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FBI Agent, Eden Collins is going home...to catch a killer!
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Tawny Weber's Call to Honor Release Event

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Amanda Hocking's dazzling new read FREEKS, now available!

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.
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Sneak Peak of Second Circle Tattoos Spinoff: Jordan Reclaimed!

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Monday, April 30, 2012

{Review} First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

First Comes Love

By Katie Kacvinsky
Publication Date: May 8 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (
Pages/Format: 208; Hardcover & e-book
Source: ARC (Publisher); HC (Author)

Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Gray is numb. With his family falling apart from tragedy and all his hopes and dreams crushed, he lives a monotonous life. So, what’s a guy to do when a quirky, optimistic girl blocks his path and cajoles him into personal tour guiding? He uneasily pushes through grief and explodes into a world full of feeling and learns how to really live.

First Comes Love awakened the butterflies in my heart, mind, and soul. Not one person who reads this story can say they are untouched by Katie Kacvinsky's ability to put life into her creation. Readers will fall hard and fall fast for Dylan and Gray while rooting for their love to reach its full potential.

“You leave a longer impression when you’re brave enough to stand out.” ~Dylan

Katie Kacvinsky unleashes a carefree girl whose outlook on life is infectious. Dylan is not just a female lead to be admired, but someone who can really brighten anyone’s day with each unique thought. Dylan is confident and a force to reckon with.

“People try so hard to be accepted, they turn into a walking stereotype.” ~Gray

Gray, with his enigmatic personality, is the king of snark. Despite his unreasonable attitude, his observations of life and Dylan are realistic. His attitude is what you’d expect from a rebellious teen who hates the world, but he gives off humorous vibes that will have you smiling days after you’ve finished reading the story.

Gray and Dylan. Dylan and Gray. Theirs is a story you’ll never want to end, but when it does you’re left with a soaring heart and mile wide grin.

Connect with Katie: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (1): Trylle Trilogy, Blood and Shadow, & Caterpillar

I've chosen to show off all by book goodies through this cute new meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

My mailbox has been gratefully busy this week! A lot of prizes I recently won have come in and I'm super excited to show them off!! I finally have my first completed book series, thanks to my purchasing books 2 and 3 of the Trylle Trilogy. I am very ecstatic! Here's what I received and feel free to link me to your posts. :)

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Friday, April 27, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland


The Summer My Life Began

By Shannon Greenland
Publication Date: May 10, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing
Imprint: Speak
Source/Format: Netgalley

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. 

When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too.

And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.



Shannon Greenland’s contemporary YA novel, The Summer My Life Began, highlights the importance of family and forgiving. With a generous dash of romance and healthy layer of optimism, fans of Sarah Dessen’s novels will enjoy its relaxed pace and emerging lead female.

Elizabeth Margaret’s life is all mapped out for her. Her parents plan a summer internship at a law firm then it’s off to Harvard; it’s the only path she believes is available. After a few weeks on a small island in the Outer Banks, North Carolina with her Aunt Tilly, and cousin, Frederick, Em discovers new paths that lead her away from the future set by her ‘status seeking’ parents and grandmother.

It’s been a while since I’ve come across such a lighthearted story. The Summer My Life Began has a remarkably homey feel to it. Despite early warning signs that the secrets surrounding Em’s family could be potentially disastrous, I held hope in my heart that there would be a happy ending. I loved reading Em’s exuberance for cooking and the natural wonders of the island. I smiled just as much as she did while in the presence of her newly discovered family and friends. It says much about a young girl when she meets family, that she had no idea existed, and doesn’t get torn up about it. Instead, Em makes the best of the situation and focuses on getting to know them. She is decidedly a strong and admirable character.

Em is confident without being arrogant or a braggart. From time to time she needed a boost to actually pursue her true dream of becoming a chef. Fortunately, her younger sister, Gwyneth, encouraged her to keep practicing and Em found a mentor to help hone her skills. Really, everyone on the island that Em interacted with helped her in one way or another, whether it was when she needed a shoulder to cry on or a good old-fashioned tour guide.

