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Foresworn by Rinda Elliot #BookReview #AuthorInterview #Giveaway #FFBC


Foresworn (Sisters of Fate #3)
by Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 2nd 2014

It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny.

But only if they survive…

Kat Lockwood grew up listening to her unhinged mother’s stories about the Norse goddess souls she and her triplet sisters carry, about fiery deaths and a prophecy foretelling the world’s end. Now, to save that world, Kat must find a guy who hosts the soul of a Norse god–a warrior with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

But at a truck stop on her road trip, Kat freezes time while she writes out a cryptic message in runes. The only other person able to see this happen? A gorgeous guy with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

Kat’s not convinced peaceful Arun is the future warrior who will turn the tide in the final battle. Yet, Arun turns out to be a lot tougher than he seems. As soul-carrying teens and underworld creatures gather over the world’s deadliest volcano, Kat finds that no one, including her sisters and mother, is exactly who she thought they were….

Sisters of Fate

The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.

   

Other Books in the Series
 

I actually wasn’t scheduled to do a review originally for this tour but they sent out info for the books and it was one of those days that I decided to “take a look”. Which sometimes means I just read a few pages or actually read the book. This was one of those cases where I devoured the books. I became obsessed and I read each of the first two books in a day respectively. I was so sucked into the world that I started Foresworn right after Forecast but actually stopped reading. To save the reading high. Some book series just click with me and this was one of those series. It’s hard for me to review the books separately because my brain puts them all together in one big awesome novel.

There are so many things I love about Foresworn along with the Foretold and Forecast. First the books are very uniquely written. Each book is a sister perspective and the timeline of the books overlap. I was impressed with the way that Rinda kept the sisters interactions straight from book to book. I felt like they fit together flawlessly.

Another thing that I think is very cool about this series is that the books begin at the start of the End of World. You often read books that are trying to avoid the start of the End or books that take place after the end. It’s not as often that you see a series taking place during. It was cool the way Rinda took Norse mythology and Ragnarok to bring it about. You could tell that she had done a lot of research just by the amount of Gods and Goddess and how well the mythology was executed. I love a book that makes me want to look things up and learn more about them.

Big battles can be tricky because sometimes you find they fizzle out. In this case I was really happy with the end of the book. I think it was perfect. There events and small battles that lead up to the major showdown at the end. So things come about naturally. It’s not like they are just hanging out and boom everything is over. I really liked how things played out and were resolved. The Epilogue is absolutely perfect.

So the main players. The books center around each of the three sisters and their warriors. Kat is featured in Foresworn and at first I had expected Coral to be the last one but Kat definitely made the most sense. The sisters are similar but have their own qualities that make them stand out. Kat is fierce and protective of her family. She is also probably the most cautious when it comes to people. Arun is kind and quiet and seems to see the good in everyone. They manage to balance eachother out. We see the sisters grow in each book but I think Kat grows the most.

If you have read the first two books,you will not be disappointed in how things are wrapped up. If you haven’t read them. What are you waiting for! Definitely pick them up.

My favorite warrior in the series was Vanir (the bathroom kidnapping scene). My favorite sister is definitely Coral. I love that she is sweet but also fierce. My favorite couple though would be Kat and Arun. They felt like such a partnership.


\Q. You often see books with Greek/Roman Mythology, what made you choose Norse Mythology instead? Were you familiar with the Mythology besides settling on it as a topic?

A. Yes, I was very familiar with the topic. I’ve always had a fascination with Norse mythology—long before I learned my first name is actually Norse and means giant. One of the first books I wrote was a this sweeping, paranormal romance set in a castle in Wales with this brooding hero suffering from an old Viking curse. I never published that one, but I always knew I’d do something bigger with the mythology someday.

Q. How do you conduct your research? Do you use the internet, hit the books at the library or out in the real world?

A. Both the Internet and books. I actually own quite a few books on Norse mythology. I love reading about the different interpretations in the myths. They make it fun to work with the mythology—to manipulate them into my own stories.

Q. Which of the sisters was your favorite to write? Favorite God soul carrying boy?

A. Picking a favorite would be so hard! In fact, I can’t because I love different aspects of each character. I suppose I identified the most with Raven. I’m the oldest of three sisters and our family moved a lot, too, so I understood her need for home. I love Coral’s sweet, yet strong nature and the way she wants those around her to be happy. Love her curiosity. And I’m crazy about Kat’s gruff nature because she thinks it covers up her huge, protective heart. As for the boys? I love how attentive Vanir is, how fierce and protective Taran can be and Arun’s amusement over Kat’s bluster along with his acceptance and even attraction to her nature was great.

