Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness #2) by P.T. Michelle

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                          Lucid 

     (Brightest Kind of Darkness #2)

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Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate.

During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan.

While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and ruthless enemies. Swept into an age-old battle, Nara quickly learns that keeping one’s enemies close can be a necessary evil, making an intangible enemy she can control far more preferable to the human enemies she can’t.

Kindle Edition
Published July 9th 2012


(MY THOUGHTS)
 
Lucid is a fantastic sequel in the Brightest Kind of Darkness series. P.T. Michelle totally surprised me with Ethan! Even though we don't see him until the end of this book, when he does make his entrance, Michelle literally blew me away with Ethan's darker side and bad-ass altitude. This dark Ethan is well worth the wait. Nara is also changing. She is becoming a strong, kick-ass heroine. I loved seeing this stronger Nara. I definitely love where P.T. Michelle is taking this awesome series with Nara and Ethan, and the romance between them is getting sizzling hot!

Nara is still trying to figure out why the raven tattoo appeared on Ethan’s shoulder while he goes back home to try to restore his relationship with his parents. As Nara tries to find answers to who Ethan is, she opens the door to the evil Order, who's been trying to find her and who wants something she has. Nara will also discover that as her and Ethan's hearts intertwine with a love that's meant to be, she will be linked to Ethan's destiny.

A new character enters this series, and I'm really starting to like him. Drystan is an exchange student from England. He also has ability, and while Ethan’s away, Nara and Drystan become friends. And when Nara's life is in danger with the evil Order, Drystan becomes Nara's protector. He also teaches her self-defense. Needless to say, when Ethan returns, he's not happy about Nara being friends with Drystan, and Drystan doesn't like Nara being with Ethan. I can't wait to see in the next book where this is going with Drystan and what he's really up to.

In Lucid Nara is getting closer to finding out who Ethan is, but the closer she gets, Ethan seems to be getting farther away from her. Nara is determined to be Ethan's light in his darkness, and she’s not just fighting Fate but the Order, too. I recommend Lucid as a fantastic, dark read. 



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  P.T. Michelle is author of the young adult series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway At What Cost by J. Andersen


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At What Cost

                    At What Cost

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During her junior year, sixteen-year-old Maggie Reynolds expected to shop for prom dresses not maternity clothes. Now, instead of studying for the SATs, she’s reading, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Maggie’s ‘Mother Dearest’ lives in fear that Maggie will somehow taint the family name, so Maggie can’t turn to her for help. Meanwhile, her father is oblivious to anything but his 9-9 job. And her boyfriend, Justin? She’s pretty sure he’ll stay by her side.

While Maggie wrestles with her options, Justin offers a solution: abortion. It would solve all her problems quickly, easily, and effectively. And her parents would never know, which means they won’t throw her out and cut her off like they’d always threatened if she got herself knocked up. Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with: abortion or teenage motherhood. Either way, it’ll be a tough road to travel.

ebook, 225 pages
Published June 13th 2012 by Astraea Press


(MY THOUGHTS)
 
At What Cost is a beautiful novel that reminded me that no matter how bad or hopeless you think your situation is, something good can always come out of it. I thought J. Andersen did an outstanding job writing Maggie's story. She gives readers the truth and a heart-felt story about a controversial subject. I absolutely adored Maggie's character. She’s strong, real, and really searches within her heart and mind about her situation to find the truth for herself.

I loved when Maggie realized things were not just about her, that it was also about a life, and that she had the power to give her baby a chance to have a life or to take it away. That this little "mass of tissue" as her boyfriend Justin called it, was more than that, it was a person. I also loved Evan. Oh, how I wish all guys were this great. He was an awesome, great support system for Maggie. Not in telling her what to do, but in showing her his support in whatever she decided, and what a real reasonable guy is like. I enjoyed the scenes between Evan and the jerk Justin so much. I sat back and said, You go Evan! You’re definitely what a true man is supposed to be.

I would like to thank J. Anderson for being brave enough to write about a controversial subject such as abortion, and I truly hope that this novel will help teenage girls and women think about all the different options they have when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. I highly recommend At What Cost as a beautiful, heart-touching read with truth that gives hope, and would also recommend to anyone who knows a teenage girl or woman who is facing this situation to be a true friend and to listen and stand by them. This would be a great book to give them to read. There is information on services that can help at the end of this book. 


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Jessie Andersen lives in a small town in Western New York with her husband and three kids. A former English teacher, she now spends her time writing while the kids are at school and the baby is sleeping. She volunteers at the local library and sings in the church band. You can find information about her books at jandersenbooks.com, and you can follow her blogs at Therabidwriter.blogspot (Personal blog) and Readbetweenthelinesbookclub.blogspot. (Book blog). You can also follow her on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/jvdlandersenhttps and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jandersenbookshttp://www.facebook.com/JAndersenBooks



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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Careful (The Careful,Quiet,Invisible #1) by Isobella Jade

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Careful (The Careful, Quiet, Invisible Series, #1)


                         Careful

    (The Careful, Quiet, Invisible #1)

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"I couldn’t feel my arms or legs. My neck, my hair, my stomach—they weren’t mine anymore."

