Cora Carmack’s SECRET ANNOUNCEMENT

Fans of Cora Carmack’s Rusk University, we have a SUPER exciting announcement:
ALL CLOSED OFF, Book 4 in the Rusk University Series, is coming!!!

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Check out this message from Cora!

*WARNING: This letter contains spoilers for All Broke Down. If you haven’t yet read that book, read at your own peril. SECOND WARNING: this letter talks about fictional characters as if they are real people. Sorry I’m not sorry. THIRD WARNING: The letter below broaches a serious topic that could be a trigger for some people*

 

Hello beloved readers!

The first person who read one of my Rusk University books was my older sister. I gave her All Lined Up when I finished, and her first question was “Are Ryan and Stella going to be together?”

At the time, I told her no. I had plans for both of them that included their own storylines. I thought they were too much alike. They’d make great friends. They might even hook-up, but in the end… I couldn’t envision anything serious for them. So I actually rewrote some of their scenes trying to make that aspect of their connection more obvious. And still, when All Lined Up released, amidst the chatter about sweet Carson and sassy Dallas, I had people asking if Stella and Ryan were next. I denied it again (and again and again).

 

But sometimes in writing, the stars align and a character will become bigger and more real than you could have possibly imagined. It’s a wonderful experience, but in Stella’s case it was also incredibly heartbreaking. While I was writing All Broke Down, the news was inundated with information about the Steubenville rape trial and other tragedies and injustices like it. Tragedies where women have been violated first by an attacker, then by judgmental and hateful people, and finally by a justice system that repeatedly fails survivors of sexual assault. Having grown up in Texas, where too often football stars are treated like gods and can get away with just about anything, it hit particularly close to home. And since All Broke Down featured a passionate activist heroine, I felt compelled to reference this chronic dark underbelly of elite sports.

 

I can remember vividly sitting on my couch, brainstorming how I would incorporate such an event into the book. I had thought the assault would happen to an unknown character, and maybe I would focus on the way it divided the team and the school and the town. But like I said… Sometimes a character will become bigger and more human than I anticipated. And it sounds crazy, but in my mind, I felt Stella push her way forward and say, “Mine. This is my story.” I immediately began to cry. Sob, really. Because I loved her as a character. She was hilarious and strong and didn’t take crap from anyone. She was everything I always hope to be. And I didn’t want her to go through that. Even as I cried, my brain began to tell me that it made sense. Stella was vibrant and enjoyed a wild party. She was not afraid of her sexuality, and she had no problem with casual sex. She was the kind of girl that probably had a reputation. The kind of girl who could be heinously and violently taken advantage of, and people would STILL blame her. Because she was in the wrong place, wearing the wrong clothes, behaving in the wrong way. But just because it COULD happen to her, didn’t mean I wanted it to. But once again, Stella was there in my head saying, “Someone needs to tell this story. And I’m strong enough to do it. Let me.” And when Stella chose her story, she also chose the man I’d been adamant wasn’t right for her. Because as it turns out… Those two characters who I thought were too alike aren’t so alike anymore. And Stella needs Ryan to help her hold on to that vibrant and strong girl she was before.

 

So I let go of all the plans I had for her, and allowed her to tell me her story, which is about more than just sexual assault. It’s about the aftermath. Depression. Shame. Guilt. Anger. Injustice. Victim-blaming. Slut-shaming. It’s about the way that kind of event can change everything– how you relate to people, how you think, how you dream, how you love. It’s about the way the rest of the world moves on to the next big tragedy, and you’re still left holding the broken pieces of who you used to be, with no idea how to put them together again or even if you want to. It will be the most difficult story I ever tell. And the most important. Because it’s a story that belongs not just to Stella, but to millions of people around the world. It’s a story that belongs to a new person every 107 seconds*. And that’s just in the United States. Think about that for a moment. 107 seconds. Stella’s story won’t be any easier to read than it will be to write. But I hope you’ll help me drag this story into the light.

