Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hiatus

As many of you know, I've been fighting leukemia since August. While treatment is going well, I am still finding myself to be exhausted and very frequently sick. My immune system is non-existent. Just when I start feeling better, I get sick again.

I can't commit to a regular schedule for now like I should.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH + GIVEAWAY: JORDYN AND THE CAVERNS OF GLOOM (A DAEMON HUNTER #2) by TIFFANY KING [InkSlinger PR]


Today, I'm thrilled to be a part of InkSlinger PR's release day launch for Jordyn and the Caverns of Gloom by Tiffany King. On August 20, the blog tour will stop here as well and I'll also be reviewing the first book in the series.

JORDYN AND THE CAVERNS OF GLOOM (A DAEMON HUNTER #2)
by Tiffany King

Published: August 15, 2013 by AT Publishing
Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis ...
Lies.
My so-called family lied.
My friends lied.
The only guy I ever liked lied.
My mentor, the one I was supposed to trust lied.

My entire existence is built on lies and yet now they want my help. Scratch that, now they need my help. I'll play the good soldier, but I am no longer the person I was before. This time it will be on my terms. I will trust no one.

I am a weapon. I am Jordyn.

I'm also super excited to have this TRAILER from Jordyn and the Caverns of Gloom ...




About the author ...
Tiffany King is the author of The Saving Angels Series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy.

She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.


Author links: 
Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest


And finally ... THE GIVEAWAY! 




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

TOUR STOP + GIVEAWAY: DISCOVERY (ALTERA REALM #1) by JENNIFER COLLINS


Today, I'm thrilled to be a part of the Discovery blog tour with Parajunkee Blog Tours. I've got all kinds of info about this awesome book for you!

DISCOVERY (ALTERA REALM #1)
by Jennifer Collins

Published: May 19, 2013
Format: Paperback and e-book
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis ... 
Fans of Twilight will be immediately drawn into Discovery, a gothic, young adult urban fantasy. This supernatural coming-of-age romance deals with themes of equality for all and staying true to yourself. It’s a dramatic tale of transformation, magic and forbidden love. First in the Altera Realm trilogy, Discovery follows compelling characters Syney and Hunter in a war between races as they fight for equality. The young adult supernatural genre has fast claimed the hearts of readers everywhere and Discovery will too. High school and college aged readers as well as adults will be enthralled by this fantastic journey. Each book in the Altera Realm trilogy takes place over the course of a tightly-packed year in the life of Syney Andrews and leads seamlessly into the next, culminating in a gripping climax. Meet Syney Andrews. Syney’s life is ordinary until a chance encounter with a carnival psychic informs her that she will be embarking on a great adventure surrounding her real parents.

Syney hasn’t given herself the luxury of thinking about her so-called family that abandoned her. All she’s got left of them is an amulet, the only thing found on her as a baby. The amulet is more powerful than she knows. It breaks a spell that sent her over 100 years into the future in the Human Realm. The Altera Realm has been at war for well over a century. Altera is connected to the Human Realm by a portal and no human knows it exists. It is home to the five old and great races. There are the Magic Users, Lycins, Vampires, Daemons, and Shifters. Each race is an entity of their own with it’s own life purpose, rulers and guarded secrets. Syney is a new face in Altera Realm who’s about to shake everything up. She’s a human-raised, 18-year-old who is about to challenge everything about the old laws and traditions. The Realm will never be the same again. An old prophecy tells that peace can only be accomplished through the gracious Vilori Queen. What will happen when Syney Andrews is thrust into that role? After all, she’s human-raised!

No one is prepared for the consequences. Things are only going to get harder for Syney, who is feeling a strong attraction to Hunter, from a banished family—and another race. Who can Syney trust, if anyone? Will she go against the law forbidding interracial marriage? Or will she fight to the death for her love, Hunter? Readers will be on the edge of their seats as they find out.

About the author ...
Discovery, part of the Altera Realm trilogy is Jennifer Collins’s first foray into the world of gothic young adult fantasy fiction.  She holds a BA in English with concentration in Creative Writing from Montclair State University and completed a certification program at Kean University for teacher of English K-12 in New Jersey. She enjoys being a high school English teacher at the Plainfield Academy of Arts and Advanced Studies, a public performing arts middle school and high school in the urban inner-city school district of Plainfield, New Jersey. She currently lives in Colonia, New Jersey, with her husband, Robert, and her handsome cat, Dr. Daniel Jackson.
Author links:
Website | Twitter 

And finally, we have THE GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: CINDERELLA DRESSED IN ASHES (GRIMM DIARIES #2) by CAMERON JACE [Xpresso Book Tours]


I'm so happy to be a part of Xpresso Book Tours Blitz for Cinderella Dressed in Ashes by Cameron Jace! Check out all this awesome information about this book -- and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN ASHES (GRIMM DIARIES #2)
by Cameron Jace

   Published: August 16, 2013
   Format: Paperback and e-book
   Genre: Young Adult
   Goodreads

Synopsis ...
Loki is controlled by the Queen through his Dreamhunter's Fleece, and he's now Snow Whit'e enemy. In another Dreamory, they learn who Cinderella really is. Where she came from, her relationship with Snow, and what her powers are.

The Second installment of the Grimm Diaries.

This Diary continues the adventure, from Snow White's POV.

I'm also super excited to have this excerpt from Cinderella Dressed in Ashes ...
From a chapter called: The Phoenix ...

The door of the Schloss sprang open, followed by a gust of a sinister wind spiraling in the hallways.

Snow White, sleeping in her coffin, opened her weary eyes. Her heart tightened in a strange way as if some invisible force wrapped a velvet rope around it and started squeezing. Something dreadful was coming her way.

