Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel Book Trailer

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Releasing November 11, 2014

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Book synopsis:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

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 About Amy Engel:

Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Runaway (Camryn Cruise #1) by Brina Courtney






RELEASE DAY BLITZ

Camryn Cruise is not human. But she doesn’t know what she is. Not yet.
The world is falling apart and her only escape is Camp Silverlake where she
frequently stayed as a child. But Camryn’s summers weren’t filled with crafting and
swimming, they were spent learning combat skills and how to protect herself from
the outside world.
Now she must return to Camp Silverlake to learn the truth, about who she is and
she’ll discover the secret hidden within her blood. A secret that could save them all.

 


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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crossing Into the Mystic by DL Koontz


Crossing Into The Mystic (The Crossings Trilogy #1)

Now and then, you see something that alters how you view the world.

That's what teen orphan Grace MacKenna learns in this paranormal suspense novel, Into the Mystic, the first book in The Crossings Trilogy.

Death, ghosts and the foibles of the living all collide together for our insufferably independent protagonist as she escapes from a volatile aunt in Boston to the secluded mountains of West Virginia, wrestles with lingering anger over the horrific deaths of her parents and sister, finds unexpected friendships in the local riverside town, and tackles a budding romantic triangle with two very different young men one living, one dead.

In her isolated mountainside home, Grace discovers how to see and talk with ghosts. In particular, she is pulled into the life of a dashing Civil War ghost, William, and unwittingly finds herself helping him resolve unfinished business so he can cross into the hereafter.

But is Grace actually experiencing angels and demons in disguise? Will she find out too late? And will her developing love for the ghost affect her decisions regarding her real-life romance? Before learning the answers, you ll journey with her to the backwoods flatlands of Georgia, and to Antietam Battlefield (during a full moon "when the divide between life and death is weakest...") where Grace interacts with menacing ghosts.

Join Grace as she learns that forbidden love can make demands that teeter between life and death.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 21st 2014 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

ISBN    1941103030 (ISBN13: 9781941103036)

"If you believe the Bible is true, you ought to know that demons are real. The Bible is filled with references of evil and demons, and Christ repeatedly cast out demons, so I believe the universe is much more complex and mysterious than it may appear to our senses.”
 


Orphaned, Grace decides to move from Boston to the mountains of West Virgina. To an estate owned by her ancestors and has mysteries that date back to the civil war. She sees the ghosts that roam the land and wants to solve their mystery to help them move on. The mixing of several characters both alive and dead really helped the story progress and move along with a good pace. Along with the stories of the ghosts we get to look into the past, with a focus on the Civil War that adds a flair of history to the storyline.

The setting creates a haunting and at times dream-like effect to the story. The main storyline leading to the help of God to recognize the good and evil that crosses her path. The ideas of living life and what the afterlife might be, are subjects that will course throughout you as you read. A push on your beliefs and make you think "what if"

It is a paranormal romance, Grace will find attraction and love during the course of the novel. A colliding of faith, paranormal and spiritual bonding are all prominent and important to this story. I love paranormal stories and the fact that this one adds in a lot of historical scenes was an added bonus. I thought it was very well written and thought provoking. It is something I would recommend to those that are looking for something a little different and have a good message.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dark Sacrifice (Dark Paradise #2) by Angie Sandro

A GIFT AND A CURSE

Mala LaCroix sees dead people—really. After using her psychic gifts to catch a killer, she's locked in a psych ward and must strike a deal with the devil to secure her release. Apprenticed to a dark arts practitioner, Mala vows to free herself and save her loved ones from danger. But she doesn't know who to turn to when her crush on Landry Prince turns into something more serious.

A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH

Landry has sacrificed everything to protect Mala. A near-death experience changes him forever, and now he, too, possesses supernatural powers he doesn't understand. Mala and Landry must band together to defeat the dark forces—both human and otherworldly—who would use their abilities for evil. Even as they fall for each other, they must prepare to battle for their very souls . . . 


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 (Mature Content, Violence, Language, Sex)





The second book is just as thrilling as the first. Very little down time in the storyline and at that point the romance really heats up! 
Both Landry and Mala are lucky to be alive after the events in the first book and it really takes a hit on both of them very hard. Mala's visions are worse and she looses herself into them completely. Landry's health is slowly fading and his ability to astro project is getting stronger and happening more often. 

