Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Blitz: Fractured Glass: A Novel Anthology



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Fractured
Glass is a YA Sci-Fi Novel Anthology unlike any other. It was written
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 Blurb - 

What if other worlds existed alongside your own? What if you could travel through them and truly escape reality?

 

Sloan and Harley Glass were born moments apart; but, despite their differences, the sixteen-year-old twins couldn’t be closer. They’ve held their tongues each and every time their mother has uprooted them—often moving across the country with little notice. They’ve learned to accept change. But what is Mom running from?

 

They discover they’re travelers—half-descendants of those who can traverse an entire universe of parallel worlds known as fractals. When the past catches up, Harley is kidnapped and taken to one of those distant worlds. Now, Sloan must garner her courage and find a way to rescue her sister. Traversing the worlds isn’t the hard part; it’s surviving the elements and the creatures lying in wait to destroy everything in their path.

 

Will the Glass sisters be able to save the fractal worlds from the kidnapper, or will everything fracture and crumble around them?

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Jo Michaels ~ Tia Silverthorne Bach ~ Casey L. Bond ~ Kelly Risser ~ N.L. Greene

 

Get to know the characters...

Yurit


Yurit is a wise and elder gnome from the realm of Spirit. He’s part of the council protecting the fractals; a group of folks banded together to put an end to tyranny. Able to see the future, he knows a guardian needs to be found, but is hesitant to pass that amount of power to a single person. He’s short, sweet, and loves his daughter, Heema, very much.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #112

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.

For Review:
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

Play of Light by Debra Doxer

Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Friday, November 28, 2014

Crescent Moon Press Black Friday Sale and Huge Giveaway Event


There is a Huge Black Friday .99 Kindle SALE! Check out some of these great authors below and don't forget to enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win lots of fun stuff including gift cards, eBooks and book swag!

The sale runs from Black Friday to New Years, so lots of time to buy LOTS AND LOTS OF FABULOUS BOOKS published by Crescent Moon Press!

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Caden’s Fate, by Kate McKeever

Fairyproof, by Constance Phillips

Resurrecting Harry, by Constance Phillips

Speak of the Devil, by Shawna Romkey

The Devil Made Me Do It, by Shawna Romkey

What Gifts She Carried, by Lindsey Loucks

The Grave Winner, by Lindsey Loucks

Violet Midnight, by Lynn Rush

Violet Dawn, by Lynn Rush

Violet Storm, by Lynn Rush

Wasteland, by Lynn Rush

Awaited, by Lynn Rush

Tainted, by Lynn Rush

Prelude to Darkness, by Lynn Rush

Son of a Mermaid, by Katie O’Sullivan

Blood of a Mermaid, by Katie O’Sullivan

Wanted: One Ghost, by Loni Lynne

Ruined, by Kinley Baker

Denied, by Kinley Baker

Endured, by Kinley Baker

Gemini Rising, by Louann Carroll

A Shadow of Time, by Louann Carroll

Dakota Capitve, by Alythia Brown

Sorrow’s Point, by Danielle DeVor

Sorrow’s Edge, by Danielle DeVor

Red, by Reese Reed

The Memory Witch, by Heather Topham Wood

Not Your Average Fairy Tale, by Chantele Sedgwick

Not Your Average Happy Ending, Chantele Sedgwick

A Stiff Kiss, by Avery Olive

Won’t Let Go, by Avery Olive

Idyllic Avenue, by Chad Ganske

Rift Healer, by Diane M Haynes

Still Hunt, by Diane M Haynes

First Contact, by Kat Green

Citizens of Logan Pond: Life, by Rebecca Belliston

Irons in the Fire, by Penelope Marzec

The Company You Keep, by Penelope Marzec

Kiss of Blarney, by Penelope Marzec

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Summary:

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected. 


Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Trial by Fire was a solid blend of YA fantasy and romance. The beginning really grabbed me and I found it easy to sympathize with Lily. I think the author had an interesting concept and I’m intrigued to see where the series goes.

