Friday, August 31, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: BETRAYAL by Amber Garr

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The Syrenka Series #2
by Amber Garr
Publication Date: February 2012
Pages/Format: 255; Paperback & e-book
Source: Blog Tour

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating. Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Betrayal is the second book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends as they navigate through the challenges of existing in a secret world.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

{Review} The Killables by Gemma Malley


The Killables Series #1
by Gemma Malley
Publication Date: October 11, 2012 (First published 03/29/12)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages/Format: 384; Paperback & e-book
Source: Won from the Burn Bright Book Club

Everyone accepted that people were different physically. But inside? Inside, they were different too. You just had to know how to tell, what to look for. Evil has been eradicated. The City has been established. And citizens may only enter after having the 'evil' part of their brain removed. They are labelled on the System according to how 'good' they are. If they show signs of the evil emerging, they are labelled a K ...But no one knows quite what that means. Only that they disappear, never to be seen again ...
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

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by Justina Ireland
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Pages/Format: 320; Hardcover & ebook
Genre: Young Adult
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The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge…no matter how far it takes her.

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work?

As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

Without further ado . . .

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: NATURALS by Tiffany Truitt


The Lost Souls Series #2
by Tiffany Truitt
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen (Entangled Publishing)
Pages/Format: 352; Paperback & Ebook
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
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Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.  

NATURALS is the second book in The Lost Souls trilogy, and follows the dystopian hit CHOSEN ONES. 

Drum roll please . . .

Friday, August 24, 2012

{Review} MINDER by Kate Kaynak


A Ganzfield Novel #1
by Kate Kaynak
Publication Date:  September 2012 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages/Format: 224; Paperback & e-book
Source: ARC

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control. A stray thought can burn a building to the ground. And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets the man of her dreams...
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: FLUKES by Nichole Chase

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by Nichole Chase
Publication Date: October 8, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
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Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea, and buried just as deep. When court appointed community service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise line contract.

Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community service gig cleaning fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heart strings.

When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold onto all that really matters.

Without further ado . . .

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: CIAO by Bethany Lopez

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Stories About Melissa #3
by Bethany Lopez
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
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Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: The Evelyn Project by Kfir Luzzatto + Giveaway

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by Kfir Luzzatto
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Pine Ten, LLC
Pages/Format: 306; Paperback & e-book
Source: Blog Tour

Evelyn’s father did everything in his power to save his dying daughter, black magic included. But when a century later his plea for help gets into the wrong hands, all hell breaks loose. Caught in the slippery battlefield between the Vatican and a cult that wants to change the past, a young Italian professor and a beautiful French actress are too busy running away from murder and conspiracy to let physical attraction develop into love. And it further complicates things when Her Majesty’s Secret Service decides to take an interest in what everyone else is doing to pull some strings of its own. Love that lasts through the veils of time, a mystery, and a race to end a conspiracy, “The Evelyn Project” is a story that will stir both your heart and your intellect.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

{Review} Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla


A Shaede Assassin Novel #1
by Amanda Bonilla
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Pages/Format: 316; Mass Market Paperback & e-book
Source: Purchased

"I'd learned the hard way that love is nothing more than the sharpest blade, and it can easily be turned against you. I refused to let anyone have that kind of power over me ever again."

Darian has lived alone for almost a century in the shadows of the night. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

Darian finds herself struggling to keep her employer, Tyler, at arm's length, especially since his seductive smile makes her want to break her rules about love. The work he offers is necessary to protect the innocent—and a welcome distraction. But when Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she has taken on more than her conscience will allow, but a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: PROMISES by Amber Garr

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The Syrenka Series #1
by Amber Garr
Publication Date: December 2011
Pages/Format: 266; Paperback & e-book
Source: Blog Tour

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancĂ© would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape.

Promises is the first book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends through the perils of growing up in a discrete world that inherently threatens human society.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

{Review} FALSE MEMORY by Dan Krokos


by Dan Krokos
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (Disney Book Group)
Pages/Format: 336; Hardcover
Source: Publisher

Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn't at all surprised by Miranda's shocking ability. Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn't easy--especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can't remember loving. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn't seem to matter...when there may not be a future. Dan Krokos' debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{Review} Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell


by Gina L. Maxwell
Publication Date: July 20, 2012
Publisher: Brazen (Entangled Publishing)
Pages/Format: 435; e-book
Source: Publisher

Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.

Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.

Soon Reid finds him himself in the fight of his life...winning Lucie's heart before she gives it to someone else.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: MY PAPER HEART by Magan Vernon + Guest Post

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by Magan Vernon
Publication Date: August 6, 2012
Publisher: Calta Press
Pages/Format: 300; e-book
Genre: New Adult
Source: e-ARC from author

There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.

Now to appease her parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique store in tiny Elsbury, Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.

As Libby's feelings for Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she may not survive Blaine's reluctance to say the 'L' word. When Blaine finally commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t come too late.

**This book does contain some mild language and sexual content. It is meant for upper YA readers**
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Magan Vernon, author of the young adult My Alien Romance series, ventures into the burgeoning New Adult genre. Her sassy female lead, Libby, puts the 'fun' in funny and makes My Paper Heart an extremely entertaining read!

Libby's story will reach the hearts of young women in many walks of life. She's lost, vulnerable, and drowning in the woes of a negative self-image. Until she's sent to Louisiana, as punishment for failing out of her first year of college, Libby doesn't know what it's like to be comfortable in her own skin. This coming-of-age story will captivate readers between its strong romance, tear-jerking moments, and everyday teenage worries.

The content of the novel is meant for upper YA readers, yet Vernon stays true to the teenage voice. When it comes to talk of sexual conduct, the characters speak in a way so as to not stray from the novel's intended audience. The language and content isn't too graphic for readers who enjoy mature themes in young adult fiction. One wish for this story is that Vernon delved a little deeper into Libby's tendency to purge food after eating. It's referred to throughout the novel, but the possible consequences weren't explored, leaving the situation slightly overlooked.

Readers will beg for more of Libby's growing personality and eccentric, but lovable, family. My Paper Heart is highly recommended!

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Guest Post
Character Chemistry 
by Magan Vernon

Character chemistry is about much more than a pair of beautiful blue eyes. (Though, a pair of beautiful blue eyes doesn’t hurt).

But how can a writer convey this? How can the reader FEEL the chemistry between the characters?

For me, it’s all about the emotional attachment. Both characters have to have something at stake, something that puts them together and tears them apart at the same time.

I’m better with examples, so let’s review my own characters:

In HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN, Alex is thrust into a situation in which she has to work alongside aliens in an alien operations center. The first moment she meets Ace is when he saves her life. If the gorgeous looks weren’t enough he has the whole knight andshining armor thing going for him. But what’s at stake for them? What makes them fall so head over heels for each other that they are willing to possibly start an intergalactic war?

Well, first, there is Alex’s emotional investment in Ace. He’s saved her life, he reads her blog, and he puts up with her when she asks him if he’s wearing guyliner. Then let’s throw in the fact that people don’t want them together, Alex literally is pulledaway from him time and time again, but there is something that keeps drawing her back. There’s that tug of the heart that shows how deeply rooted her emotional attachment is to Ace with how he is the only one that can make her feel comfortable whether she iswith humans or aliens.

Then we feel Ace’s attraction to her. It’s slow building with little hints of flirting, but then it builds up until there is a beautiful crescendo and he admits that after all the back and forth bantering that he is falling in love with a human girl.

What is it about this chemistry that keeps us reading? For me, what is at stake for the characters is what keeps me turning the pages. Whether we know the two characters love each other or whether we are holding our breath to see when they will actuallykiss, that back and forth feeling keeps us on the edge of our seats and creates a perfect wind of unpredictable chemistry.

