Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The To-Be-Read Tag



I was tagged by Joy at Joyousreads
The TBR tag is a meme created by Danasquare and A Perfection Called, Books
Get to know more about my TBR pile here on this meme! So let's begin with the first question:

How Do you Keep Track of Your TBR Pile?
I typically keep track of my TBR pile on Goodreads. I was actually so ignorant of the bookshelves tagging on this site before. I didn't actually tag my owned books until I was introduced on the concept of organizing my shelves. I keep it a point now to organize my favorites, to buy list, signed copies and ARCs. I also keep track of my TBR pile through my Kindle, although it takes time before you can actually manage all the ebooks that I have there since when I logged into NetGalley it seems that I get to add more and more.

Is Your TBR mostly print? Or e-books?
A mix of print and e-books, I actually utilize the usefulness of NetGalley so I browse for new titles there every now and then. I also keep it a point to buy printed books, though if you think of it I think I have more e-books than physical ones or I guess I haven't really managed it yet, who knows.

How Do You Determine which Book to Read Next?
I determine books to read depending on my mood. Sometimes I need a book with light romance if I'm feeling gloomy, sometimes I look for fantasy when I feel happy. I also read books simultaneously so depending on my mood I just continue what I left off. I'm actually bipolar because I'm all over the place.

A Book that’s been on Your TBR List the Longest.
It has to be...


I don't know why I haven't read this book yet... for the longest time it has been sitting there.
Has anyone read this book? Do you think I should read it soon?

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR


A Book in Your TBR strictly Because of its Beautiful Cover


A Book in Your TBR that You Never Planned on Reading

I don't think I have one... but maybe my answer have to be in reference with the book that has been on my TBR pile for the longest time.

An Unpublished Book in Your TBR that You're Excited About.

Nope. None that I'm aware of. Lol

A Book that Everyone’s Read But You.

I would have to reference the books I recently added on my TBR pile. I'm dying to read both since everybody is like telling me it's really good but I guess I'm prolonging the agony.

A Book on Your TBR that Everyone Recommends to You



 A Book on Your TBR that You're Dying to Read


Have you had the feeling of wanting to read a book but then you try to prolong reading it? I have this feeling on both books I have here. I'm dying to read both books but I keep putting them off for some reason.

How Many Books are in Your TBR Shelf?

On my Goodreads, I have 125 books that I own. My to-buy-list is 53 as of the moment and I have a total of 1288 to-read list ☺

So hopefully you get an insight on how my TBR pile doing.
How about yours?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

[Book Blitz] Life Lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters + Giveaway


IFB is hosting the promo event for Sherrie Wouters' debut fantasy novel. Continue below for an excerpt & giveaway.


Life Lived Twice
Release date: June 6th 2014
Purchase: Amazon


Synopsis via Goodreads:
Some promises are made to last forever ... What if you fell in love with a stranger ... but that stranger had come from your past, a past you never knew existed until the moment your eyes met? 

When Tess Winters locks eyes with a stranger at an airport bookstore, it ignites a feeling of passion somewhere deep inside her that she can't explain. Although the encounter is innocent and brief, the intensity of it lingers, leaving her overwhelmed by a yearning for the mystery man now consuming her every thought. 

Struggling to break the powerful hold he has over her heart, Tess starts to experience strange but familiar dreams...dreams from the turn of the twentieth century of the charming Mr Addison Taylor. 

As her dreams start to materialize into reality, and past and present begin to blur, Tess is forced to put the pieces of a forgotten time together, and soon discovers that love isn't the only thing that can find you after an eternity. Captivating, mysterious, and romantic, Life Lived Twice will leave you wondering whether love is so powerful it could last more than a lifetime.

EXCERPT
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By the time I’d examined his tanned calves, the masculinity of his skin was lingering in the air between us. He smelt sensational, and I found myself uncontrollably breathing in as I rose.Now curious to see more, I kept going. But as I began to move, an odd sensation of warmth radiating from him came over me; it was almost like an invisible hand caressing my skin. My heart fluttered at the idea of it, and suddenly blood was rushing to all the wrong places as I felt an unexpected thrill of anticipation.

