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January 12, 2014 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Brittany Geragotelis

66339_115948018465693_115945675132594_112263_731427_nBrittany Geragotelis is living the dream. After 10 years of rejection from the publishing industry, she began to post her original novel, Life’s a Witch, on the online writing site, Wattpad, hoping that others would enjoy reading her book. A year after the first upload, the book had received 19 million reads, which caught the attention of Publisher’s Weekly, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

After building up some buzz in the industry, she hooked up with her agents who instantly received interest from publishers and movie/tv producers. Within weeks, Life’s a Witch went into auction between four major publishing houses, and in the end Brittany landed a 3-book deal with publishing powerhouse, Simon & Schuster.

When she’s not writing, Brittany is obsessing over celebrities, TV shows, movies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, gluten-free food and, of course, books! Brittany lives in NYC with her boyfriend and her two cats, Murray and Cohen.

 

 

Favorite television show?

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with “Veronica Mars” as a close second.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

Cats or Dogs?

Both? But cats more so.

Favorite vacation spot?19002106

Disneyland or Disney World

Celebrity crush?

Kirsten Bell

Favorite TV show as a kid?

“Are You Afraid of the Dark”

Best movie you’ve watched recently?

“Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Favorite book series of all time?

“Size 12 Isn’t Fat by Meg Cabot”

Favorite book to movie adaptation?

Harry Potter

 

Can you tell us about your newest book, Kiss and Sell, in 15 words or less?

A high school freshman decides to sell her first kiss on eBay.

What was your favorite scene to write?

The one where Arielle gets back at the guy who spreads false rumors about her. I like that she stands up for herself and her reputation.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

I didn’t actually have to edit out anything I wanted kept in there. But the hardest scene to write for me was—and always is—the very beginning of the book. It’s where you’re setting up the whole world and giving readers the background of your characters and everything. You’re not getting to the “meat” of the story yet, so it’s tough. And, you’re very aware of how far you are from being done.

What is your favorite quote from Kiss and Sell?

This doesn’t really have anything to do with the book, but my favorite lines are ones with sass. This line was said by McCartney when she was standing up to a bully in Arielle’s defense. “If you had a penny for every kiss you gave, you’d be able to afford better highlights.”

What genre is Kiss and Sell?

Well, since it’s a girl in high school, I’d say YA, but it’s a “falling in love story,” fun and light, and totally appropriate for your kid sister. I’d say it’s meant for 10 and up, but adults will enjoy its sweetness, too.

Did any music inspire you while writing Kiss and Sell?

Yes! There were a ton of “kissing” songs that I had in my head. The song “Kiss the Girl” from the movie, The Little Mermaid. “This Kiss” by Faith Hill. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, just to name a few.

13589580If you could cast any of the main characters who would you choose?

I would have Bella Thorne (from Disney’s “Shake it Up”) play Arielle, Tyler Blackburn (from “Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenwood”) play Cade, and Cody Linley (from “Hannah Montana”, “Dancing With the Stars” and “Melissa & Joey”) would play Ryder.

Are you currently working on anything else?

Well, my next book in the LIFE’S A WITCH series comes out in January. But besides that, I’m doing the research and about to outline my next book, which is about a serial killer! It’s going to be intense, and based loosely on a true story…

Is KISS & SELL a standalone or a series?

It’s a stand-alone. At least, as of right now, I don’t have any ideas for future books. Although, never say never.

You also have written the LIFE’S A WITCH series. What can you tell us about that series?

LIFE’S A WITCH was the book that ultimately gave me my first big break. It’s loosely based on the Salem Witch Trials, but set in modern day, with a really kick- ass heroine who’s fashionable, funny and a total femme fatale!

Basically, the premise is that Hadley Bishop is a direct descendent of Bridget Bishop, the first person hanged in the Salem Witch Trials. And she also happens to be the most powerful witch in the world, though she doesn’t really know it. The action begins when the same person who orchestrated the trials and was the cause of Bridget’s untimely death, comes back to finish the job of wiping out Hadley and her coven. It’s like “Buffy” meets “Bring It On” meets “Charmed.”

