Thursday, June 30, 2016

Spotlight + Giveaway: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


NOW IN PAPERBACK!
FINDING AUDREY
INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SOPHIE KINSELLA’S
DEBUT YA NOVEL



FINDING AUDREY
Author: Sophie Kinsella 
Release Date: May 3, 2016
An Ember trade paperback

Now available in paperback is the New York Times bestselling debut YA novel FINDING AUDREY (Ember / on sale May 3, 2016 /$9.99) from internationally bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella, the author of such favorites as the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret?, Wedding Night, and Remember Me?, introduced readers to 14-year-old Audrey Turner, a teen in the throes of a severe social anxiety disorder after a bullying incident at school, and following her journey to rediscovering herself and her happiness. Receiving much critical acclaim from reviewers and fans, the book was hailed as “heartfelt,” “engaging,” and “relatable.” The paperback retails for $9.99 and is sure to garner a wider group of fans with this new, accessible edition.

Audrey spends most of her days hiding behind her dark sunglasses and in the safety of her own home, surrounded by her lovable but chaotic family. Interaction with non–family members has been almost impossible to master since the incident at school. But then one day Linus arrives at her house. A friend of her brother’s, Linus makes an instant connection with Audrey and starts to chip away at her exterior, exposing the girl underneath—the girl Audrey herself has been searching for. What results is a tender love story that begins as a friendship and continues in the local Starbucks, where Audrey begins to heal the wounds that have threatened to hold her captive.

Filled with poignancy and laugh-out-loud moments, FINDING AUDREY gives readers a character they can relate to and a family to embrace. Kinsella’s story tackles serious topics with humor and heart and creates the next YA couple to root for in Audrey and Linus.

Praise for FINDING AUDREY:

A New York Times Bestseller

“The Shopaholic scribe accurately weaves teenage insecurities with humor
in her heartwarming YA debut.”—US Weekly

“Your kids will love it.” —Redbook 

Reviewers praise Finding Audrey:
 
A Publishers Weekly Summer 2015 Best YA Book
One of USA Today’s “25 Hottest Books of Summer”
One of Los Angeles Times’s “30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up”
One of Seventeen’s “New Books We Love”
A Kirkus Reviews 2015 Best Teen Book

“The Shopaholic scribe accurately weaves teenage insecurities with humor
in her heartwarming YA debut.”—US Weekly

“Your kids will love it.” —Redbook

“An adorable, heartwarming story.” —BookPage 

“Finding Audrey stands on its own as one of this summer’s breakout YA novels.” —Time.com

« “An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred

« “Sophie Kinsella’s YA debut is an insightful and deft handling of teen mental illness.” —Shelf Awareness, starred

“Kinsella’s knack for humor and sensitivity shine in a story that should easily expand her already substantial fan base.” —Publishers Weekly

“With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella sensitively broaches the complexities of young adult mental health.” —Booklist

“Kinsella’s foray into YA is a welcome one...a quick and engaging read with an interesting protagonist.” —Romantic Times Book Review
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series and the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. Confessions of a Shopaholic was turned into a Hollywood movie. She lives in England.

Author Links:
http://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk/ 
https://www.facebook.com/SophieKinsellaOfficial 
https://twitter.com/KinsellaSophie 
https://instagram.com/sophiekinsellawriter 
Giveaway Details: (1) Winner will receive a paperback copy of FINDING AUDREY - Open to US only!
 


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Zero Blog Tour: Meet the Characters/Dream Cast + Giveaway



Zero (Zero)
Author: Morgan Dark
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Rubiños, 1860

Synopsis:

A baffling robber.

A mystery hidden for years.

And an elite boarding school where no one is who they say they are.

Kyle Bradford is the envy of Drayton College, but everything takes a turn when a dangerous shadow, hidden in the darkness, starts to stalk him. From then on, his life falls apart. Unjustly accused of being the main suspect behind the robberies terrifying high society, he is forced to prove his innocence. And to do so, he has to find the real culprit: Zero, an infallible criminal who keeps his identity hidden under a silver mask. What Kyle does not know is that his enemy is keeping a secret. A secret he would sacrifice everything for.

A dizzying, heart-stopping thriller you won’t be able to put down.


Morgan's Dream Cast & Meet The Characters

Zero has a wide range of characters. All of them slip out of their expected roles to confuse the reader and weave a web of mystery and surprises that will shock you right up till the end. So every once in a while they did something suspicious that made you rethink things…

KYLE: the main character. His life has always been easy: he has money; he’s popular; basically, he has everything he wants. But with the new school year, his life will take a turn for the worse when he becomes the main suspect in the Zero robberies. He has to prove to everyone that he and Zero are not the same person all while being watched 24 hours a day by a persistent police detective… before he gets into a spot he can’t get out of.

