Monthly Archives: April 2013

Elle Casey’s New Release – Duality (Melancholia – Volume 1)


Duality (Melancholia – Volume 1)

The first book in Elle Casey’s Melancholia series is out today. The title is Duality and the book is (in my opinion) one of her best. I was happy to devour the book in just a few hours as I was given an ARC yesterday. I’m not going to give a long, detailed review because I simply don’t want to spoil this book for anyone and it is going to be really hard not to post spoilers. I’m going to try though.

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Synopsis:

Malcolm’s had a problem for as long as he can remember. No matter where he goes or what he does, he leaves misery in his wake. Sadness and negativity are his constant companions, influencing others around him until they cannot bear to live.

But then Rae shows up in his life, and everything changes. Darkness cleaves to light. Anger yields to joy. The question is whether she’ll be his salvation or his destruction.

My Review:

Duality switches back and forth between the point of view of Malcolm and Rae. The two are as different as night and day but both want the same thing—a normal life. Malcolm is known as a ghost in his school, the boy that never talks to anyone or participates in anything. Something about him brings misery to people in a way that causes harm. And then Rae comes into his school as a new girl and everything changes. Rae is different too, but not like him. She has had just a hard of life as he has though. Coming into the new school, she is shocked to make a few friends in Kootch and Jasmine and to be so drawn to Malcolm. Full of Miserables, Rainbows, and Neutrals (Got you wondering now, huh?), Duality is a book that will have you turning the pages as quickly as you can, alternating between laughter and tears and back again.

Elle shocked even me, a die-hard Elle fan girl, with this book. It was so unlike her others, but kept with her same style. I loved Malcolm, Rae, Kootch, and Jasmine. Malcolm instantly hit the book crush equation and Kootch had me rolling on the floor laughing. He was so funny. Rae was unlike any of Elle’s other heroine’s and yet she was exactly what the book needed. Jasmine reminded me of someone and I definitely liked her vibe. The high school antics and even the unbelievable situations seemed believable. I believe that Elle hit a home run with this book and that this is one that nobody wants to miss. It was so original, refreshing, and funny—while at the same time tugging at your heartstrings and having you aching inside for them all. Don’t miss this one! I give Duality 5 STARS and would give it so much more if I could.

One of my favorite quotes from the book:

“You’ve got two seconds to get your head out of your colon before I twist your scrotum off and make earrings out of your beanbags.” Jasmine

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 Duality: Vol 1, Melancholia (A New Adult Paranormal Romance)

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Eyes Like Blue Fire Promotion


Eyes Like Blue Fire

Amanda M. Lyons

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Synopsis

Katja is a vampire who has lost sense of herself and her value in the world. Lost, broken and damaged she wanders the streets of Europe hoping to find some sense of purpose beyond the death and tragedy she has always known. Betrayed by her sire and left alone in the night she is startled to discover herself forming a connection to a young man who shares a close resemblance to her master and lover. Though everything in her begs her to stay with him she flees only to come running back to save him when a sadistic monster from her sire’s past comes to destroy the only hope she has had in 300 years.

Katja and Raven will face many horrors among them Renfield style zombies, ghosts and the undead. This is also the first in the series Broken Edges.

Author Bio

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A longtime fan of horror and fantasy Ms. Lyons writes character driven novels that while influenced by her darker interests, can also be heavily laced with fantasy, romance, history and magic. Amanda M. Lyons has lived her whole life in rural Ohio where she lives with her fiance and two children. Eyes Like Blue Fire is her first novel.

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 Eyes Like Blue Fire (Broken Edges)

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FOR TWO SHOTS AT EXTRA ENTRIES, PLEASE LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK. MAKE SURE THAT YOU TELL ME THAT YOU DID SO THAT YOUR EXTRA ENTRIES WILL COUNT.

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Guest Post & Giveaway from Jill Elaine Hughes – Zombie, Incorporated


Today we have a guest post from Jill Elaine Hughes, author of Zombie, Incorporated. Please make her feel welcome and comment!

