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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spectral Blog Tour: Book review of Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance/Fantasy Romance)

Jewel and her family are in a witness protection program. They've moved from place to place and changed identities countless times. This time when Jewel attends yet another new school, she meets a mysterious boy who claims to be her guardian. Soon she learns her life has revolved around lies, and as she tries to figure out who she can trust and why her family is really on the run, she starts to develop special powers. Everything will come to a head on her 17th birthday, but will she still be alive?

Spectral was a carnival ride of action, and I enjoyed riding through the loops, twists, and turns. Believe me, there are many. Like Jewel, you don't know who to trust. I typically don't enjoy books that involve witches. They just aren't my thing. So, I was leery about reading Spectral at first, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Needless to say, I enjoyed the book tremendously. Jewel was a wonderful and strong character who behaved in a very believable manner for someone who had so much of the impossible going on in her life. Roman is dark and mysterious. We all love the bad boy, and the sparks are strong between them. Can she trust him though? Then you have Chase to finish out the love triangle. He's the all American good boy. Or is he? You'll have to read to find out.

To read more about this series and Shannon Duffy, visit her website or blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Spectral by Shannon Duffy was sent to me from the Tribute Books for review. The opinions are my own.

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Throwback Thursday: Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!
This week, my throwback is Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
 Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Horror)

Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.

Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?
My Review: 

Blood and Chocolate is one of those books people seem to either love or hate. I fall more on the love side. I decided to read this book after seeing the movie several years ago. I never knew it existed until I saw the movie. Let me go ahead and tell you, the two are completely different, but I enjoyed them both. Because I saw the movie first, there were many parts in the book that completely shocked me. The book is a coming of age story with a twisted dark side. Vivian is a confident and at times concieted young lady and wolf who is coming to terms with new feelings, changes, and first love. She definitely has a vicious side to her. Her first love happens to be human, and of course, that is a no no among her pack. So, it has the whole forbidden love appeal. This book is technically young adult, but I think it fits in well with adult fiction too. I think some of the content would make it more appropriate for an older young adult age group rather than younger.

To learn more about Annette Curtis Klause and her books, visit her blog. You can also find her on Goodreads.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays: Katrina: The Beginning by Elizabeth Loraine

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share  doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can  add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week is from Katrina: The Beginning by Elizabeth Loraine:

"Vampires have always taken advantage of plagues or wars, when nobody notices one more death, but we don't start them. Not that I'm aware of anyway"

Do you have a blog? Post a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in the comments. No blog? Post a Teaser in the comments anyway!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Stained Series Blog Tour: Character Interview with Cayne

Cayne is sitting in the same wing-backed chair that he and Julia have used during every interview for the Stained Series blog tour; they’ve been taking interviews to keep them busy while quarantined to their room at a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. (To learn more about their circumstances, read Chosen, TBR in June!) He’s got his right ankle resting on top of his left knee, and his hand is resting loosely on top of his ankle. Dressed in a gray wool sweater and dark jeans, he only looks a little bit too casual for the lush resort suite.

1. The first time you set your eyes on Julia, what was the first thought to cross your mind?
He presses his lips together thoughtfully and his eyebrows rise. “I ended up flat on my back in this warehouse where she was. When I woke up, she was leaning over me.” He smiles a little, one half of his mouth turning up. “She had—” he waves one hand beside his head— “all this hair. I think it was falling on my chest. And she had these brown eyes. Big brown eyes.” For half an instant, his face twists, like he knows he’s revealing more than he usually does and doesn’t necessarily like it. Whatever thought he’s having, he pushes past, because his face lightens again. “I thought she was beautiful,” he says, “but I didn’t want her around. Not for a while.”

2. If you could take Julia on a normal date, without the threat of being attacked by anything, what would you do and where would you go?
He leans forward a little, propping both hands on his knees, and looks curious—like he’s never really thought about this. He sits that way for what seems like a minute before leaning back in the chair and nodding. “Maybe the beach. Brazil has great beaches. I think I would take her to one of the isolated ones. Julia loves the beach.”

