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August 16, 2016 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: The Sight by Chloe Neill

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The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over.  But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both…

 

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter Chloe’s Grand Prize Giveaway, which will run August 8 through August 19 on Chloe’s web site.

What’s included in the Grand Prize Giveaway?


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Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest.  When not writing, she bakes, knits, Pins, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America. 

Photo by Dana Damewood. (If you use this photo for promotional purposes, please credit Dana.)

Follow the Blog Tour:

Monday, August 8 – Paranormaly Yours
Tuesday, August 9 – TSK, TSK What To Read?
Wednesday, August 10 – Redd’s Reads | The Book Crumb Trail
Thursday, August 11- Dandelionn Wine  | Vicarious Bookworm
Friday, August 12 – NovelKnight | Urban Fantasy Investigations

Monday, August 15 – Parajunkee | Book-Marks The Spot
Tuesday, August 16 (Release Day) – YA Reads | The Saucy Wenches | Bad Ass Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 17 – Goldilocks & The Three Weres
Thursday, August 18 – The Book Nympho | Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Friday, August 19 – The Book Swarm | TruBookiesReview | Lake’s Book Reviews | | Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust

Indie Author of the Month Interview with Ella James
Author Interviews
August 23, 2012 posted by Nikki

Indie Author of the Month Interview with Ella James

Ella James is our fabulous Indie Author of the Month here at yaReads. She’s written a whole host of awesome stories, but we decided to feature her paranormal romance, HERE.

Ella James, what are you three most favorite things in the whole wide world?

I’d say… snuggling my 1-year-old son while he’s asleep, discussing an exciting new idea with my husband, and feeling like I’m doing the best I can with what I have in my day-to-day life. You know… feeling ‘on top of things’.

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time (besides your own, of course)?

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. He’s such an awesome character.

If you weren’t a writer and could be anything else in the world, what would it be?

Writer is my #1, but if I couldn’t be a writer, I would be a doctor. As it is, I’d like to go back to school and get a medical degree at some point…although right now my to-be-written list is something like 12 books and growing, so that may not happen anytime soon.

Describe your writing process?

Well, I am basically a ‘pantser’ – I write more by the ‘seat of my pants’ than by an outline, but I do begin with an outline, and I know what the main plot points are. I let myself wander as far from the outline as I want to. When I first started writing fiction in 2005, it wasn’t as easy as it is now, but I’ve earned my stripes. I just sit down, get an idea of where I want to go, and let the story roll out. I don’t get nearly as many things wrong on the first draft as I once did, but I still spend a good bit of time revising on the second draft, and my editor (my husband, who happens to be an editor by trade) spends even more time going back over the story. From conception (there’s this girl in a field, and she finds a boy…) to pressing ‘publish’ on Amazon, an average book takes me about six to eight weeks to produce, if I am really pushing myself and my husband is also on his game (and our son isn’t teething!).

Three best things about being a writer?

Working from home, getting lost in storyland, and making money doing something that lots of people I know would consider not a legit job. 😉

Three worst things?

1. Not getting to come home from an office and just be ‘off work’. I rarely ever feel like the day is really done because theoretically I could just keep writing ’round the clock. I usually won’t let myself be ‘finished’ until I’ve tired myself out to the point where I no longer care what needs to be done. So I guess you could say it’s too easy to indulge my work-a-haulic tendencies.

2. Bad reviews. It may not be kosher to say so, but bad reviews really suck, even if they are honest and done kindly. Working a job where your performance is so open to review can be really difficult. That said, you do get used to it.

3. The inherent unpredictability. Any job that’s based on sales is one that’s never going to be as comfy as say, a tenured teaching position. Of course, not all teachers have tenure, and one of my teacher friends is currently furloughed. So there are pros and cons to everything. Overall, writing is an amazing job, and I am blessed to be able to do it.

How long did it take you to write HERE?

It’s hard to say. All in all, probably about 50-60 hours, which is how long it usually takes me to write a book (not including the work my editor does and copy edits). But when I started HERE, I was waiting to hear back from agents on another project—one I’d worked on, off and on, for about three years. I had a painful number of almost-acceptances,  and two agents pulled out at the last minute, so to speak, for different reasons. I was really upset, and I had also just found out I was pregnant. I wrote HERE in strange little spurts during my pregnancy. Then my baby was born, he had some health issues as an infant, and I wrote it even more sporadically. I think I finished it when he was about five months old.

