Discussion Post | Reading Slumps

Hello all. How are you doing today?

I wanted to do a chatty post about reading slumps today. I have, probably like most of you, have been a victim of the reading slump one too many times. I personally go through many book slumps throughout a year, and I am honestly not sure why that is. That is how I have always been, and I have come to accept that is the way it’s going to be. I wanted to write this post mostly for myself and maybe for some of you as well, so that the next time this happens we have some options of what we could do to help “cure” it.

  1. Accept the slump: First and foremost I have learned that I just need to accept the fact that I am having a reading slump. I find it much harder to get over one if I just keep denying that I have one and keep trying to push on and try to read. It doesn’t help me if I try and push past it, so just accept that it happening and try and move on.
  2. Find or read a different kind of book: As you might know, I REALLY LOVE reading Romance novels. But sometimes after reading one after another after another with (most likely) the same repetitive storyline, I find it gets boring and I start to hate what I am reading, even if I might really enjoy it. Put that kind of book down and read something new (like a thriller or fantasy)!
  3. Re-read a favorite book: Re-reading a book that you love can really help spark your interest and help remind you why you love to read, intern getting you out of said reading slump.
  4. Stop trying to read a book or books that you aren’t enjoying: I do this to myself ALL THE TIME. Once I commit to something, I like to follow through and finish it. I especially do this with books. I give all authors and books the benefit of the doubt and I often force myself to read things that I don’t enjoy because I feel the urge and need to finish it. If you are not enjoying it or if it’s not the book for you, it’s okay to put it down. Reading is something that you enjoy doing, so don’t ruin your love for reading with a book that just isn’t for you.
  5. Read a fanfiction or use Wattpad: I’ve never told anyone that I do this, but it seems to work. I often go to these kinds of stories because I always zip through them. I don’t have to fully commit to finishing a story if I don’t want to. They are just fun and silly reads and I often find myself asking why am I reading this when I could read something with more substance. (I am not saying that Wattpad stories and books are bad because some are really good. They’re more the snacks, to the meal that is a novel.)
  6. Read in a new spot: I read mostly on my couch. But sometimes I need to change the scenery. I find that I really enjoy reading outside, (in the Spring and Summer of course) as well as in my bed, and a change in scenery can often help.
  7. Listen to an audiobook instead: I really love listening to audiobooks. I can zip through them quite fast. They are great to read while driving, taking a shower, cleaning, and working (sometimes).
  8. Watch some Booktube: This is a recent thing that a twitter follower suggested to me. This really helped me out and re-ignite my love and want to read. It was great visually seeing what others were reading. What they like and don’t like. Needless to say, I am obsessed with Booktube and now can’t stop watching.
  9. Read more than one book: I found in the last few months that this really works for me. Everyone is different, and I used to only be able to read one book at a time. Now I find that reading more than one book really helps me to not fall into a slump because I am usually reading or listening to multiple books at a time. The ability to have options and choose what I want to read based on my mood is helpful.
  10. Let it ride out: Sometimes nothing works and you just have to let it ride out until you get that spark to read again. Often times I try all of the suggestions I listed above and none of them work and that’s okay.

I hope that if you are in a reading slump that you can find my suggestions helpful.

Do you have any suggestions that I didn’t list above that seem to help you? Let me know in the comments. Thank you for reading and see you in the next one.

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Release Blitz & Book Review | Hell On Wheels




Title: Hell on Wheels
Series: Kings of Mayhem MC #4
Author: Penny Dee
Genre: MC Romance/Ex-Navy SEAL
Release Date: July 16, 2019



Blurb

I left here a man but came back a beast

CHANCE

A shoulder-fired missile broke my body.
But betrayal obliterated my heart.
For months I lingered in and out of hell until my body healed.
Now I’m back in town with my club brothers. They think I am ok. But I am still fighting a war of darkness in my head and I can’t see a way out.
Then she comes into town like a summer breeze and makes me feel things I didn’t know existed.
She has the voice of an angel and the body of a goddess.
But she is running from her own demons. From the Devil himself.
He’s coming to town and she’s scared. But I’ve walked through hell and survived.
And I’ll walk through it again to protect her.