Since this is the My Paper Heart blog tour, I GUESS I can give a little teaser of a scene in My Paper Heart with a little bit of character chemistry. Enjoy :)
     His hair was so spikey and tousled that it almost looked curly or windblown. I wondered what it would be like to run my fingers through it. If it would feel like straw from baking in the summer sun all day or if it would just slide like silk throughmy fingers.
      "And that really didn't give me any information about you. If you're going to man handle me, I should at least know your name. And if you plan on doing it again you should really get me a drink first."
     He laughed, exhaling a mouthful of smoke. His full lips almost made an O shape as he laughed, bringing out the dimples that curved around his lip line. "Alright, you got me there. I'm Blaine. Blaine who's lived here all his life. Blaine the grunt forthe parish highway department."
     "Well I didn't want your whole life story!" I squealed. I was flirting. I couldn't help it, and he really was cute in an old faded blue jeans sort of way.
      I didn't think that I would ever date a guy from Elsbury. He probably spent all day working and then going home to watch car racing. He probably drove a big red truck and blared Charlie Daniels. A guy like Blaine just didn't fit the description ofguys that I was normally attracted to, but with every lingering gaze I found myself wanting to know more about this southern boy.
     "Yeah, well that ain't the half of it." He stopped and finished his clove. I thought he was going to say something more, but then he looked all around us. "Hey, where did your cousin go?"
     "Hmm..?  Oh, Brittany?  I'm sure she is fine." I waved my hand in front of me before letting it fall flat.
     "You really are dense aren't you?" He flicked his clove off of the porch, narrowing his eyes at me before he walked back inside with long, quick strides.
I stormed after him, pushing past plaid shirted guys and tube top clad girls. "What the hell?  You're the one that dragged me outside remember?" I turned Blaine toward me as we got into the living room, trying to ignore how toned his biceps were. Ihad to resist the urge to trace my fingers down them.
     "You leave a fifteen-year-old girl alone at a party and expect everything is just going to be alright?" He raised his voice. I didn't like being told what I should be doing or being questioned by a guy I barely knew. Especially a guy that had draggedme outside when I was trying to chase after Britt in the first place.
     "I'm sure she's fine, I mean she's the one who invited me to this party!" I threw an arm out to the side. "And if it's so bad, then why are you here?" I crossed my arms and smirked, trying to make my point.
    "Because I am a nineteen-year-old man, not a fifteen-year-old girl whose cousin just used her like a stripper pole!" He screamed that last part, and headed off toward one of the bedrooms. Everyone was staring at us. I put my head down and tried notto let everyone see how red I’m sure my face was as I hurried to catch up with Blaine.
     I caught up to him standing in an open doorway, and staring as he leaned in on the door frame. A small crowd of people were positioned in the room lit by only black lights and cluttered with posters of psychedelic pink mushrooms and other brightly coloredplants. As the cloud of smoke lifted I saw my little cousin, curled up on the corner of an old wooden futon with a plastic cup in one hand and her mouth wrapped around a giant green bong that was being lit by some guy with a porn star mustache. I gasped, coveringmy own mouth in horror.
     "Real responsible aren't we?" Blaine whispered as he headed back out toward the party.
     "Hey cuz!" Brittany giggled, letting out a huge cloud of smoke. "Want a hit?" She held out the large green bong toward me. I had never smoked pot and never planned to, but I wasn't a stranger to it. It wasn't like a lot of Beau's fraternity brothersdidn't spend their time hitting the bong.
     I threw my arms down and stomped over to Brittany. "No I do not want a hit! We are leaving!" I pulled her up off the couch, it was like pulling dead weight, but I managed to get her up.
    "Come on girl! The party is just getting started, and I got a spot for you right here." I looked down to see a Hispanic boy in a cowboy hat wiping his mouth, suggesting that I should sit on it.
     "Ew..." I wrinkled my nose in disgust and pulled Brittany out of the room.
    "Oh come on cuz, we were just having some fun!" Brittany laughed as she chugged the contents of the cup down and then threw the empty cup on the ground. She then turned to me with a serious glint in her bloodshot eyes.
     "You were probably having fun with Blaine anyways!" She pointed at me, staggering back and forth.
     "Trust me Britt. There is NOTHING going on with me and Blaine. I don't think there is going to be any luck with guys for me in this entire parish." I gritted as I pulled her toward the door.

About Magan:
Self-proclaimed geek-to-glam poster child who channels her inner geek by writing science fiction for teens, even though she slept with a night light until she was in middle school for fear of alien attacks. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in central Illinois where she still sleeps with a night light...just in case.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Cover Reveal: IRIDESCENT by Carol Oates


Ember #2
by Carol Oates
Publication Date: October 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Candra Ember used to dream of saving the world one person at a time. She never expected to become an angelic weapon and the last hope in the battle against ultimate darkness.

