Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Trailer Reveal: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel + Goodreads Giveaway




The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
NA Romance
Expected Publication: 11th November 2014

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

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The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy

by Amy Engel

Giveaway ends November 04, 2014.
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Author Bio - Amy Engel

Amy Engel
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.




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Release Blitz: Loop by Karen Akins + Giveaway

http://www.memyshelfandi.com/2014/09/mmsai-tours-release-day-celebration.html

Loop

Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins
YA Romance
Published: 21st October 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her. 

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future. 

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Praise for Loop

"A creative take on romance in a high-stakes, high-concept mystery that trusts its readers' intelligence."
- Kirkus

"LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre. I devoured the entire book in one sitting!"
- Julie Cross, Author of the TEMPEST series

"Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!"
- Melissa Landers, Author of the ALIENATED series 



Author Bio - Karen Akins

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Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her. 

Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.


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Giveaway

Signed hardcover copy of Loop + a swag pack

-US Only

-Must be 13+ to enter
-Ends 3rd November 2014


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Teaser Tuesday [34] & Top Ten Tuesday [35]

Teaser Tuesday

Hosted by MizB at Should be Reading

Two Blue Lines

But Mel needed to get home, and honestly, I was happy to have a minute to breathe because she seemed a bit happier about seeing the baby on the ultrasound than I was, and I didn't want to look like an ass. So I kissed her goodbye and let her think I was the good boyfriend.

~11% e-copy of Two Blue Lines (Crossing the Line #1) by S.C. Montgomery



Top Ten New Series I Want to Start
(from books I already own)

 

It was too hard for me to pick just ten new book series I want to read so I had to narrow down the field by just picking from books I already own - I am an incorrigible book buyer! I own at least the first book in the series, but in some cases I own the next books too! I really need to take some time out to get through my enormous TBR pile, or soon it'll needs its own house!

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)   Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

1. The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)   The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

4. The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski


Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)   Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

5. His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers

6. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas


Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)   Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)



Slated (Slated, #1)   The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

9. Slated Series by Teri Terry

10. Fire and Thorns Series by Rae Carson


Re-Release Blitz: Chosen by Kristen Day


Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3)

Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3) by Kristen Day

The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up.
Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life. In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war. As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point. A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive. In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance. The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most. 

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Find book one of the Daughters of the Sea series, Forsaken, here: 


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Author Bio - Kristen Day

Kristen DayI am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.


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Monday, 20 October 2014

Book Blitz: Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe - Excerpt + Giveaway



Losing Track (Living Heartwood #2) by Trisha Wolfe
Published: 15th October 2014

Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.

The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.

A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage.

When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path. 

Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.


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**Losing Track is currently on sale for only .99c!**



Excerpt

Language/Mature-theme warning. 17+

Boone

She sniffs hard and clears her voice. But doesn’t say anything.

I do. “What’s wrong?”

There. Two simple words. Could be any two people meeting in a hallway, asking the same thing, and it’d mean absolutely nothing. But for us, those words break through every barrier we’ve assembled.

Her choice: answer something noncommittal, like “nothing,” and give me the brush off. Securing our casual friendship remains the same. Or, answer honestly…changing everything.

I’m not sure which I’m rooting for. Just as I wasn’t sure yesterday if I wanted her to accept my rejection—or push past all my barriers and tell me to fuck off, she was taking control. I lied when I told myself I was relieved; I wanted this girl to scare the shit out of me, to make me react.

Her throaty voice cuts through the suffocating fear creeping over me. “I got a letter. From a friend. He’s just been released from jail.”

I notice the folded paper in her hand. Her fingertips pinching the paper, holding it away from herself. “That’s good news.” It’s not a statement; it’s a question.

She nods. “Yeah.”

Silence thickens between us.

“Walk?” I offer, hoping I can get her out of whatever funk this friend has caused.

Nodding again, she picks herself off the floor and folds the letter to make it smaller. She stuffs it into the back pocket of her jean skirt before saying, “So how did you fair with the blue balls yesterday? You seem to be walking all right.”

A chuckle slips out. I know she’s avoiding. Doesn’t want to talk about the letter or her friend, so I can roll with her punches. “Worst case I ever had.” And that’s no lie. I thought long and hard about jerking my dick to kingdom come, but I settled for blue balls. An extra little dose of punishment for almost fucking up.

“And that’s the best compliment I’ve ever had. Thanks, Boone.” She nudges me with her shoulder as I shake my head.

As soon as we step outside, I drop my shades over my eyes and instantly regret my idea. For the seconds I was entranced with Mel’s pain, with her, I forgot about the sky-high heat index. “Shit. If there was ever a month to get the fuck out of Florida,” I say.

“No shit,” she agrees. Turning to face me, she adds, “You do have a bike. Well, sort of. Not sure I classify your Bonnie bobber as one, really…” she trails off, and I let the slight against my bike slide. I figured her for an all American girl. “But we could Bonnie and Clyde our way to Sturgis. Pun totally intended.” She winks. “There’s always, like, a crazy aftermath of drag races and parties following the rally.”

I want to think she’s joking. But I have a sure feeling in the pit of my stomach that if I offered her to leave right now, she’d hop on the back of my bike. No questions. And suddenly, there’s a sickness gripping my gut to match that feeling—I want that.

At some point, whether it was the moment she touched me, the heated look in her eyes, or the second I saw the hopelessness forming around her in the hall…a line was crossed. There’s no walking away now.

This girl will break me.

And I’ll beg her to do it.

We reach the benches near the basketball court and she slides onto the top seatback. I lick my lips, thankful for my shades as my gaze travels up her creamy legs to her thighs. I imagine running my hand up that same course.

Under her skirt…

Fucking hell. At some point, I’m going to have to wear my dick out. I should beat the hell out of it each time before I see her. I’m like a horny teen getting a taste of porn for the first time. It’s embarrassing.

I’ve gone almost a year with no real temptations. Where the hell did this girl come from? She blindsided me.



The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood #1) by Trisha Wolfe
Published: 6th August 2013

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

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Author Bio - Trisha Wolfe

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

Giveaway

$10 Amazon Gift Card

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-Ends 14th November 2014

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Book Blitz: Follow Me Home by Monica Goulet - Excerpt + Giveaway




Follow Me Home by Monica Goulet
Published: 16th September 2014

16-year-old Kelsey thinks her new house far away from Tulsa is the perfect place to escape her past—until she meets Jay, the boy who used to live there.

After a series of mysterious break-ins at the house, Kelsey discovers the culprit is Jay, but before she can confront him, Jay inadvertently sets in motion a series of events that leave Kelsey and her family devastated and wind Jay up in juvie.

Desperate to fix things, Kelsey confronts him only to discover Jay’s not the delinquent she expects, but a boy with a past more messed up than hers. Against her better judgment, the two of them form an unlikely friendship she keeps secret from everyone.

Then Jay asks for a favor she didn’t see coming – one that leaves Kelsey torn between her growing loyalty to Jay and throwing away the new future she worked so hard to build.

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Excerpt

I sit on one of the hard metal chairs in the middle of the room, but change my mind and stand up again. Don’t they have those barriers in these places where you have to talk to the person through a phone on the other side of a window? Shouting echoes from somewhere down the hall. Where did the guard go?

A shadow fills the doorway, and I jump.

“You’re not my sister,” Jay says.

The light grey uniform catches me off guard. He looks like a criminal. One I willingly let into my house. I try to swallow, but my mouth is dry. I glance around him and spot the guard standing just outside the door.

“No,” I say. “I’m not your sister.”

Jay stops a few feet away from me and puts his hands in his pockets. He seems different up close. Scared, even. I clench my fists at my side and try not to let him soften me.

“I’m Kelsey.” I unclench one fist and stick my hand out. I think it’s shaking, but I try not to look at it. He doesn’t move from his spot. “My house,” I say. “Did you do it?” I stare at the freckles around his nose so I don’t have to look at his eyes.

He’s silent. I wait for him to turn around and walk back out. But then he looks up.

“It was my house too,” he says.

I try to hold his gaze without letting the sadness get to me. “I know. You used to live there, right?”

He nods, and I stare at the pink and green braided friendship bracelet on his left wrist. The kind I used to make with Julie when we were eleven. I still had dozens of them in a drawer when we moved. One of the many items from Tulsa that ended up in the trash.

“So did you do it?” I sit again and tuck my hands under my thighs.



Author Bio - Monica Goulet


Monica Goulet writes and lives in Oshawa, Ontario with her husband. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Professional Writing.

In her other life, she’s an instructional designer and a mother-to-be who likes ice cream, running, and losing herself in a good story.



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$5 Amazon Gift Card

-International
-Ends 15th November 2014

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Stacking the Shelves [49]

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews about sharing the books you've added to your shelves in the past week, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks. Click on the book titles to take you to their goodreads page.


BOUGHT:

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2)  For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)  The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang (paperback)
For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund (paperback)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson (paperback)

These are the other books I bought for myself using my Bookworld birthday book voucher - I can't wait to start them all!



WON:

The Ghosts of Heaven

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (paperback, ARC)

I won a copy of this from Date A Book - the cover of mine is different to this because it's an ARC copy but it's still got the 'spiral' theme!


That's my haul for the week!

What books have you picked up?