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I work full-time as a freelance journalist, and I also have 2 kids, so sometimes writing a novel is something I have to do on the sly. That was certainly the case with ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED. It began its life as a short story that my former literary agent asked me to write for inclusion in a Zombie Romance anthology she was pitching to editors at the time. The anthology sold to a major publishing house, but my story didn’t make the cut.  So it just sort of lived a lonely life on my hard drive for a while. I later switched agents, and my new agent encouraged me to expand the short story into three chapters and a book proposal/outline. I did that, but then the “market shifted,” (her words, not mine) and the book proposal didn’t go anywhere. Apparently the main problem with my book idea was the fact that the heroine of the story was 18 and ran into zombies on her first real job out in the adult world. No publishers were buying that sort of zombie story, or so I was told—they wanted big muscular manly heroes, and machine guns, and violent dystopia. That wasn’t my game. So back on the hard drive the manuscript went. 

But I was still very attached to my heroine, and my idea for a zombie book that would resonate with readers aged 18-24 who were themselves just starting to make their way in the adult world, and who were probably surprised how different being an adult really is from everything we’re told to expect. I just couldn’t let the idea go. So little by little over a period of about a year, I worked on the book and let the story unfold. I told friends I was having an affair with this book—I had to sneak around between other writing deadlines, dinner with my husband, and taking care of my kids to find time to spend with it—usually an hour or two before bed, maybe twenty minutes over lunch. (Occasionally we’d get a weekend together.) But the book and characters grew and blossomed, and brought me joy. And yet, when the book was finished and I sent it to my new agent, it sat in her queue unread for almost another year. 

Why? Same old reason as before—it “didn’t fit any genre.”

Enter the reader-driven New Adult movement and easy self-publishing for the Kindle and other ebook formats. An entire generation of readers who grew up on Harry Potter and Twilight are now new adults, and they’re demanding something to read that fits their tastes. Publishers don’t offer it, but writers do.  So one day, I woke up and decided to just put ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED out into the world. My agent actually encouraged me to.  And so, here we are.  Hello, world! I hope you enjoy this book that I wrote in secret, and built a relationship with, this little book that I could just never give up on!

Information about the Book & Author

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ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED: A Katie Allred Novel.

TWILIGHT, but with zombies. No, seriously, it’s an original story. A New Adult zombie adventure fantasy. Book One of the Special Agent Zombie trilogy.

Chicago-based journalist and author Jill Elaine Hughes recently self-published her novel, ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED, a  lighthearted-yet-sinister New Adult paranormal adventure fantasy that puts a new spin on the Zombie Apocalypse genre.

A longtime professional journalist and author and a Dayton, OH native, Hughes has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, New Art Examiner, the Washington Post, and many other publications and corporate media clients, and she has also published multiple erotica novels under the pen names “Jamaica Layne” and “Jay E. Hughes” with commercial publishers like Ellora’s Cave. One of Hughes’ other New Adult novels, TEMPLAND, is currently among the Top 25 bestselling Coming of Age novels on Amazon.com, alongside other recent breakout titles in the genre like LOSING IT by Cora Carmack and WRECK ME by J.L. Mack.

ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Katie Allred is socially awkward and unpopular at school. The only child of parents who had her right out of high school, Katie is herself about to leave the nest, even though she hardly feels ready.

Katie’s new after-school job at the Zimble Box Corporation draws her into the complex social strata of high school cliques and backstabbing friends in ways she never imagined. Katie soon discovers there’s something very strange about the “in” crowd at school—and about her employer, too. Shortly after starting her new job, the Contagion breaks out, plunging her town and the entire nation into chaos as zombie shadow forces come out into the open, ravaging the streets. Katie goes into hiding and her parents disappear, along with almost everyone else she knows.

But Katie soon discovers she has special powers that help her survive. She’s a Beacon, someone with the innate ability to help zombies produce children. It’s a power her employer — and what little remains of the U.S. government — both want to exploit for their own ends. Not only that, it runs in her family—which has a secret past Katie never knew about until now.

Enter Agent Morehouse of the FBI Special Zombie Control Unit. A reformed zombie working undercover, he suppresses his urge to eat human flesh in order to serve and save humanity. But Agent Morehouse can’t help but be attracted to a Beacon like Katie, and she to him. Even as they fight zombies the world over, they must fight their intense attraction to each other, hoping to keep Katie from suffering Agent Morehouse’s terrible zombie fate.