What was your favorite moment in the story?

Gosh, it’s hard to pick just one. My first-favorite would probably be the one at Milo’s best friend’s cabin, after…the big event, where he tells her everything, including how he feels about her. It’s the high-drama moment, and I love drama. Second-favorite is when he returns to her house saying he’s being followed; that’s also an intense moment, at least in my head, because I know it kicks-off all the major action. Plus I love that he comes back to her because he has nowhere else to go, and she’s soooo thrilled to see him. Good times. But not really! Which is what I love. Third-favorite – when he goes to her concert. It’s not dramatic, but it’s sweet.

Can you give us any hints about the direction the next book will take?

Things get a lot more real. Nick has to make some very difficult choices that have serious repercussions. One of my favorite things about this series is how difficult a position Nick is in. It’s impossible. It really is an excellent conflict. There are some big surprises in terms of…Nick’s camp, and what is up with them. I’m actually not finished with the book, and even I am tied in knots over it! It’s going to be really good. But nothing compared to book three.

When can we expect the next release?

It depends on exactly when I release Exalted, book four in the Stained Series. As soon as I get that out, I will focus exclusively on the second HERE book, which I think will be called TRAPPED. Unless I come up with a better name. *rolls eyes* I’m hoping for a late September release, but there is a small chance it could end up being early October instead. I hope not, but it’s hard to estimate.

If you could cast anyone to play Milo and Nick on screen, who would it be?

Whoever the guy is on the cover of HERE really reminds me of Nick. I don’t know any Hollywood guys that age. L Sad, right? I don’t watch a lot of TV. For girls, I really can only think of two Emmas. Emma Roberts and Emma Watson. Lol. They both could maybe look like Milo.

In 30 words or less, plug your story now…

Like Twilight but if Edward’s only options were to obliterate Bella or let himself and every other vampire die. Love + impossible choices = awesomesauce.

 

Contests
August 10, 2012 posted by Nikki

Indie Author of the Month Giveaway

Ella James is our fabulous Indie Author of the Month for August and she has kindly donated two awesome prize packs for your enjoyment.

Pack 1 includes a copy of her novels Stained, Stolen, and Chosen. She’s also thrown in some cool earrings as well.

Pack 2 includes a copy of her novels Here, and Stained. She’s also offering a $5 Amazon gift card with this pack.

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Guest Reviewer: Jennifer Rush
Book Reviews
August 6, 2012 posted by Nikki

Guest Reviewer: Jennifer Rush

Jennifer Rush is the debut author of Altered. Jennifer writes, photoshops, has too many pens, not enough books, and just the right amount of kids. As an avid writer and reader, she kindly agreed to do a guest review.

 

Storm by Brigid Kremmerer

The very first time I heard about Brigid Kemmerer’s YA, STORM, I knew it’d be a book I’d devour. And I did!

I think the most important element savvy readers will be interested in is this: there are four hot brothers. Okay, perhaps not the most important, but it certainly didn’t hurt in attracting this reader. And while Kemmerer could have taken the easy route, and wrote four hot, but extremely shallow stock characters, she didn’t. All four boys are well drawn-out characters. They have weaknesses, and fears. Likes and dislikes. I enjoyed reading about all of them.

I think one of the strongest elements of STORM is the dual-POV. Kemmerer is successful writing scenes from two entirely different characters. The book opens with Becca, a strong-heroine with a complicated family life, who you immediately root for.

Then we hear from Chris Merrick, the youngest Merrick boy, whose family life is just as complicated, if not more so, as Becca’s. Chris’s parents are dead, and his oldest brother has had to take over the household duties.

And the Merrick twins. Oh those twins! I loved Nick and Gabriel! I found myself wanting more of them on the page, so I’m looking forward to their stories in the ELEMENTAL series.

When all of the elements come together in the end, you won’t be able to put the book down. You’ll want to know immediately who the villain is, and you’ll be dying to know Chris and Becca are safe. But more than that, you’ll be rooting for their romance.

Pick up STORM as soon as possible, and dive right in.  You won’t be disappointed.

