Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cover Reveal: ONLY ONE DREAM by Elodie Nowodazkij

Title: ONLY ONE DREAM (One, Two, Three #0.5)
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Release Date: October 2014
Cover Designer: Derek Murphy of CreativIndie

Blurb


Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has only one dream: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing's always been who she is and she's working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts end of the year recital.

But...will she make it?

Within a week, Natalya's life will be changed forever.

Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three.


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Author Bio

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master's degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.

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Cover Reveal: FRAGILE REIGN by Stacey O'Neale

We're thrilled to help reveal the cover for FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale! Check out the cover below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Then be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Amazon or B&N gift card!
 

Details about the cover, from author Stacey O'Neale:

In case you're curious about the cover, the model represents Marcus. The background represents the woodland court and the caves at the bottom are where the members of the royal family live. I chose caves because the woodland court protects the forests of the world. I didn't think they would choose to cut down trees to make a castle, so the massive caves worked out nicely. If you zoom in, you can see where the doors and windows are cut out. The inside is very lavish. If you read FRAGILE REIGN, you'll learn all about it.
FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale | November 18, 2014
It’s been a week since all hell broke loose… Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court? Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause. Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?


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 About the Author

Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

September 2014 Releases

I have a long list this month. This is both good and bad, because I'm excited for so many books, but there is just not enough time. I've hardly read any of the books released this year so far. I've read a lot of books from previous years, though.

Anyways, here's the list for this month.

Mortal Gods (Goddess War #2) by Kendare Blake 
9/2/14 

Why -> I haven't read Antigoddess yet, but it's sitting on my Kindle waiting patiently for me to read. It just looks so good and I have a feeling that I'll want to read this trilogy closer to the release of the third book. So I'm impatiently waiting for next year to read this one.

Trial by Fire (#1) by Josephine Angelini
9/2/14

Why -> OMG! I LOVED this book! I got an ARC from NetGalley and really loved this one. You can see my review here. And then go read it yourself. I can't wait for the next two books. Seriously foaming at the mouth here.

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
9/9/14

Why -> For starters this is Kiersten White and that should say enough. Add to it that it's billed as a cross between "Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare" and I'm definitely in. And there's magic involved. Yes, please!

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas
9/16/14

Why -> Okay, I haven't read the blurb for this one, but I'm dying to read this trilogy. I bought the first book after seeing Sherry Thomas at last year's Texas Teen Book Festival and it's high up on my list of books to read. So yeah, this book is now up there as well. I'm torn between reading these two soon or waiting until the final book comes out next year. Decisions like this drive me nuts. lol

Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge #1) by Heidi Schulz
9/16/14

Why -> This looks like a great MG that I really can't wait to read. Jocelyn is Captain James Hook's daughter and she's eager to follow in her father's footsteps, but being a pirate isn't all she thought it would be. She's dealing with an untrained crew, cannibals, and rescuing her best friend from the lost boys. Not to mention Peter Pan, who drops in whenever he wants, uninvited of course.

Made for You by Melissa Marr
9/16/14

Why -> While recovering from a hit-and-run accident, Eva finds that she has a new skill - seeing people's deaths. With the help of her former flame, Nate, she uses her new talent to keep her friends alive while the killer becomes more desperate in getting Eva out of the picture all together.

Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither
9/16/14

Why -> After Cate's sister dies her family picks up her sister's replacement. She looks identical to the sister Cate just lost, and even has her memories. But when her sister goes missing Cate goes in search, putting herself in the line of fire the closer to the truth she gets.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver
9/23/14

Why -> When the wealthy Richard Walker dies his house is left to his ex-wife Caroline and their children, Trenton and Minna. But they aren't alone in the house. Alice and Sandra haunt the house as well, watching the family. Their worlds collide when a new ghost arrives and Trenton begins communicating with her.


Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
9/23/14

Why -> Sarah believes that she's undergoing a procedure that will erase her troubled past and render her a blank slate, giving her a new start. But when a teenage computer hacker tries bringing down the hospital she begins piecing together the reasons someone would want her erased. And she's not going to be silenced this time.

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis
9/23/14

Why -> I have yet to read this blurb. I am waiting until the final book is release. I keep hearing that this a great read and my gut tells me to wait so I can devour all of the books back to back. Something I have really been enjoying this past year.

Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
9/23/14

Why -> Avery wants to be a witch so she can protect the whalers of Prince Island, but her mother has other plans for her. Ones that don't include magic at all and manners. After dreaming of her own murder she realizes time is running out and she needs to become a witch to save herself. And Tane, a sailor and unlikely ally, joins her quest to save her friends and herself. But the cost of becoming a witch might be too high for her.

Firebug by Lish McBride
9/23/14

Why -> Ava is a firebug, able to start fires with her mind, and she works for the Coterie (magical mafia). She hates her job and her boss, after all, he killed her mom. When she's told to kill a family friend she rebels and goes on the run with her friends, and attempts to keep the killing to a minimum.

Winterspell by Claire LeGrand
9/30/14

Why -> I love the cover for this one. Set in 1899, Clara has lead a double life since her mother's murder: the mayor's proper daughter and trained in self-defense by the mysterious Drosselmeyer. When her father is abducted by mysterious beings she sets off with Nicholas, the dethroned prince bound by a wicked curse, through Cane, a war-ravaged land.

What books are you excited about releasing this September?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #27

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Tabula Rasa
by Kristin Lippert-Martin

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

From Goodreads: 

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #26

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Falls the Shadow
by Stefanie Gaither 

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

From Goodreads: 

When Cate Benson was twelve, her sister died.

Two hours after the funeral, they picked up Violet’s replacement, and it was like nothing had ever happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to grant their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth. So this new Violet has the same smile. The same laugh. That same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

Or at least, that’s what the paparazzi and crazy anti-cloning protesters want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that, though. She’s used to standing up for her sister too, and she’s determined to prove her innocence now—at whatever the cost. But the deeper she digs for the truth, the further Cate's carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, unveiling a world filled with copies and lies, where nothing and no one—not even her sister— is completely what they seem.

In a pulse pounding debut, Stefanie Gaither takes readers on a nail-biting ride through a future that looks frighteningly similar to our own time and asks: how far are you willing to go to keep your family together?

 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BREATHE FOR ME Blog Tour & Giveaway

Title: Breathe For Me
Author: Rhonda Helms
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press


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Blurb

Isabel's been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon's "gift" came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory's wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she's different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon's price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.


Excerpt

“You okay?” Dominic asks me.

I look over at him. His brows are bunched together, his irises dark. He reaches a hand toward mine, then stops and pulls it back. I can’t interpret the look in his eyes.

Disappointment at his withdrawal creeps through my veins. “Yeah, I’m fine,” I say. Inside my head, I scoff at my stupidity. How quickly I forget who I am when I’m around him. I force my attention back to my paper. “Let’s just concentrate on our project.” My words have a strong bite to them, one I don’t try to hold back. It’s better this way, anyway.

He sighs, turning away from me.

For the rest of the period, we work in silence. Out of the corner of my eye, I see him writing furiously.

I wish I could say I’m productive, but my mind is blocked. No words will pour from my pen. I feel mute, silenced by my own emotions, by the heat from his body that warms my side. The soft scratching sound of him writing on his paper is absorbing, and I close my eyes and just listen, shutting out the world around me. Opening up my heart for one moment in the only safe way I know.

The bell rings, jarring me out of my fog. I gather my books and stand quickly, edging away from my desk.

Dominic grabs my hand.

The gesture stops me in my tracks. The warmth from his palm seeps through my glove, absorbs into my skin, fuses with my cells and tiny hairs and molecules and veins.

I turn to face him.

He rises from his seat, still gripping me. “Please don’t run from me anymore,” he asks, his voice raw. His eyes are wide, piercing mine with a tiny sliver of hurt and...some other emotion. It seems a little familiar, but I can’t quite figure it out at the moment. I’m too distracted by the sensory overload of him.

“I’m sorry,” I say, pouring earnestness into my voice.

He shakes his head slowly. His eyes swirl with shades of blue, and he peers down at me with no disguise or veil to protect himself. In this moment, I can see everything inside him. I recognize that emotion in his gaze as desire.

Desire—for me.

The air whooshes from my lungs. The stirrings of my own longing match his, slamming to the surface of my skin in a heated fervor. My pulse speeds up.

“No more apologies, Isabel,” he says, then loosens his grip on my imprisoned hand, his thumb sliding down the center of the covered palm.

I shiver at the sensation, exhaling a shaky breath. “I... Okay.” I can barely think, barely move. I am captured, locked in a state of perfect being. Frozen in one perfect moment.

“Read this,” he says, pressing a folded paper into my hand.

And then, he’s gone. I remain in my spot for a moment, holding on to this feeling.

Tucking it safely away in my mind, where I can experience it over and over again for as long as possible. I force myself to take several slow breaths to focus my mind, slip the note into my pocket for when I can read it in privacy. Then I head to my next class, carrying secret thoughts of Dominic with me.

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Author Bio

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #25

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Made For You
by Melissa Marr

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

From Goodreads: 

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.