Love and Lies

Title: Love and Lies

Author: Jennifer Duffey

Cover Design: Arijana Kari, Cover It! Designs

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Summary: 

Nineteen-year-old Carissa Stein has spent her life under the shadow of bodyguards and parents who never really cared about her, but leaving New York to attend art school in New Orleans is her way out.

 

She’s thrilled to be free and ready to explore love, drawing, and life without a constant watchdog. When Eric Byrne, new guy extraordinaire, shows up on the first day of classes everything starts to change. There’s something more than his stunning eyes and gorgeous body that pulls her in. Carissa would rather be single than deal with the complications of a relationship, especially with a determined guy like Eric. But he fights past her walls and makes it hard to stay away. Carissa wants to be with Eric – but she wants her freedom too and Eric isn’t willing to let her go.

 

When Eric reciprocates and lets his own guard down Carissa finally learns the truth about why he moved to New Orleans. She should have known better than to ignore her gut instinct. Turns out Eric’s got more of a connection to her than she realized. If Eric can’t convince her to give him another chance then his lies may just cause love to slip through their fingers.

 

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I’m a sucker for any and all New Adult contemporary novels! Mainly because it feels so real since all the characters and setting are so close to my life right now. You can expect my review later this week!

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September 9
S.K. Falls: http://www.skfalls.com/
What’s On the Bookshelf: http://whatsonthebookshelf-jen.blogspot.com

September 10
Fictitious Delicious: http://fictitious-delicious.blogspot.com/
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September 11
3 Chicks After Dark: http://3chicksafterdark.com/
Bringing the Epic: http://www.bringingtheepic.com/

September 12
Nyrae Dawn: http://www.nyraedawn.com/

September 13
For What It’s Worth: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/

Author Bio:

Born and raised in Texas, Jennifer is a transplant to Missouri long enough ago she should probably consider that her hometown. But she will forever be a Texan. She loves to write any story that will make a reader smile, laugh, and maybe even cry (although you won’t ever hear her admit that she cries). Whether the next story she writes is contemporary, urban fantasy, LGBT, or whatever other crazy idea she comes up with, there will always be love and romance in the midst of trials and turmoil.

 

When she’s not writing you can find her on Twitter, with her family, or buried in a book trying to escape reality for just a minute.

 

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People get in to blogging to share things they are passionate about. In 2010 I jumped into the book blogging bandwagon after years of having an insatiable love of reading and stalking book websites online.

 

I couldn’t get enough of sharing new books and cool features. Not to mention when I got an author interview each and every time my heart would skip a beat. They wanted to be on my website and talk to me!!!!

 

In the past year I felt something was missing. Then blogger deleted all of my scheduled posts. I thought man I need a change. So I moved to wordpress to give me more freedom to blog the way I wanted to. I self hosted because it just seemed a natural fit. The transition was not exactly smooth and to this day my blogging has not been the same. I recently had to switch self hosts.

 

I hate to say it but wordpress may have been the worst decision I’ve made regarding my blog. But you know this might have happened either way. I’d rather not regret and just move on.

 

It’s not that easy though when something you once loved now only brings anxiety and feels like a job. I’ve spent this past month trying to get my reading spark back. I want to just be inspired to be me; read what I want, when I want and blog about it. And you know isn’t that what got me here in the first place?

 

A lot of bloggers and readers only ever see the happy shiny part of blogging, but don’t grasp the reality of what we are doing here is much more than that.

 

I’m at a turning point in my life. Defining who I want to be and where that will take me. So it’s logical that this blog wouldn’t ever stay constantly the same and have the same voice as the 16 year old who created it. The person wanted to get lost in anew reality where she wasn’t always sick. I’m a whole new person who has a pretty good handle on her health and I don’t want to sit back and watch life pass me by from behind a book. I want to experience it all and be daring and do things that are scary.

 

Even though I have a mountain of tech stuff to figure out I still want to blog. I just need to figure out what that means to me. I don’t want to have posts that feel lack luster. IF you go back to the first days I started you can feel the enthusiasm oozing from my posts.