The first recognizable voice was Fable screaming outside the castle.

“Don’t—” Fable shouted.

The sinister and howling wind ate the rest of Fable’s words like cookie monster, protecting whatever evil was approaching Snow White.

“Wake up, Shew,” the wind laughed. Snow White wondered if she had just imagined the wind talk to her. “It’s time to…,” the wind laughed again.

“Stop!” Axel’s voice splintered like shattered glass across the wind’s wings.

Axel and Fable. I remember them. They’re Loki’s friends.

Snow White had been waiting for Loki all day. He’d went to Candy House to meet up with the Crumblewood’s foster mother. He was supposed to return to the Schloss before sunset.  It was midnight.

Snow White heard someone enter the castle downstairs. Whoever it was, he or she were breathing heavily, smelling of uncanny evil—a scent Snow White had worn on her soul for years before Loki’s kiss. 

About the author ...
Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters. I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.      


I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

Author links: 
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


And finally ... THE GIVEAWAY! Provided by Cameron Jace himself ...

--A certain number of winners will get an ebook copy of Cinderella Dressed in Ashes in any format. The number of winners will equal the number of blitz posts.

--1 winner will win a necklace like the one in the picture attached. ONLY US. This is property of Esul Sin, a fan who's creating ornaments for the Grimm Diaries series.

--2 winners will get a $10 gift card each.

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: SMASH INTO YOU by SHELLY CRANE [InkSlinger PR]


I'm thrilled to be a part of InkSlinger PR's Release Day Launch for Smash Into You by Shelly Crane! Later this week, I'll have a review of Smash Into You here, so make sure you check back! Until then, check out all this awesome information about this beautiful book -- and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

SMASH INTO YOU
by Shelly Crane

   Published: August 13, 2013 by CreateSpace
   Format: Paperback and e-book
   Genre: New Adult
   Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Synopsis ...
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.




I'm also super excited to have this excerpt from Smash Into You ...
I showed up to work with exactly thirty-seven seconds to spare. I blamed gorgeous-crash-into-me-girl. I swore my truck was acting funny and I had no cash to fix it. 

I nodded to Pepe, the owner, and winked at Mesha, the wife of the owner. She giggled behind her hand, and so our day began just like every other day. Pepe owned a feed store and the guy had muscles the size of tangerines. So, that was my job description. In fact, on occasion, he even called me that instead of-

"Hey, we need muscle up here!"

I shook my head. "Yep!"

I trotted up front to help the dude in duds load thirteen bags of chicken feed. It wasn't a glamorous job by any means, and the pay was caca, but it kept me fit and busy. That was what I needed. If I had to up and leave, I wouldn't be leaving the guy in a jam because guys like me were a dime a dozen. 

The day wore on and at punch-out time, I felt a familiar hand reach across my back. Slither was more like it. "Hey, Jude."

"Mesha," I mumbled back without turning and rolled my annoyed eyes. Were all women the same? They never wanted me for anything but a good time and then see ya later. Which was great for my life, but dang did it get old. Especially since the tune never changed. 

"Pepe's playing cards tonight." The insinuation hissed from her lips in what I'm sure she thought was a sexy whisper. It made my skin crawl. 

"That's great for him." I grabbed my metal lunchbox and turned the other way, the long way around the back, but it was worth it to evade her.

"That's it?" she practically yelled. "I thought you'd jump on it?"

I stopped. Dang. She just caught me on a wrong day. I turned. "Why? Because of what you've got between your legs? Honey, there's a hundred girls on speed dial. Sorry. I'm a busy guy."

And wait for it..."You're such an ass, Jude! I was just testing you anyway!"

I waved above my head and kept going. Women. Typical. 

I threw my lunchbox through the open truck window and prayed the truck would start as I climbed in. She sputtered, but held out, I'll give her that. I tapped and rubbed the dash. "Come on, girl. Come on."

She cranked and I drove straight to the auto parts place. I popped the hood and waved away the heated smoke. I sighed and closed my eyes. Mother...this was going to cost a paycheck to fix, which I didn't have to spare. I went inside and priced a radiator. I almost punched the man in his teeth when he told me the price. "Are they made with titanium now and I'm just out of the loop?" 

"Economy's bad for everyone, son."

I held the counter with both hands and hung my head. "Well...dang."

"Look, uh, I might need a little help here tomorrow. If you come help me for the day, I'll take half off the radiator, all right?"

I looked up, unable to stop the incredulous look. People didn't do good deeds for nothing. It just wasn't the world we lived in any longer. But I looked up into the older man's eyes and saw that he was serious. There was a story there. A son, maybe, a nephew, he was trying to make up for. I didn't want to know. I didn't want to get attached. 

"You serious?"

"Dead," he countered.

I spoke slowly, "OK. I can be here at around two when I get off from my job. That all right?"

"Yep. I need some help stocking the shelves, so that's perfect. I'll work you a full eight hours," he warned.

"It's worth it." I swallowed and hesitated. "Thank you."

"Sure thing, son."

I nodded and turned to head back to my busted truck, not real sure what to think. But for now, I'd take it. 

About the author ...

Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She loves paperbacks, coffee, and candy corn, and to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read.


Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

Author links: 
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


And finally ... THE GIVEAWAY! 



Thursday, August 8, 2013

COVER REVEAL: WICKED THING by ANGELINE KACE [InkSlinger PR]

Today, I'm a part of the InkSlinger PR Cover Reveal for Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace!

