ponedjeljak, 30. rujna 2013.

{Nerd Blast} Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett + GIVEAWAY



Synopsis 

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them. Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang.

All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men. For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.


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About the author

As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. She started writing poetry in elementary school and worked as a journalist in high school and college, but could never leave her love for writing fiction behind.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and escaping in a good book. She lives in Utah with her incredibly supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.

Eternal Starling is her debut novel and the first book in the Emblem of Eternity trilogy.


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nedjelja, 29. rujna 2013.

In my Mailbox (16)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren .These are the books I got in the last 2 weeks.


Otherkin and Othermoon by Nina Berry and Slushie maker won at Nina Berry blog
Working stiff (Revivalist #1) by Rachel Caine won at LITERAL ADDICTION
Crown of midnight (Throne of glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas won at Maximum pop!

BOUGHT



Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand
Covet (Fallen angel #1) by J.R. Ward
Walking back to happiness by Lucy Dillon
Married with zombies by Jesse Petersen


Seven day Fiance (Love and games #2) by Rachel Harris
Death and the girl he loves (Darklight #3) by Darynda Jones
My date from hell (The Blooming Goddess #2) by Tallulah Darling


subota, 28. rujna 2013.

The Distance between us by Kasie West


Synopsis


Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

My review

The distance between us was a cute and funny read. I loved both Caymen and Xander who are both interesting characters and together are perfect. Caymen is from a different world than Xander, her mother and her struggle with money while Xander is rich, and that is the reason Caymen desperately wants to avoid him. The developement of their relationship was slow and interesting, there is no insta-love in this story, they slowly become friends  and are taking their time getting to know each other. Caymen has a dry, awesome sense of humor and I often laughed out loud. Her best friend Skye and her boyfriend Henry were also great characters. But Xander is the most interesting character in this book. A  guy who doesnt want to do listen his father tells him even though his father may be right. A gentleman, sweet and swoony, there is no girl who wouldnt fall for him. There were a few secrets revealed near the end, a few tears and a nice ending to this story. I also loved the writing, will definetly read other books from Kasie West.



petak, 27. rujna 2013.

Blog tour: Be my downfall (Whitman University #3) by Lyla Payne + GIVEAWAY



Synopsis:

Toby Wright has always prided himself on being one of the most normal guys at Whitman University. He loves his parents, has a great job lined up after graduation, and with the exception of attempting to cross the unbalanced Sebastian Blair sophomore year, has kept his nose pretty clean.

But the rich never have empty closets, and memories long stashed away come spilling free when notorious party girl Kennedy Gilbert almost dies in his bathroom.

Nobody really knows how Kennedy manages to stay in good standing at Whitman–she never goes to class, doesn’t pretend to care about her future, and as far as people can tell, is never sober. This isn’t her first meeting with a stomach pump, but it is the first time she’s woken up to Toby’s concerned brown eyes. Despite the fact that she prefers life without friends, he gets under her skin with his insistence on playing her guardian angel.

No one knows better than Toby that people can only be saved if they want to be, but the realization that she has no one else draws him back into the shadows of Kennedy’s life–and eventually into her bed. But she long ago came to terms with a truth that Toby refuses to accept: she doesn’t want to be rescued, she only wants to forget.

Unwilling to give up on her, Toby’s dragged under by this broken girl and her dark, twisted Whitman University he never guessed existed. If he struggles to the surface, he’ll abandon someone he loves for the second time in his life. If he doesn’t, it won’t be long until they both drown.



My review

This book was full of emotions and different and not so different issues. When we meet Toby (who is first introduced in the 1st book of the series) and Kennedy you think how people with so many problems and obstacles to face can fall in love. But in my opinion, when we watch how Toby has a positive influence on Kennedy, no matter how short that influence takes, I think they are perfect for each other. In the end, he taught her to want to be happy and that it is not a crime and she was finally willing to help herself. This book was a little dark, definetly darker that previous books in the series and we alsoe see how are other couples like Em and Quinn and Ruby and Cole. We see how they aere all really happy. I am interested to see whose book will be next, maybe Blair and Sam.