CASSIDY

I’ve spent years running from my past.
Town to town.
State to state.
Never putting down roots.
Then I meet a beautiful, scarred beast of man who makes me feel something for the first time of my life…hope.
He makes me want to stay but it’s an impossibility.
Because the Devil is coming for me and when he arrives I won’t stand a chance.


Hell on Wheels is book four in the Kings of Mayhem MC series.







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Penny Dee writes contemporary romance about rockstars, bikers, hockey players and everyone in-between. She believes true love never runs smoothly, and her characters realize this too, with a boatload of drama and a whole lot of steam.

She found her happily ever after in Australia where she lives with her husband, daughter and a dog named Bindi.



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My Reviews:

Let me preface this review by saying that these books touch on a lot of rough subjects. Loss, abuse, alcohol and drug addiction and ton and tons of graphic sex scenes. Please be cautious before reading this series.

Cade. What an absolute sweetheart. Typically, when you read MC romance, a lot of the heroes are just complete assholes, but not Cade. Cade is sweet, loving, kind and very protective over what is his. Indy. Man, Indy is probably one of my favorite heroine characters ever. She is 100% sassy and will tell you where to go. She has been through so much throughout her life and experience so much heartache and loss that you literally feel all her emotions jump off the page when you read her part in the book. This story really hit home for me. I really connected with it and understood where both Indy and Cade we’re coming from. I was really rooting for them throughout the entire book, yet you couldn’t help but feel the hard ache and pain that both of them felt. Overall I really enjoyed the story you could tell with the two of them there is a lot of heartache and pain throughout their entire lives as well as what they went through with kids. The one thing I was a little weirded out by it was that they were kind of like childhood lovers. You can tell and you know that these two are best friends and thick as thieves, but it just felt strange as they didn’t start actually dating until they were Juniors in high school. I definitely expected that they would’ve started dating away earlier just based on how the story was going. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book a helluva lot and I am excited to read book two. I’m giving this a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars!

Thank you to Give Me Books PR for this free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book picks right back off to where “Kings of Mayhem” ends. The Cade I’ve come to know has changed. He is a different person who is overcome with grief and loss. Though I didn’t want him to change, I think that it is realistic to have things happen the way they went in this book. You can identify with Cade and his fear for the MC, his family and especially Indy. Too many bad things keep happening with not a clue of who could be causing them. Indy, is one of the strongest heroines I think I’ve ever read. She is resilient, strong and never gives up no matter what obstacles life throws her way. Throughout this book, their relationship is tested with the killing of members of their MC. I found “Brothers in Arms” to be absolutely heartbreaking. The only thing I really didn’t like about this book was how much death surrounding this book. We get it, someone has it out for the MC. At points, it was a little unbelievable. Overall, the raw emotion is well portrayed and really had me engrossed in everything they were going through.

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We are brought right back into the MC world this time with Honey and Caleb. After a 2 year relationship with her now ex-boyfriend, she has one really hot and delicious night with Caleb Calley. I can’t tell you how much I liked the Calley men. Once they have their eyes set on something they go all out for it no matter the consequences. He is loyal, charming and very protective. Honey, like her name, is so sweet. She is very cautious and anxious about things and I could so relate with her. Both her an Caleb are such a great fit for each other. Overall I did like this book, mostly because Caleb is so dreamy. For an MC romance, I did think it was kind of soft and not dark enough, though I am glad it was softer because I am emotionally drained from “Brothers in Armes”. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be so mild-ish and soft. I give this a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

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Now on to book number four in the series, we meet Chance and Cassidy. Chance has had a bad streak of luck. With his body and heart scared from past military experience, Chance just needs a chance. Cassidy has her own demons chasing her. After being on the run forever, Chance helps open her eyes and put roots down. Will they both be able to overcome their own demons? I LOVE the chemistry between these two. I literally had to fan myself a few times. They kept things hot and heavy. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I can’t get over how much they put out on the table for one another. They both were each other’s fresh air and a new chance at a happy life. Overall beautifully written and so easy to follow along. High  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 stars!