3. What is your happiest memory?
This time, Cayne’s face definitely darkens. The look lasts to long I think I have asked the wrong question. But it slowly lightens up and he grins – a huge, very handsome grin. To my shock, he actually laughs. “She showed me a…pillow fight. We had a pillow fight,” he amends. “Doing that with Julia… It was fun.”

4. We know you've been quite busy lately, but what do you like to do when you have spare time?
He shrugs; he seems to have loosened up. “I don’t really know. I haven’t had what you call ‘spare’ time in.... I have never had any time to spare. But if I did…” He shrugs again. “I like The Economist magazine. I like to read about stocks. And I like to be with Julia.”

5. Before Julia came along, what was your average day like?

This time he shakes his head. His lips are pursed again. After a second, he says, “It was not worth recounting. Honestly. But it required flying long-distances.”

6. How do you see your future?
“I don’t know,” he says honestly. “With Julia, if she wants it that way.” He glances out the window, where snow is falling, obscuring our view of the mountains. He smiles. “Somewhere warmer.”

7. Tell us a secret about yourself no one else knows?
He sits up a little straighter, looking almost…chipper? A silly grin completes the look. “I play a mean harmonica.”

8. You know I have to ask, boxers or briefs?
He smirks. “Boxer-briefs.”

We are so thankful Cayne was able to spend a little time with us today, and we're super excited to be apart of the Stained Series Blog Tour! A special thanks goes out to Ella James for making all this possible!

To learn more about Ella James and her books, check out Ella James' blog and visit her on Facebook.

Veiled Virtues by Jan Fischer Wade Review & Giveaways

Genre: Young Adult (Fantasy Romance)

Paige is thrilled that she can get away from her over protectivemother and house sit for a few weeks in England. Once in England, she soon finds that her house seems to be haunted, she has odd dreams, and her old scars start to bleed. Paige quickly makes friends around town and is attracted to a shop keeper who she hopes can help her figure out what's going on. Could he be her own modern day English Knight? When things really start to get dangerous, Paige learns she is being stalked by a group of people with less than honorable intentions.

Veiled Virtues is the first book in a new series by Jan Fischer Wade. It is a quick and entertaining read that's perfect for an escape from reality and places you into an almost modern day fairytale. The main characters were likeable, and they all had a purspose within the story. The romance was fun, flirty, and I look forward to watching it grow. Who doesn't want their own English Knight? I was hoping for a little something more from the ending, but the story kept me intrugied, and I am anxiously waiting for the release of the sequel, Latent Legacy.

A Message from the author:
I am having a blast with the May Summer Teen Reading Party and I am so excited about this month long event!  We’ve got lots of great books and authors there – many for $1.99 or less. I hope everyone visits!  Make sure to read the rest of this post to find out how you can enter to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card! This summer, I will be working on the finishing touches to the sequel to Veiled Virtues so I won’t have time to read much else.  The sequel is entitled Latent Legacy and you can read more about it on my website!

About Jan’s giveaway:
Enter to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card!!! One lucky winner will be chosen from the commenters on Jan's blog (including emails to her from non-Book Blogs members), "Likes" and "Shares" on Facebook and Tweets about her book, Veiled Virtues, or the Summer Reading Party site (include @veiledvirtues in your tweets!). It's that easy!!! She will be having other giveaways during the month on her blog as well, so make sure to visit it!

Jan also kindly offered up an eBook version of Veiled Virtues to giveaway! The winner will be randomly picked on Tuesday so, Enter now!!
How to Enter:
The Rafflecopter form will guide you through the entry process.

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We are so excited to be a part of this tour! A special thanks to Jan Fischer Wade for letting us tag along!

