Sunday, May 24, 2015

Guest Post from author of THE RUIN OF THE WORLD - Nazarea Andrews


Today we have a guest post from author Nazarea Andrews - her latest book THE RUIN OF THE WORLD is available now! Check it out! 
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THE RUIN OF THE WORLD Synopsis:

When the zombies rose, we thought the world ended. It didn’t—it just broke, in a way we couldn’t fix. And we found ways to continue, reasons to fight. Faith. Family. Politics. Obsession. The most dangerous of all—hope. But when all of that is stripped away, and nothing remains but rage and betrayal—that is the true end of the world.

Return to the World Without End, for a final battle for hope and survival in the exciting conclusion to Nazarea Andrews’ phenomenal series.

 

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Top 10 Favorite Things About the World Without End:
As the series ends, I'm going to look at my favorite bits and pieces of the series.

10. The origin. It took me a long time to figure out how the virus became a thing, and I love how it took shape. Finn is an emotionally stunted joker, so the apocalypse growing out of an emotional response inhibitor is especially ironic.
9. The Order. I love the Order. Their twisted and fanatically and terrifying and perfect for the world they inhabit.
8. The backstory. Nurrin started this twenty years into the end of the world. There is so. Much. Backstory. More than I could share here.
7. Collin. I loved Collin. I loved how he was the balance for both Finn and Ren. I loved how understated he was.
6. The absence of hope. I'm a romance writer. HEA is intrinsic in my job description. For a few books, I got to ignore that and rip apart the world. And that was a lot of fun.
5. Finn. Finn made this series for me. I never knew what he was going to do. (Lissel surprised me too, you guys) I spent most of this series hoping he wouldn't shoot an important character. But I loved how simple he was, because when you strip him down (*smirks*) he'd pretty straight forward.
4. Ren. She grew up in this series. More than most of my characters. And I loved watching that.
3. The ending. No spoilers. But I love it.
2. The zombies. Because duh.
1. The romance. Because omg. Everyone needs something to live for. And really, what else is there?


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AUTHOR INFORMATION: Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. 


Review: OwlCrate - A Book Subscription Box!


Today we are bringing you a review of a new(ish) YA book subscription box - OwlCrate! I received an OwlCrate as a promotion in exchange for an honest review, but it's a box I'll be ordering for myself again. 

I love the packaging, first of all - which sounds really dumb, but appearance matters! 

Here's what showed up in my OwlCrate for April 2015! 
The theme was "All The Feels" - which is pretty perfect for me, being that contemporary romance is my number 1 go-to read. 



Inside my box I had... 

A pendant necklace from Forever Always Designs, that threw back to one of my favorite contemporary reads in the history of ever - The Fault In Our Stars by John Green! I love that this is a handmade item from Etsy, as I'm a frequent flyer there. It's a super cute pendant, too! 

Retail Value - $11

The next item in my box, was one I've always wanted to try - a candle from From The Page - and while it's not my most favorite scent ever, I love the candle itself, and am intrigued to try some of the scents that might better suit my nose. :0) 

Retail Value - $10 

My favorite swag item from this box was a bookish tote bag from Bookworm Boutique. I'm a tote bag junkie, and this tote is made of quality material and is super, super freakin cute. I took it to RT 2015 and it was a huge hit! 

Retail Value - (estimated) $15

The book and book swag was from author Moriah McStay. Her debut novel EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU, was included in the box, along with a signed bookplate, bookmark, and a sticker. 

Retail Value (book) $14.06 (amazon) / $14.05 (B&N) 

So, as you can see, the box is packed full of bookish goodies, along with a book that matches the theme for the given month. You can get owlcrate starting at $29.99 + shipping, and you'll get items that equal that subscription cost + much more. 

The total value in my box was somewhere around $55 (estimated)!!! 

You have to act fast though, because once the boxes are gone for the month, they're gone. You'll need to join the wait list to make sure that you get a notification about when the next box will go on sale! 

Make sure you follow owlcrate on social media for updates + exclusive giveaways! 









