Author on Author Book Review ~ "Investigating the Hottie" by Juli Alexander

Genre: Young Adult Romance / Mystery
Medium: Paperback and eBook
Purchase: Amazon / Smashwords / Barnes & Noble / Sony
Narrative: First person voice of Amanda Peterson

Peterson. Amanda Peterson. When my life suddenly turns into the Princess Diaries meets Mission Impossible, can I do in a week what I haven’t managed to do in all my fifteen years—reel in a hottie?

Investigating the Hottie is a completed young adult romance. When Amanda spends a week with her aunt, Christie, she learns that her aunt is a spy. Christie admits that Amanda has security clearance and has already started her training. When her aunt asks her to investigate a teenage hacker, Amanda thinks that spending time with a nerd should be doable despite her social ineptitude. Unfortunately for Amanda, the hacker is a hottie.

Add Investigating the Hottie to your Goodreads shelf.

I love a good Young Adult series with a strong female lead. "Investigating the Hottie" had me wanting to investigate this story. I know I'm not the target audience, but who could pass up a cross between "The Princess Diaries" and "Mission: Impossible"? Not me.

Enter Amanda Peterson, everyday Atlanta girl confused by her parents sudden divorce. Due to her mother's need to fix her or her aunt's prodding, Amanda ends up spending her fall break in Princeton, New Jersey.

I love the concept of this story. A girl finding out she's been trained to be a spy and doesn't even know it. Amanda takes the news from her aunt, an agent with the Global Agency for Shared Intelligence or GASI for short, rather well. I think I would have booked Aunt Christie a ride to the nearest mental health facility. Nothing like that would ever happen in my life.

For her first mission, which she chooses to accept, she is sent to investigate Princeton Academy's number one hottie, Will Middleton. Unlike most fifteen-year-old girls, Amanda is shy and has no idea how to hook the hottie in question. Personally, I wouldn't of known how either. At fifteen I had no idea what was going on in a guy's mind let alone thinking of ways to "befriend" one. Amanda does a stellar job at making the first move. Their "meet-cute" is just that, cute. Since Amanda only has six days, their friendship develops quickly thanks to Aunt Christie, Christie's hottie partner, Nic, and some of the best technology GASI has in it's arsenal.

I knew that there had to be a twist coming when there was only a few days left until Amanda was hopping on a plane back to Atlanta. What happens was something I hadn't expected, so bravo Juli Alexander! So often I am able to predict the way a story will go. I LOVE it when I'm wrong.

According to an interview Alexander did with Killer Fiction, Amanda and Will get a chance at another adventure with book 2, "Undercover with the Hottie".

"Investigating the Hottie" was provided to me from the author through NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley and Juli Alexander for the pleasure of experiencing this novel. I'll be picking up book 2 as soon as it comes out.

Juli Alexander, a former Golden Heart finalist, writes fiction for teens and tweens. She released her first novel, Stirring Up Trouble, in January of 2012. Juli is firmly grounded in the young adult world by her teenage son and his friends.
Often scolded for sneaking books to the dinner table, Juli has a serious book addiction. She has finally established a rule that she cannot start any book after seven p.m. Otherwise, she would read through the night and never make it to her day job.
Juli released five books, a novella, and a short story in 2012. She plans to release the sequel to Investigating the Hottie, Undercover with the Hottie, in June 2013 and the third book in the Stirring Up Trouble trilogy, tentatively titled, Skirting Trouble, in September of 2013.

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Armchair Book Expo of America Day 3 ~ Giveaways

This year I am a sponsor as well as a participant. My offerings to the general ABEA giveaways are two prize packages. (US Only)

Prize Pack #1
Autographed Paperback copy of "Lies Inside" plus goodies

How do you say goodbye to the love of your life when you are only twelve years old? Finn O’Malley and Lucy Butler had to figure out how to do just that as Finn left his home in Clarkstown, New York for Two Roads School of Music in California. Being a young talented musician, Finn thought it best for his future but wasn’t sure about leaving Lucy behind.
Now, just one semester short of graduation and a promising future at UCLA, he throws it all away to return home. This leaves his family and friends questioning why.
The Finn that has returned home is not the same boy who left. He’s broken and withdrawn. Lucy and his sister Rylan want nothing more than to bring back the Finn they know and love.
From the moment Finn reconnects with Lucy, he feels the one thing he hasn’t felt in years—hope. As Lucy starts to bring him out of his shell, Finn begins to realize what real love really is.
When his past collides with his future, how will Finn deal with the love he needs and the love he despises? Can Lucy help heal what lies inside?

Prize Pack #2

Autographed Paperback Copies of

plus goodies

Lily is one of only three vampires in known existence. After falling in love with a human, sexy and talented musician Ian, she realizes their love is putting him in mortal danger. She flees from her life in Boston to the solace of her frozen waste land.

