Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

The Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter is one of my favourite series ever and I'm soooooo excited to take part in the cover reveal for book number 13, The Darkest Promise featuring Cameo and Lazarus!


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance…

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption. 

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed. 

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…

 
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld series, two young-adult series—Everlife and The White Rabbit Chronicles—and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series.  
 
She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs and all her upcoming books at GenaShowalter.com or Facebook.com/GenaShowalterFans.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #158

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.....
 
Queen of Chaos by Kat Ross
Releases on: January 18th 2017
 
Persepolae has fallen.

Karnopolis has burned.

As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius's father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn't understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…

A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?

And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer's bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress's plans?

As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas' origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.
 
Thoughts:
The Fourth Element series has been one of my favourite that I've had the pleasure of reading this year, and I'm beyond exciting for the third and final book, Queen of Chaos to come out next year! Kat Ross has created an incredible trilogy and I can't wait to see what happens to Nazafareen and Darius in the final installment!
 
What are YOU waiting on this week?
 
 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Release Boost: Jax by J.L. Perry


Welcome to the Release Boost for Jax by J.L. Perry as we continue to celebrate the release Jax which hit stores and online bookstores on Tuesday! Jax is a fantastic read--one I highly recommend-- and I'm excited to help J.L. Perry continue to showcase the awesomeness that is Jax!
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My name is Jaxson Albright. To my friends I’m known as Jax. I’m the disgraced son of well-known Politician, Malcom Albright. You could say I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I was supposed to follow in my father’s footsteps and move into politics. My whole childhood was spent being groomed for this role, but that wasn’t what I wanted. I had other plans.

To my family’s disgust, I’m inked, I’m pierced and I own and run a tattoo parlour, in the hip suburb of Newtown. I fit in here. I can be the man I was destined to be, the man my family are ashamed of. The son they regret having.

I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my saviour, Candice. My pink-haired angel. We grew up in the same circle, but like me, she’s an outcast. She refused to conform to society’s ways. She’s the only one who stuck by me and not only encouraged, but supported my dream.
 
I love her. No, correction—I’m in love with her. I have been for as long as I can remember. She has no idea how I feel. It’s a battle I struggle with daily. I’ve kept my secret all these years because I couldn’t risk losing her. That’s a chance I’m not prepared to take, because she’s my best friend; my only real family.
 
I’ve spent the last few years moving from one hot chick to the next, trying to mask these feeling I have. But it doesn’t help—I can’t get her out of my head. She still owns my damn heart.
 
How do you get over the girl you know you can never have? And how do you live without the one person on this earth who is made for you?
 
She’s my soulmate.
 
Check out Jax on Goodreads or see my 5 star review!
 
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**VOTED BEST NEW AUTHOR FOR 2014 IN AUSROM TODAY'S READERS CHOICE AWARDS**

 J L Perry is a mother and a wife. She was born in Sydney, Australia in 1972, and has lived there her whole life. Her love of reading, from a young age, gave her the passion to write. My Destiny was originally written for her sister, in 2013. It was never intended to be published. However, after finishing this book, she felt there was still a lot of Brooke and Logan's story left to tell. This inspired her to write My Forever. With the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided to follow her dream and become a published Author.

That dream was realised on the 6th of June, 2014.

My Destiny is her debut novel in the Destiny Series. My Forever is the conclusion to this book. Her third book Damaged - Jacinta's Story was released October 15th, 2014. This is a stand alone book, but is based on a character in My Forever. Her fourth book Against All Odds, is a stand alone book, as well, but part of the Destiny Series. Due to be released on the 27th May, 2015. She's also currently writing a fifth book, a standalone, that will be released later in the year. It's called 'A Beautiful Bastard'. This is NOT part of the Destiny Series.

J L's love of romance and happy endings makes a perfect combination when it comes to writing her beautiful love stories.

