30 October 2012

Iced (Dani O'Malley, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Iced (Dani O'Malley, #1) by Karen Marie Moning.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Urban Fantasy.
Publication : October 30th 2012 by Delacorte Press.
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

I read Shadowfever a year ago and when I found out KMM's writing a trilogy based on Dani, frankly I wasn't too interested. I figured there's no way she'd be able to re-create the experience I had with Mac and Barrons. However, I still wanted to read Iced, because, let's face it, like everyone else I was craving for more of the Fever world.

I'm ashamed to admit this but I think I like Ryodan and Dani better than Barrons and Mac. This book blew me away! Karen's writing's just as amazing as the rest of her books and some of the lines gave me goosebumps (and butterflies) numerous times. The only thing that's different (or maybe lacking) is the plot - I didn't find it as dark as Mac's storyline but there's room for it to get more serious and KMM's probably going to do that with the next book.

Iced has everything that was awesome with the Fever series and fans will not be disappointed. I'm itching to get my hands on Burned, the wait's going to kill me! Argh.


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29 October 2012

Blog Tour : Holiday Affair by Annie Seaton (Interview + Giveaway)


I'm happy to host Annie Seaton, author of Holiday Affair on the blog today. I've an interview and a giveaway for you guys!


Holiday Affair by Annie Seaton.
Audience/Genre : Women/Romance.
Publication : March 15th 2012 by Indulgence (Entangled Publishing).
Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And she would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He’s got a body just made for sinning and his sizzling kisses leave her senseless.

When Nick blows into town, he’s stunned to discover that his no-nonsense new neighbor and co-worker is the same sultry creature he seduced for one night of forbidden island pleasure. He’s unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can’t seem to keep his hands off the multi-faceted woman. Will Nick break loyal Lissy’s heart or will she be the one woman he simply can’t walk away from?

Thanks for being here today Annie!

If you had to describe Holiday Affair in 3 words, what would they
be?

Sizzling sun and sex!


What inspired you with this specific storyline?

A love of sailing in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands where the story begins and watching the romances that began between people from very different backgrounds. I decided to play with the idea of a holiday fling coming unstuck when both the hero and heroine are playing a holiday role and are less than honest with each other. My academic background then encouraged the transfer of that romance to a university setting which I was familiar with.


Are any of your characters based on you or someone you know in real life?

No, they are totally from my imagination... although Johnny Depp’s face kept coming to mind when I created Nick!


If you had to pick an actor and actress to play Nick and Lissy in a movie, who would it be?

Well, I suppose after that I should say Johnny Depp, however I have recently been quite taken by the hunky good likes of our own Aussie Chris Hemsworth. I can see Chris both on a sailing yacht and in a corporate suit!


How does your writing process usually work? Do you have all the
details noted before you start writing or do you go with the flow? How long does it usually take for you to write a book?

I sit and write. I often drift off to sleep at night, planning a scene that I may write the next day, but nothing goes down in print until I actually start writing. I am a true seat of the pants writer. I wrote Holiday Affair in one month, however it had been in my head for a long time and it was very easy to write. I now schedule myself about three months per book for the initial writing. Then my editor still loves me as there is less to edit when I take a bit more time!


Share one of your favorite quotes with us!

If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done in this house!
Not only in my house, but in my life, and in my writing and editing. When I was studying, many university essays would be done the night before. I am very much a ‘leave it to the last minute and work under pressure’ person! I produce my best work that one for some reason.


Could you name some of your favorite romance novels/movies?

Steel Magnolias has to be number one. I love that movie!
Pretty Woman would come in at number two.
Somethings Gotta Give... I love anything with Jack Nicholson
How to do Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Overboard... a golden oldie
Oh... and Bridget Jones’s diary



I could go on for ever... I love romance on the screen and in the written word!



Favourite books...
Again the list is long so I will stay with my absolute all time favorite.
Katherine by Anya Seton.
It is the story of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford and was written fifty years ago! A wonderful historical romance that never dates.



The best romance I have read recently was Crazy Love by Nicola Marsh. I love Nicola’s voice.


You’ve written 2 more books since Holiday Affair, could you tell us a bit about them as well?

My two published books written at the same time as Holiday Affair are Winter of the Passion Flower—a rollicking steampunk adventure and Blind Lust –a little paranormal romance which is a favourite of mine.
Since Holiday Affair, I have completed the second book in the series, Italian Affair which is currently with my editor and Outback Affair, the third in the series is almost finished!