ZERO: he’s a baffling thief that steals anything he wants. He’s a dark, frightening, disturbing character who hides a secret that will intersect with that of our protagonist.

THE FRIENDS: Kyle has two best friends: Mike, a happy, blond kid with a knack for getting into trouble, and Neal, the best poker and black jack player at school.

THE ENEMIES: there are two character that seems to have a special hatred towards Kyle: Len Lu, his surly and unpleasant roommate, and Miranda, the indisputable queen of Drayton.

THE TEACHERS: headed up by Principal Lawrence (who always wear a smile on his face and have a thoughtful word of advice to give), we meet Mr. Jones who teaches Modern American History, Ms. Winslow (English), Mr. Napier (the librarian), Gabriel (the cook)…

THE POLICE: Dimiri Cooper is the persistent police detective assigned to the Zero case. He always wears a gray trench coat over an old, worn-out sweater that looked like a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down.

My advice? Don’t trust any of them… They all keep their own secrets.

And what about my dream cast? Here it is:
* Alex Pettyfer / Liam Hemsworth / Ian Somerhalder (Kyle)
* Mike He / Lee Hong Ki (Len)
* Victoria Justice (Miranda)
* Sean Penn / Hugh Laurie (Dimitri)
* Jesse McCartney (Mike)
* Miles Teller (Neal)
* Morgan Freeman (Principal Lawrence)

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Morgan Dark is one of the most original teenage literature writers. Always enveloped in suspense, as of yet no one knows her true identity. She began writing Zero after a hooded man robbed her in her New York apartment. Included amongst the stolen items was her favorite ring. Yet in exchange, she received a publishing contract for her new novel. After Zero became one of the most awaited teenage books in 2015, her ring showed up in her house again…in black envelope with no sender.


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Cover Reveal: The Playbook by Kelly Elliott

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My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order. 

Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs. 

The ups? Endless women to f*ck. 

The downs? The politics that came with the job. 

From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her. 

The best I’d hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined she’d be the game changer.  

Brett Owens was my assignment.  

Head football coach for a top college, bad boy reputation, short temper, and handsome good looks should have scared me off. But I was tougher than that.  

From the first words out of his obnoxious, dirty-talking mouth, I knew it was going to be a long month. It wasn’t five minutes after meeting him, he hit on me. If only I had known his blue eyes would haunt my dreams and awaken a desire inside of me I never knew existed.  

This was business. There was no way I would be tempted by him no matter how good looking he was or how many things he whispered in my ear.  

He was only supposed to be my assignment. Not the man who threatened to destroy both my heart and my career. I would follow along with his playbook for now. But who would end up winning was anyone’s guess. 

The Playbook is a stand-alone novel. 


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kellyauthorKelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website. www.kellyelliottauthor.com

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent

I am SO excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.

Scroll down to take check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!




100 HOURS
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

Find it: AMAZON | GOODREADS

Description:

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.


A Note from Rachel Vincent:
In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.
Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography
Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…
  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED SET of a paperback copy of THE STARS NEVER RISE + an ARC of THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific. 

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Empire of Dust Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway



EMPIRE OF DUST (Blood of Gods and Royals #2)
Author: Eleanor Herman

Release Date: June 26, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
 

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads

Description:

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust...

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat. 

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt. 

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon's undoing. 

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor. 

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world's most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. 
 
 Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Me
by Eleanor Herman, Author of Empire of Dust


1. When I was 14 I had a frighteningly realist dream that a time traveling wizard woke me up in bed and said I needed costumes to visit past centuries with him. I took him at his word so now I have a huge-walk costume closet with gowns arranged by century, complete with hats, jewelry, fans, cloaks, wigs, crowns, and shoes. I am still waiting for him to come back.


2. For many years now, I have had four rescue cats and whenever one goes to the giant kitty litter in the sky that same week I get a replacement. Instead of looking for the best cat at a shelter—young, healthy, friendly—I look for the worst one—sick, depressed, old, blind, or in need of expensive surgery—because I figure no one else would adopt that one.


3. I have the nicest husband in the world who puts up with my taking all the closets and my pathetic mess-making machines of cats.


4. I am almost a savant with languages. I speak German, French, and Italian pretty fluently—and can even read handwritten Renaissance documents—and have studied Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Babylonian cuneiform. To me, languages are a kind of Sudoku puzzle (though I can’t do Sudoku because it involves math.)


5. I am so useless with anything technical that half the time when I turn on a lamp the bulb explodes.


6. In addition to writing and languages, my other talent is dancing like a maniac. People crowd around me and clap on the dance floor but I don’t think anyone would pay me to do that so this is the reason I am a writer.


