Monday, December 21, 2015

SELLING PRE-LOVED BOOKS!

Monday, December 21, 2015
BOOKS FOR SALE!

Hello, book buddies! I'm here with a post that breaks my heart ((a little)). Basing on the title... yes, I'm selling some of my books (which are pictured below). The books shown in the picture are MINE and PRE-LOVED. For now, this is only open to PHILIPPINE residents only.

LIST OF BOOKS FOR SALE:
Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Trade Paperback, plastic covered, + SIGNED!!!)
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes (Paperback w/ minor scratches and bents)
Falling Into Places by Amy Zhang (Paperback w/ minor scratches and bents)
Countdown by Michelle Rowen (Paperback, plastic covered)


If you need more photos of each book, please send me an email.

If you want to buy a book or two, please read the guidelines carefully:

1. The buyer must shoulder the shipping fees and other expenses in sending the book.
2. Payments must be made through Palawan Express or LBC (for those who are in the Philippines). I'm still not sure if I should open this internationally but if ever someone is interested AND is not in the Philippines, I guess we can work things out.
3. All of the books shown above in the picture are PRE-LOVED. That means there may be bents/scratches but don't worry, all the books are in GOOD CONDITION.

If you are interested in buying or have any comments/suggestions, you can contact me with this email - alyannafontalva@gmail.com or through Twitter.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Black Diamond by Ali Dean

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Cover Reveal made possible by Mark My Words Book Publicity.

Black Diamond 
 

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
It’s not a place for the weak.
No one here tolerates wimps.
If you can’t handle it, leave.
Welcome to Stark Springs, Colorado, home to the most talented young athletes in the world.
When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe.  But upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator.  
Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he’s gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it’s his fifth limb, but he’s cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won’t put up with it. She’s here to train, and she doesn’t care about impressing anyone off the slopes. The only problem? Ryker Black doesn’t permit defiance. Not without consequences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

FOLLOW ALI ONLINE:
Amazon | Goodreads | Website

Thank you to MMW for making this possible!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Blitz: Fall Into Bliss

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bliss has a new look and to celebrate we are having a huge sale plus an amazing week full of Blissful events. Join us and fill your e-reader with these fun and flirty romances for just $.99 each!

PLUS...

Join us for a fun line up of events where you can chat with Bliss authors and other readers, kick back with an #EPMovieNight and more. See the list of events below here:

11/2 to 11/6Join Bliss authors for tips on avoiding the Black Friday madness, holiday recipes and more over at Entangled in Romance.

11/2 to 11/6 - Bliss author Facebook page takeover. Each day a different Bliss author will be taking over the Bliss Books Fan page. Ask those questions you’ve been dying to ask an author, chat with the group and get peeks inside to find your next fun and flirty romantic read.

Tuesday, 11/3 at 8pm ETKick back, relax, and join Entangled for an #EPMovieNight. Follow @entangledpub and the #EPMovieNight hashtag and chat with us as we watch The Wedding Singer together. It’s available for streaming on Netflix. We will also be giving away several prizes throughout the movie to lucky chat participants!

Thursday, 11/5 from 8pm to 10pm ET - Fall into Bliss Facebook party. Join Bliss authors, readers and the Bliss team for a night of fun, treats and giveaways.

We hope you can join us for one or more of the events!

Wait, don't go yet! There's something you need to know... there's a GIVEAWAY!

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Crown's Game: Reveal #4!

Friday, October 9, 2015
It's that time of the month again! The time where we get to know another amazing character from one of the highly anticipated debut novels of 2016, The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye.

As all of you know, I'm a Tsar's Guard. I'm part of the official The Crown's Game street team. Last Wednesday (Octoebr 7th), another character was REVEALED! And of course, since I'm highly anticipating this book, I want to share the good news to all of you!

REVEAL #4 is...


|| Want to know more about Renata? ||

A servant in the house where Nikolai lives, Renata Galygin also happens to be the only person (other than his mentor) who knows that Nikolai is an enchanter. He didn’t mean to share that fact with her, but Renata quite literally stumbled upon it one day when she walked into his room.

However, Renata has a secret talent as well: she reads tea leaves.

It makes for a very interesting household.

Age: 16
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Favorite Food: Kulich, a traditional, sweet Easter bread
Favorite Color: Peacock Green
Favorite Pastime: Learning new ways to braid her hair.

