Month: April 2012

Apr 30
{Review+Texts} Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow

{Review+Texts} Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow

Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow Pages: 290 Publication Date: April 16th 2012 by theEDGEbooks.com Age Group: YA Source: ARC for blog tour Series: You & Me trilogy #1 Challenge(s): Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,  Just Contemporary challenge,  ABC challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): 18 year old high school senior and aspiring psychologist Samantha Sullivan (Sam) never thought she would fall for the one mysterious guy she has been speaking to over the phone for months, the boy the counselors called Daggers. She wasn’t supposed to talk to him outside of their sessions. But as she began to peel the layers of Daggers and learn who he is, the one boy she is supposed to be saving, might just be the one who is saving her.   I feel like I don’t read enough contemporaries. I have enjoyed most of the ones that I have read, so I have no idea why I don’t read more of them. Saving You, Saving, Me is a gritty, real story…. Read more »

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Apr 30
{Guest Post} Lucy in the Sky by John Vorhaus

{Guest Post} Lucy in the Sky by John Vorhaus

Thanks so much for being here today John! 🙂 THE CHALLENGE OF VOICE FICTION by John Vorhaus My new novel, LUCY IN THE SKY, is a coming-of-age story set in Milwaukee in 1969, and the writing of it presented some challenges that none of my other books (light mystery and non-fiction) ever did. For one thing, I’m working in a new genre, something I call “voice fiction,” by which I mean, simply, writing with something to say. In order to accomplish my goal of having something to say, though, I had to be prepared to confront an issue that many authors struggle with: the matter of telling other people what to think. Philosophically, I have no problem with this. As a longtime teacher of writers, I have consistently taught that, in a fundamental sense, writers are there to explain things to readers. Basically, that’s our job. So this notion of “telling other people what to think” is an implicit part of the package you accept when you first put fingers… Read more »

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Apr 28

Advertise with Book Briefs

I try and spread the book love around any way that I can. I do this by spotlighting, reviewing and hosting authors and books. I especially love showcasing indie authors. (I love all authors!!) One of the big ways I have been trying to spread the book love around is by hosting giveaways. But this can, and has gotten expensive for a poor law student. So in order to spread the book love around and to spread the author/book/bookish love around- I have decided to open up book briefs to blog advertising. You can order an ad by clicking on the links in the sidebars or below the posts. And I even have a discount code for you guys. From now until the end of May 2012 you can get 20% off of any and all ads. Just use the code BB20 at checkout from blogads. Thanks! and as always, feel free to drop me an email or tweet me if you have any questions, comments or just want to… Read more »

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Apr 26
{Review+G!veaway} ReVamped by Ada Adams

{Review+G!veaway} ReVamped by Ada Adams

ReVamped by Ada Adams Pages: 300 Publication Date: February 20, 2012  Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Series: Angel Creek #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, ABC challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): A simple mission turned deadly.Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a… Read more »

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Apr 25
{Interview+G!veaway} Clockwise by Elle Strauss

{Interview+G!veaway} Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Today I have an interview with Author Elle Strauss! And a cool giveaway too! If you would like to read my review of Clockwise you can find it HERE 🙂 About you as an author: Me: Thank you so much for being here today! When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Elle: I was already in my thirties when I decided to pursue it seriously. How long does it take you to write a book? It depends on the book, but generally between 3 and 6 months Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write? No. Sometimes I’m editing, sometimes I’m promoting and marketing and sometimes I’m working on new writing. It just depends what needs to get done. Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters? Who really knows the answer to this question? No, really? How do you decide what you want to write about? This kind of goes with the… Read more »

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Apr 24
{Review+G!veaway} Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

{Review+G!veaway} Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

In honor of the 12 days of Morganville Vampires Madness, I’m posting my long overdue review of book 3! And I have a cool giveaway for you too! Midnight Alley by Rachel CainePages: 245Publication Date: October 2nd 2007 by SignetAge Group: YASeries: Morganville Vampires #3Source: BoughtBuy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Morganville is such a nice place to live… And die. If you don’t mind that sort of thing.When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student would do: she applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire’s past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home. This series is really shaping… Read more »

