Thursday, August 28, 2014

Release Day Launch: Guardian by Courtney Cole


Summary: Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. 

My name is Whitney Lane.  I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy. 

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.  

Until one day, there was. 

Our world isn’t what we think.  There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.  
Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.   

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying. 

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t.  I don’t know what to think anymore.  I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.  

There’s only one thing I know for sure. 

Nothing is what it seems.
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To celebrate Courtney’s Birthday, she is putting the following titles on sale for just $.99 on August 28th ONLY!

Excerpt: 


Happy birthday to me. 
 I close my eyes and burrow into my pillow as I try to sleep, as I try to escape this life. 
It’s a life I never thought I’d have, a life I most certainly don’t want. 
I’m still feeling sorry for myself as the blackness of sleep finally overtakes me. 
I don’t know what time it is when I shoot straight upward like a rocket.  Something had yanked me from the oblivion of sleep, something loud and shrill scraping my window.
My room is completely dark and I glanceat my clock in confusion. 
3:00 a.m.
As my heart pounds hard against my ribcage, I quickly scan every corner of the room.
 In the last few hours, dark shadows had migrated onto my pink walls, but they’re familiar, nothing out of the ordinary, although in the night, they seem twisted and scary.  
I remain motionless as I allow the sleep-induced fog to clear from my brain.
As I sit, I feel common sense and logic slowly returning.
Of course nothing had touched my window because my bedroom is on the second floor. Nothing can reach it.  And there are no trees near enough to brush against it.  It was just a dream.
It was only a dream.
I chant it silently to myself like a mantra as I consciously slow my breathing down, hoping that my racing pulse will soon follow. It was only a dream.
But just as I’m calming down, I hear it again.
A high-pitched shrill shriek, reminiscent of fingernails on a chalkboard, scraping down my window. I gasp and pull my feet up to my chest, which is when I notice the temperature. 
I notice because I can see my breath.
Timidly, I blow a puff out again, watching the way my breath turns white in the air. 
Holy crap.  Oh my God. 
What the hell?
The sound stops and stillness surrounds me once again, the silence so loud that it echoes in my ear.
Nothing moves around me, the shadows are perfectly still as they twist across my wall.  They look like mangled fingers and arms and legs, but they don’t move. 
My legs are weak and shaking, but I know I have to move.   I have to move off my bed because it feels like something is under it.  Something terrifying. 
With a leap, I bound across the room, my feet hitting the floor several feet away from the edge of my bed. 
The floor is ice cold, as though it had been covered in a blanket of snow. 
I’m trembling as I race to the far wall and check the thermostat.  Because that’s the only explanation.  I must’ve bumped it earlier, I must’ve turned the AC way down. 
But the luminous numbers stare at me in contradiction. 
74 degrees. 
It must be broken.  It has to be broken.
My breath is coming in pants now, terrified, anxious pants. 
My fear isn’t logical.  I know there’s nothing here.  I’m the only one in this room. 
Or am I?
The air seems to push at me from all around, something dark, something heavy, something real.  Something unseen. 
My fingers shake, my legs tremble, and then all of a sudden, they can no longer support my weight.  I go down like a pile of bricks, collapsing onto the floor.  I lie still because I can’t move, because something seems to sit on my chest, holding me down. 
The shadows start to move, to slither across the walls, to reach and pull and dance. 
I struggle to focus, to see what it is. 
But all I can see are the numbers on the thermostat suddenly moving, rapidly counting down from 74 to 20. 
Twenty degrees?
The air is frigid as I suck it in, as I try to pull the ice crystals into my mouth so I can breathe. 
All of a sudden, there’s a blackness in front of me.  It hovers over me, a shapeless mass, sucking in the cells of the air, the atoms and the molecules.  It’s darker than the blackness of my room, blacker than the blackest black. 
Something is here. 
With me. 
“Dad?” I whisper in a white puff.  Because what else could it be?
I reach out a finger to touch it, and then I can’t see anything else, because the darkness of it surrounds me, bleeding into everything else, even my vision.   The shriek is back, screaming into my ears, bleeding into my brain. 
Then there’s nothing.

My Review:  

Initial Thoughts: I have always loved the paranormal genre and after reading this book I'm only reminded why! This book was so much fun to read and scary and creepy and fun again. I enjoyed it so much.