Friday, May 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: CAPTURE by Rachel Van Dyken

A BRAND NEW STANDALONE FROM 
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Capture is a spin-off from the Seaside Series. 



Release Date: August 20, 2015


Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it's her fault. 


It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half? 








Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!
You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken  or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com 



DEEP SURRENDERING by Chelsea M. Cameron - Teaser Blitz and Sale!

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Today we are sharing teasers from DEEP SURRENDERING (Omnibus) which includes episodes 7-12 from Chelsea M. Cameron's novella series. To celebrate its release, the first Omnibus of the series is on sale for just .99¢ for a very limited time!

 
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Summary:

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*This is an omnibus collection of the last 6 episodes of the novella series, Deep Surrendering. The first 6 episodes are part of the first omnibus collection* 

Episode Seven: 
Marisol is thrilled when Fin shows back up at her door, but their relationship is still uncertain. Fin is finally ready to reveal his ultimate secret, but is Marisol ready to hear it? 

Episode Eight: 
Fin is gone again, and Marisol is left wondering if they're ever going to be together. But the situation is further complicated by a blast from Fin's (recent) past that has the power to change everything. 

Episode Nine: 
Marisol knows she loves Fin more than she's ever loved someone before. But the distance between them keeps growing and that love might not be enough to keep them together. Will Marisol finally decide that love isn't enough to keep them together? 

Episode Ten: 
Fin is missing and Marisol doesn't know what to do. But she's not the only one who's looking for him. Things could get bad, real fast and Marisol has one goal. Find Fin. 

Episode Eleven: 
Marisol has never been happier. Fin is back and they're going to a ball. They can finally start their relationship together. But now that the drama is over, will they be able to deal with the day-to-day? Or will all the fire from the past just burn out? 

Episode Twelve: 
Fin and Marisol have been through hell and back. It's time to start their happily ever after. But will everything finally fall into place for the couple? Or will the challenge of combining two separate lives be too much?


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DEEP SURRENDERING Omnibus (Episodes 1-6) is on SALE right now!

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ChelseaCamChelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.  

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BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOL by KK Hendin, Media Blitz + Giveaway


BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOL by KK Hendin
April 2015
Today we have a blitz post for BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOL by KK Hendin! We hope you enjoy! 





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Eighty seven billion dollars.

One dead New York business mogul.
No heirs.
No wives.
No relatives.
Eighty seven billion dollars.
Not hers yet.
He doesn’t deserve them.
He doesn’t know what to do with them.
She does.
She always has.
Eighty seven billion dollars.
He’s overwhelmed.
She’s prepared.
That will should have had her name.
Not his.
Eighty seven billion dollars.
His looks are a bonus.
Her looks are her weapon.
He’s fighting a losing battle against his heart.
He doesn’t know it yet.
Eighty seven billion dollars.
She gets everything she wants.
He’s what she wants.
Love has nothing to do with it.
To get to where you’re going, sometimes you need to step on a few people to get there.
Good thing her heels are sharp.

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Sands Point was quite the party central last night. GEORGE & KIT LINDSAY threw what seemed to be the party to start off the summer. An ocean themed party, which we heard when just swimmingly. Some of the guests included FLORENCE RAINOR, CHRISTIAN THAMES, and REGINA WARD. 
Queen of the Land, Sky, and Sea (but mostly New York), CEDAR REYNOLDS was also in attendance. We’re so excited for the beach pictures that will be coming this summer, because Cedar’s outfits will be going right onto our wish lists.
Speaking of wish lists, New York’s newest Prince Charming, ELLIS CARRINGTON, was also in attendance last night. Looking absolutely scrumptious, if we do say so ourselves. Ellis, can you be the Prince Eric to my Ariel? That is, if CEDAR hasn’t already taken my place as Ariel. Rumors are that they were looking rather cozy last night…is romance in the air?
Will he (sha la la la la la my oh my) kiss the girl?
Should I stop with my Little Mermaid references?
I would never do that to you poor unfortunate souls.
(Okay, I’m stopping now. Really.)




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.
THIS MUCH SPACE is the second book in her new series, TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR. 
KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Release Day Giveaway + Read The First Chapter Free! DEFEND by Kallie Ross!

