Monday, February 16, 2015

Release Day Launch ~ Lure by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!






Lure (The Allure Chronicles, #1)
There's danger in the beauty...

Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That's how long it had been since I'd seen my winged hero— not that I'd been counting. I'd suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn't crazy and knew he didn't exist.

But he did. And I was done waiting.

Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier... thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.











Excerpt


We stood awkwardly for another moment before I had to break the silence. “It’s been a while.”
“Two and a half years.”
“I thought about you the past few Halloweens.”
“I thought about you more than that. It’s actually pretty humiliating now that I’m standing in the same room with you. I don’t know what I was thinking.” She looked away.
“I lied.”
“About?”
I walked toward her. I had to wipe that regret off her face. “I thought about you a lot more than just Halloween.”
“Yeah?”
“Yeah.” I stopped right in front of her. “You were very memorable.”
“So were you.” She licked her lips. Again with the lips.
“I probably should ask you a million questions right now, but would it be okay if we put those off and did something else?”
“I guess that depends on what else you want to do?” Her eyes widened slightly.
“I want to kiss you.”
“I’m okay with that.” Her eyes seemed to sparkle.
“Yeah?”
“Yeah.”
I didn’t wait for her to change her mind. I brushed my lips against hers gently. I was going to keep it short, but I had to know if I was glorifying the last kiss.
She moved her lips against mine, and any thoughts of keeping it short disappeared. I wrapped my arms around her as I deepened the kiss, greedily pushing for access beyond those irresistible lips of hers. She opened up, welcoming me in with the same intoxicating taste as she had the last time. 
She moaned, encouraging me to continue the kiss. I didn’t need the encouragement. I lifted her up and carried her over to the couch. I sat down, settling her on my lap. I needed her close, closer than standing would allow.
Her fingers tangled in my hair as she let me explore her mouth. My hands ached to explore more, but I didn’t want to rush it. I’d waited over two years to taste her lips again, and I was going to enjoy every second of it.



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Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles #0.5)
*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire's nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.




Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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Friday, February 13, 2015

Stacking The Shelves #83

Hosted By Tynga's Reviews


Richelle Mead Signing

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) 





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Very exciting to meet the creator of Adrian! I got my entire Bloodlines series signed. We were only allowed 3 books to be signed but others in line that didn't have 3 books were nice enough to get my other 3 signed! Plus I got this awesome t-shirt!



For Review

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel   Lure (The Allure Chronicles, #1) 




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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Blog Tour ~ Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs ~ Review & Giveaway!


Greta and the Glass Kingdom Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! 
Follow the full tour HERE
You can see my review of the first book HERE


Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles, #2)
Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2) by Chloe Jacobs

Release Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: eARC from author
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Once upon a dark time… Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she's managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion… To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King's life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast. Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.

I absolutely loved the first book, Greta and the Goblin King! I have been dying for this book and I'm so happy it didn't disappoint. My major worry was that there wouldn't be enough Isaac. LOL I mean I'm not sure there can ever really be enough but I was still happy that even though this story has Greta making a journey on her own Isaac is never far from her thoughts or dreams. If you have not read the first book and met this sexy and sweet Goblin King then you really must!

I love the fantasy setting. I'm not a big fantasy reader but this world doesn't confuse and I just love it. Greta beat the big bad from the first book, Agramon, but sadly her troubles are not over. First she has to face discrimination. Isaac wants her to be his queen (insert dreamy sigh here) but the people of Mylena will not be letting a human queen take over so easily. Plus something isn't quite right with her ever since she defeated Agramon. The fairies claim they can help so she ventures to the Glass Kingdom for answers.

In Mylena no journey is easy and no one is trustworthy. I could never guess what would happen next. Lots of surprises and twists and turns and unexpected betrayals. Unexpected heartbreak. Wyatt also hasn't completely left the picture. He was a sweet guy but I wasn't a huge fan of him in the first book. I definitely saw more of his loyalty, bravery, and carrying nature in this book. While he wasn't quite over Greta I didn't feel like the love triangle was dragging on. I really didn't feel like it was ever actually a triangle. Greta's heart and mine as well belong to the Goblin King! The ending was great although left quite a few things hanging. I'm just dying to see where the gang will go next and how they will react to this new development! I really hope the wait for the third book isn't quite as long as the wait for this one but either way I'm sure it will be worth it!




"Visiting the provinces has made me realize it's far past time I make it clear to one and all that my heart is claimed and my commitment to you is true."


