Monday, June 30, 2014

I Am A Reader Book Blast & Giveaway: Contact (Laurisa White Reyes)

Contact by Laurisa White Reyes Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape. To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.

PRAISE FOR BOOK: "CONTACT is a page turner that will keep you guessing right along with Mira, right up until the last revelation. And it will make you reconsider the next time you wish you knew someone else’s secrets!" - Margaret Petereson Haddix, author of the Missing and The Shadow Children series

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  AUTHOR LAURISA WHITE REYES: Laurisa White Reyes is the Editor-in-chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and the author of two middle grade fantasy novels: The Rock of Ivanore and The Last Enchanter. She is also the mother of five kids, a graduate student, a fan of Broadway musicals, and a lover of all things chocolate.

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        Blast Giveaway $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 7/20/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. 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 Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Four Houses (Victoria Scott)

Four Housesebook, 35 pages
Expected publication: July 22nd 2014

A frightened girl.

An empty field.

Four houses.

Which house would you choose?

FOUR HOUSES is a dark short story told in an unusual format that leaves readers wondering how they'd react if found in the same situation as seventeen-year-old Maddy.

Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She's the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Germany, Australia, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

Friday, June 27, 2014

CBB Promotions Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Suddenly Last Summer (Sarah Morgan)

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USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces another irresistible O'Neil brother who's more tempting than dessert and twice as sinful!
Fiery French chef Élise Philippe is having a seriously bad day. Not only have the grand opening plans for her beloved café fallen apart, but Sean O'Neil is back in town and looking more delectable than ever. Memories of the electrifying night they shared last summer leave Élise very tempted, but she knows all too well that eventually Sean will be leaving…again.
Being back in Vermont—even temporarily—is surgeon Sean O'Neil's worst nightmare. Returning home to the Snow Crystal Resort means confronting the guilt he feels about rejecting his family's lifestyle years ago. But discovering that Élise is still in Vermont and still sets his blood racing is a very welcome distraction! Remembering last summer and how good they were together is going to make walking away more difficult than he could imagine….

USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has called her 'a magician with words' and she has made numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot. Sarah lives near London, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. She loves chatting with readers by email and on Facebook and Twitter. More information can be found on her website.

LOVED IT!!! Such a great story about letting go of the past and being able to love. I am a sucker for a big family that stays in each other's business! That is exactly what you get from the O'Neil's. Sean is the brother that decided he didn't want to stay in the family business, which was a ski lodge in Vermont! This book made me want to visit Vermont! Elise is the chef from Paris. She has became a member of the O'Neil family. She and Sean have fought their attraction to each other for as long as they can. The summer Gramps get sick and Sean has to go home to help out changes everything! Will they fall in love?! Will Sean leave his job in the city to move back home?! Will Elise go back to Paris?! I give this one 4 stars!

Grand Prize includes a La Bonne Vie Cupcake necklace,  Sleigh Bells in the Snow (first book in the series), Suddenly Last Summer and a bookmark
Second prize is Sleigh Bells in the Snow, Suddenly Last Summer and a bookmark
Prizing provided by Harlequin
Open to US/CA only
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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

YA Bound Blog Tour, Spotlight, & Giveaway: Carnelian (Kristen McMichael)

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Displaying carnelian.jpgCarnelian (Chalcedony Chronicles #1)
by B. Kristin McMichael
Release Date: 02/01/14200 pages

Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.
Mari had dreams that college will be a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a life of his own that’s actually from the past.

Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed.


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Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Every day is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.

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YA Bound Book Tours Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Breaking Fences (Juliana Haygert)

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Displaying Breaking Fences - front.jpgBreaking Fences (The Breaking Series, #2)
by Juliana Haygert
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Word Count: ~80,000
Release date: June/2014Cover by: Okay Creations

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.
College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.
But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.
However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone. 

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New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: The Unknown Assassin (Allen Zadoff)

Title: I AM THE MISSION (The Unknown Assassin #2)
Author: Allen Zadoff
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 17, 2014Pages: 432

No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.
And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.
His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn't do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now our assassin is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.
But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.
The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff's The Unknown Assassin series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes our hero question everything he has believed.

