BEA Bound!


That’s right people, I am in New York City for Book Expo America! I am so ready to let the book nerd festivities begin!

Last year I attended BEA and had pretty much the best time in the world and I am fully expecting this year to be about a million times better. This year I decided to take advantage of the extremely reasonable housing at Barnard College (if you happen to be staying there as well, let me know! I vote we tackle the crazy-confusing Subway system together!). If you are going to be at BEA, leave a comment letting me know and I will be sure to keep my eyes peeled for you. One of my favorite parts of last year was meeting all of the awesome bloggers and I think it’d be all sorts of cool if I could do the same thing this year. Also, if you happen to see me lurking around BEA, don’t be afraid to say hi! I may be slightly spastic and a bit obnoxious, but I promise not to be too weird or awkward.

Speaking of meeting bloggers, here are a few extra fun events I will be attending! First off is the Teen Author Carnival tonight! I will be sight-seeing by myself and then heading on over to that event around 6. If you happen to be in Time Square and want to meet up before the event tonight, just tweet me at @KatelynTorry! Also, please be sure to head on over to the 2013 BEA Book Blogger Picnic on Friday, May 31st! You can find all of the details regarding the picnic on this post. Andrea, Alexa, and Jen would absolutely LOVE to see you there!

I hope to see you all sometime within the next couple of days!

Tune In Tuesday (106)

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hey there everyone! I hope your Memorial Day weekend treated you well! I cannot believe it is already the last Tuesday in May. Where did the month go?!? Before I get started on today’s post let me first introduce what the theme will be for June’s Tune In Tuesday!

I figured since summer should be beginning for most of us here shortly (Michigan is still not sure what it wants to be but I am hoping that by next week, we will finally have some decent weather!). With that being said, I thought that we should have a Summertime Edition! You can pick songs that are about summer, remind you of summer, or are part of some of your pool/beach-side playlists. Whatever the case may be, be ready to share some summer-induced tunes! Of course, like every other month, this is by no means required but I sure think it’d be super fun if you joined in :)

Tune In Tuesday Summertime Edition

And now, for today’s Tune In Tuesday! As some of you may know, BEA is quickly approaching. And by quickly approaching, I mean that I leave for New York tomorrow and have yet to pack. I have about a million and one things to do but I am so freaking excited for all the book nerd awesomeness that’s about to go down in NYC that I just don’t even care about all the extra stress I am putting myself through. For today’s post I picked some New York inspired songs to help get me in the packing/traveling mood! I hope you guys all enjoy!

New York City by Among Savages

New York by Blind Pilot

New York by The Boxer Rebellion

Moving To New York by The Wombats

The Secret To New York by We The Kings

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Book Playlist: Pepperland by Barry Wightman

Hey there everyone! I first want to apologize for having this post up a day late. We had some storms in our area this past week and I am just now getting my internet back on. I secondly want to give a very warm welcome to Barry Wightman, author of Pepperland. He has put together and incredibly awesome post for you all that includes a little bit about his book and all of the AMAZING music in it. And as you all know, books and music are my two favorite things so it is no wonder why I absolutely love the discography for Pepperland. I have a little bit about the book below followed by the post by Barry. Please take look, enjoy, and of course don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comments section!


Title: Pepperland

Author: Barry Wightman

Publisher: Running Meter Press

What happens when one revolution dies and a new one begins?

Think the Ramones meet Jane Fonda meets Bill Gates—a love story—where one woman has all the power.

She asks him—do you want to play your little rock ‘n’ roll songs or change the world?  He says—both.

Pepperland is a ‘70s rock and roll race through the heartland of America—a love letter to the power of new-fangled computers and the importance of a guitar pick. Pepperland is about missing information, missing people, missing guitars, paranoia, Q & A, brothers, revolution, Agents of the Federal Government, IBM, Hugh Hefner, a Dark Stranger, love, death and the search for it amidst the wreckage of recession-wracked, entropically rundown mid-seventies America.

Sound familiar?

