Tuesday, July 30, 2013

-Book Blitz, Excerpt- Now Or Never by A.J. Bennett


Now or Never by A.J. Bennett
Publication date: June 19th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:

Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with ‘no strings attached’ relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn’t plan on Derrick.

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it’s now or never—walk away or make it work.Synopsis:

Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with ‘no strings attached’ relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn’t plan on Derrick.

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it’s now or never—walk away or make it work.

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Why was she acting like an idiot? He was just a guy; he probably didn’t even give her another thought after their brief eye gaze exchange.
     Once she got her drink, she made her way to the cream and sugar stand to grab a napkin and hightail it out of there. Grayson turned to leave and slammed into a solid wall of muscle.
     Shit.
     Coffee spilled on her hand and down the front of his black T-shirt. As she held the remains of her coffee out of harms way, her chest pressed firmly against his. Horrified, she lifted her gaze.
      He cupped her elbows with both hands and steadied her, his startling green eyes ringed with gold swept over her. Then he reached around her, grabbed a napkin, and wiped the hot coffee off her hand. She caught herself giving him the once over while she had his gaze elsewhere; he was so hot, his dark red hair was so fitting to his rugged facial features.
     “You alright?”
     Grayson mumbled something that didn’t sound like English. Her breath caught at her throat as she took in his powerful frame: his legs were slightly parted and his faded jeans clung to his muscular thighs. His T-shirt was stretched over his broad shoulders. 
     He smiled instantly softening his hard face. “Why don’t you come and sit down with me?”
     “Um, what?”
     He tilted his head towards his seat, “The cafe is full. You can share my table.”
     Good grief.
     All she did was make eye contact with the guy, and now he thought that gave him the right to invite her to sit down? She’d clearly been in a relationship way too long, because she had no idea how to react to his question. A part of her was curious about this man who made her heart rate speed up with just a glance, but a much bigger part of her wanted to turn and run. She just got out of one relationship; she wasn’t about to start another the moment she drove into town. Besides, she’d always heard two redheads were a disaster waiting to happen.
     No thanks, she thought, I have had enough disaster in my life for at least five more years. 
     Although, her mother claims she’s only half redhead, the other half light blonde. So maybe it would only be half a disaster?
     Snap out of it Grayson, she thought, trying to get her shit together and not look like a blabbering idiot.
     “I can’t. I have to meet my family. But thanks for the offer.” Grayson tried to step by him, but he widened his stance and blocked her. 
     “Can I at least give you my number?”
     Oh my God, Grayson thought, this guy was persistent. He was hot as hell, but come on.
     “Do you hit on every girl who walks through the door?” Grayson asked with a little attitude in her voice; she couldn’t let another man gain the upper hand on her so fast.
     He laughed, his eyes crinkling at the corners, and she wondered how old he was. “Not all of them.”



A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and bulldog. She’s addicted to coffee, popcorn and books. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream, and she’s extremely excited about her debut novel Now or Never.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

-Book Blast, Giveaway- Dare Me by Eric Devine (late but here)




When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?

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He is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
Both Dare Me and Tap Out are edited by Lisa Cheng and published by Running Press.


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Friday, July 26, 2013

-BookPics Is Curious- Bookshelves Anyone?

OHMYGODLETMEJUSTGOAHEADANDSHAREMYPRETTIESWITHYOURIGHTTHISMOMENT!

Wait!! Wait!!

I'm supposed to be all civilized and stuff but seriously¿?
WHO can be civilized and calm and you know, serious when talking about pretty amazing bookshelves.

I might be biased because they're mine but I mean, I've gotta love them right?

Remember when I went a bit away from the blog because of some RL stuff like a month ago?

Well, one of those reasons was that my shelves were being made and when they delivered them the people making it had to come at least 4 more times to make some retouches and stuff so I had to be looking out for my baby, I mean, my precious bookshelf.

After years and years of never having my own bookshelf.

