Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Review: Texting Tyler by Rebecca Rembish

Hello Readers,

Today I'm thrilled to be a part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour for Rebecca Rembish's novel Texting Tyler. I'm so thrilled to share my thoughts on this book with all of you.

But first I'd like to share some information about the author and the book.

Rebecca Rembish is a stay-at-home mom to a mini super-hero. To help balance out her adventurous days with a pre-schooler and grown-up married life, she escapes by writing Young Adult Romantic Fiction.

She is a compulsive nail biter, who makes daily trips to 7-11 for blueberry coffee. Rebecca grew up in Rockland County, New York, and now resides in New Jersy with her husband and son. Although Rebecca loves to text, amazingly, she and her husband of ten years have never once sent each other a test message. 

Now, I think that last part is super cute. You can contact Rebecca at her Texting Tyler Website or through her Twitter account @justsendatext. You can purchase her book through this link

And now here's the synopsis for Texting Tyler. This synopsis was provided by the author as part of the tour:

Christopher Clarke is the nicest guy Amy Fallon has ever met. He is handsome, smart, funny, an all-around great guy. Tyler Clarke is hot. So why is Amy, one of the smartest girls in school, so clueless when it comes to realizing who she is truly falling in love with? Or better yet, who's falling in love with her.

Amy is forced to spend the week at her grandmother's house in Arizona. She returns home to New York with a closer bond to her grandmother, with a best friend who she adores, and with a boyfriend who she believes is everything she has ever dreamed of. After months of communication with the two new men in her life, things finally seem to be falling in place for Amy.

That is, until she starts to realize whom her heart is truly longing for. When she returns to Arizona almost a year later, things don't go quite as planned when she is blindsided not only be the death of her grandmother, but learns the truth behind the text messages from Tyler. With time and a little help from her grandmother's memory, we are able to see if her broken heart can heal and get Amy back on the course she was destined for.

And now for my review:

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I have not received any compensation for this book. The tour host may have received compensation for scheduling the tour. However, I have received nothing and am not obligated to give a good review. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I went into this book without really knowing what to expect. It sounded intriguing and so I decided to give it a shot. I've found a lot of really fun books that way and was excited to see what would happen with this book.

In one word this book was cute. It made me smile as I read about Amy and Chris's relationship. This book touched on body image problems and self-esteem; something that I think is a crucial topic in today's society, but I won't get into that right now.

I found the dialogue to be believable and compelling. I thought that the plot might have been predictable, but sometimes you just want a cute read that you can quickly read and leave with a smile on your face. This book fits the bill perfectly. 

Amy was a character that I could relate to. She was stupid at times, but which one of us hasn't been stupid before--especially when it comes to love? I loved watching her grow and attempt to sort our her feelings.

Chris was just the classic good guy; the type of guy you are supposed to like. I loved watching him struggle with own doubts and fears as he tried to win Amy over.

This book switched between both of their perspectives which is absolutely something that I appreciate.

This book was cute and entertaining, but it lacked that extra something to bump it up to a 4. However, I still really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to all those who like cute high school romance stories. 

In Summary: Rebecca's debut presents readers with a delightfully entertaining read that is bound to appeal to lovers of high school romance stories.

Warnings/Side-notes: Two instances of strong language. Some references to drinking. Overall, the content in this book is very mild. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it. 

The Wrap-up: Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am glad that I got to read it. Rebecca's novel was a fast, fun, and delightful read. I normally am a harsher grader when it comes to stories about high school romances. Honestly, in most cases, what are they going to lead to? But I really loved how Rebecca set up this novel. 

An enjoyable read that fans of young adult realistic contemporary romantic novels will enjoy reading.  


Danica Page

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Promo: The Betrayal by Sheila Hendrix

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the promo tour for The Betrayal by Sheila Hendrix. 

But first here's some information about the author:

Sheila Hendrix is a native of Alabama and resides there with her husband of seventeen years. Her only children are her six dogs. She works as a nurse for a nursing home and also does reviews for a magazine, although she hasn’t done that in awhile because she’s been busy writing her own Young Adult series.

