Blog Tour ~ Krymzyn by BC Powell ~ Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway


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By BC Powell
Published on October 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Sci-Fi
Chase was twelve the first time he arrived in a strange land where dark, ominous clouds never move, ancient trees violently spring to life during Darkness, and people seem to live without emotion. Doctors tell him they’re hallucinations, but he knows his visits are real. She’s there—Sash—and she’s more real than anyone he’s ever known.

His visits stop but, as years pass, the memories haunt Chase. Without warning, the young man suddenly finds himself again in a world called Krymzyn. Arriving during Darkness, he’s rescued from death by the extraordinary, beautiful, but terrifying young woman he first met when he was twelve.

When Chase is thrust into the war of balance against vile creatures who threaten all who live there, Sash helps him understand his purpose in Krymzyn. A dark secret from the beginning of time reveals he might be able to stay there forever. To prove he belongs in Krymzyn and be with the only woman he can ever love, Chase will have to risk his own life in the ultimate battle.


My Review

I had no idea what to expect going into Krymzyn. I saw the cover, it caught my eye and the synopsis was intriguing. Just so happens, they told the right story! Krymzyn is incredibly unique, the world-building is incredibly well done and the characters develop nicely throughout the story. The romance was sweet and honest. Most of all, it conveyed emotion. I couldn't help but smile when the characters smiled, and feel anger and sadness with them as well. This, in itself, is an incredible ability for an author, and BC Powell has it down!

The beginning of the story, we are with a girl who is still small, much smaller than others before her, going through her Ritual of Purpose. From her actions, and the reactions of the crowd, we know she is special, somehow.
Then we are with a 12 year old boy, Chase, as he has a seizure for the very first time and is transported to a whole new world. There, he begins his Journey in Krymzyn, his Journey with Sash. There, he sees her black hair run with scarlet.
Krymzyn is a completely different world from ours, where the people live for their individuals Purposes, and Balance is the key to survival, to everything. I have already mentioned this, but it bears mentioning again, that the world-building is top notch. I could close my eyes at any point in this story, and see Krymzyn and its people with no effort. It is a strange, yet beautiful world.

I don't want to reveal too much, but the story follows Chase through each of his journeys into Krymzyn, and we see him fall in love with the beautiful Sash a little more each time. Their romance was a slow burn, and the story is a beautiful one. Watching Chase teach Sash about himself and Earth and emotions and senses, and Sash teaching Chase the ways of Krymzyn, of Balance, was beautiful. Seeing them both adapt and change and become who they were meant to be was powerful.

There were some action scenes, some fighting scenes, and the different Rituals and Purposes, which kept the plot moving forward. Intermittently, we go back to Earth with Chase, and see how he lives his life being away from Krymzyn. He has an amazing family, and best friend, and he is incredibly loved, and he loves so much. Yet, he knows he isn't where he is meant to be.

All in all, I adored this book. I adore this author. My only issue was the pacing in the beginning, and occasionally throughout. It would slow down a bit, and while it never got boring at all, I did find myself wishing it would pick back up again. The final issue I have with Krymzyn is the ending. I can't really say what the issue is, because it would be a spoiler, but I don't condone what happened, even though I understand the reasons behind it. I feel like there may have been a better way to go about it.

Would I recommend Kyrmzyn? Absolutely, I would. Just as a warning, there is some sexual content, and some language in the story, as well as violence and death. If neither of those things bother you? Go for it! I think you might just enjoy yourself.


About the Author

BC Powell is a fantasy author from Los Angeles, CA. "Krymzyn" is his debut science fiction fantasy novel, the first book in a series titled "The Journals of Krymzyn."

Powell has a diverse background, having held several creative positions in the entertainment industry, including executive roles at ABC-TV and Technicolor. In recent years, he's authored several non-fiction works, primarily educational books and training programs for trading the financial markets. He dual majored in journalism and philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Writing fiction has been his lifelong passion and goal. "Krymzyn" is his first published novel and represents, in his words, "finally finding the story I want to tell with characters that are able to bring that story to life." He's an avid reader and lists Ernest Hemingway, Frank L. Herbert, Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. as his favorite authors.

