Friday, August 19, 2016

Sunshine Blogger Award Book Tag


Thanks to Audrey Greathouse for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This fun chain-letter project is designed to honor the bloggers that bring the most sunshine into our lives, and consists of eleven fun questions that nominees must answer before they design their own questions and nominate up to eleven other bloggers that bring sunshine into their social media feed!

Rules:

Name and link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write (or borrow/steal) eleven questions for them to answer.

1. If you could wake up tomorrow with a world-class mastery of any talent or skill, what would you pick?

I can't decide between playing the piano, having actual artistic talent, or some athletic thing. I can play basic piano, but I love it and would love to just instantly know it all. I'm super passionate about art, but absolutely stink at it. It doesn't help that my friends are art masters. I used to be super good at soccer, but I don't play anymore. It would be nice to be super good at a sport so I'd have some extra motivation

2. What is the most delicious dish or food-combo you’ve ever invented?

Everyone else I know thinks it's disgusting, but here it is. My grandmother makes big breakfast every once and a while. This consists of eggs, bacon, biscuits, and two delicious gravies - sausage and chocolate. While everyone else uses one or the other, I mix the chocolate and (veggie) sausage gravy. This is a wonderful sweet/savory mix and is DELICIOUS!

3. What is one of the best dreams you’ve ever had at night?

I don't know about best, but I once had one that involved Wizards of Waverly Place...
4. What musical instrument best represents your personality?

My dad says oboe. I'm thinking piano, since that's the instrument that draws me in and I connect with.
5. If you could live in any fictional world, which world would you want to live in?

Probably the Throne of Glass world once Aelin is queen and everything is fixed!
6. What is one thing you do that you’ve never met anyone else who does it?

I put together sea turtle adoption packets for my dad's non-profit seaturtle.org!
7. Would you rather A) travel the world in a year-long vacation BUT not be able to talk with or communicate with anyone you meet OR B) Get invited to a different party every week, hosted by and attended by interesting people from all over the world BUT never be able to leave your country?

I can't decide. A sounds pretty good, but I'm a homebody. In B I'd get to meet cool people but I'm in no way a party person. As long as I could bring my book, I'll go with B.
8. What is something you always thought you’d know how to do by now, but still haven’t learned?

Do math in my head. I take a bunch of advanced math classes, but I still have to count on my fingers sometimes *cough*often*cough*.
9. If you could go on a transcontinental roadtrip with anyone, living or dead, who would you want to be your roadtrip buddy?

I can't decide! There's so many people I admire, but I'm also super awkward around people I don't actually know. That said, I think I'd want to take Sarah J. Maas, Jackie Emerson, and my puppy dog Rosie!
10. Who is one seriously underrated artist you wish everyone knew about?

I don't know if she's underrated, but Nathalia Suellen (who does the artwork for the Splintered series by A.G. Howard) is awesome!
11. What would the title of your autobiography or memoir be?

Calling My Teacher Mom, Skipping Events for a Good Book, and Other Tales

As far as questions go, I'm gonna have everyone I nominate answer the same questions I did! Feel free to make up your own as well!

I tag:

Nova @ Out of Time
Jackie @ No Bent Spines
Heidi @ YA Bibliophile
Hafsah @ Icey Books
Mel @ The Daily Prophecy

If you haven't been tagged and haven't done it before, feel free to tag yourself or answer the questions in the comments!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This or That Book Tag

Thank you Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger for tagging me! The This or That Book Tag was originally created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks. Now, let’s go!

The Rules:
Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
Thank the blogger who tagged you!
Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

1. Reading on the couch or in the bed?

Usually I read in bed, but I've recently been reading on the couch to watch the Olympics!

2. Male main character or female main character?

Female main characters all the way! I love me some Aelin/Feyre/Clary/Rose/etc!

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks?

Is it cheating if I say sweet and salty? This chocolate covered pretzels.

4. Trilogies or quartets?

I'm happy either way, but tend to read more trilogies. But if I love the series, I want it to go on forever!

5. First person POV or third person POV?

I prefer first person, but am happy reading both!

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

I am a solid night owl! I am not a morning person. At all.

7. Libraries or bookstores?

I love my local library (I've volunteered there in the past), but I now work in a bookstore and get most of my books there!

8. Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

I would much prefer to laugh! If I know a book's going to make me cry I almost always avoid it.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?

Black book covers tend to be more interesting, so black book covers!

