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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hidden by Sophie Jordan Giveaway

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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

Sophie Jordan’s third and final book in the Firelight Series, Hidden, continues with Jacinda’s efforts in saving Cassian’s sister, Miram from the enkros. Jacinda has grown a lot within this series as she has to make some rather difficult choices and learns to be comfortable with who she is. Without spoiling too much for this incredible end to a fantastic trilogy, readers will witness Jacinda deal with her relationship with her family, the ever changing relationship with her sister, and how Will and Cassian both bring out the best in Jacinda.

Jacinda’s venture into enemy territory provided a lot of the action and with Sophie’s descriptive texts, readers are right there alongside her. Even thought this is the series finale, the twists and surprises kept on pouring in. It was amazing how Sophie manages to stack on twists after twists.

This is one of those series that is difficult to accept that it finally comes to an end. Parting ways with these wonderful characters will not sit well with readers as they have invested so much time in them. Sophie’s writing style continues to shine in Hidden as she cleverly provides readers with some much needed answers and puts closures to things. Hidden is truly a fantastic novel and it is sad to see it come to an end. But with some character’s story not ending happy, hopefully it will spark a new line of books from Sophie.

You can purchase Hidden at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Sophie for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive an ARC Copy of Hidden & one Signed Bookmark by Sophie Jordan.
3 Winners will receive one Signed Bookmark by Sophie Jordan.
1 Winner will receive one Signed Copy of Firelight, Signed Bookmark by Sophie Jordan.
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Suzanne Lazear Author Interview

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Suzanne Lazear writes books that end in "punk." Her new elfpunk THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS (book 1), releases from Shine 9/26/16. She is also the author of the fairytale steampunk series The Aether Chronicles. INNOCENT DARKNESS, CHARMED VENGEANCE, and FRAGILE DESTINY, are all out now from Flux. Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter and the hubby where she’s currently attempting to make a raygun to match her ballgown. Learn more about the Aether Chronicles at


What was your first introduction to YA literature, the one that made you choose that genre to write?
I was originally reluctant to write YA because I wasn’t sure I could do all the “fun thing” you could do in adult books. Some teens in my dance class brought mw Wicked Lovely, A Great and Terrible Beauty, and City of Bones, and my perception of YA changed. Fast.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
Up until about a year and a half ago I was a competitive Irish Dancer. I had the dress and curls and everything. Okay, I still have them under my bed.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book in the 3rd grade. It was a cookbook.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Did you learn anything from writing Innocent Darkness (Aether Chronicles Series #1) and what was it?
I found myself doing a ton of research of Los Angeles and San Francisco history, on asylums and Victorian torture methods, how steam engines work, the Victorian era in general, and of course, faeries. I even took a class on law enforcement so I could figure out how to write the scene when Noli get’s pulled over by the hovercop. One of the more horrifying things I learned was that in that era, young women were actually institutionalized for things such as “youthful disobedience”, “willfulness”, and “hysteria.:

For those who are unfamiliar with Noli Braddock, how would you introduce her?
Noli is a spunky sixteen year old who’d rather read a book than go to balls and wants to save her family by going to the university, not marriage. She liked to fix things and garden and even after six years, hopes her father is still alive.

What part of Steven "V" Darrow did you enjoy writing the most?
V is such a “fussy old bodger” as Noli would say. Even for a gentleman he can be a bit prim and prudish at times. However, he has this incredible since of loyalty and honor. He will go to great lengths to protect those he loves. He also likes to read and write poetry. Guys who read are sexy.

How many books have you written?
I completed nine other manuscripts before selling INNOCENT DARKNESS, most were really bad. Apparently, books need plots.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
If you want to be a writer, write every day – even if it’s for five minutes.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
In graduate school I was an intern at a non-profit and I stuffed over ten thousand envelopes standing up. It was quite far from me and they’d promised to pay me a stipend at the end of the summer. They never did.

When was the last time you cried?
A few days ago.

Wish. Love. Desire. Live.

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish. 

