Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!
On to the reveal!

Mortal Enchantment

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!!!

The Shadow Prince

Every sacrifice has consequences. Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Also available in PRINT from Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Excerpt: Tease by Sophie Jordan

Today we have a special sneak peak of Tease by Sophie Jordan.  Tease is book 2 in the Ivy Chronicles series.  I LOVE both of these books so much!  I will post a full review soon, but I do have to say that I have already read Tease TWICE! It's so so so good!  I think I might go read it again when I'm done with this post.;)  So enjoy a little sneak peak to hold you over until May 27th.  And, if you haven't read Foreplay, now is the perfect time to pick it up before book 2 hits stores! Click on the cover or here to read the excerpt.

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles, #2)

Tease by Sophie Jordan
William Morrow
May 27th in Ebook and Paperback

Monday, April 7, 2014

Giveaway: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

This New Adult title has something for everyone. A brown-eyed hockey playing hero, and a firecracker
heroine who will heal her own heartbreak if it kills her. And then there's the ivy-covered setting, with its Harry Potteresque dining halls and house vs. house intramural competitions.

It's a different kind of college tale, with a slow-burn love story. Keep the tissues handy! The giveaway is cute, too, with fancy notecards as well as a copy of the book. Enjoy!

Sarina Bowen lives in Vermont, with her family, eight chickens, and more hockey and ski gear than really seems necessary. She can be found on Twitter @sarinabowen.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dash of Peril by Lori Foster Blog Tour

Today we have the pleasure of hosting the Blog Tour for Lori Foster's Dash of Peril.  If you follow our blog, you know that I LOVE Lori Foster!  She's an insta-read for me, and I urge you to check her out.

Dash of Peril by Lori Foster
Received from HQN
Available Now
Reviewed by Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say:  It's Lori Foster--of course it's a must read!!!

A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster... 

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.

Lori Foster is one of my MUST READ authors.  In fact, Lori is one of those authors that I kind of goodreads stalk to see when her next read is coming out.  Dash of Peril was no different--I couldn't wait to see what Logan's brother had in store for us.  And, like with all of Lori's other books, this one does not disappoint.

The best thing about Lori's books are her males--oh so hot alpha males that will make your knees weak and your heart swoon.  Dash, however, isn't completely like her former leading men.  Dash isn't a cop or a detective or a badass "get the bad guys" type of guy--he's more laid back, easy going and carefree.  At the same time, though, he is still alpha male.  He's just the cuddly type!  I really enjoyed seeing the softer side of her men, and although I still prefer the guys that are a bit more kick butt; Dash really did steal my heart.

The other thing that is always so great about Lori's books are the action scenes.  She interweaves her storyline seamlessly, and I love that there is action (danger action) in almost every chapter.  It makes it feel more well-rounded, and you can really see a depth to her characters with these scenes.  Her books are just the run of the mill love stories that are so common.

I also love that Lori brings in those other characters that we love so much like Logan and Reese and Rowdy--and all the girly talk that goes with their women :)

The only thing that bothered me about this book (and it wasn't a big deal really) was that I didn't really connect with Margo like I did with the other female main characters in her previous books.  She is a bit too uptight for me, and I felt like she needed to bridge her desires with her personality.  While I didn't dislike her, I did find myself wishing she were a little more girly.

Overall, this is a fantastic book, and a Lori Foster fans will love Dash.  If you're a fan of romantic suspense and alpha males, then put all of Lori's books on your TBR list!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale

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Interview with Stacey O'Neale

1. What draws you to the paranormal genre?

I'm an avid reader of YA and adult paranormal romance. I try to read a book a week. For me, reading is an escape. When my life gets overwhelming, I like to disappear inside a new world. It's easy to do that with paranormal. I also love the swoony men that tend to run rapid in these worlds. ;-p

2. Where do your ideas come from?

Everyday life. I've gotten ideas while watching television, driving, showering, conversation with family/friends, etc. For that reason, I always carry a small notebook so I can write them down. I have a spreadsheet on my computer I keep them on. Not all of my ideas are paranormal. They are all over the place.

