A book I am really looking forward to reading is Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe, which is coming out on 10/29. I love humor in my contemporary romance, which is something Molly O’Keefe is known for providing. Here is the blurb for Wild Child from Amazon.com:
Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.
Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.
To celebrate the release of Wild Child, there is a Wild Child Blog Hop going on from 10/14-10/29. There are great prizes being given away including:
· $20 EGC
· 5 Preview copies of WILD CHILD
· 8 Preview copies of ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS YOU – a novella by Molly O’Keefe
Enter to win here: Wild Child Rafflecopter Giveaway
For more information about the blog hop, including a list of participating sites and an additional giveaway, visit Molly O’Keefe’s blog.
I recently started using Netgalley; for anybody reading this who isn’t familiar with Netgalley, it is a website where professional book reviewers, book sellers, librarians, educators, etc. can get access to ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of books from publishers & indie authors who list this their books with this service. I think Netgalley is a great forum to help connect readers with authors who are looking to get more exposure, but it does have its pitfalls. One of those pitfalls is the fact that as a reader you are sometimes taking a shot in the dark as to whether a book you request will be something appealing to you. Sure you read the book description and only request what you think you would like to read, but you are still taking a leap when requesting debut or new to you authors. My time is pretty valuable to me, so when I pick out a book to read I typically pick an author I already know I like, something that was recommended to me, or something that has plenty of great reviews. Now don’t get me wrong, I love getting free books, but when you are requesting an ARC you don’t have the luxury of basing your decision to read on recommendations or reviews. The last two books I read were ARCs I got via Netgalley, and while their synopses sounded promising, I did not really like either book. I am the type who rarely does not finish a book I start, I am compelled to read until the end, so starting a mediocre to downright bad book is a real pain in the butt for me. I left reviews for both the ARCs I read on Goodreads & Amazon, but I chose not to blog about them because, well, ain’t nobody got time for that kind of negativity. From here on out I am going to be much more selective about my Netgalley requests because I just don’t have it in to read another crappy book right now with all the other reading I have to do to fulfill professional obligations (non-fiction reading and terribly boring). For anyone else that uses Netgalley, I would love to hear your thoughts about it, and whether you also suffer from not being able to DNF a book you don’t like :).