1. Big Harlequin Escape Celebration with big YA/NA Giveaway!

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    Big Harlequin Escape Celebration with big YA/NA Giveaway!

    Happy Friday my Friends! Today, I’m super excited to celebrate the first Year Anniversary of Harlequin ESCAPE Publishing a pretty new imprint with some amazing books!

    I have the pleasure hosting Escape Publishing First Lady, Kate Cuthbert, (managing editor) here with a post on starting a digital imprint. Seriously, her post is inspiring and amazing, don’t miss it!

    And of course, also don’t miss a Big Giveaway at the end!

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    The Journey Thus Far…

    by Kate Cuthbert 

    Back when Harlequin approached me with their plans for a digital-first imprint, I was so excited to be part of their new initiative, and join the team that was synonymous with romance fiction. At the time, we had a vague idea about taking new risks in publishing – finding local and overseas authors that had great stories to tell that might not otherwise have found a home. They might be too different, too cross-genre, too niche. Publishing was (and still is!) undergoing massive changes, and so many books were not being published because they were too risky. We were in the mood to take a few risks.

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe also wanted to take on the new digital world. We wanted to avoid DRM and geographical restrictions, to work within the new price points, and to see what we could do. And we wanted to do it all by creating a strong author community and a strong reader community that all understood our obsessive love of romance fiction.

    It’s been a year. It’s been quite a year. And, honestly? It’s been a great year.

    What I think is best, however, is that we haven’t realised all of our goals – but we have realised the important ones.

    • We published a lot of titles – 98 in total in our first year, across all subgenres, lengths, and sensuality levels.
    • We explored some niche – Science Fiction, in particular, has been a winner for us.
    • We took some risks, and some of them have paid off – The Chieftain’s Curse, our best-selling title has a very unusual ending, but readers have really embraced it.
    • We took some risks that will hopefully pay off in the long run, including some edgy, courageous YA and NA titles that push boundaries.
    • We’ve built an amazing community of authors – the ‘Escape Artists’ that currently number 72 with more joining every day.
    • We’ve opened our doors to authors from around the world, and have really benefited from the global perspective and diversity that an international community can bring.

    I couldn’t be prouder of our first year, of our authors, our books, our covers, our coverage. Reviews have been positive, the reader reaction very strong. We have a backlist catalogue that truly offers something for everyone.

    For me personally, the year has been about reading. With Escape’s two-week turnaround time on the initial three-chapter submission, I’ve got a lot on the go all the time, so my iPad and I are very, very close. But I get to read romance for a living, so you’re never going to hear me complain. Here are some things I’ve learned:

    • Starting the narrative where the story starts – and then moving forward – is so important. The most common reason I reject a manuscript is because it doesn’t start at the right point (often it starts by explaining how the story came about, rather than where the story actually starts), or because it starts the narrative at the right point, but then kills any momentum by immediately (or lengthily) looking backwards.
    • Chasing trends is a very tricky business, for two reasons: 1) Readers can tell if your book is inauthentic, and if you’re writing a book just to suit the current market, it’s likely to be inauthentic. 2) By the time you’ve chased a trend, that trend is normally over.
    • Rules are made for breaking. I really, really, really thought I was completely over shifter romance until I read MA Grant’s Red Moon, and it blew me away with its polish, its dynamics, and its seriously sexy characters. Trends may come and go, but a good book is always a good book.
    • Writing is pretty much the best way to get good at writing. Don’t be afraid to move on to something else. Not every book you write is destined for publication. Sometimes it’s just about learning the lesson that writing that book taught you.

    So what now? More of everything – more books, more new authors, more figuring out how to carve ourselves a place in the digital landscape. But mostly, more risks and more great stories. I can’t wait to see what year 2 brings. 

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    They have some really amazing sounding titles and below are some I’m truly looking forward reading myself!  I absolutely love their concept!

    This is a worldwide publisher

    I absolutely love their concept!

    “Our mission: To connect readers all around the world with the stories they want to read.
    We love romance, all romance, so when we imagined Escape Publishing, we imagined an imprint without restrictions, where romance readers can find the romance they want, in the style they want, at the length they want, whenever they want. In short, you want it – we’ve got it.
    If it’s science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, historical, erotic, gay romance, inspirational romance, urban fantasy, paranormal, or YA romance – or any mixture of the above, Escape Publishing’s got it. We offer all levels of sensuality from the sweetest kisses to the hottest encounters. We offer different lengths, from short stories through novellas to full length novels. Our novels are standalone, loosely connected, or part of an ongoing series.
    Escape Publishing is dedicated to bringing talented Australian voices to a global audience. All stories are DRM free, and available world-wide.” taken from “Escape Publishing” About Us 

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    Thanks to Escape Publishing I have such an amazing Giveaway for you guys! See these amazing titles below? It’s a wonderful mixture of Young Adult and New Adult titles and…. there will be 5 winners for all 5 books! AWESOME, hu?

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    The next best thing is that this contest is open international! 
    simply enter via the Rafflecopter below!
    I LOVE their covers and their books sound exciting and edgy! 
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  2. Author of the Month October - Darynda Jones

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    Author of the Month October - Darynda Jones

    We are pleased to announce a new feature on the Blog – Author of the Month – where we want to feature another author that we love each month. This Feature was inspired by our month-long Love Fest for Katie McGarry in August, and this month we will have Darynda Jones on the Blog!

    Author of The Month - Darynda Jones

    About Darynda Jones

    NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

    Where to find Darynda

    Website | Facebook | Twitter 

    Event Schedule at The Bookworms

    • Why we Love Darynda Jones  - Week 1
    • Interview with Darynda Jones  - Week  2
    • Darynda Around the World – Week 3
    • Darynda’s Favorite Quotes – Week 4

    This week we share our love for Darynda, so here are our Top 10 Reasons why Darynda is made of awesome!

    1. The Charley Davidson Series (Adult, Paranormal): We absolutely love this series!
    2. The Darklight Series (Young Adult,Paranormal)
    3. Finally, a new Paranormal Series we are insanely addicted to!
    4. She can write both Young Adult and Adult phenomenally well.
    5. She is the creator of the swoon worthy, super bad boy Reyes. *fans self* Reyes Farrow_Charley Davidson
    6. Jared of the Darklight Series: Bad Boy, kick ass, paranormal creature we just want to swoon over!
    7. Darynda is wicked funny!
    8. The Chapter Headings in The Charley Davidson Series are the best!
    9. The narrator of her audiobooks, Lorelei King, brings both of the series to life!
    10. Did me mention Reyes Farrow yet? I mean seriously, look at him!

    Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda JonesFind Darynda Jones at the Bookworms

    Find her Books

    And now, we have a Giveaway sponsored by the Bookworms and by Darynda herself!  And the best thing? The Giveaway is open internationally (as long as Book Depository ships to you)

    Be sure to come back next week when we have Darynda on the Blog!

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  3. Something Wicked Returns - Blog Hop Giveaway!

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    Something Wicked Returns - Blog Hop Giveaway!

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    Woot it’s October – the month of Halloween and other scary Events!  The Something Wicked Returns Blog Hop hosted by Rainy Day RamblingsThe Nocturnal LibraryCandace’s Book Blog, and My Guilty Obsession!

    This hop runs from October 1st to 31st, and today we kick off with a Big Giveaway Hop! Make sure to see below all the Blogs who participate.

    Even more, there are some amazing challenges and other fun stuff to do!

    AS the name already says it’s all about Paranormal Things our there in the Bookish World and seriously, this is one of my absolute favorite genres that never gets old!

