Blog Tour Stop: Storm by Evan Angler (Deleted Scene + Giveaway)

6 May

Today is my Stop for the Blog Tour for Storm by Evan Angler. I’ll be featuring a deleted scene (i love reading scenes that didn’t make it to the final version of a book) and a giveaway. For the Tour schedule click on the banner above. :)

Title: Storm (Swipe #3)
Author: Evan Angler
Release Date: May 7th 2013

Summary

In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark allows citizen to shop, go to school, and even get medical care–without it, you are on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.

Logan Langly went in to get his Mark, but he backed out at the last minute. Ever since, he’s been on the run from government agents and on a quest to find his sister Lily, who disappeared when she went to get her Mark five years earlier. His journey leads him to befriend the Dust, a vast network of Markless individuals who dissent against the iron-grip rule of the government. Along the way to the capital to find Lily, the Dust receive some startling information from the Markless community, opening their eyes to the message of Christianity and warning that humanity is now entering the End of Days.

In “Storm,” Logan and his friends are the leaders of the Markless revolution. But while some Markless are fighting Chancellor Cylis’ army, the Dust is busy trying to find a cure for a horrible epidemic sweeping through the Marked. And it’s difficult for them to know who to trust, especially when they aren’t sure if Logan’s sister Lily, one of the commanders in Cylis’ army, is on their side or not. And all across the nation–and the world–the weather is become less stable, and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined….

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[Note from the Author]

Dear Reader,

Can you keep a secret?
For the launch of my latest banned book, STORM, I am doing something that I’ve never done before: I am releasing a series of deleted scenes. Scenes that are cannon, that did happen, and that simply didn’t fit on the page. What follows here is an exclusive first look at one of my very favorites–a scene in the secret prison Acheron, where Lily and the other IMPS pressure recently-captured Eddie into revealing vital information about his friends in the Dust.
So why am I doing this, you ask? Why am I publishing this deleted moment?
Perhaps it is just one more way to stick it to DOME. As if a third Swipe novel weren’t enough to ruffle their feathers, now I’m insisting on sprinkling it with bonus material too. Take that, Chancellor Cylis! How do you like me now?
But no. That’s not the only reason. That’s not all.
Because the truth is, it’s my hope that the scene you are about to read will inform the story of STORM, will complement it, will add to it and enhance it once all is said and done.
Because one way or another, a storm is coming. And it threatens everything we’ve ever fought for, all this time. And the more we know before it hits, the better.
Because right now, we Markless need all the help we can get.

Yours,
Evan Angler

[Deleted Acheron Scene]

In Acheron, the Situation Room could be reached only by staircase, spiraling and narrow and cut right into the bedrock of the great, big Beacon hill. It was designed as a bottleneck. There was no way to ambush the Acheron Situation Room.

Inside, a single oval table might have sat a dozen people, tops. Another fifteen could have squeezed in around that, along the room’s curved wall, if the situation called for it. But so far no situation ever had.

The room had been used rarely over the last ten years, by anyone.

And yet for Lily, it was all too familiar.

The entrance before her slid open, revealing the space beyond, its walls red, the color of war. Its table was red too, and in the light of the setting sun, even the air itself seemed to fill with a matching glow. Outside, the Atlantic Ocean stretched far beyond the horizon, its water like blinding fire, its reflection of the sky as sharp as dancing sparks from the sun itself.

It was the only room in Acheron with a view.

It was the only room in Acheron with any windows at all.

Lily hadn’t noticed.

“Good afternoon,” she said, joining the circle with Eddie following close behind. “This is Moderator Blackall, recent recruit. Let us begin.”

“This afternoon DOME’s Eyes & Ears Bureau flagged a Markscan at a small corner store on the outskirts of Sierra City. It was a Mark that belonged to a girl. A young girl. And some of you might recognize the name.

“Erin Arbitor.”

There was a general nodding around the table. Lily continued.

