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The Program by Suzanne Young - Giveaway
Today, I am more than excited to have a Book Special for you! Please stay tuned for more info and a… Giveaway of this amazing new Release:
Series: Program #1
Published April 30th 2013 by Simon Pulse
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them
Even though I haven’t read it, I am super excited about this book! I have read countless reviews from my favoirte Bloggers who all loved this book to pieces!!
Visit The Program Page to read the first chapter!
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked.
I do love and trust Ashley and Erika.. sooooo I NEED a copy right now! But for now, I have a very generous Giveaway from Simon Pulse. Thanks to Simon Pulse we are giving away 2 copies of The Program for US/CAN only.
Please fill our the Rafflecopter and cross your fingers!
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I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach - Blog Tour - Get to know Felton! - Giveaway
I’m happy to welcome today Geoff Herbach on the Blog who wrote a phenomeal Contemporary Series which follows a boy Felton on his way to become a Football star. The series begins with “Stupid Fast” where awkward Felton discovers that he’s super fast and then starts playing Football – now his whole life changes!
Also, thanks Geoff’s publicist you can win these books below!
I am Felton. I’m with stupid.
My name is Felton Reinstein. That is not a fast name, but, seriously, I’m stupid fast. I didn’t ask to be so fast. What I wanted most when I was a wee little squirrel nut of a boy was to be funny, except nobody found me funny at all. At least, not when I was trying to be funny. I got knocked around a lot.
Then, I grew. Fast. Huge. Out of no place. Like pro football huge. I had no idea where this growth came from. My mom, Jerri, used to be a hippy lady with jangling bells sewn into her skirts. She played guitar and sang songs. She wrote poetry. She is not big or fast.
Dad. When I was five years old, I found him dead in the garage. Hanging. He did it to himself. For my whole life, Jerri told me that Dad was a short, fat, sad Jewish dude. Turns out that wasn’t the case at all. Turns out he was like me.
I am like him.
For all of high school, now, I’ve run and run. I turned into the best football player in the state of Wisconsin. Maybe one of the best ever. But, along the way, I lost friends. I hurt my little brother, Andrew, who plays piano. I lost the only girlfriend I ever had. I don’t know why. It’s like I’m me and I know I’m me, but someone else is driving. I run and run, but you can’t run forever.
Sometime. Some day. You have to stop and face the facts. My dad is a fact. What he did is a fact. Who I am is fact. You can’t ever get away from yourself, you know?
The fact is, I’m with stupid.
sooo, don’t you want to meet Feldon now too?!?! I certainly do!!
Published June 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
I, Felton Reinstein, am Stupid Fast. Seriously. The upper classmen used to call me Squirrel Nut, because I was little and jumpy. Then, during sophomore year, I got tall and huge and so fast the gym teachers in their tight shorts fell all over themselves. During summer, three things happened all at once. First, the pee-smelling jocks in my grade got me to work out for football, even though I had no intention of playing. Second, on my paper route the most beautiful girl I have ever seen moved in and played piano at 6 a.m. Third, my mom, who never drinks, had some wine, slept in her car, stopped weeding the garden, then took my TV and put it in her room and decided she wouldn’t get out of bed.
Listen, I have not had much success in my life. But suddenly I’m riding around in a jock’s pick-up truck? Suddenly I’m invited to go on walks with beautiful girls? So, it’s understandable that when my little brother stopped playing piano and began to dress like a pirate I didn’t pay much attention. That I didn’t want to deal with my mom coming apart.
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
I miss you. Because there’s some serious donkey crap going on right now. I’m supposed to be at football camp, but noooo … Andrew had to go missing! So because of my stupid little brother, I’ll probably lose my chance at a scholarship and end up being nothing special.
I’m pretty sure Andrew ran away to Florida, and now Gus and I have to drive cross-country to get him. Did you know Gus used to think
Miss Piggy was hot? Anyway, Andrew once told me I needed to get my head out of my butt. So that’s what I’m trying to do. How about a kiss for luck?
“Readers looking for a genuinely memorable first-person narrator–in the vein of Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or Pete Hautman’s Godless– should really catch up to Stupid Fast.”–StarTribune
Published May 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Felton Reinstein has never been good with stress. Which is why he’s seriously freaking out. Announcing his college choice on national TV?
It’s a heart attack waiting to happen. Deciding on a major for the
next four years of his life? Ridiculous! He barely even knows who he
is anymore without football. And so…he embarks on The Epic Quest to
Which leads to:
1. Mentoring a freshman called Pig Boy.
2. The entire state of Wisconsin hating him.
3. His track coach suspending him.
4. The funniest viral video the world has ever seen.
5. A whole new appreciation for his family, his friends and what
what’s really important in life.
and now… we even have a Giveaway for you Guys which is .. open International!! YES awesome hu?
We will have one winner who can pick any of the books in the series. So you want to get started, or want to follow Felton’s story? Choose which book you want to win! Enter via the Rafflecopter below!
