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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Romance in the Rain Blog Tour!

Featured on today's post is the book of novella's by six awesome author's called Romance in the Rain.  To start us off we have a guest post by author Clare Tisdale!

Heroines: Sunny Side Up or Hard-Scrambled?
The six real-life heroines of the Rainy Day Writers group (from left): Charlotte Russell, Kristine Cayne, Sherri Shaw, Clare Tisdale, Dawn Kravagna, and Marianne Stillings.
What’s your favorite kind of heroine? Do you like them sweet and innocent, strong and savvy, or somewhere in between?
The six novellas in “Romance in the Rain” – the brand-spanking-new release by the Seattle-based Rainy Day Writers group (of which I am a proud member) – features several different kind of heroines.
Charlotte Russell’s heroine Mattie Johnson in the historical romance novella “Splendor in the Moss” is suspicious of love, scarred by the loss of her first husband and hesitant to enter a new relationship. Marianne Stillings’ WWII-era heroine Charlie Thompson in “Final Approach” is feisty and tough, yet with a tender heart. Maya Lewis, the heroine in my novella “Shelter From the Storm,” is a deeply flawed woman who almost destroys her own happiness by using and manipulating the hero, JD Caldwell, for her own selfish reasons.
I like to create complicated heroines who misbehave on a regular basis. To me, this makes them more interesting. Most people are a mixed-bag of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and yet people still fall in love every day. That’s the magic of romance!
If you’d like to read the stories of the six very different heroines in “Romance in the Rain,” please buy our e-book, which is on sale for the promotional price of $2.99 through December 2012. It’s available at All Romance, Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. I’d love to hear what you think of it, so email me with your comments, or post a review!
Now tell me, how do you like your heroines?

REVIEW:  I was really surprised when I actually read through this anthology because  wasn't expecting all of these stories to be about one family spanning generations.  We start off with settlers in Seattle in Splendor in the Moss by Charlotte Russell (one of my favorites of the group) to almost present day.  All of these authors bring something different and unique to the table while still maintaining similarities that make the lineage idea very believable.  Overall this is a neat little anthology that will introduce you to some awesome authors who maybe you haven't heard of before.  For a 2.99 price tag it's quite a steal to branch out an meet new characters and feel out authors.  I definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for some romance and light reading!  Beware, some of these novellas are the start of new series, you may get hooked!! :)

Title: Romance in the Rain (A Seattle Anthology)

Authors: Kristine Cayne, Dawn Kravagna, Charlotte Russell, Sherri Shaw, Clare Tisdale, Marianne Stillings
Publisher: Kristine Cayne
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Pages: 360

From the pioneer days of Seattle through the smoke-filled clouds of WWII and into the present, Romance in The Rain takes readers on a journey with four generations of the strong-willed and passionate Caldwell family. The anthology of six novellas is a collaboration of the Seattle-based Rainy Day Writers group.
Splendor in the Moss by Charlotte Russell—By the spring of 1853 Englishman James Caldwell has traveled thousands of miles in a quest to find a place to call home. Newly settled Seattle isn’t that place and he’s ready to move on again when widowed Mattie Jensen marches into his life as somber as a cloudy day. But James can see through the solemn haze to Mattie’s strength and passion. Now he has a reason to stay, if he can just convince Mattie to take a second chance on love—and him. (22,000 words)

Final Approach by Marianne Stillings—With the world at war, Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service pilot Lt. Charlene (Charlie) Thompson faces personal battles as well. Pearl Harbor left her a widowed bride, certain love would never come again – but battle-scarred Capt. Joe Caldwell has other ideas for the beautiful lady flyer, if he can just keep her safe from the secret saboteur who's already taken the life of Charlie's best friend. (17,000 words)

Love Phantom by Dawn Kravagna—University of Washington, 1983: A great place to get an education and meet single men. Drama major Kara Caldwell prefers to hide behind the characters in her plays, yet feels pressure to live up to the example set by her brave and witty grandmother, a veteran of WWII. Can she learn to overcome her reticence and prejudices to discover which guy truly cares for her--and who is just putting on an act? (17,000 words)

What’s Wrong with Mr. Perfect? by Sherri Shaw—No sooner did Chef Ivy Turin wish to meet the perfect man than Sam Rockney walked into her restaurant. But is the sexy Seattle quarterback for real or is there something wrong with Mr. Perfect? (17,000 words)

