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Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads

Synopsis

Lexie Boggs has dealt with enough drama for one teenage girl, and just when she thinks it’s about over, the father who abandoned her a decade ago shows up looking for redemption. At least… that’s what he says.Ryan Parker thinks his future is set. He’s got a sweet job set up, graduation on the horizon, and a lifetime of dreams he’s planned with his girlfriend, Lexie—including a king-sized bed for their soon-to-be apartment. Only a slight snag tugs at the fantasy when Lexie starts putting aside all she’s worked hard on for her deadbeat dad and his “sickness.”

Suddenly school is the only time spent together, and as Ryan expresses his suspicions about why Daddy Boggs is really back, Lexie pulls away, hoping Ryan is wrong but fearing he’s right. And as graduation approaches, Ryan and Lexie struggle to keep the futures they thought they had firmly intact from crumbling all over their now lonely king-sized bed.

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Guys.  Oh my goodness.  I’ve loved this series from the very first time I picked up True Love and Magic Tricks.  I loved getting to know all the characters and falling in love with each one.  I never wanted it to end!  When the book started, I was like, “Everything is good now.  I don’t want anything else to go wrong!”  and then WHAM Lexie’s dad shows up and I was feeling a whole lot of NO!  When Lexie’s dad told her he was sick, part of me believed him, but part of me was full of doubt.  I knew nothing about the dude and didn’t feel like I could trust him.

I’m so glad that I got to read this story.  I loved everything about it!  I can’t wait to read it again!  I really hope that you guys check out this book at the rest of the series!  You won’t regret it!

About the Authors

Cassie Mae (AKA Becca Ann) is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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Switched

Hey guys!

I feel like a hideous person because it’s taken me so long to get this review posted.

I received Switched from Cassie Mae in exchange for an honest review.

Guys.  Guys.  I loved this book.  I have yet to read a Cassie Mae book that I don’t just adore.

This story focuses on Kayla, who is in love with Talon, her best friend Reagan’s boyfriend, and has been pretty much since they met.

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She spends most of her time commiserating with Talon’s best friend Wesley who is in love with Reagan.  One night when the two are hanging out, they hatch a plan to get Talon and Reagan to break up so that they can get with the person they want to be with.  As soon as they hatched their plan I was like, “This is a bad idea.  There is no way this can end well.”

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Basically, their plan was that over Christmas break they would spend as much time alone with the other person as possible and hopefully drive a wedge between the couple so that they would break up.  Part of me was sitting there screaming, “WHAT KIND OF FRIENDS ARE YOU?!”  If my friends had done that when I was in a relationship it would have gone down like this once, if ever, I found out:

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 Pretty much the entire time that Kayla and Wesley are trying to break up Talon and Reagan I was like, “These two should date.  These two would be good together.”  There was one point in the book where their break up scheme actually worked, and I was really disappointed; I wanted it to fail, so that they might get together.  They ended up going out with their person and it went horribly.  HORRIBLY, and I couldn’t help but giggle and squeal with glee.  Wesley and Kayla end up consoling each other and it made me all

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If you want to know what happened, you’ll have to read the book, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.  I was so pleased with how the book ended and honestly wish that there was another book because I need more.  I would literally sit there and cackle.  CACKLE.  I also spent a lot of time screaming and kicking my legs around while berating the characters.  I’m sure that sounds crazy, but that’s what went down.  I so hope you check this book out!  Thank you again to Cassie Mae for letting me read and review this amazing book!

Happy reading!

DeereReaderGirl

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How to Hook a Bookworm Cover Makeover Reveal

It’s a Bookworm makeover!
 
New cover!
 
 
 
 
(I have to give HUGE HUGS AND THANK YOUs to PepperJack Photography and Jolene Perry for my amazing design and pictures, and the FANTASTIC models, Dalton and Tanna.)
 
New blurb!
Getting kissed for a birthday present should not be a big deal. Especially for Brea Mason, who doesn’t think of her best friend, Adam Silver, in any way other than… well, a friend. But after the liplock she can’t seem to get him off her mind. And she has to, because Adam is a senior while she’s stuck in high school for another two years.
 
Then BAM, the perfect distraction comes along in the form of a new, hot sophomore who actually seems interested in Brea, despite her anti-social personality. And with the stress at home, stress at school, and ignoring the reality of all her friends leaving come June, Brea welcomes the distraction.
 
