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Saturday, December 31, 2011

HUSHED Blog Tour...interview with Kelley York!

Hi guys!

First, let me apologize for being absent from the blogosphere for 2 weeks (the horror!). Due to the holidays, I took some time away to spend with family/friends, but I'm back now! And what a way to return, with an interview with the the awesomely talented Kelley York!

As part of the HUSHED Blog Tour, I get to interview Ms. York today, and I couldn't be happier! I hope you enjoy the interview, and be sure to check out the giveaway at the end...but first, here's a bit about her debut wonder, HUSHED.

by Kelley York
pub date 11/30/2011

product description from goodreads.com

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

Sounds good, right? Trust me, it is. But don't take just my word for it...check out these rave reviews for HUSHED (which it totally deserves!):

'Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my
seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was
unputdownable!!!' --- YA Fantasy Guide ---

'How exciting that we live in a time when gay teen protagonists can be
just as screwed up as straight ones -- and their stories just as creepy!'
--- Brent Hartinger, award-winning author of Geography Club and Shadow
Walkers ---

Believe me when I say these awesome reviews are spot-on! 

Here's a bit about the author herself, Kelley York:     

Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides
with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she
does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a
fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky
or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to
pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real
unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.

Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres
from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers,
paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character
development takes center stage.

Kelley's website: http://www.kelley-york.com/blog

And now, on to the interview!

Hi Kelley, thanks for stopping by my blog and answering some questions today! Let's get to it, shall we?

1. HUSHED is a great blend of darkness and light, showcasing how one person can be both good and bad simultaneously. Did you find writing such a multi-dimensional story easier or more difficult than writing one focusing on just the good or bad?
Whenever I'm asked something like this, I'm never entirely sure how to answer because it wasn't a conscious choice. I just kind of go with the flow where my characters take me, both to the good and the bad places. But I do think it's easier for me to write dark and heartbreaking than it is to write light, fluffy, and happy.

2. Archer, though an evil murderer by society's standards, pulls on your heart relentlessly throughout this book. Though he does bad things, you feel for him and ultimately root for him. Was this a difficult character to write? And is Archer based on a real-life person (well, besides the whole 'killing' thing, lol)?
Archer was the easiest to write out of all the characters in the book. I have a fondness for (and thus, I suppose, a lot of practice at writing?) characters like him. Ones who are so fragile and broken, and bend over backwards to make others happy. Archer definitely wasn't based off of anyone, though. Vivian is the only character who minimally resembles anyone I know in real life, and she was a sort of general idea around many girls I knew in high school. Those types of girls who put guys before their friends, and never got into a relationship that was good for them.

3. Evan. Ah, Evan. When you think of someone you'd like to run into and fall in love with and spend the rest of your life with, Evan is definitely on that list. He's smart and sincere and considerate and loving...the total opposite of Viv. Was the decision to have a bad and good character in Archer's life a conscious one on your part, or did one or both of these characters grow into what we read?
Nope, not a conscious decision at all. In fact, when I started out, Vivian was intended to be a much more sympathetic character than she turned out to be, and Evan wasn't meant to be in love with Archer. But once I start writing, the characters take on a life all their own. By the end of the original chapter where Archer and Evan meet (which is not the one in the final draft of the book), I realized Evan wanted to gather Archer up and love him and protect him, and...well, the rest is history.

4. Do you have any plans to write more about Archer and Evan and Viv? Like, perhaps, a sweet, romantic comedy about Archer and Evan?!! ;-)
It won't be a full novel, but I would like to do a short follow-up for the boys! It seems to be in high demand, so who knows... Maybe I'll put something up on my blog. ;) They might make (very brief) cameos in some of my other books, too.

5. And finally, the question I ask all interviewees. If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one book to read, which would it be and why?
ONE? Can't I say my Nook so I have many?! No?? Oh, all right. It would probably be Hannah Moskowitz's GONE, GONE, GONE, or...if I go way back into my childhood, THE LAST UNICORN by Peter S. Beagle. (I'm always stunned by how few people have read that.)

Thanks so much, Kelley, for taking time to visit today! HUSHED was a fantastic read that sucked me in and didn't let go until it was over...nicely done! Can't wait to read more from you!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there's a giveaway! The awesome folks at Entangled Publishing has offered up an e-copy of HUSHED for my followers today. If you'd like to win it, simply comment on this post by Wednesday, 1/4 at midnight CST. That's it! I'll announce the winner on Thursday.