 

So now I’ll step off my soapbox and just tell you about the book…

ALL CLOSED OFF:

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

 

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.

 

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ALL CLOSED OFF will be releasing sometime in early 2016. I don’t have a date yet for several reasons. The first and most important, is that I want to do this story justice. And as such, I have no intentions of rushing the process. Secondly, I’ll be returning to indie publishing for the remainder of the Rusk series. As you can probably tell, this story means a great deal to me. And by having the ultimate control over everything from timing to editing to price, I’ll be able to ensure that I’m able to create exactly the story I envision. Unfortunately, that means you won’t be seeing the paperback of ALL CLOSED OFF on the shelves in most stores. Nor is it currently available for pre-order. But I hope you’ll add the book on goodreads, follow me on social media, and/or join my newsletter. I promise to shout it all over the place when I have a set release date or pre-order links.

 

Thank you for listening as I told you the evolution of Stella’s story. When it’s finished, I hope you will feel as passionately about it as I do.

All my best,

Cora Carmack

*Statistic from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)

And an opportunity to add your voice to Stella’s…

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Stella’s experience is only one story of many. She was with someone she trusted when it happened, and the only memories she has are pieced together from her own blurred recollections and the things people have told her.  Not everyone’s experience with sexual assault is the same. Each person reacts, copes, and overcomes differently. And while this book is about one specific character’s journey, I would like to tell as many sides of this story as possible. As Stella grapples with her thoughts and emotions she’ll be searching for advice, for comfort, for a place where people understand her and can identify with what she’s experiencing. There will be room for truth within the fiction, and if you’d like that truth to be yours, this is your chance.

If you have a story like Stella’s, and you want your voice to be heard….

If there’s something you wish more people understood about what you’ve gone through….

If there’s something you’d like to tell people struggling with a story like yours…

I’d like to give you the opportunity to add your voice to Stella’s. Use the hashtag #WhenItHappened and let your voice be heard on your own by posting on your own social media, or if you’d rather I share your words fill out this google document and tell me your story. You can fill out this form anonymously or not. I’d like to begin this discussion now because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. But my hope is to include as many stories as possible within the book itself.

So many have stories of #WhenItHappened. Your voice and your story deserve to be heard. I’m listening.

#WhenItHappened Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/4VRjWgZYSW

ABOUT Cora Carmack:

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She now splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City and spends her days writing, traveling, and spending way too much time on the internet. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too.

Links:

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Review of Precarious (Jokers’ Wrath MC, #1) by Bella Jewel

Precarious (Jokers’ Wrath MC, #1)  by Bella Jewel

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Review: I feel as if the summary tricked me into thinking that this would be a good idea to read. It sounded so good, but then wasn’t. I feel so sad, mean book.

Anyway there were some things in the book I was not comfortable with but it did not affect my rating of the book, only bugged me. It was like one thing.

My reasons for the one star review. The main female character was only badass or anything that the guy wanted when he wanted her to be. Because in the beginning of the book I felt like she was different then how she turned out to be, and who she turned out to be was badass all the time. Which is not a bad thing, but in her case yeah… I’m not really sure how it happened but she just turned out phony, it was like the author tried to shove as many personality’s into this one character. And it just throw me for a loop.

1 out of 5 stars.

E-book.

Adult Romance. Contemporary. Mature Content. Mature Themes. Erotica.

Summary: In darkness, we find danger. In danger, I find Beau.

Ash is a prison guard, she’s tough, she’s strong and she never backs away from a fight. She takes her job seriously, she takes her training seriously, and everything in her life goes as planned.

Until the day he is brought into the prison.

She’ll never forget meeting Beau ‘Krypt’ Dawson for the first time. She’ll never forget his haunted eyes and his numb expression. He’s a member of the Jokers Wrath MC and it is said he killed an innocent family in the middle of a cafe, in cold blood.

Deranged. Crazy. Psychotic.
All those words describe the infamous Krypt, but Ash suspects there’s far more to the quiet man than meets the eye. Secrets are being hidden by the club, information is being kept under wraps. Krypt is silent for a reason.

