Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (51)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

We're on to 2017! I *might* have a giant list of books I'm excited to read that come out in 2017. First on said list is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare! I fell in love with Lady Midnight when I read an advance copy back and February, and I've been dying for Lord of Shadows ever since! I wasn't expecting to love this series, but Cassie managed to blow my mind yet again! I can't wait for more Emma and Jules, more Christina, more Clace appearances, and most of all, more Kitty! If you don't know what Kitty is, read to the end of Lady Midnight and you will know. This ship had better sail!


The streets of Los Angeles are dangerous even for Shadowhunters as skilled as Emma Carstairs and her battle partner, Julian Blackthorn. Emma and Julian have slain hundreds of demons together, but their personal battles and desperate attraction to each other threaten their longstanding friendship, as does the presence of Julian s older brother, Mark. Mark was kidnapped by the faeries brutal and bloodthirsty Wild Hunt five years ago. He defied the fey to remain with his family, but the faeries do not relinquish a captive easily. 

With a new enemy on the horizon and a new mystery to solve, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear before it's too late.

Release: May 23, 2017

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Nerdy Halloween Costumes

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I am super excited for this, as I am a super nerd! The first few will be costumes I've done, and then I'll add costumes I like/want to do!

1. Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (I dressed up as Celaena, but can't find a good picture)

3. Tessa in her ruined wedding dress from Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

4. Twisted Alice in Wonderland (Again, I dressed up as this, with blood coming out of my eyes and everything, but I can't find a good pic)

5. Black Widow

6. Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

7. Scarlet Witch - It's an easy costume for a super cool character!

8. Captain Marvel - Noticing a theme? If I ever go blonde, I'm going to dress up as Captain Marvel for sure!

9. Aelin in her dragon dress - You may not know this, but I am a sucker for pretty dresses. What I wouldn't do to get my hands on the dragon dress Aelin wore in Queen of Shadows!

10. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blog Tour: Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter

Welcome to my stop on the Midnight Hour blog tour! Below I have some awesome teasers and a superb giveaway! Check back soon for my interview questions with CC Hunter herself!


Just because you think you might be in love with someone doesn’t mean you can’t admire another’s derrière.

When you lose your sister, you lose a part of yourself.

Love can make you do crazy things—like go on the lam with a guy wanted by the FRU.

Sometimes doing the right thing can hurt, but it’s still right.

If you can be anything, sometimes the hardest thing to be—is yourself.

Who knew that becoming a pink polka dotted elephant could save people you love?

Crawling under a dark, damp house with spiders and rodents is unpleasant, even when you’re a snake.

Being stuck between two guys is like being the white filling of an Oreo. And when you pull it apart, you’ll stick to only one wafer.

Some families have the occasional skeleton in the closet, other families have a warehouse full.

Sometimes the truth is sharp and jagged and can cut you.

Belief in yourself not only changes how you see yourself, but also how others see you.

Change can be both exhilarating and scare the crap out of you—all at the same time.

Some of us are born fighters and others need a little training.

Breaking up is hard to do!

There is a girlfriend code of ethics that shouldn’t be broken.

Parents makes mistakes, some of them are forgivable.  Others should have never become parents to start with.

Sometimes when someone says they are there to help you, it’s hard to believe—especially if it’s an armadillo.

Becoming who you need to be is sometimes more about accepting who you are.

Our decisions, the paths we think we should take are often paths that our parents guided us to follow.

Sometimes we need to stop and listen to our own hearts to know which road to take.

Sometimes the irritating tension between two people can end up to be a different kind of tension--one that involves the heart.

Sometimes the hardest thing to forgive someone is when someone you love puts themselves in a dangerous situation.  But sometimes when we do put ourselves in danger, we’re doing to save the same person who will likely never forgive us.

Even in the supernatural world, men are from Mars and women are from Venus.  We will never quite see things the same way, but it’s a lot of fun trying.

No matter terrible or horrific things stem from family linage, you don’t have to follow that path.  The sins of our fathers are not our sins to bear.  Our destinies are our own.

There is almost nothing that can’t be solved at a round-table-diet-coke discussion.

Graduation means saying goodbye. Graduation means leaving pieces and parts of our past behind.  But it is a passage that we must take in one of the first steps into adulthood.

If you don’t talk about problems in your relationship, they can fester.

Relationships are alive, they need to be fed, watered and given TLC to continue to flourish.

When you have to fart, make sure you sit next to a dog you can blame.

Sometimes a thing can start out feeling like a curse, but end up feeling like a gift.

A relationship is never fifty-fifty.  Sometimes you end up giving more and sometimes you end up getting more, but watching that balance is essential to keeping love alive.

There is such thing as the perfect apology.

Sometimes the people you respect don’t deserve it.  Sometime people use their status and power for their own good, or for the good of evil.

The past is meant to be overcome.  Holding on to hatred and grievances will keep you from finding the best future.

When one window is locked, use another.  But be prepared to face a pissed off vampire protecting her friend who purposely locked that window.

Ghost are a real B with an itch to deal with, but most of the time, they are there to save the day.

Sometimes it’s the most unlikely friends who can help save you.

Even when someone you love dies, you don’t give up.  You never, ever give up!


After captivating millions across the globe, the Shadow Falls saga reaches its final-and most unforgettable-chapter yet! Prepare to fall in love all over again...

