Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Frey Saga Overview and Giveaway Time!!!


Woo hoo!  I am excited to share this really 
amazing giveaway with you!
Author Melissa Wright has offered up a generous array of goodies in celebration
of the release of the final book in the Frey Saga, Rise of the Seven
and Known to Read's blogiversary!

How lucky are we????  I know, right!?!

So first, just in case you've been on a desert island
 with no wifi for the last year or so,
here's an overview of the entire series:

Genre:  YA Fantasy
I've got to say, it's difficult to really define whether this is YA or not.  Frey is fae and fae tend to live a really, really long time, so age is not a good determinant.  Frey does live with her aunt, who seems to be her guardian.  But then again, she's in a "authoritative role" (trying not to spoil) and there's some sex, but it all takes place "off camera" as one might say.   In the end, I'd say this is a series EVERYONE will love, especially those who appreciate the young adult voice.

Publisher Type:  Indy
I love my Indy authors!!! One of the greatest pleasures I get from blogging is when you guys leave me comments along the lines of "Haven't heard of this author; I'm going to check their book out."  It makes me smile big time :D

Rating:
*  *  *  *  * (FIVE STARS!!!)
Every book in this series deserves it!  I love every bit of The Frey Saga!

The Books:
Click on each books title to see my review. 
To purchase these yummies, find them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Smashwords.
Use Goodread?  Add them to your TBR list here.



Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she's ever known.

Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she's been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.



Pieces of Eight continues Freya's story in her quest to regain her true self.

Frey (book one): When hapless Elfreda searches for answers about a mysterious stranger, she stumbles across a dark past. Her obsession drives her to seemingly harmless ends, sneaking into council to discover his lineage, borrowing a few pages...until she's caught. As she's faced with trial, the injustices and tragedies of her life tumble over her like boulders and she breaks, finding herself running from all she's ever known - with the stranger who began the avalanche.

Pieces of Eight (book two): After revealing her own dark past, Frey is forced to join with a group of strangers whose pasts seem to intertwine with her own. She struggles to regain her memories, her full power, only to find there is more danger on the other side. And now, there is no turning back.




Molly dreamed her whole life of living in a world of magic... until the day she walked into one. This short story falls between The Frey Saga Book Two: Pieces of Eight and the third book, Rise of the Seven.









Memories and magic recovered, Frey is restored to the throne. But as she works to regain control of the North, a small silver dagger nearly brings her end. She raises The Seven of her guard and proves her abilities in order to secure her position. But another attempt on her life, from what appears to be fey, reveals not all are pleased with her return. If she could only figure out the force behind the attacks, she might be able to relax enough to decide what to do about her other problem... Chevelle.







Now onto the giveaway...

Melissa Wright has provided us with an amazing giveaway!  
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Melissa!!!

There will be three winners:  

1st Place:
The ENTIRE Frey Saga (4 books) in E-format
a $10 Amazon Gift Card
 and an awesome swag pack as pictured below (contents may vary)

2nd Place:
a $10 Amazon Gift Card
 and an awesome swag pack as pictured below (contents may vary)

3rd Place:
a $5 Amazon Gift Card
 and an awesome swag pack as pictured below (contents may vary)


Just fill out the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: Rise of the Seven by Melissa Wright




Memories and magic recovered, Frey is restored to the throne. But as she works to regain control of the North, a small silver dagger nearly brings her end. She raises The Seven of her guard and proves her abilities in order to secure her position. But another attempt on her life, from what appears to be fey, reveals not all are pleased with her return. If she could only figure out the force behind the attacks, she might be able to relax enough to decide what to do about her other problem... Chevelle.



Genre:  YA (really it's for all ages) Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Indy
My Rating: *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
**Happy Sigh**  The only draw back of a story well-told is that it ends.  Think of the best meal you've ever had, times that by seven and you'll understand just how wonderfully satisfying I found the finale of the Frey Saga to be.

