Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spotlight: Gideon Lee by Lisa Orchard

Today I'm excited to share an excerpt from Lisa Orchard's latest novel, Gideon Lee. Gideon Lee is a contemporary coming of age story about a young aspiring musician and the mysteries that might keep her from ever reaching her dreams. Gideon Lee is out today so make sure you check out the excerpt below.

Seventeen-year-old Lark Singer only has two things going for her, her music and her best friend Bean. While entering a competition she hopes will launch their music career, Lark searches for answers that will make her whole. Her quest reveals some secrets that those around her would rather keep hidden. As the competition looms closer, Lark discovers not only who she really is, but also who her real friends are. Then tragedy threatens everything she has worked so hard to accomplish. Can she pick up the pieces and move on?

Excerpt from Gideon Lee:

I want to be like Gideon Lee. My lips move as I read the title of my essay. They twitch as I stifle a snicker. Looking around the room, I make sure no one has seen my facial tic. My eyes light upon the Presidents’ pictures lined up on the wall. They face me, each with a unique expression, and I wonder what they were thinking while they posed. They are above the clock so my gaze naturally falls on it. It’s almost time for lunch. 
I settle back in my seat and my lips twitch again. A feeling of defiant exhilaration washes over me like a tidal wave. 
Montgomery’s going to freak when he reads this. 
Despite my best efforts, a giggle escapes and the boy in front of me turns around and gives me the evil eye. I return the glare. He is slumped over, and sweat beads on his upper lip. I think this is odd — it’s rather chilly in the room — but dismiss it before I turn back to my essay. 
I bet old man Montgomery doesn’t even know who Gideon Lee is. This thought sends another giggle to the surface, but I quickly squash it by biting my lip. 
I picture him searching Gideon Lee’s name on the Internet. I see his expression changing from confusion to disgust. I imagine him taking off his black, thick-rimmed glasses and shaking his head. I hear him mutter, “Lark Singer, what are you doing?” He rubs his face. I can actually hear the rough sandpapery sound as his hand finds his day old stubble. He sighs and puts his glasses back on. “What am I going to do with you?” 
I remember when Mr. Montgomery first told us about the assignment. We were supposed to write an essay on someone we admire, someone who has contributed to society in some way. I know when he says this he wants us to write about an a historical figure. After all this is history class, but I raised my hand anyway. 
“Lark,” he called out as he stood at his lectern. 
“Do they have to be dead?”  
He cocked his head as he studied me with his piercing blue eyes. Then he ran his hand over his military style crew cut, and I watched as his salt and pepper hair flattened then popped back into place as if each hair was standing at attention. I could tell he wasn’t sure where this was going. “Well... I guess not.” That’s when he froze, as if he realized he had just opened a door for me and he wasn’t going to like what was on the other side. He shifted his weight, and looked down at the floor before he backpedaled. “But they have to have made a positive contribution to society. It can’t be about a mobster or anything like that.” Pursing his lips, he stared at me, fiddling with those glasses. “This is one half of your semester grade, Lark. I wouldn’t pull any funny stuff.” 
“Oh, I won’t. Scout’s honor,” I answered sweetly, placing my hand over my heart and giving him the scout salute, while inside I planned my rebellion. 
I have him. I’m going to write about Gideon Lee, and there’s nothing he can do about it.

About the Author:

Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. Hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade, she even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first series, “The Super Spies,” has reached bestseller status

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on a Coming of Age Young Adult series called The Starlight Chronicles. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

For more about Gideon Lee check out these sites!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (93): H2O by Virginia Bergin

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

This week's teaser comes from H2O by Virginia Bergin. I can't tell you how excited I am for this book. I've been dying to read it since it was originally released last year as The Rain by Panmacmillian. Can I just mention this cover? A book about acid rain, and there are acid rain drops burning through the cover to the words? Clearly I need this in hardcover.

The car stalled about a hundred times just getting to the end of our road. If that man had come after us, he could have walked, slowly, and still caught up.

{H2O, Ch. 18}

Synopsis of H2O:

It's in the rain...and just one drop will kill you.

They don't believe it at first. Crowded in Zach's kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach's parents' frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, "It's in the rain! It's fatal, it's contagious, and there's no cure."

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who's been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby's only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive.

For more about H2O check out these sites!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shuffle Saturday (78): Heart Out

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:

Heart Out by The 1975

The 1975 has quickly become one of my favorite bands. Their songs are so catchy and their sound always make me smile. Also this video is kind of cute.

What are you listening to?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (92): The Vault by Emily McKay

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

This week's teaser comes from The Vault by Emily McKay. If you didn't already know, I love (LOVE) McKay's The Farm series. Like a lot. And The Vault is turning out to be an amazing edition. Carter and Mel are both more center stage in this one and, well, Carter and Mel are both pretty awesome narrators. Plus, you know, there's Sebastian who's just always so grrr, and Lily is... well, I can't say because spoilers, but it's good! But, anyway, here's some classic Mel and Sebastian interaction for you to tide you over until The Vault releases on December 2nd.

