Thursday, November 28, 2013

Release Event: Undertow by K.R. Conway

Title: Undertow
Author: K.R. Conway
Series: Undertow, #1
Publication Date: October 18, 2013

Synopsis: Luckless Eila is unknowingly the last of her kind: Rare. Gifted. Breakable. Stunning Raef is her kind's historic enemy: Soulless. Lethal. Lost. A legendary death 160 years before would set their lives to collide, forcing a beautiful killer to become a savior, a simple wallflower to become a warrior, and ruthless destiny to become a death sentence.

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A couple classmates raced past us and over the bridge, laughing and screaming something. We could soon hear the low boom of a deep beat as we neared the dunes. We hopped down at the end of the
boardwalk onto the soft, fine sand and followed the flow of students coming in and out of a break in the dunes that lead to the beach. When we reached the water, I simply gasped. Bonfires dotted the
beach and a green pick-up truck was parked near the center of activity, two monster size speakers poised at the edge of the open tailgate. It pumped out some
thunderous pop song, while a cluster of about fifty kids were dancing near it. Their shadows, thrown by the fire, traveled in a circle around them, like spirits from the dark side. Little bits of flaming confetti from the
fire traveled gently upward into the night air as the wood popped and crackled.
The beach was strewn with students, laughing, playing volleyball, and drinking
under the intense, blue light of the largest moon I had ever seen. It seemed to rise above the tip of the Cape and nearly
swallow half the sky as it climbed. Stars filled the sky as if some celestial payload
was lost on its way to heaven, spilling millions of diamonds all over the night’s canvas. “I am so glad we opted out of the pizza thing,” I nearly whispered. Raef, however, looked at all the students partying and didn’t seem so sure we chose correctly.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

[Adult] Book Review: Bad Kitty by Eliza Gayle

Title: Bad Kitty
Author: Eliza Gayle
Series: Southern Shifters, #1
Publisher: Gypsy Ink Books
Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Synopsis: If you think you've lost everything. Think again.

Kitty lost her father, her home and her clan. Clinging to what's left of her pride, she's forced into the neutral zone, the supposed safe haven for half-breeds and outcasts. An attack forces her to the wrong side of the treaty line and into an even more dangerous situation. Determined to greet death with the last of her dignity, she is suddenly rescued by a tall, gorgeous...wolf???

As the next alpha leader of his pack, Rafe Comyn has more than enough to handle with pack politics and precarious treaties. The last thing he needs is a pissed off feline landing in his lap, especially when her scent triggers his overwhelming drive to mate. While the daughter of a former rival is quite a conquest, she's both forbidden and dangerous.

But as the heat of desire threatens to consume them, their differences escalate and Rafe must keep his own pack from killing the one woman he can't live without.


Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed Bad Kitty!! And the only reason it didn't get a higher rating is because I felt like there were a lot of things left unexplained and unresolved. Our main character, Kitty, is a cougar shifter who has just been exiled from her clan. She moves to the neutral zone only to be attacked by a bunch of pissed off she-cougars from her old clan. She flees for her life and ends up entering wolf territory where her she is once again in danger, only this time she's got a rescuer. And he's one hot Alpha wolf! I really loved Rafe, he was so accepting and protective and did I mention that he's hot? Cougars and Wolves pretty much hate each other, but with the help of a treaty, they have a shaky peace with one another. Rafe never let any of this bother him when it came to his mate. He was going to protect her no matter what. I also loved how concerned Kitty was for Rafe's well-being instead of just thinking about herself. Together, these two shifters make one awesome couple and I look forward to seeing more of them throughout the series! :)

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

*Content Warning: Intended for a mature 18+ audience.*

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Blitz: Clan by Realm Lovejoy



Title: Clan
Author: Realm Lovejoy
Publication Date: November 12, 2013

Synopsis: Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. 
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet. 

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. 
But he did. Illegally. 
He is different from the other Clans. 

A secret that could destroy him.



Kirkus Reviews: "In this fast-paced novel, Lovejoy uses economical prose while developing the story’s characters and setting in detail. She also meets the challenge of creating memorable characters in a world of identical people...(Read more here!)

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About the Author: Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West. Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art. She is agented by Jessica Regel. Her upcoming YA sci-fi novel is titled CLAN, due 2013.

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Giveaway:
1 Signed Paperback + CLAN Button + Signed Illustration from Paperback (6x8) (US only)
6 Paperbacks of CLAN (US only)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hyperion Keats by Michelle Zenk

Title: Hyperion Keats
Author: Michelle Zenk
Publisher: Highland Press
Publication Date: November 1, 2013

Synopsis: Three modern teens, a 200-year-old diary, a literary mystery to solve.

Twelve-year-old Hyperion Frances Keats, great-great grand niece of poet John Keats, hates tip-toeing around her older sister's “medical diagnosis”. Why is Isabella so determined to turn her back on what makes her unique in a sea of wannabes? Is popularity more important than the truth?

The sisters and boy-next-door Will find themselves in the middle of a mystery after discovering a 200-year-old diary written by the girl who inspired the sonnet “To A Lady Seen For A Moment At Vauxhall.” The teens aren't the only ones after the answers found in the pages from the past, though. The LBT Brotherhood – a secret society dedicated to preserving the Romantic Poets three creeds of love, beauty, and truth – want the secrets contained in the diary to remain lost to time and will stop at nothing to silence Hyperion, Isabella, and Will forever.

