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Friday, July 29, 2011

Author Laurie Bowler's Guest Post


These days, it's truly an exciting time to be a writer, and I'm enjoying writing as much as I do and then seeing it published.
There are so many reasons why I enjoy writing. At first it was only a hobby and something I decided to do suddenly in
November 2009, and now I have found myself developing further with the plots and characters that I create.
Every day is a massive learning curve, reading reviews and hearing readers thoughts and feelings teaches me many different
aspects that |I could incorporate into my writing, and for this I am grateful.
As well as the reasons to fulfil my enjoyment of writing, its my greatest pleasure when I see my name on the back of a
printed version, and for those who have joined the technology changes and have an e-reader, to be able to have my name on the
e-versions is just as fulfilling as the print version.
I’m writing more than I have ever written before, Golden Horizons is at the editors as we speak, this is the 3rd and much
anticipated sequel to Nessy’s story (Moon Rising series), Volcan Knights has recently been published and so has a
collaboration story titled Fangs Inc.
Writing Volcan Knights has been exciting, providing a much needed different perspective to my writing career and
steering away from the Vampire theme that my writing is popularly known by. They are a species all themselves, much
research went into the story with the times and places, and much of my imagination as well, how else did I create a
magnificent paranormal species?
Writing Golden Horizons was so much fun, finalising Nessy’s feelings and her inner thoughts has brought the storyline
to a different level that I hadn’t originally anticipated, but I am immensely pleased and I hope readers will be too!
I'm a huge fan of romance stories, and anyone who's read my works can testify to say that I incorporate romance into my
stories in an interlude that’s lasting between the characters.
But all along, I've wanted to try my hand at other things as well, so I've written horror, fantasy and dark suspense which
can be read later on in the year with the first called Hervidor, and so many more waiting to be edited before they are
published.
My writing career has been a continued drive forwards, and if anyone told me in 2009 that I would create 25 stories by 2011,
with 10 others waiting to be edited I would have said they were exaggerating just a tiny bit, but I have accomplished this and
I am sincerely pleased with the progression of series that I have written.
What it all comes down to is that I love books! No matter what form they take. I love to read as much as I do to write.
I live and breathe stories, and whether you choose to read in print, on your phone, computer then I’m happy!
I can't thank Laurie enough for stopping by and sharing what being a writer has meant to her.  I myself have read quite a few of Laurie's books and have been completely consumed and desperate for sequels. I personally can't wait for Golden Horizons because I have been dying to know what Nessie has been up to. If you haven't read one of Laurie's  books you really should pick up a copy of one or all of them. Her Moon Rising Series is AWESOME in my opinion. There Has been some talk between Laurie and I about a possible giveaway so please leave a question for Laurie or leave your thoughts about her guest post. Make sure to leave your e-mail address with your comment. You just might find yourself a winner.

My reviews:
Moon Rising (Moon Rising Series Book #1): Here
Sunrise To Sunset (Moon Rising Series Book #2): Here
Serena Embracing Darkness (Embracing Darkness Series Book #1): Here

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Body Of Sin By Eve Silver ARC Contest

Body of Sin (Otherkin, #4)
Eve Silver has 10 ARCS of her soon to be released book Body Of Sin Book 4 in her Otherkin Series. If you would like a chance to get your hands on one of these 10 ARCS head on over to Eve's  page by clicking the link HERE.

Contest ends July 31,2011.

Link:
http://www.evesilver.net/

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy Series Book #2) Blog Tour July 15th - July 30th



I couldn't be happier to be a party of Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy Book #2) By Ednah Walters Book Tour. I am a HUGE Ednah Walters fan so I am super excited about having her stop by today. I don't know about you but when I buy DVD's I love watching all the extras in them especially the deleted scenes. Why do I bring this up you may be asking yourself. Well, it is simple really, today's blog stop is about deleted scenes. Ednah just so happen to have brought not 1 BUT 2 DELETED SCENES from Betrayed. How kool is that. The Official Release Party for Betrayed is from July 31st(10pm) to August 1st (10pm) will be held here: http://fanpage4ednahwalters.proboards.com/index.cgi (Books will include Betrayed and swags, books donated by talented indie authors like Jennifer Laurens, Jennifer Armentrout (ARCs of Half-Blood), Keary Taylor (Dystopian new release Eden) and more.



Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy Series Book #2) By Ednah Walters


Purchase: Amazon Kindle, Barnes And Noble, and Smashwords


Blurb:


Lil has come to terms with her life as a Guardian/demon hunter and the wielder of the Nephilim most powerful weapon. But trouble looms in the Guardian enclave. Bran is pulling away from her and her best human friend is in trouble, and it's all Lil's fault.


~DELETED SCENE 1~



     Outside the pit, Bran waited on the opposite wall, his arms crossed. In white
dress shirt and black slacks, his hair wet as though he just stepped out of the
shower, he looked gorgeous.
     Something shifted in my chest when he gave me a slow, easy smile.
That smile. It ought to come with a warning label that read, lethal. I grinned back,
suddenly feeling unsure of what to say or do.
     “Come here.” He beckoned me with his finger.
     I took the few steps that brought me into his personal space. His scent teased
my senses and his warmth leaped across the space separating us to envelope me. I
swallowed and stared at the pulse beating furiously at the base of his neck.
     “I don’t want to lose you,” he said fervently.
     My heart squeezed. I looked up into his smoldering emerald green eyes.
“You’ll never,” I vowed, wanting to kiss and hold him. “I’m so sorry for the car
thing and the bolts, and forbidding you to come to my room,” I whispered, speaking
fast.
     He smiled, lifting my chin with his finger. Gently, he brushed his lips across
mine in a whisper of a caress. We exchanged a breath, so sweet and intoxicating.
     “None of that is important now,” he said.
     “But it is. I shouldn’t—”
     He cut me off, our lips meshing like two parts of a whole. The yin and yang. I
flung my arms around his neck and pulled him closer, getting lost in his kiss.
Tingling sensations shot from my lips to every part of my body. Goosebumps spread
on the surface of my skin, but underneath, heated blood accelerated through my
veins. I had no idea how much I’d missed him until now.
     “I don’t want to fight anymore,” he whispered when his lips eased off mine.
     “Me too.” I burrowed in his neck, inhaling his scent.
     He cradled the back of my head and held me tight. “Give me a little time and
I’ll explain everything.”
     I nodded even though I wanted to protest. Maybe one day I’d explain to him
keeping secrets destroyed trust. And we couldn’t have a meaningful relationship
without trust. “Okay.”
     He sighed, kissed my temple and whispered, “We’d better go.”
He turned and led me toward the foyer. I stayed glued to his side like a Siamese
twin, one arm around him. There was so much I wanted to share with him, but for
now, I was content being close to him.
     “Are you ready for tonight?” he asked.
     I sighed. “Not really. I keep imagining things going wrong. What if he
doesn’t call? What if I’m not able to ID the medium? I had a horrible dream last
night that he didn’t call yet all my human friends went crazy.”
     Bran pressed his lips on my temple. “Don’t worry. He’ll call. From what
Remy and the others told me last night, he’s desperate to connect with you.” We
entered the foyer and he stopped, causing me to do the same. “Do you mind if I sit in
your Psi class?”
     For a moment, I stared blankly at him. Then it dawned on me. I’d been so
preoccupied with the party I’d completely forgotten about talking to Mrs. D’s psi
students. The rotunda was deserted when it usually brimmed with students. I spied
Mrs. D through the glass pane on the door. My stomach clenched.
     “I have no idea what to tell them,” I whispered. “And I still have to go home
and change.”
     “Why?” Bran gave me a once over. “You look perfect the way you are.”
     I grinned. He said the nicest things. I’d missed that. “Could you tell Mrs. D
I’ll be there in,” I looked at my watch, “five minutes. I really must change.”
     “Okay, but don’t worry too much about it,” he said as I ran toward the
entrance. “Just be yourself.”
     Easy for him to say. He was a natural-born leader. Except for a few minutes
when my impulsive nature got the best of me, I was content being a follower. I
disappeared through the door then teleported home.
     A quick change of shirts, splash of cold water on my face and quick brush of
my hair, and I should be ready. Or so I told myself. Instead, I felt like I was about to
face a room full of demons. I can do this. They are about a dozen students…all are
my age mates…I have no reason to prove anything to them…
     I repeated the same words as I teleported back to the Academy and dragged
my feet to the door. The pep talk didn’t help. Frogs did jumping jacks in my
stomach. I took a deep breath to quell them and exhaled slowly. Visible through the
glass pane was Bran in front of the class. I couldn’t hear what he said or see most of
the students, but the ones visible were laughing. How I wished I had his confidence.
     He must have sensed my presence, because he came to the door and opened
it. “You’ll be fine,” he whispered. “Just be yourself. I’ll be in the back, so if you get
nervous, look at me.”