The Characters & Story: Whitney is a normal sixteen-year-old. Except that she is taking care of her little sister since their mom became unresponsive after their father drowned seven weeks prior. It's hard for their family because they all were so close that no one knows what to do and it's for Whitney to take on so much responsibility. But she's a strong person and her limits and what she could and couldn't do.

Now everything seems to be going as normal as it can be for Whitney considering, but then she starts to have nightmares that seem so real. Weird things happen in her "dreams" - scratching noises, temperature drops, and many other things that don't seem possible. She thinks that she might actually be going crazy but all that changes when nightmares and dreams become reality. Things just get even crazier from there!

Whitney and her relationship with her little sister was really sweet to see. They became really close after the accident with their father and it made them closer and more understanding and loving people. It helped that they were able to be there for each other.

Other characters are Brady, who I didn't like in the beginning. I just didn't trust him or have a good connection to his character and how he was part of the story. Carter I liked because I just wanted to know what part he played in everything and just wanted to know more about him as a character in general.

End Thoughts: Now I'm not going to spoil the rest of the story but I've always loved the paranormal theme of demons and angels, in this case guardian angels, especially if it is well done. Thought it was a bit slow in the beginning it picked up and I thought the book was well done, engaging, had some twists and turns, and it was just so much fun to read this book in the end. 4.5 stars.




ABOUT COURTNEY COLE:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - 8/27/14

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm waiting for Atlantia by Ally Condie. It sounds really interesting and exciting plus I have enjoyed her other books (the Matched Trilogy) so I'm anxious to see how this book will turn out. Happy Reading.

Summary: Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Book Blitz: Athena's Ashes by Jamie Grey



Book & Author Details:

Athena’s Ashes by Jamie Grey
(Star Thief Chronicles #2)
Publication date: August 26th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Synopsis: 
It’s Renna’s biggest job yet – convincing MYTH leadership that she’s put away her lock picks and is ready to save the galaxy, despite the dangerous implant in her brain. But with the Athena on the run, she’s working solo and facing her most ruthless enemy, the traitor Pallas, who’ll go to any lengths to destroy the MYTH organization. Including framing Renna for a devastating assault on MYTH HQ that leaves their defenses crippled and hundreds dead.

Now that MYTH believes she’s a dangerous double-agent, Renna escapes their firing squad before they put more holes in her than a pair of fishnet stockings. But the ticking time-bomb in her head is the one thing Pallas needs to complete his master plan and he’s not about to let her get away. Even worse, he’s discovered the only thing that will bring Renna to her knees – threatening Captain Nick Finn.

Out of time and options, Renna’s got one shot to take down the traitor before he annihilates everything she loves, even though winning this battle may cost her everything.


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Excerpt:  


Renna turned as Dr. Samil entered the room. The young doctor wore a pleasant smile despite the slightly frazzled appearance of her long blonde hair escaping the messy bun she always wore. Renna leaned back against the edge of her bed. “Do you always have to look so happy at the prospect of stabbing me with those instruments of torture?”
Dr. Samil’s blue eyes sparkled. “For someone who’s done her share of killing, I can’t believe you have a needle phobia.”
“We all have our weaknesses,” Renna said with a shrug. “Pointy, shiny, metal bloodsuckers just happen to be mine.”
Samil set her holopad down on the counter and pressed her thumb to the scanner to unlock the drawer. She pulled out a tray of tools. “I guess it’s time for the torture to begin.”
The doctor brushed her bangs back off her forehead, and Renna gritted her teeth as she slid back onto the bed, preparing to be poked.
“How’d the last test go? Is the implant fusing normally?” Renna stared pointedly at the far wall as Samil fumbled with the glinting needles on the tray. “Or whatever normal is in this screwed-up situation.”
The doctor shook her head, flicking a finger against one of the syringes before pushing the plunger. Pink-tinged liquid squirted from the needle. “I wish I knew. I haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s fascinating.” Her voice was full of that breathless excitement Renna had come to hate. “Whatever Dr. Navang did prompted your ordinarily harmless implant to start fusing directly with your nervous system. If my hunch is right, any other cybernetic implants installed during this time would also fuse to your body. You could even start picking up other electronic signals.”
Renna flinched. Not only because of the quick jab of pain as the doctor deftly slid the needle into her arm, but because she was already picking up those electronic signals. Things were progressing faster than the doctor knew.
“Relax. I promise this won’t hurt.”
“That’s what Navang said.” Renna tilted her head and fixed Samil with a frown. “And look how that turned out.”


