Long time gone.

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Admittedly I am not very good at this whole blogger part of my life. I should first say, I am terribly sorry for the lapse in my reviews and my complete failure to at least say “I’m alive.” Life has an uncanny ability to interfere and change our plans, completely uproot your schedule and routine and toss it all around slamming in back in your face. I will spare you all the gory details but will say there has been cancer, surgery, divorce, moving and lots of drama and not necessarily in that order. But hey that’s life right?! I hope y’all welcome me back and I promise I will try to do better! Can’t wait to share some awesome books with you fine folks.

-Grace

Let no man put a-Sunder……

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I have been waiting for a book to drop. Not just a book, THE book. The end all, be all, I must have or I might break-down into ugly cry, book. I can’t explain it, there just aren’t words. I happened to stalking my favorite author’s page and this cover stopped me dead in my tracks. I had to know more, I HAD to read this book. Imagine my complete and utter disappointment when I realized it wasn’t released yet. No book has ever done this to me before. No book has ever been able to capture my attention before I even read the description. I have never wanted a book so bad that I marked my calendar. I freaking marked my calendar…who does that?!

So, I began my wait. I want to say patiently, but the truth is, I am anything but patient. And, in its’ ever present status as “pre-order” I have tried unsuccessfully to fill the void. Folks, my wait is almost over….T-minus 3 days! What is the book that I have marked my calendar for you ask….well just take a look.

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Here’s a little something to tide you over, if this picture isn’t enough….

Every town has its secrets. Secrets that hold it, and the people who live there, together.
When Liv Daniels moves to Wolfville, Maine with her father, she discovers the small town has more than its fair share.
But the quaint, coastal townsfolk aren’t the only ones with secrets.
Liv has one too.
Hers is buried deep inside of her, where even she doesn’t know it exists.
But someone does, and he’s not going to give up until he breaks it free from her.
But how do you free someone from a secret they don’t know they have?  What do you do when the person you’re supposed to destroy becomes the one thing you can’t live without?
Don’t miss this suspenseful new YA romance!
“Fans of Twilight will love this story!! ~~Bookend 2 Bookend”

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Coming Saturday January 25th, 2014

 

Smashwords –>http://bit.ly/1jtMNIr

 

 

 I know I have mentioned author Tara Brown before, but I happened to be lucky enough to get these fabulous release photos and a nice little bio. So, for those of you still not sure about reading her books-which seriously I will never understand-here’s her official bio. She’s a quirky little thing and her imagination is epic. The characters from the Born Trilogy came from this lady-how could she not be cool!!!

 

 

Tara Brown

 

I am not going to talk in the third person. It feels weird.

 

I am a Bestselling author of Paranormal Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Contemporary, Romance, and Fantasy novels. I write a lot of books and jump Genres all the time. Mostly because I think I have Writers ADD, I like to call it WADD. It might be a real thing.
 
I write YA some of the time but mostly New Adult, my books have sexual content (Heck yes) and Swearing. You have been warned. Now enjoy!

 

I have a beagle named Buster, a husband who I force to read everything I write and two girls who want so badly to be a character in my books. And not in that order.

 

I am mid thirties so be prepared for the chick lit novel this year. I am calling it my Ode to my Midlife Crisis. I’m kidding. It’s actually called The Single Lady Spy Series and it is an adult romantic-thriller series. The first book, The End of Me is due out April of 2013(out now!). It is a sexy and fresh series with the lightest touch of erotic naughtiness.

 

I have been writing since I was old enough to lie. So for some time. If you’re wondering about the hat, it’s my ‘Hey I’m Canadian Toque

 

Welcome to my world. Please enjoy the ride. If you would like to reach me for whatever reason, please visit me at my Facebook page – facebook.com/TaraBrownAuthor. You can also email me at tarabrownauthor@hotmail.com
Thanks for checking me out and I hope you got lost in something I wrote or it made you so MAD/HAPPY/SAD/BLISSFUL/TURNED ON/ANGRY/EXCITED/FRIGHTENED/HORRIFIED that you couldn’t believe it.

 

And, because here at A Girl’s Gotta Read we ENCOURAGE the safe media stalking of your own favorite authors….. can we say giveaways, release dates and blog post all at your fingertips?!

