Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal + Book Release: Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?

J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic

For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms
 
I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says
 

Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU?


 
 
Synopsis

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

WAIT FOR YOU is available now!





 J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites:




 -Kristen ♥

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Title: A Shade of Vampire
Author: Bella Forrest
Publication Date: December 14, 2012

Synopsis: On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Verdict: Before I begin my review I'd like to thank Bella Forrest for contacting me about A Shade of Vampire and asking me to review it because otherwise I probably would have never picked this book up- and that would have been a real shame. I absolutely loved this book, and my only complaint that it was far too short- I needed more! I am eagerly anticipating the sequel and more Sofia and Derek! Even though Bella tackles a huge cliché in this book - vampires - she adds a twist that makes you look at it in a refreshingly new way. The vamps in this book live in a type of sanctuary called The Shade and they have their own leaders, guards, a witch, and human slaves. Derek is the youngest prince and he has been in this witch-induced sleep/coma for the past four hundred years. Now that he's awakened, his twin sister, Vivienne, decided it was time for him to have his very own harem of human slaves. So she sends out their brother, Lucas, to kidnap a few girls from the human world. This is where Sofia Claremont comes into the picture, her being one of the girls Lucas kidnaps for Derek. But when Derek first sets eyes on her he realizes that she's different, special. And Sofia begins to realize that Derek isn't like the evil vampire who kidnapped her, he shows her compassion and seems to be almost human..... I loved Sofia and Derek's relationship! They don't have an insta-love connection, their relationship actually grows from a kinship that they find in one another. I love how Derek isn't arrogant and how he has doubts about how he can actually lead his people. Sofia..... this girl doesn't take any crap! She lets Derek know in the very beginning that while he can claim to have no control over his vampy instincts, she wasn't going to let him paint himself as the victim. That's the main reason why I love this couple- they're good for each other. They bring out each other's best qualities and I can't wait to see how they tackle their next challenge in book #2! <3

A copy was provided by the author for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Blitz: The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan (Author Interview)


Title: The Prophecy
Author: Rachel Deagan
Publisher: Phantom Horse Publishing
Publication Date: February 8, 2013

Synopsis: “The cards tell me of the children of the stars.”

Jacey thinks her life is worthless, when she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a failed attempt to end her life; her wounds miraculously healed. Devin, who claims to kill on touch, is also there. When Michael arrives, bearing telekinetic powers, he insists the government, and an even darker, more powerful force, wants them dead.

In a desperate attempt to escape for their lives, the three teens find they must confront an even greater adversary, themselves - and with a prophecy forced upon them, they must find a way to accept their fate, or rebel together, as one.

About the Author: Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the ‘dreamy’ one with her head in the clouds. She now lives in Nevada with her two sons, a cat, and a rat named Sam.


Author Interview:

1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
No. I wanted to be an actress and an Olympic Equestrian Rider first. Funny thing is, in fourth grade I wrote my first ‘book’. It was about horses. Although, the equestrian dream has fizzled over the years, I do think my love of acting helps greatly in developing and feeling out the characters I write.

2. What authors inspire you?
As far as authors go, I love Cassandra Claire’s flare for characterization and storytelling. Although, I didn’t start reading her work until after my first book, Caged Moon, was into the editing phase. My original inspiration stemmed mostly from Maggie Steivater’s Shiver, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series. Julie Kagawa, and her Iron Fey Series are definitely a favorite of mine now.

3. Is your family supportive of your writing?
Yes, once my parents realized the seriousness of my writing, they became some of my most forefront advocates. My two little boys are also probably my best cheer squad.

4. Do your characters talk to you when you’re writing?
All the time. They never shut up and sometimes we even argue when they want to go in a direction that I hadn’t planned. The happened numerous times over the course of writing, The Prophecy. They told me to throw out my book outline numerous times. I finally gave up on that. ;)

5. Do you like it quiet or do you need noise when you write?
It honestly depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s hard for me to focus with music on, because I end up listening to it instead of zoning in on the writing, but sometimes it helps set the mood if I can put into the ‘background’ and focus. It can aid the emotional mood of a scene. If I do have music on, it’s usually non-vocal thematic music from movies.

6. Are you currently writing anything?
Yes! The Prophecy is the first book of a series. There is a book two in the works. I’m also finishing up Book two to my Caged Moon Series, which will be out shortly. Right now, we’re looking at an early April release date.

7. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have two little boys that keep me pretty busy, but when I do find time to myself, I always enjoy watching a good movie/tv show. I’m hooked on The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. I also love reading, and have recently taken up Zumba.

-Kristen ♥

Friday, February 22, 2013

YouTube Friday (3)


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

Now, unless you've been hiding away somewhere without internet connection for the past few weeks, you've heard of the Harlem Shake. It's the internet sensation that's been sweeping the nation! Thousands of people have been posting their very own videos showing off their Harlem Shake moves. But...... have you seen 'Harlem Shake (Puppy Edition)' by jonathanjoly?!



-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead (Author Interview + Giveaway)

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

Title: Being Henry David
Author: Cal Armistead
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old "Hank" has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything --who he is, where he came from, why he's running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or "Hank" and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of--Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead's remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.

About the Author: Cal has been a writer since age 9, when she submitted her first book, The Poor Macaroni Named Joany to a publisher. Sadly, this literary gem did not make it to print. But Cal continued pursuing her lifelong passion, and wrote copiously for radio, newspapers and magazines. Although it took years for Cal to try her hand again at fiction writing, her first young adult novel (Being Henry David) will be published by Albert Whitman & Co. on March 1, 2013. Cal, who holds an MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine, works at an independent book store, is a voice-over actress, sings semi-professionally, and lives in a Boston suburb with her amazing husband and a dog named Layla.

Author Interview:

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

1. Describe Being Henry David as a tweet (140 characters or less)!
Traumatized teenage boy with amnesia finds his way home with help from friends, music, nature and Henry David Thoreau.

2. If you could re-title Being Henry David what would you call it and why?
I wouldn’t! I think the title sums up the book perfectly. First, the lead character finds a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and figures it must be a clue to who is he. Since he has amnesia and doesn’t know his real name, he takes the name Henry David from the book cover. When he finally discovers who he really is, he has learned to love and respect Thoreau and wants to emulate him. Hence, being (like) Henry David. I can’t think of another title that would describe this better.

3. What inspired you to start writing?
You mean in general, or this book, specifically? If you mean in general, the thing that first inspired me to start writing was…uhh…just basically existing! Ever since I was a kid, it’s just what I was compelled to do. It’s in my DNA or something.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Being Henry David?
First, I read Walden, cover-to-cover, and walked around Walden Pond a gazillion times. (Talk about fun research!) I also visited Penn Station in New York City, where I took notes and chatted with the transit police. Also, I had a number of interviews with Richard Smith, a real-life tattooed Thoreau interpreter/historian in Concord, who has become a good friend. He helped keep the details about Thoreau accurate, and also helped flesh out the character of Thomas, the tattooed Thoreau interpreter/librarian/historian.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?
I just recently converted an upstairs guest room into an office, and I love it! It’s the first time I’ve had a room of my own that’s completely and exclusively my office, and not a guest room/office combo. That makes a bigger difference than you’d think. But when I’m really “in the zone,” it doesn’t matter where I am. I tend to float, from my office, to the kitchen table, to the local coffee shop. If I’m really focused, I can even write in the family room with the TV blaring and kids and dogs running all over the place. But my favorite place is my office, with soft music, a scented candle, and a view of the woods out my window.

6. What are you reading right now?
I have books all over the place (in my bedroom, living room, office, car), so I tend to read more than one at a time, given my mood and the book closest at hand. Some are adult fiction, some are young adult. At the moment, I’m reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Paper Towns by John Green, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson, and I just finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

This or That...

Ebook or Real book?
That’s easy: REAL BOOK. No contest, no hesitation. But you have to understand, I work at a small independent bookstore (sadly, a vanishing breed), and I’m fiercely protective of its existence. Plus, I just personally prefer the physical presence of good ol’ paper and binding. The thrill of actually holding my first solid, real published book in my very own hands was such a visceral experience—looking at my e-book on a screen could never measure up to that!

Twitter or Facebook?
I’m a Facebook girl—it’s too hard for me to keep things short.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Both. Chocolate candy for sure (I’m addicted to Hershey’s kisses)…but I prefer vanilla milkshakes.

Past or Future?
I’ve got to say “both” again. I have so many wonderful memories from the past, and I’m also so pumped about the future, there’s no way to choose one over the other. Yes, I feel very blessed.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
Dog treats and lollipops. Layla and I get the munchies when we’re working!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
It has been a pleasure—thanks for hosting me!

