Friday, April 18, 2014

Falling by Design by Valia Lind Promo Post!


Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014

Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.


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About Valia


Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Burning Star by Jessie Lane Blog Tour! Review, Dreamcast and Giveaway!






Title: The Burning Star
Series: Star #1
Author: Jessie Lane
Format: EBook
Pages: 314
Published: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Jessie Lane
Source: From the Publisher/Author, in exchange of an honest review!

*This book is a re-release and revision from the original book. Please be aware that some things have been added, deleted or changed.*

Kay’s journey of a lifetime started in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It was there that the 17 year old met a beautiful man along with a monster. The chance encounter led her to an unbelievable world that shouldn’t exist; a place where myths and fairy tales were real, and in some cases, deadly. Kay knew she would have to brave this new world if she hoped to find a cure for her terminal cancer.

With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn’t the only one with problems.

Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.

Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.

Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira’s master, Lord Donovan.


As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?


WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.

Why:

I'm a fan of the author Jessie Lane, I had the chance to read the first two volumes of her adult series: Big Bad Bite and Ex Ops. These two series are very different from one another (Paranormal Romance and Contemporary Romance), but the author Jessie Lane knows how to keep me up all night with suspense and she has those skills to hang me from the first pages. I had no difficulty in agreeing to participate in The Burning Star Blog Tour.

I love the writing style of Jessie Lane. She knows how to capture the reader's attention with an intense plot and crazy characters. Her novels are page-turner and I've never been disappointed with what I'd read so far!
As soon as I read the blurb of The Burning Star, I knew that this book would suit me. Although it is a YA Paranormal Romance, I threw myself body and soul into this read!

Expectations:

I was expecting a lot of action, suspense, intrigue, paranormal elements and a love story that blooms throughout the pages.
I really didn't expect to love this story so much! I dive into the plot as soon as Kay has meet Ryan and those strange creatures!

In addition, the elements surrounding the fairy world (which is based on the magical world of Shakespeare, the Summer and Winter Court and the Seelie and Unseelie court). It was an awesome mix of fairy worlds and I was greatly surprised by it!

What Stood Out:

The whole story was the main thing that stood out. The mix of paranormal creatures, the legends and myths and everything surrounding the ''bad guys'' was enthralling. I love everything in this story. Every chapter was filled with mystery and secrets, action scenes, hilarious situations and discovery on many levels.

I loved the love triangle between Kay, Ryan and Nick! Even if I know that one of these boys will be disappointed by Kay's final choice, I loved the funny moments that resulted from it!

Another thing that also stood out was the ''side story'' with Kira. I was almost more attracted by her and her awkward situation with Lord Donovan and his son Cole. It was even more interesting when she met the Prince of the Winter Court!



Favorite Character:

My favorite character was Kira. I was intrigued from the first time I read about her. There was something that caught my attention and I new somehow that Kira was meant to have an awesome place in this book!

Kira has a sad kind of life and a mysterious past. She's also pretty strong, has many fighting skills and she's a warrior deep into her soul. I loved to read about her fighting scenes and how she managed to survive in Lord Donovan's court.
 I can't wait to read the next book to learn what would happen to her!



The End:

I didn't expected to love the YA style of Jessie Lane, but now I can't wait to read The Frozen Star, the second book of this series! The end was a total surprise! OMG is the only thing I can say! Nothing can describe the feeling I had while reading all these revelations! I turned the page and it was the end and I couldn't believe it! I was so stunned! You won't imagine that kind of ending and now I'm kept in nothingness until the release of this sequel.

If you're looking for a YA Paranormal Romance story with crazy characters, funny situations and a book you won't be able to put down, The Burning Star is for you!

Romance: 4/5


Hotness: 1/5


The Burning Star’s Dream Cast Part One

Kay And The Two Men Who Want Her

The characters (and the story) for The Burning Star came to me in a rush. There was no slow buildup of plotline or development. Nope. It was like BAM! Here we are, and you will tell our story. So, here is part one of The Burning Star's Dream Cast. You can see part two on April 21st at A Novel Review.


For Kay I was inspired a bit by my youngest daughter. Red curly hair and blue eyes that look wise beyond her years. Freckles on her face and creamy alabaster skin. So, to find someone who I felt might look like a grown up version of my little girl wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but I think I came close. Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, but if you gave her some wild curls to that gorgeous red hair on her head, then she would definitely be my pick for Kay. Delicate, gorgeous features, but all the inner strength and spark of a redhead.

