Monday, October 29, 2012

Tempting The Player by: J. Lynn


Synopsis: Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he'll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it's going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together...or in love.


Thoughts: These Brazen books never cease to make me feel anything less than overjoyed with happiness when I finish. I can never get enough of them, and combine that with one of my favorite authors and I knew I was in for amazingness. Tempting The Player is sexy as heck, fun, and all-around a perfect story.

After being dragged to some club, the last thing Bridget Rodgers expects is to meet and hit things off with all-start pitcher, brother of her co-worker's boyfriend, notorious player and sexy as hell Chad Gamble. Chad can have any girl he wants, and he knows it... but what he wants is Bridget. When the two are caught together by paparazzi, Chad is forced to clean up his image or lose his contract with the Nationals. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for Bridget, she is blackmailed into being Chad's "girlfriend", but both soon come to find that just maybe everything happens for a reason.

Chad Gamble is what you would call sex on a stick and he's got the ego to go with it, but that being said we quickly find out he's not the huge player every one thinks he is. I love baseball and sexy men, but I love nothing more than seeing a hotter-than-hades, sexy fella with an ego be put in his place in the best way possible. And, I absolutely loved watching him fall for Bridget. Bridget is the complete opposite of Chad, not stick thin, not famous, works as an admin, and is content with being who she is. I absolutely loved her confidence with herself and watching someone as famous and sexy as Chad fall for her was icing on the cake for having me fall in love with these characters. Their relationship is not just sex and fun, but it's sweet in that soul-mate kind of way.

Overall, another stunner from the lovely J. Lynn. It's impossible not to whip through her books. They're witty, seductive, fun, and basically kick-ass when it comes to the romance department. With Tempting The Player, I even had a few moments of surprise with things I wasn't expecting and you got to love feeling those emotions. Beyond fantastic story, amazing characters to fall in love with (if you haven't already met some of them in Tempting The Best Man), and overall another brilliantly written story.

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: Embers In A Dark Frost


Embers In A Dark Frost
By: Kelly Keaton
Expected Release: November 15th, 2012


Synopsis: The Fire Breathers have come. The Underworld calls. A choice must be made…

With her feared half blood and flame-colored hair, DEIRA D'ANU is a constant reminder of human betrayal and the war that claimed the light from Innis Fail. Now, darkness and frost creep across the land, strengthening the Lord of the Underworld. War is imminent—an allegiance with the Fire Breathers is vital. When their champion, Balen, sees Deira, he believes she is the key to finding the light and stopping the dark frost....

But the Underworld calls to Deira, tempting her to turn her back on a world that never cared and betray the champion willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe and save his world from darkness.


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Kelly loves ancient history, fantasy, and mythology. She dreams of one day attaining magical powers, discovering the secret to immortality, ridding her home of pet hair, and being crowned Mardi-Gras queen. As Kelly Gay, she writes the popular adult urban fantasy series, Charlie Madigan, for Pocket Books. While she calls Raleigh, NC, home, she can also be found chatting about books and life on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril


Sweet Peril
By: Wendy Higgins
Expected Release: April 30th, 2013


*screams* *runs around* SO SEXY. SO HOT. LOVE THE COLORS. WANT TO LICK IT. *runs around* *bangs into wall* *dies*

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Synopsis: Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?


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Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cover Reveal: Unresisting


Unresisting
by: Shane Morgan
Expected Release: November 27th



Synopsis: Seventeen year old Natasha Johnson is having a rough year. Her twin brother, Sean, died last summer after a car crash, and her parents decided to pack up and leave the only home she’d known all her life. It's a lot to take in, and Nat has decidedly given up on the world, until moving to Stetson Valley and meeting high school ‘outcast’, Chace Owens.

Chace's dark and mysterious aura is not exactly seen as 'normal', but Nat already knows that not a lot of things are of the norm when it comes to her life. She soon finds herself unable to resist Chace's strange pull on her heart, unleashing a sudden attraction to the unnatural forces that have always been burning within her. But with uncovering her true self brings forth great danger, as Nat learns that her brother's death had a lot more to do with the side she's unable to resist.

Can Natasha calm the blazing flames and withstand the threat of danger, or will this new found power destroy her?




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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Hosted by: I Am A Reader, Not a Writer, and The Diary of A Bookworm.

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Two winners will win their choice of Hollowed by: Kelley York, Tempting The Player by: Jennifer L. Armentrout (18+), Crash by: Nicole Williams, or ReVamped by: Ada Adams.