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Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. She has always been fascinated by all things historical and has found her niche writing contemporary romance and steampunk, where strong heroines and brooding heroes fight together to make their alternative world a better place. Her debut novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March. The sequel Italian Affair is currently underway Watch out for the story of Tom and Brianna the sex therapist who spices up his life! Winter of the Passion Flower was released through Lyrical Press at the same time. It is also available in print from the Books page of Annie's website. Currently immersed in the creation of Book Two, a full length novel, the adventures of Sofia and her Scottish laird, Annie is already looking forward to the rest of the series, particularly the adventures of Indigo’s four boys: Jago and Jory, Ruan and Kit. Strong sassy heroines and rebellious heroes have a rollicking good time as they work to make the world a better place-- albeit their own steampunk world. Blind Lust, a paranormal novella will be released by Musa Publishing on 15th June.

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Blog Tour : Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review + Giveaway)


Thanks to Valerie @ Stuck In Books for hosting this blog tour! I've a review of Deity for you guys today and thanks to Spencer Hill Press, a prize package giveaway that includes a $25 Amazon giftcard, a copy of the book, a shirt and lots of SWAG! There will be three winners. You can follow the tour here.

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : November 6th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press.
"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time."

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

Gripping Plot? Check.
Sexy Romance? Check.
Bad-ass Heroine? Check.
Overall Awesomeness? Freaking 10/10!


Deity has got to be Jennifer's best book so far and that's saying a lot, since pretty much everything written by Jen is amazing.

The story continues from the end of Pure, with Alex, Aiden and Seth sharing the secret of what really happened when the Furies arrived. Alex is now just a few weeks away from turning 18 and going Apollyon on everyone's ass. She isnot dealing well with it and Seth's excitement doesn't help. There are so many twists, turns and revelations in Deity that it takes awhile for it all to sink in. Some are not going to like the changes but personally, I think they made the book epic! I want to say I saw it coming all along but believe me, no matter what you expect to happen, Jen will shock you. Gods (yeah, it catches on), I can't even begin to describe how amazing this book was. I could not put it down!

There were times I wanted to rip the book apart and times I wanted to kiss it (my precious, precious ARC). I'm embarrassed but I'll say it anyway - I even shed some tears. Yeah, like in the movies, I cried on the pages. GAH! I NEED APOLLYON NOW!

There are very, very few authors who can create brilliant, mesmerising characters and Jennifer's on top of that list. I've said it before - Jen's fantastic at character creation/development and I always feel like I'm going through the emotions right alongside the characters when I read her books. With Alex, I felt like I got punched in the gut every time she went through a sad/tough time and literally felt like I was floating on Cloud 9 whenever she was happy (hint hint : ♥ Aiden ).
So much has changed - the Alex in Deity is so different from the one we met inHalf-Blood - with all the (crappy) stuff that she has been dealt with, Jen's developed Alex's character, for lack of a more suitable word, beautifully. I love a heroine who's flawed, yet strong and to me, Alex is a fictional, half-blooded Joan of Arc.

Deity is a terrific spin on Greek mythology; Jen's version of the Gods are insanely cool, trust me.
With a plot that'll blow your face off and characters that take you on quite an emotional ride, The Covenant Series is a must read for everyone who loves YA and Greek mythology.


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USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion). Jennifer also writes adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn.

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27 October 2012

Blog Tour : Alight: The Peril (Pyxis #2) by K.C. Neal (Guest Post + Giveaway)

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I'm thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Alight, second book in the Pyxis series, by K.C. Neal. Thanks to K.C.Neal and Ashely @ Bookish Brunette Book Tours for organizing this! I've a guest post/excerpt for you guys followed by a giveaway :)

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Alight: The Peril (Pyxis #2) by K.C. Neal.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : September 21st 2012 by StoneHouse Ink.
When Corinne learns who the second Guardian is, she must find a way to make peace with the last person in the world she wants to deal with. As she struggles, her nemesis unleashes an otherworldly evil, and a mysterious illness strikes Corinne's friends. Faltering under the weight of her destiny, Corinne escapes to the dream world. There, she meets Zane, an Australian guy with a hot accent and a revelation that binds them together and alters the path of Corinne's life. She throws herself into fighting for everything she loves, but just as she s certain she will prevail, she's robbed of the two people she needs most.

Pyxis and Dreams

by K.C.Neal
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Did you ever have a dream that seemed so real you’d almost swear it was a glimpse into another universe? Corinne, the main character in the Pyxis Series, learns that there is a whole other world, called the hypercosmic realm, that our minds enter when we sleep. In Pyxis (Book 1), she first realizes things are not what they seem when she discovers that she and her friend Mason are having the same haunting nightmares of a dark, consuming force. In this excerpt, Corinne encounters this force for the first time.

