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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

COVER REVEAL - Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews **GIVEAWAY**

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Today we are revealing the cover for FOREVER FOUND by Nazarea Andrews. 

This is a novella that will be released on December 30th and it is the stunning conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.

 

BOOK BLURB:

Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I've ever had to survive. I've never loved anyone the way I love her.

But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her--now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn't just destroy me--its killing Neverland.

I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.

Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left--but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.

 

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EXCERPT:

Gwen is leaning against the window. Every time I leave her, I forget. She’s not all gangly limbs and huge eyes and dirty hair hanging in her face, flinching at her own shadow. Not anymore. That Gwen still haunts my island, but this—this Gwen is breathtaking.
She thinks she’s broken. Fractured pieces of a broken mind, held together by medication and stubborn denial. But she doesn’t see herself, not the way I do.
Lane had that right. She’s breathtaking—even now, when I know she’s sad and broken. She stands straight, a pair of thin sleep pants curving around her ass before falling loose and free to the floor. Her shoulders are back, graceful and strong, under the thick sweater she’s wearing, her hair pulled into a messy knot at the top of her head.
She can see me, my reflection in the dark glass. And I see the tension in her tighten, drawing her up and sharp, until she’s almost vibrating with it. “Why are you here?” she asks, her voice low and hoarse.
She sounds like that when she’s been crying. I know—I’ve heard her so many times, heard her tears. Wiped them away. Whispered happy thoughts until I teased a smile from her.
“Peter,” she snaps, and I jerk, out of the memories and into the moment.
“You ran away.”
She gives an unladylike snort. “You decided you were a delusion of my past, and then you expected me to sit there and listen to your insane ramblings. Thanks, but no. I can’t do that. I’ve had enough crazy for one life.” She bites her lip, and then blurts, “You stole my file, didn’t you? That’s how you know about the Boy.”
“Do you remember the firefly meadow?”
She goes still, and I smile, gently. “You do.”
“That wasn’t real,” she whispers, and I feel the shudder.
“We’d hide there, from the lsot boys. And you’d fall asleep telling me your happy thoughts, and wake up to a galaxy of fireflies, and we’d chase them until you made yourself sick, laughing. And then I’d hold you and we’d stare at the stars, and you always said they were different. It smelled like jasmine and honey-“
“And wild woods and freedom,” she whispers, her blue eyes impossibly wide in her pretty face. I take a tentative step toward her, and touch her fingers.
Why are your stars different?
“It wasn’t a delusion, Gwendy. You know it wasn’t. Trust yourself.”
She shudders. “Can’t. My mind lies. It wasn’t—“
“Gwendy,” I say, desperately. Her eyes are filling with tears and I can feel the disbelief, the way it will tear apart the world I’ve known, and the girl I’ve loved, and I can’t. I move without thinking, catch her head and bring her lips to mine.
 
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

REVIEW - Bully by Penelope Douglas


Title: Bully (Fall Away Series #1)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Release Date: 6th November 2014 (UK Paperback)


Thank you to Piatkus for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

A few months back I was given the chance to read Rival by Penelope Douglas, I really enjoyed the story but as I had jumped in a couple books in to the series I was a tiny bit lost as to who all the characters where, something I have now rectified in reading this brilliant book, the first in the Fall Away series - Bully.

Tate and Jared have been friends for a long time, best friends and next door neighbours but after a summer away at his fathers, a teenage Jared comes home a changed boy, his friendship with Tate a distant memory as he turns against her, starting rumours, playing pranks just being plain nasty to her, something that she can't understand having done nothing wrong.

Tate doesn't have to suffer him for much longer she is off to France for a year, leaving the now totally obnoxious man whore behind but she won't be away forever.

On her return she is a changed girl, no longer taking any shit from anyone, she takes Jared's best friend Madoc down a peg by humiliating him in the cafeteria, she is not scared of him or his friend but she still finds him to be a total pain but little by little cracks start to appear in his bullish armour, he seems to be looking out for her but Tate does not want to let him in at all.

As the book progresses you definitely start to see a more caring of side of Jared but he still messes with Tate's mind, the question is will Tate forgive him for treating her like dirt, will she discover the motives behind his change in character?