And now, don’t you want to meet Felton now too??? I’m already in love with this story and I cannot wait to read all 3 books now back to back!
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Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen
First of all, I’d like to say that I’m not all that familiar with the historical figure Eva Peron. Blame my sieve of a memory for history, I’m a scientist. I’m of the right age where the mention of “Evita” makes me think of Madonna, which is probably not a good sign. But I love thrillers, and let me tell you, Gregory Widen has written one hell of a great historical thriller here in Blood Makes Noise. I didn’t think of Madonna once while I read the book, so you know that I was sucked right into the danger, the intrigue, the murder, the subterfuge, the political unrest…
CIA agent Michael Suslov is stationed in Buenos Aires in the 1950s for his first assignment. Learning the ropes in a city that isn’t foreign to him because he grew up there shouldn’t be as difficult as it is, but the other agents aren’t very welcoming. Michael and his wife constantly feel like the odd ones out, getting the cold shoulder from the agents and their wives both at work and at after work functions. But it’s at one of these parties soon after they arrive in Buenos Aires that Michael meets Hector Cabinillas, an Argentine military intelligence officer. And so begins their odd relationship where Hector will only deal with Michael, not any of the other American agents, and Michael is one of the few disinterested people that Hector truly trusts.
In the dark of night, Hector calls on Michael to meet him to bear witness to something monumental: the removal of Eva Peron’s preserved body from a sealed vault. Claiming that it’s for the good of the country to have Evita’s overwhelming presence—even in death—gone and forgotten about, Hector doesn’t have to do much to convince Michael that he is the only one that can get her corpse out of the country and hidden, and that it is Michael’s one chance at a happy life with his wife with a change in duty station.
So Michael manages to spirit the body of Eva Peron out of South America, but not before his life is destroyed just as anyone else’s who has had a hand in the regime. For sixteen years, only one person knows where Evita’s final resting place lies, and as Michael’s past finally catches up with him, he only has one chance to make up for a life of horrible wrongs.
Blood Makes Noise follows Michael Suslov for the first portion of the book as a CIA agent, and the third person narrative gives great insight into what it’s like to live in Buenos Aires in the 1950s and work as an operative in a foreign country. The middle third of the book focuses on Alejandro in the early 1970s, sixteen years after Eva Peron’s body disappeared. He had met Evita when he was an orphaned child and became fixated on her ever since. Now part of the neo-Peronist Montonero movement, he believed that she was still the soul of the revolution, and they believed that bringing her back into the country could quash the threat of civil war. Alejandro is brutal and will do anything to find her body, but first he has to find out who knows where she is. The final third of the book is where all hell breaks loose as the race to find Eva Peron begins.
The sights, the smells, and the sounds are all described vividly without being too obtrusive while the historical events are peppered into the story without sticking out. The writing is concise and not overly wordy, told in third person throughout with an emotional closeness that left my heart aching at times for the characters. The brutality, blunt ugliness of the time, carefully researched historical facts and people, and sometimes uneasy situations made Blood Makes Noise a tense, thrilling picture of mid-century South America—politics and all. The relationships between the characters were so realistic and heart-wrenching at times, but I could not put this book down. Five out of five for Blood Makes Noise—best thriller that I’ve read in a few of years.
Look for a guest post here next Tuesday, April 30 by author Gregory Widen about where he got his first ideas for Blood Makes Noise. It’s a fascinating read! But first, enter the rafflecopter link below for a chance to win a copy of Blood Makes Noise. Open April 24 through May 12, 2013.
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The Big PubLove Event - Featuring Penguin and Erin Galloway!
Welcome to a new exciting event here at the Bookworms:
As book bloggers our contacts with publishers are vital. They send us books and we work with them closely on promotional posts for their newest, exciting releases. It’s such a pleasure when we see that often they are just as excited as we are about the books! They’re like us, just with WAY cooler jobs and INFINITELY greater access to the authors we
Have you ever wondered who is behind sending all of those emails we get from the big houses? What they really do and why the work with bloggers like you and me? Ever wondered what we can improve and what do they like to see us post and maybe… even what do they not like?!?
Well…we’ve wondered those very things and we want to share the answers we’ve dug up with YOU!
So we’ve reached out to our favorite publishers and asked them the questions we know you’ve all been dying to ask (but were perhaps a little too shy to actually voice)!
Over the next few weeks, we will highlight different publishers, publicists and marketing associates from big publishing houses.
Last week we kicked this event off with Macmillan and Ksenia Winniki and this week we are excited to have:
This week we have Erin Galloway on the Blog is a Senior Publicist at Penguin. I had the pleasure working with Erin on some great Blog Posts so I am excited having her here today!!
Erin, thank you so much for joining us today!!! We’re so thrilled to get to give our readers a deeper look into the life of a Macmillan Publishing professional!
Could you briefly explain what your job entails and how you are involved with Book Bloggers?
We are senior publicists for the Berkley/NAL imprints at Penguin Group (USA) and we regularly work with bloggers on blog tours, book reviews and promotions.
What do you love most about your job?
