Saturday, September 29, 2012

Congratulations To The Winner Of The To Dance In Liradon Giveaway!

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Shuffle Saturday (4): Don't Ask Me

Every Saturday I'll be posting a random song off of my iPod. This week's song is:

Don't Ask Me by Ok Go


I don't know why, but Ok Go's music just always reminds me of Thanksgiving. It's got a quality about it that reminds me of autumn and winter. It's the kind of music you listen to when the sun starts setting early and the temperature drops. The soundtrack when you're driving home and the car headlights are twinkling at you from the other lane.

What kind of music do you like to listen to during the winter months? Anything that you just always have to listen to?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: Release by M.R. Merrick

Today we're revealing the cover of M.R. Merrick's latest book in the Protector series, Release. Do you wanna see it? It's pretty cool looking!

Okay, here you go!


Told you it was cool! I haven't read the other two books in this series yet, but I've heard they're pretty awesome. Here's a synopsis for Release:

“After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father.  Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.

Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made - especially regarding Rayna.
One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past - sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.
 What do you think of the cover? I love the colors. And that lightning bolt. Pretty much just the whole thing!

Find out more about Release and the Protector series at these sites!



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: The Curse Girl by Kate Avery Ellison

Title: The Curse Girl
Author: Kate Avery Ellison
Publish Date: May 14 2012
Rating:


“When Bee is imprisoned in a magical, cursed house because of her father's selfish choices, she has just one plan... escape! But she must solve a riddle and help her fellow prisoners break the curse that binds them all before she can leave, and that is proving more difficult than she originally thought thanks to the bitter young master of the house, Will.

Will wants nothing to do with Bee or her help (and he certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her), but he might have underestimated just how determined and clever--and irresistible--she can be. ~ Cortesy of Goodreads

The Curse Girl is a really fun, quick read for anyone who loves fairy tales. If you like the story of Beauty and the Beast, get ready to be sucked into a unique and exciting retelling of the classic. The Curse Girl has it all. Faeries, vampires, werewolves, and of course, a witch. A witch who has gone insane and, instead of teaching the Beast a lesson on how to treat people, accidentally curses the wrong boy. Now it's up to Beauty and the boy she calls Beast (aka Will) to solve the riddle the witch left behind and finally break the curse.

The Curse Girl takes place in modern times, but due to the nature of the curse, Will and the house are sort of stuck in a time warp. Will was cursed about eighty years ago, but for him only four years have passed, so a lot of the goings on in the house are kind of formal, which gives the story the feel of the original Beauty and the Beast. Will wants Beauty to have dinner with him every night and stay out of certain areas of the house, things like that.

The house itself is one of the coolest things I've ever read about. The house was cursed along with everyone in it. It's constantly shifting and changing. Rooms moving around every time someone opens a door. The walls whisper and things scuttle around at night. It's very original and totally makes the book awesome!

Beauty isn't a very memorable character. She's fun to read, but a week from now I'll probably forget her name. And that name! Definitely not the most original thing Ellison could have come up with. But Beauty isn't a bad character. I liked her, she was spunky. But like I said, she won't stick with me after I've finished the book.

Will, however, was pretty swoon worthy. I mean, he's not going to make my favorites list or anything (and yes, I do have one) but he was definitely a pleasant surprise. Will's not your typical "Beast". In fact, he's not much of a Beast at all. He's a boy who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I victim of circumstance. It's really no wonder that he comes off like a jerk in the beginning of the book. I would have been a little perturbed as well.

The Curse Girl is definitely an interesting and totally unique take on an old fairy tale. It's a short, but very entertaining read. As many small things about the story bugged me, it never once actually diminished the entertainment value of the story. I highly suggest The Curse Girl to anyone looking for something light to pass the time.

P.S. Will and Beauty spend a lot of time in his library together, Library Lovers. And the entire time I just kept picturing this in my head.


For more about The Curse Girl check out these sites!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guest Post: Someone You Know Is Faie by Lianne Simon


Today we have a guest post from Lianne Simon, author of Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite. Her book is available for FREE until September 31, 2012. To get a copy, go to http://www.facebook.com/MuseItUp and click on LIKE. Then PM MuseItUp Publishing with your name, e-mail address, the date, and the name of the book you want. Here's a synopsis:

“Born between the sexes, Jamie must leave behind a young girl's dreams to become the man her family expects. Jamie was born with a testis, an ovary, and a pixie face. He could be a boy after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. At least, that's what his parents always say; but he sees an elfin princess in the mirror. When a medical student tells Jamie that he should have been raised female, he explores and discovers the life he could have as a girl. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may leave her, and a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Read an excerpt HERE!

