Monday, October 17, 2016

Win a Kindle Fire and Tablet Case

Hey, y'all,

So October is full of giveaways, and I've found another awesome one to share with you. This one is for a Kindle Fire & a tablet case.

You can enter here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Huge Gift Card & Book Giveaway

Fall has arrived!

Enter to win $1100 in Amazon Gift Cards!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Modern Fairytales Book Giveaway: Paperbacks and Hardbacks

Hey, y'all,

I've brought you yet another giveaway! Yay! I'm really excited about this one, because I'm now writing a Cinderella remix.

Love reading classic stories retold with a twist? We’re giving away five new and upcoming books by the masters of the genre: Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters, Rosamund Hodge’s Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, Seanan McGuire’s Down Among the Sticks and Bones (pre-order), Marissa Meyer’s Heartless (pre-order), and Danielle Paige’s Stealing Snow. Open worldwide!

This giveaway is hosted by YA author Megan Crewe (A Mortal Song) and sponsored by Lena Hillbrand (The Last Soul), Melle Amade (Sanctuary), and Tobie Easton (Emerge). By entering you’ll also be signed up to hear about special deals and our latest book news. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Enter here, and good luck!






Friday, October 7, 2016

Another Huge Giveaway--Kindle, Books, and Gift Card



Hey, y'all!

I've tracked down another awesome giveaway for you. This one includes a Kindle, a Gift Card, and a ton of book deals!

Check out the October Deals in all your favorite genres & snatch 'em up while they last!
Plus, enter the giveaway to win a Kindle Paperwhite or $100 Amazon gift card! THE GIVEAWAY IS OPEN UNTIL 10/20, so enter now for your chance to win!!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Horror Book Review: Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I've read a lot of Stephen King, and for years, I've held the belief that I only like his older stuff. Finally, one of his newer books impressed me! This book was excellent. And talk about a master of suspense! Sometimes I was driving around listening to this in my car and grinning my fool head off because I was just so darn excited about what was happening, and what I was anticipating. Watching the whole thing unfold, soooo deliciously, torturously slow, was nerve-wracking. I wish every suspense and horror writer would read this book as a lesson. I happened to be reading a YA horror at the same time, and I was continually frustrated by this other book's tendency to rush the action at the expense of both suspense and clarity. Stephen King loves to explain. Some may think that makes his books move too slowly. But for me, it's worth every sentence because I am NEVER EVER confused, never asked to just believe something though the explanation is too muddy to make sense. SK is clear. He explains. He leaves no discrepancies. No stone unturned. And it's perfect.

This book is written by a master at his most masterful. Can't wait to read the next 2 in the series.



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Monday, October 3, 2016

Fantasy and Paranormal Giveaway--Plus 4 Amazon Gift Cards

Hey, y'all!

It's October, which has got to be my all-time favorite month. In honor of the awesomeness that is October, I'm going to post all the giveaways I can find or join!

This one is awesome because you can win all kinds of fun stuff! 



Winners chosen by random drawing receive:
1 - $100 Amazon gift card
1 - $50 Amazon gift card
2 - $25 Amazon gift card
38 - one book each from a participating author (see below for books)
1 - a copy of ALL the books provided by participating authors
1 - a set of three books of their choice. (max $15 per book)

Enter here and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Huge YA Paperback Giveaway


Today I'm bringing you a huge YA Book Giveaway which includes all 10 of the books pictured--in paperback! One winner will receive all 10 paperbacks. Ten books, ten authors.




If you like: Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell


You might like: When In Rome...Find Yourself, by Lena Mae Hill



(These two paperbacks donated by Lena Mae Hill)
If you like: The Statistical
Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith


You might like: The Trouble with Flying, by Rochelle Morgan





(These two paperbacks donated by Rochelle Morgan)

 
If you like: The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton


You might like: Once Brothers, by P.D. Workman






(These two paperbacks donated by P.D. Workman)



 
If you like: Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins

You might like: Scarred, by Joanne Macgregor







(These two paperbacks donated by Joanne Macgregor)





If you like: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green



You might like: Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti, by Olivia Wildenstein 






(These two paperbacks donated by Olivia Wildenstein)



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No purchase necessary. US Only. Giveaway ends 10/30/16. One winner receives all 10 paperbacks. Approximate value: $100 USD. Each sponsoring author responsible for gift delivery.

Monday, September 5, 2016

YA Book Box #Giveaway--travel swag and #books

Hey, y’all,

My debut romance releases 9/6, and in celebration, I’m giving away a signed paperback…and a ton of goodies along with it! Styled after the popular subscription boxes, this one-time only box is travel themed.
Included in box:
signed paperback copy of When In Rome…Find Yourself by Lena Mae Hill
Anna and the French Kiss paperback
deck of playing cards featuring the cover of When In Rome…Fall In Love
travel journal
I heart Rome button
pizza socks
pizza keychain
themed paper clips
All in a cool travel-themed box!

