Month: January 2012

Jan 31
{Release Day} On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes

{Release Day} On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes

Today is the release day of the ebook version of On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes!  Book Description:  On the Bright Side is a hilarious road to guardian angeldom paved with so much drama and due-paying that it makes middle school look painless. As if the devil’s food cake at her wake and the white fat pants she’s stuck wearing for eternity weren’t bad enough, fourteen year-old Gabby is quick to discover that Cirrus, the main rung of Heaven, is a far cry from the Pearly Gates. Here, Skyphones and InnerNets are all the rage. Until Gabby finds out she has to protect Angela, her school nemesis, in order to move up through the training levels of heaven. Problem is, Angela is now hitting on Gabby’s should-have-been boyfriend. (awkward!) Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (like tripping is a sin?) at the hopes of cooling off the new couple. At first, they seem harmless until the school dance sabotage gets completely out of control. Then, her Celestial Sky Agent, who happens to have anger… Read more »

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Jan 31
{Review+Give@way} Airel by Aaron Patterson & Chris White

{Review+Give@way} Airel by Aaron Patterson & Chris White

Airel by Aaron Patterson & Chris White Pages: 425 pages Publication Date: August 31st 2011 by StoneHouse Ink  Age Group: YA Source: Blog tour Series: Airel Saga #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge Buy this Book:Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the… Read more »

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Jan 29
{Book Review} Vala: Agendas by J.F. Jenkins

{Book Review} Vala: Agendas by J.F. Jenkins

Vala: Agendas by J.F. Jenkins Pages: 291 pages Publication Date: October 2011 Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Series: #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, YA Mythology challenge, TBR pile challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary: Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter. All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world. Adjusting to… Read more »

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Jan 28
{Book Review} Hooked by Catherine Greenman

{Book Review} Hooked by Catherine Greenman

Hooked by Catherine Greenman Hardcover, 276 pages Published August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Age Group: YA Source: Publisher  Challenge: None Buy this book: Amazon Summary:  Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she’s a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school… Read more »

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Jan 28
{Guest Post} Author Catherine Greenman

{Guest Post} Author Catherine Greenman

Today I have the author of Hooked, CATHERINE GREENMAN to talk about where the idea for Hooked came from.  Be sure to come back tonight for my review of Hooked.  ——————————————————- I got the idea to write Hooked, which is a book about a pregnant teenager, from my own experiences as a new mother. It was such an intense period of my life, and it happened when I was in my mid-30s, when I was supposedly mature and well-versed in life’s lessons. I found myself wondering all the time what it would have been like to experience motherhood when I was much younger and didn’t have my head on as straight. How would I have dealt with it? What colossal mistakes would I have made? And on the flip side, what if I actually could have pulled it off and kept my life on track? How would I have done that? I also wondered about how my family would have handled it if I’d gotten pregnant and decided to keep the… Read more »

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Jan 28
{Guest Post+Give@way} Making Plans with Author Marie Landry

{Guest Post+Give@way} Making Plans with Author Marie Landry

Today I have Marie Landry, the author of Blue Sky Days, here with us. It is such an honor to be a part of this tour for Marie’s debut book, Blue Sky Days. Not only is the book excellent but Marie is such a joy to talk to. She is an author, an excellent blogger, and so friendly. She is always out there commenting on other people’s blogs and she always has such nice things to say. Your kindness does not go unnoticed.  You can see my review of Blue Sky Days HERE ———————————————————— Guest post ~ You know what they say about making plans… Hi everyone! It’s Emma Ward from Blue Sky Days. Marie and I would like to thank Michelle for having us here today so that I can share some of my thoughts with you. We hope you’re all having a beautiful blue sky day! Have you ever heard that old expression? Make plans and God laughs. I never really understood it until I moved to Riverview to live… Read more »

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Jan 27
{Book Review} Happy Birthday To Me by Brian Rowe

