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Rouge Blog Tour: Interview with Author Leigh Talbert Moore and Giveaways!

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Hosted by: YA Bound
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I'm very excited to be a stop on the Rouge Blog Tour today and share an interview with the Author Leigh T. Moore. How can this cover not catch your eye, right? It's amazing. So please check out the interview and purchase your own copy of the book.
 
 
Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)
Release Date: November 11, 2012
Paperback/e-book
300 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.
Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.
Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.
Mature YA/light historical/theater romance

 

 
Interview with Leigh Talbert Moore,  Author of Rouge
 

Thanks for having me here today!

 Is Rouge a stand alone or part of a series?

It’s actually the first book in a planned three- or four-book series. (The fourth book might end up being a prequel story.)

Can you share a little bit on what you are working on next?

Well, I can’t really tell you about Book 2 in the “Cheveux Roux” series or it’ll spoil Rouge. But I’ve got some other projects going! One’s a companion book to my debut YA rom-com The Truth About Faking. Another is a light science-fiction romance that’s a lot of fun. It’s got cows and aliens and is all set in the woods in south Mississippi…

What 3 words would you use to describe Hale and Beau? (3 for each)

Hale is loyal, brave, and stubborn.

Beau is impulsive, happy, and idealistic.
 
What is your favorite non spoiler scene in Rouge?

Hmm… Oh! I love the scene when Roland teaches Hale to kiss. It’s a memory she has of when they’re younger, and I think it came out really hot. (Roland was her first love.)

If you could jump into a book and live in that world, which would it be?

Well, Rouge is pretty dark and scary, so I wouldn’t want to live in that New Orleans. I’d probably pick Harley’s world from my other book, The Truth About Faking. She has problems and drama, but her problems are mainly self-imposed and funny. (Was this supposed to be my books or any book? If it’s any book, can I be a Sweet Valley High twin—LOL! Plush.)

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’ve always been a shy person. (I know! Unbelievable, right?) As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned I have to talk to people, and it’s really not so scary. But when I was younger, I was very quiet. When I was really younger, I used to hide behind my dad when people tried to talk to me. (LOL!)

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

Hmm… Unexpected. At least it’s been unexpected to me. Or maybe Unpredictable. I never know how my plans are going to change, it seems.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?

Ew, good one. Let me see…

TV: I used to be very embarrassed to admit I watched The Vampire Diaries. It just seemed so dumb and Twilight wannabe. Now, not so much.

Movie: I’ll watch any movie, and I’m unashamed to admit it. I like getting the popcorn and sitting in the dark and watching this BIG event onscreen. It’s fun!

Books: Hmm… I wish I had more time to read, so now I’m forced to read things I really want to read. Oh! I did read this one book that was pretty embarrassing. It was erotica and the guys were really Satyrs and on the full moon they grew extra… OK! Keeping it family-friendly… LOL!

Who is your favorite book couple and why?

I love so many book couples… I’m always in love with the couple from the last book I read. The last book I read was Recaptured Dreams by Justine Dell. It’s really great and sexy. I think as long as the writer can conjure that chemistry and romance, I’m in!

Describe your book in 10 words or less…

Hale’s conning Freddie to help her escape, then Beau appears. (Complication!)

Thanks again for having me! And I hope everyone enjoys Rouge~

 
About the Author
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
Leigh loves hearing from readers! Stop by and say hello:
 
 
GIVEAWAY
Signed Print copies of Rouge for US readers, e-book copies for International readers.
 

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Thank you for stopping by the tour and make sure to visit the other blogs who are participating. You can find a full list of stops at YA Bound Rouge Blog Tour page.




Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me, you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (left).

I also make sure to go back and follow everyone that comments and I try to always follow twitter along with GFC/Linky. So if you have a twitter that is not on your page for some reason leave it in the comments and I will follow you that way too!

Q: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.

This is a fun question today and to think I forgot what day it is I almost forgot to participate. My to die for book crush. Daemon Black from the Lux series of course and I don't even have to try to picture him because they did that with the wonderful cover model Pepe. Who I have met and is just as hot in person. Would run away with him in a nano second.

The Smell of Independence

This is just my own personal musing about the Independent bookstore but is something that I realized the other day.

Now long ago there was a store called Borders and although it was a chain bookstore there was something about it that I was always fond of. I could spend hours there sitting, eating snicker doodle cookies, drinking tea, people watching and of course reading. When Barnes and Noble became the only bookstore that you could find everywhere it just didn't have that same something Borders did. I couldn't figure out what was missing.

