Monday, April 21, 2014

Essence: Guest post, playlist and giveaway



Essence by A.L. Waddington 

(The EVE Series #1) 




Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: January 15th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult






Synopsis:


Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.


Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.
Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

(Enlightened, Book2 releases April 21, 2014.)






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AUTHOR BIO:

A.L. Waddington completed her undergraduate studies at University of Texas Dallas and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a BS in Psychology. Angela and her husband, Ty, have a son, two daughters, a puppy, and an oversized cat.  They reside in Indiana.






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Research on the Eve series
by A. L. Waddington

I did a great deal of research before I began writing my EVE series, especially for the 19th century half of the series. My research included everything from the clothing, to the furniture, and architecture to the social structure that was considered appropriate for her social status.

I also did a great deal of research on dialogue/language and considered maintaining a strict adherence to it, but the more I thought about it, I didn’t want to throw my readers drastically from one style to another. I thought it was too big of a jump and would make it too difficult for the books/series to flow smoothly. Therefore, I only made subtle changes that allow my readers to tell the difference in language/speech between the two time periods, but still allow the reader to transition between the two periods with ease.




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Inferno of Love: hilarious guest post and giveaway!






Inferno of Love (Hometown Heroes #2) 
by Allie Boniface



Quick Facts                                        
                                         
Expected release Date: February 23rd, 2014                  
Genre: Contemporary Romance                                              
Formats to buy: Kindle, epub and Paperback 





BOOK SYNOPSIS


What happens when your soul mate returns after twelve long years – and has no idea who you are?

Aubrey Anderson is a pediatric occupational therapist who’s spent the last twelve years rebuilding her life after a car accident killed her boyfriend and crushed her legs. A series of strokes on the way to the hospital left her with no memory of either the accident or the weeks leading up to it, so when she starts having nightmares she can’t explain, she decides to return to the scene to see if she can piece together her past.

Finn Cavallo is Lindsey Point's resident playboy, owner of a popular bar, and hero of the Cove Fire, when he pulled seven people from a burning building twelve years earlier. But his flirtatious personality hides the heart of a man who lost his soul mate the night of the fire. When Aubrey walks into his bar with no memory of who he is or what they had, he’s stunned – and it takes everything he has not to tell her about the summer they spent falling in love.

It's only a matter of time before bar conversation turns to passion on the beach and more. But when a series of events raises suspicion that Finn himself might have started the Cove Fire, Aubrey is forced to do whatever she can to discover the truth about both their pasts, including going back to the spot where it all began...






PURCHASE





Excerpt:

Aubrey stared at her glass of wine. "God, I just – I wish I could remember something."
            Finn fell again just like that, watching her catch her bottom lip in her teeth as she mulled over her words. The rhythm of her voice, the way her eyes caught the light…he was nineteen all over again, crushing on another man's girlfriend without a clue of what to do about it.
            Only he wasn't nineteen anymore.
            And Aubrey wasn't here with another man.
            Forget it. He was done thinking. He moved from around the bar without a word, and as he closed the distance between them, she slipped from her stool, moving toward him and landing in his arms like she'd been there all this time. His hand went to the back of her head, cupping it and easing it closer. Her chin lifted, and he caught her mouth with his, loving the way her breath hitched in her throat. She melted into him, the warmth of her curves searing his skin and soaking into the very core of him. His eyes closed.
            He slid his tongue over her bottom lip, taking it slow, waiting for her to step back or break the connection. She didn't. A minute passed, then another. The kiss deepened, and he wasn't sure who pressed first, who wanted more urgently, but it didn't matter. Their tongues met, twisting over and under, delicious and wet and so hot he could barely stand it. Her hands moved from his shoulders to his waist to slide down the back of his jeans and pull him close, closer, until he knew she could feel the way he rose under her touch, wanting her like no other woman he'd ever been with.
            "Oh, Finn…" she said into his mouth, and the words set him on fire. He couldn't wait, couldn't hold back one more second. His palm skimmed down her dress and beneath it, to the swell of her ass and skin so smooth he wanted to taste it. She rose onto her toes, and her mouth crushed his until she pulled her lips away and moved them to his neck and his jaw line and up to his ear, leaving a breathy trail every place she touched.
            "Listen, we  – " know each other. We've done this before. He had to tell her. Didn't he?
            "I don't want to talk."





The Author

Allie Boniface was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably 

explains her fascination with the magic of small town life. She currently teaches high school English in the lower Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband and two furry felines. She is the author of six contemporary romance novels; Inferno of Love is the second in her Hometown Heroes series. Allie loves chatting with other authors and readers and can be found around the Web (visit her on Facebook or Twitter, and stop by her blog to check out the latest news). She loves attending writers' conferences, giving workshops, swapping stories, and generally talking about romance. Allie loves stories set in small towns and is a firm believer in the power of love and the emotions that connect us all!