WICKED THING 
by Angeline Kace

Published: September 2013  
Genre: New Adult (may not be suitable for readers under 18)
Goodreads

Synopsis ...
Carmyn Rafferty witnessed the aftermath of her mother's affair. She learned at a young age not to trust anyone. Especially not your spouse. So she's planned. She's planned every detail of her life: who her husband will be, what their careers will be, what their lives will be like. All to avoid the pain of infidelity.

Dallas Brown lives a life all his own. He doesn't do relationships, he doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, and he doesn't live up to anyone's expectations but his own.

When Carmyn's fiancé cheats on her, it sends her into a whirlwind of one-night stands with the most infamous player on campus. She can't seem to stay away from this tough guy and his dangerous motorcycle. Everything about him is the complete opposite of who she'd planned to fall in love with: tattoos, dark stubble along his jawline, and hair that brushes his shoulders.

As Dallas and Carmyn begin to fall deeper and deeper into each other, they learn that love can truly be a wicked, wicked thing.
Angeline Kace has also provided us with an EXCERPT from Wicked Thing!
DALLAS

I shoot some darts with the guys, losing some, but winning mostly.

Carmyn looks over at me a few times, always looking away when our eyes meet. She’s watched us play most of this last game, so I grab the darts out of the board and walk over to her. “Play me.”

She tries to hold back her smile. “I don’t have any cash on me.”

“Then if I win, you kiss me.”

She looks me up and down. “What the hell.” She shrugs. “And if I win…” She studies me as if she's not sure what's worth my price. “You have to teach me how to drive your motorcycle.” 

The crowd roars with a loud, “Ooooohhhh!” and she’s grinning like a god damn magician. That’s a good one. She’s gotta know I don’t let anyone drive my bike but me. Everyone knows it. It’s my baby. But I’m confident I’ll win. She’s dancing tonight like she’s reached a perfect buzz level—drunk enough to let loose, but not too drunk to fall ass over face. And on the point-oh-five percent chance that I do lose, it’ll get her on my bike, spreading her legs to straddle the leather and steel. No matter how much I’ve stuck to my self-imposed rule of “no chicks on the bike,” that alone might be worth the small risk.

But shit. To let her drive it. I just don’t know. That’s a lot. “You know I don’t let anyone drive it, right? Hell, I don’t even let the ladies on for a ride.”

She grins, again challenge accepted. “Well, you know I don’t go around betting to let just anyone kiss me, right? And I doubt this is anything less than a once in a life time opportunity.”

It only has a single seat, so I won’t be able to be on there with her to help her drive it. I specifically asked for the single 1939 Harley Davidson seat during the build. Every detail of this bike was thought through.

Vick’s glaring at me from the sidelines. She’s tried on numerous occasions to talk me into taking her for a ride. Even going so far as to offer sexual favors, or incentives as she calls them. Which of course I could never accept. She’s gonna be pissed.

“Do it. Do it!” the guys start chanting.

I’ve never seen her play when the brothers get a game going. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her watch much of our games before, either. And that pussy of an ex-boyfriend of hers has never had the balls to throw any money down. Shit. I gotta do it. I present the darts to her. “Do you wanna start, or shall I?”

The crowd whoops, and Ava runs up and hugs her. “I’m so proud of you,” she yell-whispers into Carmyn’s ear. Carmyn pats Ava’s arm and then steps forward, wrapping her fingers around the darts in my palm.

I curl my hand, catching the beveled darts between our fingers. “Do you know how to play?”

“Outer ring is double, inner ring is triple. First to zero wins.” She yanks the darts out of my hand when I’m too stunned to do anything but let them go.

Shit. Is she trying to hustle me?

She walks back to the line we’ve taped on the scratched hardwood. It’s sexy as hell seeing her walk over there like she owns it. That doesn’t mean she’ll win, though. My shot is straight and accurate. Even if she does know how to play, I doubt she’s better than me.

She shoots pretty well. I’m surprised why she never plays more; she could win a shitload of money from these drunk clowns. 

Still, I should win this round. Carmyn has one hundred nine points left, and I’m down to fifty-four. I could hit a triple eighteen, but I can’t win on the first dart because I’ll appear too eager. And I can’t win on the third and final dart of this round because I’ll look like a chump. I survey the board and do some quick math, figuring out where I have to hit to get the numbers I want from each dart. I shoot the first dart and hit a single four.

The guys cheer. 

“Only the inner bulls eye is left,” Nate says. He’s keeping score.

“He’s got this,” Randall calls.

I do. I look over at Carmyn and she’s holding back a smile, shaking her head. “Nope. You’re not gonna hit it.”

I’ve been avoiding that the whole game. She doesn’t think I can hit it. I wet my lips. That kiss is mine. I throw the second dart and it sinks into the center of the board.  

I raise my fists into the air and hop on my toes while the crowd cheers.

Carmyn’s jutting out her jaw and shaking her head.

I move the couple of steps over to her, taking my time. “I’ve come to collect what’s mine,” I warn her.

“Right here?” She glances around at all the bystanders.

“They’re all invested now too. They’re not about to look away now.” I drop my voice. “Better make it good.”

She swallows, hesitating.

“I believe this is yours.” I hand her the last dart in my hand. “And this is my mine.” I cup her face in my hands before she can think anything else, and I kiss her.

Her lips pucker, but I’ve worked for this, so she better give me more than that. I open my mouth slightly and she mirrors me. My tongue strokes her upper lip gently. Hers reaches out and caresses mine. When she pulls her tongue back to stroke again, I open my mouth to a full kiss. Our tongues run along the other’s, tasting, taking in the firm but giving sensation as they meld together and then pull apart.