It's the Independent Bookstores that reminded me. My friend and I were walking around downtown area of my hometown and I of course had to stop by Andersons, my local indie shop, and the moment I walked in a took a deep breath and reveled in the smell of books. The smell of books! I realized that's what is missing from larger chain stores, it is that glorious smell of ink of pages!! I swear that smell instantly puts my brain into relaxation mode and makes me feel like "I'm home". Of course there are many things I love about Independent bookstores, the friendly people who are probably there because they are avid readers. Why else would you open a bookstore? The more enclosed and cozy spaces with the just right amount of lighting and the more intimate book signings.

So with all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season and the millions upon millions of sales at big chain stores, remember that wonderful smell of your local bookstore and make sure to stop by. I'm sure mine wonders who the whacko is that comes in and just stares at their books for an hour (ya it's me)......


YA Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Legacy
Series: Goddess Test  #2.5
Author: Aimee Carter
Author Info: Website / Twitter / Goodreads / Facebook
Pub Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Format: netgalley
Pages: 395
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Summary:

For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented consistency and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness...

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal...

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another...

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others - but never knew true loss before...

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him new hope...

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

Review:

I love The Goddess Legacy because you are able to get to know the characters on a level that is more intimate. You actually see things from their POV. Now with some characters this different really make a difference for me, like Hera. Even though
I have never been a fan of Hera, it doesn’t matter how many telling’s and retellings I’ve read but I definitely found this one to be unique. I can’t get past her personality which I think is the most difficult part for me, to really connect with her character. I wish I could but I just couldn’t but I found myself slightly sympathetic after reading her story. Only slightly though. She still is who she is.

I loved Aphrodite’s story, it completely swept me up and I found myself enthralled. I couldn’t get enough of it. The books graze across her relationships with the brothers but it was an opportunity to see a different side of the boys as well as Aphrodite herself. I think there is something endearing about her character and I think it’s the fact that she embraces who she is, rather than fight. Not to say that I agree with her actions but I think our harshest critics are ourselves and she has amazing confidence.

Persephone is a character that I find myself not liking and liking at the same time. Her story was so interesting to me though. It was nice to see her side of things and it was probably one of my favorites.

Hades I was kind of torn on. I didn’t want to imagine his life being anything besides being with Kate. Especially any time Hera entered the picture. I still had this feeling of wanting to claw her eyes out. It was nice to see where he came from though.

Hermes story was the one that surprised me the most because his was the only one that actually changed my opinion of him a little bit. Not just his story but his role in other stories. I actually found myself liking Hermes a whole lot more than I did in the first two books.
The best thing about The Goddess Legacy is how all the characters stories intertwined with one another. You were never just getting one characters story. You were getting bits and pieces of everyone and by the end you had a whole picture of the characters before Kate meets them. I really enjoyed it and I’m so glad that Aimee Carter decided to write it. What a wonderful addition to the series. I would definitely recommend it if you like the series as much as I do.

Book Haul: Sunday Post


Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

I haven't been exactly buying a ton of books. I've been trying to control myself and besides the Holidays are coming up so it gives people something to buy me. Plus I really need to make a bigger dent in my TBR list.

I was pretty excited to win a Dust Lands Prize pack from A Book and a Latte


It's a shirt and a hardcover edition of Dust Lands by Moira Young. The shirt is really nice quality too.

Last week I was also able to go to the Ally Condie book signing and while there picked up my copy of Reached. Which of course I also had signed along with Matched and Crossed. Along with signing books Ally was also giving away signed Matched Trilogy posters, so I have one of those too. I can't wait to frame it. I loved the book covers.

I love hearing authors talk about their books and the process they go through when writing them. Each author is unique in their experiences and I feel like it makes me a little more connected to a book when I read it. There were some really interesting tid bits about the covers. Now Authors really don't have say in their covers but I have to say this series has to be one of my favorite. The color of each book represents each color tablet. The Green, the Blue and the Red. Also what is really cool is the girl in the pictures is the photographer herself. She did self potraits of herself and then of course added the sphere later. The book signing was a lot of fun and she mentioned she actually wrote five other books before this series, so now I'm curious to check them out.
 

Yay so that's really all for books this week. I'm still just trying to get myself caught up and kind process some family health issues. So not too much activity last week. I did have a book spotlight for Halifax by Leigh Dunlap that is worth checking out and will be participating in the Rogue Blog Tour this week. So make sure to stop back and visit!