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane's time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she's finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it - and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy - the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she's worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

C. C. Hunter brings The Shadow Falls saga to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale: Midnight Hour!

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Author Bio:

C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.

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Macmillan is running an awesome giveaway for some Midnight Hour swag! Go to the link to see how to enter!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Giveaway: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

It's giveaway time! I hope you're as excited as I am for this book!

About two weeks from now, the amazing Laurie Halse Anderson is going to be at Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh. And guess who else is going to be there. Me! I also happen to have an extra ARC of Ashes, which means it's giveaway time.

Here's the deal. The giveaway will run from now until the day before the signing, which is October 20. I will pick a winner and need a response ASAP! So be checking your emails right around then! I'll get the book signed for you at the event, and get it send out within the next week!

Sadly, this is US only. BUT! I will be giving away some assorted swag, including whatever swag I get at the event, and that will be international!

Before I post the giveaway, here's some info about Ashes, and the first book in the series, Chains!


Freedom for one, freedom for all?

That’s the question that burns in Isabel’s mind as she and Curzon forge on through chaos and fear toward the dream that’s kept them alive for so many years: freedom. But her dream of living not as a “runaway” but as a free person with land and a family of her own seems impossibly far away. That dream hinges on one thing: finding her little sister, Ruth. It’s been years since Ruth was stolen from her. Is she even alive? And if Isabel can find her, how will they make it safely through the war between the Patriots and the British that rages on as dangerously as ever, while bounty hunters try to kidnap them at every turn?

In the American Revolution, one must pick a side in order to survive. But how can you care about a nation’s freedom when the very same nation has kept you in chains?


If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight… for freedom.  Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel.  When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion.  She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off chains, both physical and spiritual.


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Street Team: Bound by Blood and Sand by


1. Did you put character traits from people know into your own characters?

Nah. I think it's partly that I'm writing fantasy, and people's personalities are shaped so much by the world around them and how they grow up - so it would be a bit trickier to apply the people around me to the world I'm writing. But that also just isn't really how I develop characters. I tend to be a plot-first writer, so I start with an idea and end up asking myself, "What kind of character would be the most interesting for this story?"

2. How do you beat writers' block?

Oof. Well, I have sometimes said that I don't really get writer's block - don't hate me! But I've found when I'm stalled, it's usually because either there's something majorly wrong with the story and my writer-brain knows it, but my conscious brain hasn't figured it out yet, or because I'm so drained and exhausted that I can't really pull the words out.

If it's the former, then once I realize that's what's going on, I grab one of my trusted critique partners and talk it out. That helps me identify what's gone wrong and start coming up with ideas for how to fix it. (Which sometimes means completely deleting and rewriting whole chapters.) Once I've got a fix for the problem, I can go forward.

But when it's the latter, I have to stop and ask myself - am I just having a day where I don't wanna? Or is something else going on? If I just don't wanna, well... I sit down and make myself work anyway. (And usually once I get going, things get easier.) But if there's something more going on - serious stuff in my life, like I'm sick, my day job has exploded, etc - I have to measure the urgency of the deadline against taking some time for self-care. If at all possible, I take a few days off to recharge or focus on whatever it is that's going on in my life. Usually once I've given myself some breathing room, I can go back to writing with renewed energy.

3. Given the choice, would you live in a fantasy or dystopian world?

FANTASY PLEASE! Those can also be pretty dystopian (I certainly think the world in BBB&S is) but hey, at least there's magic. In some of them you even get dragons.

4. With great power comes great responsibility. What superpower or magical ability would you choose to have?

Oh mannn... there are so many good ones out there, but at my core, I think it comes down to some kind of empathy or healing -- powers I can use to help people. (I was raised by a volunteer firefighter and a nurse, so our house was big on the helping, healing thing.)

5. Would you rather be stuck on an island with your favorite book, or own all the books, but not enjoy any of them?

Island please! My favorite book combined with some island sunshine sounds like my dream vacation, actually. Especially if we toss in a bright pink drink with a miniature umbrella.

6. What are some of your favorite books that you've read recently?

Haha, define "recently." But within the last year, let's see. My big Can't Miss YA Fantasy is definitely COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott. For 2016 debuts, I really enjoyed THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig and THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie.

7. What are some books from your childhood that still stick with you today?

I really came to love SFF as a kid by reading Bruce Coville (middle grade) - especially his MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN series. It starts out pretty light and fun, but by the end of the series, there are some reeeeally heavy themes and it shaped a lot of what I love about scifi in particular.

Then, when I was in about fifth grade, my older sister handed me a copy of Mercedes Lackey's ARROWS OF THE QUEEN, which I basically imprinted on like a duckling - I've reread that trilogy (plus tons of the other Valdemar books) ... uh, more times than I can count, really.

8. What made you pick a desert as your setting? Or did you know at the beginning?

I knew it was a story about a desert from the beginning - the very first piece of the book concept that came to me was that it was a desert society that depended on magic for its water, and that the magic was, for some reason, vanishing. I knew that was the big problem they had to solve before I knew why it was happening, what the solution would be, who the characters were, or anything else. The whole book was shaped around that idea, so the desert setting was always vital.

Thank you so much!

No, thank YOU!


Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.

Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.

But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever.

You Can Find it At:
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Author Bio:

Becky Allen grew up in a tiny town outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the website director of, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. Becky lives in New York City.

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