Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Release Date: August 13th, 2019
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Published by St. Martin's Press
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My Goodreads Rating


BOOK BLURB:

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie's old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren't exactly thrilled to have a "lady" on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can't think about that. Because she doesn't fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don't date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she's worked so hard to be taken seriously?


MY THOUGHTS:

This was my first read from Katherine Center and OMG am I glad that I listened to some of my Instagram buddies that recommended it! 
I now want to read all her books đź’™

I feel that it's unfair to define Things You Save in a Fire as a romance book.  
Why?
Because it's SO much more!!! Yes, there's a romance going on, but there's also the fact that we get to read about real life's heroes in this book! The people that put their lives on the line everyday.  And Cassie Hanwell is a BADASS firefighter, one that can inspire anyone to actually rise above a problem and dare to be ignored. 
I think that I always just assumed that women can choose to be whatever profession they choose to, but this book reminds us that it's not quite like that yet, is it?  The old school misconception still exists and women need to work twice as hard to claim their space in certain jobs. 

The writing was superb and the character development in this story was flawless!  The narrative was so engaging that I could not put it down, and as I got close to the last pages, tears were streaming down my face and I needed to take a breath in order to continue.
The lesson on forgiveness is such a wise one that I want to read it over and over.

A truly beautiful book! 

“Choosing to love—despite all the ways that people let you down, and disappear, and break your heart. Knowing everything we know about how hard life is and choosing to love, anyway.. That’s not weakness, that’s courage.” 

READER BEWARE:  SIDE EFFECTS may include a sudden desire to hug and forgive (yourself and others)...
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LYCAN’S BLOOD QUEEN - Release Blitz

Friday, August 23, 2019

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I am so excited that LYCAN’S BLOOD QUEEN by Catherine Edward is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Catherine Edward, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a GIVEAWAY for three copies of the eBook, International, courtesy of Catherine, GenZ Publishing, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:



















Title: LYCAN’S BLOOD QUEEN (Randolph Duology #1)

Author: Catherine Edward
Pub. Date: August 22, 2019
Publisher: GenZ Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 358
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Aaron George Randolph, ruling King of the Lycans, is hell-bent on revenge for his mother’s brutal death at the hands of Vampires. But when a suspicious student takes up resident on his turf, he can’t help but be drawn to her despite knowing what she is.
  
Taken into custody by the ruling family of Brookedge, Mia’s life is complicated by the whole different world of mythical creatures living among humans. Now she must survive the impending civil war between old rivals, all the while learning about her true self and the power she holds. Torn between the nature of who she is and the overwhelming desire for the Lycan king, her choices are minimal.

What begins as vicious hostility changes into defying desire as Aaron and Mia are brought together by an unforgiving grudge that miraculously blooms into something unexpected that neither knew they needed.

With the war on the rise and a powerful enemy at the head of it, will their feelings for each other heal them in time? Or will they be forced to part ways and deny each other what was fated to be?

Read chapters 1-3 on Wattpad!

About Catherine:

Hailing from India, Catherine is an author and law graduate, specializing in Intellectual Property & Copyright Infringement. She is passionate about Lycans, Werewolves, Witches and Vampires, and writes sizzling tales of love and betrayal. 


Her love for books started from a very young age, when her loving father would gift her books like Russian Tales woven with fantasy. But it was in late 2015 when she found the books of Paranormal Romance author Cynthia Eden, whose books introduced her to the whole new world of paranormals. The more she read the more she got enticed and she penned her first novel in 2016. Since then, she has resigned her full time job as the HR and Operations Manager at a marketing/event management firm to pursue her passion as a writer.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to travel and read. Music and writing goes hand in hand for this night owl. Her family and furbabies are her world. 

She also loves to chat with her readers and fellow authors. You can find Catherine often chatting on Twitter or on her Facebook page.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a eBook of LYCAN’S BLOOD QUEEN, International.




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5 best beach reads of 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Summer for me means extended weekends with long walks on the beach and plenty of time to relax on the hammock while reading a book.  Sadly, summer goes by too quickly, and before we know it, it's Labor Day!
The good news is that there's still time to catch up on your reading, so go ahead and enjoy these last weeks of summer, take another vacation (or relax in your backyard), go to the beach, but whatever you do, take time to read these page-turners!


RECURSION by Blake Crouch
I’m a sci-fi fan and even though the whole concept of time-travel has been explored in a lot of books and movies, Crouch was able to explore a new angle, one that merged actual scientific advances into a fictitious reality that might not be too far from the near future.
His narrative is fast-paced, leaving the reader with no time to think twice when turning the pages.  To make it even more interesting, there’s also a love story ♥.

SUMMER HOURS by Amy Mason Doan
This book has everything that you want in a summer read. The perfect California coast, a love triangle, best friends, college life and the choices we all have to make while growing up.  A real coming of age story about the choices we make and the dreams we forget along the way. A beautiful story. Very well written. Impossible to put down.

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman
A refreshing, often hilarious tale of a geeky book addict that at first seems socially awkward, but really could use some TLC.  It's easy to fall in love with Nina, her book buddies and kick-ass trivia team.  Life couldn't be more perfect! Until she meets Tom, inherits a family, and has to learn to deal with life’s surprises.

MEET CUTE by Helena Hunting
Don't be fooled by the cute cover.  This book has all the feels.  It's loaded with a roller coaster of emotions, from tragedy and family-drama to humor and swoon-worthy scenes (and OMG, talk about passionate)! It’s also full of charm and you can’t help but fall in love with the main characters as well.

STORM & FURY by Jennifer L Armentrout
With her typical snarky and swooning characters, Armentrout delivered yet another action-packed fantasy! A world of demons, ghosts and shape-shifting GARGOYLES, plus one kick-ass heroine with a small disability, just made this storyline SO unique!!!
Shhh! It's ok to be impatiently waiting for book 2 to come out...


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