Shelter from the Storm by Clare Tisdale—Seven years and one broken heart later, JD Caldwell returns to Seattle to pick up the pieces of his old life, never imagining he will fall for Maya—the mysterious woman who lets him into her house and bed but keeps the door to her heart tightly closed. When their summer fling takes an unexpectedly serious turn and Maya gives him his walking papers, JD has to decide whether their love—and his legacy—is worth fighting for. (21,000 words)

Aftershocks by Kristine Cayne—When Seattle is struck by a devastating earthquake, technical rescue firefighter Jamie Caldwell must save his estranged wife and daughter from the wreckage of a collapsed building. He's defied the odds hundreds of times, but will his luck finally run out for good? (24, 000 words)


Writing fiction is difficult and lonely and more often than not, the "normal" people in your life don't understand the writing process and can't fathom why you are possessed and obsessed with finding the perfect word or phrase that says exactly what you want to say right where you want to say it. Only other writers comprehend and accept that kind of torment.

To fill this need to surround herself with like-minded obsessive-compulsive self-doubting lunatics, in 2005, Marianne Stillings, who writes Romantic Suspense, established what came to be known as The Rainy Day Writers.

There were only two requirements for joining the group: You must be serious about writing and getting published, and any criticisms of co-members' work be honest, gentle, and kind.
Over the years, the membership has changed; some people moved on, others joined. The group we have now has been stable and constant since 2009. The Rainy Day Writers are a family.

Charlotte Russell joined the group in 2006 at the suggestion of a former member. Charlotte writes Historical Romance.

Dawn Kravagna became a member in the spring of 2007 because of a writers' list where Marianne had posted looking for new members. Dawn writes Comedy and Mystery.

In the Autumn of 2007, Sherri Shaw found her way to the group because she and Marianne happened to sit at the same table at the Emerald City Writer's Conference that year. Sherri writes Historical Romance and Paranormal Historical Romance.

Clare Tisdale joined in 2008 as the result of an email Marianne posted on the Greater Seattle Chapter Romance Writer's list seeking new members. Clare writes Contemporary Romance.

Kristine Cayne found the group in 2009 because she won Marianne's raffle basket at the Emerald City Writer's Conference that year. The basket included an offer to critique the winner's manuscript—an evaluation that resulted in an invitation to join. Kristine writes Romantic Suspense.

For more information on Romance in the Rain and the Rainy Day Writers, visit them at

Romance in the Rain Excerpts

Splendor in the Moss by Charlotte Russell
After telling the dog to stay, he steered her away from the Jensens’ cabin, towards the woods to the south. “Thank you.”
“For what?”
“Giving me the time of day. You were gone for such a long while, I wasn’t certain you’d come back.”
“I had to fight my better judgment.”
James laughed. He couldn’t put on airs around Mattie if he tried.

Final Approach by Marianne Stillings
"You were there." Caldwell's voice was quiet as though he were speaking to a timid child. He took a step toward her. "You saw it, didn't you. Didn't you, Charlie?" Another step. And another. Suddenly, he was standing before her and she was standing, too, and his arms came around her as she pressed her head against his strong shoulder and for the first time in a year, she felt safe. Safe enough to relive the agony—and let it go. Safe enough to let someone be strong—so she could be weak. Safe enough—to cry.
And so she did. 

What’s Wrong with Mr. Perfect? by Sherri Shaw
"Somehow I can’t picture you as a nerd.” You’re too perfect, Ivy silently added, fingering the amulet at her throat.  It hummed under her fingertips as the vendor’s words skated across her mind: If you truly want to find the perfect man, and restore your faith in true love, then this necklace will be your good luck talisman.” She dropped her hand, shaking off the crazy notion. It was merely a coincidence that she wished to meet the man of her dreams and Sam showed up. The necklace had nothing to do with it. Right?"

Shelter from the Storm by Clare Tisdale
A shadow crossed the window, and JD looked up in time to see a seagull fly by. Beyond the downtown high rises,  the waters of the Puget Sound lay brooding, glazed by morning mist. Much as JD hated starting over again, he realized that if he had to, he'd rather do it here than anywhere else. Seattle was his home; he belonged here.  Maya and her beach house had helped confirm that for him.

