Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Clique by Valerie Thomas

Happy Halloween! And a happy book birthday to Valerie Thomas and her book The Clique! Check out the excerpt below and make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Clique!

The Clique is the story of Audrey Hughes, and the attempt of a boy to win her over by bringing her down. Manipulating her friends, poisoning her relationships, and tearing at her family; Devon will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But Audrey isn’t so easily ruined. She fights for her friends, pulling closer even when they would push her away.

Excerpt from The Clique:

“Speaking of which, where is he?” 
Her question is answered when Mr. Silveris kicks the door open. “Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to kick that hard,” he apologizes. Audrey has to take a moment to take him in: scruffy, dark-brown beard, hairy arms, one of those Hawaiian shirts with the orange flowers on it, khaki pants, and hair pulled back with a—well, it looks like a rubber band. She stifles a giggle. 
Mr. Silveris sets his coffee mug on the computer table in the corner. He strides to the whiteboard, opens up a dry-erase marker, and writes his own name and “AP Literature”. Then he turns to the class. “I’m Mr. Silveris. Welcome to AP Literature.” He smiles at Audrey, skips back to the door, and pauses as if confused. “Well, come on. You can leave your things here. We’re going on an adventure!” 
Audrey, Kate, Hannah, and the other kids follow Mr. Silveris out to what can only be described as George Washington High’s backyard—a hill overlooking the cafeteria, and further on, Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary. He doesn’t stop until he’s reached the apex of the hill, and then he turns to face his class. “Breathe it in. This is the morning. Your first class of the morning. You could be out here, but instead you’re in there—“ he points to the windows and gray concrete of George Washington. 
Mr. Silveris assumes a fighting stance, hands up and legs apart. “I know a lot of you probably feel like you dragged yourself out of bed this morning. Like you would rather be anywhere than here, or there. But remember this, my kiddos: this is life, and you live it no matter what you do. Nothing can pull you out of your life, because what you do is life. While you are here, while you are with me, I will teach you how to live. In the morning, we will win.” He turns away from them, toward the lower parking lot. 
“Whitman sounded his barbaric yawp over the treetops. Well, my friends, these are our treetops. Now, come on, yawp with me. Yawp!” 
Audrey shares a perplexed look with Kate. She can tell her friend’s wondering if the man’s crazy, and Aude doesn’t blame her. Despite the question, she can’t help but admit the speech has her fired up. 
“Yawp with me!” Mr. Silveris shouts. “Yawp!” This time, some of the class joins in. He points to Audrey. “What’s your name, kiddo?” 
“Aude.” 
“Odd?” He shakes his head. “Okay, Aude. Yawp with me! And your friend, too. Everyone! Yawp!” 
Audrey smiles and yawps. What is a yawp anyway? she wonders. Oh, who cares! “Yawp!” 
Mr. Silveris grins broadly. “Great job. Now, we’re going to get really crazy. Who wants to roll down this hill with me? When was the last time any of you actually rolled down a hill, just for the fun of it? Come on, guys!” He does a cartwheel that ends in several somersaults down the hill. 
“Oh my god, I think our English teacher’s crazy!” Hannah whispers. But Mr. Silveris is looking at Audrey, and she knows what he expects. 
Aude log-rolls down. When she stands up, she feels dizzy and a little sore where she rolled over a rock—but giddy as well. “That was fun!” she exclaims. 
Kate gives a what-the-hell shrug and follows Audrey down. She’s followed by nearly the entire rest of the class. Mr. Silveris waits a few minutes, until only Hannah and a few others are left standing at the top. 
He brushes a leaf from his hair and parades back to the room. Once the class is reassembled, he resumes his fighting stance, facing them from the front of the room. “In the morning we will win. In here, I won’t teach you how to crunch numbers, or, god forbid, how to figure out the trajectory of a baseball. In here, I’ll teach you the very essence of life. I will teach you how to fly. But you know what Nietzsche said...“ He pauses, apparently waiting for someone to come up with a relevant quote. “No? Well, that’s alright. You, sir, in the back, could you please read what’s on the wall behind you?” 
“The wall behind me?” The boy twists in his chair. “Oh, okay. ‘He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.’” 
Mr. Silveris smiles and nods his head. “One cannot fly into flying. Exactly. Nietzsche was the man. If you look over at my desk, you’ll see I only have two pictures: one of my lovely daughter, and one of him. One cannot fly into flying. In the morning we will win.” He pauses, looking a little confused.

