Friday, November 30, 2012

The Hunt Series by Andrew Fukuda (Excerpt)

As you may already know, The Hunt has a new revamped cover!

                                   It went from this:                               To this little number:
And the best part is that the new cover goes along great with the cover of the sequel, The Prey:

Title: The Prey
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt, #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Synopsis: For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast... and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other... if they can only stay alive.


About the Author: Born in Manhattan and raised in Hong Kong, Andrew Fukuda is half-Chinese, half-Japanese. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from Cornell University, Fukuda worked in Manhattan's Chinatown with the immigrant teen community. That experience led to the writing of Crossing, his debut novel that was selected by ALA Booklist as an Editor's Choice, Top Ten First Novel, and Top Ten Crime Novel in 2010. His second novel, The Hunt, the first in a new series, was bought at auction by St. Martin's Press. Before becoming a full time writer, Fukuda was a criminal prosecutor for seven years. He currently resides on Long Island, New York with his family.
Excerpt:

Do you want to read an excerpt from The Prey? Then head on over HERE!

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: There by Denise Grover Swank

Title: There
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Series: On the Otherside, #2
Publication Date: December 24, 2012

Synopsis: Julia Phillips’ world is an alternate universe away.

Trapped in a land where government leaders want her dead, Julia is forced to run for her life with Evan and Reece, the two boys who brought her here. They’re on their own in a hostile landscape ruled by scavengers and thieves.

But Evan is battling a deadly infection, and Julia finds herself racing against time as she tries to find the medicine that will save his life. She and Reece find an unlikely ally—Jo, a girl they free after finding her captured in a bandits’ hideout.

As the four travel across the country, Julia has something else to worry about—her memories are slowly being replaced by the Julia of Evan and Reece’s world. Will they find a way to send Julia home before it’s too late? Or will Julia’s body and mind be trapped THERE?


 
About the Author: Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning. Denise is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary.


Previous book in the Series:








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


-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Spotlight: Harken by Kaleb Nation


Title: Harken
Author: Kaleb Nation
Series: Harken #1
Publication Date: January 13, 2013

Synopsis: After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn't know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.

Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?


 
About the Author: Kaleb Nation is a blogger and online personality. His blogs and videos have received over 50 million hits online, and he has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post and more. Kaleb lives in California with his chinchilla, Chilla. Harken is his first novel for young adults.




Trailer:



-Kristen ♥

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Do You Want To Read Opal? (I Do!)

Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux, #3
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: December 18, 2012

Synopsis: No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

About the Author: USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion). Jennifer also writes adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn.

Trailer:



Jen's  {Awesome} Giveaway:

The very generous Jennifer L. Armentrout is having a giveaway on her blog right now! The prize? Well, if the picture above wasn't hint enough, Jen's giving away Opal copies and swag to three lucky winners! Will you be one of them? To enter for a chance to win go HERE!

-Kristen ♥

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cover Reveal: Fall of Night by Rachel Caine

Title: Fall of Night
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires, #14
Publisher: New American Library
Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Synopsis: Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make...



About the Author: Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and her newest trilogy: The Revivalist Series.



AND NOW, for #14 in the most fantastic series ever! Dum, dum, dum, dum, da, dadum.............


**Isn't it gorgeous?**
-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Release: Timeless by Michelle Madow

Title: Timeless
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time Saga, #3
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: November 20, 2012

Synopsis: IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.

In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make things worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began …


About the Author: Michelle Madow was inspired to write Remembrance after seeing Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video while a junior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The song and video gave her the story idea about a high school girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England. She handed in the first chapter as a homework assignment for class, and when her teacher and fellow classmates wanted her to continue writing, she decided to go for it. By the end of the school year, her first novel was completed! Along with the Transcend Time Saga, Michelle Madow has written two other young adult novels, both which will be developed into series.

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In celebration of the release week of Timeless (November 20, 2012 – November 27, 2012), two special weeklong deals will be occurring:
1) The e-version of Remembrance will be reduced from $2.99 to $0.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
2) Anyone who purchases Timeless during the release week is eligible to receive a free personalized Remembrance bookmark signed by Michelle Madow. To claim a bookmark, email timeless@michellemadow.com with your name, mailing address (as it should appear on the envelope), and proof of purchase (a screenshot/photo of your purchase confirmation, or a photo of Timeless on your e-reader.) This offer is international.