 

I want that. Blogging should bring you joy. If you don’t feel that you need to take a step back. I’m doing that and throwing myself into other things like work and school. But I just keep circling back here. Let’s fall in love again and feel the magic.

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I think I’m SAFE!

Just testing things out!

Alien Erika

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I haven’t been around much or doing posts, because I have been trying to figure out how to switch my blog to a different host.

Haven’t figured it out. Either way if it does get switched it will be down for a bit in the transition. If it doesn’t than I have lost everything.

Thanks for the patience.

 

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Endure (The Protector, #4)

Book Description:

Wrapped in darkness and
woven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from
the Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he’s been
burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into
something more, something greater than he ever thought he could be.

Armed
with magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build an
army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But he
knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the very
gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds on
his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one man
can endure.

Excerpt:

 

I jerked up from the couch, but the repercussion that came with the motion made me curse. My chest heaved and sweat dripped down my face.

 

“Chase?” I heard a voice say, but it was groggy. I wasn’t quite in reality yet.

 

I cleared my throat and threw my legs over the edge of the couch. More pain came, but I didn’t care. I needed to touch the floor. I needed to ground myself.

 

“Chase, are you okay?” It was Rayna’s voice and she ran down the stairs.

 

I screamed as the scabbed over skin on my back tore open when I attempted to stand. I fell to the couch and beat my fists against the cushions as though that could alleviate the pain.

 

“Chase, hey…calm down.”

 

Rayna’s voice soothed me. She crouched in front of me and carefully touched my shoulder. Calming energy emanated off her body and soaked into mine. The adrenaline and pain faded, leaving an empty pit stirring inside me. I went completely still. The green cat eyes staring back at me had stolen my words and my breath. Swelling had formed under Rayna’s right eye and she looked tired, but she was as striking as ever.

 

“Are you okay?” she asked.

 

 

About the Author:

 

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian
writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector
Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through
his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and
proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer, between a
pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

 

Book #1, Exiled is currently FREE

 

Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.

 

Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

 

In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.

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Today Leigh Bardugo is here to talk about how she writes. I’m so excited she took the time to come by! Without further ado Leigh Bardugo!!

Where I Write

 

When it comes to the work of creating a book, I’ve learned that I have two completely different modes of writing.

 

Phase 1: Drafting

 

I work with an outline, but the outline has to start somewhere too. I begin with a series of beats or scenes that I know will be in the book, then I begin to fill in the blanks between them—sometimes I just ask questions: How do they get from A to B? What is the significance of X? I start with a single page that has twelve distinct moments, then the process of creating a first draft is just a matter of expanding from those initial story beats.

 

For me, the trick of drafting is momentum. I literally try to type as quickly as I can. When I get stuck I just write questions or problems into the draft and move on to the next thing. The goal is to get the story and the flaws in the story onto the page and out of my head. During this phase, I need noise and company. Otherwise, the scope of what I’m trying to do just feels overwhelming.

 

One of my favorite Los Angeles cafés

One of my favorite Los Angeles cafés

 

I have two favorite cafes where I like to work. One has fantastic music and even better food. The other has neither, but it’s just a few blocks from my house and there are outlets at practically every table. (The latter is also where I saw Nathan Fillion, so I can’t help but feel it has its own magic—not that I got anything done that day.)

 

I’ll often try to meet a friend for what we call “Friendly Surveillance.” We try to keep each other off the internet and will even hide each other’s cell phones.

 

Tools of the Trade:

Every time I start a new book or a major revision, I buy a three-subject notebook in a different color.

 

I'm officially running out of colors.

I’m officially running out of colors.

 

Noise-cancelling headphones. Sometimes the noise or the bad music are just too much, so I’ll put on my headphones and either set them to cancel or actually listen to music. For my Siege and Storm work mix, you can check out that on Novel Sounds HERE!

