Thursday, May 31, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes Trilogy, Book 1
by Shannan Dittemore
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
Pages: 320
Source: eARC for blog tour

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .

Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{Review} Tidal Whispers by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece, Kelly Said

Tidal Whispers

by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece, Kelly Said
Publication Date: June 4, 2012
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Source: Publisher

Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.

The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian
Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him. Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.

Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn't love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It's a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.

The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams
Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Powell's

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

UPDATED! {Pre-Order Giveaway}: BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond

Hi, thanks for coming!

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond is coming September 4 from a new young adult imprint of Angry Robot called, Strange Chemistry. I was so happy to be able to review this book months in advance I decided on an impulsive pre-order giveaway!

Beautiful Cover!!

So, read the details below and enter for your chance to win!

Friday, May 25, 2012

{Review}: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond


by Gwenda Bond
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Angry Robot: Strange Chemistry
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 416

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America’s oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Callie's Heart by Kathleen Ball

Callie's Heart

The Lasso Springs Series, Book 1
by Kathleen Ball
Publication Date: April 1 2012
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Source: eARC for blog tour

Callie Daniels' mother has one dying wish. She wants neighboring rancher, Garrett O'Neill, to marry her seventeen year old daughter. It's not supposed to be a conventional marriage. Garrett O'Neill would keep Callie's ranch safe and Callie would go away to college.

Four years later, Callie comes home with stars in her eyes and happily ever after in her heart. She plans to make their marriage real until finds the new housekeeper, Sylvie in Garrett's arms.

Heartbroken, Callie takes off to her own house, which they closed up four years ago. She stays there with Old Henry, a longtime friend and ranch hand, until her new horse injures her. Garrett forces Callie to move back in to his house.

Callie finally gets her heart's desire. Alone in a line shack, they make sweet love for the first time. Unfortunately the love light is gone from Garret's eyes the next morning.


Monday, May 21, 2012

New Release: SUFFOCATE by S.R. Johannes

It is May 21st and guess what that means?

S.R. Johannes’ Suffocate is out today!

Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

Here’s a little about the novelette…

Sunday, May 20, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: Familiar Ties by Naya Nikki

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Familiar Ties

by Naya Nikki
Publication Date: May 21 2012
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Source: eARC for blog tour

Max West is a widower raising Phoebe, his four-year-old daughter. Phoebe has to live with the fact that the day she was born is also the day of her mother's death. As her fifth year without her mother approaches, Phoebe finds solace in her godmother, Amy Riley, and her daughter, Grace Crawford, another single parent family.

Amy Riley is a successful fashion designer who spends most of her days raising her four-year-old daughter, Grace, while her wayward boyfriend is travelling the world making the next best film. As the fifth year without her best friend looms she finds comfort in her ex-boyfriend, Max, and his daughter, Phoebe.

These two “broken” families have a tough week to face as the dreaded day approaches. However through their past, present and debatable future will their choices affect the outcome both parents clearly want and are simply denying? Or will Phoebe and Grace lose the only “whole” family they have ever known?

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

{Review} Sweetness by Lindsay Paige


Bold as Love Series #1
by Lindsay Paige
Publication Date: October 13 2011
Pages: 111

Emily wished she was invisible. But after moving to a new town with her dad, a charming boy makes it impossible for her to disappear. Despite her feelings of unworthiness, Emily soon finds herself drawn to the safety of Jake's world.

Good looking and the star of the hockey team, Jake has a lot going for him. What most people don't see is the difficult life he has at home. When quiet Emily steals his heart, Jake vows to help her discover she is worthy of love.

Just when the two of them realize the sweetness of their relationship, they are put to the test. Only together can they overcome their haunted pasts to fight for a future together.
Purchase: Amazon

Friday, May 18, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review + Excerpt: Pulse of Heroes by A. Jacob Sweeny

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Pulse of Heroes

by A. Jacob Sweeny
Publication Date: October 2010
Publisher: Thalamus Press
Source: Ebook for blog tour

A suspenseful, passionate, paranormal romance that sweeps through the emotions of first love and heartache as it traverses centuries and continents.Michelle used to feel like she was behind in everything, especially school and relationships. Her great aunt from the old country says she is like a bland meal, "no salt or pepper". But in junior year, everything changes. Her father takes a position on the Town Council, a popular boy in school becomes interested in her, and most importantly, the Hekademos Learning Center, a private school for 'troubled' students, moves into her quiet neighborhood amidst the protests of the entire town.After an embarrassing fall over the school wall, Michelle meets Elliot and her ordinary ‘bland’ life changes its course forever.