I received the ARC of Veiled Virtues by Jan Fischer Wade from the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Stained Series Blog Tour: Review of Stolen by Ella James

Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)

The Blurb:
With Cayne's fate in the hands of his enemies and Julia spirited away to the covert Stained compound, the two are separated by impenetrable walls and a gulf of unanswered questions. Soon Julia learns the truth about the Stained and the plans they have for her, the compound is attacked, and a new group is running from an unwanted destiny, searching the globe in pursuit of the knowledge that just might save them all.

My Review:
Stolen is the second book in the Stained Series by Ella James. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend you read the first book, Stained, before you read this review. You can also check out my review of Stained

Stolen picked up where Stained left off. Julia is brought to a compound where other Stained people are being held. While there, she meets some new friends and learns new things about herself and others like her. She also learns about Cayne's past. While we all knew from book one, his past couldn't have been a good one, this helps us know why he behaved the way he did in Stained. Stolen teased me with some new mysteries concerning Cayne as well. It's hard to say too much without giving a spoiler or two, so I won't. I can't wait to learn more in the next book, Chosen, which will be released next month!

A special thank you to Ella James for letting us be a part of the Stained Series Blog Tour!

To learn more about Ella James and her books, check out Ella James' blog and visit her on Facebook.

This book was sent to me from the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Have you read Ella James' other books? Check out their blurbs and my reviews below!

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia's home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.

Listed as one of the Top 10 Books of 2011, Cayne voted one of 2011's Top 10 Book Boyfriends. Recipient of the Flamingnet Top Choice Award.
Read my review of Stained.


Milo Mitchell's life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life...until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.

Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick's face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick begins to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo--who is sure she's never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn't know and is doing things he shouldn't do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run--toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds. My review coming soon!

Margo Ford just became an heiress. Not the Paris Hilton kind. Her billions came after her father died and her insanely wealthy, insanely absent mother officially claimed her. Unfortunately, some terrorists noticed, and they hatched a plot to kidnap her. After a news report goes awry, reporting that Margo *has* been kidnapped, and her mother offers the humiliating sum of $500,000 for her return, Margo doesn't want anything to do with her *#$!@ of an egg donor. Then she is sentenced to a summer of "protection" on her mother's private island. Not the Oprah Winfrey kind. This one has an astronomical observatory filled with scientists, including Logan Greer, a super hot, super infuriating planet-hunter. Hiding out from kidnappers has never been so boring... until suddenly it isn't anymore. Read my review.

To learn more about Ella James and her books, check out Ella James' blog and visit her on Facebook.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)

The Blurb:
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts

My Review:
I didn't enjoy Crescendo as much as Hush, Hush, but I still liked it. Some parts more than others. The characters bring out some negative emotions throughout the book. Patch made me angry and frustrated, and there were times when I wanted to slap Nora around a bit, but there were also twists when it came to some of the other characters to keep things interesting. I felt like the beginning dragged somewhat. This was the classic sequel, but the last quarter of the book made it well worth the read and really got me anxious to know what happens next. I'm looking forward to reading Silence.

To learn more about Becca Fitzpatrick and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out my reviews for the other books in this series!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Judgement of Souls Blog Tour: Interview with Margarita Felices

Thank you for dropping by for our stop along the Judgement of Souls Blog Tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Today, Margarita Felices has graciously taken some time to answer a few questions for us.
How long have you been writing?
Since junior high school. My teachers would limit me to 10 pages or less when writing. I once wrote them a story that took up 3 exercise books! I then became a reporter for our school magazine/newspaper and then Editor. After school and while at college, I wrote short stories for Women’s’ magazines. One of them has been re-written and will be available soon. Keep an eye out for The Psychic.

Will there be a sequel to Judgement of Souls?
Yes. Judgement of Souls is a trilogy. I will be working my way back in the series - so a prequel rather than a sequel. Judgement of Souls 2: The Call of the Righteous is well under way. It spans over 300 years for my characters (apart from Daniel) and then after that I have Book 1. That will be about the parents of my main character Rachel. How they found the book, Rachel’s birth etc. What my plan is, is to have all three books stand alone when read, but if you start from the first book to the last book, will be one complete book, no gaps at the start, continuous.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
I’d like to think I was more like Rachel (without the vampiric tendency). Rachel goes through her life observing and looking for some meaning to her own life. She would like to be part of the life of mortals, but she finds it hard to relate so she is often alone.

