Giveaway: THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz

You can win The Ring and the Crown plus additional Melissa de la Cruz titles!

18296016Magic is power, and power is magic…

Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.

As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavish Bal du Drap d’Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth.

But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family’s position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires.

Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn’t even want Leopold-she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry.

When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.

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Tuesdays for the Taking & an ARC for the TAKING!

I am so excited to be hosting the fabulous Kimberly Derting to celebrate her new upcoming title, THE TAKING!

the takingTaking by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this chilling and explosive new series. The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. In order to find out the truth, she and her friend Tyler (the only person who seems to understand her since she got back, he also happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s brother) the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. Only, Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined, secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Author Interview

The Debut Dish: Jocelyn Adams, Maria E. Andreu, Lisa Colozza Cocca, Liz Czukas, Laura Marx Fitzgerald & Whitney A. Miller!

welcome to the debut dish!

What exactly is The Debut Dish? Well it’s a way to highlight a debut authors and their book. Perhaps after you read The Dish, you might want to pick one of them up! And if you’re participating in the Debut Author Challenge this is a great way to find books for your challenge list!

debutDarkside Sun by Jocelyn Adams

March 10, 2014 | Embrace
website | goodreads

Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she’s normal, but she’s far from it. Since she was six years old, she’s seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it’s all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that’s what she does.

Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these “wraiths,” she just might be the key to saving the world.

Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that’s all she wants to do.
Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day’s work.
Normal was overrated, anyway.

Describe your book in five words or less.

Six Sense meets The Matrix

Why should readers pick up your book?

Darkside Sun is for readers who like a little humor mixed in with their action and romance. Life is too serious, so if you need an escape from reality, step into Addison and Asher’s world. Have some laughs, shed a few tears, and feel the heart I’ve poured into the words. In the end, I hope to leave you smiling. And maybe swooning for my hero.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?

Although I’ve written adult novels before, this is my first time attempting the New Adult genre. I’ve been dreaming about working with Entangled Publishing for a couple of years now, and the level of excitement I’m feeling coming up to the release is incredible. I’ll never forget the thrill of this awesome ride.

What’s your favorite movie theatre candy?

Would you believe I don’t have a sweet tooth? Well, unless cheesecake is involved, and I’m so there. Whenever I go to the movies, I usually get nachos and cheese.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?

I don’t actually have a desk. *hides head in shame* I use a laptop while lounging on the sofa, and, as usual, I have a cat lying halfway across my keyboard. He’s quite odd, so I guess he counts. J He’s white with a gray goatee making him look like a feline version of George Carlin and has a paper towel fetish.

debut1The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu

March 11, 2014 | Running Press Kids
website | goodreads

As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.

But it’s harder to hide now that M.T.’s a senior. Her school’s National Honor Society wants her to plan their trip abroad, her best friend won’t stop bugging her to get her driver’s license, and all everyone talks about is where they want to go to college. M.T. is pretty sure she can’t go to college, and with high school ending and her family life unraveling, she’s staring down a future that just seems empty. In the end, M.T. will need to trust herself and others to stake a claim in the life that she wants.

Author Maria E. Andreu draws from her personal experience as a (formerly) undocumented immigrant to explore an issue that affects over one million children in the U.S. But while the subject matter is timely, it is M.T.’s sharp, darkly funny voice and longing for a future that makes this story universally poignant.

Describe your book in five words or less.

Undocumented teen facing uncertain future.

Why should readers pick up your book?

There’s a love story, a car chase and a terrible school dance. It’s a regular teen story set against extenuating circumstances. We all hear about undocumented immigrants on the news, but most of us don’t know what growing up undocumented does to the regular teen experience. It’s a story about resilience and hope and love. And her boyfriend! So cute.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?

Finding out there is this whole community of wonderful writers also going through the wonderful adventure of publishing their first book at the same time you are. You become close – it’s wonderful.

What’s your favorite movie theatre candy?

Twizzlers, hands down.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?

A rack of test tubes full of paper clips, rubber bands and pushpins. I love that thing.

debut2Providence by Lisa Colozza Cocca

March 18, 2014 | Merit Press
website | goodreads

The eldest of ten children on a dirt-poor farm, Becky trudges through life as a full-time babysitter, trying to avoid her father’s periodic violent rages. When the family’s barn burns down, her father lays the blame on Becky, and her own mother tells her to run for it. Run she does, hopping into an empty freight car.

There, in a duffel bag, Becky finds an abandoned baby girl, only hours old. After years of tending to her siblings, sixteen-year-old Becky knows just what a baby needs. This baby needs a mother. With no mother around, Becky decides, at least temporarily, this baby needs her. When Becky hops off the train in a small Georgia town, it’s with baby “Georgia” in her arms. When she meets Rosie, an eccentric thrift-shop owner, who comes to value and love Becky as no one ever has, Becky rashly claims the baby as her own. Not everyone in town is as welcoming as Rosie, though. Many suspect Becky and her baby are not what they seem. Among the doubters is a beautiful, reclusive woman with her own terrible loss and a long history with Rosie. As Becky’s life becomes entangled with the lives of the people in town, including a handsome boy who suspects Becky is hiding something from her past, she finds her secrets more difficult to keep.