Hi  there,  Kate (and of course you guys reading this!).  Pepperland,  set  in  the  early  70s,  is  indeed  a  very  musical  novel,  though  it’s  really  about  two  very  smart  young  people  discovering  what  to  do  with  their  lives,  getting  into  serious  trouble,  dealing  with  their  pasts  and  falling  in  love.    As  you  can  see  in  the  Discography  shown  below,  the  book’s  major  chapters,  or  “Sides”  (like  an  old  record,  vinyl,  get  it?)  are  titled  thematically  using  classic  tunes.  Also,  the  book  is  strewn  with  hidden  references  and  allusions  to  lyrics,  titles,  and  cultural  touchstones.  Sharp-‐eyed  readers  will  have  fun  spotting  them—it’s  a  bit  of  a  stump-‐the-‐band  challenge.

The  Discography  also  includes  the  music  of  the  fictitious  Chicago  record  label  Checkers  Records  and  the  London-‐based  Terpsichorean  Records  and  the  various  bands  that  record  for  those  labels.    Please  note—I  made  all  that  stuff  up.

Very  fun.

Best,  Barry  Wightman

Pepperland  Discography:

Side  1

The  Beach  Boys.  Pet  Sounds.  “Wouldn’t  It  Be  Nice.”    Capitol  Records.  1966.  (Pepper’s  Theme)

Crosby,  Stills,  Nash  &  Young.  “Ohio.”  Originally  released  as  a  single  in  May  1970,  the  studio  version was  not  released  on  an  album  until  So  Far,  1974.

Iron  Butterfly.  In-‐a-‐Gadda-‐da-‐Vida.  Atco.  1968.

Tony  Orlando  and  Dawn.  “Candida.”  Bell  Records.  1970.

Oscar  Peterson.  The  Sound  of  the  Trio.  “On  Green  Dolphin  Street.”  Recorded  at  the  London  House, Chicago.  Verve.  1961.

Side  2

Jefferson  Airplane.  Volunteers.  “We  Can  Be  Together.”  RCA.    1969.  (Sooz’s  Theme)

Jefferson  Airplane.  Crown  of  Creation.  “Lather.”  RCA. 1968.

Side  3

Bob  Dylan.  Highway  61  Revisited.  Columbia.    1965.

Side  4

The  Rolling  Stones.  Their  Satanic  Majesties  Request.  “She’s  a  Rainbow.”  London.    1967.

Side  5

The  Kinks.  Everybody’s  in  Showbiz.  RCA.    1972.

Side  6

Yes.  Fragile.  Atlantic.    1971.

Side  7

Yes.  Close  to  the  Edge.  Atlantic.    1972.

Side  8    

I  am  he  as  you  are  me.  The  Beach  Boys,  Carl  and  the  Passions/So  Tough,  “All  This  is  That.”  Capitol. 1972.

Side  9  

Jefferson  Airplane.  Volunteers.  “We  Can  Be  Together.”  RCA.    1969.

Mott  the  Hoople,  All  the  Young  Dudes,  RCA.    1972.

The  Beatles.  Yellow  Submarine  –  Nothing  is  Real  (original  soundtrack).

“Pepperland.”  Original  film  score  composed  &  orchestrated  by  George  Martin.    1969.

Checkers  Records  Artists  (partial)

Scratchy  Fenwick  and  His  Itchy  Zoot  Suiters.  The  Many  Moods  of  Scratchy  Fenwick.    Including  “Do  You  Like  Tractors”  and  “North  Dakota  Love  Call.”  Written/produced  by  Harrison  Creach.    1953.

The  Cat  Daddies.  “Who’s  Yowling  at  My  Window?”  and  “If  I  Was  a  Three-legged  Cat  (Would  You  Still  Love  Me?),”  1962  (written/produced  by  Harrison  Creach)

Shine  &  The  Funkolas.  “Funk-‐o-‐Sicle,”  “Chocolate  Bloop,”  “Jive  Kangaroo,”  1974  (written/produced  by  Harrison  Creach  and  Bobby  Washington)

Pepperland.  Pepperland.  “Burgers  in  Benton,”  “Freakout  in  Coal  City,”  “Your  Aunt  is  Cool,”  “Windblown  American  Dirt,”  “151,”    “The  V,”  “If  I  Were  a  Rich  Man,”  “The  Transmission  of  Information,  (Part  1)”  “Peggy  Lee’s  Purse,”  “Shelley’s  Lyre,”  “Lysergic  Night,”  She  Kissed  the  Cat,”  “Charlene,”  “This  Whole  Life,”  “Queen  Fab,”  “The  Subconscious  Sleep  of  Unconsciousness  (Part  1),”  “Dreaming’s  Done.”    May  1974.