"Come on, you know you want to get some alone time with me."
"I know how fond you are of ravishing me in closets," he whispered with a grin.
She shook her head. "One time...and you're never going to let me forget it, are you?"
"But when I do get you alone again, I don't want to be rushed."
The Great Mother save her, that sounded hot.


"Please, Isaac. I just want..."
"What wishes do you make of me now?" His voice was a low murmur that teased the wispy strands at her temple until she felt the hesitant press of his lips. "I'll grant every one."


"I'd prefer that you never let me go," he said, suddenly serious. "But if you must, know that because of you I will never truly be Lost. You can always call me back."

Rating: 5/5





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Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles, #1)
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse. 

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape. 

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...





Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.




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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WOW #111




I'm waiting on

 P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Release Date May 26th 2015


Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing.

Why I'm Waiting?
I really loved To All The Boys I've Loved Before and look forward to seeing what happens next. I really want her to get with Peter! Although I'm sure John will come in and mess things up!





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Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Night Circus Read-A-Long


Jude (from In Between) and I are having a Read-A-Long of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in February! We will be discussing the book on both our blogs at the end of each week during February.

Reading schedule:
Week 1
February 1 - 7
Part 1 from Page 0 - 90

Week 2
February 8 - 14
Part 2 from Page 91- 222

Week 3
February 15 - 21
Part 3 from Page 223 - 296

Week 4
February 22 - 28 
Part 4 & 5 from Page 297 - 384


Feel free to join us and comment on our posts or tweet us, as well as to grab the button for your blog (: 

Jennifer @Beesha1
Jude @Judehnd

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Release Day Launch ~ Seduction's Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!


Seduction's Kiss is now available FREE!
It is the prequel novella to a new series set in the Pteron world.
It was a great start to the series! I can't wait to get to know Owen better!


Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles #0.5)
*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire's nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

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Excerpt


We wove our way through the crowds. I glanced into the rows of bars and clubs teeming with people dressed in various degrees of costumes. Despite my apprehension of hanging out with someone I barely knew, the excitement seemed to be rubbing off on me. I found myself moving along to the music spilling out of one club when we were momentarily stopped.
“Duncan!” A girl with long blond hair yelled and proceeded to wrap her arms around Duncan’s neck. She was dressed as a pumpkin, if a pumpkin was just a skimpy piece of orange fabric. “Come dancing with us.” She was visibly drunk.
“Oh, hi.” He gave me an apologetic look.
I shrugged. It wasn’t like we were on a date.
“Why aren’t you dressed up? It’s Halloween. You’re supposed to be dressed up.”
He shoved a hand into his back pocket. “How do you know that I’m not dressed up?”
“Laurie!” The girl yelled. “It’s Duncan, the stripper who did Debbie’s party last week.”
Wait. What? Did he strip? Wow, that was pretty surprising. He wasn’t bad looking, but I hadn’t met a male stripper before.
Another girl ran over. This one was appropriately attired. She had an awesome lollipop costume on. She also gave Duncan a hug, so I decided to people watch while I waited. That’s when I saw him. The gorgeous guy from the bar. All six plus feet of his perfectness. This time he was wearing one of those sleeveless white t-shirts that showed off his muscular arms. But it wasn’t his muscles that jumped out the most. It was his beautiful set of black wings. Now that was a costume.
He glanced up just as he passed, and my chest tightened. He looked at me with curiosity for a second before continuing on. Maybe he vaguely remembered my face but didn’t know why. I wasn’t sure what would be worse, if he remembered the humiliating moment, or if he didn’t.
I suddenly felt embarrassed of my cat costume. Were the whiskers too much?
“Daisy?” Duncan called my name and snapped me out of my daze. “Ready?” The girls must have walked off while I was distracted because Duncan was alone watching me. I wondered how obvious my ogling was.
“Yeah, sure.”
Duncan towed me along until he turned into a dark and completely unappealing dive. This was his favorite place? I kept my mouth shut. I didn’t want to offend him. Maybe this was one of those hidden gems you always hear about. Just to be safe I texted Reyna the name of the place as inconspicuously as possible, Grounddiggers.
“Who are you texting?” Duncan asked as we walked through the entrance.
Evidently I wasn’t as inconspicuous as I thought. “Just a friend.” I’m not sure why I didn’t just tell him who it was. I just felt like it was safer not to.
He nodded at a bouncer, who like Duncan was dressed all in black. The bouncer grunted something unintelligible to Duncan. Duncan must have taken the grunt to mean enter because he pulled me further inside.


