Indiana Author Month '17

Katelyn from @thefearlessreader

Hey guys! Today, I wanted to tell you about my favorite Indiana bookstagrammer, @thefearlessreader!

Why I love her photos:

  • Her photos are always so crisp. I don’t know how she does it, but Katelyn’s photos are never blurry.
  • The effort she puts behind her photos is phenomenal. I’ve watched some of her livestreams on Instagram when she’s taking taking photos and wow. The way she sets up her photos with all of those props is *insert heart eyes emojis*
  • Her photos usually have the base color of white. I don’t know what it is about that, but her photos always stick out to me just because they look so clean and nice. If I tried to take photos with a white background other than my desk, it would be stained within seconds.

Some of my favorite photos she’s taken:

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Yes, before you ask, Katelyn is my friend, but I truly feel that her bookstagram is one of the best ones out there. Please go check it out and comment “@unquenchablereads sent me!”.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Indiana Author Month '17

Shannon Lee Alexander: IG Challenge

Hello, readers! I’m Shannon Lee Alexander, author of the contemporary young adult novels Love and Other Unknown Variables and Life after Juliet. I’m excited to work with Anna again to celebrate Indiana’s wonderful authors for Indiana Author Month.

 

My favorite part about being an author is getting to meet readers. I’ve been a reader my whole life. This author gig thing is still kind of new to me, and most times I feel more like a reader than an author. Meeting avid readers and getting to talk all things bookish is such a treat.

So to celebrate Indiana’s authors and the readers they love, I thought it’d be fun to host an Instagram photo challenge. When trying to come up with a theme for the challenge, I was playing around with Anna’s Indiana Author Month title and realized the acronym is IAM, which I immediately read as I AM. It made me think of all the things that reading does for me. When I read, I AM stronger, smarter, kinder, and braver. I AM able to understand other people and cultures and travel to many places. I AM myself and yet bigger than I ever dreamed.

Descartes may have proclaimed, “I think therefore I am,” but I say, “I read therefore I AM.”

 

Let’s take a month and celebrate all the wonderful things we can become and do when we are reading and writing stories. Use and follow the #I_AMchallenge2017 on Instagram for fun and gorgeous pictures. Your photos can feature books, props, your friends, your pets, whatever your imagination invokes for each day’s challenge. Tag your challenge photos with #I_AMchallenge2017 and visit the Rafflecopter Giveaway daily to enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card! You must be participating in the challenge to win the Giveaway.

 

Stand up as readers this month, and say I AM.

 

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As a reader I AM a(n)…

  1. Reader
  2. Romantic
  3. Beast
  4. Beauty
  5. Poet
  6. Pirate
  7. Rock star
  8. Prince
  9. Jester
  10. Princess
  11. Scholar
  12. Misfit
  13. Jock
  14. Geek
  15. Goofball
  16. Foodie
  17. Explorer
  18. Warrior
  19. Legend
  20. Wizard
  21. Traveler
  22. Villain
  23. Hero
  24. Introvert
  25. Extrovert
  26. Ally
  27. Mystery
  28. Cyborg
  29. Animal
  30. Alien
  31. Adventurer

 

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Cover Reveals

Superhero Syndrome Cover Reveal!

Today we have the cover reveal for Superhero Syndrome by Caryn Larrinaga! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy when it comes out September 12th!

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Title: Superhero Syndrome
Author: Caryn Larrinaga
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 12th

About Superhero Syndrome:
Tess McBray was dying. The Solstice Syndrome had no cure, and she resigned herself to an early grave.
But just when she gave up on survival, all her symptoms mysteriously disappeared.

All but one symptom, anyway. Something is wrong with Tess’s hands. They absorb any material they touch, and her skin turns to wood, or steel, or concrete. It doesn’t take this comic-book obsessed 21-year-old long to figure out what’s going on: somehow, she’s developed super powers. And she’s not the only one; across the country, people are coming forward and sharing their gifts with the world. In her own city, where the police are battling a human trafficking operation, a masked vigilante called The Fox
is saving lives and stopping criminals.

Tess doesn’t know where she fits into this new, super-powered world. But when people around her start disappearing, she can’t just sit on the sidelines. Teaming up with The Fox might be the only way to rid her city of evil and save the people she loves most.

