Saturday, December 31, 2011

Congratulations! Best Of 2011 Giveaway Hop!


First off, I want to thank everyone for entering this giveaway! I especially want to thank I am A Reader, Not a Writer for hosting this giveaway! This giveaway has gotten us to 100 followers! Woo!! :))
Without further ado, the winners are:

Elisquared who chose Wildefire by Karsten Knight!
brookea_2006 who chose Divergent by Veronica Roth!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Review: Spellbound

Title: Spellbound
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Published: June 21, 2011
Source: Paperback gift

Synopsis:

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

Review: 
This book had things that I had been missing lately. I've been reading books that I normally wouldn't read and this book took me out of my funk. Well actually Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout did.. but lets not talk about that.

I loved the simplicity of this book. It was a simple romance, with a little paranormal thrown in. I loved the characters, the humor, the friendships, the classic mean girls, and of course, the romance! I'm a sucker for a good romance book and certain scenes had me readjusting my position to get more comfortable in anticipation and in just general excitement when Brendan would do little things. I want him. 

I really enjoyed the New York setting. Being the place I want to move to when I'm older, I love the city. The book just fit there. I could picture the streets she was walking down and hear the sounds that Emma was hearing. 

Emma.. was a different sort of girl. She had an abusive step-father, which was what lead her to New York in the first place. She knew how to take the things that were thrown her way, and throw them right back. She was strong, and brave in her own way. 

Then comes along Brendan... *swoons* He is the kind of boyfriend that any girl would want. He's sweet, caring, charming, funny, and protective. Heck, he even defends a girl that he barely knows honor the first day he even see's her. I repeat, I want him.

I loved this book! I give it 51 out of 51 tacos just for the ability to make me smile! I needed a feel good book at the moment, and this was perfect! Of course I hated the mean girls, especially Kristen, but I got over her! Go buy this book! You won't be disappointed!! :)
~~Sam :)




Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Broken

Title: Broken
Author: Dean Murray
Publish: Dec. 25, 2011
Source: eArc from Author
It's free on Amazon right now! Click the book title for more info!

Synopsis:
Adri Paige is too busy dealing with the emotional fallout from losing half of her family to deal with boys. At least she thought so until the two most intriguing guys in her new school take an interest in her.
Both boys are gorgeous and blessed with obscene amounts of money. They should have the emotional depth of note cards, but instead display undercurrents she doesn't fully understand. Rumors the pair destroys peoples' livelihoods seem ludicrous until she gets caught in the crossfire and her family almost loses their home. She's increasingly unsure either boy is really human, and their rivalry is rapidly turning deadly.
~ Since this isn't on Goodreads or any other site yet, I asked Jennifer from  Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy for the use of her synopsis! Thanks!

Review: 
I had read Torn first, and had enjoyed it. I was excited to read the book from Adri's POV. I loved Adri in Torn and wanted to know more about her. That is exactly what you get with this version of the story! You see the world from Adri's perspective, and all her motivations behind everything she does. 

I liked this book more than Torn. It had more detail than Torn and we had explanations for more things than in Torn. Adri was a very mysterious person in Torn and we didn't really get to know her all that much, only a little from Alec's creepy stalking. Hehe :). I think it has more detail because of it being from a girls POV, yeah yeah, boys can be descriptive, but not that descriptive. They just skim over things. 

Of course I was able to predict the book and it's happenings because of first reading Torn, but I think I would've enjoyed Torn a bit more if I had read Broken first. I finally understood some aspects of Torn than I had originally been confused about, and I fell even more in love with Alec! He was awesome, even as a jerk throughout the book. That was because I knew why he was doing that.

I really did enjoy this book. I was more into it because of all those things I mentioned above. I wasn't expecting anything to really change, but I liked the books much more now after reading Broken. I give this book 41 out of 51 tacos! The books should be released together, so people can get a feel for both characters and not hate one or the other!
~~ Sam :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop!!

This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer!
Anne and I will both be listing some of our favorite books from the past year! I don't know about Anne, but this has been one of the best years for me, reading wise! 