Shannon Greenland’s emphasis on family sets The Summer My Life Began apart from upcoming YA contemporary novels. The book’s May 2012 release is just in time for it to be a perfect summer read.

Connect with Shannon: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
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{Blog Tour} Review: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland


The Summer My Life Began

By Shannon Greenland
Publication Date: May 10, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing
Imprint: Speak
Source/Format: Netgalley

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. 

When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too.

And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.



Shannon Greenland’s contemporary YA novel, The Summer My Life Began, highlights the importance of family and forgiving. With a generous dash of romance and healthy layer of optimism, fans of Sarah Dessen’s novels will enjoy its relaxed pace and emerging lead female.

Elizabeth Margaret’s life is all mapped out for her. Her parents plan a summer internship at a law firm then it’s off to Harvard; it’s the only path she believes is available. After a few weeks on a small island in the Outer Banks, North Carolina with her Aunt Tilly, and cousin, Frederick, Em discovers new paths that lead her away from the future set by her ‘status seeking’ parents and grandmother.

It’s been a while since I’ve come across such a lighthearted story. The Summer My Life Began has a remarkably homey feel to it. Despite early warning signs that the secrets surrounding Em’s family could be potentially disastrous, I held hope in my heart that there would be a happy ending. I loved reading Em’s exuberance for cooking and the natural wonders of the island. I smiled just as much as she did while in the presence of her newly discovered family and friends. It says much about a young girl when she meets family, that she had no idea existed, and doesn’t get torn up about it. Instead, Em makes the best of the situation and focuses on getting to know them. She is decidedly a strong and admirable character.

Em is confident without being arrogant or a braggart. From time to time she needed a boost to actually pursue her true dream of becoming a chef. Fortunately, her younger sister, Gwyneth, encouraged her to keep practicing and Em found a mentor to help hone her skills. Really, everyone on the island that Em interacted with helped her in one way or another, whether it was when she needed a shoulder to cry on or a good old-fashioned tour guide.

Shannon Greenland’s emphasis on family sets The Summer My Life Began apart from upcoming YA contemporary novels. The book’s May 2012 release is just in time for it to be a perfect summer read.

Connect with Shannon: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

{Review} Wander Dust by Michelle Warren

Wander Dust

The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #1
By Michelle Warren
Publication Date:  First Published November 3, 2011
Pages: 241 (Kindle Edition); 374 (Paperback)
Source/Format: Author/Kindle
Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish. The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories.
Unexplainable Premonitions… catapult her to other cities. The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her.And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her.
But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.
Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.
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Teaser Tuesday: Pretty in Black

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  • Grab your current read & open to a random page
  • Share 2 sentences from that page (NO SPOILERS!)
  • List the title & author so we can add the book to our TBR lists

Hosted by: MizB @ Should Be Reading




My Teaser:



“Can you hear that?”

“What?”

“The heavens turning. The stars, they thunder.” He removed his hands and I gazed into the sky to see the first twinkling starlight.

(Kindle Locations 561-565)
Pretty in Black  by Rae Hachton
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Monday, April 23, 2012

{Review} The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

The Peculiars

by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Abrams
Imprint: Amulet Books
Source/Format: Netgalley/eGalley
Rating:
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This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.

On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar.

On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

IMM (11): Saving You, Saving Me; Familiar Ties; Romiette & Julio; Savage Cinderella

Hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren
I've opened my mailbox to 'normal' mail practically everyday this week. I heave a big sigh because I think the mailman hates me, ha ha! It's okay because I still had an eventful week between attending the virtual release day party for Kailin Gow's Saving You, Saving Me and succumbing to the desire to purchase books, from B&N, that I've been waiting to buy for forever.

