Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

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No, this book is not my normal genre of reading. I’m not really much into non-fiction as you can probably tell by the majority of the books I’ve reviewed here. But this particular book was assigned to me for my Social Media Explored class and since it was also available as a review option on NetGalley and I already had the book, I figured why not? To be honest, the book is actually quite interesting.

We’ve all seen it – this video or that blog post takes off and suddenly it’s got 100,000 views or 2,000 shares on social media. But why? Why does this video or that blog post take off when others don’t? Believe it or not, there’s actually a science behind making things catch on. Jonah Berger doesn’t write like he’s speaking to a bunch of professionals, he writes like he’s speaking to the average person. Like he’s speaking to you and me.

He tells stories. Things that seem at first like just interesting anecdotes become lessons in how to do things – or not to do things in a couple of cases. This book is simply an invaluable tool for any business, YouTuber, blogger, etc. If you want your blog, YouTube channel, business, or whatever to take off, this is a book your really ought to get a copy of, read cover to cover, and keep handy. I can say with all certainty this is one “text book” that I am not selling back!

I reviewed this book for NetGalley and was provided a free copy although I had my own. All opinions are 100% my own.

Blog Tour: The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross

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My Review

I’m going to fully admit here and now that the contemporary romance genre is not my favorite. Yes, I like it. No, it’s not my favorite. Most of the books I find are either too sappy or the characters spend more time in bed than out and it just bugs me. But that’s not the way it is with The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross. This book actually has substance and the characters don’t spend more time in than out of bed.

We all know that tragedy strikes the best of us and that it sucks. But what happens when it strikes not once but multiple times? That’s what this story is about. How even when tragedy can’t seem to leave someone alone, love is strong enough to help you get through the worst of times. The book is extremely well written and while the characters aren’t as developed as they could be, they don’t really need to be in order to enjoy this book. Sometimes, you just don’t want the characters to be to deep, you know what I mean?

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more. Honestly – I’d love a bit more story behind Courtney & Sam..hint hint! If you like contemporary romance or are looking for a introduction into it, I highly recommend The Strength of Love.

Excerpt

The stressful phone call wipes her out mentally and physically. She walks a bit further to, her now favorite hang-out, the corner coffee shop. After receiving her caramel latte and chocolate croissant, Rachel returns to the hospital. The decadent mixture of caffeine, chocolate, and caramel, lifts her spirits and empowers her with a burst of “can-do” attitude.

Her mind flutters with inspirational thoughts and scripture. The positive, uplifting thinking allows her mind to explode with optional types of treatments and hospitals. Because of this newfound optimism, she feels, deep in her heart, Brooks will defeat the enemy invading his body. Lost in her thoughts she blows through the hospital rotating glass doors. In fact, she pushes the door, with such force, it spins harder than intended and tosses her into the hospital lobby and straight into a pair of muscular welcoming arms.

With the last bite of her delicious croissant hanging from her mouth, Rachel struggles to keep a grip on her latte as she enjoys pressing her cheek against the hard wall of an extremely nice chest. Eye level with a rippling bicep she decides if she’s going to land somewhere this is a really nice place to land.

Her eyes lower to a jean-clad thigh begging to be released from its tight, faded denim. Her mind races. Please let the face be half as nice as the other parts of his anatomy. Attempting to upright herself, even though she actually hates leaving his embrace, she says, “I am incredibly sorry. I guess I don’t know—”

Her eyes land on a pair of luscious lips she quickly recognizes, without a doubt.

“—my own strength. Marcus, oh my gracious, it seems you are always coming to my rescue.”

A smile spreads from ear to ear across his gorgeous face while Rachel absorbs him from head to toe. The man is handsome in his white doctor’s coat, but holy mackerel, Dr. Dreamy in a pair of worn jeans, cowboy boots, and a yellow, blue, and white plaid, starched, snap front, dress shirt is lethal. She blushes when she realizes the way she’s devouring him with her eyes.

“Are you all right?” he inquires, tucking her hair behind her ear. The small, intimate act sends a chill through her shaky frame. She’s about to answer his question when his index finger strokes across the bottom of her lip. Rachel moans. Yes, moans—loudly. Her mouth falls open and her eyes close as she relishes his tender touch.

“You had chocolate smeared on your lip.” Waking from her not so silent orgasmic experience, her startled eyes fly open. He smiles, before placing his finger in his mouth. Rachel stumbles backwards. Holy crap! Her body, which has been dormant from the waist down, dances to life. It takes everything in her not to grab his finger and swallow it whole. What the heck!

Marcus delights in the effect he’s having on the beautiful brunette.

Rachel remains speechless and extremely embarrassed.

“Rachel?” His smile is so wide it’s about to break his face. His hands happily stroke up and down her arms.

Finally she responds, “Oh. I am sorry—so sorry. I have tons of thoughts racing through my mind—about Brooks—of course.” She blushes.

“Of course.” There’s that smile again. Rachel knows she isn’t fooling him.

“I really should get going.”

“Glad to see you’re eating and getting fresh air.”

She walks toward the elevators mumbling, “Thanks.”

“I’ll see you two tomorrow morning.”

