Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #72

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Corruption by Jessica Shirvington
Releases on: November 20th 2014
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How do you live with yourself
when you’ve deceived the one you love?

How do you move on when the person
you’ve been fighting to save betrays you?

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens began the hunt.

Four weeks ago, Maggie’s world fell apart, when she finally
found what she’d been looking for. And when Quentin,
who had blindly trusted her, unravelled her web of lies.

Now, Maggie lives in the dark. But she’s not about to stay there.
Not when she still has to bring M-Corp down.
Not when there is still a chance she could win him back.

In the exhilarating conclusion to Disruption, Maggie must do
whatever it takes to show the world the truth.
And the price for her quest?

Everything.
 
Thoughts:
Disruption has quite possibly been my favourite book of this year and it goes without saying that I am dying for the release of it's sequel Corruption! I am a bit gutted that it'll be the final book in the series, but I just know that Jessica Shirvington will have an explosive ending up her sleeve--can't wait for more Maggie and Quentin!

What do you think? Have you read Disruption and will you be reading Corruption?
And what are you waiting on this week?

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Shelf: Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark #4) by Kresley Cole

This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.

Her breathless kiss haunts him...

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible...

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It's rumored that no one can tempt Bowen's hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction...

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

 
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Review:

Wicked Deeds On A Winter's Night is the sizzling third full length installment in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series and is a passion fuelled adventure from beginning to end!

I have to be honest...I wasn't sure going into the book whether I'd love it or not. While I was intrigued by Bowen and his history, I admit there were also a few moments in the previous two books where his self pity and attitude already annoyed me. So ultimately, I wondered whether or not this would become an issue in this book. I'm pleased to say this wasn't the case....at all.

I was really happy to find that I quite liked Bowen in this book. He wasn't who he seemed and for an alpha male, he wasn't too overbearing, as I found Lachlain to be in the first book. Mariketa too was fantastic--I really loved this sassy witch, who had a feisty attitude and strong personality. She seemed like the perfect blend of twenty three year old girl and powerful supernatural being.

And of course, what made me love our two main characters all the much more was the fantastic dynamic they had together. Cole creates great chemistry and intensity with these two and they really are the perfect match for each other. Bowen needed a female like Mari to keep him on his toes and stand up to him--taking none of his bull along the way, and Mari needed someone like Bowen, with his fierce nature and ability to love her above everything else.

I very much enjoyed what Cole did with this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Bowen and Mariketa and how Kresley Cole explored it during the story. It was entertaining seeing the two interact, especially as the sexual attraction and tension is there from the beginning with them, though neither wants to admit it at first, and I enjoyed watching Cole explain Bowen's past with his lost love Mariah--it made the story extra interesting to watch unfold.

Taking aside the first book in this series, which I wasn't too fussed itn Immortals After Dark is proving to be an enjoyable series to read so far and I already look forward to beginning the next book......


Rating:
Source: I bought
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: This is a great PNR series
Cover: I think it's a bit cheesy ;)
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Definitely

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blog Tour: The Accidental Kiss by Nicole Simone- Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Accidental Kiss by Nicole Simone thanks to InkSlinger PR! Yesterday I posted my review of The Accidental Kiss and today I have an excerpt as well as the tour wide giveaway to share with you :)
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They were like fire and ice.

But he was everything she didn’t know she needed.

Marked by tragedy, Sky Noel leaves Los Angeles with her mom to start anew in Castor, a small town in Louisiana. It was supposed to be Sky’s chance to have a normal life but she soon finds out normal isn’t written in her DNA.

When a mysterious boy named Daemon shakes up Sky’s fragile hold on reality, she is thrust into a world where zombies and voodoo not only exist in the pages of a novel. They are hidden in the darkest corners where danger lurks and death awaits. With a price on her head, Sky has to put her trust in the boy with the ocean blue eyes but is Daemon everything she was warned against and more?

Tricked into selling his soul, Daemon lives out his existence at the mercy of the voodoo priest. That is until one fateful night when his path is forever changed.

Desperate to atone for his sins, Daemon brings it upon himself to protect Sky at any cost. However, a secret hidden in his past could rip away the very person who makes him feel human again.