After tracing his body all the way up to his chest, my wandering eyes didn’t seem to want to stop, and they were soon up to his neck and following the stubble along his jaw, right up to his light brown hair. And then he spoke. The sound of his voice jolted me from my daydream and pulled my gaze to his.

“Addison!” I gasped as our eyes collided. From the moment the name left my lips, my eyes widened ... stared ... and became lost in his. As a rush of airy weightlessness floated me from the floor, suddenly everything felt more enhanced, more real, like something inside me had suddenly woken up. It was an intoxicating feeling and the longer I stood entranced, the further his beautiful blue eyes reached into mine. Somehow they were knocking on the door to my heart, stirring something so powerful it made me want to cry and laugh at the same time and, for a brief second, there was something in his eyes that made me feel complete.

Suddenly his brows squeezed then softened. “Ah ... um ... sorry about the electric shock.” He smiled. “But who’s Addison?”

My throat tightened as warmth flushed my cheeks. Who the hell was Addison?

Embarrassment pulled my eyes from his. “Oh,” I said, choking on my words, “Um ... ah ... no ... I don’t know anyone called Addison ... I mean, um ... ”

“Oh!” He smiled cheekily as he leaned towards me and whispered. “You sounded so convinced I was him ... I thought for a second I could be. I mean, if you wanted me to be.”

My face shot back to his, words jamming in my throat as I stared. Who was this guy, this stranger? In just a few seconds he’d turned my soul inside out, and now he was charming me with his words as well.

As his lips rose into a smile, I couldn’t help but smile back. But panic quickly returned to my constricted throat as that name re-entered my head. 

Suddenly aware of the warmth still creeping across my face, I managed to pull my eyes from his again and divert my gaze. Addison, Addison, who the hell was Addison? I couldn’t budge the name from my thoughts.

As I stood fidgeting, I could feel him staring, waiting for me to say something, anything. After taking a breath, I shifted my gaze and we locked eyes again as I spoke. “Um,” I said, swallowing hard, “I must be mistaken ... sorry.”



Sherrie WoutersAbout the Author
Sherrie Wouters is a thirty something flame haired chick who accidentally wrote a book and is now an author. A qualified Homeoeopath and Kinesiologist, Sherrie lives in country Victoria, Australia with her husband, and two daughters. She is currently working on the sequel to Life Lived Twice.









[Cover Reveal] Rebellion by J.A. Souders + Giveaway

Today J.A. Souders and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for REBELLION, book 3 in the Elysium Chronicles releasing in June 5, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win the books!




On to the reveal! 





Rebellion


Author: J.A. Souders
Publisher: TOR Teen
Pub. Date: June 9, 2015
Find it: Goodreads



BOOK 1: RENEGADE
BOOK 2: REVELATIONS




About J.A. Souders 



J.A. SOUDERS is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, day dreaming about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games.



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1 winner will receive physical copies of RENEGADE AND REVELATIONS plus the eNovellas. And ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas. If you have J.A.s books already, she will do an amazon or book depository gift card of the same value. International.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[Book Blitz] Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair + Giveaway


Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her. 

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.
Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.
But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.
With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


Louder Than Words Excerpt 9 -- "Milkboarding in the Cafeteria"

I finish chewing and begin to sputter something about how she’s imagining it when a white curtain of liquid cascades down the front of my face. Shocked, I jump up from my seat. “What the … ”

Two of the girls from the Easy Chair club stand next to me, one with an upended milk carton in her hand. They’re laughing and everyone at the nearby tables is watching and snickering as I snatch up a handful of napkins to wipe my face.

“No use crying over spilt milk,” the one who poured the milk says.

Her friend says, “That’s for Mr. Hamer, you lying bitch.”

“What’d you do that for? Are you crazy?” Leanne bolts around to my side of the table. “You have no idea what’s going on!”

“I know a liar when I see one,” Milk-Pourer’s friend says.

“And a drug addict,” Milk Girl tacks on. “Maybe she thought she’d blackmail Mr. Hamer into letting her use his lab to cook up some meth.”