Book Spotlight & Excerpt: Halifax by Leigh Dunlap

 
 
When the Halifax siblings arrive at Lexham Academy, they don't seem any more or less odd than any other students. They have more important things to do, however, than take exams or find dates for the prom. They have aliens to kill. With the help of his sister Izzy and brother Rom, Farrell Halifax has to stop an escaped alien and save the Earth --- though that's hard to do when the captain of the basketball team is after you and you're falling in love with his cheerleader girlfriend
 
Read an Excerpt;
 
 
About the Author:
 
Leigh Dunlap is the screenwriter behind the hit movie "A Cinderella Story" starring Hilary Duff. She also wrote "Spy Girls", based on the popular teen book series, for producer Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting) and "Camp Rockaway" for Sony Pictures and producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (Gladiator, Stuart Little). Her project "16-Love" starring Lindsey Shaw and Chandler Massey, recently finished principal photography. "Halifax" is Leigh's first novel and combines two of her favorite things to write about --- Science Fiction and Romance. Leigh is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television and lives in London, when she can, with her husband and son. 

Website / Goodreads

 

Feature and Follow


Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me, you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (left).

I also make sure to go back and follow everyone that comments and I try to always follow twitter along with GFC/Linky. So if you have a twitter that is not on your page for some reason leave it in the comments and I will follow you that way too!

Q: What blog are you thankful for?

I'm thankful for all blogs really. There are so many great ones out there. I would have to say Mundie Moms is the first book blog that I came across and got me into all other book blogs so I would definitely be thankful for that.

Trailer Reveal: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout #DaemonInvasion

#DaemonInvasion @JLArmentrout @JLArmentroutFan
 
So I was sad that we were not able to bring the Opal Release Party to Chicago but I'm glad to be a part of the Opal Book Trailer Reveal. So Excited for the book!! I'm huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout so I can tell you that I've already been trying to figure out how to get to Houston for the release. So here it is....enjoy!



No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.



USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, 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 also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Find Jennifer on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog

 

Banner Change!

So my blog has been around for a year already. Seems crazy to me, I didn't do a big celebration but maybe I will do something a little later. I haven't been super blogging lately because my dad has kidney cancer and the last couple weeks I've been kind of dealing with the stress and anxiety of that. Soo luckily they are going to remove his kidney and then the cancer should be gone. So it's been a difficult year but I have found plenty of comfort in reading and checking out everyone else's blogs. So I will have plenty of reviews to post soon.

I did however design a new blog banner a few weeks ago and hadn't changed the site. So I decided on a whim to do it today. Fun Friday!! Let me know what you think. The colors of the site is what I worry most about. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of all the brown but I like to go with readability. I try to make sure all of my text and links are easy to see and read. So hopefully that is accomplished with the new look. You might see things in the banner move around and change because I have a habit of adding and subtracting things. Especially when I have something like a room to work with.

Feature and Follow


Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me, you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (left).

I also make sure to go back and follow everyone that comments and I try to always follow twitter along with GFC/Linky. So if you have a twitter that is not on your page for some reason leave it in the comments and I will follow you that way too!

Q: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?

This is a hard question because I feel like my favorite movies are already books or were based off books.

Let me think what are my favorite movies besides that. I always loved Empire Records, that would be an interesting book.

City Of Bones Movie Trailer

So MTV.com released the City of Bones by Cassandra Clare movie trailer last night. I'm beyond excited to see this!!! I got chills from the trailer.


I wasn't as excited about the movie poster. Although that doesn't mean I won't print it out and hang at my desk.



Cover Reveal: Destiny by P.T. Michelle


@PT_Michelle #Destiny #BKoD3
Destiny (Brightest Kind of Darkness, Book 3)
By
P.T. Michelle
Expected Release Date: March 31, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

When destiny is on the line, will love be enough to light the way?

In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head.

Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together.

As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?

 

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Other books in the Brightest Kind of Darkness Series: (titles link to Goodreads)

 

 
Brightest Kind of Darkness, Book 1 (currently FREE)
Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness, Book 2)

 

About the Author
 

P.T. Michelle is author of the young adult series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.


 
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Want to help spread the word about DESTINY's upcoming release? Click the link below to get the countdown widget script to put on your website or on your blog's side bar. :)


 

 

 

Feature and Follow


Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me, you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (left).

I also make sure to go back and follow everyone that comments and I try to always follow twitter along with GFC/Linky. So if you have a twitter that is not on your page for some reason leave it in the comments and I will follow you that way too!

Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?

No I don't really mind because I think that happens often. A dystopia novel is going to have a world that is destoryed in one way or another. So all dystopia novels have the same basic idea. I think a book find it's own way to be unique though. I love retellings of things like myths and fairy tales. I've never been that into fanfics though and there are definitely a lot of them in the anime/manga world. I'm not sure why but I feel like when a series is done I'm done with the characters. Not that I always want to be but more of it's just the way it should be.


