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Book Blast + Giveaway: Change of Heart by Scarlett Edwards


That’s how I’ve gotten through nineteen years of life. It’s what I do every single day—no matter how badly the odds are stacked against me.

Persevere, and survive.

Those are my two guiding words. I never knew either of my parents. I have no family and no home. The only person I could ever rely on was myself. In this cruel world, that’s about as much as I could ask for.

Love? Hah. Don’t talk to me about love. I stopped believing in it the day my first boyfriend ripped out my heart three years ago.

That’s why love is the last thing on my mind when I leave a packed college bar with a captivating stranger. Yet everything changes when I’m awakened in the middle of the night by a pounding at the door. Suddenly, an arrangement meant for just one night threatens to become something much deeper.

All expectations are thrown to the wind as I’m tangled in a dangerous world unlike anything I can believe. The man I met has secrets swirling around him like a dark cape. I’m about to become his biggest one…

Together, we stumble toward the elevator. Rich breaks away for a second to hit the button. The light doesn’t come on.

“Damn,” he growls, “it’s busted again.”

I’m one step ahead of him. I’d spotted the stairs when we entered. I grab his hand and pull him after me with no hesitation. I start up the cement stairwell, determined to get to his room as fast as possible.

“Penny, wait.”

I look back, confused. “What?”

A devilish smile plays on his lips. “Only this.” Without warning his hands wrap around my waist, and I’m  being lifted up as easily as if I were a doll. He turns to the side and presses my body against the wall, suspending me between him and the concrete.

His mouth crashes down on mine again. I curl my legs around his torso, locking my ankles together, and kiss him back with the passion reserved for a lover after ten long years apart. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m getting even more turned on. Rich’s hands move down to grasp the outside of my thighs, and I moan into his kiss as the muscles of my core clench in sinful fashion. I want him so badly. If we don’t get somewhere private soon, I won’t be wholly opposed to jumping him in public.

I gasp as he steps away, freeing me from the wall. I start to fall, but one of his hands darts down to catch me just beneath the knees.  The other one cradles my shoulders. Before I know it, I’m slung across his   arms like a bride on her wedding night.

“I’ve always wanted to carry a girl up these stairs,” Rich admits.

I laugh, and wrap my arm around his neck. “Oh, you are just the best type of romantic.”

Four flights of stairs later, Rich pushes open the fire door to a dimly-lit hallway. He carries me down the hall and stops in front of an entrance on the right. He sets me down, then fishes around in his jeans for the key. When the door creaks open, he sweeps a hand out in front of him. “Welcome to my humble abode.”

I walk in, curious about his apartment. I tend to side with the camp of people who believe that a person’s living arrangements can reveal a lot about his personality. But, I don’t find much to work with here.

The apartment is sparse and dark. Pale moonlight filters in through the balcony window, shining down on the only piece of furniture present: a queen size mattress lying on the floor of the living room. The red brick walls are totally empty—no girly posters or other things I might expect in a bachelor’s apartment. There are no lamps, no chairs, no couches.

After a moment, I notice a second piece of furniture: a small, old-school CRT TV camped in one corner of the studio apartment.

Rich switches on the light. “So?” he asks, “what do you think?”

I walk past the entrance. There’s one hall leading away from the room. It is filled with brown cardboard boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. “Did you just move in or something?”

Rich laughs behind me. “Yeah, something like that. You want a drink?”

“A drink?” I say. “No, I—”

The words catch in my throat as he grabs my hips and spins me around. I had no idea he’d come so close. He’d moved from the door to me without making a sound. His fingers lock together against my lower back, and he tugs me into him, pressing my belly to his waist. I feel his growing erection right away, and a diabolical excitement builds inside me.

Nothing happens.

For a long moment, Richard just holds me like that, staring into my eyes as I’m left dangling off his arms. His irises are the color of sea mist. I’m hypnotized by the deep intensity I see brewing just beneath the surface. I have no doubt that that type of intensity is mirrored in my eyes.