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Apr 23
{Review+G!veaway} Friendly Fire by Lynn Seresin

{Review+G!veaway} Friendly Fire by Lynn Seresin

Friendly Fire by Lynn SeresinPages: about 380Publication Date: March 23, 2012Age Group: YASource: Blog TourSeries: Thin Air Saga #2Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Sophomore Reading challenge, YA Mythology challenge, sensational seconds challenge, ABC challenge, YA/MG fantasy challenge,Buy this Book: amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Though their love remains strong, the pressure of constant danger has taken its toll on Alice and Daniel’s relationship. Paralda’s assassins continue their murder spree in New York City, targeting girls who resemble Alice in an effort to fulfill the air king’s deadly directive. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, the couple must also fiercely guard the secret of Alice’s emergent powers and true identity from everyone–including their closest friends–to protect her safety.Enter Ash and Terrance: two former elementals, each with their own set of reasons for transmuting to the human plane. For Ash, the material realm represents freedom and the possibility of fulfilling a forbidden wish. Terrance has only one aim in the mortal world: to win Alice’s heart. And it seems he’ll… Read more »

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Apr 23
{Book Review} Thin Air by Lynn Seresin

{Book Review} Thin Air by Lynn Seresin

Thin Air by Lynn SeresinPages: 437Publication Date: August 2nd 2011Age Group: YASource: Blog TourSeries: Thin Air saga #1Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challeng, TBR pile challenge, Dusty Reads ChallengeBuy this Book: AmazonSummary(from Goodreads): Alice Ayre is no ordinary teenager. She took her first name from a statue in Central Park, pulled her last name out of the air (literally), and she’s actually almost a thousand years old. In fact, the only “ordinary” thing about Alice is that she’s in love.Alice was a sylphid—a winged air spirit—when she spotted Daniel Field camping in the Adirondacks and lost her heart to the handsome NYU student. Intangible to the human senses, her only hope of winning his heart resides in becoming mortal, even though transmutation is forbidden by Paralda, ruler of the air. Risking punishment, however, seems a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness.Tracking down Daniel in New York City ends up being surprisingly easy. Getting noticed by him for all the right reasons is another story, especially when… Read more »

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Apr 23
{Blog Tour} Rae of Hope by Wanita May

{Blog Tour} Rae of Hope by Wanita May

Hey guys, I have an excerpt of this awesome book for you today. I’ve got a review of it too coming up but exams have been kicking my butt so I’m not quite done with it yet. But never fear, it should be here within the next week. 🙂 Until then, enjoy this excerpt. And you should all check out Rae of Hope. I love the cover soo much!  Rae of Hope ISBN: 9780983129790 Author: W. J. May Publisher: Mitchell Morris Publishing, Inc Trade paperback 6×9 Pages 248 Price $17.99 Genre: YA Fantasy About the Book How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth about the past? Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan never questioned her family’s history. That is until she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England. Guilder is an exclusive, gifted school. Rae has no idea what she is getting herself into or that her family’s past is going to come back and taunt her. She learns she is part of… Read more »

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Apr 23
{This or That} Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott

{This or That} Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott

I have a fun This or That post today with Author of Wanted: Dead or Undead, Angela Scott 1.Winter or Summer?  Summer 2. Mac or PC?  PC 3. horror or comedy?  Comedy 4. cats or dogs?  Dogs Michelle: Yes! I am totally a dog person 🙂 5. series or standalones?  Series 6. tv or movies?  Both Michelle: I like it 😉 7. coke or pepsi?  Pepsi all the way! Michelle: Oh no! Our first disagreement, I’m a coke kind of gal myself 🙂 8. breakfast or dinner?  Dinner 9. night owl or early bird?  Mid-afternoon kind of gal 🙂 10. sweet or salty?  Sweet ———————————————– Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive.Trace wants to join “Red’s” posse, but she prefers to work alone – less messy that way. In order to become her travelling companion, Trace has to agree… Read more »

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