And since it's an e-book, this contest is international!! 

So be sure to comment, and check back on Thursday for the winner!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: TRANSCENDENT and a giveaway!

I am happy to be a stop on the Transcendent Blog Tour! Be sure to visit the Transcendent Facebook page here, and the Goodreads discussion here!

Here's a bit about the book.
pub date 12/2011

product description from goodreads.com

Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the d├ęcor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.

Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you.

Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction.

My Review:

Transcendent is a great collection of fun, spooky short stories that does a great job of keeping your interest. I've often found that with short story collections, there's always at least one that I'll start and then skip to the next one, but each of these was interesting enough to make me keep reading (nice job, authors!)

Of course, I have a few favorites. The story of the shipwrecked ex-friends who happen upon a siren was a fun read, as was the story of the Homecoming party that comes to life and the ghost-hunting group of teens who spend the night in a haunted house (no way would I have EVER done that! lol). All in all, these were well-written stories with defined characters that flowed well from one to the other right to the end.

My Rating:

I'm happy to give Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal 4 stars, and recommend it for anyone looking for short, spooky reads that will entertain--and sometimes scare!


The authors of Transcendent have been kind enough to offer an ecopy of the book for my followers today (yay, giveaway!). To enter, simply comment on this post between now and Sunday at midnight (yes, that's Christmas for those who celebrate it!), and I'll post the winner on Monday...that easy!!

And be sure to visit wendyswore.blogspot.com (the tour host) for more awesome giveaways, and check out the other stops on the tour:

And if you're interested in picking up a copy of Transcendent, you can do that here:

For your Kindle! (paperbook coming soon!)

Friday, December 16, 2011

TGIF at GReads!

The awesomeness that is Ginger (or G, as I like to call her) over at GReads! has created a great meme that is tons of fun. Each Friday, she poses a question for anyone to answer. Go check her out and join in!

This Friday's Question:

Most Popular:

What blog post has gotten
the most comments/activity
on your blog this year?

Excellent question as always, G! Hmm, let's see.

My all-time most active post was when I hosted my 100 Followers Giveaway. In that post, I gave away a set of books that a certain someone (hint: her name starts with G, ends with "inger") had never read, and I couldn't be happier that she won, because now I consider her a friend! :)

As far as regular, non-giveaway posts go, that would have to be a post I did on Writing Compelling Characters. It was part of an experiment hosted by the awesome @elanaj, and though the traffic it received was nowhere near the 100 Followers Giveaway post, it did get a lot of views and comments!

What about you guys, what's been your "biggest seller" as far as the ole' blog goes?

And thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

500 Followers! And a giveaway!!

My blog just hit 500 followers.

That's crazy.


I can't believe that 500 of you actually care what I have to say (which isn't much), but thank you!! Honestly, truly, thank you so much! I've been trying to get more reviews going, maybe throw in some posts on writing and the whole "getting published" process, so I promise...it'll get better! ;-P

Now, in honor of you guys clicking that little follow button, I wanna reward you somehow.

What can I do, what can I do...

Oh! I know!

How about an ARC of my upcoming book, Blood Born?

Anyone care to win a free copy of that, personalized by yours truly? Well, if you do, then you came to the right place!

Now, I'm not one of those who makes you scour the earth for clues, or earn 5,000 extra entries by posting about my giveaway all over the web on a daily basis (please feel free to do so, though!). No, I try to keep it easy. Normally, I simply ask for a comment on this post.

This time, though, I would like you all to take it 2 steps further. I know, you're all screaming "But hey! You just said--"

And I did just say I'm not that type, and I promise I'm not. But hey, this is an ARC of MY book--I can't give it away that easily! ;-P

So, to enter the giveaway (which is only for those folks in the US. Sorry international peeps, next time!), here's what you gotta do.

1. Comment on this post. (see? easy!)

2. In said comment, give me a link to somewhere you mentioned this giveaway (Twitter, your blog, Facebook, anywhere)

3. Head over to goodreads and add Blood Born to your TBR lists (see? easy again!)

That's it! I told you it wouldn't be that bad.

I'll keep this giveaway open until Midnight on Sunday, January 1 (Happy New Year!). Then on Monday, January 2nd, I'll post the winner!

Oh, and some Blood Born swag has been ordered, so if it arrives before I mail our the winner's ARC, I'll toss some of that in as well (bonus win!).

