book tour

The Bone Season By: Samanatha Shannon

The Bone Season

By Samantha Shannon
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

My Review …

My Take on the Book
  In a time and place where being a clairvoyant is considered evil and punishable by death Paige Mahoney forges forward on a path that if caught will only lead to her death. But in the slums of London, Paige has found a place where she belongs. Until she does the unthinkable and murders two guards with her clairvoyant abilities. This leads to her being taken to Scion I a colony for clairvoyants, but things are not what they seem. And the man she is put with to train to use her powers Warden is defiantly not what she thinks.
Liked:
  The Bone Season is a complex story and if you do not take the time to get into it you will totally miss out on the intricacies of what make the story so wonderful. The evolution between Paige and Warden, loved loved loved it.
Disliked:
  Although in the end this all made sense in the beginning some of the flash backs were disconcerting and took me out of the story. But as I mentioned this was brought together in the end. And was totally worth the confusion. It is said to be for young adults but I think this is for a new adult group. I would NOT recommend this to a young adult age group.
Overall
  My top read for 2013, great story. Worth the time, great debut. Paige is a worthwhile heroin that a reader can root for, truly evil antagonists that threaten not just the characters in the novel but mankind all around. Giving the reader a reason to want to see what happens.
??Recommend??
 This is a great book, however for the verbage and way it is written I don’t think readers under the age of 16 would be able to follow the mature nature of the writing. However, that being said it is a great book.
Rating:
 I am giving The Bone Season by: Samantha Shannon 5 out of 5 stars. This is a great read, one you won’t want to miss.
Casting

Paige — 

Warden 
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Blog Tour stop for The Eyes of Love by: Angelina Rose

 

Me.1aAbout Angelina Rose:
Angelina Rose has wanted to write ever since she could hold a pencil. The first daughter of immigrant parents, Angelina had her head buried in books, lost in a world of heroes, heroines and exotic places. It was a shocking experience that jump-started Angelina’s author career. “I awoke in the ICU… I had been unconscious for several days,” Angelina says. In 2010, Angelina had a long stint in hospital following her involvement in a motor vehicle accident: the longest time off work (as a Registered Nurse), she’d ever had in her life! It was then she took up pen and paper and started to write again, just as she had done when she was a child. She wrote four short fiction stories for young adults, entered them in several competitions, and managed to win three first prizes! After happily dipping her toes into writing those short fiction stories for young adults, Angelina has now authored four books in a new “Mill Creek Crossing Romance” series… contemporary romance intended for adults. The “Starting Over Series” is another contemporary romance series she wrote about a subject she knows well… nurses and their love life. At a recent reunion of her graduating class, she could not help but notice how the same girls would group together and laugh, chat, and even shed some tears over their lives since graduating. Many of the girls had divorced… so Angelina thought “what if a group of the nurses came up with a plan to meet in two years and have a new love story to share?” Then the first story in the series was born. There is always a story running around in her head. A man with thick dark hair, gray-blue eyes, with an engaging smile and a quick wit… or a girl crying over a broken relationship. She finds herself talking to these characters during her day: when she’s doing dishes, or bathing babies at the hospital. These characters crop up on days at the beach or on walks through the neighborhood. This is how the stories start to grow. Angelina’s mother was an author, so Angelina grew up with a love of words and stories. If she wasn’t writing a short story about something that took her fancy, her head was buried in books… reading, reading, reading, as her brother constantly told her… When she’s not spending time with her goodlooking man, or quality time with her laptop, she’s working at the hospital, hanging out with her family and friends, or walking her two dogs around the neighborhood. Angelina spends as much time as she can traveling, then coming home and including some of those adventures in her stories. Angelina really loves to hear from her readers and she invites you to connect with her on Facebook as she interacts daily with her readers there!
AR.Eyes.FGenre: Romance
Publisher: BookBaby
Release Date: April 26, 2013
Book Description:

After a tragic loss five years ago, Sally Overby becomes an Attorney in Atlanta. She convinces herself that all she’ll ever need again is her young son, David, and her life as an attorney. Until one day, Colin Dean barges back into her life and promptly blows her safe world apart, driving her crazy as only a guy she’d had a “school girl crush” on can. Although shocked and thrilled by Colin’s attention, Sally is wary to love deeply. Only, with every loving look Colin gives her plus every sweet kiss, as the attraction between them sparks, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the one she should be with. And although Colin didn’t realize his life was going to change so quickly, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether… the one for Sally’s heart. Will Colin be able to convince her that’s it safe to love him… and that forever isn’t really out of reach? Romantic, amusing, and deeply moving, Book 4 in the Mill Creek Crossing Romance Series, is a tale that will stay with you. The Eyes of Love is a novella… you will be able to enjoy it in just one day!

