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Golden (Golden, #1) by K.M. Robinson (Review by Sara, #NerdGirlSara)

Title: Golden (Golden, #1)

Author: K.M. Robinson

Published Date: March 28th 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

When the girl with the golden hair betrays everyone, not even she has hope of surviving.

The stories say that Goldilocks was a naïve girl who wandered into a house one day. Those stories were wrong. She was never naïve. It was all a perfectly executed plan to get her into the Baers’ group to destroy them.

Trained by her cousin, Lowell, and handler, Shadoe, Auluria’s mission is to destroy the Baers by getting close to the youngest brother, Dov, his brother and sister-in-law and the leaders of the Baers’ group. When she realizes Dov isn’t as evil as her cousin led her to believe, she must figure out how to play both sides or her deception will cause everyone in her world to burn.

If her allegiances are discovered, either side could destroy her…if the Society doesn’t get her first.

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***Sara, #NerdGirlSara Review***

I’ve read so many fairytale retellings! Dozens of Beauty and the Beasts and Sleeping Beauties and Little Red Riding Hoods but never, seriously… Continue reading

Ashby Holler by Jamie Zakian (Review by Destiny, #NerdGirlDezzy)

Title: Ashby Holler

Author:  Jamie Zakian

Published Date:  June 14th 2016

Genre: New Adult

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Sergeant at Arms for a deadly club of drug traffickers doesn’t sound like the ideal job for a nineteen-year-old girl…

But Sasha Ashby has never been typical, and she’s waited her entire life to sew a club patch on her leather jacket. Raised on violence and crime as part of Ashby Holler Trucking, while hiding her own dirty little secret, Sasha knows she can handle anything.

Now there’s a spot open at the table, and Sasha will do anything to secure it—including betray herself…

Her best friend and fellow prospect, Vinny, devises a stupidly brilliant plan—they fake a relationship. It’s a match the club president, who happens to be Sasha’s mother, has longed to see. It’s a good idea, in theory. Vinny knows she’s into girls, and what’s a little sex between friends? The ruse works well, elevating her in line for the coveted position, until Vinny’s older brother Dez gets out of jail and breezes into her seat.

There’s something about Dez that Sasha can’t shake…… Continue reading

Inarticulate by Eden Summers (Review by Cat, #NerdGirlCat)

Title: Inarticulate

Author: Eden Summers

Published Date: September 2nd 2016

Genre: Romance

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

He’s silent—but his touch speaks louder than words.

At first sight, Savannah is drawn to the harsh appeal of a man who refuses to talk to her. Keenan’s hard stare is arrogant and unapologetic. The quirk of his sensuous lips is cocky and in control.

But there’s more. There’s something deeper he’s trying to hide behind those steely grey eyes—a slight hint of vulnerability which captures her intrigue.

She’d been warned, told that his silence hides a myriad of lies capable of affecting her career and relationships with loved ones. Only she can’t help herself. Testing Keenan’s defenses is an addiction she can’t deny.

Falling in lust is easy. Learning his secrets comes with a price. The cost? Her broken heart.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Catherine, #NerdGirlCat Review***
 This author’s writing is fantastic, the story line was very original and I just loved reading this one. The whole mystery surrounding Keenan kept me intrigued and just couldn’t put it… Continue reading

Breathe Clarissa (The Pierson Twins Duet, #1) by Rose Silverstone (Review by Valerie, #NerdGirlVal)

Title: Breathe Clarissa (The Pierson Twins Duet, #1)

Author: Rose Silverstone

Published Date: November 18th 2016

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Life is funny, especially when you’re a twin.
Life has a funny way of showing you what type of person you truly are. It shows you all of the signs of your weaknesses and sometimes throws them up in your face while beating you down. Actually, in my case, it wasn’t so much life. It was the guy in my life. It was the man that I’d chosen to give my life and heart to. At the time I believed he was absolutely perfect and practically walked on water. I won’t dwell on that now. I’ll come back to it later. No, I want to share how I got to the point of fighting for every breath before learning how to breathe.
I’m Clarissa Pierson. I am twenty-four years old, the “good twin” and this is my story.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Valerie, #NerdGirlVal Review***
 Rose Silverstone had me right from “Catch… Continue reading

Your Kinky Friends by Nicholas Tanek (Review by Destiny, #NerdGirlDezzy)

Title: Your Kinky Friends

Author: Nicholas Tanek

Published Date: March 10th 2017

Genre: Non-Fiction

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

A Tribute to the New Jersey – New York Kink Community.