Everything in book 3, Rise of the Seven is ratcheted up!  The chemistry between Chevelle and Frey...Yum!!!  The mystery and intrigue, the never-knowing-who-to-trust ... yup, totally "more" than books 1 & 2 (how is that EVEN possible?!?).  The plot twists are more twisty; the action more intense!  Just wowie-wow-wow!

Cover Art:
Hello?!?  Look at it!!!  So incredibly gorgeous and that intense color scheme just totally speaks to the intensity of the book.  Then the little tickle of a hint with the hawk: perfection!  Ahhh!  Good stuff.

Get your copy:
Pick up this gem on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords.  Also, don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR :)

Blogiversary News & List of November Giveaways


I'm soooo very excited to share with you some exciting news!!!
It's Known to Read's Birthday month!!!
Woo Hoo!!!  Yippee!!!  Yee Haw!!!
I joined the amazing world of blogging on November 30, 2011.

Wow.  Can you believe it?  Me neither.  It's just too freakin' amazing!!!

So, to kick off this awesomesauce of a month,
I thought I'd give you a run down on all the great giveaways I've got lined up for this month...
(make sure you stop by this post often as I'll update with all those juicy links)

STARTING NOVEMBER 1:  OVER
The amazingly talented and wonderfully generous Melissa Wright, author of the astounding Frey Saga is celebrating the release of Rise of the Seven Frey Saga III with us.  She is offering up an incredible prize pack!!!  Enter here.

STARTING NOVEMBER 5:
It's my stop for the blog tour for The Betrayal by Sheila Hendrix and there's a $15 gift card giveaway as part of the tour!  Read about The Betrayal and enter the giveaway here.



STARTING NOVEMBER 8: OVER

Author Vered Ehsani has generously offered up an e-copy of her crazy awesome YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi novel, Dragon's Mind, for giveaway! Check it out here.



STARTING NOVEMBER 14: OVER

Indie Author SWAGvaganza!!!  I've collected some pretty sweet swag over this past year and I'm going to share.  Click here to enter.



STARTING NOVEMBER 15: OVER

Here's your chance to win your very own e-copy of Emi Gayle's After Dark with this day's blog tour stop.  See my review here.  Get in on the giveaway here.



STARTING NOVEMBER 20:
Another awesome tour stop with a huge giveaway from author of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter, Kendra C. Highley.  Here's the link.

STARTING NOVEMBER 23:
You'll have an opportunity to win Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay.  The author of this intriguing YA fantasy will be stopping by with a guest post and e-book giveaway of her book.  Ya-hoo!!!  Click here to enter.

STARTING NOVEMBER 26:
Author Kenechi Udogu is providing an e-copy of her YA fantasy, The Other Slipper.  Woo hoo! Click here to enter.

STARTING NOVEMBER 30:
We'll be closing up with Cambria Hebert's Tirade release day celebration.  This will be a doozie of a giveaway!  There's actually 2!!!!  Click here to check it out!

Release Day Review: After Dark by Emi Gayle




What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around
.

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Indy/Small Print
Rating: *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
I've gotta say, After Dark is the perfect YA Urban Fantasy!!!  The premise is creative and unique (and I heart that big time!), with fun twists on what you thought you knew about the paranormal.  The plot is engaging with great mystery and just the right amount of romance (and yummy chemistry galore!!!).  It's simply an amazing read; one that is terribly hard to put down once you start.  And then there's the cast!!! Mac is such a great character.  I love her snarkiness!!!  She's a favorite heroine of mine now.  She's defiant and independent, but has a softer side she tries to keep buried.  Her character growth seems natural and is paced nicelyly throughout the book.  Then there's Winn **happy sigh**.  Winn is an unexpected element; not your usual hero, which makes him the perfect breath of fresh air!  Those around Mac and Winn are interesting and full of surprises (there's some great humor here as well).  I just couldn't get enough of After Dark!!!  The ending is fFAB-U-LOUS!!!!  I loved what happened, how it unfolded and the consequences of it!  I am crazy eager to read book 2, Day After, due out in May (yikes!  that's a long time to wait!!).