The room is loud around us, but I tune everyone out. I’ve kissed a lot of women before, but Carmyn’s is more than that. From her breaths mingling with mine, to the delicate way she tilts her head. I knew the bet would be worth it.




About the author ... 
Angeline is a Scorpio living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and dogs. She loves all
things paranormal, believes ghosts are real, werewolves aren't, and vampires? Definitely real! At least in the Vampire Born world they are. She is currently at work on her first New Adult Romance, Wicked Thing, which releases September 2013.






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COVER REVEAL: BE MY DOWNFALL (WHITMAN UNIVERSITY #3) by LYLA PAYNE [InkSlinger PR]

Today, I'm a part of the InkSlinger PR Cover Reveal for Be My Downfall by Lyla Payne -- this is a particularly special cover reveal for me since I am a HUGE fan of these books and Lyla is a pal of mine! I simply CANNOT WAIT for this book to be released.

BE MY DOWNFALL (WHITMAN UNIVERSITY #3)
by Lyla Payne

Published: September 2013  
Genre: New Adult (may not be suitable for readers under 18)
Goodreads

Synopsis ...
Toby Wright has always prided himself on being one of the most normal guys at Whitman University. He loves his parents, has a great job lined up after graduation, and with the exception of attempting to cross the unbalanced Sebastian Blair sophomore year, has kept his nose pretty clean.

But the rich never have empty closets, and memories long stashed away come spilling free when notorious party girl Kennedy Gilbert almost dies in his bathroom.

Nobody really knows how Kennedy manages to stay in good standing at Whitman–she never goes to class, doesn’t pretend to care about her future, and as far as people can tell, is never sober. This isn’t her first meeting with a stomach pump, but it is the first time she’s woken up to Toby’s concerned brown eyes. Despite the fact that she prefers life without friends, he gets under her skin with his insistence on playing her guardian angel.

No one knows better than Toby that people can only be saved if they want to be, but the realization that she has no one else draws him back into the shadows of Kennedy’s life–and eventually into her bed. But she long ago came to terms with a truth that Toby refuses to accept: she doesn’t want to be rescued, she only wants to forget.

Unwilling to give up on her, Toby’s dragged under by this broken girl and her dark, twisted Whitman University he never guessed existed. If he struggles to the surface, he’ll abandon someone he loves for the second time in his life. If he doesn’t, it won’t be long until they both drown.

About the author ... 
I’ve long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I’ve published Young Adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first New Adult title), I couldn’t wait to try something new – and I’m hooked.  In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we’d all love to meet in real life.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: CREATURA by NELY CAB [Xpresso Book Tours]


Today, I'm so happy to be a part of the Xpresso Book Tours Blitz for Creatura by Nely Cab!

I've got all kinds of awesome info for you about this book and in addition, I also have an interview, and I'll be doing a GIVEAWAY for an e-book copy of Creatura.

CREATURA
by Nely Cab

   Published: August 6, 2013
   Format: E-book
   Genre: Young Adult
   Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis ...
Isis can control her dreams. Or she could-until recently. The creature in her nightmares has been haunting her for months. As if being dumped wasn’t bad enough, now she dreads going to sleep. She decides to confront the creature and win back some of her peace; only, she finds that he’s not a monster and he’s not a dream.

A sacrifice for love, a shocking discovery and a jealous ex-boyfriend blur the lines between reality and dreams, making it hard to tell who the real monsters are.

Who would’ve known…that sometimes love is lethal?

As part of the blitz, I've got an interview with Nely Cab for all of you!
1. Can you tell our readers a few details about you? Where you were born? Do you have any brothers? Where have you spent your childhood?

I was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico on December 9, 1974 (yes, I am old. LOL!) I have one brother who is six years younger than me and one sister who is 16 years younger than me. Although I was born in Mexico, I have lived in Texas since I was an infant. 

2. What was your favorite game as a child?

I used to like to play “make-believe” or pretend with my cousin. He would pretend he was my pet monkey or dog and I would treat him like an animal. LOL! It sounds very mean now, but it was a fun game. I was only four-years-old, then. 

3. How did you spend your time, as a child, and later, as a teenager? Did you love hanging out with friends, going on a concert or staying at home, writing and reading?

When I was a kid, I loved hanging out with my best friend and my cousins. We would play with our dolls or play outside. During my child hood I loved to read, but it would put me to sleep. Later, in my teen years, I liked going to the movies and to the mall with friends and talking on the phone or watching television. I wasn’t much of a party animal. My parents were very strict, so I wasn’t allowed to be out too late. I would sometimes go to football games on Friday nights with my cousin and some friends. I didn’t write much when I was a teenager. I would imagine a lot stories and knew someday, when I had the time and was older, I would write them.  Since I had so much reading to do for school, I never really read books for pleasure. Shame on me. 

4. Who was/is your life model?

I don’t think I have one because I admire different things from different people. 

5. Do you love animals? If yes, do you have any pets?

I like animals, but I cannot have any in my home because we are all allergic to them. 

6. What place in this world would you love to visit most? You travel a lot?

I would love to visit the entire world. I cannot commit to telling you that I would prefer one place over the next because there are so many beautiful things to see everywhere. I don’t travel very much – maybe, once a year. 

7. What’s your favorite place for writing/reading?

My office.

About the author ... 
Nely Cab was born on December 9, 1974, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. Putting her Computer Accounting skills to use, Nely worked in banking for several years. In 2001, the author relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.

Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To conquer the world. While she aspires world domination, Nely continues to work on her debut series Creatura.

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THE GIVEAWAY:

So, if you're thinking to yourself that this book sounds AWESOME (I think it sounds awesome) and you absolutely must have a copy for yourself, you can enter my giveaway for your very own e-book copy of Creatura!

