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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{Blog Tour} NEUROTICA by Eliza Gordon -- with giveaway!


I'm doing a hop! Literary Addicts is hosting an October Book Hop and I wanted to join in on the fun! This hop runs from October 1 through the 15th and I will pull my winner on the 15th! :)

Tell me two things...what's your favorite thing about autumn and what's your favorite Halloween candy?! Easy peasy, right? You get a free entry, too, and bonus entries for following me on FB and twitter.

Good luck! Can't wait to hear about your favorites!

In case the linky isn't working, here's the link to the main giveaway page so you don't miss a single stop on this blog hop! Tons of prizes to win!

{Brew Bash} BREW BASH! Celebrating the release of BREW by David Estes! --- with giveaway and a free book!

Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world.

Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.

But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; He has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from.

And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.
Revenge. That’s all that’s left for witch hunter Rhett Carter. The magic-born have stripped everything from him - killed his friends, cursed his warlock father, shattered his future - leaving him bare and broken, but not dead. Their mistake.

When Rhett and Laney are suddenly thrust in different directions, Rhett must decide who to trust and who to kill. Backed by his trusty canine sidekick Hex, Rhett will embark on his deadliest mission yet, one that will lead him directly toward those who want him dead, pushing his unique resistance to magic to the edge and back again as he tries to remove his father’s curse.

Separated from Rhett, Laney seeks to understand the strange changes to her sister, Trish, who’s believed to be the last living Clairvoyant, and what role she’s destined to play in the future of humankind.

Wrapped around everything are four major groups: the Necromancers, the Changelings, the witch hunters, and New America, the remnants of humanity. When the major forces are brought together for an epic battle, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Click to purchase BREW

Get both Brew and its sequel, Boil, the first two books in the Salem's Revenge series, for a special price of $0.99 each for a limited time only (Amazon Kindle exclusive: Brew until October 17th; Boil until October 7th) Click on the above buttons to take advantage of this limited time deal!

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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

To celebrate the launch of Brew and Boil, David Estes is also giving away FREE Kindle copies of his popular YA dystopian AND adventure book, Fire Country. Just click the above link to nab your free copy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Happy Release Day} CHAINED BY NIGHT by Larissa Ione -- with reviews!

Today is a two-fer! 

Books 1 and 2 of

 Larissa Ione's Moonbound Clan Vampire series, BOUND BY NIGHT 



Book Title: Bound by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampire #1)
Author: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publishing Date: July 2013
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review

Larissa Ione's bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night...


Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .


A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is one of those reviews where I have so much to gush about that I do not know where to start. And I don't want to gush too much and give ANYTHING away because I really hate when other reviewers do that. This book was AWESOME. Why was it so awesome? Where do I begin...

Larissa Ione, who I have not read before, builds her world so well that you can practically smell the scents, taste the desire for vengeance, and feel the emotions as they run the gamut. It is masterful. I read a TON of paranormal romances and many of those are about vampires. But none I have read were like this. Not only do you have this world that is seamlessly built from story-telling with a background that was shown and not told, but you are fully immersed immediately in the emotions of the main characters. You feel your sympathy rising as the story unfolds and you're silently cheering on your characters as you read. So yeah: the characters were well written, the world was built well, and I sank deep into this story and my reader zone and was happily there for a few hours.

I really loved the hints of vampire origin and where Larissa is taking us. It's different and new and well-defined, which I think is hard for any author to come to a genre that so many favor and bring something fresh to the plate. I loved it. I loved Riker & Nicole and their interactions. I loved watching them fight their prejudices and attraction to one another. I loved watching them fall for one another. I loved how it developed. I just plain loved and enjoyed the hell out of this book! 

Book Title: Chained by Night
Author: Larissa Ione
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publishing Date: Sept 30, 2014
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher for honest review

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

 Disclosure: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I think I may have given too many stars to book one of this series (I gave it 5 out of 5) because this one blew the first one out of the water. Not only do we get a continuation of the story, but we also get a more indepth view to the origin of the vampires and a romance story that packs a bigger punch. In case you're confused, please be assured that book one was NOT a cliffhanger. It's just that book 2 picks up nicely from a thread of book one with different characters.

Hunter has agreed to marry the rival clan leader's daughter. In his quest to protect her when she travels to his clan, he mistakenly grabs her twin sister, thinking it is his betrothed, and begins to fall for her as they hide and wait for a good time to return to his home. Determined to break the curse that plagues him, Hunter must negotiate three deadly tests with his chosen one at his side. While he has this worry on his mind, he also has politics, humans, and an annoying betrothed to deal with and the twin sister he's fallen for to win over.