Uh, this book is hot! Jared is gorgeous and a complete rat bag to start with but as the pages turn you can see him turning in to a very hot young man, he does make some stupid decisions but ultimately his motive seems to be to have Tate's back even if he has a daft way of showing it.  

Will she let him back in?

The couples chemistry throws sparks from the pages, making it an extremely sexy read, Penelope has done a great job bringing such intense feelings to the pages and it makes for an amazing read, I'm so glad I went back to book one to fill me in on the characters I read about in Rival.

Awarded 5 out of 5


BLOG TOUR - The Union by T H Hernandez **GIVEAWAY**


Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for 

The Union by T. H. Hernandez

Read my review and enter the giveaway below!


After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.


REVIEW

Most of the dystopian novels I have read of late have been full on end of the world, nothing left reads, The Union is different, set in a future United States, a second civil war has destroyed the country leaving it with two very different societies.

The Union of the title is a hi-tech Utopia full of gorgeous people and shiny gadgets, it hugs the coasts of the States, in the centre of the country are The Ruins the remains of the old country, destroyed and allegedly deserted.

Evan is a teen living in The Union, she has had a very privileged upbringing but she wants to leave her family home and try and find out what she wants to do with the rest of her life, her best friends have their lives planned out but she doesn't have a clue so when her friends make their way out of town she jumps at the opportunity to go with them.

On route to the other areas of The Union, Evan comes across her school friend Bryce, did I mention he was gorgeous?, no?! Well he is, a suitable amount of flirtatious behaviour goes on but something doesn't ring true about him especially after meeting his friend Jack who calls Bryce by a different name.  A distant alarm bell rings in Evan's head.

But before she can find out what he is up too, she is taken, kidnapped and when she wakes up she finds she is not in The Union anymore she is in The Ruins, a place where nobody is supposed to live but seems to be full of Union supplies and people out to make trouble for The Union.  Her kidnappers definitely seem to have an agenda but thankfully she manages to escape but that is not the end of her ordeal.

Following her escape she finds herself near death's door but thankfully she is rescued by a group of young people and it is then that her life is turned upside down.  She goes from a pampered teen to a hardworking survivor living of the land and she meets Cyrus, who makes her previous love interest Bryce fade from her memory, she begins to look at her life differently, does she want to go back to her old life?

When a threat to not only her but to The Union arises she has to make a choice whether to stay with Cyrus who she is falling hard for or should she go back to her old life to warn them that trouble is brewing in the Ruins.

The Union is a great new look at the young adult dystopian genre, it has a spirited female lead and some nice eye candy but it also has a thrilling plot which takes you from the shiny clean Union to the deserted Ruins.  It ends with Evan making her decision and leaves the door open for book 2.

A recommended read!

Awarded 4 out of 5

Thank you to Ink Slinger PR for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they're still figuring out life.

When I'm not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I'm obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.



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Monday, 24 November 2014

BLOG TOUR - The Future Without Hope by Nazarea Andrews **GIVEAWAY**



Welcome to my Blog Tour for 
The Future Without Hope by Nazarea Andrews

Read my review of this thrilling Dystopian read  


The Future Without Hope Synopsis: 

Separated from Finn, captive of the Order, Nurrin has no hope left. But she has survived twenty years of zombies--and she has the unshakable faith that Finn will find her. But Finn is a long way away. The Order's influence runs deeper than was ever suspected, and politics are shifting--and zombies may not be the most dangerous thing she's facing. Finn always thought the war stripped him of all he had to lose. But with Nurrin missing and doors closing in his face, he realizes there is always more for the world to take--and he will drag the remains of civilization down with him before he gives up on the only promise that matters.


REVIEW

Noooo, you must be ****ing joking!!!

That's what I uttered when I finished this book, OMG I was cross but thankfully this third book in the series is not going to be the last, if it was I would be writing a strongly worded letter to Nazarea!!

Anyway I digress , The Future Without Hope is the third novel in Nazarea's sexy dystopia, set in a world where the infected roam free and the last surviving humans hide behind the walls of Havens over run with the corrupt priests and government officials.