When my tired eyes finally closed, the cove materialized before me. The bonfire blazed high into the night, but I stood alone on the beach. Twilight rainbows of every color raced across the sky, one after the other. The effect was dizzying.
​A low rumbling echoed off the mountains, and trying to locate the source of the sound, I turned toward the lake. My breath caught at the sight of a dense, dirty-looking wall of fog billowing over the water toward me at an alarming speed. Panic surged through my veins as I imagined the fog overtaking me, filling my nose and ears, creeping into my lungs, soaking into my blood, and eating me from the inside out.
​My heart pounding in my ears, I whipped around, desperate for some way to protect myself. I turned to the bonfire, thinking the heat of the flames might stave off the fog. But the fire ring was dark, and Mason stood in the center of it.
​“Mason? When did you get back to—” I started to ask, but he grabbed my shoulder and pushed me behind him, shielding me with his body.
​He held me with one arm and lifted the other arm, palm out. A burst of blue-white light swelled out from Mason’s hand, and for a second, I could make out the silhouette of a person in the fog before I squeezed my eyes shut against the painful intensity of the light. When I opened them, after-images bounced around in my vision. Both the fog and Mason were gone.
​I tried to sit up in bed, groggy and struggling against the sheets twisted around me. I untangled myself and groped around for my pillow, which I’d pushed onto the floor. Nestled back in bed, I took a deep breath, and blew out slowly.
​I knew it was just a dream, but it clung to me. My mouth felt gritty, as if I’d tasted the sooty fog, and the smell of Mason’s shampoo filled my nose.
​I reached for my jacket, which was hanging on the back of my desk chair next to the bed, and pulled out the pinecone I’d picked up at the cove. I cupped it in my palms and inhaled its woody, resinous smell, and some of the tension melted from my body. Curled into a ball, with my blankets pulled tight around me, I stared at the window and waited for the gray light of daybreak.


Corinne learns she is destined to protect the fragile gateway between the waking world and theyhypercosmic realm, but her grandmother, who was to teach her everything she needed to know, is dead. Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.


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Most of K.C. Neal's days are filled with some combination of writing, reading, gardening, working, and watching stuff on Netflix with her husband and their maltipoo, Oscar. She has an irrational fixation with L.A., and during occasional trips there she pretends her life is more glamorous than it really is ("Entourage" is her guilty pleasure). She likes to surf and hang out on sandy beaches, especially where drinks are served adorned with tiny umbrellas.




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25 October 2012

Blog Tour : Shadowborn (Lila Gray #2) by Jocelyn Adams (Giveaway)


Today's Kindle and Me's stop for Shadowborn, the second Lila Grey novel, by Jocelyn Adams. I've a giveaway for you guys today :)

Shadowborn (Lila Gray #2) by Jocelyn Adams.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Urban Fantasy.
Publication : October 1st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing.
Why me?

That’s the question Lila Gray asks every time yet another bad guy tries to destroy the earth, and she learns she’s the only one who can stop it. Once again, something’s on the prowl, leaving hundreds of comatose, soulless victims in its wake.

Couldn’t the deadliest assassins of the Otherworld go after someone else instead of the brand new Queen of the Seelie? One who still hasn’t adapted to her new role.

Lila would ask Liam Kane, King of the Unseelie, for advice, but something’s off with him, too. He’s holding back. In some way. About some thing. In fact, he refuses to tell her what’s going on.

The truth holds Lila back from the greatness of her role—the people she was born to lead—the man who she desperately loves—and the solution to the latest war raging around her.

To find the answers, she’ll need to fight through her own darkness and embark on a journey through her psyche.

If she doesn’t succeed, the Shadowborn will claim not only her world, but her soul.

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Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she's a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn't shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

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24 October 2012

Forgotten: A Novel by Catherine McKenzie (Giveaway)

Forgotten: A Novel by Catherine McKenzie.
Audience/Genre : Women/Romance, Chick Lit.
Publication : October 16th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks.
Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. But when she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, she ends up facing unexpected consequences. After she falls ill and spends six months trapped in a remote village thanks to a devastating earthquake, Emma returns home to discover that her friends, boyfriend, and colleagues thought she was dead—and that her life has moved on without her.

As she struggles to re-create her old life, throwing herself into solving a big case for a client and trying to reclaim her beloved apartment from the handsome photographer who assumed her lease, everyone around her thinks she should take the opportunity to change. But is she willing to sacrifice her job, her relationships, and everything else she worked so hard to build?

In Forgotten, Catherine McKenzie tweaks a classic tale of discovering who we really are when everything that brings meaning to our lives is lost.

Most of my readers know that I love Catherine Mckenzie. I love everything about her books from the stories to the writing and characters. Although all her books fall under the chick lit/women's fiction genre, they usually have a deep element and I expected something similar with Forgotten.

However, this book was a different read from the rest and not in a bad way. Despite the blurb, Forgotten was more of a chick-lit read with an adorable romance and unique storyline. The first thing I noticed was that Emma was a much stronger protagonist than the ones Catherine usually goes for. She was smart, accomplished, sassy and confident and I loved that about her!
Emma's relationship with Dominique was great and they had great chemistry together but I felt that they grew close too quickly and I didn't feel the depth of their romance the way I did in Spin and Arranged. If their relationship progressed slower and didn't have the issue of it being possible rebound hanging over them, Forgotten would've appealed to me much more.