7. I have a green thumb, hand, arm… Almost any half-dead plant I touch turns into an Amazon jungle plant in my care. I have rescued numerous plants from the gym, the bank, and my church, telling the manager, “I am taking your plants because you have been torturing them and I think there is a law against plant cruelty.” They usually just open their mouths and don’t say a word as I stagger with a giant plant out the door and push it into my car. I now have too many plants in addition to too many cats.


8. I have visited fifty countries, learning about history, religion, language, art, and culture, because I think it’s the best way to understand what this world is all about before I die. I call myself a life student of human nature, and I hope that shows up in my books.


9. I have absolutely no sense of direction and often get lost between my hotel room and the elevator, even after being in the room for several days.


10. Ghosts followed me from my last house to my new one. Other people have seen them, too. I consider them my friends and like to think they look out for me. When they get too loud with their footsteps, voices, and music, and mess with turning my electrical stuff on and off, I yell at them, threatening to bring in an exorcist and kick them out, and then the house is quiet for a few days.

Thanks for sharing some fun facts about yourself with us today Eleanor! 

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About Book 1: 
 
LEGACY OF KINGS
Author: Eleanor Herman
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: AmazonB&N | iBooksGoodreads 

Description:

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise. 

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters. 

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. 
Before the Game of Thrones craze swept the nation, Eleanor Herman was hard at work entertaining readers with her extensive research on courtly intrigue and romance. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings, as well as three other works of nonfiction: Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. 

Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel. 

Giveaway: (3) Winners will receive a finished copy of EMPIRE OF DUST - US Only!




Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
6/20/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview 
6/21/2016- Zach's YA Reviews- Review 
6/22/2016- Fiction Fare- Guest Post 
6/23/2016- My So-Called Book Reviews- Review 
6/24/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview   

Week Two: 
6/27/2016- Lisa Loves Literature- Review 
6/28/2016- A Dream Within A Dream- Guest Post 
6/29/2016- Mundie Moms- Review 
6/30/2016- Once Upon A Twilight- Review 
7/1/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book- Interview 






Book Blitz + Giveaway: Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover


 

Defending Hayden (Second Chances #7)
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept


Description:

No one’s tougher than Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin. But when a fatal car accident claims the life of his girlfriend, Derek finds himself caught in a destructive spiral of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt. Football is all he has left. Then fate leads him back to the scene of the crash, and into the arms of a kind, gorgeous woman who sees past his façade to the man he once was . . . and can be again.

When a chance roadside encounter brings Derek into her life, veterinarian Hayden Hunter isn’t fooled by his bad attitude: All bark and no bite, he’s hiding a wounded heart beneath that gruff demeanor. And Hayden wants to be the one to kiss it all better. Soon they both find that a dose of passion is potent medicine. But when a hidden enemy lashes out at Hayden, Derek steps up to do what he does best: put his body on the line in the name of love.



 
Guilt plagued me and I felt sick. Getting out of bed, I paced the room, running my hands angrily through my hair. I didn’t want to hurt Hayden. Keeping her away would protect her from my life. She was bound to leave me anyway. I’d fuck up somehow and it would ruin her. What the hell was I talking about? I’d already fucked her up.

“Derek?” Her voice was like honey, silky and sweet. I’d imagined what it would be like to hear that voice screaming my name as I fucked her over and over. Last night had been the best night of my life, but it had scared the shit out of me. I couldn’t shake it. “Derek, are you okay?” she asked. Stopping midstep, I turned to face her, and her eyes widened when she got a glimpse of my face. I could only imagine what she saw. So many emotions battled inside me. She held the blanket to her chest, and her lips trembled. “Please tell me this wasn’t just a game to you,” she whispered.

Swallowing hard, I sat down on the edge of the bed and reached for her. She recoiled from my touch. “None of this was a game, Hayden. Last night was fucking amazing.”

Her eyes glistened, but her jaw was firm. “Then why are you looking at me like that? Like you regret what we did.”

I wanted to touch her, but last night had been my only chance. She’d never let me close to her again. “I don’t regret it, but eventually you will. You’re not the only one who’s lost someone they cared about. I can’t go through it again. It’s best to stop this before it goes any further.”

“Any further?” she scoffed. She waved her arm around the room, her anger so thick I could cut it with a knife. “If you didn’t want it to go any further, then why did you bring me here? Why would you do that to me?”

“Because I care about you,” I said, knowing it made no sense to her.

“Then why are you pushing me away?” she cried.

Standing, I got up and walked over to the window. “You wouldn’t understand.”



New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over seventeen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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