Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anthem's Fall Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review and Giveway

Anthems_Fall_Tour_BannerJuly 17th Thursday: Jean BookNerd TENS LIST & SPOTLIGHT
July 18th Friday: Fiction Dreams INTERVIEW
July 19th Saturday: 
A Dream Within a Dream DREAM CAST
July 20th Sunday: 
Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW
July 21st Monday: Taking it One Book at a Time REVIEW & THIS OR THAT
July 22nd Tuesday: Casual Readers REVIEW
July 23rd Wednesday: 
Owl Tell You About It REVIEW
July 24th Thursday: My Book Addiction REVIEW & TENS LIST
July 25th Friday:The Book Landers REVIEW & GUEST POST
July 26th Saturday: 
Insane About Books REVIEW & EXCERPT
July 27th Sunday: 
The Book Cookies REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
July 28th Monday: Book Soulmates REVIEW
July 29th Tuesday: Such a Novel Idea REVIEW & GUEST POST
July 30th Wednesday: 
Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS
Anthems Fall
Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city’s rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.
Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem’s Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.
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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1



The Vatruvian cell.
Some experts celebrated their invention as the greatest technological breakthrough not only of the twenty-first century, but of the entire history of science. Technology had given rise to a new and unique form of artificial life. In the process, Professor Vatruvia had earned a Nobel Prize. Kristen Jordan had even appeared in the background of a Time magazine photo of their laboratory. The world had found its modern visionaries to extol, and their creation, the Vatruvian cell, was like nothing even the most decorated academics could have foreseen. Many of Professor Vatruvia’s peers correctly pointed out that his team had not created a form of life at all, because of the Vatruvian cell’s inanimate structure and loneliness of relatives within the tree of life. On the contrary, a complex machine—they said—was a more appropriate classification for the Vatruvian cell. Man had not created life; he had created the most involved and complex machinery in existence.
Professor Vatruvia had further shocked the scientific community by publicly announcing that his research into their incipient Vatruvian cell technology was still in the blossoming stages. From news headlines, to magazine articles, to television specials across the globe, the mainstream world was waiting for the next breakthrough from Professor Vatruvia and his Columbia research team. To Kristen, the end goal of their research remained at best vague. Despite her close relationship with Professor Vatruvia and her integral hand in the Vatruvian cell’s creation, Kristen was beginning to feel in some ways as uninformed as the general public.
“What is your field of study again, Cara?” Steve asked over the rising noise in the bar.
                “Molecular pathology. I started my lab work on the Vatruvian cell a few weeks ago.” Cara said. “What about you?”
                “Computer Science. Don’t have much in common with you biology nerds.”

                Kristen looked at him doubtfully as she nibbled a chip with little interest. “Get real, Steve. You and I both know you’re the biggest nerd at this table. Are you going to bring up artificial intelligence again? Or maybe discuss which dumbass superhero is strongest?”

                “Yeah okay,” Steve said. “How about we bring up the ethics of the Vatruvian cell again?”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem’s Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem’s Fall series.

My Review

Anthem's Fall gradually pulls you into the story with unexpected twists and the power of strong ethics from two distant worlds.

Kristen is brilliant.  She is a scientist in the making, and one of the specialists on the team for the Vatruvian Cell. 

Gravitas, one of the strongest warriors on Anthem, will pay the ultimate sacrifice for his strong belief.

Vengelis Epsilon, Heir to the throne of Anthem, will do anything to save his kingdom and his people.

These three characters of Anthem's Fall will collide in this intense battle of moral ethics and will discover that the protection of both worlds will become the ultimate battle.

When I started to read this story, I wondered how Earth and Anthem had any connection at all. This will be revealed as the story plays out and was creatively written.  I was in awe. The science and technology of an artificial cell in this story was completely planned out and to tell you the truth, kind of frightening.  It felt so real, I can envision it happening in this era.  The main characters had such an incredible back story to them, I really felt I understood each one.  Each one has a battle to overcome, right along with the main confrontation at the end.

