03/26/14



Blog Tour

Blog Tour: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale

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Guest Post Question:
If you could have one of the four elemental powers, which would you choose?

Before I answer the question, it would probably be best to talk a little bit about each one. First, there are four elemental courts: Woodland (Earth), Fire, Air, and Water. Woodland is the fey court meaning all the variations of faeries belong here. Their power comes from anything on land like forests, jungles, and even the ground we stand on. The fire court has many different types of creatures like gabriel hounds, ogres, and goblins. They draw their power from anything that can produce heat like fire, volcanoes, and our planets core. The air court is the least diverse when it comes to creatures. They remind me mostly of elves. Their power comes from the skies. They can control the weather and manipulate the air around them. The water court is made up of water creatures like mermaids, sirens, and sprites. As you’ve probably guessed, they control anything having to do with water. They can summon the water without being in it, but they are much more powerful when they are within it.

If I had to choose just one power, I think I’d go with Air because it’s all around us at all times. I think it would be really cool to be able to control the weather. I live on the east coast and we’ve had a tremendous amount of snow this year. I’d love to walk outside and turn this into a summer day. Seriously, I am so over winter.

Question to the Reader: If you could have one power, which would you choose?

The Shadow PrinceEvery sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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Photoshoot-21Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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02/07/14



Blog Tour

Blog Tour: THE MINALDI LEGACY by Courtney Cole& Giveaway!

20494765Welcome to The Minaldi Legacy Blog tour!! My review will be up in a few so be sure to check that out! But for now, sign up to win the awesome giveaway, learn a little more about Courtney and The Minaldi Legacy and check out all the blogs on the tour!

“I’m a monster, Eva. There’s no saving a monster. But I love that you want to try.”

Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing. He’s also a reclusive enigma. He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all.

Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry. When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia. It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.

As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself.

Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns. Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.

Love is dangerous.

But it also might be the one thing that can save them all.

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The Minaldi Legacy consists of two parts, part one: Of Blood and Bone and part two: Of Darkness and Demons. It contains adult themes and content.

mindaldiABOUT COURTNEY COLE:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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Be With Me by J. Lynn

17558817Release Date: February 4, 2014
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Harper Collins
Age Group: Young Adult+
Shelfability: Acquire/Covet
Pages: 299
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Wait For You, Trust In Me (novella)
Buy the Book: Amazon

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

Okay I was a big fan of Cam and Avery’s story, but when I read the sneak peek chapter about Teresa and Jase, I needed it like at that moment! And I’m happy to report that BE WITH ME did not disappoint!

I’ve always loved the big brother’s best friend, romantic story line. I mean I wanted an older brother for that very reason. Ha! I didn’t have one though, boo hoo. But that’s okay because I get to read books about it, so that works for me.

I liked Teresa a lot. She had her moments where I wanted to slap her, but we are all young and do stupid things. Some more stupid than others! But I really enjoyed that she wasn’t a pushover when it came to Jace. Sure she acted impulsively at times, I mean when it’s about love and forever crushes it’s hard not to, but at the same time she didn’t let Jace walk all over her. Jace, Jace, Jace. I loved him, I hated him, he drove me nuts, but I couldn’t help but hope for them to work everything out and be together. Jace was so hot, then cold, then hot… then cold again. He was so frustrating. I mean he even pulled the we should “friends” line. Slap!

I wasn’t anticipating the serious aspect of this novel. If you read Cam and Avery’s book then you know about Teresa’s situation, if not I won’t mention it. But I liked that J Lynn explored that avenue.

I think I may have liked Be With Me more than it’s predecessor! I can’t wait to read more of this series!

This review is part of the Be With Me Blog Tour! Check out the Tour Schedule here!

02/04/14



Blog Tour, Giveaway

Blog Tour: MY SWEETEST ESCAPE by Chelsea M. Cameron

chelseaWelcome Chelsea M. Cameron to the blog! Today Chelsea is stopping by to share the official playlist of My Sweetest Escape!

MY SWEETEST ESCAPE by Chelsea M. Cameron
Released January 28th, 2014
Published by Harlequin HQN
New Adult Contemporary Romance

The past will always find you.

Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life; until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn’t begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn’t enough to help her feel normal again.

And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can’t begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she’s not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she’s no longer sure she deserves.

But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he’s hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together;or tear them apart for good?

My Sweetest Escape Official Playlist (part one)

Monster-Skillet

I chose this song because it’s loud and angry and perfectly captures Jos’s mood at the beginning of the book. She’s frustrated and bitter about having to move in with her sister and a bunch of strangers.

Sunday Morning-Maroon 5

Maroon 5 somehow makes it into all my books. Hunter sings a lot of Maroon 5 to Taylor in the first book, so this song is a carry over from the first book, and it’s one of my personal favorites.

Everybody Talks-Neon Trees

This is one of my absolute favorite songs to rock out in the car to. It also works because everyone in the house is so interested in what Jos is doing, and busy watching her every move.

Scream-Usher

This is another song that was also in My Favorite Mistake and also appears here. It’s the perfect song for Hunter and Mase to show off their dance moves.

You and I-Ingrid Michaelson

When I was first writing Jos, I knew music was going to be a big part of her life, so I listened to A LOT of it to find what she would like, what she would listen to. Ingrid’s sweet and haunting voice fits perfectly.

The Show and Don’t Let Me Fall-Lenka

I have to thank Pandora for discovering Lenka. Her upbeat voice coupled with sometimes darker lyrics was the perfect combination that I knew Jos would adore.

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chelsea2Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

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02/03/14



Blog Tour, Giveaway

Blog Tour: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith & Giveaway

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Grasshopper Jungle Blog tour! In this post you’ll find information about the book, the tour schedule and the giveaway! My review will be up too, so be sure to check that out!

18079719Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

Blog Tour Sched:

February 3rd – The Midnight Garden
February 3rd – The Story Siren
February 4th – Good Choice Reading
February 4th – Bookish
February 5th – I Read Banned Books
February 5th – Jenna Does Books
February 6th – Bibliophilia, Please
February 6th – Escaping One Book At A Time
February 7th – Scott Reads It
February 7th – Live to Read
February 10th – Alice Marvels
February 10th – The Society
February 11th – Lexi Swoons
February 11th – A Reader of Fictions
February 12th – Roof Beam Reader
February 12th – Forever Young Adult
February 13th – The Compulsive Reader
February 13th – Books and Bling
February 14th – Book Chic Club
February 14th – The QQQE
February 17th – JeanBookNerd
February 17th – Ticket to Anywhere
February 18th – Sleep Eat Read Books
February 18th – Read Now Sleep Later
February 19th – Anna Reads
February 19th – Word Spelunking
February 20th – Books With Bite
February 20th – What A Nerd Girl Says
February 21st – Wastepaper Prose
February 21st – LRB – Guest
February 24th – We Are Word Nerds
February 24th Cabin Goddess
February 25th – Ex Libris
February 25th – Cari’s Book Blog
February 25th – A Good Addiction
February 26th – YA Reads
February 26th – The Young Folks
February 27th – Novel Thoughts
February 27th – Fangirlish
February 28th – Once Upon a Twilight
February 28th – Naughty Book Kitties

About Andrew:

grass1Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Winger (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness—an Amazon “Best of the Year”) and The Marbury Lens (A YALSA BFYA, and Starred reviews and Best of the Year in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist).
He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle, coming February 11, 2014, is his seventh novel. He lives in Southern California.


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