Aftershocks by Kristine Cayne
Adrenaline surging through her system, Erica hung onto the doorjamb as the quake rocked the old courthouse. The building swayed and groaned, windows rattled and shattered as the earth continued to tremble. Cracks raced across the ceiling and plaster dust showered down, covering everything in a thin white film. She’d lived in Seattle all her life but had never experienced a quake as powerful as this one.
And her daughter was all alone.

All giveaway ends November 22, 2012 at midnight. Make sure to only enter the giveaway you are eligible for.

Giveaway for US residents only.

Grand Prize:

- 1 autographed copy of Deadly
Obsession + SWAG
- 1 autographed copy of
Deadly Addiction + SWAG
- The Secret Diaries of
Miss Miranda Cheever, by Julia Quinn (autographed copy)
- Blood Trinity, by
Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
- 1 e-book copy of
“Falling Angel” by Clare Tisdale
- 1 handmade shell
necklace by Clare Tisdale
- A handmade afghan
crocheted by Marianne Stillings
- 1 autographed copy of
- 1 autographed copy of
- 1 autographed copy of
- 1 bag of truffles from
Seattle Chocolates
- 3 chocolate bars from
Seattle Chocolates
- $15 Starbucks gift
- 1 autographed copy of
Cattle Capers: Search For The MooMoo Pearl by Dawn Kravagna

Prize #5: 

- 1 ecopy Deadly
Obsession by Kristine Cayne
- 1 print copy Accidental Cinderella, by Nancy Robards

- 1 print copy Everything I Know About Love I Learned From
Romance Novels, by Sarah Wendell

Prize #6: 
- 1 ecopy Deadly
by Kristine Cayne
- 1 print copy The Angel
in My Arms, by Stephanie Sloane
- 1 print copy The
Naughty List, by Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden and Susan Fox (autographed by
Susan Fox)

Prize #7: 
- 1 ecopy Deadly
by Kristine Cayne
- 1 print copy Tsunami
Blue, by Gayle Ann Williams
- 1 print copy A Tale of
Two Demon Slayers, by Angie Fox (autographed copy)

Giveaway for both US and International residents.
Prize #1:

- 1 ecopy Deadly
- 1 ecopy of A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
- 1 ecopy of The Sergeant's Lady by Susanna Fraser

Prize #2:

- 1 ecopy Deadly
 - 1
ecopy of Unraveled by Courtney Milan
- 1 ecopy of Unlocked, a novella by Courtney Milan

Prize #3:
- 1 ecopy Deadly
- 1 ecopy of One Night in London by Caroline
- 1 ecopy of Ruined by Rumor by Alyssa Everett

Prize #4:
- 1 ecopy Deadly
- 1 ecopy of Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase

Prize #8-10:
- 1 ecopy Deadly
- $10 Amazon or B&N

Prize #11 US and International Giveaway

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Sea Of Tranquility Review

I stumbled upon this book today while looking around on Amazon, and wow is all I can say after buying and reading it. This book by Katja Millay is beautiful.  I don't even think there is another word for it other than beautiful.  The characters she has created in this book were amazing and just so well written.  Literally, I got goosebumps while writing about the book because it is just that good.  Seriously, if you don't have a kindle app, or something to read kindle books on, this is the book you need to get that device to read it on.  I know I get really passionate about some books, and this book is at the top of my passion list right now.  It is phenomenal.  

First of all the characters: Nastya, Josh, Drew, Clay, you will love them all.  They are so realistically and wonderfully written, you can't help but become crazy emotionally invested in them.  I literally felt the raw pain that these characters went through at some points in the story.  It isn't one of those stories that just takes all the twists and turns and dumps them on you all at once, this one is a slow burn.  It keeps building and building and it is completely wonderful.  The emotions that you experience with these characters are so raw that you can't help but to just be in awe after every page you read.  I literally forgot where I was when I was reading this because I was so engrossed in every word.  

You will not read this story and come out empty handed.  This is one that will take you on a journey and you will come out with something powerful.  This book's message is so deep you can't even being to comprehend all the emotions you feel after you've ended it.  I know I can get super passionate about books, and this one is at the top of my passionate about list right now because it blows good out of the water.  This book needs to be in stores because it is that amazing.  Pick it up now, because if I write anything else about it, it will probably sound like I was paid to do a rave review about it (I wasn't).  By the way, the ending line of this book was one of the best things I have read in awhile. 