 
But when she sees four fat Fs on her report card, Brea needs a study buddy, and the best candidate is Adam, book nerd and math whiz. So she enlists his help, hoping the birthday kiss was just a fluke. After all, she has a boyfriend now. It should be easy to ignore the butterflies and fizzy feelings that arise with the bookworm… right?
And new release day!
 
 
 
A lot better than June, yes? Happy dance! 
 
It will be up for pre-order shortly. 🙂 But you can add it to your Goodreads HERE
 
Spell for the day:
 
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The Real Thing Release Day!

Time to party!
 
The Real Thing releases today (whoop whoop!) and I’m giving away a swag pack full of goodies.
 

The Real Thing postcards

A froggy loofah

Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The Real Thing Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone Case

A Cassie Mae pen

A collection of select Cassie Mae/Becca Ann signed books

 
Rafflecopter right below the excerpt and book details 🙂

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“All right, all right,” he says, smiling and holding his palm up to stop me. Tomato juice is dripping from the top of his head down his cheeks, getting caught in the smile lines by his mouth. I can feel it running down my face, too, and I should be gagging, but I’m not.

I open my mouth to tell him how cute he looks even with juice all over him, but a light ploof! hits the center of the tub between our bodies, and I stare down at my froggy loofah, now covered in red.

“Oh no!” I frown, plucking the sponge up by the froggy’s arm, then looking up to the shower caddy over Eric’s head. Our splash war must’ve knocked my poor froggy right off his little perch. “My loofah.”

“That’s what it’s called!” Eric slaps the top of his knee, getting more juice on both of us. “I’ve been staring at that thing since you moved in, trying to remember what the hell people call it.”

A small bubble of laughter escapes through my slight frown. “Why?”

“That thing is creepy.”

I gasp. “It is not. It’s cute.” My lip pokes out as I look at the juice soaking into the blue frog’s face. “And now it’s ruined.”

He takes the loofah from my fingers, an adorable pinched look on his face.

“I don’t know how you can wash yourself with this,” he says, pulling at the leg poking from the big green sponge part.

“It’s soft on my sensitive lady parts.” I laugh as his face goes red again. I expect him to drop the loofah back in my hand—or throw it at me—but he doesn’t. He keeps pulling at it as if it’s the weirdest, yet most fascinating thing in the world.

“Is it really ruined?” he asks, tone suddenly nowhere near his usual playfulness. He actually looks worried about my sponge.

“It’s like a buck, Eric.” I adjust in the tub again as the juice creeps into nooks and crannies of my body I had no idea existed till now. “I can get another one tomorrow. Maybe an even creepier one just for you.”

I try to wink, but I’ve never been good at that. He sort of laughs, but his eyes go back to the froggy. He runs his thumb over the eyeballs, wiping the juice from it. I thought I knew Eric pretty well. But as I watch him stare at my loofah, head slightly cocked to the side, I realize I have no clue what he’s thinking. And that’s totally okay. The anticipation of finding out is better.

“Only a dollar?” His eyes lift to mine.

“Or two. Depending on where you go.”

His lips purse and he nods, then plunges the sponge into the juice. Before I can smack him for that, he pulls it from the bath and wrings it out over my head. My jaw drops to my knees.

“Oh, you are so dead.”

 
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In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.

Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

Advance praise for The Real Thing

“Cassie Mae is awesome! The perfect balance between laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant, The Real Thing is the ultimate escapist read. I didn’t want it to end!”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely

“Watching two best friends figure out how to fall in love makes The Real Thing a summer read of swoon-worthy perfection.”—Jolene Perry, author of The Summer I Found You

“Cassie Mae’s The Real Thing made me want to close out every social media app and electronic device I have, but I couldn’t manage to stop reading!”—Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures

About the Author

 

Cassie Mae (who dawns the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred… okay, maybe not that many… books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.

Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Spencer Hill Press. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)

Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.

You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O’Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor

 
 
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King Sized Beds and Happy Trails

Hey guys!

I read a really stellar book the other day!

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I loved this book!  I was introduced to the series by True Love and Magic Tricks, and I am so glad that I picked that book up!  I was actually given this book by Theresa Paolo in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

This series focuses on Nate and Kaylee’s best friends Ryan and Lexie.  Ryan has had it bad for Lexie for a very long time, but Lexie only has eyes for jerk canoe extraordinaire, Sean.  All Lexie wants is to prove that she isn’t white trash, that she won’t turn out like her mom, but with a catty girl out to get her, that’s nearly impossible.   Lexie gets the idea that if she can only go on the senior ski trip that she’ll be able to get Sean to want her instead of the girl he’s with right now.  Unfortunately, Lexie can’t afford to go unless she give up all her savings, so Ryan, her ever faithful best friend and behind the scenes knight in shining armor makes it happens, but without telling her the complete truth about how it works out.  On the ski trip, Ryan and Lexie end up rooming together, and their friendship is tested as they both struggle with what ifs.