Someone You Know Is Faie by Lianne Simon:

Yes. Someone you know. No, really. One in every two thousand or so babies is born with a DSD—a Disorder of Sex Development. Hermaphrodite. Intersex. Disorder.There’s no politically-correct label for it, you know. But faie is an old word that means enchanted. It captures the sense of otherness that clings to some people’s lives. 
The girl with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome may not even realize she’s faie until she’s sixteen or so. The tall girl might have a nice body shape by that age, but no pubic hair and no period. Outside she’s just a normal girl. Instead of a uterus and ovaries inside, she has testes. Her body doesn’t know what to do with testosterone, but a little gets converted to estrogen. That’s why her curves developed. 
Or that delightful short lady—four-foot-eight—she might have Turner Syndrome. Her ovaries went through menopause before she was born, so she had to take estrogen to have her puberty. 
A few faie babies are born with ambiguous genitals. What’s between their legs leaves the doctors guessing what sex they are. Flip a coin if you must—they don’t want little hermaphrodites running around. Someone might faint when the baby's diapers get changed. So they surgically alter most of them to look female, on the theory that they’ll become happy little girls. Especially if you never let them find out what happened to them. But secrets like that are impossible to keep. Can you blame that angry teenager for hating the people who cut off her little post, replaced it with a hole, lied to her about it, and forced a more feminine gender on her? And if she acts too much like a boy it’s her fault? 
Jameson Kirkpatrick—the protagonist in Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite—he’s the rarest of the faie—his family wouldn’t allow any surgery. Jamie was born with one testis and one ovary. His doctors wanted to remove everything and call him a girl, but his parents refused. After all, most kids with his condition want to be boys. Is it right to castrate a kid just because his post is too small, and he has to sit down to pee? Is that what being a boy or a girl is all about? The doctors didn’t like it, but they wrote male on the baby’s birth certificate. 
In a few years it became apparent that Jamie considered herself a girl. After some resistance, her parents allowed her to live as one. But where Jamie was born it took a parent and a physician to correct a birth certificate. The doctors still thought surgery a good idea—although too small for a boy, Jamie’s post was too large for a girl. But Jamie’s parents again said no, and so she remained legally male. 
When Jamie was nine, the local authorities discovered that the boy was being home schooled as a girl. Not many had even heard of transgender in 1963. And home schooling was illegal. The Kirkpatricks were faced with a choice—quick surgery, or have Jamie live as a boy until they could find a doctor willing to change her birth certificate without surgery. So Jameson learned to pretend, to live in his books and his dreams. For his family. And the girl hid deep within. 
At sixteen, the four-foot-eleven soprano leaves home for a boys’ dorm at college. By then Jameson’s act has convinced his father he’s happy as a boy. But a medical student tells Jamie he should have been raised female. Childhood memories stir and Jamie begins her perilous journey to adulthood. 
Jamie could be just like other boys after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. At least that’s what his parents always say—what the doctors told them to say, lest Jameson ever doubt his gender. But what if Jamie finds out just how feminine her body is—that it’s all a lie? 
Your friend may never tell you they’re faie, you know. Because everybody treats it like it’s such a big deal. Does it really matter so much if that part is a little too big or a little too small? Or if a girl has XY chromosomes? 
All Jamie wants is a normal life. Male would be cool—if he could play sports like the guys. But testosterone won’t make that possible. It’ll just put hair on her feminine face. Female would be sweet—she’d love to be a mom. But the doctors say it’s too late to be a girl now. And Mom and Dad want to help him be a boy. 
Perhaps someone should ask Jamie what she wants.

About the Author:

Lianne Simon’s father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in a home filled with love and good books.

Tiny and frail, Lianne struggled physically, but excelled at her studies. In 1970, she was awarded a scholarship to the University of Miami, from which she graduated in 1973. Fond memories of her time there remain with her.

Some years later, after living in several states, and spending time abroad, Lianne settled in to the suburbs north of Atlanta, where she now lives with her husband and their cat.