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~DELETED SCENE 2: SYKES AND BRAN’S SHOWDOWN~




     “Get lost, dude. She’s with me,” a voice said from behind us.
     I didn’t see Sykes come from behind me until he spoke. His possessive behavior
was beginning to worry me. I scowled, watching Christian scurry downstairs.
     “You okay?” he asked.
     “Yeah, I’m fine.” I turned and started toward my bedroom. He shadowed me, as I
unlocked my bedroom and entered.
     “It’s ten to eight, so if you want me to close the door so you can focus,” Sykes
asked from the middle of the room.
     I nodded, but instead of lying on the bed, I pulled out the computer chair and sat.
“You don’t have to stay.”
“I don’t mind.” He closed the door, leaned against it and continued to study me.
“Do I make you uncomfortable, Lil?”
     I rolled my eyes.
     “No.” Despite my response, unease crept through me. He was acting weird
tonight. “Bran is in trouble.”
     Sykes made a face. “How do you know?”
     “He was supposed to be back by seven, but it’s now,” I looked at my watch, “ten
to eight. Something is wrong.” Sykes didn’t need to know about the special connection
between Bran and me. Ever since Remy told me believing in alrunes was archaic, I didn’t
want to mention it to any of the Guardians.
     “Do you want me to teleport to the Brotherhood’s enclave and check on them?”
     I almost said yes, but resentment gushed from him like water out of a geyser. It
was obvious he hated discussing Bran. I didn’t know what to do or say to lessen Sykes’
feelings. Remy insisted he needed time to get over me, yet his feelings seemed to grow
stronger instead. It was becoming harder to bear his frustration.
     “Do you?” Sykes asked from his position by the door.
     “No, you don’t have to. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason why he’s late.”
Annoyance crossed his face. My gaze went to the drink in his plastic cup and back to his
face. “How much have you drunk already?”
     He shrugged. “A bit.”
     Maybe the alcohol was making him act weird. “Are drunk?”
     He chuckled and took a sip. “No. We naturally metabolize alcohol faster than
humans. Why do you think Kim is the Queen of the Bong, or no guy can beat Izzy at
shooting shots? Do you want to try some?” He extended the frothy amber liquid toward
me.
     I wrinkled my nose. “No thanks. One, Gramps would ground me forever if he
catches me. And believe me, he’ll know as soon as he walks through the door. Second, I
don’t think I trust anything you say tonight. You’re in a funny mood.”
     “Oh, Red. I’m always in a funny mood around you.” He moved toward me, a
wicked glint entering his eyes. “You and Llyr have been fighting a lot lately.”
     I shrugged. “We had a little misunderstanding and already made up,” I said in an
upbeat tone. Where was Bran? I looked at my watch again. It was ten-to-eight.
     Sykes paused by my chair, his leg brushing against my knee. He stared down at
me. “He doesn’t know what a treasure you are.”
     “Oh, he does.” My heart pounded as my empathic powers picked up his feelings.
He wanted me. Usually he hid it well. “It’s just that—”
     “Don’t make excuses for him,” he snapped. His tone gentled as he continued. “If
you were mine, I’d never give you a reason to get angry or disappear when you need me
the most. How are you going to focus tonight while worrying about him?”
     “I can, so quit already.” I could handle a teasing Sykes any day. The smoldering
mass of jealousy and need he’d morphed into was too much. Pushing against my chair, I
stood and stepped away from him. “You need to leave now, so I can focus on reading the
energies.”
     He moved closer. Before I could guess at his intentions, he reached out and ran
his knuckles along my jaw. I froze, not sure how to react.
     “Give me a chance, Lil,” he whispered in a husky voice. “I’ll never—”
      "Touch her again or I’ll rip your freakin’ arm off,” Bran snapped.