    So here is my Selection for you to win!

    You can chose one of the following books, Giveaway is open Internationally as long as Book Depository sends to you!

          

    Those above belong to some of my favorite Authors and Series!

    so, Good Luck and hop along!
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  4. Announcing: 31 Days - 31 Giveaways - Enter the Fall Clearing 2013

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    Announcing: 31 Days - 31 Giveaways - Enter the Fall Clearing 2013 

    Dearest Readers!

    Next year we  will celebrate our 4 Year Anniversary already and it seems like we developed some customs here at the Bookworms that we just love so much that we keep doing it every year.

    For the last 3 years every October we have been doing our big Fall Clearing Giveaway where you can win another book each day! And… we are excited to do it again this year!

    So welcome to…

    Fall Clearing 2013

    Every Day you will find a Giveaway at the end of the post. And to give you a teaser about what is to come,  here is an overview of all the books that you can win next month. But, there might be even more surprises!

    So check back every day, enter and Win!

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    And with this, we hope you are looking forward to October just as we do and come back every day to win some great books!

    Much Love,

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  5. Feature & Giveaway: The Coincidence Of Callie And Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

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    Feature & Giveaway: The Coincidence Of Callie And Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

    I’m super to host Jessica Sorensen today for a special feature about her newest release The Coincidence Of Callie And Kayden and more excitingly, her books are no available also on audiobook! Thanks to the amazing people from Hachette we also have a giveaway for you guys later….

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    And now, please welcome Jessica for an Interview about Audiobooks and New Adult:

    Are you a fan of audiobooks yourself? If so where do you listen most?

    I love audiobooks! The two places I listen to them the most are in the car and while I’m working out.

     What was the best part of hearing your characters portrayed aloud?

    For me listening to books on audio is almost like watching a movie but without the visual part of it and I think that adds more dimensions to the characters.

    For fans of yours who already love your characters, including Callie and Kayden, would you say listening is a good way to re-experience your books?

    I do think it is a good way for readers to re-experience my books because I think hearing an actually voice read and portray a character they love adds a little more to the story.

    Do you anticipate the popularity of audiobooks continuing to grow in tandem with the rise of the New Adult genre? It seems like a perfect medium (along with ebooks) for people who might not want to share their steamier reads — what do you think? 

    I know a lot of my New Adult fans want to listen to the audio as well, and some fans just listen to the audio, so I do think as the popularity of the audio will rise with the genre.

    What do you think of Leslie Bellair as a narrator?

    I think she did a great job! I was actually surprised at how well the voice matched to what I would imagine Callie’s voice sounding like.

    About The Books

    The Coincidence Of Callie And Kayden

    The Coincidence Of Callie And Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

    Book I 

    Find the Book: goodreads | amazon | audible

    There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

    Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

    For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

    Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

    Listen to an excerpt of the Audio

    The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

    Book II in the The Coincidence series is out now!

    Find it on goodreads and get a copy on amazon

    About Jessica Sorensen

    Jessica Sorensen

    websiteFacebook | Twitter | Goodreads

    Author Bio taken from Authors webpage!

    I’m the author of the Fallen Star Series, the Darkness Falls Series, the Death Collectors Series, and the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, The Secret of Ella and Micha, a New Adult Contemporary novel.

    I love writing and reading almost anything that is YA. Some of my favorite authors are Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen, Becca Fitzpatrick, Abbi Glines, Tammara Webber, Jamie McGuire and Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m also an avid watcher of TV series The Vampire Diaries and of Modern Family.
    I absolutely love music. When I’m writing, 9 out of 10 times I have music blaring in the background. My list of favorite songs could go on and on, since I have a very broad taste in music. But a few of my favorite bands are Chevelle, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, Flight 409, Nirvana, and I’m going to stop there or else I’ll keep going on forever.
    I don’t really have any favorite movies, but a few that I could watch over and over again are Anywhere but Here, Juno, Pride and Prejudice, The Hangover, and Bad Teacher.

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    And now, thanks to Hachette  we do have one paperback copy of  The Coincidence Of Callie And Kayden for you to win! Giveaway is US only, entries via the Rafflecopter below.

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  6. My Friday Love Special: The Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones Audiobooks & Giveaway!

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    My Friday Love Special: The Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones Audiobooks & Giveaway!

    Happy Friday Guys! Today, I have a special Friday Love Edition plus a Giveaway at the end!

    My Friday Love

    My Friday Love is a weekly  where we want to share what we loved during this past week.

    My Friday Love is…

    The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones Audibooks!

    When Heather and I started reading the Charley Davidson series last year, I actually got the audiobook from First Grave on the Right.

    And.. I must say that I LOVE these Audiobooks!! Lorelei King narrates this series and I have to say that she is absolutely fantastic and incredible! She brings our snarky and witty Charley to life – it’s incredible!

    So in order to hear for yourself, I have some audioclips from you and at the end, thanks to Macmillan Audio I have a giveaway for you!




    First Grave On The Right

    Second Grave On The Left

     Third Grave Dead Ahead

    Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

    Fifth Grave Past The Light

     Find all the books on audible! 

    Seriously, aren’t these fantastic????

    We have reviewed the first book and the whole series and also had a very fun post about the series and the last book, Fifth Book Past the Light earlier this week:

     Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

     So, we cannot stress enough how freaking amazing this series is, which is why I#m super excited today for the opportunity to offer you a great Giveaway: One Winner can choose which Audiobook in the series you’d like to win!

    Are you new to the series, then this is your opportunity to start with First Grave On the Left  or if you want to chat up, you can get Fifth Grave Past The Light! Anyway, the Charley Davidson Series is made of awesome and the Audiobooks fanfreakingtastic!

    The Giveaway is open US/Can only and provided by Macmillan Audio. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below!

    Good Luck – Happy Friday 

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  7. The Program by Suzanne Young - Giveaway

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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:


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    The Program by

    Series: Program #1

    Published April 30th 2013 by Simon Pulse

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    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!!

    Check out these glowing Reviews

    Check the Book Trailer

    Visit The Program Page to read the first chapter!

    About Suzanne Young

    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!

    Cheers! danny Siggy

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  8. I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach - Blog Tour - Get to know Felton! - Giveaway

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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!

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    Why does these book sound awesome?

    1. I LOVE male voices and Felton sounds awesome (see below) 
    2. I LOVE sport themed books and after being addicted to Friday Night Lights I love American Football
    3. I saw Geoff Herback talking about his book 2 years ago at a Book of Wonder signing in New York – he’s amazing!

    Please welcome Felton on the Blog today!!!

    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.

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    sooo, don’t you want to meet Feldon now too?!?! I certainly do!!

    About The Books


    Stupid Fast by  - Book 1

    Published June 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire

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    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.

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    Nothing Special by  - Book 2

    Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire

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     Hey Aleah,
    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?

    Felton
    “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

    I'm With Stupid

    I’m With Stupid by 

    Published May 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire

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    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
    Be Meaningful.

    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.

    Find Geoff

    website | Blog | Facebook

    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!

