You'd have to have, like, a lentil for a soul to hate wiener dogs. ~Zuzana from The Daughter of Smoke & Bones by Laini Taylor


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

$50 Giveaway SHADOW FIRE by KIMBER LEIGH WHEATON @Cymberle #toobusyreading

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Shadow fireShadow Fire
Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.
Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.
Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.
Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal
As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?
Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.






Praise for Shadow Fire 

"This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer 

 "Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James ~Amazon Reviewer

 "I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads

 "Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer
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Excerpt

When we reach the deck, everyone stops to stare at me. Trying to ignore the blatant curiosity, I follow Hanna down the aft stairs to the brig. Zane and Taranis occupy cells across from each other. They're both sitting on the floor glaring daggers at each other. Hanna hands the key to me and slips away. Inching closer, I'm careful to remain out of reach of the two prisoners. As soon as they see me, both men jump up and start talking over each other. "Ashlyn! How are you feeling, Love?" Zane asks. "Ashlyn, my fiery angel, you are a ray of sunshine in this dank prison!" Taranis says. "I'm gonna let you both out, if, and only if, you promise to behave," I threaten. Both men nod their agreement. "That means no fighting. It also means we never, and I mean never, speak of what happened last night." When I get no argument, I free Zane first and then Taranis. "Do you even know what happened last night?" Zane asks, taking me into his arms. I stand rigid in his embrace, not sure if I'm ready to forgive him quite yet. "Only what Hanna told me," I snap at him. "I saved your virtue from this raving lunatic," Taranis says, pointing at Zane. "Then you decided to take it for yourself!" Zane yells back at him. "Did you not hear me?" I shout. Pulling myself from Zane's embrace, I back up and glare at both men. "No speaking of last night. Period. End of discussion." "Yes, Love," Zane replies. "Yes, virtuous virgin," Taranis replies. "Taranis!" I release a menacing growl, and wince when my right eye starts to tic. "Yes?" he asks, eyes full of mock innocence. "Run," Zane says. Taranis listens to Zane's advice and takes off up the stairs to the deck with me hot on his heels.    


KimberAuthor Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.  





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Monday, April 14, 2014

Rainy Day Reads Giveaway Hop #Win 3 YA books!

Welcome to the 



RAINING ROMANCE BOOKS Giveaway Hop
April 15th  to 30th
Hosted by LilyBloomBooks and BookishEscape
There are a bunch of blogs participating in this one so be sure to stop by each one. Each has their own entry rules and geographic limits, so be sure to read the rules for each one.  This hop starts April 15th and ends on April 30th,  midnight. 


HERE IS WHAT I HAVE FOR ONE LUCKY WINNER:





These are all ARCs

Chomp 
Ten Things We Did 
Lexapros and Cons






  WANT TO WIN THIS SET OF BOOKS?



Ends 4/30/14

Open to anyone with a US mailing address
Open only to those who can legally enter
Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary.
You must be 13 or older to enter .
The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
Giveaway was organized by BookHounds and sponsored by me.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review Interview ASK ME by KIMBERLY PAULEY @Soho_Teen @KimberlyRPauley





Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley




Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone. 

But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.

Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.




About the author


Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world. Visit her online at www.kimberlypauley.com


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PLEASE WELCOME KIMBERLY TO BOOKHOUNDS YA 


1.         Do you have a secret talent?

I love to sing and even did some musical theatre in high school. I’m not going to go on American Idol or anything, but I do okay. I like to think that Aria and I would get along musically.

2.         Is there a song that really reminds you of your book?

Wow, this book has so much to do with music that it’s really hard to answer that question. I guess if I have to pick one song that sums up the book more than others...um...well, I’m tied with two: Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple and Truth by Alexander. Actually, more the Truth song, but I really like the Fiona Apple one so I feel like I have to include it.

3.         What was the easiest thing about writing this book?

Drinking the coffee that fueled me while writing it. I’m mostly serious -- I wrote the majority of this book in various cafes around London.

4.         Is there a word you love to use?

Snarky.

5.         Any real or imaginary pets?

We recently got a puppy (I think I was momentarily insane). His name is Marley J. Kravitz after Bob Marley and Lenny Kravitz. He’s a puggle (pug x beagle). If he was imaginary, he’d probably make a lot less mess.




SOURCE:  PUBLISHER

MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

Aria Morse has a problem, she tells the truth whenever she hears a question being asked, whether it is directed at her or not.  Her parents are divorced and she has been abandoned by them when her "gift" appears when she is twelve and now lived with her grandparents in the middle of nowhere in Florida.  Her grandmother had the gift as well and it turns out that the truthful answers Aria gives are much like a Magic 8 ball, the answers may be vague or in riddles, but it is the truth.  It turns out that Aria comes from a long line of oracles, straight from Greek mythology. 

Even though Aria now compensates by listening to music to avoid hearing questions and is regarded as a freak, she does have a few friends.  When one of the most popular girls in the school turns up dead, Aria thinks she knows who did it.  Each chapter starts with a song title and sets the mood and as she unravels this mystery, the music helps her cope with her situation.  She is torn between two boys. both have been nice to her and one steals her heart.  Both are considered suspects in the murder and Aria thinks she has it narrowed down.  She finally confides in another girl, and feels relieved that she no longer is keeping her gift a secret. 

 Pauley does a wonderful job conveying the loneliness that Aria endures because of her ability. This is a perfect murder mystery with a bit of mythology woven in instead of the normal paranormal stuff that is so prevalent.  This is suitable for even young teens since there is only some kissing, mentions of alcohol and even though there is a murder involved, no real graphic violence. I really enjoyed Pauley's other series, and this one is even better. More, please.  





