Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Oscars 2016: Penny Reid's Must Read Books

Hey Everyone :)  
We are all bookworms, so we thought that it will be cool to find out which are the Top 10 Must Read Books for each of our Oscar winners :)

Here's what Penny Reid thinks everyone should read :D


1. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss


2. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


3. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

          

      

4. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

   

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen


6. Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway


7. The Scretape Letters by C.S. Lewis


8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


9. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris


10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

    

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Release Boost + Review: Swear by Adriana Locke


Title: Swear
Series: Landry Family #4
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Second Chance/Military Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2017

Blurb

Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder. 

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

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Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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Review
A really nice read! 
One of the things that I loved the most was the possibility to read more about the Landry family <3 <3 
Loved the banter between all the brothers, sisters, wives, parents.. A really big and heartwarming  family.
I liked Ellie and Ford as a couple: they have history together, but different life choices forced them to stay apart for many years. Even so, once they meet again, the pull that they have toward each other is irresistible, and so is the love between them.

One thing that I would have loved to know more about was their past relationship, and the days that led to their first breakup. I would have appreciated more insight on the reasons of Ellie's resentment toward Ford when they met again. Especially because Ford, sometimes, appeared to take lightly what happened to them when they were young... yes, he said he was sorry, but I wished he explained more what brought him to do what he did.





Book Oscars 2016: What You Don't Know About Penny Reid

Hey Everyone :)  
Do you want to learn some interesting facts about our Book Oscar winner Penny Reid? If so, just scroll down and learn some things you don't know about her :)


Hi Penny:)
It's so much fun having you around :D So tell us 10 things our readers don't know about you ;)

Penny: 
1. I’m severely left handed. I’m not even sure what my right hand is for…

2. ‘Penny Reid’ is a penname

3. My blood-type is O+

4. I was a Chemical Engineering undergrad/major in college

5. I’m dyslexic (was diagnosed as “retarded” at 7) and read 1-book a week beginning at age 8 (until after college) in order to try to “fix” myself.

6. I’m the youngest of 5 children.

7. Final Fantasy VII is my favorite video game

8. I coached crew (rowing) for 3 years before I had my first child in 2007.

9. I knit, and crochet, and sew, and lino-print, and every other craft known to hu(wo)mankind.


10. I’m really, really terrible at meeting and talking to people—because I’m a hermit—so I have three friends in “real life”. Total. 

Excerpt Reveal: The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley


I was lucky enough to read an ARC of "The Farthest Edge", and I loved it! Can't wait for you all to meet Evangeline and Branch! E.       
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A delicious world of erotica, BDSM with alpha-subs and their Dommes, and a gripping love story…Welcome to The Bee’s Honey! The second standalone title in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series, THE FARTHEST EDGE is a seductive and rich love story releasing June 6, 2017! And check out the tantalizing excerpt below!

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About THE FARTHEST EDGE (Erotic Romance Releasing June 6, 2017):
Step into the Honey Club, where every sensual boundary will be tested in search of the ultimate pleasure…
Branch doesn’t exist. Living off the grid, he’s looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves.
After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch’s offer—to play without boundaries or commitments—it’s too tempting for her to refuse.
As their passion ignites, Evangeline and Branch push each other to their farthest limit, fulfilling their darkest desires while falling harder and deeper than they ever imagined.

