Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Amber Smoke

Today I have the pleasure of reveal the cover of the new series from Kristin Cast, co-author of the bestselling House of Night series

Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast
The Escaped #1
Pre-Order: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBooks
Expected Publication: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Diversion Books
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
The door to the massive New York Times bestselling HOUSE OF NIGHT series has closed.  Now, Kristin Cast kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series.
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.
Someone has opened the cage.
The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back.  He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.
Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets.  First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life.  Then, she will become the hunter.
With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.  Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the HOUSE OF NIGHT series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.

 About the Author
Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write
the young adult House of Night series. She has stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits, and a thriving t-shirt line. The first book in her new adult paranormal romance series releases June 9th, 2015!
   

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Whispers From the Dead Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Whispers From the Dead Blog Tour! Today, I have a review of Whispers From the Dead and a tour-wide giveaway for you. Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by clicking the banner above or the tour schedule posted below.

About the Book:
Title: Whispers From the Dead
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Serenity's Plain Secrets #2
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Genre: Adult, Mystery,
Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.
Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.
Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is much more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community, and that the new group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. She begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear and once again puts her own life in jeopardy.
And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.
Other Books in the Series:

Title: Lamb to the Slaughter
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Serenity's Plain Secrets #1
Publication Date: March 14, 2014
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Lamb to the Slaughter is a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest.
Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the country town of Blood Rock and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate.  At first glance, the case seems obvious.  The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl’s parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious.  As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl’s shooting.
Serenity enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman, who left the Amish when he was nineteen and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up.  Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel, but may even take her life in the end.
*Lamb to the Slaughter is book one of Serenity’s Plain Secrets.
About the Author

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.
    
My Review of Whispers From the Dead
Whispers From the Dead far exceeded my expectations for the second book in the Serenity’s Plains Secrets series. I absolutely loved Lamb to the Slaughter, but Whispers From the Dead takes the action from the first book and ramps it up a few notches. Who knew mystery novels about Amish communities could keep a reader on their toes as much as this series does. Karen Ann Hopkins knows how to keep the suspense high and keep the blood pumping for more. 

Do not let me forget to mention that my favorite parts had to do with Serenity and Daniel’s interactions and relationship developments. I have to say I have to been rooting for them to get together, and I liked seeing a little bit more of them. Serenity maybe hesitant to jump straight in, but I love the steam flirtation between these two. I cannot wait to see where their relationship goes in the next installment of this series.

The Amish community has always fascinated me, even without ever having the pleasure of visiting a town near a colony. I love how Karen Ann Hopkins takes care to show them in both an outsiders’ point of view, and from the viewpoint of the Amish. It really fascinates me and it gives the books in this series a real authenticity. I think the lack of connection with the English and their penchant to stick with their own community in these novels at least makes the mystery part more intense. 

Karen Ann Hopkins has delivered again with Whispers From the Dead, and if the pattern continues the next book in the Serenity’s Plain Secrets series is going to be even better than first two. The best part about this book is it really stands on its own, but it is also made better by being part of a series. Whispers From the Dead is my favorite book so far this year, and I suspect it will continue to be one of my favorite books of all time. 


**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**

Tour Schedule
Monday, Januray 19th - Her Book Thoughts 
Tuesday, Janaury 20th - Curling Up With A Good Book 
Wedneday, January 21st - So Bookalicious 
Thursday, Janaury 22nd - Bewitched Bookworms 
Friday, Janaury 23rd - Lose Time Reading & Books i View

Monday, Januray 26th - Unabridged Bookshelf 
Tuesday, Janaury 27h - Andi's Book Reviews 
Wedneday, January 28th - Little Miss Drama Queen 
Thursday, Janaury 29th - Tien's Blurb 
Friday, Janaury 30th - Christy Howell Books