Kay is a very special character for me, not just because she was my first character but because of what she represents for me. HOPE. Although she’s facing a death sentence with her terminal cancer, she’s still fighting every step of the way. Yes, she may seem young and na├»ve at the beginning… but keep reading. She’s the young woman that just keeps going no matter what’s thrown her way. I admire her for that.


Ryan’s dreamcast was a very easy pick for me. Hands down Alexander Ludwig. Have you ladies seen that young man? Soooo handsome! Whoa… that sounded almost cougar like, but it’s the truth. Beautiful blue eyes, blond hair, tall and flat out handsome. Imagine him the cocky swagger of a guy who’s used to getting anything and everything he wants and there you have the Prince of the Fae Summer Court. Can I just say that I love that the cocky guy gets thrown for a loop by the shy, awkward young woman that Kay is? They’re an example of that “opposites attract” theory. But don’t bet on their future yet. There’s still one more person hanging around Kay that could disrupt everything they’re trying to build. Nick.


Nick was probably the hardest character for me to dreamcast because no one seemed to come close to how I see him in my head. Just when I was getting frustrated and desperate… Colton Haynes happened. Granted, in real life the guy is twenty-five and his hair isn’t the silky black locks that my character wears, but imagine him as an alpha, confident werewolf and BAM – Nick is born in the flesh.
Nick is a bit of a mystery in The Burning Star. He’s a young alpha werewolf from a clan descended from Vikings and Norse Gods. He’s not head over heels for Kay like Ryan appears to be, but he still wants her. Or needs her as the case may be. His future has been foretold to center around Kay in some way. She’s important to him somehow. But how?

That’s all for this dreamcast ladies! I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me, if you’ve read The Burning Star, do my picks match how you envisioned the characters? And if you haven’t read The Burning Star yet, maybe you’ll tell me what you think of my picks anyways? A huge thank you to Valerie here at Proserpine Cravings for letting me stop by today!



About the Authors:


Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!





Blog Tour Giveaway: (USA Only Giveaway due to shipping!)

1 Signed Paperback of The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
17 Signed Paperbacks:
Shelly Crane: Significance, Accordance, Defiance, Reverence, Independence
Helen Boswell: Mythology, Mythology Wicked
Quinn Loftis: Elfin, Prince of Wolves
Heather Hildenbrand: Dirty Blood, Cold Blood
Alivia Anders: Illumine
Carrie Butler: Strength, Courage
Alyssa Rose Ivy: Flight
Erica Stevens: Kindred, Ashes



Monday, April 14, 2014

Unfixable by Tessa Bailey and Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe Release Day Blast!

Today is release day for two amazing Entangled Embrace titles and we are excited to share them all with you. There's a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them.


All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price!




About the Book
Title: Unfixable
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Pub. Date: April 14, 2014


Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup,she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

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(Starts 4/14)

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About the Book
Title: Marked by Hades
Author: Reese Monroe
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Pub. Date: April 14, 2014


Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N



For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity



     
Follow the blog tour HERE!
(Starts 4/14)

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe: Review! @Rush_Monroe @EPEmbrace

Marked by Hades (Bound by Hades, #2)

Title: Marked by Hades
Series: Bounded by Hades #2
Author: Reese Monroe
Format: EBook
Pages: 380
Published: April 14 2014
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Source: From the Publisher, in exchange of an honest review!


One choice away from eternity…

For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity.

Rating: 5/5

Why:

The book cover caught my attention. Everything about this cover attracts me: dark colors, the two lovers intertwined, the brand on the shoulder of the heroine and the very catchy title! For me, anything that involves Lucifer or Hades (and demons in general) attracts me greatly!

Then I read the blurb and I was done! I knew I had to try it right away! Unfortunately, I didn't have the chance to read the first book in this series: Forged by Fate. But I was able to read Marked by Hades without being lost. It even gave me this need to read the first book and know every detail about Theo and Sadie's story!


Expectations:

I didn't have any specific expectations. Since the title enthralled me, I was expecting something with demons and or about the devil. Sometimes titles can be misguiding, but it wasn't the case. Of course, I wished I could read about a thrilling paranormal romance story and Reese Monroe, the author, gave me just that!