Sam's books:
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
This book was amazing. I loved the humor that Karsten Knight added, that just made the book all the more worth it. Plus the aspect of a mythology story that wasn't around yet was highly appealing!








Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
This book was... WOW! It left me speechless and waiting for more. Plus the last line was just like... Thanks Richelle, I now have to wait for another year for your next book!! Mean!!! 
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Wow. This book was just the kind of action packed book anyone could want! I know it wasn't released in 2011, but I read it after all the Mockingjay stuff came out! 
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Sigh.. I miss this book! I read it in one day and was just left speechless by it. It was simply the best book I have read all year! I saw Veronica Roth at our local indie book store BookPeople, and her description's of the book were what drew me to the book in the first place!
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
I know I'm getting a little repetitive! But this is the last book I swear! I adored this book! I heard about this book from a signing of Tracy Deeb's that I went to with Anne! I fell in love with mermaids from a very young age, just like most other girls!
Tempest Rising has a kick butt heroine that any girl would love to be! Plus, she has a killer tattoo that she got without the pain! :)
My review here!






Anne's Books:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Must I say it again, Lauren Oliver is awesome. She captures so much in here writing, and the dystopian setting is amazing. I can't wait for the sequel to finally be released, the cover is fantastic! Read my review here!







City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
I don't know why Sam didn't put this on her list (probably because she knew it was going to be on mine) but it was an amazing way to continue on a series that so many love. Yes, we get to see more of Jace's hotness, and there is an actual plot other than that (but, admit it, it's what you focus on the first go around). Lucky for us, City of Lost Souls comes out in just a few months...





Jane by April Linder
So, Pride and Prejudice gets all the remakes, right? Well, Jane Eyre finally got one, and I do have to say it is almost up to par with the original. While no one can beat Bronte's original words, this contemporary version will still bring out the best. And Rochester is still crazy.






What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Sarah strikes again with this breathtaking novel about accepting who you truly are. I just love this book to pieces, as I do all of her books. It's a great read with characters that take the cake for the most personality.  Read my review here!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Sam and I both immensely enjoyed this book. Cassandra Clare is awesome, as you must know, and this sequel to Clockwork Angel trumps all, hands down. We're both Team Will all the way, and next year cannot come sooner with that ending she gave us.






Now onto the giveaway!
You can win one of the books either from my list, or from Anne's list. Fill out the rafflecopter form below, and leave a comment on THIS post telling which book, one book from each list you want! It's that simple!
The winner will be announced on the 1st! *This giveaway will end on the 31st, I made a mistake with my dates. Sorry for the in convince!* a Rafflecopter giveaway Here are the other blogs participating!!! ( http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Untraceable


Title: Untraceable
Author: S.R Johannes
Published: November 29
Source: Review eCopy

Synopsis:
16 year old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.
When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

Review:
I enjoyed this book. It was very different than what has been out there lately, and it was nice to not have to read about some vampire falling in love with a human for once. Which is all I tend to read... :) I liked how it was about a relationship with ones father that is so strong that she didn't give up on looking for him, when everyone else did.

My first thoughts: Why is she running? Who is after her? Does she live in the woods? Why is she in the woods? Ohhh! Now I understand! Yeah, so I was a little confused at the beginning, but the author sorts it all out and explains everything. Which was a very big plus for me. I HATE it when nothing is explained! I like to know things and S.R did that really well in Untraceable.

I really liked Grace, she was determined and strong. If someone told me my dad was missing, I'd curl into a ball and cry for 3 months. Grace doesn't do that, she puts on a tough face and goes into the woods and searches for any part of her dad. When that tough exterior falls away, she's like any teen. She cries about her dad and refuses to believe he's truly dead. And when she's faced with betrayals, she takes them in stride and does whatever she can to fight off that betrayal.

Then there's Mo... Mo... Sigh... I want Mo. Grace meets him while she is fly-fishing and then he * spoiler* her. After that moment her walls come down and they start to get to know each other. I loved Mo's character and I wish she didn't end it how she did. I cried when I read that scene with him. Plus, I want to be called Blossom. That just sounds amazing. :)

I really did like this book. There would be some things that I didn't like, but that was only to keep the plot rolling and get us interested in the next book. Which I will defiantly be picking up!  Check out this book and you won't be disappointed!
~~Sam :)

Cover Reveal: Chosen Ones

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?


