Almost There: September 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Suggestions 09/30

I'm SUPER excited about this week's Monday Suggestions! If you missed last Monday's post go here.

Sweet goodness, we are one day away from the release of UNCONTROLLABLY WASTED by C. Elizabeth Vescio (book two in The Wasted Series)!

Again, I've already read UW as a beta reader so I can say with confidence that it's a fun, exciting, and great read. I love the characters, the plot, and the wonderful writing. The main character Frankie makes me feel the feels, laugh out loud, and relate to her even in situations I'd never find myself in.

Straight from the Goodreads page for UW, here's the synopsis:
It's been a year since Francesca Fairholm met the rest of the Osiris team and the company heads, her two half brothers Nero and Lex. As they groom her for leadership, it's all Frankie can do to keep her cynical sarcasm in check as she starts training two new Strikers, avoids the romantic advances of Spark Dawson, and does her best to pry a little family history from her cold, distant Aunt Alexa. 
With the pressure of her secret dual life building and her mother acting suspiciously, Frankie's sanity is pushed to the brink when she makes a grisly discovery that shakes the young Striker to her core. Despite her cousins' fear that her panic attacks signal a full mental breakdown, Frankie is positive she's not crazy. Finding clarity in her personal investigation into Osiris's origins, she uncovers more about the company than she would rather know.
As her life starts to unravel, things get deadly and, before she knows it, she's facing down an old target's pissed-off widow, an unstoppable mercenary, and the one thing she's most terrified of admitting to herself. 
It's possible the whole situation won't explode in her face. Yeah, like Frankie has that kind of luck.
So,  I strongly suggest you purchase a copy of UW tomorrow! Just go here for links to Book 1 and Book 2.
This is a bit self-serving on my part, but I can't help but be excited about #SYTYCW2013! So You Think You Can Write is holding a Harlequin writing contest and I've entered!

First place will win a series publishing contract!

My entry is titled "Undone" and you can read the 100-word pitch here as well as the entire Chapter 1! If you like what you read and wouldn't mind supporting UNDONE, feel free to Like it / Tweet it / Comment on it / Share it!

I'd be eternally grateful and all that mushy jazz!

Once again, you can go here to view my submission!

Next week we'll have another To Watch, until then CHEERS!

-Tyler Anne (aka Chick Tyler)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Suggestions 09/23

I've been wanting to do this Monday Suggestions thing for a while now and finally carved out some time to get down to business! Each Monday I'd like to suggest one book that you should read, one book that's coming out soon to get excited about, and one show to watch. 

I hope you enjoy today's suggestions! If you have any of your own, leave a comment!

Don't let the name of this book throw you off. Do what I did and read the sample that Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble offer with most books. I purchased this Molly Harper book for my Kindle after reading most of the first chapter from the sample. 

Let me level with you...I normally don't read werewolf books. Nothing against them, I just don't like books that are about nothing but the conflicts and journeys of the furry creatures. However, How to Flirt had so much more meat to it than just being a werewolf tale. (I wanted to say "tail.")

Northern Exposure Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . .

Three reasons I dug this book
1. Mo was entertaining as hell. It's a first person POV so you get all of the fun internal dialogue from her. One of my favorite quotes from her was the first time she really interacts with Cooper: "Well, that cinched it. He was an asshole. I was definitely going to sleep with him." She isn't blind to his moody personality or his jackassary. She doesn't make excuses for him or pretend he's a saint. She also doesn't deny she wants to jump his bones.

2. Dear goodness, I love the secondary characters in this book. From the patrons at the diner to the overbearing hippie mother, there's a myriad of characters throughout the book that you just can't help but love. It makes almost every seen even more entertaining.

3. It's a mystery with a supernatural twist plus a love story! It's an easy read that has a sequel (which I'm currently reading) so you can keep on enjoying all the characters. Fun fact: The sequel doesn't follow Mo anymore BUT it follows someone close to her so she's still in it a lot! 


I was a beta reader and LET ME TELL YOU, you'll love it. Author C. Elizabeth Vescio is releasing one teaser picture a day until the first! To make sure you see each go here

If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out Elegantly Wasted (Book 1 of the Wasted Series) and its site here. Also, check out our site for more posts relating to EW and the series.