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About the Author:

After many years of writing professionally and commercially publishing novels under pseudonyms, Ms. Hughes self-published  ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED and two other other New Adult novels (TEMPLAND and DOMINO) under her own name given the current boom in self-published New Adult fiction. In addition to her fiction and journalism pursuits, Ms. Hughes is also a playwright whose works have been staged in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Australia, and the United Kingdom, as well as high schools and colleges throughout the United States. Like her New Adult fiction, her plays also appeal to the youth and student markets.

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JILL HAS OFFERED ONE E-COPY OF WINNER’S CHOICE IN FORMAT OF  ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED FOR GIVEAWAY! TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, ASK JILL A QUESTION. IT CAN BE ABOUT HER BOOKS, WRITING…OR ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOU CURIOUS.

FOR TWO SHOTS AT EXTRA ENTRIES, PLEASE LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK AND/OR ADD HER  & HER BOOKS ON GOODREADSMAKE SURE THAT YOU TELL ME THAT YOU DID SO THAT YOUR EXTRA ENTRIES WILL COUNT.

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The Devil Knows Blog Tour & Giveaway


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ABOUT THE BOOK:

“The Devil Knows” is a paranormal romance-drama. It starts off with Megan learning that her best friend since birth has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Megan’s life is then consumed by the drive to find a way to save Anya. She scours the internet looking for medical answers, as well as those that seem far-fetched and impossible.

Soon, her computer leads her to the possibility of making a deal with the devil. Megan wonders if it’s even possible for her to give up her soul to save Anya. Not knowing where to begin, she soon discovers clues and signs that seem to be left for her, which leads her to an occult shop where she tries to find some answers.

But it doesn’t take long for Anya to get worse, as it seems each day her condition deteriorates. Even the doctors are baffled by the progression of the cancer, as it’s much more aggressive than anticipated. During a trip to the emergency room with Anya, Megan meets Dr. Carson who is Anya’s attending physician.

Quickly a spark between Megan and the doctor ignites, even though there appears to be something that just isn’t right about the emergency room doctor. Besides he treated Anya, so that makes Megan feels weird. Plus there is the fact that she’s been thinking about selling her soul, so a relationship is the last thing on Megan’s mind! But after a few encounters, Megan realizes that Jeremiah Carson may not be exactly who he has portrayed himself to be.

Who holds the answers to curing Anya? Could Megan really sell her soul when it comes down to it? Only the devil knows…

BUY LINKS:

Kindle: The Devil Knows

Paperback: The Devil Knows (Paperback)

ABOUT the AUTHOR:

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K.C. grew up in a small town in Northeastern PA, she still lives close to her hometown, remaining close with her friends and family. She has been writing since a young age, and always wanted to be a writer. Before now, she focused on poetry and short stories. The Devil Knows is her debut novel, and was written after K.C. found out that a family friend was diagnosed with cancer.

With lots of projects in the works, she is hoping to release her second novel this summer. You can look for her YA apocalyptic trilogy, Eternal Trilogy (with a few additional shorts), and a YA paranormal mystery.

LINKS:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cavanaugh.kc

Blog: www.cavanaughkc.blogspot.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/cavanaugh_kc

Excerpt One:

“Are they talking about admitting her?” Megan asked, trying to keep the horror out of her voice. From their conversations the doctors hadn’t thought hospitalization would be necessary and she could receive her chemo as an outpatient. If the emergency room doctors were considering hospitalization for anything other than dehydration and nausea, then Anya was not in good shape. If so, all the optimism and perky tones in the world wouldn’t do her any good.

“I don’t know,” Bryan repeated, clearly frustrated. “I don’t think the doctors know!”

“Okay, okay,” Megan said, trying to calm Bryan down. “I’ll be there soon. Let her know, okay?”

“Yeah,” he said weakly and mumbled that he needed to go and he’d see her soon.

The phone clicked, signaling the call was disconnected and Megan had to fight the urge to put her head back and close her eyes as she merged onto the interstate. Thankfully the rush hour traffic was dissipating.

Minutes later Megan was maneuvering through downtown, silently cursing every red light. She had been able to see the hospital since she exited the interstate and was anxious to reach her destination.

Finally, the light turned and car in front of her rolled through the intersection. Megan made her right turn into the hospital parking garage and felt her pulse begin to race.

It wasn’t fear of being too late, but the fear the unknown. Having just seen Anya earlier, Megan wasn’t sure what kind of state her best friend was going to be in.