Authors and books! We are fortunate to work with many wonderful authors and have bottomless “to be read piles” of fabulous books.
What do you love most about working with Bloggers?
We’re both just readers at heart and that’s why we enjoy working with bloggers—we’re all part of the same community and we all love books. Bloggers are some of the most passionate people we work with and it’s incredibly gratifying to work with people who get as excited about books as we do.
What do you expect from Bloggers when they post a review or a promotional post during a tour?
When we work with bloggers on tours, we just expect that whatever date(s) we agree to for reviews or guest posts the blogger will carry through on. We completely understand life occasionally throws a curveball your way and we only ask that you give us as much advance notice as possible if something needs to change. We’re professionals and we know bloggers are too, so we just like common courtesy all around!
What do you look at when you decide to work with certain bloggers? Pageviews, Followers, Alexa? Design?
We’re mostly looking at a blogger’s reach. We’re in the business of selling books after all, so we’d like to see if that if we’re sending a blogger review copies or asking a blogger to host our author, that the blogger has a wide reach of readers through a combination of their site, Twitter, Facebook and/or Goodreads.com.
Our favorite things experienced bloggers do:
1. Post their review with links to the author’s online presence—website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.
2. Include links to buy the book.
3. Posting right around the book’s on-sale date.
4. Sending us one email with a roundup of several books they are interested in as opposed to multiple emails in a 2-3 day period. Makes our lives much easier!
5. Keep us updated on special features they are running or big accomplishments. This lets us know about new ways we can partner with bloggers who already know and enjoy working with.
6. Tell us what they like and don’t like. Trust us, we’d rather pitch you on books that fall within the subgenres you enjoy. If you love urban fantasy but aren’t crazy about historicals, let us know. It makes things easier for everyone.
7. Include their blog in their email signature! Chances are we already know, but we work with A LOT of bloggers, so it’s nice to have that refresher in the email signature, particularly if we’re just starting to work together.
8. Treat us like professionals! Experienced bloggers always address us by name, are clear about why they are contacting us and thank us for our time. We promise we’ll do the same in return for you!
9. Let us know when they will be attending various romance conferences and conventions. If we’re attending the same ones we’re happy to meet up!
Anything you’d like to add?
We really enjoy bloggers’ enthusiasm for books. It makes this community so much fun to work with. Please never lose sight of that!
That was so helpful! I really loved reading Erin’s list of “Our favorite things experienced bloggers do” it tells me a lot about how to approach publicists and what works best for them!
and now… we have an EPIC Giveaway sponsored by Penguin and NAL
We will have 4 lucky winners this time!
and Penguin is giving away 2 copies of
ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young (New Adult/Adult) and 2 Copies of VIRAL NATION by Shaunta Grimes (Young Adult)
Contest is open US and you can enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post
I adored On Dublin Street – read my 5* Review here!
So now it’s your turn, dear reader! What would you like to know from Erin? And..since we all love to talk about books, what is your favorite Penguin – NAL book?
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Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting - Blog Tour and Giveaway
Today I’m pretty excited to be part of Kimberly Derting Blog Tour for her newest release “Dead Silence” (Book 4 in the Body Finder Series) at the Bookworms. I have a pretty awesome post from Kimberly which made me giddy just reading it and below you’ll find a Giveaway!
Dead Silence is the 4th book in the amazing Body Finder series. And.. apart from the main character Violet who is made of awesome, there is one character I nearly love more than her: Jay Heaton. He’s the poster boy of the lovely Boy Next Door or the Best Friend you fall in love with. Even though I love the bad boys so much, Jay is the perfect exception. He’s sweet, cute but he loves Violet with all his heart and I feel pretty hard for him too. So, I asked Kimberly if she could touch the subject of the Bad Boy versus the lovable Boy Next Door and I’m excited to hand the blog over to her now talking about .. Boys! Wooot!!
Boys…gotta love ‘em. And there’s no shortage of different kinds of boys. Tall boys, short boys, nerdy boys, athletic ones, and those who like kittens and volunteer in soup kitchens.
And then there are the bad ones, you know these guys—the kind who roll up on their Harley’s, unshaven—maybe without a shirt—who can make your jaw drop with just the wiggle of an eyebrow.
Then there are the other ones, too. That boy you’ve known most of your life. The one who actually gets your inside jokes, remembers your birthday, and carries your books. He sneaks in under the radar, wiggling his way into your heart when you don’t see him coming, until, before you know it, you can’t remember what it’s like to live without him.
Now, let’s break this down, shall we? We’ll call today’s lesson…The Weird Science of Boys:
He drinks extra-black coffee from Styrofoam cups and most definitely does not recycle.
He wears Levi 501s and whatever t-shirt that is laying on the floor next to his bed (which is most definitely not made).
He’s cocky, arrogant, and has abs of steel, but never has to work out!
He lives by his own rules and to hell with the consequences!
He says what he wants, when he wants, and it still makes your heart race.
He shows the world his bad attitude but only shows you his heart of gold.