Then, moving slowly, as if restraining himself, Richard lowers his mouth to cover mine. This time, his kiss is sweet and gentle. Subtle and caring. He explores my upper lip first, then traces the line going to the corner of my mouth. His lips form a perfect mold over mine.

I was wrong before. This is the kiss reserved for a lover you haven’t seen in ten years.

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I’m Scarlett Edwards. I’m a full-time student (2nd year, undergrad) and part-time writer. I hope to switch those around soon!

I’m kind of old fashioned. I write all my stories using paper and ink. At the end of the day, I transcribe them on my laptop. It takes a bit longer, but writing in a notebook really focuses my thoughts.

I love vintage photography. I have an old-school film camera that was my mom’s from before I was born. I use it to take pictures almost every day. Yours to Savor is the first full book I worked on.  It went through six drafts, and took me ten months to complete.  In the two months since getting it done, I finished two drafts of brand new stories.  I’m getting faster!

I love hearing from my readers. I love getting feedback about my books. I’m just getting started, and plan on doing this writing gig for a long, long time.  I take inspiration from all the indie romance authors. Addison Moore, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, and everyone else…. you girls rock!

I love hearing from readers!  If you read my book and want to share your thoughts, good or bad, email me!  I’ll be sure to reply!!

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  Happy Reading! Laura


Hey everyone! Today I am hosting a guest post by author Heidi Bolton. Heidi is the author of the Middle Grade Series, Relics Mysticus. Read on for an exclusive excerpt, more info on Heidi, and links to download a copy of The Serpent’s Ring for free until Saturday 6/1/13!

The Serpent’s Ring – Book #1 of the Relics Mysticus Series
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Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum . . . that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods. 

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous flying fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

The Trickster’s Totem – Book #2 of the Relics Mysticus Series

Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.

Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.

Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World. 

Excerpt from The Trickster’s Totem

Pains raced toward an oval table prepared for a girl’s tea party—a frilly tea party 

with pink ribbons and white lace. The table was set for six: six tea cups, six saucers 

and six plates all white with pink flowers painted along their rims. 

Evan had never been to a tea party, and for good reason. He wasn’t 

interested in lifting his pinkie finger while sipping tea. But he was hungry and 

would have loved to nibble a few scrumptious pastries. He sat on one of the pink 

padded stools and scanned the table. Flowers were piled high on platters and 

overflowed to the table—but where was the food? 

Claire sat to Evan’s right and Dunkle to his left. Both appeared delighted, 

pouring tea into all of the cups and chattering about how lovely the table was.  

Chayton and Amadahy also joined them, but they didn’t look nearly as amused. 

Kehl, who was too big for one of the dainty seats, was perched on a nearby branch. 

Evan waited and waited, but no food arrived. “Are we going to eat or only 

sip tea?” he finally asked.

Chayton motioned toward the center of the table. “There’s your feast.”

“Flowers?” Evan asked. “Are they any good?”

“Pains eat them all the time, but they’re too sweet for my liking,” said 


Evan reached for a flower. The petals were stiff, feeling and looking a lot 

like chalk. It smelled like icing, which was a relief, since he loved icing. He 

popped the whole flower into his mouth … it dissolved instantly and melted over 

his tongue. He ate another and then another: blue, yellow, green and basically any 

other color within reach. They were delicious!           

Pains flocked around the table, still humming a little melody. The music 

was pleasant, even if Evan hadn’t a clue what they were saying. The words flowed 

together into one long note, but every so often he heard something that sounded 

like “friends.” 

“Don’t you think you should take it easy on the flowers?” Claire asked. 

“You’ve gulped down a ton.”

Evan stopped eating long enough to ask, “Why would I want to slow down?”

“Those flowers are pure sugar, and they’re food for Pains. Who knows how 

they’ll affect you,” Claire said and sipped her tea.

“She’s right, you know,” said Chayton. “Here, eat some of these acorns.”

“No offense, but I think I’ll stick with flowers,” Evan said. He scooped 

another handful of petals, and colorful lights streamed around his arm. Pains 

moved fast like tiny comets, dashing over the table and flitting near the flowers 

before racing away.  