*Hollowed and TTP are eBooks only. If you don't have a device that supports Nook books or Kindle books, I suggest you choose ReVamped or Crash which comes in eBook or Paperback. Also, if you are international and decide to enter most likely ReVamped or Crash will be your choices.

*Crash eBooks are available now, but if you decide you want a Crash Paperback, it does not release until December 18th, so it will be a pre-order.

Good luck. :)
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Blog Tour: Stealing Parker


- Stealing Parker -


Synopsis: Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.
After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.


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- The Author -


Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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- Guest Post -
The Art of Making Mistakes:  Why messing up is one of the most important things you can do.


I love reading reviews of my books. I always listen to what people have to say in hopes I can make my writing better. However, there’s one thing I’ll never change about my books, no matter what: I’ve seen some readers get upset when my characters make mistakes.

My characters make big mistakes and small mistakes. Some decisions have serious repercussions on the life of not only my main character, but sometimes on the lives of others.

When I was a teenager, I did some very dumb things. Like, one time my parents told me I couldn’t go to the Aerosmith concert, but I took their car and went anyway. My parents got really upset. Sure, I loved the concert, but afterwards I had to live with the guilt of hurting my parents and doing something I knew was wrong. They grounded me for a month!

Another time, I told a friend a serious lie because I thought it would impress her. She was always doing things that were “cool” and I wanted to feel cool too. I wanted her to think I was worthy of our friendship. Instead of thinking I was cool, she told a bunch of people what I said and spread the gossip about me all over school. What made it especially bad was that some people knew it wasn’t true. I was so embarrassed and ashamed. And I was sad that my “friend” wasn’t a true friend. But I learned from the mistake. I learned not to lie anymore, and I learned that true friends will love me for who I am, not what I’ve done.

When I’m writing a book, I’m not scared to have my characters screw up. If we don’t screw up, we can’t learn, and then we can’t become better people.

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- Review -

Miranda is one of those writers that just gets it. She creates stories that are so perfect for her characters. They have fun, they screw up, and they ultimately become a better person in the end. Stealing Parker is everything I could have asked for in a book and more.



Stealing Parker by: Miranda Kenneally

Synopsis: After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.


Thoughts: Miranda is one of those writers that just gets it. She creates stories that are so perfect for her characters. They have fun, they screw up, and they ultimately become a better person in the end. Stealing Parker is everything I could have asked for in a book and more.

After her mom announced she was a lesbian and left town, Parker Shelton's world turned upside down. Rumors were started, Parker quit being the softball star, lost 30 pounds, and started hooking up with guys just to prove she could. Then at the request of her best friend Drew, she decides to become the manager of the boy's baseball team and they've got a hot new assistant coach. Parker and Coach Brian Hoffman start to become closer than intended, but hooking up with this one may be taking it a little too far.

I just loved this book to pieces. Firstly it revolves around the topic of baseball which I have always loved and I played softball for 12 years. So, in that aspect I completely connected to Parker and the others. Then throw in family issues, friend issues, self-reflection, romance, and laughs and you get one heck of a book. Miranda crafted this book so beautifully and as it built up I kept finding myself falling more and more in love with this story and the characters.

When Parker's mom left, she slightly lost her way. She turned into a different person but not necessarily for the worst. She especially shows us that everything happens for a reason, that if people are truly your friends they will always be there for you, that family is important, that you need to always do what's right for you and never, ever give up on something you love. I honestly loved Parker's character and watching her go through her ups and downs because if she didn't she wouldn't have ended up where she did.

Then there is her best friend Drew, Will Whitfield aka "Corndog", and coach Brian Hoffman. I love all three of these boys for different reasons. I didn't hate Brian like I think most people maybe did by the end. He is a good coach, a sexy guy, and some one very easy to talk to. He was attracted to Parker, so what? I think Parker and he both needed each other to end up where they did in life. Then there's her best friend Drew. Drew is one of those friends who you always want at your side. Someone to stick by you through thick and thin and someone to sit around and watch Harry Potter movies with you all night. Everyone needs some one like that. Finally, Will Whitfield. I. Love. This. Kid. Will is smart, sexy, fantastic at baseball, a hard worker, good to his family, and the ultimate sweet guy with a good head on his shoulders. He is a guy I'd always want by my side to hold me tight. I loved his and Parker's banter right from the start, and as their chemistry grows I continued to love him even more.

