Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Book Birthday: I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN + Review



If you missed our interview with Jandy Nelson for her official Blog Tour, you can check that out by clicking HERE.

Today's the day! The day is here! You can ALL get your hands on a copy of I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson! The book should be available at all major retailers, but here are some links for some of the most popular stores! 

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Ursula and I (Amber) are pretty obsessed with Jandy Nelson's debut novel: The Sky Is Everywhere (You can read Amber's review here and Ursula's review here). So, when we heard there was a new book on the horizon, it was one of those things that we just couldn't wait for. 



Luckily, we didn't have to. Our very good friends over at our affiliate site: Bookcrastinators.com picked us up advanced reading copies at BEA this year, so we've gotten to read the book long before it's release date. 
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MAN I AM SO GLAD. I don't think we could've waited much longer! 

So, check out some conversation Ursula and I had through email about I'll Give You The Sun - we've edited out the spoilers, so this is just for fun. Just so you know it's great and just so you know that you should order it, put it on your TBR list, and read it as soon as you can get your little hands on it! (THATS TODAY!!!) 



Urs: So have you started IGYTS yet!?!?! Can you please!?! I’m half way through and I’m dying over here, I need someone to discuss, laugh, fangirl, cry, etc etc etc with PRONTO!

Amber: I just started!!! Who the hell is Ralph?! I'm already in looove with their inner monologues. Oh maaaan! Jandy is a genuis!! 


Urs: I know right?! That’s what I love the most, I kid you not that I have a post-it tab marking every monologue I think, just when I thought I read the funniest thing ever here comes the other twin and tops it (mind you this has happened more times than I can actually count! lol) … I’m dying with the parrot, if I ever get a pet parrot I will name him Ralph! 

I just love how perfectly dysfunctional they are, it reminds me of Lennie and her grandma (in the dysfunctional department I mean ha!) but you still love them you know? Like family, you don’t care how weird they are you still love them even if they piss you off sometimes haha!  I find myself totally pissed at Jude one second after hearing Noah’s “side of the story” and then 2 chapters later I’m completely hating on Noah when I hear Jude’s “side of the story” … 

I don’t know what is it about Jandy’s writing man that it completely reels me in, I almost feel like I know these characters personally lol … actually I know what it is.. her characters are so human, you just can’t help but feel for them and feel what they are feeling… WHY IS SHE SO AWESOME!? lol


Amber: It's exactly that!! Her characters jump off the pages at you! They're very much in your face. I feel like I could reach out and pet them! (Though that might be a little weird!) 

I think, too, that I like seeing it from the past and from the present, with changing points of view. It's such a new take on the dual POV! At first I wasn't sure about it but now I loooove it! And I really wanna see Noah's art work and Jude's sand sculptures and omg can we talk about this hot British boy that keeps popping up in unexpected places?!??? 
JANDY IS MY HERO 
Urs: LOL! YAAAAAAASSSSSS! There is one part where Jude says “He doesn’t talk, he lilts, his words taking to the air like birds” and I could literally see Jude painting this in her head HAHAHAHA! He was described so vividly that I couldn’t help myself reading out loud in an English accent every time he popped up LOL! (total nerd, no shame!)
 The dual POV in the past and the present I think is pivotal in letting us understand what was really happening with them, and in their heads and around them.. we wouldn’t have gotten the whole story if it hadn’t been done this way in my opinion... did we mention Jandy is a genius already?
 And The Bible?! The random tidbits from The Bible had me laughing out loud… Clark Gable will never ever look the same to me ha!
Amber: OH MY CLARK GABLE!!! You ain't Lyin! And that james dean lean. Also, I really like that Jandy isn't afraid to show that sometimes ghosts (even if they're not legitimate paranormal beings) are very real to a lot of people!! It makes me feel not so crazy you know?! (But seriously who is breaking Jude's stuff!? Spooky.) 
I also really dig that their dad, who seems the least likely to embrace their choices is the one who holds their choices on the highest shelf. And the secrets?! It's more like a thriller than a contemporary romance at times and OMCG I LOVE IT. 
"Who knows if there are ghosts or just the living, breathing memories of your loved ones inside you, speaking to you, trying to get your attention by any means necessary? Who knows where the hell Ralph is? No one knows. So we grapple with the mysteries, each in our own way." 
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That quote is my life. (But I couldn't really read "sorry Oscar" without saying "oscore!" Lol) 
Urs: I have that quote highlighted, like with an actual marker LOL! 

The secrets are everything, everything we shouldn’t do, or at least try not to, it showed that sometimes we assume and our own mind takes us places that are just so far from the truth, and we tend to underestimate people and their feelings for us, which I agree was the case with their Dad … Ghosts are real! Even if you don’t actually see them or hear them (or even if you do!) I think we all have them, I believe sometimes they’ve been talking to us and we refuse to listen to them… and sometimes we just accept they are there and embrace them… 


I have walked out with life lessons from reading this book (lessons I will pass on to my kids, and friends)… again just like The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy’s writing has left an imprint in my life and she has managed to wedge 8 more people in my heart!

