Blitz + Giveaway: Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood
Cynthia Rayne
(Dixie Mafia Series, #1)
Publication date: August 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sometimes it takes a bad guy to catch a killer…

Belle Nunn is a desperate woman. Someone’s following her, watching her—to make even matters worse, she was fired six months ago and hasn’t been able to get a job since. Belle’s down to her last ten bucks has no idea how she’ll make the rent when she’s abducted by Dixon Wolf’s henchman. Belle’s estranged father, Emmett, borrowed money from the Dixie Mafia for his latest get rich quick scheme and—big surprise—Emmett skipped town, leaving her holding the proverbial bag.

Dix is a loan shark and launders dirty Dixie Mafia money. Since his wife died, he’s devoted all his time and energy to the organization—and being bad pays damn good. Belle hasn’t seen Emmett in years and she’d like to keep it that way.

The mob boss is taken with her and offers Belle a job, her empty wallet won’t allow her to refuse—mob mistress. When Belle’s life is in danger, Dix steps into the unlikely role of hero.

Can Dix save her? And can they have a real relationship, one that isn’t based on sex and commerce?

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Cover Reveal: Tied

Laney McMann
(Fire Born #1)
Publication date: Revised book with new content coming September 2016
Genres: YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Are some truths worth risking your life for?

What if it meant admitting your nightmares were real—and so were your delusions?

Seventeen year-old Layla Labelle’s hallucinations have driven her to the brink—and she isn’t telling anyone. But when her dreams walk into her life in the form of Max MacLarnon, she is forced to rethink everything she thought she knew. Including whether or not Max actually exists.

Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put her on a path toward her own destruction. When Layla’s world erupts into a dangerous reality, and every fact of her life forsakes her, she must remember who, and what, she is if she’s going to stay alive.

In a world where nightmares walk the earth, an ancient curse lives in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal. Layla will have to uncover the secret her ancestors are hiding, and make the biggest decision of her life—embrace who she is and follow the one she loves into a world of deadly myth and legend, or turn her back on her history, her destiny, and her love.

In TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels, what Layla and Max don’t know could kill them both. And unless they can find a way to stop the curse—the truth might tear them apart forever.

How far would you go … to protect the one you love?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

Back to School – Books on My Classroom Shelf

I am a language arts teacher, and these are books on my classroom shelves IRL, not theoretically. Some have even been stolen. I hope that is a testament to how much they loved the book and not their forgetfulness.


What would you put on your shelf if you were a teacher? 

Cover Characteristics: Cheerleaders

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Today’s Cover Characteristic: Cheerleaders

I thought this was going to be a super characteristic for me to find this week, but I was surprised! I had to do some digging! Then once I got started down the right rabbit hole, I found several!

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Review + Giveaway: Rice & Rocks

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children’s book written by Sandra L. Richards and illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks. The tour will run from August 23 – September 13, 2016.


About the Book


Title: Rice & Rocksl

Author: Sandra L. Richards

Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Publication Date: August 23, 2016

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Number of Pages: 32



Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.

Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like ‘rice and rocks’ and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.


This book is all about celebrating diversity, differences and ways we are still alike.

Giovanni is an interesting little boy who loves “rice and rocks”, playing his trumpet, drawing frogs and more. When his aunt tells him grandmother is making rice and beans, a traditional Sunday family dinner, for his visiting friends, Giovanni looses it. They can’t serve his friends rice and rocks!

His auntie takes him on a powerful trip to all of the homelands of his friends – Japan, Jamaica, and N’Awlins. Giovanni quickly discovers that each of his friends also have rice and beans as a traditional dish.

When his friends come over, rice and rocks are a hit!

I loved the drawings and representations of the various ethnic groups. I feel that was a strong component to helping tell this story.

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Sunday Post ~ 1 Week Down, 39 to Go!

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

The first week of school is over. Thankfully I did not have any emergencies, but we did have our first fire drill. I went over the policies and procedures stringently with my students and I also shared pictures of “teacher life” and bits from my life. The second morning of school I had an incredibly sweet and thorough message from a parent about how his child could only talk about my class and went into great detail and said some other nice things about me. This is the kind of connection teachers hope to make with their students and to ignite a passion within them to learn. I have a lot of siblings this year! Twice I almost called two boys by their older brothers’ names because I taught them, too. I think this was my best first week of school yet, even though I wasn’t mentally ready and the room also wasn’t fully ready.

In general, these kids are so well-behaved! I have one class that is 22 boys, but this wasn’t the class I had to break up a bromance in! I also have a student tell me “Thank you” every day when he leaves. I know his mother and have been with her frequently at events in our district. I have some students this year that just make my day.

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Feature Follow Friday ~ August 26, 2016

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of Feature & Follow is to meet new bloggers, make friends, and gain readers.

Disliked or “Meh” Books

Have you ever disliked or felt “meh” about a book only to later change your mind and love it?

I typically don’t change my mind so dramatically to the other end of the spectrum after reading a book.

I can say that some books I have read that I loved while reading I now feel “meh” about.

Typically if I dislike a book that much I won’t continue reading it.


Do your feelings about “meh” books change over time?