Review: Chaos by Jamie Shaw

Review: Chaos by Jamie Shaw

I was excited to start reading Chaos. After Mayhem and Riot, book 1 and 2 in the Mayhem series, I was stoked to get to know Shaun and Kit and learn more about the band The Last Ones to Know. Shaw certainly didn’t disappoint, and Chaos was filled with characters who are easy to fall in love with and smokin hot scenes that will make your heart pound.

Kit Larson has been in love with rock star Shaun Scarlett since the first time she saw him perform at a high school talent show. Not only did he inspire her to learn guitar, but he stole her heart after a steamy night they shared at a party. Unfortunately, the pair didn’t see much of each other until six years later when The Last Ones to Know, Shaun’s band, have an opening for a guitarist. (If you’d like to find out why they have an opening, take a look at Riot, book 2. If you follow my reviews you’ll know Riot is my favorite book in this series. Joel *sigh* Ahem, but I digress. . .) Kit auditions for the band and they are more than happy to have her on board. What happens after this initial audition begins Kit’s new adventure with The Last Ones to Know but propels on a roller coaster of emotions that puts poor Kit, and Shaun, through the proverbial wringer.

The first thing that struck me about Chaos was the feeling I got from the guys, and girls, in the band. Not only are they skilled musicians who work well together, but they have developed a family like bond that keeps them close. It fun getting to know Adam and Joel from a different perspective and witnessing what Joel went through during his separation was heart wrenching. I believe this was the first time we get to see the band at a true after show party. Wow! Not sure if I’d be able to keep up with Van and his groupies!

And since we’re on the topic of families, Kit comes from an interesting family with four older brothers – one of them her twin! Having grown up in such a testosterone filled household, it’s no wonder she fits in so well with the band and their roadies. The comradery makes for a fun read and witnessing the tension between Kit and Shaun made this a difficult book to put down.

Overall I loved this story. It was fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the development of Kit’s and Shaun’s story. This is definitely and 5/5 star for me!

Following along as I read The Deal by Elle Kennedy. You can keep up with me on goodreads as I post updates. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4538927.Paula_Kennedy

Nicky Peacock Interview

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Thanks for stopping by today Nicky! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an English author living in the UK. I’ve been published for about 5 years now and have 2 YA series with Evernight Teen, however I also write adult fiction too and have several short stories published in horror and dark fantasy anthologies. I run a local writers’ group in my town and also volunteer at my local library running writing workshops for kids.

When did you first start writing?

Ever since I could put pen to paper I’ve written stories. But it took a while for me to get published. There were a lot of false starts and more than a few times I gave up on the dream, only to have a whopper of an idea manifest that I just had to get out of my head and onto paper.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural. I grew up listening to my parents telling ghost stories. My older brother and I were hooked at an early age, and I guess as a family we just keep those paranormal fires alive.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Strangely no, however I’m unbelievably lazy! I can sit on the couch for hours having all the words in my head, just not having the energy to get up and turn my laptop on! I also have to work full time too (most authors still have to hold down full time jobs to have the luxuries in life such as food and shelter!) so, although never lost for words or ideas, I am sometimes lost for energy.

Are you a panster or plotter?

A strange mixture of the two; I truly believe that you need to plot a book if you’re going to end up with a readable and interesting story, however I’m not above changing things as I write and letting the story naturally evolve where it needs to.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

Nothing really. Evernight is really good at guiding my hand editorially and have always been supportive of my work. I always try for each book to be the best it can be first time, not just for me and my readers but also to honor the characters.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I’ve been mega busy and have 2 books out. Bad Timing, which is the next book in the Battle of the Undead series (vampires VS zombies) and Lost in Wonderland which is the first book of my new series, The Twisted and The Brave.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

In Bad Timing, it’s the scene on Blackpool pier – it’s funny, heart wrenching and action packed. In Lost in Wonderland, it’s the scene where Mouse meets Hatter for the first time. No spoilers here so you’d have to read the books to see why.

How did you come up with the title?

A title usually appears to me while writing a book. Bad Timing was pretty obvious though as the protagonist, Britannia’s timing through the book really sucks and is the reason for a lot of her woes. Lost in Wonderland was always the title in my head and it never changed through writing it.

