Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (11/30/2011) Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some. 

With graceful and honest writing and an electric love story, this is a book about growing into your own skin. For fans of Perfect Chemistry, Sarah Dessen, and John Green.

Add this book to your Goodreads list here

Expected release date December 27, 2011

Steamy forbidden romance? Who am I to resist?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we (bloggers) are anxiously awaiting. So what book are you excited about right now?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (11/29/2011) Static

Author: Tawny Stokes
Teaser from Page:  221 (Advanced Reading Copy)

Thane loomed over us. "So whatever I want, hey?"
Without looking at him, I nodded. Bile was rising in my throat from making the offer. What did I just get myself into?
"Awesome. I've always wanted a slave."

Miz B hosts Teaser Tuesday every week, check her out for the official rules.  I never seem to be able to stick to the rule about only 2 sentences.
I love reading teasers so let me know where I can view yours in the comments. Have a great day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Earth Angel Cyber Monday Giveaway Blitz!

E Van Lowe’s Earth Angel Cyber Monday Giveaway

Open to US Shipping Only

The Prize pack contains:

Signed copies of both Boyfriend from Hell and Earth Angel

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Gift Set
Special Delivery! This adorable striped mini mailbox holds travel-sizes of Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Fragrance Mist (3 oz. each) in Bath and Body Works holiday Winter Candy Apple scent!
BBW exclusive Winter Candy Apple is a mouth watering blend of crisp apple, candied orange and rich cinnamon spice

Includes a gift tag on the mailbox's red flag

Tin mailbox is a fun, reusable container
Over $20 Value

Fuzzy Black Winter Hat

Purple and Black Striped Fuzzy Gloves

Purple and Black Striped Slipper Socks

Bewitching Witch Hat Mini Notebook

Bewitching Book Tours Broom Pen

Jennifer Scales Novel by Mary Janice Davidson

Link to giveaway form:

Earth Angel
By E Van Lowe
Genre: Paranormal YA
Book 2
Heaven Can Wait!
Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson, doesn’t mean her troubles are over.  Far from it.  For Megan doesn’t realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between.  They will do ANYTHING to get it.
In E. Van Lowe’s humorous, romantic and thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan winds up in a gripping life or death battle to save herself, the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.
Megan Barnett has recently defeated Satan, found a fantastic new best friend, and has won the heart of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson.  But that doesn’t mean her troubles are over.  Far from it.  For Megan doesn’t realize that she is in possession of a powerful paranormal weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels, demons and everything in between.  
In E. Van Lowe’s romantic yet thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan finds herself in a gripping life or death battle to save the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.

Boyfriend from Hell
By E Van Lowe
Genre: Paranormal YA
Book 1
Aww, Hell No!
Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.
“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes?  Of course not…”
The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again.  She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.  
Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando.  Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships.  But neither of the handsome guys is quite what he seems.  In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride.  Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him.  If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.
Boyfriend From Hell is the first book in the Falling Angels Saga from the author of the gruesomely hilarious, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie

About The Author
E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screenwriter, Playwright and Producer who has written and produced such shows as The Cosby Show, Even Stevens, and Homeboys In Outer Space.  He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award.  Van Lowe recently stepped into the young adult fiction genre with his comedic novel, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie.  It was a selection of the Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an ALA Award.  Boyfriend From Hell is Van Lowe’s second YA novel.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Paranormal Turkey Tour! Lots of Prizes!

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Nothing says the holidays like sitting around a fully decked out dining room table with mouthwatering temptations waiting to be gobbled up. Everyone waits anxiously for the big reveal… the turkey! Lovingly prepared since early that morning, the turkey is brought out in a covered, silver serving platter. Aunt Edith smacks little Tommy's hand as he attempts to steal a candied yam dripping with marshmallow. The collective breath is held as the silver cover is removed… revealing… a zombie turkey! What—what? That's right folks, this year, we are celebrating this American holiday paranormal style. And what says paranormal holiday better than a walking, talking zombie turkey? This zombie turkey brings you important tidings of great prizes that shall be for all people… who participate and win of course. November 25-27 you could win up to $200 in prizes!  