I liked the start of Trial by Fire a lot and I enjoyed not really knowing where the story was headed. I empathized with Lily’s struggles in her world and her desire to venture into a brand new place. Lily’s reactions to being thrust into a world unlike our own felt very authentic.

The world building was done well and I could vividly picture the alternate Salem that Lily finds herself in. I thought the author’s take on witches and crucibles was interesting and I found myself wanting to read more about how the magic worked. The side characters were also great and I loved how Lily and Rowan’s complicated relationship developed as they were forced to enter a shaky truce.

Just a FYI, there’s a major cliffhanger, so readers will be super eager to check out the next installment. I’d recommend the book to readers who enjoy a blend of fantasy and romance geared toward teens.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

Summary:

Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.

Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.

When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn't keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.

Publication Date: July 22, 2014


I liked Dissonance a lot, but I wonder if I would’ve liked it more if I hadn’t read so many books lately with similar plots. I think the author did a good job and I do feel like if I liked the romance more, I would’ve been more invested in the story.

The plot moved at a good pace and the reader is thrown into the action immediately. I didn’t totally love how technical the first half became when discussing how certain gifted people could move through parallel worlds. I felt like it slowed down the book a bit and made my interest wane.

I liked the main character and I found her relatable. I thought her relationship with Simon was sweet at first, but the back and forth between them was a little tiresome. I did enjoy her relationship with her grandfather. I always enjoy a lovable old crazy grandparent in YA books that turn out to be the voice of reason.

What I liked most about the book was the different worlds Del traveled to. I thought it was fun to read about the differences and how the splits had occurred. It was especially interesting to see Del’s interactions with the alternates in the parallel worlds.

Fans of YA books with a mix of romance and sci-fi would likely enjoy Dissonance.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #111

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.

For Review:
Written on Her Heart by Paige Rion

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Worth the Fall by Caitie Quinn

Twice in a Blue Moon by Cate Masters

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: The Frivolity Fairies by Jo Michaels


Summary:

It's Christmas Eve, 2014, and thirteen-year-old Shirley is listening to the same bedtime story she's heard every year.

This year, she comes face to face with the frivolity fairies from the tale; naughty, careless creatures who cause mischief with no regard to morality.

In a tale of Christmas spirit, magic, and happy endings, find out what happens when one little girl sets out to make things right.

Publication Date: October 5, 2014


What a sweet Christmas fairy tale! I really liked Shirley’s story and her adventures with the Frivolity Fairies. I enjoyed the way Jo introduced certain fairy tropes in the story and put her own twist on them. I think children in the 10 to 13 age range would enjoy the story the most since some of the themes could be frightening to younger kids. The short story is free on Amazon and I’m glad I picked it up since I feel more in the holiday spirit after I finished reading. On a side note, I have to say I love the cover! The picture and typeset are gorgeous!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: When by Victoria Laurie

Summary:

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?

Publication Date: January 15, 2015


When was a good book with an interesting premise: Maddie has visions of a person’s death date. She doesn’t know the how or why, just that the date could be weeks in the future or years. With her family struggling, she begins using her gift for profit and finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation.

There were several interesting concepts raised by the book. Maddie had to face the dilemma over whether or not she should tell a person his or her death date. It was also interesting to see the ways a person handled the news of when his or her death would take place.

I liked the characters, but they felt very young at times. I don’t usually find this is an issue in most YA books I read, but I think this novel would appeal more to younger teens. There is a hint of romance, but the love interest doesn’t become central in the plot. I though Maddie had a sweet friendship with her best friend Stubby, but I had a hard time getting pass his name (I had a cat named Stubby growing up).

Although the characters seemed youngish, the plot wasn’t exactly childish. The murders were pretty gruesome and I thought the suspense was well done in the novel. I could also feel Maddie’s anxiety over her abilities making her the subject of a FBI investigation.

