Best of 2018!

This was such a huge year in the book world for me. I started my Bookstagram page “All Encompassing Books” in January, and started my blog at the end of Spring. By mid-Summer I was officially proofreading for authors and getting paid for what I love – reading books!

I have built some incredible relationships with authors, bookstagrammers, bloggers, PR reps, and avid book lovers. I am so thankful for this group of people who have become close friends and are so accepting!

I read 169 books this year – the most by far of any other year. Over 50 of those were 5 Stars!! I am amazed with these authors and how they challenge me, inspire me, and make me dream. I have read everything from Young Adult to Dark to Taboo and Suspense, and have loved every moment of it.

Here are only some of my favorites this year….

Best Book Duets of 2018

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Best Book Series of 2018

 

Best Standalones of 2018

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New Release: Flip Trick by Amo Jones

 

Flip Trick, an all-new standalone bad-boy romance by Amo Jones is NOW AVAILABLE!!

 

I did something I had never done before.

I had a one-night stand.

Then in true me fashion, I left my phone at his house during my desperate venture to escape.

I tried hard to ignore the texts sent to my best friend’s phone…

Amethyst: Sup, these selfies are cute as shit, but your lips looked better wrapped around my…

I did NOT text him back.

I DID vow to never speak of him, or that night again…

I’m Amethyst Lily Tatum, and up until this point, I’d managed to maintain a fairly low-key life. I’m what you would call a socially unacceptable hot mess. Instead of partying, I’m skating, flipping ollie’s over guys who loved to underestimate me. Then I started college, met a wild girl who I would soon call my best-friend, had my first drunk one-night stand, left my phone at his house, and then, when I finally managed to meet my mom’s new boyfriend, I found out that my one-night stand, was now my new stepbrother.

*this is a standalone novel*

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About Amo Jones

Amo Jones is a small country girl totally winging this author thing (she’s probably doing it all wrong). She likes cake, loves wine, and her religion is magic. She’s a profound work-a-holic, but when she’s not writing, you can find her chilling with her kids & partner at the nearest beach, with a cocktail in her hand.

New Zealand is not a state of Australia and rugby is the best sport ever played.

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Cover Reveal: Timid by Devney Perry

 

 

Willa Doon has always been shy. Her quiet demeanor was something she’s always embraced. That is, until Jackson Page moves to town. The one man she desperately wants to take notice struggles to remember her name.

Year after year, Willa stands by, watching as the bartender slash playboy drowns his demons in beer and sex. Then one night, he shows up at her door, suddenly aware that the girl he’s seen around Lark Cove is now a beautiful woman.

Except what he doesn’t remember is that this visit isn’t his first. They spent a night together once before. A night he’s forgotten, thanks to a bottle of tequila.

A night that crushed a timid girl’s heart, and set a broken man on the path to heal them both.

 

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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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Teaser: Saving Beck by Courtney Cole

 

 

Reminiscent of the beloved novels by Mary Kubica and Jodi Picoult comes a chilling portrayal of a son’s addiction and its harrowing effects on both him and his mother from New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole.SAVING BECK releases July 17, 2018. Check out the teaser below, and pre-order your copy of SAVING BECK today!

 

 

SAVING BECK Synopsis:

There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough.

The cold needle in his warm vein was a welcome comfort to my son at first. But then it became the monster that kept us apart.

Heroin lied, and my son believed. It took him to a world where the last year didn’t happen, to a place where his father was still alive. What Beck didn’t understand was that it couldn’t bring his father back from the dead. It couldn’t take away his pain, not permanently.

You think it can’t happen to you, that your kids, your family, will never be in this situation.

I thought that too. But you’re wrong.

Step into our world, and see for yourself.

Watch my golden boy become a slave to this raging epidemic. Watch me try and save him.

Drug addiction comes with a price.

Trust me, you’re not equipped to pay it.

Don’t miss this heart wrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—it will leave you forever changed.

 

Pre-order SAVING BECK here!

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About Courtney Cole:

Courtney Cole grew up in rural Kansas and now lives with her husband and kids in Florida, where she writes beneath palm trees and is still in love with the idea of magic and happily-ever-after. She is the author of Saving Beck.

 

 

 

 

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New Release: Creating Chaos by Lacey Dailey

Everyone needs to read this book! It is so relevant to today’s gay youth and their brave approach to coming out to family and friends. Enjoy!