-Kristen ♥

Friday, November 16, 2012

YouTube Friday (2)

It's Friday! That means I get to show you another YouTube video of my choosing!  :))

This week I'll be showing you: "The Vampire Diaries Parody" by The Hillywood Show



-Kristen ♥

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Make It Last by Bethany Lopez: Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Make It Last
Author: Bethany Lopez
Series: Friends & Lovers, #1
Publication Date: November 12, 2012

Synopsis: In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.

Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.

About the Author: Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.
Excerpt:

“What did you come here for, Bree? Go back to your boyfriend and leave me be.”

            “I don’t have a boyfriend.” Briana retorted. “I haven’t had the stomach for one since you left.”

            Colin took a step closer. “That Kent guy isn’t your boyfriend?”

            “No,” Briana responded. “Look, I came here because I was pissed that you got mad at us. You have no reason to be mad. I don’t get why you’re. You’re the one who left. You didn’t want me then, so why do you care now?”

            With that she whirled towards the door, intent on leaving.

            She only made it a couple steps before Colin grabbed her arm and whirled her back. He walked her quickly backwards until she was stopped by the door.

            Before she could register what was happening, she was flat against the door and his mouth was on hers.

            She didn’t think, she just reacted.

            Her hands came up around his neck and his fastened under her bottom and lifter her up. She wrapped her legs around his waist, to get stabilized, then met his hot, hungry mouth with her own.

            They kissed frantically, as if they had been starved for the contact. When his mouth left hers to trail kisses down her throat, her head fell back to allow him better access. As he licked his way back up to her mouth, she groaned loudly, and he paused to look at her.

            “Wanting you was never the problem,” He stated, eyes black with need, then dove back in and began to drive her slowly crazy.

Giveaway:
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-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Opal (Lux, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis: No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.


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This bad boy comes out December 11, 2012! And I'm so freakin' excited for more Daemon!  :))


-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Release: Reached by Ally Condie

Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched, #3
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
Publication Date: November 13, 2012

Synopsis: After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.


About the Author: Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.



Book Trailer:



-Kristen ♥

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Trailer: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


Book Trailer:



-Kristen ♥

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book Tour: Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen (Author Interview + Excerpt + Giveaway)

To see the other blogs participating in the tour go HERE.

Title: Few Are Angels
Author: Inger Inversen
Series: Few Are Angels, #1
Publication Date: May 28, 2012

Synopsis: After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale--a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past--reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future.

The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both?

This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.


About the Author: Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.


Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today!
J Thanks so much for having me!

1. Describe Few Are Angels as a tweet  (140 characters or less)!
Few are Angles is about a girl that learns to cope with the loss of her parents while learning about her enigmatic past and eluding a Dark Prince with the help of a sexy  yet mystifying stranger and a member of a group of immortals created to protect her kind. The reader will follow Ella through, loss, first love, self-discovery and sacrifice in this paranormal romance.

2. If you could re-title Few Are Angels what would you call it and why?
I’m so glad you asked this question! People often think that Few Are Angels is about Angels, but it’s not.  I love the title and I wouldn’t change it, but if I absolutely had to I would re-name it the same name I used when I saved it to my computer. I would re-name it, His Arc. To figure out what an Arc is you’ll have to read the book. J

3. What inspired you to start writing?
When I was younger I enjoyed reading, but I would always change the end of the fairy tales I read and as I got older I started writing stories of my own.  I think reading and daydreaming played a big part in my journey to becoming a writer.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Few Are Angels?
There was some research, but my favorite part was the research I had to do for the name that I would call my vampires in my novel. I wanted to call the vampires in my book something different since they were a different breed of vampire. The word Chorý is a Polish term derived from Proto-Slavic.  Chorý means ill or diseased and since vampirism is considered to be a disease I chose that name. At one point I thought that I would create a cure for the Chorý race and the cleansed Chorý would be called the Zdrowy, which means cleansed or healthy. I’m still playing around with that idea and I’m not quite sure if I’m going to incorporate it or not.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?
I love to write on my balcony in the summer because I have a great view of the cutest little bunnies and their cute little noses! Recently, I've found that if I take my laptop to my mother’s house and write, she’ll cook for me. So, I've been spending a lot of time over there!