Falling for a Nephilim wasn’t part of Sebastian’s plan. Distraction is something he can’t afford when his rival, Draven, wants what Sebastian has.

Lies, manipulation and corruption are twisting the lives of the citizens in Acheron. The Arch is missing from Heaven and a demon is intent on claiming the city. At a time they should be growing closer, grief and paranoia is driving Candra and Sebastian apart.

If the price of restoring the Watchers to Heaven is a human soul, who deserves to be saved?

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

{Review} Skating Over the Line by Joelle Charbonneau


Rebecca Robbins Mysteries #2
by Joelle Charbonneau
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for Minotaur Books (St. Martin's Publishing Group)
Pages/Format: 275; Hardcover & e-book
Source: Purchased

Rebecca Robbins is desperate to sell her inherited roller-skating rink in small-town Indian Falls, and---finally---she has a buyer. She can’t wait to head back to Chicago, especially now that her long delinquent father has blown back into town, but Lionel, her veterinarian boyfriend, thinks she should stay put. Also, the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who’s been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars.

Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the Sheriff’s Deputy threatening to arrest her for obstruction, and strange but scary men threatening her life. Then cars start exploding, with people in them, and Rebecca’s father goes missing. With the help of Pop, her Elvis-impersonating grandfather, Rebecca must find the pyromaniac car thief and put a stop to him---before he stops her first.

Skating Over the Line is the second novel in a delightful cozy series filled with small town charm and delicious laughs.
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Readers who haven't jumped on the Rebecca Robbins bandwagon are missing out on a fiery temper and the only Indian Falls resident to out-investigate local police. Joelle Charbonneau once again charms fans with the humorous cast of characters and suspenseful plot of Skating Over the Line!

With Rebecca's father back in town and exploding cars haunting the small town of Indian Falls, one would think Charbonneau would ease up on the amateur sleuth. Alas, Rebecca has to deal with the fact that the skating rink is on its way to being sold, and her decision about where her relationship is going with Lionel comes with a ticking time limit.

The mystery is more complex and has even more troubling surprises. Charbonneau has the gift of making the mystery daunting and filled with obstacles, and when the case is solved, readers finish with an effect much similar to the proverbial 'light bulb' flashing on. Skating Over the Line starts with one main issue and they keep piling on as Rebecca deals with death threats and meeting real estate contract contingencies. It's the kind of mystery that effectively keeps readers in the dark and surprised when all is said and done.

To miss a novel of the Rebecca Robbins mystery is to miss Joelle Charbonneau's clever and suspenseful plots brought to life with so much energy. Thankfully, for mystery fans, the fun continues in Skating on the Edge!

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

{Blog Tour} Reviews: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes + Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank

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A Rose Gardner Mystery #1
by Denise Grover Swank
Publication Date: June 29, 2011
Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises
Pages/Format: 376; Paperback & e-book
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For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she's wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all.


A Rose Gardner Mystery #2
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises
Pages/Format: 27; Paperback & e-book
Source: Blog Tour/Author

When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she’s lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she’s picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men’s restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there’s not a cotton picking thing she can do about it.

Or is there?

As if things weren’t bad enough, Rose’s older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis. Violet insists that Rose stop seeing her sexy new boyfriend, Arkansas state detective Joe Simmons and date other men. Rose is done letting people boss her around, but she can’t commit to Joe either. Still, Rose isn’t about to let the best thing in her life slip away.
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Friday, August 10, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: The Hands of Time by Irina Shapiro

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by Irina Shapiro
Publication Date: December 7, 2011

When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home. Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman who shows up on their doorstep creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all. Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction or one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

{Blog Tour} Deleted Scene from The Noctalis Chronicles by Chelsea M. Cameron

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Deleted Scene:

This is a scene from Nightmare that I ended up cutting because it broke the flow of the book. I saved the beginning of this scene for use in Numb because it actually works there. But since events in Nightmare prevent the rest of this scene from happening, I couldn't use this specific part. So I'm sharing it with you! It features the double date that Ava, Peter, Tex and Viktor go on, but they have an unexpected visitor. -- Chelsea M. Cameron

