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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Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Release Day Breaking the Rules: Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to Breaking the Rules Book Blitz!  Today I have an Excerpt from Breaking the Rules and a Blitz giveaway for you!

About the Book
Title: Breaking the Rules
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: December 8, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, 
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.
For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so . . . different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who's never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything--except the one thing Echo's just not ready for.
But when the source of Echo's constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants--even as foster kid Noah's search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.
Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn . . . seriously epic.

About the Author
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as
the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.
    


EXCERPT FROM BREAKING THE RULES

From Noah's POV
“Did you fall into some paint, Echo?” Isaiah asks, changing the subject.

Echo’s shoulder slumps as she pivots toward the mirror. She groans as she touches her 

cheek and forehead that are more red and pink than skin. “Dang it. Why am I such a mess?”

“I think it’s sexy as hell,” I say.

“I think I’m going to barf,” Beth mocks my tone.

Death radiates from the look I send her way. Enough that it should melt her. “Ever sleep 

Beth focuses on the screen while raising her middle finger in my direction.

“Screw it.” Echo turns away from the mirror. “I need a shower.”

I smile, Echo blushes, then I laugh. Damn me for inviting Isaiah and Beth to share our 

“Anyhow.” An excited glint strikes Echo’s eyes. “Are you ready? I hope you like it. It’s 

sort of…for you. But it’s not done, okay? I mean, something like this would actually take a while 

to perfect, so I guess I’m saying—”

“It’s all good.”

“Okay.” Her fingers drum nervously over the top of the canvas before she repeats, 

“I’m assuming that’s not the constellation Aires?”

“No. I’ll have to start on that tomorrow.” With a deep inhale, Echo pulls out a chair from 

the table and rests the painting on the arms and leans it against the back so it will stay upright.

Air rushes out of my body, and I sink onto our bed. It’s the same damned shock as when 

she drew my parents this past spring. There’s awe and joy and this ache that hits deep in my gut. 

I bend forward and rest my joint hands on my knees and stare at the sight in front of me.

Fuck me, my eyes burn. I shut them, attempting to get my shit together. It’s a painting. 

Only a painting. I reopen them, and it’s the same disorientation as a right hook to the head. It’s 

more than a painting, and that’s the reason my throat swells.

Last night meant as much to me as it did to her and she painted it, capturing it in a way 

unique to Echo. She’s right, it’s not done. It’s a skeleton compared to her other work, but I see 

enough to know what she desires, what she plans to design. Up close all those colors would look 

like chaos, but when viewed as a whole it creates this beautiful picture. In the end, that’s the best 

way to describe me and Echo, our relationship. Our love.

The bed dips as Echo eases onto it, settles behind me and props her chin on my shoulder. 

Her signature scent that reminds me of walking into a bakery becomes an invisible blanket 

surrounding me. “What do you think?”

“It’s us,” I whisper, and knots form in my stomach. Echo always finds a way to blow my 

mind. She tenses behind me and I continue, “It’s where we spent last night.”

“It is.” Echo relaxes, and her fingers curl around my biceps. “Do you like it?”

Struggling for composure, I place my hand over hers and pause. “It’s…”

I’m not Echo. I don’t have words for what happens inside me. If I did, I’d fail at 

describing this. I shift to rest my forehead against hers. “I don’t deserve you.”

“That’s my statement,” she says so only I can hear. “I wish we were alone again.”

I press my lips to hers, slide my hand through her hair and watch as the curls bounce back 

into place. “Me, too.”





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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Anomaly Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway


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

About the Book
Title: Anomaly
Author: Tonya Kuper
Series: Schrodinger's Consortium #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…
Worst. Birthday. Ever.
My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…
Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.
When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

About the Author

Tonya Kuper's debut, ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger's Consortium young adult scifi
trilogy, releases November 2014 by Entangled Teen. She lives in Omaha, NE with her two rad boys and husband, is a music junkie, and a chocolate addict. Star Wars & Sherlock fan.
   

