Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is our top ten auto-buy authors. There are so many authors out there whose books I wholeheartedly enjoy. But there are some who even hint at a new book coming out and I’m line “LINK ME, I’M BUYING THAT RIGHT NOW.” There’s even a few out there who could write a kitchen appliance manual and I’d still drop money on it because I trust their writing that much. I’m pretty sure I put the trust I should have in people in my everyday life into authors because really, who is going to bring me as much joy as an R.S. Grey rom-com?

Enough rambling though. Enjoy the list of authors who have earned the right to my money for pretty much every book they’ll ever release.

Also, I know this is a top TEN tuesday, but there’s really only five authors who I will buy anything and everything for. There’s others who I love enough that there’s a high probability I’ll purchase what they write, but I’d need to see a synopsis first. These are the ultimate. The king and queens of my credit card and literary life.

1. R.S. Grey
Queen of romantic comedy. I’ve read ten of her books (possibly more) and I’ve loved every single one. She has earned her spot on this list and then some.

2. V.E. Schwab
Vicious. That’s all I have to say. That book changed my life and she can rob my bank account for all I care for giving me my favourite novel of all time.

3. Sarah J. Maas
She literally has taken all of my money. I own all of her books except for two IN HARDCOVER and I don’t buy hardcovers 99% of the time. I’m a cheap bitch who has no problem waiting a year for a paperback. But for SJM? I need her books and I need them now.

4. Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath & the Dawn duology owns my heart forever. And while I haven’t completed her other books yet, I have faith that I’ll love them too.

5. Brandon Sanderson
Look. I know I only started reading The Final Empire this week. But it’s love at first sentence. And I have never heard a single bad thing about his books. I’ve even suggested him to fantasy lovers in my life for the past few years and I’ve been thanked for it. So everything points in the right direction for Sanderson. I trust him completely.

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All The Way by Kendall Ryan – Cover Reveal

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Title: All The Way
Author
: Kendall Ryan
Series: Hot Jocks #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2019

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I know it’s time to move on from my rocky past and get back out there and start dating again.

It’s just that every time I think about it, I get all nervous and sweaty.

Good thing I have a secret weapon to help me—my best friend, professional hockey stud Owen Parrish.

He’s the king of hookups, and promises he’ll be my guide through the world of online dating. With his help, I know this won’t be as hard.

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I’ve never been this hard in my entire life.

My friend Becca wants my help hooking her up with some douchey guy from a dating app.

I said I’d help her—but now I’m noticing all kinds of things I can’t ignore, like how pretty she is behind those baggy clothes and messy buns.

I want to be the one to help her, to show her the ropes in the bedroom, and it turns out, Becca’s game to let me take a more hands-on approach.

But what happens when she’s ready to take her newfound confidence and move on? I’ve never been boyfriend material, but for her, I want to try.

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About Kendall Ryan:

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

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Review: A Bad Breed by Kat Ross – Blog Tour

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Title: A Bad Breed
Author: Kat Ross
Series: Gaslamp Gothic #3
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2019
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review on this blog tour

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Rating: 5 stars

Pricolici.

A creature out of folklore. And nightmare.

January 1889. When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.

The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard rages outside, trapping them all with the pricolici, Vivienne risks sharing the fate of the woman she came to find. But is the culprit truly a werewolf … or something even more dangerous?

A man bent on revenge. And a love that was never meant to be.

Imprisoned in a decaying castle, Anne finds herself ensnared in a web of dark enchantment, at the mercy of a mysterious captor with a beast inside – and a memory as old as the ancient legends.

As the weeks pass, Anne learns his real identity, and slowly uncovers a complex and deeply passionate man. But is she willing to pay the price for falling under his spell?

Author’s Note: This darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but can be read as a standalone with no need to start with Book #1, The Daemoniac.

Review:

This book is everything I needed in my life. It’s the perfect blend of fantasy, romance, and suspense. And don’t let the fact that it’s a retelling worry you because I know many people can be skeptical of books that say they’re a retelling. There are definitely elements of Beauty and the Beast, but A Bad Breed is so much more than that.

This is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. There are course some references to things that I’m assuming happened in the previous novels (I haven’t read them… yet), but there won’t be anything that leaves you confused or has you feeling like you’re out of the loop.

I can’t even begin to tell you guys how incredible this book was. It was a ride in the best way possible and I wish I could read it for the first time again. I flew through it because the entire thing was captivating. It had me on the edge of my seat.

One of the best things about this novel, besides the romance aspect that relates to Beauty and the Beast, nothing was predictable. There were so many things that would happen that would shock me. It’s been a while since I’ve stayed up because I can’t put a book down to props to you Kat Ross.

Kat Ross’ writing was incredible. The settings she created in each country were so vivid. It was easy to picture all of these beautiful places that were home to such haunted characters. The characters and the romance as well were fantastic. I find in fantasy, I tend to ship characters less than usual because I’m so focused on the fantastical world, but oh my god. Kat Ross hit it out of the park with every single aspect of this book and I can’t wait for the next one.

