Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BLOG TOUR~Such A Secret Place by Cortney Pearson

Check out the blog tour for the first book in Cortney Peason's YA Fantasy series.

25240717Series: Stolen Tears #1
Release date: April 1st 2015
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Raids splatter across the news--Arcaian soldiers are stealing magic left and right, using it against the people they steal it from.

When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille's brother gets taken in one of these raids, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.

Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her people’s magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.

All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day they’ll succeed at draining her people's magic completely, and all hope will be gone—not only for her brother, but for her world.

Cortney Pearson
About the Author
Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. Cortney lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

NOTE: Please do not post any negative reviews that are hurtful to the author and affects the purpose of the tour. Hold off until your stop passes and post a spotlight instead, or email me if you'd like to back out. Thank you for understanding.

May 25th -
Mythical Books *Guest Post
My Fictional Escape *Guest Post & Review

May 26th -

May 27th -
Kindle and Me *Review & Excerpt (blogger picks)

May 28th -

May 29th -
deal sharing aunt *Spotlight
bookblogarama *Interview
A Thousand Words A Million Books *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger picks)
Obsessed by Books *Interview
Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger picks)

Monday, May 18, 2015

IFB 3rd Blogoversary Giveaway!

Hey peeps! 
So I've been super busy between my blog, writing, and promoting my latest release, that I forgot IFB turned three on May 3rd. I feel so bad about that because this blog is something dear to my heart and I'm really proud of how much it's grown. So, in celebration of it's bday, I'm doing a giveaway! Check out these awesome prizes!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

COVER & TRAILER REVEAL~Where Shadows Lie by Tialla Rising

Check out the book cover and trailer reveal for Tialla Rising's upcoming release, Where Shadows Lie, and continue below to enter the giveaway! 

Release date: June 2015

Synopsis via Goodreads:

His dark past haunts him. His new life taunts him.

After twenty years in the gangs and a hefty prison sentence, an early release gives Shawn the opportunity to turn his life around.

But that isn’t so easy when gangs are involved.

Only a year into his fresh start, the gang catches on and makes Shawn’s life miserable. After all, once a gang member, always a gang member. His very blood belongs to them.

Threats become promises. Whispers become actions. Words become bullets. He must fight – not only for his life, but to save his honor, prove his integrity, and protect the woman he loves.

An ember of hope glows in the darkness, strengthening his resolve. Will her support and his determination be enough to dispel the shadows of his past?

A story of discovery and faith, love and perseverance.


Tialla Rising is a Christian young woman living with her family in the mountains of Arizona. She loves to write and will passionately spend hours long into the night developing her stories. Like most writers, Tialla fills her spare time with reading from her favorite fantasy and mystery genres. A good book, a stormy day, and an iced coffee comprise her favorite moments.




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CAN'T WAIT TO READ: We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

22010129Release date: October 6th 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Reads
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:




That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.

Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? 

Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.

Emiko Jean author photo

Emiko Jean is the author of the forthcoming YA psychological suspense novel WE’LL NEVER BE APART (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s), which was inspired by her work with children in the foster care system. Aside from reading, writing, and teaching math to elementary school students, Emiko is passionate about bugs. She can often be found in the remote forests of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, hunting giant moths and cataloguing rare insect colonies.

*I love a good psychological suspense and this one seems like an interesting one. Aside from the fact that it's a debut, I'm really curious about the character and whether or not she's innocent.

BOOK BLITZ~Jaded Little Lies by Christina Channelle

Check out the promo tour for the first full-length novel in Christina's new adult contemporary series. 

18707455Series: Four Letters #1
Release date: May 15th 2015
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
What do you do when the love of your life is halfway across the world? 

If you’re Jade Reamer, you fill that void with writing depressing song lyrics, hanging out with asshole exes, and re-reading your dead best friend’s diary (morbid, anyone?). But she’s got a lot to deal with—getting to know her biological family, for one. Not to mention getting through her first year of university without her best friend, Nina, by her side. 

Then there are the men in Jade’s life. Her ex, Connor, has baggage coming out of his ass since the car accident. Her brother, Bryn, thinks stifling who he really is while pretending everything’s okay … is okay. When that’s far from the truth. And Reed? Reed decides the best way for Jade to deal with his absence is to get her a dog. And when he finally comes back? 

Well, things aren't exactly the same. 

Deciphering between love and hate is the least of Jade’s problems … those four letter words are getting more and more complicated. Especially when she and Reed are keeping secrets from each other. Because as she forms new relationships and rekindles old ones, an unexpected surprise has got Jade’s mouth spewing lies on top of the usual curse words. 

But little white lies won’t hurt anybody, right?

