Thursday, January 23, 2014

Interview + Excerpt + GIVEAWAY: Starcrossed by Brenda Hiatt



Starcrossed, a Starstruck novel by Brenda Hiatt, is out now!  To celebrate the release we are happy to share an interview with Princess Emileia and Rigel Stuart as well as an excerpt from the book.  Be sure to stay tuned to the end where there's a giveaway as well!

 The Starstruck adventure continues…


Blurb: 

    Marsha spent the first fifteen years of her life as a nerdy nobody before discovering her true identity as the long lost princess of a secret civilization. Now M is dodging extraterrestrial paparazzi while trying to keep the truth from her adoptive aunt and uncle and everyone at school. At least she can be herself with her boyfriend and literal soulmate, Rigel. Whenever they’re together, it’s easy to forget the responsibilities that will eventually come with her new status. But when a new boy arrives at Jewel High, everything M thought she knew about herself and her future is turned upside down. Now the very destiny that lifted her from obscurity threatens to tear her away from Rigel and their happy ever after. But when two planets conspire against you, where is there to run?



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I’m sitting here in a charming little ice cream shop in Jewel, Indiana, to chat with our newfound Princess Emileia and Rigel Stuart, the boy who recently saved her life when she was attacked by the dictator Faxon’s minions here on Earth.

Tell me, Princess, how did it feel to discover your true identity after being raises as a Duchas?

With great presence of mind, the Princess immediately shushes me. “Not so loud! And please, stick to English. I don’t want everyone in Dream Cream to freak out the way I did when Rigel first told me there are . . . people like us…living on Earth!”

Given the pains our Nuathan Ministry of Terran Obfuscation has taken to keep that secret, I suppose she has a point. I lower my voice as I continue.

Is that true, Rigel? Did the Princess ‘freak out?’

“Only for a day or so,” he replies. “Really, she handled the news like a champ—way better than I did when my parents first told me.”

So you were raised Duch I catch myself. Like a regular Earthling, too?

“Until I was ten, yeah.”

Back to my original question, Princess—

Please don’t call me that!” she interrupts me. “Not here. Just Marsha is fine, or M—that’s what my friends call me.”

Though it seems terribly disrespectful, far be it from me to disobey. M, then. How has your life changed since learning the truth?

“If you don’t count people trying to kill me, mostly for the better. I mean, back in August I was a complete nobody on the very bottom rung of the social ladder. Now I hardly get picked on at all—well, except by Trina, but that’ll never change. I even get invited to parties and stuff. Not that my aunt ever lets me go, but it’s still cool to be invited. But that’s not because of being, you know, who I am. Nobody at school knows about that.”

Unfortunately, this coincides with the rumors of her being mistreated by her adoptive Duchas family and the surrounding townsfolk.

Then why the change?

“Mostly because of Rigel. He’s pretty popular, what with being quarterback of our football team and just generally awesome. I’m just kind of along for the ride.”
“Not true!” Rigel interjects. “You’re the awesome one. It just took people a while to figure it out.”
The Princess laughs at this and claims, “Nobody would ever have called me awesome before—” She breaks off when Rigel raises his eyebrows at her.

Not wishing to pry, I move on. You must be dying to tell everyone the truth about yourself. Is it hard living with such a huge secret?

“Sometimes,” she confesses, “but when I think about what could happen if people found out, I’m a lot less tempted to say anything.”

And what was your life like, growing up as a—you used the word ‘nobody’ in a non-Echtran household? Was it difficult living in such primitive conditions?

She laughs again. “Since I never knew anything else, I never thought of my conditions as primitive. And it’s not like my aunt was ever actually cruel or anything, even if she isn’t always easy to get along with.”

All right, then, next question. Once a certain dictator falls, how do you see your future unfolding? Are you excited at the prospect of someday returning to the place you were born?

The Princess shrugs. “I guess so, though I have an awful lot to learn before I’ll be ready for that! All the stuff people will expect of me, I mean. Besides, I’m pretty happy right here in Jewel for now. For instance, I went to my very first Homecoming dance last week and it was amazing.”

Oh? With Rigel here as your date?

“Well, yes. He and I—”
“Went with a bunch of our friends,” Rigel butts in, cutting her off for the second time, something he’d never dare to do in Nuath, I’m sure.

