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Cover Reveal: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy’s new adult hockey romance The Deal is one of my favorite reads this year. I’m so behind on writing reviews so I haven’t written one for it but I have been recommending it to both blogging and real life friends. Some of them have loved it just as much as I did. :) So now I have two NA hockey series to love: Off-Campus by Elle and The Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen. These two authors, together with other sports romance authors, have a fun Facebook group called The Locker Room – you should check it out if you’re a fan.

Moving on to the sequel of The Mistake… I’ve been curious about it right after I finished The Deal! I really want to know Logan’s story after we saw glimpses of him in the first book. Good thing there’s only a few weeks left until its release date. In the meantime, check out the cover and book summary below.

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Off-Campus #2
The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Release date: April 28

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild

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New Release: Black Dog Short Stories by Rachel Neumeier

YA urban fantasy Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier was one of my favorite reads last year and I wanted to read more from this world as soon as I finished reading the book. Thankfully, a set of short stories, called Black Dog Short Stories, has been released this week! I wanted to give the rest of you a heads up in case you missed it.

Black Dog Short StoriesNatividad is delighted when the Master of Dimilioc gives her permission to go Christmas shopping in a real town, since she definitely needs to find gifts for her brothers. But did Grayson have to assign Keziah to go with her?

Étienne Lumondiere has annoyed Miguel once too often, throwing his weight around and belittling ordinary humans. But Miguel’s going to fix that. He just needs to work out a few more details of his clever plan.

It’s tough for a black dog raised outside Dimilioc to adjust to being a team player. But Thaddeus is determined to impress Grayson . . . until he is unexpectedly confronted by a black dog kid who reminds him a little too much of himself.

The Dimilioc executioner is the mainstay of the Master’s authority, as Ezekiel knows better than anyone. He has never questioned his role in Dimilioc . . . until now.

“Christmas Shopping,” “Library Work,” and “A Learning Experience” all take place between Black Dog and Pure Magic. “The Master of Dimilioc” is a prequel story that takes place several years before the events of Black Dog.

I’ve received review copies of this and the next book in the series, Pure Magic, from the author and I look forward to reading both! I believe Pure Magic will be released sometime in May.


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Top Ten Characters I Would Like To Check In With

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You know how there are times when a book just stays with you and you’re stuck in that world and you want to keep thinking about those characters? That’s always a great experience, when you get a book hangover. And even if there’s no cliffhanger and the story has been resolved, you still want more. Here are some of the characters I would love to check in with (and I’m including books that are part of an unfinished series):

King Of Attolia

I know it takes MWT years to write a book but we’ve been waiting SO LONG for news of the next one in her series. This series is one of my all time favorites so of course, I would be thrilled to read more about the characters and see how they’re all doing.

The Empty Kingdom

Telemakos! EWein has mentioned before that she has another book planned for this series (I don’t know whether there will be more than one) and that it will get published but there’s no release date for that yet. I would love to see Telemakos grow up and maybe even have a bit of romance in his life.

Pegasus

This beautiful book had such a cliffhanger ending! Are we ever going to get the sequel?

Jellicoe Road

Loved how this book ended but honestly, I would also love for it to have a companion novel set a couple of years down the road. Kind of like how The Piper’s Son is set a few years after Saving Francesca.

Medair

I love that the Touchstone trilogy has a Gratuitous Epilogue and if it were possible, I would jump at the chance to read something similar for Medair.

Honorable mentions (because the next book in these series have set release dates but I just can’t wait to read them):
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Burn for Me The Understatement of the Year The Deal Once Upon a Rose

What about you, who are the characters you’d like to check in with to see how they’re doing?


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Blogger Meet Up: Jo of Wear the Old Coat

I was thrilled when my friend Jo of Wear the Old Coat sent me an email a few weeks ago that she’ll be passing by Singapore on her way back to the UK from her backpacking trip in Australia. Of course I told her I would be more than happy to meet her in person! She only had a day in Singapore so we packed as much as we can and made a mini tour of the things that she wanted to see here.

We started off with brunch at Din Tai Fung for their famous xiao long bao:wpid-img_20150404_193800.jpgThen we went to One Fullerton to get a niew view of Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion:

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Next on the list was the Singapore Botanic Gardens. I’ve been meaning to go these gardens for a while now! I’ve been based in Singapore for 2.5 years and it was my first time in the Botanic Gardens.