Fans of YA contemporaries with a paranormal twist will enjoy When.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: The Whispers by Lisa Unger

Summary:

Eloise Montgomery discovers her amazing gift in the wake of tragedy in this first of three captivating stories that make up an e-novella from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

It's a day like any other for Eloise Montgomery--until tragedy strikes. While she is recovering from a horrible accident that takes the lives of her husband and oldest daughter, and as she works to help her younger daughter move forward, Eloise experiences her first psychic vision. Though she struggles to understand her newfound gifts, Eloise finds a way use them to save lost women and girls--for whom her help may be the only way out…

Publication Date: October 27, 2014


Before I started reading The Whispers, I didn’t realize the novella was part of a serial. Honestly, I tend to avoid serials like the plague. But I’m glad I gave The Whispers a chance because I liked the story a lot.

I really felt for Eloise when she woke up from the coma and found out her husband and eldest daughter had died in a car crash. Although the book is short, I was glad the author didn’t rush through her grief. She handled the loss in a believable way.

I thought the book was well written and I was thoroughly creeped out when Eloise started to experience visions and messages from the dead. The author has a talent for writing atmospheric with works featuring characters that draw you into their stories.

Although I don’t usually keep up with novellas and serials, I’m intrigued enough to pick up the next book.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Goodreads Summary:

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014


I absolutely loved A Thousand Pieces of You. I’m usually a fan of standalone novels, but this is one book that I’m super happy about being a series starter. I loved the premise and the characters were phenomenal.

The novel reminded me a lot of All Our Yesterdays, another book I really loved. Parallel universes are a concept that I find intriguing so as soon as I read the description, I knew I had to move this book to the top of my to be read pile. The author made the idea of jumping between dimensions believable without getting bogged down in the science behind it.

Marguerite was a good main character and although some of her actions were rash, I appreciated her resilience to avenge her dad’s murder. I liked that the action started out so quickly and I never felt like the book ever hit a lull. There was enough action and romance to hold my interest and encouraged me to finish the novel quickly.

To be honest, I was a little worried about the romance at first. I just wasn’t buying what Theo was selling and I was glad later revelations made me understand what was up with him. But then Paul came into the picture and I had all the feels (for all versions of him). I liked that Paul wasn’t a typical love interest. I just love the awkward hunks.

The ending isn’t a major cliff, but there are enough unanswered questions that make me eager to check out the sequel. If you like YA fantasy and science fiction novels, I would recommend you check out A Thousand Pieces of You as soon as possible.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Twisted Fate by Norah Olson

Summary:

When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.

As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney's mind, Graham's odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.

And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.

Perfect for fans of Michelle Hodkin, and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars,Twisted Fate is an unputdownable novel, teeming with suspense.
Publication Date: January 20, 2015

Twisted Fate was one creepy book! For the most part, I liked the story of Sydney, Alyson and Graham and I was drawn into the complexities of their relationships with one another. However, there was a twist that I felt was a little unnecessary and took away some of my enjoyment of the novel.

Twisted Fate is told in multiple points of views with many of the chapters narrated by Sydney, Alyson and Graham. Sydney was the most relatable of the three. Graham’s chapters were seriously disturbing while Alyson’s chapters were strange and mostly about how happy she was about baking and having met Graham.

The pace was a little slow in the beginning, but as Graham’s mental state starts to unravel, the book became more interesting. His character made my skin crawl and I really hoped Sydney and Alyson would be able to get away from him.

One of the main problems I had with the book was the use of foreshadowing. A lot of the twists were easy to guess and it took away from the overall suspenseful feel of the novel. A few of the twists were a little over the top and I didn’t really felt like they were necessary to move the plot along. The conclusion wasn’t what I hoped for either.

Overall, Twisted Fate was interesting and had some unique plot elements. I’d recommend the book to mature teens who are looking for a contemporary psychological suspense novel.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Release Day for Pretending Hearts Plus Giveaway and Promo Sale

Summary:

Delia Bridges is done living in the shadows cast by her ex-convict father and her football star brother. Attending Cook University will finally give her the chance to be her own person and hopefully find love at the same time. When she meets Wyatt Johnston, she knows immediately he’s the one.