My Review of Anomaly
Anomaly is the book every nerd will fall in love with, and lets all admit everyone has a little nerd inside of them. Josie is just my type of girl, but add in that she is has the ability to create reality with just a thought makes her the type of heroine I can get behind. My favorite parts of the story usually included some reference to Star Wars, Star Trek, or other just as wonderful fandoms.  The heavy conspiracy theory driven plot also helps make this an action packed read. 

While I am always up for a nerd turned superhero story, Anomaly has much more to it that just superpowers. There is also a romantic element between Josie and her trainer, Reid. Reid is also hiding information from Josie, and watching the play out had me continuously turning the page. I have to say that yes Josie’s powers made her beyond cool in my eyes, but it was her down to earth nerd qualities that made me want to keep following her story. These references and qualities really made her seem like the girl next door, and a character I would totally have as a friend in my everyday life. 

Josie really knows how to handle herself even before her powers arrive on her 17th birthday. While I do not mind a weak, scared heroine discovering she is able to stand up and fight for something story, I love a story when the main character is already strong and can protect themselves without a second thought. I will also say that I tend to love alternative points of view, because I like having a complete 360 view of the story. While sometimes during the times they were together I was not sure they were completely necessary, I still liked knowing what Reid was thinking. 

Anomaly being the first book in the  Schrodinger's Consortium has me hooked, and I will defiantly be checking in to see what is going to happen in the next installment. This book is a read for science fiction fans, and anyone with an inner or outer nerd too. 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday Cover Reveal with Excerpt and Giveaway: Whispers From the Dead

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.

For more information on Whispers From the Dead

 I am waiting on:
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.
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.
    

