Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Blitz: Guardian by Courtney Cole

Guardian RDL Banner
 
We are absolutely over the moon excited about the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's GUARDIAN!!! GUARDIAN is a YA Paranormal Romance, and a book close to Courtney’s heart. Not only is this fabulous book back in a big way, it's Courtney's birthday! To celebrate all of the awesome she is making a few select titles only .99 TODAY ONLY! Grab them all and thank us later.

Guardian


Synopsis:

Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. My name is Whitney Lane. I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy. I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there. Until one day, there was. Our world isn’t what we think. There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things. Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are. They’re very real, and they’re terrifying. I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true. There’s only one thing I know for sure. Nothing is what it seems.

You Can Find it At:
Barnes and Noble
Amazon
iBooks

Guardian Available now

Excerpt:

Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real.

Happy birthday to me.

I close my eyes and burrow into my pillow as I try to sleep, as I try to escape this life.

It’s a life I never thought I’d have, a life I most certainly don’t want.

I’m still feeling sorry for myself as the blackness of sleep finally overtakes me.

I don’t know what time it is when I shoot straight upward like a rocket. Something had yanked me from the oblivion of sleep, something loud and shrill scraping my window.

My room is completely dark and I glanceat my clock in confusion.

3:00 a.m.

As my heart pounds hard against my ribcage, I quickly scan every corner of the room.

In the last few hours, dark shadows had migrated onto my pink walls, but they’re familiar, nothing out of the ordinary, although in the night, they seem twisted and scary.

I remain motionless as I allow the sleep-induced fog to clear from my brain.

As I sit, I feel common sense and logic slowly returning.

Of course nothing had touched my window because my bedroom is on the second floor. Nothing can reach it. And there are no trees near enough to brush against it. It was just a dream.

It was only a dream.

I chant it silently to myself like a mantra as I consciously slow my breathing down, hoping that my racing pulse will soon follow. It was only a dream.

But just as I’m calming down, I hear it again.

A high-pitched shrill shriek, reminiscent of fingernails on a chalkboard, scraping down my window. I gasp and pull my feet up to my chest, which is when I notice the temperature.

I notice because I can see my breath.

Timidly, I blow a puff out again, watching the way my breath turns white in the air.

Holy crap. Oh my God.

What the hell?

The sound stops and stillness surrounds me once again, the silence so loud that it echoes in my ear.

Nothing moves around me, the shadows are perfectly still as they twist across my wall. They look like mangled fingers and arms and legs, but they don’t move.

My legs are weak and shaking, but I know I have to move. I have to move off my bed because it feels like something is under it. Something terrifying.

With a leap, I bound across the room, my feet hitting the floor several feet away from the edge of my bed.

The floor is ice cold, as though it had been covered in a blanket of snow.

I’m trembling as I race to the far wall and check the thermostat. Because that’s the only explanation. I must’ve bumped it earlier, I must’ve turned the AC way down.

But the luminous numbers stare at me in contradiction.

74 degrees.

It must be broken. It has to be broken.

My breath is coming in pants now, terrified, anxious pants.

My fear isn’t logical. I know there’s nothing here. I’m the only one in this room.

Or am I?

The air seems to push at me from all around, something dark, something heavy, something real. Something unseen.

My fingers shake, my legs tremble, and then all of a sudden, they can no longer support my weight. I go down like a pile of bricks, collapsing onto the floor. I lie still because I can’t move, because something seems to sit on my chest, holding me down.

The shadows start to move, to slither across the walls, to reach and pull and dance.

I struggle to focus, to see what it is.

But all I can see are the numbers on the thermostat suddenly moving, rapidly counting down from 74 to 20.

Twenty degrees?

The air is frigid as I suck it in, as I try to pull the ice crystals into my mouth so I can breathe.

All of a sudden, there’s a blackness in front of me. It hovers over me, a shapeless mass, sucking in the cells of the air, the atoms and the molecules. It’s darker than the blackness of my room, blacker than the blackest black.

Something is here.

With me.

“Dad?” I whisper in a white puff. Because what else could it be?

I reach out a finger to touch it, and then I can’t see anything else, because the darkness of it surrounds me, bleeding into everything else, even my vision. The shriek is back, screaming into my ears, bleeding into my brain.

Then there’s nothing.

To celebrate the release of GUARDIAN and Courtney's birthday the following books are on sale for .99, today only!

Author Bio:

HeadshotCourtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people. Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

You Can Find Her At:
Website

Giveaway:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School Books

It's that time of year again. Everyone is going back to school, myself included. In honor of that, I've decided to put together a post of books that feature characters either going back to school, or in school!

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani


Night School by C. J. Daughtry


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Marked by P. C. and Kristin Cast


The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Want YOUR Opinion

I've started two things. One, there is now a poll on the side of the blog where YOU can help pick what I read next. Mostly because I'm super indecisive unless it's a new release.

Second, is this post. Below will be a bunch of polls about different features on the blog. Please give me your honest opinion! I need to figure out what works and what doesn't, cause running a blog is hard y'all! I love it, but hard! Thank you for answering the survey and be on the lookout for more cool stuff in the future!

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

Thank you for answering the survey and be on the lookout for more cool stuff in the future!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (29)

 photo NewWoW_zpsd30de423.jpg

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

This week I am excited for two books. Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia and Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan! Both books look super interesting! I'm majorly excited for Unmade, since it's the end of the Lynborn Legacy trilogy, especially since the previous book ended on a cliffhanger! Reading, here I come!

Synopsis:

Unmade

Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.

