Monday, January 27, 2014

ALAMW14


So this past weekend, I attended ALAMW14. It also happened to be my first conference ever, and I was pretty nervous, but honestly now I have no idea why I was. It's literally the best thing ever for book lovers. You get to see so many upcoming books, meet the publishers, network, meet and talk to tons of other bloggers and some authors, and of course there are freebies.

Overall, it was such an awesome experience and I'm really happy I went. I have to give a huge shout out to Hannah from Irish Banana, Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes, and Dee from Good Choice Reading who helped me through this whole process... I couldn't have done it with out them!

Some pictures? Of course why not! I definitely didn't take as many as I normally do though!




 The lovely Lisa and Lauren from Harlequin!
(L to R: Lillie, Lisa, Me, Dee, Jenna, Lauren)


Katherine Tegen from HarperTeen! :)
(L to R: Trini, Dee, Katherine, Jenna, Me, Lillie) 


All the amazing bloggers (and author!) I hung with at ALA :)

The awesome, hilarious author that I adore, AMALIE HOWARD signing Waterfell!


Myself holding Sweet Reckoning aka SO STOKEEEED.
(Photo creds: to the amazing Amalie)

And finally.... The book haul pictures.





Overall, amazing time! I loved every moment of it! I haven't decided on any giveaways yet, though I'm sure I will! So sound off in the comments... what's your favorite books you see here? Any you suggest I move to the top of my reading list?! Let me know! Heart you all!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Best Friends Forever


The Best Friends Forever Series follows the lives of Hazel, Cheyanne, Destiny, Miranda, Lexi, Audric, Nolan, Andre, and Roman as they attend college at Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each novella features a new point of view, but the series revolves around all nine characters, so get to know your new BFFs!!!








Release dates:
Liar, Liar: Feb 3
Knocked Up: Feb 4
Mall Rats: Feb 5
Terms of Endearment: Feb 6
Cruel Intentions: Feb 7
I Love You, Man: March 7
The 40 Year Old Virgin: April 4
Role Models: May 2
Risky Business: June 6






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Dawn Pendleton is a new adult author who began her writing journey in New England with her husband and their pup, though she recently moved to Georgia and promptly became a Southern Belle (or so she likes to think). When she isn't staring at a blank page, willing the words to jump from her head to the screen, she's usually playing on her iPhone, reading a book, or taking pictures with her fancy camera (which she has no idea how to use).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review - Fire In The Darkness by: Stacey Marie Brown

It's been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.

And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

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That ending... Ugh, killer! Three years?! Half of me wants to scream and the other half wants to jump Eli. This series just gets more amazing with this second installment. I absolutely can not get enough and wish the third book was already out! Fire In The Darkness reveals so many secrets, harbors so much angst and explosive moments, and of course is so deliciously sexy.

If it wasn't possible... I just loved Eli even more in this one. Torin is still a sweetheart, yeah, and loves Em but he just doesn't do it for me like Eli does. And, gosh dang on toast was Eli sexy as hell in this book! He's constantly fierce, and protective, and seductive, and strong, and just unf! No matter if he was fighting with Ember or not, I just love every scene he's in. Especially some peanut butter and some forest time ;).

Ember, yet another character and protagonist I just adore. I love how determined and focus she constantly stays and yet at the same time still feels remorse for the things she has done. I love that she can pack one heck of a punch and not let anyone step all over her.

There were so many pleasant surprises in this book and I was so gosh darn happy with them all, yet at the same time the ending kind of shocked me. It makes me nervous for book three, but I wish it was March because I need it now!!! Overall, I think this book was even better than the first! I absolutely love this series!

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Cover Reveal: KISS OF FIRE



Author Rebecca Ethington has given KISS OF FIRE a cover make-over! Check out the BRAND NEW COVER! It's beautiful!!!

Rebecca Ethington is also giving away a $15 gift card and a signed copy copy of KISS OF FIRE. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Blast: The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy


Got Dragon?

Get the entire P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy in a boxed set on sale from Jan. 22 through Jan. 29th

You may just find you like to get burned.


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The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy (#1-3)
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Cover Artist: Lindsay Tiry
Interior Book Design: The Eyes For Editing
Trilogy Logo Designer: Eye Of The River Media Design
Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fda5Eb

The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy anthology contains the following books:

~Hidden Gates (Book 1)~

For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.

To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.

As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

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~Broken Gates (Book 2)~

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?

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~Open Gates (Book 3)~

Bryn is gone. Jenna isn’t herself. And the world has been taken over by the alien Riders. The only constant in P.J.’s life is Khol. But even he might not be able to help her pick up the shattered pieces of her existence.

 P.J. finally gets the answers to all her questions, but will she be able to handle the truth? And will she be strong enough to face her own destiny when the time comes?

