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#BlogTour & #Giveaway: Fire In Frost by Alicia Rades #YA @aliciarades @nereydag1003

Posted 20 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 3 Comments

FireinFrost(2)Fire in Frost

by Alicia Rades 

Release Date: 2015

242 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. 

Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?

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My heart pounded on the walls of my chest, reverberating through my ears as I neared the door. I began to feel faint. I grabbed the handle with my damp palms and twisted slowly, and then in one quick motion, I whipped the door open.

My heart beat slowed when I found nothing in the storage room but a bunch of boxes. I switched off the light and let the door fall shut with a click.

Once I was back in the dark hallway by myself and ready to leave, the humming noise caught my attention once again. What was that? I followed the sound and pressed my ear against the door that led to the break room.

I could hear muffled voices, but I didn’t see a light under the door. Who was in there? The sound, I realized, was a woman humming a stagnant note.

We’re here to help you,” Sophie’s voice rang over the humming.

I didn’t take a moment to consider what they were doing behind the door. Once I was sure it was my mother and her friends, I wasn’t scared anymore.

I had only a split second to take in the scene. The three girls sat in a circle around the break table, their hands connected as if in prayer. Candles lit up their faces. Just beyond the table stood another girl with blonde hair and brown eyes. Olivia Owen’s ghost stared back at me with that same look of urgency.

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Alicia Rades has always had a passion for writing and wrote her first poem when she was 8. Although most of her writing continued as poetry and eventually as song writing, she wrote a few short stories along the way. In 2010, Alicia began freelance writing, creating blog posts and other online content. Today, she is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor who lives in Wisconsin with her husband. When inspiration strikes, she’s also an author. Visit her author website at aliciaradesauthor.com.

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#CoverReveal: The Assassin’s Revenge Series by Tara Crescent

Posted 15 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance / 0 Comments

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The Assassin’s Revenge series by Tara Crescent

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March 16, 2015

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I have a mission. Kill the man who kidnapped me. Kill the guards who raped me. I have guns and knives and I’m not afraid to use them. Nothing will stop me.

Then I walk into a bar and I notice him. He is gorgeous.

For four long years, my only response to anything sexual has been revulsion and fear. This time, it feels different.

I could use him. I want to use him. I could sleep with him and make a pleasurable memory as a counterpoint to the painful ones. I’m not a frightened young girl anymore. I’m a trained assassin, capable of killing him with my bare hands. This time, I’ll be in control.

He’s just supposed to be a distraction, this mysterious man in the bar that I have a one-night stand with. But I can’t predict the secrets he is hiding… secrets that are about to intersect my world in painful, unanticipated, and dangerous ways.

~*~ABOUT TARA CRESCENT~*~

Hello, I’m Tara Crescent. I’ve always fantasized about being a mysterious spy, leading a secret double-life, and now, I find that that’s come true!

Sort of.

By day, I’m a mild-mannered corporate drone in Toronto, but by night, I’m limited only by my imagination; I sit, and I type, and I am a daring writer of BDSM, erotica and romance.

In my spare time, I write of course. I also read, garden, travel, cook, and almost never clean. I just started watching Walking Dead on Netflix (zombie erotica, anyone?), and I’m impatiently awaiting the next episode of Doctor Who. (I would kill for a TARDIS.)

I’ve scribbled bits and pieces all my life, chiefly inspired by what I’m reading, which tends to be mainly science-fiction and fantasy, with a healthy sprinkling of romance and erotica thrown in.

I’m a huge believer in happily-ever-after, but tempered by real life, where happily-ever-after is possible, but takes work. My favorite kind of romance stories are ones that are somewhat believable; I like strong men and women who know what they want out of life, and are driven to get it.

I love reader email; I can be reached at taracrescent@gmail.com.

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#Promo: Extraordinary Sam by Kevin A. Springer #MiddleGrade #Fantasy

Posted 14 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Book Promo, Fantasy, Middle Grade / 1 Comment

Today on the Book Nerd Blog, I want to promote something a little different. I don’t often have MG here, but that’s about to end.

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In EXTRAORDINARY SAM, Sam Miller seems like an ordinary 12 year-old boy, but the discovery of a mysterious box from his missing grandfather changes his life forever. He soon finds himself in a strange world full of adventure and magic where he must battle pirates, giant spiders, and a fire-wielding tyrant. To survive, Sam must overcome his fears, solve the riddles, and most of all, be Extraordinary.

If this sounds like something you just can’t wait for? Good news. Extraordinary Sam is released:

March 17th 2015.

