October 31, 2014

TALON by Julie Kagawa Giveaway!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We're giving away a signed/personalized copy of TALON by Julie Kagawa on Instagram! 



Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


I loved TALON and give it a HUGE 5 STARS!!


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I will be meeting Julie Kagawa on Sunday, November 2nd in Larchmont, NY for the TEEN Author Eerie Expo event also featuring Dawn Metcalf & Kady Cross. 



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Book Highlight & Giveaway: STALKING THE DEMON by Ciara Ballintyne



Title: Stalking the Demon
Author: Ciara Ballintyne
Series: The Seven Circles of Hell #2

Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend, Ladanyon. Despite saving the city from a demon, his reputation remains tarnished, and the council of wizards has penalised him severely for the practise of banned magic.

Now he learns his desperate efforts to stop Ladanyon led more to damnation than salvation. Finding a solution compels him to breach his sanctions and venture into forbidden places at risk of his life and freedom.

Alloran must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear.







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Alloran rushed through the citadel halls heedless of the rich carpets crushed beneath his heavy boots. Gisayne hung limply in his arms, and her black hair trailed over his elbow. A few people watched him pass, but none offered assistance. Over the past six months, Gisayne collapsed often enough to blunt the urgency and the panic. The faces turning in his direction bore only mild curiosity, oblivious to the fact that this time was different.
Her chest barely rose and fell beneath the thin cream silk of her night gown and robe, and blue tinged the edges of her bee-stung lips. Seven hells, was she dying? As he raced onwards, he clutched her against him and her cold skin pressed against his. With no left hand, he had no way to check for a pulse. A choked-back scream of desperate frustration tightened his chest until it squeezed the breath out of his lungs.
While juggling Gisayne, he fumbled with the latch on the door to the citadel’s hospice. Damn his missing hand to the first hell. When the door finally gave, he shouldered it open and backed into a long room lined with starkly made beds. The few occupied by sick or injured had curtains drawn for privacy. Breidmar, dressed in the red-trimmed white robes of a citadel doctor, bustled over at their entrance.
Orange brows pinched with concern over her violet eyes. ‘Again?’
‘She’s…’ The lump in his throat choked him. He swallowed hard. ‘She’s hardly breathing.’
‘This way.’ Pointing to an empty bed, Breidmar called out and strode to a door at the far end. Before she crossed halfway back, an unfamiliar girl in acolyte’s white appeared in the doorway.
Alloran placed Gisayne on the bed with gentle care. Her slack body slid from his arms, her skin pale. When he let her go, her eyelids fluttered but did not open. Nausea knotted his gut. The last time she’d fainted, the recovery was quick. Now, she looked as if death hovered over her, waiting for the moment to snip the thread of her life.
As Breidmar began checking Gisayne’s vitals, she waved Alloran off. He hesitated. What would he do except wait, patient, and idle while Breidmar tried again to determine what illness affected her? She would try and fail, most likely.
‘Are you sure this is not the falling sickness? It’s supposed to get worse with each successive bout.’
‘She’s not got the right symptoms. No seizures,’ Breidmar responded in precise, clipped tones.
Alloran frowned. He wasn’t an idiot. ‘Then what? These collapses are getting more frequent and more severe! Seven hells take you, tell me. Whatever the illness, it can’t be too complicated for me to understand.’
With her severe lips curving down, she sniffed. ‘No amount of genius can assist you to comprehend a malady I cannot explain. While you’ve made any number of miraculous discoveries, you have no particular expertise in medical matters. Leave this to me.’
‘The title of doctor is reserved only for those who have studied in the citadel, and yet you say you don’t know? After all this time, you must have some notion.’ Wisps of his black hair hung about his face, torn free of their bindings in his haste. He pushed them back with a rough motion. When they slid back into disarray, he tore the leather thong free and began tying his hair back with short, sharp motions.
The doctor scowled at him. At her nod, the acolyte whipped the curtain around the bed in a rattle of rings. The cloth brushed Alloran’s nose; he jerked his head away.
A heartfelt sigh escaped his lips before he retreated to a waiting area that comprised a group of chairs. No, sitting still would be intolerable. He changed direction and paced the length of the room, passing the rows of identical empty beds. His boots echoed in the open space. Sterile and odourless air filled his nostrils.
Apparently, Breidmar shared the sentiments of many people in the citadel. Some blamed him solely for the demons that plagued the city of Ehsan six months earlier, and others accused him of working with the renegade wizard, Ladanyon. Although Alloran wasn’t subjected to a disciplinary hearing, the council’s public announcement that they were banning him from all forms of magic involving the hells only reinforced the blame.
Seven hells, the councillors banned him because some of them felt the same as the other citizens. Those residents who lost loved ones in the battle against Ladanyon’s first-circle demon were the most damning. Councillor Valgon’s wife died, and he made no bones about believing Alloran to be a public menace. I just can’t prove it, was what he said.




Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.

She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.

She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.




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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: #Sanctuary by @P_Creeden


Title: Sanctuary
Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, clean NA

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?



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About Pauline

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader's Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.


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Let me just start by saying that this is definitely and interesting take on a zombie infection. Not some rogue experiment gone wrong, aliens. And the delivery of the infection too, it’s all quite clever, and a different spin on a tried and true storyline. 

There are three different POV’s in Sanctuary. Jennie, a college student who is home for the summer, or she was, until her parents decided it was too dangerous for her to go back to school. Hugh Harris, a high school Biology teacher that taught at Jennie’s high school. And Brad, Hugh’s brother. If I’m being honest here, I’m not completely sure why Brad was such a big part of the story. I’m guessing that it is because he is….morally compromised, for lack of a better description. I should tell you that there is a bit of a religious element to this story, a ‘walk by faith’ spin. So, I’m guessing that since Brad was such a not great guy, that was the purpose of his view. I’m just speculating here, because I didn’t really get it. Maybe he was added to show how messed up people are, even in the face of the end of humanity. That there are still people out there just looking out for themselves. Now Hugh, he’s a smart cookie. He’s the guy that figures things out. He also knows personally how morally corrupt his dear brother Brad is. He tries to shield Jennie from Brad, but her being the young 20 year old she is, she doesn’t always listen. Luckily, Brad shows his true colors before it’s too late. Jennie is the most important character in this tale. All she wants to do is protect her baby brother. She builds a lot of strength throughout the story. I liked her, she did a lot of growing up in a very short period of time. Her brother is all she has left, and she will do anything to keep him alive.

Like I said, this was an interesting spin on a zombie story. I think the religious element is soft enough that people who aren’t religious, like myself, can still enjoy the story. But I also think that people who are believers would enjoy it as well, maybe even a little bit more. Good book though, I’d recommend it.


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October 30, 2014

J.R. Ward Launching BRAND NEW CONTEMPORARY SERIES - The Bourban Kings

Hey GCReaders!


Where are all our J.R. Ward fans?

We just got a pretty exciting e-mail this morning with some awesome news on a BRAND NEW Contemporary series coming in 2015 by J.R Ward called THE BOURBON KINGS.


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THE BOURBON KING is scheduled to be released on July 28th, 2015. 

Here is a quote from The Ward herself: 

“The Bourbon Kings are just like my Black Dagger Brotherhood vampires, flawed heroes for strong women who live and love in a vivid, ever-changing world of passion and excitement.  Readers can expect the same big emotions, epic storylines, and soul-deep love stories in these books—as well as those signature, OMG, I have to know what happens NEXT! kind of endings.”

The books have already been optioned for television by Top International Producer and Distributor Endemol Studios. 

I cannot lie, I wish HBO, SHOWTIME, or one of those cable networks would pick up the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but we are happy with whatever we can get! ;) 



What are your thoughts? Are you excited? Probably not as excited as we are! ;) 








Release Day Blitz! And Giveaway! The Council by K.f. Breene

Title: The Council
Author: K.F. Breene
Series: Darkness book 5
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: October 30, 2014

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With Sasha as the proclaimed Mage of high ranking power, she can't just slip under the carpet to a peaceful existance. Instead, she must present herself to the Council, a group of white mages who reside over the magical community, governing Stefan's people. There she must prove she has what it takes to be the mage of Stefan's clan, not something easily done.
Stefan, too, has been noticed by the large faction of rulers. An alpha leader with a firm hold over his people, he has outgrown in his position, and it shows. Ties to a human mage with a vast well of power, though, has made him a target. Sasha is sought after, and those who want to harness her power will take her by force if necessary.
With Dominicous' and Toa's help, Sasha and Stefan must face the trials coming up. Proving themselves is the easy part. Getting out with their lives becomes the challenge.