While seeking answers to her own genetic anomalies, Lianne met a family whose daughter was born with one testis and one ovary. As a result of that encounter, she spent more than a decade answering inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of such children.

Lianne hopes that writing this book will, in some small way, contribute to the welfare of children born between the sexes.


Remember, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite is available for FREE until September 31, 2012. To get a copy, go to http://www.facebook.com/MuseItUp and click on LIKE. Then PM MuseItUp Publishing with your name, e-mail address, the date, and the name of the book you want.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (24): Shatter Me


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

This week's teaser comes from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. THIS. BOOK. Why have I not read this book yet?! I'm reading this one slowly because I have a bunch of other books that I have to finish by their deadlines, but it's just too good to wait!
Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles. Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into the semblance of something too passive to punch. 
{Shatter Me, Chapter 12}
And another because there are just so many beautiful quotes!
I'm willing to give you everything you could ever want, and above all else, I can put power in your hands. I can make them suffer for what they did to you.’ He leans in just enough. ‘I can change your world.’
He's wrong he's so wrong he's more wrong than an upside-down rainbow. 
{Shatter Me, Chapter 20}

Goodreads Synopsis of Shatter Me:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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Review: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Title: The Hallowed Ones
Author: Laura Bickle
Publisher: Harcourt
Publish Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Rating:


“If your home was the last safe place on earth, would you let a stranger in? 

In this captivating thriller, an Amish settlement is the last safe haven in a world plagued by an unspeakable horror…

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there...and it is making a killing.Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: No one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elder’s rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she bringing in with him? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads 

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle is a fantastically creepy experience from start to finish. Not once did I find myself bored while reading. Just read that synopsis. First off, we have some sort of world wide disaster happening, so there's a lot of excitement and danger. But The Hallowed Ones also shows you what it's like to be Amish. Learning about a culture I've never taken the time to learn about before was fun in and of itself.

The heroine, Katie, is one of the most realistic characters I have ever read. She makes reasonable and rational decisions as well. This was truly a treat for me, because I'm used to heroines in YA doing dumb things that only end up causing them more problems in the end. Even Katie's bad decisions were thought through rationally and were things that I would have done or questioned if I was in her position. Katie is also incredibly strong. Stronger than most people could ever be, put in her situation. She handles herself calmly in times of crisis and always does what she thinks is right. This is, at times, difficult for her because of her Amish upbringing, but she manages to stay true to herself and her religion as best she can while having a crisis of faith.

I admit, I don't know a lot about the Amish community, but the world Bickle creates is incredibly realistic. You learn about the Amish community through Katie's actions and dialogue and every second of it is intriguing. Everyday details conveyed in the writing make it that much more terrifying because, even though you may not be accustomed to Katie's world, you're seeing it through her eyes in a way that feels so real, so achingly familiar, that you can't help but be sucked in. And when the danger strikes, you feel that too.

Even though The Hallowed Ones is about an Amish community and Katie and her family and friends have very strong opinions about their religion, Bickle handles it in a way that feels very real. I didn't find the character's comments on God or other religions offensive, but rather, I found them enlightening. This is how a group of religious people might feel during the end of the world. They might, as Bickle suggests, shrink in upon themselves. Try to stamp out all connection to the outside world and hide. They would very likely make mistakes and, while trying to protect their community from the dangers Outside, overlook what has already found it's way in. Be it monsters, a power hungry leader, or fear itself.

There is a sort-of love triangle in The Hallowed OnesAlthough, throughout the book, it's hard to tell if it is, in fact, an actual triangle. It would be more accurately described as an amorphous shape, changing throughout the novel. We first meet Elijah, Katie's friend, expected future husband and pretty much her whole world, and he's a nice, sweet boy who seems to really care for her. Then we're introduced to the other guy. Tattooed, Outsider Alex. He's smart and funny and appreciates Katie's ability to think for herself, unlike some of the other men in the community. These boys are two halves to Katie. One representing a life in the church, the other representing life Outside, the life Katie has always dreamed about.

