Blog Tour + Book Playlist + Giveaway: Even In Darkness by Cyndi Tefft

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It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent. 

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates. 

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

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Aiden MacRae has been given a new life after being stuck transporting souls to heaven for the last three hundred years. He doesn’t know the culture, the times or the slang, but there is one thing he does know: he didn’t come forward alone. 

The master of hell has other plans for the Scottish Highlander and has sent a transporter of his own to get the deed done. Will Lindsey be able to save him or get caught in the crossfire?

Even In Darkness

I thought it was over, that all our troubles were behind us.

We had a fairytale castle wedding surrounded by family and friends. Aiden wore a dress kilt, looking so handsome it made my heart squeeze, and I floated on air in a white version of the ball gown he’d cast for me in Versailles. Flower girl, ring bearer, Scottish ceilidh afterward—check, check, and check. It was perfect.

We were supposed to live happily ever after.

But that was before I walked in to find another woman in his bed, a demon with blood red eyes who’d disguised herself as me in order to get what she wanted most: a child from a heaven transporter.

And it was in that moment—watching my entire world crumble to the ground—that I knew.

This was not over. Not by a long shot.

I am so absolutely thrilled to be a part of the blog tour celebrating the third installment in Cyndi Tefft’s Between series, Even In Darkness. Cyndi was one of the first authors to ever contact me to read her book. I fell in love with Between way back in the early days of blogging and have been swooning over Aiden MacRae ever since (you can read my review here). Even though I have not been able to read the remanding books in her series, I instantly hopped on board this blog tour because it just sounded like so much fun! As part of the blog tour, I asked Cyndi to create a book playlist. She came up with such an awesome selection of songs that follow Aiden and Lindsey’s story. We so hope you guys enjoy and also, don’t forget to check out all of the fun and exciting info below!




So there are a few awesome things I want to bring to your guys’ attention!

The first is this super fun and super creative way to earn some money (first place is $30, second place is $20, and third place is $10!) From now until August 3rd you can create a book trailer for Even in Darkness, create a new, original book cover for the first title in the series, Between, or write a fan fiction piece using the characters from the Between series. To be eligible to win, participants must have a Twitter account. Writing and artwork submissions are to be sent to: Contestants may submit entries in all three categories. The winning submissions will be announced Saturday 8/10 at

The second awesome event I want to call to your attention is the photo contest that Cyndi is hosting on Twitter! The event is called “Where in the World is Aiden MacRae?” Readers will be invited to send a photo of one of the books in the series taken from any and all locales and interesting settings. Ereader pics work as well as physical book pics. Creativity is what Cyndi will be looking for, and each picture sent to @cynditefft will receive a Kashkey in the amount of 25 cents. There’s a limit of one photo per participant, per day.

And now, the best part, there is an awesome giveaway that you can enter! The winner will get an e-copy of any of the books in the Between series! All you have to do is follow this link and fill out the Rafflecopter form!


Cyndi Tefft

Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. So she was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle.

A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis…well okay, not the haggis.









7/28: Violet Hour Book Reviews

7/28: Better Read Than Dead

7/28: Refreshingly Riki

7/29: Aiden’s Angels fan site

7/29: What the Cat Read

7/29: Confessions of a Book Addict

7/30: Jamie Canosa

7/30: Tales of Books and Bands

7/30: Pinky Pollock

7/31: Just a Booklover

7/31: Molly Ringle

7/31: Book Groupies

8/1: I’d So Rather Be Reading

8/1: Writer of Wrongs

8/1: Mermaid with a Book

8/2: Reading Angel

8/2: Paperback Cowgirl

8/2: Carrie Secor

8/3: Read Between the Lines

8/3: A Rebel’s Journey

8/3: Color me GREYsessed!

8/3: Ink-Stained Life




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Tune In Tuesday (115)

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 am so sorry this Tune In Tuesday post is coming at you late. We have had sucktastic internet access (i.e. absolutely none) for the past couple of days. I just got it working again this morning, thank goodness! And since I’ve had no internet, I have not had time to make up a graphic for August’s special theme. With that in mind, I am going to be moving the special theme to the month of September. It’ll be fun though, I promise!

And now onto the music for today! Since I have not been able to spend my extra time online this week, I spent it cleaning the basement. When I clean, there is ALWAYS music. One of my favorite music stations on the TV is the Alt  Nation Sirius channel. I have been listening to that channel for as long as I can remember. This past week I found a few songs on that channel that I just loved. Hope you enjoy!

