Friday, October 26, 2012

Natually, Charlie




Naturally, Charlie
by S.L. Scott

Make me want to read it...
This story is about the relationship between Charlie and Charlie, or Charlie squared as I call them. Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is trying to rebuild her life after a crappy break up when she meets Charlie Adams. Charlie Adams is trying to make it on his own after being cut off from his family when he meets Charlie Barrow.

The two find more than comfort in each other when they face some difficult times, but who wants to risk a great friendship when it's the only good thing they have going in their lives?

 
Female Main Character
Charlie Barrow is a character you'll easily sympathize with. You'll find yourself crying with her through the hard parts, and laughing at her endearing banter with Charlie Adams. You may also want to shake some sense into her, but in the end you'll still like her.

 
What about the hottie of the book?
Charlie Adams is a hottie who not only writes, but he cooks. He comes from money, but has since avoided that lifestyle. He still faces the fallout from his former antics while he tries growing his relationship with Charlie Barrow. You will want to hug (or maybe more..) him repeatedly throughout the book.

 
What was the best part?
Charlie Adams, he's such a catch. He's hot, nice, cooks, writes, is hot, and the look you get inside his head makes you love him so much more.

What didn’t you like about the book?
I HATED Charlie Barrow's best friend at first. For the first fifty pages I was tempted to punch her in the face, and by that I mean my ereader.

I also didn't like how often I want to shake Charlie squared, but in the end I still loved them anyways.

 
Anything else I should know?
You need to read it.

 
About the Author
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

Naturally, Charlie is Scott's debut novel


Where to get the book
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dear Teen Me BLOG TOUR + giveaway


Publisher: Zest Books
Published: October 30, 2012
ISBN 978-1-9369762-1-8

Teenagers of the world, Dear Teen Me is for you.

For everyone who wishes they were on the football team. For everyone who would rather be in the glee club than ever run another lap. For the teens who dream of being far, far away from the small town or big city where they go to school. 

The prom queens, the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the good girls, the loners, the stoners, the class presidents, the juvenile delinquents, the jocks and the nerds.
The teens who have good days and bad days and sometimes really really really bad days.

This is for you.

Signed,

A group of authors. some famous – some up-and-comers, who care about you.


When we heard about Dear Teen Me book and idea behind it, we jump to chance of participating in this. As a blog who centers around mistakes we understood the idea of the book. Sharing the experiences good and bad with others can make someone else's life less lonely and that's the whole point of this book.
Here's a chance of getting to know your favourite authors in a way you haven't before.

We're super exited to have Miranda Kenneally, one of the founders of the BLOG of the same name and editor of the book.
Miranda Kenneally is the author of the contemporary YA novels Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker (just published), and Things I Can't Forget (Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-editor, with E. Kristin Anderson, of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books), and is co-creator of the Dear Teen Me website.


We: Hello Miranda, thanks for stopping by today! We know the tour is really busy!

How are you?

Miranda: Great! Thank you for having me.

For the first question, we decided to go with what’s your favorite color?

Blue! (Although, I frequently like to make a joke of this question and say, “My favorite color is clear. Especially in hot guy’s bathing suits.” :P
Ha! Well that might be our fav too...

Where did you get the idea for the blog Dear Teen Me?

My friend Emily and I were online one day talking about how much we loved the band Hanson when we were teenagers, so Emily decided to write a letter to her teen self, telling her about how she’d met a friend online who also loved Hanson.

What made you decide to make a book out of it?

The great people at Zest Books thought it would make a fun book, so we went with it!

Since our blog is all about mistakes (well, in books), what are some mistakes you made as a teenager that you wish you hadn’t?  Or could have done differently?

I wish I had given guys who actually liked me a chance, rather than going after guys who treated me like crap and only wanted to make out. I also wish I had read more books during high school.

The book deals with different topics, some are really emotional... Did you feel more sympathetic towards some topics more than others?

The letter that made me cry was Heather Davis’, talking about how she had to figure things out for herself and raise herself after her mom left town. I often felt very alone as a teenager and didn’t feel like I deserved friendship or love. I wish I could’ve read that letter when I was a teenager, because it took years for me to understand that I’m worth something.

Is there anything you'd like readers to keep from Dear Teen Me?

Even if you feel alone, I guarantee there’s someone out there who understands what you’re going through. Stay open, keeping making friends, keep learning.

