Monday, March 24, 2014

LUX: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx) cover reveal and giveaway

I LOVE THE LUX SERIES! I was leery when I first started reading Obsidian when it was published, but quickly fell in love with the story. Plus, its set in my home state! I think this is a great repackaging of the series, even though the covers with Pepe will always be my favorite. It'll release on June 3, 2014!

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx):
 Obsidian- "There's an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is."

 Onyx- Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?"

LUX: BEGINNING (Obsidian and Onyx) Links
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes&Noble  

We will also be raffling off two fan inspired artwork from fans of the Lux series sent from the author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, herself. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so make sure you wait for the form to load to enter. Leaving comments (while greatly appreciated) will not enter you for this giveaway.
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 # 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.

Connect with Jennifer! She's hilarious and awesome!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spotlight Feature: Thrown to the Wolves by Veronica Blade

Thrown to the Wolves: The Legend of Hannah & Eli (Shapes of Autumn: prequel)
Appx. 165 pages
 Release date: March 31st, 2014
 ISBN print: 978-0-9910756-3-8
ISBN ebook: 978-0-9910756-2-1

Published by Crush Publishing, Inc.

"A young werewolf must fight for her life to gain freedom, but her triumph could mean losing her only chance at happiness.

Hannah, a seventeen-year-old werewolf, would rather be a peasant and free than dripping in jewels and wife to the tyrant werewolf king. Running from him will get her hunted, and most likely killed, yet she formulates a plan.

Sneaking around the castle, she encounters Eli, a handsome blond shape-shifter and slave to the king. Drawn to Eli as a fellow captive, she admires his courage and honor — qualities rarely seen amongst her own kind. With him, Hannah finds rare moments of joy in the place she's desperate to escape. Though she dreams of being with Eli forever, she knows he will never abandon his sister, another prisoner of the evil king.

Meeting in secret, Eli and Hannah's bond deepens as he trains her to protect herself. When she discovers the king’s scheme to murder her after their wedding, Hannah must choose between a short life and brief happiness with Eli or freedom and a future without him."

Isn't this cover gorgeous?! I LOVE the colors. Wow!

Haven't read anything by Veronica Blade yet? Here are links to get you started!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Spotlight - Wolves at the Door Blog Tour

Wolves at the Door is the second book in Veronica Blade's Shapes of Autumn series. 
Everyone loves a good werewolf story, right? ;)

Their forbidden love could cost them their lives...

Autumn’s just learned she’s a shape-shifter — something her parents should’ve told her long ago. Unless they adopted her and didn’t know she wasn’t human. Either way, learning the truth has the same outcome: her parents lied. Zack is the only one she can count on, but he’s a werewolf and the king’s decree forbids contact between the species, let alone love. Zack’s planning to leave after graduation, but letting him go isn’t an option. He’s becoming more a part of her every day, a part she would fight for, give up everything for — even kill for. If she’s not killed first.

If Zack’s experience with his own kind has taught him anything, it’s that werewolves can’t be trusted. He’d rather die free than live in a pack under the rule of the werewolf king. So, instead of preparing for college like any other senior, he’s planning to go on the run after graduation. Escaping won’t be easy with the werewolves guarding him. But until that day comes, Zack knows he’s endangering Autumn every moment he’s around her. If it’s this difficult staying away from her now, how hard will it be to leave her behind in just a few weeks?
(Right now, it's free!)

If you're new to this series, here are some links to the first book, My Wolf's Bane.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway - One & Only by Viv Daniels

One & Only by Viv Daniels

ebook, 264 pages
Published November 8th 2013
Source: Copy provided by author for my honest review

"One night they can't forget...

Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she's sworn to keep: the father who won't acknowledge her, the sister who doesn't know she exists, and the mother who's content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets. But when summer ends, so does their relationship -- Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.

One love they can't ignore...

Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan's life. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend…who also happens to be Tess's legitimate half-sister. Tess refuses to follow in her mother's footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she’s always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.

...And only one chance to get things right."

One & Only is the debut NA contemporary novel from Viv Daniels (aka Diana Peterfreund of For Darkness Shows the Stars) and I'll come right out and say it, I adored this book. I've been wading deeper into the contemporary romance genre ever since I read Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace (which was awesome!), and I am SO glad I took a chance on One & Only. Daniels has written an amazing story about secrets, lies, love, betrayal and reconciliation. This book was FLAWLESS.

The main characters, Tess and Dylan, were both wonderful. They were so real and deep and complex. The whole time I was reading I felt like I was a secondary character watching it all unfold. Tess was amazing. All her life, she (and her mother) have had to live by her dad's rules. Just the idea of having a dad, but not being able to claim him (and vice versa) is just SO sad to me. To grow up thinking they must not be good enough since her dad didn't chose them would really do a number on a kid. I was very proud of Tess when she decided to buck the rules and take control of her life. I totally understand why she walked away from Dylan after their time at Cornell, and really, I applauded her. Trying to break a family 'curse' like that is serious stuff. What I love about Tess is that throughout the whole book, she had the strength of character to stop, to say no, to live in the moment, to care about someone when most people would have said 'good riddance'. That's not to say any of it was easy. Dylan is the freaking MAN, as far as I'm concerned. Sure, he did a few things he shouldn't have, but you have to start somewhere to grow, to change. Dylan surprised me, and that hasn't happened to me in a very long time. I thought I had a handle on where a particular situation was going, but nope. I was wrong, and happily so. There are so many things I want to say about these two, but I don't want to give anything away. Discussion group, anyone?

As far as world building goes, Viv Daniels may as well have transported me to college with Tess and Dylan. Classes, a frat party, labs Even the world Tess and her mother lived in was perfectly done. The 'rules', One & Only is the perfect example of what (I think) a New Adult book should be. The intimate scenes are very tastefully done, but it was NOT the center of the story. There was this sense of teasing and tension with every part of the story. It was wonderful, and the ending made me tear up a little. Daniels told this story in such a compelling way. It is the first that I've read of hers, but she's got me hooked. I'll definitely be coming back for more, and am even more eager to finally check out her YA books. I will absolutely, 110% recommend this to everyone. There is no doubt in my mind that One & Only will be hugely successful, and I can't wait for the next book, Sweet & Wild.

Wanna get your hands on this book? Find it at these retailers:
Amazon Amazon UK Barnes and Noble Kobo Smashwords
Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads list, and then post your review!

Find out more about Viv Daniels by checking out her Facebook and chatting her up on Twitter!

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IN ADDITION TO Viv's giveaway, she's also giving me a swag pack (complete with a One & Only bookmark, an assortment of gifts and books from me and other new adult authors, and a One & Only charm. Prize will be mailed by the author at the conclusion of the blog tour.) 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quick Review - Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published May 22nd 2012
by Feiwel & Friends

"Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. 
Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been  looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. 
He needs her help--no matter what the risk."

Of Poseidon had been lingering around on my Kindle for a few months. Needing a break from my recent literary fare, I decided to crack it open and get my mermaid on. The story had a great base plot line, but I did have several problems. I'm really hoping they are resolved or at least improve some in the second book because despite my issues, I want to keep reading.
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