Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{Blog Tour: Dream Cast + Giveaway} Lost In Thought - By Cara Bertand






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SYNOPSIS:
LOST IN THOUGHT
Sententia #1
Release Date: April 25th 2014
Publisher: Luminis Books

Perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril, Lost in Thought is a sure winner for young adult readers interested in the paranormal, romance, and action-packed twists

Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she ha
s severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.


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Dreamcasting was fun, but hard! I don’t watch a whole lot of TV/movies that aren’t cartoons anymore and I basically invented all the characters but Carter in my head, so it was a challenge for me to find even semi-famous people who fit.
So here goes—how’d I do? I’d love to hear reader suggestions.

Lainey: A young Jennifer Connelly with a little bit of Sophia Bush thrown in is how I imagined her. She’s not tall, but I do like the look of Adelaide Kane from Reign.
 



Carter: is actually inspired by a handsome young man who cashiered at, well, mylocalliquorstore.  In a pinch, model Jesse Shannon (whose look is unique and incredibly versatile) couldmake a nice Carter. Assuming, of course, he could act.







Amy: She’s too small, but lighten her hair and Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars could make a cute Amy.
Or! I just saw Vampire Academy and thought Sarah Hyland might be perfect.




Caleb: I bet Freddie Highmore could be a good Caleb.
Or maybe Callan McAuliffe.


Alexis: I’m obsessed with Pitch Perfect, and actually think Alexis Knapp could be a good Alexis. Same name and everything :)

Or maybe Naya Rivera. She’d probably be great.


Jenna: Who’s a tiny blond and can do sweet, innocent, and more? I guess Elle Fanning if no one else.
Constance Stewart: I mean, we’re dream-casting, right? So Michelle Obama. She’d be amazing. She is amazing. Smart, polished, and fierce as hell. She’s actually even tall enough. 





Tessa Espinosa: There’s probably no more dream-castable actress of Mexican descent than Salma Hayak.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Blog Tour: The Burning Star + MASSIVE GIVEAWAY} Top 5 YA Paranormal Book Boyfriends - By Jessie Lane


If you love fantasy, the paranormal, romance and twisty-turny stories featuring
 two young women in the fight of their lives then we have the book for you! Pick up Jessie Lane’s THE BURNING STAR, available now, and today we are happy to have the author join us for a visit! 

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Top 5 YA Paranormal Book Boyfriends

Hi everybody! Today I'm stopping by Taking It One Book at a Time to talk about my favorite book boyfriends from YA Paranormal books. Now, please keep in mind that I have NOT read a YA book in quite some time, so you may think some of my picks quite dated. Personally, I think I'll love these guys until the end of time though. Here we go:


1) Jace Wayland from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments Series - Sarcastic, handsome and witty. Jace reminds me of that boy that I was torn between wanting to kiss and wanting to punch in high school.


2) Niall from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely Series - OMGAWD!!! He is a powerful Fae that oozes bad-ass pheromones and ends up becoming the King of the Dark Court. Sexy, intelligent and absolutely wicked. Isn't that what every girl wants?



3) Daemon Black from Jennifer Armentrout's Lux Series - The KING of smartass. He's absolutely the boy I love to hate... and drool over. When he does have his sweet moments, they melt me straight to my ooey gooey marshmallow core.
 

 
4) Rafe from Rachel Hawthorne's Dark Guardians Series - BAD BOY... YUM. Okay, so I'm sure you've noticed a pattern here. YES, I'm a sucker for the bad boy. That little trait got me into many a trouble back when I was a teenager, but now I just drool over them in books. This werewolf can make me howl to the moon anytime. *wink wink*



5) Seth from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely Series - When Marr created the character of Seth, I'm pretty sure she broke the mold. Seth is THE GUY that every girl dreams of (when she's not dreaming about the bad boy like me). He's good to his core, he's unbelievably sexy with his lip ring and rock star style and he loves Aislinn with an intensity that takes my breath away. Over the length of the series, he proves the extent of his love over and over again, causing me to fall in love with him each and every time.


So tell me ladies, who are your favorite book boyfriends from YA books? Anyone else a sucker for the bad boy like me?

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The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
Re-Release Date: March 23, 2014
Original Publication: May 23, 2012
Hosted by: Author's Taproom
*This book is a re-release and revision from the original book. Please be aware that some things have been added, deleted or changed.*

Kay’s journey of a lifetime started in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It was there that the 17 year old met a beautiful man along with a monster. The chance encounter led her to an unbelievable world that shouldn’t exist; a place where myths and fairy tales were real, and in some cases, deadly. Kay knew she would have to brave this new world if she hoped to find a cure for her terminal cancer.
With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn’t the only one with problems.
Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.
Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira’s master, Lord Donovan.
As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?

WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.






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Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.
Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!
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Blog Tour Giveaway: (USA Only Giveaway due to shipping!)
  1. 1 Signed Paperback of The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
  2. 17 Signed Paperbacks:
  • Shelly Crane: Significance, Accordance, Defiance, Reverence, Independence
  • Helen Boswell: Mythology, Mythology Wicked
  • Quinn Loftis: Elfin, Prince of Wolves
  • Heather Hildenbrand: Dirty Blood, Cold Blood
  • Alivia Anders: Illumine
  • Carrie Butler: Strength, Courage
  • Alyssa Rose Ivy: Flight
  • Erica Stevens: Kindred, Ashes


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Tour Schedule:
April 1:
Rather barefoot than bookless - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 2:

April 3:
Reading Between the Wines - Author Interview

April 4:
Turn the Page – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 6:
I Read Indie - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 7:
Reading in Pajamas – Character Interview
Renee Entress's Blog - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 8:
Little Read Riding Hood – Author Guest Post

April 9:
Belle's Book Bag – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 10: 
Fictional Candy – Playlist

April 11: 
The Romanceaholic – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 12:
Rustys Reading – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 13:
Paulette's Papers - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 14:
Wicked Readings by Tawania – Spotlight w/Excerpt
We Stole Your Book Boyfriend - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 15:
RhiReading – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 16: 

April 17:
The Book Harlots  – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 18:
Kats Read – Author Guest Post
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 19:
Romancebookworm's Reviews – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 20:

April 21:
A Novel Review - Dreamcast

April 22:
random jendsmit – Spotlight w/Excerpt
Twinsie Talk Book Reviews - Spotlight w/Excerpt