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About the Author

D.T. Dyllin is a Bestselling Romance Author who writes in both New Adult and Adult genres. She is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and also her local chapter, the MCRW (Music City Romance Writers).

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two spoiled GSDs.

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Something Great





She didn't know what she was missing...until he found her.

Maxwell Knight was dangerously good-looking, seductively charming, and definitely trouble. He was everything Jeanella Mefferd did NOT need now.

Fresh out of college, life was predictable and comfortable for Jeanella. She had the strength of her friends, the security of her job, and she was dating a reliable man; it was all smooth sailing. That was until one night, when she met someone who made her feel things she'd never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding, breathless heat.

Never imagining she would see him again, Jeanella has no idea what to do when fate steps in and thrusts Maxwell Knight into her life, just as things were beginning to change around her. When she lands her dream job and travels to New York for Fashion Week, can she focus on her career instead of on Maxwell?

Will she ignore all the danger signs and jump straight into his arms; or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?



YOU CAN READ THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERs  - HERE !!
SOMETHING GREAT available on Amazon and BN

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Something Great is just one of those feel good stories. One of those stories where even if you can sense what is coming, you still enjoy every exciting moment along the way. Of course it doesn't hurt that the story is deliciously hot, too.

I really love our protagonist Jenna... I mean she does have a great name *wink*. Honestly, I adored how innocent and sweet-hearted she was. Personally I think those are two great qualities to have in a person. With our lead male, Max... just oh yes. Max is hot, protective, sexy, hardworking, and just all of the above. He's a ladies man and he knows it. I just loved watching him fall for Jenna, especially because of how different they are. It was definitely a sweet and spicy romance.

Overall, really enjoyed this one. It almost makes me not want to read the next one because I really liked how it ended and a sequel always makes you nervous. Plus, I loved the family and fashion aspects of it! If you're looking for fun, sexy, good-feel read... this is it, definitely worth a try.
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M. Clarke aka Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

Website † Facebook † GoodReads † Twitter






Review - Something Great by: M. Clarke

She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.

Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.

Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?

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Something Great is just one of those feel good stories. One of those stories where even if you can sense what is coming, you still enjoy every exciting moment along the way. Of course it doesn't hurt that the story is deliciously hot, too.

I really love our protagonist Jenna... I mean she does have a great name *wink*. Honestly, I adored how innocent and sweet-hearted she was. Personally I think those are two great qualities to have in a person. With our lead male, Max... just oh yes. Max is hot, protective, sexy, hardworking, and just all of the above. He's a ladies man and he knows it. I just loved watching him fall for Jenna, especially because of how different they are. It was definitely a sweet and spicy romance.

Overall, really enjoyed this one. It almost makes me not want to read the next one because I really liked how it ended and a sequel always makes you nervous. Plus, I loved the family and fashion aspects of it! If you're looking for fun, sexy, good-feel read... this is it, definitely worth a try.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -

Giveaway: Facebook Romance Hop


Welcome to the FACEBOOK AUTHOR ROMANCE HOP!

Do you love discovering new authors? Well, this is a great way!

Over 30 authors have come together and are each hosting a giveaway on their facebook pages for readers!

Below you will find a linky list of author names. You can ENTER every contest!!!

Please read the links carefully. Some giveaways are US ONLY, US/CANADA, and INTERNATIONAL (INT). Also, the ones that are young adult are labeled (YA). Some are New Adult, and some are strictly for the older crowd. :)

This is a romance giveaway, so no matter that genre each book has some form of romance in it.

The giveaways are a mix of ebooks, paperbacks, ARCs, and gift cards.

Are you ready to have fun???

Get clicking!!!

Good luck!





Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Hightlight: Feudlings in Smoke



Title: Feudlings in Smoke
Author: Wendy Knight
Series: Fate on Fire #1.5
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: January 14th, 2014

Watching helplessly while your baby sister saves the world alone? It kinda sucks.
Will Delacour is one of the most powerful sorcerers to ever live. He’s Guard to the Edren Prodigy—his sister, Ari. But he walked away from the war, refusing to fight in a cause he didn’t believe in. He was deemed a traitor by the powerful Family, and now there’s a price on his head that leaves him trapped in a prison of his own making. And he can’t even tell the love of his life what she means to him because of the magical war that still controls their lives.
Instead of embracing his destiny, Will is forced to watch as Ari goes into battle over and over again, facing her enemies alone. She might be okay with it, but he’s not. He doesn’t believe in the war, but he does believe in her, and he knows his place is fighting by her side. Somehow, Will has to find a way to be there when Ari needs him , even if it means he forfeits his own life in the process.