Sally, it’s been almost five years, honey. That isn’t too soon by anyone’s standards. Everyone wants you to be happy, including your son I bet.” We’ll see. This isn’t a big deal. I think he just feels bad for me,” she said without thinking. Why would he feel bad for you?” Oh. Nothing. Listen, I’ve got to go. Call ya later!” she said as she quickly ended the call. She stopped for a moment and leaned against an old brick building, wondering how she’d allowed herself to slip. Up until now, no one outside of her high school had any idea of how bullied she was. And she was hoping they wouldn’t remember either. As she started to walk again, she noticed Stephanie Dixon walking down Main Street, arm-in-arm with Jazz. She ducked back behind a small brick wall attached to the building and watched them. Stephanie hadn’t changed much. She was still buxom and blond and snobby. She walked like she owned the town, and Jazz looked completely out of place holding onto her. Sally had never known Jazz personally, but she’d watched him around school for years. He was Colin’s sidekick, and the two boys had known each other since they were very young. Her shock over what Jazz had done to his friend was still fresh, and she wondered what they would do if she started walking down the street in front of them. Deciding that she needed to do something bold for her inner younger Sally, she ran her fingers through her hair and walked out from behind the building. At first, they didn’t notice her, but out of the corner of her eye she saw Stephanie elbow Jazz. She walked directly into their path, but Jazz wouldn’t make eye contact. That’s when she realized that Steph was elbowing him not because she recognized her but because Jazz must have been admiring her a little too much. The thought made her feel warm and fuzzy inside. Sally was mostly struck by how sad Stephanie really looked. She looked like a woman who was desperately trying to hold on to any shred of youth she had. Looking back, her looks were all she had even back then. She wasn’t all that smart, her personality stunk and now her looks were starting to fade too. For a moment, she almost felt sorry for her. Just a little. Although the bullying had been horrible, it had given Sally the ability to gain strength in herself. As an attorney, she wasn’t afraid to fight for others because she remembered what it was like to have her basic human rights stripped from her. Hungry for lunch, Sally ducked into Stella’s Diner to have a sandwich and plan her day. She had some shopping to do for the perfect dress to wear to the reunion, and the dress shop in Mill Creek Crossing might not have a big selection. Welcome to Stella’s!” a waitress called from behind the counter. Sally nodded and found a booth next to the window. From her vantage point, she could still see Jazz and Steph who were now sitting on the bench where she and Colin had run into each other. She was angry about something and crossing her arms with a pout on her face. Sally was struck by how immature she still was, and there was Jazz trying to reason with her. Good luck, Jazz, she thought. She’d tried to reason with her many times throughout high school. Hi there. I’m Gracie…” the waitress said as she put down a napkin and some silverware. Gracie. It’s me. Sally Overby,” she said grinning. Gracie stopped in her tracks and squinted her eyes. “Sally? I can’t believe it! You’re stunning, honey!” she said reaching down and hugging her. “What are you doing in town?” Reunion. And to see Momma, of course.” I can’t get over how beautiful you are!” Thanks.” You were always a sweetheart of a person, but now your outside matches your inside.” That’s a nice way to look at it.” So, what have you been up to?” Let’s see… Became an attorney, got married, had a son, became a widow…” Oh, Sally, I’m so sorry! I remember that now. Your Momma told me a few years back. You’re still single?” Yep. But I have a date to the reunion tomorrow night, so I guess I’m officially back on the dating circuit now,” Sally said giggling. Date? Who with?” Colin Dean.” Gracie started fanning herself. “Oh, girl, you scored on that one, huh?”