In every character reveal, there's a givaway so here's the link to the giveaway (where you'll get to win a Handpainted Russian teacup + handwritten character profile!): http://www.evelynskye.com/characters/

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Crown's Game: Character #3 REVEALED!

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Time flies so fast... I still remember that last month, I posted about the character #2 reveal for The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye. And today, I'm posting about CHARACTER #3 REVEAL! :D


ARE Y'ALL EXCITED?

Okay, here we go!

Character #3 is...


Pasha Romanov is a master of disguise. One has to be, when he happens to be the Tsesarevich—the crown prince—of the entire Russian empire, who sometimes needs a break from being, well, the Tsesarevich of the entire Russian empire.

Luckily, when Pasha manages to escape from the rigidity of life in the Winter Palace, he has his best friend, Nikolai, with whom to while away the hours. That is, before Pasha’s duties began to grow more demanding. And before Nikolai started locking himself in his house, doing who knows what.

Still, there’s always time for a late night bottle of vodka at The Magpie and The Fox. There’s always time for friends… Isn’t there?

Age: Almost 17
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Blue
Favorite Food: Beef stroganoff
Favorite Color: Every color in the spectrum
Favorite Pastime: Archery and reading

OH MY GOD *fans self* A guy who loves archery & reading + has blond hair +  has blue eyes + Russian + a crown prince= #ULTIMATEboyfriendgoals 

Can I have Pasha?!?!?

Enough of fangirling now. Okay. *deep breathing*

As promise, with each reveal there will be a giveaway. In character #3 reveal giveaway, you'd get the chance to win Pasha's Romanov crest (double-headed gold eagle pendant) + a handwritten character profile from the author!


BE ONE OF US!

www.evelynskye.com/the-tsars-guard/

The Tsar’s Guard is an international army of pre-release fans of The Crown’s Game. They are the first to hear Crown’s Game news. They are ambassadors for the book. And they receive random, surprise gifts from Evelyn (like the limited edition bookmarks she commissioned, exclusively for the Guard.)

And rumor has it that there are more amazing things set to come.
So join this elite army, which boasts members all over the world (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Italy, Scotland, Philippines, Ukraine, and the US, just to name a few.) The Tsar is always looking for more good soldiers.

Always your book buddy,
Kyla x

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Crown's Game: Character #2 REVEALED!

Friday, August 7, 2015
Hello book buddies! As all of you know, I'm a Tsar's Guard. I'm EAGERLY anticipating a 2016 debut novel called THE CROWN'S GAME. It's written by the fabulous Evelyn Skye. So moving on, another character of the book has been revealed last Wednesday (August 5th). And (OH MY GOSH) it's...
NIKOLAI
(AKA my love)



Here's some deets about Nikolai:

Age: 18
Hair: Brown-black
Eyes: Brown
Favorite Food: Whatever the cook is making that day
Favorite Color: Dark gray
Favorite Pastime: Tailoring clothes


To know more about Nikolai plus to get a chance to win Nikolai's "magic" & a handwritten character profile, visit this link: http://www.evelynskye.com/characters/


Be one of us!

The Tsar’s Guard is an international army of pre-release fans of The Crown’s Game. They are the first to hear Crown’s Game news. They are ambassadors for the book. And they receive random, surprise gifts from Evelyn (like the limited edition bookmarks she commissioned, exclusively for the Guard.)

And rumor has it that there are more amazing things set to come.

So join this elite army, which boasts members all over the world (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Italy, Scotland, Philippines, Ukraine, and the US, just to name a few.) The Tsar is always looking for more good soldiers.

Every Wednesday of every month until the book's release, there will be character reveals! So stay tuned every Wednesday of the month over at Evelyn Skye's website.


FOLLOW EVELYN:
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

(Blog Tour + Giveaway) The Vilincia Coven: Attested

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Blog Tour is organized by Neverland Blog Tours.

The Vilincia Coven: Attested
Young Adult - Paranormal, Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Convincing themselves they will survive Cole's birthday is hard to do when the demons never stopped hunting them. Cole always knew in his heart her could save her. Whitney accepted her fate and let him in anyways. Find out if she will survive his birthday. Or if the underworld will take Cole and the earth. Will the fighting ever really stop?

My lovely blog readers, please welcome a great friend of mine & the author of The Vilincia Coven series, Jennifer Thompson! She's here today for a blog interview and to promote her new book, The Vilincia Coven: Attested, sequel to The Vilincia Coven: The Watcher (which I LOVED!)