And thanks again to you all for following along with me...I <3 each of you!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

The One That I Want
pub date 12/6/2011

product description from goodreads.com

Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.

Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?

My Review:

The One That I Want is yet another winner from Jennifer Echols! It's fun, quirky, sexy, filled with great dialogue...need I go on? The difference with this one, however, is that it kind of breaks the mold with its characters.

Let's start with Gemma, who is not your typical high school teenager. We learn right away that Gemma just lost some weight. A lot of it. About 50 pounds to be exact (which is a lot if you've never struggled with your weight, believe me!). And throughout the book, we see how Gemma deals with her new image--both inside and out. That's definitely not something you see everyday in these fun romance novels. I love it! Gemma is an excellent character, very real and down-to-earth in a way that makes her very relatable. I found myself chugging right along with her, keeping my fingers crossed that things worked out the way she hoped!

Now on to Max, the male lead. He's your typical jock: hot, athletic, hot, popular, hot. Ahem. What's different about Max, what makes him stand out from the endless supply of YA male leads...is he's Asian. Now that is definitely not something you see often in this genre, and it's a breath of fresh air! On the surface, Max seems to have it all: outstanding talent in sports, steamy good looks, parents who love him. But what we learn is that just like Gemma, Max struggles with being different--and always has. This connects Gemma and Max in a way that nothing else can.

It also connects the reader with these two characters in that same way, that "I was different growing up, too, so I can relate!" way. As each of these characters came to life and their stories unfolded, I was right there with them, nodding my head and completely understanding the feelings they expressed. Well done, Ms. Echols!

My Rating:

As if you have to ask. I honestly don't think I could ever give one of Ms. Echols' books less than a 5 star rating, and The One That I Want is no exception. A great story told through relatable, believable characters, witty, spot-on dialogue, and of course romance, believe me when I tell you that this book is The One That You Want! :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door
pub date 9/29/2011

product description from goodreads.com

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Review:

Lola and the Boy Next Door is the companion novel to Stephanie Perkins' debut, Anna and the French Kiss. And I must say...I liked it even better than the first! Lola is a spitfire character, quirky and funny and very realistic and relatable. She lives with her two dads (her birth mother comes into the picture later in a big way), and dreams of working in the fashion world. She works at a movie theater in San Francisco (with a certain girl who lived in Paris for a year--yes!) and is madly in love with her older boyfriend, Max--a budding rock star. But someone from Lola's past reemerges and shakes up things Lola had thought were long buried.

That person? The devilishly charming Cricket.

Cricket is tall. Overly tall, according to Lola. He's gorgeous, and sweet, and says things in this book that will make your heart melt (the story he tells Lola toward the end? *swoon*). But Cricket comes with baggage--namely, his twin sister Calliope. Cal fears what's happening between Lola and Cricket (fears it again, since these two share a semi-romantic past), afraid of being left alone if her twin falls in love. So much so that she tries to keep it from happening. But Cal doesn't realize that Cricket is already in love. In fact, he never fell out of it when it comes to Lola (I know, right?!) And he tells Lola as much, sending Lola's seemingly perfect life into a tailspin. Does she still love Cricket? What about her boyfriend, Max? Where will she end up?

These questions and more all get answered in the best way, through Ms. Perkins' charming, witty, steamy love story. Seriously, these characters are so fun, you don't want the book to end!

My Rating:

Just like with Anna, I happily give 5 stars to Lola and the Boy Next Door, and can only say that if you love a book filled with fun, laughter, tears, romance, and great characters...this one's for you!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss
pub date 12/2/2010

product description from goodreads.com

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

My Review:

Anna and the French Kiss is such a fun, romantic read, whose pages are filled with quirky characters, steamy romance, just the right amount of humor and, of course, love. It tells the story of Anna, a teen forced by her father to move to a boarding school in Paris, France her senior year . Anna of course doesn't want to go, and can't wait until the year is over so she can move on toward her dream of becoming a film critic. But once she's there, fate takes over...and it shows Anna what her true path is.

That path? Etienne St. Clair.

Oh, St. Clair. He's dreamy. He's tall. He's hot. He has an accent. He showers Anna with attention. Basically, he's perfect. At least Anna thinks so, until she truly gets to know him. She quickly learns that he has his own personal demons to wrangle (mainly his dad), and that the overwhelming good looks he possesses are not the best thing about him. The two go on a journey of discovery in this book, taking the reader along for an enchanting ride. Set against the beautiful city of Paris (seriously, if Ms. Perkins has never been there, she is one heck of a great researcher!), Anna and the French Kiss is a love story at its finest.

