May 28, 2017

Author Guest Post with Katie McElhenney

The Things They've Taken
Author: Katie McElhenney
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Description:


All Lo Campbell wants is to be a normal teenager—to go to one high school, live in one place, and have one real friend. Instead, she travels the country with her mother, chasing the unknown, the what else that’s out there...

Until one day, the what else chases back.

Determined to rescue her mom from whatever supernatural being took her, Lo will need more help than a badly dressed demon obsessed with country music. She’s going to need a Tracker—and lucky for her, she finds one. Shaw is strong, good-looking, possibly available, and utterly infuriating. Sure, he may have secrets, and his help costs more than a brand-new car, but she’ll have to deal with him if she wants to find her mother—and get her home alive.
 PD(w)A: Public Displays of Writing Affection


I’ve learned if I want to get my least favorite chores knocked off a to-do list, I should just try to write in my living room. A normally task-driven, organized person, I instantly turn into the whiskered leading man in ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’. I can’t possibly be creative when I need to regrout the tub which will remind me that there’s hand wash only clothes to clean, but first I just need to check the internet right quick for a biodegradable, homeopathic, homemade, detergent I need to go to a specialty store 8 towns over to get the ingredients for. Not exactly a helpful recipe for meeting deadlines.


And so, to the coffee shops and public library branches I went. Surrounded by the bustle of strangers, I could focus on my work and be much more productive. This system worked well—until I started writing romance. That’s when my repressed Irish Catholic upbringing reared its head in ways I never expected.


Writing in a public space suddenly felt so…well…public. I kept imagining a text bubble above my head showing everyone my words as I typed them. Every passerby was surely looking over my shoulder, aghast that I would have the audacity to bring smut into their sacred caffeinated spaces. The morality police were teaming up to raid the library and arrest me for daring to write about baser urges in a place that had a CHILDREN’S SECTION in it (won’t someone please think of the children?!). A pale-faced girl, I knew my cheeks were burning as I snuck furtive glances around like a Wikileaks informant dropping off a dossier in a parking garage.


It was paralyzing.


Until one day, I got over it. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that simple, but it wasn’t that complicated either. I took a long look at what it was that was making me so uncomfortable. Did I really feel that what I was writing was wrong or offensive? Would someone be hurt if they read what I wrote? Would people’s opinion of me change when they got to a steamy part in the book? Did I care that they might not be able to separate the fantasy I’ve created from the real life I live? The answers were:


No.
No.
Perhaps, but who needs them?
Maybe, but there are still folks who believe the Earth is flat so there’s no accounting for how people decide to see the world.


We live in a society that wants to pick and choose which part of our animalistic natures to celebrate or condemn. Violence? Bring it on! Sexuality? You shut your filthy mouth, hussy! I realized that I was just feeding into that by being embarrassed as I wrote about a blooming love and physical exploration between two characters. There isn’t anything torrid or wrong about sparks or the fire they may lead to.


So, I slid off the shackles I’d put on myself, ordered myself a dirty chai, and got down to it. It was scary, but liberating. I find the best things in life often are.
Katie McElhenney was born in Philadelphia into a big family of curious kids and patient adults. A voracious reader and unapologetic daydreamer, she knew she wanted to become a writer someday. With the support of an amazing family, great friends, and some truly spectacular teachers she has written short stories, poems, and novels. A solar-powered human, she now lives in Los Angeles and uses the great weather for year-round trips to the beach and long runs (where the best inspiration happens). (Taken from Goodreads)


https://www.katiemcelhenney.com/ 
http://www.twitter.com/ktmcelhenney 




 

May 27, 2017

Wildman Road Trip Announcement

Debut author J.C. Geiger is channeling his inner WILDMAN by doing a road trip across the United States! The trip started on May 21st and will run through May 31st. Follow along LIVE at the WILDMAN website to see videos, the interactive map, and more! #WildmanRoadTrip
 
Here’s the twist: Jeff will only be driving based off of two things: donations to support America’s libraries through ALA and/or the preorder of his book. He will be driving five miles per pre-ordered book, and one mile for every five dollars pledged to ALA. Watch the below video for more information!



