Friday, November 30, 2012

Follow Friday (20): ACTIVITY!!! Show Us Your Favorite Book Crush!


Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by two great blogs, Alison of Alison Can Read and Rachel of Parajunkee. Each host will have their own feature blog, but anybody can post!

How does it work?
  • Leave your name on the post.
  • Create a post on your own blog that links back to the post (just grab the FF button) visit as many blogs as you can and tell them hello! In their comments.
  • Be sure to follow them and if someone follows you follow back!!!
Q: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.

I don’t always participate in FF but when I do, it usually always involved a hot boy!!!

I am doing this today fore the shear love of the two boys I plan on featuring!! I couldn’t help it I just had to do this! Because you know I can’t pass up a chance to feature some hotness on the blog so here they are ladies, my hot fictional husbands I cant live without!!!

Travis Maddox
From Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The one and always only that I will forever take to bed!! I love him so hard and just cant stand how sexy he is!!
The epitome of sexy! Nicholas Lemons as Travis Maddox
WITH A DOG?!?! I die!!! Nicholas Lemons as Travis Maddox
I want to climb him like a tree!! Nicholas Lemons as Travis Maddox
There have been a lot of boys who I think as Travis but Nicholas Lemons keeps popping up in my dreams over and over!!!
Why I swoon hard?
“I'm never going to be the same after this.”

Kaidan Rowe
From Sweet Evil & Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

In doing this post, I have escalated Kaidan’s status from book boyfriend to husband. Our wedding was fantastic and our wedding night was even better!! Mm mmm mmm!!!!
Yes baby, I love limes!!! Wade Poezny as Kaidan Rowe
Best bedroom eyes around!! Wade Poezny as Kaidan Rowe
A little naughty Kaidan
Everyone knows that Wade Poezny is and forever will be Kaidan!! And he even loves the idea!! Can’t wait to see some Wade/Kaidan action in the future!!
Why I swoon hard?
“What do you want from me, Kai?” “For starters?” His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.” 
So what do you think?? Did I nail it?? Do you now want to nail them?? Who are your favorite book boyfriends/husbands??

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: Hector (5th Street #3) By Elizabeth Reyes


So Elizabeth has been an author that I have grown to love because she always appreciates a great blogger! That and have you read her books?!?! Ohhhhhhh HAWTNESS!!!! SO anytime Elizabeth asks for something, I will always do it (even if I am a tad bit late!) 

So I am here today to show you the EPIC cover of her latest novel, Hecto. So here you go peeps, 

Warning: If you can't handle total epicness, look away now!
by Elizabeth Reyes
Expected Publication: TBD
Womanizer—check. 
Arrogant—check. 
Dangerous—checkmate. 
Staying away from him was indisputably the sensible thing to do. The problem? She wasn’t just drawn to him; she was utterly mesmerized... 
So this is a big step for Liz, this is her first Non Hispanic heroine!!! AND a redhead to boot!!! You go girl!!! I love this cover, its so etherial and romantic!!!

Teasers, full blur and more epicness is set to come from Liz so be sure to keep an eye out!!

But for right now, go on over to her blog and check out the AMAZING giveaway she set up!!! It will get you all caught up for Hector!!!

From Elizabeth herself: 
5th Street Giveaway!

If you haven't read the first two in the 5th Street series now's your chance. They both take place in the winter. Noah even has some holiday scenes! So it's the perfect time to cuddle up in front of the fire and catch up in time for Hector! Share this post then comment here and I'll randomly be picking 30 winners to gift copies of each ebook or whichever you haven't read via Amazon, B&N, Smashwords & Kobo. I will also be choosing 2 winners of a signed set of both Noah and Gio. You can enter once by simply commenting here or enter multiple times by tweeting, following me on twitter and liking my FB fan page! 

For more info, teasers and excerpts about 5th Street visit my 5th Street page right here on my blog!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tater's Tall Tails turns ONE! The Authors That Induce EPICLLY Awesome Fangirl Moments


The time has come to wrap up my celebration!! This week has been so much fun I cant stand it!! I love you all and I am truly blessed to have you all as my readers!!!

Today I am going to wrap things up with a bit of author love. This week has been all about love and thanks. I feel like a hippie! But one that showers and uses deodorant.

I'm going to spotlight a few authors that have changed my world and are just beyond fantastical! And not to mention, some actually love me back!!!!

Up first is one that still makes me go all giggly pants crazy!