“Erin Arbitor has been on our watch list since October. She is the daughter of Charles Arbitor, the once-promising agent sent by DOME to clean up Daniel Peck’s Markless mess out west.”

The Champion sighed. “What a disappointment he turned out to be.”

“Quite,” Lily said. “But the real issue lies now with his daughter. Last month, she breached DOME’s information database with a sophisticated computer virus. Her target? A single memo, leading straight to information on Project Trumpet, and on the deployment of the task force before you today.”

Lily nodded, gathering her thoughts and pressing on. “We are pleased to report, Champion, that Trumpet is contained to this day. Six months, now, since the outbreak, and there has been not one known instance of further infection within our American state.

However,” Lily said. “This Arbitor breach is…an ongoing concern. So, upon tracing Ms. Arbitor’s Mark, DOME immediately ordered a stealth drone plane to scour the area. Not long after, that drone locked onto a pre-Unity combustion vehicle. Ms. Arbitor was presumed to be inside.”

“So we have her,” the Champion confirmed. “She’s in our custody.”

Lily looked down at that fiery red table. “Negative, sir. It seems we’ve lost her again.”

The Champion was still.

Lily continued. “Thus far, we have no indication that she’s leaked anything to the press or public. For all the sympathy we’ve seen among the Marked over these Markless protests, and as unpopular as the IMP crackdowns have been, nothing yet points to a general knowledge of Trumpet. It is the opinion of this task force that the level of unrest we’ve seen among Marked thus far is not nearly at the level we’d expect were that not the case.”

The Champion frowned. “Any guesses as to why this Arbitor girl’s keeping quiet?”

“I don’t pretend to know her motives, Champion. And I don’t pretend to know her next move. That’s why I’ve invited Moderator Blackall to join us this afternoon. Blackall, do you have an opinion on this matter?”

Eddie cleared his throat uneasily. “You want me to, uh…you want me tell you what I think Erin’s goals are?”

“Erin’s and the Dust’s at large, yes.” Lily looked at him, seeming to warn with her piercing gaze: Cooperate.

“I…I don’t know,” Eddie said. “I’m not sure. I was captured before they formed a plan. Last I knew, Erin was just as much a threat to the Dust as you IMPS—” Eddie coughed and cleared his throat. He tapped his chest lightly with his fist. “As we IMPS were.” Eddie was quiet for a moment. His wording had been lost on no one. Around the room, the Task Force looked at him through narrow eyes.

Eddie began to sweat, and the beads glistened in the setting sunlight.

“Well,” Lily said slowly. “That situation changed. Our intelligence suggests that Erin began working with the Dust shortly after they abandoned you.”

“They didn’t abandon—” Eddie began. But he stopped himself short.

Lily looked down at her hands, folded on the table, and she continued. “Thereafter, Erin used her classified information to coordinate an assault on Acheron. She has since fled Beacon for Sierra. Further breached documents suggest she intends to see Dr. Rhyne, a scientist behind the Project. Are you familiar with—”

“No!” Eddie said. “I’m not! I’m not familiar with any of this! You’ve had me locked up down here for months—how could I possibly know any of this?”

“Who is she with,” a Coordinator asked forcefully from across the table. “What is your guess.”

Eddie shrugged. “My guess? Well. If Erin really is on the side of the Dust again, then I’ve gotta think Logan Langly is with her.”

Shifting glances and shuffling seats. Lily coughed into her hand.

“And…if this Project Trumpet of yours is as important as you’re making it sound…then it’s plausible Daniel Peck went along with them. He’s not one to sit out for the big events. Other than that,” Eddie shrugged. “Your guess is as good as mine.”

“Our three biggest targets,” a Coordinator said. “All in one place.”

“It’s possible,” Eddie said.

“And what about motives? Why wouldn’t Erin have broadcasted what she knows to the wider American State? Why keep Project Trumpet between her and the misers who abandoned you?”

