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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Stacking The Shelves


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's main purpose is to showcase the books you've obtained (borrowed, won/gifted, given for review or purchased) for the week gone by. To participate, link to your own STS post here

Apologies for my lack of participation in Stacking The Shelves. I'm really slack with taking photos because as you can see, I don't take very good ones LOL so I tend to forget to take the pics and before you know it, it's already Saturday so I procrastinate and tell myself I'll do it next week and that just happens week after week. I'm trying to be more pro-active and schedule my posts at least a week in advance, so hopefully my Stacking The Shelves post will be more frequent and on time. 

First up...giveaways! 

Chyna from Lite-rate-ture attended Tahereh Mafi's signing at National Book Store in my home country of Philippines. My fellow Filo (Filipina) book blogger has kindly hosted a giveaway in honour of the event giving away a SIGNED copy of Unravel Me and a Shatter Me Cotton On top. Here's the link to the giveaway. 


Won the book of my choice from The Book Depository to the value of $15 from Fiction Fare's Blogoversary, they had so many amazing giveaways to commemorate their blog's birthday and I was lucky to have won this one :) Jaime was kind enough to let me order Impostor by Susanne Winnacker. 

I also purchased Born Wicked as Jessica Spotswood was doing a signing I unfortunately couldn't attend so I purchased a copy to be signed and personalised by Jessica, the staff at Hooray 4 Books were kind enough to also give me some Born Wicked swag (only the bookmark is included in the pic below, but there were stickers...all signed!) AND a FREE ARC copy of Star Cursed!!! I got this a few months back but I was slack with the taking photos so it's only being added to my STS now.



Any new additions to your library? 
Comment below and I'll be sure to visit you right back. 
Have a great weekend everyone!

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Author Spotlight ~ Kerry Taylor



One author, 3 amazing books! Get to know her:


Kerry Taylor was born in London, but is living in Madrid, Spain with her three children.
She has written several romantic comedies, short stories and her first erotica book.
Find more about her at: www.kerrytaylor74.wordpress.com


If you want to know more about her work, just check her latest releases:


Quick facts for the 3 books:

Format: Paperback, Kindle, nook, apple, Kobo

Genres: Romance/Romantic Comedy/ Contemporary Fiction

Content: There is no explicit content in any of the books.





Blind Dating by Kerry Taylor
A Romantic Comedy

When mid-forties, divorced, single-mother-of-three, Kimberly, realizes her own mother has
more of a life than she does, she decides to do something about it. 

Encouraged by success stories from people at work, she joins a dating chat room, ICQ, which starts to rock her world. 

All of a sudden she's a swinging single, online, with extreme dates, a little dirty talk, and a sense of her new, sexy self-- until that fateful moment when her long-time chat-room buddy, LonelySingle, wants to meet. "Are you trying to find a man on Facelook?" her Mom questions, after years of being told it is Facebook! 

What if he doesn't like her? What if she doesn't like him? These are the thoughts, inside her head. Until they meet and realise, that they have been friends offline aswell as online! What happens next? A light-hearted, romantic comedy about a single mom finding true love, which was right before her eyes.




STERILE by Isabella Jones (Kerry Taylor)
A Contemporary Woman Fiction


'I am his wife, he no longer respects, touches or loves me.'

Lisa cries to herself at night. After 15 years of marriage, she cannot accept their fate: a life with no children. She wallows in paranoia as Mark works late and continues his career as a travelling salesman. Her accusations of him cheating on her result in their first major fight which leads to a trail of events that spiral out of Lisa's control.

Will Lisa manage to keep her tenuous grip on her marriage, her life and ultimately reality?
A novel about one woman's struggle to carry on when her worst nightmare turns into reality.


Love or Money by Kerry Taylor
A Romantic Comedy

Heather and Kelly are two single best friends who live and do everything together. When someone points out that the only other women who have a similar lifestyle are either lesbians or sisters, they decide it is time to move on and get married. How will they choose? Vowing to find their husbands together as well, they embark on a journey, equal parts hunt and madcap dating adventure, to find their dream husbands. With opposite tastes and ideas, will they be able to find husbands together? Searching for a man with money or searching for a man to love--who will find their husband first? And more importantly, is there a happy ending?


Tour Schedule 

June 10: Black Lion Tours Blog: Spotlight
June 11: Fandom FanaticSpotlight 
June 12:​ Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews: Interview
                Love in a Book: Guest Post
June 13:​ Clean Romance Reviews: Spotlight
June 14:​ Rusty Reads: Spotlight
June 16:​ Pure Jonel: Review
June 17:​ My Devotional Thoughts: Spotlight
June 18: I know that Book: Spotlight
June 19:​ Books, Books The Magical Fruit: Spotlight
June 23:​ Kindred Dreamheart: Guest Post
               A Novel Idea Live: Live Interview
June 25:​ My Seryniti: Spotlight
June 28:​ Deal Sharing Aunt: Review
June 29:Paperback Princess: Spotlight
June 30:​ That Girl Reads: Spotlight

Friday Meme ~ Feature & Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

The Rules:-
  • You MUST follow BOTH hosts Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read
  • You MUST follow BOTH Featured Blogs of the week (linked below)
  • Do your own Feature & Follow Friday post answering the question of the week and link to it at the bottom of this post 
  • Follow and comment on other participants Feature & Follow Friday posts! 