Title: Creating Chaos
Author: Lacey Dailey

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: July 2, 2018

Blurb
Gideon Stryker
hates high school and everything that comes with it. As a dancer at a school filled with students whose favorite past time is to make his life as miserable as
possible, his plan for senior year is simple: lay low, graduate, and get the hell out.
Elliott Oakley
wasn’t looking for friends, a relationship, or anything in between after his
normal life went from tolerable to unbearable and he made the necessary choice
to move from Iowa to North Carolina.
But this is life.
And plans change.
They were best friends first but Gideon and Elliott soon form a connection that is too
powerful to deny. They fall hard for each other, creating chaos and ignoring
judgment wherever they go.
Suddenly, high school seems manageable, life seems bearable, and the plans they were so set on following get tossed out the window. They make a new plan. One that ends with them together. But their plan gets a giant wedge tossed into it the moment
Elliott’s past makes the journey from Iowa all the way to North Carolina,
creating more chaos than they ever thought possible.

 

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Author Bio
The best place to find Lacey is with her nose in a book.
She’s a sucker for a good love story and a happy ending that has her swooning.
When she’s not obsessing over giving her own characters a happy ending, you can
find her in the dance studio embowering young dancers and giving out tons of
stickers. Thanks to her mother’s pizzeria, Lacey can make a delicious pizza.


When she’s not putting on her dance shoes or inhaling a
slice of pizza, she’s in front of her computer binge watching romantic comedies
and penning stories with love so powerful, it’ll last a lifetime. As a recent
graduate of Central Michigan University, Lacey intends to keep inspiring people
through dance and lots and lots of words. She currently lives in Central
Michigan surrounded by her family and unpredictable weather.

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Review: More Than Words by Mia Sheridan

More Than WordsMore Than Words by Mia Sheridan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to mentally prepare myself to read a book by Mia Sheridan – but it is with great excitement and anxiety fluttering in my chest. I know her books are going to rip my heart open and then somehow beautifully put it back together, and that is exactly what this one did. More Than Words was written in such a way that it magically intertwined history, music, and the bonds of childhood to create a heartfelt and passionate life story between Callen and Jessie.

“I am here to save you.” Each time this line was said in the book, I lost a little piece of my heart to these two characters. When Callen & Jessie initially meet each other they are both seeking refuge from their broken homes and lives. Their instant friendship and easiness with each other was both endearing and portrayed so naturally. I loved their world of “make believe” and “fairy tales” and how they each played a part in them as they escaped their own reality. My heart was teetering as the years went on and they each invested more in their relationship.

Oh Callen – he is both broken and a genius. He lost his way very young, but somehow managed to hold on to the one thing from his past that made him who he is as a famous composer. This tie to his childhood with Jessie was my undoing – he was so vulnerable when it came to Jessie, yet so arrogant and confident to outsiders. The way he changed from a successful and famous man to a young man acting like a kid again with Jessie was amazing. It made me fall for him although I literally wanted to smack him sometimes.

Jessie is brilliant, and I absolutely loved the parallels between her studying Joan of Arc and her own story with Callen. Mia Sheridan is a freaking genius!!!! I found myself right in the midst of the historical figure’s life and battles – then only to be thrown right back into the frenzy of Jessie and Callen’s lives. The reoccurring theme of “live fiercely and have no regrets” was so prominent and meaningful throughout the book, that you just couldn’t help but keep hoping Jessie & Callen would not give up on their dreams or each other.

Although this book spans over a couple of decades – you feel as if time stands still with Jessie & Callen. Their bond and emotional ties to the other are so strong and so real. I absolutely loved how their childhood together was just the foundation for what was to come for them. This book is definitely one of my favorites I have read this year – and I can’t wait to go back and read it again…and again. Well done Mia Sheridan!! XO

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Cover Reveal: Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

 

Kiss My Ash, an all new Sexy Taboo standalone Romance by Leddy Harper is releasing August 9th!

 

 

Ash Jenkins was the typical boy next door. Wait, who am I kidding? There was nothing typical about that boy.

He was tall, ripped, and had the voice of a man twice his age. Intelligent, sexy as sin, and barely legal.

Sent to live with his dad after getting in some trouble with the law, he was definitely someone I needed to stay away from.

But he had his sights set on me, and he didn’t try to hide it.

Did it still make me a cougar if I was the prey?