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About Lyla Payne:

I’ve long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I’ve published Young Adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first New Adult title), I couldn’t wait to try something new – and I’m hooked.  In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we’d all love to meet in real life.





srijeda, 25. rujna 2013.

Blog Tour: Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock + GIVEAWAY



Synopsis

Can they build a future on hope alone?

For years nurse and grief counselor Christie Bates has been teaching her patients to confront their fears, express themselves and trust in hope. But as her feelings for cancer survivor Eli Roberts and his two children grow, can she overcome her own fear and love a man who lives every day with the possibility of recurring illness?

Tackling cancer and single parenthood simultaneously has turned Eli into a devout realist. Which is why he finds Christie's perpetually upbeat attitude so aggravating. Still, despite himself, she's making a place in his heart. If only he could offer Christie more than an uncertain future.



To purchase WISH ME TOMORROW in paperback form, please visit at http://bit.ly/11Ue28g or in Kindle form at http://amzn.to/12qqqKh and on Nook at http://bit.ly/19cnFDP.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16692733-wish-me-tomorrow

My review

I adore this book with all my heart, it made me think more about my life and it made me cry so much. I loved the ending, happy yet uncertain, those are the endings that I love the most, where ew can imagine what happens next. Eli and Christie are made for each other, I loved how they danced around each other, afraid to start anything, yet unable to stay away, their relationship from the start was heartwarming yet frustrating at times. Eli's children were awesome, especially Tommy who made me smile throughout the whole book, like a little ray of sunshine. A wonderful love story that will make you shed a lot of tears, make you smile and show you that hope is found in places you never expect.



Buy Links

Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=28854

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wish-Me-Tomorrow-ebook/dp/B00BZPLHNI

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wish-me-tomorrow-karen-rock/1114971549?ean=9781460319154

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/wish-me-tomorrow

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wish-me-tomorrow/id694405384?mt=11

EXCERPT


“You’ve been gone too long.” he breathed in her ear.

She felt as if electricity coursed from her sensitive lobe and sizzled through her body. Her lungs trapped her breath and took it hostage. Was there anything more amazing than being held by the man you loved?

She turned and put her arms around his neck. In an instant, his breath quickened, his blue eyes searing hers before he crushed her against him.

“I’m the luckiest man in the world.” His voice was low, throaty. “Remember what you said earlier, about feeling like a monster?”

She nodded, burying her face in the firm planes of his chest. Why would he bring that up when things felt so romantic?

He tipped her chin and held her gaze. “Please don’t say that again. Don’t even think it. You’re imperfect. Flawed, a little scarred, but stronger now in a way that makes you the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. Inside and out. I wouldn’t want you any other way.”

It was the most incredible thing anyone had ever said to her. Did she deserve it? An image of Bill came to mind. She could almost picture him giving her a thumbs-up.

Before she had another moment to think, he captured her lips with a kiss so intense it was bruising. Her thundering blood deafened her and her shallow breathing rolled out like a low tide. He tasted like salt and fire as his mouth slanted across hers. She buried her hands in his thick hair, drawing him closer still.

His mouth left hers and traveled along her cheekbone. She could feel the erratic beat of his heart against her chest. His arms held her tight, as if he never meant to let her go. She rained kisses on his neck, his jaw and finally on his lips.

Suddenly, an aching tenderness replaced their earlier frenzy. They needed to explore, to know each other. When he returned her kiss, his hand stole into her hair and wound her tresses with his fingers. Their kisses deepened slowly, softly, the intensity growing between them once more…a single match that had ignited a blaze.

She knew he was strong, but it still surprised her how easily he carried her to the living room settee and laid her down gently on the scattered pillows. His body slid over hers in one smooth gesture. She inhaled his breath as their mouths moved against each other, every kiss drawn out now, lingering, exploring. Her hands drifted over his back then rose to his shoulders and the muscles of his arms.

At last, he drew himself up on his elbows. Now he was looking down at her, and his expression had changed in the flickering light, his blue eyes darkened to indigo. The rawness of his open, vulnerable expression undid her.

