Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Publication: November 4, 2013
His world is music…
Her world is silent.
Ali Blinde was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.
Until the brain tumor struck.
Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer in the wildly-popular band, Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents.
Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and any girl he wants. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships.
But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.


Author Bio: 
Olivia Rivers is the author of six novels, ranging in genres from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and a high school student. She’s a nerd at heart, and is a hopeless fan-girl for Doctor Who and Arrested Development. Olivia lives in California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused.


Waiting On Wednesday (57)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

See Me
Publication: October 1, 2013

From Goodreads:  
While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she could have imagined.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Endings (19)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
In no particular order.

This Week's Theme:
Top Ten Ending Lines

 Divergent by Veronica Roth
Abnegation and Dauntless are both broken, their members scattered. We are like the factionless now. I do not know what life will be like, separated from a faction—it feels disengaged, like a leaf divided from the tree that gives it sustenance. We are creatures of loss; we have left everything behind. I have no home, no path, and no certainty.
I am no longer Tris, the selfless, or Tris, the brave. I suppose that now, I must become more than either.
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment I will finally have to let go.
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
But Gale is not one to keep secrets from me. "Katniss, there is no District Twelve."
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
But there are much worse games to play.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I do, Agustus.
I do
In the balance of love and loss, it was love that made me struggle to… Breathe.
Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4) by Ally Carter
I'll be back. And when I am, I promise I'll have answers.
Anew (The Archers of Avalon #1) by Chelsea Fine
"I know where the fountain is."
And with that, everything went black, cold, and dead. 

Trying Not to Love You (Love #1) by Megan Smith
Then there is a long beep and the blackness finally takes over.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Fab Life Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

The Fab Life (Kihanna #1)
It’s the life I was born to live: billionaire’s daughters, living amongst the rich & famous. But my mom kept me a secret from my dad. Until now.

I am so out of my league. Fancy parties, expensive cars, and a private school for the elite… It sounds like a dream. But everything is not as perfect as it seems on the outside. Here, the secrets are dirty, and the lies comes easy.

Welcome to my fab life.

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Author Bio:
I am a YA/ NA author, with an addiction to NOS & Red Bull energy drinks. My guilty pleasure is the TV series The Lying Game and The Vampire Diaries. I'm 23 years old. I currently live in St Louis, with my husband of 2 years.
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Guest Post:

Similarities & Differences Between Kihanna & Scarlett.

Differences – When you first take a look and Kihanna and Scarlett, the differences are not hard to find. Scarlett is 5’1”, had blonde hair, and blues eyes. Kihanna is 5’8”, has redish-brown hair, and light brown eyes.

Scarlett is confident. When she walks into a room, she owns it. Kihanna is a bit more timid. She is not used to being the center of attention, and hides when she gets the chance.

Scarlett is very experienced when it comes to guys. She knows exactly what she wants, and that’s Stephan. But Kihanna, well, she’s VERY inexperienced. Never been kissed, or even had a boyfriend. She’s only 17, and she has NO IDEA what she wants. It’s fun watching her grow up in the book.

Scarlet has AWFUL parents. They use her for money and status. Kihanna has a Mom, Dad, and stepmom who all love her a lot. Not for what she is, but WHO she is.

I love Scarlett and Kihanna both for different reasons. Scarlett for her confidence, sarcasm, and whit. Kihanna for how she handles everything that is thrown her way, and her ability to adapt in every situation. She never overreacts. (Which as you know, Scarlett almost ALWAYS overreacts…)

Similarities – They both just want to belong. Kihanna has never really found where she fits in. She’s never had a lot of friends, and has ultimately been a loner. Scarlett wants a family more than anything. She’s been alone at the top for so long.

