Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sneak Peak: Along Came A Spider

Kate is all about torturing us with these sneak peaks.  First the prologue, now an excerpt from Chapter 2.  Hopefully she keeps them coming since August seems so far away!
Don't forget to enter my fairy tale hop giveaway to win her entire series!

Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Along Came a Spider

            “Get down!”
            My eyes darted toward the sound of the man’s voice. He stood over the body of the blonde, a small crossbow aimed at the brunette. I bit down on the vampire’s arm as hard as I could, drawing her tainted blood. When she roared with rage, her grip loosening for a fraction of a second, I dropped, rolling out of the way as the man in black fired the crossbow. The arrow struck the center of the woman’s chest. Her eyes went wide for a fraction of a second before she crumpled into a permanently dead heap.
            So this was the infamous Spider?
            I totally took back everything I’d said about the guy being no better than the criminals he brought down. He was my new BFF. I was tempted to see if he was a bit parched after the ass kicking he’d just doled out and maybe wanted to join me for a super stiff drink at Ever Afters, but then the mind-numbing pain in my wrist reminded me I probably had other business to tend to first.
Out of breath, I scooted myself back with my good arm until I could lean against one of the dumpsters. My adrenaline left me in a rush, and I was suddenly completely exhausted. I closed my eyes and let my head fall back.
            “Are you hurt?”
            My eyes snapped open, my stomach clenching painfully. There was something so familiar about that voice. . . . “What?”
            My rescuer squatted down in front of me. “Are you all right?”
            I blinked at him, suddenly experiencing a serious case of déjà vu. The man’s tone was rough, clipped, and there was no hint of mischief or roguish charm. Still . . .
            “My wrist is broken,” I said a little breathlessly. “But it’s already healing. I’ll be fine by tomorrow.”
            He gave me a tight nod and started to rise, but then seemed to reconsider and resumed his crouch before me. He studied me for a long moment, giving me a good glimpse of his eyes, but they were in shadow, obscuring the color, and he was completely on his guard. There was no way I was getting in.
            “You did good, doll,” he said finally. “Made my job one helluva lot easier.”
            I felt my cheeks going warm at the praise. “Thanks.”
            His eyes narrowed, crinkling a little behind his ski mask and giving me the impression that he was grinning. “But you know, you shouldn’t be out here alone at night, even if you can kick ass,” he admonished. Then he reached up and twisted one of my ringlets around his gloved index finger and pulled gently before letting it spring back into place. “I’d hate to see harm come to a girl as pretty as you.”
            My eyes went wide. Holy shit. “Nicky Blue?” I gasped. “You’re the Spider?” He jumped to his feet and took a few quick steps before I found my voice to cry out, “Wait! Nicky! It’s okay—I know you!”
            He halted midstride and shook his head. “No, you don’t,” he said over his shoulder. “No one does. Not anymore.”

(Copyright 2013 Kate SeRine)
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Prologue: Along Came A Spider

Kate just released this on her blog!  The prologue to the highly anticipated Along Came A Spider book.  Along Came A Spider is book three in the Transplanted Tales Series.


