Love This Life Tour: ARC Review, Guest Post, Teasers, Excerpt, Trailer & Giveaway-Theresa Troutman

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Love This Life (Love’s Great Adventure Series/Book 2)
Author: Theresa Troutman
Cover Design: James GoOnWrite.com
Publication: June 9, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance 18+
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21902071-love-this-life

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Tess Hamilton has a ten year plan—every milestone mapped out to reach her educational, career and life goals. Happy to be moving in with her fiancé, Sebastian, she didn’t anticipate a dangerous attraction to another man, a life-changing event, and a terrifying journey of self-discovery. They were definitely not a part of her master plan, and now Tess wonders if any part of her scheme will come to fruition. Sebastian Irons is getting everything he’s ever wanted out of life. Leaving his playboy image in the past, he’s finally become the better man he longed to be when he left England and came to America. Madly in love with his fiancée and ready to start their life together, everything is seemingly perfect—until a series of unexpected events threatens to tear them apart. Can Tess and Sebastian survive the curveballs life throws at them? Will their love crash and burn, or will they get their long-awaited happily ever after?
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4/5 Stars
What I absolutely adore about Theresa Troutman’s Love’s Great Adventures series is that it reads like a modern fairy tale with very real and relevant problems. Love This Life follows former playboy Sebastian and straight-laced, honors student Tess on their first years at NYU. An enchanting and deeply satisfying read, Love This Life does not shy away from the hardships of first love but glorifies the many triumphs over them. Sebastian and Tess are hopelessly, shamelessly in love and nothing is going to stop them from achieving their dreams as long as they have each other. 
PROS:
  • Sebastian has grown so much from the vigilante charmer we met in the first book. He’s level-headed, a planner, focusing on what needs to be done and finding creative ways to do it. Sebastian is lighthearted and so attentive. He brings Tess out of her darkness and fills it with light from his everlasting, pure love. Sebastian has goe from someone entirely conceited and self-absorbed to a man who is honest, willing to give up his life so that his beloved can have hers. Sebastian is still the flirty, debonair heart throb of book one but he’s so much more now. He’s able to juggle everything and still find little ways to brighten Tess’ day, her happiness is everything to him, so much so that he lays his heart on the line as asks her to trample it as long as she comes back to him. It’s crazy and tear-worthy romantic how deeply his love for Tess is. Meanwhile, Sebastian is using his playful personality and dashing looks to break in to the art world, networking and equipped with his keen eye he’s able to invest and recommend unlike anyone else. 
  • The brief glimpses of the art of the 1980s and 90s capture Sebastian’s heart and foster his ambition. The vibrant pop art of Andy Warhol and the Pollock splatter paintings bring this story into reality, the reader is able to find the pieces and examine them, adding a new level of authenticity to Tess and Sebastian’s story. The art choices are fun, quirky, and suit Sebastian so well. There’s nothing more sexy than a classy man who can hold his own in an artistic, intelligent conversation one moment and be playful and flirtatious the next. 
  • The letters from Europe, though short highlight the magical, time suspension of Europe. Combining the ancient with the late 20th century, the sights, tastes, and sounds that Tess experiences are ones that anyone who has been to Europe can attest to and reminisce over. The food descriptions will leave you salivating. I am obsessed with macarons and those violet ones…serious food envy.
  • That speech. Sighs. Total swooning, heart-melting overload. 
  • Dan is gorgeous. That unfortunate scene, though horrible for the couple was sweltering.
  • Tess’ confusion is understandable. As someone who had never dated nor been in love before Sebastian, there’s bound to be temptation and curiosity about what else is out there. Though this aspect of the plot probably had many readers cringing and eager to strangle Tess, it makes sense. A lot of the time, it’s easy to step over the hard truths and go with the gleeful, unrealistic happy option but this is raw and emotional, pushing Tess to make hard choices about her life and figure out who she is.
  • The sex scenes really heat up and are full of exploration and lavish love. Sebastian teases and cherishes Tess to the point of insanity. Not too graphic.
CONS: 
  • Tess gets really irritating about 3/4 of the way through the book. She’s a bit like a child having a major tantrum and is excessively petulant over her circumstances. It broke my heart the way she reacted to the perfect news and her fierce determination to ignore the situation and remain in denial took away from her compassionate character while sticking to her headstrong personality. Sometimes you just want to grab Tess by the shoulders and shake her, yell at her to wake up and appreciate her life, she seems so spoiled. While she does sacrifice a lot and is always conscious of their expenses it seems like if she doesn’t have her way she flips out. Luckily, Sebastian is there to grant her every whim.
  • Apart from Tess and Sebastian, most of the other characters were fleeting. Sigourney did have a larger role but others were kind of pushed off to the side, effectively isolating Tess and Sebastian in a way that exacerbated Tess’ issues. I found myself missing Penny of all people and Lady Irons. The drama was muted on that end and so many questions from book one were left unanswered. Bring back Holly Golightly (my envisioning of Penny).
cooltext1543397102 copySebastian walked into the condo to find Tess dressed and ready to go. She was standing in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Manhattan, the lights of the city twinkling and bright. He walked up behind her and placed his hands on her shoulders. “Happy birthday, Tess.”

            Tess turned around to face him. “I like the new suit. You look very dapper.”

            “You take my breath away,” he whispered, leaning in to kiss her. The kiss was quick and sweet. Sebastian took her hand, saying, “Follow me.”

            He guided Tess to the guest bedroom and opened the door. Inside, the bistro table was dressed with their finest linens, china, silver, and crystal.

            “It’s just like the efficiency,” Tess said, looking over at Sebastian.

            “I wanted to re-create the first time I cooked you dinner. I hope you don’t mind we’re not going out tonight.”

            Tess threw her arms around his neck. “I love it!”

            Sebastian escorted her to the table and pulled out the chair. Tess sat down and quickly unlaced the straps of her shoes, kicking them off under the table. She admired the centerpiece of roses and inhaled the fragrant scent of the blossoms.

            He left the room momentarily, and then returned with Alice in tow. She placed salad plates on table. “Sebastian cooked dinner, I’m just helping out for tonight. I hope you enjoy it,” she said to Tess.

            Tess didn’t touch her salad; she simply stared at Sebastian, a single tear of joy escaping her eye. “Thank you so much. This is perfect. You remembered every detail.”

