Thursday, October 31, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday!




Check out Parajunkee & Alison Can Read for more information on this Friday blog hop and to sign up and join the fun.


This week an activity:

What book are you embarrassed to admit you LOVED? (try to think beyond Twilight)


Honestly, I don't have a book I'm embarrassed about...even Twilight ;) I pretty much proudly display every book I read and love. So I guess I'm taking a bye week. However, I look forward to seeing your choices!

So, instead here is some Halloween fun I found at http://heathersanimations.com/halloween.html











As always, Happy Friday and Stay Gold!

Happy Halloween from Meredith & Jennifer!









Have a Safe, Spooky, and Happy Halloween!

So tell us, what are you gonna be for Halloween?




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

When Stars Die by Amber Skye Forbes Book Blitz & Giveaway



When Stars Die
by Amber Forbes
Release Date: 10/22/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?




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About the Author
Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn't like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward...again. But she doesn't care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout-Meet our SETH!





Book summary for Pure

There is need. And then there is Fate. 

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon--and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude--or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone



Interview:
For JLA – Pure has been called Seth’s book.  Did fans reaction to Seth surprise you?  I wasn’t really surprised by the reaction to Pure because I knew that the book focused more on Seth than Aiden.

For Alex -  Knowing what you know about Leon, do you think there was more to him being the one to find you in labyrinth?  Oh, I’m sure there was more to it.

For Aiden -  By far, the zoo was the best scene in Pure.  What did you enjoy most about being at the zoo with Alex?  I loved knowing that I was doing something for her that made her happy. 

For Seth – That whole sleeping issue that you and Alex have in Pure, did you realize what was up or were you just going with it?  I would’ve just gone with it.  But, truth?  I knew what was up.




In Pure, we really get to know Alex's "other half" Seth. We get to see his good side, his sexy as hell bad boy side, and his secretive side. There are just too many sides to count for this love-him, hate-him, want to fix him character. So Jennifer and I decided we would have a little fun casting the lust-worthy, and slightly misunderstood Seth. Love, hate, whatever you feel about him, Seth knows how to stir emotions in people. He's lean, muscular, and sexy as hell. The lovely Regina from Mel, Erin, and Regina Read-A-Lot is a huge Seth fan, so I asked for her help in finding the right person for this challenging role. I absolutely loved her pick. So here is our choice for the delicious Seth:


And another shot:



So what do you think? Does this hot, hunk of a bad boy make you think of Seth? Let us know and share your casting choices in the comments below!

For the record, as much as Jennifer and I love watching Seth act out and toss around his Apollyon weight, we are totally #TeamAiden all the way!

If you haven't read this AMAZING and SWOON-WORTHY action-packed series, get started today! Sentinel comes out in a few days and we are drooling in anticipation to find out what happens next!



# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Only One by Magan Vernon Blog Tour and Giveaway








The Only OneAuthor: Magan Vernon
Publication Date: October 10th

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It's full on panty throwing, puddle of goo, fetal position rocking action kinda love for that boy!- Ava at Book Nerds Anonymous

Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection – Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John “John Boy” Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.

Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she’s worked for.

Now, as Melanie struggles to pick up the pieces, she realizes that John may be the only one to put her life back together…unless he shatters it first.




**This is not a sequel to The Only Exception. It's a companion novel with two characters from the first book. You don't need to read The Only Exception to understand this book.**

I am so excited to host Magan on the blog today as we discuss Book Boyfriends! (Ahem...Ace can still beam into my room anytime!) So I asked Magan to share with us her top ten book boyfriends. Get the tissues out ladies to wipe the drool after this discussion ;) Of course the biggest question is....will we see soe guyliner?