Brad, as he prefers to go by in personal communication, lives with his longtime girlfriend, three sons from a previous marriage, and their rescue dog and cat. He enjoys hiking, ocean kayaking, spending time at Southern California beaches, movies, and reading.



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Melt: Review + Guest Post



By Selene Castrovilla
Published on November 6th 2014
Published by Last Syllable Books
Source: Blog Tour
Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism?

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

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Discussion with author Selene Castrovilla:

MELT seems much darker than your other YA novels. Talk a little bit about what inspired you to take these characters down a darker path?

This is a fascinating question, and I pondered it for a bit before attempting an answer. At first I thought – yes, I guess this is true. And my second thought was that my evolution as a novelist has been downward, to deeper, darker territory. I ponder life’s questions, and this requires diving deep. But it took me time to gather the skills and fortitude to take that plunge.

It’s interesting that you mention taking the characters down a dark path, because that’s what traveling down The Yellow Brick Road is all about, to me. It’s symbolic to life’s journey, and finding what we need –as well as a place called home. And think about what happens after they’ve gone through so much to see the wizard: he’s a fraud. That’s a pretty dark message. (I think THE WIZARD OF OZ could be the backdrop for a story about politics.)

That said, I didn’t choose this subject – it chose me. Joey is based on my boxing coach, and every violent thing he witnesses in the book was related to me by him. He also had a “good girl” girlfriend.

So, that dark path was laid down for me already, through Joe’s experience.  I just had to follow it.

In another magical element, THE WIZARD OF OZ passages presented themselves to me. Seriously, whenever I opened the book I encountered exactly the paragraph that worked for me. Even using THE WIZARD OF OZ as a metaphorical backdrop was not a conscious choice: a voice told me to buy the book, and it told me to open it on the night I started to write MELT.

However, thinking about my previous books, I think they are “less dark” largely because of their narrators. Willow and Samantha tell those stories, and they are far less dark than Axel and Jesse. If we had heard from “the boys,” the stories would’ve had different tones for sure. Imagine MELT with only Dorothy narrating?

It’s amazing how many ways there are to tell a story.

Thanks for having me on your blog! I hope this has been interesting for you and your readers :)

Bonus thoughts:
I don’t really have a soundtrack in mind for MELT, but I often hear the song I MELT WITH YOU by Modern English in my head when I’m reading over passages. I’ve been hearing it a lot in various places, too. Dorothy and Joey hear it at one point in the book.


Regarding daily word counts, I don’t have a requirement for myself like that – but I should! Once this launch is over I’m going to start setting daily goals. I used to be way more productive, but the last few years knocked me for a loop (Hurricane Sandy and a few other sad things I’ll spare you from.) Now I’m rising again! I think I may do a time requirement rather than a word count though, because I tend to edit as I write.  I know people suggest not doing that – but I can’t help it. Anyway, my word count tends to be lower daily, but I’m happy with my work.  To thine own self be true!


Review!

If you follow my reviews at all around here, you'll know that I don't always go for the contemporary "bad boy" thing. Like, I have actively whined about that trope in the past. But something about Melt was very compelling to me based on the summary, so I decided to give it a chance, and boy am I glad I did.

Told from the dual viewpoints of Dorothy and Joey, we follow them from their very first meeting. Yes, it is a bit insta-love at first, but I really grew to care about both of them so quickly that I got over it. 

Joey's sections are written in fascinating, scattered verse, which really helped to illustrate the frantic, terrifying world he lives in.  Nothing for Joey is easy or straight-forward and it's reflected in the way his story is told.  His sections are so hard to read because of the intense, traumatic violence he faces every day, and the baggage he carries with him because of it.

Like I said, I don't always go for the bad boy thing.  I think the whole "you can save someone with your love" plotline can be damaging if poorly executed, but Castrovilla really nails the relationship between Dorothy and Joey here in a way that made me buy into it.  Dorothy wanted to save him, of course, but at the end of the day, Joey had to find the strength within himself to change. And at no point is this portrayed as an easy journey for Joey, which is what sold the plot for me. I want to see challenges and consequences and acknowledgment that stopping the cycle of abuse (physical, alcohol, etc.) isn't as easy as saying "things will be different now".

