Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

UnethicalAuthor: Jennifer Blackwood
Publication: October 20, 2014
By: Entangled Embrace
Category: New Adult
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3.5 Stars!
Love burns hotter the second time around…

Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels's family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother's death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn't forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.

As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.



*I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

It's not often that I read a book that could have been ripped from the headlines, but that's how I felt while reading Unethical. Second-chance stories are some of my favorites to read and I enjoyed watching Peyton and Blake work through their past mistakes, deal with their issues head-on and ultimately find a HEA. 

There were a few spots that dragged for me, but overall this was an entertaining story. The college setting gave the story and it's characters and an authentic feel, and I think Unethical makes a nice addition to the New Adult genre. 


~ About the Author~ 

Photo Credit: Author's Website
Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and New Adult author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. Her debut novel, UNETHICAL, comes out in October with Entangled Embrace.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RELEASE DAY: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!

 

Cold Stone Touch

  Every touch has its price 

 Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. 

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay... 
 


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~ Excerpt ~

I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there.

I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings.

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself.Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron.

After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.

Where r u?

R u skipping, u ho?

A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp?
Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this.

Bio is lonely.

My boobs miss u. How weird is that?

That was notably weird and yet not surprising.

If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault.

Holy sh*t, Layla, where r u?!?

Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.

U have no idea who just walked into bio!!!

Roth is here!

Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this?

Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect.

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t.

Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead.

“What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.


~ The choice is yours ~


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Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick. 

 To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait! Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!

   

~ Author Jennifer L. Armentrout ~


Author Photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.



She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


BLOG TOUR + GUEST POST: Camp Forget-Me-Not by J.K. Rock

Camp Forget-Me-Not (Camp Boyfriend, #3)
Series: Camp Boyfriend #3
Authors: J.K. Rock
Publication: October 7, 2014
By: Spencer Hill   
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Playing it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one.

She always thought she'd forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that's what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes--just like he used to--she wonders what kind of game he's playing. Nick's attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision--stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe... herself.

~ Guest Post ~ 

Independence Day- by J.K. Rock

In Camp Forget-Me-Not, our heroine Kayla longs to be a part of the “IN-CROWD” because she thinks it will protect her from ridicule, something she suffered as an overweight middle-school student. As long as she, “speaks her mind, in her mind,” she won’t make the popular girls in her group angry. She goes along with everything they say, afraid to disagree. Yet something happens to Kayla that also happened to me when I was her age. She grew up.


Individuality is what makes the world the colorful, interesting place that it is. Yet when you look at the kids shuffling along a typical middle school and even a high school hallway, many look the same. Most are wearing the designer everyone else is wearing, from shoes, to pants, shirts, to accessories. Then comes senior year… or for some, their freshman year in college… for others, they had it all along: the need to be yourself. It’s hard to predict when it will happen. But you’ll know it when it does.


That moment happens to different people at different ages. We need to figure out who we are before we can start behaving and looking that way. For Kayla, it happens during her last year at camp. She realizes that she doesn’t want to be the quiet, ‘yes’, girl who’s known for being pretty and little else. She discovers that she likes making others look good with make-up and putting together outfits that matches their personal style. And when her parents give her the ultimate choice- to move to Milan with her mother or stay in America with a father she barely knows, she makes the ultimate independent step.


There’s too much negativity in the world for us to criticize people for not wanting to stand out. Sure, we wish there’d be less Hollister sweaters and American Eagle hoodies in the world… but they are warm. No. It’s not fair to expect everyone to be an individual right away. Growing up means following your own path and timeline. Better, I say, to celebrate when others get the courage and insight to become who they are truly meant to be. Maybe we should call that Independence Day!



~ About the Authors ~


Writing partners Joanne and Karen Rock pen Young Adult books as a team in addition to solo careers as adult romance writers (learn more below). Married into the same big, boisterous clan, Joanne and Karen quickly bonded over a shared love of books. After a decade of re-plotting their favorite films during family parties, they decided to write a book of their own. They sold their first attempt to the Spencer Hill Contemporary imprint of Spencer Hill Press as the launch title.



~ Giveaway ~

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY with Stacey O'Neale

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I'm so excited to announce that I (Stacey O'Neale) won THREE FREAKIN HOWEY AWARDS at IndieReCon Live!
I won BEST BOOK for MORTAL ENCHANTMENT
Rowan won BEST BOOK BOYFRIEND
Rowan and Kalin won for BEST KISS in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT
These awards mean a lot to me because they were voted on by readers. They said they got over 28,000 votes and over 300 novels were nominated. Thank you so much to anyone who voted for my books or characters. It really touches my heart to know that people out there enjoy what I do.
You can see the full list on winners HERE.
If you haven't read my series, THE SHADOW PRINCE is available for FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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


To celebrate my WINS, I'm giving away 1 $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card PLUS Five additional Winners will get SIGNED COPIES of my entire MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series (which includes FRAGILE REIGN)!!!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Compulsion by Martina Boone


Hello & welcome to the I Have A Compulsion for Magic blog tour
I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Your can follow the entire tour here. Trust me, you don't want to miss the author guest posts, the excerpts, and the massive giveaway going on with the tour. 