I really, REALLY loved this book.  It was a pleasure to read, and I honestly can’t wait to read the next book.  I loved seeing how Ryan dealt with his feelings while Lexie was oblivious.  I felt bad for him that he was there for her through everything and that he was trying to help her get the guy, even if it hurt him.  

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I also loved that Nate was in this book, because I love Nate.  These two ladies sure know how to write fabulous male leads.

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^That’s how I feel about Ryan and Nate.

There were times throughout the book that I was really sad for the both of them, because Lexie obviously had feelings for him, she just wouldn’t act on them or admit them, and Ryan just wasn’t pick up on it.  I honestly couldn’t see what Lexie saw in Sean aside from him being cute, because after seeing some of their interactions, and getting to know him better I was completely turned off, and obviously I loved Ryan, but still.

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Ryan makes a BIG mistake later on in the book, and I was really sad when everythingn got messed up.  I loved the way the book ended though, butterflies and hearts galore!

This book really drove home for me that people aren’t always what they seem, and that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  It also is good for teaching people that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your background is, you are good enough, there are people that love you, and you don’t have to prove that to the people that really matter.  The whole idea of the friendzone bothers me since I’ve gotten nothing but grief from supposed friends that have been “friendzoned,” but this book also shows that sometimes you can go from being just friends to being in a relationship.  Sometimes people don’t realize how big their feelings are for a person, or they’re scared to act on what they feel, or sometimes they just don’t feel that way about you.  That may not have been what happened in this book, but if you’re really someone’s friend, you need to respect their feelings.  People can’t just magically have the same feelings for you that you have for them, and it’s unfair to expect that they will.  The thing I loved the most about Ryan was that event though he wanted Lexie to have feelings for him, he didn’t try to force his feelings on her.  He just let their friendship be because he knew how she felt about Sean.  Granted, if Ryan had been open about his feelings, things may have gone better, but still he didn’t try to force her or pressure her into liking him back.

Because I always have so much fun with gifs I felt like I needed to show you guys some gifs that I felt represented how Lexie and Ryan were feeling throughout the book, or how I was feeling for them or wanted to say to them.

Ryan:

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^Except Watts would be Ryan and Amanda would be Sean.

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I only had one gif for Lexie, because this just fit her.  She wanted Sean and then she wanted Ryan, and ultimately, she just wanted people to love her and want her around.

I really hope you guys check out this series!  It’s the bomb!

Happy reading!

DeereReaderGirl

 

 

 

 

 

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Truly Lovely and Magical

Guys!

Today, I read a FABULOUS book!

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True Love and Magic Tricks was wonderful!  I loved how quirky Kaylee was, and I loved how bashful Nate was.  

Honestly, if they were real and Kaylee tried to become friends with me I might be a bit freaked out at first.  I’m an introvert, and sometimes outgoing, extremely friendly people can be a little overwhelming or make me a bit nervous.  I felt really bad for her that she had so many acquaintances, but no real friends.  In a way, I feel like I can relate to Kaylee.  When I’m at college I am surrounded by a lot of friendly acquaintances, but most of my friends are elsewhere, so sometimes it’s easy to feel pretty alone.  I absolutely loved Nate.  I loved that he was anxious and nerdy and was able to be his own person even if he frequently felt nervous being himself around Kaylee.  I suddenly have the desire to find a sweet magician that wear suspenders, bow ties, and a fedora.  In all honesty, Nate reminded me of Matt Flamhaff from Thirteen Going on Thirty!

Okay, I was going to post a gif here, but I can’t choose just one, so I’ll post a BuzzFeed article about Matt Flamhaff instead!

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I know that this was supposed to be a prequel novella to the series, but I need more!  I was suspicious about who Kaylee’s secret admirer was, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out who it was.  There are so many things I loved about this book.  I suddenly want to get trapped in a zig zag box, but my desire to have a pet rodent has decreased exponentially.  I also loved getting introduced to Ryan and Lexie!  I liked seeing how Kaylee was able to become friends with them.

