Sunday, September 30, 2012

BLOG TOUR: The Super Spies and the High School Bomber (Super Spies #2) by Lisa Orchard (PROMO POST)

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

GUEST REVIEW: The Lost Queen (The Empyrical Tales #2) by Mark Miller

Zandria and Olena continue their adventures in the land of Empyrean. Zandria discovers a magical crystal that may be the clue to finding their mother, who has been missing the past six years. Zandria and some new friends set out on a quest to recover the other crystals. The wicked Carnivale Chaotica ringleader, Raymond Shaydaway, wants the crystals for his own evil ends and will stop at nothing to take them from Zandria. Now Zandria must solve the mystery of the Lost Queen if she has any hope of finding her mother.

More often than not as story has a tendency to peter out as the tale continues in book sequels. Not so with the second book in The Empyrical Tales. Suspenseful and even a tiny bit creepy at times, like all good fairy tales should be, The Lost Queen is packed with in depth story telling and fast paced action as our little Zandria heads out to fulfill her quest. This book just zips along,never leaving the reader wanting.

The storyline already established from the first book, The Fourth Queen,this one picks right up where the other left off. Im fast falling in love with the creatures and characters Mark Miller has created. From the Skordians to our little "Doc",the dwarf,and even our villian,Raymond Shadaway, its hard for me to pick out a favorite! I guess Ill have to keep reading!

5/5 Stars!

Reviewed by Carolyn Seiver for YA Book Addict

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Friday, September 28, 2012


About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)
Under Ground (The Diamond Mini-Series, Book 1) & The Core (The Diamond Mini-Series, Book 2) ,a series of short stories (less than 40 pages) all linked together. Each one starts where the other one left off. Ransom (The Diamond Mini-Series, Book 3) is a WIP and I hope to have that out by September 2012.

I love to read and write. I am a mother of 3, ages: 18, 16, and 4.

I began writing my first full length YA Paranormal/Speculative Fiction novel 2 1/2 years ago. Winter Rayne is still a WIP. 

I have an adult novel that is a WIP called Nerves of Steel. I'm hoping to complete and publish it by October 2012.

I am majoring in Business Administration-International Business (emphasis: Latin America) at CSUDH. 

My original major was architecture, but after graduating with an A.S. in Computer Aided Drafting and Design, I decided I would rather concentrate on opening a CADD business, thus the reason for working on a Bachelor's in Business.

At the same time I obtained my Associates in Science I also obtained an Associates in Arts for General Studies and Certificates in CADD, Engineering Drafting, and Architectural Drafting.

Under Ground (The Diamond Mini-Series Book #1) 

Left alone in a secret room after their parents were kidnapped, Diamond and Obsidian must take care of their younger siblings. But how? They are facing both the threat of intruders and the threat of starvation. Will they survive or will their fate fall into the hands of the intruders? Or worse yet, will they starve to death?

Enter the world of The Diamond Mini-Series. It is a mini-series of short stories, each one picking up where the other one left off. Follow Diamond on her journey of survival and life.

The Core (The Diamond Mini-Series Book #2)
Continue to follow Diamond and Sid in their fight for survival and to keep the core in the right hands. The enemy is closer than ever searching for the core, something so powerful it could sustain the energy of half of the US, but if it were to fall into the wrong hands in a society that is overwhelmingly desperate for energy, it could mean the end of freedom and lives. Watch as Diamond battles with the shadows of her recent past. Her struggle within could compromise the safety of those around her.

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Five Questions:

1. Why did you choose to write a book in the Young Adult genre?

I chose YA because it is a time in life many people look back upon fondly because of their having experienced a lot of FIRSTS. For those who are barely experiencing it, everything is new and exciting and full of possibilities.  The spirit is freer without the adult responsibilities.

2. Who is your favourite character you have written and why?

WOW! That's like having to choose a favorite child. If I absolutely had to choose, I would have to say Obsidian or as he is fondly called, Sid. He's sweet and kind. He takes care of Mica (his little sister) and Diamond. He is also intelligent, funny, and hot, all in one package. 

3. Describe a typical writing day for you?

When I actually get a chance to sit down to write I have somewhat of a ritual. First, I clean up the mess on my desk. Next, I check e-mails and Facebook so I won't be wondering about them. Then, I read over what I wrote on the previous night and try to reenact everything in my mind to see if it makes sense. Once I am done with all of that, I start typing away. I tend to edit as I write so sometimes a good night may be only 200 words because I have revised and edited. It also makes it easier when I do the final editing before I hand it over to my beta readers. 