Enter here for a chance to win, and good luck!

xxoo–Lena Mae

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cover Reveal: Fear Me, Fear Me Not






Fear Me, Fear Me Not
Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
SCREAM meets FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS in this new young adult romantic suspense novel by Elodie Nowodazkij.

Fear is power. They fear me. They don’t fear me enough. Every year a girl disappears in Gavert County, Texas. Their bodies are found days, sometimes months, later with an angel wing carved on their face. They call me “the Angel Killer” and I’m on the hunt again. But this time, it’s personal.

Seventeen-year-old cheerleader Erin Hortz has been warned about the Angel Killer all her life. She never walks alone in the dark. She doesn’t talk to strangers. She doesn’t accept drinks at parties. All she wants is to finish her senior year with a win at the Miss Junior Queen of Hearts pageant, capture the perfect light over the lake with her new camera, and finally catch the attention of her best friend Nadia’s brother—former football star Dimitri Kuklev. Since his injury, they’ve been spending a lot of time together. And getting to know the real Dimitri—not the one she put on a pedestal in her diary is better than she could ever have imagined. And she’s falling hard.

Nineteen-year-old Dimitri’s injury brought him from football superstar with universities from all around the country knocking at his door to not knowing what he wants to do with his life. Taking classes at the local community college is supposed to get him back on track, but all he wants is to be on the field again. The only person who seems to understand him is the one he swore to keep in the friend zone: Erin. His sister Nadia’s best friend and the reason why he can’t keep a girlfriend. Between their early morning jogs, their time spent at the lake laughing, and their late night conversations, he’s having a hard time remembering why it’s such a bad idea.

But when Nadia doesn’t come home after a party, Dimitri and Erin know they must find her before it’s too late—even if that means risking their own lives and everything Erin’s ever known.

Because the main suspect is Erin’s father.


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Author Bio:

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.

She's also a serial smiley user.





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Monday, August 15, 2016

Shadow Born--New Release Alert!






Shadow Born
Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton
(Shadows of Salem #1)
Publication date: August 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.

Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.

Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible.

If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?

Find out what lurks in the SHADOWS OF SALEM by pre-ordering SHADOW BORN, the latest Urban Fantasy hit readers are comparing to Karen Marie Moning and Patricia Briggs.



EXCERPT:

“They’re conniving, manipulative, and take things that don’t belong to them.” Maddock hissed, then shoved to his feet. “Such as the fae that have been going missing recently.”

“Well, I can’t argue with that,” I muttered, eyeing him warily. He was glaring at me, as if this were somehow my fault. “But how do you know it’s the witches doing this? A symbol on a wall isn’t what I call concrete evidence.”

Maddock crossed his arms and glared down at me, making my heart jump into my throat. “So yer defending them now? Somehow I’m not surprised.”

His sarcastic tone was so accusatory that his behavior suddenly made sense. All the animosity, the condemning glares…

“You think I’m a witch, don’t you?” I jabbed a finger at him. “That’s why you don’t like me, and why you always look at me like I’m a piece of shit stuck to your shoe.”

“I dinnae know what ye are,” Maddock growled, clamping his hand around my forearm. “Aside from a heaping of trouble. But right now, I need ye, which is why I’m tolerating yer presence in this city. Now let’s get going already. I’ve something to show ye.”



Author Bios:

Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.

Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

Author links:

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

Jasmine Walt: I'm obsessed with books, chocolate, and sharp, pointy objects. Somehow, those three things melded together in my head and transformed into a desire to write. Usually fantastical stuff, with a healthy dose of action and romance. My characters are a little (okay, a lot) on the snarky side, and they swear, but they mean well. Even the villains sometimes.

When I'm not working on my next book, you can find me working on my dao sword form, spending time with my family, or binge-watching superhero shows on Netflix. I love to hear from my readers, so if you've got a question or just want to say hi, feel free to contact me via my website at www.jasminewalt.com.

Author links:

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

***CLOSED*** Love and Gelato Hardback #Giveaway

CLOSED!

The winner is Tina Turpin. You've got mail!!!! 



Here's a great giveaway for a chance to win Love & Gelato in hardback. Rafflecopter below.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

HUGE #Giveaway

*HUGE Giveaway Alert!*

I am teaming up with Electively Paige Book Blog and a small group of other YA authors to bring you a MASSIVE giveaway.