Thinking back, there were some issues I had with The Hallowed Ones. The character development of one of the love interests seemed a little too convenient to me. I felt he was sort of thrown under the bus by the author, but, nevertheless, I found myself shouting at the book in incredulous rage at some of his actions. Bickle had me so caught up in the emotions of the story that I barely cared whether his actions were just an easy way out. I really wished we had at least gotten to see more of what became of him at the end of the novel, though. I wished we had gotten to see more of everyone at the end of the novel. The book wasn't too long and the ending was a little abrupt, but hopefully there is a sequel in the future so I can jump back into these character's lives and see what happens!

If you enjoyed The Immortal Rules or The Hunt, you will love The Hallowed Ones! Fans of dystopian stories will enjoy reading about Katie's community and how they try to hold their lives together during the apocalypse. Be warned, though, this isn't for the weak of heart (or stomach). There is some serious gore within these pages, so if that's not your thing, you might want to pass on this one.

I don't usually post quotes in my review, but this one just sums this novel up so perfectly, I couldn't help myself.
It was nothing like you see in the movies, these creatures. There's no seduction. No passionate luring of the victim to a dark side of velvet. This is just the stinking, rotting underbelly of evil without its makeup. 
{The Hallowed Ones, Chapter 9}

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*All quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC. Quotes may not match the finished copy.*

Monday, September 24, 2012

Uncontrollable Is Out Today!

Uncontrollable is the second book in "The Nature of Grace" series by S.R. JohannesUntraceable, the first book in the series, has won and been nominated for several awards including Winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award (YA), 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (YA Nominee), and a finalist in The Kindle Book Review's "Best Indie Book of 2012 (YA)".
Kirkus reviewed Untraceable as "A thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance.  The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page."

If you like a page turner, you will love this series!

Head over to Mundie Moms for a Big Uncontrollable Launch Party with tons of prizes and then over to SR Johannes blog for even more.

To continue on with the blog tour, check out the line up! Where SR talks about anything from marketing to writing to her books to personal interviews and giveaways.

Synopsis:

As 16-year-old Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program". 

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants. 

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. 

Little does she know, she is being hunted too.

About the Author:


S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes.  Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for September 2012.

S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult) and was also recently nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult). Untraceable was also recently named a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Indie Book of the Year (YA)

After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

Uncontrollable is on sale in paperback and ebook at all major booksellers including Amazon, iBooks/Apple (coming soon), Smashwords, and B&N.
If you haven't read Untraceable, you can get it in paperback and ebook at all major booksellers including AmazonAppleSmashwords, and B&N.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shuffle Saturday (3): Brain Stew

Every Saturday I'll be posting a random song off of my iPod. This week's song is:

Brain Stew by Green Day


I have always been a sucker for Green Day. I love every song they have! What about you? Do you have any artists that you just love all of their songs?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Top 3 YA Love Triangles by Adrienne Clarke


Today we have a guest post and giveaway from Adrienne Clarke, author of To Dance in Liradon! Read on to find out Adrienne's Top 3 Fictional Love Triangles and be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter the giveaway to win a copy of her book To Dance in Liradon! Here's a synopsis:

“Seventeen-year old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding Brigid's hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancĂ©’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Liradon by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two. 

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell's transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Liradon where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.

My Top Three Favourite YA Love Triangles by Adrienne Clarke:

Writing about the top three YA love triangles is a daunting task. Readers are passionate about their favorites so how could I possibly choose three without getting hate mail? But I'm a risk taking girl, and besides, how could I give up a chance to talk about three of my favorite books.

Be warned, my choices are not necessarily the most popular or well known, big hint, my list doesn't include vampires, or games. But what more could I possibly say about those books you don't already know? My hope is that I might spark your interest in a book you may not have read. Sneaky, I know, but give me a chance. Maybe, just maybe, you'll discover your next great read.

If you find my choices odd, obscure, or just plain wrong, let me know, I can take it, I think.

My top three love triangles in no particular order.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Okay, I know, you've probably heard about this one, but just in case you've written it off because it was written over one-hundred and fifty years ago, I'm going to tell you that this story endures for a reason. It's passionate, darkly romantic, and spoiler alert, doesn't end well. Torn between the socially acceptable Edgar Linton, and brooding, volatile Heathcliff, Catharine marries for money instead of love, a sacrifice that proves impossible for her to live with. This book deserves to be read if only for Heathcliff's unforgettable plea to Catharine: “… may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you--haunt me, then! ...Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!”