Terpsichorean  Records  Artists

The  Thamesmen  (“Don’t  Cross  the  River  (Without  My  Heart  in  Your  Pocket)”),  The  What,  Nigel  and  the  Pub  Crawlers.

About The Author:

Barry Wightman

A rock ‘n’ roller at heart, Barry Wightman blends music, mayhem and high technology in his debut novel Pepperland due out this spring from Running Meter Press.

Born in St. Louis, raised in Chicago and New England, Wightman, a business major at Principia College in southern Illinois, claims he should’ve been an English major. Living for many years in Chicago and Minneapolis, he raised a family with his wife Jill, and spent thirty years in the high tech industry, traveling the world, spending time in Silicon Valley, with countless trips to Asia, Australia, and much of the rest of the world. After all that, he earned an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010. He currently serves as vice president of marketing at Forward Health Group, Inc.

Wightman is Fiction Editor for Hunger Mountain, a literary journal based in Montpelier, Vermont. He is a talented voiceover professional and a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award-winning essayist, whose work has been heard on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio.

Wightman is a reviewer and editor for the Washington Independent Review of Books. His music and book reviews have also appeared in various publications in Chicago, Milwaukee and Washington D.C. He is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.

This writer and lover of literature has lived in Elm Grove, Wisconsin since 2005. He is married with three grown children and plays guitar and keyboards in a rock ‘n’ roll band, The Outta State Plates.



   Twitter: @BWightmanWriter

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Blog Tour + Book Review + Book Playlist + Sneak Peek + Giveaway: Girl With Guitar by Caisey Quinn

Girl With Guitar

Title: Girl With Guitar

Author: Caisey Quinn

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy stepmother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.

Girl with Guitar proved to be an awesome book to kick off my summer! It included some of my favorite things to have in a book like a strong and relatable main character, a heavy country music influence, a broken boy who you just want to hug and punch at the same time, and a romance between the main character and the same broken boy who practically jumped off the page. This book reminded me of a cross between the movies Country Strong and Walk The Line in the best ways possible!

Kylie was a great main character! She was a girl from a small town who just lost the most important person in her life, her father. Determined to make him proud she packs up and moves to Tennessee. It doesn’t take long before her musical talent lands her the role as an opening act for none other than Trace Corbin, a super hot but completely jerky and moody country star. Even though I will likely never become a country music star, I could still relate to Kylie. I appreciated her determination to be the best she could be despite all of the problems she went through. She was so sweet but she also had this super feisty side when the right buttons were pushed and I loved that about her. She’d be the first person to try to fix things or try to make someone happy but she’d also be the first person to put someone in their place. Kylie’s past and the things that she endured over the course of the book broke my heart but this girl is a fighter so it was a pleasure to see her push her way through it all regardless of how hard it was.

Most of the problems that Kylie faces stem from one person, Trace Corbin. Trace is a country music super star who needs this tour to be successful in order to keep signed. Trace, because of his own reasons, is basically a self-destructor. Even though he is crazy-talented and has all these fans, he can’t help but try to destroy the career he built for himself. Events that have happened to him in the past make it hard for Trace to believe in himself. That’s where our girl Kylie comes in. Kylie tells Trace how it is…time and time again. Naturally Trace is this stubborn, moody country star so having this small-town girl put him in his place causes tension to rise between the two. But between the bickering, the let-downs, and the small yet shockingly sweet gestures from Trace towards Kylie, feelings of anger soon turn into something quite different. I absolutely loved how the romance between these two evolved. It took a lot for Trace to give in to his feelings for Kylie, he tried to push her away in every way possible but once he finally gave in, I just wanted every scene in the book to be of the two of them together!