I love witches. LOVE THEM! Can readers expect a bunch of paranormal goodness?

Oh yes, for sure! I loved writing the LAW series, because there’s so much freedom in paranormal or fantasy. You’re not confined to the “real16136105 world” and you can explore a lot more fantastical stuff. If you love paranormal, you will LOVE LAW!

Is that series over or will you be continuing it?

Right now I’m only contracted through my publisher to write three books in the LAW series, but let me assure you, Hadley’s story isn’t over yet. I will be writing more books in the series, even if I end up pubbing them myself.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

I really enjoyed Andrew Smith’s “Winger” and Michael Grant’s “Gone.”

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Sooooo many good books!!!! “Criminal” by Terra Elan McVoy. “Flesh & Bone” by Jonathan Mayberry. “Killer Instinct” by TK. “Hourglass by Myra McEntire. “The Bride Wore Size 12” by Meg Cabot. “Spelling it Like it Is” by Tori Spelling….I could go on and on and on….my TBR pile NEVER goes down!

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Author Interviews
January 9, 2014 posted by Nichole

Heart Breaths Blog Tour: Interview with KK Hendin

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KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate.
She spends way too much time on Twitter, and rambles on occasion over atwww.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.

Batman or Buffy? 

I never really watched either of them, so I have no opinion

 

Cats or Dogs? 

Both.

 

Mexico or the Bahamas? 

Mexico.

 

Drink of Choice? 

Alcoholic? Sangria. Non-Alcoholic? A tie between green lemonade and chocolate milk. (But not together, because EW.)

 

Favorite Celebrity Couple?

 I don’t really have any.

 

Favorite TV Show?

 I don’t really watch TV, but The Sing Off was on again and that made my nerdy a capella heart so freakin’ happy.

 

Favorite Series of All Time? 

A tie between Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events.

 

Can you tell us about your book, Heart Breaths, in 15 words or less?

It’s the story of moving on, forgiving your past, and learning to love again.

 

Why did you decide to write a New Adult book?

I didn’t decide to as much as I had characters with a story to tell who were in the prescribed ‘New Adult’ age range and were faced with a lot of problems most people are at that point in their life: the struggle between adult and child, getting thrust into responsibilities they aren’t necessarily ready for, and trying to figure out who they are as an individual and not in the context of anyone else.

 

What was your favorite scene to write?

The confrontation scene at the end, I think.

 

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

I didn’t actually edit out so many scenes- I rewrote a whole bunch, though, and moved some around. There was a pretty big plot point that changed, so I guess editing that was pretty hard- it involved going through the entire manuscript with a fine-toothed comb to make sure I fixedunnamed any references I found.

 

What is one of your favorite quotes from Heart Breaths?

I have a bunch, but one that really kind of captures Sam and Maddie’s friendship is this part:

 

“New plan for this summer,” Sam teased, reaching over and swatting at me gently. “Get Maddie drunk enough to pull the stick out of her ass.”

I burst into laughter. Should I have been offended? Maybe. But Sam’s honesty was a welcome change from the fake cheerfulness of the dumb debutantes that I had been forced into spending time with before. And there was a stick up my ass.

 

 

I love that cover! Who designed it?

Thank you! I love the cover, too. It was designed by the incredible Hafsah over at Icey Designs.

 

Is this a standalone or will it be a series?

It’s a standalone.

 

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

*hides from impossible questions* Recently, I’ve read and adored WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, and THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales, and highly recommend all of them.

 

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Oh God, everything. (Seriously.) Books that are already out and I haven’t had a chance to read yet? VICIOUS by Victoria Schwab, WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller, The PERSOPOLIS series, BLACKBIRDS by Chuck Wendig and a whole bunch of non-fiction. And then allllll the books coming out in 2014. All of them.