   “Is this lovely?” A British accent that I've come to despise pops our shiny date bubble.
   “Ivan.” Peter doesn't grit his teeth or spit out the name, but the sentiment is there. He shoves me behind him. Typical guy. Viktor takes a defensive stance in front of Tex. I know we're human and women and all, but it kind of bugged me in weird way. Peter and I had gone through all this Claiming business so that Ivan couldn't touch me. And he was still trying to be all manly and protective.
   “Come now, there's no need for that. I'm not here to ruin your little get together. I just wanted to make a little visit.”
   “You already did that. You came, you saw, you conquered. Why are you still here?” I can't help the words that spill out of my mouth.
   “Who's that?” Tex mouths at me from behind Viktor's back. God, I never wanted to get her into this. I told Peter I thought we were tempting fate by pretending like everything was normal. And I was right. I didn't want to be right. It sucks to be right, right now.
   “You need to leave.”
   “But I just got here, and I have not met this creature yet.” He tries to sidle around Viktor, but he doesn't get very far.”
   For the first time in her life, Tex keeps her mouth shut and doesn't make some sort of comment. Her wide eyes behind her glasses tell me she's really freaked out. Well, join the freaking club.
   “Interesting. Are you now flirting with mortality?”

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn + Giveaway

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by Patricia Dunn
Publication Date: August 16, 2012
Publisher: Alikai Press
Pages/Format: 290; Paperback
Source: ARC

A coming-of-age tale of an Egyptian-American teen looking for love and adventure.

When my first party ends in jail, I think things can’t possibly get worse. But then my parents send me to my grandmother in Cairo, and I’m sure my life is over. My sittu is Darth Vader’s evil sister, and I’m sure the only sites I’ll get to see in Egypt are the rooms in her apartment. Turns out she’s not so bad. We ride camels by the pyramids and ice skate at a mall.

As Sittu says, “Sometimes a moment can change your life.” But it can change the life of a country too. When a girl named Asmaa calls the people of Egypt to protest, I find myself in the middle of a revolution, running from tear gas and guns.

Oh yeah, and I meet the cutest guy I’ve ever seen. Fall in love for the first time. And have my first kiss.
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Monday, August 6, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: NEVER SAY NEVER by Kailin Gow + Interview

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by Kailin Gow
Publication Date: August 13, 2012
Publisher: The EDGE Books
Pages/Format: Paperback & e-book
Genre: YA Mature/New Adult
Source: ARC from author

What girl wouldn't want to be surrounded by the sexy guys from the hottest teen rock sensation in the country? 18-year-old Never "Neve" Knight, not only is surrounded by the hottest boys to hit the music charts, but she is the band's lead singer. As the band's lead singer and manager, Never formed and shaped the band to where it is today, a band on the rise and on the brink of being signed by a label. As one of the guys, she knew each of the band members since they were all snot-nose ten-year-olds. While her boys were the cutest guys and they would protect her like knights, she couldn't date any one of them and ruin the chance at being signed with the record label of her dreams.

That changes when one of the band members suddenly drops out of the band, and in walks Danny Blue, with his dreamy blue eyes, hot body, and British accent. Suddenly, Never's solid world has turned to mush, and her rule for not dating one of her band members is seriously challenged. Can she keep her head straight and get her band signed with a label without losing her heart?
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Kailin Gow rocks the world with her latest contemporary novel, Never Say Never! Intense is the only way to describe how she so easily captures the audience's attention with Neve's passion for music and life with famous parents. This determined college freshman will not only incite inspiration in all musical and artsy readers, but she will give all Gow fans what they know and love: an entertaining and strong female lead.

Never Knight is reluctant to love someone more than her love for music, so it's a big deal when the issue of dating versus casual sex pops up among the band she manages and plays for, the Never Knights. All throughout the jealousies and almost major setbacks, Never somehow manages to stay true to herself without breaking most of her own rules. There's a lingering feeling that the little red bow this novel's romance has been wrapped in will unravel as Never navigates her rising fame and fends off crazed fans. It's exciting to see Kailin venture into this world and there is no telling what to expect other than sheer brilliance!

