Sunday, June 30, 2013

Precious Things by Stephanie Parent Book Blitz and Guest Post

Book & Author Details:

Precious Things by Stephanie Parent  
Publication date: June 4th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’t supposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed to be living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitely isn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class that will get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Lit Ph.D. by age twenty-five. But when her dad’s latest business fiasco eats up her college fund, Hartford Community College is exactly where Isabelle finds herself—and thanks to her late enrollment, she doesn’t even get to choose her classes. Stuck with Electronic Music and way-too-easy English courses, Isabelle is determined to wallow in all the misery she feels entitled to.

But community college brings some unexpected benefits…like the fact that a certain overworked, over-scheduled Electronic Music professor hands over most of his duties to his teaching assistant. His tall, green-eyed, absolutely gorgeous teaching assistant. When TA Evan Strauss discovers Isabelle’s apathy toward electronic music—and, well, all music—he makes it his mission to convert her. The music Evan composes stirs something inside Isabelle, but she can’t get involved—after all, she’ll be transferring out as soon as possible.

Still, no matter how tightly Isabelle holds on to her misery, she finds it slipping away in the wake of all Hartford Community offers: new friendships, a surprisingly cool poetry professor, and most of all, Evan. But Evan’s dream of owning his own music studio is as impractical as Isabelle’s dad’s bakery, and when Evan makes a terrible decision, everything Isabelle has gained threatens to unravel. Soon Isabelle discovers that some of the most important lessons take place outside the classroom…and that in life, as in Evan’s favorite Depeche Mode song, the most precious things can be the hardest to hold on to




Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

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Guest Post:
What the Heck Is the College Experience, Anyway?

In Precious Things, I really wanted to capture the so-called “college experience”…but the fact is that the college experience encompasses many different things, and is different for every person.  There are the classes themselves, the social aspect, the dorms, being away from home for the first time, just to name a few.  For me personally, since I am an extremely private person, the whole dorm culture/roommate aspect was so overwhelming (in a bad way) that it completely dominated my first semester.  I know I had some great classes, was able to participate in a dance company for the first time in my life, and met some amazing people…but when I think back on that time, I get an overwhelmingly negative feeling, mostly because of all the dorm ickiness.  (September 11th also happened right after I started college, which certainly didn’t help, but that’s a whole different post…)

My experience with dorm life is actually one of the reasons I chose to set Precious Things at a community college without dorms, with my main character still living at home.  I wanted to show that not everyone has the same stereotypical “college experience,” and that missing out on it isn’t necessarily such a bad thing—and I also wanted to focus on other aspects of college, like the classes and the people.

At the same time, I tried to show hints of alternate “college experiences” through Isabelle’s interactions with her high school friends.  Because of over-enrollment, Isabelle’s friend Jenny ends up sharing a two-person dorm room with two other people at the University of Maryland—and believe me, those dorm rooms are tiny enough with just the two people they’re meant for!  This actually happened to a few high-school friends of mine, and they were absolutely miserable.  And even at a top-tier school like Stanford, where Isabelle’s ex-boyfriend Andrew enrolls, roommates cause problems, with Andrew spending almost every night in the library to avoid his roomie (and especially his roomies “guests”).  I knew plenty of people who went through this kind of thing as well, and at a time in your life when you’re dealing with a completely new environment, separation from parents and home, and most likely a much greater amount of academic work than you’re used to, it can be completely overwhelming.  Contrary to popular belief, college students do need sleep, and that can be a challenge with strange people coming in and out of your room at all hours of the night!

And then there’s the whole social aspect of college…the frat parties, the drinking.  Late in the book, Jenny explains to Isabelle why she decided to join a sorority, and her feelings about the situation pretty much match mine.  (Although no, I never considered joining a sorority—I am way too much of a loner for that!)  Here’s what Jenny says:

“I guess rushing was…it’s been my way of coping, and I’m glad I did it.  College isn’t exactly like I thought it would be.  It’s like…”  She thinks for a moment.  “Remember those huge parties in Ajel Cho’s basement, when he would invite the entire school?”
“Unfortunately, yes.”
“You know how we acted like everything was so great, like we were so happy and excited to be there, when really we’d rather have been home watching movies and eating ice cream?”
I laugh.  “Yeah.”
“Well, college is sort of like that, but…all the time.  You have all this freedom and you’re supposed to be having the time of your life, but sometimes you just want to escape and curl up on the couch to watch a movie, except you can’t, because…the party’s in your bedroom.  And besides, there is no couch other than the ratty stained one in the dorm common room, which people are probably either hooking up or passed out on.  Oh, and you’re also supposed to read more than you ever have in your life, and write twenty-page papers, and study for exams while all this is going on.”