 

unnamedRelease date: November 5th 2013
Self-Published
Purchase:Amazon

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
After a tragedy nearly ripped 21 year old Madeline Darlington-Gray’s life in half, she’s spent the past three years trying to put the pieces back together. But pieces never just fit back together, and when she’s betrayed by those she trusts, everything crumbles. Shoving everything she owns into the trunk of her car, Maddie drives south, trying to run from her past.
Eno, North Carolina seems like the perfect place to hide. Working at a local café is light years from Maddie’s Manhattan existence and for the first time in a while, she’s finding her family. There’s Grandma, the café owner; Samantha, the hairstylist next door with plans to make Maddie’s life unsuck and Noie, the three year old girl who’s stolen Maddie’s heart.
And then there’s Gabriel Mendez, Noie’s single dad. He’s intrigued Maddie since the first time she met him, and while he has his own secrets, he wants more from her than just friendship. But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realizes she can’t hide from hers. If she can’t put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she’ll have no hope for a future.
A future she desperately wants.

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Check out the rest of the tour!
January 6th -
Booker Like a Hooker *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger’s choice)
Alison J’s Book Blog *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger’s choice)
Rumpled Sheets Blog *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
January 7th -
Savannah *Review & Playlist (blogger’s choice)
Book Lady’s Reviews *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger’s choice)
Dreamer *Review & Dream Cast (blogger’s choice)
Fic Central *Review
January 8th -
Mythical Books *Interview
Little Bookworm Reviews *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger’s choice)
January 9th -
the enigma of herself *Review & Dream Cast (blogger’s choice)
Book Freak *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
The Book Town *Review
Writer Person *Review
YaReads *Interview
January 10th -
My Favorite Things *Review & Excerpt (blogger’s choice)
Author Interviews
January 6, 2014 posted by Nichole

Out for Blood Blog Tour: Interview with R. Barri Flowers

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243489R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of crime and thriller fiction, crime nonfiction and true crime, relationship novels, and young adult mysteries.

Recent adult mysteries include SEDUCED TO KILL IN KAUAI, MURDER IN HONOLULU: A Skye Delaney Mystery, MURDER IN MAUI: A Leila Kahana Mystery, DEAD IN THE ROSE CITY, JUSTICE SERVED, STATE’S EVIDENCE, and DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL: A Jack the Ripper Mystery.

Young adult mystery fiction include COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and DANGER IN TIME.

New crime nonfiction books include MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME, PROSTITUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE, STREETS KIDS, and COLLEGE CRIME.

The author is a member of the American Crime Writers League, International Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

Website:

Twitter: @RBarriFlowers

 

Favorite TV series?

Cedar Cove, Revenge, Continuum, Arrow, Witches of East End, Criminal Minds, The Originals, The Walking Dead, The Blacklist, and The Americans.

Favorite movie?

The Sound of Music (1965)

Favorite Book series?

Harry Potter series. Honorable mention would go to the Ivy Malone Mysteries by Lorena McCourtney.

Best Vacation Spot?

Kauai, Hawaii.

Drink of Choice?

Green tea.

Favorite genre to read?

Thrillers.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla.

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs.

Thai or Chinese?

Chinese.

Can you tell us about your  book, Out for Blood, in 15 words or less?

OUT FOR BLOOD is a YA vampire novel sequel to COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER.

What was your favorite scene to write?

The scene in which Kula and vamp Gabryela are confronted at school by cheerleader vamp Jacquelyn and her two vamp female friends from a rival clan. It was fun to have them go at it have the vamp claws come out for school supremacy.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

It was pretty tough to edit out a scene where Kula had to resort to her vampire instincts in responding to a threat. It would have been good to see her fangs come out and attack a mortal enemy. Alas, the scene had to go, but could come back later in the series.

How many books are going to be in this series?

I have six in mind, but there could well be more, as new ideas emerge on advancing the storyline and subplots.

What is one of your favorite quotes from Out for Blood?

“Seems like every hot blooded vamp and human has the hots for Little Miss Half Vamp.”

Did any music inspire you while writing Out for Blood?

Yes, the spooky theme song from the gothic soap opera series, Dark Shadows.

If you could cast anyone in this series who would you choose?