Ash is desperate to know that reason.

Continually fighting, Krypt is transferred to a high security prison. Ash is in charge. She’s always prepared, always alert. Not even her skills will stop the club from ambushing them and taking back Krypt. Only Ash ends up right in the middle of it.
They take her, too.

Now she’s stuck with a Motorcycle Club who are tougher than any prisoner she’s ever laid eyes on. And they won’t let her go. She’s too much of a risk. Until the situation can be sorted, they send her and Krypt into the mountains together….alone.
An epic, dangerous love will be built on the foundations of darkness.-Summary from GoodReads.com

Waiting on Wednesday! April. 29

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,

which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

This weeks book is…

Nimona

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The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Release Date May 12th 2015 by Harper Collins.

Why am I waiting for this book?

I have been reading about this author and I have been reading this comic online for a while now. And they are both great!!! It is such a cool comic, the artwork is good and so in the plot so far. Plus it’s funny! I can’t wait to have this book in my hands!

What coming soon books are you most pumped for? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday! April. 28

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

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April 28: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____  Are a ( Female) Badass

1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)  by Marissa Meyer

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I think just about every girl in this series is so badass.

2. Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)  by Garth Nix

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One of the best.

3. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)  by Tamora Pierce

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Alanna is so cool not even fire can touch her.

4. The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)  by Kady Cross

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If the girl can wear a steel corset then she is a badass.

5. Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)  by Kresley Cole

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If she can deal with the hot bad boy while taking on the end of the world….

6. The Return (Titan #1)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Josie can handle Seth.

7. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)  by Sarah J. Maas

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So good.

8. Rule (Marked Men #1)  by Jay Crownover

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All amazing women in this series.

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)  by J.K. Rowling

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They give all the feels.

10. The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole

I could not pick a cover of any of the books in the series because they are all so great.

What are your top ten female badass? Let me know in the comments! 

Manga Monday! # 41- Review of Bloody Kiss by Kazuko Furumiya

Bloody Kiss by Kazuko Furumiya

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Review: A nice slow vampire manga romance. Only two volumes with a short romantic plot of a young girl and a vampire. Not many vampire manga out there with a romantic plot, so this series is nice to read to see a different take on the idea.
2 out of 5 stars.
1-2 Volumes.
Manga. Young Adult. Romance. Paranormal.
Published by TokyoPop.
Summary: Kiyo Katsuragi is a young girl still attending school, when she is about to inherit her grandmother’s mansion given to her mother. When she enters, she finds out she is also living in the mansion with two vampires, Kuroboshi and his servant Alshu. Things get even crazier when Kuroboshi decides to make Kiyo his “bride”. A vampire’s “bride” is a female human who will become his only source of blood. Even though Kiyo seems to like Kuroboshi, she gets embarrassed when he tries to suck her blood, which is a problem for Kuroboshi.
-Summary NOT from GoodReads.com

Review of Dead of Winter ( The Arcana chronicles #3) By Kresley Cole

Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3)  by Kresley Cole

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Review: I was so happy that I found this book brand new for half the hardback price! Wow, I just love me so on sale books.

Anyway, I have had this book since the middle of February and have been putting off reading it. Don’t get me wrong I love this series and the author like crazy ( like stalkerish crazy). But every time I read her young adult series, The Arcana Chronicles, they kill me. Like, I read the book so fast and hate when it’s over. As I’m reading the book I’m arguing with it the WHOLE TIME ( mostly NO! or Don’t do that! and so on). Also the ending of all of these books in this series have a bit of a cliff hanger, that leaves me biting my nails for a year waiting for the next book to come out.

I think that every book lover has this same problem with at least one book series that they love/read.

The book and characters were as great as always and the plot keep getting better. But the two main guy characters are driving me bonkers. I just cant choose, before in the first and second book I could but now….

I have no clue. I love them both.

Normally I have a rule about no love triangles, squares, or any shape other than 1 straight line. Between two people. Maybe …..

