Book Blitz: Visited by Janine Caldwell + Giveaway

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I know I say this a lot, but today I am really, really excited to be posting for the book blitz of Visited by the amazing and super friendly author, Janine Caldwell!  Released May 25th, 2013, Visited is a YA coming-of-age fantasy that won’t disappoint.

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Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.
Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.
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Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.
Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.
Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.
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Book Blitz: Blood Ties by Gina Whitney

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Check out today’s book blitz of Blood Ties by author Gina Whitney.  Blood Ties is a New Adult Paranormal Romance.

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College senior Grace is half witch, half mortal, and one of the most powerful supernatural beings in existence. Problem is she doesn’t know any of this yet.

But she’s about to find out—and fast. Her powers are awakening, and Grace is in danger as her transformation reignites an ages-old war between her clan and an evil rival witch faction that will stop at nothing to see Grace dead so their leader, the vicious, ruthless Catherine, can harness Grace’s incredible powers for her own dark purposes.

It’s up to Grace’s immortal Aunt Evelyn and her best friend Julie—a shape shifter from a long line of Native American mystics—to defend her. She also has James on her side, a witch from the Bolingbroke clan that has vowed since Grace’s birth to keep her safe. From the moment they meet, the two share a fierce supernatural attraction—a white-hot heat that neither can resist. Will their undying love protect her or put her in greater danger? Only time will tell, and time for Grace is running out.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7093718.Gina_Whitney

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ginamwhitney

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Ties-ebook/dp/B00CRKLQ8G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370715934&sr=1-1

 

Excerpt

“Don’t you have any feelings for me?” he asked, sounding sincere. His head was tilted down, his eyes looking up. He was coming to the painful understanding that I really did want his brother instead.

“No, I don’t have any feelings for you. Sorry.”

With those words I delivered a fatal wound to Adrian’s heart. It killed him to be rejected by the only woman he’d ever cared for. His emotions took a sharp turn, going from raw pain to unbridled fury. He pushed me backward with such force that I flew about fifteen feet.

“I have done nothing but love you since the day I met you. And you—you bitch—strung me along like a puppet. You are not getting away with that.”

Adrian pounced on me. He was heavier than his thin body suggested, and he weighed me down. He was turning into that monster I’d seen at the killing ritual. His nails started to claw up as he ripped my shirt apart, and left deep cuts. He kissed my chest savagely and covered my mouth so I couldn’t scream. My fangs came down, and I fought to open my lips so I could bite him. I tried to use telekinesis to get him off me, but my terrified state blocked it.

“I’m taking what’s due me,” he said with a little froth in the corner of his mouth. He ripped the zipper out of my pants as if it were made of papier-mâché. He moved his sweaty hand away from my mouth. I bit wildly at the air, hoping to land my teeth in his flesh.

During the wrestling match, I was able to slam Adrian in the nuts. He rolled off me, clutching himself. I staggered to my feet and booked it to the house. Meanwhile, Adrian fought through his pain, ran me down, and tackled me. I landed on my stomach with him on my back, a puff of dirt rising around us. He straddled me, his knees digging into the backs of my spread thighs. I thought they were going to break. When Adrian got full control over me, he got between my legs and started pulling my pants down. Then I heard the sound of his belt unbuckling.

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Review: Animate Me by Ruth Clampett + Giveaway

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 Today I have my review of Animate Me for you.  Animate Me by Ruth Clampett, self-pub by Clampett Studio, was released on May 1, 2013.  This New Adult/Adult fun and sexy contemporary romance is sure to please.

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Love struck animator, Nathan, has set his sights on Brooke, the Director of Development at their animation studio.

He has worshipped her from afar for years and even created a comic book heroine named B-Girl in her likeness. When their paths cross he seizes the opportunity to make a good impression. As they grow closer a serious hindrance looms…her dwindling romance with Arnauld, head of the animation studio.

When Arnauld realizes that Nathan is threatening his relationship with Brooke, he goes after him and it sparks an outrageous uprising at the studio. Havoc ensues from antics only a building full of creative cartoon people can create. In the midst of the drama Brooke has to decide whether to follow her heart or risk her impressive career, while Nathan pulls out all the stops to “woo” his girl.

The conclusion has you cheering for our unlikely hero to capture his B-Girl’s heart…while he wins our hearts as well. 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17750250-animate-me

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Animate-Me-contemporary-romance-novel/dp/0989391906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371701564&sr=8-1&keywords=animate+me

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MY REVIEW

What can I say; a book that quotes Pinky and the Brain gets a shout-out from the very beginning!   Now, if you are anything like me, you’ve got the theme song of P&B going through your head.

