Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Moon Spun (Book Three of Unbidden Magic) by Marilee Brothers


Description:

Junior's back from Mexico with his movie-star entourage. Beck's using his half-demon charms to "heal" a new girl. Mom's still wacky and now she's dating Principal Hostetler. High school is still an obstacle course of drama queens, bullies and nutjobs. The Trimarks are still a menace, and the moonstone pendant has revealed even more mind-boggling powers. In other words, Allie Emerson's life as the Girl Voted Least Likely To Save The World From Evil has gone from Weird to Super-Charged Super-Weird, and it's about to get even weirder. You're a faery princess. So says the mysterious Ryker, whose handsome talents include turning himself into a hawk. By the way, he and Allie are destined to marry. In faery land--Boundless. If they can save it from forces even more deadly than Trimarks and high school. The third book in the Unbidden Magic series plunges readers into a rich other-world of danger, humor, romance, fable, fairytale and magical destiny.

Excerpt #1


I changed quickly and ran to the barn, Faye on my heels. The barn’s big double doors usually stood wide open. But, tonight, they were closed tight. We each took a door and yanked. I fumbled for the light.
Both of us shrieked when we saw Junior’s low rider parked next to a wall of hay bales. The last time I’d seen the car, it was covered in gray primer. But now, the 1976 Chevy Caprice had a shiny new coat of blue paint. Instead of a racing stripe, an intricately designed rainbow swirled down the side panels of the long, low car. The ginormous pink bow on its roof left no doubt as to Junior’s intent.
 “Oh my God, Allie!” Faye said, walking around the car and peering into the windows. “I can’t believe he gave you his car.”
Unable to speak, I just stood and stared. I’ve never been good at accepting gifts. In the past, my mother and I had been the recipients of so-called “charity.” You know, stuff like Christmas baskets put together for poor unfortunates like Faye and me. In a town the size of Peacock Flats, there are no secrets. Personally, I’d rather eat Cup-O-Noodles for Christmas dinner than wonder how many people chipped in to buy us a turkey.
Okay, turkey . . . car . . . not quite the same. So, why wasn’t I jumping up and down with joy? It takes money to buy gas and insurance. Money we didn’t have.
But, on second thought, it was a truly hot ride, so maybe I should take a moment to savor the experience of car ownership. I walked around the Chevy, trailing my fingers down its satiny surface and wondered if it would be hypocritical to take it out for a spin. Just one.
Faye opened the driver side door and peered inside. “There’s something on the driver’s seat,” she said. “Another envelope with your name on it.”
I ripped the envelope open and pulled out a single piece of paper.
 Hey!
 I know what you’re thinking. No way are you going to accept a gift from Junior (almost said “your ex boyfriend” but who knows what will happen in the future.). It’s not my car anymore so don’t argue. The title says, Alfrieda Carlotta Emerson. The insurance is paid up – check the glove box for proof. The gas tank is full. Look under the driver’s seat and you’ll find a wallet with a gas card. Use it. The bill will be sent to me. If you don’t follow these instructions, I’ll fly up there and kick your cute, little butt!
 Oh yeah, about the rainbow. It reminds me of the moonstone. You’re a special girl, Allie. You need a special ride.
 Love ya, kid.
 Junior.

  

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BIO:

A former teacher, coach and school counselor, 
Marilee lives in Washington State and writes full time. 
Her books include Castle Ladyslipper, a medieval romance,  
The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam, winner of the 2010 Booksellers Best 
award for romantic suspense, Moonstone, Moon Rise, Moon Spun,  
Shadow Moon, and Midnight Moon
Marilee is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Pacific Northwest 
Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Wishlist Wednesday #28 and cover reveal :)



Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.  This meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Book: Imitation

Author: Heather Hildenbrand

Release Date: 3/12/2013

 


Description:

Everyone is exactly like me. 
There is no one like me. 
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing? 
My entire life is an imitation. 
I am an Imitation. 
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun. 
I am a prisoner.
I am not Raven Rogen.
I am here to die.