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I wish I’d been with the people I loved on the day the world changed. Then again, if someone had said,
“Hey Tess, reality as you know it is about to be turned upside-down. You should probably witness this moment with someone you care about. Anybody fit that bill?” I would’ve barked out a bitter laugh and told them I’d rather be alone. Which, as it turns out, I was.
The meteor shower was all over the news. CNN covered it nonstop in the hours before it was visible, bringing on astronomers and astrophysicists to explain why it was such a big deal for a meteor shower of this size to be happening in the middle of January. Apparently, our scientists were supposed to be able to predict this kind of thing. The fact that one had snuck up on our collective set of observatories and satellites was—to
quote one NASA representative—“extraordinary.”
I didn’t care if it was unprecedented. I didn’t care if people around the world were calling it a sign or a portent of the Second Coming or whatever. I just knew it was beautiful, and I wanted to see one more beautiful thing before I died.
The trick was explaining that to the floor nurse.
“Miss McBray, please go back to your room.” Nurse Davies crossed her beefy arms over her chest and planted her white-sneakered feet to the floor. “We’ve been over this before. You’re in no condition to leave.”
“How do you know?” I growled. “Nobody here can even tell me what my condition is.”
I shifted the weight of my duffle bag on my shoulder and leaned to the left, craning my neck to gauge the distance between Davies and the elevators. Only a few dozen yards. Sure, she towered over me. Sure, in the month I’d been in the hospital my body had wasted away to little more than a skin-wrapped skeleton. But I might be able to make a run for it.
Davies shook her head. “Do you think you’re going to find the answers out there?”
“Maybe. I don’t really care.”
She glared at me, and I knew exactly what she was thinking. It was the same thing she’d spat at me every time I’d fought against the IV, or questioned the contents of the murky soup they forced me to eat, or requested—and then repeatedly demanded—to have my comic book collection brought into the hospital.
And just when I began to worry she’d disappoint me by refusing to lean on her catchphrase, she said it.
“Stop being so melodramatic.”

About Caryn Larrinaga:
untitled.pngCaryn Larrinaga is a Basque-American mystery, horror, and urban fantasy writer living in Utah with her husband and cats. Her debut novel Donn’s Hill (March 2017, Immortal Works Press) garnered rave reviews from fans of the cozy mystery and paranormal genres, and her new urban fantasy Superhero Syndrome (September 2017, Twisted Tree Press) will be out this fall. Watching scary movies through split fingers terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write now. She lives in a 90-year-old house with a colorful history, and the creaking walls and narrow hallways send her running
(never walking) up the stairs from her basement. Exploring her fears through writing makes Caryn feel a little less foolish for wanting a buddy to accompany her into the tool shed.
When her fingers aren’t glued to her laptop keyboard, Caryn also enjoys binge-watching Netflix with her husband, reading, playing video games, and filling up her phone’s flash memory with pictures of her cats. She loves music and plays the bass guitar. Caryn is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and the Utah Chapter of the Horror Writers Association.

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Indiana Author Month '17

Indiana Author Month 2017!

Welcome to the third annual Indiana Author Month! I know that Indiana Author Month is rather late this year, but I promise it’s going to be amazing! The author line up is incredible and the posts they have decided on are really fun! I’ll start the actual posts tomorrow seeing as I am part of a cover reveal today for a non Indiana author. Tomorrow’s post will be by the lovely Shannon Lee Alexander, who has participated every year in Indiana Author Month.

This time around, I’ve decided to add a post about Indiana bloggers, booktubers, and bookstagrammers! I cannot wait to let you guys know about more amazing bookish people to follow.

I’m still looking for authors for the line-up, so if anyone wants to help me out by dming me an author you’d love to see on the blog this month that is from Indiana, let me know!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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WoW: The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

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Release Date: August 17th, 2017
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

Synopsis: “Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.”

I cannot wait to finally read this novel. I remember hearing about this book on Twitter and realizing “wow, I can’t wait to read this!”. I didn’t know that this was realizing so soon. I figured it was going to realize later on within the year, but I am so happy that I was wrong.

Gifs of Excitement:
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Xx Sincerely,
Anna

anna · Book Reviews

Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller

*******I received an e-arc from Netgalley. These are my 100% honest opinions.******

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Edition: eBook (yet again, I didn’t download it before the cut off date so I purchased my own copy)

Pages: 281

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st (Fallen Flame)

Published: June 19th, 2017

Publisher: Self published? (I think)

Goodreads Synopsis: “Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?
Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.
To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.
She fears finding out who she truly is.”

My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

I just finished this novel and I think J.M. Miller murdered my heart with this novel.

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I loved the plot of the novel. It had so many twists and turns. You guys know I typically can see what is going to happen in a novel, but honestly, I only guessed maybe half or less of this novel. It’s written that well. This book is kind of an emotional rollercoaster. I felt so many emotions towards the events and characters. I loved them, I disliked them, I was annoyed with their actions, and I shipped them. I loved how the novel ends. It sets it up for the second novel perfectly. I cannot wait till the next novel comes out!

As I mentioned, I really liked the character development. Vala had great character growth throughout their novel. I loved the other characters and loved watching them develop in character as well. The characters didn’t just have one specific personality treat to them. I love when authors do this because it makes them realistic. The amount of secrets we find out during the novel and questions that are unanswered because they are for the next novel are endless. It was interesting seeing how far trust went in the novel. The realistic portrayal of trust was amazing.

Basically, I fell in love with this novel. I plan on checking out J.M.’s other writings while I impatiently wait for the next novel to try to fill the void of not knowing what happens next.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Waiting On Wednesdays

WoW: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Waiting on Wednesday book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Release Date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: “Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.”