What Stood Out:

Since I didn't read the first book, the thing that stood out the most from my POV was the storyline and the plot. I was overwhelmed by the paranormal elements always present, the story behind the Gatekeeper/companion and the mate thing and everything involving Lucifer! The fact that Justin doesn't want a mate and he found one is already interesting. Now that he uncovered what Yvonne is and that maybe they can't be together is striking. The reader is trap in a rollercoaster of strong emotions with the intense relationship between Justin and Yvonne.

Favorite Character:

 My favorite character was Yvonne. She’s a strong, self-giving and honorable woman with intense supernatural power. Plus, when she woke up and remembering only her name, the mystery surrounding her is complete! Learning about Yvonne's past and true nature was captivating. I didn't think I could be attached to a character like this, but Yvonne has that special something that will attract the reader. They will love her instantly, just like I did.

The End:

The whole story was filled with actions, but also with surprises! Lucifer makes an interesting appearance by the end of this book and as I mentioned before, I love to read about him! It was a happy ending like we love to read about in paranormal romance. Reese Monroe isn't leaving the readers on the edge with something special, but you will be in for the next book for sure! It's the first book I read from the author Reese Monroe and it won't be the last! I'm a new fan!

Romance: 4/5

Hotness: 4/5

Reese Monroe

Reese Monroe:

Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.

Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular site New Adult Alley and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over twenty-five novels in the exciting new category.

Connect with Reese on Twitter, through Facebook or her website. Reese also writes as Lynn Rush and you can find her alter ego here.



Forged by Fate (Bound by Hades #1)

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone: Review! @Juliana_Stone



Title: The Day He Kissed Her
Series: A Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3
Author: Juliana Stone
Format: EBook
Pages: 320
Published: April 1st 2014
Publisher: Sourcebook Casablanca
Source: From the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange of an honest review!

He can’t wait to leave…

Mac Draper finally has everything he’s always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He’s this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.

She’s finally found a place to stay…

For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven – a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It’s as close to happy as she’s ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.

Lily can’t help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac’s touch. But Mac’s scars run deep, and Lily’s afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings...

Rating: 5/5

 
Why:

Oh, I’m a big fan of Juliana Stone and her Bad Boys of Crystal Lake! I fell in love with all of them with the first book with Cain and Maggie's story! When I finished Jake and Raine’s story, I was so surprised by the end, it was just unbelievable! I knew I had to read the third book because Lily and Mac’s story sounded stunning, complicated and steamy!

Expectations:

I wasn’t disappointed by this third novel at all. Actually, the author has inserted everything I like in romantic stories; deep and bold characters, intense and sexy scenes, drama and a happy ending that still hang into my mind. I was expecting a lot of drama, since the first two books had it, but The Day He Kissed Her was the one that involved the less drama from my POV. I expected something awful and tragic from Lily’s life, but… You’ll have to read this book to know why I made this comment!


What Stood Out:

The complicated life style and past of Mac was the thing that stood out the most. I thought I would read more about Lily’s life but it wasn’t the case.

Their relation was based on the fact that there was no tomorrow but I liked to read about their personal denying about their love and the struggles to be and stay together.

One thing that also stood out was the relation Mac has with his mother and his sister Becca. It adds a lot to the drama side of this story. I really enjoyed reading about Mac father also. The thing that stood out about him was the fact that nothing changed. I thought I would read about surprising changes on his account, but I liked how the author manages to combine a happy ending even with Mac’s father issues.

Favorite Character:

I really liked Lily’s free mind and determination. I love that she’s the master of her life and no one will dictated what to do! I like this kind of heroin and even if her life is wilder and more complicated than mine, I identified myself quickly to her. She’s an old soul living in a crazy world. I think I saw myself more with the handsome and sexy Mac than Lily in her real lifestyle! I also liked to read about Mac’s sister, Becca and her son Liam. As I mentioned before, these characters add a lot action and adventure in this novel!

The End:

The ending was the happy ending I wished for Mac and Lily, but Juliana Stone added a little surprise for the readers! I was kind of shocked by this new and the result was also impressive. I didn’t saw this one coming and I love to be surprise! This title was the perfect representation of two people who didn’t want to get attached, but they are meant to be together!

Romance: 4/5

Hotness: 4/5

The Summer He Came Home (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, #1)

The Summer He Came Home Review


The Christmas He Loved Her (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, #2)

The Christmas He Loved Her Review

More about Juliana!

Juliana StoneJuliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock; have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance and will debut a young adult novel in 2014. She spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.




   


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