Won

  • Kailin Gow - Saving YOU, Saving ME for Kindle
  • Tiffany Lovering - The Tamporlea Trilogy (Signed PB) and Tamporlea Trilogy pens
  • Ami Blackwelder - She Speaks to Angels ebook 

For Review

  • Gwenda Bond - Blackwood {Netgalley}
  • Naya Nikki - Familiar Ties {Upcoming Blog Tour} 
  • Judith Graves - Under My Skin
  • Shannon Dittemore - Angel Eyes {Upcoming Blog Tour}
  • Lindsay Paige - Whatever It Takes

Purchased--B&N Store

  • Sharon M. Draper - Romiette & Julio
  • Nikki Burnham -  Sticky Fingers
  • Jane Austen - Pride & Prejudice (Published by Splinter)

Amazon Freebies

  • Christine James - Fallen (The Chosen Series, Book 1)
  • PJ Sharon - Savage Cinderella
  • Hazel M. Larson - The Smell of Rain
  • C. A. Kunz - The Childe (The Childe Series, Book 1)

WHAT'S IN YOUR MAILBOX?

 

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

{Review}: Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow

SAVING YOU, SAVING ME

You & Me Trilogy #1
By Kailin Gow
Publication Date: April 16, 2012
Publisher: The EDGE Books
Available: Amazon Kindle/Paperback
Source/Format: Won from author/Kindle

Aspiring psychiatrist and high school Valedictorian, Samantha (Sam) Sullivan, never thought she would fall for the one mysterious guy she has been speaking to over the phone for months, the boy the counselors called Daggers. She wasn't supposed to talk to him outside of their sessions. But as she began to peel the layers of Daggers and learn who he is, the one boy she is supposed to be saving, might just be the one who is saving her.

A contemporary teen/ya romance with edge. Due to mature social issues presented in the book, this series is suitable for mature teens and young adult, new adults.

Includes an excerpt from Loving Summer, a new ya contemporary romance from Kailin Gow.
Purchase: Amazon
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

IMM (10): First Comes Love, Glamorous Illusions, Becoming A Butterfly

Hosted by The Story Siren; Here's the chance to show off some of the books you received during the week!
This has been a quiet week for me, but I did receive awesome prizes and books IMM that made me squeal for 5 minutes straight each time I checked the mailbox or my email! Check them out, leave a comment & feel free to link me to your IMM posts! 

 

Won

  • Katie Kacvinsky - Signed HC of First Comes Love (MAY 8), writer necessities gift pack
  • Liza @ WhoRU Blog -  Signed HC of Fracture by Megan Miranda, Fracture bookmarks
  • Kailin Gow - Bitter Frost (Frost Series #1); The Wolf Fey
  • Library Thing 
    • Kate Avery Ellison - Frost
    •  Abigail Boyd - Uncertainty (Gravity Series #2)
 

For Review

Thank you to everyone who requested or accepted my request to review your books!
  • Netgalley:
    • Lisa T. Bergren -  Glamorous Illusions
  • Melanie Dickerson - The Merchant's Daughter
  • Mia Castile - Becoming a Butterfly
  • Lindsay Paige - I'm Yours
  • JA Redmerski  - The Mayfair Moon 
  • A. Jacob Sweeny - Pulse of Heroes {Upcoming Blog Tour}


Amazon Freebies

  • P.R. Mason - Fated Hearts
  • Amber Garza - Prowl
  • Karly Kirkpatrick - Bloody Little Secrets
  • Emma Knight - Sworn
  • Sarra Cannon - Beautiful Demons

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Friday, April 13, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail

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Kings & Queens

By Courtney Vail
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Publisher: Little Prince Publishing
Source/Format: Review ebook for blog tour 

Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again.

All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse.

