Jul 31, 2012

Blog Tour: Revamp by Beck Sherman -- Book Trailer & Giveaway!


Revamp by Beck Sherman

Genre: Horror
ISBN: 9780985732707
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FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK.

News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.

They called it a blackout.

The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed.

It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them.

They were partially right.

It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed.

The dark had brought us visitors. 

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About the Author


Beck Sherman was born and raised in Massachusetts, studied undergrad at Syracuse University, has a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London, and when not writing, enjoys exploring abandoned insane asylums and photo-documenting the things that go bump in the night, when they’re kind enough to pose.

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Jul 30, 2012

Blog Tour: Trailer -- Dollhouse by Anya Allen

Doll House by Anya Allen

Paperback, 1st Edition, 372 pages
Published July 2012 by CreateSpace

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Synopsis:

She searches the wild forests for the remains of a friend who vanished there on a hiking trip. What she discovers is the terrifying answer to what really happened to her friend. And now there's no way back and no way out.

For fifteen year old Cassie Claiborne, there's only one good thing about moving from steamy Miami to the wild inland forests of Australia--the even wilder Ethan McAllister. But Ethan already has a girlfriend--Aisha Damaj--the girl with a hundred different moods a minute.

When Aisha goes missing on a hiking trip in the local mountains--presumed dead--the whole town points a finger at Ethan. 

Cassie defends Ethan fiercely. She's just about the only friend he has left. But is Cassie letting her feelings for Ethan cloud her judgment?

Does something dark lurk out there in the forests? Aisha isn't the first girl to vanish there in recent years.

There's only one way to find out--go back to the forests.

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About the Author

Anya Allyn lives near the beach an hour north of Sydney, Australia. She loves anywhere outdoors that is natural and wild. Or anywhere indoors where Black Forest Cake is on offer. She has four amazing boys and enjoys their energy and happy-go-lucky spirit, and wishes she could plug into some of that energy on days when her 'get up and go' has packed up and gone! She is a former Features' Editor/Community Manager for a media organization in Australia. The idea for Doll House was born after a trip to the beautiful Barrington Tops region of Australia--sparked by places there such as Devils Hole, Ladies Well and Thunderbolt's Way.

 

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Jul 29, 2012

Building the Book Pile #13

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Welcome to Building the Book Pile! A Weekly meme inspired 
 here at Cover2CoverBlog. 

Coming up on Cover2Cover

Blog Tour: Doll House by Anya Allen
Blog Tour: Revamp by Beck Sherman

What I got this week...

Ebooks for review

Witch Way to Turn
Witch Way to Turn by 



Cinder



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Jul 27, 2012

Recent Reads: Shadowcry (Wintercraft #1) by Jenna Burtenshaw

Shadowcry (Wintercraft, #1)Shadowcry (Wintercraft #1) by Jenna Burtenshaw

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Background: Kate Winters’ parents were killed when she was very young, all because of what they were and a book they were hiding. Kate is now fifteen and learning more about her parent’s legacy and …that she can heal the dead. While working at her uncle’s bookstore the High Council’s Wardens storm into her town looking for anyone with Kate’s special gifts and she is soon plunged into a world of deceit, secrecy, death, and corruption.

Review: I picked up this book because I won a giveaway from Pitch Dark/ Epic Reads a site run by HarperCollins. I won Blackwatch, book two of the Wintercraft series, so I had to grab this one to read first. I am SO SO glad I entered and won this contest because this series is surely an awesome adventure!

Shadowcry, book one of the Wintercraft series, is very dark, twisted, and macabre. Kate is a strong and determined character who makes a wonderful lead, and she remains so, even through the worst. The story revolves around a city called Fume, which was once the city of the dead, where they went to peacefully pass on to their new existence. Now, it has been taken over by the High Council because of their corruption and need for a lavish lifestyle. Another thing the High Council wants are the Skilled, a group of people who have extraordinary powers to work with the veil, the clocking between the realm of life and death, and they will stop at nothing to gain these individuals as slaves and workers to do their bidding.