Milk Girl never sees the hands that shove her to the ground. In the background, someone is screaming. I’m too busy waterboarding Milk Girl with my own dairy beverage to care.

Milk Girl wails beneath the stream of liquid, thrashing her legs but seeing as how I’m sitting on her body with her arms pinned between my thighs and her sides she’s not going anywhere until I let her up.

Or someone pulls me off.

Milk Girl’s rescuer sets me on my feet but retains an iron lock on my arms.

Mr. Delvecchio lowers his face to mine. “Ellen!”

I peer around him, my pulse pounding through my veins, and watch as another teacher helps Milk Girl to her feet.

“These two started it,” Leanne says to Delvecchio in my defense.

“The four of you, to the office! Now! The rest of you, return to your tables!” Delvecchio’s bark sends the crowd scurrying, all but one that is. Rex has arrived and stands nearby watching me, his brows puckered, his mouth open.

“What’s going on?” he asks.


I’m too mortified and agitated to answer him. Delvecchio nudges me forward. I need no further encouragement to walk on, away from Rex, out of the cafeteria, away from all the dog-piling students who smell blood.


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About the Author
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.)

No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.
Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

[Character Reveal] Midnight Eclipse by Arial Burnz + Giveaway

Midnight Eclipse Character Reveal Tour

The Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles by Arial Burnz is the saga of Broderick MacDougal following the soul of his true love through the centuries. There are six books planned for the series and this tour highlights the characters featured in the first three books and in the upcoming release Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 - which features Norse shapeshifting pirates. AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER OCTOBER 8TH for VIP Club members, October 15th worldwide.

Become a VIP Club Member for FREE to get the VIP pre-order pricing of 50? for Midnight Eclipse!!  You'll also get Midnight Conquest, Book 1, for FREE if you join. CLICK HERE to read about the other benefits of being a VIP. Click to Tweet and help spread the news!

Broderick MacDougal - Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

Bio: Broderick "Rick" MacDougal

Born with a sword in his hand and raised in the Highlands...

...Broderick is a rugged Scotsman through and through! Son to Hamish and Moira, he was the elder of his two siblings ? Maxwell the middle son, and Donnell the youngest. In 1478, Broderick?s mother died in battle beside her sons and husband during a raid orchestrated by Angus Campbell and his father Fraser. At Moira?s funeral, Hamish MacDougal threw himself from the highest tower of the MacDougal estate. Though his sons had tried to talk him down, Hamish could not be swayed from his deed and shouted, ??Tis my fault she is dead! I?ve brought this upon all of you,? before he fell to his death.

Broderick and his brothers had to forge on with their lives and occupied themselves with building their own estates. Maxwell and Donnell both married and had children while Broderick focused on finishing his own holdings of Glenstrae, where he eventually settled in with his own wife, Evangeline. However, during a May Day celebration in 1485 at his manor - with his brothers and their families in attendance - Angus Campbell attacked the estate and slaughtered all in attenance, leaving Broderick for dead. Evangeline escaped and was rescued by a convent. Rescued by Cordelia Lynn Harley and with her assistance, Rick crossed over into immortality a year later, seeking revenge against his clan enemy. Traveling as a Gypsy in a caravan of wagons, he hid his vampiric nature by using his immortal gifts to tell fortunes while he searched for Angus Campbell, who is also a vampire.

Rick is a very accomplished painter, and gets to indulge in this pastime when he isn't fighting for those he loves.

Most Popular Quote from Broderick MacDougal

"I want the taste of you on my soul."
Said to Davina in Midnight Captive, Book 2 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles - Click to Tweet 

Facts About Broderick MacDougal NOT in the Books

Broderick's first wife, Evangeline, was a young woman in the small village surrounding Rick's estate of Glenstrae Castle. She lived with her uncle and, when he died, Evangeline had no one to care for her or the decaying cottage in which she lived. Too busy with managing his estate and helping his brothers, Broderick hadn't the time to find a wife, so he thought Evangeline was a smart choice. She was comely, no stranger to work and needed a home, so it was a mutual agreement. This was a typical arrangement of the time for a man of his station in the 15th century who lorded over a village. Little did Broderick know that a marriage to Evangeline would lead to the slaughter of his brothers and their families.

