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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Release Day Blitz A Cold Legacy

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I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an excerpt from the book!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Shepherd, be sure to check out all the details below.


This blast also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and swag courtesy of Megan and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



Title: A COLD LEGACY
Author: Megan Shepherd
Pub. Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
Pages: 400

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity. 


A COLD LEGACY excerpt
p.21-24

Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”

We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”

“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”

Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.

“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”

He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.

Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.

“We must be getting close,” I said.

“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”

The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame, blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into the night.

The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed, just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?

Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked. Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the door flew open.
Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.

But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.

Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.

“We’ve arrived,” he said.





About Megan:

Hello! 

I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty details

It wasn't until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, "have you ever considered being a writer?" that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children's literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I'm not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography




Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a signed copy of A COLD LEGACY and swag! US Only.
Ends on February 6th at Midnight EST!



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

18 Thoughts by Jamie Ayres Releases Today!

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Thoughts Launch & Giveaway!

Greetings, fellow book nerds! I’m YA author Jamie Ayres, and I’m sooo excited to announce that 18 Thoughts, the final book in the My So-Called Afterlife trilogy, is finally available from Curiosity Quills Press! Toss the virtual confetti, because it’s been three years in the making (and virtual confetti is a lot less messier). If you haven't heard of this series yet, here's the cliffnotes summary of each book: 18 Things: Olga Gay Worontzoff struggles to live again after a lightning strike kills the best friend she was secretly in love with. Her therapist suggests she write a life list of eighteen things to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday, sending her and her friends, including the new hottie in town, on an unexpected journey they’ll never forget. But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken. 18 Truths: With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga spends her summer in the Underworld and embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way. 18 Thoughts: Olga Gay Worontzoff left the Underworld anxious to return to normal, but fate had other plans; now she’s caught in a world that’s a mix of familiar and supernatural, torn between past and present.

  Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYpVf1zxrE8  

  What do others have to say about the series?

"A surprising paranormal tale that explores deep questions concerning love, faith, and friendship that will absolutely resonate with teens." ~Amy Christine Parker, Critically Acclaimed Author of Gated and Astray "A haunting tale that had me smiling one moment and on the brink of tears the next." ~ Heather Burch, Critically Acclaimed Author of the Halflings Series and One Lavender Ribbon "A touching story that will make you cherish each day and the ones you love." ~Jaime Rush, New York Times bestselling author of the Hidden series "Warning: These characters will move right into your heart, rearrange all the furniture, and never, ever leave. 18 Thoughts will become a part of you--prepare to be changed." ~Teshelle Combs, Amazon Best-Selling Author of the Core Series "A twisty conclusion to a spiritually charged trilogy that will grip you from book one." ~Eliza Tilton, YA Author of the Daath Chronicles "An emotional journey readers won't soon forget--will have readers making their own bucket lists." ~Marisa Cleveland, Author of the South Beach Series, Pushed, and The Valentine Challenge "An achingly beautiful story of life, loss and hope... a triumph." ~J. Keller Ford, Author of Dragon Flight and The Amulet of Ormisez Purchase 18 Thoughts (Book 3) on Amazon Purchase 18 Things (Book 1) on Amazon (Free from Jan. 25-27th!) Purchase 18 Truths (Book 2) on Amazon (Special $2.99 price through Jan. 27th!) To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a huge swag bag valued at $115! Just enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win!


 Yes, it's open to all people of the world, not just Americans :-) Best of luck, and happy reading!

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Amazon bestselling author Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as an English teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. She has been praised for featuring strong, appealing heroines and plot twists readers never saw coming. Visit jamieayres.com for more information or to simply share your thoughts with her.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FREE Ebook by Jamie Ayres Ends1 /27

To round off our #18Thoughts18Days promo
 - in which you could win a $50 amazon Gift Card - and to celebrate the conclusion of the bestselling young-adult, coming-of-age paranormal-romance My So Called Afterlife series
, with the release of book three, 18 Thoughts
, on January 27, 2015, we’re offering the first book in the series,


18 Things for free between 01.25.15 - 01.27.15!


About 18 Things

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.
Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.
When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.
But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.
There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Curiosity Quills Press Night of Pan on Sale!

