Friday, July 31, 2015

Spotlight Friday (12) and Giveaway: Hunter by Renee Donne

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Title: Hunter
Author: Renee Donne
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Released November 4, 2014


Moving across the country isn’t Hunter’s ideal start to her Junior year of high school. She has no friends to hang out with, no beaches to lounge on, and she’s living just a few miles from the secluded hiking trail where her father died when she was a baby.

Living in Wyoming isn’t all bad, though, thanks to Logan, the handsome veterinary assistant at the animal clinic where she lands an after school job. And he seems just as interested in her as she is in him.

As Hunter begins to settle into her new home, she learns more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s tragic death, and it may not have been the accident everyone believes. Something dangerous lurks in the woods, and Hunter might be the next victim (Summary from Goodreads).

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The early morning air was crisp when I stepped out of the house dressed in an old pair of denim shorts, a tee, and a beat up pair of sneakers. I’d tried to prepare for my hike, eating a fair breakfast and tucking some water, a sandwich, and a few granola bars into my backpack. But I hadn’t even considered it might be chilly. Probably because in South Carolina, chilly was a word that just didn’t exist in late August. I was grateful for the mild weather, though, since I would have to ride my bike forever before I would even reach the hiking trail.

“Where you off to?” Grandfather Birchum’s gruff voice stopped me in my tracks just as I was about to descend the steps from the porch to the driveway.

I turned to face him. He was completely outfitted and ready for a day of ranch work in old jeans, boots, and a button down plaid shirt. He even wore a Stetson, which seemed to be typical attire around here. “Exploring,” I answered, waving my printed map in the air as proof.

“You got a trail in mind, or are you just planning to wing it? The land can be dangerous out there, you know.” There was a warning in his tone.

“I’m a big girl, Grandpa. And yes, I do have a trail in mind." I pointed toward what I hoped was West, toward the area of Grandpa’s land that bordered the forest.

He nodded and reached into his pocket. “Take my truck.” He tossed his keys at me, and I caught them with an arm against my chest. Grandpa was clearly a man of few words, but I was happy for the offer. It sure beat biking out to the trail just to walk some more.

In no time, I’d reached the edge of Grandpa’s land and pulled to a stop when the vegetation became too thick to drive anymore. The air was warming a bit, but it was still on the cool side when I stepped out of the truck. I couldn’t remember ever seeing such gorgeous blue skies without it being ninety-five degrees outside. I slung my backpack over my shoulder and took the path leading away from Grandpa’s truck.

About an hour into my hike, I found myself wishing I had a pair of boots. My old sneakers just weren’t made for this terrain. The plant life around the path had thinned, and this was the perfect place to take a rest, sit and enjoy the solitude of nature. I slid down against a tree and pulled my snacks out of my bag.

I was just washing down my second granola bar with a bottle of water when I heard a faint shuffling noise behind me. Thinking some wild animal had happened upon me, I hopped up and spun around to face it far less gracefully than I’d intended.

Rather than a wolf or fox or whatever they had out here, it was a man. An old, Native-American man, standing no more than ten feet from me, and dressed like something straight out of a Western movie. How had he gotten so close without me hearing him? He stared at me, and not sure what to do, I just stared back.

He perched on a nearby boulder. "Relax Hunter. I don’t want to hurt you."

"How do you know my name? What do you want?" I was relieved there was no wild animal about to pounce, but I was still wary of this odd stranger.

“I have been expecting you. Before you were born, you had a purpose.” That cryptic response was apparently the only one I was going to get. He stood and began to walk away. When I didn’t follow, he turned to look over his shoulder at me. “Don’t just stand there. Let’s go.” He sounded so much like an annoyed father speaking to a child that, without even considering my actions, I followed him.

He motioned to a multi-colored blanket which lay folded on the ground against a large rock. “Sit,” he barked and crouched several feet away. Then he used his finger to draw a line in the dry earth. Unable to deny my curiosity, I sat and watched intently, trying to figure out what he was doing.

