Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cover Reveal: Revive Me by Charity Ferrell

Title: Revive Me
Author: Charity Ferrell
Publication Date: November 2014

Synopsis: When I lost him, I lost myself.

Tessa Benson is lost. The most important person in her life is dead. And everyone she loves left with him. She’s doing everything she can to mask her pain. Even if it means traveling down the road of destruction.

Dawson Thomas has loved her for years. But she's his dead best friend’s sister. He made a promise to stay away from her. He also promised to always protect her. She’s destroying herself and time is running out. Will he hurt her by keeping his word or break it to save her?

About the Author: Charity Ferrell grew up in an Indiana town. She grew up tall, and she grew up right, with them Indiana boys on them Indiana nights. When she's not writing, she's spending time with her hubby and four-legged children, waiting on her acceptance letter from Hogwarts, or reading.


AND NOW, for the cove reveal.....


-Kristen ♥

Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014 Debut Authors Bash: Kristen Lippert-Martin (Guest Post)


Hey guys!

I am so excited to be participating in the 2014 Debut Author Bash, hosted by YAReads! Today, I have have got the author of Tabula Rasa (and a fellow Kristen) here on the blog:


Kristen Lippert-Martin

Her patronus is a platypus and she prefers Star Trek to Star Wars.



You guys definitely have to check out her book:

Title: Tabula Rasa
Author: Kristen Lippert-Martin
Publisher: Egmont
Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Synopsis: The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.

Guest Post:
 
My Top Ten List
By Kristen Lippert-Martin

What could be easier for a writer than creating a top ten list of her favorite books, right?

RIIIIIGHT.

This is a recipe for a total nervous breakdown, but I’m going to tough it out and hope for the best.
And just so you know, I could have been a complete punk and taken up seven of the ten slots with Harry Potter 1-7, but I decided not to do that. Because I am not a punk.

So here is my list, and I’ve put them in chronological order of influence. Does that make sense? I mean, this is the order in which I read these influential books.

I know. I’m confusing even myself but let’s press on, shall we?

1)      Agatha Christie: Yes, I realize that “Agatha Christie” is not a book. She’s an author—an author who possessed one of the most amazing brains in the history of literature. I think reading her murder mysteries is what got me hooked on reading as a teen, and as well all know, reading is a gateway drug to writing.

2)      Dune by Frank Herbert: This was my introduction to reading science fiction. I mean, I’d been a devoted Star Trek and Star Wars fan for years, but this was my first epic SF novel. The movie version was kind of laughably bad, but I’ll still watch it whenever it’s on T.V. just for this quote: “Fear is the mind-killer.” I mean, that is soooo right on, isn’t it? It’s like . . . whoa.

3)      Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Really I love all things Jane Austen and though this isn’t considered one of her finest works, I just adored it—especially the way the (spoiler alert) bad boy falls for the plain but sensible girl, and she doesn’t go all squishy for him because he’s hot and rich and all that. Nuh-uh. She’s like, “Yeah. No. I don’t think so, son” and then marries the other guy who she’s loved all along.

4)      Middlemarch by George Eliot: The reason I became a writer was because I hoped that I could someday tell a story even one-tenth as meaningful to someone as this story was to me. I will tell you nothing of the plot. And yes, it’s a long slog but read it. It’s a book that can change your life.

5)      The Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt: It’s an odd book. Relatively short. But something about it spoke to me. Maybe it was the time in my life? I don’t know. Sometimes you can’t explain the things you love.

6)      The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I mean, come on. This is a no-brainer. And it’s sort of obligatory if you’re a SF/F writer, isn’t it? I don’t think I’m technically allowed to NOT mention LOTR in any top ten list or I’ll get chucked out of SFWA.

7)      Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon: There was a time in my life, right after I finished my M.F.A., when I wanted to BE Michael Chabon. This book is just so freaking funny and full of heart. It’s a writerly book for writers about the writing life, which would normally make me want to puke, but this is the one exception to my “No Books About Writers” rule.

8)      Harry Potter Everything. I came to Harry Potter as many adults did, with a sort of sniffy attitude like, “Oh, what’s all this hype about?” Then I got sucked in and by the time Order of the Phoenix came out, I remember thinking, “I cannot think of a book that I’ve looked forward to reading more than this, like, EVER.” And it kind of got me thinking about taking my own writing in a new direction. Nothing was the same after that.