Devastated by the death of his love, Lynn, Nicholas turned to the community they had become part of: the kink community. He reconnected with some old friends, and through them, met some new ones. Randee was an in-your-face, self-proclaimed slut, and Cassie was an intriguing, intimidating dominatrix. To Nicholas, they were just his friends.

Sometimes sex is just a distraction, but sometimes it can help to heal. For some people, sex is the only way they know how to seek or give comfort. Nicholas found an honesty and acceptance in the fetish community that he did not experience in his vanilla life. After his eye-opening relationship with Lynn, there was no going back. It was time to make new friends.

What some people are saying…
“I don’t even know what to say.” – Kevin.

“I like to sit on my naked slave and paint on a canvas while he reads your books aloud to me.” – Jennifer O’Neal, artist.… Continue reading

My Soul to Keep by Jackie Sonnenberg (Review by Valerie, #NerdGirlVal)

Title: My Soul to Keep

Author: Jackie Sonnenberg

Published Date: May 19th 2016

Genre: Thriller

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take… When thirteen-year-old Sky Monroe arrives at her new boarding school, all she can think about is death and connecting with the afterlife. Soon she discovers her school’s spirituality group called Guardians of Light-and they have a secret. The Guardians of Light can speak with the dead… When Mitchell Brooks, the teacher and leader of the group, reveals this unnerving secret to Sky-though this is exactly what she believed she wanted-she learns the organization is rapidly becoming a cult. Now she’s concerned she and her friend Damien will not be permitted to walk away. Danger and death lurk around every corner… The campus house, where Sky resides, is haunted, and the spirits have their own agenda. December 21, 2012 threatens the end of the world, and Mitchell and the spirits have special plans in store. They just might… Continue reading

#IndyAuthorTalk with K.M Robinson!

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Golden

When the girl with the golden hair betrays everyone, not even she has hope of surviving.

The stories say that Goldilocks was a naïve girl who wandered into a house one day. Those stories were wrong. She was never naïve. It was all a perfectly executed plan to get her into the Baers’ group to destroy them.

Trained by her cousin, Lowell, and handler, Shadoe, Auluria’s mission is to destroy the Baers by getting close to the youngest brother, Dov, his brother and sister-in-law and the leaders of the Baers’ group. When she realizes Dov isn’t as evil as her cousin led her to believe, she must figure out how to play both sides or her deception will cause everyone in her world to burn.

If her allegiances are discovered, either side could destroy her…if the Society doesn’t get her first.

Jaded

Her father failed in his mission to take control from the Commander, a defeat that has cost Jade her life. She will die as punishment. Now she belongs to the Commander’s son—as his wife. Knowing his intent is to quietly kill her in revenge, Jade’s every move is calculated to survive—until she learns her death ensures the safety of her father and her entire town.

Roan doesn’t want to kill Jade, but once his family isolates her from her father and community, his only choice is to go through with the plan. Jade doesn’t make it easy as she tries to sway him into falling for her. Each misstep makes him question his cause. Each moment makes every decision harder, but the Commander won’t allow him to fail.

One chooses life. One chooses death. In the midst of the chaos, only one will succeed.

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#HallowreadAuthorExclusive featuring Meg Eden!