Wyatt fulfills all of Delia’s requirements for the perfect man: he’s rich, handsome, and a talented forward for Cook’s soccer team. However, Wyatt turns out not to be the man she thought. When he dumps her and simultaneously ruins her reputation, she has to start over once again.

Levi Caldwell has every quality Delia doesn’t want in a boyfriend. He has no money, works for the maintenance staff at Cook, and has no problem sharing his judgmental opinions about how Delia is living her life. Despite her growing attraction for the tattooed drummer, Delia tries to avoid Levi. But when a new crisis threatens to destroy all she has rebuilt, she finds Levi is the only person she can trust.

***Standalone New Adult Romance-Ages 17+ Due to Strong Language and Sexual Situations***


Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PB84HQE
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pretending-Hearts-Heather-Topham-Wood-ebook/dp/B00PB84HQE

Excerpt:


The rest of the sentence died in my throat as Levi reached for me. Before I could protest, his lips were pressing into mine. He kissed me in a way that made me momentarily forget what an awful idea it was for him to be kissing me at that second. His lips were soft and warm and I could feel the persistence behind his kiss. He wanted me to respond and I found myself yielding. I started to kiss him back. Allowing myself to get lost in the sensation of how good it felt to have his mouth on mine.

He had been a friend at first, but when we kissed, he set my blood on fire. His tongue wrapped around mine and I allowed his taste to consume me. His kiss was full of the promise that Levi would give me everything I always wanted.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: January Black by Wendy S. Russo



Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn is the son of The Hill’s commandant. As such, he’s expected to conform to a strict, unspoken code of conduct. Small acts of defiance over years—such as walking on the grass—have earned him a reputation for being unruly. When sarcastic test answers finally get Matty expelled from school, King Hadrian offers him a diploma if he can answer a deceptively simple question, and then dismisses the only answer.
To prove his worth to society, Matty wrestles with the king’s word games, the kingdom’s historical record, and laws that don’t make sense. He meets Iris Locke, a street smart gardener, along the way. After enchanting him at a glance, Iris helps his research, keeps him out of trouble, and finally breaks his heart.
Alone again, Matty finds himself on collision course with a deadly law, one he will have to break to answer the king’s question. Was Hadrian challenging him, or teaching him a lesson? Without Iris, it won’t matter, because Matty won’t stand down for anyone else.
January Black is the 2013 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal winner for YA-Coming of Age.
January Black will be available for pre-order on Amazon 11/28/2014.

About the Illustrator

Liliana Sanches started studying Visual Arts at the age of 16 and soon felt attracted to the Romantic artwork from the 19th century. The Pre-Raphaelites and Friedrich were her biggest inspirations at the time, and she felt compelled to explore this graphic language of desolated landscapes that were the reflection of the painter's emotions.
After graduating college, specializing Graphic Design, she created her own business under the name of "Princess of Shadows." Her style had now evolved and had technical knowledge to support it. Intricate concepts with a much better grasp of image composition and visual balance, and also used color and shape psychology to imprint her work on the viewer.
Along the years she has been working with musicians, authors and even other designers who have allowed her to express her creativity, develop visual communication skills and explore different graphic styles to better suit each project.
Nowadays, here personal work has been exploring the human psyche, imbuing it with a dark surreal feeling. Her biggest inspirations are J-Horror movies, dreams/ nightmares and mental health pathologies.

About the Author
Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #110

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.

Follow my blog and you can win a $10 Amazon gift card. Enter here: http://www.authorheather.com/2014/11/blog-boost-giveaway.html

For Review:
After We Fall by Emma Kavanagh

Illusion by J.S. Cooper

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook

Invincible by Amy Reed

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Hetzel

Snapped by Ketley Allison

Friday, November 7, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday: Blog Boost Giveaway


Feature and Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The question for the week is what's the craziest thing you ever did for an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy)?

I'm a laidback person, so I haven't gone too crazy for an ARC. I really wanted to read the latest from Mia Sheridan, so I checked her blog and Facebook page on a regular basis to make sure I didn't miss a chance to win a copy.


It's Friday!!!! And in just four short days, Pretending Hearts will be available!