This makes me very curious. You two have shared a few harrowing experiences since meeting and I’m sure that’s created a bond of sorts. (I notice they exchange a glance when I say that.) Tell me, just how close have you two become?

At this point, Rigel stands up, then the Princess stands, too. “We said we’d give you five minutes,” Rigel says, “and we’ve been here longer than that. You have your story. And please tell your readers she’s tired of being stalked, okay?”
The Princess is much more polite, but it’s clear she’s ready to leave, too, so I don’t detain them.

Overall, I’d say our Princess seems surprisingly content with her new identity and especially with her knight in shining armor, Rigel Stuart. It will be interesting to see how things progress there once she’s called upon to take up the position she was born to—but I’ll leave that story to my colleagues in Nuath, who will be on the spot to witness it firsthand. 
 

STARCROSSED EXCERPT:

 “Hey, did you hear there’s a new transfer?” Debbi Andrews asked the moment I sat next to her in Geometry class.
Petite and blond, Deb was my second-best friend after Brianna Morrison, though lately it seemed like the two of them were closer to each other than to me. Not that I could blame them, between the time I spent with Rigel and all the secrets I couldn’t tell them.
“Really? Two in one semester must be a record.” I grinned over at Rigel, who’d been the new kid at the start of the school year. “Boy or girl?”
“Boy. I haven’t seen him yet. I think he’s a junior or senior. Natalie said—”
The teacher cleared his throat then and Deb had to shut up. I was sure I’d hear more later, from Bri if not from Deb. New students were a huge deal at our little rural school.
Sure enough, the new guy was the first thing Bri talked about when we met up with her in the lunchroom a couple hours later.
“Hey, Rigel, looks like you’re off the hook for the basketball team.” Bri had been pestering Rigel for days to try out, egged on by her father, who was on the coaching staff. “This new guy, Sean, is just what our sucky team needs, according to my dad.”
“Sean?” Deb asked eagerly. “So that’s his name?”
I glanced at Rigel, who looked more relieved than curious. I, meanwhile, was having a mild deja vu moment, remembering when Bri had been all excited about the wonderful new quarterback we were getting—Rigel.
“Yeah, Sean O’Gara,” Bri told Deb.
“So, is it true he’s from Ireland? That’s what Natalie told me this morning.”
Bri nodded, her long, dark curls bouncing. “That’s what Dad said, too. I didn’t even know they played basketball in Ireland! But apparently it’s huge there.”
“Ireland? Really?” I glanced at Rigel again, remembering something he’d told me a while back, and saw he looked a little more interested. 
“Yeah, he and his family just moved here last— Ooh, that must be him!” Bri broke off to point.
Of course, we all looked. The new guy was definitely tall enough to play basketball, maybe three or four inches taller than Rigel. He was fair bordering on pale, with bright, copper-colored hair. Very good looking, though of course he couldn’t compete with Rigel in that department. Who could?
“Let’s go say hi,” Bri suggested, already heading his way. “You know, welcome him to Jewel.”
It looked to me like plenty of people—mainly girls—were already doing just that. Again I was reminded of Rigel’s first day, especially when I saw Trina Squires—cheerleader, flirt and bitch extraordinaire—saunter up to to the newcomer. Rigel and I followed Bri and Deb, since it seemed the nice thing to do. We were maybe halfway across the lunchroom when both of us stopped cold to stare at each other.
     “Do you—?” Rigel asked.

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Brenda Hiatt is the author of nearly twenty novels (so far), including traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, historical romance, and humorous mystery. She is as excited about her new STARSTRUCK series as she's ever been about any of her books. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she recently achieved her 2nd degree black belt), hiking, traveling, and pursuing new experiences and skills. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Novelists, Inc, an international organization of multipublished novelists, where she served as President in 2006. For the past dozen years, Brenda has also collected data on writers' earnings, which she shares at her website, http://brendahiatt.com

You can also find Brenda on Facebook, Twitter (@Brenda_Hiatt), Tumblr, Goodreadsand Wattpad.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington




Kiss of Fire
by Rebecca Ethington
  
Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: Ringer by C.J. Duggan


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Ringer by C.J. Duggan (Summer #3.5)
Publication date: April 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
“They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.”

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’

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AUTHOR BIO
C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.

The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.