I observed in silence while he worked, not wanting to break what appeared to be intense concentration by asking what he was doing. For almost twenty minutes, he sat creating an intricate design. I couldn’t quite tell what the image was, but he seemed quite pleased with the finished product.

“It is done. You may leave now.” He hadn’t spoken since telling me to sit, and now he wanted me to just get up and leave?

“What’s done?”

“What you came for. I have learned all I needed. Now, you better leave, return to your vehicle, and go home before anyone realizes you’re here. They won’t like that you visited. You should stay away from here; it’s too close.”

This guy was obviously more than a little on the crazy side. Leaving was starting to look pretty appealing. Granted, I kind of liked him for the eccentricity, but if there were others like him, I didn’t want to be around when they showed up and the crazy party really started. I stood and moved slowly away from him. I headed back down the path, grabbing my pack from where I left it, and slipping my arms through the straps as I walked.

I made my way back to the truck, replaying the last bizarre hour in my head all the while. It seemed like a much shorter trip back than it was to get all the way out there, but I wasn’t going to complain. I was suddenly in a hurry to get home.


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About the Author

Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head, she's a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she's a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Released August 27, 2013
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 5/5


"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for (Summary from Goodreads).


I swear the first half of this book was all Chaol x Celaena feels.  I haven't loved a ship so much since The Infernal Devices.  Such sweet agony.  I was an emotional mess throughout most of this book.  Yup.  If you plan to read this series, prepare yourself for lots of emotions (if you like those kind of ships that plunge a knife into your heart and twists it until you are no more than shreds of feels).

I don't even know what to say except that soooooo much happened in this book.  From the feels, to the mystery surrounding Celaena's family and past, to the death of a major character and a huge hole in my ship.  I can't really talk about it without spoiling anything, but just know that it was awesome.   You'd think a student in college would be able to come up with a better description for this book, but alas! I am an accounting major with sucky writing skills.

Alright, I will try to get serious.  What is it about this book series that I love so much? I'm trying to pinpoint it.  Besides the good ship, I think the writing is fantastic.  I feel like I understand each character that Maas shows me, and action scenes have my blood pumping.  Mainly, the pacing is what attracts me to the story the most.  The chapters are not too long, not too short.  I'm never bored when I go into another character's point of view, because I know that Maas is showing me something important to the plot.  If the story starts to slow, there is always something unexpected that brings me right back on my toes.  Finally, it ended with a great cliffhanger.  I have absolutely no idea what will happen in the next book, but I think I need to recharge before I face these feels again.

I am emotionally exhausted from the Chaol x Celaena ship (in a good kind of painful way, if that makes sense).  I think I'm going to read a couple other books before I dive back into this series.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Spotlight Friday (11): Bloodline Inheritance by Lindsey R. Sablowski

Title: Bloodline Inheritance (The Magicians #4)
Author: Lindsey R. Sablowski
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Released July 24, 2015


Dyanna Carpathia has been a runner her entire life. A handsome man offers her love and a new beginning, but the war could change everything. Now her dreams of leaving behind magic and living as a human seem unrealistic. The magical war demands strength and focus, but Dyanna is haunted by a dark secret. Who will save her from a potential downfall?

Nearby on the battlefield is Malin Petrescu, a survivor who views Dyanna as a potential threat. They share different opinions on the magical world and the future. Marrying the love of his life demands him to fight no matter the consequences. However, victory means defeating their greatest enemy, Christopher. Dyanna’s loyalty is tested, but can she and Malin set aside their differences to save their loved ones?

In the fourth and final installment to the Magicians series we witness the war and the aftermath. This is the last stand for the Dark magicians, and for some it will cost them everything (Summary from Goodreads).

Bloodline Inheritance is available for purchase today from Amazon

If you haven't read Cursed with Power, the first book of The Magicians series, purchase it now from Amazon

Author Interview

What inspired you to write the Magicians series?

I’ve always loved reading fantasy books, and I wanted to write something that would twist what we normally see in fantasy. What if the people who were seen as “evil” actually weren’t? The Magicians series follows the lives of the last five Dark magicians. To the humans they are viewed as “evil” and “dangerous.” Readers are able to make their own choice about whether this is true or not.

