Sunday, June 30, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin (Lux #4)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected publication: August 27th 2013

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance


Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?


About the author:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Other books in the series:
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BOOK BLITZ: Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Shine Not Burn
by Elle Casey

Expected publication: 
July 1st 2013
by Elle Casey

Genre: NA, Romance


I can't be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much. ... Andie's just days away from tying the knot, but there's just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she's already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won't issue her a marriage license until it's all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she's going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she's thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick ... before her fiance finds out and everything she's been working toward goes up in flames.

Don't miss it at it's special pre-order price of $0.99 on Amazon!!!

Mini Author Interview + Guest Post:

Q: What's your favorite part of being a writer?

EC: My readers.  Hands down, it's the readers.  I get emails and messages every day from devoted fans, and I can't express how much that means to me.  There are readers out there who've set up book blogs just because they were so excited about my books, people who make it a point to promote my books on their Facebook pages and Twitter just because they want to share the reader-love, and whole families who are reading my series and discussing them at dinner.  It just blows my mind that people would be so generous and so involved in my made-up worlds.  Recently I had a fan dress as one of my characters at a comic con event.  I also occasionally get a very heart-warming message about how my writing has changed someone's life - caused them to finally start reading or to go to college.  To me, that's the sign of a life well-lived - that I've somehow inspired another person to reach for something they want in life that they thought they didn't have a chance at having before.

Q: What books do you have in the works right now?

EC: All kinds of good stuff!  I'm so excited to get them out to readers.  Here's the NA Romance line-up for June, July, and August: Shine Not Burn, By Degrees, and Don't Make Me Beautiful, and then a 3-book series that will be released on surprise dates this year: Rebel, Hellion, and Trouble.  Links to all of them on Goodreads here:

Q: You have a lot of novels in the urban fantasy genre.  What interested you in writing romances?

EC: Romances were my first love.  Well … aside from Disney fairy tales.  But then again, those are all romances aren't they?  They've got misunderstood heroines - beaten down by others - who are looking for love and understanding, finally finding it in the hands of a guy on horseback.  I've read hundreds of romances in my time, from every publisher out there, including indie authors of course.  It doesn't matter how many I read, I always want more.  Since I love them as a reader, I really wanted to try my hand as a writer in the genre.  I have so many romance stories simmering in my brain right now, at this point, it's like therapy just getting them out of there.  I have 6 romances planned for the rest of the year and lots more for 2014.  I'm going to be very busy.  But I'm happy being busy because it's very important to me that I keep hunger readers fed.  I live to write for voracious readers.

Q:  What's the most important element in a romance in your opinion?

EC:  A sexy guy.  Seriously, he just needs to be sexy as hell, and that doesn't mean sexy can't come in different packages.  For example, in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the MC, Ian, is very understated and shy, but man, he rocked my world.  He reminds me a lot of my husband, actually.  On the other hand you have your angsty fighters ... guys who you'd never let into your world in real life but who are safe to fall for in books.  Travis from Beautiful Disaster comes to mind. Boy, did he cause a lot of fuss in the reader world!  Chemistry comes in all kinds of packages, which is awesome, but the chemistry has to be there or the book falls flat for me.

And finally, if you had the opportunity to write a letter to your teen self what would you say?

Dear Elle.  

I know right now you think life pretty much sucks and that you're never able to do what you want the way you want to, and your parents don't understand what you're going through and people at school suck and lots of kids in class are jerks.  And I know that you feel like things are always going to be this way and that right now is the most important time of your life and that since it's not going right, it sometimes feels like life is too hard to deal with.  But know this: these days in high school are just a tiny blip in the span of your life, filled with nasty but powerful hormones that make everything seem worse than it is.  Soon you'll leave high school and see the rest of the world and learn that there are amazing people out there who will appreciate who you are, exactly as you are - you won't have to change to please them.  You'll find out that the popular kids who shunned you aren't nearly as well-prepared for the world as you are and will be in a bad place as a result (ha! revenge!).  And the beauty that you've only just begun to see in yourself will increase a thousandfold and you will have many, many future memories of love, laughter, and wonderful moments that you wouldn't trade for the world.  So hang on, there's a lot of really cool stuff coming.  And the best part is, all the shit you're going through now is going to make you a kickass adult who can write really cool books about the hard parts of growing up with complete accuracy and believability.  People with perfect lives grow up to be really boring.  You will never be boring.

About the author:

Elle Casey is a full-time writer of New Adult and Young Adult titles in several genres, including romance, urban fantasy, sci-fi dystopian, and action-adventure. She's an American girl who's been living in southern France with her husband and three children since 2010. She loves chatting with her readers, so feel free to drop her a line.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

REVIEW: Romancing the R.A. (Campus Romance #1) by Ashelyn Drake

Title/Series: Romancing the R.A. | Campus Romance #1
Author: Ashelyn Drake
Publisher: S.B. Addison Books
Published: May 27th 2013 
Format: eBook | Pages: 81
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased Amazon
★★★ (3/5) Stars!

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Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a resident adviser who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl. And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested.But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?

This was another one of our Girls with Books weekend read-alongs with Jessica from Lovin' Los Libros, Danielle from What Danielle Did Next, Wendy from Book Scents, Tonya from lilybloombooks, Trish from Between the Lines, Chelsea from Starbucks & Books Obsession and CeCe from CeCe's Steaming Mug of Books. I'd been looking forward to this one for a while. Unfortunately I didn't look close enough before getting into this book and after about 10-15 min of reading I look down and notice I was already at 10% which was confusing me because that's pretty darn quick. So I thought maybe I was reading longer than I thought and looked it up only to find out... it's 81 pages long. Sigh.