Favorite Quotes from Mac:
"A real smile managed to cross my lips instead of the sarcastic one I wanted to share -- and would have if she didn't keep filling the space around me with happiness."

"Awkward and I didn't often meet, but at that moment, we stood in the same spot." 

Cover Art:
It's sooooo beautiful, making me want to read the story within; though I do find myself wanting to place the tomb stone just a pinch to the right or maybe fade it out or even remove it completely.  Hmmm.  So maybe not perfect, but very nice nonetheless.

Get Your Copy:
Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Tour News:
Come by on November 15th for 
a guest post by Emi Gale 
and a chance to win your very own copy!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Red Veil Series by Elizabeth Marx

More and more cover reveals!  Woo hoo!!!
This one is doubly sweet as there's two covers being revealed!!!
No, make that quadruply sweet ... there's a giveaway of BOTH books, too!
Freakin' awesome, huh?  I knew you'd be excited!!!

So, let's jump right in, shall we?  Here's the prequel:


Descent of Blood
The Red Veil Series, The Prequel 


When times are darkest, some vampires desire more than blood … 

England, 1465. Mortal men clash in the War of the Roses for the English crown, while vampire warriors’ move undetected among their ranks, savoring the flow of blood that battlefields provide.

Vampire prince, Severian Pearce, fears the revelation of the immortal clans to humankind should King Henry fall from power. While in pursuit of Henry’s enemies, Severian comes to the aid of Meridian Neville, a human woman he craves—and not for the scent of her blood … Meridian is torn between honoring her father’s dying wish and her unexplainable yearning for Lord Severian. But as Severian and Meridian work together to protect a relic hunted by mortals and immortals alike, the red veil descends over them. This all-consuming attraction can drive immortals to the brink of madness. Will the existence of this powerful bond between a human and a vampire be enough to unite the immortal clans or is the red veil a scourge set on destroying any chance they might have of happiness? 

When all hope is lost, one vampire will fight unto death for his forbidden love.


And then the main attraction...

Ascent of Blood
The Red Veil Series, Book One 

Sometimes, love is conceived in the mind of a man long before it is ever realized. 

1990, Cardiff, Wales. Vampire prince, Sebastian Pearce, has waited six-hundred years for the right human mate. His own beloved mother was a mortal capable of carrying immortal offspring. While vampires no longer require live donors for sustenance, Mother Nature has played a cruel trick on them … making breeders a rare commodity. As numbers in his Imperial House dwindle, Sebastian’s virgin bride eludes him, until he happens upon a young woman searching for information about a sacred vampire text, the Book of Descent. Sebastian’s desire for her is more potent than anything he’s felt for another woman, but Everleigh Marbut isn’t innocent. She’s an American with a mind of her own, and worst of all, she’s already carrying an immortal being. Sebastian and Everleigh are so intent on fighting their attraction to each other and the influence of the red veil that they don’t realize they’re being pulled into a battle pitting medieval myth against the power of modern science to recreate life.

Crazy awesome, right?!?!  Gorgeous covers, intriguing blurbs.  This is one PNR you don't want to miss!!!  Now there's not a definitive release date on these babies, so you'll want to become close buddies with the author so you'll know as soon as they are available, right?  Good thing you've got me.  What can I say?  I do prove to be useful on occasion ;)

Allow me to introduce this genius of a gal, Elizabeth Marx:

Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing. 

Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.

Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.

Get to know Elizabeth better (just admit you wanna stalk her already ... tee hee hee) on her website, blog, Goodreads, Twitter and her Amazon author page.

