Saturday, September 27, 2014

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


Hey guys!

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


Kristen Lippert-Martin

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



You guys definitely have to check out her book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIIIIIGHT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And there it is. My list!

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

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

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Inspire by Cora Carmack

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

Synopsis: Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

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

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

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


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


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

Inspire
The cover was designed by VLC Productions.

  -Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: DeadGirl by B.C. Johnson

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

Synopsis: Dead is such a strong word …

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

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

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

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


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

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

 -Kristen ♥

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Trailer:


EXCERPT: 

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

“Why?” I asked.

There was a beat. “Why what?”

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

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

But then he moved.

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

“What are you doing?” I asked.

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

“But—”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He chuckled.

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

I felt cared for . . . cherished.

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

Stay With Me Teaser 2Stay With Me Teaser 1


 
     

Author Photo

About the Author: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 
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 -Kristen ♥

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler (Giveaway)


Title: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN. 

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

About the Author: Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes. Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.


Giveaway:
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-Kristen ♥

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Predator by Janice Gable Bashman (Interview + Giveaway)


Title: Predator
Author: Janice Gable Bashman
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

Synopsis: The hunt is on!

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

About the Author: Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of PREDATOR (YA novel coming Sept. 16th, 2014; Month9Books) and WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (w/New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry)(Citadel Press 2010). She is editor of THE BIG THRILL (the International Thriller Writers' magazine) and has written for Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Writer's Digest, the Writer, Wild River Review, and many others. Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the International Thriller Writers, where she serves on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.


Author Interview:

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

1. Describe Predator as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 
Bree injects herself with an untested version of her dad’s gene therapy to become a werewolf so she can save the world and those she loves. 

2. If you could re-title Predator what would you call it and why?
I’d love to answer this question, but it’s one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been asked. Why? Because I’m terrible at coming up with titles for my books, short stories, or articles. It takes me forever to find a good one. I could spend a year writing a book and just as long agonizing over the title. So, I’d leave the title as Predator. Wolves are predatory creatures that must hunt to survive. Werewolves take this to the extreme. The rogue soldiers in the novel become unstoppable killing machines, so the title fits.

3. What inspired you to start writing? 
I always wanted to write, but it took me a very long time to actually do so. One of my favorite memories is of going to the library on Saturday mornings, checking out a huge stack of books, coming home and spreading them across the floor, deciding what order to read them, and then digging in to those pages that magically transformed me to another world. Along with my love of reading came my desire to write. I’d hold a pencil in my hand and imagine what it could create (as an extension of me). Imagined the power it held. Thought of all the authors I read. I was enamored with their abilities to create wonderful stories from words, from their imaginations. To me, that was the ultimate achievement. It was something I only dreamed of doing, something I aspired to accomplish. Although I wrote character sketches and short stories while in school, I didn’t write much until about five years ago. And I haven’t stopped since. My published credits include many articles, short stories, a non-fiction book, and a novel (Predator).

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Predator
I interviewed a world-famous geneticist to help me figure out how to create the werewolves using modern-day science and how it can go horrible wrong. I interviewed a bioanthropologist for help with the anthropological aspects of the book. I also interviewed an automotive expert (don’t want to give anything away in explaining why) and several people who live (or have lived) in Ireland to ensure I used the language and lingo correct (film vs. movie, etc.). I researched bogs and bog bodies and many other topics via the internet and by reading books.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 
I always write first drafts of fiction on my laptop in an easy chair with my feet up on an ottoman in what I refer to as my library room (It’s really a small room with a chair, wall-length bookcase, and a window seat). Editing drafts are completed on a desktop computer in my office. Final drafts are edited on paper, usually at my desk. For non-fiction, it’s completely different. I write and edit non-fiction on my desktop computer, probably because I need space next to the computer to lay out pages of research for reference. The final draft, like my fiction, is completed on paper. I don’t like writing to music and prefer silence when I write, if possible.

6. What are you reading right now? 
I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 
Real book

Twitter or Facebook? 
Facebook

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Chocolate

Past or Future? 
Future

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
I have a zombie pet shop set on my desk (http://www.geekalerts.com/zombie-pet-shoppe/) that a reader gave to me at one of my book signings.

