Monday, February 16, 2015

Lure Release Day Launch: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Happy Release Day to Lure and Alyssa Rose Ivy! To celebrate I have an excerpt, a review, and a giveaway! Make sure to check it all out and grab the prequel novella, Seduction's Kiss, which is free for a limited time. 

About the Book
Title: Lure
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Allure Chronicles #1
Publication Date: February 16, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, 
 There's danger in the beauty...
Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That's how long it had been since I'd seen my winged hero— not that I'd been counting. I'd suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn't crazy and knew he didn't exist.
But he did. And I was done waiting.

Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier... thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.

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 About the Author
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance
a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

We stood awkwardly for another moment before I had to break the silence. “It’s been a while.”
“Two and a half years.”
“I thought about you the past few Halloweens.”
“I thought about you more than that. It’s actually pretty humiliating now that I’m standing in the same room with you. I don’t know what I was thinking.” She looked away.
“I lied.”
I walked toward her. I had to wipe that regret off her face. “I thought about you a lot more than just Halloween.”
“Yeah.” I stopped right in front of her. “You were very memorable.”
“So were you.” She licked her lips. Again with the lips.
“I probably should ask you a million questions right now, but would it be okay if we put those off and did something else?”
“I guess that depends on what else you want to do?” Her eyes widened slightly.
“I want to kiss you.”
“I’m okay with that.” Her eyes seemed to sparkle.
I didn’t wait for her to change her mind. I brushed my lips against hers gently. I was going to keep it short, but I had to know if I was glorifying the last kiss.
She moved her lips against mine, and any thoughts of keeping it short disappeared. I wrapped my arms around her as I deepened the kiss, greedily pushing for access beyond those irresistible lips of hers. She opened up, welcoming me in with the same intoxicating taste as she had the last time. 
She moaned, encouraging me to continue the kiss. I didn’t need the encouragement. I lifted her up and carried her over to the couch. I sat down, settling her on my lap. I needed her close, closer than standing would allow.
Her fingers tangled in my hair as she let me explore her mouth. My hands ached to explore more, but I didn’t want to rush it. I’d waited over two years to taste her lips again, and I was going to enjoy every second of it.

My Review of Lure
Alyssa Rose Ivy just made Lure my favorite series yet, and the ending left me dying for more of Owen and Daisy’s story. I have been very patiently waiting for Alyssa Rose Ivy to write Owen’s story, and I love how each of the characters of the Crescent Chronicles is getting their own love story. It is so much fun watching how each of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s paranormal series interconnect in so many ways, and you always get new viewpoints of your favorite characters. 

I have to say that Daisy is far too trusting for me, because I could not help but bite my nails as she would willing go with people she had just met. Even if I do like them in the end, I was still dealing with trust issues for Daisy from Seduction’s Kiss. In previous series, The Crescent Chronicles and The Empire Chronicles, Owen is not as prevalent, and I loved seeing things from his point of view. Owen is a true romantic at heart, which I think is quite different from the way Levi and Jared are when you first meet them. I could not help but hope that Daisy and Owen reunited and got their love story, but with every great story, there is a twist that no one sees coming. 

I like the introduction to a new paranormal species in Lure, and I am curious to see how they feature in future Chronicles novels. I am also excited for the possible return of characters I have not seen in a while, but I am not going to say anything more because I do not want to spoil it for others. Alyssa Rose Ivy has defiantly found a magic formula for creating epic love stories that I cannot help but devour the second I receive them. 

I hope that Daisy and Owen’s love story beats all the odds, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment of The Allure Chronicles. If you are curious about this series, I defiantly recommend picking up the prequel novella Seduction’s Kiss and diving in for an exciting read. As always Alyssa Rose Ivy remains my favorite author to date, and I will always read anything she produces. 

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Collide Release Day Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Collide 
Author: Melissa West 
Series: The Taking # 3
Publication Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about— to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

Books in this series:
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About the Author
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and
Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.
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Excerpt from Collide
Naomi releases a slow breath, and I feel her thoughts hitting my own, one after the other. She’s not as sure as the other Ops back on the West Coast base. She’s more of a follower than a rebel, and I worry that we’ve made a terrible decision coming there. What if she sends a warning to Kelvin and he bombs the West Coast base, killing everyone at once? “I understand your hesitation, Naomi,” I say. “But you’ll likely die if you don’t consider what we’re offering.” She cocks her head. “I would rather die as human than live as an Ancient. I’m a strong fighter. I don’t need xylem in me to survive.” “Naomi...” Myers starts, but I cut him off. “Oh, really?” I lunge forward, sweeping her feet so her head slams hard on the floor, and then I’m over her, my face in her face, my gun pressed into her forehead. “Bang,” I say. 


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cover Reveal: Awakening

Awakening by Shannon Duffy
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pre-Order: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo Books
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, 

A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.
Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?

About the Author

Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

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