Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Release Blast ~ Aqua by M.A. George


I'm happy to be a part of the Book Release Blast for M.A. George's Aqua today! This is one book I'm definitely reading, and it's already been added to my TBR! I hope you get as excited about reading Aqua as I am! :) 


Aqua 
by M.A. George
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication date: April 16th 2014

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Synopsis:
Meet Layla McKelland: 
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack...seventeen is a bit early to despair), 
Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let's be honest...there's no "slightly" about it), 
International Woman of Mystery, and...
Okay, just scratch the bio.

The only real "mystery" in Layla's life is why her father has never been on the scene. Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year. 

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy...until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she's read one too many paranormal fantasy novels. The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father - a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt. And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning...on her own kitchen floor. 

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction. And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems...Not even water. 

Especially not water.


About the Author
M.A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent...Oops, probably just lost that job. 

Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night. Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend). She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus). 

She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it.

And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she's now available (Discretion guaranteed...).

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feature & Follow #47 ~ Where Would You Be If You Could?


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where two blogs are featured. Click the links above to follow the hosting bloggers and featured bloggers. Enter your own post's link in the linky, then hop around to as many blogs as you can - find new blogs to follow and gain new followers as well. Mingle and make some new bloggy friends! :D
Follow any way you'd like! 


Here are a couple of my preferences! :D

 



Q: Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities? 

A: I'd want to go back to Austin! It would be so cool if there was a week long Austin City Limits festival, with all of my favorite bands playing, although I don't think my poor body could take it for that long! My feet would start protesting after the first three hours on the first day. ;D

Where would you go? :D

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Release Day Launch ~ Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion! 

  don't look back   

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EXCERPT: 
didn't recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered, wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was. 

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as sharp gravel dug into my feet. 

My bare feet? 

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood. Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of my jeans. 

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones. Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks. 

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone. 

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed. 

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. 

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went. 

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on his shoulder before he looked at me. 

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said gently. “Are you okay?” 

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.” 

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing out here?” 

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was. 

His smile strained. “What’s your name?” 

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.” 

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?” 

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt. And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up. 

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my arm. “We’ll get this sorted.” 

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders. 

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly. “Everything’s going to be okay.” 

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?   

ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK: 
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive? 

  “This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews 

  “Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK  
      

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About 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.   

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Trailer Reveal for Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin!


Heya! I'm excited to share with you the trailer reveal for Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin! I love a good ghost story, and this one sounds very promising! 


Losing Logan
by Sherry D. Ficklin
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal

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Synopsis

What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to was the one thing you couldn't let go of? 

Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn't irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he's dead.

As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan's suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that's just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

Losing Logan's Book Trailer     




Sneak Peek

"Who would want me dead?" he whispers. 

I raise my hand.

He glances up and laughs...

"Why am I not surprised by that?" 

Lowering my arm I pick at my fingernails. 

"Well, you do irritate me." 

"Yeah, but did I annoy you when I was alive?" 

I think about that for a second. "No, I suppose not. It's hard to annoy someone who doesn't even orbit the same planet as you. Or maybe you're just annoying dead?" 

He smirks, "Well I never had any complaints while I was alive so, maybe. Then again, maybe you just bring out the best in me." 

I pucker. That's entirely possible. Lord knows Carlos has called me abrasive more than once.

Changing the subject I stab a piece of chicken and hold it out to Logan. 

"Ok, experiment time." 

He looks around the fork at me like I've lost my mind. 

"Lick it." I say.

"You lick it."

I sigh, "Seriously. If we are going to work with the whole ghost thing, I'd like to know the rules. I want to see if you can taste it." 

"Why? Are you planning on having me lick things often?" 

I thrust the fork forward. "Just do it."

Reluctantly he leans forward and sticks out his tongue, making a licking sound like a dog. 

"Anything" I ask hopefully. 

"Maybe just a little? But I might just be smelling it through my mouth." 

"Huh."

I stare at the fork for a second, debating whether to eat it or put it back in the box. I mean, he didn't get his germs on it or anything, did he? Do ghosts even have germs? Ghost cooties?

He's watching me with an amused expression. I shrug and take the bite, stuffing the empty fork back in the carton.     

About the Author


Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

LGBT Month Sign up post


LGBT Month is hosted by Cayce at Fighting Dreamer and Laura at Laura Plus Books. It runs throughout April and it's here to celebrate LGBT readers, LGBT authors and of course LGBT books!    

I wish I wasn't signing up almost halfway through the month for LGBT Month, but better late than never, right? :)

I'm currently reading If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan and am 60% of the way through as of this posting. I'm liking it although I'm finding it hard to accept that the main character, Sahar wants to get a sex change when she doesn't truly want to become a boy. 

I get that she loves Nasrin so much she'd do anything to be with her but can't be because it's illegal in Iran; however, I wish they'd try to run away to another country or something. What saddens me equally is the treatment of the LGBT community AND women. It's sickening, and I feel like I'm reading a dystopian. It's hard to believe I'm not.

Here are some LGBT books that I'm planning to read, and most likely I won't finish them this month but will continue on supporting LGBT books, authors, and readers well past April! <3

Reading Goals
  •  Circus Escape by Lilliana Rose
  • Frenemy of the People by Nora Olsen
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (for the read-a-long)
  • No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace (Just was approved for a copy on Netgalley! The expected publication isn't until September, so I'll be reviewing this closer to then. I'll probably pick a different book to read and review now, but I'm DYING to read this one!)
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (I just realized after I was approved for this on Netgalley this is the same author who wrote If You Could Be Mine. Duh me, lol!)
I'd like to have discussion posts in addition to my reviews. I'm starting to get a bit burned out with reviews, and I think discussion posts would be a nice change of pace. :) 

If you're participating, let me know! :)