What are some of your favorite books?

The Fault in Our Stars, The White Queen, General Winston’s Daughter, The Arthurian Saga

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Yes, as a young child I grew up loving to read and write. Even in school I was delighted when we were assigned with a writing assignment. At twelve years old I was able to realize this passion and started on my career path as an author.

Do you have any other interests/hobbies?

I love blogging - I’ve been blogging for five years now. I also love reading and am addicted to TV shows, movies, and video games. Recently a new hobby of mine has been with photomanipulation and photography.

What are you currently working on now?

My novel is called Clara and Claire, about two twins who were separated at birth. At this time I can’t go into the details of the book, as I’ve only started it. I’ll be sharing more on my journey with this new novel on my blog.

About the Author

Lindsey R. Sablowski is a fantasy author who lives in Maryland with her fiance and two cats.

Lindsey has always adored reading and writing. At twelve years old she discovered her love for magical stories and wrote her first novel. By the age of eighteen a traditional publisher expressed interest in her novel, Cursed With Power.

Since 2010 Lindsey has worked on the Magicians series. She has been both traditionally published and self published her work. Cursed With Power, Shadows and Embers, and Thicker Than Blood are amongst her published books. The series follows the lives of five Dark magicians, fighting for survival. The fourth installment, Bloodline Inheritance, is releasing July 24th, 2015.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Waiting on" Wednesday (1): One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

Welcome to my first ever "Waiting on" Wednesday. I thought this would be a fun little thing to add to my blog so you all can get an idea of what books I'm really, really excited about that haven't been published yet. I will be posting "Waiting on" Wednesday every two weeks.

Title: One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers #2)
Author: Rachel Aaron
Release Date: August 1, 2015


After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top. 

Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side (Summary from Goodreads).

Why I'm So Excited

I'm excited because I read the first book, Nice Dragons Finish Last. and I absolutely loved it! I cannot wait to get back into the series with these cute, funny characters.  In case you're interested, here is my review for Nice Dragons Finish Last.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Released August 7, 2015
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 5/5


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined (Summary from Goodreads).

Wow I knew I was going to like this book because I've only heard amazing things about it from friends and most of the booktubers I watch.  There were some negative reviews on Goodreads for various reasons, which kind of surprised me, although I understand they're point of view.

One such negative review I saw was that Celaena came off a little full of herself.  I disagree. In fact, it was refreshing to meet a main character that doesn't talk about how ugly she is all the time when she probably isn't based on all the male characters that fall all over her.  To me, Celaena did not come off arrogant; she is just confident in the way she looks.  It bugs me a little that confidence is seen as "full of yourself." She was never judgmental about others, and never said she looked better than anyone else.  She was simply stating fact.  Rant over.

Anyhow, I loved Celaena's character.  I liked that she had an awesome assassin side while also loving "normal" things like books, dogs, and clothes.  You wouldn't think she was an assassin by the way she acts almost like a normal 18 year-old, but when it came down to it she could flip on her assassin switch and kick some serious butt.  She had some character development going on, as well.  When she was first released from Endovier, most of her thoughts were how she could kill the soldiers and escape.  By the end of the book, Celaena had befriended characters and stopped thinking this way.  

Another thing that bothered people who gave negative reviews was a potential love triangle between the Crown Prince, Dorian, and the Captain of the Guard, Chaol (pronounced kay-all).  These people stopped reading the book before they could even see what ended up happening (I won't reveal anything).  I enjoyed both Dorian and Chaol's personalities.  Dorian is the more open and caring one, but is also something of a womanizer.  Chaol (my bae) was a lot more reserved, but sometimes showed flashes of his feelings for Celaena.  He also did not trust Celaena throughout the majority of the book, but Dorian liked her a lot sooner.  My favorite kind of ships are the ones that build slowly, especially with characters like Chaol. Personally, I can't stand love-at-first-sight relationships.  Therefore, I am a hardcore shipper of Chaol and Celaena.

