Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Echo

The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone's been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara's death.

Alicia Wright Brewster is a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, she works in an office. At night she is an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero. (Please don't ask what her superpower is; that's not very polite.)

In her virtually non-existent free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and eat food. She is particularly fond of the food-eating and makes a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.
My Thoughts:
This was definitely an original book! I really felt like Ashara was someone relate-able and honest. She and the reader are taken along on this journey and are basically co-pilots flying this plot through. Definitely, keeps you reading and wanting to piece together the story. I enjoyed this unique take on sci fi and can honestly recommend this to any YA sci fi fan! Good story, good characters, and solid writing make this a must read!



April 29th
Jessabella Reads, http://www.jessabellareads.com: Character Highlight
Curling Up with a Good Book, http://curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com: Interview

April 30th
Must Read Faster, http://mustreadfaster.blogspot.com: Review
A Dream Within a Dream, http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com: Excerpt

May 1st
Paulette’s Papers, http://paulettespapers.com: Guest Post
Frankie Blooding’s Bookshelf, http://frankieblooding.wordpress.com: Character Highlight
Zach’s YA Reviews, http://zachsyareviews.com: Guest Post
A Book Lovers Review - Teaser

May 2nd
Reads and Thoughts, http://karlaamaemaglaoy.wordpress.com: Review
Bookish Things & More, www.bookishthingsandmore.com: Teaser

May 3rd
Finding Bliss, http://www.laurahoward78.blogspot.com,: Interview
A Bibliophile’s Thoughts on Books, http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com: Review

May 6th
Cherie Reads, http://cheriereads.blogspot.com: Character Highlight
Reading Under the Stars, http://readingunderthestars.blogspot.co.uk: Review

May 7th
The Solitary Bookworm, http://thesolitarybookworm.com: Teaser
Smiling_Ina’s Bookish Corner, http://smiling-ina.blogspot.ca: Guest Post

May 8th
Deal Sharing Aunt, www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com: Review
Shortie Says, www.shortie-says.com: Excerpt

May 9th
Turner’s Antics, http://turnersantics.blogspot.com: Guest Post
Good Choice Reading: Interview

May 10th
Turning the Pages, http://www.turningthepagesx.blogspot.com: Review
I’m Luvin’ Books, http://ya-im-lovin-books.blogspot.co.uk: Character Interview
Musings of a Blodger, www.novacritiquesebooks.blogspot.com: Interview
Books and their Worldly Realm, http://booksandtheirwordlyrealm.blogspot.com: Excerpt

Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Blast with Giveaway: Alexander Drake

Drake new coverAlexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit

Meet Alexander Drake, a curious young man living in a drab, oversized mansion with his secretive father. He spent his days playing alone. In the back of his mind he wondered what happened to his mother, and why his father was tight-lipped about the past; but secrets have a way of getting out.

It all started with a stay at his grandmother’s cottage. Alexander found strange clues tucked away in his father’s old bedroom. With a mysterious key and several maps in his pack he set off on an innocent search for answers about his family.

When he discovered a secret passageway the search took a dramatic turn. He suddenly worried about what was searching for him. Alexander was being hunted by a sorcerer from his father’s past. Answers lead to more questions and the journey of his life.

Join Alexander for a thrilling adventure in Azra’s Pith, a place of beauty and magic… but beware—something evil lurks in the shadows.

drake new coverThe Return of General Drake

When Alexander arrived in Verhonia, something went terribly wrong. A dark spell delivered from the mountains of Acadia sent him on a dangerous journey in the middle of the night. As he marched into the mountains, the great city of Verhonia was ambushed and burned to the ground by Roman's army of vicious giant murks.
With the safety of the realm in jeopardy, General John William Drake was asked to come back to Azra's Pith. He swore he would never return. But after discovering his son was under a spell and in the grips of a dark sorcerer, he had no choice.
Things take a wild turn in the mountains, with runaways, a hungry wolf and a mysterious, young empyrean wizard thrown into the adventure. A tight race against time and evil is in full swing. With faith and a little magic, they just might come out on top.


lizzieAuthor Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows

Being the frizzy-haired tomboy with buck teeth gave me a slight case of shyness as a kid. A colorful imagination meant escape and adventure at the drop of a hat.