Michelle learns that there are infinite shades of gray between black and white, and has to deal with the bundle of contradictory emotions called love. She has to trust her intuition in order to face the danger and uncertainty of being drawn into Elliot’s wondrous world. Ultimately, it is up to Michelle to make the split-second, life-altering decision that will either tear them apart forever, or give them another chance.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

{Review} Run From Fear by Jami Alden

Run From Fear

by Jami Alden
Publication Date: March 1 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing: Forever
Pages: 464
Source: Netgalley

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn't need his protection anymore, but he can't get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he's ever loved.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

{Review}: The Mayfair Moon by JA Redmerski

The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy, # 1)

by JA Redmerski
Publication Date: January 2012 (Kindle)
Pages: 362
Source: ebook from Author 

After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many.

Purchase: Amazon

Monday, May 14, 2012

{Guest Post}: Character Personalities by Lindsay Paige

Welcome to my stop during the Whatever it Takes Pre-Release Party!

What makes our favorite characters so real and relatable? Is it their actions and emotions? Lindsay Paige, author of the Bold as Love Series, has so kindly agreed to share her insight on how she gives her characters realistic personalities. Following the guest post is a giveaway for all 3 e-books in the series.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Signed Bookmark Giveaway!

I haven't yet had a giveaway that I personally sponsor. I'm starting small by giving away these awesome signed bookmarks that I have! If this giveaway is a success, then I'm going to follow through with my plans to host a really big giveaway with YA realistic fiction novels and Adult urban fantasy novels (that one will be open for international followers, so hold tight!). How does that sound? Awesome? Well, then, spread the word!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Friday, May 4, 2012

{Review} The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson + Book Trailer

The Merchant's Daughter

by Melanie Dickerson
Publication Date: November 2011
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 288
Source: Paperback from Publisher

An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice.

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.

Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.
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The Merchant’s Daughter gives me something to look forward to in young adult historical fiction novels. I had never been a real fan of the genre until now. In Melanie Dickerson’s writing, I was able to traverse time and space and land in 1352 Glynval, England. Words, actions, morals, and customs created a sense of authenticity within the novel that helped me to better understand the characters and their flaws.

The characters of The Merchant’s Daughter captured my heart from the time they were introduced until the very ending of the story, even afterwards. Annabel was young but strong willed. She ran from gossip and under the new Lord, Ranulf le Wyse, did her very best to repay the debt she and her family accrued. I sympathized with Annabel throughout the story because she, as Lord le Wyse so graciously describes her, was “the most beautiful, virtuous, courageous creature” in the small town and did not deserve to be treated as harshly as she was treated at times. As for Lord le Wyse, he was misunderstood but truly had a soft heart. He was vulnerable and understanding and just as “Annabel’s chest ached for her lord’s fate”, I had a hard time getting over how hateful and judgmental the townspeople were towards him.

Ranulf and Annabel’s falling in love was inevitable. From the first moments of their meeting it seemed as though they were doomed to face each other on opposite sides of the battle line, but time and circumstances brought them close and held them together. Their final confessions of love to one another made the sweetest scene of all the novel; a scene that calls to be read a few times before you can move on to finish the story.

The Merchant’s Daughter is inspired by Beauty and the Beast, and while the novel’s connection to the classic fairy tale is strong, there is more to the story than a retelling of unexpectedly finding love. The Merchant’s Daughter is shadowed by suspicion and mystery as a young girl defines her faith in God and love.

~ Book Trailer ~


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cover Reveal: Repossession by Rachael Wade

Repossession (The Keepers Trilogy, #1)


Rachael Wade is the talented author of Amaranth, The Gates (The Resistance Trilogy), & Preservation. Now, coming Winter 2012, a new series called Repossession. What do you think about the cover and summary? Is Repossession the next book to be added to your 'TBR' list? It's already on mine and I am absolutely in love with the cover!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

{Review} Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe

By Shelley Coriell
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Abrams
Imprint: Amulet Books
Source/Format: Netgalley

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.
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