Enter Here: https://goo.gl/forms/PlEdWl8BmGELfWHA3

ONE lucky U.S. winner of this giveaway will win the GRAND PRIZE featuring the following:

A  Kindle Fire STOCKED with an ebook from each participating author
Book Art from Musings from a Book Lover
An Alice in Wonderland Themed Literary Necklace from Fictional Fox

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

YA Wednesday Review: Where You End, by Anna Pellicioli

Where You EndWhere You End by Anna Pellicioli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book was kind of...strange. I'm not sure how else to describe it. I've been thinking about how to review this book for a week or two, and I'm just not sure. The 'romance' is pretty realistic. I liked how obsessive the heroine is after being dumped. I know some people are annoyed with characters like that, but I thought it was pretty realistic.

The relationship between the two girls was just sort of weird, and I never really 'got' it. And then for a photographer to forget that someone stole her camera, with all her pictures on it? It was just really weird. It was all I could think about while reading, and I'm not even a photographer. And our MC doesn't seem to notice. Which might be okay, if later she says how she was so worried about her friend she forgot about her camera. But she never mentions it again. It didn't ring true with the character at all.

Overall, it was nice to read a book where the main focus was not romance. But the plot holes and oversights were too distracting to overlook.



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

YA Wednesday: To All the Boys I've Loved Before, by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A few years ago, I read “The Summer I Turned Pretty” and pretty much hated it. I didn’t think I’d ever read anything by this author again, but this was chosen for one of my book clubs, and my library had the audio, so I grabbed it one day. I was drawn in right away by the strong sisterhood element and the lovable main character.

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Even though the plot is not terribly original, I have to give Han props for completely surprising me. By the time Lara Jean realizes she likes Peter, of course I’d realized it a long time before. But at first, it was the last thing I could imagine. The author does a fantastic job of revealing Peter’s character and slowly revealing Lara Jean’s preconceptions and misconceptions.

Lara Jean was sort of naïve, but strong and spunky, too. She was a good girl who didn’t let people walk all over her—very rare in romances. I liked that she was real, that she liked baking and scrapbooking instead of running around getting drunk. Not that I don’t also enjoy books like that, but it’s refreshing to find a character that is so believable as a typical high school student. So typical, in fact, that you might think she’d be boring. But she wasn’t. She was adorable. Also, I have to say, I loved Peter. I loved that he was just as real as Lara Jean. He was sometimes grumpy, and always running late, and said stupid things. But he was also funny and sweet, and it was equally refreshing to find a book where the popular guy wasn’t a man-whore or a player or a bully. He was a totally normal guy, and I loved that about him as much as I loved it about Lara Jean.

This isn’t a book that will change your life with its profound message or glorious writing. The writing wasn’t noticeable (which means the story is good), and it was just a fun, sweet book. A fluffy read of the feel-good variety I usually find so insipid. I was a little embarrassed by how much I liked this cookie-cutter romance. Like I always say, if I don’t like the characters, I won’t like the book. Well, the opposite is also true. Give me the most overused, Cinderella cliché of a plot, and I’ll barely notice if you can make me fall in love with three-dimensional, real, non-cliché characters first. This book nails it.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kindle Fire Giveaway! + 50 Free Ebooks!

Do you love reading fantasy books? Then this giveaway is just for you! 50 authors have teamed up to bring you the ULTIMATE giveaway -- a Kindle Fire loaded with 50 fantasy ebooks! Even better, this contest doesn't just have one winner, but SIX! One person wins the kindle, and an additional five people will be given one of the 50 ebooks listed in this giveaway -- their choice. PLUS you can earn unlimited extra entries! Click here to enter: 

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http://jasminewalt.com/giveaways/fantasy-lovers-giveaway/

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

YA Wednesday Review: Catalyst, by Laurie Halse Anderson

CatalystCatalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I've read pretty much everything this author has published, starting with Speak and Wintergirls. Since then, I've been waiting for her to capture (and break) my heart the way she did in those two books. But she hasn't.

I didn't really connect with Kate in this book at all. She was sort of cold, and I didn't really understand her decisions. As she fell apart, I couldn't really sympathize or feel for her. Also, I didn't like Terri, though I felt sorry for her, and that made it hard for me to root for them to end up friends or to care one way or the other what happened to either of them. Terri was a jerk, Kate was a spaz, and they both kind of sucked. I didn't understand Kate's decision about the watch, either. Her mom had given it to her. It seemed cold to just throw it away like it meant nothing.

Overall, I can't really recommend this book. It's just okay, and the author has books that are worlds better than this.