Q. The books have moments when the overlap, mostly phone calls. How did you keep that straight when you were writing. Did you put a big sticky note that said talked to Kat here?

A. This was the hardest part of writing these books. I created a timeline and had to make sure I knew where everyone was at all times, take into account time zones, etc. When I got to the third book and realized just how tight I’d made Kat’s story, I took all my notes and sat down with my critique partner. I shared what had to happen and how much time Kat had to accomplish it. My CP’s eyes got really big, and then we settled in and hashed it out. We do this often—show up with notes and help each fine tune plots. Still, while actually writing the book, I had to keep the first two books open and do a lot of checking. And yes, there were sticky notes all over my monitor sometimes. LOL. It will be some time before I’ll work on simultaneous books again. I won’t say never, because who knows? The challenge was fun and I really enjoyed showing what was happening on the other end of the phone calls.

Q. Did you outline all three books before writing the first one?

A. I did not. Not detailed outlines anyway. I had a rough plot outline of books two and three and the first book written entirely when Harlequin Teen acquired them. The seriously cool part of writing Foresworn was that I ended up having goose bumps quite often while finishing up the research. When I wrote FORETOLD, I knew what needed to happen in the other two books and had set aside important research done before FORETOLD was ever written. And I knew that the third book would be set at Yellowstone because of the all-consuming fire aspect of Ragnarok. Yet, as the books came together, it almost felt like I’d subconsciously picked areas, places and characters for very important and specific reasons. Raven, Coral and Kat are part Arapaho and I chose that because of research on the Kensington Runestone. When I picked Yellowstone, I hadn’t realized how very much the rich Arapaho history would tie into that setting and my story. There’s an incredible legend about why the Arapaho didn’t want to share the location of Yellowstone for so long. Everything just blended into FORESWORN like the story was already out there and I was just discovering it myself. I love when stuff like that happens while writing.

Q. If you could have any talent/job in the world besides writing. what would it be?

A. It’s funny how long it took me to come up with an answer for this question. I love what I do and want to be even better at it. It’s my goal to continue improving my work. But… it would be cool to design video games. Though, I suppose that’s also writing in a sense…

Q. Describe your book in 5 words.
A. Action-packed modern mythological teen romance.

I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.

I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.

You can find me at http://relliott4.wordpress.com & http://www.deadlinedames.com

   





E-book Deals #Gravity and #TheCollector

Why not celebrate a shopping day with some sales on books! A couple of my favorite authors!



In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.





Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of Hell’s best — a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment: Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions long ago buried.

Behind Your Back by Chelsea M. Cameron #CoverReveal


BehindYourBack

Today is the cover reveal for Chelsea M. Cameron's upcoming title, BEHIND YOUR BACK. This book will be released in February 2015 but be sure to check out the author's note below for some special news about the release!


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Add the book to GOODREADS.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:
This past summer I traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland for a book signing. It was my first trip outside of the US and I was nervous as hell. While I was on the plane and begging for my motion sickness medication to kick in, I started thinking about a character I didn’t “know” yet. Every now and then I will get a character’s voice in my head and not have a story for them. More often than not, my books start with just one character. I don’t know where the story is going, or what they’re going to do. I only have their voice guiding me. I told myself I wasn’t going to work on anything new on my trip, since I already had existing deadlines. But of course the voice ignored me. He kept talking to me. I couldn’t resist, so I started working on his story in my gorgeous hotel room with its view of Edinburgh castle. I wrote some more words at the Elephant House, which is where J. K. Rowling started writing the first Harry Potter book. Over vegetable lasagna and jasmine tea, a story started to develop. It was different than anything I’d ever written. Told completely from a male point of view. It was also a romantic suspense, something I’d been dying to try writing, but didn’t think I had the ability to do. I called my mother in my excitement and her words were “that’s completely different than anything you’ve ever written.” This is that story. And since this story is so completely different, I’m doing something different when I release it. In February (date to be determined), you will not only get the first book on that day, Behind Your Back, you will also be able to buy the sequel, Back To Back! No weeks or months of waiting to find out what happens. You can read the two books in one day if you want. Instant gratification. I hope you fall in love with these books as much as I have while writing them.



TEASER:

She wears a wig and colored contacts the first time I see her in person. Her electric green eyes are too memorable, even in a crowd. But underneath the plain brown wig and the brown contacts and the bored expression she wears, something shines through that she can’t cover up.

I recognize it right away, even if I wouldn’t have been searching for her. Raising myself from my chair, I cross the coffee shop. She watches her phone, pretending to be the kind of girl who can’t abandon her Facebook page for longer than three seconds. But I know. I know her.

