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Friday, 30 November 2012

BLOG TOUR! Fade&Falling by Kailin Gow

At the Other End:

What if you found out you never existed?

"My name is Celestra Caine. I am seventeen years old, which makes me a senior at Richmond High. I never thought this would happen to me, but it has... I'm one of those people you see every day, go to school with, remember seeing at the supermarket or the mall, and then one day you don't hear about them any longer. They're gone, and eventually, you forget them." 






Kailin GowAuthor Bio:
Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women. She has won multiple awards from the International Book Awards and the Green Book Festival. Selling over half a million books, Kailin Gow has been a bestselling author of over 100 distinct books which includes the Desire Series, PULSE, Wicked Woods, and the Frost Series. She has been professionally published since 2001. She was one of the first authors for young readers to write books for girls with supernatural elements. Her first book series about extraordinary girls guided by an angel in 2001, was a success, selling thousands of print copies in days, and inspiring girl book clubs around the U.S. In 2003, she came out with more series, including The Fairy Rose Chronicles, about fairies in Feyland. Her books have been recommended by PBS Kids, US Mental Health Association, the PTA, and homeschooling associations in the United States.

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First Impressions Last:
A brilliant and unique novel, completely captivating and a great pace. Constantly pulling us through on the mystery of what lies within our world and making us question all that is real and that isn't real.

 
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Starting the novel we don't think much on it, we see a regular girl, in our world and our time. She's a track star and is loved by all as well, including have a loving and caring boyfriend, Grayson. She tells us first of her seemingly unnatural hair and we just dismiss it, not really thinking much about it, hey, she could be just lucky with having envious hair....

Straight away what seems to be a perfectly normal life, takes a dramatic turn when Celestra comes home to find her family gone. This is where it all starts to get really interesting. First, comes one Jack Simple. How is it not possible to fall in love with him at first sight? Remind you of James Bond much? Super secret spy protecting the ladies, and secretly saving the world. The action increases as we get to know Jack and we delve deeper into the story. When Celestra starts asking about what's happening, we are just as anxious for answers as she is, where is she going? Who are the people out to get her? And what is going to happen to her?

Instantly our connection with Celestra grows as the novel continues, her questioning of who and what she actually is matches ours, and we are both eager to learn more. With learning about the Underground, herself, Jack and her Faded self, you would expect to get lost in the amount of things happening in this novel, surprisingly it doesn't at all. Gow has done a fantastic job of mingling in all the information that is relevant, without making us forget about other important bits of information in the process.

As the book develops, what she is becomes a more pressing question. Her powers are developing and more are out to get her. Who she thinks she can trust is blinded by Jack and the Underground trying to protect her. A she is Faded her relationship with Jack develops, much to our pleasure and prediction :) She becomes more confused about if Jack really likes her, as well as guilt felt for Grayson, who has no doubt forgotten about her already.

We have no trouble connecting and falling in love with Celestra and all the minor characters. When Grayson gets throw into the picture there is a lot more action involved, including a love-triangle. You all probably know by now how much I hate love-triangles, but this one is purely entertaining, and we know Celestra's mind is made on who she wants.

The end. Just WOW!!! Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat. Betrayal, emotions on a high, love, memories and a hint of war, leave us utterly shocked and craving for Falling (Fade #2). The way this ends, I can't even begin to describe the torment. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! This is a must read series, pick it up now!


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What's Next:


Falling (Fade, #2)Falling (Fade #2)
Behind 230 Pages
At the Other End:
What is Celestra Caine? Who is she and did she ever existed? The Faders and the Others clash at the Underground, sending everything into a tailspin. Celestra is pulled into more intrigue, more danger, and more romance, as she discovers who she is and why everyone wants to get her in Book 2 of the FADE series.