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Aryas knew her. He knew what she liked. He knew how she played. He knew exactly what would make her squirm in her seat. And he knew precisely how long it had been since she’d had her kink. “You’re throwing down the gauntlet,” she accused quietly. “You feel like picking up the glove?” he shot back, shaking the piece of paper at her. She stared into Aryas’s eyes. No strings. Anything she wanted to do to get him off. When he was done with her, he’d vanish from her life. Her gaze dropped to the paper. “Be you, and we’ll make it interesting, lay five grand on that fucker, he’ll give you one go and then he’ll move on,” Aryas pushed, but it was a dare. She looked back at him. A dare. Yes, he knew her. “No reflection on you and your skills, which are sublime, my beautiful baby.” He grinned wicked grin. “Just that this guy is unbreakable. There’s no edge for him any Domme can get anywhere near to push him off and that’s what he’s looking for. Being taken to the farthest edge and shoved right the fuck over.” Taken to the farthest edge. Evangeline was not into that. She wasn’t into extreme. Not like many who were into that in the life. No, the edges she coasted were exactly what Aryas wasn’t quite saying, but she read this guy couldn’t handle. Unless he had the right Mistress to lead the way. Damn it all, she was getting wet. “Five grand?” she snapped. Aryas pressed his lips together and she was too peeved to get more peeved that he did it to suppress his amusement. He unpressed them to confirm, “Five grand. But Leenie, babe, just to get it straight, he walks away from you at first meet, we’re even. It’s only if you get a crack at him the bet is on.” She lifted her nose at the same time she snatched the paper from his hand, declaring, “He won’t walk away.” “He might,” Aryas said gently, and his sudden loss of humor and careful tone made her focus on him again. “Beware of that. He’s done it before. In some ways, he doesn’t give a shit about anything. In some ways, he can be frustratingly choosy.” “If I want him, he walks away, I’ll still get him,” she announced.   


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About THE DEEP END:
Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…
Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.
When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…
Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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 About Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.   

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Oscars Winner: Waiting on Wednesday with Penny Reid

As part of our Book Oscar week for Penny Reid, 
we are bringing back Waiting On Wednesday :)
So here is what you can expect next from the lovely Penny Reid!
  • July/August 2017: Winston Brothers, Book #4 (Beau)
  • October/November 2017: 'Marriage of Inconvenience', Knitting in the City Series, Book #7 (Kat)
  • November/December 2017: 'Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants' eBook and Print editions
  • April/May 2018: Winston Brothers, Book #5 (Roscoe)
  • July/August/September 2018:'Laws of Physics' Trilogy, Hypothesis Series #2 (Abram)
  • October 2018: Winston Brothers, Book #6 (Billy)
  • July/August/September 2019: 'Fundamentals of Biology' Trilogy, Hypothesis Series #3
Well, we can say that Penny will spend a lot of time in her writing cave, that's for sure!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Oscar Winner: Interview with Penny Reid


Now it's time for an exclusive interview with The Book Oscar Winner in the category for Best Book, Penny Reid! :) Just scroll down and check it out :)

Hi Penny :)
Congratulations on your win and welcome to Living in Our Own Story :) Thanks a lot for sparing the time to answer a few questions for us and our readers.

LIOS: What prompted you to write and release your first book?
PENNY: I wrote my first book on a bet. A colleague of mine (who happened to be a Ph.D. biochemist) loved reading romance novels, but complained that she had a difficult time finding characters to whom she could relate. I told her I could and would write a novel about a (book) smart heroine if she took me out for a fancy dinner.

LIOS: What is your inspiration for writing such incredible books?
PENNY: I don’t know how incredible they are… but usually inspiration comes from the characters. I think and plot and obsess about my characters until they feel real to me. Then I try to write a story worthy of them.

LIOS: When did you know you wanted to be an author?
PENNY: I’ve always written short stories (since I was about 8) and have loved to read. But I thought people became authors like people became mermaid (i.e. it never happened).

LIOS: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
PENNY: Average (from chapter 1 to epilogue) is usually two months. I’ve written books in as little as 17 days and as long as 7 months.

LIOS: Who is your favorite book boyfriend?
PENNY: Viv from Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway or Captain Wentworth from Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

LIOS: Who is your author idol?
PENNY: Jane Austen. Her characters are smart and clever, her stories have relevant commentary (on the current events of her time), and the romance always feels believable and fantastical at the same time.

LIOS: What sexy scene from your books you would like to re-enact in real life?
PENNY: None, so far. Though I’d like to write a sex-in-space (zero gravity) scene . . .