Having said that, everything else about Forgotten was perfect! Catherine McKenzie stayed true to her writing style with fun characters and a unique storyline! A quick, happy and sweet read, I recommend this to anyone who likes a good romance novel!


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22 October 2012

Blog Tour : Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, #2) by Ilsa J. Bick. (Excerpt + Giveaway - US Only)

Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, #2) by Ilsa J. Bick.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic.
Publication : September 25th 2012 by Egmont USA.
The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.

Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
But she was wrong.

Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.

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Excerpt.





“You should leave the dog,” Mellie said as Tom hefted Raleigh
onto the swayback’s saddle. Catching the dog’s scent, Mellie’s
horse, a mild tobiano paint, nickered. Mellie gave its poll a reassuring
scratch. “An extra horse only slows us down.”

“I don’t care,” Tom said, briefly. Turning aside, he began laboriously
tying off the ropes securing the bulky blue tarp with its
sad bundle. His right hand complained, but he forced the muscles
to obey. Dixie’s wound had healed enough that he felt comfortable
riding her, but he worried that Raleigh’s body would upset
her, so he’d settled on the Kings’ horse. As he worked, a solitary
crow perched on the flagpole let out a mournful cry that sounded
like a person hurt bad: Oh. Oh. Or maybe it only sounded that way
to him.

“But the ground’s frozen.” Weller was astride a big, very muscular
blood bay. “You won’t be able to bury him.”

“Then I’ll burn him. Or I’ll pile rocks. That dog saved my life. He
belonged to people I care about, and I am not leaving him here to
rot.” Tom gave the last rope a grim tug. Even with the bandage and
salve, his hand bawled. Be a while until it healed. “What about the
other animals?”

Weller looked impatient. “I told you. I know a farm we can stop
at on the way. Three old guys. Brothers. They’ll care for them.”

“You sure they’ll come if there are hunters on the way?”

“As sure as we can be,” Mellie said. “Tom, we can only do our
best.”

“But the animals didn’t hurt anyone,” Tom said, stubbornly.
“They don’t deserve to die for this.”

“And they won’t,” Weller said. “But we have to leave now. You
want to save that girl? You make the bombs and we blow that mine,
and then we march in there and you get Alex out of that prison
house.”

He looked up at Weller. “It’s never that simple. We have to get
in without getting caught. I have to position the explosives just
right, and they have to go off in the right order. I’m not even sure
it can be done. A building with good concrete support columns
would take at least a couple hundred pounds of explosives.”

“Look, we’ve been over this too,” Weller said.

“All we’ve been over is that there’s a mine you want me to help
you blow up. What I want to know is why I should. How will
blowing a mine full of Chuckies help Alex? How do you even
know they’re in the mine to begin with?”

From the way Weller’s whiskered jaw jutted, he could tell the
old man was impatient. “Because I’ve seen ’em,” Weller grated,
“and we’ve tracked groups. Way before all this happened, kids
were always hanging around there. Had their parties, explored the
tunnels. It was a meeting place. I know my grandkids, especially
Mandy, she . . .” Weller looked away, his mouth working, then
hawked and spat. “Anyway, that’s where a lot of Changed—”

“Changed?”

Weller moved one shoulder in a half-shrug. “It’s the name Rule’s
given the little bastards. I prefer Chuckies, tell the truth. Changed
makes it sound too much like a Hand of God thing.”

“How many are there at any given time? Do they live there?”

Weller’s face folded in a thoughtful frown. “No, it’s like they
rotate in and out in these packs and gangs, just like kids in a high
school cafeteria. I’d say, maybe, two hundred, two fifty? Sometimes
more or less, depending.”

“That’s a lot of kids.” Yet what Weller said echoed what Jed
had mentioned on more than one occasion: Chuckies orbited the
familiar.What better place to hang than where there’d been great
parties and good times? “And they don’t get cold?”

“It’s like I said, Tom. Once you’re deep enough, mines stay
pretty warm, and they get hotter the further down you go. Hell,
there were days I wasn’t wearing but skivvies, boots, a hard hat,
goggles, and gloves. There’s a lot of space to spread out in that
mine, too: cut rock rooms for machine shops and storage areas.
Places to rest, stretch out a while, even have lunch. There’s this one
big stope—”

“Stope?” Anything Tom knew about mines came from movies.
“You mean a mine shaft?”

Weller shook his head. “You ever seen one of those ant farms
they got in schools? All those hollowed-out chambers? That’s a
mine right there, in miniature: nothing more than a big anthill
with tunnels that lead to rooms, only the rooms are called stopes
and they’re carved out of rock instead of sand. Some are real
small, only big enough for a man. Others are huge. In this particular
mine, there’s one room about five hundred and fifty feet down
that’s nothing more than a big, hollow ball of rotten rock with
only these spindly pillar supports holding up the ceiling. There
are stress fractures so wide in some of the walls you could drive a
truck.”