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Blog Tour ~ Solstice by PJ Hoover {Character Spotlight + Giveaways}


Welcome to my Team Dystopia stop for

 Solstice by PJ Hoover Tour

hosted by Mod Podge Blog Tours

CHARACTER SPOLIGHT: CHLOE 


Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today is a Character Spotlight from Solstice! Character spotlights are divided into two groups: Team Myth and Team Dystopia. Up today is Chloe from Team Dystopia!


Character ~ Chloe
Team ~ Dystopia



Three Things About Chloe: 


1) Piper’s best friend So we already met our main character, Piper. And seriously, every girl needs a best friend. Chloe is the best kind. She’s positive an upbeat and always encourages Piper to stretch her wings. 

2) Always wears a bandana Why? Because it looks awesome on her. At least that’s what she told Piper when they met back at the beginning of freshman year. And because accessorizing is super important and should be carefully thought out, Chloe’s bandanas match her outfits every day. 

3) Falls in love every week Chloe’s a teenager. What can she say? And there are so many cute guys out there in the world. Chloe figures she does not want to waste away her youth on one guy. Especially if she doesn’t know how much of a future she might have. I adored writing Chloe. I love her free spirit and the way she encourages Piper to break out of her shell. Thank you for reading, and I hope you’re enjoying the blog tour!


Solstice 

by PJ Hoover


Published: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Genre: YA Dystopia/Mythology

Buy It Now: Barnes & Noble | Book DepositoryAmazon


Synopsis


Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom. 

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

About the Author

PJ Hoover



P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut (Tor Children's, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.

To celebrate the release of Solstice, Author, PJ Hoover is hosting an AMAZING giveaway on her blog, with a total of 42 books up for grabs! The books are grouped into 6 sets, so 6 times the chance of winning!!!

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Charmed by Cambria Hebert {Trailer}


Charmed 

by Cambria Hebert


Series: Death Escorts #2
Release Date: July 22, 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Mae I Design


Synopsis


Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning? 

For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job. 

And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had. 

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill. 

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again. 

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all. 

He was wrong. 

Life or Death?



About The Author

Cambria Hebert



Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series and the Death Escorts series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.
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Release Day ~ Haven by Laury Falter


Haven 

by Laury Falter


Series: The Apocalypse Chronicles 
Release Date: June 22, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance


Synopsis


Haven, the first book in the Apocalypse Chronicles... 

On an ordinary day in early September, Kennedy Shaw leaves for school unaware that within a few minutes the world she knows will be gone - succumbed to an outbreak of epidemic proportions. After finding a safe haven inside the security of her enclosed high school, she learns that four others have survived, one being a bold, mysterious transfer student from Texas whose unruffled demeanor harbors more than a cool interest in her. As they struggle to survive the dead fighting their way inside, will Kennedy discover there is more to life than survival? And will she and the others find a way to live in this terrifying new world?

Excerpt


"You do amazing things to me, Kennedy, things I didn't think were possible."

I began to smile, too, as he went on, telling me thoughts that had been carefully preserved secrets until now.

"Life was meaningless until I saw you lying on that tombstone. It was just a hazy blur of responsibilities and empty, trivial ambitions. But then you were there, curled up, with your face, your beautiful face," he said touching me there, "turned at the sky. And even though death surrounded us, I started to feel alive, for the first time…since I can remember."

I held back a gasp as he said this to me. Because, ironically, he'd just described the same experience I'd gone through when he'd come into my life.

"You stirred something in me that I didn't know was there. And I didn't give it due credit at the time, thinking that it would go away or I'd wake up one day and feel the same as I had before you. But it didn't go away. It got stronger."

About The Author

Laury Falter


Laury Falter is the author of the bestselling Guardian Trilogy. She writes young adult paranormal romances and urban fantasy when she's not taking her stray dogs for a walk or enjoying a date night with her husband. 

Laury has released two series, the Guardian Trilogy and the Residue Series (a spinoff of the Guardian Trilogy books), and is currently releasing her third series, the Apocalypse Chronicles.





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Friday, 21 June 2013

Book Blast ~ Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi


Welcome to the Book Blast for

Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

hosted by Girls Heart Book Tours

About The Book


Kojiki

by Keith Yatsuhashi


Published: April 19, 2013
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Buy It Now: Amazon | Musa | Kobo 



Synopsis



When eighteen-year-old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: “Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.” 

Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfill her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows. Chaos envelops the city, and as Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession--that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane. 

