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Be With Me Teaser Pic + Giveaway!

29 Dec

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BE WITH ME rr1Over three years of crushing on him, a year since the last time our lips met, and Jase … oh God, he was finally kissing me. — Be With Me

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Minutes Before Sunset Review

28 Dec

17801911She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

So this is not typically a book I would have chosen to read for myself- or knew existed. However, the author had contacted me about a cover reveal, and also kindly provided a review copy of Minutes Before Sunset. I had looked through the reviews and wondered  why everyone had been so shocked that it was good. A good book is a good book, right? The cover is beautiful, the summary is intriguing, when I read the first page, I was hooked. So what was the problem?

I don’t exactly know for sure, to tell you the truth. It could have been a great many things, but I had read three chapters started wondering where the author was going with this story, which may be why a lot of people were also a little weary of this. But I absolutely LOVED it. I’ll tell you why:

This book was really unique to me. The Dark is the good side, and The Light is evil, which goes against the stereotypical archetype. It also wasn’t told through the perspective of one protagonist, but two. Two lives seemingly having almost nothing to do with each other. Jessica was sweet, the new girl, completely bull headed. Eric was antisocial, and had his own personal agenda. He didn’t care about his human life, even though it wasn’t fair to others around his human self.

The beginning didn’t really… drag… but the point of the book did. It makes sense once you get to the middle of the book as to why it had to be written the way it was, but reading a book and wondering how everything fits together can really make the book seem longer than it really is, at least for the impatient types such as myself.

The one thing that was a little weird was the Nameless Shade. I mean, I knew who she was, I don’t know about the rest of the readers. It was really easy to guess, especially since the subtle hints weren’t so subtle. I think that the reader should have known her identity from the start, because the irony would have been more affective if it had been a dramatic irony instead. When her identity was revealed, it was like we suddenly saw a whole other life that was hidden from us before, and it would have been nice to have seen the reactions of this character from the very beginning. But I understand why it was done this way. Despite all this, I still really appreciated the irony and how it all came together in the end. But maybe others wouldn’t have guessed? Maybe they liked the way the identity of the Nameless Shade was hidden? It could just be me.

This book seemed like three pieces of a puzzle, one for the beginning, one for the middle, and one for the end. The first piece being: What do these two protagonists have to do with each other? The second being: How are these two protagonists going to come together to form the story? And the last one was the big reveal, where we as the readers see the bigger picture of the whole book. It was very clever, and I don’t know if I’m describing it in a way you would understand. You have to read to understand.

As a person who craves information, I really would have loved to see this be two books as apposed to one. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the way she wrote it here. I can see the appeal completely, and I absolutely do not want her to change it. But it just didn’t seem like enough. I want to know more. I have so many questions. I would have loved to have Jessica’s POV as one book, and Eric’s as another. But that’s just me being selfish. And I get selfish when I really like a book.

The character development was great, more so for Eric than for Jessica throughout the book. Jessica develops very nicely in the end, but because of certain situations, we couldn’t see the development until a couple of reveals later. We knew everything about Eric, though, so we saw his development throughout the novel. I loved how subtle things about Eric really came out, especially in the end. He’s not typically a very open character, and we see why he wouldn’t be, so it was nice to see him connecting to others in the end.

And of course there’s a romance. But between who? Shannon Thompson was really inventive with the romance bit. I didn’t even think anything would happen until it did, and when it did my toes curled and all I could think about was how cute it all was.

Okay. So I know I’m being completely cryptic, but trust me, you have GOT to read this book. It was a very nice YA. It was also very nice to see Thompson step out from a lot of the archetypes we usually see in YA literature, as well as steering away from the apocalyptic world we see everywhere now. I totally read all the apocalyptic stuff like my life depends on it, but it’s really nice to see something different. It may not be flourishing yet, specifically because it isn’t following the trend at the moment, but I know that this is the kind of book that will be around after the apocalyptic trend dies down.

4 stars.

Molly McAdams’ Prank-tacular NEEDING HER Blog Tour-THE BIG REVEAL

26 Dec

Have you been following along with Molly McAdams’ Prank-Tacular Blog Tour in honor of NEEDING HER? Do you think you guessed who was the REAL Molly McAdams correctly? Well, here’s a who’s who of a prank-tacular New Adult authors. And the winner of the prize pack is Stephanie Zhang—congrats to you, and happy holidays to everyone!

