cover reveal
April 1, 2015 posted by Nichole

Cover Reveal: Revolution by Randi Cooley Wilson

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to present the cover reveal for Revolution by Randi Cooley Wilson! Everyone needs to go read this series today!
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About the book: 
 

A King Rises

A Fate Seals
Realms Fall
Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she’s ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny.
War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner, and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which fall to fate?
In this fourth installment in The Revelation Series, Eve must risk it all in order to prevent a centuries old war.
Everything comes with a sacrifice, even love.
Releasing: May 2015
About the Author: 
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Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years.
Randi and her husband recently moved back to Massachusetts with their daughter where she was encouraged to begin writing again.
Revelation is her first novel and The Revelations Series is her first New Adult Paranormal Romance book series.
“I’ve had a love affair with books, writing and storytelling since childhood. It has been a dream of mine to introduce this world and these characters to you. I hope I’ve done them justice.”
Randi loves to hear from readers, you can reach out to her via Twitter: R_CooleyWilson and/or Facebook: authorrandicooleywilson
News
March 30, 2015 posted by Nichole

I’m still here!

You guys…I am SO sorry that I have been so MIA for the past 7-8ish months. I just haven’t been reading very much, so I don’t have a ton to post lately. School and work are consuming my life. I just wanted to pop on really quick and to let you know that I am still here. I read all of your comments and emails. YaReads is still active and in existence!

 

I am currently reading the new Kelley Armstrong book, Empire of Night (AMAZING BOOK!.) I’m about half way through it and will hopefully have a review up soon.

 

So if you’re still with us, thanks for not giving up! I’m trying to make a come back!

Blog Tour
March 23, 2015 posted by Nichole

Raven Book Blitz + Giveaway

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RavenChronicles of Steele: Raven by Pauline Creeden

Genre: Steampunk Fantasy

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Steele-Raven-Complete-Story-ebook/dp/B00NLL6S42

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On sale for 99¢ sale from March 16-23! Go get your copy today!

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
 

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. 

About the Author: 

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.

Website: http://paulinecreeden.com

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Read below for an excerpt from Raven: 

The fishmonger’s scream broke through the chattering crowd on the bridge. He jumped into the river to avoid an out-of-control carriage pulled by a polished brass automated horse. Steam poured from the nostrils of the metal horse and leaked from its joints in an unnatural manner. Its black lacquer carriage careened on two wheels through the turn onto the bridge before righting itself. Wires shot out of the neck of the metal coachman where the head should have been. The reins in its limp, useless hands were slack and whipping against the horse’s metal flank.

Raven jumped to the rail, moving out of the way of the crowd as they stampeded toward her. She gripped the lamppost and her reaper training kicked in. No fear. Breathe deeply. Think ahead. Make quick decisions.

The black lacquer carriage squeezed between the bridge railings, and the oak boards of the narrow footbridge splintered apart as though they were balsa wood. The railing to the left gave free another meter and the automated horse jerked in that direction.

In a quick, natural motion, Raven unsnapped her crossbow and felt through the quiver attached at her thigh for the right bolt. Pulling the wire from her belt’s winch, she hooked it to the arrow, pointed it at the wooden post of the gas lamp standing closest to the carriage, and pulled the trigger.

For a moment, the heavy metal horse hung over the edge with the carriage wedged between portions of broken railing. The horse’s brass legs still poured steam as they struggled in the air, creating the eerie sound of scraping metal. Gouges raked along the black side of the carriage as it inched its way toward the river. A small hand pressed against the window. The door surged past the railing and swung open. The body of a young boy tumbled out. He hung from the door handle with his fingertips. A gasp and a few screams filled the air behind her.

A female voice shrieked, “It’s the young baron!”

Adrenaline coursed through her veins, and Raven leapt toward the boy—toward the river. She fell in a controlled arc, the wind pulling her long hair as taut as the line from her belt. The carriage broke free from the bridge a moment before she reached it. She thumbed her winch to release more line and grabbed the boy in a full embrace. The cold water enveloped them.

The sudden change in temperature forced the air from her lungs, but she held it in as they darted below the surface. Her submerged body jerked to a stop as the line reached an end. The boy’s forehead struck her in the temple. Saltwater burned her eyes, and stars danced in her vision. Bubbles of air escaped her lips.

The boy went limp in her arms. She gripped him tightly in one arm and hit the rewind lever on the winch. She grabbed the line, and it wrenched her toward the light above. Streaks of her long, black hair stuck to her face as she emerged from the river. She released her breath and gripped the line. The winch pulled her toward the bridge, and the crowd above applauded. Gasping, Raven struggled with the sudden, heavier weight of the boy, struggling to hold him until they reached the top of the bridge. The line cut into her hand and her arm muscles ached.