You're asking me to just wait here while you starve to death?"

"No, I'm asking you to be just a tad less dramatic. I won't starve to death in the next twelve hours. Get some rest, Kit. You'll need it when you go out to face the Ticks. 

{The Vault, Ch. 14}

Synopsis of The Vault:

There is no rest for the damned in this thrilling follow-up to Emily McKay's The Lair and The Farm, in a series New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill calls, "Equal parts Resident Evil and Hunger Games."

In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there is only one choice—resist or die. But fighting the vampires comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter . . .

With Lily exposed to the vampire virus and lying in a coma, it’s up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure. Time is not on their side. With every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire.

Desperate, Carter and Mel decide to split up. Carter will recruit human rebels from the Farm in San Angelo to infiltrate the guarded kingdom of the vampire Sabrina and steal the cure. Mel will go back to her mentor, her friend, her betrayer, Sebastian, who is the only one who can access an underground vault that may house the secret to the cure.

That is, if he’s still alive after she staked him to the ground. Now her worst enemy may be their best hope for curing Lily—and saving the human race.

For more about The Vault check out these sites!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Title: Cinder & Ella
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Publish Date: October 1st, 2014

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram ever since I first read it's synopsis. It sounded like a fun and romantic story that I was bound to fall in love with. And, now that I've read it, I have to say I was not disappointed!

Cinder & Ella tells the story of eighteen year old Ella, a book and movie lover who shares her opinions on her blog. And those opinions catch the eye of Cinder, a.k.a teen heartthrob, Brian Oliver. Cinder and Ella are best friends, anonymously online, but still friends. But when Ella is an an accident and her whole world falls apart, it's Cinder she turns to, but will his status as Hollywood's leading man keep them from being together? It's girl meets movie star, classic wish fulfillment, but isn't that what any Cinderella story is about? But it's not all happy romance and adorable movie star antics. Ella is going through some serious family and personal issues and I found myself teary-eyed more than once.

I love the way Oram switches things up a little and uses The Cinder Chronicles as a way to get away from the standard Cinderella elements and really add more depth to the retelling. Both Brian and Ella have read The Cinder Chronicles and their entire relationship is based on this shared love. The story serves as a nice parallel to Ella and Brian's relationship throughout the book and gives both characters some insight into their relationship, which is fun to read. It's nice to see characters geek out about the things they love. It makes me want to geek out along with them!

If you enjoy Cinderella retellings, or just love a good romantic contemporary, then Cinder & Ella is definitely the story for you. I highly recommend it, and all of Kelly Oram's novels because they are all fantastic!

For more about Cinder & Ella check out these sites!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Shuffle Saturday (77): Tonight Tonight

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:

Tonight Tonight by Tyler Ward (Hot Chelle Rae cover)

I stumbled on this coer of Hot Chelle Rae's Tonight Tonight by Tyler Ward just today actually. I've heard a few of his covers and they're all really good, but that's probably because I love acoustic covers!

What are you listening to?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Today we're spotlighting Lailah by Nikki Kelly, which is releasing October 7th. Make sure you enter the giveaway below and find out how to join the Styclar Street Team!

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Praise for Lailah:

An extraordinarily imaginative look into the realms of good, evil, and all that comes in between. Lailah will have you gripped until the very end. 
Brittany, Please Feed the Bookworm

Lailah: Original. Swoonworthy. Captivating. Lailah will make you have all the FEELS, and you’ll find yourself flailing for Book #2, Gabriel! 
- Andrew, Endlessly Reading 
Lailah is a fast-paced read that will keep you hooked from cover to cover. 
- Jess, The Book Bratz 
Lailah is paranormal romance like you have never read before. With its hauntingly beautiful writing it will have you craving for more! 
- Dana, Dana Square 
AHHHHHHHH! (in a good way) 
- Ri, Hiver & Café 
Dark. Sexy. Intriguing. Filled with twists and turns and set on a beautiful backdrop, Lailah is sure to enchant and haunt you from the start. 
- Rachel, A Perfection Called Books

Styclar Street Team:

The Styclar Street Team is essentially bloggers and readers who are fans of the story, and wish to declare and spread their love for Styclar!

Want to become a member of the Styclar Street Team? We'd love to have you!

If you've read Lailah, enjoyed the story, and want to get involved, simply take a selfie with your copy of the book, and tweet it with the following hashtag: #StyclarStreetTeam

Be sure to also email the photo direct to Nikki — nikki@thestyclarsaga.com and your awesome selfie will be uploaded to the Street Team page of The Styclar Saga website! (www.thestyclarsaga.com)

Check out the page to grab buttons for your site, find out about how you can participate in the latest spreading the Styclar word activities' and enter special giveaways!

Nikki's going on the Fierce Reads Tour in October! Want to meet her? Check out the stops here: http://fiercereads.com/


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About the Author:

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

For more about Lailah check out these sites!

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