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First Look: Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert, Plus a Giveaway

Meet Jude and Sloan in the next O'Malleys Story!
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Blog Tour Event: Daring the Pilot by Jeannie Moon

Keely and Jonah drop everything to fight for what matters, including each other.
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Blog Tour: After the Dark by Cynthia Eden, Now Available!

In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well.
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Blog Tour: Hard Justice by Lori Foster, Now Available!

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.
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Monday, July 30, 2012

{Review} ORACLE by J.C. Martin


Publication Date: July 30, 2012
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Pages/Format: 257; Paperback & e-book
Source: Won from Publisher

As the countdown begins, the body count rises.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets. They’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police are no closer to finding their latest murderer than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential next victims. One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

{Review} AIDAN: Loyal Cowboy by Cathy McDavid + "The Family Plan"

AIDAN: Loyal Cowboy

Harts of the Rodeo
by Cathy McDavid
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin American Romance (Harlequin)
Pages/Format: 448; Paperback & e-book
Source: Netgalley

Home Is Where The Hart Is…

Aidan “Ace” Hart left Flynn McKinley heartbroken when he put family duty above her feelings. Then one night, the old passions were reignited and now Flynn is about to get something she’s always wanted—a child to love.

Ace takes his responsibilities very seriously. Running Thunder Ranch and his busy veterinary practice leaves little time for a personal life. That’ll only get worse now that he’s spending every spare minute with Midnight, the champion rodeo stallion he hopes will save the ranch from financial disaster.

Flynn refuses to marry Ace and be yet one more “responsibility” to him. She wants Ace to want to marry her! And until he admits he loves her, she’s determined to raise her baby alone…

READER FAVORITE BONUS STORY INSIDE!
The Family Plan by Cathy McDavid
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Aidan is indeed the Loyal Cowboy. Cathy McDavid gives readers a heartwarming story and American romance that will stir many emotions. Between Ace and Flynn it's hard to discern who is the most stubborn, but their almost constant arguing is highly amusing.

McDavid puts her characters in real situations and  makes it obvious that neither of them are perfect. The most enjoyable aspect of Loyal Cowboy is the growth Ace and Flynn undergo. They learn to work together, overcome past hurts, and understand the importance of sacrifice all for the sake of their baby. The emotions that spill from the pages are genuine and gets readers involved in the pending decisions in their lives.

Between the fights about their future McDavid allows Ace and Flynn to experience very intimate moments. These moments shudder with love and excitement adding to the overall  romantic feel of the story. Loyal Cowboy features a sexy vet whose love for animals and duty doesn't outweigh his love for family. A truly lighthearted story that will lift spirits and give a whole new meaning to happy endings!

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THE FAMILY PLAN

Fatherhood Series
Publication Date: February 12, 2008
Publisher: Harlequin American Romance (Harlequin)
Source: Netgalley - Bonus Story

Is Love Enough To Keep Them Together?

When a fall from a horse ends her show-riding career, Jolyn Sutherland comes home to Blue Ridge, Arizona, to heal and rebuild her life. But the onetime star performer has jumped from the frying pan into the fire...smack in the middle of a brewing domestic storm that could sabotage her blossoming relationship with Chase Raintree, her first love.

Jolyn's homecoming is a complication the vet and devoted single father doesn't need. Especially with her family questioning whether Chase is the biological father of his eight-year-old daughter. Mandy is everything to Chase, and Jolyn could help him complete his little family. But now that family is in danger of being split apart. Chase won't let anyone take his child away from him, even if it means losing his second chance with Jolyn . . .

Review

The Family Plan is the perfect bonus story following Cathy McDavid's Aidan: Loyal Cowboy! With themes revolving around family and of course, romance, The Family Plan is a story to not overlook. 

In this work, McDavid puts much emphasis on family ties and loyalty. Jolyn has finally began building up her construction company, thanks to her longtime crush and local vet, Chase. Unfortunately, growing closer to Chase may give her mother more ammunition to meddle in to Chase's relationship between Jolyn and his young daughter, Mandy.

