Tuesday, June 30, 2015

{Cover Reveal} Just South of Biloxi - By Lauren Hammond






Happy Tuesday!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their week so far. Today I am excited to introduce you all to Lauren Hammonds latest beauty in the Asylum Series, Just South of Biloxi!




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Just South of Biloxi - BLauren Hammond
Release Date: 07/21/15






Just south of Biloxi there was a girl with spunk, a girl with spirit.

A girl with fire.

A girl with a heart full of rebellion.

Just south of Biloxi there was a boy, with a dazzling smile and a kind demeanor.

A boy with morals.

A boy in love.

Just south of Biloxi there was a boy and a girl who realized too quickly, too swiftly, that there is such a thing as shattered hearts and cracked dreams.

Just south of Biloxi there was a boy and a girl who would never truly understand the meaning of some hearts and some worlds are better left broken.


*This is the 4th book in the Asylum series but can be read as a companion standalone*


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About the Author:





Lauren Hammond knew from a young age that she was born to be a writer. After publishing her first novel in 2007, she then went on to write several screenplays and a few award winning poems.She aspires to be a positive role model for young people who have a pencil, a piece of paper, and a dream. Never give up on your dreams, you might wake up one day and regret not pursuing them.She has two more novels in the works, as well as some film projects


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Monday, June 29, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Chasing the Wind - By Nazarea Andrews


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Author: Nazarea Andrews 
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Release Date: 6/18/2015 
Purchase Info: Amazon   
Kaida grew up in two worlds--a child in the Manor raised by Sabah before she was granted Citzenship. But the only place she has ever felt like she's belonged is with Cedric and Guin, the boys she grew up with. 

When Cedric's involvement in a rebel faction goes wrong, the Commission exiles her and holds Guin hostage. Now, she's on her own for the first time, and searching for the sister who left her behind and a princess who was stolen from the City--and then she stumbles across a face from the past. 

Hawke has been an outcast since his Tribe died. When he finds Sabah's sister on the road, he agrees to help her. But as they search the wilds and grow closer, his disdain for her is slowly replaced by a deep attraction for the girl who faces every challenge so bravely. 


And as the City's deadline dwindles, and the boy she loves hangs in the balance, Hawke is left to wonder if he is protecting her, or if he the biggest threat she will face.

With Nazarea Andrews you can never be disappointed!

I did go into the second book in this series not having read the first one, and was I lost at first?? A little. It took me a second to catch onto the dynamic between Kaida and Guin....and Cedric...but as gracefully as Nazarea builds her worlds I quickly felt as though I've known these characters forever.

Praise Jesus that I was able to meet Hawke at the same time everyone else was, because he is absolutely delicious! Brave, fearless, willing to sacrifice himself in order to protect Kaida at any cost, and that fine balance of violence that makes us all swoon over men like Hawke. Nazarea has a true talent for sculpting men that ooze sex, violence and bad-ass! (I'll take 2!) My heart bled for Hawke, not only for the heartache that he was feeling as his feelings began to develope for Kaida, but what he had to experience in his life to end up where he did. Everyone says that tragedy shapes people into who they become, but Hawke won't let Kaida see what he's been shaped into, and frankly I think it's because he's not quiet sure who that truly is.

Frustration hit me with Kaida....does she have a lot going on with the male group dynamic?? Sure.
But who doesn't when you have men that you've known since childhood, one who's being held captive, and a mysterious outcast who drips intrigue! Throughout the entire book Kaida had some moments of absolutely strength, showing who and what she can be, but then the next second she would be questioning too much for my liking. I'm not sure if she was like this in the first book, but I feel like it's an evolution of character for her, or prehaps an emotional defect from everything that she's been through since the ending of the first book. Either way it makes me want to look further into what makes Kaida.

I will go ahead and automatically think that there's a third book to come with the way #2 left off, or at least I hope that there is. Each character in this series has such potential that it's extremely exciting to see where an author like Nazarea can take them to.


4/5


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Friday, June 26, 2015

{Book Blitz + Giveaway} Waterfall - By Amber Garr






Waterfall by Amber Garr
(The Water Crisis Chonicles, #1)
Publication date: June 2015
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult







The water is gone.
The wars have begun.


Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.


While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.
Will they choose what’s safe? Or will they choose to survive?





