Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler (Giveaway)


Title: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN. 

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

About the Author: Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes. Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.


Giveaway:
$10 Amazon Gift Card + ebook of Finding Mr. Darcy (INT)

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-Kristen ♥

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Predator by Janice Gable Bashman (Interview + Giveaway)


Title: Predator
Author: Janice Gable Bashman
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

Synopsis: The hunt is on!

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

About the Author: Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of PREDATOR (YA novel coming Sept. 16th, 2014; Month9Books) and WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (w/New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry)(Citadel Press 2010). She is editor of THE BIG THRILL (the International Thriller Writers' magazine) and has written for Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Writer's Digest, the Writer, Wild River Review, and many others. Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the International Thriller Writers, where she serves on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.


Author Interview:

First off, I’d like to thank you for joining me on the blog today! 

1. Describe Predator as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 
Bree injects herself with an untested version of her dad’s gene therapy to become a werewolf so she can save the world and those she loves. 

2. If you could re-title Predator what would you call it and why?
I’d love to answer this question, but it’s one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been asked. Why? Because I’m terrible at coming up with titles for my books, short stories, or articles. It takes me forever to find a good one. I could spend a year writing a book and just as long agonizing over the title. So, I’d leave the title as Predator. Wolves are predatory creatures that must hunt to survive. Werewolves take this to the extreme. The rogue soldiers in the novel become unstoppable killing machines, so the title fits.

3. What inspired you to start writing? 
I always wanted to write, but it took me a very long time to actually do so. One of my favorite memories is of going to the library on Saturday mornings, checking out a huge stack of books, coming home and spreading them across the floor, deciding what order to read them, and then digging in to those pages that magically transformed me to another world. Along with my love of reading came my desire to write. I’d hold a pencil in my hand and imagine what it could create (as an extension of me). Imagined the power it held. Thought of all the authors I read. I was enamored with their abilities to create wonderful stories from words, from their imaginations. To me, that was the ultimate achievement. It was something I only dreamed of doing, something I aspired to accomplish. Although I wrote character sketches and short stories while in school, I didn’t write much until about five years ago. And I haven’t stopped since. My published credits include many articles, short stories, a non-fiction book, and a novel (Predator).

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Predator
I interviewed a world-famous geneticist to help me figure out how to create the werewolves using modern-day science and how it can go horrible wrong. I interviewed a bioanthropologist for help with the anthropological aspects of the book. I also interviewed an automotive expert (don’t want to give anything away in explaining why) and several people who live (or have lived) in Ireland to ensure I used the language and lingo correct (film vs. movie, etc.). I researched bogs and bog bodies and many other topics via the internet and by reading books.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 
I always write first drafts of fiction on my laptop in an easy chair with my feet up on an ottoman in what I refer to as my library room (It’s really a small room with a chair, wall-length bookcase, and a window seat). Editing drafts are completed on a desktop computer in my office. Final drafts are edited on paper, usually at my desk. For non-fiction, it’s completely different. I write and edit non-fiction on my desktop computer, probably because I need space next to the computer to lay out pages of research for reference. The final draft, like my fiction, is completed on paper. I don’t like writing to music and prefer silence when I write, if possible.

6. What are you reading right now? 
I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 
Real book

Twitter or Facebook? 
Facebook

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Chocolate

Past or Future? 
Future

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
I have a zombie pet shop set on my desk (http://www.geekalerts.com/zombie-pet-shoppe/) that a reader gave to me at one of my book signings.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 
Thanks for having me.

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-Kristen ♥

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga, #1
Publication Date: December 8, 2014

Synopsis: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.  

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


AND NOW, for the beautiful cover......

Wicked

-Kristen ♥

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Blitz: Resisting the Bad Boy by Violet Duke (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Resisting the Bad Boy
Author: Violet Duke
Series: Can't Resist, #1
Publication Date: March 29, 2013

Synopsis: Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast.

Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery—and repel the drama—Connor always makes his one and only rule crystal clear right from the start. Absolutely nothing more than a month.

Turns out, a whole lot can happen in one month.

About the Author: NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her NYT and USA Today bestselling books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and featured on IndieReader and GalleyCat as breakout hits. When she's not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawaii with her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.


Excerpt:

Connor caught Abby by the elbow and crowded her against the wall. “You’re hiding something. What is it?”

She shook her head in denial and suddenly, the warm scent of chocolate assailed his senses. His gaze dropped down to her lips. “Hot cocoa,” he murmured. So the empty mug on the kitchen table hadn’t been filled with coffee then.

Her response was barely a whisper. “I was cold.”

His blood fired. Imagining all the ways he could’ve helped warm her up nearly brought him to his knees. Tugging on her elbow once more, he pulled her body flush against his.

Jesus, every inch of her fit him perfectly.

Damn it.

Giveaway:
Open INTL
-Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Paperwhite (winner's choice)
-Signed paperbacks of all 3 books in this trilogy
-25$ Amazon gift card

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-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Book Trailers! (The Dark Version)

Dollhouse by Anya Allyn


Unwept by Tracy and Laura Hickman


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

-Kristen ♥

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Tour: The Other Lamb by Katie Young (Author Interview)





Title: The Other Lamb
Author: Katie Young
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: August 28, 2014

Synopsis: Incarcerated on Earth as punishment for breeding with humans, the Watchers found a way to escape. Zach is living proof of that…even though someone has cut out his heart.

When Zach turns eighteen he develops an insatiable thirst for blood, but he tries to bury his fears and go on enjoying his birthday. His best friend Kim has scored them tickets to the hottest gig in town. But a charged encounter with his idol, the enigmatic rock star known as Grigory, leads to a revelation that shatters everything Zach thinks he knows about himself and the world, and places everyone dear to him in grave danger.

