Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interview with Fallen Tears's Author Christina Channelle!


We left off from Dahlia with only a name--a name that is the next piece to the puzzle. A name that will eventually, "lead us to him." But before we delve into the continuation of the Blood Crave Series, let's answer the question that's been on all our minds.

Who is Rowan?

This 21,000 word novella answers that question, and of how Rowan has come to know the vampire with pitch-black eyes.


If you could jump into a book, and live in that world...which would it be?

Honestly…it would be the world I created in my books. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I would LOVE to meet my characters face to face. Writing about them for so long…they almost become real to me. It would be like having a pen pal you finally get to meet face to face after so many years of writing letters to each other. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hang out with vampires and fallen angels all at the same time.

How do you react to a bad review?

I run to a corner and cry. Just kidding, lol. We are all entitled to our opinions, whether good or bad. I understand that not everyone is going to like my writing and that’s okay. I know they’re not attacking me personally. If a review is “negative” but provides feedback from a different perspective, I’ll welcome it with open arms. Writing is a passion for me so I will do my best to continually grow as a writer. No bad review is going to stop me from doing what I love.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

With Dahlia, it’d have to be the writing aspect that we share. On top of writing stories, I’m also that person who has thousands of sticky notes of random things posted everywhere. The Notes app on my iPhone is quickly filling up. Other than that, I really can’t see any similarities with my characters and I. They are their own unique individuals. If you happen to read any sarcastic comments from any of the characters, that might be me shining through, now and then.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

I’ve read so many books as a kid, no one particular book stands out. I really enjoyed Christopher Pike’s, Remember Me. I’m pretty sure I’ve read the series more than once, along with his other stuff. I’ve probably read every Lurlene McDaniel book, and the majority of them always made me cry.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?

I wanted to be a Family Doctor. It was either that or a dancer, even though I can’t dance.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?

I really enjoyed J.A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Never. I look forward to reading her other books. Sophie Kinsella and her Shopaholic series are a riot. Her other books are great, too.

Favorite music?

I like all sorts of music: R&B and soft rock would be my favorite. Also, certain rap songs…certain ones, mind you. 

Skittles or M&Ms?

M&Ms all the way! I’m a girl who loves her chocolate. :)

Print or Ebook?

Hmm. Six months ago I wouldn’t have hesitated and I would have said print all the way. I love the smell and feel of a book as I cozy up to it under my covers. I have to say though, I am enjoying this ebook thing. I’ve wanted to reject the technology for so long, angry about the potential obsoleteness of paperbacks. But now? Not so much. Ebook readers are so…simple and light.

Favorite Food?

As a kid, I’d say double cheese pizza. These past few years, I’d have to go with sushi. All I can say is, “Thank God my friends introduced me to it!”




Book Tour + Giveaway: Guardians of the Grimoire by Natasha Slight


Guardians of the Grimoire by Natasha Slight

Release Date: Published 2012


Where to Buy: iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, + B&N


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

 Rumors have spread among the immortals of a book that controls all the magic in both the human and spirit worlds. So what is the Spirit Mother to do when Kaël, a corrupt spirit, attempts to steal the Grimoire from her temple?

With no other option, she instructs Gaïa, a benevolent spirit, to hide the Grimoire in the human realm and to train three young girls in becoming the new guardians. Kerani, Tiluvia, and Cesca are awakened to their destinies, and thrust into a perilous journey as they race to Gaïa’s island. Accompanied by the Kal’rana sisters, the girls discover the magic that lies dormant within them. But fate plays a cruel twist on them, as their magical abilities are unleashed before they are ready, and disastrous consequences follow suit.

In a land shrouded in magic, and filled with as many friends as there are foes, will the girls be able to fulfill their destinies? Or will the balance of magic be thrown into chaos?




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Natasha Slight lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two daughters. Although, she has an aversion to -20 degree temperatures, she keeps warm and cozy, while writing in her home office. Being a stay-at-home mom and an avid reader and collector of books for many years, she traveled frequently, following her husband and his work. The settings in the stories she writes are enriched with details she has gleaned from her travels around the world. Armed with a quirky sense of humor, Natasha writes to inspire, tap into the mind, and unleash the imagination within. Guardians of the Grimoire is her debut novel.