So for Jenny, and Isabelle—and me—college is a lot more complicated than just having “the time of your life.  I hope I reflected that in Precious Things…and yes, I just might be courageous enough to tackle the dorm environment in more detail in my next NA novel!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #46

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and features books you've added to your shelves, both physical and virtual.

What's New: You'll notice some guest reviewers popping up on the blog. They are helping me tremendously as I try to keep up with the blog, content writing, marketing and novel writing.
If you love to read and are interested in providing reviews for the site, contact me for more details at The books I have right now are all ebooks and include young adult, new adult and contemporary romance titles.

For Review:

Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Stalking Sapphire by Mia Thompson

A Terrible Love by Marata Eros

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Dancers and Divas by Kathy Petrakis

The Dancers and Divas book series follows hip hop dancer Elena Martinez and her best friend, actor Sebastien Duval, as they navigate their way through New York’s top Performing Arts School. They not only have to deal with auditions, rejection and endless rehearsals, but also their own personal journey and that of their friends and enemies, in order to discover their true selves and their dreams.

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Kathy has stopped by today to talk about the significance of New Adult books.

Why write New Adult books?

For a long time Young Adult was the talk of the town – the new genre to separate teens from children. But the problem was a thirteen year old and a nineteen year old how very different maturity levels, interests, challenges and reading levels. How can one genre accommodate people at such different points in their life? It can’t. Then New Adult came along – some people claimed it was Young Adult with sex or Mature YA. I definitely think that is one way of describing it. For late teens, sex, its introduction, experience and misuse plays a major role in their life. But for many, new adult is the college years when independence begins – first jobs, first time out of home. To me it’s both - it’s mature teenagers taking on new worlds regardless if they are still in high school or are now living independently or starting college.

In the Dancers and Divas series, the main characters are teenagers but they experience just about everything a young adult possibly could from sexual awakening, independence, bullying, self-doubt, lust and of course friendship, love and loyalty. There are some who have to find a way to survive on their own, others fighting their parents’ expectations, and others supporting their parents through illness. Their age is irrelevant except that many of these experiences are new.

Is there sex? Of course there is. Especially at that age, sex is the cause of so much angst, happiness and confusion. There are teenagers holding onto their virginity, others who are comfortable with their sexuality and use it to their advantage and others who experience the worst of sex. It’s definitely not an erotic book but sex is definitely one thing these teenagers need to face one way or another. It’s real and sometimes it’s scary and sometimes it’s great – but it’s only important in that it has an impact on a character.

There is no doubt that everyone experiences new things in their life, whether they’re five or fifty-five. But late adolescence is such a vital time for forming your identity that I love having my characters at that age. There is so much that comes their way, both good and bad that it opens up so many avenues of creativity for me. I never set out to write something for New adults or Young adults – these were my characters and this is what they experienced while still in high school and it definitely isn’t for a twelve year old!

And it’s not just teenagers reading in the YA /NA genre – many adults do also which just goes to show how these experiences can affect everyone! Many of my future novel ideas still include characters in the same age band for that same reason as do many TV shows.

I hope you enjoy reading the series as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Dance of the Red Death (Masque #2) by Bethany Griffin

Goodreads Summary:

Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.

In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.

Publication Date: June 11, 2013

Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an interesting sequel. Although it wasn’t a total letdown, I didn’t love it as much as the first book. I remember being hooked on Masque of the Red Death and staying up late to finish it. This took me a lot longer to read and I wasn’t totally crazy about how things turned out.

The beginning was a little rough for me. Araby has fled town with her friends and romantic interests as the Red Death has plagued the city. For a good twenty percent of the book, the group has taken refuge in the airship and landed in the swamps. Nothing much happens during this portion and to be honest I had a hard time catching up to who each person was and what had happened in the first book.

Once I settled into the plot, it got much better. The second half was much faster paced than the first. I liked the quicker pace, but it made the book feel uneven.