Wendy Higgins
Wendy Higgins quickly shot to the top of my list as favorite author because seriously, have you read her book?? I mean one word:
KAIDAN FUCKING ROWE!
OK that was 3 words but its still one character!!!

Aside from the fact that she created a hot as hell character, Sweet Evil is the best debut of the year and one of my favorite reads of all time!!!

Since we got to work on the YA Crush Tourney together, Wendy and I have quickly become great friends (here go my giggly parts)

I'm FUCKING FRIEND WITH WENDY FRICKING HIGGINS!!!
And here is what Wendy thinks of me (and bloggers in general):

Why I love Me Some Tara:
I met Tara when she was Kaidan’s advocate for the YA Crush Tourney this summer (2012). Tara jumped right into the deep end for me—arms flailing, shouting at the top of her lungs, gung-ho crazy, making a big ole splash. I loved her immediately. Her passion for Kai, and book hawties in general, just warmed my little author heart.
Tara found some HOTT pictures of a model who was abso-freakin-lutly a perfect fit for Kai, and we used them for the tourney. The model’s name was Wade Poezyn. I *might* have stalked him a little, and when he responded to me, giving us permission to use his pictures, and just being an all around nice guy, I ran straight to Tara and swooned on her facebook wall. That’s right. Tara had become more than just a blogger to me. She’d become my friend. Someone I could squee with. Someone who “got me” and my stories. Someone who would land me in trouble with my husband when he pulled up my Pinterest page and saw all the nearly-nekkid men recently pinned to her infamous swoon board. Hahaha. *sigh* Good times.
Friendship is a give and take of support and laughter. I’m so glad to be friends with Tater.
Happy blogoversary. Here’s wishing you many more.
Hugs,
Wendy
So you guys!! You gotta read Sweet Evil and hit up Wendy!! She is one of the sweetest and most amazing authors I have ever had the pleasure of existing with on the same planet!!! And I have to sya now, I'm sorry Mr. Higgins for polluting your recipe searching experience.

Up next is my wonderful other half of the Wonder Tara's:
Tara Fuller
I have always said that individuals named Tara have it better in life. And I know when I picked up a book by Tara Fuller I was in for a treat. And what I wasn’t expecting was my total epic relationship with her!!! Tara and I have quickly become great friends and I look forward to all of her books!! She is so awesome and epic!! But like I said, what else would you expect from someone named Tara!!!

So from my other half of the Wonder Tara’s
It takes a team of supportive people for me to write books. And one of the most of important components of my team are book bloggers. They encourage me, support my work, and get as crazy over fictional characters as I do. And I am thankful for every single one of them. But today, it’s all about the love, and I’d like to give a shout out to one of my very favorite book bloggers on the YA block. Tara Turner and her fabulous blog, Tater's Tall Tails Tara has always been on my team, showing my books and me love and support. Her reviews are brilliant. Her blog is unique. And Tara as a person is nothing short of wonderful. I consider her not only my go to book blogger, but a cherished friend. And I am beyond grateful to have this girl in my corner. So, happy birthday to Tater's Tall Tails! Wonder Tara’s Unite!
Lots of Love,
Tara Fuller

And I have saved the best for last! 
Toni "Holy Fricking Puck Bunnies" Aleo
This last author, there aren’t enough words in the world to express my love for her! Its hard to believe what my life was like without her because she has quickly become one of my best friends! Except when our hockey teams have to play each other. Then we are mortal enemies for a hour. But I have always said yellow and teal go together!

I love Toni and she loves me!!! Separate we are awesome, but together we are EPIC!!!!

The great thing about bloggers is not only do they inform us on the awesomeness of books and entertain us with their humor, but most of them are really great people. Not only is Tara a great blogger, but she is a great friend. I had the opportunity to become close with Tara through blogging after she reviewed my first two books, Taking Shots and Trying to Score. We are like two twins separated at birth and we get along so great. Sometimes she knows what I am trying to say and helps me to get it out to everyone. I am always there for her when she needs to talk and she does the same for me. We are really great friends and I dont know what I would do without her. Not only do I look to her as my friend but also my critque partner. She was a idea wall through the writing process of Empty Net, and has continued that roll with Blue Lines. I dont know what I would do without her. She really is a godsend.
So not only is she a great blogger, a great critque partner, and almost reviewer, she is also my very close friend.
Happy 1 year Tater's Tall Tails!!!!
Toni Aleo

So those are just some of the authors I love and that love me! I know there are lots and lots more!!! This blogging experiences has brought me the opportunity to meet some great people and it’s always an experience to see me get to meet some of these amazing authors!!! My experiences meeting Jessi Kirby and Brodi Ashton are legendary!
I'm going to round out my fangirl moments with a list of some of my favorite authors I have discovered while blogging!!

