Monday, April 29, 2013

This Week's Featured Author - Mercy Amare


Faded, Rock Star Trilogy #2
by: Mercy Amare

I left Hope – the only place I’ve ever felt at home. So now what? Where do I go from here?
When I left, I didn’t just leave my home. I left my friends, my sisters, and Stephan… I just found them. I can’t lose them now.
I know that I want to do MY music. I just need to remember WHY I wanted to play music in the first place. And the only way to get that is by firing my dad, but that may be harder than I thought.
On top of everything, I now have cameras following me around everywhere. Even my own home isn’t safe anymore.
I’ve come to realize that normal will never be an option for me.

Faded will be available June 6, 2013! Be sure to add this book to your to-read list!
Jaded, Rock Star Trilogy #1, is now available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords!
Author bio: I am a YA/ NA author, with an addiction to NOS & Red Bull energy drinks. My guilty pleasure is the TV series The Lying Game and The Vampire Diaries. I'm 23 years old. I currently live in St Louis, with my husband of 2 years. Find Me Online:  Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sneak Peek with Lissa Bryan


Sneak Peek Sunday 4/28

A sneak peek into UnderThese Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan



Summary:

Journey back in time to Tudor England with a tale ofromance, intrigue, and the Celtic legends of the selkies.

Will Somers has spent his life alone, thinking himself unlovable.Emma is a selkie, one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea. When Will finds hersleeping on the beach, he seizes this unexpected chance to have a wife andfamily of his own. He steals her pelt, binding her to him until the day hewillingly returns it.

Emma has never experienced life on land, and can barelycontain her excitement and curiosity. She has to learn to adapt quickly tohuman customs, for Will is headed to the glittering, dangerous court of HenryVIII to serve as the king’s royal fool. It’s a world where a careless word canlead to the scaffold, and the smallest of gestures is loaded with politicalimplications. Will’s intentions to keep Emma far from life at court are quicklydefeated when Anne Boleyn, charmed by Emma’s naiveté and soothing selkie magic,wants Emma for her own fool. It’s a vocation that provides them someprotection, but in Henry VIII’s court, no one is safe. Circa regna tonat:  Aroundthe throne, the thunder rolls.



Excerpt:

“Yourmajesty, Lady Pembroke, Master Richard Fermor and Will Somers.”

“Rise,”the king said. Will glanced at him quickly. He saw a large, but still muscularman with thinning reddish-blond hair, dressed in a dark brown velvet doublet,ornamented with pearls and gold frogs. The king had gained weight in the lastfew years and to disguise it, he had widened the shoulders of his surcoats. Hiseyes were small, a piercing blue-gray. Will caught a glimpse of them before helowered his own eyes to stare at the floor.


“So,Fermor, you have brought me a fool.” The king’s voice was low and gruff and hedidn’t sound terribly interested. The lady seated at his side wore a Frenchhood and an initial pendant attached to her strand of pearls, the letters ABtwined together. She wore a dressing gown of brilliant scarlet, trimmed inermine. It was raiment that only the highest nobility was entitled to wear, butAnne Boleyn was now royal in all but name. Just weeks ago, the king had createdher Marquess of Pembroke, the highest noble title in the land. She idly pattedthe small dog in her lap.


“Aye,your majesty,” Fermor said. “If it pleases your grace.”


“Well,fool, what can you do?”

Willwas startled. He hadn’t expected the king to actually speak to him. “I – I canjuggle, your majesty,” he croaked. “I can make jests, tumble, and sing alittle.”
“Letus see it, then.”

Will’shands trembled as he withdrew the balls from his bag. “If it pleases yourmajesty,” he started. He straightened his shoulders as best he could and saidin his haughtiest tone: “I, Will Somers, am the best juggler in England.”

Theking snorted and Will hoped it was from amusement. He fell into his act,bragging about his abilities while seeming to lose track of his juggling andkeeping the balls in the air seemingly by accident alone. He was grateful thathe had performed this particular act so many times because he thought he’dcompletely forgotten his lines, but they slipped from his mouth of their ownaccord and his limbs seemed to move themselves. The king guffawed a couple oftimes and he thought her heard Anne laugh at one point. He ended with one ofthe balls balanced on the tip of his nose before dropping it into his hands andsweeping low into a bow.


“Welldone, Master Fool,” the king said, and he seemed a bit more jovial than he hadwhen Will first entered the room, or perhaps it was simply wishful thinking onWill’s part. “But tell me this: I have fools already who can juggle and makejests. Why would I wish to have you at my court? What have you to offer they donot?”