Eddie put his hands up. “I’m guessing here,” he said. “But from what I know of her, Erin’s a smart girl. She’s a schemer. She’s deliberate. Probably more so than even you yet appreciate.” Eddie turned and looked out the window, to the view of the ocean. To freedom. And then he turned sharply away. “If Erin really was trying to start a State-wide riot, then I’m guessing she thought far enough ahead to know that a country full of people trying to avoid an epidemic is not a country that’s likely to flood out into crowded streets and take part in a big, contagious protest.”

The Coordinator across from Eddie smiled. “You’re no soldier,” he said. “You’re not even on our side. But you sure do know how to throw your friends under the bus.”

Lily smiled at Eddie as a tear fell silently from his face.

At the head of the table, the Champion nodded, and gestured to the room.

The grind of chairs as each of the IMPS stood up to leave. The patter of feet as the Task Force shuffled out.

“Thank you, Moderator. Trumpet Task Force dismissed.”

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Evan lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.
Swipe is his first book. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about it, and you didn’t hear anything from him. Don’t make eye contact if you see him. Don’t call his name out loud. He’s in enough trouble already.
And so are you, if you’ve read his book.

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Quirky Finds (7): Starbucks Edition (Secret menu) (1/4)

4 May

Quirky Finds is a weekly feature where i share things i find on the internet that seemed interesting to me. Usually there is a general theme. This weeks theme is:

starbucks secret drinks

I am a huge Starbucks fan, and as one, i was really excited to learn that Starbucks actually has a secret menu! A whole selection of beverages that are not written on the menu! I am going to do things a little differently. I have decided since there are so many secret drinks to dedicate the whole month to the Starbucks secret menu. Be sure to let me know if you’ve tried (or will try) any of these. I asked the baristas at the Starbucks i frequent if they knew about the secret menu right away but unfortunately they told me they didn’t. Of course i expected it, the Starbucks cafes here in Greece only have half of what the ones in the US do.

Secret Sizes

The Short

There are only three sizes on the menu: Tall, Grande and Venti, but there is actually a smaller size called Short that isn’t advertised for marketing reasons.

The Trenta

This is the largest size available. It holds 31 ounces of coffee or Iced Tea and only costs $0.50 more than the Venti. Personally, i find 31 ounces of coffee a tad too much. I can’t even finish a whole Venti! The Trenta isn’t available everywhere however.

Secret Drinks

Samoa Cookie Frappuccino

Also known as the Girl Scout Frappuccino. Just ask for a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino with 2 pumps of caramel syrup and extra coconut flakes to be blended into the drink.

Nutella Frappuccino

For this drink just ask for a regular Coffee Frappuccino with 2 pumps of mocha syrup, 1 pump of hazelnut syrup and whipped cream blended in. The dosages are for a grande.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino

Basically, this is a strawberries and creme frappuccino with java chips and mocha drizzle on top.

Cotton Candy Frappuccino

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with a pump of raspberry syrup for a Tall, 1.5 pumps for a Grande or 2 pumps for a Venti.

Twix Frappuccino

If you are a Twix fan, you’ll probably love this. Just order a caramel frappuccino with extra caramel, one pump of hazelnut syrup, java chips and whipped cream blended in. Drizzle it with whipped cream and mocha.

Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino

This recipe calls for a Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino with a pump of vanilla syrup, a pump of hazelnut syrup, whipped cream and a whole banana. I’m not sure how this works, do you bring in the banana? I guess.

Apple Pie Frappuccino

This one is a bit complicated but it sounds so good! Tell your barista to fill up to the first line with cream base, fill up to the second line with apple juice, then add one pump of cinnamon dolce syrup and one pump of caramel syrup. If you want some crunch you can even add a grounded biscotti. Top it off with caramel drizzle.

Cake Batter Frappuccino

This is just a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with almond flavoring. (Hazelnut can also be used as a substitute for almond).

[photos and recipes were taken from starbuckssecretmenu.net]

I will definitely be trying some of these out. Have you tried any?