            Sebastian reached over and took her hand. “You’re welcome, darling.”

            Alice continued to bring course after course to the couple as they enjoyed their dinner. They talked with ease. Sebastian couldn’t help but wonder if things were finally getting back to normal.

            At the end of the meal, Alice bought a birthday cake to the table. It was six-inch round chocolate cake with buttercream icing. There was one candle on top of the cake, glowing like a beacon.

            “If that’s all, I think I’ll leave you for the evening,” Alice said, handing the knife to Tess.

            “Thank you, Alice.”

            Alice winked at them and closed the door as she left the room.

            “Make a wish.”

            Tess closed her eyes, waited a moment, and then blew out the candle. “It’s too pretty to eat,” she lamented.

            “We don’t have to eat it right now,” Sebastian said, standing up from the table. He offered his hand to Tess, who willingly took it.

            Sebastian escorted her into the living room. He walked over to the CD player and hit the play button. Roxy Music’s Avalon started playing. “Dance with me.” He swept Tess up in his arms and moved to the music, swaying to the slow, melodic song. Tess pressed into him, leaning her head on his shoulder.

            When the song was over, Sebastian looked at Tess and saw the happiness in her eyes. He felt as if he had recaptured a magic time they had shared long ago. Sebastian raised her hand to his cheek and tenderly kissed her palm. “I love you, Tess.”

            He felt the time was right, so he got down on one knee, reached into his jacket pocket, and pulled out a red Cartier box. “You’re my world. Marry me and I promise I will spend every day for the rest of my life making you happy,” Sebastian said, opening the box to reveal a stunning 1/2-carat Asscher cut diamond set in 18-karat gold.

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            Tess looked down at Sebastian: his eyes were full of love, his expression full of hope. She honestly hadn’t been expecting a proposal, especially in light of their current situation. Tess had gotten her wish. All she wanted was to move forward with Sebastian, and here he was presenting her with the opportunity. She certainly wasn’t about to let it slip away. “Yes. All I want is you.”

            Sebastian stood up and removed the ring from the red box. Tess held out her trembling left hand, and Sebastian slipped the ring on her finger. It fit perfectly; that didn’t surprise Tess at all.

            A tear escaped the corner of Sebastian’s eye and Tess brushed it away with her thumb. “Don’t cry,” she begged.

            “I’m so happy you said yes,” he admitted, feeling simultaneously relieved and elated.

            Tess stood on her tiptoes and crushed her lips against his. Sebastian didn’t hold back this time; he put all his pent-up emotions into the kiss. It was tender at first, and then it spread like wildfire, hot and eager, setting his heart racing.

            Tess pulled away, gasping for air. “Make love to me, Sebastian.”

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Theresa Troutman and The Love’s Great Adventure Series. 

To celebrate the release of book two – Love This Life, I wanted to share some little know insider info with you and your readers. 

1. The playlist consists of songs from the 1980s, the period that the story takes place. The playlist is an alternative way to telling the story and the lyrics parallel what is happening is Sebastian’s life. Older readers will recognize these songs, but I hope to introduce younger readers to music of that decade.

2. Life’s What You Make It was originally called: Nanny, Charles and Me. It was told from Tess Hamilton’s point of view. I switched to Sebastian Iron’s point of view because he is such a flawed character and I wanted to take the reader of his journey to redemption.

3. The book Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh inspired me to start writing this book back in 1984. As the years progressed, Downton Abbey and Gossip Girl are other shows that are similar in genre. If you’re a fan of these shows, I think you’ll enjoy Life’s What You Make It.

4. I kept the time period for Life’s What You Make It in the 1980s. Why? Life was so much simpler—no internet or cell phones. It was easier to go undetected back then. Now everybody know what you’re doing thanks to social media. Also, it wasn’t uncommon for high school sweethearts to get married.

5. Sebastian Irons died in the first draft of the book.

6. When beta readers finished the first book, many of they said, “Do they get married?” This inspired me to write Love This Life. I fell in love with Sebastian and Tess and had so much fun writing them, I didn’t want to let them go. The final book in the series is called London Loves and will take place five years after Love This Life. I’m currently writing it and looking to release in September 2014.

7. I’m an avid traveler and have traveled to Australia seven times in the past twenty-five years. That’s the equivalent of being on an airplane for two weeks straight!

8. I was married when I was nineteen years old and I’m still with the same guy! We don’t have any children. (Does a crazy dog count?)

9. When I was young, I wanted to be a film director. Guess I like telling people what to do, so being a writer suits me perfectly.

10. I owned my own cafe and photo gallery in the 1990s in a town called Intercourse, PA. (It is a real town in Amish country right between Bird and Hand and Blue Ball – really don’t know what inspired the Amish to name their towns!)

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Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre, traveling and is an active member of the SCBWI. Works by Theresa include My Secret Summer (YA romance), A Special
Connection (New Adult Romance), and Life’s What You Make It – Love’s Great Adventure Series Book 1 ( Mature YA romance)

 

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Guest Post: Why I Love the Young Adult Genre by Sherry Soule

“Why I Love the Young Adult Genre”

Guest post by author, Sherry Soule

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Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She will be publishing a brand new Upper YA / Sci-Fi Romance series: the “Starlight Saga” with scorching-hot character chemistry, exciting suspense, and epic romance on June 26, 2014.

To help promote this amazing interstellar love story, “LOST IN STARLIGHT,” Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow bibliophiles.

Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area. Thanks for letting me visit today, it’s an honor to be a guest here and meet fellow booklovers.

Ever since I was a child, I have recognized that books are a way to travel to other places and have incredible adventures. Even though I am older than the average teen reader, I’ve always loved reading Young Adult books and strongly believe you’re NEVER too old to read them.

One reason that I enjoy reading YA Lit is because most novels in this genre are fast-paced and thrilling. And teenage characters tend to have a more hopeful perspective, which draws me in—plus the fact that I’m really a big kid at heart. I also adore that there are so many books created into a series nowadays, so that you can continue to have additional adventures with your favorite characters.

Could my love of YA Lit be simply because I’m still stuck at age sixteen, just a teenager-at-heart in disguise?

Could be. And like many of you, I’ve read hundreds of YA books and I can actually say that I enjoyed almost all of them. Some I genuinely loved, and these books became like good friends that I didn’t want to part with, so they adorn my bookshelves and wait patiently to be reread again one day. Other novels were simply read and then disregarded with a contented smile.