Now I am reading this review assuming you have read the last two books, The World Without a Future  and The Horde Without End if you haven't stop now and go and read them,  Now Nurrin and Finn went through hell at the end of the last book and the start of this book sees Finn desperately searching for her as she has gone missing, she has been taken, she is a First and she has all kinds of terror waiting for her unless Finn can find her.

Finn is not a happy bunny, his feelings for Nurrin have always boiled very close to the surface and now that she is gone he is stopping at nothing to get her back even if that means committing murder to get to her.

Nurrin has been taken by the Order and with her is her brother Collin, she has finally found him but he is infected, do they have a cure within the order and can it save him?, she has her own hell as she waits to find out what will happen to him whilst wishing that Finn was with her.  Now Nurrin is by no means a shrinking violet and one particular bloody scene shows exactly what she will do once backed in to corner.

The infected feature less in this book but they are still very much "alive" with the threat of them never far away, the survivors in the Havens need to make a decision as to whether they will be safer behind the walls or in front of them.  

Finn and Nurrin make for one heck of a smoking couple, I will say that yes they do find each other but once they do there is still a lot of book to come and as to what happens in that well I will say there are several extremely sexy scenes but Finn and Nurrin need to figure out what happens next, who can they trust, will they ever get peace in their lives?

As for that ending, OMG, it was so frustrating but I still love this book and there better had not be too long a wait for the next one!

Awarded 5 out of 5

Thank you to Ink Slinger PR for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


The World Without a Future (Book 1) 

The Horde Without End (Book 2) 


Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She is the author of the University of Branton series, Neverland Found series, and Edge of the Falls.

She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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COVER REVEAL - Atlantic Rising by Gloria Craw

Atlantis Rising
Release Date: 01/06/15
Entangled Teen
352 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…



About the Author
Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest, inspired every day by the wide skies and rich colors around her. After high school, she attended the University of Utah where she majored and got a degree in anthropology. These days, she lives in the ‘burbs’ just outside of Seattle, Washington where she is the shepherd of a husband, four daughters and a very hairy dog. 

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

BLOG TOUR - The Stall of Second Chances by Dana Bate


Thank you to Corsair for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

It is no secret I love books, I really do, in fact I love them so much my darling husband keeps muttering about having a bonfire but as well as fiction I also have a huge collection of cookbooks.  I am by no means a great cook but in my dreams I am!  

Now having a quick first flick through this paperback I came across a treasure trove of recipes at the back of the book and it was then that I knew that me and The Stall of Second Chances were gonna get along.

Sydney Strauss is our leading lady and at the start of the book we meet her as her life is about to go downhill, working for a television reporter with an ego the size of the planet, he cocks up she takes the fall but it pays her bills until the day restructuring arrives at her work and her job is no longer there.

She could hit rock bottom but just before she reaches it her friend persuades her to work her shift at a local market on a stalled called the Wild Yeast Bakery, run by the obnoxious Rick, the pay is terrible and the hours are very unsociable but it's better than nothing.

Sydney is also a lapsed blogger, her love of food has been ongoing for years and she blogged constantly about it, food journalism could have been her career too if she hadn't put love first, but Zach her ex is no longer on the scene and she is free to do what she likes now.  

She is approached by the market manager to organise their newsletter and slowly she begins to rekindle her love affair with food and at the same time she also meets a man, Jeremy a regular at the market.

He is a much a foodie as she is but she finds him familiar, too familiar, who is he?

To her horror he is a disgraced ex food journo who took cash for writing articles five years before but he is also charming, a great cook and not bad on the eyes, after a few dates she decides to avoid him but she finds she can't resist him and they start a relationship. 

Sydney is approached by a big Washington paper to write for their food column but they want juice not cupcakes and she has to find a great story to write for them, unfortunately for her the story she finds has the potential to not only damage her new relationship but it could spell the end of some of the businesses at the market, the ones that she has been working hard at raising their profiles with the newsletter.

Now I don't want to spoil the book for you but Sydney tries to do the right thing by bringing this juicy story to the public but as she was doing it I just wanted to scream "No!!!", and I was right to be worried!  Her life that has just started to get better is unravelling once more but does she just have herself to blame?

The recurring theme of this book is the giving of another chance and the characters in it certainly make enough cock ups to warrant another chance!  It is a really enjoyable read, as well as the main story the description of the food is just pure delight, cakes and breads jump from the pages begging to be gobbled up.  Of course the aforementioned recipes at the back also bring life to some of the wares from the Wild Yeast Bakery.