     My gaze flew to where Bran stood by the door, emerald eyes flashing. Any
second, I expected his eyes to turn red. A nasty bruise darkened his jaw and he had a cut
on his lower lip.
     I walked around Sykes to Bran’s side, and reached up to touch the bruise on his
chin. “What happened to you?”
     “Nothing I couldn’t handle,” he mumbled, but his eyes stayed on Sykes, who now
faced him and smirked.
     Rage crested inside the room. I didn’t need this, not now. The two of them were
about the same height, both lean and hard, but Bran could still hurt Sykes. He had more
experience.
     “Valafar will be calling in a few minutes, so you two need to cut it out,” I said in
a commanding voice, but I might as well be talking to two sacks of potatoes. Grabbing
Bran’s arm, I tried to move him away from the door but he wouldn’t budge. “Move and
let him leave, or you and I are going to have a problem.”
     He looked down at me, his expression unapologetic. He had perfected that
arrogant, don’t-screw-with-my-head look, but I wasn’t intimidated.
     “I mean it,” I added, going toe-to-toe and nose-to-nose with him.
     “He thinks he can sneak behind my back and steal you away from me,” he
snarled.
     I poked at his chest. “Don’t use that tone with me. I’m…not…a toy…to be
stolen.”
     “I didn’t have to sneak, Llyr,” Sykes said with a sneer. “You are never around
when she needs you. You keep secrets from her.”
     “You don’t know what you’re talking about,” Bran yelled, jabbing a finger in
Sykes’ direction. “I should just kick your ass right now.”
     Sykes spread his arms, Bring it on.
     Boneheads. I glared at the lock and it turned into place. Without saying a word, I
focused on Bran and Sykes. Gasps filled the room when their backs slammed on the
opposite walls, heads almost touching the ceiling. I winced, for once hating the ability to
feel Bran’s pain, but my hold on them didn’t ease.
     “Now listen to me because I swear, this is the only time I’m going to say this. I’m
starting with you.” Bran’s eyes narrowed when I glared at him. “I’m not a toy Sykes can
steal from you. I’m a person. I have a mind of my own, and feelings, and a right to
choose. And I…chose…you.” He grinned and shot Sykes’ a triumphant glance. “Though
at the moment, I don’t know why.” Bran’s smile disappeared.
     Turning, I caught Sykes grin. “You have no reason to smile. I’m Bran’s girlfriend.
You must accept that. No, don’t say a word,” I added when he opened his mouth. I
released him, and he teleported to the floor. “Just leave and tell Izzy I’m ready. She can
ping me when Valafar calls. Please,” I added when he hesitated.
     Sykes swaggered to the door without looking at Bran then turned and winked at
me. Bran growled something under his breath. I had a feeling if I wasn’t holding him
immobile against the wall, he would have decked Sykes.
     Bran cleared his throat and drew my attention. “Are you going to release me too?”
he grumbled, still sounding pissed.
     “No. You distract me and I need to focus.” My voice was calm, which only
infuriated him more. His eyes flashed. His wounds were already healing. The bruise on
his chin was gone and a faint pink line was the only indicator he had a cut on his lip. The
pain on his side and back were fading too because I couldn’t feel a thing. I sat on the bed
and looked at my watch. Five-to-eight.
     Plopping on my back, I closed my eyes and focused on the psi energies of my
guests. Other than the Guardians’ larger, brighter orbs, there was nothing out of place
with the human’s.
     “I’m not going to apologize for threatening him,” Bran said, still not apologetic.
“He was touching you. He’s lucky I didn’t rip his head off.”
     “First his arm, now his head. Why not just finish him off and every man you think
is your competition,” I said with a sigh.
     “You let him touch you,” he added, sounding more hurt than annoyed now.
     “I’ll be sure to punch him next time.”
     “There won’t be a next time,” Bran vowed.

