Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shuffle Saturday (71): Rude

Every Saturday I'll be posting a random song off of my iPod. Everyone can feel free to join in, just leave a link to your Shuffle Saturday post in the comments! This week's song is:

Rude by MAGIC!

This song is just so, so catchy! Plus I have a theory about a certain book coming out this Tuesday that this song sort of reminds me of, so... Yeah, it's probably just wishful thinking. Still, great song!

What are you listening to?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On Sale: Six Strings by Jen Sanya Williamson

Today I wanted to let you know that Six Strings by Jen Sanya Williamson will be on sale for just $0.99 until tomorrow! Six Strings is a YA/NA novel that features the fantasy aspect of time-traveling, and is the first in a six-part series. Get it now while it's on sale!

Riley Witt is running out of time.

Battling Alzheimer’s disease, Riley’s grandmother Mary suffers from memory loss, mood swings, and a tendency to wander off. When she moves in the summer before senior year, Riley has to face the reality that the one person she depends on most is slowly fading. Making matters worse, when Mary does remember the past, she tells tales of time travel and visions. As Mary’s version of the past gets more confused, Riley knows they are running out of time together.

But when Riley discovers a guitar belonging to a famous rock star in the back of her grandmother’s closet, the truth behind Mary’s tales finally comes out.

First, Riley learns that her dad is not her real dad. Her real father is the late music legend, Jonah Wolff. This revelation is almost more than Riley can handle. But then an even bigger secret is revealed.

Riley is also a sixth generation time traveler. She has the power to open six portals to the past, lines to her own life, which will answer questions she never thought to ask, and influence her future in the most unexpected ways.

SIX STRINGS tells the story of Riley’s first leap—the leap back to 1973—where she enters a world of music, long-lost family, and first love. Her adventure is all about discovering her past, understanding her present, and figuring out how to step into her future.

About the Author:

Jen Sanya Williamson is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she received a BA in creative writing. She spends most of her time with her junior high students, teaching and talking books. When not in a classroom, Jen is writing, watching TV shows from the ‘90s, or cheering on the Wildcats with her husband and children in her adopted hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

For more about Six Strings check out these sites!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Sale: Songs of Love and Death by George R.R. Martin

Just in time for Comic Con, the Songs of Love and Death anthology is on sale for just $1.99. The anthology, edited by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), features stories from some of the biggest names in sci-fi, fantasy, and romance, including Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, and more! This one's got something for everyone and plenty of new genres to try all for only $1.99!

Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

In this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a post-apocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate.


Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of the hottest stars in literature today with “The Thing About Cassandra,” a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see.

International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in “A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows.” Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby—no matter the cost.

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents “Love Hurts,” in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart.

Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell.

Discover the many realms of the heart with this extraordinary cast of acclaimed authors:

PETER S. BEAGLE

JO BEVERLEY

JIM BUTCHER

JACQUELINE CAREY

DIANA GABALDON

NEIL GAIMAN

YASMINE GALENORN

M.L.N. HANOVER

ROBIN HOBB

CECELIA HOLLAND

TANITH LEE

MARJORIE M. LIU

MARY JO PUTNEY

LINNEA SINCLAIR

MELINDA SNODGRASS

LISA TUTTLE

CARRIE VAUGHN

For more about Songs of Love and Death check these sites!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (84): Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes. Viral Nation was one of my favorite books of last year, so it's no surprise I've been dying to read the sequel. I haven't gotten too far in yet, but I love Clover and the rest of her gang of Freaks so much, that I'll be ripping through this book in no time! Also, this book cover is absolutely gorgeous in person. Just a very important fact I thought I'd share with you ;)

Jude picked up Clover's hand. Not here, he thought, and hoped she could read his mind. She threaded her fingers through his instead of letting go, which made him smile.

{Rebel Nation, pg. 44}

Synopsis of Rebel Nation:

Sixteen years ago, a plague wiped out nearly all of humanity. The Company’s vaccine stopped the virus’s spread, but society was irrevocably changed. Those remaining live behind impenetrable city walls, taking daily doses of virus suppressant and relying on The Company for continued protection. They don’t realize that everything they’ve been told is a lie…

Clover Donovan didn’t set out to start a revolution—quiet, autistic, and brilliant, she’s always followed the rules. But that was before they forced her into service for the Time Mariners. Before they condemned her brother to death, compelling him to flee the city to survive. Before she discovered terrifying secrets about The Company.

