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Express Yourself Meme, Celebration and Stuff and Goal Drain

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The TV Show I could be in as myself would be Grimm and what do I bring to the table. My writing and research skills. I would take up 'residency' in the trailer and help compile the mounds of books into easier to search files and also with my job being online at home be able to move around without too many questions being asked. I'd be the happy loner who loves to read and has a secret crush on Monroe while helping Nick 'The Grimm' do research on the creatures he has to stop and be able to send out warnings if anyone unusual starts coming around the trailer.



Besides who wouldn't want a chance to play a character on Grimm? Even if I can't kick butt (unless someone comes at me, watch out), I can write a mean story, do research and give advice during nice long chats. A very useful quality if I say so myself.


1. I purchased a copy of A Journey Begins by Cambria Harrington last night. If you remember on my Wednesday post I mentioned her and suggested you guys ch…

Special Feature: Cambria's Interview and Blogging Break

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Sorry no book review today but I will suggest you go check out Cambria Harrington Interview. She is a teen author of A Journey Begins which is the first book in an exciting series. In Cambria's own words the novel is about: It's a story about four teenagers whose parents sacrificed everything so their children would grow up to be powerful magicians strong enough together to defeat the Dark King.To find out more go see the rest of the interview and show some support for a young burgeoning author.


Source: Carool @ Morguefile
On another note I will be on a short blogging break as of March 1st and will not be returning until March 10. With one exception. Kyra Lennon plans to have a cover reveal next week and I will post the reveal when it comes out. So aside from sharing Kyra's reveal, after Friday (February 28) I won't be posting until Monday March 10. Enjoy your day everyone and remember that the A-Z Challenge is less than 2 months away.

Fate Intended Tour: Elizabeth Talks about the Hard Stuff (In Writing) and Success

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Please Note: There will be no post on Tuesday. Wednesday will be a book review and Thursday and Friday will have the usual posts.

Today I'm excited to welcome Elizabeth Seckman and being the latest stop on the Fate Intended Tour! Now I give the floor to today's feature author. Take it away Liz! Enthral us Blogger sista! Okay, I'll let you take over now. *Disappears in a puff of smoke*

I hate to see writers burn out. My writing dream started
over ten years ago, and in that time I have met a lot of writers. Some move on
to success, but many give up and drop out. 
The drop outs didn’t fall away because they had no talent.
There was plenty of talent. 
The problem: writing is work. 
Hard work. 
There was a time when I thought I could only be a writer if: 1.
I could write a perfect manuscript in a couple
of days. 2.
I could edit and polish that manuscript as
quickly as running spell check. 3.
Agents and editors tripped over themselves to
hand me a contract. 4.
My platform built itself l…

Express Yourself Meme and Celebrate the small things

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Express Yourself Meme this week wants a list of five book world's I wouldn't want to live in and five that I would want to go to.

Never Ever!

1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - If you read it, you'd know why.

2. The Diary of Anne Frank - Same here.

3. Moonless by Crystal Collier - Seriously the soulless are scary. And the passionate can be...a bit too passionate.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Love a disease? Please!

5. Flowers in the Attic by  V.C. Andrews - Incest. Need I explain any further? Love the books but would never take a character's place. EVER.

Take Me!

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Screw The Dark Lord, I want to see some magic.

2. X-Men created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby -  Comic, novel, movie....who cares! Sign me up!

3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare - I just want to see it. No I don't any powers, just a back stage pass.

4. Um...Oh Batman Universe - Yup, I want to see Batman...and Poison Ivy from a distance.

5.…

Book Review: Static

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Static by L.A. Swift
Genre: LGBT, Romance, Transgender Science Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: RiptideAmazon


Summary: After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: that Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static—unable to shift—and male. Overnight, he’s out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters . . . and to his heterosexual boyfriend.
Damon is stunned to discover his girlfriend is a shifter, and scared to death of the dangers the implant poses to Alex’s health. He refuses to abandon Alex, but what about their relationship? Damon is straight, and with the implant both costly and dangerous to remove, Alex is stuck as a man.  Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn’t see how they can get through this. Especia…

Book Review: Moonless by Crystal Collier

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Moonless by Crystal Collier
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Purchased on Amazon
Purchase: Kindle, Paperback


Summary: In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.
Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her fa…

Getting Personal Special: A Serious Re-assessment

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Yes I was supposed to review Static today (will on Thursday instead) but I decided I need to discuss this today instead waiting for Thursday when I usually do Getting Personal bi-monthly. I love books, reading is still a loved pastime of mine. Writing is something I plan to do til life leaves my body and even after that if I can. But I have come to a realization. I have fallen out of love with writing.

*Gasp*


Source: Slowfoot

I know, the coming up with ideas and creating characters I still love but actually sitting down and writing a book from draft to finish has become a somewhat ugly process for me. I can still do it but only in really tiny bursts. This became especially obvious during my ghost writing gig when I had way more fun writing someone else's work than even taking a pen to mine. In fact Beseech which I started this month and gave you a snippet of was the most fun I have had writing something for myself since 2014. I also enjoy Monster City but I gave it a break to focu…

Dead Girl Walking Cover Reveal and Giveaway

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Today I'm revealing the cover for Dead Girl Walking as part of a Cover Reveal and giveaway. Click here to enter giveaway and read on to find out more about the upcoming new series by Ruth Silver, also author of Abberant.