I don't know about you but I thought those DELETED SCENES rocked. As if you needed another excuse to buy this book here are links to my review of Awakened (The Guardian Legacy Series Book #1) and Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy Series Book #2). If you are a fan of AWESOME YA books than please spread the word about Ednah Walters The Guardian Legacy Series. I want to thank Ednah for stopping by with these awesome DELETED SCENES.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Review Of Mine Until Dawn (The Fitzgerald Family Series Book #2) By E. B. Walters

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Mine Until Dawn (The Fitzgerald Family Series Book #2) By E. B. Walters


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Publisher: Firetrail Publishing (June 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058WBO0U
  • Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
  • Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
  • Age: Adult 18+

Blurb:

She's armed with a new attitude and a kick-ass wardrobe...

By age twenty-eight, art historian Jade Fitzgerald has had a marriage from hell and an equally nasty divorce, worked hard to control her weight and her arrhythmia. The last thing she needs is another man messing with her head or shooting her heartbeat off course. That is exactly what she gets when an aloof and mysterious stranger storms into her life.

He's cynical and doesn’t take crap from anyone...

Former investigative reporter Vince Knight is on a quest to recover a priceless, ancient Mayan artifact, which he believes Jade’s mother stole. He’s skilled at gathering information while remaining emotionally detached, until he meets Jade. The voluptuous woman stirs in him a hunger he hasn’t felt in a long time and a protectiveness he can’t explain.

Until, an insane man decides to add Jade to his collection of beautiful and rare things...

Neither Vince nor Jade expects passion to flare so fast or danger to dodge their footsteps. To defeat a ruthless art collector with a twisted agenda, Jade and Vince must learn to trust each other and embrace their growing feelings.

I finished Mine Until Dawn in a 24 hour period. I have never finished a 400 page book before in 1 day. That speaks to the incredible writing skills that Ms Walters has.   I started the book at around 11 PM Friday and I literally went to bed Saturday morning at 7 AM and got up at 11 AM and went right back to reading. I finished around 11 PM Saturday night. Jade and Vince had me transfixed to my computer reading. It was the best money and time I have ever spent with a book. Just when I think Ms. Walters can't surprise me she knocks me for a loop. I liked the fact that Jade gave as good as she got. I also enjoyed Vince's vulnerable side which he tries like hell to hide. They first meet at Jade's office were Vince ends up accusing (although in not so many words) Jade's mother of stealing something at a party she had gone to recently. Jade, like a devoted daughter, is outraged at what Vince has to say about her mother. As always, Ms. Walters throws us curve ball after curve ball to keep us on our toes. There is NEVER a dull moment in this book. I especially loved a particular scene involving Jade, her cousins Faith and Ashley (from Slow Burn), and Vince. I don't want to give it away because it is a very good scene but lets just say there is a very drunk Ashley and a very sexy Vince shedding his clothing. Jade and Vince are such a perfect couple that you start rooting for them from the very beginning. Every woman wants to prove to everyone else that they can handle anything that comes their way and every guy wants to prove that they don't need anyone or anything but with Jade and Vince you realize maybe just maybe it is just nice to be something to someone and to hell with everyone else. On a scale from 1-10 I give Mine Until Dawn 10. I really think I might like Mine Until Dawn better than Slow Burn and I really LOVED Slow Burn. I so can't wait for Kiss Me Crazy (The Fitzgerald Family Series Book #3). I am a fan of Ms. Walters for life whether it be her adult books or her YA books. Thank you for nurturing my LOVE of reading.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review Of Slow Burn (The Fitzgerald Family Series Book #1) By E.B. Walters

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Slow Burn (The Fitzgerald Family Series Book #1) By E.B. Walters
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
  • Sold By: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Book (eBook)
  • Sales Rank: 44,119
  • Series: The Fitzgerald Family #1
  • File Size: 576 KB
  • BN ID: 2940012377753
  • Source: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
  • Purchase: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
  • Age: Age 18+











Blurb:


She doesn’t want to deal with the past.

Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire and blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer, until the morning she opens her door to a stranger she assumes is a model and asks him to strip to his briefs .

He wants to expose the truth.

Wealthy businessman Ron Noble has the body, the jet, the fast cars and the women, but he hides a deadly secret. His father started the fire that killed Ashley’s parents. Now someone is leaving him clues that could exonerate his father and they lead to Ashley’s door. Blindsided by the blazing attraction between them and a merciless killer silencing anyone who was there the night of the fire, Ron dare not tell Ashley the truth. Yet the answer he seeks may very well tear them apart.

While a demented arsonist...SLOW BURN(s)...and plots his ultimate revenge.



Slow Burn was such a HOT read. E.B. really knows how to tell a riveting story.  This story has it all a HOT guy, Hot girl, an undeniable attraction, murder, suspense, intrigue, a sociopath, and a buried family  secret. I have never been disappointed by ANY of ms. Walters books. Her stories weave a magical spell that just hold you transfixed. Ashley is an artist with no memory of what happened the night her parents died and Ron is a son desperate to find out what happened the night Ashley's parents died in the hopes of clearing his father's name. When they met, there was an instant connection between them that, no matter how they tried, they just couldn't deny. While they are forming this new relationship, all these mysteries things start happening to them. One by one things began happening to the remaining witness' of the fire that killed Ashley's parents. This story had me hanging on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. On a scale from 1-10 I give Slow Burn a 10. Slow Burn really makes you believe in love at first sight. I think everyone age 18 and over should pick up a copy of Slow Burn and let yourself get swept away by Ashley and Ron's story. While your buying Slow Burn you should also pick up book 2 Mine Until Dawn. In my opinion you can't go wrong reading an E.B. Walters book.


