Cover Reveal: Bad Penny by Staci Hart

Today we have the gorgeous cover reveal for Bad Penny by Staci Hart! I love this fantastic new contemporary romance! Check it out and grab your copy when it releases, June 15th!

Title: Bad Penny
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: June 15th


Blurb:

Nothing good comes after the third date.

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

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About Staci Hart:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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Tiny Pleasures #13

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Downtown

I met Cátia once again, at our usual spot in downtown Lisbon. It’s so awesome that we now can meet whenever our schedules allow for it.

2. My first work party

This was a totally new experience for me, but I’m really enjoying my new job, so I went to the first party organized by my place of employment, and it was super fun.

3. Family time, and my beautiful snow

My brother is home, which means his dog is also here. So this week I spent some time with them, and I also tried some Angolan traditional dishes, and I really enjoyed it.

4. Beach and Ice Cream

In the middle of the week I went to the beach with a friend, followed by ice cream at Santini’s, an old ice cream parlor here in Portugal. Yummi!

5. All about my niece

My youngest niece had some busy couple of days, as she had a hip hop and gymnastics presentation yesterday, and today she celebrated her first communion. Which meant she was happy and gorgeous, and I was so super proud of my princess.


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?


This was yet another book that has been on my shelf for ages, but I decided that it was finally time to get to it, and I’m glad I did. Once again, I’m keeping this review super short, ok?

So, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this story, but I liked it. The things I ended up liking the most was the worldbuilding and the writing. Which is great, because it makes me excited not only for the next 2 books on this series, but also Six of Crows.

The plot was sort of predictable at some points, but it was well achieved and I liked the story development.

There’s one thing that I’m not completely sold on, and that is the characters. I liked Alina a lot in the beginning of the book, but while at the little palace, Alina lost something in my opinion. It wasn’t that she seemed to change so drastically, it was how her priorities seemed to switch. She felt way too young at some points, being blinded by beauty and clothes and jewelries, and I sort of expected a little bit more from her. The Darkling is a mystery, but I know that’s how it’s supposed to be. I don’t dislike him though, so let’s see how it goes. Mal… well, I still don’t know… it’s like with the Darkling, my mind is not made up. So, I hope the characters develop more in the upcoming books, and that I grow to love at least some of them.

Overall, good start to this series, and let’s see how it goes from here on out.

Have you read The Grisha? What are your thoughts on this series?

The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them — until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so keep your eyes open for her take on this book.

I’m going to keep this review short and on point. I loved this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect of it, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. The cast of characters was great, and I really liked how they all had their own personalities, quirks and issues, but somehow all fit together so well.

The plot is intriguing as hell, and I’m suddenly very keen to keep reading about ley lines and all that stuff. The magical element of the book is just right, you know? As in, not too much to overpower the “normal” stuff, but enough to change EVERYTHING. I LOVE IT!

So, overall, I’m really really excited about this series and I can’t wait to read the next 3 books. 😀

Book Traveling Thursdays: Free! A New Favorite

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Freebie week. Today you can choose whatever you want either it is a book you’ve been wanting to talk for a long time or one of the previous themes”. I’m going with Making Faces by Amy Harmon, because more people should give this amazing book a chance.


Original COver:

I’m not a big fan of the original cover, but hey, it’s also not terrible.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

No cover for Portugal, but the book is out in Spain, and I do like the cover, because it definitly reminds me of Fern.

FAVORITE COVER(s):

                        

I love the new cover! I also like the German one, even though I think it has nothing to do with the book inside. Then, I also kind of love the French one, because it’s just so Fern.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

                       

My least favorites are: Italian, Brazilian and Estonian covers. I have to say that I kind of like the Italian one, but it just has absolutely nothing to do with the story.

Cheater’s Regret (Rachel Van Dyken)

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Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available now on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!


Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 23rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex — until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her — as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall — but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation — true — but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something — something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…


Review:

I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog today to read her review of this book. You can also see my review of the first book of this series, Cheater, here.

There’s one thing I have to say about this book, and it is that it’s hilarious. RVD has a way with the words, and manages to write the most amazingly fun books. This one was no exception, and hey, it takes a lot to make some of the behaviours in this book funny.

I honestly liked the characters, but I didn’t fall in love with either of them, and I think that’s what I missed in this book, that connection. I liked Thatch and Austin, I liked their vulnerability and their various sides, but I needed a bit more from them.

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I felt like the romance was way too fast, which was something I thought in the first book already. And the whole revenge plot thing was not my favorite thing, and it made me think a little less of Lucas and Avery, the main characters from book 1. It still bothers me the way they talk about Lucas “cheating ways” and that both of them were so willing to embark on Austin’s crazy plans.

But while I thought the romance happened way too fast, there’s no denying that these character are great together and have great chemistry, and they has some funny and amazing to read moments.

Overall, this was a very entertaining book, and a super fast read. But I still couldn’t totally connect with the characters and I found the plot a little bit over the top. Either way, I love RVD’s writing, so I’m eagerly awaiting for her next book.


Excerpt:

“You want to do this right now?” He was still whispering as he slowly extended his large perfect surgeon’s hands out to the spider, and suddenly, I realized how this would end.

The spider would bite him.

Thatch’s bite would get infected.

And he wouldn’t be able to do his job.

Or pay off his student loans.

Leaving him in debt.

On the street.

Naked.

