Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Tour: Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Silver Hollow
Author: Jennifer Silverwood
Series: Borderlands Saga, #1
Publisher: SilverWoodSketches
Publication Date: May 31, 2018

Synopsis: "I shouldn't have to tell you this isn't a fairy story..." 

After her parents' car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**

About the Author: Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of two series—Heaven's Edge and Wylder Tales—and the stand-alone titles Stay and Silver Hollow.


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-Kristen ♥

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blog Tour: The Archivist by Christy Sloat (Guest Post + Giveaway)


Title: The Archivist
Author: Christy Sloat
Series: The Librarian Chronicles, #2
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Publication Date: May 28, 2018

Synopsis: "With the whimsy of Alice in Wonderland and the romance of Outlander dive back into the next installment in the Librarian Chronicles."

Savannah Preston has a rare and precious gift: The ability to time travel through books. She, and others who share this unique ability, are faced with the insurmountable task of preserving history. They are known collectively as The Librarians.

While researching infamous Scottish outlaw Sir Malcolm Wash during the raging conflicts of the 14th Century, Savannah loses the only thing that tethers her to her own time. She must rely on her knowledge of both the present and the past to survive long enough to find a way home. Along the way, she enlists the help of a misfit named Eoin. With his guidance, she might just get home. It’s a risky and dangerous adventure, but then, so is Eoin…

About the Author: Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the Best Selling author of ten novels including; The Visitors Series, The Past Lives Series and Slumber.


Guest Post: How I Would Use Time Travel

I’ve always dreamed of travelling through time. It fascinates me that there could be a possibility someday to do such a thing. If I could time-travel I would go back in time. Not to change anything, or to interfere, but to simply visit. You see the one person I lost in my life was the only one who really believed in me. She always told me that I could/should be a writer. That person was my grandma Theda. I’d go back to her little green house in Apple Valley, CA, and sit with her one last time. We’d sit on her porch swing, and drink coffee. I would tell her how I actually did it; I became a writer. Then as we watched the sun go down over the mountains, I would kiss her goodbye one last time.

I know she’d be proud of me. And that would be something I could hold with me forever.

One last visit. One last hug. One last smile from the woman who meant the world to me.

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-Kristen ♥

Book Blitz: Offsides Series by Natalie Decker (Teaser + Giveaway)


Title: Right Text Wrong Number
Author: Natalie Decker
Series: Offsides, #1
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Synopsis: Cheerleader Layla and football player Tyler are complete opposites. She thinks he’s the biggest jerk in school and he thinks she's too high on her horse to even be worth a second glance. When the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They can hardly endure speaking, let alone dating.

But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.

As the fallout from Adam’s scandalous texts plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text each other using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. Maybe it's time to come clean about who they are and risk taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing, and maybe more.

They say there's a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?

Title: Right Kiss Wrong Guy
Author: Natalie Decker
Series: Offsides, #2
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Synopsis: You'd think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.

But Valentine's Day sucks when you're single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.

A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom's match-making business is doing great, and her school's new fundraiser is "Love-Grams." 

Juliet's miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.

Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he's all but invisible. She isn't impressed.

Jared's never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and he's determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla's sister.

Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won't work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?

Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone's face. Juliet won't play his game. Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.

About the Author: Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!



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-Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: Relegation by Karri Thompson


Title: Relegation
Author: Karri Thompson
Series: The Van Winkle Project, #3
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Synopsis: The end is near—and I’m fated to save humanity.

I’m feared, yet revered. The presidents are leery of me, but I’ve read the files. And I know the truth—at least, I think I do. And I’m the one who is going to tell the clones. They deserve to know.

Michael and I have been forced to fight, to kill. We’ll do anything to keep our daughters safe and free. But we can’t do it alone. There’s a rumor about a secret society eager for battle… and we’re going to find them. Help them end the government’s corruption.

It’s my duty, my calling as the first mother of the new world I want to create.

This started with me, and that’s where it’s going to end.

About the Author: Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.


AND NOW, for the cover.....