The characters are better, the world building is better, this book just kinda grabs you by the ears and yanks you face first into its pages as you read. I really loved and enjoyed BOUND BY NIGHT, book one in this series and thought it would be impossible to top it, however I was proven wrong! Hunter and Aylin are perfect, absolutely perfect together. I loved getting more in depth to the mythos that Larissa Ione is building and cannot WAIT to read more in this series. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

{Book Review} Bound By Duty by Stormy Smith

Book Title: Bound By Duty
Author: Stormy Smith
Publisher: Perfect Storm Publishing
Publishing Date: July 2014
Length: 390 pages
Source: from author in exchange for an honest review

Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn't even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she'll be.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?urb

I promised I was coming back with a review of Stormy's novel this month! And here I am!

Let's start with the bad: BOOK ENDED TOO SOON AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BLOODY INSTALLMENT. Okay. That is now out of my system.

The Good: Uh...where do I start? This was such a great read for me. I love paranormal and I love romances and I love magic and I love monarchies and I love prophecies and and and. Yeah! There's a lot here!

Amelia is great. She's timid and weird and super shy. And as her life unravels piece by piece, as she discovers that every single person in her life has lied to her, she comes into her own and is livid. And yet, she maintains her cool and a keeps a level head, which is pretty amazing. This is not to say that she doesn't give a well-deserved blast here and there towards those who deserve it, but I found it amazing that she remained so relatively calm.

Even better than Amelia is her BFF, Bethany. FINALLY a BFF in a book that is a TRUE BFF. She rolls with the punches, isn't afraid to speak her mind, and yet takes the time to listen even when she wants to stomp someone in the face.

Stormy Smith has concocted a story that flows well, keeps you glued to what is going on, and has a menacing, looming, evil b--ch you itch to slap in the face. I was yelling at Amelia at the end to use her darn words and tell someone something instead of leaving it like so, but ... she didn't. And now I have to wait.

Write, Stormy, write! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

{Book Review} The Ifs by J.D. Pooker

Book Title: The Ifs
Author: J.D. Pooker
Publisher: Little Devil Books
Publishing Date: April 2013
Length: 141 pages
Source: Author/Publisher in exchange for honest review
Book Blurb
Fantasy Adventure for ages 8 and up.

Landon and Broden are brothers. Sometimes they get along. Well, sometimes they don't. But when they find out who's behind the weird happenings in their house, they are called to battle.

Battle? Whoa. Not just one of their fun play-battles either, but a real battle in the forest with the most unusual of creatures and the wildest of animals. Can the brothers pull together when they need each other most?
THE IFS by J.D. Pooker, cover art by Frank Walls, graphic design by David G. Barnett, published by Little Devil Books


 This was such a wonderful book to read, even as an adult. The camaraderie and competition between the two brothers was spot-on from my experience with children and was enjoyable to read! I do not have children myself, but have been a school teacher and done a lot of kid-sitting, and I could tell from reading this that it would be an insta-hit and something I would recommend to parents who have children in this age group (5-10 years old) as a bed-time reading book.

I can stress enough how wonderful it was to be read to when I was a child, or to be allowed to read to my parents as a child before bed, and an adventure story such as what happens to Landon & Broden would be much fun. Both older siblings and younger siblings would have someone to relate to, and only-childs would enjoy it as well for the adventure and banter.

This book is definitely added to my list to give to parents who ask me for book recommendations for their kids! 

GAS Science Book and Activity Club Contest!

Spread the Word!

Tumblehome Learning announces a
GAS Science Book and Activity Club Contest
$1,500 in prizes!

A science book and activity club is a club where kids read science-related books and then get together to talk about the books and try some related activities.  If you run such a club, or if you want to start one, you’re eligible for the contest. Visit our Club Contest web site for more info.
On our Book Contest Web Site, you’ll find:
  • Contest rules
  • Entry forms
  • FAQ
  • Tips on starting a science book and activities club
  • A recommended book list to get you started

Join our Science Book & Activities Club
Facebook Group.

You can pick up more ideas about science book and activity clubs, and you can connect with other clubs!
First prize: $1,000 in cash and gift certificates for buying books
Second prize: $500 in cash and gift certificates for buying books
We also have prizes in several special categories!
Are you curious? Are you creative? Are you energetic?

Are you up to the exciting challenge of saving the future?

Learn more about the Galactic Academy of Science, with academy cadets Quarkum Phonon and Selectra Volt, in this video!

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