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Monday, April 7, 2014

Giveaway Cover Reveal DEADLY DELICIOUS BY K L KINCY @KarenKincy

Today we're excited to bring you the release week promo and cover reveal of the middle grade novel, Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy.  K.L. Kincy is a pen name for author Karen Kincy, author of young adult and adult novels.   To make things exciting we have the cover artist, Kirbi Fagan, here to tell us about the creation of the cover of Deadly Delicious!  Deadly Delicious is out now!


Creating the Cover by Kirbi Fagan

Painting the cover for for the novel started with an email. When I heard the story was set in the 1950's, I knew it would be fun project for me. I'm always eager to paint strong young girls on an adventure. The magical twist of the story was icing on the cake --- pun intended!
Starting an illustration is the most exciting part for me, it is when I feel the most creative. When you have a great story like "Deadly Delicious," feeling inspired isn't hard, the ideas flow. Below is the first scribble of Josephine, drawn while reading the manuscript.
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After a many sketches, I worked with Karen to find a sketch that was just right. Flash, the dog in the story, was my favorite character and I knew I had to find a place for him on the cover. 

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Next, I grabbed my camera and started shooting the reference material for the painting. I photographed it all. Another illustrator even helped me out and photographed her dog at the angle I needed. Below are few shots of the zombie hands, frosting covered and all.

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A screen shot of a drawing in progress, figuring out Josephine's "look."

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On to the painting. I used both traditional and digital media to create the final artwork. Working digitally allows me to experiment with things I might not have the freedom to do with real paint. The traditional element allows me to create rich colors and real texture.

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Now about that type... what a mess! I won't be making a career change to a cake decorator anytime soon...


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At last... the cover!


Deadly Delicious - ebook cover (1)

For more information about myself and my work visit www.kirbiillustrations.com or tweet me @kirbifagan

 
About Deadly Delicious:
Twelve-year-old Josephine DeLune can’t take the heat this sweltering summer of 1955, and she was out of the kitchen long ago. An awful cook, she ruins recipes left and right, and she certainly can’t compete with her family’s reputation for extraordinary food. Her daddy’s parents ran one of the best restaurants in all of Paris, but Josephine lives in Paris, Missouri. On her mama’s side, she’s up against a long tradition of sinfully delicious soul food. Rumor has it, her Creole ancestors cooked up some voodoo to make tasty even tastier. Josephine knows the secret ingredient: she comes from a long line of conjure witches with spellbinding culinary skills. Disenchanted, Josephine works as a carhop at Carl and Earl’s Drive-In. Just plain old hamburgers, hot dogs, and curly fries, nothing magical about them. She’s got bigger fish to fry, though, when a grease fire erupts into a devilish creature who hisses her name with desire. Turns out he’s the Ravenous One, the granddaddy of all voodoo spirits, and he’s hungry for her soul. Josephine thinks he’s got the wrong girl—she’s no witch—but a gorgeous, dangerous night-skinned lady named Shaula sets her straight. Josephine is one of the most powerful witches alive, so overflowing with conjure that her out-of-control cooking simply catches fire. Josephine would love to laugh this off, but Shaula warns her that she must learn to master her magic before the Ravenous One devours her soul. Spurred into action, Josephine breaks out her grandma’s old conjure cookbook and starts cooking. Nothing grand, just the usual recipes for undying friendship and revenge. But soon Josephine can’t escape the consequences of her conjure. When the people of Paris start turning into zombies with a strange fondness for cake, Josephine looks pretty responsible for their undead reawakening…

Purchase at Amazon, available now for kindle and in paperback!
 
About the Author:
Karen - author photo2 (1)K. L. Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) loves zombies, though she hopes to meet only the cake-eating kind. Deadly Delicious is her first book for children. She has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

K. L. Kincy also writes for teens and adults as Karen Kincy.
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Giveaway:
One paperback of Deadly Delicious by K.L. Kincy
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Friday, April 4, 2014

RAINING ROMANCE GIVEAWAY HOP Win 2 books!

Welcome to the 




RAINING ROMANCE BOOKS Giveaway Hop
April 5th  to 18th
There are a bunch of blogs participating in this one so be sure to stop by each one. Each has their own entry rules and geographic limits, so be sure to read the rules for each one.  This hop starts April 5th and ends on April 18th,  midnight. 



HERE IS WHAT I HAVE FOR ONE LUCKY WINNER:




The Espressologist Damned (Crusade, #2)




WANT TO WIN THIS TWO BOOKS?




Ends 4/18/14

Open to anyone with a US mailing address
Open only to those who can legally enter
Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary.
You must be 13 or older to enter .
The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
Giveaway was organized by BookHounds and sponsored by me.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GIVEAWAY - APRIL MYSTERY BOOK - and a lot of swag!










WELCOME TO THE  APRIL MYSTERY BOOK GIVEAWAY!



Here is your blurb - right from Amazon.  


No blurb this month since I have no idea which book to pick. I do have a bunch of book related stuff that needs a new home. Lots of signed bookmarks, lots of other little things like pins and tour badges, a Prodigy T-shirt.  Whatever I can cram into an express mail envelope!  











WANT TO WIN THIS SWAG and a book?  

The book will be an advance reader paperback

Ends 4/30/14

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Open only to those who can legally enter
Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary.
You must be 13 or older to enter .
The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
Giveaway was organized by BookHounds and sponsored by me.
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.






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