Tuesday, November 25, 2014

{Excerpt/Giveaway} FRAGILE REIGN by Stacey O'Neale

Fragile Reign Release Day
Take a sneak peek at FRAGILE REIGN below and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway! 

 FRAGILE REIGN is the second book in the Mortal Enchantment series. Check out my reviews of THE SHADOW PRINCE and MORTAL ENCHANTMENT!

Fragile Reign by Stacey O'Neale 

It’s been a week since all hell broke loose… Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court? Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause. Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world? Goodreads | Amazon

If you haven't read Stacey's Mortal Enchantment series, you can get the first book for FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! The Shadow Prince won GOLD at the 2014 Readers' Favorite Book Awards in the Short Story/Novella category!

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Excerpt from FRAGILE REIGN

Rowan
After Marcus left, the lack of sleep and overuse of my power had finally caught up to me. My lids were heavy, making it hard to keep my eyes open. I laid down on the nearest bed, sinking into the softness of the vanilla scented pillows. I could rest here until tomorrow, and then meet Kalin on the beach at sundown. As I closed my eyes, I imagined her in that sexy sundress with the ocean breeze wafting through her red curls. My lips tingled remembering the raspberry taste of her kisses. With all this craziness going on, she was the one thing that made sense. The only person who could make me forget about everything for a little while. Kalin was the one I wanted. The only one I needed. I shook my head. What was wrong with me? It was too soon to be thinking about this stuff, right? It had only been a few weeks. And what did I know about real feelings, anyway? Had it not been for Marcus, I would never even know what it felt like to care for someone. Love was never part of my life. My mother thought love was a weakness—a totally worthless emotion compared to power and control. But that still didn’t explain how I was feeling. Why everything seemed better when Kalin was around. Why my fingers ached to touch her. Why her pain shattered me to the core. I put my hands over my face. Or, maybe the lack of sleep was making me delusional. With a smirk, I gave in to the darkness that was overwhelming me and fell asleep.

Stacey O'Neale 

 About the Author

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Top Fifteen Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!

This week's topic:
Top Fifteen Books On My Winter TBR


This week's topic is almost a month early, but I enjoy rounding up my most-anticipated titles each season. I still haven't read a lot of my Autumn Musts, but I have many of them on my shelf to read over the next month, so there's still time!

Five of these titles were on last week's TTT for anticipated sequels, SO I'm doing a Top 15 to add ten new titles. Okay? Okay ^_^



In no particular order...
Fast grab! Here are nine of the titles on my list! ^.~


1) THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows

Out March 10, 2015

Probably my MOST anticipated Winter title. I loved Jodi's Incarnate Trilogy, and this one is going to be so heavy on the fantasy. Cannot. WAIT!!!! I'm speechless over this one!


2) VALIANT by Sarah McGuire
Out June 9, 2015

I know this title isn't out for a long while, but I want to read it so, so badly. FAIRY TALES!!! Especially when they're more obscure! My excuse is that I'll need to be prepared early for Fairy Tale Fortnight! ^.~ 


3) THE RETURN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Out Feb. 17, 2015

I loved the Covenant Series,and am really excited for the spin-off. I'm also looking forward to attending Apollycon in February to celebrate the book's release! (Will you be there, too?)

My Review: HALF-BLOOD, PURE, DEITY, ELIXIR, APOLLYON


4) A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Out Feb. 24, 2015
I adore Victoria Schwab, and have been following her career since the very beginning. She's just getting better and better, and now, with the upcoming release of her second adult novel, is set to improve on the praise she got from her first adult novel VICIOUS. I'm so excited to see what world she introduces us to now!
 


5) DEFY/IGNITE by Sara B. Larson

DEFY out now
IGNITE out Dec. 30, 2014
I get to be on tour with this series no January 5th! I've had DEFY sitting on my nook since it came out, and I STILL haven't read it! Well...at least I get to gulp down two books at once!
 

6) BEASTKEEPER by Cat Hellisen

Out Feb. 3, 2015
Once upon a time, I heard that Caat Hellisen was working on a fairy tale based on one of my favorite stories, Beauty and the Beast. I'm so excited to finally read it and discover a new twist to my beloved tale!


7) SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton

Out Feb. 10, 2015

This has been on my wishlist since early 2013, way before it started getting discovered and buzz. I'm so bummed I haven't had time to read my copy yet, but so excited. I love a good fantasy, and I'm really looking forward to this one!


8) RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

Out February 10, 2015
I've been hearing really amazing things about this book from people who have already had the pleasure of reading it! I've been trying really hard to wait and read some more 2014 titles, but I'm itching to get back to a good fantasy!


9) FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

Out January 27, 2015
While I'm bummed that we have to wait a little longer for WINTER, I'm so excited to see what makes Queen Levana tick! I'm also excited to host another week-long event in January!

My Reviews: CINDER, SCARLET, CRESS, GLITCHES, THE QUEEN'S ARMY, THE LITTLE ANDROID


10) KING by Ellen Oh

Out December 31, 2014
I decided to wait and binge-read this series back to back instead of reading a book each year. I'm so excited to finally read this. I wanted this series before it ever had a cover, when it was just a publishing deal!!


11) TEAR YOU APART by Sarah Cross

Out January 27, 2015
I am beyond ready to return to Beau Rivage for more fairy tale adventures. KILL ME SOFTLY was a true stand-out for me, one of my favorite fairy tale novels...and a book I would have never read if someone hadn't told me it was a fairy tale in the first place! I've been hoping and hoping that SArah Cross would come out with more tales from Beau Rivage, and she has.

MY REVIEW: KILL ME SOFTLY, AFTER THE BALL
 

12) THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski

Out March 3, 2015
I'm kind of afraid to read this, to tell you the truth. I've been sitting on it for a month already. I read the first book so early, and if I read this super early, well... I know there will be no ARCs of the final book, so it wil be a long wait. But I really, really want to get back to this world because it's so good! GAH, SEQUELS!
 
(I haven't reviewed this yet, because I read it over a year before it came out, and I haven't re-read it yet. I'm planning to do so before I read TWC, so look for a review in 2015!)


13) THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace

Out March 3, 2015

I'm ashamed I haven't read this already, but I'm trying SO HARD to be good and wait. I've wanted to read this one since the publishing deal announcement when I saw Becky's agent tweet about it. IMMEDIATE WANT!
 

14) DEAREST by Alethea Kontis

Out February 3, 2015

Alethea Kontis is always a favorite of mine. She's a fantastic human being, and her books are just as wonderful! Plus, more fairy tales!!! I'm really excited to finally get to this one!

MY REVIEW: ENCHANTED, HERO



15) THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord

Out March 31, 2015

I loved OPEN ROAD SUMMER so, so much, and I'm really looking forward to digging into another book by Emery Lord! And you KNOW I'm not big on contemporary! But I can't wait to read this!!!

MY REVIEW: OPEN ROAD SUMMER


    
What books are you looking forward to reading this Winter? ^_^

Monday, November 24, 2014

{Cover Reveal} ATLANTIS 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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Friday, November 21, 2014

{Alternative Free Fridays} MY PAPER HEART by Magan Vernon


Not interested in the weekly Free Fridays title offered by Barnes and Noble?
I'm usually not, either!

I thought about it and realized just how many free e-books I've found and downloaded onto my nook. I decided to start sharing some freebies with you!

No matter your e-reader, no matter if you get the official weekly book or not,  I hope you enjoy my alternatives!


Title: MY PAPER HEART
Author: Magan Vernon
 

Available FOR FREE from:

WHY?


I saw this deal last week via Twitter. It had been retweeted by someone whose opinion I trust, and I was so pleased to see that the deal was available on multiple platforms, I had to feature it today!

Grab this deal while you can; it's free for a limited time to help promote the brand-new sequel, ON PAPER WINGS, which is currently a steal at $2.99!




Here's a brief summary:


SUMMARY: 

There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.Now to appease her parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique store in tiny Elsbury, Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.

As Libby's feelings for Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she may not survive Blaine's reluctance to say the 'L' word. When Blaine finally commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t come too late.

**This book does contain some mild language and sexual content. It is meant for upper YA readers**

Thursday, November 20, 2014

{Review/GC Giveaway} BECOMING BEAUTY by Sarah E. Boucher

Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!
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Learn all about Sarah E. Boucher and her exciting new Young Adult novel based on the classic fairy tale Beauty & The Beast.