If you lived in Willow Ridge, a town based on Jade’s hometown called Liverpool in Central New York, you’d know of Estella Montclair. Estella is one of the top high school sprinters around and she’s in the newspaper all the time.

After Estella Montclair is killed in a texting and driving crash, what remains of her face and body is devastating.

But not all of her has died.

During the first month after her death, Estella’s spirit travels among her living friends and family. Her best friends Zara, Eva and Jett show her how pain and sorrow can break apart or strengthen a bond. She also sees for the first time that loss can spark revenge, catastrophe can come without warning, and we all have secrets. She wonders if her chance for love with Phoenix has passed her by, and if out of sight truly means out of mind.

And maybe one day the girl who caused her death will admit her mistake.

While adjusting to a new state of being, Estella struggles to face the limitations that come with death, but blossoms by recognizing she can still touch the lives of the people she once knew so well.

Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 26th 2012 by Gamine Press


(MY THOUGHTS)
 
Careful was not what I expected. I have to admit, Isobella Jade gave me a few goose bumps reading Estella’s story. Even though this novel is supernatural, it also has an underlining reality of truth to the story. One that brought tears to my eyes for Estella. This had me thinking about how dangerous texting and driving really, really is.

If only Estella wouldn't have forgot her cell phone in the store where her and three of her girlfriends—Zara, Eva, and Jett, just bought their prom dresses, which also made Estella think twice about buying that stupid padded bra, and if she hadn’t, she wouldn’t have been at the red light at the exact time Heidi ran it. Heidi was texting her boyfriend Jackson. She hit Estella's car and killed her. That's what Estella tells herself “five minutes” and she would have never been there the same time as Heidi and she wouldn't be dead now. Estella is dead, but her spirit it still very much alive, and even though she knows there’s somewhere else she’s supposed to go, she can't leave. She’s not finish with her life on earth yet.

Estella sent chills through me as she watches her parents, her brother, girlfriends and Phoenix (the boy she hoped would become her boyfriend) as they go on with their lives after her death. Not only chills with what Estella discovers about her girlfriends and their lovers, but also about Heidi and her friends. But I think what broke my heart the most was to see Estella’s feelings for Phoenix. To never know what could have been for her and him and for her to now watch Phoenix take a wrong turn in his life.

Careful ended with Estella waiting for more surprises to come into her friend’s life that she will have to watch her friends go through, and I also will be waiting for Isobella Jade’s second book in The Careful, Quiet, Invisible series. I recommend Careful as an eerie, heart moving read.



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 Isobella Jade is an author, petite model and a wizard of self-promotion. Her modeling memoir Almost 5'4" is her personal memoir about being a shorter-than-average model in NYC, the ins and outs and highs and lows of striving to beat the odds. Her graphic novel Model Life was released in November 2009 and Short Stuff is her collection of on-the-job experiences that took place after Almost 5'4" and includes modeling tips for shorter girls. Her most recent work is a new YA novel called Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series.

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Cover Reveal & Author Bio: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe

           Fireblood (Fireblood #1)

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To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.

When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.

Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.

When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.

But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of 
 Karm, including her heart.
 
Expected publication: October 2013 by Spencer Hill Press (first published January 1st 2013)
 
 
 
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I’m the author of the YA Steampunk/Paranormal Romance DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing) and the upcoming YA Sci-Fi Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, November 2013. My published short stories have appeared in YA literary journals, Fantasy magazines, and anthologies. I’ve written four books in the past two years, and I’m currently working on a new YA Sci-Fi project.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional blog for the Young Adult genre. Also a proud member of YALITCHAT.ORG, SCWW, and The Apocalypsies.

And I’m also a business owner, partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella

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Chasing McCree

                  Chasing McCree

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Briar Thompson had it all. The right clothes, the right friends, the right car. Being popular was all that mattered. Her parents were rich and treated like royalty throughout the community. She thought her senior year of high school was going perfectly, until the night her drink was spiked at a party by one of her so called friends.

That was the night she met Chase McCree.

Chase wanted to go back to Montana. To the ranch and the wild, wide blue sky that went on forever. He wanted nothing to do with flashy cars or spoiled rich kids. But he found himself head over boots for the quirky cheerleader who turned her back on her social status. She befriended him when no one else would.

Shunned and hurt by the people who were once her friends, Briar flees with Chase to his family ranch in Montana. There she discovers another world, and apart of herself she never knew.