Cover Reveal: Small Town Girl (Small Town #1) by Linda Cunningham


Small Town Girl (Small Town #1) by Linda Cunningham
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release: November 11, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Reveal organized by: AToMR Tours


When Lauren Smith begrudgingly returns to the small Vermont town where she grew up to arrange for the sale of her late grandmother’s old farmhouse, she has everything she’s always worked for. Lauren drives a Mercedes. She’s engaged to one of the most powerful businessmen in the country and wears a three-carat diamond ring to prove it. She lives in a penthouse on Central Park West.

Yes, Lauren has everything she considers important. She is smugly prepared for any eventuality in dealing with these country people so Lauren isn’t surprised when the hot water isn’t working at the old house. No problem. She simply looks in the phone book and calls the local plumber.

The moment Caleb Cochran steps through the old screen door to fix the hot water, the glittery facade that masquerades as Lauren’s life begins to crumble around her. Though she tries hard to deny their mutual, magnetic attraction, Lauren is finally forced to reevaluate her focus and come face-to-face with her true self. Small Town Girl is a story of discovering the true meaning of life and love.

(This novel is the first book in the Small Town series, however, each book can be read as a stand-alone.)


Linda has written steadily throughout the years, but usually other people’s papers, speeches, or articles for agricultural trade magazines. Her only published work of fiction was a children’s book, “The Copper Angel of Piper’s Mill”, written in 1988 when her children were still small. Now that the kids are out of the house, Linda is writing fiction again, and this time it’s personal! She writes full time and it’s Romance! Her first romance novel, “Small Town Girl” is being published by Omnific Publishing and should be available late summer/early fall of this year.
Linda lives in a romantic stone house in the green mountains of Vermont surrounded by her gardens and her animals who include horses, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens, a parakeet and various wildlife visitors who wander in and out at will. When time permits, she also enjoys sketching and painting.




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#16): Just One Year (Just One Day, #2) by Gayle Forman



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, started by Jill at  Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming book releases everyone is waiting on.

This week I am patiently (read: impatiently) waiting on:

Expected Publication Date: October 2013

Publisher: Dutton

Pages: 290

 Companion to JUST ONE DAY. It will be in Willem's POV. 

"Can you fall in love in just one day? Can you become a new person? How about in just one year? In JUST ONE DAY and its companion novel JUST ONE YEAR, sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey and easygoing actor Willem De Ruiter are about to find out against a guidebook-worthy array of foreign backdrops. Equal parts romance, coming-of-age-tale, mystery and travel romp (with settings that span from England’s Stratford upon Avon to Paris to Amsterdam to India’s Bollywood) JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR show how in looking for someone else, you just might wind up finding yourself."

I loved the first novel so much. It changed what I thought of YA.

So what are y'all waiting on? :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Promo Blitz: Never Too Far by Thomas Christopher


Genre: Young Adult Dystopian / Suspense
Title: Never Too Far
Author: Thomas Christopher
Date Published: 5/10/12
Its Never Too Late

Synopsis: 

A harrowing story of love and survival. In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must find a way to save their impoverished family. 

They risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.
Thomas Christopher grew up in Iowa. He received his MFA from Western Michigan University. His short stories have appeared in The Louisville Review and The MacGuffin. He was awarded an Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant and was a finalist for the Matthew Clark Prize in Fiction. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and son.
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Mary surprised Joe by knocking his arms away. She was stronger than she looked. Then she swept her legs off the bed and sprang to her feet. She took two steps and turned to face him as if to prove there was nothing wrong with her. But there was definitely something wrong. She wavered a moment. Her already white face turned ghostly. Her eyelids trembled. She seemed to realize she was becoming faint, and what that meant. 
“I’m fine,” she said. “You don’t have to go.”
Joe got ready to catch her in case she fell, but somehow she held herself steady. 
“It’s okay,” Joe said. “Just sit down. I will go find some food.”
Joe inched toward her. He was afraid to grab her again because she might try to wrench free once more and really fall. When she coughed, her little shoulders jerked and her round stomach jumped. Her head was drooped low and her hair hung down so he couldn’t see her face at all. 
“Come on, lay down,” Joe said.
She didn’t move. Joe stepped toward her, but before he could put his arms around her, she tilted forward and rested the crown of her head against his chest. He slid his arms along the sides of her hard belly and around her waist. Then he shifted her toward the bed again. She moved like a bundle of empty sacks in his arms. He set her gently on the bed before he bent down to lift her feet onto the sheets. 
After he sat in the chair, Mary asked him, “What if you don’t come back?”
“That’s not going to happen,” Joe said.
“How do you know?”
“I just know. You have to trust me.”


