Friday, June 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: Fae by Emily White


It seem like just last week we had a cover reveal for a Spencer Hill Press book....  Oh, wait, it was just last week. 
And now we have another one!!!  SHP just keeps cranking out the books. And this one is a near and dear one to me. It is the sequel for the amazing Elemental by the super sweet, super talented Emily White, which was also my first project as associate editor. 
Emily is an amazing writer and has a great narrating voice, and if you haven't read Elemental, you need to!


A little bit about Fae:

Fae
Not all fae'ri tales come with a happy ending.
     Ella thought taking care of the ego-bloated Mamood god would be a sure way to bring peace to the galaxy and satisfy her taste for revenge.
     But she was wrong.
     Despite the fact their god is gone, the Mamood refuse to abandon their attack on the planet Soltak and Ella's own so-called friends start to turn against her. And with Soltak dying--its oceans drying up and its plants withering in the ground--Ella and Cailen suspect there's a new enemy at work. As more people die and more water is leached from the planet, they both prepare for something straight from a nightmare.
     The fae are coming.

Title: Fae
Series: Auri #2
Author: Emily White
ISBN: 978-1-937053-26-0 
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Formats: paper, e-book
Cover Design: Vic Caswell of Sketcher Girl

If you'd like to request an ARC, please use the reviewer form on our website. ARCs should ship next summer.

And now, the moment we have all been waiting for:


Gorgeous!!! And fits so well with Ella and Elemental.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Creatura Blog Tour


WELCOME to the 
CREATURA Blog Tour
hosted by 


I read Creatura in March. I could NOT WAIT for the paperback to come out so I bought the Ebook for my Kindle. I think I read the entire book in one sitting. I could not put it down. I was hooked from the beginning and was frantic at the end to find a few more pages to read. I am hooked on this series and I am counting down the days until I get book 2 (WHICH Nely is currently working on YAY)!!!

I get a Greek Mythology vibe from this book. I love Greek Mythology. It is DEFINITELY a refreshing, new twist on Mythology. 

This is simply one of those books that is hard to review simply for the fact that you want to start at the beginning and tell you everything until the end. Well, we know I cannot do that because SPOILER FREE. 

My advice to you? READ. THIS. BOOK. You will fall in love with Isis and the world she encounters through her dreams. The characters are amazing and the story line makes you desperate to get to that next page. 

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NOW if you would like to get a few pieces of Creatura swag for yourself, enter the rafflecopter to win! Check out the Blog tour schedule at TSK, TSK, What to read and catch up on all the other blogs from the tour.

ON where to stalk Nely: 
Links:


http://www.nelycab.com/
http://www.nelycab.blogspot.com/
www.facebook.com/AuthorNelyCab
www.facebook.com/CreaturabyNelyCab
www.twitter.com/nelycab


BIO:
Nely Cab was born on December 9, 1974, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. Putting her Computer Accounting skills to use, Cab worked in banking for several years. In 2001, the author relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.

Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Currently, the writer continues to work on her debut series "Creatura".


Creatura Links:

Amazon:
Barnes and Noble:
The Book Depository:
Powell's Books:


Here is me in my Creatura tshirt I got from Nely's Zazzle store LOVE IT!!!

 





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Review: REVIVED by Cat Patrick

REVIVED by Cat Patrick
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Book for Young Readers

About (from Goodreads): As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

My Review:  

Cat Patrick knows how to start a novel with a bang. As you can tell from the synopsis, Daisy has been brought back to life numerous times, but even knowing that, the first chapter still packs a major punch. Allergic to bees, Daisy finds herself getting stung by one during gym class and as she stares up at the horrified faces of her classmates, she knows it's just a matter of time before she's dead. She can only hope Mason and Cassie, her adoptive--for governmental purposes--parents, will get there in time to revive her. 

After miraculously surviving another death with Revive, Daisy and her parents are being relocated once again. In this new location, Daisy meets and becomes close to Audrey and her brother, Matt. Daisy is used to blending in and not really connecting with the people in her schools because she doesn't see the point when they'll just have to move again soon anyway. But this school, and these friends are different. And for the first time since being revived, Daisy can't stop herself from wanting to stay where she is permanently. 