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jamie McGuire
Abbi Glines
Brodi Ashton
Jessi Kirby
Veronica Rossi
Lauren Oliver
B.C. Morin
Elizabeth Reyes
And many, many more!

There are many many more that I have had the pleasure of discovering and talking to since blogging and I can't tell you enough how amazing and embracing they all have been!!! So for all the authors out there, both large and small, just know that you have a huge impact on your fans when we get simple tweets or even just simple RT. You have made the world a better place by infecting us with your imaginations! I love you all!!!
Ok, I am done with my chick flick moment now. 

So I just want to thank EVERYONE for everything you have been saying to me! You all are fantastic and amazing readers!!

Thanks for celebrating with me all week!! It has been a blast!!! I look forward to next year and doing this all again!!!!

If you missed any of the celebrations this week don’t worry, they are all right HERE:
A Look Back (where the giveaways live)

Again I say thank you to everyone. I can never get over the experience I have had and the friendships I have made.  Dean pretty much sums up how I feel:

So I leave you now, with my favorit photo ever!

THANKS EVERYONE!!!!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: Lumonisoty by Stephanie Thomas PLUS Blog Tour & Giveaway

by Stephanie Thomas

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since. 

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me. 

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

I love it when a book comes full circle. I was able to participate in the cover reveal for this book and now I'm on the blog tour! My book love circle is complete. I have wanted to read this book for a long time now and I tend to love anything that entangled puts out. But I blame my current state of mind for not being able to fully enjoy this book to its full potential. 

Luminosity is a wonderfully new paranormal book about Seers and Dreamcatchers. And I wanted to keep going but three things happened. One I have gotten myself into a reading funk. And that totally sucks because if the book doesn’t do exactly what I want, its total crap. Two I tried to read this on turkey day and ended up sleeping half the day. And three, the book just didn’t grip me hard enough within the first 100 pages for me to get over issues one and two and keep reading. I found myself getting a little bored and daydreaming about doing other things. And that is never fun. 

Now I want to say, that this book is wonderfully written (the parts that I read) and I love that it was a different paranormal kind of book. If you are sick of wolves, fairies and vampires I would totally check this one out. The whole concept was great and intriguing but again, I don’t know what it was. It just didn’t grip me like I wanted it to. 

I think some of it was the pacing of the book. 100 pages in and the main plot line wasn’t revealed and I didn’t quite know where the book was going. Some elements felt weak. The “romance” was bland and at times, I felt the book was more of a bad episode of some crappy MTV high school show talking about what lip-gloss would be better. It spent too much time talking about every day stuff and explain step by step Bea’s life. I get it, she walks down the corridor, and you don’t have to say what each footstep was like. 

I ended up skimming a lot and that just makes me so sad. I might try again another time when I'm in the mood to read. I really think that my main reason I wasn’t grabbed with this book was I'm not in a reading mood. For anything. 

I do want to recommend this book to everyone though that is sick and tired of cookie cutter YA paranormal books trying to capture Twilight or Hunger Games fame. This is unique and different and a bit gritty.
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And check out the awesome blog tour giveaway!
Up for grabs: A Signed Copy of Luminosity, A Raven Pepsi Bottle Cap Necklace, and Swag.

Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more. Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle). 

Check out the rest of the tour: 
11/13/02 Fantasy Book Addict http://www.fantasybookaddict.com/ 

11/14/12 K-Books http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/ 
11/15/12 Letters Inside Out http://www.lettersinsideout.net/ 
11/16/12 Sparkles and Lightning http://sparkles-and-lightning.blogspot.com/ 
11/17/12 The Fairy Tale Nerd http://www.thefairytalenerd.com/ 
11/18/12 Hobbitsies http://hobbitsies.net/ 
11/19/12 A Life Bound By Books http://alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com/ 
11/20/12 Magical Urban Fantasy Reads http://www.magicalurbanfantasyreads.com/ 
11/21/12 YA Sisterhood http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/ 
11/22/12 Total Bookaholic http://www.totalbookaholic.com/ 
11/23/12 Taters Tall Tales http://www.taterstalltails.com/ 
11/24/12 The Non Reluctant Reader http://readerbenji.blogspot.com/ 
11/25/12 Book Brats http://www.book-brats.com/ 
11/27/12 Bookalicious http://bookalicious.org/ 
11/28/12 Making The Grade Reviews http://mtgreviews.wordpress.com/ 
11/28/12 Winterhaven Books http://winterhavenbooks.blogspot.com/

It's OPAL BABY!!!!