The parking garage was across the street from the hospital and Megan collected the ticket so she could proceed further into the underbelly of the garage and begin her hunt for a space.

Parking was a nightmare—almost as bad as the ones she had been suffering at night. She reached the third level before she found a parking spot in a distant corner of the garage. She quickly trotted to the elevator, waited for what felt like hours, and wrote it down to street level.

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Zombie Overload Series Promo & Giveaway (First Book Free)


Today we have a series promotion and reader’s choice (from the series) book giveaway from C.M. Wright’s Zombie Overload. They sound like interesting books. Please check them out and enter to win. The giveaway will be set to author questions, so don’t forget to check back often to see if C.M. answered your question!

Zombie Overload Series

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Book One: Dying to Live (FREE on Amazon)

Dying To Live (Zombie Overload Series)

A Novelette (Short Story)

Admit it. You think about it, fantasize about it, live through it in your
head. But what would you do if zombies became a reality? If you actually
were to see the dead walk, attack and kill people you know – who then
rise right in front of your eyes? What would you do when the undead
don’t follow the script you’ve played out – over and over – in your own
mind?
Find out what happens to a woman in central Illinois when her life is  turned upside down. Zombies become real and so does the danger. Her  family means the most to her, but can she keep them alive? Can she keep  herself alive?
In this short story that begins the full-length series, you are a big part
of it. The main character “speaks” to you often and you’re invited into
her thoughts – which can be quite humorous at times. She’s not perfect
and she knows it.
She strong and she’s a fighter…but she doesn’t know it.

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Book Two: Fighting to Live

Fighting To Live (Book Two in the Zombie Overload Series)

This second book in the Zombie Overload series starts right where book one ended.
Canada and her family continue on in their attempt to reach her sister’s home  in Missouri. The zombie count increases and so does the danger. Canada  experiences so much that she hadn’t planned or fantasized about back  when it was all make-believe.
Who will survive…and who will  not? Will they make it to her sister’s, or will circumstances prevent  the reunion and safety the family hope to find there?
Become a part of Canada’s group. Fight with her, survive with her, and share in her pain and frustration.

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Book Three: Learning to Live

Learning To Live: Book Three In The Zombie Overload Series (Volume 3)

This third book in the Zombie Overload series begins at the same emotional moment that book two ended.
How much more can Canada take – both emotionally and physically? Her body  is bruised and abused. Bloody and torn. But her heart is what hurts the  most.
Can Jake help ease the pain? Or does he become more of a complication than she can handle?
Again, experience this new world with Canada and her family. Be a part of  Canada’s life – all the pain, the emotional rollercoasters, and whatever happiness can be found.

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Book Four: Determined to Live

Determined To Live (Book Four in the Zombie Overload Series)

Pushed to her limit, Canada is out for revenge. But will that revenge  turn her into someone else, someone even she doesn’t like?
Will is  missing again and it’s up to the two people who should never be alone to find him. Will Canada and Jake be able to keep their hands – and other  body parts – to themselves? Or will Canada finally give into the  temptation and risk losing everything she holds sacred?
Who will be  killed, who will live, and who will become one of the undead? Find out  who has some big secrets, and what those secrets mean for Canada.

Double Edition Buy Link:

Dying To Live & Fighting To Live – Double Edition (Zombie Overload Series)

Books also available on Smashwords and Signed Paperbacks available at http://www.zombieoverload.com/books

Author Bio:

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Wife and mother who lives outside Decatur, IL. She loves all things zombie and is a huge fan of The Walking Dead.
She likes to laugh and make others laugh, so she does her best to bring  that to her readers…for the Zombie Overload series anyway.
Eventually, she is planning to write about other creatures that go bump in the night.

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C.M. HAS OFFERED TWO COPIES OF WINNER’S CHOICE OF BOOK IN THE ZOMBIE OVERLOAD SERIES FOR GIVEAWAY! TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, ASK C.M. A QUESTION. IT CAN BE ABOUT HER BOOKS, WRITING…OR ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOU CURIOUS.

FOR TWO SHOTS AT EXTRA ENTRIES, PLEASE LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK AND/OR ADD HER  & HER BOOKS ON GOODREADSMAKE SURE THAT YOU TELL ME THAT YOU DID SO THAT YOUR EXTRA ENTRIES WILL COUNT.