Warmth overflowed her heart, filling up the cracks and wounds she’d held inside. She sighed and buried her hands in the thick strands at the nape of his neck. How had this miracle happened? It seemed beyond imagining, beyond wishing. Yet here she was, with him, the only person who’d made her feel complete. Whole. As if she deserved this moment with him.


Giveaway

                  GRAND PRIZE

Signed copies:
Karen Rock's WISH ME TOMOROW
Robyn Carr's THE WANDERER
JoJo Moyes' ME BEFORE YOU
JoJo Moyes' THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND
JK Rock's CAMP BOYFRIEND

Unsigned copies:
Bella Andre's I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
Pamela Tracy's KATIE'S RESCUE
Tara Randal's ORANGE BLOSSOM BRIDE
Syndi Powell's THE RELUCTANT BACHELOR

Harlequin tote bag

RWA 2013 water bottle

RWA water bottle holder

              3 RUNNER UPS

$10 Amazon Gift Card




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Karen Rock

Since Karen Rock’s grandmother passed her shopping bagfuls of Harlequin Presents as a teen, it’s been her dream to add her voice to the Romance genre. Now an author of Harlequin’s latest contemporary line, Heartwarming, Karen is thrilled to pen wholesome, tender, deeply romantic stories that all can relate to. Her first novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, is out in September 2013 and her next, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL, is out in spring 2013. Additionally, Karen is a young adult contemporary romance co-author with fellow Harlequin author, Joanne Rock for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series that debuted July 2013 with Spencer Hill Press.

When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys watching anything starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, cooking her Nona’s family Italian recipes, and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter and two King Charles Cavalier cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch,” though they’ve managed to teach her the trick! Hmmmm… wonder how that happened?! She loves to connect with other romance fans!

Please check out her website at http://www.karenrock.com, her Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/karenrockwrites, and follow her on twitter http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5 or Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/karenrock.



 The schedule for the blog tour can be found HERE



utorak, 24. rujna 2013.

A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2) by Cecy Robson


Summary


Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.

My review

Cecz Robson has done it again - this book is amazing and one of the best books of the year, it also managed to be even better than Sealed with a curse. I laughed, I cried, I was frustrated and a few times I swear my heart almost stopped due to the surprises Wird sisters face. Celia is still my favorite sister but Taran is a close second. I adore Shayna nd Emme too but Celia and Taran have that special humor that I love. This book while it had plenty of action and blood, focused on Aric and Celia. I must say my heart broke for these two and a few times I wanted to smash my ereader into a wall. I hope everything works out but judging from the synopsis for Cursed by destiny, the 3rd book, there wont be many hearts and flowers. I cant wait for January. 



ponedjeljak, 23. rujna 2013.

Blog tour: 3:AM KISSES by Adison Moore + GIVEAWAY



Synopsis:
Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother’s roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush.

Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He prefers loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate’s sister shows up on the scene, she’s far too innocent and sweet for him but he can’t shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she’s seeping into his heart as well.

Baya seems determined to show her brother she’s not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson’s body to prove her point. It’s been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES.



Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/3-AM-Kisses-ebook/dp/B00EA45DUO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378354499&sr=1-1&keywords=3%3Aam+kisses
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18171526-3?ac=1

My review

A nice, late summer read. A tipical love story, with interesting characters and a few interesting situations. I liked Bryson, even though he acted like a jackass sometimes but if Baya were more into herself, she would have made him work for it more. I disliked Bayas brother who is a hypocrite and I look forward to reading someday about a girl putting him in his place. This is a story with two different people, both with tragedies in their lifes, fading their place in the wolrd, together.



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EXCERPT

(Baya’s Point of View, with Bryson.)

“So”—I lean into the doorframe—“is this where you stash all the girls you bring home for the weekend?” I don’t know why I went there. I guess, deep down, a part of me wants to know just how many girls his mother might find illegal.

“I guess so.” Bryson takes in a breath as he settles my bag at my feet. “I’ve never brought a girl home before, so in a way I’m setting a precedence with you.”

My heart thumps its way into my throat. My ears pulsate with a rhythm all their own. Bryson Edwards has never brought a girl home before and now that girl is me.