I really love the author’s writing style. The descriptions that she uses really bring this creepy world to life. I liked the steampunk aspects as well, although there were only a few. The setting is amazing, especially when the characters arrive at the demented prince’s palace.

Araby is a great character and I felt she came a long way since the first book. April was another favorite, but I wasn’t happy with how her story played out. Elliott and Will were the flawed love interests and I found myself preferring one much more so than the other.

Although I have mixed feeling over this one, I would recommend it to fans that wish to finish the series.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book for review!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest Review: Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair

Today, I'd like to welcome my special guest reviewer Jessica! Jessica is an avid reader who also enjoys music and travel. She has a pre-law degree and like me is married to a police officer. She was also game to help me tackle my TBR pile, so hooray for Jessica =)

Goodreads Summary:

Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, romantic read.Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth:

Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers—Faith kidnapped her.

Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Jessica's Review:

The idea behind the story was a good one, Faith taking off with her newborn half-sister in order to save her a lifetime of misery and being surrounded by drugs and who knows what else, but that was the only thing good about the book. There wasn't any real character development to allow the reader to get an attachment to the characters and the descriptions of the characters were vague at best. The story felt rushed, introducing other characters and then just breezing through their stories, and then the book just suddenly ended. Also, by the end of the book, I was so disgusted with Faith and her solution to her problems that there is no way I would pay for the next book to see what happens.

2/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book for review!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Visited by Janine Caldwell Book Blitz

Book & Author Details:

Visited by Janine Caldwell 
Publication date: May 25th 2013
Genre: YA coming-of-age fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.

Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.



Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English. 

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.


Excerpt of Visited

I gape up at him, the fear beginning to course through my veins. “Who are you?”
“A friend.” He answers in an even enough tone, but at the same time, his face begins to glow the color of amber, making him look warm and unusually vibrant. I’ve never known any being able to radiate such a glow. Any being from Earth, that is.
“A friend?” I manage to whisper back before swallowing a gulp. “Are-are you human?” I’m half kidding, but after years of watching realistic science fiction movies and reading a library of fantasy novels, I think I mean the question more than I want to admit. However, he doesn’t answer me. He averts his eyes, blinking rapidly like he’s unsure of the situation.
Again, I’m at a loss of what to think. I thought I asked a pretty straightforward question and he can’t even answer that. By his omission, I have to assume he’s trying to tell me he isn’t human!
Is this really happening? And, more importantly, if he’s not human, then what is he?
My brain pores through a dozen images at once, my chest heaving from the excitement. I flash to movies, T.V. shows, graphic novels, and to my own imagination as I consider what life form James could be. While I try to convince myself I’m jumping to conclusions, that of course this is all a misunderstanding or perhaps an elaborate hoax, something else itches in the back of my mind. That something whispers: Haven’t you always considered the existence of other worlds? Discussed the possibility a hundred times with Tommy?
The answer to both questions is an emphatic yes. I decide right then, despite all reason, I know what James is.
“I think I know what you are,” I remark feebly.
He turns to me with a spark of expectation in his eyes, still glowing, still warm.
“You came to Earth with that star last night, didn’t you?”
Blood rushes to his cheeks, giving him an even brighter supernatural glow, and then I know I have my answer.
“That’s it, isn’t it?” I sit upright, gripping the sheet into my fists. “You’re from another planet. That’s how you have the power to heal.”
He pales for a second, but amazingly, he doesn’t deny it. He flickers his lashes upward like he’s searching the ceiling for his reply. After a moment, he shakes his head of soft curls that brush his neck before redirecting his intense expression back on me. He licks his lips and smiles pensively, but I feel the same need as before to shy away; whether it’s from shock or from a loss of focus I don’t know, but holding his gaze is next to impossible.
My mind is all aflutter trying to come to grips with what I’m being confronted to believe.

“Incredible. I was right all along,” I murmur, commenting to myself. “Aliens do exist.”

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Review: Fall From Love by Heather London

Fall From Love by Heather London 
Publication date: June 7th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.

When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure  if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.

As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…




Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.



My Review:

I love when a book has the ability to surprise you and Fall from Love achieved this. It was a very sweet love story featuring two very damaged characters that fall for each other. I really felt the author did a spectacular job of depicting the grief of a person who loses their first love.

Fall from Love gripped me from the beginning. Holly’s loss of her college boyfriend to an accident was heartbreaking. The next chapter starts months after his death and Holly is still deeply grieving. I felt a little choked up over her inner monologue as she imagined the future she’d never have.