My Rating:

I'm happy to give Anna and the French Kiss 5 stars, and urge you all to jump on this one and devour it like I did. Of course, seeing as how it's been out a whole year, I'm sure I'm one of the last few to do so! :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

TGIF over at GReads!

The awesomeness that is Ginger (or G, as I like to call her) over at GReads! has created a great meme that is tons of fun. Each Friday, she poses a question for anyone to answer. Go check her out and join in!

This Friday's Question:

Book to Movie:

Which book-turned-movie
do you feel did the best adaptation?
What about the worst?

I must admit that I am a sucker for movies made from books. Especially if I love said book. And I also must admit that even though the movie may not have been as good (which is usually the case, right book lovers?), I still enjoy it.

With that said, I can easily choose my top and bottom in the Book-to-Movie genre (though there are several that I love).

Best Adaptation:

Has to be Silence of the Lambs. Has to be. The book? Awesomely creepy. The movie? Even better.

Seriously, Anthony Hopkins brought Hannibal Lecter to life in such a gruesome, cringe-worthy way that 20+ years later still has people talking about it. Every actor (Jodie Foster was made to play Clarice, that's all I'm saying) pulled Thomas Harris' words from the pages of the book and showed them to us in raw and gritty form. To me, one of the best Book-to-Movie turns out there!

Not So Best Adaptation:

Now this one was a bit tougher to decide, because like I said, I love movies. But, if I have to choose (which I do, because G will hurt me if I only answer half of her question), I'm gonna go with...

Let The Right One In
by John Ajvide Lindqvist

This book creeped me out in the best way. If you've never read it, you should. It's so powerfully good and disturbing and scary that I was off-the-wall excited for the movie. Well, it kinda let me down.

Again, I love movies made from books. And even though some are not good, I still like them. So even though this one is my choice for least best adaptation, I still liked it.

What about you guys? Any goodies or baddies out there I should (or shouldn't) see?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review: Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Endless Summer
by Jennifer Echols
pub date 5/25/2010
product description from goodreads.com

Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.

Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends--including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she’s turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that’s not going to happen--not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.

Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori’s romantic summer melt into one hot mess?

My Review:

Jennifer Echols has done it again (no surprise, right?). She has written a quirky, sexy, romantic, funny little story that picks up right where The Boys Next Door left off and takes us even further into the lives of Lori, Adam, Sean and the rest of her stellar cast.

Endless Summer tells of Lori and Adam's lives after making a mistake in their super-new romance...a mistake that they fight tooth and nail to correct throughout the entire novel. Everyone believes they did something wrong, and the duo has to try and salvage what's left of their relationship--and their reputations.

Adam--hot-headed, head-over-heels-for-Lori, shmexy-as-heck Adam--stumbles and screws up and does the wrong things practically from page 1, and this only makes you love him even more. He wants to do what's right (or what he thinks is right), but just can't seem to get there. And Lori is no help, making her own mistakes in trying to get everyone to see that she and Adam belong together.

Complete with Echols' signature charm, wit, great characters and steam-inducing romance, Endless Summer is a great addition to The Boys Next Door, and further proof that this author knows her stuff!

My Rating

I happily hang 5 stars over Endless Summer, and urge you all to pick up this great book (but be sure to read The Boys Next Door first)!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: OBSIDIAN!

The lovely Jill (a fellow Alabamian!) over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.

This week's selection actually came out yesterday (12/6 is quite a day for releases!), but I'm still waiting on it, so I thought it fit for today's post. I'm super-excited to read this one, not only for the whole alien storyline, but also because it comes from Entangled Publishing, and they're kick-butt novels are all winners! Please, if you haven't already, check out...

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
pub date 12/6/2011

product description from goodreads.com

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door
marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Yeah, sounds awesome, right? I know, I can't wait to read it, either!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's Eternal Starling Day!!

You heard it here first, folks...today, the 6th of December in the year 2011, is officially deemed


What is "Eternal Starling Day", you're all asking? Why, it's the day that my good friend Angela Corbett's book, Eternal Starling, makes its world debut!

