Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker + Giveaway



Today, I'd like to welcome Kathleen Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths, to talk about the hot, up-and-coming New Adult genre!


New Adult: What’s all the fuss about?

New Adult is a relatively new term in the publishing world. So new that, up until very recently, publishing houses have not accepted works as “New Adult”, classifying them as either “Young Adult” or “Adult”. But finally people are giving this thing that exists between YA and Adult a closer look. Why do I call it a thing? Well, I’ve heard NA called a genre, a sub-genre, a category. I can’t say exactly what it is.

The NA books hitting today’s shelves (both virtual and physical) take the romance genre and give it new life, or an edge. Up until about a year ago, I didn’t read a lot of contemporary romance. In my head, I pictured one of two things: one—a bored housewife diddling the next door neighbor to satisfy her long-lost urges or two—fifteen-year-olds and a climatic kiss at a school gym dance. Neither appealed to me, especially with all of these amazing paranormal, dystopian, and high fantasy books out there, full of excitement and gripping heart ache; love stories tied to big, disastrous situations. Exciting, right?

Well, then I got schooled. Last summer I read a few fantastic books that could be considered New Adult or Mature YA romance. No vampires, no magic. Just real people dealing with disastrous situations and love. The authors took situations like rape, physical violence, and inappropriate relationships and spun stories that I couldn’t put down. Those books were Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Slammed by Colleen Hoover, and Easy by Tammara Webber.

NA books have breathed new life into the romance category, creating a need to tell edgy stories about problems that people face in their late teens and twenties, when they are old enough to be out on their own and make decisions but still don’t really know who they are. It’s a time in their lives when they will make mistakes and stupid choices, where angst over love interests still exists, and where partying and sex can steer decisions. To be clear, New Adult isn’t about drugs, alcohol, and sex (not a well-written story anyway). That’s not what I’m saying. But, as is the case for many people during this time in their lives, these elements are a part of what makes life confusing. Sometimes it’s a big part.

That’s my take on why New Adult has taken the industry by storm. :)

Thanks to The Bookish Type for hosting me today! xoxo


Thanks so much to Kathleen for stopping by!



Buy the book

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty year old Kacey and her fifteen year old sister Livie escape Grand Rapids, Michigan to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


For more about this author, please visit:



And follow the rest of the tour:

March 18: I Love Lady Porn AND ChickLovesLit
March 19: 3 Chicks & Their Books
March 20: A Book Lovers Review
March 21: FicTalk AND Shh Mom's Reading
March 22: Chapter by Chapter AND The Bookish Type
March 23: Waves of Fiction
March 24: Brittany Blabs Books
March 25: The Book Hookup AND The Bookish Babe
March 26: ReaderGirls AND Books Complete Me
March 27: Anna's Romantic Reads AND BookBite Reviews
March 28: Stuck in Books
March 29: Book Bitches Blog


GIVEAWAY

Enter to win 1 of 3 signed galleys! Physical copies will not be available elsewhere until October, so you don't want to miss your chance to get your hands on a copy!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cover Art Revealed: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy


Today I'm happy to participate in the cover reveal of Alyssa Rose Ivy's New Adult contemporary romance, The Hazards of Skinny Dipping! Hazards sounds like a fun, fresh read -- perfect for the beach, and it's hitting shelves in early summer 2013!

Without further ado...



ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF SKINNY DIPPING:
This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.

ABOUT ALYSSA ROSE IVY:
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.

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Thanks so much to Alyssa's publicist, Kelly, for inviting me to be part of this reveal!


Monday, February 11, 2013

The Triple Threat Blog Tour


Win great prizes! Chat live with your favorite authors!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Triple Threat Blog Tour! If you haven't been following along, it's not too late to get in on the action! There are dozens of chances to win books by Myra McEntire, author of the hit Hourglass series, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of the bestselling Raised by Wolves series and her new hits Every Other Day and Nobody, and Kate Ellison, debut author of The Butterfly Clues and her new novel Notes from Ghost Town.


You can also be part of the exclusive cover reveal for Infinityglass, the final installment in the gorgeous Hourglass series. Submit your entry HERE to win a 6-book prize pack featuring all 3 authors' books.


Check out the schedule below and get caught up before the LIVE chat with Myra, Kate and Jennifer tomorrow night at 8 pm EST over at Mundie Moms!