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Friday, July 15, 2011

Cover Reveal: Surrender (Haunting Emma Series Book #3) By Lee Nichols

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to Lee Nichols cover reveal day. The blogs listed below, as well as my blog, are joining together to give you a teaser peak at Lee Nichols book cover for Surrender (Haunting Emma Series Book #3). BUT at 3:00 P.M. EST make sure to head on over to Good Choice Reading for the FULL cover reveal. Make sure to stop by each *blog as well and fill out the FORM at each blog for your chance to win all three books in Lee's Haunting Emma Series. Did I forget to mention they would be signed copies....^_^.

Haunting Emma Series:
Deception (Haunting Emma Series Book #1) by Lee Nichols
Betrayal (Haunting Emma Series Book #2) by Lee Nichols
Surrender (Haunting Emma Series Book #3) By Lee Nichols

*Participating Blogs:
MundieMoms  (www.mundiemoms.com)
An Avid Readers Musings (http://www.avidreadermusings.com)
Good Choice Reading (http://www.goodchoicereading.com)
Once Upon A Twilight (http://www.onceuponatwilight.com)

Here is my piece of the puzzle (what a tease....lol).
We all got a chance to ask Lee a question so here is mine.

When you are not writing, what is something that you love to do just as much?

Lee Nichols: I've never been a big hobby person. So when I'm not writing, I love just hanging out with my husband and son and our dogs.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review Of Secrets And Shadows: A 13 To Life Novel (A 13 To Life Novel Book #2) By Shannon Delany

Secrets and Shadows (13 to Life, #2)
Secrets And Shadows: A 13 To Life Novel (13 To Life Novel Book #2) By Shannon Delany


Pub. Date: February 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Paperback, 320pp
Sales Rank: 31,730
Age Range: Young Adult
Series: 13 to Life #2
ISBN: 9780312609153
ISBN: 0312609159
Source: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)


Blurb:


Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected. With Jess’s realization that the Rusakovas’ mother is still alive and imprisoned, the group’s choices become harder and trust more important. Lines are drawn and relationships change as the broken Rusakova family struggles to reunite long enough to free their mother and people who Jess always just took to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more.


Secrets And Shadows is a fantastic next step in Shannon's 13 To Life Series. I LOVED Jess and Pietr's relationship in 13 To Life so it was very interesting to see how their relationship evolves in this next installment. All of the emotions that Jess, Pietr, and the rest of the Rusakova's were going through felt so real. Not to mention watching Sarah spiral back into the "evil girl" she used to be and dealing with Amy and Max's forbidden attraction made you really feel for them and their situation. There are so many things I want to say but am afraid to reveal such great plot twists and turns. As William Shakespeare once said "The course of true love never did run smooth" ~ From A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 1, scene 1, 132–140. No truer words were ever spoken in relation to this book. That is what I love about Shannon's 13 To Life Series. She is some how able to portray teen angst with such realism and she is really able to make her wolves come alive in such amazing detail. I also love the little bits of Russian we learn from the Rusakova's. I have always been interested in learning new languages and even though it is only a few words here and there I still loved learning them. On a scale from one to 10 I give this book a 20. I am just really in love with this story and series. It has such depth of feeling and is a book I could go back and read over and over again. If you LOVED 13 To Life like I did then you really need to pick up this book. If you haven't read 13 To Life pick that up as well as Secrets And Shadows. If you LOVE YA Novels, teen angst, wolves, drama, a love triangle, the mafia, the CIA, psycho's and/or sociopaths, or just a really great book you need to run and pick up this book. In my opinion this is a fantastic read and an all around AWESOME series. I so can not wait for Bargains And Betrayals to come out on August 16,2011.


Link:
http://www.shannondelany.com/joomla/

Saturday, July 9, 2011

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Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)
Hades (Halo, #2)
Want a chance to win ARC's of Forever (Mercy Falls Series Book #3) by Maggie Stiefvater and Hades (Halo Series Book #2) by Alexandra Adornetto? You know you want to. So run on over to Carolina Valdez Miller's Blog by clicking the link for this amazing chance to win these sought after ARC's. Giveaway ends today July 9,2011 at midnight EST.


