31 January 2013

The Voice Book Blitz


 
The Voice by Jennifer Anne Davis
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Synopsis: During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.

Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works—until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build.

Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it’s the same voice that she turns to—a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.
Gripping and tastefully told, The Voice is a story of healing, trust, and courage.
 
 
 
 
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her high school sweetheart, worked as a legal assistant, and taught high school English. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.
The Voice is her first novel.
 
Chapter 1
Lying in the dark cabin, I tried not to think about the foul smell of body odor mixed with the stench of urine. I tried not to think about how hungry I was, or when I would eat again. About the plastic zip ties cutting into my wrists, or the spider crawling up my arm. I kept trying and failing. There was nothing to do but think.
Audrey? he spoke in my mind.
“Here,” I replied, still not understanding who or what the voice was, hoping I wasn’t going crazy. Though, after what Ihad been through, crazy wasn’t too far off. Instead, I focused on what the voice was saying. After weeks of being stuck here, he was the only thing keeping me grounded and giving me hope.
I need you to do something for me.
He sounded drained. “Are you okay?” I asked.
Scream.
“What?”
I need you to scream as loud as you can. Now, Audrey! Scream!
Bill had left the cabin only five minutes earlier, and I was afraid to make any noise. What if he was still outside and heard me? Would he come back in? I was so sore and bruised that I couldn’t handle anymore.
Scream! he urged.
Finally trusting the voice, I sucked in a deep breath, closed my eyes, and screamed as loud as I could. At first I sounded like a cat that was being strangled, the sound barely audible and grating on my ears. But I kept trying, and the noise transformed into something loud and fierce.
Yell the word “help.”
“HELP!” My throat was raw, but that didn’t stop me. I took all of my hurt and anger, and used those emotions for the energy needed to sustain the scream.
Then a thumping came from the other room—maybe the front door. My body shuddered. Shimmying to the edge of the mattress, I tried to stand, but my legs gave out, and I fell to the rough, wooden floor, landing on my knees. With bound hands, I inched my way to the corner of the room, as far away from the door as possible.
Keep screaming!
I wanted to curl into a ball and disappear, but I did what the voice said and let out a shrill, loud cry for help. The sound bounced off the walls, echoing.
Wood shattered in the other room. I kept yelling, wishing that I had the power to destroy Bill with my scream.
The doorknob twisted. Please don’t hurt me again . . . please don’t touch me . . . no more, please. No more.
The door exploded open. Instead of Bill, there stood three hunters dressed in camouflage and bright orange vests. One held a shotgun, and another held an axe. I froze in horror. The men looked at one another and then back at me.
Audrey, tell them who you are. Your name.
“I’m Audrey Marshall. Please help me.”
“The kidnapped girl?” the older guy on the right asked. I nodded. “I’m calling 9-1-1. You’re going to be all right now,” he said reassuringly, his cell phone already at his ear.
“Thank you,” I whispered to the voice. But he didn’t respond.

Giveaway:
A random commenter will win an e-copy of The Voice so be sure to leave your email in the comments so I can contact you if you win!
 
 
 
 
 

30 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Happy Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme created by Breaking The Spine in which where we show you guys the books that have not yet released that we are pining for! So here is the book I can't wait for :)

 
Also Known As by Robin Benway
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Synopsis: From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper perfect for fans of Ally Carter.
Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good andbad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.
Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.
 
 
This book sounds so good I cannot wait to read it :)

29 January 2013

The Space Between Cover Reveal

Good morning everybody! Today is the day! It's the cover reveal for The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith. This cover reveal is brought to us by AToMR Tours so be sure to check them out :) Are you ready to see the cover?

 
The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations
Links to find the book:
Synopsis:
When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.
Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.
Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.
The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.
 
I hope you all enjoy the cover! I think it's so pretty and I can't wait to read the book!

26 January 2013

Flirt Squad: January Challenge!