1. The Vilincia Coven: Attested, is the second book in the Vilincia Coven series, what can readers [who have read the first book] look forward to?
Jennifer: In The Attested you can look forward to a lot more action. I give my readers more of the battle for our earth. You'll get to see if Benson and Sam get back together. As we get closer to Cole's 18th birthday (Which is in June) you'll get to feel the tension in the mood. No one really knows what will happen, or if Cole can really change his destiny. Plus so much more that I don't want to spoil for everyone.

2. How did you came up with the idea of The Vilincia Coven series?
Jennifer: The inspiration for the story came to me in a reoccurring dream. The setting was a little harder so I kept closer to home. Vilincia was inspired by Villisca, IA. A small but famous town in where I live where a grizzly murder took place in 1912. The house where this happened is still standing and one of the most haunted places in the US today.

3. Of all characters in TVC, who is your favorite and why?
Jennifer: I really hate picking a favorite, they're just like my own family. If I had to, I would say Zoe is more of me and who I want to be when I grow up. A happy, go lucky girl out to make the world happy. She loves music and people and will stand up for what she believes in. I really tried to make her the best "role model" type in this story!

4. If you could be a fictional character for a day, who would you be and why?
Jennifer: That's a tough one... I am a huge fan of Batman, and even more so of Harley Quinn. I would want to be Harley for a day. Running around Gotham causing all kinds of chaos and being rowdy. Not to mention the awesome outfits, and who doesn't want a giant wooden mallet? I sure do!!!! That would be an amazing adventure for just one day.

5. What's next for Jennifer Thompson?
Jennifer: Well, I will be stepping it up a notch! The Vilincia Coven: The Watcher has been pick up for publishing by Pen Name Publishing and will be re-vamped with editing and a new cover. Then it will be re-released in October. So I guess I'm taking The Vilincia Coven to the New York Times Best Seller List, which is my dream. I hope to see all the smiling faces of my readers as I do this too. nothing keeps me going more than the support of my readers.

TEASER:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have loved writing all my young adult life. I finally released my first book and now I am working on getting my work out there. I'm a mom of three and love paranormal romance. Other then writing i enjoy singing and photography. I enjoy the not so stressed life of living in the Midwest. I have a wonderful husband who supports me in all my passions of life.  

FOLLOW JENNIFER:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Crown's Game: Sneak Peek REVEALED!

Thursday, June 18, 2015
MESSAGE FROM EVELYN SKYE:

Privet, loyal members of the Guard,

The new site for The Crown's Game is here, including a sneak peek at the Reveals. I'm so excited, I want to use a ton of exclamation points, but that'll get this message snagged in your spam filter, so I'm trying to refrain. Which is hard.

The Tsar counts on the Guard to spread the word, so please tell everyone you know. And if you like pre-composed tweets:

THE CROWN'S GAME: Reveals begin 7/1, but the Sneak Peek just went live at www.evelynskye.com! @EpicReads @EvelynSkyeYA

Oh yeah, and after you shout this from the rooftops, go look at the awesomeness yourself: www.evelynskye.com

Thank you, and I love you alllllllll....
~evelyn

WANT TO BE A TSAR'S GUARD?

The Tsar’s Guard is an international army of pre-release fans of The Crown’s Game. They are the first to hear Crown’s Game news. They are ambassadors for the book. And they receive random, surprise gifts from Evelyn (like the limited edition bookmarks she commissioned, exclusively for the Guard.)

And rumor has it that there are more amazing things set to come.

So join this elite army, which boasts members all over the world (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Italy, Scotland, Philippines, Ukraine, and the US, just to name a few.) The Tsar is always looking for more good soldiers! Join through this link: http://www.evelynskye.com/the-tsars-guard/


Always your friend,

Kyla 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blitz: Gabriel (The Styclar Saga, #2) by Nikki Kelly [Author Interview]

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Gabriel

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga, #2

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Release Date: October 27th 2015

Goodreads Page

Pages: 352

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.


Interview

Will we get a peek at Styclar Plena in the current action of the book or are we doomed to just hear about from Gabriel's memories only?