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

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-Kristen ♥

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga, #1
Publication Date: December 8, 2014

Synopsis: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.  

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


AND NOW, for the beautiful cover......

Wicked

-Kristen ♥

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Blitz: Resisting the Bad Boy by Violet Duke (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Resisting the Bad Boy
Author: Violet Duke
Series: Can't Resist, #1
Publication Date: March 29, 2013

Synopsis: Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast.

Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery—and repel the drama—Connor always makes his one and only rule crystal clear right from the start. Absolutely nothing more than a month.

Turns out, a whole lot can happen in one month.

About the Author: NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her NYT and USA Today bestselling books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and featured on IndieReader and GalleyCat as breakout hits. When she's not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawaii with her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.


Excerpt:

Connor caught Abby by the elbow and crowded her against the wall. “You’re hiding something. What is it?”

She shook her head in denial and suddenly, the warm scent of chocolate assailed his senses. His gaze dropped down to her lips. “Hot cocoa,” he murmured. So the empty mug on the kitchen table hadn’t been filled with coffee then.

Her response was barely a whisper. “I was cold.”

His blood fired. Imagining all the ways he could’ve helped warm her up nearly brought him to his knees. Tugging on her elbow once more, he pulled her body flush against his.

Jesus, every inch of her fit him perfectly.

Damn it.

Giveaway:
Open INTL
-Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Paperwhite (winner's choice)
-Signed paperbacks of all 3 books in this trilogy
-25$ Amazon gift card

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-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Book Trailers! (The Dark Version)

Dollhouse by Anya Allyn


Unwept by Tracy and Laura Hickman


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

-Kristen ♥

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Tour: The Other Lamb by Katie Young (Author Interview)





Title: The Other Lamb
Author: Katie Young
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: August 28, 2014

Synopsis: Incarcerated on Earth as punishment for breeding with humans, the Watchers found a way to escape. Zach is living proof of that…even though someone has cut out his heart.

When Zach turns eighteen he develops an insatiable thirst for blood, but he tries to bury his fears and go on enjoying his birthday. His best friend Kim has scored them tickets to the hottest gig in town. But a charged encounter with his idol, the enigmatic rock star known as Grigory, leads to a revelation that shatters everything Zach thinks he knows about himself and the world, and places everyone dear to him in grave danger.

Zach is a Naphil, the forbidden offspring of a mortal woman and a Watcher. When those who seek to destroy him snatch Kim, Zach is forced to embark on a journey of discovery spanning continents and ages. With the help of a mysterious stranger named Sam, Zach must unearth the truth about his parentage, find Kim, and discover who has stolen his heart…before he triggers the apocalypse.

About the Author: Katie Young is a writer and occasional zombie movie ‘supporting artiste’. She also works in kids’ TV but wishes she were a rock star. She has various shorts available for download from Ether Books, and features in anthologies from Collaboration of the Dead Press, Angelic Knight Press, Indigo Mosaic, Song Stories Press, Static Movement and Fox Spirit Books. Her story, Atelic, was shortlisted for the 2010 Writers' & Artists' Year Book short fiction prize, and she is a regular contributor to the Are You Sitting Comfortably? story-telling events run by White Rabbit. Katie also writes TV reviews for The Cult Den. The Other Lamb is her first novel. She lives in South East London with her partner and a second-hand cat. She is not a natural redhead.


Author Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today! 
It’s a pleasure – thanks for having me!

1. Describe The Other Lamb as a tweet (140 characters or less)! 
Fallen angels, vampiric demons, & rock stars! Oh, my!

2. If you could re-title The Other Lamb what would you call it and why? 
Well, it was based on a short story I wrote at university many years ago called The Boy Who Lost Heart, which was more of a fable about how people fall in love. So that was the working title for a long time. I also considered calling it The Naphil, but I liked The Other Lamb as it’s more cryptic.

