Thursday, July 28, 2016

Breaking Promises by S. Briones Lim **Promo Blitz** & Giveaway!









New Adult / Sports Fiction / Romance



Date Published: May 31, 2016



Publisher: Limitless Publishing




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After a devastating accident, Aurora Crane's collegiate gymnastics career comes to an abrupt end…


Fighting to piece her life back together, Aurora packs up and transfers to California State to start anew. When she arrives, her focus is on schoolwork and choosing a new career. But to her surprise, destiny has other plans…


Sucked into the world of competitive breakdancing, Aurora comes toe-to-toe with the hottest B-Boy of them all…


An arrogant hothead, Mitch Adachi—or B-Boy Kickwit as he is more commonly known—has life all figured out. He breakdances all day, practicing for upcoming competitions that are sure to challenge his skills—which means he has no time for distractions.


When the new girl steps into the scene, he sees an opportunity he can’t pass up…


Besides finding Aurora devastatingly attractive, he can’t help but notice her skills. He quickly develops high hopes for the ex-gymnast, seeing her as the perfect potential crewmember for the impending high stakes Battle of the Crews competition. All she needs is some fine-tuning.


When the two commit to a business relationship, a different kind of passion kicks into high gear. There’s no denying they groove well together, but there’s a chance mixing high-stakes competition with a fierce romance might lead to…

Breaking Promises.




EXCERPT


“Are you stalking me now? I’m seriously not in the mood,” she hissed as soon as I reached her table. She looked up at me through hooded eyes and, as if to make a point, took her fork and stabbed a cherry tomato with it until its juices bled all over her plastic plate. 


My bottom lip twitched with amusement. “Not stalking actually, just a coincidence I saw you here.” 


“So staring at me earlier wasn’t enough? You have to bother me now too?” 


Yikes! This girl seemed like a grade A level bitch. Usually, I would have shot her some deuces and left her alone, but for some reason I found the whole encounter humorous. 


“I saw you earlier during our cypher. You looked like you smelled a skunk or something,” I commented nonchalantly. 


Blood rushed up her face, causing her cheeks to turn a soft shade of pink. Something about the sight caused my dick to twitch as if it were trying to wave hello to her. God, had it really been two months since I last got laid? 


The girl sighed and rolled her eyes before dropping her gaze back down at her gross looking salad. “You know what? I don’t have the time or the patience to deal with this. Not today.” 


“What do you mean?” With a smirk on my lips, I sat down on the empty chair across from her. Her eyes immediately lifted, blazing furiously. 


“Did I invite you to sit down?” 


“We’re having a conversation. A bit rude for me to stay standing up only to talk down at you, eh?” 


“You—” She shut her eyes and took a few deep breaths, rolling her neck to the side. A horrible sounding POP soon followed, leaving me to wonder how her head was still attached to the rest of her body. After a few silent moments, which really seemed as if she were plotting my death, she spoke again. “I had a rough day. My roommate is batshit crazy and I don’t even want to go to this school to begin with. Please leave me alone so I can sulk in peace.” 


I reached out and grabbed the smashed tomato from her plate, popping it into my mouth. “Funny, I don’t want to be here either. Guess we have that in common.” 


“Are you always this annoying?” she snapped. 


“Are you always this hospitable?” I shot back with a wink. 


Placing her elbows on the table, she rested her head in her hands, rubbing at her temples. “What do you want, dude? Like I said, I’m not in the mood for this, so either speak your piece or leave. Better yet, why don’t you just leave?” 


“Why did you look like you hated what you saw?” 


She raised her head in surprise, taking her time to eye me from head to toe. I smirked knowingly as her eyes traveled from my biceps to my defined pecs. 


She stammered. “I-I have no idea what you’re even talking about.” 


Yup, she was definitely checking me out.

About the Author





Thanks to her Mom’s unwavering devotion to read a childhood bedtime story to her every single night, S. BRIONES LIM’s love for books began before she could even speak.


Raised in Southern California, Lim initially dreamt of becoming an artist. After a Psychology Degree (Summa cum Laude), a stint in Art School, and a career in Advertising/Media she is finally diving back into her first love – books. As a self-renowned bookworm, Lim’s love for reading has inspired her to pen her own novels and hopes her readers will fall in love with her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.


Her obsessions include time with family, Cherry Coke, popcorn with jalapeƱos, watching movies and her dogs, Tobi and Roscoe. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband.


Contact Links



Twitter: @sbrioneslim


Pinterest: @sbrioneslim



Purchase Links




Giveaway


1 ebook copy each of Books 1-3 of the Caught Inside Series



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baseball's Dyanasties and The Players Who Built Them by Jonathan Weeks ** Book Blast**






We're happy to be hosting Jonathan Weeks' BASEBALL'S DYNASTIES AND THE PLAYERS WHO BUILT THEM Book Blast today!



About the Book:





Title:
Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them
Author: Jonathan Weeks
Publisher: Rowan and Littlefield
Pages: 408
Genre: Sports History



Baseball has had its fair share of one-and-out champions,
but few clubs have dominated the sport for any great length of time. Given the
level of competition and the expansive length of the season, it is a remarkable
accomplishment for a team to make multiple World Series appearances in a short
timespan. From the Baltimore Orioles of the 1800s who would go to any length to
win—including physically accosting opponents—to the 1934 Cardinals known as the
“Gashouse Gang” for their rough tactics and determination, and on to George
Steinbrenner’s dominant Yankees of the late twentieth century, baseball’s
greatest teams somehow found a way to win year after year.