Clover and the Freaks, her ragtag resistance group, are doing their best to spread the rebellion and stay under The Company’s radar. But when their hideout is discovered, they are forced, once again, to run. Only this time, The Company has special plans for Clover, plans that could risk her life and stop the uprising in its tracks…

For more about Rebel Nation check out these sites!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Get It Now: Rise Up Volumes One & Two: Indie Authors Against Cancer – A Benefit Collection

Today I'm honored to be helping spread the word for a wonderful cause and an amazing collection of stories. A group of indie authors have come together and created the Rise Up anthology to help a fellow blogger who has been diagnosed with cancer. To help out during this stressful time, these authors are donating all of the proceeds from Rise Up Volumes 1 & 2 to Stephanie and her family. 

Check out the anthology below and, whether you decide to purchase the collection or not, keep Stephanie and her family in your thoughts, along with the amazing group of authors who put all of this together.

Rise Up Volumes One & Two: Indie Authors Against Cancer–A Benefit Collection:

“We all know how fragile life is, especially when faced with a life threatening illness.” ~ Nic, Flirty and Dirty Book Blog.

Fiction introduced us. Reality binds us together.

Stephanie Thomas—co-founder of The Indie Bookshelf—has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Stephanie isn’t only a blogger; she’s a loving wife, and mother to three young boys.

In the independent author community, we have an extraordinary network of fellow authors, and readers. A special group of people who bridge this gap—helping authors connect with readers—is book bloggers. These men and women dedicate hours upon hours to reading and reviewing our works, and spreading the word to help us reach new readers.

Now, one of these women needs our help. 100% of the proceeds of the Rise Up anthology (volumes one and two) will go directly to Stephanie and her family to help them on this unexpected leg of their journey together.

Inside the pages of this collection, you’ll find amazing works of fiction. But please remember the reality, and help support Stephanie and her family.



Included in Volume One of this collection are the following novels:


* 1. What Happens Tomorrow - Elle Michaels

* 2. Insipid - Christine Brae

* 3. Bouquet Toss - Melissa Brown

* 4. Can't Go Home - Angelisa Stone

* 5. Point of Submission - Remy Landon

* 6. Breakaway - Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith

* 7. A Love by Any Measure - Killian McRae

* 8. Discovering Lucy - Laura Dunaway

* 9. Something's Come Up - Andrea Randall and Michelle Pace

* 10. By A Thread - RL Griffin

* 11. Honest Love - CM Hutton

* 12. Serendipity - Stacey Bentley

* 13. Haven from the Storm - Sarah Dosher

* 14. Damaged - Nina D'Angelo



Included in Volume Two of this collection are the following novels:


* 1. Always There - Carol Ann Albright-Eastman

* 2. Republic - Charles Sheehan-Miles

* 3. Seeds of Hate - Melissa Perea

* 4. In The Fields - Willow Aster

* 5. Bar Crawl - Andrea Randall

* 6. Totaled - Stacey Grice

* 7. Running from Forever - Ashley Wilcox

* 8. Crossing Paths - Melanie Stinnet

* 9. Going Home - Rhonda Dennis

* 10. Never Goodbye - Kerri Williams

* 11. Without Boundaries - CJ Azevedo

* 12. Binds - Rebecca Espinoza

* 13. The Forgotten Ones - Laura Howard

Rise Up Trailer:


For more about the Rise Up collection check out these sites!

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Volume Two: AmazonKobo • Google Play • iBooks • Goodreads


Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Come Back to Me by Mila Gray

Title: Come Back to Me
Author: Mila Gray
Publisher: Pan Macmillion
Publish Date: June, 19th, 2014
Rating:

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray—pen name of Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila—is a fast read, mostly because it's impossible to put down. It's addictive, and may also cause tears, lots and lots of tears. It's told through the alternating points of view of Jessa, a recent high school graduate, and Kit, her brother's best friend. Kit and Jessa's romance is the kind of bittersweet tale I've come to except from good New Adult novels and if crying into the pages of a book because "it's just not fair!" is something you enjoy–Don't lie. We all do it and we all love it–then Come Back to Me is a must read.

The story starts off quickly enough with Jessa and Kit admitting to having feelings for each other and deciding to enter into a secret romance so as not to anger her overbearing father or her overprotective brother, Riley, who also happens to be Kit's best friend. I really loved how Jessa and Kit falling in love with one another takes up a great deal of the book. No insta-love here. You could feel the tension coming off of these two from the get-go, but it morphs and evolves into something so much more than that. Jessa and Kit's romance is the starry eyed kind, all sparkly and innocent. And, while that's not usually my cup of tea, it's sweet. Until things happen and we see their adorable romance turn into a total tearjerker. It's probably easier to list the chapters I didn't cry during, but that was just part of Come Back to Me's charm.