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
It really wouldn’t be a secret then would it! The only thing I can give away, is that even though I have always loved Gothic music, fashion and architecture and I dress mainly in dark colours (I love the colour black). My secret is that at times, I’d like to wear pink!

If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be like?
I hope that she would be the logical person in a group of other teenagers. The level headed character that solves problems and can get herself out of scrapes. And then become the least likely to get the handsome hero, but proves to be the most worthy so she does.

What book have you read too many times to count?

I don’t tend to read them over and over. That’s awful I know. I love Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicle books, Lestat is my favourite vampire. But I have read a lot of Stephen King too and the only book I have read twice is The Stand, mainly because it was a bit complicated and I skipped over a few bits so I had to go back and re-read it.

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Write the type of book that you would like to read.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I could do it. You always wish that you could write a book but you never believe that you could write more that 10,000 words! Without realising, I wrote 90,000 when it was finished. (Edited it dropped quite a bit). I realised how inspiring it was to invent a character and then follow their lives and know that I created that life.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I have 3 little dogs that keep me busy. But I also love taking pictures and I live in an area with a coastline to one side and mountains on the other. In between that, there are castles, ruined cathedrals and lush valleys. I’m spoilt for choice.

Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The Underground Palace (Daniel and Tobey’s nightclub) is a REAL place. It’s called Bogiez but the characters/clientele is based on people that go to the club. The club used to be in an old Gothic church so what I described is real. I don’t go as often as I should, but each time I left the club, I was always inspired to write some of the things that had happened there.

To learn more about Margarita Felices and her books, visit her through Goodreads.

Throwback Thursday: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while. I'm using is as an opportunity to go back and review books that I read before I started actually reviewing books. Time to play a little catch up!

 Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
My Review: 
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is the first book in the Hush, Hush Series. This book has so many things I love to have in the books I read. I'm already an Angel/Fallen angel fan. I just can't get enough of them and the mystery that surrounds them. Which leads me to the next thing I love to have in books: The handsome, mysterious bad boy. Patch is the epitome of dark and mysterious. I enjoyed the intense relationship that formed between Patch and Nora. It was full of the anticipation factor which draws me right into a book. I've seen many reviews compare the book to Twilight, and I can definitely see similarities too, but I don't feel like it took away from the story. Lastly, I loved the cover. As I've said before, I'm a sucker for a pretty cover. The cover of Hush, Hush is lovely and a perfect fit for the book. Hush, Hush was one of those books that wouldn't let me put it down.

To learn more about Becca Fitzpatrick and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out my reviews for the other books in this series!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays: Vaempires: Revolution by Thomas Winship

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share  doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can  add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week is from Vaempires: Revolution by Thomas Winship:
It seemed as if the woman had been killed without even trying to defend herself. In fact, one manicured hand was still clasped to an upright beverage cup, from which slight traces of heat emanated as it slowly cooled to air temperature.

Do you have a blog? Post a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in the comments. No blog? Post a Teaser in the comments anyway!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Another Affliction Bookmark Giveaway!

I never know what I'm going to find in my mailbox from D. Apodaca these days. The uber sweet and giving author of The Affliction Series has sent me more signed Captivated and Unattainable bookmarks to giveaway to you! 5 winners!

To learn more about this series, visit The Affliction Series Website. Also, check out my review of Captivated!

The Giveaway is International. The Rafflecopter form below will guide you through the entry process. Good luck!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while.

 Genre: Adult Fiction (Historical Fiction/Romance)

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.