Poor Edgar, he never really had a chance.

Lady Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. A beautiful, haunting novel set in medieval England just before The Great Plague. The beautiful Keturah must choose between the handsome young lord of the manor and...Death. What possible attractions could Death have for a young woman with her whole life before her? Read this novel and find out. The ending is one of the most surprising and moving I've ever read. I loved this book so much I named my daughter after Keturah. See, I'm not fooling around vampire fans. I really love this book.
Picture the Dead by Lisa Brown and Adele Griffin is a gorgeously illustrated graphic novel full of secrets, murder, betrayal and love. The love triangle between Jenny and two handsome, but very different brothers is complicated by the fact that one of them is dead. Ghost photography, spirit mediums, and painful aftermath of World War I are at the centre of this uniquely beautiful gothic novel.

There, I'm done. It wasn't so bad was it? I don't hear any angry shouts or wails of dismay. If, after some reflection you decide my choices aren't so misguided, maybe you'll trust me enough to check out another YA novel with a love triangle, mine! To Dance in Liradon, by me. I hope you like it.

You can find Adrienne at:


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Spotlight: To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clark


To Dance In Liradon by Adrienne Clarke releases today! You can currently purchase a copy HERE from the publisher's website, but it will also be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble by the end of the week. Check out the cover and blurb!

“Seventeen-year old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding Brigid's hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancĂ©’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Liradon by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two. 

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell's transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Liradon where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.

About the Author:

I think I became a writer because the world inside my head was so real and vivid, sometimes more so than the outside world. In some sense I have lived parallel lives, present in my real and imaginary lives in different ways. Because much of my childhood was spent searching for faeries or reading about them, it is natural that my work would encompass faerie tale themes and other magical elements. In the words of Tennessee Williams, forget reality, give me magic!

Adrienne has previously published short stories in The Storyteller, Beginnings Magazine, New Plains Review, and in the e-zines A Fly in Amber, Grim Graffiti, Les Bonnes Fees, The Altruist, The Devilfish Review, and Rose Red Review. Her short story, Falling was awarded second place in the 2008 Alice Munro short fiction contest. To Dance in Liradon is her first published novel.

An avid reader of fairy tales and other magical stories, a thread of the mysterious or unexpected runs through all of her work. When she’s not writing Adrienne can be found searching for faeries along with her daughters Callista and Juliet.

If you're interested in To Dance In Liradon, be sure to check back this weekend for Adrienne Clarke's guest post about her Top 5 Favorite Love Triangles in YA Fiction and a giveaway!

For more about To Dance In Liradon check out these sites!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (23): The Hallowed Ones

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

This week's teaser comes from The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. I've only just started this one today, but the premise is incredible! A post apocalyptic/dystopian involving an Amish community? Yes, please! Plus look at that cover! It's beautiful and oh so creepy!

What's the first thing we're going to do Outside, Katie?' Elijah asked, grinning. 'Eat sushi?'

I wrinkled my nose. This was a game we played often: When we are Outside...

'I am going to buy a pair of britches. Jeans.

{The Hallowed Ones, Chapter 1}

Goodreads Synopsis of The Hallowed Ones:

If your home was the last safe place on earth, would you let a stranger in? 


In this captivating thriller, an Amish settlement is the last safe haven in a world plagued by an unspeakable horror…

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there...and it is making a killing.

Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: No one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elder’s rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she bringing in with him?

For more about The Hallowed Ones check out these sites!


*All quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC. Quotes may not match the finished copy.*

Monday, September 17, 2012

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Love's Providence by Jennifer Westall


Today we have an excerpt from Love's Providence by Jennifer Westall for the Love's Providence Blog Tour hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours! Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter a giveaway for an eBook copy of the book! Love's Providence is an edgy Christian Romance that shows one girl's struggle to find a reason to love again after having her heart broken by the only boy she's ever loved. Here's a synopsis of Love's Providence:

Collegiate athlete Lily Brennon has always been the piece that doesn’t quite fit in the puzzle, especially in her fragmented family, and no amount of rule-following perfection seems to bring her any closer to the love and acceptance she desperately seeks. If not for Jackson Carter, her childhood best friend and the only boy she’s ever loved, she’s sure she would have run away years ago. But when Jackson loses his father and a future basketball career within months of each other, his faith is so shattered, he shuts out everyone, including Lily.