More than anything, they both was to experience true love. The kind of love that only exists in fairytales. And that’s what Scarlett get’s with Stephan… And Kihanna get’s with… Oh wait, you don’t find out until book 5. Muahaha

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July 29th
Novel Seduction
Gabic Reads
The Phantom Paragrapher
Oops! I Read A Book Again
Jess resides here
Kelly P's Blog
Write Away Bliss
andrea heltsley books
Books, Authors, Blogs
chaotic reader
Black Words-White Pages
Cu's Ebook Giveaways
Love Between the Sheets
Tyhada Reads
Life with Lesley
island lovelies

July 30th
Life with Lesley
Wine Relaxation and My Kindle
The Last Chapter
Indy Book Fairy
Book Freak
Please Another Book
Books Books Books
Romancebookworm's Reviews

July 31st
Loves All Things Books
Ms. ME28
Beauty and the Book
My Bookopolis
Scandalous Book Blog
Reading is my Time Out
The Book Whore-der's Delights
Magic World Of Books
Mama's Reading Break

August 1st
Reviewing What I'm Reading
Cover Bound
paranormal book club
TeamNerd Reviews
Kaidans Seduction
Kats Read

August 2nd
b00k r3vi3ws
lindsay and Janes views and reviews
Atifa's Book Shelf
Pretty in Pink Books and Reviews
paranormal book club
Bawaka's Book Fair

Cover Characteristic: First in a Series (51)

Cover Characteristic
(hosted by Sugar & Snark)
This a meme where each week a book cover characteristic will be selected by the host. You then choose 5 6 covers to post with that particular characteristic.
This week's theme:
First in a Series

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

My favorite cover of the week:
 Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bittersweet Junction Book Blitz: Guest Post + Giveaway

Best friends once, lovers never, yet an attraction that can’t be ignored.

Five years ago, Julia Bell walked away from her life the moment her high school diploma was in her hand. She left her family and friends behind to start over and escape the chokehold of small town life in Benton Hill. But an urgent call from her little sister brings Julia back to her hometown wholly unprepared for what awaits her.

Ben Miller was always the nice guy. Just before high school graduation, he stepped out of that role hoping to capture the heart of the woman he loved. Instead, in quick succession he lost the girl, and the future he worked so hard to achieve.

Even though Julia and Ben are drawn to each other, echoes of the past block them at every turn. Secrets are exposed, and reality needs to be dealt with if they can ever hope to move past the bittersweet junction that ripped them apart.

Author Bio:
Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy’s guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy’s stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.
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Guest Post:

I lived in a small town until I was twelve years old. My sixth grade class had thirteen students, twelve girls and one boy. Needless to say, my odds were practically non-existent for young love. Not only did I spend those formidable years in a small town attending a small school, but my family lived five miles outside of town “in the country”. Standing in my front yard, I saw nothing but open fields and gravels roads.

With nothing else to do, I escaped to new places through books. I had a few friends, but the friends that I really cared about existed within the pages of my favorite stories. It didn’t seem that strange to me at the time. It was just my life.

I didn’t realize how small my small town life was until I moved to another state into an actual city between sixth and seventh grade. To say I experienced a tremendous culture shock would be an understatement. It forced me out of my shell. Although still a voracious reader, I made a larger circle of friends, and started doing things with people outside of my head. Eventually I grew to love living in a city.

I only went back to that small town a few times throughout junior high and high school to visit family. By the time I was in my early 20s, the shift in my perception between small town and city was noticeably evident. When I would go back for a visit, even though I had been gone for a decade, I still ran into a lot of people who acted like they knew me even though I had no idea who they were. “Oh- you’re Jerry and Nancy’s daughter. How have you been?”  
It was odd to me how interested these strangers were in the specific details of my life. What was even more uncomfortable was hearing stories about my parents’ adventures when they lived in town, which occurred more than twenty years ago. People had long memories, and not all of those stories were especially flattering, but there were sweet and funny stories too.

Those are the experiences that I drew on when I wrote about Julia, the main character of Bittersweet Junction, coming back to her hometown of Benton Hill. She’s been gone for five years, but when she returns, people expect her that she’s the same person, even though she’s not.