And now that totally awesome giveaway that I may have mentioned.  One winner, two awesomesauce books (just remember these are NOT YA, but I can't attest to where on the heat scale these may fall).  Just fill out the Rafflecopter (I heart me Rafflecopter forms!!!) below:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Double Review: Pieces of Eight and Molly by Melissa Wright


I'm super excited to share with you the next book in the Frey Saga, Pieces of Eight 
and the postliminary novella, Molly!!!  
These are 100% MUST READS!

Genre:  YA Fantasy/PNR
Publisher Type: Indy
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  * (for each book)




After revealing her own dark past, Frey is forced to join with a group of strangers whose pasts seem to intertwine with her own. She struggles to regain her memories, her full power, only to find there is more danger on the other side. And now, there is no turning back.

My Review:
Take all the crazy awesomeness of book 1, toss in lots of answers to all the mystery of book 1, throw in a million more questions, mysteries and unclear motives and you'd begin to understand what you have in Pieces of Eight.

Holy cow, people!  I didn't think Melissa Wright could possibly add anymore wonderful intrigue and complexity to Frey's life, and I was so freakin' wrong.  Yay for being wrong!!!

To be succinct (yes, a rarity I know), Pieces of Eight is just more: more action, more mystery, more suspicion, and definitely more heated chemistry!

Get your copy at:  
Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords.  Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!



Molly dreamed her whole life of living in a world of magic... until the day she walked into one. This short story falls between The Frey Saga Book Two: Pieces of Eight and the third book, which is scheduled to release late 2012.

My Review:
Short stories/novellas are rarely "important" to the telling of a series' story.  Molly is very much an exception.  This book explains SO MUCH!  And it's a great story all on it's own (but you definitely want to wait to read it until you've read Pieces of Eight).  Molly is a complex character; one you don't necessarily even like, but you understand where she's coming from and you want to know what happens with her.  The events of Molly unfold simultaneously with Pieces of Eight and shed some great light on what Frey couldn't see.  The end teases you with what may occur in book 3, Rise of the Seven, and I am just dying to see how that all unfolds.  Another fantastic read in the Frey Saga

Get your copy at:  
AmazonBarnes & Noble or Smashwords.  Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!


Cover Art:
Do I even need to say anything?!?  Amazingly gorgeous; love the color palate; love the homogeneity of covers in the series!!!

Stop back by November 1st as we kick off 
Known to Read's 1st Blogiversary 
with a kick-butt Frey Saga giveaway!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: Day After by Emi Gayle

Okay.... You all know how much I LOVE cover reveals!  
They combine two of my great loves: ART and BOOKS!!!
But first....

Oct 31st marks the release of Emi Gayle's After Dark
 I'm sure excited to read this one!!!

Here's the description of this YA PNR:

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her. 

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life. 

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours. 

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists — which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge. 

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.



Now here's the newly released, totally amazing cover 
for book 2, Day After:


Day After
Book 2 in The 19th Year Trilogy

Release Date: May 6, 2013

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance


Demon crypts. Vampire lairs. Glowing angels. Sexy sirens. The stuff of fiction.

Or so Winn Thomas always thought.

Since being accepted into the fold of the supernatural, he knows better. None of what he imagined is true, but everything he feared is, and binding himself to his changeling girlfriend until her nineteenth birthday will give him an education far beyond what he’d get at his human high school.

Luckily, Winn’s not giving up, he won’t back down, and he definitely isn’t going to run away with his tail between his legs. After all, only werewolves have tails. Right?

In this, the second of the 19th Year trilogy, Winn’s facing the challenge of one lifetime. If he doesn’t learn the truth about mythological creatures, his girlfriend Mac Thorne won’t either. That means, in six months, when she chooses her final form, she won’t know what to pick. 

Winn, though, has his own ideas about Mac’s final selection—plans she knows nothing of. 

He intends to have her pick human. 

Whether she can or not.

