Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Made For You - By Melissa Marr

 
 
 
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Author: Melissa Marr  
Website  
Release Date: 9/16/2014  
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.


Perfectly creepy!
 
Made For You had a great marriage of real life, suspense & homicidal maniac. Never was there a dull moment, or a moment that didn't have you looking over your shoulder.
 
Growing up Eva was adored, looked up to & loved by basically everyone in her home town. So as Eva wakes up in a hospital with suspicion circle around her that a killer wants her dead, shock is only the beginning of the emotional roller coaster she's on. She's needs familiar, something to ground her during this crazy situation....enter Nate. Let. Me. Tell. You. Nate is my kind of guy to a T! He's heroic, handsome & is completely willing to run head first to find the psychotic creep after Eva.
 
Speaking of creeps...holy weirdo! The villain in this book was by far one of the best written that I've ever had the literary pleasure to meet. Melissa not only allowed this character to shine during key moments, she gave him a voice by writing parts from his POV. If you've ever had that moment of curiosity of wondering how a psyhco thinks, then this will give you that chance. Not only does he have a strange, strange agenda, he is called The Judge. (Which BTW reminds me of the show Blacklist, check it out) Creepy factors aside, when the identity of The Judge was revealed my jaw dropped. I appreciate being led to believe it was someone else, but this person wasn't even on my radar....well done Ms. Marr, well done!
 
So now that you've realized that this book is UH-MAZE-ING, go out and grab it NOW!!
 
 
5/5
 
 
 
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About the Author:


Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.


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Tour-wide giveaway (US & Canada)
All 5 of Melissa's Wicked Lovely books (paperback), 
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    A hardcover copy of Made For You


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Teaser} Imitation - By Heather Hildenbrand




 
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Author: Heather Hildenbrand  
Website  
Release Date: 7/29/2014  
Purchase Info: Amazon  
Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face.

Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has
never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?


Heather does not disappoint!


I have been a stalker fan of Heather's for years, and every time I start a novel by Ms. Hildenbrand I fall in love! Her characters grab you, the stories take you away, and her book boyfriends make you want to be the heroine!

Right away there are so many things that I love about Imitation, the setting of our "world". How genius is this concept, having a replacement in the wings for emergencies?! But my heart bleeds for Ven, she's different....smarter. Though she knows her purpose, she knows that there are things beyond what everything seems. Secrets are absolutely the core to everything in Raven's world, but Ven doesn't want that....even though she can't do anything about it.

First of all....I am not a huge fan of Raven, or her father for that matter. Honestly, how nice can a rich girl who's handed everything be? Not.

Onto a better note...Linc *swoon*
I need a body guard like him, stat! He was the epitome of book boyfriend; strong, silent, hot. Oh, brains too. He's not a fan of the fact that Raven's father is flaunting her all over the place with her life at risk. Little does he know it's actually Ven. As things become even more dangerous the plot took an amazing turn. I wanted to just jump into the book at this point and hug all the characters, it was so emotional & pivotal.

So now that I've left you on the edge of your seat, run out and grab this amazing book!


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After breakfast, the three of us walk together behind the others to our designated changing room. The girls in our wing have ten minutes to report downstairs for physical activity. Our days are scheduled to the second in Twig City. This way, we don ’t have time to think about the fact that it’s more like a prison than a city. No one says it out loud, but the absence of an exit is proof that it’s true.
  “Maybe you’ll meet a hot guy,” Lonnie says as we grab our gym uniforms from our cubbies.   “Maybe,” I echo.
  None of us have ever really interacted with boys. Twig City is segregated to prevent lasting relationships of that sort. Attachment is too complicate d when you could get called up for duty at any time. To develop our social skills, we are treated t o a quarterly mixer, where we are made to dress up and then marched upstairs to the boys’ dormitory. For two hours, we are fed cookies and punch while static-filled music is cranked through the speakers. Once, a few couples tried dancing but as soon as their bodies made contact, the Overseers were there, pulling them apart and handing out punishment orders. No one dances anymore.

 
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About the Author:
 
 
 
Heather was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.
Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life. 
She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

Monday, September 22, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Escapement


 
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Author: Ciara Knight  
Website 
Release Date: 2/26/2013  
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.
 
