Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Dream of Me by Quinn Loftis (Guest Post + Giveaway)


Title: Dream of Me
Author: Quinn Loftis
Series: Dream Maker, #1
Publication Date: February 28, 2015

Synopsis: “In the evening… [he] blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop. […] Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson 

Since the dawn of time, Brudair, otherwise known as the Sandman to the world, has faithfully lived out his purpose, faithfully performed his duties. He has never questioned his lot among the immortals, until now, until her. Sarah Serenity Tillman, a consummate beauty both inside and out, is a high school senior five months from her graduation. She has great plans, dreams of leaving the small town of her childhood behind her forever. But destiny has other plans, and it’s the Sandman’s job to make sure those plans are fulfilled.

The tall muscular Sandman, known as Dair to his friends, dressed in black, wrapped in shadows, is more than a myth. And he has a job to do. His very existence makes him a creature of the night, because dreams, (yes the legends got that part right), were indeed his specialty. But his purpose was more than just weaving dreams for sleeping children. No, his dreams were made to influence, made to ensure that certain special individuals, those individuals who would change the course of history, actually accepted their chosen destiny.

Little does Serenity know that she is Dair’s next assignment. And the dream that he weaves for her, if she follows its influence, will change the course of, not only her life, but possibly the whole of history as well. But she isn’t the only one being influenced. The beauty inside of her was weighing on the Sandman, lighting up the darkness that was his constant companion. Her light was warmth, it was life, and he didn’t understand how he had survived the previous millennia without it.

The Sandman was indeed greater than anything humans had ever imagined, and his purpose was vital to the course of history. So what happens when the weaver of dreams gets so distracted by a mere human that he ignores his own duties in the immortal realm? How can an immortal who was never meant to have a mate, join a young woman in her destiny without irrevocably changing the lives of millions and potentially altering history in a way the Creator never intended?

“Dream of me, Princess,” Dair whispered into her ear. 
“Then weave me a dream, Sandman,” she said softly. “And we can dream together.” 
As her eyes grew heavy, she heard Dair’s voice telling her to sleep, to open her mind to him and let him in. I’m all yours, she thought as sleep finally claimed her.


About the Author: Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two son (and one on the way!), Nora the Doberman, and Phoebe the Cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is the author of twelve novels, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.


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-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Release Day Blitz: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Giveaway)


Title: An Ember In The Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Synopsis: Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


About the Author: Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


A letter from Sabaa Tahir.

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,

Sabaa


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Giveaway:
- 2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.
- 3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US Only.

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-Kristen ♥

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Third Debt by Pepper Winters (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Third Debt
Author: Pepper Winters
Series: Indebted, #4
Publication Date: April 16, 2015

Synopsis: "She healed me. She broke me. I set her free. But we are in this together. We will end this together. The rules of this ancient game can’t be broken."

Nila Weaver no longer recognises herself. She’s left her lover, her courage, and her promise. Two debts down. Too many to go.

Jethro Hawk no longer recognises himself. He’s embraced what he always ran from, and now faces punishment far greater than he feared.

It’s almost time. It’s demanding to be paid.

The Third Debt will be the ultimate test...


About the Author: Pepper Winters is a NYT and USA Today International Bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex. She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She's also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestsellers, best BDSM series voted by the SmutClub, and recently signed a two book deal with Grand Central. Her books are currently being translated into numerous languages and will be in bookstores in the near future.

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-Kristen ♥

Friday, April 17, 2015

Author Interview: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I did an author interview (sort of) with Jennifer L. Armentrout!! So on April 1, JLA took over Avon Romance's facebook page and we had the opportunity to ask her some questions. And let's just say, I really took advantage of the situation.

I asked enough questions that I felt I should compile them all together.  :)






Now that's something I've got to see!




So today, April 17, JLA took over HarperCollins' twitter account and I asked her a few more questions!  :)


That is sooo cool!


I adore that movie!!



-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cover Reveal: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Every Last Breath
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements, #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Synopsis: Some loves will last 'til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!” --New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.” --#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss



Every Last Breath - Cover

We have a surprise! The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!


Don't miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series- now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

For best results when downloading the new cover jackets:

  • Print on 8.5x14" (Legal paper)
  • Use landscape or horizontal setting = 8.5" tall x 14" wide
  • Print at 100% scale or "actual size"
  • Print with the image centered on page
  • Fold and trim to fit

White Hot Kiss - New Cover

Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Synopsis: One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


  Stone Cold Touch - New Cover

Title: Stone Cold Touch
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements, #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Synopsis: Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

"Constantly entertaining...the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance." Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss


Bitter Sweet Love - New Cover


Title: Bitter Sweet Love
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements, #0.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: December 1, 2013

Synopsis: In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

"With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers' hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout's previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!" -RT Book Reviews  


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About the Author: # 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.

  -Kristen ♥

Book Tour: Awakening by Shannon Duffy (Guest Post)


Title: Awakening
Author: Shannon Duffy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 7, 2015

Synopsis: Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and he needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?

About the Author: Shannon Duffy is the author of MG and YA books full of adventure. She grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now lives in Ontario. She loves writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.


Guest Post: Top Favorite Things 

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why: 

Coffee, popcorn, and nuts because the coffee keeps me alert and the other stuff I love.

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write: 

Narnia, Twilight, and Hush Hush.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:

Take a break from writing, read, do CP work. These things help to press the reset button for me and get me back in the writing groove.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why:

Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera—because they’re awesome!

