Thursday, February 28, 2013

Promo Post & Giveaway: The Traveler's Series by Claudia Lefeve

Haven't read the Travelers Series yet? Now's your chance to get started!
The first three books (Volume 1) in the Travelers Series are now available! Find out what happens when seventeen-year-old Etta Fleming finds out she's not only from an alternate reality, but is destined to become the future leader of a band of paranormal misfits in order to protect a future reality from destruction.

The fourth book in the series, PARAMETER, will be available late-Spring 2013!

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Destiny has a way of catching up.

Saddled with powers she doesn't understand, Etta Fleming's world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.

One minute, she's an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.

Plucked from the only world she's ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn't know, and a best friend who can't know.

Memorable quote:
 "...every time a choice is made, we end up playing out a different scene – like a choose your own adventure book." 
“Ouch!” I whip around and spot a group of girls playing lacrosse. The back of my head continues to throb where the ball made contact. 
“Sooo sorry,” a voice calls out followed by hollow laughter. 

I’d recognize that apology anywhere. A tall lithe blonde comes rushing in my direction in order to claim her ball. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s the one responsible for the pathetic attempt at an apology. Per her usual M.O., she doesn’t sound sorry at all. 
“Come on Etta, it’s not worth getting into it with her.” Jaime miraculously appears by my side just in time to grab me by the shoulder. Her attempt is clear: to steer me away from a confrontation. As always, Jaime takes the position of buffer when it comes to me getting into trouble. 
Even though I recognized the voice, I still manage to do a double take at the girl running towards us. “Who is that?” I ask anyway, already knowing the answer. I have a feeling this isn’t going to be the end of me and Lacrosse Barbie and I want to be sure. 
“You sure you’re okay? The ball must have hit you harder than I thought. That’s Jenny, duh. You know, her dad’s the Mexican Ambassador? Access to free booze because her family owns and operates Mexia beer? Super bitch from hell? Ring any bells?” Jaime looks at me curiously. “And judging from bump on your head, she must really have it in for you.” 
My eyes narrow as I watch Jenny claim her ball and trot back to her group of giggling friends. The Barbie Brigade is just going to have to watch out. If they think they’re dealing with the same Etta, they’re in for a rude awakening – they have no idea who they’re messing with now. 

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Everything is predestined.
Etta is slowly readjusting to life in her new reality, while still recovering from the shock over the news regarding her relationship with Cooper.
While learning more about her role as leader of the Council, she soon discovers that her future is linked to the five extraordinary individuals she must recruit in order to ensure her destiny.
Nothing is as it seems, as rivals become allies and friends become the enemy.
Memorable quotes:

"How does one deal with the harsh reality that the man you want to be with is already taken – by your future self." 

"Don't ever settle for what you think is going to happen. Take life as it comes and don't prepare too much for what might be. Live for the moment." 

Book Excerpt:
“Thank you. Now, back to this Jenny thing. Seriously?” But maybe it isn’t as complicated as I imagine it to be. I mean, logically, I know there are various versions of us running around in other realities, but my confusion lies more with Jenny being my friend. She can’t possibly be. Jaime is my best friend, not the queen bee of bitchdom. Even though Cooper said she’s from a different reality, I have a hard time believing she’s changed. She always manages to remain the same in the two realities I already know her from. 

He rejoins me on the chaise lounge. “There’s not a whole lot of difference between science and destiny when you’re talking about alternate universes. Scientifically speaking, there are multiple universes that play out different scenarios, as you are now well aware, but in every reality, we maintain relationships with the same people. Some people call it fate. We are forever linked, no matter what reality you’re in. In some, we’re friends, in others, foes.” 

“So, there’s a Jenny running around who’s my ally in the other world?” Incredible. My biggest nemesis is now a friend and confidant. How the hell does something like this happen? 

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Take hold of your destiny.
Etta Fleming doesn’t know she was meant to return to her true reality four years ago. After years of being the “orphan girl” in the alternate world she grew up in, she’s finally carved a niche for herself with a great job, a steady boyfriend, and a best friend by her side.
Undeterred by the shift in the timeline, it is up to Cooper Everett and his friends to convince Etta that she is still destined to become their leader, fighting against their post-apocalyptic future.
Will meeting the ghosts of her past convince Etta that she’s part of a grander destiny? Or will her past, present, and future worlds collide?

Memorable quotes:

"Lunch. My favorite period of the day at Alexandria High. It’s almost like an all-human version of the San Diego Zoo: the nerds, the jocks, even the goths, all roaming around in their natural habitat in the cinderblock cage that was also known as the school cafeteria."

“Because life isn’t a John Hughes movie. And even if it were, we’d be cast as one of the social misfits in The Breakfast Club...

Book Excerpt:

Etta sighed. She knew her friends came from other realities that didn’t always share the same literature as she had growing-up. “Well, it was worth a shot. Charles Dickens was a legendary writer in my orphan reality. You couldn’t get through school without reading one of his classics.” As an orphan, or rather, when she lived in the reality in which she was lead to believe she was an orphan, she had developed a sort of kinship with the writer. His characters touched her in a way no author could. He would always remain one of her favorites. “I’m thinking a little Christmas Carol is in order,” she said, already scheming. 

