Saturday, 29 June 2013

Summer Edition Cover Reveal: Owlet by Emma Michaels

Title: Owlet 
Author: Emma Michaels
Publication Date: October 13th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.
Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

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 Author Bio

Emma Michaels is a cover artist and the author of Owlet. As the founder of The Writers Voice blog ( she loves to connect authors and readers. Her love of blogging started when she created a review blog in 2009 ( which gave her the courage to finally submit her own novels to publishers.
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Stacking The Shelves #48

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Thanks to the host Tynga's Reviews.

For Review

Contaminated by Em Garner

Sadly That's it's for me this week. I think I've done well not to buy books over the last few weeks. I'm also finally getting around to reading some of them (Thanks to the debutathon hosted by Books of Amber).

I look forward to seeing what you got this week, so don't forget to leave me a link so I can visit. =)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Melanie Karsak author of The Harvesting, plus Giveaway

I am super excited to have Melanie Karsak, author of The Harvesting, here today. I read and reviewed The Harvesting late last year and absolutely loved it. Without further ado.....

Welcome Melanie!
As I understand it, The Harvesting, is a trilogy of books. Is a trilogy in order due to so much story to tell?

Yes, I have an over-arching narrative I am trying to accomplish. I want the reader to see Layla and the other survivors from day one until the “problem” of the story resolves itself. There was just too much story to tell in just one novel!

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I am a planner. I have to know the narrative arch of every story before I begin writing. I actually draw out the arch on a notepad before I begin writing. I usually have the entire story written in my head before I actually start typing. Occasionally I vary from my original plan if I come up with something better or if the characters get a mind of their own (this happens more often than sounds sane to admit). And sometimes I have to revise, but I always know what my characters want, what their goal is in a novel. This helps me stay focused.

What was the most important aspect when writing your non-zombie characters?
I try to keep them real. There are a lot of characters roaming around in “The Harvesting.” I wanted to make each person unique. I wanted them to react the way real people would react, and that is with a wide range of emotion, skills, and personalities.

For those that don't know, the last chapter is from a different point of view. Could you explain why you chose to show that in this book?
I wanted to show the z-day event from the perspective of a character who will be important in the rest of the series. My idea was to help the reader get to know Cricket and Vella before they appear in “The Shadow Aspect.”

How has it been for you to see the fan reaction for The Harvesting?
People really seem to like the book. Almost everyone who reads it seems to enjoy it. It seems like the introduction of “other” supernatural creatures about 100 pages in either makes it or breaks it for the reader. Some readers get turned off at that point, and that’s fine. Reading is an individual experience. This is not a horror novel. It is a dark fantasy novel. If someone wants a pure zombie romp, this isn’t it. This might be why some people are confused the supernatural element further reveals itself. But if you like a tale of the undead with fantastical elements, you will like it (maybe even love it!)

A couple of quick ones:
What is your favourite food?
When Pandora opened the box, inside she must have found a lox bagel platter from my local deli, Bagel Box, in Viera, Florida.  That bagel platter is worth upsetting the heavens.  A bagel platter may seem mundane, but that is, of course, because you have not had this particular bagel platter.  The bagel has homemade cream cheese, capers, red onion, lox, and fresh cut tomatoes on a freshly baked salt bagel.  Toasted.  With a giant pickle.  It is so good that every time I finish my bagel I feel sad.  When I die, if there is an afterlife, they will have an unlimited supply of lox platters from Bagel Box. 
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I like to write in the morning when my energy is the strongest, but most of the time I am awake until the wee hours of the morning as well. I have a full-time job and a family, so I don’t sleep much. I need there to be more of me! Too much to do!
Do you listen to music while writing?
For some projects, yes, and for other projects, I need dead silence. “The Harvesting” series didn’t have a lot of background music, but the Steampunk series I am working on has a lot of music playing in the background.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I live in Florida, so it’s pretty much summer all year round. Having spent most of my life in the north, I despise cold weather. When it gets below 50 degree, I am very unhappy.
Pet Peeves? 
People who are rude to small children in public places. I hate the younger version of myself who used to frown at parents in restaurants. Shame on you, younger self. Enjoy that big plate of karma.

I appreciate your time and really loved the book. Are there any parting thoughts you’d like to leave our reader’s with?
Stay in touch! If you liked the book, feel free to drop me an email or stop by my facebook page. I try to have giveaways and other fun stuff from time to time. I also have a new series coming out with an awesome new female protagonist I think readers will love!
Thank you so much for having me!

Thank you Melanie! 

 Author Bio

Melanie Karsak, steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and  caffeine junkie, resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Visit the author at her blog to learn more about upcoming projects, book signings, and other neato things. A Walking Dead fan, check out her blog for recaps!