Burtenshaw writes in an epic fashion, drawing in all things you need in a great adventure and battle. There is mystery and secrecy, and slowly told tales about how things used to be, and the protagonist, Kate, is a determined person to follow as she learns about herself and her powers.
I am very glad I read this book, and I am even more excited to read Blackwatch, because the ending of Shadowcry was amazing and I cannot wait to jump back into the story.


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Jul 26, 2012

Recent Reads: The Magician by Michael Scott

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2)The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel #2) by Michael Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Background: Dr. Dee is still in possession of the Book of Abraham the Mage and looking to release the Dark Elders into the world. Perenelle is trapped on Alcatraz with supernatural beasts guarding her and her husband, Nicolas, is in Paris with the twins. Now they are dealing with both Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli in Paris. As they unleash ancient monsters to gain both the twins and the last few pages of the Book.

Review: The Magician is the second installment of the Nicolas Flamel series, and the series moves a lot faster now that we have some background regarding both magic and the twins. This book has a lot more action than the first, more monsters and battles to escape, which are super fun to read. Scatty becomes even more intriguing as we learn a little more about her background, and more characters are introduced and they are awesome! Being a Humanities instructor I know a good deal about historical figures and a lot of the characters in these books are those very same historical figures, so it is great to see them being introduced in this light to more people. I am really enjoying this series, there are so many fun thing…magic, mythical creatures, historical people…I love it!


 
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Jul 25, 2012

Recent Reads: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1) The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1) by Michael Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Background: Nick Flamel is not who he says he is, not just a bookstore owner, but an immortal alchemyst. Josh and Sophie are just teenagers working their summer jobs, when they get wrapped up in the unbelievable world that surrounds Nick. Thought to be the twins of an ancient legend they begin their journey and the fight to save humanity from the evil Dr. D and the Elders.

Review: I have been putting off reading this series and now I feel stupid that I waited so long. This first book was very good and it made me want to jump right into the next one. Sophie is very likable and put together, while her brother Josh is impatient and constantly nagging, so they play well off of one another.
When Sophie starts to get treated differently it becomes clear that Josh is super jealous of his twin's abilities and it is a good lead in to the next book. I think the idea of having all myths and legends based in truth for this book is great. The twins come in to contact with some crazy things, immortals, magic, beasts that have not existed in centuries, and many other things. It's a fantasy, mystery, and adventure all wrapped into one book and the story never lets you down.

The story alternates between various groups of people, sometimes the twins with Nick, sometimes Dr.D and also Perenelle who is Nick's Wife.

Great 1st book, almost done with book 2, also full of adventure!

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Jul 24, 2012

Recent Reads: Diary of the White Witch (East End Prequel) by Melissa de la Cruz

Diary of the White Witch: A Witches of East End PrequelDiary of the White Witch: A Witches of East End Prequel by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Background: Diary of the White Witch is a prequel to the Witches of East End series. This novella is taken from Diary of Ingrid Beauchamp. They are her diary entries explaining how she found and got the job at the library and how mysterious dark things have followed her.

Review: I have not read the Witches of east end books yet, but I plan on it, so I though that by reading this "prequel" I would gain a better understanding of the East End witches and why the books began, but in reality it was just too short to get into and did not really give enough detail to explain the plots later. I will still read the books, but as a prequel this really falls flat. I think that if you have read the beginning of the series already it would make a lot more sense, so maybe calling it a prequel but numbering it 1.5, so that you read it after the first book.

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Jul 23, 2012

Recent Reads: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Background: Anna is a teenage girl who has the ability to see other peoples emotions, which she has come to terms with, since her adoptive mother claims not to know much about them. While attending a concert with her best friend, Anna meets hot drummer who has a very interesting aura, and who asks her some strange questions about her background. A story of good versus evil and light versus dark, Anna must choose where she will stand.

Review: Um wow! Read this. Higgins does a wonderful job pulling in her reader, starting off a little slow but building up the pace. Anna slowly learns about her heritage which has to do with angels and demons, and then she meets Kaiden (hottie!). The book is a whirlwind of questions, half-assed answers, lust, love, and good vs. evil. I have read quite a few books about Angels recently, and Higgins has been the best so far, she put a whole new spin on the Nephilium and how they can and cannot interact with humans. The characters are strong willed, witty and altogether fun.
I had a great time reading this and could not put it down. Highly recommended for lovers of teen romance, series, angels, demons, and road trips ;)


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Jul 21, 2012

Building the Book Pile #12

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Welcome to Building the Book Pile! A Weekly meme inspired 
 here at Cover2CoverBlog. 