Make sure to check out my giveaway for a signed (personalized) copy of Matched by Ally Condie. I'm really beyond excited for the book signing.

Also please please please VOTE For Chicago to host the Opal Release Party, especially if you live anywhere near the midwest or in Chicago itself. Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series is not the only amazing one she has written. Also there will be a big giveaway if Chicago wins!


Vote Chicago #DaemonInvasion.....Giveaway?!

Vote for Chicago Here

 
LA and Houston are promising big giveaways if their cities win. Well Chicago of course can not be outdone so Wanderlust books and I are teaming up to offer the same. I have to get my giveaway pictures together but check out what Wanderlust is offering up. It's pretty awesome!

If Chicago wins I will add to the giveaway pile....

A signed paperback copy of The Night Circus
The Lux series (ya the whole thing)
Some various swag




Win Signed Paperback copy of Match by Ally Condie


So I'm going to the Ally Condie book signing next week and I decided that...If I'm going to get my books signed it seems stupid to have two hardcover books and one paperback. So I'm replacing my paperback copy of Matched with a hardcover and that means my paperback is up for grabs. Not only is it up for grabs but I am also willing to cart it along with me to the signing and have it signed and personalized for whoever wins it.

Now I've read my copy so it's gently used but you can't tell. Also the contest is US only because of shipping cost.

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Also make sure to VOTE CHICAGO for the Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Party!! If it comes to Chicago there will definitely be a giveaway!





Vote Chicago for #DaemonInvasion

So @entangledteen is allowing the readers to choose where to have Jennifer L. Armentrout's Opal Release Party. It's been narrowed down to five cities and Chicago is one of them. So why should you VOTE for Chicago? Why because it's the best city around! Just look at this view and you can find spots like this all over the city.


Not only that, out of the five cities Chicago is the one that is most centrally located in the country. That means shorter plane flights for everyone!!! Not only that we have two airports to accommodate the trillions of people who will be out for the signing!! These are not the only reason I think Chicago is grand, just think Pizza, Hot Dogs and Garretts Popcorn. The Magnificent Mile and State Street, which at this time of the year will have the windows decorated for Christmas. If you are not a fan of being in the actual city you can stay out in the Burbs and it's only a train ride to get to downtown. It's also a huge sports city so if you need to drag along a companion (this is the case with my husband) they won't be disappointed! I could probably go on forever as to why you would want to not only come to Chicago for the Release Party but also just to visit. There's a reason there are songs written about Sweet Home Chicago!!!

Those of you in the Chicagoland area please help spread the word Wanderlust Books and I are trying to blow up the web and get votes. So make sure you vote, if you haven't read Jennifer's books this is the time to do it. She rocks my socks off with all of her series! If she is not enough to get you voting (even though she should be) how can you say no to Pepe (aka Daemon)....


Yep (schedule permitting) he will be there too..I was able to meet them both in Georgia this summer and I can tell you.....they are awesome!!

Voting goes on until Nov. 13th. VOTE HERE

Book Haul: Sunday Post


Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

So the time change has had me off all day. Who knew that gaining and hour could make me so tired. Anyway I did spend some time wandering aimlessly around a couple of bookstores. I really do wander aimlessly, I'm surprised they don't kick me out for being some strange girl who has spent and hour going up and down the same aisle. I did pick up some books, some for my kids and some for me.

I had missed the Jessica Shirvingtong signing at Andersons a week or two ago. So I picked up autograph copies of her books. I love the cover of Entice.


Then I moved on to Barnes and Noble to pick up the manga version on The Infernal Devices...(can you tell I had coupons)

 
Even though I seem to find myself fighting my son over my Nook, I did pick up a bunch of ebooks. They were free and I was kind of cover shopping. With the exception of Roar and Liv, which I don't why I read it because now I'm even more anxiously awaiting Through the Ever Night then I was before.
 

 
 
So that's it for books. The YA Mythology giveaway is finishing up and I am going to be posting about another giveaway tonight or tomorrow. Also a post about why the Opal release party should be in Chicago.


Feature & Follow


Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me, you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (left).

I also make sure to go back and follow everyone that comments and I try to always follow twitter along with GFC/Linky. So if you have a twitter that is not on your page for some reason leave it in the comments and I will follow you that way too!

Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?

I have a hard time when I don't like a main character. If the main character is spending the majority of the book getting on my nerves then it makes it difficult to read. Sometimes side characters will make up for it but it's rough. I'm not talking about when I get frustrated with a main character because there are moments like that in every book, it's the don't open the door the murderer is on the other side thing.