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Title: The Harvesting (Book 1 of The Harvesting Series)
Author: Melanie Karsak
Published: Sept 18, 2012
Publisher: Steampunk Press
Cover Artist: Michael Hall Photography


When mankind finally consumes itself, can any spark of humanity survive? Layla fights to keep those she loves alive when the zombie apocalypse unfolds, but she soon learns that zombies are not the only problem. With mankind silenced, those beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power. Layla must learn who to trust, fast, if she hopes to save what is left of our kind.


10 swag packs (as seen in the picture attached) which includes a t-shirt, an autographed hard copy of the novel, a bumper sticker, and postcards  (US Shipping Only)

10 ecopies of the novel (open internationally)

Sneak Peek: This Time Around by Ellie Grace with Excerpt

Title: This Time Around 
Author: Ellie Grace 
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance 
Expected release date: July 15, 2013

Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart. It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she's always planned on. Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew. If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again. They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around? 

A drop of water landed on my cheek, waking me up and interrupting my moment of tranquility. I opened my eyes and saw that the blue sky had turned grey and mean with the promise of a summer storm. This was a common occurrence around here. Short summer storms would come through on even the most beautiful of days.“Jake, wake up!” I nudged his arm and started packing up the last remnants of our picnic before everything got soaked. He opened his eyes groggily, jumping into motion when he saw the clouds overhead threatening to dump rain all over us.We moved quickly across the water, thanks to his speedy rowing, and were only a few yards away from the dock when the sky opened up and rain started hammering down on us. I shrieked and made a pathetic attempt to cover myself with the cardigan I was holding, while Jake just looked at me and laughed.When we edged up against the dock I practically leapt out of the boat and carried my guitar and the picnic basket back to the shelter of the cabin. I was about to go inside to get away from the storm, but when I looked for Jake I saw that he was still out on the dock. He was leisurely pulling the rowboat up onto the dock and flipping it over, clearly in no hurry despite the buckets of rain coming down over his head.“What’s taking so long?” I said, rushing to the end of the dock where he was still standing, “In case you didn’t notice, we’re getting drenched!”Jake just smiled. “Since when do you care about getting a little wet? The Nora I remember used to love running around in rainstorms.” He strode over to me and ran his hands up my arms. “It’s kinda nice, isn’t it?”I nodded, stepping closer and looking up at him through the sheets of rain. He was gorgeous… especially when he was dripping wet. I reached up and traced his jawline, trailing my finger through the droplets of rain and watched as his eyes turned dark with desire.Within a half a second his mouth was on mine and his hands were at my hips drawing me closer. His kiss started off slow but when his tongue met mine it became needy and impassioned. I slowly ran my hands up his hard chest and over his shoulders, pulling myself closer to him. His grip around me tightened and he moved his hands down, grabbing my bottom and lifting me up. I wrapped my legs around him and held onto him firmly.“I want you,” he grumbled against my lips, “I can’t wait any longer.”

 Author Bio

Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors. 

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Book Blitz: Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards, With Giveaway

Title: Vigilante Nights  

Author: Erin Richards 

Publication date: July 18th 2013 

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary w/light supernatural element

A "good boy" will do anything for vengeance when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the darkness?

After a hideous car wreck, Lucas wakes from a coma to find that his world is gutted. Not only is his beloved twin sister, Silver, gone forever, but Lucas is broken in body and spirit. He will never be a college athlete, and is robbed of what he now realizes was the most important bond of his life. Although they weren't identical twins, Lucas and Silver shared a bond so fierce it defied reason, and was nearly supernatural.

After her death, that bond seems to endure when Lucas sees Silver everywhere he turns. Either he's crazy, or Silver is trying to tell him something about the California gang initiation they stumbled into that cost Silver her life. Lucas is bent on revenge, turning on Raymond, Silver's former boyfriend; the one Lucas never wanted her to date. He forms a posse of vigilantes to take out the gangsters responsible for Silver's death, but he risks not only his own life, but the love of the new girl on his block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.
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After bemoaning the lack of young adult books to read, Erin wrote her first novel at the age of eighteen hoping to shift the tide. Then everyday life took its toll on her writerly dreams until 2003 when she couldn’t ignore the writing bug any longer. By then, she had immersed herself in reading adult fantasy and romance novels. Writing paranormal & fantasy romance was a no brainer. Erin has published two adult romance novels: CHASING SHADOWS, a paranormal romantic suspense (EPPIE award finalist and Night Owl Romance 5-Star Top Pick) and WICKED PARADISE, a fantasy romance, released in August 2012. Erin will finally realize her lifelong dream of publishing a young adult novel when VIGILANTE NIGHTS debuts in July 2013.