Never Say Never has all of Kailin's usual flare and more. Love interests galore, a witty protagonist, and unexpected outcomes. The Never Knights series has a strong beginning and will only get even better from here! The deep emotional scars underlying the actions and words of the very real characters forebodes that the band's dynamic will change and that Neve's life in the spotlight is set for a rocky course.

The fast approaching sequel, Never Land will make quite the appearance on reader wishlists after a taste of Never Say Never's rocking plot!

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A very unique fact about your books is that most were inspired by personal experiences, are there any that can be attributed to Never Say Never’s plot?

Yes! Back in college, as an undergraduate, I executive produced and hosted a few radio shows that were a combination of talk radio and music. From there, I got to know a few bands and celebrities. One of my co-hosts was a tour promoter for a few of the indie bands and got involved with some band members as well. I’ve always been involved in music in some way or another. I played the violin in high school orchestra, and have always played the piano. In college, I took up drums and played keyboard, and played a little bit of guitar. It wasn’t a surprise that I started a band in college, as well, which was short-lived but fun at the same time.

I really enjoyed writing from a college-age heroine’s perspective in Never Say Never, too, since it gives me a chance to explore more issues of growing up than I can for a younger audience. Things that are complicated (especially with relationships) can be explored, career choices, friendships and the boundaries between friendships and “friends with benefits”, and identity can be explored. When I was an undergrad, I worked at as a paid peer adviser, and part of what I did at the Women’s Center was to put on programs for the college community and community at large that dealt with all and any women’s issues. There were many, and I think because college is such a huge milestone and stage in a woman’s life…the stage when they are no longer a child, but a “new” adult, there is a lot of confusion and questions that come up during this time period. I love exploring all this in Never Say Never as well as any YA-Mature/New Adult books I have.

Your newest female lead has one of the most unique names around; it literally just rolls right off the tongue! How did you decide on ‘Never Knight’?

I love playing with the name “Never” because it’s poetic and the kind of name a rock star would name his child. Never is the child of a rock star and a swimsuit model, so her name has to be unique like that, but still be playful.

Your female protagonists are usually the most level minded, headstrong, and endearing characters in young adult fiction. How would you characterize Never?

A natural born leader (she’s the only child of a rock legend so she has this amazing confidence), and very loving, big hearted, generous, and she constantly wants to do what’s right. She’s independent, bold, and charismatic. In Never Say Never, she’s a young woman who is also coming into her own – identity and becoming a woman.

Can you tell us a little about the guys in the band with Never?

All the guys in the band are childhood friends of Neve’s. Except Danny Blue, who she meets in college. There’s Steve, who used to be a scrawny kid who was bullied as a kid, but got mad enough to bulk up and become a tough guy no one wants to mess with. He’s very loyal to Neve and is roommates/best friends with Lucas (Luc), who is dark-haired and dark-eyed, the son of a police officer and teacher. Luc comes from a warm big family that is opposite of Neve’s upbringing. Luc and Neve met at music camp as kids. Kyle is the golden boy who practically grew up in the same house as Neve. He’s the nephew of Neve’s father’s housekeeper, and basically grew up hanging around Neve. Then there’s Geoff, who met Neve at music camp a while back, but isn’t as close to Neve as the others. He’s more Steve’s friend.

Of course, there’s Danny Blue, who is British, hot, talented, and very seductive. He’s a little bit older than Neve and the other guys, and worldly, sophisticated, and has more to him than meets the eye.

Never Say Never will be your third foray into the contemporary genre, following Saving You, Saving Me and Loving Summer. Can you tell us what to expect from the novel and whether there are any sequels in the works?

You can expect a lot more mature themes, because this is the rock world and college life. Having worked at a women’s center, I know firsthand about some of the issues college women experience - identity, self-awareness, body image consciousness, asserting independence, sexual experiences, and more.

What has influenced your decision to write these contemporary novels geared toward the more mature edge of the young adult audience?

All the memories of college life that came pouring out of me during a visit to the university of my undergraduate years. I was very involved in college, worked as a peer adviser at a Women’s Center, counseled young women and peers on many issues including sexual relations, held workshops and seminars on all kinds of topics that related to young women and women in general, had a radio show on those topics. That was when I was 19,20, and 21. Now I’m older, married, have a child, and a whole lot more experience with those topics so it gives me a broader and deeper perspective than before.