4. What are you reading at the moment?

At the moment I'm looking at my TBR list to see what is next. I try to squeeze in a little reading when I can, but it's difficult when I have so much to read for the university. I guess at THIS moment I am reading: International Financial Management by Jeff Madura, For pleasure I would love to read City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare. I have wanted to read this series for so long, but haven't had the time. I've been sticking to quick reads for right now.

5. If you turned your ipod on now, what would be the song that is currently playing? 

Hahahaha! I think I'm the only person on this planet that doesn't own one. I do however listen to music on YouTube. The song currently playing is one I chose a couple of months ago as part of the playlist for one of my first adult full length novel, Nerves of Steel. The song is called Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum.

Giveaway: One winner will receive an eBook of Under Ground (The Diamond Mini-Series Book #1) & The Core (The Diamond Mini-Series Book #2) with a ribbon and "diamond" necklace and two winners will receive a set of business card bookmarks all very kindly donated by the author.

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BOOK TOUR: Love's Providence by Jennifer H. Westall (PROMO, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY)

Today we have a promo post and excerpt for you from Love's Providence by Jennifer H. Westall. You can check out the rest of the tour stops at Reading Addiction Blog Tours. And don't forget that after you read the excerpt there is a giveaway for you to enter to win an eBook of Love's Providence.

YA Edgy Christian Romance

Date Published: May 24, 2012

Collegiate athlete Lily Brennon has always been the piece that doesn’t quite fit in the puzzle, especially in her fragmented family, and no amount of rule-following perfection seems to bring her any closer to the love and acceptance she desperately seeks. If not for Jackson Carter, her childhood best friend and the only boy she’s ever loved, she’s sure she would have run away years ago. But when Jackson loses his father and a future basketball career within months of each other, his faith is so shattered, he shuts out everyone, including Lily.

After months of heartache, Lily begins to piece together a life without Jackson, and while vacationing on a beautiful island off the Georgia coast, she begins a long-distance romance with Alex Walker, a police officer with a quick wit and a cocky grin. He revives her hope in love again, but their intense attraction and his devastating secret test Lily’s values, stretching them until they break. Through her struggles to remain true to her principles, an agonizing choice between Alex and Jackson, and a series of terrifying events that threaten all of them, Lily must endure losing everything she’s been grasping so tightly. Only then will she discover the depth of the love that already surrounds her.

Author Bio:
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and Holly Pond, Alabama, two very different towns that I love for so many reasons. Holly Pond is my soul, the place where I go to remind myself of who I am and where I come from. It's a quiet place that allows me to reset when I've fallen off track. 

Birmingham is my heart, the place where I lived out my story. I go there to remember my best friend, my first love, my first job, my first heartbreak. 

And then there is Saint Simons Island, the place I go to feel alive, to feel the breeze off the ocean, the salt on my tongue, the excitement of my first (and only) summer fling. 

I may reside in the suburbs of Atlanta, creating memories with my sweet boys, but I call several places home.