Coming up on Cover2Cover: 

Review: Diary of the White Witch
Review: Sweet Evil

Here is what I got this week...

Won
Wherever You GoTime Between UsBetween
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis from Mary at Bookhounds YA
Time Between Us ARC by

For Review

Wake (Watersong, #1)

Wake (Watersong #1) by Amanda Hocking from Macmillian Audio

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Recent Reads: Fix by Force by Jason Warne


Fix by ForceFix by Force by Jason Warne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Background: Spencer is just trying to live his life and get through high school, but that is hard when you have a bully tormenting you all the time. He believes that somehow he can change himself for the better and only gets himself into more trouble, and realizations that his life and family aren't what he thinks they are.

Review: Fix by Force is a very emotional ride. Spencer is a strong, stubborn character who is hard to like, even in the beginning. He believes the world kind of revolves around him and that leads him down bad roads. He fights with his mother, gets expelled from school, and then gets wrapped up in steriods to give himself confidence....

It was very hard to read this book, but it was a GOOD tale. I think that it's equivalent would be a tale of a girl with an eating disorder. Spencer feels inadequate and starts using, the people around him start to leave him as he progressively gets worse.

I think that Spencer is hard to follow as a lead character, but it also allows you to understand some of the choices that he makes. This is not a fun fantasy or romance, but a dark, purposeful, piece of writing that will strongly impact the reader.

Only 99 cents on Amazon for Kindle. Please go support this book. It is intense.


Book was provided by the Author for an honest review.



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Jul 20, 2012

Cover Reveal & Giveaway! -- Hereafter by Terri Bruce

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Hereafter by Terri Bruce

Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Eternal Press
Number of Pages: 356
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Synopsis:


Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex...well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.

This sounds suspiciously like hell to Irene, so she prepares to strike out for the Great Beyond. The only problem is that, while this side has exorcism, ghost repellents, and soul devouring demons, the other side has three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment. If only there was a third option…

Short Excerpt:

A boy appeared in her path. She veered around him and then skidded to a halt. Something about him made her stop. She turned around to look at him and realized he was staring at her, his face a mask of astonishment, his mouth hanging open.
“Hey kid, watch where you’re going!” she said, more surprised than annoyed.
He was maybe fourteen and nearly as tall as her, at that “beanpole” stage, as her grandmother had called it—the tall and scrawny look of one growing too fast. What little of his face visible under a curtain of straw-colored hair was pointed and sharp—cheekbones, chin, and nose. His hair, cut in an asymmetrical bob that left it longer in the front than the back, was parted on the side and hung in his face, concealing his left eye. Somehow, the way one washed-out hazel eye was visible and the other hidden reminded her of Pete, the dog from the Little Rascals.
She realized he hadn’t moved a muscle and was still staring at her gape-mouthed.
“Did you hear me?” she asked.
He gave a little shake of his head, as if he was doing a double take. The motion caused the curtain of hair hanging over his eyes to sway. “Yeeesss,” he said in a slow, cautious, drawn-out way.
“Why are you staring at me?”
“Well, it’s just, because…you know. You’re…” He trailed off.
Irene narrowed her eyes. “I’m what?”
The boy turned beet red and took a step back, giving a hard gulp that made Irene fear he had swallowed his tongue. “Well…dead,” he stuttered.

About the Author:

 Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.

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Jul 19, 2012

Recent Reads: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Background: Emma is an ordinary girl, a bit of a clutz. Galen in a Syrena (ie merman...but they hate that word) on land to find a girl who might be able to help his clan and another reunite. While at the beach, Emma and Galen run into one another, but all is forgotten as Emma has an accident and goes home to try to block out everything about that day. Then, out of nowhere, Galen is attending Emma's school, and she has everything about her very existance turn upside down.