Holly begins to spend time with Carter, one of the guys that worked on the mountain with her boyfriend. Holly and Carter’s relationship progresses slowly, but in a natural way. It was actually refreshing not to read about an insta-love relationship. Their attraction feels forbidden and it takes a while for Holly to warm up to Carter. Both of the main characters were likable, so I was definitely rooting for a happy ending. I also liked the secondary characters, especially Holly’s ultra-supportive and protective best friend Jenna.

The novel was beautifully written and London has a talent for invoking emotions in a reader. I felt Holly’s pain and guilt as she tries to move on after the accident that took her boyfriend’s life. But I could also feel her joy as she begins to open herself back up to new experiences.

I’d highly recommend this book to lovers of contemporary romance books and sweet love stories.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I received this book as part of the tour from Xpresso Book Tours.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller Book Blitz and Gift Card Giveaway

by Kimberly Ann Miller
Release Date: 06/18/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads: 
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

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you all right, honey?”

opened my eyes. An attractive young woman with red hair and brilliant
eyes was looking at me. What I thought was salt water from the
must have been tears because my face was the only one nearby that
wet. I glanced at her concerned expression and smiled. “Yes, thank
I’m fine.” I swiped away a tear with my finger. “Just…everything’s

stepped closer and lowered her voice. “This cruise will change
life. Nothing will be the same when it’s over, but it will be worth it.
see.” Her emerald eyes twinkled, and she nodded her head once.

forced a laugh to be polite. “Thanks. Enjoy your cruise.”

a weirdo. What did that even mean? How could a cruise change
life? I moved from my spot to avoid more weirdness from her and
a less populated area at the back of the ship. New York and New
disappeared behind us as we charged toward Bermuda and away
the mess my life had become.

cloud covered the retreating sun, sending shivers through me. A
lady dropped her purse and lots of change tumbled out. A
hit my foot and landed on tails.

cell phone buzzed. I pulled it from my pocket. I had thirteen
and thirteen texts. How would Nisha survive the next five days
hearing from me? I took care of the messages and told her I’d call
when we got back to Jersey.

though I was not very superstitious, a bad feeling crawled into
pit of my stomach and took up residence.

knew what I was leaving behind, but what was I floating toward?

Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers
University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and
young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth
County with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to
travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She
always takes her Nook with her. 



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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #45

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and features books you've added to your shelves, both physical and virtual.

This was another light week (thank goodness). I seriously need to get some poolside reading in so I can enjoy all of these awesome books!

For Review:

My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron

The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Never Fade (Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Gemini Rising by Jessica O'Gorek

Friday, June 21, 2013

Romancing the R.A. by Ashelyn Drake Book Blitz and Gift Card Giveaway

Romancing the R.A. (Campus Romance #1)
Release Date: 05/28/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a resident advisor who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl. 

And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested.

But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?

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He’s stunned at first and doesn’t move. I
start to pull away, thinking I’ve made a huge mistake, but then I feel Andy’s
hand on my lower back, pulling me closer. His lips part, and he deepens the

Every inch of me is on fire. Andy’s an
incredible kisser, but the position we’re in is awkward. I reach my hands up
and bury my fingers in his hair, which prompts him to lift me onto his lap.
Much better. Our bodies are pressed so close I can feel every inch of him. My
lungs are screaming for air, but I’m not willing to give in to them. I’ve been
dying to kiss Andy ever since he first smiled at me, and I’ll be damned if I’m
backing away that quickly.

His hands move up my back to my hair, and he
pulls my head back gently exposing my neck. His lips trail down my jaw and to
the nape of my neck. I bite my lip to stifle a moan, but it manages to slip out
anyway. Andy slowly eases off, opening his eyes to see my reaction. I debate
pulling his lips back to mine, but for the moment I drape my arms around his
shoulders and just stare into his baby blue eyes.


He can say that again. “Yeah.”

“I can honestly say that’s the first time I
didn’t have to make the first move.”

“And it’s the first time I ever made the first move.”

