The Devil�s Triangle   ( A Brit in the FBI #4) Catherine Coulter  and J.T. Ellison Gallery Books // Simon & Schuster From New York Tim...

The Devil�s Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison Giveaway (US/Can)

The Devil�s Triangle (A Brit in the FBI #4)
Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison
Gallery Books // Simon & Schuster

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes the highly anticipated thriller in their Brit in the FBI series, featuring special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine in their new roles as heads of the Covert Eyes team�but will their first case be their last when the enigmatic and dangerous thief known as the Fox reappears?

He who controls the weather, will control the world. He who controls time, will never be around.� �Thomas Frey

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government�s Covert Eyes�leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help.

Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead. She has a warning for Nick and Mike: she�s overheard talk that a devastating Gobi desert sandstorm that�s killed thousands in Beijing isn�t a natural phenomenon, rather is produced by man. The Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to find out the truth.

From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC.

Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away three print copies of The Devil's Triangle�that's three winners total. Yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Where have you experienced the worst weather?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Catherine, J.T., and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Fortunately I haven't lived anywhere with terrible weather, but I have lived in states where the weather gets rather extreme: Texas�where summers would reach upwards of 110�F�and Pennsylvania�where we often had icy winters that resulted in snow days!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher�a huge thank you to the lovely folks over at Simon & Schuster!
Giveaway ends September 9th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only�sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ?
Good luck!

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I'd like to welcome Melissa Pimentel to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of  The One That Got Away  from St. Martin'...

Interview with Melissa Pimentel, Author of The One That Got Away + Giveaway (US/Can)

I'd like to welcome Melissa Pimentel to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of The One That Got Away from St. Martin's Press!

Welcome to Books � la Mode, Melissa! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

Melissa Pimentel grew up in a small town in Massachusetts in a house without cable and therefore much of her childhood was spent watching 1970s British comedy on PBS.

At twenty-two, she made the move to London to do an MA in Modern Literature at University College London. She has lived there happily for ten years, though she still adamantly refuses to eat a scotch egg. Before meeting her fianc�, she spent much of her time trawling the London dating scene for clean, non-sociopathic sexual partners and blogging about it, which became the inspiration for her first novel.

These days, she spends much of her time reading in the various pubs of Stoke Newington and engaging in a long-standing emotional feud with their disgruntled cat, Welles. She works in publishing and is also the author of Love by the Book.


It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which just hit shelves this week:

Melissa Pimentel delivers smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.

Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.

Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there's nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past...

Describe The One That Got Away in six words.

Are second chances at love possible?

How did you arrive at writing romance?

I�ve always loved rom-coms�I spent my childhood watching old Katherine Hepburn/Cary Grant films�and honestly think there are few things more satisfying that a well-played happy ending. I guess I wanted to try creating a few of my own!

What was your inspiration for the book?

Persuasion has always been my favorite Jane Austen novel, and one that I think is often overlooked in favor of Pride and Prejudice and Emma. There�s such a subtlety and gentility about it�it�s a real slow-burner�and Anne is one of my favorite fictional heroines. I thought it would be fun to try to bring it into the modern world!


How do you react to a negative or harsh review to your books?

I wish I could say I didn�t read them or that I just shake them off, Taylor-style, but... sadly not! I�m a dweller by nature, so bad reviews are one of the things I can find myself dwelling on. Usually a long run or a thick slice of cake are enough to push it out of my mind, though!

Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Jamie's random favorites, her best personal advice, and what she considers an occupational hazard of being a writer. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of The One That Got Away, so you don't want to miss that either!

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Some randomness...

How do you get over heartbreak? Friends, exercise, red wine, time. Also, the complete box set of Sex and the City.

Currently wearing?  Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers. My best friend, whom I�ve known since I was 10, recently pointed out that I�ve basically been wearing the same outfit for 25 years. I was mildly insulted, but she�s not wrong.

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Give us your best personal advice�something you wish you had known when you were younger and would offer to your own kids.

Wear what you want and act how you want and do what you want. No one�s watching and judging you.

Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?