Becky should grab the baby and run, but her newfound home and job with Rosie have given Becky the family she’s never known. Despite her guilt over leaving her mother alone, she is happy for the first time. But it’s a happiness not meant to last. When the truth comes out, Becky has the biggest decision of her life to make. Should she run away again? Should she stay–and fight? Or lie?

What does the future hold for Becky and Georgia? With a greatness of heart and a stubborn insistence on hope found in few novels of any genre, “Providence” proves that home is where you find it, love is an active verb, and family is more than just a word.

Describe your book in five words or less.

Providence is a heart-warming realistic fiction YA novel.

Why should readers pick up your book?

Readers will relate to Becky, the everyday heroine in the book. Becky is resourceful and determined, yet in some ways fragile. She is imperfect, but always tries to do the right thing. I think readers will see some aspect of themselves in Becky.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?

The best things are the exciting feeling of knowing the thing you’ve dreamed about and worked toward is about to come true, and to know lesser degree, the joy of knowing others will get to know these characters as I have.

What’s your favorite movie theatre candy?

Raisinettes – sweet, chewy, and I can tell myself there is fruit in them.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?

The oddest thing on my desk at the moment is probably the little yellow and white tool I use to clean my eye glasses with.

debut3Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

March 11, 2014 | HarperTeen
website | goodreads

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

Describe your book in five words or less.

Prom, two dates, disasterous, comedy

Why should readers pick up your book?

I hope they pick it up because they’re looking for fun, and humor, and the feeling you get from watching movies like Sixteen Candles, or She’s All That, or Clueless.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?

Getting to know so many amazing people in the writing and reading communities! I’m in awe of the generosity and dedication of book bloggers who come up with creative ways to celebrate all kinds of books and support new authors. Like The Story Siren!

What’s your favorite movie theatre candy?

Junior Mints!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?

My dog’s nasty orange tennis ball because she keeps bringing it to me to play fetch.

debut5Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

March 18, 2014 | Dial
website | goodreads

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer in this clever middle grade debut

When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.

Describe your book in five words or less.

Girl discovers painting –> friend –> family.

Why should readers pick up your book?

For kids and teens, UNDER THE EGG is a fast-paced mystery filled with villains, chases, hidden doorways, sassy tweens, and punk librarians. For parents, it’s a wholesome romp that incorporates art appreciation and European history. In short, something for everyone.

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?

When you’re writing your debut, there are no expectations and no deadlines. No agent or editor questioning a character’s motivation. No reason not to start over and rewrite in first person. No bad reviews that equate your writing with an act of hubris. There is so much freedom in writing a debut, and it’s a freedom that’s hard to recapture in subsequent books.

What’s your favorite movie theatre candy?

Since I watch most movies on the couch these days, I’ll share my favorite home viewing recipe: popcorn tossed with shaved dark chocolate and slivered almonds. Worth staying home for.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?

The breakfast dishes. Because my desk is really the kitchen table. Brooklyn living . . .

debut 4The Violet Hour by Whitney A. Miller

March 8, 2014 | Flux
website | goodreads

The voice inside me is breaking free. I can’t stop it.

Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.

As the daughter of VisionCrest’s patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. She must be considered a paragon of integrity by the other Ministry teens and a future leader in the eyes of the world.

Despite the constant scrutiny Harlow is keeping a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control….

Describe your book in five words or less.

Bloody visions plague cult girl.

Why should readers pick up your book?

If you’re looking for something different, this is the book for you. I think my Booklist review summed it up way better than I ever could: “Miller’s debut (which is not without a sense of humor) comes out of nowhere, packed with wild gore, unusual settings, and characters way off the YA beaten path…wow, what will Miller do next?” Not that I would ever say that about my own book, cuz that would make me kind of a jerk ;)

What’s the best thing about being a debut author?

My favorite part about this process has been meeting other YA book lovers – the bloggers, readers, debut authors, and seasoned authors who have been so incredibly supportive, open, and fun. We are all so lucky to be a part of this unique and special community!

What’s your favorite movie theatre candy?

It’s so weird, but I don’t like any movie theater food – even popcorn. I know. I know. I can’t really explain it…it’s just one of those things that defies logic, like wormholes or why Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t my boyfriend.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?

It’s a three-way tie between a Pez dispenser with an adorable lamb’s head, a binder clip shaped like an owl (wearing glasses, obvs), and a miniature British phone booth. I’m not even clear how I came to possess these things.



2014 Debut Author Challenge: March!

button_16welcome to the third month of the 2014 debut author challenge!

You will gain an entry into the prize packs for every review link that you submit. The debuts do not have to be released in the corresponding month of the post. That means, you can submit a link for any title no matter the month of it’s release. You don’t have to post January releases in the month of January, and so on and so forth.