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We are absolutely ecstatic about this Release Day Launch for Kallie Ross's DEFEND! DEFEND is a young adult fantasy adventure and the second title in the A Lost Tribe Series. Be sure to grab DESCENT, the first book in this awesome series!

 

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Defend - CoverABOUT DEFEND: After emerging from her Descent into an uncharted underground world, Ollie Miller is sure of three things. First, her feelings for her best friend, Mateo, are far from platonic. She can't even look at Mateo without blushing at the memory of his lips on hers. Second, an evil man named Zadok is plotting to destroy the civilization above the surface. Third, there is no way to save the earth without returning underground. At least this time, she will have her mother along with Mateo and her friends to help guide her. On their journey, noor, a mystical blessing guides them, but only if they’re willing to follow. Ollie’s determined to save the tribe from their evil leader, even if it means facing off with her long-lost grandfather. As Zadok comes face to face with his runaway daughter and his granddaughter, his plan starts to unravel, but is it too late to stop the destruction that he put into motion? Can the tribe survive and the surface be saved? Will Ollie learn to trust her own heart before it is too late? Defend is the conclusion to Ollie's discovery of a lost tribe in Descent. Don’t miss this adventure, brimming with ancient secrets and a thrilling underworld.

Read the First Chapter of DEFEND here!

   

And don’t miss the first book in the series, DESCENT!

 

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Praise for DESCENT: “Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.” Fangirlish.com

  
Author PhotoAbout Kallie Ross: Kallie Ross has a love for learning that has gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. Her creative conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. Kallie's first novel Descent: A Lost Tribe Book 1, was released last year. Kallie Ross loves being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. She began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. She has a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined her life would ever be this fun!      

KallieRoss.com ** Kallie Ross Facebook Page  ** @KallieRoss Twitter ** KallieRossWrites Tumblr ** Descent: A Lost Tribe Facebook Page ** Goodreads Page ** Read more about DESCENT ** DEFEND: Read Chapter 1 ** DEFEND on Goodreads



Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway: THE MAGNOLIA AFFAIR by T.A. Foster


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It’s release day for The Magnolia Affair by T. A. Foster! I love this sexy thriller and I’m so excited to share it with you. T.A. is sharing a giveaway and excerpt with us so be sure to check out all the release day festivities! 





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The Magnolia Affair Synopsis: Audrey Kingston has the perfect life she always wanted. An adoring husband, a beautiful house, book club nights with friends. It was idyllic. It was serene. Until Paxton Tanner, candidate for state senator, moved in next door. Seduced by his undeniable charm, Audrey’s life becomes unrecognizable as she gives in to her impulses. The affair becomes deadly, and she gets tossed into a political scandal that leads all the way to the governor’s office. When love becomes lethal, there’s only one way out.


   