Link:
http://www.carolinavaldezmiller.com/2011/07/win-arcs-of-forever-by-maggie.html

Friday, July 8, 2011

Review Of In It To Win It By Morgan Kearns

In It To Win It
In It To Win It By Morgan Kearns


  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460927117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460927113
  • Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
  • Blurb Source: Morgan Kearns.Com HERE
  • Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

Blurb:

Strike One

The girl once known as ‘Plain Jane’ Alexander is now the woman who makes men stop and take notice of her long legs and voluptuous feminine curves. Fifteen years ago she drove away from her small town determined to never look back … and to hate Grayson Pierce forever.

Strike Two    

Grayson Pierce is a baseball playing, fast car driving, loose woman dating, expensive liquor drinking jerk. He’s also the guy that ripped Jane’s heart out and beat it with a meat cleaver in front of their entire high school.
Strike Three

When fate—and an offer for an exclusive interview—bring Jane home, she finds that some things aren’t as they appear. And Grayson proves that he is In It To Win It; her trust, her heart, and a World Series title.

I spent my 4th of July curled up with Grayson Pierce. That was the BEST 4th of July I have had with a book in a real long time. Morgan Kearns never ceases to amaze me with her incredible story telling skills. I love the fact that Grayson and Jane's story is so relatable. What they went through any one of us could have gone through and I liked that. It makes you feel connected/invested to their story. I also loved the fact that we got to see some old friends from KHB (Fade To Black). Jane is a sports caster that wants to prove that she is a great journalist and Grayson is a baseball player out to win The World Series. Neither ever thought they would see each other again, never mind embarking on a whirlwind news story. Jane sees it as an opportunity to cover a big story (even if it isn't the story she wants to be covering)  and Grayson sees it as the opportunity of a life time (a second chance if you will), I just couldn't put this book down. Grayson is such a HOT character it is hard to choose between him and Rich Spencer from Fade To Black. On a scale from 1-10 I give this book a gigantic 10. Morgan you now have a devoted fan for life. Your books just get better and better. If you are a fan of Baseball, true love, love conquering all, and second chances you NEED to read this book. If you LOVED Fade To Black you need to pick up In It To Win It. If you haven't read either pick them both up and be prepared to be AMAZED, in my opinion.

My review of Fade To Black HERE

Link:
http://www.morgankearns.com/

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 16 Release Day Of The Settling (Solid Series Book #2) By Shelley Workinger Blog Tour

Settling (Solid #2)
Welcome to day 16 in the Settling Blog Tour. Today happens to be release day for Settling and Shelley has honored me by bringing to everyone an exclusive excerpt for Settling (Chapter 1....squeal). To celebrate the release of Settling, Shelley is giving away a copy of Settling on each of her tour stops (including this stop). And if that isn't enough for you Shelley is hosting a giveaway on her own Solid Series web page. You so will not be disappointed in my opinion. So without further ado I give the floor to Shelley.



First is worst. What I mean is that the first chapter is the absolute worst one to write, particularly if you’re not going to open with a hugely dramatic scene or an interest-piquing prologue. For “Settling,” I didn’t want to use any such “tricks of the trade” – no opening acts, if you will – I just wanted to greet the readers, escort them to their seats, and start the show. Really, I see myself as kind of an usher in the “Solid” theater, so Chapter One is like our walk down the aisle after intermission; I give you a recap of Act One (“Solid”) and set the tone for Act Two (“Settling”) without boring you by spending too much time on either. I hope that I’ve found the right balance and that readers enjoy the show!

ONE




   Why rush? I reminded myself, purposely slowing my steps toward the dining hall. Not that I was worried about the food; it was actually a million times better than I’d expected at an Army camp. No, my relax today, race tomorrow motto had nothing to do with dinner and everything to do with Monday morning. I may not be embarking on some exotic global adventure, but my new assignment would be my-world changing and today was sort of feeling like the last day of vacation. 

And a well-deserved vacation at that. It felt like my whole life had been on fast-forward since I got to campus. I’d started the summer by moving a thousand miles from home along with a hundred other kids; we’d taken the same leap by coming to this strange place, also strangers to each other, showing up for the first day of school where every kid was the new kid.

