Goodreads Monday (5/22/17): An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links! 

My choice today is An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole.

BLURB: As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past . . .

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.

Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other . 

ADD TO GOODREADS 

Isn’t that cover beautiful? Alyssa Cole is an author I met at RT 16 in Las Vegas. She was so nice that I told myself when I see an audiobook by her, I’ll snag it. That I’ve done and I can’t wait to listen to it.  This choice is a historical fiction which I enjoy and it is also a series. I will add a review as soon as I’m done. Have you read anything by Alyssa Cole?

What are you reading today from your Goodreads TBR shelf? 

Standalone Sunday (5/21/17): Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is: Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

  

BLURB: If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.
Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

Kindle Edition: 670 pages

Audiobook
: 15hrs, 52 mins

Published:
December 7th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services LLC

ADD TO GOODREADS 

I’m currently listening to this audiobook narrated by Callie Dalton. I chose this book because I read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by the same author a week and a half ago and loved that book. So I purchased this book. I plan to also get the Audiobooks Under Locke and Kulti by Mariana Zapata. This author’s writing was that gripping and entertaining to me.

Have you read or listened to this book or any book by Mariana Zapata? Did you enjoy it? Happy First Day of the Week!

Goodreads Monday (5/15/17): The Year of Loving by Traci L. Slatton 

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links! 

My choice today is The Year of Loving by Traci L. Slatton. 

BLURB: Art gallerist Sarah Paige’s world is crumbling. One daughter barely speaks to her and the other is off the rails. Sarah is struggling to keep her gallery afloat in a tough market when she learns that her most beloved friend has cancer. In the midst of her second divorce, two men come into her life: an older man who offers companionship and stability and an exciting younger man whose life is as chaotic as hers. 

Sarah’s courage, humor, and spirit strengthen her, but how much can she bear, and what sustains her when all else falls away?

Traci L. Slatton wrote the After series, one of my favorite Dystopian series. See my Review of Fallen (Book 1). Every time I read a book by her, I am so drawn into the story that I read them in one sitting. I’m amazed that her books fly under the radar. Her writing is so visceral to me. 

So Today’s choice is a contemporary novel she releases recently and it’s been languishing on my TBR because of Goodreads challenges that dictate my reading choices. I will add a review as soon as I’m done.

What are you reading today from your Goodreads TBR shelf? 

Standalone Sunday: Sparrow by L.J. Shen

Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list
My Standalone Pick this week is: Sparrow by L.J. Shen. 

BLURB:
Troy Brennan

Every southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heart throb with steel blue eyes. “The Fixer” who can make or break you in this city.

Oh, and my new husband.

Sparrow Raynes

That’s me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life.
But then he caged me.
Kidnapped me.
And killed every chance I had to runaway from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he’d ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he’d decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.

Sparrow is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

ADD TO GOODREADS 

I’m currently listening to this audiobook narrated by Michael Pauley. I chose this book after discussions with Geybie at Geybies Book Blog and TJ at TJ Loves Books Blog . We both enjoy Mafia romances and people have been recommending this book to us. Have you read or listened to this book? Did you enjoy it?

Enjoy wonderful Mother’s Day with your loved ones 💕!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to my awesome blogger friend Krysti at  YA and Wine Blog for the nomination! Make sure to check out her blog because she gives great wine recommendations along with her awesome book spotlights! Go visit and follow her blog @ https://yaandwine.com/

RULES

❀ Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
❀ Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
❀ Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.
❀ List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Krysti from YA and Wine’s Questions for me:

1) If you could have a glass of wine with any author, living or dead, who would it be?

Stephen King


I am scared by most of his books, but he also wrote masterpieces like Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. What it must be like in his mind! He seems both crazy and caring too. He is so multi-faceted as an author. I imagine his mind to be this maze like ms. pac-man and I love that he allows his imagination to roam free. I would ask him what he likes to read, what he does for fun, what scares him, his favorite movies etc. Seriously, what impresses a guy like this?

2) Which debut novel are you most looking forward to in 2017?
✧ Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole. This is IAD’s first foray into the m-m genre but more importantly, we get more of King Lothaire, the enemy of old!

This is a series that must be experienced on audio! Lothaire is one of my favorite books of all time.

3) What book are you head-over-heels in cover love with?

It’s just simple and bold. Ummm, can I have those pumps in size 9 please?

