Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!




Saturday, April 19, 2014

Release Blast: Uprising by Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons - Giveaway



Uprising
The Dolan Prophecies Series Book #1
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date- April 18th, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian 

The year 2102--the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn’t even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.  

But a resistance is coming…  

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi's parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city’s defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she's ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she’s been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?

   

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Finding Her Way Back by Heather van Fleet



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FINDING HER WAY BACK

By Heather van Fleet



Releasing October 7, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance

Meet Callie. She’s eighteen, quirky, and fears commitments. She also has a love/hate relationship with her tennis shoes.

Nine months of college, done and gone, and all Callie has to show for it is her freshman thirty. But alas, no worries, life has other crap plans for her now. Plans that include a set of nuptials from hell for her older, she–devil sister Anna. Struggling to rid her chubby–sexy vibe, Callie is put on a strict Anna regimen of ‘do this do that’ while attempting to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky Hampton: her once skinny–skater–boy turned sex–god, ex best friend from across the street.

Kylan feels as though he is a waste. A mechanic, country music singer with not a lyrics to his name. A boy with a proverbial skateboard still strung around his neck from high school. He’s lost, and he’d be the first to admit it. But the moment he spots Calla Lily––with a cemented penis in hand––the more he realizes that she’s exactly the muse he’s been missing.

But when the going gets tough, and the secrets of her past grow thicker, Callie has to figure out if her tennis shoes will be her escape this time around in life, or her demise instead.



About the Author

Midwestern native Heather Van Fleet lives in a small town on the Iowa/Illinois border. She’s a wife to her hubby--and high school sweet heart--Chris, as well as a mom to her three little girls, Kelsey, Emma and Bella. When she’s not obsessing over her fictional book characters, cooking dinner, or running around chasing her crazy kiddos, you can usually find her with her head stuck in her Kindle, sucking down White Chocolate Mochas like they're water. 


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Post-Tour Highlight: Falling by Design by Valia Lind - Links & Giveaway


Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014

Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.


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April 2nd
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About Valia


Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review: Black Abaddon by Sasha Hibbs

Black Abaddon
Vulcan Legacies 2

Sasha Hibbs

YA Paranormal Romance
Evernight Teen
February 20, 2014

Available at Amazon



Ally Watson struggles to live with the choices she made, the worst of which resulted in her soul mate's death. Michael’s sacrifice to save the girl he loved may have reversed the Apocalypse, but not the permanent damage inflicted by living with his loss.

Ally begins a journey where she soon discovers that death is not always the end, but sometimes the very beginning. With old friends, she journeys to the Nosferatu Nation where she meets with new alliances willing to help her in her quest to defeat the Devourer. At every turn, Ally unearths secrets that threaten to destroy those she loves.

The second installment of The Vulcan Legacies series will put Ally to the ultimate test, forcing her to face her fears and the true destiny she will fulfill as Azrael, the Seraph of Death.

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I really enjoyed Black Amaranth and have been anxiously awaiting a chance to read Black Abaddon. Ms. Hibbs did not disappoint in this great second book in the Vulcan Legacies series. There was never a dull moment in this twisty roller-coaster ride. Sometimes book two in a series tends to be dull or fall flat. That is not the case with this one. I actually enjoyed it more than the first book! This will be a rather short review because I don't want to give away any of the plot.

The story picks up right from the rather explosive ending of the first book. Ally is in a bad place emotionally in the aftermath of her failed test. She's ridden with guilt and has lost hope which creates a rather somber tone. One thing I really liked was how Ally grew emotionally throughout the story. She's a much stronger character by the end than she was at the beginning.

The secondary characters were also amazing and all very important to the story line. I just love all of the characters! So, I cried at times while reading--keep tissues nearby just in case. I really lost track of time while reading this book. The action was nonstop so there was no good place to stop reading. When the phone rang, I cursed the caller for pulling me from the story. Don't expect too many answers in this second book. In fact I think I have more questions now than I did when I started reading. The ending was amazing, surprising, and left me clamoring for the third book. I hope you're writing fast Ms. Hibbs!