The time has come, to start to sell body parts to get a book. I think I still have part of my liver, a kidney and some intestine left to sell and I'm putting it all on the lines for this one!!! 

Everyone should LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout by now, and if you don't there is something wrong with you!!!

Now, not only should you LOVE Jen because she is a writing machine and created the smexy Daemon Black
YES THAT DAEMON BLACK!!!

But you should love Jen because she loves us!!! She is offering up 3 chances to win her latest book, Opal, no organs required!!! So head on over HERE and enter, but not too many times cuz I really want to win one of those!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tater's Tall Tails Turns ONE! All About The Books

Welcome ladies and gents to the Tater show!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful celebrations going on here. I am having a blast doing this and I can't tell you how much of a blessing you all are!!! Every time I make a post, my twitter blows up and I feel like the Grinch where my heart swells three times its normal size!

Today I continue the celebration by talking about the reason we are all here, THE BOOKS! I have been blessed to be able to read some amazing books over the past year and I don’t know how much better they can get!

So here we go!

Books Read: 76
Number of 5 star books :42
Number of 4 star books: 21
Number of 3 star books: 8
Number of 2 star books: 2
Number of 1 star/0 star books: 1
Longest book read: fifty Shades Freed 551

And here is my Goodreads widget (which is a total life saver because I would be here FOREVER linking all the books I have read)

Tater's Books Read Since Blogging

The Unloved
Pure
Losing It
Devoured
Just for Now
Destroy Me
Daimon
Down to You
Sweet Evil Extra #2
So Into You
Silver
Sweet Evil Extra #1
Dearly, Departed
Gabriel's Inferno
Through the Ever Night
Under the Never Sky
While It Lasts
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Hana
Inbetween


Tara's favorite books »



Best Books
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Seriously this like pretty much hands down my favorite book of all time!!!! Anyone that has talked to me knows that I am ALWAYS recommending this book to anyone that will listen and I am so proud that this baby got picked up by a big pub!! I cant stand how amazing this book is!!! For reals I have like 5 copies of this book and preordered my super special hard cover!! I have the original self-pub paperback, the new paperback, the audiobook and again my hard cover coming!! I love Travis, he is my perfect book husband and I just love it!!! Makes me swoon so hard anytime I see this baby.

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Talk about a total mind blowing experience!!! I love this series so hard and I also cant stand how amazing it is. I know I said that BD was my top book, but really its shares a spot with this series. And honestly the others on this list, I can no pick a favorite book. It’s impossible. This series and characters is so complex and amazing, I just die!!!! I love this series so hard its ridiculous!

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Anytime someone tells me that they haven’t read this book I pretty much grow another ulcer. Wendy is seriously one of the coolest authors around and this book is just a totally mind fuck (excuse the language but when demons of lust and evilness are involved, I'm sure I have a bit of a leeway with the bad language) Speaking of Lusty demons, lets take a moment to talk about Kaidan. Hey baby!!! Oh lord!! Yea he is pretty much one of the reasons this book is extraordinary spectacular!!!

The Assassin Series by Toni Aleo
Rounding out my most amazing reads are my beloved hockey romance books. Not only is there totally AMAZING hot steamy scenes, but the character in these books are so dynamic and complex and the world is so rich and amazing, I just love these books! That and miss Toni is really one of my newest and most amazing best friends! You need some many alphas to keep you warm on the upcoming cold nights, crack the spines of these books. Mmm man! Totally yummieness!

Books that learned to fly (you all should know what this means!!!!)
Now these books gained their wings while I was reading. I'm not kidding, they literally flew out of my hands while I was reading them!! Ugh all the emotions! I'm still not complete from all of the feelings I experienced from these books!
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Taking Shots by Toni Aleo
Best Contemporary
So over the past year I have really found myself LOVING contemporary books. And these are come of my favorite from the past year!

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGurie
This book really started it all. I didn’t know what I was missing in my reading until I read this book, and as Travis says, I’ll never be the same.
Any book by Abbi Glines!!!!!! But especially the Sea Breeze Series
I loved the Vincent Boys series and even the early Sea Breeze books (Breathe and Because of Low) but was BLEWN away by While it Lasts and Just for Now. Once she took of the restriction of YA, she really shined in her books. I always look forward the latest Abbi book and mmmmm lets take a moment and talk about Cage York. I would love to be in a room with him and Travis. Ooooooh a girl can dream!
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Oh boy. Talk about emotional reads! I love Jessi and her books always touch my heart. I can’t say much about her books because I always feel like crying when I think of her books. They are just amazing.

