Monday, April 21, 2014

Release Day Blitz ~ My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris!!


HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.

MY NOT SO SUPER SWEET LIFE is a special digital only, fan requested addition to the series!

It's also told in DUAL POV. Woohoo!

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Read the first chapter...






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To celebrate the release author Rachel Harris is hosting a giveaway!


US - A Signed RARE paperback copy of MY NOT SO SUPER SWEET LIFE & SWAG PACK
INT - An eBook copy of MY NOT SO SUPER SWEET LIFE



ABOUT RACHEL HARRIS

Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her Rachel Harrisbooks…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

Friday, April 18, 2014

April NaNoWriMo

This month I haven't been posting regularly on this blog at all. But, there is a very good reason for that. (Well, a couple. But at the moment I'm only sharing one with you). 

I have been participating in the April NaNoWriMo session! :D 

This is my first time participating and I am determined to win. Now, that being said, I am behind. But I am resolved to write every day and catch up so that I can win NaNoWriMo!! I love the story that I'm writing so that helps, of course. Some days, though, I write more than others. I'm still so determoned to finish. I also feel like as I get closer to the end, it will get easier. (Here's a secret: I already have a version of my last chapter written. So I know exactly what is going to happen). ;) Typing so fast does make me have a lot of spellin errors, though. (And it seems that I just can't stop doing that). 

Anyway, my progress today. I started out at 20,177 words and ended today with 23,430 words. Today I've written 3,253 words. Not bad.Wish me luck for the rest of NaNoWriMo!! I want to finish on time!! :)

<3 Amanda Leigh

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Blitz ~ Synchrony (Destiny #2) by Cindy Ray Hale

 

 

Synchrony (Destiny #2)
by Cindy Ray Hale
Release Date: 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.

The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac's bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn't long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny's best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.

Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?


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Excerpt: 
My scattered emotions continuously wove themselves around each other chaotically, growing from a few errant threads of thought into a tangled mess, snagging tighter and tighter until I was ready to explode. 

I began wailing, and Preston grabbed me by the shoulders, pulled me back, and said, “Destiny, stop.” But I couldn’t. The tears kept coming. Living without Isaac was like being held underwater and being told to breathe. I would take water into my lungs, and it would burn. And eventually, everything would grow dimmer until it became black.

Preston shook my shoulders, jarring me from my despair. “Look at me, Destiny.” I cracked open my eyes and peered into his trustworthy green ones. They were so full of concern. “He’s not worth your tears. Do you hear me?”

I stared back at him. Not worth my tears? Did he have any clue what Isaac really meant to me?

“Don’t let him hurt you worse than he already has. It’s going to be hard for a long time, but you’re going to survive this.”

“How can you possibly know that?” What did he know about getting his heart ripped out? He’d never even had a girlfriend.

A corner of Preston’s mouth quirked up. “Because the Destiny Clark I know is a fighter.”

About the Author:

Cindy Ray Hale lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She’s a bit of a health food nut and can’t live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog at http://cinnamoncindy.blogspot.com/ In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for "New Era" magazine and The American Preppers Network.

For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy’s upcoming books visit http://destinybycindyhale.blogspot.com/  or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.

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1 ebook of 12 Steps by Veronica Bartles, 1 ebook of Not Your Average Fairytale by Chantelle Sedgwick,  swag pack of Destiny bookmark, a Destiny charm bracelet, and a Synchrony keychain + $50 Amazon gift card (INT)
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Blitz ~ The Goddess Wars by Trisha Wolfe


Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1)
Release Date:  April 19th 2013
New Adult Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads:
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.



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Of Darkness and Crowns (Goddess Wars #2)
Release Date: September 1, 2013
New Adult Fantasy

***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE***

Summary from Goodreads:
The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very women he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.

Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appointing the right person in charge of the prince’s affairs has turned a kingdom against the Nactue leader. Saving her stubborn, willful prince from the darkness overtaking him will be the battle of her life, and she needs people she can trust by her side. But bad blood between members of the Nactue obscure Kaliope’s journey, while her feelings for Caben cloud her judgment.

When the time comes to do what she must to destroy the goddess of chaos, will she be able to if it means losing Caben forever?


Book two of the Goddess Wars is told in dual point of view from Kaliope and Caben. New Adult Dark Fantasy, intended for readers 17 years of age and older. 


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About the Author:
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself. For more information on Trisha Wolfe and her works, please visit: www.TrishaWolfe.com



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1 Caben Flask Necklace (US only)


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blog Tour ~ Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles

 

 

Twelve Steps
by Veronica Bartles
Release Date: 03/25/14

Book Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. There in Laina's shadow, Andi's only noticeable feature is her pretty awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina's perfect everything else.

When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina. After all, great hair must count for something.

Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. OK, maybe that's two steps in one.

Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities besides great hair. There have got to be at least three good qualities, right?

Step 7: Demand attention for more than just her shortcomings, and break out of her shell. Easier said that done, but worth the effort in the long-run. 

When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi finds that her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and realizes she may need a new program--perhaps with less steps!

As cracks in Laina’s flawless fa├žade begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.



Review:
I know Veronica Bartles through Rachel Harris' Flirt Squad. When I heard about her debut release I knew that I had to get it on it comehow! I'm so glad that I made it on the blog tour!