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Excerpt:






I swear someone broke into my house and stole one of every shoe I owned. It was probably that National Guard asshole who gives me dirty looks every time I leave our compound. Yeah, I bet it was him. Despite the world crashing down around us, he still made time to be a dick.
“Mom! Where’d you put my cleats?” Reaching under the bed, I pulled out a crusty piece of pizza, several pairs of boxers, and a giant ball of gray fuzz. But not the other shoe I needed for football practice this afternoon. “Mom!”
“Stop yelling,” she said calmly from my doorway. “You know, if you’d clean your room every once in a while, it wouldn’t look like a nuclear bomb exploded in here and you just might be able to find something.”
Still crawling around on the floor, I tossed the mix of clean and dirty clothes to the side as I continued to search for my shoe. “Did you put them somewhere?”
“Why would I take your shoes?”
I looked up at her and shook my head. Blonde hair pulled up into a bun, arms crossed, and her body leaning gently against the door frame, my mom had no intention of helping me. In fact, she was trying not to smile.
“Because you enjoy tormenting me?” I mumbled.
“I don’t enjoy tormenting you, Zachary.”
Rolling my eyes at the use of my full name, I stood and grabbed my bag off the bed. “Well, I guess I’ll just go to practice barefoot.”
“Did you check your closet?” my mom asked with a raised eyebrow.
“Of course I did!”
“Really?”
She jerked her chin in that direction and I followed her gaze. There, resting up against the white slated door, sat my football cleat. “Did you just put that there?”
My mom laughed. “Yes, I have the power of telekinesis and I use it specifically to torture you.”




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Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling novels The Syrenka Series, the award-winning Water Crisis Chronicles, The Leila Marx Novels, and the Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie. Find out more at Amber's website.


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{Cover Reveal} The Way to Never - By O.E. Bornoi





The Way To Never (The Never Trilogy)
By: O.E. Boroni 
Release Date: 07/25/15
Waves Corporation



 

When falling out of love, refuses to become an option…


Nathan Roque first met Lenora Baker, a beautiful, exasperating, and bitter girl when she was just fifteen years old. He fell so deeply in love with her that he suspected that in his lifetime, nothing else could ever mirror the kind of commitment that she drew out of him. But she is left heartbroken when an unfortunate incident drives them apart.




Thirteen years later, he sets out to reach out to her when he can no longer resist the consuming thoughts of her that have haunted him for so long. However, the same demons that caused him to let go of her in the first place are still holding him back. But when he is thrust into a situation where he has no choice but to become professionally involved with her, a Pandora’s Box of angst, resentment, and passion is unleashed . Now they are forced to make the decision on how to proceed. But will it justify the one that they made in the past, or will it mock it?





Book One:
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About the Author



I currently live in England. My days are spent in the Project Management field while my nights are spent with books. I'm either reading them or writing the ones that I want to read. My favorite things and in this particular order are books, Korean dramas, ice cream, and people who smile through everything. I consistently tell people that these are the four things they need to be happy but do they believe me?

No! Well I believe me, and you should too. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

{Book Blitz + Giveaway} The V Girl - By Mya










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The V Girl - By Mya Robarts
Publication date: June 20th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult











 
ROMANTIC DYSTOPIA FOR MATURE YA READERS YOUNG NA READERS


In post-apocalyptic North America, rape and sexual slavery are legal. Lila Velez, desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town, and can take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend, Rey, the most attractive man in her town. Lila does not love him, but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute of love.


Lila’s coping mechanism to her mother’s violent attack is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey F├╝rst, a foreign, broody man that she distrusts because his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.


All the while Lila will have to find a way to live in the constant company of death, slavery, starvation, sexual abuse and the danger of losing the people she loves the most.
Due to strong language, violent scenes and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.




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Excerpt:
 