 
 
Way to start the series with a BANG!
 
 
There are some things unique about this series. I've read my fair of dystopia style books, but Escapement was different.
 
With the entire population separated into 3 different groups it is the Queen's job to keep balance....and in this case balance means sacrificing someone from the "slave" race. Now it's Semara's duty to choose this sacrifice. (Oh if it was only that easy!)
Let's just say things happen and now Semara is scrambling for her life and only has Ryder to help her figure things out.
 
Oh Ryder & Semara......they are so stinking cute! Ryder knows what hard times are like, but there's a certain softness that shows through him when Semara is involved. Don't worry Ryder isn't throwing away the fact that Semara was set to kill his sister, he can just see the bigger picture. So, whether they realize it or not, I believe they're relationship will come full circle....but can't spoil that!
 
Semara was absolutely a love/hate character for me. Loved her determination, hated how she came across to some of the people who were trying to help her. Overall though, the growth within her throughout this book was fantastic! By the end of this book Semara realized that there's so much more out in the world than what her mother had shown her. I understand that this conclusion comes to most characters, but Semara seems so passionate about it that I feel big things are to come for her.
 
 
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About the Author:
 
 
 
Ciara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her young adult speculative fiction books. Her most recent Amazon best-seller, Escapement, book I of The Neuamrian Chronicles, released to acclaimed reviews securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from InD’Tale Magazine.
When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.


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    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    {Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} The Accidental Kiss - By Nicole Simone


     
     
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    Author: Nicole Simone  
    Website  
    Release Date: 8/12/2014
    Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N 
    They were like fire and ice.But he was everything she didn’t know she needed.Marked by tragedy, Sky Noel leaves Los Angeles with her mom to start anew in Castor, a small town in Louisiana. It was supposed to be Sky’s chance to have a normal life but she soon finds out normal isn’t written in her DNA.When a mysterious boy named Daemon shakes up Sky’s fragile hold on reality, she is thrust into a world where zombies and voodoo not only exist in the pages of a novel. They are hidden in the darkest corners where danger lurks and death awaits. With a price on her head, Sky has to put her trust in the boy with the ocean blue eyes but is Daemon everything she was warned against and more?Tricked into selling his soul, Daemon lives out his existence at the mercy of the voodoo priest. That is until one fateful night when his path is forever changed.

    Desperate to atone for his sins, Daemon brings it upon himself to protect Sky at any cost. However, a secret hidden in his past could rip away the very person who makes him feel human again.
     
    Who knew zombies could be so hot!!
     
     
    Holy blindside batman! When starting this book there was NO way that I would have guessed zombies would be popping up....well, I was wrong!
     
     
     
    For the record, Daemon isn't your average zombie. There aren't limbs missing, or legs dragging, he is a completely different breed. Long ago, roughly 60 years, he sold his soul to a voodoo priest...for reasons I don't want to spoil. Now with his soul safely in a shelf he has to spend his days doing dirty work, though this crazy priest has big plans....and those involve harming Sky.
     
     
    Sky is grasping onto what she barely has left around her, and it's not much. After the death of her BFF, moving to no-where Lousianna, and having her mother drop a bomb that she's some sort of "Chosen One", she figured things couldn't get worse. But as Daemon enters her life things start to get complicated for both of them. The "plan" that Daemon's soul-holder wanted to do involves Chosen One sacrafices.....Daemon is not letting that happen. As they both scramble to find an answer to stop this maniac the author was really able to showcase both of the characters strengths, as well as weaknesses.
     
    Everything about this book screamed, UH-MAZE-ING! Rocked my socks off amazing! It was different, fast paced, detailed and balanced every aspect of the story perfectly. Even though the author hasn't written the 2nd book in this series yet, I can guarantee you there will be LOTS of fans lining up for it!
     
     
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    About the Author:
     
     
     
    Nicole Simone works in digital media by day and at night, pen’s character driven romance novels that will make your mama blush. She lives in Los Angeles, C.A with her fat bulldog named Humphrey.  
     
