Heads up: December releases over here!

What are you guys excited for? I have Captive by Aimee Carter in my Kindle but I haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet. I hope it’s as good as the first book. I also have Ripped by Katy Evans for a blog tour. Bad Romeo sounds amazing, I’ve had my eyes on that little baby since October. Zodiac is one of my most awaited titles. The Queen is a novella, I think. I’m not sure if I’ll be picking that up. I hope you enjoy my super short list! I like to keep it short so that it looks exclusive. -Chyna

        
What are you excited for? Leave me the title and author, thanks love!

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These are gorgeous! Add them to your shelves!

Don’t get too excited over these titles. Some of them have not been released yet. I’m so sorry for that, I just wanted to get the hype. Don’t forget to add them to your goodreads shelf and share them with your friends. It’ll help! I’ve already read some of these titles and I loved them. I hope you do too!

I’ll share some more soon! Kisses!

 

GOODREADS

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?

 

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It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

 

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Life shouldn’t be about picking up the pieces.

Beth Bradshaw has spent her life hiding from her tragic past. From the moment a trusted family friend steals her innocence until the moment another rescues her, she struggles to just survive.

Surrounded by the comfort and protection of her extended family, Beth embarks on a journey of healing far from the horrors of her home. In her darkest moments, she meets a boy named Ryan. For one incredible summer, Ryan shows Beth what it’s like to act her own age.

To feel free and let go.
If only for a while.

Years later, another tragedy threatens to shatter the life Beth has carefully crafted. When faced, yet again, with more pieces to pick up, Beth begins to question what her choices have cost her.
Leaving her old life behind, she sets forth on a pilgrimage that will bring her back to the boy she could never forget. He wants to help her pick up the pieces of her life, but is she willing to do what it takes to become whole again?

Can she trust him with a piece of herself?

 

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Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn’t be more opposite.

Adelaide’s mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.

Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.

And they had a plan.

They were going to run away.

Be together forever.
And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.

Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure…

She wants out.

And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.

And it doesn’t take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes…

That one true love never dies.

 

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If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

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Love is a circus

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobaticpartners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

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Bookish thoughts: What makes you decline a review request?

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Just a feature on my blog where I get to talk random. It’s still about books and blogging.

Here are my reasons:

  • Personalisation
  • Cockiness with a touch of bragging
  • Attaching a file immediately
  • Tweeting me for a review
  • Copy and paste messages
  • Authors who do not read my policy
  • Misspelling my name

 

Personalisation- Some people like to type “Hi awesome blogger, Hey you, Sup! Good day.” Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but that doesn’t work for me. You have to type out my name like Dear Chyna…I hate to say it, but the reason you won’t be getting any reviewers to review your book is because of the lack of effort and initiative. You’ll get a few reviewers, but most of them would be the newbies. I’m admitting that when I was still new to blogging, I’ve accepted every review request I’ve received, but after learning more about the blogosphere after some time…I soon realised what I was doing wrong. Always put an effort when inquiring, guys.

Cockiness with a touch of bragging- You don’t get to tell me what I’ll like or love. Some authors tell me that “You’ll love my book because this other girl loves it too.” or “I’ve been receiving good reviews lately so can you review my book? I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.” Don’t kid yourself. Let us not forget the text “I am the best-selling author of (The-book-I-Never-Heard-Off)” Ayah-yay…

Attaching an immediate file- There are 2 possible reasons why they do this. One they don’t like responding to emails so they just contact you once and wait for your review so that their sales will abruptly rise. Second is that they are confident that’ll you will accept the review request and won’t pirate. Okay, listen up. I don’t torrent these books, but I cannot guarantee the safety of the file, there are hackers around. For your own good, do not attach a file without me accepting the request. Plus I get annoyed with authors who are too excited and confident.

Tweeting me for a review-This just happened to me, another cocky author suddenly tweeted to me saying “DM me your mailing address and I’ll send you a copy of my book.” Uh…hell to the no. *glares at the man* Do I need to broaden why I hate it when they inquire using twitter? Uhh…twitter has a limit of 140 characters or so. I assure you that you won’t be getting any publicity from me if you just suddenly tweet to me asking for a review. And also, that tweet is uncouth, it sounded very demanding.

Copy and paste messages- You’ll know it if the message is copied and pasted. There’s going to be that impassiveness in the email and you’ll notice the tiny details the writer got wrong like complementing how pink your blog is when your blog is dark blue. This infuriates me…

Authors who do not read my policy- There’s a policy for a reason, I don’t want to receive multiple emails from writers demanding a review when I don’t even read that genre. You’d only be wasting your time. Whenever I get emails like that I end up treating it like spam, but once my irritations breaks the dam, I will explode. I understand that you don’t care that you won’t even meet me face to face, but respect is a must when it comes to the internet. Treat my policy with utmost eminence.

Misspelling my name- Is my name that hard to type? It’s 5 freaking letters, it takes you half a second just to type it down. I’ve had an experience with this problem already. An author called my Jennifer. WHAT?! I am no Jennifer! Do I look like a Jennifer? (Early apology to all the Jennifers if your are offended.)

That’s the end of my rant. What about you?

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Your awkwardness is adorable

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Having the same design! oooh….awk-ward.
I’ve been a reader for years now and I’m still maybe an aspiring author, but having to have the same design? Awkward. Couldn’t they have gotten individual designs or exclusive ones not just pick one because it’s cute. How can you really show off your book when the design isn’t even exclusive? I came across a few titles with almost similar designs and even the same models. Like the usual dark and mysterious from Fallen by Lauren Kate or Die for Me by Amy Plum. Those type of designs are very common in the book world and it can be copied by accident. It must be really awkward buying two different books with the same design.
This post may be stupid and useless, but it happens a lot. Some authors even try to argue with the other writer saying that they stole their design and I’m like “What?” LOL. I would love to see that, but some authors who think they don’t care like to take it professionally by offering to change their design to a new one even if the old one was better. Hm…I feel unresponsive to that statement.
Excuse me if you said “What do you mean I copied your design?!” I don’t think there’s such a thing, if you are an author then you are obliged to bring out your insights for the design of your book. It’s quite believable that some would say cruel things like my book is better yet it’s being compared to yours. How unreal could you possibly get? A book is something synonymous to individuality. 
Indie authors aren’t the only ones that have talent when it comes to photoshopping, they can also higher blog designers to design their books and there are also sites where you can hire a freelance designer. It’s great! It must be exciting to have a face for your book. You can say it feels liberating.
I’m starting to get off topic. What I’m trying to say is that even when it’s kinda awkward having the same design, someone else actually designed it. You cannot blame the author since she didn’t really do anything. Some models and images are actually bought online and I think they are resold again and again. I think that’s how it works, from what I’ve heard. Correct me if I’m wrong. Still, we can’t avoid that awkward feeling or is it just me who feels this way? If I had a say, I would make this somehow illegal.
Annoying conclusions:
1. Your book is being compared by another.
2. You aren’t exclusive.
3. Narrow promotion.
4. The awkwardness…
How about you? What do you think? Should this even be legal? 
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Design Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

 

Design Review is similar to book reviews, instead of reviewing the contents of the book, I’ll be sharing my insights on the design. Click read more to know more of my thoughts.
Queen

 

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

 

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