Not only were the characters likable, but the plot was intriguing and I felt like there was direction in the story.  It's hard to describe, but I felt like everything was really put together, like Sarah J. Maas really knew the direction the characters wanted to take in the story. 

Between the great characters, action, and storyline, I loved this book and I cannot wait to get started on the next one!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Spotlight Friday (10) and Giveaway: Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

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Title: Drawn
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Released June 5, 2015


Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book. 

If he fails… they both die (Summary from Goodreads).

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About the Author

Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly "walked-on" to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now. 

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He's worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year. 

He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released January 1, 2014
Bought Hardcover from Book Outlet
Rating: 4/5


In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments! (Summary from Goodreads)

Whoa so I've finally finished The Mortal Instruments series!! I deserve an award for finishing this massive 725-page book.  I wanted to post a review no matter what this week, so I read around 200 pages yesterday to finish it!

Well, where to even begin? I remember starting this series around 5 or so years ago, and loving every moment of it.  I loved the Shadowhunters' culture and system, the storyline of Clary searching for her mother, and the development of Clary and Jace's relationship.  Also, all the awesome scenes of Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle, and Alec fighting demons.  It was a whole new experience starting this series.

Personally, I think the series should have stopped at the third book.  After reading books 4-6, I can't help but feel like it's all filler just to make the series longer, not to add something - I can't even find the word for it - to the story.  Despite my feelings toward the extra three books, I still enjoyed being back in the world of Shadowhunters with those characters that I've grown to love - especially my Simon.

So, what did I like about the book?  For one, just being able to see the characters interact and show their personalities again. Isabelle being sassy and fashionable, Alec being level-headed, Jace being Jace, Simon's geekiness, and Magnus' fabulousness.  I didn't care much for the whole return of Sebastian storyline of the last three books, but I appreciated the action nonetheless.  But what I liked most was the interweaving of the characters from The Infernal Devices.  THEY ARE MY BAES.  I LOVE THEM SOOOO MUCH.  I highly recommend that you guys read The Infernal Devices, perhaps even before reading City of Heavenly Fire, so you can appreciate the hints thrown into the book.  If you guys don't already know, The Infernal Devices are my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. THE FEEEEELS.

Okay. I need to calm down.

Back to City of Heavenly Fire.  Usually there are always some points of view that I truly don't give a shit about - like Maia.  But for some reason I didn't mind it in this book - even Maia (she used to be kind of annoying to me).  I especially liked Emma Carstairs because she reminded me of Tessa so much.  I think Cassandra Clare's next series, The Dark Artifices, follows Emma and Julian.  I already like these two so much that I'm probably going to read TDA.

Now, the ending.  I won't spoil anything, but I must say it was bittersweet.  I think everything tied together nicely, all the ships sailed, and there were some points left open for The Dark Artifices.  Overall, I didn't love this book as much as the first three or TID, but it was a nice conclusion to The Mortal Instruments, and I can't wait to watch the Shadowhunters television show when it airs next year!!! Woot!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Spotight Friday (9) and Giveaway: Corner of Ocean and Bay by Gina Azzi

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Title: Corner of Ocean and Bay
Author: Gina Azzi
Genre: Contemporary
Released June 15, 2015


Nessa Moore has sought reliable stability since her father’s death. Now, she’s over it. Tired of always being the mature adult, constantly worrying about her alcoholic mother, stressing about being able to afford college, she wants to have one normal, carefree, fun summer. And be more like her best friend Jacie.

Jacie Hayes is struggling to overcome the recent breakup with her first love. The one that ripped out her heart and left her devastated. Frustrated and bored with her own self pity, Jacie wants nothing more than to forget about Dylan, to go back to her old ways, her old self. To be the fun loving, live-in-the-moment girl who gossips about boys and sips mojitos.

Best friends since childhood, Nessa and Jacie have been through all their ups and downs together. No matter what. Now, the summer before their senior year of high school, they accept an invitation from Jacie’s aunt to join her in Lockwood Quay, New Jersey, a summer beach getaway.

Determined to make this their best, most memorable, summer yet, both girls push their own boundaries, accept new challenges, and find themselves keeping secrets from each other.

But sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone has consequences.

And some secrets can’t be forgiven.

Or forgotten (Summary from Goodreads).

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Author Interview

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Answer: Writing a book has always been a dream of mine – just not one I ever thought I could turn into a profession. I’m very grateful for the support of my husband and family and friends to stick with this project and give it a try. I enjoy writing every day and feel very fortunate to do something I feel passionate about. 

What were your favorite childhood books?

Answer: When I was young, my mom read to me every night before bed and I would always beg for one more book. My favorite childhood book was Love you Forever by Robert Munsch. As I got older, I was obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club – I wanted to be like Dawn. I also really enjoyed  the classics: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, everything by Jane Austen, and Wuthering Heights. Harry Potter is my favorite series of all-time. I wish I could go to Hogwarts. 

What is your favorite place to write?

Answer: Since my husband and I live abroad and travel often, I find myself writing wherever I can – on plane trips and in airport terminals, in little cafes and coffee shops, in many news cities surrounded by new influences. But right now, the traveling has slowed down since I’m pregnant, so it’s my kitchen table! We’ve got this huge picnic style table from Ikea and I love spreading my notes and journals and coffee mugs all over it when I sit down to write. 

What are you working on now? 

Answer: Currently, I’m working on a four-book series about four best friends embarking on their senior year of college. Each book will focus on one of the girls and the experiences she has during her last year of college – whether that be as a study abroad student, an athlete, a candidate for a competitive internship, etc. – as well as her personal growth and love interest! The first book is scheduled to be released in November 2015. 

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Answer: I feel very fortunate to write. In the future, I imagine myself doing all sorts of things. I would love to own a café one day – one that only serves breakfast food and amazing coffee. I’ve always wanted to work on a vineyard and learn about winemaking. We’ll see what the future holds but right now, I’m really happy to be exactly where I am, writing!


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About the Author

Gina Azzi spent all of her childhood summers at the beach in New Jersey - it was magical! Gina is a passionate reader, frequent globetrotter, and coffee enthusiast. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband, Tony.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Friday, July 3, 2015

Spotlight Friday (8) and Giveaway: Opening the Veil by C.L. Clark

I am hosting this blitz on behalf of YA Bound Tours

Title: Opening the Veil (New Sight #1)
Author: C.L. Clark
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Released March 21, 2015


One choice can change everything.

When Cassie agrees to go on a date with her gorgeous new neighbor, she doesn’t expect the night to end with a glimpse into eternity. Within twenty-four hours she discovers not only are young women being brutally murdered around her beloved town, but an ancient evil is using her new neighbor like a puppet to do the killing. Knowing the police won’t believe her without solid proof, she makes it her mission to find the evidence they need. Add to that how her cat has started talking to her, plus she's seeing ghosts that want her help, and it’s no surprise that she’s beginning to question her sanity. Will she be able to help the living and the dead and not end up another victim? She'll need to learn fast if she wants to survive in one piece.

This is the first book in the New Sight Series - a paranormal mystery series about a young woman whose eyes are opened to the hidden world around her and her compulsion to help the dead seek answers and justice (Summary from Goodreads).

