Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway of Made for You by Melissa Marr

Publisher: HarperCollins 
Format Read: Hardcover & eGalley
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Buying Links: Amazon* | Book Depository* | OmniLit* | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

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Blurb from goodreads:

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

Quote-Tastic #56 A Step Up from Being An A**hat

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that's grabbed you for one reason or another. Everyone's welcome to join in - authors, bloggers, readers. The more the merrier! Just grab the button and put up your post :) Don't have a blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section.  Quote-tastic is hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

I have a review of this book up today and I wanted to share a bit of it. It was hard to pick one scene but I went with this scene between one of the lead characters and a major secondary character. Both are important to the story. The asshat in question is an ex-boyfriend of the lead character, Eva. Nate and Grace are at school talking in between classes; they live in a small town. I have to say, I do not miss high school or the social politics. I do live in a small town but at least I'm an adult now.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

It's the start of this year's Banned Book Week, an annual event sponsored by American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center and and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The idea is to call attention to the censorship, banning, and attempted banning that occurs every year in the US and to showcase the value in unfettered access to information. Books across the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction are challenged each year, including children's picture books. The reasons vary - religious beliefs, morals, disrespect to authority, language, etc. 

Bea Reviews Summer Break Blues by J.A. Campbell

Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Series: The Clanless #2
Format Read: Kindle book
Source: Reviewer owned
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Buying Links: Amazon*OmniLit* | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords*
* affiliate links; the blog receives a small commission from purchases made through these links.

Blurb from goodreads:

Meg managed to survive her senior year of high school as a vampire, and now she’s looking forward to a relaxing summer with her friends before trying to tackle college. Unfortunately, some unfinished business from the previous year rears its ugly head and Meg is forced to deal with the Sidhe who are distinctly unhappy that she killed one of their kind last winter. Then Ann’s parents vanish while they are on their annual summer vacation in Maine and it’s up to Meg and the rest of the gang to come to the rescue. Though she is still trying to figure out who, and what she has become, Meg and her friends feel they are up to the challenge. That is until things really start to fall apart.

Sunday Book Share #107

 I'm participating in The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer; Showcase Sunday hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; Bought Borrowed and Bagged, hosted by TalkSupe; and Library Loot co-hosted by The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief. All of these memes are about sharing the print and digital books received and/or posts and events on the blog.

Summer is gone! The weather has cooled off considerably and I'm sleeping with a blanket now; during the summer I just used a sheet. This is my kind of weather - sunny blue sky, crisp air with a slight bite, and cool evenings. Claude and Goof are tolerating each other and Claude is spending more time out of my bedroom. I didn't get the teaching job but I did sign with a publisher for part-time editing and I am now a personal assistant to author Cara Covington. I still need a full-time job but things are looking up. :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Harlequin Christmas Book Subscription

Harlequin has a new subscription service available, aimed at the holiday market. For a little under $30US, you get 10 ebooks and 2 free ebooks, all Christmas themed. You have 4 themes to choose your books from: inspirational, sexy, western, and classic. You sign up for your favorite one and Harlequin chooses the titles. You got 5 in October and 5 in November; you receive the 2 free eBooks right away in the genre you that you chose. It looks as if the subscription ends after that.

So for under $30 you get 12 ebooks; it's not a bad deal.  It's an awful lot of Christmas but if you love the holiday, here's your chance to stock up on books.

For more information or to sign up, click here.

Live Chat with Carla Neggers on September 25th

Come join Carla Neggers at a live chat over at BookTrib on Thursday September 25th at 4PM EST. Her newest book, "Harbor Island" came out August 26th and is part of her Sharpe & Donovan series. Talk to her about her book, her recent trip to Ireland, or whatever else you think of.

Want an email reminder for the chat? Have a question to submit? Go here.