MONARCH Release Blog Tour: Stop THE THIRD!

3 10 2014

Hello lovely book loving internet people! I know its been quite some ime since I last posted…well…ANYTHING, but I had to take part on a fantastic book blog tour hosted by the lovely and ever talented Belle Whittington! Oh, and their might also be a link at the end to a fantastic giveaway, so be sure to check it out! Without further ado, here is MONARCH!

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Blurb:

MonarchCoverFrontFinal“Blair Reynolds was born to rule. Worlds, that is. Destined to reign over an ancient intergalactic race, it may seem her fate is written in the stars. But she’s willing to risk it all for another chance to spend forever with her true love – even if it means traveling through time and space to the other side of the universe.

As far as Ash is concerned, Blair’s happily-ever-after involves him, not the mere mortal with whom she seems so infatuated. She was bequeathed to him by her father, and Ash will go to any lengths to keep Blair and her true love apart.

And Ash isn’t the only one.

Deep in the jungles of Brazil, where tribal drums call to Blair and her true love, other forces carry out dangerous secret plans.

However, Blair has secrets of her own … secrets so lethal she dares not even remember them.
Secrets so painful they could ruin everything.

Because some secrets kill.”

Get your paperback copy of MONARCH here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Get your ebook copy of MONARCH here: Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

 

Sounds pretty good right? Trust me it is! I’ll let you all know about it as soon as I get my review done in the next few days! Now here’s a little bit of fun about the author, Belle!

 

About the Author:

 

Belle Whittington_author photoBelle was raised in deep East Texas. She now resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest, most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams adventures and secrets she weaves throughout her stories. She’s the author of CICADA, FIREFLY, and MONARCH, a Young Adult/New Adult cross-over trilogy with excellent reviews. She studied literature and history at University of Houston where Beowulf, Shakespeare’s works, and the history of the Vikings were her favorite topics. Belle is positive her readers and fans are the best in the universe.

Find Belle on: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Twitter | Authorgraph | Pinterest | Wattpad

 

 

Ash QuoteFive Fun Facts about Belle:

  • I went to a 3-week summer camp in Minnesota when I was 15. We shot guns, bows and arrows, learned rock climbing, and canoed into Canada in two giant birch canoes where we camped in the great outdoors and drank water out of the lake.
  • Once upon a time, I was a professional seamstress.
  • I was a beauty school dropout way back in 1987.
  • I once worked in an art group as a Graphic Designer.
  • I minored in History with an emphasis on the history of the Vikings and Normans.

MONARCH Playlists & Book Trailers!

How would you like to listen to the music that inspired MONARCH? Then feel free to check out the link below and lose yourself to the beautiful sights and sounds of MONARCH!

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bellewhittington

Spotify: Monarch Inspiration Playlist

 

And if you really want to see something amazing, check out the book trailers for MONARCH’s predecessors FIREFLY and CICADA below!

 

GIVEAWAY!

Here’s what YOU can WIN:

Enter to Win

 

PLUS:

A Copy of Kyler England’s CD:

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ENTER BELOW:

Thanks for stopping by and be on the look out for my review of MONARCH coming SOON!!!!




Belle Whittington’s Flash Giveaway Blitz!

30 04 2014

I’m hosting a guest post by the lovely and talented Belle Whittington, author of Cicada! So read below to learn how you can win some awesome prizes by helping out an awesome young woman win her own special prize!

Flash Giveaway Blitz

Hi, Lovelies!

When I learned that Olivia had entered to win a van equipped for someone with disabilities, I wanted to help her win.

I immediately knew the right crowd to turn to for help: BOOKWORMS! We book lovers are the warm, deep-hearted sort of folks who love to help others.
So, I thought I’d contact a group of my author and bookworm friends to see if they’d like to help me put together a giveaway to reward you for your efforts in helping us help Olivia win!

The list of booty is growing, and I’ll post changes to the list on the Flash Giveaway Blitz Event Page as more donations pour in from the awesome authors I know and love. Please join the FB event to stay abreast of all the changes.

But, before we get to the rules of the giveaway, I wanted you to meet sweet Olivia. So I did a little interview with her to share with you.

Hi, Olivia! Thank you for joining us and giving us the opportunity to get to know the cutest little cowgirl in Texas! We Bloggers, Readers, and Authors are so honored to have the opportunity to join together to help you in your venture to win this awsome van! If there’s one thing Bookworms know, it’s this: we can do anything we set our minds to doing!