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ADELA ARTHUR and the CREATOR’s CLOCK

by Judyann McCole
About The Author:   Judyann McCole Is…Roman Catholic   A lover of Books, Florence + Machine, The color Teal, Asian Food, Chocolate, Pandas, and The Rain.   Also A fan of writing in odd places like in bathtubs, under staircases, in a tree, or maybe zoo.   I was born in Montreal, Canada and a few years later my parents moved home to the States where I’m currently attending College.   I don’t know why I never thought about writing. As I was searching for a niche in everything else I was also writing stories about a girl searching for where she belongs and people my age going on wild adventures. One day a teacher of mine, Ms. E. McAllen, asked me what I loved to do and it finally hit me. I love being a storyteller. But I was afraid no one would want, or care to read what I had to say. Until another teacher, Ms. K. Cole gave me the pep talk that changed my life.  

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aaandcc.v1-FinalBook Genre: Young adult fantasy
AGE: 13 up
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 26th, 2013  
Book Synopsis:   To Who Ever This May Concern;   I wish I could tell you the contents of this book were purely fictional. That I, Adela Arthur, was just a normal sixteen year old from Portland and that dragons, giants, elves and mermaids were just myths. I wish these were legends shared from crazy old grandparents to crazy old grandparents around campfires. After all, that is what I used to believe.   I never would have thought they lived on the other side of our mirrors in a world called Cielieu. But they do…   I never would have thought there were humans, better known as Volsin that lived among them with the ability to create light from a single thought. But there are…   I never would have thought I was one of them… But I am…   I am the last Arthur and I was brought to the human world after a Volsin, filled with greed, began to strip the light from our kind.   The human world was supposed to be a safe haven… but he’s found us and the only way to stop him is to go back to Cielieu and begin training as a student in the Elpida Castle of Light.   Like I said I wish the contents of this book were purely fictional and not my life…   ADELA ARTHUR  

Preface

S he ran because she had no other choice. She feared what would happen if she dared to stop. There was no time to think. There was barely any time for her to breathe. On her broken ankle, she ran. With her bruised arms, she ran. With her bleeding sides, she ran because she knew today was the day she was meant to die. Her bare feet, covered with everything from wet dirt to dried, dead leaves to cold ice, took her farther into the forest. She jumped over the dark fallen log, not caring that the bottom of her pants snagged on the tip of it. She went on, running deeper, running faster, trying not to think. Thinking would stop her. Thinking would make her want to survive. Thinking would cause her to fight, and today she could not fight. She heard the screeches; she had seen their dark eyes. They were confirming what she already knew in her heart to be true. Today was the day she was meant to die. Snow fell gently on her like small glimpses of hope. She loved the snow. But even today it, too, was against her. It knew. It blanketed the ground and froze her to her core. She slowed, but she didn’t stop running. Slowing was a mistake, though. Now she could feel the fatigue as it crept up inside her. She could feel the pain as it came into her ankle like burning knives slicing away at her. As the screeches rang through the forest, they too chilled her. Whether she slowed or not, she was meant to die today. However, she had one choice, one option. What was to be her final ground? She had the choice of where she could die and it wasn’t going to be here. It wasn’t going to be in the depths of the dark forest. It would not be fatigue, or hunger, or even the evil creatures that dwelled inside that forest. She couldn’t die here. It wasn’t good enough. She ran, but again her pace slowed. What a fatal flaw that was, for now she tripped over the root of a skillful hidden tree. Her body hit the iced-over, snow-covered ground, adding even more injuries to her collection. She touched her lip; seeing her blood on her hands shocked her, stilling her. She was bleeding everywhere, but for some reason that blood was what stilled her. That was her final fatal flaw because now she stopped running. Running had calmed her and now that was gone. A dry sob broke through her lips before the tears came. They broke so quickly they burned, blinding her. She could think now. She knew to what her actions would lead. She knew she could hurt them all. But it had to be done; it was the only thing left to do. They would hate her. They wouldn’t understand. They would have told her there was another way, but there wasn’t. There just wasn’t. They wished for it to be innocent, clean, easy—but it couldn’t be. She knew there wasn’t another way. They knew there wasn’t another way. But they hoped, they prayed, but most of all, they feared. That they too were like her, that they too were only prolonging their agony. It wasn’t always like this. I promise you it wasn’t always like this. There use to be laughter and harmony, absolute and unfathomable harmony. They wanted that back. They needed that back. So she had to die today. She heard it. She heard his foot upon the snow. Lifting herself from the ground with great ease, for she no longer hurt, she turned to him, all the anger in the world directed at him. He—with handsome red eyes and blond hair—he was the reason she would die today. I am not sure if you are the most reckless girl I have ever met or the wisest.” His soft, gentle voice rang out—his voice never much higher than a whisper. It was a deceiving voice. It was the voice of a friend, a brother, a father; it was a voice of someone who cared. This you won’t win. Haven’t you heard? Light always wins. You scare and you terrify, but in the end light always wins. So you are the most reckless man I have ever met, for trying to do the same thing so many others have tried and failed to do,” she told him through her own tears. He simply circled her before speaking again. “Now who lied to you, my dear? There is no such thing as failure. I have simply discovered ways that did not work.” She looked forward, not speaking to the man behind her. There was no point wasting the few precious breaths she had left. Her tears flowed from her eyes, rolling down her cheeks like miniature waterfalls. He was the reason she would die today. How tragic it is that you will not be alive for me to impart such a lesson upon you.” That was the last thing she heard before the darkness came. She hoped; she truly hoped she did not die today for nothing.  

