Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Spotlight #1 Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

Of course most of you guys know that my favorite genre to read is PNR and one of my favorite types of PNR are about Angels. I am very excited to start reading Adorned by Georgeann Swiger.

Book Blurb: When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.
Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light. 
With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya. Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.

Sneak Peak At Chapter 9I step onto the back porch, trying to make out what’s going on in the dark. When another flash of lightning reveals three figures clinging together, approaching from the pasture, I yell, “Is that Micah with you?”
Celeste hollers back. “Yes, but he’s not well! Get some towels and a dry blanket!”
I run up the kitchen stairwell and grab three towels from the bathroom and the comforter from my bedroom. I make it back downstairs in time to see Simon and Celeste helping Micah into the house. He leans on their shoulders, shuffling his feet as he staggers through the foyer.
“Dang, you look mangled.” Eli laughs, making it sound like a big joke When Aunt Celeste and Simon lower Micah to the couch in the parlor, he moans as he sinks into the cushions and falls to his side. His bare leg and muddy foot jut out of the wet blanket.
When Simon touches Micah’s forehead, the short uneven breaths Micah sucks through his teeth become even more pronounced.
“You’re burning up,” Simon says. “How could you be so stupid?”
“Give me the towels, darling, and put the blanket down,” Aunt Celeste says. “Shut the door as you leave.”
“I want to know what’s going on. What happened to Micah?” I try to push past her to get to him, but she catches my arm, stopping me.
“Micah will be fine. But he doesn’t have any clothes on,” she says. “You can come in when we get him settled.”
Eli puts his arm around my shoulder and turns me toward the foyer. “Oh, come on beautiful. I’ll wait with you.”
Eli closes the pocket doors and flitters around the foyer like a nosy little dog.
“What happened to Micah?” I ask.
“Oh, don’t worry about him. He’ll be fine.”
“He didn’t look fine.”
Eli’s golden eyes twinkle. “Trust me.”
“Who are you?”
He ignores me and noses around the foyer, putting his fingers all over the glass sculptures.
“Is that Simon guy with social services or the police or something?”
He bends over and blows his hot breath on the crystal ball sitting on a pedestal near the front door. “Something,” he says. When he reaches out to touch the glass orb, a high-pitched scream coming from the parlor makes me freeze in front of the closed doors.
Eli slides past me and puts his back to the doors. “I think they’re done.” He pushes the doors open an inch and peeks inside, allowing a hint of a smoky odor to escape the room. When he opens the doors all the way, I can see Micah slumped on the couch with my comforter around him.
“Is he okay?” I say.
Micah glances at me, then shuts his eyes.
I look at Aunt Celeste. “I want to know what’s going on.”
She fumbles with her pearl necklace and looks away, seeming to fight the urge to run to me.
Eli flutters to her side. “Celeste, you’ve done a fine job. But Micah can take it from here.”
Micah’s eyes pop open. His face turns as white as the daisies on my comforter.  
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About the Author Georgeann Swiger


 Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV.  After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom.  During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy.  Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion.  When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher.  She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.






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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Review: Fraud at Snowfields by Daniel Klock



 (I was given this free book in exchange for an honest review)
Synopsis from Goodreads  Bluerorcs! Six, seven, a dozen? He cannot tell because the tiny bright blue explosions of light keep blinding him. Will, running as fast as he can. Flashes of blue, flashes of yellow, brilliant flashes of blue and yellow together like fireworks—Will is as frightened as he has ever been. He keeps running... Only a short time after a strange nightmare Will again feels like he is caught in a dream—but this time the best dream he has ever had. For Mr Chevalier visits him at his parents' house to invite him to join the White Christmas Organisation—the secret organisation that handles the production and delivery of the Christmas presents and that is headed by Father Christmas himself. Will had always been a firm believer in the magic of Christmas and now he is on his way to be part of it all as he begins his job training at Snowfields. And—while traveling with the amazing cloud-based delivery system—he has no idea what other wonders he is going to see or what he is getting himself into...

For just as he is having the time of his life with his new friends at his new school with amazing subjects as well as hard hands-on training, he is caught up in the biggest conspiracy Snowfields has seen in decades.

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Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it and I love to get people into the holiday spirit. I found that Christmas feeling while reading Fraud At Snowfields.  I absolutely loved reading this book! It put me right into the Christmas Spirit. It reminded me of the Christmas shows that are apart of the 25 days of Christmas but that is my thought :).   


Will is asked to join a secret organization called The White Christmas Organization. It is based in Snowfields and it makes sure the children have a good Christmas but things are not all as what they seemed. I felt like I was right there in the story with the characters. The plot was beautifully written. There wasn't anything that I did not like about the book! It is a perfect read for the holidays.

I promise, if you read this you will love it!


Rating 5Stars

Recommend?Yes

Cover Reveal: Unrequited by Emily Shaffer





UNREQUITED 






by Emily Shaffer


Release Date: 2014


NA (17+)


PARANORMAL ROMANCE





Book Summary:


UNREQUITED is An Interview with a Vampire
meets Meet Joe Black.






In the town
of Belle Ridge there are doctors, lawyers and teachers... but there is only one
vampire. Will Leighton has become an expert in making a life for himself
amongst the unsuspecting small-town inhabitants, as the high school history
teacher. He has spent hundreds of years crafting an identity and routine that
make him feel almost human, but he is always missing that important final
element, love.





Ashton
Wallace is beautiful, smart, and angry. She was forced into an eternal
existence, and now her family has moved her away from everything and everyone
she knows. In Belle Ridge she is supposed to finish high school and start her
life again, but how do you make plans for the next several centuries?