“But it’s May,” one of the Dyson twins pointed out. “What does any of this have to do with Christmas?”

“Yes, I know this, thank you, Chance. In the story by Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by three ghosts,” Etta started.

“I think you’re thinking of the three wise men who visited Jesus in the manger,” Jenny chimed in. “Is that the Christmas story you’re thinking of?”

“No, Jenny, A Christmas Carol. I just said it was a story by Dickens.” She really did love Jenny, but sometimes she could be a bit spacey. “As I was saying, Ebenezer was visited by three ghosts: past, present, and future. If Cooper expects me to believe that he’s not only from the future, but a future in another reality in which I lead the rebellion against Thornberry, he’s going to need to bring in the big guns.” Etta looked around the room to make sure they were all listening. “And by that, I mean you guys.” 
About Claudia Lefeve -

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Claudia Lefeve was born and raised in the Gulf Coast border town of Brownsville, Texas; a curious place where folks see curanderas in lieu of shrinks, tortillas are served at every meal, and even gringos speak Spanish. PARALLEL, the first book in The Travelers series, is her debut YA speculative novel. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two pugs.

Contest Info: Win 1 of 5 eBooks Sets of the Traveler Series Volume 1 (Parallel, Paradox and Paradigm.

eBook Giveaway open Internationally and Paperback open US/Canada.  See full contest rules here.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal & Book Blast: Wait for You by J. Lynn

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?

J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic

For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says

Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU?



Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

WAIT FOR YOU is available now!
J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Falling Away by Devon Ashley

Falling Away by Devon Ashley
Published Date: February 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: Mature YA 17+ / New Adult for Language and Sexual Situations

The Story:  Jenna’s first two years of community college are almost over and it’s time to decide where to finish her degree. Should she attend Yale to be with Robert, or off to Rutgers, where she really wants to go? As Sophie and Jhett’s engagement is announced, she begins to question if she'll live happily ever after too. Right on cue with her doubts, a familiar boy pops up in her dreams again. But Evan's entrance is as abrupt as his exit, and Jenna’s left worrying about his safety. Concern and curiosity get the best of her and checking up on him puts her within arm’s reach of a man that still adores her, and one unexpected act of indiscretion will turn her world upside down and inside out.

 My Review:  Wow, this was the perfect way to finish Jenna's story!  When Devon Ashley first sent out an email asking for honest reviewers, she said up front that there was language and sexual situations.  I was hesitant at first, but I have read all of her other books, so I jumped in.  If you are wondering, the language is similar to what you'll hear in a PG-13 movie, same with the sexual situations. 
So, what girl wouldn't want two guys fighting over her?  In the two years since Jenna and Evan connected in the dream world, he woke up and she moved on fully in love with her then and now boyfriend.  Robert's mother still torments Jenna, that's a scary mother-in-law!!  But after one thing happened, it has Robert, Jenna and Even wondering what's to become of their releationships.
I love the writing style that Devon Ashley has.  The story flows, and you just keep reading until you've finished the story.  You fall in love with the characters, and I even found myself wondering which boy Jenna should end up with!!
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Published Date: March 2012
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
Genre: YA

The Story:
Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and... oh yeah, he's blind.

Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.

With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.


My Review:  I really enjoyed this book.  Becuase the main character is blind, it was neat how Emylyn Chand used the other senses to tell the story to us.  And wow, I wasn't dissapointed!  Alex finds out that he has powers, and they are getting in the way of his life.  Though, his to new friends all have some ability or another too.  One, Simmi, helps him, and together they help the third friend.  

Emlyn Chand has a writting style that is unique.  At least it seems that way to me!  Her characters have depth to them, and you really start to feel for them, with the challenges that they go through.  Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to finish it!

About the Author:
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published Date: January 2013
Publisher: EdmontUSA
Genre: YA

The Story: There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her.
Nix is a killer.  Claire is his target. But from the moment he sets eyes on her, everything changes, because only the two of them can truly see each other – and two Nobodies are more than twice as dangerous as one.

My Review:  LOVED every minute of this book.  Jennifer Lynn Barnes pulled me in from the first chapter.  It had me remembering times in my own life that I felt like a Nobody.  And the emotions that she brought to the characters, I was feeling much the same as them.  This is such an awesome story about trust, love, and humankind.  There are so many similarities with the "real world" to this world that Jennifer created, it broke my heart.  Jennifer uses such descriptive words, that you are able to imagine and see what she saw as she was writing it. 
About Jennifer Lynn Barnes:
Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the author of the popular Raised by Wolves series. A former competitive cheerleader, teen model, and comic book geek, she wrote her first book at the age of nineteen. She just completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Yale University and has returned to her native Oklahoma to teach at the University of Oklahoma. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Published Date: February
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: YA

