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And…the winner is…

Kulsuma

I’ve sent you an email! 🙂 Be sure to reply to it…otherwise (i really hate doing this :P) i’ll be forced to choose another winner.

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finally it’s giveaway time!

Hi, my cuties!

It is finally giveaway time!

How many of you have been eagerly awaiting this? I know i have been waiting for the perfect opportunity. So, what better time then the present and 2 months before a blogoversary!

Announcing the

Young Adult Giveaway Hop

August 8th to 14th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A WriterReading Teen

Do you guys want to know what’s up for grabs? Ever heard of Graffiti Moon? Cath Crowley? Because you should have!

Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

One lucky person gets a copy of Graffiti Moon!

Rules:

  • Need to be 13 years or older
  • Must be based in the UK (sorry guys, this a UK giveaway this time)
  • Just fill out the form below!
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply to winning email

 

 

 

Winners!

Finals week and all that jazz, might have somehow interfered with the announcing of the winner. So, i am highly out-of-my-mind sorry that you guys had to wait so long for just one name. And because there has been enough waiting and i don’t want you guys to come carrying pitchforks and all…here is the winner.

 

MAY

An email will be sent to the winner and the she is about two days to respond to the email.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Winners!

Alright, you are all eligible hate me. I know it has been ages since the giveaway ended and it is only now that i am posting about the winners, but in my defense this year started and i bombarded with so many things. And now i want some these things to leave so that i can relax. Weekends apparently are no use anymore because they pass by lightning fast and i’m super tired by Sunday night so much so that i dread Monday with a vengeance. Monday morning i just want to crawl under my blanket and hibernate.

So, i won’t bore you with my hatred of Mondays and get on with telling you who was lucky and who wasn’t.

The winner of the signed giveaway of Elemental by Emily White is…

Krystal Larson!

And the three winners of the T-shirts are…

Julie Witt!

Linda Henderson!

Amy Stogner!

And there you have it. The WINNERS! I will email you all in the morning because my eyes are really closing at this point in time. Ta ta lovelies!

New Year’s Eve Giveaway HOP – Interview with author Emily White

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Interview with author…Emily White!

1) If the genre of your novel was changed to Sci-fi, what changes would we see?
Well, actually the genre is Sci-Fi, so there probably wouldn’t be many changes. 🙂 But if I were to change it from Space Opera to let’s say, hard sci-fi, I’d probably include a bit more on the different technology of each civilization Ella encounters. I do touch upon a few of the more interesting techs, but I’d probably make them stand out more in hard sci-fi. 
2) Do you have a certiain routine you have found that helps you write better or do you just wing it and let the inspiration flow?
I am a stickler for routine. I must write at the same times each day (10am-noon and 6:30pm-8:00pm) and I must sit on the same side of the couch. Okay, this little bit of information will probably make people think I am weird, but when writing a first draft, I have to sit on my couch and when revising, I have to sit on the loveseat. I know I sound crazy, but if I don’t do this, I just can’t write! As far as the routine you were probably referring to (now that I’ve reread the question and thought about it), I do write out my plot points and pinch points so I know where I’m going with the story. I can never really just “wing” it. I always have to know where my characters are going and how the story will end.

3) Since Christmas is just around the corner, what does it mean to you?

Christmas is my second favorite Holiday, preceded only by Easter. It’s a very solemn time, but also very happy. I love being reminded of my need for Christ, but also His love for me.

4) How did you get the idea for the novel?

I actually got the idea when I was in high school. I wanted to take my favorite paranormal creature and put it into a sci-fi with grandiose civilizations and new sci-fi specific abilities. I didn’t start writing the story until a few years ago, though. The main character lived alone in my brain for a long time (and actually changed quite a bit) before I fleshed out her world and her motivations.

5) If your book were to be turned into a movie, would your dream cast be? 

Oh, this is such a hard one! It’s not like I haven’t thought about it before (believe me, I have!), but I’ve never found the perfect cast. I’ve found people who are similar, though, so I’ll let just go with those for now. 
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Ella

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Cailen

Malik

Meir

Ranen

Elemental

Elemental

Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn’t mean she should. But she wants to. 

For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers. 

Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories? 

Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who’s destroyed? 

Coming in May 2012.

Emily  White

Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She’s spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more. And when she’s not doing that, she’s usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables. Emily’s debut YA Sci-fi novel, ELEMENTAL, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in 2012. 

Giveaway!

A bookmark signed by Emily White. This is international. Then Emily has offered to send 3 beautiful Elemental T-Shirts to 3 lucky winners in the US. Fill out the form below to enter! Goodluck!