The debut author challenge prize packs are only for those that are participating in the 2014 Debut Author Challenge. Make sure that your blog is listed on the participants list otherwise you aren’t officially signed up.

february’s winner is Shayna at Bibliophilia: A Love Story for her review of Fake ID by Lamar Giles.

Please note: You do NOT have to submit your reviews every month. This is only if you are interested in getting extra entries into the prize packs. As a challenge participant, you are automatically entered into the drawing every month.


This month’s prize pack includes: (prize pack subject to change!)

  •  swag pack of bookmarks and other goodies
  • arc of Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
  • arc of The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello
  • signed copy of Providence by Lisa Colozza Cocca
  • signed arc of The Violet Hour by Whitney A. Miller 
  • arc of Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
  • Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
  • Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum
  • signed copy of Gilded by Christina Farley
  • gift card ($75) to www.inbloomintimates.com thanks to Katie Delahanty author of In Bloom

Submit your reviews below!

If you have questions please consult the information page before you email or tweet me!

please remember this is for reviews from february only!

Every month you can link up your reviews and be entered into the monthly prize pack. Each review counts as one entry. There is not a limit to how many entries you can have.

Please post Book Title, Author and Blog. For example

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine (The Story Siren) 

Please remember to put a direct link to your review, not your blog url.

Thanks for paricipating in the Debut Author Challenge!


Author Interview

Author Interview: Naomi Canale (His Dark Ways)

18324140Savanna Christy, a pastor’s daughter, is on a rebellion. Once her Dad told her the Bible warns of opening doors that shouldn’t be opened. She’s become obsessed with finding out if those doors are just as invisible as the God she’s been raised to know.

One night, during another thrill-seeking adventure, Savanna and her friends Amy and Lucky, head thirty minutes out of their small town of Tonopah, to check out the Goldfield Hotel, known to be one of the most highly active places for paranormal activity in the nation. Together the three of them break in, hoping to open one of the doors the Bible speaks of, and in the middle of a satanic séance the three of them are dragged to various places of the hotel. But when the door shuts before Savanna’s cornered, something saves her. As footsteps slowly make their way to where Savanna is under a window, she reaches out her hand. Daniel, an entity who’s been locked away between space and time, becomes just as visible as Savanna. And her energy can give him life again, only when they touch (which triggers an addiction).

website | twitter | goodreads

List five things you loved about writing His Dark Ways.

Atmosphere is definitely one of the things I loved when creating His Dark Ways. It takes place in Tonopah, Nevada, and if you ask anyone around Nevada (I’ve lived in Nevada all my life) people always have creepy stories to tell after visiting/staying in that little town. There’s also a great Clown Motel in Tonopah, so if you’re ever interested in a prickly vacation, it’s definitely the destination for you!

The other elements of His Dark Ways I enjoyed were the characters, especially the religious congregation my protagonist has to be a part of. They are often a strange and lively bunch, and that was fun to create. I also enjoyed investigating the ghost towns nearby and using them in the story. Murder was a fun one too, as sick as it sounds, I had a blast talking with a real detective and trying to create real scenarios on the page. Cops are a blast to talk with, and the stories they tell are usually stranger than fiction, so that was pretty cool.

List five of the most difficult things about writing His Dark Ways.

Putting my butt in the chair! I also came to a lot of forks in the road while writing His Dark Ways. I kept wondering where I should be going, which is strange because I usually have a complete outline before I write a book, and this book wanted to be something else.

His Dark Ways goes to some pretty dark places, places a lot of readers haven’t liked. But the book just went there, and sometimes an author has no control when a book takes on a mind of its own. It was difficult trying to visit those places. At one point, I wrote (in first person present tense) a demon. I was trying to get to the core of his anger and what would cause him to hate the world and that was not easy. Let’s just say I had a lot of nightmares because I have a pretty peaceful soul.

What are you hoping readers will take away from His Dark Ways, if anything at all.

His Dark Ways is definitely a redemption story. When I started writing the book, I was dealing with my sister going to prison for the second time (a big term), and her leaving my niece behind in a horrible meth environment. It was painful to see (my niece is very happy now, with our family), but I wanted to explore how one decision can alter our lives, and have a domino effect on the people around us. Our day-to-day lives can seem so innocent, robotic sometimes, and the decisions we make can change our lives forever, especially the ones that seem so little at the time.

What books are in your reading pile?

I’m currently reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, and Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. So far, Holly has captivated me, I can’t put her work down. I also have a lot of nonfiction books in my reading pile, I’m a sucker for history!

Are you working on anything currently?

I am. I’m currently working on a book that opens in the year 1820, in Boston. It’s creepy, but innocent to its time, and has these twists that keep popping up, and that’s really exciting for me. It’s been a blast to write, and I really can’t wait to share it with the world. I had a critique partner tell me recently that it was a great mix of Dickens and Poe, like they wrote a book together. That comment pretty much made my life!

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