Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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


Title: First Debt
Author: Pepper Winters
Series: Indebted, #2
Publication Date: November 12, 2014

Synopsis: “You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.” 

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.

She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.

Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever. 

Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.

Previous book in the series:

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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Excerpt:

My stomach churned with the promise.

I will make him love me. 

My conviction wasn’t flimsy or half-hearted.

And then I’ll destroy him.


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-Kristen ♥

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Tour: One Wish Away by Kelley Lynn (Excerpt)


Title: One Wish Away
Author: Kelley Lynn
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: November 11, 2014

Synopsis: Be careful what you wish for…

Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She's too busy planning to follow in her father's footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery.

When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble. 

Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.

About the Author: Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author. Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories. You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.


Excerpt:

Darren’s leaning on the mailbox when I get to his house, looking calm and content. Immediately when he sees me he stands up straight.
“What’s wrong?”
I shrug and try to make my voice light. “Why would there be anything wrong?”
He gestures to me. “You’re all pouty and it looks like you’re thinking so hard it hurts.”
I pull my backpack higher on my shoulders and look around the neighborhood for eavesdroppers. Not like anyone would really know what I’m talking about. Or care.
I take a few steps toward school and Darren falls in alongside me. “I saw something last night that I can’t figure out.”
“Huh. Lyra, stumped? That’s newsworthy.” Darren laughs and punches me lightly on the shoulder.
“I don’t know everything, Darren.”
He spins so he’s walking backward. His smile is gone.
“I’m sorry. That was meant to be funny—”
“It’s fine.”
“No, I hurt your feelings. That’s not fine.”
“How about… it’s okay?”
His lip tugs a little. “We’ll work on it. So what’s wrong?”
“Pothole.”
“What?” His heel hits the pothole in the road. His arms windmill and I reach out to grab hold of him before he falls.
“Thanks.” He says, breathless. I stare at my hand holding onto his arm. It’s gone instantly warm. So have my cheeks. When he clears his throat, I let go of my death grip and shake my head awake.
“No problem. Maybe walk forward from now on?”
“Good idea.”

-Kristen ♥

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Blitz: Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Breaking the Rules
Author: Katie McGarry 
Series: Pushing the Limits, #1.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: December 8, 2014

Synopsis: A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.


Available for Pre-Order:
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Books in the series:
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About the Author: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, follow her on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Excerpt:

From Noah’s Point of View 

“Me and you,” I whisper, hoping my words will sink into her subconscious, beyond where she overthinks. “It’s how it’s supposed to be.”

Echo’s hand glides over mine, and she links our fingers together. “You like disturbing my sleep, don’t you?”

I kiss her shoulder, permitting my lips to linger on her soft skin. Guess I did wake her. “Just keeping things straight between us.”

“In my sleep?” Damn, I love that groggy voice.

“You argue less that way.”

Giveaway:

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-Kristen ♥

Release Day Blitz: First Debt by Pepper Winters


Title: First Debt
Author: Pepper Winters
Series: Indebted, #2
Publication Date: November 12, 2014

Synopsis: “You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.” 

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.

She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.

Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever. 

Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.

Previous book in the series:

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 ♥
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Night of Pan by Gail Strickland (Guest Post)


Title: Night of Pan
Author: Gail Strickland
Series: The Oracle of Delphi Trilogy, #1
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: November 7, 2014

Synopsis: The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?

Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.

And the gods have plans for this girl.

When Xerxes’ army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.

Her destiny may be to save Greece…
…but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?

About the Author: While studying the Classics in college, Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s ILIAD and ODYSSEY, Herodotus’ prophecies and THE BACCHAI by Euripides. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina. THE BALTIMORE REVIEW and WRITER’S DIGEST have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called CLUTTER. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gail grew up in Northern California. She raised her children; was a musical director for CAT children’s theater; taught music in schools; mentored young poets and novelists and introduced thousands of youngsters to piano and Greek mythology. Gail is passionate about bringing the richness of Homer’s language and culture to today’s youth.


Guest Post:

Hello Book Lovers! It’s great to be here to talk about books and writing. Thanks to Kristen for inviting me! My name is Gail Strickland. My book, a YA historical fantasy called NIGHT OF PAN just launched this week.

Kristen, I’ve been thinking about your idea of a cozy reading corner. That really is part of the magic of reading, isn’t it? I remember when I was young and devouring everything written by Charles Dickens, I’d always sit in my dad’s easy chair before the fire … always sat sideways with my back to one arm and my legs draped over the other and lost myself in other times and other worlds. That’s when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write a “good” book, a book that would carry people away to another time, another land. A book to get lost in.

So, I wrote and re-wrote NIGHT OF PAN. Publishing this my first book is a dream come true. And talk about a cozy reading corner! I started writing the book in a cottage on a wild, windswept Irish coast near a village called Clonakilty. It felt right that I should begin writing it in a small hut built of stones reclaimed from a signal tower. In times past, that’s how they sent urgent messages about invaders, about births of kings and queens. They posted lookouts day and night on stone towers and lit fires to carry a message with smoke and flame from tower to tower.

Fitting, isn’t it? The signal towers are long gone, but I believe that as writers we never stop pouring our hearts into our writing, lighting that fire to share.

One of the most enjoyable parts about writing is the research. I did a lot of research for this book! In college I was a classicist with a passion for translating Homer. Because of that background, I was able to translate the four Persian prophecies that we have from Herodotus, a Greek historian who lived over two thousand years ago.
Set in 480 BCE—the same time the film 300 takes place—I focused on the Persian invasion led by King Xerxes.