            I remember darkness—deep, impenetrable. Not even a hint of ambient light in the void that had consumed me. And falling. I was tumbling through space and time in a nauseating spiral that forced the blood to my feet and sent another sort of blackness rushing toward me. Clinging desperately to consciousness, I curled into myself, wrapping my arms around my abdomen in an attempt to stop that sickening rush that made me want to vomit and sob at the same time.
A scream of terror surged up from the center of my chest, but I bit it back, forcing myself to remain in control. I had to keep it together, could not let the fear consume me. That’s what my father had drilled into my head time and time again.
You must control your fear, Beatrice, or your fear will control you. Never let your mind slip into the abyss where chaos reigns. . . .
I’d been there once before and had clawed my way out of the chasm one agonizingly pitiful inch at a time. And now I was falling again—but this time the abyss was not of my own making.
One moment I’d been playing on the floor of our cottage with my niece Mariella, and the next, my body had been snatched away from all I’d known and loved. I’d heard my family’s cries of surprise, caught the look of horror and panic in my father’s eyes as his arm shot out to grab my hand, but his fingertips had just barely brushed mine before I’d been jerked into the void.
And then I was falling. In darkness.
            Suddenly there was light. A blinding flash that made me wince even though my eyes were already squeezed shut. Then a sudden impact jolted the breath from my lungs. I had to blink several times before I realized I was lying on my back in a field, staring up at a sky that was not familiar, at stars that didn’t shine nearly as brightly as they should have.
Slowly, I sat up and looked around, seeing others nearby—just as dazed and disoriented as I was. They were Tales, some of whom I recognized from my little village. But we were no longer in Make Believe. That was clear. Gone was the scent of dew-kissed roses and sunshine on daisies. The air that now filled my lungs was stale, thick, heavy. The wind that whispered through the trees did not bring with it the laughter of fairies or the secrets of the pixies flitting about in the night. And the grass beneath me was no longer the velvety soft bed I’d lain upon as a child, watching the clouds drift lazily into fluffy white knights on pudgy steeds as they leisurely made their way to battle. Coarse and savage, these blades poked through my muslin dress, stabbing my skin like a thousand Lilliputian swords.
            “Are you hurt?”
            My gaze darted toward the sound of the voice. The man standing over me was devilishly handsome, his chiseled features stark and sharp, giving him an air of danger, but his dark amber eyes were kind as he gazed down at me.
            “Are you all right?” he asked, phrasing the question differently in response to my blank stare.
            This time I nodded and took the hand he extended, letting him pull me to my feet. “I think so.”
            “Good,” he said, the corner of his mouth hitching up in a mischievous grin that completely altered his countenance. He lifted his hand and wrapped one of my buttercup yellow ringlets around his index finger. “Hate to see harm come to a girl as pretty as you.”
            I felt my cheeks growing warm at the intensity of his gaze and quickly looked away, not wanting to look too deeply into those amber eyes for fear of what I might see. “What has happened?” I asked, glancing around the crowd as confusion and panic began to make them uneasy, their frightened voices growing louder. “Where are we?”
            The man at my side shrugged and shoved his hands deep into his pockets. “Not in Make Believe, that’s for damned sure.”
            I let my gaze drift over his shoulder and saw a tall Tale I recognized from the story of Aladdin trying to take control of the rapidly deteriorating situation, his deep voice booming over the din of sorrow. “My friends—please! You must remain calm!”
            A woman with long black hair and eyes as blue as robins’ eggs hurried past me, glancing my way and giving me a terse nod before joining Aladdin as he tried to herd the crowd toward a series of carriages drawn by black horses. “That was Tess Little,” I breathed.
            “Little Red Riding Hood?” my companion asked, his brows arching with interest.
            I nodded. “Yes, but . . . Well, it can’t be! She disappeared almost a hundred years ago with the others.” My heart began to pound. “Have we been transplanted, too?”
            He shook his head. “No idea, but I’ll tell you one thing—I’m not letting them haul me in like a criminal just so I can find out. If I’ve broken out of Make Believe, I’m making the most of it.”
At this, his eyes met and held mine. I felt the connection beginning and started to look away, but his gaze was so unguarded, so unapologetic, I let it come. And in that glimpse, I saw a soul so steadfast, so dauntless and true, that I gasped at the beauty of it.
It was rare that a Tale let me past his defenses, rarer still that I was so taken with what I saw. But here was an intensely intelligent and quietly courageous man who could command respect from his friends and instill fear in the hearts of those who weren’t. He was also capable of genuine kindness and the deepest and most profound love. But I was shocked to see that he had absolutely no idea what a remarkable man he could be.
“Want to come with me?” he asked, grasping my hand in his and severing the connection between my soul and his.
I blinked at him, hardly daring to believe what he was saying. But more surprising was that I did want to go with him even though logic and reason warned me that such a thing was reckless and foolish. I swallowed hard, hating what I was about to say. “I cannot,” I told him, wishing I had the courage to flout propriety and take my chances with a man whose name I didn’t even know. “It wouldn’t be proper.”
            He chuckled and pressed a kiss to the back of my hand. “Well, maybe some other time.” He backed away, grinning a little sadly as he released my hand, his fingertips touching mine for just a moment before he gave me a wink and turned away.
“Wait!” I called, hurrying a few steps after him as he sauntered toward the tree line. “What’s your name?”
            He turned and offered me a rakishly charming grin that held more than a hint of mischief. “Nicky Blue.”
            “You there—with the curls!” I started at the voice behind me and whirled around to see Tess Little striding toward me, her long black duster flapping around her dark skirt and cherry red high-button boots. “Time to go.”
            I obediently moved toward the carriages with her. “Is it true?” I asked. “Have we been transplanted?”
            “Afraid so,” she replied. “But don’t worry—we have people with the FMA who will help you settle in.”
            “The FMA?”
            “Fairytale Management Authority,” she explained. “I’ll tell you everything on the way to headquarters. By the way—I’m Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”
            “Beatrice Muffet,” I replied, attempting a smile. “Everyone pretty much just calls me Beatrice. Or Ms. Muffet.” I chuckled a little. “Except my niece Mariella—she has trouble pronouncing my name.” My voice caught in my throat, the words lodging around the lump of sorrow that had rapidly developed at the thought of never seeing little Mari again. I coughed, forcing my emotions away, and blinked rapidly to clear the tears that pricked the corner of my eyes. “She calls me Trish.”
            Tess motioned me toward the last remaining carriage. “Well, welcome to the Here and Now, Trish.”
I placed my foot on the step, but paused and turned to search for Nicky Blue, hoping that perhaps he had changed his mind and had decided to come with the rest of us after all. My heart sank when I didn’t see him. I sighed, a part of me already regretting that I hadn’t gone with him. But it was too late to change my mind. Nicky Blue had vanished, having faded deep into the shadows like a spider in the night.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

