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Monday, 27 April 2015

Release Day Blitz: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Hey, guys! Welcome back to my blog! I know that I have been a bit MIA lately but I've explained the reason to you all already and I'm sorry but I'm trying my best. Today, I am extremely excited to be participating in this release day blitz for An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This novel sounds frickin' fantastic as it combines fantasy with war. Plus, it's not that long and it is a standalone so not too much commitment. I have yet to read this one (I'm horrible) but I really want to and cannot wait to get my hands on it. Hope you enjoy this post and until my next one, I love you guys to...infinity and beyond!



Title:An Ember in the Ashes
Author:Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date:April 28th 201
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464

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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy
debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his
freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.


LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her
brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the
empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel
Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering
deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a
ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more
intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change
the future of the empire itself.


A Letter from Sabaa Tahir
Dear Readers,
Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub
date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing,
rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts,
bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER.

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.
And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you
enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m
giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,
Sabaa

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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room
motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
























Giveaway Details:

2 winners
will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners
will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US
Only.

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9th at Midnight EST!



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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Trailer Reveal: Blue Sun, Yellow Sky by Jamie Jo Hoang


Title: Blue Sun, Yellow Sky

Author: Jamie Jo Hoang

Genre: Adult, Women's Fiction



Hailed as “One of the best technical painters of our time” by an L.A. Times critic, 27 year-old, Aubrey Johnson's work is finally gaining traction. But as she weaves through what should be a celebration of her art, a single nagging echo of her doctor’s words refuses to stay silent—there is no cure. In less than eight weeks Aubrey is going blind.

Traveling on a one-way ticket around the world with childhood friend Jeff Anderson, Aubrey is in complete denial. But a blindfolded game of tasting foreign foods in China jolts her into confronting the reality of her situation. So begins her quest.

In this adult coming of age story, Aubrey starts out at odds with her crippling disability and has a hard time accepting help. But on her journey she finds a deeper understanding of herself and her life—sometimes fragmented and complex, but always with relentless truth.





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About the Author


Jamie Jo Hoang is the author of BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY. Her writing can also be found on TinyBuddha.com and her personal website heyjamie.com. She lives in Los Angeles, and works to support her expensive hobby of traveling. So far she's been to: Peru, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Uruguay, Chile, Bonaire, France, England, Jamaica, Ireland, Scotland, and numerous other cities within America.













Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Blog Tour: The Dead Room by Stephanie Erickson (The Dead Room Trilogy #1)

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Title:The Dead Room
Author:Stephanie Erickson
Publication Date:March 11th 2015
Genre: Post Apocalyptic

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322 years after the apocalypse, the world has changed, but her people have not. Secrets, lies, and manipulations endure among a small group of survivors taking refuge on an island in the Northern Pacific.

No one knows what claimed so many lives over three centuries ago, and no one asks, except Ashley Wortham. She can feel the secrets all around her, begging to be uncovered.

But the nine elders who govern the island guard their secrets jealously. They believe the islanders know what they need to, and they hide their secrets behind a ruse of peace. But when Ashley, and her best friend Mason, go down the rabbit hole, no one is prepared for truths they uncover. What will they do when they discover the downfall of humanity lies within their own island, deep inside the dead room?


EXCERPT
The body lay on a two-piece metal pyre in the center of the clearing.
Nothing more
than the skeleton of a table, the pyre was simply used for the display and
transport of the bodies. Burning the dead was a custom from the time before.

The corpse’s blue cotton, long-sleeved shirt was buttoned all the way to
the top to
hide his injuries, and the matching navy slacks had recently been pressed.
With his
hands folded over his abdomen, Wesley looked rather dashing. Ashley wished
her match
had actually been dashing in life.

She wondered who would wear that outfit next. Nothing was ever wasted on
the island.
Not even the clothes of a dead man. She herself had worn the clothes off a
dead
woman’s back. Squeamishness was a luxury no one could afford.

Although “new” clothes were made on the island, from animal skins and the
cotton
grown in the farmlands, they were typically reserved for the higher
ups—elders,
doctors, and the like. Cotton was difficult to grow in the cold climate,
and the
clothes were made entirely by hand. Once it had been worn and patched a
few times by
those with power, new clothing was eventually passed down to the lower
branches of
society,

But, it wasn’t just clothing that moved on after an islander died. All of
their
belongings were redistributed among those in need. The dead’s family
wasn’t allowed
to keep anything they didn’ tneed. Sentimentality was a lost emotion to the
islanders. Reusing everything was essential, even if the previous owner
was a dead
man.