After a long while, Evan was full. He scooted back and rested his hands 

on his stomach. Finally, one of the Pains held still long enough to snatch a petal 

from the table and eat it. She smiled at Evan and fluttered away. She didn’t move 

as quickly as the others, and Evan wondered if she was injured. She delicately 

beat her wings as she flew toward a group of pixielike creatures. Funny. The other 

Pains continued to giggle and whirl around one another, but they too moved slower 

than before. 

For the first time since his arrival, Evan understood their song. “Welcome 

friends. Glad you’re here. Play, play, play. Dance all day.” The lyrics were short 

and repeated often. In fact, Evan wished they’d go back to singing like they were 

earlier … but they didn’t.

Suddenly, he felt something jab into his ribs. He looked down and watched 

Claire’s hand slowly return to her side. Her mouth moved in slow motion, and her 

words stretched long and were unintelligible. 

“I can’t understand you,” he said.

Claire’s eyes dragged in the direction of Chayton, and she said something 

that sounded like, “Looooook aaaaaaat ’eemmmm. Whhhhaaaaat rrrrrrr weeeeeeee 

goooooing toooooo doooooooo?”   

  “What’s the matter with you?” asked Evan. He then looked at Chayton. 

“Did that tea do something to my sister?”

Chayton’s eyebrows inched up and he clenched his teeth. “Tooooo 

maaaaanyyyyy ffflowerrrrrs.”

“Whoa, you guys are acting strange,” Evan said, and one of the Pains 

hovered in front of him.

She smiled brightly and squealed, “You are like us, now. Is it not 


Another Pain joined them. “Dance with us!”

“What’s going on here? Why can’t they understand me?” asked Evan.

“You are too fast for them,” said a third Pain. 

Evan sighed and looked at the flowers. “I ate too many. Didn’t I?”

“We eat them all day. Weeeee!”

“How long will I be like this?” he asked.

“As long as you like. Eat more and more and more!”

About the Pains 

Pains are similar to pixies: tiny people with wings. I was surprised to discover 

that such creatures exist in some of the Native American legends — Achumawi, 

Atsugewi, Wintu and Shasta tribes, to be exact. In The Trickster’s Totem, Pains 

eat way too many flower petals made from sugar. And don’t be fooled by their 

cuteness: They can drive you to the brink of insanity with their unrelenting singing 

and frolicking. And once in their clutches, they might never let you go.

A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women’s fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that’s another story, altogether.

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Review {25} The Prince: A Selection Novella

AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
SERIES: The Selection #0.5 | OTHER BOOKS INTHE SERIES: The Selection #1; The Elite #2

PUBLISHED: March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen
EDITION: ebook, 64 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Romance, 5 Star Rating, The Selection Series, HarperTeen Publishing, Review
RATING: 5.00/5.00 GOODREADS RATING: 4.02/5.00
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…

Before Aspen broke America’s heart…

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…

Don’t miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this quick read because it let us get insight into Maxon’s life; his thoughts and feelings and relationship with not only his parents but the girls as well. It was great to see the scene where America freaks out at the beginning from Maxon’s POV. I think this was a great, quick read that gets the reader back into the Selection world, and ready for The Elite.

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(REVAMPED!) Say Anything {12}

Hey everyone! So I’ve been scoping out some other blogs to get ideas on how to fancy up my own little piece of the book blogger world. I’ve always enjoyed my Say Anything post, because it gives me the freedom to kind of do a ‘freestyle’ post where I can talk about anything – book or non-book related! So I’ve decided to mix my own ideas with those of Smash Attack Reads Let’s Talk post, and For What It’s Worth‘s Book Blogger Confessions post. 
Let’s Talk {1} 
Have you ever been inspired to do something creative by reading about it in a book? Examples cooking, baking, trying a new food or drink, making jewelry, designing clothes or shoes and even bookish inspired vacations.

