Thursday, August 29, 2013

September 2013 Releases

This month's releases are so exciting! I can't wait to get my hands on them. :-)

Eternal (Winterhaven #3) by Kristi Cook (9/3/13) 
Why -> OMG after the way Mirage ended, I've been dying to get my hands on this final installment. Violet is forced to chose between true love and destiny! Argh! How can she possibly chose? I need this, now. lol

The Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White (9/9/13) 
Why -> For starters, Isadora's the human daughter of Egyptian Gods. Need I really say more? Obviously this heritage will bring complications to her life, even if she wants to get away from her family. Add to that the ominous dreams foretelling destruction for her family, they just might be real. 

Sky Jumpers (Sky Jumpers #1) by Peggy Eddleman (9/14/13) 
Why -> I love dystopians. I know, there's a million of them out there. But this one looks good. Hope's world has been destroyed by WWIII and the only thing that seems to matter in her town is inventing. They want to invent to restore what was lost in the war, but Hope is hopeless at inventing. When bandits attack trying to gain access to the antibiotics Hope's town has created, they are forced to decide between handing the antibiotics over and dying out or die now trying to defend them.

Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey (9/18/13) 
Why -> I've already read this one and LOVED it. It's a great mystery thriller for teens. Elle has been moving all her life to keep up with her dad's job. But when a serial killer shows up in the same town as her new boarding school, she finds out there's more to the story of her moves than she thought.

Vicious by Victoria Schwab (9/24/13)
Why -> First off, I LOVE Victoria's books. They're amazing! In her first adult book she's combined betrayal between best friends and super powers. Oh!!! I can't wait to read this one.

What books am I missing for September? I'm always missing some.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Two Triangles Giveaway

So, I have TWO books to giveaway and they have three awesome things in common.
  • Both have Triangle in the title. 
  • They are both signed copies!!! 
  • AND they are looking for one lucky winner to give them a good home.

Your shelf could be their new home!

First let me tell about the books:

The Devil's Triangle by Toni De Palma 
Goodreads Blurb:
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 who 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 him and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.

Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller
Goodreads Blurb:
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

Now for the giveaway!!! 

  • Prize: One signed copy of The Devil's Triangle by Toni De Palma, one signed copy of Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller, and one signed Triangles bookmark. 
  • Giveaway begins August 27, 2013 and ends at midnight September 10, 2013. 
  • Winner will be announced on September 11, 2013. 
  • Contest is open to U.S. residents only. 
  • Please leave your email for me to contact you as follows: email (at) provider (dot) com
  • Please read my Giveaway Policy and Rules.

To enter all you have to do is answer one of two questions in the comments below. If you feel up to it you can answer both, just don't hurt yourself doing so. ;-)

  1. Would you make a deal with the devil to save the life of someone you love, even if it means you can never be with them again? 
  2. What do you imagine your alternate reality might be if you were stuck in the Bermuda Triangle?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Update

Oh so much is happening these days that I'm glad I put blogging on hold for the summer. Seriously there's been so little time that I've hardly read anything. I'm currently reading my third book since mid-July. Not only that I haven't done a huge amount on my rewrite yet.

Every summer I return to Austin from the Jersey Shore to visit my family, but this year I made the big move back to Austin. So things have been really crazy between getting settled and the normal summer craziness of having both my kids and my nephew home. Next summer will be interesting as my daughter will be sixteen and a driver. I'm both looking forward to her being able to get herself places and terrified of the prospect of her behind the wheel. For this summer, though, it's been chauffeuring teen girls around and playing referee to the two little boys on top of the move. 

But not to worry the kids go back to school next week and I'm hoping I can get back into a routine. Summers always kink up my schedules. I've noted the plot changes to be made, but now I just need the time to make those changes in my WIP. I'm hoping to get that all done by October. Why? Well, I didn't participate in NaNo last year and I hated being left out of all the writing craziness. I've decided I want to jump back in again this year. I'm waffling between a couple of projects that I'd like to work on for NaNo. So I'd like to be done rewriting by October to spend that month plotting at least one of those projects to write in November. In the meantime, I'm still in the query process for Barely There and Midnight Raynne.

I'm actually way ahead of my reading goal for the year, but I'm way behind in reading debut author works. I'm hoping to get more read once my daughter and nephew go back to school. It will be quiet once again. Only the 3 year old will be running wild through the house. Alone each of the kids are well behaved and it's easy to get writing done. Put them together and it's pure chaos.

I'm also hoping to get back to blogging regularly again over the next couple of weeks. I have a book blog tour I'm participating in mid-September with a giveaway. I also have a giveaway that I'm hoping to get set up by next week; two signed books! I also am busy working on getting ready for Banned Books Week. I'd like to do a giveaway that week as well, but I'm not sure what book to do yet.

Wow, seeing it all written down I realize I have a lot of plans and better get back in gear. lol

I hope everyone has had a great summer and makes the smooth transition back to school.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Taylor-Made Life - Book Tour

 A Taylor-Made Life Blog Tour & Giveaway
And Book Review

They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.
Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.

Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.

You can purchase A Taylor-Made Life here: Amazon / Smashwords / Goodreads

Giveaway: $25 Gift Card to Amazon, a Charm Bracelet, a Crochet Hat, and SWAG for A Taylor-Made Life, and Queen of Jastain. 

Giveaway Rules:
Giveaway begins August 1st and will end August 30th 11:59 EST. The winner will be announced by email.
Open to U.S. residents only.
We are not responsible for items lost in the mail & have the right to disqualify anyone, at any time.
Personal information given by the applicant in the giveaway will never be shared. All information is deleted once the giveaway ends.

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Author’s Bio:

Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished with words. It's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.

This blog tour was hosted by Christine Marie Book Publicity & Promotion. If you'd like to become a tour host follow this link:
And My Book Review

This was such a great story despite my having reservations about it. I haven’t read many novels that deal with the subject of cancer. Mostly because it’s a personal reservation I have. I have lost both my grandmothers to cancer and a friend of mine in NJ was just recently diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer this past year. The subject on a whole is very depressing to me and because of that I’ve mostly stayed clear of books relating to it. I’m glad, though, that I read A Taylor-Made Life.

Rader did such a wonderful job on this book. I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships with one another. She pulled me into their lives and had me sobbing! I mean like a little baby sobbing. I’m seriously glad I was reading it in the confines of my own room while reading. It would have been seriously embarrassing to have been sobbing in public! I can’t even go into mentioning everything I enjoyed about this book without giving away spoilers, so I won’t.

Instead what I will say is that this was definitely a great read. It was well written with easy to love characters.