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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

YA Wednesday Review: Panic, by Sharon M. Draper

PanicPanic by Sharon M. Draper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


It took me a long time to finish this book on audio. It was so intense and disturbing that I couldn't listen to it for very long at a stretch. However, it was also exciting and definitely has great suspense that will make you keep coming back for more. It's about a girl who is abducted, so it's very disturbing, even though the most graphic scenes are, well, not very graphic. Everything is very discrete, as much as you can be about child abduction, rape, and pornography.

Sometimes the other characters seemed a little childish, though. Like when one girl thinks "She knew she was being a butt." That's fine for a middle schooler or something, but for a girl who is pretty worldy (abusive boyfriend, dad in prison), I thought she probably would not be afraid to say 'bitch.' The word (and others) are used pretty widely here, so why the sudden coyness? There were several moments like this, where a character's internal dialogue didn't ring true. But overall, it was well written. I did enjoy it, despite the heavy topics.




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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Two Free Books!

Hey, readers! I have some exciting news.

First, I'm running a free offer for The Superiors, today and tomorrow only! So grab a copy if you don't already have it.

Secondly, because we all love free books, I'm throwing in ANOTHER one when you sign up for my Readers Circle Newsletter.

Grab that one here.


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And don't worry, I'll only contact you when I have news (like more free books), and you can always unsubscribe.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

YA Wednesday: Review of Pretending To Be Erica, by Michelle Painchaud

Pretending to Be EricaPretending to Be Erica by Michelle  Painchaud

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


ARC received for honest review.

This is one of those that is so hard for me to review. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't as gripping as one might hope. Con artistry seems to be a hot little niche topic in YA lately, and this book cashes in on that. To its credit, it kept me reading to the end. I could never predict the ending well enough that I wanted to stop reading, even when I had a guess as to how it would all play out. That guess also kept changing. It is a mystery that you want to solve.

That said, despite the suspense, it wasn't what I'd call fast paced or exciting. It took me several months to finish. The characters were all a bit blah. I wasn't terribly invested in Erika/Violet, but more curious to see if I was right in my predictions. I would have liked more depth, more sympathetic characters who I love and remember and root for.

I think this author has great potential. In a few years, with a few more books under her belt and some more experience, maybe those issues will disappear. As it was, some of the writing (the overly dramatic chapter endings, awkward phrasing, etc) seemed a bit amateur, and the pacing was slow for the genre.

Overall, an interesting read from a promising debut author. Mild content, recommend for ages 14+.



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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Review: Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman

NightbirdNightbird by Alice Hoffman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Received from Netgalley for honest review.

This book was such a quick, fun read. It had a magical element, and the whole book has a cool, magical vibe. It was absorbing and I breezed through it pretty quickly in my free minutes. It's a short book, but full of wonderful, well-developed characters and a setting that comes alive. I loved Twig, our young heroine, and wanted to go along on her journey of friendship and self-acceptance. Her mother, though a bit of an antagonist, has her reasons and is not painted as the 'bad guy.' You understand her actions and her desire to protect her family. Each character is rounded and not all good or all bad. I really liked that part of the book, as well as the themes of reconciliation, acceptance, friendship, and family. Overall, this is just a great little book about a quirky town and its residents, including a family with secrets. Well worth reading.



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

MG Book Review: Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. TeruptBecause of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


3.5 stars

This was a cute book that I got to listen to with my son, but I ended up listening to it by myself because I didn't have anything else in the car. It was a cute middle grade read with some issues discussed, though not too in depth. The kids were all very realistic. I especially liked Peter, the hyper 'troublemaker.' He wasn't a bad kid or damaged, just the class clown. He was pretty perfect. The author never goes into his home life like he does other kids' but it didn't make him any less real. I liked the 'girl wars' as well--so realistic. I see that all the time, with girls just feuding with other girls for no good reason! Anyway, overall this was a cute read for kids. It brings up some issues that would be great discussion points for kids, as well--divorce/adultery, single parents, what it means to be a family, etc. I wish I'd listened to this with my son so we could have talked about those things in relation to the book, since sometimes that makes him see things more objectively than when boring old mom says them!

Recommended for: ages 8+



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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book was really, really weird.

Good stuff: The main character was likeable in a nerdy way. More loveable, really. Kind of cute and cuddly but dorky, too. He was such a mess, so sloppy and real. Such a normal, kind of pathetic, guy. I really liked him. And Earl, his film-making companion. All the characters were great, really.

And it was sad.

The other stuff: It did get kind of annoying how self-deprecating Greg was. The way he talked to the reader (if you're still reading this...) was annoying.

But overall, this was a pretty great, surprisingly funny and real book.

Recommended for age 16+ due to a LOT of language and extremely crude sexual banter and graphic descriptions.



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