McDavid really hits the nail on the head when it comes to dramatic storytelling. From irresponsible or pushy mothers to budding romances with big obstacles, readers will enjoy not knowing what may happen next or the surprise at what comes. The Family Plan is an optimistic story where everyone may have their differences, but in the end they put them aside to make way for a happy ending.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

{Review} SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman

SERAPHINA

by Rachel Hartman
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Random House BFYR (Random House Children's Books)
Pages/Format: 464; Hardcover & e-book
Source: Netgalley/Won from Random Buzzers

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

{Review} WIDOW'S MIGHT by Sandra Brannan

WIDOW'S MIGHT

A Liv Bergen Mystery #3
by Sandra Brannan
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Pages/Format: 304; Paperback & e-book
Source: ARC

The third Liv Bergen mystery picks up right where the second one left off: the murder of Liv's sister-in-law has been solved, but an older rancher has been bludgeoned to death in a style eerily reminiscent of a long-inactive killer known only as the Crooked Man. FBI agent Streeter Pierce, still on assignment in Sturgis, South Dakota, must now turn his sights on tracking down the killer, who happens to be his nemesis from ten years earlier. Pierce doesn't complain, though; he's falling in love with Liv Bergen and sets in motion an unconventional way to recruit her for the FBI's training camp in Quantico, Virginia, as they work the case together. But is Liv falling for the brilliant, exotic-looking agent Jack Linwood instead? 

Once again, Liv's vast knowledge of the Black Hills of South Dakota--the territory General Custer made famous--and the modern day ranchers and environmentalists who live there leads her to unearth critical clues about the Crooked Man. Aided by her elfin sister with rainbow-colored hair, a sad-eyed bloodhound, and a terminally ill Norwegian widow, Liv ultimately identifies the deranged killer. But will her barrage of questions be enough to fend off a fatal blow from the very cane he used to crush the skulls of thirteen other victims?
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

{Review} POISON TREE by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

POISON TREE

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR (Random House Children's Books)
Pages/Format: 240; Hardcover & e-book
Source: Netgalley

This strong, exciting fantasy story holds potential to both draw new fans and hold longtime readers who may have aged to the far edge of the young adult market.

The rich stew of the author's creations—SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds—are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more "normal" place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can't be covered up, they can ever really fit into "normal."
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: THE UNLOVED by Jennifer Snyder + Giveaway

I am so excited for the cover reveal of The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder. The cover was designed by Stephanie Mooney of Mooney Designs. It represents the YA Contemporary genre in the cutest way and makes me really, really, really want to read it! Check out the book details below and enter the international giveaway.

THE UNLOVED

by Jennifer Snyder
Publication Date: July 30, 2012
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

An AToMR Event - Review: ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis Graves + Giveaway!

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ON THE ISLAND

by Tracey Garvis Graves
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Plume (Penguin)
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love—in the runaway New York Times bestseller, now available with a reading group guide and a letter from the author.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
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Friday, July 20, 2012

{Review} WAKE by Amanda Hocking + Author Interview!

WAKE

The Watersong Series #1
by Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages/Format: 320; Hardcover, e-book, Audio book
Source: ARC from publisher

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
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Wake is an exquisite and intense introduction to Amanda Hocking's new series, Watersong! Amanda has already proved she's mastered the art of original storytelling in her unforgettable Trylle Trilogy, and the trend continues in Watersong.

Wake is written in third person perspective, more prominently switching between sisters Gemma and Harper Fisher, throughout the whole novel. The style gives readers the opportunity to see beneath the surface of both sisters as they dance around danger in the form of three beautiful strangers. Penn, Lexi, and Thea are the epitome of evil and it's quite easy to hate them. They ruinously burst into Gemma's life and hometown, Capri, without any regret for the trouble they cause. 

Amanda keeps the mystery rolling throughout the novel. Even when the truth comes out about what Gemma becomes and what Penn, Lexi, and Thea want with her, the puzzle still isn't complete. The characters are mostly kept in the dark and it's interesting that they have gut instincts about the danger that surrounds them, but they never actively do anything about it until it's too late. Gemma finally tries to take a stand against Penn, Lexi, and Thea, and the strength she keeps under wraps peeks through. The scenes where Gemma, or even Harper, speak up and make their suspicions known are heart-pounding and just plain awesome!