    Much Love,

    danny Siggy

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  9. Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen

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    Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen

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    My Thoughts:

    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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  10. The Big PubLove Event - Featuring Penguin and Erin Galloway! Bewitched Bookworms <p style=”text-align: center;”>Welcome to a new exciting event here at the Bookworms:</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/03/the-big-publove-event-featuring-macmillan.html/publove” rel=”attachment wp-att-7561”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-7561” alt=”PubLove” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PubLove.jpg” width=”576” height=”256” /></a></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>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&#8217;s such a pleasure when we see that often they are just as excited as we are about the books!  They&#8217;re like us, just with WAY cooler jobs and INFINITELY greater access to the authors we <del>stalk</del> love</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>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&#8230; even what do they not like?!?</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>Well&#8230;we&#8217;ve wondered those very things and we want to share the answers we&#8217;ve dug up with YOU!</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>So we&#8217;ve reached out to our favorite publishers and asked them the questions we know you&#8217;ve all been dying to ask (but were perhaps a little too shy to actually voice)!</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>Over the next few weeks, we will highlight different publishers, publicists and marketing associates from big publishing houses.</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>Last week we kicked this event off with <a title=”The Big PubLove Event – Featuring Macmillan and Ksenia Winniki!” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/03/the-big-publove-event-featuring-macmillan.html” target=”_blank”>Macmillan and Ksenia Winniki</a> and this week we are excited to have:</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/04/the-big-publove-event-featuring-penguin-and-erin-galloway.html/penguin” rel=”attachment wp-att-7708”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-7708” alt=”Penguin” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Penguin.jpg” width=”576” height=”247” /></a></p> <p>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!!</p> <h2>Please welcome Erin:</h2> <p>Erin, thank you so much for joining us today!!!  We&#8217;re so thrilled to get to give our readers a deeper look into the life of a Macmillan Publishing professional!</p> <p><b><i>Could you briefly explain what your job entails and how you are involved with Book Bloggers? </i></b><br /> 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.</p> <p><b><i>What do you love most about your job? </i></b><br /> Authors and books!  We are fortunate to work with many wonderful authors and have bottomless “to be read piles” of fabulous books.</p> <p><b><i>What do you love most about working with Bloggers? </i></b><br /> 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.</p> <p><b><i>What do you expect from Bloggers when they post a review or a promotional post during a tour? </i></b><br /> 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!</p> <p><b><i>What do you look at when you decide to work with certain bloggers? Pageviews, Followers, Alexa? Design? </i></b><br /> 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.</p> <p><b><i>Our favorite things experienced bloggers do: </i></b><br /> 1. Post their review with links to the author’s online presence—website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.</p> <p>2. Include links to buy the book.</p> <p>3. Posting right around the book’s on-sale date.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> <p>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!</p> <p><b><i>Anything you’d like to add? </i></b><br /> We really enjoy bloggers’ enthusiasm for books.  It makes this community so much fun to work with.  Please never lose sight of that!</p> <p><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/05/spring-blog-carnival-reboot-lounge-with-marissa-meyer.html/divider” rel=”attachment wp-att-3144”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-3144” alt=”Divider” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/divider..png” width=”600” height=”21” /></a></p> <p>That was so helpful! I really loved reading Erin&#8217;s list of &#8220;<b><i>Our favorite things experienced bloggers do&#8221; </i></b>it tells me a lot about how to approach publicists and what works best for them!</p> <h2>Where to find Erin</h2> <ul> <li>Twitter:  <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.twitter.com/BerkleyRomance’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.twitter.com/BerkleyRomance”>BerkleyRomance</a></li> <li>Twitter: <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.twitter.com/SignetEclipse’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.twitter.com/SignetEclipse”>SignetEclipse</a></li> <li>Twitter: <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.twitter.com/InterMixBooks’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.twitter.com/InterMixBooks”>InterMixBooks</a></li> <li>Facebook:  <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.twitter.com/AceRocBooks’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.twitter.com/AceRocBooks”>AceRocBooks</a></li> <li>Facebook: <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.facebook.com/LoveAlwaysBooks’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.facebook.com/LoveAlwaysBooks”>LoveAlwaysBooks</a></li> <li>Facebook:<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.facebook.com/ProjectParanormalBooks’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.facebook.com/ProjectParanormalBooks”> ProjectParanormalBooks</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Previous PubLove Posts</h2> <ul> <li><a title=”The Big PubLove Event – Featuring Macmillan and Ksenia Winniki!” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/03/the-big-publove-event-featuring-macmillan.html” target=”_blank”><span style=”line-height: 13px;”>Macmillan &#8211; with Ksenia Winniki </span></a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>and now&#8230; we have an EPIC Giveaway sponsored by Penguin and NAL</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/04/review-the-immortal-rules-by-julie-kagawa-and-giveaway.html/giveaway” rel=”attachment wp-att-2697”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-2697” alt=”Giveaway” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Giveaway.jpg” width=”364” height=”126” /></a></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>We will have 4 lucky winners this time!</b></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>and Penguin is giving away 2 copies of</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”> ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young (New Adult/Adult) and 2 Copies of  VIRAL NATION by Shaunta Grimes (Young Adult)</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>Contest is open US and you can enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/16087856-on-dublin-street’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16087856-on-dublin-street”><img class=”alignnone” alt=”” src=”http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1353427080l/16087856.jpg” height=”280” /></a>  <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/15985355-viral-nation?ac=1’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15985355-viral-nation?ac=1”><img class=”alignnone” alt=”” src=”http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1362370486l/15985355.jpg” height=”280” /></a></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><em>I adored On Dublin Street &#8211; <a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/11/on-dublin-street-by-samantha-young.html” target=”_blank”>read my 5* Review here</a>! </em></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>So now it&#8217;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 &#8211; NAL  book?</strong></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>Much Love,</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/02/big-audible-audiobook-membership-giveaway-madness.html/bookworms-3” rel=”attachment wp-att-1944”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-1944” alt=”Bookworms” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Bookworms.jpg” width=”400” height=”100” /></a></p> <p><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/207d1c327/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” class=”rafl” id=”rc-207d1c327” href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/207d1c327/” rel=”nofollow”>a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /> <script type=”text/javascript” src=”//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js”></script></p>

    New Post has been published on http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/04/the-big-publove-event-featuring-penguin-and-erin-galloway.html

    The Big PubLove Event - Featuring Penguin and Erin Galloway!

    Welcome to a new exciting event here at the Bookworms:

    PubLove

    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 stalk love

    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:

    Penguin

    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!!

    Please welcome Erin:

    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!

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    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!

    Where to find Erin

    Previous PubLove Posts

     

    and now… we have an EPIC Giveaway sponsored by Penguin and NAL

    Giveaway

    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?