 
Forgotten (Fade, #3)Forgotten (Fade #3)
Behind 234 Pages
At the Other End:
A love that can never be forgotten…The truth about Celestra Caine comes back in the most shocking way. Everyone knew Celestra Caine was dangerous, but they didn’t know she was THAT dangerous… As Celestra’s memories begin returning to her after being Faded, and her identity is revealed, she learns the fate of the world really is in her hands, and that she, the mysterious and sexy fader Jack, and her handsome ex-boyfriend Gray are more connected to each other than she ever imagined.




Fever (Fade, #4)Fever (Fade #4)

Finding the Time: 3 December 2012

At the Other End:
Who had survived the Apocalypse?In Fever, the fourth book in Kailin Gow's FADE dystopian thriller series, Celes' memories return with a vengeance.

Jack's memories are aligned with hers, and together they embark on fulfilling the mission they had set themselves to accomplished in their past.




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  At the Other End:
I will not let my brother suffer the same loss…

Hadassah’s father, the Vampire King, punished her for her choice to love a human. Now her brother, the only person in the world who still matters to her, has fallen for a human girl. Determined to keep the girl safe, the three of them flee from their home in New England and find themselves cornered with their father’s minions closing in. If they want to escape, their only hope may be to join forces with the mortal enemies of their kind…



Finding the Time:
22 January 2013

Author Bio
 Elisabeth Wheatley started writing short stories when she was as young as seven years old. She began working on what would eventually become The Key of Amatahns when she was eleven. The story went through countless total rewrites until Elisabeth began working on what would be the final version when she was fourteen. When she completed the draft at fifteen, her parents (being supportive) sent her manuscript to a professional editor in West Texas. The editor, Suzanne O'Bryan, was so impressed with Elisabeth's work that she recommended it to a friend at a small publishing house, Chengalera Press. Chengalera Press was also very impressed and wanted to publish the manuscript. The Key of Amatahns was reviewed and edited by Professor Emeritus of the English Department at Southwestern University, Dr. T. Walt Herbert. The Kindle version of The Key of Amatahns was released on June 30, 2011, when Elisabeth was still fifteen. The paper version followed days later. Elisabeth is currently working on the second and third installments in the Argetallam Saga, while continuing to attend high school in the Texas Hill Country. Her hobbies include beekeeping, cheesemaking, mythology, and studying American Sign Language.

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Fanged Princess (Fanged Princess #1)
By Elisabeth Wheatley


 

Why Hello There:
 I love the purple colour scheme. It's a different kind of cover. It kinda has a Snow White feel to it for me with the apple and all. I think the title text should be bigger, it blends in a bit with the author's name and 'novella' a bit too much, even though the font is different.



The Consideration Game:
The blurb sounds intriguing. This is a novella (obviously from the cover) so I think it will be a good quick read. Thinking maybe a train read. But other than that it sounds good :) Kind of lost for words at this cover and the blurb, but I don't know if it's in a good way or a bad way. Ok leaning towards a good way but still I don't know....


From the Author, Elisabeth:
When we were designing the cover for Fanged Princess, there were a few things to consider. We wanted gothic and a little creepy, but also pretty and something that wouldn't be difficult to match to future covers in the series. We played around with roses, flower-grunge borders, and a number of portraits. After messing around a bit, we decided that Hadassah should go on the cover. Then we got to sift through a seemingly endless number of images to find the right one. Some looked too sweet, others looked too mean, some were a bit too scary...then we found the one we used which, as Goldilocks would say, "is just right."  What I love about the cover is that it has a whimsical yet serious feel. And if you look closely, the model is wearing a cross, which is a part of the story, but something we didn't even consider when we picked the graphics out. Then there was the choice to go with a purple theme instead of the traditional red associated with vampire books. Why? Well, I confess it was a mostly arbitrary decision. I just wanted to try something different and it turned out pretty good in purple, so we ran with it. I could ramble on for pages about the little details involved in designing this baby, but I think I'll stop there. What do you guys think of Fanged Princess' cover?



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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

BLOG TOUR! Gilded Wings by Amy Lignor

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At the Other End:
When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become...