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Kevin_Springer_3_400x400[1]Kevin A. Springer grew up on a farm in Maryland where his imagination knew no limits. As a husband and father, he reconnected with his creativity while telling bedtime stories to his two young boys. One such story evolved into his debut book, Extraordinary Sam& the Adventurers’ Guild (March 2015, Bookfish Books LLC.), which tells the tale of an ordinary boy who finds a hatbox and discovers a world of adventure and self-discovery.

Kevin is a self-proclaimed dreamer and a kid at heart. When he’s not writing or reading, he is coaching soccer or helping with homework. He lives outside of Atlanta with his wife, two extraordinary boys, and dogs. He is the co-founder of the Middle Grade Mafia Blog (middlegrademafia.com)
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#BlogTour & #Giveaway : Red by Alyxandra Harvey #YA @entangledteen @alyxandrah

Posted 11 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, YA / 0 Comments

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by Alyxandra Harvey 

Release Date: March 2015

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…

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Red Music 

Music is one of the ways I walk into a story. I also use history, collages, poetry, and hours of daydreaming.

I tend to listen to instrumental music when I write as I find lyrics can be too distracting but I have a different playlist for the mood of the book in general. Songs might speak to me because of a bit of lyrics or just the mood of the piece. I tend to listen to my book playlist in the car incessantly until people would rather walk to town than go for a drive with me.

Here are some of the songs for my novel “Red”.

❀ For Kia:

‘Chambermaid’ by Emilie Autumn for the sarcastic edge. It fits especially well for Kia in the first few chapters.

I’m not your chambermaid

You’re not my lord

All the fine games we played

Have left me bored

I never want to see you come around my castle

‘Cause I just can’t afford to love you

I’m not your chambermaid

You’re not my lord

❀ For Ethan:

Poor Ethan has a complicated relationship with both his father, his childhood, and Kia.

“This House is a Circus” by Arctic Monkeys

Looking for trouble and there’s lovers to be had

Those ones next to us are such lovely lads

Scaling the corridors for maidens in the maze

And the anomaly is slipping into familiar ways

And we’re forever unfulfilled

Can’t think why

Like a search for murder clues

In dead man’s eyes

Forever unfulfilled

And can’t think why

Like a search for murder clues

In dead man’s eyes

The more you open your mouth

The more you’re forcing performance

All the attention is leading me to feel important (completely obnoxious)

Now that we’re here, we may as well go too far

“Daniel in the Den” by Bastille

And felled in the night

By the ones you think you love

They will come for you

For Kia and Ethan:

“My Love is Real” by The Divine Fits

And if I was the king

She’s the knife in the water

There’s so much to lose

When my love is real

“Seven Devils” By Florence and the Machine

Holy water cannot help you now

Thousand armies couldn’t keep me out

I don’t want your money

I don’t want your crown

See I’ve come to burn your kingdom down

Holy water cannot help you now

See I’ve come to burn your kingdom down

And no rivers and no lakes can put the fire out

I’m gonna raise the stakes, I’m gonna smoke you out

❀ The Book in General: RED

‘Demons’ by The National

‘Yellow Circles’ by Layla

‘Artificial Nocturne’ by Metric

‘Sleep Alone’ by Bat for Lashes

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AlyxandraHarvey-269x300About the Author

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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#BlogTour & #Giveaway: The Thorn and the Stone by C J Dushinski @entangledteen @cjdushinski

Posted 10 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, YA / 0 Comments

TheThornAndTheSinkingStone-500x750The Thorn and the Sinking Stone

by C.J. Dushinski 

Release Date: March 2015

Entangled Teen

313 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth’s Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…

To avenge his father’s death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…

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The Thorn and the Sinking Stone – 5 Sources of Inspiration 

Along the way the story of the Thorn and the Sinking Stone changed quite a bit from one draft to the next, inspired by one source or another. Here are the top five sources of inspiration that helped me craft the Thorn and the Sinking Stone to what it is today:

  1. Romeo & Juliet: This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has already read the story. The Thorn and the Sinking Stone was heavily inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Two warring families, young, forbidden love… the general plot is true to the play. I’ve always loved Romeo and Juliet, like a lot of people, and I wondered what the story would be like told in a similar place several hundreds of years later, given similar circumstance and a whole new set of rules. And since Baz Lurhman is one of my favourite movie directors, of course I was inspired by his modern twist on the classic tale. Something about his version with guns and fast cars with a dark setting really inspired the world that Valencia and Sebastian call home.
  1. Gangs of New York: One of my favourite movies. It follows a similar storyline to Romeo and Juliet, in the forbidden romance category, but focuses heavily on the immigrant gangs of 19th century New York and the violence between them as they battled for territory. When I started to think about Sebastian and Valencia and their families, Gangs of New York constantly seemed to come to mind. This was how I imagined the settling of a new city after a major world war would be, with all types of religions and cultures clashing while struggling in chaos to find a place in the new world together. And in the middle of it all, young love still finds a way to thrive.
  1. The Decemberists’ Valencia: I talk about this song by the Decembrists in a playlist post I wrote as well, since the title alone was obvious inspiration for the story and the main character. The song itself, I can only assume, was inspired by Romeo and Juliet, which in turn inspired me. In fact, this is where it really all began. Not with the Shakespearian original or Baz Lurhman’s interpretation, but with this song. The rest drew from the lyrics. I won’t quote them here, but a quick read of them will showcase exactly how the Thorn and the Sinking Stone took shape from the very first seed of inspiration.
  1. Kristin Cashore’s Graceling: I try not to draw from other writer’s works for inspiration very often, but sometimes it just creeps in subtly when I am reading something I love and certain elements seem to just flow harmoniously into my work. It’s usually not until later that I realize it happened at all. In this case, it was Kristin Cashore’s novel Graceling and the unique ability she gave her female lead. I wanted Valencia to be strong, a warrior, and I knew where I was going with the overall concept of the Curses, but not exactly how to bring them to life. I didn’t want them to be big and exaggerated and overtake the story. I wanted them to be a woven addition, keeping the love story central. It was while I was reading Graceling that it clicked for me—that Valencia’s Curse didn’t have to be drastic or overtly powerful, it just had to be advantageous and complimentary to her skill with the Katana, similar to Kristin’s approach in Graceling.
  1. George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones: Again, I try not to draw too much from other writer’s work, but it does happen organically I find, especially if I am reading something while writing my own work. In this case, after the final draft of the Thorn and the Sinking Stone was done, I noticed that the family dynamics of the different houses in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones managed to inspire the warring families in my own story. I was trying to capture the essence of the many shades of good and evil and right and wrong into both the Two Daggers and the Black Roses, a very difficult thing to do in reality, especially in the 300 or so pages I was trying to stick to. I wanted none of the families to be the good guys or the bad guys. They’re all good and bad, right and wrong, in their own way, each doing what they believe is necessary in order to survive and take care of their own while coping with so many differences between them. George does such an incredible job of this in his series with the Lannisters, Starks, and other families in the world he created. I could never capture the intricacies of his relationships, they are so, so good, and have taken thousands of pages of development to get there, but I did find that they helped shade in some of the grey areas I had when writing the characters within the Black Roses an Two Daggers.

There are so many other things that inspired the Thorn and the Sinking Stone, from paintings to memories to people, but these are the ones that stuck out the most when I sat down to write this post. It always amazing me how creation inspires further creation. So thank you to all of those who inspired me. Without you, my story would not be what it is.

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While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world.  Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.

After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut Young Adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories. 

CJ is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency LLC.

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#BookTour: Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1) by Kaitlyn David @daviskaitlyn #YA #Dystopian #Romance

Posted 25 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, YA / 1 Comment

Gathering Frost CoverGathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1)

by Kaitlyn Davis 

Release Date: 02/17/15

Summary from Goodreads:

Will his kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart?

Once Upon A Time meets La Femme Nikita in GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care…even to love. Working as a member of the queen’s guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen’s runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Jade is tasked with an unusual mission–to let the Prince capture her, to make him trust her, and then to betray his secrets to the crown. In return, she’ll earn her freedom. But life outside the queen’s realm is more than Jade bargained for. Under Asher’s relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she’s ever known–and, more importantly, whose side she’s really on.

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1) Gathering Frost – Chapter One

The world ended on a Saturday in spring. Beautiful. Sunny. The sort of afternoon that pulled New Yorkers from their hibernation, urging them to shed their floor-length coats and stiletto boots, to let the sun kiss their pale skin once more.

When the earthquake began, my mother and I were in Central Park. “Pedal!” I remember her shouting. “Pedal!” And I did. My little legs pumped in circles, my heart lifted as I felt her fingers release the bike, and suddenly I was riding on my own. For the first time. The breeze whipped against my grinning cheeks, stinging my eyes.

