Saturday, 31 January 2015

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons Pre-Order Campaign and Giveaway


The Glass Arrow

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Expected Publication: 1st March 2015 by Tor Books

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. 


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Author Bio - Kristen Simmons


Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series and THE GLASS ARROW (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Exclusive Giveaway!

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A Personal Skype Session or Phone Call with Kristen, The Article 5 series Signed in paperback, The Glass Arrow Signed Bookmarks, $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and an EXCLUSIVE Bonus: A mention in the acknowledgements of Kristen's next book, Metaltown. Let’s make this happen and the spread the book love for #TheGlassArrow. How to Pre-Order??? Easy! READ BELOW!!

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Trigger by Jill Meengs Blog Tour - Excerpt + Character Interview

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Trigger by Jill Meengs
Spy Thriller
Published: 27th January 2015 by Booktrope

Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man hunting her is to kill him. She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, some of their blood is on her hands, and she wouldn’t have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Even though she isn’t sure she can trust Chase, she believes she needs him to discover the truth.

Two days before, life was pretty good as she backpacked around Europe with her best friend. Now, everything has changed and she may not even live through the night. What started as a summer trip of self-discovery has become a dangerous journey across three countries as Jordan is forced into a world few know exist and even fewer survive. A clandestine international organization that will let nothing stand in their way has put a price on her head. Despite all the uncertainty, there are two things that she is absolutely sure of; she has one chance to out-maneuver a world class killer, and she has to make that move right now.

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Excerpt

The gun, still warm from its previous owner’s body heat, was heavy in my hand. Gripping it tightly I stood up from behind the car, pointed it at the two assailants and pulled the trigger. The first shot went wide and startled everyone except me.

The element of surprise gone, I had to act fast and with better precision. Time slowed and everything faded out of focus except for my targets. My mind, my body and my surroundings flowed together in flawless cohesion as I moved around the vehicle. I had rarely, if ever, experienced such precise clarity or finite precision in every fiber of my being as I did in that moment.

A look of complete horror flashed across Chase’s face as he watched me. His mouth formed the word ‘No!’ but I couldn’t hear any sound. It wouldn’t have stopped me anyway.

Nothing could have stopped me.

I was completely committed because it was the only option if we were going to get out of there alive. Clear of the smashed car, I ran directly at the assailants with the pistol raised. Every fluid movement brought me closer to my goal. There was no wasted thought or action. There was nothing but the ultimate purpose: kill or be killed.



Character Interview

Chase Hudson interview by Jordan Shaw

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I would love to go to a remote island in Indonesia where I can stay in a hut, relax on the beach, and go fishing and scuba diving. Indonesia is one of the most incredible places on earth and to be able to take you there and show you what a magical place it is.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

When I thought Vlad had captured or killed you at the Cathedral in Sevilla. I was doing everything I could to get to you as fast as I could, but I was worried I wouldn’t get there in time and that I would lose you.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a Navy Seal or a fighter pilot. I loved GI Joe’s as a kid and became obsessed with being in the military. After my parents were killed I didn’t feel that something so structured would be the best fit for me. Plus, I was way too angry at the world and everyone in it to join an organization where I always had to do what someone told me.

What is your favorite meal?

Steak. I love a nice, juicy, prime cut of meat that is cooked medium rare at most.

Do you play any sports?

You name it, I played it, American football, Soccer, baseball, track, basketball.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Scuba diving, fishing, anytime I am doing something that involves the ocean is when I am the most relaxed.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Doesn’t matter, both I suppose. If I need to be up early or late I am happy to do either. Whatever I need to do to get the job done that is what I do.

What would we find under your bed?

You wouldn’t find anything, I don’t hide things under my bed. I have a safe for important things I want hidden from prying eyes and I also do not believe in clutter so if I ever have something that is useless enough to be stored under a bed I usually get rid of it.

What makes you happy?

In the past, not much. Now? Being with you Jordan.

What one word best describes you?

Determined.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

Never back down. If you let someone try to tell you what to do or if you let a situation control you then you will fail. It may not be a big failure and it may not matter all the time, but at some point it will matter and you will be sorry that you gave up. You need to go big or go home and where I am from, home is not usually an option.

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

Never quit. If you want something bad enough, if you work hard enough, and if you keep pushing toward your goal, you will attain it. Nothing feels better than succeeding when something is extremely difficult and you had to give it your all in order to get it done.



Author Bio - Jill Meengs

jill meengsJill Postlewait Meengs grew up in a small town on the Oregon Coast. During and after college she spent extended periods of time backpacking in more than 30 countries. She has been to every location she describes in “Trigger” and some of the content is based on her own experiences while traveling. She met her husband, Chad, in the MBA program at Oregon State University. After getting married, they purchased and fully remodeled a house. It was Chad who encouraged, and then bribed her to write her first book, “Trigger.” He says that he very much enjoys watching the flat-screen he purchased as part of their deal.

When Jill isn’t reading or writing, she is running, doing yoga or planning her next trip. Jill and Chad live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Little Jimmy Says, "Same Is Lame" by Jimmy Vee Blog Tour + Giveaway



Little Jimmy Says, "Same Is Lame" by Jimmy Vee
Published: 4th August 2014 by Atlas Press LLC

"It is your uniqueness that's really the seed. Embrace it! Exploit it! And you will Succeed."

Little Jimmy is a small guy with a BIG mission... help people realize how special they really are.

Why is everyone trying so hard to fit in when there is so much uniqueness to celebrate?

Jump in and follow the miniature ringmaster through his circus-inspired world of weird, where normal is ordinary, and ordinary is boring.

In these fun-filled pages you'll discover what makes you unique and why being different is actually cool.

So hurry, hurry! Come one, come all! Step right up. Kids of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and special in Little Jimmy's wondrous and wacky world.

Read this book and prepare to be amazed at what you see in the mirror the next time you take a look!





Author Bio - Jimmy Vee

Jimmy Vee

Jimmy Vee is known around the world as the Five Foot High Marketing Guy. He is living proof that big things really do come in small packages. He is a savvy CEO, a loving husband, a funny father, a bestselling business book author, a sought-after advertising copywriter, a wannabe musician, a master magician, a stand-up comedian and a stiff-lipped ventriloquist.


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-Must be 13+ to enter
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Book Blitz: Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor + Giveaway



Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor
Published: 28th January 2015

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.

When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.

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Author Bio - Janeal Falor

Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.

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Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card

-International
-Ends 24th February 2015




Book Blitz Organized by:

WINNER - Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop


The winner of my Dreaming of Books Giveaway is...

Daniela T.

Congratulations!

I've sent you an e-mail (don't forget to check your spam folder) and you have 72 hours to respond with your book of choice (up to $15AUD)! Happy reading and thanks for entering!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Release Blast: Love, Lucy by April Lindner - Guest Post + Giveaway



Love, Lucy by April Lindner
304 Pages
Published: 27th January 2015 by Poppy

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

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Guest Post by April Lindner

SOME RULES OF THE ROAD

Like Lucy Sommersworth, the heroine of Love, Lucy, my parents gave me the gift of a lifetime: a backpacking trip to Europe. I was a bit older than Lucy—22, and just out of college—but when I arrived in Milan, Italy with a Eurail pass, a copy of Let’s Go: Europe, and a seventy-pound backpack I could barely lift, I was a wee bit terrified. Like Lucy, I spoke only a little bit of Italian, just barely enough to get by, and I wasn’t particularly good at reading maps or train schedules. Unlike Lucy, I was travelling solo.

Luckily, my journey began with training wheels. I’d just taken a college Italian class, and my professor had offered a safe crash pad for the first few days of my trip—in her family home in the Alps. Less luckily, when I reached Malpensa airport, nobody was there to pick me up. Giddy with excitement and jet lag, I wandered around the airport, eavesdropping on Italians as they hugged each other hello and goodbye, and had noisy arguments. I’d never felt more alone in my life. Where would I sleep that night if my ride didn’t show up?

Luckily, my professor’s brother arrived at last to whisk me away to the family home in Domodossola. The extended family welcomed and fed me, gave me tours of their city with its charming medieval center, helped me practice my Italian, and, when the time was right, brought me to the train station where my solo travels began for real. It was time to take off the training wheels.

If I’d felt alone back in the airport, I was even more so on that train to Verona, a city where I didn’t know a soul. In those pre-internet days, I could disappear into thin air and nobody would even notice I was gone. The thought was chilling, but oddly exciting.

By nightfall, I’d made it to Verona. I’d figured out the public transportation, found a youth hostel, and booked myself a bed. Best of all, I had introduced myself to a handful of other backpackers. We hung out together in the hostel’s common area, sharing bread and cheese, exchanging stories, discussing the rules of the road—those bits of practical wisdom our travels were teaching us. Here are a few.


Time passes differently on the road.  Spend a few very intense hours seeing the sites with strangers and by the end of the day, those strangers have become a part of your story. Years later you’ll see their faces in your photo album and still remember stray details of the adventures you shared together, even if you can’t quite recall their names. 


Spontaneity is key.  There are few things as magical as showing up at a train station with no idea where you’re headed next, picking a random train, and hopping on. 

Janis Joplin said it best: Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.  When you’re carrying all your possessions on your back in a city where you don’t know a soul, you’re absolutely free. You can go anywhere, do anything. That freedom has its lonely moments—but it can be the doorway to all kinds of adventures.


Embrace misadventure.  As carefully as you plan there will be crazy mistakes: wrong turns, slept-through train stops, multilingual misunderstandings, and all kinds of other blunders—and these will make the best stories. My misadventures are some of my favorite memories. The time I missed curfew and had to climb into my hostel through a second-story window. The morning when, hanging out my recently washed clothes to dry, I dropped my wet underthings out the window, onto a stranger’s head. The night when, with no room to stay in, I slept on Venice’s train station steps with about a hundred other backpackers, the stars above us and the Grand Canal stretched out before us.

Would I trade that last memory for a safe, comfy night in an actual bed?  Not on your life.



Author Bio - April Lindner

April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering HeightsJane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, releasing January 27, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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Blast-Wide Giveaway

One copy of Love, Lucy from either Amazon or Book Depository (INT)
3x signed Jane posters (US Only)

-International & US Only
-Ends 6th February 2015

Release Blitz: Trigger by Jill Meengs + Teaser

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Trigger by Jill Meengs
Spy Thriller
Published: 27th January 2015 by Booktrope

Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man hunting her is to kill him. She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, some of their blood is on her hands, and she wouldn’t have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Even though she isn’t sure she can trust Chase, she believes she needs him to discover the truth.

Two days before, life was pretty good as she backpacked around Europe with her best friend. Now, everything has changed and she may not even live through the night. What started as a summer trip of self-discovery has become a dangerous journey across three countries as Jordan is forced into a world few know exist and even fewer survive. A clandestine international organization that will let nothing stand in their way has put a price on her head. Despite all the uncertainty, there are two things that she is absolutely sure of; she has one chance to out-maneuver a world class killer, and she has to make that move right now.


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Author Bio - Jill Meengs

jill meengsJill Postlewait Meengs grew up in a small town on the Oregon Coast. During and after college she spent extended periods of time backpacking in more than 30 countries. She has been to every location she describes in “Trigger” and some of the content is based on her own experiences while traveling. She met her husband, Chad, in the MBA program at Oregon State University. After getting married, they purchased and fully remodeled a house. It was Chad who encouraged, and then bribed her to write her first book, “Trigger.” He says that he very much enjoys watching the flat-screen he purchased as part of their deal.

When Jill isn’t reading or writing, she is running, doing yoga or planning her next trip. Jill and Chad live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

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Cover Reveal: Naked by Stacey Trombley


Naked by Stacey Trombley
305 Pages
Expected Publication: 7th July 2015 by Entangled Teen

The best place to hide is in a lie…

I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.

Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.

The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.

Someone knows who I really am.

And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…

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Author Bio - Stacey Trombley

Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list. 

She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.

Keep a look out for her debut novel NAKED, coming from Entangled Teen in 2015.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

I Was Here by Gayle Forman - Early Review

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here
Title: I Was Here

Series: N/A

Author: Gayle Forman

Published: 27th January 2015 by Simon & Schuster Australia

Source: E-copy for my honest review from Simon & Schuster Australia



Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of If I Stay - this summer's YA blockbuster film.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend's shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.




My Review

As is the case with most of the books I read, I'd kinda forgotten what it was about when I started reading - I have too many books running through my head to keep track of them all! And I kinda like the fact that I didn't remember what was going to happen, it helps enhance the surprise and mystery elements.

I Was Here was a story about a girl trying to find out the truth behind the suicide of her best friend, and trying to cope with not knowing or seeing it coming. I've only read one other of Gayle Forman's books, If I Stay, but I noticed similarities between themes - coming to terms with loss and dealing with emotionally intense situations. These themes make for interesting and compelling reads and take you on an emotional ride.

It took me a little while to get into this book. The writing style made me feel detached from the main character and I found it hard to feel for her. The story idea was really interesting and I enjoyed reading the book but I wish I'd connected with the characters more.

The story threw a coupe of interesting curve-balls, I don't want to give anything away but I was quite shocked. Cody was ruthless in her search for the truth and some of what she did I thought was really stupid and reckless, her judgement was a bit off but I suppose you can forgive her because of her grief-strickenness. Overall I enjoyed the book but I wasn't blown away. If you're a fan of Gayle Forman I think you will enjoy I Was Here.

3.5/5 Whales