I really enjoyed what Castrovilla said in our discussion above about imagining what the story would be like if only told from Dorothy's perspective.  Dorothy is such a fresh, light voice and she really balances out the darker chapters from Joey's perspective.  That contrast is really necessary, and I liked getting to see the same events through both of their eyes.

I really felt for both of these characters over the course of the story, and I think you will, too.  The book does contain mature themes, including physical/emotional abuse, alcohol/drug use, and sexual scenarios, so is recommended for older readers. 

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, November 3rd - Once Upon a Twilight

Wednesday, November 5th - LuLo Fangirl

Friday, November 7th - Addicted Readers

Monday, November 10th - Fictionally Obsessed

Wednesday, November 12th - Optimistic Mommy

Friday, November 14th - Actin' Up With Books

Monday, November 17th - A Leisure Moment

Wednesday, November 19th - The Best Books Ever

Friday, November 21st - One Guy's Guide to Good Reads


About the author...


Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April 2013. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!
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INTERVIEW: B.C. Johnson, author of DeadGirl


By B.C. Johnson
Published on November 6th 2014
Published by Curiosity Quills Press
Dead is such a strong word . . .

Lucy Day, 15 years old, is murdered on her very first date. Not one to take that kind of thing lying down, she awakens a day later with a seemingly human body and more than a little confusion. Lucy tries to return to her normal life, but the afterlife keeps getting in the way.

Zack, her crush-maybe-boyfriend, isn't exactly excited that she ditched him on their first date. Oh, and Abraham, Lucy’s personal Grim Reaper, begins hunting her, dead-set on righting the error that dropped her back into the spongy flesh of a living girl. Lucy must put her mangled life back together, escape re-death, and learn to control her burgeoning powers while staying one step ahead of Abraham.

But when she learns the devastating price of coming back from the dead, Lucy is forced to make the hardest decision of her re-life — can she really sacrifice her loved ones to stay out of the grave?


We had the most excellent opportunity to ask B.C. Johnson some questions!  Check out our interview:

Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers out there?

There were about two years where I couldn't decide if I wanted to be a fighter pilot, Luke Skywalker, or a writer, but I pretty much locked it down by 2nd grade. Some people are bolted together to do one thing, and writing is definitely mine.

Advice for aspiring writers? Know your limits, find their shape, get really good inside your niche, and then start kicking the doors down. What I mean is this – you may want to write multiple genres and styles. I sure do. However, I learned very early on (through multiple humbling experiences) that you should learn how to use a hammer before you buy the pneumatic mega-driver 9000 and try to build a spaceship with it.

At one point I got a wild hair up my butt to try to write a western novel, ignoring the fact that I'd never even read a western novel. I liked Tombstone a lot, and so I was like "Yeah let's do that!" Which is great enthusiasm-wise, but the book stalled halfway through when it became all too clear I had no idea what I was doing. A similar thing happened when, with my second book ever, I tried to write a novel with fourteen different viewpoint characters. Keep in mind, I hadn't written a novel with two viewpoint characters at that point. Double dumbass on me, basically.

I'm not saying "don't do what you want," that's crap. The best part about writing is making up whatever, whenever, however. All I'm saying is know what you aren't good at yet to spare yourself the heartbreak. Then get really good and you can write whatever you want.

What is your favorite line or scene from your book?

Hmm. Hard to say without spoilers. My favorite scene is near the end of the book. It actually is the end of the book, come to think of it. When I first came up with the idea for Deadgirl I figured out the ending first then kind of worked backwards from there. Suffice to say, the end is . . . interesting. I've had people who loved it and people who really, really wanted me to change it. Okay, I'll stop teasing.

What inspires you? Are there specific authors, shows, movies, or music that really inspires you/your writing?

It's a lame answer, but everything. I'm visually-focused, so movies, TV, and video games have always massively affected what I write. My novels tend to be very visual – lots of crazy landscapes, fast action, and character blocking.