“I don’t know what to say,” I whisper as he comes in close, his breath feathering over my cheek.

“Say this.” Bryson covers my mouth with his and we indulge in a heated exchange right there in the doorway. His tongue roams over mine, his teeth bite over my lip playfully. I don’t stand a chance this weekend. I’m already his in every single way.

Biography:
Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.

Links:
Addison Moore's website: http://addisonmoorewrites.blogspot.com/
Addison Moore on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AddisonMoore


subota, 21. rujna 2013.

Thief ( Love Me With Lies #3) by Tarryn Fisher



Synopsis

Note to Self

Love is patient; love is kind.
Love doesn’t boast or brag.
There’s no arrogance in love;
it’s never rude, crude, or indecent-it’s not self absorbed.
Love isn’t easily upset.
Love doesn’t tally wrongs.
Love trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.
Love will never become obsolete.
I’ll fight for her.

Thief

Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

My review

My favorite adult series of all time has come to an end. Calebs POV was everything I hoped it would be and more. The writing was perfect. The storyline, the ending, every sentence in this book was perfect. We finally find out if Caleb cheated on Olivia, we see how he finds out about he marriage ( I love Cammi btw.), there were new developements with Estrella, that b****  Leah is unfortunately still alive and we also see some heartbreaking and beautiful moments. I will read anything this woman writes in the future, after this amazing trilogy, she can do no wrong in my eyes. So Mud vein, hurry up.





petak, 20. rujna 2013.

Blog tour: Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly + GIVEAWAY



Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly
Publication date: January 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance



Synopsis:

Julian is drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly provocative, and he’s fast becoming her best friend. But he also has a secret that makes the little hairs on her arms stand on end…

My name is Jona Montiniere, and that’s pretty much the only good thing to say about me.

I’m seventeen, I’m snarky, and I’m a crap-load of trouble. Or so they say. But what did they expect from me really, when they dumped me in an orphanage at age five? That I’d grow up to become the new first lady? Nah, I think it’s much more fun to raid Camden Market in London with my friend, Debby. She’s cool. She lives on the street. I learned so much from her.

The only thing she missed to teach me was how to tend to a vineyard. And yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for the next 6 weeks, courtesy to this darn judge, who sent me off to France after I was caught stealing again. Fair enough, the vineyards are okay, and so are my aunt and uncle, who I haven’t met up ‘til now. What isn’t okay, and I mean it, is that I have to live in the same house with my mother, that god-awful dragon, who spurned when I was only a child. And now she wants me back? Demands my forgiveness? Why, because she’s about to die of cancer? Uh-uh. Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen. I want no contact with that woman, thanks.

But what’s Julian got to do with all of this? About my age, he’s too young to be my mother’s lover. So why doesn’t he leave her side? Ever. He’s different, as in the paranormal kind of different, but he’s sa-woon-worthy gorgeous. He obviously has secrets, but he’s also get-under-my-skin charming. In short, he’s a riddle to me. But he likes me, and that’s scaring the shit out of me. I sure won’t let anyone come too close.

So now I’m wondering only two things: How did he manage to hold me in his arms after only three days? And how the hell do you keep an angel earth bound?


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My review

This was  lovely read, a story about forgiveness, love and new begginings. There were times I was reminded of Twilight and Heavenly series by Jennifer Laurens but all in all, great. I liked Jona, she was feisty and funny and I felt for her with everything that happened in the past and with everything that happens in the book. Julian was awesome. Of course, I knew what he really was from the beggining but it was interesting to see Jonas suspicions and her finding out. I liked how it all played out in the end, that three little words finally bring back happiness to Jona. Great read.




Grand prize giveaway
Prize (open internationally):
--One signed copy of Loving Your Lies


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AUTHOR BIO

The quick-and-dirty:
I’m a cool girl with a passion for writing.
The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.
The nitty-gritty:
I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun.
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.
People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.
And the personal stuff:
At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. ;-)

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. ;-)

http://pipershelly.com/faq/

Author Links:
Website: http://pipershelly.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6522373.Piper_Shelly
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpiper


četvrtak, 19. rujna 2013.