That’s an interesting question…  Hmm…  I think that Alexandra Chando of The Lying Game would make a great Kula, the teen half vamp daughter of Count Dracula and protagonist.

As would Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), or Skyler Samuels (.The Nine Lives of Chloe King).

I could see Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals) or Shailene Woodley (Divergent) as Gabryela, the newbie vamp who befriends Kula.

Blair Redford (Switched at Birth) could be good as Sebastian, a newbie half vamp with a chip on his shoulder.

Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) would make a great Jacquelyn, the cheerleader vampire who despises Kula.

I could imagine Hunter King (Young and the Restless) playing Yvonne, the human teen with a crush on Kula’s mortal boyfriend, Eriq.

Avan Jogia (Twisted) or Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) would be great as Eriq or Ivan, the teen vamp protector of Kula.

Quinn Shephard (Hostages) is a good choice for the teen vamp protector, Amelia, and could also play Kula’s mortal friend, Paris.

Maddie Hasson (Twisted) or Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) would be good in the role of Sky, Kula’s vamp friend.

I am sure there are many other talented young actors who could play the various roles well in the Transylvanica High series.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. Honorable mention would go to The Silent Wife by A. S.A. Harrison.

What is next up on your TBR pile?

Dolled up to Die by Lorena McCourtney.

Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah.

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer.

 

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Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter (Transylvanica High #1) by R. Barri Flowers

Published December 17th, 2012

Publisher: Createspace

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Teenage-Daughter-Transylvanica-Series/dp/1481264796

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/count-draculas-teenage-daughter-r-barri-flowers/1113934102?ean=2940015757484

 

From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of young adult novels, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY and DANGER IN TIME, comes the first book in an exciting new teen vampire series, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER: A Transylvanica High Novel.

Sixteen-year-old Kula Lockhart has been living in the town of Harbor Heights, Michigan for two months now, after moving there with her adopted mom from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She attends Transylvanica High School–one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist.

Kula has no problem with the human-vampire bonding because she has always believed in equality among the living and the living dead. But she is caught completely off guard upon learning that she is the half human daughter of Count Dracula, leader of the oldest and most powerful vampire clan.

She soon discovers that there are some sworn to protect her and others out to get her.

Someone is killing vampires and Kula fears she may be on the hit list. Staying alive becomes a priority as she adjusts to her birthright.

She also has a hot human boyfriend named Eriq. Will he accept her for who she is?

Fans of popular teen vampire, paranormal, and horror fiction series such as Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, and Vampire Kisses will love COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER

 

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Out For Blood (Transylvanica High #2) by R. Barri Flowers

Published November 3rd, 2013

Publisher: R. Barri Flowers

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Out-Blood-Transylvanica-High-2-ebook/dp/B00GF64HUW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388701702&sr=1-1

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-for-blood-rbarri-flowers/1117314111?ean=9781494771096

 

From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of the young adult vampire novel, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, comes the exciting book two in the Transylvanica High series, OUT FOR BLOOD.

Sixteen-year-old honor student Kula Lockhart is in her second year at Transylvanica High School in Harbor Heights, Michigan. It is one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist.

Kula recently learned that she is the half human, half vampire daughter of Count Dracula. This has made her a target for those who hate her powerful Dad and vamps in general.

As she comes to terms with her heritage and newfound abilities, things begin to heat up between Kula and her mortal boyfriend, Eriq Pratt. She also has her vamp guardians Ivan and Amelia, as well as several human and vampire friends, to balance her evolving life and times.

When Kula suddenly finds herself being pursued by a new handsome half vamp at school, Sebastian LeBlanc, she is strangely drawn to him, even if her heart belongs to Eriq. Yet Kula can’t help but wonder if it is more than coincidence that Sebastian just happened to arrive in town at around the same time that a vampire or vampires began killing humans. Could Sebastian be behind these vicious attacks?

Another new vampire, Gabryela Roswell, befriends Kula, but has a hidden agenda.