3. What inspired you to start writing? 
I always enjoyed writing poems as a child. I won some competitions and had a couple of things published in anthologies at school, so I guess that’s how I got the bug. In my teens I wrote songs, but I didn’t practice guitar as much as I should have, so they all sounded pretty similar! I was obsessed with reading as a teen, especially Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite. My MA tutor at university suggested I should take a year off after graduation and write a book, but I didn’t take her advice, and I ended up working in the media. I didn’t write or paint or play music for years, but just before I turned thirty, I had a mini existential crisis and decided I needed to do something creative again and that’s how I came to write the first draft of The Other Lamb.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for The Other Lamb
I love doing research and I tend to fall down rabbit holes. I can get so easily distracted! Even if I am not going into detail with the writing, I like to have that specific knowledge to underpin and inform my stories. I am a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk and especially the way he litters his tales with bizarre facts which could easily be made up, but are usually absolutely true. I read a lot of religious texts for The Other Lamb, especially The Book of Enoch, and a lot about the legend of Watchers and fallen angels. From the Ashes of Angels by Andrew Collins was a great resource. I like to make sure I have the flora and fauna of regions right. It was pretty tricky dealing with ‘antediluvian’ timelines and places from antiquity, but obviously my book is fantastical so I allowed myself a bit of license there. I had a long discussion about medicine and opiates with an editor friend of mine who had studied the subject, so that was serendipitous. I also drew a lot on my own teen infatuations and experiences of seeing bands over the years, and threw in places I’ve visited.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write? 
I wrote The Other Lamb on a netbook, anywhere and everywhere I could – especially on the bus and the tube on my way to work. These days I tend to write on a laptop with an MS writing programme, on my sofa which is next to a bookshelf so all my reference material is to hand, with a heap of blankets and tea. It’s really bad for my back, and for my concentration, but I need activity and background noise. I am not good at locking myself away. I am working on a novel now which is quite ambitious in scope, and I’ve found writing longhand in a notebook whenever I get a chance is quite useful for getting through the first draft. I wrote a few chapters in Spain in earlier this year. I started writing it in India last year. I try to write a bit in my lunch breaks at work. It’s all about getting the words down and resisting the urge to edit!

6. What are you reading right now? 
I am reading a novel called Twin Truths by Shelan Rodger. It caught my eye because my WIP is about twins, one of whom disappears and this has similar themes. Next up on my ridiculously long to be read list is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

This or That... 

Ebook or Real book? 
I like the convenience of e-books for travel, but it has to be real books for me because they are works of art and I can’t imagine a home without bookshelves.

Twitter or Facebook? 
Twitter all the way.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate.

Past or Future? 
I am sentimental and I love to reminisce, but I’m going to go with future because it’s new and exciting and full of potential.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now? 
Probably my Google search history. Occupational hazard!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 
It was so much fun. Thanks, Kristen.

-Kristen ♥

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Blitz: Constructing Us by CJ Lake (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Constructing Us
Author: C.J. Lake
Publisher: Snow House Books
Publication Date: July 18, 2014

Synopsis: When Andy takes over the lease on her friend Ethan's apartment, he warns her about his roommate, Tragan. According to Ethan, Tragan Barrett is self-centered and often inconsiderate, caring more about hanging out with his friends and hitting the local casino than straightening the living room or keeping up with his laundry. Andy isn't too concerned, though, because she isn't moving in to make a friend.

Intended as a short-term living arrangement, the apartment is close to the hospital where Andy is participating in a drug study for a rare disorder she was diagnosed with when she was twenty. Now, fresh out of college, she is trying to figure out her life--and also how to live with the uncertainty of her condition. Figuring she'll go one way and he'll go another, Andy is surprised to learn that Tragan is not exactly the way Ethan painted him. In fact, there's a whole other side to the darkly sexy construction worker...especially when it comes to Andy. 

Can an unlikely friendship turn into something much more?

About the Author: C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is working on a new book that will feature Tragan Barrett's friend, Matt Winter. Readers can get in touch via email (writercjlake@gmail.com), or follow C.J. on Twitter @brightbluesurf.

Excerpt:



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-Kristen ♥

Friday, September 5, 2014

Book Blitz: Charming the Outback by Leesa Bow (Author Interview + Giveaway)


Title: Charming the Outback
Author: Leesa Bow
Publisher: Destiny Romance
Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Synopsis: When jaded city girl Maddy McIntyre packs up and leaves Adelaide for a new job in the country, it's not only a chance at a fresh start. Six months ago, the first guy she'd ever loved shattered her heart before moving home to Broken Hill. Deep down inside, Maddy is hoping that living in the same town will give her an opportunity to prove to Luke that she's one temptation he can't resist.