-Kristen ♥

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sale Blitz: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon (Excerpt)


Title: Going Down in Flames
Author: Chris Cannon
Series: Going Down in Flames, #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: June 30, 2014

Synopsis: If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution. 

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can't have.


About the Author: Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.


Excerpt:

He blinked in confusion. “What do you want to know?”

Time to ask the million-dollar question. No matter the pain it caused, she needed to know. “Who is your intended?”

He shook his head. “It doesn’t matter.”

Wrong. “It matters if you plan to spend the rest of your life with her.”

“She’s a friend.” He didn’t meet her gaze.

Bryn heard a door close. Miss Enid and Valmont had retreated into the bedroom to give them privacy.

She inched closer. Electricity sparked between them, making the hair on the back of her neck stand up. “I need to know.”

He took a deep breath and met her gaze. “My intended is Nola.”

No. Freaking. Way.

Nola? His intended was Nola? How in the hell was she supposed to compete against the dark-haired Barbie? She couldn’t. Dropping her hand from his chest, she backed up a step.

Zavien closed the distance between them. “I swear. She’s a friend.”

Wanting to believe, she placed her hand over his heart and searched his eyes for the truth. “If she’s a friend, then what am I?”

He skimmed his fingers along her jaw and down her neck. Warmth radiated from his touch. He settled his hand at the base of her skull, leaned close, and whispered, “You are temptation.”

She held her breath as he lowered his head and brushed his lips against hers. Time seemed to stand still. His mouth moved against hers. Melting against him, she fisted her hands in his shirt and tried to pull him closer. He wrapped his arm around her waist, drawing her body flush against his.

Too soon, he pulled away. “I shouldn’t have done that.”

“I’m not sorry you did.” She traced her fingertips along his jaw. For so long, she’d been unsure of his feelings. Now she knew.

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-Kristen ♥

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Genesis by Brendan Reichs (Tens List + Giveaway)


Title: Genesis
Author: Brendan Reichs
Series: Project Nemesis, #2
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Synopsis: Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake's sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah's deaths have trained him--hardened him--to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn't enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it's tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min's instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She's ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

About the Author: Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.


Tens List: Top Ten Interesting Facts About Me 

1. I have a mild phobia about cakes. I don’t like being near them. I hate cake but people always try to make you eat some, it so I just avoid the substance entirely.

2. I have two cats and two dogs that wage a silent, ceaseless war against each other in my house. The cats, always, always, always win because cats are smart and pure evil.

 3. I once lived a cruise ship that traveled around the world. I did this for a year in sixth grade. It was amazing. I skipped school to do this, which was also amazing.

4. I wrote a series of book with my mom called Virals, which was a spin-off of the TV show Bones, which was based on my mother’s Temperance Brennan book series. It was cool.

5. In high school a modeling scout once told me I had a perfect chin. I will never stop telling people this.

6. I get told I look like Bill Paxton a lot, but they used to be referring to young Bill from Aliens, whereas now I suspect they mean old Bill from Apollo 13 where he’s dying of pneumonia in space. RIP Big Bill.

7. I hate clowns. Clowns are the worst.

8. I co-wrote a middle grade book with the great Ally Condie that will release in the October called The Darkdeep. We are insanely excited about it. Think The Goonies meets Stranger Things.

9. There will be a third Project Nemesis book releasing in Spring 2019. The name and cover will be revealed at The BookCon this summer, so stay tuned!

10. Genesis has been called a technological retelling of Lord of the Flies and I think that fits. Read on, but I warn you—it gets dark. I HOPE YOU LIKE IT!

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-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Blog Tour: The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross (Tens List + Giveaway)


Title: The Queen's Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: The Queen's Rising, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Synopsis: When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

About the Author: Rebecca Ross was born and raised in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, her lively Australian Shepherd, and her endless piles of books. She loves coffee, the night sky, chalk art, maps, the mountains, and growing wildflowers in her yard. And a good story, of course.