Suzanne Lazear’s Innocent Darkness is an impressively written Steampunk novel. It takes place in the year 1901 where there is little or no freedom at all for women. The confident Magnolia Braddock (Noli) is determined to attain independence in a man’s world. She likes to work on engines and dreams of going to college to become a botanist. Since society has barred women from doing this, the strong-willed Noli does not abide and gets caught in trouble with the law. She is sent to a reform school with a new determination of not allowing it to break her spirit. Soon she is caught in a web of abuse and lies but finds help from the most peculiar person, a faerie.

Starting off as a great steampunk novel, it falls into a dark faerie novel. Suzanne has done a remarkable job of giving details in providing a brilliantly executed shift in the book’s theme. Her writing style is stunningly creative with delivering great details of a steampunk novel without having to go overboard in explaining it all. The triangle romance between Noli, Kevighn and Steven (“V”) is done well with Noli making a sensible decision and readers are not thrown into a state of confusion and frustration with the girl not making up her mind.

Innocent Darkness is a remarkably written novel that will have readers talking about it long after it is read. Suzanne is an author to look out for. She has a talent of trapping her readers into her amazing world without any signs of escape.

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Thank you SUZANNE LAZEAR for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Signed copy of Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jennifer Armentrout Author Interview

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING Author JENNIFER 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 Russel 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. She is the author of the COVENANT Series (Spencer Hill Press), the LUX Series (Entangled Publishing), and the upcoming YA contemporary mystery/thrillers DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion Spring 2014) and yet untitled book (Disney/Hyperion tentative Fall 2014).

Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t think there was one moment, but I grew up reading books, so it seemed natural that I’d be interested in writing my own stories. I wrote my first full length novel in long hand while I was in the 9th grade. It probably sucked.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
Um, zombies used to scare me to death.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
There are things you don’t want to do that you have to do.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
You can’t make everyone happy and don’t try. It leads to nothing but misery.

Can you tell us when you started Obsidian (Lux Series #1), how that came about?
Obsidian is the story that almost didn’t happen. My editor on my adult series had asked if I was interested in coming up with a story that focused around aliens in high school. That was all she gave me—come up with a story that has… Aliens. In. High School. And I laughed, because who wanted to read about aliens in high school and I said no. But the more I thought about it, I came up with the characters and the rest just took off.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Daemon?
That people are attracted to the jerk.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
I don’t think I have any advice to give the readers. I mean, I hope they enjoy the story, but reading is so subjective and is truly in the eye of the reader. But I had to give some kind of general advice it would seriously be to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
I think I always answer the questions honestly. At least, I hope. =)

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
Working at Burger King. Enough said.

When was the last time you cried?
I think the last time I got all teary-eyed was when I said goodbye to Pepe and Sztella. I don’t cry a lot though. It takes a lot for me to do that.

Most horrifying dream you have ever had?
I used to have these dreams were I was stuck in a maze trying to follow someone. Those dreams were horrendous because I could never get out of the maze or find the person.

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

Praise for OBSIDIAN

"The beginning of Armentrout's new Lux series is a thrilling ride from start to finish. A cross between Roswell and Dawson's Creek, this series is guaranteed to hold your attention and have you begging for more." Romantic Times

Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars: "The beginning of Armentrout’s new Lux series is a thrilling ride from start to finish. A cross between Roswell and Dawson’s Creek, this series is guaranteed to hold your attention and have you begging for more." —RT Book Reviews

“Daemon and Katy are combustible…Obsidian is an action packed ride that will leave you breathless and begging for more.” — Jus Accardo, author of Touch

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Thank you JENNIFER ARMENTROUT for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a copy of  Obsidian (Lux #1)  by Jennifer Armentrout.

Nora Zelevansky Author Interview

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Nora Zelevansky is a novelist, freelance journalist, essayist and editor, whose writing has appeared in publications including ELLE, Vanity Fair online,, Cosmopolitan, Travel + Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country,, SELF, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and Daily Candy to name a few. She is a contributing writer for C Magazine.

Her debut novel SEMI-CHARMED LIFE hits shelves on July 3rd, 2012. This first in a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press draws heavily on her childhood on Manhattan's Upper West side with art world parents, as well as her years as a lifestyle journalist, chronicling (with humor) the latest, sometimes wonky, trends in fashion, beauty, design, food, travel, politics and pop culture.