But then the ground shook. The earth began to tremble. And I had no hope. In a flash, I was on the ground, sandwiched against the concrete as screams rose around me. Darkness stole my vision as my mother’s arms encircled me, hugged me closer. Teeth chattering, I tried to be strong. But tears leaked from my eyes, the cries of a baby. Shame burned my chest.

Time passed but my young mind had lost count. Minutes. Hours. I still don’t really know. But when the ground stilled, I woke to a new world.

My mother was frozen with shock, so I had to pull against her hold, straining to see. Over her shoulder, south, I saw smoke and ash rising like clouds over my skyline. The trees looked gray, the sky washed out. Faint outlines of buildings were only just visible through the fog, a mix of skyscrapers still standing or leveled to the ground.

I looked at my mother. Her arms had fallen mutely to her side. I’ll never forget her green eyes, pulled so taut I swore they were about to snap. Her lips were just slightly open.

“Mommy?”

But she didn’t hear. Something behind me had her so transfixed that even her only child, her little girl, could not shake the alarm.

So I turned.

New York was gone.

Like a line driven through the ground, we stood on one side with the past while our future rested a few feet away. A future that was backward in time.

Atop a hill, a giant castle rose from the ground, surrounded by green lawns where apartments used to stand. At its base were stone houses, smoking from fires. Horses. Carriages. Carts. And people. People dressed in dull brown clothes looked at us just as we looked at them—confused and terrified.

And then she appeared.

Her gown sparkled in the sun, brilliant red popping against a dull backdrop, cinching in at the waist and then expanding into a magnificent skirt billowing in the breeze. Silky white gloves encased her hands. Jewels dripped around her thin neck. Pins held her hair so that it curled elegantly down her back, and resting right above her forehead was a golden crown.

My eyes went straight to her.

A princess. I knew she would save us. I had seen it before, so many times, so many princesses saving the day.

I ran to her, crossing the threshold without hesitation as my mother screamed at me to come back. My mom was an adult. And adults didn’t believe in these things. I knew she would see my side if I could just get the princess to help us.

She knelt as I approached. A wide inviting smile spread across her face. Her arms caught me.

“What is your name child?” Her voice was warm. It soothed me, relaxed me, filled me with hope.

“Jade.”

She brushed my bangs from my forehead, kissed it softly.

“Would you like me to help you? To make all of your fears go away?”

“Yes!” I wanted to run to my mom, to show her she didn’t need to be afraid. The princess would help us. But I couldn’t. Something stopped me.

A hand pressed against my chest, pricked my skin.

I looked up at the princess, struggling to break free of her hold, when a freeze snatched my heart, so cold that it burned. I tried to speak, but I was frozen. My limbs grew heavy, my lips felt fat, my vision started to spot.

“Don’t worry, little Jade. I’m just putting you to sleep for a little while. You’ll wake up soon.”

I did. In a cell with other frightened girls. But I never felt the same. Icy. That’s what some of us started calling it, this feeling like our hearts won’t thaw. Even a fire doesn’t warm me. I am hard. Frigid. Emotionless. Sometimes I think I must still be caught in a long dream.

But time has only made me tougher.

Now I know the princess by another name, Queen Deirdre, the Ice Queen.

And I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood—my mother, my life, my very world.

But I’m not.

I’m not the good guy.

I’m the one who puts the good guys in their graves.

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kaitlyn davisAbout the Author

I’ve always been a writer. I grew up duct taping my novels together, started writing complete manuscripts in high school and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduating, I decided it was finally time to actually give my dream career a chance. So, of course, I started writing a young adult paranormal romance series — and no, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve been a true paranormal supporter for my entire life! I blame my obsession almost completely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite television show. And, before you ask: Yes, I own every season… even the post WB ones! I especially challenge anyone to watch the first three seasons and not fall in love with Angel, securing a lifelong love of vampires! Other culprits of my paranormal obsession are some of my favorite authors: JK Rowling, Raymond Feist, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Lynne Ewing and Tamora Pierce.

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#BlogTour + Giveaway: Cut Here by Azzurra Nox @diva_zura #YA #Paranormal

Posted 19 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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By Azzurra Nox

Release Date: 02/13/15

YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Book Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Lena Martin’s idyllic world shatters the night her mother dies due to a hit and run accident. Two years later, her dad relocates her from Italy to Los Angeles to help her put behind the time spent in a psychiatric ward following her mother’s death. But the move only proves to be a fatal mistake. Shortly after her arrival, the classmates of her new private school begin to commit suicide under mysterious circumstances after reading a cult book called Cut Here.