This or That...

EBook or Real book?
I will ALWAYS prefer a real book, but lately I’ve been downloading a lot of e-books. 

Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook J

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla

Past or Future?
Past, I love learning about the past. That’s  why I majored in History in college.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
 About 25 Expired coupons. I always cut them, but I never use them.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Excerpt:

Few Are Angels - Excerpt

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-Kristen ♥

Friday, November 9, 2012

YouTube Friday (1)

I've decided that every Friday I'll post a YouTube video on my blog. It might be a music video I really like, something funny, a parody, etc.

This week I'll be showing you: "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" by Paint



-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hera, Queen of Gods by T.D. Thomas (Author Interview + Giveaway)

Title: Hera, Queen of Gods
Author: T.D. Thomas
Series: Goddess Unbound, #1
Publication Date: October 3, 2012

Synopsis: Hera couldn't care less what the other gods think, even when it's about her. And it often is. Frankly, Hera couldn't care less about anything, except doing her duty as queen - protecting order and defending the mortal world against any threats. But when the Fates go missing, Hera and a handful of other gods must temporarily become mortal to search the human world for the missing goddesses.

Hera finds that mortality begins to change her. It's not just the loss of her divine powers. She expected that. It's deeper somehow. It's affecting how she thinks, how she feels, what's important to her. And it gets much worse after she meets Justin, who defies every prejudice she once had
about mortals. At the worst possible time, and despite all her efforts, Hera's black-and-white world starts to unravel.

Torn between who she's becoming and who she needs to be in order to fulfill her duty, Hera must survive a horde of murderous creatures sent to exploit her new weakness. In the end, only Hera can stop a traitorous plot conceived by a secret alliance of ancient and new enemies, a plot that threatens to destroy not only the order Hera is sworn to protect, but all of existence itself.


About the Author: When not battling to save Azeroth from its latest calamity, T.D. Thomas lives and works in the frosty north known as Canada. He lives with six of his closest friends, all of whom are ruled over by a little white dog named Teo, who firmly believes he's a reincarnated Egyptian pharaoh and demands to be treated as such. Favourite things include temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius and cats who don't take guff from pretentious little white dogs.

Interview:

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

1. Describe Hera, Queen of Gods as a tweet  (140 characters or less)!

When the Fates go missing, Hera leads the gods to Earth, where they must unravel a plot that threatens to destroy all of existence.


2. If you could re-title Hera, Queen of Gods what would you call it and why?

As if finding a title the first time wasn’t hard enough. ;)

Probably “Among Us.” As in "they walk among us."

What I love about my novel (and the contemporary/urban fantasy genre) is that it plays on the fact that we all know so little about each other. We're constantly surrounded by people. We work together, pass each other in the street, live right beside each other. But we don't stop and ask ourselves anything about these strangers with whom we spend our daily lives. We never ask if they could be hiding an incredible secret. But imagine if they were! Imagine if someone across from you on the bus was a superhero? Or an alien? Or, in the case of my novel, a god? What if the fate of the world was being decided in that abandoned building you drive by every day, but never think twice about? When you start to think like that, anything becomes possible! Life becomes an adventure! I'm in love with that idea: that, if we scratch the surface, there could be fantasy and excitement all around us, right under our noses. We just have to look in the right places.
 

3. What inspired you to start writing?

I wrote a lot when I was younger. Like so many kids, I couldn’t get enough of stories about fantastic people doing fantastic things in fantastic places. It wasn’t long before I was "writing myself" into those stories in my head. Playing make-believe, in a way. As I got older, I began to actually write those stories down, and it wasn't long before I was writing completely new stories, stories of my own, about people and places I had imagined myself.

