Thursday, December 25, 2014

Season's Greetings!!!

Hey everyone, 
Hope this finds you well and surrounded by family and friends, feeling the holiday love!! We celebrate Christmas and I celebrate Yule, as well. What do you celebrate? What are some traditions that you and your family observe?

Friday, December 5, 2014

4 for Friday December Blitz – Presented by Month9Books with Giveaway


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Welcome to the 4 for Friday Blitz for A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley, Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes, Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway, and Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel, presented by Month9Books! Thanks for joining me on my first post in December, and my first post back from Nanowrimo!!  

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron

Ennara and the Book of Shadows (Ennara, #2)Genre: YA Fantasy, Magic, Adventure
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Format: ebook
Series: Ennara #2     
Sources: Netgalley/Publisher

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November at Becca's Book Affair

NaNoWriMoHey all my friends, and Happy Sunday Reading!! What are you reading today?

I am presently between books, although I do have two sitting in my email, awaiting download. Both for authors that I love! It will be hard to choose, but I will get to them as soon as I can!

Friday, October 31, 2014

4 for Friday October Blitz – Presented by Month9Books with Giveaway


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Welcome to the 4 for Friday Blitz for Predator by Janice Gable Bashman, Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake, Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman, and The Emissary by Kristal Shaff, presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.


Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)Genre: Fantasy, romance, paranormal, werewolves
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Format: ebook                   Pages: 341
Series: Mercy Thompson #8     Sources: Gift

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley



Hi, and welcome to my stop on the tour!! Thanks for stopping in today! You will find info on the book, My Thoughts (cause I love to share!!), links to pick up your copy (a must have), and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. Oh, and make sure you check out other stops on the tour for author interviews, guest posts, and lots more fun! 

ABOUT A MURDER OF MAGPIES
Title: A Murder of Magpies
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley


Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.


ABOUT SARAH BROMLEY:
Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.
Connect with the Author:  Website Twitter Facebook Goodreads



My Thoughts: 

The Cover: This was a very interesting cover; it didn't really sell me on the book, but it reminded me of the covers for the old murder mysteries. So that's what I was expecting.

The Plot:  Totally not what I was expecting, but I definitely loved this book. The storyline was amazing, moved at a great pace and kept me interested throughout. There were constant “explosions”, things I never would have expected. I loved the plot twists, and the parts where the story went back to a past time. Sometimes, when a book jumps back and forth like that, it can be hard to follow. But I didn't find that at all with A Murder of Magpies and liked the way Sarah told the story.

The Characters: I loved Vayda from the very first page. A typical, angsty teenage, with a big secret. Her twin brother Jonah is not so secretive or scared of their “gifts”. But, of course, they are outcasts at school and everyone seems to be, to some degree, an enemy. And then there's Ward. If there was ever a character you just wanted to rescue, it would be Ward. And him and Vayda together? That's not easy for either of them, but I so wanted them to work out.

Is it Worth Reading?:  Yes, I loved every minute of it. I had a very busy couple of days, with appointments for the kids and such. But every chance I got, I read; even if it was only for 5 minutes. Which I don't normally do, because my 3 years old beloved Kobo is so slow! Every time I looked at my Kobo, I thought, “Oh yeah, I wonder......” I definitely recommend A Murder of Magpies to readers of YA fantasy, horror, romamce and supernatural and give it 5 out of 5 crossbows!

Link to the Tour Schedule:
http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-a-murder-of-magpies-by-sarah-bromley-presented-by-month9books/

Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17787411-a-murder-of-magpies?from_search=true

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble Kobo Chapters Indigo! | TBD |IndieBound

Giveaway Information:  Winner will be drawn November 28, 2014
·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley (INT)

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ennara and the Fallen Druid by Angela Myron

Ennara and the Fallen Druid (Ennara, #1)Genre: YA Fantasy, Magic, Adventure
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Publisher: Stardance Publishing
Format: ebook           Pages: 174
Series: Ennara #1     Sources: Netgalley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

Starry NightGenre: YA Fiction, Romance, New York
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux(BYR)
Format: ebook
Pages: 336
Sources: Publisher

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Fall by Stephan Cost








Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Angels
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Stephen Cost
Format: ebook
Sources: Publisher

Fall in love with Death. Most Definitely.