 

What do you think??  The cover is beautiful!!!  I LOVE Heather's Dirty Blood series and am totally stoked about reading this new book from her.  What did you wish for this Wednesday?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Review of Black Moon by Jessica McQuay


Description:

"Am I losing my mind?"

Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?

Review:

What would you do if you found out that you were different?  Paige's world comes crashing down around her after a girl from school attacks her twice.  She thinks she's losing her mind until her mother confirms her otherworldly heritage.
This book was different from anything else I have read.  It's YA paranormal, but has NO romance whatsoever in it.  This is just a story about a girl and her heritage.
That being said, the book was  a blend of magic and mystery.  I enjoyed the relationships that formed throughout the story.   The connections were intriguing.  I liked how everyone was connected in some way in this book.
Overall, this was a good book.  I recommend it for urban fantasy and fantasy lovers of YA novels.  I give this book three glittery stars for being a unique read.


 

Black Moon - Chapter 1 Excerpt


I could feel the fear morphing into adrenaline as it seeped through my blood and coursed through my body. Suddenly I no longer cared that I was about to launch myself at a werewolf. Seven of them to be exact. But I wasn't alone and I knew I was ready. It was all very clear now…this is what I'd been training for these past few weeks.

I shut my eyes for a brief moment, just long enough to center my core and fill it with the abundance of life energy in the forest surrounding us. I could feel the magic swirling and pooling within me, still a new sensation, but warm and comforting all the same. Now, I felt protected.

I opened my eyes as the filmy protective barrier around us fell back into the earth and seven pairs of eyes momentarily gleamed hungrily before launching themselves at us. I locked eyes with Naialah, nodded, and ran straight for the closest werewolf.

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A month ago you wouldn't have the slightest idea that I am who I am today. I still have a hard time realizing that Paige Tailor is no longer the shy, quiet, blend into the background senior in high school anymore. Actually, let me back up a bit. I am still a senior in high school, (for one more month), and by all accounts, anyone at H.H. High would say, if asked about me, "Oh Paige. She's kind of quiet and keeps to herself. Really, she's a bit of a no one on campus. But she is pretty smart." And they would be giving you a completely accurate description of who I am. It's who I always thought I was. It's who I always thought I would be. A nobody. Someone who blended into the background and people hardly took notice of.

I believed that with one hundred percent certainty. Until it all changed. Until one day I woke up and the girl staring back at me in the bathroom mirror felt alien. Her eyes were still the same deep shade of green. Her brown hair was still the same long wild untamed curls. In fact, at first I couldn't tell you what it was about my reflection that felt so unlike me. Was it my outside appearance? Or maybe it was an internal change happening subtly where no one else could see?

Maybe, more simply, I was losing my mind.

I probably would have gone with the crazy theory if it hadn't been for the incident that happened later that day in science. It's the incident that catapulted everything. The incident that ultimately led me here, with Naialah, confronting werewolves and hunting down a murderer.

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Biography of Jessica McQuay


Have you ever tried to sit and write about yourself? If not, let me tell you, it's not an easy task. I can write for hours and hours about the characters and plots that fill my head, but the second someone says, "Tell me a little about yourself," I look at them like they've grown two heads, have diamonds for eyes and a forked tongue.

For the past year I've wanted to rewrite my "about me" section because what I've had, although accurate, doesn't actually tell you a thing about me. But a year later and the word document in front of me remains as blank as ever. Today I've decided that enough is enough. I am going to tell my fans exactly who I am.

I'm a geek. Simple as that. I love to read only slightly less than I love to write. Very slightly. The margin is so tiny that it can hardly be categorized as a margin. My favorite author and the person I'd give anything to sit and talk to over coffee is Kim Harrison. Rachel Morgan is a kick ass witch and she's real, I don't care what anyone says. If Kim stops writing Hollows books I may curl up in the fetal position and die.