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Book Blitz: Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe + a Giveaway

3 May
***Excerpt***
“What’s your rank, baby blue eyes?” the guy asks, pushing off his cot and stalking toward the prince.
Everything in me screams to act, but I don’t want to declare alliances this early on. Not without understanding the dynamic of placements and bonds already formed among these people. But I’ll not let this hulk of a man harm the prince. I brace my heel against the wall, ready to push off and lunge.
Prince Caben rises to his feet, slowly turning to face him. He straightens his spine, squaring his shoulders. “I don’t have one. And my name is Payne. Not ‘baby blue eyes’, meathead.”
Big guy laughs, his husky voice bounces off the rock walls. “I’m Crew”—he beats his chest hard once, like a barbarian—“and I’ve won three fights. I’ll win the next two and be the one awarded the freedom ring.” He leans down toward Prince Caben, leveling their faces. “So don’t even think about you or your princess over there walking out of here. I’m ranked as a Colossal. The strongest Colossal in Bax’s league.”
Princess? I nearly scoff. Then I realize what the problem with Crew is: he feels threatened by Prince Caben. That revelation almost makes me laugh out right. What does a big stack of muscles like Crew have to fear from the prince?
The other prisons slowly circle around the stand-off in the center of the cell. Tension thickens the musty air. It coils around my spine, tightening my muscles. If I allow the fight to continue without interruption, will the guards stop it? They’d want their fighters in pristine shape, wouldn’t they?
Prince Caben doesn’t back away from Crew. Instead, he moves into his space. I roll my eyes. Stupid, conceited man.
“Freedom ring?” the prince questions. “As in, there’s a chance to leave?” He rubs his chin, and I notice the dark shadow of facial hair that has darkened his features overnight. “Is there a season that has to be won, or can someone gain five wins during their entire imprisonment?”
Crew’s eyebrows pinch together. He’s clearly despondent that he hasn’t succeeded in intimidating the prince. “We’re in a season right now, you weakling. If you don’t win—you’re dead. Which by the looks of you, will happen in your first match.”
Prince Caben nods, as if he’s simply piecing together a jigsaw puzzle and not being told of his demise. “What is the cuff for?” He points to the iron clamp around Crew’s wrist.
“It’s our biometric monitor.” Crew shoves the cuff up close to the prince’s face. “See those three blue lights? Those are my wins. When the fifth lights up, I’m outta’ here.”
“Has anyone ever won the freedom ring before?” Prince Caben asks.
Crew’s massive arms tremble. “No,” he grinds out. “But I will.” He cocks his cuffed hand back, then sends a blow to Prince Caben’s chin.
Hell.
I’m up and racing across the cell before the prince hits the ground. Crew spots me from his peripheral. He turns and swipes the air. I duck, roll, and come up behind him. I jump on the cot and leap onto his back.
“You squirrely little …” he mumbles, trying to reach over his shoulders to get a hold on me.
Tightening my arms around his thick neck, I squeeze. He gasps for air, and rams my back into the wall. I wheeze as the air whooshes from my lungs, pain splintering through my already bruised chest. But I hold tight, bearing down harder, and cut off his supply of oxygen.
Finally, I feel Crew weaken beneath my hold. He drops to his knees, and I only release him once I’m sure he’s knocked out.
Stepping around the now limp Crew, I glance at all the wide eyes studying me, and meet the prince’s. Fury ignites his stormy blue irises. He picks himself off the floor and heads toward one of the side chambers, throwing the tattered material aside as he stalks inside.
I follow after him. When I step inside the tiny, dank room, my eyes trail Prince Caben as he paces. He reaches each side of the small chamber with three quick strides. Back and forth.
On his third round, I open my mouth and get out a single syllable before he holds up a hand, halting me. He drives his hand through his dark hair. “Thank you for making me look like a spineless jerk.” He shakes his head and faces me.
Taken aback, I say, “This is my duty to protect—”
“No. In your country it was your duty to guard me. In my world and here”—he opens his arms wide—“a man fights his own battles. He does not depend on a woman to fight them for him. You just disgraced me.”
Fire simmers in my core. “I’m still assigned as your protector no matter what realm we inhabit, Your High—” I stop myself before addressing him by title out of habit. “Your pride is polluting your reasoning.”
He laughs. “Yes, well. Thanks to your show out there, I no longer have my pride to worry about.”
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Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White [audiobook]

