Saturday, May 19, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 19 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
19 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 19 May 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

Common Writing Problems Part 2 by Joanne Ellis for Joanne Writes

Part 2 of the common struggles writers come across when producing art. You can read the previous post here.

Common Writing Problems Part 2 by Joanne Ellis for Joanne Writes

Bookseller under fire for opening unbranded Edinburgh store in competition with existing shop.

Waterstones Accused Of Breaking Pledge Not To Take On Independents by Ben Quinn for The Guardian

Toolbox 10: To Hook Is To Engage by Anna Simpson for emaginette

As writers, we’ve all read about hooking our readers. It starts by grabbing their attention with cover art, and book blurbs. Then piquing their interest with the first sentence and sealing the deal with each following chapter.

Toolbox 10: To Hook Is To Engage by Anna Simpson for emaginette

BookCon is a celebration of all things bookish. There are author signings, panel discussions, giveaways, free books, and so much more. For book lovers, attending BookCon is like winning the Hogwarts House Cup. The excitement can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve put together a list of all of BookCon’s can’t-miss events. If you’re wondering what to do at BookCon, Bookish has got you covered.

Bookish’s Guide To BookCon 2018: The Can’t-Miss Panels, Galleys, And More by The Bookish Editors for Bookish

Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Goals by Aytekin Tank for Medium

Some experts argue that early praise can leave the individual receiving the praise feeling like he or she has already won … in turn causing them to be less likely to follow through with their goals.

Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Goals by Aytekin Tank for Medium

Anne Frank wrote a number of dirty jokes about prostitution and told of her thoughts on sex in hidden pages of her diary, researchers have revealed.

Anne Frank Wrote “Dirty” Jokes About Sex And Prostitution, Researchers Discover In Hidden Pages Of Her Diary by Sean Morrison for Evening Standard

None of the 62 novels submitted for the 2018 award generated “unanimous laughter” among the jury, so the honour will roll over this year.

Wodehouse Prize For Comic Fiction Withheld After Judges Fail To Laugh by Alison Flood for The Guardian

Bonfire of the Vanities author helped pioneer highly personalized style of pop journalism, covering everything from acid tests to astronauts.

Tom Wolfe, Right Stuff Author And New Journalism Legend, Dead At 88 by Tim Grierson for Rolling Stone

3 Tips For Writers by Kory M. Shrum

Author Kory M. Shrum gives us three of her best writing tips.

3 Tips For Writers by Kory M. Shrum

Want To Stop Procrastinating And Get Stuff Done? Here’s How by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog

These actionable strategies and digital tools can help to kick your procrastination habit. Some are specific to writing, but most of these tips will make a difference for professionals in any career.

Want To Stop Procrastinating And Get Stuff Done? Here’s How by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog

But what happens when you've got a serious case of “megalobibliophobia” - or fear of big books?

Big Books Have Always Intimidated Me - And Now That I've Figured Out Why, It's Totally Changing The Way I Read by Kerri Jarema for Bustle

If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over" by Shani Petroff

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over
by Shani Petroff

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on Romeo and What's Her Name and my blog post on My New Crush Gave to Me.

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart … what could go wrong?
After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled - including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!
When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice - she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!

We laughed and told embarrassing stories the rest of the way to the terminal. Maybe things weren't so bad, after all.
Or maybe they were.
Right as we neared the end of the moving walkway, I saw a familiar figure looming by the first gate in the terminal.
Not again. Why was he here? It was way too early. He wasn't supposed to be at the airport for hours.
He caught my eye, and everything that could go wrong did.
I was so focused on him, that I didn't realize I had made it to the end of the walkway. I lost my footing and lunged forward. I caught myself. Sort of. I didn't fall. But my smoothie did. Cold, bright-pink liquefied fruit was all over my feet, my sweats, and the floor.
Yep. That good airport karma I used to have?
It was long, long gone.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“This love story is a well-written, breezy read with a happy conclusion and a diverse cast of characters.” ~ School Library Journal
“If you're in the mood for a light-hearted, travel, teen contemporary romance, get this book.” ~ Starlie Cruz
“This was a feels book, and emotions that I wasn't expecting just kept sneaking up on me. There were so many feel good talks in the book from people that really cared about Sari that I could not help but get sniffly about it. I got completely lost in the story, ended up staying up way too late so I could finish it and see what choices Sari made. It did not hurt that there was so much extra going on to keep me guessing what would happen next. With this read alone, Shani has now become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. I can't wait to read more from her and I highly recommend this adventure of love!” ~ KRLGA
“I really enjoyed this and couldn't put it down! It was funny with a relatable plot. I couldn't believe how much I saw myself through her eyes.” ~ Susannie W.
“Funny and sweet and so relatable. haven't we all gotten in our own way sometimes? A fun and quick read. A great present for a teen!” ~ cecilia