Make sure to add this series to your Goodreads TBR!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blog Tour: The Lost Immortals by KaSonndra Leigh



Welcome to my stop on the Lost Immortals: When Copper Suns Fall tour!!!
I've got loads of awesomeness to share with you.  Today you'll get to hear
about this unique novel, my thoughts on it, get to know the author 
and read about her musical inspiration!

So lets get started!  Let's first get to know the book...

It has been fifty-five years since the angels of the Apocalyptic War attempted to wipe out humanity. Now a new nation has been built where alchemy is forbidden, and angels fear for their lives as they hide among the mortals. 

The city’s leaders share one view on the ancestors of angels: shoot first, no questions. 

When her twin brother falls into a strange coma, sixteen-year-old Chela Prizeon vows to discover her role among these exiles, the royal angels known as the Lost Immortals. 

Chela’s only hope lies with the mysterious, but infuriating leader of a rebel group. But can she trust this boy, someone who can control her dreams and her heart. 

Escape into a world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and forbidden romance.

Genre:  YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Small Print/Indy
My Rating:  *  *  *

My Review:

I'm very hot and cold on this book.  On one hand, the story is compelling.  I was intrigued and captivated by the story itself.  On the other hand, the actual telling of the story fell a bit flat for me.

I loved the premise of this book.  I was crazy intrigued and the cover just had me hooked.  The book has many solid characters with depth.  I did think that several players were overly manic and not all their actions fit their character.  I did connect well with Chela and felt eager to see her story play out.

My biggest complaint is the choppy writing.  Again, a bit of hot and cold here.  Our author is very poetic and I thought she beautifully expresses parts of the story, but many times the "poetic-ness" just gets in the way of my understanding what's happening.  While I LOVE when an author unfolds a mystery throughout the book, The Lost Immortals left me with disjointed details that are never clearly laid out.  There's so many extra elements (cursed pirates?!? mysterious hair streaks?!?) that it felt like the author was just trying to add all her favorite fantasy references.  Rather than sprinkle in important details throughout the book, oftentimes things were only mentioned when they became relevant; this made such details feel "pulled out of nowhere" (ex. Chela speaks of Micah's theories 3/4 through the book only when she finds out he was right).

Regardless of these issues, overall The Lost Immortals was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the sequel.

Cover Art:
I cannot get enough of this cover!!!  It's freakin' awesome!  So very pretty, unique and the color palate is so very fitting!!!

Meet the author:


KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.

She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora's Box (good writer's block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies,
Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

Get to know her better at...
Official Author website: http://www.kasonndraleigh.com
Twitter: (She tweets A LOT) http://twitter.com/kasonndraleigh
Lost Immortals Facebook: http://facebook.com/kasonndraleighbooks
Hacienda Moon facebook page: http://facebook.com/kasonndraleighbookspage
Hacienda Moon on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/alestasia/hacienda-moon/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13038786-hacienda-moon

A guest post from the KaSonndra:

First I’d like to say thank you Danielle for allowing me this opportunity to visit your wonderful blog. Readers and bloggers have been so kind to me during this adventure. I can’t wait to share the story behind the music on my website, the heart of When Copper Suns Fall. I think every author has some kind of motivation technique when crafting a scene. For me, it’s about taking the essence of the novel as a whole when writing a scene. And to do that without losing sight of the story elements, I use music. Copper Suns is a cross-genre novel. It is pretty much a dark urban fantasy, but with heavy dystopian elements. So I listened to music that put me in the mood. 

Here’s a list of seven songs that very much influenced my writing process:

Furious Angels by Rob Dougan

Faris’s Song - Kind of goes without saying. But the song is about a guy who loses his fiancĂ©e in a car accident. He makes a promise to her passing spirit that if she goes away, then his furious angels will find her and bring her back to him. Unfortunately, I can’t say too very much about what scene this was relevant to and why. But when you read the book, you’ll automatically know which one it relates to.

Who Am I Living For? By Katy Perry

Chela’s Song- If you’ve heard Katy Perry’s heavy base and hard beats coupled with some pretty haunting lyrics, then you’ll understand why this is Chela’s song.