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Title: I AM THE WEAPON (The Unknown Assassin #1)
Author: Allen Zadoff
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 11, 2013Pages: 368

They needed the perfect assassin.
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die-of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

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Allen ZadoffAllen Zadoff is the author of the THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series as well as several acclaimed novels includingFOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN'T HAVE, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. Allen's action-packed series debut, I AM THE WEAPON (formerly BOY NOBODY), is a page-turning thriller about a teenage assassin that has already been optioned for film by Sony Pictures & Overbrook Entertainment. The book was featured in the Los Angeles Times' Summer Reading guide and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA. Kirkus Reviews called I AM THE WEAPON "fast, furious, and fun." Look for the sequel, I AM THE MISSION, beginning in June 2014. Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. His training as a super spy, however, has yet to be verified. Visit Allen on the web at

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

I used to believe that a writer needed inspiration to write. So I’d wait around for inspiration to come, mistakenly thinking I had to “feel it” before I could create anything. That led to a lot of wasted time and many late-night writing sessions in college, feverishly typing at 2AM so I could catch the inspiration tiger by the tail before he ran away.

I’m finishing up The Unknown Assassin trilogy right now, and I have to tell you, I don’t think it’s possible to write a trilogy on inspiration alone. If you want to write three books in three years, you’re going to have to work hard. Work often. Work before you’re inspired, while you’re inspired, and after inspiration has left for the day.

In other words, you’re going to have to go from being an inspiration-seeker to being a real writer. 

What do I mean by this?

First of all, there’s nothing wrong with inspiration. I love inspiration, I celebrate it, and I’d be nowhere without it. My series came to me in a flash of inspiration when I heard the voice of The Unknown Assassin, a sixteen-year-old guy telling me he was secret soldier for the government, traveling from place to place and befriending the children of his targets so he could get close to and assassinate their parents.

I’m so grateful for that inspiration and my willingness to listen and ask questions.

On the day I dreamed up the character who would become the hero of I AM THE WEAPON, I was already at work brainstorming ideas for a new book. I wasn’t waiting for inspiration. First I went to work. The inspiration came later.

It took me many years to understand that inspiration is not some magical rare beast that is nearly impossible to find and capture. It is the byproduct of hard work and developing the skill of opening up a channel to the imagination.

Now I write daily on a regular schedule. When inspiration comes (as it often does), I’m already working and I’m there to welcome it. When it doesn’t come, the work is a lot harder. But that’s okay because I know it will come again. And by the time it does, I will have written a lot more pages. I think inspiration appreciates that I’m dedicated because it’s dedicated, too. We’re in it together.

My message to young writers is that you get better with every word you write, so start writing words. Write them every day. Don’t worry about inspiration. It will come. And when it does, you won’t have to look around for a pen because it will already be in your hand.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/16/2014- Fiktshun- Guest Post

6/17/2014- New Adult Addiction- Review

6/18/2014- By the Book Reviews- Review

6/19/2014- YA Book Nerd- Interview

6/20/2014- Swoony Boys Podcast- Guest Post

Week Two:

6/23/2014- The Book Landers- Review

6/24/2014- Crossroad Reviews- Review

6/26/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book- Guest Post

6/27/2014- Parajunkee's View- Interview

Good Choice Reading Blog Tour, Spotlight, & Giveaway: Stupid Girl (Cindy Miles)

Title: Stupid Girl
Author: Cindy Miles
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication: May 13, 2014

Only fools fall in love...
After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.
A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.
As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.


National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her upcoming New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college.Hang out with Cindy on her Facebook fan page at: check out her website:

LOVED this book! Put a BIG "Stupid" grin on my face!!!! Oh to be young and in love! This book started off with a very intriguing chapter, telling us about a life changing event that happened to Olivia Beaumont. 

 After surviving a terrible senior year of high school Olivia decides to attend college at Winston, about 4 hours from home. She just knew she would be able to focus on her studies and forget about her past....Stupid Girl!!! As soon as she arrives on campus she is literally knocked off her feet by the charming Brax Jenkins...super hot baseball player!

 Will Olivia fall under Brax spell?! Will Brax finally be tamed by girl?! I definitely fell in love with Brax! I loved how he called Olivia "Gracie" and "Sunshine". If you are a fan of young love then this book is for you! I give it 5 stars!