Giveaway:
Alright folks! One (1) very lucky winner will get their very own *signed* copy of Being Henry David! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below. US & Canada only!

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Don't forget to check out the next stop on the tour!
Thursday, February 21
Bittersweet Enchantment
Guest Post and Giveaway
-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Teen Author Boot Camp: Guest Post + Giveaway

Guest Post:

Hey everyone, My name is Tahsha, and I’m a member of Writers Cubed. I’m here to talk about something I think is downright amazing:

Teenagers.

Particularly teenage authors.

Did you know that there are tons of teen writers out there? There are. And guess what? They are freaking good at writing! Good chance is you are one of those teen writers, or maybe you want to be but you’re hiding behind your facade of coolness, not believing that you actually have the skills to be a writer.

That was true for me (though I’m not a teenager-even though I act like one half the time.) I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t believe I could. In fact, I was embarrassed to admit that I wanted to be. Silly, I know.

Then I found an awesome writing group, (feel free to pause and go to our website if you want to know just how cool we are--I’ll wait for you.) and we started learning how to write together. We attended classes and conferences that taught us that there is more to writing then just romantic tension.

Guess what we discovered through the process? There wasn’t much available to help the super talented teenage writers that we were friends with. So, with our combined brain power, super awesomeness, and freaking hard work…

Voila!

TEEN AUTHOR BOOT CAMP WAS BORN!!!

The boot camp, held in Orem, UT, has been so popular in the past, that this year Writers Cubed wanted everyone out there a chance to be a part of it, even if you live in the middle-of-no-where and even if you are just a teenage wanna-be like me. So we are introducing the first EVER LiveStream of Teen Author Boot Camp.

The keynote address by Newbery Winning Author Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. It will be on March, 16th, 2013 at 9 a.m. MST. A subscription to the Live Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following:

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome

9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)

10 a.m to 10:45 a.m.—Tyler Whitesides (Janitors) Class: Imagine and Create.

10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.—Janette Rallison (My Fair Godmother) Class: Bad dialogue can kill a story.

12:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.—NYT bestseller Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) Class: Plot Like a Villain.

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—J. Scott Savage (Farworld) Class: Finding Your Voice.

2:50 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.—Journey to Publication Panel: Agent Amy Jameson & authors Chad Morris, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett

3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings) Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book.

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Winner of the First Chapter Contest and closing remarks.

If you just can’t get enough of TABC, there is also an All Pass Subscription to the rest of the conference (including more than fifteen awesome presentations, including mine--haha). That only costs $9.99 and, as if it wasn’t a sweet enough deal already, you can watch the whole conference whenever you want for an entire year.

To register to watch Shannon Hale’s Keynote for free, visit www.teenauthorbootcamp.com and click on Livestream. It only takes a minute. While you’re there, check out the other presenters who will be teaching at the conference under the tab “Drill Sergeants.”

Stay tuned for details on how to win a subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast for FREE on this blog.

Tahsha Wilson is a co-founder of Writers Cubed, a group of Utah writing activists who created the Teen Author Boot Camp in 2010. Please visit her website at http://www.writerscubed.com/.

Giveaway:
One (1) lucky winner will be getting a free subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast (Value $4.99). If the winner decides he/she would like to upgrade to the All-Pass subscription, then they will receive a $5 off coupon to the cost of an all-pass (normally $9.99).

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-Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: Bitter Angel by Megan Hand

Title: Bitter Angel
Author: Megan Hand
Publication Date: April 1, 2013

Synopsis: Torn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
But she won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends' deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.


About the Author: At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.
 


AND NOW, for the reveal of this beautiful cover.........


-Kristen ♥

Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Spotlight: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest (Excerpt)

Title: A Shade of Vampire
Author: Bella Forrest
Publication Date: December 14, 2012

Synopsis: On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

About the Author: Bella Forrest has been telling stories pretty much since she could talk. Instead of having her parents read her bed-time stories, she prefered to share with them her own made up tales. As Bella grew older, she developed a passion for the fantasy genre, but more specifically vampires. She had her first idea for a novel when she was sixteen, and hasn't really stopped since. Her debut novel, A Shade of Vampire, was released on December 14, 2012. The book quickly became a Number 1 Christmas Bestseller in Vampire Romance, Paranormal and Fantasy on  Amazon.

Excerpt:

I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.

He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”

I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.

My gaze settled on his face.

I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly cancelled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.

I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.

Big mistake.

The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.