Meg Eden

10 Things People Don’t Tell You About Publishing A Novel

  • Finding an agent or editor is like dating. It’s subjective, and when you find “the one” there’s this gushy feeling you two have for each other. There’s no shame in having trouble finding an agent–the timeline works differently for everyone, and that’s OK. It’s an important relationship, and shouldn’t be rushed.
  • It can take a long time. I got my first agent in high school, almost sold my novel to an editor when at the University of Maryland as an undergrad. But the editor couldn’t sell it to the house. After that, I dropped my agent (my students were like “Dump her! It’s been 6 years and nothing’s happened”—so again, it’s like dating!) and queried small press editors. After lots of rejection letters, Bob from California Coldblood accepted my novel “Post-High School Reality Quest,” which is coming out in June. Let me clarify that PHSRQ is my thirteenth novel. I had to write 12 really mediocre novels to get one that worked. That’s not the case for everyone, but it’s unlikely the first thing you finish will be “the one.”
  • There’s a lot of chance involved. My publishing successes have often been “Lol why not” submissions. For example, the press publishing my novel focuses on sci fi and urban fantasy. Bob even told me, “This book isn’t really sci fi, but I don’t care—I really love it.” I sent my work out constantly. During my lectures (sorry not sorry UMD), I tried to send out about ten submissions. But the more you send out, the more likely your work will find the right home.
  • The big houses aren’t necessarily the perfect home for you. There can be lot at stake when you publish with a big house. With bigger investments come bigger expectations. If your book’s not a NYT bestseller, it might be hard to make an argument for your second book. Big houses publish a lot of books, so yours doesn’t necessarily get as much attention as you might like. I love working with California Coldblood because it’s a small operation with a professional backing, and I have only three fellow authors with me in the press. We’re like a family, and I get to work really closely with my editor, and have a say with the cover and everything, which I really appreciate.
  • Being young is good. Agents and editors are looking for younger writers. I got my first agent in high school. If you’re a student, don’t let that discourage you–use that in your favor.
  • There are strong lit communities–there’s probably one in your home town! I grew up in the Baltimore/DC area but it took me several years to realize all the amazing diverse communities that were accessible to me. Do some research, get connected with writers in your area, and serve your local communities. Volunteer at local book fairs and writing conventions, be a part of a local open mike or critique group, read for a local literary magazine. By giving back, you build friendships and relationships with readers and writers that will serve you well in the future.
  • Twitter is where the industry is. Follow your dream agents and favorite writers on twitter. Get involved in and follow twitter chats. Watch #mswl for agents to get a sense of what they’re looking for. Participate in #pitchwars and build relationships with published writers. Follow #2017debuts to see up and coming work and be familiar with what’s happening in the industry.
  • Your first sentence is critical. If you don’t grab your reader in that first sentence, that first page, they’re not going to keep reading. If you haven’t already, get a position as a reader or editor for a magazine or journal and feel what it’s like to be on the other side of the slush pile. As I work as a reader for two magazines, I find my patience is very slim for work, and someone has to grab me immediately for me to want to keep reading and not just move onto the next piece.
  • Rejection letters aren’t bad. Some of my favorite replies to my submissions have been rejection letters. Some agents or editors will write back with specific ideas of how to improve my novel, or interest in seeing more of my work. I love getting feedback and through rejection letters have learned how I can improve my writing and make my stories and poems even stronger.

Publish smaller work before sending out a full novel. In high school, I sent out my poems and short stories to literary magazines. Then when I queried an agent, I was able to mention places I had already been published. I think this helps a query letter stand out.  It says that you’ve already been vetted as a writer, that what they’re about to read is probably pretty good, and can get them excited about reading your work

Buffy is playing a game. However, the game is her life, and there are no instructions or cheat codes on how to win.

After graduating high school, a voice called “the text parser” emerges in Buffy’s head, narrating her life as a classic text adventure game. Buffy figures this is just a manifestation of her shy, awkward, nerdy nature—until the voice doesn’t go away, and instead begins to dominate her thoughts, telling her how to live her life. Though Buffy tries to beat the game, crash it, and even restart it, it becomes clear that this game is not something she can simply “shut off” or beat without the text parser’s help.