Mala wants to stay in her home, even with the fire damage. Landry has no where to go and finds comfort with Mala after his release from the hospital. Yet, Mala's aunt is still persistent that she comes to live with her in New Orleans and learn to skill her magic abilities. 

There are more characters that come into play in the second novel as the mystery of the town attack on Mala's house is being looked into and more town secrets come into fruition. 

Although it plays into the plot, I was a little disappointed in Landry's personality change in this book. He becomes very insecure and paranoid. Mala, now being more comfortable with Landry becomes more open and vulnerable, yet still hard to break through Landry's walls he's built. 

What I love about this series is the non stop plot and twists. There is little to no down time and constant developments. With the addition of new characters the story becomes more intense with new dangers. Mala gets pulled into the action because of her abilities and to a point she feels partly responsible. 

Very well written, exciting setting and storylines. I especially like the characters  of Mala and Landry, they have a great connection. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dark Paradise (Dark Paradise #1) by Angie Sandro


DARK LEGACY

Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of "witch women," she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She's haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

DEADLY SECRETS

Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister's killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.

Word count: 96,000
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2014) 
 
 
 
Every once in awhile if you are lucky you come across a book that fits you just right. Something you have been searching for and know 
it will be hard to find again. This was one lucky strike for me. I loved every minute, the characters the plot the setting all came together 
perfectly. 
 
Mala struggles with the relationship her family has with the local town. It makes it hard for her to fit in yet she is determined to not 
stand out. When she discovers a dead body, it turns all eyes on her. Especially the deceased's brother, Landry. Landry is drawn to 
Mala, but unsure if she, or her family had anything to do with his sister's death. He keeps an open mind and works with Mala to
find the answers together. 
 
It has that old southern, bayou setting. A small town in which everybody has grown up together and secrets are hard to keep. I loved
the characters Mala and Landry. The honest way that they could talk to each other, and actually had open communication with one 
another. Sure there are misunderstandings and grief caused by not always knowing what needs to be said, but that tension really
helps with the storyline and timing. 
 
The main characters are in their early 20's, the content of their attraction to each other and the seriousness of the situations they find 
themselves in really meshed well. I was actually surprised at how far the author takes it when it came to the danger that Landry
and Mala find themselves in, really edge of your seat intensity. 
 
Mala comes from a family of witches, and has some powers of her own. For this story her ability to interact with ghosts is a 
necessity to help Landry find the killer. But, the other side also puts her in danger, both of their lives are put at risk when dealing
with the other side. 
 
Now I have been hooked and find this story to be very addicting. I want to recommend it to everybody, but I would especially
recommend it to you.  
 
 
About the Author
 Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador
 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Some Boys Tour stop and #Giveaway

YA author, Patty Blount, is back with another novel that addresses one of today’s most pressing issues facing today's youth. SOME BOYS is a gutwrenching and edgy love story told from alternating points of view that's perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry.
"SOME BOYS belongs in every YA collection." - School Library Journal
"5 stars. Very well-deserved! This book did quite a number on me - unlike most books (contemporary or not), this one made me FEEL, and feel really strongly." - The Eater of Books

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About SOME BOYS:
Some Boys go too far. Some Boys will break your heart. But One Boy can make you whole.
Seventeen-year-old lacrosse player Ian Russell—sidelined by a concussion—is sentenced to spend spring break scrubbing out lockers. It’s bad enough when Ian discovers his partner for the week is Grace Collier, the girl who claims his best friend raped her at a party in the woods a few weeks ago. But what sucks most of all is that he used to have a thing for Grace… before Zac MacMahon got to her first.
Grace wants to crawl into one of the lockers and die. Ian was the only reason Grace even bothered to go that stupid party, but he never showed up. Not until… after. Suddenly, someone was shaking her awake. The last thing she remembers is the expression on Zac’s face. But Zac told the entire school the sex was consensual and posted a video on Facebook to prove it. Her best friends have abandoned her and even her parents aren’t too sure.
But Ian and Grace surprise each other. He never disrespects her, and she even helps him when a dizzy spell hits. Ian still likes Grace with her bad-ass style. Unlike the rest of the school, who has rejected Grace, calling her a slut and a liar, Ian is funny and kind with secrets of his own. But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you challenge your best friend and call him a liar? How do you believe in love?