Hmm… thinking… thinking… does wanting to become a kick-ass super heroine that can take on the world and succeed not count? Darn. Okay, let’s see… (wow, this is tough! How can I flip through all of the books I’ve ever read to decide?!) …alright. Let’s go with vacations. Because of Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and the Revenants Series by Amy Plum, I want to go to Paris, France something fierce! Especially how Donnelly has her main character, Andi, travel through the underground catacombs. How cool is that?! And then I’ll choose Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series and my newfound love for Italy (present day and Medieval) that I now have! 

Book Blogger Confessions {1}
Have you added or considered adding additional reviewers to your blog? Why or why not? If you have, please share how you found the right match when bringing new people to your established blog. Did you encounter any problems? 

Oh yeah, I have definitely considered it. Why? Because being an adult sucks! There are all of these responsibilities like jobs and keeping your house clean and making dinner, and all those boring things that get in the way of blogging whenever I want to. So yes, it has crossed my mind to offer up guest reviewer (or permanent reviewer) spots. I haven’t done it yet though. Why? I don’t know. I think probably because I would be very picky in who I chose, and I might end up driving myself crazy trying to find someone with the exact same vision of my blog as me. We all know that isn’t possible – because everyone is different. I do think about what another reviewer could bring to the blog though; as far as making it the best it could possibly be. But the whole giving up power thing is definitely a toughy. Maybe some day I will take it more seriously, but for right now I enjoy being single on my blog 🙂

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OVEREXPOSED: Release Day Book Blast & Giveaway!

Young Adult
May 24th 2013 by Star Bound Books

In the tiny town of Willowspring, just about nothing ever happens except for layoffs, hockey games, and your average melodramatic teenage angst.

But that was before.

Vi, Ashley, and Macy are just trying to make it through the school year without one more humiliation when they team up for a simple photography assignment: create a story through a series of photographs. Can’t be too much trouble, right?


The shutterbugs happen upon Willowspring High School’s darkest secret. When everything around them starts to crumble after trying to do the right thing, their only hope is to stick together.

When the door opened to the alley behind the rink, I realized two things. One, it was freaking colder outside than it was in the bleachers by the ice, and two, Brianna Jones (A.K.A Bra stuffer) was already out there.

The three of us walked out as if it was perfectly normal to be there but Brianna didn’t even notice us. We walked to the opposite side of the alley and huddled together. We hoped it would look like we were keeping warm, but we were trying to hide both the cameras.

Watching Brianna was rather dull. She was just standing there, talking on her cell phone and it wasn’t even anything remotely interesting. We took pictures anyway, because like Mr. Bennett said, you need the before, during, and after to tell a story with photographs.

“Look! She is checking that car’s doors! That isn’t her car, is it?” The quiet clicking of the shutters on our cameras was almost deafening to me. I swore each click was louder and louder as we watched Brianna try to break into a car.

Finally, the last door she tried, the back passenger side, was open. She slipped in and a second later, the dark car had a red glow inside. She climbed back out, shut the door, and walked over to the wall, smoking a stolen cigarette.

“She just broke into someone’s car for a cigarette? Seriously?” Ashley was just as flabbergasted as the rest of us. Why would anyone risk committing a crime for a smoke? “Oh! She is moving again!”

Click, click, click. I took more and more pictures. I hated that they were all from the same angle, but spys have to do what they have to do to keep from being caught, all the while still getting the images.

Brianna walked back to the car and put the cigarette out on the hood. Lucky for whoever owned it there was a layer of snow to put it out before it could burn the paint. Then she leaned over and used the mirror. She pursed her lips, showed her teeth to check those, then she lifted her head slightly.

“What is she doing?” I whispered.

“I’m not sure.” Macy said breaking away from the group. “I am going over there, different angle.” Before I could stop her, she had gone back across the alley to the other side. She was braver than I was. Ashley watched her closely before turning back to me.

“Let me take some. I promise I won’t hurt Jilly.” I knew I had to hand it over. I promised her she could use it. Even knowing that, it didn’t make it any easier.

“Okay. Here.” I took the strap from around my neck and quickly placed it around hers. The minute the fabric was firmly against her skin, she took off, too. “Ash, what are you doing?” I whisper yelled to her.