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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking The Shelves #82

Hosted By Tynga's Reviews


Purchased

My new kindle voyage!
Kindle Voyage


For Review

Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles #0.5)   Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles, #2) 


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Addicted tote bag from Krista & Becca Ritche! Thanks!
Will use it to carry my books to their signing in August!





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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WOW #110




I'm waiting on

 How (not) to Fall in Love

How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
Release Date February 3rd 2015


Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.

Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone. 

But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself...if she has the courage to follow it.

Why I'm Waiting?
This synopsis kind of reminded me of 2 Broke Girls. I like books where a character has something drastic happen and then you see how they adjust and overcome it. It would be so hard to go from rich to poor and have to leave your private school and friends. Sounds like she meets a great new crowd at the thrift store.






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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Looks ~ The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater



The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater inspired book look




This was a fun outfit to put together. This isn't my usual style but after putting this together I really wanted to rock an outfit like this. 


Monday, January 12, 2015

Release Day Launch ~ Dusk by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!


The second book in Alyssa Rose Ivy's series, The Dire Wolves Chronicles, releases today!



Dusk (The Dire Wolves Chronicle, #2)
Dusk (The Dire Wolves Chronicles #2) 
by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Release Date: January 12, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 222
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon 
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The Dire Wolves Chronicles continue...

After you have sacrificed your freedom what else is there to lose?

Mary Anne has given her word to Hunter that she’ll stay as his mate, but every second she spends with him takes her further away from Gage when he needs her the most. 

Caught between love and duty, Mary Anne discovers that her troubles are just beginning, and that sometimes love comes at a great price.

Hunter is trying to make Mary Anne fall in love with him. She promised to be with him. I was happy Hunter had his own POV. He seemed really creepy in the first book but seeing his side of things I began to understand him. I still think he is wrong to try to force Mary Anne into a relationship when obviously her heart is with Gage. But I know Hunter feels like Mary Anne is right for him and that she will help change things for the Dire Wolves which he is desperate to do. Even though I totally love Gage and want her with him, there were times when I began to want to see her with Hunter. Hunter was charming and was trying really hard to be good to Mary Anne.

Poor Gage is going through so much in this book. Trying to understand his change. Having to see Mary Anne with Hunter. Feeling helpless as to what he can do to make things right. He never gave up though. He knew he would find a way back to Mary Anne no matter what it took. Although he made some mistakes that complicate things further. Loved the Levi and Allie cameo. And the little surprise that Allie mentioned. Read this in one sitting. Very excited for the next book. I hope that somehow Mary Anne and Gage can help Hunter and they can all work together. The wolves seemed like creepers in the first book but they grew on me in this book and I want things to work out for them.

Rating: 4/5




Excerpt


“Hunter?” she asked in a low voice as we sat in front of the fire downstairs. We’d started back with our favorite evening ritual, only now she sat right at my side. The rest the pack was giving us plenty of space. There were benefits to being Alpha.
“Yes?” I smiled at her. She was so beautiful. I zeroed in on her lips, needing to claim them with my own.
“Tell me about your dreams.”
“My dreams?” I put an arm around her and pulled her down into my side. I could feel her heartbeat and that put me at ease. “What kind of dreams?”
“What kind do you have?”
“The usual types I guess.”
“Are they ever about me?” She looked up at me with those expressive eyes of hers.
“You mean now? Are you asking if I dream about you?”
“Now. Before.”
“Before? Why would I have dreamed about you before I met you? How would that be possible?” Someone had told her something. That someone was going to be in a lot of trouble.
“How is it possible that you’re a wolf? I’m starting to believe that anything is possible.”
I ignored her use of the term wolf. It wasn’t worth an argument. She’d start calling us Dires eventually. “Do you really want to know?” The can of worms had been opened. There was no turning back.
“Yes. Why else would I ask?”
“Come here.” I gestured with my hand.
“I am here.”
“On to my lap.” If she wanted something from me, I was getting something from her.
“You want me to sit on your lap?”
“You know exactly what I’m asking you to do.”
She put a leg over mine and straddled my lap. She settled herself down, awakening my body even more than it already was. “Happy now?”
“I’m always happy when you’re with me.”


   
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Dire (The Dire Wolves Chronicles, #1)
Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything. It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?





Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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