Perfect for fans of The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, WILDMAN (On Sale June 6, 2017) follows the journey of one boy, Lance Hendricks, who thinks he knows what life has in store for him after graduation, only to uncover within himself tension between who he has been, and who he wants to be. This heartfelt debut explores the relationship between identity and place, the power of being seen, and the speed at which a well-planned life can change forever.

When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks. But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.

He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before—like himself.

RAVE REVIEWS:
“The ethereal Dakota is reminiscent of John Green’s Alaska […]
A thought-provoking, hilarious, eloquent story of a young man realizing that
the world is much larger than the one set up for him.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s hilarious, sad, and unputdownable.”
—Laini Taylor, New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award Finalist

Wildman is that good song that gets under your skin and respins your DNA."
—Martha Brockenbrough, award-winning author of The Game of Love and Death
JC GEIGER has eaten the beating heart of a snake, been deported from a full-moon party, and spent a short time locked in a Bolivian prison. He also writes fiction. His short works have appeared in the pages of Murky Depths and Horror Garage, and on stage at The Second City in Chicago. J.C. now writes, teaches, directs, and performs in the Pacific Northwest, where he can often be spotted behind the wheel of a 1993 Buick Century. It still runs like a dream. Visit him online at www.jcgeiger.com and on Twitter @jcgeiger.





 

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Craving Bad Anthology


 

Craving Bad: An Anthology of Bad Boys and Wicked Girls (Craving Series #1)
Authors: Aj Norris, Amelia James, Bella J, Cora Kenborn, Genevieve Lynne, Jamie Zakian, Jennifer Loring, Kelsey McKnight, Kierston Modglin, Sarah Fischer, and Savannah Blevins
Genre: Adult Romance
Publication Date: May 23, 2017

Description:

To take the bad with the good has never been this tempting…

We all need it. We all crave it. The unexpected. The freedom of letting all your inhibitions go. It’s the thrill of being led to the edge, testing the limits, wondering if and when you’ll be pushed over. It’s the rush of the unknown. The bittersweet of tasting the forbidden when you know it’s undeniably bad for you. It consumes you, possesses you, and seduces you with its decadence, the desire for wickedly bad things.

Eleven stories of sinfully seductive bad boys and scandalously wild bad girls—all ready to ignite your deepest desires by letting you experience the daring side of romance.

A blackmailing hacker. An infamous cage fighter. The Sergeant at Arms of a criminal MC. They’re breaking bad with shameless temptation…and they are downright irresistible.

Do you want to be taken to the edge? Do you ache for the thrill of experiencing how good bad can be?

Craving bad? Now’s your chance to indulge.




 
 
 
 
 
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May 26, 2017

Excerpt Reveal: Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

   
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins. Don’t miss the amazing excerpt below and pre-order your copy today!

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. 

Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.
       
 “Mick?” she whispered. 

“Yeah?” 

“Are you feeling something?” 

“You could say that,” he murmured. “You?” 

She licked her lips and he nearly groaned. “I think so,” she whispered. 

“That’s good.” 

“Are you going to kiss me?” 

He cupped her face, let his thumbs trace her jawbone, his fingers sinking into her silky waves. “No,” he said quietly. “And not because I don’t want to, but because when I do, I want to know you’re ready. That you’ll feel it.” 

She sighed. “Guys do whatever they want all the time, no emotions necessary. I want that skill.” Another shaky breath escaped her, and since they were literally an inch apart, they shared air for a single heartbeat during which neither of them moved. 

Her gaze dropped to his mouth. “Okay, so I’m definitely feeling things.” She hesitated and then her hands came up to his chest. “Maybe we should test it out to be sure.” 

God, she was the sweetest temptation he’d ever met, and he wanted nothing more than to cover her mouth with his. Instead, he brushed his mouth to her cheek. 

“Please, Mick,” she whispered, her exhale warming his throat. 

He loved the “please,” and he wanted to do just that more than anything. But when she tried to turn her head into his, to line up their mouths, he gently tightened his grip, dragging his mouth along her smooth skin instead, making his way to her ear. 