Whats up my lovelies? I know it's a little late in the month for this post but better late then never right? So I hope you all remember what Flirt Squad is, if not you can find that here. So Flirt Squad is back with the January challenge, and it has to do with the new year!! Yay :)

So what you do is tweet all the news years resolutions from the different authors and for an extra 10 points you can create your own blog post with some of your own resolutions! You can check out the actual challenge post here

Paige's Resolutions :)
  • Finally reach my reading goal for the year which was brought down to 80 books for now since I never seem to be able to reach 100.
  • Get all A's this year in school.
  • Keep my blogging at a steady pace.
  • Make a bunch more blogging friends :)

Thanks so much for checking this out peoples :) Go be apart of the Flirt Squad it's so much fun! 

25 January 2013

In My Mailbox 65 + Weekly Wrap Up



In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren, where we show you guys all the books we got over the past week!

For Review:
17 Cents and a Dream by Daniel Milstein

Won from I Like These Books
The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney


Weekly Wrap Up:


Reviews:
none


Posts/Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Whats Next?


Blog Tours/Hops:
Winter's Captive Tour: Promo
Watch Me Dissapear Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


Giveaways:
Watch Me Dissapear Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

24 January 2013

What's Next? (5)


Good morning everybody! It's Thursday and you know what that means don't you? It's time for another What's Next? post! What's Next? is hosted by IceyBooks where we give you guys around 4 books and you pick which one we are to read next! So below are four books that I can't choose from so I'd love it if you could pick one for me :)


 
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
 
 
Cryers Cross by Lisa McMann
 

Thirst No. 2 by Christopher Pike
 

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
 
I'm so excited to read whatever you guys pick because I'm very excited about each and every one of these books. Don't forget if you do a What's Next? post to link it up in the comments and I will come vote for you! 
 

23 January 2013

Watch Me Disappear Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway





Watch Me Disappear by Diane Yanaskie Milligan
Synopsis: Lizzie Richards isn’t excited to be starting over at a new school for her senior year, but she’s trying to take her mother’s advice and make the most of it—the only way she can:  By disobeying her strict parents’ rules. Lizzie’s father has moved the family around every few years to advance his career, so she has never had a chance to develop the kind of “BFF” relationships she thinks most kids have. She’s bracing herself for another lonely year at her third high school when her neighbor Maura gets sick of watching her little brother when she could be partying. Thanks to Maura’s plotting, Lizzie becomes everyone’s new favorite babysitter. Seeing her opportunity, Lizzie decides to break her mother’s rules by using Maura’s computer to create a secret Email address and Facebook account. She is quickly friended by Missy, a fellow transfer student as eager for a friend as she is. Things are looking up for Lizzie until Maura’s ex-boyfriend Paul sets his eye on Missy. Caught between her new best friend and the neighbor whose friendship promises instant popularity, Lizzie doesn’t know what to do—because she’s fallen for Paul, too.

Meet The Author: 


Diane Vanaskie Mulligan began writing Watch Me Disappear during an after-school writing club she moderates for high school students. This is her first novel. She holds a BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she’s the managing editor at The Worcester Review and the director of The Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference You can also find her occasionally strumming her guitar and singing at various bars in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband.







Excerpt from Chapter 6:

I like the makeup better when I put it on myself. I apply it more lightly than they had, so it looks more natural. Try as I might, I’m not very handy at hairstyling, though. I can’t seem to tease the roots as Katherine instructed, and I have no luck with the up-dos they showed me. In the end, Katherine produces a small set of scissors and, while I hold my breath, trims some fringy bangs and layers, which we iron flat into a funky style. When we’re done, I don’t look like me, but I look sort of good. And good thing, too, because all the little pieces she cut are never going to fit into a ponytail.
“See,” Maura says. “That wasn’t so hard.”
“Maybe we should come raid your closet and see what we can do with that,” Katherine says, laughing smugly. She has gotten a little friendlier as the day has gone on. When I let her cut my hair, I think that sealed the deal. She is willing to at least consider extending friendship to me.
“You won’t find much interesting in my closet,” I say.
“What, no secrets?” Maura asks, suddenly turning our conversation away from the safe realm of appearances. My heart pounds. I’m not ready for this kind of conversation. Is this where they turn on me?
“No,” I say. “No cute clothes or skeletons.”
“How disappointing,” Maura says. “I thought there was a wild child in you that we had yet to uncover.”
“You’ve met my parents. They don’t allow much for wildness.”
“Exactly. Kids with strict parents are usually the ones who let it all out when they step outside their parents’ grasp.”
“I guess I’m still pretty much within their grasp,” I say.
Maura makes a tsk sound. “I thought for sure there was more to you, Lizzie,” she says.
I shrug. I wish there was more to me, too.