The Story:
Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other.
My Review: Wow, this book is really good.  We're thrown into a world, much like Jane Austin's books, where girls have coming out parties, tea time, and balls.  Cate is the oldest of her sisters, and after her mother dies, is in charge of protecting them too.  Their father is away most of the time, but they have nosey neighbors that check in, giving no real time to practice their witchcraft. 
I loved how Jessica brought us inside the Cahill sisters' world.  We are able to feel with them, and see the most beautiful but also the most frightening things.  This book is an easy read, but I didn't want it to end.  So glad I found out that this is a series! 
Oh, and Finn, he is such a good guy.  Knowing what he does, he protects his sister and mother.  But he does catch the fancy of Cate.  This sparks a forbidden romance, as he's just the son of a librarian, and Cate is the daughter of a nobleman.  Love it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rapunzel Untangled Blog Tour

A Girl Trapped in a Mansion
A Mysterious Old Woman
The Boy Who Will Change Everything


Blurb for Rapunzel Untangled
Fab Fane Fannigan: Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION???
RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that’s different?
Fab Fane Flannigan: No, Rapunzel, there’s only one that I know of. It has to be the same. So you live in the tower?
RG: Uh, the tower? I don’t know. Is it a tower?
Fab Fane Flannigan: Yes, it is. I know where it is. Rapunzel, promise me one thing.
RG: Okay.
Fab Fane Flannigan: Don’t Google your house.
Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction.
But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.
Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.

My Review: I loved this book. This story was retold in an amazing way. I actually LOVE this version better than the original version. I was never a huge Rapunzel fan until I read Rapunzel Untangled. Author Cindy Bennett brought this story to life and it played out like a movie in my head. The characters are so well developed and play their part so well. Reading this book, you actually believe something like this could happen in today's world.

About the Author

Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband - who happens to be her high-school sweetheart - raised two sons and two daughters. She's now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.

When she's not writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there's no mention of cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. (Yes, she rides a Harley.)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Guest Post: Book Boyfriends and Literary Crushes by Stephanie Wardrop

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Swoon Romance

About the book: One superior smirk from Michael Endicott convinces sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett that the Devil wears Polo. His family may have founded the postcard-perfect New England town they live in, but Georgia’s not impressed. Even if he is smart, good looking, and can return Georgia’s barbs as deftly as he returns serves on his family’s tennis courts. After all, if Michael actually thinks she refuses to participate in lab dissections just to mess with his grade, he’s a little too sure that he’s the center of the universe. Could there be more to Michael Endicott than smirks and sarcasm? If Georgia can cut the snark long enough, she just might find out.

Snark and Circumstance is the first title in the Snark and Circumstance series of young adult romance novellas from Stephanie Wardrop.

About the Author: Stephanie Wardrop grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania where she started writing stories when she ran out of books to read.  She’s always wanted to be a writer, except during the brief period of her childhood in which piracy seemed like the most enticing career option -- and if she had known then that there actually were “girl” pirates way back when, things might have turned out very differently.  She currently teaches writing and literature at Western New England University  and lives in a town not unlike the setting of Snark and Circumstance with her husband, two kids, and five cats.  With a book out – finally – she might be hitting the high seas any day now.


Sometimes the purely fictional status of a partner is not a negative but a plus.    They’re available when you want them and otherwise occupied when you don’t, they always want to do what you want to do, and they will never ask if you were really planning to wear that out of the house.

And part of the fun of writing a romance like Snark and Circumstance was in making Mr. Right.

So here are a few of the literary crushes I’ve enjoyed over many years of reading.

My first literary crush was probably Nat from Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  He was smart, unconventional, tolerant of Quakers and suspected witches, and he rescues the heroine from prison and takes her away on his ship to someplace warmer and more exotic than Puritan New England. I’d still jump on that ship today.

I hesitate to admit it since Snark is an homage to Pride and Prejudice, but I was never a huge fan of Mr. Darcy myself (until he was played by Colin Firth.  Then I was onboard that ship, too).  And I am no fan of Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff, the Byronic prototype for the angry, violent guy who just can’t express his feelings except by choking puppies.  (Though I love the book).

My nineteenth-century man was Will Ladislaw from Middlemarch He was artistic, rebellious, supportive of Dorothea’s right to personhood and passion, and he had great hair (or at least I imagined he did).

Of the Modernists I had a soft spot for poor doomed Quentin Compson, because nobody who loves his sister that much can be anything but good, and if you think that is creepy, 

I assure you that every time I have taught The Sound and the Fury, I have uncovered a large number of sophomore, junior, and senior college women who would love to take Quentin’s hand and talk him off of that bridge.  But a better bet for lasting happiness would be George from EM Forster’s A Room with a View.  He was playful, caring, 

and wonderfully open.  You could have a good time with George and not feel bad about it the next day.  And if he looked like Julian Sands, who played him in the Merchant Ivory film, you could do a lot worse.

Finally, lest we maintain a heterosexist bias here, and assume that all romance occurs solely between men and women, I present Rita Mae Brown’s Molly Bolt as my number 

one girl crush.  In Rubyfruit Jungle, Molly made even the most homophobic woman in her life succumb to the power of her charms.  This makes her not just crushable but also my favorite superhero of sorts.

So there you have it.   Are there any literary characters you’re crushin’ on?  Tell me at my Facebook page, Stephanie Wardrop, YA Author, or tweet me at s_wardrop.


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