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Excerpt from end of Chapter 1
Later that evening, Lily stood on the playground and squeezed the sand between her toes as a warm, moist breeze swirled strands of hair around her face. The village shops by the pier had been teeming with tourists all afternoon, but most of them had closed down hours ago. The sounds of traffic and screaming kids had faded into a gentle lapping of the ocean against the nearby rocks.
Her feet ached from walking around for the past several hours, and her head was beginning to throb as well. To make matters worse, her dad had insisted that she keep an eye on Kara and her cousin Rachel, which meant an evening full of aimlessly wandering through tourist shops and listening to shallow comparisons of one guy after another. At this point, she wanted nothing more than to go back to the beach house, put her feet up, and relax with a good book.
A few yards away, Kara and Rachel competed to see who could swing the highest. As much as they insisted on being treated like adults, it was amazing how childish they could be. She rolled her eyes and sighed, glancing down at her watch. Nearly time to go.
“Y’all about ready?” she called.
Rachel jumped out of her swing first, followed by Kara who narrowly missed landing on her rear. Rachel doubled over with laughter, and Lily couldn’t help but laugh too. Kara flushed bright red as she glanced around to see if anyone else had seen her stumble.
“Nice,” Lily said.
Kara ignored her and straightened her clothes. Rachel slid her feet into her sandals and tugged her shorts back into place, though they still left little to the imagination. She smoothed her dark hair and picked her purse up off the ground. Then suddenly she squealed like a mouse and waved Kara toward her.
“Look, those cops over there are cute!”
Lily followed her gaze to the massive live oaks that provided a canopy over a picnic area of the park. It was empty now except for two officers talking quietly at a picnic table in the lamp light, their bikes resting in a rack nearby. From several yards away they appeared similar—broad shoulders, dark hair, well-built. Nothing spectacular.
“You’re hopeless,” Lily said. “They’re way too old for you to even think about.”
Rachel shrugged. “So? Cute is just cute. Age doesn’t factor.”
Lily looked at them again. Maybe Rachel was right, but she wasn’t interested in another lame discussion about guys like they were a tasty dessert item.
“They’re all right, I guess. Not really my type.”
Kara snorted. “Oh please. I think you have to date more than one person to have a type.”
Rachel laughed and looked away from Lily’s glare.
“Well, you are the expert,” Lily said. “How many boyfriends have you had?”
Kara took a few steps closer and jutted her chin at Lily. “I know a lot more than you think. I know that hanging out with one guy since you were nine years old doesn’t make you an expert. You wouldn’t even know what to do if a great guy was interested in you.”
“Sure I would. I’d say thanks but no thanks.”
“Oh my word, Lil. Seriously. There’s something wrong with you.”
“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t want to date right now.”
Rachel’s mouth fell open. “Really?”
“Look, I just want to enjoy my vacation. You know, relax a little, read a good book, take a walk on the beach. I don’t need drama.”
Kara shook her head. “I’m not talking about a serious relationship here. Look around. There are cute guys everywhere. Loosen up and have some fun.”
“I don’t need a guy around to have fun.”
Kara winked at Rachel. “Well, if you’re going to be hanging around us, you better get used to cute guys being around. In fact, I think we should start right now.” She nodded toward the tree where the cops were still seated. Rachel’s face lit up.
“Oh no,” Lily said. “We’re going back to the house. It’s nearly midnight.”
But they sped away before she could stop them, so she threw her hands in the air and followed. This was going to be humiliating. As she approached the officers, the girls sang hello in unison. She could just imagine what these two gentlemen must be thinking. Leaning back on their elbows in identical poses, both of the officers grinned at the girls.
Then she caught a glance from the one on the left, and his eyes traveled down her legs. A sliver of a smirk played at the corner of his lips. Maybe gentleman wasn’t the right word. Kara rattled off introductions, oblivious to the amusement on their faces.
“I’m Kara. This is my sister, Lily, and our cousin, Rachel.”
Lily offered a polite nod. There had to be a way to exit gracefully, but she couldn’t think of one. Kara and Rachel dropped onto the bench of a picnic table opposite the officers, looking entirely too eager. They were practically panting.
“I’m Steve,” the one on the right said. “It’s nice to meet you, ladies.” His smile lit up his whole face, and his eyes had a warm puppy-like expression. Lily relaxed a little. At least one of them was friendly anyway. 
“You can just call him Poindexter.” The other officer’s eyes sparked with mischief, and Steve slapped him across the chest.
“I know you don’t want me to tell them what they can call you, Rambo.
“Rambo?” Rachel asked, tilting her head.
He waved his hand to dismiss the question. “Forget it. It’s not that funny anyway.”
On closer inspection, the nickname seemed fitting given his dark waves and bulging muscles. He probably did think he was some sort of action hero. She could practically see him admiring his biceps in a mirror.
“So what is your name, Rambo?” Lily asked.
Their eyes met, and his lips tipped into a smirk.
“Walker. Alex Walker.”
Yep, definitely an action hero.
“So what are you supposed to be?” she asked. “Double-oh-six-and-a-half?” The retort slipped out before Lily could catch it.
Steve snickered and looked away from Alex’s murderous glance.
“Well, you can just call me Daddy.” He cocked an eyebrow at her, an obvious challenge, but his grin never changed.
Lily held his gaze, irritated by the way her stomach flipped. Must have been something she’d eaten.
Rachel finally broke the awkward silence. “So, um, is it usually this quiet around here?”
Steve shook his head. “Nah, it’ll pick up tomorrow, trust me. This place’ll be crawling with people and screaming kids.”
