Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Summer I Became a Nerd Cover Reveal

Ladies and Gents, may I present the worldwide cover reveal for The Summer I Became a Nerd by 
Leah Rae Miller via Entangled Publishing.

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

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 Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

All The Right Moves Promo

New Adult / College Romance
Date to be Published: January 2013

Life for Lilah had become too predictable. Convinced she needs a bit of a challenge and change of pace in her life, she moves away for college and embarks on a new journey of self-discovery.

A college town, new friends, and a new romance with a mysterious older guy that may prove to be an even bigger challenge then she bargained for!

Note: Not suitable for younger readers. Contains mature content including sexual situations. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Summer Giveaway Hop

When the snow starts falling, my thoughts start drifting toward the delicious days of summer. Every winter, I remember quite suddenly that I am not a cold weather person. Sure, the winter has it's moments with frothy hot chocolates by the fire, sledding and snowmen, cuddling on the couch as frost crawls up the window pane. But I'd trade all those moment for a lounge chair on the beach in July. I don't even need the chair! Just give me the water and the warmth!

Until Olivander finds a wand that works for me, the only magic I have for transporting us to that place is through the magic of books! All my fellow blog hoppers are here to help you beat those winter blues with some scrumptious summer reads.

This is one from my personal To-Be-Read list: On the Line by Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper. Here's the synopsis taken from Amazon. 

Check out all the fantastic blogs on the Summer Giveaway Hop!

Sixteen-year-old Piper Wesley has always been better at hooking fish than guys. But with her best friend Benny by her side, she’s never minded. And besides, her fishing skills have made her a celebrity in her hometown of Islamorada, an island paradise in the Florida Keys.

So when a slump in tourism threatens to sink her family’s fishing charter business, Piper recruits Benny to help her win a major fishing tournament and the $25,000 grand prize.

It seems like a perfect plan. Put her skills to use, win some money and help her parents weather the storm.

Except that now Benny cares more about hanging out with his girlfriend Marina than helping Piper. And he keeps disappearing, usually after something suspicious happens on the island. Add in Logan, a Michigan transplant with a growing interest in something other than Piper’s fishing, and it looks like practicing for the tournament will be anything but easy.

Leaving Piper to wonder how she'll win. And who will be there when it’s over.

But WAIT.. That's not all! I'm also throwing in my hit debut novel, The Homeschoolers: The Ballad of Squirtina, which is a whole different kind of summer novel about some spirited goofballs having one hell of a roller coaster of a summer. (That's all I'm going to say! I don't want to spoil the twists and turns along the way. But the only way you don't laugh out loud while reading this is if you have no pulse!)

Be sure to check at all the terrific book blogs on the Summer Giveaway Hop!

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Int)
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Kristi @ Books and Needlepoint (U. S. only)
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Addie @ READioactive Book Blog
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Doorknob Society Promo

Reading Addiction Blog Tours

M J Fletcher - The Doorknob Society - Mega PROMO Blitz

YA Urban Fantasy/ SteamPunk/Paranormal
Title: The Doorknob Society
Author: M.J. Fletcher

Date Published: February 9, 2012


Chloe Masters’ world changes in a heartbeat and all she 
did was touch a doorknob. 
When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked 
by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself 
traveling with her father’s magic act, where illusions 
were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes 
when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out 
to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities 
she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into 
a world of ancient societies and secrets.
When her father disappears it is a race against time to 
find answers before she loses what’s left of her family. 
Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will 
do anything for her or the one she can’t stop thinking 

Chloe Masters’s world changes in a heartbeat and all she did was touch a doorknob. 
James Nightshade has been on Chloe’s mind since the day she met him. Arrogant and frustrating, she thought she had put him behind her when she chose Michael Slade.
When the secret she is seeking leads to questions about the death of Nightshade’s former girlfriend, she has no chose but to bring him into the investigation. A move she will come to regret. 
Danger awaits them around every corner as they search for answers. In the end a choice will need to be made, but is Chloe strong enough to make it?