Sheila has always wanted to write but never thought she’d be able to. It’s been a dream of hers since she was a little girl. She practically raised her little brother because her parents both had to work. She had to grow up fast and that was where she got the idea of writing about two brothers whose parents abandoned them when they were little.

The Dark Circle book series is her paranormal series she’s working on right now. She got the idea for The Betrayal after having a nightmare that stayed with her for days.

The Betrayal is the first book in the series and is now available where ever books are sold. The second book in the series is Head Games and then Darkness Falls. She doesn’t know how many books will be in the series but there will be several.

Her hobbies are reading, writing, gardening, traveling, hiking, camping and swimming. She is currently in school to earn her Associate Degree in Paralegal studies but her dream is to write.

Contact Links:

And now here's the synopsis. 

When Zachariah and Matthew McCannon were young, their parents abandoned them, leaving Zack to take care of his little brother, Matt. Though they lived with their grandmother, she was always sick, so Zack was forced to raise him. This was not an easy task.

   Zack had his hands full because of Matt’s unusual powers. He has visions and dreams that come true, and when he gets angry or upset, he can move things with his mind. Because of this, evil seeks him, keeping Zack on his toes as his protector. 

    As the brothers grew older, they became hunters, pursuing evil supernatural forces. After Matthew has a dream, it sends them on a hunt for cave, not knowing why, but realizing it is necessary. When they arrive, Matt finds the vision was a trap.

    A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. The Darkness is named, Alanya, which means, The Destroyer.

    Alanya hates the brothers. In the past, every time he tried to apprehend Matt, Zack would thwart him by protecting his brother. Alanya is incensed that a mere human boy can beat him, for demons are not to be defied.
    When Alanya asks Zack, “How far will you go to save your brother?” Zack answers, “As far as I have to.”

    Now, the brothers are faced with a deadly force they never had to deal with before. This demon is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear. If the McCannon’s are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.

This one does so intriguing. I will definitley be keeping tabs on this one. Hope you enjoy!

~Danica Page

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Promo for The Indigo Butterfyl by Lisa L. Schoonover

Travel Narrative

The Indigo Butterfly is the true and inspiring story of a young writer’s journey of self-discovery and a yearning for her place in the world. On the eve of college graduation the author has a revealing dream that leads to an epiphany. At the same time, Desert Storm is causing a recession throughout the country, leaving few opportunities for a new writer. 
Forced to make some difficult decisions, the young woman rejects conventionality in order to follow her dream of becoming a writer. But she soon discovers that the outer voyage is interwoven with her inner journey to understand herself. While she is on the road, the writer encounters fellow travelers, teachers, mystics, artists, and unique individuals who welcome her into their communities.
The Indigo Butterfly chronicles the author’s fifteen-year odyssey across North America as retold through vignettes culled from her journals during that time. From Seattle’s lush rainforest to the mysterious islands of South Carolina, no region of the country goes unexplored in the determined writer’s quest. 

Lisa L. Schoonover is an experienced writer, aquisitions editor, curriculum developer, and independent travel contributor. With twenty years of combined teaching and educational publishing experience, she has worked as a senior editor and project manager for Houghton Mifflin, Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill, Riverside Publishing, as well as several other development houses and publishers across the country. Her work appears in texts, ancillary materials, testing materials, and educational curriculum.
Lisa is also active in the literary community as an advocate and writing facilitator. Her work with Headstart and Homeschooling was one of the early after-school literacy programs in the country. She has worked as an ELL instructor, ELA TA, Laubach Literacy instructor, and has taught in both private and public schools throughout the country. Lisa is the former editor of Schoolwisepress in San Francisco, and has worked for CK-12 in Silicon Valley. She has been a contributing writer to many literary journals, anthologies, and publications. Lisa is currently involved with literacy projects of merit.
As an independent travel writer, Lisa is provided with the opportunity to experience other cultures in a more personally engaging way than with pleasure travel. Lisa has written for Conde Nast Traveller, Transitions Abroad, Budget Travel, Boots 'N All, as well as other independent and mainstream publications. Her travelogue for children, entitled A Day in Florence, will soon be re-released in e-book form. Her travel articles have also been published in periodicals and magazines across the country. Lisa was also a stringer for the MV Times, Martha's Vineyard Magazine, and BermudaMagazine.
She has written for neighborhood publications, non-profits, and start-ups. Her curriculum development experience assisted in the transition to technical writing. Lisa has provided educational services for Adobe, Cisco, Upside Magazine, NFA, and The IrishIndependent when Lisa lived abroad in Ireland. She has been a freelance reporter and contributor to a number of political, business, and trade organizations. Lisa's writing skills were honed at the Iowa Writers Workshop and her short stories have appeared in anthologies nationwide. She is currently promoting her new release The Indigo Butterfly.