In this new town, Daisy soon learns that friendships and stability come with a price: her heart. She must trust that things happen for a reason and that revival isn't always an option, no matter how much she wishes she could change that. And because of the trials she must now face (I really don't want to spoil this one for you!), Daisy begins to question what happens next. It isn't long before she accidentally uncovers a secret that she was never meant to discover, and Daisy realizes that her life is in danger--for real this time. 

I can't say that I was surprised that I loved REVIVED as much as I did, because I was a big fan of Cat Patrick's last novel, FORGOTTEN as well. Cat has a great voice for YA writing and I loved the original story and plot in this novel. Daisy was easy to connect with, and when she had her struggles, they were believable and gut wrenching, pulling me deeper into the world that she'd created. If you haven't yet read FORGOTTEN or REVIVED, I recommend them both. They are superb novels from an incredible emerging YA writer that will no doubt be around for many years to come.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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 your book 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 and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
 
I am currently reading two books at the moment, so will do a teaser from each one.  


Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

"There hadn't been much to laugh about recently, but I didn't want to focus on that stuff. Aiden would leave soon and all of this was like a fantasy." page 148 (ARC)




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

"I hover nearby until the clock tells me I've got to report for duty. Nan doesn't say anything else, though until I'm getting ready to leave, when she pauses in changing the paper for the cash register to say, 'Samantha. you have what every girl wants.'"
(Sorry, I forgot to get the page number before I closed the book and now I can't find it. It is in there though, I promise.)






Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: GRAVE MERCY by R.L. LaFevers

GRAVE MERCY by R.L. LaFevers
Release Date: April 3, 2012

About (from Goodreads): Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Review: GRAVE MERCY is one of those books that took me by complete surprise. I try not to read too much about a book before I read it. I'm always afraid I'm going to spoil something. With GRAVE MERCY, all I knew was the tagline:  

Why be a sheep, when you can be the wolf? 

That's a hefty tagline to live up to. It says and promises so much in that one little sentence, that I was nervous about it. I was worried that the book couldn't possibly match the level of expectation that it built inside of me. I was also a little worried about the book's length. Since I spend most of my free time writing nowadays, I tend to find myself choosing shorter books to read because I hate spending weeks reading just one book.

Luckily, GRAVE MERCY not only met my expectations, but exceeded them in all the best ways. Not only was the storyline gripping and unforgettable, making it nearly impossible for me to flip the pages fast enough, but the characters were so incredibly likeable and well developed, I could hardly believe how soon I'd finished the book. And at the end, I was left wanting more. 

Ismae is a character I immediately connected with and wanted to root for no matter what challenges she faced. I wanted whatever she wanted, and I loved that she didn't accept everything at face value. She made promises, but wasn't scared to break them if she felt it was the right thing to do. And she learned so much about herself along the way that each page felt like a new layer of her was unraveled. I loved it. Every single word, letter, sentence, and page. 

LaFevers is a genius and has solidified me as a forever fan. After reading GRAVE MERCY, I know without a doubt, I'll pick up anything she's written. Thankfully, there is a second book in this series coming next year. I. cannot. wait. Seriously, if you haven't yet read this book, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend it! 

 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Cover Reveal: Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller





So many great things are happening at Spencer Hill Press. We have 20 authors now, and you know what that means: more books and debut authors! And with more books, comes more cover reveals. We her at BCM love the cover reveals and introducing new books with their gorgeous covers to all of the avid readers out there.

But first, a little bit about the book:


Triangles

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong? 

In the Bermuda Triangle--a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who's practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser's suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she's full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that one of these "alternate realities" could become permanent.


She just has to ask herself one question--how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?


Title: Triangles
Author: Kimberly Ann Miller
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (www.spencerhillpress.com)
ISBN: 978-1-937053-36-9
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Formats: Paper, e-book

And now, without further ado.... The cover for Triangles:


Isn't it gorgeous?