    Much Love,

    Bookworms

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  11. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting - Blog Tour and Giveaway Bewitched Bookworms <p>Today I&#8217;m pretty excited to be part of Kimberly Derting Blog Tour for her newest release &#8220;Dead Silence&#8221; (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&#8217;ll find a Giveaway!</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/?attachment_id=7613” rel=”attachment wp-att-7613”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-7613” alt=”DeadSilence” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DeadSilence-1024x246.jpg” width=”614” height=”148” /></a> <a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/?attachment_id=7614” rel=”attachment wp-att-7614”><br /> </a> <a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/?attachment_id=7615” rel=”attachment wp-att-7615”><br /> </a></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>Dead Silence is the 4th book in the amazing<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/series/46532-the-body-finder’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/series/46532-the-body-finder” target=”_blank”> Body Finder series.</a> And.. apart from the main character Violet who is made of awesome, there is one character I nearly love more than her: <strong>Jay Heaton</strong>. He&#8217;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, <a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/07/discussed-by-danny-lets-talk-boys.html” target=”_blank”>Jay is the perfect exception</a>. He&#8217;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&#8217;m excited to hand the blog over to her now talking about .. Boys! Wooot!!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/05/spring-blog-carnival-reboot-lounge-with-marissa-meyer.html/divider” rel=”attachment wp-att-3144”><img alt=”Divider” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/divider..png” width=”600” height=”21” /></a></p> <h1 style=”text-align: center;”><b>The Bad Boy versus The Boy Next Door by Kimberly Derting</b></h1> <p>Boys&#8230;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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Then there are the other ones, too. That boy you’ve known most of your life. The one who actually <i>gets </i>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.</p> <p>Now, let’s break this down, shall we? We’ll call today’s lesson…The Weird Science of Boys:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Bad Boys</span></b>:</p> <p>He drinks extra-black coffee from Styrofoam cups and most definitely does not recycle.</p> <p>He wears Levi 501s and whatever t-shirt that is laying on the floor next to his bed (which is most definitely not made).</p> <p>He’s cocky, arrogant, and has abs of steel, but never has to<i> </i>work out!</p> <p>He lives by his own rules and to hell with the consequences!</p> <p>He says what he wants, when he wants, and it still makes your heart race.</p> <p>He shows the world his bad attitude but only shows you his heart of gold.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>The Boy Next Door</span></b>:</p> <p>He drinks a double-shot mocha, but also brings you your favorite drink, which he always remembers.</p> <p>He letters in track/baseball/football and wears his Varsity jacket everywhere. He’ll give it to you, though, if you’re cold.</p> <p>He’s sweet and attentive and also has abs of steel. (He should take off his shirt more often!)</p> <p>He’s a stickler for the rules and is most definitely someone who recycles.</p> <p>He has a hard time finding the right thing to say—especially when it comes to you. It took him <i>forever</i> to tell you how he feels.</p> <p>He wears his heart on his sleeve but when he finally gives it to you, you won’t ever want to give it back.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So there you have it&#8230;the good, the bad, and the Boy Next Door.</p> <p><em><strong> 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??? </strong></em></p> <p><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/05/spring-blog-carnival-reboot-lounge-with-marissa-meyer.html/divider” rel=”attachment wp-att-3144”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-3144” alt=”Divider” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/divider..png” width=”600” height=”21” /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ahaha. how much I love this post!! To answer Kimberly&#8217;s Questions, I think I go with the Bad Boy&#8230; even though Jay would be the perfect exception. Love this boy so much <img src=’http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif’ alt=’:)’ class=’wp-smiley’ /> ) However, usually, I am more drawn to the bad boys with lots of attitude &#8230; UhhUhh..</p> <h3><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/?attachment_id=7615” rel=”attachment wp-att-7615”><img class=”alignleft” alt=”kimberly-derting-color-press” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/kimberly-derting-color-press.png” width=”210” height=”315” /></a>About Kimberly Derting</h3> <blockquote><p>Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon &amp; 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.</p> <p>You can visit her website at <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.kimberlyderting.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.kimberlyderting.com/”>www.kimberlyderting.com</a>.</p></blockquote> <h3></h3> <h2><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/?attachment_id=7614” rel=”attachment wp-att-7614”><img class=”alignright” alt=”DeadSilence” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DeadSilence.png” width=”300” height=”387” /></a>About Dead Silence</h2> <p>Book 4 in <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/series/46532-the-body-finder’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/series/46532-the-body-finder” target=”_blank”>The Body Finder Series</a><br /> Publication: April 16th 2013 by HarperCollins<br /> Genre: YA, Mystery with a touch Paranormal<br /> <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/10468701-dead-silence?ac=1’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10468701-dead-silence?ac=1” target=”_blank”>goodreads</a>| get your own: <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062082221/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0062082221&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bewitcbookwo-20’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062082221/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0062082221&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bewitcbookwo-20” target=”_blank”>amazon</a></p> <blockquote><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p></blockquote> <h3>Tour Schedule</h3> <p>Check out the whole <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.candacesbookblog.com/2013/02/dead-silence-by-kimberly-derting-tour.html’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=” http://www.candacesbookblog.com/2013/02/dead-silence-by-kimberly-derting-tour.html” target=”_blank”>Blog Tour </a>of awesome which is organized by the wonderful <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.candacesbookblog.com’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=” http://www.candacesbookblog.com” target=”_blank”>Candace. </a></p> <p><b>April 1 </b></p> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/imabookshark.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://imabookshark.com/”>I&#8217;m a Book Shark</a> ~ Review</li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/candacesbookblog.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://candacesbookblog.com/”>Candace&#8217;s Book Blog </a>~ Review</li> </ul> <p><b>April 2</b></p> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/”>Gizmos Reviews</a> ~ Review</li> <li><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/”>Bewitched Bookworms</a> ~ Guest Post</li> </ul> <p><b>April 3</b></p> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/gonepecanla.wordpress.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://gonepecanla.wordpress.com/”>Gone Pecan</a> ~ Review &amp; Interview</li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/vysblog.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://vysblog.com/”>Vy&#8217;s Blog</a> ~ Review &amp; Teaser Quotes</li> </ul> <p>and check the<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.candacesbookblog.com/2013/02/dead-silence-by-kimberly-derting-tour.html’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=” http://www.candacesbookblog.com/2013/02/dead-silence-by-kimberly-derting-tour.html” target=”_blank”> Tour Page </a>for all upcoming other Tour Stops.</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.candacesbookblog.com/2013/02/dead-silence-by-kimberly-derting-tour.html’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=” http://www.candacesbookblog.com/2013/02/dead-silence-by-kimberly-derting-tour.html” rel=”attachment wp-att-7612”><img class=”aligncenter” alt=”deadsilence” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/deadsilence.png” width=”400” height=”160” /></a></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>and now, I&#8217;d like to close with repeating Kimberly&#8217;s question: </strong></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><strong><em> 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??? </em></strong></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”>Much Love,</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2011/12/book-review-touch-of-power-by-maria-snyder.html/danny” rel=”attachment wp-att-988”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-988” alt=”danny Siggy ” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/danny.jpeg” width=”280” height=”100” /></a></p> <p><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d3474674/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” class=”rafl” id=”rc-d3474674” href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d3474674/” rel=”nofollow”>a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /> <script type=”text/javascript” src=”//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js”></script></p> <div data-chorus-discovery data-url=”“></div>

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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!

    DeadSilence

    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!!

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    The Bad Boy versus The Boy Next Door by Kimberly Derting

    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:

    Bad 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??? 

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    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-color-pressAbout Kimberly Derting

    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.

    DeadSilenceAbout Dead Silence

    Book 4 in The Body Finder Series
    Publication: April 16th 2013 by HarperCollins
    Genre: YA, Mystery with a touch Paranormal
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    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.

    Tour Schedule

    Check out the whole Blog Tour of awesome which is organized by the wonderful Candace. 

    April 1 

    April 2

    April 3

    and check the Tour Page for all upcoming other Tour Stops.

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    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??? 