Ghost Island Blog Tour – Giveaway!

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BONNIE HEARN HILL: AUTHOR BIO

When a story idea grabs Bonnie Hearn Hill, she is unable to break free until she experiences every aspect of it. In GHOST ISLAND, her new paranormal love story, she wanted to explore how far we are willing to go and give up for love. What will we do for love? What will we risk? If the perfect love came into your life, and you could see him only in your dreams, would you still desire him? Those were the questions that drove the writing of GHOST ISLAND.

A national conference speaker and contest judge, Bonnie leads a successful writing workshop in Central California and is proud to have mentored many published authors. She also teaches occasional online classes.

Bonnie’s first novel, INTERN, was called “a page-turner” by Publishers Weekly.

KILLER BODY, a thriller about our weight-obsessed culture, was a Cosmopolitan magazine “pick.” She also wrote three newspaper thrillers and three young adult astrology books before the idea for GHOST ISLAND gripped her and refused to let go.

You can find her on Facebook or at www.bonniehhill.com.

Giveaway!

I have one e-Book to give away to one lucky entrant. All you have to do is tweet this: I want Ghost Island by Bonnie Hill @Novella_vialli: http://wp.me/p18HfM-h4 and then you’ll be entered. Simple as that! Below is what is up for grabs. The giveaway ends when the tour ends, which is January 9 2012.

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Ghost Island

Is Aaron a dream or something much more deadly?

Livia Hinson has just begun a Seminar at Sea when a storm hits their yacht. Now, she is stranded with the other students on an island off the coast of California. Far away from her foster home and her heartbreak, Livia finds Aaron, the perfect love. But the only way they can be together is in her dreams. 

The other students are having tempting dreams of their own, and Livia begins to realize that the storm has blown in more than rain. Is Aaron flesh or spirit? Can he come to her world, or will he pull her into his? Together, they explore the blurred territory between love and illusion on a dangerous journey that will force Livia to make the most important decision of her life.

Winner of The Elf Girl is…

Okay, so a month and a half back I had Markelle Grabo talk about her debut novel and at the end of it all she offered up a copy of her book. So, i believe its about time that i announced the winner.

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Danah

 

 

 

Thank you for entering. I will be emailing you shortly.

 

Winners! – Long, long long OVERDUE!

Winner of the Vampire Bites e-Book is:

Laurie Jenkins

Being

Winner of the e-Book of Being by T.R. Mousner is:

Alba

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Winner of Half-Blood Swag is:

Library Lady

Replay

Winner of the e-Book of Replay by Keira Lea is:

Ethan Cobb

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Winner of the e-Book of The Daughter of Deception is:

Krysta Banco

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Winner of the Vampire’s Warden e-Book is:

Courtney

Stay tuned this week because i’m going to announce the winner of the Author of the Month giveaway winner!

Vampire Bites Blog Tour

 

If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would it be?

 

The problem with having dinner with vampires is the odd chance that you would be the one on the menu. Since the majority of my characters are vampires, I might have to decline any dinner requests. Unless of course, they were willing to bring me over to their side. =) Then, if that were the case, I’d have dinner with Connor, the hot stud vampire from the House of Immortal Pleasures.

Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?

 

It might sound silly, but it means a whole lot to me. The most exciting thing was an email from a reader who really loved my work. I can’t tell you how much it makes my day (and I bet other authors feel the same) to know that readers really enjoy the work we put into creating stories. And knowing this pushes me to continue to create more.

What scene in the book are you most proud of and why?

One of my favorite scenes comes out of House of Immortal Pleasures. It’s where Connor is trying to seduce Daphne. At first he uses the cheesy lines and she laughs right in his face, then he takes a slower, more sensual approach and, I really think it was the best lead in to a sex scene I’ve written. But, that of course is just me saying this. I would love to hear from readers what scenes they thought were good, and why.

 

Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, what do you like to listen to?

 

I do. I listen to music all the time. I use it to set the mood of what I am working on. Sometimes it is Incubus, sometimes Elysian Fields, sometimes Pink, etc… The only really odd thing about the music I listen to when writing, is it has to be older. We’re not talking oldies here. But it does have to be a song I know by heart. I’m a little OCD and ADD and if I listen to something new, I find myself distracted and need to know all the words to the song. It will prevent me from writing. So, whatever I listen to has to be a song I know by heart. Sounds weird but when I listen to a song I know, I can feel the mood and it helps me get into the writing zone.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?