 

5 out of 5 stars.

336 pages. Hard Back.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Dystopia. Paranormal. Mature Content. Mature Themes.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Summary: Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first…?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Naruto Gaiden is out! Chapter Review of 700 + 1

One of the most anticipated manga chapter is now out!

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Myself, being one of the ones waiting for this chapter.

It is so great except for the whole Sasuke being a jerk to his wife and daughter and not being there when or since Sarada has been born. I think the only things that fans will truly be upset over is the end of the chapter. I know I was, because of what Sarada has found and most likely thinks from it. Which is totally not true! I just really hope Sasuke gets home soon to care for them both and to fix the misunderstanding  for everyone.

Although I was super happy to see all of the other children and their parents again. My favorite being Naruto, it was great to see him hanging out with his son playing tag! So cute!

 

To read the actual chapter for yourself go here to Manga Stream.

 

Let me know what you guys think of the chapter and what it could mean for the rest of the short series!

Waiting on Wednesday! April. 22

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,

which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

This weeks book is…

An Ember in the Ashes

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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

 Summary from GoodReads.com

Release Date April 28th 2015 by Razorbill

Why am I waiting for this book?

It looks so good! I got one of those free preview books from Barns and Noble and I was hooked three sentences in. I am super excited to get this book next week because the author is coming to town on the 30th of this month ( next Thursday) !

What coming soon books are you most pumped for? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday! April. 21

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

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April 21: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout

It was by luck that I found her and her books. All of which have helped me through some of my toughest years. There is nothing that can ever replace her or her characters to me because they are family.

2. Kresley Cole

Even though I have not been reading her long, I now have and read all of her books. They make me laugh, cry, pissed off and pass out from the steaminess.

3. Alice Clayton

Whenever thinking of what true love is suppose to look like, I just think of Simon and Caroline. Because they are it.

4. Katy Evans

All of her books have so much passion behind every word, that sometimes its hard for me to catch my breath.

5. Sarah J. Maas

Maas at times in her books, actually a lot in her books, have me wanting justice for her characters. Because without me even realizing it  I had come to care so much for them.

6. Christine Warren

The first ever adult romance I have ever read and which sets the bar for all others.

7. Tahereh Mafi

Totally changed how I see books written.

8. Abbi Glines

Glines changed a lot of things for me, the most important would be that the path of love is never easy.

9. Sherrilyn Kenyon

Before reading her books, I did not know I could love reading about history so much.

10. Cora Carmack

Carmack, is the first author to get me to laugh and snort in public with her words.

What are your Top Ten Favorite Authors? Let me know in the comments!

Review of Asa (Marked Men #6) by Jay Crownover

Asa (Marked Men #6)  by Jay Crownover

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Review: I feel like Asa just took everything else I had left of me and broke me open. I had never thought that Asa would be so down on himself and feel so much guilt over what he had done in his past. I never saw what this book had coming. I got teary eyed on more than one chapter in this book. I really loved reading about Asa and Royal.

The first thing I really loved was their names, I know corny but true. The second thing I loved was how in depth the story got for Asa and Royal. The last and best thing I loved was how Crownover is able to tie up all the loose ends of everyone’s story and Happy Ever After in this book. Although….. She does hint very sneaky like about other side characters that I would love to see together. Good thing she is writing a new series with the new side characters in them called the Saints of Denver. Which I heard with also have appearances from our favorite Marked Men series showing up from time to time.

Anyway back to the most gut retching book I have read this year so far….

I think that overall I loved how Asa and Royal were able to lean on each other and learn more about who they really are. While at the same time putting each other back together, even if it did involve some handcuffs….

5 out of 5 stars.

E-book. Received e-book from publishers/author for an honest review in return.

New Adult. Romance. Mature Content. Mature Themes. Contemporary.

Published by William Morrow & Company.

Summary: Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with the much anticipated story of southern charmer and certified criminal Asa Cross.

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

-Summary from GoodReads.com