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Ring In The New Year With An Awesome Giveaway!!

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Happy New Year from all of us at Once Upon a Book Blog!! We wanted to say a special thanks to each and every one of you for all of you love and support this year! As a special thank you, we wanted to do a little giveaway to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016! One lucky winner will have the chance to win! Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • 1-Signed Copy of Until I Met You by S.L. Scott (US Only)
  • 1- $10 Amazon or B&N Giftcard
  • 1- E-Book of winner’s choice up to $5.99 in value.

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Comment with what you’re looking forward to in the new year

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Contest will run from 12/31/15 until 1/7/16. Winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hrs to contact us to claim their prize!

Good Luck Everyone and Happy New Year!!

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Our Top Reads of 2015!!

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I’ve read so many amazing books this year, and trying to narrow down my favorites to just 10 has been an extremely difficult task! That being said, here’s what I came up with:
  • Life After Falling by Alyssa Rose Ivy

As a fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s, this book totally blew my mind. The writing was smart, the characters fresh and entertaining, and was a total feel good romance!

  • Until I Met You by S.L. Scott

This is probably one of the most unique books that I’ve read all year. Not only was it different than anything I’ve read by S.L. Scott, but it also took me on one unexpected journey!

  • Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

It’s the end of an era and as sad as I was to say goodbye to this series, this book gave me the absolute best ending I could imagine!

  • Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

It’s KA!! Alpha’s, Angst, and Good Romance. Do I need to say more??

  • The Air He Breathes by Brittiany C. Cherry

So, so many feels with this one!

  • Bright Side & Gus by Kim Holden

My top “Ugly Cry” book(s) of the year!

  • A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson & B.T. Urrela

This was an amazing collaboration that not only left me speechless, but stole my breath with it’s beautiful writing. I can’t wait for more from these two.

  • After The Storm by Faith Andrews

This was an emotional and swoon-worthy read. A great second chance romance!

  • Give Me Yesterday by K. Webster & Elle Christensen

Speaking of second chance romances, this was the collaboration that I was waiting for. These two ladies make magic when they write together. This was another “Ugly Cry” for me.

  • Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec

This book rendered me totally speechless. I can’t even put my feelings into words for this one!

Kristal~

  • The Consolation Duet by Corinne Michaels – Aaaaaall the angsty feels! My heart!
  • The Mason List by S D Hendrickson – An absolutely epic coming-of-age romance.
  • Love Hacked by Penny Reid – This was new to me this year but I’m going to say it is one of my favourite books EVER and not just of the year.
  • Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras – I don’t even have all the words to describe how much I love this book. It is perfection. 
  • Corrupt by Penelope Douglas – This was a little out of my comfort zone. I don’t usually like books that are quite so mean and dirty but for whatever reason, I was utterly spellbound from start to finish.
  • Magic Shifts and Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels world. Enough said.
  • Art and Soul by Brittainy C Cherry – Brittainy C Cherry can write no wrong. I would read her shopping list. Heavy subject matter but so well written.
  • Interim by S Walden – Very controversial subject matter but a beautifully told story.
  • The Chosen Thief (Forever Evermore Book 4) by Scarlett Dawn – I love this series! Magical prodigy’s! This series has the potential to either become one of my favourites or ruin me for life. I’m scared.
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons  – Charm and I read this together for the first time this year. Such an incredible EPIC story.

Charmaine~

  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

I was introduced to this series by Kristal and I literally cannot get enough of Kate, Curran and their insane world!

  • Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid

The Winston Brothers series is fast becoming one of my favourites series ever. Second book in and these brothers have me by the heart.

  • Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras

My absolute favourite random find read this year. This book had EVERYTHING I love to read in a story. Highly recommended!

  • Paper Hearts (Hearts #2) by Claire Contreras

I obviously couldn’t stop at one book in this series… This is a beautiful read. Please read it!

  • The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons

Kristal and I had to buddy read this at the start of the year… As everyone who told us to read said, it really has stuck with me throughout the read. A classic book that should be read by everyone.

  • Ties that Bind (The Veil Series #5) by Pippa DaCosta

The final book in this series… I was absolutely entranced from the first page to the last. Such a fitting end to an awesome all encompassing series.

  • The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

This book had me laughing out loud from the start! The first book I’ve read by Rachel Van Dyken and definitely not the last. So entertaining, I would absolutely re-read!

  • The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

Another book recommended to me by Kristal. This book had me cracking up the WHOLE way through. One of my absolute favourite reads of 2015. Please, please READ THIS BOOK! You won’t regret it!

  • Eighth Grave after Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones

This series has been going for a while but I just can’t not stay loyal. Charley never loses her wit, charm or ability to get herself into some of the most ridiculous situations I have ever come across. Love.

  • Ninja at First Sight (A KitC Novella) by Penny Reid

What can I say… It’s Penny Reid and she’s ventured back to the Knitting in the City series. This novella is the perfect easy read to keep me satisfied until Happily Ever Ninja is released in January 2016…

Thank you so much for letting us share our top reads of the year with you. It’s been an amazing year for books and we can’t wait to see what good reads 2016 will bring us!