She just put a finger over her mouth to shush me and she got even closer to the car than Macy had. I figured that made me look out so I opened my eyes and ears and tried to make sure my best friends didn’t get caught.

I looked over my shoulder to check the door to make sure we were still alone when all of a sudden I heard a scream.

“YOU LITTLE BITCH! GIVE ME THAT CAMERA NOW!” When I turned back to see what was going on (although I was pretty sure that either Macy or Ashley had been caught by Brianna) I saw my girls running towards me, with Brianna not far behind.

“Run!” Ash and Macy yelled through giggles. I turned and headed to the door and held it open for them. As soon as they passed through I closed it and the three of us went straight out the front door and to Macy’s truck.

“What on earth just happened?” I asked when I caught my breath. Ashley handed Jilly back to me and I flipped it on. The minute I pressed the play images button I began to laugh. The first one was of Brianna screaming at the camera. I pressed the next button and then it was a picture of her finger in her mouth. The next one was a picture of her finger in her nose.

I died laughing. Brianna Jones was a booger eater. I bet her boyfriend would love to know that.

“Oh, Ashley, you are amazing!” Then the truck erupted in laughter and because Macy’s dad had given her a twenty to get food at the overly expensive rink, we headed to the diner for some hot cocoa and French fries for half the cost. Who said teenagers were irresponsible with money?

Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.

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AUTHOR: Amalie Howard
SERIES: The Aquarathi #1
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: October 29, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
EDITION: Paperback, 304 pages


Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age. 

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

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Review {24} Angel Burn

AUTHOR: L.A. Weatherly
SERIES: Angel #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Angel Fire #2 Angel Fever #3
PUBLISHED: May 24th 2011 by Candlewick
EDITION: Hardcover, 449 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Angels, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, 3 Star Rating, Angel Series, Candlewick Publishing, Review, Retro Review
RATING: 3.00/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 3.98/5.00
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:  They’re out for your soul.
And they don’t have heaven in mind…
Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. she has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.

MY THOUGHTS: There is a special place in my heart for angels. I love them – good or bad – so when I saw this book I knew I wanted it.  The premise was intriguing in itself as well, and struck me as a unique concept. I was very interested to see Weatherly’s take on angels, especially because it had absolutely no mention of religion anywhere in the synopsis, which pleased me as well because a lot of times I want a good angel story without being preached to or bombarded with religious thoughts, ideals, etc.
The story moves quickly enough considering for a decent portion the main characters are holed up in a cabin high in the mountains. What I like is that the beginning gives us a lot of background but does so quickly yet isn’t inadequate or rushed at all. I don’t have any major problems with the story line other than how fast Willow and Alex’s relationship goes from loathe to love. And it’s of the gross, mushy, omg get a room variety.
The characters are engaging, again I mention the relationship between Willow and Alex – the love they share does seem sincere, but maybe just a little bit forced. Of course they are also in a position and situation that most teenagers would never be in, so maybe under the circumstances it is understandable. I would’ve, however; preferred a slower progression into the “I love you’s”. The other characters were enjoyable as well. Willow’s mom, Raziel, Sophie, Aunt Jo and Lailah are all distinguishable and integral to the story. 
Angel Burn follows a recurrent fad in YA books where the chapters are alternating narrative with the main character in the first person POV and then other characters in the third person. I personally love this, and hope that it catches on because I think it makes for a great way to personalize and get to know all of the characters without just the main characters take on everyone. Otherwise, the writing is fine, overuse of adjectives from time to time, but an easy, simple style otherwise.
As far as the ending, I think that it is what it is. There could’ve been more, but it is sufficient as it is. It definitely left me wanting more – and I’ve already purchased the sequel!
WHO I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO: Anyone looking for a non-religious (but there is presence of what I’d say is a cult) angel story that fully embraces both good and bad. It’s jam-packed with action, mystery, romance, and will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing what’ll happen next!
SIMILAR READS: Mercy by Rebecca Lim | Awakened by Ednah Walters | Finding Sky by Joss Stirling | Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton | Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Weatherly has been born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, collects frogs and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. Another pen name she uses is Titania Woods.