Review: WOW! Loved this book. Of Poseidon is action, romance, betrayal, and mystery all wrapped into one. Emma is a great lead, she is interesting, stubborn, and has a good head on her shoulders and Galen is masculine and hesitant and amazing as a male character.
The book is told from both their persepctives so it is very entertaining to see how they play off of one another and both sides of the story, each very unique and keep the reader in tune. Normally when authors swap between characters it makes the book seem choppy, but not here! Banks does a great job of using both sides of the story to lead the reader to the awesome cliffhanger ending....CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!....



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Jul 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway -- Nightfall by P.W. Creighton

Nightfall
By P.W. Creighton
Print Length: 342 pages 
ISBN: 1475167296
Publisher: Astraea Press 
Available: January 30, 2012


Synopsis:
Three years after everyone important to Connor Maitland was murdered by a fanatical cult he is still attempting to put his life back together. Accompanied by his ex-girlfriend and business partner, Alison Herne, he is making a living as a jack-of-all-trades running a security company, sailing charters, and even photographing weddings out of Dolliber Cove, Massachusetts. Connor’s world is finally coming back together until they find one of Alison’s ghost hunter friends murdered.
When a childhood love he thought was dead, appears on his doorstep during their investigation, Connor is forced to confront memories he convinced himself were the delusions of a man deep into grief. They are being stalked by a mysterious man who appears to know far too many of their secrets. After Alison is almost killed confronting her occult past, it is impossible for Connor to deny the connection between the cases. Someone is attempting to end Connor’s life and the lives of all those who surround him.
The crazed rantings of the murderous cult may be the key to his survival.


 Excerpt:


 “Maitland, this is Tabitha. I know you’re not really into this stuff, but I think you might want to make an exception this time. Well, I’m out by Rockport off Old Cathedral with Camilla and Don, and I think we’ve got something for you. It’s…wait— What are—” The voice stopped. “End of new messages. If you would like to listen to your messages, press One.” An electronic beep sounded and the voicemail started again.

The taste of wet concrete and a throbbing headache made me roll onto my back and open my eyes to a dark mass overhead. It was too dark to make out anything more than vague shapes without a flashlight.

“Ow.” I managed to sit up while the wireless headset continued to repeat the voicemail in my right ear. A few feet away, my flashlight blinked at a stack of wet pallets. I reached across the concrete to retrieve the flashlight and twisted the end to get a steady beam. A quick survey of my surroundings revealed a number of pallet stacks, the red metal pipe-railing I had just hopped over, a pile of heavy rope tangled around my feet, and a lowhanging pulley block. This is why they say you should not be fussing with your cell phone when you investigate a potentially dangerous environment.

“Crap.” I scanned the floor for my lousy phone and found it lying with its touchscreen against the corner of a pallet. I shut off the voicemail and wiped off the grime to tuck it into my gray pea coat.

I forced myself to my feet only to stagger and lean on the nearest stack of pallets. Between the weather and that pulley, I would need a heavy dose of aspirin. I shook my head to clear my mind, but the phone screamed for attention. I groaned and hit the button on my headset.

“Yeah?”

“Everything is all set for you tonight,” a woman announced from the other end with a touch of nervousness. Her again.

“All right. We’ll check into that and then hit the place this weekend.” I swept the light across the stacks of pallets. Through one of the dirty skylights, I saw a flash of lightning. Can’t the weather ever cooperate?

“I can’t thank you enough.” Her voice trembled.

“Right, see you then.” I tapped the headset and rubbed my temple. The woman had been nothing but trouble since I had agreed to help her. I was not in the mood to deal with anyone indecisive enough to keep rescheduling a project because they were terrified by what I might find. When a client is constantly rescheduling a site analysis, it means one of two things: either they couldn’t afford the work or they were afraid I might find something illegal. Either way, the job had eaten up my time and my patience. I had more important issues than a simple security analysis.
I walked around a stack of pallets, stooped down and checked the strange scratch marks in the concrete floor. I focused my light on the corroded tin-and- wood wall ahead of me. Various bundles of rope and rusted tools hung from the exposed wall supports. Using the flashlight, I followed a taut rope to a large rowboat suspended from the rafters. Everything was damp and reeked of stale seawater. I followed the path between the stacks of pallets and stepped around the odd tool in my path. The winds rushed the structure; the walls creaked as waves crashed outside. I rounded another stack of pallets and spotted the doorway to the office. It didn’t bode well.