The Boy Next Door:
He drinks a double-shot mocha, but also brings you your favorite drink, which he always remembers.
He letters in track/baseball/football and wears his Varsity jacket everywhere. He’ll give it to you, though, if you’re cold.
He’s sweet and attentive and also has abs of steel. (He should take off his shirt more often!)
He’s a stickler for the rules and is most definitely someone who recycles.
He has a hard time finding the right thing to say—especially when it comes to you. It took him forever to tell you how he feels.
He wears his heart on his sleeve but when he finally gives it to you, you won’t ever want to give it back.
So there you have it…the good, the bad, and the Boy Next Door.
Which boy would you choose? I’m guessing there are a few of you out there who would like one of each, am I right???
Ahaha. how much I love this post!! To answer Kimberly’s Questions, I think I go with the Bad Boy… even though Jay would be the perfect exception. Love this boy so much ) However, usually, I am more drawn to the bad boys with lots of attitude … UhhUhh..
Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.
You can visit her website at www.kimberlyderting.com.
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.
When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.
and check the Tour Page for all upcoming other Tour Stops.
and now, I’d like to close with repeating Kimberly’s question:
Which boy would you choose? I’m guessing there are a few of you out there who would like one of each, am I right???
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HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance tour stop - Katie McGarry Pushing The Limits
We are super excited to be hosting Katie McGarry’s absofreakingamazing book, Pushing The Limits, today on the HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance tour!!
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
So wrong for each other…and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
The next book, Dare You To will be released June 7th by HarlequinTEEN – add it on Goodreads NOW!
*Pushy* Can we just say everything? Because seriously, what didn’t I love about this book! It turned me into a sobbing watery mess on my very crowded plane ride home from BEA last year, and I didn’t even care how freaked out the guy sitting next to me was! I was crying and laughing and just turned into an absolute fool for Noah and Echo!
*Heather* You’re not kidding about the crying! I hardly ever cry with books unless a little kid dies, but this one had my cold, dark heart thawing out and my dry eyes squirting a few tears while I hid trying to get in some more time to read it.
*Danny* Gosh I remember how this book affected me. I was so sucked into Noah and Echo’s story that all I could talk and think about was them! Oh and of course, I couldn’t shut up about Pushing The Limits and told everyone that they HAD to read this book right now! So yes! We are big, huge and crazy fans!
Well let’s get right down to it!
Any fan of YA knows angst goes a long way to propelling a plot forward and Pushing the Limits has this in spades. But it’s not the drag-you-down-until-you-lack-the-will-to-live kind of angst. This is good, soul-searing, let’s-get-cathartic-and-start-the-healing-up-in-here angst. And we ate it up!
While the drama is intense, the characters are so realistic that everything they go through is brought home to the reader. Part of why each and every one of us was wrecked when we read this (did we mention we each cried a bit when we read this??) was that we each related so intensely to what Echo and Noah were going through. None of personally have shared their issues but still we felt every slice to their hearts, every moment of anguish and every drop of desire to heal themselves. We bought in big time and we was rewarded with such a fantastic story!
Okay seriously…there is nothing that’s going to get us excited about a book more than when an author can bring the romance in big time. And Katie McGarry delivers the goods! From the smoldering looks Noah and Echo share, to the giddy first brush of their lips (*Bookworms enter swoon-mode*), Katie McGarry’s skills in portraying the hot, messy, lovely romance these two characters share is unparalleled!
Really what we love about both Noah and Echo was how real they felt to us. They way Katie McGarry fleshed these kids out, the way she brought them so viscerally to life, just blew us away. They are real. We still think about them sometimes as if they’re our friends. And yes, we’re aware just how weird that is, but there you have it. These characters will get their hooks into you and you’ll never want them to leave!
So, as you can see, we clearly ADORED this book!!!!
If you need more convincing, check out our review here.
Enter to win one and you’ll also be entered to win the supremely romantic grand prize give-away via the widget below!
(*Pushy* I will TOTALLY be wearing this as I stalk Noah. Shh…don’t tell Echo…..What? Too creepy? *sigh*)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck and enjoy!!!!
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The Travelers Series Promotional Blitz and Giveaway
You may have seen my reviews of books one, two, and three in the Travelers series by Claudia Lefeve over the last year or so. This is one of my favorite YA scifi series, and you can just click on the book covers below to check out my reviews if you want a little more info. These books have it all: mystery, love, intrigue, a bit of danger, a dash of realistic science, a totally hot male lead. What’s not to love?
Destiny has a way of catching up.
Saddled with powers she doesn’t understand, Etta Fleming’s world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.
One minute, she’s an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.
Plucked from the only world she’s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn’t know, and a best friend who can’t know.
“You know what your problem is?”
“I didn’t take time to eat my Wheaties?”
“…every time a choice is made, we end up playing out a different scene – like a choose your own adventure book.”
Everything is predestined.
Etta is slowly readjusting to life in her new reality, while still recovering from the shock over the news regarding her relationship with Cooper.