 

Also, there’s a program called Mac Freedom that I can’t do without. It shuts down the internet for up to 8 hours so even if you want to log on, you can’t. My third book would not have gotten written without this. Actually, this blog post wouldn’t have gotten written without it.

 

Drink of choice: Skim latte

Food of choice: Fish tacos

Snack of choice: Wasabi peas

 

Phase 2: The Bunker

 

When the first (very rough) draft is done, I go into the bunker. This means I disappear into my house and I don’t leave. It’s also when I begin to break the book out into chapters. While I’m working on a given chapter, I always keep a “discards” file open at the same time. This helps me edit with impunity because I know that nothing is gone forever.

 

My writing assistant, Bertie

My writing assistant, Bertie

 

Unfortunately, she's a bit of a slacker

Unfortunately, she’s a bit of a slacker

Once the draft is starting to make sense and hold together, I focus on individual chapters. I read through a chapter on my laptop and make changes in the file. Then, I print it up and read it aloud with a red pen in hand and my notebook nearby so I can make changes and additions. At this point, the pages look like the work of a crazy person—all scrawls and arrows and numbered lists. Then it’s back to the laptop to transfer the changes to a new file, and then on to the next set of pages. Once I reach the end of the manuscript, I do it all over again, and then again, until I feel I’m ready to string the chapters back into a complete draft.

 

I have a system. Really.

I have a system. Really.

 

Final Read Throughs:

Now, hopefully, I have a real draft in my hands—one that feels almost ready to show to other people instead of weigh down with rocks and cast into the sea. I read through the manuscript in large sections, usually around 50 pages at a time, making notes and minor corrections. I read it all out loud.

 

The revisions chair. This is where I like to do my final read through. And yes, I do the voices.

The revisions chair. This is where I like to do my final read through. And yes, I do the voices.

 

 

Tools:

Whiteboard + two colors of marker: I wish I could have a whole office with walls that are whiteboards. It would be glorious. For now, I settle for one big whiteboard that I keep on my mantle. I’ve never gone to the trouble of hanging it because I like to carry it around the house. I’ve even taken it into the garden on occasion.

 

 

An actual shot of the first Siege and Storm whiteboard. Blurred and kept tiny to avoid too many spoilers.

An actual shot of the first Siege and Storm whiteboard. Blurred and kept tiny to avoid too many spoilers.

 

 

 

Drink of choice: I make this weird little concoction of powdered cocoa, coffee, and milk every morning.

 

Food: Whatever is in the house. Book 1 was bags of raw broccoli. Book 2 was all about seaweed snacks from Trader Joe’s. Book 3 was dried pineapple. When I’m anxious (oh lawd, am I really going to confess this?), I’ll just sit there with a spoon and eat jam from a jar. Don’t you judge me.

 

This brings me to another part of my process: Days off. I’m learning to recognize the signs of burnout a lot better in myself. When I’ve finished a particularly grueling section, I’ll give myself a day or half day off. That means I don’t do anything but watch movies or catch up on tv shows and relax. I don’t go online and most importantly, I don’t feel guilty about it.

Siege and Storm

 

Darkness never dies.

 

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

 

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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And if you still can’t get enough theres one more thing you can do! Meet Leigh Bardugo in person! I did last summer on the Fierce Reads Tour of 2012! It was easily one of the best events I’ve been to.

 

For updated stops and information go to the Fierce Reads facebook page HERE!

 

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Shattered Souls

A battle is brewing among the covens…

 

As Triss prepares to defeat the Praedivinus, a new order rises, and this one is far more deadly. Navigating her way through mystic realms, and unknown portals it is up to Triss to recognize real from imagined and stop the two from colliding.

Shattered Souls is book number four of the Witch Avenue Series! I am hopelessly addicted to them so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one! I have been a fan of Karice’s work for awhile now and with every book she writes she takes her work to the next level. I’m expecting to be on a emotional rollercoaster with the finale of the series here at last!

 

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Siege and Storm Title: Siege and Storm (Grisha #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Date of Release: June 4th, 2013

Number of Pages: 448

Source: Publisher

Summary from Goodreads:

Darkness never dies.