    Much Love,

    danny Siggy

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  12. HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance tour stop - Katie McGarry Pushing The Limits Bewitched Bookworms <p><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PTL_BlogTour.jpg’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PTL_BlogTour.jpg” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7364” alt=”PTL_BlogTour” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PTL_BlogTour.jpg” width=”520” height=”125” /></a></p> <p style=”text-align: center”>We are super excited to be hosting Katie McGarry’s absofreakingamazing book, <em>Pushing The Limits</em>, today on the HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance tour!!</p> <p><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ReadingintoRomance_hor.jpg’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ReadingintoRomance_hor.jpg” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7369” alt=”ReadingintoRomance_hor” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ReadingintoRomance_hor.jpg” width=”450” height=”250” /></a></p> <h2 style=”text-align: center”>So first things first&#8230;.here&#8217;s the 411 on Katie McGarry and her awesome book:</h2> <h3>About Katie McGarry<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/KatieMcGarry.png’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/KatieMcGarry.png” ><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-7368” alt=”KatieMcGarry” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/KatieMcGarry.png” width=”193” height=”183” /></a></h3> <p><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Goodreads” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Goodreads</a> | <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.katielmcgarry.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”website” href=”http://www.katielmcgarry.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.katielmcgarry.com’]);” target=”_blank”>website</a> | <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.facebook.com/#!/katielmcgarry’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Facebook” href=”https://www.facebook.com/#!/katielmcgarry” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.facebook.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Facebook</a> | <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/twitter.com/katiemcgarry’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Twitter” href=”https://twitter.com/katiemcgarry” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://twitter.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Twitter</a></p> <blockquote> <p style=”text-align: justify”>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.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”>Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/katielmcgarry.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”website” href=”http://katielmcgarry.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://katielmcgarry.com’]);” target=”_blank”>katielmcgarry.com</a>, follow her on <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/twitter.com/katiemcgarry’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Twitter” href=”https://twitter.com/katiemcgarry” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://twitter.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Twitter @KatieMcGarry</a>, or become a fan on <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.facebook.com/#!/katielmcgarry’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Facebook” href=”https://www.facebook.com/#!/katielmcgarry” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.facebook.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Facebook</a> and <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Goodreads” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Goodreads</a>.</p> </blockquote> <h2 style=”text-align: right”>About Pushing The Limits<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PTL_3D.png’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PTL_3D.png” ><img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-7373” alt=”PTL_3D” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/PTL_3D.png” width=”267” height=”296” /></a></h2> <p><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/12637490-goddess-interrupted’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Goodreads” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12637490-goddess-interrupted” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Goodreads</a>, <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.amazon.com/gp/product/0373210493/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Amazon” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0373210493/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.amazon.com’]);” target=”_blank”>Amazon</a> | <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pushing-the-limits-katie-mcgarry/1108266707?ean=9780373210497’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”B&amp;N” href=”http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pushing-the-limits-katie-mcgarry/1108266707?ean=9780373210497” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.barnesandnoble.com’]);” target=”_blank”>B&amp;N</a> | <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.indiebound.org/book/9780373210497/katie-mcgarry/pushing-limits’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”IndieBound” href=”http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780373210497/katie-mcgarry/pushing-limits” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.indiebound.org’]);” target=”_blank”>Indiebound</a> | <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.bookdepository.co.uk/Pushing-Limits-Katie-Mcgarry/9780373210497’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Book Depository” href=”http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Pushing-Limits-Katie-Mcgarry/9780373210497” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.bookdepository.co.uk’]);” target=”_blank”>Book Depository</a></p> <blockquote> <p style=”text-align: justify”>&#8220;I won&#8217;t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.&#8221; 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. &#8220;You didn&#8217;t do that-did you? It was done to you?&#8221; No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”><strong>So wrong for each other&#8230;and yet so right.</strong></p> <p style=”text-align: justify”>No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with &#8220;freaky&#8221; scars on her arms. Even Echo can&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/13561164-dare-you-to’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13561164-dare-you-to” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);”><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-7371” alt=”DareYouTo_3D” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/DareYouTo_3D.png” width=”315” height=”349” /></a></p> <blockquote><p>The next book, <em>Dare You To</em> will be released June 7th by HarlequinTEEN &#8211; <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/13561164-dare-you-to’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” title=”Dare You To” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13561164-dare-you-to” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);” target=”_blank”>add it on Goodreads</a> NOW!</p></blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style=”text-align: center”>Today, we’ll be sharing with you what we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED about this book!</h2> <p style=”text-align: justify”>*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!</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”>*Heather* You&#8217;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.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”>*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 <em>Pushing The Limits</em> and told everyone that they HAD to read this book right now! So yes! We are big, huge and crazy fans!</p> <p style=”text-align: center”>Well let&#8217;s get right down to it!</p> <h2 style=”text-align: center”>Here are the top 5 things we adored about <em>Pushing the Limits</em>:</h2> <p style=”text-align: justify”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Angst.jpg’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Angst.jpg” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7360” alt=”Angst” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Angst.jpg” width=”398” height=”94” /></a>Any fan of YA knows angst goes a long way to propelling a plot forward and <em>Pushing the Limits</em> 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!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Friends.jpg’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Friends.jpg” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7361” alt=”Friends” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Friends.jpg” width=”380” height=”126” /></a>Noah’s friends are the glue that’s holding him together and it’s their fierce devotion to him, and his to them, that first gives us a window into his heart.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Problems.jpg’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Problems.jpg” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7363” alt=”Problems” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Problems.jpg” width=”600” height=”130” /></a> 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!</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Smexy.jpg’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Smexy.jpg” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7365” alt=”Smexy” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Smexy.jpg” width=”341” height=”94” /></a> Okay seriously&#8230;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!</p> <p style=”text-align: justify”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Noah_Echo.jpg’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Noah_Echo.jpg” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7362” alt=”Noah_Echo” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Noah_Echo.jpg” width=”586” height=”86” /></a> 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&#8217;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!</p> <p style=”text-align: center”>So, as you can see, we clearly ADORED this book!!!!</p> <p style=”text-align: center”>If you need more convincing, check out our review <a title=”Bookworms review Pushing The Limits” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/07/review-pushing-the-limits-by-katie-mcgarry.html” target=”_blank”>here</a>.</p> <h2 style=”text-align: center”>Ready to get a copy of your own???</h2> <p style=”text-align: center”>Enter to win one and you&#8217;ll also be entered to win the supremely romantic grand prize give-away via the widget below!<br /> <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/downloads/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Giveaway.png’);” href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Giveaway.png” ><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7370” alt=”Giveaway” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Giveaway.png” width=”668” height=”315” /></a><br /> (*Pushy* I will TOTALLY be wearing this as I stalk Noah. Shh&#8230;don&#8217;t tell Echo&#8230;..What? Too creepy? *sigh*)<br /> <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/207d1c296/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” class=”rafl” id=”rc-207d1c296” href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/207d1c296/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.rafflecopter.com’]);” rel=”nofollow”>a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <h2>Want to check out all the other stops on this awesome tour?</h2> <h3>Monday, March 4th &#8211; Karen Ann Hopkins and <em>Temptation</em></h3> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.bittersweet-enchantment.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.bittersweet-enchantment.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.bittersweet-enchantment.com’]);”>Bittersweet Enchantment</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/thecozyreader.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://thecozyreader.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://thecozyreader.com’]);”>The Cozy Reader</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/paulettespapers.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://paulettespapers.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://paulettespapers.com’]);”>Paulette&#8217;s Papers</a></li> </ul> <h3>Wednesday, March 6th &#8211; Liz Fichera and <em>Hooked</em></h3> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com’]);”>Bumbles and Fairy-Tales</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/ibbookblogging.net/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://ibbookblogging.net/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://ibbookblogging.net’]);”>IB Book Blogging</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/chickloveslit.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://chickloveslit.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://chickloveslit.com’]);”>Chick Loves Lit</a></li> </ul> <h3>Friday, March 8th &#8211; Cayla Kluver and the <em>Legacy</em> series</h3> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.yabibliophile.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.yabibliophile.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.yabibliophile.com’]);”>YA Bibliophile</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.rexrobotreviews.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.rexrobotreviews.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.rexrobotreviews.com’]);”>Rex Robot Reviews</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.startingthenextchapter.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.startingthenextchapter.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.startingthenextchapter.com’]);”>Starting the Next Chapter</a></li> </ul> <h3>Monday, March 11th &#8211; Aimée Carter and <em>The Goddess Test</em> series</h3> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.coffeebooksandme.blogspot.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.coffeebooksandme.blogspot.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.coffeebooksandme.blogspot.com’]);”>Coffee, Books and Me</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/booknook.me/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://booknook.me/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://booknook.me’]);”>Book Nook</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/bookshelfbanter.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://bookshelfbanter.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://bookshelfbanter.com’]);”>Bookshelf Banter</a></li> </ul> <h3>Wednesday, March 13th &#8211; Julie Kagawa and <em>The Iron King</em> series</h3> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/refractedlightreviews.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://refractedlightreviews.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://refractedlightreviews.com’]);”>Refracted Light Reviews</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.pageturnersblog.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.pageturnersblog.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.pageturnersblog.com’]);”>Page Turners</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.mundiemoms.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.mundiemoms.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.mundiemoms.com’]);”>Mundie Moms</a></li> </ul> <h3>Friday, March 15th &#8211; Katie McGarry and <em>Pushing the Limits</em></h3> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.alicemarvels.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.alicemarvels.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.alicemarvels.com’]);”>Alice Marvels</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.katiesbookblog.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.katiesbookblog.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.katiesbookblog.com’]);”>Katie&#8217;s Book Blog</a></li> </ul> <h3>Monday, March 18th &#8211; Rachel Vincent and <em>The Soul Screamers</em> series</h3> <ul> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.fiktshun.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.fiktshun.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.fiktshun.com’]);”>Fiktshun</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.parajunkee.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.parajunkee.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.parajunkee.com’]);”>Parajunkee</a></li> <li><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.bookish-brunette.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.bookish-brunette.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.bookish-brunette.com’]);”>The Bookish Brunette</a></li> </ul> <h3>Wednesday, March 20th &#8211; 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    HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance tour stop - Katie McGarry Pushing The Limits