Special Preorder Price of 99 Cents on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Pretending-Hearts-Heather-Topham-Wood-ebook/dp/B00PB84HQE

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pretending-Hearts-Heather-Topham-Wood-ebook/dp/B00PB84HQE

I have a truly awesome giveaway planned for Tuesday, but today I'll do a mini-giveaway in preparation. To enter, simply comment below (make sure you include an email) with how you are following my blog. Follow options include GFC, Linky, Networked Blogs, Bloglovin' and eMail. One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Giveaway ends Monday November 10 at 9am EST. Good luck!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: Once More With Feeling by Megan Crane

Summary:

Sarah Lowery thought she could get past her husband Tim’s betrayal and get back to the life they’d planned out so carefully—but then a car accident puts Tim into a coma and reveals the kind of nine month secret that means life as Sarah knows it really is over.

If only she could figure out how she got into this position in the first place, Sarah is sure she could fix it. Somehow.

But when Sarah digs into her past, she finds she has to face all the ghosts she left behind—and the reason she left them there. One very tall, very sexy reason named Alec Frasier, who might hold the key to the kind of future Sarah used to dream about.

Yet when Tim wakes up and can’t remember what he did, Sarah has the chance to slip back into her old life as if she never left it. Trouble is, she’s no longer sure it fits…

Publication Date: June 8, 2014


I love Megan Crane’s books and I thought Once More With Feeling was a good read. I didn’t love the novel as much as her previous works, but I still found myself invested in Sarah’s tale of marital woes.

Sarah was a good main character because I could see her growth throughout the novel. She started out as really naïve and a doormat and I was glad to see her forced into a situation that made her evolve. I really couldn’t stand her family and her husband and I really didn’t understand at first why she was fighting to keep these horrible people in her life.

The second half of the book really picked up for me. Instead of a romantic book, Once More With Feeling is more about a woman’s journey of self-discovery. Because of the plot, I did feel the inner monologues was a little overkill and slowed down the plot. I was also hoping for a little more romance, but I felt like the novel concluded on a hopeful note.

Overall, I liked the book and I can’t wait to read more of Megan Crane’s novels.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Echo Bridge by Kristen O'Toole

Summary:

For popular theater star Courtney Valance, high school was a breeze. Beautiful, talented, and driven, she was the envy of her classmates and the prized girlfriend of Belknap Country Day’s most eligible bachelor, Ted Parker. But that was before Ted’s best friend, Hugh, was found dead. Before Courtney went missing. Before the clothes she was last seen in washed up on the banks of the Souhegan River.

Now everyone believes Courtney is dead, too—and her eligible bachelor is the number one murder suspect. Before the day of Ted’s trial, Courtney’s sister Anna receives a mysterious package with a note in Courtney’s handwriting. Does that mean Courtney could still be alive?

One thing is clear: Courtney’s picturesque life was not what it seemed. She needed an escape…and that’s exactly what she got.

Publication Date: October 15, 2014


Echo Bridge has an original premise and I haven’t read many similar books in the YA genre. The novel has several twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I didn’t love the ending, just because I wanted to know a little more about what happened after the big climax.

Echo Bridge has a horrifying premise: one of the school’s golden boys is poised to get away with raping Courtney. The offender is the best friend of Courtney’s boyfriend and Courtney doesn’t know how to come forward. As Courtney digs deeper, she finds that she’s not the only victim and that a cover-up has been going on for some time.

I enjoyed Echo Bridge and I connected with Courtney. A few of her actions were hard to understand, but I could still sympathize with her. The boys in the book were truly vial and I was hoping for Courtney and her newfound friends to take them down. The novel is suspenseful and I only found the middle to drag a bit.

The book was enjoyable, but I felt like too much was revealed early on. The ending was a little out there too and I’m not sure if understand why Courtney chose the path she did.