Sia by Josh Grayson book blitz + GIVEAWAY



Sia by Josh Grayson
Publication date: November 20th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


Synopsis:

When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.


1)“A compelling read full of intrigue, romance, and lots of surprises. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!” - Jennifer Read Hawthorne, #1 New York Times bestselling author 


(2)“An original and captivating story with a beautiful message.”  –Lola’s book Reviews


(3)“There have been very few books that made me think they made to someday become a movie (i.e. Warm Bodies, The Host). And I guess Sia can join the club, because this book, I say, is perfect for it. I felt like I was reading a script for a movie, the plot is fantastic and the characters are great, there's a little of humor as well as tragic situations.” -Bookish Randomness

Q&A 

If you could fly anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Italy, simply because it’s always ranked as having the best food in the world. Its beaches are nice too. I’ve Googled it.

What is your favorite genre to read/write?

Young adult (YA), because those stories carry universal themes we can all relate to, a peek into the lives of characters who are more intriguing, real, and raw.

What is one silly fact about you?

I can mimic Enrique Iglesias’s voice pretty well. I sang “Hero”  at a friend’s birthday party once and received an enthusiastic response. Some applauded, others laughed. Overall, though, I felt good about my performance. 

What got you started on your writing journey?

My move from Massachusetts (where I’d lived most of my life) to Virginia. The first year here was difficult. I was alone, depressed, and in completely new surroundings. But it was here in the South that I began seeing all these stories in my head, and that my “writing gene” got activated. So it seems the old saying is true, everything does happens for a reason. 

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  

I don’t choose, per se. I just write whatever I see in my head. And so far, all the romantic parts have been sweet and clean, which is fine with me.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?

I’m working on another YA novel that Sia fans should enjoy as well. If things go according to plan, I’ll publish that in the summer of 2014. 


What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Being able to partake in the wildest adventures imaginable, all without ever leaving your house. 

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

One reviewer said, “It, without a doubt, inspired me to find ways to help others in need. I’m looking into charity work.” I loved hearing that, because that’s exactly what I wanted Sia to do: to motivate others to become their best self, to make positive changes in the world, wherever they are.  

Where do your ideas come from?

I find muses everywhere! In books, magazines, poems, movies, YouTube videos, and so much more. I always try to be receptive. You never know what might trigger your next story.

What inspired you to write Sia?

Initially? Oprah. (laughs). I saw an interview she did on a man with fugue amnesia that impacted me. Fugue amnesia occurs when someone, usually in response to excessive stress, takes off on some unexpected travel. And during the travels, that person assumes either a partial or complete new identity. I found it both fascinating and frightening to think that stress alone can cause the human brain to demand a reset like that. I often wonder why I haven’t gotten fugue amnesia yet!

Is it true you wrote the screenplay adaption as well?

Yes! I wrote it as soon as the book was finished. I’m about to hire a seasoned Hollywood screenwriter to polish it. When it is up to industry standards, we’ll submit it to film companies and cross our fingers. I think Sia would translate wonderfully to film.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?      Determined. Compassionate. Humble. Kind. Brave.  

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Because I believe it will leave you touched, encouraged, and—of course—entertained.


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AUTHOR BIO:

Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.

Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).

Sia is his debut YA novel.


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Inbetween (Kissed by death #1) by Tara Fuller


Summary


Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.
It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.


My review

I adore books with reapers and this one didn’t disappoint. I love how the writer created this world with heaven’s and hell’s reapers and the ones who take the souls to the Inbetween. I fell in love with Finn. He is an easily loved guy who would, literally, go to hell for someone he loves, he made me swoon all the time. Emma is also a good main character but she would annoy me at times. Although Finn is an amazing character, Cash is nore my kind of guy. He is a wreck, he’s got that bad boy vibe and yet he is a great friend to Emma. I have a feeling his POV in Blurred will be awesome to read and that his love story with Anaya, heaven’s reaper, will be epic.






srijeda, 18. rujna 2013.

Waiting on Wednesday (27)



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This is my choice for this week:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Publication date: January 28th 2014


Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.