Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #36

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event splotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Reborn (Altered #3)
by Jennifer Rush
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

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An action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful third book in the Altered series.

The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.

Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #35

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event splotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Wicked (The Wicked Saga #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: December 8, 2014

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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Book Birthday: FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS by Danielle Ellison


Title: Follow Me Through Darkness
Author: Danielle Ellison
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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Blurb


The truth won't always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.

Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.

All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.

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Danielle Ellison spent of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It's probably the reason she can't divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It's also probably the reason she's had so many different zip codes and jobs.

When she’s not writing, Danielle is usually drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Danielle is also the author of SALT and STORM, a series about a snarky witch without magic. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blog Tour: FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS by Danielle Ellison

I'm so excited today to welcome Danielle Ellison to my blog for an interview. I really enjoyed her upcoming YA novel, Follow Me Through Darkness. After reading the interview don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!


Blurb


The truth won't always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.

Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.

All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.


Title: Follow Me Through Darkness
Author: Danielle Ellison
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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Q.
Where did the idea for Follow Me Through Darkness come from? Was it hard to develop?


A.
It started with a line and a girl's voice in my head that was impossible to ignore. I had no direction for a long time, just her and all these pieces of a story that she kept telling me. I rewrote this book 8 times from beginning to end before I sold, so it was definitely hard to figure out. Once I had the story it didn't change much, but figuring out how to tell the story was the challenge. It's such a big and complicated world to capture!

Q.
I loved how you switched from where Neely is on her quest to the past. Was it like that from the beginning, or was it something that developed over time during the writing process?

A.
Thanks! I love that too! The flashbacks happened in rewrite 6. I couldn't get the story to work. I'd tried it linearly; I'd tried it in parts; It had a different opening chapter in every single revision up until 8. Then my friend said, "Try it in flashbacks," because the simplest things are never your own idea. So I did that, and it was instantly the right decision. Then making it all cohesive, in the right order, transition clearly was a whole different process.

Q.
The Cleaners are just plain creepy. Where did they come from? The thought of them gives me the chills!

A.
Yeah. Me too! They just sort of appeared in an early draft, and Neely was running from them. I didn't know what they were, just that she compared it to tornado sucking things up. I liked the concept. If you were trying to destroy everything, have a blank slate for life, I thought they should be terrifying yet something very possible. I made them work like vacuums programmed with one purpose: to remove anything and everything living. Once I had all that the options were limitless and they seamlessly wove into the background of the book and the history of her world.

Q.
What made you want to write young adult?


A.
In college I took writing classes and wrote a lot of short "literary" fiction. I loved writing but all my characters were teens. I didn't know YA was a thing(aside from Harry Potter & Twilight I'd never read any.) I also didn't do short well. Then, I started reading YA after college—and I was hooked! I loved everything about it. It made me feel so many things. I wanted to make people feel too. It gave me a place to express myself, to find myself, and I think that's what makes it so amazing. I may not always write only YA, but it will definitely always set the bar for me of excellent storytelling.

Q.
I've found that sometimes my favorite characters to write are not the protagonist. Which was your favorite character to write in Follow Me Through Darkness? I really liked Neely and Thorne, but I also found myself really wanting to know more about Xenith by the end.

A.
I'm with you! I obviously love Neely, as she's dominated four years (and counting) of my creative space, head & heart.

Thorne, though, he's surprising. That guy loves so fiercely and it makes him intriguing, but I've learned that there's more to him than people suspect. I know there's more than I had thought.

And Xenith! Xenith is something else. I think I enjoy writing him the most because I never know what he will do or say; he's the most fun to write.

Q.
What was the hardest thing about writing Follow Me Through Darkness


A.
Neely, in the beginning, was troublesome. She's an emotionally closed-off character—she has to be with all she's dealing with—so it took a while to break through all of that. I think it's worth it now and she's amazing, but it was difficult at first to get into her space. Once I got the story right and figured out how to tell it, I think the hardest part to get perfect was the countdown. The whole story) operates on a deadline, so counting down in military time while jumping around was super hard! We had an editor who just checked the timeline.

Q.
When will the next book in the Boundless trilogy be released? (Inquiring and impatient minds would love to know.)

A.
October 2015—which will fly by, right?


Q.
What other projects are you planning on for the future, if you can divulge that information?


A.
Besides the rest of the trilogy, I have a few things up my sleeve but nothing official. :)


Q.
Because I'm a huge reader and constantly looking for more books to devour, what are you currently reading?

A.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, which is out in 2015.


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Danielle Ellison spent of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It's probably the reason she can't divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It's also probably the reason she's had so many different zip codes and jobs.

When she’s not writing, Danielle is usually drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Danielle is also the author of SALT and STORM, a series about a snarky witch without magic. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.


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MORTAL ENCHANTMENT - Review Tour


Title: Mortal Enchantment (#1)
Author: Stacey O'Neale
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing

Blurb


“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

Review

Kalin is half mortal - half air princess. Due to a deal her parents made when she was born she's been living as a mortal in the mortal world, hidden from the elemental courts, protected by knights from the air kingdom. The day she's set to leave the mortal world behind and take her place as the air princess along side her father, the air king, things go from difficult to just plain horrible.

The knights protecting Kalin go missing. There's the woman who tries to kill Kalin in the woods by her house. The mysterious, Rowan, who saves her. And to top it all off, her father has gone missing.
Forced to take over her father's duties without a clue as to how to fill his shoes, she's secretly figuring out how to find her father.

Mortal Enchantment was a fun read with lots of twists and turns. It also helped that I had previously read, The Shadow Prince, a prequel novella from Rowan's perspective. So I already knew why Rowan was helping Kalin and protecting her. I liked how strong Kalin was. She relied on her own instincts and was wary to let anyone help her. She had no clue whether she could really trust Rowan or not.

I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment, Fragile Reign. Look for it in November!

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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

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Teaser Thursday: FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS by Danielle Ellison


It’s crazy, and that’s what I keep telling myself, but it feels right. Like a missing piece has been put back into place. It’s been three hundred years. Of course there’s life outside. And if the Elders are trying to stop it from coming in, then it’s no wonder they aren’t involved in our lives here. They’re trying to be everywhere. The question I can’t understand is why no one asks about the Old World. Hasn’t anyone else wondered?


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #34

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event splotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.


A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
Publication Date: November 4, 2014

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Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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