4) Which author have you been most excited about interacting with online?
✧ Rebecca Zanetti. She is one of my favorite authors and she is so nice. Plus she answers questions quickly! She is really a nice lady. I’ve met her a few times.

5) If you could write your own novel, what genre would it be?
✧ Romance, of course. That’s my thing 😀

6) I REALLY liked Mandy’s question about “what authors are insta-buys for you?” So yeah, that one!
✧ Amy Harmon, Colleen Hoover, Larissa Ione, Lisa Kleypas and Rebecca Zanetti

7) What series are you currently following that you never want to end?
✧ Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward; Demonica by Larissa Ione; Her Russian Protectors by Roxie Rivera

8) Who is your best book bae?
✧ I have several but right now, I belong to Tobias Eaton “Four” from Divergent series.

Seriously, I get the flurries in my belly when I see him. He’s not the cute like Chris Hemsworth or Henry Cavil. But in the Divergent series, he walks like he owns the damn universe. Swagger for days. I love that confidence of a bad ass that Four exudes! So he is my choice for bae.

9) Share a link to one of your favorite blog posts that you’ve done.
Ezi’s Favorite Books of 2016

10) What is your favorite part about being book blogger?
✧ Sharing books that I love with others of like mind. Interacting with other readers is a joy I cannot express.

11) Share a pic of you and your book bestie, cause we all need one of those.
Can I share pictures with my favorite authors instead?

(Rebecca Zanetti and Larissa Ione)
    

My Questions
1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?
2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod/phone or listening device?
3. What book have you read the most and how many times have you read it?
4. What’s your childhood cartoon/show?
5. What’s your current guilty pleasure when it comes to reality tv?
6. What is your favorite read of this current year 2017?
7. How do you chose a book, by mood or monthly reading schedules?
8. What is your favorite supernatural creature?
9. Who is your favorite author?
10. Favorite series?

I Nominate the following blogs:
Carla loves to read
Portsmouth Review
Travelling Through Words
A Book. A Thought
A Novel Glimpse
Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews
TJ Loves Books
Jessica’s Reading Room
The Book Heathen
Less Reality, More Books
bookslayer Reads

**Don’t forget to link back to me. Thanks again to Krysti at YA and Wine

Ezi’s Best Books of 2016

   From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon


Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier

Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

Undecided by Julianna Keyes

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott & Larry Platt

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Absolution by Sloane Kennedy

GIVEAWAY

For a chance to win an e-book from my list of Best of 2016, please comment below with your top books of the year (maximum of five books). Don’t forget to add which one of my best of 2016 you would like to win and what format.

Ezi

Bookish Bingo Challenge: Winter 2016-2017 (Updated 12/19)

Bookish Bingo: Winter 2016

The originator of this challenge is Bekka @Pretty Deadly Reviews
I love two kinds of challenges the most: Bingo and Buddy Reads so when I saw this Winter Bookish Bingo at a post from a new friend Megan@BookslayerReads, I knew I had to join this challenge.

The Ins and Outs of this Bingo challenge:

There is a new bingo card for each season and this one will be for December 2016, January 2017, and February 2017.
The object is to get as many bingo’s as possible, using one square per book.
At the end of the season, there will be a giveaway! The more bingo’s you get, the more chances you have to win!

For the Twitter Poll square, create a poll or something similar and ask people to choose the book you will read.

❀ Green Cover:
❀ Alternative Format:
❀ Set Abroad: What Happens at Christmas
❀ Sequel: Up in Flames, Rosemary Beach Book 13
❀ Own Voices:
❀ Banned Book:
❀ 2017 Debut:
❀ Romance: Being Brooke
❀ Goodreads Choice Nominee: The Score
❀ Pink Cover:
❀ Not YA:
❀ White Cover:
❀ FREE: Say Goodbye for Now
❀ Science Fiction:
❀ December, January, February Release: Wound Tight (December 2016)
❀ Crime:
❀ Survival: From Sand and Ash
❀ Blue Cover: Soldier’s Scoundrel
❀ LGBT: Save of the Game
❀ Super Hyped:
❀ Twitter Poll: Twitter Poll
❀ Nature on Cover: Twelve Days of Christmas
❀ Unreliable Narrator:
❀ Cover Buy:
❀ Urban Fantasy:

Join me and let’s have some fun!!!