Release Blitz and Review – Cardinal by Sara Mack

We are excited to bring you Cardinal, a spin-off from Sparrow by Sara Mack.  Jen is finally getting some peace!  Although you meet Jen in Sparrow, Cardinal can be read as a stand alone. 

Cardinal by Sara Mack

Genre: Contemporary

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Synopsis

Jen Elliott’s world is falling apart.

Her boyfriend is married (not to her), the restaurant she works for sells out to a chain (she’s unemployed), and her apartment building catches fire (thankfully, she didn’t start it). Faced with a job search and living with her parents, a phone call from her brother changes everything.

“Come out here, Little J. Escape for a while.”

Convinced to do just that, Jen finds herself on her brother’s doorstep in Chicago. Armed with her guitar and a bruised heart, she plans to work on her music and contemplate her future. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the sexy, tattooed neighbor upstairs. From the moment Latson appears uninvited in her bedroom, the two can’t help but wage a battle of sarcasm and wit.

Until the attraction becomes impossible to ignore.

Hopeful the universe is finally playing fair, Jen gives in to her feelings. She should know, however, that when it rains, it pours. When offered the unexpected chance of a lifetime, she decides to pursue her passion. Unfortunately, her dreams are tied to Latson’s painful past. As time goes on and their distance grows, Jen fears fate conspired to bring them together only to tear them apart.

Cardinal is the story of losing everything you have to find everything you need.

Available on  Amazon

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Whitney’s Four Star Review

Cardinal is Jen’s time to shine!  I loved her character in Sparrow and was relieved to know she’d get the HEA she deserved with her own story.

Down on her luck, Jen’s positivity and ability to adapt made me fall even more in love with her in Cardinal.  A cheating boyfriend, a ruined apartment and the loss of her job can’t keep this girl down.  And making herself happy (her new cardinal rule) is made pretty easy when she meets her brother’s hot neighbor, Latson.

Gunnar Latson has a lot on his plate and has never made time for a real relationship until he meets Jen.  Deciding to trust each other is a big deal for both parties and one that is put to the test as Jen’s future conflicts with Latson’s past.

I was pleased with the direction the author took this story in.  Not only are the main characters easy to like, the side characters add interest to the story as well.  I particularly loved Jen’s older brother.  This is just a very sweet romance with a cool heroine.  As Sara’s other stories have been, Cardinal is fairly clean.  No detailed sex though it’s mentioned a few times.

I do recommend reading Sparrow first although you could get by without it.  It just helps set the stage for Jen and really gives you a reason to root for her HEA.  Definitely recommended!

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Sara Mack is a Michigan native who grew up with her nose in books. She is a wife and a hockey mom on top of being trapped in an office forty hours a week. Her spare time is spent one-clicking on Amazon and devouring books on her Kindle, cleaning up after her kids and two elderly cats, attempting to keep her flower garden alive, and, of course, writing. She has an unnatural affinity for dark chocolate, iced tea, and bacon.

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COVER REVEAL AND ARC GIVEAWAY- Cardinal by Sara Mack

Yay!  We are excited to share the beautiful cover of Cardinal by Sara Mack with you.  Cardinal is a spin-off of Sparrow (released last year) and now we’ll finally get to read Jen’s story.  This can be read as a stand alone as well.

Cardinal by Sara Mack

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Available October 6, 2015

Cardinal cover

Synopsis:

Jen Elliott’s world is falling apart.

 

Her boyfriend is married (not to her), the restaurant she works for sells out to a chain (she’s unemployed), and her apartment building catches fire (thankfully, she didn’t start it). Faced with a job search and living with her parents, a phone call from her brother changes everything.

 

“Come out here, Little J. Escape for a while.”

 

Convinced to do just that, Jen finds herself on her brother’s doorstep in Chicago. Armed with her guitar and a bruised heart, she plans to work on her music and contemplate her future. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the sexy, tattooed neighbor upstairs. From the moment Latson appears uninvited in her bedroom, the two can’t help but wage a battle of sarcasm and wit.

 

Until the attraction becomes impossible to ignore.

 

Hopeful the universe is finally playing fair, Jen gives in to her feelings. She should know, however, that when it rains, it pours. When offered the unexpected chance of a lifetime, she decides to pursue her passion. Unfortunately, her dreams are tied to Latson’s painful past. As time goes on and their distance grows, Jen fears fate conspired to bring them together only to tear them apart.

 

Cardinal is the story of losing everything you have to find everything you need.

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Haven’t read Sparrow yet?

Sparrow is a sweet second chance romance from the male PCOV.  This is also a stand alone but you’ll get to meet Jen, who is the featured character for Cardinal.

Sparrow

Sparrow Synopsis:

When Kyle Dayton was seventeen, he lost his heart to Addison Parks.

It was easy to do. After spending countless summers of boredom with his grandmother at Buhl Lake, Kyle’s world turned upside down the minute Addison appeared. She was unlike any girl he had ever met; she was confident, out-going, and honest. She was beautiful inside and out, and she accepted Kyle for who he was ~ a young man without direction. They shared an amazing summer and, despite living miles apart, Kyle felt sure they had a future.

Until she vanished without a trace.

Where did she go? How could she disappear without saying a word? Was everything between them a lie? Unable to answer his own questions, Kyle had no choice other than to bury his memories and move on with his life. Eight years later, his hard work to forget is threatened when he is forced to return to Buhl Lake. Faced with reminders of Addison, Kyle wonders if he will ever discover the truth.

Little does he know it is about to be revealed.

Sparrow is the story of finding love, losing it, and the uncertain journey to reclaiming it again.

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About the Author:

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Sara Mack is a Michigan native who grew up with her nose in books. She is a wife and a hockey mom on top of being trapped in an office forty hours a week. Her spare time is spent one-clicking on Amazon and devouring books on her Kindle, cleaning up after her kids and two elderly cats, attempting to keep her flower garden alive, and, of course, writing. She has an unnatural affinity for dark chocolate, iced tea, and bacon.

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Giveaway

We have an ARC Kindle copy of Cardinal to give to a lucky winner.  If you haven’t read Sparrow yet, we will get you that book as well.  Must be able to provide Kindle email to author to receive ARC.  Winner must understand that ARC copies are copyrighted by law and it is illegal to share them with anyone.

To enter: Just comment on this post and tell us you want to win!

 

RELEASE DAY BLITZ, REVIEW, GIVEAWAY, AND EVENT – Sparrow by Sara Mack

Hello everyone!  I am please to bring you information on one of my top of 2014 reads.  Sparrow by Sara Mack is a sweet, second chance romance and also a stand alone. 

Sparrow by Sara Mack

Genre: Contemporary

Available Now

Sparrow

Synopsis

When Kyle Dayton was seventeen, he lost his heart to Addison Parks.

It was easy to do. After spending countless summers of boredom with his grandmother at Buhl Lake, Kyle’s world turned upside down the minute Addison appeared. She was unlike any girl he had ever met; she was confident, out-going, and honest. She was beautiful inside and out, and she accepted Kyle for who he was ~ a young man without direction. They shared an amazing summer and, despite living miles apart, Kyle felt sure they had a future.

Until she vanished without a trace.

Where did she go? How could she disappear without saying a word? Was everything between them a lie? Unable to answer his own questions, Kyle had no choice other than to bury his memories and move on with his life. Eight years later, his hard work to forget is threatened when he is forced to return to Buhl Lake. Faced with reminders of Addison, Kyle wonders if he will ever discover the truth.

Little does he know it is about to be revealed.

Sparrow is the story of finding love, losing it, and the uncertain journey to reclaiming it again.

*Due to language and suggestive scenes, Sparrow is recommended for ages 17+

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Whitney’s Five Star Review

One of my top reads for 2014!

If you read and loved Sara’s Guardian trilogy, I will warn you… Sparrow is very different. Guardian is paranormal trilogy and Sparrow is a stand alone contemporary/NA love story.

I loved the Guardian series as well but this story is just a breath of fresh air. Told solely from the male POV, Sparrow is a sweet, second chance romance with a new book boyfriend that will make you swoon.

I have zero criticism so lets just start off with the great! Kyle Dayton. Sigh… We first meet Kyle when he’s 16/17 and then again when he’s 25. My favorite thing about Kyle is that he is real. I think everyone has known a Kyle at one time or another. Heck, he could be living next door to you. He starts out as a cocky young teenager and then matures into a great guy but one whose past relationship problems really close him off.

Addison is his love interest and after one perfect summer together as teenagers, she disappears leaving Kyle with a broken heart and a million unanswered questions. Addison is spunky and cute but when Kyle runs into her again as adults, it’s clear she has been through a lot. Kyle still sees the fun girl he used to love and is torn on whether to just let her go or pursue the true love he never got over.

Sara’s character development and writing are solid. There are a few twists and turns throughout the story to keep you interested but this is a sweet, plot driven romance. There is definitely some sexual tension and one or two PG-13 scenes but this is a ‘clean’ novel.  Sparrow is written solely from Kyle’s POV as this is really his story and Sara did an excellent job of capturing the male mind.

I laughed a few times, I teared up once or twice but the angst isn’t bad. A few parts of the story made me very nervous, not gonna lie. I can’t say what about because it would spoil the story but if you start to get frustrated (with the adult character storyline), keep reading and I promise things will be ok.

While I really liked Addison for the most part, one of the side characters Jen is the female I really came to love. Just maybe she’ll get her own story. 

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Giveaway

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About Sara Mack

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Sara Mack is a Michigan native who grew up with her nose in books. She is a wife and a hockey mom on top of being trapped in a windowless office forty hours a week. Her spare time is spent one-clicking on Amazon and devouring books on her Kindle, cleaning up after her kids and two elderly cats, attempting to keep her flower garden alive, and, of course, writing. She has an unnatural affinity for dark chocolate, iced tea, and bacon. She is also the author of the Guardian Trilogy (Guardian, Allegiant, Reborn).

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Sara Mack Blog Takeover & Birthday Celebration

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Happy Birthday Sara Mack!!

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Please Join us tonight from 6:30 – 8:30 pm CST for Sara Mack’s Blog Takeover and Birthday Celebration.  Sara has planned some games and giveaways to celebrate.  Invite Some Friends & Come Join the Fun on Facebook.

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