Although I buy many of my books through Amazon, I am never embarrassed to buy YA novels in bookstores, or carry them around with me. I love the genre and always have and always will.

We all have diverse tastes in literature. Most of you will have various genres that you love to read, and probably some of my favorite books are simply your forgotten reads. That is what makes the world of YA Lit, and reading as a whole, so fascinating. Each one of us will enjoy different types of characters, plots, and, of course, a writer’s voice, the way only they can tell a story.

At its core my new novel, LOST IN STARLIGHT, is basically a love story about two lonely hearts finding each other and how their “forbidden” friendship changes both of their lives. Sure, there is an element of danger regarding this star-crossed romance, but they are both young and reckless. Who isn’t at that age?

And I don’t know about you, but I need some romance in almost every book I read. Even in YA! And if you’re a hopeless romantic at heart, then you’ll enjoy reading my new book.

Thus, LOST IN STARLIGHT is the first book that I’ve ever written that focuses mostly on romance rather than any paranormal baddies trying to kill the heroine or having the plot center around a supernatural mystery to solve. And I think the heroine of my new series, Sloane, is rather unique. To me, she’s not your average “Mary Sue” or flawless heroine. She has some self-esteem issues, but she’s also headstrong and gutsy, with an eccentric fashion sense. 

Thank you for letting me chat about my love of young adult literature. I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably one of mine. 😀

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Please mark your calendars to buy your copy of LOST IN STARLIGHT on June 26th 2014!

Read the first five chapters for free on wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/14214838-lost-in-starlight-syfy-romance

VOLUME ONE of the Starlight Saga

High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life….

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Sherry Soule lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the bestselling author of the adult novel, “Immortal Eclipse” and the popular YA series: Spellbound. Sherry writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her love of literature began when she was a young girl and it has continued throughout her life.

Her published novels do not include any graphic sex scenes or explicit violence, nor excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults.

Sherry’s debut novel, “Beautifully Broken” was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult novel, “Immortal Eclipse” is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Reviews.

Places you can find Sherry Soule:

Official Blog: http://www.sherrysoule.blogspot.com/

Twitter @SherrySoule: http://twitter.com/SherrySoule

Please add LOST IN STARLIGHT to your TBR on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20707942-lost-to-starlight

The awesome book cover was designed by the talented, Kristen Thompson-Oh of KCT Designs at www.kctdesigns.com

Eager to read a sneak peek on your Kindle? FREE every Friday from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1hdo6Oh

After that completely ridiculous post about how adults should be embarassed to read YA, this is perfect and highlights some wonderful reasons to love and cherish YA no matter your age. 

Happy reading, 

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Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Fever-Melissa Pearl

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

 

Ella Simmons does not want to move across the country. But she is, because her boyfriend has persuaded her to join him at UChicago to finish out her college education. Never able to tell him no, she hops on a plane and makes the trek from LA expecting to adjust to life like she’s often forced to, but things are not that simple when she hears a luscious voice singing over her shower wall. His deep, sexy tenor makes her weak in the knees, spreading fire through her limbs and making her question everything about her life and relationship.

Can one voice really have that much of an impact?

Cole Reynolds is on his way out. In his final year at UChicao, the only this he wants to do is finish school and get on with this life. But the sweet voice that interrupts his morning shower turns his world upside down. Compelled to find his shower songbird, he begins a search across campus. The only thing to distract him from this goal is his roommate’s gorgeous girlfriend who’s just arrived from LA – Ella Simmons.

Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.

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4.5/5 Stars

Fever is a sweet and charming love story set to the sultry tune of Ella Fitzgerald. It’s a hot, serendipitous explosion of passion and awakening that will leave you breathless and completely elated. In the vein of such classics as Notting Hill and Love Actually, Fever is a real, contemplative contemporary that is not so much about happy endings as the journey and the perfection of love when it’s so right.

PROS: 

  • Fever is one of those delicious love stories that you keep going back to with a happy little smile. It’s a feel good read that lifts your spirits and warms your heart with its meet cutes and fiery chemistry. There’s something so simple and powerful about Cole and Ella, they’re dynamic together, full of wonderful understanding and bubbling excitement just being in each other’s presence. It’s the kind of love that anyone would want, made of uncontrollable passion and complete knowledge of each other at a soul level.
  • The shower singing scenes are sexy. The way the characters play off of one another, finishing song lyrics and combining into this giddy expectation of the eventual reveal is just wow. Every time they sing the air is ripe with anticipation and budding attraction, the scenes are unbelievably cute. Ella’s conflicted emotions over how her body reacts to the rough, soulful voice that answers her song is palpable. The sense that she’s falling hard for a stranger at the mere sound of his voice speaks to the power of music, its ability to transcend and connect, speaking truth to our emotions when we barely know what we feel. Cole’s excitement, his desperation to meet the angelic songstress in the stall over is adorable. He can’t get this vision of the perfect woman with a fierce love of jazz from his thoughts and the fact that he too is enraptured by the voice of a stranger parallels Ella’s in such a way that it feels like destiny.
  • Ella is scared, she lacks confidence, and after her tragic past, she hasn’t been able to escape the walls she put up that would allow her to take risks and put her heart on the line. All Ella desires is stability and safety. She wants a sure thing and is willing to settle to achieve this. Ella is timid, subservient, and eager to please her boyfriend and this is largely due to her fear of the unknown. As Ella feels a stirring in her blood at the magical voice of the man in the shower, it’s as if something buried deep inside her has awakened and her realization that not everything is as perfect as it seemed starts to break down her walls. Ella no longer knows what she wants and must choose between her heart and her head. Music is what brings Ella to life and it’s an intoxicating revelation when Ella lets herself embrace who she is and projects it out into the world. She’s free and fused with light and purity. 
  • Cole has dreams, he knows who he is and is an erotic, edgy, and crazy masculine flirt. He too is clouded by a dark past but lets his goals push his forward towards the future. Cole didn’t have time for love and didn’t think he wanted it but love looks good on him. His undeniable attraction to Ella despite the complications drive him to insanity. He wants, he needs, and it feels like she’s the missing piece he never knew he needed at a near primal level. Cole grows as the plot pushes on, maturing and learning to love.
  • Madison and Jody are those boisterous, honest girlfriends that force Ella out of her comfort zone and tell it like it is. They bring fun and life to the plot with their blunt and hilarious comments. 
  • Ella and Cole’s friendship is full of raw and heartbreaking confessions that enable Ella to move on a little and are really freeing. In Cole she finds someone who gets it, who knows what she’s going through and can comfort her unlike anyone else. They compliment each other, encouraging dreams and expressing sincere concern over their happiness. 
  • The moment when they both know what the reader does, the reveal is bittersweet and destabilizing. Everything crashes down and the uncertainty about the future is enough to put the reader on edge and hope against all odds that they will come to their senses.
  • The music sets the mood and enhances the emotions of each scene, raising the tension to new heights and adding a floating, content and romantic addition to the story.

