Archives for May 2012

Desert Intrigue by Linda Weaver Clarke

Desert Intrigue
(The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, #4)
written by Linda Weaver Clarke          
published by Red Mountain Shadows Publishing


Why did I pick this book: Mrs. Clarke asked that I review her upcoming fourth novel in The Adventures of John and Julia Evans series. I happily accepted her request. (The author provided me with a copy of her book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I did. I read it almost every free chance I had. The story moved and kept me interested and wanting to see how it ended. 


This story had a good amount of suspense and mystery. It reminded me of a good, old-fashioned “whodunit?” story. Julia couldn’t escape her investigative reporter background and was out to find the culprit that was destroying her brother. She asked all of the questions…even the hard ones of those that were most trusted. Desert Intrigue was clean – no harsh language or sex scenes. You really don’t find those qualities in a novel nowadays. And I learned a bit about Arizona’s legends. That made the story that much more interesting. 


John and Julia have a great marriage and love each other very much. That love was clearly taught to their children. I thought the wedding plans and disasters were cute. It was a worst case scenario for any bride who thinks they have everything under control. 


Would I recommend it: I would…especially if you are looking for a clean yet attention grabbing story.


Will I read it again: I will not. I do not think it will hold the same suspense on the reread as it did on the first time through it.


About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Julia’s brother runs a dude ranch that was once very profitable and thriving. Now he believes the ranch is haunted. Could the legends of Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman, and the Thunder God be true and behind the strange occurrences happening at the ranch? Is that why the ranch is now floundering?


Julia has other thoughts. She believes the ranch is being sabotaged so that he will be forced to sell it. But why? To help her brother, Julia and her husband, John, go to the ranch and help to solve the mystery.


Be sure to check out Linda Weaver Clarke’s website! She has a giveaway going on right now. 


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!



I’m Yours (Bold As Love #2) by Lindsay Paige

I’m Yours (Bold As Love #2)
written by Lindsay Paige          
published by 


Why did I pick this book: I read the first book in the Bold As Love series, Sweetness, and I had to read this book to see what happened with Emily and Jake. (The author provided me with a copy of this book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I did. Again, it was a quick read (shorter than Sweetness) and it kept me reading every free chance I had. In fact, I finished this book in a few hours.


This story picks up about 6 months from where Sweetness left off. (I thought Sweetness ended rather abruptly, so I was glad to see the sequel!) You can see that Emily and Jake are even more in love and that Jake wants to make everything alright for Emily. His love for her shines through all of his actions and attention that he gives to Emily. For example, he stays with her for an entire weekend while she has the flu! What teen guy would do that?


When Conrad comes back into the picture, you can see how Emily struggles with what she should do and where her feelings are. Her struggles are real for a lot of girls and that makes this book feel authentic. There is a lot of sex in this book and consequences from having so much sex. How they handle the consequences is the important part. 


Again, there are some flaws – proofreading and editing. But, as with Sweetness, they can be easily overlooked and your reading enjoyment is not jeopardized. 


Would I recommend it: If you read Sweetness, then be sure to read I’m Yours. However, I would caution that there is quite a bit of sex and some very adult situations. This is not a book for a young YA crowd.


Will I read it again: No, I will not. But I will read other books by this author. I think we have only begun to see what she can do. I can’t wait to see how this series ends! 


About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS (especially if you haven’t read Sweetness): Six months after the incident with Claire and the pictures at school, Emily is still dating  Jake, her life seems to be on a happier road.  


Then her ex-boyfriend, Conrad, comes back into her life unexpectedly. He wants to explain what happened two years ago that made him leave Emily. Conrad also wants Emily back and is hoping that she still loves him enough to forgive him. 


Other events happen that could derail Emily and Jake’s relationship. Will Emily withdraw into her shell again? Will Emily and Jake stay together?


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blog Tour: Author Interview: Lisa Burstein “Pretty Amy”






Today, I’d like to welcome Lisa Burstein to Every Free Chance!!!! Lisa is the author of Pretty Amy, her debut novel that is now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.









Lisa’s Bio


Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Pretty Amy is her first novel. She never went to her senior prom.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous. 


Interview with Lisa Burstein

1.    Why did you become a writer? Being a writer was a way for me to say everything I was too afraid to say out loud. Also I love it. It is truly an honor to get to do what you love.

2.    Who has been your biggest inspiration for writing? This might sound stupid, but my mother. She is a very creative person- she has a business where she writes toasts and bar mitzvah candlelightings- and she always fostered my creativity. She always believed I could be a published author and that steadfast belief really inspired to keep going even when it looked like it was not going to happen.

3.    If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing as a career? Probably a lawyer.

4.    What kind of research did you have to do while writing Pretty Amy? I sat in a courtroom all day, just to get the feeling of being at an arraignment. I also had to do a lot of research on NY state drug laws. They are confusing ;).

5.    Which character was your favorite to write about? Which was your least favorite? Cassie, she is so fun to write, because she had NO filter. She just says whatever she wants and it is usually hilarious. I don’t have a character that was my least favorite, I love all my characters, otherwise they wouldn’t be in my books :).