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Recap of The Rochester Teen Book Festival

I spent about two weeks trying to decide if I even wanted to go to The Rochester Teen Book Festival, because I didn’t have anyone to go with, and as an older YA Blogger, I was worried I would be one of the only older people there. Thankfully, both of those issues became non-issues! First off, I was able to connect with another local blogger, Jessica, who blogs at Jessabella Reads, and second, we were NOT the only older bloggers there, which was great!
I arrived a little after the festivities began, so the “Author Game Show” was already in full swing when I stepped into the gym.

I decided to head over to where some of the authors would be speaking, while everyone else was still in the gym, and to wait to meet up with Jessica.
The first authors we saw were Gennifer Albin and Megan Miranda. We hadn’t really planned to sit in on this panel, but I am SO glad we did! Megan Miranda gives off an air of being a very sweet, caring person – aside from her love of anything dark, psychological and mind-twisting! She spoke easily, and freely and seemed completely comfortable in a roomful of old and new fans alike. Unfortunately I do not own any, nor have I read any of her books yet, but I will be checking them out in the near future!
Gennifer Albin is one of those people with an infectious smile (maybe because of her killer lipstick – thanks to her obsession with Makeup Forever!) and a personality to match. Just telling a simple story about her people-watching adventures at Starbucks has you sucked in and enraptured, wanting her to keep talking. She was kind enough to play a “What If” game with us – where she handed out what if scenarios (Mine was: What if no animals ever went extinct?) and we got to come up with story ideas from them. She was even kind enough to award the best story idea with an ARC copy of the sequel to Crewel. Later in the day, I purchased a copy of Crewel and was able to get it autographed by her!

Next, we popped over to the panel that included Robin LaFevers and Alexandra Bracken. I adore LaFever’s His Fair Assassin series, and it was fun listening to her explain where she came up with the idea for Kick-Ass Assassin Nuns! She seems like a very sweet person who loves to talk about what she is passionate about, and how important being empowered is to her, especially after growing up being told writing is not a good career choice. Luckily she showed everyone that it IS a great career choice, and that we can now read her amazing stories.
Alexandra Bracken is sweet, and pretty, and had an easy go at getting published that she doesn’t take for granted! She as well was discouraged from writing full time, and even started out with the idea of becoming a lawyer. But somewhere around half-way through her LSATs she looked up and said, “What the heck am I doing here?” And that was it, she made up her mind to be a writer and hasn’t looked back since!
Next up was Andrea Cremer and David Levithan. While I own the first book in the Nightshade series, I haven’t yet read it and also haven’t read anything by David Levithan before. This is about to change! Cremer and Levithan did a reading together from their co-written book, Invisibility. I’d seen the book around and it did pique my interest, but I figured I would keep it in mind and get it from the library at some point. Well, they did such an AMAZING job with the reading, that I HAD to go and buy a copy and have them sign it! They both seem like such genuine, sweet people that their enthusiasm during the reading was infectious! They had such a wonderful connection and lovely personalities that I can’t imagine ever passing by their books again!

Without stopping to eat  – we were on to the next panel; this one consisting of Marissa MeyerMary Pearson, and Jessica Brody. Much to my sadness, Lauren DeStefano was supposed to appear on this panel but unfortunately left early. Again, I have books by both Meyer and Pearson but at this point they remain TBR (To Be Read). I will definitely bump these up on my list, and must add Brody’s titles as well! Jessica Brody came across as a sweet, fun loving person who can get along with anyone and loves to joke around! Mary Pearson talked about the issues parents face and how far they will go for their children – based on the premise of her Jenna Fox Chronicles. And Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles, explained how she came up with the idea for a Cyborg Cinderella for Cinder, and got into some of the research she did for the series.

The autograph session and book sales took place at the end of the day. I was so happy to get some autographs and also collected up some swag – including bookmarks, buttons, and bracelets (possibly for a Giveaway?! Maybe.. Maybe..)