“Is it important to you that I like you?” I didn’t mean to be blunt.
“Yes.” His arm brushed mine again, but this time I wasn’t sure it was an accident.
“I’m just one little vote. You probably have the rest of the neighborhood in the bag. The book club was impressed with you.”
I thought he might be digesting my statement. “Every vote counts. Every person matters. You matter.”
We turned at the corner. I could see my driveway ahead. “You sound like an idealist.”
The center of my chest warmed when I heard the sound of his laugh. I wasn’t supposed to feel that when I heard another man laugh. I wasn’t supposed to react at all.
“I’ve been accused of worse. How about an idealist who wants his ideals to become reality?” He ventured a compromise.
I wondered if he and Sarah had conversations like these. Did he try to change her stance on issues? Did he woo her to his side of the fence with charismatic comebacks?
“Audrey?”
“Yeah. Sounds good.”
“I think I lost you for a second.”
“Sorry, I was just thinking.” 
“I aimed too high with gun control, didn’t I? It’s an intense issue.” His expression changed.
“It’s not that.” I couldn’t explain what was happening. I should be able to have a mature conversation with my neighbor. We should be able to stroll on the sidewalk. I should be able to be next to him without thinking about his lips. Lips that smiled like a movie star. Something was changing and I couldn’t stop it.
There was enough light filtering through the crepe myrtles that I could see the muscles tensing in his neck. Had I said something wrong?
The flowerbed that marked the entrance to Paxton’s driveway was a few paces from where we stood. I quickened my step.
“I like talking to you. It’s nice to be able to talk without worrying about the consequences.”
My eyes flashed to his. But there were consequences. Things were happening inside me. My skin was flushed, my nerves vibrating, my pulse thumping hard against the inside of my head. He couldn’t see any of it, but I wasn’t certain he didn’t feel it.
I took a step, forgetting about the lumpy spot in front of his driveway, and almost landed on my face. Paxton gripped my arm, pulling me upward, saving me from landing facedown.
“Whoa there. You ok?”
“God, I’m sorry.” I shook off his hold. “I’m fine. I wasn’t watching where I was going. Stupid roots everywhere.” I noticed the way my arm ached from his grip. It was warm and pulsing. “Good night. Thanks for walking me home.” I wanted to run, speed past him. Run straight out of my skin.
“But, it’s dark. Let me at least drop you off at your door,” he suggested. “I wouldn’t want you to get hurt.”
I hesitated. There was a part of me hoping he would offer.
“All right. We can cut through your yard. There’s a short cut.”
“Show me.”
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I followed Paxton along the driveway, noticing the lights in my house were off. This was late even for Spencer. Maybe he had gone to bed.

We passed the front porch, and I pointed to the path I used earlier that day. I could feel him behind me, taking each step I took. I grabbed one of the stiff magnolia branches and forced it to the side when I felt his hand land on top of mine.
I stopped, frozen with dread, consumed with something I hadn’t felt in years. I held onto the branch, and Paxton held onto my hand, the warmth of his palm starting to heat my skin.
His breath was heavy on my neck. It felt like waves pounding against me, each one eroding the barrier between us. I was afraid to turn around, afraid that if I looked at him I would unravel. As long as I stared at the branch, I was still in control. I couldn’t speak.
With his free hand, he pushed the hair off my neck and blew across the collar of my shirt. My knees wobbled and I gripped tighter on the branch, forcing it to keep me upright.
It was involuntary, but my head reeled back. He stepped closer. I didn’t know who I was. Hiding in the shadows while a man I barely knew touched me, like a woman who was available. A woman who was free to make choices about who touched her. I wasn’t that woman. My life was tied to Spence. Those choices weren’t mine to make, but I was making one. His was breathing freedom across my skin I didn’t know I craved.
His hand canvassed my neck, taking my throat in his palm. He ran a finger down the center, pressing lightly as he crossed my collarbone. I didn’t think I could stand there much longer as his fingertips explored my skin. The cicadas echoing around our yards drowned out the sound of my heavy breath.
I needed to stop this. But I craved it more.
I couldn’t open my eyes when he turned me toward him. If I kept them closed, it was as if I were dreaming. This was all a wine-induced dream. I could tell myself it wasn’t happening. Standing under the branches with a man only hours ago I didn’t know, but was unquestionably drawn to. Pulled in by his voice, the look in his eye, the energy around him. How he managed to be rugged, yet refined. But I knew when his mouth took mine that it was real. I could taste the wine on his tongue and the roughness of his palms as he held my face. I savored the newness of him—our lips moving wildly.
I clutched at his back. The kiss grew hungrier, our moans turning to whimpers as we snatched at the clothes between us. His teeth grazed across my throat, nipping at the soft spots tenderly then cutting in just enough to tease me.
I tensed when I felt his hand slide along my stomach and push my bra out of the way. It was too much. I tried to break away and Paxton hung his head.
“God, I’m sorry,” he whispered.
I shook my head, feeling sick. “We can’t do this. I-I didn’t want you to kiss me. You weren’t supposed to kiss me.” My fists balled at my side.

“I know. I know. It was out of line. I got carried away.” He ran his fingers through his perfect haircut. “I’m sorry. That was idiotic.”

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T.A. Foster Bio: T.A. Foster grew up catching rays and waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her husband, three children and canine kiddo. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip. 



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