Cover Reveal: The Lie by Karina Halle

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The Lie AMAZONTheir love led to a lie.

Their truth led to the end.

Scottish enigma Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident – and, subsequently, his job – he’s finally moving forward with his life, securing a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and starting a new chapter in the city. Slowly, but surely, he’s pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.

Until he sees her.

Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she’d die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she’s in London, she’s ready to start over again.

Until she sees him.

Because some loves are too dangerous to ever rekindle.

And some loves are too powerful to ignore.
Can you ever have a second chance at a love that ruined you?

The Lie is a second-chance romance with a dark, forbidden twist.

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Halle HeadshotWith her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: How to Save a Life by Emma Scott

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How to Save a Life by Emma Scott

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Synopsis:

Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, running from police and criminals alike, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with some shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. For readers 18 years and up.

Excerpt Reveal: Aced by K. Bromberg

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Colton Donavan is back in ACED
January 11, 2016!

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Synopsis:

Rylee and Colton’s ride continues…

One moment. Six years ago.

The night she made the world around me so much more than just a blur. Now it’s the catalyst that threatens to tear us apart.

Our happily was supposed to be ever after. So why do I feel like it’s slipping through my fingers?

How can one moment, when our world seemed so right, resurface and cause our perfect life to spiral out of control?

I can’t lose her.

She’s my checkered flag.

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I talked to my parents. To Tanner. To Shane.My voice fades off as the disbelief I have to take stock and let him know the damage control Ive done takes hold. Unsure how to respond to me when hes always so sure, he just nods his head as our eyes hold steadfast. I just dont know…My voice is so soft, it sounds so very different than the storm of anger that rages inside me, and yet I cant find it within me to show my emotions. I can feel his fingers tense from my comment, see his Adams apple bob from the forced swallow, and notice the tick of muscle as he clenches his jaw.

Well get through this.

The condescending chuckle falls from my lips, the first break in my fraudulent façade because its so damn easy for him to say. I know.Voice back, emotion nonexistent, tone unsure.

Colton stares, willing me to say more but I dont. I just match him stare for hollow stare as images of myself from Google flickering through my mind. Finally he breaks out connection and reaches his fingers to pinch the bridge of his nose before blowing out a sigh.

Scream at me, Ry. Yell. Rage. Take it out on me. Do anything but be silent because I cant handle when youre silent with me,he pleads. All I can do is shake my head, dig down within myself to will the emotion to come. When I cant find the words or the feeling behind them, it unnerves him, worries him. Im sorry, baby. Were we stupid? Maybe. Do I regret it?He shakes his head. I regret all of this, yes, but that in general? No. So many damn things happened that put you and me where we are now. So for that? Im not sorry. You pushed me that night, made me question if I could give someone more of myself.He reaches his free hand up to brush a thumb over the line of my jaw. His touch reassuring, his words helping soothe the sting of our situation.

Its not your fault,I say, trying to ease the concern in his eyes.

Maybe not directly . . . but I made you color outside of your perfectly constructed lines . . . do something against your nature, and look what happened. Im so sorry. I wish I could make this right,he says, dropping his head as he shakes his head in defeat. All I can try to do is mitigate the damage. Thats it.He throws his hands up. Its killing me because I cant fix this. The break in his voice and the tension in his body would have told me everything I needed to know even if he hadnt uttered a sound.

I look at my achingly handsome husband, so distraught, so desperate to make wrongs right that arent his to be held responsible for. And seeing him as upset as I am makes me feel a little better and allows me to dig into the deep well of emotion. I finally find the words I need and want to tell him. The decisions I came to last night when I sat on the deck and considered the life-altering situation we were in.

Stop. Please quit beating yourself up over this. I dont blame you.I pause, my teeth worrying my bottom lip as I put words to my thoughts and wait for him to hear that last sentence.

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

Shes a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, Aced (a new Rylee and Colton novel releasing 1/11/16), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently working on new projects and a few surprises for her readers.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.

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Review Tour: With Every Breath By Lia Riley

We’re celebrating the release of With Every Breath by Lia Riley! 
 With Every Breath (A Wanderlust Novel) by Lia Riley
NA Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 29, 2015 
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BREATHE DEEP . . . AND JUMP IN
At the ends of the earth, Patagonia is a land where ambition trumps reason and the savage summit of La Aguja lures the most determined climbers. It’s also the last spot a “play-it-safe girl” like Auden Woods expects to find herself. But she’ll lace up her brand-new hiking boots and do whatever it takes to secure a dream job at an adventure magazine . . . even if it kills her. And it just might. When disaster strikes, her only chance at survival comes in the form of the surliest, sexiest mountaineer ever to come out of Scotland.

After a climbing accident cost him his brother, professional mountaineer Rhys MacAskill is at the end of his rope. Redemption is not in his future. That is, until a terrifying storm blows a budding journalist into his tent and it’s up to him to make sure they both survive until morning. Despite the demons weighing on him, Rhys can’t resist the temptation of the charming American and one wild night just isn’t enough.