Her finger hovers over the screen of the phone, her shoulders slump, but her foot jiggles just a little bit. Not enough for anyone but me to notice. But I see it. I see her.

I pass by her table on my way out the door. I give her one glance. A visual brush over her body. I know she sees me, but pretends not to. She pushes the wig back and I can just barely see the flash of red hair at the nape of her neck, along with a tattoo. I can’t see all of it, but I don’t need to. I know that, too.

A Celtic knot.

I pass through the door and don’t look back. Her eyes follow me down the street to the crosswalk and until I’m out of view.

She sees me.


AUTHOR INFORMATION


ChelseaCamChelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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A Very Grey Christmas by T.A.Foster #BookReview #Giveaway #Holiday




A VERY GREY CHRISTMAS by T.A. Foster
Kissing Eden, book #3
November 2014

I was getting ready to spend the single most important holiday of the year alone. Completely and utterly alone.
That meant he wouldn’t be there Christmas Eve. No making Christmas cookies, or listening to my dad sing off-key while my mom bustled around wrapping last-minute gifts. No decorating the tree. No midnight Christmas kiss.
No waking up in Grey’s arms. We were actually going to spend our very first Christmas in different states.
That was until Grey gave me the most unexpected gift of my life.




   



A Very Grey Christmas is one of those perfect Holiday stories. It’s low key, fun and really puts you in the spirit.

This is the 3rd book in the series but I feel like if you are in the mood for something for the Holiday you can read this without reading the first two books. I think T.A. Foster does a good job alluding to things in the first couple of books but doesn’t give anything away if you want to read them and haven’t yet. Although I think it will make you want to read them if you haven’t. It was easy to invest in Grey and Eden as characters.

I loved spending the Holidays with Eden’s family! It was nice to see such a strong family and community bond. Plus it was just so much fun. I want to go to their house this Christmas! It was actually giving me ideas for things that would be fun to do at my house like the luminaries. I also thought it was cool how her mom had themes for the trees. It was like a pinterest board come to life in the book.

Grey and Eden are adorable. I love how easy they are with one another and you can really feel that whole vibe coming off them. I really just smiled throughout reading and of course there were particular things that really made me happy giggle.

Such an adorable Christmas read. I think if you’ve read the series you will be happy with this extension on Grey and Eden. If you haven’t, I think you can enjoy the Holiday aspect and it will make you want to go back and read the first two books.

Other Books in the Series
 

T.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.

She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

   


All I Want #CoverReveal #Holiday



These 9 fabulous bestselling authors are giving you 9 HOT novellas to brighten your December. 



RELEASE DATE: DEC 13, 2014

Snowflakes & Fire Escapes by J.M Darhower - Cody Moran and Gracie Callaghan wanted nothing more than to escape the life they'd been born into, but it's the kind of life that doesn't like to let go. A story of love and heartache spanning the streets of Hell's Kitchen to far, far away, where it doesn't snow.

Winter Kiss: Ryley and Ash by L.P. Dover - Now that his time for revenge is over, Ryley wants to make the season special for the woman he loves. Not only will you hear the sound of Christmas bells during the holiday, but maybe another type of bell followed by the pitter patter of little feet.

A Merry Mitchell Affair by Jennifer Foor - Come join the entire Mitchell clan for a very merry Christmas and a surprise wedding.

Hit or Mistletoe by HJ Harley - London and her twin brother Trent are headed home for the holidays. This year Trent has brought home his hockey teammate and friend Pratt Montgomery. Who if wasn’t for Trent, would have spent them alone. London is convinced Pratt is just another beer drinking jock, until she sees a completely different side of him when he opens up to her.

Stranded by BJ Harvey - Stranded in Chicago just two days before the holidays, Porter Daniels and Harlow Wilson have to clear the air. Can they finally stop circling each other and get what they really want for Christmas?

12 Days of Forever by Heidi McLaughlin - A Beaumont Novella - The Christmas trees are trimmed and the bells are ringing. For one lucky couple in Beaumont, Christmas has a whole new meaning.

Adam by K.A. Robinson: A Torn Series Novella - In Tamed, you heard Amber's side of the story. Now, it's Adam's turn. What happened after Tamed? What was going through Adam's mind in key scenes of Tamed? It's time Adam had his say.

Lost in Translation by S. L. Scott - When two opposites attract in Paris, can the language of love bring them together or will they be Lost in Translation?

Fighter by Tijan - Jax Cutler is one bail jumper Dale doesn't want to help her family catch, but he soon becomes the one she can't let go.