 

How author Jeanie Grey gets inspired to write.

I’ve been asked to write about what inspires me to be a writer. This is a great, complex question, and the answer has several layers. Hopefully I’ll be able to touch on some of those layers with something approaching coherence.
Layer 1: I like stories. I’ve liked to read ever since…well, ever since I learned to read! Stories are freaking magical. On the one hand they provide a means of escape. Escape from the mundane, from our problems, from our own busy-dizzy minds. On the other hand they provide the opportunity for us to connect. Connect with each other (readers with authors, readers with other readers); connect with characters who introduce us to new ways of thinking and being; connect us with real issues that we face, but in such a way as to allow us to look at them a bit differently, to get a different perspective; connect us with our own emotions and values. Escape and connect at the same time. Like I said: freaking magical.
Layer 2: Using my imagination feels good and reveals more of myself to me. I love some of the wacky stuff that comes out of my fingers when I’ve been able to let go and let my imagination take over. Hah! It’s such a wonderful discovery! And afterwards, when I go back to read it again, I learn new things about myself. For example, after I wrote the first draft of “Crouch” (published on thedarkerhalf.com in April) I realized that it’s a story that tells my emotional truth about being in an emotionally abusive relationship in a way that’s compassionate to both people – the abuser and the abused. I’m still unraveling what the Lilly Frank trilogy is teaching me, but my kundalini energy starts flowing when I’m working on it or even just thinking about it, so I know something important is happening for me there.
Layer 3: Meaningful contribution. I remember a conversation I had with a classmate in college. We were talking about what we planned to do after college. She said she wanted to be a lawyer. I replied that I wanted to be a writer because I wanted to effect real change in the world. Yes, it was a bit rude. What I meant is that laws change only after people’s thinking has changed, and people’s thinking can change as a result of what they read. Therefore I write because I want to have a hand in creating the vision for our future, and I want to help explore ways of making that vision reality.
So…yeah. There you have it. My top three reasons for wanting to be a writer. 🙂 I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on this. Why do you read? Why do you write?
Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy Awakening 2!



Title: Awakening 2
Author: Jeanie Grey
Series: Lilly Frank (Novella)
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 1 2013



Awakening (Book 2 in the Lily Frank Series)
Synopsis

 The second book in The Lilly Frank series joins Torren and Lilly in northern Italy, where Torren tries to help Lilly adjust to her sensitive new vampire body and win her love before she discovers the real reason behind his interest in her. A newly made vampire requires a certain amount of time to get used to her new body and heightened senses. But Torren’s worried that if Lilly doesn’t hurry up, she’ll be dead before she ever gets the chance to adjust to life as a vampire. Word among vampires is that someone’s hunting their kind, and it’s not a quick death if you’re caught. This killer likes to torture the victims first, and all signs indicate that he or she is circling ever-closer to Torren and Lilly. Torren needs Lilly to stop fighting him and start trusting him. Maybe he shouldn’t have deceived her…

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About the author: Jeanie Grey  

   Jeanie Grey is a feminist reader and writer of romance and erotica who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have been published on deadlyeverafter.com and thedarkerhalf.com. To date, over 1200 copies of her first novella, Awakening (2012), have been downloaded. Awakening 2, the second book in the Lilly Frank series, joins Lilly and Torren in northern Italy, where Torren attempts to win Lilly’s love before she finds out the truth about his interest in her. The final installment in the Lilly Frank series, Awakening 3, is slated to be released in 2014.

