Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hard Rock Kiss Release Day!

Happy release day to Athena Wright!
Hard Rock Kiss is now available!

This book made me cry! It was so beautiful.

Get Hard Rock Kiss here →

Rock star god Nathan Walker is the first person to make me feel alive in years. But I can’t let this happen. I can’t let us happen. For my sake, and for his.

Nathan Walker is famous. Rich. Gorgeous. A rock star god. The media says he goes through women like tissues. That he’s never been seen with the same girl twice.

From the minute we met, I knew there was something more to him.

Every brush of his lips, every touch of his skin, makes my body, heart and soul sing.

It’s not just physical. In those moments we share together, I know he cares for me.

Just like I’m beginning to care for him.

But there’s a secret I’m keeping from him. A secret that will change everything. A secret that could ruin his dreams, his future.

Despite all the playboy rumors, I know Nathan would never intentionally hurt me.

What if I have the power to hurt him?

Until next time,

Friday, September 7, 2018

Steals and Deals for September 7th

If you're on a tight budget like me, you're probably on the lookout for some awesome free and 99 cent books. I'm constantly discovering new deals every day, so I want to share them with you! All of these books are under $2 (I found a good one for $1.49, so I thought I'd include that, too).

Until next time,

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Release Day for Risk by K.B. Rose

Happy release day to K.B. Rose!
Check out Risk--now available for 99 cents for release week only.

Tired of being under the rule of her powerful father, Leah escapes across the country to her mother's house for a summer of adventure before her senior year of college. Armed with a to-do list and an open mind, she's ready for anything. But the reunion with her mother doesn't exactly go as planned, and to make matters even worse, her father sends one of his security team to bring her back home. Is her quest for adventure already over, or is it just getting started?

Dominic left a rough life in Chicago to enter the world of private security, and agreeing to go after the boss's runaway daughter is a risky move. With one misstep, his fast track career could hit a dead end, and the headstrong rich girl isn't making things easy. But as he reluctantly assumes the role of her new bodyguard for the summer, he learns there's a little more to her than he expected. And though she's completely off-limits, he finds that he doesn't want to stand back and watch her chase forbidden thrills. He wants to be the one to give them to her.

Through tattoo parlors, hotel rooms, and a three day music festival, Leah and Dominic both have to decide whether the road to freedom - and to each other - is truly worth risking it all.

Note: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to strong language and sexual content.

Buy Risk on Amazon

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Why, hello there!

*waves* Hi, hello, howdy!
I've missed you and I've missed this SO MUCH.

I thought I'd restart this blog with a quick post about what's changed in my life since the blog went on a sudden hiatus. I didn't mean for the hiatus to happen, especially without notice, but life got in the way. Sadly, blogging became more like work rather than a fun hobby. I felt obligated to post all my reviews and read more new releases to remain relevant. So I decided to just stop and figured that maybe someday I'll feel like blogging again. Even if I wasn't able to return to it, I would accept that and cherish everything that I gained from the experience. Blogging led me to friends who are like family, to amazing book recommendations, to becoming an actual author. I couldn't be more grateful.

Over the summer I was thinking about how much I would love to help fellow indie authors out more. Utilizing social media only does so much to spread the word about new books. And all self-published authors rely on getting their name and book in front of potential readers to become successful in their writing career. I began considering resurrecting this blog as a possible platform to sharing books again. At first I tried to brush the thought aside, thinking I must be insane to want to go back to it after the stress it caused me years ago.

But then I really thought about it. I missed the feeling I had when I blogged on a regular basis. It felt nice connecting to fellow readers and sharing all these awesome bookish things with others. Then I thought about what I could do to make it work for me with my life now. If it's overwhelming, I won't stick with it. So, I decided that the best method of action would be to do what I want to do, not what former-blogging-Jessica thought she needed to do. So, this blog will be casual, mostly focused on bookish things (especially leaning toward self-published authors and self-publishing in general), but will also feature a sprinkling of other interesting things like stuff happening in my life.

I wanted to start off with an introductory-type post. Even though most of you will remember me and some of you followed me on social media, I thought it would be good to play a bit of catch up on changes in my life. So here's some pictures and stories!

Before and After!

I dyed my hair back to my natural color after being blonde for wayyyyyy too long. I didn't hate being blonde, it definitely was cool to be blonde, but it took far too much work and I didn't like how blech my hair looked when I went too long between getting the roots done. Plus, I like being a brunette. It looks the best on me.


For a few years, I had noticed my eyesight wasn't as good as it used to be. It gradually got worse and I kept pushing eye exams off because I thought I could handle it. Well, I had to get my license renewed this summer on my 33rd birthday, so it became a requirement for me to get glasses or else not qualify to drive temporarily. I actually LOVE wearing glasses now. I can see a whole lot better than before. I hadn't even realized how bad it got until I put the glasses on.

