Friday, March 29, 2013

Spotlight: The Forgotten Ones



The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Book Description: Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.



Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began

at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.




Cover Reveal + Giveaway + Excerpt: Of Silver And Beasts


Of Silver and Beasts (A Goddess Wars Novel)
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult Dark Fantasy
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound
Cover Designed by: Steven Novak

Summary from Goodreads:

In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.When nineteen- year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress.

 In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.







***Excerpt***

I open my mouth to say something comforting, but I’m unsure of what. In this moment, I’m reminded that I know little about him. Other than the sarcasm and desire to understand nothing of my queendom, he hasn’t allowed me past the surface. But then, I have my own walls, hiding things I’d never want him or any other to know. And I understand that need to hide them. You can’t trust anyone. “Caben…” I start, but still can’t find the right words. He lowers his hand from his face, never taking his eyes off the glinting water top. “You’re right,” he finally says. “Let’s find the access to Lilly’s section.” A hollow pang hits my chest, and I’m not sure why. Something in his voice sounds lost, broken. I imagine the gears around my heart spinning faster, trying to keep up with my racing heart. When he sidesteps me, I reach out and grab his arm. “Caben, I didn’t mean—” “It’s fine, Kal,” he snaps. “We have work to do.” “No, I’ve said something to offend you.” I drop my hand, but keep close to him, not allowing him to leave my side. Goddess, trying to understand the male brain is harder than anything in protector training. I’ve heard people say that you have to tip-toe around a woman’s emotions, but a man’s ego is every bit as fragile, if not more so. He releases a heavy breath through his nose and walks back to the pool. He sits down along the edge and rolls up his pants, then slips off his boots. “I honestly don’t think Bax or his goons will be returning tonight.” He sinks his bare feet into the water and sighs. Glancing at the back of the cave, I plant my hands on my hips. We don’t have time for indulgencies, but the prince is still my charge. If it were my empress, I’d give her anything she’d ask for. Allow her as much time as she needed to collect herself. I have to watch over his mental state as well as protect him, so I try to push the pending need to find Lilly aside and sit down next to him. “Here,” he says, turning his hand out near my crossed feet. “You have to feel this.” A smile tugs at the corner of my mouth. “I can remove my own—” “Have you never been pampered a day in your life?” he asks, lifting an eyebrow. “I know that the Nactue are fierce and will put a hurt on any man for touching them. But try to relax.” “Is that the rumor in Perinya?” “What?” I bite my lip, suddenly regretting my blurt. “Nothing. Never mind.” From the corner of my eye, I see his lips pucker into a pinched smile, as if he’s trying not to. “Ah,” he says, like he’s made some great universal connection. “Well, there are many whisperings about the Nactue. Some I dare not repeat for fear I’d leave here missing a limb, but that’s one, yes.” He takes my booted foot and begins to unlace it. “I’ve heard that the empress’s protectors are untouchable—forbidden to give themselves to men. And that they’ll snap a man’s neck just for making an advance.” My mouth drops open. Appalled, I counter, “That’s not true.” “All right,” he says, as if he hasn’t just insulted my very existence. “It’s only rumors. Things men jaw about in pubs. The unattainable woman is a fantasy, Kal. Don’t be offended.” “Unattainable?” I grit my teeth, trying to maintain my composure. “Tell me, prince. Do men in your country just go around bedding every woman they can in order to keep them compliant?” I shake my head. “If their fantasy is a woman that would have nothing to do with them, it seems to me it’s their way of feeding their egos after being rejected.” His eyes widen. “No! How does your brain come up with these—” He bites off his words, his lips thin as he presses them together. “Look, it was a joke.” I nod, many times. “Another joke. I’m glad that our hard work and sacrifice is amusing to the men of Perinya.” Caben lets out another sigh and slowly pulls off my boot. His warm fingers skim my calf as he inches up my pant leg. “Just stick your foot in,” he says, then adds lower, “while I stick mine in my mouth.” Unexpectedly, I laugh. “At least it’s now clean,” I say. “Would you like some help getting it to your face?”




***GIVEAWAY***

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Made To Forget


MADE TO FORGET by Samantha LaFantasie

There’s something that lies within my memory. Hidden in the dark. Something that can kill me and those that I love. But I was in an accident, covered in mystery and deception. And my memory…was lost. There are those who want me to remember. I don’t trust them. And those I do trust…are fighting for me to forget.

