Tuesday, December 16, 2014

**Book Blitz & Giveaway: After I Fall, by Amity Hope!!


After I Fall

~By: Amity Hope

~Released: December 15th, 2014

~Length: 262 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama


On sale now for only $.99, limited time only!!

~Synopsis:

When EmLynn’s dad loses his battle with cancer, the last thing she wants is to move across the country to live with her Mom. Her mom left her dad years ago to start a new, improved family with her new, improved husband.

When Eric finds himself in the middle of a mess of someone else’s making, the last thing he wants is to be dumped into the foster care system. He’s spent most of his life on his own, so he doesn't see the point of having a pretend family now.

A chance meeting leaves them both thinking that maybe their new town of Roseville isn’t so bad. But as they grow closer, a mutual enemy, along with a tangle of secrets and a web of little white lies, may just be enough to make their new found love unravel completely.

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~ About the Author ~

A little bit about me...

I live in beautiful northern Minnesota with my two sons, two cats and our Rottweiler.

If I'm not writing, or spending time with my kids, I'm most likely reading.

My next planned releases are:
After I Fall in mid-December
Avenge (Malice #2) will be out late January. 

~ Connect with Amity Online ~

Goodreads ~ Website/Blog ~ Facebook

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~ Excerpt ~

Jace had the type of obnoxiously chiseled features that could land a guy on the cover of a magazine. His smile was too fake, too perfect. Teeth straightened by braces and whitened at the dentist’s office. His eyes could be his best feature. They were an icy shade of blue, offset by his deep tan this time of year. But they looked cold. When he smiled, it never reached his eyes. His honey blond hair appeared to be shellacked into place. He was also too tall, too thin and lanky
for my taste.
Sitting feet away from each other, it was hard not to compare the two.
Eric, on the other hand…
I quickly flicked a glance his way even though I already had his features almost memorized. His smile was adorable, a bit lopsided, compounded in cuteness when his dimple decided to make an
appearance. His hair was rumpled and unlike Jace’s, it begged to have someone run their fingers through it. He wasn’t model perfect but he had the wholesome, sweet, boy-next-door look to him that I suddenly realized I preferred. He was a few inches shorter than Jace but much better built.
His arms looked like they were made for wrapping around a girl.
Yeah. No doubt about it. I was definitely a boy-next door kind of girl. 

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~ Interview with Amity Hope ~

1) Can you tell us about yourself?
I have two fabulous sons. My oldest is 17 and my youngest is 10. I live in a small but beautiful town in northern Minnesota. I have a degree in elementary education and I worked in that field for nearly a decade. I published Twisted, my debut novel, on a whim. It took off and did better than I ever dreamed. I feel fortunate that I’ve been writing ever since.

2) What made you decide to go into writing?
Like most authors I’ve had a love of reading that extends as far back as I can remember. I started writing my own stories in high school and continued to write periodically over the years. I feel like I’ve always known I wanted to be an author.

3) What’s your favorite food? Just because.
I have a hopeless addiction to nachos.

4) If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I read the book years and years ago and then reread it a few summers ago. It’s just one of those incredibly unique stories that stay in your mind.

5) For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I like the ease of e readers for traveling. However, I adore paperback/hard back books. I have book shelves full of them. I am constantly adding more. To be honest, my bookshelves are all overflowing onto the floor.

6) Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how have you gotten past it?
I experience writer’s block far more often than I would like. I usually go back and reread what I’ve written so far. That usually shakes some ideas loose. If it doesn’t give me some ideas immediately, at least I’m still keeping my head in the story. If that still doesn’t help after a few days, I’m likely to move onto another story since I usually have 2-3 projects going at once. I’m okay with that as long as I’m doing something to keep moving along.

7) Do you have another project underway?
I do. I am currently working on a sequel to a recently released book (Malice and Avenge). I’m also working on another series that borrows heavily from Norse mythology.

8) Do you have any tips for budding writers?
My advice is pretty basic. It’s what I’ve heard over and over again from other authors. Write every day. And read every day too! 

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~Book Blitz & Giveaway organized by YA Bound Book Tours.

Monday, December 15, 2014

**Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Last Protector, by Stephanie Keyes!!



The Last Protector

~By: Stephanie Keyes

~Released: December 13th, 2014

~Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

~Length: 53 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal



~Summary:

Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet. 

And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?

As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?

*The Last Protector is a companion novella--intended to be read after the other books in the series.