1. Tell us about yourself.  What’s your favorite hobby or occupation?
Well let’s see. I’m 21 years old and I’m a college sophomore at Tyler Junior College. I’ll graduate in August with 2 associate degrees: radio/TV broadcasting and agriculture. I grew up showing livestock mainly lambs and heifers, but I’ve shown goats, horticulture projects and a few home economic projects at the ETX State Fair. I am a motivational speaker and have traveled all over Texas speaking. I’m the evening web producer at KYTX CBS 19 and been working there for almost a month.

2. What’s your college major?  What do you plan to do once you graduate?
At TJC I’m a Radio/TV Broadcasting and Agriculture associate major. At UTT I will be a Multimedia Journalism major with a minor in Terrorism Studies

3. Do you have a favorite hobby?
I love shopping, reading, hanging out with family and friends, traveling and watching movies

4. What’s your favorite type of music?  Favorite band?
Hands down country music. I love Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Reba

5. Do you have a favorite book?
I have several. The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Help.

6. Who’s your hero … a person who’s inspired you?
I don’t have just one hero. My style comes from Lilly Pulitzer because her stuff stands out and has that classy feeling. My actions come from Jackie Kennedy, because after all “I’d rather be a Jackie, than a Marilyn.” My attitude comes from other people with disabilities or sickness that can’t get out and so I try to show people that even though I have a disability doesn’t mean I’m helpless. I think sometimes I have a better brain and bigger heart than some normal abled bodies. My Aunt Kristi died in December of 2013 and she fought cancer for so many years and never once gave up. She was such a Godly woman and never lost her faith through her journey. I think that’s where a lot of my fighting will comes from is from people like that.

7. What’s the best thing about being a cowgirl?
My stubbornness and fighting will. I can stand on my own two feet and I don’t rely on anybody but Jesus Christ. I’ve learned a lot of my patience and responsibility from taking care of livestock. I’ve learned about buying and raising an animal, showing and finally selling to go to the market and I make money to purchase another animal. It has taught me all about life and made me the person I am.

8. Is there anything you’d like to say to everyone reading this interview?
Never judge somebody whether they are disabled or not. Go out and chase your dreams no matter how big or crazy it may seem. Also vote for me to help me win this wheelchair accessible vehicle. And THANK YOU for helping me win!

Thanks, Olivia! That was fun getting to know you better!

Now, on to the contest! WOOHOO! There are TONS of AWESOME PRIZES!!!! And it’s EASY TO WIN!

~Belle Whittington, Author

FLASH GIVEAWAY BLAST!
April 22-May 9

The rules are simple:

Go to the RAFFLECOPTER FORM and earn all the entries!

VOTE each day! Don’t forget to DOUBLE YOUR VOTE by answering the daily question.
I’ll post the answer on my FB page, so all you’ll have to do is click a button. ♥

Don’t forget! Each time you vote, screen-shot the confirmation page and post it to Belle’s FB timeline. Your entry won’t count if I don’t get proof you voted. J

Here’s the list of authors and contributors (in no special order). Look at all the cool stuff you can win!:

AMY KESSLER: digital copies of in the light of the moon and dance in the moonlight as well as midnight symphony

NICOLE STOREY: $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Blind Sight

HEATHER LAMB: $15 Amazon gift card and book name is ‘Samuel-the child that wasn’t’ and ‘behind the lace’

ASHLEY NEMER: ebook set of the blood series

MIA BISHOP: digital copy of Waking Up In Bedlam

JERRY HATCHETT: one of my books in a choice of formats, paperback, Kindle, or audiobook

BOOK BOOST PR: $5 Amazon Gift Card

TRACEE FORD: two ebooks: Between Worlds (volume 1), and The Fine Line and Idolum: Visions of the Undone.

RH RAMSEY ISOLA: $10 Amazon Gift Card

ALEXIA PURDY: Dark Faerie tales series ebooks and an audiobook of Reign of Blood

STELLA PINSEN: an e-book

AUTHORS ON THE AIR: For contributions to the participating authors

BELLE WHITTINGTON: Signed paperback of CICADA and FIREFLY, book bag, and SWAG

There are several AWESOME BLOGS to visit during the Flash Giveaway Blitz! Please stop by and show them some bloggy love!

April 22, 2014
Books and Broomsticks

April 23, 2014
Addicted Readers

April 25, 2014
Book Butterfly in Dreamland

April 28, 2014
Author Nicole Storey’s Blog: A Dream within a Dream

April 30, 2014
Between the Lines: A Book Lovers Blog (You are here!)

May 5, 2014
This Redhead Loves Books

May 6, 2014
All for Love of the Word





Long time no post!