3. Why did you decide to write a series about elementals?

I was researching faeries when I kept coming across the word elemental. I googled the name and happened to stumble upon the sixteenth century works of an alchemist named Paracelsus. He identified the four types of elementals, even giving them names. My brain started spinning with ideas, and eventually, the characters came to life.

4. Can you tell us a little bit about Rowan?

Rowan is the heir to the fire court throne. He is a powerful elemental who's spent most of his life away from the court. He's got tons of family drama, but also good friends who help him through it. At times he can be a bit arrogant as most princes are, but he's also thoughtful and loyal to the people he loves.

5. Is Rowan based on anyone you know? Is there a famous actor you could compare him to?

I think Rowan is made up of four or five people. It's small facets of their personalities embellished, then fused together to make one person. As far as physical appearance, I think he looks a bit like Luke Grimes on True Blood.

6. What was the hardest scene to write in THE SHADOW PRINCE?

It's difficult to answer this without giving anything away. I will say there's a scene where a character is forced (literally) to do something horrible to someone they love. It has a deep impact on both characters in different ways. Because I love both of them so much, it was really hard to go through it with them.

7. Why did you decide to give the novella away for FREE?

Because I'm a new author, I thought I would get more readers to give it a chance if it were free. I hope they fall in love with Rowan the way I have and want to know more about his role in the series. I also thought it would be fun to introduce Kalin (my series heroine) through his eyes.

8. What is your favorite quote?

I have two. "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." e.e. cummings "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. Who are some of your favorite authors?

I have a list of what I call my auto-buys. I will read anything by these authors: Gena Showalter, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Melissa Marr.

10. What are you working on next?

I'd like to finish the first book in an adult science fiction romance series I started last year. I'm about halfway there. Afterwards, I have to write the second book in the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series. Needless to say, 2014 will be a busy year for me. ϑ

The Shadow Prince

  Every sacrifice has consequences. Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Also available in PRINT from Amazon


Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blog Tour & Excerpt: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Jennifer Armentrout!  Seriously, JLA is better than Superman, Superwoman, Wonder Woman etc.  It's just not possible for her to be human with the amount of writing she does and how magnificent it all is!  I refuse to believe she is 100% human!  She has to be something more!  And, once again we are here to gush over a new book that is coming out!  This time it is:

About The Book
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Disney Hyperion
To Be Released on: April 15th, 2014
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

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.
Follow Jennifer via:  Website | BlogTwitter | Facebook 

About the Giveaway

Thank you to Disney Hyperion, each site has 1 copy of Don't Look Back to giveaway. To enter today's giveaway, please fill out the form below. 

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The Tour
Don't by tomorrow's stop to read the next excerpt! Follow the tour here.

Chapter 1  

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or 
friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. 
Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered, 
wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was. 
Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as 
sharp gravel dug into my feet. 
My bare feet? 
I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood. 
Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t 
wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of 
my jeans. 
My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I 
stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones. 
Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks. 
Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone. 
Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails 
were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my 
chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale 
flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to 
remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed. 
A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of 
my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly 
scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S 
Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went. 
The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on 
his shoulder before he looked at me. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine & Giveaway

We are so excited to be able to today's stop on this blog tour!  We LOVE Chelsea Fine and EVERYTHING she writes!  So today, here's a sneak peek of her new NA title!  Read the peek then go buy it and read it for real!!!

18360175Pixie and Levi haven't spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are... awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they're forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.