“And plenty of little boys for you girls to play with, I’m sure,” Alex added.
Rachel’s chest sprang out as she huffed. “We are not little girls, and we are not interested in little boys.”
“How old do you think we are anyway?” Kara asked.
Lily couldn’t wait for this response. Alex had wandered into dangerous waters, but he seemed oblivious. He put his fingers to his chin and assessed them.
“Hmm, let me see.”
Steve waved off the challenge. “I can’t ever tell.” He sent a knowing grin at Lily, and she couldn’t help but smile back. At least he had some sense.
“Well,” Alex said, looking first at Kara, then at Rachel. “With all the make-up, you look about twenty-one. So I’d have to say you two are about thirteen, maybe fourteen.”
Kara’s mouth dropped open and Rachel gasped. Lily could barely control her laughter.
“What?” Rachel exclaimed. “I am fifteen, almost sixteen!”
“And I am already sixteen!” Kara folded her arms across her chest.
“Whoa! Don’t get your panties in a wad.” Alex threw up his hands in surrender. “I was just giving you a hard time.”
As the girls continued to sulk, he winked at Lily. Something about him sent a shiver down her arms.
“And how about you?” he asked.
She hesitated. She shouldn’t let him bait her into comments she might regret. Arrogant or not, he was an officer of the law, a position she had always been taught to respect.
Rachel finally spoke for her. “She actually is twenty-one.”
Kara lifted a brow, a puzzled look that seemed to ask if she was okay. Lily decided to ignore it and Alex as well.
She turned and looked out over the ocean, wishing she could enjoy it alone. The ocean and sky had melted into one large black expanse, but she could hear the waves tumble into the rocks not far away.
“So, how long have you been police officers?” Kara asked.
“Seven years for me,” Steve answered.
“You’re kidding. You don’t seem that old.”
Steve laughed. “I went into the police academy right out of high school. Been doing this since I was eighteen.”
Lily glanced at Kara and caught the slight nod toward Steve. She knew she was being rude, but what did Kara expect? Flirting with a stranger wasn’t going to fill the hole in her chest. Still, she supposed she should at least be polite.
“That’s pretty young to become a cop,” Lily said. “You didn’t think about going to college?”
“Nah.” He grinned like the thought was absurd. “I never wanted to do anything but be a cop. Dad’s a cop. Mom’s a cop. Just seemed natural.”
He smiled at her again, and the warmth of it reached out to her. It wasn’t much, but it made her smile. Maybe getting to know Steve wasn’t the worst idea in the world.
Alex caught the flush in Lily’s cheeks as she smiled at Steve, and he took a quick glance at his partner. Steve was the nicest guy he’d ever met. Too nice. And he wasn’t about to let some snobby chick get the wrong idea about him. Besides, no matter how nice he was, even Steve could be tempted by a hot girl, and he had to admit this one was a looker. Her legs had caught his attention first—long, athletic—but it was her eyes that he kept coming back to. They were cool and aloof, wandering over everything in the park, except him. He could tell from the moment she walked over that she’d rather be anywhere else. Until now.
He’d have to nip the flirting before she mistook Steve’s goofy grin for something more than friendly conversation.
“So that makes you about, what, twenty-five?” Lily asked.
“Yep, I’m getting old.” Steve’s chest shook with his chuckle.
“Thankfully you finally found a good woman to take care of you in your waning years.” Alex darted his eyes over to Lily as he spoke, satisfied with the subtle fall of her smile.
Steve’s face lit up with his crooked grin, unaware of the hope he’d just crushed.
“Yeah, I got a good one alright.”
“How long is it to the wedding?” Alex threw that one in for good measure.
Steve looked up at the stars as if he expected the answer to be spelled out as a connect-the-dots puzzle.
“I guess about six weeks or so.” He looked back down at the girls and grinned. “I don’t have much to do with the planning. I’m just supposed to show up on time.”
The younger two dove into questions about the wedding, though Steve never seemed to give good enough answers. Lily hung back, of course, her eyes drifting down the beach. She crossed her arms over her chest and shifted her weight back and forth like she couldn’t wait to get out of there. The lights of the ice cream parlor across the parking lot went dark, and she looked down at her watch with visible relief.
“We should probably get going.”
The blond glanced at her watch as well. “We still have a little time left. What’s the big hurry?”
“You two are supposed to be back by midnight.” Lily pointed a look directly at the brunette with all the make-up. “Your parents would kill me if I let you stay out late, and you know it.”
“A few minutes isn’t going to hurt anything,” she whined.
He watched Lily squirm. She looked like a kid in desperate need of a bathroom break. Too damn good to hang out with public servants probably.
“Yeah, Lily,” he said. “What’s the hurry? Don’t you like us?”
“Uh, well…” she stammered. “It’s not that. I just don’t want them to get in trouble.”
“Let me guess,” he said. “You do everything you’re told and you’ve never disappointed anyone.” She opened her mouth to respond, but he cut her off. “You’ve never missed a single curfew in your life, have you?”
“What’s it to you?”
“Well, that must be an exciting life.”
She swung her weight to the other hip and shot bullets of contempt from her eyes.
“Just because I take my responsibilities seriously doesn’t mean I can’t have a good time.”
“Oh, I’m sure you’re the life of the party.”
Little Miss Perfect was making this way too easy. She turned and jerked her head at the other two.
“Let’s go.”
They stood up and flashed adorable smiles. Then they sang their goodbye as bubbly as they had their hello. The brunette flipped her hair and winked, and he stifled a laugh. That girl was going to be trouble in another year or two.
Lily, on the other hand, was already trouble. He could feel it. Something about her still lingered after she’d disappeared, like the aftertaste of an expensive wine. It reminded him of why he hated the stuff.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Man Painter (Painter Series #2) by Melissa Turner Lee