I'm so over-the-river-and-through-the-woods excited for her, and I just wanted to tell everyone about it. So please, go visit her website, blog, or follow her on Twitter, or like her Facebook page, and give Angela a HUGE congrats on her book baby's birthday!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Review: Hushed by Kelley York

by Kelley York
pub date 12/6/2011

product description from goodreads.com

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

My Review:

You guys, please believe me when I tell you to read this book. Seriously. Hushed is such an awesome, well-written, gritty, heart-warming, sexy (yeah, I could fill this post with adjectives) novel that sucks you in from the very first page and doesn't let go until the end. After reading it, you're gonna want more, trust me.

Hushed tells the story of Archer, a self-loathing college student who has lived his entire life basically as a whipping boy for his best friend, Vivian. Archer loves her. She doesn't feel the same way. But that doesn't stop Archer from doing whatever he has to to give her a better life. The pain Archer goes through on virtually every page is so real and honest that you find yourself hurting right along with him--an excellent feat, Ms. York!

And there's no way I could talk about Hushed and not mention the opposite of Vivian in Archer's life, Evan. Aah, Evan. He's sweet. He's sexy. He genuinely cares for Archer--and Archer for him. Evan is light to Vivian's darkness, constantly fighting her pull on Archer. Evan only wants to help Archer believe in himself, think for and of himself, and put himself before others--especially Vivian. Evan's love for Archer is constant and strong and oh-so-good...an excellent character!

My Rating:

I seriously would give Hushed higher than 5 stars if my rating system were greater (hmm, maybe I could change it just this once? Okay, 10 stars then!). It's such a fun, sexy, gut-wrenching read that leaves you breathless and altered afterward. This book releases tomorrow, so please...pick up a copy ASAP!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

I'm Outta Here!

I know this is a lame-o blog post, but I didn't have time this week to come up with anything else. Just a quick note to say that today is my last day of employment (as of right now), and I'm actually kind of excited about it (I'm probably gonna get hate mail now).

I had been thinking a lot about taking some time off to really focus on my writing (you know, to actually get good at it!), and this happened. Coincidence? I think not.

So, the plan is to take the next few months to churn out some great ideas I have and to hopefully move my goal of having a writing career a few steps closer...wish me luck!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Winner Chosen!

Since I received no response from the original winner of the Eternal Starling Blog Tour giveaway, I've selected a new winner...and that person is...


Congrats, Supa! (ha, love that!) Please email me (jmanni32 @ yahoo dot com) with your mailing address, and I'll pass it along to Angela so she can mail you your prize!

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and be sure to stop by from time to time, because I'll be hosting an ARC giveaway for my own book very soon!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: DESTINY'S FIRE!

The lovely Jill (a fellow Alabamian!) over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.

This week I've chosen something kind of new to me: Historical YA. Of course it's YA (gee surprise, right?!), but I've never read historical, so I'm venturing out (hey, I am!). And what better book to start with than...

DESTINY'S FIRE (no cover available)
by Trisha Wolfe
pub date 1/10/2012

product description from goodreads.com

Sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—a part of a nearly extinct race of Kythan descended from ancient guardians who protected the pharaohs of Egypt. As Shythe, they must keep their shape-shifting ability and electric power hidden from the humans of their steam-powered world.

It’s the year 2040 and the Shythe Council has lowered their barrier, allowing the Narcolym—the dominant race of Kythan whose Flame ushered in the steam era—to enter their haven. As the Narcolym airships get closer, Dez secretly trains for an attack that her best friend Jace believes is coming despite the Treaty Act. Not only is Dez wary of war, and her growing affection for Jace, but she fears the change her fast-approaching birthday will bring.

When her power rockets out of control, Dez knows she’ll never attend the Shythe Academy with her friends, and worse, her mother’s planning to run. But a Narco named Reese could change her fate . . . if she can trust him. After Dez discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, her guarded world crumbles. She’s forced to choose between the race who’s raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

DESTINY'S FIRE is an emotional journey of Dez’s struggle to overcome her fear and embrace her power—her destiny.

This one just sounds so cool, right? And the author is top-notch, too, so I know I'm gonna love it! And to top it off...it comes out on my birthday! (I think I know what I'll be buying myself!!)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday...Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He leaned over me. My body sparked again, like a match held to fuel that burst into flame all over. He pressed down on me. I leaned up to meet him. Our mouths met for that doozy of a kiss I'd been waiting for.
~pg. 505, Endless Summer/The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Must Reads!...THE BOYS NEXT DOOR!!

Monday Must Reads! is a feature I created to showcase books that I think you, well, Must Read! (ha!).

