Posted in Giveaway, Release Day!, Simon & Schuster

Release Day Giveaway | Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | August 27, 2013 | 432 pages

I will have a review posted soon, most likely next month.

Summary (Goodreads)

The world’s safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way.

Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she’s in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There’s even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica’s first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash-and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as “super,” they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.

Giveaway

To enter to win a hardcopy of this gorgeously covered book, OVERPOWERED by Mark H. Kruger please fill out the below Rafflecopter widget.

Open to US only, sorry. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email with shipping information.
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Posted in AltWit Press, Book Reviews

Review | The Silent Swan by Lex Keating

The Silent Swan by Lex Keating

AltWit Press | August 26, 2013 | 422 pages

Procurement

eARC from AltWit Press via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 4

Writing: 3

Originality: 4

Characters: 5

Romance: 3

Overall: 24/30 = 80% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

While a long read this was a great look into some complex characters; while abundant, they enhanced the reading experience. An unfamiliar Grimm fairy tale retelling.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Scholastic

Review Repost | The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

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Scholastic Press | September 1, 2012 | 336 pages

This review is a repost from the original review posted on August 27, 2012.

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 6

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 32/30!! A++++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An engrossing tale of a strange old man who loves his playtime, a niece who learns to love playtime too, amoung other things, a house full of endearing servants, tunnels and a most unusual self sustaining estate.

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Posted in 20th Century Fox, Giveaway, Movies

Giveaway | Heart of the Country (DVD and Book)

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This post is sponsored by ThinkJam and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

 

Debuting on DVD August 20th

Based on the novel by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward, Heart of the Country is a love story starring country music singer Jana Kramer (“One Tree Hill”), Randy Wayne (“True Blood”), and Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”). Faith (Kramer) and Luke (Wayne) have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer and Luke is an up-and- coming businessman. When their life together is shattered and she is forced to return home to the family she turned her back on years ago she must find the strength to love again. Watch Jana Kramer in her first leading movie role in the year’s most inspirational and romantic movie event when it debuts on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on August 20. 

 

Read more about movies that were filmed in North Carolina from this PDF.

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Giveaway

To enter the giveaway to win one copy of Heart of the Country on DVD and a copy of the book please fill out the below Rafflecopter widget. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond with mailing information.
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Posted in Release Day!

Release Day | The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2) by A.G. Henley

Happy Release Day!

Today is the release day for A.G. Henley’s sequel to THE SCOURGE, Brilliant Darkness book one, THE DEFIANCE!

Grab both of these books TODAY at a discount! Today through Friday, August 2nd only THE SCROUGE is $0.99 and THE DEFIANCE is $2.99.

Grab your copies today!

The Scrouge (Brilliant Darkness, #1) by A.G. Henley
The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2) by A.G. Henley
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Posted in Book Reviews, Harlequin Teen

Super Early Review | Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

January 28, 2014 | Harlequin Teen | 304 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott deals with a very emotional and personal topic, which is touched on in the summary. The use of life support for a terminally injured person.

In this case Emma is dealing with the sudden brain-death of her mother. Her pregnant mother. Her step father decides that keeping Emma’s mom on life support to allow their unborn child to develop and to possibly live is what Emma’s mother would have wanted. Emma is lead to believe that her mother was afraid and even knew that the pregnancy would kill her and that she didn’t want to be put on life support to save her unborn child.

To say that this book didn’t effect me would be a most heinous lie. I am the mother of two beautiful children: Madison, daughter, soon to be 9, and Riley, son, 2 years old. I am also a registered organ donor. If you were to put these two things together I think knowing that I am an organ donor would be enough knowledge for anyone to know that I would gladly agree to being put on life support if it gave my unborn child a fighting chance to live. I realize that not all mothers would feel the same but I can’t image that number to be very high.

I felt so much for Emma and did my best to put myself in her shoes. I loved that she was able to find a friend in Caleb. They have some common issues to relate to and they built upon their relationship in a very open and emotional way. However, Emma is a junior in high school. She claims to know her mother so well. So well that she would know that she didn’t want to be put on life support, no matter what. She is relentless when it comes to talking with her Step-Dad. She is blaming him basically for the entire situation. He wanted to the baby so bad, making her mother, who is in her forties, to use fertility drugs exposing her mother to an array of deadly risks.

But Emma is a child. Emma is not qualified to make the decision that her Step father did and I am really glad that she remarried so that the decision was not Emma’s to make.

It is my hope that many young girls read this book. It will teach you to be selfless. It will teach you to expect the unexpected. It will teach you to be prepared, as best as you can, for the unexpected. I hope that everyone who reads this will sit down with their loved ones and discuss the issue of using life support. Using extreme measures to save yourself is one thing, but to save another being within yourself is an entirely different topic.

To my husband:

I love you. Should you ever find yourself in the situation of me being pregnant and brain dead, please do everything you possibly can to save our child.

Posted in Cover Art, Giveaway

Cover Art Reveal and Giveaway | The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2) by A.G. Henley

It is my pleasure to share with you the cover to a much anticipated sequel by A.G. Henley! THE DEFIANCE is book two of her Brilliant Darkness series. The first book, THE SCROUGE, was one of my most favorite books last year.
You can read my review of THE SCROUGE from the Blog Tour I participated in (and enter to win the entire series below!). At $2.99 (Amazon.com) that’s an  incredible deal for an amazing book. THE SCROUGE was a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist.

Without further ado, here is the cover to THE DEFIANCE, due to publish July 29th, 2013!

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Cover design by Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

Summary

Suspicion Trust. Fear Compassion. Hate Love.

Fennel and Peree learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, is not what it seems. Now they need to convince their people that everything they believe is a lie.

An impossible task, especially when someone seems resolved to try anything—even arson and butchery—to destroy Fenn and Peree’s new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties.

Unable to tell friend from foe and with the Scourge pushing both groups to the breaking point, Fenn must again decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to ensure the people of the forest’s future.

Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.

Connect with A.G. Henley

A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult novel, THE SCOURGE. She is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Giveaway

I was completely serious when I said that THE SCROUGE was one of my favorite books from last year!

Therefore, one winner will receive a Kindle edition of all three of A.G.’s Brilliant Darkness publications!

That includes: The Scrouge (Brilliant Darkness, #1), The Keeper (#1.5) and The Defiance (#2) (pre-ordered once available)!

DefianceTo enter please leave a comment letting me know what you think about the cover for The Defiance.

One winner will be selected via my WordPress giveaway winner picker next Friday, July 12th.

Winner must be 13 or older, shipping to US only, and respond to email with shipping information within 48 hours.

Posted in Armchair BEA, BEA, Book Expo America, Giveaway

Armchair BEA | Day 3 Giveaway!

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Welcome to Day 3 of ArmchairBEA 2013!

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I love giveaways! Who doesn’t, right?

This year I am leaving the giveaway up to YOU, my readers! Simply fill out the below Rafflecopter widget letting me know which book you are absolutely so excited for! I would prefer to hear about new, upcoming books but if there’s a book you’ve been dying to read but just haven’t purchased yet then fine, I’ll let you pick that one. 😉

Additional entries for following are available but are NOT required. I will be double checking entries to ensure that everyone is being honest. Any dishonest people will be disqualified. Please be honest!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada only. A $15 limit for one title as well.

If I get OVER 1,000 entry points I will add a second winner.

Good luck!
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Other Armchair BEA Posts

Armchair BEA | Day 1 Introduction

Armchair BEA | Day 2 Blogger Development

Armchair BEA | Day 3 Giveaway!

Armchair BEA | Day 4 Ethics

Armchair BEA | Day 5 Keeping it Real

Armchair BEA | Day 6 Wrap-Up

Posted in Armchair BEA, BEA, Book Expo America

Armchair BEA | Day 2 Blogger Development

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Welcome to Armchair BEA 2013 Day 2!

Today we’ve been directed to discuss how we develop ourselves as bloggers. Last year we touched on this topic by discussing Networking. Developing our blogs depends on the type of blogger you currently are, the type of blogger you wish to become and the amount of time you have available to become that blogger.

For myself, I find it a good job if I can actively update my blog at least once or twice a month. I have had an extremely busy schedule with work, school, children and such. I had made a goal to review the books as I read them….and have not been keeping that goal! I still read ALL THE TIME. I just can’t seem to find the time to dedicate to writing up a review. If the book is extremely satisfying and MUST be shared I do wiggle in the time to write a quick review.

My suggestions to anyone trying to build up their blog is to first and foremost BE YOURSELF. Do not portray yourself as someone else, unless, of course that is your intent. I suggest reading and reviewing your most favorite books. Negative book reviews are always a sore subject, believe me. I have written my fair share and I will always stick by them. It’s important to be honest though. Don’t give a high rating to a book that you don’t like. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

To increase blog traffic and commenting it’s always a good idea to host a giveaway. Giveaways are always fun! Joining Blog Tours is also a great way to get, first, review copies, and the chance to participate in a cooperative event. I love hosting author guest posts. I am not creative enough to do interviews but that’s always a route to take. Blog Hops are also awesome ways to generate traffic. I enjoy doing one seasonally or so. Having a good statistics metric meter is a great way to monitor  your blog traffic. Since I use WordPress I have many options to rely on. I do a monthly traffic analysis and update my Policy page. These statistics are necessary to update my profiles on both NetGalley and Edelweiss.

Lastly, network! Make sure you have a blog dedicated Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, RSS Feedburner and Goodreads accounts. These are staples to connecting with bloggers and readers alike. I participate in online networking the most but many bloggers have found ways to venture out into the world for IRL networking. Attending author events and conferences are great opportunities to meet other bloggers and authors. I have attending BEA several times as a publishing professional and a blogger both. It is quite the experience and I welcome every blogger to experience it at least once in your lifetime.

Other Armchair BEA Posts

Armchair BEA | Day 1 Introduction

Armchair BEA | Day 2 Blogger Development

Armchair BEA | Day 3 Giveaway!

Armchair BEA | Day 4 Ethics

Armchair BEA | Day 5 Keeping it Real

Armchair BEA | Day 6 Wrap-Up