Overall, Miranda hit another home run with this one (pun totally intended). And Catching Jordan fans... don't worry Sam Henry is back with loads of laughs. Stealing Jordan is everything I could have asked for and I absolutely loved it.

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Gravity



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- The Book -

Synopsis: In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek.
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war. 

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- The Author -


Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L'Engle.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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- My Review -

A legacy, an alien, and a country on the brink of war. Filled with romance, secrets, and and thrills that will keep you constantly on your toes, Gravity is one powerful punch after another.

Find The Complete Review Here! :)

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- My Playlist -

So as we all know, I love music and have way too many songs on my playlist and not enough time to do anything lately, ha! So here are the first few songs that I heard that sounded "Gravity" like to me. Enjoy :)

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1) The Lumineers - Ho Hey

I belong with you you belong with me you're my sweetheart.



2) Depeche Mode - Policy of Truth

Things could be so different now
It used to be so civilized
You will always wonder how
It could have been if you'd only lied

It's too late to change events
It's time to face the consequence
For delivering the proof
In the policy of truth



3) Anberlin - Godspeed

This song just sounded like the book and the way the government is run, to me.



4) Lights - Fourth Dimension

Bottle rockets and time bombs and warheads
We could go back, or keep on, or be led
Follow me to the chapel, we're the kings of the castle
It's a science, but there's room to believe
In the riots, I find you and I breathe
This isn't for the weak hearts,
But everyone's here at some part



5) 12 Stones - The Way I Feel

Lately I've been wandering
Off the narrow path
You’ve given me so many things that I've never had
And all in all I know it's you that always pulls me through
If you reach deep inside you’ll see my heart is true

‘Cause I hate the way I feel tonight
And I know I need you in my life
Yes I hate the way I feel inside
And I promise to make the sacrifice



6) Hurts - Illuminated

Suddenly my eyes are open,
Everything comes into focus, oh.



7) Evanescence - Where Will You Go

Another where I just like the sound of this song for the book.



8) Crossfade - No Giving Up

So you found out today your life's not the same
Not quite as perfect as it was yesterday but
When you were just getting in the groove
Now you're faced with something new
And I know it hurts and I know you feel torn
But you never gave up this easily before
So why do you choose today to give it all away

There's no giving up now
Do you really want to give this all away
Can't you ever see things in a different way


9) The XX - Angels

And with words unspoken
A silent devotion
I know you know what I mean
And the end is unknown
But I think I'm ready
As long as you're with me
Being
As in love with you as I am



10) 30 Seconds to Mars - This Is War

A warning to the people,
The good and the evil,
This is war.

To the soldier, the civilian,
The martyr, the victim,
This is war.

It's the moment of truth, and the moment to lie,
The moment to live and the moment to die,
The moment to fight, the moment to fight


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- Giveaway -


Gravity by: Melissa West

Synopsis: In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Thoughts: A legacy, an alien, and a country on the brink of war. Filled with romance, secrets, and and thrills that will keep you constantly on your toes, Gravity is one powerful punch after another.

The Ancients, a powerful alien race who wishes to co-exist with Earth, come every night for what is known as the taking and there is one rule: Don't ever peek. Ari Alexander is a military legacy who is expected to follow in her father's foot steps and become the next commander. One night changes everything, and that is when she breaks the rules and looks to see Jackson Locke hovering above her. Jackson Locke is sexy, popular, and supposed to be human. Ari soon finds out that the world is not what she expected and a war looms over their heads. Ari will have to choose to be the legacy she's supposed to be or betray her country and help Jackson.

Gravity was definitely one of those kick-ass books with the whirl-wind of romance that I love. I admit, there were a few things about the Ancients I wished were explained more and parts that may have seemed a bit rushed but that being said it didn't make me love this book any less. Some of my favorite scenes were the training scenes, OP and fighting scenes. You can definitely tell Melissa can write her fight scenes... they were so vivid and I loved watching Ari be the fierce little soldier she was. I love how Ari made her own decisions and fought for what she thought was right, that is always an admirable quality in my mind.

With the boys, Jackson Locke is our sexy Ancient with blue-green eyes to fall into. He has the some-what smug attitude, but he's so protective, strong and caring at the same time that he's easy to fall for. As much as I love Jackson and Ari's relationship, I have to admit I actually really liked Lawrence. Even though Law and Ari are "arranged" to be married for political reasons, I truly believe he actually cares to Ari. Plus he's always on her side and so helpful, I honestly hope we see more of him in future books.