 

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

 

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

 

Review: My mind is blown. Leigh Bardugo has yet again created a sparkling world of intrigue, with new twists and turns. This installment will leave you reeling! Don’t worry this is a spoiler free review.

 

PIRATES!! Or excuse me Privateers were a main focus of the beginning of the novel and carried throughout. I mean there was a MAJOR TWIST AND CHARACTER REVEAL; that I didn’t see coming at all. Like holy canoli! I liked that a whole new set of characters were unveiled and yet old ones were given new life.

 

The plot was new and fresh and Leigh Bardugo didn’t just throw something out there. She created something completely raw and new and her loyal readers will be left inspired and in a coma of beautiful words.

 

Alina fully grasps her title as Sun Summoner. She isn’t as indecisive as she was in book one. She’s coming to know herself and with that struggling with the person she has become. Her relationship with Mal is absolutely heartbreaking and warming at the same time. I’ve never seen a relationship grow like this one, it’s believable, raw and honest. The Darkling is still as appealing as ever and I can’t help but feel drawn to him. There is also a certain prince I feel drawn to now…..

 

There are stakes high at sea, a showdown on the fold take two, and flurry of parties and action packed sequences. Leigh Bardugo has outdone herself and her readers will weep as the body count rises……

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Hey everyone!

 

I aced my finals and passed my classes above the needed grades for the nursing program! I think since I survived this semester I can survive anything!

 

Anyways, I moved out of the dorms  yesterday and am back home for the summer! I just started going through all the emails that went unchecked during the last couple weeks (ALL 400)!!  This blog got pushed to the side. It’s summer so I’ll get back in the groove of things again. I never actually fully updated this blog since I switched to wordpress. The links to reviews are all out of wack and I’ll being going through all 300 reviews and doing that in the next two weeks! I also have a job though, so we will see where that fits in.

 

I have big plans to also finish the latest novel I’ve been working on it’s a weird hybrid of high fantasy and urban fantasy as well as a little bit of a contemporary new adult I’ve been plotting out that might turn into a scifi! So that’s fun!

 

Happy reading and here’s a picture of how slap happy you get after studying for finals in the library for four hours…….

Bio hellish fun

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Title: Come What May (Heartbeat #2)

Author: Faith Sullivan

Expected release date: June 4, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult


Book Description:

Adam is through with love.

 

He unravels blaming himself for what happened with Katie.

 

His final moments with her echo through his nightmares.

 

She owns him body and soul.

 

To dull the pain, Adam invites a string of women into his bed. Fueled by alcohol and desperation, his meaningless hook-ups provide little comfort. When he closes his eyes, it’s Katie he sees.

 

The only one who helps to ease his guilt somewhat is Jada. But as his new ambulance partner, Adam considers her off limits. He doesn’t want to get seriously involved with anyone, much less her. Yet he can’t stop fantasizing about the feel of her caramel skin against his.

 

Despite his intentions, Adam’s bond with Jada deepens as they respond to a series of emotional calls. Their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. But how can he give his heart to Jada when it still belongs to Katie?


The first book of the HEARTBEAT series is only 99 cents on Amazon! 

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Random Things about Author, Faith Sullivan:

- She was so much smarter as a teenager.

- She’s a slow reader.

- She tends to like a book more for its characters rather than its plot.

- She appreciates people who are genuinely kind and come through when you need them.

- As a creative person, she’s not always fun to live with, but she keeps things interesting.

- She misses the days when all she had was a rotary phone that didn’t even have an answering machine.

- She’s a child of the 1980s, and a teenager of the 1990s.

- She loves her dog.

- She likes to travel and see new places – when her limited budget allows.

- She thinks in another lifetime she lived in the UK somewhere by the coast.

- When she feels an emotion, she feels it deeply. It’s a curse.

- She has an overactive imagination. Writing helps alleviate that problem.

- Nine times out of ten, she believes a good book trumps reality.
Author Links: Blog | Amazon | Twitter | Goodreads

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