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Ari pointed a finger at him, “Don't think I've forgotten that little stunt you pulled today. I'm debating over an adequate punishment.” She shoved herself to her feet, crossing the room and touching a finger to the spark of the doorway she'd left burning. The portal bloomed to life, and he could see the airway hanger, and the sport utility vehicle she'd affectionately named Beep, waiting for her. She stepped through, but paused just on the other side. “Will?”
“Yeah, baby sister?” he asked with a smile. She was going to tell him that he needed to lighten up, or that he wasn't allowed to lecture boys, or that she forgot his pizza, which she had, and now that he thought about it he was mildly annoyed, but she surprised him.
“You always say that you aren't there to protect me like you're supposed to. I think you don't realize something.” She tipped her head sideways, considering him while his mouth hung open. “You trained me, Will. Without that, I would die a thousand times before the Prodigy ever found me. And today, you stopped that e-mail. You don't have to be fighting by my side to protect me.” She cracked the barest hint of a sarcastic smile. “Anyway, I'm an uber-powerful warrior. I don't need a babysitter.” Her sarcastic smile turned sad. “I need a brother who reminds me that I'm not a monster. Who loves me and always has my back. Who reminds me that I still have hope. If not for you, I would be lost. Remember that, Will.”

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Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, etcetera, etcetera). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion may be. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing. 


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review - Darkness of Light by: Stacey Marie Brown

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

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There are some times when I'm unsure of what I want to read next, so I browse goodreads and amazon, and this time around I stumbled upon Darkness of Light. So I did what all us good bloggers do, I ran to goodreads and saw that the rating was fantastic and none of my friends have reviewed it, but I took a chance anyway. Let me tell you, I am SO glad I did because I absolutely loved this book! Once I got about 15% in, I could not put it down... I stayed up until 2:30am on a work night to finish! Yeah... just that damn good.

With Ember Brycin, I liked her as soon as we meet her. She's different and I don't mean as in just a loner, but she has two different color eyes, hair with red streaks and guess what, she absolutely doesn't care and I absolutely loved that about her. She definitely doesn't take anyone's crap and I could just bow down to her for it. Her relationship with Mark, I just adored too. I loved their easy banter and how close they were even though he's her stepdad.

On our boy radar is Eli Dragen. Unf. Two words: green eyes. That basically sells me. Oh, but wait, he's extremely tall (more hot points), shaggy hair, super protective, motorcycle, and well he's definitely a smart a$$... all of which well are panty droppers. I adored Eli and from what I have seen in book one between Eli and Torin... Team Eli all the way! He is just hot, hot, hot sauce!

It was nice that this was a NA book as well, yet it still involved school in a way which I adored. With that, the concept just kept me hanging on the whole way through. I kept guessing and assuming I knew what Ember was but I was anxious just along with our protagonist.

I had so many questions at the end... Like I cannot wait to see what happens with Torin, as I'm sure I am about to get a love triangle. I also think there's more to Kennedy then we see. I want to know what her tattoo means, eek, I love tattoos! I just cannot wait to jump into book two. If you are considering this book at all, do it! It's sexy, and fun, and so dark that it's right. I absolutely loved it!

- 5 out of 5 Splatters! -

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review- The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater

There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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I'm not sure I have ever felt so conflicted over what to say about a book. I wanted to love The Raven Boys so much, but it just fell short for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I kept waiting for it to pick up for me and it just didn't until about 70% through, and unfortunately that's a long way into a book. I will say the writing was done very well, which is what kept me going. The concept too of psychics and "treasuring hunting" (I guess you could call it) peeked my interest, but unfortunately the story just lacked what I was looking for.

I have to say my two favorite characters were the ones who I think weren't intended to be the front and foremost, and those were Ronan and Noah. Noah was broken, and adorable and funny and my heart just ached for him. Then, Ronan... I love his fierceness, how he's straight up with everyone, and yet he has secrets of his own and I just wanted to know them. With Gansey and Blue, I wanted so much more from them and unfortunately I just didn't get what I was looking for. Finally Adam... Adam was just Adam to me. I felt for him and wanted to hug him and then other times I wanted to kick him.

I absolutely loved everything about Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series, so many people raved (no pun intended) over The Raven Boys, and I admit the synopsis sounded so darn interesting, but the story just didn't do it for me. I just kept hoping it would pick up but it didn't until the very end and even then I found myself slightly confused. Unfortunately, and this is just my opinion, I feel like the story spent too much in a back story then actual action. Please, please remember this is just how *I* felt about the book. It in no way means I think it's a terrible book, because so many people did love it. The story just didn't peek my interest and I always want to be honest in my reviews. With that being said, I'm not sure I'll pick up the second book, but you never know!

- 3 out of 5 Splatters -