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Release Blitz & Book Review | Love, Loyalty and Mayhem: A Motorcycle Club Romance Anthology




Title: Love, Loyalty and Mayhem:
A Motorcycle Club Romance Anthology
Genre: Motorcycle Club Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 16, 2019



Blurb

Bad Boy Alpha Alert!

Twenty of your favorite MC authors come together to bring you brand new, never released stories from some of your favorite motorcycle clubs.

Love
Life with a biker is an adventure full of twists and turns. When love is involved, MC men never back down from what they want—they fight for it.

Loyalty
Loyalty is the foundation in any motorcycle club. Break it, they break you. There isn’t a line they won’t cross to protect who or what they claim as their own.

Mayhem
These men live a life made by their own set of rules. Chaos tends to always find them. You cross them, the consequences are swift. 

Hold on for the ride as this talented group of authors come together to bring you an anthology like no other.

Your favorite clubs, new clubs, and everything in between can be found in this collection filled with suspense, action, adventure, romance and so much more!

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All profits from the Love, Loyalty & Mayhem: A Motorcycle Club Romance Anthology will be donated to Bikers Against Bullies USA.

BAB USA is a national not-for-profit organization created by bikers to raise awareness and empower the community to fight the terrible effects of bullying on young people through education, community outreach and fundraising. https://www.bikersagainstbulliesusa.com







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I really enjoy MC Romance books. I’ve read a few, not as many as I would like, but I thought this might be a good way for me to get some better exposure into the MC world as well as more MC romance authors. BOY, I was not disappointed! The two I am going to talk about are “Sicko” by Amo Jones and “Ride Deep” by Laura Kaye

Sicko by Amo Jones:

Royce gets out of town as soon as he is of age. Not only leaving his mother and father behind, but also his foster sister, Jade, who has grown very attached to Royce. A few years later she finally accepts that Royce isn’t coming back. Jade and her foster family is shocked to see Royce back home like nothing has changed. I honestly cannot stop thinking about this book and I cannot wait for it to come out in 2020. It can’t come soon enough. It is going to be delicious and dark and just up my ally. This is a hell of a dark story and I can’t wait to read it. If you do not like to read extremely dark stories, do not read this one. It touches on a lot of subjects that would be deemed extremely taboo and possibly even worse.

Ride Deep by Laura Kaye

After serving four months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Jagger Locke is released from prison and back into his normal civilian life. If you’d like to call being involved with the Raven Riders’ normal. Jackson (Jagger) Locke, an MC man at heart. Boy, can he lay it on thick. With an amazing way with words, Jagger won my heart in a second. He is sweet, kind, most definitely protective and way too smart for his own good. He knows what he wants and will do anything to get it. Miranda (Andi) Everly, is an unorthodox Professor at the prison Jagger was held in, she thought her classes unlike any other and viewed all of her students as actual students instead of prisoners. With Miranda’s kind and loving domineer, Jagger cannot help but be interested and intrigued by her. Defiantly a little insta-lovie because we don’t know how they were while they were in prison but I am totally okay with it. They have a lot of sexual tension and boy was I hoping that they would take the plunge and give in to their desires. I am defiantly reading this one! So hot and steamy.

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Top Ten Tuesday︱Auto-Buy Authors

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday.  The Top Ten Tuesday Meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s prompt is Auto-Buy Authors. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my bank account) I do not have many auto-buy authors. But here are 5 I cannot stop myself from buying.