Inquiring minds (mostly mine =P) want to know: how innocent or naughty will you allow your characters to be, especially since your contemporary novels have mature themes?

I will tailor the intensity of maturity based on the story, the characters, and the themes. It’s to preserve the integrity of the story being told. In Never Say Never, I intentionally chose to include more mature scenes because Never is in college and there is a certain level of maturity you come across during college or when you hit 18 and up. Suddenly you’re an adult, and with that, comes more adult experiences.

Thank you so much for stopping by Lovey Dovey Books Kailin! Any parting words for your loyal fans and the much welcomed newbies?  

My pleasure! Thank you for having me :D

About Kailin . . .

Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are: The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more. A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film. She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

{Review} Skating Around The Law by Joelle Charbonneau


Rebecca Robbins Mysteries #1
by Joelle Charbonneau
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for Minotaur Books (St. Martin's Publishing Group)
Pages/Format: 274; Hardcover & e-book
Source: Purchased

Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission---to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother and get back to Chicago. Fast. However, when she discovers the dead body of the town’s handyman headfirst in a rink toilet, potential buyers are scared off. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she doesn’t belong, living with her scarily frisky grandfather, Pop, and relying on a police department that’s better at gardening than solving crimes.

Eager to move forward with her life, Rebecca begins investigating the murder herself, reluctantly accepting help from Pop and his extensive social network, which includes a handsome veterinarian and a former circus camel named Elwood. Nevertheless, someone isn’t happy she’s looking into the case, and their threats will have her questioning whether playing sleuth was such a good idea after all.

Joelle Charbonneau’s debut is a sheer delight---a laugh-out-loud mystery with plenty of heart.
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Joelle Charbonneau's Skating Around the Law is a fun and exciting mystery that will leave readers in stitches of laughter! Every unexpected turn of the plot is suspense filled and mixed with a little attraction and humor.

Charbonneau doesn't waste time when introducing readers to her star character, Rebecca Robbins. On a temporary stay in her hometown, Indian Falls, Rebecca is determined to sell her late mother's skating rink. The only problem is that no one is interested in real estate when death is involved. Rebecca takes it upon herself to investigate and find the murderer of the town's handy man, Mack. The faster the case closes, the faster she's back in Chicago.

For a mortgage broker, Rebecca does surprisingly well when asking questions and looking for clues. Her ability to take charge without fear, even if her motivations are somewhat selfish, sets Rebecca as a pleasant and admirable lead. Charbonneau hits the nail on the head when it comes to characterization for the whole cast. Even the minor characters, and not just the human ones, bring entertainment to the story to keep it light-hearted between the sneaking and sleuthing.

Skating Around the Law is the perfect novel to introduce readers to the mind of Joelle Charbonneau. Her idea of mystery is easy-going, fascinating, and suspenseful all wrapped in one. Following the first book of the series is Skating Over the Line, which is bound to be one of the greatest sequels known to mystery lovers!

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

{Review} OUTSYSTEM by Michael Cooper


An Aeon 14 Novel #1
by M.D. Cooper
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
Pages/Format: 250; Paperback & e-book
Source: Author

Someone is out to stop the GSS Intrepid, an interstellar colony ship, from being completed on schedule and beginning its journey to 82 Eridani. When anti-colonial activist groups are suspected, Major Tanis Richards, wrongfully disgraced officer in the field of military intelligence and counter insurgency, is brought onboard with all due haste.

Events in Tanis's past have motivated her to leave Sol and start a new life elsewhere. She soon discerns that more than simple activist groups are arrayed against the ship and its crew. There are corporations and governments that have a vested interest in ensuring that the Intrepid never leaves the Sol System.

Tanis tightens security and fights political red tape while running up against assassins and mercenaries sent to the stop her and the Intrepid at every turn. The new friends and relationships she forges strengthen her resolve to protect the ship and keep its crew and colonists safe as they endeavor to head outsystem.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Wild Ones by M. Leighton Excerpt + Giveaway


by M. Leighton
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame. 

Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future.

But that was before she met Patrick Henley.