Teardrop by Massive Attack

Chela’s song- One suggestion. Watch the video trailer and then listen to the song.

Bring Me to Life by Evanescence

A song that always assisted me with focusing on the core being of my character Seth Alton. Listening to the words on this one tells you so much about him.

My Immortal by Evanescence
Kind of goes without saying again. And I truly don’t want to ruin the story by talking too much about this one. So, I’ll let my readers listen to the song and place it with the right scene when reading.

Uprising by Muse

An overall feel for the dystopian nature behind the book. This one covers the entire series as well.

Paint the Sky with Stars by Enya

Okay. So there’s a romantic element in the story if you haven’t guessed by now. And this song is so pretty and light. There’s a scene in the book where you’ll be able to picture lying there and listening to this song in the background. Ahhh. LoL. All right, giving out too much information.

You can listen to all of these songs on my website. Two of them (Furious Angels and Teardrop) have been removed for some reason. But you can listen to them on Amazon and tons of other places. I do hope you enjoy reading the world I’ve created in When Copper Suns Fall. Once again, I’d like to thank Danielle for hosting me on her site today.

Listen to the music here: http://kasonndraleigh.com/id25.html


Updated buy links: Amazon Barnes & Noble 



Take a Visual Tour at: http://pinterest.com/alestasia/the-lost-immortals/


*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. 
Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Blog Tour: Bewitched by Cambria Hebert

Cambria Hebert

So I'm super stoked to have the wonderful, crazy and amazingly talented author, Cambria Hebert, here on my blog today.  We are celebrating the release of the spooktastic short story Bewitched, the latest in the Heven & Hell franchise.

Let me start by introducing you to the lady of the hour, Cambria Hebert:

Author. Blogger. Latte Sipper. Cambria Hebert is an author who wrote her first book at the age of fifteen. It was terrible. But the passion for writing never went away so years later when she opened her laptop and started typing she worked until she wrote a book that she hopes everyone will be as excited about as she is.

Cambria is obsessed with werewolves and is terrified of chickens (they about re creepy!)She is an animal lover that would choose coffee over food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries (Hell-O Damon!)

Please visit her author website:
http://www.cambriahebert.com


Now, if you've been around here at all, you've heard about this release. I've been talking non-stop about it. What can I say? I love me some Heven & Hell. But just in case you've been under a rock ...or maybe on vacation... here's a series recap with links to all my reviews. Go on, check it out, I'll wait, but then come back for Cambria's guest post. It's worth it, believe me! 

Alright, you back? Good.  Let's welcome Cambria now.

Hi, Cambria!  **Fan Girl Squeal**  Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

I am so happy to be here today as part of the Bewitched blog tour that I am practically howling!!! 
Oh wait, that’s my post…. 

More on that in a few.

First, allow me to tell you a bit about my newest release: Bewitched (Heven and Hell #2.5)
Bewitched is the newest novella in my Heven and Hell series and it’s a little witchy.  So its great timing because we are in October and its almost Halloween! So in celebration of Bewitched release (Oct. 5th) I decided to dedicate this little blog tour to Halloween!! 

That brings me to today’s post…

I am here to talk to you today about one of my most favorite things…. Werewolves.

I have heard some rumbling that werewolves might not make good dates but I think that they would. I mean what’s not to love about a werewolf? Okay, fine I can think of a few things but that’s for another day. Mainly though, werewolves would make a great date. Not convinced? Maybe my list will convince you. That’s right, I made a list. A top ten. Read this list and just tell me you wouldn’t go on at least one date with a werewolf.

Who doesn’t love that smile? ------------

The top ten reasons werewolves would be good dates.

1. You wouldn’t need a coat even if it was cold outside.

2. You could eat what you want and not worry about looking like a pig at dinner because he would out eat you. 

3. If you ran into your cheating ex he could eat him.

4. Your annoying neighbors “outside” cat would stop hanging around because you would smell like dog.
5. He wouldn’t sparkle.