 

**Stalker Links**

 

FB–> https://www.facebook.com/TaraBrownAuthor

 

Twitter–>  https://twitter.com/TaraBrown22

 

Blog–> http://tarabrown22.blogspot.ca/

 

Website–> http://www.tarabrownauthor.com/

 

Grammar, USE IT…..

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Grammar

I don’t want to get all preachy and come across hypocritical. It’s easy when blogging, or writing in general to turn off our brains and start thinking with our thumbs. We all do it. Each one of us is guilty of using the OMG, abbreviating words, leaving out apostrophes, and forgetting proper punctuation. We do this all in the name of saving time. I get it, really I do. But people, there is a time and a place. I make mistakes and I find them all the time when I go back to proofread or more often than not, after I have already posted. We aren’t a perfect people by nature, but we should all strive to be better.

I believe I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I just began classes at a local college. My first class this semester is English 101. Now, I have been out of school a very long time and I don’t doubt that there are things I have forgotten. For instance, I am pretty sure if you asked me what a subordinate anything is, I couldn’t give you a proper definition. That being said, I can still remember the basics. No run-on sentences. EVER. This is grammar rule number one, instilled by every English teacher I have ever met. Use your punctuation. Not sure if you should use that pesky semi-colon? That’s fine, please start a new sentence. Always, use the apostrophe with a contraction. Please? And, we live in this amazing technologically advanced world with this wonderful tool called spell-check. Let’s do the world a favor and use it.

This rant is brought to you courtesy of an essay I just read. This was written by a 20-something and was riddled with spelling errors, missing punctuation and I believe could win a Guinness World Record for longest run-on sentence in history. I have books in my library that are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. I read them, but man what a turn-off. And, I am not to proud to admit I have returned more than one with issues so bad I couldn’t finish.

When did grammar become a thing of the past? Are we failing the younger generation by not instilling this simple yet effective tool?

So folks, I’ll end this entry by simply saying, do not to forget your grammar.

Rant Over :)

What I haven’t done….

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No book review today. Just some thoughts on my crazy life now. I haven’t shared this with many people, but I am starting my college career again beginning Monday. I am going back as a mother of an 8-year-old, full-time employee, baseball board member, committee member, wife, chauffeur, chef and maid. Well, you get the picture. And, because I am apparently a glutton for punishment, I am writing a book. Well, I have written a book for over a year now. My resolution this year was that I would finish. I vowed I would finish not only for myself, but for the husband and the kiddo too. I really just think they’re tired of hearing about how much I want to write.  And, if I am writing I won’t be hiding in a closet with my nose stuck in a book :)

I think we all have those things that we haven’t done. Maybe they are on your to-do list or maybe you just haven’t discovered the things you haven’t done yet. I am finding that as I near my 30th birthday the list of things I haven’t done keeps growing. Making that observation, I decided that I would start crossing some things off. I don’t want the one regret I have in my life to be that I never got to write. I started my blog again and I decided to start writing again. This will be the year I finish. I will finish whatever it is I start, whether it be an argument, a kiss, a hug. I will not start what I cannot finish. I owe it not only to myself but to those I interact with.

So, in the spirit of finishing things, I have updated the cover for my yet-to-be-published debut novel. I have set a deadline for drop May 2, 2014. So, y’all keep on me and check back often for more updates! Until then…….

Hiding

Ella, Ella, Ella…..ugh

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I dread writing this review. I mean knots in my stomach dread. So, before I chicken out….here goes.

Cinder Ella _ Sophie Starr

Sophie is the naughty persona of Tara Brown. Tara is one of my favorite authors now, well really has been for a while. I respect her writing style, her cross-genre mentality and she just writes a good book. *** Take note haters….read my earlier entries for proof*** However, Sophie Starr didn’t deliver for me. I’ve waited patiently along with Tara’s other fans for this book to drop. We saw all the teasers and I bought into the hype. I read it. I was disappointed. I love erotica. I love romances. I love reading about sexual deviance. But,  I could not love this book.  Sigh…and I really, really wanted to.