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LIVE INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER LYON @ 11am mst

It’s a Book Thing book club is proud to present: Coffee with Christie live interview with author Heather Lyons

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Don’t miss my reviews:
A Matter of Heart (Fate Series #2)
A Matter of Fate (Fate Series #1) — currently .99

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July here I come….watch out!!!

Wow it’s July…Happy independence day to all my fans in the US

It’s going to be a sweltering July with exciting and fun thing happening. I’m going to be doing give-a-ways, live interviews, I can’t wait for all the great stuff. Stay tuned here on my blog and my youtube channel. And if you haven’t already done so, like me on facebook to stay up to date with everything going on. 


**Don’t miss my live interview with Heather Lyons on Sunday July 7th at 11am MST

Goodread links for my to be reads for July 2013.

Glitter by: Mona Darling
Dark Connections by: Rebecca Graf
Uprising by: Dawn Jayne
Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo

Eleanor and Park by: Rainbow Rowell
Clockwork Angel by: Cassandra Clare
The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagawa
Shatter Me by: Tahareh Mafi
The Letter by: Marianne Spitzer
Deep Connections by: Rebecca Graf




Links for books I’ll be reading for the 
July Booktube Read-A-Thon

07/15/2013–07/21/2013

RULES:

  • Read 150 Pages a day
  • Read a classic
  • Read a book over 500 pages!
  • Re-read a book from your bookcase
  • Read a book that has been on your bookshelf the longest
  • Listen to a book on tape (audible)
  • Complete a series
Little Woman by: Louisa May Alcott 
Beautiful Creatures by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
Calamity Jane by: Kathleen Bacus 
Bewitched by: Jill Barnett 
Midnight Awakening by: Lara Adrian 
Hallowed by: Cynthia Hand 
Boundless by: Cynthia Hand 

Link to Ariel Bissett original video regarding the booktub-a-thon



Christie Palmer

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Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her new release A Matter of Heart

Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her YA book A Matter of Heart (Fate#2)

A Matter of Heart released today!!!

Synopsis
  No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.
  After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.
  But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.
  A MATTER OF HEART is book 2 in the Fate Series, a mature Young Adult/New Adult fantasy.

About the author: Heather Lyons

 Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.



You can find her at:
Website http://www.heatherlyons.net
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A MATTER OF HEART: Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17261347-a-matter-of-heart
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Guest post with Alison Neuman author of Ice Rose a YA spy novel

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Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Fireside Publications
Release Date: September 15, 2010
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About The Book:

Ice Rose
 — A teenager’s world is turned upside down when an explosion steals her dad and her identity. Entering an exclusive academy that immerses her in the world of secret agents, she must overcome her fears and disabilities to discover the truth about her dad’s mission, his software, and the mystery man stalking her before she ends up like her father — lost.


Alison Neuman lives in Alberta, Canada, where she is a freelance writer and lyricist. Nearing the end of her studies for the Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree program at Grant MacEwan College, she was inspired to complete the first draft of  Ice Rose. The pace of secret agent books and movies gave her an unlimited playground for  imagination. Music and performing are passions she was able to bring into her writing and build into her characters.

Alison’s writing has appeared in “MacEwan Today”, “Westword”, and the “Edmonton Journal” along with three tracks on the CD release Outside The Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Songwith author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue to examine further in the future. Alison also has been writing shorter pieces of non-fiction, one entitled Establishing Roots, that earned a top ten ranking in the Edmonton Stories contest. This past spring she was a winner in The Expressions of Hunger Contest in the Emotional Poetry category. Her piece Undeniable Craving was on display in June and July in various artistic locations across the city of Edmonton.  She has completed a final edit of her memoir “Searching For Normal” and is currently writing her next young adult manuscript.

When not writing creatively, Alison  is editing or writing for her business, Sandy Tree Communications.