Top 4 favorite movies of all time:

The Notebook, Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix and Ace Ventura (SO many more awesome ones).

Top 3 favorite actors/actresses and why: 
Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling because they are really talented and always pull me in or make me laugh.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations: 

Bora Bora, Australia, and Italy

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-Kristen ♥

Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Spotlight: Rain of the Ghosts by Greg Weisman (Author Interview)

Title: Rain of the Ghosts
Author: Greg Weisman
Series: Rain Cacique, #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Synopsis: Rain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman's series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

About the Author: Greg Weisman (BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C.) has been a storyteller all his life. His first professional work was as an Editor for DC Comics, where he also wrote Captain Atom.

Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 through 1996. In 1991, Greg created and developed a new series for Disney: GARGOYLES, becoming Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of that series.

In 1998, Greg became a full-time Freelancer. He wrote the new Gargoyles and Gargoyles: Bad Guys comic books for SLG Publishing, while producing, writing, story editing and voice acting for Sony’s The Spectacular Spider-Man. He then moved over to Warner Bros., where he produced, story edited, wrote and voice acted on the new series, Young Justice, as well as writing the companion Young Justice monthly comic book for DC.

Greg was a writer and Executive Producer on the first season of Star Wars Rebels for Lucasfilm and Disney, and he’s also writing the spin-off comic Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan. His first novel, Rain of the Ghosts, was published in 2013; its sequel, Spirits of Ash and Foam, arrived in bookstores in 2014.


Author Interview:

Hi Greg! First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today. And I want to let you know that Gargoyles was one of my favorite shows as a kid- so I’m already a huge fan! This leads me to my first question. 

1. How has being a writer/producer for TV shows helped you with this YA project? 

Well, for the Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay, I’ve called on all my skills as a producer and ALL my friends from years in the business to cast, record and produce this wondrous thing.

2. Describe Rain of the Ghosts as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 

Living and working in her parents’ B&B on the Ghost Keys, Rain Cacique starts seeing ghosts, solving mysteries and fulfilling her destiny.

Whew! That was tough. 

3. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Rain of the Ghosts?

I did quite a bit of research for Rain of the Ghosts, on the history, culture and mythology of the Caribbean. I did even more research for the second book in the series, Spirits of Ash and Foam. More research on the mythology of the TaĆ­no people and their culture and history. Research on dolphin, bat, manatee and mosquito biology. Research on hurricanes. On bioluminescence. Research on Caribbean synagogues, etc. By that time, I had actually visited the Caribbean, too.

4. I love that you have a Kickstarter project in the works for a Full Cast AudioPlay of Rain of the Ghosts. How did you come up with the idea? 

It started simply enough. I wanted an audio-book of Rain. But my narrator is an adult male, and my lead character is a 13-year-old girl. I couldn’t stand the idea of listening to some guy like me struggling to do Rain’s voice for most of the dialogue. So I fell back on what I knew from working in animation: a full-cast recording with music and sound effects. I’m basically making a studio-quality cartoon, with everything but the cartoon. That’s the key thing here: this is NOT an audio-book. This is an unabridged full-cast AudioPlay!

(You guys, if you this sounds awesome, head on over to Greg's KICKSTARTER page to learn more and support!)

5. When writing Rain of the Ghosts, did you plot the entire book out or did you take a more flexible, by the seat of your pants approach? 

No, I’m a planner. Very low tech. Hundreds of index cards in various colors on a giant bulletin board. I use these cards to create a detailed outline. But I still have to leave myself open to being surprised. In Spirits, there were two characters that I thought were very minor. But they quickly asserted themselves, and suddenly I found myself creating arcs for both.

6. What are some of your favorite books? 

Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner. The Blue Hammer by Ross Macdonald. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Really, that just scratches the surface. 

7. What is your favorite medium to work with for storytelling? 

Don’t have one. I love working in both animation and comic books. And writing these novels. And working on this AudioPlay. I’ve written Radio Plays for conventions. And I even wrote a stage play once in graduate school. I just love telling stories. That’s always been who I am.

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 

Real.

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter.

Chocolate or Vanilla? 

Chocolate Chip.

Past or Future? 

Oh, I live and work in both, really.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?

A “Debra from Dexter” bobble-head.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Thanks for inviting me. ;)

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Don't forget to head over to the Kickstarter page and check out some of the super cool rewards!


-Kristen ♥

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review: Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Title: Hold Me Like A Breath
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Series: Once Upon a Crime Family, #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 19, 2015

Synopsis: Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

Review: This book absolutely blew me away! It was not at all what I expected, but in the best way possible. The main character, Penelope Landlow lives in a crime family that deals in the black market for organ transplants.


If that, in and of itself, isn't interesting enough, Penelope has a disease that causes her to bruise very easily. Although many people view her as being weak, she proves them all wrong in an epic adventure full of heartbreak, danger, and many twists and turns.


I really loved reading about the crime family aspect and how they operated. Equally intriguing was Penelope's disease; I had vaguely heard of people who had such a disease, but it's really hard to understand exactly what they go through on a day-to-day basis. I feel like I've really learned and have a great respect for those who have a disease/disorder that some would try to view as a weakness, but who refuse to let it become one.


Overall, this was a fantastic story about bravery and standing up for yourself with a sweet side of romance. I definitely recommend it!

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥
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