AUTHOR BIO
Jamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two. Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.

Jamie lives in Michigan with her boyfriend and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at www.jamiegreybooks.com, or follow her on twitter via @jamie_grey.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - 8/26/14


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Okay, because I don't have any teasers cause I'm reading anything at the moment and I can't think of anything to give, I'm posting picture teasers for a book that's coming up from one of my favorite authors. It is called Shattered Assassin by Wendy Knight. It comes out in less than a month! Happy Reading.

So I'm in a reread kick of my favorites series, and I'm currently rereading the Covenant Series by Jennifer Armentrout for the seventh time. I know y'all are probably sick of seeing her name all the time, or not, but that's what you get when she's my favorite author. You're stuck and I'm *slightly* obsessed. Anyways everyone has a favorite book, series, author that they always go to - at least ya should if you've been reading right :) Anyways, Aiden and Alex from this series are the best. They are my opt and I love reading their story over and over and over. Happy Reading!

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I stood and stretched. "So. what am I learning today? I think we ahould start with something that doesn't involve you kicking my a--."
His lips twitched as if he was fighting a grin. "The basics."
"The basics." I pouted. "You've gotto be kidding me. I know the basics."
"You know enough to not get yourself killed right away." He frowned as I jumped from side to side. "What are you doing?"
I stopped, shrugging. "I'm bored."
Aiden rolled his eyes. "Then let's get started. You won't be bored for very long."

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Summary: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting


Summary: A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing. 

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. 

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men. 

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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**I received a copy from Novel Thoughts Blog (http://www.novelthoughtsblog.com/) in exchange for an honest review**


Initial Thoughts: This book and the characters were so interesting that I was able to slip right into the story from the start. It was fun, sweet, and kept me hanging on every word wanting to know what would happen next. I couldn’t put it down until the very end and then I only wanted more!

The Characters & Story: Kyra is your average sixteen year old girl who has a great family, boyfriend, and best friend. She is also a very talented softball pitcher. But all changes one night after winning a game when she gets into an argument with her father and decides to get of the car and take off. She hears her dad cry out to her, sees a flash of white, and wakes up the next morning behind a dumpster. Though the “next morning” is really five years later.

But Kyra doesn’t know this until she goes to her house and there are strangers living there which makes her go to her boyfriend’s house across the street. Upon going there, her whole world turns upside down. Kyra’s boyfriend, Austin, is no longer there but in college dating her best friend and his twelve-year-old brother, Tyler, is now a good looking seventeen-year-old. She has no idea what happened to her for five years and why she still looks like she’s sixteen. Kyra thinks her dad is a bit crazy from having her disappear and having his marriage go down the drain because of said disappearance along with the fact that he thinks it was aliens.

As the story progresses, more evidence keeps coming up that her father is right. Strange things start to happen to happen to her, she keeps seeing the same person in places she’s at, and she has no idea what to do when a government agent keeps coming to her. This all leads to a wonderful story full of twists and turns and mystery and suspense.

The Romance: Since everyone believed Kyra to be dead, of course her boyfriend and bestfriend moved on after awhile. I mean what are you supposed to do when your girlfriend/friend/daughter just up and disappears with no sign of returning? You move on. So they did. Of course, it’s hard for Kyra to grasp her situation of seeming to lose everyone in her life but she does gain certain someone names Tyler. Kyra and Tyler are really cute, sweet, and funny together. It was a bit of insta-love but I think they really worked well together. I still think it would be weird to date your ex-boyfriend’s little brother but it was developed and worked out well in this story!

End Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and was pleased with how it turned out. It was a fun story with one heck of an ending that left me needing the next book. I seriously can’t wait to see how the story continues. 4.5 stars.

ARC Review: Black Collar Empire by A.N. Latro

Summary: After two years away, Seth Morgan has returned to New York, desperate to honor his father's dying wish for a unified family. But the heir’s welcome is sadly lacking: his family’s criminal empire is divided, the woman he loves hates him, and his brother Caleb has become a cold stranger.