Books I should have loved but didn’t care for
I just can’t even go here with these books. I know I'm going to get scalded for this but that is what is great about this platform, I am free to hold my own opinion. Both of these just I don’t think they were bad, but they came with extremely high expectations and just didn’t life up to it for me.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Destroy Me by Tahera Mafi

Wouldn’t have read if it wasn’t for blogging
Blogging has brought me so much, but what it really has brought are books that I would have never been introduced to without it!!! I cant thank everyone enough for their recommendations because I would not be so amazing without some of these reads and I know my life wouldn’t be as amazing!
Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Now I know I would have read her Lux series, because HELLO have you seen that cover?!?! And I admit it, I am a cover whore. If you cover isn’t too good I most likely wont pick up your book. It sucks but that is how I work. And this cover series isn’t that eye catching. So I might have passed up this series if it wasn’t for some of the amazing recommendations form others!
The Vincent Boys Series by Abbi Glines
Remember what I sad, about being a cover whore??? Well it again applies to this series. While the original covers aren’t horrible, there was just something off about them. I might not have ever picked them up. But like I said, without recommendations I wouldn’t have. But I'm so glad I did. Although now that she got picked up by S&S (BIG OL CONGRATS!!!) and the new covers are like WOW I want to take them to bed, I would have gotten to them. but I'm so glad I did before because I love Abbi!!!
So, Tara and I have become quite the pair over this past year. I might have eventually read her books, but I was on the book tour for her first book Perigee Moon (which is totally fucking amazing) so I literally wouldn’t have read it without blogging. But I am so glad, because without that, there would be no Wonder Tara’s and what kind of world would we be in without that amazing duo???

Best book boyfriends
It wouldn't be a Tater best of post without some eye candy!!!
buahahah J/K!!!!!!! But really!!! Here are some of my FAVORITE roll in the hay, break my spin, tickle my fancy book boyfriends!

Cake York, While It Lasts
Uh yea...look at that...uh...pec!!!!
Cake York by While It Lasts by Abbi Glines- Hh lord!!!!!! Now, Cake…I don’t even think ill be able to make coherent thoughts right now because this boy just makes me go crazy!! And OHMYGEE!!!! The thing on his chest! (You got to read to know cuz its naughty and dirty and mmmm so sexy and I don’t think appropriate for me to post here, because I just might hump my computer) man he just took me by surprise and ugh! I love him so!!!
Cash/Nash Davenport 
Cash/Nash Davenport from Down To You by M. Leighton- Oh baby TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Um yea, cant stand how sexy these tow are!!! I do find myself leaning towards Cash a bit more but man! Tis so hard! Hehe hard…yum!
Wade Poezny as Kaidan Rowe
Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins- oh boy. Kaidan…luv, how my life is so much better with you in it!!! If you were around for the YA Crush Tourney you know how much I love Kaidan!!! And the best part, I'm pretty sure kaidan fancy’s me also! Even if it would be for a single romp! Rawr!! Love you baby!
Mateus Verdelho as Lucas Brooks
Lucas Brooks from Trying To Score by Toni Aleo- HI my name is Tara and I am a Lucas Puck Bunny. This boy! Oh lordy!! He is my favorite of the Assassin boys and damn! I think its all the tattoos. I have a thing for boys and tattoos! But Lucas steals my heart every time!

Pepe Toth as Daemon Black
Daemon Black from The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- oh when his piercing green eyes look at me I just melt to pieces. And then he opens his mouth and I crumble into a puddle!!! This boy! Ugh!!! Make me swoon so hard!
Nicholas Lemons as my
perfect Travis Maddox
Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire- this boy deserves a category all on his own. In fact he really isn’t even a book boyfriend. He is my book husband. I love him and want him all to myself!!! Tattooed, sexy, arrogant, and well off in bed! I think everybody should be like him!!!

Best covers
No explanations needed. these covers are ORGASMIC!!! In fact they have all given me a covergasm many times!

I really could stay here all day and talk about books, but I will leave it there. There have been very few books where I totally hate them and don’t love. I am a very new reader and love discovering all the amazing stories out there.
So tell me, what have been come of your favorite reads over the past year? Do you like the ones on my list?? Let me know if you will be picking any of them up!!!

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