Title: Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper) Author: Ruth Silver Expected Publication: Summer 2014 Publisher: Patchwork Press Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy Cover Design: Erica Crouch Blurb: In 1346, Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death. Add to GoodReads!  Excerpt:                 "The scroll chose you. For whatever reason, she's your reap."                 "Well, that sucks." Leila chewed her bottom lip. "If I don't do it?"                 Edon hesitated bef…

Express Yourself Meme and Celebrate Valentines, Gift Cards, Books and Blogs

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"Express Yourself" is a weekly meme. It's goal is to help our fellow bloggers get to know one another better, to help motivate one another, laugh (or cry) together, in other words – stalk.



This week: Tell us about some book couples you adore.

1. Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter series. Yeah Rowling wanted Harry but guess what? It didn't happen! Bam! The characters run the show people.

2. Tara and Eliza from The Beginning of Us. The only lesbian couple on the list but trust me their struggles to be together will draw you in.

3. Tobias and Tris from Divergent. These two have been through quite a bit and truly love each other.


Celebrate the small things meme


First off, Happy Valentine's Day!!! OK, unto the next.

Won two Amazon gift cards this week, one from Clare Dugmore's giveaway. Thanks Clare. Whoo! I bought ebooks galore including Cassie Mae's (Becca Ann) latest book and Cassatorm by Alex Cavanaugh at it's $3.99 price. Also bought some other books i…

THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS Cover Reveal

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Hi everyone, I was so excited when Rockstar Book Tours sent me an invite to be among the blogs to reveal the latest cover in this exciting series. You get to also see the first two covers which I adore but the last one does look a bit high fashion-ish but still very good. See for yourself.



Today is the day! The cover of Gena Showalter's THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is here! We're so excited to be able to share this with you as it joins an already stunning set! Ready to see it? Not quite yet lets take a look a the first two covers in the series!

First there was ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND...



Then came THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS...


Now get ready to EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!!!
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Official White Rabbit
Chronicles website
On-sale date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Add it to your TBR!  Goodreads
Pre-order your copy! AmazonBarnes
& Noble





Official book description:

I have a plan.



We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.



Either way, only one of us is walki…

Book Review: Nightmare in Niceville

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Nightmare in Niceville by Amberle Ciane

Source: Netgalley

Genre: YA, Contemporary


Summary: Lily Strykes is a typical teenage girl, who, along with her mother and younger sister, settles into a comfortably predictable lifestyle in the quiet little town of Niceville, Florida. But hidden in their past is something dark. A fun night out with friends takes an unexpected and terrifying turn as her previous life quickly catches up to her. Lily's routine but peaceful existence, as well as those of her family and friends, is turned upside down in a matter of hours when a figure from her violent past suddenly returns.

Review

At the start of this story you are introduced to Lily Strykes. She seems like a typical teenager with her best friend Emily. Also being crushed on by two people she'd rather be friends with and isn't sure that her actual crush feels the same about her. But her family has a past that comes back to haunt them in a terrifying way and not everyone makes it to the en…

Moonless Book Release Blogfest: My Perfect Match

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Today I'm taking part in the Moonless Book Release Blogfest hosted by Crystal Collier and three lovely co-hosts. So what is this blogfest about you ask? Firstly it is to celebrate Moonless being released in paperback.


Blurb: In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.
Purchase: Amaz…

Express Yourself Meme and Celebrating Happy Fate

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My goals for this month include:

Finishing my Take My Soul novella (for AYA) so I can get it critiqued.

Write the first five chapters for Beseech, a novel idea that finally breathed life last night. Yay jealousy!

Finalize the cover for Deadly Luxury

Write even more than last month

Actually update my fan fiction

Pray more

Help my fellow bloggers/writers




I am excited to say that an idea I wrote down sometime back has come to life. Well fruition. Inspiration comes in many forms and in this case it was from a bit of jealousy funny enough. I was thinking about another young adult novel I had read the preview of and thought I wish I had written something like that. Then last night when the thought came again I was hit with the realization that I already had an idea written down a while back that also had a town with an unusual quality that held it's occupants under it's sway. So I got an empty notebook, wrote my name and the title on it and decided to try and start the novel Beseech (work…

IWSG: Cancelled and Book Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

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Sad to say today I have to cancel my Cover Reveal for Deadly Luxury. I had gotten an inkling of this late January but I tried to fight it. Here's the quick version. When I announced the reveal last month, the cover was practically a done deal. I have an awesome cover artist who did the last cover and her services are very affordable on Fiverr. But like last time I needed an image to give her first. I got one but this time I needed it retouched to be made into a digital version of itself similar to covers by Phat Puppy Art. Getting someone was easy, what was the problem was that after going through a long process til practically the end of January (which should have raised alarm bells earlier), she up and cancels and gives me my money back. What the what?! Left out at sea I go to another retoucher only to have him do the work but not following instructions and removing the entire background, he did the work quick though so I commended him and just asked him to modify the error. Da…

Paranormal Keepers Cover Reveal

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Whoo! Today I'm happy to share the cover for Paranormal Keepers by Jen Nauman. This author and fellow blogger has written a variety of books and each cover tells a story. She has done covers in the past and even takes the photographs herself. This time around she had a cover designer do the cover and what we have is another winner. For me this is most eye catching and crisp cover since Shymers. Now feast your eyes on this.


Release date: March 4, 2014 Model Photography: Jen Naumann Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs Publisher: Phantom Owl Press Link to book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20642157-paranormal-keepers
Book description:
Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are everywhere.
It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered. The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was i…