Elsabetha Ellery wants to get her memory back, even if it kills her.

After waking up in a hospital with no memory, Elsabetha quickly learns those who claim to be her friend are anything but. And those who are her true friends keep themselves unseen.

Stuck with piecing together her broken memories alone, Elsa struggles with having faith in those she trusts and heeding the warnings of the dangers in recovering her memory. Ignoring them, she faces heavy consequences. Ones she doesn’t see until it’s too late, and a life is lost.

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A Kansas native, Samantha spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers but she only took up writing seriously a few years ago. Among her writing credentials, she’s a board member of the Kansas Writer’s Association and has founded her own critique group lovingly named The Fighting Hamsters.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop




One winner will win one book of their choice (up to $20).

- International
- Read my Giveaway Policy for any questions
- Good luck :)


Blog Tour: Against The Wall



Title: Against the Wall (Maverick Montana, #1)
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 287
Release Date: March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-790-1
Imprint: Brazen

Synopsis: Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…

Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.

Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jack Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn.

Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…




About the Author: USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate
aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day--or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

Thank you to Jena for having me over today. I loved the questions and had a lot of fun answering them!

SS: Thank you for stopping by and answering all my questions! :)

1)So, a lawyer cowboy, eh? Where'd you come up with the idea for that?

LOL! I’m a lawyer in the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve seen more than one sexy guy take off his cowboy hat before walking into a courtroom. In fact, thinking about it now, during one month a while back, there was a guy who wore a black hat (in the hallway, of course), who was long and lean…and may look a little like Jake Lodge in AGAINST THE WALL I saw the other lawyer several times in the hallway that month, but our paths never crossed. Then he was gone. I wonder who he was?

2) Do you prefer writing paranormal or contemporary better?

That’s like asking me if I like chocolate or coffee better. I’d cry if I had to give one of them up. The paranormals give an author some freedom to create a new reality, while the contemporaries give an author leeway to delve into our reality, often finding both humor and tension there. Both genres explore people, emotion, feelings, and love…so I find they cross pretty easily. People are people…whether they’re cowboys or vampires.

SS: Love that last line! So true!

3) I saw a fun fact on your site that SURFING was a credit in college?! Seriously? Was it the most popular class ever? Lol!

Ha! Yes, it was a hugely popular class, and it was taught by a guy who could easily be on any billboard. But you know what, surfing is kind of hard. We had to get four PE credits at Pepperdine, and surfing and sailing were the most popular classes. I did actually ride a wave (okay…it was a mini-wave), but hey, I didn’t fall for a few minutes. At least, it felt like a few minutes.

SS: PSH. I'd be there for the instructor. No lies.

4) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

Man, that’s a tough question! Well…first I’d like to go back to Italy. I toured Europe in college, and I loved Italy. My husband toured Italy in college, and he loved it. (Plus, he has tons of family there). But…we’ve never gone there together. So, I think we’d have a great time exploring together. We live in the Pacific NW, so when we vacation, it’s always to beach with some sun.

5) Anything else you'd like to tell us?

Okay – I loved the ‘about me’ section of this website, so I thought I’d do that. About me:
• I also have green eyes
• If someone says ‘go left or right,’ I’d always to right (isn’t that odd?)
• I have a letter from my husband that he sent to me when we were 6 years old (no, we weren’t high school sweethearts—we met back up in our twenties).
• I link songs to my books
• I have way too many shoes
• I had a total ball with this interview. Thank you!
So, let me ask this: What’s the best class/workshop/seminar you’ve ever taken? (Yes, surfing counts).

SS: Best class? Well we have nothing close to surfing. We have a ballet class but I never took it. My best class would probably be my technology class I took, as nerdy as that sounds. But, it was SUPER easy and SO much fun. We basically played on MACs all class and made videos, took pictures, etc. But at the same time I learned so many awesome tricks and tips for using them in classrooms... so it was awesome.


From The Author: I’d like to give away an AGAINST THE WALL coffee mug and spiral notebook to one randomly chosen commenter here. There’s also an overall blog tour prize of a Kindle Fire that will go to one lucky commenter. Have a fantastic week!