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Nicole Simone works in digital media by day and at night, pen’s character driven romance novels that will make your mama blush. She lives in Los Angeles, C.A with her fat bulldog named Humphrey.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Shelf: The Accidental Kiss (The Kiss Series #1) by Nicole Simone

They were like fire and ice.

But he was everything she didn’t know she needed.

Marked by tragedy, Sky Noel leaves Los Angeles with her mom to start anew in Castor, a small town in Louisiana. It was supposed to be Sky’s chance to have a normal life but she soon finds out normal isn’t written in her DNA.

When a mysterious boy named Daemon shakes up Sky’s fragile hold on reality, she is thrust into a world where zombies and voodoo not only exist in the pages of a novel. They are hidden in the darkest corners where danger lurks and death awaits. With a price on her head, Sky has to put her trust in the boy with the ocean blue eyes but is Daemon everything she was warned against and more?

Tricked into selling his soul, Daemon lives out his existence at the mercy of the voodoo priest. That is until one fateful night when his path is forever changed.

Desperate to atone for his sins, Daemon brings it upon himself to protect Sky at any cost. However, a secret hidden in his past could rip away the very person who makes him feel human again.


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Review:

The Accidental Kiss by Nicole Simone is a well written story that weaves unique voodoo mythology together with romance and danger.

Following teenager Sky Noel, The Accidental Kiss sees Sky move to the small town of Caster in Louisiana and slowly begin to learn the surprising truth about her heritage when a chance encounter with an alluring boy at her new school named Daemon shakes her hold on reality. As Sky learns the truth behind her DNA, a powerful voodoo priest will stop at nothing to sacrifice Sky for his own nefarious purposes and Daemon takes it upon himself to protect Sky, even though he’s more connected to the voodoo priest and Sky’s past than he’s willing to admit.

I have to be honest; I’m at a real mixed mind when it comes to this book. To begin with the concept was very promising and I loved the idea of the unique voodoo mythology hinted at within the story, but I don’t feel like there was enough of it to satisfy me. The premise held such possibility but personally I would have enjoyed exploring the heart of voodoo a tad more.

I did find that Simone had an excellent writing technique however. Her writing was flowing and detailed, with plenty of entertaining dialogue shared between her characters. The story was fast paced and forward moving, but my biggest issue was that I felt the relationship between Sky and Daemon was too much too soon. It seemed rushed, and rather than allowing something to unfold over time and develop between them, they seemed to feel so deeply out of the blue.

Unfortunately I just didn’t believe it, nor did I feel it, although I really wanted to. There was no build up to their "epic love" and I couldn’t believe that two people could love each other the way Sky and Daemon supposedly did after only a few days of knowing one another. After all, the entire book took place in around a week and at that point in time the two of them are so deeply "in love" that I felt it was being shoved down my throat.

I liked Sky and thought she had a lot of attitude. She was someone I could have really adored as a protagonist if not for the obsession she had over Daemon, something that became a bit grating after a while. Still, she was decent enough to follow and had a lot of interesting dialogue within the story.

Overall, The Accidental Kiss was a bit of a mixed bucket for me. It was readable, however with a lot of promise that fell short. Whether I’ll continue on with the series remains to be seen, however if you enjoy paranormal romance you may just enjoy this!


Rating:
Source: Sent for review by InkSlinger PR and the author (Thanks ladies!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
My Recommendation: If you enjoy PNR then you'll enjoy this.
Cover: The cover is very pretty!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: I'm not sure whether this is a stand alone novel seeing as it ended very well, but I may read more......


 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Expo Australia 2014


As some of you may know, on the 31st of August, I recently had the pleasure of attending the Book Expo Australia at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park! Presented by Australia's fastest growing online bookstore, Booktopia, the Book Expo Australia was the first event of it's kind in almost 20 years. Or so I was told by one of its volunteers on the day.

Attending with my normal book/event buddy, my mum, I found the Book Expo Australia to be nothing but a wonderful experience and couldn't have had more fun if I tried. As always, anything book related is extremely exciting, but it was even more special to be at an event strictly for books.


Featuring a number of different indie authors and smaller publishing companies, an event such as this really managed to showcase the Australian talent we have in the book industry and really opens up a whole new platform for Aussie authors and publishers to showcase their books!

I also found the Book Expo to be a great way to meet and connect with other authors, book lovers and enthusiasts. I had the chance to chat with a lot of authors and discover new books I might otherwise not have known about! I managed to meet a copy of authors and got some books signed I picked up either free or that I bought.