He smiles. “Then I’m honored.” He leans
forward and places a single kiss on my neck. His hips rise under me, and I know
exactly where he’s hoping this is going to lead. My body is screaming for his
touch, but I don’t want to be that
girl. The one who goes off to college and sleeps with the first guy she meets.
As much as I want Andy, I can’t do this right now.

the Author
Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author represented by Lauren
Hammond of ADA Management. Look for her debut New Adult romance, Romancing the
R.A., from S.B. Addison

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

All In by Marta Brown Book Blitz and eBook Giveaway

Book & Author Details:

All In by Marta Brown
Publication date: May 28th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?




Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever (Beverly Hills, 90210 shout out).

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Rylee Adamson Book Blitz

Title:                                     Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book One)
Author:                          Shannon Mayer
Release Date:              February 1, 2013
Genre:                         Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance
Age Group:                          New Adult. 18+
Amazon Page:                        Shannon Mayer
Book Cover Design:            Damon Za

Purchase Links:            EBOOK

Book Description:
“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
I’m on the FBI’s wanted list.
I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and have no need for anyone else in my life.
But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn’t know a thing about the supernatural.
One whose kisses set me on fire.

Title:                                     Immune (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book Two)
Author:                          Shannon Mayer
Release Date:              March 4, 2013
Genre:                         Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance
Age Group:                          New Adult. 18+
Amazon Page:                        Shannon Mayer
Book Cover Design:            Damon Za

Purchase Links:            EBOOK

Book Description:
“My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.”
When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
Underestimating demons is a bad idea, and it’s a mistake that may cost me not only my own life, but the life of a missing child.
If I can swallow my pride, and allow Agent O’Shea to help me find a way to deal with the demon, we might be able to save the child.
With this salvage, it’s a race against time, a test of trust, and a temptation that I'm doing my damnedest to ignore.
If only swallowing my pride was that easy.

Title:             Raising Innocence (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book Three)
Author:                          Shannon Mayer
Release Date:              May 15, 2013
Genre:                         Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance
Age Group:                          New Adult. 18+
Amazon Page:                        Shannon Mayer
Book Cover Design:            Damon Za

Purchase Links:            EBOOK

Book Description:
“My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.”
When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
The FBI wants me on their team. Bad enough that they are dangling bait they KNOW I can’t resist.
The catch? It’s on the other side of the ocean.
And if I want what they’re offering, I have to help them with a salvage gone terribly, terribly wrong.
But this time, I have no back up. I have no Plan B.
And I have no O’Shea.

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About the Author

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Nevermore Trilogy, The Rylee Adamson Novels and the Celtic Legacy series. Her first New Adult Romance, High Risk Love, is scheduled for release July 1, 2013.

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Character Interview #1:

Agent Liam O’Shea Interview

The Daily Grind
September 13/2012
Cold Case Heats Back Up?
There is no such thing as a case that is too cold at least according to Liam O’Shea. He has been an FBI agent for over ten years, and in that time only one case of his remains open.
His first case.
At the time, Agent O’Shea was fresh out of the academy and “still believed that justice always prevailed”. Then came along the case that would chill the hearts of every agent working it, many of them parent’s themselves.
Rylee Adamson, then sixteen years old, was accused and charged with killing her younger sister Berget whose body was never found. The case made media headlines as Adamson went missing for close to two weeks and a man hunt the size this state had not seen in a hundred years ensued. Adopted into the Adamson household, her younger sister was a ‘miracle’ baby that by all accounts Adamson adored. It wasn’t until an outing the two girls took to Deerborn Park that Adamson’s actions would come into question.
“The younger girl’s blood and clothing was found several blocks away tucked behind a dumpster,” Agent O’Shea said, “and the only hair fibres found were the two girls, Berget and Rylee. There is no one else it could be that killed little Berget.” To O’Shea, it was an open and shut case; and with Adamson’s disappearing act he felt her guilt was obvious. But he, along with the other police enforcement involved where denied the closing of the case on a technicality in court.
“It’s only because of her lawyer, hired by Giselle Trinkoff, that Adamson wasn’t found guilty. A technicality I aim to right.” O’Shea states.
To date, Adamson has not been proven guilty of any charges, though O’Shea is determined to change that fact. “She got away once. She won’t get away again.”
For now, Adamson is MIA, her whereabouts unknown to anyone but Agent O’Shea. He claims that he finally has new evidence that Adamson killed her younger sister, hid the body, and dodged the penal system.

This reporter isn’t so sure; there are too many unknowns to state that Adamson did it without a shadow of a doubt. But then, I always root for the underdog. And in this case, no one is more of an underdog than Rylee Adamson.