When I first starting reading, I expected more of a romantic book but as the story progressed we're also thrown into fighting, and lies, and tons of exciting thrills. There were even some scenes that I found disturbing. I'm really intrigued by the world that Melissa created with Gravity, and I cannot wait to read more from her!!

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Conjure by: Lea Nolan

Synopsis: Be careful what you search for...

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends--are lost forever

Thoughts: Conjure is one of those stories that you just enjoy reading. It's enchanting and entertaining with history weaving its way through the curses. The cover is beautiful and this book is fun, adventure, and magic all rolled up into one! Almost like a Pirates of the Caribbean for teens!

Jack and Emmaline, Emma for short, are twins who love spending their summer in the South Carolina heat with their close friend Cooper. They don't expect much different this summer until they stumble upon a bottle with a strange message inside. On search of the treasure within the note, they come across a curse that unleashes itself on Jack. The curse is slowly eating away at Jack's skin and will surely kill him if too much time is wasted. When a mysterious girl shows up and leads them to Hoodoo magic, Emma with the help of Cooper and others will have no choice but to save her brother before time runs out... if it's even possible that is.

Firstly, the fact that Emmaline (love that name!) and Jack are twins totally pulls me in. I have a huge obsession with twins. The other thing I love about them is you can tell how connected they are, how much they care about each other. You certainly see this with Emma and how she takes risks she never thought she'd take, all for her brother. Plus the aspect of diving into Hoodoo was such an adventure and it hold a key part to the story so it was much more than just a magic touch. There's also Cooper Beaumont who is an adorable hunk rolled in sugar. I loved Cooper's role and I absolutely loved seeing Emma and Cooper evolve as the story plays on.

Overall, Conjure is a mystical story wrapped up with revenge, sacrifice, and romance. It'll show you how tight some sibling bonds really are and how far sometimes you have to push yourself for the people you love. Definitely a fun read and definitely worth a pick up!

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Book Blast: FATE



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"I write because I must. It's not a choice or a pastime, it's an unyielding calling and my passion."
~Elizabeth Reyes~
 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Deity Trailer Reveal and Apollyon Cover Reveal


- Deity -
(The third book in the Covenant Series)

Synopsis: "History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

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Did you read an ARC of Deity and been dying to get your hands on Elixir, the novella told in Aiden’s POV and picks up right after the end of Deity? Well, you don’t have to wait any longer. The free novella is available now. DO NOT read Elixir if you have not read Deity. It will spoil Deity for you and not to mention, you will have no idea what is going on.

Elixir will be available in print. Kindle, and Nook formats on November 27, 2012.

Click HERE to read Elixir.

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- Apollyon -
(The forth book in the Covenant Series)


GUYS. This cover is SO freaken gorgeous. This is by far one of my favorite series, ever. Jennifer is absolutely an amazing author and person. These covers are so simple yet so stunning. And, I'm just in love with these characters. So here it is... the beauty that is APOLLYON. Due out April 2013



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Friday, October 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Kiss N' Tell


- The Book -

Synopsis: She never thought a kiss could kill…

Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She was just trying to fit in...and she wanted to make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died—right in her arms.

Was she really the only person in the entire school who didn’t know about his peanut allergy? Or that eating a peanut butter sandwich and then kissing him would be deadly? Overnight Sam turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she’ll have to find a way to forgive herself before anyone else will.

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- The Author -


Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot. 

Janet only gives 5 stars to the books she reviews because she is an author herself and knows that no book can appeal to everyone, but like a child, it is very special to the creator.

I'M NOT HER was published by Sourcebooks Teen Fire in May 2011. 

IF I TELL released Oct 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Teen Fire.

WHO I KISSED Sourcebooks Fire 2012.

Janet's work will also appear in the THE FIRST TIME anthology, DEAR TEEN ME anthology and WHO DONE IT anthology.

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- Interview With Janet Gurtler -

Thank you Janet for stopping by and answering these questions! :)


1) If you were on a desert island and could only take one book with you, what would it be?

Hmmmmm. Great question, hard to answer.  Can I cheat and say I would take a NOTE BOOK so I could write and keep myself sane on this dessert island. Oh. I guess I just did. J


2) What inspired you to write WHO I KISSED? Why food allergies?