Spanning three centuries of the game, Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players
Who Built Them
examines twenty-two of baseball’s most iconic teams. Each
chapter not only chronicles the club’s era of supremacy, but also provides an
in-depth look at the players who helped make their teams great. Nearly two
hundred player profiles are included, featuring such well-known stars as Joe
DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and Pete Rose, as well as players who
were perhaps overshadowed by their teammates but were nonetheless vital to
their team’s reign, such as Pepper Martin, Allie Reynolds, and George Foster.

With a concluding chapter that profiles the clubs that were on the cusp of
greatness, Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them is a
fascinating survey of what makes some teams dominate year after year while
others get only a small taste of glory before falling to the wayside. Written
in a lively style with amusing anecdotes and colorful quotes, this
comprehensive book will be of interest to all fans and historians of baseball.

For More
Information



  • Baseball’s Dynasties and

  •      the Players Who Built Them is available at Amazon.


  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

  • Book Excerpt:


    With a roster full of superstars, the Orioles captured three
    straight pennants from 1894–1896. They followed with a pair of near misses,
    placing second in 1897 and 1898. Along the way, they developed a reputation as one
    of the nastiest teams in baseball. John Heydler, an umpire who would later
    ascend to the NL presidency, described the Orioles of the 1890s as “mean,
    vicious, ready at any time to maim a rival player or an umpire.” Infielder John
    McGraw was proud of that distinction. “We’d go tearing into a bag with flying
    spikes as though with murderous intent,” he boasted. “We were a cocky,
    swashbuckling crew and wanted everybody to know it.”

    Pirates great Honus Wagner manufactured a tall tale about a
    harrowing trip around the bases against the Orioles. After driving a ball deep
    into the outfield, he claimed to have been tripped at first base by Jack Doyle
    and then knocked flat by Hughie Jennings at second. Climbing to his feet, he
    lumbered toward third, only to find John McGraw holding a shotgun on him. “You
    stop right there!” McGraw allegedly bellowed. Although Wagner’s story is
    obviously apocryphal, numerous reliable accounts confirm the fact that the
    Orioles resorted to underhanded tactics regularly. When they weren’t physically
    accosting opponents, they were treating them to streams of verbal abuse. Baltimore
    players were so free in their use of profanity that a resolution was adopted in
    1898, imposing mandatory expulsions upon anyone using “villainously foul”
    language.

    Even the groundskeepers at Baltimore
    were deceitful. Soap flakes were mixed with the soil around the pitcher’s mound
    to make the hands of opposing hurlers slippery when they reached into the dirt.
     Orioles moundsmen knew to keep untainted soil in their pockets. The
    infield was mixed with clay and rarely watered, creating a surface not unlike
    cement. Baltimore players chopped down on the ball, creating dramatically high
    hops that gave them a head start to first base (hence, the origin of the term
    Baltimore chop). The outfield was ruddy and riddled with weeds. Outfielders
    allegedly kept extra balls hidden out there in the event that the ones in play
    eluded them.







    About the Author




    Weeks
    spent most of his life in the Capital District area of New
      York. He earned a degree in psychology from SUNY
    Albany. In 2004, he migrated to Malone, NY.
    He continues to gripe about the frigid winter temperatures to the present day.
    A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he writes about the
    game because he lacked the skill to play it professionally. He still can't hit
    a curve ball or lay off the high heat. Baseball’s Dynasties is his fourth
    nonfiction work.



    For More Information



    • Visit Jonathan Weeks’ website.



    • Connect with Jonathan on Facebook

    •      and Goodreads.




      Monday, July 25, 2016

      US of Books Tour - The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner **Review by HC at The Irresponsible Reader**



      Author: HC at The Irresponsible Reader

       The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century

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      Wow, it took like 2 minutes for me to remember just how much work this guy is to read. This is not the kind of book you take to the breakroom at work for a few minutes during lunch. The Sound and the Fury, like all of Faulkner that I can remember, takes work. You have to think -- especially here in Part 1. Don't get me wrong, Part 2 is no walk in the park, but Benjy's narration is just so difficult to wade through given his cognitive ability.
      Maybe I should back up a bit -- this is the story of the fall of the Compson family -- a great Southern family from Jefferson, MS, through (primarily) various stream of consciousness points of view. Part 1 is told through the point of view of Benjy. Benjy is 33 year-old developmentally disabled man, and his section is almost impossible to follow. There's no chronological sense to it, it's impossible to follow on first read as Benjy talks about a variety of events over the course of his life. Which is not to say there's not a certain poetry, a power to it. But man . . .
      Part 2 is possibly more difficult to understand, honestly, despite being told from Benjy's older brother's POV. But I don't want to talk about the details -- I just hate spoilers (even if you've had around 90 years to catch up). There are other POVs (including -- thankfully, an omniscient third-person).
      The plot is one thing -- the experience of reading the novel is another. You want to know the power of the English language? Read William Faulkner. I don't know what else to say. I'm not sure I'm equipped to talk about this, really -- P.I.s, wizards, werewolves, dogs? Sure. The kind of thing that wins Nobel Prizes? That's just beyond me. This is the stuff of history -- of legend, really.
      There is horrible language used throughout -- the kind of thing that gets books banned from schools and classrooms, so if you're easily offended, skip this. But it's how people talked (still do), it's honest, it's brutal, it's ugly, it's human.
      This is not my favorite novel by Faulkner -- nor is it something I recommend to someone who's never read the man before (maybe, As I Lay Dying?).  That said, it's full of fantastic writing, insights into the human condition, strange southerners, tragedy, and complexity that I cannot describe. Faulkner, as always, stands so far above the pack that it's almost not fair to other books. Of course, 5 stars, how could it be anything else?