Erin Richards lives in Northern California. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and American muscle cars.

Pre-Order your copy of Vigilante Nights before its official hardcover release date of July 18, 2013 and get an exclusive gift! Details at:

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Grand prize giveaway

$25 Amazon or B&N CG (US & Int’l)
One autographed hardcover copy of Vigilante Nights (US & Int’l) with swag included
Three eBook copies of Vigilante Nights (US & Int’l)

Cover Reveal: Landlocked by Tiffany Daune

Title: Landlocked 
Author: Tiffany Daune   

Series: Surface, #2 
Publication date: Summer 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

As if staying focused in trigonometry wasn't hard enough....Eerie visions are plaguing Theia's mind, driving her insane.  Someone or something is reaching out to her, dragging her into a dark underwater world. And, to add to her metal delirium, she has no control over her newly awakened Siren senses. She thinks she can hear her cat's thoughts, she wants to pummel Sarah Collins, and she's trying to keep it together so she doesn't lose her scholarship. She needs someone who understands—someone bound to the ocean water she craves—she needs Luc.  But contacting him is risky, and returning to the water a death sentence. She must find a way to harness her Siren senses even though the waves are calling to her. Denying her intended destiny may be the only way to stay alive.

Author Bio
Tiffany Daune doesn't get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn't caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.

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Debut-a-Thon: Goals and Updates

My Goal: 4 books. I'm not sure I'll get through them all though. Depends how much free time I get.

Books to Read:
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis 
Taken by Erin Bowman
The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Acid by Emma Pass
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
Contaminated by Em Garner
Pivot Point by Kasie West


Currently Reading: Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis 
Pages read: 201
Books read: -

Currently Reading: The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Pages read: 254
Books read: Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis 

Currently Reading: The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Pages read: 166
Books read: -

Currently Reading: Pivot Point by Kasie West
Pages read: 270 
Books read: The Ward by Jordana Frankel


Challenge #1
(highlight to view answers)
1. IIDFEOFYUNM (4 words)    If You Find Me
2. TAREDEL (1 word)             Altered
3. TPNPOOITIV (2 words)      Pivot Point
4. HCITAGRL (1 word)           Arclight
5. NPOSIO (1 word)               Poison
6. TSIPDENLER (1 word)       Splintered
7. ITSEHTELE (2 words)        The Elites

Challenge #2

I'm currently reading The Ward and I haven't read much of it to be able to put music to it, but I'm going to cheat a little with it as the character in the book, Ren, some kind of drag racing over the tops of buildings and over the water, and on page 42 as she drives off the end of the building she pushes a button to listen to music - "Highway to hell" by ACDC. It was actually pretty fitting for the scene. 

So to be fair, as I have finished Not A Drop To Drink I can, without cheating, pick a song. This proved to be really hard. There is a perfect song, but it would give away too much of the story. So I hunted through my music and came across 'Like a stone' by Audioslave and this fits the whole novel as well as a lot of little scenes, and gives nothing away. 

Challenge #3

I forgot!

Challenge #4
(highlight to view answers)
1. The Nightmare Affair

2. City of a Thousand Dolls ?

3. In The After 

4. The Rules for Disappearing 

5. Pretty Girl -13

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #40 - All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

I've been hearing some positive things about this one and it certainly sounds interesting.

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week?

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Blog Tour: Review: Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu with Excerpt & Giveaway

Release Date: July 2nd 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Glitch, Book #3
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution. 

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands. 

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults. 

The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy.


I want to keep this spoiler free for the whole series, but it might be hard, and I apologise up front if I give away any small details. I promise to keep the big things to myself though. =)

This series got better with every book. I enjoyed Glitched, but loved Override more. Now I love Shutdown more again. 

We were left heartbroken in Override, and to be honest, until about the 90% mark the heartbreak doesn't ease up. At the 60% - 70% mark I was like this:


I'm not joking. I was so torn up by everything that had happened, and what was happening that if I wasn't reading in bed, I would have been on the floor like that! 

I love the characters in this story, including the ones I didn't like - I loved that they were that way. People are like that and it was nice to see realistic characters. The backstabbing, the lying, the honest, and even the ones that change. 

While the trilogy ends positive, its not the overly happy ending you think. There are shocks, and one of the twists I kind of guessed but wasn't sure how it would happen until it did. 

This is definitely one of my favourite series. It's action packed, emotional, and quick to read. I'm sad this trilogy is now over, but it one I definitely want to read again. 

It Was Amazing

Author Bio
Heather Anastasiu

Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.

Previous Books in the Series
Glitch (Glitch, #1) Override (Glitch, #2)


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