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GUEST POST by Allie Boniface
"What to eat (or not) on a first date"

First off, a big Thank You! to my blog hostess for having me here today. I'm super excited that the second book in my Hometown Heroes series, Inferno of Love, is now for sale. 
Inferno of Love is set in the small coastal town of Lindsey Point, and one of the things I loved about creating Lindsey Point was all the small town details: shops, scenery, characters, local restaurants...

Speaking of restaurants, sometimes they play an awfully crucial role in getting people together, don't they? I mean, one of the most popular first dates is still dinner, right? Maybe lunch or drinks, if you're really not sure you want to commit. But dinner is usually one of the first things two people do together, when they're getting to know each other. And that begs the inevitable question: What to eat (or NOT) on a first date?

Now, I'll admit it's been a while since I've been on a first date, since my husband and I will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this July. So I turned – where else? – to my readers and posted the question on Facebook. They had some pretty good advice:

"No spinach, broccoli, poppy seeds or anything similar that can get caught in your teeth."

"Anything that requires scooping to eat has an increased probability of landing on the front of your shirt. So that might eliminate the chips and salsa thing. Same idea with burgers piled high with toppings or a Reuben with all that thousand island dressing."
(Side note: I did go on a date once in college with a guy who ordered a burger with "the works" and then proceeded to drop ketchup down the front of his pale yellow polo shirt. He was horrified.)

"I think anything goes, especially if you want to show the true you and avoid surprises later."

"Water is the wisest choice to drink. If spilled, it dries."

"Guys, don't dip your fork in your date's food for a taste. It's a yuck-factor and guarantees a once-only date."

"Mint chocolate chip ice cream! Could make for a cool minty kiss later on..."

"Eating is fun and I think guys like girls who aren't uptight about food. Your choice in food says a lot about your personality. As far as the guys go, just don't eat like a pig or talk with your mouth full. Don't show how disgusting you are until you're bound by marriage."

"Garlic is only okay if both people eat it!"

"No spaghetti sauce dishes. Too messy."

"Chinese food is usually a good first-date choice."

"I think a man or woman should order whatever the hell they want and not worry about what their date might think of their choices."

Good thoughts, right? All in all, I'm of the opinion that you should eat what you want on a date (avoiding anything that will make the tummy rumble later on in the evening - it's no fun to interrupt a date by running to the bathroom).

I do recall one first date I went on in my early 20's. It was with a guy I'd been lusting after for a few weeks, and when he called me up and asked if I wanted to go have sushi with him, I agreed in a heartbeat. Now, I'd never actually eaten sushi before, but hey, I wanted to be alone with the guy. Well, I ate the sushi, I didn't get sick, and when he found out I was a raw fish virgin, he was all the more impressed. So there you go!

Be yourself, above all. If the first date leads to a second and then a tenth and then a fiftieth, you'll be glad you did. 



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout






Half - Blood (Covenant #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published: October 18, 2011



BLURB:


The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.




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MY THOUGHTS:







I started this book because I've read the DAIMON, the prequel, eons ago and I loved the cover. I wasn't very sure because I'm a huge fan of the Lux series and I thought this one was going to dissappoint me. And honestly I thought it was about witches lol (what??? the covenant thing confused me! and I didn't read the blurb until I read "Daimon")




Anyway, once I grab it, I didn't put it down. J.L.A has an incredible ability to pull you in the story from the first chapter. She just has a special gift to do it.
She makes each book so easy to read and fast paced.
And every chapter's end is amazing. I just couldn't stop reading.


Alex, our protagonist has been in the human world for the past 3 years. Her mother decided to escape the Covenant and she doesn't know why. But after some events that you can read about in the prequel, she comes back.

She is extremely difficult and childish. She has a really bad attitude that acomplishes nothing. 
At the same time, she is funny and you can see how much she grows by the end of the book and through the whole series.


"I was going to make it -I had to make it. I'd be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this craphole"


Caleb is so sweet and caring. A great friend, I liked their pranks. 
Also, I like the rivalry she has with Leah. We see a little of Olivia, Deacon and Luke which are amazing supporting characters. Each with a rich world and personality.

Aiden... he is a pure... he is forbidden... oh cr*p!  He is just amazing. Loyal, sweet under the tough looks, he is protective of her. 


Kostas Martakis - My Aiden


I particularly liked the way their feelings for each other grow. It's slow and tender. I liked the way it unfolded. My heart was jumping out of my chest. As always in Armentrout's books there are tons of chemistry. I loved them together...