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It was such a hot and humid day that we craved for some ice cream while walking around. Too bad there wasn’t an ice cream shop in Botanic Gardens. I searched on my phone and found one in Holland Village, which was a few train stops away so we decided we could just go there for a snack. I had a scoop of mint chocolate (my all-time favorite flavor) and another one of hazelnut.

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We had some time left before Jo had to head back to her hostel so we did a quick stop at Chinatown.

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I had so much fun with Jo – we talked about books, the blogosphere, authors, traveling, work, food and basically anything else that popped into our heads. I’m really glad we got to meet in person and hopefully we’ll see each other again in the future!

Previous meet ups with other bloggers:
Liyana of LiyanaLand
Alexa of Alexa Loves Books
Steph and Tarie
Maggie of Young Adult Anonymous
Michelle of See Michelle Read


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Reading by the Beach: Bintan Island

Earlier this week, I posted about reading by the beach at Pico de Loro Cove. Today I want to share pictures from my trip to Bintan Island. Bintan is an Indonesian island located 45-min away (by ferry) from Singapore. Most people based in Singapore have gone to Bintan for mini vacations. I went there last weekend for my birthday (March 29). I’m usually pretty low-key when it comes to celebrating birthdays, like last year I just had dinner and watched a movie with a friend. But I turned 30 this year so I wanted to do something special. Bintan seemed like a good option for an overnight solo trip since it’s pretty accessible. I stayed at the Bintan Lagoon Resort, which I thought was a great place.

I wasn’t really rereading The Scorpio Races but I couldn’t resist taking this shot because that line is just perfect for a beach background:

The Scorpio Races - beach

A friend gave me this Dr. Seuss pop-up book as a gift last year and I took a picture of it when my birthday rolled around:

Dr. Seuss birthday pop-up

“THIS WAY TO PIRATE!” What I actually read during that weekend were the Superlatives series by Jennifer Echols, Biggest Flirts and Perfect Couple. I think these YA romances make great beach reads:

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Other pictures on my Instagram account: view while waiting for lunch, view from the lobby, evening waves, trees. Check out more reading by the beach posts here. I’m hoping it doesn’t take me years to visit another beach! Do you like reading by the beach? What are the type of books you read by the beach or pool?


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Cover Reveal: The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen

I’ve been doing my best to spread the word about Sarina Bowen’s books ever since I discovered here Ivy Years series last year. It’s an amazing series set in a fictional Ivy League setting focusing on characters who play hockey. I know next to nothing about hockey but that doesn’t matter because I still loved these books. I read them one right after another and had the best kind of book hangover after finishing the series. I’ve been recommending it to anyone who would care to listen, both to my blogging and real life friends.

So you can just imagine my excitement when I heard the news about the next installment in the series! It makes me so happy to take part in the cover reveal for The Shameless Hour, who will have one of the secondary characters in The Understatement of the Year (my personal favorite in the series) as its MC. Can’t wait to read Bella’s story – both the cover and the summary below have made me super curious about this book. I think the cover is such a good fit for Bella’s character, with that gorgeous hair and bright red lipstick. I also like how all the covers in the series match in terms of color scheme and tone, very understated but so appropriate for the stories. If you haven’t tried Sarina’s books, now is the time to do so! The first book in the series, The Year We Fell Down, is now available for just USD 0.99.

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Announcing: Ivy Years #4
The Shameless Hour
by Sarina Bowen
Coming on or before May 1st

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The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.
For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second-guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright nasty fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.

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LINKS:
Pre-order The Shameless Hour at iBooks
Add The Shameless Hour to your Goodreads Shelf
Follow Sarina Bowen on Amazon.com
Sign up for Sarina’s Mailing List
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Ten Books Recently Added To My To-Be-Read Pile

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I think the ever expanding TBR pile is something that all book bloggers would have in common. I think the definition of TBR differs for every person but for me, adding books to my TBR pile means I already have copies of them. It’s just a matter of finding the time to read them. If I want to keep track of a book but I don’t feel the need to get a copy right away, I add it to my wishlist. So here are the books that I most recently got copies of, most of which were recommended by blogging buddies:

Hyperbole and a Half Something Real The Scarecrow King Dreamer's Pool Shadow Scale Falling From the Sky Bone Gap Reluctantly Charmed The Start of Me and You Black Dove White Raven

The last two were added to my Kindle just today! Both have their book birthdays today. I’m pretty excited to read all of these and I’ve even read one story from Hyperbole and a Half before I bought my copy at the bookstore. What about you, what are books that you’ve recently added to your TBR pile or your wishlist?

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