I’d recommend Echo Bridge to fans of YA suspense and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Release Blitz: All Falls Down by Ayden K. Morgen

All Falls Down
By: Ayden K. Morgen




Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 329           

50% of release day proceeds from All Falls Down will go to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), a 24/7 toll-free hotline connecting domestic abuse victims with services and support all across the United States, in honor of Cassie M. Combs.

Summary:

When Savannah Martin walks in on her abusive boyfriend and her best friend in bed together, she thinks life can't possibly get any worse. And then she wakes up in a hospital in Italy, scared and alone. With nowhere left to go, Savannah runs to the family who took her in when her mother abandoned her as a teenager.

But things aren't as simple as they were then.

For starters, two years of constant emotional and verbal abuse has broken Savannah in ways she's not sure can be repaired. And patriarch Matthew Talbot has been murdered, leaving his eldest daughter, Lexi, in charge of a global non-profit and her younger sisters.

Jared Corbit, Lexi's gorgeous boyfriend, is the only thing standing between her and whoever murdered her father. That doesn't stop Savannah from falling in love with him. She knows it's wrong, but she just can't stay away from him when he makes he feel like no one else ever has before.

Finding out his relationship with Lexi is a ruse should make things easier, but when the truth is finally revealed, Savannah's fragile world threatens to fall apart. There's a murderer on the loose, and he's gunning for the only family she has. To save their lives, she and Jared will be forced to make a decision that just might destroy her completely.

How is she supposed to let the man she loves be with another woman? 

All Falls Down is available at Amazon
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Excerpt:

"Savannah, wait," Jared calls, grabbing my arm when I fling the front door open and step out. He pulls the door closed behind us before releasing me.

I immediately start walking again. My heart races and my left eye does that twitching thing it does when I'm about to cry. I just want to be away from him, away from me, away from wanting things I have no right to want from him.

He doesn't take the hint though and jogs down the steps after me.

"Jared, please," I whisper when he catches up to me. The wind is blowing hard, another storm moving in. I wish it would just blow me away. I could live in Oz with Dorothy and Toto. Adventures. Munchkins. Yeah, I could do that. "Let me go. Please, just let me go."

I'm not sure if I'm pleading with Jared or if I'm begging God to sweep me away with the wind, but neither listens to me.

"Savannah, stop," Jared says, grabbing my arm again.

I jerk to a stop, flinching away from him and the shock of his skin on mine. He takes my reaction for fear and immediately lets me go. Regret and guilt dance through his expression, wrecking me.

Tears start trickling down my cheeks.

I'm so tired.

I'm tired of barely sleeping.

I'm tired of avoiding him.

I'm tired of feeling guilty.

I'm just tired.

"Savannah," he breathes, his eyes widening when he notices my tears. He lifts his hand and it hovers in the air between us as if he can't decide if he should touch me again or not.

I sniffle.

He reaches out and grabs me instantly, pulling me in to him. And I go. Willingly.

My head nestles into the hard warmth of his chest. He wraps his arms around me, his head settling atop mine. For a minute, everything is perfect. All the guilt and doubts and self-loathing vanish, and it's just me and him. We both sigh in relief, in regret… and then I start crying in earnest.

"Shh, beautiful girl," he croons, running his hands up and down my back.

His touch is gentle, soothing, complete perfection. And so wrong.

Everything is just so wrong with this.

"Let me go," I cry and try to push away from him.

He shushes me again, refusing to let me pull away.

It doesn't scare me, but I fight harder.

I can't do this with him. I can't.

"You're okay," he soothes and I realize that I'm saying it out loud. Crying over and over again that I can't do this.

A sob catches in my throat and I slump against him, defeated.

"You're okay," he says again, rocking us back and forth.

For just a minute, I let myself believe him. I sink into his embrace. His warmth surrounds me. His heart hammers against mine. He smells so good, and I feel so safe, so secure.

"Why does this feel so right?"

I'm not sure if I'm even meant to hear his question, but I do. And I have no answer.

For just a minute, I don't want one. I just want… him.

Oh God, what am I doing?


About the Author:



Ayden lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart and husband of ten years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services field. 

Ayden also writes Young and New Adult fiction under the penname A.K. Morgen.

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