“Five hundred and fifty feet?” That was just about the height of
the Washington Monument. “How deep does this mine go?”

“Just a little over two thousand feet, not that the little bastards
can get that far down. Mine’s been flooded below a thousand
feet for years. I wouldn’t be surprised if the water’s crept up even
higher. In mines as old as this, you can have water on the level
above or in the next chamber over and not know it, so long as the
rock holds. People who go exploring in abandoned mines around
these parts drown all the time.”

“So what, exactly, are you thinking about blowing up? The
entrance? That room?”

“Not exactly. We want to take out the room underneath. It’s
not as big, but it’s just as unstable. There’s only sixty feet of rock
between the two of them.”

Meaning anyone planting bombs would have to drop down
even deeper. “Sixty feet’s still a lot of rock,” Tom observed.

Weller snorted. “In a mine like this, sixty feet is nothing, and
like I said, the rock is rotten, like bad ice, all cracked and broken-up
with stress fractures.” Weller cupped air with his left hand. “So you
got this great big room, and sitting right beneath it”—he slotted his
right hand beneath the left—“you got this other smaller chamber.
Both of them are under a tremendous amount of stress. So you
make the bombs, you blow out the pillars in the room beneath this
larger room—”

“And you knock out the legs.” He now understood where this
was going: blow out the supports and everything would come
crashing down.

“Exactly. You do it right,” Weller said, “we bury those sons of
bitches.”

“It’s a nice theory,” Tom said, “but there are a lot of variables,
and you still need a high explosive, time fuses, igniters, blasting
caps—not to mention a way in and out of the mine.”

Mellie stirred. “We’ve got that covered, Tom.”

“Really?” He squinted from her to Weller. “If you guys are so
covered, why haven’t you blown the mine already?”

“Don’t think we haven’t considered it.” Leaning forward, Weller
straight-armed his saddle’s pommel, the aw-shucks cowpoke coming
on strong. “But it’s like this. You can give a little kid a broken-down
pistol and bullets. If he’s smart and given enough time, he might
eventually put it together so it works. But the chances are also
excellent that little tyke’s gonna peek down the barrel and pull
the damn trigger just to see what happens. Understand what I’m
saying? We got components; we have all the fixings. But none of
us is an expert. Takes a long time to learn how to build a bomb
without blowing your head off. That’s time we don’t have.”

We got components. Of course they would. There had to be lots
of weapons lying around nowadays. Easy pickings if you knew
what you were looking for—and Mellie had said that they were
covered. That meant they’d been amassing matériel and planning
this for some time. He was their lucky accident, a piece of fortuitous
serendipity. If he hadn’t fallen into their laps, what then?

“But what’s the point?” he asked. “What will killing them
accomplish? You said yourself, they don’t all stay there at one time;
they move in and out.”

“Yeah, but it’s efficient; more bang for the buck. Sure, we won’t
kill all the little bastards. They’re like rats. There’ve got to be hundreds
out in these woods. But that mine is familiar territory and a
meeting place. We chop off the head of this snake, and we accomplish
two things.” Weller held up one gloved finger. “First off, we
disorganize the little shits and kill a bunch of them in the process.
A lot may scatter and that’s good. Second and more important,
this helps clear one path to Rule. Not entirely, of course. Rule’s got
a pretty strong defensive perimeter set up.”

“So how does destroying the mine clear a path?”

The old man cracked a nasty grin. “Because the Chuckies are
part of the perimeter. Think about it. When you bait game, you
can be pretty sure whatever you’re drawing in will stick even
closer. There’s no incentive for that game to wander off. Now,
who in their right mind is going to want to take on both the
Chuckies and Rule’s guns? See what I’m saying? It’s like Rule’s
built up this guerilla force, this buffer, which leaves them free
to concentrate their firepower in other areas.” Weller let go of
a disgusted grunt, but Tom thought he heard admiration there,
too. “You got to admit, Peter and Chris had one hell of a brilliant
idea there.”

Brilliant—and pretty sick, too. Talk about lions at the gate. “Even
if this works, we won’t just march into Rule. You said this kid,
Chris, is pretty tough, right?”

“Oh yeah, he’s a sick son of a bitch; real smart, real sneaky.
There’s almost no one there knows him well. You ask people,
they’ll tell you how wonderful he is. He’s got them all brainwashed,
but they haven’t seen the stuff I have. That prison house is where
he really cuts loose, no pun intended. You should’ve seen the last
girl when he was done with her. I’m just glad the poor little thing
didn’t make it. Turned my stomach, and I saw a thing or two in
’Nam. I did Tet; us Rangers was at Da Lat and Phu Cuong and . . .”