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    We are super excited to be hosting Katie McGarry’s absofreakingamazing book, Pushing The Limits, today on the HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance tour!!

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    So first things first….here’s the 411 on Katie McGarry and her awesome book:

    About Katie McGarryKatieMcGarry

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    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.

    Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

    About Pushing The LimitsPTL_3D

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    “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.

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    The next book, Dare You To will be released June 7th by HarlequinTEEN – add it on Goodreads NOW!

     

    Today, we’ll be sharing with you what we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED about this book!

    *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!

    Here are the top 5 things we adored about Pushing the Limits:

    AngstAny 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!

    FriendsNoah’s friends are the glue that’s holding him together and it’s their fierce devotion to him, and his to them, that first gives us a window into his heart.

    Problems 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!

    Smexy 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!

    Noah_Echo 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.

    Ready to get a copy of your own???

    Enter to win one and you’ll also be entered to win the supremely romantic grand prize give-away via the widget below!
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    Want to check out all the other stops on this awesome tour?

    Monday, March 4th – Karen Ann Hopkins and Temptation

    Wednesday, March 6th – Liz Fichera and Hooked

    Friday, March 8th – Cayla Kluver and the Legacy series

    Monday, March 11th – Aimée Carter and The Goddess Test series

    Wednesday, March 13th – Julie Kagawa and The Iron King series

    Friday, March 15th – Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits

    Monday, March 18th – Rachel Vincent and The Soul Screamers series

    Wednesday, March 20th – Hannah Harrington and Saving June

    Friday, March 22nd – Jordan Dane and In The Arms of Stone Angels

    Good luck and enjoy!!!!

  13. The Travelers Series Promotional Blitz and Giveaway Bewitched Bookworms <p style=”text-align: center;”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-7198” alt=”ReleaseBuzzButton” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ReleaseBuzzButton.png” width=”540” height=”360” /><br /> 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&#8217;s not to love?</p> <h2>Haven&#8217;t read the Travelers Series yet? Now&#8217;s your chance to get started!</h2> <h2>The first three books (Volume 1) in the Travelers Series are now available! Find out what happens when seventeen-year-old Etta Fleming finds out she&#8217;s not only from an alternate reality, but is destined to become the future leader of a band of paranormal misfits in order to protect a future reality from destruction.</h2> <h2>The fourth book in the series, PARAMETER, will be available late-Spring 2013!</h2> <blockquote><p><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2011/10/parallel-by-claudia-lafeve.html” ><img class=”alignleft wp-image-7199” title=”Parallel (Travelers #1)” alt=”Parallel (Travelers #1)” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/parallel-cover.jpg” width=”200” height=”308” /></a></p> <h3>Parallel (Travelers #1) <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/9843424-parallel’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” style=”font-size: 1.17em; line-height: 19px;” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9843424-parallel” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);”>Goodreads</a><span style=”font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;” data-mce-mark=”1”>, </span><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JGK8Y8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005JGK8Y8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=allthedayof-20’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” style=”font-size: 1.17em; line-height: 19px;” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JGK8Y8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005JGK8Y8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=allthedayof-20” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.amazon.com’]);”>Amazon</a><img style=”font-size: 1.17em; line-height: 19px;” alt=”” src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=allthedayof-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B005JGK8Y8” width=”1” height=”1” border=”0” /><span style=”font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;” data-mce-mark=”1”>,</span><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.barnesandnoble.com/w/parallel-claudia-lefeve/1105130029’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” style=”font-size: 1.17em; line-height: 19px;” href=”http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/parallel-claudia-lefeve/1105130029” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.barnesandnoble.com’]);”> B&amp;N</a></h3> <p>Destiny has a way of catching up.</p> <p>Saddled with powers she doesn&#8217;t understand, Etta Fleming&#8217;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.</p> <p>One minute, she&#8217;s an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.</p> <p>Plucked from the only world she&#8217;s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn&#8217;t know, and a best friend who can&#8217;t know.</p></blockquote> <p><strong>Memorable Quotes:</strong></p> <p>&#8220;You know what your problem is?&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I didn&#8217;t take time to eat my Wheaties?&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;&#8230;every time a choice is made, we end up playing out a different scene – like a choose your own adventure book.&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Paradox (Travelers #2) <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/13500606-paradox-travelers-2’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13500606-paradox-travelers-2” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);”>Goodreads</a>, <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007NCCUQK/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007NCCUQK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=allthedayof-20’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007NCCUQK/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007NCCUQK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=allthedayof-20” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.amazon.com’]);”>Amazon</a><img alt=”” src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=allthedayof-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B007NCCUQK” width=”1” height=”1” border=”0” />, <a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/09/review-and-giveaway-paradox-by-claudia-lefeve.html” >B&amp;N<img class=”alignleft wp-image-7200” title=”Paradox (Travelers #2)” alt=”Paradox (Travelers #2)” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/paradox-cover.jpg” width=”200” height=”308” /></a></h3> <blockquote><p>Everything is predestined.</p> <p>Etta is slowly readjusting to life in her new reality, while still recovering from the shock over the news regarding her relationship with Cooper.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Nothing is as it seems, as rivals become allies and friends become the enemy.</p></blockquote> <p><strong>Memorable Quotes:</strong></p> <p>&#8220;How does one deal with the harsh reality that the man you want to be with is already taken – by your future self.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Don&#8217;t ever settle for what you think is going to happen. Take life as it comes and don&#8217;t prepare too much for what might be. Live for the moment.&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Paradigm (Travelers #3) <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/16107182-paradigm’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16107182-paradigm” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);”>Goodreads</a>, <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.amazon.com/gp/product/148017436X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=148017436X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=allthedayof-20’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/148017436X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=148017436X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=allthedayof-20” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.amazon.com’]);”>Amazon</a><img alt=”” src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=allthedayof-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=148017436X” width=”1” height=”1” border=”0” />, <a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/02/paradigm-by-claudia-lefeve.html” >B&amp;N<img class=”alignleft wp-image-7201” title=”Paradigm (Travelers #3)” alt=”Paradigm (Travelers #3)” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/paradigm-cover.jpg” width=”200” height=”308” /></a></h3> <blockquote><p>Take hold of your destiny.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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?</p></blockquote> <p><strong style=”font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;”>Memorable Quotes:</strong><br /> &#8220;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.&#8221;</p> <p>“Because life isn’t a John Hughes movie. And even if it were, we’d be cast as one of the social misfits in <i>The Breakfast Club&#8230;</i>”</p> <p><strong>About Claudia Lefeve</strong> -<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.claudialefeve.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.claudialefeve.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.claudialefeve.com’]);” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”> website</a>,<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/claudialefeve.blogspot.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://claudialefeve.blogspot.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://claudialefeve.blogspot.com’]);” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”> blog</a>,<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/twitter.com/#!/claudialefeve’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://twitter.com/#!/claudialefeve” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://twitter.com’]);” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”> twitter<img class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-7207” alt=”Claudia-Lefeve-author-photo” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Claudia-Lefeve-author-photo-150x150.jpg” width=”150” height=”150” /></a></p> <blockquote><p>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.</p></blockquote> <h1>Win 1 of 5 eBooks Sets of the Traveler Series Volume 1 (Parallel, Paradox and Paradigm). eBook Giveaway open Internationally and Paperback open US/Canada.  See full contest rules <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.kismetbt.com/contest-rules-and-legal-disclaimer’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.kismetbt.com/contest-rules-and-legal-disclaimer” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.kismetbt.com’]);” target=”_blank”>here</a>.</h1> <h1>Just click the Rafflecopter link below to enter.</h1> <p style=”text-align: center;”><a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/207d1c285/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” class=”rafl” id=”rc-207d1c285” href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/207d1c285/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.rafflecopter.com’]);” rel=”nofollow”>a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /> <script type=”text/javascript” src=”//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js”></script><br /> <img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-1091” alt=”Heather” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Heather.jpg” width=”250” height=”100” /></p> <div data-chorus-discovery data-url=”“></div>