The books premise is a naughty, dark erotic revision of the classic Cinderella.  I expected pure enchantment. I wanted my cheeks to flush and to have my own naughty thoughts. I got nothing. It was short, poorly worded, one-dimensional and rushed. There was very little character development, character interaction was confusing and well, it was just really bad. Gah…I hate even typing that. I read it this morning and can’t even tell you a thing about Prince Charming or the Dark Knight other than there were two supposedly hot guys, a prince and a king. That’s not good Sophie. I should instantly as a reader be able to make a connection with the characters. I couldn’t even like Ella. I didn’t understand her. I started to get a feel for her, but by the time I even got that far the book is done. I needed more. I needed more sex, more background and a better wicked step-mother.

I wanted to find one good thing about this book, but I’ve got nothing. I’m sorry. Please go check it out, find something good and tell me about it. Tell me how wrong I am-promise if you can find something redeeming about it I will read it again. It’s a buck now on Amazon.

Beautiful…..

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Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Bitch, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player…..there’s a theme here. Care to venture a guess?! This series comes from Christina Lauren. (btw seriously sexy name for seriously sexy books!)

Beautiful Series

The first in the series starts with Bennett Ryan and Chloe’s story. And man, oh man what a story. My husband appreciated me reading the series that for sure. That Christian Grey has nothing on Mr. Ryan. I mean come on! He’s a young, successful and devilishly handsome man. Playboy for sure. Bennett is the quintessential hot business man. I literally spent most of the book imagining what he looked like in a suit. He knows what he wants and he goes after it. He takes no crap. Chloe is the up and coming business professional. She has the “it” we all talk about. The Ryan family loves her, and Bennett-oh he loves her too.  You can’t see that in the beginning under the pure hate that both spew at one another. The fights are epic and I’ll be honest I may have pulled a few of the lines in my own marital arguments. The sex is HOT. There is no other way to explain it. It’s mind-blowingly (my new word) hot.

Each book in the series is a new couple in a new situation, they all have some steamy scenes and they all deliver on the promise of beautiful. Christina has it down. I wasn’t disappointed in any book in the series. I loved learning about Max, Will and Bennett’s fall into lust then love. They’re fairly quick, full-bodied reads. Go get one…and I promise you’ll finish the entire series in a week. And, they’re on Amazon at under $5 a book-totally worth it!

I laughed at a girl with cancer.

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I laughed at a girl with cancer.

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Yes, you read that right. I laughed at a girl with cancer, a fictional girl with a fictional cancer. I know the social norm is not to laugh at a serious medical condition, whether it be real or fictional. But, John Green delivers the poignant and most un- characteristic in his novel, The Fault In Our Stars. It’s hard not to laugh and rejoice with the characters. It’s hard not to cry at the pure shittiness that is falling in love when there are terminal illnesses knocking at the door. It’s hard not to want to will away the cancerous apparitions that appear where they aren’t wanted. But, it’s even harder still not laughing at the amazing journey and secret moments that happen in this book. Cancer is a crap-shoot.

***Spoiler Alert*** The boy dies which is such a twisted cluster. These two people who have been given the crappiest odds fall in love. They. Fall. In. Love. And yes, I know people die, it’s life. I also realize John Green was trying to portray this crappy fact of life-but seriously John that fictional girl needed a happily ever after. Augustus needed his happily ever after. While, I understand you don’t ever give us the romantic end we hope for in any of your books, seriously just once let someone live, k?

Ok, enough with the love story. I want to take a second to mention the fictional book-on which the fictional book is written ( confusing I know). I would literally saw my right arm off to read it. A tulip farmer really John where do you come up with this stuff?! What would it be like to spend an afternoon in your head?! Anyway, the fictional book by the fictional Van Houten I want to read. So, John if you ever happen to read this and have a manuscript somewhere please send it my way.

John Green is beyond brilliant. He made my top five authors list, I read everything he has out there and this by far is my favorite, even though it’s cancer ridden. Even though there is death, and even though Hazel doesn’t get her forever.

Go read it, have some tissues ready and try not to talk about the cancer too much. Okay? Okay.