CONS: 

  • Ella’s lack of a backbone is truly irritating at times. The way David takes away her voice and presumes to know her so well that he neglects her opinions and pushes his dreams on her is horrible. What’s worse is that she doesn’t say anything. This drove me crazy, the urge to smack some sense into her is almost impossible to ignore. 

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Dream Cast: The Starlight Saga by Sherry Soule

“Author Sherry Soule’s Dream Cast”

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Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She will be publishing a brand new Upper YA / Sci-Fi romance series: the “Starlight Saga” with scorching-hot character chemistry, exciting suspense, and epic romance on June 26, 2014.

To help promote this interstellar love story, “LOST IN STARLIGHT,” Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow booklovers.

The first image of the actor who Sherry imagined to play her character, the second is my interpretation of the actor in character.

So without further ado here are Sherry’s top actor picks…

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For my tough heroine, Sloane Masterson, I think this lovely and brilliant actress: Lucy Hale (just imagine her with purple hair!) would be perfect.

Tough talking, girl reporter, Sloane is not your typical heroine. She’s a feisty, disarming, and a fiercely independent seventeen-year-old. But she’s not flawlessly beautiful, or super thin, or extremely intelligent like some YA protagonists. Sloane has very real and relatable body issues and insecurities like most teen girls do. She favors the dark-side in clothes and music, loves to watch scary movies, and likes hanging out in graveyards. She uses her wits to cover her emotional scars, and if you can break through her tough exterior, you’ll have a fearless, loyal friend for life.

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For the part of the stoic and brooding, Hayden Lancaster, I think this dynamic actor would be great, Matt Lanter.

At first glance, it seems that eighteen-year-old Hayden has a detached, unemotional exterior, but what lies beneath is a kindhearted individual that will go out of their way to help a friend.  

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For Sloane’s best friend, Viola Saks, this remarkable actress would be fantastic: Camilla Belle.

Outgoing and feisty, Viola’sa fun-loving spiritgirl, who loves to read. Never lacking in optimism, Viola is frequently seen as a crusader for the rights of others and a defender of lost causes. Popularity makes no difference to her as long as she believes in the cause.

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For Devin Greenspan, Editor of the school paper, I like this gifted actor best: Ed Westwick.

Devin has had a crush on Sloane for years and never gave the hope of one day hooking up with her. But when Hayden becomes her best friend, he feels threatened by the newcomer.

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Only one actor comes to mind that could portray Hayden’s younger brother, Zach Lancaster, and it is actor, Paul Wesley.

Zach and his brother grew up in a close-knit family where outside friends are discouraged. So when Hayden becomes good friends with Sloane, Zach tries to sabotage the friendship and strongly opposes the relationship.

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For Sloane’s good friends, Tanisha and Raymond, I like both of these talented actors: Erica Hubbard and Daniel Andrew Sharman:

Tanisha and Raymond are loyal friends that hang in Sloan’s crew. Tanisha dresses sort of Goth, and she’s really into Wicca and alternative bands. Raymond is more punk rock, and plays the role of the tortured musician to perfection.

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Please mark your calendars to buy your copy of LOST IN STARLIGHT on June 26th 2014!

Read the first five chapters for free on wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/14214838-lost-in-starlight-syfy-romance

VOLUME ONE: Starlight Saga

High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life….

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ARC Review: Flux-Ellie Carstens

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Release Date: June 09, 2014

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Reuts Publications.

A slow, lazy grin curled one half of his mouth; the kind people get when they’re enjoying a private joke. The world could have exploded. The sun could have died out, taking every source of natural and man-made light with it, and I wouldn’t have noticed. I would have retained enough light to see from the radiance of his smile alone. 

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“I would give up every single one of my possessions, right down to the clothing on my back, if it meant I could keep you forever. I would forgo food, water, even the air I breathe, if it would prove that I am worthy of you, sweet Alaina.”

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The last thing sixteen-year-old Alaina Oftedahl-Miller expected was to watch her mom brutally destroy their life.

But, in the wake of tragedy, strength forms. Shipped off to live with her birth father, Alaina finds herself dealing with more than just being the new Canadian girl in a Norwegian school. Juggling the formation of a relationship with the man who abandoned her as a child, and a budding attraction to Kaius Vargøy–the mysterious, beautiful classmate who’s been assigned as her personal translator–Alaina can’t shake the feeling that every move she makes is being watched. Judged.

She soon learns there’s far more to this sleepy Norwegian town than she ever imagined. Kaius and his friends aren’t exactly what they seem, and the repercussions of that could send her traveling through the most unexpected experience of her life. Murder and relocation is one thing, but add in supernatural occurrences and Vikings, and even she may not have the strength to survive.

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Ellie Carsten’s Flux not only transports you to another world but another time, transcending space and reality, welcoming the reader into an a world of Norse mythology, supernatural powers, intergalactic romance, and the colorful traditions of Norway.

