Sunday, December 22, 2013

My Christmas Bookish Wishlist

Well, it's that time of year again! We're having another get-together for the Edmonton Book Bloggers for the holiday season, and we're doing a gift exchange so I thought I would share the bookish wishlist I've made with you all (some of these are more unreal expectations though of awesome bookish things I wish I had haha)!

BOOKS!!!!


Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes


I still have to read the first book in the series, but it's one that I know I'll like, so this one is going on the wishlist!! :D I'm hoping to read the first one during my Christmas break.




 Heart of Iron (London Steampunk #2) and My Lady Quicksilver (London Steampunk #3) by Bec McMaster

I read and loved the first book in this series, so book two and three are both on my list! ;D



Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I LOVED Fangirl so much, and Attachments sounds amazing, too! :D






Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin

I really want a finished copy of this one! I seriously loved the first book in the series, Crewel, and am planning to read Altered as soon as I possibly can! I have an arc of this one, but I want this gorgeous finished version on my shelf. ;)


Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

I loved Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy and this book sounds fantastic, too. I can't wait to read it!



BOOKISH GOODIES!!!

TOTE BAGS!


I love any and all tote bags! These are just a few really neat ones that I found. ;D

BOOKMARKS
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Again! I love any and all bookmarks! And I found these awesome ones on Etsy. :)

ANYTHING BOOK RELATED!!
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Mugs, scarves, jewelery...if it's book-related, I'll love it! :D



Well, that's my bookish wishlist, what's on yours this year?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Blitz: Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2) by Pepper Winters

 
Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters
(Monsters in the Dark #2)
Publication date: December 15th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster..
Purchase: Amazon (Not available until December 15th.)
AUTHOR BIO:
Writer, reader, sometimes wife.

An avid devourer of sexy romance and angsty New Adult.

Nothing beats lolling in a bubble bath with her array of book boyfriends.

Her two titles: Tears of Tess and Broken Chance are coming soon.

Author links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


Q&A with Pepper Winters

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve know it for a while. Ever since I’d get grounded by my dad for reading too much. My favourite part of school was writing essays and short stories.
  1. How long does it take you to write a book?
Tears of Tess took me 7 weeks from first word to publication and Quintessentially Q has taken me 4 weeks for a 111,000 book. It’s with my editor now. I’m lucky that I can write quick, but then I suffer with edits and making sense of my scribbles. :)
  1. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I took a month off to write QQ all the time. So I do about 2 hours of catching up on messages and emails in the morning and then write, with small breaks on FB through the day. :) I normally start around 11 am and don’t stop till about 10pm what with social marketing and other things that go along with writing. It really is a full time occupation.
  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have to have at last one class of Coke Zero while I’m writing and I have to have complete quiet.
  1. How do you plan to publish? (self or publisher)
I self published Tears of Tess and plan to do so for all my work. I love the freedom and flexibility.
  1. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
They just pop into my head and the characters take me on a whirlwind journey that I just jot down as they tell me. :)
  1. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was about 7 when I wrote my first book. It was terrible. I didn’t start finding my groove until 4-5 years ago.
  1. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Read, relax, hang with my hubby, travel. :)
  1. What does your family think of your writing?
Up until Tess started to sell no one in my family really understood why I spent SO many hours glued to my laptop. They couldn’t see why I dedicated myself to something so compulsively. Now they’re very supportive. However, my hubby has always been there for me. Without him I probably wouldn’t have had the confidence to dedicate so much time to getting my craft under control. :) 
  1. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That people like my work. That was the best thing ever!
  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written six total but plan to write a LOT more.
  1. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Keep at it. Just keep trying, keep improving. Read blog forums on general pitfalls of writing and get some beta readers. :) I owe my life to my critique partners.
  1. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Yes, I hear from them on a daily basis which is awesome. They’re all amazing and I love hearing how my book has affected them. I try to keep up with every FB message, tweet, email, and share. I value each of my readers more than they know.
  1. Do you like to create books for adults?
Oh yes. I love writing sex. I would never survive writing for young adults LOL
  1. What do you think makes a good story?
Something that makes you feel every range of emotion possible.
  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Be a writer. :) Living the dream.



Teasers!!

I've got some great teasers for! :D I hope you enjoy them!
Goddammit, she said I scarred her soul… would she let me scar her skin?
Tess stood in front of me. Her toned legs splayed, hands on her hips. So proud and regal in her own body. I couldn’t tear my eyes away. My mouth went dry as the beast inside prowled and hurled itself against the cage, trying so hard to get at her. To rip her. Ravage her.