And the Winner is....

2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Hop
& I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
March 23rd - 28th

Holly J. Underhill

An email has been sent to the winner and they have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Thank you everyone who entered and participated in the hop.

Swoon Thursday (13) With All My Soul

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound!

It was nice to be wanted. It was even better to be needed, and I could feel how much Tod needed me every day. He needed almost as much as I needed him. 

“It wasn’t just jealousy, Kaylee. I coveted you. It was all biblical and

With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent Kindle Location 535

Oh Tod the perfect book boyfriend! Sweet yet deadly to anyone that may hurt Kaylee. You know that if he said this to you- your legs would turn to jello.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review: Jordyn

Author: Tiffany King
Format: e-book
Print Length: 280 pages
Publisher: self-published
Published: Feb. 9, 2013

Hand to hand combat training: Check
Cardio and strength training: Check
Daemon hunting: Check
Anomaly: Check

Check, check, check, check...That's all my life is. There's nothing ordinary about me. I'm "special." I know this because I'm reminded of it every stinking day. I can kick a Daemon's ass with both hands tied behind my back. I can run up a mountain without breaking a sweat. Know what I can't do? Get guys to notice me, or hang out with friends like normal people do. I can't just be ordinary because I have an Arch Angel for a mentor who is always breathing down my neck, and a family of angelic Guides and Protectors who scrutinize every little thing I do. Just for a day I want a life where I'm no longer some anomaly, where I don't have to feel like a lab rat.

And then I met Emrys. Okay, so my mentor and family hate him, but probably for good reason. After-all, he is a Soul Trader, and they aren't the most trust worthy beings. But, he is sooo hot with his green eyes, leather jacket and the sexiest tattoo you've ever seen running down his back. And-he doesn't treat me like a project.

I've got myself in quite a little quandary here. Choosing between my responsibilities, and the Trader that holds my heart is something I didn't sign up for. Torn between two different worlds, I must now decide who to trust and who to walk away from. What's a girl to do? See what I mean? I am an anomaly. I am Jordyn.

My Opinion 

Jordyn was in a bad car accident last year, one that left her in a coma. When she awoken she remembered nothing and her parents were gone. Haniel (her uncle who happens to be an Arch Angel) took to her life with her Aunt Krista and Uncle Mark. Krista and Mark are not like any uncle/aunt that you have, they are soul mates. Krista is a guide and Mark is a protector. 

Jordyn is different from her aunt and uncle. She is a better fighter, heals faster and she has no link- no soul mate. She claims to be okay with this but truth be told, would you be okay with it? She longs for that connection that her relatives have. Asking her mentor, gets her no answers and tends to tick her off.

I feel bad for Jordyn, especially since she is the only one in her family without a link. Everyone talks about how special she is but that just makes her feel like well a freak among freaks. Then she meets Emerys and her family freaks out, going into protective overdrive. I mean seriously- give the girl a break. I did think she whined a lot and some of the phrases that she used were a little off the mark.