Determined to unravel the mystery behind the suicides, she bands together with loner Jonathan Russe and outcast Hope Peters to figure out exactly what is happening, not realizing that this places them under a dangerous radar. During this same time, Lena falls for a mysterious and attractive guy named Michael, who is as equally disarming as he’s dangerous.

As her attraction grows, so does the body count at St. Lucy Academy. Soon, Lena needs to decide whether to stay away from the guy she’s falling for, or to trust him. Is Michael behind the suicides, or is he the key that can unlock the mystery that can stop the bloodshed? Deceptions run high and Lena soon learns that nothing is what it seems.

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Bethany had pulled her bob into a tiny tight bun. She positioned herself in the center of the room, avoiding her reflection and waited for her cue to begin. Her mother rummaged through sheets of music before she began to play the intro of the dance.

The steps came automatic, without much thought. Her legs and arms moved with a mind of their own, as she did pirouettes around the room. She had been dancing for eleven years, and her limbs knew exactly how to move without any technical errors. Bethany knew that her dancing was impeccable. Error-free. Perfectly flawless. What had her losing out the lead for many recitals was her lack of emotion. She concealed her feelings so well that even whilst dancing no one could understand what her character was emoting.

Bethany continued her graceful dance, the music flowing into her, as she responded to every note. The tortured tune took her back to her stay in Florence, when she spent her days reading books on folklore and listening to all the sad, sad songs that reminded her of home.

One time she found herself walking the streets of the city near dusk. She crossed the Old Bridge, looking over the stone medieval majesty and gazed at the Arno River. Florence was said to be a magical city and she believed it. Everything about it breathed a sense of enchantment. The doctors had told her mother her body was very weak. She was too underweight. At sixty-six pounds she was at risk of heart failure and respiratory problems. Her body felt exhausted. Every step she took was an excruciating effort. But she knew that she had to cross the bridge at that exact hour. Her hands clutching a little bottle as she inhaled the Autumn air. That’s when she collapsed to the ground, and the world dropped dead.

“Are you all right?”

The music had stopped. Bethany was jerked back to the present.

“Why did you stop?” she questioned her mother.

“Honey, your foot….” her mother stood up from the piano, and approached her.

She looked down to see that the white en pointe slipper was soaked in red. A bloody trail sketched the macabre dance on the floor.

“It’s no big deal,” she shrugged it off. For a seasoned dancer, seeing a little blood never alarmed her. She should’ve felt the pain, but after many years of abusing her feet all she had was scar tissue and unhealed fractured bones. In a matter of moments she swiftly untied the silk ribbons and pulled her foot out of the slipper. It was bloody. A cracked nail. Multiple blisters around her toes. Something caught her eye. A strange black thing protruded from the side of her foot had caused the bleeding. She pulled it out without even wincing, as her mother gasped. Her heart was still, and the world dropped dead.

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azzura noxAbout the Author

Born in Catania, Sicily, she has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.

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#BlogTour & Giveaway: Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West @MB_West @EntangledTeen #YA #SciFi

Posted 12 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

collideCollide (The Taking #3)

by Melissa West

Release Date: 02/09/15

Entangled Teen

320 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she’s ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

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I walk down the dirt road and stare off into the distance, my mind on the impending war, when my eye catches on something beside the road. A half mile away, but absolutely there. I edge closer, another step, then another, my heartbeat picking up. The wind slowly slips around me, throwing my hair in my face as I strain to see.

The figure moves toward me, and I toward it, then I see long white hair whip in the wind and suddenly my blood stops pumping, my legs stop moving, my lungs stop drawing breath. But still, he continues to move. I scramble back, falling, digging into the dirt, desperate to get away. I have no weapon, nothing. I’m not prepared. I can’t fight him. Not here. Not now. And then in a blink of the eye, he’s in front of me and every muscle in my body quakes with fear. A slow smile creeps across Zeus’s face, and then one word is placed in my mind as though it were my thought instead of his.

Soon.

Ah!” I gasp for a breath that won’t come and scramble up, only to find myself tangled in blankets. I fight against them, just as Jackson pulls me against him. “Jackson?” I blink hard, momentarily disoriented. “How did I get back here? Where is he? Did you see him?”

I try to stand, but Jackson forces me to sit still. “Ari, it was just a dream. You had a dream.”

No. You weren’t in here. I was alone and then I went outside and—”

You didn’t. I came in shortly after we all went to bed. I couldn’t sleep without you. And I’m sorry about earlier.”

My mind reels, unable to stop. “Wait, no, you weren’t here, and I left. I went outside. I—”

Why don’t I get you some water? Stay here, okay? I’ll be right back.”