Twitter @lisa_schoonover

Purchase Link

Book Ordering Information: 
1 (877) 407-4847
 ISBN: 978-1-4525-5325-2 (sc)


Friday, October 5, 2012

Blog Tour/Promo: Sierra by Taylor Dean

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the Promo tour for Taylor Dean's novel Sierra. As part of this promo tour, I'll be sharing some information about Taylor and her novel. 

Here is Taylor Dean's bio:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up. 

You can contact Taylor through her Website or through her Facebook. You can also contact her through Twitter

And now here is the synopsis for her novel.  

Alyssa Fontaine’s life, loved ones—everything familiar and dear—are brutally taken from her.

Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name.

Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.  

Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope. 

I haven't read this novel but it sounds really intriguing. It has an average rating of 4.2 on Goodreads and from what I have read people seem to like this book. From reviewers, I have heard that they thought the book was going to be light-hearted and cute from the cover, but found that this book actually explored weightier themes and was compelling. I definitely think this one is worth checking out. 

This is the second novel Taylor has published this year. Her third one comes out on September 19, 2012 and is entitled I Have People.


Danica Page 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review: Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley

Shattered Silence
(Men of Texas Rangers, #2)
by Margaret Daley
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Average Rating: 4.0
Pages: 336

Before I get into my review, here's the summary:

A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders. While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn't what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana's faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved the first in this series and so naturally I was psyched to hear that Daley had written a sequel. Even though this is a sequel, this novel can stand on its own. This book focuses on new characters and a new plot.

Having said that, I adored this book. Daley has the ability to combine romance and suspense with deeper issues. Her first book she tackled on human trafficking; with this book, she tackled the effects of abuse and the complex issue of immigration and illegal immigration and racism.

I love authors who take on hard topics and still manage to craft a brilliant story. While I would say I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first one in the series, I still really enjoyed this one.

The characters were intriguing. Cody and Liliana switched off perspectives as the story unfolded and I loved watching them interact as they tried to solve the murders. 

I also love how Daley focuses on an older generation as well as characters who are in their teens. Readers are also able to gain insight into teenager Kyle's mind who is ticked at his dad Cody for making them move and is on his way to being racist. I loved watching him grow and develop.

The Christian element was never forced in this novel and I loved that. I also loved watching all the characters progress as the novel developed.

I have read so much suspense that I'm beginning to be able to guess the murderer. I managed to do that with this novel, but that is my only complaint about this novel. All in all it was a great read. 

In Summary: This is the second book I've read by Daley and I can assure you it won't be the last. With the ability to combine intriguing characters with a compelling plot that delves into some deeper issues in life, Daley is definitely an author I'll be keeping my eye on. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This book was very clean. It does deal with abuse but in a way that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to any reader. 

The Wrap-up: Daley writes beautiful, profound, and insightful books that I really enjoy reading. 


Danica Page

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Blog Tour/Book Review/Interview: The Dilemma by Jacquie Johnson

Hello Readers,

Today I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Dilemma by Jacquie Johnson. This is her sophomore novel. As a part of this tour, I will be including my review of her novel, an interview Jacquie had with her character Ryder, and a chance for you guys to win a $25 gift card. 

But first here's some information about the author:

Jacquie Johnson fell in love with books on her mother’s knee. From Dr. Seuss to Carolyn Keene to L.M. Montgomery, she continued her affair until her teenage years when she began reading authors ranging from Tom Clancy to Nora Roberts to Johanna Lindsey. She’s still an avid reader but now carries an e-reader instead of a paperback in her purse. Mysteries and suspense are her favorite genres, but she enjoys romance, historical fiction, and non-fiction as well.  