Throughout the course of the book we get to meet a lot of secondary character that added some depth to this book. Trace’s sisters make a few appearances and I absolutely loved them! When Trace was around his sisters it was almost like he was another person. Up  until that point we only saw the moody Trace but with his sisters there, we got to see a sweeter, softer side to him. We also get to “meet” Kylie’s best friend. It was nice to see someone so protective of Kylie. Even if Kylie is such a strong person, everyone needs someone fighting for them and Lulu is that person for her.

There was a lot about Girl With Guitar that I absolutely loved! Kylie and Trace came from two totally different places in their lives but their tough pasts gave these two something to connect over, well asides from their love of country music! They were both stubborn, moody at times, and oh so complicated making a romance between the two of them seem nearly impossible. But once that romance was given time to blossom and evolve, it was certainly something special. I think the characters in this book, the country music influence, and the romance makes Girl With Guitar a perfect summer read!

My Book Playlist:

I don’t do this for every book but I thought it would be fun to put some songs together that reminded me of certain parts of Girl With Guitar, different characters, or the book as a whole. If you’ve read it, take a listen and tell me what you think!

Sneak Peek:

When they reached the sunroom, Trace was a perfect gentleman—much to her frustration. He handed her a towel, then did not so much as glance in her direction as he stripped down to his boxer briefs and wrapped a towel around his waist. She, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough. The sight of his bare skin had her synapses firing like AK-47 rounds. 

He was thick and muscular and had just a hint of a farmer’s tan. Back muscles rippling with each movement reminded Kylie of the horses her grandparents had. Something clicked in her head as she realized what it was that had her practically panting after him. He was loaded, like probably obscenely wealthy, but he did all the work around the farm himself. Still took care of his sisters. Himself. Had callouses on his hands like her daddy did, because he wasn’t afraid of hard work. Okay, and yeah, he was hot as hell and could sing a girl’s panties right off of her.

She peeled her wet clothes off slowly—hoping he’d turn and look, but he just picked up what she’d dropped and darted out of the room. She kept her drenched bra and panties on and wrapped the towel around herself. She was feeling majorly insecure due to the “not at all interested” vibe Trace was radiating in her direction.

Kylie headed towards the master bedroom with the intention of using that bathroom to shower, but changed direction at the last minute. Since Trace was gone, she’d go ahead and add her bra and panties to the laundry. Borrowing Rae’s clothes was one thing, but the thought of wearing someone else’s underwear freaked her out.

She padded barefoot back towards the sound of a whirring washing machine. Trace was still nowhere to been seen when she finally found the laundry room. She dropped her towel and tossed her bra in the machine. She had just begun to slide her underwear down when the sharp intake of breath alerted her to the broad frame that darkened the doorway.


One lucky winner will receive an autographed e-copy of Girl with Guitar along with an e-book of their choice. To enter the giveaway, follow this link to fill out the Rafflecopter form.

About the Author:

Caisey Quinn

Caisey Quinn is a wearer of cowgirl boots, writer and avid reader of New Adult romance, lover of wine, and is addicted to chai tea lattes. She’s the brand spanking new author of soon to be released books including Girl with Guitar and Keep Me Still. (Which may or may not include spanking).

Caisey lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is currently hard at work on Girl on Tour, the next book in the Kylie Ryans series. Girl with Guitar is her first novel.

Visit her online at:

Twitter: @CaiseyQuinn




Where To Find The Book:


Amazon (Link will be added once the book is available)

Barnes & Noble (Link will be added once the book is available)

Tune In Tuesday (105)

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

I’m sorry to do this to you guys but I have to start off today’s post with a bit of a rant. It’s something that irritates me to no end and I feel like I just need to get it off my chest.

I have spent more time at work the past couple of months than I care to admit. The fact is, my place of work has the absolute WORST taste in music. They take the time to hire people, as in pay them LOADS of money, to make mixed CD’s for our store. We get a new CD every couple of months filled with songs that pretty much make my ears bleed. I get that our store is suited for middle-aged-to-elderly women but is there some law out there that states women between the ages of 50 and 80+ need to listen to a strange mix of soul, jazz, and beachy music? I’m talking really strange/crappy/unheard of songs that absolutely NO ONE listens to…EVER. And since I am working all of these hours and the mixed CD only has so many songs on it, I hear each song at least 2-3 times per day, 5 or more days per week. I now hear these songs so much, they are starting to become catchy to me. In fact, last week I caught myself singing along to them. That is sad and depressing on so many levels.