My son has food allergies, so it’s something that we’ve been dealing with on a daily basis since he was two and we found out about it.  It’s super super common now amongst kids, so I thought it would be an interesting if somewhat emotional road to travel on in a YA story.

3) Which was your favorite character to write and why?

I LOVED Sam a lot, but writing AUNT ALLIE was the most fun. She is kooky and out there, but totally embraces herself for who she is. She is a person who is totally comfortable in her own skin and I’d like to hang out with her in real life. Plus she could do an Angel reading for me, so that would be a bonus!

4) Favorite place to write?

Where I am this very second. On my living room couch, with my feet up on a stool, lap top in my lap. (very bad for my posture. Imagine me slouching down  with my feet stretched out. I’m almost lying down)

5) Anything extra you'd like to tell us about anything? :)

Yes. If you love a book and want to show an author you loved it, post a review on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles or on your library website or your local Indie store site. It really does help authors in these days of online communication.  Your comments do matter!  We love you for it and it’s a way to support future books!!!!

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- My Review -

Who I Kissed by far exceeded any expectation I had for it. When you first read the synopsis you  feel like the book may revolve around nut allergies... but honestly it doesn't. Is it a huge aspect of the book? Of course it is but, there were so many other aspects that I didn't expect and I ended up loving them all. Who I Kissed not only brings awareness to allergies, but it's an intense journey of a girl whose one decision changed her life but not for the worst.

Read My Complete Review Here!

Who I Kissed by: Janet Gurtler

Synopsis: She never thought a kiss could kill…
Samantha didn’t mean to hurt anyone.

She was just trying to fit in...and she wanted to make Zee a little jealous after he completely ditched her for a prettier girl. So she kissed Alex. And then he died—right in her arms.

Was she really the only person in the entire school who didn’t know about his peanut allergy? Or that eating a peanut butter sandwich and then kissing him would be deadly? Overnight Sam turns into the school pariah and a media sensation explodes. Consumed with guilt, abandoned by her friends, and in jeopardy of losing her swimming scholarship, she’ll have to find a way to forgive herself before anyone else will.

Thoughts: Who I Kissed by far exceeded any expectation I had for it. When you first read the synopsis you  feel like the book may revolve around nut allergies... but honestly it doesn't. Is it a huge aspect of the book? Of course it is but, there were so many other aspects that I didn't expect and I ended up loving them all. Who I Kissed not only brings awareness to allergies, but it's an intense journey of a girl whose one decision changed her life but not for the worst.

Samantha Waxman lives for swimming and at her new school she can finally be someone and not live in the shadow of her "lesbian" rumor. Trying to fit in, she goes to her friend's party and there finds herself hanging out with swim partner, crush, and sexy hunk, Zee. What she doesn't expect is for Zee to hook up with someone right in front of her, but Sam decides to play his game right back and kisses his friend Alex. Then things take a turn for the worse, as Alex starts to have a breathing attack right in her arms and he dies on the way to the hospital. Sam then becomes the school prey and kids are blaming her for kissing Alex and not knowing about his peanut allergy. She starts to cave inside herself and even gives up swimming, but she'll come soon to find that not everyone blames her and she ultimately needs to forgive herself.

Like I said before, this book is filled with so many things, other than the nut allergy, that I did not expect. There is a huge swimming aspect, family matters, betrayals, high school drama, romance, and forgiveness. The characters were another thing I absolutely loved. I wasn't expecting for there to be such a wide array of characters and there were so many that stuck out like, Chloe, Taylor, her aunt, Casper, and Zee. Taylor was one of my favorites. She acted how a true best friend should always act to a friend and her quirky personality just helped even more. And, Zee as well I found myself loving from the first chapter and then falling for him even more by the end. Finally our main character Sam. She shows us a true struggle that honestly could happen to any one but, Sam also shows us the way to forgiveness and redemption and how to deal with things that are truly life changing.

In the end, I was actually pleasantly surprised with how the story ended. I wasn't sure in which direction Janet would take the story, and I was so happy that it ended the way it did. This story is so brilliantly written and brings huge awareness to how you should be careful in your own daily life. There's also a huge forgiveness aspect and how you need to learn to be able to forgive yourself first. If you were on the fence with Who I Kissed, honestly pick it up. It's not just a big information gab thrown at you, but it's a beautiful story that I think people should really take the time to read and enjoy.

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -


Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for this review copy.