Top Ten Contemporary Book Boyfriends

10.) Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
*Sigh* He wasn’t always a book boyfriend. I didn’t like him at first. Then I realized I was comparing every New Adult bad boy to him and they just couldn’t compare to the original, Mr. Maddox.
9.) Jordan from The Truth about Letting Go by Leigh Moore
Geek boys can be sexy. Religious. Wears glasses? Longer hair? Call me crazy, I found it adorkable.
8.) Audric from The Best Friends Forever Series by Dawn Pendleton
He has kind of the alternative vibe to him. Taller. Lanky. Does what he can for his friends. And if you’ve seen the model that Dawn is using for him you would SWOON hardcore.
7.) Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I have a thing for the intellectual geeks. Even before Logan Lerman was cast, I had a think for the Wallflower.
6.) Liam from Crossing by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Not your typical male lead. He has some secrets and some guyliner, but I’m a sucker for that.
5.) Adam from If I Stay/ Where she went
Yes, I compare every single musician lead male to him. Adam was the original for me. His love for Mia also makes me swoon like a teen girl.
4.) Parker Whalen from Cross my Heart
The bad boy with a secret that you’ll never see coming. I also got to read an early copy of Collateral Damage and I fell even harder for him. I should go re-read that book.
3.) Garrick from Losing It
British. Rides a motorcycle. Likes awkward girls. Makes cats purr. Hummanah Hummanah Hummanah
2.) Hunter Zaccadelli from My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea Cameron
He cooks. He cleans. He dances. He plays guitar. He has tattoos. And he likes to go downtown.  (if you know what I mean). SWOON CITY.
1.)    Marcus Flutie from The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty

My number one book boyfriend always and forever. The first time he asked Jessica to pee in a cup for him and she got a view of the dreadlocked wonder boy, I was sold. SOLD. Every since I first read this book 12 years ago I’ve had a think for dreadlocked boys, but not of them hold a candle to Marcus Flutie.


Jennifer's Review:

The Only One is a contemporary romance, but it deals with other issues pertinent to real life. While Magan's witty humor and sexual innuendos exist in this book (and will have you laughing out loud) there is a very serious story being told here and its almost a teaching book to young adults. Clearly I can't reveal what serious life changer is because you need to feel the shock for yourself when you read it and then work through it alongside Melanie.

Melanie: Her Harry Potter obsession was cute and made her likable to me. She was a normal 19 year old college student. She is a little bit of a "nerd" and has a hard time letting loose (john boy helps her with this issue). She "talks" to herself through out the book which was pretty hilarious (but all of Magnan's books are pretty hilarious). The story is told from her point of view and when she encounters a life altering issue (that could happen to anyone) it really throws a curve ball at her and the reader.

Melanie's love interest -- John Boy -- He was a fraternity jock but with definitely more than meets the eye. He helped Melanie to be her own person, was there for her the whole time and was down right honest with her. I would remiss if I didn't mention just how hot he was too -- loincloth as a Halloween costume and looking good in it :-). They made a cute couple that had your rooting for them from the start -- think "Opposites Attract". The epilogue from John's perspective was great -- I make no secret that I LOVE changes in point of views -- so I really loved this!

The secondary characters added some depth. We saw a little bit of Monica -- which being the companion book to The Only Exception was expected. I liked her character: loud, outspoken, and a great best friend to Melanie.
So the next major secondary character was Melanie's sister: Val. I liked her no nonsense attitude and her humor. I could see taking her character to the next level in a 3rd companion book :-)




Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

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Nothing to Tell by Ashelyn Drake Cover and Trailer Reveal!


Nothing to Tell (Campus Crush #.5)
by Ashelyn Drake
Release date: October 29, 2013
S.B. Addison Books

Some guys have the art of hooking up down to a science.

They know all the right words to say and all the right games to play.

Except...for guys like Mike Hannigan.

The dude has got no game, his pick-up lines never work, and to make matters worse, his wing-man is his female best friend, Mindy.

Until one day, a mysterious raven-haired beauty catches Mike's eye and he's determined to have her. He doesn't care what lengths he has to go to. He'll do whatever it takes to perfect his game and figure out what to say without sounding like a sleaze.

But...

There's always something strange about mysterious girls.

They're usually mysterious for a reason and this girl in particular might be more than Mike bargained for.

This is a FREE short story prequel to the Campus Crush Series. Add it on Goodreads.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Awakener by Amanda Strong Release Day

THE AWAKENER


Release Date: TODAY!

Young Adult Paranormal Romance





A simple touch will change their lives forever. 

Seeing Micah for the first time in years, fifteen year old Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide, but instead in a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck; unaware she just changed her childhood friend forever.

With eyes’ opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from an impending fire.  Shy and awkward, Eden stumbles through high school clueless her guardian angel shadows her every move, keeping her safe while she unknowingly “awakens” others to their spiritual gifts. Micah will need those Eden touched to complete his mission which began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch and its secret underground temple. 

