Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (13)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This is a once-a-week look at the book(s) I am anxiously awaiting release.

"The Weight of Souls" by Bryony Pearce

This book is to be released August 6th, 2013. It is a stand-alone novel.

Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them--letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn't make it in time? The Darkness will come for her...

She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she's bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she's not going crazy.

But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn't know who killed him, so there's no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave... and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.

Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?

And what happens if she starts to fall for him?

I received this book from Caroline at Strange Chemistry for review and I am dying to sink my teeth into it. I am trying to hold off until closer to the publication date for my review but, really, how am I going to do it? This is such a unique book. I have never heard of any books that are even remotely similar to this one (aside from the possible romance with a ghost). When given the opportunity to read and review this book, I jumped, leaped, dived, and blasted out a request e-mail in record time. This assuredly will be a book unlike any other I have ever read, I just know it.

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday?

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Book Blitz: Excerpt for Scorched Treachery by Rebecca Ethington


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Scorched Treachery by Rebecca Ethington
Series: Imdalind #3
Publication date: July 12th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal Romance

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
When Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail's mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.

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Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempt to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.
With Ryland's screams and Sain's fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.

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Ilyan's whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnį»³. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so. But when his father's magic removes Joclyn's mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.
Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible.
They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan's heart may not be strong enough to keep it pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother's care.
Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.

Scorched Treachery is the third book in The Imdalind Series.

Clean Young-Adult Paranormal Romance
Language: Low
Violence: Moderate
Sexual Content: Low to None

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Excerpt
"Run!" I screamed, when I was within distance.

Sain looked up at me, confused for only a moment before he turned and bolted down the hall, toward the large chapel.

I didn't slow my speed for landing. I flew right into the courtyard, my hard landing exploding bricks into the air at the rough impact. I straightened myself and turned to face the courtyard just beyond the gates.

The few tourists in the courtyard looked through the rubble, for the most part, confusion covered their faces.

Edmund was right behind me. I set my jaw and raised my hand, a shimmering shield flowing from my fingers to cover the large opening of the golden gate.

My magic surged out of me as it spread in a curtain between the giant arches. I looked through the magical barrier to see Edmund change his course in order to intercept me.

Edmund was almost here, and the shield had not set yet. I pushed harder, my teeth clenched as I grunted through the pressure, yelling as the exertion hit its maximum and my magic pushed and pulled to escape from me.

My mouth opened as I screamed, the shield setting itself into the stone the moment Edmund's body hit hard against the barrier. The impact of his collision rumbling through me, shooting me away from the shield and slamming me into the high wall behind me.

I straightened myself the same moment Edmund did, his jaw as set as mine as he turned to face me. Edmund's eyes stared into mine, the whites blood shot with anger and power. I had never seen him this worked up. I could tell at once that this shield would only hold for a matter of minutes once he decided to come for me.

Edmund uncoiled his body as he faced me, his hand lifting to his face. A large chunk of his arm was missing, the edges blacked with ash. Even with all of my power, that was all I had been able to accomplish against him.

He smiled at me as he bit down on his finger, the one I had burned off all those centuries ago, the replacement forcibly taken from one of his many servants. He bit down on it and pulled, the flesh separating slowly, his hand dripping with blood as he ripped the finger from his hand.

"I have a present for you, Wynifred," he sneered, his breathing shallow as some power-based insanity threatened to take over him.

"Keep it," I spat, turning from him.


Rest of the Series:

Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington (Imdalind #1)
Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington (Imdalind #2)




About the Author:
Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then on stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother of two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn't found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.





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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tell Me Something Tuesday (7)


"Tell Me Something" Tuesday is a meme hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings

This week's question is:

So You Want to Be a Blogger Edition: I want to win! What are your tips for running successful giveaways? What kind of giveaways do you host most often? What type of giveaways are you most likely to enter (swag, physical copies, ebook, etc.)?

First question's first - "What are your tips for running successful giveaways?"

Well, I have only ever done one giveaway. It was INCREDIBLY hard to get people motivated to enter. I don't know if it is because they just weren't interested in the book I was giving away, if I hard entry requests (IE: follow on GFC, follow on Bloglovin, leave a comment, etc), or if I just don't have the following to push a giveaway. Whatever the reason, the only advice I can offer is to set a hefty date span (more time = more opportunities for people to enter) and network, network, network. I post on Twitter (the place I have the most followers) almost every day about my giveaway. I know that some bloggers have noticed me pushing so hard and have thrown me the proverbial bone by retweeting my giveaway posts. Many thanks, guys, truly. So... 1) hefty date span and 2) network HARD are my words of advice.

Second question - "What kind of giveaways do you host most often?"