Over the years I learned that the insecurities I carried around were a waste of time. I still prefer a football game to a manicure any day of the week. That indispensable imagination has found its way into my writing providing a sense of joy and a true purpose.

Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 5/15/13

Cover Reveal: Hope's Reign

Hope's Reign

Selina Fenech

YA Fantasy

Book Two in Memory's Wake Trilogy

Date Published: May 10, 2013


Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.

Selina Fenech

Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, an unnamed cat. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as a visual artist, and shared her imaginary worlds in paintings and now in her novels.

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Blog Tour: A Glimpse of Her Soul

Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: 2/11/13


When 16-year-old Gillian Boone discovers that a secret message has been etched into her soul,
her world of normal teenage life is destroyed. Now, bizarre monstrosities try to kill her so they
can read this message as her soul departs, hoping its information will guide them back to the
world they came from.

Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real
power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer Jack. But he might want her secret, too,
even as he helps her evade the clutches of those pursuing her.

With threats surrounding her, Gillian will have to lead her allies in a struggle for survival - a
struggle all the more treacherous when her allies are just as dangerous as her enemies.

Filled with action, excitement, magic, a touch of romance, and mystery, A Glimpse of Her Soul is
a pulse-pounding ride you're sure to enjoy.

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman series, and much more. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He is the co-host of The Eclectic Review - a weekly podcast about science, art, and well, everything. For those who keep count, the latest animal listing is as follows: one dog, four cats, one albino corn snake, one Brazilian black tarantula, three aquatic turtles, one lop-eared rabbit, twenty chickens, and a horse. Thankfully, the chickens and the horse do not live inside the house.


My Thoughts:

Wow! What a fun book! I really enjoy unpredictable, unusual books like this! I really enjoyed this story! It's got a lot of cool elements that I've not seen in YA Horror/Fantasy before! Gillian is a unique character and the idea that her soul has a secret message, is just ..well neat!

I liked this book. It had it's moments where it got slow, but those were few and far between and honestly made the story a bit more stronger..if that makes sense? The brief respites from the action made the plot simmer and develop more depth!

Great book!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dewey's 24 Hour read-a-thon STARTING line and ALL THE UPDATES

 It's TIME! Yay! I went to bed EARLY y'all! I have fully and completely charged up batteries (both my human batteries and my electronical stuffs!)  I have my stack ready, plus a back up stack just in case. I won't list them but you can look at the here!

 i'm not sure where this is from but i like it.

  I'm So excited! Aren't you? Read-a-thons are like my crack, and THIS ONE in particular is so so so so fun! It's like Christmas, My birthday, and all of the margaritas all rolled into one! I get sooo super excited about them I sometimes scare myself (and my family!)

So here goes! Eeeks!

Hour 1st: 7am CST

Pages Read: 43
Foodstuffs: Coffee and water, nourishment of the gods! (don't really have breakfast)

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Alabama
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? This Book is Full of Spiders!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I've got LOTS of yummy stuff so nothing in particular! All of it! :P
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm 32, I'm a work at home mommy. I think this is my 5th read-a-thon..can't remember when I started it. I've been blogging since 2009.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I've got a nice mix of big books and little books. Serious and non-serious. So that should give me some good variety.

Hour 2nd:
Book: This Book is Full of Spiders
Pages Read: 28 (on page 71)
Foodstuffs: eggs and toast, coffee, water, sunny d (citrus punch)
Spine Poetry picture:
"We have always lived in the castle, The blind assassin, Whistling past the graveyard, necromancing the stone."

Hour 3rd:
Book: This Book is Full of Spiders (pg. 71)
Pages Read:37
Foodstuffs: coffee, sweet and salty pretzel bar
Passed on the challenges this hour.

Hour 4th:
Book: This Book is Full of Spiders (pg 107)
Pages Read: 49
Foodstuffs: water, strawberries
Re-Title Your Current Read 
Current Read: This Book is Full of Spiders
My New Title: Tripping Balls with John and David...and a giant man spider chicken thing.