Theanswer popped from Will’s mouth as though he had rehearsed it. “Because I willdo something that none of your council, lords and ladies, ambassadors, servantsnor soothsayers will do.”

Theking lifted an eyebrow. “And what might that be?”

“Iwill tell you the truth, your majesty.”

Fermorgasped. Anne burst into laughter. “Oh, I do like him,” she said.
Theking cast an amused glance at her. “Is that so, Master Fool? Then perhaps youare worth it after all.”

“Butyou must make an oath to me,” Will said.

Theking flushed a little, but calmed when Anne giggled at Will’s audacity. “What?”

“Youmust swear it, as the word of a Christian king.” Will’s mouth was as dry aspaper and his heart thudded wildly in his chest, but he continued. “You mustswear to me, on your honor, that you will never hold it against me when I tellyou the truth.”

Theking stared at him, his mouth slightly agape, and then he burst into laughter.He slapped his knee and elbowed Anne, who laughed politely along with him,though she obviously didn’t find it as amusing as he did.

“Youhave my word,” the king said, as he accepted a perfumed handkerchief from oneof his serving lords to wipe away the tears that had seeped from his eyes. “Ormust I write it out and put my royal seal to it?”

“Yourword is sufficient for me,” Will replied.

“Iam flattered at your trust, Master Fool,” the king said solemnly, and burstinto guffaws once again. “Go and have my steward find you rooms. Have you awife?”
“Ido.” Will thought quickly. He had to find a way to keep Emma away from court,but refusing lodgings offered by the king would be a gross insult.

Theking waved a hand. “Bring her tomorrow. I wish to see what the wife of a foollooks like.”

“Muchlike every other wife in England,” Will said and that sent the king intolaughter once more.

“Go,and come back on the morrow,” the king said. He waved a hand at the steward.“Find him some decent garb, and some for Milady Fool as well.”

Willbowed deeply and followed the steward from the room. “And for you, Fermor,” heheard the king begin before the door was shut behind them. Will’s knees gaveout and he collapsed to the floor. His head swam in sick circles. He sat backon his heels and looked up at the steward. “Pray, pardon,” he rasped.

Thesteward smiled slightly. “You are not the first to react in such a manner.” Heheld out a hand and Will stared at it in surprise. The steward was a lord, andhere he was, offering a hand to a baseborn commoner. Will took it gingerly andthe steward helped him to his feet and drew him near.

“Ifever a man needed to hear the truth,” the steward whispered, “it is that man inthere.” He drew away again and his manner was once more brisk and officious.“Follow me.”



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Bio:

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress,Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist whorecently discovered the cure for athlete's foot ... though only in her head.Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her timewriting.

Her first novel, Ghostwriter,is available through TheWriter's Coffee Shop (which is the least expensive option), AmazoniTunes, and Kobo. Her second novel, The End of All Things, was released on January 24,2013, and is available through TWCS, Amazon,and iTunes.She also has a short story in the RomanticInterludes anthology, available from TWCS, Amazonand iTunes.Her third novel, Under These Restless Skies, isscheduled for release in spring of 2014.





Links:
http://about.me/lissabryan
https://www.facebook.com/LissaBryan.Author

Friday, April 26, 2013

Lindsey Gray: Cover Reveal & Giveway ~ "Surviving Raine" by Shay...

Lindsey Gray: Cover Reveal & Giveway ~ "Surviving Raine" by Shay...:   As the captain of a schooner catering to the elite on the Caribbean Seas, Sebastian Stark does his best to avoid any human encounters. ...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Author To Author: Fabulous Fourteen Libboo Giveaway!

Author To Author: Fabulous Fourteen Libboo Giveaway!: We've got some goodies to give away to you! All of us earned freebies at Libboo and we're passing them on to you! There are ...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Release Day - Breach by K.I. Lynn


Delilah Palmer has control of her life and outward personality, blocking the truth just below the surface. A façade meant to be normal and hide the scars of her childhood. She’s made a good life for herself, became a lawyer, and is free from the tortured past that haunts her daily. Until he comes along and breaks open the cracks.

Nathan Thorne has a past of his own. On the surface he is loved by all, personable, extroverted; everything Delilah isn’t. Hidden beneath is a dark and tormented man that only Delilah has to power to unveil.