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I suppose I was more than a little distracted when my new neighbor started chatting me up and I didn’t, at first, even realize he was talking to me. I heard him talking as I was grabbing my purse and fumbling with my key fob to engage the lock and alarm, but for some reason I was sure he was chatting up someone in the car next to me. Of course, that was only until I turned and realized that he was not just standing in my way to the complex, but facing me with a questioning look on his incredibly handsome face. Literally, that was the first thing that went through my mind, “Wow, he’s like model gorgeous”. Thank heavens I didn’t say that out loud or the entire embarrassing exchange would have been mortifying on a much grander scale.
“I’m sorry,” I said, unable to stop myself from grinning, because the child-like questioning look he had was completely out of place on a face where I am certain was usually held smoldering looks on Calvin Klein underwear ads. “Were you talking to me?” I could not escape the feeling that I was coming across like a total idiot.
“Um, yeah,” he replied with sudden doubt and uncertainty; it was obvious he didn’t get that sort of response from women very often. “I was just introducing myself and, um, yeah.” He recovered quickly and slid back into what I guessed was his usual aplomb and then stuck his hand out at me.
The strangeness of my entire day accumulated at that one moment, leaving me staring at his hand hovering right in front of me for a full five seconds before it even occurred to me that he wanted to shake my hand. Feeling like the complete and utter fool that I was presenting myself to be, I slid my hand into his as I looked back into his eyes and knew that he could see the red glow warming my cheeks by the change in the grin on his face. Yeah, this he was used to from women. Could this day be any worse?!?
“Hi, I’m Scott.” He was all confidence and control now. “I just moved in beneath you and thought I’d introduce myself.”
Wait for it. . .
“You’re beneath me?” Yup, I said that. In most normal circumstances I can handle my side of a conversation. I can even sound like I’m not a complete basket case and on occasion impress the opposite sex with my witty repartee. Not this time. “Oh. Wait a minute. I didn’t mean . . .” See, normal is light years away from this day.
“No, it’s cool.” This guy was totally in his element as a languid smile melted over his face which, under different circumstances, would have had me melting at the knees. However, this time I just wanted to run for my apartment and drown myself in my bathtub. “I know what you meant.” Flash of that smile again.
I let go of his hand then, realizing too late that I had held on entirely too long. If I were made of metal, the sudden sound of my eyelids crashing together and the rest of my face scrunching up would have echoed like a massive wreck in the parking lot.  Not unlike my ego at that very moment. I sighed and shook my head.  There was no recovering at this point, there was only accepting defeat and removing myself with as much haste as possible.
“Wow, I’m obviously not ready for prime time. So, on that note,” I started to edge around him, “welcome to the neighborhood.” I slipped the rest of the way past him without making eye contact and made a beeline for my apartment.
No joke, I was never a more consummate airhead in all my life. I have never swooned at the sight of a guy before and certainly never right in his face like that. I was beside myself with shame and, quite frankly, sheer amazement. Mind you, it’s not like I was looking for Mr. Right or even considering the notion of jumping back into the dating pool at that particular juncture in my life. I needed to get myself better established before I risked swimming in the deep end, so it wasn’t the idea of blowing any chance I might have dreamed of having with the guy. No, it was sheer mortification at the way I lost, no, more like willfully flung, my dignity, grace, and ability to appear like a calm, cool, and collected young woman of business smack dab in that guy’s face.


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About the Author

C. L. Clark has been a lifetime resident of the Twilight Zone – seeing every day occurrences and banal objects through slightly skewed, dark, and creepy glasses. The question usually on her mind is “What if?” followed by any number of strange ideas which quickly become stories that must be shared.
When asked about where her story ideas come from, she usually smiles mischievously and remarks, “My fingers have a mind of their own.” Often found peeking under rocks, wandering through graveyards, and poking her nose into abandoned haunted houses, she has a particular love for black cats, breaking mirrors, and running with scissors.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July TBR & Other Blog News

I read some great books in my favorite month of June:

1. Paper Towns by John Green
2. Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
3. Boys Don't Knit (Boys Don't Knit #1) by T.S. Easton

I could not bring myself to get more than 25% through American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  I tried, but it just did not capture my interest, probably because it's not a young adult book.  I've been so busy this past week between work and my online class that I haven't finished a book, so there is no review today. 

Books on my TBR for July:

1. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare - It's time I FINALLY finish this series. It just needs to happen guys or I won't have closure.  I'm currently reading this huge-ass book.  I'm hoping I can get through it by next week, but with my class and the holiday weekend, I'm not 100% sure I'll have a review ready.

2. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas - I'm feeling the love for this book by pretty much everybody so I am very excited to read this!!

3. The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski - I won a hardcover copy of the second book, so I had to buy a hardcover copy of the first book! I've also heard good things about this series.

4. The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson - Not sure if I'm emotionally ready to continue the Mistborn series but it has to happen!

5. TBR Jar - If I end up reading more than anticipated, I hope to put my TBR Jar to use...
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