I highly recommend Black Abaddon to everyone high school and up who enjoys an immersive paranormal read. This is not a standalone novel, so be sure to pick up Black Amaranth and read it first. I'm adding this one to my Goodreads favorites list.


About the Author

By age 5, Sasha Hibbs' favorite movie was Gone With the Wind. By age 12, she completed her 7th grade book report on the sequel, Scarlett. By 18, she met and married her very own Mr. Rhett Butler and as it turns out, she never had to worry about going back to Tara to win the love of her life back. Fortunately, he stuck with her. 

With a love of all things paranormal, the ambiance of the South with its gigantic antebellum mansions and canopies of Spanish moss, and a love for her husband’s rich storytelling of blacksmiths and the mythology surrounding their origins, it wasn’t long until the world of her debut novel, Black Amaranth, was born.

When not working her day job as a nurse, you can find Sasha dreaming of her next beach trip, reading the latest YA novel, and drinking more white chocolate mocha than she should.

Sasha lives in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, Tim, and their two daughters, Aeliza and Ava. She is currently hard at work on book two in The Vulcan Legacies series.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Resistance by Jena Leigh - Top Tens & Giveaway



Resistance
The Variant Series, Book 2

Jena Leigh

YA Fantasy

Amazon * B&N



Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.

The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life… and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.


TOP TEN FAVORITE TYPES OF DESSERTS
By Author Jena Leigh

10.  Cupcakes – I don’t care what flavor it is, you stick a cupcake in front of me and it will disappear. I’m reliable like that.

9. Lemon Cake  – The Betty Crocker version, straight out of a box and slathered with store-bought lemon flavored frosting. Terribly unhealthy and filled with preservatives? Probably. But man is it good.

8. Pecan Pie – Made from scratch using my favorite, super-secret family recipe, courtesy of my much-loved and dearly missed grandmother. If I ever were to show up at a family gathering without at least two pecan pies in hand, I doubt I’d be allowed in.

7. Snickerdoodles – I’m a sucker for cinnamon sugar. And for cookies. Combine the two and I’ll be eating out of your hand… and I mean that literally, if you happen to be holding a snickerdoodle.

6. Thin Mints – Do Girl Scout Cookies count as a dessert? I hope so, because Thin Mints might just be my favorite cookie of all time.

5. Brownies – My go-to comfort food. Had a bad day? Discovered you’ll be waiting another six months for the next season of your favorite BBC show? A pan of brownies is always the perfect cure for your distress. Add a scoop of ice cream and a bit of chocolate syrup and voila! Death by Chocolate! Yum.

4. Crème Brûlée – A tasty bowl of custard covered with a hardened layer of caramel. My favorite dessert to order when dining out! Not that I wouldn’t love to try my hand at making the dessert myself… It’s just that no one (myself included) seems inclined to trust me with a blowtorch.

3. Chocolate Chip Sensation – A birthday staple of my childhood! It’s a giant chocolate chip cookie, topped with layers of cream cheese and chocolate pudding, then sprinkled with chopped nuts and made even better by adding a drizzling of chocolate syrup. So yummy!

2. Butterscotch Cheesecake – I first tried this fantastic flavor of cheesecake at Emeril’s restaurant in Orlando last year and I’ve been craving it ever since. Best. Birthday. Ever. I’d give just about anything to have it again!

1.  Red Velvet Cake – The be-all and end-all of my dessert loves. Red velvet as a dessert flavor somehow escaped my notice until my second year of college, but you can rest assured that, once I discovered this heavenly red cake, I quickly made up for lost time!




Revival
The Variant Series, Book One

Amazon B&N


Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life.

If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.

After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe.

Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real.


About the Author

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Jena Leigh spent ten years in the mountains of North Carolina before returning home to the lightning capital of North America. A shameless geek, she loves bad sci-fi movies, Skittles, writing cracktastic e-mails to friends and taking shenanigan-filled road trips to faraway concerts. She has a degree in English from Appalachian State University. REVIVAL is her first novel.












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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale - Giveaway

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!
On to the reveal!


“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...


If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!!

The Shadow PrinceEvery sacrifice has consequences. Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?




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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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