Monday, February 2nd - Actin' Up with Books & Page Turners Blog 
Tuesday, February 3rd - Once Upon A Twilight 
Wednesday, Feburary 4th - JeanzBookReadNReview 
Thursday, February 5th - Bittersweet Enchantment
Friday, February 6th - Books i View



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Friday, December 26, 2014

Landslide Cover and Playlist Reveal

Today I have the pleasure of helping out one of my favorite author, Jenn Cooksey, with her cover reveal, and because she is so amazing and unique her playlist. Landslide features a lot of music song titles as chapter titles and all the participants in the reveal have the opportunity to reveal one song. To get the full playlist you have to visit all the wonderful people participating in the cover reveal. 
The full list is on Jenn's blog and she is also hosting a giveaway for you to enter. 

Cover Reveal
Landslide by Jenn Cooksey
Expected Publication: 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
For Erica and Cole, the bond of friendship was forged in childhood.
Now, torn and broken by grief, that bond will become paramount as two friends look to one another for comfort, strength, and hope in the aftermath of loss. On a journey taken both together and alone, Erica and Cole search for healing and life born anew. Although when mistakes, secrets and betrayal are revealed, the two must each learn to accept that even saints and some angels are human and people aren’t always who they appear to be.
But in the age old struggle to forget and forgive, realization dawns. And with it, so does the understanding that sometimes, the sturdiest foundation for the future lies buried in the dust of the past. Because, for some people…
…love is friendship caught on fire. 

 About the Author


Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she's no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey's roof is female. She's sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.
      
My Playlist Selection: 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Lady MacBeth Blog Tour: Review and Giveawy

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Lady MacBeth Blog Tour!  Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by clicking the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: Lady MacBeth: Daughter of the Ravens
Author: Melanie Karsak
Series:The Saga of Lady MacBeth
Publication Date: December 3, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon 
Something wicked this way comes . . .
Gruoch is born to rule, but long before she becomes Macbeth’s queen, ancient forces claim her soul.
Marked from birth by the old gods, Gruoch is initiated into the ancient religion of her ancestors and begins learning the mysteries of the Goddess Cerridwen. But not everything is as it seems. Soon the Battle Goddess Morrigu imposes her will, and Gruoch finds herself at the mercy of the Wyrd Sisters.
With King Malcolm plotting, the Wyrd Sisters schooling her in arcane craft, and haunted by dreams of a raven-haired man she’s never met, Gruoch feels her fate is not her own. That is, until she meets a druid named Banquo. Gruoch’s heart is swept away when Banquo awakens something in her more powerful than duty, magic, or destiny: love.
This retelling of Shakespeare’s classic work leads readers through an unforgettable saga of one woman struggling to escape her fate without blood on her hands.
Begin the Lady Mabeth Saga with Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens.

About the Author
Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing
Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the  Green Fairy) and the award-wining horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

   

My Review of Lady MacBeth
*Notice: This is an adult story meant for readers 18 and over*

Witchcraft, vengeance, and love that is my type of Fantasy story, and Lady MacBeth covers all the bases. I love the beauty of the magic featured in Lady MacBeth, and this first installment is actually quite innocent compared to the original tragedy written by Shakespeare. Even though I have never read MacBeth, I still know the general story, and Lady MacBeth is much like a prequel to Shakespeare version but with unique elements crafted by the author, Melanie Karsak. In the original play, Lady MacBeth is very unlikeable character, but in Lady Macbeth: Daughter of the Ravens, I could not help but adore her and root for her as her story begins.

I am curious to see how Melanie Karsak adds to the story with the next installment in the Daughter of the Ravens series. Is she going to stray from the original story, or take the original and give it a spin in her own way. Corbie, the future Lady MacBeth, is just discovering herself and her magical ancestry. I love watching her go from scared teenager to a woman who except her power. I also love seeing her discover her past lives and those that she has loved in past lives, and rekindle her love for Banquo.