Lol doomed you say?! I can tell you exclusively, here in this interview, that in Book3 we get to go to to third dimension, and the first dimension (Styclar-Plena) in the current action of the book ;)

I need a sneak peak! What's going to happen with Jonah? *waves #TeamJonah flag*

...Now that would be telling ;) You can, however, get a sneak peek through the Gabriel cover reveal blog tour, where I shared 6 excerpts form Book2: http://www.thestyclarsaga.com/blog-tour/
Can you describe this second book in a tweet? (140 characters)

Just when you think you know... you have no idea ;) #TheStyclarSaga #GABRIEL #NoMercy

Best gif that describes Jonah and another for Gabriel?



How much of Jonah will we see in Gabriel?

Plenty, I promise! ;) The second book may be titled GABRIEL, but it is told from Lailah's POV. The reason the book is called GABRIEL is because there is a focus on what becomes of Gabriel's 'soul' if you will. Take my word for it though, Jonah gets plenty of 'screen time' ;)

If you were FORCED (hahahahha) to help Gabriel or Jonah train to be lifeguards, who would you choose?? Obviously they will only be wearing red speedos. ;)

Sadly, I wouldn't be able to help either train to be a lifeguard as my ability in water is non-existant... That said... *has idea!* I could quite easily throw myself in and begin to drown (because that would require no acting on my part what so ever) and then they would have to jump in and save me... In fact, I think that's exactly what we should do, that way we also get to see both of the boys in red speedos.. because #HellsYes !

In 10 words or less, what can we expect from Gabriel?

A definite need to *fist pump and plenty of *face palming!

(Okay, I know that was 11, but it was close!)

What's the ONE thing about the series that you'd like readers to know that they don't know already? : )

There are elements of my own life weaved through the story telling of the entire series. When I say I gave a part of myself to these novels, I wasn't joking!

What inspired you to mix vampires and angels together?

I wanted to tell a story about light and dark, good and evil if you will, and how things are never quite what they seem....To do this for the saga, I borrowed a little here and there from my own belief system, and I was able to create new worlds and beings, but utilize existing belief or myth on which to base them. For example, the two worlds the beings emerged from were based on the concept of Heaven and Hell. I then spun that into something else entirely. I took the myths about vampires and angels etc. and tried to demonstrate how, through storytelling and game of telephone, the idea of what they are has become quite different from the truth – the truth of course being the reality of things in my books! If you want to tell a story about light and dark, preconceived notions and perception, what two better candidates than Gabriel and Jonah, an Angel and a Vampire in which to explore those very themes!

What was the most challenging part of writing Gabriel?

Lailah picks her ship! That was not an easy thing to pen! **eep**

Lailah was such a successful start to this series, people seemed to really love it! Did that make you feel additional pressure to ensure the sequel was just as good?

When people express their love for your story it always adds to the pressure of making sure you get it right, not just for your characters, not just for you, but for the reader. But there will always be instances where the reader doesn't agree with something that happens as the journey progresses, for example which ship makes it out the port! ;) I always keep the readers in mind, but ultimately I have to be true and honest to the characters and their story, even if it means that sometimes people want to throw things at you! So yes, I guess the prospect of twitter bombs being slung my way adds to the pressure!

If you had a chance to re-live your life, what would you have done differently?
Not a single thing. Every shelf I ever stacked, every customer I ever served, every diary I ever organised... in fact, every minute of every day, all the laughs and all the tears led me tohere—and here is the most wonderful place. There is a very fine balance between having ambition and gumption to go out and make your dreams a reality, trying to find the 'good times' if you like, and being able to see and know exactly when you are in them! I'm in them now.

If a celebrity was going to play Gabriel, who would it be and why?

Alex Pettyfer for sure because he's a very talented English actor... yada, yada, yada... Okay people, lets keep it real #LeSwoon .. #NuffSaid

If you had to pick ONE song that either represents you or your books, what song would you pick? (You can totally pick one for you and one for your books if you want!)
For Styclar— Imagine Dragons:Demons For me—Boyzone:Words

Where did Gabriel and Jonah come from? Any real life influences?

Gabriel and Jonah both possess qualities form my own beau :) He was a little more like Jonah when I met him (I was 16) and he's a little more like Gabriel now, but when I ask nicely he will still, from time to time, point his collar up ;)

ALSO, What do you love most about Jonah?

He's a bit rough around the edges, but give him a polish and he shines likes a diamond :)

And in case you haven't read Lailah yet. . . . 


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Lailah

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga, #1 

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends


SYNOPSIS:
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.

These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.
FIND NIKKI ONLINE:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Book Blitz: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Book blitz is made possible by Xpresso Book Tours.