PROS:

  • The story is rich in folklore and traditions, taking the reader into the heart and soul of Norway with detailed insights into language, popular foods, scenery, and attractions. I loved the time travel element, switching from present day Norway to the 12th century, there’s a wonderful shift into an ancient world, one of vikings and courtly life, of elaborate parties and gorgeous gowns. On top of that, the additional leap to the Norse gods is another layer of knowledge and creativity. The author did her research and it’s absolutely fascinating. 
  • The descriptions of the Norse immortals are vibrant and suit their personalities. Their function as decision making entities that exist outside of the confines of time and their connection to Nordic history in complex and links the other story elements together.
  • Alaina is passionate and achingly lost after the tragic death of her family as she knew it. Her trauma, the tears she’s constantly susceptible to and her memories of happier times is heartbreaking and raw. Alaina exists in a dark world, she doesn’t expect anything good or light to brighten her life, she’s trapped in a cloud of her own despair. She doesn’t know how t function but slowly she starts rebuilding and as her eyes are opened and she lets herself love she becomes a powerful, fierce protagonist that’s willing to do anything to protect her loved ones. Alaina is incredibly honest with herself, she’s not really quick on the uptake, she’s not the most observant and draws huge conclusions fast but she’s brave and forces herself to adapt and try new things. Alaina embraces her weird reality, the crazy magic-filled supernatural whirlwind that becomes her life in Norway and accepts that the unimaginable is part of her world. As the story progresses Alaina grows to know herself and figure out what she wants and as she comes out of her shell she’s cheesy, kind, and like your average teenage girl.
  • Kaius is a strange yet hopelessly romantic and lovesick hottie. Alaina moves him. She brightens his days and fills his dreams with laughter and joy. She’s his everything and he loves to tease her, making suggestive comments and giving her heated stares. The boy is a shameless flirt. He knows what he wants and he is calculated, building on friendship. Kaius sees what his attention does to Alaina, how her cheeks flush and she reacts to his taunts but he pesters her, enjoying her rosy cheeks and how flustered she becomes. Kaius’ lines are sweet, romantic, and so straightforward, he lays his heart on the line and opens his soul to Alaina. ❤
  • The interactions between Kaius and Alaina are lively banter. Alaina’s mostly embarrassed and enraptured by his longing looks and the way he takes up space in that oh so consuming and sweltering way. The dream scenes are sizzling, combining all the angst of their every waking hours with the pent-up suppression of their undeniable attraction. The kissing scenes are some of the best. Get ready to fan yourself.

CONS:

  • Some of the mythology felt overwhelming and piled on kind of like a history lesson. 
  • The villains weren’t present for so much of the book and hardly described. There was one scene where the supposed evil entity interacted with Alaina but there wasn’t a poignant sense of fear or danger. There wasn’t enough build up and when the final battle hit its crescendo, it felt muted and lacking in the sort of chaotic terror and uncertainty that should have been there.

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For as long as she can recall, Ellie Carstens has been a huge fan of reading. The genre and content are not important as long as the story holds her captive. She believes that life is too short to be taken seriously all the time and to lose one’s self in a good book is an escape worth taking. Now, she writes science fiction, fantasy, romance, and beyond, creating stories that will hopefully bring that same passion for reading to others.

Flux is her debut title and the first in a Young Adult sci-fi/romance trilogy.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Shades of Chaos (YA Dystopian Box Set)

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Dare yourself to enter into post-apocalyptic future with this gritty collection of first-in-a-series books by six bestselling authors! Discover unique worlds packed with non-stop action, adventure, and suspense set against a gritty, futuristic backdrop.
Together, these books have over 320 5-star reviews on Amazon!
Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma!
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I Am Alive ñ Cameron Jace
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Initiation (NEW! Prequel to Dissension) ñ Katie Salidas
Finding Hope (NEW! Prequel to Rex Rising) ñ Chrystalla Thoma
Rex Rising ñ Chrystalla Thoma
Resonant (NEW! Prequel to Reign of Blood) ñ Alexia Purdy
Reign of Blood ñ Alexia Purdy
Released ñ Megan Duncan
Burning Bridges ñ NadËge K. Richards

I AM Alive (Cameron Jace): I am not my heart rate. I am not my skills. I am not how I look like. My name is Decca Tenderstone. I live in a future America where teenagers are ranked on a scale from 1 to 10 on graduation day. There has never been a 10. Those below the rank of 5 are considered Monsters, a liability to society. The system says I am a Monster. I will not let them kill me. I will survive.

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Initiation (Kate Salidas): Being a Vampire is a crime punishable by eternal servitude in the arena as a Gladiator of the Iron Gate. Mira, a newly turned vampire, must prove she has what it takes to survive in the humanís world. Itís kill or be killed. Immortality is not guaranteed.

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 Dissension (Katie Salidas):In the aftermath of the great cataclysm, vampires are enslaved by humans and used for blood sport as gladiators in the arena. Mira is undefeated, uncompromising, and unbreakable, but when an escape attempt leads her into the path of the cityís Regent, her destiny is changed forever.

 

Finding Hope (Chrystalla Thoma): After the death of the one person he called mother, Elei leaves the Trashlands of Ost for the city ñ looking for other people and for answers. But he soon finds out that people are complicated and answers hard to come by.

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 Rex Rising (Chrystalla Thoma): In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life as aircar driver ó until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side and the fleet at his heels.

 

Resonant (Alexia Purdy): As the first days of the end of humanity tumble across the City of Las Vegas, turning everyone into vampire-like creatures, April Tate will find out what it really means to survive.

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Reign of Blood (Alexia Purdy): April Tate is a seventeen-year-old ferocious vampire killer who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after a viral epidemic has left the world decimated. After her family is abducted, her world tilts when she discovers theyíre not truly alone.

Released (Megan Duncan): After a demon apocalypse kills everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother and her friend Max flee their home to travel through the wastelands of America, chasing a radio transmission of a resistance offering shelter. But soon enough Abby and her companions discover what awaits them is much worse they could have ever imagined.

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Burning Bridges (NadËge K. Richards): In a world divided between Hunters and Warriors, where prisoners are forced to fight in the arena until death, young Princess Echo must fight to find out who she really is and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again.

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Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Review: Blood Rule-Heather Hildenbrand

Book One

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

Book Two
Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they’re kicking your butt in the process.

At least I’ve got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De’Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he’s destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn’t going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point’s evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?
Book Three

Hybrids.

If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.
Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.

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Forty-six.
That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.
Two days.Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.
That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.
Sixteen.
That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes. 

Zero.
That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.

