Thursday, October 16, 2014

BLOG TOUR~Spark of Light by Elizabeth Tuttle


The blog tour for the first book in Elizabeth Tuttle's YA Fantasy series is now running. See details below:

Series: Avery #1
Release date: September 25th 2014
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:

***Mature YA - This book contains mild adult language and sexual content.***

Nearly a century ago the world was decimated by a magical war. In their defeat, elves were captured by humans, cut off from their magic, and broken down into lifeless, drone-like slaves.

Avery is different. Somehow, her magic has always simmered beneath the surface. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. When Zander, her master’s nephew, brings her magic out in full force, she finds out what it’s like to truly be alive.

Ripped from Zander’s side and sent to The Farm, Avery doesn’t know if she’ll be able to hide her light and make it out alive. But there, she’ll meet someone who knows her true purpose. 

The war isn’t over, and if Avery can survive, she could be the one to set her people free. All it takes is a little hope and a Spark of Light.



Elizabeth  TuttleAbout the Author
Elizabeth’s first writing award was in the 2nd grade with a story about a cat and a dog that overcame their differences and became friends. Satisfied with that success, she put her writing career on hold until the winter of 2012. Now, she spends most days in her pajamas making things up and writing them down. Her other interests include board games, being in nature, and binge watching shows on Netflix.




NOTE: Please do not post any negative reviews that are hurtful to the author and affects the purpose of the tour. Post the blurb and giveaway instead, or email me if you'd like to back out. Thank you for understanding.


October 20th -
Rockin' Book Reviews.com *Review & Favorite Quotes

October 21st -
Deal Sharing Aunt *Spotlight

October 22nd -
Book Enthralled *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
Rose Shadow Ink *Guest Post

October 23rd -
Word to Dreams *Interview

October 24th -
Book Lovers Life *Guest Post
iequalsAlissa *Interview
Bitches n Prose *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
Mythical Books *Interview





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #103


 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spines. This is a cool way to spotlight a upcoming release that you're anxious about, as well as checking out what other book lovers are anticipating. Here's what I'm waiting for:

20657437Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood #2)
by Victoria Scott
Release date: February 24th 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads

What would you do to save someone you love?

In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.


Hold Me Like A Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1)
by Tiffany Schmidt
Release date:May 19th 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.




Why I'm Waiting


I really liked Fire & Flood so definitely cannot wait to continue the adventure in Salt & Stone, and I want to see how the characters have developed. As for the second book, love the cover and blurb. I'm not one for such a concept, but this intrigues me. 

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOOK BLITZ~The Beginning is the End by Cara Davis


The promo event for the first book in Cara Davis' YA Zombie series is now running. Check out the excerpt and author playlist below.

23155228Series: Reset #1
Release date: October 20th 2014
Publisher: Big Moon Press
Purchase: Amazon 

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Jack Sunshine’s life is chaos. She’s seventeen and the head of her household following the death of her mother and the disappearance of her stepfather. Having to balance work and home at her age gets further complicated with her forays into dating. And to top it all off, the dead are returning to life. 

Jack now has the added responsibility of ensuring her family and friends are safe and sound during this outbreak. It’s almost doable until the tiny enigma of a girl named O comes along. It becomes a question of whether the sick will kill them or they’ll kill each other.

EXCERPT
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Frances Hopkins, who lived across the street from the DeCoudreauxes, stood in the doorway of the library with heaving shoulders and some kind of internalized grudge against every one of us. Her low growl reverberated, and none of us moved a millimeter as we debated the next move. Frances seemed to be calculating her next move as well, and I couldn’t help but hear Old West showdown music in my head. 

“Shoot. Her.” Alexandria gritted her teeth.

“She isn’t doing anything,” Miles argued.

“Let’s just try and skirt past her,” I suggested. It couldn’t have been too difficult; she wasn’t taking up too much room in the rather large doorway.

An argument from Alexandria later and we found ourselves trying to walk past Frances without alerting her. Since it was my idea, Alexandria insisted I go first. I took Lucy’s hand and held her close to me, starting to side-step Frances while holding my breath. I covered Lucy’s eyes with one hand, her mouth with the other; she was starting to cry, and I didn’t want her to get too loud.

I tried to think of everything I possibly could aside from the situation right in front of me. It would only take about five seconds to get past her, I knew, but they would be appallingly long seconds. My grip on Lucy tightened once we found ourselves inches from Frances. I scooted as quickly as I could and was relieved that we made it out into the hallway without incident.

Summer, O and the others followed suit, each without incident, until only Alexandria remained inside the library. She locked eyes with me and I contemplated leaving her behind, given how rude she’d been to Aylen. Instead, I gave her my most reassuring smile and nod, gesturing for her to join us. Miles whispered a few words of encouragement as well, and after a few false starts, Alexandria made her move to shimmy past Frances.