Her hobbies include reading, writing, drinking wine, shopping, listening to music, and anything artistic or creative. She loves spending time with her family, friends and her dog when she isn't writing. She also loves being outdoors and travelling and exploring the world.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Shelf: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake

The first in a page-turning young adult fantasy series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series

In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light - until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.
 
But Ruby's powers are unpredictable...and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King's men, she's taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her - and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she's spent her whole life withholding.

Frostblood is set in world where flame and ice are mortal enemies - but together create a power that could change everything.

More info on Goodreads....


Review:

Frostblood is Elly Blake's debut novel and is a deeply thrilling fantasy story that is wonderfully written and deliciously addictive with action, adventure and romance woven into it's pages!

Seventeen year old Ruby is a Fireblood and someone who has spent her life hiding her powers of heat and flame. Living in a land of ruling Frostbloods and a brutal Frostblood king who is known for his cruelty and malice, Ruby knows she would be killed if her powers are ever discovered. So when her mother is murdered at the hands of a Frostblood captain as she tries to protect Ruby, Ruby's whole world changes. Imprisoned and heartbroken, Ruby agrees to work with a group of Frostblood rebels who rescue her and want to use her powers of fire to destroy the King. Agreeing to kill the rampaging King seems like an easy decision, but as Ruby grapples with her unreliable powers and her unexpected attraction to one of the rebels, a mysterious and infuriating young man named Arcus, Ruby will need to embrace all that she is if her has any hope of saving herself and her people from a tyranical King whose powers aren't what they seem....

Frostblood was a highly impressive debut novel! Elly Blake sets the pace well and weaves an effortless fantasy tale that is exciting, romantic and delicious from beginning to end. Introducing a vivid and compelling world I'm seriously looking forward to seeing more of, Frostblood features a strong and likable protagonist in Ruby who is well rounded, fiery (pun totally intended) and compelling.

Blake supports Ruby with a great cast of characters and personalities who brought life to the story and made me want more. The relationship between Ruby and Arcus is an understandably highlight of the novel, as the two feature a delectable chemistry. It was wonderfully seeing Elly Blake build their connection naturally over time. I was addicted to the stolen moments between them that were electric and promising.

Considering all the developments in this novel, Elly Blake really has set the stage well for the rest of the series. There are plenty of developments and revelations in the final few chapters of the story to set up the next installment and following tales. Personally I think Frostblood finishes really well and whether we follow Ruby and Arcus again in the next novel, or have the chance to explore some of the other characters (maybe Marella?) Blake has definitely found a fan in me.

A stellar debut that thoroughly entertains and satisfies, Frostblood is a fantasy tale that I highly recommend and leaves me ready to see what Elly Blake writes next!
 

Rating
Source:
Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Hachette Australia: Hodder & Stoughton              
Format: Kindle eARC via Netgalley
Australian RRP:
$19.99
Release Date: January 12th 2017
Pre-Order:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
This was a really solid fantasy tale and I can't wait to read the sequel when it is released!

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #157

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.....
 
Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent
Releases on: 2017--exact date unknown
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DAHLIA 16 sees her face in every crowd. She's nothing special - just one of the five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the good of the city.

Meeting TRIGGER 17 changes everything. He thinks she's interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can't stop thinking about him - when she can't resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules - she realizes she's flawed, too. But if she's flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled. Destroyed.

Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia's fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?

Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one...


Thoughts:
I've really enjoyed the books I've read by Rachel Vincent in the past including her Soul Screamers series which I loved. I quite enjoy sci-fi novels that focuses around clones and Brave New Girl sounds right up my alley! Definitely want to read.

Does Brave New Girl sound like something you want to read?
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Shelf: Nowhere but Here by Renee Carlino

A Chicago reporter in her mid-twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. From the outside, her life seems charmed. She has a handsome, long-term boyfriend and a budding journalism career at a popular Chicago newspaper. But in reality, her relationship is going nowhere, and she’s quickly losing motivation for what she once believed was her dream job. When her boyfriend dumps her unceremoniously, Kate loses all hope of finding love.