In the meantime, Kula has competition from an attractive human girl, Yvonne Elwood, who has her eye on Eriq. She also has to deal with the gorgeous and mean-spirited cheerleader vamp, Jacquelyn Brossard, a member of the rival Doerzic clan.

As Kula grapples with these issues and the changes in her life, she tries to learn more about her mother, who died in childbirth, from the only person who can give her answers–her dad, Count Dracula.

Fans of popular teen vampire and paranormal fiction series such as Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, and Vampire Academy will love OUT FOR BLOOD in this captivating series.

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour
January 3, 2014 posted by Nichole

A Breath of Frost “First Look” Blog Tour: Introducing Penelope

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I am so excited to share with all of you a first look of A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey. I had the privilege of reading this one a month or so ago, and I actually really enjoyed it! One word: WITCHES! You all know how much I love witches and how desperate I get to read about them. I can hardly ever find any YA witch books. It drives me nuts! Anywho. I’m really excited to introduce Penelope from ABOF to you all today [=

Also, this seems to be an Alyxandra Harvey themed month here at YaReads. Make sure to stop by on the following days to learn more about Alyx and her books:

January 5th – Hearts at Stake Review

January 7th – Interview & Giveaway

January 8th – A Breath of Frost Review

 

 

 

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Alyxandra Harvey, popular young adult author of the Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, and Stolen Away, is back with a bewitching new young adult fantasy series that will take readers through the streets of magical 19th century London. A BREATH OF FROST, the first installment in The Lovegrove Legacy (published by Bloomsbury Childrens) goes on sale January 7, 2014. It’s full of witches, magic, family secrets, goblin markets, deer-people, and boys in cravats!

 

About the Author:

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

 

Connect with Alyx at her Website | Twitter | Tumblr |Facebook | Pinterest

 

 

An Introduction to Penelope from A BREATH OF FROST

Penelope Chadwick

Age: 18

Hair: black

Eyes: dark brown

Familiar: Spider

Magic: Pscychometry:  sensing the history of an object and the people who have touched it

Penelope is romantic and spoiled and kind and very talented at the pianoforte.  She’s mad for anything Shakespearean and likes to use odd random bits of Shakespearean insults. She also has a rather prickly temper when her loved ones are insulted.

Her mother is the daughter of and earl and is unconventional and artistic. She eloped with a wealthy merchant when she was young and they have bothencouraged Penelope not to be a slave to society’s strictures. They even allowed Penelope to let the stableboy take lessons with her when she was little, and she and Cedric have been fast friends ever since.

Cedric is also a witch and has always known about Penelope’s secretly bound powers. The entire household has been on guard to protect her. Penelope’s mother snuck spells into her daughter’s lullabies in order to train her to use magic before she even knew it existed.

But now that Penelope knows who she is, she will not be coddled or locked away for her own safety.

Not when her cousin Emma is in danger.

She’d take on Shakespeare himself to save her family.

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt that introduces Penelope:

Penelope’s mother was currently drinking from a pot of chocolate and reading a salacious novel full of doomed maidens and ruined castles. Or was it doomed castles and ruined maidens? Penelope was desperate to find out. She leaned against her mother with a small sigh.

       “Was it dreadful, my darling?” Bethany asked, slipping a ribbon into her book to mark the page. “Dancing debutantes and fortune hunters?”

       “Worse.”

       She raised a dark eyebrow. “Worse? Goodness, how did you manage that? I remember those horrid balls.”

       “Mr. Cohen called me fat,” she replied, wrinkling her nose. “I didn’t even know I was fat until this wretched Season.”

       “Mr. Cohen is a sad young man who does not deserve you.”

       “That’s what Emma and Gretchen said.”

       Bethany smiled her serene smile. “I assume they used rather more lurid language. But I did warn you, kitten. I don’t see why you insist on having a Season. You don’t need to marry, your father has set you up with an inheritance to rival what mine would have been.”

       “If you hadn’t married Papa.”

       “Yes.”

       “Do you regret it?”