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Light of the Moon Cover Reveal!!

Hey everybody!  This is a brand new book by awesome up and coming author David James!  Light of the Moon is the first book in the Legends of the Dreamer series.  It's due out November 6th, and I could not be more excited for it!  Here is the NEVER BEFORE seen cover by Keary Taylor!

Light of the Moon Blurb!  

 "One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy. 

Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate's blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn't. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.

A romantic story of true love and dark curses, LIGHT OF THE MOON will leave you breathless."  

Keep an eye out for this one, it looks awesome!

Oh and contact awesome cover artist, Keary Taylor, here!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scarred Review!

Ok, so I have been invested in this series for quite some time now, but weirdly I have never featured it on my blog.  I'm fixing this mistake today!   Amber Lynn Natusch is an awesome author of the Caged series!  She's not only awesome because we have the same middle name, but she writes one kick ass series.  So to catch you up and get you familiar with the character's I will be talking about (if you haven't read any of her books, which you should because they are awesome!) here is a blurb for you of Caged: "I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.
I was too."

After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural.
As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered.
When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.
She chooses poorly.
Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.

Ok, fair warning, once you start this series you will be going on a crazy ride.  It's like a roller coaster and the first book barely takes you over the first major fall.  Every book is filled with crazy action, intrigue, and of course the wonderful Cooper and sexy untouchable Sean.  Scarred, the fourth book in this series has a really special place in my heart because we finally start seeing some resolution in Ruby's life, which I am extremely pleased about.  I feel like in this installment we really actually get to see the real Sean which is awesome.  I also think that the emotional connection between him and Ruby is really sweet.  It's not about him being out of reach now, it's more about figuring out how to let Ruby in, which is heart melting.  Literally.  Oh, and What. The. Heck.  We see a revival of Matty who freaked out on Ruby about her secret the last time we saw him, and now he's back and he wants Ruby and he will not be letting her go without a fight.  The ending.  This ending literally has to be the biggest cliffhanger of the series.  I don't even know what to do with myself right now, so much so that I am leaving a ton of incomplete sentences in this post.  But, that is how much this book has messed with me emotionally.  I need the next one.   Like right now.  So, if you haven't picked up these books yet, please, please do.  They are really good and so engrossing.  I can only hope that the next book will be out asap, because I am dying here!  

Scarred Blurb:

I loathed myself for wishing a death of that nature on anyone, and even more so because I still wanted it to happen. My moral fiber was unraveling quickly, and I wondered how long my humanity could withstand the unending trial of values my life had become. With every choice I made I felt it slipping away.

And further down the rabbit hole I fell.

The Painter Series Review(s)

Hey guys!
So I discovered this awesome author (Melissa Turner Lee!) a few weeks ago, and absolutely loved her first book called The Earth Painter!   I never got a chance to talk about it on here, but that is about to change because I just read the sequel The Man Painter.  I was once again blown away with how good Melissa is as an author.  I usually do these blurbs at the end of my posts, but I want to give some back story on The Earth Painter before I dive right in. This book

The Earth Painter Blurb:
When a self-conscious young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who hates humanity.

The Earth Painter is a Young Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC. It revolves around Holly Scruggs, whose family has just moved back to Chesnee after her dad lost his job along with pretty much everything they owned. Her image conscious parents correct her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school.

This book was fantastic, and I literally have not read anything like it before.  It was a beautiful story, and wonderfully well crafted.  Melissa brings us a whole new way to think about how the world we know today was created in that it is created by these immortals called the "painters."  Something else that should be well applauded in this story is her characters.  Holly is a character who is very easily liked and rooted for.  However, I thought where Melissa most outdid herself was with the painter Theo.  I have never been more frustrated with a character, not because he was impossible, but just because he isn't human and doesn't understand what emotions human's go through.  I thought that his cluelessness was done just perfectly, and didn't come off like he was too young or naive.  Also, the driving force of the novel, the plot was really good.  It all made sense, and the ending had my heart crying.  The Earth Painter is well worth the 99 cent price tag, and now you don't even have to wait for the sequel since it is out!