After months of heartache, Lily begins to piece together a life without Jackson, and while vacationing on a beautiful island off the Georgia coast, she begins a long-distance romance with Alex Walker, a police officer with a quick wit and a cocky grin. He revives her hope in love again, but their intense attraction and his devastating secret test Lily’s values, stretching them until they break. Through her struggles to remain true to her principles, an agonizing choice between Alex and Jackson, and a series of terrifying events that threaten all of them, Lily must endure losing everything she’s been grasping so 
tightly. Only then will she discover the depth of the love that already surrounds her.

Excerpt from the end of Chapter 1 of Love's Providence:

Later that evening, Lily stood on the playground and squeezed the sand between her toes as a warm, moist breeze swirled strands of hair around her face. The village shops by the pier had been teeming with tourists all afternoon, but most of them had closed down hours ago. The sounds of traffic and screaming kids had faded into a gentle lapping of the ocean against the nearby rocks. 
Her feet ached from walking around for the past several hours, and her head was beginning to throb as well. To make matters worse, her dad had insisted that she keep an eye on Kara and her cousin Rachel, which meant an evening full of aimlessly wandering through tourist shops and listening to shallow comparisons of one guy after another. At this point, she wanted nothing more than to go back to the beach house, put her feet up, and relax with a good book. 
A few yards away, Kara and Rachel competed to see who could swing the highest. As much as they insisted on being treated like adults, it was amazing how childish they could be. She rolled her eyes and sighed, glancing down at her watch. Nearly time to go. 
“Y’all about ready?” she called. 
Rachel jumped out of her swing first, followed by Kara who narrowly missed landing on her rear. Rachel doubled over with laughter, and Lily couldn’t help but laugh too. Kara flushed bright red as she glanced around to see if anyone else had seen her stumble. 
“Nice,” Lily said. 
Kara ignored her and straightened her clothes. Rachel slid her feet into her sandals and tugged her shorts back into place, though they still left little to the imagination. She smoothed her dark hair and picked her purse up off the ground. Then suddenly she squealed like a mouse and waved Kara toward her. 
“Look, those cops over there are cute!” 
Lily followed her gaze to the massive live oaks that provided a canopy over a picnic area of the park. It was empty now except for two officers talking quietly at a picnic table in the lamp light, their bikes resting in a rack nearby. From several yards away they appeared similar—broad shoulders, dark hair, well-built. Nothing spectacular. 
“You’re hopeless,” Lily said. “They’re way too old for you to even think about.” 
Rachel shrugged. “So? Cute is just cute. Age doesn’t factor.”
Lily looked at them again. Maybe Rachel was right, but she wasn’t interested in another lame discussion about guys like they were a tasty dessert item. 
“They’re all right, I guess. Not really my type.” 
Kara snorted. “Oh please. I think you have to date more than one person to have a type.” 
Rachel laughed and looked away from Lily’s glare. 
“Well, you are the expert,” Lily said. “How many boyfriends have you had?” 
Kara took a few steps closer and jutted her chin at Lily. “I know a lot more than you think. I know that hanging out with one guy since you were nine years old doesn’t make you an expert. You wouldn’t even know what to do if a great guy was interested in you.” 
“Sure I would. I’d say thanks but no thanks.” 
“Oh my word, Lil. Seriously. There’s something wrong with you.” 
“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t want to date right now.” 
Rachel’s mouth fell open. “Really?” 
“Look, I just want to enjoy my vacation. You know, relax a little, read a good book, take a walk on the beach. I don’t need drama.” 
Kara shook her head. “I’m not talking about a serious relationship here. Look around. There are cute guys everywhere. Loosen up and have some fun.” 
“I don’t need a guy around to have fun.” 
Kara winked at Rachel. “Well, if you’re going to be hanging around us, you better get used to cute guys being around. In fact, I think we should start right now.” She nodded toward the tree where the cops were still seated. Rachel’s face lit up. 
“Oh no,” Lily said. “We’re going back to the house. It’s nearly midnight.” 