I got to meet author Kaz Delaney and bought signed copies of her books!
 
I was lucky to meet authors and bloggers of Aussie Owned and ReadStacey Nash and K.A. Last--these ladies were awesome!
 
 I bought K.A. Last's books Sacrifice & Fall For Me
 
The lovely ladies also allowed me to snag some swag from them, so look out for some giveaways in the future!
 
Understandably, as it was the first year the event has been run in recent times, there weren't quite as many tables as I expecting to see but I'm putting that down to lack of exposure. Considering the awesome turn out they had on the day I attended, I'm hoping that the Book Expo will be on again next year, perhaps with an even bigger turn out. I think a lot of publishing houses and authors would benefit from participating in an event such as this and can only hope the show gets bigger!

Plenty of room for more stalls.

With all genre's showcased from children's books and YA to adult fiction, sci-fi, romance and fantasy to food and cooking, homecare and all manner in between there really was something for everyone with plenty of talks and interactive discussions going on. Oh, and there was the FREEBIES. There was freebies galore. I got books, bracelets, bookmarks, bags, aprons, swag and more.

All these FREE books!
 
Alan Baxter was kind enough to sign a copy I got when I met him there on the day :)
 
Just some of the free goodies I got including apron, swag and one of the many Booktopia bags I got :)
 
I was given quite a few copies of Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines--they just told me to keep taking them, they had boxes and boxes filled. Guess I'll have to give away a copy or two in the near future ;)
 
Overall we had a really fabulous time at the Book Expo Australia. This could be a potentially fantastic opportunity to launch your book to a wider audience if you're an Aussie author looking for promotion and I truly hope more people, companies and publishers get behind this event in the coming years.
Mum is such a goof <3
 
I'll have my fingers crossed that the Book Expo Australia takes place next year, as well as the years that follow and urge you all if you're in the area to jump on board and attend if you can!
 
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #71

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 

Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Releases on: February 3rd 2015
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Terror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

Thoughts:
I really dig the sound of this. Sometimes I think you need a good ole creepy tale and Shutter has me hooked already. Looking forward to reading this!

What do you think of Shutter? Will you be adding it to your TBR list?
And what are you waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Blitz: The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore- Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to the Book Blitz for The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! Personally, I really think this book sounds great so I'm happy to be sharing a brilliant excerpt and giveaway with you today.
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When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.

While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.

Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.


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What led you to write YA paranormal and corpses becoming reanimated?
Explaining my warped creative process is challenging because the stories I tend to create all begin with “What if?” That simple question can take me down a rabbit hole of possibilities and I never worry about whether an idea is plausible. In my mind, the boundary for reality is permeable.
The Undead started as a “what if” after a personal experience. The story then began to unfold in my mind, but it never ventured near The Walking Dead, which is a series I was addicted to once. I wanted the return to be less problematic and gory than the zombies in the apocalyptic stories.

Are the characters in The Undead based on real people?
Every character I create comes from bits and pieces of people that I’ve encountered, but no one person translates into a full character in one of my stories. At least not yet.

Does Eric play the guitar because you play the guitar?
No, Eric plays the guitar because he’s a gifted musician and because I think the guitar is one of the coolest instruments a guy can play. I took piano lessons for several years as a child, but I would not impress anyone with the skills that have remained after all those years.

Is The Undead a series?
I wrote The Undead as a stand alone, although the door was left slightly ajar at the end. While Lyla, Eric and Ben’s tale could go on, it will be up to the reader to determine what happens next.

What’s your favorite genre to read?
I like so many different types of fiction. I have specific favorite books and favorite authors that span romance, action, drama, suspense, and memoir (and for adult, NA, and YA audiences).

Elsie Elmore lives in North Carolina with her husband and two kids.
She loves the color red, has an appreciation for chocolate and coffee that borders on obsession, writes stories that challenge the laws of nature, and wishes fall temperatures would linger year round.

Elsie is a member of several writing organizations: RWA, SCBWI, and WSW. The Undead : Playing for Keeps is her debut novel.

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Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and Elsie Elmore a giveaway for one (1) ebook copy of The Undead: Playing for Keeps. Open internationally. To enter simply comment with a way to contact you and which format you would like. Giveaway ends 23rd of September!