I'm incredibly happy to introduce IT to you >_<

I feel so amazing and happy and since they're situated exactly after my house's foyer... EVERY SINGLE PERSON that comes inside sees them :D Though that might be, sometimes, counterproductive because people will be tempted to TOUCH and GRAB them and such and -_- let's just say I rather buy you a book than let you borrow one of mine, I'm paranoid like that. Sue me *_*

I would have loved for it to be inside my room but since I'm lethally allergic to dust and such and since I once had a temporary shelf inside my room before and had multiple cases of allergy because of it, we decided to leave it outside.

It's custom made and dark and pretty and shiny and has all my pretties in there :D

The order in which I arrange my books is weird for everyone but me. Putting my favorites in some shelves, then the books in a series in which I only own one in others... Really... Just don't try to understand the order in which I put my books on them. It's easier that way.

Anyway...

Let's get down to it.

(I couldn't watermark my images due to my enthusiasm so please please don't steal!!)
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

-Review- With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

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What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...

My Thoughts?

I have to say, being me and feeling all the things I feel while reading a book.

I have never EVER, in all my years as a reader, gone through something as powerful and as traumatic and as amazing as what I went through while reading With All My Soul.

I take my shoes and hat off for author Rachel Vincent, who not only managed to keep me hooked in a series 7 books long but also made me forget all about the really scary sequel syndrome, the awful thing of having to give up on a series... And all the other bad things that might happen when reading a series.

She not only made me forget but believe.

To this day I have yet to read a book of hers (YA, since I've yet to read all of her adultPR ones) that hasn't left me speechless, breathless and begging for more.

And with this last book came not only that awesome feeling of having read another Rachel Vincent book but also the awful and painful thoughts of knowing this is the last time I'm visiting Kay's and Nash's and Tod's world. This is the last time I'll scream at Avari or cry for a friend as Emma, this is the very last time I'm rooting for Sabine to win her sarcasm battle with Sophie. This is the last time I'm going to be brooding over the fact that I don't have a Styx waiting for me at home. Or Harmony's brownings to eat after lunch.

"Your wrath is graceful. Has anyone ever told you that?"

This book was a bittersweet read for me and one I had to challenge myself to read, because if not, I would still be putting it off.

How she wrote this masterpiece is beyond me and my comprehension.

This book has it all, action and peacefulness, love and hatred, battles and wars, wins and loses, dangers and safety nets.
Everything!

I am hell's phoenix, forever bursting into flames only to be resurrected again in the next heartbeat so we can dance this excruciating dance all over again.

And when the school you're reading about is voted/declared/referred to as the most dangerous in America? Something like that is bound to happen right?

I won't get much into all that happens in the book because that would completely kill the point but know this.

Sometimes we think we're doing things because we think they're the RIGHT things, the GOOD things to do, the RATIONAL and LOGICAL action to take. And sometimes that might be true.
But there are other times, when you've got to take a better, a closer, a much more closer than closer look... And what you find there might not be a good or a right or a rational, not even a logical explanation but only;
Revenge, revenge and anger.

Greed is a cold emotion; wrath is white-hot. Stuck between them, I felt like an icicle on fire.

Don't be fooled or blinded by your own sense of honor or good. You never know how close to the edge you are until you fall. And then... It'd be too late. Wouldn't it?

Hellions, Reapers, Undead, Dead, Nash, Tod and Emma, Bean-Sidhes... Everything and Anything you can think of that a book needs, this book has.

Hope you take the chance and read this series. I know I will be rereading it long after this post goes live and even more after that.

"I remember the exact moment you took a piece of my soul. I felt it."

An all-exncompasing ending to a really fresh series in the YA reader community. You've never read a book like this one, let alone a series. You won't be disappointed.

Side Note:
I want to thank so much author Rachel Vincent for giving life to the characters that were with me long before I became a blogger and with whom and for whom I've shed happy and sad tears.
I never was the same after I read that first book and I certainly will never EVER be the same after finishing this book.
Thanks for writing this series, thanks for writing this book.
Thanks for NASH and for Tod and for Harmony!! But above all else, thanks for writing.
There isn't a single doubt in my mind that you are a completely gifted and talented writer, one that can instantly make me leave this earth and enter the realm where reality and fantasy mix and live things that I wouldn't normally live and root for guys I would never really root for.
Thanks also because each and every book taught me something and I will forever carry the Soul Screamers series in my heart and in my mind for as long as I live.

