Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Release Day! Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!

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  STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis: Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...

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EXCERPT: I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there. I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings. It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron. After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey. Where r u? R u skipping, u ho? A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp? Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this. Bio is lonely. My boobs miss u. How weird is that? That was notably weird and yet not surprising. If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault. Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!? Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them. U have no idea who just walked into bio!!! Roth is here! Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this? Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect. Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t. Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead. “What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.  

And don't forget! The choice is yours... Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick. To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait! Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!    

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.   She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Guest Post & Review: Mojave Green (Dimensions in Darkness #2) by The Brothers Washburn

Mojave Green
Dimensions in Death #2
by The Brothers Washburn
YA Horror/Suspense
Published by Jolly Fish Press, LLC

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directly from Jolly Fish Press in exchange for an honest review*

 Synopsis via Goodreads:

In Trona, California, an isolated mining town deep in the Mojave Desert, an unearthly creature preyed upon the town’s folk for decades. Armed with secrets from a peculiar puzzle box, only Camm and Cal stood against the creature. Finally safe and far from the horror, the teenagers believe they have destroyed the monster—until they hear news that Trona’s children are still disappearing. Caught in the nightmare since her childhood, Camm feels personally responsible for the town’s children. As her life-long best friend, Cal feels responsible for Camm. With unsuspecting friends in tow, they return to warn the innocent people of Trona of the true nature of the creature.

But things have changed.

Death comes in a new form. The balance between dimensions is altered. Crossovers multiply. Trona is evacuated. Cal is pulled into another dimension. The situation spirals out of control.

Only Camm and a few misfits can stop the coming desolation—but it may already be too late

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A. L. Washburn and B. W. Washburn are brothers, licensed lawyers and full time writers, residing in Colorado and southern Utah. Growing up in a large family in Trona, California, a small mining community not far from Death Valley, they spent many happy days in their youth roaming the wastelands of the Mojave Desert. After living in South America at different times, each came back to finish graduate school and start separate careers. Living thousands of miles apart, they worked in different areas of the law, while raising their own large families.
Each has authored legal materials and professional articles, but after years of wandering in the wastelands of the law, their lifelong love of fiction, especially fantasy, science fiction and horror, brought them back together to write a new young adult horror series, beginning with Pitch Green and later Mojave Green. They have found there yet remain many untold wonders to be discovered in the unbounded realms of the imagination, especially as those realms unfold in the perilous wastelands of the Dimensions in Death.

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Why we like scary.