     
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    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    {Blog Tour + Giveaway} Coral & Bone - By Tiffany Daune




    Author: Tiffany Duane  
    Website  
    Release Date: 7/1/2014   
    Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N 
     Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame. Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

    Fin-Tastic!!

    Though the entire book wasn't mermaid based, the under water element was huge in this book. With multiple realms, engrossing characters and quick passed plots, I was truly in literary heaven!
     Honestly there wasn't a single character or important detail that was left unresolved. Each person played such a key roll & the author obviously put her heart and soul into every tiny detail.

    Halen was so unique, each main character will always have those quirks that drive you nuts, but I think the thing that initially had be drawn to her were her ear plugs. Weird right?! My first thought was, "How messed up are you that you have to wear ear plugs?", after I figured things would only get weirder, so of course I was totally game!

    What a twisted web the author wove, with not only Halen but Dax, Tage, Daspar....and even Halen's parents. There is such a huge twist about 40% through the book that I literally had to put it down for a good 30 minutes to process, talk about throwing things for a loop. From this point on doubted the intention of almost everyone Halen knew. (Let's just confuse the emotional unstable girl who can control the elements even more)

     
     
    After the drama & secrets being revealed, all my heart wanted for Halen was healing and a good strong hug! Being lied to your whole life is hard, though the way Halen dealt with it in the second half of the book made me hopeful. She really is strong enough for this, all she needs to do it realize it & stop worrying about others!

    Like I originally said, Fin-Tastic, and I stand behind that. Wherever Tiffany Daune takes this captivating series I will definitely follow!



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    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    {Cover Reveal} Rebel Souls - By Sarah Ashley Jones

     
    Happy Hump Day Peeps!!
     
    Today I have the pleasure of helping the brilliant Sarah Ashley Jones debut her fabulous new cover to the literary world!!
     
     
     
     
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      Rebel Souls by Sarah Ashley Jones
     
     
     
    Releases on November 13th
    New Adult Romance Suspense
     
    Elias Anderson believes he can right the wrongs of the world. 
    As a member of the Rebel Souls, a self-appointed vigilante group whose only goal is to take down those who prey on the innocent, he is trained to kill or be killed.
     
    Claire Olsen wants revenge.
    After being attacked and left for dead, she is forced to watch her sister’s kidnapping. When the police refuse to pursue the case, she decides the only thing left to do is to take matters into her own hands, even if that means becoming a Rebel herself.
     
    Elias knows how to deal with the new Rebels.
    To ensure her loyalty, he must train her. And to train her, he must break her. But Claire refuses to give in and let a man strip her of who she is. Her stubborn ways and fiesty mouth only deepens Elias’ desperation for control while she revels in knowing she is the reason behind his slow undoing. 
    It’s not until they discover the truth about her sister’s disappearance that everything inside their already dysfunctional world changes and they soon learn that their survival depends solely on one another. 
     
    The line between right and wrong will be blurred.
    Blood will be shed.
    And the guilty will pay.
     
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    “You want answers, Blondie.” Claire turns her head and I snatch her chin in my free hand. “You truly want to know what it feels like to kill somebody - to watch the life drain from a stranger’s eyes because of your actions?” Her heart beats against my chest and I drop my hands to her shoulders, spinning her around and forcing her down into the chair next to us. Her knife pings as it hits the concrete floor. “It feels like nothing else in this world.” I lean forward, pushing all my weight into my palms as they rest on the arms of the chair. “It’s every feeling a person could possibly experience all at once. It’s blissful, calming, terrifying, satisfying, excruciating, but most of all - it’s powerful,” I whisper the last part. “Once you finally do it, murder someone, you can’t go back. You carry them with you anywhere you go. You see their faces when you sleep. You see their eyes when you at your own in the mirror. It doesn’t matter if they were a saint or a sinner. You become the reason they no longer exist. Do you really think you can do that, Claire?” I’m stuck staring at her, watching the way her lips parts as she nods, her sharp breaths cascading over my cheek. Her intense eyes seek solace in mine as if she’s listening to a bedtime story - not a horror story like how it plays in my mind. “Then why do you continue to do it?” It’s a simple question. Eight words I ask myself day in and day out and depending on when you ask me, I will answer differently each time. “Because if I don’t - no one else will.”
     