I don�t know about other writers, but I know for me that too much time spent on my own turns me weird. After a long day of staring at the computer screen, I�ll find myself talking to myself (or the cats) waaaaay more than usual. That�s when I know it�s time to stop!

I can definitely relate to that! :D Where can you be found on the web?


Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to ask our readers?

What�s your favorite kind of love story, comic or tragic? (Otherwise known as The Philadephia Story vs An Affair to Remember question).

It was a pleasure to be able to get to know you better today, Melissa! Thank you again for dropping by, and best of luck with future endeavors!


Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of The One That Got Away�woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is answer Melissa's question in the comments below:
What�s your favorite kind of love story: comic or tragic, and why?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Melissa and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher�a huge thank you to the lovely folks over at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends September 7th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US or Canada residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar on the right for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide�there are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ?
Good luck!

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The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky Summer Heacock from MIRA // Harlequin In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day...

The First Line of The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock + Giveaway (US/Can)

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
Summer Heacock
from MIRA // Harlequin

In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I've had sex.

Having sex wasn't exactly high on Kat Carmichael's priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn't been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible�resulting in pain and disappointment for Kat instead of sunshine and orgasms.

With just over a month until their four-year anniversary, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, encouraging him to see other people while she throws herself into physical therapy. Yet even with the well-intentioned (but wildly inappropriate) attempts at help from her best friends, Kat quickly discovers that a solo mission may not be the best approach.

Fortunately, physical therapist Ben Cleary, the shop's best (looking) customer, volunteers to help out�strictly as a friend, of course. But as the line between love and friendship begins to blur, Kat stands to lose much more than a functioning set of lady bits if she can't figure out what to hang on to�and what to let go.

The First Line of The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky



About the Author


Summer Heacock is an author of contemporary women�s fiction and prances through life like a Disney cartoon that says the �F� word a lot. She lives in a teeny Indiana town, where she�s a stay-at-home-mom to two scampy tots, wife to an amazingly understanding husband, herder of a rescue critter menagerie and collector of life-size celebrity cardboard cutouts. When not writing or hoarding jellybeans, she�s a member of the Midwest Writers planning committee and a co-host of PubTalkTV.

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky is her debut novel.


Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky�yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Summer's question in the comments below:
What is your favorite type of cupcake?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Summer and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and publisher�a huge thank you to the lovely folks at TLC Book Tours and MIRA!
Giveaway ends September 6th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ?
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I'd like to welcome Jamie Beck to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of  Before I Knew , the first of her exciting new Ca...

Interview with Jamie Beck, Author of Before I Knew + Giveaway (US only)

I'd like to welcome Jamie Beck to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Before I Knew, the first of her exciting new Cabot series, from Montlake Romance (Amazon Publishing)!

Welcome to Books � la Mode, Jamie! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

My childhood writing dreams featured a Hollywood career in the television or film industries. I'd finish watching a dramatic family saga or love story and think, "I want to write something like this!" But a creative writing career seemed like a pipedream, so I went to Tulane University assuming I'd figure out what to do with the rest of my life by graduation day. I fell in love with psychology coursework, but psychiatrists go to medical school, and subjects such as biology and chemistry weren't my forte. Alas, another career eliminated.

Ultimately, I earned a joint law/M.B.A. degree and practiced commercial real estate and lending law for a decade in my hometown of Pittsburgh (Go Steelers!). I learned so much during that decade, but was never passionate about the work. When my husband's career took us to Connecticut, I opted to stay at home to raise our two young children. That decision presented a second chance to revisit the idea of writing.

These days I dream up stories about love, family, self-discovery, and redemption. Sometimes they're spicy (my Sterling Canyon books), and sometimes more poignant (the St. James and Cabot novels), but I strive to make each of them realistic and heartwarming. Recently, I earned a spot on the Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll, and I'm so grateful to each and every reader who has given wings to this new chapter in my life.

When I'm not writing, you can find me dancing around my kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah.


It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which hits shelves today:

Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.

On the second anniversary of her husband's suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she's set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband's reckless dare cost Alec's brother his life.

Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby's lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he's determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he's loved from afar find happiness again.

