Sunday, May 24, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} The Ruin of the World - By Nazarea Andrews


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Author: Nazarea Andrews 
Website 
Release Date: 5/11/2015 
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N 
When the zombies rose, we thought the world ended.
It didn’t—it just broke, in a way we couldn’t fix. And we found ways to continue, reasons to fight. 
Faith. Family. Politics. Obsession. The most dangerous of all—hope
But when all of that is stripped away, and nothing remains but rage and betrayal—that is the true end of the world. 
Return to the World Without End, for a final battle for hope and survival in the exciting conclusion to Nazarea Andrews’ phenomenal series



Goodbye Finn.....Goodbye Ren.....Goodbye to the demons that haunted them both....Goodbye to their complicated relationship....Goodbye questions....hello to the END.


In this case it was an epic ending to one of the best series I've ever had the pleasure of reading!

Starting the journey from beginning, back when Ren was trying to escape the Haven safely with her brother, (then) boyfriend, and some asshole her brother had to have around, it's astonishes me to see where Finn and Ren are now, not only as characters, but as strong leaders who know each other almost better than they know themselves.

Throughout this phenomenal journey Finn has always had that connection in one of the Haven's, and somehow that "connection" always ends up with them running out & trying to find help elsewhere. It seems as though him and Ren have been running during this entire series from one threat or the other (both living and dead). Well in Ruin is seemed as though they were actually facing the main issue head on. Paving their own path, rather than allowing others to shape it for them. They take no refuge in a Haven, but continue their journey with their troops to the place that will provide them some answers....and honestly it was a great direction to take the final installment of them series. By giving the reader that little something extra to sink their teeth into created more of an "on the edge of your seat" kind of experience, consider the Haven walls weren' there to protect them. (of course Finn never thought they helped protect anything)

Now I know the big question on the mind of every reader was about Finn & Ren's relationship.....this gave me a headache, but not it the annoying way. It made me cry, and cry....tears of happiness, sorrow....and it left me with one of the biggest book hangovers ever. Few books have done this, but the emotional charge I felt realizing that this was truly the last  time I would be allowed inside this amazing relationship left me feeling empty.
(oh I want more)

Now I'm going to unload every spoiler in the entire book..........First %$(*&@)........then &%#$&^.........lastly )(_@P::$L.......now you know what happens in the book!

On a very serious note, Nazarea blew my expectations away, if you have yet to grab this series, please do yourself a favor and get it now. I've said it before, but Finn & Ren will blow your mind and Nazarea's world building will suck you in. Now only if there was a spin-off series to come. *wink wink*


5/5


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

{Release Blitz + Giveaway} Defend - By Kallie Ross

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We are absolutely ecstatic about this Release Day Launch for Kallie Ross's DEFEND! DEFEND is a young adult fantasy adventure and the second title in the A Lost Tribe Series. Be sure to grab DESCENT, the first book in this awesome series!

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ABOUT DEFEND:

After emerging from her Descent into an uncharted underground world, Ollie Miller is sure of three things. First, her feelings for her best friend, Mateo, are far from platonic. She can't even look at Mateo without blushing at the memory of his lips on hers. Second, an evil man named Zadok is plotting to destroy the civilization above the surface. Third, there is no way to save the earth without returning underground. At least this time, she will have her mother along with Mateo and her friends to help guide her.

On their journey, noor, a mystical blessing guides them, but only if they’re willing to follow. Ollie’s determined to save the tribe from their evil leader, even if it means facing off with her long-lost grandfather. As Zadok comes face to face with his runaway daughter and his granddaughter, his plan starts to unravel, but is it too late to stop the destruction that he put into motion?

Can the tribe survive and the surface be saved? Will Ollie learn to trust her own heart before it is too late? Defend is the conclusion to Ollie's discovery of a lost tribe in Descent. Don’t miss this adventure, brimming with ancient secrets and a thrilling underworld.

Read the First Chapter of DEFEND here!

   

And don’t miss the first book in the series, DESCENT!

 

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Praise for DESCENT:

“Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.” Fangirlish.com

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About Kallie Ross:

 Kallie Ross has a love for learning that has gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. Her creative conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. Kallie's first novel Descent: A Lost Tribe Book 1, was released last year. Kallie Ross loves being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. She began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. She has a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined her life would ever be this fun!    