Three days. Four YA paranormal books. Five chances to win!

And who are these crazy paranormal authors? Check them out. It's like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Thanksgiving style!   Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted "Psychic or not, you'll never see the end for this one coming! Emlyn Chand is pioneering 'the next big thing' for YA." ~ Emily Reese, author of Second Death Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Monster Mash: Emlyn says… I. AM. WEREWOLF! And why's that you ask? First off, my name (Chand) literally means moon in Sanskrit. Next, werewolves are super cool--we can blend in with common folk, and then out of nowhere, kapow! I'm a werewolf, and I sure am hungry. Lastly, Team Jacob 100%. Now excuse me while I cock back my head and howl at my namesake.   Patti Larsen, author of Family Magic "Patti Larsen is truly gifted because I read Family Magic cover to cover and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment!" ~ from Goodreads review Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord, but she just wants to be ordinary. When her coven comes under attack, Syd must face the fact only her power can save her family's magic. Monster Mash: Patti says… I am a witch. Naturally. I weave spells with my words, cast incantations from my keyboard, mix up the very best potions in my cauldron of documents. You want to stay on my good side. Trust me. Unless you enjoy waking up as something... unnatural.   Kimberly Kinrade, author of Forbidden Mind "Forbidden Mind is a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. An evil organization with deep secrets. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets a boy who controls minds, she discovers her future isn't what she thought. Together they must escape and free the others… or risk losing everything—and everyone—they love. Monster Mash: Kimberly says… I may look like a demon, but I'm actually a succubus. Enchanting and seductive, I weave stories that will fuel your passions and make you fall in love. But be warned… once you fall under the spell of my words, your world will never be the same.   John Corwin, author of The Next Thing I Knew Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humor throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie). ~Maryann, Chapter by Chapter The afterlife is the last thing on Lucy’s mind until she and every other human on the planet drop dead and find themselves in the hereafter. Lucy drags her social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife and, more importantly, to discover who or what killed everyone and why anyone would do such a mean thing. Monster Mash: John says… I am a ninja. After all, vampires are simply ninjas with fangs. They can hide in plain sight, right in your living room. Jump out and scare the wits out of you. Drop a smoke bomb and poof! All you’re left with is stinky smoke in your house and soiled underclothes.

The Prizes

Four $25 Book Entries: For each of the four books in the contest, you can enter to win $25 (up to $100 in giveaways!) Simply buy a copy of the book (each is priced at just 99 cents for this special promotion) and email the proof of purchase for that book OR submit the first sentence of the fifth chapter for that book to Winners will be chosen randomly. Each person can submit one entry per book. Here are the links for each book:
And... if you buy all FOUR books, you are entered to win the Grand Prize!  

The Grand Prize

One randomly selected reader who enters to win all four book prizes (Family Magic, Farsighted, Forbidden Mind and The Next Thing I Knew) will win the grand prize of $100. So go on now and pick up a copy of these fantastic paranormal reads before the zombie turkey eats you! What? Still around? Then enjoy these fun book trailers and Paranormal Turkey Tour trailer. (Then go buy the books.) Also, leave a comment and help your favorite blog host win a $50 prize!   Notes:
  • All winners will be chosen randomly using
  • Amazon links are provided, but books purchased through any online vendor will qualify with proof of purchase.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (11/22/2011) Shade

Shade (Shade #1)
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Every word I needed to say jumbled up inside my head. Words like "breakup" and "over" and "good-bye." But how could I hurt him when he was such a wreck?

I finished this book today, and oh wow! I can't believe it took me this long to read it. I'll be reading Shift very soon for sure.

Miz B hosts Teaser Tuesday every week, check her out for the official rules.  I never seem to be able to stick to the rule about only 2 sentences.
I love reading teasers so let me know where I can view yours in the comments. Have a great day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Blog Tour - Unnatural Law Review and Character Interview

I am really excited today to bring you this guest post by the amazing author and all around wonderful person, Natasha Larry. I'm so glad that she picked Matt to "interview" he is my favorite character as well.