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Wanna Bet

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Just finished a cute little book by author Rachel Higginson. Bet in the Dark is such a fun read! I finished in a couple of hours so it won’t take up much of your time….though daydreaming about Fin make take up the rest of your night ;)

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Fin, Fin, Fin-the ultimate good guy buried deep,way down deep under some man-whoring ways. What’s not to fall in love with?! He smart, super sensitive and caring. He’s got the moves and the look I picture in my head doesn’t hurt things either.  Then there’s brother’s….come on! There seriously should be a law against so much hotness in one book Rachel. The female lead is feisty and the good kind of feisty, with enough naivety to be endearing. Rachel did an amazing job fully developing the cast, even the parents in such a short amount of time. A lot of shorter books really struggle in that department, but I think Rachel found the secret with this one. The best part, it’s FREE on Amazon right now.

So let’s recap, hot guy, feisty female, a real refreshing NA plot line and FREE! Go get it now!

Aside

So it’s been a long time since I have had the motivation to write a review. It’s not that I haven’t been reading or even that I haven’t found a good book. I actually finished my book a day goal for 2013. My “thing” I guess is that everyone is writing reviews and blogging now, I know I have original thoughts too, but tend to stay away from adding to the noise. That being said….I found my inspiration in a great author. I mean she pretty much rocks! Tara Brown just happens to be the author in question and thanks to her new book White Girl Problems and the controversy surrounding the title I am writing my first review in forever!

First let me make a note about the author. I found her back in the summer with her Born Trilogy, which if you haven’t read yet, STOP READING and go get it now. I will be here when you get back. Ok, back to Tara, she rocks. I don’t know that I can say anything else that fully encompasses her. She sticks to her beliefs, sticks to her unique style, rocks cross-genre writing and most importantly she is independent.

Ok back to the book!

White Girl Problems

White Girl Problems is a new age fairy tale. It’s pretty classic in its’ main theme; common girl meets a prince, problems arise, they work it out and voila happily ever after. BUT and that’s a big but in there it’s not classic at all. The girl be totes cray-cray. It’s  American pop culture and the epitome of every single 16-18 year old girl now. The book captures issues that arise every day with our super techy, cell phone addicted, over indulged teens. Here’s the kicker though, Tara Brown actually makes the main character, dare I say, likeable. The supporting cast and the bridge ladies make it worth the read alone. We all want to fall in love and every teenager at some point has dreamed about meeting prince charming. And let’s face not one of us would truly understand the ends and outs of being a princess. But, Tara embraces that! She plays that out in the story where most authors would downplay the struggle and go straight the happily ever after. That’s not to say that there isn’t a happily ever after-it’s just that it’s a normal ever after. I appreciate that so much.

It’s a must read!

White girl what?!

My Top 5….right now

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Ok, so I think I have kept you waiting long enough. I promised my top 5 authors last week and now I must deliver…..but I must note, that these are not my all time favorite Top 5. My tastes change, new books come out. This list is ever evolving, ever changing-I sincerely hope you will keep that in mind!

1.) John Green

Why HE rocks???

That is just a silly question. He just rocks. It is very much like that saying, “I think, therefore I am.” He says books are like tweets only longer, and that is freaking cool! We can attribute ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Looking for Alaska’ to this magnificent man. He just gets it. I could go on and on about all his awards and his accomplishments, but I won’t. All you need to know is that he is awesome and that if you haven’t read any of his books you are missing so much. Find him on Twitter @realjohngreen

2.) Stephenie Meyer

Why She made it?

The Twilight Series is over-hyped. Don’t get me wrong, I am most certainly Team Edward, but have you read her other book? Oh, what’s that? You didn’t know she had another book?! Yes, let me assure you she does and it is fabulous! The Host is sci-fi at its best. She gave us a love story that caused tweens and teens and adults everywhere to swoon, but she is also just a great writer. End of story.

 

3.) Colleen Hoover

Huh?

Yep, she made my list! She was dead on with Slammed and Point of Retreat. Hopeless, maybe not so much. But, two out of three ain’t bad! I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next!

 

4.) Jaime McGuire

Why She made it?

She gave the world Beautiful Disaster. You really should read it, just saying. She also is responsible for the Providence series. She has an uncanny ability to produce the most amazing and realistic characters-even in an unrealistic setting. I just like her. I like her style, her enthusiasm and I like that she pushes the boundaries, without pushing too far.

 

Last and not least….

5.) Suzanne Collins

Why? Seriously? She gave us The Hunger Games. Enough said!