Tuesday, June 18, 2019

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis


Today, we are celebrating the release of The Lemon Sisters, the third standalone title in the Wildstone series, by Jill Shalvis! The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California, where two completely opposite sisters—who are still nursing wounds from the past—realize they need each other more than they think. So... Check it out and grab your copy now!

Genre:
New Adult
Contemporary Romance
Series:
Wildstone, #3
Publish Date:
June 18, 2019
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks

Synopsis:
When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.

Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.

But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.

The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing—you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.


       
 



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**About the Author**

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Captain Marvel (2019)

Genre:
Action/Adventure/Sci-fi/Fantasy
Rating:
PG-13
For intense sequence of destruction, mayhem and creature violence
Release Date:
March 8, 2019
DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date:
June 11, 2019
Run Time:
2 hrs 4 minutes

Directed by:
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

Screenplay by:
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet

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Plot Synopsis:
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

Cast:
Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lee Pace


**My Thoughts**

Note: This review contains SPOILERS

Family friendly, action packed with a sprinkle of humor, and all of it tying into Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel is a well-done film with a few details the attentive viewer may nitpick at. Brie Larson plays Vers, Carol Danvers, and Captain Marvel as a strong-willed, independent, and tenacious hero. While she starts the film with the name Vers, Larson’s character strives to learn about her past and subsequently more about her powers. The film includes well timed soundtracks and songs from the 1990’s as well as video games, particularly Street Fighter. Captain Marvel showcases its purpose as a prequel to the Avengers by including young S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phillip J. Coulson and Nicholas Joseph Fury or preferably Fury, the loss of Fury’s left eye, a post-movie scene tying into Avengers: Infinity War, and a post-credits scene of Fury’s cat coughing up the Tesseract.

Vers starts in the film as an amnesiac Kree Starforce member on the planet Hala. She is haunted by dreams of an older woman, Dr. Wendy Lawson/Mar-Vell, who she feels some connection to, but her commanding officer and world leader, Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence respectively, provide no solace or insight when she talks about her dreams. It isn’t until Vers and her squad are on a mission with Ronan the Accuser that her Vers persona starts to unravel. The shape shifting Skrull race capture Vers and help her unlock her suppressed memories, but after her escape she crash lands on Earth where her real life and memories begins to come back to her. She is Carol Danvers a former United States Air Force pilot who supposedly died in a plane crash, an experiment for Dr. Lawson, in 1989. As is turns out, Dr. Lawson was killed by Yon-Rogg and Carol shot the engine, causing it to explode. From it, Carol absorbed the energy from the Tesseract based engine and gained amnesia. 

A large part about Captain Marvel, aside from learning about Carol’s past, is the twists and slumps that she has to go through before she realizes her potential to be a compassionate and brave hero. In the film, she learns that the Kree are an imperialistic race that will destroy all who defy them and the Skrull are refugees looking for a new home away from Kree rule. The protagonist characters that help Carol find out more about herself, how the crash, and subsequent explosion gave her amnesia are a supportive group of enemies turned comrades and old friend, US pilot Maria Rambeau. They help her find the location of Dr. Lawson/Mar-Vell’s laboratory and help the remaining Skrull survive an attack from Yon-Rogg’s squad. They are a cast of characters who, despite fear for their safety, display kindness and courageous effort to stop the Kree from attacking Earth or getting to the Tesseract. They help provide comedic relief and support through young Nick Fury’s snide remarks and Skrull Talos’ laid-back yet diplomatic personality between Carol, Fury, and the Skrull refugees.

In the end, Captain Marvel proves to be an entertaining, inspiring film, not simply for the sake of continuing the Avengers timeline or in this case, starting it. It is a superhero movie where the protagonist’s greatest strength is her human weaknesses that can truly connect to today’s audience despite the setting of the film. Like many people who strive for a dream, she continues to get back up when she’s knocked down. She’s just a girl that wants to prove her oppressors wrong and help people along the way, serving as a great role model.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Katie McGarry's Only A Breath Apart! Today, on our tour stop, we have a Katie's 10 Quotes from Only A Breath Apart to share! Not only that, we have a cool tour-wide giveaway! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!!! Follow the tour, HERE!

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Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

Genre:
Young Adult
Contemporary Romance
Publish Date:
January 22, 2019
Publisher:
Tor Teen

Synopsis:
They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she's psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


       
  

*Ten quotes from Only a Breath Apart*
“There are two times that I can breathe in deeply without wincing in pain, and being with you is one of them.” ~ Jesse


“Why would I want to be anyone else when I get to be the guy who holds you?” ~ Jesse



“I will always risk everything to save her.” ~ Jesse

- “Jesse is still rebellious, unconventional and lost.” ~ Scarlett



“Somewhere deep inside you have to know I’d never let you fall.” ~ Jesse



“Jesse possesses grace, a quietness and a sense of solid strength. It’s not new. It’s the same sense of peace Jesse has always had when he walks his land. It’s a peace I’ve envied my entire life.” ~ Scarlett



“We’ve touched, several times, but each time we do, I feel as if I’m slowly being led into a fire I’m not sure I want to leave. That’s a problem with fires—they have the ability to consume.” ~ Scarlett



“I don’t think any of us mean to be messed up, but messed up happens regardless.” ~ Jesse



“Where exactly are we going?” I ask.
“Same place as always,” Jesse says.
I’m dumbfounded as he walks toward his land. “And where is that?”
“Second star on the right then straight on till morning.”

“I haven’t been Tink to his Peter Pan for a long time. But watching Jesse head off to the land the two of us conquered in battles that belonged in our heads creates a sense of nostalgia I can’t ignore. I start for the land that calls to Jesse, the land that used to call to me. It’s definitely time for an adventure.” ~ Scarlett

Praise for ONLY A BREATH APART

Katie McGarry knows what YA is, how it works, and what it can do better than anyone, but she always takes it one step further.” ―Hypable

"Fair warning: Picture-perfect Scarlett and misunderstood Jesse will have you in your feels." ―Girls' Life Magazine

“Beyond a haunted teen romance is a beautiful, moving exploration of domestic violence, forgiveness, and self-love. ...Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming.” ―Kirkus, starred review

“McGarry ably captures the feeling of desperately wanting to come home to a friendship that has radically changed. The novel manages to tackle domestic violence in a way that never feels clichéd, and the romance is sure to win over even the most cynical reader. This is a story you’ll want to read slowly, just to be able to stay with the characters for a moment longer.” ―Booklist

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love.” ― Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Powerful, emotional, and ultimately hopeful. An unforgettable story that will leave its mark on your heart.” ― C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author

“Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ― Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

“Meticulously weaves a fragile love story through a minefield of loss, broken trust, and familial curses both real and imagined. Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful.” ― Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author

“A painful, beautiful, and utterly magical story about the family you’re born into versus the family you choose.” ― Trish Doller, author of In a Perfect World

“A touching tale of love and fate straight from the heartland.” ― Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

“Scarlett and Jesse’s story will stay in your heart long after you finish the book.” ― Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author

“Southern Gothic at its finest, this is Katie McGarry’s best book to date!” ― Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe

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**About the Author**
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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series.

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