6. He could introduce you to Jacob.

7. If you got tired of walking he could carry you.

8. You would never have to stand in line because he would just growl and people would get out of your way.

9. He wouldn’t need a costume for a costume party.

10. He would be very loyal. So that blond across the room, staring at his hottness? She can hit the road.

And that my friend’s is why werewolves would make good dates.  So would you date a werewolf?

Heck, yay, I'd date a werewolf!  Well, that is to say, I'd date a werewolf if I wasn't already married to the most wonderful of mortal men.  Since I'm already spoken for, I guess I will stick to just reading about those sexy furballs.

So, onto the dets on Bewitched...

Bewitched (Heven and Hell #2.5)
by Cambria Hebert 


For years, I accepted that Heven was more popular than me. I never liked it but I lived with it. I walked in her shadow, I stood by her when no one else would. When I finally thought her spotlight was mine things began to change. She began to change. Now she hardly ever calls me back, she spends all her time with her hot new boyfriend and everyone at school thinks she’s back on top. She had it all. But apparently she wants more. She wants Cole – my boyfriend. What’s worse is that it looks like she got him. I’ve had enough and she’s going to be sorry. Why?

Because I am bewitched.

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Review: The Earth Painter by Melissa Lee




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



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

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Independent Publisher
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *  * (Yup, 6 out of 5!!!!)

My Review:
So technically you can only give a book 5 stars, but when a book leaves you breathless, astounded, speechless ... to the point it takes you two weeks to write a review because you can't quite put together coherent thoughts on the book ... well, then it ought to get 6 stars.  so that's what I'm giving it.

As to why this book has so profoundly affected me?  I've read other amazing stories.  And this is indeed an amazing story.  But this book touched me on a soul deep level without being one of those "boring, all drama, someone dies at the end" type of book (you should know I hate those type of books).

The Earth Painter has such a unique and creative premise.  I've not read ANYTHING like it (and I read crazy amounts of YA fantasies).  The world Melissa Lee creates in The Earth Painter  is ingenious, just truly inspired!

Within this phenomenal world, she develops engaging, well-rounded characters.  I liked, felt for, and immediately connected with Holly.  I hurt for her as she struggled to gain her parents unachievable approval (been there, done that) and cheered for her as she realized she didn't need it (took me a heck of a lot longer).  Then, when she painted with Theo and felt that incredible sensation of artistic inspiration flowing through her, I was all "I so know that feeling!!!"  When she acted on stage and felt the freedom of becoming the character in that moment, yeah, I know that feeling, too.  There's not a more perfectly connectable character for me than Holly.

Add Theo in the mix next.  Theo is a remarkable character; just so beautiful a person!  I didn't know what to think of him and couldn't imagine how things would work out in the end.  The things he says to Holly; the pure emotion in how he shows Holly the beauty he sees in her.  Wow.  Goosebumps.  Just, wow.  

Then the conflict and mystery and what happens at the end ... YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!  A note about the end ... how do you feel about cliff hangers?  This book closes with a delicious one!  One major conflict is resolved while a second, not-so-much; it definitely leaves you thirsting for more!  Luckily the next and final book, The Man Painter, just came out last month.  

Cover Art:
I could never express clearly enough how much I love a good cover!!!  Especially one that accurately portrays the character and story within.  Yay!!!  This is such well done example of what cover art should be.  **Happy Sigh**

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Don't forget to add it to you Goodread's TBR!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Release Day Celebration: Bewitched by Cambria Hebert

It's here!  The day you've been anxiously awaiting, 
the release day of
  Bewitched 
by Cambria Hebert!!!  

So, before you run off to purchase this awesome Heven & Hell short story, I thought I'd give you a run down on the entire series to date with links to my reviews and where you can get your very own copies.  Yay!!!  