But secrets have a way of coming out. When Alec's do, they might destroy the new life he and Colby have rebuilt together.

Describe Before I Knew in six words.

Second chances at life and love.

How did you arrive at writing romance?

When I was young, I loved TV and movies, particularly love stories. I�ve always been drawn to the sort of �yearning� that runs through most romantic stories, and so when I decided to try my hand at writing, there was no question about what type of story I would write. However, I am not a huge fan of trope-driven romances, preferring something more realistic, which is why the majority of my books also contain some realistic and heavy real-life struggles.

I do have some women�s fiction ideas rolling around in my head. Perhaps one day I�ll have the time to try to write those. I would never, ever try to write suspense. I don�t like being anxious, and I don�t think I have the kind of skill set needed to plot one well.


What was your inspiration for the book?

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about mental illness and stigma, and how that stigma prevents people from receiving proper treatment and support. Because I have some personal experience with this topic, it is very relevant to me. I�ve seen that struggle, and how it affects others who are close to the afflicted. That gave me the seed of an idea, but I did not want to write a story featuring someone with the illness. I worried that I couldn�t do that justice, so I focused on the one left behind, and how the mistakes they made together (largely because of the fear of stigma) lingered long after he was gone.


As a huge fan of first lines, I'd love to hear the first line of Before I Knew. Can you give us a brief commentary on it?
Of all the dilemmas Colby Cabot-Baxter had faced in her twenty-nine years, none had tortured her like this one.
Before I Knew begins with a five-page prologue that sets up the complicated history between the hero and heroine. It is two years prior to the opening of the book. Colby and her then-husband, Mark (who suffers from Bipolar Disorder) are in the car outside the church of her lifelong friend, Joe�s, funeral. Joe died because he took Mark up on a dare. Joe�s older brother, Alec, is the ultimate hero in this story. Colby is torn about attending the funeral because Joe�s family blames her husband (and to some extent, her) for Joe�s death.

Tell us about your road to publication.

My road was a bit circuitous. I wrote my first manuscript in about nine months, only to send it out into the world and then discover how much I had to learn! I joined Romance Writers of America (and my local chapter), began taking workshops and such, and wrote a second manuscript. That got a little more interest from agents, but ultimately no one agreed to represent me. My third manuscript (Worth the Wait) got me my agent, but at the time, no publisher wanted it (romance editors thought it too much women�s fiction, and women�s fiction editors thought it too much romance). Then that second manuscript that no agent wanted got plucked out of the slush pile at Montlake (I�d forgotten I�d submitted it, back when Montlake still took unsolicited submissions). Montlake bought that book, and then, we convinced them to give Worth the Wait a chance, too.

For those looking for querying advice, I think a few things helped me get my wonderful agent (Jill Marsal) that third time around. First, I�d done the work to write a pretty good story (workshops, critique partners, contest feedback). Second, that book did final in a contest, which gave me something to put in the query that signaled a certain level of quality. Third, I queried smarter. I did my homework on the agents, their client list, and so on. I read interviews they�d given to Writer�s Digest and so on. Armed with this information, I specifically mentioned something about why I thought they might like my book and be a good fit for what I wanted in an agent. The personalized touch helped!


Are the characters from your book based off anyone you know in real life? How much else of your actual life gets written into your fiction?

No single character is ever based entirely on anyone I know, but bits and pieces of the people in my life do make their way into most characters. I think it�d be almost impossible for that not to happen. We (our thoughts and ideas) are shaped, in part, by the people in our lives, and those values and perceptions come through in our writing voice and imaginations. People who know me very well usually spot a few �observations� that they recognize as being something I might do or say. On the flip side, in real life, I love a good debate and very often take a view that opposes my own, just because I find it fascinating to look at things from multiple perspectives. Therefore, you will tend to see that in my books as well (characters coming at something from totally different yet valid positions).

Which character from Before I Knew was most difficult to write?

Colby. She is grieving the loss of so much (her friend, then her husband, her confidence, her innocence). She is smart and introverted, which is also hard to write because those types can come across as colder and less sympathetic. I hope I did her justice. She has a good heart and desire to heal and be a stronger, more compassionate person.