12/16—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…JAY CROWNOVER:

Books Over Boys

The Eater of Books!

Jennifer Weiser

Reading on the Rocks

A Life Bound By Books

YA Bookish News

The Novel List

12/17—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…MONICA MURPHY:

The Irish Banana Review

Tart Sweet

Urban Girl Reader

Lebooksquirrel

Judging Books By Their Covers

Night Owl Reviews

BookCrushin

Read Lovely Books

Enticed by Books

12/18—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…MOLLY McADAMS:       

My Overstuffed Bookshelf

The Reading Date

Vi3tbabe

Stuck In Books

Waste Paper Prose

Supernatural Snark

The Story Siren

The Book Reading Gals

Book Mom’s Reviews

Reading Teen

12/19—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…J. LYNN    

The Bookish Babe

Tea Time Romance

Save Your Money For Books

Eclectic Passions

Vilma’s Book Blog

Ficwishes

EndlessReading

All in a Book

Will Read For Books

12/20—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…SOPHIE JORDAN:

Books Like Breathing

Bookalicious

Reese’s Reviews: MA2F

Fiktshun

The Lusty Literate

Owl Always Be Reading

Live To Read

Starbucks & Books Obsession

My Summer Girl Books

Fic Talk

12/21—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…YARA SANTOS (of ONCE UPON A TWILIGHT):

Romancing the Readers

Got Fiction

Nevaeh’s New Adult Book Blog

YA Sisterhood

MEReadALot

Sties Books

TSK TSK What to Read

In The Best Worlds

The Book Trollop

Please Another Book

The Boyfriend Bookmark

Booklovers LaceyCat

Alii’s Book Jungle

Book Scents http

Steamy Guys After Dark http

Kats Books Are Us

The Last Chapter

Anonymous Interests

Literary, etc

MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It

The Book Beacon

Insane Life

Stuck In YA Books

I Heart YA Books

12/22—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…NICHOLE CHASE:

Flirty & Dirty Book Blog

Seduced By A Book

Fiction Fare

Library of a Book Witch

Whirlwind Books

A Bookish Escape

CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Swoon Worthy Books

Movies, Shows & Books

Brazen Reads

Good Choice Reading

Brit Nanny Reads

FTLOBbyJBlog

lilybloombooks

Bookcrastinators

Just a Booklover

The Book Cellar

Fab Fun and Tantalizing Reads

All Romance Reviews

Live Read and Breathe

12/23—The Molly-Impersonator on the following sites was…LISA DESROCHERS:

Babbling about Books, and More

Toot’s Book Reviews

Cocktails and Books

Mean Girls Luv Books

Lola’s Reviews

Bookish Treasures

About To Read

I Read Indie

Just Booked

Reading Lark

Kimberlyfaye Reads

Paper Charade

Doing Some Reading

Paulette’s Papers

Brooke Blogs

Our Something Else

SofiaLovesReading

The Reading Vixen

bookbesties

Chibi Reader

DanaSquare

YA Book Addict

Book Angel Booktopia

Tiffany Talks Books

Psst, Here’s Some Gossip: Exciting Be With Me News!!!

19 Dec

Hey there Novel Listers!

So, I have some special news to share with you all!

You all know that Wait for You by J. Lynn has a sequel coming out in February, Be With Me, in paperback, righhtt?

Well, you should know it. Cuz that’s an awesome fact and you should all be buying it.

Be With Me will be featuring Cam’s little sister Teresa and his best friend Jase (eep!). The novel will start off after Teresa’s unfortunate fall, where she is facing the possible end of her dancing career *gasp*.

BUT THAT’S NOT THE EXCITING NEWS

Ready?!

In the print version only you will find an exclusive never-before-seen scene between Teresa and Jase that won’t exist in the e-book version!

THAT’S RIGHT! You will get a special scene in Be With Me that won’t exist anywhere else! So preorder it! Seriously! Cuz there’s just too much epicness for you to not!

Here’s the Amazon Link:Pre-Order Be With Me NOW!