Chocolate by The 1975

Wake Me Up by Avicii

Dreaming by Smallpools

Wild by Royal Teeth

Blog Tour + Book Playlist + Giveaway: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

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The Forgotten Ones

Title: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)

Author: Laura Howard

Pages: 197 e-book

Publisher: Amazon

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

I am so excited to be part of this blog tour! I have been so excited for this book ever since I was part of the blog tour for the cover reveal of the book. In celebration of the blog tour, I have asked Laura to give us a playlist of her book. Below you will find a Spotify playlist of AWESOME music that Laura picked just for The Forgotten Ones. If you’ve read the books, can you pick out where the songs fit in. Or if you haven’t’ read the book, aren’t you so excited to do so now? Take a listen to the awesome playlist below and let us know what you think!


Laura Howard

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.







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Tune In Tuesday (114)

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 Tuesday is off to an amazing start! Last week I posted songs by a few of the bands/artists that I saw this last weekend. The first annual Faster Horses Festival turned out to be all sorts of awesome! It was held at the Mid-Michigan Speedway as well as surrounding campgrounds. It was three days of camping, awesome music, and lots of fun. But holy freaking crap, it was exhausting! Just when I thought I would have today to recover, I was invited last-minute to yet another concert. Tonight I am going to be seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company. Can I just say how excited I am for this? I mean, a nap sounds rather nice right about now, but I will gladly hold off on my sleep for this concert. In honor of the show tonight, I am going to post a few of my favorite songs! Hope you enjoy and have an awesome Tuesday!

Can’t Get Enough by Bad Company

Simple Man by Bad Company

Southern Ways by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Tune In Tuesday (113)

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 and welcome back to Tune In Tuesday! First off, let me just apologize for being so behind on commenting on your guys’ Tune In Tuesday posts! I know I am a few weeks behind but just so you know, I totally intend on changing that as soon as I get home from work tonight!

For today’s post, I am going to share quite a few artists that I am seeing later this week! Starting on the 18th and continuing through the 21st, Kati (my best friend!) and I will be going to concerts non-stop. The 18th is a Gavin DeGraw/Train/The Script concert. We are so freaking excited to see all three but I am especially excited for Gavin DeGraw considering I have been in love with him and his music since I was a wee little girl (okay, more like 12 or 13 but still, that is a LONG time!). The 19th through the 21st, we are going to what is called The Faster Horses Festival which takes place here in Michigan. This festival is three days of non-stop country music. We will be camping out on the site and then going to the concerts during the day. Even though I am missing Warped Tour for this event (my first time missing it in 7 years!), I am incredibly excited for this festival. It’s going to be all sorts of fun!

I selected a few songs from the many acts we will be seeing later on in the week. I hope you guys enjoy!

Meet Virgina by Train

This songs for you Ginger!

Every Mile A Memory by Dierks Bentley

Love this song…and him!

Buzzkill by Luke Bryan

My brother told his girlfriend that this was his song to her. She did not appreciate this at all but I found it hilarious!

Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean

I should not find this song as sweet as I do but alas…

If I Didn’t Have You by Thompson Square

I love this group! They have some pretty amazing songs!

Here’s To The Good Times by Florida Georgia Line

This group has quickly become a favorite of mine! Their songs are all so catchy!

It Goes Like This by Thomas Rhett

LOVE this song so freaking much! Also, how adorable is he?!?

Jennifer Echols Week + Book Review + Giveaway: Dirty Little Secret

Jennifer Echols Week

The end of Jennifer Echols Week is upon us. It makes me oh so sad that it coming to a close but I just wanted to thank you all so much for participating! I have had so much fun celebrating this wonderful woman’s work and I so hope you guys enjoyed it as well! So what was your favorite part of the weeks? I especially loved the Boys of Jennifer Echols post because of all of the swoon. I mean, how could that not be my favorite part!?! Since today is the book birthday for Dirty Little Secret, I have decided to celebrate with one last review! Be sure to check out what I think about that book below BUT also be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post! Again, one last thank you for making Jennifer Echols Week an enjoyable one for me; you guys are full of awesome!

RECAP OF #JenniferEcholsWeek:

Tuesday July 9th: Kick-off Post + Tune In Tuesday Jennifer Echols Edition

Check out what songs I picked for each of Jennifer’s books!

Wednesday July 10th: Cover Talk

I had a blast talking about ALL of Jennifer’s covers!

Thursday July 11th: Review of Such A Rush

Good God. This book was freaking amazing!

Friday July 12th: Jennifer’s types of books: Romantic Comedies, Romantic Dramas, Adult, New Adult

I had a blast talking about my favorites from each category!

Saturday July 13th: Review of Star Crossed

J. Echols does an adult book. Heck to the yes!

Sunday July 14th: It’s Raining Book Boyfriends, Hallelujah!

One of my favorite things in a Jennifer Echols book: a swoon-worthy boy!

Monday July 15th: Girl Power!

Jennifer has some kick-ass girls in her books too. Check out which ones are my favorite!

