07 July 2012

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Pub. Date: Jan. 17, 2012
Acquired: Purchased audiobook.
Find "Hallowed":
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For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning

06 July 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Taking Shots by Toni Aleo


Today, I'm pleased to be a part of the Taking Shots Blog Tour! When I first read about this book, I have to say I was intrigued. Not one, usually, for sports related stories, I was surprised when I had the sudden urge to read this book, ASAP. Then, I read about Toni Aleo, and I have to say, this girl sounds like a kick! Just read her bio on Goodreads, here, and tell me I'm wrong! :) Let me know what you all think!

Title: Taking Shots
Author: Toni Aleo
Pub. Date: Oct. 5, 2011
Find "Taking Shots":
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Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.
Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She is feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her.
Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone.
But could Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her? Or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy?
Would Elli miss her shot at love?

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh by Farrokh Nezerian


So, I'm lucky enough to be a part of TWO blog tours, today!!! And they are both so different and unique! And they're both not books that I could have seen myself reading before getting to "know" them a little better. I'm so glad that I did!





Title: The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh
Author: Farrokh Nazerian
Publisher: Osborn Publications
Pub. Date: Nov. 19, 2011
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As dusk falls over a desert landscape, a lone woman waits anxiously on a bench near a dried tree to meet someone. She is approached by a young man. The mysterious interaction, and enigmatic conversation, which ensues after their encounter, sets the tune for this esoteric four act play by Farrokh Nazerian, The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh.

05 July 2012

Liebster Blog Award



So, guess what I won?! Yup! The Liebster award. The Liebster Blog Award is for bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I want to thank the three of you that nominated me!! You guys are awesome! Okay, so because I don't want to answer 33 questions, I'm just going to pick one of you girls' questions to answer. Nicole, from Books Worth Cheering For, this is for you!


11 Fact About Yours Truly
1. I'm going to be 30 in January. I remember when 30 used to feel old. Yeah, not anymore.

2. Something you may already know--I have four kids. I have two boys, L who is five and J who is ten months. And, I have identical twin girls, K & C. They'll be 3 in mid-July. Crazy!

3. I got married when I was twenty. Technically, it was two weeks before my twenty-first birthday. We've now been, HAPPILY, married for 8 1/2 years. He's my best friend.

4. More shocking than getting married at twenty? I only knew my husband a whopping 7 months before we got engaged, and three months after our engagement we were married. Yup.

5. I am an only child. I was sooooo bored when I was little. I think that's why I always knew I wanted a big family.

6. I have false teeth. I was born without two of my teeth (a couple in front) and I've been wearing false ones for ten years, now.

7. I hate to cook. Yeah, my hubby is the one that cooks most of the meals in this house.

8. I LOOOOOOVE banana ice cream. I will do ANYTHING for some good banana ice cream.

9. I love books (obviously) like other girls love shoes. I have about 2,000 books on my iPad right now (most of which were free). I don't have any idea when I'm going to read them all. But, I can't. Stop. Buying. Them.

10. I'm not athletic, in the least. Actually, I'm pretty darn uncoordinated. It's ridiculous, really.

11. The last, most important thing about me is that I love Jesus. I try every day to be a loving, kind, individual just like Him.

11 Questions & Answers
1. What is your ALL TIME favorite book and why?
This is SUCH a hard question. Buuuut, in the spirit of the Liebster...I'd have to say any book from Colleen Houck's Tiger Saga. Love. Them.

2. Do you prefer happy endings, sad endings, or either and why?
Definitely happy endings. I feel like if a book ends on a sad ending, that most authors do it because they, secretly, hate the readers.

3. Cliff hangers: What are your thoughts about them? Would you rather have most of the plot lines tied that way you can have some piece of mind while waiting a year for the next one to come out?
Cliff hangers I can get on board with. It serves a purpose to both tie in to the next book, and also keep the reader anticipating the next book. I've found books that don't have a LITTLE bit of a cliff hanger, I tend to forget all about.

4. Love triangles: Sick of them? Love them? What are your thoughts about them?
If done well, a love triangle can be fabulous. If done poorly, a love triangle can be the demise of an, otherwise, wonderful book.

5. Do you think books should be turned into movies? Or left alone? Why?
Sure! I love a good book-turned-movie. But, I think the fans of the books need to remember that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get the same feeling you do from a movie that you do from a book.

6. Do you prefer Contemporary novels or Paranormal/Fantasy/Dystopian/etc.? Why?
I don't really have a preference as long as it's good!

7. Quick! Your bookcase caught on fire and you can only save 5 books! What 5 would you take and why?
All my favorites are on my iPad. :) I pray that it never burns up!

8. If your favorite author decided to write a nonfiction book or book that isn't in your usual type of book to read, would you still read it? Why/not?
Yes. Because, I will give ANYTHING a try once.