While learning more about her role as leader of the Council, she soon discovers that her future is linked to the five extraordinary individuals she must recruit in order to ensure her destiny.
Nothing is as it seems, as rivals become allies and friends become the enemy.
“How does one deal with the harsh reality that the man you want to be with is already taken – by your future self.”
“Don’t ever settle for what you think is going to happen. Take life as it comes and don’t prepare too much for what might be. Live for the moment.”
Take hold of your destiny.
Etta Fleming doesn’t know she was meant to return to her true reality four years ago. After years of being the “orphan girl” in the alternate world she grew up in, she’s finally carved a niche for herself with a great job, a steady boyfriend, and a best friend by her side.
Undeterred by the shift in the timeline, it is up to Cooper Everett and his friends to convince Etta that she is still destined to become their leader, fighting against their post-apocalyptic future.
Will meeting the ghosts of her past convince Etta that she’s part of a grander destiny? Or will her past, present, and future worlds collide?
“Lunch. My favorite period of the day at Alexandria High. It’s almost like an all-human version of the San Diego Zoo: the nerds, the jocks, even the goths, all roaming around in their natural habitat in the cinderblock cage that was also known as the school cafeteria.”
“Because life isn’t a John Hughes movie. And even if it were, we’d be cast as one of the social misfits in The Breakfast Club…”
Claudia Lefeve was born and raised in the Gulf Coast border town of Brownsville, Texas; a curious place where folks see curanderas in lieu of shrinks, tortillas are served at every meal, and even gringos speak Spanish. PARALLEL, the first book in The Travelers series, is her debut YA speculative novel. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two pugs.
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A November To Remember - The Vincent Boys Blog Tour!
It’s Monday, and this Monday comes with some hot books and hot boys! Way to start the week hu?
A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
Brought to You By:
THE VINCENT BOYS By Abbi Glines
This day it’s all about the Boys that broke our hearts *sigh* . After I read The Vincent Boys from Abbi Glines I immediately had two boys from “Friday Night Lights” the TV show in my mind: Tim Riggins and Jason Street!
Why, I’m glad you asked!
Those two boys have been close like brothers, while Tim always was the mysterious brooding , troubled kind of boy (=BEAU) and Jason was the picture perfect son (=SAWYER). Both sets of boys have been in love with the same girl forever and who ended up getting the girl? The hot brooding boy!
Gosh, how I loved this series, how many tears I cried and … seriously it broke my heart seeing Tim struggle so much, always thinking he was not good enough and would never be good enough for anything! I feel head over heels for Tim Riggins and he broke my heart constantly with his self-destruction!
Just like Beau from The Vincent Boys! While the story is definitely not the same, it has some similarities that made me think so much about “Friday Night Lights” and what I loved so much about this series!
Can a girl really ruin such a deep friendship, or such deep bonds those boys formed over the years of growing up?
Well, I know how Friday Night Light ended, but to see how “The Vincent Boys” ends you have to read it yourself.
And, read it you must!
I LOVED those two books like so freaking much!
It has all the heartbreak, the intense closeness of friends/cousins/brothers that is all mushy and sweet. But there are also those sexy and hot scenes that just rock these books!
oh and I seriously adore the new shiny covers!!
About The Vincent Boys
(Note: it’s only $4.99 on amazon, so go and grab a copy!!)
Get seduced by a sizzling account of attraction and betrayal in this previously self-published phenomenon.
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.
Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.
Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist….
The sequel to The Vincent Boys, The Vincent Brothers will be released December 18, 2012. The eBook is already out!!!
About the Abbi Glines
Abbi Glines can be found hanging out with rockstars, taking out her yacht on weekends for a party cruise, sky diving, or surfing in Maui. Okay maybe she needs to keep her imagination focused on her writing only. In the real world, Abbi can be found hauling kids (several who seem to show up that don’t belong to her) to all their social events, hiding under the covers with her MacBook in hopes her husband won’t catch her watching Buffy on Netflix again, and sneaking off to Barnes and Noble to spend hours lost in the yummy goodness of books.
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Review and Giveaway: Jenny Plague-Bringer by J.L. Bryan
Jenny Plague-Bringer (The Paranormals #4)
by J.L. Bryan
Published on October 2012
Copy received from author in exchange for honest review
Jenny has survived in seclusion for the past year, but her peace is about to be shattered by two new paranormals, each of them with unknown intentions, both of them searching for Jenny and Seth.
The nightmares of Jenny’s most recent past life in the 1930’s erupt into the present, and she will face enemies old and new. Jenny is more vulnerable than ever, because she can’t use her pox without risking the small life now growing inside her.
Jenny’s entire life has led up to the challenge she must now face, one that will endanger her life, her unborn child, and her own soul.
