Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Annabell Cadiz and Bridget Strahin over at TeamNerd Reviews HUGE fans of the Young Adult genre and they decided they would like to dedicate an entire month to their obsession with the genre they love and the authors they love to stalk *hehe*

If you are a Young Adult author, whether you are traditionally published, Indie published or Self-Published, they are offering a number of ways to get your work promoted on TeamNerd Reviews! Just fill out the form below and they'll make sure to add you to the schedule!

They're also hosting I HEART Young Adult Nominations where fans can nominate their favorite author, favorite bad boys, heroines, boy next door, kickbutt heroines and more!

They will also be putting together a BIG giveaway and are adding to it as they go along setting everything up! Here are some of the goodies they have so far to giveaway!!

** 3 Ecopies of Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy, #1) by Annabell Cadiz

**Signed copy of Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne which also includes 3 wristbands and a tote bag

**Signed copy of Interred by Marilyn Almodovar and an e-copy of Interred also with two Interred magnets and two wristbands for each winner

**Ecopies of Forged by Greed and Forged by Magic by Angela Orlowski-Peart

**Ecopy of Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon

**Ecopy of The Puppet Spell by Emma Adams

**2 ecopies of Fire (Elements of Power Series, #1) by Heather James

**2 ecopies each of Book of Lost Souls and Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto

**Paperback copy of Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

**Paperback Supernaturally by Kiersten White

**Paperback of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

**Paperback of Legacy by Cayla Kluver

**Paperback of Kiss by An Angel (which includes two additional books in the series) by Elizabeth Chandler

**The Trinity Pact by E.M. Shelton

**Paperback copy  of Nightshade and Paperback copy of Wolfsbane by Andrea Creamer

**Paperback copy of Weather Witch by Shannon Delany

**Paperback copies of book 1 and 3 in the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Kaine

Let the fun and nominations commence!

~Annabell & Bridget

Monday, 24 June 2013

Visited, By Janine Caldwell Book Blitz

Visited by Janine Caldwell
Publication date: May 25th 2013
Genre: YA coming-of-age fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.

Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17984925-visited?ac=1

Author interview

Author Interview 2
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

As soon as I was freed from my career job (Intellectual Property Paralegal) and was home starting a family, the burning desire to create was overwhelming. I guess you might consider me to be a late bloomer because I was about 30 when this urgent need came over me. I’ve always been an avid, life-long reader with a BA in English, but I never thought I could do something I love for a job until I started writing creatively. Since then, I haven't looked back. I know writing fiction is what I want to do with the rest of my life.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?
My first book (Rematch) took the longest. It took 4 years of hard work and many, many (many!) drafts before it became what it is today. The second book (Double Fault), the followup to Rematch, materialized much quicker. It was so much easier with the 2nd book since, not only did I know my characters and the plot line of the story on a deeper level, I also figured out my writing style. Visited, my latest release, also took about a year to write.
3. What do you think makes a great story?
For me, there has to be a deep connection with the main characters. I want to feel what they're experiencing until I get so involved, I start to become mixed up about whether the story is happening to them or to me.
4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I mostly do all my writing in the hours between 9:00am and 4:00pm. If I'm in an exciting point in the story, sometimes I'll come back to it again at night, but I'm usually too spacey by then. Weekends, too, I might work a few hours, but my family usually keeps me too busy.
5. How do you balance family and writing?
Honestly, it's difficult not to get frustrated at the demands of my family life when all I want to do is work, but during those times I have to remind myself that this career choice isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. My project isn't going anywhere, Twitter won't disappear if I miss tweeting a few days, and Facebook will take me right back as if I never left. At times, I get so wrapped up in writing my story or promoting my books, it's easy to forget what's important in life. Thank God I do have a husband and kids because I would probably become a complete hermit, never wanting to leave my quiet house.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

So far, I think the ideas have all been planted in my brain by God. That's the only way I can explain it. It's like little messages from a song or a news story on the radio or TV will reinforce the beginnings of a theme in my head. When I sat down to write Rematch, I was aware of the elements I liked in YA fiction, so I knew I had to create a story with a supernatural side to it, that there had to be a love story in there, and that the plot had to be unique. I live about an hour's drive from Sedona, Arizona. As my series is called The Vortex Series, it was my visits to Sedona and its vortexes that ultimately inspired the fantasy element in the series. There is something truly magical about that place. It feels out of this world, fragile. I knew I had to create a story that led my characters to this incredible place.

7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That I just don't get sick of doing it. I can work on a book for hours at a time, but it will feel like only a short time has passed.