{Book Review} Happy Birthday To Me by Brian Rowe

Happy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe Kindle Edition, 175 pages Published April 7th 2011 Source: Author Series: Birthday #1 Age Group: YA Buy this Book:Amazon Summary:  Seventeen-year-old Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he’s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day! High school is hard enough; imagine rapidly aging from seventeen to seventy in a matter of weeks, with no logical explanation, and with prom, graduation, and the state championship basketball game all on the horizon. That’s what happens to Cameron, a popular pretty boy who’s never had to face a day looking anything but perfect. All Cameron wants to do is go back to normal, but no one, not even the best doctors, can diagnose his condition. When he finds love with a mysterious young woman, however, he realizes his only hope for survival might be with the one person who started his condition in the first place… Wow this book is such a fun journey! It is such a unique concept. It is crazy,sad, sweet, and funny… Read more »

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Jan 26
{Character Interview} Author Kelvin O’Ralph

{Character Interview} Author Kelvin O’Ralph

Interview with Stephen Wilson, the main character in ‘LS: The Beginning’. Good day, Stephen. It’s nice to have you here. Stephen:Thanks for having me, Kelvin. You’re welcome. So tell us a bit about your character in LS: The Beginning. Stephen:Stephen Wilson is a seventeen year-old college student at the University of Sloutenville. He’s the son of Mark and Rose Wilson. His parents moved to Africa when he was a baby, but now, Stephen is back to his place of birth to further his education. Okay. Now, tell us a bit about LS: The Beginning. Stephen: LS: The Beginning is the first book in Kelvin O’Ralph’s paranormal series ‘LS’. It’s an action packed mystery, filled with romance and fantasy. My character, Stephen Wilson, is the narrator of this book. In other words, everything is seen through my character’s eye. The book starts off when Stephen arrives at Sloutenville, which is a fictional city in the US, created by Kelvin. Soon, Stephen meets the lovely Lisa Morgan, and together they travel in… Read more »

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Jan 26
{Give@way+Guest Post} Reading Pet Peeves with Elizabeth Marx

{Give@way+Guest Post} Reading Pet Peeves with Elizabeth Marx

TOP FIVE READING PET PEEVES Unfortunately, as an author, how you read changes dramatically after you’ve written a few books. Now when I read I find myself stopping sometimes and asking why the author did that. And this doesn’t mean I don’t care for what they’ve done, just that I’m curious about how it will play out. Every once in awhile an author will do something that will make me stop and say, crud, I didn’t see that coming, but boy was it brilliant. I really like when that happens because it means I still have something new to learn. As far as pet peeves, I do have a few, I thought I might have ten, but after five they started to get washed out and run into the first five so I stopped there. So here they are, drum roll please. . . #1. A weak heroine. A heroine has to be strong, none of this wishy-washy damsel-in-distress fluff. She might not be sure of herself, let’s face it,… Read more »

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Jan 25
Some Girls Bite read-a-long wrap up

Some Girls Bite read-a-long wrap up

Here is the schedule for the event:  January 3rd – Chapters 1-4 (Jenny at Supernatural Snark)January 10th – Chapters 5-8 (Tina at Tina’s Book Reviews)January 17th – Chapters 9-12 (Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight)January 24th – Chapters 13-15 + epilogue (Missie at The Unread Reader)January 31st – Special guest post by Chloe Neill and our grand prize giveaway! Week Four Discussion Questions: Chapters 13-15 + epilogue 1. Chapter 13 opens with Merit describing her new job routine as House Sentinel. Considering that every job at Cadogan House is important in helping to make the house run efficiently, which job do you think you’d like to have (guard, cook, social director, gardener, etc.) and why? I’d like to be either house historian, or the legal counsel. haha this one is kind of a cheap shot, but I figure that if I’m spending all this time and money on law school I might as well make the most of it. Even if I do become a vampire. I would be a great vampire attorney. 🙂2…. Read more »

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