What project are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the last book of the Battle of the Undead series, Bad Karma and also the 2nd book of The Twisted and The Brave, The Assassin of Oz – I’m pretty busy!

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I’ve always loved reading dystopia and steampunk books, so would really like to weave these genres into my workload. Themes wise, there is a lot of political unrest in the UK at the moment, what with Brexit and The Panama Papers. So I’d really like to climb on a soap box at some point too – but not today, I really don’t have the energy for it!

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The biggest compliment is all the reviews I get. No matter what is said, that person took the time to read my words, and that is the best compliment ever to me. Criticism has never really bothered me, as long as it’s given with a reason rather than just a flippant bad rating, I can appreciate it. The best advice I can give to other authors is, you can’t please everyone.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Yes, do what I did and start with the short story market. You’re then writing smaller manuscripts more frequently and are more likely to get published and begin a CV that publishers who are looking at your larger novel will be drawn to. Through doing this, you’ll also get to grips with social media and build a fan base, all things that make selling your work so much easier. You can find publisher call outs for anthologies etc. on sites such as Dark Markets, Horror Tree and Duotrope.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Just, thanks for stopping by and if you like my work you can info for all my books on my blog: http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com

Thanks for having me here today, Paula!

It was a pleasure Nicky! I love these covers!

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Review: Riot by Jamie Shaw

Review: Riot by Jamie Shaw

Before I start my review, I need to admit something. Joel Gibbon is my first official rock star book boyfriend! There! I said it! *fans self* I completely fell in love with him in Riot! Since I finished this book, I’ve been going through some serious withdrawals. I loved Adam from the first book in this series, Mayhem, and didn’t think it would be possible to top him, but Joel totally blew me away. There’s a passion, and in contrast a callous disregard, that made me totally bonkers. Damn it, Joel!

And this cover?? Amazing!

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Ahem. On with the review. Dee, Rowan’s best friend whose story we read in Mayhem, is completely infatuated with Joel Gibbon from The Last Ones to Know. But he’s not going out of his way to impress her and she’s getting pretty frustrated. Dee turns on the ‘charm’ to try and get Joel to pursue her, but he’s not falling for it – at least not right away. The chemistry between Dee and Joel is electric and at some points in the book, the best way to describe their encounters was with a ‘Wow – just wow’! There were so many times I was swooning and loving Joel and Dee but also many points when I was so ticked off it took all I had to not throw the book across the room. As I wrote in one of my updates on Goodreads, “I’ve never read a book that made me growl so much!! Arrgghhhh…Joel and Dee frustrate the h*ll out of me!” Dee shows a vulnerable side and takes a chance opening her heart to Joel, the total ladies’ man who has a new girl, or two, hanging off him every night, and their smoking hot relationship morphs into something sweeter. I love the development of Dee and Joel’s relationship and felt every heart ache right along with them.

Overall I give Riot a 5 out of 5 stars. You need to read this book! Even if you haven’t read Mayhem, which you really should, you absolutely need to read Dee and Joel’s story!

Follow along as I read the third book in this series, Chaos by Jamie Shaw. Or better yet, read along with me!

Little Things

Welcome to the Little Things Blog Hop

Hi everyone! This is just one of 117 stops on  the Little Things Blog Hop! Make sure you visit each stop and enter the posted giveaway and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter which has a $50 Amazon gift card grand prize and a ton of other prizes! Who doesn’t like winning cool prizes?

For those of you who don’t me my name is Paula Kennedy and I have two young adult novels in a four part series published with Champagne Books and a third stand-alone novel published with Evernight Teen. I’m represented by the amazing Susan Miller over at Donaghy Literary. Check out my Angels of the Night series if you love paranormal romance!

Giveaway for this stop is a print copy of the second book in the Angels of the Night series Divinity so 1 lucky person in the continental United States or Canada will get:

1 print copy of Angels of the Night: Divinity

To Enter

➜ Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PKennedyBooks

➜ Tell me which one of my Top Ten Little Things makes you happy too.

➜ For a double entry, add me on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/paula.kennedy.37

Read on for my top 10 Little Things and then look for the link to your next blog stop at the bottom of this page. Happy reading!

Life can be pretty hectic. With families, work and everything else in between, I think we need to slow down and reflect on what makes us truly happy. I was going to write a few paragraphs about what makes me happy but then thought it would be a lot more fun to make a visual list. Here we go. The top ten things that make me happy.