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Here we go, bro,” Charles growled, turning sideways so a quick turn of his head could have him seeing either end of the hallway.

“Oh God. This is a challenge, isnt it.” My breath was coming in fast pants. My chest felt tight.

The men stalked toward us. Stefans height or more, huge and robust, they were thugs of massive proportions. The front man, eyes for me alone, ground to a halt ten feet in front of me. His lips quirked in a sardonic smile. “We don’t like humans thinking above their station.” 

Thinking above our station?” I said back automatically. “Well, I dont have to worry about you doing that, huh?”

“If more than one of you challenges, we can step in to defend her,” Jonas drawled. He cracked his neck. 

 “I live here, haus. I know the rules of engagement,” the man retorted.

Thankfully, my guys didn’t mention Jonas’ statement was for me, not them.

 “So whats it going to be?” Jonas leaned in, his eyes flaring with crazy. “Am I invited to the party?”

The lead thugs eyes flicked toward Jonas, an answer on his tongue. When his eyes hit my bodyguard, though, those words mustve dried up, because he shut his mouth with a click. The two guys to the back shifted with darting eyes, a normal persons version of begging to shuffle away quickly.

 “I don’t got a gripe with you, man.” The leader nodded toward me. “I got a gripe with a bitch human prancing around with my kind at her back, like lap dogs.”





Previous Books in the Darkness series:
Into The Darkness-FREE (Book 1)-Amazon ITunes B&N Smashwords
Braving The Elements (Book 2)-Amazon ITunes B&N Smashwords
On A Razor's Edge (Book 3)-Amazon ITunes B&N Smashwords
Demons (Book 4)-Amazon ITunes B&N Smashwords



About K.F. Breene
A wine country native, I moved to San Francisco for college just shy of a decade ago to pursue a lifelong interest in film. As I settled into the vibrant city, it quickly became apparent that, while I thought making and editing films was great fun, I lacked cinematic genius. For that reason, my career path quickly changed direction. My next goal was a strange childhood interest, conjured at the dining room table while filling out a form. For some reason, my young self wanted to be an Accountant. Thinking on it now, I wonder how I had any friends. Regardless, it was the direction I finally took.

While I could wrangle numbers with the best of 'em, and even though I wore the crown as the most outspoken, belligerent accountant in the world, my mind got as stuffy as my daily routine. It was here that I dusted off my creative hat and began writing.








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October 28, 2014

Read-Along: The Perfectionist by Sara Shepard - FINAL WEEK & Giveaway!

Hosted by HarperTeen & Me, My Shelf and I 



Welcome to the last week in the PERFECTIONIST by Sara Shepard read-along!

There is still plenty of time to enter the awesome giveaway below!! Remember to leave a comment with your thoughts!
Week One - Prologue - Chapter 9 
Week Two - Chapters 10 - 18
Week Three - Chapters 19 - 27



ABOUT THE BOOK



In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke...until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.





CHAPTERS 28 - End

We have come to the end!

Honestly, I hoped to have a conclusion, and a killer brought to light, but unfortunately we have to wait for a sequel to find out who is the true killer, and who has it out for the girls.

The last couple of chapters had me at the edge of my seat. The girls are scared, and desperate. And when you're scared and desperate you don't really think clearly, and that is exactly what happens. They feel like they are backed into a corner and decide to take matters into their own hands and prove that Mr. Granger is Nolan's killer. I wanted to bite my nails off while the girls were on their little adventure trying to gather evidence. 

Each girl carries a secret and little by little they are being revealed. The last couple of pages reveals yet another betrayal. I don't know how these girls are still standing. I think I would have broken into pieces by now. 