  1. Meghan March
  2. J.S. Scott
  3. Michelle St. James
  4. Bethany Kris  
  5. Colleen Hoover

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Cover Reveal | Alessio

ALESSIO

by Bethany-Kris Guzzi Legacy Duet, #2 Publication Date: August 5, 2019 Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, MMF

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SYNOPSIS

The son of a prominent Cosa Nostra Don, Corrado Guzzi’s life should have been all mapped out. He would be what every other Guzzi man was, too—made, mafia. It’s their way. But when given another choice, the chance to be something more, he takes it. Even if it comes with strings.

It’s there that he might find where he belongs, and Alessio Sorrento. The man who could change his whole life.

This love thing? It should have been easy, but they made it hard. Nothing about a relationship like theirs is simple. Dictated by rules, weighed down with things left unsaid, and already hanging by a frayed thread.

This is what love looks like before, and after. Before she came along. And after she was there.

It takes one woman to change everything.

Ginevra Calabrese wasn’t ready for this—for them.

So, what happens now?

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NOTE: Corrado (book one) and Alessio (book two) are a duet within The Guzzi Legacy series, and should be read in order. All other titles in the series are standalone. This is NOT a love triangle.

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“A happy birthday,” Dare said.

Alessio almost smiled, but pain was a fucking bitch. Twenty-three years old today, and he’d forgotten. Someone else had to remind him. Appropriate for it to be Dare. At the darkest points in his life, Dare always remembered his birthday for whatever reason.

“Is it, though?” he asked.

“What?”

“A happy day.”

Dare made a noise under his breath as Gian Guzzi came to sit next to Alessio in the wicker chair beside his. Corrado’s father said nothing, dressed in his night clothes with a black robe tightened at his middle, he stared over the back property, and rested his hand along his jaw as he waited for Alessio to finish his conversation. It was late for the man to still be awake.

“Les.”

“Ignore me,” he muttered. “Thinking out loud.”

But also not a lie.

This wasn’t a happy day.

And tomorrow didn’t look good, either.

Welcome to his life, lately.

“Why don’t you take a break, come back here for a bit, and reset—”

“That’s Alessio?”

Cree.

In the call’s background, Dare confirmed what Cree asked. A shuffle of the phone sounded before more movement echoed through the speakers. Alessio heard the slam of a door before Cree came onto the phone.

“Where are you?” Cree demanded.

Alessio arched a brow over at Gian. The man didn’t even glance his way. “Away.”

“Doing what?”

“Thinking.”

Cree let out a harsh sound. “You don’t call people?”

“I’m a grown man, I can—”

“Tell the people who give a fuck that you’re safe, Les.”

His throat jumped as he swallowed back a biting retort that would have only saved his pride but hurt someone else. “I’m safe.”

A second passed. Cree sighed. “Good.” Then, after a brief pause, he added, “Corrado called two days ago looking for you. You should at least tell him where you are, Les. You don’t have to go back—I understand things are going on that hurt you, but he’s worried.”

Good for him.

Because he hadn’t given a shit about Alessio before.

As fast as the seed of doubt drifted through his mind, the pain following behind just as fast, Alessio tipped his head down, and shook it away. It wasn’t true, and a huge part of why this happened was because Corrado hadn’t wanted to hurt him.

Yet, here they stood.

The same result.

Alessio didn’t do well with pain, and especially not if someone he loved caused it. He had a handle on this shit—this thing between them. He assumed they were comfortable, but this had taught him he had been lying to himself.

Complacent.

It took nothing to be ruined.

Nothing but a woman.

“I’m not calling him,” Alessio said, “there’s nothing for me to say.”

Hadn’t he said enough when he showed up to the penthouse over a week ago? He believed so. His words had cut with each one said—landing like knives against the man he loved to the ends of the earth and back. Alessio didn’t need Corrado to tell him how much he hurt him with the things he said. He was aware.

But that was good, too.

Partly.

Why should Alessio be the only one to hurt?

He wouldn’t be alone.