It had only bothered her once—the first time she’d seen one of her
father’s outfits
on another man. Even then, at the tender age of ten, she’d understood it
was bound to
happen eventually. She just hadn’t expected it to happen so quickly. Only
a week
after his funeral, she’d spotted one of her neighbors walking down the
road in her
father’s clothes. She ran to him, hoping her father’s scent might still
linger on his
shirt. But the man neither embraced her nor offered her any sympathy. He
only looked
at her with wide eyes,the horror and disgust plain on his face.

Death on the island was such a strange thing. She’d lost track of how many
funerals
she’d been to in her lifetime—at least one a month. Unexpected deaths,
like that of
her match, added to the average.

Only three of the losses had actually meant something to her—her mother,
her father,
and now Wesley. Her father’s funeral was, of course, devastating, made
more so by the
fact that they’d shared the same first name. Everything the elders said
about him
could have also been applied to her. How they were thankful for “Ashley’s
life,” how
they wished “Ashley peace.”It sent shivers down her spine.

Once, she’d asked him why they shared a name. His mother’s name had been
Ashley, he’d
explained, as had her mother, and her father before that. On and on, down
the line,
the name had traveled, until it had reached Ashley. And one day, as was their
tradition, it would go to her own child.

The funeral for her mother, who had been taken by a simple cold that
escalated into
something much worse, was nothing more than a hazy memory. Still, Ashley
missed her
mother terribly and felt incomplete without her. She searched for her
whenever the
jasmine got caught on the wind, because her mother had loved to wear the
flower
behind her ear.

Wesley’s funeral was a problem. She wasn’t entirely sure how she felt
about it. The
loss of her parents had left her feeling completely alone. She’d hoped to
find love
again with her match, but he’d left her terribly disappointed.

Now that he was gone, her emotions warred with themselves. Relief was the
biggest
player fighting for space in her mind. Relief to have escaped the abuse
and the
pressures of being the next elder’s wife. Guilt came in at a close second,
but not
because she regretted killing her match.

It was because her best friend was being blamed for it.






Stephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Competition.

After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie's passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it's her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.

Stephanie currently has 4 projects planned for 2015. Her latest release, The Dead Room, is a post apocalyptic set on a lonely island 300 years in the future.
Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on the Florida's Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are in love with their baby girl.











Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Book Blast: French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton


Title: French Kissed

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Series: International School #3

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance



On the surface, Fleur Marceaux has it all. If only the facade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her. 







There’s a social hierarchy at the International School and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble, despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride. 







The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she had thought was all wrong for her but might be the only thing that’s right. But will he stand by her when her secrets are revealed?







Don’t miss the final book in the International School series. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 17 and up.



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About the Author


Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.



Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 




Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.



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Monday, 13 April 2015

Blog Tour: Skeletal by Katherine Hayton

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Title:Skeletal
Author:Katherine Hayton
Publication Date:January 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Pages:290

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Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide.

That was ten years ago. Ten long years.

Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner's inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.

And Daina's here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom. Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.

Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

So help you God.


EXCERPT
Watch this. Watch this now. Those men - the ones in the fluoro vests and the hard hats and the mud-caked boots. They’ve removed the bricks of the house, by hand. They’ve piled them up and put them aside in neat square packages wrapped in tarpaulin, ready to use again when the time comes. They’re about to raise the house off its foundations.
It’s amazing.
Before the earthquake, no one had ever really tried something like this before. It was a proposition of something that might work in a trade magazine that no one would ever have read. Except now it was read, and practiced, because there were so many opportunities to try out things people had never tried before.
Opportunity, and the potential to save money. A perfect combination for experiments. And this thing works.
Watch them. Right there. They’re lifting the denuded house up off the foundations. It creaks and groans but it holds together. Amazing.
And look down in the foundations. Where they’re cracked and broken and the floor on one side has dropped almost a foot in height because of the liquefaction souping up the earth. That bit, where it’s broken so much the bare earth can be seen straight through the concreted silt. Even before anyone starts to try to crack it up. Broken along a prior instability.
That’s where I am.
Watch them as they pull aside the hard clods, and now – that one – he’s reaching forward, pulling one aside to expose a creamy white bone. He’s taking a step back now. He’s calling over his shoulder to a colleague. His site manager is about to be wholly pissed off, and frustrated because he’s not allowed to show it. Not in this situation.
But the whole site’s going to be roped off and their work is going to be backed up and he’s going to be on the phone for the rest of the day trying to shuffle everything around so he doesn’t lose more than a day’s wages for his crew.
It’ll take a while before they know that it’s me. There’s going to be a stream of ‘professionals’ coming by. They’ll carefully dig, and photograph, and exhume each bone. They’ll lay it out on a board in a morgue, making sure that each and every little piece of me is tagged and laid out in place.
They’ll drill into the bone, the femur, and try to get a read on the DNA left in the dried out marrow. They’re going to find a match with a file on a missing person. And that missing person file is going to be me.
My mum’s going to get a knock on the door that she’s been waiting for, and dreading, for a decade. She’s going to break down and cry with the easy tears of a drunk, even though her ten year chip takes pride of place in her jewellery box.
She’ll cry, and won’t hear half of what they say. But they’ll be patient, and they’ll go through everything with her again. And again.
I would cry too, if I still had something to cry with.
But for now that’s all poised in the distance, a series of dominos not yet pushed into action. For now, there’s just the hi-viz workers and the glimpse of something they know shouldn’t be there. For now there’s just my dead bones and the cold ground they’ve been stored in, hidden in, waiting for the puff of fresh air to caress their curves and lines. Waiting for the dirt to be brushed aside and their porous surface to inhale the warmth of the sun.
Waiting to be found.