Will has
never met another of his kind, and is immediately intrigued by Ashton. He longs
to show her that the perceived vampire lifestyle, so popular in storybooks, is
far from reality...but will she let him be a friend and guide in this new
existence? Can Ashton accept Will into her life, or will she be led astray by a
dark stranger with whom she shares an unknown connection?






About the Author

Whether writing stories to entertain her younger
siblings, or typing up an essay for a class, Emily Shaffer has been a writer
for as long as she can remember.  Her stories may have changed from
talking cartoon frogs to angsty young adults, but her goal to write a
compelling story remains the same.  When not writing, she lives in
Nashville and enjoys all the music, food, and excitement that city has to
offer.  Her first novel, the well-received chick-lit title That Time of
the Month was self-published on Amazon in 2012.  Her latest novel, as the
others before, are fueled by diet soda and pie.



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Author Interview: The Tearings by V.C. Repetto

V. C. Repetto is the author of The Tearings.


 I was very excited when Ms. Repetto agreed to an author interview. Before I get to the interview here is an excerpt of the book.



From the moment the black vans appear to take the sick away, Maya knows there is something wrong. A high school sophomore, she seems to be the only one to question the sudden disappearances at school and the masks everyone is forced to wear to keep from catching the new disease spreading through the entire United States. Even when word of the new “healing centers” reaches the public, no one dares to ask what is happening.



But when Maya catches the disease, the one they call The Tearings, and is taken to one of these centers along with her mother, the truth becomes all too clear. She is separated from her family and forced to work, becoming one of the more fortunate ones who is not sent to the testing wings. Bullied by the guards to the point of death, she meets David Summers, the enigmatic young Captain who appears to loathe his position of power in the camp and who seems as drawn to Maya as she is to him.



When Maya suddenly becomes the disease’s only survivor, she must put her trust on David to find a way to escape the camp and get the truth, and the cure coursing through her veins, out to the world.

And here is the book trailer that was done by the talented artist Victoria Cano

 Now on to the Author Interview :)

1.)  Tell us about your book and how did you get the inspiration to write The Tearings? 
I’ve always loved books and movies about epidemics. As strange as it may sound, I’ve made a hobby of reading books about the bubonic plague and the flu epidemic of 1918. So, I figures, why not write about something I enjoy reading about? I sat down to think about it, trying to see the process step by step. What would happen if people started getting sick in this day and age? I think the quarantine would be quick and violent. Neighbors turning in neighbors, people giving up their rights to make sure they are safe. Not to get too political, but we do see it now, allowing the government to read our emails and listen to our phone calls. We are giving up rights every day to make sure we are safe, so it wasn’t such a big leap to think that we would easily give them up to make sure sick people are removed from our vicinity.
2.)  How long did it take you to write it?
The actual writing took me about three months, but the editing process took much longer. I wanted the pacing to be just right.
3.)  What was your favorite scene to write about?
That’s a tough one because I don’t want to give anything away. I’ll just say that it was a moment with Maya and Captain Summers, when they are both looking at something on a computer screen. That scene was one of the first ones I envisioned when I first started planning the book.
4.)  What is your most favorite and most difficult part to writing?
My favorite part is sitting down with a blank page on Word and searching for that all-important first phrase. The most difficult part of writing is editing, hands down. It such a stressful process. One that leaves me either screaming at my computer screen, or muttering to myself about plot points as I take my daily walk.
5.)  Do you use an outline when writing?
A very basic one. I’ve tried to stick to detailed outlines, where every scene is plotted out, but the characters tend to rally in mutiny.
6.)  What are the things you do to get in your “zone” when preparing to write?
I prepare a cup of coffee, and I make sure there are no annoying noises around me. I like to write in as absolute a silence as I can manage. Which is hard, considering I have four dogs and three birds roaming the house at any given time.
7.)  Do you have other works in the making that will be published in the future?
I am writing the second installment to The Tearings. I’ve just started so it will take me a while. I have other projects brewing, as well, most of them geared towards the YA market.
8.)  What advise do you have for aspiring writers?
Write every day. Every single day. You don’t have to write pages and pages, but a couple hundred words or so, just to get your head used to the habit of sitting down and stringing words together. Read everything and anything you can get your hands on, even if the writing is not that great. You learn a lot of what you should not do by reading less-than-stellar authors. And don’t pay attention to rejections. They mean less than nothing.



Again thanks to Ms. Repetto and her team for letting me be apart of the tour and doing the interview.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Twelve Steps by Veroncia Bartles






Twelve Steps




by Veronica
Bartles


Release Date:
03/25/14





Book Summary:


Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being
a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. There in Laina's shadow, Andi's
only noticeable feature is her pretty awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed
by Laina's perfect everything else.





When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him
up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough and devises
a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from
Laina. After all, great hair must count for something.





Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change
her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. OK,
maybe that's two steps in one.





Step 4: Make a list of her good
qualities besides great hair. There have got to be at least three
good qualities, right?






Step 7: Demand attention for more
than just her shortcomings, and break out of her shell. Easier said that done,
but worth the effort in the long-run. 




When a stolen kiss from her crush
ends in disaster, Andi finds that her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped,
and realizes she may need a new program--perhaps with less steps!






As cracks in Laina’s flawless fa├žade
begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for
both to shine.










About the
Author

As the second
of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to
the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the
gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words
younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who
mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another
crazy.   When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her
newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewelry out of
recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually
tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes.



TWELVE STEPS
is Veronica Bartles's first novel.




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