6.    Which character in Pretty Amy do you relate to the most? Why? Amy. Just like her I had such a desire to belong, to fit in, to have people who understood me. I wanted that so badly and I guess I never felt like adults understood that. It was most of the reason I wrote PRETTY AMY. If I’d had it when I was in high school I feel like I would have been able to understand my feelings better. I wouldn’t have felt so alone. That feeling was something I never admitted to anyone, not even my friends and I wanted to let teens know it’s okay to feel lonely even surrounded by friends and family.

7.    How long did it take you to write Pretty Amy? What was your writing process like? Well PRETTY AMY was rewritten several times, we’re talking over years, but the fast version is: I got my agent in May of 2011 and had interest in August of 2011 for a revise and resubmit. I revised and resubmitted and it sold to that editor in November of 2011. But really like I said it took years to get this book right.

8.  In one sentence, tell us why we should read your book. PRETTY AMY is the book I wish I had when I was in high school.

9.  Who is/are your favorite author(s)? I love Courtney Summers, Sara Zarr, John Green, Margaret Atwood and Deb Caletti, any author who is willing to be raw and real.

10.  What are you currently reading? My Super Sweet 16th Century by, Rachel Harris. Loving it!


Blog Tour: Author Interview: Lisa Burstein "Pretty Amy"






Today, I’d like to welcome Lisa Burstein to Every Free Chance!!!! Lisa is the author of Pretty Amy, her debut novel that is now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.









Lisa’s Bio


Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Pretty Amy is her first novel. She never went to her senior prom.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous. 


Interview with Lisa Burstein

1.    Why did you become a writer? Being a writer was a way for me to say everything I was too afraid to say out loud. Also I love it. It is truly an honor to get to do what you love.

2.    Who has been your biggest inspiration for writing? This might sound stupid, but my mother. She is a very creative person- she has a business where she writes toasts and bar mitzvah candlelightings- and she always fostered my creativity. She always believed I could be a published author and that steadfast belief really inspired to keep going even when it looked like it was not going to happen.

3.    If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing as a career? Probably a lawyer.

4.    What kind of research did you have to do while writing Pretty Amy? I sat in a courtroom all day, just to get the feeling of being at an arraignment. I also had to do a lot of research on NY state drug laws. They are confusing ;).

5.    Which character was your favorite to write about? Which was your least favorite? Cassie, she is so fun to write, because she had NO filter. She just says whatever she wants and it is usually hilarious. I don’t have a character that was my least favorite, I love all my characters, otherwise they wouldn’t be in my books :).

6.    Which character in Pretty Amy do you relate to the most? Why? Amy. Just like her I had such a desire to belong, to fit in, to have people who understood me. I wanted that so badly and I guess I never felt like adults understood that. It was most of the reason I wrote PRETTY AMY. If I’d had it when I was in high school I feel like I would have been able to understand my feelings better. I wouldn’t have felt so alone. That feeling was something I never admitted to anyone, not even my friends and I wanted to let teens know it’s okay to feel lonely even surrounded by friends and family.

7.    How long did it take you to write Pretty Amy? What was your writing process like? Well PRETTY AMY was rewritten several times, we’re talking over years, but the fast version is: I got my agent in May of 2011 and had interest in August of 2011 for a revise and resubmit. I revised and resubmitted and it sold to that editor in November of 2011. But really like I said it took years to get this book right.

8.  In one sentence, tell us why we should read your book. PRETTY AMY is the book I wish I had when I was in high school.

9.  Who is/are your favorite author(s)? I love Courtney Summers, Sara Zarr, John Green, Margaret Atwood and Deb Caletti, any author who is willing to be raw and real.

10.  What are you currently reading? My Super Sweet 16th Century by, Rachel Harris. Loving it!


GIVEAWAY! Blog Tour: Defy by Raine Thomas

I am very excited to be a stop on the Defy blog tour!!! You should definitely check out this new book from Raine Thomas!



Defy (Firstborn Trilogy #1)
written by Raine Thomas          
published by Iambe Books


Check out these sites!!
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Why did I pick this book: I was fortunate enough to participate in the blog tour (through YA Bound) for this book’s release! (I was provided a copy of the book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. This is my first Raine Thomas book, and I read Defy every free chance I had. It caught my attention from the very first sentence and held my attention to the very end. 


The characters were well written. Tate is a strong young woman and I enjoyed the moments where she realized that maybe her parents and aunts and uncles were right and actually taught her things she needed to know in order to survive outside of her protective area. I liked her from the beginning. Zachariah (aka “Sparky”) was great as well. I liked his surly, grumpy attitude because you could see that he cared underneath even though he was reluctant to. The chemistry between he and Tate was flawlessly written. Their banter and connection had me laughing and wanting more.


I do wish I had read The Daughters of Saraquel Trilogy first. (I will definitely be reading that soon!) I think it would have helped me understand this book a bit more. The glossary that was included in the beginning of the book was a great help in introducing the various classes of people and how they are recognized. But it was a bit disruptive to keep looking back at those descriptions in order to keep on track. However, with that being said, this book is a stand alone and having read The Daughters of Saraquel is not necessary…it just would’ve helped a bit.


Be sure to check out the book trailer!





Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you have read The Daughters of Saraquel Trilogy by this author.


Will I read it again: I will not but I will read more books by Raine Thomas, especially the remainder of this trilogy! 


About the book – from the publisher: 

Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.

Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.


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