Friday, September 26, 2014

4 for Friday Blitz from Month9Books!!


Hey everyone,
Thanks for stopping by today! Busy day today here with book affairs. Hope you enjoyed the Fire in the Woods post this am; then there was the Four of A Kind cover reveal early, early this am. I am looking forward to that one, I tell you. But I have more to share this afternoon!

Fire In the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton Blog Tour and Giveaway!!



Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton
Genre: Young adult, sci-fi
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Format: ebook                     Pages: 300
Sources: Publisher

Thanks for joining me on my stop of the Fire in the Woods tour! I hope you have been enjoying the tour so far and hop over to the other stops for great reviews and more chances for fun and prizes! Don't forget to pick up your copy of Fire in the Woods and let me know what you thought of it!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Four of A Kind by Kellie Sheridan

Hey everyone,
Thanks for stopping by today! I know things have been quiet on my front for a bit now, and I do apologize. Unfortunately, the health issues of my family member continue to get worse and sometimes, I have trouble reading and writing. But please hang in, things will get better soon, I hope.
Now for the exciting news!
I am very excited to share with you the cover of Four of A Kind by Kellie Sheridan of Patchwork Press!!  Kellie is a fantastic author, so I know this book is going to rock!! And the beautiful cover was designed by Erica Crouch, also from Patchwork Press! Look for my review closer to the release date and don't forget to pick up a copy and let me know what you think!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian, fantasy, romance
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: ebook                     Pages: 526
Series: Divergent #3
Sources: Gift



Goodreads Synopsis

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian, fantasy, romance
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: ebook                     Pages: 544
Series: Divergent #2
Sources: Gift


Monday, September 8, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
WELCOME TO DIVERGENT WEEK!!! WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE MOVIE (IF YOU HAVEN'T, IT IS A MUST SEE, BEFORE READING THE BOOK OR AFTER, YOUR CHOICE), BUT THE BOOKS HAVE BEEN CALLING ME FOR QUITE A WHILE. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, BOOK 1, DIVERGENT!!

Genre: YA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, romance
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: ebook                     Pages: 487
Series: Divergent #1
Sources: Gift

His voice is deep, and it rumbles. “What's your name?”
Um...” I don't know why I hesitate. But “Beatrice” just doesn't sound right anymore.
Think about it,” he says, a faint smile curling his lips. “You don't get to pick again.”
A new place, a new name. I can be remade here.
Tris,” I say firmly.
Tris,” Lauren repeats, grinning. “Make the announcement, Four”
The boy—Four--looks over his shoulder and shouts, “First jumper—Tris!”
A crowd materializes from the darkness as my eyes adjust. They cheer and pump their fists, and then another person drops into the net. Her screams follow her down. Christina. Everyone laughs, but they follow their laughter with more cheering.
Four sets his hand on my back and says, “Welcome to Dauntless.”

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ignite by Erica Crouch

Ignite (Ignite, #1)Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Format: eBook
Pages: 346
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Ignite #1
Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)Genre: Sci-fi, dystopia, fantasy

Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Format: Papeback                     Pages: 448
Series: Age of X #1
Sources: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of Xseries, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

My Thoughts:

Wow, what a fantastically awesome book. I know my Goodreads page says I started it way back in February. I did plan on diving into it then, but got caught up reading and reviewing some other books. I devoured Gameboard of the Gods in a matter of days, 5 to be exact and I can’t think of a bad part about it. Oh wait, the ending is very sudden. Does that even count as bad? Because I know was like “Wait! It can’t be done yet! What about….” Haha, don’t want to give anything away. But immediately I was on Richelle’s website, looking for more information.
Gameboard of the Gods has a very detailed plot. There are so many things that work into it. You can really tell that Richelle put a ton of effort into creating the storyline. Her characters are extremely well developed too; even the side characters have their own distinct personalities. I love Mae’s friends Val and Dag; they were definitely my favorite characters with an awesome sense of humor, but I would not want to be their enemies. I don’t know whether it would be cool to be a praetorian, or not, but the concept is pretty neat. To be able to control the human body in such a manner and make it into an emotionless supersoldier is something I am sure scientists somewhere are working on. Kind of a scary thought, actually.
I would definitely recommend Gameboard of the Gods to readers of sci-fi, suspense, drama, and adventure. I can’t wait for the next book in Richelle Mead’s Age of X series.
Would you volunteer as a Praetorian? What are your thoughts on the subject of human genetic and computer enhancement?