Emrys is a Soul Trader, who is suddenly interested in Jordyn. Her family is suspicious but she is not so cautious. He seems nice enough, even following her family rules but I am weary of him. Hopefully, he doesn’t turn bad, or break her heart.

Jordyn was an interesting start to what could be an excellent series. The groundwork is laid, the backstory is told. I am looking forward to where the next story will take us.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “Because, I’d have to kick some Arch’s ass to get the girl.”

Other People

Krista/Mark- aunt and uncle that Jordyn lives with, protects her
Haniel- Arch angel and mentor- he is hiding something though
Lynn- Jordyn's best friend and a guide
Sam/Shawn- another guide/protector pair

Monday, March 25, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (13) Unravel Me

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He’s kissing me like he’s lost me and he’s found me and I’m slipping away and he’s never going to let me go. I want to scream, sometimes, I want to collapse, sometimes, I want to die knowing that I’ve known what it was like to live with this kiss, this heart, this soft soft explosion that makes me feel like I’ve taken a sip of the sun, live I’ve eaten clouds 8, 9, and 10.

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi Kindle Location 268

Oh my what a kiss! Can you even imagine?  I am a huge Adam fan and so this made my toes curl just a little.

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop
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March 26th to April 2nd

You must giveaway a book with a fairy tale theme or element.

I love fairy tale theme books, especially after the happily ever after. What truly happened? Kate SeRine's Transplanted Tale takes a regular fairy tale and then does something extraordinary to it. She transplants it into our world, the Here and Now. What really happened to the them? Did they stay with their prince charming? Was charming still charming- or did he turn into a jerk?  My favorite fairy tale is Little Red Riding Hood.  For this hop, I will be giving away both books in the Transplanted Tales Series by Kate SeRine- Red and The Better to See You.


“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…

Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…

The Better to See You

Once upon a time, a spell went awry and Make Believe characters were cast into the ordinary world. And the results aren’t always happily ever after…

Everyone thinks fairy godmothers can do no wrong. But if not for a certain spell mis-cast by Lavender Seelie, Cinderella’s former fairy godmother, the Tales would not be stuck in the Here and Now. Fortunately for Lavender, she’s about to get a second chance at a happy ending…

The Refuge, a sanctuary for wayward Tales, seems like the perfect place for Lavender to start a new life—especially when she discovers an unexpected ally in Seth, the brooding werewolf who’s been typecast as a villain ever since his run in with Little Red Riding Hood. But when humans from nearby towns start turning up dead, their bodies mutilated with archaic Tale symbols, Lavender wonders if Seth’s deep sensuality has blinded her to the truth. And that distraction could put innocent lives in danger. Including her own…

Good Luck!  I hope that you love the Transplanted Tales as much as I do!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saved at Sunrise

Della’s back! And she’s as spunky as ever in Saved at Sunrise.

Chosen at Nightfall, the final book in Kylie Galen’s story, will be out on April 23rd. But as Kylie’s journey draws to a close, Della’s is just beginning. Saved at Sunrise is out April 2nd, and it’s your first opportunity in a long time to get a glimpse inside Della’s mind. Available only as an ebook, Saved at Sunrise is novella written from Della’s point of view, and follows the kick-ass vampire on her F.R.U. mission with Steve. And boy, do the sparks ever fly between the sassy vampire and sexy shape-shifter!

So what five things will you learn in Saved at Sunrise?

In Saved at Sunrise, Della…

1. …gets a hickey from a hot guy.

2. …comes face to face with Lee—and his fiancé.

3. …almost gets arrested.

4. …gets thoroughly kissed.

5. …says something very hard for her to say—to Steve.

As you know anything that CC Hunter writes, I will read.  But what you may not have figured out is that Della is my favorite character in Kylie's story.  So when I found out that she was getting her own series I jumped up and down literally!  Very excited about this!  Below is the book trailer for Saved at Sunrise.  I could watch it over and over again.  In fact, I did watch it over and over again.  Only 10 more days!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Kick Butt Characters Blog Hop

2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Hop
& I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
March 23rd - 28th
This hop features the best Kick-Butt Characters in Young Adult Books.