Giveaway:
3 $10 gift cards are up for grabs to three lucky commenters so don't forget to comment below :)

22 January 2013

Winter's Captive Tour: Promo


Winter's Captive by Milly Taiden
Synopsis: Being held captive for winter never felt so good.

Lili is on her way to her cousin’s wedding when she thinks she hit a man in the road. Leaving the safety of her car to check on him turns out the be a big mistake, and pretty soon Lili is being abducted and held against her will by a super-sexy wolf who her body longs to touch. But just because he’s hot doesn’t mean she’s going to remain a captive.

Cade is not just an alpha, he’s a very wealthy man, used to getting what he wants. So when he attempts to abduct his ex-friend’s fiancĂ©, he doesn’t expect to wind up with the wrong woman. Just how did he wind up with the maid of honor? And why does the woman melt every inch of him? But when the woman escapes, real danger awaits. And Cade must convince her to see beyond his deception if he wants to keep her alive.


Meet The Author:
Milly Taiden was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She began writing when she learned to put words together and her first book consisted of two homeless dogs living in a park for her second grade English class. She didn’t win a prize, but she acquired a love for writing that never went away.

When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watching scary movies with her husband, she can be found writing on her laptop. She’s addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate and Dunkin Donuts coffee. 
A major reader when she can get her hands on a good book, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden, Cynthia Sax among others
You can find the author in the places below:
Twitter: @millytaiden

This tour is provided to us by Bewitching Book Tours! Be sure to check out there blog :)




21 January 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly bookish meme created & hosted by Book Journey and what you do is tell your followers what you've finished since last week, what your currently reading now and what you plan on reading next! Make sure to leave me comments below with links to your Monday Wrap ups!

Finished:
Normalish by Margaret Lesh 
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was -- smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.

High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.



Currently Reading:
Synopsis: Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...


Synopsis: THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND ... 

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey's younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys. 

Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won't let her go ... a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn't spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Up Next:
Synopsis: Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her newfound friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that's supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat.

18 January 2013

In My Mailbox e-book edition 9 + Weekly Wrap Up


Hello everybody! So once again this week I did not get any physical books but I still do have e-books so I'd love to show you those books :) (IMM was created by Kristi over at The Story Siren)

Leopard Moon by Jeanette Batiista
Synopsis: How do you disappear when you come from a family of predators?

A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother's obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess' relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac's life and Kess' freedom.

When the moon rises, the hunt is on….



Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford
Synopsis: Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough?



So I'm a Double Threat by Julie Prestsater
Synopsis: Megan Miller, a freshman at Carver High and a Double Threat, the perfect combination of smart and popular. She's got the grades, she's got the friends, and she's got the connections. Freshman year should be a breeze, but it's not. How can it be when you have boys, boys and boys on the brain. And really only one in particular. Alex Aguilar...the boy of Meg's dreams. They met at a party and Meg's whole world shifted. The spark was there, there was no denying it. But could that spark lead to more? Can a Senior and Freshman really make a go of it no matter what kind of connection they share? Or will outside circumstances ruin not only Meg's Freshman year, but her chance at hooking the guy of her dreams. Being a Double Threat is supposed to make you special, but is it worth it if you don't get your crush?







Indelible Love - Emily's Story by D.W. Cee
Synopsis: Emily Logan - An adult orphan, foodie, and a believer in happily ever after - gets dumped by Max, her college boyfriend of four years, the night of their graduation, the night he was supposed to propose. Her world shattered, she picks up the pieces when she finds love again with Jake.

