Tour and Excerpt: Dead Over Heels

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dead over heelsTitle: Dead Over Heels
Author: Alison Kemper
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Synopsis:

The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning…

Glenview, North Carolina. Also known―at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg―as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.

At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone―or something―rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…

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I practically collapse to the forest floor and pull my knees to my chest, searching for warmth. Cole starts piling leaves on top of me. It takes only seconds to realize the leaves are dry and block the wind.

“I’m sorry,” I chatter through rattling teeth. “I shouldn’t have rushed up the bank like that.”

“Just concentrate on staying under these leaves.” Cole is all business. “Take off your clothes so I can wring out the water.”

I can’t even summon the energy to tease Cole about getting me naked.

He hurries to collect armloads of leaves, piling them high around me. I don’t complain about the dirt and grit, or that I’ll have pieces of leaf stuck to me for the next three days. And even more surprisingly, I don’t worry about what sorts of bugs might be lurking in the leaves. Right now, the only thing that matters is getting warm.

Struggling out of my pants and tee, I shiver, half naked in my bra and underwear, and try desperately to breathe around the enormous lump forming in my throat.

I can’t believe I fell in the water. I’m such an idiot. What did Cole say? A talent for screwing things up.

Sudden tears spill down my cheeks, warm against my chilled skin. All the fear and frustration of the last twenty-four hours threatens to boil over. “I’m a c-complete liability,” I sputter, wiping the tears before sees them. “You should have left me at my house. You should leave me now. I’m only slowing you down.”

“I ain’t leaving you, so shut up.” Cole has successfully buried me in leaves to my neck.

I shove my bundle of muddy clothes through the pile. “You’ll get to Glenview faster on your own. Send some of those soldiers back for me.”

For a full ten seconds, I think he’s going to agree. Take me up on my offer and dash into the woods, never to be seen again. There’s nothing to keep him here—he doesn’t know me, doesn’t owe me anything.

Cole opens his mouth, clamps it shut again, and gives his head a quick, terse shake. I understand without words. He’d like nothing more than to be rid of me, but he’s not that type of person. He’ll see this through. It’s got nothing to do with me, and everything to do with his personal code of honor or some crap like that.

An explosion of shudders racks my body. “I w-wish we had a fire,” I stammer, fighting back more tears.

“If only we had some matches.” It’s the same line I used yesterday, but there’s no sarcasm today. Only panic.

His alarm cuts through my pity party. Should I be worried? Is hypothermia a real possibility?

He wrings out my yoga pants, twisting them into a giant cord, then moves to drape them over a branch.

“No, just give them back,” I sputter through my chattering teeth. “I’ll wear the wet clothes while we walk. We can’t linger. We’ll lose our lead.”

He thrusts a hand through his dark hair. “I know, I know. But I reckon it’s twenty-five degrees out here. Less with the wind chill. You can’t walk around in wet clothes.”

“I have to.”

I wriggle into my pants, trying to stay covered as I move. I slide socks and shoes on my iced feet. Still no feeling in my toes. Fear bubbles up again. Can I walk on frozen feet? Am I going to lose my toes?

Pull yourself together, Ava.

I wipe tears away with a gritty hand, hoping Cole will think river water is dripping from my hair to my face.

Cole tosses my jacket on the leaf pile and starts wringing out my tee.

To our left, behind the pines, a branch snaps with loud clarity. My head swivels toward it.

“Probably a squirrel,” Cole says, but his voice stays low.

“It sounded heavier. Maybe a deer?” I try to ignore the spike in my heart rate.

“Squirrels make more noise than deer. Deer are quiet.” He keeps his eyes fixed on the pines.

Another branch snaps, closer this time. And in the opposite direction—between us and the river.

I gesture frantically for my shirt. If something’s going down, I don’t want to face it undressed. “Hurry.”

“Shhh.” Cole turns to the woods behind me.

At that instant, noise everywhere. Breaking branches. Voices. Footsteps.

I burst from the leaf pile, scrambling for my shoes, my jacket—no longer caring if I have to run half naked all the way to Glenview.