I’ve really loved the Paranormals series from the first book, Jenny Pox, and my love grew with the characters through Tommy Nightmare. When Alexander Death came out, it was bittersweet because this was the last book in the series, but the author ended the trilogy on such a high note. When J.L. Bryan announced that there would be a fourth installment following these characters, I was so excited to get to be immersed in their universe again. (My reviews of Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, and Alexander Death)
This installment of the Paranormals series picks up a year after the events of Alexander Death. Jenny and Seth have settled into a life of leisure in Paris. Jenny has a little studio in their apartment where she continues to work on her pottery, and Seth heals people discretely around the city, playing video games in his spare time. They are using aliases and hiding from the United States government, who should believe that Jenny and Seth died in the fire that leveled Seth’s family mansion back in South Carolina. But their happy, anonymous life is jeopardized when two new to us, unknown paranormals surface, threatening to break Jenny and Seth up in unspeakable ways.
Jenny’s biggest defense to protect them from this new threat is taken away from her because she’s pregnant, and she has the memories of hundreds of pregnancies from her past lives that ended in tragedy where she’d used her pox, unknowingly causing the babies harm.
The first new paranormal we meet is Ward, who’s the head of a secret government agency that looks for people with strange powers. Of course the events of that fateful Easter in Fallen Oak where two hundred people died mysteriously have come into his sights, and he’s determined to hunt down the people responsible. He has a very potent power that is delivered by touch, but I don’t want to spoil it. Even without his power, Ward is a brutal and intimidating figure who doesn’t play by any rules. As he makes his way through everyone that had ties to the Fallen Oak case and Jenny or Seth, he leaves a bloody mess in his wake, taking some prisoners too.
Mirialla shows up at the door of Jenny and Seth’s apartment out of the blue one day, asking for the boy who lives there. Jenny is immediately suspicious since Mirialla doesn’t know Seth’s name but knows that he will live there sometime soon. She bundles up just like Jenny does and wears gloves–leaving little skin exposed to avoid human contact. This piques Jenny’s interest enough that she starts spying on Mirialla, but all she finds is a spoiled, rich student. This paranormal’s power is the opposite of Ward’s, but she doesn’t use intimidation like he does.
I really don’t want to spoil too much of the plot of this book, but history definitely repeats itself. All of the paranormals find themselves together again. Will the outcome be different this time or are they doomed to the same fate again in this lifetime? I can tell you. however, that the battle is bloody with many casualties, and I certainly enjoyed these parts of the books. J.L, Bryan has mastered describing scenes where bullets are flying, Jenny’s plague is airborn, and bodies are melting. It’s definitely not for the squeamish, and I practically squealed in delight as I devoured these scenes. They were pure horror and gore perfection.
Jenny has a big advantage over all of the paranormals that are still alive in the present day—Seth(healing), Tommy(fear), Esmerelda(speak to the dead), Mirialla, and Ward: she has complete memories of most of her past lives. But when Alexander helped Jenny remember these past lives, he purposefully guided her away from the last life they lived together in the 1930s—the one where Jenny chose to be with Seth instead of Alexander. This life was such an important one in their souls’ evolution, and luckily the addition of Marialla to their lives sparks the recall of the memories within Jenny.
Jenny Plague-Bringer, at its core, is a book about history repeating itself. How many times do you repeat the same mistakes before you learn from them, grow from them, and rise above them to become a better, more evolved soul? Do you become a victim of circumstance, or do you forge your own way toward the destiny that you know is right?
Told alternately with flashbacks to their previous lifetime that fills in the story nicely without repetition, Jenny Plague-Bringer is a solid follow up to a trilogy that ended strong but definitely left readers wanting more from the paranormals universe. J.L. Bryan expanded upon his original vision with even bigger questions from the original books, and he has written a more grown up and evolved set of characters. It’s rare to see such character growth and evolution over the course of a series such as this. I give this a five out of five. This is an excellent, evenly-paced, well-researched page turner.
And now for the giveaway: One lucky winner will get a paperback copy of book one of the Paranormals Series, Jenny Pox, signed by J. L. Bryan. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Contest open to US/Canada residents only for two weeks. Good luck!
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Heather read them and totally adores this series!
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Welcome to a new feature that will be running every Tuesday for the month of May….
Together, we all arrived (Heather, Pushy, and Danny) at JFK to take a cab to the hotel, After theÂ initialÂ squeeÂ and hugging fest (we haven’t seen each other in a year), we settled in to discover our hotel. Our first task was to get to Javits Center and get our Badges. I’m not kidding, but seeing already the big sign - was… AWESOME!We are here, we are finally here and it’s truly happening!
Getting the Badges which was highly unspectacular we went to meet a blogger I contacted before. I read her blog, saw thatÂ Â she’s going to be a BEA and so we decided it would be awesome to meet before the wholeÂ shenanigansÂ start. Best.Decision.Ever. So, Heather, Pushy, andÂ I met up with Jenny from Supernatural Snark and her Moms (MIL and her mom) and… it was instant love! Look at our big grinning faces, seriously - we all wear this big happy grin on our faces! (*Pushy* I can not overstate how absolutely wonderful it is meet your bloggy friends in person.Â BEA or otherwise, this is a DEFINITE must!)