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    The Travelers Series Promotional Blitz and Giveaway

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    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?

    Haven’t read the Travelers Series yet? Now’s your chance to get started!

    The first three books (Volume 1) in the Travelers Series are now available! Find out what happens when seventeen-year-old Etta Fleming finds out she’s not only from an alternate reality, but is destined to become the future leader of a band of paranormal misfits in order to protect a future reality from destruction.

    The fourth book in the series, PARAMETER, will be available late-Spring 2013!

    Parallel (Travelers #1)

    Parallel (Travelers #1) GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

    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.

    Memorable Quotes:

    “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.”

    Paradox (Travelers #2) GoodreadsAmazonB&NParadox (Travelers #2)

    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.

    Memorable Quotes:

    “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.”

    Paradigm (Travelers #3) GoodreadsAmazonB&NParadigm (Travelers #3)

    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?

    Memorable Quotes:
    “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…

    About Claudia Lefeve - website, blog, twitterClaudia-Lefeve-author-photo

    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.

    Win 1 of 5 eBooks Sets of the Traveler Series Volume 1 (Parallel, Paradox and Paradigm). eBook Giveaway open Internationally and Paperback open US/Canada.  See full contest rules here.

    Just click the Rafflecopter link below to enter.

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  14. New Post has been published on http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/02/the-bookworms-turn-3-blogiversary-celebration-with-giveaway-of-awesome.htmlThe Bookworms turn 3!! Blogiversary Celebration with Giveaway of Awesome! We can’t believe it, but it’s true! This month the Bewitched Bookworms will celebrate their 3rd Blogoversary!

Much has happened during the last 3 years, and we’ve went through quite a few changes! However, we finally feel like we have arrived. What started 3 years ago with a simple idea to discuss books with our friends is now so much more.
And we’ve grown over the years, learning more about book blogging, making so many friends with other bloggers and authors and, most visibly, getting made over more than once. We’ve changed the layout around 4 times, mainly because Danny always loves to change and have something fresh and new. But our current layout is by far our favorite one. It’s beautiful–clean but with a touch of romance that was important to us. It’s also the first layout we have not done ourselves, but we hired a fantastic talent!
What else has happened?
From our excitement over the first ARC we got… Of course after we learned what an ARC is.. (Seriously?! they are sending us books to read?!?!) to running our first big contest. We had a lot of exciting moments in these 3 years!
Maybe the biggest event was going to BEA in 2011. It was a phenomenal experience none of us would have missed.
And since we missed celebrating last year, we are now going to celebrate BIG! Next week, we will share some of our favorite Blogs with you, because seriously, what is book blogging without its community?!
Then in the third week we will share some of our favorite Author Events with you. Meeting so many fabulous authors was also something that came as a big surprise since we didn’t expect this at all!
Of course, we will also celebrate with a Giveaway! (Gee, you all know how much we love to host Giveaways!) and this year we are celebrating big!
We are giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! Plus, we are giving away 2 packs full of books during the next weeks!

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Thank you all so much for your wonderful support. Book blogging wouldn’t be so much fun without all of you!
Readers, Bloggers, Lurkers, Authors and Friends!

And, if you help us spread the word, we would love you even more. So grab out Button and put it on your Blog, post it on Facebook, or Pinterest or wherever you want to share it!

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    The Bookworms turn 3!! Blogiversary Celebration with Giveaway of Awesome!

    We can’t believe it, but it’s true! This month the Bewitched Bookworms will celebrate their 3rd Blogoversary!

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    Much has happened during the last 3 years, and we’ve went through quite a few changes! However, we finally feel like we have arrived. What started 3 years ago with a simple idea to discuss books with our friends is now so much more.

    And we’ve grown over the years, learning more about book blogging, making so many friends with other bloggers and authors and, most visibly, getting made over more than once. We’ve changed the layout around 4 times, mainly because Danny always loves to change and have something fresh and new. But our current layout is by far our favorite one. It’s beautiful–clean but with a touch of romance that was important to us. It’s also the first layout we have not done ourselves, but we hired a fantastic talent!

    What else has happened?

    From our excitement over the first ARC we got… Of course after we learned what an ARC is.. (Seriously?! they are sending us books to read?!?!) to running our first big contest. We had a lot of exciting moments in these 3 years!

    Maybe the biggest event was going to BEA in 2011. It was a phenomenal experience none of us would have missed.

    And since we missed celebrating last year, we are now going to celebrate BIG! Next week, we will share some of our favorite Blogs with you, because seriously, what is book blogging without its community?!

    Then in the third week we will share some of our favorite Author Events with you. Meeting so many fabulous authors was also something that came as a big surprise since we didn’t expect this at all!

    Of course, we will also celebrate with a Giveaway! (Gee, you all know how much we love to host Giveaways!) and this year we are celebrating big!

    We are giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! Plus, we are giving away 2 packs full of books during the next weeks!

    3 Years – 3 Girls – 3 Posts -3 Giveaways

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful support. Book blogging wouldn’t be so much fun without all of you!