27 04 2014

Okay, so I’ll admit I have neglected this little blog for a loooong time, and for that I am story. BUT, I have been insanely busy with work and finishing up edits of my book, so yeah. Good news, I am going to be active again. Bad news, it won’t be as often as it used to be. Maybe a once a week post if I can. Its not just my blogging that’s suffered; even my reading has gone down a lot this year. I started the year off well, but as the months dragged on and work became highly stressful and exhausting, I found myself too tired or emotionally drained to pick up a book.

Summer break starts for me in June, so I’m hoping I can squeeze in more reading and blogging in. I’m also hoping to start the whole crazy process of querying agents for my book.

So wish me luck and I promise to try and pop in more!





Cover Reveal! “The Seventh Spell” Book 3 in the Wilderhark Tales by Danielle Shipley!

27 12 2013

So my very dear friend, soul sister, and literary twin, Danielle Shipley has shown me the third book in her Wilderhark Tales, and following its two predecessors, has a stunning cover! It was drawn by the same artist of the previous two books. So what do you guys think of the cover?

Seventh Spell Cover, front

Back of Book Blurb:

A witch’s attempt to cast one spell too many

casts everyone touched by her previous spells into chaos.

Scattered throughout each other’s pasts, Sula and Edgwyn, Villem and Rosalba,

and the rest of magic’s affected have a single chance to break this last enchantment

before their “happily-ever-after”-s cease to have ever been.

The Seventh Spell

Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales

~ ~

An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;

A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;

Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –

All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories –

of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel;

of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball;

of frog princes, and swan princes,

and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

Book Details:

Full Title: “The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales)”

ISBN: 978-0-9891846-2-5

Genre: Young Adult Fairytale

Length: Novella (219 pages)

Release Date:
February 5th, 2014 (so close, and yet so far!)

Future availability: Paperback (Amazon.com) and eBook (Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com)

Add “The Seventh Spell” to your Goodreads shelf today! [http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19181278-the-seventh-spell ]

And allow me to add my thoughts on this. I’ve read The Seventh Spell and Danielle doesn’t disappoint with this book! Trust me! If you’ve read The Swan Prince and The Stone Kingdom, You’ll love The Seventh Spell! If you haven’t read the first two books, you probably should get around to do so, like, NOW!





5 Reasons I’m Excited for CRESS & the Lunar Insignia

20 10 2013

Hey all! So I know CRESS by Marissa Meyer is still a ways away (though I’ve seen ARCs floating around), but I thought I’d do a mini blog post on some of the things I’m looking forward to in the next book!

1. Cress: I read the first chapter when she had it available online and I absolutely LOVED it~! I mean, Cress is a genius trapped on a satellite orbiting Earth, forced to spy on everything that goes on in New Beijing and all of Earth! How cool is that? It is such an awesome twist on Rupunzel!

2. The return of Scarlet and Wolf: I really felt for these characters! I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes in the next book!

3. King Kai: Last time we saw Kai, he was in a bit of trouble with Levana and the Lunar Kingdom. I wonder what is going to happen to the devilishly handsome young King?

4. Cinder, Levana, and the whole Lunar invasion: If you’ve read SCARLET, you know of all the craziness that happened in Paris and New Beijing. For those of you who HAVE’NT read it, I won’t say anything to spoil it for you. Just that it is something I am looking forward to!

5. Captain Thorne: YES! I am a HUGE Captain Thorne fan. I loved EVERYTHING about him. He reminded me of Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and I simply adored him! He is the one character I want to see more than any other!

What about you guys? What are YOU looking forward to most from CRESS?

By the way, I’m also entering Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Insignia Contest. Below is my own creation of how I think the Royal Insignia of Luna looks.

lunar symbol

The symbol at the top of the insignia that looks like a weird ‘H’ is actually a rune that means ‘Hail’. I chose to add a rune because I remembered how the Lunar ships all have runes on them. I colored it and the crescent moon below it yellow as a symbol of the shining moon. They are supposed to go together to say ‘Hail Luna’. (I also put the crescent moon as a nod to Sailor Moon, Marissa’s favorite anime!)

The eye below the ‘Hail’ rune symbolizes Levana’s watchful eye and her control over others with her power as well as illusions. I colored it with a silver sharpie to give it the flashy and unearthly beauty that the Lunars have with them.

Below the eye is a colorful circle that is a mix of purples, blues, and greys to signify space and royalty. I’ve read that purples are the color of royalty too, so that’s another reason I chose it as a color.

The two words on either side of the crescent moon are ‘Forma’ (Beauty) and ‘Virtute’ (Power) and are latin words. I placed them at the base of the insignia because I feel that they are the structual base that Luna was created from and what keeps them so powerful.

So that is my Lunar Insignia!





Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

20 10 2013

As some of you know, I have been in love with the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast since I was a child. It has been a bit of an obsession of mine since I was young and I have read MANY remakes of the story. That being said, Of Beast and Beauty went beyond my expectations. It took a very unique spin on one of my favorite fairytales of all time!

spoilers warning

Of Beast and Beauty Finished: October 8th, 2013
Published: July 23rd, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Multiple First Person (Isra and Gem)
Number of Pages: 391

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.”

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Of Beast and Beauty took an even magical and darker twist on the original story of a Beast and his Beauty. It was like stepping out of a normal fantasy world and into a surreal world of blood, secrets, and a story unlike any I have read before.

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Isra: The only daughter of the Yuan king and a living sacrifice for her people. Isra was a very unique character for me. Not only was she blind but she was considered a ‘monster’ because she was taller than her people and had ‘scales’. The best thing about Isra is the fact that, as a blind person, she is an unreliable narrator. For the first half of the book she tries to spreads her wings and be free only to have her freedom taken away even more after her father is murdered and she is made Queen. She’s strong and tries to do well by her people and eventually, the Mosterous beyond her dome. She’s even willing to sacrifice her love for the sake of her people, much like Belle from the movie. What I liked most about her was how different she was compared to all the other girls her age. She loves running around barefoot and working in the garden and strolling around the gardens at night.

Gem: Our dear Beast. Gem’s design in the book (and in my head) was similar to the Silurians from Doctor Who. With scales and claws and the whole shebang. He was very fierce at the beginning filled with hate and loathing toward Isra. I found him and his people to be intersting. The way he spoke of his ways and the treatment of his people by the Smooth Skins really had me sympathizing with them. I found his hard avoidance of Isra somewhat of a relief. I’m glad that their relationship evolved from hate to love over time instead of right away. It seemed much more believeable.

If the Monstorous had these guns around, I'm sure they would have over thrown the smooth skins a long time ago.

If the Monstorous had these guns around, I’m sure they would have over thrown the smooth skins a long time ago.

Needle: Isra’s mute companion. She was loyal 100% to Isra and would do anything to take care of and protect her. I really enjoyed and admired her character. It was nice to see that isra had at least one person she could be close to and wasn’t alone. She was actually my favorite character and the fact that she could be that without talking 98% of the book really shows how powerful her character was.

Bo: Isra’s fiance (the Gaston of the book). I went back and forth from liking to hating Bo. He seemed really sweet and genuine at times and yet a total womanizer and jerk at other times. Honestly, he didn’t leave much of an impression on me so I don’t have a whole lot to say about him. Every time I heard how apparently attractive he was, all I could think about was his Disney counterpart doing this:

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So the story is a drastic change on the original tale (one I find is better). Isra was bred to be a sacrifice to the dark roses in her garden that keep the giant dome that protects their kingdom strong (as well as let the water flow and make the ground fertile, etc.). They need royal blood to sustain themselves. What I like about this plot is that the rose has been made a dark force and the sort of ‘evil spell’ while Gem’s people and their transformation was necessary to survive on the new planet humans landed on gifted to them by a good god. (I know it sound complex, but I promise it is not mixed up or difficult to understand in the book).

Like I said before, the love story wasn’t too rushed or overdone (minus the occasional pining) and the evolution was their relationship was great. Add in all the secrets and the political conspiracies in the story and you have a very magical, dark, twisted and suspenseful story!

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I can’t get over how great this story was! It had all the best twist and turns and love and mystery that I enjoy in a fantasy novel! For a spin-off on a book & movie that is very dear to my heart, I thought that Stacey jay did a marvelous job making the story uniquely her own and I recommend it to any fairytale lover! 5 out of 5 stars!

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Support the author and buy the book wherever books are sold (or borrow it from your library).





Radio Silence

7 10 2013

Hello my lovelies!

I know it has been some time since I last posted a review, but fear not! Now that I have gotten used to working two jobs, I have found time to read the back up of book in my To Read pile. I currently have 18 novels to read plus one eARC I need to get done ASAP. So expect a floodgate of reviews in the next few weeks.

What am I currently reading, you may ask? It is: OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay. I loved her JULIET IMMORTAL book and have yet to read ROMEO REDEEMED, but I am really liking OBAB. It is no secret that I am a HUGE Beauty and the Beast fan (I’m even dressing up as Belle for Mickey’s Halloween Party on the 18th) so the second I saw this book I had to snatch it up!

I’m also working on a fun side project for NaNoWriMo next month and trying to figure out the plot and overall outline for the book. It should be fun!

Until then, I’ll see you all soon!