Music is a big one, too. Before I start writing I usually create a playlist of all the moods I want to feel and the themes I want to explore for that particular book. I'm actually working on creating a Spotify playlist for Deadgirl that mirrors what I have on my computer so I can share it for fans. Assuming I have fans. Which would make me squee like a tiny girl baby.

Can you share a little bit about any other upcoming projects/works in progress?

The Deadgirl sequel is all done on my end, and is in the pipes with my agent. The process hasn't started yet, so I have about three or four drafts with three or four editors to do still, but that part doesn't take too long.

At the end of November I have a short story in the 2nd Curiosity Quills short story anthology. I also have another finished book still waiting on word from the higher-ups to see what happens to it. It's weird and funky though, a "Mad Max" meets "X-Men," so who knows what's going to happen with that one.

Keeping with the theme of our blog name, The Best Books Ever, I've got to ask: what is your absolute favorite book?

Absolute favorite of all time? That's really, really hard. It's like picking your favorite child, but if you were a spider who had 500 children. Allow me two? Pretty please?! Favorite book as a child was probably "Dragons of Summer Flame." It's just excellent epic fantasy from start to finish, and it tells a pretty unorthodox story.


Favorite book as an adult is probably "Wizard and Glass" from the Dark Tower series. The whole Dark Tower series is my favorite anything, ever, and Wizard and Glass stands on its own the best. It's a dark western fantasy epic with a great oldschool sweeping romance and villains you want to choke to death. It's just wonderful, highly recommended.



Born in Southern California, B.C. Johnson has been writing since he realized it was one of the few socially acceptable ways to tell people a bunch of stuff you just made up off the top of your head. He attended Savanna High School in Anaheim, and an undisclosed amount of college before deciding that weird odd jobs were a far greater career path.

This lead him to such exciting professions as: aluminum recovery machinist, lighting designer, construction demo, sound mixer, receptionist, theater stage hand, wedding security, high school custodian, museum events manager, webmaster, IT guy, copywriter, and one memorable night as the bouncer at a nightclub. He is trying very hard to add “vampire hunter” and “spaceship captain” to that list.

He currently lives in Garden Grove with his supernal wife Gina, his half-corgi, half-muppet dog Luna, and his new half-grayhound, half-living-tornado-of-destruction Kaylee. He also spends time with his two brothers, his parents, and his close friends, whose primary pursuit are usually healthy debates about movie minutiea. When he’s not working or writing, he’s been to known to pursue all conceivable geeky avenues of interest including but not limited to video games, the sort of TV shows/movies Benedict Cumberbatch might star in, graphic novels, podcasts, funny gifs, the whole thing.

He’s also been known to apply his special brand of hyperbole and mania to pop-culture humor essays for various websites that can be found on his homepage, bc-johnson.com. B.C. also has a high school noir short story called “The Lancer” available on Kindle.

Deadgirl is his first novel.


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BLOG TOUR: The Tree of Water

By Elizabeth Haydon
Published on October 28th 2014
Published by Starscape

The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon’s acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.

As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.