KallieRoss.com ** Kallie Ross Facebook Page ** @KallieRoss Twitter ** KallieRossWrites Tumblr ** Descent: A Lost Tribe Facebook Page ** Goodreads Page ** Read more about DESCENT ** DEFEND: Read Chapter 1 ** DEFEND on Goodreads


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Giveaway:

A signed set of the A Lost Tribe Series
(1) $25 gift card (US/Canada only).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Revive - By Tracey Martin


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Author: Tracey Martin 
Website 
Release Date: 5/19/15 
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted.

The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle is lying when he claims he can’t help her, his touch makes her heart race. Is it because of a red-hot natural attraction, or a missing memory of something far more dangerous?

As two mysterious, menacing men chase them from the station, Sophia’s memories return in frustrating fragments. So do deadly skills she didn't know she had. In the next forty-eight hours, a loved one’s life will be on the line as she sifts through a mounting tangle of secrets and lies.

Including the most heart-wrenching secret of all. Not only isn’t she a normal college student, she isn’t even a normal human.

*Warning: Contains one girl who is more than she seems, one boy who knows more than he’s telling, and enough twists to give you whiplash. Expect explosions of all kinds.*


Beautiful Mash-Up!


What a fanastic way to mix together multiple genre types.It was SyFy, contemporary, romance with a splash of different!

As you meet Sophia you're instantly drawn to that mysterious factor she carries that, at first, revolves around her not knowing who she is. Then as the novel carries on and she starts discovering things, having flashbacks, she realizes there's more to her than her GPA. As the plot went on I will have to say the author did a fabulous job of hiding at the twists. Sometimes there's so much that's foretold you can almost pin-point when twists are coming, but fortunately for Tracey she has a knack for hiding them like a pro.

Throughout the entire book the story is told from 2 different POV's, it was honestly a little strange at first since I'm not use to that style, but it stuck with me after the first few chapters. With each chapter that passed we got to see a little more into Sophia's past, her flashbacks made me feel like I was there with her. My heart ached for her at times, I could only imagine the emotional roller coaster that she embarked on after someone tried to kill her. 

I'm really hoping that the next book in this series takes each character to a new level, there's so much room for growth & development that it truly excites to me read the next one.


4/5




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About the Author:




Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.


She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets. You can find her online at tracey-martin.com.


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GIVEAWAY:


Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

  • $15 Amazon gift card, plus a signed copy of Revive (US only)
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Friday, May 15, 2015

{Cover Reveal} The Ruins - By T.H. Hernandez

We’re having a cover reveal for TH Hernandez’s The Ruins! We are so excited about this new dystopian YA from TH, and today, in addition to the cover, TH is sharing an exclusive excerpt with us!! Check it all out!! :)

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The Ruins (The Union Series _2) by T.H. Hernandez 

Title: The Ruins 
Author: T.H. Hernandez
Release Day: June 16, 2015

Heartbroken, grief-stricken, and wracked with guilt, seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor returned to the Union, leaving behind the boy she loved. 

 Now, she and her friends must find a way to do the impossible – warn the citizens of the Union about an impending rebel attack without alerting the government and risking retaliation against her friends in the Ruins. 

 When every move Evan makes is thwarted, it soon becomes clear she's being watched. Faced with a daily fight to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, she returns to the Ruins. But life in the Ruins has its own dangers, and soon she’s fighting a different battle – to stay alive long enough to discover the truth. 

 THE RUINS is the second book in THE UNION series, a young adult romantic adventure set in the near future.


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Author T.H. Hernandez

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they're still figuring out life. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I'm obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers. 


   
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Excerpt:

Lisa opens the door still in her pajama pants and a tank top. Jack’s behind her in nothing but a pair of sweatpants. I raise an eyebrow in silent judgment. How could she have Jack spend the night with Colin here?

“Where’s Colin?” she asks, looking past me.

“What do you mean, where’s Colin? Isn’t he here?”

“No. He never came home last night. I thought he was with you.”

“You were with me.”

“No, I mean after we separated. I figured he showed up at your place.” Her cheeks turn bright red.

“You’ve got to be kidding me.” My hands ball into fists of anger at my sides. “You can’t really be that…” I bite off the words. It’s not my place to share how Colin feels about her.

“He probably left with one of those girls we saw him with,” she says.
I push into her apartment and find Colin’s duffel bag on the floor where it’s been since he began camping out on her couch last week. “So, he just blew off his train?”

“Maybe,” she shrugs.

“Not likely,” I say, stalking back outside, unease gnawing through my stomach. If all this other shit wasn’t going on, I could chalk it up to Colin getting laid, but I can’t shake the feeling something isn’t right. I’m halfway to Bryce’s before I realize that’s where I’m headed. Hopefully he takes me seriously. 