Hi, Natasha Larry here. Today I’d like to share a character interview with the lovely Matthew Carter, my favorite Unnatural Law character. In this interview, I am asking the questions and my lovely fiancé, Dave, is answering as Matt. Enjoy! 

Q: So, Matthew… how are you today?

A: Well, first of all, Matt, please. And, I’m fantastic. Miraculous as always.

Q: (Laughs) A bit conceited, are we?

A: Absolutely not. Being conceited is thinking you’re better than you really are. I really am this good. (Winks at interviewer)

Q: (Laughs) Wow, you are just adorable. Okay, moving on. Tick off a few of your hobbies.

A: Well, I love building computers. I always find advanced quantum physics relaxing. I love to play and watch football as well.

Q: I’m sorry; did you just say that advanced quantum physics relaxes you? And you play football? That’s a wide assortment of hobbies.

A: Well, I’ve always been a bit of a natural athlete. I find it exhilarating, and it helps stop the racing thoughts. And as far as the quantum physics is concerned, it’s like a lot of people with crossword puzzles. It’s just a way for me to exercise my brain and relax a bit.

Q: Okay, well I guess that makes sense. Now, on to what everyone wants to know. Why did you break up with Jaycie Lerner?  I mean, how could you just leave someone you claimed to love so much? 

A: I do love Jay. There was obviously something going on with her that she wasn’t ready to tell me. And I wanted to give her some space to figure that out. Plus, no one likes to be lied to by the person they love. And I knew-I knew each and every time she lied to me. How would that make you feel?

Q: Well, I can’t imagine that would feel good. Maybe we should move on.

A: (smiles) I think that’s a fantastic idea.

Q: What did it feel like when you found out about Jaycie and her family? Were you freaked out?

A: Well, of course I was a little freaked out. But, after I had time to wrap my head around it, it made perfect sense. I always knew something was up with them; I just didn’t have enough information to figure out exactly what that was yet. You have to remember, I grew up with these people, so being afraid simply wasn’t an option.

Q: Is it weird working for Jaycie’s godfather, John Gramm? What exactly did he hire you to do?

A: Johnny? Weird? Never! John and I have a special relationship. *smiles* It’s a mutual intellectual respect and a great appreciation for each other’s humor. He hired me to help transcribe his files, extrapolate on his theories, and to help figure out the key to Jay controlling her powers.

Q: Speaking of powers. Whose power do you think is the coolest? 

A: Definitely Haylee’s. It amazes me that she has the ability to use the evil in someone’s soul as a weapon and also to use the good in someone to heal. It’s incredibly impressive. Plus, as a momma’s boy-I’m kind of biased. I respect the hell out of what she did to help my mother.

Q:  What’s it like dating a telepath? What’s it like dating a girl whose father is the most powerful telepath in the world?

A: I don’t worry too much about it with Jay. I know she doesn’t eavesdrop on my thoughts. But, the idea that Dr. Lerner might overhear some of the things I’m thinking… *shudders visibly* Next question please, sweetheart
Q: Okay. When John Gramm refers to you as “the alpha,” what exactly does that mean? What does being macho have to do with being perfect, as you are so often described? 

A: What he means by “the alpha,” is that I am literally the beginning of human evolution. So, the term alpha here has nothing to do with masculinity . Alpha here means that I am genetically perfect. Designed to be the most attractive to women and, by my nature, dominant over most other men.

Q: Very interesting. So, of all the paranormal and fantasy creatures you have been exposed to, which race is your favorite and least favorite?

A: The vampires are my favorite. Only because they make the most sense to me, as a man of science. Plus, they all seem ridiculously polite. My least favorite are definitely those fairies. They kind of look like giant, creepy butterflies. So not cool.

Q: *laughs* Okay, can you shed some light on what this elusive Core business is? Are you a part of it? 