For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com




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Cover Reveal + $.99 SALE on Rumor Has It (Limelight #1): Picture Perfect (#2) by Elisabeth Grace




Picture Perfect (Limelight #2)

To celebrate the cover reveal Elisabeth has put Rumor Has It (Limelight #1) ON SALE for 99 cents until Monday. If you click the picture below it'll take you to the Amazon sales page in the event that you want to pick-up a copy!



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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: Mean Boys by Barbie Hall

Mean Boys
Release Date: 05/2014

Summary from Goodreads:

“So...you're forcing me to be your slave?” I inhaled deeply even though my body had calmed. “Is that what you're telling me?”

A reformed bully. Two damaged boys. Bound by blackmail.

The only thing Bianca Wilbur wanted was to forget her past and sail through her first and only year at the prestigious Battle St. John Preparatory, by making new friends and maintaining perfect grades. That is until one scandalous raunchy night of Truth or Dare with two of the school's most infamous bad boys, the peculiar Judas and the reckless Zeus, aka The St. John Gods, leads to the unthinkable.

She's intrigued by one and despises the other.

As Bianca is forcibly dragged into their troubled world secrets spill and dirty lies come out.

What happens when the bully becomes the prey?

Mature YA/New Adult. Excessive swearing, sensitive subject matter, and sexual situations.

About the Author
Barbie Hall is a typical girl in her early twenties except she has a deep passion for writing. Particularly young adult! Barbie got her first taste of writing in the sixth grade and has never stopped ever since. She's into Japanese pop culture: including manga, fashion, and dramas. She's also addicted to Youtube (with a Youtube channel of her own), make up, and blogging.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Blast: Warrior's Moon by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

  Warriors Moon
Warrior's Moon
Medieval Historical Romance
by Jaclyn M. Hawkes  

Never in all the kingdom has there been a more brave and protective champion. Nor such a loyal and capable maiden. And they loved each other desperately. But is their love strong enough to withstand all their dark age holds—danger, feudalism, disease, and unfair oppression? Yes, they truly loved each other desperately. They loved their kingdom more.  
Praise for Warrior's Moon
"This book has adventure, memorable characters, and tons of action. There is even romance! I absolutely loved it!!!" ~Laura (Goodreads)

"I loved this book! Great characters, I love a strong female lead. I really enjoy all of Jaclyn Hawkes books, but I must say this in one of my favorites!" ~ KMon (Amazon)

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Author Jaclyn M. Hawkes

jaclynJaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She got a bachelor’s degree, had a career and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.


   

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Review + GIVEAWAY: Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher

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WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME
Author: Erin Fletcher
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 211
Pub. Date: January 7, 2014
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Summary: 
When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods—vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen—are more traditional, but who is she to judge?
Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley¹s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.

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Review: 
Honestly, when I read the premise for Where You'll Find Me I thought it sounded.. ok. And that's being nice.. but then I started reading and I couldn't stop. This book had me hooked. 

The only thing that irked me and made me give it 4 instead of 5 stars is you'd think that a female teenager that realizes there's a boy on the run staying in her garage would have done something and oh i don't know.. Kicked him out? But for some reason she couldn't. She had this apathy for him for some reason. I was sorta annoyed that she would allow that type of thing happen. The dangers that could come along with that...

But I looked past that because what unfolded was this story of heart-break, loss, grief, cancer, death, suicide, and then finally we see them fall in love. They were both dealing with this huge amount of grief and by meeting were able to build themselves back up together and learn to let go. They helped each other grow and become really amazing individuals. It had a lot of very real and heart breaking issues that I don't always see in young adult books these days. It was refreshing.

I definitely recommend people to pick this book up! There was so much juice to this story.. loved it! And I really love the cover as well. I like when I get to put a face to a person in the book. It helps me visualize them. :) I was given an e-copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I received no compensation.

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About Erin:


Erin Fletcher is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise while drinking excessive quantities of coffee, believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (which is almost never useful when writing books) and lives in North Carolina.

You can visit Erin on her
website and on Twitter.