Author: Tiffany Truitt
Published: April 2011

What do y'all think? This has certainly sparked my interest in the book!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 12/21

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine! It showcases books that we can't wait on to come out!

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead


The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series. 

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students—children of the wealthy and powerful—carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought. 

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

What are you waiting on this week?
~~Sam :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: 12/20

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading!
This week I am sharing a teaser from Untraceable by S.R Johannes!

"Even his smile is too weak to move. 'I'll be right behind you, blossom.'
'You promise?'
He nods once. 'Abso-bloody-lutely.'"
Pg 294 of my eCopy
~~Sam :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 12/14



Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine! It showcases books that we can't wait on to come out!

I am waiting on this week Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter!!


Kate Winters has won immortality. 

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it. 

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. 

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future. 

Henry’s first wife, Persephone







Sigh! I want this book so bad! I got a copy of Goddess Test in the mail the other day and I screamed because I thought it was Goddess Interrupted!!! :)

What are you waiting on this week?

~~Sam :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Review: Torn

Title: Torn
Author: Dean Murray
Published: October 17, 2011
Source: Author review eCopy

Synopsis:
Shape shifter Alec Graves has spent nearly a decade trying to keep his family from being drawn into open warfare with a larger pack. The new girl at school shouldn't matter, but the more he gets to know her, the more mysterious she becomes. Worse, she seems to know things she shouldn't about his shadowy world.

Is she an unfortunate victim or bait designed to draw him into a fatal misstep? If she's a victim, then he's running out of time to save her. If she's bait, then his attraction to her will pull him into a fight that'll cost him everything.

Review:
I received this book as a request from the author. I was interested in the synopsis, but I didn't know that much about the book. My first reaction to the cover of the book was a double-take. Something about how it is set up gives me the chills. Then I saw his eyes and was very happy with them. I like that blue color, and the book has a rose on the cover, that makes me instantly like it!

My first thoughts on the book were, What? Is there a book before this that the author didn't mention? You are thrown into a battle scene between what you think are wolves. They keep changing forms but giving no explanation on the different forms that they are. You see the words hybrid, and different sleeker wolf, but you never get an explanation on what those are. 

After I got over the no explanation phase, then I really started to enjoy the book. I liked how the book was set up, but there were some grammar mistakes that threw me off enjoying Torn as much as I could have. The story was consistent, but had a lot of bribing in it. Which I didn't mind. If you got it flaunt it! 

All in all I enjoyed the book, even if it ended a bit abruptly. I'd give this book a 21 out of 51 tacos! Thank you Dean Murray for giving me the book to read. 
~~ Sam :)



Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Winners!!



And the winner is...
VERONICA MORFI
She won all three eBooks and a bookmark from the author!!
Other winners:
Beth
Darkfallen
Caressa!
They all won a bookmark! 

I have sent y'all emails and if you can respond to them as soon as possible that would be great!!
~~Sam:)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: 12/6



Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading!
So today I wanted to share a teaser that was featured on Amy Plum's blog! Her book, Until I Die isn't out for another little while (Insert need for book now!) and she shared this for the YA Sisterhood's Tournament of Heroines!


Until I Die by Amy Plum

I can’t do this. As the thought flashed through my mind, I had a panic-induced out-of-body experience. I felt like I was up in the air looking down at myself: a teenage girl standing in an alleyway brandishing a sword at a man almost twice her size. I can’t, I thought again. I’m too afraid to move.
My enemy righted himself and started toward me. I looked up into his cold, murderous eyes, and that was all it took. I felt the adrenaline coursing through my veins and my heart thumping in my chest. And suddenly I was in the zone.

~Taken from Amy Plum's blog.

Sighhhh. Can I have this book? Please? It comes out May 8th, and that date couldn't come sooner!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Friday 56: 12/2




The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice!

    Rules: 
    • Grab your current read
    • Turn to page 56
    • Find any sentence that grabs you
    • Post it
    • Add your URL to her Linky!