With angels and demons fighting around them, both Eden and Micah must find their own personal courage and faith in order to know what to do for the battle that awaits them, one they must triumph or risk losing everyone they love.



Excerpt From: The Awakener


She bit the inside of her cheek, the instinct to duck behind the two girls intense.  Spine tingling with adrenaline, she pushed her glasses up.  Down the corridor, sandwiched between two girls and a guy, was her childhood best friend, Micah.   Though no longer a lanky boy, she still recognized his light blue eyes.  The mop of black hair he had as a kid was now short, little longer than a buzz.  Eden was drawn to his smile, even if it was meant for the blonde girl at his side.  A good foot shorter than him, the girl craned her neck up as she wrapped an arm around his waist.  

Got to be his girlfriend, she decided.   A stocky jock-type boy with chestnut brown hair and a tan girl with jet-black hair stood next to them.  The jock slugged Micah’s shoulder as his bellowing laugh made its way down the hall to Eden.

Then the scene was gone as jeans and myriad of different colored t-shirts blocked her view.  She sucked in a deep breath, her lungs burning from holding it too long. Sweat was beading at the top of her forehead as she prayed she could pass Micah’s entourage unnoticed.  If I can’t see him he can’t see me either right?  She hoped.

The stair case loomed nearer.  I’m going to make it, she thought wishing the kids in front of her would move faster.    

“No way dude. Coach always gives you the ball Micah,” a male voice boomed.  

Eden glanced over.  Micah’s group was directly left of her now.

He hasn’t noticed me, just keep moving, she told herself.  

Face ducked down, she lifted her leg up only to have her foot land sideways and to the left.  Her weight uneven, she feared toppling over, but a pressure on her left side held her up.  Confused, she again attempted to move away, only this time, her body made a ninety degree turn, bringing her a foot away from the blonde girl.  

Horrified, Eden’s legs stepped one in front of the other, heading straight towards Micah.  Within seconds she stood dead center, stopping his small group of friends short.  Sky blue eyes swam in front of her vision before she was lunging forward, throwing her arms around his neck, hugging him. 

Funny the things you notice in a moment of sheer humiliation, she thought, as time dropped into neutral, prolonging her torture.  

There was a hiss-like sound from the short blonde.  Yep, definitely his girlfriend.  

A male was chuckling.  Not Micah. Must be the jock.  

Arms wrapped around her hugging her back.  Oh my gosh!  

She shifted her weight back, trying to detangle herself from Micah’s arms.   Pulling her face away from his neck, the memory of his scent automatically tucked away in her mind, she met Micah’s raised brow line, wide eyes, and even wider grin.

“Eden?  Is that you?” he asked, as they separated further.

Aware his hands still held her forearms she was forced to remain and maintain eye contact. She nodded, terrified to speak.

“Wow! How the heck are you?  It’s been forever!” Though his face appeared delighted, she couldn’t help but notice how un-delighted his girlfriend was, as her amber eyes glared up at her.


More About Amanda Strong:



Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia and now New Mexico home. Amanda has been spinning tales since she was a child. Her family still remembers finding young Amanda with her bright pink glasses, hiding in random corners of the house while scribbling away in one of her many spiral-bound notebooks. You could say that some things never change since Amanda is still writing today. Amanda began her writing career when she uploaded The Awakener, her first full-length novel, on Wattpad where it received over 430,000 reads in four weeks. She was blown away and humbled by the reader support and feedback she received. Because of The Awakener's success as a non-published book, she was asked to talk on 1400 KSTAR about her story. 

In September 2013 Amanda Strong signed with Clean Teen Publishing for publication of The Awakener, which is scheduled to release in late October of this year. The Awakener is the first book in an all-new young adult paranormal romance series called: The Watchers of Men.  

When Amanda isn't writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream. 


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday




Check out Parajunkee & Alison Can Read for more information on this Friday blog hop and to sign up and join the fun.


This week an activity:

Photograph your fave read in a funny place.

Well, I can't say it's my fave read...but I just got it in the mail :)







Yup, I went a bit overboard. But it's the FIRST day in probably NINE MONTHS that it isn't 90 degrees!

Happy Friday and Stay Gold!