For the duration of Jan 20 - 21, Gail Strickland's young-adult, historical-fantasy Night of Pan is on sale for just 99 cents!
 


About Night of Pan

The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?
Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her. And the gods have plans for this girl.
When Xerxes army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.
Her destiny may be to save Greece… but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton Review

Seeker (Seeker, #1)
ISBN:978-0385744072
February 10, 2015
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 **I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Ever since I found out this was optioned for a Major Motion Picture, I did everything in my power to score an ARC. I was very lucky to have received a copy. But I'll admit, this was a very disappointing read.

I didn't expect this to be so heavy in the romance department. The first 100 pages was purely based on the already coupled romance. There hardly was any action at all. There was nothing really notible about this book, except that she was betrayed by her family. Plus there's a love triangle which gets a bit strange and every time I think about it the setting in my head switches to an Amish atmosphere.

On top of that, the man character suffers amnesia and honestly, I don't like reading amnesia books anymore.  I have the hardest time finding patience to read through amnesia books and this book is not the exception.

Maybe its because I live so close, know many Amish people, and took courses offered at my High School on the subject of Amish communities that I really couldn't picture the proper setting the author was trying to build. What was written down and what I expected from this book were two completely different atmospheres. And as a result, I pictured this novel taking place in an Amish community.

The whole point of the book was very unclear and at the same time unproductive. I fell asleep often therefore, I highly doubt I will continue with this series but since I read the book I will watch the movie if it does film.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

My One Year Blogoversary...Well Sorta!

AHHH So 1 year ago today I created this Blog for class. I had strict rules and actually didn't post until February 21st. My class ended in May but I didn't get active until July 2nd when I received my first physical  ARC from Blogging. I held my first giveaway late July and gained 82 new followers and realized how fun it was to Blog about books that I love with people who love it just as much. So even though its been a year, really its only been 7 months of actually Blogging whenever I want. But I still want to celebrate. So from now until February 21st you can enter into my giveaway and on my first post year anniversary I will announce the winners! And guess, I'm going to have several different kinds of Giveaways. My goal is to get over 1,000 entries per rafflecopter giveaway and if this happens there will be three winners per category. Let's do this!


Pre-Order Giveaway for any Book released in 2015.
1 Winner
$18.99 Value
International but Book Depository has to work.




Mystery Box currently filled with over 80 books.
1 Winner. 1 Book. US Only.


I am also having a Twitter Giveaway for the complete Darkest Mind Trilogy
RT and Follow for a chance to win US Only
https://twitter.com/MiaSwartz1/status/557014328344604673


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Follow the Yellow Book Road's 2015 BINGO Reading Challenge



This post is really late but I have decided to participate in Follow the Yellow Book Road's Bingo Reading Challenge for 2015. Instead of making my own sheet though, I am going to use her template because I like it and its fairly reasonable. I have actually already read a few books that fit the description.



So Let me know what you think and feel free to participate! More information can be found here.


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Stacking the Shelves #12

Stacking the Shelves

My eighth Stacking the Shelves post. 
Hosted by Tynga's Review's.
Jan 5th-18th
*Met the author in person
@Have already read it
#Featured in Top Ten Tuesday

Books I borrowed, traded, bought, given will be posted biweekly.

Borrowed from the Library:
Ignite (Defy, #2)Champion (Legend, #3)

Traded:
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, #3)Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)

For Review:

Seeker (Seeker, #1)JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
TAGThe Girl & the MachineFlirting with Felicity

Bought:

Beyond Our StarsThe Princess in the Opal Mask (The Opal Mask, #1)Ensnared (Splintered, #3)
The Glass Swallow (Dragonfly & The Glass Swallow, #2)Avalon (Avalon, #1)Reborn (Altered, #3)
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true storyThe Darkest Part of the ForestBreathe, Annie, Breathe



Freebies:

Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)Gypsy (The Cavy Files, #1) Eye Candy (City Chicks, #1)

Hidden Wings (Hidden Wings, #1)  Ever After Drake (The McCain Saga, #1)  Ignite (Ignite, #1)

What do you think? Leave a comment below and share your STS post!

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