Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cover Reveal - The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros


The right words can save your life.

For fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult... A soldier falls in love with his battle buddy’s sister through their letters and returns home from Afghanistan with a secret that could destroy their fragile relationship. Don’t miss THE LAST LETTER by Rebecca Yarros, pre-order your copy today!

About THE LAST LETTER (Coming 2/26/2019):


If you’re reading this, well, you know the “last-letter” drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there were any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: Get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.



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About Rebecca Yarros: Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee and chocolate. She is the author of the award-winning Flight & Glory series and The Renegades. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to her Apache pilot for seventeen years. When she's not writing, she's tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with her husband, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, and their menagerie of pets. Having adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, Rebecca is a passionate advocate for children through her non-profit, One October.    

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Worth It - My Review of The Simple Wild by KA Tucker

Title: The Simple Wild
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: 8/7/2018
Source: ARC from publisher

Calla Fletcher wasn't even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. 

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Causal Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and her upcoming contemporary fiction, The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. 

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker was such a smoothly written masterpiece. The characters felt immediately like old friends. The setting, small-town Alaska, was captured so vividly, I could see the modular house with the beat up truck sitting beside it. I could hear the airplane engines come to life from the hangar down the road. It was as comforting as hot chocolate and peanut butter pie. I absolutely fell in love from the very first words.

Upon hearing that her father, Wren, has a potentially fatal illness, Calla decides to make the journey back to the one-horse town in Alaska that she left when she was 2 years old. To say that the relationship between her and Wren is awkward is putting it mildly. Calla holds A LOT of resentment and I have to say that I don't blame her. Wren isn't exactly father material and has a better relationship with literally EVERYONE else than he has with his own daughter. It's painful and, like Calla,  I have a hard time liking him for most of the book.

Next, we need to talk about the angry yeti, Jonah. Jonah works for Wren, flies for him, and he picks Calla up at the airport to fly her to the more remote area of Bangor. Jonah and Calla's interactions are so hateful it's comical. They both have preconceived ideas about the other and about how the other SHOULD be acting. Needless to say, they are both wrong, but it sure is fun to read. Their every encounter sizzles, whether with anger or repressed sexual tension and when they finally begin to get the true picture of the other, it is magical. They each provoke something in the other and eventually begin to bring out the good in each other.

This is unequivocally my favorite of Tucker's stories. The snark and sass are epic and amazing. The adventure is subtle yet exciting. My favorite part is how much I learned. It was such an educational book as well as entertaining. I loved the question of 'Why would anyone live there like that?' And the simple answer of ‘its their home’. It was just a thought-provoking book in so many ways. It was simply awesome.

5 out of 5 Stars

Worth It by Kodaline

'Is it worth it?' is a running theme throughout The Simple Wild. It's not a question that is easily answered and the response varies from person to person.