With no living family and few friends, Kate confides in her boss. Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, he gives Kate the opportunity to jumpstart her career. The assignment: to interview the famously reclusive R.J. Lawson, a wealthy tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as a Napa Valley vintner. The week takes an unexpected turn, however, when Lawson refuses to divulge any information. Desperate for a lead, Kate turns to Jamie, a vineyard hand who shows her the romance of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. But his connection to Lawson is ambiguous, and when Jamie disappears before the end of the week, Kate is left to investigate another story: the truth behind the man who stole her heart.


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Nowhere but Here by Renee Carlino is a well written and beautiful love story set amongst a Napa Valley backdrop that is brimming with charm, romance and wonderfully deep writing.

I have to start off by saying I was very impressed with this novel. As my first Renee Carlino novel, her lyrical writing and ability to write something beautiful, moving and deep in the midst of this romance story was wonderful. Her characters are beguiling, but Carlino manages to give them great depth that translates to a moving story about the power of love and taking a chance that really resonated with me.

Nowhere but Here follows Kate Corbin, a sweet, talented but some what jaded twenty six year old reported who gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she is chosen my her boss to interview R.J. Lawson a reclusive tech genius who sold his multi billion dollar company years before and retired to a winery in Napa Valley. Setting out to uncover Lawson's secrets, things don't go as planned as the man she interviews proves to be a colossal disappointment with attitude, and Kate's past won't let her live in her present.

The shining star of Kate's trip is Jamie, a charismatic and charming vineyard hand and jack-of-all-trades who makes Kate's heart race like never before. Beginning a whirlwind romance with Jamie, Kate slowly finds herself waking up again and falling into the deep, meaningful love she'd always hoped for, but when tragedy strikes and changes everything, Kate and Jamie must fight for their relationship as Kate questions everything she wants from life and love.

Main character Kate is an independent, intelligent and strong woman. She's had her fair share of pain and is still moving on from her most recent loss. In a dead end relationship with a man who doesn't appreciate her, Kate's whole world changes with one trip to Napa Valley. I thought Kate's progression was wonderful to watch. Kate goes from being jaded and saddened to finding hope and love again as she gets to know Jamie, and ultimately herself.

Leaving one relationship and then getting straight into another would seem fast, especially considering Kate falls so hard for Jamie over a matter of a few days, but there's something about Nowhere but Here that doesn't make this seem rushed or forced. Kate and Jamie are on a whirlwind romance, but it's real. It's not a fling; it's two people finding their soul mate and knowing it when circumstances bring them together.

As the leading man and Kate's love interest, Jamie is the whole package. He's smart, cheeky and endlessly charming. He can be wicked; taking risks and chances, but he's also very down to earth and someone who genuinely cares about other people, showcased thoroughly in Nowhere but Here. He and Kate just connect so well, and Carlino does a great job with their chemistry. Their relationship develops well past the initial attraction, into a mutually understanding and love for one another.

Kate and Jamie face their fair share of hurdles, something author Renee Carlino touch's well on within the story. There's a twist some readers like myself will see coming and the loss of a loved one that changes their relationship. Seeing them fight for what they have is beautiful and Carlino manages to litter their lives with wonderful friends and family who color the pages and add depth to the story.

Deep and meaningful, Nowhere but Here is an unconventional love story and a beautiful romance that will make you feel giddy, excited and endlessly satisfied by Kate and Jamie's well deserved happily ever after......
 

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by Simon & Schuster (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Atria Books      
Format: Paperback

Release Date: May 5th 2014
Purchase:
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Final Thoughts:
Beautifully written, I highly recommend this novel and look forward to reading more by Renee Carlino in the future!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake

Having enjoyed the first book in Brenda Drake's Library Jumpers series, Thief of Lies, I'm excited to help with the cover reveal for it's sequel Guardian of Secrets thanks to Entangled Teen. 

Check this beauty.....

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

 
Isn't that cover just beautiful? And it goes so fabulously with the first one--I just love when they use the same cover model!


Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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