About the Author: Molly Zenk was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in Tennessee, before finally settling in Colorado. She graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL with degrees in Secondary Education, English, and Creative Writing. She spent six years using those degrees teaching High School English, Poetry, and Creative Writing before going on “hiatus” to focus on being a stay-at-home/work-at-home Mom. Molly is married to a Mathematician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being enough “math” or info about him in her author bio. They live in Arvada, CO with their young daughters, one dog, and one cat


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


-Kristen ♥

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Blitz: Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic (Giveaway)


Title: Damselfly 
Series: Damselfly. #1
Author: Jennie Bates Bozic
Publication Date: November 11, 2013

Synopsis: In 2065, the Lilliput Project created Lina - the first six-inch-tall winged girl - as the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose: learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness. However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the only teenager her size. Six 'Toms' were created shortly after Lina, and now her creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is possible.

Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.

When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?

Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.

She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.




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Prequel
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About the Author: I'm a visual effects artist for film and television by day, and at night I don my author cape and pen stories for the YA crowd. I love a good fairy tale, especially if there's a creepy twist, so that's what I write. I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic. I have a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that's what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that's another tale. 

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Giveaway:
1-$50 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
1-Damselfly Necklace (US only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


-Kristen ♥

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Last Shadow by Pepper Winters

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Title: Last Shadow
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark Romance
Publication Date: April 2014

Synopsis: A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to slavery, cruelty, and non-consensual sex. A story about a killer with no remorse, a woman living in nightmares, and a future that binds them in servitude.
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I’m named after the blackest of shadows. Conjured from earth, created by demons, molded by fire to become the perfect killer. I need no-one. I feel nothing. I am nobody… until her.
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My name is of no consequence, they sometimes call me whore, slut, or possession. I dance by night and waste away by day. Every foul moment of this life is replaced with my hopes and dreams, inked onto my skin for the world to see. I have a promise to keep. I will be free—it’s only a matter of time…until him.

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avatar FBAbout the Author: Pepper Winters 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. J She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.


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If you haven’t read Pepper’s best-seller Tears of Tess, now is a perfect time just before Quintessentially Q hits the shelves in December.
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-Kristen ♥

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cover Reveal: Misplaced by Lee Murray

Title: Misplaced
Author: Lee Murray
Publication Date: December 1, 2013

Synopsis: Dream cars have no registration plate... 

One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doesn’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a parent too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found...

About the Author: Lee Murray writes fiction for adults and children, for which she has been lucky enough to win some literary prizes. Her novels include A Dash of Reality, Battle of the Birds, and Misplaced. Lee lives with her family in New Zealand.



AND NOW, for the cover....


-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Spellbound Series by Sherry Soule: Supernatural Pet Quiz (Giveaway)

SUPERNATURAL PET QUIZ

Today bestselling author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance, sizzling character chemistry, and thrilling suspense. The new editions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from charming, bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, Sherry is doing this awesome book promo to share the update with fellow booklovers.

This giveaway is open internationally! So let’s tell the blogging world!

Sherry has a treat for all my followers today. Take this super fun quiz to see which supernatural pet BEST suits YOU and score an eBook version of the first book in her unforgettable YA series, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN!

Most heroes need a sidekick, and if fate smiles upon you, then you’ll have a paranormal pet watching your back. But which one best suits YOU? 

After taking this quiz, be sure to check the bottom of the post for the details regarding this random giveaway.

What size pet would you prefer? 
a) Small
b) Medium
c) Large
d) Gigantic

Do you mind a pet that might shed? 
a) Loose fur? I’m cool with that
b) Rough scales are acceptable
c) Transparent coat? No biggie
d) Shedding pelt—ain’t a problem

How would you like your pet to greet people at the door? 
a) Rub their ankles and purr
b) Spitting and growling
c) Bark and sniff hand
d) Snarling and howling

How much protection would you like to have?
a) Minimum – docile and fluffy
b) Moderate – Vicious yet cuddly
c) Extreme - Invisible but deadly
d) Tremendous - Bite anyone who messes with me

What would you like to feed your new pet?
a) Tuna and bowl of milk
b) Human emotions—fear, anger, lust, vengeance
c) Nothing
d) Chew on skeleton bones—they make a tasty snack

Where will your pet sleep?
a) On my lap
b) Hiding in the shadows
c) Never sleeps
d) Curled up in a cozy cave

What type of toys would your pet like most?
a) Mice and squeaky toys
b) Stuffed dinosaurs or dragons
c) Chase balls and fetch newspapers
d) None. Does not play well with others

If you answered... 

Mostly a's: Your pet is a magical cat! Witches have used familiars for years to help increase the power of their spells. Cute and helpful!

Mostly b's: Your pet would be a Shade! These affectionate demonic creatures are a cross between a puppy and a dragon. Small but fierce!

Mostly c's: Your supernatural pet is a ghost dog! These creatures are often dubbed hellhounds, too, and they are vicious animals. Muscular and opaque!

Mostly d's: Your pet is a ferocious lycan! These were-creatures make impressive guard dogs. Clever and scary!

Random winner with the most points will be picked on December 21st. 

Those who enter must have an eReader to redeem this prize. All prizes will be electronically delivered. Please review all terms & conditions before entering.

Mandatory giveaway details: 
1.) You must comment with your quiz results 
2.) Be a follower of the Spellbound Series Universe Blog 
3.) Be a follower of this blog 
4.) Follow us both on Twitter - @WriterSherry & @kmichelle_10 
5.) Tweet about this giveaway and include link in the comment 

Good luck! 

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
Official Website: http://sherrysoule.com
Official Blog: http://www.sherrysoule.blogspot.com
Official Spellbound Series Universe: http://thespellboundseries.blogspot.com
Twitter @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4925996.Sherry_Soule


Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.

They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.

When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.

Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.

But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…

With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

Ready for some thrills and chills? BUY BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN (Part One):
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NOOK: http://bit.ly/Q6mGqx
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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/14edSHU

-Kristen ♥
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