MY TUESDAY TEN: If books were medicine ...

As many of you know, I've been sick for the past week and I'm stuck in bed for at least another five days now. What was supposed to be seven days has turned into twelve, I have to go get poked with more needles and I'm just generally miserable. My lungs are infected, I've got a double ear infection, and I have some mysterious viral infection. (What's up with being crazy high, white blood cells? What'd I ever do to you?)

When I was making myself some soup for dinner -- which, BTW, I could barely taste -- I was thinking to myself, "I read so much when I'm sick. If books were medicine, I'd be better by now. And I'd never be sick."

These are the delusions of a sick girl on a lot of cough medicine whose main food groups are orange juice, water, soup, and grilled cheese.

But madness can indeed be genius and I thought to myself, "What ten books could possibly be so amazing that they would make me feel better?"

I know that Broke and Bookish does their Top Ten Tuesday, which I plan to follow in the future, but I thought I'd do my own spin on the Tuesday Ten today and list the top ten books that I'm sure would miraculously make me better. Or at least make me feel so happy and elated and give me all the feels that I'd at least feel less sick for a little while. I'm doing all YA books today. If I'm still feeling lousy next Tuesday (God forbid), I'll do NA.

So here we go ...

IRON TRAITOR (IRON FEY: CALL OF THE FORGOTTEN #2) by Julie Kagawa
TO BE PUBLISHED: October 29, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Okay, so, I have a very special relationship with the Iron Fey series. It is near and dear to me and I like to believe that my relationship with it is sacred and that no one else feels the way I do about it. I know that's ridiculous, but in my bookish fantasy world, that's how it is.

When I first got my Nook a couple of years ago, I of course wanted to make a purchase right away, but because it was my birthday present, I was short on cash. But the first book in the Iron Fey Series, Iron King, was available on sale. No one had previously recommended the series to me. It was already pretty successful at the time and Iron Knight had just been released, so it's not like it was brand new on the scene. But I discovered it. No one told me about it and I didn't jump on the bandwagon with other fans and readers. 

When I started it, I was sure I wasn't going to like it. Fairies? I'd never really done fairies before. But let me just tell you: After Iron Fey, no other fairy stories really compared. I've tried. No one can craft a world quite like Julie Kagawa does. And ever since, I've been hooked. These books are my first love. Like some people discovered Harry Potter on their own before it was a global sensation, or Twilight, or Hunger Games, I discovered Iron Fey on my own and I fell in serious love.

Also, Ash, The Winter Prince, the love interest of Meghan Chase, is to me the ideal book boyfriend. He has the right amount of bad boy, with an appropriate dose of romanticism (not so much that it feels too contrived, but just enough that it makes your knees quiver), and so much wit. In a contest, I would always choose Ash over any other book boyfriend. Always. 

I love the Blood of Eden series (The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure) is wonderful and I am a huge Julie Kagawa fan girl. But I will forever be in love with the Iron Fey and nothing will ever quite match up. And I told her this at BEA ... And she recognized me from Twitter and my blog! And then I had to go out in the hall after she told me that and hyperventilate because JULIE KAGAWA KNEW WHO I WAS.

So naturally, Iron Traitor is at the TOP of my list. I've been dying for it since I finished The Lost Prince. I checked Net Galley four times a day since BEA checking for it and I requested it before news even broke on Twitter yesterday. I WAS ALL OVER IT. Everyone was all squealing and flailing and I was like, "Old news. I found it on my own."

Because I am that dedicated to this series. That dedicated that I checked Net Galley every morning and every night before I went to bed and twice throughout the day just to see if it was added. So if anyone who matters in the selection of who gets one of those galleys is reading right now, hear my plea: If any book could make me feel much better than I do right now, it would be the Iron Traitor.


HOUSE OF HADES (HEROES OF OLYMPUS #4) by Rick Riordan
TO BE PUBLISHED: October 8, 2013 by Hyperion

Okay, so if Julie Kagawa is my YA lit goddess, then Rick Riordan is my YA lit god. Which is appropriate, since he writes about them so, so well.

In my opinion, Rick Riordan's books represent some of the most intelligent YA lit out there today. I have no idea how he manages to make certain things work in his mind and deliver them so eloquently to the page, but he does. If you've read the second book in this series, The Son of Neptune, and you've gotten to the part about Amazon/The Amazons, you know what I'm talking about. He's just freaking brilliant.

I am constantly waiting on a Rick Riordan book. I don't remember when I wasn't waiting for one. I know it's only been a few of years since I've gotten into his books, but I have waited at Barnes and Noble to get in first thing in the morning multiple times. Riordan's books are not ones whose fate I will leave to my local UPS/USPS/Fed Ex dude (or dudette, as the case may be). No, no. These are books I go in and get because I don't trust whoever is handing me the parcel to have it to me at the beginning of the day so that I can start reading it then and dedicate the entire day to it. I have actually skipped a class before to finish a Rick Riordan book (kids, don't try that at home) -- but to be fair, the class WAS mythology and I felt like I was better educating myself by reading his book. But I digress ...

Anyway, I was lucky enough to be at BEA when the Doors of Death were opened and we saw the cover reveal for House of Hades and I am just so gosh darn excited about this book. I'm so excited it makes me use phrases like "gosh darn." Or maybe that's the fever talking ...


THE HISTORIANS by Trisha Leigh
TO BE PUBLISHED: TBD

Please allow me a second to fangirl over this next set of titles -- and it will be a series, eventually. It's called The Historians ...