Here by Ella James
Book Reviews
August 4, 2012 posted by Nikki

Here by Ella James

 After her dad died, Milo took over his hobby of tagging and tracking deer. She wasn’t really supposed to continue his endeavors but it helps her stay ‘close’ to him, if that makes sense. One afternoon, she finds the fawn she’s been looking for. She aims her tranquilizer gun, takes the shot, but then something very strange happens. Instead of the deer simply falling, as it should have, a flash of golden light radiated through the trees. It was a few moments before the initial shock wore off, but when it did, Milo was astounded by what she saw. Instead of the baby deer, laying on the ground in its place was a boy.

She tranquilized a boy! But where did the deer go, and where the freaking heck did this boy come from? Understandably, Milo panics. As the boy comes to, it becomes apparent that he doesn’t remember anything about whom he is, or where he came from, which does absolutely nothing to ease Milo’s fear and guilt over shooting the kid. She does what anyone would do in such a situation – she takes him home and patches him up.

Then, strange things start happening. The power goes out in the entire area, the TV somehow works without the use of a generator, and the boy – who Milo decided to call Nick – starts having very weird and creepy moments. Nick knows something isn’t right. He can’t remember a single thing about who he is but he can remember all kinds of crazy scientific details. He can fix things without knowing how, and recall all the details in all his textbooks, even though he has no memory of ever learning it. Milo begins to realize that whoever Nick is, she needs to keep his identity – his new identity a secret.

Then the Department of Defense shows up and all hell breaks loose. Chaos ensues, drama erupts, motorbike chases are had, and in the moments of life and death, declarations are made. All the ingredients of a good old action packed paranormal romance.

So WHO is exactly is Nick? Well I’m not going to tell you that, but I will say that my first suspicions were incorrect. My second hunch was also a miss, but I got it on the third, and let me tell you, I was pretty excited by the whole thing. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything involving THESE kinds of creatures.

Milo is one of those characters that is easy to read. Being inside her head is simple because she’s a pretty ordinary girl. She makes irrational choices occasionally and fusses a lot of over Nick – but I think that can be pretty typical of girls her age. She doubts herself sometimes, which is also typical of girls her age, and I wanted to smack her once or twice, but that makes her all the more believable.

Nick acts in the interest of self-preservation a lot, which I loved! While it’s clear there’s definitely an emotional connection between himself and Milo, and he also acts to make sure Milo is safe, he gets himself out of the sticky situations and makes sure HE is safe too. So many YA heroes and heroines these days are completely self sacrificing of their own safety and needs in order to ‘protect’ the one they love. There aren’t too many REAL sixteen-year-olds that I know that wouldn’t try and save themselves first in the face of danger.

Here was a great start to what I’m expecting to be a compelling series. Ella James, bring on installment number two!

Pages: 176

Publisher: Independent release

Publication date: February 15, 2012

Rating:: ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: Jerky like a wind-up doll, I leaned over his body and splayed my palm across his cheek. It was creamy—not pale or flushed—and to me it looked unnaturally perfect. He didn‟t have a single blemish. Not even a freckle. I wiggled my fingers, tap-tapping on his cheek below his eye. “Hey… c‟mon. Talk to me!”

My Soul to Take: A Soul Screamers Novel – Rachel Vincent
Book Reviews
January 22, 2010 posted by Nikki

My Soul to Take: A Soul Screamers Novel – Rachel Vincent

She doesn’t see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…

Kaylee has spent her adolescence riding on the coat tails of her best friend, Emma. Emma is one of those beautiful, cool and popular types, and although Kaylee doesn’t quite make the cut, the fact that she’s Emma’s best friend means that she’s been accepted by most of the cliques around school. But Emma’s the one that gets all the attention, Kaylee’s usually just along for the ride. So when Nash, one of the cutest boys in school, starts paying attention to her, Kaylee can’t believe her luck.

But Kaylee has a secret. She can sense when someone is about to die. It’s all consuming and comes in the form of something resembling a panic attack. When she starts flipping out in front of Nash at a club one night, she thinks her chances with him are shot.

Nash sees something in Kaylee that he’s never seen in many people before. He sees who she is for real and it doesn’t bother him in the slightest. In fact, he actually likes the creepiness that comes along with Kaylee. Nash thinks that together, he and Kaylee could be amazing – in more ways than the obvious.