Isn't that super awesome of her?! So make sure you comment and also enter the giveaway below! Good luck everyone!!

Cover Reveal: Broken Gates



Paperback
Expected publication: May 24th 2013 by Dragonfairy Press 
 ***Genre - New Adult Paranormal Romance
P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.
In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.
After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she'd have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?




First Book in this series



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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Prophecy Girl



Synopsis: I was born to slay Crossworld demons.

Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.

Then he shows up.

Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?

Wrong.

Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.





Cecily Cornelius-White, Psy.D. makes a habit of avoiding boredom whenever possible. She has enjoyed
careers as a hand model, GAP salesgirl, movie projectionist, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, university professor, artist, dance choreographer, eating disorders specialist, psych diagnostician, book reviewer and copy editor. None of which are as much fun as writing novels.

She currently lives in Springfield, MO with two FABULOUS kids, and a schizophrenic yet well-mannered cat. She can swear in Klingon, take down an alien aggressor using only her mind (or a pair of chopsticks), and kill giant spiders without getting schmutz on her shirt.

When not singing to herself, she spends time creating new worlds and thinking up ways to make this one better…



I just loved everything about Prophecy Girl. The story is really unique and I love how every turn there is something thrilling happening. Definitely never a dull moment with our lead character, Ami. Prophecy Girl is a book I instantly fell in love with. From the fast-paced, gripping story to the sweet and spicy main character, plus a beyond sexy love interest... there's nothing not to love.

I just loved our main character, Ami. Her name is gorgeous and I think it fits her perfectly. She's so defiant and hilarious. At the same time she's strong and unafraid of doing what's right. Watching her go for things, fighting for what she believes in totally sold me on her. Then there's Jackson Smith-Hailey. Oh, you sexy thing, you. Jack is everything you want in a lead male. He's got blonde hair, adorable banter, he's protective, strong... there's nothing to hate about him. At least, I couldn't find anything. Jack has always known his duty and he's content to stick with it, but when Ami gets thrown into the mix I just love how he slowly changes. Yet, at the same time he'd sacrifice everything for her. Gosh, I loved him. A+ on the love interest times ten!

This book definitely sucked me in from the beginning. I loved the idea is guardians and demons, plus throwing in vampires and werewolves, made it a fun and unique story line. There's awesome side characters as well, which is always a plus for me. One in particular was Luc. Even though he's the cocky, rich vampire, he definitely has a heart and a playful manner and I cannot wait to see more of him in the future! Overall, absolutely loved this book and will be impatiently waiting for the next one in the series!!


- 3 eBook copies of Prophecy Girl
- International




Tour Schedule:

3/25/2013            TheSoul Sisters
3/26/2013            Shortie Says (You're here!)

3/27/2013            ADream Within A Dream
3/28/2013            Musingsof a YA Reader
3/29/2013            SeeingNight Reviews
4/1/2013              ParanormalReads
4/2/2013              Talesof a Ravenous Reader
4/3/2013              ParanormalOpinion
4/4/2013              Emilie'sBook World
4/5/2013              MoosubiReviews!



Prophecy Girl by: Cecily White


Synopsis: I was born to slay Crossworld demons.

Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.

Then he shows up.

Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?

Wrong.

Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.




Thoughts: I just loved everything about Prophecy Girl. The story is really unique and I love how every turn there is something thrilling happening. Definitely never a dull moment with our lead character, Ami. Prophecy Girl is a book I instantly fell in love with. From the fast-paced, gripping story to the sweet and spicy main character, plus a beyond sexy love interest... there's nothing not to love.

I just loved our main character, Ami. Her name is gorgeous and I think it fits her perfectly. She's so defiant and hilarious. At the same time she's strong and unafraid of doing what's right. Watching her go for things, fighting for what she believes in totally sold me on her. Then there's Jackson Smith-Hailey. Oh, you sexy thing, you. Jack is everything you want in a lead male. He's got blonde hair, adorable banter, he's protective, strong... there's nothing to hate about him. At least, I couldn't find anything. Jack has always known his duty and he's content to stick with it, but when Ami gets thrown into the mix I just love how he slowly changes. Yet, at the same time he'd sacrifice everything for her. Gosh, I loved him. A+ on the love interest times ten!