Zelevansky attended Scripps College of The Claremont Colleges. After graduation, she moved to LA to work first in film development & acquisitions and then in politics, before transitioning into freelance writing. Now, she lives in Brooklyn, NYC with her husband amidst more artisanal farm-to-table spots than one city should ever claim. She is fortunate enough to travel the globe on all manner of quests, researching stories and uncovering lesser known enclaves (you know, the areas where artists and designers nest first), seeking out strange and lovely discoveries from Austin’s best sesame sorbet to Thailand's most gifted new bag designer.

Her blog, THE POCKET LINT, has become a repository for her unexpected discoveries found while adventuring and wandering, as well as an outlet for her shameless TV habit.

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Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?

My mother actually tells a story about when I was about fifteen years old. Apparently, she suggested that maybe I would be a writer when I grew up. She claims that I responded, "No. That's too hard." Funny! That said, I also have a little book called "Radar Girl" that I made when I was about six years old. In it, the "About The Author" section (because there was one!) said, "Nora Zelevansky is a ritter and artist." My bad spelling notwithstanding, I guess I wanted to be a writer back then.

Either way, I was always writing. I was co-editor of my high school literary magazine, a writing tutor in college and, when I went out in into the world after graduation, I kept saying that I wanted a job during which I could work with writers. It never occurred to me just to become one at that point for some strange reason! When I finally realized, it was one of those things that seemed as if it should have been obvious from the get-go.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?

Oh, gosh. Well, I guess storytelling is important because it preserves our history, provides commentary on our present and also offers an escape when we desperately need one. It allows us to put ourselves in other peoples' shoes and teaches us empathy and humor; stories take us out of our own heads and widen the scope of our respective worlds. I am a huge reader, so I feel like storytelling is breathing.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?

Though I have yet to truly take this advice, a few other more experienced authors have told me to stop obsessing about the response to this first book and start thinking about book two. It's so hard though! They've also told me to appreciate every minute and that I am really working to do.

In your new book; Semi-Charmed Life, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it and why they should read your novel?

Because it will make my day! No, there are better reasons -- I promise.

Whatever Semi-Charmed Life may appear to be at first glance, it's actually really a melding of several genres: the novel combines satire, humor, coming of age, literary fiction, mystery and, yes, a first love story too. It's the story of Beatrice Bernstein, a college senior who hails from NYC's Upper West Side art world. (Just to explain for non-New Yorkers, the Upper West Side is very different from the Upper East. At least when I was growing up, the West Side had less money and more soul. It was historically home to a lot of intellectuals and artists -- very JD Salinger's Franny & Zooey -- and that's the universe in which Beatrice has grown up.)

She arrives at college and through a series of mishaps becomes a "ghost blogger" for a mysterious famous-for-nothing fellow senior named Veruca Pfeffernoose. As she takes on Veruca's identity, her own sense of self gets confused and her trajectory is changed for good. The book really celebrates and pokes fun at the worlds I have lived and later worked in as a lifestyle writer: fashion, beauty, art and more. It's a lot about the cult of celebrity and the value of fame.

Anyway, there should be something for everyone in it because it's (hopefully) a funny and quick light read, but it also has a lot going on under the surface. Ideally, it's smart as well as entertaining.

For those who are unfamiliar with Beatrice, how would you introduce her?

I'm a fan of the flawed heroine, who often feels out of place and clumsy as she moves around the world, but is also kind of beautiful and unwittingly graceful in her way. I often site characters like Bridget Jones and Tina Fey's Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. Those women are funny and smart. They feel like they're messes, but the rest of us love them for their imperfections and for their unconscious charm. Beatrice is ideally one of those types or at least she evolves into that. She is smart and hopeful, but also frustrated by her family's very narrow view. She is looking for her place in the world, which is something to which we can all relate.

If you could introduce Beatrice to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

Ooh. Good question. I haven't gotten this yet. I wonder if maybe Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice would be helpful to Beatrice? She is also a bit of a misfit within her family, though not a clutz, but also she is stubborn in her judgements and has great dry wit. Beatrice is hopeful but also cynical. Her best friend Dolly is an optimistic foil like Elizabeth's sister Jane. I think they would have a lot to laugh about.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?

The deal I signed with St. Martin's Press is a two book deal, so I'm just starting to work on my second novel. I can't tell you too much about it yet because it's still evolving. We have definitely toyed with making Semi-Charmed Life a series, but it's looking less likely for this time around.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?

