Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Fourth of July Update


To those in the US, happy Fourth of July! I'm sorry for so much radio silence recently! That said, you still have a chance to enter the big UtopYA Con giveaway I'm running! It's only a couple posts back, but here's a link as well. Hopefully the blog will be more active soon. I am going on multiple family vacations, so any posting will be spotty. But, I will attempt to be better!

I've been reading tons of books lately, and have lots of feelings about them, hopefully I'll get some reviews up soon!

If there's anything you want to see on the blog, let me know in the comments, on Facebook, or Twitter! I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Books I've Read in 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

2. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

3. Exquisite Captive/Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios

4. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

5. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

6. Trylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

7. Alienated by Melissa Landers

8. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

9. The Heir by Kiera Cass

10. The Duff by Kody Keplinger

10.1 The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

That might be slightly more than ten, but I loved so many books!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Major UtopYA Con Giveaway!


These past couple months have been CRAZY. At the beginning of May, I went to New York. Then, I was in a school musical. Next there was a combination of being sick and end of year stuff. At the end of May, I was gone from the internet for ten days on a school trip. Finally summer started. And last week, I was at the wonderful UtopYA Con in Nashville, Tennessee!

I met tons of authors, bloggers, and readers while there. There were cool panels on everything from gender stereotypes to finding a beta reader. I also collected tons and tons of swag. Enough to fill multiple tote bags. Being a blogger, I thought "I should give some of this to my readers." And so I am.

What exactly is in this ginormous swag pack? I'm glad you asked. There are bookmarks, pens, lip glosses, temporary tattoos, stickers, bracelets, post cards, buttons, magnets, and key chains! I'm also giving away a tote bag signed by all the authors UtopYA with the swag. Depending on the amount of entries, and how many repeats of things I have, I might also include a smaller swag pack.

In case you're curious exactly what this much swag looks like:


So yeah, that's a lot of swag. Below, you will find the Rafflecopter form. I've also listed a bunch of author information, so make sure to check them out! For younger readers, this swag is for YA and NA books.

Make sure to check out Utopia on the internet: Website Twitter Facebook

Giveaway:

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Author Info:

Alivia Anders - Website Facebook

Holly Anderson - Website Goodreads Twitter Blog

Tia Bach - Website

Colette Ballard - Website Facebook Twitter

Amy A. Bartol - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest Goodreads Tumblr

Christina Benjamin - Website 

Tammy Blackwell - Website Twitter Goodreads Facebook Tumblr

S. M. Boyce - Website Twitter Facebook

Stacey Marie Brown - Website

Susan Burdorf - Goodreads

Allie Burton - Website Twitter Facebook Wattpad Pinterest Instagram

Bryna Butler - Website  Twitter Facebook

Chris Cannon - Website Facebook Twitter

Kristina Circelli - Twitter Website 

Chanel Cleeton - Website Twitter Facebook

Elizabeth Tuttle - Website 

Katie Cook - Website

Kristie Cook - Website Twitter Facebook

Trevor H. Cooley - Website

Julia Crane - Website Facebook Twitter

Paige Crutcher - Website Twitter

Komali da Silva - Website Facebook

Erin Danzer - Website 

V.A. Dold - Website Facebook Twitter

Rebecca Donovan - Website

Megan Duke - Website Twitter

Helene Dunbar - Website Facebook Twitter

Jade Eby - Website Facebook Twitter

Stephanie Erickson - Website Facebook Twitter

Amy Evans - Website Twitter Facebook

Courtney Farrell - Website Facebook Twitter

Sherry Ficklin - Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads

Chelsea Fine - Website Facebook Twitter

C. L. Foster - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Rose Garcia - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram

Amber Garr - Website Twitter Facebook

Dina Given - Website Facebook Twitter

Sandy Goldsworthy - Website Facebook Twitter

Nichole Greene - Website

Chanda Hahn - Website Facebook Twitter

Benjamin Hale - Website

Rachel Harris - Website Facebook Twitter Tumblr

Teal Haviland - Website Facebook Twitter


A.G. Henley - Website Facebook Twitter

Delphina Henley - Website Facebook Goodreads Twitter Amazon

Brenda Hiatt - Website Facebook Twitter

Rachel Higginson - Website Facebook Tweet Pinterest Tumblr

Heather Hildenbrand - Website Facebook Fan Page Twitter Goodreads

Kim Holden - Website  Facebook Goodreads

Laura J. Howard - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

P. K. Hrezo - Website

Sheena Hutchinson - Website  Twitter Goodreads Facebook

Elizabeth Isaacs - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr

Inger Iversen - Website Facebook Twitter

Angelica Jackson - Website Twitter  Facebook

Ella James - Website

Nikki Jefford - Website Facebook Twitter

Katie M. John - Website Facebook Twitter

Alexis Johnson - Goodreads

Theresa Kay - Website Facebook Twitter Instagram

Alison Kemper - Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
Venessa Kimball - Website Facebook Twitter