9. Who is your favorite book boyfriend (or girlfriend) and why?
Oh goodness! This is a hard one! I'm going to have to go with Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. I've loved him since I was 12. :)

10. Damsels-in-distress vs. Heroines: Which do you prefer and why?
I think a girl can be both! I LOVE a character that is SOOO multi-faceted as to be able to be strong and courageous but also needs some saving every once in awhile. I think that's more realistic, anyway.

11. If an author were to write you as a character in their book, who would you want the author to be and would you want to be in a work they've already created or something new? what kind of character would you want to be?
Lisa T. Bergren. I want to be a character in one of her River or Time novels. I could totally be a medieval, Italian, chick.

11 Questions For Bloggers
1. What book do you keep reading and going back to over and over again?

2. In school were/are you a Cliffnotes person, or did you ALWAYS read the required reading?

3. What else do you love, besides books?

4. What's your favorite book COVER?

5. What book would you love, more than anything, to be seen turned into a movie?

6. How long have you been blogging?

7. Do you like to write, as well as, read?

8. What's the first novel that you can remember reading?

9. Who's your favorite author?

10. Is there a blogger that you follow that you look up to? Who?

11. How many books a week do you read on average?

11 Bloggers That I'm Nominating
1. Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...

2. Beloved Boooks

3. A Mother's Musings

4. Read 'n' Write

5. Living A Goddess Life

6. Words About Words

7. Anne's Book Nook

8. Book Reviews By Lady Katy

9. Buk Cafe

10. Book Addict

11. outRageous.pages


04 July 2012

Cover Reveal: Witch Born by Amber Argyle


Amber Argyle's Page
http://amberargyle.blogspot.com


Brusenna thought it was finished.

She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong.

She was wrong.

Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands.

Some things can't be saved.

A new threat merges with the old as the Witches’ dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.

Including her life.

Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?



Beautiful cover, right? It was designed by Eve Ventrue. You can find more of her work at
http://eve-ventrue.weebly.com.
Check out the rest of the images, here!


So, what do you guys think?

03 July 2012

Review: The Brotherhood of Piaxia by Michael Drakich

Title: The Brotherhood of Piaxia
Author: Michael Drakich
Pub. Date: Mar. 15, 2012
Acquired: From author, for an honest review.
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Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end.

02 July 2012

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin


Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?


Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

Author's Links:
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Giveaway


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Good luck, guys!
So, tell me what you guys think about the cover? Does the premise sound promising?

INDIE-pendence Day Blog Fest!



So, here it is!!! It's time for the first ever, INDIE-pendence Day Blog Fest hosted by my most favorite group of authors, The Indelibles!
What's the INDIE-pendence Day Blog Fest, you ask?
The Blog Fest will run from July 2-July 5.
And during that time a group of bloggers get to pay-it-forward by recognizing independent (meaning self- or small-press published) authors that we love!
At the bottom of my post you'll see a linky where you can check out all of those that are participating and hopefully you'll find some very awesome new authors you can love and support, as well!!!
Hope you all enjoy!


Title: Night of the Purple Moon
Author: Scott Cramer
Publisher: Self-published
Pub. Date: March 25, 2012
Acquired: From author, for honest review.
Purchase "Night of the Purple Moon":
Amazon / BN / The Book Depository
What happens after space dust decimates the adult population.

For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, a group of teens and children struggle to survive in this new world, but all the while they have inside them a ticking time bomb — adolescence.

I picked Scott Cramer and his book, Night of the Purple Moon for my INDIE-pendence Day Blog post, because I would say that this year, out of all the debut authors' works that I've read, this one stands out to me, the most.

I wholeheartedly believe that this book can be enjoyed by anybody!

If you want to read my review, go to Night of the Purple Moon.

Thanks, for stopping by!
Again, click on the links below to check out other INDIE-pendence Day Blog Fest posts.





01 July 2012

Review: Broken (Crystor #2) by C.K. Bryant


Title: Broken (Crystor #2)
Author: C.K. Bryant
Publisher: Dragonfly Press
Pub. Date: June 3, 2012
Acquired: From author, for honest review.
Purchase "Broken":
Amazon / BN / Smashwords / The Book Depository / C.K. Bryant's Page

With Kira injured and dying, Octavion's last hope is to plead with the king of Panthera for a cure. But King Ramla's magic isn't free. The price he asks Octavion to pay goes against everything he's fought so hard to protect and could destroy his bond with Kira. Will Octavion trade his crown and swear allegiance to a kingdom feared by all, or will he sacrifice the woman he loves to remain faithful to his father and Xantara? Find out when BROKEN takes you on a journey into the savage and unpredictable world of Ophira.