If I'm window shopping with someone and they pick up something I don't like, I rarely have the heart to tell them. What's the point? I mean, unless they're going to buy it.

As much as I tote my love of The Bachelor, I don't always advertise the rest of my DVR queue. There are some good shows like GIRLS and The Good Wife, but there are some doozies too (though not as much reality stuff).

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?

I think just to keep writing regularly. A few years ago, I started a blog called The Pocket Lint, which I kept up daily for about a year. It still exists, but I'm less consistent about posting now. But while I was writing that, and that meant writing every day, I was so conscious of how fluid my writing became. I was less precious about every word and it just all flowed more easily. When you're stuck, write more -- maybe something else, but just keep writing.

Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?

It depends on what kind of bad day. If I'm about to lose it and start crying, especially about work, I call my husband because he's often just able to defuse a situation and make me laugh. If something happened that I need to talk through and analyze in my personal life, I often call my older sister.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?

That's easy. I was a waitress at this "upscale diner" one summer on the Upper West Side. It was never great: They even had me act as a waitress before I was fully trained as one because some important male investors came in and I was a young girl. Basically, they pimped me out.

Anyway, apparently the general manager was not my fan and one day -- the week of his wedding, I might add -- he had me come in for my 6am shift. When the shift was over, the other waiters said particularly pointed goodbyes, which I thought seemed a little weird. The GM waited until I got home and then, like a total wimp who couldn't do it to my face, he called me and fired me. He said, "You're not our caliber." I was like, "I saw cockroaches in the rice pudding!"

I had fantasies about telling him off for a long time. I planned to go in to pick up my last check and say, "My condolences to your wife," since he had just gotten married. But he wasn't there when I went! No closure!

When was the last time you cried?

Well, I cry really easily at movies and TV shows. Just the sound of a roaring crowd at a sporting event makes me weepy for some reason, so I have cried like three times today watching the Olympics. (What else can you do when they replay that Keri Strug vault from 1996?)

But the last time I cried because I was moved in a REAL way in my actual life, it was at my book party in NYC. I stood up to just deliver a quick thank you speech and almost lost it completely!

As a journalist, who is constantly pitching and hearing yes and no, I am used to rejection, but occasionally that can get me too.

What is the one, single food that you would never give up?

SALT! Is that a food? I'll give you a real food: California Rolls. I live on them. It's a little weird.

Where can readers stalk you?

Well, I have an author page on FB of course and I'm on Pinterest and Twitter, but -- in real life -- The Met in NYC, Prospect Park, Barneys in LA or at my in-law's house on the Chesapeake Bay (but that would be trespassing, I think).

In Nora Zelevansky’s hilarious debut, Semi-Charmed Life, an Upper West Side naïf, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seemingly magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose, while ghost writing her blog. Veruca’s glitteringly opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her own insular, arty family with a promise of fancy parties, travel outside Manhattan (for once) and one desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy lifestyle starts to take on dark undertones, Beatrice has to decide who she is—once and for all. With her own magical touch, Zelevansky deftly explores the world of rarified Manhattan in this sparkling modern fairy tale of first love, finding one’s voice and growing up.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Betrayal by Gregg Olsen

Publisher: Splinter
Series: Empty Coffin
Hardcover: 288 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402789580
ISBN-13: 978-1402789588

Praise for BETRAYAL

“Gregg Olsen's Envy is a riveting page-turner that I could not put down. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Envy explores a serious topic--cyberbullying--in a fantastic, well-crafted story. Can't wait for the next Empty Coffin novel!”
Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked saga, Dear Bully contributor

“Gregg Olsen's Envy offers an interesting view on the devastating effects bullying can have, not only on the individuals involved from both sides, but on the community at large.”―Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine trilogy

"Sure to spice up your reading repertoire!" ―

"Olsen's characters jump to life and his plots are so intricate you never see the killer coming….a definite hit!" ―RT Book Reviews

“Dark and addictive…” ―Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of In the Arms of Stone Angels

“Olsen writes with authority, drawing inspiration from actual headlines and crime…” ―Publishers Weekly

In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?
Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.

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Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People,Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).



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