COMPULSION (HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 1)
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunts South Carolina plantation insteada prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her familys twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isnt what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Pre-order Compulsion

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Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special I have a Compulsion for readingbookplate from Eight Cousins. Pre-Order Incentives Going on here.

Early Praise for Compulsion

Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, youll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” 
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” 
Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series 

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" 
Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen


About Martina


Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.
Shes the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Ever wonder what it would be like to be a little bit magic? That’s exactly the subject of the Compulsion for Magic tour! The characters on Watson Island don’t fly, they don’t kill people with a touch. They just have an extra “gift” that doubles as a curse if you look at it from a different angle. 

We want to hear from you! What kind of a “gift” would you like to have? For a chance to win the HUGE tour mega prize of books and the $100 gift card, tell us in the comments below—but remember, as it is on Compulsion’s Watson Island—magic isn’t always a solution, it’s just as often a problem in itself.


To help give you an example to follow, we asked Beth Revis, the NYT bestselling author of The Body Electric, the hot new sci-fi about a girl who uses tech to slip into people’s minds and experience or influence their memories, and the fabulous Across the Universe series to share some of her magical ideas. She’ll be heading out to bookstores with Martina on the Compelling Reads tour.

Beth, if you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?

What I really want is the ability to stop time so that I could read and write as much as I want to, or the ability to teleport so that I could travel anywhere. But if it was just a little gift...I think I'd like the ability to truly love healthy food and to always have exactly what I want to eat readily available. This idea brought to you by the fact that, once again, the husband and I just sat around saying "What do you wanna eat?" for an hour before popping something in the microwave.
 
What everyday magic would your characters wish they had and why?

In The Body Electric, my main character Ella would like to always be able to tell when someone's lying to her. She is surrounded by people she can't entirely trust, so she would greatly value that! My other main character, Jack, would probably very much like the ability to convince others of truth...
 
Eight, Barrie’s love interest in Compulsion, has inherited his family’s gift of knowing what people want and feeling compelled to give it to them. What’s one gift you’re glad you don’t have? Or your characters would be glad they didn’t have?

I've always felt that Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted is a touch of a horror story--the idea that you must obey any order given to you...shudder. I would never, ever, ever, ever want that ability. I value my freedom of choice more than almost anything.
 
Barrie is tied to her family’s plantation, Watson’s Landing, in a magical way, and the whole landscape becomes magical for her. What’s the one place in your book that you wish you could bring to life?

I actually would really love to see the entire city of New Venice in The Body Electric come to life. It's not a dystopian society--there are bad people, but it's not a bad world, and the city itself is a beautiful mix of old and new. It's not perfect, but it's not a world I'd mind living in. You know, minus the evil people.
 
If you were going to a Halloween party and you had to dress as a character from a Southern Gothic or a Gothic romance, what would your costume look like?

Oh, I would totally be the raving crazy woman the family keeps hidden in the attic.

Beth has the Gothic nailed. There’s always a crazy relative (or at least a skeleton) in the attic. Southern Gothics are a little more up front. No one bothers to hide the crazy—it’s right there in front of you.

Your turn!  Leave a comment.

Would you go with a crazy magic or a useful one? How would it affect your life?

And/Or . . .

Bonus option: If you’d rather do a photo answer, show us a Halloween costume with your interpretation of a Southern Gothic, Gothic, or magical costume! Would you go Beth’s crazy route, or would you go romantic? Post a comment with the URL to your photo and we’ll share it. Use tag #CompulsionMagic.

 


The Giveaway 


Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don't want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away! 5 lucky winners will each win the following:

Grand Prize Winner - will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That's the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! *US residents only

Next Winner - will win a $100 gift card to the book store of their choice! *open internationally

3 Additional winners will each win a Compulsion prize pack which features a signed copy of Compulsion, a Compulsion necklace and bookmarks. *open internationally

To enter to win, please fill out the form below:

Good luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BLOG TAKEOVER with Danielle Ellison


Follow Me Through This Takeover with Danielle Ellison:

Five Things That Led Me Here (Part 2) 

Danielle Ellison here with another blog takeover! To celebrate the release of my book Follow Me Through Darkness—which comes out on October 21! (eek!)— I am taking over fantastic book blogs twice a week to share stories and PRIZES! Thanks to the amazing Jen for letting me steal her blog today!Today, I’m going to share five things that lead me here—or part of them anyway. The first part is over Reading With ABC.
 
“Here” being pre-release on my book baby. “Here” being an author. “Here” being this blog. “Here” being (literally) my couch in Virginia.