Hour 5th:
Book: This Book is Full of Spiders (pg. 156)
Pages Read:34
Foodstuffs: water
Self Portrait

Hour 6th: Taking a Somewhat break to make lunchie type stuffs and move around so I don't fall asleep and drool into my laptop thusly short circuiting yet ANOTHER keyboard! 

Book: This Book is Full of Spiders (pg. 190)
Pages Read:19
Foodstuffs: steak fries (had to share with the littler person) :)
Book Puzzle:

Hour 7th:
Book: This Book is Full of Spiders (pg. 209)
Pages Read: 31
Foodstuffs: energy drink and water...no snacks.
Best and Worst Covers 
The Worst: I hate this cover of  The Stand by Stephen King

The Best: I love this! It's old, it's kind of hokey, BUT it depicts the battle of good vs. evil in a way that the rest don't. The newer ones focus more on how "rock star" Randall Flagg is supposed to be. They miss the point of the whole story.

Hour 8th:
Book:   Taking a break from TBIFS
pg. 1 ebook

Pages Read: 38
Foodstuffs: banana nut muffins and water
Skipping this hour's challenge.

Hour 9th:
Book: Once Burned (pg. 38)
Pages Read: 32
Foodstuffs: none
Skipping this challenge as well.


Book: Once Burned (pg. 70)
Took a 45 minutes nap, got a snack and made a fresh pot of coffee! Now back on Track!

Hour 11th:
Book: Once Burned (pg 70)
Pages Read: 41
Skipping Challenge

Hour 12th:
Book: Once Burned (pg. 111)
Pages Read: 40
Foodstuffs: pizza!!
Mid Event Survey:
Mid-Event Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? Not really sleepy, took a quick little nap and did some exercise.
2) What have you finished reading? Nothing yet, but I'm working on it!
3) What is your favorite read so far? I'm liking both the books I've been reading! So far both have been awesome!
4) What about your favorite snacks? Hmm..t.the pizza my husband just brought home!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I've been focusing on reading more than visiting. I'm a bad bad girl :(

Hour 13th:
Book: Once Burned (pg. 151)
Pages Read:  51
Foodstuffs: water
Skipping the challenge.

keep reading...keeep reading...

Hour 14th:
Book: Once Burned (pg. 202)
Pages Read: 48
Foodstuffs: energy drink numero dos
Skipping challenge this hour.

Hour 15th: Watching Dr. Who whilst reading, probably won't make for a productive hour!!!
Book: Once Burned (pg. 250) FINISHED!  This Book is Full of Spiders ( pg 241)
Pages Read: 46 + 5= 51
Foodstuffs:energy drink
Skipping challenge this hour

Hour 16th:
Book: This Book is Full of Spiders (pg. 246)
Pages Read: 21
Foodstuffs: water
Turn the Page
"I would rather read than ________ any day!" My answer: "I would rather read than, no sign of the spider."
Mine comes from "This Book is Full of Spiders" page 32

Hour 17th:
Book:  This Book is Full of Spiders (pg. 267)
Pages Read: 21
Foodstuffs: water and yawns
Six Word Celebration
Reading books makes bookworms incredibly happy!

Good Night My Sweet Party Peoples! I hope you read your awesome little brains out! This has been real real real fun, but my soft, warm bed is calling me and I cannot resist that sexy beast..(i'm speaking of my actual bed..get your minds out of the gutter..sheesh!)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

PROMO: Dead Light

Horror - Thriller/Suspense
Date Published-  4/4/13

…a matter of light and death…
                In the sleepy college town of Cumberton, MD, an old cemetery must be moved to make room for a new dormitory, and an ungodly Light, buried for centuries, escapes. A rash of gruesome student suicides rocks the town. Sheriff Estin Booker teams up with former Baltimore homicide detective Anna Tucci to investigate the deaths. What neither expects is to have all roads point to a 2000-year-old legend which, if true, could lead to the destruction of mankind.
                The most frightening account of the power of evil breeching our world since The Exorcist, DEAD LIGHT will teach you the most improbable lesson you will ever learn:

Virtual Book Tour April 4 - May 4

April 4 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
April 5 - YA Bookish News - Review
April 8 -Mom With a Kindle - Review/Guest Post
April 11 - My Reading Addiction - PROMO
April 16 - My Cozie Corner - Review
April 17 - Bunny's Reviews - Interview/PROMO
April 18 - My Devotional Thoughts - GuestPost/PROMO
April 19 - Deal Sharing Aunt - Review/Interview
April 22 - Inside BJ's Head - PROMO
April 22 - One Page at a Time - Review
April 23 - Andi's Book Reviews - PROMO
April 24 - Sinnful Books - PROMO
April 25 - Must Read Faster - Guest Post/PROMO
April 26 -Andi's Book Reviews - PROMO
April 27 - Gimme The Scoop Reviews - Review
April 28 - Fictional Reality - Review/Guest Post
April 29 - The World As I See It - Review
April 30 - Gina's Library - Review
May 1 - Celtic Lady Reviews - Review
May 2 - Looks, Cooks, and Books - Review
May 3 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review/Interview
May 4 RABT Reviews - Review

"With Jill’s help, and using his previous foothold, it didn’t take long for him to crawl out of the grave. He took a couple of deep breaths and tested his ankle. Still hurt, but not as bad. Definitely just a sprain.
She pointed the light beam at the box. Looked about five inches square and maybe three or four inches high. At one time it probably had been painted red, but now was more the shade of rust. Curious. It was made of wood, yet unlike the casket, had remained intact. He shook the box. Nothing.
Jill took the box and shook it. “Empty.”
Why would they bury a locked empty box?” he asked.
She aimed the light on the headstone, which lay on its side nearby. The letters were barely legible.
Father William Cumber
The guy they named the town after?” she asked.
Maybe it’s some religious relic. When we get back, I’ll get a screwdriver and pry it open.”
What if there’s something valuable inside?” She turned. Momentarily, the flashlight beam moved away from the path. In that instant, Tony tripped again.
They both fell, sending the flashlight flying out of Jill’s hand.
Pain from his ankle shot up Tony’s leg. “Find the flashlight,” he said through clenched teeth. He rolled over onto his stomach and tried his best to get to his knees.
Jill crawled in a short radius, groped around for the light while still holding tight to the box.
Got it.” She turned on the flashlight, pointing the beam upwards as she slowly rose to her feet.
Tony thought he felt something brush against his skin; probably a moth. And a sweet odor. Familiar, but he couldn’t put his finger on it. Must be from opening all the graves after hundreds of years.
From behind them, a deep, gravelly whisper. “Give me the box.”
Jill’s shriek reverberated throughout the entire cemetery. She turned, and the edge of the light beam caught the face of a wild-haired, crazy-eyed old man. She screamed again and dropped the flashlight; the light went out. Though he was as scared as she was, Tony hobbled back to insert himself between Jill and the old man. The man grabbed for the box. Tony flailed out with his right arm, the box flew out of the old man’s hand, smacking into a headstone. The soft wood cracked, splitting the box open along its seams. Instantly, a searing light from inside the box flashed, then disappeared.
Tony thought, how could that be possible? He must've been seeing stars from hitting his head. Frantic, he looked around but the old man had disappeared. Jill knelt in the soil, her face buried in her arms. She must’ve tripped, too. He helped her to her feet.
You okay?” she asked, then brushed her arm.
Moths,” he said. “They’re all over the place.”
Tony, think I saw a flash of light coming from the box.”

Tony glanced down at the broken box. Of course there was no light inside. “From hitting your head when you fell, that’s all.”
But I didn’t—”
The cough interrupted her. They both froze. He was still there."


Promo and Guest Post: Whispered Truth

Historical Mystery

Date Published: 3/31/13

In 1911, England hovers on the cusp of change. A new king waits to be crowned. Women and the poor are fighting for their rights. Political turmoil rages throughout Europe. And a promising young artist lies dead in the heart of London.