That’s when we hear it. “Rawr.”

Another voice joins in. Closer. Upriver. “Rawwr.”

A chorus, echoing all around us. “Rawrrrrr.”

My eyes scan the pines, searching. My ears are filled with groans. There’s nowhere to run.

“No, no, no,” I moan, moving close to Cole.

Pine trees rustle and shift. The infected appear in every direction—ringing us in, surrounding us completely.

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Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent most of her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. Now that she’s grown up, she lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes.

Her debut novel, Donna of the Dead, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and followed by two companion books in the series. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tour And Review: The Edge Of You

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EdgeOfYouTitle: The Edge of You
Author: Theresa DaLayne
Publication Date: September 25, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: New Adult, Romance
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Synopsis:

He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.

Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.

Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.

But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?

In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.

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I really enjoyed this book. The story development was really well done.

Jake is determined to go to school, work, and get money to take care of his mother. He’s sensitive, sweet and loyal, and I absolutely loved him.

Maya and her family are recovering from a family tragedy that she feels guilt over. It took me a little longer to take to her, as she just sounded like one of those spoiled kids, just thinking like, I’m missing out on all these parties and hanging out with my Cali friends, blah blah blah. But as the book went on, I started to like her character. She cared for her family and worried over them as they all tried to get over the past. Then again, she was also selfish at times, but overall, a good character.

Something that I really liked about this book was that there was a connection at the beginning between Jake and Maya, but then the author allowed them to go their separate ways for a while. We get to see what their every day lives are like for a while prior to being a couple. I really liked this, because there was no instant obsession or a quick hop into a steamy romance. It was sweet, it was gradual, and it was perfect.

This book was very satisfying and it’s great if you want to take a break from all the fast paced action, dystopian, or even steamier romance novels. Well written, and well executed, I really enjoyed this one.

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.61/5

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About the Author:Theresa

Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Book Blitz: Let Me In

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Welcome to the Let Me In Book Blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

LetMeIn AmazonGRSWTitle: Let Me In [Blurred Lines #3]
Author: Erin McCarthy
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: September 25th 2014
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A girl in danger…

Aubrey Walsh never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship, but after her boyfriend hits her so hard he breaks her tooth, she flees the University of Maine to hide on a remote island with her best friend. Only to discover that she is pregnant. Terrified of what will happen if Jared finds out, she is walking along the rocks, deciding her future, when she slips.

A guy with a secret past…

After a job gone wrong, Riker has left the assassin business and is incognito as a ferryboat operator off the shores of Maine. It’s a lonely life, and when he sees a young woman almost fall off the rocks, he doesn’t hesitate to save her and take her in, though he’s determined to stay unemotionally uninvolved. But when the truth about her situation is revealed, he will do anything to protect Aubrey and her unborn child.

Even marry her. Even kill for her.

When Jared comes looking for the only girl who has ever rejected him, Riker won’t allow it. And Aubrey is torn between protecting herself and her child, or protecting the mysterious husband she has come to love.

And when chance brings them together but fate tears them apart, can their love survive the storm?

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“What’s wrong?” Cat asked me, turning towards me as I came into the living room.

“Nothing,” I lied, putting my hand in my pocket so the stick wouldn’t slide down out of my sleeve, where I had tucked it.  “I’m going for a walk.”

So I could cry and rage in private.

But she didn’t believe me.  She knew me too well.

“Aub, come on.  You can tell me.  Did you hear from Jared?”

I heard from Jared all the time.  I had changed my number, but then he’d found me on social media.  I’d blocked him, then he’d emailed me.  No matter what I did, he found a way to track me down.  A way to alternate between coaxing and cajoling me with pleas for me to come home, vows of love, and scathing condemnations on my character.  How a man could claim he loved me and turn around and call me a dick-sucking whore was something I would never understand.  Then again, how could a man who loved me knock out my teeth and leave me bleeding on the floor?

But this anxiety wasn’t about a communication from Jared.

It was about what I’d been suspecting but was determined to ignore.

“I haven’t heard from Jared today.  I just want to take a walk.  Am I allowed to do that?”  I sounded bitchy and I knew it, but I needed to get away, to escape.

