Cover Reveal, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Choosing Eternity by K.T. Webb

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The Evolved (Book 1)

Thatcher Kline has a fiery personality. His life sucks and he isn’t interested in talking to anyone, let alone helping them. Despite his thoughts on the matter, fate has another plan; Thatcher has a secret but when he meets a handful of others with similar secrets he’s catapulted into a dangerous and ancient battle.

The Evolved are the final descendants of the Old Immortals. Their super powers not only make them freaks but also make them the only people who can save the world. Together with their remaining ancestors they must discover who they are, the prophecies that guide their lives, and face a terrifying enemy.

Growing Hope (Book 2)

Tahlia is a mystery, she has no memory of her life before she joined the Old Immortals, but they begin to remember a life before her.

The legend is that she was locked away in the golden sphere with the evils of the world. When Pandora released the Maladies on an unsuspecting world, she also released Tahlia, the spirit of hope personified, and altered the course of humanity forever.

Despite their still-healing wounds, the Evolved have embraced their mission. They’ve spent the last five years cleaning up after their battle with Absalom, but now they are discovering that new enemies are stepping out of the shadows. In order for the Maladies to drown humanity in their darkness they must first snuff out the light.

Choosing Eternity (Book 3)

Nora never asked to lead an army. She never asked to risk everything to ensure the survival of the world. But, when a bloody battle is inevitable and everyone looks to her for guidance, she realizes her decision is easy.  

As they face the return of the strongest evil ever to exist, the Evolved must expose long-held secrets and forge alliances to strengthen their cause. They quickly discover this is an enemy they are not meant to fight and have to overcome the obstacles he puts in their way to keep them from bringing back the only person who can.

The final prophecies are coming to pass, death is all around them, and they face uncertainty at every turn. 

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who preferred to spend her time reading a book rather than socializing with other kids. That little girl dreamed of becoming a writer. She had so many fun ideas but never decided on a story that felt like it really needed to be told, until one morning when she was twenty-two.

A crazy dream led to multiple crazier conversations with her mother. The dream eventually began to take shape into a story…..and I’m bored now.

So, that’s me in a nutshell. I was never a social person. I actually got in trouble in high school for skipping lunch to read in the library. The first book in my series, The Evolved, was inspired by a dream I had about a guy who could control mechanical devices with his mind. Oddly enough, you won’t meet any characters in these books with that particular ability.

The characters who have been talking to me for the last eight years are a quirky bunch. Many of them share personality traits with me or people I know. One of my favorite things about these characters is that they tell me how the story is supposed to go. I know, that sounds completely nuts, but it’s the truth. I can sit down and write an outline, but when I start writing, anything goes.

My books incorporate many mythological, historical and religious stories. I had a blast weaving those things together and creating an all new take on familiar figures and legends. Many of the supporting characters are representations of the gods and goddesses of every religious or mythological tradition. I have always been fascinated by the similarities found in the stories told in very different parts of the world. There has to be a common thread that ties them all together. That’s where my story began.

The Evolved sets the stage for the rest of the series by giving just enough background information to make readers wonder what’s going on. The characters discover who they are and what they’ve been tasked with. Growing Hope dives deeper into where they came from and what they’re fighting for. Choosing Eternity pulls it all together and brings them to the ending they’ve been working towards.

I made the decision to re-brand and relaunch the first two books in the series because I didn’t feel like the covers were attracting the young readers that the books were written for. I took a look at the covers that make me want to read a book and realized how very different my covers were from the ones that attracted me. I hired a fantastic cover designer and we made covers that I think really fit the feeling I was looking for!

I can’t wait to share this wild ride with new readers!

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KT Webb is a big city girl living in small town South Dakota. Although she was born in Michigan, most of her younger years were spent between the suburbs of Chicago. Moving to South Dakota was a big change, and she never would have guessed she’d fall in love and decide to stay. She has been married to her wonderful husband since 2006 and they have two beautiful children ages 7 and 4.

KT has been writing for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of becoming a published author. She loves to create stories that make readers look at things differently and question reality; which is probably why she tends to write paranormal or fantasy novels.

She is a firm believer in the power of redemption, second chances, and that magic surrounds us every day if we know where to look. KT is a goofy and fun-loving person and is often described as snarky, bold and brash.

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Jordan

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ARC Review: Illuminate-Tracy Clark

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synCan one girl be the light in a world spiraling toward darkness?

Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary race known as Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history…and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of centuries-old clues and secrets, she collides with a truth not only shocking, but dangerous.