Also by Patty Blount: TMI and SEND!


About Patty Blount:
In addition to writing novels for teens, Patty Blount writes technical information for a computer company. Her first novel, Send, was inspired after a manager suggested she learn more about social networks. A short version of that same novel finished in the top ten of the Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition. She is also the author of the young adult book, TMI. She lives on Long Island with her family. Visit her at pattyblount.com.






First Kiss

He tugs me closer. “How are you gonna hurt me when I’ve got your hands trapped?”
I go completely still. Ian Russell is holding my hands. Ian Russell is holding my hands. And there’s no pressure in my chest, and I haven’t warped back in time to the moment when I knew I couldn’t stop Zac from taking what he wanted from me. Jesus, a boy is touching me, and it’s kind of okay. And for maybe the first time in forty days, I laugh.
“What’s so funny?” He looks at me sideways.
“Glad you asked.” I grin. Since he’s on the floor and I’m not, all it takes is a simple shift of my weight, and a second later I’ve broken out of his hold and have him pinned.
“Impressive. Ow. Very impressive. Ow. I’ll applaud once you let me go.”
“Stop crying.”
“I will when you let me go.”
I should probably let him go.
But I don’t.
My heart’s racing from the power trip of taking Ian down, or maybe it’s just because I’m so close to him and thought this was over for me. His muscles go lax. He stops struggling, and I don’t let go. I want to freeze this moment and keep it—keep him—forever. Slowly he leans in closer and closer, and I still don’t let go. His eyes drop to my mouth, and his tongue darts out to lick his lips. I think he wants to kiss me, and damn it, I want him to—I want him to so badly I almost cry, so I don’t let go. Closer, closer, and his eyes shut, and his head tilts. And I don’t let go. His lips touch mine, and he kisses me like it matters—like I matter—and oh, my God, it’s amazing. He’s amazing, and I don’t let go. And then the steel door on the floor below us screeches open, and Ian goes tense, his eyes darting to the stairs at the far end of the hall. And it hits me.
Ian doesn’t want anyone to see him with the school slut.
So I break our No Zac agreement. “You wanna know why I didn’t fight off Zac? Because I was unconscious.”
Ian’s eyes snap to mine and then away, but it’s too late. I already saw the disgust in them.
This is when I let him go.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Guest Post by Teri Harman and #Giveaway

 


Authors I Can’t Write Without” by Teri Harman

I am a story addict. I am addicted to reading. It is my love of reading that helped shape my love of writing. It’s symbiotic in some ways: I suck all the greatness from my favorite writers, nourishing my ability to put words on the page.

These are some of the authors that inspire me, that make me want to try harder in my writing. That make me better.

1. Roald Dahl
Such imagination! Roald Dahl taught me to twist and turn the normal into the bizarre. To stretch my creativity to mold ideas into stories that feel fresh and yet familiar in all the right ways. Favorite titles: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ ‘Matilda,’ and ‘Tales of the Unexpected.’

2. Kate Morton
Beautiful, intoxicating words. Kate Morton’s writing is so amazing – her descriptions, her solid plots, her gothic sense of place. I devour her books and always want to run to the computer when I’m done. Favorite titles: ‘The Forgotten Garden,’ and ‘The Secret Keeper.’

3. Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah does steamy romance and magic realism so well. Her books are magical and her characters authentic. I love her stories and want mine to be as absorbing. Favorite titles: ‘The Sugar Queen,’ and ‘Garden Spells.’

4. Sue Monk Kidd
The queen of emotional narratives that you never forget. I want to write as honest and deep as Sue does. She captures characters and how they feel in every situation so perfectly. That is not easy. Favorite titles: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ and ‘The Invention of Wings.’

Which authors inspire you?

For more about Teri Harman and her books, including BLACK MOON, the sequel to BLOOD MOON, which Kirkus Reviews calls ‘unusual and absorbing,’ check out the links below…

Instagram: @teriharman
Twitter: @TeriHarman, https://twitter.com/TeriHarman

 
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