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    Thursday
    Dec192013

    Bookanista Review: Become by Ali Cross

    Hello my friends! I'm late posting this - busy, busy day! - but that doesn't mean I'm any less excited to talk about BECOME by Ali Cross!

    I picked up this book because Ali is the interior formatter for Shattered Veil, and when I heard she was also a writer I wanted to check out her stuff. And let me tell you, I am SOOOO glad I did!! Seriously. BECOME blew me away. Before I fangirl it up, here's more info on the book.

    From Goodreads:

    Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

    When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

    My Thoughts

    This book totally impressed me. The writing is beautiful, the story is fast-paced, the main character is strong and conflicted...and the world building and plotting is super intriguing. I LOVED it. Ali just has that touch...she can put you inside her characters and story so you SEE what's happening as you read. I loved that Desi's coming of age was the focus of the story. There's romance, but the central conflicts and obstacles have much more to do with who Desi is and who she chooses to become, as opposed to which guy she likes or what she'll do for him. I found this quite refreshing. I thought Ali did a GREAT job with Desi's voice and emotional landscape. I could understand where Desi was coming from and why she made the choices she did...and I really felt for her and her predicament. This book came out a while ago and the rest of the series has already been released. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. If you like angel books, strong girl paranormals, and/or awesome, fast-paced reads you should totally check out BECOME. But be warned...you may just stay up all night reading...and find yourself rushing for book 2 in the morning. ;-)

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    Check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are reading this week!

    Wednesday
    Dec182013

    Cover Reveal! CUTLASS by Ashley Nixon

    Happy Hump Day y'all!! Today I'm so excited to be sharing another Xpresso Book Tours post, this time a cover reveal and giveaway! I've made no secret of my love for Regina at Mae I Design. So when I heard she'd designed a book cover for a novel about sexy pirates, um YEAH. I had to be part of that!!

    Here are some details about CUTLASS:

    Cutlass by Ashley Nixon 
    (Cutlass Series #1) 
    Publication date: April 23rd 2014
    Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

    Synopsis

    Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

    Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.

    But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

    Sounds AWESOME, right?? Add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads now!

    I know you want to see the cover, but first here's a little info about the author, Ashley Nixon:

    Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren't used as much as she'd like. When she's not writing, she's hard at work on her Master's degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she's Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she's loved everything Fantasy--resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the 'geek' tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

    Where you can find her

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5199530.Ashley_Nixon

    http://www.ashley-nixon.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/ashleynixonauthor

    https://twitter.com/Ashleymnixon

    And NOW...without further ado...

    CUTLASS by Ashley Nixon, cover designed by Regina Wamba!

    SO gorgeous, right?? The cover plus the description TOTALLY make me want to pick this one up. Can't wait to grab my copy when it comes out in April!

    In the meantime, Ashley's celebrating her cover reveal with an awesome giveaway! Enter below...

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    Friday
    Dec132013

    THIRD DAUGHTER Release Day Blitz!!

    Hello dearies! I'm super excited today to be part of Xpresso Book Tours' release day blitz for THIRD DAUGHTER by Susan Kaye Quinn!

    Susan doesn't know this but she's been my total hero since I first considered indie publishing. Her blog (you can find the link below) is THE most comprehensive, encouraging, and informative resource for aspiring self-publishers I've ever seen. Talk about paying it forward! She also happens to be a fantastic author, and I can't WAIT to get my hands on THIRD DAUGHTER, which sounds incredible (I'm writing this post the night before release day...otherwise I'd have already run to Amazon to buy my copy!)

    Here are some more details about THIRD DAUGHTER:

    Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn 
    (The Dharian Affairs Trilogy #1) 
    December 13th 2013
    Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk 

    The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.

    Third Daughter is the first book in The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance takes place in an east-indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.

    Sounds so intriguing, no? Can't WAIT to read it!

    Add it to your shelf on Goodreads!

    Purchase a Copy

    Amazon: http://bit.ly/SKQonAmazon
    Barnes&noble: http://bit.ly/SusanonBnN
    iTunes: http://bit.ly/SKQoniBookstore
    kobo: http://bit.ly/SusanonKobo

    About the Author
    Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

    Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

    She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

    Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

    Author Links
    To celebrate THIRD DAUGHTER's release there's a giveaway! Enter below to win some seriously cool swag. Like, SERIOUSLY cool. ;-)
    Wednesday
    Dec112013

    BLOOD CROWN cover reveal!!

    Alright, so I am soooo excited to be part of Ali Cross's BLOOD CROWN cover reveal. Ali is not only an amazing author (I'm currently reading her novel BECOME and absolutely loving it), but she's also a formatting ninja as well! She's the brain behind Novel Nunjitzu, AKA, the person who made SHATTERED VEIL's pages look gorgeous. Yay!

    First, here's the description of her new novel, BLOOD CROWN, a scifi novel releasing Feburary 20, 2014:

    Serantha is the daughter of the Emperor of the West, who rules over the remnant of humanity who escaped a dying Earth and took to the stars a thousand years ago. With no habitable planets found during their exile, the android Servants who were supposed to care for them rose up, took the name of Mind, and murdered her father. Now the androids amuse themselves by forcing humans like her into mindless drudgery. But flashes of memory hint that Sera is no ordinary human.

    On the other side of the galaxy, Nicolai, Son of the East, has abandoned his crown and joined the rebel forces in the war against the Mind. Humans have no real chance... unless the enhanced DNA developed by the Blood Crown scientists can unlock mankind's potential. When Nic and Sera are united, they discover their true potential--and together, humanity just might have a chance. But there's a legion of androids and nine years of mistrust between East and West... and coming together will require more than they ever expected.

    Sounds fabulous, right? Wait til you see the cover!!

    But first, here's more about Ali!

    Ali Cross is the sensei of Novel Ninjutsu where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles.

    Ali is the award-winning author of young and new adult fiction and moonlights as Alex Cross when she can write wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.

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    Okay, so you really want to see the cover now, right? Just one more thing first...here are all the places you can find Ali...

    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ali_cross

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralicross

    Blog: http://www.alicross.com

    Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19241969-blood-crown

    Author on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5188441.Ali_Cross

    Tumblr/Pinterest/Etc: http://desolationdiaries.tumblr.com/

    Indelibles (indie authors): http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/

    Emblazoners (middle grade authors): http://emblazoners.com/

    Dauntless (authors):http://dauntlessauthors.blogspot.com/

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    Alright, alright...NOW it's finally time!!

    GORGEOUS, right??? Oh my gosh, I LOVE it. Can't WAIT to read this book when it comes out in February!! :-D

    Tuesday
    Dec102013

    STORM WARNING TEASER BLITZ!

     

    Welcome to my teaser post for STORM WARNING by E. Lee and C. Quinn. Check it out! Looks awesome, no? :-)

    Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

     

    Storm Warning 

    (Broken Heartland #1) 


    Coming December 12, 2013

     

     

    For an extended excerpt, book trailer, and more, click here!

     

     Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late...

    Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
    Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

    Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
    If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

    Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
    They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

    Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and overprivileged.

    For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

    One has a secret. 
    One has a crush.
    One has been lying. 
    One will get caught.
    And one might not make it out alive.

    They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.

    Check out the Broken Heartland series online:


    About the Authors




    Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol' dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee’s and C. Quinn’s paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn to one another. Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series, Broken Heartland.



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