My pal Trisha Leigh (author of The Last Year saga, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the New Adult Lit Whitman University series under the pen name Lyla Payne) has penned this series and everything she has told me about it is AH-MAY-ZING. It's so amazing, she may not even self-publish it this time. Her agent fell in love with it and it may get sold to a publisher, so I'm still in waiting for it. Read all about The Historians HERE.

I'm so excited to see what happens with this novel/series and I am through the roof for Trisha, so even though this book may indeed cure me of whatever I have and it's on sub, I am happy to wait 'til we know more. But let me just tell you -- when it comes out, we are having a party on this blog!


INFINITE (NEWSOUL #3) by Jodi Meadows
TO BE PUBLISHED: January 28, 2014

If you read this book even semi-regularly, you know that Infinite is at the top of my must read list. I've reviewed both Incarnate and Asunder and I cannot sing the praises of Jodi Meadows enough. She has created a universe I love to visit and has developed so many mysteries that I'm dying to get to the root of! I must have answers!

If you're looking for books that are going to totally capture you and give you all the feels, the Newsoul series is perfect. The books are fast. My parents clocked me on Incarnate -- I read it in under five hours. (I asked for it multiple times for Christmas and got it ... and as is usual, they started clocking how fast I tore through all my Christmas books, especially Incarnate, since it was at the top of my list.)

True story: When I was getting my blood taken last week to see what the heck is wrong with me, I was thinking about Infinite and what will be in it. I mean, I'm super melancholy that it'll be the last book in the trilogy, too, but mostly I'm just dying to read it and to see how everything turns out.

CRASH INTO YOU (PUSHING THE LIMITS #3) by Katie McGarry
TO BE PUBLISHED: November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Here's the thing about YA lit ... I cannot stand downer stories. As a result, I stray from a lot of contemporary YA novels and go straight for the paranormal, the fantasy, the adventure, the post-apocalyptic, the sci-fi, and even the mysterious. I rarely go for the contemporary, just because I've found some contemporary YA to be depressing.

But Pushing the Limits (Katie McGarry's first in the series) is a book that followed me everywhere, constantly daring me to buy it. I swear, it was everywhere I went that had books and it was constantly being recommended to me by Amazon and Goodreads and by receipts at Barnes & Noble. (Have you noticed that now, when you check out at Barnes & Noble and they hand you a receipt, it has a list of other books you might also enjoy? Because I didn't already drop a whole paycheck here, so maybe I should run back and get these other titles. I can use them to finish building the house made of books that I'm building for when I run out of money because I bought too many books.)

I eventually bought Pushing the Limits, and my copy totally shows the love I've had for it. I've read it multiple times and in fact, I just finished reading it again so I could review it (sometime this weekend I will probably do that ...) and so that I could get into Dare You To. The great thing about these books is that they're a series, but the books can stand alone. You don't have to have read the first book to read the second book -- some of the minor characters repeat, but that's about it.

Anyway, I love Katie McGarry -- she's another one who, at BEA, recognized me from my blog and from Twitter! (What's up, Harlequin Teen authors? You're all amazing to your fans! Also, all the people FROM Harlequin working at the desks during BEA were super kind and friendly and helpful. You all rock!) You should've seen me huffing on my inhaler in a corner of the hallway at BEA because Julie Kagawa and Katie McGarry knew who I was. It was like when, in Big Bang Theory (which I love, if you can't tell), Penny gives Sheldon the napkin that Leonard Nimoy used at dinner and signed for him.

Even though Iron Traitor is now on NetGalley and I'm no longer on the daily hunt for it, I'm STILL on NetGalley multiple times a day searching for Crash Into You, dying to see that shiny red cover pop up on my screen.

I'm so anxious for Crash Into You. Surely, it would help me feel better.


COUNTDOWN by Michelle Rowen
TO BE PUBLISHED: September 24, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

I first saw Michelle Rowan's Countdown on another bloggers Waiting on Wednesday post (forgive me, I can't remember who) and I immediately had to have it on my TBR list. And just a couple weeks ago, it ended up being MY Waiting on Wednesday focus (see it HERE).

I love everything I've read about Countdown. It's definitely right up my alley in terms of my favorite genres to read. And the good news is, it's coming out soon ... So if I don't get better rapidly, it will arrive in six weeks to possibly cure me.


RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo
TO BE PUBLISHED: June 5, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.

Okay, so I know I'm not even done with Siege and Storm yet, but I know for a fact that Ruin and Rising is a book that I absolutely need and I am convinced that with all the feels these books give me that it would certainly help me feel better. It doesn't even have an official cover yet and I can feel the awesomeness. Can't you feel the awesomeness? I am sure that The Darkling could make me feel better. (Wink, wink.)


PAWN (THE BLACKCOAT REBELLION #1) by Aimee Carter
TO BE PUBLISHED: November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Okay, so, I actually haven't read Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test series. I have been so close to buying them lately because I know they're everything I love in a book and mythology sells me so fast. Plus, Aimee Carter is from Michigan (me too!) and went to U-M (GO BLUE!), so naturally, I want to support YA authors in Michigan. But since the boxed set is coming out, I've decided to wait so I can purchase that and have them all right here, right now.

But I've heard amazing things about her and her books and every blog I go on lately is talking about Pawn. And even though it's not coming out for awhile yet, I'm just in desperate need of it.


NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis
TO BE PUBLISHED: September 24, 2013 by Katherine Tegen

The title of this book is coincidentally how I feel right now. Ugh. But the premise of the book sounds amazing and I am looking very forward to its release!