Tens List: Top Ten Writing Quirks 

1. I love to write to music! I create playlists for my books and I use music to help me chart the emotional structure of the story. I also rarely listen to music with lyrics (I make exceptions for Sia and Enya, however). I love soundtracks, epic trailer music, and classical music the most.

2. I typically have three drinks on my desk at a time. Coffee. Water. Kombucha. Sometimes I’ll also have herbal tea.

3. My best writing time is right after I wake up. I’ll feed my dog, pour myself a big mug of coffee and get to work right away.

4. I have a hard time writing in public places. Like coffee shops and airports. I always feel like someone is looking over my shoulder, which I hate. I also am easily distracted by people so I am most productive at home in my office.

5. Sometimes I’ll stack my favorite books beside me while I’m drafting. I don’t know what it is about looking at them sitting all pretty next to me, but they keep me going.

6. Art also helps inspire me, as I am such a visual person. I love making Pinterest boards for my books. If I feel stuck, I will scroll through my board until I can feel the mood or scene that I am trying to capture.

7. When I really get stuck in a scene, I’ll go outside, sit on my porch and open up one of my journals and write by hand. There’s something about scribbling on a page that unleashes a lot of magic and inspiration.

8. I love the thrill of a first draft. Putting words on a fresh page is my favorite stage of writing. That also means I really struggle with revising. But I can’t tell you how many characters and plot twists I have stumbled upon as I was drafting that I would have never discovered had I plotted them out.

9. I love having a candle burn while I write. A lot of times, I will associate certain characters or scenes with certain candle scents, depending on what I burn as I write!

10. Best writing snacks are almonds, dates, peanut butter, and apples. If I’m being healthy, that is. Or else I’d go for the Cheez-its, every time! ;)

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-Kristen ♥

Blog Tour: Death Doesn't Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: Death Doesn't Bargain
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Deadman's Cross, #2
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Synopsis: Death Doesn’t Bargain is the second historical fantasy title in New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. Where Deadmen tell their tales, and every soul is damned or redeemed by the final choices they make. 

The Deadmen are back...

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind's destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn...and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine's hands. He expects no mercy or rescue.

Yet Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it's her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn't seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron's resolve.

About the Author: New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2003, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman’s Cross™, Nevermore™, Silent Swans™, Lords of Avalon® and The League®. Her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. The Chronicles of Nick® and Dark-Hunter® series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter®, Lords of Avalon® and The League® are being developed for television.


Excerpt:

“There’s a debt I owe, from long ago. One I promised to keep sacred.”

“And?”

“And I failed. Vine knows the source of it, as she was there when the bargain was struck between us.” Devyl should have killed her then. Too bad he’d been married to her at the time, and had thought to keep his family intact. Stupid him for being sentimental.

“Care to fill me in on it?”

Not really. Devyl didn’t want to confide in Thorn. Long ago, they had been the bitterest of enemies. It was hard to get past that. Hard to trust someone he’d once spent years trying to slaughter.

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-Kristen ♥

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cover Reveal: Lotus Effect by Trisha Wolfe (Giveaway)


Title: Lotus Effect
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Synopsis: “I whisper the word, and my soul feels as light as air… Revenge.”

Lakin Hale, true crime writer and victim of an attack that left her for dead, has written several bestsellers under an assumed identity, helping crime solvers and victims close cold cases, yet there is one crime she hasn’t been able to solve:

Her own.

As she embarks on a new case, working closely with her partnered FBI agent, the details of the murder begin to eerily resemble the event that nearly ended her life. A silhouette of a man haunts her dreams, but there were only two people there that night: Lakin and her murderer. Is the phantom hero who pulled her from the water real, or is he a devil sent to torment her, sparked by her desire for vengeance?

Buried in a watery grave of lotuses, the victim calls out to Lakin, unearthing painful memories of what was stolen from her that fateful night. For those that played a part, it’s time to answer for their sins.

About the Author: From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.



AND NOW, for the striking cover....



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-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin, #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 30, 2018

Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

About the Author: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES 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.


AND NOW, for the beautiful cover...


-Kristen ♥
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