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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Exciting Cover Reveal news!

Tomorrow, Becoming a Butterfly is getting a new face lift! You will be able to see it here and other places around the blogoverse. On Thursday the new reveal for Butterfly Kisses by Mia Castile will be available as well. On Friday, (yes, it keeps growing) the brand new cover for the soon to be released The Butterfly Migration will be available! Yay right?! If interested in participating in the Butterfly Kisses reveal, just fill out this form. You will also be added to the list to participate in the reveal for The Butterfly Migration on Friday if you wish to participate.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Unbelievable Blog Tour and Giveaway








Deliah Lopez Dreser’s in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but there’s more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole’s in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. However, is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother’s murders?  
Maggie and Seth’s reaction when the truth is revealed pushes friendship to the limit. And this time around it won’t be a Dreser causing an uproar in Port Fare. It will be Cole's good friend Booker. But does Booker have it all wrong?  Usually not!



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Unlovable was Sherry's debut novel and quickly rose to many top seller lists on Amazon. She is pleased to announce that Unlovable is currently being made into a movie. She has added three more novels to her body of work. Souls in Peril, the poignant story of Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school, and Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella of a manga-loving geek and and five-and-a-half inch fairy. And UNBELIEVABLE, Book 2 in the Port Fare Series
Sherry and her husband, along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping {:




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Prizes:

1. A Signed paperback copy of Unlovable and Unbelievable 

 2. An Ecopy of Unbelievable

3. A signed book wreath made from the pages of Unlovable


 4. Swag

5. Sheppard's Hook Bookmarks


6. An ecopy of Author Cindy C Bennett's new anthology Enchanted Fairytales




7. Ecopies of part one and two of Author Camelia Miron Skiba historical anthology.
I was here...Before You came and Born in Sin (due to be released in June)























Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Intl ARC Giveaway of The Elite by Kiera Cass

This is open to everyone. I can't always afford shipping when it's going overseas but I do want international people to get recognized too. (I haven't forgotten about you guys!)

I have an ARC of The Elite up for grabs. I wanted to put this post up yesterday but alas, my laptop decided to do updates and then my battery went dead.


Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


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13+
Winner must respond within 48 hours

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Will you be attending the Less Than Three Event this Fall?

   If you haven't yet heard of the Less Than <3 event, I hope to shed some light on it and here.
encourage you to attend. It will be held this Fall on October 19th. It will run from 9am-2pm in St. Peters Missouri and it will be held at the Spencer Hill branch of the St. Charles City-County Library. For even better directions go


  This event is to have authors, librarians, bloggers, book lovers, book sellers, teens, tweens, parents, teachers, and whoever else that would love to attend and join together.

 
  This is a YA Lit event focused on bullying. There are several bestselling authors currently on the list and the list is still having authors added to it. The authors will host their own panels and each will specialize in different strategies and positive approaches. To see the list of authors, visit here.


   The Less Than Three event was created by Heather Brewer in hopes to rally against and help put a stop to bullying. This event does have limited availability and tickets are being sold for a mere $10  each. For more information and to purchase your tickets, check it out here. As of now, only 202 tickets are still available.  Hope to see you there!


   

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean

Forget Me Not
by Carolee Dean

Published by: Simon Pulse
Released on: October 2, 2012
Hardcover
374 Pages
Rating:4/5










    Forget Me Not is deep, twisting around life, hidden secrets of reality, and the truth.  We meet Ally who isn't quite what you would suspect. Yes, she is an average girl, but when she meets the others in the hallway at school that is off limits, she finds herself learning more and more, all the while ending up more confused with the riddles and games the others around her like to play.

   It's Elijah that might be able to make a real difference in Ally's life. He's been in that hallway and has escaped it and the evil that resides there. He knows first hand what Ally is about to give her life to. He knows that she's about to make the biggest mistake ever. Elijah is her only hope of survival, but she has to want it.

If you love novels that are written in verse, this one's for you.