        Pitch Green and Mojave Green are the first two books of the
Dimensions in Death young-adult horror series.  Based on a scary story we
told as kids to our siblings and friends, these books combine horror,
suspense and mystery, moving at a breathtaking pace.  Our protagonists fight
for their lives as they battle a monstrous evil presence, hiding in an old,
abandoned mansion in Trona, California, a small mining town located on the
Searles Valley dry-lake bed in a desolate region of the Mojave Desert, near
Death Valley.
        The desert environment of Trona is the perfect stage for this kind
of story.  While the events of the tale are limited only by our
imaginations, the location of each event is firmly anchored in the reality
of what is Trona and the desert around it.  We both grew up in Trona, and
knew it well, but we return there on occasion to make sure our descriptions
of the local geography are correct.  All natural landmarks described in the
books actually exist, and their descriptions add to the bleakness of the
story.  A desolate landscape is a great backdrop for giant, marauding, alien
        In addition, we have researched the far-out theories of
astro-physics, so that Mojave Green can appear to answer the questions
raised in Pitch Green.  But remember, this is not a science fiction series.
The story is fast-paced horror, suspense and mystery based on
pseudo-science, rather than magic and mysticism, so in the end, everything
our heroes do must have some kind of plausible explanation.
        Both of us have always enjoyed hearing and telling good scary
stories.  It was a basic part of our growing up experience.  We don't
remember a time when we weren't telling spine-chilling tales.  We vividly
recall lying awake for hours as small children after hearing a horrifying
saga told right at bed time; thinking that every creaking noise, every
whisper of the wind, was the latest monster coming to eat us alive.
        Once, as children, we heard some mysterious thing scratching on the
window screen of our bedroom, which was an extra room, shared by three
brothers, built on the back of the house.  All of us dived under the beds,
screaming for help.  Turns out, it was our mom-we should have known-bringing
clothes in from the line.  She had stopped to pick up a stick to reach up
and scrape across our window screen.
        Our mom was not above scaring her own children, or anyone else for
that matter.  Once, when still a newlywed, she snuck up the basement stairs
of Grandma Washburn's old house and flung open the kitchen door, shouting
"BOO!" startling her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and two-year-old niece.
Grandma was not fond of such hijinks.  Pointing an accusing finger at our
mother, Grandma exclaimed, "Clara!  For shame! For shame!"  By the time our
father got there to see what was going on, everyone in the room was in
        That did not cure Mom though.  She loved to scare everyone and
anyone.  One Halloween when Andy was in junior high, an older brother and
sister, Allen and Linda, received permission to throw a Halloween party for
their high school friends.  The culmination of the party, its climax, was a
scary story told by Mom.  She said she woke up about 2:00 am, and the story
just came to her as she lie there in bed.
        At the party, Mom sat on the fireplace hearth in the front room.
About twenty teens sat on the floor around her feet.  The lights were off.
Only a few rays from an outside streetlight found their way into the room.
Telling the story in a hushed, grim voice, Mom spoke as if she were sounding
a deadly-serious warning.
        Soon, some girls started to whimper.  The boys were "obviously" too
brave to complain, but at one point, an older boy suddenly got up and left
the room, not to come back until the story was over.
        As Mom talked, Allen crept around the outside of the house to an
unlocked front-room window.  When Mom reached the zenith of horror in the
story, Allen opened the window and climbed into the house.  He was wearing a
full-head mask, colored with glow marks along the dark-red gore painted on
the distorted face.
        The screaming and crying was glorious.  Even some guys screamed and
tried to run away.
        That was, without a doubt, one of the best Halloweens EVER!
        You could say our love for scary stories is nothing more or less
than a chromosomal phenomenon.  However we came by our fascination for
horror stories, we love them still and hope to keep telling them for a long,
long time to come.  If Mom were still here, she would be so proud.

Another smash from The Brothers Washburn!! I couldn't put this installment of Dimension in Death down! Yet again, they pulled me in from the first page! They have this way of pulling you in deeper and deeper until you're so immersed into the story that you don't want to climb out. Read the synopsis up there! It gives me chillbumps just reading it because I remember the horror from Pitch Green. When I found out The Brothers were writing a second installment, I knew I must get it. I wasn't disappointed in the least!

The novel starts off with a bang, then it sort of slows down for a while, and then picks right back up! I adore how the Brothers mix in a bit of humor here and there - it sort of gives you a minute to take a breath - one not caused by gasping from the suspense in the story.

I don't want to give away spoilers so I won't go into too much detail with regards to the new twist that is haunting their old town, but be warned.... I loved it! The Brothers took me by surprise again. In Pitch Green, I never would've guessed what was haunting the old Searles mansion. They did it again with Mojave Green.

I'll tell you one thing... If I lived in their town, I would've left after Pitch Green. Ha. That feeling was reiterated for me in Mojave Green.

The Brothers Washburn's writing style is effortless for me to read. I feel like I'm listening to a story around a campfire and I love that. The rest of the world sort of falls away while I'm reading this series and I'm engrossed in their haunting tales. I adore it!

And this cover! Oh my gosh! Can we pause and review it one more time? I loved Pitch Green's cover and wondered how they would ever match it.... Excellent job, yet again, by Jolly Fish Press!

Overall Rating: Another 5 Stars for me
Cover Rating: 5 Huge Stars
Characters: 5 Stars - The new characters were a great addition!
Plot: 5 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Finding Her Way by Heather Van Fleet @HLVanFleet

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Title: Finding Her Way Back
Author: Heather Van Fleet
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 7, 2014
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Meet Callie, a chubby-sexy nineteen-year-old girl who fears high heels, commitments, and has a love/hate relationship with her running shoes. Nine months of college down the drain and all she has to show for it is her freshman thirty. But alas, life has other crap plans for her--one that includes a strict regiment of "do this and do that" from her she-devil sister, all while trying to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky: the ex-best friend-turned-sex god who lives across the street. Meet Ky; a nineteen-year-old wanna be country music singer and a boy-turned-man who still wears a proverbial skateboard around his neck from wasted high school days. When Callie returns home, he realizes that she's exactly the muse he's been missing all this time. Now, if only she can stop running long enough to find out where their love could lead. FINDING HER WAY BACK is a new adult novel about finding love while learning how to love yourself. For all the chubby-sexy girls who tend to feel invisible, this one's for you!