2 May

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Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: Feb 19 2013

Series or Standalone: Series

Name of Series: Mind Games

Books in Series:
Book 1: Mind Games
Book 2: Untitled (2014)

Genre: YA – Paranormal
ISBN-13: 9780062135315
Pages: 237

Source: bought on audible
Format: audiobook

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Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins

Narrator: Emily Bauer
Publisher: HarperAudio

Release Date: Feb 19 2013

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Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

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  • It has a really dynamic and emotional beginning
  • There is allot of repetition in this book. Fia repeats words in threes and taps in threes. At first i wasn’t sure how i felt about this but once i found out what it meant i really liked it.
  • I really liked Fia, although she was a little broken and messed up
  • a fast read

(-)

  • I had a really hard time liking Annie. She was older than Fia but acted like she was younger and i found her to be rude, self-centered and whiney.
  • It does have a love triangle. This is a negative for me because i have read so many already i have grown tired of them.
  • i checked out some parts of the book in its written form and noticed there are a few cohesion problems. For example, there are many random conscious thoughts of the MC interrupting the action.

    “I have no idea. My plans changed about five minutes ago.” I look over my shoulder to see the men, three (tap tap tap – I hate the number three), thick shoulders, one gun between them based on the way the guy in the middle is walking (that was a mistake, they should all have guns – guess they’ll find out) matching our pace and getting closer.

    It became hard for me to follow what was happening without having to reread certain parts so if you are interested in reading Mind Games i’d recommend the audiobook as it is much clearer.

Additional Notes:

  • There are lots of flashbacks. This didn’t really bother me but i can see how it could be annoying to some because it disrupts the flow of things in the present and slows down the pace. Sometimes you’re cut off at really crucial parts of the story.
  • The book is also known as “Sister Assassin”

Audiobook Notes:

  • Emily Bauer was clear but there were some subtle background noises, kind of like someone chewing gum or gulping. But they were very subtle and perhaps i only picked them up because i was listening with HQ headphones with no other noise in the room. Nevertheless, it did not stop me from enjoying the story.

S 4/5

AS 3/5

Blog Tour Stop: The Iron Locket by Samantha Warren (Guest Post + Giveaway)

1 May

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Today is my stop for the Iron Locket Blog Tour and i have a Guest Post and a Giveaway for you guys! To see the Tour schedule and the dates for the rest of the stops click on the Tour banner above. :)

Title: The Iron Locket (Risen King #1)
Author: Samantha Warren
Release Date: April 18th 2013

Summary

She was raised to hunt faeries. He was raised from the dead.

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Aiofe Callaghan comes from a long line of faery hunters. Hired by one of the faery queens, they protect the human world from chaos and destruction. But when Aiofe stumbles through an open door into the land of Faery, she discovers the job isn’t as simple as it seems, nor is she.

Arthur Pendragon spent centuries in blissful nothingness, until the day the four queens banded together to raise him from the dead. Along with his twelve most talented knights, he leads the warring armies of Faery against the greatest enemy they have ever known: one of their own.

Can they overcome their differences to confront the greatest challenges either of them have ever faced?

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What do you think our reaction would be if we found out faeries were real and lived amongst us?

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! And what a wonderful question. “How would our society react if we found out faeries were real and lived among us?” Very interesting in light of all the books out there now about just such a thing happening with vampires, werewolves, and the like. Let’s take a peek at those other books.

The most famous one is the Sookie Stackhouse series, better known for its television spin-off True Blood. The vampires came out to the world and despite a few glitches here and there, it went over pretty well. People loved it so much, the vampires opened their own clubs were humans could interact with the bloodsuckers. But would it really go over that well? I think not. If faeries were exposed, I think it would take quite awhile for anyone to actually believe the story. We are very skeptical beings in general and we would need to be smacked in the face with it before we would even consider it to be true.