Be sure to check out these links, as well:

Prank-tastic Blog Tour            Wait for You Review           Trust in Me Review

Be With Me Cover Reveal      My Book Boyfriend

Audios!

Ondine Book Blitz!

19 Dec

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Book Details:
Ondine by Emma Raveling
(Ondine Quartet 0.5)
Publication date: December 19, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

“I shouldn’t get involved.”

Rebellious and headstrong, sixteen-year-old Kendra Irisavie doesn’t have much respect for authority. An ondine with the powerful gift of Virtue, she uses her tough attitude and Empath magic to navigate through high school and keep others away.

Because being an ondine also means keeping secrets.

Kendra and her mother are Rogue water elementals in the middle of an ancient war. They hide among humans, their survival constantly threatened by monstrous Aquidae demons.

Along with a rigorous training regimen to mold Kendra into a lethal fighter, her mother has instituted four rules to keep her safe.

Trust no one. Relationships are weaknesses. Emotional attachments are dangerous. Be responsible only for yourself.

But when Kendra witnesses a classmate in trouble, she intervenes and her decision to break the rules comes at a price.

Sometimes, humans could be more dangerous than demons.

Ondine is a short prequel novella for the young adult urban / paranormal fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m a fantasy writer who lives a slightly eccentric life with my accommodating husband and our charming, neurotic dog. I’m currently working on the Ondine Quartet, a young adult urban fantasy/paranormal series featuring a kick-ass heroine, powerful magic, and the complex world of water elementals.I have a weird love of spreadsheets and organizational tools because they give me the illusion that I am somehow in control of the chaos that is my life. I adore beautiful art such as painting and sculpture, classical music, lyrical writing, and great graphic design. My all-time favorite books (as of this writing) are Immortality by Milan Kundera, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
 

FIND EMMA RAVELING ON:   Her Website  ::  Her Facebook  ::  Her Twitter  ::  Her Goodreads

 EXCERPT
He tensed. “What are you saying?”
“I’m saying I want in.” I settled on the corner of the desk and levelly met his look of disbelief. “I want you to take me to his place so —“
“No.”
“I can do this.”
Rui stood and walked back to the car.
“You don’t know what I can—“
“I don’t care what you think you can do.” He whipped around to face me, his expression hard. “You don’t know jack shit about my  —“
“I know what he does,” I said quietly. “I know what he did to you. To your broth—“
In one fluid movement, he swept me off the desk and shoved me against the wall. Two hundred pounds of muscle locked me into place and confirmed Troy’s story.
Rui’s actions revealed a high degree of training, a controlled, physical strength I’d initially suspected in the school courtyard.
An icy shiver shot down my spine. If we were thrown into a ring together, he really might give me a run for my money.
Muscled forearm pressed against my neck, effectively pinning me in place.
“Rui,” I said through my teeth. “I can stop him.”
The smart thing to do was walk away and let him, his father, and Troy sort out this mess. Sure, Troy would get the short end of the stick, but that wasn’t my problem.
Except my conscience wouldn’t stop prickling. I couldn’t let it go.
Maybe because Troy reminded me of past regrets and this was an opportunity to change the outcome. Maybe because the white-hot anger in Rui was a festering wound that felt all too familiar.
Hell, maybe I just really wanted to prove to my mother I could do this.
I could stop one human male.
Rui’s voice dropped to a whisper. “You don’t know shit.”
Cold eyes bored into me, hard and demanding. Magic bubbled through my veins. Beneath the anger, Empath sensed determination and worry. It was almost as if he was willing me to understand…
My gaze flickered up. Harsh light illuminated the ugly industrial walls of the garage, bouncing off metal and steel. Something winked in the corner.
Lens reflection meant surveillance. The entire place was probably bugged.
I blinked once. Slowly.
Rui studied me for a moment longer before the grinding pressure against my windpipe eased. I coughed, lungs desperately sucking in air.
Without another word, he exited the garage and I followed. Flickering yellow streetlights cast sickly triangular patches across the asphalt. Night air closed in, thick and humid.
The relentless drone of the Route 60 overpass grew louder and more insistent as we neared the main street.
“I’ve seen you,” he finally said. “At Rave.”
The club was only a few blocks away. “Yeah.”
“You like working the floor.” I felt the weight of his glance through the shadowy gloom. “But you don’t buy.”
“Not my thing.”
“You sound offended.”
I shrugged. “Needing something makes you weak.”
“Sometimes what we need is good for us. Sometimes it’s not. But we all got something we’re addicted to, girl.” He laughed, a harsh rumble of bitter amusement. “You’re just addicted to physical release.”
The scrutiny made me uncomfortable. “So what’s your addiction?”
“Belief.” He pulled out a pack of cigarettes. “You working with the cops?”
“Not exactly.”
Empath swept through him, attempting to make sense of the puzzle that was Rui Vergara. He wasn’t lying or concealing who he was. The pain was there, hot and unstable. A thread of something wistful, too. Sadness? Maybe regret.
But there was also ruthlessness and a barely controlled fury that came from being kicked down one too many times.
Who was it directed toward? His father? Troy? And how quickly could it shift to me?
The lighter’s flare briefly highlighted the solemnity etched into his skin. He seemed far older than his age.
“No, you’re not a rat.” He took a long drag and tilted his head. Wariness heightened at the shrewd look in his eyes. “Just another person who has something to hide.”