So, she does what any habitual winner with zero cred would do…try to I.D. the nutjobs before they act. But, when their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and even friends start looking suspect, the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

{Review} The White Oak by Kim White


In The White Oak, the first book in the Imperfect Darkness series, Cora Alexander falls through a sinkhole and enters the underworld still alive. Her living presence threatens the tyrannical rule of Minos and the infernal judges who have hijacked the afterlife and rebuilt it, trapping human souls in a mechanical, computer-controlled city that lies at the core of the earth. To survive, Cora must rely on her untrustworthy guide, Minotaur, an artificial intelligence built by Minos. She is helped by a mysterious voice, and by Sybil, underworld librarian and author of each person's book of life. Sybil's collection holds the key to humankind's intertwined life stories. When Cora's own book is destroyed, Sybil gives her a magical golden pen and sends her to the underworld city to write her own destiny.  Along the way, Cora finds the ghost of her dead brother, Lucas, a genius programmer who alone is capable of finding the chink in Minos's armor. But will he be able to get Cora out alive, or will they both succumb to the seemingly inescapable underworld trap?

The White Oak took me by surprise in the way that Kim White wastes no time in starting the action of the story from the very first page. The beginning of the story also tells me a lot about Cora Alexander and her background story. I see how she feels about her family; her love for her brother and anger at the rest. Telling us about Cora during her descent to the Underworld was a clever way for us to see what she’s all about; the decisions she makes throughout the story, and why she has certain thoughts, are kind of explained right there.

I must say that the cover for The White Oak is perfectly fitting. I don’t usually analyze covers in my reviews, but after reading the story and looking the cover over again, I see how much of the story is symbolized. White has created a version of the Underworld that’s familiar, but has much more depth and many differences. The story was descriptive enough that I could envision what Cora’s journey may have looked like, yet White didn’t use too many words to make every scene just seem like she was only describing.

The White Oak is only the first book in the Imperfect Darkness series and sets up the adventure. We meet many major players in the story and the perspectives change infrequently throughout. The changes in perspective show what’s happening at different angles, so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly who the bad guys are and which characters are actually helping Cora. The mysterious voice that Cora always hears is what drew me to read The White Oak. It’s not the center of the story, but it may have the biggest impact on Cora in the coming books and I’m keeping my ears open!

Kim White’s debut young adult novel is heaping with fantasy and mythology. The web that Cora stumbles upon is woven with mystery, life, death, and wonder. The White Oak is the beginning of a series in which anything can happen next.
*eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Imperfect Darkness #1
Publication Date: April 9, 2012
Publisher: Story Machine Studio
Connect with Kim: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (10): Such A Rush

Hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Here's the chance to showcase which upcoming novels you're waiting on!


I just love this beautiful cover! Jennifer Echols has the most amazing YA romance novels around and I'm hoping she'll deliver with this latest one.

Jennifer Echols
Such A Rush
July 10, 2012
The wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story returns with a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever. But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Engrossing and intense, Such a Rush is a captivating story from an author with a rising star.

What Are You Waiting On?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (6): Midnight Frost

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  • Grab your current read & open to a random page
  • Share 2 sentences from that page (NO SPOILERS!)
  • List the title & author so we can add the book to our TBR lists

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In honor of Kailin Gow's Spring Frost release on April 9, 2012, my teaser is from one of the Frost Series books: Midnight Frost (Frost Series #5).

Teaser


"My heart plummeted as I remembered the mountain, my sacrifice, Kian's cold face, his closed eyes....was I dead after all?" (Kindle Locations 231-232). 

Midnight Frost by Kailin Gow

Also, as part of the Spring Frost book tour, I have a special interview with the ever-inventive, Kailin Gow! Read it HERE.



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{Blog Tour} Author Interview: Kailin Gow Author of Spring Frost (Frost Series #7)

Welcome to the Spring Frost book tour hosted by The EDGE Books. Spring Frost, book #7 in the Frost Series was just released April 9, 2012! I'm so honored to participate by posting an interview with the one and only - Kailin Gow!


What is The Frost Series about?