As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…


Excerpt from THE TREE OF WATER


The human boys had an expression back in the faraway city of Vaarn where I was born. It went like this:
Curiosity killed the cat
Satisfaction brought him back
I am a curious person. I was just as curious back in my early days in Vaarn as I am now, perhaps even more so, because my curiosity had not yet been given a chance to be satisfied.
The first time I heard this expression, I was very excited. I thought it meant that my curiosity could make me feel like I was dying, but it would let up if I discovered the answer to whatever was making me curious.
I told my mother about the rhyme. She was not impressed. In fact, she looked at me as if I had just set my own hair on fire on purpose. She patted my chin, which was woefully free of any sign of the beard that should have been growing there.
“That’s very nice,” she said, returning to her chores. “But just in case nobody told you, you are not a cat, Ven. Unlike you, cats have whiskers.”
My pride stung for days afterward.
But it didn’t stop my curiosity from growing as fast as my beard should have been.
My name is Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme, Ven for short. Unlike the human boys in Vaarn, I am of the race of the Nain. Nain are somewhat shorter than humans, and grumpier. They live almost four times as long as humans, and tend to be much less curious, and much less adventurous. They hate to travel, don’t swim, and generally do not like other people. Especially those who are not Nain.
I clearly am not a good example of my race.
First, I am very tall for a Nain, sixty-eight Knuckles high when I was last measured on the morning of my fiftieth birthday. I’ve already mentioned my uncontrollable curiosity, which brings along with it a desire for adventure. I have been blessed, or cursed, with quite a lot of that recently.
But as for the curiosity, while I’ve had a lot of satisfaction for the questions it has asked me, it doesn’t seem to matter. As soon as one burning question is answered, another one springs to mind immediately. As a result, I am frequently in trouble.
So now I am about to lay my head on a chopping block, on purpose, and a man with a very sharp knife is standing over me, ready to make slashes in my neck.
I’m wondering if in fact instead of being a live Nain, I am about to end up as a dead, formerly curious cat.

Because now I have three whiskers of my own.


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About the author...

Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian and archanologist Elizabeth Haydon.

She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages [Nain and Lirin] has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. It should be noted that no one knows this for sure. Being an archanologist, she is also an expert in ancient magic because, well, that’s what an archanologist is.

Being a documentarian means she works with old maps, books and manuscripts, and so it is believed that her house is very dusty and smells like ink, but there is no actual proof of this suspicion. On the rare occasions of sightings of Ms. Haydon, it has been reported that she herself has smelled like lemonade, soap, vinegar, freshly-washed babies and pine cones.

She is currently translating and compiling the fifth of the recently-discovered Lost Journals when she is not napping, or attempting to break the world’s record for the longest braid of dental floss.


Hotwire by Cindy M. Hogan



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Hotwire by Cindy M. Hogan 
Publication Date: October 21, 2014 



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Synopsis

Division spy Christy Hadden can't wait for her latest assignment posing as a student at a prestigious New York City academy and car thief extraordinaire. The best part of the mission is her attractive handler, Jeremy, and her new team. The worst part? The sociopath masquerading as the academy's most popular guy. But soon she realizes the car thieves are much more than they seem. Her simple spying mission becomes more dangerous than anyone imagined. If the organization discovers her true identity, they won't hesitate to kill her, and if she fails, others will suffer the same fate. Young Adults, teens and adults will love this exciting suspenseful adventure with a dash of romance. You won't want to put it down.






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“I guess you’re the man I’m supposed to ask if I have any questions. Are you the official trainer?”
He chuckled. “You could call me that.”
“Well, I don’t want to call you anything that you really aren’t.” I turned pointedly to him. “What are you exactly?”
“Someone you want on your side.” His voice was serious, deadly.


About Cindy M. Hogan

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Cindy M Hogan is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched trilogy, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips, and the first in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush, the 2nd of which, Hotwire, is due out in Oct. 2014. She graduated with a BA in education and is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she's not reading or writing, you'll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

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Jaime's Top Ten Tuesday!



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish


It was almost impossible for me to narrow this one down to just ten, but I DID it! I just had to go with the sequels to some of my most recently read books, or it wouldn't have happened!



1. The final book in The Lovegrove Legacy series by Alyxandra Harvey: It doesn't have a title or a cover yet, but that is fine with me. I want it anyway. I am crazy about this series!

2. Trail of Tears (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2) by Josephine Angelini: I really enjoyed Trial by Fire, and after that ending, I am in dire need of the second book. 

3. The third book in the Night Watchmen series by Candace Knoebel: Everlasting and Evernight, the first and second books, blew me away. Normally when I hear that a series is going to be more than 3 books, I get frustrated, but with this one I am so excited and can't wait! 

4. Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz: Welcome to the Dark House was FANTASTIC. It was incredibly unique and definitely creepy. After the way it ended, which was perfect, I honestly can't wait for book 2. Even if it was coming out next week, it would be too long!

5.The second book in the Fetch  series by Kat Falls: Inhuman was wonderful in so many ways, and I am intensely curious about where the story is going to go!