When I thought back to those first couple of weeks on campus, I felt like so much had happened so fast that I must have missed half of it. The camp of self-discovery we’d signed up for had quickly turned from an inviting lake to a whirlpool of secrets and super-abilities, friends and villains. We’d all kind of clung to the first solid things that floated by just to keep our heads above water.
But once the current had calmed – and the danger of being eliminated by Janet for revealing her secret had subsided – I’d looked around at what I’d grabbed hold of in my panic and felt enormously lucky. Of all the people I could’ve surfaced with, I’d somehow found the best five fish in the pond. One may be a barracuda, another a clown fish, and the others various species in between, but we made up a swimmy school.
I burst out laughing at my own ridiculous thoughts. Now all I could envision were my friend’s faces photoshopped onto scaly, neon bodies with giant cartoon eyes and puckering lips. I guess I had my mom to thank – it was her imagination that I’d inherited, after all. It used to bother me that while I’d gotten her creativity, and even her knack for picking up vocabulary, her ability to put ideas into lyrical prose had skipped right over me. And as for what happened by the time my tangled thoughts hit the air, forget about it.
But the unfortunate breakdown that occurred somewhere between my mind and my mouth was a worry for another time. Today was about all the good things I had going on, and I readily returned my focus to them.
Yup, Calliope Grace Kaid, I said to myself, your life is pretty freaking awesome.
Even the survivor-like metaphor I’d been relating to – before I’d distracted myself with the fish – hadn’t been all that bad. Going back to that brainwave, I reminded myself how once the wild water had cleared and I could let go of all the life preservers I’d grabbed onto, I hadn’t wanted to. It was only the rapids themselves that had been rough, not other people and equipment. I still may not know the how and why of a lot of those early days, but I was pretty happy with the right now.
And now that life was moving in real-time instead of warp-speed – now that we’d begun to settle a bit – we could actually just be here without constantly stressing over those hows and whys. To be honest, sometimes I almost forgot the reason we’d been brought here in the first place, because the here was no longer the secret and hidden unknown that’d it been when we’d first arrived. The campus had become a familiar place, full of friends. A home.  
            I knew it must seem totally bizarre to people beyond the gate to think of a classified Army camp full of military kids as any kind of homey environment, but that’s how it felt to us. And that we all felt the same way spoke volumes.
            With every kid on campus a genetically-altered freak of nature – or in our case, crazy scientific experiment – the playing field sort of evened-out, as Garrett would say. Finding a place where everyone was so different – in every sense of the word – that nobody stuck out was like a gift to kids who’d spent their lives constantly moving and thus always sticking out.
            I blended so well into my new surroundings that being able to vanish, to make my solid self disappear, wasn’t even that exciting anymore. Besides that, like sixty other kids could do it, too; when compared to some of the other latent talent, vanishing wasn’t even that impressive of a skill. In the shadow of lighter-than-air jocks, stone-walling heavies, and blindingly brilliant stars, disappearing almost, well, disappeared.
            And really, the invisibility hadn’t changed my life all that much. I was still seventeen, heading into my senior year of high school; I still needed to get my driver’s license and apply for college.
            Plus, it’s not like I used my ability on a daily basis. In actuality, I’d probably used it more in my old life, before I’d even known what I could do or how to control it. So many times I’d wished my gym teacher would pass me by, repeating in my mind, You don’t see me; I’m invisible, until she’d picked someone else to play. At the time, I thought I’d gotten lucky; now I knew better. Although here, I no longer had anything to hide from. So ironic.
            And even though it sounded nuts, figuring out that I could disappear had been kind of eclipsed by everything else that had happened to me at the same time. Finding a place to belong, real friends, a boyfriend – the new experiences were so entangled that it was hard to single any one thing out as the best.
            Now, as I looked through the doorway into the crowded dining room, I felt a rush of excitement at what I’d become a part of – and what’d also become a part of me. The positive buzz shared by every student here was like nothing I’d experienced at any of the schools I’d gone to.
            Not that this was a school. Not yet, anyway. But if everything worked out, that would change come September. Our campus was about to turn into a very small, very private boarding school with only one real admission requirement – a seriously messed-up ninth chromosome.
            I could hardly wait.

Hopefully that made you want to run out and get Settling for yourself, if no read my review of Settling Here and you will definitely be convinced (in my opinion). 
This has been an amazing blog tour with some fantastic stops along the way. I am so excited to be included on this fantastic tour. If you have read Solid you already know what a phenomenal book it was and I am sure you are salivating for Settling. If you haven't read it then go or log on to your favorite store and pick them both up. 


Next blog stop on the blog tour is at Books With Bite. If you would like to check out the remaining blog stops on the tour click Here.

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