Tuesday July 16th: Recap of week + Review of Dirty Little Secret + Giveaway

Jennifer Echols Week comes to an end *cries*

Dirty Little Secret

Title: Dirty Little Secret

Author: Jennifer Echols

Pages: 288 Hardcover

Publisher: MTV Books

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…

I was absolutely thrilled to find out that Jennifer Echols was going to have a countrified book. I grew up on country music and even now, I love listening to it because it takes me back to when I was a little girl. When it came to the country theme in Dirty Little Secret, Jennifer Echols did not disappoint!

Bailey, while not my favorite of Jennifer Echols’ characters, was still enjoyable. She is having a hard time as of late. Formally part of a Bluegrass Duo with her sister, Bailey is struggling to accept that her sister got picked up by a record company and she did not. On top of this, she is also dealing with the fact that her family doesn’t seem to accept or support her anymore. My heart hurt for her because this is like sibling rivalry times 100. I had hard times in life when I felt my other siblings were being favorited so I could only imagine just what Bailey was going through. On top of feeling like a secluded black sheep, Bailey is also told she cannot perform otherwise her parents will not be paying for her college. This is like a triple slap to the face. But considering that Bailey has and currently is going through a bit of a rebel phase, she performs anyways. Playing fiddle for tribute bands at the mall leads Bailey to Sam and this is where her troubles really begin.

Sam, also not my favorite of Jennifer’s normally swoon-worthy guys, was still an interesting character to read about. He is working so hard to get his band on the map. Every move he makes has some ulterior motive in helping the band to get recognized. Though his drive to succeed musically was inspirational, I did not agree with how he played, deceived, and manipulated people to get there. The only problem with this is that Sam made it awfully hard to get mad at him. Despite the lying and the manipulating, I never once felt that Sam meant it in a malicious way. When he wasn’t lying or trying to convince Bailey to go along with his plan, Sam seemed really sweet and adorable. His intentions always seemed (mostly) sincere, he really just wanted to get noticed. Even though I spent a majority of the book at least trying to dislike Sam, he did have a few moments that totally melted my heart.

Bailey and Sam were such an interesting couple. There is an obvious attraction right from the beginning. Bailey, despite how moody she is and how much she turns down Sam’s offer for her to join his band, actually seems really taken with Sam. She envies his passion for succeeding in the music industry and silently wishes she had the ability to chase her dreams like he does. And Sam, despite how equally moody he can be and the fact that every other sentence out of his mouth has some sort of unintentional dirty innuendo behind it, really loves spending time with Bailey. He sees how talented she is and works so hard to make her see that she needs to fight for what she wants and what she should want is a career in music. On the outside, it really seems like these two shouldn’t be together especially when you consider how Sam is pushing to be a successful musician while Bailey is trying to hide the fact that she is performing again. Even though there are some very obvious problems with this relationship, you just can’t deny what the heart wants. There were some pretty awesome moments that made me smile and swoon. Sam had moments where his sincerity and shyness made me say aww and then when Bailey softened up around him and let down that tough girl persona, I was so happy. BUT I just wish there was a bit more something, that usual spark I feel when I read a Jennifer Echols romance. I felt like that even though there was a connection between Bailey and Sam, there could have been a few less moments of arguing and a few more moments of smooching (or something equally swoony).

My absolutely FAVORITE part of this book was the country element. No matter what I read by Jennifer Echols, I always feel like I am transported to wherever the book is taking place. She has such an incredible talent for setting the stage for a story and that was most certainly the case for this book. I felt like I was smack-dab in the middle of Tennessee. It made me wish I could walk through the mall to see a Dolly Parton or Johnny Cash tribute band. It made me want to walk down the streets, passing through the bars to hear all of the up and coming country acts. And I wanted to walk down the sidewalks and see musicians busking, giving it their all in a free performance. Everything from the fiddle that Bailey plays to the countrified versions of Justin Timberlake songs that Sam’s band played, made me feel like I was really in this book.

Dirty Little Secrets has a little bit of everything that I come to love and expect from a Jennifer Echols book. There was a main character struggling to find a place. There was a boy who helps her out and also adds a little bit of swoon. But more than anything, there was a setting that transported you to the middle of Tennessee and made you feel like you were experiencing every wonderful, hard, exhilarating, and self-discovering moment with Bailey & Sam!

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In celebration of the release of Dirty Little Secret and the completion of Jennifer Echols Week, I am hosting a giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will have their choice between two different prizes: 3 Jennifer Echols books of your choice (if the winner selected is from outside of the U.S., their books will be in e-book form. If it’s a U.S. winner, they will have their choice.) OR, if like me you are sort of a huge Jennifer Echols fan-girl/fan-guy and happen to own her books already, you will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card! All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Don’t forget, if you participated in Jennifer Echols Week, you get 2 extra points for each day that you participated! Best of luck to all of you!