Today's selection is from one of my favorite authors. I only recently discovered her, thanks to my friends @MandieBaxter and @GReadsBooks (thanks ladies!), but so far I have loved everything I've read...and this one is no exception!

product description from goodreads.com

Cute, available, and one cabin over....

Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori's always been one of the guys.

But while Lori and the "baby" brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can't deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean's been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.

But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she's girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as
girlfriend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard....

Great characters, excellent writing and fun, quirky, sexy story make this one a Must Read!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Turkey Day...see you Monday!

Just wanted to say a quick Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate! And to those of you who don't...Happy Thursday!! :-)

I'm taking a couple days off from the ol' blog, but I'll be back on Monday...have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Eternal Starling Giveaway Winner!

I first must say thanks to those of you who stopped by on Friday and commented on the Eternal Starling Blog Tour post...you guys rock!

Now, on to the winner!

Using random.org, the winner of the Eternal Starling giveaway (a signed ES bookmark and some awesome jewelry inspired by the book) is...

Krystal Larson!!

Congrats Krystal! If you will email me your mailing address (just click on my name for my email addy), I'll forward it on to the author Angela Corbett, and she'll get your prize out to you! For the rest of you who entered, sorry you didn't win this giveaway, but don't fret...

Because you're all winners!!

That's right! Angela was nice enough to send me some extra Eternal Starling bookmarks (not signed, but still awesome!), so if you would like me to send one out to you, please email me your mailing address!

Thanks so much for entering my giveaway, and be sure to pick up a copy of Eternal Starling when it's released on December 6th! (or, you can go ahead and pre-order a copy right here)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Eternal Starling Blog Tour Stop...with giveaways!!

Today I am so happy to be a part of the blog tour for my friend Angela Corbett's debut YA novel, Eternal Starling. Be sure to read through this post, because there are some awesome giveaways at the end!

Here's a bit about Angela...(as a side note...I have no clue why this section is highlighted in white...grr Blogger!)

As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height, and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. She started writing poetry in elementary school and worked as a journalist in high school and college, but could never leave her love for writing fiction behind.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and escaping in a good book. She lives in Utah with her incredibly supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber's.

You can learn more about Angela and her writing through her website, Twitter, or Facebook!

And just in case you haven't heard of Angela's book, here's a bit about it...

Eternal Starling
by Angela Corbett
pub date 12/6/2011

product description from goodreads.com

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them.

Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men.

For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie—but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she’s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn’t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

Sounds good, right? As part of the blog tour, I was lucky enough to read the ARC to review, so here it is!

My Review:

Angela Corbett's Eternal Starling is the story of Evangeline (Evie) Starling, a young, independent woman who is off to college with the hopes of a great life. Evie is such a great character that I instantly fell in love with. She's strong and opinionated and stands up for herself against two very strong, opinionated guys--Alex and Emil. Way to go, Evie!

And speaking of Alex and Emil? Oh, my! These two guys are so good and bad all rolled into one, and you literally don't know who to root for by the end! Alex seems to be Evie's best choice, right up until Emil shows his true colors. Then Evie (and the reader) is torn as to who is being honest with her and who she truly loves. Such a nice job, Angela!

Overall, Eternal Starling is a refreshing YA debut with a unique storyline and exciting action and characters that keeps you questioning what's truth and what's not, right up until the end...where it leaves you wanting more! I am more than happy to give it 5 stars, and recommend that you all pick up a copy as soon as it comes out!


Angela has been kind enough to offer up some really cool, unique jewelry and a signed Eternal Starling bookmark for me to give away today to one lucky commenter--how cool is that?! Wanna see what's up for grabs?

Isn't that awesome? So cool! Now, if you'd like to be entered to win this, it's really easy. Simply spread the word. See, told you it was easy! Either Tweet, or Facebook, or Blog post, or add Eternal Starling to your Goodreads TBR list...then come back here and comment with a link to how you spread the word. That's it!! I'll choose a winner and announce on Monday!

Also, Angela
will be hosting a Pre-Order Contest to win a Kindle! Anyone who pre-orders Eternal Starling can be entered to win--simply email Angela a photo of your receipt, or a copy of your email receipt for proof of purchase, to EternalStarlingContest@gmail.com. The Pre-Order Contest runs from November 1st until the Eternal Starling release date on December 6th, so get your copy pre-ordered now and enter to win!

And be sure to visit Once Upon A Twilight to follow along with the rest of the Eternal Starling tour!