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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

B2W2014: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout +SWAG giveaway

Today I'm featuring

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Publication Date: Already available in US and Bookdepository.
(February 25th 2014)

SHORT INTERVIEW

I'm sure you're sick of this question but what made you think of writing a book with a main character that's HALF demon and HALF gargoyle?
 I wanted to write about something a little different, and there aren’t a lot of gargoyle books out there.  I thought that a girl who is half gargoyle and half demon might be interesting.
What's your favorite line or scene from the book?  
Hmmm…I’m not going to choose my favorite line or scene, but I will tell you that I love Bambi, who you will meet in the book.
Where do you get the inspiration for the HAWT guys in this book?
  I like to write about guys who have traits and characteristics that I find attractive, so I tend to draw from my own personal taste.  Daemon, from my Lux series, is actually loosely based on Roth from this series.  I wrote White Hot Kiss before Obsidian, and I wrote Daemon as a toned down version of Roth.
Are you ever going to write a complete book from a guy's POV? 
 I’m not sure if I would write an entire book from a guy’s POV, but it’s always a possibility.  I prefer to write from the female POV or dual POV.
How did you come up with the name of the series and the books in this series? 
 I don’t want to give too many details, but the title of the first book, White Hot Kiss, is a play on Layla’s ability to kill anything with a soul with her kiss.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

B2W2014: Split Second by Kasie West [GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY]


Today I'm featuring
Split Second (Pivot Point #2)

Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: Already Available (February 11th)

GUEST POST WITH AUTHOR

Split Second excerpt:

“Tell me I’m crazy.” He looked into my eyes, and the intensity of his stare, the set of his mouth, the angle of his brow—it all seemed so familiar. Like I had been here before with him staring at me like that. It caught me off guard, softened my resolve, and I hesitated. I had to look away. I knew what my father said about lying and how one of the first indicators was when someone couldn’t look you in the eyes.
                                              …
He put his hand on my shoulder…His normal friendly exterior was stripped away, replaced by a vulnerability that made me want to tell him everything. “You’re crazy,” I whispered.


I’m so excited to have Split Second, the conclusion to Pivot Point, come into the world in February. It’s sad to me that the story is ending. It was a big part of my journey into the publishing world and I feel like I’m saying goodbye to the beginning, in a way. I’m sure I’ll be blubbering like a child when it comes out. Well, I’m not really a blubberer, but my eyes will sting and my nose will hurt and…yeah…too much info. That’s another post altogether. This is a post about inspiration and what inspired me to write these books.

As I’ve mentioned in past interviews, my inspiration for Pivot Point was a movie called Sliding Doors. I adore this movie with its idea that one little decision can change the course of a life. Plus it was just a really really cool movie. (I know that’s not a very detailed, informative review, and probably explains why I don’t make a very good book reviewer). Pivot Point explores this idea of one choice changing the course of a life in a supernatural kind of way through alternate realities.

So then what was my inspiration for Split Second? This is a hard question to answer. And hopefully I don’t sound vain when I say that the inspiration for Split Second was Pivot Point. Yep, I sounded vain. It was impossible not to even with my disclaimer. But by the time I sat down to write the sequel, I was invested in the characters. They were real people to me. I wanted to know where their stories went and I let them take me there. It seemed to be the natural conclusion to Addie and Trevor’s story.

Split Second also has another POV character—Laila. With Addie leaving the Compound to visit her father, I knew I wanted to mirror Pivot Point a bit by having the perspective of someone inside the Compound. I didn’t want to use the same plot device of Pivot Point by having another Search (plus, poor Addie had been through enough and didn’t need another heart wrenching decision at the end of the sequel). So that’s where Laila came in. It was fun to see the world through her eyes, plus it gave me the opportunity to introduce another love interest. Can there ever be too many cute boys to swoon over? I don’t think so.

I’m so happy to finally get to share this story with you all. I hope you enjoy it.  

GIVEAWAY
The author has been kind enough to offer a SIGNED paperback of the  first book in the series Pivot Point .

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Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

I really liked this book , you can check out my review here .

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

B2W2014: Stolen Songbird (EXCERPT+ GIVEAWAY!)


Today I'm featuring 
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever 

Expected publication: April 1st 2014

EXCERPT



“I don’t believe this was part of the arrangement, Monsieur Luc.”