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  • The plot is a thrilling race against time and the sinister intentions of Steppe and CHAS. It’s open season on all things furry and Tara and her friends must escape, plan, and fight. The utter uncertainty and endless danger makes everything feel unexpected and dangerous. From scene to scene high tension and chaos are possible and probable, and whether or not Tara and co. will make it out alive is anyone’s guess.
  • The climax. THAT CLIFFHANGER. OMG. 
  • Tara’s meetings with Alex, her persistent spot at his bedside is as infuriating as it is heartwarming. Her talks with him, her hope, and the way she clutches his hand and begs for him to awake is heartbreaking and so sad, her need for Alex is very real and raw. He is part of her and without him she feels lost. What’s killing me is Tara’s internal dialogue about her actions with Alex, his place as a friend, and the second guessing she is always doing about her feelings. 
  • Once again Astor is one of my favorite characters. He’s totally unstable and does the most wildly hilarious things one moment and is sort of a jerk in the next. The slurpee quest and the Hollywood horror movie reference was wonderful and lighthearted in a ridiculous sort of way.
  • Victoria is back and she’s fabulous. While outwardly cold and a bit toxic in her sarcastic, blatantly rude comments, she’s real and her honesty starts to reveal the girl beneath, the one heartbroken over her parents fate, and scared of what’s to come.
  • George has gained so much confidence, he’s unafraid to call Tara out on her wallowing and force her to work through her issues. He pushes her and serves as a therapist to sift out her real issues. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything and really gets her, giving the reader a better insight into Tara’s mind at times when she doesn’t know herself.
  • Wes has stepped up a teeny bit, he’s still mushy and romantic, making heartfelt, beautiful proclamations of love to Tara but he’s not blindly agreeing with her to appease her. Wes holds Tara when she’s falling apart, trying to keep all the pieces together and things get worse for Tara and the group as whole. He’s a leader, coming up with solutions and connecting the dots while Tara goes through her moments of darkness and desolation. He’s stable, powerful, and even though he’s having a really hard time as well, comes through for Tara as someone to lean on and stand beside in battle.
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  • Tara is a mess. Her head is so clouded by her constant obsessing over her problems and the stress of the overall situation that she wavers between completely reckless and shutting down. Everyone gets frustrated with her and I was in serious book throwing mode. Because of her situation, her desperation and loss of self is understandable but the extent to which she blocks out reason and follows her reckless and emotional downward spiral is a little much. Tara seems really confused, she has no clue what she wants and despite attempts at figuring it out, she’s so impatient that it doesn’t really get resolved. Several characters call her out on her behavior but she puts up a wall, she doesn’t want to hear it and this has disastrous effects. 
  • The scene with Alex near the end felt random, it didn’t serve a purpose and was kind of pointless. Plus, the time it took could have been more effectively used in forming a more solid plan for rescue. While the moments shared between Tara and Alex were some of my favorite and it did bring Tara out of her depressive funk mildly, her friends agreeing to risk everything for this meeting felt off and didn’t make sense.
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“Hey, sleepyhead,” I said into the silence. 

Alex’s doctor insisted coma patients had been known to wake up claiming to hear the voices of those who’d visited while they were under. He’d said I should talk as often as possible. Sometimes, I felt silly doing it, but other times, like today, it was nice to be able to vent without judgment. 

Other people’s reactions had a tendency to weigh heavily. I was already carrying an entire pack’s worth of emotion. I didn’t need any more. And this way, I could tell Alex absolutely anything, including things I’d never say if he were awake. 

So while I sat, I told him about all that had happened in the last few days: Nick, Vera’s collapse, my expulsion, and the growing certainty that Steppe wanted to do more than dissolve a peace treaty and kick me out of school. 

“It’s building toward something,” I said. “And I don’t know what it is, but it’s … close. Like it’s right around the corner.” I looked down at my hands and realized I’d been twisting them together. I freed my fingers and reached out, wrapping my fingers gently around Alex’s.

“Honestly, I’m afraid to look around that corner. I know whatever’s waiting is going to be bigger than me. Bigger than I’m capable of. And it would be so much easier to handle if you were awake. At least then your sarcasm would make me determined to beat whatever this is. But with you like this… I need you to wake up, okay?” 

And I need to know I didn’t kill you.

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visitwww.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life. Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
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Cover Reveal: Project Lexi-Lisa Survillas

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Title – Project Lexi
Series – The Lexi Series
Author – Lisa Survillas
Genre – NA/Contemporary Romance
Publisher – Lisa Survillas
Cover Artist – Cover design by Kimberly Knight
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Lexi Crandall’s, world is turned upside down junior year of high school. Her confession tears her family apart and leaves them broken. Looking for escape, she heads out of town for college. Wracked with guilt and shame, she keeps to herself, befriending only her roommate, Paige.

Derek Fressen experiences one tragedy after another. After learning to cope with being raised by a single mom, he and his sister, Tiffany, become closer than ever. When Tiffany escapes Seattle for college, Derek takes the opportunity to leave his past behind as well.

San Francisco State University is where Lexi and Derek find themselves junior year, thrown into the most uncomfortable situation possible, a group project that requires each to open up about their past. Their grade depends upon the ability to prove to the professor through a class presentation that they truly learned about one another.

Painful memories and terrifying tests of courage propel Lexi to learn how to take baby steps in the healing process and give her hope of one day feeling normal. Although he feels he’s pretty well healed from the horrible events of his past, Derek is lonely and longing for a life of more. Will they be able to share enough of their lives with each other to pass this class? How much will Lexi let Derek help her in the process? Are their tragic pasts too much to overcome, or will love be in their future?

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I can’t get her to look at me, I think she’s ashamed that she has no experience to go with. When I’m finally begging, she looks up and I can’t help it. She looks so lost, so sad. I know that she just needs the courage, but how will she ever find it if she doesn’t know what the reward is like? So I lean over, I place my hand on her cheek, and my lips on hers. She doesn’t freak out, so I use my tongue to entice her. I run it along her lower lip. I feel her breathing pick up and I’m nervous she’ll push me away, but when she doesn’t I try to coax her lips apart so I can really kiss her. When she opens them, her tongue meets mine and I have to keep repeating to myself, “Slow, slow, slow,” or my body might take over and try to push her past her limits. She’s not ready for more than this.

I don’t let myself linger too long. I would love to kiss her all night, but she needs baby steps. I need to give her that or this won’t work. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself, but I should’ve made sure it was okay first.” I say it knowing that she needed the surprise of it or it would’ve never happened.

Her response takes me by surprise, “Don’t. Be. Sorry.” She is breathing hard and can’t form a sentence. I love it. That means she loved it. When she brings her hand up to touch her lips, I know I can make this better for her. I stop her hand with mine and leaving the other on her cheek, I lean back in for a deeper kiss. She responds immediately. I make this one longer, but not much. This time when I pull back, we are both panting for air.