What makes a kick butt character? 

Is it their personality? Their brains? Their brawn? Or is it a combination of all of them? I think sometimes it is really does depend on the book.  So for this giveaway hop I am letting you choose!  Any one of the books in any of these series.  If you want to pre-order a new release that is fine as well.  

The Brains 

Sydney- Bloodline Series 

Kami- The Lynburn Legacy 

Katy- The Lux Series

The Brawn 

Alex- The Covenant Series 

Jessica- Jessica McClain Series


Kylie- The Shadow Falls Series 

Charlotte- Paranormal Public Series 

Gwen- The Mythos Academy Series

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Now get to hopping!  There are some great giveaways below

Cover Reveal: Harbinger

Philippa (Pip) Ballantine

Release date July 30th

Book Description:

The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves…

After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him.

Though she is haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding—powers that may prove to be her undoing…

About the Author:
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.

She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade.

Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have won both a Parsec Award and a Sir Julius Vogel award.

Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace- Geist, Spectyr, Wrayth and Harbinger coming in July 2013.

She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. Phoenix Rising debuted in May 2011 and The Janus Affair came out in May 2012. Phoenix Rising won the Airship Award for best written steampunk, and was the number eight best Science Fiction book of 2011 according to The Janus Affair was the seventh most popular science fiction book of 2012 on The series continues with Dawn’s Early Light in December 2013.

In addition she is also the author of the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, with the first book Hunter and Fox released in June 2012, and the second Kindred and Wings scheduled for August 2013.

When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling. With her husband Tee and her daughter, she is looked after by a mighty clowder of five cats in Manassas, Virginia.

Twitter: philippajane

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Swoon Thursday (12) Full Blooded

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound!

“It shouldn’t be. This shouldn’t be right,” he growled into my mouth, then covered my lips again fiercely, his grip tightening on my lips. He groaned, pulling back a few inches, his eyes fully dilated. He took my mouth again, his hands sliding up to tangle in my hair, his body full of power as he leaned into me, pressing me farther into the jamb. The currents of his power radiated into my body, throbbing everything deliciously. 

Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson Kindle Location 3186
I adore it when the guy fights the attraction and yet controls it at the same time.  Rourke is well, pretty amazing in this book.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cover Reveal: Along Came A Spider

Along came a spider...
When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.
Although Nicky’s renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she’ll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There’s no way she’s letting this spider frighten her away…

Author Bio:

Kate SeRine (pronounced "serene") faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (12) Jordyn

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“What’s the deal with you two anyway? He seemed pretty possessive of you last night. I thought he hooked up with some chick in heaven , or is that old dog making up for lost time?” 

“That chick is my great aunt,” I said, watching his jaw drop. “And, eww, he’s my mentor, so don’t be a dick,” I said, reaching out to push his shoulder. 

“Well, ain’t that some shit. I’m not going to say that isn’t a relief,” he said, capturing my hand in his. 

“And why is that?” I asked, trying not to focus on what his touch did to me. 

“Because, I’d have to kick some Arch’s ass to get the girl.” 

I snorted. 

“What?” he asked, seeing the merriment in my eyes. 

“Dude, he’s an Arch Angel.” 

Jordyn by Tiffany King Kindle Location 554

Come on- admit it- there is something about a guy willing to go head to head with an Arch Angel that has your heart being a little bit faster!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: Need

By Stephanie Lawton
Published by Inkspell Publishing
Release date: May 17, 2013

Isaac Laroche is cursed. All he wants to do is hide out and feel sorry for himself. Never mind that he got caught sleeping with his seventeen-year-old piano student, or that he abandoned her when the truth was exposed.

Isaac’s feisty high school sweetheart has different plans. Heather Swann has returned to their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to regroup after breaking up with her troll of a fiancé. She’s restless and looking for a diversion, but she bites off more than she can chew when she sets her sights on rehabilitating Isaac with her unorthodox sexual, mental, and physical plans.

The two quickly reconnect, but their happiness is threatened by family secrets, old vendettas and the death of a beloved father-figure.

Can Heather handle Isaac’s baggage, or will her own come back to haunt them both?

Author bio:
After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.
A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

And The Winner Is.......

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An email has been sent to the winner and they have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Thank you everyone who entered and participated in the hop.