This book definitely sucked me in from the beginning. I loved the idea is guardians and demons, plus throwing in vampires and werewolves, made it a fun and unique story line. There's awesome side characters as well, which is always a plus for me. One in particular was Luc. Even though he's the cocky, rich vampire, he definitely has a heart and a playful manner and I cannot wait to see more of him in the future! Overall, absolutely loved this book and will be impatiently waiting for the next one in the series!!

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Private Practice


Title: Private Practice

Author: Samanthe Beck

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 263

Release Date: February 2013

ISBN: 978-1-62266-788-8

Imprint: Brazen

Synopsis: He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify.

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind.

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn’t fall for Tyler first.




Sam was transfixed from an early age with any tale featuring a handsome prince, a great dress, and, of course, the all-important kiss, and eventually aspired to write her own happily-ever-afters. Naturally, she became a lawyer. The legal world heaved a sigh of relief a few years ago when Samanthe retired from law to take the plunge as a writer. When not living the glamorous life of a romance author (i.e., chained to her computer), Samanthe keeps busy with the care and feeding of her extremely patient prince-charming of a husband, a not-so-patient ball of energy known as their son, a furry ninja named Kitty, and Bebe, the trash talkin’ Chihuahua. Their love, support, and willingness to eat Pizza Hut three or more times a week enables Samanthe to pursue her literary dreams.




- Black or White?
Gray…and, trust me, there are WAY more than fifty shades!

- Tattoos or Piercings?
I’ll say tats, (although I only have piercings…and nothing that’s, like, soldered on).

- Mermaids or Unicorns?
I’d like the prescription that enables me to see mermaids riding unicorns, (Sadly, I think I have to go to Thailand to get it).

- Being Invisible or Being able to fly?
Invisible! Being able to fly is only half the skill. Being able to land would also be key.

- Going on a date: Bradley Cooper or Channing Tatum?
Um…Hubs hates it when I date. If I’m going to get in trouble, let’s make it worth my while and say both.

- Jeans or Sweatpants?
For him, jeans. For me, sweatpants.

- Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset…although I have noticed the tendency for a really good sunset to lead to a sunrise.

- Paranormal or Contemporary?
Contemporary.

- $400 iTunes gift card or free Starbucks for a year?
Oh, boy…that’s a tough one. I run on Zuma Beach several times a week, so the iPod is crucial, but I’m addicted to Starbucks as well. I’ll say iTunes because I really should cut back on the coffee.

- Anything else you'd like to tell us?
Once, during my first year at UCLA, this guy on my dorm floor asked me if I wanted to…oh, wait…let’s talk about the book! My debut novel, Private Practice, launched recently from Entangled’s super-smexy Brazen line! If you like small town, funny, very sexy, contemporary romance, I hope you’ll like Private Practice!


The thing with Brazen titles is I can always expect a strong MC, a sexy fella, and an amazing story line. Private Practice totally covers that and more. It's completely seductive with a strong female lead and a beyond sexy love interest and the story itself deals with hard work and difficult situations. Absolutely loved it!


Private Practice by: Samanthe Back

Synopsis: He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify.

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind.

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn't fall for Tyler first.


Thoughts: The thing with Brazen titles is I can always expect a strong MC, a sexy fella, and an amazing story line. Private Practice totally covers that and more. It's completely seductive with a strong female lead and a beyond sexy love interest and the story itself deals with hard work and difficult situations. Absolutely loved it!

I love how our MC, Ellie, comes back to her small town off the map for her father. Even though her father hasn't treated her the best, she still cares and I really liked that trait about her. And on top of that, she's such a hard worker. You can tell by the way she talks about "focusing" through medical school and then how running her business seems to come with ease. I adored watching her and Tyler grow to know each other.

Gods, I love Tyler! GREEN EYE ALERT! Aka, my favorite. Tyler is sexy as heck, he's a bad boy with a good heart, but honestly I don't see anything bad about him.

"...he'd stalked toward the door like a dark knight about to slay her dragon..."

Unf, yes. I love that he does construction not just that he builds things but that he takes things and restores them... places he actually cares about. He sticks up for his friends and protects people he cares about. I was totally rooting for Tyler as soon as he enters the story with a bullet in his butt. Totally love him!