Writing is the most entertaining and liberating thing I've ever done or could ever imagine doing. You can create anything and anyone you can imagine. Entire worlds of characters, if you want. It's dazzling!
 

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Hera, Queen of Gods?

My research was pretty minimal, I must admit, though I wasn’t above a quick Wikipedia or Google search to fill in a few missing details about classic mythology.

The advantage of writing fantasy is that you don’t need a terrible amount of expertise: you have total freedom. The research is mostly your own imagination, which is probably the best (and most fun) form of research anyway.
 

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?

 Two places. I have a corner of my sectional sofa carved out as "my spot." That may not sound too impressive, but in a house with five other people, two dogs and not a lot of space, that's no mean feat. Also (and this is a bit strange), when I get the writing bug late at night, I sit on the step to the ensuite bathroom in my bedroom: I don’t have a desk in my room, and I don't like to wander too far when it's late. The bathroom step is as uncomfortable as it sounds, but it does the trick.


This or That...

Ebook or Real book?  Ebook


Twitter or Facebook? Twitter

 
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate


Past or Future? Past


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

 I try to incorporate a bit of Zen serenity into my day (normally without much success), so I have three flameless pillar candles and a worry-stone (a.k.a. a smooth rock I randomly picked up for reasons I can’t now recall and probably will never, ever remember).


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

 Anytime! :)


Giveaway:
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copy, PDF, or ePUB. Open internationally!  :))
 
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-Kristen ♥

Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Tour: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Author Interview + Giveaway)

To see who else is participating in the tour go HERE!

Title: Deity
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #3
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: November 6, 2012

Synopsis: "History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

Mini Review: Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again- another great installment to the Covenant series! This book was ahhh-mazing and has the type of ending that I'll probably need therapy to recover from. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this: A definite must-read!  <3

Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Author: USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion). Jennifer also writes adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn.

Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today because I am a HUGE fan!
Thank you!
1. Describe Deity as a tweet  (140 characters or less)!
Gods are not warm and fuzzy, but someone makes Alex all kinds of warm and fuzzy.

2. If you could re-title Deity what would you call it and why?
Originally I wanted it called Gods, but there was a concern that it could be an offensive title.

3. Why, oh why, did you decide to end Deity with such a nail-biting cliffhanger?
It’s so funny to me, because I’ve had people say Pure has a cliffhanger or that Onyx does, and I feel that neither of the books do. Deity does have a very climatic ending, but it was where the book needed to end. It worked.

3. What inspired you to start writing the Covenant series?
I’ve always been fascinated with Greek mythology, so when I started Half-Blood in 2007, I wanted to build a world around Greek society from the time gods were worshipped while modernizing it. I also wanted a strong heroine who didn’t need a guy to protect her. Alex was the first character I created and then it was Aiden, who was originally named Daemon. I’ve also always been a sucker for forbidden love stories and I always knew that I wouldn’t pull the gods in until the poo hit the fan, because the gods of Greek mythology could care less with what goes on until it started messing with their playtime.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for the Covenant series?
Research on ancient Greek civilization and lesser known mythologies. I discovered that Christianity has their own version of the Apollyon, known as the Abaddon. Random fact there. I also did research on lesser known gods. Everyone knows the Olympian Twelve, but there were scads of more gods.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?
I try to write in my office, but I always end up on the couch.

This or That...

Ebook or Real book?
Depends. I read adult romance on ebook and YA in print

Twitter or Facebook?
Depends again. Sometimes people are more responsive on Facebook than Twitter.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Mmm. Chocolate.

Past or Future?
Future.

Daemon or Alex?
Daemon or Alex? Ha. I could never choose.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
A little Buddha statue and a tiny dreidel. I don’t even know why I have those things on my desk, but I do. Oh. And a glass skull. Don’t ask. 

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


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P.S.- Don't forget that Deity releases TOMORROW!

-Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: Make It Last by Bethany Lopez

Title: Make It Last
Author: Bethany Lopez
Series: Friends & Lovers, #1
Publication Date: November 12, 2012

Synopsis: In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.

Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.

About the Author: Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy

Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney - http://mooneydesigns.net/

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
AND NOW, for the grand reveal........

-Kristen ♥
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