So since  my musical inspiration has faded to practically nothing over the past couple of weeks, this week is going to be just slightly different. First, the songs I am sharing today are going to be random! I decided to put together a list of the last 5 songs I had to Shazam while driving around (most likely to work) because I kept jacking up the lyrics to them or I just wanted to remember to add them to my “Starred” list on Spotify. Keep in mind I find all of these songs super freaking awesome and they probably deserve more than a “just thrown together post” but like I said, I’m lacking a little bit of inspiration today. And the second thing: I am so dying to hear some new music so please by all means, leave a comment with a song that I NEED to incorporate into my daily listening. Or you know, just link up to your Tune In Tuesday post ;)

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy the musical randomness this week & have a Happy Tuesday!

We Belong by Pat Benatar

Gosh I love the heck out of this song but every time I try to belt out that chorus, it turned into just a giant mumble session.

Foolish Games by Jewel

This song came on the radio the other day. It’s probably been years since I last heard it!

Edge Of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks

I have listened to Stevie Nicks pretty much my entire life. Turns out I have been singing this song wrong all of that time. *not embarrassing at all*

Down Under by Men At Work

Okay, I actually knew the lyrics to this song for the most part BUT I had to save it to my phone because my youngest brother seemed to love it ESPECIALLY when I sang along to it really loud with an extremely bad Australian accent.

I Remember You by Skid Row

Want to know something sad? According to Shazam, I’ve “tagged” this song at least 4 times within the past month. This means 1) my favorite radio station REALLY likes playing this song and 2) I have short-term memory loss and cannot, for the life of me, remember the lyrics to this song.

Blog Tour + Book Review + Book Playlist: Lightning Rider by Jen Greyson

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Lightning Rider

Title: Lightning Rider

Author: Jen Greyson

Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review

For Evy Rivera, thunderstorms have always caused her physical pain, but she’s never known why. When a record-setting storm arrives on the same night her father finds ancient ancestral documents, Evy is set aglow with mysterious tiny lightnings she can command.

Even worse, she alerts some people in the universe who’ve been looking for her family for a very long time.

Thrown back into ancient Spain and tasked with killing a Spanish legend, she must train alongside Constantine, a sexy yet obstinate Roman warrior. He teaches her how to wield her lightning as a weapon, through more errors than trials. With a relationship as explosive as their late-night training sessions, Evy and Constantine battle their push-pull relationship while trying to ignore the two-thousand-year difference in their birthdates.

Ilif Rotiart, her quasi-mentor, is appalled at Evy’s skill. He would prefer to train her father and keep Evy on the sidelines—where women belong. Evy has a feeling Ilif is keeping something from them, but she must play nice until she uncovers the truth. And if he’s lying, it will be the worst day of his four-hundred-year life.

Penya Sepadas claims she’s Evy’s rightful trainer, and she has the prophecy to prove it. Penya doesn’t share Ilif’s misogynistic attitude, but she does have her own agenda…and her own secrets.

Evy must sort through the lies and find the truth behind her family’s time-traveling past before the wrong history obliterates the future. She’s spent her whole life fighting for her place. Now, as the first female lightning rider, she’ll dedicate her existence to fighting to save the world.

But will Evy learn to manage her lightning and find the truth before it’s too late?

Lightning Rider by Jen Greyson proved to be such a kick-butt book! I found myself enjoying nearly every aspect of the book from the main character who just so happens to be a sassy Latino with a hilarious personality and an insanely cool gift to the whole idea of a “Lightning Rider.” Jen’s writing was very easy to follow and the story she created was so captivating that I found myself entranced, reading through the book until the wee hours of the morning.