And don't forget to add Triangles to your Goodreads TBR list!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ordained by Devon Ashley - Character Interview


After reading Ordained, I really wanted to know some more of what Emily was thinking.  Below are her responses!

BCM: What did you first think about when you saw Abby and Noel?

Emily: Well, with Abby, the first time I saw her was right after she saved my non-prepared butt from being aura-sucked by Eraticus. Yeah, that's right. The freak liked to suck the aura of us hunters right out of us. Like he was slurpin' the juice out of a crawfish or something. Gross. All I could think in terms of Abby was savior! I wasn't sure who she was, or why she was strong enough to put that demon down, but I didn't care. Not even when I began to suspect she and her husband Noel were vamps. I could tell they weren't the normal blood-sucking vamps I usually had to deal with. As for Noel, it wasn't my brain doing the thinking. I think I permanently dislocated my jaw the first time I saw him. Seriously, hot! Luckily he only has eyes for Abby, so he didn't see me gawkin' at him. Not that I'd even attempt to go there, but I'll admit, he's pretty easy on the eyes.

BCM: Do you remember anything about the night Abby showed up to help you?

Emily: Like I said, savior. Eraticus was one hard-core demon boy. I'm talking horns on his head, snotty drool that couldn't be contained behind those razor-sharp teeth, beady black eyes that cut into you like a knife when he stared at you. And the way he could charge like an oversized, demented looking ram on steroids...Lord, you don't want to see that coming at you full force. I mean, I still have nightmares to this day...and the scars - both emotionally and physically. I ain't gonna lie. Even though I'm a hunter, that night traumatized me. So other than the horrific images of him flashing through my mind like a slide show, and Abby flashing the Gold Sword of Amantee before his panicky eyes, I don't recall too much from that night.

BCM: How cool was it to battle those demons?

Emily: Um...first off. Not cool. I know it'll never happen, but life would be absolutely wonderful if I never had to face any one of those types of demons ever again. Seriously, who wants to have to remove the horn off a massive monster to weaken him? Or go up against something that can burn you alive with the touch of his skin? Or have supersonic waves thrown at you? Seriously, my bones are still vibrating from the aftershock. I know being a vampire hunter, I'm destined to run into them, and I have to learn about them so I can battle them if necessary. But. Demons. Creep. Me. Out. Hate the things. Give me a vamp any day.

BCM: Are you scared about what may happen to you, from what happened when Abby and Noel bandaged you up?

Emily: Honestly, it never occurred to me that Abby's blood may have infected my wounds. I mean seriously, even if a few of her blood cells managed to enter my bloodstream, how could just a few seriously do damage to the trillions within my body? They're like seriously outnumbered. So when Abby told me what she did, I was flabbergasted. I wasn't even sure whether or not to believe her, or even worry about it. Okay, so I was tired, and feeling weak. But I was injured for crying out loud! Of course I'm gonna feel that way. Right? So what if it's a sign that my body may be weakening, slowly being poisoned by Abby's vampiric blood. It's not like it's gonna be able to kill off and replace every cell in my body. Eventually my immune systems gonna kick in and kick it's butt. Right?

BCM: Were you extremely glad to be rid of the Order?

Emily: Does a Grunther demon like to smother it's victim with freshly squeezed grub juice before eating it? (That's a yes, by the way). Those jerks have been ordering me around for as long as I can remember. All they do is sit on their little thrones, dictating where I should go, what I should do, blah, blah, blah. And their training was absolute crap compared to what Abby and Noel have taught me. So forget them. If I'm gonna die doing this job - cause let's face it, I have no choice...vamps, and sometimes demons, are just drawn to me naturally - then I'm gonna die doing what Abby needs me to do, cause at least I know she's got my back. The Order doesn't give one flippety-flap about my mortality. They've got plenty of hunters in reserves anyway, waiting for the day I kick the bucket.

Thanks Emily!! I might have to pick your brain after reading Metamorphosis too! ;)

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Now for the giveaway!  I have an ARC of Ordained and Metamorphosis, for one winner! 
This is USA only, sorry International readers - but Devon does have an international giveaway going on, from her blog!