Zach is a Naphil, the forbidden offspring of a mortal woman and a Watcher. When those who seek to destroy him snatch Kim, Zach is forced to embark on a journey of discovery spanning continents and ages. With the help of a mysterious stranger named Sam, Zach must unearth the truth about his parentage, find Kim, and discover who has stolen his heart…before he triggers the apocalypse.

About the Author: Katie Young is a writer and occasional zombie movie ‘supporting artiste’. She also works in kids’ TV but wishes she were a rock star. She has various shorts available for download from Ether Books, and features in anthologies from Collaboration of the Dead Press, Angelic Knight Press, Indigo Mosaic, Song Stories Press, Static Movement and Fox Spirit Books. Her story, Atelic, was shortlisted for the 2010 Writers' & Artists' Year Book short fiction prize, and she is a regular contributor to the Are You Sitting Comfortably? story-telling events run by White Rabbit. Katie also writes TV reviews for The Cult Den. The Other Lamb is her first novel. She lives in South East London with her partner and a second-hand cat. She is not a natural redhead.


Author Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today! 
It’s a pleasure – thanks for having me!

1. Describe The Other Lamb as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 
Fallen angels, vampiric demons, & rock stars! Oh, my!

2. If you could re-title The Other Lamb what would you call it and why? 
Well, it was based on a short story I wrote at university many years ago called The Boy Who Lost Heart, which was more of a fable about how people fall in love. So that was the working title for a long time. I also considered calling it The Naphil, but I liked The Other Lamb as it’s more cryptic.

3. What inspired you to start writing? 
I always enjoyed writing poems as a child. I won some competitions and had a couple of things published in anthologies at school, so I guess that’s how I got the bug. In my teens I wrote songs, but I didn’t practice guitar as much as I should have, so they all sounded pretty similar! I was obsessed with reading as a teen, especially Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite. My MA tutor at university suggested I should take a year off after graduation and write a book, but I didn’t take her advice, and I ended up working in the media. I didn’t write or paint or play music for years, but just before I turned thirty, I had a mini existential crisis and decided I needed to do something creative again and that’s how I came to write the first draft of The Other Lamb.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for The Other Lamb
I love doing research and I tend to fall down rabbit holes. I can get so easily distracted! Even if I am not going into detail with the writing, I like to have that specific knowledge to underpin and inform my stories. I am a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk and especially the way he litters his tales with bizarre facts which could easily be made up, but are usually absolutely true. I read a lot of religious texts for The Other Lamb, especially The Book of Enoch, and a lot about the legend of Watchers and fallen angels. From the Ashes of Angels by Andrew Collins was a great resource. I like to make sure I have the flora and fauna of regions right. It was pretty tricky dealing with ‘antediluvian’ timelines and places from antiquity, but obviously my book is fantastical so I allowed myself a bit of license there. I had a long discussion about medicine and opiates with an editor friend of mine who had studied the subject, so that was serendipitous. I also drew a lot on my own teen infatuations and experiences of seeing bands over the years, and threw in places I’ve visited.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 
I wrote The Other Lamb on a netbook, anywhere and everywhere I could – especially on the bus and the tube on my way to work. These days I tend to write on a laptop with an MS writing programme, on my sofa which is next to a bookshelf so all my reference material is to hand, with a heap of blankets and tea. It’s really bad for my back, and for my concentration, but I need activity and background noise. I am not good at locking myself away. I am working on a novel now which is quite ambitious in scope, and I’ve found writing longhand in a notebook whenever I get a chance is quite useful for getting through the first draft. I wrote a few chapters in Spain in earlier this year. I started writing it in India last year. I try to write a bit in my lunch breaks at work. It’s all about getting the words down and resisting the urge to edit!

6. What are you reading right now? 
I am reading a novel called Twin Truths by Shelan Rodger. It caught my eye because my WIP is about twins, one of whom disappears and this has similar themes. Next up on my ridiculously long to be read list is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 
I like the convenience of e-books for travel, but it has to be real books for me because they are works of art and I can’t imagine a home without bookshelves.

Twitter or Facebook? 
Twitter all the way.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate.

Past or Future? 
I am sentimental and I love to reminisce, but I’m going to go with future because it’s new and exciting and full of potential.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now? 
Probably my Google search history. Occupational hazard!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 
It was so much fun. Thanks, Kristen.

-Kristen ♥

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Blitz: Constructing Us by CJ Lake (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Constructing Us
Author: C.J. Lake
Publisher: Snow House Books
Publication Date: July 18, 2014

Synopsis: When Andy takes over the lease on her friend Ethan's apartment, he warns her about his roommate, Tragan. According to Ethan, Tragan Barrett is self-centered and often inconsiderate, caring more about hanging out with his friends and hitting the local casino than straightening the living room or keeping up with his laundry. Andy isn't too concerned, though, because she isn't moving in to make a friend.

Intended as a short-term living arrangement, the apartment is close to the hospital where Andy is participating in a drug study for a rare disorder she was diagnosed with when she was twenty. Now, fresh out of college, she is trying to figure out her life--and also how to live with the uncertainty of her condition. Figuring she'll go one way and he'll go another, Andy is surprised to learn that Tragan is not exactly the way Ethan painted him. In fact, there's a whole other side to the darkly sexy construction worker...especially when it comes to Andy. 

Can an unlikely friendship turn into something much more?

About the Author: C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is working on a new book that will feature Tragan Barrett's friend, Matt Winter. Readers can get in touch via email (writercjlake@gmail.com), or follow C.J. on Twitter @brightbluesurf.

Excerpt:



Giveaway:
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-Kristen ♥
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