Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Spotlight: The Meme Plague


Memento Nora by Angie SmibertMEMENTO NORA
Marshall Cavendish, hardcover (April 1, 2011) (Also available as an audiobook.) ISBN13:  978-0761458296 ISBN:  0761458298
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TEACHER / LIBRARIAN RESOURCES:
Please see the Memento Nora website (www.mementonora.com) for the following:

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THE FORGETTING CURVE
Marshall Cavendish, hardcover (May 1, 2012) ISBN13: 978-0761462651 ISBN: 0761462651
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THE MEME PLAGUE
Skyscape, hardcover (August 13, 2013) ISBN: 1477816607 ISBN-13: 978-1477816608
It begins with the name JONAS W. on the side of a cardboard coffin—right before the funeral procession blows up. Then it’s the whisper in the back of Micah’s head: Your father betrayed his country. You can’t always trust your own brain. Not when you have one of the mayor’s mandatory chips in your skull. Micah knows that the chip developed by TFC (the corporation that runs the Therapeutic Forgetting Clinics) does more than just erase unpleasant memories—it implants new ones. The MemeCast warns citizens to “fight the hack.”
Micah and his friends have each lost something—a parent, a relationship, a home, maybe even their own identities as they remembered them to be. But together, they can make sure some things are never forgotten.
Election Day is coming, and Mayor Mignon is set to be elected to Congress. It’s time to build a new electronic frontier, one that’s not controlled by the mayor and his cronies. It’s time to get out the vote and shake up the system. It’s time to finally say enough.


About Angie:
Angie Smibert was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She grew up thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But she always had stories in her head. Eventually, after a few degrees and a few cool jobs—including a 10-year stint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—she wrote some of those stories down. 


She’s published many short stories, for both adults and teens. (You can read some of them on her website.)

Find Angie: Twitter / Facebook / Blog / Pinterest / Tumblr

Monday, August 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Witchling

Tour Schedule

Witchling ( Curse of Kin #1) by: Ari Harper
Series: Curse of Kin #1
Released: November 29th 2012
Publisher: Lycaon/Breathless Press
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis: Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland-or so she thought. Her world is forever changed when she discovers that she is descended from a long line of witches. To her horror she finds she is the one that is supposed to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her. As if that isn't enough, she must learn to use magic and her trainer is a man named Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches, and a god. It is Bones that has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn't be so bad if he didn't have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons. Can Nera learn what she needs while staying immune to the charms of the man that gets under her skin at every opportunity?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ari Harper never wanted to grow up. To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants.

Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.


Cover Reveal: Confined


Confined by Jennifer Snyder
Book 3 in the Tethered series
(New Adult/Mature Young Adult: Contains sexual situations, language, underage drinking, and violence.)

Coming October 1, 2013

Sometimes the things in life that seem to confine us most are often the ones that save us…

To Addison Harmon becoming initiated appeared to hold the answers to her every problem—all except what she would do after, when the tether was finally broken. But when the after Addison imagined isn’t the one unfolding before her, she finds herself tangled even further in a web of secrets, lies, and betrayal.

It’s not until Addison is captured by the last person she ever suspected would betray her that she’s forced to rely on herself for survival.

Questions will be answered. Trust will be misplaced. And hearts will be broken.


Books 1 & 2 in the Tethered series:



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About the Author


Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.




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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Apollo Academy

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Welcome to my stop on THE APOLLO ACADEMY BLOG TOUR!
For the full tour schedule click here.  



THE APOLLO ACADEMY:
As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wantsóclothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packedstory of love, discovery, and survival.

ON SALE NOW!
Available at Amazon, BN, and iTunes



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BOOK TRAILER:






About the author:
Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, andólet's not forgetókissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.
Find Kimberly here:

- REVIEW -

Let me just start off by saying that I absolutely, completely LOVED this book. I don't exactly remember how I got involved in this book tour, but I'm one of those bloggers who actually reads and looks at every offer I get. I take chances on indie books and books from non-huge publishers and I am SO glad I took a chance on The Apollo Academy. The Apollo Academy is everything a new adult book should be. It's thrilling, filled with drama, and completely sci-fi-tastic! Oh, and don't forget the romance... there's plenty of that too.

Aurora Titon is famous. She's Collin Titon's daughter, which means she's the hieress to the famous Titon Technologies. Everyone knows her face, but Aurora could care less. She doesn't want the attention or the fame or the company. All she wants to do fly and get into the Apollo Academy. Aurora gets her dream come true and her best friend Kaylana, plus two sexy guys, Zane and Sky are by her side every step of the way. Quickly after she arrives, the academy starts to deal with issues that Aurora could have never imagined. Everyone has secrets and unfortunately Aurora is in the middle of it all and she'll have to figure it out fast or it could mean her life.