8. How many books have you written? I have three published novels. Which is your favorite?
I guess a writer will always feel something special about their first baby, so I have to go with Rematch. Although, I'm starting to have some readers tell me their favorite of the two in the series is Double Fault. Encouraging sign they'll want to read the final book in the series (Deuce) when it's released.
9. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
There are elements of friends of mine, famous musicians (Brandon Boyd and Dave Grohl for example), students I've known over the years in my time as a youth group leader, and a little of myself in all the characters. In the end, though, each character becomes their own person by the time I'm done writing the story.
10. Do you have a favorite place you love to write?
I'm the most productive in my office at home, butt in chair, and complete quiet in the house.
11. How hard is it to get published?
To be traditionally published, it's incredibly difficult these days. Unless you're a celebrity or a proven best selling author, you most likely won't get a sniff by any agent as a new writer on the scene. You have to absolutely floor an agent in two paragraphs of your query letter for them to consider reading the first 50 pages of your work. Agents tell us they receive hundreds of query letters in a month. It's a freakin’ miracle if they happen to choose your query letter as one they will followup on. The good news is that self-publishing is not quite as painful. Oh, to do it well it's not exactly easy--finding a solid, reputable editor, hiring the right cover artist for your story, and then affording all these expenses on your own, can be nerve wracking and stressful to say the least. However, in the end, your labor of love is out there for the world to receive instead of being shoved into a drawer of failed dreams.
12. What do your family and friends think about your books?
They have all been wonderful supporters of my writing career and have been surprised by how much they now like YA fiction. My kids, especially, were so proud when I got invited to speak at their school and can now find copies of my books in their school library. Most of my friends and family have known that this was a lifelong dream of mine and are thrilled to see it begin to take shape into a tangible thing.
13. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I do like to exercise--Vinyasa yoga, tennis, running with major tunes blaring in my ears, or hiking mountain trails are a few of my favorite activities. When I get my exercise done, though, I love to read (surprise, surprise). I love YA books just as much as any blogger and Goodreads user out there. And if I have any time left on my hands, which is rare, I love, love to play drums. I would say I play at an intermediate level, but I fantasize I'm keeping up with Jose Pasillas of Incubus and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. My husband tells me to "dream on."
14. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they?
My best advice is to continue reading as much as possible, and not just the genre they write in, but in all genres. Don't let too long a stretch of time unfold without doing some sort of writing while you're plotting your masterpiece in your head.
15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I have to admit, I just don't remember. Is that terrible? Besides being a

Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.


Review; When the Silence Ends by Jade Kerrion

When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?

America, nevertheless, is ripe for change. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives, the clones, in vitros, and mutants, society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Which path will it choose, and can a mere human, her sassy attitude and smart mouth notwithstanding, light the way to a better future?

In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will learn what it means to be extraordinary. When the silence ends, the celebration of life, love, joy, and hope will inspire feet to dance and hearts to sing.

My thoughts
I am already a big fan of the Double Helix story so I was excited to read this spin off where we follow the story of Dee and Dum, I wasn't in the slightest disappointed. As always Jade Kerrion creates a story of intense drama  and intrigue.

Dee is a strong willed girl with a smart mouth and an attitude to match, when the Mutant affairs council seem to no longer be willing to help her Mutant brother Dum she takes matters into her own hands, she searches out Danyael, a class five Mutant who helped them once before.
At first unwilling to put them at risk Danyael refuses but Dee convinces him otherwise. I was thrilled that Danyael was part of the story  I'll admit I have a slight crush on Danyael, there was a few other familiar faces I was happy to see in the story too

wanting nothing more for her and her brother to have a normal life she takes a stand against the ones that would shun them and fights to make changes to the world he fight to live a normal life doesn't end with her and Dum though, she includes all Mutants, clones and In Vitros  in her fight.

This book had me on the edge of my seat when truths and secrets are revealed and lives are in danger, It was equally just as emotional and by the end of the book I had shed many tears. 

I cant wait to see what else  Jade Kerrion as in-store for the Double Helix series and  its characters.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review; Spellbinding by Maya Gold

There's more than one way to be powerful . . .

It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.

Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.

A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth.

My thoughts
I really enjoyed this book, although it was similar to other ya fantasy I have had read, it was a bit like slipping inot your favourite little black dress, comfortable but still enticing.

Abby is your usual high school girl, kinda of invisible to nearly everyone but this as never really bothered her, after her 16th birthday she starts having strange dreams and bad headache. 
As part of a school project she begins to trace her family tree and discovers she is related to Sarah Good, a woman accused of being a witch during the Salem witch trials.
Not long after she meets Remy a gorgeous and mysterious boy who already seems to know Abby, she reconises him too as a man from the strange dreams she as being having.
When strange things begin to happen around Abby she realises she could be a witch, with the help of a spell book that some how finds it's way into her bag she begins to experiment.

Abby although is likeable does in fact abuse her powers to begin with in not such a nice way, she in no way does anything evil but she does use her powers to greatly benefit herself, having said that what teenage girl wouldn't especially when it comes to a boy she as had a crush on since she was a child.

all in all I enjoyed reading this book and will be keeping an eye out for other books from Maya Gold.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Review; Elemental: The First (Primord #1) by Alexandra May

Just who is Halíka Dacomé?