But when she arrives in Broken Hill, Luke White is not the same guy she knew in the city. And it soon seems very clear that he doesn't want her there. Although Maddy settles in quickly, excelling at work and partying with her new friends, she can't understand why Luke is remaining so distant. Particularly when all her instincts are telling her that they're meant to be together – and that he feels the same burning attraction.

As Maddy learns more about Luke's family and background, she begins to understand that his mixed messages are caused by balancing what's expected of him with what he really wants. Maddy gave Luke her heart long ago and, despite their differences, she knows she'll only ever be happy with her hot country boy. But how can she convince him that she's the risk he needs to take?

About the Author: Leesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill and moved to Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. Leesa writes about new adult romance and loves to read. In her spare time, she enjoys watching basketball and football, having beach days with the family, catching up for coffee with girlfriends, and taking long walks along the beach. Leesa only began writing when her second daughter became sick with cancer. Initially writing was therapeutic, but when her daughter got the all clear, she decided to continue writing seriously. Leesa is a member of the Romance Writer's of Australia (RWA) and the South Australian Romance Authors (SARA).


Author Interview:

1. What made you become a writer? 
In 2006 my daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. At such a stressful time I struggled to read, so I jotted down my emotions and dreams to distract myself of an uncertain future. Eventually the notes turned into the essence of a story.

2. How do you get your inspiration for the story-lines/characters in your books? 
Most of my inspiration comes from life experiences, family and friends, though sometimes music and other books incite ideas and characterization.

3. What genre do you prefer to write about? 
I prefer to write contemporary New Adult, although I have a NA fantasy/romance shelved at home. I hope to revisit this story at the end of the year.

4. What are you working on at the moment and when is due to be released? 
Currently I’m writing contemporary NA with a sport theme, similar to Winning the Player, with an Aussie Rules football theme. It’s the third book in the series.

5. Who is your favourite author and your most loved book of theirs? 
My favourite author is Jennifer Armentrout. My favourite book… Gosh, all of them but I’m going with Wait for You.

6. What do you think of Book Trailers?
Personally I like them and have completed one for Charming the Outback. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3cV_bRImpw

7. What is your favorite part of designing the book covers? 
My covers are designed by my publisher Destiny Romance, an eBook imprint of Penguin Australia.

8. How do you come up with character names?
Some names I just love so I use them. Other times I Google names, trends and meanings. My eldest daughter is a teacher and I find some names I like on her class lists. Although, all my hubby and daughters also offer suggestions.

9. What character in any of your books would you say has a similar personality to you? 
None and for very good reason  :)

10. Your favorite TV show? 
Game of Thrones. 

11. All time favorite movie? 
Walk the Line.

12. Who is your book boyfriend Crush ? 
Just one…? Jamie from Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.
It wasn’t so much his looks but his heroism.

13. If a character from any book EVER could come to life and you could meet them who would it be and what would the first question you ask them be? 
Jamie from the Outlander Series. I haven’t finished all the books in the series as yet so any questions I have might already be answered.

14. What do you love to do when you’re not writing? 
Reading. Spending time with my family or girlfriends. Dinner dates. Days at the beach. Watching sport, especially football. Going to the cinema. Hiking on beautiful trails.

15. What country would you love to visit and why? 
Brazil, as the first book I wrote is set there, and I find the culture intriguing as well as the country.

Last 2 and probably the most important: 

16. What book are you reading at the moment? 
All for This by Lexi Ryan

 AND 

17. If you could say anything to your readers right now what would you say? 
THANK YOU!! The thing that makes me happier than writing is readers’ enjoying my stories. I owe them so much as it drives me to keep writing.
You all rock!
I love hearing from readers so if you ever want to drop me a line, you can contact me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/leesabowromance or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeesaBow or visit my webpage: www.leesabow.com
The one thing my wonderful readers can do to help me is post a review or rate my book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8106454.Leesa_Bow and Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Leesa-Bow/e/B00KMU3QU4
It helps get the word out to other readers and there’s nothing I want more then to share my stories with the world.

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-Kristen ♥
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