With enemies both known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythologies of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla, one is Arazzi.

Save herself. Save the Scintilla. Save the world.
Or die trying…

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Entangled: Teen

Illuminate is a breathtaking and beautiful conclusion to the Light Key Trilogy. Part cosmic puzzle, mythology, and romance, this epic battle of Light vs Dark ends in a stunning, explosive burst of hope and heart. 

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You love films like National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code 
  • You’re hungry for a maddening puzzle filled with art and literature references
  • You want your heart to feel so full it might burst from the sheer outpouring of love and hope

PROS:

  • Wow. This book. It’s incredible. A puzzle that crosses the lines between history, art, religion and myth, you’ll rush to decipher clues and piece everything together before it’s too late. I was insanely impressed with how well everything fit together. You’ll want to believe. An adrenaline rush of constant adventure and unexpected connections, have your phone handy to look up the art references, it gives the story a whole new dimension.
  • THAT ENDING. You know those far and few moments in a story where you’re so moved that you know that scene will stay with you forever? This was it for me. Think the end of The Amber Spyglass. 
  • Cora has come so far from the beginning of the book. She’s a dazzling, fierce young woman who lives her beliefs. She’s courageous, endearing and easy to relate to. Her relationship struggles are full of confusion and angst. Her heart is open and has loved so deeply, for different reasons, it really shows that true love and connection can happen on the soul-level more than once. Cora’s selflessness super charges her compassion. Her willingness to give herself freely is uplifting and deeply moving. 
  • Finn is conflicted. He wars with the thirst inside him to take and the giving side that wants nothing more than to share his love freely with Cora. His loyalty to his heritage, the secrets he unravels all put him in a precarious situation and in the middle of both groups. Finn’s devotion to Cora is beyond swoon-worthy, it’s transcendent. She is everything to him and despite everything working against them, destiny included it seems, he refuses to let her go.
  • Giovanni is fiery, impulsive and stubborn but intense and driven. He makes decisions and easily falls into the role of a leader. For the first time, Giovanni understands what it means to be grounded, to find a home, and to have something precious worth fighting for. The threat of losing more than his life makes him grow up fast and he becomes an irresistable force. 
  • The romance is complex and passionate. Each pairing has different complications but the love radiates off the pages in piercing bursts of understanding and adoration. It’s about more than lust, it’s about that forever kind of love that can move mountains, that can change the world. 

CONS:

  • The story is high stress, high danger and because of that, there aren’t many light, carefree moments. While there’s a lot of love, the silly, flirty fun that was in previous books was absent. I found myself missing Finn’s cute accent, roguish quips, as well as Giovanni’s intensity. 
  • Some story elements felt incomplete. The situation with Claire, the Catholic priest, the role of the Church, it was all a little rushed and a stronger, clear picture of the exact intentions and the shared responsibility with the Arazzi would have helped with the magnitude and reach of the danger. 

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ARC Review: Lair of Dreams-Libba Bray

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cooltext1889161239 copyAfter a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re hungering for diversity. Lair of Dreams lights on class issues, politics, disability, abuse (trafficking), racial issues, eugenics, and LGBT relationships. 
  • You love historical fiction or history in general. There are so many important issues raised that you quickly become engrossed in the colloquialisms, manners, expectations. Everything is made of speakeasy lingo and the old time euphoria of the early 1900s. 
  • You’re looking for something creepy crawly and horrific. The mixture of multicultural folklore, ghosts, and governmental coverups will make your skin crawl. 
  • You adore Libba Bray. Each book is a new, wonderful surprise with multidimensional and unique characters set in intriguing places rife with crime and mystery. 

PROS:

  • Diversity galore. Early 1900s beliefs and politics couple with each character. They all have something to overcome and work through. Historical truths like the Chinese Exclusion Act, the rise of the KKK, and raids on underground LGBT clubs all find their place in this unique story. Not only do we get to see conflicts that are relevant and the United States struggles with to this day but you get the different perspectives. From the extremely religious, from the Chinese restaurant owner, from a young gay lover who wants to find his place, and a woman who is hiding from an abusive past. There’s a little bit of everything and you’ll feel for every single character. 
  • Mysteries that started to develop in book one are even more prominent. The clues are everywhere. Everything is connected. The layering is astounding. 
  • The ghosts are out of this world horrifying and totally ghastly, a cross between malicious poltergeist and zombie, between their hunger, the chilling sounds, the music box song, and the general way they skitter and widen their jaws to eat people alive, have fun trying to sleep with the lights off!
  • Evie is far from the focal point. Each character has his or her part. I loved the mix of culture and drama. Romance is on the horizon for each character. It’s messy, complicated, and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, another twist is thrown in. 
  • The dreamwalker world is intensely detailed and vibrant. You can picture everything and here, the emotions are larger. Desire meets desperation and happiness goes from total ecstasy to utter devastation. It’s a rocky, bittersweet, and often scary place. 
  • Ling and Henry quickly became my favorite characters. Their situations are fueled by haunting encounters, desire, and a strong thirst for freedom from the oppressive gaze of society. Ling is unexpected. A young girl with a disability that she won’t let rule her, she pushes past the bullies and the bigots, she uses her brain and things of science, working on becoming a future famous inventor. Henry’s past is intoxicating. His life on the bayou, his romance, the strict upbringing all took me by surprise. 
  • Sam. You can never really know a person. Just when you thought that Sam was an insufferable flirt with fast hands and a tendency to rob people blind, always looking for the next con, the past comes out like a slap to the face. Suddenly Sam has all this hidden depth that you don’t quite know what to do with. His hurt, confusion, and determination all center on his missing mother. He’s got feelings, true, brutal emotions that lurk just under the surface of his carefree attitude. 

CONS:

  • There are even more character POV swaps than the last book. Though all engrossing stories with their own contributions to the plot, it can be a little overwhelming, especially in a book 600-odd pages. The constantly flip-flopping back and forth actually left way more questions than answers. 
  • It took ages for the clues to build up to the point of uncovering the truth. For a novel that is set during a time span of less than a month, it felt much longer. 

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ARC Review: Defects-Sarah Noffke

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cooltext1889161239 copyIn the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities.

Em is a Defect—one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead—but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author 

I’ve been a big fan of Sarah Noffke’s books since I devoured the Lucidites series. When I picked this book up, I was crazy excited to go back into the dream travel world and OMG was I shocked. I instantly fell in love with these new characters and can honestly say, I ADORE this series even more than the Lucidites. 

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re looking for a new spin on dream travel, cult-like communities, and medical experiments.
  • You like strong, developed characters, wicked villians, and wonderful dialogue.
  • You want to LAUGH and be completely engrossed in the story.

PROS:

  • Em is an unconventional, inspiring lead. She knows exactly who she is, what she wants, and isn’t afraid to do what others turn their nose up at. Em is thoughtful, passionate, she doesn’t let her defect status break her and hangs out with the humans, neck deep in dirt and farm life. A regular sleuth, Em is a little rebel mixed with a klutz. There are tons of hilarious moments. Em is all personality.
  • REN. If you’ve read the Lucidites series, you’ll remember his character, if you’re anything like me, fondly. Sarcastic, dominant, a little viscious, he’s unforgetable. Get him in a room with his sister, Em’s mother and it’s just about the best thing I’ve read in a while. The taunting, sibling rivalry and harassment is laugh out loud funny. 
  • Rogue is my new book boyfriend. Not only is he delciously sexy but he has a quirky, rebellious personality that just oozes sex appeal. The attraction between Em and Rogue is easy, natural, and they fit so well. Every moment is a new discovery and rediscovery of their childhood friendship. Seriously, swoons. Rogue has some of the best lines. He’s blunt, flirty, adorable and more than anything else, devoted to his cause. The scenes where he’s suffering ripped my heart out.
  • Every secondary character is memorable and has a clearly defined storyline.
  • PLOT TWIST CENTRAL. The clues are there but it still took me by surprise. The sheer evil, sadistc lack of morality and concern for humankind is despicable.
  • Austin Valley has that creepy cult vibe. It’s inclusive, full of brainwashing and elitism based on religious zealots. Humans are basically menial slaves that don’t know any better. The outside world is the enemy. It’s insane and terrifying when you really think about it. 
  • The supernatural abilities are even more elaborate and awesome than before.

CONS:

  • When the truth is revealed, it’s a punch to the stomach without much examination of the wound. The findings are presented like facts and not expanded upon like they could have been to get the true horror of what is going on. The realization is powerful and leaves an impact but it would have been even stronger had it been thoroughly and psychologically explored by the characters. 

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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….

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:

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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 the first five chapters on your Kindle? FREE every Friday from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1hdo6Oh

I’m more than half way through Lost in Starlight. I absolutely LOVE it. My review is pending for this weekend so keep a look out and pleasant reading, 

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