Received for review purposes from the publisher.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger

The Order of the Poison Oak
by Brent Hartinger

Published by: Buddha Kitty Books
Released on:
Paperback
172 Pages
Rating: 3/5










   There are definitely things in this book that I loved. Brent revealed a soft side of Russel that was just amazing. Having being taken advantage of by children at camp, Russel realizes he must quit looking at them like burn victims, but as the ornery children that they are. I just loved how he took (sneaked) them out in the middle of the night and told them stories and had made an impact on them. I'm not so sure I cared much for the love relationship that took place. It could've went a different way and I would've been fine with it, but it happened to go multiple ways, and that left me uninterested and feeling as if it were a bit far fetched. Overall, it was still a good read.


Received for review purposes from the author.


 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guest Post featuring Heather James

Today I have the super awesome Heather James to talk about her eight fave writers! Heather is a young-adult author who writes about heroines with amazing powers, heroes who will break your heart, and fantasy realms that you will want to move to.

She works in a South-East London secondary school and spends her school holidays writing, reading, playing flag-American football and wasting time marketing on Pinterest.



My top eight favourite writers

J K Rowling: I started reading the Harry Potter series when I was 6 and the final book came out when I was 14, so I spent a large proportion of my childhood reading, and re-reading, the series. I think I can safely say that no author has had a stronger impact on me. Rowling’s writing is a great blend of whimsical fantasy and darkness – she doesn’t sugar-coat her world and shows that magic doesn’t make things perfect. Her writing is also very humorous; Fred and George would often have me laughing out loud.

Cassandra Clare: Clare is a more recent discovery, but I love both The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. Some of the things I enjoy best about them are the humour in the dialogue and the pop-culture references. I also like the way Clare blends the real world and her fantasy creations. Plus, she writes romance superbly, which is something I really envy.
Meg Cabot: I love Cabot’s use of the first person. I think that, in terms of style, she has had the biggest influence on me as a writer – she sets a really high bench mark to try and reach and also shows how each speaker should be distinctive and individual. All of her characters are witty and clever and I even enjoyed her children’s series, Ally Finkle, which I used to read to my younger sister.
Chuck Palahniuk: Palahniuk is a very different kind of writer: his books are dark, satirical and unlike anything else I’ve ever read. I started with Invisible Monsters as a teenager, mostly because of the Panic! At The Disco song based on it, and it opened me up to a different kind of writing and a more twisted sort of book.

Scott Westerfeld: Uglies is one of my favourite series: it’s a really unique concept and has a lot of ideas that I really wish I had come up with. I love novels that make me question society and Uglies definitely does that, with its exploration of beauty and free will. All of Westerfeld’s characters are strong too; there are no half-developed side-kicks.

Jane Austen: Darcy’s first proposal is my favourite moment in a book, ever. It’s just so spectacularly awful that it’s brilliant. I love the irony and satire in Austen’s writing and the way that every sentence is perfectly, precisely formed; there’s not a word out of place. I sometimes think that I miss the point of Austen’s novels though, as I often prefer the cad to the hero (It constantly frustrates me that Marianne doesn’t end up with Willoughby – although that might have something to do with Dominic Cooper playing him in the TV adaptation I watched…)

Ernest Hemmingway: I can’t really put into words what it is that I like about Hemingway’s novels – I think it’s the overall tone and feel to his work, rather than what happens in them, which captivates me. His style is also very distinctive with lots of short sentences and chapters.

Shakespeare: I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. It doesn’t matter how many centuries have passed, Shakespeare’s plots do not date. They are as relevant today as they were to their original audience, which is amazing. It’s also incredible just how many words and phrases we owe to Shakespeare; he has had a monumental (one of his) impact on the English language.



Heather James is the author of Fire. Fire was released on January 4, 2013.



Is control over the elements a gift, or a curse?
Roxy thinks that she is in control of everything: with flames flaring at her fingertips and an equally fiery attitude, what more could she need? But then she meets Brae, a prince from a rival Realm, who turns her assumptions of superiority upside down.
Jasmine has none of Roxy’s confidence or intensity. But she does have a secret - and Brae - and she’s not going to give either up willingly.



