Saturday, 30 March 2013

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas

Title: Blue Hearts of Mars

Series: N/A

Author: Nicole Grotepas

Published: 11th January 2013


Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway–for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.

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I programmed my Gate to play music and laid down on my bed and listened to the sounds pouring in around me. With my eyes closed I could still see Hemingway and his perfect jaw line that swept up to his ear, his cheek bones molding the bends of his skin in all the right ways, the curve of his bottom lip when he smiled, his brown-gray close-cropped hair. And his laugh. I could hear it. His steel-blue eyes were looking at me in my mind, tap-tapping into my brain, his eyes alight with electric galaxies.

I stared into his eyes in my mind. Could I ever get close to him? I needed to. There was so much I didn’t know about him. What was it like when he slept? How did his body feel to hold? How did his hair smell? Did it have a fragrance the way a human’s would? I needed to know.

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!

Author Bio - Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother’s old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she’s forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan–the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Wildflowers by Schledia Benefield Blog Tour - Interview

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Wildflowers by Schledia Benefield

WildflowersTitle: Wildflowers

Series: N/A

Author: Schledia Benefield

Published: 8th February 2013

Publisher: Three Keys Publishing


Have you ever feared what may be hiding deep within you?

Darkness often skulks in the blood of unsuspecting victims, but Aster McGrath is acutely aware of the violence coursing through his veins. After all, he is the son of a murderer, and everyone in the town of Bayville, Mississippi says he will end up just like his father.

When Susan Blackman moves into town, Aster has already embraced his brutal nature, but her gentle spirit draws him in and slowly melts the icy exterior of his heart. Taming his savagery, she professes her love, but will the good within him be able to overcome the evil lurking deep inside? Or will the fiend break free of its fetters and seek blood?

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Interview with Schledia Benefield

Tell us a little about your latest book, Wildflowers.
Wildflowers is a YA romance set in the fictional town of Bayville, Mississippi. The main character is Aster McGrath. He’s been labeled by the town folk as a bad seed doomed to end up like either his mother or his father or both. His father is in prison for murder, and his mother is an abusive drunk. Because of the life he has lived, he has a natural tendency toward violence. He’s angry, cynical, and rebellious. When Susan Blackman moves into town, she reaches out to him. Aster is instantaneously attracted to her, but he doesn’t believe that he would ever have a chance with her. She’s kind, pure, and beautiful, and he sees himself as quite the opposite.

When did you decide you wanted to be an author, and when did you take the leap?
I’ve been writing for most of my life, but I lacked the confidence needed to actually believe that I could be an author, but even during elementary school, I wanted to write books when I grew up. In 2006 the idea for a fantasy series came to me. I wrote the overview, saved it, closed my computer, and walked away. The story wouldn’t let me go, so a year later, I started doing the research needed for that series. That took me 6 months. It was mid-2007 when I started writing. I was 35 when I took the leap!

How big a part did/does your family play in helping you write?
My husband is a huge help! After I finish a chapter, I read it to him. He is always faithful to give me honest input and encouragement. He has financially supported me by being willing to fly us to New York so that I could attend my first writer’s conference. My children are supportive as well. My fantasy book is middle grade, so I read it to them after I finished my first draft. They gave me their input and helped me to come up with comprehension questions for it. My youngest son is doing his reading fair project on that book right now! They all help by understanding that sometimes Mom can’t cook breakfast on a Saturday morning because she is writing. They share me with my characters, but I try not to do that too often because my family is the most important thing in my life.

How do you handle bad reviews of your books?
Honestly, I had to work myself up to expecting that before I published my first book. I’m a very sensitive person, so I knew that I would have to prepare myself bad reviews. You have to have thick skin when your work is out there for people to review, critique, and even sometimes criticize harshly. First and foremost, I know that my style of writing is not for everyone, so naturally there are going to be some people who do not like my books. I can accept that because there are also people who will and have loved my books. I have a couple of cards that were mailed to me by fans. They were very encouraging and told me how much my book touched them, so I keep those close by as a reminder. That’s the reason I write, to touch the hearts of readers. Another thing I did to help me handle bad reviews is look up the reviews written on other books I love. Some of my favorite books have received harsh and even cruel reviews, so for me to know that a book that made a bestseller’s list and had thousands of positive reviews also had its share of bad reviews, helps me. Obviously a bad review doesn’t mean that the book is bad; it just means that the person writing the review didn’t like it for whatever reason.

What's your favourite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Well, up until recently, my husband and I would watch our DVDs of Friends to relax before bed, but we were just introduced to The Big Bang Theory, so now we are addicted to winding down the night watching it! That’s our nightly relax and unwind routine, but if it’s for a rare, me-time relax and unwind, I like to be by water with a book, although I should emphasize only during spring or fall. I live in Mississippi on the coast. Summer is miserably hot!

What three people (alive or deceased) would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Ellen DeGeneres. I LOVE her! I’ve been a fan since the 80s. She’s hilarious, kind, and generous. One of my dreams is to be able to make a trip to California and visit her show. Jane Austen. She’s one of my favorite authors. I would love to be able to talk to her about her novels. My Paw Paw, my Mom’s dad. I’ve lost all of my grandparents, and I miss them all, but I was only 9 when he died. One of his dreams that he never had the opportunity to fulfill was to write a book, so I would love to be able to visit with him again and tell him that I’m an author. I think he would be proud.