Monday, September 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

Thanks for joining me today to check out the cover to Puppet, presented by Patchwork Press!!
Drumrolllll please!!!!


About the book
Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.
When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.
As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.
As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.



About Pauline
Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen.  She's currently working toward a degree in English.  Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.  You can find her on Twitter at: @PaulineCHarris

Homeland by R.A. Salvatore The Legend of Drizzt Book 1

Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1)Genre: High Fantasy, Magic, Sci-fi
Release Date: November 1, 2005
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Format: Hardcover                    Pages: 343
Series: The Legend of Drizzt #1
Sources: Public Library

Friday, August 29, 2014

Flashback Friday: Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

Hey Guys, 

Hope you are all well and enjoying these last weeks of summer. I know the kids are swimming as much as the weather allows and we are walking quite a bit, as we have a 5 month old Alaskan Husky, who bounces off walls if he doesn't get

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Lover's Secret by J.C. Reed

The Lover's Secret (No Exceptions, #1)Genre: Adult romance, suspense, erotica
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Format: ebook
Series: No Exceptions #1
Sources: Author

Monday, August 25, 2014

One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij

One, Two, Three (One, Two, Three #1)Genre: YA contemporary
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Format: ebook                     Pages: 296
Series: One, Two, Three #1
Sources: Won From Stephanie @ A Dream Within A Dream, sent by Author

"Dancing will always be a part of me, but I a mlearning how to not only be a ballerina. I'm learning to be me". -Natalya

Friday, August 22, 2014

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Omens (Cainsville, #1)Release Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Random House CanadaFormat: HardcoverPages: 486Genre: YA ContemporarySeries: Cainsville #1
Source: Publisher

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The 100 by Kass Morgan

The 100 (The Hundred, #1)Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: ebook                 Pages: 323
Series: The 100 #1
Sources: Gift

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dragonriders Unite with Fledgling by Nicole Conway – Giveaway

Dragonriders Unite with Fledgling by Nicole Conway – Giveaway


Fledgling-Promo

Welcome to the DRAGONRIDERS UNITE promo for
Fledgling (The Dragonrider Chronicles #1)
by Nicole Conway
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Format: Paperback                 Pages: 264
Series: If I Stay #2
Sources: Purchased from Chapters

Friday, August 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Lost Locket of Lahaki Anthology!!

I am so very excited to share with you the cover of The Lost Locket of Lahaki Anthology from Patchwork Press!!  These ladies are all fantastic authors, so this is going to be an amazing book!! Look for my review closer to the release date and don't forget to pick up a copy and let me know what you think!
Title: The Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology
Authors: Erica Crouch, Terra Harmony, Janna Jennings, Ruth Silver, Kellie Sheridan

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Devil's Frost by Heidi R. Kling

Devil's Frost (The Spellspinners of Melas County, #3)Genre: YA paranormal, witches, fantasy
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
Format: ebook                     
Series: The Spellspinners of Melas County #3
Sources: Publisher

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Speak
Format: paperback                 Pages: 262
Series: If I Stay #1
Sources: Kristen @ mybookishfairytale@blogspot.ca

Monday, August 11, 2014

Georgetown Academy Book 4 by Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy: Book FourGenre: YA Contemporary, Politics
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Colilioquy, LLC
Format: ebook
Series: Georgetown Academy #4
Sources: Publisher

Friday, August 8, 2014

Georgetown Academy Book 3 by Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy: Book ThreeGenre: YA Contemporary, Politics
Release Date: January 11, 2013
Publisher: Colilioquy, LLC
Format: ebook
Series: Georgetown Academy #3
Sources: Publisher