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget...

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams...

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.


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Drew’s heart beat faster when he watched Mike take a piece of chalk from the pocket of his white jacket. The medic reached up quickly and drew an ‘X’ on the forehead of Gregori’s father. The immigrant stood there, his eyes vacant, staring at the stranger who’d just pronounced him mentally ill—denying him passage into America.

Mike clicked his fingers and guards suddenly appeared from the mass of bodies waiting for their shot to roll the dice. “Sir, please come with us.”

Gregori screamed, as his father was quickly led away. Tears fell from Anya’s eyes as she held the struggling boy back in her arms. Drew begged God to not let this be the last picture that the young boy would have of the man who’d raised him.

Suddenly the father broke from the officer’s grip and raced back toward Anya and his son. The guards tried to seize him, but Drew vaulted the rickety desk to stand between the family and the law.

He spoke through clenched teeth, “Let them at least say good bye.” The images of his own Ellis Island passage flashed through Drew’s mind, and the tears for his own dearly-departed father threatened to fall. He knew that Gregori’s father would soon be led down that darkened hallway into the medical facility to await the long journey home. He would be treated kindly—kept warm and fed—but his dream, as well as his son, would be lost to him forever. Yergi hugged his son; his shaking hand thumped against the boy’s back, as he looked up into the young woman’s eyes that stood behind his son. “No matter what, my boy will not starve.”

She nodded. “I promise.”



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Author Bio...
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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Tough Chicks

I have always been a fan of tough, intelligent females in novels, and I believe that comes from two places.

My mother is the strongest, most courageous woman I know. Being a career librarian, she taught my sister and I at a very young age that books were magic, and I learned pretty early on that she was absolutely right. It’s because of that lady that I became an avid reader and writer. Buffy was the other figure that truly epitomized strength; she had a way of making sure that everyone knew it was her way or the highway. Even though she fell for the vampire of her dreams, Buffy was still the strong one, with stake in hand, that took no funny business even if her heart was breaking. Let’s face it, when you put her up against a great many females in fiction who spend a lot of time chasing after the guy or hoping that he’ll like her the way she is, Buffy proved that any girl could kick major butt, and that she was the ultimate hero in a world full of men…and vampires, of course.

In a historical series I write called, Tallent & Lowery, that will appear in bookstores on December 1st, the main character is a very tough, very intelligent woman who has a card catalogue for a brain. She can pull up all sorts of information, head out on adventures and solve puzzles that no one else even understands. She actually brings the mysteries to life. Funny - a bit sarcastic, at times - she’s the ultimate heroine. 

So when I began my foray into the young adult world, I decided that I very much wanted to tell a unique angel story (not ‘fallen’ or tormented…at least, not at first). I wanted that female angel to be the toughest of the tough; and not by wielding swords, but using her talents to go against the most difficult things you can possibly think of - human emotions.  When this angel goes up against love, greed, pride, prejudice - she’s beyond confused, but she keeps going. Her mind and her heart are pushed to the limit sometimes, but she never gives up who she is or what she believes in, and I love her strength.

Matthew, her partner, has been her savior a great deal, and in Gilded Wings he shows his own unbreakable will. But as her protector, partner and friend, Emily and Matthew have a relationship that transcends a ‘romance’ - they combine their toughness and make sure to do their job, even when a twist occurs that could send Emily spiraling. Whatever their ultimate fate turns out to be, I hope that readers really come away with the feeling that Emily is a stand-up girl. This is no princess…even though there are two princes who very much want to be a part of her life. She has to make some truly tough decisions…so it will be interesting - even for me - to see if Emily allows anyone into her soul.
                     

Until Next Time, Everybody,

~ Amy





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Monday, 26 November 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Blood Debt by Nancy Straight

At the Other End:

Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires. 

 





Author Bio:
Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC.  She has two fantastic son, three rotten dogs and an amazing husband.  When not writing she enjoys RVing with her family, swimming and reading all types of romance genres.  Her favorite is paranormal romance.



