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Sunday, August 10, 2014

HEXED Review...And It's About Time, Too!

Hey, people! I'm back to teaching the kiddos once more, so I thought I'd eek out one last review before I get super busy this month. And let me tell you, I ADORE Hexed. Michelle Krys wrote one amazingly fast-paced story. It's so amazing, in fact, that I read it TWICE in a couple months!:) Are you interested yet? Well, you will be. Check it.


Is this not a wonderful cover? And the tag line...yowzers. By the pricking of my thumb, indeed.

Synopsis:


It's Bring it On meets The Craft in this spellbinding witchy series debut.

A stolen book. A deadly plan. A destiny discovered.

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won't stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn't want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie's world, she learns that her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn't get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that's seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she's a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie is about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.



What I Loved:

1. The Camp: And by camp I mean it's so much fun like the movie/T.V. show, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (but obviously very different from the reading of the first chapter onward). From the snarky and snappy dialogue to the high school stomping grounds, Krys had me at page one. Is Indigo a cheerleader just like the Buffster? Yup. But like Buffy, she's her own person as well. Within the first couple chapters, she sheds the typical high school cheerleader cliche in favor of a more introspective character. The wit with which she narrates her story is top-notch.

2. Blood, Gore, and Homecoming Floats: Krys isn't at all worried about getting her hands dirty. Or bloody, even. When the first death happened, I thought all character deaths would be similar (i.e. killing off a character only to have that person pop up again somehow). Nope. They stayed dead, and this kept me happy. I've never been one for perfectly happy endings where everyone is allowed to live, and Krys didn't disappoint me. Another plus: Her bad guys are BAD. From the way she describes their movements to their super creeptastic dialogue, the baddies upped the freak-out factor (bonus points to the Res. Dog references as well).

3. Believability: Unlike other reviewers, I didn't get an "insta-love" thing between Indigo and Bishop. Now was there insta-lust? Heck, yes. Welcome to being a teenager. One minute the person is the dirt on your shoes and the next he/she is the feather in your cap. And lemme tell you, I'm around teenagers all the freaking time. Krys nailed the reactions perfectly. Same goes with the immaturity and the way these characters function. If you were to blindfold me, I'd still be able to pick out twenty Biancas at my school alone. They exist just as they have in every graduating class since the beginning of time. Um, hello? Josie Pye anyone?

4. Setting: It's like Krys came to stay at my house. Seriously. She didn't fudge one detail.

5. Plot: As I stated before, it moved quickly. Krys didn't spend eons of time on the exposition, opting instead to launch us into the story. Once you're a couple pages in, you better forget about getting anything else done for the rest of the day.

6. The Witchy Factor: I love the details Krys added to her witches. There are some things that never change; however, I felt she kept her version of their skills fresh and didn't rely on common abilities. Nothing makes me yawn louder than characters I've seen in every other paranormal novel. Bishop's lives are an especially interesting take.

Overall: 5 bloody fantastic stars! I can't wait for the next novel!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fire Spell: Whole Lotta Flames!

I just finished T.A. Foster's newest offering in the Ivy Grace Spell series, Fire Spell. All I have to say is OMG.

This by far is the best novel in the series. Not only has T.A. Foster grown into an amazing writer (she was already pretty great), but Ivy grew alongside her. The "naught bits" were executed quite well and show the author's ability to weave sensuality into plot without it feeling heavy-handed.

I understood the dilemma Ivy faced and loved that Foster allowed her to have a response both emotionally and physically to the two leading men in this series. I'm one of those people who basically says "Yeah, right" when a girl in a novel knows without a doubt that one man is for her--especially if the other man pursuing her is equally amazing.

In addition, the plot was toothsome enough to keep my interest. I found the breakdown of spells and the choice over men to be enough to keep me reading. The inclusion of Ivy's grandmother, Gigi/Lily, and her life added a layer to the story. Poor Gigi though! Boo! I know she found love later but geez to Leo! :(

As ever, Ivy's "voice" and interior thoughts are laugh-out-loud at some points, and hers is one narrative that is actually believable. The cute little "cheat sheet" of spell language and the book club questions are also a plus.

5 Stars to the last novel in a great series!*

*Hold the phone! T.A. just told me there will be a fourth novel!! OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! YAY!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fire Spell Mini-Review

Let me just tell you people that you need to buy this book immediately! It's the third novel in the Ivy Grace Spell series, and it's the best one so far!

I love the way T.A. Foster wove Ivy's grandmother into the novel. The diary entries are too cool (and totally heartbreaking!), and there's a definite "voice" difference. If voices aren't different, then I lose all desire to read the novel anymore.

And Jack is just as sexy as ever. Meow!

I haven't finished reading the novel yet because I had some download issues and work already started for me. Booooo! But once I've read the entire novel, I can post the full review in all its glory!!

So stay tuned and buy this novel! I look forward to reading it tonight and having some wine.

And dreaming about Jack. :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fire Spell Release...Ooooh WE LOVES!

Welcome to the party, yo! Today I'm celebrating a super fabulous release blitz for Fire Spell. I adore T.A. Foster and love her novels even more. Watch next week for my review. After reading all the excellent info on this novel, enter the giveaway sponsored by T.A.! :)

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Today is the release of FIRE SPELL by T.A. Foster.

This is the third book in the Ivy Grace Spell series.

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FIRE SPELL BLURB:

Ever since her trip to New Orleans, Ivy Grace’s life just hasn’t been the same. Her magic is stronger, her stories more popular than ever, but something is missing.
After she opens a forgotten inheritance from her grandmother, she learns the key to who she is and who should have her heart is in Charleston. She travels to the romantic city in search of answers, only this time everything she cherishes is at stake. Can Ivy’s Time Spell answer all her questions or will it bring her and her family closer to danger?