My only complaint would be some of the choices Sydney makes when it comes to writing her story for the Chronicle, you can see it is going to end in tears and you really want her to choose love over the story but she is headstrong, will she make the right decision?

Does it have a happy ending?  Well that's for you to read and discover but if you are looking for a charming tale with love and food mixed together, then this is your perfect bake, sorry book!

Awarded 4 out of 5


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Friday, 21 November 2014

BOOK BLITZ - Stargazer by Sunniva Dee **GIVEAWAY**


Hello and Welcome!
Today the brilliant Stargazer by Sunniva Dee is released!
Find out more below including an excerpt
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Stargazer by Sunniva Dee 
(Halos #2) 
Publication date: November 2014 

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal


I’m Luna, and I’ve been in the Twilight Zone since I moved in with my sister and her boyfriend.
I sense their secrets in every corner of the house.

Gabriel is eerily beautiful, and his personality disturbingly perfect, while Gaia’s inexplicable PTSD and mood swings bounce her between bliss and despair.

Until Gabriel’s brothers pay a visit.

Cassiel…
He’s the night to his brother’s day. He’s sex personified and the devil in one hell of a stunning package. It’s been years since I last saw him, but this man makes me burn. He hooks me with his touch. Enthralls me with those oddly simmering eyes. He pierces my soul with his knowing smirks, and I am losing myself in him.

Ka…
With pearlescent hair and spring green eyes, he crashes into my world. I thought this crazy, beautiful man could mend my bleeding heart. Make things recognizable again—normal. Instead he pulls me from the embers and feeds me to the open fire.

College life. Is this what everyone goes through?





He was a Fallen, a bad boy, and everything in between. I’d tried. God knew I’d tried to keep them apart, but these kids were freaking magnets. Plus, how could I object with the way he fought for her? Not that I’d have a say.
A wall of tranquility hit us when we entered the house. I caught a quick glimpse of aqua blue as Gabriel surveyed my mood over his shoulder. The door slammed shut behind us, and the peace he’d saturated the air with instantly infused every pore.
Cassiel’s eyes, a slow-floating gold, edged over Luna’s placid expression, her still limbs. Carefully, he eased her onto the coach and leaned her against the backrest.
Sweetness,” he said, his tone so different from anything I’d ever heard him use before. “Rest now, okay? I’ll take you home soon.”
My sister smiled, unconcerned with the struggle happening only yards away, and Cassiel swung around to focus on his brothers.
So waves of serenity, huh? Do they work on him?” The flight must have done Cassiel good. No trace of fury or lack of control, remained. Now, he studied Kakabel with the levelheaded scrutiny of a scientist.
Somewhat,” Gabriel puffed while pushing Ka into a kitchen corner.
Drunk on a luxurious sort of harmony, I flopped down on a barstool. It never ceased to surprise me how all worries disappeared in this state. With only the breakfast bar between us, the view was excellent.
Well, time to beat him into a pulp,” Cassiel declared, rubbing his hands together. “Pass him on.”
No, Cassiel. Michael is coming tomorrow. We’ve got less than twenty-four hours.”
To do what? Fix his ass? All he’s done is create chaos.” Cassiel broke into one of his trademark derisive laughs. “Unless you made some stupid promise to Michael?”
Gabriel kept Ka shackled to the wall with an arm. A bruise forming on Ka’s cheekbone did nothing to mar his beauty.
Don’t be silly,” Gabriel retorted. “We need him manageable. He’s over the top again.”
I’d say.
He shot Cassiel a glance. “I thought you were the self-proclaimed police here, dedicated to keeping us all under the Celestial radar. What happened?”
Cassiel lost his head to love,” I slurred, grinning, and caught the ghost of a smirk from Gabriel.
Because he loooves me,” Luna sang from her relaxed position on the couch.
Dude, turn down the serenity, will you? The girls are—”
Just concentrate, Cassiel!” Gabriel’s voice was a whip, contrasting with the sensation he provided.
My baby’s bossy,” I giggled. “Better listen.”


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AUTHOR BIO
I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

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