition since I’ve only recently discovered that outlining is the smarter route to take. But I’m now making it a tradition. Does that count? As for when I’m done, other than shout hallelujah and make my husband take me out to dinner, I just smile a lot. BUT, if I didn’t worry about wasting good paper and ink, I’d print out the manuscript, throw it in the fire pit in my backyard, and torch the thing. Yes, I love my books that much when I’m all done.

 

* What inspired you to be a writer or who?

Books. I used to be a voracious reader when I had more time. Romances, of course were my favorite. But it became harder and harder to find the kind of romances I liked (clean, uplifting, super fun), that I got sick of looking and started writing. I’ve been doing it off and on ever since.

 

* What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

As long as it’s a good book, pretty much everything. Romances, of course, but I also love historicals, fantasies, mysteries, paranormals, etc. If it sucks me in, I’ll read.

 

* Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Do it because you love it and not because you expect to make lots of money. Otherwise you’ll probably be disappointed.


My Thoughts about The Reluctant Bachelorette

The Reluctant Bachelorette grabbed my attention from page one and never let it go.  It was good clean fun with a ton of romance and conflicts though out.  I was able to connect with Taycee right away, her wit and personality had me laughing out loud through different sections of the book.  I appreciated her personality and dedication to her town.  Basically, Taycee’s hometown is struggling and her best friend comes up with the idea of hosting their own bachelorette show, where the male contestants are responsible for their own costs and the public will vote online for who moves on and who does. Little does Traycee know that she is the woman of honor, something that she really does not want to do but feels that she has to in order to help save the town.  What makes it even worse is when her old crush is back in town and a contestant.  Traycee does not want him on the show and gets rid of him before realizing that she may still have strong feelings for him.  This puts the whole show in jeopardy.  

I really enjoyed that the story did not unfold the way that I thought it was going to, there were surprises along the way.  I also enjoyed the interaction between Traycee and her brother as well as Traycee and her best friend.  Not to mention the crazy men who end up on the show and how she feels about them.  There was a lot of great chemistry throughout the book and not just romantic chemistry.  I am ready for more from these characters. It was one of my favorite romance reads in a long time.   

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





Links:

FB fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Anderson/174521852685105
Website:
http://rachaelreneeanderson.blogspot.com/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rachaelreneeand
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3229576.Rachael_Renee_Anderson
Amazon author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Renee-Anderson/e/B003357K70/

Tour Giveaway – October 1st to 31st:

Grand Prize
    Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette (Ebook for International winner)
    $15 Amazon Gift Card
    Copy of the DVD Sneakers (US only)

Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

3 Kindle Ebook Copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette


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Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent’s permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  If the grand prize winner is not in the US they will receive only the  Amazon Gift card & a Kindle copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette.  The Sneakers DVD would then be awarded to the winner of the print copy  who must live in the US.

 

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour – October 1st to 28th

October 1st
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off

October 2nd
Multiple Blogs – Book Blast – $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
Rats & More, Gobs & Gobs of Books, The Secret Writer, Strange Daze Indeed, Doodle Bug Reviews, Live to Read, Simple Wyrding, The Young Folks, Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest, Lovely Reads, Confessions of a Frugal Mind, Stacy Juba, Julia Crane, Libby’s Library, Literary Winner, Mallery’s Deals, Celticlady’s Review, My Little Review Corner, Country Mouse City Mouse, Romanceaholic, The Jolly Blogger, My Photopage, A Dream within a Dream, The Solitary Bookworm, Minding Spot and lots more….

October 3rd
Murphy’s Library – Review
Wordpaintings Unlimited – Review
Peace from Pieces – Interview
Reviewing Shelf – Review

October 4th
Getting Your Read – Review
A Book a Day – Review
Aobibliosphere – Excerpt

October 5th
WTF Are You Reading – Review
Author M.R. Buttars – Excerpt
YA Between the Lines – Interview
Froze8’s Blog – Guest Post

October 6th
Older Mommy Still Yummy – Excerpt
PARAFANTASY – Review & Interview
Cuzinlogic – Guest Post
Author A.D. Duling – Excerpt

October 7th
Day by Day in Our World – Review & Guest Post
Books & Needlepoint – Review
SweepingMe – Guest Post

October 8th
The Lucky Ladybug – Review & Guest Post
That Artsy Girl – Review & Guest Post
Jenni Reviews – Guest Post
Books Are Magical – Guest Post

October 9th
Acting Balanced – Review & Interview
Lena Sledge – Guest Post
Karey White – Review & Interview
Four Sisters & a Book – Review

October 10th
Me & Reading – Guest Post & Review
Home Maid Simple – Review
Read This Instead – Review
These Words Tell a Story – Guest Post
The READioactive Book Blog – Review & Guest Post
Up All Night Reviews – Review

October 11th
Cupcake’s Book Cupboard – Review
Ever & Ever Sight – Review
Bibliophile Please – Guest Post

October 12th
Book Readers – Excerpt
Walking on Bookshelves – Review & Excerpt
A Casual Reader’s Corner – Review
Where Fantasy & Love Take Flight – Guest Post

October 13th
Imaginary Reads – Review & Guest Post
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
Mommy Adventures with Ravina – Review
Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

October 14th
The Book Belles – Review
Lisa’s World of Books – Review & Interview
My Devotional Thoughts – Review

October 15th
Rowell Reviews – Review
The Reading Nook – Review
Caroline Clemmons – Excerpt & Interview
Clean Romance Reviews – Interview

October 16th
Literary Time Out – Review
Book Munchies – Review
Books Down My Pillow – Review