Benton Hill itself is one of the main characters throughout the book, and I believe that anyone who has lived in a small town will be able to related to that. Ben, who used to be Julia’s best friend and is now her love interest, never left Benton Hill. He finds the scrutiny of living under the microscope of small town eyes frustrating and heavy with expectations. This causes several complications for Julia and Ben.

I’ve reached a stage in my life where I can appreciate the benefits of living in a small town. The pace of life is slower, and friendships can easily span a lifetime. Yet I find that I am now a city girl at heart. Between my childhood in a small town, and adult life in the city, I think I’ve had the best of both words.
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New Releases: July 30 and August 1 and 2

July 30
Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep
Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …

The King's Guard (Fire and Thorns #0.7) by Rae Carson
At fifteen years old, Hector is the youngest squire in the most elite military force in the country. And his first day is disastrous. Everyone assumes the only reason he was recruited is his close personal association with King Alejandro, not because he's really earned it.

But Alejandro needs Hector for a secret mission, one that gives him the chance to prove to everyone—including himself—that he is worthy to be a Royal Guard. Hector must break into the ancient Fortress of Wind to retrieve something so important that the kingdom's future depends on it. What Hector finds in the fortress will stretch his bond of friendship with his king near to breaking. And it will prepare him to become the fearsome warrior and lord commander Elisa will never let go.

A riveting prequel to Rae Carson's epic and acclaimed Fire and Thorns series.

August 1
Lily and Lo's story continues: The three months following the conclusion of Addicted to You.

Includes the first chapter to the sequel Addicted for Now.

Barnes&Noble  |  Amazon 

Jason Kincaid is young, hot and successful.

An All-Star outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, he finally had everything he ever wanted, including a second chance with his high school sweetheart, Megan Williams.

But their hopes for a ‘happily-ever-after’ are dashed by tragedy.

A horrific car accident wipes out most of Jason's memories. Unable to recall anything from the last fifteen years of his life, Jason is suddenly adrift, his once charmed life now in ruins.

Megan finds herself in the untenable position of having to deal with the fact that the man she’s helping to rebuild his life may look, and even act, like her beloved fiancĂ©, but in reality, isn’t any longer.

Trying to protect herself, as well as Jason, Megan fights the attraction between them. . .to no avail. As their potent connection inevitably draws them closer, Megan wonders,

With the memories of their relationship gone, can love endure?

Barnes&Noble  |  Amazon 

August 2
Easy to Love (Love #2) by Megan Smith
Hunter finally has MacKenzie Cahill, the girl of his dreams. A horrible accident finds those dreams threatened. As their lives change, secrets begin to surface. These revelations could prove to be either the downfall of Hunter and MacKenzie or the catalyst that strengthens their bond.

Hunter has painful choices to make. Will he realize what he has before it’s gone? He knows what he must do to save his future, but will he be leaving everyone else in his past?

Will the bond between the two families be strong enough to keep them together?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Covers x4 Titles x1

The Queen's Choice (Heirs of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver
A young fae girl sets out on a daunting quest in the human world to find the estranged son and heir to the faerie realm's dying queen, when she is attacked by human hunters and her wings are cut off, making her return home impossible.

Publication: January 28, 2014
Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer
Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

Publication: January 28, 2014

Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons
Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a peaceful and quiet existence—but all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the one thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

Because of their high profiles, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amid the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he thought he’d never see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about… a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance to tell the world her story—and to fight back.

Publication: February 11, 2014 

Hunter finally has MacKenzie Cahill, the girl of his dreams. A horrible accident finds those dreams threatened. As their lives change, secrets begin to surface. These revelations could prove to be either the downfall of Hunter and MacKenzie or the catalyst that strengthens their bond.

Hunter has painful choices to make. Will he realize what he has before it’s gone? He knows what he must do to save his future, but will he be leaving everyone else in his past?

Will the bond between the two families be strong enough to keep them together?

Publication: August 2, 2013

 Under the Never Sky #2.5 by Veronica Rossi
"Anyone up for another e-novella, like ROAR & LIV, based on one of the secondary characters?

