Tour Stop {Review/Guest Post}: Betrayal by Amber Garr

Betrayal (The Syrenka Series, #2)Betrayal (The Syrenka Series #2)
by Amber Garr
Paperback, 255 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by CreateSpace

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My Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ❥
Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.
Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.
When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.
Betrayal is the second book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends as they navigate through the challenges of existing in a secret world.

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From the Review Pile # 13

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page on Thursdays.
This meme is to showcase books that you've received for review, yet haven't yet gotten around to reading.   This gives the book some extra publicity.
Immortal Prophecy (The Immortal Prophecy Saga #1)Immortal Prophecy (The Immortal Prophecy Saga #1)
by Samantha Adams & Kay Fry 
Kindle Edition
Published December 13th 2011 by Little Bookworm

Five years earlier, Alessandra DeCosta a shy and sensible sixteen year old received a prediction that set in motion events that changed her life forever …
Alessandra, now a private investigator was on stakeout. She had done this many times before. It should have been routine but this time something was different. Something was terribly wrong! The sense of danger was swirling all around her as she watched in horror at the scene unfolding before her unbelieving eyes.
Her client’s wife, a beautiful socialite was in terrible danger with her new conquest. The imposing, handsome figure appeared to be biting her neck! Was that blood she saw coming from the woman’s lifeless body?
Suddenly Ally found herself in the clutches of this evil vampire, Vincent and is helpless to fight back against such a powerful creature.
With only a moment to spare, James Carlisle, the man that has haunted Ally’s dreams and thoughts for the last five years, saves her from certain death. Her memories are extracted and not until she meets James again at a masquerade ball, does she begin to have flashbacks about that terrifying night and her brush with Vincent.
What would unfold in the coming weeks would alter Ally’s life forever.
Does she possess the courage to pursue her destiny and give her heart to the one man she is destined to love for all eternity?
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Tour Stop {Review}: The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

The Broken Destiny (Broken, #1)The Broken Destiny (Broken #1)
by Carlyle Labuschagne
Paperback, 358 pages
Published August 13th 2012 by SBPRA
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My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
All my life, I had searched for something, something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. I felt like an empty shell burning for life. That was, until the day I lay dying in the prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut. The only sensation left was a hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life, would have stopped the ancestors’ spirit from raging out. I had given up. I didn’t want to see myself killing the ones I loved. I was the Chosen one, but I threw it all away for what I thought would save a life. Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and I have regretted it ever since. I realized then that things like me are not meant to exist. What had been missing my whole life? It was I. To find myself, I had to lose myself in the worst possible way. The consequences of my actions became the legend of The Broken.

{Guest Post & Giveaway}: Ouroboros by Christopher Turkel

Ouroboros (Thomas of Xuelition Book One)Ouroboros (Thomas of Xuelition Book One)
by Christopher Turkel
Paperback, 99 pages
Published June 6th 2012 by Libertary Company

In a dystopian future, Thomas the assassin is about to face the job of his career -- and his life. After avenging his alcoholic father's untimely death, Thomas begins his transformation into a cold-blooded killer. The Prakanis, a human race with superhuman abilities -- and superhuman egos -- rules the land of Xuelition with an iron fist, and as Thomas learns, it's much easier to work with than against them. When the government hires him to recover bonds from a disgruntled employee, Thomas has no idea what's in store for him. He's stealthy, clever, and one of the best assassins in the business, but what he learns on this mission will change his life forever.

{Author Interview}: The Promise by D.D. Chant

The Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles, #1)
by D.D. Chant
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Dear Reader,
I wish to tell you a tale that began with a promise destined to change the lives of many.
When only a child, Lady Adele of Berron lost her family during a dreadful battle and was betrothed to a stranger.
Lord Rafe of Valrek, only a boy himself when the battle of Calis raged, grew to be a feared warrior and trusted advisor to his King. But sadness filled his past and Adele served only to remind him of all he had lost.
However the promise that bound these two together caused great anger to some.
What, Dear Reader, happened in those days of treachery and darkness? Incline your ear that I may whisper the secrets that you so desire to hear......
Lady Quill

{Review}: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Holter Graham

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1)Infinity
by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Holter Graham (Reading)
Audio CD
Published May 25th 2010 by Macmillan Audio
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Source: Public Library
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At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. Until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one. A world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
Like starting high school isn't hard enough. Now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended! How in the world is he supposed to do that?