I love to do this thing where I put on yoga pants, a tank top and tennis shoes, line up with other women, turn on really loud music and start dancing to choreographed steps. Otherwise known as Zumba! It keeps me sane, and I get to let loose and be someone no one else gets to see except others that enjoy the very same thing. My instructors are like my own personal life coaches.

Oh and I LOVE music. No, like I love it. Really. I have music floating around in my head as my characters act out scenes I'm creating while driving my kids from one thing to the other. I play an instrument too. I'm in a band and everything. Of course it's not a cool instrument like a guitar or anything. Refer to above re: to geek. But being a part of the community band and playing my clarinet is as much a part of me as breathing.

I know I mentioned kids briefly above and that's because I'm a mom. No really, I am. I have four little people that depend on me, who are my world and who are also the cause of the seven grey hairs I spotted in the mirror the other day. Which, by the way, is crazy because I'm only 31. Soon to be 32, but who's counting?

I'm a wife. My husband and I have been together since high school. That's right people, high school sweethearts. Not sure how he puts up with me and all of my geekdom, but it's one of the many reasons that he's my best friend. That and he completes me. Okay, I couldn't even say that last part with a straight face. He gets me though and that's what matters, so I keep him around.

So, there it is. I'm a writing, reading, dancing, clarinet playing geek. I'm a mom that moonlights as a writer and a wife to a wonderful man. I drink entirely too much coffee, love spending time with the world's greatest friends, because I have some of them, let me tell you. I can watch movies five out of seven days a week and there aren't enough Friends episodes to keep me happy.

Thanks for reading about boring ol' me. And Thank you for being a fan. I wouldn't be me without all of you. 



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Piper LeVine A Gypsy's Truth by Eris Kelli Review


Synopsis:


Piper LeVine is the daughter of wealthy Senator, Harold and Katrine, or so she thought. When a stranger arrives in the night and throws her identity into question, Piper must uncover the secrets of her true origin.

Treacherous demons from a past she never knew she had are coming for her and only the Gypsies know how to deal with the monsters of myth.

Nicholas proves less than truthful from the get-go, but who can she hold onto amongst a sea of mystic if not hostile strangers? He is dangerous, captivating, and the only one who she knows that will stand against the creatures of the dark that seek her.

In search for the truth Piper will find more than her identity. She will discover her destiny, what she is made of, and the family that determines her fate.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  It's no secret that I love werewolves, but this book was different.  Yes, there were werewolves, but they were more of background characters to the main story.  This was an incredibly unique story.
It's rare that I read a book that truly surprises me.  This one was one of them.  I always go into books with high expectations, but not knowing what to really expect.  I picked this story on my kindle and couldn't put it down.  I was hooked from the very beginning.
There aren't really many YA paranormal romances that are about gypsy's.  This concept was off the beaten path and the paranormal behind it was well conceived.  The story shifted midway and I truly saw what the author was building in this book.
Don't even get me started on the romance and the arranged marriage portion of the story.  I LOVE a good romance.  There was just the right blend of paranormal and romance.  I liked the way Nicolas and Pipers story progressed and even enjoyed the dynamic Toryn offered.
This was a refreshing read and I highly recommend picking this one up.  I'm going to have to rate it five glittery stars for surprising me and being super creative.  Put this one on your to be read lists today!




