Thursday, October 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR~Balance Broken by Hilary Thompson


IFB will host the blog tour for the second book in Hilary Thompson's Starbright series. See details below:

23252220Series: Starbright #2
Release date: October 28th 2014
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Balance Broken is the second in the Starbright series. In the first book, Justice Buried, Astrea fights to remain independent in a world which demands she submit to an ancient prophecy. In Balance Broken, she learns that independence means little when the world is depending on her.

The world cries for Order, but she’s igniting a revolution.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now, Asphodel no longer lingers underground, and the Starbright Maiden of Justice has returned.

Everyone has faith in Astrea’s ability to save the world - but only she knows the dark truth about her powers.

Astrea teams with Stian, Lexan, and Zarea to enlist the help of Lord Hadeon of Tartarus. They hope Hadeon will aid in attacking Asphodel’s First Leader Keirna, but the Destroyer usually takes lives, not sides.

As Astrea discovers life outside of Asphodel, she begins to wonder whether the remaining world is too broken to save - especially since the price of freedom just might be her own life.

Hilary ThompsonAbout the Author
Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.
Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.


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 send me an email if you'd like to back out. Thanks for understanding.




October 27th -
Mom With A Kindle *Interview

October 28th -
My Nook Books and More *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)

October 29th -
Mythical Books *Interview

October 30th -
Words I Write Crazy *Review

October 31st -

*No posts over weekend.

November 3rd -
All in One Place *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger's choice)

November 5th -
Feedmeinbooks *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)
Deal Sharing Aunt *Spotlight

November 6th -

November 7th -
Reading Addict *Guest Post






Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #104


 
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:

17788681The Stars Never Rise
by Rachel Vincent
Release date: June 9th 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.


18515835Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone
Release date:June 16th 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McCallister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.




Why I'm Waiting


I feel like I've mentioned The Stars Never Rise before but no matter, that's how much I'm anticipating that book. It will be my first experience in the world of Rachel Hawkins. As for Every Last Word, that blurb has me sold. It seems like an intense story and I can't wait to see what this story has in store for me.

What are you waiting for?

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
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
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!!!!!!


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