“Yeah, yeah, and I’ve been at Ma’sum Ghar and Korengal and
Paktika. So what?” As much respect as he had for vets like Jed,
he was getting a little tired of Weller always playing the Vietnam
card. “This isn’t a contest about which of us has seen worse. But
you, of all people, ought to know that killing our way in—”

“Is the only way,” Weller said. His skin had gone chalk-white
with rage. “Or haven’t you got the stomach for it, soldier?”

“You know, that soldier jazz is getting really old really fast,” he
snapped. “Don’t bait me. All I’m saying is that you got out of Rule.”

Weller stiffened. “I see where you’re going, but getting out
wasn’t that easy. I had to arrange a . . . a search, then figure a bogus
excuse for splitting off from the men who can’t be trusted, and
cover my tracks.”


“But you’re not doing this out of the goodness of your heart.
This is about some beef you’ve got with Rule.”

“What do you care what my reasons are? I’m offering you a
way in.”

“But only if I do what you want,” Tom countered. “Regardless
of whatever grudge you’ve got going, there has to be a way of
getting to Alex that doesn’t involve murdering innocent people.”

“Chuckies ain’t people.”

Tom shook his head. “I’m not talking about them. You’re condemning
an entire village, Weller. Not all the people there are
guilty.”

“They’re complicit in their silence,” Mellie put in. “The survivors
who have bowed to Rule’s conditions, who have decided
upon survival at any cost, are as much to blame as the monsters
on that Council. You think about girls and boys passed around. You
think about Alex and some perverted, twisted man old enough to
be her grandfather taking her into his bed.”

Her words set his teeth. “All I’m saying is that you need to
think very, very hard about what you’re asking. There’s got to be
another way.”

“There isn’t and we’re wasting time,” Weller snapped. He gave
his reins an angry twist. The blood bay let out a startled snort,
then pranced and stamped as Weller brought the animal around.
“From where I’m sitting, it’s pretty damned simple, Tom: you’re
either in or you’re out. You’re for us or against us. So, what’s it
gonna be?”

And if I’m out? He doubted that Mellie and Weller would simply
let him refuse and go on his merry way. Refusing might even be
a death sentence. Weller hadn’t revealed everything, and Tom
trusted neither him nor Mellie. By his own admission, Weller was
a traitor. Once you’d betrayed a friend, it was like a part of your
soul crossed this invisible point of no return.

Yet the math was clear. Alex was in trouble and he needed a
way into Rule. These people were his best shot. Once he found
Alex, they would both go somewhere far away, where no one
could touch them—or hurt her—ever again.

“Tell me what to do,” he said.

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15 October 2012

Cover Reveal : Keeper of the Black Stones by P.T. McHugh

Keeper of the Black Stones by P.T. McHugh.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Historical, Urban Fantasy.
Publication : February 5th 2013 by Glass House Press.
Jason Evans, a shy, introverted high school freshman, thought that his mundane life was all there was - girls, golf, physics, and the occasional bully. Until he found out about the secrets his grandfather had been keeping from him ... a set of stones that allowed him to jump through time ... a maniacal madman who used the stones to shape history to his liking ... and Jason’s role as one of the few people in the world who could stop that man.
Against impossible odds, a fourteen-year-old boy must take up his legacy, learn everything he needs to know within one short day, and travel helter skelter into the Middle Ages, to join Henry VII’s fight against Richard III, end the Dark Ages, and stop
the man who now holds his grandfather captive. In this romp through history, Jason and his friends must race against time to accomplish not one, but two missions.
Save his grandfather. And save the world.

Sooo, what do you think? I'm kinda excited to read this one. It sounds great!



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14 October 2012

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) by Julie Kagawa.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Fantasy, Paranormal.
Publication : October 23rd, 2012 by Harlequin Teen.
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Before anyone attacks me for my 3 star rating, let me tell you that I love Julie Kagawa! I adore her Iron Fey series and am in love with Blood of Eden!

Having said that, The Lost Prince was disappointing. The characters just didn't do it for me, at least not the way Puck and Ash did. Even Ethan's girlfriend, Kenzie, was just so BORING. Her character started good but her personality just went downhill from there. If there's one thing I hate it's predictability and that seems to be happening with most YA books these days and it did with this one.

I did not like the way Ethan and Kenzie's relationship/friendship progressed, it seemed too rapid and lacked chemistry. The only moments in the book that caught my interest were the ones with Ash, Meg, Keirran and Puck. Even Keirran got boring towards the middle/end of the book though.

As for the plot - honestly, I would've been happy if Kagawa had just stuck to the Summer, Winter and Iron Court but as you can guess, a new kind of Fey pops up. I was bored for 2/3rd of the book because there was no real story, it was just people moving from one place to another. However, the last bit got interesting as the story actually developed and made me want to continue reading.