Katherine Hayton is a 41 year old woman who works in insurance, doesn't have children or pets, can't drive, has lived in Christchurch her entire life, and currently resides a two minute walk from where she was born. Fascinating, eh?
She's the author of two spectacular un-bestselling books (unless you count tiny niche genres on Amazon, which of course you should) FOUND, NEAR WATER and new release SKELETAL.
She is currently curled up on her couch with her typewriter (laptop) while she tries very hard to give birth to her next novel AS YET UNNAMED BUT PROBABLY INVOLVING GRUESOME MURDERS.











Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sort of a Hiatus but...Not Really

Hey, everyone! I've been absent for a week. Maybe two.


During this sudden hiatus, I thought a lot. About everything. About life, my blog, the impending exams of doom that I'm not completely positive I am prepared for and I realized that my problem is myself. I create my own disasters, the metaphoric personal hell is a phantasm conjured by me to give reason for why things don't go the way that I want them to. The fact of the matter is things don't go the way I want them to simply because I am lazy, or rather, I am so consumed by all the technological distractions present that I procrastinate everything. Ah, procrastination, the dreadful thing. To be honest, this post was procrastinated ad I had no idea what I was going to write before I started drafting it.

The issue that is at the forefront of my mind is school. For the past few months, I've been slacking, a lot, not studying as much I should, as much as is necessary and I guess I'm starting to feel the ghastly effects of my decisions. I have exams in less than a month and not the ones that I can fail, laugh about and move on from. They're serious and I need to do well and...I am terrified, I've realized. I feel like I am behind everyone else, particularly in Advanced Math and Physics and I just do not want to do badly because...because, well, my classmates and most people that I come in contact with (not even being cocky) assume that I am "that girl". You know, the boring, stick-in-the-mud, doesn't-go-to-parties one who spends all of her time studying and gets good grades. The truth is, studying isn't really my thing, I leave everything for the last minute and then, I cram knowledge into my brain.I have a somewhat good memory and even though my mind rebels at the idea that I've been stereotyped and people presume that my "brilliant" future is decided, I yearn to exceed because it is just my nature.

I have come to terms with the fact that I am an overachiever, a lackadaisical one but one who at the end, tries her best even in steep three-weeks-until-exams situations like this one. All of my time needs to be devoted to studying right now, to catching up, to doing better and I can't do that if my number one focus in life is my blog and its happenings. I love my blog and I want it to grow, more than anything, I want to watch it thrive and know that my hard work allows for this but I can't...not at this moment.

This is not a hiatus.

Not at all.

I promise that I will still post, probably not as regularly as I would like but at least once a week until the end of May. I feel stuck, in a tough position because I do not want to do this but I have to. I know that I have a million and one review books to read and I will read, hopefully, during this "blogging but not really" time. I will read and study and ace these stupid but necessary little tests that society throws my way to determine how intelligent I am and I will devote myself to my blog and expanding it and making it the most frickin' beautiful thing you've ever seen.

That's all I wanted to say. Also that I love anyone who takes the time out of their day to read what I write and until my next blog post...remember that. :)


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Book Blast + GIVEAWAY: The Transhuman Chronicles by Rose Garcia


Title: Final Stand

Author: Rose Garcia

SeriesThe Transhuman Chronicles #1


Nothing sucks more than being forced to move cross country during senior year. And Dominique Wells doesn't think things can get any worse until she's invited to a quirky neighbor's party. When pressured into playing a magical card game, Dominique's world goes from sucky to terrifying. She begins having visions of a red desert and an evil presence--a presence who hints at past lives and promises to kill her.