Let me first start off by saying that this book switches view points which I absolutely love in a book. At first it starts out with just Aurora and Zane, but then Kimberly Chase throws in Sky's POV as well and I was like heck yeah! The writing was very well done, and I loved every twist and turn. I really liked Aurora as a main character as well. She definitely grows throughout the book into a stronger person and I love seeing that. I also loved how Kimberly P. Chase mixed new adult in with romance, drama, and a good sci-fi. Looking at all the futuristic technology and flying aspect was definitely awesome.

So lets get to the part everyone wants to hear about... the fellas. You know a book is always that good when you can't pick one boy over the other. Lets start off with Zane. Zane is nineteen and an unknown, which means technically he doesn't have an identity and unknowns normally are not good people. Zane is a tech-wiz though. He's super smart and with his ink black hair and gray eyes... super sexy as well. Zane fights hard to get into the academy to finally fight for a life he deserves. I loved this boy as soon as I met him! Than, on the other side is Sky. Sky is the academy's twenty-two year old star pilot and he's been selected to help train the new cadets. At first Sky comes off as the cocky jerk off, and he definitely has it out for Aurora. Sky has the build, blonde hair blue eyes all-american thing going on for him. I admit first, I was like okay this guy is a jerk but I knew there had to be a reason and as the book went on, I ended up falling for him too. In the beginning of The Apollo Academy, I was all team Zane but then as I got farther in I started to lean towards Sky and then back at the end I just couldn't choose again. As of right now, I absolutely ADORE both boys. I personally think Aurora belong with Zane, but for me I'm currently leaning towards Team Sky. Both boys sacrifice and do a lot for Aurora and you cannot help but love them both.

It's funny, because you really can't judge a book by it's publisher, cover, or even synopsis because I was so absolutely impressed with The Apollo Academy. I read the synopsis to this book and it interested me, but I never thought that I would get so captivated and caught up in it as I did... then again, I am definitely a sic-fi, new adult type of girl. But, I absolutely loved this book. It's definitely made it's way onto my favorites lists and I cannot wait for book two which is hopefully releasing early next year. If you think this book sounds interesting at all, I say definitely take a chance on it because I loved it.


- GIVEAWAY -



Apollo Academy by: Kimberly P. Chase

Synopsis: As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packed story of love, discovery, and survival.


Thoughts: Let me just start off by saying that I absolutely, completely LOVED this book. I don't exactly remember how I got involved in this book tour, but I'm one of those bloggers who actually reads and looks at every offer I get. I take chances on indie books and books from non-huge publishers and I am SO glad I took a chance on The Apollo Academy. The Apollo Academy is everything a new adult book should be. It's thrilling, filled with drama, and completely sci-fi-tastic!

Aurora Titon is famous. She's Collin Titon's daughter, which means she's the hieress to the famous Titon Technologies. Everyone knows her face, but Aurora could care less. She doesn't want the attention or the fame or the company. All she wants to do fly and get into the Apollo Academy. Aurora gets her dream come true and her best friend Kaylana, plus two sexy guys, Zane and Sky are by her side every step of the way. Quickly after she arrives, the academy starts to deal with issues that Aurora could have never imagined. Everyone has secrets and unfortunately Aurora is in the middle of it all and she'll have to figure it out fast or it could mean her life.

Let me first start off by saying that this book switches view points which I absolutely love in a book. At first it starts out with just Aurora and Zane, but then Kimberly Chase throws in Sky's POV as well and I was like heck yeah! The writing was very well done, and I loved every twist and turn. I really liked Aurora as a main character as well. She definitely grows throughout the book into a stronger person and I love seeing that. I also loved how Kimberly P. Chase mixed new adult in with romance, drama, and a good sci-fi. Looking at all the futuristic technology and flying aspect was definitely awesome.

So lets get to the part everyone wants to hear about... the fellas. You know a book is always that good when you can't pick one boy over the other. Lets start off with Zane. Zane is nineteen and an unknown, which means technically he doesn't have an identity and unknowns normally are not good people. Zane is a tech-wiz though. He's super smart and with his ink black hair and gray eyes... super sexy as well. Zane fights hard to get into the academy to finally fight for a life he deserves. I loved this boy as soon as I met him! Than, on the other side is Sky. Sky is the academy's twenty-two year old star pilot and he's been selected to help train the new cadets. At first Sky comes off as the cocky jerk off, and he definitely has it out for Aurora. Sky has the build, blonde hair blue eyes all-american thing going on for him. I admit first, I was like okay this guy is a jerk but I knew there had to be a reason and as the book went on, I ended up falling for him too. In the beginning of The Apollo Academy, I was all team Zane but then as I got farther in I started to lean towards Sky and then back at the end I just couldn't choose again. As of right now, I absolutely ADORE both boys. I personally think Aurora belong with Zane, but for me I'm currently leaning towards Team Sky. Both boys sacrifice and do a lot for Aurora and you cannot help but love them both.