How did you go about getting authors to write letters for Dear Teen Me?  Did some ask to be a part of it, or did you have to beg people at first?

A lot of people really wanted to be a part of it! We only had 70 slots, and we had over 100 people interested, so we made selections based on background, race, and life experience.

Was there something that made you decide you wanted to be a writer or was it something you always knew you wanted?

I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old. But I didn’t write anything good, per se, until I was at least 26. :P It took me a long time to become confident enough in myself and who I am to write true feelings.

As readers we know how inspiring the main character can be, when you write books, do you feel a lot of pressure to make a character people will want to be like?

YES. In my most recent book, my main character, Parker, is judged by her peers because her mom came out as a lesbian. Parker decides to act really girly so people won’t think she’s a lesbian, and she makes some bad decisions. I’ve found that some readers of Parker’s story judge her for her actions without really thinking about why Parker is behaving the way she is. No one really wants to be like Parker, but I want readers to know that there are people out there just like Parker who are hurting because they’ve been judged by others.

Thanks again for answering our questions! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thank you for having me!

You can still pre-order Dear Teen Me here:
§ Amazon

You can lear more about the contributors of Dear Teen Me HERE 

And check out the other stops at the tour HERE

And now the GIVEAWAY

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One Question Q&A: Gennifer Albin

One Question Q&A: Gennifer Albin Blog Tour



Hey loves! Today we bring you Gennifer Albin again as part of the One Question Blog Tour day #9!
We got to ask one random question (our specialty)  to Gennifer as part of her tour promoting her debut novel CREWEL (you can check out our review HERE) We loved it!




Cynthia: What place in the world would you like to travel the most?



Gennifer:  That's really, really hard. I think its a toss up between Greece and India.



Visit the rest of the tour:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

LACRIMOSA REVIEW




Lacrimosa (Requiem #1) by Christine Fonseca

*Copy provided by the author for review through the ARR program on GoodReads.
Published: March 21st 2012
Publisher: Compass Press


It's been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job-rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza's rule. As if casting out demons isn't hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan. He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can't, because he's also the love of her former life as a human girl-a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel. Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty-damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell-or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes. How much will she sacrifice for love?



Tell me about the plot...

Nesy is a Sentinal, a warrior Angel who serves Mikayel. She’s the best at the job. And she gets one of the most important missions for a Sentinal: to vanish the UnHoly one. 

Aydan is the Dark One’s apprentice. He feeds on humans souls to feed the rest of the Dark Creatures.
But they’re more than that, they both share a common past and when they meet again, everything they fought to forget comes back.


Can Nesy let go of her feelings for Aydan and send him to the abyss? Or will Aydan remember his past and his love for Nesy will be stronger that his bond to Azzaziel?


Female Main Character


I loved Nesy’s character. She vanishes demons and Dark Creatures like no other. She’s strong and determined, and she is easy to connect with. When she sees Aydan she can’t do her job. Suddenly she’s reminded of her time as a human and her time with the only person she ever loved. As her memories unfold and we discovered who she was and how she got to be a Sentinal, Nesy faces some pretty hard choices: She has to be loyal to Celestium, to her order and their cause but she has feelings she shouldn’t. She learns her time as human was hiding more mysteries than she thought and her once human sister may be the key to Azzaziel.


What about the hottie of the book?


Aydan is... the bad boy. He enjoys making people suffer. Sucking their souls. But his character is so much more complicated than that. When he lost Nesy, he was full of anger and sorrow and Azzaziel offered a way out for those feelings. Now that he finds her again he knows he can’t take the last 500 years back and he can’t break the deals he made long ago, but his love for her makes him fight it as much as possible. He’s a real sweetheart at times, but he must do what his master wants.

What was the best part?

I liked the way the events unfold. It’s a pretty fast paced novel. At some points some things were predictable, but it didn’t made it any less enjoyable.Also, the emotions of the characters felt real and raw. The confusion they feel, the pain and the love makes it a really emotional and awesome book.

What you didn’t like about the book?

There was one mistake I thought was pretty important... but we’ll talk about it later.

Anything else I should know about this?

This is the first novel in a series called Requiem. The prequel is called DIES IRAE (Get it for free for Kindle here) and the novella following Lacrimosa is called MEA CULPA, it give us Zane (one of Nesy’s friends) POV of the book.