LIOS: Do you remember the first book that made you cry and how old were you?
PENNY: It was the 3rd book in The Lord of the Rings (The Return of the King) and I was 14 (spoiler alert—when the reader thinks Frodo has died).

LIOS: What is your writing Kryptonite?
PENNY: Too much coffee. If I drink too much coffee then my brain won’t allow me to focus. It’s the worst, because I really love coffee.

LIOS: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
PENNY: I don’t find writing male POV any more or less difficult than writing female POV. Some characters are exceptionally difficult to write because I share very little in common with them (like Drew from Beauty and the Mustache). And some characters are exceptionally easy because he/she is basically me (like Cletus from Beard Science).

LIOS: How do you select the names of your characters?
PENNY: Sometimes it depends on the needs of the book (e.g. Ashley’s brothers all needed ridiculous “hillbilly” names, to trick the reader into misjudging them early on.) But if the name doesn’t matter to the plot/central theme of the story, I go to baby-naming websites and randomly click on a letter.

LIOS: What was your hardest scene to write?
PENNY: Drew Runous’s epilogue at the end of Beauty and the Mustache. Being inside his head was. . . difficult. I don’t think I could write from his perspective again; the scene took me over a week to write.

LIOS: What can we expect from you next?

PENNY: Next is Beard in Mind, book #4 in the Winston Brothers series! He’ll be paired off with Quinn Sullivan’s sister Shelly (from Neanderthal Marries Human) and . . . it’s a very weird book. 😉

Dating-ish by Penny Reid is LIVE!

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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is now LIVE!

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'Dating-ish' can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.
There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She's fed up with online dating, 2) She's so fed up, she's willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.
After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:
Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he's not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different--and crazier--solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
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Meet Penny Reid:

AuthorPhoto-500x500-300x300Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
 

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Twitter: @ReidRomance

Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Oscars 2016: Introducing Penny Reid

Hi Everyone :)  

It's time to introduce you to another one of our Book Oscar winners :)

Let us introduce you to Penny Reid,
the winner in the Best Book category!

About the Author:
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Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Twitter: @ReidRomance

News:
Do you know that Penny has a new book coming out tomorrow, May 16?
Here are some info about Dating-ish!


Title: Dating-ish
Series: Knitting in the City, #6
Author: Penny Reid
Release Date: May 16th, 2017

Synopsis:
There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 
1) She’s fed up with online dating, 
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 
3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
Pre-order Links:

Excerpt:

Real-time images, like video game graphics, rely on GPUs that perform certain types of mathematical calculations—for example, matrix multiplications—”
Ah yes, good old matrix multiplications. Here, let me.” I selected a deep-red button-down dress shirt on a hanger and held it up to Matt’s chest. It looked very nice. Verra, verra nice. I added it to our stack.
Meanwhile, he continued with barely a pause. “For example, matrix multiplications, they can handle huge amounts of computations in parallel. The same features are suitable for different applications, like running climate simulations or modeling attributes of complex biomolecular structures.”
I sighed, gazing at him with a smile, my brain and other key parts of me completely aroused by Matt saying the words, complex biomolecular structures.
Believe it or not, Matt had invited me out on a Tuesday afternoon to clothes shop. Apparently, his chairperson had suggested—less than subtly—that many professors in the engineering department had been confused regarding Matt’s tenure status.
They thought he was an undergrad student.
Presently, we were in the Hugo Boss store and I’d made the glorious mistake of asking him what a NVIDIA chip was, the item he was so eager to see when he left me briefly with Dr. Merek. Apparently, I couldn’t have asked a better question. His eyes widened excitedly and, like every time he spoke about his work, he stood straighter, exuding seductive confidence with his deep, thorough knowledge.
GPUs are recognized as proficient at training deep neural networks, the mathematical structures roughly modeled on the human brain.” His grin became massive and he leaned close, as though about to share something truly amazing. “They also rely heavily on repeated parallel matrix calculations.”
Get out!” I said. “That’s awesome.”
He nodded. “I know.” He then touched my nose lightly with his index finger. “You are super cute when you pretend you know what I’m talking about.”
That made me laugh and I shook my head at him. “And you are super cute when you talk about your computery witchcraft. How many white dress shirts do you have?”
Um, one. And now you know what it’s like for me all the time.” He glanced around the store as though we were within the interior of a prison.
Meaning?” I’d picked up this peculiarity of speech he had. Instead of asking, What do you mean? He would frequently just say, Meaning?
Over the course of my adulthood—and childhood, for that matter—everyday conversations frequently sound like Greek.”
That had me wrinkling my nose at him. “What are you talking about? You have no problem communicating with me.”
One of the sales associates approached us. “Hi there, are you finding everything you need?”
Her gaze moved over Matt appreciatively and then to me, her eyebrows hitching on her forehead; if I was reading her expression correctly, it communicated, Your boyfriend is hot.
Marie?” he deferred, clearly oblivious to the pretty woman’s appreciation.
I think so, but could you start a room for him?”
No problem.” She reached forward to grab our current selections. Actually, they were my selections. Matt hadn’t touched anything but me since we’d entered, shoving his hands in his pockets.
I’m looking forward to this fashion show,” she said, and then winked at me.
I couldn’t help my grin. She was being so adorably obvious, and it made me feel like she was giving me a mental high five, a la, You go, girl!
That’s because you don’t seem to mind my questions,” Matt said once she left, picking our conversation right back up as he considered the suit next to him on a mannequin. “Are we getting suits here?”
That stopped me in my tracks. “Do you want a suit?”
He scrutinized me like my question was a test. “I don’t know. Do I?”
I guess we could get you a suit, if you think you’ll use it.” I contemplated the mannequin, touching the fabric of the three-piece with my fingertips. “This is fine.”
Fine?” He glanced between me and the suit. “Is fine good?”
I shrugged. “Or we could go someplace less expensive. It depends on what you want to use it for.”
Matt stared at me, analyzing my features attentively. “See? It’s like you’re speaking a different language.”
I laughed. “Okay. What are you going to use it for?”
You haven’t given me enough information in order to make a decision. I need more data.”
I laughed again. “You have several different categories of suits, depending on the needs of the person. If you’re using it to go to a funeral or twice a year for weddings, or something like that, then you probably don’t need a very expensive suit. If that’s the case, we should go someplace cheaper.”
What’s the downside? Of a less expensive suit?”
They don’t look as nice and they’re not usually great quality, which means they wear out faster.”
But this suit,” he gestured to the one next to us, “will look better and last longer?”
Yes. This is a medium-quality suit.”
Where can one acquire a high-quality suit?”
Um . . .” I glanced to the right, trying to remember where Janie said Quinn bought his suits. “There’s a designer in Chicago, Daniel George, who will hand-make a suit, or even shirts, using fabrics and a cut specifically chosen for you.”
It’s literally tailor-made.”
Correct.”
And it’ll look the best?”
And last for a long time, yes. But it’ll cost a lot. Like, a lot a lot.
He gave me a flat, teasing smile. “For a writer, you sure do use the big words.”
I rolled my eyes, turning from him. “Fine. The expenditure will be exorbitant.”
He came up behind me, peering over my shoulder as I thumbed through a rack of dress pants. “Is there any place like that? For women?”
Not really. I mean, you can get custom clothing made, but most women don’t.”
Because it’s expensive?”
That, and because there’s already so much to choose from ready-made that runs the gamut of inexpensive to upscale.”
Where do you shop? For yourself?”
The only thing I ever pay retail for is yarn.”
He paused, like he was trying to untangle a puzzle. “Meaning?”
I usually shop consignment. I like it because a) it’s a lot cheaper, and b) consignment shops have a bunch of brands rather than just one, so it’s like going to multiple stores at once.”
He paused again, considering this information, then said, “Huh.”
I looked at him because the way he said huh was peculiar. “What?”
Your methods are efficient.” He was smiling at me, giving me the sense that he very much approved of my methods. My efficient methods.

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