Friday, August 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: LIAR, LIAR by Dawn Pendelton + Giveaway

Hazel is a freshman at Coastal Carolina and looking forward to making new friends. When she meets Roman, she’s head over heels for him. There is one problem, though: he’s still hung up on Hazel’s roommate, Cheyanne.

However, Cheyanne has a secret, one that has the potential to ruin her life in college. When Hazel learns the secret, she’s determined to use it against Cheyanne to win over Roman. She never imagines her plan could backfire, leaving her as a pariah among her new circle of friends.

The BFF series follows the lives of new adults, Hazel, Miranda, Cheyanne, Destiny, Audric, Nolan, Andre, and Roman. Follow their stories as the first season of novellas are released once a week from September to March.

Release date: September 17, 2013

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Book Blast: COLOUR WIELDERS by Dawna Raver + Giveaway

Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.

Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine-Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm-tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?

New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.

Chapter One

Virgin Territory

Gentle fingertips grazed the edge of her jaw, trailing down her neck to her collarbone. His citrine gaze stared deeply into her eyes, and her body heated at his tender touch.

“You’re okay, yeah?” Thaene asked, his voice hoarse from their lovemaking.

Am I okay? She hardly knew. Though she had nothing to compare it to, this feeling was more than giving her virginity to him. Quinn felt like something bigger inside had stirred to life, wanting to escape.

“You know I love you. I’m sorry if it hurt.” He kissed her again, his lips caressing hers, as if he could take the ache away.

“Say something, Quinn. Please.”

“I love you, Thaene.” She pressed herself into him, passionately returning his affection. As their kiss continued, Quinn wondered if he wanted more. She also wondered if she had more to give.

“I want us together, always. Do you want that, Quinn?” Thaene’s eyes danced with a mixture of emotions—love, passion, possessiveness, and something else she couldn’t name.

“We can have forever. You want that, don’t you?” Thaene asked.

“Yes,” Quinn answered breathlessly, before realizing what she’d agreed to. She smiled, finding his need for her exciting.

“Forever is a long time. But I could do it with you.”

Thaene smiled back. Happiness lit his face. He looked like he’d just won a major prize—he looked triumphant.

“Being with you on your twenty-second birthday was very special to me. You’ve given me such a precious gift.”

“I love you. I can’t imagine my first time with anyone else.”

Besides, my gift of Sight showed you to me, over and over. How could I not give myself to you?

Her gift had shown her something else as well. Since she didn’t understand it, Quinn ignored it. She’d followed her heart where Thaene was concerned. Not even her mother’s dislike—or in spite of it— changed her mind. Following your heart always led you down the right path.

Thaene lightly brushed her hair from her face, then he rested his forehead on hers.

“There’s something else I’d like you to give me. Will you do that? Give me what I desire the most?”

The longing in his voice made Quinn squirm underneath him. Right now, she’d give him anything.

“It’s the most precious gift of all. One I’ll cherish forever.”

Oh my God. He wants to marry me.

“Yes,” Quinn said, drawing in a breath. “I’ll give you anything.”

“Good.” Thaene nuzzled her neck. “I want you to show me your Magyk.”

“What?” Quinn blinked at him, wondering if she’d heard him right.

“If you want us to have forever, you must show me your Magyk.”

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Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Colour Wielders, Book One, is her debut novel. When she is not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen.
Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: KISS THE SKY by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Twenty-three-year-old fashion designer, Rose Calloway, has everything figured out. Well, except her boyfriend. Pretentious, gorgeous, smart-as-hell—Connor Cobalt wants to rule the world and that means collecting as many contacts as he can. But for Rose, “people-pleasing” is another word for “fake” and tensions begin to build the longer their relationship lasts.

With the stress of her struggling fashion line, Rose finds a solution in another guy. The only problem—he’s everything she dislikes in men. But he’s her last chance to save the failing company. Now she must use Connor’s “people-pleasing” tactics to impress a guy that rattles her nerves. Rose has confidence in herself, but she also knows her boyfriend thrives on competition. And Connor hates being runner-up. If he doesn’t bottle his pride, the cost could be her future career.

They want it all: wealth, love and success.

But when two ambitious individuals fight to be the best, someone is bound to come in second. After all, only one can kiss the sky.

 Standalone New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content.

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs.
When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.
 Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange  and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news.

When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time working in the science field. She is happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: PULLING ME UNDER by Rebecca Berto

Title: Pulling Me Under
Author: Rebecca Berto
Series: Pulling Me Under #1
Age group: Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction with crossover Suspense
Publication date: October 2013

Paul was Katie’s rock for thirteen years, but then she watched him die. 