ENDS 4/26

Winter’s Saga Series Promo and Giveaway!


Today we have a series promotion and 1st book giveaway from Karen Luellen’s Winter’s Saga. They sound like amazing books. Please check them out and enter to win the first book. The giveaway will be set to author questions, so don’t forget to check back often to see if Karen answered your question!

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Twelve years ago, three small children were acquired by a corrupt research and development scientist, Dr. Kenneth Williams, and used as expendable lab rats in the testing of “The Infinite Serum.”  The serum was designed to biologically enhance humans to become “more than human”—to become “metahumans.” 

Dr. Margo Pullman, a young researcher fresh off her tour of duty as a special ops soldier, blindly accepted a position at The Facility to work with Dr. Williams.  Her first day there, she was given a tour and shown the subjects she was to study.  Nothing, not West Point or medical school, could have prepared her for the gut maternal instinct she felt roar through her veins.  She knew she needed to rescue the babies.

That night, she systematically destroyed all the files that chronicled Williams’ years of research perfecting the Infinite formula.  She wrapped the children in blankets and stole them away from that place—from that monster. 

Now, the Infinite Serum only exists locked in the genetic code of the three babies curled on the floor board of her back seat as she fled in the night.  Margo knew the dangers.  She knew they would be hunted to the ends of the earth by Dr. Williams who now not only wants his Infinite Serum back, but wants revenge. He has powerful friends and endless resources in his favor.  Margo only has her determination and faith.   With the help of a trusted friend, she changed her name to Margo Winter and named the children Meg, Alik and Evan.

As for the children, they lose their innocence the moment the inevitable happens: Williams finds them. The teens go through gut-wrenching battles and terrifying events all while trying to learn who and what they really are.  

They never asked to be what Williams made of them.  They never wanted to spend their lives running.  With their beloved pet coyote, Maze, the children struggle to survive.  Will they find the courage to stop running?  Will the hunted ever become the hunter so as to rid the world of the pure evil? 

Meg, Alik and Evan desperately try to live, laugh, love and fight side by side against an evil that wants to rip them apart, piece by bloody piece.  Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

Book One: Winter’s Awakening

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Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge (Winter’s Saga #1)

Book Two: Winter’s Storm

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Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga #2)

Book Three: Winter’s Wrath

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Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice (Winter’s Saga #3)

Book Four: Winter’s Warrior

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Winter’s Warrior: Mark of the Monarch (Winter’s Saga #4)

Book Five: Winter’s Scars

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Winter’s Scars: The Forsaken (Winter’s Saga #5)

Winter’s Legacy, the sixth and final book in the series, is scheduled for release October 2013.

Series Tag Lines:

What’s so great about being human? Metahumans rule!

The Winter clan. Fiercely Family.

A family is those you choose to live, laugh, love, and die for.

Author Bio: Karen Luellen

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I grew up the only girl in the middle of two brothers. I adored both in their own ways, but never really fit into their worlds. Like my characters Alik and Evan, the boys were very different.

If I wanted a playmate, I had to gear up to go dirt-clod fighting, be the losing team of (broken) green army guys or brave the flimsy bicycle ramp my older brother was focused on.

Either that, or plan to help erect intricate Lego architecture while hearing the mathematical algorithms and possible big-bang theories of what happened to dinosaurs from my little brother.

Needless to say, I suffered a lot of skinned-up knees, elbows and even scraped off an eyebrow or two trying to keep up with the older brother and probably still have a Lego embeded into my thigh from sitting on the floor surrounded by the teeny-tiny pieces in my little brother’s realm. (Oh, and did I mention I hate math?)

Often by myself, recuperating from my brothers’ attentions, I created entire worlds of make-believe and adventure with my stuffed animals and books in my bedroom. Hours of storytelling, personally made sound effects and character voices entertained me to the point of utter happy distraction. Hindsight shows me, I’ve been a storyteller all my life.

Thanks to my brothers, I have a lot of stories to tell. I love you Jeremy and Field. You’re the best brothers a girl could have–even if you did scar me for life more than once.

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GIVEAWAY!

KAREN HAS OFFERED TWO MOBI COPIES OF THE FIRST BOOK IN THE WINTER’S SAGA SERIES FOR GIVEAWAY! TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, ASK KAREN A QUESTION. IT CAN BE ABOUT HER BOOKS, WRITING…OR ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOU CURIOUS.