Crammed in a small office together they see through each other’s masks, and the draw becomes too much, igniting an explosive relationship. Holloway and Holloway Law has a strict non-fraternization policy, forcing them to conceal their breach. Despite their efforts, separation becomes impossible, deceptions escalate, and Nathan has trouble coping; teetering on the edge of being overtaken by his past demons.

What secrets does he harbor that could keep him from giving in? What keeps him from healing and moving forward? And Delilah, where does she fit into all this turmoil?

Can they accept love and deal with all the trials that come their way when secrets are exposed? Or will they fall through the cracks of their pasts and be consumed by all that haunts them?
Click to add to Goodreads
 
 
K.I. Lynn spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.

Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.

For more information, visit http://www.kilynnwrites.blogspot.com/
                           
 
            
 
 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Promise Land Tour

 


Genre: Paranormal Romantic Thriller
Release Date: 4/22/13:
After years of struggling within a dysfunctional family, Wake Reynolds must decide if there's a limit to what he would be willing to sacrifice to save his mother from unimaginable pain and suffering.

 
"The Promised Land" is a short story prequel to "Our Souls to Keep" due to be released on April 25, 2013.
 
 
 
Gary Caruso lives in northern Virginia with his wife Jill, but their favorite place is in Ohio with their three beautiful grandchildren. Although Gary is exhilarated when he sits down to write, teaching middle school science is his first love. He’s passionate about empowering students to make thoughtful decisions and positive choices in life. Gary enjoys reading, especially fiction that blurs the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy. He never imagined becoming a writer until an ordinary car ride on a spring day jolted an unlikely thought into his head. Gary’s early experience writing is a reminder that no matter how intimidating the challenge, action and determination are the foundations for fulfilling any dream. Gary has an insatiable love for writing, a blessing he’s excited to share with his readers.
For more information, visit www.garycarubooks.com
 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pawn Giveaway

 
 The upcoming release from author Sophie Davis!

Dreams and Nightmares,
Screams and Sighs,
Fate Wakes the Girl,
And Says she Dies...
When the Boy Gets in the Way,
Then the Nightmares Come to Play...
Photo: Who wants a sneak peek?? Pawn isn't released until the 26th, but maybe you want to read the beginning of this romantical, mythological, urban fantasy adventure...
For her eighteenth birthday, Endora Lee Andrews receives the gift of dreams.  Nighttime slumber brings her visions of the future, a preview of things to come.  Endora’s unsettling new ability is seemingly harmless, until her dreams turn to nightmares.
When she meets the mysterious and swoon-worthy Kannon, he knows things about her that he can’t possibly know, and seems to be the key to uncovering the source of her ominous prophecies.  But Kannon has many secrets, some the essential difference between life and death for Endora.
Can she discover the origins of her nightmares and how to prevent destiny, before the harbingers of death come for her?   
Woven with love, mystery and mythology, PAWN is the story of a girl who was once brought back from death, only to face it again.  Because Fate may give you a second chance at life, but that doesn’t mean it’s yours to keep.
- Add Pawn on Goodreads! and enter on www.SophieDavisBooks.com to win one of *TEN* $10 Giftcards to the online book retailer of your choice!
  
To celebrate the release of Pawn, we're giving away:
- A *Kindle* or *Nook* *EReader* (winner's choice)
- $100 worth of giftcards to your choice of Amazon, B&N or iTunes!
- A Necklace just like the one Endora wears in the book:
Dream Catcher Pearl & Gold Dreamcatcher Necklace with Feathers
- A Talented Series Charm Bracelet
 

Blood Flows Deep Giveaway



Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Erotica
Expected Publication Date: 3/7/2013



 
Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her.

Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out?

Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision.

Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.




 
 
N. Isabelle Blanco was born in Queens, NY (USA). At age 3, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she had already begun to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life. An avid reader in her teens, a fascination with Japanese anime eventually led her to the universe of fanfiction.

Her on again, off again hobby for the next ten years, She amassed a following of fans that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It was those fans who encouraged her to step beyond the fanfiction realm and try her talent in the publishing world.


 
                           
   

 
      
 


 


 
 
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Infraction Cover Reveal


 
Infraction (Breach #2) by K.I. Lynn

Genre: Adult Romance / Erotica
 

 
K.I. Lynn spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.
Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.


For more information, visit http://www.kilynnwrites.blogspot.com/

Breach (Breach #1) By K.I. Lynn


Delilah Palmer has control of her life and outward personality, blocking the truth just below the surface. A façade meant to be normal and hide the scars of her childhood. She’s made a good life for herself, became a lawyer, and is free from the tortured past that haunts her daily. Until he comes along and breaks open the cracks.