There’s a small portion of society that would welcome it with open arms, though, and they will make all the difference. One of the complaints I often see in reviews about books where a human encounters another species, world, etc; is “That’s unbelievable”. It’s expected that if we’re confronted with something new, we should have a period of freaking out followed by reluctant acceptance. But that’s not always true. There are many of us out there (and I’m sure several of you are included in this group) who are more than willing to accept things that may not fall into our normal guidelines for what’s normal. In fact, we long for it. How awesome would it be to meet a faery? A real, live faery who can do real magic that isn’t just an illusion? Those people know how to dream, they know how to embrace change.

And those are the people that will change the world. Those who are willing to accept the unacceptable are the ones who can achieve greatness and make this a better place. Whether faeries are real or not, we will still believe in their magic, we will still dream about their world, and we will use our dreams to make this world better. 

– It was my pleasure to have you :) Thank you for the interesting reply :)

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Samantha Warren is a fantasy and science fiction author who spends her days immersed in dragons, spaceships, and vampires. With her pet dragon, Anethesis, she ventured to the ends of the universe, but the cost of space travel cut into her sock fetish fund, so she sold her ship and returned home. When she isn’t writing, she’s milking cows or trying to feed them Pop-Tarts. She spends a lot of time in her weed patch (aka: garden), watching any show featuring Gordon Ramsay, or posting random things on her blog (http://www.samantha-warren.com).

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Waiting on Wednesday (7): Teardrop by Lauren Kate

1 May

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Summary

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

release date

October 22nd 2013

why im waiting

The power to actually swallow a whole continent with your tears? Epic! Although i’d never wish it on anyone :P But this sounds so intriguing! I want to find out more about Eureka’s (what a unique name btw) secrets and her power/curse.

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Blog Tour Stop: The Big Debate by Carolyn Twede Frank (Excerpt + Giveaway)

30 Apr

Today is my stop for the Big Debate Blog Tour and i’ll be featuring an excerpt and a giveaway. This is a spotlight stop. To see all the Tour Stops click on the banner above. Hope you enjoy :)

The Big Debate (Literary Loom #1)
by Carolyn Twede Frank

A bizarre corpse . . .
A strange girl . . .
A creepy teacher . . .
A cool invention . . .
Combine these with an old school and a new student anxious to fit in—and the adventure begins.
Fifteen-year-old Josh’s big mouth gets him in trouble at first. But after walking in the shoes of great men of history in the Literary Loom, he uses that mouth to bring down the bad guy and ultimately solve the mystery behind the murder—and the strange girl.

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excerpt

“Mr. Ingles was lying on the floor, in front of the soon-to-be-dismantled time machine, as lifeless as a brick.”
“Dead?”
“There was no way he could be alive. They didn’t even bother to take his pulse.”
“So, they should have at least tried,” Josh insisted. “Did they call 911? Or did they forget the number?”
“It wouldn’t have done any good,” Ester said solemnly. “They didn’t know where to take his pulse.”
“And you said these men were brilliant? Even my dog knows where my wrist is.”
“They couldn’t find Mr. Ingles’ wrist—or his arms. He was just one mass of flesh, intertwined with streaks of white cotton and blue denim, with a head in the middle. His eyes were still open, frozen in a look of horror.”
“Weird.” Josh wanted to take another step backwards—more like a hundred.

“Yeah, weird was the word the police used.” Ester’s voice wavered. “Weird was written all over the coroner’s report. And weird was the synonym people attached to our family.”

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Carolyn has always liked to create. There were always gardens full of beautiful plants in her life, plenty of frilly, homemade dresses for her daughters—and don’t leave out the puppets. Ever since third grade, Carolyn also liked to write. She is the author of Promises, a teen historical fiction novel, and the author/illustrator of two children’s picture books. Carolyn lives in Utah with her husband and teenage daughter, where she runs her puppet-related business in between family time and writing time.