Secrets can kill a relationship. But the secrets Holly and Theo keep from each other in the start of their relationship could mean the death of either of them. Fritz holds all the cards, and raises the stakes in this deadly, more adult conclusion of The Painter Series.

My Thoughts:
You know how there are those books that when you read them, whether it's a reread or something new in the series, it's just like the best feeling of contentment. Like catching up with a friend that you haven't seen for a while. That's how I feel about The Painter Series. Melissa Turner Lee was one of the first authors to ever contact me about a book review and I fell in love with her unique story and characters in The Earth Painter. And so I have been waiting somewhat impatiently for The Man Painter to be released.

This book picks up two years after the first. We see a much stronger and more mature Holly this time around. She is still madly in love with Theo, but she hasn't heard a word from him and has no idea where he is. But things come into play that will see them brought back together... 

I loved the Theo we see in The Man Painter. He's had to go through a lot to get to where he is at this point. And those struggles aren't over with yet. But Holly and Theo are keeping things from each other. Both trying to protect the one that they love.

Holly's mum is completely and utterly horrid!! She is right on par with Fritz in her evilness. Yes, it's a different type of evil, it's not the hands on evil of Fritz but she really outdoes herself in this book.

Khai-Ree-Hloa-Theo and Bio gave me so many scenes where I laughed out loud at their reactions to Holly and Theo's relationship and to things in general. Khai Ree is an absolutely brilliant character!!

This is a much more grown up and rounded book than the first. As in all relationships, things progress and eventually become intimate, but those scenes were never too much. They were wonderfully written and never pushed the boundaries in their description but were written so that you could completely feel the love that was being experienced.

I know that The Painter Series will be books that I will definitely read again and again. If you want something unique and fantastically written then you really can't go past these books and the wonderful writing of Melissa Turner Lee.

5/5 Stars!!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012


Kate Roth has been writing everything from short stories to poetry since her days in junior high. Today she finds the most pleasure in writing love stories. She has a passion for a number of artistic endeavors including music, theater, fine art photography, as well as her day job as a professional cosmetologist. Kate is a small business owner living in Indiana with her husband Adam and their rescue dog Sampson. Her first novel, The Low Notes, was released May of 2012 by Rebel Ink Press.

The Low Notes
When a chance meeting between high school teacher Kevin Reed and singer Nina Jordan ignites an instant spark, they must decide if it's more important to follow your heart or follow the rules.

After caring for his dying father, Kevin Reed, returns to his hometown of Wexley Falls, bereaved, unemployed and exhausted at the thought of starting a new life. After a failed blind date, Kevin meets young singer Nina Jordan who takes his breath away with the sound of her voice. The connection is instantaneous and mutual on their first date, but both are crestfallen when they discover days later, to their horror, Nina is Kevin's student at the local high school.

Deciphering between notions of love and lust, fate and coincidence, Kevin and Nina find themselves unable to turn their backs on what they can't deny is a once in a lifetime feeling. Told from both perspectives, The Low Notes explores a love that feels right even though it seems wrong.

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I happened upon The Low Notes one day a little while back while I was browsing on Amazon. Immediately it grabbed my attention. I love books that deal with something that is looked on as being a bit taboo. So the teacher, student attraction always intrigues me. I'm always interested to see how an author can take a situation that society deems as wrong and make you fall in love with the characters. Well Kate Roth managed to do just that. I loved Kevin and Nina and I desperately wanted things to work out for them. I think because Nina seemed much older that her 17 years and Kevin had a vulnerability about him. Weave throughout the story the added bonus of music and Kate's wonderful writing and The Low Notes proved to be a hit for me!!

***Anyway, I never wrote a review for The Low Notes purely because with my long list of books to review I just don't have time so I just gave it a star rating on Goodreads. Then I received an email from Kate asking me if I would like to host a giveaway and we sent a few emails back and forth and let me tell you, Kate is the nicest, sweetest person ever!! And she has donated TWO signed paperbacks and an iTunes giftcard to go with each since music is such a big part of the book. How awesome is that!!! ***

GIVEAWAY: Two prizes of a signed paperback and an iTunes giftcard (US/Can)
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