To Rose Frost, moving house every six months is normal. Another new town here, another new school there, her ability to adapt is as easy as breathing. But everything changes when her parents go overseas and Rose moves in with her grandmother. She enjoys meeting new friends and catching up with old ones from her childhood holidays — except now she must hide a precious secret from everyone, a gift from birth that defies modern day science. 

Her dreams become riddled with a warrior woman called Halíka Dacomé, but are they visions or messages from the future? She starts her own investigation but encounters more questions than answers. Living right on the edge of Warminster in Wiltshire doesn’t help with its folklore and myths about strange lights in the sky and ghost stories of the Salisbury Plain

Not only that, her troubles really take hold one night when the mysterious Aiden Deverill with his alluring smile, his gorgeous dark looks and hypnotising blue eyes, saves her from a freak fire. Or did he? 

For Rose, her new life is beginning but she soon realises that despite assurances people are not always what they seem. What she always believed to be a happy family and a friendly town soon turns on its head when she discovers that her family secret, Aiden Deverill and the truth behind Halíka Dacomé is at the heart of the whole conspiracy.

My thoughts
Rose is like any other teenage girl, except she as the power to heal herself and others. when her parents move away Rose moves in with Grandmother, this is where everything changes. She begins to learn there is much more to her unique powers than she first realised and that her Grandmother may no more than she is letting on.
soon her dreams start to become more intense and filled with a woman named Halika Dacome.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it was a fairly original story and Rose was a likeable and down to earth character.I loved the mystery and myths that surrounded Halika Dacome and the village and I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of the disappearances with Rose and her friends. I was surprised by the truth of her friends and family and look forward to the next instalment 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Review; Double Fault (Vortex #2) by Janine Caldwell

DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun. As they fight through the repercussions of creating a parallel world, other dangers are lurking. After years of running, Trent and his orphaned sister, Lorelai, sense the dangerous and power-hungry Dr. Fox is close to discovering their whereabouts.

While Cassie fears for Trent’s life, her tennis career hangs in the balance. Caught between her old and new life, she watches her world slowly crumble until it’s a tragic portrayal of all that she used to know. But worse yet, if her secret is revealed, she might lose what’s most dear to her heart.

My thoughts
I was a huge fan of Rematch, the first book in the Vortex series and I had high hopes for Double fault, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest 

The second book focuses a lot more on Cassie and Trents relationship in the Cassies new timeline as well as exploring how relationships with the people closest to her have been affected by the change in the timeline.

There isn't as much sci fi/paranormal in this as the first but to be honest I didn't even think about it to the end, there was so much other stuff going on that I was too drawn in to notice.

Cassie's life is so much different in the new timeline, Cassie herself is much more confident but still a very likeable character as I mentioned earlier her relationships with those closest to her have changed, since in this timeline she wasn't shot her tennis never suffered and now her father is obsessed with her career even at the risk of the rest of the family.

Trent and Lorelai are still hiding from the PI and Ethan fox who are close on there tails and things take a dramatic turn. 

I don't want to say too much and give away any spoilers but I highly recommend it to anyone who as read the first the first book and likes a good romance story. 

and the end was just WOW I was literally lost for words and cant wait to get my claws into Deuce

Monday, 3 June 2013

For Everly Blog Tour and Review

**Mature Content Warning** This is a New Adult novel recommended for ages 17+ due to language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.

Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

Goodreads link  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17835522-for-everly

My thoughts
I loved For Everly!!!!

I have been a fan of Raine Thomas books since I picked up BECOMING the first in the Estilorian series. I knew FOR EVERLY was going to completely different but I couldn't wait to read her new book and get sucked into the story. I was not in the slightest disappointed.

Cole is in need of physical therapy on his injured arm but to save his career it needs to be kept off the record, Everly seems to be the perfect solution as long as she agrees  and as long as they cant keep there focus off each other and on his arm. 

Everly as been a fan of Cole Parker and finding herself in such close proximity on a daily basis is a challenge, she keeps her barriers firmly in place to keep Cole's subtle advances at bay. Cole however realises his feelings for Everly are much deeper than just a crush when she is placed in danger and he becomes scared of losing her.

A relationship between the two bubbles under the surface but Everly's past keeps her from getting too close to people and opening her heart, soon Cole discovers the truth about her troubled past when he learns of her mother and Brothers death. 
The story as so many emotional layers to it, I was moved to tears on a few occasions sometimes through happiness and other times through heartbreak, the story was so touching and beautiful .

Cole Parker was HOT, and  SEXY  and sweet everything that would be perfect in a boyfriend with just the right amount of arrogance thrown into the mix. I LOVED HIM.

Raine Thomas as, as always wrote a book that kept me hooked from the first page until the last, I literally couldn't put it down.

Get your copy here
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D0TB1CE/?tag=iamboo-20
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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17835522-for-everly

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a bestselling series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. Her latest book is a New Adult Contemporary Romance titled For Everly. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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