A: I can in the next book. *smiles*

Q: Last question because we’re almost out of time. Are you still angry with John for the pink hot pants situation?

A: *laughs* Well, no I’m not. I understand why he did it. But, let’s never talk about the pink hot pants…ever again.

What an amazing character interview Natasha, thank you so much!!

Author Bio
Natasha Larry resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her daughter and fiancé. She
graduated from Tusculum College with a B.A. in History and is currently working
on getting her certificate in education. Apart from writing, she is a self-proclaimed
comic book nerd and urban fantasy junkie. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in publications such as Writing Edge magazine and Escaping Elsewhere. Darwin’s Children is her first work of novel length fiction.

Author Web Site:

Books by Natasha Larry
          Darwin's Children ( Book 1 of Series: Darwin's Children )
Unnatural Law Book 2 Darwin’s Children Series


Twitter: @natashalarry


Unnatural Law
Author: Natasha Larry
Released: October 26, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Pages: according to my ereader 283

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.

As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.

Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.

My thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Natasha's book Darwin's Children, so I was super excited to read Unnatural Law. Natasha has really brought something totally new and exciting to the YA paranormal book scene. Yeah, there are vampires and even fairies, but not like any I've ever read about before.

Once again I was quickly drawn in to the character's lives. They are written in such a way that they seem very real. While I was reading Unnatural Law it felt more like I was hearing their voices in my head rather than just reading about them in a book. For me that is a huge deal because I really love reading books that are primarily character driven. 

While Jaycie is struggling to learn control after her power surge a lot is going on in the lives of her family. Allison isn't feeling quite right, and doesn't really understand why. Haylee is learning more about her powers, and her family. Matt is learning that there is more to him than meets the eye, and dealing with not one but two protective "dads". While Mason and Johnny are trying to hold everything together in the midst of a weakening Dey-Vah guard. 

Some of the highlights in Unnatural Law for me were meeting a few of the new characters, Sylvia Nash is probably my favorite new character. She is one of those women that you hope to get to know one day because you just know she will always make you laugh. Steven and Alonzo were both adorable and I'm hoping we will get to know them better in the next book.  What I was really excited about as well was my favorite character from Darwin's Children returning. Matt! Oh how I love thee, and now I know why!  I really enjoyed how Matt's character evolves in this book. I think Natasha nailed character development so completely in this book. I feel like I know all these characters personally. 

The writing is fast paced, easy to read and witty as hell. The characters are lovable and their interactions are some of the best I've read. The heat between Matt and Jaycie is scorching hot! A book sure to be added to my favorites of 2011 list.

You can find Darwin's Children and Unnatural Law at the following:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pyxis Review and Giveaway!

Pyxis: The Discovery (Pyxis Series Book 1)
Author: K.C. Neal
Released: November 4, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Published by: StoneHouse Ink
Source: I received this book from the author for an honest review.
ISBN: 9780615549

Summary from Goodreads:
Two worlds... one 16-year-old girl must learn to protect them both. 

The nightmares haunting Corinne and her friend Mason hint at a universe that exists beyond the one they know. Her destiny is to protect a weakness between the two worlds, but her mentor is dead. As Corinne and Mason search for answers, she tries to ignore the sparks igniting between them, but can't deny she feels safe only when he's nearby. Will they find help before their nightmares break free? 

My thoughts:

K.C. Neal has done a fabulous job of writing a young adult novel that is completely unique from all of the other young adult novels that I've read. From the first page I was smiling, and knew that I was going to like this book. 

I think that the opening scene in Pyxis is one of my favorite. It immediately gives the reader insight into Corinne and her friendship with Angeline and her rivalry if you will with Sophie. Without saying that Corinne isn't a part of the "popular crowd" you knew just by how all of the characters interacted. I love it when an author doesn't have to tell you what's going on because they show you through the story. I didn't want to stop reading once I had started, luckily Pyxis is only 178 pages so I didn't have to stop until I was finished. 

