Month: April 2012

Apr 12
{Excerpt+G!veaway} Enemy Through the Gates by D.T. Dyllin

{Excerpt+G!veaway} Enemy Through the Gates by D.T. Dyllin

Enemy Through the Gates by D. T. Dyllin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blurb:  P. J. Stone, like most eighteen-year-old girls, is a little boy crazy and somewhat obsessed with finding the perfect boyfriend. Some days she feels like she might be the last remaining virgin in her entire high school, and maybe even the entire tri-state area. After a traumatic night at a friend’s party, P. J. realizes what she truly wants has been right under her nose all along. Bryn O’Bannon, her best friend and partner in crime since age five, is head over heels in love with her, and she feels the same about him. But P. J.’s life isn’t that simple. She’s a member of a separate society that exists secretly among the rest of the world; the society raises gifted individuals to protect the world from interdimensional interlopers, and P. J. was taught to put duty before her heart. She is expected to choose a suitable mate in order to perpetuate the Seer line. Unfortunately, Bryn is a Guardian and… Read more »

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Apr 10
{Review+G!veaway} Here by Denise Grover Swank

{Review+G!veaway} Here by Denise Grover Swank

Here by Denise Grover SwankPages: 350Publication Date: November 11th 2011 by CreateSpaceAge Group: YASource: Blog TourSeries: On the Otherside #1Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge,  Dusty Reads ChallengeBuy this Book :Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for… Read more »

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Apr 08
{Book Review} Katniss the Cattail by Valerie Estelle Frankel

{Book Review} Katniss the Cattail by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Katniss the Cattail by Valerie Estelle Frankel Paperback, first, 104 pages Published 2012 Age Group: N/ASource: PublisherBuy this Book:Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Who was Cinna? What do the hawthorn and primrose symbolize? Or President Snow’s roses and Peeta’s bread? What about Katniss’s last name? Bringing details from myths, herbal guides, military histories, and the classics, English professor and award-winning pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel sheds light on the deeper meanings behind Panem’s heroes and villains in this hottest of YA trilogies. In her series, Collins not only weaves a heroic tale of deep complexity but harnesses the power of Shakespeare and Rome to retell an ancient epic of betrayal, violence, and glory on the stage of an apocalyptic future. The perfect treat for fans of all ages. Everything Hunger Games, packed into one volume. From Alma Coin to Wiress you’ll learn about • Why roses are a flower of death • How eighteen of the characters are used in Shakespeare’s plays • Katniss’s nickname Catnip • The meaning of “The Hanging Tree” • Peeta’s pearl… Read more »

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Apr 06
Blogoversary G!veaway #1- Nook!!

Blogoversary G!veaway #1- Nook!!

Credit for this beautiful banner goes to Bree at The Magic Attic. Check out her design site HERE if you like this button and want to check out her other work. Thanks Bree! 🙂 My actual blogoversary was on April 2nd, but it took a while for me to get all the giveaways planned and up. I’m starting out with a pretty awesome one, so be sure to read on for how to enter. I’m going to be putting up a few giveaways each week, and I have lots to giveaway ( lots of books, a nook, and tons of swag…yes I said a nook) First I wanted to thank all of you for taking this journey along with me and my blog. It has been such an amazing experience. I appreciate each and every one of you. Every comment, every follow, every tweet, and every kind word means so much to me.  Instead of just throwing a ton of writing at you in one post, I’ve decided to break my… Read more »

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Apr 06
{Cover Reveal+Character Interview} She Speaks to Angels by Ami Blackwelder

{Cover Reveal+Character Interview} She Speaks to Angels by Ami Blackwelder

Today I have a cover reveal for Ami Blackwelder’s new book, She Speaks to Angels. I also have a fun character interview so you guys can get to know the players in the book a little better. 1. How do you feel about Millennium High in New York? Ali: I haven’t really thought too much about it. I like it enough. I really like Dameon. Wink*Wink Molly: My mother says the school is haunted. I don’t know if she’s right, I mean she is a gypsy. They say all kinds of things. Kian: I chose that school for new reason only.  Dameon:One school is as good as the next, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my plans. 2. How do you feel about Dameon? Ali: Dreamy. I’m just glad he is talking to me! Three months and he finally noticed me! Molly: I’m more interested in my art classes, but I guess if fine. Ali sure seems to like him. Kian: Growl. Dameon: What is not… Read more »