“Wow.” A simple statement from her confirming that she liked it.

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I’m Lisa. I live in sunny southern California with my wonderful husband and two teenage children. Hubby is a high school PE teacher and is the coach of three different high school sports. With two kids in high school and involved in activities both inside and outside of school, I have a lot to juggle. When home, I lock myself inside the office to write. I’ve always loved to write, but life always seemed to be too busy. When inspiration finally hit, I made the most of the time hubby and kids were busy and published my first book in February 2014. It’s a teen/young adult book and the first in a series. I’m currently working on a New Adult/Contemporary Romance series with the first book due out end of June 2014. Be on the look-out for more.

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ARC Review: Hexed-Michelle Krys

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Hexed (Witch Hunter, #1)-Michelle Krys

Release Date: June 10, 2014

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Delacorte Press.

“She’s pulling a Bella.” “A what?” “A Bella. You know-guy does you wrong, so you punish him by practically killing yourself.”

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Before I know it, I’m singing along too. Bishop smiles. I smile. There’s a whole lot of smiling going on. And I just know that this memory will be forever burned into my brain, because this kind of magic-the kind that can’t be conjured with a spell, where everything is just right, and all your problems vanish for three perfect minutes-doesn’t happen every day.

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If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

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Indigo(Indie) Blackwood is a beautiful and popular cheerleader high up on the social status ladder of high school. She’s best friends with the head cheerleader, dates the star quarterback, and has one of the highest GPAs in the school. Indigo has everything going for her but nothing is ever quite what it seems. Beneath the happy, perfect visage is a crumbling foundation that could collapse at any second. Indie has ignored all of the hints, the snarky comments from her BFF, the inability to have a decent conversation with her boyfriend, and the way the other cheerleaders imitate her every move, eager to replace her. Outside of school, things are a little more crazy. Her mother owns Black Cat, a shop for all your witchcraft essentials, they’re Wiccan, and her neighbor is a clingy nuisance that borders on stalker. Indie can overlook all these issues because despite all of these inconsistencies she’s content with her place and who she is. 

On a day where everything is looking more bleak than usual, Bianca makes a snide comment about, her boyfriend just doesn’t get her, and she’s a bit fed up with the glares from the rest of the cheerleading team, her super awkward neighbor Paige corners her and begs her for a ride to her violin lesson. Too exhausted to argue, they head into the city and are saved from any painful small talk by a body crashing into the road right in front of them. Startled and just a tad traumatized, the girls jump from the car, taking in the scene of the leather clad boy, the puddle of blood, and the sickening angles of his broken bones. Dead, and they just witnessed it.

Lost in her thoughts trying to deal with the tragic death of the boy on the street, Indie is more pensive that usual. As much as she tries to move on with her life, the things that irk her about her friends are glaring. Plus, her mother’s obsession with a Bible passed down from some dead relative doesn’t help. Strange things start to happen, a bout of memory loss, freaking feelings, and the sudden disappearance of the Bible sends everything over the edge. Making a promise to her mother to find the Bible, Indie is thrust into a world she never believed real, one of witchcraft, murder, and evil beyond her imagination. With the help of a somewhat creepy and obnoxious stranger named Bishop, Indie learns that this world of magic has been right at her doorstep all along and nothing is safe.

Accidentally tossed into a centuries old war between magical enemies, Indie, Bishop, and Paige must get the Bible back before it’s too late and prevent a magical apocalypse.

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  • I loved that Indie was a popular girl. So often in YA the protagonist is a girl that’s a little insecure, not popular by traditional clichéd standards, and somewhat average. Indie was a nice surprise. She knows she’s cute, enjoys her popularity, and overall is a decent person when she’s not snubbing Paige. Indie is outspoken, energetic, confident and full of wonderfully sarcastic, biting lines. Despite being chucked into a terrible situation, Indie is determined, she made a promise to her mother and will keep it at all costs. Even when Indie is struggling to wield her powers and unsure of her abilities she pushes herself to the limit. Indie’s grief is potent, full of tears and regret, of bittersweet memories and haunting loss.
  • The chemistry between Bishop and Indie is one of snappy comments, taunts, and insults masking uncontrollable attraction. As much as Indie tries to fight it, it’s there calling to her and she answers with exaggerated hatred. The moments when they give in are full of heated passion, lots of pent up angst and sizzling touches.
  • Bishop is a smartass. He’s cocky, tells it like it is, and extremely sarcastic. His lines are some of the best, full of wry humor and charm. When Bishop is romantic, it’s soft and sensual, made of candid confession and openness. Bishop is a surprise, he’s a beacon of safety and warmth for Indie, always coming to her rescue and popping up in times of need. You never quite know what to expect.
  • Paige is loyal to a fault. She’s panicky, quirky, and so nerdy but she’s got a heart of gold. Paige is there for Indie even though Indie has ignored her and blown her off most of her life she always comes through and gets her unlike any of her friends ever have. Paige is the backup and balance that Indie needs to keep her going and always supplies hilarious commentary because she’s wickedly skittish.
  • Jezebel is a sassy vixen. She’s blunt and brutally honest, always eager to lash out and take names. Fierce is an understatement and arrogant doesn’t even begin to describe her. Jezebel walks with a voluptuous swagger and she knows she’s hot. Her vicious fighting skills and cold, calculated assessments of the situation allow her to put lives on the line and laugh about it. She’s the kind of character you love to hate and just can’t get enough of. Jezebel is a survivor and will plow through anyone who gets in her way.
  • Wolf and Scarface are slimy, vile villains whose lewd remarks are horrifying. There power and control is sadistic and ruthless, they kill without much thought and like to toy with victims’ emotions. 
  • The dragon.
  • All of the flying scenes were exhilarating and breathless moments of mutual attraction.
  • There’s just enough mystery to leave you guessing and longing for the next book.

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  • Some plot elements were predictable and cliché, especially when it comes to the actions of the popular crowd.
  • The fight scene in the Chinese Theatre was off. It felt disconnected and wasn’t as climactic as it should have been. The fight felt sluggish and like their was too much time between actions to suggest any real urgency despite the obvious danger.
  • Whenever “really” began a sentence, it was NEVER capitalized. (I know this is an odd thing to comment on and really it’s not even a con, I’m just curious if this is a quirk or some kind of street team shout out.)