Auden and Rhys soon learn there are no shortcuts as they navigate their way between life, death, and atonement, and discover something they never expected-love. “Riley writes a captivating story from beginning to breathtaking end.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Inside Out 


My Review

“A kiss should be the simplest thing in the world. Not this gentle stirring, like wind through the underside of leaves, inexorable as the glacier grinding behind us. So hot and yet it doesn’t scorch. No, with every breath, with every touch, his kiss carves. When he’s finished, my landscape will be forever changed.”

Man! There is so much to love about this book. I have been following and reading Lia Riley’s books for a while now, and with each book she writes, she manages to make me fall deeper and deeper in love with her stories. I have to say that With Every Breath is by far my favorite book by her to do date. This book has it all! You have intriguing characters, a sexy brooding lead, and an exciting location. What more can you ask for???!!

From the moment I started reading this book, I had to know more. I was so intrigued by Auden. Her life was, well, it really was a mess. Things were just going from bad to worse, so when she interviews for an exciting internship, she finds herself embarking on an unexpected quest. This journey was supposed to be her chance to shine; her chance to make a name for herself and to finally take some risks. Falling in love and finding herself along the way was never expected. Rhys has a lot of regrets in life and his brother getting hurt in a climbing accident may be his biggest regret yet. He finds himself wanting to go to La Aguja in hopes of finding some peace and discovering his hearts desires. Meeting Auden was the last thing on his mind. Thanks to a storm, these two will find themselves stuck with each other (at least for one night) and as much as Rhys tries to fight it, there’s just something about this American he can’t shake…..

I absolutely loved this story. I was hooked from the very first page and was unable to put it down. I devoured it in just a few hours; it was that good. I easily got lost in the story of Rhys and Auden. Their story, so intriguing, so captivating. I couldn’t get enough of it. Sure the two of them had a lot of ups and downs along the way, but that’s a part of what made this story so good. I loved watching the two of them try to navigate their way through this journey.

With Every Breath was a fantastic read, from start to finish. I loved the characters and the story-line. I thought the story-line was refreshing and intriguing. This story frustrated me and intrigued me. It made laugh, swoon and fall in love. I loved the angst, the romance and the adventure. With lines like these, it was absolutely hard to not fall in love with Rhys and Auden…” In mountaineering, an anchor keeps the climber and their rope attached to the rock, breaks any fall. That’s Auden. That’s what she’s done, stopped my headlong descent into self-destruction.” and “The mountains will always be here, but this chance won’t be–don’t let me go…..” “As soon as I saw you, I knew my life would never be the same. You are my best adventure. We both came to this place with a goal, but can’t we move on, make a new one?”

I absolutely adored this story and can not wait to see what adventure Lia Riley will take me on next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

GIVEAWAY:

About Lia Riley

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn’t mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

Webpage: www.liariley.com
Twitter: @liarileywrites
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Release Day Blitz with Review: First Touch by Laurelin Paige

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REEVE IS HERE!  

Meet Reeve & Emily in First Touch by Laurelin Paige! This highly anticipated release is NOW LIVE! 

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When Emily Wayborn receives an answerphone message from her former best friend Amber, she knows something is seriously wrong. Emily hasn’t spoken to Amber in years, and when Amber uses a safe word in her message that Emily recognises — a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild partying days — she knows Amber needs her help. But when Emily tries to find her, she discovers that Amber is missing.

Determined to track her down, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis. Renowned for his shady dealings and playboy reputation, Emily is convinced that Reeve knows something about Amber’s disappearance. To try and discover the truth, Emily sets out to seduce him. But when she’s forced to decide where her loyalty lies, how will Emily choose between saving Amber and saving her heart?

If you devoured Fifty Shades and Sylvia Day’s Bared To You series, you will love the latest intense, passionate and page-turning novel from New York Times bestseller Laurelin Paige.

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My Review

“There was an attraction between us. An electric pull that made the air crackle and twist around me even at that distance. It was something that I couldn’t have faked, and I was grateful for it. It would make it easier to take the steps I needed to take next..”

Wow!! What a crazy, crazy ride. This book has totally blown my mind. It was nothing like I expected at all. It was dark. It was dirty. It was so freakin’ intense. It was sexy. The suspense will knock you off your feet and have you dying in anticipation of what is to come. The story will pull you in from the very beginning and from that point, I can tell you, you better drop everything that you are doing, because you are going to want to finish this book. This book will consume you and will be all that you can think about. You’ll want to know the what and the why things are happening. You will be left asking so many questions and unsure who you can trust. And just when you think that you’ve got an idea of what’s going on, your thoughts will be blown out of the water.

I know I’m being very vague, but this is definitely the type of book you want to go blind into. Here’s what I can tell you: The story is very well-written. It is captivating. It will push your limits. It may shock you. But, the characters are intriguing and you can’t stop yourself from wanting to know more about them and wanting to know their story. You will be consumed by them. Reeve and Emily have scorching chemistry and literally burn up the pages together.

First Touch is a fabulous read, from start to finish. This story is unlike anything I’ve read from Laurelin Paige before and I gotta tell you, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I am dying and I mean dying to see what will happen next. I have so many questions and need so many answers!!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*


About the Author:

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Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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