It’s late, and most of the inn guests are already asleep.
I wait until I hear the TV click on in Levi’s room before I start plugging everything I own into the wall.
We argued today. We avoided each other. And aside from the weird look we exchanged in the hallway this morning and our little spat in front of Zack, everything is back to normal.
Which means I owe Levi for the cold shower I had to take.
I turn everything on and the lights go out. I hear the TV die in the next room and crawl onto my bed with a smile.
“Pixie!” Levi’s irritated voice rings through the walls and I’m feeling happier than a mature person should.
I hear stomping, and then he opens my bedroom door. Just opens it. Like he has the right to just waltz into my room. I could be naked in here; he doesn’t know.
“You’re going out to the fuse box this time.” He steps inside, and now he’s standing just a few feet away, pointing his finger at me.
I’m on the bed, trying to look casual, like lying in the dark playing games on my phone is perfectly normal. The only light in the room is coming from the glow of my phone and the half-moon outside, so we both look blue and soft. And in the blue softness, I see he’s shirtless.
I see Levi without a shirt on almost every morning, but I’ve never seen him half-naked in the dark, and something about it makes my body feel electric.
“Not going to happen,” I say.
He steps closer. “Well, I sure as hell am not marching outside to turn the power back on.”
I shrug. “Fine with me. I don’t need electricity tonight. I can watch TV on my fully charged phone.” I wiggle said phone at him.
He sighs. “You don’t understand. I was looking up the contact information for an alarm company I found so I can call and schedule the installation tomorrow. I need the Internet, Pix.”
“Then use your phone.”
“My phone is dead.”
The boy never charges anything. He almost makes the whole fuse-blowing thing too easy.
“Well, that’s too bad. I guess you’re going to have to turn the electricity back on after all.” I pretend to be very interested in my game.
“Let me use your phone. Just for a minute.”
“Come on. It’s for Ellen.” He implores me with a pouty face I’ve seen him use on his mom a dozen times.
I scoff. “Please.”
“Dammit, Pixie.” The pout is gone.
“Maybe tomorrow you’ll remember to charge your own phone. Or hey, better yet, maybe you’ll let me have a hot shower.” I make a big production of pressing random buttons on my phone.
He slumps his shoulders like he’s accepting defeat, then whips out his arm and tries to swipe the phone from my hands. Sneaky bastard.
I pull my phone back and kick at him with my foot, but he grabs my ankle—because I’m not exactly a ninja with my kicking skills—and then we both freeze.
Because now I’m leaning back on the bed with my legs spread apart, and he’s got one hand on my ankle and the other on the bed next to my hip where he was reaching for my phone, and his body is in between my legs, which are completely bare except for the tiny gym shorts I have on, and my right arm is raised over my head with my cell phone still out of his reach, but my back is arched and my shirt has come up so my stomach is completely exposed and I’m hot all over.
Hot. Heat. Everywhere.
I mean, really. We look like we’re in the middle of having sex, but with clothes on. My body knows this. His body knows this. And our bodies are really, really happy about this.
He’s looking at me with nothing in his eyes except want. And I like it. No, I love it.
This must show on my face because his hand—still wrapped around my ankle—moves up my leg an inch, and he watches my reaction.
I try not to react because, hell, he can’t win. He can’t just be asshole Levi all day long and then climb into my bed at night and touch me wherever he pleases.
Ugh. Yes he can.
I part my lips and he slowly, slowly slides his warm hand up my calf and, holy hell, I could orgasm right here. I might, actually.
My calf.
My calf.
He’s touching my calf and I’m more turned on than I’ve ever been in my life.
His hand shifts again, and the only thought in my head is, Go higher, go higher.
Please, dear God, go higher.


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Hit List by Nikki Urang

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.
When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dance to have a partner, Sadie's fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn't know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.
Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual contest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.
The girl worth the most points? Sadie.
Title: The Hit List
Author: Nikki Urang
Genre: NA Contemporary 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
ISBN: print: 9781939392329, ebook: 9781939392312
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Formats: Paper, e-book
Find Nikki Online: Website / Twitter / Goodreads 

What do you guys think about this cover?  I think it's stunning!  And, not to mention to blurb!  This one sounds great!  Stay tuned to Spencer Press to find out all the future details of this book!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Harlequin Teen
Available Now
Reviewed by YA Sisterhood's Mom
The Sisters Say:  It's JLA!!!!!!  And We LOVE HER!!!!

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.
Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything...right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.
And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again...

Never has 7 been so lucky! Dez has 7 days to convince Jasmine to be his mate in Jennifer Armentrout’s new Dark Elements Series. And all of you will think she is CRAAAAZZZY for even having to think about it for more than ONE day when it comes to those broad shoulders. And then when those pale blue eyes with dilated pupils begin to suck you in, you’ll change that to half a day! And when you read about their first kiss “to seal the claim,” I’m betting you’ll think she should have said, “YES,” instantaneously!