Which of your works has had the most impact on you, as both a person and a writer?
That’s a tough one. My first novel, Plain Jane, had a huge impact on me as a person, but Wildflowers has had a bigger impact on me as a writer.

Where is your favourite place to go for inspiration (whether a real place, or a place in your mind)?
Anywhere outside in nature, especially if water is around. Feeling a cool breeze blowing across my face while listening to the sound of water (whether it is waves crashing or a river flowing), allows me to enter the worlds hiding in my mind.

A huge thanks to Schledia for the interview. I always love to hear the different stories from authors and it was great fun reading through Schledia's answers!

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The H.E.A.R.T. Saga by Linna Drehmel Blog Tour - Spotlight

H.E.A.R.T. Saga: The Children by Linna Drehmel

H.E.A.R.T. Saga ~ The ChildrenTitle: The Children

Series: H.E.A.R.T Saga #1

Author:  Linna Drehmel

Published: March 2012

Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing


DraDonna is the first person in more than 500 years to be born with copper colored hair on a planet that thrives on perfection. The people on this immaculate little world worship ‘The HEART’ which is a female intelligence that utterly controls the lives and minds of all of her children by supplying them with and addictive energy force that her children can channel into their bodies and use in their daily lives.

The HEART loses control over her children when DraDonna begins to have forbidden dreams that lead this young woman and her devoted husband DraDevon to discover the truth about their world and the HEART’s dark secret.

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H.E.A.R.T. Saga: The Choice by Linna Drehmel

The Choice (H.E.A.R.T Saga )Title: The Choice

Series: H.E.A.R.T Saga #2

Author:  Linna Drehmel

Published: March 2013

Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing


A powerful leader who would risk everything...

The best friend who will not give in...

The people who stand against an ancient tyrannical evil...

The adventure continues!

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Author Bio - Linna Drehmel

Image of Linna DrehmelLinna Drehmel was born at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho in 1973 and grew up surrounded by military. Her father served for 22 years in the Air Force, her mother was a military police officer in the Marines, and her older brother served for 10 years in the Navy. She draws inspiration from her family's many years of proud service in the military. She has spent much of her life studying anthropology and has a particular fondness for archaeology. She loves to find ways to intertwine anthropological and archaeological themes into her writing. She also has a strong understanding of what the reader likes, as she herself is an avid reader.

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop - INT

This hop is in conjunction with the 3rd annual Fairy Tale Fortnight.  

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop
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For this hop I am giving away one copy of Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. The giveaway is international as long as the book depository ships free to your country.

Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?


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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Cover Reveal - 4 Short Stories from Beth Ann Masarik

 All the covers are for Beth Ann Masarik's short stories that are all short stories based off her soon to be released novel, The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness which is YA Urban Fantasy.

Murderous Regrets ( Short Story #1)

Leon Greene is accused of murdering his best friend, Jason Aysel, and the world wants to know if he really did it. Cue Elise Stevenson, the top news reporter for the Daily Gazette who gets the scoop. Will Leon tell her the truth and his motives behind the murder? 

Moon Spirit (Short Story #2)

Raul Blackoak's world is tossed upside down one evening when he stumbles upon a damsel in distress. What he wasn't expecting was that his life would be changed forever by her. Because he risks his own life to save her, he is caught between two worlds; the world to which he belongs, and the human world. Will he be able to balance being in both worlds? Or will he have to give up one to be happily ever after in the other?


Hell Bound (Short Story #3)

After impressing her boss with her interview with werewolf, Leon Greene, Elise is Hell Bound to an interview with the Lord of the Underworld himself. Mr. Murphy wants her to find the dirty scoop on Hades himself, and foil his plot to take over the world. Will she survive the clutches of Hell?

Hells Captive (Short Story #4)

As if interviewing Hades himself wasnt enough, Elise gets sucked into doing an interview with his son, Prince Damien. It turns out that the Prince of Darkness has a few tricks up his sleeve himself, and is head over heels for the girl he murdered. Will Elise uncover the Prince of Darknesss deepest, darkest secrets?


Author Bio - Beth Ann Masarik

Beth Ann Masarik was born on Long Island, NY in the year 1984 with an over-active imagination. She used to love playing make-believe games, and now loves creating her own fantasy worlds. Masarik has been writing since she was 15 years old, and had her first newspaper article published in her high school newspaper in her sophomore year. She has taken several creative writing classes, and started writing her very first novel in college, and is currently searching for the right literary agent. Aside from writing novels, Masarik enjoys bowling, gaming, and role playing online. She enjoys reading fantasy novels written by Richelle Mead, L.J. Smith, and J.K. Rowling, and looks to them for role models.

Beth is recently married, and when she isnt writing or role playing, she is found volunteering down at her church.