Heather:We were able to look over Pushy’s super-organized spreadsheet of what signings we needed to hit. This is one thing that is very important if you want to make the most of BEA—Tip:Â preplanning so you aren’t running from signing to signing without a clear strategy. And this year the Book Blogger Convention is on Monday, so we will be hitting the ground running.
We are going to tell you now an infinite truth: Nothing is going to prepare you for your first day at BEA. Nothing! Not any post like this one can prepare you.. and Pushy and I read tons of posts before.Â Just getting in theÂ entrance of theÂ hall - you felt the buzz and excitement in all the peopleÂ surroundingÂ you. Funny enough, this first day we made a discovery that saved us a little sleep on the next days. See, there are a fewÂ entrances to enter the fair, among those is the big entrance where 80% are waiting to be let loose..uhm to get in!Â Â When we arrived we stopped at a smaller entrance and we wereÂ initiallyÂ confused. In the main hall, people are waiting in line to get in and got there at 8am to get a good place in line.. So we were confused, because we waited together with 5 other people…Tip: Every Entrance gets you inside the holy halls.Â
When finally the doors opened.. a stream of people nearly ran to get finally inside. I mightÂ exaggerateÂ a little here, but it felt like this..(*Pushy* It was insanity!)Â Our first stop was to get to the main entrance hall, get some bags and just move with the flow of people. That was easier than thinking where to go…
First stop was Harper and there were honest to goodness stacks of book laying on the floor waiting to getÂ grabbed.. Okeeee.. uhm wow.. really?? That was ourÂ initialÂ response.. like” We can just grab one? Really” and all the ladies were just nodding. Obviously confused with ourÂ ignorance. Tip: Stacks of Books on the Floor? Yes, there are there for you to take 1.. (and I mean 1, don’t go and grab 5, for all your friends, unless you want to make a bad impression of course..)Â
After theÂ initialÂ adjustment to the craziness around you, just go and make yourselfÂ comfortableÂ and.. wander around. We first located boothesÂ we were interested in, we looked for the autographing stage and all the other locations. Then we looked on our schedule on finally decided where to head next, or better who is going where - because although you are there with your friends, you definitely might want to split up to see your own favorite authors!Â (*Pushy* or characters!Â Remember, BEA is about FUN as much as it is about anything else.Â You’ll be able to get your hands on these books eventually.Â But enjoying the moment is priceless, so HAVE FUN!!!!)
After the first day went with a blur and I seriously cannot remember all we did during the days of the Fair.. But, Wednesday we wereÂ slightlyÂ more relaxed!
After we saw an announcement that Lauren Kate would be there signing Passion in the morning. I knew I needed to be there! So, again we skipped the big, bad entrance and went through a smaller one and suddenly I was right in front and the first in line. I was grinningÂ stupidly and still grinned when finally the awesome Lauren Kate signed Passion for me. After a little chat about Germany and her books I moved on, happily clutching my book to my chest!
However, we wereÂ immenselyÂ glad to have Pushy with us - because she’s an organizing supertalent! We shortly discussed which authors will be there today, who wants to see whom and who is going where and where to meet up again .. You get the drill.. One thing I totally didn’t take into account - You have to arrive early (like really an hour before early…) when there is a signing of awesome at Booth.
For instance: at the Harlequin Booth there was a signing with Rachel Vincent, Julie Kagawa, Kady Cross, Cara Lynn Shultz - yes, all thoseÂ fantasticÂ ladies on one place.. I came there half an hour before the event started and… I was shocked to see the line… I had to search for the end of the line and had to move around 3 corners.. YES .. 3 corners. But good girl that I am , I just went to the end of the line.. Not Â like so many other girls, that just cut the line.. Just, don’t cut the line - simply don’t!Â It’s rude, and you’re better than that! Because sadly enough due to so many people not caring to get to the end of the line, I didn’t get any books signed anymore.
See, Publishers have a certain amount of books for each signing, when they are gone, you won’t get any signed book anymore. Begging is not helping, because there are just no books anymore..
Heather:Â On the second day, you know what to expect and waiting in the long lines is old hat so to speak.Â Advice: Surprise signings are announced at the booths, so pay attention to the signs—you never know which one of your favorites might pop up!Â You still end the day exhausted and mentally worn out, but it’s worth it.
Thursday was really lazy and not so crowded anymore, which was really nice!Â We were just enjoying the winding down atmosphere of the day, when theÂ awesomeÂ MelissaÂ (I Swim For Oceans) got invited from Michelle Hodgkin to join her for a coffee - she was super excited and asked if we want to join! OMG, like really?? And then Pushy and me had a coffee with Michelle, Melissa which was incredible and super awesome!!!!! Yep, magic like this really happens people!!!
Heather:Â Going with three people from the blog, and this year with four of us, allows us to divide and conquer. Several signings going on at the same time? No problem—we just split up and go our separate ways. But again, I really recommend having a firm plan in place before you go. I’m the kind of person who just goes with the flow and just showed up without a plan. This year, I’m mapping it all out ahead of time.
Was BBC - aka Book Blogger Convention, and about this we will talk about in a seperate post!