This book is a love story told from the male POV, an animator male POV at that.  So there are plenty of flashes of the comic book scenes from “The Big Bang Theory” but without the complete nerd overhaul.  An adult contemporary romance, with plenty of chuckles and palm smacks to the forward moments that keep the reader involved with the story, the characters and the underlying issues at hand.  Honestly, most adult books I’ve read have been female POV’s and I wasn’t sure going into this read how it was going to pan out, but I can happily say that it was wonderful!

Nathan has been swooning over Brooke for 2 years and one day luck is on his side and he is able to actually smooth his way into her life.  First as a friend, than, well, you get the idea.  As a reader, I really felt for Nathan.  His embarrassments, his accomplishments, his everyday work atmosphere with those friendships.  It was like I was Nathan and not having the wingman view, but 100% in his shoes.

A great read, especially if you are looking for something on the lighter romantic side, humorous but not lacking on conflicts.    Honestly, as I read this I could envision certain actors in the parts and it read like a movie.  A really, really good movie.  I highly recommend this book and especially with all the cartoon quotes, comic book store scenes and included caricatures, it has sent my personal geekness in overload and I’m loving it!

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About the Author

Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. Graduating from Art Center College of Design  with a BFA in photography, Ruth opened her own Design/Photography studio and also taught photography at UCLA. In 1993 she joined Warner Bros. almost fifty years after her father left the studio and worked her way up to VP of Design for the WB Studio Stores. Now operating her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. she has had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

After telling stories visually her entire life and a fan-girl at heart, Ruth was introduced to the on-line world of fan-fiction and started writing stories inspired by the colorful people and events in her life. Over two million hits, and thousands of reviews later, Ruth is publishing her first novel, Animate Me, a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who plans the summer around their yearly sojourn to Comic Con.

Author Social Media Links: 

Blog: http://ruthclampettwrites.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4115217.Ruth_Clampett

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ruthywrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RuthClampettWrites

 

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(1) Prize Pack: a Print Copy of Animate Me, an Animate Me Travel Mug, and a print (small poster) of ‘B-Girl’ signed by Ruth Clampett and the artist Juan Ortiz. – US/Canada

(3) Print copies – US/Canada

(5) eBook copies gifted from Amazon – International countries that can accept Amazon gifted books

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Book Blast: More by Clare James + Giveaway

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One summer.

One chance to forget the past.

One opportunity to make things right.
There’s no denying the heat between Jules Taylor and Foster Sutton. They are two wild souls with a fire burning inside. Together, they create a hot and dangerous mix of emotion and lust.
But after a terrible accident leaves one friend dead, Foster is bound by a secret that keeps him from getting closer to Jules. And he’s left with only one thing to offer her – friendship.
For Jules, her relationship with Foster is getting old. He falls down and she picks him up, but they never move forward. Their occasional hook-ups are no longer enough, and Jules vows that this is her summer to forget Foster and find love. If it were only that easy.
It seems fate is pushing Jules and Foster together at every turn. And it’s only a matter of time before they give up and give in.
MORE is the highly anticipated companion story to BEFORE YOU GO. It can also be read as a stand-alone book.

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Clare James spent her childhood writing, reading, and dancing. Not much has changed since then, except she can no longer get up on toe shoes like she once could. And don’t even ask her to go into the splits because she may never get back up.

A new adult and contemporary romance writer, Clare loves a happy ending. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son. BEFORE YOU GO is her debut new adult novel.

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Release Bash: Dissolve by Andrea Heltsley

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About the book:

Cora is thrilled to leave high school behind and kick start her summer with her boyfriend and best friend, Nessa. In an unexpected turn of events, tragedy strikes and Cora turns to Nessa for help.

Cora and Nessa discover they are not alone and become entangled in things much bigger than they expect. As the two of them meet new allies, it’s obvious that clearing Cora’s name and going home seem like the least of their worries. The further they travel; the more complicated their lives become. Someone is after them and they are just getting started.

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An ex-scientist biology nerd who loves reading and writing just about anything paranormal, Andrea has four new book releases out in 2013 which you can keep updated with all the deets on her blog. When not hard writing she is being a coffee addict and believe’s she should own her starbucks by now!

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Spotlight & Excerpt: The Portrait by Hazel Statham + Giveaway

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England 1812 Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the

new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to

present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become,

he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly

differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision. Throughout the campaigns,

Edward was often seen relying greatly on a miniature he carried, and it is to

this token he clings upon his return. Will he eventually find happiness with the

girl in the portrait, or will he remain firm in his resolve not to wed? Reason

dictates one course, his heart another.

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Turning in her chair, she saw that the earl, elegant in evening attire, standing but a few feet away, conversing with one of his cronies. If not for the loss of his arm and the pale scar that now creased his left cheek, Jennifer would not have believed him returned from war. He retained his noble grace and bearing, appearing oblivious of the interest he evoked and she could easily believe that he would once more become the darling of the London hostesses.