OUT OF CONTROL
by

Young Adult - Thriller
Publication date: May 12th 2015
Add this book to your shelf on Goodreads!
BUY THE BOOK: AmazonBarnes and Noble

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A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.

When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she's taken into police custody - supposedly for her own protection - she realizes something isn't right, but it's too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target - and she needs to escape before it's too late.

With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you're on the edge, there's a long way to fall.

Excerpt:
The boy snatches the key from my outstretched hand and jams it into the tiny hole. The cuff springs apart, freeing him.

Instantly, he throws himself on top of me. ‘Get down!’

A bullet smacks itself into a filing cabinet just behind us as we tumble to the ground. His chest presses down on mine, my face is buried in his shoulder. Quickly he rolls off me and pushes me towards a desk. I scoot underneath it, banging the side of my head on the sharp metal corner of a drawer unit. I let out a cry.

‘Shhh.’ His hand clamps over my mouth.

I tug his arm away. ‘What’s going on? What’s happening?’ I whisper.

Before he can answer me, the shooting stops and a silence falls that is even more terrifying than the gunfire. The boy and I both freeze, staring at each other unblinking, just a few millimetres between us. Together, enclosed in the tight space beneath the desk, we strain to listen, and over the radio static and the whir of the air conditioner overhead, I pick out faint cries coming from somewhere in the distance; the unnatural keening howl of a wounded animal.

The boy shifts his weight. His back is pressed to one cabinet, his feet to the drawer unit. Carefully, he peers around the edge of the desk then ducks quickly back, breathing fast. A bead of sweat trickles down the side of his face.

‘Shit,’ he murmurs, resting his head back against the cabinet and closing his eyes.

‘Wh— ’ I begin, but stop when I hear the sly creak of the door being pushed open. A boot crunches on glass. The boy’s eyes flash open and lock on mine, holding me in place, silencing the scream that has risen up my throat and is threatening to tear free. My legs begin to shake from holding still in a crouching position. The boy’s right hand squeezes my knee hard – another warning, his eyes wide and burning fiercely into mine, telling me: Do not move.

Something topples off a desk on the far side of the room and, over the boy’s shoulder, through a gap between two filing cabinets, I glimpse the back of a man’s leg. Whose? Is it a cop? Where is everyone else? What happened to the cops who ran out into the corridor?

No. I shut off the thought, not wanting to go there.

The man in the room is standing stock-still with his back to us. What is he doing? I can’t see. He’s facing the wall – the chalkboard with all the homicide cases listed on it. The seconds seem to extend into whole hours, days, centuries, and I’m holding my breath and the boy’s hand is still squeezing my knee and my heart is bursting, literally bursting, as though too much blood is pumping through it. My leg muscles are on fire and, without warning, my foot slips. Not far. But it bumps the edge of the desk. The man spins instantly in our direction. The air rushes from my lungs and the boy shifts beside me, a single word that I don’t catch, falling from his lips like a dying man’s prayer.

The man starts to head in our direction, is almost on us, when someone somewhere else in the building shouts something that’s instantly swallowed in a storm of gunfire and the man rushes out into the corridor.

The boy darts his head out and then he’s out from under the desk and reaching for me.

‘Move!’ he says, pulling me to my feet.

MEET THE AUTHOR:
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012.

The Sound, a thriller romance set in Nantucket, was published in August 2013 and this was followed by the critically acclaimed Out of Control in May 2014.

She also writes New Adult romance for Pan Macmillan (UK) / Simon & Schuster (US) under the pen name Mila Gray.

You can find Sarah on facebook and at www.sarahalderson.com or follow her blog at www.canwelivhere.com

FIND SARAH ONLINE:

Giveaway: 
Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • 3x signed copies of Out of Control + The Sound
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card

Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Blitz: Violet Hour by Andrea L. Wells (Teasers & Excerpt + Giveaway)

Monday, May 11, 2015
Book blitz is made possible by Xpresso Book Tours.

THE VIOLET HOUR (The Violet Series, #1)
by

Young Adult - Paranormal 
Publication date: May 2015
Add this book to your shelf on Goodreads!
BUY THE BOOK: Amazon

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Still shocked over her mother’s mysterious death, California socialite Logan Keller is handed a one-way ticket to her long lost roots in Wyoming where love, deceit and danger await. Though she could forget everything staring into Luke Callahan’s eyes, Logan is quickly thrust into a fight for survival.  Taking fate into her own hands, she begins unraveling the dangerous deceptions that abound at every turn. Her father is keeping secrets and Luke is keeping more. But Logan is keeping the biggest secret of them all.