Giveaway:
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Tour Stops:

Week One

1/6/2014- Book Briefs- Interview
1/6/2014- My Seryniti- Review
1/7/2014- Such a Novel Idea- Guest Post
1/7/2014- Meredith &Jennifer's Musings- Review
1/8/2014- Falling For YA- Interview
1/8/2014- Watcha Reading- Review
1/9/2014- The Reading Date- Guest Post
1/9/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book - Review
1/10/2014- Janae's book obsession- Review
1/10/2014- YA Books of Witchcraft and Wizardry- Review
Week Two
1/13/2014- Fade Into Fantasy- Interview
1/13/2014- Kindle and Me- Review
1/14/2014- Out of Time- Guest Post
1/14/2014- My Library in the Making- Review
1/15/2014- Book Sniffers Anonymous- Review
1/15/2014- The Procrastinator’s Corner - Review
1/16/2014- Coffee, Books and me- Review
1/16/2014- Booker Like a Hooker- Review
1/17/2014- Book Whales- Interview
1/17/2014- Swoony Boys Podcast- Review

Blog Tour! Review + GIVEAWAY + Excerpts: Me After You by Mindy Hayes

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Series: Willowhaven #1
Release date: November 18th 2013
Purchase: Amazon

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Widowed at twenty-five, Sawyer Hartwell has no choice but to return to her hometown. Broke and alone, the intention was to heal and find herself again, but how can she heal in a place filled with so much sorrow and memories she yearns to forget? 

Dean Preston has regretted leaving Willowhaven since the day he rode off on his motorcycle six years ago, destroying the only love he had ever known. Returning too late, he's found small comfort in a new life with Lily, but with Sawyer back he's not sure of anything anymore. 

The time has come for Sawyer and Dean to face the past, to learn from their mistakes. The road to healing is paved with old wounds, each one threatening to tear them down completely. Carrying their own scars close to their hearts, they must both confront what's gone before or lose their second chance. 

The measure of who we are is what we survive. Who we become is up to us.

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Excerpts (I sorta picked a lot.. I couldn't help myself.): Some lovey and some heart-breaking just to see how amazingly written this book truly is

"Remembering is the worst part. There's a brief moment between sleeping and waking where Grayson lives. In those few perfect moments, he's not gone. He's alive, and he's sleeping peacefully next to me." (Kindle Loc: 1081)

"I'll be okay. At least that's what I've been telling myself, but I'm still waiting for the day I will feel okay. I don't know how to fix me. I'm stuck in a whirlpool of misery that fights to drag me under, and I can't get out." (Kindle Loc: 1346)

"Loving Dean is like fireworks when it's not the Fourth of July. It's the sudden and explosive and it scares the crap out of me." (Kindle Loc: 2520)

"It's there in his green eyes, everything I know that is reflected back from mine. I love him. I don't say it, and neither does he, but we know. It's as if we want to savor the moment, the moment we first realize we're falling... and falling hard. I shift down his body, hovering over him, and lean in to kiss his mouth. He breaths my name before our lips mee. All I say is, "I know." Because I do. Anyone can say it, but knowing that it's true is what makes it real." (Kindle Loc: 2836)

"I've never stopped loving you, and I didn't want you to pull further away from me just when I was getting you back. I don't know how to not love you." (Kindle Loc: 3192)

"Let me fill the crack. Let me make you whole." (Kindle Loc: 3765)

Gahhhh! Some of those make me feel what they were feeling while I was reading! LOVE this book! Now onto my review...

Review: 

This book.. Wow! Just wow. This had so many feels I can't even count them. The book made me feel like I was there experiencing it firsthand. I was a sobbing mess at times, others times smiling and other times I was yelling at both Sawyer and Dean to DO something about their situation. I can't even begin to describe how amazingly written and lyrical I found Me After You was. Hayes wrote an awesome and heartfelt novel.


In the beginning Sawyer is heartbroken with the loss of her husband. Andddd I'm pretty sure I was crying by the third page. ;) Throughout the book we get to see her come to terms with his passing, we watch her fall in love all over again with her first love. It was truly an epic and beautiful story. I LOVE this book! I can't recommend it enough!


I can't WAIT to read more from her! Seriously pick this book up NOW! You will not regret it! 


5 awesome, beautiful stars! ABSOLUTELY loved this book!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Displaying MINDYHAYES.jpgMindy Hayes grew up in San Diego, California exploring her interest for singing and playing the piano. She first discovered her passion for reading when she had to take her first flight alone to South Carolina to visit her then fiancé. Mindy's love for writing followed shortly after. She and her husband have now been married for six years and live in Summerville, South Carolina.



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