Rising to my knees, I gazed up at the man standing in front of us, his figure outlined by moonlight. “Help me,” I pleaded, tugging on the silken fabric of his cloak. “Please help me! He’s kidnapped me from my family and intends to sell me to the trolls.”
“Is that so?” His voice had the lyrical cadence of the court, although I was surprised to find a nobleman stooping to treasure hunting. I was in no position to judge, though. I’d take assistance where I could find it. I crawled on hands and knees, putting the man between Luc and me. Anyone had to be better than Luc.
My eyes fixed on the glowing lamp dancing behind his head. No, not a lamp – an orb that seemed to be floating through the air of its own accord. It swung round, hanging near my face, dazzling me with brightness but exuding only a little warmth.
“How badly are you injured, Mademoiselle de Troyes?”
I reached up to touch the light, then, thinking better of it, withdrew my hand. Only then did I realize he’d called me by name. I met his eyes. Or eye, rather. He stood peculiarly and kept his face turned to one side, revealing only his profile. He was perhaps my brother’s age, and particularly handsome. The light of the orb reflected in his silvery grey eye as though the glow came from within. I’d never met anyone in my life with eyes like his.
“I’m afraid you have the advantage, monsieur, for while you know my name, I don’t know yours.” My heart beat faster. Something was dreadfully amiss. Apprehension made my hackles rise like a dog’s as I eyed the man up and down. Who was he and what was he doing beneath the rubble of Forsaken Mountain?
“I should beg your pardon, mademoiselle, for failing to introduce myself. I am Marc de Biron, Comte de Courville.” His attention moved to Luc. “You were to bring her unharmed.”
“You’re lucky she’s still alive – we nearly got ate by that sluag,” Luc retorted.
“You’re lucky you didn’t bring half a dozen of them down upon you the way you two carried on. I wouldn’t be surprised if they could account your argument word for word in Trollus, you were so infernally loud!”
“No,” I whispered. “No, no, no.” Every instinct said to run, but which way? I had no light, and the sluag blocked the way we’d come from. But forward was where he’d come from and he was… Rising to my feet, I cowered against the wall. “You’re a… He’s a…”
“Aye, Cécile,” Luc said, finally taking notice of my yammering. “He’s a troll all right.”
“But you said they were monst…” The troll abruptly turned and faced me straight on, and the word died on my lips, replaced by a scream. Luc had been telling the truth.


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

B2W2014: Lady Thief by A.C.Gaughen (Interview +GIVEAWAY)


Today I'm featuring

Lady Thief (Scarlet #2)
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.




Publication: Already available (February 11th 2014)

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR 
How did you come up with the idea to write Scarlet?
SCARLET was a little strange.  I had this voice kind of nagging in my head, and I started going back through old work.  I found this story I had written in grad school in this voice, and it all collided--I knew who she was, I knew who the hero she had been wishing after was, I knew it all.  And I just started writing, and it came out very very fast. 
How is Lady Thief( the sequel) different from Scarlet?
It's a little darker.  It's time for some serious consequences to catch up to Scar, the band, and the shire.  Everyone is really dealing with the fact that they can't run away from their pasts.  Scarlet is also put in the position of deciding who she really is;  the things that define her, like her knives, dressing as a boy, holding on to her secrets, even her love of Rob, have all been stripped away and she has to figure out what it means to be Scarlet.  What, in all of that, is inalienable.   
Your favourite version of Robin Hood?
BBC!  People draw a lot of parallels, and while I see some of it, I also see some pretty gigantic divergences.  But yeah, Jonas Armstrong, Richard Armitage...some serious man candy in that.  Never was a big fan of their portrayal of the sheriff, though.  

Any clues/hints/information you can share with us about book 3?
Hmm...well I'm secretly a huge history geek, and I have had some pretty serious intentions for this series and what major historical event it contributes to in the future.  I can't wait to share that!  (Well, I guess I can wait a LITTLE.... ;-) )  It's still very much in the process of editing and changing, but I think while I was writing it I definitely enjoyed seeing two characters (and a third, actually) have some happiness for once.  BEFORE I MESS IT ALL UP AGAIN!