PROMO Blitz November 26th

M.J. Fletcher

Author Bio

MJ Fletcher is the creator of the comic book series Adam Zero: The Last Man of Earth published by Ronin Studios. He's also been published in Hope: The Hero Initiative and Digital Webbing Presents. The Doorknob Society series is his fist book series and he's thrilled about it. He lives near the beach with his wife, daughter, dog, and a crotchety cat.    

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Astrid Yrigollen - His Black Wings - Release Day Blitz

Astrid Yrigollen - His Black Wings - Release Day Blitz

Reading Addiction Blog Tours

YA Paranormal Romance
Title: His Black Wings
Author: Astrid Yrigollen

Date PublishedNovember 20th, 2012


Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home after the death of her parents and a vicious assault from a sadistic young man who intends to marry her. Claren changes her identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome Fredrick Lowood, a generous yet mysterious benefactor. However, she soon finds out his generosity comes at a price. Fredrick wishes for Claren to befriend his disfigured son who resides in seclusion at their estate, Westwind.

Fredrick Lowood knows what the history books do not teach, that the Grand Council built this new world of peace and beauty on hidden blood and greed. He has plotted for years to bring down the family that enslaved his own people. Suddenly, he has the last living heir in his grasp.

Etrigan Lowood rejects the world that forces him to hide. He is powerful, plagued with a terrible dark beauty: WINGS. It is these wings that carry him out only at night to watch the unwanted intruder in his home. A creature of refined instinct yet little social grace, he is strangely captivated by Claren but knows nothing of how her family’s dark past is intertwined with his own. Through their blossoming friendship, Etrigan realizes he still retains his human heart and yearns for Claren’s love.

Kurten Wandsworth is the only son of the Mayor of St.Marhen. Kurten lives his life fueled by cruelty and lust. Whatever he wants he takes and he wants Claren to be his wife even it if kills her. Scarred by Claren he hunts her down mercilessly until he can set a trap which she will never be able to escape from.

PROMO Blitz November 20th

Astrid Yrigollen

Author Bio
Astrid Yrigollen is a native of the Bay area of California and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Astrid started writing stories for her friends in sixth grade. After working part time at a funeral home during high school, she channeled her love of story writing in to creating video games for PC's which were featured in Shareware magazines.

In the early 1990's she secured a position with International Video game giant, Sega of America but never lost her love for writing in traditional format. After leaving the video game industry, she worked briefly as a vet assistant, aiding in surgery until she found out she passes out at the site of blood!  Maintaining a great love of animals, but preferring work where there was no blood involved, Astrid became a boutique fashion designer for people 'who like to dress like their dolls', successfully placing her designs in boutiques in Europe, the U.S, and Australia.

She founded and now co-chairs with her husband for the California Coast Ball Jointed Doll Convention, an annual event for Japanese Super Dollfie Collectors. Astrid enjoys collecting dolls, Anime, video games, baking and sewing and is currently studying college level Japanese, her third language.

She now enjoys writing Young Adult and Children's books and has succeeded in putting out The Doughnut Tree, The Zombie Playground, A creature compilation , and The Mosswoods to name a few.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Synopsis : (From Sara Zarr's website)

About the Book

Published February 2008
When Jenna Vaughn’s childhood sweetheart unexpectedly comes back into her life during her senior year of high school, she is forced to confront her troubled past. This is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.
The story of Jenna/Jennifer and Cameron was inspired by a friendship I had as a child with a boy, Mark, who came back into my life when we were both adults. When Mark and I got back in touch, I was surprised at what a strong bond we had despite having not seen nor heard from one another since third grade. I started asking myself—what if Mark and I had been reunited in high school? What if our lives had taken divergent paths? Would we still be loyal to each other, based on that childhood friendship, even if we wound up in different social circles and with different destinies? If so, why? What kinds of emotional and practical challenges would that bring? Though the details of what happened to Jennifer and Cameron were all made up, I did my best to be as emotionally truthful as I could with their story. I continue to be been blown away by reader response to this book, and how many people out there have Jennas and Camerons of their own.