Although this is actually a prequel novella to White Hot Kiss, I am so glad I read this one first. Armentrout is a creative world builder and this novella made the world of gargoyle wardens and demons real. At first I thought—ugh, I’m not sure I want to read about gargoyles since to me they have always been these little stone monsters at the top of buildings, but Armentrout in her awesome character creation, has transformed these creatures into humans/winged warriors.  For those of you who are doubting this fantasy world could ever be romantic, just wait until you meet Dez. Jasmine and Dez are gargoyle wardens and their job is to keep the balance between good and evil, but their species is declining and “mating” is important not only to their survival but to the war against demons. And in this world a girl has 7 days to decide whether she wants the male who has asked her to be her life-long mate. At the end of 7 days, she must say “yes” or “no.” Jasmine has always loved Dez, but three years ago when her father suggested they be mates, Dez left without a word for those entire three years. What else is a girl to think than he doesn’t want her? And now that he is back with no explanation, Jasmine is just stubborn and proud enough to deny her love, so she is not making it easy. In that 7 days, she has given Dez conditions he has to meet—most of which involve not only forbidden but very dangerous activities for Jasmine. Dez is determined to meet every condition along with one of his own even though he is sure she will say, “NO.” The challenge is on and, oh, does the fun begin with rubbing the hands together in a muhaha cackle!

YA fans who shake and moan in Armentrout withdrawal after they finish each book and await the next, this is a fix worth waiting for!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams

Recommended for ages 18+

Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams
Published by William Morrow
Available Now
Reviewed by YA Sisterhood's Mom
The Sisters (and Mom) Say:  Loved it!!!  Sexy and Intriguing.

A matter of secrets...
Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan can't afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies...
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel's will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love...
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel's heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies ... or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?

Good Golly Miss Molly! I loved you before with Taking Chances and From Ashes, but I love, love, love the added cross genre of the thriller to the plot. Now you’ve given us all—college angst, romance, and hot cops and killers.

The title is amazing, and McAdams beautifully entwines lies throughout the plot. From Rachel’s hidden past to Kash’s undercover identity to the Carnation Killer’s manipulation, lies are hidden behind more lies until reality is just a blur. Kash will hide behind all those lies if it means keeping Rachel safe.

Speaking of Kash, the protector—McAdams has blended strength and toughness with understanding to break down all those past walls behind which Rachel is hiding, making the perfect hero.  And Rach is tough—she has to be to escape two heart rending traumas in her life. And yes, she is a little sour, so when Kash calls Rachel Sour Patch after his favorite candy, you just want to hug him!

And finally, talk about a final hook—the ending is Wow! I mean…just wow! Going immediately to Deceiving Lies for another Kash Hot Flash!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Steadfast by Claudia Gray Blog Tour and Giveaway: Steadfast Soundtrack

Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen

The second book in the dazzling Spellcaster series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray is perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine saved Captive's Sound from the dark sorceress Elizabeth . . . or so they thought. But despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified but her training is still incomplete. And a darker magic has begun to call Nadia. . . .

With her Steadfast, Mateo, and her best friend, Verlaine, Nadia must fight the black magic that tempts her and stop the One Beneath before he comes to claim what is his.


STEADFAST Soundtrack

I love putting together soundtracks for my movies. Usually, when I write a series, I carry over a few songs throughout the soundtracks for each book – the big themes, you’d say. (Also, some instrumental music from movie scores always plays a part; it really helps set a mood. That said, the movie scores I’ve written the SPELLCASTER series to were for Danny Elfman’s score for “Alice in Wonderland” and … Daft Punk’s score for “Tron: Legacy.” No, I can’t explain that last one.)

Even with continuing music through all the series soundtracks, I always find some unique songs for each book. Here’s what I listened to while writing STEADFAST:

“White Diamonds,” by Friendly Fires

This is one that makes me think of Verlaine and spoiler spoiler I can’t tell you! during their last scene together in STEADFAST, which takes place during the first snow of wintertime in Captive’s Sound.