 
I realize we’ve been unconsciously leaning toward each other. I step back, but he closes the distance again. His subtle, clean, masculine scent intoxicates me.
“I’m your best option. I have enough experience to guide you, teach you, and protect you from harm. If you want to, of course.”
“What harm?”
He brushes my cheek lightly with his enormous finger. The touch electrifies my skin. “Harm from other guys, from your friend, from yourself.”
I think about his size, knowing I’m not ready for this man.   “If I don’t want to go all the way …”
“Then we won’t. If you want to, this could be an addition to the other skills I’ll train you on …”
I keep stepping back, shortening the distance to the trees.  “Wouldn’t that be fraternizing? You’re not supposed to fraternize with Nats. They’ll deport you.”
He looks at me as though I’m crazy. “So? The world if full of places for us to go if you wanted to come with me.”
He’s deluded. No country would admit me without a passport tattoo. But hearing those words from his deep, masculine voice is heaven. “They’ll execute you.”
“I’ve put my life at risk for others ever since I joined the Army. It’d be a nice change to risk my life for something I want for me.” His humorless face smolders. “I crave you.”
Aleksey craves me. My cheeks warm at his words, and I don’t know what to say. He looks as though he has been dying to let those words out for a while. His eyes look at me expectantly. I can recognize his lust but … is there a difference between lusting and craving?
I shake my head. It doesn’t matter, anyway. He is an ex-soldier, and he looks more dangerous and violent than actual soldiers, so he’s off-limits. But I’m overwhelmed with feelings I haven’t ever felt before.
I look at him questioningly. “I don’t know anything about you.”
The cop looks down at himself and smiles wickedly. “You know my feet are big. What is left to know?”
 
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AUTHOR BIO:



I am a bookaholic and regret nothing.


I spent years trying to become a contemporary dance choreographer. Eventually I realized that I enjoyed writing my stories rather than creating dances for them.

I am obsessed with books that present damaged characters, swoon worthy guys, controversial topics and happy endings.




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{Cover Reveal} The Counting Downers - By A.J. Compton


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Title: The Counting Downers
Author:  A.J. Compton
Genre:  New Adult Romance
Release Date:  July 24, 2015
Editor: Hot Tree Editing
Cover Designer: CT Cover Creations

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Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…
Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.
No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.
As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.
But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.
The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment.  
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A.J. Compton is a 23 year-old Londoner, professional dreamer, and full time over-thinker. A big believer in going after your dreams, she decided to practice what she preaches and finally finish one of the many incomplete manuscripts she’s started over the years. 

A University of Cambridge graduate, A.J. is currently in a polygamous relationship with an embarrassing number of book boyfriends.

Those two facts are not related. Honestly.

She loves people-watching and exploring her observations in her writing. 

She really hates writing about herself in the third person.




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

{Release Blitz + Giveaway} State of Vengeance - By Summer Lane



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State of Vengeance - By Summer Lane
(Collapse #6)
Publication Date: June 26th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult




Vengeance is coming.

Monterey Bay, California, has barely survived a brutal attack from the evil invasion forces of Omega, and Cassidy Hart is exhausted. She has lost a friend and gained a new enemy. The militias seem to be weakening, and Omega seems to be getting stronger.

In an effort to recruit more troops, Cassidy travels to the desolation of the high mountains to find the mysterious troops of Sky City, and to eliminate a threat that has long been growing just out of the militia’s reach.

Cassidy is not alone. Old enemies greet her, and the most dangerous person of all just might be the one she trusts the most.

The fate of the free world is at stake. The end is coming.

The militias – or Omega – will have its revenge.

Book #6 of The International Bestselling Collapse Series

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Author Q&A:

Where do you write?

I write at my desk. I rarely write anywhere else. It is my bubble of creativity, I suppose. I just turn on my music, close the door, and write. Sometimes it takes me thirty minutes – sometimes it takes me seven hours. It depends on what I’m writing. It depends on how difficult it is for me to create a specific scene or convey a certain emotion. If I’m writing an emotional scene, it can take me a long time.

My favorite place to write, though, is in the mountains, in the seclusion of a quiet forest. That’s where imagination really works well.


Favorite movie? Favorite television show?

I don’t think it’s possible for me to choose a favorite movie. I like so many! I really enjoy anything that’s action or adventure. I adore superhero movies and animated films – don’t even get me started on Wall-e. The Book of Eli is really cool, and so is any movie with Dwayne Johnson.

As far as television goes, I usually only have time to watch TV during June and July. I love Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls (La, la, la, la!), and I’m positively obsessed – and by obsessed I mean madly in love – with The Walking Dead.

Favorite classic book?

When I was growing up, I ONLY read classic literature. I really was completely unaware until the age of sixteen that there was such a thing as “easy-to-read stories,” like Twilight or Harry Potter. I remember being so impressed with how fun it was to read a book that wasn’t written in old English (Ivanhoe, anyone?).

My favorite classic books (yes, plural!) are Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Great Expectations and Dracula. In case you hadn’t noticed, I have a thing for stories with dark undertones.


What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I really like to read. I find it nearly impossible to read while I’m writing a manuscript. I just have to focus all of my attention on the story creation. So I only read when I’m not writing a book – which is usually on the weekends. I love to crochet – I adore it. It’s very soothing.