Now let me address The Man Painter.  Something happens in the last part of The Earth Painter that separates Holly and Theo.  But, when Holly sees paintings that look exactly like what Theo would paint, she investigates it and finds Theo.  But, he isn't necessarily the same being he once was.  The villain of the book is back again, and he wants something that Theo has.  But, it would mean the destruction of the world as we know it if he got what he wanted.

This book was great.  It was definitely more character driven and romance driven than The Earth Painter was which was fantastic.  It also was a great picture of what sacrificing love looks like, and calls into question what being human means.  Melissa Turner Lee, I can not say enough amazing things about this book.  It was so good, and where Holly and Theo end up is surprising, but a very nice touch.  I HIGHLY recommend this series to anybody looking for a straight up good story to read.  They are really that good.

OH, here's the pretty covers!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Shadow Of the Blood Moon Tour!

Hey everyone!  So today is pretty exciting because I got to review a book in this cool series by Robin P Waldrop!  Oh, and the book just so happens to be called Shadow Of the Blood Moon, just in case you didn't catch that from my links and title! :)

So first to catch you guys up to speed:  This is the second book in the Blood Moon series.  In the first book (Ties to the Blood Moon) we meet Genevieve Lebreck who has to move from her home to Alaska after her mother tragically dies in a house fire.  After she moves to Alaska all this crazy stuff starts happening to her, the main thing being she finds out she isn't even human.  She ends up in the crazy love triangle with the wonderful William, and the impossibly sweet Joseph (who is really my favorite character in the series!).  As the plot develops, many truths are revealed, and the lives of all humanity are at stake.  Gen must go to Prague to try and stop evil from taking over the world, and Prague is fraught with deception.

The second book picks up and takes off running!  I don't want to give to much away, but crazy stuff happens!  At parts I felt like my heart was being ripped out (sigh... Joseph).  So much happens in this book, and it constantly kept me guessing.  I did feel like Gen sort of regressed in this book, and became a self absorbed teenager, but this is a YA book, so whiny teenagers are expected! :-)  Other than Gen's regression, I loved the other characters in this book.  Even the new and surprising ones!  The ending is absolutely a cliff hanger, because we absolutely have no idea where the lines are being drawn and who is alive or gone!  This was a fun read, and if you like the Twilight vibe, this one is totally for you.  But, I will warn you that William and Joseph definitely outrank Edward and Jacob.  I'll leave you to figure that one out.  So go buy these books!! They are such a fun read and you can tell Robin has invested a lot in the quality of the story and characters that are in the book!  Oh and look below for a special treat! :)

Now, I have something super exciting up my sleeve, because we have the very awesome, and wonderful William here on the blog for an interview today!!! Yay!  Thanks so much for stopping in William!

So tell us what your favorite memory with Gen is;
That’s a hard one. Just being with her is all I care about. She is the type of girl that only has to look at you to make your heart skip a beat. But one of my most favorite times was the night of the bonfire and I took her on top of the rocks to see the Northern Lights. She watched the colors dance across the sky, but I couldn’t break away from gazing at her.

When did you first fall in love with Gen?
Well, I knew there was something there when I first spotted her at school. But, when she fainted at my feet in her kitchen, I fell, too—metaphorically. I fell madly in love with her.

What is your favorite color?
Why, red of course.

Do you have any favorite television shows?
Being in a relationship with Genevieve, who has time for TV? But, if I did, I would have to say Twilight Zone.

Tell us a random fact about yourself:
I am much older than I look.

Finally, describe yourself using only three words:
Cultured, mesmerizing, quick tempered.

Book Blurb: 

Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster.  Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late? 
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ephemeral Review!

Hey guys!  So today is really cool, because for Addison Moore's Ephemeral tour, it is stopping right here for a review!  Lately i've been into this whole memory loss motif, seriously I have been reading whatever I can get my hands on about this stuff since I think "losing oneself" is pretty much the craziest thing that could happen to someone.  That is what attracted me to this book in the first place.

