Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bitter Fruits by Sarah Daltry Book Blast



Book Blurb~
For fans of dark urban fantasy comes a novel that questions why forbidden fruit is always the most tempting...

A vampire-themed masquerade party isn’t really her scene, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. When she meets Alec, the appeal suddenly becomes clear. It’s obvious that they’ve been struck by the same intense mutual attraction, but Alec keeps his distance. Intrigued despite herself, Nora pushes a little deeper — and discovers Alec’s unimaginable secret...

Nora is not afraid of following Alec into the darkness, but the choice is soon taken from her. Someone is hunting her — someone tied to the secret and desperate to see it play out. But when Nora finally meets her aggressor, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to him. She needs to make a choice between the two men, but can she save them both, knowing one is destined to die?

Helpful Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author~
Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She's written works in various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn't as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she's been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial, friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn't matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah's stories.


Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.



When Sarah isn't writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

Find Her: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday Extravaganza: Witch Hearts by Liz Long




Welcome all you awesome readers, Happy Black Friday! Now that we have all stuffed ourselves it is once again time to fight hundreds of other people for that one great deal. Well if you are not a fan of that, do I have news for you. Today I give you the Black Friday Extravaganza, where every blog/website features a different book all featuring an incredible giveaway, to help kick that Holiday shopping off right! So sit back and check out the wonderful books we have to offer!


Book Blurb~
How does a witch stay safe if a killer can get through her protection spells?

Witches like Ruby and Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.

If that wasn’t awkward enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.

Helpful Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Entangled Ever After



Find your Ever After in under an hour!


Ever After features all paranormal, sci-fi, and horror novellas, all with the romance you've come to love from Entangled--just in a shorter format. Make sure to like our new Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter.

November brings a fabulous Christmas time travel story, CHRISTMAS PAST by Susanna Fraser.

Christmas Past
by Susana Fraser


She's never wanted a man more - but can she make her home with in him the past?
Learn more!
  • Visit Susanna's blog


Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.


Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful "Mrs. Sydney" from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.

Monday, November 25, 2013

FIRE & FLOOD Exclusive Excerpt & ARC Giveaway

**Today is an awesome day here on the blog. Allow me to introduce you to your next book....Author Victoria Scott is giving all you, my awesome readers an exclusive sneak peek into her upcoming series, and this excerpt you won't even find in the book. Plus she is giving you a chance to win a signed ARC copy...drooling yet? I am.


FIRE & FLOOD Bonus Scene
Harper Shaw, Minor Character



The Brimstone Bleed started four hours ago, give or take. I’ve traveled as far as necessary for now, put adequate distance between myself and the other Contenders. There will be plenty who travel without stopping, without making a plan.

Idiots.

Like the others, I don’t know anything about this race, only that I need the prize—the Cure—more than I need my own beating heart. I can still remember my mother’s words as I left our home.

“I don’t know where you think you’re going, Harper,” she said. “But you can’t just leave us like this. Not now.”

But I did leave. It’s not like I could tell her about the invitation. Or explain what would happen next. Because the truth was, I didn’t know. Two days ago, I was lounging on my bed, listening to Linkin Park and watching MTV on mute. Today, I’m here, in a jungle, fighting to save the most important person in my life.

A caw rips through the late afternoon, and the dense canopy overhead rustles. I breathe in the smell of rich, damp soil that is almost invigorating. The air is thick and damp and clings to my skin, and everywhere I look is a plant I’ve never seen before. The world is a canvas of purple vines and orange flowers and greenery that swallows the ground beneath my feet. It’s both horrific and captivating at once.

Every few seconds, I stop to swipe insects off my skin. It doesn’t bother me. I’m not the squeamish type. The only thing I’m worried about is the egg in my Brimstone Bleed issued bag. A Pandora, the device said. An animal that will help me win this competition. My heart roars in my chest when the bag against my hip stirs once again.

Now that we’re alone, I drop to my knees and remove the egg. When I see a prominent crack down the side, my entire body buzzes with anticipation. I’ve never had a pet before. Not a dog, not a cat…not even a goldfish. And now I’m supposed to travel with an animal that could potentially save my life and Lillian’s? It’s hard to absorb.

The egg cracks again, and I freeze. My hands hover over the iridescent shell, unsure of what to do. But this Pandora doesn’t need my help. It’s eager to escape its prison, eager to fulfill its destiny. I admire its tenacity already, but my stomach churns wondering what my Pandora will be like. Will it be ruthless? Endearing? Will it make it so that I don’t feel utterly alone?

The egg burst open and I fall back, a gasp escaping my throat. I glance around to ensure we are alone. And when I look back, my hands shaking, my eyes widening, I see it—

A feather. 


*Do you want this book yet??? I know I sure as hell do! 

About Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eight foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Germany, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
 
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.


Find Her: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Helen's Guardians


Hello all you awesome readers. Today I want to take a second to tell you about this fabulous author I know. Recently I read this awesome book called Mythology by Helen Boswell. This story completely blew me away and I kicked myself for not reading it sooner. Helen Boswell has an incredible knack for telling an alluring story of darkness. She is an incredible author, an incredible person, who since I have met her has been more than supportive of me and my work; a mother of two boys and a talented professor. Recently she was diagnosed with Lymphoma and has faced many hard times due to her health. 

A lot of awesome beautiful people have banned together to build support and raise funds to assist Helen and her family. There is a Facebook page where you can find Raffle Giveaways, make donations, and of course buy her books! 


Stop by and give this page a like, browse around and help spread the word about the Facebook page and this awesome author. 

You can also show your support by sporting the following image on your profiles. 


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Not so Secret Santa: Author/Blogger Exchange

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*waves* Welcome Fellow Bloggers!
Okay, here's the deal...

We all love books (well, most of us do...that is one of the reasons for our blogs, right?).
They make us laugh, get angry, smile, and cry.

We hate the characters...or quite the opposite, fall head over heels in love with them.

All this means is that not only do we love the story...we love the Authors that write them, right? *looks around at all the nodding heads*


Sometimes, we forget how much work goes into the finished product. Coming up with an idea AND getting it out in a coherent order are just the tip of the iceberg. We, as readers, know that we get to enjoy the final result...the book!
Not only do we get to enjoy the story, but being a book blogger gives us certain advantages. How many of you have gotten sneak peeks into a "work in progress"? Or been a Beta reader, where you receive a free copy of the book before its release? Yeah...me too...

As a blogger what better way to show our appreciation for the Authors in our lives by promoting them and their books/stories for others to read. We write reviews, we post blogs, we toss links up on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! Anything to get them and their book names out there...
This leads me to the point of this post...during the holidays we get wrapped up (he he he...get it...wrapped up...wrapping paper...) in our own lives and sometimes forget about other things that are important. Like helping our Author friends earn more readers!

Stephanie from The Book Hipster and I were throwing around an idea for an exchange of sorts and here is what we've come up with:
The "Not so Secret Santa: A Blogger / Author Exchange"...
Please feel free to grab the image and post it in your side bar and share it across the web!

Wanna know how it works? Sure you do! Otherwise you wouldn't be here...
1.    Fill out form below (see below...ha ha ha!) give us your name, plus the name and contact email for two indie authors (one as a regular choice and one as a backup just in case) you'd like to see spotlighted on a blog post. (NOW - December 1st)
2.    Stephanie and/or Myself will contact said Authors to see if they would be interested in taking part in our little "exchange". (December 2nd - 7th)
3.    All Bloggers names will go in one hat and Authors in another...we'll pull names and pair you up! Preferably with someone you've not read before... (December 8th)
4.    Bloggers and Authors will "meet" and decide how you the Blogger will spotlight the Author (Interview, Random Fact List, Book Review, Guest Post, Book Excerpt, etc). (December 9th - 14th)
5.    Each day a different post will go live, spotlighting a different Author (maybe more than one if we have enough people)! (December 15th - 24th)
Sounds like fun, huh? I think so and can't wait to see which Author I'm paired up with...how about you?
Remember...this is YOUR time to tell the world why this Author FREAKING ROCKS! Join in on the fun and get to know an author you might have otherwise never have known!




Happy Early Holidays to all you Bloggers!

The Book Hipster and Consuming Worlds
 
  


Double Cover Reveal: Legend of Me & The Winter People by Rebekah Purdy

Today Rebekah Purdy and Entangled Teen are revealing the covers for LEGEND OF ME, releasing in early 2014. And THE WINTER PEOPLE, releasing July 1, 2014! Check out the gorgeous covers, exclusive excerpts, and enter to win an eARC of each!

On to the reveals!


About the Book
LEGEND OF ME
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: Early 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true. Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location.


But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

Exclusive Excerpt!

Brambles scratched my legs, snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered.

Don’t think. I picked an animal trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to glance behind me.

Nothing there. Only the trees. Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

“Oh God.” I stumbled. There, sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the clearing.

My foot nudged against something and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at me.

I screamed, backing away as fast as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.


About the Book
THE WINTER PEOPLE
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1622663682

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.


Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

Exclusive Excerpt!

The sky darkened with ominous storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small tornadoes.

Oh God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard.

I only had one more feeder. Just needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I couldn’t see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens of wind chimes.

What had the shrink told me to do?

Ten, nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. Shit!

 Panic stole my thoughts. I backed away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me.

Then, I bumped into something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not something, someone. A shriek tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.

“It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from falling.

My gaze followed those long fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My breath caught in my throat. I’m gawking. But I couldn’t help it. His raven hair shot with strands of blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen. Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm.

“You’re trespassing.” I tried to keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn’t mind me coming around. In fact, I’ve met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees go buttery. I groaned inwardly.

“You know my grandma?” I fidgeted with the bucket still in hand.

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I’ve known her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay. “Funny, I don’t remember you at all.”

“Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

“No. Grandma’s never mentioned you.”

He gave me another cocky grin. “Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

“Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long time.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In fact, I wondered why she didn’t ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me. “I’m Nevin.”

**Totally freaking gorgeous right?! These are both going on my TBR piles! Gorgeous and haunting, I want, I want, I want!!! 

About Rebekah: 

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). She’s lived there most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army.  At which time she got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA. 
She works full time for the court system and in her free time she writes YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for her, but her favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel. 
She also has a big family–she like to considers them the modern day Brady Bunch. When her hubby and her met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, she had 2 and  have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though. 
And she can’t forget her other family members–yep, they’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats,  and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…she won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked her into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s her dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of her other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with her kids, and traveling. 
She belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it they all write YA!

REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel.And that’s her in a big ‘ol nutshell.



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dying to Devour

I don't do post like this often, okay so I almost never do posts like this, but today I thought it was a necessity. There is this series that I absolutely love. A series that is a lot like playing a video game, it's kick-butt, action packed, but has an amazing story to back it all up. And the author just announced and revealed the cover for the 4th book in the series! To say I'm excited would be a huge understatement!

So today I am going to share the reason for my excitement with all of you and hope that even one of you picks up book #1 Psion Beta (it is totally amazeballs by the way)


BOOSH! Pure mad genius right there ANNNNDDD...the Back


I AM seriously in love! Did you check out that little excerpt at the bottom on the back? Hell to the yes give me this book, and give it to me NOW!!!

Unfortunately I have to wait until December 11, 2013 to get my Sammy fix. 

If you haven't already started this series then I strongly, strongly encourage you to do so. 
Check out all the awesome here: Goodreads | Website | Amazon

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Facts about Me

Okay so I am sure you have all seen this little number game going around Facebook. You get a number and then you have to come up with facts about yourself that most people don't already know. Earlier this week I was assigned the number 15, I think I did pretty good on them too, if I say so myself. And then I got the number 7, which I haven't answered yet. But I got to thinking, I don't reveal that much of myself on the blog. Unless you follow me on Twitter, then you probably know more than you want to know. Then again maybe not. Anyways, I decided that it would be fun to post them on here so that all you awesome readers could get to know me a little more. (This totally was not my idea, by the way, my friend Stephanie who blogs over at The Book Hipster sort of did it first, and I stole it. Her's was different I swear!)

So prepare yourselves to hear more than you ever wanted to know about Yell...me ;)

1. I am weird. (I know not a secret)
2. I lived in Germany the first 6 years of my life, no I was not born there.
3. I like to draw, but that doesn't mean I'm any good.
4. I am a HUGE procrastinator. (Those that know me can stop laughing, yes I know this is a huge understatement)
5. My first job was as a stone setter (putting stones in jewelry) I was 16
6. I'm shy.....really (stop laughing)
7. I always said I would never get married or have kids (yea, never say never. Lesson learned.)
8. Mountain Dew is my largest vice. I swear that stuff runs in my veins. Give me one and I will be your friend for life.
9. I am a bit of a smarty pants. (*stares at friends* I can still hear you laughing)
10. I swore I would never be a baker. (yea so eating my words)
11. I was published in the 8th grade.
12. I used to have a fascination with all things martial arts. (no I never did any)
13. My favorite childhood movies were The Labyrinth and Top Gun. I knew every word.
14. I am a sap.
15. My best friend Rebecca and I designed our own line of jeans and Dude Ranch.

And now for the 7 was I assigned yesterday....and as my friend Lou over at Relaxed Reads so kindly reminded me, they have to be different than my first 15. So here it goes. *takes deep breath*

1. I never wanted to be a teacher. (Yea I know, I know, never say never.  That never thing keeps rearing its ugly head. Maybe I should try some reverse psychology on it...*closes eyes* I will never be a millionaire! *opens eyes* Nope! Oh well, worth a shot)
2. My husband and I were only dating for about 3 weeks before he proposed. (yes we are still together)
3. My favorite Christmas treat is Lebkuchen. (An awesome German cookie)
4. I ran Track and Cross Country in High School. (I probably couldn't run to the end of the street without dying now)
5. I wanted to be a wildlife zoologist when I grew up. (I'm raising 5 boys, that counts right?!)
6. Technology hates me. (Seriously, you laugh but it's true)
7. My dream car is a 1967 Stingray Corvette! (Dream a Little Dream)

So there you have it, 22 facts about me. Want to share any of yours??

{Cover Reveal} M-Day by D.T. Dyllin

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wings of Arian by Devri Walls Book Blast

Devri Walls - Wings of Arian

So today is an awesome day on the blog because today I am featuring an amazing book, by an even more amazing author! I am a huge fan of the Solus Series by Devri Walls. It is full of magic, adventure, love, humor, and dragons! By the way have I told you it's awesome?! This is one series that all fantasy lovers need to read!!! Seriously, do it! Hello...have you seen that cover?! It just screams read me. 



Pub Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Format: Paperback/Ebook 462 pages 
Age Range: Young Adult 

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie. With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life. She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar. However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation. And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.
Get it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head.
Find Devri: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook | Amazon


Giveaway Alert!! Enter to win an ebook of WINGS OF ARIAN and a signed bookmark! Runs from 11/18-11/22. Thanks and good luck!

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And look for WINGS OF LOMAY, book four in the SOLUS series, coming January 2014!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Key Book Release Blast


The Key
The True Reign Series #1
By- Jennifer Anne Davis
Expected Publication Date- November 15th, 2103
Published By- Clean Teen Publishing  

Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale. 

His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect? 

An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother. 

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.

  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hudson Lights Blog Tour

Hudson Lights Tour

Today we are doing something a little different on the blog because today we are going to take a break from books to talk a little about music. 


Hudson Lights

Hudson Lights Composed of 4 vocal artists from the Rocky Mountains, Hudson Lights creates a fresh fusion of contemporary pop and jazz like you've never heard before! World-class harmonies and consummate showmanship make this an unforgettable music experience. Equal parts thrilling, inspiring, and effortlessly charming, Hudson Lights brings a classy edge back to mainstream pop.
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When I was given the chance to review this CD I jumped at it. I am always looking for new music to help me center and balance the mess, confusion and chaos that are my thoughts. Usually I resort to classical music to sort out my thoughts or get my creative juices flowing, but sometimes it is nice to have music with words to help out. Sometimes classical gives me too much time alone with my thoughts and I really need something to just help me focus, zone out, zen out, or be creative. The Hudson Lights CD is just that CD. It gives me enough freedom to focus my thoughts, forget my thoughts or just get completely lost in the music.

The music from Hudson Lights is that great mix of jazz and pop and is very reminiscent to Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and Josh Groban. Their music is incredibly soulful and rich, and really resonates with my mind, body and dare I say it, soul. This is going to be a CD I turn to in order to bring some calm into my crazy life. I have had a few crazy days where I have felt out of sink and unmotivated. The music of Hudson Lights really helped me just zone out and breathe. If you are a bubble bath type person, this is your CD. Perfect for relaxation, perfect for me time, perfect for just jamming out in the car. Easy to sing with, easy to connect with and easy to love! This is one group you definitely need to listen to. 



HUDSON LIGHTS will release their self-titled debut album November 12, 2013. They released a single, “Good to Me”, on iTunes in September. The group is composed of four male vocal artists from around the country: McKay Crockett, Keith Evans, Joseph Moore and Ross Welch. Together they create a fresh fusion of contemporary pop and jazz music. The upbeat album features classic covers of legends like Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. They also have several original songs. Bob Ahlander, director of music at Shadow Mountain Records, says “Hudson Lights fills a void in the music scene.” They have already had some notable performances. They debuted at the Marriot Center during the BYU Women’s Conference Concert in May, and placed 2nd in a contest to open for Kelly Clarkson at the STADIUM OF FIRE in June. On November 22nd they’ll perform for a crowd of 10,000 as part of Deseret Book’s “Time Out for Women” event at the Maverik Center. Tickets are available here.  

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In the Blood by Sara Hantz {Blog Tour~Review & Giveaway}



*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Title: IN THE BLOOD
Author: Sara Hantz
Pub. Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 154

For seventeen years Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible.

In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…

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My Review

Jed had a good life, he was happy, his family was happy. But it was all ripped away from him when the world discovered that his father was a pedophile and murderer. Now Jed lives with ridicule from people he used to call friends, insecurities within himself, and acts as the parent as his mother collapses in on herself. 

In the Blood begins about 9 months after Jed's dad is arrested and charged with being a pedophile and murderer, and follows the torment that Jed goes through in his day to day life. On top of constant ridicule and untrusting eyes at school, Jed struggles with the very real and very scary possibility that he could be next. That he could somehow turn into his dad. 

Every day Jed beats himself up. How did he not know? Did he miss the signs? Will he be like his father? Is he like his father? Is he to blame? And with every question Jed get's angrier and attempts to bury his woes at the end of a bottle and withdrawal's himself from the few people who have stuck with him. On top of his personal fears he has to stand in as the parent to his little sister Amy while his mom caves in on herself becoming a shell of the woman he used to know. Jed had a good life, but the life he lives now is just a shadow of what it used to be. It's like a cruel joke or like living in a messed up paradigm where everything you have ever known is thrown on its head. 

This is a tough story to read, the pain that Jed goes through is so real and it often pained me to read it. I imagine his fears being the fears of anyone in his position. Okay so maybe he took it more like a champ than most. Sure he dabbled in alcohol a little and had a few spats, but I know a ton of teens who would have turned into rage monsters, alcoholics, or druggies at the first sign of trouble. So maybe it wasn't the most realistic reaction of a teenage boy, but it was definitely one that had a good spin on it. 

As Jed goes through all his thoughts and crap you are front and center as Sara Hantz gives you a front row seat into all of Jed's thoughts, both good and bad. I really liked how she gave us all his thoughts, even those that sort of made you cringe. There wasn't much dialog in this book, but what dialog there was really added to the story. Instead we spent a lot of time getting to know the main character Jed. The young teen trying to cope in his new messed up reality. Jed, the incredibly strong young man who didn't break when his world came crushing down. Jed, the teen you want to adopt, take under your wing and show that there really is good inside him. 

In the Blood is a deep story that will tug at your heart strings in the most painful way. It will make you cringe and maybe even skip over a few parts, because let's face it a few parts are a little too real. But In the Blood gives you a great look at what life may be like for the other victims, those left to pick up the pieces, those that were part of the beautifully crafted facade. In the Blood is a great story of not giving up, that no matter what life throws at you you need to pick yourself up and move along. Jed reminds us that we all have a choice.


About Sara:
Sara Hantz comes from the UK and now lives in Australia (via 10 years in New Zealand). With a background in education, she lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family business. She is also the author of Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up, and The Second Virginity of Suzy Green. Visit her online at sarahantz.com


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Grand Prize: 1 Kindle (Wi-Fi, 6in Display)  with In the Blood US Only/UK Only and AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND Only
3 Runners Up: 3 eBooks of In the Blood International


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11/4/2013- Buried Under Books- Review
11/5/2013- Workaday Reads- Interview
11/6/2013- Dark Novella- Guest Post
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