“Now, where was I going with this? Oh, right. I do not expect you to write like Nietzsche on your first attempts. I only care that you reach for the heavens. In this class, we’ll be reading and analyzing some of the greatest works known to man. In the morning, we will win.” 
He paces in front of the desks. “We’ll learn how to describe everything from the wonderful to the grotesque. We’ll study the work of the great masters of English, from Dante to Shakespeare. In the morning, we will win. We’ll write poetry, prose, essays, and—sometimes—complete nonsense. In the morning, we will win.”
Aude shares another bemused look with Kate. 
“This class is more than just a class. This is the class. If you learn one thing from me, I want it to be this: inside each of you, there’s a chaos. And only through the beauty of language can you give birth to a star.” 
The bell rings. “Oops, I forgot the time.” Mr. Silveris grabs a pile of packets from his computer table. “Here, take one on your way out.” He stands at the door and pays each of the students a compliment as they exit. 
“Well, that was...“ Kate trails off. 
“Fun,” Audrey says, as Hannah says, “Strange.” They look at each other and laugh. 
“Both,” Kate agrees. 
After the exhilarating start to English, Aude feels ready to carpe some freaking diem. Or go to AP Statistics—you know, whatever.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spotlight: Legacy by Ellery A. Kane

Today we're spotlighting Legacy by Ellery A. Kane. Legacy is a dystopian set in future San Francisco. Kane is currently giving away a signed copy over on Goodreads so head over there to enter. And check out the excerpt below!

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

Excerpt from Legacy:

The first time I saw Quin, I was on the edge of sleep, thinking of my mother. She would read to me every night, then run her fingers through my hair until I fell asleep. That world, the world containing my mother, had died so long ago—was it really only twenty days?—that sometimes I believed it had happened to someone else, not me. When I thought of my old life, I imagined it far above me, like a child’s lost balloon. At first there was the hope of grabbing it, recovering it, bringing it safely back to the clutches of my hand. Then it was out of reach, and I could only watch it and wonder where it would go. Finally, the tiny dot of it disappeared, and I realized it was never mine to begin with.

I sat upright, nearly hitting my head on the desk—a graffitied table hidden in the library’s stacks—where I slept. At first, I thought it was a dream. How long had I been sleeping? A pinprick of light darted across the library floor. I held my breath.

In the twenty days, now twenty-one, that I had been in the library, a small brown bird fluttering near the doorway had been the only sign of life. I heard muffled footsteps and a click-click-click sound, like nails tapping on glass.

Cursing myself for getting too comfortable, I fumbled for the backpack my mother had given to me, rifling hurriedly through its contents—a few remaining cans of food and granola bars, a flashlight, a map of the city, a wad of money that had so far been useless, a change of clothing, and toothpaste—until I found it . . . the gun. When I slept, I usually kept it close to me, but tonight, of all nights, I had forgotten. 
I positioned myself behind the metal stacks, concealing the gun close to my side. It was heavy and cold. My mother had taught me to use it, but firing a weapon seemed like something that someone else would do, some other version of me. Still, I told myself that I was prepared to. I had to be.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spotlight: Enscrolled by Connie L. Smith

Today, not only do we have an amazing excerpt from Enscrolled (The Division Chronicles #3) by Connie L. Smith, we also have a sneak peek from Smith's upcoming NA romance, Tail Lights! Check out both below and head over to Goodreads for a chance to win a copy of Essenced (The Division Chronicles Book #1)!