Swoon Thursday (11) Undone


The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

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I wanted to be able to tell Janelle about all of it. She loved me enough to k now I needed this moment, and I wasn’t going to lose that. Our good-bye wasn’t forever. We would find a way back to one another. 

Undone: An Unraveling Novella by Elizabeth Norris Kindle Location 753

For a guy to have the much faith in a relationship, when they are literally on different worlds/planes. Woowziers!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: The Nightmare Affair

Author: Mindee Arnett
Format: e-ARC
Print Length: 367 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: March 5, 2013 

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target. 

My Opinion

The Nightmare Affair was an interesting read that will ensnare your imagination almost as quickly as Dusty captures the essences of a nightmare.

Dusty is a halfkind, her momma a famous Nightmare and her daddy, an ordinary guy. Nightmares- well feed off of nightmares so the rest of the magic world looks at them kinda badly. She has only been at the Academy for a year as it was thought that she had no magic. That year has been a tough one for Dusty- people keep judging her based off of her momma and well to be honest, her magic kinda sucks. Then one night as she is dreamfeed, she sees a murder occur. Turns out she is a dream-seer, she can see the future though dreams but only with Eli. Eli is an ordinary from Dusty’s old “normal” school. He is not happy about this apparent partnership. But he comes to the Academy anyway- as well the magical world now needs him.

Dusty has truly had it rough. Doesn’t matter that her momma did not raise her, she is still facing the ramifications of her momma’s actions. Teachers, magic policy and other students still blame her. She and Eli have to dream-feed often to try and help catch the killer. Will they be able to in time?

Dusty is honest and refreshing. She tries not to be fake which is nice. Paul is her love interest but I wasn’t feeling the love really. There was more tension with her and Eli. Speaking of Eli, holy hotness batman. His only fault- his choice in friends and his girlfriend. He is too nice for them, but for some reason he hangs out with them anyway. I enjoyed the fact that even though he was a “normie” he had to take all the same classes as the others.

I look forward to reading more of Dusty and Eli’s adventures as this is the first book in the series.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “Nah, I just like to randomly hold hands with strangers.”

Other Characters

Katarina- Siren, mean gal also Eli’s girlfriend
Selene- Siren, Dusty’s bestie which means she is pretty awesome
Lance- Wizard, Eli’s roommate and well a big jerk
Paul- Not sure what he is, but he is interested in Dusty
Mr. Marrow- teacher at the Academy, kind to Dusty

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (11) Death, Doom, and Detention

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"By us. The misfits of Torrance County. We are supposed to stop a war between good and evil? When we can barely make it to school on time, we are destined to safeguard humanity?” 

Death, Doom, and Detention by Darynda Jones Kindle Location 709

Could you imagine? All that pressure on you? Knowing that you were a misfit? Darn, I am not sure what I would do.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Dream Cast: Better to See You

Sometimes when you read a book it is like a movie being played inside your head.  One where only you can see but you get to watch it over and over as many times as you want.  No one will criticize it, or hate it because honestly no one else sees it.  The Transplanted Tales Series is a fabulous series that truly does play out in my head as I read it.  So I decided to share with you my dream cast for the series.  Some of the choices for my dream cast may not make sense to you but trust me, these actors and actresses can play these characters fabulously.

Jewel Staite as Lavender

Violet Hair and violet eyes

Chris Evans as Seth

"His pale green eyes flinted with a feral light as he warily returned my gaze, feeling me out. His thick waves of golden brown hair were cut shorter….”

Summer Glau as Red 

Blue jeans, black shirt, trench coat and red boots.

Tom Welling as Nate 

“I’d never seen him in anything except an impeccably tailored wool suit, simple silk tie, and an overcoat that looked like a prop from Casablanca. And the fedora that covered his dark hair...”

Skyler Samuels as Tish 

“Her buttercup yellow ringlets made her seem a lot mousier than she was, but this gal sure wasn’t afraid of spiders anymore. Or anything else, I imagined.” 

Matthew Gray Gubler as Gideon 

“a severe-looking man wearing a black suit and sunglasses stood at my hotel room door, his shoulder-length redgold curls pulled back in a tight ponytail at the base of his neck.”

So what do you think?  Did I cast this awesome tale right or would you have picked someone else?