“Not yet,” he whispered, letting his lips brush over her earlobe and the sensitive skin beneath it. 

She moaned and clutched him. “Why not?” 

It took every ounce of control he had to lift his head and meet her gaze. “Because I want to make sure you’re really with me, that you’re feeling everything I’m feeling. That there’ll be no doubt, no regrets.” 

“You sure have a lot of requirements.” 

He laughed. And she was right, it was all big talk for a guy who didn’t do relationships anymore. Still, he forced himself to step back and shut the passenger door. 

As he rounded the hood to the driver’s side, he tried to remind himself of all the reasons she was a bad idea. He lived two hundred miles away and he was hoping to move his mom up by him and never come back here. Not to mention that Quinn lived an equal two hundred miles in the opposite direction and she was in a deeply vulnerable place. No way would he even think about taking advantage of that. 

But when he slid behind the wheel and their eyes locked, he realized that while his mind could stand firm, the rest of his body wasn’t on board with the in-control program.     

They say life can change in an instant ...

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood.

Pre-order your copy in any format and receive an exclusive crossover Heartbreaker Bay meets Wildstone bonus scene, featuring Archer and Elle going to Wildstone, CA, the town in which Lost and Found Sisters takes place - read about their night in a haunted B&B!

Simply enter your order number OR upload a screenshot of your proof of purchase. Entries must be received by June 25th and you will receive content via email on June 27th!


Preorder and fill out the form here!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.







   







Book Blast + Giveaway: Fractured Beauty: The Fairy Tale Five

http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2017/05/nerd-blast-fractured-beauty-fairy-tale.html


Fractured Beauty: The Fairy Tale Five
Authors: Angela Brimhall, Lehua Parker, Angela Corbett, Adrienne Monson, Angela Hartley
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Publisher: Tork Media

Description:

Beauty and the Beast may be a tale as old as time, but in this collection by the Fairy Tale Five you’ll meet five newly imagined Belles and the Beasts they love.

Angela Brimhall’s beast is a terrifying sea monster cursed by a scorned gypsy. He must risk all to save the strong-willed princess before losing his last chance at love and redemption, becoming forever damned to the briny deep.

Lehua Parker’s Nani is trapped by Indian and Hawaiian traditions and a fiancĂ© locked in stasis in a medi-mod. Cultures and expectations collide in this sci-fi futuristic world where nano-bot tattoos and dreams reveal the secret of Nani’s heart.

Angela Corbett’s Ledger is determined to find out more about the mysterious woman who saved him from certain death and uncover the secrets of Withering Woods, but some beasts are better left caged.

Adrienne Monson’s Arabella rushes to an enchanted castle to pay her father’s debt, but is met with a burly beast with a mysterious past. It’s a howling paranormal regency romp that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime.

Angela Hartley’s Porta Bella discovers there’s more to Oregon life than taking care of her father when she finds herself rescued by Bigfoot. It’s up to Porta Bella to unravel the faery’s curse and discover who’s the real monster.   


 
LEHUA PARKER is the award-winning author of the MG/YA Pacific literature magic realism series, The Niuhi Shark Saga: One Boy, No Water; One Shark, No Swim; and One Truth, No Lie.
 
Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Lehua is an author, educator, and public speaker. Trained in literary criticism and an advocate of indigenous cultural narratives, Lehua is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums.
 
Now living in exile in the high desert mountains of Utah, during snowy winters she dreams about the beach.
 
Lehua is a pen name for Michelle C. Parker, a mediated message design and research professional. As Michelle she works as an editor, book consultant, and literary critic. In addition to her Lehua writings, she also publishes speculative fiction, short stories, personal essays, plays, and poetry.
 



Adrienne Monson has always had a voracious appetite for books. When she became a stay at home mom, she finally listened to her muse and began writing. 

She enjoys Zumba, kickboxing and weightlifting. She also loves delicious foods, which is why she has to work out so often.

Dissension and Defiance is available where books are sold. Deliverance, the final installment of the Blood Inheritance trilogy is slated for release April 2016.

Eyes of Persuasion is a mashup of paranormal and historical romance, found exclusively on Amazon.