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Evy as a main character. From the first page her sassy, funny, witty personality had me grinning from ear to ear. I loved reading about her experience with finding out she was a Lightning Rider and eventually finding the courage and strength to fulfill her purpose. She has quite a few mishaps along the way and sometimes had to fight to find the confidence and courage to carry on but all of that made her all the more stronger in the end. Evy before she was a lightning rider was all sorts of cool with the whole building motorcycles thing but Evy after she found the strength within herself to embrace her Lightning Rider prophecy and of course learn to wield her lightning power of awesome was just all-around kick ass.

The idea of a Lightning Rider struck me as very original and oh so cool for lack of a better word. I love that it is essentially time travel but time travel with a purpose. Lightning Riders have alterations, tasks to complete, in order to make a more peaceful/successful/less sucky future. They get to these moments in the past that they must alter by using the power of lightning. Not every alteration is huge, some just may be a small task to help save someone who will eventually go on to do something important. However, some tasks are like Evy’s which is to say, totally freaking hard. She must help a Roman warrior, Constantine *swoon*, and his army, defeat a Spanish legend. This tasks proves to be far more difficult than anyone first anticipated especially when Evy learns of Ilif’s betrayal. This task is no easy feat and the pressure is put on Evy to not only succeed in her task to defeat the Spanish legend but to also defeat Ilif. This obviously means there are some very tense moments but those moments left me on the edge of my seat, turning page after page to see if Evy would succeed. Assuming that was Jen’s intention, I would say she did an INCREDIBLE job keeping at least this reader interested in the story line from start to finish!

Aside from the huge difference in birth years and the problems their feeling for one another caused, I adored the relationship between Constantine and Evy. There was the perfect mix of push and pull along with the sweet, tender moments to make the romance really stick out to me. Constantine pushes Evy to her limits while helping her train for battle. He doesn’t let her whimp out and in the end he shows her just how strong she can be. His fierce, warrior personality drives Evy crazy just as much as she admires it. I love that Constantine pushed Evy to be her best even when she didn’t want to be pushed. Their feelings for one another don’t exactly get in the way per se but they do make the looming battle far more difficult than first imagined because they are each worried about the other’s safety. Regardless of how convenient (or lack there of) their relationship was, I found the moments with Constantine and Evy together to be some of my favorite moments of the book.

Jen Greyson created one heck of a page turner with Lightning Rider. The tension, action, excitement, and even romance had me rushing through the pages to see how Evy’s story would all end. While there was a conclusion to the looming battle, one that left me half heartbroken and half elated, Jen still managed to leave quite a cliff-hanger at the end of the book. I enjoyed reading this first installment of Evy’s journey and I will be eagerly waiting to see if Evy has another story in her future and if so, finding out if Evy’s next Lightning Rider mission proves to be a success!


Jen has put together two totally amazing playlists for you guys today! The first is the official soundtrack to Lightning Rider. It is complete with 150 songs that remind Jen about her book. The second playlist is “Evy’s Chopper Build” playlist. Our main character build motorcycles when she isn’t off saving the world so it only makes sense for her to have a kick-butt playlist to listen to while she does it. Take a listen to each playlist below & Enjoy!

Lightning Rider Playlist

Evy’s Chopper Build Playlist


Jen Greyson

From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.

Jen also writes university courses and corporate training material when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.




Twitter: @jengreyson






































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Cover Reveal: Endre by ST Bende

Titile: Endre (The Elsker Saga #2)

Author: ST Bende

Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Release Date: September 23, 2013

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Sometimes, finding your destiny means doing the exact opposite of what The Fates have planned.

Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she’s knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses with her very traditional fiancé. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak — not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming. And the gods aren’t even close to ready.

I am very excited to be revealing the cover to Endre to you guys today. This series was just brought to my attention a few weeks ago but it already has me so incredibly interested! I have more information on the first book of the series below but before we get to that, let’s take a look at the cover for Endre!


So what do you guys think? I absolutely love it for a number of reasons with the biggest being it does not feature people on the cover! Don’t get me wrong, I love when a cover artist can capture the characters on a cover but sometimes all I really need is a captivating color and font with some interesting and cool graphics/designs. This cover has all of that for me! The soft yellows and pinks fading into a deep red are really quite beautiful and I LOVE the metal-y looking snowflake figure in the center; It’s gorgeous.