FROZEN (TAKEN #2) by Erin Bowman
TO BE PUBLISHED: April 15, 2014 by HarperTeen

This is definitely not the first time and it is most certainly not the last time that I will mention Erin Bowman's Frozen as a book that I simply can't wait for. I recently finished and reviewed Taken and I just thought it was such a great book and filled with so much intrigue and excitement. There's also so much more I want to know! Don't mistake my saying less about this book as less enthusiasm ... suddenly, my cough medicine has descended from a loopy state to a sleepy state ... but sleepy or not, I'm sure that getting to know what happens next for Gray Weathersby would certainly make me feel a little better.

So that's it -- that's my special Tuesday Ten. The books that would probably make me feel better!

I'll talk to you all tomorrow -- I hope I'm feeling a little better then!

xoxo,
Heather

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES (MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY #2) by RACHEL HARRIS



Today is the release day launch (arranged by InkSlinger PR) for A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris! This is the second book in Harris's My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series.

Here's some info about this amazing looking book -- make sure you read to the end for the GIVEAWAY!

A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES (MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY #2)

by Rachel Harris

   Published: August 6, 2013 by Entangled Teen
   Format: Paperback and e-book
   Genre: Young Adult
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Synopsis ...
Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?


I'm also super excited to have this excerpt from A Tale of Two Centuries ...

Without stopping or even slowing his stride, he grabs a map from a vendor and flips it open. “So Lethal Xperience is at the back of the park. We’ll hit that first and then make our way up to the front.”

He seems unaware that the length of his legs far exceeds my own. As I frantically attempt to match his stride, I must pant or wheeze because he finally looks down at me, no doubt pink-faced and wide-eyed both from the sensory overload surrounding us and my huffing at a near jog to stay beside him. He grins. “Try to keep up, Short Stuff.”
 I grit my teeth with determination and somehow keep myself from muttering, Yes, Master. But the thought still makes me smile. Cat must be rubbing off.

We pass a circular ride filled with fake horses going up and down. Giggling and drooling children clap their adorable hands from their belted saddles while a spirited tune blares overhead. Just past that is a miniature roller coaster made to look like a giant, happy centipede. The child in the front seat waves to his mother as the cart dips, and his squeal of joy tails behind him. It’s too bad that not all roller coasters can be five feet tall. 

Then I get a wicked idea.

 
Austin believes I am a child, naive and boring, and, it would seem, without any humor. This second challenge is supposed to be about fun, and nothing—not even the lead role in a prestigious play with a crowd of a thousand—will give me more joy than turning the tables on him, even if only for a moment.

 
Looking back at the children’s ride, I grab Austin’s elbow and say innocently, “Is this not the roller coaster you are looking for?”

 
He stops rather abruptly and peers at me through squinted eyes. “You know, it’s like you look normal…” He trails off and shakes his head. He points a long tan finger at the centipede ride and in a tone dripping with condescension explains, “Less, Arthropod Picnic is a kiddie ride. It’s made for pint-size ankle-biters ages three and under.”

 
I try my best to look disappointed. I do everything I can to contain my mounting delight. But after no more than a few brief moments, I let forth a victorious giggle.

 
Realization dawns on his face. “You think you’re funny, huh?”

 
When I nod, he chuckles. He leans back on his heels and lets his gaze travel over my body. Humor dissipates as my skin prickles to life. On Austin’s slow ascent back up, he pauses to look me in the eye and an emotion crosses his face. It’s so fleeting—gone and there in an instant—that I cannot catch it.

 
“So, you think you’re ready to play at the big girl table now.” The left side of his mouth kicks up in a grin. “We’ll just have to see about that.”

 
The apparent taunt and Austin’s added wink spur me on.

 
This is my chance to prove to him that I’m not the timid girl I once was. To prove to myself that I’m no longer the child of my youth but a woman ready for the future.

 
I sashay toward a person dressed as a shiny nugget of gold posing for pictures with children, feeling Austin watching me, his gaze on my every step like a physical touch. My legs feel wobbly under my skirt, but an energizing spark ignites in my blood. I glance over my shoulder, confirming I have his complete attention, and then with an outward shrug (and an inner dance), I reply with every ounce of confidence I can muster, “Yes. We will.”

 
Austin’s smile widens. The sounds and patrons of the park fade away, and it is as if we are the only two around. I don’t know what is happening…I scarcely even recognize myself in this moment. Being with Austin does that. It turns me into someone else.

 
And I like who I become.

 
I watch his slow saunter, my body poised with tension. I don’t know what is going to happen next, but I wouldn’t trade the delicious expectation for anything. Austin doesn’t stop until he is right in front of me, close enough that I have to look up to meet his demanding blue gaze, and so close that warmth fans across my face as he says in a low voice, “Careful, girl. You’re playing with fire.”

 
“I’ve been careful my whole life,” I tell him, surprising myself with the resentment ringing in my tone. But it’s the truth. “And you know, I think it’s about time for me to be a little…” I bite the corner of my bottom lip, searching for exactly the right word to describe the emotions and thoughts that have surfaced the last few days. When I find it, I smile and wiggle my eyebrows suggestively “Wild.”
 

Austin sucks in a breath. He searches my eyes and I boldly stare back, praying that he cannot see my knees shaking. Then, obviously concluding that I meant every word, he flashes his devilish grin. “I can work with that.”


About the author ...

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-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.


When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale of Two Centuries. She loves hearing from readers! Find her at www.RachelHarrisWrites.com.

And because Rachel Harris is so awesome, she has this AMAZING OFFER for you:

Rachel has an amazing opportunity for readers right now, as well. If they forward their receipt from their purchase of A TALE OF TWO CITIES during release week to rachelharris1@gmail.com, they will be sent an exclusive Austin trading card, a ticket to Less’s play and a signed bookplate. Take note that the purchase must happen during release week. 


