Monday, 23 September 2013

Book Blitz: Eramane by Frankie Ash with Giveaway & Author Q&A

Title: Eramane 
Author: Frankie Ash 
Series: Eramane Trilogy, #1
Publication date: Summer, 2013 
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


In the village of Eludwid, seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock goes about her life, cheerfully disregarding a prophecy made to her parents that she would have a great gift. Not yet wed and beset with boredom, Eramane cannot shake the feeling that something exciting awaits her beyond Eludwid. But when she is invited to picnic with a handsome young suitor, Eramane has no idea that her life will soon change forever. 

As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.

In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.

Author Q&A

What inspired you to write ERAMANE?
I really don’t remember. It was over ten years ago when the idea popped in my head. I think I was driving in my car. But that’s the awesome thrill of being a writer, when those great ideas just peek-a-boo in on you.

What are some of your favorite books/authors?
The Hobbit, anything from Poe or King, I added a new fav when I read The Hunger Games, Ann Rice has a special place in my heart, and I read every single R.L Stein book I could get my hands on when I was a kid.

How did you get in to writing?
From reading, there is something about a really great book that takes hold of you and won’t let go, and you find yourself thinking, “Man, I want to create something that awesome too!”

What do you like to do other than write?
I love listening to music and hanging with my family. I like catching a movie here and there. I really like to drink coffee and think about writing. Umm, does that count?

Did you listen to music when you wrote ERAMANE, and if so, who were some of the artists?
I sure did. But the experience of music is so individual, and tagging Eramane with the music that helped inspire me to write it might spoil the experience for others. It might not be that big of a deal, I don’t know.

How long did it take to write ERAMANE?
Well like I said, the idea came to me over ten years ago. I began writing immediately but not steadily. I didn’t actually finish it until 2005. Then I sat on it for several years before deciding to publish. And there were some developmental changes made during the editing process, but for the most part my initial story remained. So in short…haha…about 13 years. Don’t worry though; book two is moving along at a much faster rate

Did you have the whole trilogy planned before you began writing book #1?
Not even close. I know how I want ERAMANE to end, and I know certain things that I want to happen in the story, certain things that have to happen, and with that I will take her to the end…the path is plotted daily.

Buy Links

Author Bio

Frankie Ash is the author of the YA novel Eramane, COMING SOON! She holds a B.A. in English and resides on the east-coast somewhere between “Will it ever be warm again?” and “The summers here are too short!” She is currently writing book #2 of The Eramane Trilogy, to be published in 2014.

Author links


$50 Amazon Gift Card + eBook of Eramane (Open internationally)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

I was really hoping to get read the 4 books I'm in the middle of, but I didn't. I didn't even get to read 100 pages per day. Link to my original goals. 

Books currently reading: 4
Total finished books: 1
Titles of finished books: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Pages read: 50 pages of 2 books I'd already started plus 336 pages of Countdown. 
Total Pages: 386

Oh well, I got one complete book read - although it wasn't a listed one that I wanted to read. That's more than I've read in the past month so that has to count for something!

Thanks to Tressa and Laura for organising this! 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Stacking The Shelves #55

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.

I haven't done a stacking the shelves post in a while as I haven't gotten anything for a while. There are a few new book releases out that I'd love to get I have so many here to read, plus I haven't been reading much lately. I'm finding less and less time to do so. I'm hoping that once I get this current assessment piece completed that I'll be able to settle into a better study pattern and with that I'm hoping that I feel like reading again. 

For Review

Count Down by Michelle Rowen

Thank you Harlequin Teen Australia!

I have to say that I have already read this - I received it on Monday and finished it on Wednesday. It's the first book I have wanted to read in a long time now. I read the first few lines before I was going to put it on my shelf, but then I couldn't stop reading it - which hasn't happened for a long time so I didn't stop. 

That's all for me this week. I look forward to seeing what everyone else has gotten this week. Happy reading!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #50 - Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

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

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young 

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

Firstly, that cover is gorgeous. 
I love the sound of the world this is built in and can't wait to learn more. 

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week? 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Top Ten Books on my Fall 2013 TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's topic is - Top Ten Books on my Fall Spring 2013 TBR list. It can be either books you're planning to read or Fall Spring releases you're excited about. It's Spring in Australia ;) 
I normally don't stick to TBR lists. I read according to my mood so this will probably change and some won't get read and others will but at the moment this is what I want to read. 

Books being released over the Fall period:
(in no particular order)

1. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken - I adored The Darkest Minds and Argh! That ending!! I can't wait for this one!!! 

2. Champion by Marie Lu - Ok I do still need to read Prodigy. I own it but haven't read it yet, though I just know when I do I'll want to read this one straight away!

3. 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil - I've been waiting for this one to be released for a while. 

