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)

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. 

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

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 


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.


Publication: January 28th 



One Copy of Secret is up for grabs.


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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