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before, time hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced tainted with the demon’s incurable toxin. And beyond those worries, reason exists to suspect that magic might be vanishing, a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion.

Never has the conflict felt quite as desperate, danger escalating and hope lessening with the slow drain of each issue’s hourglass.

Will the answers to these dilemmas surface in time, or will the efforts of the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?

Excerpt from Enscrolled:

McKenna watched him leave before refocusing on Johnny, confused at the expression her boyfriend wore. “What are you smirking at?” 
He shrugged. “I’m just not sure how this could be such a bad memory. My girl glued to my side.” Wiggling his eyebrows, he continued. “Playing nurse...” 
“Well, you are poisoned,” she deadpanned. “That puts a damper on these types of situations for most people.” 
“Oh, you’re serious again.” His smirk broadened. “Are you gonna yell at me like you did when my leg was broken? That was attractive...” 
Though she fought against it, her smile emerged, spreading over her lips as she shook her head. “You’re impossible. You know that?” 
“Nah. I just learned along the way how to make my girl smile.” 
Her grin lingered until her attention descended to his leg, the spot of the poison’s initial contact. Then she frowned, her eyes filling with tears and her hands beginning to tremble. Just ten days, she thought.

“Hey.” Johnny cupped her face, gentling bringing her gaze to lock with his.

“We’re not gonna think about that because that’s gonna get taken care of.” Tobias again entered the medical room, moving directly to the corner reserved for the cure’s research to recommence his work. “See?” Johnny nodded his head toward the angel. “Look how dedicated he is to finding this. Think of all the soldiers around us who are perfectly capable of getting whatever weird ingredients he comes up with. If you do, ten days will seem like a lifetime, because it’s plenty of time.” 
And then she was the one smirking. “That’s quite optimistic.” 
He laughed, shrugging. “I told you that you’re rubbing off on me.” 
“And you’re trusting others. Like you finally flipped a switch.” 
“It isn’t like flipping a switch.” He smiled, revisiting the lecture she’d given him while stranded on a cliff. “It’s like deciding not to be in the darkness anymore. You take steps, and the light comes a little at a time until the darkness is gone.” 
She quirked an eyebrow, chuckling. “That seems vaguely familiar.” 
“Someone really smart once told me that.” Pulling her closer, he tapped the tip of her nose with his finger. “She was really hot, too.”

Guest Post and Sneak Peek of Tail Lights by Connie L. Smith:

For over a year now, The Division Chronicles series has been a huge part of my life. I’ve learned so much through writing and publishing this trilogy, and my mind is already trying to come up with a new plotline so I don’t have to say a permanent goodbye to some of these characters. Of course, I’m willing to write short stories and things about them, but my brain seems reluctant to let go of the notion that one day I’ll be penning a brand new novel with some of the angelic characters involved. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.

But whether or not any spin-offs happen, the fact is that “the end” has officially been typed for the final book. And with the release of this book, I’m looking forward to upcoming projects. Two that you can expect within the approaching months are very different from this Division series, and I’m eager/nervous to see how things play out in the future.

So along with promoting Enscrolled, I’d like to offer a look at one of these projects – a NA Romance that involves a rock star girl and an ex-military guy. Before I do, I’ll take a sentence or two to let you know that I’m doing a giveaway through Goodreads where you can win a copy of the first book of The Division Chronicles: HERE. Please, please give it a chance!

And now, have a sneak peek of Tail Lights, which should be released sometime in November of this year. You can add it to your Goodreads to-read list HERE.

