Month: January 2012

Jan 24
{Book Review} The Mers by Ami Blackwelder

{Book Review} The Mers by Ami Blackwelder

The Mers by Ami BlackwelderPages: 275Publication Date: October 31st 2011 by Eloquent Enraptures Publishing Age Group: YASource: blog tourSeries: Mer Chronicles #1Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,YA Mythology challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Kindle (.99 cents) Summary(from Goodreads): What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one. But as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them…finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer… Read more »

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Jan 24
{Guest Post} Travel to Asia with Ami Blackwelder!

{Guest Post} Travel to Asia with Ami Blackwelder!

Today I have the author of The Mers, Ami Blackwelder here with us. Ami is a fellow Floridian 🙂  Hi from FSU, Ami! 🙂  —————————————————–  Are you dreaming of traveling to Asia? HI there! My name is Ami Blackwelder and I have worked as a teacher for eight years in Asia. I wanted to share some of my experiences with you so that you could consider if traveling as a teacher is right for you. Or perhaps you just wanted to take a vacation in the great Eastern Orient? I taught a year in Korea and one thing I can say for sure is that the country is very exotic. The people and culture are very different from anything here in the states. They use their eyes to speak and many Korean women look like models. I made many friends who took me out to eat. Kimchi and Kimbop are two popular Korean dishes. The first is very spicy, while the later is like a vegetable sushi roll. There are… Read more »

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Jan 23
{This or That+Give@way} Embrace by Cherie Colyer

{This or That+Give@way} Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Today I have a fun, quick This or That post with Embrace author Cherie Colyer! And then I have an ebook giveaway of Embrace! And then be sure to come back next week for my review of Embrace. 1. twitter or facebook                     Facebook, it’s easier to follow a conversation and lets me be as chatty as I’d like. 2. summer or winter                      summer 3. dogs or cats                  dogs (I’m allergic to cats.) 4. true blood or the vampire diaries                  Vampire Diaries 5. nice guy or bad boy                    bad boy 6. chocolate or vanilla                     chocolate 7. series or stand alone book                 series. I love being able to come back to characters I liked. 8. mac… Read more »

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Jan 22
{Book Review} Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

{Book Review} Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

Be sure to come back on Saturday for my character guest post and giveaway of Blue Sky Days!  Blue Sky Days by Marie LandryPages: 207Publication Date: January 17, 2012Age Group: YASource: Author for Blog TourSeries: noneChallenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Kindle Summary(from Goodreads): A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother – studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing – and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn’t have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn’t know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn’t helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it’s time… Read more »

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Jan 21
{Book Review+Give@way} BeSwitched Witch by Molly Snow

{Book Review+Give@way} BeSwitched Witch by Molly Snow

BeSwitched Witch by Molly Snow Pages: 190Publication Date: December, 2011Age Group: YASource: Author for Blog TourSeries: BeSwtiched #2Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Witches and withcraft challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Idis, a hot-tempered witch, was pronounced dead Halloween night. Her runaway cat, Surla, has a horrific premonition-come-true, when Idis escapes the morgue and then a mental hospital. These two enemies unexpectedly cross paths in the woods, triggering the curse of being BeSwitched.A powerful opportunity comes with Surla switching bodies with her witch. She can dominate the now little black furball, giving her an education, teaching her patience and taking the shrew to the salon for a fun makeover.The two go to high school together, when Surla passes as a teenage girl with a little help from magic. When Surla is magnetically drawn to the curious new guy, Jax Morreau, she is infatuated. Could ravens, coffins or a cursed ring keep Surla away from her invitation to the Morreau Family Reunion at Lake Sequoia? An ancient mystery… Read more »

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Jan 21
{Book Review} BeSwitched by Molly Snow