Nathan Thorne has a past of his own. On the surface he is loved by all, personable, extroverted; everything Delilah isn’t. Hidden beneath is a dark and tormented man that only Delilah has to power to unveil.

Crammed in a small office together they see through each other’s masks, and the draw becomes too much, igniting an explosive relationship. Holloway and Holloway Law has a strict non-fraternization policy, forcing them to conceal their breach. Despite their efforts, separation becomes impossible, deceptions escalate, and Nathan has trouble coping; teetering on the edge of being overtaken by his past demons.

What secrets does he harbor that could keep him from giving in? What keeps him from healing and moving forward? And Delilah, where does she fit into all this turmoil?

Can they accept love and deal with all the trials that come their way when secrets are exposed? Or will they fall through the cracks of their pasts and be consumed by all that haunts them?

 

 

Sneak Peek Sunday with Angel Lawson

 
Vigilant Release Date April 23rd!
Cover Created by Angstyg  
Sneak Peek Teaser!  
She found the building easily and wondered how she’d never noticed it before. Granted, they were in an industrial area. The building was mixed in between older homes and empty buildings. The outside was clean—no, spotless. The parking lot tidy, including the area near the chain-link fence that surrounded the property. Ari opened the car door and said to the boy in the passenger seat, “Grab your stuff.” The full extent of Curtis’s belongings fit into a manila envelope and the clothing he wore when he’d been arrested. Ari hadn’t had time to go by his home to see if there were any personal items he could have used. That would have been doubtful anyway. Odds were, the minute he got locked up, his clothing spread throughout the rest of the family. “I’m supposed to live here?” he asked. Curtis was only fifteen, but carried himself like he was older, like so many of these kids. They were forced to grow up fast. Lean and fit, Curtis was very big for his age. Ari knew before he’d started skipping school he’d been active in sports. The police had documented more than once that he was a skilled runner. He just needed to learn how to use that power for good and not evil. “I’ve never been here,” Ari told him in a stern voice. “But this is a last-chance stop. Whatever it is, it’s better than detention, which is where you’re headed next.” Curtis slipped behind his case manager as she walked into the building. “Oh, wow,” she said, knocked in the face by the overpowering smell. Soon though, even the rank stench was eclipsed by the sounds. The boy stepped in front of Ari with his eyes wide and said, “No fucking way.” Ari’s head snapped in his direction, but she didn’t scold him as she normally would have. She felt just as stunned. Her senses were assaulted by sweat and rubber, combined with a muggy, damp heat. And the sounds. Well, it sounded like someone was getting beaten to death. “What the hell is this?” Curtis said, pushing Ari’s limit on foul language. “Cut the cussing, Curtis,” she said. “A gym, I suppose?” But it was more than a gym. There were four boxing rings in the center of the building and rows of weights and cardio machines along each side. Near the front door, a huge trophy case held dozens of gold trophies, each with a tiny boxer or fighter on the top. Ari saw a dozen or so guys of various ages working out around the gym. A long countertop ran along the barrier between the gym and the entry area. Hanging on the wall was a large sign with the letters GYC, and the name: Glory Youth Center. Ari spotted a young man folding towels and placing them in a stack. “Come on,” she said to Curtis. They approached the counter and she introduced herself to the kid. “I’m Ari Grant. I’m here to meet a—” she pulled the note out of her pocket. “Mr. Davis. We have an appointment at eleven.” “Yes, ma’am,” the boy replied. “Let me tell him you’re here.” He looked a little older than Curtis, maybe seventeen or so. Broad shouldered and muscular. He had a bandage over his eye and quickly disappeared around the corner, away from the gym floor. Curtis studied a row of photographs behind the counter. He glanced at Ari. “So you want me to come work out or something? I thought this was a home.” Before Ari could answer, or not answer since she had no idea, the boy came back followed by a handsome man. His dark hair was shaved close to his head and when his eyes met Ari’s everything went from normal to very, very awkward.  
  Author website: http://www.angellawson.com/
Author twitter: https://twitter.com/LawsonWrites
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lawsonwrites?ref=tn_tnmn

Congratulations

Congratulations to Kris & Karen
Winners of the Quickie Romance Giveaway!!!
Keep a look out for your email with instructions on how to obtain your copy for Libboo.com. Thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways!

