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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

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Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can't wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she's been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she'd rather forget.

Mikayla's never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she's ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend's heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls' perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I'm Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it's really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Published: 31 July 2014
Format: Paperback 400 pages
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Categories: Science Fiction Romance
ISBN 13: 9780007553068 ISBN 10: 0007553064

Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

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Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

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Lover, Divine by A. Star

Publisher: Createspace
Published: 06 March 2014
Format: Paperback 198 pages
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Categories: Erotic Fiction Romance Adult & Contemporary Romance
ISBN 13: 9781496058041 ISBN 10: 1496058046

10 Movies you could watch over and over for ever

Pan's Labyrinth–OMG. One of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. So deep and touching and downright fantastic. Didn't care that it was all in Spanish either.

The Young Victoria–I am a sucker for period pieces and I love movies about royalty. The acting was superb and I love Emily Blunt. It was a true winner for me.

Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2–I am a serious Quentin Tarentino fan and these were the first movies I saw of his. Blew my freaking mind by how awesome they were.

Death Proof–Again, a Quentin Tarentino film. Utterly brilliant and wild. I loved every second of it.

Transformers–I LOVED the first Transformers. It was perfectly plotted and executed, on top of being hilarious.

Snatch–With an all-star cast of actors, this movie seriously delivered. Not only was it hilarious, but it was brilliantly written, with multiple plotlines all crossing over each other.

Pirates of the Caribbean–Johnny Depp. That is all.

Underworld–Not the greatest vampire movies I've ever seen, but I still loved them.

Lord of the Rings–These movies are long, but so amazing that I don't care.

Fast & Furious–Hot men driving hot cars. I'm in. RIP Paul Walker.

For fans of the Oracle of Delphi series…and for those who aren’t…

Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege, and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.

When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.

But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.

WARNING: For readers 18+ only. Contains adult language and sexual situations.

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A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrifice. Lover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Loversseries. Future releases under A. Star include, King, Desired (Mythos: Gods and Lovers #2), the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tens List with S.L. Dunn

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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.

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Ten List - Things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time.

1) Hindsight is 20/20, but I definitely would not have thrown that potato across the room in junior year Home Ec.

2) I wouldn’t have parked in the staff lot every day. The bridges burned weren’t worth the convenience.

3) I would have read more. The back-to-back whammy of freshman year Scarlet Letter and Ethan Frome almost turned me off books forever. Though I’ll admit this speaks more to my fourteen-year-old self than it does those novels.

4) I would not have taken Anatomy and Physiology. No matter how you justify it, dissecting a cat is weird.

5) I would have used my creativity and explored new experiences more often. When you’re fifteen you don’t see yourself as closing doors, but it’s what happens.

6) I wouldn’t have driven so many teachers to an early retirement. Mr. Wait and Mr. Zopes come to mind. Sorry guys.

7) I wouldn’t have used the TI83 solely for stopping alien invasions.

8) I would avoid falling through that window during the sophomore year 24-hour relay fundraiser.

9) I would not have devoted my “library time” to researching armor in World of Warcraft.

10) I would not have crawled out of the science wing windows and into the parking lot to drive home when there was a substitute teacher.

Music Playlist for ANTHEM’S FALL

I’ll keep it simple. One song for each character—you can decide which fits whom. They’re all instrumental. I don’t want lyrics to blur a first impression.

1) El Pico, Ratatat
2) Orion, Metallica
3) Dayvan Cowboy, Boards of Canada
4) I suppose I’ll add the Terminator 2 main theme, just on principle.

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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Thank you S.L. Dunn for making this giveaway possible.

1 Winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.
5 Winners will receive a Signed Paperback Copy of Anthem’s Fall by S.L. Dunn.
42 Winners will receive an E-Copy of Anthem’s Fall by S.L. Dunn. (International)

July 17th Thursday: Jean BookNerd 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

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Guardians by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan Cover Reveal

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Guardians will be releasing on March 24, 2015 by HarperTeen.
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SUSAN KIM is a playwright, TV writer, and author. Her two graphic novels w/co-author Laurence Klavan, “City of Spies” (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and “Brain Camp” (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks), were published by First Second Books in 2010. “Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation” (co-written w/Elissa Stein) was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2009. Plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service) and various one-acts that were produced in the EST Marathon, including Death and the Maiden, Rapid Eye Movement,Dreamtime for Alice (Dramatists Play Service and Farrar Strauss), and Memento Mori (Smith and Krauss). Her work has been produced internationally. Ms. Kim has been nominated five times for the Emmy and four times for the Writers Guild award for her work in both non-fiction and children’s TV; she won a WGA award in 1996 for Best Documentary. She lives in New York City, teaches dramatic writing in the MFA program at Goddard College and currently blogs for the Huffington Post.

LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, "City of Spies" and "Brain Camp," were co-written with Susan Kim and published by First Second Books at Macmillan. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, among many other journals, and a collection is forthcoming from Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of "Bed and Sofa," the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London in 2011. His one-act, "The Summer Sublet," is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Hearts In Vegas by Colleen Collins

File Size: 440 KB
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance; Large Print edition (July 1, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Dream Cast

Heroine: Frances Jefferies, former jewel thief turned insurance investigator: Grace Kelly. In fact, I gave a "tip of the hat" to Grace Kelly's character (Frances Stevens) in the 1955 classic movie TO CATCH A THIEF by giving my character the same first name. Although in HEARTS IN VEGAS, Frances is the reformed jewel thief (in TO CATCH A THIEF, the character played by Cary Grant is the reformed jewel thief).

Hero: Braxton Morgan, Las Vegas private eye. He has that enduring cute-boy look and nonchalant irony. Think of a younger Hugh Grant.

Hugh Grant photo: Hugh_Grant_Brussels_'08 cc by-SA 2.0 Tine Hemeryck

Villian: Dmitri Romanov, a Russian criminal whose chiseled features and cropped blond hair are reminiscent of Daniel Craig, the actor who plays James Bond.

Daniel Craig photo: Daniel Craig 3, 2012 CC BY-SA 2.0 Liam Mendes

You’re not going into this alone.

P.I. Frances Jefferies is the perfect person to slip into Las Vegas’s underworld to recover a priceless necklace. With her elite investigative skills, not to mention her jewel-thief past, she knows she can get the job done. That is, until a sexy stranger gets in her way.

Braxton Morgan’s past is as secretive as her own. There’s so much about this man she wants to discover but not at the cost of her case. For that, she must stay focused. Then Braxton suggests adding his security expertise to catch the criminal. And suddenly they’re mixing smarts with danger and a whole lot of passion!

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Colleen Collins is an award-winning author who’s written several dozen novels for Harlequin and Dorchester. She has also indie-published two mystery novels (THE UNGRATEFUL DEAD and THE ZEN MAN) and several nonfiction books on private investigations. She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When not writing, she loves spending time with her husband, two Rottweilers (named Aretha Franklin and Jack Nicholson) and three cats.

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