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“Okay. It’s settled. One date.” Lifting his palm, he pressed it against my cheek, holding it there. My skin tingled on contact, burning me in all sorts of ways. “But I think we need to try something out beforehand just to make sure that we know what we’re getting ourselves into.” “Um, what?” I stiffened, panicking at the possibilities of what he was saying. Sweat formed along the back of my neck, but I couldn’t move to wipe it away. Fuck. This wasn’t good. Without warning, he pressed his mouth against mine, taking my heart, body, entire soul by complete surprise. Ky captured me in all the ways a woman wanted to be captured by a man. And oh, what a damn delicious capture it was. I’d always wondered what it’d be like to kiss this boy. And it wasn’t because I saw him in that sort of light growing up either, just simple curiosity, to say the least But whatever preconceived notions I had about awkwardness and painful teeth clashing went out the window the moment his tongue pressed against my lips. Holy hell. Now this was a kiss. His fingers, strong and sure, tangled in my hair, releasing my ponytail with the flick of his thumb. Damn, he was good. My hair fell over my shoulders, shadowing my cheeks, as well as his. I scooted forward, pressing my hands onto the bareness of his neck, tracing the lines of his muscled skin on his shoulders like I’d wanted to do since I first got him in the room with me. I moaned, embarrassingly loud because yeah, this was beyond any kiss I’d ever experienced in the past. Slow, agonizing, and perfect. Ky made the act of kissing as sensual as having sex in a steamy shower. Not that I’d ever actually experienced hot, steamy shower sex or anything. But um, yeah, it was definitely on my bucket list.

Heather Van Fleet
Midwestern native Heather Van Fleet lives in a small town on the Iowa/Illinois border. She’s a wife to her hubby—and high school sweet heart, Chris—as well as a mom to her three little girls Kelsey, Emma, and Bella. When she’s not obsessing over her fictional book characters, cooking dinner, or running around chasing her crazy kiddos, you can usually find her with her head stuck in her Kindle, sucking down White Chocolate Mochas like they're water.


Oh my goodness....  Where do I start?

First, I have to apologize for not getting my post up on time! >_< I'd give a thousand excuses such as the tornadoes we had to deal with, having to make a weekend trip to NOLA for my friend's wedding and forgetting my laptop at home >_< and then my internet not working but in the end, it's still on me. I'm not one to make a habit of missing posts and I definitely didn't want to miss this one. I adore Heather & didn't want to let her down. :( I'm sorry Heather & Between The Sheets!

Now, to the good stuff! 

I adored this novel. I have really enjoyed everything that Heather has written thus far. The characters! Ahh! I adore Ky. He was absolutely fabulous. I wanted him in every scene. Callie - I loved her spunk BUT she did get on my nerves a handful of times. Her personality was a bit much here and there - especially when she would flip flop her emotions. Now Callie's sister... eh... She was a mess. I disliked her. But I think I was supposed to dislike her. LOL And then in the end, you hurt for her. And Callie's mom and dad... :( They broke my heart. I loved them and was annoyed with them all at the same time.

The plot - Loved! I really enjoyed where this story took me. Again... Ky... Sigh... Love him. The excerpt above... Yes... That. It was probably one of my favorite parts of the novel! LOVEDDDD it! I can't even begin to understand how Callie's family feels with the tragedy that they've lived through. It breaks my heart & Callie breaking down over her brother's room... gosh... that hurt my heart. HURTTTTT. 

The ending... Oh gosh. I want more Ky & Callie after the ending.

At the end of this novel I wanted to turn around and go back to page one and go through it all over again. 


Overall rating: Definitely a huge 4 stars for me. 
Cover Rating: 5 Stars! I love this cover. 
Characters: 4 Stars
Plot: 4 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars

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