NEEDING HER Prank-tastic Blog Tour! (+ GIVEAWAY!)

16 Dec

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NEEDING HER- Molly McAdams Prank-Tacular Blog Tour

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Needing Her:

A fabulous, fun, and sexy New Adult novella from New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams. If you loved Connor in From Ashes, this is the story for you.

She’s the Girl Next Door

Maci Price isn’t really into relationships. Having four very protective older brothers has always made having a boyfriend very difficult, anyway. But her friend is set on finding her the perfect guy – and thinks the mysterious Connor Green is the perfect pick.

He’s Her Brother’s Best Friend

Connor Green is trying to find himself again. He loved then lost and it’s time for him to pick up the pieces. His brooding is making his friends crazy, but, Maci Price, who has grown up into a gorgeous and incredibly sexy woman, is about to break the spell.

They’re Made for Each Other

When Maci starts up old pranks to get Connor out of his slump, an all out war leads to a night that will break all their rules, and a relationship they must keep hidden. Together they’re electric. Apart they’re safe. And soon they’ll find they’re exactly what the other needs.

Buy Links: Amazon  ::  Barnes & Noble  ::  Apple Bookstore

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Molly McAdams

WHO IS THE REAL MOLLY McADAMS?

Molly McAdams is pulling a prank on the internet to celebrate the release of her prank-tastic novella, Needing Her, on 12/23! For eight days until Needing Her goes on-sale, the internet will be brimming with New Adult celebs like J. Lynn, Jay Crownover, Sophie Jordan, and more—all pretending to be the REAL Molly McAdams. All have filled out the same Q&A, so it’s up to the fans to guess which one is the real Molly! Each day, a new Q&A will go live on a variety of blogs, and if you guess who’s answering the questions in the comments, you could win a fabulous gift basket, including books from all the participating authors, as well as a prank “starter-kit,” for your own practical jokes. Here are the participants:

  • Molly McAdams
  • J. Lynn
  • Monica Murphy
  • Lisa DesRochers
  • Jay Crownover
  • Sophie Jordan
  • Nichole Chase
  • Blogger Yara Santos of Once Upon A Twilight

So see if you can guess who’s who by commenting, and you’ll be entered to win a lavish prize basket. And check all the other participating blogs until 12/23 to see if you can pick out the REAL Molly McAdams. Identities will be revealed, and the winner will be announced on 12/24, on these blogs as well as on the Between the Covers FB page.

12/16—Molly McAdams Pretender #1

 

Favorite food?

Tacos

 

Favorite color?

Gray

 

Favorite band and / or favorite song?

The Drive By Truckers/ Song right now is Blue Mountains by The Diamond Rugs

 

How do you come up with your book ideas?

I have a lot of crazy floating around in my head…they just sort of come to me

 

What’s the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?

I’m not really a prankster and I hate being on the receiving end of a prank. I will hurt someone!

 

What’s your fascination with cops and detectives?

They’re hot! and they carry guys and arrest bad guys…what’s not to like about a hot cop?

 

What’s the thing you love most about Needing Her?

Maci’s super awesome red hair on the cover!! And who don’t love a brother’s best friend love story..le swoon

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