I also love when characters surprise you. Melody was that character for me. I totally expected to hate her and ended up loving her in the end, which was a pleasant surprise.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Loved the opening, the entire story, and the perfect ending. If you're a Brazen lover like me, Private Practice will definitely not disappoint at all! It will easily climb into your heart and having you sighing in all the right places. Sexy, fun, and completely lovable!

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Excerpt + Giveaway: UNDONE



Undone (Unraveling 1.5)
By: Elizabeth Norris
Format: eBook
Imprint: Balzer + Bray


Synopsis: Before the accident. Before their universes collided. Before they fell in love.

Riveting and romantic, Undone: An Unraveling Novella contains three short stories set in the world of Unraveling, the first book in the gripping sci-fi duology by Elizabeth Norris.

Before Ben Michaels saved Janelle Tenner’s life, Janelle saved Ben when he stumbled through an interuniverse portal into a completely new world. That day, he fell in love with the girl of his dreams. And he never forgot her.

Through three stories told from Ben’s point of view, learn how Ben and his friends discovered their ability to travel between worlds, how Ben first met Janelle, and how he pined for her for years before he actually got the chance to meet her, save her life, and capture her heart. And find out what happens to Ben between the cliff-hanger conclusion to Unraveling and the beginning of its heart-stopping sequel, Unbreakable.



Buy it: Amazon / BN

*Also! Books of Wonder is hosting an exclusive Pre-order of    signed copies of UNBREAKABLE which includes an extra content book. Must order before April 23rd! Find it here!



- Excerpt -
We came home at night.
For a split second my lungs burned, my skin felt like ice, and then my knees hit concrete hard. Around me everything was dark, but it didn’t matter, because all I could see was Janelle. The wind moved through her hair, her eyes wet with tears, her hands dark with blood. Her voice echoed in my head: the quiet desperation in the way she said my name before I left her there. I held onto that moment, willed my mind to burn it into my memory. I didn’t want to forget what we’d just been through. I didn’t want to forget even a second that I’d spent with her.
It all had just ended in the canyon behind Park Village. Reid was dead. Janelle’s friend Alex was dead. And Eli and I had just left Janelle and portaled home. In the end, what we’d tried so hard to do for seven years, happened in an instant.
My throat was tight. My whole body ached. I didn’t want to leave her. I shouldn’t have left her, but I had to.
I pushed to my feet and looked around. We were in the middle of a neighborhood street, surrounded by dark sleepy houses.
“Where are we?” Eli said as the wind picked up.
I waited. At first I wasn’t sure. Square patches of lawn and small single family homes were everywhere. 
Then I heard the wooden wind chimes.
My chest tightened. That sound. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed hearing it. I turned around, recognizing the oak tree on my parents’ front lawn. It seemed somehow both bigger and smaller than I had remembered it: a tower outside my bedroom window.
“This is my house,” I said. As my eyes adjusted, I picked out the red bricks around the garage, the white front door, the blue aluminum siding, the black shutters on the windows.
“Holy shit,” Eli said. Then he laughed, reached over, and pulled me in a headlock. “This is your house!” he screamed.
A wave of excitement moved through me. This was my house. Those bricks were the ones I cracked my head against when I was seven. I had stolen Derek’s remote control car and he wrestled me to get it back. He pushed me and I fell. That front door, we had repainted it white with my dad. The oak tree was the same as the one I looked out at every night when I went to sleep, the same one I tried to climb. I had hung those wooden wind chimes after making them in school.
Nothing had changed.
I wasn’t sure how Taylor Barclay knew to send us here. Sure he was some high up Interverse Agent who was policing the universes, but I hadn’t expected him to deliver us right to my doorstep. The how and the why didn’t matter though. I didn’t care.
My parents were inside sleeping in that house right now.
I pulled away from Eli and jogged up the driveway. As I reached the front door, I paused.
“What are you waiting for,” Eli said, reaching out to knock.
I grabbed his hand. “We need to remember this moment,” I said. We’d waited for this moment forever, and now we were finally here. But not all of us. Reid wasn’t here, and no matter what he had done or how it had ended, he had been part of this. Janelle and Alex had been a part of it too. We wouldn’t have gotten here without them.
Even though it might have seemed ridiculous, we needed to pause and memorize these details. I wanted to be able to tell Janelle about all of it. She loved me enough to know I needed this moment, and I wasn’t going to lose that. Our goodbye wasn’t forever. I would find a way back to her. I knew that as much as I knew anything. We were both still alive. Just in different places.
I thought about Alex and Reid.
“Reid’s parents,” I said. I wanted to be able to tell them what this moment was like too.
Eli knew what I was thinking. “We can’t tell them what he did.”
I shook my head. We couldn’t. They deserved to remember him better than that. We could tell them this though. We could tell them that the night was silent, the darkness almost heavy as if the whole world was asleep. The only sounds were our own excited breaths.
I knocked on the door.
It wasn’t like in a movie. A light never flicked on. I didn’t know when she was coming. I had to keep knocking, and I had to knock hard, until my knuckles felt numb because of it.
Finally after what seemed like minutes I heard the locks click on the other side of the door.
A woman in a gray long-sleeved shirt and checkered blue and white pajama pants stood behind it. She was tall, her hair cut short around her head.
My mother.
Over seven years. Twenty six hundred and thirty seven days. That’s how long it had been. All of that time had added up to just one single wish: that I would get back to her, that I would see her again. I’d envisioned what she would say to me, what I would say to her.
In the end I didn’t need to say anything. She glanced at Eli and then back to me. Her mouth parted, her eyes widened, and she gasped.
I opened my mouth to explain, but she reached through the door, reaching out to my face, as if she wasn’t quite sure I was real. Then she started to cry.
I moved in, circling my arms around her, pulling her to my chest. She was smaller and thinner than I remembered. Her skin was soft and papery, and my chest contracted. Those seven years had been long for her.
When she pulled back to look at my face again, she shook her head.
I smiled. “I’m home.”