Okay, I've complained enough. Let me be clear, it wasn't all bad. It was great to see some of my YA favourite characters back again but this book lacked the fast pace and the interesting characters that Kagawa had created with her previous books. The protagonist, Ethan - I have no real opinion formed about him. I neither liked nor disliked him and I'm not sure if that's a good thing. Frankly, I had a lot of expectations from The Lost Prince and felt let down after reading it but I hope you enjoy it better!





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10 October 2012

Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Contemporary, Teenage Fiction.
Publication : November 1st 2012 by Scholastic (first published March 7th 2011).
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave.

It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!

Rockoholic has been on my to-read list for months and I have to say, the new cover is hot!

Jody's a groupie but she's specifically obsessed with the frontman of her favourite band - The Regulators - Jackson Gatlin.
After a bad night at one of The Regulator's concerts, Jody ends up accidentally, um, kidnapping their lead singer, Jackson. This leads her on an insane, downward spiralling adventure and she drags her best friend Mac (who's a guy) down with her.

This book was entertaining from start to finish! Sure, it was far-fetched at times but entertaining through and through. I'm a sucker for rockstar romance but I was sadly let down in that area by this book. However, I found Mac and Jody's relationship adorable! I still don't understand how she assumed he wasn't straight but oh well.

Overall a quick, light and fun read!






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09 October 2012

Giveaway : Crusher by Niall Leonard (India Only)

Crusher by Niall Leonard.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Thriller.
Publication : September 13th 2012 by Random House.
To catch a killer,Finn Maguire may have to become one....

Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is turned upside downas he become's the prime suspect. How can he clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him?

Facing danger at every turn, uncovering dark family secrets and braving the seedy London underworld,Finn is about to discover that only the people you trust can really hurt you....

I've another cool giveaway from Random House India for you guys today (They're awesome, aren't they?) It's Crusher by Niall Leonard and it's restricted to India Only (International Followers - Sorry!).
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08 October 2012

Happily Ever After Blog Hop Giveaway!

October 9th to 14th.

Thanks to I'm a Reader, Not a Writer for another awesome giveaway hop! Make sure to check out the rest of the stops and enter the giveaways!


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03 October 2012

Blog Tour : Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #1) by Jillian Dodd (Character Interview)


Thanks to The Readiacs for letting me participate in this tour. I've a character interview with RiAnne for you guys today :)

Stalk me (The Keatyn Chronicles #1) by Jillian Dodd.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Contemporary, Teenage Fiction.
Publication : September 1st 2012 by Bandit Publishing (first published August 20th 2012).
Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker.
An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Interview with RiAnne.


What did you think about Keatyn the first time you met her?

She was cute, you know, in that girl-next-door kind of way. And, of course, her mom is famous, so Vanessa and I thought she would be a good friend. Hello, fabulous premieres and parties! She also has access to the greatest clothes. She has a unique kind of boho style and looks disgustingly good in about anything she puts on. And that is kind of irritating.


I know you were shocked when Keatyn broke up with Sander, but what was the first thought that went through your head when you heard about it?

He’s single, hopefully heartbroken, and I should volunteer to console him.


If you had to describe Vanessa and Keatyn in one word each, what would it be?

SVanessa: Bitch. And I mean that in the best way.
Keatyn: Dumb. She does not take advantage of all that she has at her disposal.


What’re the 3 things that you absolutely can’t go a day without?

A Carmel Ice-Blended from The Coffee Bean, diet pills, and sex/sexting. Add vodka and Red Bull in there and that’d be like the perfect day.


Out of curiosity, what kind of guy would you define as your ‘type’?

Hot and rich.


Who’re on your favourite/hottest celebrity actor list?

Well, Sander, for sure. I’d like to marry Dwyane Wade. I might even move to Miami for him.


What’s your favorite song right now?

I will admit, the new Twisted Dreams song is pretty good. And I like Beautiful People by Chris Brown.


If you had to pick a class in high school that doesn’t totally suck, what would it be?

It’s not a class, obv. but lunch is the by far the best part of the day. My best class this year was Sports Management. I forget what we talked about, but then half the lacrosse and soccer teams were in it, so who cares? I figured when I marry, like, a Laker and do a reality TV show with him, it will all come back to me.


Hey everyone!! I'm Jillian Dodd, author of the That Boy series. That Boy and That Wedding. I'm working on a new series called The Keatyn Chronicles as well as plotting out That Baby. I love to read, love hanging out at goodreads, and love to talk to y'all!! I was lucky enough to find my own prince in college. We have two wonderful teenaged children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear and a new Lab puppy named Camber Lacey. I have an active blog, which my daughter, Kenzie, helps me with. We'd love to have you visit us there. I am a big believer in giving back, so I donate a portion of my book sales to charity!!