Just another tragic death in a city filled with untimely demises. Or so thinks Hargreaves, the gifted, but troubled, Detective Inspector called in to investigate. Haunted by the tragedy of his own past, he is unprepared for the onslaught of long-buried memories and powerful emotions the case brings. Making his task even more difficult is the troubling presence of Daisy Cartwright, a wealthy widow closely connected to the victim, and a woman he feels inexplicably drawn to.

Untangling the tightly woven threads connecting the victim and the suspects, Hargreaves soon reaches a conclusion, only to have that theory shattered by the revelation that everything he has been led to believe is a lie. Groping through the silence and secrets, he uncovers a cold-blooded killer, and a connection to his own past that leaves him reeling.

M M Hall is the author of Whispered Truth, the first novel in the Inspector Hargreaves series. She also writes as Molly M Hall, and is the author ofReckoning, the first installment in the Dark Prophecy series. She currently lives just outside of Denver where she's at work on her next novel.
She pursued a degree in English Literature at Columbia College and worked in the corporate world for several years before turning to writing full time.
When not reading or writing she can be found listening to music, playing piano, exercising, working on her very inadequate French, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.

Contact Links
Twitter - @mollymhallbooks
Website - mollymhall.com

Guest Post:

10 Things Readers Would Be Surprised To Know About Me

1. I don’t drink coffee. It literally makes me sick.
2. I like snakes and reptiles. They're fascinating.
3. I like to visit cemeteries. It's a phenomenal lesson in history and humility.
4. I lived for several months at an elevation of 10,152 feet. It was cold. Really cold.
5. I can read upside down. And that doesn't mean standing on my head.
6. I own close to 2,000 books. I stopped counting after 1,000.
7. I can move my ears without touching them. Really.
8. I've lived in Colorado most of my life, but have never gone skiing or snowboarding. A fan of snow? Not so much.
9. I play classical piano and flute. The flute's a little rusty.
10. I have two tattoos. But I'm not going to tell you where.

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Virtual Book Tour April 21 - May 19

April 21 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
April 22 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Interview/PROMO
April 23 - Author Ever Leigh - Review
April 24 - Playing Jokers - Review/Interview
April 25 - Must Read Faster - Guest Post/PROMO
April 26 - 
April 27 - Bunny's Reviews - Interview/PROMO
April 29 - Darling Chick Reads - Review/Interview
April 30 - 
May 1 - Sinful Books - PROMO
May 2 - My Reading Addiction - Review
May 3 - Queen of All She Reads - Review/Guest Post
May 5 - Gimme the Scoop Reviews - PROMO
May 6 - 
May 7 - Mythical Books - PROMO
May 8 - Texas Book Nook - Review
May 9 - 
May 10 - 
May 13 -Books, Books, the Magical Fruit- Guest Post/PROMO
May 14 - Bless Their Hearts Mom - Review/Guest Post
May 15 - My Cozie Corner - Review/Guest Post
May 16 - 
May 17 - 
May 18 - The Self Taught Cook - Review
May 19 - RABT Reviews - Review

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Blast: Literary Loom (with giveaway)

The Big Debate (Literary Loom #1)

A bizarre corpse . . .
A strange girl . . .
A creepy teacher . . .
A cool invention . . .
Combine these with an old school and a new student anxious to fit in—and the adventure begins.
Fifteen-year-old Josh’s big mouth gets him in trouble at first. But after walking in the shoes of great men of history in the Literary Loom, he uses that mouth to bring down the bad guy and ultimately solve the mystery behind the murder—and the strange girl.

Book Trailer
Author Carolyn Twede Frank

Carolyn has always liked to create. There were always gardens full of beautiful plants in her life, plenty of frilly, homemade dresses for her daughters—and don’t leave out the puppets. Ever since third grade, Carolyn also liked to write. She is the author of Promises, a teen historical fiction novel, and the author/illustrator of two children’s picture books. Carolyn lives in Utah with her husband and teenage daughter, where she runs her puppet-related business in between family time and writing time.

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Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 5/8/13