FOR TWO SHOTS AT EXTRA ENTRIES, PLEASE LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK AND/OR ADD HER  & HER BOOKS ON GOODREADS. MAKE SURE THAT YOU TELL ME THAT YOU DID SO THAT YOUR EXTRA ENTRIES WILL COUNT.

ENDS 4/25

Date Me Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


Review By: Cassie Hoffman

Date Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #3)

Now that Keatyn is in her new school, living a new life, and has thrown out writing her own scripts—how will everything all play out? Can she be the girl she wants to be?

Date Me starts right off where Kiss Me left off. Now that Keatyn is getting use to her new school, living her life on her own, and being away from her family, it’s time for her to focus on herself. And what better way to do that then to fall in love?

Dawson and Keatyn are better than ever, but what would make it even better? If she could say those three little words, and finally become officially boyfriend and girlfriend. But, can she love, can she say those words? After having her heart broken by Cush, she is scared too, but she will just have to take a chance.

Everything is going great in school. Homecoming is coming up and that is a major thing for all the girls in the school. Who can top who by the way they got asked out? I don’t know if anyone can top Dawson’s. And who is the “dream girl” Aiden is waiting for and wanting to ask out? After going into his room and seeing he spelled out “Homecoming” in glow in the dark stars on his ceiling, Keatyn can’t help but wonder who this mystery girl is and is maybe a little be jealous.

Speaking of The God of all Hotties, Aiden, Keatyn is done with him. She has Dawson right, that’s all she needs? But, when Aiden touches her, she can’t help but feel the electricity. And he is always there when Keatyn need’s someone to talk to.

Finally not having to worry about her actress mother, Keatyn does something she always wanted to do…be in a play. After writing the scripts to her life and acting them out, this should be a cake walk. Will she get the part, and finally be able to do one of the things she has always wanted to do?

With homecoming coming up and needing a dress, Keatyn invites her girlfriends to her condo in New York and a weekend of shopping, but with her stalker on the loose, maybe that isn’t such a good thing? After having a few scary encounters, she is left to wonder—will she ever be able to go back to her normal life? Or will she always have to be hiding for the sake of her family and herself?

Learning someone is also keeping their own secret from her, will she be able to confide in that person, since he has been keeping his own? And is becoming frenemies with Whitney the best thing to do, or does Whitney have a plan that will bring everything down around KiKi?

After throwing caution to the wind and making her feelings known to Dawson, and having the best month together, he breaks her heart and has her second guessing how he really feels. Can she ever forgive him and trust him again, or will she end the relationship? There is one person who is hoping that is the case, so he can finally have his chance. Will she learn his true feelings for her? You will just have to see about that one… 🙂

Finally, saying “I love you”, becoming your own self, having great friends, hiding a big secret, and having your heat stomped on—what will KiKi do?

‘Date Me’ was by far my favorite book out of the previous one’s I have read and reviewed. I love how Jillian writes and how her books picks up right where they ended in the previous ones. This book was full of super sexy scenes and a lot of laugh out loud ones. She upped the ante in this one. The Keatyn Chronicles is seriously Gossip Girl meets Sex in the City. I so enjoy reading what Keatyn is going to wear, or putting together. The girl can put an outfit together. In the first book I was Team Cush, but that is long gone. TEAM AIDEN and TEAM RILEY all the way! Hell, I don’t even know if I can pick a team… I’m TEAM EVERYBODY, lol. And let me just say now….I will never look at Life Saver gummies the same way again!! And let’s not forget the sugar glitter…oh my word! The characters in the book seriously make it what it is. Who doesn’t love Riley or Dallas…I know I do. They all bring something to the table, and make it what it is. How Jillian ended the book, I was just sitting there thinking…YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO US, I NEED MORE, AND WANT TO KNOW MORE. I guess I will just have to wait…wait impatiently for the 4th book to come out. There is no way I can give this book less than 5 stars…I wish I could give it more.