Stacking The Shelves # 15


Stacking The Shelves is hosted By Tynga's Reviews. This meme is about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be hard-back, paperback or ebook.

Futuristic books excite me! Cyborg nations and computerized landscapes like the Matrix.  Oh yeah!  So I was ecstatic when I got these babies in the mail:

For Review (from publisher): Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant
{Big thanks to Shelf Awareness, Feiwel & Friends, and MacMillan}
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For Review (from author): Program 13 by Nicole Sobon
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Tour Stop {Guest Post/Giveaway}: Frozen Heart by Annabelle Blume

Frozen HeartFrozen Heart
by Annabelle Blume
Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by Inkspell Publishing

Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.
But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both- the blizzard and the Affinity- makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?

From the Review Pile # 12

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page on Thursdays.
This meme is to showcase books that you've received for review, yet haven't yet gotten around to reading.   This gives the book some extra publicity.

Xor: The Shape of DarknessXor: The Shape of Darkness
by Moshe Sipper
Paperback, 296 pages
Published 2012 by Amazon

On his twelfth birthday Lewis Nash comes home from school to find that his house has blown up to smithereens, killing his father. Having lost his mother in an accident four years earlier, Lewis realizes he is now an orphan — but he has no time to dwell on it. The moment he gets off the school bus a fearsome wolf-man tries to grab him. The boy is saved in the nick of time by Master Long, who reveals to him that he’s a Shaper from a place called Xor, which is being devoured by the Realm Pirates. Lewis learns that he must do his utmost to become the powerful Shaper he was destined to be.
Because, it would seem, he’s the one and only chance Xor has.

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Tour Stop {Giveaway} : My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

My Super Sweet Sixteenth CenturyMy Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
by Rachel Harris
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
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On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.
Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

{Book Excerpt}: Surviving: High School by Bronsen Hawkins

Surviving: High SchoolSurviving: High School
by Bronsen Hawkins
Published August 11th 2012
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Breslin Eliot has alot of memories that he would love to keep in his past. The main ones being why he was returning to Clearveil, and why he left to begin with. But Avalon, his best friend since ever, won't make his return any easy on him. Daisy, the girl next door, wants to get to know the boy she never paid attention to. While Conner and Dexter just want a third musketeer. Being invisible in high school isn't as easy as it seem. And in Clearveil, every ones true intentions show eventually.

{Book Excerpt}: Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston

Turning PagesTurning Pages
by Tristi Pinkston
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 2012 by Inkberry Press

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With his pride and her prejudice, what could possibly go wrong?
When the arrogant Blake Hansen steals Addie Preston's promotion at the library, he pretty much rubs her nose in it. But Addie, who dreams of being a full-fledged librarian, decides to stick it out. She loves surrounding herself with books and keeping her father's memory alive in the building where they spent so much time together.
Soon, Addie learns that her beloved library will be torn down to make room for a larger facility, and she has to make a choice. Fight, or let go?
To complicate things, she finds herself attracted to Blake, who is engaged to someone else. Will Blake and Addie ever resolve their differences?

Stacking The Shelves # 14


Stacking The Shelves is hosted By Tynga's Reviews. This meme is about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be hard-back, paperback or ebook.

This is two weeks worth of goodies.  I'm always happy to stack my ever growing Ikea shelf.  Well I don't have one yet, but I plan to buy one of those you keep adding onto, because my current self is only two tiers.  I have books stacked all over the place.  I feel like the guy from that movie who had the affair with that lady.  (If you remember the name, fell free to tell me)  Anywho, he had books at eye level like a maze in his apartment. Yep that's me right about now.

I won and/or bought:

Skylark by Meagan Spooner (((Book & Swag)))
Courtesy of Nova Ren Suma @ Distraction 99

I won the sequels to both these titles, so I decided to but the first books so I can read them in sequence:
Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead
The Magnolia League (Magnolia League #1) by Katie Crouch

Tour Stop {Review}: Promises by Amber Garr

Promises (The Syrenka Series, #1)Promises by Amber Garr
Paperback, 251 pages
Published (first published December 7th 2011)

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My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.
When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.
A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape.
Promises is the first book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends through the perils of growing up in a discrete world that inherently threatens human society.