The Violet Hour is a page-turning captivating twist of young romance and the supernatural.

And of course, what's a book blitz without...
TEASERS!
Excerpt:

I sat up and pulled my knees in close to my chest.  Electricity flared in the air as Luke inhaled.

“You know, Logan, you’re not who I expected you to be,” he said, taking a long thought-filled pause. “I thought the next twelve months were going to be hell living with a California socialite, but you’re pretty amazing.  I guess I owe you an apology.”

“So, it’s a good thing that I’m nothing like you expected?” I asked.

“It’s a really, really good thing.”

As I started to smile back he craned his neck to look away from me.  His eyes focused.  Something black flashed across the road but I was more scared by Luke’s reaction.  The warmth had vanished from Luke in a heartbeat.The object stopped moving toward us when it got to an opening between the trees.  Even though I could feel Luke’s concern, I leaned forward toward the window, curious.  It was a wolf – a really big wolf, staring directly at us with bright green eyes.  It was close enough I could see quick breaths escape into the crisp rain-drenched air.  I was startled when the engine roared to life.  Luke threw the car into reverse, and I nearly slammed into the dash as the sound of gravel scatteredeverywhere. He quickly jockeyed around and pulled back onto the road heading home.  I kept my eyes on the wolf until he was no longer in sight.

“Was that a wolf?” I asked.  Everything happened so quickly, I had to be sure.

“Yes,” he spit.

“I’ve never seen a wolf before – that thing was huge.”

Luke immediately turned to look at me with an expression that I couldn’t begin to read.

“What’s going on?” I pressed, puzzled.

When he looked toward the road and didn’t answer, I knew my question needed to be more specific to get results.

“Why are you freaking out?  It was just a wolf.”  I was worried.  He had gone from warm and comforting to moody and distant over such a small thing and I second-guessed how quickly I had fallen for him.

“Because I need to get you home, it’s getting late,” he muttered, failing to control his tone.

“That doesn’t make any sense, Luke.  I have no curfew and you flaked as soon as you saw the wolf.”

“Wolves are dangerous.”

“We were in the car,” I countered.

“Doesn’t matter.”


MEET THE AUTHOR:
The Violet Hour Series has been begging to escape Andrea’s subconscious for more than five years. Focusing on a wonderful career, handsome husband and two beautiful children by day, she began feverishly penning the series by night.  Now a full-time writer, Andrea debuts The Violet Hour.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #3: Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Waiting on Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature book/s we are eagerly anticipating.

Skyscraping
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Young Adult - Contemporary, GLBT
 Expected Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Philomel Books
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A heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, and forgiveness.

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he's kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family's fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.


Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.


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Why I am waiting on Skyscraping...
When I first saw this book, I immediately added it to my TBR shelf because I love novels about family. I also had second thoughts because I haven't read novels with GLBT issues but I figured out it would be worth a try. Plus there's a review on Goodreads that says that the story is told through poems, which makes me much more E-X-C-I-T-E-D. Can you feel my excitement? Teehee. *flails*


To be honest, the cover kind of reminds me of a scene in Divergent. Check out the GIF below.


What books are you eagerly anticipating? Let me know through the comments section below!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Release Day Bitz: Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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OMEGA CITY
by Diana Peterfreund

Childrens - Science Fiction, Adventure Publication: April 28th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right, and plans to prove it.

When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Unerberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle–a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth.

But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried…forever.


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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
    “With seamless writing, a thrilling plot, lots of engaging science puzzles, and remarkable characterization, Peterfreund's exciting tale keeps the adventure solidly in the foreground. Young readers looking for a page turning quest should get into this planned series on the ground floor." — Booklist *Starred* Review

    "Peterfreund's focus on character development is complemented by the equal attention she gives to the vast underground city itself. Gillian’s instincts to protect her friends and clear her historian father’s tarnished name are admirable, but Peterfreund gives every character the opportunity to grow, revealing themselves for who they really are." — Publishers Weekly

    “With nonstop action, sly humor, and nothing short of the end of the world at stake, Omega City is the alpha book in a new series that mashes up mystery, scifi, and action/adventure into a thrilling novel you’ll want to devour in one sitting. I did, and I can’t wait to read what comes next!” — Peter Lerangis, New York Times Bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series

    “Peterfreund’s boundless imagination takes on a new and exciting adventure!” – Jessica Day George, New York Times Bestselling author of Tuesdays at the Castle”

    “Diana Peterfreund takes us to an underground city that’s utterly mind-blowing, yet disturbingly possible. A knockout of a story that will have readers cheering straight through to the final, shocking, twist.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author, Gordon Korman

    MEET THE AUTHOR:

    Diana Peterfreund has published ten novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampantand Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’sPersuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest novel, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland.

    Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about popular children’s literature. Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family.

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    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Dazzling Debuts 2015: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein (Interview)

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Becoming Jinn

    Young Adult - Fantasy, Mythology
    Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

    Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

    Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

    To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

    Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.


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    AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

    1. Becoming Jinn is your debut novel. For those who don't know much about it, could you tell us more about your novel?
    • Becoming Jinn is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies. So there are no lamps or bottles, no flying carpets, and no three wishes. The genies in my book are Jinn, which are spirit beings prominent in North African and Middle Eastern cultures. Becoming Jinn mixes the lore of the genies we know with that of the Jinn and is set in our contemporary world, in my home state of Massachusetts. The story follows my main character, Azra, from the day she wakes up on her sixteenth birthday and receives the magical silver bangle that forces her to start granting wishes. And I say force because the tradeoff of being able to use magic is that she’s now also tied to the Afrit, the dictatorship-like council that rules over the Jinn world. There are five other Jinn girls who Azra’s grown up with who feature strongly in the novel. There’s also Henry, a human and Azra’s next-door neighbor; the two share a past and rekindle their friendship at the start of the novel. And there’s a love interest, Nate, who, despite his underwear model exterior, is as unsure of himself and struggling to find his way as everyone else is.

    2. How did you come up with the idea of Becoming Jinn?
    • I had the idea for the main character, Azra, before I had the story in which she would live. When I heard the name as part of a news report—a baby by the name of Azra survived an awful earthquake in Turkey--I began imagining the world in which she would live. As a fan of young adult novels, I knew that was the genre I wanted to write. I will say, however, I did think of a Jinn/genie story almost right away. But before heading down that road, I did do some looking into other paranormal, supernatural, and myth retellings, but nothing else grabbed me like the world of the Jinn. At that time, there weren’t any other YA Jinn books on the shelves so that also spurred me to go forward with the story I wanted to tell. And I’m so glad I did.

    3. Azra, the main character of Becoming Jinn, seems like an interesting character based on the synopsis. What trait of Azra do you love the most?
    • She doesn’t take things at surface value. She demands true answers and isn’t satisfied with the idea that just because things have always been one way means that have to stay that way. She’s strong and strong-willed.

    4. What's the best thing about writing Becoming Jinn?
    • Being able to come up with a character and a story that I have loved spending the past two years with—immersed in!—has been incredible. I never tire of this world!

    5. Recommend your novel [Becoming Jinn] to the readers.
    • If you like your fantasy grounded in the real world, then Becoming Jinn might be for you. It’s for readers who love an escape and a sense of humor, kind of like The Vampire Diaries or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    6. What's next for Lori Goldstein?
    • I have a very busy spring full of exciting events, festivals, and bookstore visits to support the launch of Becoming Jinn. I’m looking forward to all of it! A full list of my events can be found on my Web site (http://www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com/news-events/). In terms of writing, Becoming Jinn has a sequel, tentatively titled Circle of Jinn, and I’ve just put the finishing touches on it. I’m sad to leave Azra and this Jinn world, but I also have many other stories and characters running around in my head, and once the release of Jinn is a bit behind me, I can finally start paying attention to them and get one of them on the page. I have a favorite now and I’m in thinking mode about it, which is a very fun place to be because anything’s possible.
    FAST TALK...
    • Twitter or Facebook?
    Lori: TWITTER!
    • Chocolate or vanilla?
    Lori: Chocolate, please!
    • Cookies or cupcakes?
    Lori: Cupcakes, all the way.
    • Pepsi or Coke?
    Lori: I don’t like soda!
    • TV series or movies?
    Lori: TV series—phenomenal stuff out there now!

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    • Must be 13+ or have parent's permission to join.
    • This giveaway is open to US/CAN residents only. (Sorry, INTL folks!)
    • Once the giveaway ends, I'll contact the winner right away. If the chosen winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, I'll have to choose a new winner.
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