About the Author

Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Drawing on her expertise as an educational psychologist, her nonfiction titles address issues of emotional intensity, resiliency and giftedness. In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. In life, she teaches her own children to embrace their unique talents and find their voice by being a force of positive change in the world.
When she’s not writing or developing programs to support children with exceptional needs, she can be found spending time with her family, sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her WEBSITE or her BLOG

Friday, October 19, 2012

Free Books #3


Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Sorry, we had to get that out of our chests :) Now to the fun part of Fridays! 
FREE BOOKS
And as we haven't done this in a while, he have a few to give yous o you can get a really nice reading weekend ;)









































Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SIX UNDERGROUND


Hey Loves!! You probably know by now that Diana and I are BIG Street Teamers
We just love books that much :D

Today, we're here to introduce you to The Six Underground Club
and we just fit in there like no one else!

Six Underground is the Street Team for the books of the lovely Jus Accardo and her Denazen Series!
So let us tell you the must knows about it:



This is our heroine Dez.
She's the coolest girl in town, has an attitude to match and lots of style.
She's not your nerdy type... nope Dez is all about rebelious acts and party!



This is Kale.
Innocent, Dangerous and stremely sexy... Kale
He hasn't been out much so the world is a weird place for him and he can be the sweetest guy on earth.
He's not your bad boy... he's all about getting the job done and protecting Dez no matter what. 



This is Jade... 
We don't like her, actually we hate her.
She wants to get Kale (as if that would ever happen) and she just pisses Dez and us off...
To join, you MUST hate her as well... Sorry it's the only requirement ;)

AND... 


This is Kiernan... or her Hair which is AWESOME!
So, yeah that's all you have to know to start off... 

To join the fun and become a member of The Six Underground go HERE

To see our reviews of TOUCH just click on the link.



Check out the giveaways going on right now here:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin + Scavanger hunt

Crewel
by Gennifer Albin




What a tangled world she weaves...
For generations, Spinsters have been called by Arras’s Manipulation Services to work the looms and determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die. Gifted with the rare ability to weave time with matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But once you become a Spinster, there is no turning back. Now caught in a web of lies and intrigue, Adelice must decide who to trust: her kind mentor, Enora; the handsome and mysterious valet Jost; or the charismatic Guild ambassador Cormac Patton. They each have secrets, but Adelice is about to unravel the deadliest one of all, a sinister truth that could destroy reality as she knows it.
In a powerful and original debut about a world where the Guild decides everything, one extraordinary girl dares to defy the power of men and the boundaries of love.

Connections
Crewel at first reminds me of Delirium by Lauren Oliver with the government controlling how your life plays out. Then it starts to remind me of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, when the government tries to convince everyone that being a Spinster (or a “Pretty” in the case of Uglies) is good, but it’s really not all it’s cracked up to be. It gets into Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins territory when she’s taken away to be a Spinster, and has a ton of officials breathing down her neck wishing she was dead. Even though this book has those similarities, or reminds me of those things, this book is still in itself original. The way she describes the tapestry of life makes think of Little Big Planet.  She describes how all the living things in this world are knit together, so maybe that’s why I make the random connection? Enough with the connections I made.

Plot
Crewel takes place in the distant future and follows the life of Adelice Lewys. In this new surrounding, all living things are now controlled in these woven tapestries made by Spinsters. The Spinsters are chosen in these month long tests when they finish their basic academics. The world is segregated by gender, and guys have the upper hand. The only time a woman has any actual power is if they are a Spinster. Spinsters are considered royalty, movies stars or whatever, so of course every young girl wants to be one. Once you are chosen to go to the coventry, you can no longer return home and are bound to celibacy. The girls are given lots of lectures on abstinence, which some girls find hard with all the good looking bodyguards around the compound. You are introduced to some hotties in the beginning of the novel (i.e. Erik and Jost), but you really don’t know what to make of them at first in this foreign place Adelice is dropped into.

Notes
The author makes it really easy to immerse yourself in this new world.  Adelice is a compelling character to follow with her headstrong ways and hidden potential.  If you read Uglies, Delirium, and/or Hunger Games, you will like this book.  There were also no major mistakes, which makes me happy.

About the Author
Gennifer Albin is a recovering academic who realized she could write books of her own and discovered to her delight that people would read them. She lives in Kansas with her family and writes full-time. Her debut novel, Crewel, the first in a trilogy, will be published in October 2012 by FSG/Macmillan.