One of my favorite parts about Come Back to Me was that Kit, while being a Marine with some very heavy stuff weighing on him, never becomes the angry, possessive bastard hero of so many New Adult novels. He's a hurt, lost, young man who is going through something awful, something palpable and real. And I loved the way people rallied around him—even people he never would have expected—to help him get through such a devastating experience. I have to give Jessa some love here too. Though she's docile and obedient around her father, when she's with Kit it's like someone lit a fire under her. That's what I loved the most, how Kit came into Jessa's world and fundamentally helped her in a way no one else could, just by loving her. There was only one moment I can recall that made me a little angry with Jessa, and while she was totally within her rights to feel the way she did, I just couldn't get behind her decision to react the way she did. Vague, I know, but I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say Kit and Jessa have quite a few obstacles to leap before they're finally able to make it back to each other.

If you're like me and like your New Adult romances to be gritty and real, while still being sweet and not just tamed down erotica, then Come Back to Me is the book you've been waiting for. That being said, there is still sex in this book. So if that's not your thing, then be warned. But Gray does somehow manage to keep things in hand while still serving up the heat with her first foray into New Adult. I could list so many other reasons to read Come Back to Me, but instead I'm just going to point you below to the but links and give you a meaningful wink. (*wink, wink*)

For more about Come Back to Me check out these sites!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica

Title: Child of a Hidden Sea
Author: A.M. Dellamonica
Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: June 24th, 2014
Rating:

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.

The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered… her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world . . . or is doomed to exile.

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica is an adult fantasy set in both the fantasy world of Stormwrack and modern day San Francisco. Sophie, the main character, is a twenty four year old videographer who suddenly—mysteriously—finds herself in a place that may or may not be earth with a long lost aunt who wants nothing to do with her. I don't usually read adult fantasy, but this one caught my eye and I'm so glad it did. Child of a Hidden Sea was an amazing fantasy filled with pirates, tall ships, and magic. And I couldn't get enough!

I was worried at first that I might not enjoy Child of a Hidden Sea as much as I wanted to. I liked the first chapter, and it left me dying to know more, but things seemed to happen fast and there wasn't much description to the action scenes. There was plenty of world building, but I felt there wasn't a lot of time to get to know the characters. Thankfully that changed pretty quickly and the story took off.

Sophie didn't have much personality at first despite being insatiably curious, which was initially part of the problem for me not being able to get into the story. She just seemed a little blah. But as the story progresses it's easy to see how fiercely loyal she is, and brave, and just an all around nice person. I really enjoyed how her personality really came out once her foster brother Bram and long lost half sister Verena entered the picture. I especially loved Sophie's developing relationship with Verena because it feels so real. The two don't know each other, and Verena is jealous of Sophie, but not unfriendly. And Sophie does everything she can to curb Verena's obvious jealousy. Sophie is also pretty great with all of the side characters. She's sweet and caring when she wants to be, brazen when she sees fit. I also loved how Dellamonica manages to let Sophie be insecure without making her come off too whiny. She's a strong female character, but she's not a perfect character. She is, however, a character you can't help but root for.

Then there's Parrish. This guy is a captain, you guys. A captain! With a pig plumed hat and everything! He's honorable and intelligent and kind. He's also completely loyal, just like Sophie. I really loved him and how slowly the romance between him and Sophie was taken (there's some major chemistry going on there, but not a whole lot of action, unfortunately). I felt he sort of got the short end of the stick at the end of the book, which is why I'm hoping there's a sequel in which we see a whole lot more of Parrish.

I really enjoyed the murder mystery/political agenda parts of the book, even though I wasn't sure it would hold my attention. A world in which honor and reputation is more important than, I don't know, evidence in a murder investigation? Not exactly the most intelligent or reliable legal system, but it did make for some interesting challenges for Sophie and her friends. It wasn't too hard to see which direction the story was headed, but there were a few obstacles that I didn't exactly see coming. Still, the story kept me entertained from beginning to end and I'd read a sequel in an instant. Which I hope will happen sooner rather than later since this book felt like an introduction to a series.

Fans of fantasy or just anyone who loves a good pirate... ahem, story, should read Child of a Hidden Sea. I really hope that there will be a sequel, because by the end of the book I'd fallen in love with all of the characters. I can't wait to see what comes next for Sophie and the others!

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