Release: September 23, 2014

Forest of Whispers


Forest of Whispers final photo 18506004_zpsb3daba98.jpgRaised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

Release: September 9, 2014


Giveaway:

FOW Spell Kit giveaway photo 10609214_10202489859509937_601897168_n_zps54406942.jpg

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Tour: The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour! Read on for a review and interview with the author!

The Cinderella Theorem (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles)Title: The Cinderella Theorem
Author: Kristee Ravan
Series: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles
Pages: 367 pages
Release: March 17th 2014

Characters: Lily, her mother, her father (the Tub Man), 

I really enjoyed these characters. They are all so funny. Especially Lily. She thinks in mathematical terms, which makes for a VERY funny story. 1 funny girl + 1 funny family = loads of fun!

First Impressions:

I got this book in the mail back in July. I expected it to be okay, but it far surpassed my expectations. I picked it up and couldn't stop! I was laughing out loud the entire time!

Writing: 5/5 The writing is very original. I love the math talk, which I haven't seen before.
Plot: 5/5 Oh, this book was fun! Constantly moving from one insane thing to the next, I wish it hadn't stopped!
World Building: 5/5 The world building was beautiful. The author managed to create an entire fairy tale land out of other fairy tales. In the land, everyone has to be happy. It reminds me of Dorothy Must Die where Dorothy makes everyone smile.
Characters: 5/5 As I said before, the characters rock. Crazy things happen to them, and they brush it off like it's nothing.

This book was SO much fun! I honestly loved every minute of it. The romance was fleeting, but promised more. I can't wait for the next book!

Interview:

1. What helped inspire this unusual fairy tale story?

On my recommendation, my sister stayed up all night reading Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. (I recommended that she read it, not that she stay up all night.) The next morning, at breakfast she said, “You should write a book like that. Something with Cinderella.” My sister loves Cinderella.

So the idea of a Cinderella book was turning around in my head.

A few weeks after that, my college roommate confused two really well-known fairy tales in a casual conversation. My roommate also happened to be a math major.

Then the story stared clicking. What if someone who was clueless about fairy tales and loved order and logic found herself the future ruler of a magical (illogical) fairy tale kingdom?

2. When writing, do you like to listen to music?

Not really. I used to. When I was single and wrote all day, I would rotate through a huge stack of CDs during a writing week. But now, I typically write early in the morning while my family is still sleeping so I try to be quiet. If I do listen to music, I use Pandora and listen to either the Disney or the Praise and Worship station. If I’m writing or editing during the main part of the day, there is a lot going on, so music is something I turn off, so I can more readily be there for all the “Mama! Look at this!” moments.

3. What’s your favorite fairy tale?

I really like Beauty and the Beast the best because they actually spend time together and fall in love before getting married. I like that Beauty was willing to give up her life and her freedom for her father and I like that (in the original text) the Beast finds out about her character before she comes. He makes sure she is brave and willing to come. It’s a good message. You should find out what kind of character your potential mate has.

4. Favorite fairy tale character?

My favorite character might be Clever Manka. She uses her wits to help her father, which leads to her marriage. Then she uses them again to save her marriage. But every time she does so, she is careful not to be boastful or proud of her quick mind. This tale has a sweet ending, and also good advice about marriage.

5. If fairy tales were real, which would you NOT want to live in?

This is a fun question! I would probably not want to live in most of Hans Christian Anderson’s worlds. The majority of his tales end sadly—like The Little Mermaid. She doesn’t get to marry the prince. She turns into sea foam instead. He also has some bizarre tales, like The Red Shoes, in which disembodied feet dance around in red shoes harassing the heroine.

6. Any advice to aspiring authors?

Read! Read whatever it is you want to write. And make sure you write every day, or at least on most days. Writers write. Other people talk about writing someday, but if you want to be a writer—write!
Synopsis:


Fairy tales are naturally non-mathematical. That is a fact, and fifteen-year-old Lily Sparrow loves factual, mathematical logic. So when her mother confesses that Lilyís deceased father is (a) not dead, (b) coming to dinner, and (c) the ruler of a fairy tale kingdom accessible through the upstairs bathtub, Lily clings to her math to help her make sense of this new double life (1 life in the real world + 1 secret life in the fairy tale world = a double life).

Even though itís not mathematical, Lily finds herself being pulled into a mystery involving an unhappy Cinderella, a greasy sycophant called Levi, and a slew of vanishing fairy tale characters. Racing against the clock, with a sound mathematical plan, Lily attempts to save her fairy tale friends while proving that normality = happiness.

You Can Find Her At:
Amazon

Author Bio:

Kristee Ravan
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, "I want to be a writer when I grow up." She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected - in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Amazon

Giveaway:

5 copies of The Cinderella Theorem (print for US winners, ebook for international winners)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Stops:

11 - Launch

12
Kelly P's Blog
Coffee Books & Art

13
Bookworm Lisa
Shannon's Blog
Simplistic Reviews

14
Skye Malone's Blog
Wonderous Reviews
Mythical Books

15
Rockin' Book Reviews
Sarah's StoryLines
The Wonderings of One Person

17
Katy's Krazy Books
Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima

18
The Crazy Antics of My Creative Mind
My Devotional Thoughts
The Written Adventure

19
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Mel's Shelves
My Life, Loves and Passion

20
Katie's Clean Book Collection
Book Briefs
Deal Sharing Aunt

21
A Backwards Story
Little Lisa

22
Coffee, Books and Me
I Am A Reader
Dividing by Zero

24 - Grand Finale

Prism Book Tours

Calling for Reviewers!

We're looking for reviewers! You don't need a blog to sign up, but you do need to at least post a review on Amazon. Other sites (blog, Goodreads, etc.) are also appreciated. Reviews must be completed by the end of November. To sign up, please fill out this form.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...