While the text parser tries to give Buffy advice on how “to win the game,” Buffy decides to pursue her own game-plan: start over, make new friends, and win her long-time crush Tristan’s heart. But even when Buffy gets the guy of her dreams, the game doesn’t stop. In fact, it gets worse than she could’ve ever imagined: her crumbling group of friends fall apart, her roommate turns against her, and Buffy finds herself trying to survive in a game built off her greatest nightmares.

Graduation: May 12th, 2009

You are in the cafeteria. There is a high school graduation happening. Mason, the valedictorian, is giving her farewell to the class. It takes a long time.

In your pocket, there is a letter. It’s crumpled and smeared from you reaching in and touching it so many times, to make sure it’s still there.

Exits are: out, back and stage.

Tristan was almost valedictorian. He was about .002 points away from it. And he makes sure to not let any of you forget. Not that you’d ever forget a single word he’s ever said.

>Back.

You get up from your chair and go to the back of the room. There is a piano. You look longingly at it.

>Examine piano.

You go over the piano. You run your fingers over the keys but are too shy to actually play anything. That’s what everyone says about you: that you want to do something but never actually do it. That’s why you wear gothic Lolita dresses only at home, curl your hair once a month, and paint on the weekends. Anything else might be too much.

> Exit out.

You are now in the main hallway. It is very long. There are lots of doors.

You wonder if you hide in one of them long enough you can avoid growing up. Everyone says that after today, everything that you do actually matters. That every decision you make will invariably have consequences on your existence and wellbeing. The only consequences you’re used to are not saving before entering the water temple in Ocarina of Time, or using up your master ball before encountering Mewtwo in Pokemon Red.

Exits are: cafeteria, door, another door, bathroom, main office, and out.

> Door?

You go into one of the doors. It’s not very exciting.

>Out.

You are now in the main hallway. It is very—

>Bathroom.

You go into the bathroom. There is an acidic smell you can’t quite place coming from the stalls. Sephora is in front of the mirror, fluffing her insignificant breasts. No one believes her birth name is actually Sephora but no one has any proof to say otherwise. She doesn’t look like a make-up model but you keep that kind of commentary to yourself.

Exits are: bathroom stall and out.

“You dying out there too?” Sephora asks, pressing her hands on her stomach. “It’s so humid in that small room.”

You nod. “Yeah, it’s really hot.” You feel sweat run through your hair, down your scalp.

“When there’s a whole twenty people graduating, you’d think it’d be shorter than this. But they still find a way to make us miserable.” Sephora reapplies a layer of lipstick. “And this uniform makes me look even fatter than usual. Ugh.”

You just graduated from a religious high school. You say religious, because as hard as it is for you to stomach the concept of a God, words like transubstantiation are even less comprehensible to you. And as much as your music class sings about concepts like grace, the signs posted on every door with commandments like: Skirts shorter than your finger tips are unacceptable and Earrings should be no larger than a nickel, have made you eager for the alleged freedom of college.

And not just freedom from rules, but freedom from people like Sephora, who are “your friends” only because of your small school population. Because everyone has to survive somehow, and it’s dangerous to go alone.

But you’ve survived, at least this far. Congratulations.

Sephora sighs, scratching at the dead skin on her cheek. “I can’t wait ‘til the sun comes out again. I mean, look at my skin! I need to tan again.”

Even if you hadn’t seen Sephora in size 00 bikinis before, one look at Sephora makes it clear that she has the Scottish pasty skin that never tans. Just like you. Besides your gender and your love of obscure video games, this is all you have in common with her.

“You know, now that summer’s coming, I’m thinking about trying something new, just for the kicks.” Sephora looks you in the eye. “I’m even thinking about going out with Tristan. Who knows. It might be fun! And I’ve been seeing him eye me…”

You want to tell Sephora that she’s too stupid to date someone as brilliant as Tristan, that he has better taste than that, but you can’t seem to get the words out.

>Wrestle Sephora to the ground.

You wrestle the lipstick from her hands and scream “You whore!” and write mean things on the mirror. Then you stuff her head in the toilet and prevent this horrible story from actually happening.