“I’m not sure about this whole love thing yet, but I like you a lot, Dawson, and I don’t want anyone else kissing you or doing anything else with you.”- Keatyn

Quotes from the Book:

“I made you cry Keatie. I don’t ever want to make you cry.”- Dawson

“Dawson is like a sexual buffet. I never know what to expect, what’s going to be next in line. But I definitely want to keep going back for more.”- Keatyn

“Sex doesn’t equal love.”- Aiden

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 Author: Jillian Dodd

Title: Date Me (Keatyn Chronicles, #3)

Release date(s):

KISS ME was released November 28th, 2012

DATE ME is anticipated to release April 9, 2013

Age Group: Mature YA

Genre: Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

KISS ME links:

Amazon: http://www.amzn.com/B00AEEFKZ2/?tag=indiestyle-20

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kiss-me-jillian-dodd/1113854141?ean=9780985008680

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16073993-kiss-me

DATE ME links:

Amazon: http://www.amzn.com/B00BZDIGRK/?tag=indiestyle-20

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16173484-date-me

STALK ME links:

Amazon: http://www.amzn.com/B0090SXRXK/?tag=indiestyle-20

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Book description for Date Me (Keatyn Chronicles, #3):

I’m not scripting my life anymore.

I’m living it.

I’m done with the God of all Hotties.

I’m going to give my heart to the boy who I think deserves it.

The boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava.

The boy who offered me the key to his heart.

The boy who asked me to Homecoming in a big, sexy way.

 

There are so many things to look forward to.

Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY.

But things aren’t always as perfect as they seem.

I find out that my best friend has been keeping a secret from me.

Not that I can blame him.

I have secrets too.

But, for now, I’m going to pretend I’m just a normal girl.

I’m going to pretend he’s not still out there.

I’m going to pretend he’s not getting desperate.

I’m going to pretend I’ll never see him again.

But, I will.

And this time, I might not get away.

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Book Description for Kiss Me (Keatyn Chronicles, #2):

I’ve always written scripts for my perfect life.

But no way could I have ever scripted this.

My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.

All because of a stalker.

 

I’m at a boarding school, where I have to lie about who I am.

I can’t see my family.

I’m tutoring a hottie god that tortures me with his smile.

The most popular girl already hates me.

But there’s this boy.

This hot, sweet, sexy boy.

So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.

Because who knows how long I have left.

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Book Description for (Keatyn Chronicles #1)

 

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.  
She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect. Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect. And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker. A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together. And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.  But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

About the Author

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Jillian is the author of the That Boy series and The Keatyn Chronicles. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She lives in Texas with her family.

 

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Legacy of Blood (Skye Morrison Vampire series 4)


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

 Skye Morrison has learned that vampires and werewolves are real. Since finding all that out, she has fallen in love with one, and secretly has a crush on another one. Being involved with vampires has changed her world, with being kidnapped and the worst that could happen…dying.

 After waking up in a casket, Skye is faced with her fear. She is now a vampire and it wasn’t by her own choosing. It was either turn her or let her die, and Archer did what he thought was best and that was to make Skye one of them. Skye is something different from all other Day Walkers and Dark Ones. Since Amun breathed a part of his soul into her when he kidnapped her, this has made her something that no one has ever seen before.

 What is she exactly? This is what they will have to find out. She can’t drink blood from a bag, it will make her sick. She can only drink blood from a donor, and when that happens her venom gives the blood donor a BIG SURPRISE. If she drinks from another vampire, she is able to take their power and have it for a few weeks. Skye also hold the eye color of The Dark One. When she gets angry….they turn pitch black. Otherwise, her eye color is white with black pupils. That isn’t normal. She isn’t like your regular newborn; she is able to control herself as well.

 With her having been infected by Amun previous to her turning into a Day Walker, Skye will have to prove she is good and if they determined she is a Dark One, like Amun, they will give her the final death. With the Army of An Dilis, Skye will have to perform a few tests given by Ruara and Brothers of the Army of The Faithful. After going through all these test it is up to them to decide if they will let her live. And surprisingly they do, and offer her to placement in a very surprising place.

 With having passed the tests and having her life still intact, it is now time to think about how to get to Amun. He wants Skye to meet him in a week to become his bride, and if not he will start killing all her loved ones. Will they be able to get to Amun and kill him, or will having Amun breathing a part of his soul in Skye affect her if they try to kill him? If so, how will they go about making Amun no more?