I love how you have such a strong feminine character in this series, any specific characters fictional or real that inspired you to come up with such a strong female character?
It will become much more clear in LADY THIEF, but Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of my ultimate favorite historical figures, bar none.  Writing her was like fangirling history.  And whenever people tell me Scarlet is anachronistic, I just point to her.  Eleanor was hardcore.  And I think as far as fiction goes, Tamora Pierce's work was an INCREDIBLE influence on me when I was young, and I think Ann Rinaldi was the coolest way to learn about girls in history.  Ever! 

Lady Thief in one line?


Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must act the part of a noblewoman to protect Rob and the shire--but there are things that cannot be undone, and secrets that Scarlet never knew she lost. 
 

Books you would recommend to
A) YA readers
B) Adult readers
So I am going to skirt this question because I think YA readers and Adult readers are one and the same.  Hmm recent favorites...I'm a total Rainbow Rowell convert, FANGIRL and ELEANOR AND PARK are books I want to slip in between the pages of.  I just finished BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE (Schmidt) and MANOR OF SECRETS (Longshore) and totally obsessed over both.  This is less a recommendation, but I just did a lot of graduate work on the New Adult emerging genre and I'm really dying to see some stellar entries in this field--I think it has so much potential that hasn't fully been tapped yet. 

If Scarlet was trapped on a deserted island , what would she do?
Hm.  Is Rob there?  If so, enjoy it.  If not, rope a couple of sea turtles together and sail right out of there.  

Rapid Fire(what it the first thing that comes to your mind when I say....
Twilight Midnight
Black  Cat
Harry Potter  Flying on Broomsticks
Hot  Toddy  (okay, maybe I should explain that it's REALLY cold here...)
Hood  Shadows
Wings  Broken
Coffee  Ew.  (I'm a tea drinker)
T.V.  Scandal
Scarlet   Should meet Olivia Pope. 

I for one loved Scarlet and cannot wait to dive into this book. 

GIVEAWAY
The author has been kind enough to offer an ARC(Advanced Readers Copy of Lady Thief ,a tote bag and minor swag. 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: Be With Me by J Lynn

THIS BOOK IS NOT CLASSIFIED AS Young Adult.
It is classified as NEW ADULT.


You can follow the blog tour here

Be with Me (Wait for You #2)

Source: Publisher & Mundie Moms (Thanks HarperCollins and Mundie Mums!)

My Thoughts:
I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout . I actually have a whole tag delegated to her on the blog. I'm actually in awe of this woman , just see the amount of books that are upcoming this year on this blog and the best thing is that I'm waiting for almost all of them! Wait for You was an interesting novel which really pulled me in but it reminded me a lot of Hopeless and it was depressing but not as depressing as Hopeless.Be With Me is a book that I enjoyed more than Wait For You
I really liked Tess. I thought she was a nice girl with guts and I didn't want to shake some sense into her like I did with Avery. I really liked her .Unlike the first book the major problem lies with the guy in this novel, Jase was a swoonworthy guy but I did want to shake some sense into him . (It wouldn't be a romance novel if you didn't want to shake some sense into someone! ) 
The chemistry between Jase and Tess was hot and there was a nicely paced plot surrounding them. I'm not saying I didn't predict what happened but I was engrossed throughout the novel.Cam and Avery are very much present in this novel and they don't just disappear. 
 Sometimes you just need nice predictable romances but Jennifer Armentrout manages to sometimes rip your heart out because this series deals with real tangible issues. So even though this didn't break my heart and depress me as much as Wait For You, I would recommend it. I'm glad it didn't break my heart as much as the first because in a way I enjoyed it more. 
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I really hoped the next book would feature Ollie but I don't think it does. I think Stay With Me features Calla. 
My Rating:
TOSS UP BETWEEN 3.5 and 4 




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

B2W2014: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer (Excerpt + GIVEAWAY!)


Today I'm featuring 

EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He's trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won't get in to college. He's trying to keep his brother's business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He's trying to keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel - or he fears he'll lose his family. And he's trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his 'girlfriend's' partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.




Publication: January 28th 

EXCERPT


GIVEAWAY!

One Copy of Secret is up for grabs.

US/CANADA only!

Thanks Kensington!

Sidenote: Another book I've finished reading and it's as good as the other books in the series. 



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