Candace Knoebel - Website Twitter Facebook

Kunz, C. A./ T. A. Kunz - Facebook Twitter

Kunz, C. A./ Amanda Jason - Twitter Facebook

Kassandra Kush - Website Facebook Twitter

Anna Kyss - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Carlyle Labuschagne - Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads Amazon

Patti Larsen - Website

Evelyn Lederman - Website

Liz Long - Website Twitter Facebook Pinterest

Sonya Loveday - Website Facebook

Suzanna Lynn - Website Facebook Twitter

Caylie Marcoe - Website Facebook Twitter

B.L. Marsh - Website

Sharon Rose Mayes -Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Myra McEntire - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram Tumblr YouTube Goodreads

Christina Mercer - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Jo Michaels - Website

Amy Miles - Website Twitter Instagram Facebook

Gracen Miller - Website Facebook Twitter

Lauren Miller - Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest

Michele G Miller - Website Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Instagram Facebook

Nooce Miller - Website Twitter

Amanda Moon - Website Twitter

James Morris - Website Twitter

JoAnna S. Morris - Website

Brandy Nacole - Website

K. C. Neal - Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest
Corinne O'Flynn - Website Amazon Goodreads Facebook
Stacey O'Neale - Twitter Facebook Pinterest Goodreads Website

Brenda Pandos - Website Facebook Twitter

Casey Peeler - Facebook Twitter
Allison Pensey - Website

C. J. Pinard - Website Facebook Twitter

Eva Pohler - Website  Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Misty Provencher - Website Goodreads Twitter

Honor Raconteur - Website Facebook Twitter

C. J. Redwine - Website Facebook Pinterest Tumblr Twitter
Diane J. Reed - Website

Cameo Renae - Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads Amazon
Nadege Richards - Website Facebook Twitter

Kelly Risser - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Dan Rix - Website Goodreads Facebook Twitter

Lisa Brown Roberts - Website Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram

Bella Roccaforte - Website Facebook Twitter

Kallie Ross - Website Twitter

Mindy Ruiz - Website Twitter Facebook Instagram

Elizabeth Sharp - Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads Pintrest

B. J. Sheldon - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Emily Skinner - Website Twitter

Stormy Smith - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Chelsea Starling - Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest

Courtney Stevens - Website Twitter Tumblr Instagram Facebook Pinterest

Catherine Stine - Website Goodreads Facebook Twitter
Amy Leigh Strickland - Website Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest
Kristie Strong - Website Twitter

Heather Sunseri - Website Tumblr Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest 

Denise Grover Swank - Website

Laura Thalassa - Website Goodreads Facebook Twitter

Raine Thomas - Website Twitter Pinterest Facebook

Mary Ting - Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest
Mara Valderran - Website

Becca Vincenza - Website Facebook Twitter Amazon Goodreads
Ellie Wade - Twitter Goodreads

Rysa Walker - Website Facebook Twitter

Devri Walls - Website Twitter Facebook

Alexandrea Weis - Website Facebook Twitter

E. J. Wesley - Website  Twitter Facebook

Stacie Wilson - Website Twitter Facebook

K.D. Wood - Twitter

Morgan Wylie - Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads Amazon

Rebecca Yarros - Website Facebook Twitter

Tricia Zoeller - Website Twitter

If you've stuck with me this far, thank you. If you can, give the authors above some love. Be it adding their book on Goodreads or tagging them in tweet. I had loads of fun meeting all of them, and maybe in the future, I'll get to meet some of YOU! Next year's UtopYA is in Nashville again, and has been renamed as Utopia Con! The theme is "Fight for Your Write!" I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are over the moon about this Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE POWER!! THE POWER is a New Adult Paranormal being published by Spencer Hill Press, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Titan Series. It is being released on February 23rd, 2016!!

The Power - Cover

“You don’t know what I’m capable of.”

Official Description To Come…

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads

Don't miss THE RETURN, the first book in the Titan Series....

Synopsis:

The Return - CoverThe Fates are cackling their bony asses off...

It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
iBooks
Booksamillion
Goodreads

Author Bio:

Author Photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You Can Find Her At:
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Street Team: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

Sunday Street Team has apparently become Monday Street Team, as I cannot keep up with dates. I need to get better at this. I promise I will! But lucky for you, I have a special interview with the author of The Revenge Playbook!