Dr. Jake Reid - Successful doctor, loving boyfriend, the one who wants to fulfill Emily's happily ever after - falls in love with Emily at first sight and pushes their relationship fast and furious.

Max Davis - Reserved, indecisive, Emily's first love - believes he let go of his first love for her sake, for all the right reasons. Eighteen months after the break-up, he's ready to win Emily's heart again.

Insecure from her broken relationship, Emily can't fully trust Jake's passion and love for her and struggles between Jake, the man who wants to create a future with her, and Max, the man who wants to relive the past. When both men propose, Emily's indecision causes her to lose her true love. Laugh, cry and cheer for Emily as her relationships unfold through culinary delights that begin in Napa Valley and weaves through eateries in San Francisco, Kyoto, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris. Who she chooses for her happily ever after may surprise you in the end.



Weekly Wrap Up:

Reviews:
Normalish Tour: Review + Giveaway


Posts/Memes:
Author Interview + Giveaway: Heather Beck
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Cover Reveal: Firefly by Belle Whittington


Blog Tours/Hops:
Darkness Haunts Book Blitz


Giveaways:
Author Interview + Giveaway: Heather Beck
Cover Reveal: Firefly by Belle Whittington
Normalish Tour: Review + Giveaway

17 January 2013

Normalish Blog Tour: Review


 
Normalish by Margaret Lesh
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was -- smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.

High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.
 
 
Review:
 
I received Normalish from the publisher for my honest review.

Normalish by Margaret Lesh is about a girl named Stacy who is a freshman in high school and she’s basically just trying to make it through it. Her dad just died and her sisters are annoying and her crush does not know she exists. Crazy world right? You’ll learn all about it once you read Normalish.

I very much enjoyed this book, it was a very light and fluffy read and everybody needs one of those once in awhile. One of the things I liked about this book was that we got to see Stacy struggle through the different obstacles but she made it through without too much damage which is good to see. Many girls go through bad times like that and I think reading books like this where they can see some of those same problems it makes it a lot easier.

One thing that I wasn’t too sure about in the book was that some of the scenes seemed to be run on a little bit but I got past that because I loved the characters as well. Stacy was a great character she was extremely strong, a great. Some other characters were her sister Becca was a little strange which you’ll find when you read the book, but really she is a great sister. One person that cracked me up was Ramon he was a sweet shy guy but he made my day every time I read about him.

Overall I give the book a 4 out of 5 stars. The writing was great. The setting was great and I enjoyed the characters and the plot they were my favorite parts
 
 
Giveaway:
 

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15 January 2013

Darkness Haunts Book Blitz

BB Book Tours


Today Comfort Books is apart of the Book Blitz for Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene. This Book Blitz is hosted by BB Book Tours so be sure to check that website out too!

Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene
Synopsis: Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel has always known better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.

Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.



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Buy the book on Amazon


Meet The Author:
Instead of making the traditional post high school move and attending college, Susan joined the U.S. Army. She spent her eighteenth birthday in the gas chamber — an experience she is sure is best left for criminals. For eleven years she served first as a human resources specialist and later as an Arabic linguist (mostly in Airborne units). Though all her duty assignments were stateside, she did make two deployments to Iraq where her language skills were put to regular use.

After leaving the service in 2009, Susan returned to school to study history with a focus on the Middle East. She no longer finds many opportunities to test her fighting abilities in real life, unless her husband is demanding she cook him a real meal, but she’s found a new outlet in writing urban fantasy heroines who can.


Twitter
Blogger


Firefly Cover Reveal + Giveaway

So I had a brain fart and over booked myself for today so in edition to my stop on the Book Blitz earlier today Comfort Books is also participating in the cover reveal for Firefly by Belle Whittington! I'm extra excited for this reveal because I read the first book Cicada and I really enjoyed it! You can check out my review for that here.

So are you ready for the cover? I'm ready to show it too you because it's BEAUTIFUL!

 
Firefly by Belle Whittington
 
Meet The Author:
Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories.
Having studied literature at University of Houston, Belle has been known to consider teaching at the college level someday.