When a brotherly spat becomes a vicious misunderstanding that ends with Caleb dead, Seth is left reeling, and unsure who to trust.

Emma Morgan grew up while her closest cousin was away. She’s been sheltered her entire life from the realities of their family—something Seth has every intention of changing upon his return.

But not everyone in the syndicate is happy to have Seth home, and there are secrets surrounding Caleb’s murder. The deeper Seth and Emma dig, the clearer it becomes that not everyone shares their dream for the Morgan Syndicate, and not everyone wants the heir to ascend.

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**I received a copy, as part of the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review**

Initial Thoughts: This book was different than what I usually read. I try to stay more on the light, romancy side but this one just sounded so interesting that I had to give it a try. And I'm glad I did. Although it was dark, thriller, mafia type book, I really enjoyed it.

The Characters & Story: Seth has been gone for two years in Cuba on his Uncle's orders. He comes back and everyone hates him for leaving although he was told to and was doing so to make their empire stronger. The first night back, Seth thought he would be welcomed by his family but that doesn't even happen. Even his first encounter with his brother after two years end badly.

"He laughs, and it is so cold, the realization that his brother has drawn arms against him. This is the culmination of silent and prolonged grievances. Of leaving too soon and staying so late."

Nothing was how Seth left it. As I said everyone hates him and his Uncle is trying to change the way they have always run and acted. Seth doesn't really know what to do with all the change that has happened and he tries to understand quickly. Though I might have lied when I said everyone hates him, one person doesn't and that is his cousin Emma who is still in high school. I really liked her. She grew as a character over the book into someone strong and apart of the family empire and into to ruler she's meant to be.

End Thoughts: The all the emotions that the characters were feeling throughout the book was written very well. It was easy to feel all the anger, betrayal, helplessness and everything in between. This made it easier to be brought into the story and helped me connect I thought I wouldn't. It was a good story and I'm glad I gave it try. 4 stars.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Recs. - 8/25/14

This week I'm recommending Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. I've always liked a good mermaid tale and this one definitely did it for me. I've tried others but only a few have ever held my attention is this was one of them. Happy Reading.


Summary: Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Release Day Launch: The Write Stuff byTiffany King

Summary: 
Twenty-two-year-old historical romance writer Nicole Blake, or N.S. Blake to her readers, hasn't taken an official poll, mind you, but she is convinced she may be the only romance author on the planet who is still a card-carrying member of the virgin club.


Not that she hasn't tried to end her membership. Life just keeps finding pesky ways to interfere. With no prospects on the horizon, Nicole begins to feel like the closest she will ever get to experiencing a man is within her own stories.
Opportunity presents itself in the form of hot-as-sin-on-a-lollipop-stick bartender/premed student Alec Petropoulos, who agrees to be the cover model for her upcoming book. Sparks fly instantly between them, and Nicole begins to entertain the possibility that she's finally found the right guy to hand over her tattered V-card. Alec has all the makings for a perfect one-night-stand candidate except, much to Nicole's surprise, he seems to be the only man in existence not interested in bagging a virgin.
Stuck between a rock and a stubborn male, what's a virgin to do? Seduce him, of course. How hard could it be? If it works for the characters in her stories, why wouldn't it work for her?
After all, what happens under the cover…stays under the cover.


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About Tiffany King
USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
For information on any of Author Tiffany's titles, visit her blog at www.authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com


Where to connect with Author Tiffany
Twitter- @AuthorTiffany
Pinterest- Tiffany King
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Email- authortiffany@yahoo.com
"Dreams do come true...Dream big." 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Post - 8/24/14

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things you have received and share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

So last week was very busy. There was a ton of posts! I didn't even realize how many there were until I had to write this post. This week won't be as busy as last week though. Happy Reading!

What Happened Last Week...


What Happens This Week...

  • Monday Recs.
  • Release Day Launch: The Write Stuff
  • Teaser Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Release Day Launch: Athen's Ashes
  • Release Day Launch: Guardian
  • Reviews!!
Books I Bought (this week was only an ebook)...



Books I Received For Review (4 of which I've already read)...