Wake is graced with not one, but two love interests. For Gemma, it's Alex, the sweet, geeky boy next door who is so unlike Amanda's usual male leads. Harper, on the other hand, is blessed with a love-hate relationship with slacker Daniel, who is much more like the usual male lead in teen fiction. Gemma and Harper are complete opposites so it's no surprise that their love interests would be as well.

The vow that Wake ends with is enough to wish for Lullaby, book two of the Watersong series to get here a little faster! Amanda will no doubt push the story past its limits in surprises and action.

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Interview

Welcome to Lovey Dovey Books Amanda! Can you tell us three fun facts about yourself?

Thank you for having me! Three Fun Facts:
  • I have 8 tattoos.
  • I’m allergic to pineapples.
  • I’m afraid of trolls.

For those who haven’t yet read any of your novels, how would you describe your writing in three words?

Legible, English, Paranormal

Your newest novel, WAKE, will be the first in a new series. What differences or similarities from The Trylle Trilogy can readers expect in The Watersong Series?

Both series have paranormal elements, and romance, and they’re kind of coming-of-age stories. The Trylle Trilogy focused on Wendy, but the Watersong Series focuses on two sisters, Gemma and Harper. Gemma and Harper also have a lot more danger in store for them than Wendy had.

Based on the WAKE excerpt from your World of Amanda Hocking website, readers will be privy to not just Gemma’s perspective, but that of her neighbor, Alex. Do you think the third person perspective will affect how much, or how little, readers will be able to connect with the characters?

I knew that I wanted to write this series in third person because I wanted to have access to different things. With Trylle, there were some things I wanted to do, but I couldn’t because you could only see things that Wendy saw. I think writing this series in third person will allow the reader to see more of the characters, and what motivates them to do certain things.

What are your biggest hopes for The Watersong Series?

I just hope that people enjoy it at least as much as they’ve enjoyed the Trylle books.

Thank you for stopping by Amanda! Any parting words for your biggest fans?

Thank you for being so supportive, and I hope you keep enjoying my books!

About Amanda:

Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.
*author photo courtesy of Mariah Paaverud*
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

{Review} ASCEND by Amanda Hocking

ASCEND

A Trylle Novel #3
by Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages/Format: 326; Paperback & e-book
Source: Purchased

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment. The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

{Review} TORN by Amanda Hocking

TORN

A Trylle Novel #2
by Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages/Format: 336; Paperback & e-book
Source: Purchased

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{Review} SWITCHED by Amanda Hocking

SWITCHED

A Trylle Novel #1
by Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages/Format: 318; Paperback & e-book
Source: Purchased

Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in . . .

She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why . . .

When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle.

Finally everything makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about.

The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever . . .
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Monday, July 16, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau + Guest Post

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MURDER FOR CHOIR

Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Pages/Format: 294; Mass Market Pbk, e-book
Source: Blog Tour/Publicist

Even as a struggling opera singer, Paige Marshall has never seen anything like the cutthroat competition of the Prospect Glen High School show choir. Coaching these championship-hungry students may be her toughest gig yet...

Especially when her best young male singer is suspected of killing the arrogant coach of Prospect Glen's fiercest rival. To clear his name, Paige will have to sort through a chorus of suspects, and go note-for-note with a killer who wants her out of the spotlight for good.
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Murder For Choir is a cozy mystery that exceeded my expectations! I've never quite known what to think about mysteries; I love them but I always worry whether the facts and details will bore me or the suspense will just scare me to pieces. Fortunately, Joelle Charbonneau has captured my attention as a stellar author and made mystery one of my top favorite genres!

Paige Marshall is a career performer turned show choir teacher. She's the new director for Prospect Glen High School's Music in Motion team. It's not where she wants to be, but she sure makes the best of an unfavorable situation. Doing everything in her power to win her group over, she even resolves to solve the murder of a rival choir director.

For the first book in a new series, Murder For Choir jumps right into the story without a lot of background information to lead in. It was surprising, but completely welcome, to get to know Paige in her present situation before learning about what led her to the Chicago suburb of Prospect Glen. Charbonneau doesn't leave readers hanging, though, inputting Paige's personal information as the story progresses.

The biggest part of Paige's amateur sleuthing is that she takes the initiative. The lead detective on the case, Mike Kaiser, may have told her to keep her eyes and ears open, but Paige does more than that. She ferrets out clues and suspects all while preparing for the start of the school year. Her determination is unbelievable, especially since the murderer isn't too happy to discover Paige's investigation. Just about every character introduced is seen as a potential suspect so it's almost impossible to figure out the culprit until the end. I love feeling like I'm on the same level with the character, knowing facts as she learns them and putting the pieces together at the same moment.

The story was already shaping up to be fantastic, but once Paige's love life got a little wild  the story became even more superb!  Murder For Choir doesn't only appeal to show tune and Glee fans, but mystery and suspense lovers, too. I'm looking forward to the next bout of trouble that blows Paige's way in the next installment, End Me A Tenor!

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Guest Post

The Scales of Murder by Joelle Charbonneau

I’ve always loved puzzles. As a kid, I would spend hours putting the pieces together. Even though the front of the box told me what the end result would be, I was still fascinated by the way the picture took shape. First creating the framework. Then filling in the picture bit by bit from the outside in until that final piece is clicked into place.

Considering my lifelong love affair with puzzles, I guess I’m not surprised that I am drawn to reading and writing mysteries. The construction of the whodunit aspect of mysteries is built just like those puzzles I’m so fond of—except in the case of a mystery there is no handy-dandy cover of the box to show you what the assembled puzzle will look like. You have to figure that out all on your own.

The characters of each mystery are like the puzzle’s outside frame. Your sleuth, either amateur or professional detective, and the people who your character associates with are the foundation of the mystery. Just like that external puzzle frame, if those pieces don’t fit together properly, nothing about the puzzle will fall into place.

I have to admit that I borrowed from my own life experience to create the characters that form the frame of MURDER FOR CHOIR. My sleuth, Paige Marshall, is a classically trained opera singer. While waiting for her big break, she takes a job as a high school show choir coach. Yep—you guessed it. I am a classically trained opera singer and I am typing this post as I wait for one of my voice students to arrive.

Not that Paige is me. She isn’t. And while some of my students requested that I borrow their names for the book, the characters aren’t like those students. (The “real” Chessie asked to be the diva in the book. Honest!) Still, my life as a performer and my experience as a teacher are drawn into each character, hopefully adding to their shape and allowing them to lock into the framework of the story and make it stronger. (Because there is nothing I hate more than putting together a puzzle whose frame doesn’t want to stay locked while I work on the rest.)

The frame (aka characters) gets even stronger when you begin to add the other pieces. I don’t know about you, but when I am putting together the middle section of a puzzle, I always start with the sections with the most obvious pieces of the picture and go from there. In the case of writing a mystery, those pieces are the crime. In the case of most mysteries, including Murder For Choir, the crime is…well... a murder. Why? Because murders are compelling. They draw both the reader and the characters’ attention and require some kind of physical or emotional reaction.

When the most obvious sections of the puzzle have been built, it’s time to put the rest of the pieces into place. These are harder. This section of the mystery is when the sleuth is digging through suspects and finding clues. Sometimes they pick up a piece they think fits in a certain way, then realize that it doesn’t quite snap into place the way they believe. Those “almost” clues can lead the reader and the characters to imagine the picture is going to look one way, but as the rest of the pieces fit into place, they understand the picture isn’t quite what they’d thought.

Balancing all those pieces together—the characters, the crime and clues—can be a challenging trick. If one piece doesn’t fit exactly right, the rest of the mystery tumbles apart. Which makes writing mysteries scary and fun and exciting. I can only hope that when the reader puts the pieces of MURDER FOR CHOIR together, they’ll not only be guessing until the last image clicks into place, they’ll be having a blast while they do it.