The battle of Thermopylae is in my book, but instead of writing from a soldier’s point of view, I write through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old village girl, Thaleia, destined to become the Oracle of Delphi. Destined to save the cradle of democracy. Though the largest invasion the ancient world had seen is in my book, my story isn’t about the kind of courage where someone picks up a sword and chops off heads. My book is about the courage it takes to know who you truly are. My book is about speaking your own truth and trusting oneself.
Thaleia’s father arranged for her to marry an older and evil man.
Thaleia said no.
The priests denied her visions and her wisdom.
But she spoke her prophecies anyway. Trusting herself and her intuition, she saved democracy. A young girl believed in herself and changed history.

So, my book is fantasy based on history. I hope it is a book that carries readers away to a far-off time and a land of gods and satyrs and mystics chanting oracles from deep-secret chambers. Find your cozy corner and begin! Be sure to write and let me know what you think. www.gailstricklandauthor.com

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

YALLFest 2014!!


So this past weekend, I woke up at 4 am and made the two hour journey from my hometown to Charleston, SC for YALLFest!!! And it was an absolute blast!


So, the day began with the Opening Keynote Speech presented by Random House. This is where James Dashner and Sara Zarr gave us a hilariously entertaining conversation about previous jobs, the writing process, their friendship, braces, and the movie experience.


After the Keynote, it was 11 am and time for the author signings to begin. AND I GOT TO MEET MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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YOU GUYS, SHE TOLD ME I HAD GORGEOUS HAIR!!

Also, this happened:
*DEAD*

I also got to meet/get my books signed by Scott Westerfeld, Marie Lu, Laini Taylor, Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, Alexandra Bracken, Libba Bray, Danielle Paige, Jennifer E. Smith, and Sarah J. Maas!!

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After the signings, it was time to go to the Closing Keynote Speech presented by Penguin Teen and featuring a lovely conversation with Sarah Dessena and Ally Condie where they discussed how they come up with ideas, meeting and fangirling over Kristen Bell, and their favorite social medias.



Last, but certainly not least, came the YA Smackdown presented by Epic Reads and featuring the infamous Tiger Beat!!

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All in all, it was a fantastic day!! I got to meet some lovely people while waiting in the never-ending lines and they were all so friendly!


I've also got to give a special shout-out to my Daddy, who was kind enough to come with me to help get all the books I wanted signed!  <3


-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blog Tour: DeadGirl by B.C. Johnson (Author Interview)


Deadgirl, by BC Johnson - coverTitle: 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.


Author Interview:

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

1. Describe DeadGirl as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 
Lucy Day fights, jokes, and sasses her way out of death, into trouble, and semi-adjacent to romance. Dying is easy, high school is hard.

2. If you could re-title DeadGirl what would you call it and why? 
That’s a great question. I was always really happy with the title, because it uses a frequently powerless phrase (A dead girl was found on the side of the road) and re-appropriates it as a kind of superhero name (Deadgirl). Titles either jump immediately into my head or I have to agonize for months about them. So, instead of having this interview take months, I’ll just shoot out a (probably bad) answer - how about “Lucy Day of the Dead?”

3. What inspired you to start writing? 
Originally? My elementary school had a yearly “Authors and Artists” competition, and I was an overly confident 7-year-old. I’d never really written stories before that, but Mrs. Osegeda kind of pushed us all to either draw or write something. With the heavy help of my mom as stenographer (and co-writer, if not primary writer, let’s be honest) we created “The Penguins Go to Australia.” It won some part of the competition, and the praise quickly went to my head. I needed more praise, like an accolade-vampire, and I continued. So, I guess, thanks Mom and Mrs. O!

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for DeadGirl
Deadgirl is set in my hometown of Anaheim, CA, so it severely reduced geographical research to essentially bubkis. I had to do some research on teenage girls via my wife’s old high school diaries - it’s cool, I asked her - which was an enlightening experience, to say the least. The biggest chunk of research actually got cut from the book. Originally there was a chapter that explored the history of a semi-immortal character, which encompassed a good chunk of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. All the events were based on real things - even the movie he goes and sees in San Francisco was playing at that theater, in that year, at that time. However, it got cut for a simple and good reason - it wasn’t about the actual story I’d been telling the whole book.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?
Mostly in my upstairs office, at my computer, facing a plaque that says “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” It says it’s a Benjamin Franklin quote, but with quotes I’m always kind of squinty-eyed and leery. Oh, there’s also an Egon Spengler big-head doll from Ghostbusters standing on top of the plaque.

6. What are you reading right now?
“Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree” by S.A. Hunt. It’s about the death of a semi-famous author, and the pack of fans asking his estranged son to finish his father’s last book. Then it veers into a fantasy story as it turns out his father might not have been making it all up. It’s really dope so far. Do we still say dope? I’m saying dope . . .

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 
Arggggg. I guess e-book, because I read them way more. But I like both very much.

Twitter or Facebook? 
Twitter. More informative, less fluff, easier to tune to what you want.

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Vanilla, because I became allergic to chocolate like six years back and it’s been trying to kill me ever since.

Past or Future? 
Future! The past will always be there whenever you want it.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
Probably Gus the Gargoyle, my writing totem. Whenever I’m writing I turn him toward the monitor, and he silently judges whatever I’m writing. He reminds me that I’m not the only one who’s going to read this, and I should keep other eyes in mind.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
.
-Kristen ♥

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!


Hey Bloggy Followers!

I hope y'all have a great Halloween and that you stay safe out there. x

P.S.- You're never too old to dress up, so have fun!!

-Kristen ♥
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