Her tall black boots squished against the side of the bridge as they were pulled steadily up. She pushed off a tarred pylon to make it over the lip before the cable pulled them against the railing. The winch slowed when it neared the top. She reached up with her free hand and grabbed the crossbow bolt. With a flick of her thumb, she depressed the lever and the grappling hooks withdrew. After pulling the hook free of her line, she replaced the bolt in her quiver. A slow zipping sound continued as the winch on her belt drew in the cable. She allowed hands from the crowd pull the boy from her grasp. She blinked the saltwater from her eyes, her vision still blurred, her muscles quivering.

Four armed guards and one skinny man in a bowtie surrounded the boy she’d hauled to the surface, shooing away the people. Two other guards stepped forward to hold back the crowd.

With a sputter and a cough, the boy retched water from his lungs. The tension in Raven’s chest relaxed. She smiled and attempted to step toward him, but a vice-like grip took hold of her arm. Her fingertips twitched; she was ready to grab the knife on her hip and fight her way out, if necessary. The hard faces of two guards stared down at her. She could smack one in the jaw with the back of her head, and when he loosened his grip, throw a punch at the other. The taste of escape grew bitter on her tongue when she considered the surrounding crowd. She made a count of the collateral damage and clenched her jaw. The last thing she needed were more kills on her conscience, more lives to redeem herself for. With a deep sigh, she remained still.

The man in the bowtie held the wet boy to his chest. His cold blue eyes pierced hers. He pointed and said, “Arrest her.”

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Blog Tour
March 23, 2015 posted by Nichole

Moon Dust Book Blitz + Giveaway

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Two Moons of Sera by Pavarti K Tyler:

http://www.pavartiktyler.com/books/moon-dust/

Release Date: March 23rd, 2015

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Moons-Sera-Pavarti-Tyler-ebook/dp/B00UM8LOIW/Pavarti-20

This Science Fiction & Fantasy story explores the clash of cultures, prejudice and war, and the promise of love and peace.

In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother’s water-borne line, Serafay will have to face the very people responsible for her mother’s torture to discover who she really is. But is she the only one?

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Moon Dust (A Short Story):
A Two Moons of Sera Prequel. http://www.pavartiktyler.com/books/two-moons-of-sera/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Dust-Moons-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B00UM8LQKI/Pavarti-20

Moon Dust will be free March 23rd through March 25th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

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  • Award-winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is usually found with Doc Martens strapped on over fishnets, and a girlish giggle as easy and likely as a throaty guffaw. She is an artist, wife, mother, and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director, and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry at several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters, and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity, and penning her next genre-bending novel.Follow her at www.PavartiKTyler.com.
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Book Reviews
March 1, 2015 posted by Nichole

DNF Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

boy meets boyThis is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

 

My Review

DNFing this book feels like a very sensitive, moronic, awkward thing to do. Definition: I’m not really sure how people are going to react. The title is Boy Meets Boy. Therefore, if I don’t like the book then that makes me come across as a judgmental jerk. Not the case at all. In fact, I wanted to read this title because of the male romance. I mean, come on, my favorite all time TV show is Queer as Folk. Yet, it wasn’t the male relationship that inevitable turned me away from this book. No, it was the complete fairy tale purple haze of nonsense that surrounded this book.

Everything in this book was completely unbelievable! I tried to shed away my judgment and look for some hidden meaning between the pages. I came away with nothing. There is no school, town, planet, whatever as insane as the settings included in this book. Nothing added up. Nothing made sense. Everything was way too over the top.

I’m not sure if the book became more mellow as it progressed (I only made it 50 pages in,) but I was literally getting a headache. You know that feeling you get when you’re required to read something for school and it feels like it’s taking 80 years just to finish one page? That’s how it felt reading this book. I felt as if I were being forced to read each and every page and it started to feel like a punishment. Reading shouldn’t be like that, so I put it down and picked something else up.

My judgment isn’t to say that the writing wasn’t brilliant, because it was. I was able to recognize the power of the writing and the romance Levithan breathes into every word. That didn’t cut it for me. It was just too unrealistic and over the top. And maybe that’s how the author wanted the book to be; maybe that’s why some people love the book so much. It didn’t work for me, though, and I have absolutely no interest in finishing it.

 

Pages: 185

Publication Date: May 10th, 2005

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Rating: DNF

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February 25, 2015 posted by Nichole

Otherworld Nights: An Anthology (Otherworld Stories #3) by Kelley Armstrong

otherworld nightsRare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.