“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him.

The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of.

When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.

    Sipping my beer, I look around at the familiar scene. If the honky tonk music blaring from the speakers in the ceiling hadn’t been enough to scream COUNTRY BAR, the sea of cowboy hats would have been. I smile as I adjust the black one that sits atop my own head. I love being incognito. Even if, by chance, someone I know stumbles into the smoke-filled dive, they’d never believe it was me looking out from beneath the brim.

    Something hits the back of my barstool—hard—just as I put the glass to my lips. Ice cold beer pours down my chin and straight into my cleavage. I suck in a breath.

    “’Scuse me,” a deep voice rumbles in my ear. Two hands grip my upper arms and pull me back, keeping me from tipping right out of my seat. I’m looking down at my soggy jeans and t-shirt when I feel the hands disappear. Half a second later, a face appears in my line of sight. “I’m so sorry. Are you okay?”

    My fingers stop plucking wet cotton away from my chest and I stare. Quite rudely, I might add. I’m speechless. Literally. And that, like, never happens to me.

    The most amazing eyes I’ve ever seen are staring back at me. They are pale greenish-gray, rimmed in sooty lashes and filled with concern.

    A sharp jab to my shin makes me let out the breath I hadn’t been aware of holding. I see my best friend Jenna’s head poke out from behind the mystery face. I know she kicked me and I know she’s trying to get my attention, but I can’t look away rom these eyes long enough to glare at her.

    God, his eyes! I’ve never seen eyes that make me want to gasp and giggle and do a strip tease all at once. But these do.

    They flicker down, letting me go just long enough to collect my wits. I find very few of them. They are well and truly scattered. When he looks back up at me, his eyes are wrinkled at the corners. He’s smiling. And holy hell, what a smile it is!

    “Does it make me a bad person for liking your shirt better his way?”

    I glance down at myself. My dark pink bra is plainly visible through the now-wet paper thin material of my pale pink shirt. So are my very erect nipples. I blush, mortified.

    Why, oh why did I wear a light pink t-shirt with a dark pink bra?

    Because you can’t see your bra through it when it’s dry, dumb ass.

    A thumb brushes my right cheek. “God, that’s sexy,” he whispers. Against my will, my eyes fly to his face. His smile has died to a lopsided grin that is devastation in its purest form.
“I’ve never made a girl blush before.”

    I laugh nervously, struggling to find my voice, to find my dignity. “Somehow I doubt that,” I say softly.

    “Wow! The hair of a devil, the face of an angel and the voice of a phone sex operator. You really are the perfect woman.”

    To my utter humiliation, my cheeks burn even hotter. Curse my fair skin!
    Reaching into his pocket, Hot Stranger pulls out a couple bills and slides them across the bar. “Another of whatever…” He trails off, looking at me in question, waiting for me to fill in the blank.

    “Cami,” I say, trying to hold back my grin.

    Smooth way of getting my name. Chalk one up for Hot Stranger.

    “Another of whatever Cami is having.” He turns back to me, a wicked gleam in his smoky eyes. “Sorry about your drink. Not so much about your shirt, though,” he admits candidly.

    Willing myself not to blush again, I tilt my head. “So, do clumsy strangers have names in this place? Or are you just called ‘bull in china shop’?”

    The lopsided grin comes back. “Patrick, but my friends call me Trick.”

    “Trick? As in trick or treat? That kind of trick?”

    He laughs and my stomach flutters. It actually flutters. “Yep. That kind of trick.” He sobers and leans in close to me. “Cami, can I ask a favor?”

    I’m breathless again. He’s so close I can count every hair in the stubble that dusts his tan cheeks. For just a second, his clean manly scent overrides the cigarette smoke and stale beer
smell of the bar.

    I lose my voice—again—so I nod.

    “Pick ‘treat.’ Please, for the love of God, pick ‘treat’.”

    Like an idiot, I say nothing. I do nothing. I simply stare. Like a…a…well, like an idiot.

    He makes a disappointed noise with his lips then starts shaking his head. “Too bad. Woulda made my night.”

    He straightens, takes a step back and smiles at me again. “Nice to meet you, Cami,” he says, and then he turns and melts into the crowd.

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