Dead.

Thatch was going to die.

“Wait!” I slowly lowered my body to the floor. Fear pounded in my ears as I held out my hands and Charlie lumbered onto my palms. It tickled. It would be nice if I weren’t so terrified of spiders.

Shaking, I walked over to the bucket and gently set him inside, this time, right side up so Thatch could transport him later. Just as I pulled my hands away, something sharp dug into my skin.

“Mother fu—”

Thatch grabbed me just before I collapsed against the floor, hands shaking and pain searing through my right thumb.

Before I knew what was happening, Thatch was carrying me over to the couch. Soft pillows met my back as he grabbed my thumb and held it close to his face.

“Am I going to die?” I whimpered. “Because the Discovery Channel [PS1] said tarantula bites feel like bee stings—they’re liars from the pit of hell!”

Thatch narrowed his eyes at the puffy red mark and then slowly dropped my hand to my side. “You’ll live.”

“Well, that’s encouraging. Don’t I at least get a sticker? A sucker? For saving your life?”

“You?” He chuckled and joined me on the couch. “Saved my life by getting bit by a tarantula?”

“Keep up!” Talking was at least distracting me from the throbbing pain. At least it had dulled a bit, though the fact that I had spider venom in my hand made me cringe. “If it bit you, you wouldn’t be able to do your job.”

He seemed thoughtful. “You mean I’d finally get a vacation where I’m allowed to sleep for longer than three hours?”

“Well, when you put it that way,” I grumbled, and tried to cross my arm, then hissed as pain exploded down my hand.

He grabbed it again. “At least the venom is weak, it’s really just the puncture wound from the spider’s fangs that causes the swelling.”

“Well, that’s disappointing on so many levels. I save your life and I don’t even get to turn into Spider-Man.”

“Tough luck, maybe next time.” He winked.

It was nice.

Sitting with him on the couch.

My legs on his lap.

My eyes focused on his mouth.

Abort! Abort!

I quickly looked away but not fast enough—he caught me staring where I shouldn’t have been staring, and I felt like a complete loser for still lusting after him the way I was.

What was it about Thatch?

Other than everything?

He was brilliant. Hardworking. Gorgeous. And he fought spiders on behalf of a girl he’d dumped.

Damn it.

“This leads nowhere,” he said in a hollow voice. “You understand that, right?”

It was like he’d just handed me the world’s happiest balloon and then popped it with a giant needle.

I was utterly defeated and deflated.

Even though I knew going into this there was no hope of us getting back together, I’d officially turned into that sad, pathetic clinger.

I’d always made fun of “those girls.”

And now “that girl” stared back at me in my own stupid mirror.

I let out a long sigh and nodded slowly. “This is strictly business, Thatch. You know how important this class is to me, how important getting my MBA is to me.”

He looked away, his jaw clenched. “Parents still MIA for the most part?”

I nodded.

“And the reelection, I imagine your dad wants you to join his mayoral campaign again?”

A sick feeling grew in the pit of my stomach.

To my parents, I was a trophy. Something shiny and pretty they could trot out to gain votes from families who appreciated their having taken time out of their busy lives to sire a child.

Granted, I knew my parents loved me.

They just loved me in their own way—the only way they knew how.

“I have to graduate,” I stressed again. “The job market’s fierce out there, and an MBA will help with that. The sooner I graduate, the sooner I can start my own life away from all of this.” I lifted my hands into the air.

This just happened to be a mansion.

A huge mansion.

With three interconnected swimming pools.

A tennis court.

Two movie rooms.

And a bowling alley.

I think I’d prefer anything but this. If I could choose to live in a dump with my parents and we’d be a family or I could have a mansion and scarcely see them.

I’d choose the dump every time.

“I’ll do my best to help you.” He lifted my legs off his lap. “But first, we ride.”

I blushed. I couldn’t help it.

“You can’t do that anymore,” he whispered, his blue eyes piercing. “You can’t blush when I say things like that.”

“Sorry.”

He muttered a curse and walked away. I could have sworn he adjusted himself near the door, but I was too busy hiding behind the couch to fully commit to ogling him.

“Where’s your bike?” he called over his shoulder before turning around.

“In the garage. It’s kind of dark now, though, let’s ride tomorrow after work.” I totally said it without stuttering or blushing.

“Fine.” He looked exhausted.

“Don’t forget the spider.” I pointed at the bucket. “And don’t let it loose in nature. We can’t have that bastard procreating with another, smaller spider and creating zombie spider babies that take over the world.”

He just stared at me like I’d lost my mind.

And then shook his head as a smile played across his face. “You’re entertaining, I’ll give you that.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you.”

“It was meant to be one.”

We froze, both of us smiling at each other.

“Sleep,” I whispered. “You’ve got a busy day tomorrow.”

“Yup.” He gripped the bucket in one hand; the muscles in his forearm flexed. “Take some ibuprofen and ice the spider bite. If you feel any muscle weakness or tightness in your chest, let me know and I’ll prescribe you something.”

“Ah, the power of the pen.”

He rolled his eyes and waved with his free hand. “See you tomorrow morning at eight, Austin.” He hesitated in the doorway. “Be sure to wear something work-appropriate.”

“Oh, so you want me to wear a bike uniform?”

He flipped me off and quietly shut the door against my laughter.

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Meet the Author:

RVDAuthorPicRachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

  

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