Plagued by fear and suspicion, and unaware of a family secret kept hidden from her, Dominique is determined to live. Together with a mysterious and gorgeous guy who's moved in while his parents are away, and a hot, popular guy from school, Dominique must seek clues to her past if she's to survive. That, and keep her emotions in check for the two guys she suddenly can't stop thinking about because if she doesn't, she'll be dead. For real.




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The Transhuman Chronicles #2


Dominique is still alive after killing Tavion, the Tainted who's hunted her for lifetimes. Yet her protectors still fear for her life. They force her to flee Houston and abandon the friends she loves. But they can't protect her from herself. When Dominique starts hearing Tavion's voice in her head, she realizes that her personal connection to the Tainted still exists. And when her car is ambushed, she discovers another frightening truth—someone close to her is a traitor.



Desperate for answers, Dominique seeks the aid of first lifers Trent and Infiniti. With their help, she hopes to find her new enemy. But things get complicated with Trent when she finally accepts her eternal love for Farrell, and even more complicated when the whispers in her head threaten her loved ones. Determined to live, Dominique decides to make a final stand against the forces that want to end her. For good.





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COMING APRIL 27th!!

Dominique has conquered the evil within her, only to find her one true love now has to kill her. Desperate to save her friends and loved ones from sharing her fate, Dominique ditches her companions in an effort to protect them. With Trent left for dead in the past, she has no idea that Infiniti and Fleet have banded together, facing their own adversity as they struggle to find her.

Sure of nothing, and trusting someone from her first life who promises to be on her side, Dominique decides to set out on her own mission: kill before being killed. With time running out and her friends in hot pursuit, Dominique is hell bent on finishing what was started nine lives ago. Or finally face her final death.




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Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who's always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she's been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles--a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Currently Reading: Kings, Ravens, Sexy Overlords and MORE

Hey, guys! Long time, no blog post. Actually, it wasn't that long ago, Monday but it feels longer because I can't really remember the last time I truly sat down and invested hours of my time just writing and I partially blame that on school and also, distractions in the form of TV and internet. I have been reading though, quite a bit, in my spare time. It has been a goal of mine for some time to eliminate all the books that I have been sent for review (by reviewing them, I mean not actually zapping them and making them go away) and I have been trying to do that, slowly but surely. Anyway, let me stop blabbering and show you the worlds that I am currently exploring.



CURRENTLY READING

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Hold on a moment while I flail with joy. I love this book so much and I'm not even finished with it yet. The premise of the novel is very strange, admittedly, and it takes some getting used to as it mainly focuses on magical realism and interchanges often in third person point of view between the main characters. Moving past the first fifty pages or so of initial confusion and anxious interest, you are sucked in by the ridiculously ridiculous story, the insane plot twists and the strong but somehow delicate characters who steal your heart and make every page better than the last. I am about 3/4 way through this one and I am dreading when the book comes to an end. I know it's a series but I am trying not to buy books! A review will probably be up by the end of the week. :)

Evolution by Kate Wrath. I am not sure how many of you remember but a couple of months ago, I reviewed the first book in this series and I loved it to pieces. It was phenomenal and I was super stoked that the author, Kate, (who is lovely) sent me an eARC of the second book. E, the first book, was such an original and amazing dystopian novel filled with so much action (and a sexy if a bit overbearing tyrant named Matt). I feel like more people need to know about this series because it is so mind-blowing! I started Evolution a couple of days ago and it literally feels like the part of me that was missing, that was still stuck in this world with these characters has been restored. It picks up right where the first book left off. SO. MUCH. ACTION. I'm only a few chapters in and I already know I am going to love it!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Prepare for a pathetic statement. I am in the same place on this audiobook that I was in four months ago when I last updated you guys on what I was reading. I feel horrible because the book itself is really good, I am enjoying it so far, it's just that audiobooks take time that I do not have. I praise you if you're one of those people who can listen to a book while simultaneously doing your daily tasks but I cannot and trust me, I've tried. I'll carry out the task just fine but I'll miss a lot of what's happening in the novel as I will not be able to concentrate. I only have an hour and a half left so hopefully, I'll make the time and hurry up and review it for you guys.


Those are all the books that I'm reading at the moment. What about you guys? Comment down below and tell me what world you're currently engrossed in! Until my next blog post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!