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Blitz: The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan


Publication date: February 8th, 2013

Genre:YA Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction

Where to Buy: Amazon

Book Description:
“The cards tell me of the children of the stars.”

Jacey thinks her life is worthless, when she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a failed attempt to end her life; her wounds miraculously healed. Devin, who claims to kill on touch, is also there. When Michael arrives, bearing telekinetic powers, he insists the government, and an even darker, more powerful force, wants them dead.

In a desperate attempt to escape for their lives, the three teens find they must confront an even greater adversary, themselves - and with a prophecy forced upon them, they must find a way to accept their fate, or rebel together, as one.



Michael grabbed us both by the arms, as he bolted for the fully closed and barred window, which faced nothing but blacktop and honking cars below. “Don’t worry, we’ve got Jacey. Heal us, love.”
I didn’t have time to think about what that meant. He let go of me briefly as he extended his arm in front of him. The bars snapped and the glass exploded free from the pane in an array of pixilated fragments—colored jewels against the starry sky. “Close your eyes,” Michael said, as he took my arm, and leapt through.
Everything dropped away as I fell. Time had momentarily suspended, and the air around me hollered in my ears. In the distance I heard men yelling, and even the crack of a gunshot—at least it sounded like one—but that commotion was soon drowned out by the low hum of car engines and blasting horns. My senses caught up to me as I saw the pavement closing in.
I was going to die.
“Tuck your chin and roll” Michael’s words sounded faint through the rush in my ears. “It’ll lessen the impact.”
A billion thoughts flushed through my mind faster than I would have thought humanly possible, the main one being: He’s insane. What’s the point? Even so, in a last-ditch effort to survive, I closed my eyes and bent my chin to my chest, just as the ground met me.
The bones in my upper back cracked with the impact, along with a stinging roar of pain. I felt my legs bounce, as I rolled out onto the blacktop. A buzz sounded in my head. I couldn’t move. The sound of a car skidding, its tires ripping with the smell of burnt rubber, shuddered through me, and then everything went white.

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Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the 'dreamy' one with her head in the clouds. She now lives in Nevada with her two sons, a cat, and a rat named Sam.



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Tour: Black Moon (Paige Tailor, #1) by Jessica McQuay


Release Date: October 2012

Series / Stand Alone: Book #1 in The Paige Taylor Series

Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Fantasy Novel

Where to Buy: Amazon, B&N, + Kobo


Summary: 
"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?







An Excerpt:



“Matt, Tommy, I am thrilled to know you are finding
the reading so interesting that you’re discussing it amongst


yourselves. Perhaps you’d like to share your findings with the rest

of the class?”


“I seriously doubt Matt wants the class to know that he’s been

cheating on his girlfriend Samantha by hooking up with Rachel.”

Oh no. Oh no no no no no! How had I known THAT?

And why, oh why, did it come from my mouth, out loud, to

the entire class?
I know how I knew. Matt’s voice was the one I’d heard earlier.
How is that even possible?




I didn’t have time to contemplate; I had a classroom full of

people wondering the exact same thing judging by the looks on

some of their faces.


“How did you know that, Tailor?”


I swung around and found myself face to face with Matt. I

didn’t know if the surprise had time to register on my face before

he was leaning down into it, his voice a controlled whisper.
“If I find out that you've been spying on me, you little nobody,
you will wish you never let my name touch your lips.”
The hairs on my neck and arms came to life, and chills
pricked along my skin. I couldn’t look away from his eyes. They’d
gone black as night with the exception of the pupils which were
blazing gold. My tongue wouldn’t move my mouth was so dry. I
couldn’t find my voice and I was starting to shiver just as Mr. O
stepped between us.

“Matthew, get back to your seat.”


About the Author:



There were only three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words. Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, goldfish named Sparkle and her cat, Talula. When she isn’t working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band or dancing like there is no tomorrow at Zumba.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Blitz: Disconnect (Divided Worlds Trilogy, #1) by Imran Siddiq


Publication date: February 22nd 2013 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi 

Where to Buy: Amazon + B&N

Book Description:
In space, love has boundaries.

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Under
world will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.


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About the Author:


Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories.  At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre  is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.

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