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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ARC Giveaway: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Parallel is due to release on May 14th and I have an ARC to give to someone who will review it. If interested, please enter below and good luck! 




Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.
With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.
As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Shard of Ice by Alivia Anders Cover Reveal

The super lovely and awesome, Alivia Anders has another book coming out! A Shard of Ice is the first book that's being released in the Black Symphony Saga. It will be published by Red Alice Press and due for release on April 14th, 2014. (That seems like a very loooong wait Alivia...)

You can find out more about Alivia Anders around the web. Be sure to catch up with her! 


This cover was voted on here.


THEIR SOULS, REAWAKENEDWhen 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand. THEIR POWER, UNMATCHEDA year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.Then the dreams start. The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored. THEIR BATTLE, IS ONLY BEGINNINGWith this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?




Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2013 Community Upstander award goes to...

“THE ANTI-BULLYING NOVELIST,” ELAINE WOLF, WINS 2013 COMMUNITY UPSTANDER AWARD


  Acclaimed novelist Elaine Wolf has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Community Upstander Award for her books and her anti-bullying mission. Known as “the anti-bullying novelist,” Wolf writes about what really goes on behind the closed gates and doors of our camps and schools––where, she says, means girls (and boys) practice bullying as if it were a sport.


“Wolf writes with insight and authority about an issue that society cannot afford to ignore.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Camp (Sky Pony Press) was chosen as Book of the Month by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (New York), which is presenting the Community Upstander Award on May 1st. Camp was given “a perfect 10” by the Voice of Youth Advocates and named a first place winner by the Forward National Literature Award Committee. It appears on “Publishers Weekly Bullying Resources: A Selected Listing.” Reviewers call Camp  “a mesmerizing book” and “a must-read for adolescents and the adults who care about them.”

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Reviewers say Danny’s Mom (Arcade Publishing) is “a must-read for all parents and teachers.” The Advocate calls Danny’s Mom “an excellent and essential read for mothers, adults who work in schools, and the LGBT community” and features the novel in “Books for Young LGBT Folks and Anyone Who Wants to Understand Them.” A reviewer for The Denver Post adds: "You think only students have to deal with backstabbing and bullying in high school? Think again. Wolf's heroine, a high school guidance counselor, fights back."




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Camp and Danny’s Mom have given Elaine Wolf a literal bully pulpit––a platform from which to carry on the anti-bullying conversation until our camps and schools are safer for everyone.


Elaine Wolf is an award-winning writer and the author of Camp and Danny's Mom. She is a former middle school and high school teacher and district language arts chairperson. The world she writes of is one she is passionate about and knows well. She lives with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts.



Monday, April 8, 2013

Get Ready to: UNPLUG & READ

Spring is here (at least it should be). And with it, is a wonderful creation. From April 29-May 5th, Unplug & Read goes into play. Help be a part of this great event! If it lights up, turns on, or plugs in, SHUT IT OFF! Find out what Random House has put together and check out this awesome video!
Get Ready For SCREEN-FREE WEEK!



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Sunday, April 7, 2013

ARC Giveaway: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

I have a shiny ARC of Dead Silence to give away to one lucky winner. If interested, please fill out the form below and best of luck!


Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.
When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cover Reveal: Shudder by Samantha Durante + Giveaway

I have not only a super fabulous cover reveal today, but a giveaway to go along with it! Shudder is the second release in a trilogy.

Synopsis:
It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.
Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.
And then there are the visions.
The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…
The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

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(Book 2)

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About the author:

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha atwww.samanthadurante.com.

Goodreads: Stitch | Shudder | Author Samantha Durante


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Violet Dawn by Lynn Rush Blog Blitz + Kindle Giveaway

Violet Dawn has just released on April 1, 2013! I have been blessed with info to share with you all today. It is the second book in the Violet Night series, following Violet Midnight written by the lovely Lynn Rush. Published by Crescent Moon Press, it is a new adult, paranormal romance.