I think the best thing to do during the summer is to go swimming, watch a movie, and then sit on the tailgate of a pickup truck, smell the fruit in the orchards, and watch the stars. I could do that forever. I guess I’m just a little country girl at heart! I also enjoy cooking. Pioneer Woman is my favorite thing ever. I’m totally serious. Ree Drummond is my hero. She needs to adopt me and teach me her ways.


Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Here’s where I fess up and admit that I’m a hybrid. I plot out my stories, I know who the characters are, and I know exactly what’s going to happen before I actually sit down and write the book. However, I do not plot out the specific scenes. I have general ideas, but I allow the personalities of the characters and the environments to shape and mold the scene, therefore making it – in my opinion, at least – more organic.

At this point in the Collapse Series, the characters shape their own destinies. In many ways I am just following where they lead – I simply nudge them in the right direction.


Favorite writing snack?

Tea and chocolate. It’s my favorite combination. During the hot months, it’s iced tea, and during the cold months, it’s hot tea. I literally had a stack of eighteen snickers bars behind my desk. You know. Just in case I got a craving or something.

Upcoming projects?

Collapse: The Illustrated Guide comes out this summer. The paperback will release first, and then the eBook will be available around August 2015. The conclusion to the Zero Trilogy, End of Day, will release October 9th, 2015. Then I’ve got the next Collapse book coming out in January 2016, Bravo: Apocalypse Mission in March 2016, and another Collapse book in June 2016.

So yeah. When I have downtime, I seize it and don’t let go!

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Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series and Zero Trilogy. She owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the Art of Storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and professional journalist. She lives in the Central Valley of California where she creates her stories and shares them with the world.

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{Cover Reveal} Before & After - By Nazarea Andrews

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Today we are revealing the cover for BEFORE & AFTER by Nazarea Andrews. This is an adult contemporary romance novel that will be released on July 30th.

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Before & After - By Nazarea Andrew
Release Date: 7/30/2015

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Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant. They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn't work--and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after. They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn't go according to plan. Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet's heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale. But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten?


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“You’re girl was late,” Scotty rasps as we land on two stools at the bar. It’s late and the crowd of sorority girls has thinned to almost nothing, although a pair are nursing Cosmos and watching us speculatively. Surprisingly, Scot’s ignored them completely. “Need anything, boys?” Manda asks as she sways past, giving Scotty a flirty smile. He grins at her, letting his gaze sweep over her. My best friend is a fucking slut. But with Manda, it’s all flirting and no action. She’d take him up on it—she’s made that very clear. But Scot doesn’t fuck where he works, and Barries has been too good for us to risk screwing it up for a quick fuck. Which is good, because I’d have to kick his ass if he touched her. She might be a little too friendly and a little desperate, but she’s a cute kid and I like her. "Bourbon, Manda," he says and she glances at me questioningly. I nod and she pours the drinks. Scotty glances at me. "What are you waiting on?" I shrug and grit my teeth. Scotty twists and gives her a look over his shoulder. "Fine. Stay here and keep Manda company. I'm going to introduce myself to your siren." I jerks him back by the collar of his shirt before he can take more than two steps and throw him back against the bar. "Back the fuck off, Scott." I growl. He grins, a challenge and a taunt in that expression. "Then make your move, Rike." I snatch the bourbon from Manda and take a deep breath before walking to her table. And wait. For a long. Fucking. Time. It takes almost a full minute for her to look up, almost long enough for my courage to fail. I'm almost ready to retreat when she blinks and looks up at me, her eyes widening a little as they find mine. She looks startled, and sleepy, and as gorgeous as she looked at a distance, is nothing compared to how fucking flawless she is this close. There are freckles sprinkled across her cheeks and dusted over her nose. I swallow a groan as she licks her lips and gives me a tentative smile. “Hi.” “Hi,” I say, and then go blank. Because in none of my fantasies did I ever consider we’d actually ever get to this point. And the smirks and smooth lines won’t work—not on her. “What do you call a group of unorganized cats?” I ask and her eyes cloud, confused. She gives me a pretty frown and I grin, “A cat-astrophe.” For a second, all either of us do is stare, and then she giggles. “That is literally the worst pickup line I’ve ever heard.” I grin, “So you want me to leave?” Laughter dances in her eyes. “Have a seat, jokes.”



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

NazareaAndrews

 Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. AUTHOR LINKS:

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