       “Not for a moment,” she replied. “Friends who blow with the wind are not friends at all. I found a good man with a good heart. And he fills out his jacket rather nicely, if I do say so myself.” She reached for her cup. “I love your father and I’d be happy to be Mrs. Chadwick instead of Lady Bethany, if your Grandmaman wasn’t so….”

       “Invested?”

       “I was going to say violent,” she returned drily. “You know she loves my title, and your own, more than we ever shall. More than my own mother did.”

       “I know. That’s part of the reason I agreed to this Season. It makes her so happy.”

       “She wouldn’t want you to trade your happiness for hers, whatever she might have to say on earls’ sons and vouchers to Almack’s Assembly Rooms. She never had a Season. She can’t understand.”

       Penelope stole a sip of rich melted chocolate from her mother’s teacup. “I know. But I want what you and Papa have. I want love.” She gave a dreamy sigh, perfectly able to picture it: a man with wide shoulders and tousled hair, reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets as they rode through a summer storm.

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About A BREATH OF FROST:

In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft when their individual magical16059442 powers unexpectedly begin to manifest. Now, beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring underworld available only to those with power is now open to the
cousins.

But by claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the Underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders … because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed …or even worse, before their gifts are stripped away?

“Harvey balances a large cast with an intricate plot with flair….A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Filling her latest with a large cast of characters— from the society elite to the magical world’s dark underbelly—Harvey keeps up the action and clever dialogue as the protagonist, Emma, deals with high-class mean girls, familial secrets, and a confusing crush. A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction.” ~ Booklist

Pre-order A BREATH OF FROST at Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Indigo Indiebound

 

A BREATH OF FROST “First Look” Tour:

December 10th: The Book Faery Reviews, spotlight on The Lovegrove Legacy

December 13th: RT Book Reviews, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey introducing readers to The Lovegrove Legacy and A BREATH OF FROST

December 16th: Night Owl Reviews, a “first look” exclusive…get the Travelers Guide to Magical London

December 17th: Hypable, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey. Meet the characters of A BREATH OF FROST and glean an early review

December 17th: Tynga’s Reviews, exclusive look at Emma and Cormac *swoon*

December 17th: Bitten by Books, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

December 17th: Two Chicks on BooksFeeling Fictional, YA Bibliophile, and Pages From My Thoughts will introduce readers to Emma

December 18th: Fresh Fiction, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey explaining how historical fiction & fantasy influenced A BREATH OF FROST

December 19th: Step Into Fiction, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

December 20th: Parajunkee’s ViewThe Story SirenBending The SpineBabs Book BistroRandom Jendsmidt, andFictitious Delicious will introduce readers to Cormac

December 23th: Fantasy Book Addict, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

December 26th: Fiktshun, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

December 27th: FiktshunPreternaturaShortie SaysFang-tastic BooksReader Girls,  and Cocktails and Books will introduce readers to Moira

January 2nd: Literary Escapism, sneak peek and exclusive look at the magic in The Lovegrove Legacy

January 2nd: The Paperback Princesses, early review

January 3rd: YaReadsAddicted 2 NovelsXpresso ReadsConfessions from RomaholicsUrban Girl ReaderJeanz Book Read N Review, and The Book Swarm will introduce readers to Penelope

January 3rd: The Book Swarm, a “speed date” interview with Alyx

January 6th: Paranormal Book Club , Ex LibrisEl Extraño Gato del Cuento, Dark Faerie TalesBook Passion for Life,Seeing Night ReviewsThe Book CellarLiterary Meanderings, and Book Brats will introduce readers to the magic school in The Lovegrove Legacy

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December 31, 2013 posted by Nichole

End of the Year Giveaway

Hi everyone! Welcome back!

For the second year in the row we are hosting an end of the year giveaway. Do you guys remember the Best of 2013 posts that we did a few days ago? Well all of those books are up for grabs EXCEPT for the 2014 titles. Check below to see what books are up for grabs!