I became a fan of Melanie Karsak’s after her zombie novel, The Harvesting, which I loved immensely. I knew I had to try her new take on MacBeth, even if I had not read the play before, due to her talent for sucking readers in with her stories. Lady MacBeth is no exception, I found myself sucked in, and unable to put the story down no matter what interruptions tried to steal my attention. This is not always the case when I read, but the way Melanie Karsak writes this story, I just had to finish it and find out what happens to Corbie.

I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment of The Saga of Lady Macbeth, because the almost cliffhanger way the story is left. I have to know what is in store for Corbie, and I know the next book is one that I am going to by hanging on a thread as I read. 


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Wicked Release Week Blitz

Welcome to Wicked Release Week Book Blitz!  Today I have a couple teasers and excerpt from Wicked for you to enjoy!

About the Book
Title: Wicked
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #1
Publication Date: December 8, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

About the Author
 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West
Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
   

EXCERPT FROM WICKED
All the words in the world vanished the moment I got an eyeful of Ren.

Holy hotness with an extra side of sexy, when Ren cleaned up, he took his handsomeness into a totally different stratosphere.

The waves and curls of his hair were currently tamed, styled back from his face, showing off the angle of his cheekbones and the fullness of his lips. He was wearing a white dress shirt that showed off the hard lines of his broad shoulders and flashed a glimpse of tawny skin at his neck. I noticed then, somehow never really seeing it before, a leather cord hanging from his neck and disappearing under his shirt. I was sure that was what carried the clover, but as my gaze traveled over him, I quickly forgot about it. The edges of the tattoo poked out of the collar of his shirt, and his sleeves were rolled up to the elbow, exposing powerful forearms. The dark trousers completed the outfit. It was effortless class.

When I dragged my gaze back to his, I realized I hadn’t been the only one doing the scrutinizing. He was staring at me in his intense, consuming way, and I stepped back from the door, suddenly feeling very . . . vulnerable. As if I was exposed in front of him.

Heat crept into my cheeks as I plastered my arms to my sides. “Sorry I . . . took so long. I was . . .” I trailed off as he continued to stare at me. “What?”

Ren stepped into the house, catching the door and closing it behind him. His presence filled the living room, and I could barely drag in enough air. “This is wrong,” he said, voice thick.

Surprised by the statement, I glanced down at myself. I knew I looked like a silly girl playing dress up. “It’s the only dress I could wear,” I said, feeling the weight of embarrassment settling on my shoulders.

He gave a little shake of his head as his bright green eyes met mine. “Oh, sweetness, you did wrong in all the right ways.”

I wasn’t following.

“How in the world am I going to pay attention when you look like that?” he chided softly, and my eyes widened. He moved forward, so close that I had to tip my chin up to meet his stare. He reached out, fingering the loose sleeve of my dress. “You are utterly distracting.”

“I am?”

A half smile appeared as his fingers skipped off the material and traced the line of my shoulder, sending a tight shiver down my spine. Then his finger wrapped around a curl, the back of his hand brushing the swell of my breast. He tugged it straight like he’d done before. “You are absolutely beautiful, Ivy.”

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Dusk

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Dusk (The Dire Wolves Chronicle, #2)
Title: Dusk
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Dire Wolves Chronicles #2
Publication Date: January 12, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, 
The Dire Wolves Chronicles continue...

After you have sacrificed your freedom what else is there to lose?

Mary Anne has given her word to Hunter that she’ll stay as his mate, but every second she spends with him takes her further away from Gage when he needs her the most.

Caught between love and duty, Mary Anne discovers that her troubles are just beginning, and that sometimes love comes at a great price.
Why am I waiting?
At this point if you have been to my blog, I really do not even have to say why I am waiting. If you are new here, first Welcome and second I should admit now that I am an Alyssa Rose Ivy fanatic. The Dire Wolves Chronicles is my new favorite series, and I have to see what happens to Gage, and Mary Anne. 

What are you waiting on?
Make sure to let me know in the comments

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