I’m so happy this book came into my life because it was perfect. And if you’re looking for a gothic fantasy novel with a touch of romance and suspense, then please pick this up. It will definitely make your reading life better.

About Kat Ross:

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Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.

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Flutter by Carrie Aarons – Release Day Blitz

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Title: Flutter
Author
: Carrie Aarons
Series
: The Nash Brothers #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 11, 2019

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He can’t stand her, and best believe, the feeling is mutual.
Her life is the complete opposite of what he desires.
So, why can’t they keep their hands off each other?

Forrest Nash is a smug know-it-all. With his brains, ridiculous good looks and penchant for disobeying the laws of both the police and the dark web, Fawn Hill’s resident genius is cockier than any man Penelope Briggs has ever encountered. It doesn’t help that their six-year age difference makes him completely ineligible in her eyes. Add in the fact that he doesn’t want marriage or babies, and that should eliminate him from the dating pool forever. But it doesn’t mean she can’t sleep with him. Once. Or twice. Or ten times. Against all logic, though, Forrest seems to be sneaking into her heart at the same time he’s sneaking into her bed.

Penelope Briggs is one bossy, obnoxious woman. With three young children, a calendar full of school drop-offs and sports, and enough emotional baggage to fill an airplane, this widow is definitely not what Forrest Nash is looking for. And yet, he can’t get enough of the maddening bombshell. But as their hook-ups become a constant, so does his involvement in Penelope’s life. The things he swore he never wanted, love and kids, seem to be the only things on his mind. And when an attack from his part of the cyber world threatens her safety, he’ll have to admit his feelings for the woman he’d do anything to protect.

What started as a convenient friends-with-benefits situation is quickly growing wings. Even if both parties are trying hard to ignore the flutter.

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About Carrie Aarons:

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.

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St. Michael’s Duet by Harlow Cole – Cover Reveal

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Title: Interference
Author
: Harlow Cole
Series: St. Michael’s Duet #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019

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I’m a goddamn prodigy. It’s true. Ask anyone.

I threw my first curveball the day I was born.

The whole damn town is waiting on me.

To live up to my father’s famous name. To reach for the stars.

All I want to reach for is her.

But Ashley is the sweet addiction I can’t afford. She’s my best friend’s sister. Hell, she’s practically my little sister. For years, I’ve protected her from guys that want one thing. What happens now that I’ve turned into one of them? Who’s gonna shield her from the way I was made, from my little white lies and from what I’m about to become?

My game plan sounds simple: Pitch my way into the Major League draft and stay out of Ashley Foster’s pants. That first part may be statistically difficult.

The second feels damn near impossible.

ASHLEY

From the moment we met, I knew he was trouble.

The kind my mother sent me to find.

The type that ruins you for any other brand.

When we were young kids, Didn’t know what to call the frogs and butterflies that danced in my belly whenever Brayden came near. Now I know they have a name.

Those three little words that could heal or destroy him.

Before Brayden, my life was normal. And then it wasn’t. It couldn’t be. Ever again.

How was I to know that stealing his seat would change all our lives?

Anger and forgiveness share two halves of the same coin.

Our story might make you choose sides.

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Title: Stealing Home
Author
: Harlow Cole
Series: St. Michael’s Duet #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2019

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ASHLEY

I’ve given up. On my childish dreams. 
On getting out of this town. On love. On him. 
On everything. 

I’m barely treading water. 

BRAYDEN
I’m the man with it all. 

The pinstriped jersey covering my back garners easy cash, flashy cars and fast women. My gilded name drapes over the city in neon. I have everything. Everything, except the thing I crave most. Ashley Foster. 

There’s one addiction I never tried to beat. 

They say you can never go home again. I’m out to prove them wrong. But what if returning requires facing all the things you destroyed? To what lengths would you go to earn forgiveness? 

Would you beg? Would you borrow? Would you steal? 

Stealing home is the riskiest move in baseball. But the reward… If it works? Winning her back is a chance I’m finally ready to take. 

My pockets are filled with stars. 
It’s time to follow them home.

This time, I don’t want to steal her firsts,
I want to lay claim on all her lasts.

About Harlow Cole:

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Harlow Cole is a former journalism student, turned techie, turned mother, who finally decided at age forty-plus what she wants to be if she ever she grows up. Her writing journey first began in sixth grade, when she and her best friend penned boy band fanfiction in an old spiral notebook. Harlow is a connoisseur of peanut M&Ms, brand-new school supplies and angst-filled love stories that always end happy. At fifteen, she met her first love. They’ve now been married for twenty years. They reside in suburban Washington, DC, where Harlow moonlights as a taxi driver for their farting beagle and teenage twins. Interference and Stealing Home are her debut novels.

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