Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Giveaway! Tonight the Streets are Ours

Well hello lovelies! Long time no post!

Here, anyway. I've been uploading frequently on my YouTube channel. Have you checked it out yet? If not, you should! I'm doing my reviews and Top Ten Tuesdays and Book Hauls all over there. I'm also currently hosting my first giveaway on YouTube!!

I'm giving away an advanced reader copy of Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales.

I accidentally picked up two copies while at BEA - one at Leila Sales' signing and another at a drop - and want to share the wealth. This amazing novel doesn't come out until September, but it sounds like it'll be an awesome summer read.

Interested? Well go on and watch the video below.

So to enter, you have to comment on the actual YouTube video. Head on over there and enter! Sadly, you do have to be in North America to enter. My bank account won't allow anything more!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Friendly Reminder & Update!

Hello fellow book readers!!

I realized that it's been almost a year since I've updated here - and for that I'm sorry. However, between moving, building a house, and starting my job at a new location the year just kind of faded away. I ALSO started doing all this bloggish stuff almost strictly on YouTube.

There needs to be an option to just automatically cross-reference all the things...

All my reviews and other book awesomeness videos have been posting over there every Tuesday and Friday(ish) since the new year and they were semi-regular before that when I was able.

I WAS without internet all summer/fall, so there's a huge gap between the move into the new house and the time that Internet was finally installed. Let's just say it was one day more and I would have been rocking in the corner from the withdrawal.

So, the whole point of this post - have you checked out my Official YouTube page? If not, come find me as MsLadyCritic. For some reason, someone who doesn't even do the Tube took the name TheLadyCritic... so I had to improvise.

Stay tuned there for the Month of May where I'm planning on having a video EVERY DAY!!  Subsequently, this is going to be titled Every Day in May... for obvious reasons. I already have most of the month planned out and some of the videos filmed already!

Also, let me know if you're planning on going to Book Expo America this year! I finally got the go-ahead from work and have my BloggerCon and BEA pass and my plane ticket booked! I'm really excited to be going again this year and I can't wait to see all the bookish friends I don't see on the regular!!!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sexy Metal Band - The Creation of a Sex God

This review is a little our of my norm since it's for a hardcore adult romance. I would warn that this borders on erotica - but there's more plot than any erotica book I've ever tried to read. But there is LOTS of sex. Sex, sex, sex.

That being said, it was the book that really for me out of my reading funk a while ago. It has engaging characters and a great plot. When I read it, I wasn't aware that it was the second in a series, and as soon as I was done I promptly went and secured the other four books so that I could binge on them ASAP.

Of course, by now you're probably wondering what book I'm talking about. So let's lay down the details and move on to my video review!

Rock Hard

Written by: Olivia Cunning

Released: April 5th 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Summary: An ultimatum can break your heart....  
Every night lead singer, Sed Lionheart whips thousands of women into a frenzy with his voice alone. But the stage is the only place Sed feels any passion since he lost Jessica... 
If you’re not willing to break all the rules... 
It shattered her heart, but law student Jessica broke off her engagement to Sed, determined to be successful on her own terms. But no other man can ever hold a candle to Sed... 
Then a chance meeting and tortuously close quarters lead to uncontrollable flares of passion and rediscovery of their unique penchant for public encounters. Now, in addition to the risk of mutual heartbreak every time they get together, they’re in danger of truly scandalous public exposure...

Now on to the video review!

I hope you enjoyed it!! And I hope you'll go out and try the book for yourself.

Also, if you're interested in the first book in the series, I reviewed it here --- Backstage Pass

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Book Hauls!

I am surprised that I posted FOUR book hauls in March - having only bought a few books myself. I'm sad to say that I didn't even include my Amazon book purchases for Kindle - those will have to be combined in a mega haul and include a few months worth of Kindle books and other ebooks obtained in that period of time. 

Until then, here are the videos to my book hauls from last month! 

Thanks for watching!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Amazon Book Review - JL Paul x 2

Hey y'all!

This is going to be a little different for today's review - mostly because it's for:

1. Amazon books
2. which were previously published on Fictionpress where I first read them
3. the second and third in a series since I consider the first to be more of a prequel and these two are one and a sequel with the same characters
4. they're self-pubbed from an indie author

I have started reviewing the amazing Amazon books that I've read in order to get them out there more in the world. This includes the freebies and the paid ones, so be warned! And, of course, most of this is being done on my YouTube channel before being posted here - which is why there's a delay between post dates.

But I'm getting away from today's review. Here it is!

Phone Calls from a Rock Star

Written by: JL Paul

Released: June 28, 2013 for Kindle

Summary: What would you do if you were sitting in a drive-thru late one night and a rock star jumps in your car? Would you scream? Call the police? 
You could do what Isabella Ames did – become his friend. 
After meeting Jake Johnson, lead singer for the band, Controlled Environment, hops in her car, Isabella is instantly plunged into a friendship that takes her through some rocky times. But when that friendship turns into something more, things couldn’t look better. 
Enter the tabloids and the rumors and the crazy fans. Isabella’s blissful life is suddenly turned upside-down. 
Being the girlfriend of a popular rock star isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

Back to the Top

Written by: JL Paul

Released: October 9, 2013 for Kindle

Summary: So much has changed since graduation. 
For Isabella Ames, life was supposed to start after high school; college, career, and living the rest of her life with Jake Johnson. 
But life always seems to throw a curve... 
Isabella’s new life is not what she expected, but she’s adjusting well. She has a job that she loves and is engaged to a wonderful man. 
But she finds herself face-to-face with Jake again, after three years and several heartaches. Although they have both moved forward, the connection that binds them hasn’t weakened in the least. Now Isabella is struggling to fight her attraction for the only man she’s ever really loved while trying to do what she thinks is best. 
Enter more paparazzi, family issues, and a new generation and things get crazier. 
Will Isabella find her way back to Jake or is she fated to this new life?

And now the video review!

So in short, while both books need some TLC from someone who isn't attached to them (i.e. a professional editor), they have an amazing story to tell and characters to love.

You're immediately sucked into the story and the romance between the main characters. However, what's refreshing about this is the fact that you're not dealing with any form or insta-love like you seen in so many comparable novels in the YA and NA genre.

While you have to pay a few dollars for each book on Amazon (sorry, no free first book here), it's well worth the money if you are interested in seeing where the story goes. If anything it's a great few hours in someone else's drama - which really does suck you in.