Let me jump into this review by starting off with the Preface.  This one was awesome.  It immediately transports you to this eerie, dark, and creepy place that you don't really leave for the duration of the book.  It also sets up the confusion of where we are when the book opens.  We're in a forest, and the girl we meet is being chased and attacked.  She doesn't know where she is, and we sure as heck don't know either, but when an unnamed boy saves her from the "zombies" I was in a fit of confusion.  As the book progresses we see Laken reunite with her dead brother, and her boyfriend Wes.  Only problem is, they aren't dead and Laken has a different last name.  Things are going bump in the night, and she is being followed and attacked by creatures that shouldn't exist.  She also is having an identity crisis of epic proportions since her last name is not the same, and no one believes her when she tells them she is from Kansas.  Cue mystery boy coming back into the picture and believing in her, but ultimately setting up disaster points in her newly found again relationship with Wes.  In a school named Ephemeral, the plot of this story twists and turns, and constantly leaves you guessing.  It only begs one question, what is going on in Ephemeral?

I really liked this book.  It was complex and I didn't know whether Laken was really Laken Stewart in a weird coma induced state or if she was really Laken Anderson and just hit her head super hard and doesn't remember anything.  The plot of this story was not straightforward and went into some pretty crazy territory.  I truly felt Laken's terror as she thought no one believed her, and that maybe she was just a mental case.  The other character who I really liked in this book was Laken's roommate Casper.  Casper added that extra creep factor that makes this a good and suspenseful book.  I don't want to divulge too much because really this is a great read by Addison Moore and it is definitely on my recommend list!! Go pick it up today!!

Ephemeral Blurb:

Young Adult/ Mature Situations

The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield. 

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely. 

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma. 

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says. 

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?

Contact Addison Moore

Monday, October 1, 2012

Back from Hiatus with a review for Veined!

Hey everybody, thanks so much for stopping by even though I have been awol for a few weeks.  My life went from sort of busy to out of control busy.  But, enough of boring you with details.  I want to get to an AMAZING book I stumbled upon and devoured yesterday.    I love it when I randomly find these books that just capture my attention and imagination, and this book definitely is worth a read!  Plus it's only 99 cents!  Go get it, I know you haven't even read my review yet, but seriously, just go get it now and read for yourself.

When I fist read the description, I was thinking I was in for another weirdly put together book filled with a lot of angst (I've been reading those a lot lately, unfortunately)  but, I looked at the reviews this book has gotten and Amazon and thought, why not?  The first sentence definitely sets the tone of the book.  Sylva Lark has just awoken from a coma, and nothing is making sense anymore.  First she is in a hospital on the other side of the country from where home is, and she doesn't know how she got there.  As the story progresses we get to meet several enjoyable characters (Attic!) who absolutely make this book for me.  Sylva is paired with Attic, a womanizing hottie, as a transition helper to help her adjust back into normal life at a new school in a new state.

The weird thing is though, Sylva has a weird mark on her back that feels weird whenever she is around Attic, and feels like she is constantly being watched.  After she is attacked by demons (who knew they actually existed?!) nothing is the same, and Sylva can never return home, but not for the reasons you may think.

This book flat out left me breathless.  I haven't been this on edge waiting for a sequel (Feb '13 kill me now that is soooo long) since I don't even know when.  This book is REALLY worth a look at.  The characters that Anyta creates are wonderfully snarky, sarcastic, and real.  The pain that Sylva feels, you are immediately in the thick of it with her.  Talk about a character that real comes into her own in a novel.  Sylva becomes a leader, she is a girl that becomes braver and stronger, and you can literally see that as you turn the pages, and the ending.  Oooooh seriously, talk about a cliffhanger that isn't a cliff hanger.  I cannot wait for the second book. (Whyyy February!?)  If you have a kindle app, go get this book now.  It's only 99 cents and for what you are getting content wise it is beyond worth it!

Veined Blurb!

It could be worse for Sylva Lark. She could be dead. A coma was nothing to that. Or her family moving across country for the treatment, leaving her with a big blue mark on her back.
She can handle it.
Except the mark glows and tingles, especially whenever transition helper Atticus Plot (Attic) is close by. She suspects he’s hiding something, and when she stumbles across a torn body bearing the same spiral marking as her own, that suspicion is confirmed.
After a few shaves with death, the truth finally comes out and the battles begin.
But not all her fights are external; her biggest one is the decision she has to make between doing the right thing for world and giving up her beloved family for good.