    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    "'I hate rules.'"
    "'Oh, sweet girl, wouldn't that be nice? We can wait right here, the way we did when you were small.'"

    A sweet moment between two friends! Pick up this book! You wont regret it!
    ~~Sam :)

    Thursday, December 01, 2011

    RAK: December


    Hosted By Book Soulmates
    The Rules:
    • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
    • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
    • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
    • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
    • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
    • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
    • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post.  This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

    So guess what? It's December! I hope you all finished your NaNoWriMos in time, I did! This month I will be participating in RAK, which should be fun since it's my first time. Sign up's really easy, so you should join me!

    Before I Fall

    Before I Fall
    What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
    Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.
    The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing. --from bn.com

    This book made me think. Like Oliver's other book, Delirium, it poses social problems, and I couldn't read it in a day. I took me a while, but it was worth it. Definitely worth it. 
    Sam is popular. It's her biggest attribute in the book, the thing that we're constantly reminded of through her actions. You might be thinking "But there are thousands of books about popular kids. I was a popular kid! Why should I read about one of their redemptions?" I've never been popular. Never will be, but this poses the gritty side of popularity, where they really are just shallow people. 
    Then she dies. At the point she realizes this, Sam can do anything. Will do anything. Before long, she starts putting the pieces together to something bigger than just her death. No, I'm not going to tell you that it was all a conspiracy theory. But it did make me guilty. What have I done today that could be considered nice? Not much, I can tell you that. And on the flip side of things, I've probably been rude dozens more than that number. What would happen if I died today?
    All in all, I give this book 49 out of 51 tacos, not because it's simply "The best book in the world with the hottest guy and blah blah blah", but because it was thought provoking. It was meaningful. I don't know if this sounds appealing to you, but it had more of a meaning to it than most of the YA books I've read in a while. If you've read Delirium, pick up Before I Fall too, I promise it gives you the humor, wit, and sincerity that Lauren Oliver has proven to give us.

    Jamie Magee Interview and Giveaway!







    Interview:
    How did you discover your passion for writing?
    I love the quote “If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” by Toni Morrison. I have read and watched beautiful love stories my entire life, and each time I would imagine how I would have changed it – what would have taken me further into the story. The craving for the story I wanted to read became so strong that my imagination took over, and the words of Insight began to flow."If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it" Toni Morrison"If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it" Toni Morrison
    Do you write with music? If so, do you have a playlist for your book?
    I adore music! It is always playing around me. I do have playlists. Sometimes they come before the story, others during or after. It’s kind of like when you are in love and you only hear love songs, or when you break up with someone and you only hear sad songs – when I hear music I hear the conflict in my novels which causes the emotions of the story to become more real – and that of course inspires my muse to dive a little deeper and pull at the heart strings of my readers.
    How did you come up with the idea's for your book?
    I never imagined anyone beyond myself would read my first book, so it was easy for me to play with ideas that had always fascinated me. As I was creating this story I found inspiration everywhere I looked anywhere from a song to a street sign.
    What was the most challenging scene to write in your book?
    If I told you that I would give away an important part…let’s just say I find it very hard to place my characters in situations that suggest a final ending. In each of the books in the Insight series there are moments that were painfully emotional to write – but I loved every second of it!
    What are 5 reasons to read Image?
    11)      If you are team Drake – this is your book!
    22)      Mysteries of the past lives come to life.
    33)      The darkness in this book will give you chills – at least it gave me chills!
    44)      The power of the Zodiac takes full effect in this novel.
    55)      Because this novel is the turning point for the series – it becomes faster and darker – even a bit deeper from this point on.
    What is in your to be read pile at the moment?
    My TBR pile could stretch across the US twice! The next book on my list is the Hunger Games – I know – I know I should have already read them , but ….I’ve been writing a lot (:
    Was there anything strange or interesting you had to research for your book?
    For me the Zodiac is both strange and interesting. I spent hours upon hours looking at the influences of the planets and how impactful our birth charts are. Understanding my own birth chart was very eye opening for me.
    Do you still have time to read in your free time?
    I wish I could say yes, but at this moment the answer is no. Between novels I mange to read at least four to five books –maybe even more, but somehow I have managed to begin writing two novels at once so free time is not in my vocabulary  – one day soon, though!