This story contains TONS of action. If you like battles, Anthem is a world that has the experience.  I love a sci-fi story that isn't too techy that I can get completely lost in.  Anthem's Fall fills that spot.  This story will amazing you with surprises and keep you on your toes, that's for sure! 

The flow of this story was mesmerizing.  You travel back and forth between Anthem and Earth for a while, and I found this important to how the two worlds combine.  It was flawless and smooth, when sometimes it can be confusing. And a little hint of a love story isn't too shabby either!

All in all, I loved this story and was left with that satisfied feeling that comes with finishing a book.  This debut novel has the ingredients I always search for.



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Friday, July 25, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Something Forever by M. Clarke




Something Forever by M. Clarke (Mary Ting)
Available August 25th, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
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A heated moment.
Desperate decision.
Life altering choices.

Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?

Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?

When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?






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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fatal Abduction Cover Reveal by Julia Crane

  
COVER REVEAL!!

Check this out and the rest of the books in this amazing series!

Fatal Abduction
by Julia Crane
Book 3 - IFCS Series
Young Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian
There’s a serial killer at large. His victims just happen to resemble Kaitlyn—dark haired, pale skin and athletic build. Kaitlyn goes undercover, attending a prestigious high school to try to lure the killer into a trap and save the lives of other potential victims. Will she be able to catch the killer before his body count rises? Or will she become the next victim?
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Freak of Nature - Book 1
Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.


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Fractured Innocence  - Book 2

*Warning 17+ due to sexual gritty topic and language. 
Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance's current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it's like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.
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About the Author
Julia crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hearken Release Day Blitz

Hearken ( Daughters Of the Sea #4 ) 
Now Available!
7/22/14

Haven't read the first 3 in the series?! Get caught up while they are on sale!

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Daughters of the Sea Series! 


When the evil you fear is born from within, who will save us…from ourselves?

Sometimes our souls hear what our minds and hearts refuse to accept. It will whisper its continuous cadence until we're strong enough to glimpse the truth. But when the soul's whispers morph into screams, we're forced to gaze into the mirrors of time and see ourselves for who we really are.

 Grappling with her newfound leadership position, Stasia begins to experience a recurring nightmare of murder, as well as curious reveries about a violet-eyed girl who can control the moon. When tragedy grips the Tydes and several important relics are stolen from the Sons of Daimon, Stasia’s Council leaves for the forgotten island of Atlantis. Unfortunately Atlantis harbors its own secrets, and they are all calling to Stasia. As her nightmares become worse and she begins to lose control of her mind, those around her must find a way to reach her…and fast.

 Olivia Campbell is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. But destiny never asked Olivia what she wanted. Being Chosen to be a Paladin at birth had not been something she wanted, and she definitely hadn’t wanted her charge to be Anastasia. Unfortunately their irritatingly persistent Atlantean guide, Sebastian, seems to know all about her and the secrets she’s been hiding. As she fights to protect Stasia from an unknown force, Olivia’s own courage and loyalty will be tested in ways she never imagined. Will she be able to tell Stasia the truth before it’s too late for them both.    

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About Kristen Day
 
  I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).  When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: Seen by Frances Pauli





Title: Seen
Author: Frances Pauli
Series: Princes of the Shroud #2
Genre: Sci-Fi with romantic elements
Release: November 2014

Blurb: Rowri is a priestess with prophetic dreams—and she’s dreamt of her soulmate. So when she volunteers to be the gifted bride in a peace negotiation between her own peoples and the Tolfarians, she is certain that the lilac-skinned man in her visions is the Tolfarian leader she is to marry.

But prophecy is never simple, and visions are never clear. Shayd, a seer and one of the Shrouded, is summoned to transport Rowri to her new husband-to-be. When Rowri sets eyes on his lilac skin, she knows she’s made a terrible mistake—one she’ll have to live with for the rest of her life if she wants to save her people and prevent war.

The two are drawn together, and the fates of two races hinge on the decisions they make. On the precipice of volcanic eruptions, galactic terrorism, and mercenary attacks, Shayd and Rowri must give up every hope of happiness for their people, or sacrifice everything for true love.