She graduated from Harvard and Indiana University School of Law. After ten years practicing labor and employment law, she retired to homeschool her daughters. She lives in Northwest Indiana with her husband, three daughters, and a spoiled cocker spaniel named Princess.  

You can contact Jacquie at her website or through Facebook or Goodreads.  You can purchase her book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble

And now here's the synopsis:

In Chicago, the name Jon Elliott garners attention. When the legal mastermind offers to mentor Alexis Winters, Bingham, Elliott and Bright’s newest associate, she jumps at the opportunity sure this will launch her career. But Jon has a dark side, one that demands unquestioning loyalty and a willingness to defy the spirit of the law, if not the letter.  

Thrust into Jon’s world and expected to play by his rulebook, Alexis grapples with her conscience. On several occasions, Jon’s orders are at odds with what she learned in law school, and she finds herself trapped between her profession’s ethical rules and her own values. When Jon’s biggest client appears to be engaging in questionable activities and he orders her to ignore the behavior, Alexis investigates on her own. Suddenly, she is not only a witness to a horrible crime but a victim in her own right. Going underground, she turns to the one person she can trust, investigative journalist Ryder Prescott, a childhood friend. Together, Ryder and Alexis work to solve a puzzle that crosses socioeconomic classes, political parties, and international borders.  

Embroiled in a global conspiracy that costs her the only family she has left, Alexis must decide how far she will go to defend truth and justice. Is she willing to sacrifice life, liberty and the possibility of love?  

And now for my review:

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of of this review as part of the tour in exchange for my honest opinion. The blog tour host Cami received money for organizing the tour; I received nothing for reviewing this book and was not obligated to write a good review. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love romantic suspense and so I was excited to read this novel. The synopsis sounded really intriguing. An ethical dilemma seemed like a great thing to center a novel around. I know that it caught my attention. 

I really liked the character Ryder. He had such a strong voice and I loved getting to learn more about him. I also liked Alexis. She was facing this rough situation and yet she had the strength to persevere.

I also liked how Johnson built her novel and the conspiracy she chose to talk about. I've mentioned it before but I'll mention it again; I love when authors aren't afraid to talk about gritty topics like rape or trafficking or drugs or abuse or a variety of different topics. Johnson tackled many of these topics in a powerful way that I feel will resonate with the readers.

So why three stars? Well, first off three stars means I did enjoy the novel but something was missing or something was a little off to give it the standout rating of a four. The romance just seemed off to me. It happened so quickly and I never had time to wrap my head around it. I feel like Johnson could have taken more time to explain their relationship. 

However, having said that, I did really enjoy this novel. 

In Summary: Jacquie Johnson manages to combine a world full of romance, suspense, and conspiracies into one enjoyable novel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Adult book. This book talks about some very mature issues in a more graphic way than most young adults are ready for. This book had strong language, sexual content, and references to drugs. This is a book I definitely wouldn't recommend for people who are sensitive. You have to have a tough skin.  

The Wrap-up: An intriguing book that I enjoyed reading. This was a quick read for me but one that prompted a thoughtful reflection of life.

And now it's time for the interview Jacquie Johnson had with her character Ryder. 

Interview with Ryder Prescott

Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce Ryder Prescott, the hero of Dilemma and an investigative journalist with heart. He cares deeply about right and wrong and has been disappointed on several occasions when the public ignored his cries for change. This time he’s determined to make people listen and to make a difference.

Ryder: What’s wrong with wanting to make a difference?

Jacquie: Nothing, Ryder. It’s a great quality as long as you don’t forget about the other important things in your life?

Ryder: Like?

Jacquie: Really--wait a second. This is my interview. You’re supposed to answer my questions.

Ryder: Sorry, professional habit.

Jacquie: It’s ok. Besides, for added incentive, if this interview goes well, maybe I’ll add a Pulitzer to your resume.

Ryder: Don’t make promises you can’t keep. So, fire away.

Jacquie: Why investigative journalism?