“Like what you see?”

“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.

He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.

“Don’t I have the right to be?”

He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.

“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.

My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.

I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.

He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.

This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.

“Tell me your name,” he commanded.

I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.

“Sofia Claremont.”

As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.

“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”

I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.

My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

-Kristen ♥

Friday, February 15, 2013

The United States of YA


Hey Bloggy Followers!  :))

So, the awesomeness that is EpicReads put together this awesome list of books that takes place in each of our 50 states. I decided that I wanted to personally challenge myself to read every single book on the list- without the added stress of a time frame.  :)) Here's the list:

Alabama - The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Alaska - Julie of the Wolves by Ean Craighead George
Arizona - Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Arkansas - Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
California - Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Colorado - A Beautiful Dark By Jocelyn Davies
Connecticut - My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Delaware - The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
Florida - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Georgia - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hawaii - Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
Idaho - Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Illinois - Divergent by Veronica Roth
Indiana - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Iowa - Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Kansas - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Kentucky - The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
Louisiana - Arise by Tara Hudson
Maine - Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Maryland - Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Massachusetts - Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Michigan - Wake by Lisa McMann
Minnesota - Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
Mississippi - Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Missouri - Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Montana - The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Nebraska - Revived by Cat Patrick
Nevada - Crank by Ellen Hopkins
New Hampshire - Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
New Jersey - White Cat by Holly Black
New Mexico - Fated by Alyson Noel
New York - The Diviners by Libba Bray
North Carolina - The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
North Dakota - The Beet Fields by Gary Paulsen
Ohio - I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Oklahoma - Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
Oregon - If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Pennsylvania - Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Rhode Island - Devilish by Maureen Johnson
South Carolina - Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
South Dakota - Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs
Tennessee - Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Texas - Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Utah - Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Vermont - Jip by Katherine Paterson
Virginia - The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
Washington - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
West Virginia - Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wisconsin - Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Wyoming - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

14/50

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Blitz: Radiant by Christina Daley (Excerpt)


Title: Radiant
Author: Christina Daley
Publication Date: February12, 2013

Synopsis: Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don't talk much.

But when Mary's in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary's feeling the full weight of survivor's guilt.

However, Carter's back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little "glitchy," and he's developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he's suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he's been possessed.

As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human.

Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny "paranormal-lite" story about being human, being in love, and being healed.

About the Author: Christina Daley made her first book with neighborhood friends when she was four years old. They "wrote" out some semblance of lettering with crayons, cut up a cardboard box for the cover, and bound it all together with clear adhesive tape. It was brilliant. Quite a few years later, Christina is trying her hand at writing "real" books. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with a pet plant named Herb.


Excerpt:

A voice called to her. It seemed close, and it was getting louder as the pain got sharper. "Hey? Hey! Are you all right?" it asked.

Mary blinked several times before she could finally see again. She was in the middle of the street. The cars had stopped and people on the sidewalk were staring.

"Are you all right?" the voice asked again. It was coming from a man wearing some type of uniform.

"What…?" Mary tried to say more, but her voice suddenly stopped working.

"Careful," he said as he helped her up. "Looks like you can move all right. Here, let's get you out of the street."

He helped her over to the sidewalk. "Stay here. Someone's calling the paramedics." And then he was gone.

Mary sat there, still in a daze. She started noticing familiar stuff all over the ground—an open book bag, books, folders, unused tampons, a shoe, and an apple with one bite mark. Her eyes followed the trail of debris to a brilliant red sports car, half of which was smashed in by a city bus.

What had happened? Mary studied the whole scene, trying to puzzle together the pieces. Then it dawned on her. The car had hit her. Not intentionally. She had run in front of the bus without knowing it. It was about to hit her, but the car had gotten in the way first. It had saved her life.

Mary thought about looking in the car. Then her feet sorta moved without her meaning them to, and she made her way to the passenger door. She recognized the person inside. Carter. She knew his last name, but she couldn't think of what it was. He was slumped over the seat with blood oozing all over his face. His eyes were shut.

Mary knocked on the window. The tears in her hand stung.

No response.

She beat the window with her fist.

Still nothing.

Mary stared. She couldn't believe it. On any other day, she wouldn't exchange two words with this guy. Just yesterday, he nearly mowed down an elderly couple while driving out of the school lot. Mary had secretly wished he'd be taught a lesson. But she didn't mean this.

She tried the door handle, but it was still locked. Suddenly, Carter's eyes flickered opened. He looked straight at her.