Add it to your TBR – https://bit.ly/2Ka0hzq

 

 

 

About Leddy Harper

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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Website: http://www.leddyharper.com/

 

Review: Reckless Love by J. Saman

Reckless Love: A second Chance RomanceReckless Love: A second Chance Romance by J. Saman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Inevitably, we’re forced to make sacrifices. It’s when we sacrifice the ones we love for the things we shouldn’t that changes us.”

Oh I loved this book!! This was the first book I have read by J. Saman and I could tell from the first few pages that I was going to fall hard with this one. This is a second chance romance between Lyric, a world famous rock-star’s daughter, and Jameson, the boy she knew from childhood. I was immediately sucked into their story feeling every emotion from Lyric in the Prologue. Oh this girl was so heartbroken! After experiencing a couple of big heartbreaks of my own, and a long distance relationship, I could empathize with Lyric on so many levels and I was drawn to her. The author did a fab job making their story so real and raw.

Although you know from the beginning that Jameson is going to break Lyric’s heart – you can’t help but fall for this guy. He is my tall, dark, and handsome dream. He’s a flirt, a charmer, has the dimples, the muscles, the brains and plays college baseball!!! OH MY GOD I AM IN LOVE WITH HIM!!!!! What I also adored about Jameson is he was so open and honest with how he felt about Lyric – he didn’t hold back with her. Their relationship evolved exactly how you envision a friends to lovers to soulmates story. There were hurdles, challenges, long-distance struggles, pessimistic friends, and growing pains; but there was also lust, laughs, passion, private moments shared between the two of them as “friends”, intimate hugs that opened their eyes to more, and a love that is rare and beautiful.

I cried, laughed, and swooned hard with this book. The secondary characters, and the settings of Nashville, NYC, and SoCal were perfect. I easily could have placed myself right into this story and fallen for Jameson myself. Well done J. Saman! I’m officially a fan!! XO

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Review: Father Figures by Dee Ellis

Father Figures (A Crystal Cove Holiday #8)Father Figures by Dee Ellis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book/novella I have read by Dee Ellis, and I really did not know what to expect. When I realized this story is the 8th in a series I was a bit worried I would be missing out on some characters or storyline; but you can definitely read it as a stand-alone.

This story is about a widowed father, Austin, of three girls who is moving back to his wife’s hometown to be/feel closer to her. Even after several years, he has not allowed himself to truly move on and be happy. Enter Shelby – the younger native bartender in town who catches his eye. I loved her immediately – her spunk, feisty and flirty attitude, and especially how she was with his daughters. Even though Austin could be quite intimidating, she always stood her ground and I loved her confidence and passion.

Austin was so torn between staying loyal to his wife and his vows of the past, and moving forward for both himself and his daughters. At times he made me frustrated; but I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to move on from your first spouse and true love. The author did a fantastic job of portraying what must be a raging internal war that must go on in a widower’s mind when they meet ‘that person’ after losing the one they thought was theirs forever.

Although I typically find that novellas can be rushed in their story-telling, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It is passionate, has great secondary characters, and the descriptive scenes make you feel like you are right there on the ranch with Austin, Shelby, and three adorable daughters. Well done Dee Ellis! I’m looking forward to the next in this series.

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Review: The Girl & Her Ren by Pepper Winters

The Girl and Her Ren (The Ribbon Duet, #2)The Girl and Her Ren by Pepper Winters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pepper Winters has ruined me for all other love and life stories. This book duet, and The Girl and Her Ren especially, have a special place in my book lover’s heart. I know without a shadow of doubt that these books will forever be favorites of mine. Ren & Della’s story was written so beautifully and flawlessly. It is raw, real, and will transport you to every forest, river, small town, and meadow they battle life and love in.

This book continues the story of Ren & Della right where The Boy & His Ribbon left off… they are both fighting past demons and trying to find solace in the real world without the other. But, the ribbon that forever ties them together never breaks. Their connection and bond is one of, if not, the strongest I have ever read. They are both passionate, giving, loving, strong human beings who simply cannot exist without the other.

Their story is beautiful and heart-wrenching. I cried – like ugly cried – for most of the end of the book. But I could not stop reading their story. I was living it with them by then. I was experiencing their love, their pain, their sorrow, and their joy. I lived in that farmhouse with them. I worked in the fields, painted the houses, and felt their passion in the wild. That is forever what they would be – Ren & Della Wild. I love them like no other characters, and I mourn saying goodbye to them…for now. Their story will always be in my heart, and I will forever think of Della when I see a blue ribbon. Thank you Pepper Winters for this beautiful story of love and life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! XO

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