This book is full of friendship, mystery and first love. K.C. Neal has definitely earned a new reader in me with Pyxis. Needless to say I am anxious to find out what's in store for Corninne in Alight:The Peril book 2 in the Pyxis series. 

You can connect with K.C. Neal at the following sites:
My blog Twitter (@KCNealTweets) | Facebook | Goodreads | Google+ 

Pyxis is available at the following: 

OK, now on to the fun stuff. K.C. Neal would like to give one of my very lucky readers an ecopy of Pyxis. Just follow the directions on the ralfecopter below for your chance. The contest will be open for entries for one week. Also be sure to check out K.C. Neal's blog for a chance to win your very own KINDLE.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Neurotic Thoughts on Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Released: December 10, 2010
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published by: Dutton
Source: borrowed from my local library
Pages: 372
ISBN: 0525423273

Summary from Goodreads:
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

I'm finding this review so hard to write mostly because of how much I LOVED this book! This was one of those books that sucked me in from the very first page. Stephanie Perkins has a way of writing a book that makes you to feel what her characters are feeling. She makes you love the people that they love, and hate the ones that they hate.

While reading AATFK I was IN Paris. I don't know if Perkins has ever been to Paris or if she just did her research VERY well, and really how would I know cuz I've never been to Paris, but she wrote it just the way I imagine Paris to be. I also loved that she didn't throw in all the usual places you read about. I mean they were in there to a degree, but she focused more on the things you would want to find if you were living there and not just visiting. 

Anna was a great character even when she was being annoying and unreasonable she was so real. I felt like she was my friend that was driving me crazy, and not just a book character I was reading about. As my friend I wanted her to be happy, and get the guy. Then Perkin's went and wrote this amazingly flawed character, St. Claire. I really couldn't help myself from falling for him.  Even though he made me so mad sometimes I couldn't help but adore him, it was easy to see why Anna was so head over heels for him.  

Stephanie Perkins just became one of those authors for me that I will have to read every book she writes as soon as it's released! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (11/16/2011) Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia… 

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper— 

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia. 

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother. 

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Expected Release Date: June 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we (bloggers) are anxiously awaiting. So what book are you excited about right now?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Winner Alert!!

Congratulations to Jac the winner of Natasha Larry's books Darwin's Children and Unnatural Law! Plus the 25 dollar Harley gift card!   Oh, and check it out Darwin's Children has a brand new cover!                                           

I'm reading Unnatural Law right now, and so far it's SO good! I'm sure you are really going to enjoy these books Jac!

Neurotic Thoughts on Dead Is Not An Option

Dead Is Not An Option
Author: Marlene Perez
Released: May 2, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published By: Graphia
Source: NetGalley and Graphia
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0547345933

Summary from Goodreads:
It’s springtime of senior year, and psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano is preparing to say goodbye to Nightshade High. But no college acceptance letters have arrived yet, and she’s beginning to worry about where she’ll end up come fall—and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But that’s not the only uncertainty Daisy’s dealing with. There’s a vamps-versus-shifters war going on in Nightshade, and things are so tense that there is talk of canceling the prom. The conflict is carrying over to the Giordano home, since Rose and Daisy are both dating werewolves and Poppy’s new boyfriend is a vampire.

Can the paranormal community in Nightshade finally find peace? And will Daisy and her friends survive graduation? All of these questions and more are answered in the latest explosive installment in the Dead Is series.

The Dead Is series is just plain fun. Every time I pick up one of these books I get sucked in, and don't want to put the book down until I'm done. I love revisiting the town of Nightshade and all of it's paranormal happenings. There is always a little bit of romance and a lot of mystery. I love how each book is wrapped up without a huge cliff hanger every time. Since I don't want to give anything away for anyone that hasn't read the rest of the series I will just say that as the last book in the series I thought things were wrapped up as well as they could be for a group of kids just finishing high school. I mean who really knows what waits for you after senior year? If you like light paranormal romance mystery novels, and haven't picked up the Dead Is series I think you may be missing out.  