I think my favorite part of this book was either their first date or their first kiss.  When I read their first kiss, I just couldn’t help but sigh.  Why can’t things like that happen in real life?!  Why can’t guys like that exist in real life?!  When I say first date, I mean first date.  I mean nipple shirt date.  I was so horrified throughout that date.  I was yelling at my Nook in horror and just wanted to smack Nate upside the head.

My feelings when Nate asks his brother for help:

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Woot woot stupid idea alert

 

 

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How I felt when Nate started acting how his brother told him to:

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And then when they get to the restaurant:

 

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And I only felt that way because he was acting like a typical male, not his normal self.

I imagine that this is how Nate felt throughout the date:

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Lesson learned:  Always be yourself.  To any guy that may or may not be reading this:  Girls like it best when you act like yourself, not the macho jerk your friends or society expect you to be.  If you’re a sensitive nerd, be a sensitive nerd.  If you’re an adorkable magician, be an adorkable magician.  If you actually are a macho dude, be a macho dude, just try not to be a jerk.

I really loved how this story turned out, and I sincerely hope that you read it!  The last time I checked, it was free on Smashwords and Amazon, so go check it out!

Happy reading!

DeereReaderGirl

 

 

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Many, Many Nerdy Feels

Hey guys!

I just finished a really excellent book, and I just had to talk to you all about it!  In all honesty, I have two other books I should probably blog about first, but I just can’t.

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I haven’t really run into many books concerning nerdy, fangirl stuff that I could relate to, or that just really got at my heart, but How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae did all that and more.  Honestly, HtDaN is probably more dear to me than Fangirl was.

Zoe is a hardcore nerd, but none of her so called friends know that.  The only thing Zoe’s “friends” know about her is that she moves through guys the way that I move through books.  Zoe was mercilessly teased in middle school for liking things like Harry PotterLord of the Rings, and Star Wars.  Because she couldn’t take the bullying she hid her inner geek away and presents a new, popular, slutty Zoe in Geeky Zoe’s place.  Zoe’s one regret about leaving the nerd life is Zak, the dude she’s completely in love with, who used to be her best friend, and is about to be thrown back into her life much to her chagrin and, also, pleasure.

I spent most of this book feeling bad for Zoe.  I was never really bullied in school, but there are always people that are going to pick on you and crack jokes at your expense in school, and that did happen to me, and sometimes still does.  The difference between Zoe and myself is that it doesn’t really get to me when people pick on me or make jokes about me.  Sure, sometimes I’m like, “Wow, that kind of hurt my feelings,” but I’m proud of my fangirl ways; I have even taken to thanking the people that tell me I’m weird, because in most cases I can hear that they mean it lovingly.  

This is such a relevant story.  Sure, Zoe had her moments where I just wanted to smack her, but this book felt so real.  I felt like crying when I finished the book.  People should be able to enjoy the things they enjoy without being ostracized or made fun of for it.  We should be able to see other fellow fandom members and squeal like idiots, because you’ve just met this person that likes the same things as you.  One thing I’ve noticed about all those people that like to make fun of the geeks/nerds/fangirls/fanboys is that they must not be very happy with themselves.  I mean, really?  You feel so great about yourself that you’re going to torment people that are “beneath” you?  Get real.  I’m fairly certain that those cruel bullies just want to be able to be as comfortable liking what they like as those of us that can let our geek flag fly.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe I’m not.  I know that some people just seem to enjoy making trouble for everyone else, but they aren’t really happy if they have to get their kicks like that.  Do not!  I repeat!  Do not let the haters get you down!  If you enjoy Firefly or Star Trek be proud about it!  You have nothing to be ashamed of!  Sure, sometimes when you fangirl in public and you get a little carried away it can be embarrassing, but what about that feeling you get?  You know the one, I know you do.  That feeling of euphoria because you found something so amazing, so exciting to you and you just can’t contain your excitement.  I still apologize for fangirling, but I’m not really sorry that I’m excited, I’m just sorry if I disturbed someone.  Think about it though.  All those people that love sports have gatherings to go watch people throw/pass/dribble/kick a ball, and that is completely socially acceptable.  Why is being excited over “geeky” stuff not?  If you really think about it, sports enthusiasts are just fangirls and boys parading around with a different name.

Guys, I really recommend this book.  It was great.  I mean, come on, any book that references Harry Potter,

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Lord of the Rings,

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and Star Wars

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has to be a really good book.  Not to mention the references to X-Men.

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If my shining recommendation didn’t convince you, then maybe the gifs did.  Either way, check this book out.  You won’t regret it!

Happy reading and even happier fanpersoning!

DeereReaderGirl

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