Can we start the countdown to Decatur Book Festival!?!?!? Because meeting Jandy will be for sure a day to remember! <3
(We will have some fun coverage from DBF for you guys coming soon, but you can check out our time with Jandy Nelson at DBF right HERE.)


To wrap it up, here's a few words from each of us on I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson:
Ursula: 
There aren’t enough stars in the sky to give this book! and 5 stars is grossly inappropriate!

This is without a doubt my favorite book this year! (and favorite EVER!)
Jandy once again has brought to me a story that made me cry, laugh, think, appreciate life and love and how important it is to be true to yourself. 
A story that only becomes whole when read from both Jude's and Noah's points of view. A journey full of lessons not just for the characters but for the reader. I finished I'll Give You Sun with a smile on my face and a heart full of joy. I feel like every character has taken up residence in my heart and if there was one question left unanswered it was "Where the hell is Ralph?" .... Few authors have been so inspiring and uplifting for me, and Jandy just didn't disappoint! I'll Give You The Sun is on shelves now, go get it because you won’t regret it!

Amber: I wish I could give this book one thousand stars. 


Jandy has this way of writing... I mean, it's hard to explain without sounding like a crazy person but I can feel her words in my bones. In my vital organs. I can feel them when I take a deep breath and close my eyes. But most importantly: I feel them when I'm fighting with ghosts of my own. 

Jandy Nelson saves me time and time again, and this book is no different. It's a MUST READ just like The Sky Is Everywhere. 

I went probably 9/10 of this book without crying. The last few chapters are gutting for me (in a weirdly good way), and at the end I cried like a baby. I swear, Jandy makes me believe in fate on such an insane level that it's chilling. 

You'll love this book. Order it, remind yourself, whatever you need to do. Just make sure you own it. 



Release Day Giveaway: ILLICIT DESIRE by Taylor Michaels

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I am so excited for this book!!! Taylor Michaels is celebrating the release of the first book in her adult contemporary romance series with a blitz and tour and I am so excited to share it with you!! Check out the book details and teaser and the awesome giveaway she's hosting!!


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Illicit Desire Synopsis: Raphael is everything I should run away from… Cora Milan came to Miami to get a fresh start, away from the memories and stigma that followed her and her brother at home. When she’s mugged, Raphael Ortiz rescues her. He’s sexy, successful, and dangerous—Miami’s most eligible bachelor and it’s most elusive. A cartel lord who lives on the wrong side of the law, with only a veneer of respectability. He is the exact opposite of a clean slate, and he makes no apologies for wanting her. When Raphael forces his way into her life, Cora knows she should run. But the attraction between them is undeniable, and Raphael is a man accustomed to getting what he wants. The more she loses herself in him, the deeper she is drawn into Raphael’s criminal world. But when her past, and his present collide, both of them will be left grasping for the only thing that can save them from the darkness around them—each other.
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Taylor Michaels is the pseudonym for Nazarea Andrews. Her books tend toward dark adult romance. She still likes chocolate and wine and book boys a little sexier than they should be. She can be found on Twitter and Facebook and loves hearing from readers. When not writing, she can most often be found playing taxi driver for her three daughters, hanging out with her husband at their small business, or burning dinner. She lives in Georgia.



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Giveaway: IGNITED by J. Kenner


ABOUT IGNITED

He promised to take me as far as I could go—and I wanted to go to the edge.

My whole life has been a cover, a con, a lie. I was born into the grift, raised on the thrill of playing someone I’m not. As a rule, I never let anyone get too close—until Cole August makes it impossible for me to stay away.
Cole is tough, sexy, and intensely loyal, yet his secrets are dark and his scars run deep. Not many women can handle his past, or the truth behind his fierce demands. But something about him beckons me—and our desire is a game I must play.
I know he’s dangerous, that even his touch is trouble, but what is passion without a little risk?




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Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.


Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.


Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.




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Monday, September 15, 2014

INDISCRETION VOL. 4 Available Today! + Giveaway

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We're so excited to celebrate the release of fourth and final volume of INDISCRETION by Elisabeth Grace! Make sure to get your hands on the last installment of this steamy serial to find out what happens!