I just found out that there will be a spin-off series about a new character named Jessica starting out her freshman year at Nightshade high. I really hope that Daisy and Ryan at least make a few cameo appearances. 

Dead Is A Battlefield 
Expected Publication: March 2012
Summary from Goodreads:

Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget about the tragic events surrounding her brother’s graduation. She wants to have a normal high school experience. But that’s easier said than done in Nightshade. 

When a new boy shows up at school, the girls are infected with a case of seriously creepy crushes. But when their obsession turns to violence, Jessica and her friends start to wonder if there’s more going on than just a little friendly rivalry. Are the smitten girls turning into love zombies? 

And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on Dominic Gray, the cute but moody new singer for Side Effects May Vary, and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day and lets her know whenever there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she's a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

E.Van Lowe's Falling Angels Saga gets an Amazing New Look!

Earth Angel
E. Van Lowe's second novel in the Falling Angels Saga.
I gotta say I am loving these amazing new covers!!

AND: E.Van Lowe's book Boyfriend From Hell has a new look!

Summary from Goodreads:
Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together. 

“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…” 

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago. 

Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships. 

But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.

You can see my review for Boyfriend From Hell here
You can add Boyfriend From Hell to your to be read list on Goodreads here

Friday, November 11, 2011

In Leah's Wake Blog Tour - Guest Post and Review

By Terri Giuliano Long
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback, Kindle
ISBN: 1456310542
Publisher: CreateSpace


The Tyler family had the perfect life - until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn't want to be perfect anymore.

While her parents fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah's younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake.

Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn't enough?

Jodi Picoult fans will love this beautifully written and absorbing novel.


Protecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler—until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future.

Leah grew up in a privileged upper-middle class world. Her parents spared no expense for her happiness; she had all-but secured an Ivy League scholarship and a future as a star athlete. Then she met Todd.

Leah’s parents watch helplessly as their daughter falls into a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties. While Will attempts to control his daughter’s every move to prevent her from falling deeper into this dangerous new life, Zoe prefers to give Leah slack in the hope that she may learn from her mistakes. Their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage.

Twelve-year-old Justine observes Leah’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family. She desperately seeks her big sister’s approval and will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Meanwhile she is left to question whether her parents love her and whether God even knows she exists.

What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake?

This mesmerizing debut novel tells the tale of a contemporary American family caught in the throes of adolescent rebellion - a heartbreaking, funny, ultimately redemptive quest for love, independence, connection and grace.

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Terri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel In Leah’s Wake. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and a writing teacher at Boston College. She was grateful and thrilled beyond words when In Leah’s Wake hit the Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestseller lists in August. She owes a lot of wonderful people – big time! – for any success she’s enjoyed!


In Leah’s Wake is the 2011 BOOK BUNDLZ BOOK CLUB PICK

Recipient of the Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend (CTRR) Award. This award, as selected by reviewers, recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres.

There are no quick and easy solutions here for Leah or for her parents. They each struggle through, learning in their own ways and taking responsibility for their actions in their own times, but as they are doing so, they pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life. ~ Jennifer Donovan, Managing Editor 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blogger

"As a mom, I felt what Zoe felt. It tore my heart out to see the promise of a child being being replaced with the nightmare of reality… I’m adding Terri Giuliano Long to my list of authors I want to be stranded with." ~ Susie Kline, Blogger, Motherhoot

"I give “In Leah’s Wake” 5 stars and recommend reading to anyone with tweens. Although it is fiction, this book can be a great reference for parenting teenagers."
~ Monica Madsen, Blogger, A Mother’s Touch Bookshelf

In Leah's Wake is beautifully written, haunting, fascinating, and a book that has a lot to say, a lot to teach you, without getting preachy. ~ Haley Stokes, Blogger, Triumphal Writing 