Find Her:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads Page





Giveaway:


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14 January 2013

It's Monday What Are You Reading!?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? was created and is hosted by Book Journey and it is a weekly bookish meme where we tell you guys what we've finished since the last week or post,  what we're currently reading now, and what we want to read next!

Finished: (My Reviews)
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
One Pink Line by Dina Silver
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Spark by Amy Kathreen Ryan
Finding Mia by Rachel K. Burke
Wither by Lauren DeStafano
Fang Girl by Helen Keeble
Undead by Kristy McKay
Beneath The Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler
Every Day by David Leviathan

Currently Reading: (Goodreads Page)
Normalish by Margaret Lesh
The Farm by Emily McKay








13 January 2013

Author Interview + Giveaway: Heather Beck

Good morning my lovely followers! How is your Sunday going? Mine is going quite well actually because I finished all the work I had lined up last night so today I am able to sit back and relax! I love these kind of days how about you? Anyways let's get on to why you're really here. Today I have an interview for you guys with Author of Vocation which is below! Check out the book and the interview and have an awesome Sunday everybody :)

Vocations by Heather Beck
Synopsis: Nothing stays the same forever...

A coming-of-age story that deals with the trials and tribulations of being in the late teens, Vocations describes the lives of three friends, Jeannie, Lila, and Pamela, and the events which draw them closer and pull them apart. Whether dealing with boys, friendships, or difficult decisions, Vocations takes an in-depth and honest look at the confusion one feels at this time in their life.
 
Meet The Author:
 
Heather Beck is a Canadian author and screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Her first book was published when she was only nineteen years old. Since then she has written several well-reviewed books.
Heather recently received an Honors Bachelor of Arts from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on two young adult novels and has six anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include Young Eyes, The Rarity and Too Sensible For Love.
Besides writing, Heather's greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.


Interview:

P: What's your favorite part about being an author?
H: The absolute best part of being a writer is seeing the final product. There’s not much that can rival the feeling of holding your new book or seeing your story come to life. Even though I’ve been in this industry for over a decade, the excitement I feel when receiving the final product is as strong as ever. Other perks to being a writer includes getting to share my stories, receiving letters and e-mails from readers and being interviewed for newspapers, magazines and blogs.

P: How long have you wanted to be an author, and did you ever think it would happen?
H: I knew I wanted to be a writer since the second grade. I always loved reading, as well as creating new worlds, characters and plots of my own. I truly believe my desire to write is innate. However, it wasn’t until I turned sixteen that I began seriously researching the publishing industry and writing professionally. I was nineteen when my first book was published by a small, but traditional, publishing house. Since then I have published ten books, with several more forthcoming. I’m also a screenwriter. I have three short films produced, and several more projects are in development. Writing is such a natural activity for me, and I know I’ll be doing it for the rest of my life. I always believed I would become a published author because my desire was so strong, and I was willing to work insanely hard to make my dream a reality.






P: Where is your favorite place to write?
H: My favorite place to write is the outdoors, preferably on the dock at my cottage, at the beach, near water or in my backyard. I love being in nature and find it so inspirational. That’s where I am most happy and get my best ideas for books and screenplays. However, since writing comes very naturally to me, I believe I could write in most places.

P: What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
H: My best advice for aspiring authors is to be hopeful yet realistic. The publishing industry can be brutal and making a living as a writer is extremely difficult. That being said, it’s definitely not impossible to be a successful writer. You must have an unwavering belief in your talent, be knowledgeable about the industry, have a hard work ethic and be wholly dedicated to your writing. I’d also advise aspiring authors to have a day job since breaking into this industry can take a long time. Additionally, education and experiences broadens one’s horizons, which ultimately helps to shape one’s writing.