You may already know that this is one of my favorite YA series.  It's creative and fun and Cambria Hebert has an amazing  ability to verbalize emotions with clarity and depth.  There's a lot of twists and surprises in the books and I strongly recommend you read the books in order (with the exception of the prequel short story, Before, which does have to be read before book 1).

So here we go... 
(click on the titles for my review, 
see the links at the end of the post to find out where to purchase these gems!)



What if your life was charmed and everything in it was perfect…

Before.

This is the story of my past. Of what things were like for me when everything was normal. Of what every teenager’s life is like. Clothes. Parties. Boys and summer vacation. What’s so wrong with that? I liked it. I was happy.

Until things changed. I changed.

I didn’t know that lies and secrets were about to take over my existence. I didn’t know there was someone out there, someone meant just for me. I didn’t know that I was about to go on a journey, a journey that would lead me to the girl I am today.
This is the beginning of the worst year of my life. Would I go back and change things? Erase everything that has happened to go back into these moments?

Not a chance.

This is a story of before.



Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
*****
Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws - her frailties - to become much more.




I grew up in a comfortable house with two parents and a white-picket fence. My brother, Sam, and I used to play with sticks in the backyard and pretend they were swords. There were always cookies on the table and milk in the fridge. Then, one day, things changed.

Sam changed.

Life was never the same again. Sam left. My parents abandoned him when he needed them most, and I was left to survive in a house that was merely a shell of what it used to be. Mom cried all the time and Dad expected me to fill the void my brother left behind. But mostly, all we did was pretend. We pretended that things weren’t messed up. We pretended that Sam never existed.

Until I changed, too.

Now, everything’s a mess and I’m so confused. It’s like there are two different people trapped inside one body—my body—and one of them wants out. I do things. Bad things and I don’t know how to stop. I’m not sure I want to. The only way I can be normal again is if I find Sam. He’ll know what to do.

He has too.




Dying at the hands of a psycho was a shock. Having my life returned to me by an angel was incredible. Being named a Supernatural Treasure and being given Sam as my guard was pretty darn awesome. Acquiring a debt for it all - well, I should have seen it coming. Now here we are, fighting demons from hell, caring for a boy that I just don't trust and traveling to faraway places to return a treasure to its rightful place. Nothing is as it seems. Everyone wears a mask, everyone puts on a charade. It's up to us to separate the truth from the lies and reality from fiction. A hard task when my new reality involves fallen angels, witches and dragons...and did I mention hell? Anchoring me down through it all is Sam. Sam who must face tragedies of his own and is put to the test again and again. If we fail in our task, life as we know it - life as you know it - will end. Forever.




For years, I accepted that Heven was more popular than me. I never liked it but I lived with it. I walked in her shadow, I stood by her when no one else would. When I finally thought her spotlight was mine things began to change. She began to change. Now she hardly ever calls me back, she spends all her time with her hot new boyfriend and everyone at school thinks she’s back on top. She had it all. But apparently she wants more. She wants Cole – my boyfriend. What’s worse is that it looks like she got him. I’ve had enough and she’s going to be sorry. Why?

Because I am bewitched




***Not released yet!!!  Can't freakin wait!!!***
***Anticipated release date of November 30th***
  
Betrayal burns. Death hurts and the clock ticks…

Minutes and hours stretch into days. How long can Sam survive being confined in Hell? I have a plan… a plan with a lot of holes. I need someone who can make up for my weaknesses, someone who possesses the power that I lack. Riley is supposed to be off limits. He’s dangerous, he’s mean and he’s not to be trusted. But I do.

Beelzebub is on a tirade, bent on revenge. I took what he wants and sent him into the flames. I will wear the scars of his punishments forever. But scars don’t scare me anymore.

On my way to free Sam I find my true path, a secret place and new allies. But in Hell nothing is easy… and everything is cruel. The only thing left to do is survive.

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