10. Character driven or plot driven stories?

Plot driven! I think my problem with contemporary books lies in the fact that they are almost all character driven, which is just too easy for me to predict.

I tag the following blogs! If you’ve already completed this tag, send me your link and I’d love to read it! If anyone not tagged wants to do this, feel free to do it, too, and send me your link after!

Nova @ Out of Time
Jackie @ No Bent Spines
Hafsah @ Icey Books

If you aren't tagged and haven't done it yet, feel free to tag yourself or leave your responses in the comments!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Book Blitz: The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent



I am super excited to be a part of this pre-release blitz to help spread the word that THE FLAME NEVER DIES, the second book in Rachel Vincent’s The Stars Never Rise series, is releasing on August 16th!

For those that are already caught up on this series, the wait is (almost) finally over! For those that haven’t yet met Nina Kane or discovered the dark and dangerous world she lives in, there’s still time to catch up - and a really sweet deal (details below) that will make you want to move this series to the top of your reading pile!

Scroll down to learn more about THE FLAME NEVER DIES and THE STARS NEVER RISE, the author, Rachel Vincent, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardback set of these two amazing books!

And for even more peeks at the fab content being shared throughout the blitz - shareable quotation graphics, excerpts and an interview - look for other blogger participants now through August 15th on social media #TheFlameNeverDies.

AND...

THE STARS NEVER RISE goes on sale!

In anticipation of the upcoming release of THE FLAME NEVER DIES, the publisher is dropping the price for the eBook version of the first book in the series - THE STARS NEVER RISE! So if you haven’t yet discovered this series, now is the perfect time!

Please note that at the time of this post some stores may not yet have updated their sites to the promotional pricing. If they haven’t, be sure to check back for this awesome not-to-be-missed deal!
  
Title: The Flame Never Dies
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: The Stars Never Rise #2
Release: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Synopsis:

For fans of Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead comes the unputdownable sequel to The Stars Never Rise, a book Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, called “haunting, unsettling, and eerily beautiful.”

ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon

Quotes:

Check out just a few of the ahhh-mazing quotes from THE FLAME NEVER DIES! Feel free to grab and share them on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or other social media outlet using #TheFlameNeverDies!


Title: The Stars Never Rise
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: The Stars Never Rise #1
Release: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook***

***See above for details on the promotional pricing of the eBook

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iTunes
Indiebound
Google Play
Kobo
Goodreads

Author Bio:

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Blog
Twitter
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Facebook
Instagram
Goodreads

Giveaway:

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…

ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED hardback set of THE STARS NEVER RISE + THE FLAME NEVER DIES

Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 14th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below...

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Double Cover Reveal: The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon and The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers


Let us know what you think of the covers for The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon and The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever, #1) by Melissa Chambers!

The Boyfriend Bet (Boyfriend Chronicles, #2) and The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever, #1) both release on August 22, 2016

These cover reveals are brought to you by Entangled TEEN, YA Interrobang, and YA Books Central!


Synopsis:

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after school detentions, and gambling on the side.

Warning: Betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.
Want to Read More? Pre-order The Boyfriend Bet (Boyfriend Chronicles, #2) Today!
You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Author Bio:

Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Entangled Author Page


Synopsis:

Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.

Chloe Stone’s life is a hotmess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way.Problem is, Chloeis everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…

Want to Read More? Pre-order The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever, #1) Today!

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads

Author Bio:

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She’s a member of RWA including several local and online chapters thereof. She holds her B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee.

You Can Find Her At:
Website

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Double Cover Reveal: Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy and Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas


Let us know what you think of the covers for Daring the Bad Boy and Keeping Her Secret (Endless Summer Series) by Monica Murphy and Sarah Nicolas (respectively)!

Daring the Bad Boy & Keeping Her Secret both release on August 22, 2016

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN, YA Books Central & LGBTQ Reads!


Synopsis:

Truth or Dare was never this much fun…

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions…but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart.
Want to Read More? Pre-order Daring the Bad Boy (Endless Summer Series) Today!

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads

Author Bio:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Entangled Author Page


Synopsis:

Two girls, one kiss, one summer of discovery. All’s fair in love and summertime prank wars.

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.

Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.
Want to Read More? Pre-order Keeping Her Secret (Endless Summer Series) Today!

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Author Bio:

Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author. She lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Sarah writes YA novels as Sarah Nicolas and romance under the name Aria Kane. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing volleyball or drinking wine. She is a contributor for Book Riot and at YAtopia.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
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