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Prologue
“I can’t believe you’re actually listening to this!” My voice rose with my increasing anger and fear, barely audible over the roar of the distant thunder and the heavy rainfall pounding around us. “You know I wouldn’t cheat on you! Ever!” 
Nick shook his head while I spoke, fisted hands coming to brace against his temples. “I can’t hear this, Preston! You know what you did!” The words were punctuated by the loudest clap of thunder the storm had yet to offer, and at this point I couldn’t tell what was rain and what were tears trailing down my face. “After everything we’ve been through...” 
“Yeah! After everything!” I rushed forward, my fingers grabbing his forearms still lifted in the air, eyes on his features even though he continued to glare at the concrete of my driveway. “Think of everything we’ve been through. Think of what I’ve been through.” I saw him wince, but he didn’t glance at me. Sighing, I licked my lips and pushed on. “I need you, Nick. You’re the one thing I need.” His head fell forward, his fists leaving his temples though his arms stayed in my hands. “The one thing I need. The one that makes everything else okay.” I stepped a little closer, silently begging him to look at me. “Please don’t do this to me.” 
If I’d been getting through to him, my success crumbled in that moment. He lifted his gaze to lock with mine, his eyes full of fury, anger, hurt, betrayal...

And I knew then that he wouldn’t listen, because he’d decided on the facts without giving me the benefit of any existing doubt. He’d given up on us. On me. Just like nearly everyone else, he’d latched on to his assumptions, because I wasn’t worth fighting for.

“Do this to you?” He barked out a humorless laugh. “To you? You cheated on me, Preston!” 
“I didn’t!” I shook my head, frantic for him to believe me. “I wouldn’t! I promise...” 
“Stop it!” His arms jerked from hands, and the rage in his eyes was like the nail in the coffin. “I trusted you. I loved you.” I flinched at the past tense, my expression contorting with my unrestrained heartbreak. “I believed in you above everyone else in my life. Even when my family thought I was an idiot to try.” He sneered, and his beautiful lips looked unnatural showing that much disdain. “Even when your family thought I was an idiot to try.” 
I sucked in a breath in shock that he would be so brutal. He knew my history, and I’d confided in him countless times concerning the grudges so many members of my family held against me for things I’d never done. I’d talked to my older brother about those frustrating relationships as well – my one blood relative that loved me, that I could depend on – but I’d never given anyone as much of me, in this situation or any other, as I’d offered Nick. And he turned that trust against me?

All the tears he’d kissed away, only to switch sides and use that misery as ammunition to cause more pain... 
But he wasn’t finished with his cruelty. “I’m done. I’ve been everything I could to you, but I won’t be your doormat. That’s where I draw the line.” 
He was already backing toward his truck, but his gaze lingered on my face. Each step drove the reality of the situation into clearer focus, that what we had was really ending. That he’d believed a lie someone told him over my assurances, and was tossing me aside like I never mattered.

“I didn’t cheat on you,” I whispered, unable to speak louder. “I love you, Nick. Don’t you understand that? I refused a record deal because I’d rather be here with you than making music and out on the road.” He stopped walking, proving that he heard me despite the noises of the storm, but his expression stayed harsh. “I don’t know what to do.” I shrugged. “What can I do to convince you?” 
He frowned, eyes pinched in anger. “Nothing. We’re done. I hope I never see you again.” 
A sob tore from me when he spun on his heel and hurried for his truck, and I ran forward, panic giving my words more strength and volume. “Nick, I didn’t cheat on you! I promise! Please! You have to believe me!” He’d closed – and locked – his door by the time I reached the truck, and he didn’t peek at me through the window regardless of the number of times my palms slapped the glass. “This is stupid, Nick! I didn’t do anything!”

When the truck started, my alarm heightened, and I began beating on the window with my fisted hands. “No, no, no! Wait! Just wait!”

But he didn’t. He pulled out of the driveway and sped into the distance. 
And I stared from the middle of the road – the spot where I’d surrendered the chase – with my mouth open and my eyes wide, watching his tail lights fade into the mass of water falling from the sky.

I wiped my face with both of my hands, then looked at my drenched palms in resignation and sorrow. Tears, rain. What was the difference?

About the Author:

Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Her music of choice is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and is currently working on her MA.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

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

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!

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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!

MEMBERS
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/

Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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).