Mary gasped and pressed her face against the window.

Carter's eyes closed.

She stared at him, waiting for him to open them again. Waiting for any sign of life. But he was still like he was before.

Hands suddenly took hold of Mary, pulling her away from the car. Her feet moved on their own again. Someone was yelling "Miss" a lot. Parts of her brain found other noises too, like sirens, voices, beeping, and other things. The hands directed her to sit on something hard and cold.

"Miss? Can you hear me? Can you tell me your name?"

Mary didn't answer. She still hadn't found her voice, and her mind was fuzzy, too.

"Is that her bag there? Does she have a driver's license?"

A different person spoke. "No license, but I found a student ID. Her name's Mary Phan. She's seventeen and a junior here at Lewis Prep."

Mary heard a third voice. "I just talked with some of the kids on the sidewalk. One of them said her mom's a nurse at the memorial hospital."

"Find out how to contact the mom. Anyone see what happened?"

"Cops are questioning witnesses right now. Looks like she ran in front of the bus. It would've nailed her if that sportster hadn't gotten in the way."

"Anything on the bus or the driver of the car?"

"Everyone on the bus looks fine. The car belongs to a kid named Carter Maxwell. Also a junior." A sigh. "I wouldn't hold my breath. He looks really bad in there."

Mary tuned out everything else. All sights. All sounds. The only thing she could see in her mind was Carter staring at her.

-Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: Faster We Burn by Chelsea M. Cameron

Title: Faster We Burn
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Deeper We Fall, #2
Publication Date: April 2013

Synopsis: The last thing Katie Hallman needs is another guy in her life, but Stryker Grant is there anyway. What starts out as just an escape from her previous relationship disaster soon turns into something more. Stryker gets under her skin the way no one has before, and soon she realizes she can't shake him, even if she wanted to. But is Katie ready to trust her already-battered heart to the guy who could shatter it into a million pieces?

About the Author: Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times AND USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.


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


-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Lennon's Jinx by Chris Myers (Guest Post)


Title: Lennon's Jinx
Author: Chris Myers
Publication Date: January 15, 2012

Synopsis: Sometimes, we don’t get to choose who we fall for.

Lennon spends most of his time raising his little sister Currie while trying to skate through his senior year of high school. He prefers groupies with no-strings attached but finds himself strangely attracted to Jinx, the straight-A student in his choir. Lennon’s curiosity overrules his good sense as he tries to peel away the layers to discover the reason for Jinx’s skittishness.

Jinx conceals the black truth about herself from her friends. She won’t admit to them that she screwed up big time, losing her first love and what she once held most precious.

When Lennon’s band holds auditions to replace their keyboard player, Jinx comes to tryout and almost leaves after seeing Lennon. Despite the fact she despises him, she joins the band to nurture her love of music that will hopefully ease the guilt gnawing away at her.

Like the rest of his band mates, Jinx soon witnesses Lennon battling his infamous father for the custody of Currie. While confronting his pent-up anger at his dad, Lennon exposes vulnerabilities he had no intention of letting any girl ever see, especially Jinx. Their reckless pasts may bring them together or further complicate their already messy lives.

About the Author: Chris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. In second grade, Sister Bernice produced Chris's first play about pumpkins mauling and eating children. Apparently, the nuns didn’t catch the underlying meaning. This instantly raised Chris to stardom amongst her peers for the several days off from schoolwork while in production. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers and young adult. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.


Guest Post: The Writer's Cave

I’d like to think all the magic happens in the bat cave, but that’s far from true. Writing requires elbow grease, thick skin, and apparently blood. To scribe this essay, the cave had to be cleaned, and thus, I raked my foot on an open binder and slashed my palm organizing folders.

Here’s my writing space with my not so faithful companion BeBe. If our neighbors come outside of BeBe’s vacation home, she darts for their place for rack of lamb and ham sandwiches. Hard to believe, I’ve gone from Schutzhund dogs to a ribbon-haired fur-ball. And yes, that’s Joe Manganiello as my background, and spider solitaire is supposed to be hidden.

The cave is my second site for writing. Originally, my space was the cushy upstairs office next to our bedroom, but since I sometimes write until late at night or early morning, my husband banished me to the basement after I made him finish it.





Solitary confinement can lead to insanity from the long hours cooped up in the basement. Mountain hiking, especially in the fall, or playing guitar or piano temporarily alleviates the symptoms, though I secretly carry my iPhone while tramping in the Colorado aspens, dictating catch phrases my characters whisper to me that I’d most likely forget. Yes, I hear voices.