Stuck in a world that would pull them apart, and it cost in time
If only they knew that ahead loomed a cloud that was black as night
She'd do anything for him
She'd do anything for him

Oh they were strong, they could take on the world and put up a fight
And even the clouds couldn't stand in the way when they held on tight
He'd do anything for her
He'd do anything for her

“Velvet,” by The Big Pink

Mateo, the main male character in the story, is cursed with visions of the future. While they allow him to foresee some of the dangers they face – and are the reason he found Nadia in the first place – they also exact a painful price.  He and Nadia have some conflict in this book, which makes these lyrics ring very true for him.

She's the only one, lost the best I had

I found her in a dream, looking for me

This heart's on fire, I'll bring myself

Up to fall, and down again

“Red Right Hand,” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Of course this is a classic! But when your villain has actually been seduced by the Lord of Hell, only a song as great as this will do.

He'll wrap you in his arms,
tell you that you've been a good boy
He'll rekindle all the dreams
it took you a lifetime to destroy
He'll reach deep into the hole,
heal your shrinking soul
Hey buddy, you know you're
never ever coming back
He's a god, he's a man,
he's a ghost, he's a guru
They're whispering his name
through this disappearing land
But hidden in his coat
is a red right hand

“Fire From Heaven,” by Sleepthief and Roberta Carter Harrison

A friend of mine, after hearing this song, said it sounded more like Katniss Everdeen than Nadia Caldani … and since then I can’t unhear it. Still, I think this song works for any heroine who’s realized the deck is stacked against her, and plans to strike back.

Somebody's stolen fire from heaven
Maybe the skies have been broken
Somebody's taken fire from heaven
How could we be so forsaken?

“Through Glass,” by Stone Sour

The lyrics of this song refer to romantic disillusionment, I think. For me, though, they come from the demon Asa, who spends a lot of STEADFAST watching our heroes, and learning all their weaknesses, one by one. 

'Cause I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
All I know is that it feels like forever
But no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

“Many Shades of Black,” the Raconteurs

Yet again I repurpose a breakup song. As you might remember from SPELLCASTER, Mateo believed he’d had a long friendship with Elizabeth Pike – which turned out to be an illusion she’d planted inside his head. Mateo’s figured out the truth now, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgiven Elizabeth.

Yeah, see if I care

And see if I stand firm or if I fall

'Cause in the back of my mind

And on the tip of my tongue

Is the answer to it all

And everybody sees

And everyone agrees

That you and I are wrong

And it's been that way too long

“Break My Soul,” by Hybrid
Verlaine is probably the single most outcast person in Captive’s Sound. All her life, she’s tried to tell herself that it’s the people around her that have the problem – that someday she’ll find friendship and love. Then, in SPELLCASTER, Verlaine learned that dark magic was responsible for setting her apart from people, maybe forever. This song captures both the loneliness she feels and her determination to keep going.

I'm not drowning in your sea
Believing in you will not be the death of me
Not waiting for the curtain drop
Or waiting for the hurt to stop
Not drowning in a teardrop for your love

“Help I’m Alive,” by Metric

Sure, there’s romance in STEADFAST – but the characters deal with a lot of deeply scary stuff. This song captures the constant tension of living in Captive’s Sound when you actually know what’s going on.

I tremble, they're gonna eat me alive
If I stumble they're gonna eat me alive
Can you hear my heart beating like a hammer?
Beating like a hammer

“Harbor,” by Vienna Teng

Despite everything they go through, Nadia and Mateo’s love remains powerful. So they deserve a beautiful love song.

Fear is the brightest of signs
The shape of boundary you leave behind
So sing all your questions to sleep
The answers are out there in the drowning deep

Sail your sea, meet your storm
All I want is to be your harbor
The light in me will guide you home
All I want is to be your harbor

You’ve got a journey to make
There’s your horizon to chase
So go far beyond where we stand
No matter the distance, I’m holding your hand

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