~Must leave a comment with your email address.
~USA addresses only
~Ends June 30th
~Winner picked via Random.org

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight

Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 
This week I am anxiously awaiting:

Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Find Karsten Online: Twitter / Blog / Goodreads 

About (from Goodreads): Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.

Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire

Ash isn’t without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.

Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Mirage by Kristi Cook


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 your book 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 and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

We just did a blog tour stop for this book, which can be found HERE, so I think it is the perfect time for a bit of a teaser to whet your appetites even more:

Mirage (Winterhaven #2) by Kristi Cook 

"I needed to talk to him, to make sure he was ok. If he wasn't going to answer telepathically, then I was going to have to find him." (page 184)

Cover Reveal: TAKEN by Erin Bowman

Every once in a while there is a cover that just blows you away. Today, I am blown away by Erin Bowman's reveal for her novel, TAKEN. It's beyond gorgeous and makes me to want to read the book RIGHT NOW. 

It was originally revealed on Pub (lishing) Crawl, but I just had to share it with you. Take a look! 


Isn't it amazing? Ahhhh! I so want this book in my hands, like yesterday! 

Congrats, Erin, on the beautiful cover! We're so happy for you! 

Add TAKEN to your Goodreads and follow Erin online: Twitter / Blog

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Changes to BCM

For the next day or so BCM is going to be undergoing some visual changes. Please bear with us! 

We hope you love our new design as much as we do! Feel free to leave comments to let us know your thoughts. 

Happy Reading everyone!


BCM Big News!!


You all know how much we here at Books Complete Me love to read books. But did you also know that some of us like to write as well? And not just reviews. 


Our beloved founder, Cindy, has written a book. A really really great book. And now, she has an agent!!  That's right, my beloved BFF and Triplet has an agent to represent her in the world of publishing.
We could not be more proud of her!
 
Please join us in congratulating Cindy on  her happy news!

I foresee great things from Cindy Thomas, so get ready world!

If you would like to find out more about Cindy, and her story behind her story, check out her writing blog: Cindy Thomas - Aspiring YA Author.


Monday, June 11, 2012

MIRAGE Blog Tour: Kick-Off & Review + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to the kick-off of the MIRAGE by Kristi Cook Blog Tour! 

MIRAGE is undoubtedly one of the best books of 2012 for me, maybe EVER. I seriously can't get enough of it! So let's get this tour kicked off with my review (guess how that's going to go???) and then read below to find out where the tour is stopping next. 

MIRAGE by Kristi Cook
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

About (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven, and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But when a violent and disturbing vision begins to haunt her, Violet suddenly feels unsure of everything: who to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together.

My Review: MIRAGE was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. HAVEN, the first book in this series, was amazing and the countdown to MIRAGE was almost painful it was so long. But, wow, when I finally did get to read it, I was so not disappointed. In fact, MIRAGE may be even better than HAVEN, a feat I didn't think could be possible. 

Violet and Aidan have spent the summer apart and are finally about to come back together at the start of the book. Violet's impatience to see him is palpable and, I must say, something I felt myself. How would Aidan be in book two? Is it possible he'd still have the same effect on her (me/everyone else) as he'd had before? Surely, not. But, oh yes. Yes, he does still have that same effect, and then some. Excuse me while I swoon. 

Aidan and Violet's relationship heats up in many ways, but there is also a lot of uneasiness surrounding them too. It's not exactly written into their words, but you can feel it all the same. It doesn't help that there is a murderer on the loose, Violet's visions are increasing in urgency and she's learning more and more about her Sabbat history. 

The secondary characters in MIRAGE really took a front seat, and I loved every minute of it. Tyler especially. You may remember him from book one, but if you don't, I wouldn't worry. After MIRAGE, I'm not sure you'll be able to forget him. And then there's Matthew--or Dr. Hottie as the girls of Winter Haven like to call him--he's certainly fulfilled his role in this novel as well.

I love that MIRAGE didn't follow the typical "book two break-up" of so many other YA novels out there. It went a way all its own and was all the better for it. MIRAGE is a heart-pounding, pulse-racing adrenaline rush of a sequel that's packed with mystery and sexiness in all the right ways. MIRAGE left me screaming at the last page wanting more. Let the countdown for book three begin!