Now before you leave a comment below letting me and ST know what you think about the cover, please be sure to check out all the awesome info on Book #1, Elsker, as well as all the good tidbits about ST herself!

About Elsker:


Title: Elsker (The Elsker Saga #1)

Author: ST Bende

Release Date: April 22, 2013

Publisher: Entranced Publishing, Blush

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest-to-goodness Norse God — an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.

Her orderly life just got very messy.

Book trailer



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About The Author:

ST Bende

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to



Twitter: or @stbende


You Are Invited To The….

BEA Blogger Picnic 3

Hello awesome book bloggers! It is now officially the middle of May so do you know what that means? BEA is just a few weeks away! The absolutely AWESOME blogger, Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase came up with this amazing idea for all bloggers either attending BEA or bloggers that are from the area to come and chit-chat and meet the people behind the blogs in a very casual (but fun!) setting. Brainstorming began among Andrea, myself, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, and Jen from YA Romantics and before long the 2013 BEA Book Blogger Picnic was born! Check out all the below information for more details on the event and of course if there are any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel to contact any one of us!

What:  The BEA Book Blogger Picnic is a gathering for all book bloggers during BEA week.  It’s a laid-back gathering, where we’ll simply be meeting others and talking about books, blogging, BEA, or anything at all!

Why:  A lot of us book bloggers will be in NYC for BEA, and this picnic will allow us to get together in one place at one time!

Who:  ALL book bloggers are welcome, whether you’re attending BEA or not!

Where:  The lawns outside Heckscher Playground (see map below) near the SW corner of Central Park in NYC.

When:  Friday, May 31st, 6-8pm. This is a come-and-go event, so it’s okay to come late or leave early!  And if people aren’t done talking when the sun goes down, we can move indoors somewhere. (Just follow #BEABloggerPicnic and we’ll tweet where we are if we go somewhere else.)

Extra Info: Unless one of us becomes millionaires within the next couple weeks, this event is BYOF (bring your own food…if you want). When you are free, please come meet us at the lawns outside the Heckscher Playground!  Here’s a map of the SW corner of Central Park.  We’ll be in the lawns somewhere outside the Heckscher Playground, probably somewhere on the south side of the playground.  But don’t worry, we’ll have a sign so that you’ll know it’s us!

Heckscher Playground map

And be sure to follow #BEABloggerPicnic on Twitter for any news and updates, and you can follow all the organizers as well:  @alexalovesbooks, @JenRyland, @KatelynTorrey, and @OverstuffedBook.  And please spread the word (the more people who know about the event, the more people we will get to hang out with)!  Feel free to tweet with #BEABloggerPicnic, share the event on Facebook, add the graphic at the top of this post or the one below to your sidebar, write your own post about it, whatever! Also, if you think you will be able to attend please leave a comment, tweet us, or email us to let us know!

BEA Blogger Picnic

We hope to see you there!

Cover Reveal + Sneak Peek: Girl With Guitar by Caisey Quinn

Title: Girl With Guitar

Author: Casey Quinn

Cover Designer: E.M. Tippets

Release Date: May 22nd 2013

After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy step-mother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.

Girl With Guitar

Isn’t that cover just gorgeous!? I absolutely love that it features a girl, her guitar, and all of the country music awesomeness that is present in the book. And just to get you guys even more excited about the release of this snazzy little book, we have an awesome sneak peek for you to check out. Be sure to leave a comment letting Caisey and I know what you think about this awesome cover!

Sneak Peek:

“Evenin’ y’all,” Kylie drawled into the microphone. “I had a song I was gonna sing and then my friend Tonya, she might be your waitress, she told me it sucked—so I guess I’m just gonna play this here guitar and see where it takes us.” She grinned at the audience and then leaned closer to the mic once more. “Oh, and I go right back to serving after this, so if you don’t clap when I’m finished, I can’t be held responsible for what might happen to your drink between the bar and your table.” Kylie winked and strummed a few cords. “Okay, here we go.”

Laughter? Did she hear laughter? She thought she did.

I know you wanna tie me down, know you wanna put a ring on it, but I ain’t never been that kinda girl, not for all the money in the world.