 

 

My Review:

I’ve never been one to shy away from the fact that the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong is my favorite series of all time. I know that some readers refuse to choose a favorite book or series for fear of guilt for their other beloved books. To me, though, there is no contest. In my opinion, it is the best series in the entire world. So, you can imagine my excitement when I realized that there was an anthology that was recently released! Needless to say, we raced to Barnes and Noble and I bought myself a brand new book [=

This book was AWESOME! It took me right back to the series and everything that was so amazing about it. I loved how not the major characters were introduced, but some of the minor ones as well. There were some characters that I wasn’t very familiar with because of how little time they had in the actual series, but that also made it more interesting to learn about them. I also really enjoyed how each story, while individual, really tied in with every other story in the book.

The only slightly negative note about this book was that some of the Clay/Elena stories were a little bit boring. It sort of felt like reading the first 100 pages of Bitten all over again. I don’t know if that’s because they were older and had kids or the setting or maybe because they haven’t had their own story in awhile, but I found them to be a little bit boring.

The new Savannah/Adam story at the end was the perfect story to end it all. I loved reading about them yet again and I was really sad when I turned to the last page. I want more!!!

If you haven’t read this series…..just go do so right now [= You won’t regret it!

Top Ten Tuesday
February 24, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Favorite Characters from TV

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is  Top Ten Favorite Characters from TV (I changed this topic a little bit [=)

 

1 Brian Kinney – Queer as Folk

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2 Justin Taylor – Queer as Folk

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3 Emmett Honeycutt – Queer as Folk

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4 Mickey Milkovich – Shameless

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5 Ian Gallagher – Shameless

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6 Nolan Ross – Revenge

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7 All of the clones – Orphan Black

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8 The Doctor – Doctor Who

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9 Olivia Pope – Scandal

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10 Fiona Gallagher – Shameless

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Top Ten Tuesday
February 17, 2015 posted by Nichole

Ten Book Related Problems I Have

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Ten Book Related Problems I Have.

 

1 Whenever I go into a book store, I freak people out because I stalk people and look at their book choices. I also ask if I can make recommendations [=

2 Whenever I’m at a book store, I also annoy the workers because I (loudly) get angry at how they organized their books and then fix everything to my standards. I get especially ticked off when the series are not together….I always fix that!

3 I hate bookmarks. I dog-ear. Sorry!

4 I cannot read a hardcover with the jacket on. It has to come off….and I usually forget to put it back on.

5 I often get rid of 100’s of books without reading them. My house has too many books.

6 I can go into a bookstore and come out with a new cup instead of a new book. I have an obsession with cups. Seriously…send me all the cups!

7 Book Signings are always far away because all of the authors choose to go to Seattle. So, I always have at least an hour drive for signings…usually more.

8 One of my cats threw up on my book one time. I was devastated.

9 My cousin’s husband doesn’t like me giving her books because they don’t have enough space. I acknowledged this by giving her about 10 books for Christmas [=

10 I don’t have any time to read anymore! My heart is broken /=

Author Interviews
February 12, 2015 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown + author interview and giveaway

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Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
Published by: Grand Central
Publication date: August 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Read below for an author interview!

 

Can you tell us about your book, Mean Streak, in 15 words or less?

Intriguing hero. Courageous heroine. Page-turner. Riveting plot. Twists and turns. Sexy hot. Shocking end.

What was your favorite scene to write?

All the ones with the hero and heroine.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

None were edited out. . .but I strongly believe in rewriting!

Will there be a sequel or is Mean Streak a standalone?

It’s a stand alone, but these characters are awfully hard to let go of!

Are you currently working on anything else?

I’m in the final chapters of a new novel, which will be out sometime in August 2015.

Top Ten Tuesday
February 10, 2015 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

Top Ten TuesdayHi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books.

Dislike:

1 Insta-love – life doesn’t even happen that way. It’s unrealistic.

2 Whiny girls – seriously….female authors, especially, are making us look bad. We do NOT act that way

3 pregnancy and marriage by the third book – There’s more to life than getting knocked up and married…..especially by the third book.

4 the army scene – I know it’s horrible, but I’m sick of it. I have nothing against the army, but it’s not working in romance books for the YA or NA genre. It’s too predictable and unoriginal.

5 Lack of originality – Several romance books seem to follow the same layout. I’m sick of reading the same thing over and over again. Authors, please come up with something new and original.

Like:

6 The sexy scenes – I mean, really, who doesn’t like those scenes?

7 LGBTQ romances – I love it when authors branch out and challenge themselves with LGBTQ romances

8 Heart pounding moments – A lot of romance books don’t have these moments. I love the suspense and the tears.

9 Serious contemporary – I usually don’t read contemporary romance because I HATE cheese. Authors such as John Green and Gayle Forman bring about the serious side of writing that I enjoy reading.

10 An older audience – Romance is really more for the older crowd. I like when the writing reflects that.