Angela Corbett graduated from Westminster College with a double major in communication and sociology. She started working as a reporter for her local newspaper when she was sixteen and won awards for feature, news, and editorial writing. She has also done freelance writing. In addition to being an author, she works as a director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and listening to U2. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber's.

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Angela Hartley spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only a book for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far happier than the one she resided in. Literature became her passion and the idea of someday writing carried her through years of uncertainty.

Long ago, Angela left the disease of poverty behind. Through all of life’s ups and downs, her desire to make her own magic never waned. With a strong support system, she set out to create worlds, and publish books. Along with perusing her lifetime goal, she’s built and managed several writing organizations, been a life coach, and project manager. She has also entertained and educated at schools, symposiums, and conventions. In her down time, she studies religion theory, psychic abilities, and psychology to gain a better understanding of the human condition. 






Angela Brimhall grew up trying to decide whether she liked romance or horror novels best. She graduated college with a BS degree in health, but decided she'd much rather experience the drama of life through her characters. She received an MFA in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University and is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, Romance Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She lives in the heart of a city between two mountains with her husband, son and four dogs where spired castles dot every hill and fairy tales really do come true.

(2) Winners will receive a $25 Gift Card of their choice (PayPal/Amazon/Barnes&Noble)
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter





 

May 25, 2017

Dark Breaks the Dawn Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway



DARK BREAKS THE DAWN
Author: Sara B. Larson 
Release Date: May 30, 2017 
Publisher: Scholastic Press 
Pages: 320 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
  
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads 

Description:

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless. 

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected. 

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price. 

In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake -- a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure. 
Dark Breaks the Dawn is the enchanting first book in a wonderful YA fantasy retelling of Swan Lake. I'm not very familiar with Swan Lake, so I can't compare the two and see what exact similarities there might be. Even though I don't know the original story, it didn't effect my experience with this book at all. Just about every aspect of the novel was fantastic and incredibly well done. The only thing that personally bugged me a little bit was the writing style. The author chose to write the story from the third person point of view, which makes it feel a bit closed off from the characters (compared to first person - my top choice). I fully understand why the author chose this style of writing and it makes complete sense. There were multiple primary characters and the perspective of the story bounces around between them. If the book had been done in the first person POV, it would've been very confusing and would've taken away from the story itself. Even though I fully understand the reasoning, I still always prefer the first person. But this is solely my own opinion and not a reflection on the book itself.

All of the other elements were fantastic. The multiple primary characters were all rounded and complex. I enjoyed getting to know each one and watching them grow and change throughout the book. I really liked seeing their relationships with one another develop as well - especially that of Evelayn and Tanvir. Although there's a definite thread of  romance throughout the novel, it didn't take away from the main plot - which I really liked. It didn't overwhelm the story, instead it enhanced it for me. The setting was wonderful and easy to get lost in. The author uses rich imagery and detailed descriptions to bring every part of this world to life in front of our eyes. I loved learning everything about the different kingdoms, the magic, the political and social scenes, and so much more. Which brings us to the plot. It was fascinating and had me hooked from the very beginning. I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. Some of the aspects were predictable - the princess who has to step up and take over the kingdom, the romance involving the princess, the rival kingdoms and their war, etc. Even though these weren't completely original, I think the author did a great job weaving it all together to create a dazzling novel. I'll definitely be reading the second book and I'm excited to see where that one will take us. I highly recommend this one for fans of YA fantasy, paranormal, romance, retellings, and fairy tales.
SARA B. LARSON is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy, Ignite, and Endure. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the loss of nap time) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction. 

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of DARK BREAKS THE DAWN - US Only!





Tour Schedule: 

Week One: 
5/22/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview 
5/23/2017- Here's to Happy Endings- Review 
5/24/2017- Novel Novice- Guest Post 
5/25/2017- A Dream Within A Dream- Review 
5/26/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview 

Week Two: 
5/29/2017- Fiktshun- Review 
5/30/2017- A Backwards Story- Guest Post 
5/31/2017- Mundie Moms- Review 
6/1/2017- Fiction Fare- Interview 
6/2/2017- Owl Always Be Reading- Review