Thank you thank you thank you!

Kay, Tod, Nash... Our eternity starts now.


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I give this book
10special-fotitos(special rating for over-the-top-I'll-never-get-over-this book) =

I cried for things I didn't know possible I was capable of.


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

-Cover Reveal & Giveaway- Love Among Pigeons by Abria Mattina


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Love Among Pigeons by Abria Mattina
Publication Date: August 23rd 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis:


In this companion novella to Wake, Frank invites the Kirk family home to Smiths Falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Holidays are always a trial for the family that lost their daughter and sister, but Frank is hopeful that this Thanksgiving will be the exception. He has some happy news to share. If only he wasn’t so reluctant to talk about it.

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Abria Mattina works in marketing and book production. She holds a Certificate in Publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t writing she enjoys travelling, eclectic books, blogging, and baking. She lives with her fiance, Daniel.

Her debut novel, WAKE, is about the struggle to redefine life after experiencing cancer and caring for an ill loved one.

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-Book Blitz, Spotlight & Interview- Bittersweet Junction by Ivy Sinclair


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Bittersweet Junction by Ivy Sinclair
Publication date: 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Best friends once, lovers never, yet an attraction that can’t be ignored.

Five years ago, Julia Bell walked away from her life the moment her high school diploma was in her hand. She left her family and friends behind to start over and escape the chokehold of small town life in Benton Hill. But an urgent call from her little sister brings Julia back to her hometown wholly unprepared for what awaits her.

Ben Miller was always the nice guy. Just before high school graduation, he stepped out of that role hoping to capture the heart of the woman he loved. Instead, in quick succession he lost the girl, and the future he worked so hard to achieve.

Even though Julia and Ben are drawn to each other, echoes of the past block them at every turn. Secrets are exposed, and reality needs to be dealt with if they can ever hope to move past the bittersweet junction that ripped them apart.


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-Regular or decaf? 
Regular, fully loaded. Coffee is my friend. :)

-Swimming in the ocean or a pool? 
I’m not a swimmer at all, but I do enjoy splashing in the ocean.

-Candles or spray air fresheners? 
I always have a candle burning in my office when I write.

-Do you have a green thumb for plants? 
No. The only success I’ve had with plants are ones that can grow and thrive despite the fact that I forget they’re there and don’t water them for two weeks.

-Do you like feather pillow or foam? 
I have a foam pillow right now. Pillows are tricky- a bad one has such an impact on getting a good night’s sleep.

-What do you collect? Trinkets? Books? Gadgets? 
I am a gadget girl. I am definitely an early adopter when it comes to technology.

-Coke or Pepsi? 
I can go either way on the regular stuff, but I definitely prefer diet Coke over diet Pepsi.

-Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were. 
 I was twelve the first time I remember trying my hand at fiction. The story was about two sisters who were trapped in their house as it was shifting in time between the present, and a disturbing event in the past. Of course, some ghosts came to visit as well.

-Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country? 
I live in a suburb of Minneapolis. I feel like that’s a nice balance. I have access to all the city has to offer, but live in a neighborhood with wetlands and lots of greenery.

-Who is your favorite actor? 
Robert Downey Jr. or Ryan Reynolds. I can’t choose between them.

-What is your favorite movie? 
We own more than 500 movies- we’re big movie buffs so it’s hard to pick just one. Gone with the Wind has inspired a lot of trends in my writing though.

-Do you play an instrument? If so what? 
I’ve played the flute and the French horn in my time. I wasn’t very good at either one.

-Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have? 
I’m a singer from way back. In school I was in choir, show choir, and always participated in the school musicals. Now I settle for karaoke nights at one of our local dive bars.

-What was your first job? 
I started delivering newspapers when I was fourteen. I did some babysitting as well.