Ryder: I like uncovering people’s dirty little secrets. Everyone has them. The ones that bother me the most are the ones that affect everyone and are held by hypocrites who insist they’ve never done anything wrong.

Jacquie: Like certain politicians?

Ryder: Exactly. He nods with a small smile.

Jacquie: How long have you known Alexis?

Ryder: Softball question, Jacq. You know we grew up in the same town. 

Jacquie: Here’s a tougher one. You dated Allyson in high school but liked Alexis…Care to explain why?

Ryder: Sighs and stares at the ceiling for a moment. Look, I was a teenage boy. Allyson was the town “it” girl. Smirks. Like me, she hated small town life and was planning to hit the road the moment she graduated. I knew she wouldn’t read more into our relationship than a good time. And believe me, Ally knew how to show a guy a good time.

Jacquie: Okay. If that’s what you liked about Allyson, why in heaven’s name would you be interested in Alexis? They might be twins, but they’re polar opposites.

Ryder: Hey! Alexis is perfect. Smart, sweet, and sexy. She’s much too good for a guy like me. That’s why I didn’t do anything with her in high school. Every guy has an untouchable dream girl, and Alexis was mine. I knew all I would do was hurt her so I dated her sister and that allowed me to spend time with Lex. Nearly killed me when she went out with Larry Turner though. If she was too good for me, she was light years ahead of that idiot.

Jacquie: Speaking of sexy, what makes a woman sexy in your eyes?

Ryder: A woman’s mind and her attitude. Don’t get me wrong, Lex is beautiful, but I love her go-get-em attitude and how her mind works. She’s always thinking. A slow smile spreads across his face. And I’m the man who has the pleasure of derailing her train of thought when she thinks too much or too hard.

Jacquie: What did you expect to happen when you came to Chicago to see Alexis?

Ryder: Well, I was hoping to uncover a story about political corruption that might put me back on top. Falling in love wasn’t part of my original plan. But hey, sometimes there is a story within a story.

Jacquie:  So, what is in the hopper for your next piece?

Ryder:  Not much of anything for now.

Jacquie:  Don’t make me take back that Pulitzer. You were doing so well. You’re not exactly the type to sit idly, so give us a little hint.

Ryder:  Jacquie, I would love to at this point, but, as you know, if you blow the top off the story too early, the bad guys have a chance to “clean” things up before you can nail them with the tough stuff. That said, I will give you a little hint. Political corruption never goes out of style.

And now, here's your chance to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck!

~Danica Page

Waiting on Wednesday #26

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The point is to share a book that hasn't been released yet, but one that you are dying to read.

This is my twenty-sixth time participating in this meme.This week I have chosen to spotlight two young adult novels. One is a historical paranormal and one is a realistic contemporary.

The first one is Out of Reach by debut author Carrie Acros. It comes out on October 16, 2012 and is being published by Simon Pulse. 

The synopsis:

How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.

Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.

With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

Why I'm waiting?

I only recently discovered this one, but it loves so explosive. I love realistic contemporaries and this one looks incredible. This book promises to be full of intrigue, suspense, and romance—three of my favorite things. Also it's a debut novel and I'm taking part of that challenge. 

Plus, I've heard great things about it so far, and the cover is intriguing.

Add this book to your Goodreads shelf.

The second one is The Unfailing Light (Katerina #2)by Robin Bridges. It comes out on October 9, 2012 and is being published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 

The synopsis:

Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Unfailing Light, Volume II in The Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia's aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina's horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.

Why I'm waiting?

I loved the first one in this series. It was so unlike anything I've ever read before and yet something about the novel drew me in so completely. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

Plus, it's about Russia. I love Russia. My favorite books are Crime and Punishment and Anna Karenina—enough said. Also the covers are so beautiful.
I'm not normally interested in books about necromancers but Bridges might be changing my mind.

Add this book to your Goodreads shelf. 

And those are the books that I'm dying to read. But enough about me, what book did you guys pick? Please leave your link in the comments section. I love hearing from you guys.

P.S. My copy of Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson came today. Squeal! I'm so excited. I've waited years for this novel. 


Danica Page
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