Kylie launched into her modified version of Trace Corbin’s latest hit, Not That Kinda Man.  It was the famous bachelor’s latest lovin’ and leavin’ single and she was attempting to turn the thing on its ear. He’d written and sang it as a sad break up ballad and Kylie had remixed and reworked it into the single girl’s party anthem.

You wanna own me but you don’t know me. Guess what darlin’? When you wake up I’ll be gone.

Kylie flashed her sexiest grin and wiggled a little at the crowd. Then she shouted, “Sing it with me girls!” into the mic and picked up the tempo, launching into the chorus.

Several waitresses, Tonya included, stopped what they were doing to sing along. Not that Kylie could really see them, but the girls in the crowd joined in too. She sang to the guitar player, whose name she was pretty sure was Andy, and he played right along, smiling and winking at her the whole time. Well I’m not that kinda girl, don’t wanna play these games, not gonna wake up in your bed or take your name. She gave Andy a playful smack on the ass and he blew her a kiss. Shrieking whistles radiated from the audience.

The music hummed and pulsed against her and somewhere in Kylie’s mind a little voice said, Holy shit you’re doing it!

When the number was over, she practically flew off the stage, painfully aware of the pounding in her chest. Oh well, if I have a heart attack and die right this moment, I’ll die happy. The applause was loud enough to be heard over the ringing in her ears and she wanted it more than oxygen.

Clive was leaning on the bar, shaking his head but smiling. Tonya shot her two thumbs up. Kylie let out a little squeal of happiness and sent a silent thank you up to her daddy, feeling certain she was higher than any drug could ever take her.

She would let Tonya go home early tonight and do the rooms herself. She had enough energy to clean ten green rooms. When she told Tonya that, the woman hugged her. Hard. “You knocked ‘em dead, girl! That was amazing!”

“Yeah, well, I got some really good advice,” Kylie told her, unable to keep the permagrin off her face.

The next act stepped out of the shadows and took the stage. Kylie heard a deep male voice with a sexy southern drawl say, “Damn. Just my luck to have to follow that.”

The audience was still shrieking and screaming and Kylie knew she’d done well, but seriously?

“I apologize for standing y’all up a few weeks ago. Musta got my dates mixed up. Probably time to fire that manager of mine,” the handsome man on stage drawled.

Who was this guy? Whoever he was, the women in the audience were going crazy over him.

“Well, since that good looking waitress stole my number, guess I’ll have to sing something else. Where is that girl anyways?”

Oh God. Oh God, please no. Kylie’s heart sank and her high evaporated instantly. She turned to face the man on stage. Trace freaking Corbin was standing there with a guitar in one hand and the other to his eyes, scanning the crowd for…her.

About The Author:

Caisey Quinn is a wearer of cowgirl boots, writer and avid reader of New Adult romance, lover of wine, and is addicted to chai tea lattes. She’s the brand spanking new author of soon to be released books including Girl with Guitar and Keep Me Still. (Which may or may not include spanking).

Caisey lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. Girl with Guitar is her first novel.

Twitter: @CaiseyQuinn




Tune In Tuesday (104)

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hey there fellow Tune In Tuesday-ers! I hope your week has been off to an incredible start so far!

For today’s Tune In Tuesday post I decided to go with a band I recently learned about. I can’t remember if I saw them on one of your guys’ Tune In Tuesday posts or if they randomly popped up on my Spotify. Regardless, I am SOOO happy I know who they are now! Over the past two months, Arkells has been filling my ears with musical awesomeness. Their music can be very fun and upbeat but then some of their songs have this super awesome rock tone to it. Basically their music makes me smile and that’s all that matters. While I like pretty much EVERY song by these guys, I have tried to narrow it down to just a few of my very favorites. I hope you all enjoy!

Deadlines by Arkells

I like this song because it has that more “rocker” sound I was talking about it!

Michigan Left by Arkells

I live in Michigan so I feel it is only natural that I like this song. Also, I know I featured this song not too long ago but I just love it THAT much!

Book Club by Arkells

I think that the fact that this song is entitled Book Club is a good enough reason for it to be my favorite. Also, I really like the original version of this song (i.e. I think you should check it out) but I can’t help myself to a good acoustic one!