Kyle and me

The last personal post I had on here said that I was engaged... but I'm married now! Yep, Kyle and I tied the knot on January 13th 2017, over a year and a half ago. We debated on having a small ceremony with close family and friends, then went with going to the courthouse without anybody. It was a simple ceremony, we didn't take many pictures, but the memories matter most. We moved to a bigger apartment not long after getting married. And in January we'll be moving again, only into a house this time. We'll still be renting, but it'll have much more space so we can organize our lives a lot easier. Then for probably at least two or three years we'll stay there and save up to buy a house.

I'm going to end this post there for now and continue with more random tidbits of my life in other posts in the future. Don't want this one to get too long!

Anyways, I'm so happy to be here again with everyone! I hope to chat with all of you more soon!

Until next time,

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Triumphant Return of Thoughts!

Hello hello hello!

It's been awhile, hasn't it? Yeah, a LONG LONG while. I've decided it's time to return to blogging, but in a more casual sense. I was pushing myself too hard and having trouble staying on top of things and writing reviews while the book was fresh in mind. It ended up burning me out and frustrating me to the point where I felt too overwhelmed to even bother.

Now I'm going to blog on my own terms, no pressure, no forced reviews, just post whatever bookish things feel right. I want to help out my friends with their new releases and sales, as well as do what I can for all self-published authors. I also want to write some articles and share deals for those of us on a budget (like me).

So I hope you'll stick around to see my new and improved blog! Also take a look at the new set up--I changed a bunch of things around in the aesthetic of the page.

Until next time,

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Review: Kind of Crazy by Eliza Boyd

Title: Kind of Crazy
Author: Eliza Boyd
Published: November 2nd 2016
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Alexa has a habit of coming on too strong too soon. It’s been called her “special brand of crazy.” This time, she’s actually left the state on a last-minute trip to Portland to clear her head and get away from it all. Armed with a list of restaurants to spend her day at, she opens her rideshare app and requests a ride. But she gets more than she bargained for in the form of her driver, Nicolas.

Will she end up heartbroken again? Or has she finally found someone who loves her kind of crazy?

My Thoughts:

Eliza Boyd never ceases to bring on the best stories! When she said this one was going to be releasing, I was excited to read a new one. It's a shorter story, which I love the short ones because they are so sweet.

Alexa and Nicolas are absolutely adorable together! I enjoyed how things progressed with them throughout the day. You can sense something more developing, and you're intrigued at whether Alexa knows him from somewhere before. I loved how it all came together in the end. Kind of Crazy is so cute and charming, a great read that'll leave you begging for more from Eliza!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Mini Reviews: Upside Down by Lia Riley; Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage; & Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler


Title: Upside Down
Author: Lia Riley
Published: August 5th 2014
Source: Won from Giveaway
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

My Thoughts:

Wow. I'm at a loss for words. I had heard how amazing this book (actually the whole series) is, but nothing prepared me for what I was given. Talia and Bran were spectacular. The way they fit together, understood each other, and cared was beyond expectation. I found myself tearing up near the end, not to mention a few heartwrenching moments not long before that. Talia's OCD was very well represented, I could feel her struggle as though it were my own. I just, wow. Great start to the series and I'm looking forward to reading more of these gorgeous words by Lia Riley.

My Rating:


Title: Price of a Kiss
Author: Linda Kage
Published: August 15th 2013
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
I don’t care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean—

Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.

It’s no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he’s just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate...except for one teeny tiny glitch.

He's a gigolo.

Boy, do I know how to pick them.

My Thoughts:

I signed up to read another book in Linda Kage's Forbidden Men series, With Every Heartbeat, and thought it was great. One night when I was scrolling through my ereader, I found this one that I'd downloaded awhile back. I started reading a few pages...and ended up reading the whole thing, keeping me up until nearly 4AM! I was so captivated by Reese and Mason's story, the way their lives were, how they intersected. They're two people who are meant to be, yet they can't just be. Not without losing everything else important in their lives. I loved how it all wove together, and even though some aspects may cause some to get upset, I completely understood the importance of them in telling the story. Price of a Kiss is a shining example of the new adult category!

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Title: Last Will and Testament
Author: Dahlia Adler
Published: December 9th 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

My Thoughts:

This story starts off very strong, hitting you right in the feels and giving you insight into Lizzie's personality immediately. As the story progresses, her struggles to take care of her brothers after their parents died become known, and their daily life isn't easy peasy by a long shot. The friendship into more that Lizzie develops with her TA, Connor, is swoonworthy for sure. When I reached the end of the story, I found myself torn between how I felt about it. On the one hand, it felt authentic, and on the other hand, it felt unrealistic. I think the whole forbidden teacher student romance can go two ways. The romance is great, but sometimes it feels like the happily ever after doesn't always come with a price and that throws me off. I thought that the writing itself was fantastic and Dahlia Adler delivers her stories quite well. Last Will and Testament a pretty good start to the Radleigh University series.

My Rating: