Saturday, 28 February 2015

Granted Wishes by Tanya Vought Blog Tour - Excerpt + Interview + Guest Post + Tens List!

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Granted Wishes by Tanya Vought
Romance
Published: 23rd February 2015 by Booktrope

A decision that will change her life forever.

After the loss of her husband, Gracelynn Calhoun has struggled with her life and career. Forced to take a four week vacation or be fired from her job, she surprises everyone including herself and agrees to the vacation.

The owner of Antonetti Suites, Giovanni works hard and doesn’t have time for relationships or love. That is until he literally crashes into Gracelynn. She brings back all the feelings he thought he would never feel again.

With the odds stacked against them in every way possible, will they forge ahead together or will this be the end of the road for their newfound love? Will the whispers from above bring them together or will misunderstandings ruin what could be an amazing second chance at love?

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Excerpt

“I can tell you I’ve never wanted anyone as badly as I want you.” He leans forward and places his forehead on hers. He takes her right hand and places it over his heart. “You have my heart. You’ve had it since the night I banged into your car.” 


Author Interview

Who has been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

That is a great question. My two best friends. They are both authors and told me to not give up. They were supportive, encouraging and told me to keep on with my story! I’m forever grateful to them for making me finish my dream… and make it reality.


What are you currently working on?

I am actually writing a demon story at the moment. It’s much deeper and darker than Granted Wishes. I am thrilled to be working on this and show readers a deeper and darker side of me. 



Author Bio - Tanya Vought

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Tanya Vought is a hopeless romantic. She loves reading, writing, singing and doing crafts with her children. What started as a lifelong dream became reality. She’s overjoyed that readers will get to read her debut, Granted Wishes. She loves her characters sexy and sassy. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two amazing and imaginative children.



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Guest Post by Tanya Vought

How do I manage as wife, mom, author, blogger?

That is a good question. I write/read when my children are napping. I would-will write/read in the car. I try to do all these things when my children are sleeping. LOL So, that’s how I manage that. It’s hectic being all of them. You want to be perfect and help everyone, but you realize you can’t. I had to cut back on some blogs because I couldn’t devote enough time to everything. I’m one person after all and that helped me greatly. 



Top Ten with Tanya Vought

Top 10 Favorite Series
*Goes in no particular order*

1.         The Keaton Series by B.A. Wolfe

2.         The Gabriel Inferno Series by Sylvain Reynard

3.         Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

4.         50 shades  by E.L. James

5.         Find you in the Dark Series by A. Meredith Walters

6.         The Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter

7.         The Twisted Trilogy by Christa Simpson

8.         More than Treasure Trilogy by Christy Newton

9.         The Forever Series by Mary Wasowski

10.      The Existence Trilogy by Abbi Glines

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Dearest by Alethea Kontis Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.

Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, #3)

Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters #3) by Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Published: 3rd February 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

“A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of award-winning series debut Enchanted

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?




Guest Post by Alethea Kontis

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In The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim says that we have different favorite fairy tales at different stages of our lives. This speaks to who we are on a subconscious level, and where we are in our life's journey.

I first read "The Goose Girl" when I was eight years old, from the giant book of fairy tales my Memere bought me (no doubt in the hopes that it might keep me busy for a while). No matter how old I've become and what adventures I've undertaken, "The Goose Girl" has been my favorite fairy tale since that day.

I have no idea what that says about me.

"The Goose Girl" starts with a princess, whose sorceress mother is dying, so she cannot accompany her daughter to the kingdom where she is to meet the prince she will marry. "Take these drops of my blood," she says, and hands her daughter a handkerchief. "They will protect you."

The princess is accompanied by an evil serving maid and a talking horse named Falada. When the princess inevitably loses the three drops of blood, the maid forces her to switch places and never tell anyone under penalty of death. When they reach the kingdom, the real princess is sent out to tend the geese with Conrad...ONE OF MY FAVORITE FAIRY TALE CHARACTERS EVER.

I won't spoil the rest of the fairy tale for you...but I can tell you how THRILLED I was to introduce Conrad into the world of the Woodcutters. He has a brief cameo in Hero as the messenger who delivers some dire news to the family--writing that scene pleased me to no end. I was overjoyed to have him in my universe, but I couldn't tell you who he was until now!

Dearest opens with Conrad, without whom we would have no book, no adventure, and possibly no more Friday Woodcutter. I even wrote a closing chapter from Conrad's point of view, but it left so many threads to be picked up in the Book Four that my publisher made me cut it entirely.

I will be making Conrad's chapter available online via Kindle and Nook, so that fans of the series will still be able to read what happens. The chapter will be 99 cents--it's the least I can make it, but I have to charge something, or people will just be downloading it willy-nilly and spoiling the entire book for themselves and others. We certainly don't want that!!!




Other Books in the Series

 Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)

Links for Enchanted



Author Bio - Alethea Kontis

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New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.

Her published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.

Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and the Garden State Teen Book Award i 2015. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

Check out Alethea's Road Tour HERE!




Tour-Wide Giveaway

3 Woodcutter Sisters Prize Packs (signed copies of Enchanted, Hero, & Dearest)

-US Only
-Ends 8th March 2015



Follow the Tour


Feb 1 - Launch
Feb 2 - Lilac Reviews
Feb 3 - Special post @ Waterworld Mermaids
Feb 3 - Coffee Books & Art & The Book Lovers' Lounge
Feb 4 - Special post @ USA Today's Happy Ever After
Feb 4 - Buried Under BooksMommabears Book Blog, & Rabid Reads
Feb 5 - Interview @ J.T. Elison
Feb 5 - Gidget Girls Reading
Feb 6 - Zerina Blossom & Geo Librarian
Feb 8 - Welcome to Book City
Feb 9 - Kelly P's Blog & Katy's Krazy Books
Feb 10 - Mel's Shelves & Jan Edwards
Feb 11 - Katie's Clean Book Collection
Feb 12 - A Backwards Story & Wishful Endings
Feb 13 - Library of a Book Witch & The Quotable 
Feb 14 - Biggest Literary Crushes post on Dear Teen Me
Feb 15 - The Written Adventure
Feb 16 - My Life Loves and Passion & Colorimetry
Feb 17 - I Am A Reader & The Library of the Seen
Feb 18 - Special post on Dear Teen Me
Feb 18 - Printcess & Living a Goddess Life & Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Feb 19 - 100 Pages A Day & mrsjennyreads
Feb 20 - Books and Ashes & Addicted Readers
Feb 22 - Miss Little Book Addict YA House of Books
Feb 23 - SBM Book Obsession
Feb 24 - Deal Sharing Aunt
Feb 25 - Min Reads and Reviews
Feb 26 - Pieces of Whimsy & Wonderous Reviews
Feb 27 - The Scribbling Sprite
Feb 28 - Grand Finale


Prism Book Tours

Release Blitz: The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons - Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

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The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society #2) by Heather Lyons
Adult Romantic Fairytale
Published: 26th February 2015

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

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Excerpt

We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”

One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”

There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”

He wants to court me.

Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.

I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.

He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.

I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.

I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.

He wants to court me.

And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.



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My Review

*NOTE: This review will contain some spoilers for the first book, so do not read this until you have read The Collectors' Society (which you should totally do right now because it is awesome!)



**I received an e-ARC of this book free in exchange for my honest review**

I read the first book in this series, The Collectors' Society when it released late last year, I was on a bit of an 'Alice in Wonderland' retelling kick, and this seemed to awesome to pass up. The book was so much more than I'd anticipated (in a completely good way!) and I was dying for the next book in the series as soon as I'd finished! I don't think anyone can comprehend just how excited I was when I realised the release date for The Hidden Library was so soon and as I could get my hands on a copy (or at least my kindle), I easily dived right back into the story!

Now, you may think that since the tension between Alice and Finn was 'resolved' in the first book, that their relationship wouldn't be as steamy and as exciting. You would be wrong. There are just as many sparks between Alice and Finn, just as much drama, and just as much danger in The Hidden Library, more than enough to keep everyone satisfied!

I liked that we got to see more book characters from other timelines, especially some (one in particular) of the Janeites since I am very partial to Ms Austen's works! And I was very happy to learn more about wonderland and Finn Van Brunt as they are two things I am very interested in *suggestively looks at Finn*.

There was so much going on in this book I didn't know where to look! Everyone had their own agenda and I could never tell what was going to happen next. All the characters are brilliantly done and the story idea and plot are great. I was hooked from beginning to end and the only real problem I have is that the next book isn't sitting in front of me right now! Seriously, I'm not sure I'm going to survive the wait between now and the next book - I need it!

I just find this story to be so unique and engaging, who doesn't imagine/fantasize about their favourite book character being real. I love the characters and the new (or should I say 'extra') life Heather has given to them. I always get sad when a story ends so having this new life breathed into old characters, like Alice, is just great fun and it keeps the stories going. If you have read The Collectors' Society but haven't read this book yet - do so now. If you haven't read The Collectors' Society - do so now and the read The Hidden Library!

4.5/5 Whales




Don’t miss the first book in this series, The Collectors' Society!

The Collectors' Society (The Collectors' Society, #1)

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Author Bio - Heather Lyons

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Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.





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Giveaway

Signed copies of The Collectors' Society and The Hidden Library + $10 Amazon Gift Card

-US/Canada Only
-Ends 9th March 2015




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Trailer Reveal: I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen


I Heart Robot

I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen
YA Sci-Fi Romance
Expected Publication: 31st March 2015 by Month9Books
Book Trailer: Cronje Design Co.

Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won’t belittle her musical aspirations.

Q-I-99 aka ‘Quinn’ lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.

Tyri and Quinn’s worlds collide when they’re accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn’s love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?

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Author Bio - Suzanne van Rooyen

Suzanne van RooyenI'm a YA author with a penchant for the dark and strange. I primarily write speculative fiction but enjoy literary writing as well. I occasionally delve into adult genres too.

I'm a musician and have a Master's degree in music, but I prefer writing strange stories, baking peanut butter cupcakes and playing with my shiba inu. 

I'm repped by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

Publicity manager for Anaiah Press.

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Cover Reveal: Never Gonna Tell by Sarah M. Ross + Excerpt

NEVER GONNA TELL

Never Gonna Tell by Sarah M. Ross
YA Romantic Suspense
Expected Publication: 17th March 2015

My name is Reagan Wilcox: high school senior by day, kick-ass investigative journalist by night. I’ve always loved observing people—especially when they think no one is paying attention.

I thought I was ready to cover any story. Work any angle.

Nothing could have prepared me for what happened that night. I wasn’t ready for what I saw. And I certainly wasn’t ready for him.

I always knew I’d write the headlines. Now, I just might become one.

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Excerpt


Prologue

NOTHING BUT BLACKNESS surrounds me. I can’t move. Why can’t I move? A shiver runs through me, both from fear and the cold of the ground below me. The air is stale and smells like the earth as I try to take a deep breath. I instantly know I’m inside of something, or maybe under something. “Hello?” I call, my voice shaking and barely above a whisper. No one answers. I try again, a little louder, as I fight back tears. The only sound I hear is my heart pounding in my tightened chest, the noise filling my head. Thump, thump. Thump, thump. Thump, thump.

I blink, my eyes adjusting to the darkness, but still I can’t see a thing. Pain radiates through my arm and head, but fear pulses stronger. The air around me grows thick and heavy. Sweat trickles down my face. My clammy hand trembles like a leaf in the wind as I stretch forward, feeling for something—anything. “Calm down,” I command my nerves. “It’s going to be okay.” But even I don’t believe my lies.

I move, just an inch, to test my arm. The pain is still throbbing, but it’s manageable enough to try to get out from … wherever I am. Taking another stale breath, my right hand reaches out and connects with something hard and scratchy. Wood? It’s all around me, maybe a foot or so away. I push against it as hard as I can with one hand, but it doesn’t budge.

I’m trapped. I can’t move and I want to scream. It’s bubbling up inside, but I quash it back down. Screaming will only let them know I’m awake. That I’m alive. Panic begs to take over, to take control, but I need to get out of here before that happens. I want to take a deep breath, but can’t. There isn’t any to fill my lungs. But there has to be air coming from somewhere or I’d be dead by now, I remind myself. And that’s all I need. I focus on keeping my breathing even, counting each breath. After reaching thirty, I reach up again, trailing the tips of my fingers along the wood, hoping to find a handle or knob, but there is only a large, flat, solid piece of wood.

This is it. My worst fear is coming to life. Everything I worked for, everything I sacrificed, was for naught. My mom and dad’s faces pop into my mind as tears well in my eyes. I was so stupid. So foolish to think that I was doing the right thing. Now look where that’s gotten me.

I’m going to die tonight. I’m sure of that now. All because I vowed that I was never gonna tell.




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Author Bio - Sarah M. Ross

Sarah m Ross - headshotSarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her.

She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. Sarah will always be a proud member of the Steelers' Nation, but couldn't take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find her now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!

Sarah's debut novel, AWAKEN, released in January, 2012. Other novels include AVENGE, ATONE, ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, and INHALE EXHALE.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Release Blitz: The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard - Excerpt + Giveaway




The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard
Published: 24th February 2015 by Swoon Romance

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

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Excerpt

Everything in my room reminded me of him somehow. The candle Mom got me he used to joke smelled like cinnamon on steroids. The lopsided dream catcher we made at a school carnival in middle school. The running shoes he got me last Christmas. I didn’t want to see any of it. I wanted him.

Then I was screaming, ripping, tearing, throwing anything I could get my hands on. My vision blurred. My head pounded in my ears. When my hand tightened around a smooth cylinder on my desk, I almost didn’t realize what it was in time to stop myself from shattering it against the wall. Derek had given me the green, plastic flashlight when we were ten as a way to ward off nightmares. It didn’t work anymore, even with new batteries, but I could never bring myself to get rid of it. I collapsed onto the floor, hugging the flashlight to my chest, crying and sobbing so hard I couldn’t breathe or see or think.

What was I going to do without him? We were the Grayson twins. We did everything together. I didn’t know who I was without him. He couldn’t be gone. He couldn’t.

When I pulled myself off the floor, it was nearly dark out. I looked around the room that appeared as if a tornado went through it. The shelves from my dresser lay on the floor, their contents scattered. Papers and posters lay crumpled and torn into pieces. My bedding and clothes were strewn everywhere. Almost every visible inch of the floor was covered. I couldn’t remember doing most of the destruction. I didn’t even feel better after doing it.

Something on the ground caught my eye. Something orange and familiar. I reached for the small bottle of pills and read the label. Vicodin. They were from my tonsillectomy last year. They must’ve been stuck away in a drawer, forgotten and unused.

I remembered how they made me feel like I was floating on water, like my brain was fuzzy and nothing seemed like a big deal. That feeling would be a nice change to what I felt now.

Throwing two pills into my mouth, I grabbed a week-old bottle of Gatorade from my dresser and took a swig. I left my disaster of a room and went down the hall to Derek’s room. The room felt dull and lifeless without him. The posters of old rock bands plastering the walls and wrestling trophies displayed on every shelf didn’t fit without the boy who had put them there.

I set the flashlight on his nightstand and crawled into his bed. His pillowcase smelled of peppermint. Jess and I had picked out that shampoo for him a few weeks ago. He swore he’d never use it, but I guess he changed his mind.

I stared at the flashlight until the pills made my eyelids droop and my mind slipped off into darkness.

Derek’s voice reached out to me just as I was falling asleep. “It’ll be okay, Em. Sleep. I’m here.”




Author Bio - Amanda Burckhard

Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.

Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

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