It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
My Review: 
Water for Elephants was a book that I never really thought about reading, but after enjoying two of Sara Gruen's other books, Riding Lessons and Flying Changes, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a go. I guess the big reason why I never planned on reading this book was because I expected there would be quite a bit of animal cruelty taking place, and that is something I don't tolerate well, even when it is fictional. With that being said, this became a book that I think every animal lover should read. It stirred so much emotion in me that I felt like I became a part of the story as I read. With each turn of the page, it came more and more alive. There were moments that brought me to tears while others brought out the giggles. I'm Team Rosie all the way! What started out as a book that I wasn't too keen on reading, became one of my favorite books of all time.

To learn more about Sara Gruen and her books, visit her website.

ONE Day Blog Tour! Michael by Aaron Patterson & Chris White!


Michael, book two in the Airel Saga, is live on Amazon TODAY ONLY for a discounted price!!
To promote Michael I’m hosting a contest where you can win a FREE copy of Airel and win a free Kindle Fire.
To take advantage of this awesome deal, head to Amazon and check out the eBook version of MICHAEL at its promotional price, then see below to enter the contest. Also, leave me a comment on this post. The blogger with the most comments will win the Kindle Fire! If I win, I’ll also get the chance to be part of a special giveaway in the next few months.

Praise for Michael
"Move over Twilight! Here comes Aaron Patterson!"
--Joshua Graham, bestselling author of Beyond Justice and Darkroom

"I was surprised by how much I really, really liked this book. I have not jumped on the whole "fallen angel" bandwagon, just as I didn't jump on all of the vampire stories that came out after Twilight. This is not your typical fallen angel story. It is one that has left me breathlessly waiting for the next one in the series. Hurry up please!!!"
--Sandra Stiles

Description of Michael
Michael did the unthinkable to save Airel from death, but now he must live with the choices he has made--both good and evil. Tortured by his past and haunted by what he believes might be his future, Michael seeks redemption--but will the past prove to be too strong? How can he break free of it and be the man he longs to be for Airel? If only he had never...

Airel. Michael's one true love. He had forced her to drink in new life only to find that old wounds and deep scars do not heal overnight. Can she truly forgive Michael, can she truly love him? And can he accept that forgiveness? Or is it all for nothing, and has he gone too far already? As the darkness of past choices closes in on them, chases them, intercepts them, coming at them from everywhere at once, how can their love possibly survive?

Aaron Patterson is the author of the best-selling WJA series, as well as two Digital Shorts: 19 and The Craigslist Killer. He was home-schooled and grew up in the west. Aaron loved to read as a small child and would often be found behind a book, reading one to three a day on average. This love drove him to want to write, but he never thought he had the talent. His wife Karissa prodded him to try it, and with this encouragement, he wrote Sweet Dreams, the first book in the WJA series, in 2008. Airel is his first teen series, and plans for more to come are already in the works. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his family, Soleil, Kale and Klayton. His daughter had an imaginary friend named She.Chris White has an award for reading 750 books in one school year — from the 3rd grade. So yes, he’s more of a nerd than Aaron. Chris loves history, Sherlock Holmes, and anything that’s not virtual, like old motorcycles and mechanical typewriters. He also doesn’t get why we have these things called “smart phones” when all they do is make people dumber. Chris recently celebrated 10 years of marriage with his wife, April, and has two boys: Noah, age 8, and Jaden, age 3, who inspired the Great Jammy Adventure series; the OK-to-color-in picture books. Chris is working on a short story called The Marsburg Diary that will further explore the prologue to Airel, and he is finishing up his first novel, entitled K: phantasmagoria, due out in 2011. Chris has a major crush on Audrey Hepburn, who is now dead. His wife is okay with all of this.

Haven't read Airel yet?? Check out my review!
To read more about this series and the authors, visit Stonhouse Ink. Both Aaron Patterson and Chris White are also on Facebook. Airel has her own page on Facebook as well.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pretty In Black Blog Tour: Review of Pretty in Black by Rae Hachton & Swag Giveaway!