{Book Review} BeSwitched by Molly Snow

Today I have reviews of both books in the series and a giveaway for ecopies of both books! Be sure to check out my review of book 2, BeSwitched Witch for the giveaway!  BeSwitched by Molly Snow Pages: 192 pages Publication Date: September 14th 2011 by Molly Snow, via Smashwords  Age Group: young YA Source: author for blog tour Series: BeSwitched #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Witches and withcraft challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): When a magical black cat, Surla, runs away from her bombastic witch, Idis, she has no idea that she will soon be living as a teenage girl, confronting both the mean girls and the popular—and very cute—guys of Washington High on a daily basis.While Surla may look like Cathy, her peers notice a dramatic change in her personality when she starts standing up for herself, dressing differently, snagging dates, and picking up strange habits. Meanwhile, the witch Idis is a flaming red-haired fury as she awkwardly tries… Read more »

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Jan 20
{Cover Reveal} Predestined by Abbi Glines

{Cover Reveal} Predestined by Abbi Glines

You guys all know how much I love Abbi Glines. (Some might even say that it is a mild obsession…) So when I was asked to be part of an exclusive cover reveal for book 2 in the Existence series, I squeed a little. If you have not read Existence yet, what on earth are you waiting for?? It’s such an awesome YA paranormal. You need to go out and get it right now, read it immediately and then come right back here and tell me what you thought about it so we can gush! Here is my review of Existence by Abbi Glines And now for the cover reveal of book 2- Predestined! You can check out Predestined here:  Website  Goodreads Facebook Summary: You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder.  The… Read more »

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Jan 20
{Book Review} Austen-tatious by Alyssa Goodnigt

{Book Review} Austen-tatious by Alyssa Goodnigt

Austen-tatious by Alyssa Goodnight Paperback, 320 pages Expected publication: January 31st 2012 by Kensington Age Group: AdultSource: ARC from AuthorSeries: noneChallenge(s): 150+ reading challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): In this quirky, sexy novel set against the lively, music-filled backdrop of Austin, Texas, a young woman learns that romance can wreak havoc with even the best laid plans. . .It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin’s funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though Nic is a straight-laced engineer, she’s still a sucker for anything Austen-esque. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to disbelief once she starts writing in the journal–because somehow, it’s writing her back. . .Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance. Those twelve tiny words hit Nic like a thunderbolt, as if her diary was channeling Austen herself! Itching for a bit of excitement, Nic decides to follow her “Fairy Jane’s” advice. The… Read more »

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Jan 19
{Guest Post} First Kisses with Author Molly Snow

{Guest Post} First Kisses with Author Molly Snow

Today I have a super fun guest post and teaser from BeSwitched author Molly Snow! She talks first kisses. Be sure to come back on saturday to see my reviews of both books and for a giveaway!  Also, don’t forget to check out Molly’s website for her grand prize tour giveaway of a Kindle and signed books! –http://mollysnowfiction.blogspot.com ——————————————————————– First Kisses Thank you, Michelle, for having me on Book Briefs. I thought it would be fun to share with your readers an excerpt from BeSwitched, centering on a first kiss. When I was sixteen, I wrote BeSwitched. I published it when I was twenty-three, sending out news releases to some local papers, and some bit at the story. I started speaking at schools, and my former high school, Deer Valley High,  called me to come speak to their students. I was really excited and nervous. After my first presentation, one of the teachers, an English teacher (can’t remember his name), said that I really should read a passage from Surla’s first date…. Read more »

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Jan 19
{Book Review} Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz

{Book Review} Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz

Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz ebook, 105 pages Published by On the Bird 2011 Source: Author Challenges: None Age group: Adult Summary(from Goodreads): The novel is called Atticus for the Undead. It centers around an idealistic young attorney, Hunter Gamble, who works in a very special area of the practice — arcane defense. Twelve years ago, the world discovered through an event called The Unveiling that vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other creatures previously thought purely mythical were, in fact, real. This changed the fabric of American life in a number of ways, not least of which — they needed somebody to go to court for them! And so, with the help of shy-but-energetic research attorney Kirsten Harper, Hunter sets out to make the world a better place — one arcane client at a time. (Don’t call them supernaturals, it’s rude!) When a young zombie walks into Hunter’s office accused of murder (by brain-eating, of course), Hunter must navigate a complex web of political, legal, and cultural obstacles to secure… Read more »

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