About the Author:
Frances Pauli was born and raised in Washington State. She grew up with a love of reading and storytelling, and was introduced to Science Fiction and Fantasy at an early age through the books kept and read by her father.Though she always held aspirations to be a writer, she chose to obtain her Bachelor's degree in visual arts. The stories, however, had other plans for her. By the time she entered her thirties, they were no longer content existing solely in her head. Compelled to free them, she set aside her easel and began to write in earnest.Her original love of Speculative fiction led her into the realms of Urban Fantasy and either romantic or humorous Science Fiction, where she finds herself quite comfortable. Her tales feature fairies, aliens, alternate dimensions, and the wonders of space, usually with at least a touch of romance.

Frances currently resides smack in the center of Washington with her husband and two children. When not writing she dabbles in insane things like puppetry, belly dance and playing the ukulele. She collects rocks, and is a firm believer in good wine, fine chocolate and dangerous men.More information on Frances and her writing can be found at www.francespauli.com

Sorry For the Delay, however the author had difficulties getting the cover ready, and I am also a little late. However, Check out this series and give it some reader LOVE!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ALA Vegas 2014

I got to go to Vegas!!  And on top of that, it was for the Convention for the ALA.

It was a trip that my mother and I had planned since I went to ALA in Chicago last year. I had so much fun, so we decided to do the Vegas trip.

It was my Mom's first time flying.


I had such a blast, and picked up WAY too many books. Some duplicated that I didn't realize that I had picked up, so I will be holding some giveaways soon to share!

I had to ship back 5 boxes home.


BOX 1


BOX 2


Box 2 was damaged. I have no idea how many books I lost. It was half full and I know I had it packed totally full. I just can't remember what I had in it, so hoping I didn't lose any signed books. So, to the USPS, hope you are enjoying all the books that are floating around there somewhere.



BOX 3


BOX 4


BOX 5

I totally didn't expect to get this many books. There were a lot more book drops than there was in Chicago.

ANYWAY, I got to meet a lot of authors.  I only got a few Pictures. In my excitement, I just plain forgot!


I got a couple books signed by amazing Holly Black!


I was in the Entangled Booth, and asked about a book there, and it so happened to be the author's book I was interested in, Tonya Kuper.  She is SO nice.  I had a lot of fun with her, and can't wait until her book released Nov 4. BE SURE to check it out, It's called aNOMaLY.



What if the world isn't what we think? What if reality is really only an illusion? What if you were one of the few who could control it?

Yeah, Josie Harper didn't believe it, either, until strange things started happening. When this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world… Well, that's when things got real. Now Josie's got it bad for a boy who weakens her every time he's near and a world of enemies on her tail who want to control her gift, so yeah, she's going to need more than just her wits if she hopes to survive much longer.

THE COVER JUST PULLED ME IN!!!!

I also got to meet a few fellow bloggers!


This is Sophia Riggsby. She bloggers for Mundie Moms and also blogs for PageTurners Blog, who I ALSO help blog and review for. So I was really excited to meet her in real life!
Funny thing, we just happened to be standing in line for a signing and randomly met!!

I also got to meet this great teen blogger, who I have been friends with for a few years. I didn't know she was going to be there, and just happened to see her.  LUCK was on my side!


This is Rachel from Rachel's book reviews.

I had a great time, and SO glad that I had these business cards made.


Best Money I ever spent. I made a lot of great contacts with the publishers and these really came in handy.  Vista print is the best.

The Convention was great, the trip to Vegas with my MOM gave me memories I will never forget.  I am so hoping I can go to San Francisco next year.


If you ever get a chance to go.....DO IT!!












Tuesday, July 15, 2014

VOTE FOR TRISTAN KNIGHT


It's Time to VOTE AGAIN! VOTE TRISTAN KNIGHT in the NACRUSH TOURNEY14!! 

Thank you all who helped and supported Me and Reading, Kristie Cook and Tristan Knight from the Soul Saver Series in the NA Crush Tourney 14! We got through the first vote!

That means, we have another match and we need your help and votes again!!!

Today!



Tristan is the last paranormal character standing in the tourney and we need to make sure, that Tristan can continuously be the proud representative of this wonderful genre!


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Thank you!