Now for yesterday's teaser picture! (For today's check out the Facebook later on tonight!)

I promise I'll branch out and stop suggesting to you (and everyone you know) watch Parks and Recreation. But, really. Go watch it. 

Season 6 premieres Thursday and IT WILL BE EPIC!

Season 1 - 3 are on Netflix. Season 1 is okay but it doesn't start getting amazing (in my mind) until 2, especially when Adam Scott and Rob Lowe join the cast!

Go watch it. Now.

-Tyler Anne (aka Chick Tyler)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pinspiration: Two Pinterest Accounts to Follow

Today, I want to mini spotlight two Pinterest accounts that you should definitely be following.

A few days ago I saw four pictures back to back that made me stop and do the whole "oooo" and "awww" thing. Now, if you follow MY account, you know I go through repinning bursts quite often. However, these four repins caught my eye and so I checked out the rest of their boards!

Pretty, unique, creative, and fun. That's what they both are.

Three pictures (the left two and the bottom right one) were repinned from The Paris Apartment.
One picture (top right) was repinned from Shelby Owens.

Go check out both accounts for all of your repinning pleasures!

The above pictures can be found on my Lovely Photos board and linked back to their original owners that way.

-Tyler Anne (aka Chick Tyler)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Giveaway: Elegantly Wasted

October 1st just couldn't get here any sooner. Why? Well, that's the release of Uncontrollably Wasted, Book 2 of the Wasted Series by C. Elizabeth Vescio!

Because C. Elizabeth Vescio loves her fans she's taking the time to do a giveaway!

To enter, go below to and use the Rafflecopter feature! Simple as can be!

Want to see the author's original giveaway post? You can scoot over to C. Elizabeth Vescio's personal blog here.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

1,000 Reasons Why I Love You

I love Pinterest. A fact that was never in question.

I also love my Followers.

So, I feel like my Pinterest followers are probably the most badass people in the world.

This post is just my way of saying THANKS to all of you beautiful, repinning Pinteresters. I'm nearing 1,000 Followers (I may have rounded JUST a smidge) and felt like I should do a fun/thanks post!

Bellow is a collage of some of my FAV pins that can be found within my boards. I hope you enjoy!

I also wanted to give a shout out to C. Elizabeth Vescio and her Wasted Series and, of course, their boards. She made me a contributor and, although I've slacked on adding to them, I do love them dearly.
Here's a collage of my favorite pins from Clothing Styles: The Fairholms, Clothing Styles: Osiris, and Elegance Inc! The rest of her boards can be found here.

Stay classy, kids.

-Tyler Anne (aka Chick Tyler)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cover reveal: ASPEN by Rebekah Crane


You better believe we're pumped for the release of Rebekah Crane's new YA contemporary novel, ASPEN!

Now, let's look at that beauty!

About the book:

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember when Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player, crossed the yellow line in her car and smashed into Aspen's. But forgetting is pretty hard- because Katelyn may have died - but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom's awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing - or kissing - one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn's spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control … and doesn't want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next. 

Release Date: January 2014
Category: YA contemporary
And an awesome cover reveal isn’t complete without an equally AWESOME giveaway, so let’s tell them what they can win... *dramatic pause*
  • 10 eARCs of ASPEN!
  • 1 tie-dye shirt from Moe’s Broadway Bagels in Boulder, CO (an actual restaurant in the story!) 
  • 2 Grateful Dead bumper stickers! Groovy!
  • 5 Friendship bracelets because WHY NOT?!
  • 1 hacky sack! Rad!
  • 3 flower stickers you can stick to your laptop or desk or wherever! Peace, man!

Just enter the Rafflecopter below and you’re on your way to getting some awesome swag! The giveaway closes a week from today.

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About Rebekah Crane: 

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University, but it wasn't until ten years and two daughters later that she started to write it. Inspired by her past students, growing up in Cleveland with its fabulous musical theater community, and music of all kinds (particularly the Avett Brothers), she created PLAYING NICE. It is her first published novel, but having an unbridled imagination, it's not the only fantasy world she's lived in (just ask her husband). ASPEN, her second YA creation, is set to release in January 2014. She now lives in Colorado, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

Twitter: @RebekahCrane


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