About Joelle:

One of the hardest working authors of today, Joelle Charbonneau will have had seven books published by established publishing houses within just three years.
She’s the author of two adult mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (her latest, Skating on the Edge, releasing Oct. 2 from Minotaur Books) and the new Glee Club mystery series (Murder for Choir, July 3, Berkley Books).

Charbonneau launches the first of her Graduation Day young adult trilogy in May 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s. Early readers are calling The Testing a mix between the high school ACT and The Hunger Games.

A storyteller at heart, Charbonneau has performed in a variety of opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. In addition to her stage work, she has also performed with several bands and worked as a solo performer. She now teaches private voice lessons and uses her stage experience to create compelling characters in her books. She also gives lectures about surviving rejection in the entertainment industry. Charbonneau earned her bachelor’s in vocal performance at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and went on to DePaul University for her master’s in opera performance.

The mother of a toddler, she hardly ever sleeps. And when she’s not writing, she’s either signing, cooking or watching sports.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Cover Reveal: Magan Vernon's My Alien Romance Series Gets a New Look!

Today, Magan Vernon is unveiling a new look for her amazing, and one of my favorite, YA sci-fi romance series, My Alien Romance! I am one hundred percent in love with the new covers for How to Date an Alien and How to Break Up With an Alien. I loved the first set of covers, which played more on the romantic aspect of the stories, but I love the new look even more because it screams hardcore science fiction while still alluding to chemistry between the models. I can't stop looking at them! ;P

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: I'm Here to Help by S.F. Chapman

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I'M HERE TO HELP

Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Striped Cat Press
Pages/Format: 128; Paperback & e-book
Source: Blog Tour/Publicist

Seventeen-year-old Renita discovers some subtle inconsistencies in her birth certificate that put her mother, Sharon’s long held account that she was adopted into doubt. Sharon decides that it is finally time to tell Renita about both the laudable good deeds and the lamentable oversights that had led them to the current situation. Using a series of old framed photos that have hung for years in the living room, Sharon slowly reveals the complex set of events involving a star-crossed trip to Mexico, a very young stowaway Hispanic baby sitter named Juliana, the untimely death of Sharon’s husband, the unexpected pregnancy of Juliana, the eventual birth of Renita to Juliana and finally Juliana’s struggle with clinical depression that leads to her suicide. Through some sketchy paperwork filled at the county recorder’s office, Sharon was listed as Renita’s mom.

The first in several short-novels to follow, I'm here to help involves the characters (and generally society's) misperceptions about illegal immigration, suicide, the marginalization of undocumented residents, clinical depression, teen pregnancy, home childbirth and adoption.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: TURQUOISE by Ayshe Talay-Ongan + Guest Post

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TURQUOISE: A Love Story

by Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
Pages/Format: 452; Paperback & e-book
Source: Netgalley

Set against transcendent love, unrelenting hatred and loyalties to friends and family, Turquoise is the story of an enduring and passionate love affair between Yasmin and Renan, which spans two decades, two marriages and three continents.

Yasmin and her Armenian classmate Ani were oblivious to ethnic differences during their school years in Istanbul. Years later they run into each other, and Ani introduces Renan, her husband, to Yasmin. At that moment under the blazing autumn skies, as Yasmin locks eyes with Renan, she knows that she has come upon her destiny. But political tensions in their land soon force Renan, her secret love, and his family to immigrate to Sydney.

A few years on, Yasmin's diplomat father is appointed as the Turkish Consul General to Los Angeles where the family faces a devastating tragedy that will impact their lives in ways unfathomable. She is now forced to make a choice between passion that defines her and reason that guides her.

When so much is stacked against Yasmin and Renan, how can love possibly triumph?
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Release: OUTSYSTEM by Michael Cooper + Excerpt

OUTSYSTEM

by Michael Cooper
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
Pages/Format: 350; Paperback & e-book
Genre: Science Fiction
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About Outsystem:

Someone is out to stop the GSS Intrepid, an interstellar colony ship, from being completed on schedule and beginning its journey to 82 Eridani. When anti-colonial activist groups are suspected, Major Tanis Richards, wrongfully disgraced officer in the field of military intelligence and counter insurgency, is brought onboard with all due haste.

Events in Tanis's past have motivated her to leave Sol and start a new life elsewhere. She soon discerns that more than simple activist groups are arrayed against the ship and its crew. There are corporations and governments that have a vested interest in ensuring that the Intrepid never leaves the Sol System.

Tanis tightens security and fights political red tape while running up against assassins and mercenaries sent to the stop her and the Intrepid at every turn. The new friends and relationships she forges strengthen her resolve to protect the ship and keep its crew and colonists safe as they endeavor to head outsystem.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

{Review} CRUX by Julie Reece


CRUX

by Julie Reece
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Pages/Format: 285; Paperback & e-book
Source: Won from Publisher

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich, and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

{Review} BURN BRIGHT by Marianne de Pierres

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BURN BRIGHT

Night Creatures Series #1
by Marianne de Pierres
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Pages/Format: 316; Paperback & e-book
Source: Won from Author

Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.
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Friday, July 6, 2012

{Giveaway} Summer Reads Hop: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

 

Thank you for making it all the way to my stop on the Summer Reads Giveaway Hop, hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and co-hosted by Rex Robot Reviews! I'm giving away a paperback copy of The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland. The prize will ship from The Book Depository so make sure you're in a country they will ship to by clicking HERE

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

{Review} God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

The Immortal Empire #1
by Kate Locke
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Orbit Books
Pages/Format: 352; Hardcover & e-book
Source: HC from Publisher 

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist. The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

{Review} So Close to You by Rachel Carter

SO CLOSE TO YOU

by Rachel Carter
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages/Format: 313; Hardcover & e-book
Source: ARC

Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who've disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.

When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she's ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she's in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.

Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices--and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

{Review} Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols + Bookmark Giveaway!

Such a Rush

by Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books
Pages: 320
Source: ARC from Author

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.
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Monday, July 2, 2012

{Review} ETERNAL by J.A. Belfield

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ETERNAL

A Holloway Pack Novel #0.5
by J.A. Belfield
Publication Date: July 2, 2012
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Source: Won from Publisher

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds hearsay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.

It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.

Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.

His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.

Her mother.
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Eternal is the fabulous prequel story in J.A. Belfield's Holloway Pack Series. It expounds on certain parts of Jem Stonehouse and Sean Holloway's history alluded to in the first novel, Darkness & Light. Jem, Sean, and Jessica are the only familiar names in Eternal. What gives? Set in a different time period, Eternal portrays the past in which Jem and Sean are bound to each other for eternity.

Opening with a steamy scene, Eternal packs a lot of romance in novella length story. From protection to marriage, readers see Jem and Sean's relationship from the very beginning. I love the consistency found between Eternal and Darkness & Light. Even though the versions of Jem and Sean, in Eternal, have different positions in life than the Jem and Sean in Darkness & Light, they have the same attitudes and values. I do consider them the same people, but each life they live is a little different, like the family dynamic in the prequel.

Eternal is the next stop until book two of the Holloway Pack Series releases. Full of action and romance, it's enough to hold readers over until Blue Moon hits shelves!

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Other J.A. Belfield Titles to Discover:


Make Believe (Anthology) - Coming December 2012
Blue Moon (A Holloway Pack Story, #2) - Coming December 2012


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review + Guest Post: CIRCUS SUMMER by Kailin Gow

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CIRCUS SUMMER

Circus of Curiosities #1
by Kailin Gow
Publication Date: July 2, 2012
Publisher: The EDGE Books
Source: ARC

Every season, the Circus of Curiosities visits the city, bringing with it the most fantastic circus acts that are beautiful, majestic, and death-defying. Every season performers for these acts are chosen from the young men and women in each town, trained, and sent to perform in a televised performance, performed literally to the death. Two performers from Sea Cliff, a beach town at the outskirts of the major city find themselves chosen to be in this Summer's Circus Act. Both must win at any cost, but could they ignore their budding feelings for each other?
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