Overall, The Perfectionist is a great read. I truly enjoyed it and am so happy that I took part in this read-along. If you like reading young adult novels with plenty of mystery and suspense, as well as a little every day life, and a pinch of romance, then definitely pick this up. 





TWITTER CHAT WITH SARA SHEPARD

On the morning of Nov 6th Sara Shepard will be chatting with the read-along hosts and YOU! Stay tuned for an exact time and hashtag, to be released soon!







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  • Winner will be announced on October 31st.
  • Winner has 48 hours to claim prize, or else a new winner will be chosen. 


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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Full Contact by Sidney Halston - AVAILABLE NOW!



Title: Full Contact
Author: Sidney Halston
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
SeriesWorth the Fight #2
Expected Publication: October 28th, 2014 by Loveswept

Sidney Halston returns to steamy Tarpon Springs, Florida, where a hell-raising bad boy prepares to get down and dirty for the woman he loves.

How could she have been so stupid? When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?

Mixed martial arts fighter Slade Martin knows he has a bad reputation. Hell, he's probably earned it. So it won’t be easy to convince beautiful, vulnerable Jessica that she can trust him—that from the moment she walked into his life, she’s been the only one he’s wanted. Powerful and confident, Slade knows he can honor his vow to protect Jessica body and soul. Winning her heart will be another matter . . . but a woman like Jessica is worth the fight.


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       “I’ve wanted to kiss you for months. I kiss you and you taste like Goddamn strawberries! I fuckin’ love strawberries. I want to eat you, do you understand? Your mouth…I want it.”
       “I’ve been waiting hours for that mouth of yours. You look so good, and I’m pretty sure you’re wearing something underneath that dress that’s going to drive me crazy later, so, don’t fuck around with me. I want your mouth.” He demanded. His smile was gone, replaced by heated eyes.
       “I’m going to kiss you now, Jessica. Really kiss you. Do you understand?” She didn’t answer. She didn’t have to. The fact that her tongue involuntarily shot out to moisten her bottom lip was response enough. “Give me your mouth, baby.”
       How was he supposed to get on with his life when he was so completely in love with someone who didn’t feel the same way?  How did one fall out of love? Because, that’s exactly what he needed to do in order to move on with his life.

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USA Today Bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike.
And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote the successful New Adult series, Seeing Red and Seeing Black. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing. Currently on sale is the bestselling contemporary romance, Against the Cage and soon to be released Full Contact, the second of the Worth the Fight series.
Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading…  She’s a reader first and foremost.When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way., she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.


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October 27, 2014

Release Blitz: A Place Beyond by Laura Howard!



Title: A Place Beyond 
Author: Laura Howard 
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #3 
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy 
Expected Publication: October 27th, 2014 

The time has come. Allison's quest to save her mother from Aoife's wicked enchantment will test everything she believes in. Who is trustworthy in the land of the Fair Folk, the Tuatha de Danaan?

It's up to Allison, along with her ragtag host of allies, to unravel the truth. Journey along and discover the power of love and duty as Allison faces the most difficult trial of her life.


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Ethan raised himself up on his elbow and pressed his finger into the space between my eyebrows.

“I wish I could make this go away,” he said softly.

“Don’t tell me I have wrinkles,” I said, my lame attempt at a joke making him crack a little smile.

“No,” he said, dragging his finger lightly down my cheek. “In fact, you couldn’t be more beautiful.”

I just laughed, I didn’t have anything even resembling a witty comeback in me.

“You are,” he continued. “It’s killing me that I can’t take all this pain away from you.”

He ducked his head for a second before meeting my eyes again. “I would do anything to make it easier for you, you know.”

I swallowed and stared at his earnest expression, overcome by his words. “I know you would.”

Ethan ran his hand through my hair. “Good.”

I twisted to face him, tentatively bringing my hands up to his shoulders. “I’m really glad you’re here.”

His lashes lowered, hiding his eyes. I smoothed my fingers up his neck and pulled him to me, kissing him softly.

He returned the kiss and there was something so tender about the way he held my face in his hands. Like I was precious.


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About Laura


Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.


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