Living with Cat and her boyfriend, Heath, for the last month had allowed me time to think, feel, heal.  I was grateful to both of them for taking me in when I hadn’t been able to face my family with the shame of what had been done to me, what I had become.  I owed Cat everything for hiding me, helping me to feel safe, not pressuring me to make decisions, and listening to me when I needed to talk.

I wasn’t ready to share this yet though.  I wasn’t even ready to admit it.

Her look was one of sympathy, which made me feel worse. I was the girl everyone felt sorry for.  That was the identity Jared had created for me.

“Of course you can do that.  I just don’t want you to keep everything bottled up.  You can tell me anything.”

“You just don’t want me to throw myself off a cliff,” I said dryly, leaning over the back of the couch and giving her a hug from behind.  “For which I thank you.  No worries.  I’m not suicidal.”

I wasn’t.  The opposite in fact.  Staring into Jared’s eyes, seeing his rage, had made me realize just exactly how much I wanted to live.

Even now, even with this, I wanted to survive more than anything.  I wanted to reclaim my life, find me again.  Or at least a new version of me.

She leaned forward and glanced up at me over her shoulder.  “I still can’t get over your hair.”  She touched the ends of loose, auburn strands.  “It’s so different now that you dyed it.”

I was a natural blonde, but that didn’t feel right anymore.  There was nothing carefree and beachy about the way I moved, always glancing over my shoulder, keeping my mouth closed as much as possible, self-conscious of the two missing teeth on the back right side.  Dark auburn suited me better.  It was moody, mysterious.  It made my skin seem pale, and that was how I felt.  Pale.  Fragile.

“Redheads are feisty,” I said.  “I’m trying to find my inner feisty.”

“You’ve always been feisty.  And the master of sarcasm.”

Not anymore.  Cat had been living on an island off the coast of Maine for the last eighteen months.  She’d never seen me with Jared.  I was glad.  The less witnesses to my humiliation the better, and maybe with her seeing me as I had been, I would become me again.

“I think the feisty got knocked out of me.  Literally.”

“Don’t joke about it.”  Her dark eyes searched mine.  “I don’t think that’s healthy.”

Nothing about it was healthy.  But I was trying my best to cope.  And when she looked at me like that…that’s when I needed to escape.

“I’ll be back in an hour tops.  Don’t send Heath out looking for me again.  I promise I’ll be fine.”

That was why I’d come to Cat in Vinalhaven—it was remote, isolated.  Everyone knew everyone, and the only way on the island was by ferry.  If, for some insane reason, Jared tried to track me down, I would know immediately that he was there.  It made me feel safe, protected.  Walking helped clear my head.

The porch door slammed behind me, and I put the hood of my sweatshirt up.  It was only September, but I was always cold.  I used to think I would go to grad school down South.  Now, the future was a great gaping hole filled with fear.

And a baby.

I fingered the stick stuck up my sleeve and tried to process the truth.  I was pregnant.  With Jared’s baby.  Tears filled my eyes as I walked down the gravel drive towards the shoreline, my feet moving faster, my head hunched down.  Heading in the direction of the least possibility of seeing any other humans, I cursed when I realized almost immediately that the guy who lived in a crumbling farmhouse was out in his yard.  Chopping wood with his shirt off.  He was in his mid-twenties and I’d seen him twice before.  He never smiled, he never waved, he never spoke to me, and he was muscular, ominous.  There was no joy on his face, only a kind of silent disdain as he watched me walk by.  He was the kind of man who could corner me, beat me, rape me, kill me.

Five years ago, I would have seen his sweaty shoulders, watched the ripple of muscles in his back, and I would have flirted with him, smiled, flipped my hair.  He might have flirted back and we might have gone into his farmhouse and fucked just because it felt good.  Now, the thought of him touching me made me flinch in fear, and I rushed past him, glancing up only to track his movements, make sure he wasn’t following me.

Cat had said that his name was Riker and he was harmless.  That he’d come back from being in the military and he had PTSD, so he kept to himself.  Riker was sweet, she’d insisted.  He had always been a good guy.