By day, she is left with her daughter Ella’s questions about where Daddy went, and at night, she's consumed with nightmares of the moment he died. It isn’t long before Katie’s mother hints that her volatile lifestyle and developing drinking habits are no way to raise a little girl. 

Through it all, her and Paul’s best friend, Liam is there. Grieving the death of both husband and friend, the time they spend together seems more intimate these days, and Katie soon stumbles into taboo territory: Liam might be in love with her. 
Torn between Liam’s feelings and losing Ella, one night Katie runs. 

Air. Space. Thinking time. That's what she thinks she's getting when she stumbles upon that party. In the morning, in a strange bed, she can’t remember the night before. 

Pulling Me Under  is raw in its brutality of love and pain, with slow-building suspense to a heart-stopping conclusion.

Rebecca Berto is an Amazon bestselling author. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are full of heart. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Author Interview: Kat Zhang + Giveaway

I am thrilled to have Kat Zhang on the blog today talking a little about her books, WHAT’S LEFT OF ME, which released September 18, 2012 and her upcoming novel, ONCE WE WERE that is to be released on September 17, 2013.

Kat also has an amazing surprise in store for you. 
To celebrate the release of the paperback edition of WHAT’S LEFT OF ME, she has a special giveaway. Much thanks to Kat!

1. Can you tell us what inspired you to become a writer?

I've been a voracious reader since I was little, and even before that, I loved to make things up. I got into scribbling poetry (really, really bad poetry) after my dad gave me a book of A. A. Milne's children's poetry when I was six or seven. And I used to write plays with my best friend for our stuffed animals. I didn't get the idea to write a novel and actually try to get it published until I was eleven or so, but I think it was a pretty natural progression of my need to tell stories :)

2. When you wrote WHAT’S LEFT OF ME and ONCE WE WERE, did you write strictly fiction or did some personal experiences/knowledge come into play?

A lot of it is definitely strictly fiction, haha. On the other hand, I think personal experiences/knowledge goes into any book a writer writes. I don't base characters on myself at all, and I don't base their stories on my life, but you can't help pulling on personal experiences to create imaginary ones. 

3. How long did it take you to write WHAT’S LEFT OF ME? During that time, did you come across any blocks/times that you could not write?

I wrote the first draft from about February my senior year of high school to about March my freshman year of college. And yes, I encountered frequent blocks! Luckily, during that time, I met the ladies of Let The Words Flow (many of who are now part of Pub(lishing) Crawl, who were such great motivators!

4. What inspired you to write WHAT’S LEFT OF ME?

It really all stemmed from the question: "What if your inner monologue was a whole other person trapped inside you?" More questions stemmed from that one: "What would it be like to be that person?" "How did they get that way?" "What would the world be like if everyone started out like this?" Eva, my main character, grew from these questions, and the world of The Hybrid Chronicles grew around her :)

 5. Who is your favorite character in the book, and why?

Ooh, hard to pick! This might sound strange, since they're more minor characters, but I'm actually very fond of Devon and Dr. Lyanne. They're the sort of characters who I know a lot more about than is in the book, and I think they're really interesting, ha-ha.

6. Please list five random likes; then do the same for dislikes, go way random.

Random Likes - Iced Coffee, slipper-socks, fine-tipped pens, baked Lays, rain.

Random Dislikes - Wet towels, uncomfortable shoes, mosquitoes, milk, too much jam in a PB&J.

7. ONCE WE WERE, your second published novel with HarperCollins will be releasing this fall (September 17, 2013) correct. Do you care to elaborate just a little bit?

Sure! ONCE WE WERE continues the story soon after WHAT'S LEFT OF ME left off, and I'm really excited to share it with the world. 

To explain a lot would be to spoil WHAT'S LEFT OF ME for those who haven't read it, but I can say that the second book is larger in scope, and address the world beyond the more limited settings of the first book. ;)

Thank you for stopping by and chatting with us about your epic books. Congratulations on the release of ONCE WE WERE.
 I look forward to having you back again for another visit.

Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. An English major at Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time performing Spoken Word poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. 

What’s Left of Me–about a girl with two souls–is her first novel and was released by HarperCollins on 9/18/2012. The sequel, Once We Were, comes out 9/17/2013. 

Kat is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. You can read about her travels, literary and otherwise, on her website or check her out on Twitter.

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