Thursday, April 24, 2014

Goodbye For Now

Have any of you read the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi? If you haven't, you really need to.



I came across Shatter Me in October 2012 while trying to pick out an audio book on audible.com. I saw the cover and read the blurb and thought, let me give it a try.  Normally when I listen to an audio book I'm able to do things around my house but with this one, I didn't want to be distracted at all. I stayed glued to my couch and was totally taken away.

At this time I was totally Team Adam. 

Spoilers!!! If you haven't read this series don't read any further! 

Throughout the series, my love for Adam dwindled and my love for Warner grew. Ignite Me made my love for Warner overflow. OMG I had to fan myself a few times throughout the book.

I didn't love this series just because of Adam or Warner. There is a lot more to this series outside of them. 
Kenji, in particular, always made me laugh out loud. His self confidence and smart mouth was awesome. 

Juliette's journey towards self discovery throughout this series was full of ups and downs. There were occasions I would wonder what the heck she was thinking. However, in the end, she ended up with who I thought would be the perfect person for her. Furthermore, she ended as the person I thought she should be. This strong, self confident, indestructible, kick ass person. 

Not only did Juliette transform so much, but Warner did as well. How vulnerable he made himself in Ignite Me just made my heart go out to him.  

When I read the last page of Ignite Me I fist pumped the air and had a huge smile on my face. However, after a few minutes, I was struck with sadness due to the finality of this series ending. 

There is always a slight ping in my heart when a series ends however, with some there is more of a louder ping. This is a series I will definitely have to re-read in the future just so I can reconnect with the characters I fell in love with, well one in particular. 

Well, this blog post is my goodbye for now salute to the Shatter Me series and to Warner. I say good bye for now because I know I will visit these characters and series again. I'd also like to send a huge thank you to Tahereh Mafi for creating this series. 

Alright then, I'm off to find my new fictional boyfriend . 

Book Blitz: Five Out Of The Pit By Holli Anderson










Five Out of the Pit by Holli Anderson 
(Five #2) 
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: March 31st 2014 
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult








Synopsis:
The Five find their way to Moab, Utah where, before they’re even settled in, evil finds them.

As Paige fights to keep from succumbing to the pull of an Incubus that has her marked as his next conquest, Johnathan seeks to find a way to rid her of a curse she willingly accepted in order to save him.

A surprising revelation initiates a long-awaited, yet unexpected, reunion for Alec who discovers a new magical talent he possesses.

The FIVE, along with their mentor, Joe, must figure out what was meant by the last words of a Demon as it was sent back to the Netherworld—a promise of Gathering darkness—and stop the evil before it’s unleashed on the small town of Moab. And, the world.


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Five Out Of The Pit Excerpt 

At first, the spell didn’t seem to affect the Ghoul much. But then, it stopped and stood, head shaking, a confused look in its flame-red eyes. A look of alarm passed over the hideous face next and the syringe dropped to the floor as the Ghoul’s astonished gaze turned to me. Eyes narrowed, it took a shuffling step toward me, gray skin beaded with sweat and red circles appearing on sallow cheeks.

I smiled wider as my magic surged. The powerful spell was too much for the monster to take. The Ghoul collapsed into convulsions as the heat rose and fried its pathetic brain. I turned the heat up another notch just to make sure.

The staff member that had been surely heading to her death and likely gruesome take-over of her body ran to the writhing Ghoul she thought of as George. She knelt beside him. “Jason, come here! George is having a seizure!”
I made sure my smile was gone before I turned to face the crowd gathered around Natalie.




AUTHOR BIO
Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.

Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.

Author Links:   Website   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Goodreads



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One (1) ebook copy of Five Out of the Pit. 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Sketchy By Olivia Samms

Synopsis: 
The first book in a series about 17 year old Bea Washington, an edgy, charismatic outsider and recovering addict, who discovers that with her new-found sobriety, she has a disturbing new ?skill? ? an ability to see, and draw, people's thoughts. Alarmingly, these visions are only getting stronger and increasing in frequency. As another girl in school is raped and left for dead, Bea must come to terms with her talent, learn to face her own truth, and try to help identify and stop the killer before he strikes again.


Lisa's Review:  I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program. 

I gave this book 4 stars. This book was an amazing book. I can't wait to read book 2 (which I've ordered :D). 

This book was paced well and kept my attention. I really love Bea's character. She is strong, loyal, determined and easy to connect with. Oh and her hair.... I can totally relate with. I really sensed Bea's confidence grow throughout the book.



Book Highlight/Giveaway: Magic Within By Sara Fitzgerald


Synopsis:
Nancy, a purple-haired witch, has never fit in with the kids in town. She has always felt something was deeply wrong with her. When Josh, her best friend, is attacked by a werewolf, Nancy seeks a potion to save him from the werewolf curse within him. But Josh’s fate--werewolf or human--is his to decide, when the potion is injected during his transition at thefull of the moon.

Nancy, too, must make a choice. Her mother, her best friend, and a
steadfast young man all see the magic within her. Can she finally accept who she is and give love a chance?




Purchase Link:   Amazon


Excerpt 

In the blackness of the night, Josh growled from deep inside his body. The pain was intense. More than anything he’d experienced. He gasped and stared at the alluring full moon. His body violently twisted.
He looked at his contorted hands; claws were forming. He was changing into a werewolf. This couldn’t be possible. He never even tasted human flesh and yet he’d always envied the power and freedom of Eric. To have no restraints. Nothing to constrain his behavior. Pure freedom.
“No!” he screamed into the night. Not him. Yet the stupid darkness had always appealed to him. He had even wanted to be a bloodsucker. Did evil lurk within his soul? Was this his fate? To be changed into a monster?
He frantically looked for Nancy, Nick and his sister. They were floating barely above him on the broomsticks. Horror flooded their faces, and tears filled his sister’s eyes.
Samantha dipped her broom lower. “No, Josh, please don’t do this.”
Nick raised his gun. Nancy quickly pushed it down.
Josh’s body quivered. “Kill me.”