From the Review Pile # 11

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page on Thursdays.
This meme is to showcase books that you've received for review, yet haven't yet gotten around to reading.   This gives the book some extra publicity.

ReVamped (Angel Creek, #1)ReVamped (Angel Creek #1)
by Ada Adams
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published February 20th 2012

A simple mission turned deadly.
Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.
When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.
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Tour Stop {Giveaway}: Stitch by Samantha Durante

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)Stitch
by Samantha Durante
Paperback, 314 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Samantha Durante

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Coming soon to B&N Nook and iTunes
Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa's body screams at her to run... but yet she's powerless to move.
Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees - and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell - Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.
Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she's not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university's idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface...
The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

Tour Stop {Excerpt Reveal and Giveaway}: Out of the Dark by Quinn Loftis

Out Of The Dark  (The Grey Wolves, #4)Out Of The Dark (The Grey Wolves #4)
by Quinn Loftis
ebook, 253 pages
Published June 3rd 2012

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Darkness has descended on the Transylvanian Alps.
Four packs of the powerful Grey wolves – in a rare show of cooperation – had joined together here in an effort to help their pack members find true mates. Then they were betrayed by one of their own – an Alpha hell-bent on becoming the most powerful of the Canis lupis. And though the wolf's assassination attempt on the currently-reigning Romanian Alpha failed, his plans to get Decebel, the Romanian Beta, out of the picture were coming together even as his treachery was discovered. The wolf fled, leaving destruction, death, and a missing mate behind him.
Unbeknownst to the other packs, the wolf has employed a witch to finish the deadly job and help him gain another tool to increase his power. A curse of devastating proportions will cripple Decebel in a way that may dissolve his fragile bond with Jennifer. Meanwhile, injured and alone, Jen has been fighting for her life. She had come to terms with her fate, accepting that she would not share a life with Decebel, until help came in the most unexpected form...

Vasile will have to use all his resources – including Sally, the new gypsy healer of the Romanian pack – to discover a way in which to destroy the witch, lift the curse from Decebel and reunite him with the one woman who makes him whole, and solve a mystery that's been surrounding the Romanian pack for 300 years.

From the Review Pile # 10

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page on Thursdays.
This meme is to showcase books that you've received for review, yet haven't yet gotten around to reading.   This gives the book some extra publicity.

The Hero Chronicles: A Complete CollectionThe Hero Chronicles: A Complete Collection (The Hero Chronicles)
by Christine E. Schulze
ebook, 628 pages
Published February 2012

For the first time, the entirety of Schulze's five-book epic middle grade fantasy come together in this all-in-one edition of The Hero Chronicle.
Join the Hero of 1,000 Years, the Princess of Destiny, the Silver Knight, and their friends and allies in an ultimate battle of good against evil.
Travel between past and present to unravel the mysteries of the future. Enjoy the quirky humor and drama between friends. Learn the ancient magics and prophecies of the fairies and elves of Loz. Discover the unbreakable ties of friendship and the sweetness of new love. Delve into an intricate adventure ridden with action and danger. But, most importantly of all...
Remember the phoenix feather.

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RANT/RAVE # 5: PSA on social harassment in the workplace!

Rant & Rave: because sometimes, I've just got to vent. After being the nice little, sometimes doormat, darling for 20-something years, some things just get to me. Won't it be fun if I shared?

Beware of that one seemingly nice person you meet on your first day on the job.
Yeah, you know the one who right after the name introductions tell you their WHOLE life story...

  • He/She is loquacious.
  • Will provide you, at the worst times, long winded interludes. Honestly, like they have absolutely noting to do!
  • He/She will force unwanted conversation upon you.

Certain occupations (I.E. office environments) are stumping grounds for repeat offenders and notorious individuals who work not to support a lifestyle but to find a friend.

The term I like to use is "social harassment".

My job is one of them and I know how it feels to suffer an attack of wasted hours trying to nicely get away from hearing about that (fill in the blank...IE. child support, health issue, biography, money talk, politics, etc.) but to no avail.

So if you or any one you know has been socially harassed, there's support and much love here.
If you reading this IS in fact an offender, there should be a freaking registering system with local PD. STOP IT....please, please for the love of God take a hint and GET BACK TO WORK.

This message has been brought to you by the Kindred Dreamheart unofficial campaign to eliminate social harassment in the workplace.

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