Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BINGO for Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa @Jkagawa @HarlequinTEEN


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Book Blitz: Schism (Illirin #1) by Laura Maisano @MaisanoLaura read a Excerpt from the book


Schism (Illirin #1)
Release Date: 04/28/15
Muse It Up Publishing

Art therapy hasn’t done squat for Gabe Jones. A thousand sketches of his fiancée can’t bring his memory, or her, back to him. Nothing on Earth can. His past lies in another dimension, a world just out of sight.

Another student on campus, Lea Huckley, unknowingly shares Gabe’s obsession with the fourth dimension. The monsters from the other side attacked her parents and fled, getting her folks locked up in the loony bin. Proving this other world exists is the only way to free them. Lea and Gabe strike a deal to help each other, and together they manage to open a door to the world of Gabe’s true origin. She’d use him for proof—if she didn’t already care too much.

While Gabe tries to reconcile his feelings for Lea and his rediscovered memories of his fiancée, a much more sinister plot unravels. He uncovers his history just in time to become the unwilling lynchpin in a conspiracy to start a war. His memory holds the secret to the final riddle the would-be conqueror needs to get the upper hand. Gabe must protect the riddle at all costs, even if that means leaving Earth, and Lea, behind forever.

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Excerpt
Lea packed light. Other than her phone’s GPS and a flashlight, she kept a small notepad, her lucky pencil, and the thermometer in her cargo pocket. She didn’t need to find data, now she needed proof.
She led the way down the alley where skyscrapers blocked the glowing moon and the lamps from the highway. Yellowed fixtures above each back entrance threw faint cones of light onto the cement, like holes in Swiss cheese.
Lea checked the coordinates on her phone while she walked, and the little red arrow crept closer to the flag icon she placed to mark the interaction point.
Gabe spent his time surveying the area for anything that might be a danger. He kept fidgeting behind her and turning around every few seconds, a twitchy meerkat on patrol.
We’re only between buildings. It’s not the end of the world.” Lea checked her phone again to make sure they were headed in the right direction.
He glanced over his shoulder. “I still don’t like it. It’s night, people do get mugged, you know.”
The statistics of that are so low. We’re really not in any danger, considering the population and how many times that sorta thing happens.”
He shifted uneasily behind her. “Whatever, we’re raising the chances by being out here at night.”
Lea rolled her eyes. “I’m not missing this opportunity.”
I know that. Neither am I.”
Good.”
They came to a cross section behind two major offices where the loading docks and dumpsters sat for both of them. A stream of water trickled down the concave cement into the large sewer grate. Old garbage left a fume hanging around, and the humidity only made it worse.
Lea double- and triple-checked her coordinates, cross-checking with her notes. “This is it. Within I’d say, a fifteen foot diameter, low to the ground.” She shoved the phone in her cargo pocket. “Perfect.”
How long?”
Roughly ten minutes.”
Ten minutes may as well have been six hours. She paced back and forth, her sneakers scuffing the gritty pavement.
Gabe continued to keep a watchful eye out for muggers or vagrants. What a dork.
She snickered quietly. For someone who didn’t know his own experiences, he sure seemed paranoid. She watched him standing straight, darting his eyes to the entrance and even up to the windows above them. Watch out bad guys, Gabe’s on to you. She smiled and turned to see what looked like heat waves rising from the cold cement. Crap. The interaction had already started.
Gabe…” She waved him over next to the loading dock.
This interaction provided no shining lights or obvious movement. Not much stood out visually, except maybe the air glistening like summer heat waves if she squinted hard enough, but her digital thermometer found the coldest point.

Here,” she whispered, not wanting anyone or anything on the other side to hear. She stretched her arms forward, and Gabe did likewise.
 “On the count of three.” She waited for him to nod. “One…two…three.”
They both reached through the interaction point and grabbed at the thicker air. Nothing. They tried again, pulling, grasping, and making any sort of motion to trigger a rip. Finally, Gabe leaned in and pulled out at just the right angle, because the light tore across like a jagged line. Lea grabbed the edge of it and tugged, opening the tear wider until they both fell through.


About the Author
Laura has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM April 28, 2015, and during the wait, she’s working on the sequel UNITY.

Her gamer husband and amazing daughter give support and inspiration every day. Their cats, Talyn and Moya, provide entertainment through living room battles and phantom-dust-mote hunting. Somehow, they all manage to survive living in Texas where it is hotter than any human being should have to endure. Check out her blog at LauraMaisano.blogspot.com.


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Book Blitz: #International #Giveaway to #Win #GC Pixelated by @LSMurphy @BloomsburyPub


Pixelated
Release Date: 06/30/15
Bloomsbury Spark


Summary from Goodreads:
Senior Year. 

Middle of nowhere. 