What do you consider your biggest strengths and weaknesses as an author?

I think my strengths are that I write pretty good prose and can evoke reader emotion. My weakness? Dialogue is hard for me. It takes a lot of rewriting to get it to sound natural and to have the characters� speech sound distinct.


Name the top five novels that have made the biggest impact on your life or on your writing.

On my life (or, books I devoured and remembered long after reading): Native Son, Atlas Shrugged, The Color Purple, The Nightingale, and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

On my writing: For craft, The First Five Pages, Writing 21st Century Fiction. For goals to reach for? Authors Jojo Moyes, Susan Wiggs, Robyn Carr, and Kristin Hannah.

What�s the greatest thing you ever learned?

Oh, that�s hard. I�ve learned a lot of good things in my 50 years. I think one of the most important is that integrity matters. Doing the right thing, even when it�s hard and hurts�and even when no one will give you credit�is important. It allows you to always look in the mirror and like what you see.

How do you react to a negative or harsh review to your books?

It�s never easy. Of course we want readers to love our characters and story. We want them to �get� what we were trying to say. When they don�t, the rejection stings. That said, Before I Knew is my eighth book. At this point, I have learned to keep a better perspective. I do not love every book that some of my favorite authors write, and it is unreasonable to expect every reader (even one�s own fans) to love every single book we create. So, now I don�t actually read every review. Occasionally I�ll peek at the overall �grade� it might have on Amazon or Goodreads, but I don�t dig for the pain of a bad review!

Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Jamie's random favorites, her best personal and professional advice, and what makes Before I Knew stand out as a book from all the rest. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of Before I Knew, so you don't want to miss that either!

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Some randomness...

Favorite kind of chocolate? Dark, milk, white, coffee-flavored, the kind with nuts or berries inside?? Milk chocolate with almonds or caramel.

What kind of kid were you in high school? �Typical�... meaning I had friends and crushes and took school reasonably seriously. I enjoyed high school very much, although if I could go back, I�d work a little harder and be a little more confident.

Favorite passage from a book? �There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I'll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye�when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I'll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save�respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?� Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This concept has stuck with me from the moment I read it. I think it�s quite beautiful, simple, and accepting, which is what love should be, right?

All-time favorite quote? I don�t know if this is a popular one, but my mom always said it, and I agree: It�s not what you say, but how you say it, that matters. I think a lot of conflict and hurt feelings could be avoided if people communicated their disagreement with more tact and care.

Most romantic thing a guy has ever said or done to you? You know, I find romance in the oddest places. For me it isn�t the flowers (although I love those) or the compliments. It�s things like the patience my husband has for my mother because he knows how important she is to me. Words and grand gestures are easy, but the day to day actions that prove that you and your feelings matter�that�s where real romance lives.

How do you get over heartbreak? Not very well! Fortunately, I�ve been with my husband for 21 years, so those days are far behind me. My worst involved a law school boyfriend whom I loved with my whole being. He loved me... but ultimately only as a friend (which we remain today). When he left me, I couldn�t eat and dropped to 113 pounds (I�m 5�7�). I listened to sad songs and cried and cried. Oh, I was a mess. It took someone new to come along and remind me that there was actually more than one person I could love.

Currently reading?  I just finished Julia Quinn�s new release, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband.

Currently wearing?  I�m on my way to catch a flight, so I�m in white jeans and a gunmetal gray summer sweater, with funky earrings.

Most visited website?  Facebook!

Favorite vegetable? (yes, you have to pick one). Corn on the cob with lots of butter and salt, or fresh raw spinach.

Biggest celebrity crush? For a long time is was Justin Timberlake (funny, talented, and he can dance!). Right now, I have a little thing for Charlie Hunnam.

Guiltiest pleasure? I still DVR The Young and the Restless! It�s like a book that never ends. I�ve been watching since the 80s.

What did you want to grow up to be when you were little? A television writer, then a psychiatrist.

Go-to comfort food? Pasta!