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    About Sarah Ashley Jones
     
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    Sarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her three dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she's not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes, chapstick, and all things Alice in Wonderland. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It's rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up.
     
    The books of the Promise Me Series is the first novels Sarah Ashley Jones ever sat down to write. The story weaseled into her heart and wouldn't leave her alone until she typed it all out. Now, stories won’t stop making themselves heard as she continues to write whichever character’s story is the loudest!
     
    She is a lover of all things adventure and romance and is constantly working hard on future releases. Her overactive imagination probably has something to do with being a theatre geek as a child and teenager and now she puts it to good use as an adult, creating and sharing stories that many already love
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    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    {Hiatus} Surgery.....it's a Scary Thing....

     
     
    Have no fear....I'll be back quicker then you know it!
     
     
    Most of you are probably not even remotely aware of what I'm talking about, but it's ok because I'm going to explain it in great gory detail.
     
     
    It all started roughly 8 weeks ago, it was just another typical Tuesday night at softball....there I was running the bases when an outfielder caught a one hopper slightly more gracefully than I had expected. Stopping to go back to first base it happened, POP! Falling to the ground in agonizing pain, all while screaming like a girl, I held my knee in hopes that the burning sentation would go away.
     
    Guess what, it didn't....after an ER trip, follow-up MRI's & robot braces, I am now preparing to have complete ACL reconstructive surgery in roughly a week.
     
     
     
    Very few things about this excite me, I am actually the opposite. Terrified.
    Never in my life have I had surgery, so the whole thought of being put to sleep only to wake up in with a screws in my knee & stitches scarring my leg isn't pleasant. But the thought of being able to bend my knee again after 8 weeks of not being able to physically do it almost brings me to tears.
     
    (In this picture you can see how much atrophy I have in my injured leg, on the right, compared to my non-injured leg)
     
    So, I'm hoping for only the best & a quick healing process. Thought I know this will entail roughly 6 months of hard physical therapy & won't be able to do activities on it until the 8-10 month mark, it's a light at the end of my tunnel.
     
    

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    {Blog Tour: Review Giveaway} Dirty Little Misery - By Tracey Martin








    

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    Author: Tracey Martin 
    Website 
    Release Date: 8/12/2014  
    Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
    Thanks to her freakish, satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. But after the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Too bad—they are.
    Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. If she doesn’t agree to help them solve a new case, they’ll charge her with every magical crime she’s ever committed.
    Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. No surprise, Jess’s satyr allies aren’t pleased with her investigation. Worse, it strains her tenuous relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend.
    As Jess delves into the shady satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs—and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target.

    Warning: Contains blackmail, betrayal, and sex that’s literally to die for. Plus plenty of bad stiff jokes to go with it. Remember, just say no to magical drugs
     
     
    Hot steamy action, and it was just my cup of tea!
     
     
     
    Oh how I've missed your Urban Fantasy....it's been far too long since I've read a book that had me enthralled like this one.
     
    Jumping into this series I was blindsided with how gritty it was, and I mean that it a great way. Jess the main character was smart, frustrated, witty, sarcastic, truly all the things that I love in a heroine. Getting to know her was fantastic, even if she has some issues with self hating. I mean her gift, or curse, is going to be such a great asset for her as this series goes along. Having a trick like that up your sleeve is going to be something to watch for.
     
    Besides the thought out plot line, let's talk about the way females are dropping like flies....exhaustion...from sex...I mean sounds like the best way to go, but not necessarily when you're being drugged into it. As Jess learns more and more about this case, where these tainted drugs are coming from she truly starts to shine. Using her gift allowed her to own her uniqueness, it was awesome.
     
    Lately I've been finding quiet a few series' that I would follow to the ends of the literary earth, and this is one that I'm adding onto that pile. Writing style, fast paced, edge of your seat writing is something I admire so much, and Tracey was able to combine all of these things into this action packed book.
     
     
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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.
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    tracey-martin.com, @TA-Martin 
     
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