 As I approached, my light revealed the remains of a modified digital camcorder still attached to a tripod. I knelt down to check the camera only to find that even the hard drive was smashed to bits. Completely unsalvageable. I stepped past the remains and pushed open the worn, blue door. The office was in no better shape.
The office had not been used in years, but on the far side of the room were a couple of open cases of electronics. A battery-powered lantern flickered on the floor and illuminated the destruction with a pale fluorescence. Clumps of old tools covered the walls, and boxes left only a narrow path to a stack of old desks under a fenced window. Pages from a spilled file folder were strewn about the floor with various electronics.

It doesn’t take a professional investigator to recognize a crime scene, but a professional knows what to look for without compromising the scene. I craned my neck to look at the top of the equipment case that had been knocked on the floor. RPS. It was Tabitha’s, all right, but where were they?

I tried to spot anything that screamed out what could have happened with their investigation. Amateur investigators are prone to panic when they take on the wrong case, but professionals like Tabitha wouldn’t just abandon thousands of dollars worth of electronics. Mixed in with the equipment were a number of ritual tools for protection that included a silver dagger, several bundles of incense, and candles. What had they attempted to protect against? I pulled out my camera and snapped a couple of pictures of the scene before I switched to video.
 I shut off the camera and moved through the partially open exterior door. The winds rushed me and rippled my coat. The fresh air felt good but also unsteady with the storm that approached. Waves sloshed against the wharf on both sides under a thin mist. In the distance I could just make out a figure on the beach, rapidly moving away.


About the Author:


Author of the Psychological, Supernatural Thriller Series Nightfall, Writer, adventurer, archaeologist, photographer, videographer, Tech-Geek, Investigator

Originally from California, PW moved frequently, living in many places including Vermont, Tennessee and currently New York where PW took his interest in adventure to college earning a Bachelors in Folklore Anthropology, Archaeology and Art Studio. After his work was displayed in gallery exhibits and television documentaries, he returned to college for his MSEd as a Communications Specialist in Media Production. Between rock climbing, sailing and investigations, there's barely enough time in the day but it's all a modern adventure.
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Jul 17, 2012

Recent Reads: Witches 101- A Witches of East End Primer by Melissa de la Cruz

Witches 101: A Witches of East End PrimerWitches 101: A Witches of East End Primer by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Background: Witches 101 is a primer to the Witches of East End series, a way to familiarize yourself with the characters and their intentions before reading the series. We meet the Beauchamp women, each with very different personalities and styles.

Review: I got this from Amazon because I got the first book, but wanted to know more about the women before reading, and I normally find these little novellas after the fact, so I am glad that I found out about this one before I started the series. I found it interesting, I think that I will understand a little bit more about the women when I read the series, there seemed to be a good amount fo information left out, which I assume will fill in as you read the books. Each person has their own style and de la Cruz writes about them in that fashion, showing us their qualities, both good and bad. Every entertaining and I will let you know if it makes a difference reading the first book...we shall see...

FREE ON AMAZON FOR KINDLE--

 
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Jul 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Short Excerpt -- Ella Bella by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons

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Ella Bella By Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons

Published: July 4th 2012
Publisher: Smashwords
Available as an Ebook


Synopsis:

Set in 2001, Ella Drake has just experienced two terrible losses: her father's death and her brother going overseas to fight the war against terrorism.

Just when things start to calm down in her life, her mother's job is outsourced to India.
Frightened, Ella tries to find security for herself and her mother. The search for security leads to a children's bookstore, a new friend, and her first kiss. And possibly, it paves the way for healing to begin.

From the bestselling author of I Woke Up In Love This Morning, Ella Bella explores loss and how lives can be changed.

 

 Excerpt:

Everything changed that autumn.
I know that sounds like such a cliche, but it was true. I started high school, and I was trying to become someone else. This was incredibly stressful, reinventing yourself. I had no idea how Madonna did it every year.
Gone was the girl who wore pink barrettes and chewed gum. I braided my hair in dozens of braids. Mom took one look at it and she declared, "Your hair looks like a rat's nest." I didn't care. It was my hair. I even thought about going by real name Eleanor, but realized that for better or worse, my name was Ella. Or if you asked my brother Derek, Cinderella.

 

 

About the Author:

Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons is the author of  the Smashwords bestseller I Woke Up In Love This Morning and  the essay collection I Woke Up In Love This Morning. She lives in Lafayette California and is working on a novel.

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Jul 15, 2012

Building the Book Pile #11

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Welcome to Building the Book Pile! A Weekly meme inspired in part by In My Mailbox here at Cover2CoverBlog. Here is what I got this week...

Coming this week on the blog:

Review of Witches 101: A Witches of East End Primer & Diary of the White Witch
Review of Fix by Force
Blog Tour: Excerpt -- Ella Bella by Jennifer Gibbons
Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway -- Nightfall by P.W. Creighton
Cover reveal: Hereafter by Terri Bruce

For Review
Diva by Julliam Larkin from Random House and RandomBuzzers

Ebooks for Review


Degrees of Wrong  
Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett (Anna Banks) for Blog Tour from Author.

Won


Prize pack from Capstone Youth Publishing From ArmchairBEA
Including a giant bag (so cute), bookmarks, magnets, a deck of playing cards, and the book Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl
& separately...
Pebblehoof  by Jason Black from Elder Road Publishing and  ArmchairBEA

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Jul 14, 2012

Recent Reads: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Be aware: if you have not read The Goddess Test DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW... a few small spoilers

Background: Kate Winters has won her immortality and is done with her summer vacation in Greece, and now heads to the Underworld for her coronation and to reunite with Henry. When she gets there she begins to have visions of a great evil and Henry in battle. She comes to realize that these visions are part of her new job and she will be able to see Henry wherever he may be. Before her coronation can take place a Titan begins to reek havoc on the Underworld and Henry and a few other gods are abducted. Now Kate must find them and rescue them, and she has no idea where to begin.

Review: <3 This was a wonderful read. I love when you do not want to put a book down, and this one was like that for me. Kate is a wonderful character to follow, she is strong and opinionated, and stubborn, but aren't we all. She struggles with Henry and how they are going to interact with one another while she has to live in the Underworld, and while Henry is still hung up on Persephone. The story line from book one continues and gets so much better! Even better than that we learn a lot more about some of the other gods like Persephone before she became mortal. Calliope is still pissed and trying to kill everyone who had shunned her or even looked at her the wrong way, a huge disaster this has become.
I think that the reason I am enjoy this series so much, is because Carter doesn't give it all away, there is always something left open, even in the slightest bit. And as for the ending!!!!!!! OMG! Cannot wait for the next book!

Go read The Goddess Test, then pick this one up...although you may want to wait for the next book, because, boy was this a cliffhanger!

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Early Reader Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Available: July 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Background: This book in the Goddess Test series tells the tales of the gods in the series: Calliope/Hera, Ava/Aphrodite, Persephone, James/Hermes, and Henry/Hades. They are five short novellas about each of these gods and goddesses and how they came to be the way they are by the time Kate Winters meets them in the Goddess Test.

Review: Wow! This was novellas done right. It was a book, a whole book, not 100 pages without completion. The stories themselves are not too lengthy but they tell you a lot about Carter's characters and why they act how they do in the Goddess Test series. My favorite story was Hera's, only because now I fully understand why she is so upset, however even though I finally get it, it doesn't mean that I fully feel for her, she screwed up too and blames others for her own actions (sad face). Ava and James have always been fun characters and I still think they sure do have family issues all around.

I liked reading about these characters outside of the story, and I think that in between books 2 and 3 was very god placement on Carter's part, now we know more about them and maybe it will give us more insight when we get to book 3. :)

Review Copy from HarlequinTEEN and NetGalley.