Excusing himself from his companion, she saw that he intended to advance toward her, and she immediately rose to leave.

“What, you would desert me, Lady Jennifer?” he said, smiling as he came to stand before her. “Am I not to be allowed at least one word with you?”

“I am totally out of patience with you, my lord, and have no desire whatsoever to talk to you,” she snapped, resuming her seat and refusing to meet his gaze.

At her attempt to rebuff him, he stood squarely before her. “Come, Jenny; it must not be seen that we argue and feed the scandalmongers. At least, amongst company, it must seem that we can be civil to each other. Think of the attention we would draw if we appear antagonistic.” As she gave no answer, he drew up a chair to sit beside her. Concern showing on his handsome countenance, he laid his hand over hers as it rested in her lap.

“Would you have it said that there is a bitterness between us?” he asked quietly, attempting to read her face. “Is there a bitterness between us?”

Still she made no reply and he pressed the hand that he held.

“I see that I have wounded you, but believe me when I say that it is for the best. You would not wish me to husband. Come, did we not agree to at least be friends? I wish not to alienate you.”

Jennifer still gave no immediate reply, but then, raising her eyes to his face, smiled and said,

“Yes, I do believe we may suit as friends. Though what society will make of us I know not.”

“Do you care what the tabbies say?”

She gave a small trill of amusement.

“Not in the least, sir.”

“Good,” he said, rising from his seat. “Perhaps now that our friendship is confirmed, you might consider using my given name for, as you may have noticed, I have every intention of using yours.” He bowed formally and held out his hand. “Would you do me the honor of standing up with me for this waltz? I do believe we may attempt it in all propriety.”

“But how, Edward,” she asked, for a fleeting moment allowing her eyes to glance at his left shoulder.”

“Pay no mind to that, my dear. I do believe with a little ingenuity we will manage quite creditably. You need only rest your hand on my shoulder and all will work out perfectly.”

She appeared taken aback by the suggestion.

“I could not, sir. It would look almost as if we embraced, and as we are no longer betrothed, it would appear quite shocking. Even if we were, it would cause comments.”

He grinned at the idea, his eyes dancing with devilment.

“I’d not thought of it. Yes, I can quite see that we would cause a stir, but I do believe that we really must. Let the tabbies say what they like, I must have you dance with me.”

She smiled, an answering sparkle in her eyes.

“Then, sir, dance with you I will. I care not for the scandalmongers. I’m quite sure your impeccable reputation will more than render us immune to their malicious gossip.”

“Is my reputation impeccable?” he asked with some surprise.

“Most certainly! Especially as you are one of the gallant few who are returned victorious from war.”

“What utter nonsense,” he scorned, laughing. “I assure you there’s nothing gallant about war.”

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About the author:

Hazel Statham lives in England and has been writing on and off since she was

fifteen. Initially she was influenced by Austen, the Brontes, and Sabatini but

when Hazel turned seventeen, Georgette Heyer opened up the romance and elegance

of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She immediately knew she had found

her eras and wanted nothing more than to re-create them in her work. Hazel lives

with her husband, Terry, and a beautiful Labrador named Mollie.

Stay up to date with the author via her: Website * Twitter * Goodreads

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To be in with a chance of winning a H/B copy of Consequence or a small item of jewellery. (e.g. pearl earrings) please leave a comment below with your email addie.  ANY comment you make during the tour on ANY post counts as an entry into the giveaway! The giveaway ends 30 June and a random commenter will be picked, emailed and announced on the Dilly Dally PR site. GOOD-LUCK!

Perfect Clouds YA Virtual Book Tour + Giveaway (Check For The Clues!)

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Today is my day on the Perfect Clouds YA Virtual Book Tour.  I hope you’ve been following along with the tour because there’s a really cool puzzle going on that’s building up to a final reveal!  Also, don’t forget to enter for the awesome giveaway.  But first, some info on these two awesome books and their lovely authors!

Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus

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I live in the in between. Between what if and what is. It’s how I manage. It’s the only way I know. Everyone has their way. This is mine.

When high school, cell phone disruption forces a classroom ban, the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, revealing her treasure chest of pain—an absent mother, a bedridden brother, and an abusive father. In a world where hurt is inevitable, the two teens search for a safe place to weather the storms of life. Together.