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An Interview with the sister of Piper LeVine

I recently have had the chance to interview one of my characters from my book, Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth. Regardless of whether of you’ve yet had the chance to read the book or not I hope you’ll enjoy the interview.
“Thank you for being with us today Trina, I know your family has had a lot of attention from the media lately so I especially appreciate your giving me this interview,” I say with my friendliest smile.
Trina LeVine is seated across from me with excellent posture and a navy pencil skirt, with a cream-colored  blouse and matching plaid jacket. Her shoulder-length blond hair and bright blue eyes shine at me as she tries to make her mind up about me. “Sure, you’re welcome,” Trina answers giving me a smile she often wears on the campaign stage next to her father Senator Harold LeVine.
“I was hoping you could tell me about growing up with Piper. Were you aware of her mysterious past?” I ask.
“No, I didn’t know Piper had a past any different from my own. Piper is my big sister and no matter what past she has, that will never change.” She crosses her feet at the ankle.
“Did your parents treat her differently than you?”
Trina’s blue eyes fall to her hands folded on her lap. “Not like you’re probably thinking. She is the eldest so of course they’re harder on her. She’s supposed to be setting an example for me.” She looks up but past me as she continues.
“I always thought it was kind of weird that she was allowed to spend so much time at our Grandma Sidney’s house. It isn’t very close to our house and sometimes she’d stay with Grandma Sidney for a full school year. My mom just said Piper and Grandma Sidney have a special relationship when I asked her about it.” A genuine smile curves her lips. “They really are close.”
I lean forward wondering how much she knows as I ask her, “What do you think of the young man she likes?”
“Who Nicholas? Have you seen him? I don’t mind telling you on the record that, that man is gorgeous. He is so hot. I would’ve just grabbed him and kissed him if I hadn’t seen the way Piper was looking at him. She’s got it bad for, Nicholas. She even ate a whole side of ham, Grandma Sidney told me she walked in on her in the process. Piper must have been so nervous, to eat like that.”
She laughs. “I don’t know if she’s going to get to keep that sexy chunk of man meat.”
I ask her, “Why not.”
“Our Mom isn’t going to like him.”She blushes with the shake of her head.
“Why won't she like him? Does it have to do with his social status?”
Trina tilts her head considering my question. “That and there’s this…” she chews her lower lip and squints her eyes thinking it over, “wild, dangerous current coming off him. You know? Like when you look into the eyes of a tiger at the zoo and you just know that if there weren’t a cage separating you, the tiger could have you for lunch. I mean like that moment when its eyes lock in on you, and you know it’s up to the tiger if you live or die?”
“Yeah, as a mother I can see why your mom would have a problem with that.”
Her big blue eyes in her youthful face grow wide. “Nicholas loves Piper. He wouldn’t hurt her.”
“Really? What makes you so sure?”
She looks at my notebook. “Let’s just say that from the example, I’ve grown up with, I know what love doesn’t look like.”
“When I see Nicholas simply standing next to Piper, he’s not just listening. He’s absorbing every detail of who she is. Believe me if I thought he was bad for her. I’d make sure she dumped him.” She ends with her eyebrows raised.
“Do you think Piper will recover from this new world she’s been involved in? I mean dealing with werewolves, vampires and Gypsies?”
She rolls her eyes at me and then catches herself. “Obviously, you’ve been sucked into all the hype. I may be beautifully young, but I’m not ignorant. There is no such thing as werewolves and vampires. I refuse to sensationalize an obvious lie. Sorry to blow it for you but the tooth fairy is a lie too.”
“You didn’t mention the Gypsies,” I point out.
“Just because Piper’s been exposed to a bunch of cunning magicians doesn’t mean she’s going to buy into any of their tricks. My sister is smart, strong and confident. No recovery necessary, I’m quite sure of it.”
I offer her my hand. “Thank you for your time, Trina. I hope this school year goes well for you,” I say knowing the upcoming year is going to be a challenge.
Thank you for stopping by to meet Trina LeVine. I hope you get the chance to read my book Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth, available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Thank you for all your support and happy reading!
Sincerely,
Eris Kelli






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eris Kelli grew up in the Pacific Northwest as the youngest of eight children. Her writing is fueled by her love of adventure, learning and her drive to explore an idea. She now resides in Midwest America, with her husband, 2 beautiful children, and happy old dog. Currently she is fast at work on the third book in the Piper LeVine Series.




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