Jul 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Moonlight Mayhem + Paranormal Pet Quiz + Giveaway #MMBlogTour

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Hi everyone, I’m Sherry Soule—waving from Castro Valley, California, where it gets foggy even during the summer months. But even with the fog burning off by afternoon, I’m relaxing on the sofa and blabbering on Twitter about my life-long obsession with books.It’s a real honor to be a guest today as part of my Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour this summer and meet all these awesome booklovers.My tour has a great response and it is nice seeing the familiar names in the comments box at each stop. For those of you who haven’t heard of my epic Moonlight Mayhem blog tour it’s not too late to join the fun!

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To celebrate therelease of author, Sherry Soule’s newest paranormal novel, MOONLIGHT MAYHEM, thesecond book in the epic Spellbound Series, take this super fun quiz to discoverwhich paranormal pet you’re fated to own.

Must heroes need a sidekick, and if fatesmiles upon you, then you’ll have a paranormal pet watching your back. Butwhich one best suits YOU?

What size petwould you prefer?
a)   Small
b)   Medium
c)   Large
d)   Gigantic

Do you mind apet that might shed?
a)   Loose fur? I’m cool with that
b)   Rough scales are acceptable
c)   Transparent coat? No biggie
d)   Shedding pelt—ain’t a problem

How would youlike your pet to greet people at the door?
a)   Rub their ankles and purr
b)   Spitting and growling
c)   Bark and sniff hand
d)   Snarling and howling

How muchprotection would you like to have?
a)   Minimum – docile and fluffy
b)   Moderate – Vicious yet cuddly
c)   Extreme - Invisible but deadly
d)   Tremendous - Bite anyone who messeswith me

What would you like to feed your new pet?
a)   Tuna and bowl of milk
b)   Human emotions—fear, anger, lust, vengeance
c)   Nothing
d)   Chew on skeleton bones—they make atasty snack

Where willyour pet sleep?
a)   On my lap
b)   Hiding in the shadows
c)   Never sleeps
d)   Curled up in a cozy cave

What type oftoys would your pet like most?
a)   Mice and squeaky toys
b)   Stuffed dinosaurs or dragons
c)   Chase balls and fetch newspapers
d)   None. Does not play well with others
If you answered...


PhotobucketMostly a's: Yourpet is a cat! Witch’shas used familiars for years to help increase the power of their spells. Cuteand helpful!
PhotobucketMostly b's: Yourpet would be a Shade! These affectionate creatures are a cross between apuppy and a dragon. Small but fierce!
PhotobucketMostly c's: Yoursupernatural pet is a ghost dog! These creatures are often dubbedhellhounds, too, and they are vicious animals. Muscular and opaque!
PhotobucketMostly d's: Yourpet is a ferocious lycan! These were-creatures make impressive guard dogs. Cleverand scary!


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MOONLIGHTMAYHEM Synopsis:

Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting usedto the supernatural events of Whispering Pines, but the full moon has broughtanother surge of threats to her coastal town. Ferocious wolves, deadlynecromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the neighborhood, andShiloh must gain control of her magical abilities—fast! But it sucks that Shiloh has a crippling fear of the dark.For a demon slayer, this can be an epic problem.
When her classmates are attacked by amysterious animal and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcingher phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of supernaturally gifted teensto help her eradicate this menace, but Shiloh’s battling a different monsterwithin herself. She’s struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.
But with demon blood inside her—anything canhappen…

Where you can find author,Sherry Soule online:
Official Spellbound Series Universe: http://thespellboundseries.blogspot.com/
Twitter @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry
BookTrailer/YouTube: http://youtu.be/5uqVXKygvUs
goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11634793-beautifully-broken


Random winner will be picked on July 30th and be posted at the top of this quiz, please check back on that dayto find out if you’re the lucky winner.

Giveaway details for a Kindle or Nook of BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN, Book 1 of the Spellbound Series:
1.) You must comment with your quiz results
2.) Be a follower of Sherry’s blog- See above for link
3.) Be a follower of this blog - GFC, Linky, or NetworkedBlogs
4.) Follow us both on Twitter- @Gorelenore and @WriterSherry
Goodluck!