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Pleasant reading,

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ARC Review: Rules of Survival-Jus Accardo

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5/5 Stars

Release Date: June 2, 2014

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Entangled Embrace.

FYRP: Rules of Survival is only $.99 on Amazon right now. 

I bent down and kissed him. The smell of the forest, mixed with the scent of him, was intoxicating. Like a jolt to the body. Alive. That same feeling I’d gotten in the trailer, but ten times stronger, because this time, I wasn’t standing in my own way. I knew what I wanted and I had every intention of taking it. 

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Mom’s rules. They carried me through almost every bad situation and tight spot in my life. Why the hell was I disregarding them now? When I needed them the most? Never give up. I made a decision. 

Rules of Survival is a gritty, non-stop thrill ride, jam-packed with enough suspense, thrills, and uncertainty to keep you on the edge of your seat, hoping for a miracle. Between the danger, blistering chemistry, and poignant honesty of the narrator, Rules of Survival is a gripping contemporary that’s addictive and hard to put down.

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Mikayla (Kayla) Morgan has broken the rules and this mistake might cost her. Her mother told her never go to back to the scene of a crime but just this once, Kayla got permission and let her guard down. Tearing apart the cabin, a place of shadowed memory and her mother’s dying breaths, Kayla is on the hunt for something her mother promised was hidden there. Kayla just knows that whatever it is will hold the clues to catching and condemning the person that murdered her mother. Kayla should have known better, just when she realizes she’s taken too long she has an epiphany. A letter filled with her mother’s familiar loopy handwriting clutched in her hand, Kayla speed reads or at least tries to when she’s assaulted by someone she didn’t expect, Patrick, a guy that’s been mercilessly hunting her and her mother for years. What’s surprising is that Patrick has a swoonworthy sidekick who looks to be around her age. Frustrated and not in the mood, Kayla moves to leave with her letter when they corner her. Turns out, not only is she wanted for her mother’s murder but she has a hefty bounty on her head. Scanning the cabin, she assesses her options, looking for a quick escape when all hell breaks loose. Bullets slam through the walls, apparently Patrick wasn’t the only one hot on her tail.

Still holding her hostage, this bounty hunters round up their resources and flee but they hardly make it out before string after string of cronies are after them eager to take Kayla and reap the rewards from her high bounty. It quickly becomes obviously after the bullet incident that this isn’t only bounty hunters but something more sinister, someone wants her and doesn’t care if she’s alive or dead. Separated from Patrick, Shaun must keep Kayla in check but the girl is a wildcard, he does the only thing he can think of, chains them together.

As the chase heats up, Shaun and Kayla make a shaky pact to help each other out and scramble for their lives. Will Kayla survive to see her mom’s killer brought to justice? Will she ever be free from the criminal way of life? Will she succumb to her desires and make nice with the enemy? Rules ingrained in her mind, Kayla and Shaun make an unlikely team and together they may just make it out alive.

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If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother’s murder. She’s been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She’s a piece of work, and Shaun can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

-via Goodreads

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  • Kayla is a control freak, she always needs a plan and lives by the sacred rules her mother taught her. Kayla is feisty, full of snarky comments, and a lot of talk, always trying to barter herself out of terrible situations. Kayla has spent her life running and was defined by her mother, without her she is lost and doesn’t quite know who she is anymore. All Kayla wants is a break, to find peace and feel alive, to be normal. This yearning is agony and so sad. Her heart is dying to trust, to open to someone who will listen but she’s never had the chance. As the story progresses, Kayla comes into her own, she’s brilliant, weirdly innocent given her lifestyle and a dominant, passionate protagonist. She fights her feelings and takes punches but when she gives in it’s beautiful and a bittersweet moment of self discovery and raw feeling.
  • Shaun is a complex, real, and incredible character. He breathes confidence and life, exuding a cocky, sarcastic swagger that is as compelling as it is devastatingly sexy. He’s got so much depth, beneath his tough and arrogant visage is someone who has lived a hard life, full of memories that haunt him and staggering strength. Shaun’s trauma is heartbreaking, his scars are worn without shame or even pride but a fierce acceptance that is beyond admirable, it’s inspiring. Shaun is far from perfect, he has impulse control issues and a nasty temper but his heart is always in the right place. The tattoos that highlight his toned body are symbolic and powerful, not only emphasizing that mysterious bad boy vibe but suggesting a deeper, compassionate soul that uses the tattoos as a reminder and pledge to himself. Completely loyal and understanding, Shaun doesn’t try to sugarcoat the situation, he tells it like it is and doesn’t come up with inane pacifying comments. He’s bold, flirtatious, and ever eager to embarrass and tease Kayla. It’s charming and infuriating in that wonderfully attractive way that marks the best book boyfriends. 
  • The chemistry between Kayla and Shaun is hot. The pause in your reading and catch your breath kind of scorching.The descriptions are full of that not so patient yearning and angst that borders on insanity. It’s a heated battle of sexual banter and loaded gazes. The trailer scene.
  • Rules of Survival is a murder mystery meets contemporary. With graphic violence, ingenuity, quick thinking, and sticky situations, Shaun and Kayla end up in the most dire and precarious situations. Every moment is fueled with paranoia and looking over their shoulders. The hunted feeling and sense of urgency make this read a heart-stopping, fast-paced adventure.
  • Deeds and Mick are disgusting, vile men that make skin crawl and nausea imminent. Their hatred and grotesque wandering eyes create real fear and panic for Kayla and Shaun in a way that simply knowing a killer is out there doesn’t. No one can be trusted and this duo must learn from their mistakes fast or end up dead.
  • The puzzle pieces and hints at what was in the letter Kayla’s mom left her are subtle but there. The clues are a lesson in logic games, all of its there if you can just sort it out.
  • The plot twist and climax scene will send you in a frenzy of hysteria. The utter chaos, vileness, and insanity of the whole incident will leave you breathless and terrified, unsure of what will happen.

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  • I’m slightly disappointed that Shaun is on the cover. The story is told from Kayla’s perspective and she’s a kick ass heroine that definitely would have rocked the cover as a sassy, jaded-looking brunette. 
  • It was a tad unbelievable that out of all the cities they travel too and the vast changing areas they run through that not once could they find a bolt cutter or hardware store. While it was a hilarious, albeit endearing and fun plot element sometimes it stretched the realism of the overall story.

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Happy reading, 

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