Ellie is suicidal, and Marcus was sent to kill her. Sounds like a win-win situation right? Not exactly. Marcus can't let her die and ironically she is chosen to be trained to kill his kind. Fate had other plans.
To say Pretty in Black is a fast read is an understatement. Everything happens so fast in this story that it was a little confusing at times, and the romance was instantaneous. I have many "Why?" questions running through my head. I would love the book to have been longer with more details as to what and why things were happening. I'm hoping the sequel will shed some light on these things. I hate to say it but some of the conversations were very familiar. With that being said, the paranormal aspect is pretty original, and I hope to learn more about Evermores in the coming books. Again, I have high hopes for the sequel. I think it is building up to something. Forbidden love always grabs my attention, and the author has a beautiful way with words. "Ellie, would you frolic in the land of forever with me?”

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To learn more about Rae Hachton and her books, visit her blog and the Pretty in Black blog.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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I received Pretty In Black by Rae Hachton from the SupaGirl Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

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Pretty in Black Blog Tour: Mini Guest Post by Rae Hatchon & Swag Giveaway!

After reading Pretty in Black, I wanted to know so much more! So, Rae Hatchon has kindly aggreed to a mini guest post with a teaser of a teaser of what we have to look forward to in Black Satin!
Teaser on the Evermore history, coming up soon, in Black Satin: Think in terms of Vampire, and then toss everything you think you know about them out the window. Marcus has no desire to drink Ellie's blood, he just wants to devour her love. Also, we're trading in the wolves for a creature that matches the Ravens/Crows way better....this could be awesome. I can hope, right? 
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Afterglow Trilogy Tour: Perilous Light Excerpt

Thank you for stopping by on our date of the Afterglow Trilogy Tour!  Perilous Light is the second book in the Afterglow Trilogy by Alyssa Rose Ivy.

Perilous Light Blurb:

Would you sacrifice everything for a world you barely knew?

A year has passed since Charlotte and Kevin first stepped through the gate into Energo and neither has been able to settle back into their normal lives. Charlotte tries to distract herself from thoughts of Calvin with the antics of James and her growing friendship with Liam. Kevin can’t seem to shake his feelings for Samantha as he adjusts to his new identity as a college basketball player.

When they unexpectedly return to Energo, both Charlotte and Kevin must face their fears and become the leaders they were always meant to be.

Perilous Light Excerpt:
“How was your coffee date?”

“I had fun hanging out with Liam,” I snapped. I was overwhelmed enough with my feelings for Calvin, I didn’t need James trying to make me feel guilty about spending time with Liam.

James laughed. “Okay, fine. I already know you were only there to fuel your coffee addiction. It isn’t
healthy, you know.”

“I’m not addicted to coffee.” I wasn’t about to admit my weakness to James.

Thankfully, we passed the rest of the two-minute drive in silence. James parked the car in my
driveway. “I have another birthday gift for you.” His eyes danced with excitement as he ran his hands through his dirty blond hair. He had let his hair grow out, and he seemed more comfortable. I think he enjoyed no longer having to pretend to be someone else.

“Another?” Turning toward him, I let the door I had just pushed open close again. Over the past few weeks, James had given me a bunch of gifts. He handed me an envelope. I opened it slowly, not sure what to expect. “Wow, seriously?” I eyed the two tickets. “You got Kiev tickets? But wait…” My excitement waned as I realized the tickets were for a small venue I had never been to because it was strictly eighteen and up.

“What?” James asked with the barest hint of a smile.

“I can’t get in there. I’m underage, and unlike you, I don’t have a fake ID.”

“You don’t?” James grinned as he slid something into my palm.

I looked down to see a South Carolina driver’s license with someone else’s name. “You got me a fake
ID?” I wasn’t really surprised. James might take his role of Guardian seriously, but he never really understood or cared about a lot of the laws in my world.

“Of course I did. It wasn’t exactly difficult. So we should be all set for Friday night. In case you were wondering, the second ticket is for me.”

“Yeah, I figured that much. But James, do you realize how much trouble I’ll get in if I get caught?”

“Well, then, it’s a good thing you won’t be getting caught.”
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