Since it would be cliché to say I read in my spare time, I’ll go with hiking. I love to get out to Red Rock and hike. It’s just too bad my family isn’t onboard with it. I’ve been trying to get my 7 year old daughter into it but she’s just not enthusiastic about “walking” as I am. Maybe someday.

Vampires or werewolves??

 

I’m a vampire girl through and through. Though I do enjoy a good werewolf story, vampires will always be my favorite.

What authors or writings have influenced you?

 

I think everything we read and watch influences us in some way. So with that thought then all of the wonderful paranormal writers, and trust me there are a lot (more and more every day as I discover new books), are my influences. But it really started with the first book I read, Interview with a Vampire. I was hooked, plain and simple.

What was your journey in becoming a writer?

Hmm, let’s see, background on me. I was never very good at just talking about myself. I’m a complete introvert, which I guess helps with writing. I’m much more comfortable with my notebook and pen, writing down stories than I am in public speaking about things. So, really, my life is not hugely exciting. I grew up in a small town inTexasand at the age of 14 moved toSinCity,Las Vegas,Nevada.  Being an introvert, I spent a lot of time people watching, which I think also helps when it comes to creating characters. You learn a lot by observation.

I spent a lot of my teenage years reading books and writing down my own silly stories. I never expected it to become a career. It was always just a fun hobby. As I got older, I really wanted to share them with others. That’s when I started seriously considering publishing.

If you’d like to check out my latest work, Karma & Melodies stop by www.katiesalidas.com and read a sample or two. If you like what you see, all of my novels and novellas are available in every ebook format!

Search for me on any of your favorite ebook retailer’s website.

Amazon.com

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

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About the Author

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land inFloridafor sale…

Katie Salidas resides inLas Vegas,Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.
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KATIE SALIDAS

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land inFloridafor sale…

Katie Salidas resides inLas Vegas,Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

 

Enjoy three novella-length stories of love, lust, and vampire bites. 

House of Immortal Pleasures: 
Blindfolded, and kidnapped by her friends, Daphne is whisked away to the famed, House of Immortal Pleasures, a Vampire-run Brothel in Pahrump, Nevada. 

Sometimes the only way to mend a broken heart is to get back in the saddle. At least that is how Daphne’s friends see it. And since Daphne isn’t showing any signs of letting that happen, they take it into their own hands. With a few shots of liquid courage, a pat on the ass, and a donated gold card, Daphne is unwillingly sent to meet her creature of the night, Connor. 

Karma & Melodies: 
Ten years after she was stolen from the mortal world, Kendra runs into the man she had always loved. But she’s not longer a human and he’s a popular musician on tour with his band. Can they find a way to make love work? 

Halloween Fantasies: 
Touted as the sexiest party of the year, the annual Halloween Fantasy Ball is the one place a girl can let loose and succumb to her wildest fantasies. Disguised as a sexy vampire huntress, Sasha captures the attention of Dante, a real life creature of the night. And this sexy vampire has a few fantasies to share. 

 

 

One lucky person who comments, gets the Vampire Bites e-Book!

Guest Post by T.R. Mousner + Giveaway!


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Time Management Matters

 
Regardless of whether you’re a self-published or a traditionally published author, time management holds one of the biggest keys to your success.  Every week there are new markets and publishing trends to study, contacts to manage, social media channels to build and grow, bloggers to recruit and follow up with, books to read, books to sell and new projects to write. 
 
Sound overwhelming?  The sole task of marketing yourself and your work through social media channels is a full-time job that involves doing interviews, writing guest blog posts (like this one) building twitter and Facebook followings, maintaining one’s own blog, etcetera.  So when do you have time to write while managing the above tasks? You don’t! That’s why time management is critical to your success.
 
Here are some tips to help you succeed:
1)    Delegate.  Ask for help.  Have you heard that expression, no one is an island? Sure your significant other works all day, is tired when they get home and likely cranky from withdrawal since your time together is limited, but it never hurts to ask. The worst that can happen is they say no, but if they’ve seen you grinding away day after day and love you as much as you know they do, then chances are they’ll help. 
 
2)    Schedule everything. It may sound tedious, but scheduling tasks not only ensures everything gets done, but it also prevents details from falling through the cracks. In addition, this practice also heightens your awareness of time.  Whether you purchase a fancy calendar or use a notebook, whatever system you devise will prove indispensable.  Unless you’ve been blessed with a perfect memory, schedule, schedule, schedule. 
 
3)    Make every moment count. Use the bits of time when you’re waiting at the curb to pick your kids up from school or sitting in the doctor’s office to jot down ideas, write posts, answer email or just read a bit. You’ll be surprised how quickly these extra minutes add up to hours of increased productivity.  
 
4)    Avoid procrastination like the plague.  It is your worst enemy.  Despite how well you plan, things will come up and if you procrastinate, your tasks will pile up so don’t do it!
 
5)    Multitask.  Use down time to attend to the peripheral tasks involved with writing. For example, while you’re watching television, catch up on email, study markets or research agents. 
 
6)    Adjust your expectations.  Even if you’re a psycho control freak perfectionist like me (and I sincerely hope you’re not, particularly because it’s a tortuous and time-consuming endeavor) not everything has to be done perfectly all the time.  The sun will still rise and the night will still fall if you don’t make the bed every day or keep phone calls short instead of chatting away for hours.  Be aware of your time and spend yours wisely.  
 
Remember: the past has already happened, the future is at least one day away and this moment is a gift.  That’s why it’s called the present.  Wishing you only the best!!
 
Thanks Tamara for sharing this piece of information with us. I hope this is helpfull to many of you and hopefully to me to because i am back in my writing phase people! WOOT! WOOT!
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Giveaway!
One lucky person who comments below will have the chance to win an e-copy of Tamara’s novel Being! There is nothing more to it, just leave a comment below and you’re entered. Subscribing is not important for this one, but will be greatly appreaciated if you do. Plus feel free to spread the news about this giveaway, and let me know how you spread the word because that way then you are entitled to a +1!
 
Plus my review for Being is due soon as well! Be on the look out for that! 🙂

Cover Story by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Today, i have Jennifer L. Armentrout to talk about her covers.

Thanks for having me today, Sana! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the cover of Half-Blood, as well as the covers for Daimon and Pure. And I’m thrilled to give a little insight into the cover of Half-Blood.

 

Spencer Hill (the publisher) and I went back and forth a couple of times, trying to find something that really stuck out. So many of the YA covers are gorgeous, but also very similar. So we wanted to make sure Half-Blood and the following novels were different. Kate Kaynak, an editor at Spencer Hill, actually created the cover of Half-Blood and all the Covenant novels. I’d like to take credit it for it, but all I did was say yay or nay. 

 

When I got to see the first mock up of the cover, I think I may have squealed. To me, the cover captures the mystery of Alex’s world and I don’t think readers know what to expect from just looking at that cover. And I kind of like that!  Kate did a wonderful job.

 

Now for some details on the cover and how it plays into Half-Blood. The purple flower on the cover is a hibiscus flower. Hibiscus is Alex’s (Alexandria Andros) mom’s favorite flower, and for those who’ve read Daimon, you know why that flower would be important to Alex. The flower is also on fire and that is significant to a scene in Half-Blood toward the end of the book.  A little known fact about hibiscus flowers is that most of them have no scent.

 

The book cover itself is very shiny and smooth, which complements the design. The first time I held a proof copy of it, I think I pet it a couple of times. Maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that.  A big difference from the ARC copies and the First edition copies of Half-Blood is that the First edition copies will include Leigh Fallon’s (author of Carrier of the Mark) blurb.

 

Also, each cover of the series does play an intricate role in the story, which is something I love!

 

Daimon: A Prequel to Half-Blood (Covenant)

Review to come very soon...

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Can't wait to get my hands on this...

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Sequel to Half-Blood

If these covers don’t make you scream ‘awesomely beautiful’ then i don’t know what will!

Giveaway!

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Replay Blog Tour

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Replay

Replay

Kelsee Lewis has a new school, a prima donna best friend, and one week to write a hit play. Throw in a self-obsessed mom and an absent executive dad, and it’s no wonder she has panic attacks—complete with time-warp special effects. When Kelsee meets comic book maven Quinn, she realizes the attacks give her the ability to rewind time. 

Replaying life seems like the best way to erase mistakes. But will second chances leave Kelsee flailing in the orchestra pit alone?

Giveaway:

Want to win an e-copy of this book? Then you’re in the right place. All you have to do is comment below that you want one, that you’ve subscribed and state your email address as well. Thats it!

Keira Lea

Keira Lea released her debut novel in April 2011. She is a devoted fan of the TV show FRINGE, a card-carrying member of the Apple cult, and a mother to two human children and three feline ones. She is working on a sequel to Replay.

Next stop: It’s All About Books 

Daughter of Deception Blog Tour

View Daughter.jpg in slide showDaddy’s little girl. 

That’s what clairvoyant Viola Ashwood has been her entire life. She wouldn’t mind quite so much if her father hadn’t been possessed by a powerful, and nasty, demon nearly a decade earlier. 

After recovering from a horribly tragic confrontation with Daddy Dearest, Viola wants nothing more than to get back in to the feder

ally-funded but privately run demon-hunting Network. Duke, her brother’s ex-best friend and the guy she’s crushed on since she was six, stands in her way. As Network regional head, Duke’s got plenty of reasons for keeping Viola out of his region

, and that’s before he considers the fact that her father’s on the Network’s most wanted list 

Just when Duke grudgingly allows Viola into the Network, Daddy Dearest, still possessed and more obsessed with Viola than ever, reappears. W

hile trying to stay one step ahead of the demon, Viola struggles to overcome fears about her surprise demonic heritage while learning to control her new abilities. Especially the one that has her raising zombie squirrels in the middle of the afternoon. Together, Duke and Viola deal with dangerous demons, centuries of family secrets, and a mysterious link that may bind them for life.


*I received this book because of the blog tour that i was taking part in.
Daughter of Deception (Family Lies Book 1)Daughter of Deception by Kara Thorpe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eerie…scared me to my wits end but had me coming back for more!

You know when you watch that horror/slasher movie, where the heroine is entering that one room that always leads to her death or venturing into the forest when we clearly know what the outcome is going to be and we’re screaming, “Don’t you know what happens when you run off alone, appearing to be so brave! You guys don it enough! What happened to learning from your mistakes!” But she still ends up going and has her head chopped off. Thats what was happening to me. I kept coming back even when the book was getting too scary for me and i just loved about every bit of it. Also my head was not chopped off…as awesome as that sounds 😛

Why was it scary? This is the first book that has actually scared me. Years of trying to get scared by reading Goosebumps didn’t do the trick and when you finally read a book without any knowledge of its horror factor, it has you scared shitless. I won’t say that its going to scare all of you but it gave me the spooks. To have your father possessed by an all powerful demon and then brand his daughter with “Daddy’s Girl” is freaky. I can’t even begin to imagine what Violet was going through.

Also what i liked about this was how many popular beliefs of different cultures go hand in hand with how everything was described in this book. Like, for example, how spirits and demons are attracted to scents. I never knew other people believed in this as well, this is popular in our culture as well.

Violet and Tobias, no doubt made an amazing couple but it was too predictable. I like my couples to have some kind of surprise factor to them but that doesn’t mean i didn’t enjoy the tension present between them. Also i have nothing against clichéd couplings but it was too predictable for Tobias to fall for his (ex)best friend’s sister.

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Author Blurb

Kara Thorpe started writing as a distraction in French class and never stopped (just don’t ask her to conjugate many verbs).  Born and raised in Texas, she loves all things historical, scientific, and downright geeky. Though she prefers to write short, character-driven stories, she ventured into the world of the novel with the first book of the Family Lies series “Daughter of Deception.”

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Want to win your own copies of the first and second book in the Family Lies series? Well, you’re in the right place! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below and subscribe to my blog. Please no spam comments because they are deleted, how about leave questions for the author? 

The Vampires Warden Blog Tour

Visit each of the these amazing blogs and learn more about the book. Each stop hosts either a fun interview, book excerpt or review and there are plenty of opportunities to win a free copy for yourself!

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I couldn’t seem to contain the inferno burning inside me, being that close to him. Even knowing the danger he posed and the gruesome scenes that must have been caused by him, I still felt a burning inside me every time I heard his voice or felt his hot gaze on me. 

But I was the Warden. He was one of the damned. We were destined to be at odds. Enemies. 

Sarah Brightman, having just lost her father to cancer, is stunned to discover that the mother she thought was dead is actually still alive. She also finds out that the legacy her father left her is a lot more than just an Inn on the outskirts of Nashville, Indiana. She has a frightening new responsibility.

Excerpt

Just when I was ready to give up and leave, he began to speak in a low tone.

“I grew up in Chicago.  We moved to San Francisco four days after I turned seventeen.”  The curry comb continued moving in smooth strokes down the mare’s flanks and over her back, “I was angry with my parents for making me leave my friends, my school.  Everything.”

He put the curry comb back in the grooming bucket and turned to me, “I rebelled.  I stayed out past curfew.  Got into trouble with the law.  Then I met her.”

I studied him curiously and waited.

“She was beautiful.  Hell, more than beautiful.”  He flashed a hint of a smile, “She was older, obviously experienced.  She had me wrapped around her little finger in a matter of days.  Sex wasn’t something entirely new to me, but she made it something… Magical.”

His full lips pursed as he picked up a body brush and began to groom the horse again.

“She wasn’t exactly what I thought she was.”

“What do you mean?”

His eyes met mine and the sardonic gleam there made me catch my breath.

“She was a vampire.”

“Oh…”  I cupped my hands around my mouth in surprise.

“Her name was Selena.”

This conversation between Sarah and Alex is pivotal in the story because Sarah has had to take in so many astounding things in a short amount of time and this last one is nearly too much for her to handle.  What we find out later in the story changes things, but Alex’s statement about Sarah’s mother being a vampire is critical.

About the author:

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I am a stay-at-home Mom with two growing boys, an overworked husband and a very devoted Jack Russell terrier named Shelby.  I grew up in small city called Mishawaka, Indiana and the majority of my family live in the Indianapolis area.  I now live with my wonderful boys, my husband and sort-of-annoying dog in Little Elm, Texas.  The Vampire’s Warden is the first book I have ever put up for sale.

Giveaway

So, i’m having a separate giveaway as well. This is one is for an e-Book copy of the Vampire’s Warden by S. J. Wright which will be provided by the author herself. Now it’s very simple, all you have to do is fill out the form below. All the details are supplied in the form, so it should be easier. 🙂

FILL OUT FORM

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If you don’t want to take part in this giveaway then at the end of the tour there will be another giveaway but for that you have to be a follower of the whole tour.

Next stop:  Book Lover’s Hideaway 

Buy the book: 

Winners!

Okay, so i know its been a super long wait but i was hoping for more people to come and enter the giveaway. Not so many did, their loss. So without further ado i finally end this giveaway and announce the winner.

BK Walker – Nightly Cafe

You will soon be the proud owner of this:

The Unwritten RuleHe’s looking at me like—well, like he wants to look at me.
Like he likes what he sees, and he’s smiling and his eyes are so blue, even in the faint flow of the porch light they shine, and I nod dumbly, blindly, and then grope for the door handle, telling myself to look away and yet not able to do it.

“Sara,” he says, softly, almost hesitantly, and my heart slam-bangs, beating hard, and this is what it’s like to want someone you can’t have. To want someone you shouldn’t even be looking at.

*An email has been sent to the winner. You need to reply within 48 hours otherwise the runner up will get the book.

*The book is being provided by the author herself.

………There are some awesome giveaways happening on the blogosphere!

Because i am such an awesome person (please do praise me) i wanted to let you all know about the awesome giveaways that are taking place. And they are AWESOME because i just about fainted when i found out how many books were up for grabs. The links are placed on the giveaways page as well. Now let me introduce the awesomeness! (yes, i just said awesome 3 times already :P)

Taschima Cullen over at the BloodyBookaholic  is going to be giving away over 40 books. Yes, you heard right OVER 40 BOOKS! And its INTERNATIONAL!! “the crowd goes wild”

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This giveaway ends  May 27th at 11:59!!

Now for the other giveaway!

                       

Go to Nocturne Reads and enter!

Over at Once Upon a Twilight, there is a super huge giveaway happening. One winner gets a box full of books from th YA section and another winner gets it from the adult section. Here is the list.

YA List of Books:
  1. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (HC)
  2. Department 19 (ARC) by Will Hill
  3. The Survivors by Amanda Havard (HC)
  4. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group (ARC) by Catherine Jinks
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  6. The Fallen: Volume 1 by Thomas E. Sniegoski
  7. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (UK Paperback edition)
  8. Mackenzie, Lost and Found by Deborah Kerbel
  9. Girl on the other side by Deborah Kerbel
  10. Lure by Deborah Kerbel
  11. Venomous by Christopher Krovatin (HC)
  12. Drawing the Ocean by Carolyn MacCullough (HC)
  13. Eona (ARC) by Alison Goodman
  14. Mieradome (ARC) by Kate O’Hegarty
  15. Human Blend (ARC) by Lori Pescatore
  16. Logic of Demons by H.A. Goodman
  17. Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter
  18. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
  19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
  20. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Adult List of Books:
  1. Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn
  2. The Thyssen Affair by Mozelle Richarson
  3. Blue Nude by Elizabeth Rosner
  4. Ghost Night by Heather Graham
  5. Night Moves by Heather Graham
  6. A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore
  7. Marked by Moonlight by Sharie Kohler
  8. Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole
  9. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (HC)
  10. Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan
  11. Much Ado about Marriage by Karen Hawkins
  12. One Night in Scotland by Karen Kawkins
  13. Threads West, An American Saga by Reid Lance Rosenthal
  14. A Question of Belief by Donna Leon
  15. Follow Me by Joanna Scott
  16. Relationship Obits by Kathleen Horan
  17. Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
  18. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (HC)
  19. Healing the Highlander by Melissa Mayhue
  20. No Hope for Gomez by Graham Parke

DON”T FORGET TO ENTER!!

Support Teen Reading with Dead Rules author Randy Russell and Win Big!

Summary:

Sometimes falling in love means you have to kill somebody.

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were destined to be together forever. Of that, Jana was sure.

But Jana just died—in a bowling accident. And now she’s trapped in Dead School. Jana is certain that it won’t be long before Michael kills himself in order to spend eternity with her—but the days are passing and Michael is, inexplicably, still alive. So Jana decides to take matters into her own hands. And nothing—not even Dead School bad boy Mars Dreamcote’s enticingly warm touch or the devastating secret he holds about her death—will stop her from making her dreams come true.

Romeo and Juliet meets Heathers in this hilariously macabre take on paranormal romance, packed with heart-stopping suspense and sizzling star-crossed love.

How can you help Dead Rules author Randy Russell to support Teen Reading, Schools & Libraries, and Indie Bookstores?

It’s simple! 


To show your support you can spread the word about this giveaway of AWESOME!

You can participate in the following categories:

Teens and Readers
Teachers and Librarians
Independent Bookstores 
What’s up for grabs for showing your support?

Teens & Readers: 2 iPod Nanos, $500 in books of your choice, $200 in iTune credits

Teachers & Librarians: $1,500 in books of your choice

Pretty darn awesome right? To sign up and help Randy spread the word go here

Interview with Elizabeth Scott! (and Giveaway!)

Okay, so I know this is a bit overdue but Elizabeth was going through a tough time and I thought since she had agreed to do an interview she wouldn’t leave me hanging and she didn’t. So i have agreed to leave her as the author of two months, which actually means that she will remain ‘author of the month for April’ as well.

Now you’ll be wondering why I am showing such favouritism and concern for someone I don’t know. I’ll just answer that then let you boggle your minds about it. The reason why i care so much is because even though i know next to nothing about being an author i can imagine what it would be like to live such a busy life and still love to keep their fans happy. Even though i have not read any of her books i have come to see myself as her fan.

So, lets get on with it. Today I have Elizabeth Scott who has given me a few minutes to interview her and even if they are only a few minutes i love her for that 😀

Elizabeth Scott

Q. Which do you prefer, ebooks or traditional books? Why?

A. Regular books! I love the smell of paper, and deckle edges–ooooh!

Q. Who is your all-time favourite author?

A. I don’t have one–I have too many too list!

Q. Is music necessary for you when writing?

A. Nope 🙂

Q. Which character from your book can you most relate to?

A. None of them–they’re all fictional!

Q. What is the common message, if any, in all your books?

A. I owe a reader for this one! One person commented on a video I did about my books that all of them deal with loss in one way or another and I think that’s totally true.

Q. Did you from the beginning wish to pursue a career in writing? Also if you weren’t an author, what would you have been doing?

A. I never wanted to be a writer–I didn’t even like writing fiction in school! I started writing by accident while I was in a meeting when I was twenty-seven. (!). If I wasn’t an author, I’d probably be a secretary or something.

Q. Can you reveal a funny or inspiring incident from your high school days or college days that helped you develop as a person and a writer?

A. I never wanted to be a writer, so I can’t think of anything that inspired me to do it–other than being bored in that meeting!

Q. Finally, tell us something about your book The Unwritten Rule and reveal something about it that nobody knows.

A. Well, since The Unwritten Rule has been out for almost a year, there’s no much that’s secret about it anymore, but the original draft was about 30% longer than the final version–and I cut, cut, cut so the story would be smooth and lean!

Okay, so there you have it. Short and sweet 🙂 Now for the extra fun part >>>

Elizabeth has decided to let one lucky commenter have a copy of her book the The Unwritten Rule. “woot woot”

Rules:

  1. Comment below with anything that you would like to say, if its a question or a praise…just make sure that its not spam “smiles sweetly”
  2. Subscribe to my blog for +1
  3. Leave your email address in the comment so that i contact you if you’re the winner
  4. +1 informing others of this giveaway…through tweets or blog posts or sharing (just leave the links in the comment)
  5. This giveaway is US only (sorry International readers)
about this author

Hey there, I’m Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can’t leave without buying at least one book.

Usually two. (Or more!)

My website and blog are at elizabethwrites.com, and I’m also on facebook and twitter.

The Unwritten Rule

The Unwritten Rule

He’s looking at me like—        well, like he wants to look at    me.
Like he likes what he sees, and  he’s smiling and his eyes are so  blue, even in the faint flow of the  porch light they shine, and I nod  dumbly, blindly, and then grope  for the door handle, telling  myself to look away and yet not  able to do it.

“Sara,” he says, softly, almost  hesitantly, and my heart slam-  bangs,  beating hard, and this is  what it’s like to  want someone you can’t have. To want someone you shouldn’t even be looking at.

Cutting Cords by Jo Ramsey (tour stop)

I’m going to let Jo Ramsey take over today. She has a fabulous post lined up, so lets see what she has to say:

Jo Ramsey

When Family Doesn’t Function

 

Ask many teenagers what the hardest part of their life is and they’ll probably tell you it’s their parents or family. I’ve come to the conclusion that not getting along with family or not wanting to be around parents is as much a part of being a teen as zits and dating are.

 

Fortunately, a lot of the kids that have trouble with their families don’t have a lot of trouble. It’s often just conflict with their parents about chores or grades, or arguing with siblings. But there are teens whose families just plain don’t work. Parents who they couldn’t possibly get along with, or siblings who do things that are deliberately harmful.

 

In my Reality Shift series, Shanna Bailey’s family is like that. She doesn’t have any siblings, but her father ignores her a lot of the time and her mother yells, swears, and even hits Shanna. Shanna doesn’t like the way her mother treats her, but she’s afraid to tell anyone about it. She knows that her mother would be furious if anyone found out, and she’s also afraid that she would be taken away and put in foster care. Even though that might be safer, Shanna doesn’t want to be forced to live somewhere new. At least she knows what to expect with her mother.

 

Shanna isn’t alone. I can pretty much guarantee that if you’re a teenager reading this, you know at least one person who’s abused at home. Probably more than one. You might have a friend whose parent hits them, or whose parents hit each other. Or a friend whose parent calls them worthless and useless on a daily basis. You might know someone who’s being touched inappropriately—or other things—by a family member. These things might even be happening to you.

 

I’m an author, not a lecturer, and I try not to get very preachy in my books or my blogs. But when I do school presentations, I talk a little about Shanna’s home life and tell students that if they or someone they know is being abused, they need to talk to someone they trust about it. And I’m going to say the same thing here. No one deserves to be treated that way. No one should be afraid to be in their own home. So if it’s happening to you or a friend, please tell someone. If it’s happening to someone you know (adults, I’m talking to you too now), don’t figure it’s none of your business or that you shouldn’t say anything. Please help.

 

That’s the end of the preachy part, I promise.

 

In Reality Shift, Shanna’s best friend Jonah Leighton knows that something isn’t right in Shanna’s home life, but he doesn’t know what to do about it. Shanna won’t admit to him that there’s a problem, and without proof he believes he can’t do anything about it. He tells his mother and a couple of people at school about his concerns. Eventually, Shanna does admit to what her mother does, and her life begins to change for the better. (I won’t tell you how, though. That would be a spoiler.)

 

I hope that everyone reading this has a good home life. Even if you don’t always get along with your family, I hope you feel safe with them. But if you don’t, please talk to someone.

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Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Lucky Leprechaun Hop

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

March 17th to 20th

Hosted by Books Complete Me

What is a giveaway hop?
Simple – Each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another.
For followers this means lots of chances to win free books.
For blogs hosting a giveaway it means lots of new visitors and followers.
It’s a win-win!

The Lucky Leprechaun Hop is scheduled from 12:01 AM March 17th until 11:59 PM March 20th.

 

Cover for 'Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells'Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells

Ebook By Lacey Weatherford

Published: Mar. 08, 2011
Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Words: 81013 (approximate)
Language: English

Ebook Short Description

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. When she meets up with a warlock who becomes her boyfriend, she finds her life, and his, in precarious waters when they are hunted by an evil greater than they have ever known.

Extended Description

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who
is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school’s handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance’s checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

Giveaway

As you all must have guessed i’m going to be giving away two e-Book copies of The Trouble with Spells by Lacey Weatherford. Plus the process is very simple. To enter you have to comment below with your email address and tell me which blog post of mine you like best. 😀

Also if you have completed any of the extra entries include them in the comment and let me know the total.

Extra entries include:

  • you should be a subscriber (of posts)
  • +1 for commenting on Japan…They Need Us!
  • +1 tweeting
  • +5 for blog post
  • +1 for sharing with me your favourite book and why in comments

Simple! Remember two lucky people have the chance to win this e-Book. This means all of you have a chance of winning…a higher chance!

Below are the link to other blogs taking part. Hop on OVER!

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-hop.html