6. Oblivion, the final book in the Nevermore trilogy by Kelly Creagh: I have been waiting for this book to come out for twelve years. Well, it sure does feel like it. It is supposed to be here next year, but I reckon it is a wait and see thing with this one.. 

7. Miss Mayhem, the second book in the Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins: Rebel Belle was awesome in so many ways, and I cannot wait to continue this awesomely awesome series!

8. The final book in the Amber House trilogy by Kelly Moore, Larkin and Tucker Reed: No name yet (I had heard the name Otherwhen at some point, but I don't know...), but I know it is going to be good, and that is what matters. Amber House and Neverwas were FANTASTIC!

9. Tether, the second book in the Many-Worlds series by Anna Jarzab: Tandem was the first alternate worlds book that I read, and it definitely was not the last. It hooked me! And I cannot wait to get back into this world, especially after the ending!

10. Ravencliffe, the second book in the Blythewood series by Carol Goodman: I picked up Blythewood on a whim at the library, honestly not knowing if I would even read it. I had not read any reviews for it, I had barely read the synopsis, but the cover was amazing and I took a shot. Once I started, I COULD NOT put it down. It was amazing. I cannot wait for December to get here, so I can continue this series!


There you have it! Ten of my most anticipated upcoming sequels. Can't wait to read everyone else's Top Tens List's!

Jaime

SPOTLIGHT: LETTING GO by Molly McAdams

We're pleased to spotlight Letting Go, a contemporary new adult novel from Molly McAdams. Keep reading to check out an excerpt from the book and enter to win a copy for yourself!  


By Molly McAdams
Published on November 4th 2014
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

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EXCERPT!

Grey May 10, 2014

I dressed in a fog and sat down on the side of my bed when I was done. Grabbing the hard top of the graduation cap, I looked down at it in my hands until the tears filling my eyes made it impossible to see anything other than blurred shapes. I knew I had to leave, but at that moment I didn’t care.

I didn’t care that I’d done my make up for the first time in two years and I was ruining it. I didn’t care that I was graduating from college. I didn’t care that I had already been running twenty minutes late before I’d sat down.

I just didn’t care.

Falling to my side, I grabbed the necklace that hadn’t left my neck once in the last couple years, and pulled it out from under my shirt until I was gripping the wedding band I’d bought for Ben. The one he should be wearing, but I hadn’t been able to part with—almost like I’d needed to keep some part of him with me.

The last year had been easier to get through than the one before it. I hadn’t needed my friends constantly trying to get me to do my schoolwork. I hadn’t needed Janie pulling me out of bed every morning, forcing me to shower and dress for the day. I’d even taken off my engagement ring and put it away a few months ago. But exactly two years ago today, I’d been showing off the place where I was going to marry Ben. Completely oblivious to anything bad in the world. And Ben had died.


At twenty years old, his heart had failed and he’d died before he’d even dropped to the ground on the golf course. He’d always seemed so active and healthy; nothing had ever picked up on the rare heart condition that had taken him too early. Doctors said it wasn’t something they could test for. I didn’t believe them then, and even though I’d read news articles of similar deaths in young people, I wasn’t sure if I did now. All I knew was that he was gone.



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About the author...


Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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Blog Tour ~ One Wish Away by Kelley Lynn ~ Excerpt and Giveaway! (by Jaime!)


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By Kelley Lynn
Published on November 24, 2014
Published by Bloomsbury Spark
Be careful what you wish for…

Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She's too busy planning to follow in her father's footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery. 

When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble.

Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.