The cowboy wasn’t like anyone she’d ever met. The cheerleader wasn’t like anyone he’d ever met. Apart their lives didn’t seem to make sense, but together, they were chasing forever.

ebook, 182 pages
Published April 14th 2012



(MY THOUGHTS)
 Chasing McCree had me saying, I want me a cowboy. J.C. Isabella has written a heartwarming romance that you will want to curl up with. Briar wasn’t the only one who fell for this Scottish, Montana cowboy. Chase is strong, self-assured, and knows who he is and what he wants. Briar is the city princess who’s trying to find out who she is and has no ideal of what she wants. Chasing McCree is told from both Chase and Briar's point of view, and I love that. For these two teens who live in totally different worlds, love doesn’t care if you wear cowboy boots or stiletto heels. For Briar and Chase, Opposites really do attract.

Briar is the daughter of a rich doctor, and her friends are the spoiled, rich, high class society. Briar is at a party when she finds out her boyfriend Alex has slept with Rachel, one Briar's co-cheerleader friends, and to top it all off, Alex spikes Briar’s drink. He figures if he can get Briar drunk, then she will handle the news of his sex fling with her friend a little better and forgive him. Fed up, Briar runs away from the party and her now ex-boyfriend. This is how Briar meets Chase. She’s drunk and runs into the park where Chase is trying to sneak a ride on his horse in the city park. Chase can't leave an upset drunk girl alone in the park, so he takes her home to his house till she can sober up.

Briar has never met someone like Chase; a nice and a caring person. Chase is everything Briar knows she is as person and how she wants to live her life. She has never fit in with her parents or their self-absorbed, snobbery of a lifestyle, and when her mother tells Briar the plans they have for her life with Alex, she decides she’s had enough and wants to see the cowboy way of life. Chase never thought when he fell in love it was going to be with city princess, and he can't wait to show Briar his Montana cowboy life. Chase is just scared that when Briar finds out who he really is, he will lose her too.

Chasing McCree is beautiful, romantic adventure about a Montana cowboy and city princess, two people who look different on the outside, but are the same on the inside. I recommend Chasing McCree as a love story where even cowboys can have a fairytale ending.



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J.C. Isabella
                                                               About this author
I'm J.C. Isabella, and I love to write. I've been writing for about ten years now. Mostly it was just for fun, for me. But my friends liked my work, so I decided to self publish. I hope you enjoy the rest of my site, and the books I have written.

The reason I chose to write romance, is because I love a happy ending. In YA there are so many lessons to be learned, so many firsts to be had. Why not write about first kisses, first crushes, or trying to explain to your father you were bitten by your boyfriend, who happens to be a werewolf?

One thing I will always promise in my books is a happy ending. I've always hated getting to the end of a really great novel, and feeling let down because it didn't end the way I thought it should. So about ten years ago, I decided to write a book. I remember it was about these kids who hijack a boat to find buried treasure in Mexico....

Needless to say, my writing has come a long way since my teen years, and I know I have room to improve, but I feel guilty having these books sitting in my computer, with no one to read them. So I'm putting them out for the world to see!

I try not to take myself too seriously. I'm not an editor, nor am I a total wiz when it comes to grammar or language. I try my darndest though, and I hope to give people an enjoyable read that is nice a break from reality.

I put a lot of work into what I do, and I appreciate people reading my work. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.



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Fade (The Ragnarok Prophesies #1) by A.K. Morgen

Fade (The Ragnarök Prophesies, #1)

                           Fade 

      (The Ragnarök Prophesies #1)

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What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don't understand what's happening to them or why, and they're running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.
 
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 7th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)
  Fade is has a great twist with shapeshifters in this Norse Ragnarok mythology storyline. A.K. Morgen has created her very own intriguing version of the battle that will end the world. Even though I had a few issues with this novel, it still had me flipping the pages, wanting to know Arionna and Dace's story. I enjoyed Dace's character the most. He was the quiet, strong kind of guy. The romance between Arionna and Dace quickly captured my heart and held me to this story.

Arionna's mother died in a car accident and she has to go live her father. Arionna is starting her first year of college, where her father is also a professor. When she goes to the college campus to get her class schedule, Arionna sees Dace, and there’s a pull to him like she’s knows him even though she has never seen him before. Soon it's very clear to Arionna and Dace that they are meant to be together, that Arionna belongs to Dace, and there’s a purpose to why they love each other so deeply. But Arionna and Dace have to figure out the mystery behind their love and how their love for each other is going to save the world.

Dace is a shapeshifter that has caged the wolf inside him. Arionna can feel the wolf side of Dace, but getting Dace to trust his wolf side is not going to be easy for Arionna when she can't even get Dace to trust her. Arionna and Dace’s romance is steamy hot and it's the strength of their love together that is the answer they have been seeking to fight evil in this Ragnarok mythology.

Fade with its German mythology storyline was definitely a new kind of read for me, but one I enjoyed, specially with Arionna and Dace’s steamy romance, I recommend Fade as a great read.