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Friday, March 22, 2013

Taken by: Erin Bowman


Synopsis: There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?



Thoughts: Let me first start out by saying that this cover is one of my favorite YA covers, ever. I absolutely love the tree, the colors, the reflection, the boy, the fact that the girl is running away. It's so haunting yet gorgeous. With Taken, I admit, it took me a little bit to get into this one. Something just wasn't connecting for me in the beginning but as the story moves along it's thrilling and filled with surprises I wasn't expecting. And by the end, I was needing to know what would come next.

Gray was a difficult character should I say. He's so very angry most of the time. But, underneath that he's strong and actually has a huge heart for things that matter to him. I love how he fights for what he lovesand believes in. Plus he has gray saltwater eyes... have to love that. Then there's his brother. For the short time we see Blaine, I absolutely love him. His mind and heart are always in the right place. The fact that he constantly plays the "big brother" and his fight for his daughter just melted my heart. I hope we see a lot more of him in the future.

Then there's the love triangle. On one side there's Emma. The girl Gray has loved since he was young. The girl who follows Gray into danger for him. The girl who Gray doesn't ever forget about and risks his life for. On the other side is Bree. Bree is rough around the edges. She's the hard one who doesn't let a boy weaken her, who Gray easily understands and gets along with. Between the two, I have to admit I was totally team Emma for almost the whole book until the very end. I wanted to kick Emma in the shins at one point. But then when the book ends I found myself still somewhat torn. So, I'm definitely curious to see how the romance will play out in book two.

With the writing, and this could just be me, but I felt as if it was geared towards younger readers. Yes, I know it's young adult but the main character is eighteen which is on the older side of young adult. I can't exactly pinpoint what felt off to me, just that thoughts of Gray just seemed way younger than they should have been. Granted, he did grow up very sheltered and of course then that could have been done on purpose. Remember, this is my opinion only but I just unfortunately wanted more.

I know my review may seem somewhat negative, but I promise you it's not. I actually enjoyed the book and the story. These four main character were very different from ones you normally read about. They all link and weave in unique ways and even if the story may seem "predictable" or "alike to other stories" to you, I honestly didn't think it was. It was very thrilling. What surprised me was that my emotions actually moved along with Gray's. I felt surprise and anger a lot through out the story just as he did. I love when an author can make you feel what their characters are feeling. Overall definitely an enjoyable book and I'm curious to see how the series will play out. Plus, I'm hoping for another stunner of a cover!

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -