Thursday, December 27, 2012

January 2013 Releases

OMG! There are so many releases this month that I just don't know what I'm going to do with myself. I'm seriously going to need to lock myself away from the world and my family to get through this list any time soon. I haven't had a list like this in a while! And mixed into this list are the final books in three separate trilogies I have been following since they debuted in 2011. I'm anxiously awaiting their endings to see how it all turns out. Here goes nothing!


Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder (1/1/13)

Why -> I'm a huge fan of Schroeder's books, all of them including the MG & children's books. I can't wait to see what she has in store with this full novel, that's NOT in verse, her first YA like this. Did I mention I can't wait? Well, I can't!



The Essence (The Pledge #2) by Kimberly Derting (1/1/13)

Why -> I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Pledge, last year. I am excited to see what happens with Charlaina in this installment.


The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington (1/1/13)

Why -> Um, I seriously enjoy Harrington's mysteries. I'm a huge fan of hers and I can't wait to read the latest book by her. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, ever.


Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush (1/2/13)

Why -> Secrecy, mysteries, and teens on the run? Sounds like a good not-going-to-put-down read.


A Dance With Darkness (Anglefire #0.5) by Courtney Allison Moulton 
 
Why -> Although this novella doesn't appear to have Ellie or Will it still looks good. I love the kick-ass characters Moulton has created with this series, so I'm sure I will love this one too.


The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon (1/8/13)

Why -> This looks like a very intriguing dark mystery. It's not the usual for me, but I thought it looked very good, so it's on my list.


Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi (1/8/13) 

Why -> I've heard so much goodness about this series. I currently have Under the Never Sky hanging out on my Kindle, awaiting me to read it. The problem is, I'm afraid I'll read it and not be able to wait for the next book. So while I haven't read the first book I'm axiously awaiting the second, and third books. I want to read them all, at once, devour their wonderful stories back to back.

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis (1/15/13) 

Why -> I have been following this series since the first book was released in 2011 and can't wait to see what happens next. I'm super excited about it too. This is the series that really got me interested in YA sci-fi. I'm even working on editing my own sci-fi after getting the sci-fi bug. I also had the chance to go to one of Revis' signings this summer. She is so awesome and funny. Love her! I can't wait to read more projects by her. I'm sad that this will be the ending of this series, but hoping to read more from her in the future.

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans (1/15/13)

Why -> Afterlife, rebellion, angel guardians, and the fate of man kind sounds very interesting. Intriguing and I can't wait to read it and find out what happens.


Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton (1/22/13) 

Why -> Oh la la, one of my favorite new trilogies. I love the world Ashton created with Everneath and can't wait to sink my teeth into this one! I will be devouring it as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand (1/22/13)

Why -> I'm so sad that this is the final installment in the Unearthly trilogy, but super excited to see how it ends all at once. I love Hand's writing and the world she has created. Not to mention she set her story in Wyoming, where I was born. I love Wyoming and it's great to have it depicted in a novel. I also love the characters and their struggles. I can't wait to see what Hand has in store after this trilogy. 


The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab (1/22/13) 

Why -> I love the idea of this book, Mac collects histories from the dead. I became a fan of Schwab's with her debut, The Near Witch, which was excellent. I can't wait to dive into this new world she has created and follow the mystery.


Shadows in Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton (1/29/13) 

Why -> Another of my favorite trilogies ending this month. I truly love this trilogy and the characters. They are so amazing and after Wings of the Wicked I'm truly hanging on edge to find out what happens next.


Monday, December 17, 2012

COVER REVEAL: Devil's Triangle by Toni De Palma

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It's Here!!! The cover reveal for Toni's new book.  
What do you think?
 
The Devil's Triangle
by Toni De Palma
 
When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil's sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.
 
While Cooper figures out his mission, he's thrown into the life he's always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend that can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn't watch out.
 
While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what's keeping he and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.
 
ISBNs
978-1-939173-03-4Devil’s Triangle print
978-1-939173-04-1Devil’s triangle Ebook
Find Toni and The Devil's Triangle here:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How to Survive Ancient Spells & Crazy Kings - Official Blog Tour

   
Published by Pugalicious Press
When Bianca and Melvin brave the jungle to rescue their grandfather, they stumble upon the ancient Maya city of Etza, where the people haven’t aged in 2,000 years. They must learn to work together as they face loincloth-wearing skeletons from the underworld, a backstabbing princess, and an ancient prophecy that says in three days the city will be destroyed. No problem. They’ll find Zeb and zip right out of there. The fact that a crazy king wants to serve Bianca up to the gods as an appetizer is just a minor technicality. But this ancient evil dude has finally met his match.

 In this excerpt, Bianca's life is about to be turned completely upside down!

Excerpt from Chapter 4


“Just think. These are thousands of years old,” Melvin said, breathless. He touched them like he’d found the Holy Grail.

I studied the hieroglyphics chiseled into the face of the stone. The circular shapes and lines meant nothing to me. “Too bad they can’t tell us where to find Zebulon.”

“Do you think he’s here somewhere?”

I ran my fingers across the dusty stone. I’d hoped to find Zeb in the park, right away. “I hope so.”

“You know,” Melvin said, pausing. “I’m really good at keeping secrets.”

“I know, and I’m glad you’re here.”

I turned to see Melvin’s silhouette in the sun. I wanted to tell him about the necklace I’d stolen but I doubt he’d ever stolen anything. Not even a cookie. But that could be due to Aunt June’s penchant for adding finely chopped vegetables into the recipe.

A roar echoed from the jungle.  

Bomp ba bomp. Bomp ba bomp.

 “Hear that?” I asked.

My skin prickled, and I whipped around expecting to see something, maybe the old lady again, but there was only the burial temples and jungle.

“What?”

 The beating drums grew louder, pounding in my ears. The necklace tingled against my skin. I slowly turned to face the open plaza. My throat constricted until I gasped for air. I couldn’t believe it.

 Melvin grabbed my arm. “Bianca. What is it? Tell me.”

Thanks, Heather, for hosting me on the tour!  
How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings released in November. Pugalicious Press did a fantastic job, and I’m extremely happy with the results. This book would make a fantastic gift for boys or girls who enjoy adventure stories with lots of excitement!
You can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can read the first chapter here. Check out the teacher's guide. Thankfully, my journey is just beginning and I’m excited to see where it leads. Click here for the list of blog tour stops! Enter to win these prize packages!

Prize Package One (signed paperbacks)


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Prize Package Three

 
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ocean Kills Review

Ocean Kills (Book One of the Ocean Breeze Series)Ocean Kills by Jade Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm partial to this one! Love it! ;-)

Ocean Breeze is unprepared for the turn her life is about to take when she gets arrested. She has only ever let one person into her heart and she is not interested in allowing anyone else access. But when she stumbles onto a sex ring and knows she is the only hope the victims have she could be forced to open her heart.

Ocean is a unique character. She has endured the unthinkable and survived. Not only did she survive, but she developed a unique power that has helped her turn her focus to vigilante work making sure others do not have to face the same devastation she faced. While she has sworn off all connections and ties to people around her she has underestimated her need for them.

Callan is a cop who dislikes having to work within certain parameters while the criminals he is after ignore rules all together. Ocean gets under his skin more than anyone he has ever met before. While he agrees with Ocean’s reasons for doing what she does, he also worries about her more than he thought possible.

Jade writes such beautiful descriptions and really brings the world of her stories alive. She truly knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next.

If you’re looking for a good, dark adult book full of suspense and romance this is definitely the book for you. You won’t be sorry you read this. Don’t forget to stay tuned for Jade’s other book, Samsara, coming soon from Curiosity Quills. Another excellent book you won’t want to miss.

You can buy Ocean Kills on Amazon.
You can also stalk follow Jade on her blog, Goodreads, Twitter,

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Help Indie & Sefl-pubbed Authors Out

If you're like me then you read books that are published by the big guns, independent smaller publishers, and self-published. Obviously the last two don't have the funds that the big guys have to promote books and it tends to be more difficult for those authors when it comes to promoting their books. So, I thought I would share some information that I recently found out about.

Regardless if you bought the book at Amazon or not you can Like any book you wish. The more likes a book has the higher it's rating is. So, with that in mind I typed in a bunch of books that I know are published by either the author or a small publishing company and "liked" the books. You can do this without leaving a review or giving it stars. That, of course, will also help the book out.

Over at Barnes and Noble you can leave a review with stars. I am unaware of how their system works exactly, but it's worth it to help out some of your favorite authors.

Now to write reviews for those books. lol I have been very naughty this year with writing reviews, mostly just giving books stars instead of writing glossy reviews. I just don't have the time. But, this next year I will make sure I write reviews for these books in particular and paste it all over for every one to see.

Your Turn -> Do you leave reviews for authors who are published by independent (smaller) publishers or self-published?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

November Progress Report

This month was a disaster on all fronts except for reading. We started out the month with no power and a huge hit to my psyche thanks to Hurricane Sandy. A month later and I'm still not fully back to my normal routine. Then again there has been so much going on around here I haven't had the time to get back to normal at all. I'm hoping December will throw me back on track and help me get back into things. 

Writing
I had hoped to have Barely There edited and out to my beta readers by now, but that just didn't happen. The beginning of the month was a wash due to Hurricane Sandy and the last half was difficult with headaches and neck issues. I'm officially beginning physical therapy for my neck this week, so I'm hoping the pains will begin to subside. Hopefully! And I'm super determined to get this manuscript polished by Christmas, new deadline. Zoinks!

Goals For December
I would like to have Barely There completed. At this point I'm not sure I will have it done in time to have beta readers look at it by the end of the month. It is holiday season and there's no way I have time to fit in a lot of reading, let alone expect anyone else to as well. I do have one publisher I would love to send it to, but I'm doing that wavering thing and not sure they'll like it. So, I'm debating on sending the query out before I have my betas look at it or not. I'm torn here. 


Read:
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel by Bree Despain
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
After edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling  


Books Purchased:
So Close to You by Rachel Carter
Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto
The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto
Free Four by Veronica Roth

Your Turn -> Please tell me your November was more productive than mine. :-)