But they sped away before she could stop them, so she threw her hands in the air and followed. This was going to be humiliating. As she approached the officers, the girls sang hello in unison. She could just imagine what these two gentlemen must be thinking. Leaning back on their elbows in identical poses, both of the officers grinned at the girls. 
Then she caught a glance from the one on the left, and his eyes traveled down her legs. A sliver of a smirk played at the corner of his lips. Maybe gentleman wasn’t the right word. Kara rattled off introductions, oblivious to the amusement on their faces. 
“I’m Kara. This is my sister, Lily, and our cousin, Rachel.” 
Lily offered a polite nod. There had to be a way to exit gracefully, but she couldn’t think of one. Kara and Rachel dropped onto the bench of a picnic table opposite the officers, looking entirely too eager. They were practically panting. 
“I’m Steve,” the one on the right said. “It’s nice to meet you, ladies.” His smile lit up his whole face, and his eyes had a warm puppy-like expression. Lily relaxed a little. At least one of them was friendly anyway. 
“You can just call him Poindexter.” The other officer’s eyes sparked with mischief, and Steve slapped him across the chest. 
“I know you don’t want me to tell them what they can call you, Rambo.” 
“Rambo?” Rachel asked, tilting her head. 
He waved his hand to dismiss the question. “Forget it. It’s not that funny anyway.” 
On closer inspection, the nickname seemed fitting given his dark waves and bulging muscles. He probably did think he was some sort of action hero. She could practically see him admiring his biceps in a mirror. 
“So what is your name, Rambo?” Lily asked. 
Their eyes met, and his lips tipped into a smirk. 
“Walker. Alex Walker.” 
Yep, definitely an action hero. 
“So what are you supposed to be?” she asked. “Double-oh-six-and-a-half?” The retort slipped out before Lily could catch it. 
Steve snickered and looked away from Alex’s murderous glance. 
“Well, you can just call me Daddy.” He cocked an eyebrow at her, an obvious challenge, but his grin never changed. 
Lily held his gaze, irritated by the way her stomach flipped. Must have been something she’d eaten. 
Rachel finally broke the awkward silence. “So, um, is it usually this quiet around here?” 
Steve shook his head. “Nah, it’ll pick up tomorrow, trust me. This place’ll be crawling with people and screaming kids.” 
“And plenty of little boys for you girls to play with, I’m sure,” Alex added. 
Rachel’s chest sprang out as she huffed. “We are not little girls, and we are not interested in little boys.” 
“How old do you think we are anyway?” Kara asked. 
Lily couldn’t wait for this response. Alex had wandered into dangerous waters, but he seemed oblivious. He put his fingers to his chin and assessed them. 
“Hmm, let me see.” 
Steve waved off the challenge. “I can’t ever tell.” He sent a knowing grin at Lily, and she couldn’t help but smile back. At least he had some sense. 
“Well,” Alex said, looking first at Kara, then at Rachel. “With all the make-up, you look about twenty-one. So I’d have to say you two are about thirteen, maybe fourteen.” 
Kara’s mouth dropped open and Rachel gasped. Lily could barely control her laughter. 
“What?” Rachel exclaimed. “I am fifteen, almost sixteen!” 
“And I am already sixteen!” Kara folded her arms across her chest. 
“Whoa! Don’t get your panties in a wad.” Alex threw up his hands in surrender. “I was just giving you a hard time.” 
As the girls continued to sulk, he winked at Lily. Something about him sent a shiver down her arms. 
“And how about you?” he asked. 
She hesitated. She shouldn’t let him bait her into comments she might regret. Arrogant or not, he was an officer of the law, a position she had always been taught to respect. 
Rachel finally spoke for her. “She actually is twenty-one.” 
Kara lifted a brow, a puzzled look that seemed to ask if she was okay. Lily decided to ignore it and Alex as well. 
She turned and looked out over the ocean, wishing she could enjoy it alone. The ocean and sky had melted into one large black expanse, but she could hear the waves tumble into the rocks not far away. 
“So, how long have you been police officers?” Kara asked. 
“Seven years for me,” Steve answered. 
“You’re kidding. You don’t seem that old.” 
Steve laughed. “I went into the police academy right out of high school. Been doing this since I was eighteen.” 
Lily glanced at Kara and caught the slight nod toward Steve. She knew she was being rude, but what did Kara expect? Flirting with a stranger wasn’t going to fill the hole in her chest. Still, she supposed she should at least be polite.  
“That’s pretty young to become a cop,” Lily said. “You didn’t think about going to college?”