I love Lisa’s writing in Unhooked and cannot wait until this releases. This novel is about a fantasized New York that now consists of magic. This novel is one of my most anticipated of the year. The book sounds so intriguing and that cover is soooooo beautiful! I love the gorgeous background color with the gold text.

Gifs Of My Excitement:

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Book Reviews

Werewolf High 1-4 + Christmas Novella by Anita Oh


Edition(s): eBook

Pages: 163 (The Truth Spell), 159 (The Tiny Curse), 120 (The Body Swap), 156 (The Soul Bond), 52 (A Very Werey Christmas)

Series or Standalone: Series, Werewolf High

Publisher: Self-Published

Goodreads Synopsis of First Novel: “As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I knew I’d made a big mistake. I could never fit in at such a snobbish school – I was more IT girl than “it girl”. But then I saw him.

Sam Spencer. My childhood best friend. But it couldn’t be. Sam Spencer had died three years ago, on the night that changed everything. I need to know what happened, why he’s suddenly not dead and is hanging out with a bunch of rich kids.

When the school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and his creepy new friends are hiding, but the weirder things get, the less I’m sure I want to know. Even for Sam, even for the free food, Amaris High might be more trouble than it’s worth.”

Pick up the first book on Kindle for Free! https://www.amazon.com/Truth-Spell-Werewolf-High-Book-ebook/dp/B018CLWMF4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499666264&sr=8-3&keywords=anita+oh

I bought The Truth Spell as a free ebook. I thought it sounded cheesy and I love novels that include werewolves so I decided to give this a go. And I am so happy that I gave this series a shot! It definitely isn’t as cheesy as I thought it would be. The plot of these novels may seem a bit cliche at first glance but oh my gosh they definitely aren’t. The series so far has had so many different turns and the plot seriously is so good. I’m honestly just surprised because it’s not what I expected from this series, but its so much more than I could ask for from it.

I really loved the characters. I love how they clash, yet they go together so well. That’s not easily done within a novel. The main character, Lucy, is such a likeable character for the most part. So much happens to her during these novels and she’s as strong as she can be during these times. I love how she stays determined throughout every obstacle thrown her way.

The Christmas novella was so adorable! I was smiling while reading the ending because of how cute it was.

I highly recommend that you read this series according to release date so you don’t spoil yourself. I hope you guys give this series a chance because I’d love to be able discuss it together!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · NA Recs

NA Recs: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Hey guys! There’s going to be an abundant amount of new features on the blog and I cannot wait to share them all with you. I’m going to kick off the new features with NA recs! NA stands for New Adult and I’ve been craving/reading new adult lately so I wanted to recommend you guys some of my favorites.

I decided to start this series with one of my absolute favorites, All Lined Up by Cora Carmack.

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My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

GR Average: 3.92 Stars

Perfect for the reader who:

  • – love romance
  • – love sports
  • – love sporty romances
  • – love novels that have more depth than the romance

Goodreads Synopsis: “New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.”

Sounds amazing, right? The plot in this novel was amazing. I really loved how well it flowed. This was the first novel in forever that I sat down and read while at home. Carmack’s addictive writing style keeps you needing more.

Her characters were rounded and I loved that they seemed so real. The characters had issues that people within the real world could be facing. I loved that Carmack didn’t shy away from the awfulness that can come from certain situations and how Dallas and Carson each faced the situations.

Be sure to check out Cora’s other novels too! I’ll be

picking up more novels by her soon.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · TBR (To be read)

Emojiathon TBR June 2017!

Hi guys! Emojiathon runs throughout June. I will be doing reading sprints on the 21st for the readathon over on Twitter. I am so excited to be a part of this and I hope you all join us.

My TBR:

A present – read a book that was gifted to you: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (from Karla)

A heart – read a romance/contemporary: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Heart eyes – read a book that you bought because of it’s cover: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Scream face – read a thriller: Antisocial by Jillian Blake or Dream Fall by Amy Plum

Robot – read a futuristic/sci-fi book: Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer

Baby – read a 2016/2017 release: Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Excited face – read a book you’ve been anticipating: Miles Morales Vol. 1

Clock – read a book in under 24 hours: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith and Magnificent Mess by Topher Kearby

Dancing group- buddy read a book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with Alyssa from Pucks and Paperbacks!

Laughing face – read book that’s sure to make you laugh until you cry: Really Professional Internet Person by Jenn McAllister

Money eyes – read a book that was expensive: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Face with glasses – read a book without any hype: The Grimm Legacy by Addie J. King

Peace sign – read a book that you’ve had forever and if you don’t like it or don’t read it, time to tell it to “peace out”: Grace & Style by Grace Helbig or Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Music notes (two connected eighth notes) – read a book that features music:  Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Newspaper – read a book about a current event: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Candy – read a book that’s like candy to you (a guilty pleasure): Ouran High School Host Club #6

I’ll probably read more, but I’m not positive what books yet.  I hope you all join in for a great month of reading!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna