Friday, 2 August 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #11


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Q: How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?


If there's a book I really don't enjoy then I usually DNF. I'm not proud of it, so I try to finish every book that I read, but with some books, I really got a feeling that it's mission impossible. 
I remember that I had really hard time with House of Night series, and I've read first book just for a joke and I challenged myself to see how many books in the series I can read :D I couldn't handle it anymore on book 5. I'm sorry if there's any fan of House of Night series reading this, but I just don't like it at all.

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Book Blitz: Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels


Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels
Publication date: July, 2013
Genre: NA/17+ Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis:
“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.” 

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.


Author's Bio

Christina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling.

When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can't imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Book Tour: Front Page Fatality



“Front Page Fatality” by LynDee Walker

Summary

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

Excerpt
I murmured agreement as the mention of the capital murder trial I’d spent the whole week chronicling called up unwanted impressions of the poster-sized, high-resolution crime scene photos the prosecutor left on display for the jury the entire day before.
It had been nearly two years since budget cuts (and a little finagling on my part—trial stories were bigger and often juicier than initial crime reports) had added the courthouse to my list of responsibilities as the crime reporter. It meant in- sane hours, but I didn’t mind, considering almost a third of our news staff had been laid off and I still had a job.
I’d dreamed of being a journalist ever since I could re- member. It paired my love of writing with the ability to do good in the world. I hadn’t yet developed the intestinal fortitude covering the Richmond PD often required, though, and the trials were worse.
Aaron promised I’d have my interview with him in time to make the first Metro deadline.
Lacking anything pressing to do, I called Jenna back to see if she had her heart set on anything special for our dinner date. I was in the mood for Mexican food. And a margarita. That damned trial had made for a long week.
“Nicey!” Jenna practically shouted the nickname I’d reserved for those closest to me since preschool, when a playmate’s speech impediment had dubbed me “nee-see” and my mom had turned it into an endearment.
“Anything good going on in the news today?” My friend’s tone came down a few decibels.
“There’s seldom anything good in the news I write,” I said. “But I think I might have something interesting. And Grant Parker is working on a great story about the women’s basketball coach at U of R.”
“Oh, yeah? And how is Virginia’s hottest sportswriter this morning?”
I laughed. “He seemed all right. And you’re still, you know, married.”
“Married. Not blind,” She said. “Speaking of my darling husband, I told Chad not to wait up, so we have no curfew. Have I told you how glad I am the baby isn’t nursing anymore?”
“Just now, or the other fifteen times I’ve heard that this week?”
“Only fifteen? And I thought I was excited about this.”
“I believe the word you’re looking for is ‘thrilled,’” I said. “Possibly even ‘euphoric.’”
She laughed again. “Euphoric. Yes. Has a nice, festive ring to it. Anyway, what do you feel like doing tonight?”
“Margaritas?” I knew Jenna was more interested in libations than food that particular day. “I want Mexican if that’s okay with you.”
It was.
Author Bio:



LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane pretty much from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. Her debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon new humor #1 bestseller. LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel. You can visit her online atwww.lyndeewalker.com.

Connect with LynDee!

Twitter: @LynDeeWalker

  
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Monday, 8 July 2013

Book Blitz: So Many Reasons Why


So Many Reasons Why by Missy Johnson 
Series: So Many Reasons #1 
Publication date: February 29, 2013 
Genre: New Adult Romance
Purchase at:Amazon

Synopsis:
Twenty year old Emma hasn’t left the house since she was attacked as a child. Now, with the impending release of her attacker from prison, Emma knows it’s more important than ever for her to regain control of her life. From her unrelenting nightmares, to her strained relationships, to her crippling agoraphobia, Emma feels as though her life is spiraling out of control.

When her professor, Simon Anderson enters her life, Emma must deal with feelings she has never experienced before. 

Though both she and Simon know their relationship is bordering on inappropriate, neither of them are able to ignore the intense chemistry that is quickly developing between them.

What was supposed to keep her mind off the attack has left her more confused than ever. When there are so many reasons why you shouldn’t be together, is simply being in love really enough?

Teaser:
I watched in horror as Tom answered the call. I threw my face in my hands and collapsed down onto the kitchen counter. This was bad. I tried to block out his voice. I didn't need to hear what he was saying to know I needed to be very embarrassed. 

“Asshole.” I muttered.

“Hello?” Tom didn't even bother to hide his amusement. “Emma? Yes she's here. And who may I say is calling? Simon. Right, finally. I've heard so much about you. Em doesn't shut up about you.”

I groaned, stumbling to the couch. I was so embarrassed. This was really bad. I threw myself onto the couch and buried my head in the arm.

“Uh-huh. Right. Yes I understand that.” Tom nodded, his face serious, as if he was deep in the middle of an important meeting. “I do need to know what your intentions are toward my Emma. Are you planning on becoming intimate?”

“Fuck you Tom!” I screamed loudly. My face flamed. I wanted the couch to swallow me. I was going to kill Tom. It may take a while, years even, but he was going to pay for this.

“Right. Just be safe. And remember, if it's not on, it's not on.” He wandered out onto the balcony, knowing I wasn't likely to follow him out there.

Could this get any worse? I wondered how hard it would be for Tom to 'accidentally' fall over the balcony of my level 10 apartment with me still standing within confines of the apartment.

“Sure, I will put her on.” I felt the phone hit me on my back. I reached behind to grab it. I contemplated hanging up. This was beyond embarrassing.

No. That would only make things more awkward. I would have to speak to him eventually.

“Hello.” I mumbled, cringing.

“Well hello there.” He said, amused. Way too amused. He was loving this.

“Hi.” I responded, feeling embarrassed. And angry. I was so fucking angry.

“So, Tom seems like a nice guy.”

“Tom’s a fucking asshole.” I yelled, loud enough for him to hear. Tom yelled back an inaudible response. 

Simon chuckled.

About the Author

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a dog...you get the picture).

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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Friday, 5 July 2013

Book Blitz: We Are Made of Stardust



We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong  
Publication date: June 28th 2013 
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
Peaches Monroe, age 22, is the sassy, plus-sized manager of a bookstore in the small town of Beaverdale, Washington.

One Saturday afternoon, she's balancing precariously on a chair, in a bridesmaid dress, when a handsome dark-haired man comes running into the bookstore. He knocks Peaches over, she lands in his muscular arms. They lock gazes, and ...

She recognizes him.

As the sexy vampire heartthrob she watches on TV every week.

Peaches and Dalton Deangelo are completely wrong for each other. He's only in town temporarily, working on an indie movie. She should stay away. He should stay away, too.

But they're drawn to each other. Dalton claims it's because they're made from the same stardust.

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Feature & Follow Friday #10


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Q: Today’s is the US’ Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government.


I'm not a huge fan a war books, but my choice is Hunger Games and The Healer Series by Maria V. Snyder. I know it's all fiction, but there's still some fighting in it :) 

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Friday, 28 June 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #9


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Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?


This one is very easy for me. I love paper books. It doesn't matter to me if it's hardcover or paperback. I love running my fingers through pages and the noise that it makes, and of course I love scent of books. I like e-books too, it's great for traveling, but I always find myself more captured by book when I can hold it in my hands.

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #8


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Q: Activity: Favorite Literary Quote


There's so many quotes that I like, but I've picked up some. Some of them are from book, but some of them are just quotes that I like a lot.

"Love is not the absence of logic but logic examined and recalculated heated and curved to fit inside the contours of the heart." - Tammara Webber, Easy

"If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison

"People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt." - Josh Sundquist, Just don't Fall

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Monday, 17 June 2013

Book Tour + Giveaway: Fall For Me by K.A. Last

                             

                     Fall For Me by K.A. Last 

Series: The Tate Chronicles #1 
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Released: January 17th, 2013

Pages:237

My Rating: 3 Stars
Purchase at: Amazon

Synopsis


“Angels aren’t supposed to fall in love, especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”

Grace Tate is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made to be broken…

Until now the fight against evil has been simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the wrong person?

All hell breaks loose, that’s what.

At Hopetown Valley High, not everything is as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most important ally.

Blood will be shed, lives will be lost and friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants to be—saved.

My Review

This book was for me a very quick read. There were some moments that I found a little too cheesy for my taste, but there were nice moments too. I particularly enjoyed the fighting scenes at the beginning of the book.

The plot itself wasn't hard to follow, but I've had problem connecting with the characters. There was just something missing what would drawn me to them more. However it might have been just me. I'm most likely fed up with vampire stories, even thought I must say this one was different since it was combined with angels.

I would like to pin point that this book is interesting and easier to read because it's written in POV's, which is awesome. I was also interested in this book because of its cover. It's simple, but it has certain charm.

Fall For Me is great start to the series, it offers excitement and action, but also love triangle and emotional roller coaster. The story was super fast paced, after all the whole plot happened within 3 weeks. I think this book is definitely something for YA paranormal lovers.  There's definitely room to grow for the sequel, so I think it will be interesting read too.

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About Author


K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children and a rabbit named Twitch.

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Cover Reveal: Ghost Hold by Ripley Patton


As many of you know, Ripley Patton's first novel, Ghost Hand, is also the first book in a series known as The PSS Chronicles. While Ghost Hand has been getting rave reviews on Amazon and was recently chosen as the June Book of the Month for a Goodreads Book Club with over 1300 members, Ripley has been hard at work writing the second book, Ghost Hold

Ghost Hold is in the final stages of publication, which will ultimately be funded through the GHOST HOLD KICKSTARTER PROJECT, just as Ghost Hand was funded last year. The current Ghost Hold Kickstarter project was 41% funded in the first week, and when it reaches the halfway mark of $1250, Ripley is going to release the first chapter of the new book to all backers, with more chapters to come later as funding builds. 

So, in order to celebrate, and perhaps entice you to back the project and help make Ghost Hold a reality, Ripley is revealing the cover of Ghost Hold this weekend here and all over the internet. 

AND HERE IT IS!



This compelling cover, featuring main characters from the book, Olivia Black, Marcus Jordan, and Passion Wainwright, was designed by Scarlett Rugers Designs of Australia. 

Curious to know what the book is about? Here's the blurb:

Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. And in order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her ghost hand, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.


Be sure and visit Ripley's Kickstarter Project and let her know what you think of the cover there, or here in the comments. But don't delay. The project ends July 1st and is the only way to pre-order the book before its September release


Haven't read the first book, Ghost Hand, yet? Well you're in luck. Ripley's gift to you, 6/14/2013-6/18/2013, Ghost Hand is FREE for Kindle, so please go grab a copy.

Book Tour + Giveaway: Hidden by M. Lathan


Hidden by M. Lathan 

Series: Hidden, #1 
Genre: YA Paranormal
Released: November, 2012
Pages:241
My Rating: 4 Stars
Purchase at: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes


Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.

Let’s hope she can stay hidden.


My Review


This book caught my eyes right away. I must say that the cover is amazing, and it's definitely a turning point for many readers, whether they will or won't read the book.

I was a little worried if I'll like the book, because I've read so many paranormal books, that sometimes I have feeling that it has nothing new to offer. However, this piece surprised me in a positive way. It was slow in the beginning, but afterwards it got better and better. 

The plot is pretty complicated, so it's not so easy to predict what's going to happen next in the story. So there's definitely few of the surprise moments. Also, characters are very well developed. Leah is very believable character and her feelings very pictured beautifully. Her relationships with her mom, Nathan or Sophia were believable. There's also romance going on in the story, which makes this book complex.

One difference that I found between classic YA paranormal book is that this one doesn't end in a major cliffhanger. I feel like nowadays almost every YA book ends super dramatically. Well this one, without giving too much away, ends okay. It's different and not stereotypical, and I like that fact. It makes me excited about the second book in the series, and hopefully it will top this one even more.

Giveaway


Hidden #1 is currently free on B&N, iTunes, Smashwords and Kobo. If you'd like to read the second book in this series, enter this giveaway. Good Luck!


Author's Bio



M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #7


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Q: Activity: Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.


This is super creative activity, but not for me. Poetry and me, we are like water and oil, we don't mix very well. However, I've attempted a little book spines poem. Hope you enjoy it.


If I stay Fearless,
Everneath Wuthering Heights,
Where she Went?
City of Lost Souls.


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Friday, 7 June 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #6

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Q: Have you broken up with a series? If so which one and why


The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)I've had several series that I didn't finish for some reason. The one that I've started recently though is Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I'm not sure if I'm just too fed up with vampire stories, by this just didn't catch my attention enough. I might give a try to the second book though, just so I really make sure that the series isn't for me.

Marked (House of Night, #1)The second series that I want to mention is House of Night by P.C. Cast. I was reading this series when I was younger and I've read first four books in the series, but I just wasn't able to continue. It didn't entertain anymore as the first book did. 






Thursday, 6 June 2013

Book Tour: Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls

                       


Secret for a Song  by S.K. Falls
Genre: NA Coming-of-Age
Released: June 3rd, 2013 
My Rating: 5 Stars
Purchase at: Amazon


Synopsis:

Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.

She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.

Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives 

For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?


My Review

You know how with some books there's this instant pull, and you can't put the book down until you finish it? Well, that happened to me with this book. I was hooked up literally from the first sentence. Which by the way, caused me to stop and read it twice before I moved to the rest of the page. Here's the mentioned first sentence: “She ate her first needle when she was seven.” 
What the ...?! I don't know about you, but for me this was quite an intense start. 

Apart from the first sentence, I must say that this book to me is a masterpiece. Catching, thrilling, fast paced, beautiful,touching, and I can go on and name million other superlatives. Why? Simply because this book is so different from other New Adult books. The plot of this book was for me an undiscovered territory. It's not your typical New Adult book at all, no stereotypical characters and situations. It will most likely cause you to cry and not breath at some points in the story.

I fell in love with characters, especially Saylor. Saylor Grayson is super unique character, that makes pretty unpredictable decisions, and always surprises you. I honestly don't know, what I would do if I was in her place. Really, this girl is just one big trouble. But in this case, that is what makes this book so great.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the cover. It's super duper pretty. I think I will buy this book for my collection in paperback, just so I can look at it, and possibly decorate my dorm room with it next year, haha.

I don't really know, what else I should say about this book, how else I can describe how much I enjoyed this book. I was also very pleased that this book was written in psychological view for the most part. I think that is, again, one of the things that made this book unique. 

So, after all this praise, I must take of my hat, Ms. S.K. Falls. I will definitely look for some of your other books and add it to my TBR. This book touched my heart, made me cry and at some parts laugh too. As you probably assumed by my review, I can't give this book no less than 5 stars.


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Author's Bio

SKFalls.jpgAdriana Ryan is the pen name of writer S.K. Falls.

A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, I enjoy alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where I live and imbibe coffee. My husband and two small children seem not to mind when I hastily scribble novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.

Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know I have one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures I never forget that my hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.

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