Friday, April 19, 2013

24 hour Romance Giveaway


We are pleased to announce a quick givaway hosted, once again, by Libboo.com
 
Up for grabs?
 
Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean  
 
 
Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.
Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her. On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare.
Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and beholden to wage an unfathomable war against an ancient evil, spawned by greed and spite. A powerful fighter, he and his brethren of Warriors vow to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding the most precious, piercing light against the darkness – the females of their kind. The Warriors' pledge is to find and protect the Oracles, their sisters and kin. Long have they fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that their struggles are not in vain. Yet in his sacrifice and service he may find life’s ultimate reward – a love to surpass all time.
For more information visit AllieJean.net
AND
 
Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of Ryan's departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia's for her new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known. The lovers are faced with forced separation, great distances and others who try to sabotage their relationship as both of them work to build the shared future they both dream of. When their lives begin to finally gel, Julia is offered a promotion that will jettison her career to new heights. Ryan is left angry and bereft as it will only postpone their reunion yet again. In light of the sacrifices she has made for him, he can hardly deny her, and Julia is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. Will she choose the chance of a lifetime or the love of her life?
For more information visit http://kahlen-aymes.blogspot.com/
 
 Here's your chance to enter!!!
 

Under the Never Sky series review

                               Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

Under the Never Sky series: I have to admit, I almost flounced this one in the beginning. The story layout was very slow, and I was confused at first. However, once I got a grip on the world Rossi created I was absolutely hooked.

Again, what a wonderful, original plotline… So very rare nowadays.

And the female lead here is also so strong that I find her captivating. In some books, the author attempts to write a strong female character but focuses on how she’s so strong too much that it leaves me not really buying her strength. If you have to point it out so much than it ain’t equal, if you get my drift. With Aria, I didn’t find myself comparing her to the male lead or not thinking she could handle whatever was thrown her way. She was equally vulnerable, emotional, strong, and courageous as her male counterpart.

LOVE IT!

Also, I think the friendship between Aria and Roar is wonderfully written. No Jacob side-busting on this romance, but a true friendship regardless of gender. Great job, Rossi!

                                             
                        

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cover Reveal - Are You Mine By N.K. Smith


Book synopsis:

Human connection? Who needs it?


Ever since she can remember, wealthy but weary Saige Armstrong has felt different from her peers in Pechimu, New Jersey. With only one good friend to her name, she has navigated the complicated halls of high school and is now faced with the timeless question: Now what?


Fox Harrington, a fun-loving, socially charismatic graffiti artist uses his passions to color his world exactly how he wants it. He knows exactly where his life is headed. That is, until he meets Saige.


A summer project links the two together, making a tentative friendship bloom into romance, but despite their affection for each other, fundamental beliefs and ways of thinking threaten to destroy all they have built.


In this tender story of young love, N.K. Smith delivers a striking tale of two people standing on the precipice of adult life.
 



Author bio:

Based in the American Midwest, N.K. Smith is a Technical Writer for a Fortune 100 company. The author of the Old Wounds Series, Ghosts of Our Pasts, and My Only, she is a mother of two who finds the time to write very early in the morning when the rest of the world is still fast asleep.

 


An avid lover of history, art, music, books, and people, she is interested in telling stories that speak to the human condition.

 

Author contact links:



 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Five Heels for Dystopian series!!!


                         Divergent (Divergent, #1)            Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
 
 
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her
 
 
 
Divergent Series: Holy moly, am I looking forward to the final installment. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a series so much. I know there have been a lot of complaints about Divergent based on how vague the author had been on how the world had ended up the way it did. Yes, there were a lot of questions left to be answered, and the establishment of this dystopian world was cut up like Swiss cheese, but the characters themselves don’t know much about their history! How are we (the readers) to know more details than they understand.

Insurgent opened up a lot of new questions, but with the addition of this part of the story, I’m able to understand why the author has left so many holes open for us to ponder on. And in my opinion, that is absolute genius. I LOVE it when a story can make me think, and let me tell you, my mind was working on this one, trying to see the hidden plot beneath all of the action. Brilliance!!! Those books that make me think are the ones that stick with me and crave more.

This series did that and more.

And I have to talk about the female lead here. She is inspiring – strong and fierce, she’s not afraid to admit her weak moments and excels on her strengths. She smart and cunning, thoughtful and caring. I just want there to be more well-rounded women in literature, and Roth did that so well in this series.

2014 cannot come soon enough!!!
 
 
 
                                           
 
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