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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Welcome to Becoming Beauty's Blog Tour!
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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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

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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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Excerpt/$$ GC+ Swag Giveaway} CORAL & BONE by Tiffany Daune


Earlier this year during Splash into Summer,
Tiffany Daune stopped by to share the
CORAL & BONE Epic Playlist!

Psst, guess what!?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LG0SUE6

CORAL & BONE is FREE
this week only! 


O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: CORAL AND BONE
Author: Tiffany Daune
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Jester Ink Press
Find It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound | Kobo | Smashwords
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18755539-cutlass
SUMMARY:

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

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EXCERPTS
FROM
CORAL & BONE:



#1

"Yes, I'm scared! What's wrong with being scared? You make me sound strong. Well, I'm not. You've seen how well I handle magick." Sparks ignited at the tips of her fingers as she almost shouted at him, not giving him a chance to respond. 
Her voice rang loudly, echoing throughout the cavern. "I'm angry. I'm hurt. I've taken an overdose of confused, and you want me to defeat some demon?" She pumped her fist, trying to shake the static energy now flowing under her skin. 
"Right now I'm my own worst enemy."
  She couldn't hold back any longer. With a flick of her finger, she summoned the river to rise up into a towering wave. She clenched her fist, and the water crashed on the rocks, spraying them with a cold mist. "I'm not what you think I am."
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#2

"See who you are," the mermaid whispered.
Halen's eyes clouded over and when the smoke cleared she found herself standing in an open field. She was dressed in a cotton dress which fell around her ankles. Soft grass tickled her toes. She took a step forward and a flower sprung from the ground beside her. She leaned down to pick the red poppy. As she took another step a flower sprang up from between the blades of grass. Halen smiled. She walked a little farther and with each step a new poppy sprouted and bloomed. She ran faster and the field blossomed under her feet, and when she waved her hand, the entire valley filled with red poppies. She inhaled their sweet scent and when she exhaled, the birds glided in the breeze of her breath through an endless blue sky.
Halen laughed when the wind caught her skirt and swept the fabric up over her head, but when she pushed it down, dark clouds rolled overhead. She took one step forward and the grass beneath her feet sizzled to a crisp. Taking another step, the poppies burst into flames. The fire licked the hem of her skirt and she gathered it up over her knees. Scanning the field, she spotted a boulder; if she could make it there, remove her feet from the ground, she could save the rest of the field.
She ran in long strides, and with each step, she scorched the ground with her fiery feet. Suddenly, she tripped. Her hands touched down and the ground combusted with a brilliant light. The fire raced through the field, spreading to the trees. The flames reached up, lassoing the birds from the sky, dragging them to the ground. Halen crawled to the rock and hoisted herself up. She stared out to the barren land. "No, no. What have I done?" She clawed the air and the clouds rumbled with thunder. The fire burned hotter and hotter under her flesh. The only way to extinguish the flames was to release them. Tilting her head back, she opened her mouth wide and screamed. What birds had not been burned turned now to black beasts swirling in the torrid sky.




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About the Author

I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I'm not lost in Edit Land you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don't have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you'll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage, be sure to bring candy for the mermaids.  


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