Kaylee doesn’t understand why she can sense immanent death, and the last time she tried to tell someone about it, she ended up in the loony bin, all drugged up and the center of one kooky psychological study. After she got out of the hospital, she knew that she had to keep her secret to herself. Then girls start dying all around her and Kaylee knows enough about her ability to identify their deaths as anything but coincidence. She’s not so sure she can keep her secret to herself for much longer. There is something about Nash that makes her want to trust him, makes her want to confide in him. When she does, Kaylee almost doesn’t believe what he tells her.

Almost.

Kaylee’s character development throughout the story is solid and believable, and her reactions to Nash’s news about what, and who, she is hits the nail right on the head. Nash is dynamic, and something tells me that he’s going to be paramount to the popularity of this series, but I have a feeling that we are yet to see just how powerful, how strong Kaylee is. I suspect she’s going to grow into one heck of an amazing role model for young readers everywhere.

With the right amount of romance and supernatural action all mashed together, Vincent’s prose is simple and easy to read, making My Soul to Take an easily digested treat.

My Soul to Take is a supernatural feast. I have a feeling that readers, both young and old, are going to love this series.

Pages: 279

Publication Date: 2009

Rating:: ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: I froze in the middle of my fuzzy purple rug, horrified by the very thought of standing between a reaper and his intended harvest. “Nash, he was doing us a favor.” But they both ignored me…

My Soul to Save has also been voted by our loyal forum members as our bookclub read for the month of February. We’ll be kicking off discussions from February 1, 2010. Click here to join in the fun.

Fallen – Lauren Kate
Book Reviews
December 12, 2009 posted by Nikki

Fallen – Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

When Luce wound up at Swords & Crosses, a reform school for disturbed kids, she never thought she’d meet anyone worth knowing. I mean, it’s a school for kids with problems – naughty, psycho, crazy and messed kids. The place even looked and felt like a jail. But this is life, and things never turn out the way we expect, do they?

Meet Daniel. The moment Luce lays her eyes on him she feels it. This thing. A connection. Like she’s met him before or something. All this in one little glance. But if he felt it, he certainly isn’t showing it. Daniel makes it more than clear that he’s not interested in Luce, that she should stop stalking him, stop harassing him. He doesn’t want her, so why can’t she stay away from him? Why can’t she get him out of her head? She knows there is something off about him and she’s determined to figure out what it is. Only then will she be able to shake her heavy heart.

I hate the way Daniel treats Luce. He’s more than just a little rude. Even more than that, I hate the way Luce shamelessly keeps going back for more. I kept asking myself where this girl’s self-respect was, and how she could let a boy treat her so badly. I’ve read enough books like this to know by now that often, my initial reaction to characters like Daniel is wrong and that much more lays beneath the surface. Even though I was aware of this, as I was reading, I couldn’t help but feel ticked off by him. The question is you should be asking yourself is, did I stay this way, or did he win me over in the end?

Enter Cam. He’s the guy you love to hate. He’s charming, he’s beautiful, and he’s definitely interested in Luce. He flocks to her immediately, stepping on anyone else’s chances of even attempting to score with her. And Luce likes him back, she does. That’s why she’s not backing away from his advances. But there’s just something … missing, and she can’t quite figure out what it is. Maybe it’s that everything with him is just so easy. There isn’t any inner emotional struggle, no deep pain caused from simply being around him. But is easy what she’s even looking for?

Like all good complex characters, there is more to Cam than meets the eye. Just when you think you’ve got him figured, he turns around and does something that will totally throw you off course. Cam is surprising, in many ways.

Actions speak much louder than words, so if you want to know the truth about these boys, watch what they do, rather than what they say.

This is the kind of book where not a lot happens, yet everything happens. It takes a while to get going, but it’s definitely worth the wait. This is one of those character-intensive kinds of reads that focuses a lot on relationships and friendships, but there is a bit of action too. It’s right at the end, though, so make sure you stick it out.

Fallen is an effortless, engrossing read. This is an excellent first book in what I expect is going to be a mind-blowing series. Hold onto you shorts, folks, this one is going to be big.

Pages: 452

Publication date: 2009

Rating:: ★★★★☆