3.      My roommates.

I’m a hard person to live with. I mean, I’m a writer. Most of us are hard to live with in general because we are crazypants. I’m relatively laid back, I think, but I have my quirks, which provide copious amounts of entertainment. My roommates, at various times in my life, have really all worked toward me coming here.

Lauren was only my roommate for one year of college, but she’s the one who told me to stop crying and take a writing class so she’s on my list forever just for that.

Then I had Bridget. She was there when I said, “I want to write a book.” She watched me scribble in notepads and even read things from that very first-in-a-closet-now book. She’s the one who bought me Scrivener for my birthday because I loved the trial so much and thought I should have it. She listened, brainstormed, gave feedback. She never questioned me when I fell into  a YA hole, or ran away to hide in my fictional world, and she generally stayed excited about everything I did. People like that? They are the only way you make it through.

Derrick, Josh and Nathan were next—and if you’ve read Salt’s acknowledgments then you’ve heard the story about how Josh opened my eyes to Supernatural, Derrick was always there to brainstorm and Nathan kept me smiling. But they did so much more than that. They kept me going, made me write, rewarded me, talked me out of corners, celebrated victories and made everything awesome.




Most recently, I also have Ashley—who has been my friend since high school theater classes. None of my roommates have had to deal with crazy like she has, and for some reason she stays.
What’s the point of this list?  

Other people. They are what brought me here, because without them I’d never even have tried, or I would’ve given up. The people you surround yourself with matter.

To everyone on this list, and everyone not (you know who you are) thank you for living with me, for supporting me, and for dealing with the crazy. You led me here.

4.    My (obsessive) love of television

I love TV. Like. I love it. Summer is the saddest time of my life every year—literally. I get really depressed in summer—and that’s because I’m a TV addict. I’m obsessed with it. Even as a kid, I loved television. (Snick! TGIF! Soap operas with my mom! Power Ranges! I watched it all.)




Watching as much TV as I do (and if you follow me on twitter then you know how bad it is!) has to have a positive. I believe you can learn a lot about writing from television.

Characters, dialogue, plot, writing, cliques, trends—all of these things are in television shows. I get a lot of comments that my books are conversational, and that’s because characters a driving force for me. As someone who started writing plays, I know the importance of dialogue—and as someone obsessed with television, I understand the other elements of story telling.

When I started writing plays, I actually did so because I wanted to work in movies. I wanted to write screenplays and direct. That’s the reason I took a theater class and had Cheryl as my teacher…but little did I know how everything would turn out.

So thank you, television, for leading me here.

5.  Stubbornness. (Or passion, depending on your rose-colored glasses.)

 This is the number one reason I’m here. I’m stubborn. I’m also passionate, which is a deadly combination when you put them together. Tell me not to do something, tell me I can’t do something, and I will do everything in my power to prove you wrong. (Wow, now I know where Neely gets it from.)

As a kid I got a lot of this. I grew up with a really large fmily in a really small area—everyone was always in each other’s business. I was a girl, I was chubby, I liked television and reading and pretending, and not doing anything else that everyone in my family did. I was the oddball—and boy did I feel that my whole life. I used to want to be a country singer, but everyone said I couldn’t. To their benefit I’m not a great singer so that’s valid, but as a kid I was determined to be that! I was told “no” a lot. I always felt like I wasn’t good enough, like what I wanted would never be mine, that I’d always be on the outside of life looking in.

Family is not supposed to make you feel that way, but mine did. I hated them all for that. They were never very supportive of me. Yet somewhere in the back of my mind I set out to do something amazing so they would be wrong. To show them—to show myself—that I could be more and do more and I could.

Pharrell said something on the Voice the other day that’s really stuck with me: No doesn’t mean quit. That’s what I did with writing. That’s what I try to do in everything, but sometimes I fail. 


To anyone pursing something their passionate about, no doesn’t mean quit. No means try harder. Try again. Try better. You have to let your stubbornness to settle for the “no” and your passion for the thing you love drive you. If you do, you’ll end up exactly where you’re supposed to be. 

I wanted to be a country singer. I wanted to write and direct movies. I don’t do either of those things—but I do the thing I love. I write books. Some people love them, some people don’t. Some people get it, some don’t. Some support me, some don’t. Some want me to succeed, some don’t. This is life. But at the end of the day, I will do what I want to do. I will work as hard as I can to end up where I want to be.

So thanks, stubbornness and passion, for driving me here—to this moment, only days before my book comes out. Please continue to drive me to the next release and the next and the next.


~ About the Book ~


The truth won't always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.

Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.

All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.



~ About the Author ~


Danielle Ellison spent of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It's probably the reason she can't divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It's also probably the reason she's had so many different zip codes and jobs.
When she’s not writing, Danielle is usually drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Danielle is also the author of SALT and STORM, a series about a snarky witch without magic. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.