4. The 100 by Kass Morgan - I love these types of stories so I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on this one. 

5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth - I loved both Divergent and Insurgent so of course I want to know what happens with this one!! 

Books I own/have for review:
 (in no particular order)

6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Yes, I still haven't read it. Enough said. :(

7. Parasite by Mira Grant - I'm looking forward to reading this one and I have it for review.

8. Black Out by Robison Wells - Another I'm looking forward to and have for review. 

9. Save The Enemy by Arin Greenwood - A review book I'm looking forward to getting into. 

10. Banish by Nicola Marsh - A review book I have started and am finding interesting.

That's my Top Ten today. Are any of these on your list? Have you read any of these already? Leave a link in the comments and I'll be sure to stop by your list! =) 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Cover Reveal: The Rules Of Regret by Megan Squires

Title: The Rules of Regret
Author: Megan Squires
Expected Publication: 1 October 2013
Cover Design: Mae I Design and Photography
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

“Life doesn’t come with a blueprint, which makes it hard to have any plans.”

Nineteen-year-old Darby Duncan is finally on her own. Her boyfriend of six years just left for a high-powered summer internship, though in reality he’s been absent for much longer than that. This newfound freedom wasn’t a part of Darby’s plans, but as she’s come to discover, plans only exist on paper, not in reality.

And guys like Torin Westbrook aren’t supposed to exist in reality, either. But he does, with his disheveled curly hair, irresistible dimples, and endearingly quirky habit of reciting quotes from classic movies and ancient thinkers. When Darby meets Torin as a fellow counselor at the survival camp she impulsively applies to, she’s certain his main goal is to turn her world upside-down. 

But Darby’s not sure she can adapt to Torin’s ways of viewing his past and the tragedies he's faced. Because she’s had her own share of heartache, too, and as much as she wants to believe that it’s all been for a purpose, her grief hasn’t allowed her to get to that point. Yet the more Darby is around Torin, the more she craves the freedom to break out of her carefully constructed routine and mindset and fall into something new. 

She’s just not sure that she should be falling for Torin along the way.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon Update

I haven't done an update since my initial sign up post and the reason why is I haven't read as much as I had hope so I kept putting it off. Though I can't keep putting it off so here it is. 

Total for the week so far
Books currently reading: 4
Total finished books: 0 :(
Titles of finished books: -

I have read a total of 20 pages. :'(  

I'll be trying to read more over the weekend. Lets see if I can improve on that average!! 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Bookish Talk #4 - Your Favourite Series

 If you want to join in you can either do your own post on your blog (but please link back to here) and leave a link in the comments, or let us know what you think in the comments.

I have been in a bit of a reading slump - simply I haven't wanted to read. I decided to join in on the Tackle your TBR Read-a-thon being held by Laura @ Colorimetry and Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings (my signup post can be found here) in the hope I would want to read more. So far that hasn't worked. I haven't been posting much either which kind of brings me to this post. I'm curious to see your favourite series and why you love it. I think if I'm involved in some decisions I'll be more inclined to get back into it. :)

To start off, a couple of my favourite series are:

In no particular order -

Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer
I enjoy this series immensely. I love Brigids writing and the characters. 

Luna Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
A cyborg, a wicked Queen, a handsome prince and retellings - what's not to like! 

Glitch trilogy by Heather Anastasiu
 I'll be honest, the first book wasn't my favourite although I still liked it. It took a bit to get into the story but what the first book lacked, the second and third made up for. 

Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa
The story of a girl who become what she hated and refuses to submit to the vampire urge. The Eternity Cure (book #2) was just as good as book one. I loved them both and can't wait for #3. 

So, have you read any of these? and what are your favourite series?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #49 - Pawn by Aimee Carter

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

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen


For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

If you don't already know, I love dystopians so of course this would interest me. :P

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week? 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon

I have been so caught up with uni work and I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately that when I saw the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon being held by Laura @ Colorimetry and Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings I thought this would be the perfect way to get some of these books I have read. I do have a major assignment to complete during the days the read-a-thon is running so I'm not planning on reading a lot, but I do have a few I want to get read. 

My goal is to read at least 100 pages a day. 

Books I'm planning on reading:

1. Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
2. Fragments by Dan Wells
3. Save The Enemy by Arin Greenwood
4. Parasite by Mira Grant
5. Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris (Currently Reading)
6. Blackout by Robinson Wells
7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (Currently Reading)
8. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (Currently Reading)
9. Banish by Nicola Marsh (Currently Reading)
10. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Currently Reading)

While there are a few books here, most I have already started before starting the read-a-thon so there aren't that many complete books for me to get through. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #48 - The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

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

Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how. 

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

I have been loving the contemporary books this year and this sounds like it will be another fantastic contemporary that I will enjoy. 

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week? 

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