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First Impressions Last:
Blood Debt is it's own brand of unique. We enter a whole new world that we haven't seen before, nested right in our own world. What we thought about Centaurs before has changed and is brought into a new light, leaving us truly captivated.

 
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This is such an awesome book. READ. IT. NOW! This is my first book by Nancy and I can say without hesitation that I am not let down. I've wanted to read her Destiny series for a while now, but haven't gotten around to it. (P.S. Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1) is FREE on Kindle!)

We can easily get into the book and set a continuous pace. This book pulls us through effortlessly and we don't realize where the pages have gone. It flies by, and so does the time. The characters, the plot and the world and history are easy to get into.

We relate to Camille straight away, she is one of my favourite heroines of 2012. We connect with her from beginning to end and try to understand all that she is going through. She is such a 'real' character and fits perfectly into this new world. Everything that she does and believes in make us feel the same way, especially when things occur in the novel, we instantly get the same reaction that Camille does.

Reading this, even though we don't know too much about her mother, we get to know her throughout the book. She influenced a lot of things on how this all came to be. I really wish that we get a novella in this series about Camille's mother, before she had Camille, and what drove her to make the choices she did. We get to see some of it in her journal, but not enough to satisfy us. Even though we didn't know her, we feel like we do once we finish this novel. We get frustrated when Camille is trying to learn about her powers, and about how she hid everything from her to try and protect her. The same reason as all novels come up here, she would be able to protect herself better if she knew exactly what she was going up against and protecting herself from, and practicing on how to protect herself than find it all out when there is basically no time left to do anything. Love makes people strange sometimes, maybe her mother didn't want her to embrace her powers because she thought that she might not like living in seclusion from the herd or from her father's family.

The rest of the backing characters are also done like this, although they are alive. We find them strange at times and a little weird in their beliefs, because we are unfamiliar with their Centaur ways. Especially with Bianca, we love her to bits, but she is so comfortable with knowing that Drake is in love, and is going to fall in love, with Camille, even going to the lengths to draw them together! Speaking of, how can you not fall in love with Drake? Seriously though? no further explanation on this, it is self explanatory once you read this. Sigh, Drake, Swoon.

We have a love-hate relationship with the Richardson's, at one point we hate Kyle because he is out to get a blood debt, but then on the other hand, Gage and Kyle try to help when they figure out what Camille's grandmother is doing to her. Like seriously? CRAZY MUCH!?

We get annoyed with Camille's progress in communicating with her Centauride self. She doesn't seem to quite get the hang of using her 'powers', maybe because she is so desperate to use them to communicate with her mother that she is not getting to her full capacity because she is distracted and in her mind, half still doesn't believe that this is all real.

The end is something we don't expect. This is the same with all of the plot throughout the novel, we don't expect much and we get surprised with it all, mainly because we are still taking in this new world. A gripping final to the novel that leaves us hanging for more in this unique series. Everything is starting to unravel and we anxiously wait to see more of it and to figure out what happens. Can't wait to read the second novel, Centaur Legacy. It was just released on the 22nd November 2012 and really want to see what happens to Camille and Drake next with chasing up their legacy and if they end up being together.


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We still don't know who Daniel really is, we get the feeling that he is something more, even if he doesn't know it yet, but we know that his father does. My suspicion is that he is a half breed. Anyone else agree?

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What's Next:
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At the Other End:
Camille and Drake are on the run from the head of the Centaur Council, seeking the mythical pasture of Thessaly and a family heirloom that may keep them safe. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, Cami learns more about her mother’s secrets, including a twin brother and a Centaur legacy that puts a death warrant on her entire family.

Camille and Drake don't know who to trust or where to hide. Camille’s family is quick to come to her aid, but who among them can be trusted?
A supernatural benefactor forces Drake to choose between being the man he wants to be and the Centaur warrior Camille needs him to be

 


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