Where to Buy
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Need more?
Check out a short story that takes place in Crewel World by Gennifer Albin HERE.


Hunt Time!!!!!!
Directions: There are a list of links below that are your key to finding the answers to the questions in the scavenger hunt. Please answer all the question that are listed for the hunt and the winner that answers all of them correctly will win the awesome prize of a box set full of Fierce Reads titles!
Questions:
1. Whats Gennifer Albins favorite thing to drink?
2. What is the last phrase in the Crewel Trailer?
3.  What's Gennifer Albin's favorite number? Pick a number between 1-100.(Guess!)
4. What do the Spinsters weave? Be specific(it is mentioned on Gennifer's  blog)
5. When was the Crewel trailer released? 

PrizeOne LUCKY winner will get.......
    
  - A box set of ARC Fierce Read Titles!

Entry Form: When you have found all the answers click HERE and fill out the form to qualify!  
Rules: 
If chosen you must reply to the email within 48 hours or another winner WILL be chosen. Open to the US ONLY(SORRY). 
-Must answer each question correctly to win. Winner will be chosen randomly through random.org
-Must provide a working email address in the form!
-You have until October 18th to enter!
               Crewel Trailer 
               Gennifer Albin's blog 
These links shall guide you on your quest to a Crewel World.
Weave Wisely.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

BLOG TOUR: THE VIOLET FOX


We are super exicited to bring you this book today AND a giveaway!
This is a new sew series, full of mistery action and secrets.
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The Violet Fox by Clare Marshall
Published by Faery Ink Press


Run.



That’s what instinct told me.

But in order to save the secrets of my people
and to protect my brother
I have to become the enemy.


This is the first book in a series. And let me tell you that is a SUPER AWESOME book.

Kiera a.k.a. The Violet Fox is a fifteen year old Freetor. Freetor live underground, cast away by the Marlenians who ruled the land. Why are they underground? Because they lost the war against the Holy One and because they have magic (at least some of them do) that is seen as an evil thing. 
Kiera joined the fighters when she was only six years old along with her older brother Rordan. The fighters go the surface to steal food to survive.

You're probably wondering why she's called the Violet Fox, well let me tell you: she's awesome. That's why! She runs around the surface dress with a cape and a mask and drives the royal guard nuts, very Robin Hood like of her to help her people.

Kiera is chosen to get back a VERY important item for the Freetors, she needs to find the Alestar tome before the Marlenians lears the secret top Freetor Magic and kill them all. For that, she must take the place of a Marlenian Princess from a far away land. And that's just when the fun really begins!!

Kiera is a very witty character, full of life and longing for the sun. She wants to be free. She wants to revenge her parents murder by the Marlenians. She wants to be able to feed her people. 
She's immortal to her eyes. She's the Violet Fox, they will never catch her. 
But once she gets to the castle, all she's known and all she thought she knew about the marlenians is thrown out of the window.

Rordan, Kiera's brother, was probably my fav character. He's so protective of her. He had to grow up fast after their parents death in order to take care of them both. He wants the same: to see his people free but he goes around it differently. 

While Kiera has that idealist view of how things should be, that is perfectly normal for her age; Rordan is more of the kind who thinks things through and doesn't just jump to action.
I loved them both for their particular caracteristics and they really complemented each other well.

Another very important character is Prince Keegan, heir to the Marlenian throne. He's Prince Charming. Honestly, he's kinda perfect. I think it was one of the hardest charcaters for me to understand, he loves his people and wants nothing more than protect them for the Freetors, but at the same time he doesn't completely agree with the way his ancestors treated the Freetors and casted them down. 
Keegan is compeltely took over by Kiera while she's in the castle. They both feel much free around each other. 


What I loved the most about the book was the way Kiera finds her place in the world. The dynamic between Rordan and her was perfect, they were both so protective of each other. But overall, the secrets and suspense was the best by far. The book has lots of twist and turns that I never saw coming , and I absolutely loved it. Kiera is in a world were people have their own agenda and she has to learn who to trust on the go. What she and Keegan have is lovely, and I'm  really looking foward to read the second book and learn how the story goes.



LINKS






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clare Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She founded Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design in 2010 for self-published authors and businesses looking for quality editing and design services. She enjoys publishing books through her publishing imprint, Faery Ink Press, and released her first novella, Within in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.


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