In a race against time Ivy does all she can to rid the world of the darkest evil and save the men she loves.
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T.A. Foster's Bio:
T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Re-release Party!

Hi, all! Today I'm hauling out the cake and balloons for the re-release of two of my favorite indie novels, Cover Spell and Time Spell. Why, you ask? Because T.A. Foster's next novel in this trilogy is coming to an Amazon near you!

So let's take a look at the brand new covers for some amazing novels. And scroll to the bottom for a giveaway sponsored by the author! :)


Trying her best to mend a broken heart, Ivy Grace travels to hot and sultry New Orleans, the set of her latest novel turned movie. There, she does her best to focus on polishing up the screenplay when the film's lead actress goes missing. Throw in a budding romance with the movie's heartthrob and the reappearance of an old flame, and Ivy's strength, resolve, and heart are put to the test as she works to solve the mysterious kidnapping.

The undercover witch, who craves a regular life, learns she will need more than her Time Spell to fight the evil plaguing New Orleans. New spells, new adventure, and new love take Ivy on a whirlwind journey of magic that unlocks more questions than answers.

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Ivy Grace is learning that magic--and love--are all about the right timing.

Follow the adventures of this spirited young Southern woman as she embarks upon a successful new career writing novels and movies that explore romantic mysteries of the past.

Ivy, a witch who spends her days practicing her brand of good magic in a sleepy little city, often travels back in time to observe events of yesteryear and turn them into compelling stories for her modern-day fans. But as her uncanny ability to weave enthralling historic tales lands her in the limelight, she quickly finds that fame sometimes comes with a price.

Evil forces now know who she is and threaten to reveal her family’s most sacred magical secrets.

With the help of her ruggedly handsome editor and a sexy supernatural ex-boyfriend, Ivy must unravel history while fighting to keep these ominous forces at bay.

Will Ivy be able to make the ultimate sacrifice for the people she loves the most?

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T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cover Reveal for LET ME KNOW

I am so excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for Stina Lindenblatt's novel, LET ME KNOW! It's the gorgeous sequel to her companion novel, TELL ME WHEN. Here's a super exclusive peek just for you guys and dolls who follow my blog. :)


Title: Let Me Know

Author: Stina Lindenblatt

Release Date: September 1st 2014

Publisher: Carina Press

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Let Me Know

About the Book:

This shouldn’t be happening again…

Amber Scott thought her screaming nightmares would end now that her stalker is locked up and awaiting trial. But they return when her slam-dunk case starts to fall apart. Explicit letters she allegedly wrote surface, suggesting she was the mastermind behind her assault, a willing victim.

Amber only feels safe in the arms of her boyfriend Marcus, the one person she can lean on. Until damning evidence from Marcus’s past collides with the case and the media circus drags them both down. To protect Amber’s reputation, Marcus has only one option: end their relationship. He won’t risk further damage to her case, even if it means breaking her heart.

Amber has to find the strength to step into the spotlight and bring awareness to victims’ rights before she’s convicted in the court of public opinion. And she’s really not sure what’s worse—that her kidnapper could walk free, or that the seemingly endless attention and speculation will drive Marcus away permanently…

See how it all began for Amber and Marcus in Tell Me When.

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About Stina:

Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.

 

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About Tell Me When:

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She Tell Me When covershould be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn't be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn't be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn't be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she'll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she'd never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her—and Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

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Amber

When I was younger, and believed in Santa, I would wake up at four every Christmas morning. I would then sneak into Michael’s room, and we would tiptoe downstairs to check out the presents Santa had left while we slept. I never had to wake my brother. He was always waiting for me.

Like the little girl I used to be, I wake to find my alarm clock glowing 4:00 a.m. While I’m no longer the girl with the brother eagerly waiting for her, I’m still the girl who sneaks downstairs to peek at her gifts.

And in this case, Marcus.

We haven’t had a chance to be intimate since he arrived less than forty-eight hours ago, beyond small, chaste kisses or hugs. After almost losing him, I’m happy we can have even those. But they haven’t been enough to stop my nightmares.

The only sound greeting me as I creep downstairs is the soft thud of my bare feet against carpeted steps, and the slight rustle of my pink satin robe. Underneath is one of my gifts to Marcus: matching pink satin panties and bra.

The soles of my feet touch the cold tile floor and I pause. Once I’m positive Mom’s mom senses haven’t kicked in, and she’s realized what I’m up to, I tiptoe toward the guest room and inch the door open. The room is dark, other than the faint glow from the Christmas lights next door.

As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I spot Marcus sleeping. I stand in the doorway, wondering how I got so lucky. If I hadn’t been failing my math class last term, I might never have given him a chance. A chance to prove he’s more than the sexed-up guy everyone assumes he is. While I might not be thrilled that so many girls on campus are intimately familiar with his body, a warmth floods through me at the thought that he’s mine.

“Are you planning to stand there staring at me,” Marcus murmurs, “or did you have something else in mind?” His tone is teasing and edged with a desire to do things to my body. Things that will leave me beyond satisfied. My breath hitches and I struggle not to melt away.

Monday, June 9, 2014

DESCENT Release Day Launch and Giveaway

Hi, all! I promised I would write a post that would make you want to read. Here it is. :) You simply must buy this brand new novel from Kallie Ross. To whet your appetite, here is a synopsis along with a couple chapters. Scroll even further for a spectacular prize from the author.



ABOUT DESCENT:

Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…

Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.

“Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.” Fangirlish.com

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Aren't you stoked? I know I am. Have a great Monday, peeps!