In the darkest place, the Light shines brightest.
Emma’s love saved Jake from life as a vampire. But their happily ever after is threatened by a savage Vamp seeking retribution for destroying the Avenos Trinity of Evil.
A mysterious stranger enters the mix, coinciding with the first Vamp attack in months. Emma’s new friendship, and the suspicion and deceit surrounding it, further drives a wedge between her and Jake.
To complicate things, Emma is bitten by a Vamp with abilities no one has ever seen before, and that bite has left its mark.
A mark that might tear Jake and Emma apart forever…


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Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake, and a portion of the proceeds benefits cancer research and awareness.


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Double Click Release and Excerpt


Double Click is a sequel to Click: An Online Love Story, the modern epistolary novel that book bloggers and reviewers called hilarious, clever and full of fun. 

In the first book, fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene reluctantly joined her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles.  The story unfolded entirely through emails between Renee and her best friends as well as the gentlemen suitors she met online.  Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers rooted for Renee to "click" with the right man. 

Double Click, which follows the same all-email format, picks up with the same main characters six months after the original books ends.  If the first book was about Renee’s search for love online, this book is about whether she and her friends have all found their “HEA” or “happily ever after.”  Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click allows readers to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. 

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Excerpt:

From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 9:25 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Should I be worried?

Are you feeling okay?  You don’t have a terminal illness that I, as you very best friend, should be aware of, do you?


From:  Shelley Manning – August 22, 2012 – 9:27 AM
To:  Renee Greene
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

No, I’m not dying.  Why do you ask?


From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 9:34 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

You just don’t seem like yourself.  That really good looking guy at Flint’s happy hour was totally into you and you…well…you didn’t even really give him a second look.  That’s so out of character for you that I’m just wondering if you are okay.


From:  Shelley Manning – August 22, 2012 – 9:37 AM
To:  Renee Greene
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Goodness, girl!  I can’t take a night off of being aroused without arousing suspicion?


From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 9:42 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Ha!  That was funny!

But seriously, you just haven’t seemed your “normal,” make-me-“Greene”-with-envy self for quite a while now and I wanted to make sure you were okay.


From:  Shelley Manning – August 22, 2012 – 9:47 AM
To:  Renee Greene
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

I’m fine, Sweetie.  And if you haven’t noticed, you don’t need to be – as you’ve joked about it – “Greene” with envy.  You’ve got a great guy.


From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 9:48 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Are you bothered that you don’t have a great guy? 


From:  Shelley Manning – August 22, 2012 – 9:54 AM
To:  Renee Greene
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

My, oh my.  These emails are becoming so serious.  I just didn’t feel like hooking up last night.  Don’t make it into something bigger than it is. 


From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 9:59 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Okay, okay.  But really, we are getting older.  Maybe you are thinking that you want to find that someone special.  Maybe you’ve already found that someone special and it scares you?


From:  Shelley Manning – August 22, 2012 – 10:04 AM
To:  Renee Greene
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Oh, Sweetie.  The beauty of life (and me, for that matter), is that it doesn’t matter how old you are.  You can still be as immature as you want to be. 


From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 10:05 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Come on!  I’m being serious!


From:  Shelley Manning – August 22, 2012 – 10:07 AM
To:  Renee Greene
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Renee Michele Greene!  If this is another veiled attempt to get me to admit (not that I’m admitting anything!) that I have feeling for Finlay, well, I’m going to scream.  But this is email.  So I will just have to type in ALL CAPS.  Again, I DO NOT LIKE FINLAY!



From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 10:09 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

I hear (read) you.  I hear (read) you.  I will drop the subject.  Just glad to know you aren’t dying. 


From:  Shelley Manning – August 22, 2012 – 10:10 AM
To:  Renee Greene
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Just dying to stop having this conversation. 


From:  Renee Greene – August 22, 2012 – 10:12 AM
To:  Shelley Manning
Subject: Re: Should I be worried?

Message received! But thanks for bringing some levity back to things.  I’d better get back to work.  Talk with you later.