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Sari catches her boyfriend Zev kissing his ex-girlfriend on the night before their planned spring break in Florida. She goes on her own and meets Fitz, a handsome college junior. Zev follows her there in an attempt to win her back, but she’s having none of it. When Sari heads home for her dream music gig, her flight gets canceled, and she’s stuck in the airport with Fitz and Zev. Things aren't looking too good for Sari. Will she forgive Zev or will she move on with Fitz?
The plot is a bit contrived, as Sari and Zev obviously have a great connection, and all Sari has to do is let Zev explain himself. Still, this is a cute story, and it’s interesting finding out how things work out for them. I was rooting for them to get back together. The story reminds me a bit of the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles, with bad weather, accommodation troubles, and unwanted company conspiring to prevent Sari from reaching her destination.
A light and funny read.

About the Author
Shani Petroff
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She's the author of the Bedeviled series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the Destined series, which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff (US/Canada only).


Thursday, May 17, 2018

"The Gift of Love" by Delaney Cameron

The Gift of Love
(Finding Love Book 9)
by Delaney Cameron

The Gift of Love (Finding Love Book 9) by Delaney Cameron

The Gift of Love is the ninth book in the Finding Love series by Delaney Cameron. This book blast and giveaway is organized by I Am A Reader.

Leah didn’t plan to still be searching for love so late in her twenties. Her looks almost guaranteed her success with the opposite sex, but quantity doesn’t mean quality. Good thing she’s got a great career to fall back on. The only dark cloud on that particular horizon is the enigmatic Dr. Levy, the man she’s come to think of as a permanent thorn in her side. Brilliant and handsome he most certainly is, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he’s also stern, impatient, and bad-tempered. Oddly enough, it isn’t their mostly negative encounters that linger in her mind. Instead it’s the sadness she glimpses from time to time in his face. There’s no explanation for why she’s so bothered by this, nor can she imagine a situation where she’ll be in a position to discover the cause of his silent misery. All of which means she’s wasting her time. If anyone can take care of himself, it’s Dr. Levy.
Stratton had only been at Hutchison Clinic a short time before he heard about the beautiful nurse on the second floor. In his usual skeptical fashion he discounted the gossip until he saw Leah for himself. He had no problem admitting that the reports of her beauty hadn’t been exaggerated, but appreciation was as far as he was prepared to go. Love, romance and the so-called happily-ever-after only exist in the movies. Putting your happiness in someone else’s hands is just begging to be hurt. He has a monthly alimony payment to prove it. Getting his family and friends to understand his preference for bachelorhood isn’t so easy. While he appreciates their concern, he doesn’t need the complication of something with such overwhelming odds of failure. One ex-wife is enough for any man.