Excerpt from Whispers From the Dead
I was slipping my gloves on and almost to the car when I noticed Daniel standing beside his Jeep.  Apparently he was waiting for me. I was in the process of weighing the pros and cons of stopping to talk to him when he pushed away from his vehicle and strode over, meeting me halfway to my cruiser.
            “Happy New Year,” he said sweetly.
            I chuckled and my breath spread out into an icy mist between us.  “Not much happiness going on around here.”
            “It could be worse.”
            I risked looking directly into his eyes and said briskly, “Oh, yeah, no one’s dead this time, but Jory probably wishes he was.” I shook my head. “Dammit, I don’t understand why people do this to each other.  If Ruby wanted out, why not just tell Jory and be up front about it.  And then again, why would she even want out; three beautiful girls and nice house in the suburbs, a great guy.  What’s the matter with her anyway?”
            Daniel smiled at my little tirade, looking down at his booted foot as he pushed the snow around briefly before meeting my gaze once again.  
            “I’d really rather be talking about us.”
            “Us?”
            “You know, you…me…us.” His white teeth flashed in a brilliant smile and I was once again completely at a loss as to why this gorgeous guy was stalking me.
            He was so tall and his shoulders were so broad that he actually provided a nice break from the wind that was gusting hard enough to catch the loose snow in the parking lot and spray it up into the air in wild sheets of bitter cold around us.  I was even tempted to take another step closer and steal some of the heat that seemed to radiate off of him, but I controlled myself and stood still. 
I had a sudden vision of Daniel, minus the Carhart jacket and the flannel shirt.  I knew that underneath all those winter clothes was a well-defined chest that connected to washboard abs.  I definitely didn’t want to think about his firm butt or his strong thighs so I quickly forced the image to evaporate, and met his gaze squarely.  Unfortunately, looking at his wide spaced brownish-black eyes and the amused set to his jaw that was covered with a few days worth of black stubble wasn’t much safer.  He was too dammed handsome for his own good. 
            “We’ve already discussed this.  It’s not a good time for us to get involved.”
            His amusement quickly changed to frustration and he snorted. “What are you waiting for?  We’re both available, we’re highly attracted to each other, we survived a harrowing experience together…what more do you need to simply go out for dinner and movie with me?”
            Maybe I was being a complete idiot.   I had issues—I knew it.  But letting Daniel into my life was about the scariest thing I had ever faced.  A gun pointed straight at my head was more welcome than the prospect of putting faith in any man, especially him.
            “This is just a game to you, isn’t it? The minute I agree and go out with you, you’ll grow bored and move onto someone else.  So why the hell should I even bother.”
            His eyes widened for an instant in understanding and then he took a measured sigh.  “Someone must have really betrayed your trust for you to be so paranoid.”
            I smiled and nodded, “Yep, I won’t deny it.  Just look at what went down in there tonight.” I pointed at Charlie’s with an angry thrust of my arm. “Jory and Ruby were supposed to be a happily married couple, with kids and a dog, the whole package.  Now their lives are ruined.  They’ll probably be divorced and both sleeping with new partners by this time next year.” 
            “I get what you’re saying.  I really do.  But it doesn’t have to be like that for everyone…or for us.  I’m a patient guy, Serenity.  And I have no problem waiting for you to figure out how unreasonable you’re being. Besides, we’ll have that long drive up north with only the two of us in the Jeep and then a whole week in a secluded Amish community together to talk more about this.  So I’m not overly concerned with your avoidance at the moment.”
            The return of his smug expression cut through the honey warm desire that had been spreading through me for simply standing too close to him.  He thought he had it all figured out, but I was determined to show him that he didn’t know anything at all.
            The cold air once again sent a chill through me and I zipped my jacket up to my neck and said, “Actually, there’s been a change of plans.”  The sudden arch of his eyebrows was priceless and I quickly hurried on, “I’ve decided to leave tomorrow after all.”
            “But you know that I have to finish the Mayor’s guest suite.  He has visitors arriving this week and I promised him,” Daniel said carefully.
            I shrugged.  “Sorry, Daniel, I have a tight schedule also.  Since I’m officially on vacation in six hours, I’d like to be on my way.  Perhaps I’ll get lucky and Bishop Esch and that Rowan fellow were overreacting about the mystery on their hands.  I might be able to wrap things up quickly and you won’t need to make the trip at all.”
            Daniel took a step closer and looked down at me.  I couldn’t help but swallow hard at his close proximity. 
            “I thought you wanted my company on this one.”
            Seeing the resolute look on Daniel’s face, a shiver of fear passed through me when I realized I could definitely push Daniel too far and then he would give up on me.  As bitchy as I was being to him, I didn’t want to completely run him off.  Part of me wished desperately that he’d stick around. 
            “Sure, I’d like your help with the investigation.  God only knows how bat-shit crazy this Poplar Springs community probably is.  But I don’t want to put you out either.”
            Daniel took a long breath and stared at me for several more seconds before he finally said, “I’ll join you as quickly as I can.  I’m sure you can handle the locals on your own until I arrive.”  He suddenly had his arms around me in a tight, but quick squeeze.  He whispered into my ear, “Happy New Year.  I’ll see you soon.”
            He turned and went to his Jeep without another glance in my direction.  The infuriating emptiness that I had felt when he let go said plainly that I was already in way over my head with Daniel Bachman.  But I reasoned to myself as I walked to the cruiser that we hadn’t even had sex, so I was still in a good position.  He did not have a hold of me—yet.

Why am I waiting?
I absolutely loved Lamb to the Slaughter, and I have been waiting for more. I love the Amish aspect to this series, it is incredibly fascinating to me, and Karen Ann Hopkins does an excellent job portraying their way of life. 

What are you waiting on?
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Frostfire

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:

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
Title: Frostfire
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Kanin Chronicles #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
Why am I waiting?
First how beautiful is that cover, It totally has me wishing for Christmas. I love Amanda Hocking, and I am really excited for her new series, which is a spinoff of her Trylle Trilogy. With this set four years after Ascend, I really need to get it in gear and finish the Trylle trilogy before this one releases. 

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

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