81 pages just isn't enough time to build a believable romance between 2 strangers. It was cute at the start and had me smiling and all that. But after a couple hours and she's wondering if he hits on all freshmen like this or if she's "special" and then I see things like "I'm not that type of guy" and "I believe you" it's like really.....?  Really? You've been acquainted all of 3 or 4 hours and you can take his word so easily? Not to mention spend the night with him? Wasn't impressed with that.

As a full length novel this book has so much more potential and I probably would be raving about it right now because like I said it started off cute and had me all excited. The characters were easy to like and had the romance been strung out for more than a 24 hour period the storyline would have been great too.

The only other thing I had a problem with was the bathroom cat fight. It just felt awkward and out of place. Thrown in just for tension sake. Things were short enough without having a potential roadblock that..turned out to be nothing. Another "it's not like that" and "I believe you" type of thing.

Overall I didn't hate it. I didn't love it. It just was.

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Weekly Haul #17

Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's basically a way in which we get to show off the lovely new goodies we got over the past week/month however you decide to do it. (Because let's face it, us bookish types love to drag everyone down with us.)

I'm usually so on top of things, especially my Weekly Haul posts. I literally finish one and by the next day I'll have at least one free kindle book or something and I get the next weeks post all prepped so all I have to do is add a book each time I get one then hit post by Saturday. I'm just in a blogging slump this week. I'm doing all of this today when I post it and I'm not even putting much effort into it. The physical copies I got I'll put in next weeks because I'm just sort of like..."Meh" But let's get this done because all I feel like doing is curling up and reading.

For Review/Blog Tour:

This book has been on my radar since I first bought my Nook last year sometime but I never got around to picking it up. So when I got an email asking if I wanted to help promote book 2 I thought why not. A huge thanks to Anjana at Entangled Publishing for sending me review copies of both books!! I just started this one this morning and I'm already hooked :D

Review for blog tour Aug 22nd

This was SO good. Review to come the week of release. Thanks again to Entangled Publishing for this and the one below!


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Subject to Change (Picturing Perfect #2) by Alessandra Thomas

The Impact of You by Kendall Ryan

For You by Mimi Strong

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Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover
It was (not sure if still...) Read Now on NetGalley the other day. Dropped everything. It's been read in  a matter of hours and wow...she got me again. Review to come soon.

So what did you get this week?

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #05

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by both Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. It's a way for us to meet and get to know some new bloggers. You can find out more about this feature here.

Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

Okay let me break for you.  For my absolute favorite books, the ones I could read again and again, I prefer to have either hardcover or paperback. Hardcover if I can afford it but I will settle for paperback. I love having that physical contact (Okay maybe I hug them...but that's normal right? Right!) and nothing beats that bookish smell. Okay I see that look you're getting. You know you secretly sniff your books too!

I always swore I would never...I mean one of those people who bought an eReader of any type. That's like bookworm sacrilege right? Well, that's what I used to think. Then one day about a year ago I was sitting there on the Barnes & Noble website having a major internal battle. My brain was looking at the Nooks saying "Do it! Do it! Do it!" while my heart was saying "Noooo! That's not even close to reading a book. Resist!!" Well guess who won? *Glances discreetly at Nook*


So I loved my Nook, I discovered new authors, inexpensive books, sometimes even free ones! And then one day I was talking to one of my non-reader friends (Yeah I know right?! Can you believe they exist? Pffft) and she was complaining about her mom and how spoiled she is by her dad and she's like "I called her the other day and he's bought her both a Nook AND a Kindle!!" I was like what on earth? Who does that? Why would you need both??!!!?!?!! I will never be one of those people for sure! Nope I'm happy with my Nook. *Looks down, cheeks flushed with embarrassment* 

Okay look! Amazon always has such good deals on Kindle!! I had to!!! Sigh. And ever since I bought the thing I've become such a 1 click junkie. I'm so not kidding. My blogging besties and I complain about our clicking habits all the time...right after we encourage each other to buy another book ;)

So basically I'm very much an eBook kind of person at the moment. But if I truly love the book I eventually get physical copies of it if they're available as well. What can I say? I'm a book hoarder!!

Sorry I rambled I do that sometimes... Anyway, thanks for stopping and if you're a new follower let me know in the comments! I always return the favor :) I prefer Bloglovin' follows as GFC is going bye bye soon. And feel free to follow and bug me on Twitter. It's my other addiction and I'm always up to meet fellow bloggers. Have a great weekend lovelies!!! ♥♥

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TEASER PIC #2 Undertow (Dragonfly #2) by Leigh Talbert Moore

Undertow (Dragonfly #2) by Leigh Talbert Moore
Expected publication: July 18th 2013 by Leigh Talbert Moore

Updated Summary:

Falling in love will pull you under...

-Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination--and become a billionaire in the process. 
-Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist. 
-Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.

Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.

In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer's seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members. 

Anna hoped to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be their only option. 

Now she's in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose the boy she's starting to love for good.

Did you miss the first teaser? 
You can find it here :) Teaser #1

And now for #2....

And don't miss the first book in the Dragonfly series:

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