And finally ... THE GIVEAWAY! 


SHADOW AND BONE (THE GRISHA #1) by LEIGH BARDUGO

SHADOW AND BONE (THE GRISHA #1)
by Leigh Bardugo

   Published: June 5, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.
   Format: Hardcover, paperback, and e-book
   Source: Self-purchased
   Genre: Young Adult
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The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

I've had Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo in my TBR pile for almost an entire year. I started to read it multiple times and loved what I read, but for some reason, always got yanked in another direction by another book or just by being busy. I even bought Siege and Storm (its sequel) the day it came out. But for some reason, I just hadn't gotten all the way into it, even though I was pretty sure it'd be good.

It came highly recommended to me by multiple friends -- and several authors. I follow Leigh Bardugo on Twitter and she's incredibly sweet and funny. But I just hadn't committed to it. Why?

I did a lot of thinking about this on Friday as I finally cracked open the cover, committed to reading it and I think I got to the root of my hesitation.

I had heard only fantastic and amazing things about this book and its sequel. I'd heard it was ground breaking and amazing and unlike anything out there. And Rick Riordan (one of my favorite authors of all time) had named it one of his favorites for 2012. For me, that's like Shadow and Bone getting anointed by God himself.

So here was the hold up ...

There's this episode of The Big Bang Theory where all the guys are in the comic book store and Stuart (the owner of the comic book store, for those of you who are not fluent in Big Bang) comes to give Sheldon a new comic. This is the exchange that goes on between them (you can watch it HERE):
Stuart: Here, Sheldon, I pulled the new Hellboy for you. It's mind-blowing.Sheldon: Excuse me! Spoiler alert!
Stuart:
I didn't spoil anything.

Sheldon:
You told me it's mind-blowing. So my mind is going into it pre-blown. And once the mind is pre-blown, it cannot be re-blown. 

Stuart:
I'm sorry.

Sheldon:
Said the Grinch to Christmas.
         
-- THE BIG BANG THEORY, EPISODE 2x22: THE CLASSIFIED MATERIALS TURBULENCE

So that was my quandary. Will I go into this book, mind pre-blown as it is, and not enjoy it as much? Will there be a huge let down if it isn't all I'm expecting it to be?

The result: Sheldon Cooper is wrong.

You can go into a book with your mind pre-blown and have your mind re-blown again all over the place.

I tore through Shadow and Bone in under 36 hours and it would've been faster if I hadn't had to go to the doctor for a blood test and if I haven't been super sick and sleepy and passing out constantly. I loved every page and started recommending it to other people before I finished it.

Leigh Bardugo is so amazingly talented and she creates and wonderful world for her characters to exist in and for her readers to visit. She also created an awesome and strong female lead in main character Alina Starkov.

So many paranormal/fantasy YA series go about the discovering that which is paranormal about the main character the same way. And most just don't hold up. You can predict relatively accurately how said female (or male) lead will find out he or she is magical or that their new friend is a vampire, etc., etc. Not every book -- in fact, NO other book -- can be Harry Potter, no matter how much they try to be.

But in Shadow and Bone, watching Alina Starkov discover that she is, indeed, a Grisha, one of the magical beings she's been aware of her whole life is captivating. Leigh Bardugo writes in such a way that you really feel Alina's hesitation, her frustration, and her elation, and every other emotion in between as she embarks on a journey of self discovery. The story is so carefully crafted -- and I got that magical kind of feeling, just like I did when I first read the Harry Potter books. And that is something that is so, so rare.

Leigh is also really talented at depicting the quintessential bad boy, imperative in the life of any teenage or young adult girl. The kind of guy who is supposed to scare you witless and who everyone is supposed to talk you away from, but you just can't help but fall for him. The Darkling, the most powerful of all the Grisha, is the kind of character that makes you weak in the knees and you're instantly infatuated with him.

And then, just like most bad boys, he goes and does something -- or in the case of The Darkling, somethings -- so unfathomable and unreal and cruel that he blows you to smithereens and you want to hate him, but you can't, BECAUSE YOU STILL WANT HIM. Luckily, there is someone waiting in the wings to loves Alina -- Mal, her fellow orphan who he grew up with and who is not Grisha, but a tracker with the First Army -- to catch her (and you) when you fall. And you have SO MANY MAL FEELS ... BUT SO MANY DARKLING FEELS. And you're SO EXCITED ... BUT SO SCARED.


Luckily for me, I didn't have to wait a whole year for Siege and Storm and had it ready and waiting for me to read. I'm 100 pages through as we speak. But yea, I'm still a little Jessie-Spano-ish. (If you don't know who Jessie Spano is, you need to.)

I read dozens of books every year and the rate at which I read in the summer is always higher than the rest of the year. Last summer, I embarked upon Kristin Cashore's Graceling trilogy and I knew before I'd finished Bitterblue that it would be my favorite summer series and that nothing could complete. When 2012 rolled to a close it was in a two way tie for my favorite series (the other series being the very different The Last Year saga by Trisha Leigh, which is dystopian/post-apocalyptic/sci-fi).

Similarly, I know now -- before I even finish Siege and Storm -- that Leigh Bardugo's Grisha series will be my favorite summer series. Shadow and Bone will be a book I read over and over again, recommend constantly, and make everyone in my family read. At the end of 2013, I'm sure no other books will quite compare. And I'm eagerly awaiting the appearance the final installment in the trilogy (cue tears), Ruin and Rising, which debuts in June 2014.

I may have come late to the Shadow and Bone party with my mind pre-blown, but I will be the very last fangirl to leave.

My rating ...