Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: No Brainer - A.J. Lape

 We are uber excited to be taking part in AJ Lape's NO BRAINER Tour.
Not only is she an extra special author loved dearly by Bex 'n' Books, but she's an amazing writer and super beautiful person.

Yes, it's safe to say we regularly have fangirl moments whenever AJ Lape is the topic of conversation.

Reviewer: Justine
Rating: 5 out of 5 Fairies
I stumbled upon AJ Lape and her first book Grade ‘A’ Stupid a little over 6 months ago by sheer luck and chance. Winning an e-copy from a random caption contest, that is still to this day my best win ever! Not only did I win a book I have reread over and over again, but a friendship of a lifetime with an author who is honestly cares for her readers. AJ Lape really loves her fans and enjoys reading along with us, sharing in ur reading experience. She is truly a gifted and amazing author who crafts us stories that r both gut busting hilarious and nail-bitingly suspenseful!

No Brainer was No Exception! As the second book in The Darcy Walker Series, AJ Lape mixed it up a little, giving us a whole new cast of Crazy and Kooky characters and a destination relocation, making this a perfect summer read! Though this change was fun, I did find myself at times missing Vinnie, Grumpy and Gang. I also missed not having at least one Murphyism or Murphy Mental Meltdown per chapter. That said, Miss Lape still managed to have me in stitches regardless, with all of Darcy’s suspenseful non-stop silliness!

As for the ending, well…….

This is an actual message I sent AJ upon finishing after staying up ALLLLLL night reading. (Needless to say, I was more than a lil persnickety!)

Justine Littleton 10:40am
Ok, first I just finished. And have NOT slept yet, so I'm a lil cranky!

No worries fellow readers, Virginia Cantrell and I have a kidnap plan and hideaway ready to go; So I foresee book 3, 100 Proof Stud scheduled for Fall 2013, being epic and TIMELY!!!............ Otherwise the desk and chains are on order.

5 Fantastic Fairies!!!

Two weeks before junior year, Darcy hops a plane to Orlando for a little R&R with her best friend Dylan and his family. Fresh off the heels of solving three murders in Valley, you'd think she'd sit back and enjoy the vacation capital of the world … maybe if you're a noun. Darcy Walker, however, is nothing but verb.

Before her feet hit the Orlando soil, she's meddling in the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who vanished six months earlier.

With authorities still no closer to solving the case, Darcy is shanghaied by her impulsivity and runs headlong into that proverbial burning building, convinced she can bring him home. She travels down a road that not only follows this missing child, but branches off into the corrupt and sinister world of mob activity when she tampers in a case on which Dylan's detective grandfather is working.

After a near disastrous midnight meeting in a warehouse and a date with a mechanical bull, Darcy realizes she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Add the boiling flirtationship with her best friend and the appearance of his romantic rival, and she is in over her head.

Will she survive a life of flirting with death too easily? Or will her flirtationship with Dylan become the actual death of her instead?

For a girl with a habit of finding dead bodies, No Brainer gives Darcy Walker more of the same…surprising twists and turns…and running for her life.

Awesome Excerpt!
Dear Darcy,
The overwhelming taste of mold feels like a man’s hands squeezing around my throat. It’s hard to breathe sometimes—being alone like this—but the squeaking of the rats in the walls is the only thing that keeps me alive. I had a pet rat once. His name was Reaper. He used to sleep with me and was extremely smart and adaptable. I went away for a week, and my family forgot to feed him. I guess he got hungry because he crawled out of his cage and looked for dinner in my little brother’s crib. It wasn’t Reaper’s fault. He was driven by circumstance … just like me.

My breathing hitched in my chest as I quickly stuffed the letter back inside the Lucasville Prison envelope. This wasn’t the time to dissect my fifth correspondence from a cold-blooded killer. Eddie Lopez, who’d attempted to murder me last spring, had aspirations of making me her jailhouse pen pal. I’m not sure why I read her letters, but even with several life-in-prison sentences, she still scared the bejeezus out of me. Why? I’d come to believe she was part cockroach and would survive a nuclear war. She’d been whisked into the back of an ambulance with various tubes going into her body, presumably bound for the graveyard.

Somehow, she’d survived.

All I knew was, I’d always be watching my back, death row or not.

I briefly buried my face in my hands, my breath choking me with the memory. Outrunning a murderer wasn’t something you filed away as the forgettable—you simply prayed your subconscious learned to deal. Unfortunately, I’d just encountered another crime scene that I’d have to process in the recesses of my mind.

The scene looked like any other. Everything remained a clue until proven otherwise, but things were just as I’d left them. The only items in my room out of place were two dead bodies splayed across the carpet. Rigor mortis had already set in—still I fumbled helplessly with the body parts and tried to piece them back together. After five heart-pounding minutes, I realized I couldn’t resuscitate or sew back together what had been a catastrophic event.

Death was final. I knew that better than anyone did.

I’m Darcy Walker, and I fear death will always follow me. I’d been here before—when I was too young to understand—and it sucked just like the previous time. I grew up feeling responsible for things that technically weren’t my fault, and now Fate had given me something else I could add to the list.

Never try to outrun Fate, I told myself.

It had a way of letting you know it had plans you couldn’t change.
8 winners! 
Be sure to drop by each stop of the tour to gain more entries plus the chance of a daily Ebook of No Brainer! These Ebook winners will chosen from pooling that days comments left on all of the blogs involved in the tour and picked by Random.Org . 
Be sure to visit each days blog stops. 
1- $30 Amazon gift card 
1- autographed copy of No Brainer
 4- Ebooks (either Grade A Stupid or No Brainer - winner's choice)
2- SWAG pack winners (SWAG includes signed Iniquity Engineer bookmark, signed postcard of both books, and refrigerator magnet of both book covers) 
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    Haven't had a chance to read yet but am getting there.

  2. Also haven't read but looks interesting.

  3. Absolutely loved both books and yes the ending of No Brainer made me cuss lol. Can't wait for the next book, I'm trying to distract myself with other books, but it's not working :)

  4. Great looking book..Thanks for the chance to win..

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Enjoyed Grade A stupid looking forward to No Brainer. michelle31071 (at) suddenlink (dot) net

  6. This looks and sounds like a fantastic read!!! Thanks for the giveaways!!

  7. Would love to win to read this great series for myself. Loved the review!

  8. I cannot wait to read this! TY for the giveaway!

  9. This looks like a great book. Added to my TBR pile. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  10. Thanks to everyone that stopped by today!!!! Best wishes!!! AJ

  11. Cannot wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Wow, I am really glad this book and the first one are so great! I picked up the first one when it was free on amazon. Haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I always wonder about it. I am going to have to read it now, so I can enjoy this book as well.

  13. Congrats on the new release AJ can't wait to read it :)

  14. I follow you on Google+ Thanks for sharing the AJ LOVE!!!


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