As I said, I have only hosted one and it was for a physical copy of "Generation V" by M.L. Brennan. I had to make the giveaway US only because the postage to send a physical copy overseas would be insane (I think). Can't do that right out of the gate. I actually had a friend of mine and follower ask when I would have an international giveaway. I told her I would eventually save up enough money (I am a poor college student after all) and host some giftcard giveaways which are the easiest for international giveaways. She was thrilled. Better put my money where my mouth in and back up what I promised, eh?

Third, and final, question - "What type of giveaways are you most likely to enter (swag, physical copies, ebook, etc.)?"

Honestly, I enter all of them. It may seem like I am being greedy by entering all the giveaways I see on my fellow blogger's sites, but I want to show support for them. Of course, I wish I were that saintly and that was the ONLY reason I entered so many giveaways. I enter so many because the odds of winning giveaways when there are hundreds or thousands of entries are low. The more I enter, the better chances of winning something. Giveaways are what give me new and interesting reading material to review (yes, I do review everything I get on giveaways). I always tag the site I won the prize from on my Ladybug Loot/Book Hauls as yet another way to give back to the site that hosted the giveaway. If I win something, I make sure to be appreciative. 

Another point of reference (yes, I am starting to feel I am defending myself lol), if I win something I already have I will tell the host and have them pick a new winner. I don't accept extras just to turn around and give them away on my site and build my following. To me that's not fair to the host. The only time I kept the duplicate was when I knew a fellow blogger who wanted the book and I gave it to them. As long as the host and the author are compensated I am content. 

So, what do my ladybug literates think of giveaways?

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Cover Reveal: Moirai by Ruth Silver


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Series: Aberrant #2
Publication date: September 2013
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction / Dystopia

Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home, in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua are preparing for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.

With new abilities and special talents, from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns that she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she'll be forced to face.

A constant rollercoaster of emotions and adventure awaits Olivia and Joshua, as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.


Hm... I like the cover, but I think the alternative cover that can be seen on Goodreads matches the first book in the series a lot better. I think that while the destruction of the city in this cover is pretty and may be a strong indicating of what is to be expected in this book, I am fonder of covers being matchy-matchy. They look better on the shelf that way, in my opinion. However, as far as the story is concerned? I am intrigued. I have not read the first book in this series and the synopsis makes me wish I had. Perhaps a trip to Amazon is in store (because thankfully my 1-click button has yet to break after my abundance of use out of it).


About the Author:
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with her Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian and Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (13)


"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Currently Reading

This is the first book in the Dispossessed series.
Received from the local Library.

After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid's twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn't a house at all. It's an abandoned abbey, it's roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn't dead--she can feel it deep in her soul--but she knows he's in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she'll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

Weekly Reading Options
Strange Chemistry Review Books


The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond
A stand-alone novel.
Received from Strange Chemistry for review.


The more things change...

Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awake all around the world.

The more things stay the same...

This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school because of an argument with her father.

Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington D.C., dominated by the embassies of divine pantheons and watched over by the mysterious Society of the Sun that governs mankind's relations with the gods. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way home, one offering a threat and the other a warning, it turns out her life isn't what it seems. She escapes with the aid of Osborne "Oz" Spencer, a young Society field operative, only to discover that her scholar father has disappeared with a dangerous Egyptian relic. The Society needs the item back, and they aren't interested in her protests that she knows nothing about it or her father's secrets.

Now Kyra must depend on her wits and the suspect help of scary Sumerian gods, her estranged oracle mother, and, of course, Oz--whose first allegiance is to the Society. She has no choice if she's going to recover the missing relic and save her father. And if she doesn't? Well, that may just mean the end of the world as she knows it. 

From the author of Blackwood comes a fresh, thrilling urban fantasy that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Rick Riordan.


When the World was Flat (And we Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach
A stand-alone novel.
Received from Strange Chemistry for review.


Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it's like fireworks--for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind--memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at least learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger--and much more terrifying and beautiful--than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein's theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.


The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce
A stand-alone novel.
Received from Strange Chemistry for review.

Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them--letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn't make it in time? The Darkness will come for her...

She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she's bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she's not going crazy.

But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn't know who killed him, so there's no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she had lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave... and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.

Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?

And what happens if she starts to fall for him?

I am always open to recommendations. What books have you read lately that you would think I'd be interested in? Leave a comment and let me know! Happy Reading! :)

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Trailer Reveal with Excerpt + Giveaway for Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan


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Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan
Series: The Life After #1
Publication date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
After-life just got a lot more complicated.

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It's her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After--but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl's body.