My fast walk turns into a jog as I cover the remaining three blocks and two flights of stairs down to the apartment he shares with Jack. I’ve only been here once before, but I think I remember which one it is. I lift my hand and knock on the pale blue door then pace the small empty concrete porch. Thirty seconds pass before I knock again, louder and longer this time. Still no answer. I’m beginning to think he’s not here when the lock clicks and the door cracks open.

Bryce swings the door wider, and my eyes zero in on a bare chest. My gaze drifts from his firm abs and pecs up to meet a pair of gray eyes, squinted against the morning light. Confusion fills his features as he stares at me.

“Colin didn’t come home last night,” I blurt out, my voice breaking.

His gaze rests on my face for a moment before circling the room, reminding me we’re being monitored. “I’m sure he’s fine, but let me get dressed, and we’ll look for him.”
Stepping inside, I close the door and bounce on the balls of my feet while I wait for him. The place is decorated in neo-classic guy. A fireplace and hearth runs the length of the front of the apartment, and opposite that is a solid glass wall overlooking a weedy, overgrown garden. The limited furniture is a jumble of chairs, a couch, and a couple of mismatched tables littered with empty beer bottles.
Bryce dresses in record time and takes my hand, pulling me outside. He leads the way to the depot to catch a train back to the nightclub. “I want to retrace his steps after we left,” he says. “He might’ve just found some company for the evening.”

“That’s what Lisa said, but I think there’s more to it.”

“It’s no secret how he feels about Lisa. He might’ve just wanted to get away for the night.”

“But his bag is still at her place. He would’ve had to come get it before catching his train.”

The nightclub is deserted with the exception of a handful of staff still cleaning up. Bryce walks up to a lanky guy pushing a broom. “Can I talk to the manager?”

A woman in her mid-thirties approaches us a few minutes later, wiping her hands on an apron. She sweeps a chunk of blond hair out of her face with the back of her wrist. “Can I help you?”

“Yeah, I’m Detective Cooper,” Bryce says, flashing his credentials. “We’re looking for a friend. He was here with us last night, but we’re not sure what happened to him.”

She glances between me and Bryce. “Did something happen to him?”

“That’s what we’re trying to find out. Can we take a look at the security feed from last night?”

“Sure,” she says, inclining her head. “Come on back.”

We follow her past the bar and into a small office beyond the kitchen. “Here,” she says, indicating a chair in front of a display screen.

Bryce sits and she shows him how to move through the video files. Bryce locates the one time-stamped from when we were here and forwards through frame-by-frame. I see us leaving for the night and Colin dancing with the girls, getting another drink, dancing some more, then about an hour later, Colin walks toward the exit alone. A guy in a sweatshirt, hood pulled up, hands shoved into his jeans pockets, approaches Colin. They appear to exchange words. Colin nods before following the guy out the front door.

“What the hell?” I ask. “Who was that guy?” Terror sweeps through me, turning my blood to ice. 

“And where the hell is Colin?”

“I don’t know,” Bryce says, reaching over to squeeze my hand. “But we’ll find him, I promise.”



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About the Cover Designer:


Illustrator Mark Sgarbossa

Mark Sgarbossa is an award-winning artist from San Diego, California. A partial list of his clients include Jason Mraz, Target Stores, Tony Hawk, Franz Ferdinand, Major League Baseball, San Diego State University, Snowboarder Magazine, 3 Doors Down, and AC/DC.   In addition to art, Mark is a talented musician. He played rhythm guitar and sang vocals in the indie band The Shirlies as well as playing synth and singing in the live electro duo ROTATOR.   

{Book Blitz + Kindle Fire HD Giveaway} The Violet Hour - By Andrea L. Wells


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The Violet Hour - By Andrea L Wells
(The Violet series, #1)
Publication date: May 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult



Synopsis:

Still shocked over her mother’s mysterious death, California socialite Logan Keller is handed a one-way ticket to her long lost roots in Wyoming where love, deceit and danger await. Though she could forget everything staring into Luke Callahan’s eyes, Logan is quickly thrust into a fight for survival.  Taking fate into her own hands, she begins unraveling the dangerous deceptions that abound at every turn. Her father is keeping secrets and Luke is keeping more. But Logan is keeping the biggest secret of them all.
The Violet Hour is a page-turning captivating twist of young romance and the supernatural.