She enters the elevator. After pushing her floor, she rakes her eyes the length of the gorgeous doctor. A man should not be allowed to be physically fabulous and a doctor! “Yes,” she says.

“I’m sorry about this morning and the delay.”

The elevator doors are closing as she blurts, “I’m sure you’re worth the wait.”

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About The Author

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G.L. Ross is the author of the Flyboy Trilogy and the soon to be released contemporary/inspirational romance, “The Strength of Love.” To learn more about her, visit her via website, Facebook, or Twitter. She loves to hear from her fans. Also, join her street team, The Flygirls. To join, find the link on her website.

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I received a copy of this book from The Killion Group & G. L. Ross in exchange for my honest opinion. All views expressed are 100% my own.

Blog Tour: The Blue Woods by Nicole Maggi

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with Me, My Shelf, and I tours, is proud to present the official blog tour for The Blue Woods by Nicole Maggi.

About The Book

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THE BLUE WOODS
Twin Willow Trilogy #3
Author: Nicole Maggi
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Medallion Media Group

SYNOPSIS:

The Night Battles ascend in THE BLUE WOODS, the exhilarating conclusion to the Twin Willows Trilogy

Sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs wants to go to college someday like her friends. She wishes for a chance at a normal relationship with Jonah. But normal is never an option for a Benandante like Alessia, who has sworn to protect the magic in the world from the Malandanti . . . especially when Jonah is on the opposite side of the deadly struggle. When the war comes to a head, lives will be lost, love will be gained, and Alessia will risk everything to save the people she loves and destroy the Malandanti once and for all.

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About The Author

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Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age.  She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare.  After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats.  She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, published by Medallion Press.  The first book, WINTER FALLS, is available now.

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Giveaway

1 Winner will get a signed set of The Twin Willows Trilogy (US Only)
1 Winner will get a $25.00 Gift Card to Powell Books (US Only)

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Tour Schedule

December 14th
Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
Curling Up With A Good Book TEN’S LIST

December 15th
A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW

December 16th
Addicted Readers REVIEW

December 17th
The Goth Girl Reads REVIEW

December 18th
The Book Landers REVIEW
Me, My Shelf and I INTERVIEW

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise

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The Goth Girl Reads in conjunction with Me My Shelf & I tours is proud to present the cover reveal for Stacy Wise’s new novel, Beyond the Stars! Please read on for more information about Beyond the Stars, the cover reveal, information about Stacy Wise, and a giveaway!

About the Book

BEYOND THE STARS
Author: Stacy Wise
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Embrace
Release Date: 02/08/16

SYNOPSIS:

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

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Cover Reveal

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Isn’t that cover gorgeous? This is one of those covers that if I saw it at the book store, I’d immediately have to grab it up!

About the Author

 

13763102Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016).

She has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband and four children.

When she’s not dreaming up stories, you can find her beating up the bag at a kickboxing gym, cheering for her kids at their numerous sporting events, or walking her dogs, Bailey and Rex.

Stacy is repped by Beth Miller of Writers House.

Stop by her website, stacywise.com, or visit her on Twitter @stacywisebooks to say hi.

FUN FACTS ABOUT STACY

*She worked in casting on shows including The X Files, Married…With Children, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Party of Five.

*She married the guy next door.

*If she could steal anyone’s singing voice and make it her own, she’d choose Lauren Alaina’s.

*She became obsessed with Australia as a kid. She’s been there three times, and it always feels like home

*While in Australia, she inadvertently took a shower with a spider the size of a shoe.

*A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle was one of her favorite books as a kid. She still loves it.

*She’d make a great detective or secret agent. (Or maybe she’s just really good at watching Dateline.)

*Taylor Swift plays on repeat when she’s writing.

*She once ran a 10k without training for it to prove to her husband she could.

*Spicy food is her favorite!

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Giveaway

1 Winner will a 3 Month Subscription to People Magazine + an ARC of BEYOND THE STARS (US Only)

1 Winner will get a $10.00 Starbucks Gift Card + an ARC of BEYOND THE STARS (US Only)

1 Winner will get a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card (Open Internationally)

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Blog Tour: Warrior Kids by Michael J Bowler

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Review

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book – more than I originally thought I would. I’m not much for middle grade fiction, although I do occasionally read it.

The story makes for great reading and is very interesting. I did find myself wishing I’d been able to read the actual Children of the Knight series before reading this book, because things from the series were mentioned in this standalone novel that confused me a bit.

This book is meant to be a kind of boost to kids to show that kids can have an impact and that kids can get things done when it comes to things like protecting the environment. It also teaches that it is better to be self-less than to be selfish. Which is a very good thing, because I see all too much of that “me” attitude in kids today.

There are even tips in the back for how kids can start helping to save the environment. However, I would caution both parents and children that it is most likely not possible to do all fifty of the tips—even for adults—so do not be disappointed if you are unable to do all of them, very few people would be able to.

All in all, the book is a wonderful book with a great story behind it and a great message.

About The Author

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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of eight novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, and Spinner.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently working on a sequel to Spinner. His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

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Giveaway

Enter below for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card, one eBook set of Children of the Knight series, or one eBook copy of Warrior Kids!

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I received this book for free from Michael J Bowler & Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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