#10 Tattoos. There’s something to be said about ‘ink therapy’. Don’t knock it until you try it.

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#9 Tattoos, beards and muscles – need I say more?

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#8 Seeing my books for the first time. That initial glimpse at a novel’s cover art is a feeling that’s hard to put into words.

 

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#7 Writing. Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard in this case)

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#6 Reading. I have a serious addiction folks but would you expect any less? 😉

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#5 Summer at the cottage. This isn’t the best picture as it was particularly wavy and cool this day, but on a sunny day the view is spectacular.

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#4 Funny videos. I love videos that make me laugh so hard I cry. The flavor of the month is this doozy. And watch it a few times – it gets funnier with each viewing!

#3  Babies! Particularly baby feet!!! I can’t. . .I just. . .I love them!

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#2 My kids! What a beautiful sentiment and written on a baby foot to boot!

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#1  Family. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my wonderful family.

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So that’s my list! Be sure to check out the Angels of the Night series if you’re into paranormal romance. There are two books out in the series with the third to follow in June.

Happy hopping folks!

Next you will want to click on this link and visit Michelle Abbott!  http://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/

Rafflecopter Link:
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Join the Little Things Blog Hop Event for more fun and a giveaway! https://www.facebook.com/events/562506680576207/

You can find links to all of the hop spots here!  http://theclubbookpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/02/LittleThingsBlogHop.html

Thank you for hopping by! And good luck all!

Winner (s) will be chosen and announced on this page and on the Little Things Event Page by April 6th.

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Review: Mayhem by Jamie Shaw

Mayhem by Jamie Shaw

*This review may contain spoilers.*

The first thing that caught my attention when I received this book was the quote on the front by Jay Crownover, “This book is exactly why every girl has a rock star fantasy.” I love Crownover and was excited to read a story she enjoyed, especially one with a gorgeous rock star. The second thing that grabbed me was the dedication. Brilliant!

When I started reading this I didn’t want to put it down. The book grabbed me in the first chapter and wouldn’t let go until the end. I read just before bed so there were a few times I was glancing at the clock wondering if there was time for one. . .more . . .chapter. One more chapter lead to another, then another and well, you get the picture. Many late nights!

The characters were likable and I loved Dee’s no nonsense attitude. She pushes Rowan past her comfort zone and tells it like it is. Leti was a funny guy and had me laughing out more than a few times.

Adam was definitely swoon worthy and we learn quickly he’s not without faults. His infatuation with the mystery girl “Peach” shows he’s got a sweet side and, perhaps, wants to get away from all the fan girl groupies. The buildup in the book nearly killed me and I loved the whole French tutor bit. The guys in the band were fantastic.

Overall, this was a fun 5/5 star read. If you want a rock start fix, this is definitely the book for you!

Follow along as I read the second book in this series, Riot by Jamie Shaw. Or better yet, read with me! Hurry though because I’m already on chapter 4!

Review: Built by Jay Crownover

I absolutely loved this book! If there weren’t so many other books in my to-be-read pile, I’d read it again! From the hot cover, to the steamy scenes in between, and satisfying last page, it was all amazing and highly recommended to lovers of contemporary romance.

Zeb is such a great character and I totally fell in love with him. Although he’s this massive, muscled, ex con who works with his hands for a living, he’s got a gentle way about him and approaches life with a passion that made my heart race. There should be more ‘Zeb’s’ in the world! The way he feels about his son completely melted me and I loved to see this giant man humbled by a five year old. I looked forward to his chapters and would have been happy to read the entire novel from his p.o.v. Crownover has a gift of making you want more, and I was up way too late some nights because I just couldn’t put it down.

Sawyer is a flawed character who put up a lot of road blocks as Zeb pursued her – this frustrated the hell out of me! In the end, though, it comes together and we find out why Sawyer struggled to accept Zeb’s affection and love. Although Sawyer grew up in a tough environment, and you’d think she’d be horribly judgmental, she’s not scared away by Zeb’s criminal past or the rough exterior he presents.

Overall a fantastic read. Jay Crownover has a gift that will leave you wanting more. Five stars!

Follow along as I read Mayhem by Jamie Shaw. Or better yet, read with me!