Trapped, Maggie's soul is catapulted into Ally's life--and the human world she hasn't experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl's soul dies...

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets--because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie's could be next!


Excerpt
A suffocating heat pressed all points of my soul. Even though I hadn't breathed in a hundred years, I felt the need to inhale, yet I couldn't. A fire burned in my chest.

I attempted to open my eyes, to move one finger, a toe maybe, but the pressure immobilized my body. The burning sensation tore through me over and over until I had just about given up the fight.

But, just as quickly as the pressure came, it lifted, bringing a seemingly endless barrage of images. I was experiencing someone else's memories, as if I took a back seat in her mind and watched her life flash before our eyes. I caught her image in a mirror, a small golden-haired girl.

Ally?

I tried to slow the images or possibly make sense of them but, just as I grabbed a hold on one of them, it slipped through my fingers and moved onto the next. I followed this girl through all the moments of her life as her memories flashed before my eyes.

Darker emotions overlapped the girl's happy memories. I saw a young red-haired girl in an old-fashioned dress; her demure eyes looked back at me. Jealousy flared through me. My heart squeezed, watching this girl who was not part of Ally's memories. A rush of energy pumped through my body; the power touched every fiber of my soul. Then the vision dissolved and I was forced back to experiencing Ally.

Was I dreaming?

Souls don't dream. I told myself firmly.

The visions started to slow and I was able to focus on one.

I had to tell them, even though Dad said I couldn't. But in a week I wouldn't be the same girl. Or would I? I still wasn't clear on everything. Becoming a Guard: it was my life's mission, he had said. A life that was no longer my own. Would it be easier to let this life slip away? I would regret each day if I didn't. Maybe I would start with Seth. Sweet Seth. He'd be crushed, but someone would take my place. Dad had said something about people--humans--was I not human? Humans were drawn to those like me. Maybe Seth only liked me because I was different, unexplainably different.

I ripped the paper off the coffee sleeve. It was now or never.

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About the Author:
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.



Giveaway!

The giveaway is for one Kindle eBook copy of SOUL TAKEN to anyone who can accept Kindle eBook gifts from the Amazon US store. 


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Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway for You Are Mine by Janeal Falor


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You Are Mine (Mine #1) by Janeal Falor
Publication date: May 6th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Dystopia

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn't follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life--worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.


Excerpt(s)
Excerpt #1

My insides hurt. I fold my arms across my stomach as they head out, and it doesn't help with the pain. I move to follow.

Mother touches my elbow. The touch startles me to stop and she lets go. "I remember when I was chosen by your Father. It was a troublesome time, but you can do it. You're strong and your sisters need your example."

I close my eyes and shake my head before opening them again. "I don't think I'm that type of strong."

Mother sighs. "Maybe not, but you still have to go through it, society expects it. You'll have a new owner soon."

She's right. A warlock could ask to buy me at any time. There's nothing I can do about it. I follow mother from the room, bowing my head with the hope that it will keep further attention from me. But it's too late to hope. I will always be owned.

Excerpt #2

"May I kiss you now?"

No. Kisses leave me feeling sick. "I suppose it would be for the best."

He leans closer. I want to pull away. Thomas's kisses were callous. Painful even. The thought of more of that makes me feel queasy. But giving my permission somehow makes it harder to pull away.

His hand reaches up and brushes my face. Flecks of gold are mixed with the green of his eyes. Suddenly, he scoops me into his arms and plops me on his lap. I yelp.

"Sorry, I guess I should have warned you first."

After straightening my skirt with quivering fingers, I hold myself stiff. His nose nuzzles against the side of my neck. Warm lips brush my jaw and sweep along my cheek until they reach the corner of my mouth. My breath comes in shallow gasps. He smells lightly of citrus.

I don't move. His fingers tangle in my hair. His lips hover over mine. A nervous flutter grows in my chest. The creak of the door opening spurs him into action.

His lips touch mine. Flowing and sunny. They grow firmer. It feels so much better than I thought it could. His fingers run through his hair, the tendrils falling out of their confinement. Heat grows between us. He pulls me closer to him. Not only do I manage to refrain from fighting him, but I want to draw even closer.

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Advanced Praise:

"I was blown away by the beautiful writing, haunting themes, and chilling visuals." - Becca at Nawanda Files

"There were times when I had to fight back my tears and the emotions that this book drew from me made me feel so connected to what was going on as if I was actually there. You Are Mine should be on everyone's to-read list and I cannot wait to see what Janeal Falor comes up with next." - Danielle at Coffee and Characters


About the Author:
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.




Giveaway!

Enter to win:
Signed paperback of "You Are Mine"
A few e-copies of "You Are Mine"


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