*Cover Reveal: Descent, by L.A. Starkey!!

Descent
(Soul Keeper Series #3) 

~By: L.A. Starkey

~Release Date: January, 2015

~Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


~Synopsis:

From the final book in the Soul Keeper Series…

The path of truth lies hidden deep,
To find the light the climb is steep.
But in despair resolve is sound,
What once was lost will now be found.

All is lost and the prophecy seems null and void. Samantha is dead to the living world, and Marcus and Nicolas completely destroyed, but things aren’t always as they seem. To save the one they love, the boys will have to traverse the Descent, a darkness that all will enter and few will ever leave. The interference of gods and goddesses on the chessboard of blood has left the door open for a new player to enter the scene, and she holds the most powerful gift of all—sacrificial love.

Will the exit clause be invoked, dissolving of the chain that binds the trio together?

Will the Descent be the final setting for their love story or will they rise again?

As the curtain draws closed on this tale of old, who will rise and who will fall?

And what if their choice is no choice at all?

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~ About the Author ~

Laurie Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jacob and three beautiful kiddos.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can't help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

~ Connect with Laurie Online ~


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~Cover Reveal organized by Xpresso Book Tours.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

**Book Blitz & Giveaway: Learning to Swim, by Annie Cosby!!


Learning to Swim
(Hearts Out of Water, #1)

~By: Annie Cosby

~Released: March 1st, 2014

~PublisherWrite for You Publishing

~Length: 243 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal


~Synopsis:

When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

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~ About the Author ~

I'm the YA author of the USA Today recommended Hearts Out of Water series and the brand new Hummingbird Saga.

When I'm not writing, I'm usually freelance editing for awesome clients like Anna Katmore (formerly Piper Shelly) and Month9Books/Swoon Romance!

I split my days between my hometown, St. Louis, and my adopted love, Galway, Ireland. 

~ Connect with Annie Online ~


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Learning to Swim is free on Amazon from Dec. 8-12!! 

The sequel, Learning to Live, is out
now! 

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~ Book Playlist ~

“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People
“Royals” – Lorde
“Some Nights” – Fun.
“Be Be Your Love” – Rachael Yamagata
“Say Something (I’m Giving Up On You)” – A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
“Here’s To The Night” – Eve 6 “Don’t Wake Me Up” – The Hush Sound
“Owl City” – The Saltwater Room
“Island In The Sun” – Weezer
“I Will Wait” – Mumford & Sons 

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~ Excerpt ~

       One day, Princess bounded ahead of me and joined Mrs. O’Leary and Ronan on the porch before I could stop her.
       “Hello there, dear girl,” I heard Mrs. O’Leary greeting her.
       I briefly considered walking home and pretending Princess had run away from me, but she was my dad’s favorite daughter and I didn’t dare face him without her safely in tow.
       Mrs. O’Leary was delighted to see me.
       “Come sit, dear,” the old woman said. “We were just discussing kelpies and changelings.”
       I turned a delightfully amused face at Ronan, hoping to see him embarrassed to be caught in a world of fantasy, but his face was impassive, completely unperturbed. Those were the hardest
boys to ignore: the ones that weren’t concerned with your opinion of them, not afraid to be caught listening to fairytales. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

**Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Ever Darkening, by Janeal Falor!!

Ever Darkening

~By: Janeal Falor

~Release Date: January 28th, 2015

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy


~Summary:

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.

When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.

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~ About the Author ~

Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination.  Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head. 

~ Connect with Janeal Online ~


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~ Giveaway!! ~

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

**Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Eleven Weeks, by Lauren K. McKellar!!

Eleven Weeks
(Crazy In Love, #2)

~By: Lauren K. McKellar

~Expected Release Date: January 2015

~Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

~Cover Design: KILA Designs


~Synopsis:

Seven shots

Five siblings

Two boys

One heartbeat …

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Stacey is good at pretending.

She pretends that the boy she's in love with doesn't exist.

She pretends that she's happy to live and die in this small town.

She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend's world crumbles before her very eyes.

But Stacey's got a secret ...

And it's going to ruin everything.

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~ About the Author ~

Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now. She loves books that evoke emotion, and hope hers make you feel.

Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most ofthe time, all three of them are well behaved. 

~ Connect with Lauren Online ~


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~ About the Crazy in Love series ~

The Crazy in Love series consists of three titles: The Problem With Crazy, Eleven Weeks and The Problem With Heartache

The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy … or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend's band. 

Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.

A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.

When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.


~ Praise for The Problem With Crazy ~

“Heartbreaking, life-affirming—one of my all-time favourites.” Glass Paper Ink Book Blog

“This story is beautiful, heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days to follow.” A.K.A. The Book Harlots Review


The Problem With Heartache will be released in February, 2015, and is the conclusion to Kate’s story.  See it here on Goodreads.

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~ Excerpt ~

       I wake to the sound of a drill-saw attempting to channel through a concrete pylon right next to my head.
       “Why?” I grunt. Only it sounds more like “uggghhh”, even to my ears. Apparently being woken by drill-saw seriously impedes my ability to form words. I reach my hand out and slam something in front of me, presumably the drill-saw, most likely a clock radio. Regardless, the action makes the noise stop, thank hell.
       Ugh. While the blast of noise has stopped, there’s still a ringing in my head of dizzy-making proportions. Not to mention that my tongue tastes like I’ve been eating road-kill. Yuck.
       I squint one eye open and then scrunch my lid shut immediately as protection from the harsh yellow light coming in through the window framed by black-flowered curtains. What fresh hell is this? Who has opened my— 
       Shit.
       I don’t have black-flowered curtains.
       I inch open my lid at snail’s pace, this time preparing myself for the assault of light from the left of the room. Yep. Black floral curtains still there.
       I open my eyes wider and take in more of the room in front of me. Aside from the window, there’s a black bedside table with a digital clock on the top of it, right next to a red lamp. The floor is covered in a shaggy-looking cream carpet, a black skirt and red lacy bra lying on top of it.
       Oh, no. Please, please no
       I slowly raise the white sheet from my body. Yep, exactly as I’d suspected.
       My black skirt and red bra.
       This, of course, leaves only one question. But do I really want to look? Can I?
       I rack my brain, trying to put together the pieces of the night before. There was the party at Joe’s. I’d gone there with Kate, because Dave and the band were playing. Michael. I saw Michael. Tequila. Lots of tequila.
       I glanced down at my hand. Seven little lipstick lines mar its surface. One for each shot. At least I can remember that.
       But how the hell did I get here? And, more importantly, where is here

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~ Giveaway!! ~

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~Cover Reveal & Giveaway organized by YA Bound Book Tours.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

*Book Blitz: Whispers, by H.K. Savage!



Whispers

~By: H.K. Savage

~Expected Publication Date: December 9th, 2014

~PublisherStaccato Publishing

~Length: 319 Pages

~Genres: New Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Suspense



**ABNA Quarterfinalist**

~Synopsis:

Your daughter is special

Special, that was an interesting word for it. More like broken. Broken and scared she was losing her mind. Or maybe she’d already lost it. Thoughts, images, ideas that had no business in the mind of a child raced through her brain, taking over her consciousness until all she could do was shut down and let them run. There was no room for her. Maybe there wasn’t really a “her” underneath all the noise. The only thing that tethered her to her body, to the here and now was the pain. Careful always to hide the marks, Natalie relied on her knife to feel alive. 

Sent to a college she couldn’t remember applying to on a scholarship she didn’t try for, Natalie clung to the hope that she could hide her madness from the family it was destroying. Alone at last she would finally have some modicum of peace, right? 

Luka took the assignment reluctantly. In his Senior year, she was the last “special” student he would have to work with before heading off to intern and hopefully land the job, start the life his family had planned for him. The same one they wanted for his sister before she took her life. 

Two broken souls with a rare ability in common, Luka and Natalie form a friendship that promises to heal them both until fate intervenes. Faced with a lie so great it threatens all Natalie has come to believe, she must make a choice: lie down and accept it or fight for those she loves.

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~ About the Author ~

HK lives in the frozen hinterlands of the far North.  The long, cold months provide ample opportunity to hunker down with her computer and create adventures far more enticing than scraping ice and getting frostbite.

Between books HK reads voraciously.  Anything with a good plot and compelling characters are her broad parameters.  One is as likely to catch her with a copy of Don Quixote as with the latest Kristen Ashley.

When not writing or wowing the corporate world by day, HK practices martial arts, plays with her dogs and matches wits with her teen. Next winter she intends to brush up on her Spanish and escape the cold for somewhere more tropical.


~ Connect with HK Savage Online ~


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~Book Blitz organized by Girls Heart Books Tours.