 

9409614The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (You can choose any book from this series)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17167166Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (You can choose Throne of Glass if you haven’t read the first one)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15793231If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15989598The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16101128The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kami Garcia/UnbreakableUnbreakable by Kami Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13411546Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10576365The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12558285Splintered by A.G. Howard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13721337Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13112869Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12368123Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12930909Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C17233800rash Into You by Katie McGarry (you can choose any book from the Pushing the Limits series. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15805597The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16142091Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi and Craig Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12958037Biting Bad by Chloe Neill (You can choose any book from this series)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10222362Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15745753Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14999965Linked by Imogen Howson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13571953Rush by Eve Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12399857The Ward by Jordana Frankel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12369649Hooked by Liz Fichera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8709526The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (You can choose any book from the VA or BL series.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11544421Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (You can choose any book from this series.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18052849Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13644052Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (You can choose any book from this series.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17314430Wait For You by J. Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Giveaway:

Contest is open Internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country

Contest will run from December 31st through January 17th, 2014

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Author Interviews
December 21, 2013 posted by Nichole

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon Book Blitz Author Interview + Giveaway

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unnamed1-188x300Title: Must Love Otters

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Humor/Contemporary/Romantic Comedy 

Publisher: West 26th Street Press, NYC (a division of Writers House)

SUMMARY:
Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.
Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.
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Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Must-Love-Otters-Eliza-Gordon-ebook/dp/B00G2V5G32/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_d_2
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/must-love-otters-eliza-gordon/1117247811?ean=9781630640101
iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/must-love-otters/id730760486?mt=11
unnamed-11-300x224About the Author:
Eliza Gordon is a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes romantic comedies and silly stories for hearts that haven’t given up on the possibility of a Happily Ever After. 
Twitter: @eliza_gordon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eliza.gordon.52
Additional Website: www.jennifersommersby.com

Can you tell us about your book, Must Love Otters, in 15 words or less?

A silly, feel-good story about a girl who goes looking for otters and finds her heart instead.

(Crap, that’s 18 words. I lose.)

Is this a standalone or a series?

We wrote it as a standalone. But we have talked about what happens next with Hollie and Ryan …

What made you want to write adult contemporary romance?

We wanted to write something funny with grown-ups in it so we could let loose a little. Writing Otters was really freeing — we had no limits about how wacky things could get. And who doesn’t love a good romance?

Did anything specific inspire you to write Must Love Otters?

I’ve spent the last few years working on a very serious YA book with heavy themes and sadness and dark stuff. I needed something light and fluffy that would make people laugh. Mr. Gordon and I spend a lot of time trying to crack each other up, so it was a natural progression to try to make other people giggle too.

That cover is adorable! Who designed it?

Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations. She’s quite talented, as you can see.

What was your favorite scene to write?

That’s tough — probably the last one. I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

We took out a storyline that had to do with Hollie’s absent mother. That was sort of sad because I wanted to show that side of Hollie’s life, the one that didn’t ooze happiness, but my agent felt it changed the tone of the story too much. He was right. As usual.

Did any music inspire you while writing Must Love Otters?

I’m a movie score junkie. I have specific sets that I listen to depending on what I’m writing. For rom-coms, I listen to film scores from romantic comedies as the music is light and whimsical. Movie score composers are very skilled at marrying music to emotion, and this is of great benefit to me.

If you could cast anyone to play some of the main characters, who would you choose?

For Ryan? Henry Cavill, known around these parts as vitamin Henry. (Poor Mr. Gordon.) Another actor who inspired me greatly during the writing process was Peter Mooney, an adorable Canadian actor who most folks probably know from Camelot (Kay) or Rookie Blue (Nick Collins). I don’t have an actress in mind for Hollie, to be honest, although her behavior and attitude and general messiness were modeled around Kristen Wiig’s character Annie in Bridesmaids.

What are you currently working on?

Our next book, of course! I’m superstitious, though. I won’t talk about a project until the first draft is close to completion. Not great for marketing, but my neuroses overrule me.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Ohhhhh man, that is a huge pile. I read all over the place, pretty much all genres — um, I’m reading a Sophie Kinsella (Remember Me?), and I have another three of her books waiting. I tend to read several books at a time — my mood will dictate that evening’s reading — so I’m midway through Rage Within, a fantastically dark, post-apocalyptic creepfest and The Book Thief (I have to finish it before seeing the movie). Oh, and the first Game of Thrones book. Slowly, slowly. I’ve got so many books sitting here, we could probably build ourselves a home out of their bindings.