Whatever.  What he was then didn’t make him that now, and I was afraid of the intensity of his stare.

He was doing it now.  His ax paused as he eyed me.  Then his gaze shifted back to the log and the sun hit the blade as it came down with a violent whack.  I winced.  The wood split in two directions and tumbled to the ground.

Suddenly, it was too much—the realization that a guy forty feet away could frighten me, that I was pregnant, that I had let myself get in this situation by wanting so desperately to be important to Jared in the beginning that I had ignored all the warning signs.  I started to run, wondering how I was going to support myself and a child, afraid that if Jared ever found out, he would take my baby away from me.  Knowing that, at some point, I had to face my family.

I ran, pumping my arms hard, the hood falling back off my head, my lungs straining.  When I reached the edge of the island by the rocks, I came to a crashing halt, sobbing in frustration.  Yanking the pregnancy test out of my sleeve, I stared at the pink line showing my new reality.

“It’s not fair,” I whispered.

I’d always wanted to be a mom.  But not like this.  Not with that man.

“No,” I said, louder this time.  “No.  This isn’t fair!”  Then I pulled my arm back and hurled the test stick as hard as I possibly could.

I was panting, my vision blurry from tears as I watched it sail through the air and drop down onto the rocks.  Leaning forward to see where it landed, I slipped on the wet turf.

Suddenly, I was falling and screaming and trying to grab on to anything.  Pain  shot through my hip, but clipping the rock helped slow my fall and I landed on my chest, my legs dangling, my grip tenuous, but no longer free falling.  The air whooshed out of my lungs and I clawed at the slippery rock with my feet, trying to find a ledge to haul myself up.  But my shoes slid around uselessly and I paused, panting, arms straining.  I was wasting too much energy and I needed to think.

Looking up, I opened my mouth to scream for help.

What I saw almost made me lose my hold entirely.

A man’s face stared down at me with dark, intense eyes.

Riker.

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About the Author:Erin

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written almost fifty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for New Orleans, tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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Cover Reveal: Cross Me off Your List‏

Welcome to the cover reveal for Cross Me Off Your List (Saturn Series #2) by Nikki Godwin. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

cross me of your listTitle: Cross Me Off Your List [Saturn Series #2]
Author: Nikki Godwin
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Spring break in Los Angeles with her BFFs has been Marisol’s driving force to get through senior year. But when a falling out dents her plans, Marisol tucks the broken friendship into her back pocket with her cell phone and spring break bucket list.

Surf city Crescent Cove isn’t exactly LA, but once she meets a tattooed brunette named Noah in the hotel elevator, Marisol really doesn’t mind crossing off the items on her list without her friends – especially after Noah offers to help. Unaware that Noah fits the criteria for item #3 (meet a celebrity), Marisol is instantly thrown into the world of paparazzi, wild nights, and a spring break she’ll never forget.

While her friends are making memories in LA, Marisol is making tabloid headlines. But after slipping a Spaceships Around Saturn secret to the media, Marisol has to fight hard to survive her fifteen minutes of fame and get back on Noah’s good side before he crosses her off of his list for good.

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Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. She adores pro surfer John John Florence and has made it her life goal to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan.

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Tour and Interview: Raven

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Welcome to the Raven Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

RavenTitle: Raven [The Legends Saga #2]
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publication Date: May 26, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
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An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

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I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Stacey Rourke! Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series and is now back, and here, to talk about her new series, The Legends Saga!

Hey, Stacey Rourke! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thank you so much for having me here!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Gladly! I live in Michigan with my husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. I love to travel, have an unhealthy shoe addiction, and consider myself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in my head.

What inspired the story for The Legends Saga? Did you know you were going to write an entire series from the get-go?

My love of the classics inspired me! I have been obsessed with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow since childhood. The teenage years brought on my appreciation of Poe. Retellings are quite the craze right now and it was my honor to put a fresh spin on the amazing works of Irving, Poe, and the mystery author(s) that will appear in the final book. I’m also hoping that after reading my books people that may not be familiar with the classics may want to check them out! As to the series element, when I started Crane I contemplated making it a standalone, but I enjoyed it so much it demanded to be part of a series. Who was I to argue?