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spotlight: Air Riders by Echo Fox

Today we have an excerpt from Air Riders by Echo Fox in honor of it's release today! Air Riders is the third book in the fantasy series Equilibria. Check out the synopsis and excerpt below.

Tai is in love and he wants to fly across the mountain shouting it to the skies. He is ready to share his life with Keiko, when a strange event turns his world upside down.

The Daiku, long-time prey of Tai’s tribe of Zephyrus, start fighting back. With the whole tribe in danger from the reptilian creatures that roam the dark forest below, Tai must put all his knowledge of hunting to the test to help safeguard his people.

With the Daiku becoming an ever more erratic threat, control of the hunters is given to a fast-rising star of the Hunting Wing, Aiko, and for a while all seems to be going to plan. The Daiku can be defeated and Tai can finally live his life with Keiko.

However, is everything as it seems? Is Aiko really the Zephyrus’ salvation? Or will Tai need to gamble everything - and everyone - he loves for the greater good?

Excerpt from Air Riders:

Tai closed his eyes and was transported back into his memory. He remembered the rush of cold air over his shoulders, pressing against his head as he rose through the hair. He was following Keiko, upwards, towards the Ororan undulating through the sky above the mountains. 
Keiko dipped through the gossamer curtain, the waves of light flickering over her skin and casting rose pink tones to her hair. A glimmer of soft sea foam green swept over her shoulder as she glanced back over her shoulder at Tai. 
‘Race you!’ she called. 
Tai grinned and summoned a wind to bear him along but before he could gain on her, she flipped; diving deep into the curling colours, riding the air faster and faster, disappearing from view behind a deep purple wave of light. 
Blinking in shock at her speed, Tai shook his head in wonder and then jumped onto the back of the wind he had summoned. Whooshing through the air, Tai clashed through the delicate ripples of colour. He raced along on the wind, glimpsing the ground in the distance as he flew above. 
Every other second or so he caught a glimpse of Keiko’s long white blond hair whipping fast around a pattern of deep pink or coloured pale green as she dove alongside a curtain of moving light. She was so fast! 
Tai felt an exhilaration bursting in his chest, he was smiling so widely he could feel his cheeks begin to ache in the cool air rushing over his face. His own white hair flickered around his neck and back as he flew. He wondered briefly what they would look like to anyone down below. 
-How did you make Hunter when you’re so slow?- Keiko’s voice snickered joyfully in his ear as she darted over a shimmering wave of lilac. She laughed, he could hear that without her pushing her voice to his ear, and blew him a kiss. 
Determined to catch her; Tai stopped chasing and dropped through the light like a stone. He plummeted down, feeling his adrenaline spike as he went into free fall through the glimmer. Catching himself in a bundle of warm air, Tai eyed the wheeling and dipping Ororan above him and spied Keiko following the movements of the light ahead of him. Sneakily, he flew straight underneath the colours, watching to see where the next ripple would place Keiko. 
Smiling, he rose up through the air and appeared directly in front of her, catching her startled face just before she crashed into him. 
He wrapped his arms around her, holding them both still in the air as she pummelled his shoulder. 
‘You cheated! Couldn’t catch me after all, huh?’ she squealed, laughing. 
‘What do you mean I cheated?’ sputtered Tai. ‘I think you’ll find I’m the one who tracked you down and caught you. And that’s why I made Hunter.’ 
She curled into his chest, allowing him to carry both of them through the soft streams of colour as they descended back to the ground. Tai alighted and started to stoop, to put Keiko back on her feet but she stopped him. Her hand crept up his arm and caressed the side of his face and they looked at each other. 
Tai saw himself reflected in her violet eyes as she leaned forward and planted a sweet kiss on his lips. Tai felt his heart race and he hugged her tighter. 
‘I think I may be falling in love with you Tai.’ whispered Keiko in his ear. 
He smiled and kissed her again. 
‘I know I’m in love with you.’ he murmured. ‘Absolutely, irrevocably, in love with you.’


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