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Blog Tour
December 20, 2013 posted by Nichole

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce Excerpt + Giveaway

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unnamed (3)Lichgates by S.M. Boyce  (The Grimoire Saga #1)
Publication date: October 15th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Eragon will enjoy this contemporary remix of the classic epic fantasy genre. —————-
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
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International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
Author links:
Excerpt:

Kara Magari squinted back up the path she’d just climbed. The gazebo’s roof peeked through the trees, evidence of where she’d been only ten minutes before. Not bad. With her finger in the air, she traced the way she’d taken, starting at the lichgate and going down over each step in her head. Her finger hovered and came to a stop, though, when she examined the base of the hill.

Built into the rock was a marble door, shrouded with overhanging roots and dangling moss that clung to its frame like bangs. She rubbed her eyes, but the closed entryway was still there when she opened them again.

She brushed her hand along the door’s smooth stone. It was simple, with only a round stone knob and a small emblem carved into the rock at eye level. The symbol looked something like a four-leaf clover made out of crescent moons.

Kara’s fingers itched on the handle, but she hesitated.

The ground trembled with a sudden force that knocked her against the cliff. The breeze stopped, dissolving with a hiss into the hot summer sky. She scanned the valley. Several somethings cracked in the ground under her feet.

Thunder rumbled overhead. A dark cloud churned in the sky, and her heart fell into her stomach; there hadn’t even been a single fluffy cloud up there ten minutes ago.

A blinding bolt of moss-colored lightning flashed, striking the ground nearby. The hairs on her arms stood on end. Heat coursed through her calves, and she caught her breath. Her ears rang.

Wait. Was that lightning green?

The cliff trembled as a boom shattered the air. It began to rain. The heavy drops pelted her skin and clung to her hair as another rumble coursed along the far edge of the valley. She needed shelter, and the last place she would go in a lightning storm was up a hill.

She turned back and twisted the door’s handle, sighing with relief as it opened—unlocked. Still, as wet as it was outside and as much as she wanted a safe place to wait out the rain, she lingered on the threshold to examine the room.

Mud covered everything from the floor to the ceiling. Since there weren’t any supports to hold the roof, she couldn’t figure out how the ten-by-ten dirt shelter hadn’t caved in yet. The air within was heavy, moist with the rot of dead leaves, and her only guiding light streamed in from behind her. Roots dangled from the ceiling like stalactites reaching for the floor. The wind picked up, howling as it pelted rain against her back.

Kara tested the ground with her sneaker. The dirt floor supported her weight, so she tip-toed into the room and left the door open. Rain fell in lingering drops on the threshold before it disappeared into the growing pools of mud. She stuck her hands in her pockets and watched the raging storm outside.

A flash of dark brown blurred past her.

She jumped. A tan flicker snaked along the roof, and clumps of soil fell in sheets. She glared at the ceiling, holding her breath as the settling dust rained onto her shoes.

It had almost looked like a root moving, but that—that was crazy.

Another streak of motion raced down the opposite wall. It passed through a shaft of light, and Kara saw its pointed, wooden tip. Tiny veins sprouted from it like hairs, digging into the dirt so that it could travel.

It was a root moving.

A second spiny vine shot up from the floor and wrapped itself around her leg. It pulled. She tripped, falling into the first root as it snaked along the far wall. Dirt poured over her head, blinding her. The scent of decaying bark made her cough. The root tugged again, and she was yanked onto her hands and knees. It dragged her towards the center of the room. She reached for the knife strapped to her free ankle, the one Mom had—no! She couldn’t think of Mom. Not now.

A third root wrapped around her waist, and another grabbed her hand as she reached for the blade. The roots flipped her onto her back. With a bang, the door snapped shut. Her stomach churned. The floor disappeared. She fell, and the roots let go.

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