    Readers, Bloggers, Lurkers, Authors and Friends!

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    And, if you help us spread the word, we would love you even more. So grab out Button and put it on your Blog, post it on Facebook, or Pinterest or wherever you want to share it!

    Yours, 

    Bookworms
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  15. New Post has been published on http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/02/blaze-or-love-in-the-time-of-supervillains-by-laurie-boyle-crompton.htmlBlaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton - Special Feature! Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
by Laurie Boyle Crompton  (website )
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She’s desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark’s feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her “sext” photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now…




The second I saw the cover and read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this book! It sounded cute and funny! So I’m excited to share my thoughts with you today and have Laurie Boyle there with a phenomenal Guest Post! Oh and.. I have a Giveaway!


Blaze – Geeky, Nerdy and so cute!
When I meet Blaze I knew I was going to like her! She was quirky, funny, snarky totally geeky and a true Nerd! She loves Comic – the old ones, the original ones and she LOVED to talk about them. And that, even though her friends sometimes roll their eyes at her. But, that’s her passion and that’s her world. I love her for this! Blaze never had a real boyfriend so she falls head over heels when the cute Soccer Trainer of her brother shows interest in her. In that sense, she was a little naive, but totally understandable and genuine.
Blaze and the Boys!
And.. I don’t mean the boyfriend boys, but her kid brother and his friends. Blaze drives them constantly around and to Soccer practice and seeing them interact was the cutest and most heart warming ever. Blaze loves and adores her brother and of course also the other way around. Even the other boys love Blaze fiercely. They would go through fire for each other. This was one aspect of the book I loved the most, the relationship between Blaze and the boys!
Blaze , Love, Bullying and bad choices..
Sadly for Blaze the whole first boyfriend situation goes totally wrong and Blaze finds herself being a target from the whole school. I found the story to be filled with great topics and issues Teens these days most definitely have to face. There is a lot of bullying and social media danger that was delivered in a hurtful, but genuine way. We feel with Blaze when everything goes downhill and we desperately hope for everything to be better… Of course, Blaze makes some bad choices along the way, but I totally think Teens in her situation might have done the same..
But, fear not.. the ending was just as amazing as the whole story and I can wholeheartedly give this book 5 stars of awesome!
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Bottom Line
Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton was a surprisingly refreshing story about bad choices a hurtful first love story and how bullying can destroy people. Blaze is a cute geeky girl who easily got a place in my heart and her story touched me, made me laugh and just made me happy. I’m excited I got to meet Blaze and I would love to meet her again 

    

And now, I’m excited to hand over to Laurie Boyle Crompton on ..
Why My Character is “Comic Book Cool”
Blaze’s character showed up in my mind like Blam! Pow! “Tell my story!” She’s really into comics and is sort of stuck in her life as an outsider, but she isn’t ashamed of being a geek. She displays her superhero buttons proudly and is constantly drawing and reading comics. I couldn’t wait to write about her. Of course, working on a project where studying comic books counted as research was a bonus!
My step-father has this Ah-mazing! collection much like the one Blaze’s dad has in the book and I remember staying up late at night reading through stacks of them as a kid. I would try to tell my friends about these awesome characters like the Silver Surfer and Iron Man, and I’d even try to imitate Thor’s Norse God way of speaking. This was before the movies made these guys more mainstream and I was definitely on the fringe with my obsession, but when I’d find another comic book nerd we had an instant bond.
As I was writing, Blaze surprised me when she fought back against Mark the way she did and I knew at that point I could just allow her character to take over. Of course things don’t go as she plans, but no matter what tight spots she finds herself in, she uses comic books to guide and empower her. Readers who aren’t into comic books will definitely still enjoy Blaze, but my hope is that she will inspire them to check out comics for themselves, too!
 
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And last but not least, because I loved this book so freaking much. I’m happy to give away a copy to one lucky winner! Open International!!
Just enter the Rafflecopter below!

Much Love,


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    BlazeBlaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

    Genre: YA Contemporary
    Publication: February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
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    Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She’s desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark’s feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her “sext” photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now…

    The second I saw the cover and read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this book! It sounded cute and funny! So I’m excited to share my thoughts with you today and have Laurie Boyle there with a phenomenal Guest Post! Oh and.. I have a Giveaway!

    Blaze

    Blaze – Geeky, Nerdy and so cute!

    When I meet Blaze I knew I was going to like her! She was quirky, funny, snarky totally geeky and a true Nerd! She loves Comic – the old ones, the original ones and she LOVED to talk about them. And that, even though her friends sometimes roll their eyes at her. But, that’s her passion and that’s her world. I love her for this! Blaze never had a real boyfriend so she falls head over heels when the cute Soccer Trainer of her brother shows interest in her. In that sense, she was a little naive, but totally understandable and genuine.

    Blaze and the Boys!

    And.. I don’t mean the boyfriend boys, but her kid brother and his friends. Blaze drives them constantly around and to Soccer practice and seeing them interact was the cutest and most heart warming ever. Blaze loves and adores her brother and of course also the other way around. Even the other boys love Blaze fiercely. They would go through fire for each other. This was one aspect of the book I loved the most, the relationship between Blaze and the boys!

    Blaze , Love, Bullying and bad choices..

    Sadly for Blaze the whole first boyfriend situation goes totally wrong and Blaze finds herself being a target from the whole school. I found the story to be filled with great topics and issues Teens these days most definitely have to face. There is a lot of bullying and social media danger that was delivered in a hurtful, but genuine way. We feel with Blaze when everything goes downhill and we desperately hope for everything to be better… Of course, Blaze makes some bad choices along the way, but I totally think Teens in her situation might have done the same..

    But, fear not.. the ending was just as amazing as the whole story and I can wholeheartedly give this book 5 stars of awesome!

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    Bottom Line

    Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton was a surprisingly refreshing story about bad choices a hurtful first love story and how bullying can destroy people. Blaze is a cute geeky girl who easily got a place in my heart and her story touched me, made me laugh and just made me happy. I’m excited I got to meet Blaze and I would love to meet her again :-)

     contemporary hilarious  

    And now, I’m excited to hand over to Laurie Boyle Crompton on ..

    Why My Character is “Comic Book Cool”

    Blaze’s character showed up in my mind like Blam! Pow! “Tell my story!” She’s really into comics and is sort of stuck in her life as an outsider, but she isn’t ashamed of being a geek. She displays her superhero buttons proudly and is constantly drawing and reading comics. I couldn’t wait to write about her. Of course, working on a project where studying comic books counted as research was a bonus!

    My step-father has this Ah-mazing! collection much like the one Blaze’s dad has in the book and I remember staying up late at night reading through stacks of them as a kid. I would try to tell my friends about these awesome characters like the Silver Surfer and Iron Man, and I’d even try to imitate Thor’s Norse God way of speaking. This was before the movies made these guys more mainstream and I was definitely on the fringe with my obsession, but when I’d find another comic book nerd we had an instant bond.

    As I was writing, Blaze surprised me when she fought back against Mark the way she did and I knew at that point I could just allow her character to take over. Of course things don’t go as she plans, but no matter what tight spots she finds herself in, she uses comic books to guide and empower her. Readers who aren’t into comic books will definitely still enjoy Blaze, but my hope is that she will inspire them to check out comics for themselves, too!

    Blog Art - BlazingGoddessSketches Blog Art - MarkShark_Trading Card

    Images copyright  © 2012 Anne Cain

    And last but not least, because I loved this book so freaking much. I’m happy to give away a copy to one lucky winner! Open International!!
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