Charity or cause of choice? I donate to many, but generally prefer those that help children. With each new release, I set aside money from the proceeds to a charity I ask my readers to help me choose (usually that relate to the story). With this release, I�m thinking of dedicating those proceeds to Bring Change to Mind.

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Out of all the fantastic books out there, what makes Before I Knew stand out from the rest?

I hope the themes of the book, the quality of the writing, and that �unrequited first love� trope combine to make for a memorable and worthy read.

Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you had known before getting published.

Never compare yourself with other authors. We are all unique, with our own voices, stories, and visions. No one�s journey will be like another, and no one else�s success can diminish your own or your value. Pay it forward!

Now give us your best personal advice�something you wish you had known when you were younger and would offer to your own kids.

My poor kids are sick of my advice, I assure you! The biggest thing this second career has taught me is that you should work hard to find and follow your passion as early as possible, because when you love what you do, it doesn�t feel like work.

What are you involved in when you aren�t writing?

I�ve got two teenagers, so I�m mostly involved in keeping them happy, healthy, and safe! But I love to read, hike, ski, cook, travel, and watch movies in my free time.

What would you say are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Get involved in writing chapters. This is a lonely business. You need friends and support from people who understand the ups and downs of this industry, and of writing in general.

Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?

Insecurity. Too much sitting! And no set �path� to success.

What's the most interesting comment you've received about your writing?

I get readers who write to me and tell me what they want me to do with secondary characters. But my favorite was from a reader who, like the hero in In the Cards, had been abandoned by a parent when she was five. She said to me that there was a certain passage (something Levi says) that, after all these years, clarified for her something she�d felt but could never articulate, and it freed her. That made me very proud... to know that I was able to do that for someone.

What is the message in Before I Knew that you want readers to grasp?

Two messages, I suppose. One is that, no matter how dark things appear, life will get better if you don�t give up. Believe in yourself and the future, and things can turn around. The second is that, if you are struggling with a mental illness, there is no shame. Reach out, get help, and be proud of who you are. We all have troubles�let�s help each other carry the load.

What are your goals as a writer?

I always try to write a better story. I want to entertain, but I also like to provoke (discussion, perspective, etc.)

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

I got published! I honestly didn�t know if that would happen. I also love hearing from readers. That�s the very best part.

What�s next for you?

I�ve got to finish the Cabot novels, and then plan a new series (details not yet finalized).


I can't wait to hear about the next series! Where can you be found on the web?


Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to ask our readers?

What is your favorite love story of all time?

It was a pleasure to be able to get to know you better today, Jamie! Thank you again for dropping by, and best of luck with future endeavors!


Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away one print ARC of Before I Knew�woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is answer Jamie's question in the comments below:
What is your favorite love story of all time?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Jamie and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist�a huge thank you to the lovely folks over at PR by the Book!
Giveaway ends September 5th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar on the right for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide�there are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ?
Good luck!

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Without Fear or Favor   ( Butch Karp #29) Robert K. Tanenbaum Gallery Books  // Simon & Schuster In the twenty-ninth novel in the New Y...

Without Fear or Favor by Robert K. Tanenbaum Giveaway (US only)

Without Fear or Favor (Butch Karp #29)
Robert K. Tanenbaum
Gallery Books // Simon & Schuster

In the twenty-ninth novel in the New York Times bestselling Karp-Ciampi series featuring �the best fictional prosecuting attorney in literature� (Mark Lane, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi must stop a radical organization of armed militants bent on the cold-blooded murder of uniformed on-duty police officers.

When a cop shoots down the son of a respected inner-city Baptist preacher, the community rises up in anger and demands to have the officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there�s something more than a call for justice at work here: a plot to bring down the city�s police force through a conspiracy so vast and malicious only Butch Karp and his band of truth-seekers can untangle it.

Full of Tanenbaum�s signature page turning intense action and heart pounding suspense from �one hell of a writer� (New York Post), Without Fear or Favor will keep you guessing until the final scene.

Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of Without Fear or Favor�yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What is something you used to be afraid of, but are no longer? How did you get over that fear?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Robert and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

I used to be afraid of public speaking. I still don't like it, mind you, but am no longer terrified of it and I think it has just come with practice. In high school, I joined the mock trial team which really forced me to be a better public speaker. Once I had experience speaking in front of a real judge and fake jury, class assignments and work presentations felt like nothing in comparison. Funny how such a common fear can be extinguished just by pushing yourself a little!

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Love Her Wild Atticus Page Count:  225 Release Date:  July 11th 2017 Publisher:   Atria Books ( Simon & Schuster ) Source: Complimenta...

7 Heart Review: Love Her Wild by Atticus

Love Her Wild
Atticus

Page Count: 225

Release Date: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Atria Books (Simon & Schuster)
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Atria Books!)
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The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

Love Her Wild
is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the �#1 poet to follow� by Teen Vogue and �the world�s most tattoo-able� poet by Galore magazine, in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer�s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind�and will awaken your sense of adventure.
Atticus is an anonymous poet who gained online traction through his Instagram and Tumblr posts, and for the first time his work is being featured in a published paperback edition. The collection is divided into three different chapters: Love, which includes pieces about crushes, falling in love, and heartbreak; Her, detailing the beauty of a special unnamed woman who deserves great love; and Wild, a scattering of poems about travel, philosophy, and finding your true self.

I am impressed by the creative scope of his work, and admire his ability to express emotions about relationships, pride, and art that everyone will be able to relate to, combined with the typography aesthetic that has its own appeal. However, his poetry isn't particularly deep or significantly moving, and is actually quite basic. I think I would have enjoyed poetry like this back when I was twelve years old and just starting to write love poems about imaginary lovers, myself�a much simpler time in my life. The content of Love Her Wild will appeal primarily to middle-grade readers, particular preteen and teen girls, as they span the topics of pure and young love, wanderlust, and the importance of inner beauty.

That said, there are a few poems that truly stood out to me: Love could be labeled poison and we'd drink it anyways and When it comes to love we are primates breaking sticks while pointing to our hearts. There's just a charming simplicity and vulnerability to both of them. If all his poems were as effective as those two, I'd be much more inclined to recommend him to audiences other than teenagers.

Although in the end, this isn't fiction like I normally review but rather poetry, which is an entirely different art form; while Love Her Wild isn't groundbreaking to me, it can certainly be appreciated by anyone who knows what to make of it.

Pros


Plenty of poems to enjoy in the three different "chapters": Love, Her, and Wild // Beautiful black-and-white images in a softbound edition�would make a great gift or coffee table book // Atticus certainly has a way with words and some of the poems are touching

Cons


Much of the content is quite teen-angsty and melodramatic, attempting to be ~deep~ through simple, unstructured verse

Love




Verdict


As Atticus's first print poetry compilation, Love Her Wild speaks to his success as an Internet-famous writer who has touched the hearts of young-and-in-love budding romantics, especially among adolescent audiences. The minimalistic style and tender words of this syrupy volume make it pleasant to read, aesthetically appealing, and highly quotable, especially through visual mediums (e.g. Instagram posts). I would not be surprised to see excerpts of Love Her Wild widely quoted in the mainstream Americanflag

7 hearts: Not perfect, but overall enjoyable; would recommend, but borrow a copy before you buy! (x)

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Wish You Were Here Ren�e Carlino Atria Books // Simon & Schuster You know when you�re looking at someone and you can�t help but smile a...

Wish You Were Here by Ren�e Carlino Giveaway (US/Can)

Wish You Were Here
Ren�e Carlino
Atria Books // Simon & Schuster

You know when you�re looking at someone and you can�t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That�s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel... happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn�t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks.

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She�s had as many jobs as she�s had bad relationships, and now she�s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.

Then she collides�literally�with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam�s spontaneity and joy for life. There�s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam�s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.

Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte�s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime�s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.

Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of Wish You Were Here�yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What is the most recent wish you made? Did it come true?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Ren�e and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

I made a wish that I would get the research job I applied to. And I did!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher�a huge thank you to the lovely folks over at Atria Books!
Giveaway ends August 31st at 11.59 PM (your time).
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