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AUTHOR BIO:



The Violet Hour Series has been begging to escape Andrea’s subconscious for more than five years.  Focusing on a wonderful career, handsome husband and two beautiful children by day, she began feverishly penning the series by night.  Now a full-time writer, Andrea debuts The Violet Hour.
You can visit her at her website: www.andrealwells.com
Instagram: @andrea.l.wells

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review} The Day Before (Jane Doe #1) - By Liana Brooks




Author: Liana Brooks
Website
Release Date: 4/28/2015
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N
A body is found in the Alabama wilderness. The question is: Is it a human corpse … or is it just a piece of discarded property? Agent Samantha Rose has been exiled to a backwater assignment for the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, a death knell for her career. But then Sam catches a break—a murder—that could give her the boost she needs to get her life back on track. There’s a snag, though: the body is a clone, and technically that means it’s not a homicide. And yet, something about the body raises questions, not only for her, but for coroner Linsey Mackenzie. The more they dig, the more they realize nothing about this case is what it seems … and for Sam, nothing about Mac is what it seems, either. This case might be the way out for her, but that way could be in a bodybag. A thrilling new mystery from Liana Brooks, The Day Before will have you looking over your shoulder and questioning what it means to be human.


Holy Mind Boggle Batman!!!!


From page one I was instant gripped by this book, it was futuristic style blended with a realism that didn't seem too far fetched. Decades off into the future where clones are as popular and fast food joints, each one serves a purpose. I mean they even have black market rings that sell illegal clones to stalkers....that's twisted! 

Though with each page I kept getting sucked in a little more. Sam truly was a great detective to follow in this novel. She was witty, smart as hell and has a second sense for bullshit. That was probably one of my favorite things about her, plus she had the balls to call people out, regardless of their rank. 


Another character who intrigued me instant was Mac....honestly I was expecting a girl...that threw me for a loop....but he peaked my interest. At first I totally thought he was corrupt, and dirty, yet as the plot unfolded it revealed things that he had no control over. "Powers that be" sort of thing. 

  At the end of Sam's story I will have to say I saw a couple things coming, the bad guy(s)....yes. The why....no.
It left off at a point that will allow the second book in this series to really explode. I look forward jumping into the rest of the Jane Doe series with Sam! I think it's going to be quiet a ride!
 

4/5
 

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About the Author:

I was born in San Diego. I’ve lived in Chicago, Denver, Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Kansas.  Mother always said there was a touch of gypsy in the blood. I write science fiction and SFR in a variety of forms. Sometimes I dabble in comic fantasy. I have a superhero romance series with Breathless Press and am represented by Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary Agency.

For More Information
Visit Liana at her website


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Talkative Tuesday....It's Coming Back!


A few years ago (roughly 2010-2012ish) I had a weekly post called Talkative Tuesday, it essentially was where I would introduce you all to an awesome Blog/Blogger out there that I am in love with.

Lately I've felt as though I need something a little more personal on my blog, just get back to my old school blogging roots of being more spontaneous.....so that's when the decision was made for a newer, revamped Talkative Tuesday to come back!



So this is what you can expect from Talkative Tuesday each week:

  • Featured Blog
  • All the Stalker Links
  • Fun Facts about the Blog/Blogger (i.e. Stats, Likes/Dislikes)
  • Giveaways ~ Based on the Blogs Favorite Author(s) {as many as I can possible get}
All this, plus whatever else the Hamster in my mind can come up with!


If any of you have suggests, whether it's who should be featured or additional information you'd like to see on the posts, feel free to email me:



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

{Release Blitz + Giveaway} The Fever - By Megan Abbott


I am so excited that THE FEVER paperback by Megan Abbott releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Abbott, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for some of the paperbacks courtesy of Megan, Little Brown and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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About The Book:


Title: THE FEVER
Author: Megan Abbott
Pub. Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 336
The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.


The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, The Fever affirms Megan Abbot's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation" (Laura Lippman). 


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About Megan:


Megan Abbott is the Edgar®-winning author of the novels QueenpinThe Song Is YouDie a LittleBury Me DeepThe End of EverythingDare Me, and her latest, The Fever, which was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Summer by the New York Times, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly and one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, National Public Radio, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Believer and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. She has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. In 2013-14, she served as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at Ole Miss.

She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, and the editor of A Hell of a Woman, an anthology of female crime fiction. She has been nominated for many awards, including three Edgar® Awards, Hammett Prize, the Shirley Jackson Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Folio Prize.



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GIVEAWAY:


5 winners will receive a paperback copy of THE FEVER! US Only.

Ends on May 22nd at Midnight EST!