She hugged the wall, her back to Frances and eyes shut tightly. Her spiked heels made the faintest scritching sounds as she shuffled. My sigh of relief at all of us passing by Frances unharmed was interrupted, as Frances whipped around with alarming speed to once again grab hold of Alexandria’s hair.

Before any of us could get close enough, Alexandria was heels over head and slammed against the ground, Frances on top of her and shredding her clothes. There was no way Miles could’ve gotten in a clear shot, both women’s limbs intertwining as Alexandria tried to fight her way out. Miles screamed to me, gesturing for me to kick while he aimed. I looked back to Frances and hesitated before steeling myself and slamming my foot as hard as I could into her face.




AUTHOR'S PLAYLIST
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[click title to listen]
GossipHeavy Cross
Nine Inch NailsThe Great Destroyer (Modwheelmood Remix) 
DeftonesDiamond Eyes
Northern KingsCreep
Yeah Yeah YeahsHeads Will Roll
Miss ATouch


About the Author

Cara Davis is a weirdo. She has lots of partially-written stories that one day will become actual stories. A northern-born southerner, she has the most eclectic tastes you can imagine. Most of her writing is within the paranormal realm, but occasionally she dabbles in fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis that’s going unused.


TOUR SCHEDULE

October 20th -
JeanzBookReadNReview
Book Lovers Life
Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, inc
SBM Book Obsession
Bibliophile Mystery
Read It Woman
My Book Fairy
Donnie Darko Girl
The Psychotic Nerd
StarAngels Reviews


October 21st -
Ashley's Paranormal Book Blog
Sweet Southern Home Blog
Mythical Books
Mom With a Kindle
Book Lovers Lounge
Vivacious Hobo
Bitches n Prose
All in One Place


October 22nd -
Suzy Turner, YA Author
A Cup of Tea & A Big Book
Word to Dreams


October 23rd -
The Phantom Paragrapher
Book Groupies



October 24th -
Karen Blue Reviews
Dalene's Book Reviews
Deal Sharing Aunt


GIVEAWAY



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Walk Me Down by H.J. Bellus

22719121Novella
Release date: September 22nd 2014
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Graduation night was the worst night of my life. 
My heart was shattered, lives were lost, and permanent wounds formed. 

I hate the color red. I hate my old shallow self. I hate life.

Stuck in my sister's town over the first summer since tragedy struck, I only have my crazy best friend to make life as normal as it can be. 

Until...
One broken tooth 
One hot stranger, Finn.
Makes me hate less and hope for more. This summer has the potential to save me, but only if I find the courage to let it. My name’s Tess and this is my story.

*Purchased ebook for only 99 cents via Amazon Kindle.




Walk Me Down surprised me. I really wasn't expecting to love this novella so much because at start, Tess seemed really shallow to me and I kept rolling my eyes at some of the things she'd say. But then boom, a terrible accident occurs, and she loses everything, including a part of herself. After that, she became really closed-off and quite the pessimist. But her character from then on was funny and snarky. I liked her as the progressed, though it was fast. But yeah, it is a novella.

I liked her relationship with her sister and her brother-in-law. It was unique in a sense, but interesting to read about their closeness. I've never read such a thing in books before, and It's cool that she could talk to them about anything, or cry in their room in the wee hours at night. That was entertaining. All the characters were pretty straightforward and to the point. Well, except for Tess. She was bottling her emotions up until she met Finn. 

Finn had me confused at first. He seemed like a sweet guy who really was interested in Tess, but then he just couldn't shake his ex off him. I'm glad that he finally was able to and even stood up to his father for what he wanted. It was sweet, how clear his feelings were for Tess, and how he accepted every single thing about her. Things she feared would turn him away, Finn had no problem with. He wanted to be with Tess no matter what. 

So all in all, the only problem I have with Walk Me Down is the fact that it wasn't released as a full length novel, and the author left me with my mouth open after that shocking ending. But regardless, the story was very interesting. I absolutely cannot wait for the conclusion to Tess and Finn's story. Good job, H.J.


 photo logotry2_zps126cf6a7.pngAbout the Author
I am an independent author excited about releasing my first novel very soon. A big dream coming true!!! I'm all country...the kinda country where green grass grows and corn pops up in rows....love Miranda and her bad ass music!!! Just a simple country girl getting one story out of her head at a time...I always fall hard for a trucker style hat...especially if it's a John Deere hat....loves me a good ol' farm boy!!!!!!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Burying Water (Burying Water, #1)Release date: October 7th 2014
Publisher: Atria
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.