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

Book Blurb

Broderick MacDougal follows the familiar yearning of his soul to a fierce warrior who is as seductive as a siren at sea - and she is just as deadly. The world of the supernatural opens to Broderick as he not only finds himself in the midst of an ancient war of shapeshifters, but the devious Cordelia Lynn Harley has re-entered his life and has a few of her own surprises.

Born into a hated race of Norse wolf shifters, Celina Hunter knows all too well the dangers of trusting anyone other than her two brothers. And yet the survival of her family hinges on trusting the strangely familiar vampire, a natural enemy of her kind?yet her tribe?s Shaman advisers confirm he is her soul mate. Enemy or not, Celina slips into the spell of Broderick's promises of eternal love, gambling with all she holds dear.

Broderick and Celina are bound by a curse, but having come this far through the centuries, Broderick is not about to risk his chance at having his soul mate for eternity. The price, however, may be more than Celina is willing to pay as there is more at stake than just her immortal soul. Click to Tweet


Giveaways!

Arial Burnz is giving away a TON of stuff during this tour! Please use the Giveaway Tools entry widget to be entered into the drawing. Each button will earn you more chances to win and you can keep coming back to earn more entries! All entrants will automatically become members of Arial's VIP Club, which is free to join and has many more benefits, such as exclusive contests like this one. These are the prizes for the Character Reveal Tour featuring the characters in Midnight Conquest (Book 1) - winners will be chosen on Sep 27, 2014:
    Bonded By Blood Vampire Coaster Set
  • Vampire coaster set
  • 1 signed set of Books 1-3
  • $10 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card (winner's choice)

Tour Grand Prize

Arial is also giving away a single Grand Prize of...
  • A $100 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card - winner's choice
  • A signed set of Books 1-4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles


Winner will be chosen on 11/21/2014. Everyone who participated in any stops on the Midnight Eclipse tours (VIP Club members or not) will be entered for the grand prize drawing. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win. Use the Giveaway Tools buttons below to earn extra chances to win by tweeting, following and liking. For Official Contest Rules, click here.

Arial Burnz - Author Bio

Arial Burnz - Author of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesArial Burnz has been an avid reader of paranormal and fantasy for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she succumbed to crafting her own tales, penning to life the magical creatures roaming her dreams. Having a romantic husband who's taught her the meaning of true love, she's helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Southern California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero)?who is also, quite coincidentally, a descendant of Clan MacDougal.

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[Book Blitz] Take Me On by Katie McGarry + Giveaway


Release Date: 05/27/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.


Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.






Excerpt from West’s Point of View
(This excerpt, for me, is the heart of the book.)

I’M USED TO PEOPLE TALKING, saying words aloud to prove they know more than me, that they’re better than me. But they’re just words. Syllables strung together between breaths to fill
uncomfortable silences.
Meaningless words.
Haley, on the other hand, speaks volumes with a touch. The way her hand clutches mine, it rips out my heart and tosses it onto a platter.
This moment, it’s too raw. It’s too real. And the instinct is to snatch my hand back and slam the door shut on the sharing, but the other part of me—the part that feels as if my remaining
sanity is a gift on the verge of being returned—it clings to her. I knot my fingers with Haley’s and turn my head so I’m focusing out the driver’s side
window—away from her. If I look at Haley, I’m terrified of what I might say, what I might feel.
And fuck me, I’ve already said too much.
If she understands this, being without a home, will she understand the rejection? Will she
understand the devastation that everything you have ever loved doesn’t love you in return? And
because I can’t face those fears, I’m unable to face Haley.
She squeezes once and it’s like her voice caresses my mind: I’m here. I get it.
I squeeze back.
Seconds pass into moments. Moments into minutes. No words. No meaningless conversation.
No eye contact. Just our hands combined.
My throat swells. Haley’s the only string holding me together.



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About the Author






KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
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