Chris has the scars to prove she was holding the Siamese as shown in the pic. See? I was actually cute at one time.

-Kristen ♥

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 9, 2013

Synopsis: Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.


About the Author: Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy and the upcoming Mind Games (February 2013). She has one tall husband and two small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal.
 


AND NOW, for the reveal of this beautiful cover.........


-Kristen ♥

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Title: Also Known As
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Synopsis: Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.


Verdict: Also Known As is so flippin' adorable! I absolutely loved the book and the characters! Maggie, the MC, is completely awesome- she is the daughter of two spies and a spy herself! Her family works for the Collective, a secret group that works to try and make the world a better place, one case at a time. But in order to carry out their missions, they need special people with a certain skill set to help them. Maggie is a safe- cracker. There is no lock, safe, or vault that can keep her out! She has been sent to New York along with her family and has finally been offered her very own case. The assignment? Get close to Jessie Oliver in order to retrieve some files that, could reveal the Collective and it's members, his Dad is planning to publish. But when she goes undercover, she realizes it's a lot harder than she originally thought to separate her emotions from the case. Will her judgement be clouded now that she's actually made a real friend and is staring to maybe, possibly like Jessie Oliver? You'll have to read the book to find out! And trust me it'll be worth it..... Overall, this book was a short, light-hearted, and completely enjoyable read! I loved the plot! I loved the spies! I loved the banter between Roux and Maggie! I loved Angelo! And I just might have been crushing on Jessie Oliver right along with Maggie! <3 I've got my fingers crossed that Robin Benway decides to write a sequel- I would love to read more about the adventures that these characters get into!

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Author Response:














-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Blog Tour: My Wolf's Bane by Veronica Blade (Author Interview + Trailer)

Title: My Wolf's Bane
Author: Veronica Blade
Series: Shapes of Autumn, #1
Publisher: Crush Publishing
Publication Date: January 28, 2013

Synopsis: Different species. Mortal enemies. It'll never work, but they'll die trying.

Autumn Rossi thought she was a normal teenager. Suddenly, she can outrun every critter in the forest, making her wonder if she’s even human.

When the new guy at school, Zack de Luca, witnesses a questionable scene, he unfairly pins her as stuck-up. He acts like he hates her, yet he keeps bailing her out of trouble. Not only is Zack both insufferable and irresistible, he seems to sniff her anytime he gets close.

As passion flares between them, Autumn isn’t sure which is more dangerous: her psycho ex-boyfriend, or falling for Zack — who’s risking his life just by being near her.

About the Author: Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.



Author Interview:

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

1. Describe My Wolf's Bane as a tweet (140 characters or less)!
The tagline works for that: Different species. Mortal enemies. It’ll never work, but they’ll die trying.

2. If you could re-title My Wolf's Bane what would you call it and why?
Autumn, The Werewolf Hottie’s Pain in the Arse! Because that’s what My Wolf’s Bane essentially means, but in a more fun way.

3. What inspired you to start writing?
I’d been writing since I was 5 years old, but after reading way too many romance novels (mainly Nora Roberts and MaryJanice Davidson), I needed an outlet.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for My Wolf's Bane?
None for My Wolf’s Bane, but for the prequel, Thrown to the Wolves: The Legend of Hannah and Eli, I learned how to make a 14th century sword. Fascinating!

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?
In bed, usually in sweats. It’s all very glamorous :-P

6. What are you reading right now?
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. It’s an indie book with some typos, but it’s pretty cute.

This or That...

Ebook or Real book?
A year ago, I would’ve said Real Book, but now I say my Kindle Fire rocks! I’m a pretty picky reader. There are so many best-sellers that I wasn’t able to finish because it didn’t have enough romance. With a kindle, I always have the next book waiting in case the current one doesn’t work out.

Twitter or Facebook?
Definitely FaceBook (especially the Scrabble app).

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate all the way!

Past or Future?
Future. Because that’s something I can dream about and change. Dreams… that’s the good stuff.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
A little toy car. One day, a guy I was dating said he had a woody for me. Then he held out his hand to display a little toy car, a replica of a “woody.” I thought that was so cute, I kept it and it’s always hanging out on my desk, even though I’ve since married someone else.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
Thanks so much for having me and for the fun questions! :)

Trailer:


-Kristen ♥
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