By Author Fiction L.B. Simmons New Adult Romance Romance/Series Series

**BLOG TOUR** “Recovery” by L.B Simmons

So, this is a pretty BIG deal!

Those of you who follow, my blog know that I do NOT participate in blog tours….like, EVER! I think, in the last year and a half, I have done 2 and that’s all. The reason for my lack of participation isn’t to go against the flow intentionally, because obviously, that leaves Lisa’s Reads in the baby pool where most of the other blogs are off swimming in the Olympic size pools. My reason is and has always been, I like to read and LOVE the books I post on my page. If I don’t LOVE them, I won’t post them. (Come on, by now you know this…right?!) I also will not rate books. Once again, I just can’t do that in a public forum. Sure, I read books everyday that make me scratch my head and ask out loud, “What? How the heck did this book make it to the top 100 on Amazon’s list…it sucks!!!” That being said, I could never, would never, express those opinions to my readers. So I have chosen to keep Lisa’s Reads as I originally intended, a place where I can share the books I love with anybody looking for book suggestions.

That being said, there are very, very few people who I will bend my rules for. These people have stolen my heart both on and off the pages of the books they have written. And for them, I will go above and beyond to help with their success in any way I can. (Following my review, there is a short interview with L.B. Simmons and information on a Raffelcopter. So Keep on reading!) (more…)

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Bookclub By Author Fiction Heather Gunter Romance Romance/Series Young Adult (YA)

“Love Notes” by Heather Gunter

*Disclaimer – In the following post, I am going to use generalizations such as “we,” “us,” and “our” – please know that I DO realize, not EVERYBODY feels the same things and the same way. I do, however, have a feeling, that there are more of us that can relate than those who can’t. If you are one of the lucky people who cannot imagine what it feels like to share in any of the experiences below, count your blessings, baby – because you are one lucky girl! xo

Do you remember the first time you looked in the mirror and didn’t like the image staring back at you? What about the first time someone said something hurtful or unkind to you? Probably not. For a lot of us, that experience happened when we were far too young to even realize what was going on, so we put those feeling in our proverbial back pocket and let them stay there. We continue to go through life – experiencing ups and downs. For some of us, there may be more downs than ups, for others, we may just spend more time focusing on the downs then enjoying the ups and after a while, our pockets begin to droop and those feelings begin to find their way out, impacting each of us in various ways. For some of us, we use food (either in excess or in sparsity), for others – drugs/alcohol, for some, we become aggressive, while others completely introvert, some use our bodies for the attentions we felt we lacked, while others try to become invisible to the world around us. We look around and see our friends or our “not” friends, and they seem to be so happy and alive and content and we think to ourselves, why can’t I feel like they do?

The older we get, if we are lucky, smart, and touched (no not in a physical way) by the right people, we can learn to believe in ourselves, start listening to the positive more than the negative, and start to love who it is that we have become. We can also learn that if we don’t like where we are, we possess the strength to change and move on (more…)

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Adult Contemporary Romance/Series Series Suspense

“A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire, #1)” by T.E Sivec (Tara Sivec)

I was the funny one.  Yep, that was me.  What am I talking about?  I’m still the funny one and I love it…but when I was younger…say high school and college-aged, I didn’t want to be the funny one.  I wanted to be the hot one or the popular one.  I would have settled for the one who was taller than 5’1 but as we learn in pre-school…”you get what you get and you don’t get upset.”  So…I was the funny one that was my “role”and I got really freaking good at it!!

We all have things that help to define us.  For some, there are many things that when put together make up the person we see in the mirror each day.  While for others, it is one characteristic or one incident that sits on our shoulder and literally forces us to toe the line of whatever direction we are meant to go.  I, personally, don’t think there is a right/wrong school of thought.  All I DO know is for me…in the years since school…I have learned that I am so much MORE than just the funny one.  I have learned so much about myself (none of which I will bore you with) and while I still crack myself up daily…. there is more to me then meets the initial scan.  I love that about me.

“Lisa, why the hell are you rambling on about yourself in this book review?”  Ok, Ok, I’m getting there….

When I read the Chocolate Lover’s series by author Tara Sivec, I thought I had found my comedic soul-mate.  Here was a writer that was literally able to crawl into my mind and read my thoughts.  She then had the ability to write them even funnier than I had thought them in my head…AMAZING!  I spent the summer and the fall raving about Ms. Sivec’s hysterical books.  I used phrases like, “…this is the funniest book I have read in my entire life…” and “…absolutely hilarious…” Ms. Sivec is the ultimate FO (funny one). (more…)

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2012 Year in (Book) Review…heehee! By Lisa Paul

Hello my friends, I hope this post finds you all well.  I hope your holidays were happy and the year to come holds nothing but health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

I have received feedback from some of you requesting a top ten (or so) list of my favorite books from Lisa’s Reads this year.  After giving the requests a lot of thought I came to this conclusion….I CAN’T do it.  I just CAN’T.  Why, You ask?  I’ll tell you.  If you read the “About Me” section at the top of the page, or if you have been following this blog over the course of the year, you know that I only post books that I LOVE.  I don’t have a rating system…I don’t do negative reviews…I ONLY post books that have won my heart.  That being the case, how could I possibly choose ten books that I love more than the rest of the books I have claimed to love up until this point.  To me, it would be like asking a parent to choose which child she loves more.  I can’t do it.  As any good mom would say, while I do love all of the children (or in this case my books) the same amount, I love them for different reasons.  So what I thought I would do is list for you ALL of the books I reviewed or even mentioned in my blog this year.  However, I will break them into genres/categories to make it a little less overwhelming for you.  **Please understand, the books listed below are NOT listed in any particular order!** It is also important to note that while, for the purpose of this post, I have placed the books in one list or another, a lot of them can be in more then one genre.  When you click on each book, you will be taken directly to it’s original post, there you will be able to see if the book falls into another genre.  Have fun!

Non-Fiction:

Unbroken:A World War 11 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

Fiction/Book Club:

Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton

Raising Jake” by Charlie Carillo

Some Assembly Required” Lynn Kiele Bonasia

A Grown -Up Kind of Pretty” by Joshilyn Jackson (more…)

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Fiction Romance Romance/Series S.C. Stephens Series

“Effortless” by S.C. Stephens

Sometimes when one has been disappointed by something/someone they can’t help but try whatever action that led to that disappointment again in hopes of a different outcome. (Just ask any love-sick teenager! Or think about your own mis-steps.) Psychologists call that behavior “crazy”, in the short term..I call it life!

Not too long ago, I read and posted about “Thoughtless” by S.C. Stephens. I loved the story but intensely disliked the main character. I found her (Kiera) to be spineless and whiney. I closed the book (turned off the Kindle..whatever!) and actually ranted to whomever would listen about how disappointed I was in both the author and the heroine (and believe me..I was using “heroine” loosely!). I didn’t think Kiera deserved a ”happily ever after”…I didn’t think she deserved anything…frankly, I was angry. So…maybe the author was better than I thought..she really made me dislike Kiera..good job Ms. Stephens!!

A friend of mine told me that there was a sequel to the book called “Effortless.” I told her to keep the sequel..I wasn’t going to waste any more time on Kiera! My friend begged me to read the sequel..she kept telling me that Kiera redeemed herself. But to tell you the truth, I had no interest in revisiting Kiera (even if I did miss my other “Thoughtless” friends.) However, being the hopeless romantic that I am…or some might say..the “typical girl” that I am..I ended up back at the source of my disappointment hoping this time the ending would be different………. (more…)

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