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Jennifer Echols Week: Girl Power!

Jennifer Echols Week

Sadly, we are almost to the end of Jennifer Echols Week but I have had a blast and I hope you all have as well. Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for my final post and a big giveaway!

For today, I was a bit undecided on what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until yesterday’s Boys of Jennifer Echols post that I decided her girls needed some major love too. Jennifer’s boys are complex, hot, and swoon-worthy. They give us (or at lest me) something to hope for in a future boyfriend. However, it is her girls that give me someone to look up too. Like the boys, these girls are often complex. Many of them face a wide range of issues like memory loss, parental problems, grief issues, etc. They generally start off as misunderstood, moody, girls with giant chips on their shoulders but by the end of the book, there is so much personal growth by both digging deep within themselves and also with the help of their swoon-worthy guys. Here’s a look at a few of my favorite Jennifer Echols girls!

Zoey from Forget You


Zoey is one of those characters who you sort of love in the beginning but she also drives you freaking crazy. She is dealing with A LOT but instead of acting like a normal person and freaking out, she stays eerily calm and acts like everything is fine. Her mom just attempted suicide, she just had sex for the first time, her supposed boyfriend is acting like a loser, her supposed enemy is acting like a boyfriend, her dad is acting like a complete ass, and she cannot remember a chunk of her life surrounding a car accident. I say this is all freak out-worthy shizz but Zoey seems to be in denial. I just wanted to smack her and say “Act rational and by act rational I mean freak out a little. Stand up for yourself. Stop saying you are Branden’s girlfriend because he is an absolute douche. Stop pretending to have feelings for Brandon because of the aforementioned reason. Look at Doug because he is da bomb. Kiss Doug and do other saucy things with Doug because of the aforementioned reason AND the fact that he is hot, cares for you, and makes me drool a little.” Even though these thoughts raced through my head for about 90% of the novel, the other 10% of the time, Zoey kicked ass. She finally got with the program, saw things for the way they were, and went after Doug. She totally and completely redeemed herself for me by the end of this book.

Lori from Endless Summer

Lori from Endless Summer

Lori was such a fun, enjoyable character to read about. Unlike some of Jennifer’s other characters, she was totally loveable from the very beginning. Sure she did show some growth among the pages of Endless Summer but it was more that I’m-a-teen-turning-into-a-young-adult type of growth. According to my review of this book back 2011 Lori is “funny, honest, blunt, spontaneous, determined, confidant, and just an all-around great girl. She isn’t perfect (well of course no one is), she makes mistakes (big ones), tells a few little lies (ok so maybe there are some big ones too), and is wrong about quite a few things, but in all honesty, there is some personality trait of hers that every teenage girl out there possesses and can relate to.” I think what I really loved most about Lori was that even though her and I were different in many ways, I also felt like we were so much alike in other ways.

Leah from Such A Rush

Leah from Such A Rush

Leah was an incredible character. She stood out to me for many reasons but I especially appreciated how hard of a worker she was. Her life is so difficult and I wanted so bad to just snap my fingers and make everything easier for her but that is unfortunately not how this world works. She works hard to make a different life for herself, to get out of her trailer park, to follow her dream of flying. Even though she has hard edges and can be a bit hard to get along with at time, it is the time she spends with Grayson (the boy of awesome from Such A Rush) that she truly blossoms. I love how she opens up and learns to be a true friend and how to accept the love from those that care about her.

Wendy from Star Crossed

Wendy from Starcrossed

Wendy was such a fun character! She was more complex than what meets the eye. Still struggling with a past relationship, fighting to keep her job, spending time with her rival a.k.a. Daniel, the man with one facial expression, being attacked, getting her hair chopped off by some random creeper are some of the many things that are making life hard for Wendy at the moment. Despite having every reason to freak-the-eff-out, Wendy keeps up her calm facade only letting the crazy shine through very rarely. It is this trait that shows me just how tough she is. I love that through the story she shows strength but also an incredible sense of humor. Wendy was hilarious whether she was meaning to be or not.

Meg from Going Too Far

Meg from Going Too Far

Meg is and always will be one of my favorite characters. She has an obvious attitude problem from the beginning. She tries to act tough and like she doesn’t care about anyone but we slowly learn that isn’t the truth. Underneath it all she is just this scared, hurt girl who doesn’t know how to deal. In the beginning she pushes people away for fear that they will get too close but spending time with the dreamy, moody, and sort of grumpy Officer After changes all of that. She opens up, she admits her fears, she learns to deal, she lets someone help her out, she learns how to truly be there for someone and what it feels like to love and care for someone. The transformation that Meg undergoes from the beginning all the way to the end is so incredibly memorable.

So there you have my favorite girls from Jennifer Echols books. They are all incredible for very different reasons but I love them all the same. Who is your favorite Jennifer Echols girl?

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