Author Bio:
Sara lives with her husband and seven-year-old daughter in Salt Lake City.
She loves romance, intrigue, writing and exploring the city with her family.
Her two favorite parts of the day are reading bedtime stories with her daughter and hanging out with her husband.

Author Links:   Website   |   Goodreads




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Book Blitz: An Aria In Venice By KaSonndra Leigh











An Aria in Venice by KaSonndra Leigh 
(A Musical Interlude #1.5) 
Publication date: April 22nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance








Synopsis:
**This novel is a standalone with no cliffhanger.**

His goal…One night with the ballerina.
Her goal…To beat the player at his game.
The outcome…Something completely unexpected.

Adriana Dostov pegged Luca Martuccio from day one: gorgeous, talented, arrogant, a man who has had difficulty committing to one woman in the past. He is known in fashion circles as the player with a scandalous history. So when the girls in her ballet troupe suggest she gives up her virginity to him, she doesn’t say no. But she’s not sure that a ‘yes’ is the right answer either. Yet, she can’t stop herself from making the offer…a one night stand in Venice.

Luca wanted fiesty little Adriana the moment they first met – and he fully intends to have her, hence why he’s agreed to accept her proposal. In the end, he’ll get what he wants. No commitment. All sex.

But, as Luca discovers, there’s more to the ballerina with the overbearing mother – and he can’t help but care about the frightened girl behind those sad eyes.

Adriana discovers Luca isn’t just walking sex on a stick – he has a wildly passionate side, a lost soul who has suffered just as much grief as her. And it could be, they’re exactly what the other one needs.


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10 Weird Things About KaSonndra Leigh 

1) I’ve always considered myself to be a Goth girl. Do you want to see how bad my obsession truly is? Then head over toPinterestand check out all of my fascinating black, white, and red pics galore. 
2)I had a crush on Frodo in LOTR. What girl didn’t? Even if they won’t admit it. Dark hair, gorgeous blue eyes, bravery: what the heck is there not to like? Never mind that I probably tower over him. LoL 
3)I have a cassette player in my truck. I specifically ordered it to when I bought it. Giving up my vintage Janet Jackson collection wasn’t an option. I still haven’t found some of her albums on mp3 yet. **sighs** 
4)I talk to my flowers. Sometimes they answer me back. And then those answers become great stories for you all to read. My grandmother taught me all I needed to know about gardening. I miss her terribly. 
5)I get sea sick on ferry boats. Riding across the way to see the Statue of Liberty with my best friend made me sick. I’m pretty sure that in a past life I was one of the people on the Titanic. I’ve never taken a cruise and probably won’t ever do it. 
6)I chew my cuticles and the skin around my fingers when I’m writing. It’s a thinking process. I can’t help myself. I’ve tried everything to stop it. I even tried using that stuff that turns bitter when you taste it on your fingernails. Well, guess what? I started liking the way it tasted, so I stopped using it. I know…strange. 
7)I generally tend to fall for the fictional bad boy instead of the good guy. That bad habit has probably carried over from some of my real life ordeals. Okay, so I love bad boys. That’s why I get so many emails from readers telling me how they feel conflicted about my characters. Some of them even say that they prefer the bad boy character more. This is a good thing. I’ve done my job well when something seems so real that people get so emotional. Better to have conflicted over cardboard character comments any day, right? 
8)Physics was my favorite subject in high school. I didn’t care for English much at all. Horrors! 
9)I’m a human phone book. I can remember phone numbers after seeing them once or twice. I remember all of my childhood numbers and even some of my friends I used to hang out with. 
10)I have a Nook instead of a Kindle. I use my Galaxy Note for everything instead…don’t ask. LOL 




AUTHOR BIO
KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about people of all ages doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.

She loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora's Box (good writer's block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

Connect with KeSonndra:   Website   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads




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One (1) ebook copy of Prelude. 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

If I Stay Movie Trailer Giveaway

Who is excited about the upcoming movie, If I Stay? August 22nd, 2014 cannot get here fast enough.

In celebration of the movie trailer for, If I Stay, we are going to giveaway an autographed paperback copy of If I Stay by Gayle Forman. If you have not read this book yet, you MUST!! Oh, and you will need to make sure you have plenty of Kleenex by you because you will need it.

For those of you that don't know about the book:

Synopsis:
A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family. 

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.


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Blog Tour: Getting By ~ A Knight’s Tale I By Claudia Y. Burgoa



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Getting By ~ A Knight’s Tale I by Claudia Y. Burgoa 
Publication date: February 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult









Synopsis:
When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.


Purchase Links:  Amazon   |   B&N



Check out Claudia's playlist for Getting By:

The Airborne Toxic Event - Strange Girl
Civil Twilight - Perfect Stranger
The All American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret
Two door cinema - Changing of the seasons
The world has it's shine [but I would drop it On A Dime] - Cobra Starship
Coldplay - Lost
FOB - Missing you
Guster  - The beginning of the end
Imagine Dragons - There's nothing left to say
James Blunt - These are the words
Linkin Park - In Pieces
Maroon 5 - Not Falling Apart
Michael Penn - No Myth
Paramore - Crushcrushcrush
Snow patrol - Run



AUTHOR BIO
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

Author Links:   Website   |   Goodreads   |   Facebook   |   Twitter




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GWB giveaway
One (1) ebook copy of Getting By
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Tour wide giveaway
--A Kindle HD (US/CAN only)

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