Masarik is also the founder of Literary Lunes Magazine/Literary Lunes Publications, a bi-monthly zine that is dedicated to promoting authors. You can find out more about Literary Lunes by going to its website at

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Judging a Book by It's Cover [16]

There are heaps of different memes about, and I do quite a few of them here but I also wanted to do something that was my own and that's how this came about. I don't actually judge a book solely on it's cover, I've read many a bad book with a gorgeous cover and vice versa, so I'm not a total cover snob, but I do appreciate a nice cover. This is just a simple, fun post showcasing some of the covers we love and what we love about them! If you want to join in just create your own post and leave a link to it in the comments below!

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Beautiful Creatures
(The Caster Chronicles #1)
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publication Date: 1st December 2009

Why it Caught My Eye:
From a distance the cover looks almost completely black except for the title and authors. It isn't until you look closer that you start to notice the background. The path between the trees and grass and dirt, leading to somewhere but you don't know where. It gives off an eerie vibe just from that, but when you add in the look of the trees, the texture and feeling and shape, it adds to that vibe so much more. It's a great cover!

Favourite Feature:
The title font. It's so different from the background yet it still somehow fits - it's gorgeous!

What I Guessed About the Book:
Well not a whole lot really. From the title I got that there's be some paranormal element and I go an eerie vibe from the cover but other than that nothing. Trees don't give much away.

The After Opinion:
There was eerie-ness involved and paranormal-ness, as well as a tree-lined path. I really enjoyed the novel and thought the cover didn't a good job of portraying it without giving much away. The Caster Chronicles has gorgeous covers!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Stacking the Shelves [19]

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews about sharing the books you've added to your shelves in the past week, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks. Click on the book titles to take you to their goodreads page.

From author Suzanne Lazear (Technically my boyfriend won them, but sharing is caring right!)

Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles, #1)   Skies of Fire (The Ether Chronicles, #1)   Night of Fire (The Ether Chronicles, #2)
Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear - paperback signed to my fabulous boyfriend
Skies of Fire (The Ether Chronicles #1) by Zoe Archer - paperback
Night of Fire (The Ether Chronicles #2) by Nico Rossi - paperback
And.. Various Buttons, Badges, Bookmarks, Magnets, Cards + A Fab Innocent Darkness Swag-Bag!

Rapture (Fallen, #4)
Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate - paperback (Only $5!!)

Friday, 22 March 2013

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Fraction of Stone (Fraction of Stone #1) by Kelley Lynn

Fraction of Stone (Fraction, #1)Title: Fraction of Stone

Series: Fraction of Stone #1

Author: Kelley Lynn

Published: 21st March 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing

Source: E-Copy from the author for an honest review


There is only one among the Tarmack nation with the ability to wield magic, eighteen-year-old Rydan Gale. He lives like a prince, cherished for his talent to bend the fabric of the universe to his will. In the war against the Liasam, he is their ultimate weapon. 

The Liasam have a source of magic as well, but Akara’s mastery of her power is rudimentary at best. With a brilliant display of fire-rain Rydan’s side wins the war, giving the Tarmack sole control over dwindling resources due to the natural disasters ripping apart the earth. 

When Akara is sentenced to death, Rydan questions the motive, and discovers the leaders of the newly unified nation fear magic above all else. With war a memory, his skills no longer needed, Rydan suspects he is next. Throwing away every comfort, he pulls Akara from the flames of her execution and their lives as fugitives begin. 

Both have a tattoo on the back of their neck, the mark of an extinguished tribe. They discover the natural disasters plaguing the world are due to the tribe’s demise and only Rydan and Akara can save the crumbling world.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures and determined men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.

My Review

I loved this book from the first few lines. It wasn't that they were amazingly gripping, or superbly written, or full of intense emotions, they just really connected with me. There's a certain feel to this piece which is both beautiful and haunting and being able to feel that all the way through was just gorgeous.

The two main characters were Rydan and Akara, to very exceptional young people whio grew up in completely different circumstances. At first I thought Rydan was a bit uppity, but then I grew to knew him and realised I was comparing him too much to Akara and his pampered lifestyle had given him a different perspective on life. Rydan was caring, loyal, trusting, and so many other wonderful things. Akara was almost the complete opposite. She was dark, brooding and believed there was no one in the world who was worth saving. As the story progressed these characters grew a lot and they began to adopt the good, strong characteristics of each other. The potential inside them was great and I love them both to bits!

Fraction of Stone is a YA fantasy (my two favourite genres) and the story was so compelling and engaging! It wasn't full of action and intrigue, though they were parts of the story, the thing that really got me excited about this book was the content. It was a new idea and really got me thinking, if you had the power to save humanity, yet had spent your whole life being mistreated and abused by everyone you've ever met, would you save it? Is it worth saving every bad person in the world just so one spark of light doesn't go out? It was  such a different, amazing piece and I was blown away by the sheer power of it.

I really loved this book, it was so powerful and gripping and the story was really well executed. I was originally planning on giving it a 4.5/5 but as I wrote up this review, reliving the feeling from this book, I just felt myself falling more and more in love. I can't think of anything that I really disliked about this book! Everything was done exactly how it should've been and I just want more! I'm begging for more! I need to lose myself in this world again because it just so full of emotion and wonder. A solid 5/5.

5/5 Whales

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