Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy

My stop on the No Blog Left Behind Giveaway Hop is dedicated to ARCs.


ARCs, otherwise known as Advanced Reader Copies, are a truly beautiful concept, since, you know, no one wants to wait ages to read a book… especially a sequel to one we truly love.  I mean, the suspense alone can kill, and because of this, I am thankful that ARCs exist.  And I’d like to share this love with you.

What’s up for grabs?

207019941. Yolo by Lauren Myracle–this is an ARC that released in August this year.

Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends.

Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart.

Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country.

In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets.

231491322.  The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow–this is an ARC that releases in May 2015

At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of immigrants are arriving in the promised land of New York City. Twelve-year-old Sarah has always dreamed of America, a land of freedom and possibility. In her small village she stares at a postcard of the Statue of Liberty and imagines the Lady beckoning to her. When Sarah and her mother finally journey across the Atlantic, though, tragedy strikes—and Sarah finds herself being sent back before she even sets foot in the country.

Yet just as Sarah is ushered onto the boat that will send her away from the land of her dreams, she makes a life-or-death decision. She daringly jumps off the back of the boat and swims as hard as she can toward the Lady’s island and a new life.

Her leap of faith leads her to an unbelievable hiding place: the Statue of Liberty itself. Now Sarah must find a way to Manhattan while avoiding the statue’s night watchman and scavenging enough food to survive. When a surprising ally helps bring her to the city, Sarah finds herself facing new dangers and a life on her own. Will she ever find a true home in America?

From acclaimed author Robert Sharenow comes this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, perfect for fans of Inside Out & Back Again and Number the Stars.

225738563. Little Peach by Peggy Kern–this is an ARC that releases in March 2015

What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and will end at 12:01am EST on November 30th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

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Happy November! For my stop on the Books I’m Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop, I’m giving away a signed paperback of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, as well as lots of signed swag and goodies.  Why?  Because I’m grateful I read this amazing novel–the novel that started my love affair with all books by Armentrout, and, well, swag is awesome, right?

Synopsis of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

White Hot KissOne kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

This book is FABULOUS, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet Jennifer L. Arementrout many times over the past few years… the latest giving me an opportunity to pick up a copy of White Hot Kiss for giveaway, because I am always looking to give back to my faithful readers, and what better to do so than with a signed giveaway of one of my favorite books?


Check out everything you can win:

  • White Hot KissSigned Paperback of White Hot Kiss by Jannifer L. Armentrout
  • FREE Ebook Code for Soul Survivor by Michelle N. Files
  • Guitar Pick for “Half Blood” from the Jennifer Armentrout
  • The Marked Men Coaster–signed by Jay Crownover
  • Enchanted Heart Poker Chip and Cell Phone Cleaner from Mindy Ruiz
  • Ashlyn Chase pen

Signed Bookmarks from:

  • Bella Roccaforte—The Ink Series
  • Michelle N. Files—Soul Survivor
  • Tammara Webber—Contours of the Heart Series
  • Tiffany King—The Saving Angels Series
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Semester Aboard
  • Amy Evans–Clicks Series
  • Wendy Higgins–The Sweet Trilogy

Bookmarks from:

  • Angie Stanton
  • M.R. Merrick
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Scholastic–Harry Potter

Magnets from:

  • Elizabeth Kirke—Semester Aboard
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Carved in Cherry
  • Elizabeth Kirke–Snow Bound
  • M.R. Merrick–The Protector Series
  • A Book Vacation Reviews

Cards from:

  • Marata Eros
  • Hollie Westring
  • House of Diamonds
  • Natasha Boyd–Signed Eversea
  • Elizabeth Kirke
  • Tiffany King—The Write Stuff
  • Georgia Cates–The Sin Trilogy

Temporary Tattoos:

  • Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
  • Alien
  • Tribal Band


  • “SPQR—HeroesofOlympus”
  • “Flying Horse—HeroesofOlympus”
  • “I want my own Gloresti”
  • “Keep Calm and Date a Royal”
  • “Star Wars–Jedi Academy”


  • Jordyn by Tiffany King
  • P.T. Michelle
  • Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace

Rubber Bracelets:

  • Heaven and Hell Series–Cambria Herbert
  • Keep Calm and Find An Aquarathi–Amalia Howard

Key Chains:

  • The Maurin Kincaide Series–Rachel Rawlings
  • House of Diamonds–Mindy Ruiz

****disclaimer, this SIGNED COPY has a KISS Sticker in it–overlapping a misspelled name, which you’ll never see because the sticker covers it.  If you’re NOT okay with this kiss sticker, don’t enter the giveaway.****

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To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory questions on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on November 14th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

To enter even more giveaway hops, jump on over to Stuck in Books to see them all, or click this linky to view all the blogs that are part of this hop.


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