As her past continues to haunt her, Ian seeks out the only family Lily has ever known. Becca introduces Ian to a world he never thought possible as they embark on a search for Lily, starting in the bowels of a mysterious company called The Manchester Group.

Will Ian and Becca find her? Or will the reemergence of a long lost love take a hold of their future?

As the Redemption series continues, in Revisited everyone's path leads into one.
Lily Edwards, the last remaining female vampire, is facing a daunting task. She has to find Liam Caldwell, the vampire she was forced to create, and change him back to his human state.
But Lily's task will not be an easy one as fellow remaining vampires, Filipp and Debir, have been secretly plotting her demise for decades and were the ones responsible for Liam being turned.
While Liam is grateful for Filipp and Debir's guidance during his transformation into the vampire he felt destined to be, he's having second thoughts as he learns their whole plan is not what it seems. A handpicked army of humans waits for Liam to change them into vampires at Filipp's instruction. Adding to the mix is Valentina Pavel, the last member of a Romanian witch coven, who brings forth new challenges of her own. Together, they all have Liam doing the unthinkable, pleading for a way out.
Friends-now-turned-enemies struggle for their eternity, while enemies-turned-friends fight side by side. Will Lily's past give her the answers she needs to reach the future?

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I'm sorry those are for US residents only. So, this one is up for all of you. I'm offering two eBook copies (ePub or Mobi/Kindle) of my new Contemporary Romance Novella, "Fireworks".

At sixteen, Sophie McKibbin was way out of twenty-one year old Sam Crawford’s league. When she walks into Lakeland Children’s Hospital cafeteria at age twenty-six, and finds a thirty-one year old Sam, her old feelings spark once again.

The same spark resides in Sam for his sister’s friend. At thirty-one, he is finally what his mother deems ‘settled' in a career and ready to explore his options in his personal life. He thought dating twenty-five year old Lola is the answer — that is until Sophie comes back into his life.

The two settle into a close friendship over a few months, but then Sam hits a roadblock. Lola dumps him a day before he is supposed to introduce his mystery girlfriend to his family over the Fourth of July holiday. For fear of his overbearing mother’s interference, he has only given her a brief physical description of Lola, which happens to fit Sophie. With the looming fear of disappointing his mother once again and his long held feelings for Sophie, he asks her to take Lola’s place.

With feelings that have been locked away for a decade, there are bound to be some fireworks.

"Fireworks" is set to be released on June 20th, 2013 so you can win it before you can buy it! I will be doing a cover reveal for it the first week of June and more giveaways to come. Check out my question for you to leave as a blog comment and have fun!

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Introducing Sydney Logan!


I have the great pleasure of guesting Sydney Logan today. Welcome Sydney!

Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
Her second novel, Mountain Charm, is slated for a summer 2013 release.

Thank you Lindsey for welcoming me to your blog today!

In Mountain Charm, Angelina’s mother is battling cancer. While this is a work of fiction, cancer is very much our reality. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched in some way by this disease. Because of this, I have decided to donate $1 to the American Cancer Society for each copy of Mountain Charm that is pre-ordered.

Pre-orders will begin June 3. Visit my website at on June 3 for pre-order links!


“It’s your birthday?” Dylan asked.

“Yes, and it was blissfully uneventful until you showed up.”

“Beautiful and infuriating,” he muttered. “Look, Angelina, I was just given this assignment yesterday. I don’t have a clue about Appalachian magic tricks or devil-worshipping or whatever it is you do up in these mountains, but I have a story to write. Just let me interview you and your mom, and I’ll be back on the interstate before you can say abracadabra.

Instead of pointing out just how ignorant he sounded, Angelina decided what he truly needed was a strong dose of fear.

“Actually, I do have something you need to see. A family heirloom. Wait here?”

Excited for any useful information, Dylan’s eyes lit up and he nodded enthusiastically. Once again, those good manners kicked in, and Dylan opened the door for her. 

Angelina raced inside the house. She hadn’t touched it in years, but she still remembered where her father kept the key to the case. She grabbed what she needed and quickly made her way back out to the porch, letting the screen door slam behind her.

Dylan jumped out of his chair. “What the hell?”

Angelina lifted the rifle and pointed it straight at him. He didn’t need to know the safety was on—or that the chamber was empty.

“This is a Remington, passed down from my father and his father, also known as an Appalachian magic wand. Just watch. It’s going to make you disappear.”

Angelina thought it was almost comical, hearing him curse and watching him leap off the porch. All the commotion caused her dog to chase after him, which only made Dylan sprint faster until he reached the sanctuary of his vehicle.

“Are you insane?” Dylan yelled.

“I tend to get a little crazy when someone trespasses on my property. Leave my family alone and don’t come back!”

He slammed the door and had to do some fancy maneuvering to get around her car, but within seconds, the only sounds Angelina could hear were Dylan’s squealing tires, Cash’s noisy bark, and her mother’s hearty laughter.

Mountain Charm expected release date: July 4th 2013

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.

Available now!

A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.

English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.

Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

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