Depending on the author, sequels are either harder or easier to write than the first book. How was writing Raven for you? And how was writing this book similar or different from writing Crane?

It was completely different and proved quite a challenge. For Raven I had to submerge myself in all things Poe; his life, his works, his madness. Needless to say it was a ghoulish—and incredibly twisted—endeavor. Be that as it may, I enjoyed the entire process and am very proud of the end result—even if it is darker than any of my other books!

What was the publishing process like for this series? Any advice for aspiring writers and others who are trying to get their work published?

I publish all my works through Anchor Group Publishing, a small press. The crew there handles cover creation, editing, and formatting and ensure each of my book babies put their best foot forward. For aspiring authors I stress the importance of all those elements! Ask yourself, if I found this book on a shelf would I pick it up? If the answer is no, make the needed changes. You need to grab readers from the first time they gaze at that cover and engage them with a quality blurb.

When new ideas strike in the middle of a WIP, how do you deal with it?

Sometimes as I’m writing, the story will veer off in a direction that surprises even me. I love those moments, because that’s when my characters seem the most “alive” to me! As long as it works with the plot, I roll with it!

For all the readers out there, could you name the top three books you think everyone should take a chance on?

Crane and Raven- of course! LOL!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion –I loved the movie, the book was even better. A zombie in love. How can you go wrong with that?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn-this book blew my mind. I could NOT put it down!

Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in your free time? Any odd hobbies?

Odd hobbies? Is stalking pretty shoes on the Internet and ogling them in stores considered odd? Because I do both of those things—a lot.

 

My final question: What is your favourite word?

Persevere; it’s the only way to succeed in life.

 

Thank you so much, Stacey Rourke, for taking the time to answer our questions! Extremely excited to read Raven!

Thank you so much for having me! I hope you enjoy Raven!

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About the Author:Stacey

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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Tour & Review: The Neumarian Chronicles

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EscapementTitle: Escapement [The Neumarian Chronicles #1]
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

Title: Pendulum [The Neumarian Chronicles #2]Pendulum
Author: Ciara Knight
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Haunting memories.
Terrifying dreams.
Crippling lies.

Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our crumbling future.

BalanceTitle: Balance [The Neumarian Chronicles #3]
Author: Ciara Knight
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Life on a war-ravaged Earth is a dying experience. Finally, after years of tyranny, the rebellion rises. Once I rescue my fiancé Ryder Arteres, I, and the rebel general, will fight to free our people. In a war where alliances shift and friends betray one another, will the final battle prove the truth of the prophecy the queen has so feared—her death—or will I lose everyone I love?

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Review:

 I really enjoyed this book. The characters were awesome and the world building was amazing!

The Neumarians are enslaved and outcast by the Kantians. They’re seen as parasites, as things to sacrifice. However, when the Kantian princess, Semara, crosses the line between these people, she’s sent away to be fixed and prepped for being a “true” princess, and a future queen by her own mother. Just as she thinks it’s all over, she’s saved by Ryder, a cold hero, helping only because his sister, Raeth, asked it of him. The perplexing thing? Semara had left Raeth to her death years ago, so why was she trying to save her now?

The characters in this novel were awesome. I loved the friendship between Semara and Raeth, and the fact that both girls were amazingly strong, in body and mind, but in their own distinct ways. They were realistic and I honestly loved seeing two very strong female characters. That being said, I am kind of in love with Ryder. The character development throughout this novel is well done, allowing you to see the little changes in each character as they grew. I really felt this with Ryder. Where he started off cold and disconnected, he became caring, and even in love with Semara as the novel went on, and it was done just right that it didn’t seem cliche anymore.

The world of The Neumarian Chronicles is amazingly vivid. The descriptions are extremely detailed and I love that reading this book made it feel like the rest of the world was falling away and a new one was taking its place.

Escapement was absolutely riveting and spellbinding. Although it took a while for me to get started with this book, I definitely loved it. The story is unique, the characters relatable and interesting, and I actually couldn’t put it down after the first chapter. It was not very good for productiveness, but I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read it!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.97/5

About the Author:Ciara

Ciara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her young adult speculative fiction books. Her most recent Amazon best-seller, Escapement, book I of The Neuamrian Chronicles, released to acclaimed reviews securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from InD’Tale Magazine.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

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Author Interview: Kate Scott

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2014 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads!

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Kate Scott! Kate Scott debuted in February with her stand alone, young adult novel Counting to D and she is here today to talk to us about it!

Hey, Kate Scott! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

I’m excited to be here!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I tend to keep myself very busy and always have a million things going on in my life. I’ve always loved making up stories, so even though publishing is new to me, writing isn’t. In addition to being an author, I’m also an engineer, and a mentor to at-risk-youth. Basically, I enjoy adventure in real life, and when real life gets dull, I make up fiction.

As a debut author, you must to extremely excited (and nervous) about getting your work out there. What/Who inspired you to start writing?

That’s a tough question to answer, because making up stories is something I’ve always loved. My uncle was a professional artist who passed away a few years ago. Even though we create in very different mediums, he was probably one of my biggest inspirations. He proved to me that creative people can actually make a career out of creating things.

18518158How has your life contributed to Counting to D? Why did you believe that this story had to be told?

Sam, the main character in Counting to D, is dyslexic. I am also dyslexic, and it is definitely not an accident that my first novel has a dyslexic main character. I’ve always felt that dyslexia isn’t accurately depicted in fiction and wanted to share an honest account of the teenage dyslexic experience. That being said, this book is still very much fiction. It’s just fiction with a personal touch.

What is your writing process like? What was the hardest part about writing Counting to D?

I’m definitely a pantser. I’ve tried outlining, but it just doesn’t work for me. When I’m drafting, I tend to write very fast, which is fabulous, but then I need to spend A LOT of time revising. Making sure all the various scenes that pop into my head actually fit together into something resembling a plot is probably the hardest thing for me. Well, that and spelling. I’m a very bad speller. But that’s what copy editors are for.

What was the publishing process like for you? What is your advice for others who are trying to get their stories out there?

I had a well-respected literary agent for about two years before I opted to pursue indie-publishing. Figuring out how to get books in brick-and-mortar stores without a traditional publisher is a challenge, but I’m still very glad I opted to go the indie route. The publishing world is changing a lot, and authors have the option to gain a lot more artistic freedom as a result.

So I guess my advice for pre-published authors, is don’t be afraid to dream big and imagine your own publication path. It doesn’t have to be the same dream as you had a decade ago, because the publishing landscape today is very different than it was even a year ago.

What are three songs that describe Counting to D?

I Wanna Be Like Me by Sara Bareilles

Tell Me a Story by Phillip Phillips

Underdog by Imagine Dragons

What are three books you believe everyone should take a chance on?

Counting to D, The Evolution of Emily, and … Just kidding. The problem with this question is that the world has way more than three fabulous books!

I’m going to say My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, and Wintergirls by Laurie Halts Anderson. Those are three of my favorite books, although they are only three books on a very long list.

Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in7276965 your spare time? Any unusual hobbies?

I love camping and hiking, although that isn’t very unusual. I’m also a big fan of video games, and jigsaw puzzles. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my friends and family.

Oh, my husband collects rusty metal. That is definitely unusual! I don’t want to fully claim this hobby for myself, because it’s way too easy to make fun of, but I do own a century old steam powered tractor. So yeah, maybe I’m a bit more eccentric than I like to pretend.

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

Life. Because the only value words have is their meaning and life is my favorite thing.

Thank you so much, Kate Scott, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release, and we hope to see more from you soon!

You won’t have to wait too long. My sophomore novel, The Evolution of Emily, is coming out this November.

Thanks again for having me here today; it was a lot of fun.

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To commemorate Kate Scott’s debut and success, we’re also hosting a giveaway!

Open internationally. We’re giving away 1 ebook of Counting to D by Kate Scott!

Contest ends September 30, 2014 at midnight EST!

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Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Emily

We’re super excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Kate Scott’s newest novel The Evolution of Emily!

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Title: The Evolution of Emily
Author: Kate Scott
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Cover by Vinnie Kinsella
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Synopsis:

Emily Charles knows how to run away. Away from her overprotective, agoraphobic mother. Away from her biology-obsessed, autistic sister. Away from her quiet sheltered claustrophobic homeschooled life. When Emily’s escape plan involves starting her junior year at Kennedy High School, she realizes she’s no longer running away. Now she’s running towards. Towards her quiet thoughtful cross-country teammate, August. Towards her zany enthusiastic lab partner, Miles. Towards friendship, love, independence, and life.

Thanks to her sister’s special interest in biology, Emily knows all about the birds and the bees. Boys are a lot more confusing!

Readers who enjoyed Counting to D will enjoy Scott’s second title, also set at Kennedy High School.

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Kate Scott lives in the suburbs outside Portland, Oregon with her husband Warren. Kate was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child but somehow managed to fall in love with stories anyway. COUNTING TO D is her first novel. When Kate isn’t writing, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, camping, and spending time with her friends and family. Kate also spends a lot of time doing math and sciency things and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Book Blitz: The Reason I Stay

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Welcome to The Reason I Stay Book Blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

ReasonIStayTitle: The Reason I Stay
Author: Patty Maximini
Publication Date: September 10. 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.

Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.

Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

My name is Mathew Rogers and those are the values I built my adult life around. They are also the reason I had to forsake everything I loved in Seattle and embark on a solitary road trip across the country, with no direction other than searching for the next small town, the next girl, and the closest liquor store. 

Boredom, frustration and a series of unfortunate decisions led me to the rickety-ass town of Jolene, Alabama—a town I wanted to leave behind from the moment I passed the welcome sign. But it was there where I met her. The girl who made me question everything I’ve always believed in, and the only one who has ever had the power to break my heart. 

Her name is Lexie. 

She’s beautiful, and I’m pretty sure she hates me.

And for once in my life, I give enough of a damn that I keep finding a reason to stay.

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Tanie laughs, and raises a brow. “He’s hot.”

“That he is,” I reply.

Jill yells, “Water break,” behind us.

The two girls abandon the ball and run breathless toward us, Matthew trailing behind.

“You, too, Matthew.” She waves him over and, to my absolutely horror, adds, “These gals thought you might be hot. Actually, they both said you were, and by the looks of the sweat in your hair, I think a little water break’ll be good for you.”

“Is that right?” He quirks his lips as he strides casually toward Jill.

His gaze travels from Jill to me to Tanie, and then back to me, where it lingers. I’m at the same time humiliated and dying to roll on my back and laugh until my stomach hurts, but all I can do is stare at him. His eyes are wide and filled with mirth. He stops right in front of me.

“You all think right. I’m really hot.”

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About the Author:Patty

Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.

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Day 30: A Book You Read In The Past 30 Weeks That You Think Everyone Should Read

I’m going to list three books that I’ve read this year that I think everyone should take a look at.

1) Podium Finish by Beth Pond

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With six months until the Olympic Games, seventeen-year-old Harper’s life is pretty much perfect. She’s fighting for the starting spot on Team USA Women’s Hockey, and for the first time ever, she has a crush on a guy who likes her back. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she runs a risky play at practice and breaks her knee, thereby sentencing herself to six weeks in a cast and possibly ending her Olympic dream before it even starts.

For seventeen-year-old Alex, being anything less than the best is unacceptable. That’s why, after a miserable debut season at the senior level, the former junior national singles champion switches to ice dance. Her skating partner, Ace, is an “all skating all the time” type of guy, which would be fine, if he’d stop keeping secrets about the real reason he and his former partner broke up. Now is not the time for second thoughts, but how can Alex skate her best if she can’t trust her partner…or herself?

As the pressure to make the Olympic team builds, the girls must rely on each other, because if there’s one thing they both know, it’s that the only thing harder than skating to the top is staying there.

 

2) Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

 

 

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When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

3) Lumière by Jacqueline E. Garlick

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One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

 

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