Book Blitz: Of Sea and Stone + Giveaway!

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Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison
Publication date: February 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and skyOfSeaandStone meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.
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Still at Your Door: A Fictional Memoir

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Still at Your Door: A Fictional Memoir by Emma Eden Ramos
Genre: YA/Contemporary
Publisher: Writers AMuse Me Publishing
Published: February 22nd, 2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18849022-still-at-your-door
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Cover Reveal: Faery Marked

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Today I am thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for FAERY MARKED, a YA Paranormal Romance by Mary Waibel releasing this summer from BookFish Books. The cover was designed by the amazingly talented Anita B. Carroll from Race-Point.com. Learn more about the behind the scenes of this cover, as well as about Anita herself, at Waibel’s World
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Book Review: Alchemy

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Title: Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers)

Authors: Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West

Genre: YA Parnormal Romance

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We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

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Book Blitz: Secrets and Lies

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Secrets and Lies (Truths and Dares #2) by Amity Hope
Genre: YA Romance
Release date: January 19th, 2014
Publisher: Self published

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Out of necessity, Seth grew up hiding behind secrets and lies. The weight of it all sometimes so heavy, he thought it would bury him. Until one night, everything comes crashing down in a way he never imagined.

Harper wanted nothing more than to pull Seth out of the darkness that surrounded his life. One huge mistake nearly cost Seth everything.

Somehow, they need to find their way out of the secrets and lies that continue to pile up around them. If they don’t, they’ll be lost to each other forever.

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and workedunnamed in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish. Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012.

If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

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Excerpt:
“Do you remember once, when I told you if I had one wish, it would be that I was in control of my own life?”
I nodded because I remembered it well. We had just watched the Northern Lights. We had been talking about when we were younger, when we’d wished on stars. I’d asked him if he had one wish, what it would be. That was the answer that he’d given me: He wished he was in control of his own life.
“Yes,” I said quietly. “I remember.”
He pulled me closer, keeping one hand pressed against my back. His gaze drifted over my face, stopping on my lips as his other hand came up, brushing across my cheek this time.
“This,” he said quietly, “is me, taking control of my life.”
He moved in slowly, as if maybe he was afraid that too much time had passed. Or maybe his head was filled with all of the same questions as mine. My eyes fluttered closed as I gripped his shoulders in my hands. He pressed a kiss to my forehead, then my temple, followed by a soft kiss directly over the small scar from childhood that rested on my cheekbone. His lips moved down, lingering at the corner of my mouth. His breath danced across my cheek. An impatient whimper floated out of me. I couldn’t bear to wait a single heartbeat longer. I tilted my head just a fraction of an inch, forcing his lips to graze against mine.
When he kissed me, it didn’t feel like a question. It felt like every answer I’d been waiting for.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

While You’re Away Part 1 by Jessa Holbrook

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Now I must preface this by saying that YA romance novels haven’t been my go-to books for the past few years, (But Elyse, you say, this is the third one, out of three, that you’ve posted.  And you’d be correct.) Eh, I go through phases with  genres and I was feeling all lovey-dovey when I picked up this one. 

Back to this lovely book…

It’s the first in a series, (coincidentally, also the first series I’ve started) It’s short and sweet and I read it in one sitting but leaves you wanting more.

Sarah is awkward and shy, the complete opposite of her extrovert, flirty boyfriend, Dave. She attracts the attention of gorgeous bad-boy Will Spencer and doesn’t know what to do with herself. Yes, there’s a love triangle. “Haven’t they been done to death?!” you ask. They have and yet, Holbrook is able to hold the attention of this reader with Sarah’s amusing inner dialogue. She curses her doe-eyed nature when around Will and for hurting her current beau. We only see the two boys through the eyes of Sarah and I hope as the series continues that they are fleshed out.

Now, it’s entirely possible that I’ve a deep affection for this character after reading that Sarah was shy; I was curious. I immediately gravitate towards characters with a similar nature but I’ve often found that “shy” characters are nothing of the sort. (Maybe they have some different interpretation of being shy?) Nevertheless, I noticed that it’s not just simply stated that she’s shy, it’s what drives her actions and hesitations. Not the main point of the book, but something I appreciated as a fellow shy person.

I read lots of YA romance in high school. The shy, awkward girl capturing the attention of the jock isn’t new but Holbrook keeps it light and very current. It’s interesting to see social media so incorporated into a story.  (This is the first time I’ve read about a fictional character posting photos to Instagram! We didn’t have that when I was in high school!)

 

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I give While You’re Away Part 1 ****