He needed to get his shit figured out before he went back for a second round. He didn’t want to keep cutting into Corrado. As much as he hurt, it wasn’t fair he continued hurting Corrado, too.

Because he loved.

He gave a shit.

He would have never done this to Corrado.

Ever.

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Blog Tour & Review | Corrado

CORRADO

by Bethany-Kris Guzzi Duet Legacy, #1 Publication Date: July 8, 2019 Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

The son of a prominent Cosa Nostra Don, Corrado Guzzi’s life should have been all mapped out. He would be what every other Guzzi man was, too—made, mafia. It’s their way. But when given another choice, the chance to be something more, he takes it. Even if it comes with strings.

It’s there that he might find where he belongs, and Alessio Sorrento. The man who could change his whole life.

This love thing? It should have been easy, but they made it hard. Nothing about a relationship like theirs is simple. Dictated by rules, weighed down with things left unsaid, and already hanging by a frayed thread.

This is what love looks like before, and after. Before she came along. And after she was there.

It takes one woman to change everything.

Ginevra Calabrese wasn’t ready for this—for them.

So, what happens now?

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NOTE: Corrado (book one) and Alessio (book two) are a duet within The Guzzi Legacy series, and should be read in order. All other titles in the series are standalone. This is NOT a love triangle.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Corrado and his brother Chris are asked to join their father on a trip to see about a business his father helped start. Corrado and Chris chose to stay at The League, where assassins train, and it changes where he thinks his life is going. Corrado is cocky. The most stubborn man I have ever read in a book. He was really grading on my nerves at most points. He’s really unwilling to communicate with anybody, even himself and that really bothered me. His self-involvement stops his character growth. Alessio. Oh, Alessio! I really loved Alessio, also known as Les. He is so upfront and feels like such a genuine character and his overall very well written. It amazes me that he has the patience to put up with Corrado. Ginevra, also knows as Ginny. I really liked Ginny. She really seems to have her head on her shoulders. She is snappy and will tell you where to go, but is also sweet and shy. A family arranged marriage proposal, leads Ginny and her betrothed to hatch a ‘break up the wedding’ plan with Corrado’s help.  

This was surprisingly a really hard book to get into at the beginning. It started out extremely slow to me. I don’t know what made it really, really slow. When part two of the book started, it definitely sped up and went at a much faster and better pace. Bethany-Kris really knows how to write the mafia world. I really enjoy her books and the way she describes things for her characters and how they fall in line in the mafia world and as an individual and with each of their respective families. This is my first ever true MM Romance (though I have read MMF Romances before but this one is different) and though I am not a bisexual male I thought it was written fairly well. I don’t know how sexual experiences are for males in general so I’m not sure if it was accurately portrayed. Do I think it may have been accurately portrayed? Yes. But it’s not up to my discretion to judge that since I don’t know what a MM sexual relationship is like. I will say that they do have an interesting relationship as well as an open relationship, as long as they are both honest with each other, which was tested in the second part of this book, they are a strong couple. I love the relationship that they have with each other. It’s honest, open and there is so much trust and loyalty embedded into what they have with each other. What I can comment on thought is the chemistry, lust and fire that Corrado and Ginny have. Damn it jumped off the page anytime they were near each other. No one can deny that they have great chemistry. Although the Bethany-Kris has stated that this is not a love triangle, it reads that way. Hopefully we will get a better understanding of the relationship between the three of them in Alessio’s book. I’m really excited for Alessio’s book to come out next I can’t wait to see what happens next in their story! Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read!

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Top Ten Tuesday︱Childhood Favorites

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday.  The Top Ten Tuesday Meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s prompt is my Childhood Favorites!

  1. Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne
  2. Little Critter Stories by Mercer Mayer
  3. Arthur series by Marc Brown
  4. Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  5. The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
  6. American Girl series by Valerie Tripp
  7. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  8. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
  9. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  10. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

What books did you enjoy reading as a child?

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