“It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, 1999
Finding Balance – Or Not As a young mom with four active daughters, involved in school, music and sports, my life was a hodge-podge of bustling activity. I wrote part-time, at night or in the wee hours of the morning, while my family slept. Back then, I fantasized about a time when my life would be my own – no more afternoons spent driving from one activity to the next, no volunteer work, no laundry fairy multiplying the loads. I imagined long, uninterrupted days at my desk, immersed in my work. Now our daughters are grown, two with families of their own. While, yes, I occasionally spend 10, 12, 14 hours at my desk, those days are rare. Like most women writers, I constantly struggle to find balance. My husband is a terrific guy. When the girls were little, he, not I, got up in the middle of the night. Even now, he does more than his fair share of the chores. When our daughters need something fixed - their car breaks down, for example – they don’t hesitate to call him. With emotional issues, I’m the one they rely on. Believe me, talking is far more time-consuming than finding a mechanic to fix the transmission. Whenever the need arises, because I’m a mom first, before anything else, my work takes a backseat. Deadlines get pushed back, the article or story goes unedited, the book sits in a file, waiting, neglected. And I feel guilty for letting it go. If I do focus on work, I feel guilty for not devoting more time to my family. Either way, I feel bad about myself. Every female writer I know says the same thing. We love our families – we want to give of ourselves – but why does it have to be either-or? Years ago, I attended a seminar with Alice Hoffman as the keynote speaker. It was not merely that I loved and admired her work. No, I wanted to be Alice Hoffman. This successful female writer put out a bestselling book every year. And they were good. Very good. And she had kids. This was a woman who did it all, and did it all well. I couldn’t wait to learn how. Imagine my surprise when she talked about the difficulty of striking a balance. “My kids,” she said, “think I don’t have a job.” Say what? Would the kids think the same if their dad were a writer? Probably not. Because he’d have an office and it would be off-limits. Most men I know store their roles in separate compartments, to be taken out, dusted off, and worn at appropriate times. Our role is fluid. We can’t turn off, tune out or otherwise escape family responsibility. We’re always on. In all fairness, fathers are fathers every day of their life. The difference is, we mothers are moms every minute of ours. I don’t resent this, not for an instant, and I’m sure you don’t either. I want to be with my family. In fact, as I’ve come to realize, I’ve actively chosen this life. Men find balance – by marrying us. Yet, even if we had wives, their needs, I suspect, would be at least equal to ours. Most women are people-centric. Sure, we value success, but we’re relationship-oriented. The people we love truly are our reason for living. I’ve spent a lifetime seeking balance only to find that it doesn’t exist. Balance is elusive, a figment of our imagination, reinforced by culture in movies and TV. If we’re to be contented, we have to let go. We’ve got to accept that we can’t always do it all – and quit feeling guilty! She who dies with the most toys – or the cleanest house or the best brownies - does not necessarily win. Or maybe she does. But, believe me, unless she’s got ice running through her veins, she feels guilty too. That’s who we are. Better to accept it than always fight and feel guilty. Our lives are big and wonderful and, yes, messy. And that’s OK. So go ahead – kiss those boo-boos. Call a friend. Spend an extra hour or two at your desk. The beds will get made, the cleaning picked up, the laundry folded. Maybe not in that order. Really, why does it matter?

My Thoughts on In Leah's Wake
I honestly thought this book was a young adult novel, and even though there isn't anything that a young adult shouldn't read I probably wouldn't say it was geared toward young adults. This book is told from the perspective of all four members of Leah's family. My favorite perspectives were that of the two daughters, though the book definitely would not have been complete without the parents point of views. I found myself putting this book down a little more often than other books, but that may have been because this book is a bit deeper than I usually read, and I needed extra digestion time.
I never went in the direction of Leah as a teenager, but I totally understood her deep need to rebel, to break free of the feeling that someone else is controlling YOUR life. However, as a parent I can see the need to control as a way to keep our children safe, it's hard to let our teens voice their own desires and opinions especially when they may be different than our own. I loved how being the reader of this book I was able to calmly think of all the ways that everyone could have acted and reacted to create completely different outcomes.

In Leah's Wake is a heartbreaking look at a family that has become disconnected, and have lost the ability to communicate with each other. A family that is desperately trying to hold it all together.

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