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Apr 06
{Interview} Author Justin Ordonez

{Interview} Author Justin Ordonez

Please enjoy this interview with Justin Ordoñez, author of the YA novel (for 18+ readers), Sykosa. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.     1. Who or What is a Sykosa? Sykosa is a sixteen year old junior in high school. She’s the main character of a novel I’ve written by the same name. For a quick rundown, she attends a prestigious preparatory academy, is part of the school’s coolest clique, “the Queens,” and she has started dating the boy she’s secretly been crushing on for a year, Tom. It’s taken a year to start dating him because A) there was this SUPER HUGE thing that happened during her sophomore year, and it delayed things and made being intimate with Tom difficult, and B) she kinda starts seeing stars around him and loses the ability to behave in any type of serious manner…. Read more »

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Apr 05
{Excerpt} Sykosa by Justin Ordonez

{Excerpt} Sykosa by Justin Ordonez

Please enjoy this excerpt from Sykosa, a YA novel (for 18+ readers), by Justin Ordoñez. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.  First period. American history. Who knows which is worse. At this hour, it’s too early to care. Luckily, it’s never too early to bitch and moan. And she would do so, save her teacher is already on it. He’s up at the board—in shock that not a pupil noticed how his cuff smudged all his bullet points. Like wrist trajectory were her problem. That’s a math problem. And math problems aren’t her problem for another two hours. Yawn. He’s still going on—something about full attention being on… Her fingernails. Fingernails, you see, are better than lectures. Particularly these lectures. Particularly this class. She wishes nail polish didn’t break the Academy’s Personal Code, then her fingernails could be pretty colors, and she’d feel… Read more »

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Apr 05
{Guest Post+G!veaway} Sykosa by Justin Ordonez

{Guest Post+G!veaway} Sykosa by Justin Ordonez

Please enjoy this guest post by Justin Ordoñez, author of the YA novel (for 18+ readers), Sykosa. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.   Marketing, Or how I Proved the Existence of Hell. Self-publishing requires either A) no skills and being totally deluded as to the reality of success in the book market, or B) no skills and the reality you’re going to have to learn a lot. And that’s a simple fact. Between writing, editing, formatting, choosing a printer, choosing retailers, web development, content generation, typesetting, book trailers and the fifty other things I’m forgetting, you’re certain to encounter a challenge for which you are in no way prepared, and not only are you not prepared, your desire to become prepared hovers somewhere near the axis of zero. I discovered mine on January 11, 2012–Marketing.  Marketing’s an entirely deceptive term. When a… Read more »

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Apr 03
{Interview} Author Christine Fonseca

{Interview} Author Christine Fonseca

Today I have a fun interview with author of the Requiem series! Be sure to check back in to my blog, because my review of LACRIMOSA is coming up next! 🙂 Thank you so much for being here Christine! 1. Describe Lacrimosa in a tweet. (140characters or less) – Take an emotional ride with Nesy and Aydan as they sacrifice everything for love in this Romeo and Juliet tale of angels and demons2. What do you think is the hardest part of writing a series? For me it is getting that balance between making each book stand alone and being overly repetitive regarding backstory—such a hard balance to achieve. And yet, I really wanted this to be a series, not companion stories with overlapping characters. You guys will have to tell me if I have managed to achieve my goals when the next novel is released in the fall.3. Some of the first two books are pretty dark. Do you think it is easier to write happy characters or dark… Read more »

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Apr 03
{Guest Post+G!veaway} Cursing Athena by Lisa Sanchez

{Guest Post+G!veaway} Cursing Athena by Lisa Sanchez

Today I have a guest post from Author of Cursing Athena, Lisa Sanchez and a giveaway of the book. Thank you so much for being here today Lisa! Owning your writing style and feeling good about it If you’re a book junkie like me, and you stalk author’s and book reviewer’s blogs for the latest and greatest, then the words “plotter” and “panster” should sound very familiar to you. If not, no need to worry. Rest assured, I’m going to give you a quick rundown before I continue on with my post. Plotter- this particular brand of author prefers to “plot out” the events that will happen in their novel before they begin writing. They’re very organized, and often use tools such as timelines, charts and detailed synopses to aid them in completing their story. There are no surprises. They know exactly where their story is going before they start typing the first paragraph. Panster- this brand of author flies by the seat of their pants. They don’t plan ahead…. Read more »

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