    Quickfire Questions:
    Chocolate or Vanilla?
    Chocolate!
    Favorite Myth?
    Oh I’m a Scorpio – I adore all myths!
    Summer or Winter?
    Winter
    M&M's or Skittles?
    Skittles
    Radio or iPod?
    IPod!!!!!
    Song currently playing?
    Perfect Circle – Counting bodies ß- it’s not as evil as it sounds I promise
    Ebook, paperbook, or hardback?
    Kindle – love Kindle



    Jamie Magee Bio

    Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she'd never been, introduce her to people she's never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

    Authors Links: Facebook 



    Now for the giveaway!!
    Must be 13 years old
    Only enter once please!
    1st prize is all three books (in eBook format) INT
    2nd-6th prize is bookmarks! US only
    Just fill out the form below!
    Giveaway goes till December 7th at Midnight! 
    Fill out the form HERE




    Books: 

                                                   Insight:
    Some say that dreams are the doorway to the soul. Willow Haywood is no stranger to that doorway. Each night she shares a blissful, silent dream with a stunning blue-eyed boy. With each new moon she is haunted by a painful nightmare shared with a different boy, who’s always hidden by the shadows.

    In her waking hours she must battle her sixth sense. The one that allows her to feel others emotions as if they were her own. This insight is exhausting and frustrating causing her to draw inward, only trusting her family and few close friends. Oddly, this sense also attracts ghostly images that seem to appear out of nowhere. With a touch, they take her to wherever they may be, allowing her to change their emotion. This alone would cause most to go insane, but Willow filters her aggression by painting, capturing the emotion she changed.

    One August night a nightmare came days after the new moon. In this dream the shadowed boy marked her wrist with star, leaving her father no choice but to share a family secret that would tie all of the odd attributes of Willow’s life together. Now, she has no choice but to outrun the fate that is closing in around her.

    In an attempt to lure her, the shadowed figure captures her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths, half truths, and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. With each step she takes Willow comes to realize that she has lived before, her path is one that she chose, and this trial is simply the beginning.

    Embody:
    Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous...

    Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him.

    Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life.

    Image:
    There is an ominous darkness, one that that is so dense and mind numbing that you can feel the chills race across your skin as the energy of the hatred behind it hovers near you. They thought that it was over…that he was dead….they never imagined that he was more powerful dead than he ever was alive.
     A war is on the brink of erupting in the  dark dimension of Esterious, the victory Willow had a few days ago was nothing less than vague memory. With each thought she has she fights the images of Drake’s dark eyes, his words… his promises. Doubt seeps into her soul as she stares forward and what could only be the hardest battle she has faced thus far.
    Venus is meant to be the planet of love and peace….but when it falls into retrograde its influence changes. Matters of past relationships will surface; choices will be made with the mind and not the heart. Gateways to an evil that cannot be fathomed will open. Willow and Landen’s only defense is to hide their family away, and lock themselves in the palace that was once ruled by Donalt. The energy is heavy and dark within these walls…there is a presence that lingers and strikes at will. Cruel illusions are placed before Willow, but that is not even hardest part…what is hard is standing in room with Drake and Landen and listening to others tell you of lives that you cannot recall…for them to tell when and how you are going to die.
     Every prediction and theory is about to be proven wrong…and the choice before Willow’s heart holds the lives of millions at stake. The question is will be she be able to see through the illusions before her and make a choice…she can live with?


    Guest Post: eBook Vs Books Smackdown w/ Shelli Wells



    Hey y'all!! I am here today with the author Shelli Wells! Please give her a warm welcome! *Applause*  She is doing a book tour for her brand spanking new book Untraceable! When I say brand spanking new, I mean like three days old!! :) For you today we have a guest post about eBooks vs. Books! I hope you enjoy it! I certanitly did!


    eBooks vs. Books Smack Down

    Which do you prefer? Ebooks or Books.