It's funny, because you really can't judge a book by it's publisher, cover, or even synopsis because I was so absolutely impressed with The Apollo Academy. I read the synopsis to this book and it interested me, but I never thought that I would get so captivated and caught up in it as I did... then again, I am definitely a sic-fi, new adult type of girl. But, I absolutely loved this book. It's definitely made it's way onto my favorites lists and I cannot wait for book two which is hopefully releasing early next year. If you think this book sounds interesting at all, I say definitely take a chance on it because I loved it.

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Friday, August 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Made To Forget


- Character Teaser: NOAH -

His eyes found mine, locking me inside his gaze. “You weren’t safe anymore. They knew you were remembering and that I was nearby. I had to bring you here.”


Oh, la la... intriguing!


Made To Forget by: Samantha LaFantasie
Links: Amazon | BN | Goodreads

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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About The Author: 
A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.

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.

Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Authors Are Rockstars: Heather Anastasiu


- The ROCKSTAR -

If you've been by my blog recently you know I've had a hard time being on the internet as much as I used to. Dealing with personal matters is never quite as fun as all the drama on TV makes them look... I promise. I've just kind of been avoiding everything. But, alas I am hopping out of my hole to talk about one lovely author today and that lovely author is none other than Heather Anastasiu.



If I think back, I think the first time I really heard of Heather's books was when I got an e-mail to be apart of the "Glitch" blog tour. As soon as I saw the cover I was literally like "DANG I HAVE TO BE APART OF THAT". The cover was purple and glowing and beautiful and I was so intrigued that I just couldn't resist! I'm so glad I didn't resist either, because I instantly fell in love with the series and the characters. I just HAD to have the next one, so when I got another invite for the second book in the series, Override, well I jumped on it.

I came to find that Override blew me even more away than the first book in the series. That I just became that more in love and invested in the world I first fell in love with. But, also with the Override tour I got to interview Heather. I feel like with every blog tour I've done with Heather (including this one) she seems so willing to do whatever. So awesome when working with the tour hosts, and that (I know) is always SO appreciated as a blogger. Any who, during my interview (which you can find here) with Heather I found that we have a few things in common we both LOVE music (heck to that yeah) and that we both love Ariel (The Little Mermaid, duh!). So of course Heather scored major awesome-sauce points with me there! Music and disney awesome queens FTW.



Though I was invited to the Shutdown tour (you know, the final book in the series I was eagerly, I mean dying, waiting for), that was around the time I started to slowly become a failure in the blogging world. I still absolutely love this series and Heather. I'm finally (kind-of) reading all the time again and believe me when I say Shutdown is high up on my TBR list because I NEED to know how it ends. Then I will most likely fall into that sad-I-don't-want-this-series-to-end-why-the-heck-did-I-finish-it book sadness that we all experience when we end a series we love.

Overall, I hope I did Heather justice in this post because I think Heather Anastasiu is a fantastic author all around: writing wise and person wise plus I mean she has the most awesome color hair EVER. I'm extremely happy she made it onto the rockstar list because she SO deserves it. I hope we get lots more amazing books out of her and if you haven't read the "Glitch" series well GO GET 'EM! I loved them and I'm sure you all will too!

- The Interview -

- What are you working on now that the Glitch series is finished?

I’m working on a couple things. I’ve finished a contemporary horror romance novel that has Beauty and the Beast vibes, that hopefully I’ll have more news on soon. And I have a couple other ideas on the burners that are still in the developmental stage.

SS: Horror? Romance? Beauty and the Beast? All in the same sentence?! WIN WIN!!

- Who was the one character that you had the hardest time saying goodbye to?

Probably Adrien. I sure put him through the wringer in this series, and by the end, he’d grown and changed so much and I still want to give him a giant hug.

SS: OH MY ADRIEN. *hugs and squeezes him*

- When you’re not writing what do you do in your free time?

READ. Seriously. All I do is read. It’s just been a freak trend this year, I barely watch TV, I just sit down for hours every evening and read. Yes, thus is the extravagant and glittering lifestyle of being a writer in the off hours. Me, the couch, and a good book! Oh and I like country drives. It’s scintillating stuff, people.

- Who are some authors you consider Rockstars?

Ooo, so many! Top contenders are Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. I always have to devour every book each of them writes as soon as it comes out. Lately I’ve also been really digging Jennifer Donneally’s historical fiction and also Colleen Hoover’s NA stuff.

SS: Thanks so much for stopping by, Heather!! :)

- The Author - 


Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.


- The Books -

Clicking the cover will take you to their Goodreads page!


Check out my reviews of GLITCH And OVERRIDE!

- The Giveaway -

Because I really love this series I'm going to giveaway one eBook copy of GLITCH (book #1 in the series). If you have already read GLITCH and you'd rather have Override or Shutdown, I'm okay with that too. Just let me know what one book you haven't read yet!

- The only requirement is only enter if you can accept books from Amazon or BN, because I will be gifting the book from one of those two websites if you win.

Good luck!