July 31, 2014

Tour Highlight & Giveaway: Echoes of Memories by Samantha LaFantasie!



Title: Echoes of Memories
Author: Samantha LaFantasie
Series: Nepherium Series #2
Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Traitor. Liar. That’s what they call me. No one believes me. Not even my team. I know it’s up to me to get the answers. To stop the corruption and unlock my memories. I’ll do anything to get them back. Even if my hands will be covered in blood.

Elsa's every move is scrutinized. She’s labeled a traitor by those she sought for protection, and kept from her family and team. Regaining memories has been a slow process. Too slow for the Council's liking, taking matters into their own hands.

The new captain has history with Elsa and operates with a hidden agenda. Even Elsa’s team reacts differently toward her. If only she could unlock her memories. Everything is playing right into Alexander's hand, even amassing an army with unconventional methods, designed to annihilate the Nepherium—starting with Noah. Elsa will do anything to stop Alexander ... even kill.



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About Samantha

A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.
Among her writing credentials, a member of the Kansas Writer’s Association and has authored works such as Heart Song (her debut novel) and Made to Forget.
Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.

Want more from Samantha? Keep up with her at any of her digital hangouts.


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August 1st
A Little Slice of Romance 

August 4th
Nocturnal Predators Reviews 

August 5th
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August 6th
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August 7th
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August 8th
MeganLentz.com 

August 11th
The Wonderings of One Person 

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August 13th
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August 14th
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August 15th
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July 29, 2014

Happy Release #OCEANBORN by @AmalieHoward! {Giveaway}

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY OCEANBORN!

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The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.










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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

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July 25, 2014

Review: MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson

MAKE IT COUNT
By Megan Erickson
Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by William Morrow & Company


Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hotline. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend's gorgeous best friend, Alec . . . who just so happens to be her brand-new math tutor. Who knew nerds could be so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends--both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It's safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm's length. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She's adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off-limits. He'd never stab his best friend in the back . . .

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn that messy human emotions can't be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust that he may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.



MINI REVIEW --


I loved this story!

Nerdy boy, girl with a secret that she isn't even aware of, hot steamy sexy scene that will give you butterflies and make you laugh out loud at the same time. Lots and lots of sexual tension... did I mention steamy sexy scene? Uh, yeah. The sexy time was tamed, and not in every chapter -- which was a good thing.

Only issue I had with the story is that the situation both Kat and Alec find themselves in was a little more serious than what the author made it seem. Things worked out for them, but a little too easy if you ask me.

Aside from that this book was AWESOME!



FULL REVIEW ---

MAKE IT COUNT is a hilarious, sweet, and sexy read. It’s been a very long time since I read a NEW ADULT that made me laugh as hard as I did, blush as much as I did, and make my stomach turn all at once. It’s no secret that I am a huge New Adult reader, but lately I’ve been trying to read outside the genre. It’s all contemporary and, to me, there is only so much you can write in this genre before it all just blends together.

I picked up MAKE IT COUNT because the author was doing a live chat with us on Facebook and she happened to share a bit about her book. I was quickly intrigued and immediately bought a kindle copy. I started it that night, and the rest was history. I actually opened the book with the intention of reading only chapter one or two to really get a feel for the authors writing. Well, it did more than just pull me in. I seriously could not put it down. I was up reading until my iPad slapped me in the face because my eyes just couldn’t stay open any longer. The next day I woke up, made my coffee, and finished it. Everything was on hold until I was done reading.

MAKE IT COUNT was a unique read for me. It’s not very often you read about a boy who is a nerd (glasses and all), and a girl who isn’t really popular. I really liked how their relationship begins, and the struggles they go through trying to fight what they feel for one another. Kat is dating Alec’s roommate, who also happens to be his best friend. Falling for each other is a big, BIG, mistake. But this story is more than just a romance. There is a lot more going on than their chemistry and the crazy angst between the two. They also do not spend most of the book sneaking around. Things progress at a great pace. When they finally do get together though, prepare to laugh out loud multiple times. Not only was I laughing so hard, my stomach was fluttering like crazy. I had a smile on my face pretty much from beginning to end of this book.

My only issue was the way things happened in order for them to finally get together. It was predictable and (forgive my bluntness) a stupid excuse. But I guess in the end everything worked out, so can’t really complain much about it.

This was a great story and I hope the second is just as good.





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Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: Facade of Shadows by Rich Chiantaretto!



Title: Facade of Shadows
Author: Rick Chiantaretto
Genre: YA, dark fantasy

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Judas Iscariot (portrayed as the first of the undead), the gods and myths of ancient Egypt, and vampires all play a role in this novel of the clash between good and evil on Earth. In Façade of Shadows, the supernatural beings of Egyptian lore work together with modern-day vampire slayers to wage a pivotal battle against the dark powers of the underworld. A group of young slayers and their immortal Protector, the son of ancient gods, travel through time and space while struggling to save the population of an unsuspecting town—the first target for domination by the vampires—in a conflict that foreshadows the fate of the world. If you enjoy action, humor, tragedy, even romance involving the genre of vampires and their nemeses, this is a riveting read to add to your collection.


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I've often been accused of having done more in my life than the average person my age but if I were completely honest, I'd have to tell you my secret: I'm really 392.

So after all this time, I'm a pretty crappy writer.

I have two books published and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where's the reason to rush?). I've been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen's) papers.

I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.

Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don't figure out who I REALLY am.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.

Façade of Shadows is really close to my heart. This is a re-release—the book was originally published in 2006. I actually wrote the book in high school after I wrote a short story that won first place in my school’s literary magazine. That short story became the prologue to Façade of Shadows.

The summer after graduation I submitted it for publication, and was picked up by a small press. The book had a 4 year run, and it was great to see my name out there as a “published author.” 

I use Façade of Shadows as an example to high school students everywhere, because frankly, if I can do it, so can they. But having the book out of print made it harder to talk about (because if students or teachers wanted to read a copy, they couldn’t get one). I brought it back while I finish up book two of the Crossing Death series, to hold over those who have already finished book one (Death of the Body). As an added bonus it is now available again for when I talk at schools or with teachers.

2. How did you come up with the idea for Façade of Shadows?

Growing up I was a huge “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan. Vampires, and what they could represent in literature (an immortal, sexy, powerful, predatory, strong version of ourselves) really resonated with me. I was also big into Egyptian legend at the time, and saw a way for the stories in Egyptain mythology to line up with some vampire folklore. Combining the two was something that had never been done (although there were rumors about Isis and Osiris being vampires and drinking blood). After my short story won first place in my high school competition, I decided it must be something people would enjoy, so I started plotting the book.

3. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?

Not in the least! In fact, this is something that I probably get some flack for from my readers. I made a joke on my Facebook page a while ago that the more and more I write, I think my readers will begin to be surprised not by who dies, but by who lives.

It’s kind of a personal goal of mine to have people talking about why “so-and-so lived,” to have them read into what their LIFE means in juxtaposition to everyone else’s death, ha.

I think that started because someone once told me I couldn’t kill off a main character (especially not THE main character). In Death of the Body, I do this in the first six chapters (read the book synopsis, this isn’t giving anything away). In Façade of Shadows, I’ve already got quite a few messages about how horrible it was when I killed off certain characters.

But I also think that death doesn’t often mean much in my novels. I think all of them have heavy afterlife tones that can sort of soften the blow.

4. Do you have a book in your house that's just destroyed because you've read it so much?

The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith. I’ve owned 5 copies of that book (my poor mom had to buy me one almost every year when I was a teenager). Even the copy I have now is beat up, but still holding together. The good news is that since Vampire Diaries was successful, The Forbidden Game is now on Kindle. As much as I love having physical copies of books, you can’t really wear out an electronic copy!

5. Who designed your cover?

The original Façade of Shadows cover was designed by the publishing house that published the first edition. We went back and forth on it a bit, and while I was happy with the final outcome, I really didn’t have any creative control over the process (The original was RED, so at least I got a say on the color). 

Eden Crane (PLUG for EDEN! http://www.edencranedesigns.com/) has done all of my covers to date, and I hope she will continue to do so going forward. I love her work, and though she’ll probably tell you I’m not the easiest person to work with, she has been wonderful!

6. Can you share a teaser of Façade of Shadows with our readers?

This is the legend that is central to Façade of Shadows. 




This is or That 

Cat or Dog?
I love all animals, but if I had to pick: Dog.

Ice cream or Sorbet?
Ice cream!

Heels or flats?
I think if my husband caught me in heels he’d divorce me.

Knives or sword?
Knives! I want to be close if I ever have to stab someone, so close that I can watch the light go out in their eyes. ;)

Coffee or Tea?
COFFEE

Iced coffee or hot coffee?
I think I heard coffee in there. So that one.

Snow or rain?
Rain. I hate snow.

Movies at home or Movie Theater?
Home… on a big TV… with surround sound.

Soda or Juice?
Juice

Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook. I’m long winded.

Actual book or eReader?
Actual book.

Actual book or Audiobook?
Actual book.

Spring or Summer?
Spring.

Fall or winter?
Fall. Fall is my favorite. It’s the time when things die.

Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves?
I hate the cold, but the temp is perfect if I have to wear long sleeves to be comfortable.

Young Adult or New Adult?
Both! 

Vampires or Werewolves?
Vampires. Werewolves are smelly.

Ghost or Zombies?
Ghosts. Zombies are smelly.

Action movies or Chick flicks?
Action movies. Never been a fan of romance.

Horror movies or Mystery movies?
HORROR!

Mountain views or Ocean views?
Ocean view on a mountain?


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Cover Reveal: Something Forever by M. Clarke (A.K.A Mary Ting) & Giveaway!



Something Forever by M. Clarke (Mary Ting)
Available August 25th, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
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A heated moment.
Desperate decision.
Life altering choices.

Max and Jenna are forced to test their relationship. Will they be able to embrace the challenges life throws their way?

Secrets can ruin the foundation of a relationship. Will Matthew choose to withhold vital information from Becky that could consume her with doubt about their future?

When it comes to love, Something Great can turn into Something Wonderful, but can it be Something Forever?






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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.



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July 23, 2014

Review: Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures

Anthology Title: Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures
Editor: Bascomb James; Featuring an open letter to SF by Elizabeth Bear
Published: April 29, 2014
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Paperback: 290 pgs

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Modern space adventures crafted by a new generation of Grand Tradition science fiction writers. Smart, readable, and engaging stories that take us back to a time when science fiction was fun and informative, pithy and piquant—when speculative fiction transported us from the everyday grind and left us wondrously satisfied. Showcasing the breadth of Grand Tradition stories, from 1940s-style pulp to realistic hard SF, from noir and horror SF to spaceships, alien uplift, and action-adventure motifs, Far Orbit’s diversity of Grand Tradition stories makes it easy for every SF fan to find a favorite.

Put aside all of your preconceived notions of what "sci-fi" is -- whether you think you love it or hate, it doesn't matter -- pick up this book and get to reading!

I have not enjoyed a sci-fi read this much in a really long time. Far Orbit takes the dreary, normally battle-filled genre and turns it completely on its head. With stories that are fun, hilarious and unexpected, there was a new adventure at every turn. I also loved the tidbits of history that preceded each chapter. It's always easy to forget how a genre has changed over the course of the years.

I have two favorite aspects of this anthology:
1) The fact that there was so much diversity. Not just by race and gender (which was so refreshing), but by the characters' backgrounds as well -- there were stories about entrepreneurs, ones about martians, ones about pirates (yes, pirates in space) -- I mean, there is never a lack of excitement when no two settings are alike.

2) The characters were believable and fleshed out -- even in such short stories -- not an easy feat, I can assure you! Each character could have had their very own spinoff and you would've wanted to read each one. It amazed me how these authors were able to cram so many wonderful character flaws and traits into so little time. Loved them all!

Stories in this Anthology (my favorites are starred, although they're all good!):

Open for Business by Sam S. Kepfield
Three men decide to make a millions of dollars by mining a space asteroid...but first, they have to bring it to Earth.

Composition in Death Minor by K. G. Jewell 
Sophie, a cellist and assassin who sees the world through music. We follow her as she attempts to assassinate someone on one of Jupiter’s moons. 

* Spaceman Barbecue by Peter Wood
Commander Matt Brannigan gets trapped in an alternate reality when his ship crashes behind Hank’s trailer. Hank, who has been depressed since the death of his father, finds a way to save the day for both himself and Commander Brannigan.

* Obsidianite by Kat Otis 
Janessa is a freelance trader who is forced to choose between saving herself or saving the pregnant girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend on an erupting volcano. 

Starship Down by Tracy Canfield
Okalani Yee is a xenobiologist running a med-station on a planet inhabited by alien bunnies. 

Backscatter by Gregory Benford 
Claire learns that life might emerge under the most unlikely conditions.

* A Game of Hold’em by Wendy Sparrow
Matt, a businessman, is forced to play a game of poker with a potential partner (who also happens to be extremely dangerous). His opponent, a slave owner, rigs the game with a female slave as the dealer. Will Matt intentionally lose the game to earn more business; or will he turn the tables on his enemy?

From a Stone by Eric Choi 
A group of scientists exploring an asteroid find more than they bargained for. 

Charnelhouse by Jonathan Shipley
Doctor Charnelhouse and his wife, Beth, visit an alien planet along to search an alien burial ground when the unexpected occurs. 

* Bear Essentials by Julie Frost
Captain Russ accepts a job transporting a live bear from one planet to another. At least...that's what he thinks...turns out the job is not as simple as he thought. 

* The Vringla/Racket Incident by Jakob Drud 
Emails sent back and forth between Johanna Wilborough and a babysitting service that employs aliens.

* A Trip to Lagasy by Barbara Davies
Kira Walsh is searching for a unique orchid when she encounters her nemesis (and ex), Jules Steger. Walsh had found out 5 years earlier that Steger was a fraud, taking credit for the work of others. 

Saturn Slingshot by David Wesley Hill 
Space pirates attack a space ship traveling through Saturn's rings.  




July 22, 2014

Review: Demon's by K.F. Breene

Demons (Darkness, #4)
Title: Demons
Author: K.F. Breene
Series: Darkness #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication: July 21, 2014


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It’s been a long road, but Sasha has finally claimed her role as the least knowledge mage in history. She’s also acquired a new, incredibly grumpy bodyguard, and a spunky new BFF. With her team by her side, she learns the ropes of this new profession.
Her experience level is about to be fast-tracked, however.On a routine trip to check out a perimeter breach, she encounters a hideous demon called by an experienced magic worker. It is this terrifying discovery that unlocks a deeper problem: Stefan’s troubled past and the reason he gravely mistrusts the Mata.
While Sasha struggles to fight the physical demons, Stefan struggles to fight the demons of his past. If he fails, his future in Sasha will be lost.

If you've been following this story, then you know by now that Sasha is a badass, a slightly insecure badass, but badass, none the less. You also know that Stefan is fierce, Charles is....something else, but we love him, and Jonas is just plain scary. Toa is still weird, and Dominicous is, well, Dominicous. We also get introduced to some new characters in Demons, characters that Sasha feels a kinship with.

I loved Demons. I know I said before that On a Razor's Edge was my favorite, well I liked Demons better. We get to see a different side to key characters here. Stefan, our fierce leader and scary badass, shows a bit of vulnerability. I have to say, I was a bit shocked, at first, but honestly, it made me love him even more. It shows him in a completely different light. I just love that guy, and I love the way he loves Sasha. I know that Charles is generally the comedy relief, but Jonas does a really great job of that himself in this installment. He's still scary. He's gruff, mean, grumpy, and just downright hateful, but he is completely on Sasha's side. I found it so refreshing....and absolutely hilarious when he relaxed a little bit. Toa also shows a different side of himself. He isn't nearly so self contained as he'd like everyone to believe.

Without giving away too much of the story, lets just say that Sasha has some nasty demons to take care of here. Stefan is struggling so hard with his past, that he seems to lose focus when he needs it most. We still get some Mata action, even with Stefan's distrust. Sasha is trying her hardest to fit into the role of being a leader, and Dominicous and Stefan are both trying not to step on the others toes. Dominicous also throws some pretty hefty news Sasha's way.

I feel like I'm just rambling on and on here. The point is that I loved Demons. I can't wait for the next book, and the next after that. I will happily devour anything Ms. Breene throws my way. Please tell me you've kept up with the Darkness series! Gah! It's fantastic, I don't know how many times I can say that before people will believe me. And this installment is fabulous!

Other books in the Darkness series:
Into the Darkness (FREE): Amazon B&N Goodreads
Braving the Elements: Amazon B&N Goodreads
On a Razor's Edge: Amazon B&N Goodreads

Here is a bit of fantasy, and something new:
Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles #1): Amazon Goodreads


July 21, 2014

GCReading has reached 10,000 Likes on FB! {Giveaway Time}

Ah! We reached 10,000 likes on Facebook!

We cannot thank you all enough for all the support!

To celebrate, we have teamed up with a group of awesome authors & bloggers and are giving away a bookshelf, some books (in all genres) to fill your shelf, and a $25 gift card to our international readers!

Yes, we said bookshelf! 

This one to be precise. :)


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