GIVEAWAYS

Individual Tour Stop
- Prize: One (1) ebook copy of Quintessentially Q
- Open internationally. 
- Giveaway ends January 3rd at 11:59 PM (MST)

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Blitz-wide giveaway
- Prize: A signed copy of Quintessentially Q
-Open internationally

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Have you read Tears of Tess (the first book in the Monsters in the Dark series) yet?
Even if you haven't read Tears of Tess yet, are you looking forward to Quintessentially Q?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Every Second With You (No Regrets #2) by Lauren Blakely #Giveaway #CoverReveal

Today, I have an awesome cover to show you! Thanks to InkSlinger PR I have the beautiful cover for Lauren Blakely's EVERY SECOND WITH YOU, Book 2 in her No Regrets Series! There are also some fun facts about EVERY SECOND WITH YOU, a giveaway, and right now her prequel novella THE START OF US is free!!!

I'm not going to make you wait...here is the AMAZING cover for Every Second With You!!! :D


ABOUT EVERY SECOND WITH YOU:
Every Second With You = Sex. Love. Addiction. Heartache. Pain. And Hope.

In the sequel to the bestselling new adult romance THE THRILL OF IT,
Harley and Trey face new challenges that will make battling blackmail,
sex addiction, and a virgin call girl past look easy…

I used to think love was a lie. Now I know it’s real, powerful, and I
don’t want to lose it…But my future scares me, and there’s no way this
can be happening, especially since I’ve finally broken free from all
the people who wanted pieces of me. I don’t even know how to start
over, but I have to find a way. So when I discover what my mother’s
been keeping from me, it doesn’t make me hate her. It gives me hope
for a new life, outside of New York. But the ties that bind me to this
city are so strong, sometimes they are chains. If only I could leave
with…

Trey...

I will do anything for her. She owns me, heart, mind and body. But
when Harley tells me this, I am rocked to the core, and terrified of
what happens next. Especially when now it’s not her past that chases
me, it’s someone from my own. And that someone is messing with my head
when I’m trying to be strong for Harley. But all I really want is to
escape with the girl I love…For the rest of our lives.

How can you move forward when the past keeps chasing you?
Here's the full layout of the cover!
(You can click on it to get a larger image.)
Release Date: February 17, 2014
ABOUT LAUREN BLAKELY:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.


Enter to win a signed paperback of THE THRILL OF IT! (It's INTERNATIONAL!!!)

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See the covers all together!


I personally love all of these covers!!! :D I especially love the hearts pierced with arrows, and the pop of colour from the text! :D

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

At Any Price Book Blitz: Teasers, Giveaway, Excerpt & Gamer Name Generator! #BookBlitz

At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
(Gaming the System #1)
Publication date: December 9th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO 

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

This New Adult book is intended for audiences over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N


AUTHOR BIO
Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, AT ANY PRICE, releases in December, 2013.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna's favorite author is Jane Austen and favorite novel is PERSUASION.

Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover's heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting.

She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 

AT ANY PRICE FUN!


Gamer Name Generator:


Some awesome pictures with teasers! ;D





And finally, here's an excerpt for you!

“I’m quite capable of understanding sexual attraction, Mr. Drake.”
“Adam,” he said quietly, his eyes lowering to focus on my mouth. My heart skipped a beat in its frenetic pace.
“Adam.”
“Why does it make you uncomfortable to call me by my first name?”
I locked gazes with him, suddenly intensely aware of how close we were standing. I could smell him—a subtle scent, masculine, clean, like the ocean and the hint of peppermint candy on his breath. I could almost feel the heat and power oozing off of him in waves. I swallowed in a suddenly dry throat.
“I don’t know.”
“I want to give you one more thing to think about.”
“And what is that?”
He leaned closer, his head approaching mine. I didn’t have the time to step back nor, I think, the willpower to do it even if it had occurred to me. His mouth met mine in a firm, sure kiss.
It wasn’t overpowering. That was the first thing that surprised me. It was a subtle give and take—gentle, at first, a warm pressure of his lips on mine. Then he took a step closer and slid a hand around my waist, the other going to my back.
He retreated, just slightly, just enough to allow me to pursue him. His mouth moved against mine, teasing, pressing it open. Now his body pressed against mine, his head angled down to reach me, for I was at least five inches shorter than him.
I opened my mouth to him then and his tongue slid in easily. Nothing tentative in this kiss. He knew exactly what he was doing. He was telling me I had the control, declaring the decision mine and then swooping in and taking no prisoners.
His hands stayed put. I was glad of that though I wanted his touch everywhere—my aching breasts, the throbbing between my legs. Goose bumps prickled up and down my arms. His tongue explored my mouth with surety, easy possession. And—to my utter humiliation—I let loose a small whimper at the back of my throat.
The arm around my waist tightened when he heard it, responding immediately, almost instinctively. He pulled his tongue back, as if inviting me to follow him with my tongue. And tentatively, I did.
I’d been kissed before—back in high school when I was normal and I actually dated. But it had been years, now, and I’d never, ever been kissed like this. My tongue entered his mouth and he made a noise at the back of his throat, not quite a growl, kind of more like a huff. It emboldened me. Empowered me. I thrust my tongue, lacing my hands around the back of his neck. Our heads moved together for long minutes and I felt like I hadn’t breathed in a lifetime.
Everything was spinning around me and I—I was spinning too, delirious with want. Like a woman drowning in the middle of stormy sea, in desperate need of a life raft. That sea was Adam Drake and he was pulling me adrift, stranding me in some strange and forgotten land.
When finally he ended it, he pulled away so slowly that I could hardly tell our lips had parted until cool air passed between us. It was then that I saw that he was as affected as I was—flushed cheeks, his breath coming fast, his eyes dark and drunk with desire.


GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY

Prizes (open internationally):
(3 winners)
1 $25 gift card to Amazon or BN or other book retailer of choice, 
1 autographed print copy of the novel, 
1 ebook copy of novel

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What do you think?
Does At Any Price sound good to you?
And what's your "Gamer Name"? Mine's Stormy Lily. ;D

Book Blitz: Meant For Me (Take Me Now #2) by Faith Sullivan

Today Faith Sullivan's MEANT FOR ME comes out!!! :D I finished it just a few days ago and it was fantastic! Check out the excerpt and teasers below, and make sure to enter Faith's awesome giveaway!!

Title: Meant for Me
Author: Faith Sullivan
Expected release date: December 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Ebook available at: Kindle | Nook | Smashwords  


Book Description:
Eric thought he had forever...before.

Divided between reliving the past and embracing his new life with Ivy, Eric fears that love will once again be ripped from his grasp. Having faith in the future is hard. So many things can go wrong.

Ivy is convinced that what they have is meant to be...but no one can escape the wheel of fate.

Her love for Eric and the life they're creating make every sacrifice seem worthwhile. Until she's forced to reveal the truth surrounding her delicate condition. Even if it shatters his hope.

Can they hold onto their newfound happiness or are events already in motion to keep them apart?

EXCERPT

My boyfriend is so freakin’ hot.

I press my nose against the glass, peering out as he stops to take a break from cutting the grass around the garden center. It’s sweltering outside and he’s worked up quite a sweat pushing the lawn mower up and down the property. As a result of his labor, his white t-shirt is clinging to his chest in all the right places. I sigh happily, taking him in.

He has no clue that I’m watching as he picks up a water bottle and pours it over his head, forming a trail that trickles down the length of his body. I clutch the windowsill as I feel that all too familiar twinge between my legs. Being pregnant, my hormones are on fire and it doesn’t take much to get me going. So it’s no wonder a moan escapes my lips when he doesn’t stop there. Instead, he casually begins to strip in front of me.

My cheeks burn as he lifts his arms over his head, removing his shirt, elongating every inch of his defined abs. My eyes follow his v-shaped pelvic muscle as it dips suggestively below his belt buckle. My breathing becomes heavy as he stretches, causing his jeans to ride even lower on his hips. My pulse skyrockets as he proceeds to wring the water out of his shirt, flexing his glistening biceps against the rays of the setting sun.

I squirm against the window, forcing my knees together. My movement catches his attention and he glances up, meeting my gaze. A sexy grin slowly spreads across his face when he realizes the effect he’s having on me. My mouth is open. I’m literally
panting for him. He shakes his head and chuckles softly. My heart clenches at how adorable he looks.

He’s not the kind of guy who flaunts his body, but for me it seems like he enjoys being on display. He runs his hands through his damp hair, tousling it before grabbing another bottle of water. He winks at me, tilting back his head and taking a long swig. He closes his eyes, his lips wrapped around the bottle, teasing me. He smiles when he’s done, beckoning me with his finger.

I don’t hesitate for a moment. I gladly leave the confines of his air-conditioned office and rush outside. He’s waiting, his eyes smoldering. He stands with his hands on his hips, watching as I approach. It’s unseasonably mild for October, and I step out of my clogs as I draw nearer to him. His gaze never leaves my face. It only intensifies, causing me to blush even more.

I get close enough to feel the warmth of his breath on my cheek, but I don’t speak. Instead, I run my hands across the wide breadth of his shoulders and down his heaving chest. My touch must be driving him wild because I can feel his heart thudding beneath my fingertips. His skin is so smooth and firm. He’s a man’s man who’d never dream of waxing his upper body, and a trail of soft, fine hair guides me to his belly button and beyond.

“How can I expect to get anything done around here with you touching me like that?” Eric asks, his voice all husky as I find the zipper of his jeans.

“Well, you shouldn’t be tempting me by getting naked in front of the window,” I whisper seductively as he grabs my wrist, preventing me from lowering his zipper and undressing him any further.

With my free hand, I start to remove my dress when he growls, “I don’t want anyone seeing what’s mine.” He scans the horizon for any approaching vehicles, but there are none to be found. “No one’s ever going to hear what you sound like when you come. Only me.”
Books in this series:
(linked to Goodreads)


About the Author:

Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.

Where to find Faith Sullivan: Blog | Goodreads | Twitter
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What do you think?
Does Meant For Me and the Take Me Now series
sound like something you'd like to read?