And by that, you only daydream of wrestling Sephora to the ground.

If you had actually done that, you might’ve beaten the game in record time. Assuming life’s a game and you remembered to save more frequently.

>I don’t like this story.

I’m sorry. I don’t understand “I don’t like this story.” You think we get to choose our stories?

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#IndyAuthorTalk with Stasia Morineaux

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Sooooo…I saved this scary part for last. (I totally cheated and skipped ahead to fill in the other sections first!)

It’s so easy to answer the questiony-factual bits, and to write an excerpt, and to type in my social media details.

But, oh boy!

Look what we have here…that ultra-intimidating big blank space. And ‘The Dread’ (a somewhat cute, and of course quite tiny, fantastical critter, something akin to an itty-bitty goblin) sits in my tummy and sets loose the hummingbirds.

What do I want to write about? What do you want to read? Is it gonna be interesting enough?

My mind is a blank.

So I’m going to follow my own advice…which I’ve conveniently posted down somewhere below. And just write.

Something will come of it, I suppose.

How about dreams? The largest source of my inspiration. Aside from traveling and wandering and day-dreaming and people watching…

Dreams.

I weekly regale my family and friends with my wacked-out dream adventures.

I mean, seriously, what is a baby hippo fish? And why was he living in a flooded cornfield-pond? And why-oh-why did he want so badly to suck my arm down his cute little face?

And where are my shoes? Why am I so often finding myself in the most awkward instances with no shoes?

And for the love of Puck…why can I never find a clean restroom?

My mind is a strange and funny place, and I don’t want to scare you away, so maybe we should move on from dreams.

How about ‘Random Facts’? Those can be entertaining.

*I used to be a Candy Maker at Disneyland, right on Main Street! I can make candy canes!  Best job EVER…other than making up worlds that is!

*I have a squirrel circus in my back woods! They perform a daily trapeze act along the Kudzu vines that lace through the trees. And Buddy Squirrel sits beneath my balcony, being all cute and squirrely-like, and begs for peanuts. (Of course I give them to him, I’m no monster!) He’s teaching his friends to do the same. I’m convinced I’m going to wake up one day and they’re going to be knocking on my balcony door.

*I binge watch Netflix and Hula…waaaaay too much.

*Coffee tends to make me sleepy, but I still drink it ALL the time.

*Iced Chai Lattes are my true weakness.

*I have 6 tattoos.

*I suffer from Duality…I want to live in the city. I want to live in the country. 😃

*I didn’t learn to drive until I was 23, I was terrified of having an accident. But with good reason. I’d been in 3 just as a passenger! In retrospect, you’d think that would’ve prompted me to drive myself around a lot sooner! Huh…oh well.

*I craft lotions & potions.

*I rescue spiders…

*I want a Christmas tree farm…and some goats…and some chickens…maybe some bees…

Okay, enough randomness for today.

Go on and enjoy all the nitty-gritty factional info and book stuffs now!

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Cassie: Black Sand by M.S. Murray (Review by Shelley C, #NerdGirlRed)

Title: Cassie: Black Sand

Author: M.S. Murray

Published Date: March 6th 2017

Genre: Paranormal

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

All I’ve ever wanted was a boring life. I’ve grown up with the things that go bump in the night, I’ve witnessed the unexplainable, and I’ve had my fill of excitement for a lifetime.
It sounds crazy but being an accountant or something mundane and regular was my dream… until it wasn’t.
Now I’m neck deep in everything I tried so hard not to be.
They killed my parents and took my sister Jess, I don’t know who ‘they’ are yet, but I’ll find out, and when I do, they’ll wish I’d stuck to my boring life plan.
There’s nothing I won’t do for Jess. I’d even seek the help of Gabriel, Vampire Lord of Florida.
Three words perfectly describe Gabriel:
Handsome
Deadly
Expressionless
He’s not the type of monster anyone would seek out for help, but he’s my only hope if I ever want to see my little sister again.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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