P: What can we expect from you in the future?
H: Most recently, my teen drama, Vocations, was re-released, and the fourth book in The Horror Diaries series, Supernatural, will be released this June. My short film, Circular – a chilling social commentary about war – will be filmed, and as always, I’m working with a few production companies on different screenwriting projects. Finally, I’m currently writing Frostbitten, a young adult werewolf romance that I outlined years ago. Luckily, now seems like a perfect time for that genre.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today Heather! I hope to have you back sometime in the future :) For my followers Heather has been so kind as to offer a giveaway of your choice of

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12 January 2013

In My Mailbox 64 + Weekly Wrap Up



In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme where we show you all the books we got throughout the week. This meme is created by Kristi over at The Story Siren so be sure to check out her blog as well!

Won from IceyBooks:
Fang Girl by Helen Keeble
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

E-books: (All bought off of Amazon for free)
Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes
Aphrodite's Kiss by Julie Kenner
Dangerous Voices by Rae Carson
Waking Up Married by Mira Lynn Kelly


Weekly Wrap Up:

Reviews:
Every Day by David Levithan


Memes/Posts:
(Will be better next week)


Blog Tours/Hops:
The Edge of Never Tour: Promo Post


Giveaways:
If you watched the video you now know that if you go to youtube and comment on the video with your email address you will be entered to win an ARC copy of Fang Girl by Helen Keeble.



 

09 January 2013

The Edge of Never Tour: Promo


 
The Edge Of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Synopsis: Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?
 
The Edge of Never Character Bios:
 
Name: Camryn Marybeth Bennett
Age: 20
Physical Description From Book: long blonde hair which is often worn in a braid over one shoulder, blue eyes, average height and weight.
A quote that really fits this characters personality: "I think I've been afraid most of my life to be myself"
Best quality of this character: unwillingness to conform to the monotony of societys expectations.
One vice and or worst quality about this character: Camryn Bennett is susceptible to depression.
 
Name: Andrew William Parrish
Age: 25
Physical Description From Book: green eyes, short, tousled haircut, athletic build and dimples when he smiles when he smiles.
A Quote That Really Fits This Characters Personality: "A woman who knows what she wants sexually, and isn't afraid to express it is so fucking hot, Camryn- Tell. Me. What. You. Want. Or, I wont give it to you."
Best Quality of This Character: undeniable loyalty
One Vice and or Worst Quality About This Character: Andrew Parrish is his own worst enemy.
 
Thanks for stopping by everybody! I had so much fun hosting this stop :)
 

05 January 2013

Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Book Format: ARC
Number of Pages: 322
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received Every Day by David Levithan as a winning from Random Buzzers. This is an honest review.

Wow Every Day is so not what I was expecting, but in a totally good way. A switches bodies every day, and that means exactly what I said he or she is never in the same body for twice ever and it’s a little tough but this is the only life A has ever known so it’s normal and he or she is okay with it until Rhiannon comes along.

I’m not really sure how to describe A because it was not made known in the book if A was a boy or a girl but I kind of just went with he. I’m not sure why but from the very beginning that was my first instinct and I went with it. Either way I enjoyed A’s character, no matter what happened he was always hooked on Rhiannon from the day he met her he knew she was the one. He always wanted what was best for her even if it hurt him or the body he was in, and that I thought was pretty amazing.

My favorite character though was Rhiannon, and the reason being is because I saw a little bit of myself in her. The things that were going on in her love life I could relate. I could also relate with her feelings most of the time, which is what totally drew me into her character.

Can we just talk about switching bodies every day for a second? I cannot even imagine that happening. I would so not be able to handle it the pain of not knowing who I really was not having real parents or real friends would kill me and I’d probably just become this depressed person. I have no clue how A dealt with it! (as if he’s a real person!)

I’m not sure if this book is meant to be a standalone because by the ending I was very confused. Out of the whole book the ending is the one thing that I was totally not happy with! It’s crazy how things just abruptly ended and left me with my jaw hanging open. Sometimes that factor can be good but In this case I’m not too happy with it. (part of me thinks that’s because of my mood at the time of reading the ending but who knows)

Overall the book gets a 4 out of 5 stars because of the whole ending thing but If I had the chance to turn around and pick another book I wouldn’t because I really did end up enjoying this one quite a lot.

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