Leah walked out the side door of the house and didn’t look back. She’d known going to this party would be a mistake. What had she expected? This is what happens when you’re dumb enough to go on a trip with three other girls, only one of whom you’re reasonably acquainted with.
A shudder went through her that had nothing to do with the coolness of the night air. It had everything to do with being around guys who don’t understand what ‘no’ means. She wasn’t going to spend the rest of the evening hiding in the bathroom. The cabin belonging to Jessie’s parents that overlooked Lake Oconee was only a few miles away. She could be there in an hour if she walked fast.
It was strange that she felt safer on a lonely road than in a house full of people. She’d always been afraid of the dark; now it seemed like a haven. A sweater would have been nice, but then again, she hadn’t expected to be returning from this adventure on foot. Not bringing the right clothes was the least of the mistakes she’d made lately, but thankfully the end of this disastrous weekend was in sight. By tomorrow evening, she’d be back in Myrtle Beach.
The flash of a set of powerful headlights had her groaning inwardly. She moved off the road and reached in her pocket for her phone. Please don’t stop, she pleaded inside her head. In spite of this silent request, the profile of a truck pulled alongside her followed by the ominous low whine of the window sliding down. Great! This was just what she needed to make this terrible night complete.
“Excuse me, miss,” said the last voice she expected to hear. “Do you need a ride?”
Of all people, why did it have to be him? Was she ever going to be in a situation with this man that wasn’t embarrassing? At least he hadn’t recognized her yet. Hopefully, she could keep it that way. Not looking at him, she lowered her voice before replying, “No, thanks.”
“Are you sure?” his deep voice persisted.
“Very sure. My house is the next driveway.”
Dr. Levy laughed and for some reason Leah’s heart began to beat faster. She quickly found a reason for this anomaly. She’d never heard him laugh before. She’d even entertained the thought that he’d forgotten how. Like everything else about him, it was hard to ignore.
“That’s quite a coincidence,” he was saying. “My house is the next driveway, too.”
She might as well give up. This just wasn’t her night. “That figures. I can’t even get away with a lie these days.”
“There’s no need to lie. It’s just common sense.” He leaned across the console and opened the door. With the aid of the dome light, she was able to confirm his identity. She couldn’t decide if it was the absence of the formal attire he wore at work or his ruffled hair that made him appear so much younger and (dare she say it) approachable. Her glance dipped lower, taking in the corded muscles in his arms and chest straining against the material of a long-sleeve t-shirt. Yowza! If the nursing staff at Hutchison’s could see him now… His voice brought her eyes back to his face.
“Leah! What a surprise! I didn’t expect to find you so far away from home.”
That made two of them. “I’m, uh, spending the weekend with friends.”
“Who have apparently left you high and dry. Hop in, and I’ll give you a ride to wherever you’re staying.”
“Are you sure? I hate to take you out of your way.”
He smiled lazily, and this time Leah’s heart actually jumped in her chest. Could shock cause that?
“Let me worry about that.”
Feeling as if she’d stumbled into some kind of twilight zone, she climbed into the truck and reached for the seatbelt. “The address is 48 River Knoll.”
He shook his head in what she assumed was disbelief. “You were planning to walk that far?”
“It was better than staying where I was. Is your house really the next driveway?”
“I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a liar. My uncle left me a small cabin on the lake.” He pulled back on the road. “You picked a good time to visit this area. The dogwood trees are at their peak right now.”
Leah forced herself to relax against the seat. “That’s the main reason I came on this trip. Spring is my favorite time of year.”
“Mine, too. Are you from Myrtle Beach originally?”
“No. I grew up in Columbus, Georgia.”
He sent her a quick sideways glance. “You don’t say? I’m from Stone Mountain, which means we’re both Georgians. That must count for something.”
“I guess it does. You can drop me off by the mailbox.”
“I don’t drop off passengers at the mailbox, and in case you haven’t noticed, it’s pitch dark outside. We don’t need you tripping over something.”
Leah lapsed into silence. There was no point in arguing. This somewhat surreal experience would be over soon enough. A few minutes later he drew to a stop in the shadow of the porch.
“Here we are.”
She unbuckled her seatbelt and fumbled for the door handle. “Thanks for the ride, Dr. Levy.”
He threw her the same amused smile he’d done on those previous occasions. “You’re welcome, Leah. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.”
She barely suppressed a shudder. There had been little enjoyment so far and having Dr. Levy find her in such a predicament hadn’t helped.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“This book is so good, I couldn’t put it down!! It is a story of love, heartbreak and forgiveness, all told in such a beautiful way you get caught up in Leah and Stratton’s life and love. A good series and this is the best one.” ~ Joyeli3, Amazon reviewer
“The journey that Ms. Cameron takes us on with Stratton and Leah was simply amazing. This book brought up several emotions for me. I loved every bit of this book just like I’ve enjoyed every one of her books.” ~ J. Simpson, Amazon reviewer
“I loved this story. Absolutely fantastic. Loved the characters, the setting, the drama and conclusion this book has. You will love this book from opening to closing. You can’t go wrong. The story is awesome. Ms. Cameron is an excellent author. I can’t stress it enough … Read It!” ~ SCBooklover, Amazon reviewer

About the Author
Delaney Cameron
I’m a Georgia girl at heart if not by birth. I love to read, watch college football, and spend time with my husband. I’m a hopeless romantic so there will always be a happily ever after in my stories. I also like to write about second chances because love doesn’t always work out the first time.
My books are sweet romances set in both contemporary and regency settings featuring stories about the journey to love, from that first meeting to the point where two people know their hearts are no longer their own. My characters aren’t perfect. They make mistakes and have faults like the rest of us. They learn the sometimes painful truth that the path to love isn’t always smooth, but it’s a road worth traveling.

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