The word that comes to mind when I think of this book is: adorable. So much of this book, in my opinion, was adorable. If you are looking for a read like that then I definitely suggest that you pick this up. 

On to characters. I really enjoyed both Andi and Laina as characters. Andi's fearless exterior seems very relatable to me. I enjoyed seeing her more vulnerable side as well. She was also just a really fun character to read. Honestly, I also liked Laina. I feel as though many people would probably feel the same annoyance toard her as Andi did. But you know what? If I'm comapring myself to both of the characters, I actually have more in common with Laina. By no means do I look perfect all the time or was a straight A student. But forthe most part I did very well in school and was very concious of it. Plus, I kept (and still keep) an avid journal just like Laina does in the book. So I could relate to her, as well. The other thing that I liked about Laina was that she was naive and disorganized. It was good to see that even she had 'flaws'. Jared, of course, was a great character as well. I enjoyed reading about him. I especially enjoyed reading about him when he and Andi were in the same scene. 

The story was vey good as well. I like the idea of Andi coming up with a twelve step program. To me, this is part of the "adorable-ness" of the book. Seeing Andi adapt was great, too. And some of my favorite moments remain seeing Andi and Laina have that sisterly bond. That was really beautiful. Even when Laina drove Andi crazy, she still felt that love towards her and even an innate need to protect her. 

I would certainly recommend this book. Especially to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary. 4 stars! 

About the Author:
 

As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy.   When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewelry out of recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes.  TWELVE STEPS is Veronica Bartles's first novel.

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Follow the Tour!
March 25:

Valerie's Thoughts - http://girls-in-white-dresses.blogspot.com/?m=1 - Review
Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details - http://www.michelle4laughs.blogspot.com/ - Review
A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books - http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com – Review
Dark Novella - http://jenniferweiser.blogspot.com – Promo Post

March 26:
Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous - http://ashleythebookjunkie.blogspot.com - Review
Crystal in Bookland - Http://crystalinbookland.blogspot.com – Review
Geeky Chiquitas - Http://www.geekychiquitas.blogspot.com - Review

March 27:
Whimsically Yours – www.whimsicallyours.com - Review
Desert Rose Reviews - http://desertrosereviews.blogspot.com - Review
Always Lost in Books - http://alwayslostinbooks.wordpress.com – Review
Reader Girls - http://www.readergirlsblog.com – Promo Post

March 28:
Ramblings from the Mind of the Dragon Writer - http://www.melissapetreshock.com/dragon-blog.html - Review
Living in a Bookworld - http://livinginabookworld.blogspot.gr - Review
Dazzled by Books - http://www.dazzledbybooks.blogspot.com – Review
Books Eater - http://www.mineofbooks.blogspot.com – Review
Books and Bindings - http://booksandbindings.com/ - Review

March 31:
23 Review Street – www.23reviewstreet@blogspot.co.uk - Review
Pieces of Whimsy - http://piecesofwhimsy.blogspot.com.au/ - Review
Bookish Things & More - www.bookishthingsandmore.com – Review
Fic Central - http://www.ficcentral.com - Review

The Girl Bookaholic – www.Thegirlbookaholic.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Part of that World  - http://skizzles22hu.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post

April 1:
We All Make Mistakes In Books - http://weallmakrmistakesinbooks.blogspot.com - Review
Girl With a Pen and a Dream - http://www.girlwithapenandadream.blogspot.com/ - Review
The NerdHerd Reads - http://thenerdherdreads.blogspot.com – Review
Susan Bishop Crispell - www.susanbishopcrispell.wordpress.com - Review

April 2:
Jany's Book Blog - http://janysbookblog.wordpress.com/ - Review
Tall Thoughts From a Short Girl - http://angiblacktallthoughts.blogspot.com/ - Review
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales - Http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com – Review
Turner's Antics - http://turnersantics.wordpress.com - Review
kimberlyfaye reads - http://kimberlyfayereads.wordpress.com – Review
My Full Bookshelf Reviews - http://myfullbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com – Review
Just a Booklover - http://justabooklover.blogspot.com – Review
Lost in Ever After - http://lostineverafter.blogspot.ca – Promo Post
Andi's Young Adult Books - http://andisyoungadult.blogspot.com - Review

Donnie Darko Girl - http://donniedarkogirl.blogspot.com – Review

April 3:
What Would Your Heroine Do? - http://jkrockwriters.tumblr.com/ - Review
Musings In Fiction Alley - http://musingsinficitonalley.blogspot.com/ - Review
Books and Their Worldly Realm - http://booksandtheirworldlyrealm.blogspot.com/ - Review
Annaberry Reads - http://annaberryreads.blogspot.com/ - Review
Mind Reading? - http://monaliz-mindreading.blogspot.com – Review
Country Book Bumpkin - http://www.countrybookbumpkin.net – Review
Hot Guys in Books  - www.hotguysinbooks.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Lola's Reviews - http://lolasreviews.com - Promo Post

April 4:
 YaReads - http://www.yareads.com – Review 
NaomiMilliner – www.NaomiMilliner.WordPress.com - Review
Cassandra Page - www.cassandrapage.com - Review
Swoony Boys Podcast - http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com - Review
Girl meets Books - http://thegirlmeetsbooks.wordpress.com – Review
Paulette's Papers - http://paulettespapers.com/ - Promo Post
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com – Review
Book Publicity Services - http://bookpublicityservices.com/blog - Review

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