O P E N I N G   H O O K:


   WEAVING A TRAIL OF well-bred chatter across the ballroom, ladies of wealth and status bustled past me, their expensive gowns swishing as they hurried toward their next conquests. Compared to the brightness of the company, the tall, heavily draped windows were somber, even with candlelight flickering from the sconces lining the walls. The carefully glossed floor shimmered; however, under so many dancing slippers and burnished knee boots, a number of small tables set around the perimeter of the room, and the long, linen-draped buffet table laden with every delicacy imaginable, the floor itself was barely visible.
   Having just entered the room, I scanned the assembly for persons of interest. The regular crowd was performing the polite, monotonous dance of courtship. Then there he was, standing out like a diamond in a handful of pebbles--and seemingly all alone.
(Page 7, US e-book edition)

Fairy tales: Been there, done that, right? If you read as many fairy tales as I do, it's always refreshing when one comes along that breaks from the traditional mold and forges its own path. This happens several times throughout the novel and keeps readers on their toes.

This time around, our Beauty is a girl named Bella, who wants nothing more than to make a good match in life and rise above her class. She has no skills like her younger brother Aaron, and isn't as pretty or as skilled at embroidery as her older sister Cassandra. With nothing to call her own, Bella must wheedle pretty baubles from her father in order to be noticed in society and score a courtship. When her father returns from a long trip with a ruby necklace for Bella, her world changes. The necklace came with a cost, and her father is to return to the beastly man it came from as a servant to pay for it. Rather than force their father to suffer for Bella's selfish request, Aaron and Cassandra force Bella to leave and atone for the necklace on her own. Bella, on the other hand, is devastated to be cast out, and wants nothing to do with the beast she's now working for, or his manservant Jack. Only after falling so low does a twist of fate bring Bella's dreams closer than ever. But is she still the selfish girl obsessed with things, or is willing to risk everything for love, even if it means a more simple life?

Bella isn't easy to love and root for. She's miles away from the traditional Beauty depicted in much more traditional retellings. At the same time, her stubbornness and abilities to manipulate come in handy as she brings life back into a home where laughter has been forgotten and locked away. As she embraces her new lot in life and opens herself to simplicity, she begins to change and evolve. I liked her much more as the novel progressed and changed her. In some ways, BECOMING BEAUTY reminds me of my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling, HEART'S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier. Both novels are set in "reality" and feel as though they could actually happen. The Beast is an ordinary man in both scenarios, not one under an enchantment. I like that aspect, which is so seldom seen, and like the way it takes the magic out of the tale and makes it feel more "real." A trace of magic and whimsy remain in both; in BECOMING BEAUTY, Bella has mysterious dreams that weave the past into the present, and explain the "Beast's" downfall.

If you're looking for a new take on a traditional tale that will keep you guessing, you'll definitely want to give BECOMING BEAUTY a try!
 
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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG ( kissing )
Language: --
Violence: --
Other:  ( hints at a lady living with two unwed men without a chaperone as being improper )
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

I like the way she's so fancy, even though the environment around her is falling apart. It suits the story well. The looming presence of roses is important, too. I think the cover works for the story, though it doesn't hint at the fairy tale roots. ^.~ (I do, however, wish that necklace had a big red ruby on it!)
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Title: BECOMING BEAUTY
Author: Sarah E. Boucher
Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
SUMMARY:

Self-centered Bella focuses her attention on beautiful dresses and fabulous balls rather than helping her family earn a living.  And her siblings have had enough! To pay off their father’s debt, they send Bella to a far-off manor where the owner is more like a beast than a man.

As their personalities clash, Bella comes to realize there’s more to the Beast than she could ever have dreamed—if only she can look beneath the surface. And then there’s Jack, the kind servant who helps Bella adjust to her new life, someone Bella could easily fall in love with. But pursuing love may cost Bella her dreams of wealth and beauty. And that’s a price she’s not willing to pay.

BECOMING BEAUTY is available on 
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and books & things.


Sarah E. Boucher spends her days instilling young children with the same love of literature she has known since childhood. After hours, she pens her own stories and nurses an unhealthy obsession for handbags, high heels, baking, and British television. Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University, who currently lives and teaches in Ogden, Utah. Becoming Beauty is her first novel.

Visit Sarah at
blog/website (SarahEBoucher.com)

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