The Earth itself is at stake, and as Keiko fights to save it, strange, dormant abilities stir within her. She suspects they are vital to her world’s survival, but to summon them, she must first unlock the mysteries within herself and a past shrouded in mystery.

About The Author

Keith Yatsuhashi


Keith Yatsuhashi was born in 1965 in Boston, MA. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 and is currently the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Keith was a competitive figure skater for ten years, winning the U.S. National Junior Dance Championships in 1984, a bronze medal in the 1983 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and a silver medal in 1984. 

In addition to his love of writing, Keith enjoys many hobbies such as golf, reading, and playing football and hockey with his sons. Keith currently lives in Norfolk, MA with his wife, Kathleen and three children—Caitlin, Jeffrey, and Justin.


Friday Blog Hop ~ Feature & Follow Friday + Book Blogger Hop

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

The Rules:-
  • You MUST follow BOTH hosts Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read
  • You MUST follow BOTH Featured Blogs of the week (linked below)
  • Do your own Feature & Follow Friday post answering the question of the week and link to it at the bottom of this post 
  • Follow and comment on other participants Feature & Follow Friday posts! 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Heist by Laura Pauling


Heist

by Laura Pauling


Genre: YA Psychological Thriller


Synopsis


Can one decision change the past? 

Jack Brodie has a sixth sense that someone has been watching him. Following him. 

One night he travels back in time to one of the world’s largest art thefts, known as the Gardner Heist. Why that one moment in time? And what does it mean for Jack? 

When he returns, his world is different. His best friend is rougher, meaner. His dad hasn’t been around in years. And then there’s Jetta. The girl who took over his heart the moment she stepped into his life. No one is safe. 

Each time Jack goes back to the heist to fix his mistakes, he returns to face the fallout. Disaster strikes in the present until Jack must make a choice. His family and his own happiness. Or the girl he loves. Except, he learns that his sixth sense was right. 

Someone has been watching him and wants him dead.

About The Author

Laura Pauling



Laura Pauling writes young adult fiction. She lives the cover of suburban mom/author perfectly, from the minivan to the home-baked snickerdoodles, while hiding her secret missions and covert operations. But shh. Don't tell anyone! 

Her YA Circle of Spies Series includes A SPY LIKE ME and HEART OF AN ASSASSIN. Book three, TWIST OF FATE will be released in the fall of 2013. 

HEIST, a young adult, psychological thriller, will be released the summer of 2013.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Manic by JA Huss {Giveaway}


Manic

by JA Huss


Series: Rook & Ronin #2
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Science Future Press
Genre: New Adult Contemporary


Synopsis


TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract! 

It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show. 

Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? ;) 

Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them. 

Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her good are on display, and you’ve Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!



About The Author

J.A Huss



J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label). 

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.



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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Release Day ~ 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper {Giveaway/Excerpt/Trailer}


15 Minutes

by Jill Cooper


Published: June 15, 2013
Genre: YA Time Travel Thriller/Romance


Synopsis


I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life…. 

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago. 

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever. 

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend. 

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy. 

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn't understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

Excerpt

Locker 63.

My eyes sweep aisle after aisle until I find the one I’m looking for. It’s blue and unassuming, but it could unlock the secret to everything. I lick my lips as I insert the key, close my eyes, and with a prayer, twist.

Click.

The door opens, and inside I find more than documents. There’s also a pink hoodie, a duffle bag, and a fresh change of clothes.

What was I preparing for? What was I doing? I open the manila envelope on the bottom and flip through the documents—a lot of reports, surveillance photos, old newspaper clippings. I don’t have time to go through all of it now, so I stash them in my duffle bag and throw on some new clothes.

A tight-fitting t-shirt, pink hoodie, and comfortable blue jeans are my new outfit. It’s a weird choice for trendy, sophisticated Lara, but she was up to something big. Real big. I lift the hidden duffle bag out of the locker, surprised at how hefty it is. I unzip it and find money inside. A lot of money. I touch it. Must be thousands of dollars bound together in neat little stacks.

My heart quickens as I wonder where it came from and what I was planning to do with it. If ever there was a moment for a flashback, it's now. A shining blue cell phone at the bottom of the duffle bag catches my attention. I pull it out and see a note stuck to it. In my handwriting.

Hide in the shower. Move fast.

Wide eyed and with a pounding heart, I slam the locker, grab everything, and run down the hall. I turn into the showers and duck into a stall, the vinyl shower curtain flapping against me. I still it with trembling fingers as I hear heavy steps enter the locker room.



About The Author

Jill Cooper


Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She was born in 1977 and shared a room with her sister for 18 years. Early on she had dreams of writing romances and mysteries. It was something she did when most kids were trying out for softball or out riding bikes. 

She's always loved dark mysteries, but also enjoys a great comedy so she tries to include both these things in everything she writes, one way or another. 

She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun.

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