-Have you ever gone to work wearing house shoes? 
Only when I’m working from home. :)

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Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy’s guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy’s stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.


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Monday, July 22, 2013

-Book Blitz, Spotlight & Giveaway- Charmed by Cambria Hebert


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Title: Charmed
Series: Death Escorts NOTE: you do NOT have to read Recalled to understand Charmed. You can just read Charmed. Reading Recalled will give you a little more background info though.
Author: Cambria Hebert
Release Date: July 22, 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance. ***Note: Due to Sexual content and some language this book is recommended for readers 17+***



Synopsis:


***This is a New Adult book. Due to sexual content and some graphic language this book is recommended for young adults. Mature readers only. 18+ recommended.***

Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning? 



For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.


And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again. 

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all. 

He was wrong.

Life or Death?


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Frankie
            Sugar. I needed more of it if I was going to make it through this day. The chocolate croissant and caramel latte I had this morning wasn’t near enough to combat the massive lines, the noise, and disgruntled people that filled the DMV. Whatever in hell made me think that working at the Department of Motor Vehicles, here in Alaska, was a good idea?
            Maybe it was the good pay. Maybe it was because I got weekends off.
            Or maybe it was because I had a moment of temporary insanity that unfortunately coincided with me saying, “I accept,” when I got offered this job.
            Besides the fact that the lines were permanently out the door, the computer systems were temperamental at best, and my boss was a complete broom rider, my stash of chocolate and Sour Patch Kids was empty.
            That meant someone was going to die today.
            I glanced back up at the ninety-year-old woman whose head barely cleared the insanely high counters we stood behind and tried to hold on to my patience. “Mrs. Eldridge,” I said extremely loudly. “Like I told you last week, you have to go and get new glasses before I can renew your driver’s license.”
            “I have new glasses,” she insisted.
            Lord, save me now.
            “You got those ten years ago. You need some from this year.” Or decade I finished silently.
            She shuffled out of the line like a turtle and I took her slowness as a chance to really search beneath my station and chair for a long-lost piece of sugar. Anything. Even a stray jellybean would likely find its way into my blood stream at this point. Of course there was nothing. I briefly considered hiding beneath my desk until five o’clock. My car. I had an emergency stash in my car. I glanced at my watch. I had another hour until I was able to take a fifteen-minute break.
            A pair of black pumps appeared before me and I inwardly groaned. Just what I needed—a run-in with the witch. But instead of being greeted by her condescending, screechy tone, an icy-cold red can appeared before me.
            Hallelujah, praise the Lord, it was caffeine and sugar!
            I snatched the Coke out of her hand and popped the top, taking a large, satisfying chug. The bubbles crowded down my throat, slightly burning, and I took another swallow.
            “I love you,” I murmured to Lela, the girl who worked right beside me.
            She laughed. “I know that look when I see it.” Then she straightened and whispered. “Witch alert.”
            I shot up, my head bumping into the counter on the way. I wanted to shout out in pain, but I clamped my mouth shut, not wanting to draw the attention of my boss, Satan’s assistant.
            I turned back to my line, my eyes colliding with a broad chest. I looked up, and the can slid out of my hand, hitting the floor with a thud while fizzy liquid poured over my favorite boots.
            I didn’t even notice.
            “What the hell are you doing here?” I growled as I looked around for something sharp I could stab him with.
            A thick brow arched. “So is this where you spend your days? As if the DMV isn’t a horrible enough place to visit without the poor people of Alaska having to tolerate you.”
            There wasn’t enough sugar on this planet that would save him. I reached out and picked up the black phone. If I couldn’t bludgeon him to death here at my place of employment, then I could at least call the cops. I began dialing, but he reached over and cut the connection.
            I slammed the phone down on his hand, which was still pressed on the hang-up button. Breath hissed between his teeth and his green eyes shot to mine. “Careful, George, you’re pissing off the wrong man.”
            “My name isn’t George.”
            He shrugged, pulling his hand away from the phone. “When you have a man’s name, does it really matter?”

*****

About the author,


Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

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