He steps outside the makeshift curtain, and I sit back in my bed, my hands shaking. I clench them together in hopes of steadying them, and that’s when my gaze lands on my fingers, on the thick red mud caked underneath each nail. I hold them out in front of me, fighting to keep a sob from escaping my lips.

It wasn’t a dream. Zeus is here.

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melissa westAbout the Author

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

 

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#BookTour: How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown @LBrownRoberts @entangledteen @nereydag1003

Posted 5 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

How (Not) HOWNOTTOFALL_1600pxTo Fall In Love

by Lisa Brown Roberts 

Release Date: 02/03/15

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Finding true love on the other side of the tracks was never so much fun in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary novel.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.

Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.

Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.

Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?

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An Interview with Darcy Covington from HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE

Thanks for stopping by, Darcy. Let’s start with an easy question. Hobbies?

I like to make jewelry, but I don’t have much time for that. Things are sort of…chaotic right now.

You’re talking about your dad, right? What’s it like having him missing? All the rumors online about him? How do you feel about it?

How do you think I feel? It’s awful. I’m sick of reporters making stuff up and spreading lies about my dad. Everyone thinks he totally abandoned his company, and his family. Those stupid internet trolls are accusing him of embezzling a ton of money and fleeing the country. But he didn’t. I know he didn’t…

Where is he, Darcy? Have you talked to him?

(Long silence)

Darcy? A lot of people are looking for your dad. If you know where he is—

I don’t know where he is! But I know what kind of person he is. He’d never steal. And he wouldn’t just abandon my mom and me without a good reason. He’s coming back. I know he is.

David Letterman doesn’t think so. Did you see his Top 10 list of reasons why your dad bailed?

Lucas was right. I never should’ve come here. You’re just going to spread lies about my dad like all the other reporters. (Stands up to leave)

Darcy, wait, don’t storm off. Who’s Lucas?

He’s a friend. One of my only friends right now.

So he’s the protective type? Your knight in shining armor?

He’s not…we’re not…(takes a deep breath). We’re not, um, a couple.

You sure about that?

HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE by Lisa Brown Roberts

A girl who’s lost everything meets a guy who can fix anything. Just one problem: Falling in love isn’t an option.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.

Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.

But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself…if she has the courage to follow it.


lisa brown robertsAbout the Author
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.


Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter. 

 

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#BlogTour: Paper Or Plastic by Viv Barnes @nereydag1003 @vivibarnes @entangledteen

Posted 3 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

PAPER-OR-PLASTIC-500x750Paper or Plastic

by Vivi Barnes 

Release Date: 2015

Entangled Teen

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Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage…

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only thing stranger than the staff is the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and completely below her social sphere—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her starting spot on the school softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst store in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

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Your first job—do you remember it? I worked in a drycleaners (manning the front), which was kind of fun, actually, because my best friend worked there as well. Shenanigans ensue when you work with your friend—as Lex quickly finds out during her summer at SmartMart.

I backed up, hefted the can in my hand and rolled it toward the boxes. Jake and I both laughed as boxes flew everywhere.

“Your turn to set up,” he said.

I couldn’t help myself. I crouched down to pick up the boxes and built a macaroni box pyramid—proud that I made four tiers instead of Jake’s three.

“Okay, your turn,” I said, turning to face Jake, but Noah was standing in his place, frowning, his arms crossed. Jake was nowhere to be seen—probably ran as soon as he caught sight of the manager.

“What are you doing?” Noah asked.

“Oh, um, I was just—“

“You can’t stack boxes of food like that. What are you thinking?”

Crap. “I’m sorry. I’ll pick it up.” My face burning, I turned back to the pyramid of boxes. It sucked being called out by Noah like that. I’d have hoped he’d have a better sense of humor. Or at least not make me feel like such a slacker.

A can rolled past me, knocking into the pyramid and scattering boxes everywhere.

I whipped around to see him smirking. “Told you,” he said. “You didn’t build it with enough support at the bottom. Way too easy.”

I picked up the can of green beans and hefted it in my hand, walking toward him slowly. His eyes widened as if he thought I was going to throw it at him, though the shit-eating grin still lingered on his face. “Your turn to set it up,” I said when I reached him. “Let’s see if an architect can build a better a pyramid.”

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Vivi Barnes is the author of Olivia Twisted and the upcoming release, Paper or Plastic. She was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. Now living in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, she divides her time writing, working, goofing off with her husband and three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. www.vivibarnes.com

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