“Nah.” He grinned like the thought was absurd. “I never wanted to do anything but be a cop. Dad’s a cop. Mom’s a cop. Just seemed natural.” 
He smiled at her again, and the warmth of it reached out to her. It wasn’t much, but it made her smile. Maybe getting to know Steve wasn’t the worst idea in the world. 
*** 
Alex caught the flush in Lily’s cheeks as she smiled at Steve, and he took a quick glance at his partner. Steve was the nicest guy he’d ever met. Too nice. And he wasn’t about to let some snobby chick get the wrong idea about him. Besides, no matter how nice he was, even Steve could be tempted by a hot girl, and he had to admit this one was a looker. Her legs had caught his attention first—long, athletic—but it was her eyes that he kept coming back to. They were cool and aloof, wandering over everything in the park, except him. He could tell from the moment she walked over that she’d rather be anywhere else. Until now. He’d have to nip the flirting before she mistook Steve’s goofy grin for something more than friendly conversation. 
“So that makes you about, what, twenty-five?” Lily asked. 
“Yep, I’m getting old.” Steve’s chest shook with his chuckle. 
“Thankfully you finally found a good woman to take care of you in your waning years.” Alex darted his eyes over to Lily as he spoke, satisfied with the subtle fall of her smile. 
Steve’s face lit up with his crooked grin, unaware of the hope he’d just crushed. 
“Yeah, I got a good one alright.” 
“How long is it to the wedding?” Alex threw that one in for good measure. 
Steve looked up at the stars as if he expected the answer to be spelled out as a connect-the dots puzzle. 
“I guess about six weeks or so.” He looked back down at the girls and grinned. “I don’t have much to do with the planning. I’m just supposed to show up on time.” 
The younger two dove into questions about the wedding, though Steve never seemed to give good enough answers. Lily hung back, of course, her eyes drifting down the beach. 
She crossed her arms over her chest and shifted her weight back and forth like she couldn’t wait to get out of there. The lights of the ice cream parlor across the parking lot went dark, and she looked down at her watch with visible relief. 
“We should probably get going.” 
The blond glanced at her watch as well. “We still have a little time left. What’s the big hurry?” 
“You two are supposed to be back by midnight.” Lily pointed a look directly at the brunette with all the make-up. “Your parents would kill me if I let you stay out late, and you know it.” 
“A few minutes isn’t going to hurt anything,” she whined. 
He watched Lily squirm. She looked like a kid in desperate need of a bathroom break. Too damn good to hang out with public servants probably. 
“Yeah, Lily,” he said. “What’s the hurry? Don’t you like us?” 
“Uh, well…” she stammered. “It’s not that. I just don’t want them to get in trouble.” 
“Let me guess,” he said. “You do everything you’re told and you’ve never disappointed anyone.” 
She opened her mouth to respond, but he cut her off. “You’ve never missed a single curfew in your life, have you?” 
“What’s it to you?” 
“Well, that must be an exciting life.” 
She swung her weight to the other hip and shot bullets of contempt from her eyes. 
“Just because I take my responsibilities seriously doesn’t mean I can’t have a good time.”  
“Oh, I’m sure you’re the life of the party.” 
Little Miss Perfect was making this way too easy. She turned and jerked her head at the other two. 
“Let’s go.” 
They stood up and flashed adorable smiles. Then they sang their goodbye as bubbly as they had their hello. The brunette flipped her hair and winked, and he stifled a laugh. That girl was going to be trouble in another year or two. 
Lily, on the other hand, was already trouble. He could feel it. Something about her still lingered after she’d disappeared, like the aftertaste of an expensive wine. It reminded him of why he hated the stuff.

More about the author:

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and Holly Pond, Alabama, two very different towns that I love for so many reasons. Holly Pond is my soul, the place where I go to remind myself of who I am and where I come from. It's a quiet place that allows me to reset when I've fallen off track.

Birmingham is my heart, the place where I lived out my story. I go there to remember my best friend, my first love, my first job, my first heartbreak.

And then there is Saint Simons Island, the place I go to feel alive, to feel the breeze off the ocean, the salt on my tongue, the excitement of my first (and only) summer fling.

I may reside in the suburbs of Atlanta, creating memories with my sweet boys, but I call several places home.

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