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Tea on Tuesday (10): ReadWave

30 Apr

Drinking: Yogi Tea Gingko

Do you guys like short stories? Do you write short stories? Have you heard of ReadWave? I was contacted by them two weeks ago and i checked them out and what they are doing is pretty cool. Their website reminds me of Pinterest and it is very simple and easy to get around. They have allot of short stories which you can read for free and many categories and genres (including YA which they call teen).

But not only that! If you write short stories you can submit them on the site and they have a group of editors that go over them and give you feedback! For free! It is very easy to use :) And they feature a weekend writing challenge which looks fun :) This week’s writing challenge was “When Dreams Are Real”.

Furthermore, you can sign up to receive a free short story every week handpicked by the editors. I haven’t had the chance to finish this weeks short story (i only read a little today while i was waiting for my friend who was being fashionably late) but i really liked what i read and i’ll probably finish it tonight before i go to bed. It’s called Dear Doctor and it was written by Sibyl Whitefield, a college student. In fact, here it is: Dear Doctor by Sibyl Whitefield

I believe that what they are doing is awesome. They are helping readers find stories they like and helping authors get their work out there and connect with readers. And they’re doing it for free.

So visit the site and check them out: ReadWave.com

What do you guys think? Have you checked them out yet? :)

Month in Review: April

30 Apr

Not much activity this month because i took a long-ish break because of final exams. Next month will probably be more normal :)

what i read this month

reviews

Apr 22: The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd

giveaways

Apr 1: **A.G. Howard Q&A + a Giveaway** (INT – Over)
Apr 4: April Kindle Fire Giveaway (US) + $199 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash (INT) (US/INT – Last Day)
Apr 12: Book Blast: Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out by Pandora Poikilos (INT – Over)
Apr 18: Cover Reveal: Wildfire Gospel by Kenya Wright + a Giveaway (INT – Last Day)
Apr 19: Blog Tour Stop: Innovera Yakov by Kia Garriques (Excerpt + Interview + Giveaway) (INT – Still Open)
Apr 24: Book Blast: The Big Debate by Carolyn Twede Frank (INT – Still Open)
Apr 26: Cover Reveal: Untouched by melody Grace + a Giveaway (INT – Last Day)
Apr 28: **500 Celebration!! Giveaway time! :D** (INT – Still Open)
Apr 30: Blog Tour Stop: The Big Debate by Carolyn Twede Frank (Excerpt + Giveaway) (INT – Still Open)

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Apr 2: Journaling
Apr 23: Amazon will soon own everything!
Apr 30: ReadWave

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Apr 3: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Apr 24: Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

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Apr 5: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate? – Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?
Apr 26: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song and the book?

quirky finds

Apr 20: Business Card Edition
Apr 27: Book Edition

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Apr 21: In My Mailbox + Stacking the Shelves (4)
Apr 28: In My Mailbox + Stacking the Shelves (5)

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Apr 29: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

blog tour stops

Apr 19: Innovera Yakov by Kia Garriques | Type: Interview + Giveaway
Apr 30: The Big Debate by Carolyn Twede Frank | Type: Spotlight + Giveaway

challenges

Debut Author Challenge

  • The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd

TBR Challenge

  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Finally, I would like to thank my good friend Patty for sending me this:

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She knows i love owls and i love how she always thinks of me when she finds something owl-related :) Thank you Patty <3

Cover Love Mondays: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

29 Apr

Cover Love Mondays is a new meme hosted by Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor and it showcases each week the covers we like.

Title: Hourglass (Hourglass #1)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: June 14th 2011

Summary

One hour to rewrite the past . . . 

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?

[add on Goodreads]
[buy on Amazon - kindle edition - print edition]
[buy on The Book Depository]

why I'm loving

I love that the cover has an eerie feel to it and how the color of her hair stands out. I also like the fact that it gives you the impression that time is going backwards somehow which ties in great with the title. Yes, i think i really like this cover. :)

Join in on the fun! And link your pick so i can check it out :)

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