It's on.

More details soon!"

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Promise Me This Blog Tour: Playlist + Giveaway

Promise Me This (Promise Me #1)
Welcome to the South - where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.

Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.

Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.

Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?

Author Bio:
Sarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her husband and four dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she's not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes and chapstick. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It's rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up.

Promise Me This is her first novel and is a story that weaseled its way into her heart and wouldn't leave her alone until she typed it up on the computer. She already is hard at work on ideas for her next book and hopes that the characters never stop coming to her. Her huge imagination was always in overdrive as a child and now she is beyond excited to put it to good use as an adult. She plans to write as long as she has stories that need to be told.
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Guest Post:

EEP! How did you know music is one of my most favorite things? When I saw a playlist post come through my email, I got all giddy, and then kind of sad, because the actual Promise Me This playlist has over fifty songs on it, and I won’t get to explain all of them so you. If you want to see the whole list, it’s listed in the very back of the book, but for now, I’ll pick a few songs that are very special to me and have stuck out throughout this whole book in my head. Check out the full playlist on Spotify here: Promise Me This
Just Keep Breathing by We The Kings: This song was one I heard after I already began writing, but the instant I heard it, I knew which scene it belong to. It’s the perfect song for the very first chapter, where Charlie is walking about Cameron’s apartment all alone. The lyrics are kind of eerily similar to what I would imagine Cameron saying to her if he could see her one last time, and the music has this kind of inner turmoil feel to it, similar to how Charlie’s felt most of her life.

Bad Things by Jace Everett: YUMM. Okay this song is totally Jhett in a nutshell when we first meet him. I imagine that a lot of the lyrics go along with what her is thinking about when he first see’s Charlie, but the sound of it is also the type of music that he is playing that first night. “I don’t know what you’ve done to me but I know this much is true, I want to do real bad things with you.” Yeah, that’s Jhett all right.

Eyes on Fire by Blue Foundation: This song was THE song for their first sexual encounter. I listened to this song on repeat for over twelve hours working on that scene. In fact, it was one I wasn’t expecting to write until much later, but when she grabs his hand, it was all over. The tone to this song is…I don’t know….dark but super sensual? Like everything should be in slow motion and their bodies on lit by a candle’s glow. Yeah, sign me up for that one!

Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm: So there’s a scene in Promise Me This where Jhett gets a little heated towards a friend, and there’s a fight. It’s kind of the first time we get to see Jhett’s anger meter go through the roof (a RARE occurrence) but I knew when this scene came which song would be playing for him – this one. It’s just so upbeat, angry, and all over the place, which is nothing like the original. AH. Such a good fight song!

Colorblind by Counting Crows: This song could be played for most of the last parts of the book. There’s especially one part where Jhett drops a big emotional bomb onto Charlie, and she has a bit of an epic freak out moment, resulting in a Jhett epic freak out moment and being dragged out of the room, fighting it every step of the way. It’s very emotional, and in my head I see the scene played out in slow motion (again) with this song playing, while Charlie’s screaming and crying and people are attending to her, and Jhett is fighting to be pulled away from her. Whew, I got a little teary eyed thinking of that scene again.

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July 22nd
Nette's Bookshelf Reviews
That Bite's-Book Talk reviews
Scandalous Book Blog
Kelly P's Blog
Please Another Book
Rory Embers
Literary Meanderings

July 23rd
Lauren Schmelz
Reading is my Time Out
Wine Relaxation and my Kindle
Book Crazy
Such A Novel Idea

July 24th
Romancebookworm's Reviews
Book Nerds Anonymous
Michele's blog
Brooke Blogs

July 25th
Lost in a Sea of Words
Boekie's Book Reviews
Gabic Reads
The Book Whore-der's Delights
If These Boobs Could Talk
Books Forget Me Knot

July 26th
Tyhada Reads
chaotic reader
Books Books Books
Cover Bound
Novel Seduction
Bawaka's Book Fair
Tessa's Take
paranormal book club The Last Chapter