    I prefer books. There is nothing like curling up in bed with my book and reading into the wee hours when it is quiet and dark.

    To me – ereaders are equivalent to Edward. They look nice but are they really cozy. To me they are kinda hard and cold. Books are something you can snuggle up with. I do read eBooks on my iPad. But mostly I use my iPad for beta reads, early manuscripts, or indie pubbed books.

    Do you think that paper books will go extinct because of eBooks?

    Gosh I hope not. I can’t imagine not having a bookstore to roam around in. I can’t imagine everything being electronic. Being forced to read online instead of holding a book. I do not want a world like Fahrenheit 451 where there are no books or where they are censored. If they are online – they are easily controlled.

    But I am a little worried that teens who love ereaders will grow up and stay with ereaders because they have never experienced a real book. That people who are now in their 30, 40s and 50s – who love books  - wont be the majority buyer. And eBooks will take the lead.

    I hope not.

    Do you feel you could be more successful with the eBook market or the regular market?

    I have no clue. I think every book is different. I have a paperback and an eBook coming out. But my marketing is more tailored to eBook b/c I am an unknown debut who has indie pubbed. The odds are against me. But I like it that way J

    How much more do you make from the eBook market than selling your books in bookstores?

    Right now – on my $3.99 eBook, I will make 70% (about $2.75). On my $9.99 paperback, I will make $1.50. I think that is a little more than the traditional author but then again - I don’t have their distribution or marketing guns.

    My goal is to sell 1,000 to break even and “earn out” what I put in.

    How is the digital publishing changing?

    I think eBook sales are increasing every day, which means books are changing, distribution is changing, and marketing is changing. I think traditional publishers are moving too slow to adapt and I worry they won’t be able to adapt. Eventually, if they don’t raise eBook royalties, I could see authors holding onto their digital rights and doing them on their own.

    How is your marketing different for paperbacks vs. eBooks?

    Well, I am not depending on many brick and mortar stores on the paperback. IT is available and I hope it gets buss so they will order it off my ISBN but I’m targeting eBookers more.

    This means, I am doing a grass roots campaign to online readers. In a way this is cheaper but in a way it’s like finding a needle in a haystack and its contacting one person at a time to hopefully start a word of mouth.

    I am not using traditional channels; I am seeking out new channels online to reach ereading teens directly.




    About the author: Goodreads.com Bio!

    When Shelli was younger, she spent all her time outdoors, hiking, camping and living the Girl Scout Way. 


    Somewhere along the way, she got away from nature and earned an MBA in Marketing, kicking off an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America. 



    Eventually, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business, www.bilaninc.com, where she worked with Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, and the Boys & Girls Club of America. 



    In addition to juggling nap schedules and client meetings, Shelli focuses on her writing. She is a frequent speaker on marketing and book publicity at SCBWI conferences across the U.S, and runs a popular book marketing blog, Market My Words (www.faeriality.blogspot.com). 



    In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over movies, reads children’s books (over and over), and still dreams of sleeping in on the weekends. But most importantly, she is finally getting back to her roots by running her own Girl Scout Troop in Atlanta, helping girls get back to nature. 



    She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog (Charley), British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world. 





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    About Untraceable!! Goodreads.com



    16 year old Grace was reared in the wilderness. Her first pet was a bear named Simon. Her first potty, an oak tree. And, her first swing, a forest vine. Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her everything he knew about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 

    When Grace's dad goes missing on a routine patrol, unlike everyone in her sleepy mountain town, she refuses to believe he’s dead. After finding a Cheetos bag and stolen government file, Grace is convinced she’s one step closer to proving all the non-believers wrong. 

    One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from imminent danger by Mo, a hot guy who has an intoxicating accent and a secret. Grace has never felt a connection like this before, certainly not with her ex-boyfriend, the adoring, but decidedly unrugged, Wyn. 

    After a few run-ins with the town's police chief, her father's partner, and some new evidence, Grace travels deeper into the wilderness that has always been her refuge only to learn that her father's disappearance is not a mere coincidence. 

    Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to emerge from an epidemic that’s spreading like wild fire, threatening everything and everyone she’s ever loved.



     
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