Author Bio: 

Rajdeep decided to be a writer during her junior year in high school after her English teacher gave her an “F” but told her she had potential. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University, and she writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction, blogging weekly at In Search of Waterfalls at http://rajdeeppaulus.com/.3

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Rajdeep here: On Lips…

Talia hates her lips. On the contrary, my aunt once told me I have perfect lips for kissing. Mind you, I was not even a teen at the time and didn’t quite know what to do with the compliment. Not to mention, I grew up in a culture that didn’t condone dating and the like. You don’t fall in love. Rather, you learn to love the person you marry. Which once you’ve been married for several years, you realize they weren’t so wrong after all. Because you’re always learning how to love that one person creatively, faithfully and fully.

But about lips, nowadays, I have discovered that if I want Angelina Jolie lips, all I have to do is pop some Neprosin. Three times a charm before I finally realized what I was allergic too!

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Things get messy when Meg Kavanagh gets involved—first with Jo Russell, the eccentric old artist, and then with Quinn O’Neill, the intriguing loner who can’t hide how he feels about Meg. Her senior year isn’t turning out like she planned it, but sometimes the best parts of life happen in the in-between moments. And Henry will be home soon, right?

He commits to one year in an orphanage that needs him more than he ever dreamed. Thousands of miles from Meg and the new punk who has fallen for her, and absent from the ranch that’s in his blood, Henry Whitmire finds out what it means to trust. When you’re so far from home, it’s terrifying to realize you’re not who you thought. But the perfect glass of calamity makes the best mirror.

An identity crisis, long distance love, new temptation, and growing pains teach Henry and Meg how to hang onto each other and to what really matters.

From YA author Laura Anderson Kurk comes the sequel to Glass Girl, a lyrical, multi-generational story about love that teaches, loss that haunts empty rooms, and reunions that feel like redemption.

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The University of Wyoming 

I’ve worked myself into a little obsession with the University of Wyoming in Laramie because I’ve viewed it through my characters’ eyes for so long. Henry has always known he’d go to UW (UDub) and Meg becomes convinced when she learns they’ll let a few freshmen into a graduate level creative writing program. In all honesty, that part about the creative writing program came out of my imagination. It’s not something UDub does, but wouldn’t it be cool?

The University of Wyoming was founded in 1886 when Wyoming was still a territory. Here’s a cool fact—Wyoming is known as the “equality state” and UW admitted women and hired women faculty from the moment it opened its doors.

One of your favorite YA authors, Wyoming-native Cat Patrick (Forgotten, Revived, The Originals), graduated from UW and loves to talk about her alma mater. She was on the dance team at UW, so when I asked her about her school, she said it set off a dance routine in her head to “Ragtime Cowboy Joe,” the school song.

Cat said that because there are no professional sports teams in Wyoming, UW has a massive state following that stands behind its football and basketball teams. Go Pokes! They’re known as the UW Cowboys, with the most awesome logo ever – a saddle-bronc rider in mid-buck.

In both Glass Girl and Perfect Glass, I lean heavily on the cowboy influence in Wyoming and give UW a cowboy appeal, but Cat tells me that it’s not necessarily the case. “Not that a student in boots wouldn’t be welcome or common,” she said. “It’s just that the stereotype of the cowboy at the university doesn’t hold up anymore.”

Author Bio:

Laura Anderson Kurk writes unconventional and bittersweet contemporary YA. Her debut novel, Glass Girl, and its sequel, Perfect Glass, are available now from Playlist Young Adult 7Fiction. Laura lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

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Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/320034

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For those following along and picking up the clues, let’s see what we have for you today……

TODAY’S SECRET LETTER

FOR PERFECT GLASS IS…..

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THE POST IT NOTE FOR SWIMMING THROUGH CLOUDS IS

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AND THE CLUES…

(Don’t worry if you are just starting out, you can go back and catch all the clues!)

Saturday, June 1 –  Laura Anderson Kurk

Sunday, June 2 –  Rajdeep Paulus

Monday, June 3 –  Melanie Brasher

Tuesday, June 4 –  Tessa Emily Hall

Wednesday, June 5 –  Melissa Tagg

Thursday, June 6 –  ReganStar McBeigh

Friday, June 7 –  April Hamrick

Monday, June 10 –  Diana Garner

Tuesday, June11 –  Stephanie Karfelt

Wednesday, June 12 – Bethany Baldwin

Thursday, June 13 –  Kim Vandel

Friday, June 14 –  Sarah Tipton

Monday, June 17 –  Jennifer Watrous

Tuesday, June 18 – Marni Jarman  YOU ARE HERE!

Wednesday, June 19 –  Peggy Warren

Thursday, June 20 –  Bethany Jett

Friday, June 21 –   Cynthia Toney

Monday, June 24 –  Summer Andrews

Tuesday, June 25 –  Arlette Geuverink

Wednesday, June 26 – Jennifer Murgia

Thursday, June 27 – JoJo Sutis

 

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