My Review:
There is a delicious kind of pain and melancholy that comes from looking back into those powerful memories of childhood. Sweethearts captures the yearning for those powerful first friendships made at a time in our lives when we are raw and real, and the story of a girl who can't let go of the ghost of her childhood sweetheart.  
Zarr gives us the story of Jenna, a normal, well-adjusted high school girl by all appearances, who can't forget her only childhood friend, Cameron Quick. Bonded by their misfit status at school and a painful secret, Jenna and Cameron become constant companions and confidantes. Cameron disappears from Jenna's life suddenly, and she's told he died. Years pass, but Jenna is never able to move on. She goes through the motions of being upbeat and social, but her thoughts are on an endless loop of memories and longing that involve her lost playmate. But Cameron isn't dead. He comes for Jenna so they can face down the past together.
From, Jenna's snippets of memories, I was aware that the secret she was harboring was that Cameron was abused by his father, physically and perhaps sexually. And I was dreading these memories being recounted in detail upon Cameron's return. I didn't want to have to go through that with the character, but Zarr manages to make the reader aware that Cameron endured abuse and the impact it had upon him without graphically describing it. When Jenna asks to talk about it, Cameron simply says, "Why? We know what happened." The story isn't about abuse, nor is it about Cameron. In fact, Cameron stays a quiet enigma to the very last page. Sweethearts is about a girl coping with the loss of her friend and learning how to find the right amount of space in heart for that all-encompassing friendship while still leaving room for new ones. For a moment, I harbored hope that Cameron and Jenna would become high school sweethearts and be making out, dating and overcoming everything just to be normal teenagers. But Sweethearts isn't about fun teen romance. It's about the truest and most innocent kind of love: friendships forged in early childhood.
I loved this book from it's sorrowful tone, to the magical bond between Cameron and Jenna, to the wisdom about love that we're left with at the end of the novel. Like Cameron Quick, Sweethearts is a book I won't soon forget.
5 stars!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Bright+Star By Nickie Anderson


It's bad enough that Sadira Pascal's father doesn't make it home to celebrate her fifteenth birthday. He might be a busy hovership engineer pulling overtime on a new design, but he's always been home for the important things. It's worse when she discovers her father decided to ride on the maiden voyage of his newest ship, the CAS Bright Star, without even telling her. But things really fall apart during Sadira's field trip with her class to observe the hovership launch. Instead of a successful flight, she watches the Bright Star fall out of the sky. 
The Central government confirms her father's death, leaving Sadira to pick up the pieces of her former life. While she struggles with her loss, Private Baruj Haddad tries to convince her that her father and the rest of the Bright Star crew are still alive. At first, Sadira doesn't believe there's any hope. But then she stumbles across a message that makes her think maybe, just maybe, her father is still alive. As she digs deeper into the Bright Star's crash, Sadira uncovers secrets about her father's work, secrets that put her and everyone she loves in danger.

My View:

Pair Anderson's cool, smooth, ultra fluid writing style with crescendoing action against a futuristic, dystopian background, and you have the pitch perfect novel that is Bright+Star. Anderson never succumbs to manipulating the readers with flashy characters or abrasive dialogue. She simply delivers good, concise  writing that drives steadily toward the climax. Our protagonist, Sadira is both gentle and steadfast. She's a believable and likable heroine. Sadira isn't a stunt woman or a weapons specialist, doing back flips and spraying everyone with machine gun fire. Badassery isn't her style. She's just a loyal and brave girl that keeps struggling against obstacles with determination to find her missing father. A character with character. In fact, all the characters opposing their corrupt government are good and uncomplicated people in a dark and complicated world. The stripped down realness and warmth of the characters in juxtaposition  to the unraveling society makes Bright+Star one of the most crisp, fresh and enjoyable dystopian novels I have ever read.

4.5 stars for this beautifully written tale of perseverance and devotion.

The book was provided to me by the author for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas Card Exchange

Hey guys,
Turning the Pages has created a really cute event: A Christmas Card Exchange! Get in the spirit and make a new friend's holiday a jolly one!