Tuesday, January 22nd – Life as a Nobody at Read for Your Future
Wednesday, January 23rd – Letter of Advice from Myra to Emerson at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
Thursday, January 24th – What is Ghost Town? at Page Turners
Friday, January 25th – The Society of Sensors at Read Breathe Relax
Monday, January 28th – Kaleb's Playlist at Evie Bookish
Tuesday, January 29th – Meet Olivia at Reading Teen
Wednesday, January 30th – Nobodies, Nulls, and Real World Psych at Cari’s Book Blog
Thursday, January 31st – Which Hourglass Character Are You? at YA Books Central
Friday, February 1st – Living with Mental Illness in the Family at Once Upon a Twilight
Monday, February 4th – Meet the Cover Designer of Nobody at Bookhounds
Tuesday, February 5th – Meet the Cover Designer of Hourglass at Luxury Reading
Wednesday, February 6th – Meet the Cover Designer of Ghost Town at Good Choice Reading
Thursday, February 7th – The Musical Inspiration for Nobody at I Read Banned Books
Friday, February 8th – Deleted Scene from Timepiece at All Things Urban Fantasy
Monday, February 11th - Art as a Form of Expression at Supernatural Snark
Tuesday, February 12th – 8-10 pm ET LIVE book chat on Mundie Moms with Myra, Kate and Jennifer 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Madly in Love: The Evolution of Mara Dyer Blog Tour + Giveaway


The lovely ladies at Supernatural Snark and Bewitched Bookworms have been kind enough to put together an amazing tour for the release of The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin which is hitting shelves TODAY!

Happy Release Day!


Today, Michelle is stopping by with a tantalizing quote and a couple of questions! Without further ado...


His lips brushed my skin and suddenly it was too much. I grabbed a fistful of his T-shirt and pulled him against me, as close as I could but it wasn’t close enough. My hands were trapped between the hard ridges of his stomach and my softness and I was almost breathless with wanting, trembling with it. 

But Noah was still.


Q&A with Michelle:


If you were to sit down to interview Noah and Mara, what’s the first question you’d ask each of them? 

I would ask for accurate contact information, and a current forwarding address. 

What’s one question you wish you, Mara, or Noah would be asked in an interview? 

I wish someone would ask me to name all of the allusions in all of the books. That would be long, long post. 



Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?



At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, her first novel which is available now. The sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves October 23, 2012, and the third book in the trilogy, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, hits shelves Fall 2013. Michelle currently lives with her three pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.


Tour Schedule:

Monday, October 15th - Supernatural Snark
Tuesday, October 16th - Mundie Moms
Wednesday, October 17th - The Book Swarm
Thursday, October 18th - Refracted Light Reviews
Friday, October 19th - Dazzling Reads

Monday, October 22nd - Candace's Book Blog
Tuesday, October 23rd (release day) - Bookish Type Reviews
Wednesday, October 24th - Page Turners
Thursday, October 25th - Pure Imagination
Friday, October 26th - Bewitched Bookworms

Monday, October 29th - Books and Things
Tuesday, October 30th - Alice Marvels


GIVEAWAY

During the tour, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Evolution of Mara Dyer and some Super Secret Swag of Awesome! Enter to win below:

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Thanks so much to Supernatural Snark and Bewitched Bookworms for organizing this great tour, and to Michelle for taking the time out of her busy schedule to participate!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is even more stunning than The Unbecoming, and that is saying something. You don't want to miss the suspenseful sequel to this genre-bending series!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake


Seventeen-year-old Cas always knew that one day he would inherit the family business. He was merely the next in a line of ghost killers – people who send ghosts out of the human world. But that day came much sooner than expected when a ghost finally defeated his dad. Cas immediately stepped into his birthright, and although he never shared his plan with anyone, he always intended to avenge his father.

Then, Cas hears about Anna, a ghost so fearsome that an entire town avoids the house where she dwells, fearing they’ll be ripped apart if they step too close. But it seems that Anna may have crossed the boundary to seek out her victims.

Cas has been called up to face his most gruesome opponent to date, and he believes that if he can defeat Anna he’ll finally be powerful enough to take down his father’s killer.

Ever since her death, Anna, wrapped in the same white dress in which she died, stained with the same dripping blood, and covered with curses older and more evil than anything Cas has ever encountered, has violently murdered anyone daring (or stupid) enough to cross the threshold into her rotting, Victorian home. But she spares Cas. 

Kendare Blake powerfully depicts an usual story. Refreshingly dissimilar from the Young Adult trends of dystopias and vampire romances, we enter the world of the paranormal and find it coexisting with our everyday lives. Unlike many stories of teenagers with unusual powers, Cas’ mom is well-aware of her son’s alternate life. After every kill, she casts protection spells on his athame, the tool he, like his father before him, uses to breach the barrier between human and ghost and send the spirit out of this world and into the next.

Blake tells an eerily familiar tale, a teenager trying to prove himself, to protect his family. The familiar setting of the story serves to emphasize just how different the main characters are from the average highschoolers. Ranging from popular jocks and queen bees to outcasts and freaks, we see typical teenagers break through stereotypes and become unique.

Although the violence in Anna Dressed in Blood was more graphic than my normal YA read, fans of the Hunger Games trilogy will barely flinch. If you’re looking for something new and little different, you won’t be disappointed. Blake’s witty dialogue and fascinating characters are as brilliant as the plot. Cas and Anna quickly added themselves to my list of favorite characters, previously populated by Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. This book will not only have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, you’ll be begging for more by the time it ends (but don't fret, Blake’s sequel Girl of Nightmares has already hit the shelves).


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