Interview:


1. Is football your favorite sport? If not, what is?

YES. I love all kinds of football. NFL football (Falcons Rise Up!), College Football (Go Jackets!), and flag football (I played all through college and grad school). I went to nearly every Georgia Tech home game when I was in college (and I got to watch Calvin Johnson play, like, every Saturday because he went there at the same time as me. Yay Megatron!). My favorite game ever was when we beat nationally ranked Auburn in a major upset when we weren’t even ranked and had a freshman quarterback. The entire stadium was electrified, and everyone rushed the field after the game and tore the goalposts down.

To any Tech fans out there - what’s the good word?

2. Do you have advice for teens navigating high school themselves?

I think my advice for teens would be pretty similar to my advice for anyone. Surround yourself with good people. Someone who makes you feel bad about yourself more often than they make you feel good about yourself isn’t someone you should be friends with, isn’t someone you should be dating. Think really hard about how people act: Do I like the way this person treats me? Do I like the way they treat other people?

And when you find those good people, do everything you can to be a good friend back. I’m still best friends with the girls I met in college - I know we’ll be friends for the rest of our lives. Having these brave, brilliant girls be a part of my life is so important. We’ve been bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and held each other’s babies. We take each other to bars when someone has a break up and bake each other ugly cakes when someone has a birthday and throw each other epic going away parties when someone moves. We’ve been on Spring Break trips, camping trips, ski trips, more sleepovers than I can count. And when life makes me feel like I need someone to peel me off the floor, they’re the ones I call.

That doesn’t mean we never fought. But a fight doesn’t mean the end of a friendship. Apologize when you’ve done something wrong. Tell someone when they’ve hurt you. Don’t lose someone important because you were afraid to try.

Oh, and if a boy ever tries to keep you from spending time with your friends, he’s a jerk. Period.

3. Have you ever gotten revenge? How did you get it?

Mostly just in the silly sense, like when I was little and would get into water balloon fights/prank wars/snowball fights with my friends and cousins. Like, oh, we’re at the pool and you splashed me? Allow me to CANNONBALL right next to you.

There was this one time in college, though. I was at a frat party, and things were winding down, and people were heading home. I had just met this guy (who I was not interested in, but had friend potential). Some of my friends were talking to some of his friends. And then he says, “Hey! We’re all going to Waffle House! C’mon.” Something about the way he said it ruffled me a little - he said it like I didn’t have a choice. So, I was all, “Oh...No, thanks, I’m not really--”

And then he slapped me.

Right across the face. Not hard enough to bruise or anything, but it definitely hurt. I was so shocked, I think I all I said was, “Did you really just slap me?” And then he was making this annoyed face and leaving with his friends, and I was making sure all my friends were walking home with me because I DID NOT want anyone going anywhere with him.

I told my friends what happened on the way back to the house, and they were horrified. And then it got weirder. Because when we got back to the house, one of our other friends told us about how she had gotten slapped just last week at the same fraternity. We dubbed him The Slapper and decided he needed to be dealt with quickly and with vengeance. So, while he was no doubt feasting in pecan waffle heaven, we plotted his demise...I kid! We plotted how we were going to steal his fraternity shot glass from his room. It’s not like we put a hit out on him or anything.

A couple weeks later, we successfully stole the shot glass, and it was a magnificent and perilous adventure, and we were the best spies in the world.

When I think about it now, yes, we had fun that night, but did we do anything that resulted in him having any real consequences for his actions? No. And I think the girls in THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK have a similar realization. They have tons of fun spying on the guys and racing against them to complete the scavenger hunt - doing this stuff is what bonds them as friends - but they ultimately realize that changing things in their town is so much more meaningful than simply getting revenge.

4. Which of your characters do you most relate to?

There are things I relate to with all the girls, but Peyton is the most similar to me in personality out of all the characters in this book or any other book I’ve written. I’m tenderhearted like she is, and I get super nervous about meeting new people even though I really love making new friends. But even though our personalities are really similar, I gave her very different interests and life experiences.

5. If you weren't a writer, what do you think you would be?


A scientist! That’s my day job, and I love that I get to do diabetes research by day and write YA by night.

Synopsis:

In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.

Don’t get mad, get even!

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

Brimming with sharp observations and pitch-perfect teen voices, fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp tale—by the author of 17 First Kisses—about the unexpected roads that can lead you to finding yourself.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads

Author Bio:

Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she's also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of 17 FIRST KISSES.

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