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02 October 2012

Blog Tour : Flock (Stork #3) by Wendy Delsol (This or That)


Hello! Today is my stop on the Flock book blog tour. Flock is the 3rd instalment in the Stork Trilogy. I've a This or That Post with the author for you guys today =)

Flock (Stork #3) by Wendy Delsol.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : September 25th 2012 by Candlewick Press.
The climactic conclusion of a supernatural romantic trilogy starring a savvy, sharp-tongued heroine who taps into ancient Norse secrets.

After surviving her (shall we say) intense adventure in Iceland, Katla is psyched to be back for a blissfully uneventful senior year of homecoming and fashion explorations. But her hopes of dodging unfinished business are dashed by the arrival of two Icelandic exchange students: Marik, an oddly alluring merman-in-disguise, and Jinky, a tough gypsy girl. It seems Katla not only enraged the Snow Queen by rescuing her boyfriend, Jack, she also was tricked into promising her frail baby sister to the water queen — and Marik has come to collect. What’s worse, Katla doesn’t dare confide in anyone lest she endanger them, so even her soul mate, Jack, is growing suspicious. And now Katla’s stork dreams, her guide for matching babies with mothers, have become strange and menacing as well. Hold on for a thrilling finale as the heroine of Stork and Frost calls on her wits (and her wit) to protect those she loves and face a final mythic disaster.

This or That!


Thanks for being here today Wendy!

First person POV or third person POV?

Writing first-person POV seems to come easiest to me. I know I get more words on paper on a daily basis with this perspective. The Stork books are all written as if narrated by Katla, and I loved going deep into her thoughts (and snarkasm). On the other hand, it can be limiting. A secondary character (Katla’s love interest, Jack, for instance) can never have his/her own scene.
My adult novel, The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls, uses a third-person-close POV from the perspectives of three different characters. The multi-generational cast and plot lent itself to this format.

Peanut butter or Nutella?

Ooh. Nutella. Except I don’t dare keep it around. Too tempting.

Summer or Winter?

Summer. No contest. Like my character Katla, I am NOT a fan of winter. I do love the people here in Iowa. But the weather … not so much.

Prince Charming or Bad Boy?

Prince Charming. My character Jack is a nice guy. And I’m so pleased to hear from readers who like this about him.

Dumbledore or Gandalf?

Dumbledore. And wouldn’t he and McGonnagal make a cute couple?

Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires. From what I’ve seen of Zombies, they’re terrible conversationalists.

Disneyland or Universal?

Disney. When we lived in L.A., we had season passes to both. Disney was our family favorite. Star Tours is my favorite ride. I like the cob salad at the Plaza Inn on Main Street. The Pirates of the Caribbean boat cruise is always worth the wait, too.

Mac or Windows?

Mac. My laptop is Windows, and our desktop is Mac. My next laptop will probably be a Mac. In my opinion, the Mac is more user-friendly.

Flowers or chocolates?

Chocolates. Flowers are nice, of course. But I’ve always had a sweet tooth. And this new combo of chocolate and sea salt. Yum.

Books or Movies?

Gosh. I love both. Books allow you to really linger in another world. But sometimes a two-hour movie is the perfect wind-down to the day.

Tour Stops


9/25 Giveaway @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
9/26 Guest Blog @ Chapter By Chapter
9/27 Review & Interview @ Coffee, Books & Me
9/28 Guest Post @ Catch the Lune
9/29 Guest Blog @ The Little Book Owl
9/30 Interview @ Bittersweet Enchantment
10/1 Review & Interview @ Moosubi
10/2 This or That @ Kindle & Me
10/3 Review @ Sara Through the Looking Glass
10/4 Interview @ OMFG Books
10/5 Review @ Book Briefs
10/6 Review @ Stiletto Storytime
10/7 This or That @ The Busy Bibliophile
10/8 Interview & Giveaway @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

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Wendy Delsol is the author of a young adult trilogy: STORK (2010), FROST (2011), and FLOCK (2012). The books are inspired by Norse mythology, adventure and Icelandic folklore. STORK was one of 25 titles out of over 1000 to receive a 2010 VOYA Perfect Ten and one of ten to win a 2011 Westchester Fiction Award. Delsol’s adult novel, THE McCLOUD HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS, was named an August 2011 Barnes and Noble Pick of the Week. The book is set in Iowa and tells the story of three generations of women and the secrets that bind them. Wendy has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree from California State University, Long Beach. She was born in Canada, grew up in Michigan, lived in Los Angeles for 20 years and now resides in Des Moines with her husband and two teen sons.

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Giveaway : Fangs, Fur & Fey Blog Hop


Fangs, Fur & Fey Giveaway Hop
October 2nd - 8th

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Paperback Copy of Iron Prince by Julie Kagawa.

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