My Rating:


Be sure to follow along with the rest of the MIRAGE Blog Tour for special guest posts and interviews, along with some great reviews and let's not forget giveaways!

***Tour Schedule***

June 11th: Books Complete Me 
June 12th: Jen @ Late Bloomer Online
June 13th: Jena @ Shortie Says
June 15th: Christy @ The Reader Bee 
June 18th: Danielle @ Frenzy of Noise
June 19th: Megan @ Amethyst Daydreams
June 20th: Jaime & Patricia @ Two Chicks onBooks
June 21st: Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight
June 22nd: Paula @ Reading Lark 

***Giveaway***

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Angelina's Secret by Lisa Rogers






Paperback
Published February 1st 2012 


Goodreads: As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.


My Review: I LOVE GHOSTS. LOVE THEM! I am a firm believer and have had experiences myself. When I first heard of Spencer Hill Press signing Lisa, I found her on Facebook. We chatted back and forth several times in regards to the supernatural. Author Lisa Rogers is not only a brilliant author but an incredible person. It felt we have been friends for years. Even though Angelina's Secret is fiction, it can easily be recognized by many I would say as similar to life experiences. My own daughter had an imaginary friend as a small child named "Sarah". Sarah was not imaginary in my opinion at all. She was exactly as Lisa writes...someone from beyond! 


I loved this book and read it straight through. The characters are so well developed in story. You can really feel the emotions of everyone involved. I highly recommend this book. I do not feel thsi book has a scary ghost story aspect to it. It is more of an understanding and learning experience. It is wonderfully written. I was all smiles when I finished this book.


I cannot WAIT for Lisa's next books. I would love love love to see Lisa write a good scary ghost story. I know full well she would be quite capable of it and very very good at it! I will be FIRST in line for any future books Lisa writes! Count on that!






and now I introduce to you...our Author Lisa Rogers!!!!


The Woman Behind the Books

Having my first two books published only three months apart, I have found myself doing a lot of guest posts lately. I have talked extensively about both books, ghosts, the story behind the stories, the road to publication, etc. The only thing I haven’t talked much about is me.

Starting with the basics, yes, Lisa Rogers is my real name. I have several years of experience of being in my forties and I have been married to a (mostly) wonderful man for 28 years. I have two awesome children. They are awesome, mainly because they are now grown and no longer live in my house.

About three years ago, both of my children decided it was time for them to get married and they did so two months apart. Even though that was a, let’s say stressful time, it was most definitely worth it. Both of my children have wonderful spouses and between the two couples, they have given me three adorable grandchildren that I don’t know how I ever lived without.

I’d love to tell you that I live an exciting glamorous life and I jet off to wonderful exotic places on a whim. Truth is, I’ve never even been on an airplane, (I know, sad and unbelievable in today’s world, but still true.) I live a simple life in a small Oklahoma town. Now when I say small I’m not talking about having only one mall and limited dining choices. I’m talking small, as in, we have a school, a couple of convenience stores and a post office, which is roughly the size of most people’s bathrooms. (No, I’m not kidding.) We boast of a population of 878. Before you ask, I didn’t forget any digits in those numbers, and between you and I, I’m pretty sure some folks counted their pets and or livestock to get the numbers up that high.

When I’m not writing or spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, gardening, and doing home improvement projects. Right now, I’m in the midst of writing my third book, promoting the first two, and painting the outside of my house. I seem to always have some type of remodeling project going on. I guess that stems from years of working along side my husband in his carpentry business.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit better but I must jet off now to some quaint little sidewalk cafĂ© in Italy for dinner. Well…I am cooking spaghetti so that should count for something. Right?

Thanks for stopping by. Please come visit with me here
I'm still trying to figure out the whole twitter thing, but you can look me up here
Author pages
And don't forget the free downloadable prequel to Angelina's Secret Angelina's Friend

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fire Guardians

Are you ready for some FIRE?

 How about some FIRE GUARDIANS? 
Try Sykes maybe?