9)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Oh, how I love this book! The humor, the pain, the beauty of it all. I recommend this book probably more than any other. And usually after singing its praises I add, “I assume you’re OK with tons of masturbation references, right?”

10)   Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt: I can’t think of another book where the voice just jumped off the page at me like this did. Talk about a powerful opening chapter. Such a remarkable book.

11)   Graceling by Kristin Cashore. A-ha! This top ten list goes to eleven, baby! Katsa is an iconic character in YA fantasy, and yes, I know, I know, his name isn’t the greatest, but Po is one of my favorite book boyfriends in all of YA.

And there it is. My list!

And now I’m seething! Agonizing! Gnashing my teeth!

Because there are so many books I couldn’t include on this list. I’m going to lose sleep over this now, I’m telling you. 

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Inspire by Cora Carmack

Title: Inspire
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Muse Series, #1
Publication Date: December 15, 2014

Synopsis: Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


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HeadshotAbout the Author: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


AND NOW, for the cover reveal......

Inspire
The cover was designed by VLC Productions.

  -Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: DeadGirl by B.C. Johnson

Title: DeadGirl
Author: B.C. Johnson
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: November 6, 2014

Synopsis: Dead is such a strong word …

Lucy Day, 15 years old, is murdered on her very first date. Not one to take that kind of thing lying down, she awakens a day later with a seemingly human body and more than a little confusion. Lucy tries to return to her normal life, but the afterlife keeps getting in the way. 

Zack, her crush-maybe-boyfriend, isn’t exactly excited that she ditched him on their first date. Oh, and Abraham, Lucy’s personal Grim Reaper, begins hunting her, dead-set on righting the error that dropped her back into the spongy flesh of a living girl. Lucy must put her mangled life back together, escape re-death, and learn to control her burgeoning powers while staying one step ahead of Abraham.

But when she learns the devastating price of coming back from the dead, Lucy is forced to make the hardest decision of her re-life — can she really sacrifice her loved ones to stay out of the grave?

B. C. Johnson - bio picAbout the Author: Born in Southern California, B.C. Johnson has been writing since he realized it was one of the few socially acceptable ways to tell people a bunch of stuff you just made up off the top of your head. He attended Savanna High School in Anaheim, and an undisclosed amount of college before deciding that weird odd jobs were a far greater career path. This lead him to such exciting professions as: aluminum recovery machinist, lighting designer, construction demo, sound mixer, receptionist, theater stage hand, wedding security, high school custodian, museum events manager, webmaster, IT guy, copywriter, and one memorable night as the bouncer at a nightclub. He is trying very hard to add “vampire hunter” and “spaceship captain” to that list. He currently lives in Garden Grove with his supernal wife Gina, his half-corgi, half-muppet dog Luna, and his new half-grayhound, half-living-tornado-of-destruction Kaylee. He also spends time with his two brothers, his parents, and his close friends, whose primary pursuit are usually healthy debates about movie minutiea. When he’s not working or writing, he’s been to known to pursue all conceivable geeky avenues of interest including but not limited to video games, the sort of TV shows/movies Benedict Cumberbatch might star in, graphic novels, podcasts, funny gifs, the whole thing.   He’s also been known to apply his special brand of hyperbole and mania to pop-culture humor essays for various websites that can be found on his website. B.C. also has a high school noir short story called “The Lancer” available on Kindle. Deadgirl is his first novel.


AND NOW, for the cover reveal......

Deadgirl, by BC Johnson - cover
Cover was designed by Andy Garcia.

 -Kristen ♥

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Release Day Launch: Stay With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Book Trailer + Giveaway)

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Stay With Me CoverTitle: Stay With Me
Author: J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You, #3
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . . 

At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends. 

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming. 

Sexy and intense, Jaxis in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.  

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Book Trailer:


EXCERPT: 

As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand.

“Why?” I asked.

There was a beat. “Why what?”

Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say.

A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here.

But then he moved.

Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing. 

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.”

“But—”

“You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked. 

“You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out.

His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.”

I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place.

“You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed. 

Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me.

Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe?

“Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter.

“Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.”

He chuckled.

I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years.

I felt cared for . . . cherished.

Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.

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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.

 
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 -Kristen ♥

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:
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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 ♥
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