Friday, January 30, 2015

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Lion's Share

Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent
Wildcats #1
Expected Publication: February 23, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.
Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.
Jace Hammond has a big problem.
A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.
As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.

 About the Author
Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the
Soul Screamers series for teens.
Rachel's next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015
Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who's been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy--but social media is a close second.

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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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