October 17th
My Guilty Obsession – Review & Guest Post
Parsimonious Pash – Review
At Random – Review & Guest Post
Lyrics without the Chord Changes – Guest Post
Rachelle’s Writing Spot – Review & Interview

October 18th
Bookworm Lisa – Review
MK McClintock – Interview
Clean Teen Fiction – Review
Every Free Chance – Review
What to Read – Review

October 19th
Bookhounds – Review
Books Beside My Bedside – Review
LivLovLifeReviews – Review

October 20th
Why Not? Because I Said So – Review & Guest Post
From the TBR Pile – Review
Promiscuous Diva – Excerpt

October 21st
Young Readers at Home – Review & Excerpt
Sweeping the USA – Excerpt

October 22nd
Krazy Book Lady – Guest Post
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys – Guest Post
Tifferz Book Review – Review

October 23rd
Martha’s Bookshelf – Review & Guest Post
Books R Us – Guest Post
The Book Bug – Review & Interview

October 24th
Romance Bookie – Review
Wall to Wall Books – Review
A Purrfect Read – Promo Post

October 25th
whoopeeyoo! – Review
Going Crazy Wanna Go? – Guest Post
Laurie Here – Review

October 26th
Love. Without You – Guest Post
The Housework Can Wait – Review & Guest Post

October 27th
The Busy Bibliophile – Interview & Review
What’s Beyond Forks – Interview & Review

October 28th
The Bookish Mama – Review
Monique Morgan – Guest Post & Excerpt
Jean Book Nerd – Guest Post

 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the LimitsPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

 

  • ISBN-13: 9780373210497
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Source: Netgalley
Synopsis:
 
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

 

My Thoughts:

Pushing the Limits is a book that I won’t soon forget.  It is filled with dark memories, many secrets and new relationships.  Echo Emerson’s whole life has changed in a short amount of time leaving her alone.  She is hiding who she is after her mother attacked and almost killer her, her brother died in the military and her father married the girl who used to be her babysitter and they are expecting a new baby.  Echo is just lost in the world.  Noah Hutchins is all alone as well.  He was one the good kid, but after a fire left him and his younger brothers parentless, and he was labeled as trouble after hitting a foster parent standing up for the man’s biological son, he has no hope of gaining custody of his brothers but wants nothing less.  It would have been unlikely for these two ever cross paths until Ms. Collins, the new social worker, pairs them together so that Echo can earn money to repair her brother’s car and Noah can catch up to take the ACTs and apply for late admission to college.

What made this book so great for me was first and foremost the characters.  They are just so real.  The pain and loss.  The love and numbness.  The struggle and development.  It was all so well done.  The characters were full developed and not just the surface characters but how they interacted and what drove them deep down.  For me it was also that there were up and downs just like in real life.  So many stories out there only show one side of a character usually what is most crucial to story development but leave them feeling flat and one sided.  Not so with the characters of  Pushing the Limits.  Pretty even to this is the mystery that surrounds what happened to Echo.  It is what she is fighting to remember in order to put herself back together but wow as the little bits get exposed, I thought I would figure something out but I was always wrong.  I love an author that can keep me on my toes.  

The romance, okay I will be honest, the sexual relations, in this book as well done and much closer to adult romance books.  There is talk of the black lace that Echo owns and honest adjustments that Noah needs to make as his jean get a bit too tight.  I think that this was a very gutsy take in a YA book but for this particular story I think that it was a good choice.  Anything less would not have matched the characters and the world that had been built.  

Taking on the topic of a teen dealing with a bi-polar parent was not an easy one but Katie McGarry made it look easy.  This is going to be one story that will help a lot of teen who do not know how to deal with their own situations.  While Echo felt that she was alone, there were friends and people, like Ms. Collins who were there for her even if she didn’t realize it.  I am looking forward to more from this author and I hope for more about some of the other troubled teens from Pushing the Limits.

My Rating:

A big 5 penguins – I picked this up and could not put it down!

Review: The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play (Play-by-Play Series #1)The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238813
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

From the national bestselling author of Riding the Night comes an erotic story about love and the games people play.

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

My Thoughts:

Holy HOT and steamy!  The Perfect Play totally lived up to its amazing cover.  I have wanted to read this series for a long time but could never remember who the author was when I was actually at the bookstore.  I am so glad I happened across it on an end cap because I loved the writing style of Jaci Burton and the characters in this story!

This was your typical contemporary romance taken to a whole new level.  Mick Riley is the quarterback for a NFL team and Tara Lincoln is an up and coming event planner who is lucky enough to get the business of planning the party for Mick’s team.  After a tough workout, Mick finds the lost Tara near the locker room and sends her off in the correct direction, however he just cannot get her out of his mind.  Lucky for Mick, he seems her at the party and and tries to sweep her offer her feet, there is just something different about her.  After a night of passion, Mick tries to peruse more but Tara keeps putting up roadblocks.  In her mind, how can this man who can have anyone he wants be interested in her, not to mention she need to focus on her teenage son and her business. Not to mention Mick is just perfect.  Little does Tara know that Mick has a few skeletons in this closest and he has not problem with Tara having a son.  It was a fun ride watching them get to know each other and seeing just how their relationship would grow. 

The plot line in this book was very strong.  I liked that while Mick seemed so perfect there were things that happened along the way that made him a real man and not quite so perfect and it was not just the biggest thing.  Tara was a bit whiny but I began to understand her better the further the story developed and she gained some confidence and trust in Mick.  I also enjoyed the fact that Tara’s son is not just a bump in the story he play a huge part in the story development.  Okay, now that I have gotten through all of that the sexual tension and chemistry in this story were outstanding and written very strong.  I cannot wait to check out more from Jacki Burton.

My Rating

5 Penguins