The Frost Series is about a place called Feyland, and the lives, loves, and deaths of incredibly beautiful but dangerous fey who would do anything to protect their land. The story originated with The Fairy Rose Chronicles, first published in 2003, about Feyland as seen through the eyes of a young Summer fairy name Rose. The series progressed to the heart of the series, starting with Bitter Frost, which tells of a human girl name Breena, who is the lost heir to Feyland, and her rise from awkward teen in high school to the full-fledge ruler of Feyland. At the same time, there is the Wolf Fey Series, which is Logan, the Wolf Prince’s story.

What makes the Frost Series stand out amongst other paranormal series?

There are so many good paranormal books out there, and let’s face it, many resemble each other because if you follow any kind of folklore and mythology of a paranormal entity, they all have to have something in common. From what I’ve learned, ideas cannot be copyrighted, plots can’t be copyrighted. The Frost Series is about fairies, seasonal fairies which is a common mythology – Winter, Summer, Autumn, and Spring. They are at war with each other, which is another common fairy lore. Fairies often have human interactions, having children that are mixed, placing changelings in human babies’ beds, so there are bound to be fairies who are human and fey.

What makes the Frost Series different is that there is an entire world built up on Feyland from many different perspectives – Rose, a Summer Fairy, gives the perspective of Feyland from a young fairy who grew up there and is familiar with traditions and culture there, in the Fairy Rose Chronicles Series (written in 2003 so it’s been around). Because it started in 2003, the world of the fey is more of a fairy tale and fantasy version, rather than the 2010s version of dark and urban fantasy. Bitter Frost takes place 5 years after the Fairy Rose Chronicles, which is the epic years of Feyland were Winter and Summer have been at war and will be changed by an unassuming girl named Breena, who is more than what she appears. Then there is the Wolf Fey Series, which gives the perspective of Logan, a wolf fey, the Prince of the Wolves from Feyland, who are the fringe subculture of Feyland, and resides in both the mortal world and Feyland at the same time.

The Frost Series is rich in world-building and characters because of so much material associated with this series. Because of this, there are so many different ways to tell the stories of Feyland and its people.

What to expect with the 7th book of The Frost Series, Spring Frost?

All the characters have to grow up as they face the greatest evil Feyland has come across since ancient times. There are significant reveals with Breena and Logan. There is also major heartache and of course an epic battle with unkillable foes.

The Frost Series have a lot of exciting developments, care to elaborate?

The Series will become a virtual game that is very cool. When the book series was presented to the producers, there was a lot of excitement with the possibilities! I’m very excited because the game company making this happen is the top of the gaming field in this area so I know it will be a top-notch experience.

The Frost Series have a few other exciting avenues coming up: audio books is coming along, as well as translations into 15 languages. There are some gigantic projects I can’t mention any details about, but they are within the next few years. Winter, Summer, or Autumn Springs?

The Winter Fey are known to be colder, nobler, and sticklers to tradition; while the Summer Fey is known to be more easy-going. The neutral fey in the Autumn Springs are known to have the most magic of the Seasonal Fey in Feyland.

I would say neither, or Frost Fire – the combination of Winter and Summer.


What else are you working on?

I currently have about 20 active fiction series going on, so that keeps me very busy. I love the variety of these series, too, so I can’t have it any other way. Besides YA Paranormal series and dystopian series, I am writing YA and New Adult Contemporary Romance such as Saving You Saving Me, which is tied into a website that helps young adults with their problems in an anonymous and open way. http://www.SavingYouSavingMe.com I’m also working on my Inner Heroine Workshop for young women during the summer.  

What is the best thing about what you do?

Being able to entertain people with these stories while being able to do something good for people. For instance, the Saving You Saving Me Project and the Inner Heroine Workshops are what I do because I’m passionate about helping others.


Kailin Gow's Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Purchase Spring Frost: Amazon
The Frost Series: Facebook | Goodreads

Thank you so much Kailin. Your wonderful stories and hard work are truly appreciated!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

{Review} The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

The One That I Want

By Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: December 16, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Source/Format: Author/Paperback
Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?
PURCHASE: AMAZON | B&N | POWELL'S
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Friday, April 6, 2012

{Blog Tour} Interview & Giveaway: Nancy Straight Author of Meeting Destiny

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Before the interview, here's a little info about Nancy.

Nancy is on the right.

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband, two children and three dogs. She enjoys RVing with her family, writing Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy and reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.




Thank you so much for the interview and for hosting the Meeting Destiny book tour! It’s great to be here today!
 
In three words, how would you describe your writing? 

Adrenaline Filled Love 

What made you decide to self-publish?

Reading blogs about the daunting process for traditional publishing, (e.g. finding an agent, writing a proposal, negotiating royalties, contractual commitments, tour commitments, etc) soured me on it before I ever gave it a try. I had found some posts from Independent authors, one was really heart-wrenching – the author had been trying to get a book she believed in published for more than ten years without success; she self-published, and sold 30,000 copies in three months. I was elated when it sunk in that the power had just shifted. Large, faceless publishing agencies no longer had the power - the readers did. Readers are now able to decide what books are best sellers, what an amazing concept!

As far as writing, what do you hope to accomplish the next 2 years?

I’ve started a second series, I’d like to publish the first book Sept 2012, book two Jan 2013, book three May 2013 and the final book Sept 2013. I plan to write the same way I did with the Destiny Series, having finished the first draft on the whole series before I publish the first book. It takes a little longer in between series, but it allows me to make sure I insert elements in earlier books that have much more relevance in later books.

How did you come up with the title for Meeting Destiny? Do you have a process or do you wait for inspiration?

Meeting Destiny was the best description I could come up with, but I’m thinking of letting fans choose the book names for the next series. The Destiny Series had been in my head screaming to get out for a while. I try to write 30-60 minutes per day, but I’m not rigid, I can be convinced to set my laptop aside and read a couple bed time stories or watch television with my kids. The series I’m working on now is also screaming to get out.

What was your greatest challenge in writing Meeting Destiny?

The hardest part was writing Seth’s character. It’s really difficult to write a great character that is sweet, has a lot of charisma, is in love with the main character and still gets rejected.

Random Questions:

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I have a husband, two sons, three dogs and a full time job that I love. My days are completely jam packed with everything from helping with homework, playing fetch in the back yard, RVing with my family and just balancing life. Although I love writing, my life really doesn’t revolve around it.

Who are your top 5 favorite authors in any genre?

Shelly Crane, Charlotte Abel, Shannon Dermott, Rachael Higginson, and Nicole Williams. All have incredible YA Paranormal Series that I read until my eyes bled!

What 3 books on your bookshelf can you not live without?

Shelly Crane’s Significance, Charlotte Abel’s Enchantment and Shannon Dermott’s Beg for Mercy. All three of these authors are friends, mentors and idea sounding boards. It was their books that made our friendship possible. I’ll treasure all three of their books for the rest of my life. Finding a good book is easy - there are literally thousands of great ones to choose from. Finding an author whose work you adore AND that author is someone you’d love to meet in person and hang out at Starbucks with is a real treasure.

What flavor of ice cream is Meeting Destiny?

Blue Bell Moollenium Crunch – I bet I ate 20 gallons of this flavor while I was writing Meeting Destiny!! Ice cream and snickers bars are a daily indulgence for me.

What do you love most about your readers?

So far, reader feedback has been overwhelming! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a review, a tweet, or an email and shared it with my family. I absolutely love reviews where readers insert pictures and videos of their reaction to the story.

Finale:

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

The words “Thank you” are grossly inadequate, I’d like to tell them: “You Rock!” I’ve said from the beginning that I am better at writing than I am at marketing; the success of the Destiny Series is 100% a result of the fans. I couldn’t be more humbled or appreciative of a group of people. Beginning in mid-March I reduced the price of Meeting Destiny to FREE as my thank you to the fans – for any new fans out there – I’d love to hear from you!

Wonderful answers Nancy! Thanks for being here today and offering your fans, new and old, a chance to win Meeting Destiny!


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