At the end of the day, I am so glad that I decided to go. Not only did I have an amazing time, meet an awesome fellow blogger and get to hear and meet some great authors, it also gave me an idea of how to prepare for BEA (Book Expo America) at the end of the month. I will definitely be attending again next year, and hope you enjoyed the post!

Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal {25} Pinned Up

PINNED UP by C. Michelle
NA Contemporary Romance
Coming soon!

Readers in search of something fresh in the adult contemporary romance department will celebrate the arrival of C. Michelle’s vibrant debut novel, Pinned Up. Full of snappy dialogue, edgy humor, and a lot of heart, this fun look into the world of a modern-day pin-up model is one interesting journey. Are you ready to embark on a wild ride?
Twenty-five-year-old Nina Moretti lives a double life of sorts. She’s a victim advocate during the day and as a side gig, lives out her 1940s fetish as a pin-up model. This arrangement suits her well, as does never having a steady boyfriend. Trust is an issue that was ruined for Nina at a young age and has yet to be recovered. While she may not “do” serious relationships, she has found fulfillment in her work and hanging out with her best friend, Kade—the greatest sidekick any woman could possibly want. All is well in Nina’s hectic, but satisfying life…
That is, until she meets Josh, a stunningly handsome man who has a notorious reputation as a ladies’ man. Living in San Francisco, California, Nina has met her fair share of eligible bachelors. But there is something different about Josh, something that compels her to try and get to know him better. For his part, Josh has always been reluctant to commit to any woman, largely as a way to spite his well-meaning, but rather overbearing mother. Nina, however, sparks his interest in a way that no other woman has before. What are two people, both scared of commitment, supposed to do?
Readers will feel an array of emotions as Nina and Josh do the unthinkable—embark on a relationship together. As they navigate the pitfalls of romantic entanglement, both come to realize that their pasts are intertwined in ways that they could never imagine. Perhaps they have more in common than just their fear of relationships.

A heartfelt novel depicting modern love with a refreshing twist, Pinned Up is a must-read.

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Review {23} Obsidian

AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
SERIES: Lux #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Shadows #0.5; Onyx #2; Opal #3; Origin #4; Untitled #5
PUBLISHED: May 8th 2012 by Entangled Teen
EDITION: Paperback, 361 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Romance, Aliens, Supernatural, 5 Stars, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian, Lux Series
RATING: 5.00/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 4.37/5.00
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

MY THOUGHTS:  Holy cow! I don’t even know where to begin with how much this book rocked my world right now! And how badly I wish that I had book #2 because I have a wicked case of book hangover. I want more Daemon! I NEED more Daemon! And Katy – how much more awesome can a main character get?! Okay, let me take a second and attempt to compose myself  *makes several minutes worth of squee and eeek noises*
Let’s try this again.
Oh. My. God. Who knew aliens could be so sexy?! And so bad ass?!
I absolutely loved Katy’s character. The only way I can think to describe her is… Feisty! She is one sarcastic, funny girl and definitely a top fave of mine now. All of the characters were fabulous. The sexy, smoldering Daemon, sensitive and lovable Dee; and even Katy’s other new friends Carissa and Lesa offer up tons of funny dialogue. The intense sexual tension and chemistry between Katy and Daemon is insane, and I am craving MORE!
I really enjoyed how well plotted out the story line is too. From the first page to the last, the story never slowed down or hit speed bumps. I was happily cruising along at a constant pace the entire time. There were no parts that felt awkward or forced, and I simply did not want to put the book down to eat, sleep, and go to work! It is easy to see what all the fuss was about when Armentrout hit the YA scene. I find her to be a fabulous author, and I will happily read anything that she puts out.
SIMILAR READS: AWRY by Chelsea Fine | SPARK by Brigid Kemmerer | ACCORDANCE by Shelly Crane | TOUCH by Jus Accardo | PREDESTINED by Abbi Glines
WHO I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO: Anyone who loves a good sci-fi story with hot aliens and one heck of a feisty, not-afraid-of-anything heroine!
ABOUT THE 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 time reading, working out, watching really zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and 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 math grades. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion, and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published with Entangled and HarperCollins.