 Archer and Skye’s start trying to have a relationship finally. He is her maker, which makes their bond that much more. Will they finally become a couple? Oh, you will just have to wait and see 

 In this book, Jameson isn’t in it till the end. All the while he doesn’t know about Skye being a vampire, or what is going on with her. The last time he saw her, she wanted nothing to do with him, but finally they need Jameson for his healing. He soon finds out what has been going on while he was gone, on top of finding out Archer and Skye are in love with each other. Jameson is heartbroken. Can he ever forgive Skye and Archer?

 Skye Morrison is even better as a kick ass vampire with her own Divine Power! What is that? It is something none of the other vampires have ever seen before, and it is super cool. What do you think her Divine Power is? To top it off Skye is a phenomenon, a rock star in their race, and with her Sacred vow ceremony coming up, everyone is excited to meet the infamous Skye Morrison.

 Legacy of Blood was great from the begging to the end. We get to finally see Skye as a vampire and see her struggles of accepting it and showing everyone she isn’t evil like Amun. And for those who love Archer we get some Archer and Skye loving and I think I’m finally TEAM ARCHER! YES I SAID IT! Lol. LoB was written very well and kept you turning the pages or, in my case, sliding my finger. I love vampire Skye. I can’t wait for the next book to see how she grows into her new immortal life. LoB was action packed and kept you guessing, which I loved. The only person who was missing until the end of the book was Jameson, I was sad to not have him in the book, but all the other characters are there, and we get to meet new ones. J.L. McCoy hit it out of the park again with Legacy of Blood! I give this book 5 HUGE STARS.

 “I want to be the person everyone thinks I am, but the reality is so far from it. I’m irrevocably flawed and I have issues that you know nothing about.”-Skye

“Imagining the rest of my life without you in it wasn’t very appealing either. I love you, Skye Morrison; I love you from the deepest part of my being. I never want to go through what I’ve been through in the last five days ever again. It was soul crushing not being able to look into your eyes or hear your voice.”-Archer

“You held it all, Skye….everything I had. I love you, even after all the bullshit you put me through, but I’m letting you go. I have to make my heart move on before loving you fucking kills me.”- Jameson

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J. L. McCoy resides in the beautifully weird city of Austin, Texas with her opinionated Pekiweenie Isabel and handsome husband Kenny. She has always been a passionate reader and enjoys watching movies, traveling, listening to heavy metal/classic rock/80s music, getting mani/pedis with her girls, and singing karaoke. She loves body art and is hopelessly addicted to Sonic’s ice and Route 44 un-sweet raspberry iced tea.

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Blood of the Son (Book #1 in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series)

Sins of the Father (Book #2 in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series)

The Original Sin (Book #3 in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series)

Legacy of Blood (Book #4 in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series)

 

THE STITCH TRILOGY COVER REVEAL FOR BOOK 2 ‘SHUDDER’


Today we have a cover reveal for Samantha Durante’s “SHUDDER”, the second book in the Stitch trilogy. Before I get to the cover reveal, I want to give you all of the information for book 1, Stitch, in case you have not read it. It was an AMAZING book!

STITCH TRILOGY BOOK 1 – STITCH

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Stitch Synopsis

Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

Genre/Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Ghost, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, New Adult
Length: 75,000 words (314 pages)
Sample Chapters:  Ch1-5 (38 pages)
Release Date: August 1st, 2012

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SHUDDER COVER REVEAL

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Shudder Synopsis

It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse.  In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead.  Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world.  And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions.  Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship.  And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

Other Shudder Info

Genre/Keywords: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, New Adult
Length: TBA
Sample Chapters: Link coming in June!
Expected Release Date: June 15th, 2013

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Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.

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The Anti-Social Network: Let’s Fix Facebook, if Only For a Day


A great idea from author Phil Taylor. I will gladly reblog this to get the word out! -Cynthia

The Phil Factor

Facebook

Just last weekend I noticed it. I looked at my Facebook page and I thought, Facebook is broken. This isn’t the Facebook I signed up for. When I signed up for Facebook I wanted to talk to people. I wanted to share with family and friends. I wanted to know how many kids you have and if they made honor roll.  Is junior in the school play or did Susie make the soccer team. I wanted to see your vacation pictures. I wanted to know what everyone else is doing this weekend or if you saw that movie and liked it.

What I did learn when I looked at my Facebook last week was that Alan likes Tough Mudder. I also found out from Joni’s  your-ecard  that sometimes she takes baths because it’s harder to drink wine in the shower. I also learned from Facebook that there are a lot…

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