Excerpt

Stars.
Millions, trillions of stars surround me.
I lift my foot, look under it. There are planets and constellations. Galaxies. My finger rises to find the Milky Way. A meteor flies by me, masquerading as a shooting star. I close my eyes, afraid it’s a dream.
But when I open them the whole universe shines back at me.
I take my first step, anticipation and pure joy tingling in my bones. It’s like I’m flying, the thrill is too great to comprehend. This can’t be outer space. I’d be dead if it were. My skin would burn from exposure to radiation. My body’s moisture would evaporate leaving my mouth, eyes and soft tissue completely dry and my lungs would work in reverse.
It has to be a projection. I look around, trying to find the source, but can’t. For once, I don’t care about getting all the answers. The little bit of mystery makes this the most amazing thing I have ever seen.
I float among the stars, walk through them, around them. I chase after the meteor, run my hand through its train. And there’s the moon! Earth and Mars are not far behind. And there’s—
The Sombrero Galaxy. The light from its bright nucleus bounces around in my pupils as I trace along the dust lane in its inclined disk. I squat down, letting it rest on the top of my head.
I’m wearing the Sombrero Galaxy!
I stand and spin to get another look, still in utter disbelief that what was once a speck in my telescope is displayed before me. To have it in the palm of my hand… there are no words.
Another step back and I remember my purpose. Even in this living replica of the universe, Spica is gone.


About the Author

Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.



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COVER REVEAL: Red Carpet Day Job

Red Carpet Day Job, the upcoming debut novel by Tasha Cotter, sounds like a great read, so I am excited to share the cover reveal with all of you.  Check it out!





Release date: February 9, 2015
Published by: Bookfish

Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing.

The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Sophie can’t believe her luck when her boss volunteers her to be Nick’s date for a red carpet award ceremony that same night. Freshly single, Sophie tries to keep things in perspective as her “work event” leads to a budding romance. She didn’t expect to like Nick, and she certainly didn’t expect him to like her.

When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon learns that it may have been Nick's influence that opened the doors and created the opportunities that she would rather have earned for herself.

Nick’s hectic schedule, the persistent leading ladies with whom he works, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance. Can Nick and Sophie make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?

About the author...



Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com or on twitter @TashCotter.

REVIEW: The Sea House

By Elisabeth Gifford
Published on April 15th 2014
Published by St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher/Litfuse
In 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris. He hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies—mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries. He has a more personal motive, too; family legend states that Alexander is descended from seal men. As he struggles to be the good pastor he was called to be, his maid Moira faces the terrible eviction of her family by Lord Marstone, whose family owns the island. Their time on the island will irrevocably change the course of both their lives, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after they are gone.

It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child's fragile legs are fused together—a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? To heal her own demons, Ruth feels she must discover the secrets of her new home—but the answers to her questions may lie in her own traumatic past. The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford is a sweeping tale of hope and redemption and a study of how we heal ourselves by discovering our histories.

This book fell into my lap unexpectedly.  Other than having an author that I very vaguely recognized the name of and a pretty cover- I really had no idea what this book was about.  I started the book without even reading a blurb about it.

This book was a very unusual read for me- it was literary fiction, historical, dramatic, and had ghosts in it (sort of).  This was not at all my typical read.  I found myself somehow engrossed in the story and a little angry at myself that I was.  It had so many things in it that I generally hate in books- dead babies, ghosts, drama, bad things (that I can't refer to or it would spoil the plot), and well.. adult fiction!  It was around the 80% mark that I came to terms with the fact that I did enjoy this book- I DID enjoy where it was going, and that (shock!) I was happy that I had read it.

Now I know you are probably thinking- you hated this book and you want me to read it?  Well I will say this- it is not a fluffy read.  You cannot go into it expecting something light hearted and frouffy.  It is not a romance novel and it is not something to read if you are very cheerful.  What it is is a painful and honest story about one woman's journey from loss and a deep pit of pain and bitterness into redemption and wholeness.

I enjoyed the flashing between past a present.  I will be honest- I didn't read it closely enough to see precisely how the two were tied (beyond the obvious) but I enjoyed it nevertheless.  I was a little confused that this had ties to Christianity.  It has very little "religion" in it- though one of the main characters is a reverend in the past- there is very little focus on that part.

I could see this book being enjoyed by many people- Christian, non- Christian- pretty much anyone.  I can't say this is a book I will revisit again (I like happy books, what can I say?) but I don't regret reading it.  It was enjoyable and the author is very talented.  If you like selkies, Scotland, history, or a good depressing read- check it out!



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