In the end, it was an overwhelming and incredible experince, we got tons of books signed by awesometastic authors. We made new friends and had one of the best weeks ever! We knew when we were flying home that we would come again … And we will! Soon!
Tip: preplanning so you aren’t running from signing to signing without a clear strategy. (coming in next post!)
Tip:Â Every Entrance gets you inside the holy halls.Â
Tip:Â Stacks of Books on the Floor? Yes, there are there for you to take 1.. (and I mean 1, don’t go and grab 5, for all your friends, unless you want to make a bad impression of course..)Â
Tip: (if you want to make any friends)Â Just, don’t cut the line - simply don’t!
Tip: Â Surprise signings are announced at the booths, so pay attention to the signs—you never know which one of your favorites might pop up!
Ok you still with us? Because seriously that was a crazy long post!
I’m sorry!!!! But … there was so much to tell you and we still haven’t told you anything!
And since, this all takes place in the wonderful city New York, today we are going to bring NYC 2 U (or to your eReader..) We have a beautiful Skin for your eReader! I have this skin myself in my iPad and I LOVE it deeply!
So, 1 lucky winner gets the NYC SkinÂ for their eReader (note, any eReader GelSkin offers)
Happy Friday! Today I have the pleasure to host Author Tiffany Allee. She just published on January 24th her first novella Banshee Charmer and today she stops by the Bookworms to talk about Novels, Novella’s and short stories. In celebration of the release of Banshee Charmer we are giving away one copy!
But for now, please meet and welcome Tiffany Allee:Â
Novellas are a bit of an oddball length when it comes to fiction. Generally ranging from 20-40k words, they’re too long to be considered a short story, and too short to be considered a novel (excepting certain genres). So why read them? Why do I bother writing them?
I absolutely love novellas for a couple of reasons. First, they give me a quick story for those times in my life where I just want to read something entertaining in one or two sittings. I get in these moods when my life is particularly stressful or hectic, and when I’m just not in the right frame of mind for a story that will take me a while to get through.
Second, I love them for trying new authors. I love discovering new writers, but even if an author is fantastic and well-loved, his or her style may not appeal to me for whatever reason. By purchasing and reading a novella to take the writer for a test drive, so to speak, I have a smaller commitment with regards to time. And I’ve generally paid a lower price.
Banshee Charmer does trend on the longer side of the novella range, but it still offers that small taste of my style. And for a couple of hours, I hope that it takes readers for a fun ride in my little world. Here’s a small excerpt from Banshee Charmer. A little nibble, if you will.
Excerpt of Banshee Charmer:Â
[box type=”shadow”]I pulled my 9mm from its shoulder holster and crept into my living room. Light glowed from the dining room. Pretty certain I hadnât left a light on, I eased forward. I took a deep breath and held the air in my lungs, in case whatever waited for me couldnât be hurt with bullets.
I swung my gun up then rounded the corner into my dining room. A manâor something that looked like one anywayâsat at the oak table. He was reading a book. A cup of coffee rested on a coaster in front of him and heâd propped sock-covered feet on my table. Settled in, right at home.
I gaped, unsure of what to say. My face grew hot when I saw the cover of the book in his hand. A beautiful woman held in the arms of a tall, too-handsome hero with abs of steel graced the cover of the romance novel. I barely resisted the urge to shoot him. Who says I donât have fan-freaking-tastic self-control?
âWho are you?â I finally spluttered out.
He set the book down and smiled at me. It was one heck of a smile on one heck of a face. A strong jaw covered in five oâclock shadow, dark eyes, and a head of messy black hair set on a very fit, long body.
âAh, Kiera McLoughlin, I presume?â I thought I detected a slight Irish lilt to his voice, but if he had an accent, it was subtle. He took his feet off the table, moving slowly.
âPresume away. Who are you and what are you doing in my house?â
His smiled turned into a full-on flirtatious grin. âWhy donât you put your gun away so we can talk? About your interesting taste in books, perhaps.â
I glared at him, face burning. Handsome or not, I was in charge in my own house. âNo way, cupcake. Tell me who you are and I might consider putting my gun away.â
He sighed, his chest pressing against his tight T-shirt. I glared harder.
âAll right. My name is Aidan Byrne. Iâm here to talk to you about the murders youâre investigating.â[/box]
January 24th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
Length: 159 pages
When sheâs sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera âMacâ McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her departmentâs back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, sheâs running this one âhotâ as well. But Aidan knows more than heâs letting onâsomething that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killerâs growing body countâ¦
Tiffany Allee currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver, and is happily married to a secret romantic. She spends her days working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, ass-kicking heroines, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books, of course). Her nights are reserved for writing and bothering her husband and cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate, travel, wine, and family.
And now, we have a giveaway for you! Thanks to Entangled Publishing we are giving away 1 eBook of Banshee Charmer and you only have to leave a comment and answer Tiffany’s question:Â
Do you enjoy your fiction in various lengths?
Much love and Happy Friday,