*Received physical ARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review




Burying Water has an intriguing plot, great writing, and interesting characters (even the side ones offered something significant), but I feel like there was something missing for me. It didn't give me the fireworks. 

I liked the opening of the story and the concept of this girl waking up with no memory of being brutally attacked. I yearned to connect the dots and understand the connection between her and the guy who found her. It didn't take long to interpret their relationship, as some things were brought out pretty clearly. 

From the beginning, I got to see Jane Doe, who became Water, get a fresh start and learn to adjust to her situation. While readers are unraveling the kind of person she is, we're also learning about her in the past from Jesse, and at the same time developing an idea of the kind of guy he is and his feelings for Water. Their romance was wrong, but right. Water's situation before losing her memory was quite intense, and though I wasn't okay with how young she was when she found herself with such a man like her husband, I know it happens in real life, so I can understand her fear in wanting to leave. 

As I've mentioned, the side characters also contributed greatly to the story. Like Jesse's friend Boone, his family, and the old lady who loved to make quilts next door: Ginny. Her character impacted Water the strongest, in my opinion. They both connected with their own share of tragedy, and Ginny turned out not to be as bitter as some might have thought. She was a very insightful woman and I understand her reasons for wanting to stay away from the rest of the world. She was my favorite character, and I enjoyed her character throughout the story for how straightforward and honest she was.

To conclude, I'll say again how interesting the plot was, and how wonderfully written the story was, but after the opening chapter, it just felt a little stretched out to me and there were times I found myself zoning out in both POVs. It's a good story, but it's like something's missing. I'm not sure. But it does deliver in certain parts where emotions are concerned, and I liked how everything wrapped up in the end. 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Guest Post: Imogen Robertson on The Paris Winter


It's a delight to have author Imogen Robertson on my blog today. Paris is a beautiful city and I've been curious about her novel, The Paris Winter, and the inspiration behind the story. Continue below for the awesome guest post.

19286609Release date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Imogen Robertson's break-out novel - a deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle epoque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade. Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.



The Paris Winter began for me one evening when I was visiting my parent’s home in Darlington, North East England. My family are terrible hoarders which means we have photograph albums covering a hundred years of family life. The album I was holding in my hand featured pictures of my Grandmother, Rona Tompkins, as she then was, larking around in Vienna in 1913. Granny was born in 1892 and before the First World War broke out she was already a seasoned traveller, taking trains across Europe on her own to visit friends and relatives. I was surprised and delighted to find these images of her as a young adventurous women, and then among the albums I found one of her sketch books including various water-colours she had painted on her travels. The idea of a young woman artist from this part of the country, travelling on her own to study took shape.


me and granny
Around the same time I came across images of the floods which took place in Paris in 1910. I knew I wanted to write a book about a character whose illusions and prejudices are torn apart by her experiences, and suddenly I realised that story could take place against the background of a city falling apart. I had my setting and my dates.

After that came the research. I always do a lot of general research before I start to plot a novel, because the research inspires so many ideas for the narrative. For instance, while I was leafing through copies of The Times from 1910 looking for reports of the floods, I came across an appeal for funds for the Ada Leigh Homes for impoverished English and American girls in Paris. I found Ada Leigh's little autobiography in the British Library and based my own character of Miss Harris on her. Her book gave me a wealth of material about poor women in Paris at the time. 

ave ledrun rollin
Then comes the plotting, and then the writing. I do need to have a fairly clear idea of plot before I start to write, otherwise I fear I’d go up too many blind allies. That said, the plot always changes as I write. Characters develop on the page, and take the story in new directions. That’s a good sign - it means the characters are alive. I would worry now if they just did what I expected them to. 

There is always a stage in every novel when I’m sure it’s not working and I need to rethink. It’s never fun, but it is an important part of the process. A novel is such a big unwieldy thing at times, it’s vital to take a step back occasionally and examine where you are with a cool and critical eye. You have to be ready to make some tough decisions and be ruthless with your own work, but if you put in the effort, then you’ll get over the problems and find yourself drinking in cool, clean air. The characters tell you what they want and where they need to go. You know the city and the time from your research as well as you know your own street and the novel begins to blossom under your hands. That’s the time when being a novelist really is the best job in the world.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Imogen RobertsonImogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge and now lives in London. She directed for film, TV and radio before becoming a full-time author and won the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel’ competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel. Her other novels also featuring the detective duo of Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther are Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones and Circle of Shadows. The Paris Winter, a story of betrayal and darkness set during the Belle Époque, will be published in the US by St Martin's Press in November 2014. She has been short-listed for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger twice and is married to a freelance cheesemonger.



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