Now how would you like to join our Team Energy/Fire Guardians?


and find us on 


Do I have your attention yet? We are kicking off the official relaunch of Ednah Walters' book Betrayed

Stay tuned for more information on this great blog tour!

Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win GREAT prizes!!!




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Review: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison



Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Find Louise Online: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Twitter / Website

About (from Goodreads): Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen – laugh your tights off at the (VERY) amateur dramatic antics of Talullah and her bonkers mates. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed!

Picture the scene: Dother Hall performing arts college somewhere Up North, surrounded by rolling dales, bearded cheesemaking villagers (male and female) and wildlife of the squirrely-type.�On the whole, it’s not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting… but once her mates turn up and they start their ‘FAME! I’m gonna liiiiive foreeeeeever, I’m gonna fill my tiiiiights’ summer course things are bound to perk up.� Especially when the boys arrive. (When DO the boys arrive?)� Six weeks of parent-free freedom.� BOY freedom. �Freedom of expression…� cos it’s the THEATRE dahling, the theatre!!


My Review: When The Georgia Nicolson series ended, I was quite sad, it is one of my favorite series to read when I just need a good laugh. Then I heard that Louise was writing another series, about Georgia's cousin, Tallulah, I was thrilled, and after reading the book I was not disappointed!


If you have read The Georgia Nicolson series, you know how crazy Georgia is, Tallulah is the same way. She does spontaneous Irish dancing, imitates owls, pretends to ride a Harley Davidson and rambles on about the strangest things. I found myself laughing on almost every page, Tallulah is completely hilarious! She is also like Georgia in the way she handles boys, she can't make up her mind about how she feels about the boys, even if they are terrible, and always manages to end up in a situation where she is left more and more confused about each boy. It is very entertaining.


Tallulah also had some pretty great, and funny, friends. Honey was the "experienced" girl, with a cute lisp. Jo was short, but strong. Vaisey was the first girl that Tallulah met, and probably the closest friend to Tallulah. Ruby is a sweet ten year old, with a cute dog Matilda. The secondary characters are what made the book as great as it was, without them, I wouldn't have had the laugh out loud moments.


Withering Tights was filled with cute boys, great friends, and plenty of laughs. I would highly recommend this book to fans of The Georgia Nicolson series, and if you haven't read The Georgia Nicolson series, I would also highly recommend it!


My Rating:



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Twitter Party with Kristi Cook Tonight!


Today we are celebrating the release of one of my favorite books of all time: MIRAGE by Kristi Cook! There just aren't enough words to tell you how much I love this book and series. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE! 

So we're thrilled to be chatting with the amazing Kristi Cook tonight at 9 p.m. EST on Twitter! Be sure to join us for some spoiler free chatting about HAVEN and MIRAGE and some great prizes as well. 

Follow @BooksCompleteMe & @Kristi_Cook and use Twitter hashtag #MirageParty to join in on all the fun! 


Happy Release Day to MIRAGE!! 


Find Kristi & MIRAGE online: Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble 

P.S. Stay tuned for the official blog tour for MIRAGE that kicks off next week. It'll be filled with all kinds of awesome!


Teaser Tuesday: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

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 your book 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 and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers. 
 
 Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer

Something about his words made me falter, like I'd tripped in the darkness and was suddenly falling, falling. And then it wasn't Shay above me, but Ren. (Page 176 of the ARC)

 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Trailer Reveal: The Raven Boys by Maggie Siefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors! I love the Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, and The Scorpio Races is one of my absolutely favorite books.
So of course was excited to hear about her upcoming release The Raven Boys.
It is not due to be published until September 18, 2012, but we can all now be teased with the fact we have to wait so long for the book by watching this animated trailer:




What do you think? Isn't it great? Not only is Maggie an uber talented author, but she did the animation as well as composed the music for this trailer. I in awe of her talents and  I am officially jealous, and have to say, I think I want to be Maggie Stiefvater when I grow up.

It's Monday, what are you reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week. 

I recently finished:
 Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Currently reading:

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer


Planning to read next:


Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Leave me a comment letting me know what you finished, what you are reading and what you plan to read this week.


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