But I have a favorite... Seth's entrance in the story is just absolutely 
P - E - R - F - E - C - T. And I like how their relationship changes and evolves.


Jamie Campbell Bower - Something similar to my Seth ;)

Yes, I've noticed the similarities with Vampire Academy because they are half breeds, they are guards to the pures (and Moroi) and the heroines are kick ass but this story is as good as the other one. Actually, I enjoyed this one more. (don't get me wrong, I loved V.A but I like this one more)

I guess the only way to know if it's your cup of tea is to try it!


Btw, I'm SO team Seth. (I wasn't sure when I read this book yet, but through the series, even if I love Aiden, Seth is amazing!)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Flawless by Sara Shepard

Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2)
by Sara Shepard


BLURB:
In the exclusive town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, where the sweetest smiles hide the darkest secrets, four pretty little liars--Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna--have been very bad girls. . . .
Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. And Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is literally making her sick. But the most horrible secret of all is something so scandalous it could destroy their perfect little lives.
And someone named "A" is threatening to do just that.
At first they thought A was Alison, their friend who vanished three years ago . . . but then Alison turned up dead. So could A be Melissa, Spencer's ultra competitive sister? Or Maya, who wants Emily all to herself? What about Toby, the mysterious guy who left town right after Alison went missing?
One thing's for certain: A's got the dirt to bury them all alive, and with every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message A sends, the girls get a little closer to losing it all.







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MY THOUGHTS:



This book has very different opinions. Apparently is one of those books that you love or you hate. No in-betweens. I'm in the first group.
I loved it.

I absolutely adore Sara Shepards writing. It is so simple and smooth but it never leaves out details.

The way she uncovers the true feelings of the girls is fantastic.
That's why I totally connected with them.

I liked Emily a bit more than in the first installment, though her story is dull and she is a drama queen.

Hannah is a hurricane of emotions. I loved to know her deeply and to realize she is more than meets the eye.

Aria is beyond smart, we know that. :D and it shows more in Flawless.

Maya is pushy. I don't like her whatsoever. She tries to manipulate Em in doing what she wants instead of letting her make her own decisions. 

Wren was a bit of a jerk in this book too.  

Spencer and Wren's relationship is more intense than on tv and way more developed.

A and S are so great together!!! (I'm not telling the names because this isn't on the tv show and it would be a huge spoiler). I would have liked even more of them.


The events unfolded pretty differently from the show, especially regarding the time line.

I can say there is a lot of suspense, action, romance and drama. Nice combo!
You should try it.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Origin (Lux #4)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Genre: YA paranormal romance
Published: August 27th, 2013



Synopsis:


Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.


After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?





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MY THOUGHTS:






I was so excited to start this book after reading the amazing end of Opal  (Lux #3) Read my review here.

I can say though, that it took me a while to get into the story which is unusual in Jennifer's books. I must admit that I felt like Daemon wasn't himself at the beginning but that was solved once he started being the Daemon I love. (witty, smug and above all: sexy!)


"Are you scared?Daemon chuckled softly.
"Me, seriously? No." 
"You are too awesome for that?"  He kissed the sensitive spot under my ear, sending a wake of shivers through me.
"you are learning. I'm proud of you."I laughed.

Regarding other characters: 

  • Kathy can really kick som a**. She is fearsome.
  • I like Archer's seriousness and protectiveness towards Kathy.
  • Blake's role bored me, it was more of the same.


Writing: 

It had funny parts, I swear I was ROFL with the "interrupting cow". It flows easily and after that tiny inconvenient at the beginning with an unrecognizable Daemon, it was superb. 



Plot:

The scene where they get together is so tender. *_______*
I'm just fascinated by their chemistry. It grows look after look, kiss after kiss.

I reached out and placed my uninjured hand on his shoulder. His light pulsed and the red at the edges bled inward an inch or so. Interesting.
"You know how much I like it when you touch me in this form". His voice sent a shiver down my spine.
"Why do you have to make everything sound so dirty?" But I didn't pull my hand back. 
His chuckle rolled through me and by then, the pain in my palm had stopped. "I'm not the one with the dirty mind, Kitten."

This book has a lot of action. I think it was a great twist what happened with the LH - 11.

As a fan of "Sweet Evil" by Wendy Higgins, I liked the "Anna Whitt/ Kaidan Rowe" part so much.
The good thing about this author is that when everything looks ok and you think there is no more action to come, BOOM! you get an unpredictable turn of events. And then again, you think "that's all" and suddenly 5 pages before the end J.L. Armentrout drops a moon-size bomb!



OMG! Holy cr*p!

I need Opposition (Lux #5) NOW!


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