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About INDISCRETION: Volume Four

The image was seared into my mind. Imprinted. Emblazoned. Etched. Did I blame him for what I saw? Or myself, for allowing him the ability to cause the pain coursing through me? Betrayal was a weapon that cut to the core—the ‘what ifs’ the infection that festered in the wound. I’d thought we’d had roadblocks thrown in front of us before. Damn. Those would have seemed like mere speed bumps if I’d seen what was coming… Little did I know that what was headed our way would prove to be the biggest test of all—putting impossible choices in front of us. None of which seemed to lead to a happy ending in which the two of us were together. 
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Eventually I pulled my head up to look at him. He brushed my hair off my face and held it back, giving me a kiss. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be right now than right here. No one I’d rather be with,” he said, his voice serious. I opened up my heart, as difficult as that was, finding the courage to let myself believe him. Maybe I was a fool, maybe I would end up with a broken heart. I couldn’t be sure. But life was full of surprises, both good and bad, and where Max was concerned I decided to throw my tendency of always having a plan and looking ahead at what the future held out the window. I’d enjoy this and whatever emotions came along with it, for as long as it lasted—and once it was gone I’d enjoy the memory of it. I refused to regret one minute I spent with Max, regardless of the eventual outcome. He was the one that had helped me to find myself again. He was the one who had given me the courage to allow myself to really feel again. And, as I was discovering, with feeling came the good and the bad. But if you never passed through a storm, than you’d have no appreciation for the rainbow.

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Cover Reveal: WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Holy cow, y'all! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!

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WICKED Synopsis: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.   


   
Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   

DIRE Release Day Excerpt + Giveaway

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's DIRE. DIRE is a first novel in her The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series.The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series is a New Adult Paranormal Romance! The Order of the books is: Dire, Dusk, Dawn. We can't tell you enough how excited we are for Alyssa's newest series, The Dire Wolves Chronicles!!

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A single howl made me stop short. “The wolves!” “Let’s hope they are farther away than they sound.” Gage tightened his hold on my hand and pulled me forward. Three more howls filled the night. “They sound closer.” We picked up the pace, and I chanced a glance behind me. That was a mistake. Several large grey wolves came into view. “Run!” Gage didn’t need to be told twice. He broke into a run without letting go of my hand. I ran as fast as possible over the frozen snow, but we didn’t get far before the wolves started circling around us. “Oh my god.” Could things get any worse? “You have to make a run for it.” Gage’s voice quivered. “They’re going to kill us.” “I’m not leaving you.” I tried to stay strong, and I kept my eyes locked on the wolves. There were five of them. All of them were massive, much larger than any wolf I’d seen before, but one of them was even bigger and had a large silver streak running down its back. That wolf seemed to be staring right at me. “I’ll distract them. You run. I’ll catch up.” I spotted an opening next to one of the smaller of the wolves and went for it. I didn’t make it far before one of the wolves stepped in front of me. I froze, paralyzed with fear, before my legs were knocked from under me. Suddenly, I was lying in the snow with a giant wolf hovering over me. “We’re fucked.” Gage voiced exactly what I was thinking. The silver streaked wolf stared down at me. It’s almost glowing eyes bored into mine. Was I really going to die as half-frozen food for a giant wild animal? Then things got hazy and the air seemed to buzz. Moments later it wasn’t a wolf on top of me—it was a man. A completely naked man with a faint scar across his face. “What the heck?” I tried to scurry back, but Hunter didn’t move. His very exposed parts nearly touched me. I didn’t want to notice his size, but I did. He was huge. He also didn’t look remotely concerned with the cold. His lips brushed against my ear. “Were you going somewhere?”

  About DIRE: Dire: The Dire Wolves Chronicles Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything. It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?   TDWC Collage  
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About Alyssa Rose Ivy: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.            



OPEN THY HEART Release Day Giveaway

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 Today we have a release day launch for Jessica L. Brooks' Open Thy Heart, the second book in her YA Fantasy series. I'm so excited to share this book with y'all! Be sure to check out Jessica's book, and enter her fabulous giveaway! :)

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Open Thy Heart Synopsis: It’s summer in Shaver and, frankly, Dahlia Kennedy is bored. Even though she and Eva are throwing a party for David and she gets to visit Rowan in Ambrosia easier on account of summer hours, it seems like senior year is never going to come. Worse yet, it’s looking like the one thing she’s planned on doing for forever isn’t going to happen. Cue Dahlia’s Embarrassing Incident: the tipping point that seems to shift everything into a new direction. David’s acting weird. Something happens to Rowan. Dahlia’s forced to ask the least likely person ever for help. A secret is blown wide open. Conflict between the Lennox Rochforts and the Townsends grows more and more out of control until so much is going on in Ambrosia, Dahlia can barely keep up with life at home. Frustrated with trying to keep track of who knows what, Dahlia continues fighting to help the people she loves, and slowly, the truth is exposed. Crazy thing is, she had no idea about any of it. And it changes everything she’s ever known.



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 Jessica L. Brooks is a lover of books, coffee, and all things owl-dorable. She writes young adult books about near-future dystopia (Pity Isn't An Option, Cozenage #1, available now) and magical realism (the Flora series); and loves to serve virtual cookies. Connect with her on her blog, Let Me Tell You A Story, Tumblr, or anywhere else on the interwebs by doing a search for her username: coffeelvnmom. Twitter | Author Goodreads | Blog | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram   Enter Jessica's giveaways!!!








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