Note: This full-length novel follows the novella, Those Four Letter Words.



Today was definitely not my day. 

First of all, I woke up late. Waking up late was not the best thing to do when I went to a school that I actually paid for. Because now it just ruined my entire mood, starting the day in the whole mindset of being behind. I had to rush for everything. 

I had to rush out of bed when the snooze alarm finally woke me up. I had to rush into the bathroom to brush my teeth, and take the fastest shower known to mankind. I had to rush to change into something that wouldn’t make me sweat in the car, yet wouldn’t make me freeze while sitting in class because the heater broke down. I had to rush to eat a bowl of cereal. I had to rush to drink my coffee, and that was just not right. I had to rush as I drove to school while trying not to break any laws. I had to rush down the hall and quietly take my seat when I finally reached my classroom. 

Without my backpack. 

“Shit,” I sighed to myself, slapping my palm against my forehead.

A Canuck with a strong love addiction to caffeine, Christina Channelle enjoys writing about angsty girls and her favorite color green. While a little drama obsessed when it comes to her TV shows and books, she stays clear from it all in the real world, preferring solitude instead. Her series include the Four Letters and Blood Crave series. Christina was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer

23217565Release date: March 1st 2015
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Eva just wants to be a good disciple of the Righteous Path. She grew up knowing that she and her mother are among the chosen few to be saved from Armageddon. Lately, though, being saved feels awfully treacherous. Ever since they moved to the compound in Colorado, their food supplies have dwindled even while their leader, Ezekial, has stockpiled weapons. The only money comes from the jewelry Eva makes and sells down in Boulder--a purpose she'll serve until she becomes one of Ezekial's wives. 

But a college student named Trevor and the other "heathens" she meets on her trips beyond the compound are different from what she's been led to believe. Now Eva doesn't know which is more dangerous--the outside world, or Brother Ezekiel's plans.

*Publisher approved request on Netgalley

I saw Down from the Mountain on Netgalley and instantly became intrigued because of the religious cult plot. I've only read a handful of these books and was curious as to how Elizabeth would deliver this story. She did a great job.

Eva is this young girl, like many others, living in an isolated community led by a lunatic self-proclaimed prophet of God. Now, I've always found it to be mind-boggling as to how people could give up their freedom (because basically that's what they're doing without realizing it) and follow someone who they can't even question out of fear of being physically punished. And what makes them think they're so special than others that they're the only ones going to heaven? Eva is one of these so-called chosen ones who starts having doubts. She begins to question everything about the community and its leader, and I like that even though she's so young, she's the least brainwashed and the only one in the community piecing things together. 

I really liked the writing and how the author pulled me in and carried me along every step of the way while Eva's having her epitome. She was so taken aback by the kindness of the people on the outside, the same ones her leader had unpleasant words for. And I liked how Trevor's character was so open-minded and helpful. He showed her a different world from the one Ezekiel fabricated, and I think that strengthened Eva more in the decision she made towards the end. Although, that decision was already made but she couldn't carry it out due to the fact that her mother, the woman who brought her child into that mess, was also at the community and in danger. 

Throughout the story, I learned a lot. Not only about Eva but I could get a sense of who the other community members were and the kind of life they were living. Everything was clear, and I could feel the emotions of each scene. Whenever a character would be humiliated and punished, I sympathized, and whenever someone irked every fiber of my being, I wanted to slap them. This book definitely had my interest, and it held on tightly. The only issue I had was the comparison to Chronicles of Narnia. I feel like that wasn't entirely necessary and I'm not too comfortable with it, but it didn't affect me enough where I was turned off from the story. 

Overall, great writing accompanied by an engrossing premise. It's evident that the author did her research and I feel like I had a concise idea of what some religious cults are like. I hope to read more by Ms. Fixmer soon. 

Elizabeth FixmerAbout the Author
Elizabeth Fixmer probably loves creating and writing stories more than anything else. In her first book, Saint Training, she borrowed parts of her own childhood as well as the historical actions that impacted her emotional and spiritual development. Her second book, Down From The Mountain, reflects her interest and concern regarding religious cults that hurt people. Fixmer worked as a psychotherapist with a few persons who were still in cults, and more who were recovering from negative cult experiences. She is currently working on a book with the working title Mercy. This book is about a seventeen-year-old girl who's pregnant and serving time in prison.

Fixmer loves many things involving stories: theater, books, movies, television and takes guilty pleasure in enjoying some reality TV, especially those involving other cultures and religions such as Hutterites, Leaving Amish, and Escaping Alaska. Any food show will catch her attention because she loves eating. She also loves animals, especially her pets Charles and Tenacity.

Elizabeth lives in a small town in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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