Rebound by Noelle August #CoverReveal



At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August,
and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.

The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy #RDL #BookReview #Excerpt #Giveaway #Holiday



The Hazards of Mistletoe
Alyssa Rose Ivy

One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.

   



“Ice skating and hot cocoa? What are you buttering me up for?” I sat down on the bench and unlaced my skates. The snow was falling a little bit heavier, but the flakes were still light and more pleasant than a nuisance.
“I’m just enjoying an evening with a beautiful woman. I do have a romantic side you know.”
“Romantic?” What was Glen playing at? I’d had a crush on him for years, but things had stayed completely platonic. We were good friends who saw each other once a year, and teased each other through text messages and late night phone calls. That was it.
He didn’t hear me. He was already in line to return our skates. I waited for him to return with my boots, and not for the first time I was glad I’d worn wool socks. It was cold during the day, but the nights were absolutely freezing.
“Here you go, my lady.” He bent down and proceeded to put my foot into my boot.
I pulled away from him. “Knock it off. What’s gotten into you tonight?” As charming as Glen was being something seemed off with him. I wondered if maybe I wasn’t the only one who was upset.
He proceeded to move on to my next boot. “It’s Christmas Eve. Aren’t you Miss Holiday Spirit?”
“Usually.”
“Exactly.” He put on his shoes and tugged on my hand to pull me to standing. “Let’s get those hot chocolates.”
The line at the cafĂ© on the other side of the rink was nearly out the door, but I was enjoying Glen’s company so much I didn’t mind.
He insisted on buying my hot cocoa for me, and considering he’d already paid for my skate rental, I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Glen had all the money he could ever need, but I wasn’t used to guys buying me anything. My dating experience wasn’t extensive, and it involved boys who were all about going dutch. “I really don’t mind paying.”
“Yeah, but I want to pay. Stop arguing and enjoy yourself.” He lightly bumped his shoulder into mine.
“Well, thanks.”
We walked around the village sipping our hot chocolate and not saying much. After a while we took a seat on a bench. It was underneath a tree, and the pine needles blocked some of the falling snow. I closed my eyes and listened to the chatter of people walking by mixed with the low hum of holiday music.
“You guys need to kiss.”
I opened my eyes and saw a girl staring at us. “You’re sitting under mistletoe. That’s the rules. You’re under mistletoe, you kiss.”
I looked up. Sure enough there was mistletoe hanging over us from the tree. It wasn’t real, it was just the decorative stuff they used, but it had the same unmistakable appearance.
Glen put an arm around me. “I think she’s right, Savy.”
I turned to glare at him. “Don’t even start.”
“Why not? Scared to kiss me?” he teased.
Yes. I was scared. Terrified. This was Glen. Kissing him wasn’t something I was prepared to do casually while sitting on a bench in the snow with a bunch of onlookers. Of course I couldn’t tell him that though. “Why would I be scared?”










The Hazards of Mistletoe is an adorable perfect Christmas story from Alyssa Rose Ivy's Hazards series. I had such a fun time reading it.

I loved the setting of the story.Something about snowboarding in Colorado makes me think Christmas. I’ve never been there but it just seems like the perfect place. Plus I like that it takes place over multiple Christmas breaks, so you skip all the drama during the year in between. Ha ha. I could picture the whole thing, hot chocolate, sleigh rides and snowboarding. I think it helped that I read this when it’s been oddly snowing outside.

Savvy(Savannah) is such a sweet girl and it’s hard not to like her. I felt so angry for her with the stuff that went down with her mom. Then Glen goes and does something super dumb which doesn’t help. She kept saying she wasn’t that close with her dad but it felt like that side her family was tight. I think she didn’t realize how good of a relationship she actually has with him. I loved the way her grandfather and her are close as well.

The interesting thing about the story is that I felt like it’s more heavy on the Glen side. Savvy has her problems but I felt like the majority lay with Glen. He did a dumb thing but he also had a sort of good reason. I’m never a fan of people being concerned about how deserving they are of things. You don’t think you deserve it? Then work for it. I liked Glen a lot though and the things he does for Savvy are adorable.

I loved that Savvy’s dads girlfriends kids (mouthful there) are part of the story. Gives another layer to the family aspect. Plus it seems like there is a possibility it’s not the last we'll hear about Laney. Dalton kind of creeped me out. If he was in my face like that I would have decked him within the first five minutes. He was weirdly pushy.

The whole story was cute and perfect for christmas. I loved the setting and the romancing, the perfect read to curl up with some hot chocolate. I loved that Savannah and Glen have been friends forever and it blossoms into something different. Great holiday read.


Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.