What's the new girl to do?


For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields. 


But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together. 


It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, 'cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color. 

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Praise for Pixelated:
"In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a ‘will they or won’t they’ romance that kept me turning pages and holding my breath!" ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux

"Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn't stop reading because I needed to see how the story ended." ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella

"L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance, secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy's writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the first sentence to the last." ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of Magpies 



About the Author

L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it's the first time. When she's not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults.

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015!



Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for organizing the fun Top Ten Tuesday and for the awesome meme!

June 30th: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015.

This is Tawney everyone and I'm excited to list my top ten books of 2015...so far!


Here's my top ten!


Friday, June 26, 2015

The Fire Wish & The Blind Wish (The Jinni Wars #1 & #2) by Amber Lough ~ Review by Fallon


Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 22nd 2014
by Random House Children's
Source: HC provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tawney Thursday: An Ember in the Ashes Sequel Predictions

Have you heard the news that there's going to be a sequel to An Ember in the Ashes? We're so excited!



This book is amazing and I can't wait to see what happens to the characters in the second book. So today I'm going to make my top 3 predictions of what will happen in the sequel. Of course they may be way off but this will be fun!

Here we go! 
Note that there may be some spoilers of the first book. If you have not read the book just skim through the gifs.  


Elias- Our hero

Recap of first book: Elias is a student at Blackcliff, a graduation away from being a Mask. But he was given Trials to see if he was fit to be Emperor. He failed and was almost killed by is best friend Helene only to be saved by Laia. They are now on the run thanks to Helene letting them go. Wait what?


My predictions: Elias will go back with Laia and join the resistance. He will become a better warrior  and tell them all the weaknesses regarding the Masks. He will have to face his friend Helene and the Emperor in an epic battle. I have high hopes these two get back together. 



Laia: Our heroine

Recap of first book: Laia is a a young scholar who was sent to infiltrate Blackcliff as a spy  and work for The Commandment. She was seriously abused but gathered information for The Resistance. There is a love triangle going on between her, Elias and a resistance fighter named Keenan.


My Predictions: Laia will become more of a warrior, training with Elias. They will go on missions together and maybe make out. But the connection between them isn't there and she runs back to Keenan. She will definitely be there to help Elias destroy the empire. 



Helene: MY GIRL!

Recap of Book: Helene is such a badass warrior and friend to Elias. She may be thought of has the bad girl but I don't see it that way. She was raised to be this type of girl, to have little empathy for slaves or anything else. She and Elias both help each other through the Trials and save each other many times. Such heartwarming emotions! There's a spark between them but that darn Laia gets in the way! 



My predictions: Ok, so Helene is now serving the Emperor. She commands the Masks and seeks out to destroy the resistances, even Elias. But she still harbors feelings for him and just can't kill him...again. She switch sides and helps Elias take down the Empire, They get married and have a bunch of warrior kids.

Ok, if there is a third book my predictions are totally wrong. They may still be wrong!



But this was totally fun. What do you predict the second book will be about?



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman ~ Trailer & Character Profiles


We are so excited to be part of The Vengeance Road Posse and as a part of the posse we get to bring fun and exclusive stuff to all of you. We are very excited for this YA standalone. This is something new and different for YA and we are embracing the diversity full force. All information is courtesy of Author Erin Bowman.

Book Blitz: #Internationl #Giveaway to #Win #GC & Waterfall ( The Water Crisis Chronicles #1) by Amber Garr




We are so excited to bring you the Book Blitz for Waterfall by Amber Garr. We both have read this series and fell in love with it. This is not a series to miss. Do not forget to go to the bottom and enter to win the book signed and a Gift Card and this Giveaway is International. 




Waterfall by Amber Garr
(The Water Crisis Chronicles #1)
Publication date: June 2015
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

Synopsis:
The water is gone. The wars have begun.
Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.
While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.
Will they choose what’s safe? Or will they choose to survive?


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Dissonance & Resonance (Dissonance #1 & #2) by Erica O'Rourke ~ Reviews by Fallon

Book Blitz: #International #Giveaway to #Win #GC Across The Miles (The Not So Bad Boys of Rock #1) by Rhonda James




We are excited to participate in the Book Blitz for Across The 

Miles by Rhonda L. James. Go to the end of the page to enter the 

International Giveaway for 10.00 Amazon Gift Card!



Release Date: 03/01/15
New Adult
340 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Sebastian Miles was twenty-three years old and living a charmed life. Loving family, beautiful girlfriend, and lead singer of the rock band, Paradox. Their debut album shot to number one on the charts, and they had just come off a worldwide tour, performing in venues filled to capacity. Then, one night, a tragedy rocked his world in a whole new way, turning him into someone he no longer recognized. Now, two years later, and on the other side of his own private hell, he learns to stop taking everything and everyone for granted. Yet, he is still alone. Then, one day he meets her, and suddenly, his darkened world is once again filled with hope.

Brooke Caldwell is a twenty-four-year-old prodigy in the culinary world. After a lifetime filled with heartache, she decides to pursue the opportunity of a lifetime by interviewing for a world famous chef in Los Angeles. While visiting the city, she is reminded how cold and calculated the world can be. Until she meets him, and he shows her a world filled with the love and support that she never knew growing up.

Two wounded souls. Two hearts that continue to beat, in spite of all the damage that has been done. What happens when their damaged hearts collide? And, could they possibly be the half that finally makes the other whole?









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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cover Reveal: Sun-Kissed Summer by Marta Brown




Sun-Kissed Summer by Marta Brown 
Publication date: July 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Synopsis:

Summer can change everything.
For shy, bookish Katie Quinn, it just might after an accidental mix-up at the airport on the way to visit her grandparents for the summer leaves her stuck with the wrong suitcase. One full of short shorts, high heels, and absolutely nothing she would normally dare to wear. Until she realizes her newfound look has garnered the attention of Key West’s biggest hottie, Brad-freaking-Garrison, and might just give her the one thing she’s always dreamed of—an epic summer romance.
A romance her summertime best friend only wishes he could give her. But for Oliver, getting Katie to see him as more than just some dumb jock isn’t going to be easy after he agrees to compete against Brad in a kite-surfing competition. And if Brad has any say in it, the prize is Katie herself.
With more than just a contest on the line and a friendship at stake, will this be the summer Katie finds her footing, even if it is in someone else’s shoes?  Will Oliver finally get the courage to tell Katie how he really feels and get out of the friend-zone for good? Or, like a kite in a hurricane, will everything they’ve ever hoped for be lost in the storm?





AUTHOR BIO:

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

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

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

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Name the Fandom ~ An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir



Lets do this! 

We are so excited to take part in helping fans be able to vote and have input in the An Ember in the Ashes Fandom. Tawney and I both read this book before it even hit shelves and we fell in love.

We will be bringing you more fun posts for An Ember in the Ashes all summer so keep coming back for the fun.


Here are a couple of Tawney and Fallon's Name suggestions:

Sabaa's Embers
Ashers
Tahir's Legionnaires
Sabaa's Resistance 
The Masks
Commander's Minions

Those are a couple of our suggestions but we want to hear from you. Make your voices heard and tell us what you would like the Fandom name to be. Penguin will be checking in to see what all of you have to say. 



AN EMBER IN THE ASHES 
Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN: 978-1595148032

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Synopsis:
Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.


Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

If you haven't heard sales of An Ember in the Ashes allowed book 2 to happen so go grab your copy today and support this amazing series!

Tawney Thursday: Return to Me Review


  • Return to Me by Kelly Moran
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley 
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Description: Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted—including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him…

At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.
 


Tawney's Review:   Return to me is a sweet love story of second chances. It's been a while since I found a book that brought on all the emotions.


I was hooked at the first page. Return to Me starts off with Cole fighting for his life in Iraq. 


His unit just got blown up and he is the only survivor. The last thing he thinks of before falling unconscious is his lost love, a girl named Mia. Due to his Iraq deployment he's been very difficult because of his PSD. He doesn't want to get better. He's locked himself away in his house and doesn't want any help. Enter Mia..



Mia needs money to help support her younger sister so she takes on the job of helping Cole. And here is where the drama unfolds. We find out that Cole and Mia met at Cole's house in the summer as teenagers. They fell in love but because they came from two different worlds, Mia's mother worked for Cole's parents, their love ended with their hearts' broken.





Both Cole and Mia are wonderful characters. It breaks my heart to see Cole go through his guilt. Moran did a wonderful job at describing and showing survivor's guilt.

I loved how the story flashed from present to past, where we can see Mia and Cole's first meeting, their love start to blossom and  unravel. This helped make me fall even more in love with them! Usually in some stories flashbacks tends to drag but it didnt in this book. I wanted those flashbacks. I wanted to see their love story and what happened. They had a connection and I yearned for them to get back together and have their happy ever after. 

I never really was interested in second chance love stories, because I never really believed in it. This book makes me believe. The sacrifices  people take for love is strong. That was evident for Mia and Cole.

Return to Me was a sweet and emotional romance that finally gave me the romance I yearned for! Moran did a wonderful job developing the characters and bringing realistic conflicts to the story. I will definitely be reading more from her. Bring on the emotions!



This book also made me want to help our soldiers who suffer so much after coming home from war. My Dad is a war vet and I know other veterans so maybe I will reach out to an organization to help out. Any ideas?



A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.